Friday, October 26, 2012

Globalism is the #1 Risk Facing Humanity

[Repost from Thom Hartmann]

In the past - diseases like tuberculosis and malaria have been number one health concerns around the world. But not anymore. In today's world - globalization is the number one health risk facing humanity. A new study released this week by the Blacksmith Institute reveals, for the first time ever, the impact of industrial pollutants on communities across the planet. It found that industrial waste dump sites containing lead, mercury, chromium, pesticides, and other toxic horrors, poison more than 125 million people in 49 different low and middle income nations around the planet.

And the authors of the study say this is a very conservative estimate - and likely even more people are sickened by this rampant industrial pollution. In fact, the report says that industrial pollution is now a bigger global health problem for the world than malaria and tuberculosis. Just look at what's happening in places like Zamfara, Nigeria. It's a state without children - or very few children walking around. Why? because hundreds of children who work in gold mines are exposed to high levels of lead.

Back in March of 2010 - the organization Doctors Without Borders arrived on the scene in Zamfara - and found that hundreds of children had died from lead poisoning - and thousands more were diseased by it. Mortality rates in some villages were as high as 43%. This is a genocide carried out by transnational corporations that have no restraints on how they operate in what were once sovereign nations. That's the consequence of globalism.

Plain and simple - globalization is the empowering of transnational corporations - and the neutering of sovereign governments to keep their populations safe from these transnational corporate behemoths. Globalization tears down borders across the planet - giving corporations free rein to move about the world and set up shop in nations wherever governments are the weakest, wherever there's the least amount of regulation, and wherever workers are willing to work for practically nothing. And since most transnational corporations are far wealthier than nations in the developing world - they just move in and take over, enslaving local populations and using local communities as garbage dumps.

You see - when you leave corporations completely unrestrained - when you leave their drive for neverending profits unchecked - then they stop at nothing to satisfy their greed. If it means they'll save a few million bucks a year - then they'll dump battery acid all over a playground if you let them. They are profit making machines - without compassion. And - as Richard Fuller the President of the BlackSmith Report warned - it's only going to get worse.

He said: "Life-threatening pollution will likely increase as the global economy exerts an ever-increasing pressure on industry to meet growing demands. The damage will be greatest in many low and middle-income countries, where industrial pollution prevention regulations and measures have not kept pace." And it's not just the developing world that's being poisoned - it's the United States, too. According to that same report - there are as many as 300,000 toxic dump sites in the United States alone. And that doesn't include the over 400,000 fracking wells around the United States.

Industry funded scientists say that fracking is perfectly safe - however - study after study shows its deadly. Just last week - a study on fracking found that the closer residents live to fracking wells - the more they suffered from symptoms of throat irritation and sinus infections. Even their pets suffered from the same ailments - and in some cases died. Water and air samples in areas near fracking wells were also found to contain high levels of chemicals associated with fracking.

Americans could have been protected from these dangers of industrial fracking - unfortunately Dick Cheney - being a loyal corporate globalist - was able to carve out an exemption for the fracking industry in 2004 - that keeps the EPA from being able to regulate fracking under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Since then - fracking has exploded - and so too have diseases associated with fracking.

Yet Republicans want this epidemic to continue. As Rick Perry so eloquently recited the mantra of the corporate globalists: American needs Freedom from "over-taxation, freedom from over-litigation and freedom from over-regulation." That means freedom for chemical companies to dump pesticides in our backyards - freedom for fracking companies to inject toxins in our drinking water - and freedom for oil companies to spew unlimited amounts of carbon into our air to accelerate global climate change.

These guys want the new Zamfara, Nigeria to be in Pennsylvania. The point of all this is - corporate globalism will kill us all. Without government protections in place to keep "we the people" safe from industrial malfeasance - then say hello to ever increasing cases of cancer, asthma, autism, you name it. This struggle is nothing new - in fact - it's as old as time. It's the struggle between organized people - or governments - and organized money - or transnational corporations.

We rebelled against transnational corporate power in the form of the East India Tea Company back in 1773, leading to our national independence a few years later. And today - almost 330 [oops, check your math, Thom!] years later - we need another revolution against these transnational corporate killers.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Questions about 9-11

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Sorry, I have really tried to drink the kool-ade. But there are still too many things about the events called 9-11 that just don't add up.

Here are some of the issues I still have:
Why do demolition experts continue to spend weeks planting and positioning cutting charges, and setting them off in a precisely timed manner, when the building collapses of 9-11 obviously prove that burning jet fuel works just as well in less than an hour? If the official story is true, just set fire to some kerosene, and within an hour, the whole thing will collapse in a uniform manner directly into its' own footprint with minimal collateral damage. I don't think jet fuel burns hot enough to do that. It burns at a lower temperature than charcoal, which is why we use starter fluid (essentially the same as jet fuel) to light up our grills. But strangely, the barbecue grill doesn't collapse or incinerate into ashes, try it and see. So what really caused the buildings to collapse on 9-11?

How is it that BBC reporters were announcing the collapse of WTC #7 as it still stood in the background? Then, about a half hour later, that building did collapse. How did they know it would happen before it did?

Why did FEMA deploy to New York City on the night before the attacks (9-10), with instructions to be ready for action Tuesday (9-11) morning? They were allegedly there to drill for a potential future emergency involving attacks on Manhattan and multiple trauma cases. It turned out to be mighty lucky they were there, even if it was simply by accident. Or was it?

Why did President Bush on 9-11, after the attacks, order private jets to evacuate the entire Bin Laden Family from the United States without investigation? Why was his dad meeting with Salem Bin Laden at the very time the attacks were occurring? According to Bush Sr., they were just talking business: Pipelines, oil, investments, that sort of thing. The fact that the attacks happened on the day they were meeting in a private conference was said to be merely a coincidence.

Why didn't our fighter planes get into the air to intercept the attacking planes? There were 40 minutes after the first strike, during which our government knew we were under attack, knew that multiple planes had been hijacked, and knew where these planes were and what directions they were heading. The attacks occurred in the most heavily defended part of America, with hundreds of fighter planes available from dozens of bases. So why did we not get even one plane into the air?

How is it that we were conducting military drills and exercises on 9-11? Under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney, there were actually two terror attacks on 9-11, one real and one a simulated attack called Operation Vigilant Guardian. Both of them involved multiple hijacked airliners attacking both Washington and New York. Both happened on 9-11 during the exact same time frame. According to the Dept. of Defense the fact that they coincided was simply a fluke.

Why is it that there are no pictures or video of the plane that hit the Pentagon? I've been to the Pentagon, and it is probably the most tricked-out place on Earth with cameras. There are video and still cameras sitting on every light post. The entire grounds, prior to 9-11, were literally covered with motion sensors, cameras, infrared, and the most sophisticated security and surveillance technology available on this planet. I doubt that a sparrow could fly across the property without incurring thousands of images of himself. And yet, we have not one single photo of an airplane at the Pentagon. That is impossible. Somehow, according to the Pentagon, the strike occurred during those tiny milliseconds that occur between the frames of numerous simultaneous cameras.

What about the stock sales before 9-11 that sold United and American stock short? Volume was reportedly 2,000 times normal. We were told by the President that people made money off the attacks. Later we were told that these investors had done so anonymously, and could not be traced. This is impossible. How do you buy and sell stocks anonymously?

What about the calls made from the planes? Even the FBI now says the high-altitude cell calls never happened. The claim by former Bush lawyer Ted Olson that his wife called him twice from her cell phone is false. Technology at the time made it impossible. Later, after a 2006 story I wrote about the cell phones, the FBI changed their official story, saying that there were no cellular calls made from Flight 77, that the calls made came from passenger-seat phones aboard the flight. Unfortunately, none of the 757s in American Airlines fleet in 2001 were equipped with passenger phones, including Flight 77! American Airlines official statement said "There are no passenger phones on our 757s. The passengers on flight 77 used their own personal cellular phones."

Where did the hijackers come from? When a plane gets ready to take off, there are two lists that are strictly documented: Passengers and Crew. There is no third list, no shadowy figures lurking around the plane. You cannot "sneak" a crew of 4-5 Arabic guys onto a plane. Yet none of the hijackers are among those listed as passengers or crew. Every passenger and crew member has been accounted for on all 4 flights, and none of them is an alias for any of the accused hijackers. So how did these fellows materialize out of thin air at 30,000 feet?

Why didn't the Pentagon know a plane was coming? Pentagon officials claimed they had no warning of an approaching aircraft. In fact, a military E-4B, the Air Force's most advanced communications, command, and control airplane, was flying nearby over the White House at the time. The Pentagon is the most guarded structure in the world, complete with advanced radar and surface-to-air missiles, able to intercept and destroy any approaching threat.

Why didn't the Secret Service protect the President? Without explanation, the Secret Service let George W. Bush remain at a Sarasota, FL school for 30 minutes after learning the second tower was struck, ignoring standard procedures to immediately secure his safety in any suspected attack against the United States. Why did they not follow their most basic fundamental orders?

Why did the FAA disarm pilots just before 9-11? The FAA issued an order that banned pilots from carrying pistols just 2 months before 9-11. Prior to that, many pilots carried pistols.

How did Rummy know ahead of time? Donald Rumsfeld, one hour before the attacks started, told a delegation of congressmen that "there would be an event that would occur in the world that would be sufficiently shocking that it would remind people again how important it is to have a strong, healthy Defense Department " How did he know?

More questions: Why was an Israeli-owned company allowed 72 hours of unlimited and unsupervised access to the WTC properties the weekend before the attacks, allegedly to install fiberoptic cables? Why were unusual white vans seen arriving at the WTC at 3 am and leaving at 7 am every night for 4 nights before 9-11? Why, just days before 9-11, did they get rid of the bomb-sniffing dogs who had patrolled the WTC since the 1993 attack?

We have been lied to. We will probably never know the truth. Lest the thousands of dead, including our troops, be dead in vain, there needs to be a new 9-11 Commission, and the questions above (and many others) need to be addressed.


Monday, October 15, 2012

New video from John Hankey: Romney Exposed

I'm a big fan of Hankey's movie connecting JFK's murder with Bush Sr.: JFK II - the Bush Connection. I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but this movie on Romney looks promising.

I personally think Romney has been given the "green light" to steal the election this year. I don't buy these polls saying that he's neck and neck with Obama (not that Obama's any better, mind you ... I might actually be "rooting" for Romney to win because at least that will get the clueless left back out into the streets again ...). The MSM seem to be pushing for Romney to win ... I've seeing the same kind of bias that led to the disastrous Bush/Gore election in 2000.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Portland: “The Story, Last Night, Wasn’t the Broken Windows”

Five businesses had their windows broken by a group of around 50 people Thursday night in Southeast Portland, OR. Is this a harbinger of things to come? Read about it at Portland Indymedia.

From Portland: “The Story, Last Night, Wasn’t the Broken Windows":

People were still buzzing about what had just happened. Absent, was a sense of anger regarding the vandalism. It is curious, how astonishing the absence of something can be. Inner SE Portland is, after all, a sleepy urban community.

I stopped in at Nick's Coney Island for a drink. Police arrived, and questioned the bartender. I asked her what that was all about, to which she replied, "Some protesters took one of our chairs and threw it through the Wells Fargo window."

Before I could stop myself, I blurted out, "That's awesome."

She leaned in, smiling, and replied, "I know! Fuck Wells Fargo."

9-11 Activism: Cross-country cyclist travels through Erie

Rena Patty stopped in Erie on Oct. 10 as she cycles 4,000 miles east across the United States to bring attention to an organization that is calling for a new investigation into the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Patty, 50, of San Juan Islands, Wash., is stopping along the way at fire stations and police departments to spread her message because she says fire and police departments were greatly affected by the 9/11 attacks, and can also understand the importance of this investigation. She is shown here near the Erie Bureau of Fire's Central Fire Station at 12th and Sassafras streets in Erie.

Rena Patty and Pam Senzee are a couple of wonderful women who are making their way across the country to spread 9-11 truth. Somewhere in the midwest the duo split up, Rena is on her way to NYC and Pam is headed to DC. Read about their journey (and contribute to their cause!) here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Survive a Disaster (Full Version)

Let's face it: Shit happens. Any student of history will tell you that sooner or later, if you live long enough, chances are you're going to have to deal with an emergency situation. If you live in the US, I can almost guarantee you'll be faced with something like this soon, because our economic situation is absolutely untenable. So as a service to my readers, I'd like to present this video I found on Now, can I ask you all for a favor? I've been battling a nasty wave of depression lately, and sure could use your positive thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate it. God bless.

DISCLAIMER: Near the end of the film, Germain Lindsay was named as the person who detonated the bomb that injured a female survivor on 7/7/05. I strongly question that assessment.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CNN's selective reporting

RT remarks on CNN's blatant propaganda. [H/T:]

Hillary cackles over war with Iran

Hat tip to NTS.

I didn't use to think the world was being run by a bunch of psychopaths, but I have no other way of accounting for this kind of behavior. These people have no conscience whatsoever. They are a danger to humanity.