Tuesday, May 31, 2011
TOPICS: Hollywood Predictive Programming, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Oxford Round Table Society, Nibiru, Programming the Youth, Who Controls all Media, New Wizard of OZ, Actors Bred for Spreading the Message
Sunday, May 29, 2011
MONTALCINO, ITALY— “They think he’s crazy,” Giulia Vitturi said with a crafty smile on her face. “I did too,” she whispers to us, looking around to ensure no one heard her, though we are alone in the tasting room. “But, now that I have worked for him, and had the opportunity to witness his success first hand, I know he’s not cracked. Quite the opposite — he’s a genius.”
The beautiful, raven-haired sommelier who is about to serve us our first wine sample of the day had me convinced that I was about to experience something unique. The sun sat low in the sky and the warm afternoon appeared typical for a fall day in Montalcino. The leaves had turned from vibrant green to yellow, and the purple grape clusters were a beautiful contrast to the greens, yellows and browns of the vines. The view out the window in the tasting room, of the vineyards crawling over the mountains, and magnificent rows of cypress trees looming above them, momentarily took my breath away.
The “genius” our hostess had referred to earlier is her boss, owner and winemaker, Giancarlo “Carlo” Cignozzi. He had once lived in Milan and grown tired of the hustle and bustle of city life. In 1999, this lawyer’s life changed, with the purchase of Paradiso di Frassina, a rundown and abandoned property. His passion for music prompted him to play classical compositions to the vines once he planted a new Sangiovese vineyard around the farmhouse he restored over a two-year period.
The wine we were about to try was produced from grapes grown in vineyards where classical music plays, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This musical experiment caught the attention of the University of Florence’s agricultural department in 2005, and Carlo has been collaborating with them on the study of music’s physiological effects on grapevines ever since. Researchers from the University were surprised at the results, and thought someone must have given nutrients to the plants. The variation in the grapes from the Mozart vineyard was the same as comparing the difference between grapes with and without fertilizer. The grapes closest to the speakers ripened faster and grew 50 per cent larger than the rest of the crop. They even grew toward the speakers. The University of Pisa more recently became involved, to study the effect that sound waves have on parasites, mould, bacteria, and predators of wine grapes. The music also scares off wild boar and deer that enjoy feeding on young vines.
Montalcino is a relatively small wine region with around 3,000 acres planted. The town is located about 110 kilometres southwest of Florence in the province of Siena. “There are approximately 250 wineries in Montalcino, and 200 of them use pesticides and chemicals,” Giulia says. “Il Paradiso hopes to have everyone using their organic farming methods in the future. Our winery has been organic since 2008.”
Giulia continued chatting, unaware of my temporary, mental absence from earth. I could tell that she had put a lot of effort into preparing for our visit. Wineries in Tuscany prefer that you call ahead to book an appointment. “I started working here in May 2008,” she says, “and I’m enjoying it because it’s a small winery, so I get to do everything and I can learn more.”
The Sangiovese grape is the most widely planted grape in the Montalcino region and is the only grape allowed in the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin). Today, Brunello is one of Italy’s best-known and most expensive wines. I had dreamed about tasting this wine from the moment I first discovered this vineyard. This wine contains the grapes grown completely in tune with Mozart’s music in “The Mozart Vineyard.”
Carlo dedicates about four of his 24 acres to a selection of Mozart’s quartets, symphonies and operas. The 48 speakers, donated by Bose, pipe the sounds of Mozart into the vineyards and serenade the most pampered grapes in the world.
It astounds me to think the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose life ended over 200 years ago, is helping a winery to “go green” in the 21st century. His music allows Carlo and his colleagues to produce world-class wines without the use of pesticides or commercial fertilizers.
I swirled my glass and a soft fruity bouquet with musk and floral tones filled my nostrils. I took my first sip and smiled. This ruby red wine has the usual fruity notes associated with a Brunello, and a special soft elegant taste. Despite the fact that people in town believe the owner is a little foolish, I believe Mozart would be impressed with Carlo and how he has used music to help the grapes grow stronger and healthier.
Visitors here can stay in nearby Buonconvento at Fattoria Pieve a Salti, allowing them to continue with the theme of ‘going green’ on their travels. This agriturismo (country hotel) started its farm operation in 1978 and received organic certification in 1998. It offers typical rustic Tuscan style guest rooms and apartments in finely restored farmhouses overlooking vineyards, olive groves and horses grazing in the field. Activities offered at the farm include horseback riding, mountain biking, cooking classes, and a spa. There’s even wireless internet from the comfort of the guest rooms.
Its restaurant serves authentic, traditional regional cuisine, made from their farm grown organic produce. Our most memorable dining experience on our Tuscan adventure occurred here: rosemary chicken with zesty lemon fettuccini, a hearty minestrone soup, and warm Biscottini of Prato — typical biscuits of Tuscany, were all washed down with one of their own bottles of organic wine and a cappuccino, with a cinnamon heart on top of the creamy foam.
There are various packages available, including bed and breakfast, or half board (includes dinner) which makes this country hotel a good vacation value and an excellent choice for a green holiday.
Yvonne Lindgren-Price is a freelance writer based in Mississauga.
JUST THE FACTS
WINING: Il Paradiso di Frassina, Montalcino www.alparadisodifrassina.it; Cantina di Montalcino, Montalcino www.cantinadimontalcino.it; Tenimenti Angelini, Montalcinowww.tenimentiangelini.it; ARRIVING: Fly non-stop from Toronto to Rome aboard Air Transat.www.airtransat.com
PLANNING: May to October is best. Grapes are visible on the vines starting in June.
WHERE TO EAT: Fattoria Pieve a Salti, Buonconvento, www.pieveasalti.it; Ristorante I Poggioli, Buoncovento; email: email@example.com; da Elda e Pier Borgobuio ristorante, Montepulciano; www.borgobuio.it )
SLEEPING: Fattoria Pieve a Salti is an Agriturismo (country hotel) in Buonconvento, south of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany ( www.pieveasalti.it). Also look into Agriturismo San Lorenzo (www.sanlorenzoagriturismo.it) and Fattoria Sant Antonio ( www.fattoriasantantonio.it).
WEB SURFING: www.prolocomontalcino.it
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Image: Wikimedia Commons
As he prepares to release shocking new evidence and name the people who he claims were behind the forgery of Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate, author Jerome Corsi sensationally accused short-lived Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of “working with Obama” to neutralize the birther controversy.
Appearing on the Alex Jones Show, Corsi said that he now completely discounted the apparent efforts of Donald Trump to force the release of Obama’s birth certificate, stating, “I’m completely convinced at this point Donald Trump was subterfuge, that he…. was working with Obama.”
Corsi explained how he was contacted directly by Trump, because Trump wanted to know what was going on behind the scenes, and that he requested several copies of Corsi’s book before it was released.
Trump’s role according to Corsi was to “beat the drums big” and craft a false resolution to the controversy in order to make the press “go to sleep” and get his $60 million dollar television contract with NBC, owned by General Electric, which is closely allied with the Obama administration.
Regarding who actually helped the administration create the forgery, Corsi pointed out that “they were stuck with the guys who were close to them,” because putting out a proposal for outside experts to forge the document would have been far too risky.
“I’m pretty well on the trail of linking the characteristics of this document to someone who’s going to have a lot of explaining to do,” said Corsi, adding that he was “hot on the trail” of one individual who “may have had a hand in this,” and that his identity would be released this week.
“The forger is someone who does not work in government, he works in the media and is close to the administration and would have been within the circle of friends that may have been called on to do the forgery or participate in the forgery,” said Corsi.
Corsi said that the information contained in his book, Where’s the Birth Certificate?, and the new revelations he was about to unleash would mean the Obama administration “would not survive,” because the evidence proves the administration has tried to preserve itself using “criminal fraud”.
“I got a call about three weeks before it was released from one of my sources in Hawaii and I was told that the new long form birth certificate had been forged, had been slipped into the log book,” said Corsi, noting that efforts to create the fake began shortly after reporter Mike Evans let slip that Hawaii Governor and close friend Neil Abercrombie had been shocked at his failure to find Obama’s long form birth certificate, and were timed to pre-empt the release of Corsi’s book.
During the interview, Corsi listed numerous examples of where the new birth certificate was clearly forged, including an obvious misspelling on the stamp and a “smiley face” that appears in the signature of the doctor once the document is blown up to 800 per cent, both of which don’t occur in the hundreds of other examples of the signature that Corsi has studied.
The letters in the document also share identical pixelations despite the fact that they are purportedly from a typewriter, which would produce different pixelations if transferred to an electronic document every time. The identical pixelations prove that the document was created on a modern computer.
Another aspect of the birth certificate pointing to forgery is the fact that the electronic PDF document released by the White House clearly shows evidence of ‘kerning’ – where parts of letters overlap each other for a pleasing visual effect – this is produced by modern computers and was not possible on 1960′s typewriters.
“The administration will not show the original, in 1961 there were no computers, where’s the original paper birth certificate if it exists?” asked Corsi, adding that the original document needs to undergo forensic analysis. Corsi visited the Hawaii Department of Health as well as the Kapi’olani Medical Center in an attempt to see the original certificate or patient records for Obama’s mother Ann Dunham, but was told that police would be called if he didn’t vacate the premises.
During an interview with a Denver radio station last week, Corsi said he was about to release bombshell evidence that proved the alleged Obama birth certificate released last month was a composite of three different birth certificates from other individuals born at the same hospital.
“I’m going to be telling the entire world about this scandal over the next few weeks,” Corsi said in a separate interview. “This is going to make Watergate look like a political sideshow by comparison.”
In an effort to derail the success of Corsi’s book, Esquire Magazine then put out a hoax articleclaiming that publisher Joseph Farah had ordered the book to be pulled from store shelves. Farah is considering whether to launch a lawsuit in response.
Watch Corsi’s full interview with Alex Jones below.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
the government is totally out of control..taking prayer out of the schools...the rich and elite don't pay taxes...this country is not what our fore fathers risked life and limb for...just look at technology being suppressed so the oil companies can dominate the market with gas and diesel....taxes are being raised but the quality of life continues to deteriorate...how much more can the American People TAKE..Look at your kids birth certificate. There's a number on the bottom from what I've been told. Ever wonder what that is? Check it out. Been checking things out as of late, and I don't like what I've learned about the Fed, IRS and many other things going on in the background. Oh, wait... I'm missing American Idol... Be right back... I hope...
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Give me a break.
Whoever wants to nail IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has really pulled out all the stops. Their agents have been rummaging through diaries, hotel registries, phone records, yearbooks, yada, yada, yada. The UK Telegraph even paid a visit to a high-priced DC knocking shop to get a little dirt from Madame Botox; whatever it takes to make a randy banker look like the South Hill rapist. And they're doing a pretty good job, too. The cops have made sure that the "Great Seducer" always appears handcuffed and dressed in a "pervie" raincoat with 3-days stubble before they parade him in front of the media. On Wednesday--more grist for the mill--they released his mug-shot, an unflattering, deadpan photo that makes him look like Jack-the-Ripper. Was that the intention?
And, that's not the half of it. The Big Money is exhuming every woman he's ever had contact with for the last 30 years hoping they can glean some damning tidbit of information that will convince the doubters that beneath that sophisticated manner and $25,000 suit lurks a closet Bluebeard ready to snap up your daughters and defile your wives. Next thing you know, they'll be trotting out Paula Jones and Tanya Harding claiming they spent a torrid night with the Marquis de Kahn in a trailerpark outside Winamucca.
Where does it stop? Or does it stop? Are we in for another year-long Clinton-Lewinski feeding frenzy where everyday we hear more lurid details about the sexploits of people who don't really interest us at all?
Aren't you at all curious about who's behind this "lynching by media" scam? This is an all-out, no-holds-barred, steel-cage, take-down. The big boys save that kind of action for the worst offenders, that is, for the insiders who have broken "Omerta" or wandered off the reservation. I mean, they locked him up on Riker's Island without bail, for Chrissake. What does that tell you? Even Bernie Madoff was allowed to stay in his $7 million Park Avenue penthouse while he waited for trial, but not Straus-Kahn. Oh, no. He get's the royal treatment, even though he has no criminal record and nothing but the sketchy accusations of a chambermaid against him, he's carted off to the state slammer where he can mingle with hardened criminals while dining on corn flakes and Wonder Bread.
You call that justice?
Can I tell you what this is all about? It's about the dollar. That's right. Strauss-Kahn was mounting an attack against the dollar and now the wrath of the Empire has descended on him like ton-of-bricks. Here's the scoop from the UK Telegraph:
"Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, has called for a new world currency that would challenge the dominance of the dollar and protect against future financial instability.....
He suggested adding emerging market countries' currencies, such as the yuan, to a basket of currencies that the IMF administers could add stability to the global system....Strauss-Kahn saw a greater role for the IMF's Special Drawing Rights, (SDRs) which is currently composed of the dollar, sterling, euro and yen, over time but said it will take a great deal of international cooperation to make that work." ("International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn calls for new world currency", UK Telegraph)
So, Strauss-Kahn finds himself in the same crowd as Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, right? You may recall that
Saddam switched from dollars to euros about a year before the war. 12 months later Iraq was invaded, Saddam was hanged, and the dollar was restored to power. Gaddafi made a similar mistake when "he initiated a movement to refuse the dollar and the euro, and called on Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar." ("Libya: All About Oil, or All About Central Banking?" Ellen Brown, Op-Ed News) Libya has since come under attack by US and NATO forces which have armed a motley group of dissidents, malcontents and terrorists to depose Gaddafi and reimpose dollar hegemony.
And now it's Strauss-Kahn's turn to get torn to shreds. And for good reason. After all, DSK actually poses a much greater threat to the dollar than either Saddam or Gaddafi because he's in the perfect position to shape policy and to persuade foreign heads of state that replacing the dollar is in their best interests. And that is precisely what he was doing; badmouthing the buck. Only he was too dense to figure out that the dollar is the US Mafia's mealticket, the main way that shifty banksters and corporate scalawags extort tribute from the poorest people on earth. Strauss-Kahn was rocking the boat, and now he's going to pay.
Here's a clip from CNN Money:
"The International Monetary Fund issued a report Thursday on a possible replacement for the dollar as the world's reserve currency.
The IMF said Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, could help stabilize the global financial system....SDRs represent potential claims on the currencies of IMF members.....The IMF typically lends countries funds denominated in SDRs. While they are not a tangible currency, some economists argue that SDRs could be used as a less volatile alternative to the U.S. dollar.
"Over time, there may also be a role for the SDR to contribute to a more stable international monetary system," he said.
The goal is to have a reserve asset for central banks that better reflects the global economy since the dollar is vulnerable to swings in the domestic economy and changes in U.S. policy.
In addition to serving as a reserve currency, the IMF also proposed creating SDR-denominated bonds, which could reduce central banks' dependence on U.S. Treasuries. The Fund also suggested that certain assets, such as oil and gold, which are traded in U.S. dollars, could be priced using SDRs." ("IMF discusses dollar alternative", CNN Money)
Wow. So DSK was zeroing in on US Treasuries as well as the dollar? That's the whole shooting match.
So, what type of progress was he making in converting USDs to SDRs? According to Reuters: "The IMF general resources credit outstanding increased to 65.5 billion Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, ($104 billion) on May 12 from 6.0 billion SDRs at December 2007. The so-called new arrangement to borrow, which came into effect on April 1, increased the IMF's available lending resources to 269 billion SDRs on May 12 from 120 billion SDRs on March 31." (http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/05/17/idINIndia-57083920110517?type=economicNews)
Not a bad start for such an ambitious project. It looks like DSK's dream of dethroning the dollar as the de facto "international currency" was beginning to gain momentum. (Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has said that the transition from dollars to SDRs "could be phased in within the next year.") But didn't he know that his actions would anger some very powerful and well-connected people?
Well, if he did; he never let on. In fact, he started mucking around in other stuff, too, like when he intervened on behalf of Irish taxpayers, trying to protect them at the expense of foreign bondholders. That's a big "No no" in banker's world. They keep a list of "people who count", and taxpayers are not on that list. Here's an excerpt from the Irish Times:
"Ireland’s Last Stand began less shambolically than you might expect. The IMF, which believes that lenders should pay for their stupidity before it has to reach into its pocket, presented the Irish with a plan to haircut €30 billion of unguaranteed bonds by two-thirds on average. (Irish finance minister) Lenihan was overjoyed, according to a source who was there, telling the IMF team: “You are Ireland’s salvation.”
The deal was torpedoed from an unexpected direction. At a conference call with the G7 finance ministers, the haircut was vetoed by US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner who, as his payment of $13 billion from government-owned AIG to Goldman Sachs showed, believes that bankers take priority over taxpayers. The only one to speak up for the Irish was UK chancellor George Osborne, but Geithner, as always, got his way. An instructive, if painful, lesson in the extent of US soft power, and in who our friends really are.
The negotiations went downhill from there. On one side was the European Central Bank, unabashedly representing Ireland’s creditors and insisting on full repayment of bank bonds. On the other was the IMF, arguing that Irish taxpayers would be doing well to balance their government’s books, let alone repay the losses of private banks." ("Ireland's future depends on breaking free from bailout", Morgan Kelly, Irish Times)
So, Strauss-Kahn stuck up for Irish taxpayers over the banks, the bondholders, the ECB, and the US Treasury. Naturally, that made him persona non grata among the ruling throng.
And, there's more, too, because Strauss-Kahn's vision was not limited to currency alone, but involved broad structural changes to the IMF itself that would have reversed decades of neoliberal policies. DSK had settled on a new approach to policymaking; one that would abandon the worst elements of globalization and put greater emphasis on social cohesion, cooperation and multilateralism. Here's an excerpt from the speech titled "Human Development and Wealth Distribution" he gave in November 2010:
"....Adam Smith—one of the founders of modern economics—recognized clearly that a poor distribution of wealth could undermine the free market system, noting that: “The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful and…neglect persons of poor and mean condition…is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”
This was over 250 years ago. In today’s world, these problems are magnified under the lens of globalization....globalization also had a dark side. Lurking behind it was a large and growing chasm between rich and poor—especially within countries. An inequitable distribution of wealth can wear down the social fabric. More unequal countries have worse social indicators, a poorer human development record, and higher degrees of economic insecurity and anxiety. In too many countries, inequality increased and real wages stagnated—failing to keep up with productivity—over the past few decades. Ominously, inequality in the United States was back at its pre-Great Depression levels on the eve of the crisis....
An immediate task is to end the scourge of unemployment....Progressive taxation can also promote equity through redistribution, and this should be encouraged....“Inequality is corrosive” ....“it rots societies from within…it illustrates and exacerbates the loss of social cohesion…the pathology of the age and the greatest threat to the health of any democracy.” ("Human Development and Wealth Distribution", Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF)
Can you believe it? DSK is lecturing bankers about redistribution? That's not what they want to hear. What they want to hear is why ripping off poor people actually makes the world a better place. DSK's speech just shows that he wasn't drinking the Koolaid anymore. He was becoming a nuisance and they needed to get rid of him.
Does that mean he didn't rape the woman who was in his hotel room?
Of course not. He could be guilty. But he deserves a fair trial, and someone's making damn sure he doesn't get one.
By Mike Whitney
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This kind of stratagem has gone global with corporations, rather than governments, controlling human and natural resources around the world, he continued. Morality aside, the exploitative nature of predatory capitalism has left the world in a mess, and the planet is spiraling toward disaster, Perkins argued.
To change the situation, he suggested people work toward building a different economy-- creating their own companies that make things the world actually needs like sustainable energy, and anti-pollution products. Also, consumers can also exert influence over corporations by complaining or not buying their goods or services if they don't approve of their practices, such as making clothes in sweatshops. Further, he believes poverty is one of the root causes of terrorism, and by combating it we could help reduce the problem.
Businessman and author John Perkins discussed his work as a former 'economic hit man.' Perkins said his job was to convince governments of third world countries to accept enormous loans from the World Bank (and other institutions) for large-scale infrastructure projects he knew they could not afford.
Money did not actually go to the country taking the loan, Perkins said, explaining that U.S. corporations were guaranteed the contracts and thus received the loan money. When these countries failed to repay their loans, the U.S. government/companies could then demand from them cheap oil and other natural resources, or even U.N. votes, he noted. According to Perkins, this U.S.-led exploitation of foreign governments is a root cause of terrorism.
John Perkins(1), the founder of Dream Change Coalition(2), shared the story of the time he spent as an international 'economic hit man' after being recruited by the National Security Agency. He defined an 'economic hit man' as someone who assists in cheating developing countries and US taxpayers, by funneling money from the World Bank to the wealthy in the private sector.
In his capacity as chief economist for the firm Chas. T. Main, Perkins said he traveled the world, arranging for developing countries to take out huge loans to pay for companies such as Bechtel and Halliburton to build infrastructure on their land. But then in order to pay off the debt, the countries were cajoled into signing away rights to their valuable resources, he detailed. The assets then became part of whatPerkins termed the "corporatacracy," a global empire, largely based in the United States, that encompasses the highest echelons of corporations, banking and government. In what could be considered an unethical but not illegal manner, such countries are taken over without any military action, he noted.
Perkins left this line of work and now strives to reform the system. After Sept. 11, 2001, he decided to ignore the bribes he'd been offered to keep silent, and publish his expose, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man(3), with the goal of raising consciousness about what is going on and bringing America back to its original goals.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Please listen to all six parts
Author of psycho-political thrillers, Dr. Steve Pieczenik was trained in psychiatry at Harvard University and international relations at M.I.T. Appearing during the middle two hours, he discussed how Psy-ops are being used against the American People on several fronts, along with various deceptions and false flags in foreign policy matters. The biggest national security problem we have in the US is the weak financial system, and ineffective intelligence, he commented.
"I have no idea," why Obama would do this, Pieczenik said of what he called a psychological operation (psy-op)-- the story of bin Laden being killed by US forces in Pakistan. Osama bin Laden was known to suffer from Marfan syndrome (a genetic disorder that dramatically shortens lifespan), as well as receiving kidney dialysis treatments. The storyline that bin Laden was alive in 2001 and attacked our country is a falsity, born out of the need for the US to create a boogeyman, and justify wars, he continued.
The 9-11 attack was another false flag operation, and the US administration is considered weak and ineffectual by Europe, who note inconsistencies such as Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize and then going to war in Afghanistan, he added. Pieczenik also talked about his ongoing collaboration with Tom Clancy for a series of novels.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
When I yanked the beige census form from my overstuffed mailbox last week, two thoughts crossed my mind: damn you, flyer deliverers who ignore my homemade “no junk mail” sign; and poor Munir Sheikh.
When Lynn Marie Murphy opened her census form, she thought of bombs and fighter planes. She knew something I didn’t know — that the federal government has paid Lockheed Martin about $81 million for “optic recognition” software to process the mailed-in census forms.
That’s right, Lockheed Martin — the world’s largest weapons manufacturer, which is building Canada those F-35 fighter jets at a price tag still unknown.
I did some research and discovered Murphy was right.
Since the late 1990s, the weapons manufacturer has branched out into information technology systems, landing its first contract for the U.S. Census in 2000. It seems an odd fit for a company that builds “tactical battlefield missiles,” spy satellites and warships. But, according to the company’s 2010 annual report, information systems now make up 22 per cent of its $46 billion net sales.
The United Kingdom followed its American ally’s path and contracted Lockheed Martin for its census in 2001, and in 2004, Canada jumped on board, too. We paid Lockheed Martin $61 million for its software to scan — and therefore, automate — our 2006 census forms, and then more recently, another $19.7 million for updates for the 2011 census. (In the government’s defence, Lockheed Martin was the only company to bid on both contracts, according to Statistics Canada’s census manager Marc Hamel.)
That means when you fill out your census form and mail it in, you are unintentionally supporting a war machine.
This disturbs me.
Two clear protest movements have been built over this since 2006.
The first calls for guerrilla tactics — using Roman numerals or filling out the census form with your weaker hand, so Lockheed Martin’s scanning system can’t decipher your answers and Statistics Canada is forced to process your form the old-fashioned way, with human eyes.
“That way you are nullifying the cost savings Lockheed Martin creates,” explains Don Rogers, a former Kingston councillor who created the protest website Count Me Out (www.countmeout.ca). His initial concerns that Lockheed Martin would have access to Canadian’s private information have been assuaged by Statistics Canada, which insists only its employees run the system. But the underlining moral issue still remains. “Those four Canadian soldiers killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan? They were fired from a Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter.”
The second movement is civil disobedience. While the Conservative government has made the long-form census voluntary, the short form is still mandatory. Right on the envelope it states: “Complete the census — it’s the law.”
Since 2006, at least three Canadians have been tried for refusing to comply. All three were found guilty, but only one was fined in the end, and only $300 at that.
Sandra Finley was the last. She was once the leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan, and ran — unsuccessfully — as a candidate in Saskatoon last week. Although she was found guilty, the judge let her off the hook — ruling that she needn’t pay a fine, go to jail or have a criminal record. But she is still appealing on moral grounds.
She considers Lockheed Martin’s business not just immoral, but illegal under both Canadian and international humanitarian law. Case in point: Canada signed the international convention on cluster munitions, banning the use of the scattering bombs. Lockheed Martin profits off cluster bombs by manufacturing the steering mechanisms for the bombs.
“Lockheed Martin is the No. 1 beneficiary of dropping bombs on Iraq, an illegal war of aggression made possible through deliberate lies,” she writes on her website. “It’s not right that our tax dollars enrich them.”
The Canadian census contract is pocket change for Lockheed Martin. It’s scraps for the Canadian government, too. There are bigger targets if we want to protest our taxes padding the coffers of the American military machine — like those fighter jets, which the parliamentary budget officer estimates will cost us $29 billion.
But there is something insidious here. You expect the government to buy weapons from a weapons manufacturer. You don’t expect it to shop for office equipment there. It warns of a creeping militarization of our country.
I asked the woman who alerted me to this what she planned to do.
“I really would like to complete the census, as I think the information collected is important, but I’m not willing to participate in it on these terms,” said Murphy, a 41-year-old teacher.
She called Statistics Canada and lodged a complaint. And she’s refusing to complete her form.
“This is a company that is about violence and death and destruction and all kinds of cultural imperialism and I, in good conscience, can’t be part of that.”
I have another week to complete my census. I plan to go the guerrilla route, answering numeric questions with math equations.
What will you do about it?
Catherine Porter’s column appears on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember good Germans dutifully filled out their census in 1936. Of course after things changed and National Socialism was established the promise of confidentiality made little sense in view of the grave danger the Jews had upon the Reich. Of course the trade unionists and homosexuals were also clearly identified; and God forbid the communists and free thinkers. What a boon for the Gestapo that a ready database existed for improvement of the state. No 1,000 year Reich should be without a number of dimwitted souls who trust its benevolence. Of course there is nothing to fear in Canada just because the Prime Minister belongs to an organization founded by an SS Colonel - the Bilderberg Group.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Paul Joseph Watson
May 9, 2011
Merely a week after President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden, there is literally a deluge of evidence that clearly indicates the whole episode has been manufactured for political gain and to return Americans to a state of post-9/11 intellectual castration so that they can be easily manipulated in the run up to the 2012 election. Here are ten facts that prove the Bin Laden fable is a contrived hoax….
1) Before last Sunday’s raid, every intelligence analyst, geopolitical commentator or head of state worth their salt was on record as stating that Osama Bin Laden was already dead, and that he probably died many years ago, from veteran CIA officer Robert Baer, to former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, to former FBI head of counterterrorism Dale Watson. In addition, back in 2002 Alex Jones was told directly by two separate high level sources that Bin Laden was already dead and that his death would be announced at the most politically opportune moment. Top US government insider Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, a man who held numerous different influential positions under five different Presidents, serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under the Nixon, Ford and Carter, told the Alex Jones Show last week that Bin Laden died of marfan syndrome shortly after he was visited by CIA physicians at the American Hospital in Dubai in July 2001.
2) The official narrative of how the raid unfolded completely collapsed within days of its announcement. First there had been a 40 minute shootout, then there was no shootout and just one man was armed, first Bin Laden was armed then he was not, first Bin Laden used his wife as a human shield and then he did not. First the compound was described as a “$1 million dollar mansion” then it turned out to be a rubbish-strewn dilapidated compound that was worth less than a quarter of that. Almost every single aspect of the official narrative has changed since Obama first described the raid last Sunday as the White House struggles to keep its story straight.
3) The alleged body of Bin Laden was hastily dumped in the sea to prevent any proper procedure of identification. The White House claimed this was in accordance with normal Islamic burial rituals, however numerous Muslim scholars all over the globe disputed this claim, pointing out that Muslims can only be buried at sea if they die at sea. While the White House claimed that Bin Laden’s death on May 1st was proven by DNA and facial recognition evidence, such proof was never released for public scrutiny and the Obama administration refused to release photos of Bin Laden’s dead body, suggesting a cover-up.
4) Despite the fact that the White House released “situation room” photos which purported to show Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and the rest of Obama’s security staff watching the raid which killed Bin Laden live, it was later admitted by CIA director Leon Panetta that Obama could not have seen the raid because the live feed was cut off before the Navy SEALS entered the compound. The photos were described by many as having “historical significance,” forming a “captivating” record of Obama’s greatest success and being the “defining moment” of his Presidency. One image showed Hillary Clinton with her hand over her mouth as if witnessing an anxious or crucial moment in the raid. Media reports at the time claimed that the photos represented the moment when “The leader of the free world saw the terror chief shot in the left eye.” However, the photos were staged as a PR stunt for public consumption, nobody in the photos ever saw Bin Laden killed live, nor did they see the Navy SEALS even enter the compound.
5) As even mainstream journalists began to cast suspicion on the official narrative behind the raid, the media reported that Al-Qaeda itself had confirmed every detail of Obama’s address the the nation. However, the conduit for such a claim was in fact an organization called SITE, which is a notorious Pentagon propaganda front run by the daughter of an Israeli spy that has been caught on numerous occasions releasing fake cartoonish “Al-Qaeda” videos at the most politically expedient times for both the Bush and Obama administrations. The SITE organization is nothing more than a contractor for the U.S. government, receiving some $500,000 a year annually from Uncle Sam, and yet the corporate media instantly swallowed and regurgitated the claim that “Al-Qaeda” had confirmed the official story after SITE directed them to an anonymous posting on an Islamic website.
6) Almost every single neighbor that lived near the alleged Bin Laden compound in Abbottabad that was interviewed by news reporters said with absolute certainty that they had never seen Bin Laden and that they knew of no evidence whatsoever to suggest he lived there. Since the town is a staging ground for the Pakistani military, which has a training facility situated virtually a stone’s throw away from the alleged Bin Laden compound, residents were required to show ID when they moved into the area. Pakistani troops and anti-terror police in the town refused to confirm that Bin Laden had lived in the house. Barack Obama himself admitted to 60 Minutes that the White House was only 55/45 sure that Osama lived there before the raid and this uncertainty prompted concerns that the US Navy SEALS sent in could have targeted a “prince from Dubai” or some other individual that was not Bin Laden.
7) The videos released by the White House this past weekend which purport to show Osama Bin Laden making Al-Qaeda tapes in October-November 2010 are almost identical to footage first released by Pentagon front group SITE nearly four years ago. Remember,a May 2010 Washington Post story reported how the CIA had admitted to making fake Bin Laden videos. Despite the White House’s insistence that the footage of Bin Laden is recent, he looks younger and healthier than tapes released almost a decade ago, having apparently dyed his beard black. A separate video that purports to show Bin Laden in his compound flicking through satellite TV channels depicts a much older looking man with a gray beard. Analysts have pointed out that the man has different shaped ears to real Osama pictures from back in 2001. A doctor has also pointed out the fact that the man in the tapes released Saturday has no problem moving his left arm, whereas video from 2001 clearly illustrates how Bin Laden was unable to move his left upper extremity because of a permanent injury probably related to damage to the peripheral nerves. Why the cameraman would film the back of Bin Laden’s head as he watches television is also dubious. Residents in the town of Abbottabad claim the man in the “television” video is not Osama, with one individual claiming that the man labeled by the White House as being Bin Laden is actually his neighbor, a man named Akhbar Han.
8: Despite the fact that numerous neo-cons came out on the days after the alleged raid toerroneously assert that torturing terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay led to the discovery of Bin Laden, Osama himself, the supposed world’s most wanted terrorist and a treasure trove of terror information, despite the fact that he was unarmed, was not taken in for questioning, he was instantly shot in the head according to the official narrative.
9) The US government has been caught on several occasions within the past decade staging military operations for the purposes of generating contrived, pro-war sentiment amongst the American public. Both the “rescue” of Jessica Lynch and the death of Pat Tillman were complete fables, scripted and staged at complete odds with the truth and unleashed on Americans as part of a psychological warfare offensive to elicit support for the war on terror, almost identical to what we’re seeing now with the Bin Laden sideshow. Given the fact that the US government has been caught red-handed scripting tales of pure fiction in order to justify the war on terror, notably in the cases of Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman, why on earth should we believe them now?
10) Despite the fact that Obama announced last Sunday on live television that the world was now “safer” because Bin Laden was dead, his administration, with the aid of the fearmongering mass media, instantly seized upon the situation to terrify Americans into being afraid of imminent “reprisal” terror attacks inside the United States, later claiming that Bin Laden had formulated an “aspirational rather than operational” plan to derail US trains that travel over 500mph, although no trains in the US can actually travel at such speeds. This led “terror experts” to salivate over how TSA agents were now needed in shopping malls to stick their hands down Americans’ pants, while New York Senator Chuckie Schumer called for the no fly list to be expanded to trains and subways. Obamahurried to ground zero for a photo op as he desperately tried to use the Bin Laden hoax to whip up phony patriotism as a means of boosting his flagging poll numbers. Others, like Democrat Bill Richardson, exploited the situation to try and push through policies that had no connection to Bin Laden or terrorism at all, like cap and trade. The haste with which the whole Bin Laden fable was exploited for political points scoring and as a psychological ploy to return Americans to a post-9/11 state of intellectual castration was painfully transparent, clearly suggesting that the entire farce was planned well in advance to achieve precisely those goals in the run up to 2012.