- Peace Garden: 05/01/2008 - 06/01/2008

Driving them out for Progress?

Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Few Remaining Uncontacted Amazonian Tribes Deserve Protection: Expert
These remarkable pictures of Envira Indians were taken by Brazilian government officials during several flights over a remote part of Brazil’s Acre state.0530 04 Painted a bright orange, two members of the tribe emerged from their huts to threaten the helicopter as it flew low over their small village. Others could be seen in the background, apparently startled by the presence of the noisy machine in their skies.
n spite of the threat of the encroaching world, the number of Envira Indians is thought to be increasing, Mr Meirelles said. But other “uncontacted” groups on the Peruvian side of the border, who have also been photographed by experts, were being pushed from their homes by illegal logging.
All to build bigger homes, new tables...Destroy one culture to keep this consumer culture growing.


Why stop at Scotty?

Congress May Question McClellan About Book
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, branded a “miserable creature” by former Sen. Bob Dole, could be headed for a congressional hearing examining his new book’s account of Bush administration involvement in the disclosure of a CIA operative’s identity.0531 03 1 House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said Friday he will talk to McClellan about the book’s account of the possible White House cover-up of top aides’ involvement in the leak of Valerie Plame’s name.
Call up W and Uncle Dick before they shuffle off to their ranches.


We already knew that...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bush misled U.S. on Iraq

In a book due out Monday, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan offers a blistering review of the administration and concludes that his longtime boss misled the nation into an unnecessary war in Iraq.
"What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary," he wrote in the preface.
The president's real motivation for the war, he said, was to transform the Middle East to ensure an enduring peace in the region. But the White House effort to sell the war as necessary due to the stated threat posed by Saddam Hussein was needed because "Bush and his advisers knew that the American people would almost certainly not support a war launched primarily for the ambitions purpose of transforming the Middle East," McClellan wrote. "Rather than open this Pandora's Box, the administration chose a different path — not employing out-and-out deception, but shading the truth," he wrote of the effort to convince the world that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, an effort he said used "innuendo and implication" and "intentional ignoring of intelligence to the contrary." "President Bush managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option," McClellan concluded, noting, "The lack of candor underlying the campaign for war would severely undermine the president's entire second term in office."
Will we learn the lesson before we buy the regime's Iranian scenario?

Nice to see rats abandoning the ship. Problem is the ship sank long ago.


You'll be missed

Sunday, May 25, 2008


We as terrorists?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Iran mosque blast plotters admit Israeli, US links

Iran's chief prosecutor said bombers who caused a deadly blast at a mosque in Shiraz had confessed of links to Israel and the United States, the ISNA student news agency reported on Friday. "Those responsible for the attack against the Shiraz mosque have confessed to having links to worldwide oppression, in particular the United States and Israel," Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi was quoted by the agency as saying.
We cry outrage when the Generals say Iran is training fighters for Iraq. Shouldn't the media also cry outrage if these ties are true?

Come on Hannity. Where are you?


It is about time we are reading this

Is The World About To Be Running On Empty?
In France, fishermen are blockading oil refineries. In Britain, lorry drivers are planning a day of action. In the US, the car maker Ford is to cut production of gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles and airlines are jacking up ticket prices. Global concerns about fuel prices are reaching fever pitch and the world’s leading energy monitor has issued a disturbing downward revision of the oil industry’s ability to keep pace with soaring demand.
Yesterday’s warning from the International Energy Agency sent the price of a barrel of oil to a new record for the 13th day in a row. The latest high - $135 for a barrel of light sweet crude - was reached in New York barely five months after the price hit $100. Experts in London and on Wall Street predict that prices will rise to $200, regardless of the protests of consumers and the complaints of politicians. It is simple economics, they say: supply and demand. The former is short, the latter growing.
Peak Oil - a phrase more should hear about - and more politicos pay attention to.


Cluster Bombs

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Survivor Corps team travels to Dublin, Ireland May 19-30, 2008 for the final round of negotiations on the Cluster Munitions Treaty, which will ban the use of these indiscriminate weapons and uphold the human rights of people affected by the weapon. The treaty is expected to open for signatures in December of 2008.
As a Steering Committee member of the Cluster Munitions Coalition, Survivor Corps is leading the charge to make sure that effective assistance for victims of cluster munitions is one of the core obligations of the treaty. The goal is to ensure that governments provide assistance to the people and communities harmed by cluster munitions, and fully recognize their human rights.
The work of this group is to be applauded and supported. Their purpose is to help all overcome the effects of war and violence. A co-founder of the group is Jerry White.
In 1984, author Jerry White lost his leg---and almost his life---in a landmine accident. He has endured the pain of loss and the challenge of rebuilding. As cofounder of Survivors Corps, White has interviewed thousands of victims of tragedy.
He has recently written a book titled "I Will Not Be Broken", "...an astoundingly effective guide to recreating a happy and fulfilling life after catastrophe strikes..."
Wouldn't it be great if Stevie Mull would read this and talk to White before he declares that this regime will not ban cluster bombs?



US Official: Cluster Bomb Ban Could Hurt ‘Cooperation’ and ‘Humanitarian Work’
A senior U.S. official said Wednesday that a proposed treaty banning cluster bombs would hurt world security and endanger U.S. military cooperation on humanitarian work with countries that sign the accord.
Stephen Mull, an assistant secretary of state, briefed reporters at the State Department to explain why the United States was not attending a gathering in Ireland of representatives of more than 100 nations working on a treaty to ban the bombs blamed for killing or maiming civilians as their mini-bombs explode months or years after they are dropped.
Mull, acting assistant secretary for political-military affairs, said a draft of the treaty would criminalize military cooperation with the United States or other countries that have cluster bombs and do not sign the document. That would hinder humanitarian work of the type the United States is involved in now in Myanmar and China, he said. American warships and planes often are used to respond to earthquakes, typhoons, cyclones and other disasters around the world. “This would have very grave implications,” Mull said. “With one stroke, any country that signs the convention as it is now and ratifies it, in effect would make it impossible for the United States or any of our other allies who rely on these weapons to participate in these humanitarian exercises.”
The three biggest producers of cluster bombs - the United States, Russia and China - oppose ban proposals and have veto power on the U.N. Security Council. None of the three is represented at the talks in Dublin.
Stevie, here's the solution. Stop using and producing cluster bombs. Case closed - not problem with helping others.


Joining the crazies!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

US House speaker: Nothing should be ruled out in order to stop Iran
"Iran must be stopped. They are a threat to the neighborhood and a source of funding for Hamas and Hizbullah," Pelosi told Channel 1. While hoping there would be no need for a military strike, the House speaker stressed, "I do think we must not take anything off the table."
Nancy - back-up singer to McCain?


Get Better

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Forget all your politics for awhile...
Every thing’s gonna get lighter, even if it never gets better.
Let's hope so. We need some help!


Revive? It wasn't near death!

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 05/16/2008 | Bush visit to Israel revives talk of a strike on Iran
In 22 minutes, Bush offered one of the strongest demonstrations of support for Israel ever made by an American president. And he reawakened lingering hopes among hawks in Israel or the United States for a U.S. military strike to thwart Iran's nuclear program. Israel's Army Radio reported Friday that the possibility of an American strike on Iran was raised in private discussions during Bush's visit.
Only a few months left to make an impact on November elections.


Sending troops?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

US President Bush offers to help Lebanese Army
Washington is ready to help the Lebanese Army respond more effectively to Hezbollah's armed supporters, US President George W Bush said in an interview with BBC Arabic television rebroadcast Tuesday. Bush said Hezbollah was acting against its own people and accused the Shiite group of destabilizing Lebanon with the backing of Iran.
The question Congress and we must ask is:What kind of help? Send in troops? First casualty...blame Iran...invade Iran.
Not probable?
This is W we are talking about you know.


Sleight of hand

US must focus on Iraq, less on future wars-Gates
The U.S. military should focus more on winning in Iraq and preparing to fight other insurgencies and less on possible big wars with other countries, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday. "I have noticed too much of a tendency toward what might be called 'next-war-itis' -- the propensity of much of the defense establishment to be in favor of what might be needed in a future conflict," Gates said. "It is true that we would be hard-pressed to launch a major conventional ground operation elsewhere in the world at this time -- but where would we sensibly do that?" he said at a seminar for journalists in Colorado Springs.
So while WE focus on Iraq, WE fail to notice what Gates is planning for Iran. Houdini-Gates.


Who cares?

Monday, May 12, 2008

First lady: Storm threatened wedding
Storms that spawned violent tornadoes over the weekend slammed into President Bush's Texas ranch and threatened to disrupt wedding plans for Jenna Bush and Henry Hager, first lady Laura Bush said Monday.
"We did have a little — one setback on Friday night. While we were off in another town at the rehearsal dinner there was a tornado. ... All the catering ovens were turned over and the sides were ripped off the tent," she told a luncheon at the White House.
"But everyone worked wildly and you couldn't even tell the next night. It was just perfect, everything was great."
"We ignored all those deaths in Iraq. We ignored the deaths in Myanmar. We clearly ignored the devastation in our own country from twisters and floods. We ignored it all, as we have in the past, because we wanted to just kick back and have a great time. And we did!"



Earth at 350
Even for Americans, constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start--even for us, the world looks a little Terminal right now.
It's not just the economy. We've gone through swoons before. It's that gas at $4 a gallon means we're running out, at least of the cheap stuff that built our sprawling society. It's that when we try to turn corn into gas, it sends the price of a loaf of bread shooting upwards and starts food riots on three continents. It's that everything is so inextricably tied together. It's that, all of a sudden, those grim Club of Rome types who, way back in the 1970s, went on and on about the "limits to growth" suddenly seem... how best to put it, right.
All of a sudden it isn't morning in America, it's dusk on planet Earth.
There's a number--a new number--that makes this point most powerfully. It may now be the most important number on Earth: 350. As in parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
A few weeks ago, our foremost climatologist, NASA's Jim Hansen, submitted a paper to Science magazine with several co-authors. The abstract attached to it argued--and I have never read stronger language in a scientific paper--"if humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm." Hansen cites six irreversible tipping points--massive sea level rise and huge changes in rainfall patterns, among them--that we'll pass if we don't get back down to 350 soon; and the first of them, judging by last summer's insane melt of Arctic ice, may already be behind us.
Here's the thing. Hansen didn't just say that, if we didn't act, there was trouble coming; or, if we didn't yet know what was best for us, we'd certainly be better off below 350 ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. His phrase was: "...if we wish to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed." A planet with billions of people living near those oh-so- floodable coastlines. A planet with ever more vulnerable forests. (A beetle, encouraged by warmer temperatures, has already managed to kill ten times more trees this year than in any previous infestation across the northern reaches of Canada. This means far more carbon heading for the atmosphere, and apparently dooms Canada's efforts to comply with the Kyoto Protocol, already in doubt because of its decision to start producing oil for the US from Alberta's tar sands.)
With twisters, changed weather patterns, cyclones...we better hurry!


War with Iran is close...

Friday, May 09, 2008

Closer Than You Think
There is considerable speculation and buzz in Washington today suggesting that the National Security Council has agreed in principle to proceed with plans to attack an Iranian al-Qods-run camp that is believed to be training Iraqi militants. The camp that will be targeted is one of several located near Tehran. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was the only senior official urging delay in taking any offensive action. The decision to go ahead with plans to attack Iran is the direct result of concerns being expressed over the deteriorating situation in Lebanon, where Iranian ally Hezbollah appears to have gained the upper hand against government forces and might be able to dominate the fractious political situation.
Gates a voice of reason? No way - he was probably holding out to bomb the entire nation just not a few camps.



Thursday, May 08, 2008

US Consumers Rank Last in World Survey of Green Habits
Americans rank last in a new National Geographic-sponsored survey released Wednesday that compares environmental consumption habits in 14 countries. Americans were least likely to choose the greener option in three out of four categories - housing, transportation and consumer goods_ according to the assessment.
It is not just the choice. It is the desire to have the latest and greatest. To have the biggest and most. The problem with that? Those iPods, PCs, TVes, shoes, jeans....just get thrown away. Stop the buying frenzy as well as start buying the greener product.


Looking for more reasons

Iran's influence in Latin America worries U.S.

Iran is making allies in Latin America to counter Washington's traditional influence in the region and could use them to threaten U.S. security, a top U.S. diplomat said Wednesday. "We are worried that in the event of a conflict with Iran, that it would attempt to use its presence in the region to conduct such activities against us," Thomas Shannon, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, told Reuters. Left-wing governments in Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia have all become allies of Iran in recent years, and other countries in Latin America have diplomatic ties with the Islamic republic.
And now with Lebanon in civil war, all eyes are on Iranian support of Hezbollah.
It serves the ambition of General Petraeus, by implicitly blaming Iran for the failure of his "surge": Petraeus has hinted that he wants a bigger war, a story like this supplies a plausible cover to his next escalation, and it was designed to lend itself to that use. Also, by invoking the name of Hezbollah--until now, an obscure Lebanese party to most Americans--Gordon and the Times pick an enemy of Israel to connect with an enemy of the U.S.
Something is in the air. Nobody is talking about Iran and everybody is talking about it, from Hillary Clinton in her run for president to Condoleezza Rice in her run for vice-president. When Senator Clinton said that for Israel's sake she would "obliterate" Iran, she was entering a new terrain of recklessness. In the past, in America, it has been mainly generals who talked this way.
Obliterate was a favorite word and idea with General Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command and the prototype of General Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove. The only politician to talk freely of obliteration, before Hillary Clinton, was not John McCain but another retired pilot and senator from Arizona, Barry Goldwater.
What are Bush and Petraeus looking for? Probably, at first, a small or medium- small war, with tactical bombing raids across the border to assist McCain in the fall and have him inherit in January. And yet, the administration is ready for worse. And if Iran makes a war possible by violent counteraction, the last days of the Bush administration will be euphoric and satisfied.

The ways that W can manipulate and lie to get us into Iran keep building. And the consequences keep getting bleaker.


Fill in the blanks

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

War with _________ 'very close'

"We know what the signals are when you see propaganda waged against _________. We see _____________ troops entering our territories on the basis of false information," he said.
Iran? Guess again.

Looks like other "superpowers" want to flex their muscles too.


Read carefully...

Monday, May 05, 2008

Ayatollah: Iran won't stop nuke program

Meanwhile, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday that he hopes the time does not arrive when the US decides to discontinue sanctions against Iran and instead tries to solve the nuclear standoff militarily. "I hope the US does not get into a situation where we get into a military conflict with Iran," Mullen told Channel 10. Concerning the Syrian nuclear faculty reportedly bombed by Israel and which the CIA said was being built with North Korean help, Mullen called the situation "troubling." He went on to say that the US has "has been at Israel's side for all of 60 years, it will be for the next 60 years, 100 years and 1,000 years.
Read carefully. No not the 1,000 years. Read the "military conflict" line again. Seems to be getting ready to say that we were forced to attack Iran.

Deja Vu all over again.


Liberal media?

Sunday, May 04, 2008

United States is drawing up plans to strike on Iranian insurgency camp
The US military is drawing up plans for a “surgical strike” against an insurgent training camp inside Iran if Republican Guards continue with attempts to destabilise Iraq, western intelligence sources said last week. One source said the Americans were growing increasingly angry at the involvement of the Guards’ special-operations Quds force inside Iraq, training Shi’ite militias and smuggling weapons into the country.
Where are the media stars? Why are we not hearing this on ABC, NBC, FAUX?


Heating up!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

CIA director says Iran wants to kill Americans in Iraq

CIA Director Michael Hayden said Wednesday that Iranian policy, at the highest government level, is to help kill Americans in Iraq, the boldest pronouncement of Iranian involvement by a U.S. official to date.
"It is my opinion, it is the policy of the Iranian government, approved to highest level of that government, to facilitate the killing of Americans in Iraq," Hayden said. "Just make sure there's clarity on that."
And we know you want to kill them.

It is painfully obvious that the bombs have a green-light. Where is Congress? Where are the voices to stop it before it starts?


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