Sunday, April 30, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
(this is rather long, but well worth the read - print it up for the conspiracy nuts you know to read)
Astute observers of history are aware that for every notable event there will usually be at least one, often several wild conspiracy theories which spring up around it. 'The CIA killed Hendrix', 'The Pope had John Lennon murdered', 'Hitler was half Werewolf', 'Space aliens replaced Nixon with a clone' etc, etc. The bigger the event, the more ridiculous and more numerous are the fanciful rantings which circulate in relation to it. So its hardly surprising that the events of September 11th, 2001 have spawned their fair share of these ludicrous fairy tales. And as always, there is - sadly - a small but gullible percentage of the population eager to lap up these tall tales, regardless of facts or rational analysis.
One of the wilder stories circulating about September 11th - and one that has attracted something of a cult following amongst conspiracy buffs - is that it was carried out by nineteen fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, with no apparent motivation other than that they 'hate our freedoms.'
Never a group of people to be bothered by facts, the perpetrators of this cartoon fantasy have constructed an elaborately woven web of delusions and unsubstantiated hearsay in order to promote this garbage across the internet and the media to the extent that a number of otherwise rational people have actually fallen under its spell.
Normally I don't even bother debunking this kind of junk, but the effect that this paranoid myth is beginning to have requires a little rational analysis, in order to consign it to the same rubbish bin as all such silly conspiracy theories.
These crackpots even contend that the extremist Bush regime was caught unawares by the attacks, had no hand in organising them, and actually would have stopped them if it had been able. Blindly ignoring the stand down of the US air-force, the insider trading on airline stocks - linked to the CIA - the complicit behavior of Bush on the morning of the attacks, the controlled demolition of the WTC, the firing of a missile into the Pentagon and a host of other documented proofs that the Bush regime was behind the attacks, the conspiracy theorists stick doggedly to a silly story about nineteen Arab hijackers somehow managing to commandeer four planes simultaneously and fly them around US airspace for nearly two hours, crashing them into important buildings, without the US intelligence services having any idea that it was coming, and without the Air Force knowing what to do.
The huge difficulties with such a stupid story force them to invent even more preposturous stories to distract from its core silliness, and thus the tale has escalated into a mythic fantasy of truly gargantuan proportions.
It's difficult to apply rational analysis to such unmitigated stupidity, but that is the task which I take on in this article. However, it should be noted that one of the curious characteristics of conspiracy theorists is that they effortlessly change their so called evidence in response to each aspect which is debunked. As soon as one delusion is unmasked, they simply invent another to replace it, and deny that the first ever existed. Eventually, when they have turned full circle through this endlessly changing fantasy fog, they then re-invent the original delusion and deny that you ever debunked it, thus beginning the circle once more. This technique is known as 'the fruit loop' and saves the conspiracy theorist from ever having to see any of their ideas through to their (il)ogical conclusions.
According to the practitioners of the fruit loop, nineteen Arabs took over four planes by subduing the passengers and crew through the use of guns, knives, box cutters and gas, and then used electronic guidance systems which they had smuggled on board to fly the planes to their targets.
The suspension of disbelief required for this outrageous concoction is only for the hard core conspiracy theorist. For a start, they conveniently skip over the awkward fact that there weren't any Arabs on the planes. If there were, one must speculate that they somehow got on board without being filmed by any of the security cameras and without being registered on the passenger lists. But the curly question of how they are supposed to have got on board is all too mundane for the exciting world of the conspiracy theorist. With vague mumblings that they must have been using false ID - but never specifying which IDs they are alleged to have used, or how these were traced to their real identities - they quickly bypass this problem, to relate exciting and sinister tales about how some of the fictitious fiends were actually searched before boarding because they looked suspicious. However, as inevitably happens with any web of lies, this simply paints them into an even more difficult corner. How are they supposed to have got on board with all that stuff if they were searched ? And if they used gas in a confined space, they would have been affected themselves unless they also had masks in their luggage.
"Excuse me sir, why do you have a boxcutter, a gun, a container of gas, a gas mask and an electronic guidance unit in your luggage?"
"A present for your grandmother? Very well sir, on you get."
"Very strange", thinks the security officer, "that's the fourth Arabic man without an Arabic name who just got on board with a knife, gun or boxcutter and gas mask...and why does that security camera keep flicking off every time one these characters shows up? Must be one of those days I guess..."
Asking any of these basic questions to a conspiracy theorist is likely to cause a sudden leap to the claim that we know that they were on board because they left a credit card trail for the tickets they had purchased and cars they had rented. So if they used credit cards that identified them, how does that reconcile with the claim that they used false IDs to get on to the plane? But by this time , the fruit loop is in full swing, as the conspiracy theorist tries to stay one jump ahead of this annoying and awkward rational analysis. They will allege that the hijackers' passports were found at the crash scenes. "So there!" they exalt triumphantly, their fanatical faces lighting up with that deranged look of one who has just a revelation of questionable sanity.
Hmm? So they got on board with false IDs but took their real passports with them? However, by this time the fruit loop has been completely circumnavigated,and the conspiracy theorist exclaims impatiently, "who said anything about false IDs? We know what seats they were sitting in! Their presence is well documented!" And so the whole loop starts again. "Well, why aren't they on the passenger lists?" "You numbskull! They assumed the identities of other passengers!" And so on...
Finally, out of sheer fascination with this circular method of creative delusion, the rational sceptic will allow them to get away with this loop, in order to move on to the next question, and see what further delights await us in the unraveling of this marvelously stupid story.
"Uh, how come their passports survived fiery crashes that completely incinerated the planes and all the passengers? "The answer of course is that its just one of those strange coincidences, those little quirks of fate that do happen from time to time. You know, like the same person winning the lottery four weeks in a row. The odds are astronomical, but these things do happen.
This is another favourite deductive method of the conspiracy theorist. The 'improbability drive', in which they decide upon a conclusion without any evidence whatsoever to support it, and then continually speculate a series of wildly improbable events and unbelievable co-incidences to support it, shrugging off the implausibility of each event with the vague assertion that sometimes the impossible happens - just about all the time in their world. There is a principle called 'Occam's razor' which suggests that in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the simplest explanation is most likely to be correct. Conspiracy theorists hate Occam's razor.
Having for the sake of amusement, allowed them to get away with with the silly story of the nineteen invisible Arabs, we move on to the question of how they are supposed to have taken over the planes.
Hijacking a plane is not an easy thing to do. Hijacking it without the pilot being able to alert ground control is near impossible. The pilot has only to punch in a four digit code to alert ground control to a hijacking. Unconcerned with the awkward question of plausibility, the conspiracy buffs maintain that on that September 11th, the invisible hijackers took over the plane by the rather crude method of threatening people with boxcutters and knives, and spraying gas - after they had attached their masks, obviously - but somehow took control of the plane without the crew first getting a chance to punch in the hijacking code. Not just on one plane, but on all four. At this point in the tale, the conspiracy theorist is again forced to call upon the services of the improbability drive.
So now that our incredibly lucky hijackers have taken control of the planes, all four pilots fly them with breath taking skill and certainty to their fiery end, all four pilots unflinching in their steely resolve for a swift meeting with Allah. Apart from their psychotic hatred of 'our freedoms', it was their fanatical devotion to Islam which enabled them to summon up the iron will to do this. Which is strange, because according to another piece of hearsay peddled by the conspiracy buffs, these guys actually went out drinking and womanizing the night before their great martyrdom, even leaving their Korans in the bar - really impeccable Islamic behavior - and then got up at 5 o'clock the next morning to pull off the greatest covert operation in history. This also requires us to believe that they were even clear headed enough to learn how to fly the huge planes by reading flight manuals in Arabic in the car on the way to the airport. We know this because they supposedly left the flight manuals there for us to find.
It gets better. Their practical training had allegedly been limited to Cessnas and flight simulators, but this was no barrier to the unflinching certainty with which they took over the planes and skillfully guided them to their doom. If they are supposed to have done their flight training with these tools, which would be available just about anywhere in the world, its not clear why they would have decided to risk blowing their cover to US intelligence services by doing the training in Florida, rather than somewhere in the Middle East, but such reasoning is foreign to the foggy world of the conspiracy theorist, too trapped in the constant rotation of the mental fruit loop to make their unsubstantiated fabrications seem even semi-believable.
Having triumphantly established a circular delusion in support of the mythical Arabs, the conspiracy theorist now confronts the difficult question of why there's nothing left of the planes. Anybody who has seen the endlessly replayed footage of the second plane going into the WTC will realize that the plane was packed with explosives. Planes do not and cannot blow up into nothing in that manner when they crash.
Did the mythical Arabs also haul a huge heap of explosives on board, and mange to deploy them in such a manner that they went off in the exact instant of the crash, completely vapourizing the plane? This is a little difficult even for the conspiracy theorist, who at this point decides that its easier to invent new laws of physics in order to keep the delusion rolling along.
There weren't any explosives. It wasn't an inside job. The plane blew up into nothing from its exploding fuel load! Remarkable, quite remarkable. Sluggishly combustible jet fuel which is basically Kerosene, and which burns at a maximum temperature of around 800 degrees Celcius has suddenly taken on the qualities of a ferociously explosive demolition agent, vapourising sixty-five tons of aircraft into a puff of smoke. Never mind that a plane of that size contains around fifteen tons of steel and titanium, of which even the melting points are about double that of the maximum combustion temperature of Kerosene - let alone the boiling point - which is what would be required to vapourise a plane. And then there's about fifty tons of aluminium to be accounted for. In excess of 15lbs of metal for each gallon of Kerosene.
For the conspiracy theorist, such inconvenient facts are vaguely dismissed as 'mumbo jumbo'. This convenient little phrase is their answer to just about anything factual or logical. Like a conjurer pulling a rabbit out of a hat, they suddenly become fanatically insistent about the devastating explosive qualities of Kerosene, something hitherto completely unknown to science, but just discovered by them, this very minute. Blissfully ignoring the fact that never before or since in aviation history has a plane vapourised into nothing from an exploding fuel load, the conspiracy theorist relies upon Hollywood images, where the effects are are always larger than life, and certainly larger than the intellects of these cretins.
"Its a well known fact that planes blow up into nothing on impact", they state with pompous certainty, "watch any Bruce Willis movie."
"Care to provide any documented examples? If it's a well known fact, then presumably this well known fact springs from some kind of documentation - other than Bruce Willis movies?"
At this point the mad but cunning eyes of the conspiracy theorist will narrow as they sense the corner that they have backed themselves into, and plan their escape by means of another stunning backflip.
"Ah, but planes have never crashed into buildings before, so there's no way of telling." they counter with a sly grin. Well, actually planes have crashed into buildings before and since, and not vapourised into nothing. "But not big planes, with that much fuel", they shriek in hysterical denial. Or that much metal to vapourise.
"Yes but not hijacked planes!" "Are you suggesting that whether the crash is deliberate or accidental affects the combustion qualities of the fuel?" "Now you're just being silly".
Although collisions with buildings are rare, planes frequently crash into mountains, streets, other aircraft, nosedive into the ground, or have bombs planted aboard them, and don't vapourise into nothing. What's so special about a tower that's mostly glass? But by now, the conspiracy theorist has once again sailed happily around the fruit loop. "It's a well documented fact that planes explode into nothing on impact."
Effortlessly weaving back and forth between the position that its a "well known fact" and that "its never happened before, so we have nothing to compare it to", the conspiracy theorist has now convinced themselves - if not too many other people - that the WTC plane was not loaded with explosives, and that the instant vapourisation of the plane in a massive fireball was the same as any other plane crash you might care to mention. Round and round the fruit loop.
But the hurdles which confront the conspiracy theorist are many, and they are now forced to implement even more creative uses for the newly discovered shockingly destructive qualities of Kerosene. They have to explain how the Arabs also engineered the elegant veritcal collapse of both the WTC towers, and for this awkward fact the easiest counter is to simply deny that it was a controlled demolition, and claim that the buildings collapsed from fire caused by the burning Kerosene.
For this, its necessary to sweep aside the second law of thermodynamics and propose Kerosene which is not only impossibly destructive, but also recycles itself for a second burning in violation of the law of degradation of energy. You see, it not only consumed itself in a sudden catastrophic fireball , vapourising a sixty-five ton plane into nothing, but then came back for a second go, burning at 2000 degrees centigrade for another hour at the impact point, melting the skyscraper's steel like butter. And while it was doing all this it also poured down the elevator shafts, starting fires all through the building. When I was at school there was a little thing called the entropy law which suggests that a given portion of fuel can only burn once, something which is readily observable in the real world, even for those who didn't make it to junior high school science. But this is no problem for the conspiracy theorist. Gleefully, they claim that a few thousand gallons of Kerosene is enough to:
- Completely vapourise a sixty-five ton aircraft
- Have enough left over to burn ferociously enough for over an hour at the impact point to melt steel - melting point about double the maximum combustion temperature of the fuel
- Still have enough left over to pour down the elevator shafts and start similarly destructive fires all through the building
This Kerosene really is remarkable stuff! How chilling to realize that those Kerosene heaters we had in the house when I was a kid were deadly bombs, just waiting to go off. One false move and the entire street might have been vapourised. And never again will I take Kerosene lamps out camping. One moment you're there innocently holding the lamp - the next - kapow! Vapourised into nothing along with with the rest of the camp site, and still leaving enough of the deadly stuff to start a massive forest fire.
These whackos are actually claiming that the raging inferno allegedly created by the miraculously recycling, and impossibly hot burning Kerosene melted or at least softened the steel supports of the skyscraper. Oblivious to the fact that the black smoke coming from the WTC indicates an oxygen starved fire - therefore not particularly hot - they trumpet an alleged temperature in the building of 2000 degrees centigrade, without a shred of evidence to support this curious suspension of the laws of physics.
Not content with this ludicrous garbage, they then contend that as the steel frames softened, they came straight down instead of buckling and twisting and falling sideways.
Since they're already re-engineered the combustion qualities of jet fuel, violated the second law of thermodynamics, and redefined the structural properties of steel, why let a little thing like the laws of gravity get in the way?
The tower fell in a time almost identical to that of a free falling object, dropped from that height, meaning that its physically impossible for it to have collapsed by the method of the top floors smashing through the lower floors. But according to the conspiracy theorists, the laws of gravity were temporarily suspended on the morning of September 11th. It appears that the evil psychic power of those dreadful Arabs knew no bounds. Even after they were dead, they were able, by the power of their evil spirits, to force down the tower at a speed physically impossible under the laws of gravity, had it been meeting any resistance from fireproofed steel structures originally designed to resist many tons of hurricane force wind as well as the impact of a Boeing passenger jet straying off course.
Clearly, these conspiracy nuts never did their science homework at school, but did become extremely adept at inventing tall tales for why. "Muslim terrorists stole my notes,Sir." "No Miss, the Kerosene heater blew up and vapourised everything in the street, except for my passport." "You see Sir, the schoolbus was hijacked by Arabs who destroyed my homework because they hate our freedoms."
Or perhaps they misunderstood the term 'creative science' and mistakenly thought that coming up with such rubbish was in fact, their science homework.
The ferocious heat generated by this ghastly Kerosene was, according to the conspiracy theorists, the reason why so many of the WTC victims can't be identified. DNA is destroyed by heat - although 2000 degrees centigrade isn't really required, 100 degrees centigrade will generally do the job. This is quite remarkable, because according to the conspiracy theorist, the nature of DNA suddenly changes if you go to a different city.
That's right, if you are killed by an Arab terrorist in New York, your DNA will be destroyed by such temperatures. But if you are killed by an Arab terrorist in Washington, your DNA will be so robust that it can survive temperatures which completely vapourise a sixty-five ton aircraft.
You see, these loonies have somehow concocted the idea that the missile which hit the pentagon was not a missile at all, but one of the hijacked planes. And to prove this unlikely premise, they point to a propaganda statement from the Bush regime, which rather stupidly claims that all but one of the people aboard the plane were identified from the site by DNA testing, even though nothing remains of the plane. The plane was vapourised by the fuel tank explosion, maintain these space loonies, but the people inside it were all but one identified by DNA testing.
So there we have it. The qualities of DNA are different, depending upon which city you're in, or perhaps depending upon which fairy story you're trying to sell at any particular time.
This concoction about one of the hijacked planes hitting the Pentagon really is a howler. For those not familiar with the layout of the Pentagon, it consists of 5 rings of building, each with a space inbetween. Each ring of building is about 30-35 feet deep, with a similar amount of open space between it and the next ring. The object which penetrated the Pentagon went in at about a 45 degree angle, punching a neat circular hole of about a 12 foot diameter through three rings - six walls. A little later a section of wall about 65 foot wide collapsed in the outer ring. Since the plane which the conspiracy theorists claim to be responsible for the impact had a wing span of 125 feet and a length of 155 feet, and there was no wreckage of the plane, either inside or outside the building, and the lawns outside were still smooth and green enough to play golf on, this crazy delusion is clearly physically impossible.
But hey, we've already disregarded the combustion qualities of jet fuel, the normal properties of common building materials, the properties of DNA, the laws of gravity and the second law of thermodynamics, so what the hell - why not throw in a little spatial impossibility as well? I would have thought that the observation that a solid object cannot pass through another solid object without leaving a hole at least as big as itself is reasonably sound science. But to the conspiracy theorist, this is 'mumbo jumbo'. It conflicts with the delusion that they're hooked on, so it 'must be wrong' although trying to get them to explain exactly how it could be wrong is a futile endeavour.
Conspiracy theorists fly into a curious panic whenever the Pentagon missile is mentioned. They nervously maintain that the plane was vapourised by it's exploding fuel load, and point to the WTC crash as evidence of this behavior. That's a wonderful fruit loop. Like an insect which has just been sprayed, running back and forth in its last mad death throes, they first argue that the reason the hole is so small is that the plane never entered the wall, having blown up outside, and then suddenly backflip to explain the 250 foot deep missile hole by saying that the plane disappeared all the way into the building, and then blew up inside the building - even though the building shows no sign of such damage. As for what happened to the wings - here's where they get really creative. The wings snapped off and folded into the fuselage which then carried them into the building, which then closed up behind the plane like a piece of meat.
When it suits them, they'll also claim that the plane slid in on its belly - ignoring the undamaged lawn - while at the same time citing alleged witnesses to the plane diving steeply into the building from an 'irrecoverable angle.' How they reconcile these two scenarios as being compatible is truly a study in stupidity.
Once they get desperate enough, you can be sure that the UFO conspiracy stuff will make an appearance. The Arabs are in league with the Martians. Space aliens snatched the remains of the Pentagon plane and fixed most of the hole in the wall, just to confuse people. They gave the Arabs invisibility pills to help get them onto the planes. Little green men were seen talking to Bin Laden a few weeks prior to the attacks.
As America gears up to impeach the traitor Bush, and stop his perpetual oil war, it's not helpful to have these idiots distracting from the process by spreading silly conspiracy theories about mythical Arabs, stories which do nothing but play into the hands of the extremist Bush regime.
At a less serious time, we might tolerate such crackpots with amused detachment, but they need to understand that the treachery that was perpetrated on September 11th, and the subsequent war crimes committed in 'retaliation' are far too serious for us to allow such frivolous self indulgence to go unchallenged.
Those who are truly addicted to conspiracy delusions should find a more appropriate outlet for their paranoia.
Its time to stop loony conspiracy theories about September 11th.
Bush to proclaim designated month for Jewish history
By BETH REINHARD Knight Ridder Newspapers
Published Saturday, April 22, 2006
MIAMI - In a history-making moment, President George W. Bush is expected next week to proclaim May of every year as Jewish American Heritage Month.
The proclamation will be the culmination of months of work by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who pushed resolutions through the House and Senate that urged Bush to take action. That’s no small feat for a first-term Demo-crat.
Now it’s up to school districts, museums and community groups to make the symbolic designation meaningful. Wasserman Schultz wants these institutions to raise awareness about Jewish contributions to American life, as they have done with Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
"We’ve all observed a precipitous rise in bigotry and anti-Semitism across the country and globally," said Wasserman Schultz. "If through educational and cultural programming we can foster understanding and tolerance, that would be a significant accomplishment."
The month of May will replace the little-known Jewish American Heritage week in April that has been proclaimed annually by presidents - including Bush - since 1980. May was chosen because it does not include any major Jewish holidays.
"There will be no religious emphasis," Wasserman Schultz said. "It will be purely cultural and educational, so we didn’t want it tied to any particular Jewish holiday."
The U.S. House of Representatives put a stop to laws commemorating a certain period of time in 1995, responding to the deluge of members seeking a symbolic way to connect with certain constituents or special-interest groups. But lawmakers still ask the president frequently to issue proclamations, and he has honored Irish Americans, the Wright brothers and family caregivers.
Bush courted Jewish voters, who traditionally lean Democratic, during his two presidential campaigns. He began an annual Hanukkah celebration at the White House. Before last year’s event, the White House brought in a team of three rabbis to oversee the cleansing of the kitchen and preparation of kosher food.
"The president recognizes the importance of celebrating Jewish-American contributions to the nation," said White House spokesman Blair Jones.
Wasserman Schultz will officially announce Jewish American Heritage Month at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach. The museum’s founding executive director, Marcia Zerivitz, worked closely with Wasserman Schultz.
"We don’t want to forget the larger story of immigration and that everyone has come from somewhere else," Zerivitz said. "American Jews have contributed so much, and we thought we should have a month to commemorate that."
make sure you scroll down and see all the photos - the last ones are of the people of Iran and show that the women are not as "oppressed" as the zionist media and government would have us believe! (it may take some time to download)
Thursday, April 27, 2006
"King & King" was read to a classroom of about 20 mostly 7 years olds..."
"Ash said the school was under no legal obligation to inform parents the book would be read. "This school district is committed to a welcoming environment for all kids. We embrace the diverse nature of the community," he told Reuters.
"King & King" tells the story of a crown prince who rejects a bevy of beautiful princesses, rebuffing each suitor until falling in love with a prince. The two marry, sealing the union with a kiss, and live happily ever after."
Oil price drives Exxon to $8.4bn profit
By Andrei Postelnicu in New York
Updated: 12:42 p.m. ET April 27, 2006
ExxonMobil, the world's largest public oil company, said first-quarter earnings rose 12.3 per cent to $1.27 per share helped by surging crude prices, which last week reached an all-time nominal high of above $75.
Exxon earned a total $8.4bn in net profits in the quarter through March, up almost 7 per cent from $7.86bn in the previous year on revenues that rose 8.4 per cent to $88.98bn.
Shares fell 2.3 per cent to $61.65 in pre-market trading as the results fell short of some analysts' expectations and were almost 22 per cent below the record net profits Exxon achieved in the previous quarter.
Exxon said lower margins in its chemicals business partially offset higher margins in oil and gas.
However, Exxon's results come amid renewed public and political outcry over the impact of high energy prices on US consumers. Some members of Congress have proposed a tax on the windfall profits earned by oil companies, while President George W Bush has asked for the elimination of billion-dollar tax breaks oil companies receive.
Exxon and its industry peers have argued that they do not earn more per dollar of revenue than other sector bell-wethers. The public outreach effort has included full-page advertisements in leading newspapers seeking to persuade the public that billions in profits looked more outlandish than they are in reality.
Exxon earned $10.7bn in net profits in the fourth quarter and $36.1bn in all of 2005, more than any other US company in history. It boosted its first-quarter dividend by more than 10 per cent to 32 cents per share, the 29th consecutive increase.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Now even the Jerusalem Post brags about all the Jews that are running America!
Top White House posts go to Jews
By NATHAN GUTTMANWashington
After appointing Joshua Bolten to be the White House chief of staff, US President George W. Bush nominated another Jewish staffer, Joel Kaplan, to serve as Bolten's deputy, putting him in charge of the daily policy planning.
The fact that White House policy is now in the hands of two Jews is not seen as significant by activists in the American Jewish community.
"He is simply appointing the best people for the job," said Nathan Diament, who heads the Washington office of the Orthodox Union. Another Jewish activist added that he "wouldn't read too much into it."
Bolten, who first served as head of the Office of Management and Budget, was the first Jewish member of Bush's cabinet. Ever since Bush took office, there has been a custom of opening cabinet meetings with a brief prayer and so, before his first cabinet meeting, Bolten's assistant contacted Diament and asked for help in finding a Jewish prayer for the security and well-being of the cabinet members. The Orthodox Union provided him with the text in English and in Hebrew and Bolten read it aloud at the next cabinet meeting.
Bolten and Kaplan will probably be the most prominent Jewish members of the Bush administration, but not the only ones. Apart from Bolten, there is another Jewish cabinet member, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and there are other Jewish senior staff members, including Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams and White House staffer Jay Lefkowitz.
In the past year, several Jews who were holding senior posts in the administration have left, among them deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz, undersecretary of defense Doug Feith, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby and political adviser Ken Mehlman, who now heads the Republican National Committee.
Yet the policy of the administration has little to do with the religious beliefs of the staffers. "The president sets the policy goals and it is now the job of Josh [Bolten] and Joel [Kaplan] to help achieve these goals," said Noam Neusner, who served as the liaison to the Jewish community in Bush's White House from 2002-2005.
Other Jewish activists, both Republican and Democrat, agree that the nomination of Bolten and Kaplan have no affect on policy.
For Republicans, there is still a feeling that Bush does not receive the credit he deserves from the Jewish community. "We have Israel's best friend and it still hasn't changed the way the Jewish community sees him," said Fred Zeidman, a close friend of Bush and chairman of the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. "I keep hoping that one day our community will see the light and support President Bush."
Neusner recalled that in the Bush White House there was always great respect for religious practices of the staffers and predicted that this policy would remain now that Bolten is running its daily operations.
One tradition likely to go on is the reading of the Purim megilla led by Chabad Rabbi Levi Shemtov, which attracts many of the Jewish staffers.
The relatively small number of Jews in Bush's cabinet became an issue largely due to the comparison with his predecessor, Bill Clinton. The former administration had such Jewish cabinet members as Robert Reich, Robert Rubin, Sandy Berger, Lawrence Summers and Madeline Albright and State Department officials Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk and Aaron Miller.
"I don't support this idea of bean counting," said Jay Footlik, who was Clinton's liaison to the Jewish community. He sees the fact that the former administration had many Jewish members as significant to the policy the president had in regard to the Jewish community. According to him, the reason Jews were so visible in Clinton's administration was merely a result of the community being "drawn to public involvement and political activity."
Funny thing, Jews account for less than 2% of the entire population of the United States! - funny that soooo many hold such high positions in our government - not to mention Hollywood and the News Media of this nation!
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
read this article:
Vatican to Issue Document on Condom Use
Mon Apr 24, 11:31 AM ET
At Pope Benedict XVI's request, the Vatican is preparing a document about condom use by those with AIDS, a top cardinal said in a published interview.
"Soon the Vatican will issue a document about the use of condoms by persons who have grave diseases, starting with AIDS," Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, who is in charge of the Vatican's health care ministry, was quoted as saying in Sunday's La Repubblica newspaper.
"My department is carefully studying it, along with scientists and theologians entrusted with drawing up a document about the subject that will soon be made known," the Mexican cardinal said.
"It is Benedict XVI who asked us for a study on this particular aspect of using a condom by those afflicted with AIDS and by those with infectious diseases," he said.
There was no official comment Monday from the Vatican. Lozano Barragan was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts by The Associated Press to reach him.
The Vatican opposes the use of condoms as part of its overall teaching against contraception and advocates sexual abstinence as the best way to combat the spread of the HIV virus which causes AIDS.
Last week, retired Milan Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a one-time papal contender, said in comments published in Italian newsweekly L'Espresso that condoms were the "lesser evil" in combatting the spread of AIDS.
Asked if he shared Martini's idea about condoms, Lozano Barragan said: "It is a very difficult and delicate subject which warrants prudence." He said he preferred not to comment on Martini's remarks, as "to not anticipate the study."
The comments by Martini, who noted that it is one thing to condone a lesser evil in such cases, and quite another for the church to publicly promote condom use, echoed those of other churchmen, including Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels.
Lozano Barragan has also said in past comments that condoms could sometimes be condoned, such as when a woman can't refuse her HIV-positive husband's sexual advances.
In the La Repubblica interview, Lozano Barragan was asked about Martini's suggestion that unmarried women could carry frozen embryos to term if the alternative is letting them die in the freezers of fertility clinics.
Church teaching holds that all procreation must take place within marriage; the Vatican also opposes many assisted fertility procedures.
"It is life which must prevail, and we need legislative frameworks which would allow evaluation case by case," Lozano Barragan said about the frozen embryos.
As for abandoned children, the cardinal said that although "it would be always ideal to give them a father and a mother." He added that "even singles" could adopt, "but with much prudence, and ruling out homosexuals" as adoptive parents.
Monday, April 24, 2006
AND HOW ABOUT HIS FRIENDS?
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Rigg, who spent seven years researching his book, estimates that at least 150,000 men of Jewish origin served in the German army during World War II.
This is a very interesting article - think of it 150,000 jewish men servered and fought under the Nazi banner! Give this some real thought - we know for example - that in the USA less than 2% of the population is jewish - now if you reduce that to only men - it is less than half or 1%, and if you reduce it to only men who are healthy and of the proper age to fight and serve in the military - we are talking about a very small percentage of the population - VERY SMALL.
I am not sure of the stats on the jewish population in germany before and during WWII - but it bet 150,000 is a LARGE number of the jewish men (probably the majority) the right age and healthy enough to fight!
btw - the source of the article is from one of Israels largest newspapers - so it is not from some "antisemite" site.
Benedict XVI says that the resurrection of Jesus was the greatest "mutation" in human history, from which "a new world emerges."
In fact, it "is a qualitative leap in the history of 'evolution' and of life in general toward a new future life, toward a new world which, starting from Christ, already continuously permeates this world of ours, transforms it and draws it to itself," the Holy Father added.
Check out the above cover of a Novus Ordo Hymnal isn't it nice of them to hide the word "sex" and have a lovely image of a swastika.
oops - someone found out - so quick - make stickers to cover our satanic artwork before the "conservative" novus ordo heretics - leave us....
Friday, April 21, 2006
Cardinal: Use of Condoms a 'Lesser Evil'
By NICOLE WINFIELD (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
April 21, 2006 2:03 PM EDT
VATICAN CITY - A senior cardinal who was considered for the papacy last year said in comments published Friday that the Roman Catholic Church should soften its ban on condoms because of the scourge of AIDS.
"We must do everything to fight AIDS," said Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the retired archbishop of Milan, in Italy's L'Espresso newsweekly. "Certainly, the use of condoms can constitute in certain situations a lesser evil."
While there is no specific, authoritative Vatican policy on using condoms to protect against AIDS, the Vatican opposes condoms because they are a form of what the church calls artificial contraception. Pope Benedict XVI repeated the Vatican's position last June, when he told African bishops abstinence was the only "fail-safe" way to prevent the spread of HIV.
The 79-year-old Martini was considered a liberal alternative to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the 2005 conclave that elected Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI, pope. Martini is one of the most prominent church leaders to call for an easing of the position on condoms.
Others include Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels and Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who has said condoms could sometimes be condoned, such as when a woman cannot refuse the sexual advances of her HIV-positive husband.
Martini was responding to questions from the Italian scientist and bioethicist Ignazio Marino, who heads the transplant center at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.
Martini agreed with the questioner that the church could consider condoms a "lesser evil" than the risk of the disease.
"There's also the unique situation of a married couple, one of whom is afflicted with AIDS. That one is obliged to protect the other, and the other must be able to protect him or herself," the cardinal said.
However, Martini noted that it's one thing to condone the lesser evil in such cases, and quite another for the church to promote condom use.
In the wide-ranging interview, Martini also suggested that even single women could be implanted with frozen embryos if the alternative is letting the embryos die. Church teaching holds that all procreation must take place within marriage; the Vatican also opposes many assisted fertility procedures.
"Where there is a conflict of values, it would seem to me ethically more significant to be inclined toward those solutions that allow a life to grow than to allow it to die," Martini said. "But I understand that not everyone shares this opinion."
Church teaching holds that in vitro fertilization is morally wrong because it replaces the "natural" conjugal union between husband and wife, and often results in the destruction of embryos. The church forbids the donation of eggs and sperm for such procedures and also condemns all forms of experimentation on human embryos.
Martini said Catholic couples seeking in vitro treatments might be able to get around the church's opposition. He voiced support for technology using a zygote - a fertilized egg in which the chromosomes of the egg and sperm haven't yet combined.
He said that seemed allowable because in the zygote stage - which occurs 18-24 hours after fertilization - "there are still no signs of singularly definable human life."
Martini repeated church teaching that opposes research on embryonic stem cells and also reiterated church opposition to abortion and euthanasia.
However, he acknowledged that in abortion, there were cases when the life of the mother was at risk where abortion might be considered the "lesser evil."
"In such cases, it seems that moral theology has always supported the principle of the legitimate defense and the lesser evil, even if it concerns a reality that shows the dramatic and fragility of the human condition," he said.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
* Athiest Madeline Murray-O'Hare's organization is petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to ban all Sunday worship services from being broadcast on radio or television. Comment: Stranger things have happened. [CNN, MSNBC]
* A Northern Kentucky University professor is under investigation after admitting that she told students to destroy an anti-abortion display on campus. Northern Kentucky University police are investigating the vandalism report. Comment: For Liberlists, free speech works in only one direction. [Kentucky Inquirer]
* The secretive Modernist organization, Opus Dei, wants Sony to put a "disclaimer" on the new film, Da Vinci Code, in which Opus Dei is portrayed as a murderous, power-hungry sect. Comment: Maybe fiction came a little too close to truth for this secretive Newchurch organization. [Associated Press]
* Advertisements have appeared in German publications depicting Christ wearing a crown of thorns, but descended from the cross, enjoying a television program. The ads promote an MTV cartoon series lampooning the pope and the Newvatican hierarchy. Comment: Apparently, Newvatican officials think that their actions shouldn't be judged, whereas good Catholics, even Saints, have consistently satirized bad popes and prelates. If you want examples, just read Dante's Divina Commedia and Desiderius Erasmus' Moriae Encomium. [CNS]
* Benedict-Ratzinger handed out cookies in the hand at Mess during Holy Week, right in front of the world's television cameras. Comment: Any notion that Newpope, one of the founders of Modernism at Vatican II, has a "traditionalist" bone in his body, other than to delude "indultarians" to keep ponying up their money to support immoral Newchurch, is patently ludicrous.
* National Geographic, having released a "translation" of a stolen Coptic manuscript of the heretical Gnostic "gospel of Judas," now plans to convert the "book" into a movie. Comment: Now, let's see. Just when was the last movie made of the real Bible? Oh, yes, that was in 2004 by traditional Catholic Mel Gibson acting independently of Hollywood, wasn't it?! [Standard]
Monday, April 17, 2006
THE FOLLOWING IS A STORY THAT SISTER ANTONINA, OUR BELOVED DOMINCAN NUN WHO DIED ON SEPT. 10, 2001 USED TO TELL TO HER STUDENTS. ON THE FIRST COMMUNION HOLY CARD THAT SHE GAVE TO MY YOUNGEST SON,( THE LAST FIRST COMMUNICANT THAT SHE TRAINED IN MILWAUKEE), SHE WROTE "KEEP IT WHITE CHRISTOPHER!" HERE IS THE STORY:
In an ecclesiastical seminary of the diocese of Rouen, one of the students was distinguished for his piety and brightness. The day after his first Holy Communion, he went to his director, to show him his resolution written on paper. "I am resolved," he stated, "to continue to wear the white necktie of my first Holy Communion, as long as I do not commit a grievous sin." The priest said to him: "I cannot take upon myself the responsibility of allowing you to keep so strange a resolution; you must go to your mother and ask her permission." This he did, and he was permitted to follow his pious wishes. George, for such was his name, with his resolution combined a rule for life to receive Holy Communion on the first Friday, and every Sunday and on the principal feasts of the year. In 1870 he finished his studies with the degree as Bachelor of Arts at the age of eighteen. When the war broke out between France and Germany, he obtained his father's permission to join the Pontifical Zouaves under General Charette. He had been a model of every Christian virtue at college, and he was one also as a soldier. In the month of January, when near the town of LeMans, the Zouaves were ordered to go into action. George distinguished himself by his bravery and fell mortally wounded. At once he asked for the chaplain and said to him: "Father, three days ago I went to Confession and Holy Communion and I have nothing on my conscience; be so good then as to bring me the holy Viaticum. I ask just a little favor; in my knapsack you will find a white necktie, and a rosary; kindly get them for me." When the priest returned, George said: "Put the white necktie around my neck." This the priest did, and having received the Viaticum, George added: "When I am dead, take off this necktie and send it to my mother; write to her and tell her for me, that this necktie of my first Communion has never been stained." Oh! how beautiful was such a death! Was it not the result of his frequent Communions?
Sunday, April 16, 2006
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
The edgy animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals stirred controversy in Vienna on Good Friday with a protest to symbolically "crucify" three activists wearing animal masks outside the city's famous Catholic cathedral.
The blood-smeared activists each carried a cross as nearby protesters in the square outside St. Stephen's Cathedral held signs with messages such as "We suffer and die for your sins of nourishment."
Bruce Friedrich, spokesman for PETA in the U.S., told WorldNetDaily causing offense was not the goal, but if there are any objections they should be about suffering animals, not "street theater."
"Words and images aren't offensive to God," he said. "What is offensive to God is the satanic treatment of God's creature by factory farms and slaughterhouses."
PETA said it wanted to capture the attention of consumers who ignored the suffering of animals, but the local parliamentary representative condemned the protest.
A spokeswoman for Ursula Stenzel of the conservative People's Party called it a "mockery of a religious community on one of the most important days of the Christians."
"The action would be more blasphemy than animal protection," said Angelika Mayrhofer-Battlogg, according to the South African news service News24.com.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, News24 reported, called the action a "completely unacceptable falsification of the religious dimension of Good Friday."
The statement said that while PETA may have good intentions, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was not suited "to transport secondary messages."
Also, the square outside St. Stephen's, built in the 12th century, was a "sensitive" place.
Friedrich pointed out Pope Benedict spoke out against abuses in factory farming when he was a cardinal, but the PETA spokesman believes the church "could speak out more voiciferously" and should be on the "forefront" of protests.
But why pick on Christians and the Catholic Church with such a provocative demonstration?
"There's no intention to pick on anyone," Friedrich replied. "We attempt to raise anyone's awareness that eating meat is a violation of all religions, the spirit of compassion that infuses all religions."
Friedrich added that, "As a Roman Catholic myself, what I find offensive is that Christians would deny God's creatures their every desire and need and cause them to suffer."
Meanwhile, in Sydney, Australia, a PETA billboard ad depicting a bloody, crucified lamb was refused space this Easter, The Australian newspaper reported.
PETA has been running an international campaign against sheep mulesing in Australia, the surgical removal of folds of skin from the backsides of sheep to prevent the painful and sometimes fatal condition of fly strike.
But PETA said the "lamb on a crucifix reminds us that these gentle animals are mutilated, tormented and killed every day in Australia for nothing more than very un-Christian greed."
"If Christ were here, he would show mercy to these lambs, so we're asking the Australian government to follow his compassionate example and bring an end to these two hideous abuses."
Saturday, April 15, 2006
THE LAMB THE SHEEP REDEEMETH; CHRIST, WHO ONLY IS SINLESS, RECONCILETH SINNERS TO THE FATHER.
DEATH AND LIFE CONTENDED IN THAT CONFLICT STUPENDOUS; THE PRINCE OF LIFE, WHO DIED, DEATHLESS REIGNETH.
SPEAK MARY, DECLARING WHAT THOU SAWEST WAYFARING.
"THE TOMB OF CHRIST WHO NOW LIVETH; AND LIKEWISE THE GLORY OF THE RISEN.
BRIGHT ANGELS ATTESTING, THE SHROUD AND NAPKIN RESTING.
YEA, CHRIST MY HOPE IS ARISEN:TO GALILEE HE GOETH BEFORE YOU."
WE KNOW THAT CHRIST IS RISEN, HENCEFORTH EVER LIVING: HAVE MERCY, VICTOR KING, PARDON GIVING. AMEN. ALLELUIA. SEQUENCE FROM EASTER SUNDAY
BLESSED EASTER TO ALL
Thursday, April 13, 2006
This Easter shows shocking statistics about how far Newchurch infant baptisms (or, as Newchurch likes to call it, "initiation") have fallen -- by half, a Newchurch sociologist has admitted. Among Novus Ordinarians, the rate of baptisms has fallen faster than the rate of decline in births. Even the huge influx of illegal aliens from "Catholic" countries and a pittance of adult converts cannot make up for the precipitous drop in Newchurch baptisms.
The study attributes the drop by half in baptisms to the fact that more and more Novus Ordinarians are marrying outside the Church (thus choosing to excommunicate themselves from the Catholic Church) and to the fact that Newchurch since 1983 no longer requires those in a Newchurch marriage to rear their children as "Catholics." Newchurch requires only "a general recognition by the couple that the Catholic partner's faith will be respected." In other words, it's okay for Novus Ordinarians to raise their children as Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, or whatever.
If baptism is the door to the Faith, where did all those people go? Well, the Assemblies of God, a Protestant denomination that baptizes, grew from from 1,800,000 to 2,800,000 in some twenty years. Apparently, Benedict-Ratzinger's teaching that "we all worship the same god" and "all gods are equal" is having its impact. Novus Ordinarians are moving to Fundamentalist Protestantism! One Presbyterian ministress said that she now does baptisms "lite," with an emphasis on "angels, fairs, leprechauns, and Santa Claus." This trend bears a resemblance to some Novus Ordinarians, who place their faith more in "Fatima" than in Jesus Christ and Public Revelation in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.
HERE IS AN UPDATE ON THE STORY ABOUT "TWO" SISTER LUCYS. THE LETTER BELOW IS THE MOST CONVINCING TO ME BUT YOU CAN READ THEM ALL FOR YOURSELVES:
In order to access the links, you will have to go to the original story.
Death Notice in Carmel Archives
I am not one for conspiracy theories, but to add to the bizarre photos of Sr. Lucia to which Ms. Horvat refer, another bizarre item is to look at the website for the Discalced Carmelites: [click here], and go to the obituaries for nuns in 2005 [click here, see entry 265]. If you go to Sr. Lucia, they have listed the date of death to be May 31, 1949.
This listing has been there for at least a year without anyone correcting it. Maybe you people could explain this to me.
Again, I am not one for conspiracy theories, but the pictures are strange and this date of death seems very odd. Just wanted to point this out.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
How does it work? Simple. You get "chipped." This high tech id system doesn't come without controversy.
No more hassling with house keys for Amal Graafstra.
The key to opening his door is at his fingertips...Literally!!!
"There's a small three millimeter by thirteen millimeter glass rfid tag in both the right and left hands," he shows us.
Amal has radio frequency identification microchips implanted in his hands! When used with special readers, they allow him to control devices around his house. He demonstrates. "I can get in my front door, in my car door, and log into my computer."
Mikey Sklar is chipped too... And now gets bombarded with questions from the curious on his website.
"Usually questions about why I did this implant, where they can find out some more information," Sklar says.
RFID is already out there to help people pay on the fly. It helps track shipments...even lost pets. Now, techy types are taking the next cool step. Alex Pang with the Institute for the Future explains. "They want to experiment with it now, though sometimes using themselves as the experimental subjects."
But are these experiments safe? Mikey and Amal's chips aren't even FDA approved. The only device ok'd for human implanation is medical. So Mikey and Amal got their tags from a high tech website, and convinced surgeon friends to do the implants.
The FDA warns of risks like rejection or infection. And when it comes to the unapproved chips, the agency hopes "the physicians performing these procedures are doing so under proper clinical circumstances" and wants to make sure patients are told of the risks.
But health risks aren't the only concern.
Privacy expert Liz McIntyre explains. "There is a potential for a security problem." McIntyre says there's proof, hackers can clone RFID chips. "And get into your home or your computer, and potentially a secure door in your workplace."
And if people go further and program tags with credit card, bank account, or medical information. Pang says identity theft becomes a major concern...And if you think replacing a credit card is a hassle. "Yu can imagine if you have a tag in your body, getting that changed is a surgical procedure rather than a number of phone calls."
Both Mikey and Amal don't feel at risk ...And love what's slipped under their skin. "If someone really wants to get into my particular house, there's a lot easier ways to do it," Amal point out.
The company that sold the chips even has a disclaimer on their website saying the chips are *not* for human implantation.
And right now, there aren't many ready-made r-f-i-d applications available for consumers with implants. Most buy the chips and readers and install them on their own.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Gansu police discover remains of cooked children
The Public Security Bureau and local media confirmed the discovery of two human arms that seemed to belong to a child aged between five and eight years. They had been “mixed with ginger and chili”.
Lanzhou (AsiaNews) – Police from the northern province of Gansu have found two cooked human arms, presumed to have belonged to children aged between five to eight years, in a Lanzhou landfill. A week ago, 121 human skulls were discovered in the same province. The news was reported by the South China Morning Post, citing local sources and media.
Staff at Chengguan district's Yangwagou landfill found the arms along with other remains in a white plastic bag on the morning of Monday 3 March. A local journalist said they appeared to have been “mixed” with cooking ingredients, including ginger and chilli. "The arms clearly belonged to a child and had the upper arm and forearm, and the hands with nails," the reporter said.
Peng Hailin, Lanzhou Public Security Bureau News Office director, confirmed the discovery, but he said it would take some time to determine whether the remains were those of a child. Local police have put victim’s age at between five and eight years.
On 2 March, around five tons of rubbish were dumped on the site: medical and urban waste from the areas of Donggan and Yantan, as well as from Heping city, Yizhong Country, are dumped in the landfill. The discovery came a week after 121 human skulls were found in a remote river area of Tianzhu, another Gansu county.
This is not the only region in China where such gruesome discoveries are made. In Jiamusi, a city in Heilongjiang, police last month arrested a murderer charged with raping, killing and dismembering at least six children: the police report said the bodies found in the house were “barely recognizable”.
According to inside sources, the Chinese authorities, including the Communist Party's Publicity Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have ordered an immediate news blackout about such cases.
In 2003, the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Bureau sought to block reports that some restaurants in the southern province had cooked dead babies in soups and sold the food to businessmen from Taiwan and Hong Kong. Police said the reports had been fabricated to damage the image of Guangdong and the mainland.
In the nineties, also in Guangdong, a trade of trafficking fetuses was discovered: they were being boiled to make soups marketed as beauty and rejuvenation treatment.
SEC refuses Ford's request to keep homosexual issue off their stockholders meeting agenda
Ford Sales Drop 5% in March
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has denied a request by Ford Motor Company to keep a shareholder resolution forbidding Ford to promote homosexual marriage off the agenda at their upcoming shareholders meeting.
One of the reasons cited by Ford in their request to omit the resolution was that they feared they would be boycotted by the homosexuals. Over 20 pro-family groups have called for a boycott of Ford because of Ford's support for homosexual marriage.
Ford reported that during the month of March their sales dropped 5% when compared to the same period last year. Ford did not mention the boycott when announcing the sales drop.
The resolution requests "that Ford Motor Company amend its written equal employment opportunity policy to exclude any reference to privacy issues related to sexual interests, activities or orientation." The resolution, which Ford strongly opposes, would force Ford to stop promotion of homosexual marriage and other homosexual activities. American Family Association asked Ford in January to remain neutral in the cultural battle involving homosexual marriage. Ford refused and sided with groups promoting homosexual marriage.
Ford told the SEC that removing its pro-homosexual policy would hurt recruitment efforts to hire more homosexuals. It was homosexual activists in high positions who forced Ford to renege on an agreement with AFA to stop promoting the homosexual lifestyle. Ford said that failing to specifically seek out more homosexuals would "have a material adverse impact on the marketing and sale of company products." (In other words, Ford fears a boycott by homosexuals.)
Ford's logic in asking the SEC to omit the resolution is interesting. Ford fears a boycott by angry homosexuals more than they fear a boycott by pro-family groups. Even though Ford fears the homosexual groups, they want to continue to support them. For more information on the Ford boycott, go to BoycottFord.com by clicking here.
The resolution was drafted by a stockholder in Illinois. It will be presented at the stockholders meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, on May 11.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Nice.... one must wonder what the powers that be have planned for us...
Most human beings 'natural born slaves
By Philip Howard
IN A counterintuitive paper, Malcolm Heath, of Leeds University, defended Aristotle’s politically incorrect view that some people are natural born slaves.
Aristotle argued that the majority of human beings could and should be enslaved because they are naturally slaves.
Aristotelians usually cough nervously and move on past such passages.
Professor Heath argues that Aristotle was not saying that natural slaves lack the distinctive human capacity for reason. They are not subhuman. Natural slaves may be extremely creative and intelligent. But they simply have a defect that prevents them recognising the way to live a good life.
Northern Europeans are natural slaves because our climate is too cold.
Asiatics and Africans are natural slaves because the climate is too hot.
Western society today values economic prosperity and the quest for eternal youth, rather than our intrinsic goodness or happiness.
We would be better off if we natural slaves put our lives under the control of the natural, rational slave masters — the Greeks, of course.
(or perhaps, ummm - THE ZIONISTS!) - you know the ones with the extremely high IQ's - the ones that would be the NATURAL BORN SLAVE MASTERS!
check out this wikapedia link...
IQ and scientific achievement
Many studies show Ashkenazi Jews as having the highest average IQ of any ethnic group, eight to fifteen points higher than Europeans and leading East Asians, who also score highly. These studies also indicate that this advantage is primarily in verbal and mathematical, but not spatial, areas.
Ashkenazi Jews also perform highly in correlated areas. For example, though only 0.25% of the world population, Jewish scientists make up 28% of Nobel prize winners in physics, chemistry, medicine, and economics, and have accounted for more than half of world chess champions. In the United States, Ashkenazi Jews represent 2% of the population, but have won 40% of the US Nobel Prizes in science, and 25% of the ACM Turing Awards (the Nobel-equivalent in computer science). A significant decline in the number of Nobel prizes awarded to Europeans and a corresponding increase in the number of prizes awarded to US citizens occurred at the same time as Nazi persecutions of Jews during the 1930s and the Holocaust during the 1940s.
Whether this difference in IQ and achievement is due entirely to a culture of study and vocational training (environment), or partially to a difference in genetic variables, is presently unknown and controversial. (See Race and intelligence)
Sunday, April 09, 2006
New 'Ten Commandments' to Stir Hornet's Nest Says Naveen
ABC's upcoming miniseries of 'The Ten Commandments' promises to push quite a few buttons, reports 'Lost' regular Naveen Andrews, who stars in the epic project with Dougray Scott, Omar Sharif, Linus Roache, Mia Maestro and Paul Rhys.
Andrews predicts it will stir up a hornet's nest. 'What was unusual about the way we did this version of 'The Ten Commandments' was we treated Moses like he was a lunatic. If somebody came and told you today, 'I've just been talking to a burning bush,' you would try and have him put into a hospital, wouldn't you?'
And as if that's not enough to convince us this isn't Charleton Heston's reverent 'Ten Commandments,' he adds, ' I think what we've done is question the nature of religious dogma: Who is this vengeful, spiteful, jealous God who urges Moses to commit mass murder at times?and how good is that for mankind?'
Andrews says he plays the Egyptian prince (played by Yul Brynner in the 1956 movie) who grows up with Moses, 'and is very close to him and loves him. But he's almost a mouthpiece for that kind of questioning?'What kind of God is that that would do these things?'
The British native of Indian descent, adds, 'I think it's particularly pertinent at a time when we seem to be the victims of religious fundamentalism in the East and over here. Both sides could use some perspective. If ABC doesn't cut it to shreds, what we intended will be seen.'
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Poll: Most don't believe in body's resurrection
By THOMAS HARGROVE and GUIDO H. STEMPEL III
Scripps Howard News Service
Most Americans don't believe they will experience a resurrection of their bodies when they die, putting them at odds with a core teaching of Christianity.
The findings of a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll surprised and dismayed some of the nation's top theologians since it seems to put Americans in conflict with both the Nicene Creed and the Apostles' Creed, ancient statements of faith meant to unify Christian belief.
The Nicene Creed, adopted in 325 at the First Council of Nicea under Roman Emperor Constantine, concludes with the famous words: "We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen."
Similarly, the Apostles' Creed professes a belief in "the resurrection of the body."
Only 36 percent of the 1,007 adults interviewed a month ago by the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University said "yes" to the question: "Do you believe that, after you die, your physical body will be resurrected someday?" Fifty-four percent said they do not believe and 10 percent were undecided.
"This reflects the very low state of doctrinal preaching in our churches," said Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.
"I continually am confronted by Christians, even active members of major churches, who have never heard this taught in their local congregations," Mohler said. "We have a lowest-common-denominator Christianity being taught in so many denominations that has produced a people who simply do not know some of the most basic Christian truths."
The survey also surprised a prominent revisionist theologian who discounts a literal belief in a physical resurrection of Jesus.
"I don't know what to make of this," said retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of "Resurrection: Myth or Reality" and other books that downplay supernatural events in the Bible. "Maybe the old Greek idea of an immortal soul has taken over and the idea of a resurrected body has fallen into disrepute."
Robert Wuthnow, director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, said the poll seems to have broken new ground in understanding America's popular theology.
"This is definitely interesting. I haven't seen a similar question asked before," Wuthnow said. "In a way, though, it doesn't surprise me. I can think of interpretations of the creeds that would suggest a spiritual resurrection rather than one of the physical body."
The poll found that most Americans embrace other major elements of traditional Christian dogma. Ninety percent said they believe in a God or a Supreme Being, with 65 percent saying they are "absolutely certain" that God exists. Seventy-two percent said they believe in an afterlife in which they will have "some sort of consciousness," although slightly less than half (47 percent) said they are "absolutely certain" of this.
Previous Scripps Howard polls have found evidence that Americans embrace other key elements of the creeds. A survey in 2003 found that 63 percent were "absolutely certain" Jesus died and physically rose from the dead. That poll also found 60 percent "absolutely believe" that Jesus was born of a virgin mother.
"Most Americans, when asked survey questions about religion, tend to answer in very theistic ways. They tend to affirm what they believe Christianity teaches," Mohler said. "Therefore, I have to conclude they simply do not know what orthodox Christianity teaches about the resurrection of the body."
The poll found that half of all people who have attended church recently said they believe they will experience a physical resurrection someday, while only a quarter of those who have not publicly worshipped recently said the same.
Fifty-nine percent of people who profess a "born again" faith, one of the hallmarks of evangelical Protestantism, said they believe in personal resurrection, the highest level of belief among any group in the poll.
The survey was conducted by telephone from Feb. 19 to March 3 among 1,007 adult residents of the United States. The study was sponsored by a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
(Thomas Hargrove is a reporter for Scripps Howard News Service. Guido H. Stempel III is director of the Scripps Survey Research Center.)
Finally a government agency is doing the right thing!
FBI Interested in Texas “Doomsday” Ecologist who said Ebola the Solution to Human Overpopulation
Students being influenced and agree with him and some might eventually act on his suggestions
AUSTIN, April 6, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ebola, a form of hemorrhagic fever in which the internal organs of the victim liquefy, has one of the highest rates of fatality of any known contagious disease at approximately 80-90% and is one of the most contagious diseases known to medical science. It is also high on the list of possible bio-terror weapons of concern to international law enforcement and military security agencies. Tom Clancy’s thriller novel, Rainbow Six describes a group of radical environmentalists that wants to rid the world of people using a modified version of Ebola.
All of which is why the FBI is interested in talking to Texas ecologist and herpetologist, Dr. Eric R. Pianka, who suggested at a meeting of the Texas Academy of Sciences that an airborne version of Ebola that would wipe out 90% of the human population was the solution to the human “overpopulation problem.”
This week, Pianka has been in the Texas media saying that he was not advocating bio-terrorism, but also told the Austin Statesman that he is meeting with local FBI officials in response to complaints that he is advocating biological terrorism.
“Someone has reported me as a terrorist,” he said. “They think I'm forming a cadre of people to release the airborne Ebola virus into the air. That I'm the leader and my students are the followers.”
On the day he was named by the Academy as 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist, Pianka declared that AIDS was not killing off the surplus human population fast enough. What is needed, he said, is Ebola to kill 5.8 billion of the world’s 6 billion plus humans. The speech received a prolonged standing ovation at the Academy’s annual meeting at Lamar University in Beaumont.
The Seguin Gazette quotes Pianka saying, “Every one of you who gets to survive has to bury nine.”
“[Disease] will control the scourge of humanity,” Pianka said in his March 3 speech. “We're looking forward to a huge collapse.” He said, “We've grown fat, apathetic and miserable,” and described the world as a “fat, human biomass.”
The syllabus for one of Pianka’s courses reads, “Although [Ebola Zaire] Kills 9 out of 10 people, outbreaks have so far been unable to become epidemics because they are currently spread only by direct physical contact with infected blood…Ebola Reston, is airborne, and it is only a matter of time until Ebola Zaire evolves the capacity to be airborne.”
The speech was first reported by popular science and computer writer, Forrest Mims III on the website of the Citizen Scientist. Mims said he was concerned that in this age of international security tensions, “fertile young minds,” might take Pianka’s assertions as suggestions.
One class evaluation for one of Pianka’s courses shows the enthusiasm with which his ideas are received by ‘fertile young minds. Two quoted by the Seguin Gazette read, “the most incredible class I ever had” and “Pianka is a GOD!”
After the talk, student blogger, Brenna McConnell, who attended the Academy talk wrote, “He’s basically advocating for the death for all but 10 percent of the current population. And at the risk of sounding just as radical, I think he’s right.”
To the possibility that someone would actually go with the idea, Pianka said, “Good terrorists would be taking [Ebola Reston and Ebola Zaire] so that they had microbes they could let loose on the Earth that would kill 90 percent of people.”
I do. I never could believe that someone who saw the Blessed Mother and was given our final message from her from heaven could EVER go along with the novus ordo! Especially since we suspect that the Third Secret of Fatima had to do with the destruction of the church from the inside - top down!
Here is a very interesting article about it - please take the time to compare the "old" Sister Lucy to the "new" Sister Lucy and tell me if you think she has been replaced:
How much worse can it get?
Mystery of the severed skulls grips ChinaBy Richard Spencer
The grisly discovery of 121 human skulls, many with their tops sawn off, has puzzled Chinese police and caused a frenzy of speculation.
The skulls were found by a farmer in a forested ravine in a part of the poor north-western province of Gansu, which is inhabited by ethnic Tibetans.
The skulls' discovery has led to theories of cannibalism
Police have confirmed that the skulls are human and are of "recent origin", as suggested by the fact that some had skin and hair still attached.
But officials have refused to give further details, which has given rise to theories of their origin that range from medical experiments on brains to an attempt to cash in on a fashion for skullcap-shaped ashtrays.
A further twist came with a find in a landfill site in the same province of two arms belonging to a child believed to be aged between five and eight. The arms appeared to have been cooked with chilli and ginger.
According to local newspapers, the skulls were found on a river bank last week in plastic bags along with fur and bones. At first it was suggested they could have belonged to monkeys.
Police and forensic scientists have now ruled out any medical reason for cutting off the tops of the skulls, although they said this had clearly happened after death.
The South China Morning Post linked the finds to rumours of cannibalism in another part of China three years ago, which were firmly denied at the time.
But the Beijing News quoted a nameless local official saying that the skulls might be related to a trade in handicrafts.
The newspaper said imitation skullcaps were being sold as ashtrays in a well-known market in the capital, where a seller claimed that, lined with silver, "the real thing" commanded high prices from private buyers.
Last night on the news there was a feature about children using the computer and talking to their friends. Evidently, there is another language that kids use so we stupid parents don't know what they mean. I'd like to post here the most common ones which I found to be very interesting. Anyone with children needs to be aware of these:
The NetLingo Top 20 Internet Acronyms Every Parent Needs to Know:
1. POS - Parent Over Shoulder
2. PIR - Parent In Room
3. P911 - Parent Alert
4. PAW - Parents Are Watching
5. PAL - Parents Are Listening
6. ASL - Age/Sex/Location
7. MorF - Male or Female
8. SorG - Straight or Gay
9. LMIRL - Let's Meet In Real Life
10. KPC - Keeping Parents Clueless
11. TDTM - Talk Dirty To Me
12. IWSN - I Want Sex Now
13. NIFOC - Nude In Front Of Computer
14. GYPO - Get Your Pants Off
15. ADR - Address
16. WYCM - Will You Call Me?
17. KFY - Kiss For You
18. MOOS - Member(s) Of the Opposite Sex
19. MOSS or MOTSS - Member(s) Of The Same Sex
20. NALOPKT - Not A Lot Of People Know That
Plus 50 More Internet Acronyms Every Parent Should Know:
1. 2NITE - Tonight
2. AEAP - As Early As Possible
3. ALAP - As Late As Possible
4. AWGTHTGTTA - Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Again
5. B4YKI - Before You Know It
6. BOHICA - Bend Over Here It Comes Again
7. BRB - Be Right Back
8. BRT - Be Right There
9. CWYL - Chat With You Later
10. C-P - Sleepy
11. CYT or SYT - See You Tomorrow
12. E123 - Easy as 1, 2, 3
13. EM? - Excuse Me?
14. EOD - End Of Day
15. F2F - Face To Face
16. FOAF - Friend Of A Friend
17. HAK - Hugs And Kisses
18. ILU or ILY - I Love You
19. IMNSHO - In My Not So Humble Opinion
20. J/C - Just Checking
21. KOTL - Kiss On The Lips
22. L8R - Later
23. LD - Long Distance
24. LMK - Let Me Know
25. LOL - Laugh Out Loud
26. NAZ - Name, Address, Zip
27. N-A-Y-L - In A While
28. NM - Never Mind or Nothing Much
29. OLL - Online Love
30. OSIF - Oh Sh** I Forgot
31. OTP - On The Phone
32. QT - Cutie
33. RN - Right Now
34. ROTFL - Rolling on the Floor Laughing
35. RU - Are You...?
36. RUMORF - Are You Male Or Female
37. SITD - Still In The Dark
38. SMIM - Send Me an Instant Message
39. SMEM - Send Me an E-Mail
40. SO - Significant Other
41. SOHF - Sense of Humor Failure
42. SWDYT - So What Do You Think?
43. TOM - Tomorrow
44. TS - Tough Sh**
45. TTFN - Ta-ta for Now
46. U-R - You Are..?
47. WFM - Works For Me
48. WTH - What the Heck
49. WUF - Where Are You From?
50. WYRN - What's Your Real Name?
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
The Economics of Henry Ford May Be Passé
Published: April 5, 2006
HENRY FORD was 50 years old, and not all that different from a lot of other successful businessmen, when he summoned the Detroit press corps to his company's offices on Jan. 5, 1914. What he did that day made him a household name.
Mr. Ford announced that he was doubling the pay of thousands of his employees, to at least $5 a day. With his company selling Model T's as fast as it could make them, his workers deserved to share in the profits, he said.
His rivals were horrified. The Wall Street Journal accused him of injecting "Biblical or spiritual principles into a field where they do not belong." The New York Times correspondent who traveled to Detroit to interview him that week asked him if he was a socialist.
But the public loved it. The country was then suffering a deep recession, and the Ford news seemed to offer hope. Within 24 hours, 10,000 men were lined up outside the Ford employment office in Michigan. The following year, Mr. Ford was mentioned as a future presidential contender.
The mythology around this story holds that Mr. Ford wanted to pay his workers enough so they could afford the products they were making.
In fact, that wasn't his original reasoning. But others made the point, and, in time, it became part of Mr. Ford's rationale as well. The idea became a linchpin in an industrial philosophy known as Fordism.
More production could lead to better wages, which in turn would lead to more spending by the public, yet more production and eventually even higher wages.
"One's own employees ought to be one's own best customers," Mr. Ford said years later. "Paying high wages," he concluded, "is behind the prosperity of this country."
This turned into a pillar of 20th-century economic wisdom. It's time to ask, though, whether Mr. Ford's big idea is as ill suited to this century as his car company seems to be.
By any reasonable standard, the last few years have been bad ones for most people's paychecks. The average hourly wage of rank-and-file workers — a group that makes up 80 percent of the work force — is slightly lower than it was four years ago, once inflation is taken into account.
That's right: Most Americans have taken a pay cut since 2002.
But you would never know it by looking at the headline numbers on economic growth. From the standpoint of the broad national economy — the value of the goods and services the country produces — the last few years have been stellar. Despite two wars, soaring oil prices and business scandals, the economy has been growing more than 3 percent a year.
Henry Ford would have no idea what to make of this.
What was so comforting about Fordism was that it suggested that the economy operated on a virtuous, self-reinforcing cycle. Only when the middle class did well could the country do well. And as the country grew ever richer, so would the middle class.
In the last few years, however, the economy has kept growing in large part because high-income families — the top 20 percent, roughly — have done so well and have been such devoted spenders. Globalization and new technology have helped many white-collar workers make more money, even as those same changes have closed factories and depressed wages for others. Stock portfolios and houses on the coasts, meanwhile, are much more valuable than they once were, making their owners more willing to spend.
In fact, well-off families, not cash-short ones, have been the ones increasing their borrowing and cutting their savings the most in recent years, according to the Federal Reserve. In 1992, the top fifth of households, as ranked by income, accounted for 42 percent of consumer spending. By 2000, the share had grown to almost 46 percent, and it is probably not much different today. That may sound like a small change, but it's an enormous amount of money, a shift of $300 billion a year in spending from the poor and middle class to the affluent.
In Michigan, Ford and General Motors have been cutting thousands of jobs, creating the country's sickest local economy and hurting even well-to-do suburbs. Yet the Suburban Collection, a car dealership north of Detroit, sold 90 Bentleys last year, up from 70 in 2004. David Butler, a manager there, said he expected to sell more than 100 Bentleys this year. The car costs at least $180,000. The dealership also opened a Lamborghini showroom in January. It is true that Rolls-Royces aren't selling very well, but the main reason seems to be that Mr. Butler's customers don't feel comfortable being seen in a $300,000 car when the state is suffering so badly. "It's not that they can't afford it," he said. "It's because of the image it would give."
Wages are likely to rise slightly in 2006, but stagnation seems to be the norm over the long term. Except for a span of a few years in the late 1990's, the hourly pay of most workers has done no better than inflation for the last 30 years. Even some Democrats, who have long embraced Fordism, are coming to the conclusion that Mr. Ford's reassuring cycle is not the only thing that can keep the American economy humming. "You don't need an equitable distribution to have a sustainable recovery," said Jared Bernstein, a liberal economist in Washington.
Politically, though, I am not so sure that the current trends are sustainable. Before the 1990's boom lifted wages, stagnating pay had helped cause a series of upheavals: Bill Clinton's election, the Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan phenomena, the Republican takeover of Congress. Today, with the boom fading from memory, protectionism is on the rise, and President Bush's approval ratings are miserable.
So it seems as if now would be a good time to start talking about what to do. There has never been a shortage of ideas: helping more teenagers to finish college, training middle-age workers to switch careers, embarking on public projects like better highways and high-speed trains. Or we could pretend it's still 1914.
FUNNY - LEONHARDT IS ALSO A JEWISH NAME!