31 Oct 2009
Washington DC is covered in illuminati symbolism.David Icke helps expose the symbolism hidden in the street designs.
Featured in the new Dan Brown book: The Lost Symbol
Washington D.C. was designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant. President George Washington appointed L'Enfant in 1791 to design the new capital city (later named the City of Washington) under the supervision of three Commissioners, whom Washington had appointed to oversee the planning and development of the ten-mile square of federal territory that would later become the District of Columbia. Thomas Jefferson, who worked alongside President Washington in overseeing the plans for the capital, sent L'Enfant a letter outlining his task, which was to provide a drawing of suitable sites for the federal city and the public buildings. Though Jefferson had modest ideas for the Capital, L'Enfant saw the task as far more grandiose, believing he was not only locating the capital, but also included devising the city plan and designing the buildings.
More on The Subversive Use of Sacred Symbolism in the Media by Michael Tsarion
Russia’s president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, warned Friday that Russians had lost their sense of horror over Stalin’s purges, and called for the construction of museums and memorial centers devoted to the atrocities, as well as further efforts to unearth and identify the dead.
Mr. Medvedev made the comments on his video blog, on the occasion of a holiday devoted to the memory of victims of repression. He warned that revisionist historians risked glossing over the darker passages of the Soviet past, citing a poll that showed that 90 percent of young people could not name victims of the purges.
“Even now we can hear voices saying that these numerous deaths were justified by some supreme goals of the state,” Mr. Medvedev said. “Nothing can be valued above human life, and there is no excuse for repressions.”
Millions of people were killed under Stalin as a result of forced collectivization, deportation of ethnic groups, imprisonment in the Gulag and party purges, among other tactics.
When Victoria Romero, 6, dressed up as a witch for a Hallowe’en party this week she could hardly have imagined that she was provoking the wrath of God by attending a celebration akin to a Black Mass — at least in the eyes of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church in Spain.
Wearing skeleton suits, dressing up as vampires, witches or goblins or slapping on fake blood is not far removed from communing with the Devil, according to the country’s bishops.
However, the bishops, with Vatican backing, have reserved their venom for the millions of parents who allowed their children to celebrate this “pagan” festival.
Father Joan María Canals, the director of the Spanish Bishops Conference Committee on Liturgy, condemned parents for permitting their children to go to “un-Christian” parties when they should be focusing on All Saints Day today and All Souls Day on Monday.
After years of drought and famine, the peoples of East Africa are once again facing threat as the rainy season brings heavy rainfall and flash floods. The Red Cross is mobilizing to rebuild local resilience on the brink of a new humanitarian crisis, in both the eastern and western parts of the continent.
- Pastoralist people here are losing all their livestock because of the drought, and they are living in unfathomable poverty. Thousands are dying from starvation and malnutrition, and now the floods of the rainy season will wash away the last of the means these people rely on to survive, says secretary general of the Norwegian Red Cross, B. Brende.
Two weeks ago, Brende visited Kenya and saw with his own eyes how the first days of the rainy season started to change the lives of north-eastern Kenya's pastoralists.
- The areas in the north of Kenya are amongst the most affected. The people here can really be labelled "the climate-losers", says Brende.
30 Oct 2009
A rare look inside a Zimbabwean prison show emaciated inmates too weak to stand and eating as if they can barely bring food to their mouths. Warning: graphic video.
Lu Guang (卢广), freelancer photographer, started as an amateur photographer in 1980. He was a factory worker, later started his own photo studio and advertising agency. August of 1993 he returned to post-graduate studies at the Central Arts and Design Academy in Beijing (now is the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). During graduate school, he studied, traveled all over the country and carved out a career, became the “dark horse” of the photographer circle in Beijing.
64-year-old Wang Baosheng got ill since 2003, he has fester all over his body so he cannot go to bed and lying face down on the edge of the bed each day.
Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.
The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home.
The financial ties and close working relationship between the intelligence agency and Mr. Karzai raise significant questions about America’s war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House.
29 Oct 2009
UK Parents banned from supervising their own children in playgrounds... in case they are paedophiles
Parents are being banned from playing with their children in council recreation areas because they have not been vetted by police.
Mothers and fathers are being forced to watch their children from outside perimeter fences because of fears they could be paedophiles. Watford Council was branded a 'disgrace' yesterday after excluding parents from two fenced-off adventure playgrounds unless they first undergo criminal record checks.
Children as young as five will be supervised by council 'play rangers' who have been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau. Councillors insist they are merely following Government regulations and cannot allow adults to walk around playgrounds 'unchecked'.
The UK Government's chief adviser on drugs caused fury last night by claiming booze and fags are more dangerous than LSD.
Professor David Nutt also said the risk of taking ecstasy was no worse than riding a horse - and blasted the decision to upgrade cannabis to a class B drug.
He called for all drugs to be ranked by a "harm" index - with cocaine, heroin, barbiturates and methadone the only ones more harmful than alcohol.
Tobacco would rank ninth, ahead of cannabis, LSD and ecstasy. Professor Nutt, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, said smoking cannabis created only a "small risk" of psychotic illness.
28 Oct 2009
We got a great comment on this post by Marty:
“you teach a man to fish, so he can do his own thing. what happened to us? at what point in history did we just get the short end of the stick? asians are doing good. they got their own shit. latino's, europeans got their own shit. they got nukes! how is it that we built the pyramids, but now we don't have shit except the best land on the planet? why is there always a coup, followed by a dictator? how did aids just 'all of a sudden' just pop up in africa? mass vaccinations, perhaps?”
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may have tipped his Masada hand when he reportedly told Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that Israel may use nuclear weapons against Gaza. The threat to Israel is not the 1.5 million Gazans who reside in the world’s largest open-air prison. The threat is the fast-growing global outrage at the abuse inflicted on Palestinians, commencing with the ethnic cleansing of 400-plus villages six decades ago.
Not since 1948 has this enclave of extremists mounted such a public relations offensive. Christian Zionist President Harry Truman trusted Jewish Zionist lobbyists when he solicited assurances that they would not become what they immediately became: a racist theocratic state with an expansionist agenda destined to create serial crises in the region.
The merciless global agenda pursued by Colonial Zionists is the single greatest threat to world peace, as confirmed yet again by Lieberman’s warning. As the primary remaining ally of these Jewish nationalists, the risks to the U.S. increase with each passing day as Tel Aviv works behind the scenes to catalyze yet another conflict. This entangled alliance was destined to provoke resentments that would eventually endanger their super power ally and foremost arms provider.
The government is being encouraged to prepare to block websites and Internet traffic in the event of a worsening swine flu pandemic that results in network congestion, a move that represents a potential end run around the agenda to regulate the world wide web.
A report by the General Accountability Office warns that a severe pandemic, or a worsening of the H1N1 outbreak, could result in 40 percent absentee rates at work and school, meaning that the Internet would be overloaded with people working from home as well as bored children sucking up bandwidth via online gaming.
Securities exchanges already have back-up systems to cope with such a scenario but the same cannot be said for general commerce, warns the report, adding that the federal government, specifically Homeland Security, should be given the power to block certain websites and regulate Internet traffic.
The Colombian government's 41-year war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) has become increasingly dangerous for children.
The group is looking more and more at child soldiers - boys and girls below the age of 18 - as it seeks to recruit new fighters. The Colombian government says there are 9,000 soldiers in that age group in irregular armies, but independent sources say the number is closer to 11,000.
Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports from San Jose de Guaviare in Colombia.
26 Oct 2009
One of the sisters of Cuba's former long-time president, Fidel Castro, says she collaborated with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) against her brother. Juanita Castro, 76, has lived in the US since 1964.
She initially supported Fidel Castro's overthrow of the Batista regime but quickly grew disillusioned. In a memoir, she says she collaborated with the CIA.
She says she smuggled messages, documents and money, all hidden in canned goods, from Mexico back into Cuba. Ms Castro says she was not paid and she refused to participate in any violent activity against her brother or anyone in the Castro regime.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has openly voiced the Israeli government's plans to expel indigenous Palestinian Arabs from their occupied lands.
Netanyahu stressed that Palestinians should recognize Israel as a Jewish state in order to end their conflict.
"That's right," Netanyahu told The Washington Post when asked if such recognition was needed.
Israel declared its independence 61 years ago, by binging pro-Zionist Jews from across the world to the occupied Palestinian lands and forcing the indigenous inhabitants out to form a country.
The Putin Girls' "Takogo Kak Putin" .... nationalistic anthem.
No other leader in the world can claim they have their youth under his/her thumb like Putin!
British Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases.
The hidden apparatus has been constructed to monitor "domestic extremists", the Guardian can reveal in the first of a three-day series into the policing of protests. Detailed information about the political activities of campaigners is being stored on a number of overlapping IT systems, even if they have not committed a crime.
Senior officers say domestic extremism, a term coined by police that has no legal basis, can include activists suspected of minor public order offences such as peaceful direct action and civil disobedience.
25 Oct 2009
According to the CDC, swine flu infections have already peaked, and the pandemic is on its way out. Peak infection time was the middle of October, where one in five U.S. children experienced the flu, says the CDC. Out of nearly 14,000 suspected flu cases tested during the week ending on October 10, 2009, 99.6% of those were influenza A, and the vast majority of those were confirmed as H1N1 swine flu infections.
(more on: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/)
Even though the H1N1 pandemic appears to have peaked out, U.S. President Barack Obama has now declared a national emergency over swine flu infections. The reasoning behind such a declaration? According to the White House, it’s designed to "allow hospitals to better handle the surge in patients" by allowing them to bypass certain federal laws.
24 Oct 2009
23 Oct 2009
A group of bands including REM and Pearl Jam have said they are to file a lawsuit aimed at accessing US documents on the use of music during interrogations of terrorism suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
The announcement on Thursday came as the bands expressed support for the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, launched by former US military generals and politicians.
The musicians launched "a formal protest of the use of music used in conjunction with torture that took place at the prison and other facilities".
The group said it was supporting "an effort seeking the declassification of all secret government records pertaining to how music was utilised as an interrogation device".
The two bands' music has been linked to interrogations at the prison, according to previously released government records.
Chinese authorities have carried out their first executions of Tibetans in connection with the deadly riots that swept Lhasa last year, according to exile groups.
As the first reported judicial killings in the region for six years, the news has prompted overseas protests and concerns that proper legal procedures were not followed.
The Chinese state media have yet to confirm the executions. However, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, based in Dharamsala in northern India, said it had reports that they took place early on Tuesday morning.
It identified three of the executed Tibetans as two men – Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak – and a woman named Penkyi. The fourth victim was not named.
22 Oct 2009
Alex Jones highly anticipated documentary Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack Obama boldly lifts the lid and unveils the fraud behind Brand Obama and how the globalists are using their newest, and slickest ever puppet to destroy the last vestiges of Americas freedom, Constitution and economy, all while helping the bankers loot the country clean.
A four-year drought has pushed as many as 23 million people to the brink of starvation across East Africa, making it the worst in a decade or more. Close to four million of those at risk are in Kenya, where one person in ten survives on emergency rations.
Last week clouds gathered over much of the country, but the rains have come too late to bring much relief. Aid agencies have warned that with them will come flooding, cholera, malaria and hypothermia.
In the arid north, pastoralists have watched as their cattle collapsed from exhaustion and thirst, and those that survive now face floods. The people are scarcely holding on and the number of armed skirmishes over water and livestock is rising.
21 Oct 2009
Germany's football stars have been warned to expect to wear bullet-proof vests at next summer's World Cup in South Africa.
The head of a security firm said players, like Michael Ballack, would need such protection if they ventured away from the team's Pretoria hotel amid safety fears. Guenter Schnelle from BaySecur said: "The possibility for the players of moving outside of the hotel boundaries should be kept to a minimum." "Otherwise there must be a full escort: armed security guards and bullet-proof vests for the players."
Since taking office, President Obama has sanctioned at least 41 Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) drone strikes in Pakistan that have killed between 326 and 538 people, many of them, critics say, “innocent bystanders, including children,” according to reliable reports. The drone is a remotely controlled, unmanned aircraft.
“Even if a precise account is elusive,” writes Jane Mayer in the October 26th The New Yorker, “the outlines are clear: the C.I.A. has joined the Pakistani intelligence service in an aggressive campaign to eradicate local and foreign militants, who have taken refuge in some of the most inaccessible parts of the country.”
Based on a study just completed by the non-profit, New America Foundation of Washington, D.C., “the number of drone strikes has risen dramatically since Obama became President,” Mayer reports.
In fact, the first two strikes took place on Jan. 23, the President’s third day in office and the second of these hit the wrong house, that of a pro-government tribal leader that killed his entire family, including three children, one just five years of age.
At any time, the C.I.A. apparently has “multiple drones flying over Pakistan, scouting for targets,” the magazine reports. So many Predators and its more heavily armed companion, the Reaper, are being purchased that defense manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, of Poway, Calif., can hardly make them fast enough. The Air Force is said to possess 200.
A police officer contacted British UFO experts after seeing three aliens examining a freshly made crop circle near Avebury, Wiltshire. The sergeant, who has not been named, was off-duty when he saw the figures standing in a field near Silbury Hill, and stopped his car to investigate.
However, as he approached the 'men' – all over 6ft tall with blond hair – he heard "the sound of static electricity" and the trio ran away ''faster than any man he had ever seen''.
The officer returned to his home in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and contacted paranormal experts and told them he had spotted a UFO. Wiltshire Police has refused to comment on the incident, saying it is a ''personal matter'' for the officer involved.
Crop circle researcher Andrew Russell, who is investigating the bizarre sighting on behalf of the officer, described the moment his sighting was made. He said: ''At first he thought they were forensic officers as they were dressed in white coveralls. He stopped his car and approached the field. The figures were all over 6ft and had blond hair. They seemed to be inspecting the crop. When he got to the edge of the field he heard what he believed to be a sound not dissimilar to static electricity.“
Also see ufodata.co.uk
The City is set for a 50% surge in annual bonuses as bank profits make a swift recovery, a leading research group has claimed.Bankers will pay themselves an extra £2bn.
As such, bonuses are set to leap from the £4bn seen in January's annual bonus round, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said.
The forecast has angered many who feel the swift recovery is down to the large sums of public money lent to stabilise the financial sector. Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable said the big increase did not reflect the contribution made by bankers to the economy.
He said: "These bonuses are coming from the fact that banks are earning money from substantial Government borrowing and are able to earn bigger profits because there is less competition.
20 Oct 2009
Spies may soon be bugging conversations using actual insects, thanks to research funded by the US military.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has spent years developing a whole host of cyborg critters, in the hopes of creating the ultimate 'fly on the wall'.
Now a team of researchers led by Hirotaka Sato have created cyborg beetles which are guided wirelessly via a laptop.Researchers at UC Berkeley have implanted surveillance equipment into beetles that allows them to control where they fly
Using implants, they worked out how to control a beetle's take-off, flight and landing by stimulating the brain to work the wings.
19 Oct 2009
Government officials have drawn up secret plans to tax electricity consumers to subsidise the construction of the UK's first new nuclear reactors for more than 20 years, the Guardian has learned.
The planned levy on household bills would add £44 to an annual electricity bill of £500 and contradicts repeated promises by ministers that the nuclear industry would no longer benefit from public subsidies. There is mounting pressure on the power industry to show it can keep the lights on, with fears growing of an energy gap as ageing nuclear stations are retired and plans for new coal plants attract hostile protests.
18 Oct 2009
Campaigners accused the Kremlin today of killing off the last vestiges of independent television in Russia, after it emerged that the two remaining private TV channels would come under state control next year.
REN TV and St Petersburg's Fifth Channel, which are sometimes critical of the authorities, have until now been Russia's last semi-independent private TV stations. Although neither can be described as radical, they are the only channels on which opposition politicians can air their views, or where dissenting voices may be heard.
Next year both channels' news bulletins will be restructured, Russia's Kommersant newspaper reported today. The state-owned, pro-Kremlin English language television station Russia Today will take over responsibility for their news broadcasts from 2010, the paper added.
Journalists said they were appalled by the move.
In the photo here, Obama is spotted with a book penned by Fareed Zakaria, The Post-American World. Zakaria’s book argues that a world order is emerging led by the authoritarian slave state China and India.
“Criticism of the book focused on certain assertions made by Zakaria, as well as the focus of the book mirroring back a ruling narrative to meet the needs of the global elite,” a Wikipedia write-up notes.
It makes sense Zakaria is talking to the elite. He is one of their trusted minions. In addition to working as the editor of Newsweek International, Zakaria is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, where he hangs out with insiders such as Brent Scowcroft, CFR president Richard Haass, and CFR member and former Clinton college roomate Strobe Talbott. Zakaria is a Bilderberg attendee, a senior staff member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a member of the Trilateral Commission. He was the editor of the CFR’s house organ, Foreign Affairs. He is one of the leading intellectuals of the New World Order.
WeAreChange Ohio confronts Fareed Zakaria.
17 Oct 2009
Two civil and constitutional rights organizations called on a Louisiana justice of the peace to resign Friday after he refused to marry an interracial couple, saying any children the couple might have would suffer.
The leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union in Louisiana and the Center for Constitutional Rights and Justice in New York said Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish in the southeastern part of the state, should quit immediately. Earlier this month, Bardwell refused to issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, who is black.
The government programme aimed at preventing Muslims from being lured into violent extremism is being used to gather intelligence about innocent people who are not suspected of involvement in terrorism, the Guardian has learned.
The information the authorities are trying to find out includes political and religious views, information on mental health, sexual activity and associates, and other sensitive information, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Other documents reveal that the intelligence and information can be stored until the people concerned reach the age of 100.
Tonight Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, branded it the biggest spying programme in Britain in modern times and an affront to civil liberties.
15 Oct 2009
According to a recent poll held in the Netherlands, sympathy for the royal family is in serious decline. Immediate reason for the waning of warmth for the bluebloods is a questionable building project of luxurious holiday villas undertaken by the prince of Orange in the impoverished state of Mozambique. Another reason for the decline, say the pollsters, is an increasing unease about the family’s financial ethics or, rather, lack thereof. Not only are they in the habit of paying little or no taxes, they annually scoop bucket loads of cash from the treasury.
Beatrix, the Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch are growing weary of the monarchy.
Although these matters are indeed worthy of indignation, the real scope of their wealth and power meanwhile remains hidden behind close doors. It is a certain kind of psyop, to ‘expose’ some small misdoing, with the intention of keeping the greater misdoings in the dark. This way, public misgivings can be satisfied while shielding the bluebloods involved from the kind of outrage that would ensue if it would learn of their actual dealings. The public outrage is being concentrated on trifles, instead on, say, the annual chairmanship of the Bilderberg Conferences by members of the Dutch (and Belgian) royal family and their contributions to the New World Order.
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The Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs is gearing up to pay huge year-end bonuses to its 31,000 employees after raking in quarterly profits of $3.19bn (£1.96bn), boosted by astute trading, resurgent stocks and a return to relative normality on the financial markets.
Goldman's profits of $35m a day for the three months to September were more than three times as much as the bank made during the same period in 2008. Under its policy of setting aside almost half of its revenue to pay its staff, the firm has built up a compensation fund of $16.7bn for the year to date – including $5.35bn set aside in the last quarter. guardian.co.uk
Pittsburgh (USA) police say they will continue to benefit from the millions of dollars spent to prepare for the Group of 20 summit.
“We spent months getting ready for this and it was a lot of preparation, but we’ll see the dividends of that for a long time to come,” Public Safety Director Michael Huss said. “It was invaluable to us.”
Huss said the summit forced the city to upgrade equipment and undergo hundreds of hours of civil disturbance training from the Department of Homeland Security.
14 Oct 2009
He formed part of the Nazi axis that nearly brought Britain to its knees in World War Two, but historical papers have revealed that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was once on the payroll of British intelligence.
During World War One, the then socialist journalist was running popular newspaper Il Popolo d'Italia in Milan and Italy was allied with Britain and France in the fight against Germany.
British secret services desperately needed Mussolini to print pro-war propaganda to keep Italy on board, said Cambridge historian Peter Martland, who uncovered details of weekly payments of 100 pounds by MI5 to Mussolini in 1917.
"British intelligence is subsidizing his newspaper and it's cheap. But it's a part of this broader campaign to get a lid on things to keep Italy in the war," Martland told Reuters.
In every single instance portrayed in the CELL video, the terrorists are either white or black American citizens. As the Denver Westworld blog notes, in John Elway’s world, everything is suspicious and everything is indicative of “a world where average-looking white people want to murder you and everyone around you.”
“Anyone can become a victim of terrorism, any time, anywhere. Together, we can change this. Each of us has a responsibility to protect our community and we can do so by recognizing the signs of terrorism and taking proper action to stop it,” says Elway.
13 Oct 2009
Criminal agents from the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) on Wednesday abandoned the bloodied corpse of Amin Zandi on a street located in the vicinity of the western city of Ilam. The coroner declared that he had died just 4 hours before his body was discovered.
Mr. Amin Zandi, a student at the University of Ilam, was originally from Ahvaz and was arrested by MOIS agents in an anti-government protest in June. During his four months of detention he was subjected to harassment and torture. The Iranian regime refused to respond to his families enquiries regarding his condition and whereabouts during this time.
In a similar crime, MOIS agents left the corpse of Mohamad-javad Parandakh, a fourth-year chemical engineering student at the Esfahan University of Technology, under one of the city’s bridges. The coroner in Esfahan declared that his death resulted from a skull fracture after he was hit by a heavy object.
French investigators have charged a physicist working at the Large Hadron Collider with having links to terrorism following claims he was in contact with al-Qaida.
The investigating magistrate, Christophe Teissier filed the preliminary charges against the 32-year-old French national of Algerian origin, who has not been publicly named, for "criminal association with a terrorist enterprise", judicial officials said.
The suspect works at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or Cern, the research centre on the French-Swiss border near Geneva which operates the vast, underground particle collider, which aims to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang.
The name "Baron Willam de Ropp" isn't well known. There is no photo available, no Wikipedia entry. Yet he was a British agent who befriended Hitler and may have been his handler. Hitler's "daring" diplomatic & military coups, which astounded the world, were based on advanced knowledge of British intentions provided by de Ropp.
That's not Baron de Ropp in the picture. That's Ernst ("Putzi") Hanfstaengl, another Allied agent at the heart of Hitler's entourage. Both men add credence to the argument that the Illuminati created Hitler to foment world war. Much more at henrymakow.com.
12 Oct 2009
Although the Wizard of Oz is wildly perceived as an innocent children’s fairy tale, it is almost impossible not to attribute to Dorothy’s quest a symbolic meaning. Like all great stories, the characters and the symbols of the Wizard of Oz can be given a second layer of interpretation, which can vary depending on the reader’s perception. Many analysis appeared throughout the years describing the story as being an “atheist manifesto” while others saw in it as a promotion of populism. It is however by understanding the author’s philosophical background and beliefs that one can truly grasp the story’s true meaning.
L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz was a member of the Theosophical Society, which is an organization based on occult research and the comparative study religions. Baum had a deep understanding of Theosophy and, consciously or not, made of Wizard of Oz an allegory of Theosophic teachings.
The story starts with Dorothy Gale living in Kansas, which symbolizes the material world, the physical plane where each one of us starts our spiritual journey. Dorothy feels an urge to “go over the rainbow”, to reach the ethereal world an follow the path to illumination. She has basically “passed the Nadir” by demonstrating the urge of seeking a higher truth.
Dorothy is then brought to Oz by a giant cyclone spiraling upward, representing the cycles of karma, the cycle of errors and lessons learned. It also represents the theosophical belief of reincarnation, the round of physical births and deaths of a soul until it is fit to become divine. It is also interesting to note that the Yellow Brick Road of Oz begins as an outwardly expanding spiral. In occult symbolism, this spiral represents the evolving self, the soul ascending from matter into the spirit world.
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11 Oct 2009
"It's a crime story. But it's also a war story about class warfare. And a vampire movie, with the upper 1 percent feeding off the rest of us. And, of course, it's also a love story. Only it's about an abusive relationship".
"It's not about an individual, like Roger Smith, or a corporation, or even an issue, like health care. This is the big enchilada. This is about the thing that dominates all our lives — the economy. I made this movie as if it was going to be the last movie I was allowed to make".
"It's a comedy." — Michael Moore
10 Oct 2009
Novartis and Proteus Biomedical are not the only companies hoping to implant microchips into patients so that their pill-popping habits can be monitored. VeriChip of Delray Beach, Fl., has an even bolder idea: an implanted chip that links to an online database containing all your medical records, credit history and your social security ID.
As this presentation to investors makes clear, the chip and its database could form the basis of a new national identity database lined to Social Security and NationalCreditReport.com. The VeriMed Health Link homepage describes the chip:
… a tiny, passive microchip (the nation’s first and only microchip cleared for patient identification by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration) and a secure, private online database that links you to your personal health record. Your Health Link is always with you and cannot be lost or stolen.
It’s a future in which your doctor tags you like a dog with a microchip that allows anyone with the right privileges to look at your medical records, credit history, social security number, and anything else that stems from that.
International reaction ranged from delight to disbelief. The former winners Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu voiced praise, the latter lauding the Nobel Committee’s “surprising but imaginative choice”.
But Lech Walesa, the dissident turned Polish President, who won the Peace Prize in 1983, spoke for many, declaring: “So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far.”
Mr Obama’s domestic critics leapt on the award as evidence of foreigners fawning over an untested “celebrity” leader. Rush Limbaugh, the US right-wing commentator, said: “This fully exposes the illusion that is Barack Obama."
Speaking later, Mr Obama said that he was “surprised and deeply humbled” by the unexpected decision and announced that he would donate the £880,000 prize, due to be awarded in December, to charity.
“Let me be clear. I do not view it as recognition of my own accomplishments but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations," he said.
The Nobel Peace Prize is a notoriously difficult award to predict, but yesterday's decision was clearly a political choice, with three of the past six peace awards going to Bush adversaries.
9 Oct 2009
Nasa is set to crash two unmanned spacecraft into the Moon in a bid to detect the presence of water-ice.
A 2,200kg rocket stage will be first to collide, hurling debris high above the lunar surface.
A second spacecraft packed with science instruments will analyse the contents of this dusty cloud before meeting a similar fate.
The identification of water-ice in the impact plume would be a major discovery, scientists say.
Not least because a supply of water on the Moon would be a vital resource for future human exploration.
7 Oct 2009
Adbusters is continuing their campaign for media democracy with a series of subvertisements aimed at disrupting the promotion of overconsumption and attacking the legitimacy of advertising. They want the right to broadcast these subverts and they’re willing to pay, but the major networks aren’t willing to air them. So far FOX has officially rejected their first spot, COMMERCIAL BREAKERS, and MTV has cut off communication entirely.
5 Oct 2009
Idi Amin was one of Africa's most notorious leaders.
He began his career in the British Colonial Army and with virtually no education, rose from chef's assistant to the most powerful position in the country.
Through a combination of brute force and the encouragement of countries like Britain, he became the president of Uganda in 1971. His ruthlessness earned him the nickname, the Killer of Kampala, and over time the international support he once had, evaporated.
Amin's rule was marred by human rights abuses, political oppression, ethnic persecution and the expulsion of the country's entire Asian population. To his political opponents he was ruthless and unforgiving, and many of those who spoke up against him eventually turned up dead in the streets.
Amin's presidency came to an inglorious end in 1979. He was exiled to Saudi Arabia, where he died in 2003.
A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.
A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver. The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth.
The Sabourjians traditionally hail from Aradan, Mr Ahmadinejad's birthplace, and the name derives from "weaver of the Sabour", the name for the Jewish Tallit shawl in Persia. The name is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran's Ministry of the Interior.
4 Oct 2009
3 Oct 2009
Iran has been chosen as the venue for the tenth Asia-Pacific Nuclear Medicine Conference which will be held in 2012.
“Iran will host the 10th Asia-Pacific Nuclear Medicine Conference in 2012 due to its high capacity in nuclear medicine,” Fars News Agency quoted the head of Iran's Nuclear Medicine Association, Mohsen Saghari, as saying on Saturday.
“Iran's nuclear medicine has achieved considerable progress in the past three decades despite numerous problems including sanctions against the country,” he added.
Saghari also pointed out that the development of Iran's nuclear medicine has been the result of the development of peaceful nuclear energy in the country.
2 Oct 2009
China's air force deployed a "magic-like" range of chemicals and technology to clear Beijing's smoggy air for a grand parade marking the 60th anniversary of Communist China, state media said on Thursday.
Chemists and officials worked for weeks on the country's most ambitious ever attempt at weather modification, with air force technicians fanning out across the region to help teams operate complex equipment, the official Xinhua agency said.
The evening before the parade chemicals were fired into the hazy skies, and a light rain washed the city clean. Surrounding provinces had already been loading clouds with silver iodide and dry ice, to try and force rain to fall before it reached Beijing, the report added.
"Only a handful of countries in the world could organise such large-scale, magic-like weather modification," said Cui Lianqing, a senior air force meteorologist who said the parade operation was the largest in China's history.
RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION OF: MOHAMMAD SAKHER , who was ordered killed by the Saudi Regime for the following findings:
1. Are the Saudi Family members belonging to the Tribe of ANZA BEN WA'EL as they allege to be?
2. Is Islam their actual religion?
3. Are they of an ARAB ORIGIN at all?
In the year 851 A.H. a group of men from AL MASALEEKH CLAN, which was a branch of ANZA Tribe, formed a caravan for buying cereals (wheat and corn) and other food stuff from IRAQ, and transporting it back to NAJD. The head of that group was a man called SAHMI BIN HATHLOOL. The caravan reached BASRA, where the members of the group went to a cereal merchant who was a Jew, Called MORDAKHAI BIN IBRAHIM BIN MOSHE'. During their bargaining with that merchant, the Jew asked them : "Where are you from?" They answered: "From ANZA TRIBE; a clan of AL MASALEEKH." Upon hearing that name, the Jew started to hug so affectionately each one of them saying that he, himself, was also from the clan of AL MASALEEKH, but he had come to reside in BASRA (IRAQ) in consequence to a family feud between his father and some members of ANZA Tribe.
In other words, they are jews… More of this theory on Saudhouse
1 Oct 2009
Vidal originally became pro-Obama because he grew up in “a black city” (meaning Washington), as well as being impressed by Obama’s intelligence. “But he believes the generals. Even Bush knew the way to win a general was to give him another star. Obama believes the Republican Party is a party when in fact it’s a mindset, like Hitler Youth, based on hatred — religious hatred, racial hatred. When you foreigners hear the word ‘conservative’ you think of kindly old men hunting foxes. They’re not, they’re fascists.”
Another notable Obama mis-step has been on healthcare reform. “He f***ed it up. I don’t know how because the country wanted it. We’ll never see it happen.” As for his wider vision: “Maybe he doesn’t have one, not to imply he is a fraud. He loves quoting Lincoln and there’s a great Lincoln quote from a letter he wrote to one of his generals in the South after the Civil War. ‘I am President of the United States. I have full overall power and never forget it, because I will exercise it’. That’s what Obama needs — a bit of Lincoln’s chill.” Has he met Obama? “No,” he says quietly, “I’ve had my time with presidents.” Vidal raises his fingers to signify a gun and mutters: “Bang bang.” He is referring to the possibility of Obama being assassinated. “Just a mysterious lone gunman lurking in the shadows of the capital,” he says in a wry, dreamy way.