Welcome Radical Desi in Surrey this Sunday March 23/14

Uddari welcomes the launch of Radical Desi, a new monthly magazine, and congratulates Gurpreet Singh and his team for initiating it. Below is the cover page of the first issue, an introduction and some information about its launching ceremony tommorrow.

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Radical Desi
Monthly magazine on alternative politics
Official Launch
Sunday, March 23, 2014
2-5 pm
Dr. Ambedkar Room (418)
City Centre Library
10350 University Drive, Surrey

The launching ceremony will be held during Dialogue on Bhagat Singh’s Atheism. Those on the panel will include the author of Naastik Basni and a known atheist Sadhu Binning, the Centre for Inquiry leader Pat O’ Brien and the leader of the Canadian Taraksheel Sabha, Avtar Gill.

Get free copies of the first edition of Radical Desi at the event. Those who are unable to attend will have an option to grab free copies at the parade being organized by the Guru Ravidas Sikh Temple in Burnaby on Saturday, March 22, 2014 and also at the annual community march against racism in Vancouver near Cambie and Hastings the same day.

We encourage everyone to be there at 1:30 pm as we plan to start the event at 2 pm sharp. Each panelist will be given 20 minutes to speak. The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A session.

Bhagat Singh was a towering Indian revolutionary- who was hanged by the British Indian government alongside Sukhdev and Rajguru on March 23, 1931. Bhagat Singh died as an atheist, yet there are attempts to appropriate his struggle by the religious fundamentalists within the South Asian community. The discussion on atheism and free thinking on his martyrdom day will be a fitting tribute to him. Please join us and feel free to ask questions to continue the dialogue that is necessary for the progress of humanity.

For more information on both events:
Gurpreet Singh, Director
Radical Desi Publications Ltd.
Phone: 778-862-2454
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‘An insurgency…’ Shikha Kenneth on Holier Than Life by Fauzia Rafique

Book Review by Shikha Kenneth
Holier Than Life
E-Book by Fauzia Rafique
Purple Poppy Press, Vancouver, 2013
Pages 85

South Asian Ensemble (SAE), Summer/Fall 2013

South Asian Canadian writer Fauzia Rafique’s new literary offering is a digitalized anthology of poems. The poems are interspersed with Rafique’s views on varied matter such as love, violence, happiness, melancholy, feminism, current events, socio-cultural politics, etc. The poet displays her flair for effectively capturing the painfully personal, the brutally cultural, and the deceitfully socio-political experiences of the South Asian populace. Each poem presents Rafique in her various moods – optimistic, sarcastic, bitter, bemused, aggressive, etc.

The opening chant ‘Let It Pass’ is portent of her diverse reflections on violence which creates, interweaves, and subsumes the human body, its ‘self’, and society. Rafique creates vivid imagery in ‘Waiting’ by comparing the intricacies of her pessimism to the multi-hued cacti spanning the sandy expanse of her heart (8). And she reiterates her gloom by comparing it to a bird that re-emerges – carrying a “restive little fish” in its beak – from within the poet’s “ocean of joy” (45). But she contradicts the above mentioned metaphoric sentiments by stating her knack for sifting, finding, and focussing on the “bright shades of…undying green” within “each gray day” (8). It is reflected in ‘Breeze’ where Rafique romanticizes the “ice breeze” of February capering around her neighbourhood (13). Or in ‘Outcome’ where the poet attains happiness from the simple act of putting a yellow tape at the edges of a blue chart for it reminds her of the burnished rays of sun adorning the sky (33).

Rafique’s poetry is mottled with her vision of love. In ‘Sparrow of Love’, she innovatively highlights the universal predicament of coping with the contradictions of love. The poem points to an individual’s multiple approaches to love – nurture it gratis, or embellish it to flaunt, or guiltlessly devour it for one’s gratification (11). Rafique echoes the Sartrean ideology of love in ‘Guilt’ for it turns an individual into a beggar who shuns the act of self-examination and gives in to one’s need for the gaze of the ‘other’ (28). Yet in ‘Possibilities’ she favours the masochism of love as displayed in the act of carving out a “single bud of rose” from her heart than protecting it (23). In her translation of Shah Madhulal Hussain’s poem ‘Kafi’, Rafique resonates Hussain’s ideology that love is a “wild elephant,” and, when teased awake shall trample all the other existing violent ideologies (14). In ‘The Extreme Labour of Love’, she opines that human beings are often incapable of deriving pleasure from the fruition of their love, in any form, because they are haunted by the promise of tomorrow (25).

Rafique also focusses on the profundity of the connection between the human body, violence, and pain. She creates cryptic images showing the dying body writhing in pain, being drained out of life, meanness coagulating its blood from within. Moreover, she seems to be preoccupied with the desecration of the female body. For instance, ‘Shariah Compliant Bra’ highlights the transformation of the female body into a hegemonic construct, redefinition of its identity, and forcible sanction as the conventional image of femininity. Rafique continually refers to the breasts and “anonymous body parts” of a Muslim woman as “bits, blits, kits, lits”. She shows language to be a patriarchal construct that exercises control over a woman by shaping her identity according to the dominant ideology. And if a Muslim woman refuses to be the recipient of such discursive violence, her body is forced to undergo the physical trauma of being violently “cut and clip” by the representatives of prevailing oppressive belief system, that is, patriarchy (51-3).

Patriarchy is a pervasive and power-based structure that manifests itself through all social institutions. Patriarchy is inherent in discourse; it is an intrinsic element of the prevailing ideology. It enforces the biological and cultural suppositions that are responsible for the subjugation of women. The anti-patriarchal theme is, in fact, predominant in Rafique’s verse. Her poem entitled ‘Hadd: Limit’ connotes the Derridian premise of différance emphasizing the acts of estrangement from and murder of the woman as being crucial for preservation of the symbolic order (23). ‘Vulnerability’ alludes to the financial capitalization of a woman’s worth before she begins to “swim across the moonlight glint of death…to a brand new exotic destination of life”, that is, marriage (36). ‘Familial Promises’ outlines an honour killer’s code which operates through the violent methods of control, discipline, and punishment meted to a woman as described through the use of words like “smack”, “bash”, “rap” “smash” and “whack” (54). Here, the woman becomes the embodiment of virtue that defines a code of patriarchal honour. And this honour gets violated when a woman decides to exercise her personal, social, and constitutional rights.

Rafique’s poetry can, in fact, be viewed as an insurgency against the legitimate sanctioning of horrific acts of violence against Muslim and South-Asian women. Through her poems she accounts the legally authorized dehumanization of women thereby highlighting the interminable bond between law and anomie. ‘Porn Creation’ relates the incident of a thirteen year old girl named Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow who was labelled as “adulterous” after being gang raped by three law-enforcers and stoned to death for lodging a complaint against perpetrators of the crime (55). Rafique describes the day of Bibi Aisha’s execution where fifty impotent men surrounding her become the embodiment of the “Žižekian pervert” (The Plague 135). Their limp erections suddenly bloom into life as they witness the girl being punished for raising her voice against the heinous crime of rape. It shows that the conventional notion of the phallus as the siege of aggressive, penetrative, essentially masculine, potency/power is, in fact, contingent upon the terror that is evoked in the gaze of the woman. Patriarchy is, in fact, the fight of an “ignorant chauvinist man” using such tactics as “extreme violence, disfigurement, irreparable damage to body and spirit” in order to “restrict, control, contain, possess, subdue” the woman in his life (Rafique 63). In other words, the existence of the patriarchal male relies on inflicting violence on the body of woman to maintain his illusion of power. Similarly, ‘Mirwah’s Unnamed Girl’ depicts Rafique’s angst over the killings of several unidentified Mirwah women who, according to the fanatical oppressors, had the audacity to seek the right to choose their own bridegrooms. She declares the legal and political system of such nations to be emasculated and fit to wear all the adornment attributed to femininity (46-9).

Rafique is infuriated by the manner in which social organizations such as North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Amnesty International have usurped the struggles of several South-Asian natives who have lost their lives to their passion for fighting for women’s rights. In ‘The Jolly Trinity’ she castigates the way in which the Western celebrities and politicians – leading a rich and pampered existence – exploit the plight of the violated South-Asian women for photo-opportunities and news bytes. These organizations are, in fact, multi-million dollar enterprises seeking to spread their web of power, control and violence over the world under the guise of defense and security against the human rights violation. Such socio-political corporations indulge in the cunning use of public relations policy to camouflage their “drone fire aggression into noble democracy”, transform “war-lording action into exodus of decency” and convert “dirty dollar into charitable currency” (70). In ‘Drone-Dead Lover’, Rafique assails the Obama administration which authorized the continuation of drone attacks being made on Pakistan for the past several years. These attacks were meant to eradicate terrorism but have deprived thousands of Pakistani civilians off their lives (62).

The poet interprets religion – hailed by many as the bedrock of ethics – to be a patriarchy-infested institution that operates on the underside of law. In ‘The Clowns of Blasphemy’, religious extremism is shown to play out like a Senecan tragedy where divinities are manufactured in order to satisfy the zealot’s craving for slaughter and deliberate spillage of blood. She illustrates a fascist regime where innocent men, women, and children are labelled as “Kafirs, women and witches, bombers and terrorists” (78). Such a regime operates on the “excesses of torture” in order to stun and subdue both its victims and the audience (Discipline and Punish 35). These violent excesses include “bullying…skinning…hanging…burning” which are meant to stoke the “self-righteous leaders” hunger for power, violence, and “brand-new riches” (Rafique 79). ‘Holier than Life’ is Rafique’s insurrection against the bigoted ideology transmitted by all patriarchal institutions – social, cultural, religious, educational, political, and economical – and its representatives. She considers all these agencies of power to be the breeding-ground of violence, and, she wants to engrave the moniker of “MURDERER” on them (82). She condemns the “violent expositions” of all species of fanatics whose contrived creations like religion turn individuals into eternal victims in their quest for social, material, and existential transcendence (83).

In this anthology, Rafique displays an unapologetic and intractable stance against the aggressive jingoistic fervour that has been adopted by patriarchy. It manifests by inscribing itself on the bodies of women in multifarious ways. The poet believes that patriarchy can be rendered powerless if the violated woman refuses to cover her scarred and mutilated body. In ‘Shame’, She informs the guardians of both social & feminine propriety to stop being concerned about her disgrace and forcing her to shroud it in silence. Rafique declares that she is going to display her shame with as much aplomb as she would her achievement. In ‘Nangi Naked’, she cites the example of a Kashmiri poet named Lilla Arifa who ventured out of her house without the protection of clothes (58). This single act of defiance became more effective than Arifa’s entire body of literature. In other words, woman needs to disassociate herself from the norms for respectability and modesty mapped out by the patriarchal custodians, for it is the only way to weaken the enemy and gain freedom from the clutches of patriarchy.

In ‘Need for Social Self’, Rafique states that the need for cultivating a social self is imposed on every individual. It requires existing as a “zombie”, that is, the state of being “perfectly natural, alert, loquacious, vivacious behaviour but is in fact not conscious at all, but rather some sort of automaton” (Dennett 73). The poet recalls an event when she donned the attire of her social self and experienced the sensation of being choked into silence. Subsequently, she has never been able to accept the falsity underlying one’s social self and openly shuns it. Holier Than Life thus can be viewed as Rafique’s fearless and candid attempt to assail, hemorrhage, and rupture the normalization and legitimization of patriarchy. The poet realizes that such an act requires her to immerse body and soul in “the flow of pain” (7). Rafique’s poetry is a blend of three languages namely English, Punjabi and Urdu. It highlights both the universality and specificity of the multi-faceted forms of violence experienced by women especially in Third-World nations. Her poems are sprinkled with metaphors; the language is potent and descriptive; the verse seems staccato at times but seems to be styled to correspond with the requirements of digitalized literature. In Holier Than Life, Rafique successfully manages to expose and critique those dynamics of oppression and resistance that are generally problematized through gross and calculated misrepresentation.

Works Cited
Dennett, Daniel C. Consciousness Explained. New York: Back Bay, 1991. Print.
Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: Birth of Prison. Trans. Allen Lane. London: Peregrine, 1979. Print.
Rafique, Fauzia. Holier Than Life. Vancouver: Purple Poppy Press, 2013. Web.
Žižek, Slavoj. The Plague of Fantasies. London: Verso, 1997. Print.

From South Asian Ensemble (SAE), Summer/Fall 2013, Vol 5, 3 & 4
Editors Rajesh Sharma & Gurdev Chauhan
sharajesh@gmail.com
http://kriticulture.blogspot.com
www.southasianensemble.com: )

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‘“Brand Malala”: Western exploitation of a schoolgirl’ by Carol Anne Grayson

‘I think she is a very convenient person for us to really like. She’s the kind of Muslim girl that we want to show we like because we want to see them go to school. But in Pakistan, most girls do go to school.’ Says Birmingham poet Benjamin Zephaniah who was voted third in a BBC poll of the nation’s favourite poets, behind TS Eliot and John Donne (birminghampost.co.uk).  
As well, Malala helps US-NATO soldiers to believe that they are fighting for a ‘noble cause’ as opposed to Afghanistan’s riches and world colonization; and, it helps Pakistan’s ‘civil society’, whose salaries come from US/NATO-supported funding agencies, to justify their inaction both against US drone attacks and Taliban. Uddari.

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As Malala Yousafzai has told the media, that second when she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan changed her life, (it is also changing the lives of others too), Malala has become a very marketable western commodity. My issue is not with Malala, I support and respect her wish of education for all, however (and it shames me to say this being British) I doubt she fully realizes the extent to which she is being exploited by her new “mentors” in the UK.

There is an element of risk to all now living in Pakistan since the US led War on Terror brought internal conflict to the region but there is only special treatment for some of those affected. Why not fly out every child harmed by US drones to the west for the most up to date medical care, there are plenty for wellwishers to assist.

Despite some victims trying to speak out on drones, for the most part we don’t even know their names, let alone details of injuries inflicted upon them. There are double standards on how terrorism is reported. Taliban terrorism is used to propel the “good west versus bad east” narrative in the media whilst US state terrorism is served up as “collateral damage” and is more likely to get buried along with its victims. All violence must be condemned.

Since the shooting of Malala, western politicians and media alike have seized upon a very profitable “alliance” with the young Pakistani schoolgirl. She fits comfortably into the well- worn narrative of “rescuing” women from the east. Let’s face it an entire war was waged according to some to “save” Afghanistan’s females from the Taliban. (Let’s hope Malala’s story will not be used to keep occupation going a little longer). What press usually fail to mention however is how Britain and its allies are failing miserably on “gender justice” back home.

Exploitation of women whether emotionally, physically, financially is so ingrained in our society and institutions that I am not even sure whether some men realize their actions. The old saying comes to mind… “in the valley of the blind, the one eyed ‘man’ is king”! Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, Malala’s avid supporter, fits that description. He is known as a misogynist by his former work colleagues and to human rights campaigners for his refusal to address the plight of widows whose husbands were unlawfully killed by the state see my earlier story http://activist1.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/malala-becomes-poster-girl-of-western-government-double-standards-on-gender-justice/

How many men do you see studying gender to work with women for greater equality though it would benefit society for more males to do so. Division of labour need not be problematic if given the same value for both sexes. The one man on my gender course at university was a young Pashtun man who was determined in his aim to improve the situation of women in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan whilst at the same time respecting the culture.

The special treatment of Malala is highlighting divisions in many ways. Week in week out, when I peruse the British press, we are subjected to articles about asylum seekers “ripping off” the UK. These stories show scant regard for torture victims coming to Britain that often end up being held in detention centres or virtually penniless in the community living on vouchers with limited access to health care. Yet one young lady is flown in to the UK and provided with the best possible care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham appearing to bypass the hurdles faced by many. It would seem that there is something of a two tier system of care going on here and it is understandable that this will raise questions as to how we define a “deserving” case. I have met many juvenile survivors of torture, outspoken activists on human rights so what makes one person more deserving than another?

The commodification of Malala appears to have started at the time her father volunteered his daughter to the BBC to document life at school under the Taliban (this was before she was shot on a bus). She is seen on film at a younger age going to school and participating in lessons with her peers.

Media stories report that her father Ziauddin owns “for profit” schools which just happen to be high on the agenda of Gordon Brown, global envoy for education at the UN (again documented in my earlier article. One wonders why then, given that both Ziauddin and the BBC are so quick to warn of the dangers of the Taliban, they would put a child in the line of fire (albeit her identity thinly disguised) to write her diary for public consumption.

With regard to the question of another agenda, artist Jonathan Rao who painted the portrait of Malala that hangs in the National Gallery admits to his concerns in the Independent newspaper and states:-

 “I guess I was worried that she was probably a pawn in a bigger game and was being unduly influenced by the people around her.”

The Independent points out that:-

Those people include Edelman, the global PR firm that manages Malala alongside its work for clients that include Microsoft and Starbucks. Jamie Lundie, an impeccably connected senior executive for the firm and former speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown when he was the Lib Dem leader, leads a team of five who work with Malala on a pro bono basis.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/the-making-of-malala-yousafzai-shot-by-the-taliban-for-going-to-school-and-now-in-the-frame-for-nobel-peace-prize-8862588.html

During a BBC documentary this week, Malala’s former friends are shown in Swat valley, Pakistan continuing their education. However there is fear among children in the region. Fox news reports the following words from school principle Selma Naz:-

“We have had threats, there are so many problems. It is much more dangerous for us after Malala’s shooting and all the attention that she is getting,” said Naz. “The Taliban are very dangerous. They have gone from Swat, but still they have a presence here. It is hidden, but it is here. We all have fear in our hearts.”

What is disturbing also is that we are told in the film which area of Birmingham Malala now goes to school, careless words given threats to target her once again repeated from Taliban. Can we assume she will not be targeted in UK?

Safety is pushed aside for “brand Malala”. There is Malala the book, Malala the film, Malala the award nominee, Malala the portrait, with the schoolgirl being skilfully marketed by Edelman, the world’s biggest PR company. Wavering a fee will no doubt be compensated by the value of the publicity she will bring to the company. I wonder, how many people can name the other girls injured when Malala was shot? What quality of care and support did they receive? Are they represented by PR companies?

All this stage management behind the scenes strikes me as far removed from the image portrayed on our screens of a simple, very bright girl, with a love for school standing up for her rights. We are now into the dangerous cult of celebrity. To ease the entry into western homes via multimedia, we are told Malala likes pop star Justin Bieber, is championed by actor and UN ambassador Angelina Jolie and what transition would be complete without the obligatory photo with a smiling David Beckham. With the “A” listers behind her, Malala’s future looks rosy. How different to the many women that have been harmed in Britain and received no such support.

It is fascinating to see the establishment prizes Malala is collecting including “Pride of Britain”. Will we see her projected from Quilliam next, sat beside former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson. Even to Tommy, she must surely be the acceptable face of Islam. Then of course we are gearing up for the Nobel Peace Prize with Malala a firm favourite to take the award. Putin’s heart must be sinking with Malala predicted to follow in the footsteps of champion of drones, supporter of targeted killings, President Barack Obama.

I can’t help but think of another Nobel nominee two decades ago, one Rigoberta Menchu. Like Malala she was thrust into the limelight, pressurised by others. She also wrote a book and appears to have been so eager to fit the expected narrative that she is alleged to have altered facts to project her cause, that of Quiche people in Guatemala. Ten years after the Nobel she was mired in controversy, though allowed to keep her prize. I quote a newspaper story in the New York Times  December 15th 1998:-

In the autobiography ”I, Rigoberta Menchu,” first published in Spanish in 1983 at the height of Guatemala’s brutal civil war, Ms. Menchu, now 39, tells a wrenching tale of violence, destruction, misery and exploitation as moving and disturbing as a Victor Hugo novel. So powerful was the book’s impact that it immediately transformed her into a celebrated and much-sought-after human rights campaigner and paved the way for her being awarded the Nobel Prize.

Key details of that story, though, are untrue, according to a new book written by an American anthropologist, ”Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans.” Based on nearly a decade of interviews with more than 120 people and archival research, the anthropologist, David Stoll, concludes that Ms. Menchu’s book ”cannot be the eyewitness account it purports to be” because the Nobel laureate repeatedly describes ”experiences she never had herself.”

http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/15/world/tarnished-laureate-a-special-report-nobel-winner-finds-her-story-challenged.html?scp=7&sq=rigoberta%20menchu&st=cse&pagewanted=1

Malala is a bright, articulate young woman. She comes across as caring and committed and has great potential to make a difference in this world finding her own route. She is not in the UK to boost careers or further the bank balance of those in the media. Those who claim to support gender justice should ask themselves why it is that some cases are projected into the media whilst thousands of other cases are suppressed by government including by one of the same politicians so supportive to Malala.

I recall one campaigner harmed by the state writing to Gordon Brown on his deathbed requesting a meeting in a last ditch attempt to obtain gender justice for widows left behind. The BBC spoke highly of this activist, noted how he “died a disappointed man” ignored by Gordon Brown. Such requests were repeated by others many times.

The support people receive after trauma makes a significant difference to how they recover and move forward in life. Malala has been surrounded by care, offered opportunities and her story given immense media coverage. That does not happen for most women. Many go unheard no matter how vocal they may be or what risks they take, they simply don’t fit in to a popular narrative, especially if victims of the state.

Malala should not be used as a diversion to distract away from other women that have been fighting in British courts for years to highlight injustice and the wrongdoing of government. This does not help the cause of any woman while one is exploited and others are being suppressed!

As an intelligent young role model, I don’t imagine Malala would want this. I would think all she wants to do is knuckle down and get on with her education and hopefully will be allowed to do so in peace.

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”.

Original with images: http://activist1.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/brand-malala-western-exploitation-of-a-schoolgirl/

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Matter of Survival: The Crisis at Fukushima’s Unit 4

In the past couple of months, i have posted some materials on the now happening or about to happen disasters and their possible impacts on our lives. There has been very little response. But all this is actually real, and since we are not our governments and their sponsored media, we are free to take note. — Fauzia

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Published on Friday, September 20, 2013 by Common Dreams

The Crisis at Fukushima’s Unit 4 Demands a Global Take-Over

We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focused on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.

Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), says that within as few as 60 days it may begin trying to remove more than 1300 spent fuel rods from a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air. The pool rests on a badly damaged building that is tilting, sinking and could easily come down in the next earthquake, if not on its own.

Some 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima.

The one thing certain about this crisis is that Tepco does not have the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle it. Nor does the Japanese government. The situation demands a coordinated worldwide effort of the best scientists and engineers our species can muster.

Why is this so serious?

We already know that thousands of tons of heavily contaminated water are pouring through the Fukushima site, carrying a devil’s brew of long-lived poisonous isotopes into the Pacific. Tuna irradiated with fallout traceable to Fukushima have already been caught off the coast of California. We can expect far worse.

Tepco continues to pour more water onto the proximate site of three melted reactor cores it must somehow keep cool. Steam plumes indicate fission may still be going on somewhere underground. But nobody knows exactly where those cores actually are.

Much of that irradiated water now sits in roughly a thousand huge but fragile tanks that have been quickly assembled and strewn around the site. Many are already leaking. All could shatter in the next earthquake, releasing thousands of tons of permanent poisons into the Pacific. (Note: A relatively small earthquake struck Fukushima prefecture on Thursday, an indication of the inevitable occurrence of larger future ones in the area.)

The water flowing through the site is also undermining the remnant structures at Fukushima, including the one supporting the fuel pool at Unit Four.

More than 6,000 fuel assemblies now sit in a common pool just 50 meters from Unit Four. Some contain plutonium. The pool has no containment over it. It’s vulnerable to loss of coolant, the collapse of a nearby building, another earthquake, another tsunami and more.

Overall, more than 11,000 fuel assemblies are scattered around the Fukushima site. According to long-time expert and former Department of Energy official Robert Alvarez, there is more than 85 times as much lethal cesium on site as was released at Chernobyl.

Radioactive hot spots continue to be found around Japan. There are indications of heightened rates of thyroid damage among local children.

The immediate bottom line is that those fuel rods must somehow come safely out of the Unit Four fuel pool as soon as possible.

Just prior to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that shattered the Fukushima site, the core of Unit Four was removed for routine maintenance and refueling. Like some two dozen reactors in the US and too many more around the world, the General Electric-designed pool into which that core now sits is 100 feet in the air.

Spent fuel must somehow be kept under water. It’s clad in zirconium alloy which will spontaneously ignite when exposed to air. Long used in flash bulbs for cameras, zirconium burns with an extremely bright hot flame.

Each uncovered rod emits enough radiation to kill someone standing nearby in a matter of minutes. A conflagration could force all personnel to flee the site and render electronic machinery unworkable.

According to Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with forty years in an industry for which he once manufactured fuel rods, the ones in the Unit 4 core are bent, damaged and embrittled to the point of crumbling. Cameras have shown troubling quantities of debris in the fuel pool, which itself is damaged.

The engineering and scientific barriers to emptying the Unit Four fuel pool are unique and daunting, says Gundersen. But it must be done to 100% perfection.

Should the attempt fail, the rods could be exposed to air and catch fire, releasing horrific quantities of radiation into the atmosphere. The pool could come crashing to the ground, dumping the rods together into a pile that could fission and possibly explode. The resulting radioactive cloud would threaten the health and safety of all us.

Chernobyl’s first 1986 fallout reached California within ten days. Fukushima’s in 2011 arrived in less than a week. A new fuel fire at Unit 4 would pour out a continuous stream of lethal radioactive poisons for centuries.

Former Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata says full-scale releases from Fukushima “would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.”

Neither Tokyo Electric nor the government of Japan can go this alone. There is no excuse for deploying anything less than a coordinated team of the planet’s best scientists and engineers.

We have two months or less to act.

For now, we are petitioning the United Nations and President Obama to mobilize the global scientific and engineering community to take charge at Fukushima and the job of moving these fuel rods to safety.

If you have a better idea, please follow it. But do something and do it now.

The clock is ticking. The hand of global nuclear disaster is painfully close to midnight.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

Harvey Wasserman‘s Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show is at progressiveradionetwork.com, and he edits nukefree.org. Harvey Wasserman’s History of the US and Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth are at harveywasserman.com along with Passions of the PotSmoking Patriots by “Thomas Paine.”  He and Bob Fitrakis have co-authored four books on election protection, including How the GOP Stole America’s 2004 Election, at freepress.org.

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7th Annual Women’s Housing March – Vancouver Sept 28/13

Sat. Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm
Starts at Cordova and Columbia, just west of Main St.
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

On FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/194962550671741/

Homes for Low-Income People, not Profit for Real Estate!
Homes not Jails!
Homes not Pipelines!
Rent Control and Community Control not Social Control!
Housing, Childcare, and Healthcare for All!

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The DTES Power of Women group – Mobile upload by Harsha Walia

On Saturday September 28th at 1:30 pm, join the Downtown Eastside Women Centre Power of Women Group in the 7th Annual March for Women’s Housing and March Against Poverty.

This year we continue to march for housing, childcare, and healthcare for all low-income residents in the DTES. We want no more evictions, no more displacement, and no more gentrification in our neighourhood. We know that the growing number of cops and condos in the DTES is part of a larger pattern to destroy and privatize neighourboods, communities, and the land. Meanwhile, women in the DTES continue to face the brunt of poverty, displacement, violence and apprehension.

We invite groups to bring their banners and anything else for our festive march. All genders are welcome and celebrated. Please bring your drums and regalia. This march is child-friendly and there will be a rest-vehicle for elders. Spread the word!

Emailproject@dewc.ca or Phone778 885 0040

The DTES Power of Women Group is a group of women (we are an inclusive group) from all walks of life who are either on social assistance, working poor, or homeless; but we are all living in extreme poverty. Our aim is to empower ourselves through our experiences and to raise awareness from our own perspectives about the social issues affecting the neighbourhood. Many of us are single mothers or have had our children apprehended due to poverty; most of us have chronic physical or mental health issues for example HIV and Hepatitis C; many have drug or alcohol addictions; and a majority have experienced and survived sexual violence and mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional abuse. For indigenous women, we are affected by a legacy of the effects of residential schools and a history of colonization and racism.

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Attack on Syria – Courting the Third World War?

The following post, reprinted from EU Times Online Newspaper, provides information on the impending attack on Syria by the ‘West’. It also illustrates for us the preoccupations of our chosen leaders at a time when Pacific Ocean is being contaminated with radioactive materials from the 2011 melt of Fukushima Nuclear power plant, to mention just one of the many leaks, spills and melts that are underway on this planet. Snowden may be right, that the governments knew for 14 years that sun flares may begin to occur a lot more often around this time, but they kept a lid on it. Not in our interest, but to extend their corporate control and influence. But before that, here’s a call for action to Stop The Impending War on Syria. It sounds hopeful in its ability to stop the Regimes from declaring war on small countries to defend and expand their markets but that does not mean it cannot happen. Uddari.

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Putin Orders Massive Strike Against Saudi Arabia If West Attacks Syria
Posted by EU Times on Aug 27th, 2013

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A grim “urgent action memorandum” issued today from theoffice of President Putin to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is ordering a “massive military strike” against Saudi Arabia in the event that the West attacks Syria.

According to Kremlin sources familiar with this extraordinary “war order,” Putin became “enraged” after his early August meeting with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan who warned that if Russia did not accept the defeat of Syria, Saudi Arabia would unleash Chechen terrorists under their control to cause mass death and chaos during the Winter Olympicsscheduled to be held 7-23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Lebanese newspaper As-Safir confirmed this amazing threat against Russia saying that Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord by stating: “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off.“These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.”

London’s The Telegraph News Service further reported today that Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria, an offer Putin replied to by saying “Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters” [Putin said referring to footage showing a Jihadist rebel eating the heart and liver of a Syrian soldier HERE], and which Prince Bandar in turn warned that there can be “no escape from the military option” if Russia declines the olive branch.

Critical to note, and as we had previously reported on in our 28 January 2013 report “Obama Plan For World War III Stuns Russia,” the Federal Security Services (FSB) confirmed the validity of the released hacked emails of the British based defence company, Britam Defence that stunningly warned the Obama regime was preparing to unleash a series of attacks against both Syria and Iran in a move Russian intelligence experts warned could very well cause World War III.

According to this FSB report, Britam Defence, one of the largest private mercenary forces in the world, was the target of a “massive hack” of its computer files by an “unknown state sponsored entity” this past January who then released a number of critical emails between its top two executives, founder Philip Doughty and his Business Development Director David Goulding.

The two most concerning emails between Doughty and Goulding, this report says, states that the Obama regime has approved a “false flag” attack in Syria using chemical weapons, and that Britam has been approved to participate in the West’s warn on Iran, and as we can read:

Email 1: Phil, We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington. We’ll have to deliver a CW (chemical weapon) to Homs (Syria), a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record. Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion? Kind regards David

Email 2: Phil, Please see attached details of preparatory measures concerning the Iranian issue. Participation of Britam in the operation is confirmed by the Saudis.

With the events now spiraling out of control in Syria, and London’s Independent News Service now reporting that Prince Bandar is “pushing for war,” Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich further warned the West today by stating, “Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

Heedless of Russian warnings which have fallen on deaf ears, however, British Prime Minister David Cameron this morning recalled the British Parliament to vote on attacking Syria as the Obama regime abruptly cancelledtheir meeting with Russia scheduled for tomorrow on finding a path to peace for Syria, and the West begins its plans to attack the Syrian nation “within days.”

As Syria itself has warned that should it be attacked by the West there will be “global chaos,” the Western peoples themselves have not been told of the fact that on 17 May 2013, Putin ordered Russian military forces to “immediately move” from Local War to Regional War operational status and to be “fully prepared” to expand to Large-Scale War should either the US or EU enter into the Syrian Civil War, a situation they are still in at this very hour.

With Putin’s previous order, and as we had reported on in our 17 May report “Russia Issues “All-Out War” Alert Over Syria,” and now combined with his new ordering of massive retaliatory strikes against Saudi Arabia, any attack on Syria is viewed by Russia as being an attack on itself.

And as we had previously explained in great detail, the fight over Syria, being led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and their lap-dog Western allies, has but one single objective: To break Russia’s hold on the European Union natural gas market which a pipeline through Syria would accomplish, and as reported by London’s Financial Times News Service this past June:

“The tiny gas-rich state of Qatar has spent as much as $3bn over the past two years supporting the rebellion in Syria, far exceeding any other government, but is now being nudged aside by Saudi Arabia as the prime source of arms to rebels.

The cost of Qatar’s intervention, its latest push to back an Arab revolt, amounts to a fraction of its international investment portfolio. But its financial support for the revolution that has turned into a vicious civil war dramatically overshadows western backing for the opposition.

Qatar [also] has proposed a gas pipeline from the Gulf to Turkey in a sign the emirate is considering a further expansion of exports from the world’s biggest gasfield after it finishes an ambitious programme to more than double its capacity to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG).”

And in what is, perhaps, the most unimaginable cause to start World War III over Syria was noted by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich who said this past week: “We’re getting more new evidence that this criminal act was of a provocative nature,” he stressed. “In particular, there are reports circulating on the Internet, in particular that the materials of the incident and accusations against government troops had been posted for several hours before the so-called attack. Thus, it was a pre-planned action.”

For the West to have so sloppily engineered yet another “false flag” attack to justify a war where they posted thevideos of this so-called chemical weapons attack a full day before it was said to occur is the height of arrogance and disdain, but which their sleep-walking citizens, yet again, will fall for as they have done so many times in the past.

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From: http://www.eutimes.net/2013/08/putin-orders-massive-strike-against-saudi-arabia-if-west-attacks-syria/

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Solar Flares & Drought – Come September what do WE do?

In view of the materials Snowden has provided, it does seem probable that a solar flares ‘event’ might begin to occur in September or after. Actually, there was a solar storm on Tuesday (space.com).

Just to say it again, climate change is happening faster than we were led to believe (truth-out.org/opinion/item/18301).

With reports that Fukishima-radiation has reached ground water and Pacific Ocean, we are looking at MORE than a drought. In May 2011, tuna fish tested in California already carried Fukushima radiation. Just this factor is enough to know that we are facing the worst drought in human history.

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Photo from GlobalResearch.ca

This radiation, and a few other offshore corporate disasters are RIGHT NOW creating a situation where water species are being contaminated and fishing communities along the oceans will not be able to find food or livelihood. Farmers and land species will face the same crippling situation from contaminated ground water and rain. Our food, water and air are being poisoned for us while the majority of the people are suffering from poverty, war and displacement.

Researching possible solutions to the radiation/contamination, drought and solar flares was a worrisome process. Let me share some of it with you.

Our ‘Situation’

We discussed it in the previous post, but just to bring it back: solar flares will become deadly the moment they touch this planet because of our highly combustible lifestyle where we are surrounded by countless electronic gadgets and wires while the planet hosts thousands of nuclear/oil/tarsands digging-rigging-pipeline projects on the land and offshore, many of whom are melting, leaking or bursting.

The unstoppable melt/leak of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that began during an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, has not been contained. Yesterday’s news tell us that not only the deadly materials have reached the Pacific Ocean despite assurances that they’ll not get to it (huffingtonpost.ca ), but that the radiation levels are getting higher with passing time (rt.com/news/fukushima-sea-radiation-highest-686/). And here’s today’s update: Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation.

With contamination seeping into oceans and ground water, we are also looking at the beginnings of an acute water shortage where Yemen has declared an emergency even in it’s capital, and this is a bit about that: nytimes.com/2013/05/08/opinion/friedman-postcard-from-yemen.html?_r=0. The corporations are talking about privatizing water (http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-privatisation-of-water-nestle-denies-that-water-is-a-fundamental-human-right/5332238); and, not just one but a dozen towns in Texas are without water due to fracking where the individuals who do have water are wanting to sell it to neighbours instead of sharing. Some facts about water scarcity: http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/

Another remote viewing operation predicts a fatal-for-earth event in the near future involving secret digging operations in the Arctic that are mining too close to the core of the earth. The probable result may be ‘caving in’ of the planet. We will discuss this in another post.

Impact

US cities are going bankrupt beginning with Detroit with all its industry and casinos; melting glaciers are causing out-of-control floods and tornadoes around the world; we may be seeing the beginning of a famine in poorer countries; millions of bees and sea/air/land animals are dying or showing abnormal behaviours and symptoms due to radiation, contamination and GMO seeds/pesticides/herbicides, and if we haven’t felt any loss in our food supplies this year we will in the coming years while the US regime continues to protect Monsanto and the likes.

Interesting that Putin threatens a ‘global war’ over US negligence to the ‘bee apocalypse’, and the next day as if on cue, Great Britain comes out with a ‘conscription law’ that of course includes all the commonwealth countries. US is becoming a ‘police state’ with it’s spying operations, acquiring countless armoured vehicles and drones to be used within America. Peoples’ movements against poverty/discrimination/fracking/GMOs are catching fire while US government responds by using force against the protestors, and by extending more protection and privileges to the corporations. Global mainstream media of course is a share-holder in this system of exploitation and greed.

People are being forced to commit suicide because of economic want generated by the corporate greed, our policymakers are busy fighting their control-freaking wars and putting a whole lot of resources in ‘technological advancement’ that only benefits the 0.1%. These ‘advancements’ are being made in the fields of dirty energy, extreme mining of land and oceans, Genetically Modified Organisms, stemcells-based living beings, and Mars! Yes, Mars. And that’s what brings us to the Worst Obscene of 2013: A Stemcells-based beef patty that was gloatingly ‘served and tasted’ at the cost of Pound Sterling 250,000. Later, when anger subsided, I realized that a flight to Mars has been booked by 7800 (wealthy) passengers, and it won’t be much fun up there without the beef patty. Whatever the cost, they need it to go. The propaganda machine has begun working, and among other things, a documentary: One Way Astronaut.

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Set to go in the next 10. Photo from Space.com

So, the Global elites will depart for Mars (they call it a ‘colony’ already) while keeping their hold on the rest of us to fund their interstellar operations by keeping it going for them here. There are renewed efforts to fund missions to Mars, here’s one: (space.com).

Responsibility

The responsibility for this situation rests with energy, tech, food, defence and ‘development’ corporations but they are being protected by the Global Elites who establish and rule the Regimes that we bring into power with our votes.

These regimes do have the information, power and resources to do something about this situation but it seems they are not here for us. Instead, they continue to deny the damage that has happened and is happening, even climate change (science.time.com), because they plan to, and are, profiting from it http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.

If the governments/regimes continue to support their corporate agenda against their people, than the danger and the chaos of any ‘natural’ disaster will reach unimagined proportions.

What do we do?

Solar flares

Health effects of EMFs:
safespaceprotection.com
Anatomy of sunstorms
space.com/12047
The Sun’s Wrath: Worst Solar Storms in History
space.com/12584
Storm Clouds Gathering
youtube.com/

Safety
Find places with fresh water and food sources that are away from the ‘developed’ world, preferably nestled in mountains.

Work on a ‘self-help’ kind of lifestyle in case civic structures and services fail.

Remove items that emit electromagnetic radiation. They can worsen the impact of solar flares, and can be used to spy on us: abcnews.go.com/Business/household-products-spying/

Form neighbourhood committees to find ways to deal with the crisis and chaos.

Make elected governments:
Side with their people instead of corporations.

Stop all secret digging operations and costly high-tech projects till a consensus is reached regarding each.

Spend money on cleaning up the terrible money-mess instead of creating more useless yet deadly hi-tech and war projects.

Wishes

Yes, we wish this isn’t true and that nothing like this happens and we continue to enjoy, appreciate and inspire the beauty and abundance this planet still offers.

But when i think about it for myself, i find very little to be optimistic. It seems, Mayans were right, life on Earth and Earth itself will be different from what we know. Some of us who don’t fly to Mars may also survive but we will be radiated/contaminated beings. Some of us will be zombies like Russia’s newly found ‘zombie pigeons’, others may be crazy violent people with unknown deformities; all species diseased with no healing remedy, and nothing much to rejoice.

No poems for me neither.

Fauzia Rafique
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Bradley (Chelsea) Manning’s Statement

‘We have forgotten our humanity’
Bradley Manning

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On Wednesday, Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Following the announcement of the sentence, the following statement from Manning was read at a press conference by his attorney David Coombs.

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based dissensions, it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy — the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps — to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard  Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

Portrait of Pfc. Bradley Manning, by Robert Shetterly.
(Credit: americanswhotellthetruth.org)

Update
UPDATED 9:25 AM: Bradley Manning is now Chelsea Manning.
“As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” Manning said in a statement read during an exclusive TODAY show interview with lawyer David Coombs. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way I have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”

While Fort Leavenworth, the prison where Manning will serve her sentence, does not offer hormone therapy, Coombs told host Savannah Guthrie he would fight to ensure his client received the medical treatment she needed. He also said he and Manning had not discussed sex reassignment surgery, and that getting her access to the needed hormones is his priority at this time.

Asked why Chelsea Manning had not made a statement about her gender before the trial was over, Coombs said, “She didn’t want this to be something that overshadowed the case.”

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday for the largest leak in U.S. history, a sentence that could set the tone of future prosecutions of those who leak classified information. The 25-year-old was convicted of 20 criminal counts, including espionage and disobeying orders, for providing 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Coombs and the defense team cited Manning’s struggle with shame and confusion over her gender identity as a mitigating factor during sentencing proceedings. Her identity as a trans-woman first became a topic of discussion in the case after chat logs with government informant and hacker Adrian Lamo featuring statements about gender were leaked to the public.

The defense introduced a photo Manning emailed to her supervisor, Master Sgt Paul Adkins, with the subject line “my problem.” It showed Manning in a blonde wig and wearing lipstick. Clinical Psychiatrist Michael Worsley, who treated Manning in Iraq, also testified about how the military’s “hypermasculine environment” and hostility towards LGBT soldiers could have contributed to Manning’s depression and sense of isolation
Dr. David Moulton, the forensic psychologist assigned to review Manning’s case, said that Manning was suffering from gender identity disorder, a diagnosis supported by a military sanity board.

The United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth responded to Manning’s announcement in a statement. “The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder.” Citing a policy of non-discrimination based on race, rank, ethnicity or sexual orientation – but not gender identity – the the USDB statement said that, “All inmates are considered soldiers and are treated as such with access to mental health professionals, including a psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers and behavioral science noncommissioned officers with experience in addressing the needs of military personnel in pre- and post-trial confinement.”

Despite the challenges ahead for Chelsea Manning, “The ultimate goal is to be comfortable in her skin,” Coombs said.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/08/22/i-am-chelsea-manning-to-live-as-a-woman/
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‘A Poem – Hik Nazm’ by Faiza

From Faiza’s Punjabi poem ‘Hik Nazm’

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A Poem
By Faiza

It may be inconvenient
But Respected Sister an application needs to be written
A sweeper’s position has become available
In the Angrezi* school
Put it forward in such a way that
It captures their gut
Tell them
The void growing in children’s stomach
Is hard for mothers to endure
I burn in scorching wind
But some things must remain secret
Keep the secret
My man cannot stand on his feet
Battered by the police
Make a story so gripping
They come looking for me
It is your writing that will count
Who are we, what our station
Two morsels of bread
Give them full assurance from my side
I’ll work more than is required
No dearth, no shortage
There will be in my labour
All chores done I’m leavin’
Filth removed floor mopped
Say Respected Sister shall i mix the dough before I go?

*English

Translation
Fauzia Rafique

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Hik Nazm
By Faiza

Khhechal taan hosi
Ek darkhast likhveni ae Baji
Choorrhi de saamee ae
Angrezi school vich
Gal ajehi jorreya je
Kaleja phhreejay agleyaN da
Dusseya je
BallaN de dhedh paindi kho
MawaN tooN jhalni aukhhi
Tatti va vich sarrni aaN
Per ohla rakhhna pausi
Ohla rakheya je
Banda mera pairaN bhaar khhlo nahiN sakda
Police da pinjeya
Banavo koi baat acharj
MainuN soodhday phhiran
Mul te paina tuhaday likhhan da
AsseiN keh, sadee hassti keh
Do graaNhiyaN Tukar
Tassalla kraya je mere valoN
Kam kresaN hadoN vadh
Kai ghhaTa kai thhorr
Na hosi mehnat de
Saaray kam muka challi aaN
Gand hoonj ke pochi la challi aaN
Akhho taaN aaTa ve ghunneeN jaaN Baji?

View original Shahmukhi version
Monthly Pancham, May-June 2000

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Faiza is a Lahore-based poet, editor and publisher who is making valuable contributions to the development of Punjabi language and literature through her ongoing work with Monthly Pancham and Suchet Kitab Ghar.
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Uddari has a New email Address

In the last week of July, we got locked out of ‘uddari@live.ca’ because of an ongoing tug of war between us and Microsoft Outlook where the program wants to be used but we don’t want to get into it.

We are happy to report that at long last, we have accepted defeat by surrendering our lovely address to its internet fate. Ah, uddari@live.ca! (But no worries. You Are Us, We Are You.)

Meanwhile, here’s the new one:
uddariblog@gmail.com

We are replacing the old address from our pages and posts but you may still find it somewhere. If you do, please let us know so that we can update it.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thank you for supporting Uddari.

Fauzia Rafique
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Light A Candle for Punjabi – New Delhi August 13/13

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Candle-Light Vigil in Support of Punjabi Charter for Delhi

Punjab Sanjhiwal Jatha calls upon the citizens of Delhi to stand in for lighting candles in defence of PUNJABI, URDU and other Indian languages which stand demeaned by the FOUR-YEAR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME adopted by Delhi University.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
6:00pm
Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House, New Delhi

Both Punjabi and Urdu are second languages of Delhi state and it is time that the insensitive Delhi government is forced to accept its shortcomings in appropriately implementing its declarations of intent.

Fight for the legitimate status for our languages in our national public life demands a unity of citizens for initiating a debate on the cultural questions facing our people in these times.

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Snowden’s Solar Flare Warning for September

This post is a question: What does this warning mean to you? Uddari

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Photo from NASA
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‘… a series of solar flares is set to occur in September, killing hundreds of millions of people. Documents provided by Snowden prove that, as of 14 years ago, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) remote viewers knew that the event was inevitable. Ever since, the world’s governments have quietly been trying to prepare for the sweeping global famine to result.’ (chronicle.su)

It is very likely that a series of solar flares may BEGIN to occur next month, and if we had known 14 years ago, it was possible to prepare to suffer less damage, but even then, and now, not solar flares but what we have for them here is what’s going to kill us. The famine seems to be one of the sure outcomes of the Killshot. Mainstream is not picking it up, that means, it’s not in the interest of the Global Elites and their Regimes to have people know about it. Or it means it’s just rumours. Whatever it is, we must decide for ourselves.

Consider that a solar flare thing came very close to earth at the end of July 2013: ‘The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an “electromagnetic pulse” so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States..’ (washingtonexaminer), one occured right here in Canada in 1989, ‘knocking out Quebec’s electric transmission system..’, NASA describes an 1859 ‘super flare’ on its webpage (science.nasa.gov), and below is some more information to take into account.

Nuclear Establishments

According to World-Nuclear.org, There are ‘432 operable civil nuclear power nuclear reactors around the world, with a further 68 under construction. Plus there are hundreds in operation around the world as ‘research reactors’, reactors used to power ships and submarines, and reactors used to make medical isotopes. (world-nuclear.org). In 2012, 32 countries were reported as having ‘nuclear shares’ from 5.9 Argentina to 770.7 USA. This excludes all the ‘other’ nuclear facilities that may be even more dense.

This is a Wiki definition of a nuclear meltdown:
‘A meltdown is considered very serious because of the potential–however remote–that radioactive materials could breach all containment and escape (or be released) into the environment, resulting in radioactive contamination and fallout, and potentially leading to radiation poisoning of people and animals nearby.’ (en.wikipedia.org)

Unfortunately, as we know, a few of nuclear outfits have already core-melted filling our environment with radioactive contamination that has not stopped contaminating our air, water or land. Here are some examples:
‘A number of Soviet Navy nuclear submarines experienced nuclear meltdowns, including K-27, K-140, and K-431.

‘There was also a fatal core meltdown at SL-1, an experimental U.S. military reactor in Idaho.
Large-scale nuclear meltdowns at civilian nuclear power plants include: the Lucens reactorSwitzerland, in 1969. the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in 1979. the Chernobyl disaster at Chernobyl Nuclear Power PlantUkraine, USSR, in 1986. the Fukushima I nuclear accidents following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, March 2011’.

Other core meltdowns have occurred at: ‘NRX (military), Ontario, Canada, in 1952. BORAX-I (experimental), Idaho, U.S.A., in 1954. EBR-I (military), Idaho, U.S.A., in 1955. Windscale (military), Sellafield, England, in 1957 (see Windscale fire). Sodium Reactor Experiment, (civilian), California, U.S.A., in 1959. Fermi 1 (civilian), Michigan, U.S.A., in 1966. Chapelcross nuclear power station (civilian), Scotland, in 1967. Saint-Laurent Nuclear Power Plant (civilian), France, in 1969. A1 plant, (civilian) at Jaslovské BohuniceCzechoslovakia, in 1977. Saint-Laurent Nuclear Power Plant (civilian), France, in 1980’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_meltdown).

That’s pretty ‘regular’ even without the solar flares. Pointers to check impact on people, places and the environment: http://library.thinkquest.org/17940/texts/nuclear_disasters/nuclear_disasters.html, and a short one here: http://towardfreedom.com/environment/2328-the-health-impact-of-nuclear-meltdowns-from-california-to-chernobyl
Latest: fukushima-update-north-american-food-supply-poisoned-along-pacific-coast.html

Oil Extraction, Leaks and Spills

‘In January 1995 there was a total of 1738 oil and gas rigs drilling globally (excluding the former Soviet Union (FSU). By February 2012 that number had more than doubled to 3850. Global C+C+NGL production grew from 68 to 84 million bpd (24%) over the same period… Global drilling for oil and gas is dominated by North America, in particular the USA. In January 1995 there were 737 oil and gas rigs drilling in the USA, 42% of the world total. By October 2011 this figure had grown to 2010 rigs, 55% of the world total.’ (theoildrum.com)

Let’s say, over 4000 including the ‘former Soveit Union’- but that’s just surface. Think offshore.

‘Notable offshore fields today are found in the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico (mostly offshore Texas and Louisiana, but also Mississippi and Alabama, California (in the Santa Barbara basin), the Caspian Sea (notably some major fields offshore Azerbaijan the Campos and Santos Basins off the coasts of Brazil, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, several fields off West Africa most notably west of Nigeria and Angola, as well as offshore fields in South East Asia and Sakhalin, Russia. Also major offshore oil fields are located in the Persian Gulf such as Safaniya, Manifa, and Marjan which belong to Saudi Arabia and are developed by Saudi Aramco.’ (en.wikipedia.org).

The above about covers our air, land and water. But no, we have more. The Tar Sands pipelines cutting across countries in North America! And, guess what? They have spilled, and leaked. The spills and leaks that had happened, have not stopped, just like the melted cores of nuclear reactors and generators.

Now think of all the gas filling stations in North America. There are about 60 companies providing thousands of gas filling locations. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_filling_stations_in_North_America)

Plus we are roped in electrical wires, poles, power generation plants, and surrounded by many electric appliances, tools, gadgets in our homes, schools and offices.

Sun’s Approaching Field Reversal

Another factor that may add to the intensity of this warning is sun’s own approaching 11-year-routine field reversal.

‘Something big is about to happen on the sun. According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip… The sun’s polar magnetic fields weaken, go to zero, and then emerge again with the opposite polarity. This is a regular part of the solar cycle…

‘During field reversals, the current sheet becomes very wavy…

‘As Earth orbits the sun, we dip in and out of the current sheet. Transitions from one side to another can stir up stormy space weather around our planet…’ and have an impact on cosmic rays that are ‘high-energy particles accelerated to nearly light speed by supernova explosions and other violent events in the galaxy’. Cosmic rays are a danger to astronauts and space probes, and some researchers say they might affect the cloudiness and climate of Earth.

‘The current sheet acts as a barrier to cosmic rays, deflecting them as they attempt to penetrate the inner solar system. A wavy, crinkly sheet acts as a better shield against these energetic particles from deep space.’ (realnews24.com).

Safe Places

In this general environment, an otherwise ‘manageable’ solar flare ‘event’ will become out of control where a touch, a fleeting kiss, will be enough to set large portions of the surface of this planet on fire. Safe places will be hard to manage with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our foodbasket, and stemcell-created early-stage living organisms in our systems. As well, undeveloped countryside with drinkable water source will become prime property, and in that, other than who will be getting control of such natural resources, the question is if the countryside can accommodate the urban populations back in.

In my view, even if nothing is to happen in September, we still need to think fast and find ways to protect ourselves from unimagined chaos due to global warming, GMO foods, stemcells creations, pharmaceuticals, big money, and most of all the use of electronics in our daily lives. People with knowledge and hindsight are already building affordable, earth-loving self-sustaining communities that grow their own organic foods, generate their own small supply of solar energy, have water wells, just simple necessities.

September is my birthday month, and solar flares seems to be a gift too hot to handle. Also, without the solar flares, the concerns around the desirability of human-centric profit-hungry societies in a multi-species world are the themes of ‘Triple’, the novel I’m working on. So, may be this whole thing is having a larger impact on me. Actually, I don’t know what to think or do about it. I am convinced that this kind of some drastic situation may happen but I don’t seem to believe it because it’s so unbelievable. So then, this is what I’m going to do, is to put this out there, and see if a discussion takes place or a consensus emerges.

And now, a poem before September, after, I may not be able to write or at least not this one.

Solar Flare

A cold-touching solar
flare ignites smoldering
Imagination, torching it
Up in the limitless-ness
Of a night blue Sky
Blazing Interactions
On pathways of fire
My stardust pulses
Back into me.

We need to think and do because the caged monkeys have turned their backs on us, and they are silent.

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’16 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True’ by Michael Snyder

This is the first of three posts about the role of High-hightech industry and the US Government in damaging the lives of common people and pushing this planet to its destruction. Uddari.

Are you a conspiracy theorist?  If not, perhaps you should be.  Yes, there have certainly been a lot of “conspiracy theories” over the years that have turned out not to be accurate.  However, the truth is that a large number of very prominent conspiracy theories have turned out to actually be true.  So the next time that you run into some “tin foil hat wearing lunatics”, you might want to actually listen to what they have to say.  They may actually know some things that you do not.  In fact, one recent study found that “conspiracy theorists” are actually more sane than the general population.  So the next time you are tempted to dismiss someone as a “conspiracy theorist”, just remember that the one that is crazy might actually be you.  The following are 16 popular conspiracy theories that turned out to be true…

1. “They Put Cancer Viruses Into Our Vaccines”

When I first heard about this I did not believe it.  And of course not all vaccines contain cancer viruses.  But tens of millions of Americans did receive vaccines with cancer viruses in them, and now we have learned that even the CDC has admitted that this is true…

The CDC has quickly removed a page from their website, which is now cached here, admitting that more than 98 million Americans received one or more doses of polio vaccine within an 8-year span when a proportion of the vaccine was contaminated with a cancer causing polyomavirus called SV40. It has been estimated that 10-30 million Americans could have received an SV40 contaminated dose of the vaccine.

SV40 is an abbreviation for Simian vacuolating virus 40 or Simian virus 40, a polyomavirus that is found in both monkeys and humans. Like other polyomaviruses, SV40 is a DNA virus that has been found to cause tumors and cancer.

2. “ATM Machines Will Someday Use Facial Recognition Technology”

According to the Daily Mail, a new generation of ATM machines is being developed that will use cutting edge facial recognition technology…

Cumbersome and slow cash machines with clunky buttons and tiny hard-to-see screens could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a range of next-generation ATMs.

Ohio-based security firm Diebold has created a touchscreen cash machine that works like a tablet computer, uses facial recognition and QR codes to identify and authenticate users, and has built-in safety cameras.

3. “The U.S. Government And Monsanto Are Teaming Up Against Opponents Of Genetically-Modified Food”

The establishment does not like those that are trying to stand in the way of genetically-modified food.  The following is from a recent Activist Post article

A shocking new investigative report from the largest daily newspaper in Germany alleges that Monsanto, the US Military and the US government have colluded to track and disrupt both anti-GMO activists and independent scientists who study the adverse effects of genetically modified food.

As revealed yesterday by Sustainable Pulse, on July 13th the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung detailed information on how the US Government “advances the interests of their corporations,” focusing on Monsanto as a prime example.

The report titled, “The Sinister Monsanto Group: ‘Agent Orange’ to Genetically Modified Corn,” described a ‘new fangled cyber war’ being waged against both eco-activists and independent scientists by supporters and former employees of Monsanto, who are described as “operationally powerful assistants” and who have taken up sometimes high-ranking posts in the US administration, regulatory authorities, and some of whom have connections deep within the military industrial establishment, including the CIA.

4. “Someday Scientists Will Be Using Millions Of Genetically-Modified Animals In Scientific Experiments”

Did you know that literally millions of genetically-modified animals are being experimented on in labs all over the globe?…

The number of genetically modified (GM) animals used in scientific research in Britain has exceeded the number of ordinary laboratory animals for the first time, according to official statistics that show a 9 per cent overall increase in the use of experimental animals last year.

Some 4,033,310 animals were used in scientific experiments started in 2012, an increase of 322,689, or 9 per cent over the previous year. There were 1.91 million scientific “procedures” used with GM animals in 2012 compared to 1.68.m procedures on normal animals.

5. “Scientists All Over The World Are Creating Extremely Bizarre Human-Animal Hybrids”

Should scientists be creating beings that are part human and part animal?  Well, it is happening all over the planet.  Just check out some of the things that a recent Slate article says is happening in labs around the world…

Not long ago, Chinese scientists embedded genes for human milk proteins into a mouse’s genome and have since created herds of humanized-milk-producing goats. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Michigan have a method for putting a human anal sphincter into a mouse as a means of finding better treatments for fecal incontinence, and doctors are building animals with humanized immune systems to serve as subjects for new HIV vaccines.

Pretty disgusting eh?

And here are some other ways that scientists are combining humans and animals…

Rabbit Eggs with Human Cells

Pigs with Human Blood

Sheep with Human Livers

Cow Eggs with Human Cells

Cat-Human Hybrid Proteins

For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “Human-Animal Hybrids: Sick And Twisted Chimeras Are Being Created In Labs All Over The Planet“.

6. “Obama Is Making Government Employees Spy On One Another”

Yes, this is actually happening.  In a previous article, I described how Obama is forcing government workers to spy on the “lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors” of their fellow employees…

Federal employees and contractors are asked to pay particular attention to the lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors – like financial troubles, odd working hours or unexplained travel – of co-workers as a way to predict whether they might do “harm to the United States.” Managers of special insider threat offices will have “regular, timely, and, if possible, electronic, access” to employees’ personnel, payroll, disciplinary and “personal contact” files, as well as records of their use of classified and unclassified computer networks, polygraph results, travel reports and financial disclosure forms.

7. “Pro Wrestling Is Fake”

We have all kind of known this for a long time, right?  Well, now someone is actually leaking the results of pro wrestling matches on the Internet before they happen

A fan has provoked a furor in the world of professional wrestling after leaking the outcomes of 38 WWE matches ahead of the pay-per-view bouts.

The mystery fan, who identifies himself online as Dolphins1925, claims he has obtained the information from a source at Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and is revealing the results to highlight the organisation’s failure to keep its storylines confidential.

Dolphins1925 started posting the results on Reddit’s pro-wrestling forum after another fan launched a “prediction series”, asking users for their picks ahead of the matches. He has since maintained a perfect record, even leaking the results of contests involving wrestling superstars such as John Cena and The Undertaker.

8. “Someday Texas Is Going To Run Out Of Water”

Texas will always have plenty of water, right?

Wrong.

According to CNBC, the water crisis in some areas of Texas is rapidly reaching a breaking point…

Three straight years of blistering drought have strained Texas’ water resources. Some cities like Midland are already steeply raising their water prices. But it’s not just residents of the Lone Star State feeling parched. Texas-based companies are scrambling to reduce their water usage and enact long-term water management plans as a critical business concern.

“As the drought continues, industry’s eyes are opening,” said Jordan Furnans, senior engineer at INTERA, a Texas-based geosciences and engineering firm. Those eyes are opening to discover that more dry years are coming, he said.

There’s a desperate need for water to fuel industrial, chemical and energy operations in some parts of Texas. “If plants shut down, they’re losing millions of dollars per day,” Furnans said.

9. “The IRS Is Specifically Targeting Conservatives”

Only a small percentage of Americans would have believed this particular “conspiracy theory” last year.  But now it is all over the news.  In fact, we have just learned that applications for tax-exempt status from Tea Party groups were ordered to be sent to the only Obama political appointee at the IRS

IRS employees were ordered by their superiors–including Lois Lerner who pleaded the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination rather than testify in Congress–to send certain Tea Party tax-exemption applications to the office of the IRS’s Chief Counsel, which was headed by William Wilkins, who at that time was the only Obama political appointee at the IRS, according to a letter released today by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“As a part of this ongoing investigation, the Committees have learned that the IRS Chief Counsel’s office in Washington, D.C. has been closely involved in some of the applications,” reads a letter released today by the House committees on Oversight and Government and Ways and Means.  “Its involvement and demands for information about political activity during the 2010 election cycle appear to have caused systematic delays in the processing of Tea Party applications.”

10. “Fluoride Is Harmful For Your Teeth”

This is a conspiracy theory that was denied for a very long time.  But now even CNN is admitting the truth…

The Department of Health and Human Services and Environmental Protection Agency are proposing the change because of an increase in fluorosis — a condition that causes spotting and streaking on children’s teeth.

11. “Using A Cell Phone Can Cause Cancer”

Can you get cancer from using a cell phone?  Well, an increasing number of studies indicate that this is actually true

At the highest exposure levels — using a mobile phone half an hour a day over a 10-year period — the study found a 40 percent increased risk of glioma brain tumors.

12. “Prescription Drugs Kill Large Numbers Of Americans”

Every single year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are killed by prescription drugs.  The following is a brief excerpt from a Vanity Fair article entitled “Deadly Medicine“…

Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year. Will that number go up, now that most clinical trials are conducted overseas—on sick Russians, homeless Poles, and slum-dwelling Chinese—in places where regulation is virtually nonexistent, the F.D.A. doesn’t reach, and “mistakes” can end up in pauper’s graves?

13. “The Elite Want To Dramatically Reduce The Global Population”

Yes, many among the global elite really do want to substantially reduce the population of the planet.  The following quotes are from one of my previous articles

David Rockefeller: “The negative impact of population growth on all of our planetary ecosystems is becoming appallingly evident.”

CNN Founder Ted Turner: “A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”

Paul Ehrlich, a former science adviser to president George W. Bush and the author of “The Population Bomb”: “To our minds, the fundamental cure, reducing the scale of the human enterprise (including the size of the population) to keep its aggregate consumption within the carrying capacity of Earth is obvious but too much neglected or denied”

-Barack Obama’s primary science adviser, John P. Holdren: “The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.”

HBO personality Bill Maher: “I’m pro-choice, I’m for assisted suicide, I’m for regular suicide, I’m for whatever gets the freeway moving – that’s what I’m for. It’s too crowded, the planet is too crowded and we need to promote death.”

14. “Innocent People Are Murdered, Skinned And Dismembered During Satanic Rituals”

Satanists really do exist, and sometimes they do really, really awful things.  The following is one recent example

Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago to report a crime: He had killed his mother.

Officers went to the Maywood apartment that the then-18-year-old factory worker shared with his mother, Amelia Espinoza, 42, and found a gruesome scene. A trail of blood led to the bathroom, where plastic covered the walls and floor. There, they found an electrical circular saw with pieces of bone, blood and flesh stuck to the blade. Nearby, in a freezer, police found skin and muscles stored in plastic bags. The woman’s skull, with all her teeth plucked out, her eyes removed and two upside-down crosses carved into the bone, was stashed in a backpack.

Prosecutors say that Meraz-Espinoza strangled his mother and then skinned, filleted and dismembered her body as part of a satanic ritual.

15. “The NSA Is Spying On Our Phone Calls, Internet Searches And Financial Transactions”

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we have learned much more about how the NSA spies on all of us.  And just this week it has come out that the NSA has no problem snooping on you if you are a friend of a friend of a friend of someone that might be a potential terrorist…

Chris Inglis, the agency’s deputy director, was one of several government representatives—including from the FBI and the office of the Director of National Intelligence—testifying before the House Judiciary Committee this morning. Most of the testimony largely echoed previous testimony by the agencies on the topic of the government’s surveillance, including a retread of the same offered examples for how the Patriot Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act had stopped terror events.

But Inglis’ statement was new. Analysts look “two or three hops” from terror suspects when evaluating terror activity, Inglis revealed. Previously, the limit of how surveillance was extended had been described as two hops. This meant that if the NSA were following a phone metadata or web trail from a terror suspect, it could also look at the calls from the people that suspect has spoken with—one hop. And then, the calls that second person had also spoken with—two hops. Terror suspect to person two to person three. Two hops. And now: A third hop.

16. “The Federal Reserve Is A Perpetual Debt Machine That Is Designed To Create Inflation”

he Federal Reserve is a private banking cartel that was created by the bankers and that serves the interest of the bankers.  It was designed to perpetually increase the U.S. national debt and to perpetually create inflation.  Unfortunately, it has done a great job on both counts.  Since the Federal Reserve was created back in 1913, the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger, and the value of the U.S. dollar has fallen by more than 96 percent.

Are there any other “conspiracy theories” that you would add to this list?  Please feel free to join the discussion by posting a comment below…

Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/16-conspiracy-theories-that-turned-out-to-be-true/#oqLr6LoQGuqlwOal.99

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Solar Flares to Kill Millions in September, Says Snowden – Governments Know for 14 Years!

Edward Snowden: Solar-Flare ‘Killshot’ Cataclysm Imminent

Edward Snowden, hacker-fugitive and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, revealed Tuesday that a series of solar flares is set to occur in September, killing hundreds of millions of people.

MOSCOW, Russia – Edward Snowden, hacker-fugitive and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, revealed Tuesday that a series of solar flares is set to occur in September, killing hundreds of millions of people. Documents provided by Snowden prove that, as of 14 years ago, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) remote viewers knew that the event was inevitable. Ever since, the world’s governments have quietly been trying to prepare for the sweeping global famine to result.

Speaking from his room at Sheremetyevo Airport’s Hotel Novotel, Snowden revealed that government preparations for September’s catastrophic solar flares have been “to only limited avail.” The flares’ results, he said, are known casually throughout the global intelligence community as “the killshot.”

Remote viewers employed by the CIA’s Project Stargate use their ability to perceive geographically and chronologically distant events to protect America. Since 1999 they have known about the solar-flare event but have been threatened into silence by enforcers on the secret government’s payroll.

As a part of hiring Snowden as a contractor, the NSA granted the 30-year-old access to all communications on earth. Now he has provided The Internet Chronicle with top-secret Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) documents outlining just how terrible the solar flares’ results will be. In just two months, “the killshot” is set to disable all electronic food and water delivery systems.

Ever since the late 20th century, hundreds of millions of people have begun to rely on technological automation to enable their very lives. Solar flares release electromagnetic pulses, hazardous to electronic circuits. The smallest electronic circuits, such as those in computers’ central processing units, will be the most vulnerable.

Snowden said FEMA and the National Disaster Reduction Center of China have been taking steps for 14 years in light of the findings of Project Stargate. FEMA’s own documents, provided by Snowden, lay out how the organization plans to round up tens of millions of the poorest Americans for housing at secure locations “to better facilitate feeding and provision of consumer goods.”

Snowden, for years a CIA contractor, released testimonials from hundreds of remote viewers. Many of those remote viewers are still on the payroll of the governments of the United States and the Russian Federation. Those testimonials, though written independently by the analysts, are comprised of 4,472 pages, every single one of which, alarmingly, evince Snowden’s account.

“The massive electromagnetic pulse from the solar flares, or ‘the killshot,’ will shutter most of the world’s electrical systems,” said Snowden. “The Americans whose lives are most at risk are the elderly and the infirmed, those who depend on technology to enable their receiving home care or life-sustaining medical treatment.”

Throughout the 1970s and the 1990s, Russia and the United States were desperate to track and monitor the construction and maintenance of each other’s nuclear silos. The nations’ governments openly admitted having poured billions of dollars into the training of elite teams of remote viewers. With their powers, the remote viewers were able to deter nuclear launches and, ultimately, bring an end to the Cold War.  In the mid-’90s, the CIA simply pretended to close its remote-viewing program, so that it could operate more effectively.

Snowden said he hopes that his coming forward will allow Project Stargate’s participants to be able to live normal, open lives again, “instead of as circus animals, instead of as freaks.” He added, “[Significant others of Project Stargate employees] have to get Q clearances just to cohabitate with, without even marrying, their loved ones. That’s tantamount to slavery.”

Humanity is about to pay a most dire price for its technological dependence. That price, said Snowden, proved a leading factor in his decision to come forward to the press – about both the global Holocaust to ensue, as well as NSA analysts’ power, on the slightest whim, to listen to the phone calls of any person on earth.

Snowden said, with regard to CIA remote viewers, “I have seen too many brave whistleblowers become subjects of smear and ridicule for using their talents to expose the truth.” Added Snowden, bitterly, “Well, we’ll see who’s Mr. Chuckles when ‘the killshot’ goes down.”

WikiLeaks attorneys; and Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s own counsel, together produced a video calling for calm and global preparedness. Monday, Snowden sent the video, below, to the Russian Federal Migration Service as part of his call for asylum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkYQEuHwzgM

From: http://www.chronicle.su/news/edward-snowden-solar-flare-killshot-cataclysm-imminent/

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Amanda Palmer Gets Naked In Response To Daily Mail Nipple Story

To the ‘misogynist pile of twats’ – Dear Daily Mail.
What a SONG, AMANDA PALMER!

14 July, 2013
Staff Writer, The Music, Australia

When the UK’s Daily Mail tabloid paper covered Amanda Palmer’s recent performance at Glastonbury, they didn’t mention anything about the music that she played, choosing to entirely focus on a brief moment where her breast “escaped her bra”.

Palmer wasn’t entirely thrilled about the lack of coverage her performance received and the extent of attention that was paid to her so-called wardrobe malfunction and she has decided to respond to the paper through song.

At a performance at London’s Roundhouse on Friday night, Palmer performed a song in response to the tabloid and urged audience members to film it and upload the clip to YouTube so her chosen response could spread.

The lyrics to the song refer to the paper as a “misogynist pile of twats” and accuses them of “debasing womens’ appearances”, which is all pretty cutting, but the major blow comes midway through the song.

In one verse, she sings:

“In addition you state that my breast had escaped; From my bra like a thief on the run”

Then, in the next, she sings:

“It appears that my entire body is currently, Trying to escape this kimono!”

At which point she disrobes and proceeds to play the rest of the song (almost) entirely naked.

Here it is:

That is one way to respond to a paper who won’t engage in discourse with you, we suppose.

Palmer will be at BIGSOUND in Brisbane this September as well as performing in venues around the country.

UPDATE: Speaking to theMusic.com.au, Palmer reveals the anger she felt when first reading the story and the determination not to give the paper any “fucking satisfaction” in her response.

http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2013/07/14/amanda-palmer-gets-naked-in-response-to-daily-mail-nipple-story/
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