Friday, May 12, 2006

Screw Loose Change: New Secret Weapon Unveiled

Screw Loose Change: New Secret Weapon Unveiled

Question: What kind of sick person is more interested in lambasting a movie than in finding the truth about the most heinous false-flag operation in the history of the world?

Screw Loose Change: Loose Change Losers: We're Still Pod People!

Screw Loose Change: Loose Change Losers: We're Still Pod People!

Another entry here.... debunking the debunkers (Screw Loose Change)

The facts about this are quite fascinating. I discussed the issue of the "pod" with Dave Von Kleist about a month ago.

A full discussion of this will take longer than I have at the moment. However, Pat's blog entry trying to make hay with this leads nowhere. The ultimate truth within the "evidence" (hint: the evidence was planted) in no way supports the govt. lies. Furthermore, Loose Change's challenges of the official story stand up well as we achieve more certainty with speculations about what really happened.

Mary Cheney’s appearance Wednesday night on Larry King proved....

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BlondeSense: More on NSA Acquisition of Phone Records

BlondeSense: More on NSA Acquisition of Phone Records

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Alas, a blog » Blog Archive » Good Response To Polygamy Argument

Nona: Should I sell my daughter?

Nona: Should I sell my daughter?

[political-researchp] Bloglines - Keith Phucas From The Times Herald Interviews Jon Gold

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Keith Phucas From The Times Herald Interviews Jon Gold

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This interview was conducted by Keith Phucas from the Norristown Times Herald. It came about because I saw that he had written an article on Able Danger, and was local. I figured I would give him a call to see if he would cover other aspects of 9/11 Truth. At the time, he wasn't "working on" 9/11, but said he would contact me in the future if it was put back into his lap. Because of the release of United 93, that's what happened.

An article related to this interview will be released on May 21st in the Sunday Edition. We cover a lot... the Iraq War, 9/11, and a bunch more.


Iran cleric praises Ahmadinejad for letter | World |

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Screw Loose Change: The Pentagon Again

Screw Loose Change: The Pentagon Again

This post is about the linked entry above, which is part of a case being made that the video Loose Change is flawed, and in some cases spurious or wholly incorrect. I don't agree with that conclusion. Here's one small commentary in rebuttal (debunking the debunk).

Loose Change is not a definitive description of anything. It's a movie. This attempt above at debunking in tight focus on this video is meaningless. Any true debunking would address the whole universe of 9/11 material with Loose Change in context.

I agree "Loose Change" is not perfect. In fact, it is self contradictory.

Many informed researchers are very aware that Loose Change does not depict anything near a perfect unified thoroughly documented case. It is recommended as a starting point, especially for the huge mass of complete innocents who think the MSM has covered the topic of 9/11.

James Wolcott: Aviary of Atonement

James Wolcott: Aviary of Atonement

WP: Moussaoui's life spared by lone juror - Highlights -

WP: Moussaoui's life spared by lone juror - Highlights -

A look at the telephone surveillance issue -

A look at the telephone surveillance issue -

(5/12/2006) The Home Page of J. Orlin Grabbe

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Israeli Gestapo-like security personnel intimidate Europeans traveling to the US

May 11, 2006 -- Israeli Gestapo-like security personnel intimidate travelers from Europe coming to the United States. According to European journalists, Israeli citizens and European nationals who are employees of the airport passenger screening firm ICTS -- International Consultants for Targeted Security -- an Israeli firm based in the Netherlands, routinely intimidates journalists who are visiting the United States, demanding to know what stories they are working and with whom they will be talking. ICTS currently has contracts with Delta Airlines at Paris Charles deGaulle, Gatwick in London, Continental out of Milan and Barcelona, and 100 other airlines operating out of 50 European airports in 12 countries and the firm employs some 5000 personnel. Many of the firm's officers are ex-Mossad and Shin Bet officers.
In one incident, an Israeli ICTS screener at deGaulle accused a boarding journalist of being like all other journalists in "causing disruption" by spreading untrue stories and being "arrogant." The passenger was repeatedly warned by the screener and the manager that an "instant deportation" from the U.S. Homeland Security Department would be in store for failing to answer questions about the nature of the story being investigated. When passengers shows "arrogance," ICTS screeners place red ICTS tags on their luggage and ticket envelope.
U.S. airlines and "Kapo" Chertoff's Homeland Security Department should be forced to explain why American and foreign journalists are being subjected to such blatant Mossad intelligence collection operations and who authorized these operations.
These tactics are baring wide open the cowardly global agenda of the neo-cons. This editor would like an explanation why Israelis are representing (or misrepresenting) the policies of the United States government abroad and who gave them the right to determine who can and cannot visit the United States.

NSA spying on average Americans began well before 9-11

Another US supreme international crime: Target Iran

Ultima Thule: As we bid a fond farewell to our glorious past -- say hello to a Muslim future

Ultima Thule: As we bid a fond farewell to our glorious past -- say hello to a Muslim future

Ultima Thule: The WSJ explains why diseased illegal immigrants are desirable for our economy and worthy of admiration

Ultima Thule: The WSJ explains why diseased illegal immigrants are desirable for our economy and worthy of admiration

Ultima Thule: There's a lack of faith in modern culture

Ultima Thule: There's a lack of faith in modern culture

To be analysed as time allows.

"Hi babe" is terror message, Australia court hears

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Nine Muslim men arrested in Australia's biggest security swoop, and charged with planning a terrorist act, pretended to be women texting girlfriends to secretly communicate, a prosecutor told a court on Friday.
"Hi babes, I'm missing you," one message read, while another said: "How you going love, did Sue want to meet me."

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Passive Aggressive Behavior

If you've ever found yourself repressing your anger and behaving in other ways to get your point across, you may be someone who is adept at engaging in passive-aggressive behavior. Although passive-aggressive behavior is recognized as a psychological disorder, it also describes the behavior that many people use to cope with confrontational situations. Such behavior has the outward appearance of being peaceful, yet it is really an attempt to express oneself in seemingly passive ways-usually without accepting responsibility for doing so. For example, someone who doesn't want to attend an event with a partner might engage in behavior that causes them to be late or miss the event without ever admitting to their partner that they never wanted to go to the function at all. Procrastination, inefficiency, stubbornness, and sullenness are some of the many ways that anger can be expressed indirectly.

It is important not to judge ourselves when we engage in passive-aggressive behavior. You may want to consider that you are not owning your feelings or your expression by indirectly expressing yourself. Perhaps you are judging your feelings and needs as wrong-which is why you are expressing yourself indirectly. You also may be worried that others will judge you for feeling the way that you do. Remember that anger and every other emotion are never good or bad. They can, however, become toxic of you don't express them in healthy and proactive ways. When we express ourselves directly, we are more likely to be heard by the other person. It also becomes easier for us to ask for and get what we want.

Once we learn to be honest with ourselves about our feelings, we can begin to directly express ourselves to others. By learning to express ourselves directly, we prevent misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and resentment from cropping up in our relationships. We also learn to communicate with others in healthy and productive ways. It is never too late to start working on ourselves and our behaviors, just take it one day at a time.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has again refused the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to terrorism suspects held in secret detention centers, the humanitarian agency said on Friday.
The overnight statement was issued after talks in Washington between ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger and senior officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.
"Mr. Kellenberger deplored the fact that the U.S. authorities had not moved closer to granting the ICRC access to persons held in undisclosed locations," the Geneva-based agency said.

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Date: Thu May 11, 2006 8:49am(PDT)
Subject: No Bar Code: Virginia farmer says a revolution against industrial ag

No Bar Code

An evangelical Virginia farmer says a revolution against industrial agriculture is just down the road.

Michael Pollan
May/June 2006 Issue

I might never have found my way to Polyface Farm if Joel Salatin hadn�t refused to FedEx me one of his chickens.

I�d heard a lot about the quality of the meat raised on his �beyond organic� farm, and was eager to sample some. Salatin and his family raise a half-dozen different species (grass-fed beef, chickens, pigs, turkeys, and rabbits) in an intricate rotation that has made his 550 hilly acres of pasture and woods in Virginia�s Shenandoah Valley one of the most productive and sustainable small farms in America. But when I telephoned Joel to ask him to send me a broiler, he said he couldn�t do that. I figured he meant he wasn�t set up for shipping, so I offered to have an overnight delivery service come pick it up.

�No, I don�t think you understand. I don�t believe it�s sustainable��organic,� if you will�to FedEx meat all around the country,� Joel told me. �I�m afraid if you want to try one of our chickens, you�re going to have to drive down here to pick it up.�

This man was serious. He went on to explain that Polyface does not ship long distance, does not sell to supermarkets, and does not wholesale its food. All of the meat and eggs that Polyface produces is eaten within a few dozen miles or, at the most, half a day�s drive of the farm�within the farm�s �foodshed.� At first I assumed Joel�s motive for keeping his food chain so short was strictly environmental�to save on the prodigious quantities of fossil fuel Americans burn moving their food around the country and, increasingly today, the world. (The typical fruit or vegetable on an American�s plate travels some 1,500 miles to get there, and is frequently better traveled and more worldly than its eater.) But after taking Joel up on his offer to drive down to Swoope, Virginia, to pick up a chicken, I picked up a great deal more�about the renaissance of local food systems, and the values they support, values that go far beyond the ones a food buyer supports when he or she buys organic in the supermarket. It turns out that Joel Salatin, and the local food movement he�s become an influential part of, is out to save a whole lot more than energy.

In Joel�s view, the reformation of our food economy begins with people going to the trouble and expense of buying directly from farmers they know��relationship marketing,� the approach he urges in his recent book, Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer�s Guide to Farm Friendly Food. Joel believes that the only meaningful guarantee of integrity is when buyers and sellers can look one another in the eye, something few of us ever take the trouble to do. �Don�t you find it odd that people will put more work into choosing their mechanic or house contractor than they will into choosing the person who grows their food?�

Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Joel, who describes himself as a �Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-lunatic farmer,� speaks of his farming as his �ministry,� and certainly his 1,000 or so regular customers hear plenty of preaching. Each spring he sends out a long, feisty, single-spaced letter that could convince even a fast-food junkie that buying a pastured broiler from Polyface Farm qualifies as an act of social, environmental, nutritional, and political redemption.

�Greetings from the non-bar code people,� began one recent missive, before launching into a high-flying jeremiad against our disconnected �multi-national global corporate techno-glitzy food system� with its �industrial fecal factory concentration camp farms.� (The dangerous pileup of modifiers is a hallmark of Joel�s rhetorical style.) Like any good jeremiad, this one eventually transits from despair to hope, noting that the �yearning in the human soul to smell a flower, pet a pig and enjoy food with a face is stronger now than anytime in history,� before moving into a matter-of-fact discussion of this year�s prices and the paramount importance of sending in your order blanks and showing up to collect your chickens on time.

I met several of Polyface�s parishioners on a Thursday in June as they came to collect the fresh chickens they�d reserved. It was a remarkably diverse group of people: a schoolteacher, several retirees, a young mom with her towheaded twins, a mechanic, an opera singer, a furniture maker, a woman who worked in a metal fabrication plant in Staunton. They were paying a premium over supermarket prices for Polyface food, and in many cases driving more than an hour over a daunting (though gorgeous) tangle of county roads to come get it. But no one would ever mistake these people for the well-heeled, urban foodies generally thought to comprise the market for organic or artisanal food. There was plenty of polyester in this crowd and a lot more Chevrolets than Volvos in the parking lot.

So what exactly had they come all the way out here to the farm to buy? Here are some of the comments I collected:

�This is chicken as I remember it from my childhood. It actually tastes like chicken.�

�I just don�t trust the food in the supermarket anymore.�

�These eggs just jump up and slap you in the face!�

�You�re not going to find fresher chickens anywhere.�

�All this meat comes from happy animals�I know because I�ve seen them. And the pork tenderloin is to die for!�

�I drive 150 miles one way to get clean meat for my family.�

�It�s very simple: I trust the Salatins more than I trust Wal-Mart. And I like the idea of keeping my money right here in town.�

I was hearing, in other words, the same stew of food fears and food pleasures (and food memories) that has driven the growth of the organic food industry over the past 20 years�that, and the satisfaction many Polyface customers clearly take in spending a little time on a farm, porch-chatting with the Salatins, and taking a beautiful drive in the country to get here. For some people, reconnecting with the source of their food is a powerful idea. For the farmer, these on-farm sales allow him to recapture the 92 cents of a consumer�s food dollar that now typically winds up in the pockets of processors, middlemen, and retailers.

I asked Joel how he answers the charge that because food like his is more expensive, it is inherently elitist. �I don�t accept the premise,� he replied. �First off, those weren�t any �elitists� you met on the farm this morning. We sell to all kinds of people. Second, whenever I hear people say clean food is expensive, I tell them it�s actually the cheapest food you can buy. That always gets their attention. Then I explain that, with our food, all of the costs are figured into the price. Society is not bearing the cost of water pollution, of antibiotic resistance, of food-borne illnesses, of crop subsidies, of subsidized oil and water�of all the hidden costs to the environment and the taxpayer that make cheap food seem cheap. No thinking person will tell you they don�t care about all that. I tell them the choice is simple: You can buy honestly priced food or you can buy irresponsibly priced food.�

As it is, artisanal producers like Joel compete on quality, which, oddly enough, is still a somewhat novel idea when it comes to food. �When someone drives up to the farm in a BMW and asks me why our eggs cost more, well, first I try not to get mad,� said Joel. �Frankly, any city person who doesn�t think I deserve a white-collar salary as a farmer doesn�t deserve my special food. Let them eat E. coli. But I don�t say that. Instead I take him outside and point at his car. �Sir, you clearly understand quality and are willing to pay for it. Well, food is no different: You get what you pay for.�

�Why is it that we exempt food, of all things, from that rule? Industrial agriculture, because it depends on standardization, has bombarded us with the message that all pork is pork, all chicken is chicken, eggs eggs, even though we all know that can�t really be true. But it�s downright un-American to suggest that one egg might be nutritionally superior to another.� Joel recited the slogan of his local supermarket chain: ��We pile it high and sell it cheap.� What other business would ever sell its products that way?�
When you think about it, it is odd that something as important to our health and general well-being as food is so often sold strictly on the basis of price. Look at any supermarket ad in the newspaper and all you will find in it are quantities�pounds and dollars; qualities of any kind are nowhere to be found. The value of relationship marketing is that it allows many kinds of information besides price to travel up and down the food chain: stories as well as numbers, qualities as well as quantities, values rather than �value.� And as soon as that happens, people begin to make different kinds of buying decisions, motivated by criteria other than price. But instead of stories about how it was produced accompanying our food, we get bar codes�as illegible as the industrial food chain itself, and a fair symbol of its almost total opacity.

Much of our food system depends on our not knowing much about it, beyond the price disclosed by the checkout scanner; cheapness and ignorance are mutually reinforcing. And it�s a short way from not knowing who�s at the other end of your food chain to not caring�to the carelessness of both producers and consumers that characterizes our economy today. Of course, the global economy couldn�t very well function without this wall of ignorance and the indifference it breeds. This is why the American food industry and its international counterparts fight to keep their products from telling even the simplest stories��dolphin safe,� �humanely slaughtered,� etc.�about how they were produced. The more knowledge people have about the way their food is produced, the more likely it is that their values�and not just �value��will inform their purchasing decisions.

TO TALK TO THE CUSTOMERS and farmers working together in Joel Salatin�s corner of the country to rebuild a local food chain is to appreciate it is a movement and not merely a market. Or rather it is a novel hybrid, a market-as-movement for at its heart is a new conception of what it means to be a �consumer��an attempt to redeem that ugly word, with its dismal colorings of selfishness and subtraction. Many of the Polyface customers I met (though by no means all of them) had come to see their decision to buy a chicken from a local farmer rather than from Wal-Mart as a kind of civic act, even a form of protest. A protest of what exactly is harder to pin down, and each person might put it a little differently, but the customers I met at Polyface had gone to some trouble and expense to �opt out��of the supermarket, of the fast-food nation, and, standing behind that, a globalized industrial agriculture. Their talk of distrusting Wal-Mart, resenting the abuse of animals in farm factories, insisting on knowing who was growing their food, and wanting to keep their food dollars in town�all this suggested that for many of these people spending a little more for a dozen eggs was a decision inflected by a politics, however tentative or inchoate.

"Beyond organic" farmer Joel Salatin
�Opting out� is a key term for Joel, who believes that it would be a fatal mistake to �try to sell a connected, holistic, ensouled product through a Western, reductionist, Wall Street sales scheme��by which (I think) he means selling to big organic supermarkets like Whole Foods. As far as Joel is concerned, there isn�t a world of difference between Whole Foods and Wal-Mart. Both are part of an increasingly globalized economy that turns any food it touches into a commodity, reaching its tentacles wherever in the world a food can be produced most cheaply and then transporting it wherever it can be sold most dearly.

Shortly before I traveled to Virginia, I�d reread an essay by Wendell Berry in which he argued that reversing the damage done to local economies and the land by the juggernaut of world trade would take nothing less than �a revolt of local small producers and local consumers against the global industrialism of the corporations.� He detected the beginnings of such a rebellion in the rise of local food systems and the growing market �for good, fresh, trustworthy food, food from producers known and trusted by consumers.� Which, as he points out, �cannot be produced by a global corporation.� Berry would have me believe that what I was seeing in the Polyface salesroom represented a local uprising in a gathering worldwide rebellion against what he calls �the total economy.�

Why should food, of all things, be the linchpin of that rebellion? Perhaps because food is a powerful metaphor for a great many of the values to which people feel globalization poses a threat, including the distinctiveness of local cultures and identities, the survival of local landscapes, and biodiversity. When Jos� Bov�, the French Roquefort farmer and anti-globalization activist, wanted to make his stand against globalization, he used his tractor to smash not a bank or insurance company but a McDonald�s. Indeed, the most powerful protests against globalization to date have revolved around food: I�m thinking of the movement against genetically modified crops, the campaign against patented seeds in India (which a few years ago brought as many as half a million Indians into the streets to protest World Trade Organization intellectual property rules), and Slow Food, the Italian-born international move- ment that seeks to defend traditional food cultures against the global tide of homogenization.

Even for people who find the logic of globalization otherwise compelling, the globalization of food often stops them short. Treating food as a commodity like any other simply doesn�t square with their beliefs or experience. But that is precisely where the logic of globalization leads: Once the last barrier to free trade comes down, and the last program of government support for farmers ends, our food will come from wherever in the world it can be produced most cheaply. The iron law of competitive advantage dictates that if another country can grow something more efficiently�whether because its land or labor is cheaper or its environmental laws more lax�we will no longer grow it here. What�s more, under the global economic dispensation, this is an outcome to be wished for, since it will free our land for more productive uses�more houses, say. Since land in the United States is relatively expensive, and our tolerance for agricultural pollution and animal cruelty is rapidly wearing thin, in the future all our food may come from elsewhere, as well it should. This argument has been made by, among others, economist Steven C. Blank, in a book rather bloodlessly titled The End of Agriculture in the American Portfolio.

Joel Salatin's son Daniel
And why should a nation produce its own food when others can produce it more cheaply? A dozen reasons leap to mind, but most of them the Steven Blanks of the world�and they are legion�are quick to dismiss as sentimental. I�m thinking of the sense of security that comes from knowing your community, or country, can feed itself; the beauty of an agricultural landscape; the outlook and kinds of local knowledge the presence of farmers brings to a community; the satisfactions of buying food from a farmer you know rather than the supermarket; the locally inflected flavor of a raw-milk cheese or honey. All those things�all those pastoral values�free trade pro-poses to sacrifice in the name of efficiency and economic growth.

Though you do begin to wonder who is truly the �realist� in this debate, and who the romantic. We live, as Berry has written, in an era of �sentimental economics,� since the promise of global capitalism, much like the promise of communism before it, ultimately depends on an act of faith: that if we permit the destruction of certain things we value here and now, we will achieve a greater happiness and prosperity at some unspecified future date. As Lenin reputedly put it, in a sentiment the WTO endorses in its rulings every day, you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.

Perhaps it is no accident that sentimental communism foundered precisely on the issue of food. The Soviets sacrificed millions of small farms and farmers to the dream of a collectivized industrial agriculture that never managed to do what a food system has to do: feed the nation. By the time of its collapse, more than half of the food consumed in the Soviet Union was being produced by small farmers and home gardeners operating without official sanction on private plots tucked away in the overlooked corners and cracks of the crumbling Soviet monolith. George Naylor, an outspoken Iowa corn and soybean farmer who heads up the National Family Farm Coalition, has likened the rise of alternative food chains in America to �the last days of Soviet agriculture. The centralized food system wasn�t serving the people�s needs, so they went around it. The rise of farmer�s markets and CSAs [community supported agriculture, the name for farms that offer weekly boxes of produce on a subscription basis] is sending the same signal today.� Of course, the problems of our food system are very different�if anything, it produces too much food, not too little, or too much of the wrong food. But there�s no question that it is failing many consumers and producers, who together are finding creative ways around it.
So much about life in a global economy feels as though it has passed beyond the individual�s control�what happens to our jobs, to the prices at the gas station, to the votes in the legislature. But somehow food still feels a little different. We can still decide, every day, what we�re going to put into our bodies, what sort of food chain we want to participate in. We can, in other words, reject the industrial omelet on offer and decide to eat another. This might not sound like a big deal, but it could be the beginnings of one. Already the desire on the part of consumers to put something different in their bodies has created a $14 billion market in organic food in the United States. That marketplace was built by consumers and farmers working informally together outside the system, with exactly no help from the government.

The total economy, astounding in its ability to absorb every challenge, is well on its way to transforming organic food from a reform movement into an industry�another flavor in the global supermarket. It took capitalism less than a quarter century to turn even something as ephemeral as bagged salads of cut and washed organic mesclun, of all things, into a cheap international commodity retailed in a new organic supermarket. Whether this is a good or bad thing, people will disagree; probably it�s a little of both.

Joel Salatin and his customers want to be somewhere that juggernaut can�t go, and it may be that by elevating local above organic, they have found exactly that place. By definition, local is a hard thing to sell in a global marketplace. Local food, as opposed to organic, implies a new economy as well as a new agriculture�new social and economic relationships as well as new ecological ones. It�s a lot more complicated.

Of course, just because food is local doesn�t necessarily mean it will be organic or even sustainable. There�s nothing to stop a local farm from using chemicals or abusing animals�except the gaze or good word of its customers. Instead of looking at labels, the local food customer will look at the farm for himself, or look the farmer in the eye and ask him about how he grows his crops or treats his animals. That said, there are good reasons to think a genuinely local agriculture will tend to be a more sustainable agriculture. For one thing, it is much less likely to rely on monoculture, the original sin from which almost every other problem of our food system flows. A farmer dependent on a local market will, perforce, need to grow a wide variety of things, rather than specialize in the one or two plants or animals that the national market (organic or otherwise) would ask from him.
The supermarket wants all its lettuce from the Central Valley, all its apples from Washington state, and all its corn from Iowa. (At least until the day it decides it wants all its corn from Argentina, all its apples from China, and all its lettuce from Mexico.) People in Iowa can eat only so much corn and soybeans themselves. So when Iowans decide to eat locally, rather than from the supermarket, their farmers will quickly learn to grow a few other things besides. And when they do, they�ll probably find they can give up most of their fertilizers and pesticides, since a diversified farm will produce much of its own fertility and its own pest control.

Shopping in the Organic Supermarket underwrites important values on the farm; shopping locally underwrites a whole set of other values as well. Farms produce a lot more than food; they also produce a kind of landscape and kind of community. Whether Polyface�s customers spend their food dollars here in Swoope or in the Whole Foods in Charlottesville will have a large bearing on whether this lovely valley�this undulating checkerboard of fields and forests�will endure, or whether the total economy will find a �higher use� for it. �Eat your view!� is a bumper sticker often seen in Europe these days; as it implies, the decision to eat locally is an act of land conservation as well, one that is probably a lot more effective (and sustainable) than writing checks to environmental organizations.

Joel Salatin's niece Heidi
�Eat your view!� takes work, however. To participate in a local food economy requires considerably more effort than shopping at the Whole Foods. You won�t find anything microwavable at the farmer�s market or in your weekly box of organic produce from the CSA, and you won�t find a tomato in December. The local food shopper will need to put some work into sourcing his own food�learning who grows the best lamb in his area, or the best sweet corn. And then he will have to become reacquainted with his kitchen. Much of the appeal of the industrial food chain is its convenience; it offers busy people a way to delegate their cooking (and food preservation) to others. At the other end of the industrial food chain that begins in a cornfield in Iowa sits an industrial eater at a table. (Or, increasingly, in a car.) The achievement of the industrial food system over the past half-century has been to transform most of us into precisely that creature.

All of which is to say that a successful local food economy implies not only a new kind of food producer but a new kind of eater �one who regards finding, preparing, and preserving food as one of the pleasures of life rather than a chore. One whose sense of taste has ruined him for a Big Mac, and whose sense of place has ruined him for shopping for groceries at Wal-Mart. This is the consumer who understands�or remembers�that, in Wendell Berry�s memorable phrase, �eating is an agricultural act.� He might have added it�s a political act as well.

ON MY LAST DAY ON THE FARM, a soft June Friday afternoon, Joel and I sat talking at a picnic table behind the house while a steady stream of customers dropped by to pick up their chickens. I asked him if he believed the industrial food chain would ever be overturned by an informal, improvised movement made up of farmer�s markets, box schemes, metropolitan buying clubs, Slow Foodies, and artisanal meat-processing plants. Even if you count the Organic Supermarket, the entire market for all alternative foods remains but a flea on the colossus of the industrial food economy, with its numberless fast-food outlets and supermarkets backed by infinite horizons of corn and soybeans.

�We don�t have to beat them,� Joel patiently explained. �I�m not even sure we should try. We don�t need a law against McDonald�s or a law against slaughterhouse abuse�we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse.

�And make no mistake: it�s happening. The mainstream is splitting into smaller and smaller groups of like-minded people. It�s a little like Luther nailing his 95 theses up at Wittenberg. Back then it was the printing press that allowed the Protestants to break off and form their own communities; now it�s the Internet, splintering us into tribes that want to go their own way.�
Of course! Joel saw himself as more of a Luther than a Lenin; the goal wasn�t to blow up the Church but simply to step around it. Protestantism also comes in many denominations, as I suspect will the future of food. Deciding whether that future should more closely resemble Joel�s radically local vision or Whole Foods� industrial organic matters less than assuring that thriving alternatives exist; feeding the cities may require a different sort of food chain than feeding the countryside. We may need a great many different alternative food chains, organic and local, biodynamic and Slow, and others yet undreamed of. As in the fields, nature may provide the best model for the marketplace, and nature never puts all her eggs in one basket. The great virtue of a diversified food economy, like a diverse pasture or farm, is its ability to withstand any shock. The important thing is that there be many food chains, so that when any one of them fails�when the oil runs out, when mad cow or other food-borne diseases become epidemic, when the pesticides no longer work, when drought strikes and plagues come and soils blow away�we�ll still have a way to feed ourselves. It is because some of those failures are already in view that the salesroom at Polyface Farm is buzzing with activity this afternoon, and why farmer�s markets in towns and cities all across America are buzzing this afternoon too.

�An alternative food system is rising up on the margins,� Joel continued. �One day Frank Perdue and Don Tyson are going to wake up and find that their world has changed. It won�t happen overnight, but it will happen, just as it did for those Catholic priests who came to church one Sunday morning only to find that, my goodness, there aren�t as many people in the pews today. Where in the world has everybody gone?�

This article is an excerpt from Michael Pollan's new book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

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Message 2
From: "norgesen"
Date: Thu May 11, 2006 8:49am(PDT)
Subject: U.S. warns Mexico about Minutemen

----- Original Message -----
From: Vicky Davis

Subject: Fwd: U.S. warns Mexico about Minutemen

I don't know who is running the U.S. government - but they are not Americans - regardless of their claimed citizenship and/or country of birth.

Subject: U.S. warns Mexico about Minutemen
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 14:03:38 -0700

While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen - and telling the Mexican government where they are.


Civilian border patrols watched

U.S. warns Mexico about Minutemen

By Sara A. Carter Staff Writer

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen - and telling the Mexican government where they are.

According to three documents on the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Web site, the U.S. Border Patrol is to notify the Mexican government as to the location of Minutemen and other civilian border patrol groups when they participate in apprehending illegal immigrants - and if and when violence is used against border crossers.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed the notification process, describing it as a standard procedure meant to reassure the Mexican government that migrants' rights are being observed.

"It's not a secret where the Minuteman volunteers are going to be," Mario Martinez said Monday.

"This ... simply makes two basic statements - that we will not allow any lawlessness of any type, and that if an alien is encountered by a Minuteman or arrested by the Minuteman, then we will allow that government to interview the person."

Minuteman members were not so sanguine about the arrangement, however, saying that reporting their location to Mexican officials nullifies their effectiveness along the border and could endanger their lives.

"Now we know why it seemed like Mexican officials knew where we were all the time," said Chris Simcox, founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. "It's unbelievable that our own government agency is sending intelligence to another country. They are sending intelligence to a nation where corruption runs rampant, and that could be getting into the hands of criminal cartels.

"They just basically endangered the lives of American people."

Officials with the Mexican consulate in Washington, D.C., could not be reached for comment Monday.

Martinez said reporting the location of immigrant apprehensions to consulate representatives is common practice if illegal immigrants request counsel or believe they have been mistreated.

"Once an illegal alien is apprehended, they can request counsel," he said. "We have to give their counsel the information about their apprehension, and that includes where they are apprehended, whether a Minuteman volunteer spotted them or a citizen."

Martinez said Mexico's official perception of the civilian groups is that they are vigilantes, a belief the Border Patrol hoped to allay by entering into the cooperative agreement.

One of the documents on the Web site, "Actions of the Mexican Government in Relation to the Activities of Vigilante Groups," states that Mexican consulate representatives stay in close contact with Border Patrol chiefs to ensure the safety of migrants trying to enter the United States those being detained, and the actions of all "vigilantes" along the border.

"The Mexican consul in Presidio also contacted the chief of the Border Patrol in the Marfa Sector to solicit his cooperation in case they detect any activity of `vigilantes,' and was told to immediately contact the consulate if there was," according to the document.

"Presidio" refers to Presidio County, Texas, which is in the Big Bend region and a gateway to northern Mexico.

The document also describes a meeting with San Diego Border Patrol sector chief Darryl Griffen.

"\ said that the Border Patrol will not permit any violence or any actions contrary to the law by the groups, and he is continuously aware of \ operations," according to the document. "Mr. Griffen reiterated to the undersecretary his promise to notify the General Consul right away when the vigilantes detain or participate in the detention of any undocumented Mexicans."

The documents specifically named the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and its patrols, which began monitoring Arizona's southern border in April 2005, as well as Friends of the Border Patrol, a Chino-based nonprofit.

TJ Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing more than 10,000 Border Patrol agents, said agents have complained for years about the Mexican consulate's influence over the agency.

"It worries me \ seems to be unduly influencing our enforcement policies. That's not a legitimate role for any foreign nation," Bonner said, though he added, "It doesn't surprise me."

Border Patrol agents interviewed by this newspaper group said they have been asked to report to sector headquarters the location of all civilian volunteer groups, but to not file the groups' names in reports if they spot illegal immigrants.

"Last year an internal memo notified all agents not to give credit to Minuteman volunteers or others who call in sightings of illegal aliens," said one agent, who spoke on the condition he not be identified. "We were told to list it as a citizen call and leave it at that. Many times, we were told not to go out to Minuteman calls."

The document also mentions locations of field operations of Friends of the Border Patrol, which patrolled the San Diego sector from June to November 2005. Mexican officials had access to the exact location of the group founded by Andy Ramirez, which ran its patrols from the Rough Acre Ranch, a private property in McCain Valley.

Ramirez said that for safety reasons, he disclosed the location of his ranch patrol only to San Diego Border Patrol and law enforcement officials. The group did not apprehend or spot any undocumented migrants in that area.

"We did not release this information ... to the media or anyone else," Ramirez said. "We didn't want to publicize that information. But there it is, right on the Mexican government's Web site, and our government gave it to them."

(909) 483-8552

Vicky Davis

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke


Message 3
From: "norgesen"
Date: Thu May 11, 2006 8:49am(PDT)
Subject: Fw: Features of New 'SKIL' Bill in Senate

----- Original Message -----
From: Vicky Davis

Subject: Fwd: Features of New 'SKIL' Bill in Senate

This is a summary of S 2691 written by an immigration lawyer who makes his living selling out American citizens for a living.

People are included in the so-called Free Trade agreements as commodities for trade. The Skil bill defines the number of human commodities that can be imported in the same way that the agreements define how many tons of cotton can be imported.

For all the people on this list with children and grandchildren, you need to be concerned about this because if we allow corporations to import workers as commodities, we will be leaving them enslavement as a legacy. There is a never ending supply of human commodities who will work more cheaply than the previous batch of imports. How low can the price of labor go? How about a bowl of gruel and a cot out of the rain? That's what some workers in China are working for now.

The corporations are protecting and defending illegal aliens to take jobs on the low end of the job market and they are buying votes in congress for visas so they can import cheap professional labor at the top end of the job market. This puts the American people in a vise and they corporations are squeezing.

Get a rope....

Subject: Features of New 'SKIL' Bill in Senate
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 14:03:37 -0700


Features of New 'SKIL' Bill in Senate

Atty. Crispin Lozano

THE "SKIL" Bill (Securing Knowledge Innovation and Leadership Bill) was introduced in the Senate on May 3, 2006 by Senator Cornyn. The aim of the SKIL Bill is to reform both the H-1B visa, the employment based green card visa and the F-1 Student visa process. Many of the provisions in the SKIL Bill have been duplicated in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill currently in the Senate floor. We will discuss below the features of the SKIL bill.

What are the proposed changes in the current H-1B law?

Answer: The proposed changes are the following:
1.. Raise the H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000;
2.. Create an uncapped exemption for professionals who have earned a U.S. master's or higher degree and those have been awarded a medical specialty certification based on post-doctoral U.S. training and experience;
3.. Modify the existing 20,000 cap exemption to apply to those with a master's or higher degree from an institution of higher education in a foreign country.

What are the proposed changes in the current Employment Based (EB) Immigrant Visa law?

Answer: The following are the proposed changes:
1.. Raise the number of visa from 140,000 to 290,000 visas a year and allow unused visas to fall forward annually while recapturing unused visas from previous fiscal years 2001-2005;
2.. Retain current green card allocation so that the majority of visas go to highly-educated and skilled workers;
3.. Exempt from the EB cap professionals who have earned a U.S. master's or higher degree and those awarded a medical specialty certification based on post-doctoral U.S. training and experience;
4.. Exempt from the cap those who have earned a science, technology, engineering or math master's or higher degree who have worked 3 years in the US; [Note: Looks to me like this lets in all H1-Bs. i.e.. the retrogression Immigration Voice is seeking]
5.. Exempt professionals of extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher and professors as well as those who hold a national interest waiver;
6.. Exempt those who will perform labor in shortage occupations designated by the Secretary of Labor for blanket certification as lacking sufficient U.S. workers able, willing, qualified and available for such occupation if the employment does not adversely affect conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers;
7.. Exempt spouse and minor children of employment-based professionals from the visa being counted against the cap;
8.. Provide special handling labor certification to those who hold a U.S. master's or higher degree and medical specialty certifications based on post-doctoral U.S. training and experience.

What are the proposed changes in the Student visa law?

Answer: The proposed changes are as follows:
1.. Create a new F-1 visa to enable employers to start the green card process while the worker is on a U.S. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) bachelor's or higher degree during optional practical training after graduation;
2.. Extend optional practical training to 24 months;
3.. Elimination of the presumption of immigrant intent and the foreign residency requirement.

Tips of the Week:
1.. Substitution of beneficiary in Labor Certification may end soon. If you have a pending substitution, you should act now.
2.. DMV is sending renewal notices of driver's licenses by mail. However, they also check the person's legal presence. If the applicant has no legal presence then he could be subject to removal. We provide consultation on DMV problems.
3.. Income tax filing is required in the proposed Amnesty, which may require Social Security or ITIN. Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is required before bank accounts can be opened. It is also needed by employers to charge to expense payment of wages.

It may also be used when applying for college or license. Our office assists clients in obtaining ITIN.

[Note: This is not a legal advice and you may need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney about your case. Our office offers free initial consultation on all immigration matters.]


(Crispin Caday Lozano is an active member of the State Bar of California and he specializes in immigration law. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He earned his Juris Doctor at Western State University in Fullerton, California. He also graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration, Cum Laude, a Certified Public Accountant with Master of Business Administration, and a real estate broker. His practice is limited to immigration and personal injury. His offices are located at 17057 Bellflower Blvd., Suite 205, Bellflower, California 90706, at 1290 B Street, Suite 205, Hayward, California 94541 and at 777 North First St., Suite 333, San Jose, CA 95112. You can contact him at telephone number (510) 538-7188 or (408) 297-8825.)

Vicky Davis

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke


Message 4
From: "norgesen"
Date: Thu May 11, 2006 10:10am(PDT)
Subject: Plum Island May Be Moving to Colorado

Plum Island has been invited out to La Junta Colorado near Ft. Carson. Homeland Security is hoping Plum Island will be working in conjunction with Ft. Carson with combined military training and research.
The area is home to large cattle production.

Patricia Doyle


Salazar pushes for National Bio Agro Defense facility to come to Lower Arkansas Valley

By MIKE HARRIS - Thursday, March 23, 2006 2:46 PM MST

Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.) is pushing for the Lower Arkansas Valley to become home to a bio defense facility.

On March 21, Salazar made official a possible economic development project that has been worked on behind the scenes for a month or two, according to Wayne Snider, who is heading up the city's economic development efforts.

Salazar, in a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Defense Secretary Michael Chertoff, asked that the Lower Arkansas Valley be considered as a possible location for the establishment of a new National Bio Agro Defense Facility.

According to Snider the facility has the potential to create more than 200 high-tech, high-paying jobs, which is not only good for La Junta, it's good for the region.

The letter to Secretary Chertoff was in response to a request for assistance from community leaders in Otero and Bent counties in trying to get this project located in the valley.

�As the U.S. representative for much of the Lower Arkansas Valley, I believe the Lower Arkansas Valley would be a great place to establish this new and very important facility,� said Salazar.

Salazar said that the communities of the valley have ample space for growth and access to highway infrastructure. Salazar added that these communities are close to Fort Carson, where the facility could be used in conjunction with military training and research.

�The Lower Arkansas Valley is home to a large concentration of cattle production, and La Junta, Colo., is one of the nation's largest livestock marketing areas. It should also be noted that Colorado State University, which is one of the nation's leading agriculture colleges, is located in Fort Collins, Colo., and they have branch campuses and extension offices located in the region,� Salazar said in the letter.

The new facility is expected to replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. According to the Department of Homeland Security's Web site, �The Plum Island Animal Disease Center is an essential component of the national strategy for protecting U.S. agriculture from a bioterrorist attack involving the intentional introduction of foreign animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, as described in the Homeland Security Presidential Directive, �Biodefense for the 21st Century.'�

Both DHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture conduct programs at the Plum Island Facility as part of an integrated agro-defense strategy.

The Plum Island Facility is being replaced because it is now 50 years old and is becoming increasingly more costly to maintain. Additionally, the laboratory and test space in the current facility is insufficient to support the increasing levels of research and development needed to meet concerns about accidental or intentional introduction of foreign animal diseases into the country and isn't appropriate for zoonotic disease research.

The Lower Arkansas Valley is just one possible location, but according to Snider and others it fits the bill for DHS' needs.

Snider said that it's not yet clear what will happen and whether or not the new facility will come to the valley as everything is in the preliminary stages right now.

According to the DHS Web site, �The options for a location, or locations, for the biocontainment facilities have not been identified at this time, but will be considered during the conceptual design study. DHS will continue to work closely with USDA and Health and Human Services throughout the conceptual design process, which will also include ongoing consultation with other key stakeholders including professional societies and industry groups.

�Experts from DHS, USDA and HHS, will review the key programmatic requirements for each of these options in order to assess key facility determinants such as the amount and type of required laboratory and support space. DHS will also conduct a design solicitation in the coming months in order t be able to better estimate the costs of key components of such a facility, such as biocontainment laboratories, support space, and administrative space.�


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How to Prepare for and Survive the Coming Bird Flu Epidemic
How to Prepare for and Survive the Coming Bird Flu Epidemic with Healthy Food & Natural Products

* ANH PRESS RELEASE: ANH launches bird flu report
Joint Press Release
Alliance for Natural Health and British Society for Ecological Medicine, April 25, 2006

ANH Avian Flu Expert Committee today launched a report on nutritional protocols that could be used to reduce the reduce death and illness associated with a bird flu pandemic.

Nutritional protocols to counter lack of vaccines and antiviral drugs in a Bird Flu pandemic

Following an invitation by Dr David Narbarro, UN global coordinator on Avian Influenza, to submit natural prevention and treatment recommendations for a human avian influenza pandemic, the British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM) and the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) formed a collaboration to write a detailed, evidence-based report on the subject. The report, entitled "The Pivotal Role for Natural Products in Countering an Avian Influenza Pandemic" was launched today at the Institute of Physics, Portland Place London WC1, having first been submitted to the World Health Organization on March 27th 2006.

The report focuses on the key nutrients zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin A as primary interventions for the prevention and treatment of human H5N1 influenza infection and its complications, and has been authored by four leading scientists and doctors in the fields of nutritional medicine and health.

Dr. Damien Downing, president of BSEM, stated: "following an extensive review of over 250 peer reviewed studies, we believe that the protocols developed here can help to buy time and fill the gap between the outbreak of a pandemic and the months or years required for development and manufacture of effective vaccines. What is more, manufacture of these nutrients can be easily scaled up to meet global needs, and is likely to be a highly cost effective intervention. If governments were to ignore the available evidence, as well as recent research and trials on natural products against the H5N1 virus, this would amount, in our view, to an act of gross professional negligence."

It is widely recognized that vaccines will take at least 6 months to develop if Bird Flu mutates to cause a human pandemic, and that years may be required to produce enough material to vaccinate entire national populations, by which time the most lethal waves of a pandemic will have passed.

Present international strategies rely heavily on the use of anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu (oseltamivir) as the primary medical intervention for human avian influenza treatment, along with physical interventions for prevention of infection, such as improved personal hygiene, quarantine and social distancing.

It is hoped by governments that H5N1 antiviral drug resistance will not emerge rapidly, and that this containment and control strategy will be sufficient until vaccines become widely available. Clearly, this is a high risk strategy and there is a need for other interventions to counter both the possibility of multiple pandemic viral strains, and the risk of viral drug resistance developing early on in a pandemic.

Dr Robert Verkerk, lead author of the report and the ANH Executive and Scientific Director said: "we believe that the prevention and self-treatment protocols put forward here can be easily accessed and self-administered by populations everywhere. The hospital treatment protocols may offer particular hope to populations in those developing countries which are not likely to have access to anti-viral drugs or vaccines."

Verkerk added: "We hope that the WHO will take on board the key recommendations of our report with all possible speed, given the severity and imminence of the threat. It would be tragic if the WHO allowed any national prejudices that may exist with regard to natural interventions to interfere with adoption of these protocols, especially when vaccines will be unavailable in the early months of a pandemic. Many lives across the world may depend on the use of these protocols if a human H5N1 pandemic emerges in the near future."


The full report is now available for download. See

For further information, contact:

Isobel Bradley or Meleni Aldridge The Alliance for Natural Health The Atrium, Curtis Road Dorking, Surrey RH4 1XA, UK Tel: +44 (0)1252 371 275 Mob: +44 (0)7771 750230



The Alliance for Natural Health is a key UK-based, international campaign organisation, comprised of doctors, scientists, practitioners, lawyers, innovative companies and consumers, dedicated to protecting and promoting natural healthcare worldwide through the use of good science and good law. See

The British Society for Ecological Medicine is the professional body for medical doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals in the areas of allergy, environmental and nutritional medicine. See

The World Health Organization is coordinating the international response to a likely and imminent influenza pandemic caused by human adapted forms of the deadly H5N1 virus that has already killed many millions of birds around the world. This international response is being coordinated by Dr David
Nabarro, Senior UN System Co-ordinator for Avian and Human Influenza.

WHO website on avian influenza:

About Dr David Nabarro:


In the event of infection by H5N1, the sooner the recommended therapeutic dose levels are taken, the better. A subsequent reduction in bowel tolerance indicates that the virus is being overcome, and is generally accompanied by clinical improvement. This simple, practical dose-finding procedure must be well understood as it is of paramount importance for achieving the maximum therapeutic effect as quickly as possible.

The BSEM and ANH advise the following three protocols:

Protocol 1 - Prophylaxis; this should ideally be initiated at least one month before exposure to the H5N1 virus. In the event of a pandemic, it is anticipated that the majority of the population in most countries will have around this amount of notice as a minimum prior to being at extreme risk of infection.

Protocol 2 - Self-treatment; this should be initiated at the first sign or symptom of a possible viral infection.

Protocol 3 - Medical treatment; this protocol is reserved for serious or rapidly deteriorating cases, requiring intravenous therapy.

The detailed protocols can be found in the full report (pp. 55-61). See


Message 5
From: "norgesen"
Date: Thu May 11, 2006 10:11am(PDT)
Subject: Who is JJ Hurtak?

Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Who is JJ Hurtak?
To kick off this ambitious project, let us have a look at Don JJ Hurtak, the guy who started the whole �Keys of Enoch� deal and garnered such followers as the young Don Bernard �Drunvalo� Perona. Now a fully fledged psychic mafia Don in his own right.

Don James J "J.J." Hurtak's published bio says:

"J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D., Ph.D., M.Th. is a social scientist and futurist who studied at the University of California and the University of Minnesota."

Now, certainly he does not say that his degrees came from the University of California and the University of Minnesota... he only says he has degrees, followed by the names of two universities where he "studied." However, certainly, a reader would assume from this juxtaposition that his degrees came from those universities.

The fact is that his PhD is in social science and his other PhD in History and Oriental Studies, were obtained from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico.

Regarding Hurtak's claims to have been at the Uni of California in 1973, we find the following.

The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch� (1973, 1975, 1977) makes the correlation that this Divine Name was the key behind the transcription code of chemical letters which develops the human body. In 1973 while at the University of California, Hurtak came to understand that there was a connection between the series of linguistic and genetic associations in the spelling of God�s name in the biblical Hebrew (YHVH).

Hurtak�s bio claims:

"He worked with Dr. Thich Tien-An, Vietnamese Buddhist scholar in establishing the curriculum of studies at the Graduate School of Buddhism, Los Angeles, as well as working with the microfilming of the Tibetan canon in Nepal and India."

Apparently Dr. Thich Thien-An died in 1980. Here is a link with a brief overview of his life in which you will find no reference to Hurtak.

Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An came to Southern California in the summer of 1966 as an exchange professor at UCLA. Soon his students discovered he was not only a renowned scholar, but a Zen Buddhist monk as well. His students convinced Dr. Thien-An toteach the practice of meditation and start a study group about the other steps on the Buddhist path, in addition to the academic viewpoint�.

�Dr. Thien-An died at the age of 54 of cancer which had spread rapidly throughout his body, from his liver to his brain. In his last months, one could often find him sitting peacefully on the steps of the bell tower. It was a gift to be able to sit quietly next to him and feel the energy of his understanding. He had many plans but saw the reality of what was happening. He smiled, as he smiled often, a smile of great compassion and loving-kindness for all the world.

From , a review of a book

"The faces of buddhism in America":

Cuong Nguyen and A. W. Barber, on the other hand, peremptorily dismiss the careers of Thich Nhat Hanh and Thich Tien An (p. 131) and spend their chapter discussing Vietnamese Buddhism in the Vietnamese American community only. [...] And wherever Thich Tien An got his training, his memory has certainly not faded away in Los Angeles, where he is remembered at his flourishing Dharma center, rightly or wrongly, as the first patriarch of American Vietnamese Buddhism.

Again, nowhere is there a mention of J.J. Hurtak.

Hurtak�s bio claims: He is President of the International Academy for Future Science.

What is the Academy for Future Science?



The Academy for Future Science is an international non-profit organisation operating in more than 12 countries since its inception in 1973. Its charter covers the areas of archaeology, anthropology, environment and remote sensing, computers and physics, as well as studies in consciousness and comparative religion. Its work has been represented at the Parliament of the World's Religions (1999),The Millennium Peace Summit ofWorld Religious Leaders (2000), and at many university conferences on the dialogue of science and religion. Its members have been responsible for the updating of the medical curriculum at universities in South Africa and the monitoring of critical environmental areas in Brazil.

Dr. James J. Hurtak, PhD, PhD is President of the Academy for Future Science. He is a social scientist and futurist with two doctorates who studied at the Universities of California and Minnesota. His main concern is the interface between science, religion and the environment. He was a presenter at the recent Parliament of World Religions (1999) in Cape Town.

The Academy For Future Science

P.O. Box FE, Los Gatos CA 95031, USA P.O. Box 35340, Menlo Park, 0102, Pretoria, South Africa

Desiree Hurtak is listed as the admin contact (WhoIs records) for the domain. Turns out she's James (Jim) J. Hurtak's wife. Bio here:

The wife of J.J. Hurtak, Desiree Hurtak is an international relations expert and author. Her recent work involves environmental studies and the film documentation of indigenous cultures to preserve their cultural heritage. To this end, she has also studied and written on the philosophies and literature of various ancient cultures including Egypt and Mesoamerica to understand their importance in our evolving society.

They've both been on the show twice in the past 10 months.

Photos of both are here, from the UN Summit on Sustainable Development:

At another of their websites:

We find:

The Pistis Sophia is a translation and commentary of a special collection of 2,000 year old Gnostic Coptic manuscripts, derived from ancient Egyptian-Coptic Christian Codexes. In the historic period after the early Church became established as the "official religion" of the Roman Empire (325 C.E.), the Pistis Sophia literature was withdrawn. It remains an inner teaching of the Coptic and African communities.

The words Pistis Sophia are Greek for "Faith Wisdom" and represent a teaching given to the disciples of Christ Jesus AFTER his resurrection. Significant for modern times, these are teachings revealed not only to Jesus' male disciples, but also to his female disciples including Mary Magdalene, Martha, and Salome! [�]

At the same time, the Pistis Sophia texts work richly and expoundingly in concert with the Gospel Teachings of Jesus Christ, the work of the Prophets and the Saints, both the Old and the New Testaments as well as many Intertestamental works and The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch� .

At the bottom of this page, we see an address (2003) for the Academy of Future Science: PO Box 395, Ava, Mo 65608

Articles from the AFFS,

The Quest to Terraform Mars by D. M. Hurtak, M.S.Sc.

Crisis of the Amazon by J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D., Ph.D.

An article on Biogmagnetism by H. Coetzee, Ph.D. [Originally published in Future History, Volume 8]

We search for info on H. Coetzee, and find a mish mash of various other people with the name, either in Washington state, or in South Africa.

When we check on the referenced journal, Future History, we find it here:

The Academy for Future Science, i.e. Hurtak, publishes this journal!

Then, there is this.

Laser Remote Sensing by Dr. Edgardo Gerck
Lasertech S.A.
Campinas, SP, Brasil Dr. James J. Hurtak
Los Gatos, California USA

Originally published in International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. XXIX, 1992, ISPRS, Washington, D.C.

Which leads us to: can see the �officials� of this organization here

Where you also discover: �The headquarter of the Society for the period 2004-2008 is the office of the Secretary General.

� Said �Secretary General is:
Istanbul Technical University
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry
34469 Ayazaga-Istanbul

Here you can find out about their members

For example, the entry for the United States is:
United States American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2160, USA
Tel: +1-301-493 0290
Fax: +1-301-493 0208

Number of Individual Members: 6,000

If you have a look at their website, you will read this:

What is ASPRS? Founded in 1934, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is a scientific association serving over 7,000 professional members around the world. Our mission is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and supporting technologies. [�]

"We are extremely proud of our historical roots in imaging science and technology in the form of photogrammetry and remote sensing, and we intend to maintain and build upon our emphasis in this area. However, our membership is focused on imaging not only in the sense of primary data acquisition, but also with respect to the extraction of information from image data in a decision support context," said Lillesand.

"We want to make clear that ASPRS represents a scientific and professional home for a broad array of individuals whose interests span the entire spectrum of geospatial information sciences, technologies, and applications."

In short, it is more or less a spying organization that is also a �vacuum cleaner� operation. Shades of the CIA!

Here you will find some of the �sustaining members� of ISPRS:

Again, as you scan the names of the corporations, you realize that this is nothing more than an organization of �psychic spies.�

Back to Hurtak: Supposely he was the second in command in the Council of Nine...

A Fortean Times article reveals that Hurtak was second in command in the Council of Nine. Note how the mind-control projects of this Council mirror those of Tavistock-Stanford:

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the history of The Nine is its relationship to the career of Andrija Puharich. Recent research has revealed Puharich to have a distinctly sinister side. As an Army doctor in the 1950s, he was deeply involved with the CIA�s notorious MKULTRA mind control project.

He - together with the infamous Dr Sidney Gottlieb - experimented with a variety of techniques to change or induce actual thought processes...even to creating the impression of voices in the head. These techniques included the use of drugs, hypnosis and beaming radio signals directly into the subject�s brain. And, significantly, he was engaged in this work at exactly the same time that The Nine made their first appearance at the Round Table Foundation. The Foundation itself is now known to have been largely funded by the Pentagon as a front for its medical and parapsychological research. Puharich was still working for the CIA in the early 1970s, when he brought Uri Geller out of Israel."

Hurtak�s bio claims: He has been Director of LASERTECH in Brazil, which developed lasers for industrial and environmental studies in the Amazon.

Here is lasertech�s website:

No mention of Hurtak there anywhere. But, we have a researcher in Brazil checking on this and may have more details later.

From Hurtak�s bio:

"With broad scientific interests in ecology, remote sensing, technology, and alternative energy, as well as belief systems of indigenous cultures, Dr. Hurtak has published eight books and more than 100 articles in eight languages."

It�s rather difficult to find these articles: A list of published issues of antigravity news, but the links of Hurtak's publications doesn't work:

Bailey, P., Grotz, T., and Hurtak, J., "Survey And Critical Review Of Recent Innovative Energy Conversion Technologies," October 1997. []

Bailey, P., Grotz, T., and Hurtak, J., "Review And Status of Reported Innovative Energy Conversion Technologies, Contrasted Using A Consistent R&D Ranking Scale," October 1997. []

A search on the electronic uni library system returns a series of FIVE publications on various journals, examples:

Authors Hurtak JJ.

Institution Academy for Future Science, Los Gatos, CA 95031, USA. jjh@affs.or

G Hurtak JJ. Acupuncture and the cycle of birth as viewed in an historic Japanese medical text. [Historical Article. Journal Article] Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 10(2):231-3, 2004 Apr. UI: 15165402

Curtis BD. Hurtak JJ. Consciousness and quantum information processing: uncovering the foundation for a medicine of light. [Review] [77 refs] [Journal Article. Review. Review, Tutorial] Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 10(1):27-39, 2004 Feb. UI: 15025876

Hurtak JJ. An overview of acupuncture medicine.[see comment][erratum appears in J Altern Complement Med. 2003 Feb;9(1):179]. [Historical Article. Journal Article] Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 8(5):535-8, 2002 Oct. UI: 12470432

Energy technologies for the 21st century: Substitutes for fossil fuel Fuel and Energy Abstracts Volume: 37, Issue: 3, May, 1996, pp. 202 Hurtak, J. J.

One suspects that the �hundreds of articles�(?) must be in his own publications. Also note that the publications listed above are considered �fringe�.

From Hurtak�s bio: He produced The Voice of Africa, a Study on African Shamanism (1987) and Merkabah: Voyage of a Star Seed (1998), a winner of four international awards with its computer-animated symbols of spiritual unity.

From :

JJ Hurtak - MERKABAH - Voyage of a Star Seed - Prepare yourself for the Merkabah journey that carries you into the higher worlds. Amid sacred sounds and colors you experience its transport powers as a super-luminal light, traveling beyond the limitations of physical form. Become a time and space traveler as you experience the many heavens! Encountering angelic beings and whole Light forms of ultraterrestrial Light from higher dimensional realms the dimensional gateways will open to you. In this masterpiece of video animation the Merkabah transports you from our immediate planetary system into other realms of awareness, connecting past, present, and future worlds of balance and beauty.

At We find the following statement:

"VIDEO MERKABAH: Voyage Of A Star Seed We regret to say that we are no longer allowed to retail this video. apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused you ."

We were unable to find any �international awards� for this video as claimed.

We were unable to find any verification for �The Voice of Africa� in any context.

From Hurtak�s bio:

"Over the past 20 years, he has been involved with the dialog on issues concerning the environment, religion, and science. He was a presenter at the Parliament of the World�s Religions (1999) in Cape Town".


"The mission of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions is to cultivate harmony between the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its other guiding institutions in order to achieve a peaceful, just, and sustainable world. "

The "Council for a Parliament of the World'd Religions"'s site seems to be Cesnur-like: studying the world religion's scenario and defend the principle of religious liberty. (scroll down for the english version)

Parliament's who's who:

Mission: The mission of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions is to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its other guiding institutions in order to achieve a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

1999 Cape Town's meeting attendees

This looks like a benevolent and legitimate organization that Hurtak has managed to �gate crash� with no real credentials.

It�s sister organization, CESNUR, has an article on Hurtak here:

Entitled: "The Master Race and the Family of Light: Conflict, Spiritual Purification and Bio-Political Agendas in JJ Hurtak's "Book of Knowledge"

Which says, in part:

Earlier in 1973, maverick linguist, alleged CIA consultant, occultist and nouveau Egyptologist, J.J. Hurtak, according to his account, had been �lifted up� in a body of light into a region of stars called Merak and Muscida by the Master Ophanim Enoch. Enoch, answering a prayerful plea from Hurtak, had come to deliver a revelatory message outlining the purpose of life on the Earth plane, and to reveal the contours of a coming confrontation between the Children of Light and the Fallen Masters of Darkness.2 Over a period of two days (Jan 2-3) Enoch �downloaded� into Hurtak a total of 64 keys or revelations and these became The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch. The Book of Knowledge details a premillennial, post-Christian account that calls on the Children of Light to be genetically recoded for the energy transformations to come that they may be the vanguard of an ascended �Christ Race,� which will complete the evolution of the original Pre-Adamic races. Key 109, a central revelation in this regard, reads as follows: The Anti-Universe is composed of Star Field Energies revealed on the Black Cube of Mecca which shows the function and destruction of three dimensional universes. 3

Hurtak�s commentary on this Key reveals that the events of October 1973 galvanized him. Hurtak saw the October war as evidence that most Muslims, particularly those in power, are in league with, or in thrall to, dark extraterrestrial forces that originate in the constellations of Ursa Minor and Draco (with the principle star alpha Draconis as a focus).

Hurtak constructs an elaborate narrative linking ancient astronomy and geometry, genetic/molecular and computer theory with geo-political events, and in revisiting the old competitions between Muslim, Christian and Jew, recasts the historic dimensions of this occasional conflict in extraterrestrial, genetic terms.

In elaborating on Hurtak�s prophetic project I will first briefly describe Hurtak�s process of �prophetic regenesis,� in which revelation and prophetic commentary are said to �reveal� the contours of a cosmic conflict between two ancient extraterrestrial genetic bloodlines that is said to manifest itself in geo-political events on earth. Then, I will discuss how Hurtak�s process of revelation subsumes and elides the actual sequence of events as recorded by news agencies. Lastly, I will briefly describe how this narrative of Muslim/Christian conflict, recast in extraterrestrial and genetic terms, has impacted the writings and ideations of New Age and Ascensionist thinkers and practitioners. [�]

For example, an examination of the commentary explicating Key 109 demonstrates how, according the Hurtak, the Kaaba at Mecca acts as a concentration of anti-Universe, anti-Christ energy, a kind of spiritual black hole as it were. [�]

For Hurtak, this �clinging to the cube� that the Kaaba represents is, in fact, evidence of a dangerous tendency toward retrogression, rigidity, entropy and a need to tyrannically control. As Muslims circumambulate around their most sacred shrine in Mecca, they are exhibiting the �black hole function� of refusing to evolve up to the next level of organic organization. [�]

The implication is that Muslims do not �allow� the light of program of God to penetrate them, therefore, they re-enact and reinscribe, in their revering of the cube at Mecca, a focus on physical destruction of the 3-D world, in the way that the black hole is postulated to trap light itself.7 [�]

The Book of Knowledge constitutes Hurtak�s attempt to construct what occultist Rene Schwaller de Lubicz referred to as la Symbolique, a purported system of knowledge transmission de Lubicz considered to be primarily visual and pre-linguistic, and is secretly encoded in the shapes of various written languages, mystical buildings, such as the Great Pyramid and for Hurtak, in human DNA. [�]

The Children of Darkness �cling to the cube� in Mecca in order to keep the Children of Light from discovering the symbolique of redemption hidden in the Kaaba. They are not entirely at fault, since they are operating at the behest of extraterrestrials from alpha Draconis/Ursa Minor. They can be saved by bringing them to the Torah Or (Light of the Torah)�which Hurtak prophetically retranslates as the Program of Israel with Gematria designation 8033-45. [�]

Now lets look at the "Council for a Parliament of the World'd Religions" Mission again and see how it fits in with the above........... Mission: The mission of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions is to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its other guiding institutions in order to achieve a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

It appears that the CPWR hasn't done it's homework!

Continuing with the Censur article

There is no way to determine for sure whether Hurtak�s apparent conflation of events is purposeful, the result of a faulty news source, or a common American tendency to disregard the complexities of Middle Eastern politics. Whatever the case, Hurtak declares that Enoch transported him to the location of the Kaaba, in much the same way that Jabriel was said to have transported Muhammad to the Temple Mount during his Night Journey. From his exalted standpoint, Enoch revealed to Hurtak how the cubic structure of the Kaaba acts like a black hole, sucking in and trapping the Light of the Father and feeding the Children of Darkness. 13 The stone inside the Kaaba, it is said holds and traps the accumulated and unredeemed sins of humanity inside the cube as Muslims, guided by extraterrestrial forces from alpha Draconis, are vampirically infected by the resulting energies of degeneration, vengeance and anti-evolution. [�]

So, how has this premillennial scenario played to Hurtak�s New Age and Ascensionist audience? [�]

Perhaps one of the most interesting responses can be found in an early ascension channeling session conducted by trance channel Barbara Marciniak in 1990.

When asked specifically about Hurtak and The Book of Knowledge, Marciniak�s guides replied that, although in the past they may have spoken highly of the Book, they also had �always maintained that [we] do not agree with what is being said there.� While the book is said to �resonate with its own form of integrity,� it is also limited by Hurtak�s belief systems, and he will eventually be surprised when he finds out what and who the conflict really involves. Her guides go on to recommend The Gods of Eden by William Bramley as a more accurate account of humanity�s extraterrestrial background.16

Some ascensionists have reported to me that something about the book �creeps them out,� and still others were quite surprised when I pointed out passages in the text that seemed to vilify Muslims or contained a �master race� narrative.

Most ascensionists seem not to be very interested in pursuing Hurtak�s premillennial charges of anti-Christ Muslim behavior, even while they generally accept his overall narrative regarding the existence of an extraterrestrial conspiracy on the Earth that is designed to keep humans from evolving and the importance of DNA as the locus of personal incarnation.

On the other hand, while perusing Internet archives of ascensionist/New Age chat rooms, I ran across several conversations, all post 9/11, in which Key 109 was brought up for discussion. In one instance, a respondent simply replied by posting a verse from Surah 9 of the Koran, which, when taken out of context, seems to provide justification for Muslims to kill their enemies at any opportunity. It was as if the respondent was saying: �Yes, see, look at their scriptures, they are just like that.� [�]

Robert Fuller (no relation to Buckminster), in his book Naming the Anti-Christ: The History of an American Obsession, notes that a great deal of the apocalyptic imagery that is increasingly found in much New Age/Ascensionist literature derives from fundamentalist/right wing sources/pre-millennial, ranging from Hal Lindsey to Orson Scott Card.18 [�]

For all of its sophisticated patter, and it�s potential as a vision that seeks to intimately link the twin infinities of the cosmos and the human soul through the mediating mechanism of DNA, Hurtak�s revelation seems to follow this trajectory with remarkable fidelity, only now the millennial conflict is cast in mathematical, extraterrestrial, genetic and even racial terms.

Later in The Book of Knowledge, Hurtak reveals that there are two other groups who operate with the Fallen Masters, obscuring the possibility of the Christ race evolving on Earth. These individuals are the orthodox �believers� in the Jewish and Christian communities, and the secular scholars and intellectuals who annoyingly insist on the importance of history, context, analysis and fact-finding.

For Hurtak, such critical analysis is idolatry constituting the Abomination of Desolation as described in the Book of Daniel.

Well, I guess the shoe fits. A close look at the Book of Knowledge reveals what one might call the circular edge of closure, when right and left wing interests are joined in the fervor of premillennial promises of perfected genetic evolution, the end of history and the conquering of ones stated enemies. It�s the same story being told now in more dangerous times.

Message 6
From: "norgesen"
Date: Thu May 11, 2006 10:16am(PDT)
Subject: The Psychic Mafia

Wednesday, April 12, 2006
The Psychic Mafia
"Through his relationship with Andrija Puharich and others, (i.e., Bearden,Sarfatti, et al.) in what he called a "psychic mafia", the UNICORN (Einhorn's name for himself, punning on his name) assumed a key role in the task of alerting our people about the implications of the revolution.... in Einhorn's universe, those factors included the undeniability of UFO's the startling discoveries in quantum physics, and the inevitability of the new world order-- shaken loose by the Aquarian transformation"

Picknett and Prince The Stargate Conspiracy p. 117
Eddie "The Rat" Rizzo gives you the lowdown on how some of the biggest New Age families operate. Eddie an ex New Age racketeer found himself in jail whilst seeking out new marks in Europe. In an attempt for a plea bargain, Eddie revealed some highly controversial information on New Age mob operations. Unfortunately no-one was listening......

Enter Sammy Woods, a respected US journalist with twenty years reporting experience and a few documentaries under his belt. Sammy found out about Eddies dilemma via a friend in Portugal. A quick visit over the pond and Sammy decided to start a website and go public with the highly inflammatory material, citing the publics right to know. Due to some extraordinary efforts on Sammy's part, extradition proceedings to the USA were quashed in a Portugese court of law.

To this day Eddie remains at large in Europe with several US, Canadian and Brazilian warrants against his name, several New Age families would also like to know his whereabouts since ratting them out. When Eddie went public he found it, "a weight off my shoulders", and in gratitude for Sammy's legal efforts, he continually supplies Sammy with details on a weekly basis from anonymous internet cafes across Europe.

Not content with taking things at face value, Sammy backs up Eddie's information with various links and long deleted web pages.

Here are the categories we plan to cover:

My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator. - Michael Corleone (The Godfather)

The noun "don" has 5 senses in WordNet. We have selected one that most closely relates to our subject:

3. don, father -- (the head of an organized family)


Soldier: the bottom-level member of an organized Family, as in "foot soldiers."

The Boss of the Family told you you're gonna be Santa Claus. You're Santa Claus. - Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri (The Sopranos)

Under soldiers we find:


The noun "gun for hire" has 8 senses in WordNet. We have selected one that most closely relates to our subject:

1. gunman, gunslinger, hired gun, gun, gun for hire, triggerman, hit man, hitman, torpedo, shooter -- (a professional killer who uses a gun)

In this sense we're using the term "guns for hire" for those actively promoting disinformation. Clouding the web with tales of dubious credibility in order to erect a smoke screen that hides the "real purpose".

Guns for Hire can also be 100% Pure Kook GOLD


[Usenet; originally and more formally, net.kook]

Term used to describe a regular poster who continually posts messages with no apparent grounding in reality. Different from a troll, which implies a sort of sly wink on the part of a poster who knows better, kooks really believe what they write, to the extent that they believe anything.

The kook trademark is paranoia and grandiosity. Kooks will often build up elaborate imaginary support structures, fake corporations and the like, and continue to act as if those things are real even after their falsity has been documented in public.
-The Jargon Lexicon

Then there are Classic False Flag operations, DISINFORMATION, Black Propaganda. etc. which devolve onto more "organized" structures that we can call:


"We're not setting out to make Hamlet or Gone with the Wind. The idea is to hang out together, find fun with the broads, and have a great time. We gotta make pictures that people enjoy. Entertainment, period." - Frank

Under this Category we find:


A real rogue's gallery..... Dons, Soldiers, Wannabees and Kooks all found here.

The Axiom Faculty Experience:

"Children, everybody, here's what to do during war: In a time of destruction, create something. A poem. A parade. A community. A school. A vow. A moral principle. One peaceful moment." --Maxine Hong Kingston, from The Fifth Book of Peace "

And lets rake in a lotta dough"- Eddie Rizzo


Really weird loosely organised group, not quite a family and yet enough Dons and Wannabees to have a really swell time.

The Universal Seduction Gig: I beg your pardon, I never promised you a Rose Garden- Loretta Lynn


Who is JJ Hurtak?


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