Friday, March 30, 2007

Iran and the Marines

Fake Maritime Boundaries
March 28, 2007
The British Government has published a map showing the coordinates of the incident, well within an Iran/Iraq maritime border. The mainstream media and even the blogosphere has bought this hook, line and sinker.
But there are two colossal problems.
A) The Iran/Iraq maritime boundary shown on the British government map does not exist. It has been drawn up by the British Government. Only Iraq and Iran can agree their bilateral boundary, and they never have done this in the Gulf, only inside the Shatt because there it is the land border too. This published boundary is a fake with no legal force.
B) Accepting the British coordinates for the position of both HMS Cornwall and the incident, both were closer to Iranian land than Iraqi land. Go on, print out the map and measure it. Which underlines the point that the British produced border is not a reliable one.
None of which changes the fact that the Iranians, having made their point, should have handed back the captives immediately. I pray they do so before this thing spirals out of control. But by producing a fake map of the Iran/Iraq boundary, notably unfavourable to Iran, we can only harden the Iranian position.

(Craig MurrayWriter and broadcaster As Britain's outspoken Ambassador to the CentralAsian Republic of Uzbekistan, Craig Murray helpedexpose vicious human rights abuses by the US-funded regime of Islam Karimov. He is now a prominent critic of Western policy in the region.)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

British backtrack on Iraq death toll

British backtrack on Iraq death toll
By Jill Lawless
Published: 27 March 2007

British government officials have backed the methods used by scientists who concluded that more than 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since the invasion, the BBC reported yesterday.
The Government publicly rejected the findings, published in The Lancet in October. But the BBC said documents obtained under freedom of information legislation showed advisers concluded that the much-criticised study had used sound methods.
The study, conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, estimated that 655,000 more Iraqis had died since March 2003 than one would expect without the war. The study estimated that 601,027 of those deaths were from violence.
The researchers, reflecting the inherent uncertainties in such extrapolations, said they were 95 per cent certain that the real number of deaths lay somewhere between 392,979 and 942,636.
The conclusion, based on interviews and not a body count, was disputed by some experts, and rejected by the US and British governments. But the chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence, Roy Anderson, described the methods used in the study as "robust" and "close to best practice". Another official said it was "a tried and tested way of measuring mortality in conflict zones".

Monday, March 26, 2007

Operation Bite: April 6 sneak attack by US forces against Iran planned, Russian military sources warn

Operation Bite: April 6 sneak attack by US forces against Iran planned, Russian military sources warn
By Webster G. Tarpley Online Journal Contributing Writer Mar 26, 2007
WASHINGTON DC, -- The long awaited US military attack on Iran is now on track for the first week of April, specifically for 4 am on April 6, the Good Friday opening of Easter weekend, writes the well-known Russian journalist Andrei Uglanov in the Moscow weekly “Argumenty Nedeli.” Uglanov cites Russian military experts close to the Russian General Staff for his account.
The attack is slated to last for 12 hours, according to Uglanov, from 4 am until 4 pm local time. Friday is the sabbath in Iran. In the course of the attack, code named Operation Bite, about 20 targets are marked for bombing; the list includes uranium enrichment facilities, research centers, and laboratories.
The first reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, where Russian engineers are working, is supposed to be spared from destruction. The US attack plan reportedly calls for the Iranian air defense system to be degraded, for numerous Iranian warships to be sunk in the Persian Gulf, and for the most important headquarters of the Iranian armed forces to be wiped out.
The attacks will be mounted from a number of bases, including the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Diego Garcia is currently home to B-52 bombers equipped with standoff missiles. Also participating in the air strikes will be US naval aviation from aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, as well as from those of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Additional cruise missiles will be fired from submarines in the Indian Ocean and off the coast of the Arabian peninsula. The goal is allegedly to set back Iran’s nuclear program by several years, writes Uglanov, whose article was reissued by RIA-Novosti in various languages, but apparently not English, several days ago. The story is the top item on numerous Italian and German blogs, but so far appears to have been ignored by US websites.
Observers comment that this dispatch represents a high-level orchestrated leak from the Kremlin, in effect a war warning, which draws on the formidable resources of the Russian intelligence services, and which deserves to be taken with the utmost seriousness by pro-peace forces around the world.
Asked by RIA-Novosti to comment on the Uglanov report, retired Colonel General Leonid Ivashov confirmed its essential features in a March 21 interview: “I have no doubt that there will be an operation, or more precisely a violent action against Iran.” Ivashov, who has reportedly served at various times as an informal advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is currently the vice president of the Moscow Academy for Geopolitical Sciences.
Ivashov attributed decisive importance to the decision of the Democratic leadership of the US House of Representatives to remove language from the just-passed Iraq supplemental military appropriations bill that would have demanded that Bush come to Congress before launching an attack on Iran. Ivashov pointed out that the language was eliminated under pressure from AIPAC, the lobbing group representing the Israeli extreme right, and from Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni.
“We have drawn the unmistakable conclusion that this operation will take place,” said Ivashov. In his opinion, the US planning does not include a land operation: “ Most probably there will be no ground attack, but rather massive air attacks with the goal of annihilating Iran’s capacity for military resistance, the centers of administration, the key economic assets, and quite possibly the Iranian political leadership, or at least part of it,” he continued.
Ivashov noted that it was not to be excluded that the Pentagon would use smaller tactical nuclear weapons against targets of the Iranian nuclear industry. These attacks could paralyze everyday life, create panic in the population, and generally produce an atmosphere of chaos and uncertainty all over Iran, Ivashov told RIA-Novosti. “This will unleash a struggle for power inside Iran, and then there will be a peace delegation sent in to install a pro-American government in Teheran,” Ivashov continued. One of the US goals was, in his estimation, to burnish the image of the current Republican administration, which would now be able to boast that they had wiped out the Iranian nuclear program.
Among the other outcomes, General Ivashov pointed to a partition of Iran along the same lines as Iraq, and a subsequent carving up of the Near and Middle East into smaller regions. “This concept worked well for them in the Balkans and will now be applied to the greater Middle East,” he commented.
“Moscow must exert Russia’s influence by demanding an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to deal with the current preparations for an illegal use of force against Iran and the destruction of the basis of the United Nations Charter,” said General Ivashov. “In this context Russia could cooperate with China, France and the non-permanent members of the Security Council. We need this kind of preventive action to ward off the use of force,” he concluded.
Resources:
http://fr.rian.ru/world/20070319/62260006.html
http://fr.rian.ru/world/20070321/62387717.html

Webster G. Tarpley is a journalist. Among other works, he has published an investigation on the manipulation of the Red Brigades by the Vatican’s P2 Suite and the assassination of Aldo Moro, a non-authorized biography of George H. Bush, and more recently an analysis of the methods used to perpetrate the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Slivers of silver for what ails you?

Slivers of silver for what ails you?
March 22, 2007 By Greg Botelho CNN
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Want to get rid of germs? Mold and grime? Smelly feet?
A growing number of scientists and businessmen say such a miracle substance exists, and in fact has for millions of years: Silver.
Innovative technologies and approaches have fueled an explosion of products taking advantage of silver's antibacterial properties. Consumers today can buy clothes, disinfectants, laundry machines and other items that utilize silver as an active agent.
"People have found out you can use [silver] far more effectively when you shrink it down," says Andrew Maynard, science adviser to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, a joint effort of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Pew Charitable Trusts. "The range is quite incredible. It's as if a lightbulb has suddenly gone off."
Though silver is generally harmless to humans, environmentalists worry that excessive use of silver may allow it to seep into the environment, kill small organisms and disrupt the ecosystem.
"The projected uses are just too broad," says Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at the National Resources Defense Council. "It is being used around the world in anything that you would want to kill bacteria ... It's reckless [and] many of the uses are frivolous."
While hardly the only antibacterial substance, Maynard says silver's ability to use multiple mechanisms to target germs otherwise resistant to antibiotics makes it especially effective -- and also may make it persist longer in the environment.
"There isn't a huge amount that is unknown [about silver]," says Maynard. "Is there any risk to the environment? That's a little bit fuzzier. There are issues out there [for which] there aren't easy answers."
Miniscule slivers of silver
In recent years, scientists have discovered cost- and time-effective ways to divide silver into miniscule particles, some just a few nanometers across. This not only lowers the price to buy and reproduce silver, but enhances its surface area, thus compounding its effectiveness.
"We're getting incredibly small, [which] gives us unprecedented control," Maynard says. "You can make it go a lot further."
The number of nanotechnology consumer products is surging, according to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, which expects its inventory to surpass 500 such products this spring. And silver leads the way, surpassing all other elements, including carbon.
"It's not going to rival photography, jewelry and coinage in terms of overall demand, but the demand [for nanosilver] is growing," says Michael DiRienzo, executive director of The Silver Institute, an industry trade group. "We've known for centuries that silver has these special properties, [but] only recently have they found how it works."
One of the most well known applications is X-Static, which Noble Biomaterials president Bill McNally says is used in 1,000 products -- from sportswear and socks to hospital linens and military uniforms.
"Silver [is] antibacterial, it's used in every burn care center, and it's naturally anti-odor because it binds with anti-odor causative agents," said McNally, who co-founded Noble 11 years ago and calls the company "the pioneers of silver." "My mission was to create a product line that allowed you to take advantage of all those attributes."
Some try to utilize silver's properties in supplements and liquid forms, known as colloidal silver. Keith Moeller is the managing director of American Biotech Labs, which sells a supplement that uses a relatively sparse 10 parts of silver per million. He cites studies that claim the company's products can boost immune systems and fight malaria, salmonella, E. coli, bird flu and other ailments. Company president Bill Moeller testified to Congress in 2005 about the products' medical potential.
But the Food and Drug Administration has not found evidence that products containing colloidal silver are safe and effective. The agency targets companies that tout the medical efficacy of silver products.
With concerns, recognition of potential
"Over-the-top" advertising of silver irks Sass. If silver claims to kill microbes, she contends, it should be regulated like a pesticide -- with steps made to prevent its infusion into the environment.
But DiRienzo says, "To single out silver is unfair," given that it is viewed as less dangerous than most other metals and is being used in microscopic quantities.
"We're encouraging the federal government not to rush headfirst into regulations," he says, adding the silver industry has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency for decades and he doesn't oppose self-touting "germ killers" registering their products.
That said, most scientists concur that silver products hold significant potential. Even Sass, while opposing "broad releases that lead to obvious exposure," has no qualms about "targeted, controlled, restricted and important" uses, particularly medical applications.
For instance, silver ions are an active agent in QuikClot, a wound dressing for severe bleeding now being used by U.S. military forces and first responders. And McNally notes X-Static has been incorporated into many medical products, including hospital garments, sheets and bandages.
"Silver [provides] bacterial protection from the worst of the worst, as well as the ability to stimulate tissue growth," he said. "We have the ability to save people's lives."

Saturday, March 24, 2007

CONTRAILS: KILLING US SOFTLY?

CONTRAILS: KILLING US SOFTLY?
By: DevvyMarch 19, 2007
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All of us at one time or another have looked up into the sky and seen those beautiful, fluffy clouds floating by or some that just seem to hang there for our enjoyment. Some of them look as soft as a pillow. But, over the decade, we the people have seen those natural creations take on a more sinister apparition in the form of man made contrails. On December 19, 2004, I wrote a news column for NWVs on this very issue; see here. Immediately, my mail box filled up with assertions that the issue of contrails is just more conspiracy malarkey and it's just "steam" coming out of commercial airliners. This prompted me to write a follow up column; see here.
Over time, I met Rosalind Peterson, who has been doing the hard research on this issue; her credentials here. Rosalind's research has gone far and above what most people can imagine. One of the most important presentations she made during our meeting at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California (details here) were the water tables showing the spikes in aluminum and barium, and the FAA fly over sheets for the Mendocino area. Even the nit wit at Rep. Neillo's office was surprised when Rosalind presented these documents which clearly showed military and civilian plane patterns; color ink is used to designate which is military and which are civilian planes, private or commercial. Neillo's aide could clearly see was one set of fly overs were unidentified. These fly over patterns are silly when you look at them. They go crisscross and in circles and then simply fly off into the sunset. No one can tell you why this crazy fly over pattern on a specific day or who these planes belong to and unfortunately, Neillo's aide simply refused to look into the matter. He arrogantly told me the contrails in Sacramento that I observed from my house only three miles from the airport were from commercial jets. Of course, it makes perfect sense that 2-4 commercial jet liners like Delta or United, would take off from the Sacramento airport at the same time, fly north and south and then east and west for 3-4 hours and then head for Philly or Boston. Now, why didn't I think of that!
The one thing Rosalind can tell you: When those planes leave her area (Mendocino County), the sky is no longer a brilliant, clear blue, but a gray, drab color, the same as Sacramento and now where I live. My husband and I moved out of California last June for several reasons; some I covered in a recent column. One of the reasons is also the contrails spraying and the massive doses Sacramento has been getting for years; a couple hours drive from Rosalind's area. There is no question in my mind that the failure of our tomato plants three years running was due to the spraying and all the documentation and photos that Rosalind gave me to study clearly show the condition of our plants exactly the same as those up in Mendocino County where heavy spraying has been going on for years. Agriculture in her area as well as destruction to trees and plants is already well advanced and I shutter to think what will happen if this isn't stopped...

Monday, March 12, 2007

New World Order Blair / Brown clones

Brown wants a 'new world order'
Friday, 19 January 2007
Blair returns to new world order
Friday, 4 January, 2002

No doubt it will be Cameron next!

Monday, March 05, 2007

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Watch it in the UK on Channel 4 at 9pm
The Great Global Warming Swindle
In a polemical and thought-provoking documentary, film-maker Martin Durkin argues that the theory of man-made global warming has become such a powerful political force that other explanations for climate change are not being properly aired.

The film brings together the arguments of leading scientists who disagree with the prevailing consensus that a 'greenhouse effect' of carbon dioxide released by human activity is the cause of rising global temperatures.
Instead the documentary highlights recent research that the effect of the sun's radiation on the atmosphere may be a better explanation for the regular swings of climate from ice ages to warm interglacial periods and back again.
The film argues that the earth's climate is always changing, and that rapid warmings and coolings took place long before the burning of fossil fuels. It argues that the present single-minded focus on reducing carbon emissions not only may have little impact on climate change, it may also have the unintended consequence of stifling development in the third world, prolonging endemic poverty and disease.
The film features an impressive roll-call of experts, including nine professors – experts in climatology, oceanography, meteorology, environmental science, biogeography and paleoclimatology – from such reputable institutions as MIT, NASA, the International Arctic Research Centre, the Institut Pasteur, the Danish National Space Center and the Universities of London, Ottawa, Jerusalem, Winnipeg, Alabama and Virginia.
The film hears from scientists who dispute the link between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures.

'The ice core record goes to the very heart of the problem we have,' says Tim Ball, Climatologist and Prof Emeritus of Geography at the University of Winnipeg in the documentary. 'They said if CO2 increases in the atmosphere, as a greenhouse gas, then the temperature will go up'.'But the ice core record shows exactly the opposite, so the fundamental assumption, the most fundamental assumption of the whole theory of climate change due to humans, is shown to be wrong.'-->
In fact, the experts in the film argue that increased CO2 levels are actually a result of temperature rises, not their cause, and that this alternate view is rarely heard. 'So the fundamental assumption, the most fundamental assumption of the whole theory of climate change due to humans, is shown to be wrong.'
'I've often heard it said that there is a consensus of thousands of scientists on the global warming issue, that humans are causing a catastrophic change to the climate system,' says John Christy, Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center, NSSTC University of Alabama. 'Well I am one scientist, and there are many, that simply think that is not true.'

The film examines an alternative theory that explains global temperatures, based on research by Professor Eigil Friis-Christensen of the Danish Space Center. The professor and his team found that as solar activity increases, and the sun flares, cloud formation on earth is significantly diminished and temperature rises.
Ian Clark, Professor of Isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology at the Dept of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa explains: 'Solar activity over the last hundred years, over the last several hundred years, correlates very nicely, on a decadal basis, with temperature.'
Finally, the film argues that restricting CO2 emissions could actually be damaging for people in the developing world. James Shikwati, Kenyan director of the Inter Region Economic Network, says: 'The rich countries can afford to engage in some luxurious experimentation with other forms of energy, but for us we are still at the stage of survival.
'I don't see how a solar panel is going to power a steel industry, how a solar panel is going to power a railway network, it might work, maybe, to power a small transistor radio.
'The thing that emerges from the whole environmental debate is the point that there is somebody keen to kill the African dream, and the African dream is to develop. We are being told don't touch your resources, don't touch your oil, don't touch your coal; that is suicide.'