Monday, November 14, 2011

Iran Practicing for An EMP Attack on the U.S. Say U.S. Lawmakers. But How Credible is That Claim?

Obama, Clinton and the JCS were counting on war with Iran to distract public they have looted Treasury dry; Independent Media dumping on their parade; now are desperate (again)

Ottawa Citizen
By David Pugliese

The potential for war with Iran is being hotly debated, in light of the new report about that country’s alleged nuclear arsenal.

    “The regime in Iran poses a significant threat to regional and global peace,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told reporters, responding to the release of the International Atomic Energy Agency report. The report, released Wednesday, laid out the most details yet of Iran’s alleged effort to build a nuclear arsenal.

    But there has been some questioning the sources of that report.

Iran is not Iraq; ready for invasion, will retaliate for any attack

And now, some lawmakers in the U.S. are suggesting that Iran might have some ideas on what to do with those nuclear weapons (if they do indeed have them).
They claim that Iran’s military and Revolutionary Guard are practicing for the detonation of a nuclear weapon near space, the ultimate goal being an Electromagnetic Pulse attack on the U.S.

    Republican Representative Trent Franks says Iran is practicing launching a ballistic missile from a vessel in the Caspian Sea and they also have tested high-altitude explosions with their Shahab-111 missile.

   “Terrorists think that electromagnetic pulse or some type of attack is their ultimate asymmetric weapon,” he told Aviation Week recently. “Iran’s (actions) clarify that jihadist nation’s intent for the U.S. and Israel.”

    But how real is the threat from Iran? That is unclear.

    If Iran had the bomb, would it use it on an attack against the U.S., as that would likely mean the destruction of Iran in a retaliatory strike?

Iran displays destroyed Iraqi personnel equipment
Whatever the case, in Ottawa, the Harper government has been talking a hard line. 

“Canada is deeply disturbed by the actions of the current Iranian regime,” Baird said. “The information presented in the report is only the latest of a series of grave concerns our government has with the regime.
    "Canada will continue to work with its like-minded allies to take the necessary action for Iran to abandon its nuclear program,” Baird said. ”We encourage others to join in this effort. It is not a question of if, but to what extent, we will act in response to this report.”

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A Christmas Gift to the World from the US and Israel

Country "leaders" worldwide desperately need this war to cover their tracks, distract sheep; economic collapse "imminent"

Strategic Culture Foundation
By Dmitriv Sedov

Prospects are grim for the US economy as the predictions of a double-dip recession appear to materialize. Experts warn that currency market destabilization and, generally, chaos across the financial sector await the US in 2012. No credible solution to the problem is being offered, and chances are no solution can be found as long as the current US economic and political systems stay in place. Washington faces the dilemma of either consenting to the abolition of the dollar monopoly in international finances, which, by the way, would rid the world of the dependence on a clique of tycoons, or searching for a solution on some totally new tracks.

     The gloomy atmosphere in the White House must be impossible to disguise. These days, President B. Obama who used to do his best to sound optimistic seems harsh and nervous. The US Administration is evidently turning towards the solution all unsuccessful administrations traditionally embrace, that is, a new war. At least, this is the conclusion prompted by the rising wave of the noisy US-Israeli campaign around the Iranian nuclear program. The IAEA report on it was promised as a sensation but brought nothing serious to the spotlight: a nuclear blast simulation downloaded from the personal computer of an Iranian official back in 2004 is being sold as evidence of Iran's nuclear-arms ambitions, plus the document mentions some capacity allegedly used for explosives compression. The rest of the document is built on speculations on the reliability of the information collected.

Rumsfeld II:  Obama thinks he can beat Iran with bombing only
The attempts to convince the world of Iran's evil plans evoke similarities with the 2003 campaign during which Iraq was charged with WMD manufacturing and  stockpiling. At that time, President G. Bush's overactive imagination led him to warn that Iraqi drones loaded with bacteriological and chemical warfare were about to attack the US. Receptive to propaganda, the US society supported the invasion of Iraq and was later confronted with the financial and human costs of the war.

     Will the US public favor a snap attack against Iran in the nearest future? Quite a few people may be unable to realize that, even if Iran is doing some nuclear arms-related research, building a real nuclear munition, especially under tight international surveillance, would still take ages. The USSR, for example,  worked towards its first atomic bomb for a decade even though the country faced no problems like sanctions and dedicated to the task a major portion of the potential of its giant military-industrial complex. 
Iran refineries; if destroyed may drive gas prices to $500.00 bbl
There must be reasons unrelated to Iran's nuclear program behind the US eagerness to strike it regardless of the fact that the IAEA inspectors stuck in Iran are unable to unearth anything serious. The pressure exerted by Israel, a country with a powerful lobby in Washington, may be the explanation. It was a fundamental shift in international politics that gave Tel Aviv a major headache when the UN recognized Palestine as a subject of the international law and therefore a sovereign territory occupied by Israel. Iran is a staunch ally of Palestine and readily contributes money, weapons, and political influence to the Palestinian cause, so that Israel and the US must be thinking how to make Tehran pay dearly for the policy.

     Certainly, Israel's political reckoning is not limited to punishing Tehran for its Middle Eastern policy. The unification of anti-American and anti-Israeli forces in the world of Islam must be frightening Tel Aviv. There are hopes in Israel that a strike against Iran would deepen the Muslim world's discord to the point of its becoming an irreversible divide, as every Arab country would have to take a stance on the attack. The Persian Gulf monarchies tightly linked to the US would have no option but to side with Washington – and, accordingly, to face the resentment of their Arab world peers.

     A new wave of terrorism that the aggression against Iran would imminently provoke would also play into the hands of Tel Aviv. The ideology of Zionism is incompatible with any kind of decent deal with the Palestinians, and therefore re-energizing the confrontation with Arabs is in line with the Israeli policy.

Once again; American casualties, deaths will be in thousands
As for the US, the first result of an aggression against Iran would be a new tide of anti-Americanism across the Muslim  world. For Washington, reliance on force has long become central to its foreign policy – one occasionally gets an impression that the US Administration sees the long media campaigns preceding its military escapades as a waste of time and would rather strike the defiant without much talk. A snap attack against Iran would be a step towards the ideal.

     A military campaign targeting Iran would, at the initial phase, likely have a stabilizing impact on the US financial sector. Fighting a war means unsealing the budget and massively pouring money into military spending, which should revitalize the US economy as a whole. On the other hand, a bombing campaign long enough to trigger regime change in Tehran would have to last fairly long and come with burdensome costs. As a side effect, it would divert the public attention from pressing economic problems and demonstrate the US might to the whole world.

     Great Britain will certainly join the campaign against Iran. Watch the news: if the British navy leaves Portsmouth and heads south, a new crusade will follow shortly. On November 10, Daily Mail wrote with a reference to the British intelligence: «Israel will launch military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon as soon as Christmas… Sources say the understanding at the top of the British Government is that Israel will attempt to strike against the nuclear sites ‘sooner rather than later’ – with logistical support from the U.S.»…

     In other words, it may be that this year the Christmas gift to Iran's cities and villages will be far from peaceful.

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Wayne Madsen: Cops request "non-lethal" crowd control systems from Pentagon

Heavy weapons:  every Barney Fife cops' dream come true

Wayne Madsen Report
By Wayne Madsen

Department of Homeland Security sources have told WMR that police departments across the United States are requesting the Pentagon to provide Active Denial Systems to immobilize, through "non-lethal" means, large crowds at Occupy Wall Street and other mass demonstrations. The Obama White House and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta are said to be considering the police request. Homeland Security supports the deployment of the systems to the police.

No longer science fiction; weapons tested in Afghanistan
The Active Denial System (ADS) is a directed energy weapon that sends a microwave beam that causes human bodies to heat up, much as a microwave oven cooks food, but at a lower intensity. The targets of ADS have the sensation that they are on fire. However, the energy pulse weapon, manufactured by Raytheon, causes discomfort and results in targeted groups of people running away from the beam's targeted area. In addition, severe injuries can be caused to individuals wearing jewelry or metallic body piercings, as well as people wearing metal-framed eyeglasses or with metallic implants.

     ADS was used by the Pentagon in Afghanistan but was rejected for use in Iraq because it could have been considered a form of torture.

   There has also been interest by some police departments in using a new generation of Pentagon ultra-sound weapons. Targeted on a mass group of people, such weapons result in vertigo, nausea, sudden defecation and urination, and breathing problems. For high-risk targets such as the elderly, asthmatics, and young children, ultra-sound weapons could be lethal.

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US confesses to covert ops against Iran

Obama, Clinton, CIA believe themselves to be omnipotent; can say/do anything they please

Press TV

Washington is seeking to stop Iran's nuclear program by means of maximum covert operations including the assassination of Iranian scientists. 

Speaking at the Republican presidential debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich openly advocated increased covert terrorism against Iran.

He suggested employing “maximum covert operations to block and disrupt the Iranian program including taking out their scientists, including breaking up their systems. All of it covertly, all of it deniable.”

    Gingrich advocated “actively funding every dissident group in Iran.”

   US Senator Rick Santorum then explicitly advocated a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities and said, “We would be working with Israel right now to do what they did in Syria, what they did in Iraq, which is take out that nuclear capability.”

   Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, also criticized the US president for not being pretty tough on Iran. “If we reelect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon.”

    When asked whether he would choose to strike Iran militarily, Romney said “absolutely.”

Powell, CIA blow it on Iraq WMD lies
The calls for assassination and terrorist acts come as Iran has lost a number of its scientists to terrorism in recent years.

On November 29, 2010, unidentified terrorists slapped adhesive bombs onto the vehicles of Iranian university professors Majid Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi. Professor Shahriari was killed immediately, but Dr. Abbasi and his wife sustained minor injuries and were rushed to hospital.

Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, a lecturer at Tehran University, was killed by a booby-trapped motorbike in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in January 2010. The bombing took place near the professor's home in northern Tehran.

   Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has said that necessary measures have been adopted to ensure the safety of Iranian scientists and university professors.

    On Nov. 4, 2011 Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili announced that Tehran has irrefutable evidence that proves the US government was involved in anti-Iran conspiracies as well as in dispatching elements to carry out acts of sabotage and terror in Iran and other regional countries.

    Jalili said that the documents show Washington has been directing and funding terrorist rings to achieve its regional objectives, adding that Tehran would be passing on the evidence to the UN.

U.S. Mideast takeover map
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program. And have used this pretext to push for the imposition of sanctions on the country as well as to call for an attack on the country.
Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

    Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East. 

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STRATFOR: Europe, the International System and a Generational Shift

One wonders just exactly why Merkel and Sarkozy are so rabid over saving the Euro

By George Friedman
Change in the international system comes in large and small doses, but fundamental patterns generally stay consistent. From 1500 to 1991, for example, European global hegemony constituted the world’s operating principle. Within this overarching framework, however, the international system regularly reshuffles the deck in demoting and promoting powers, fragmenting some and empowering others, and so on. Sometimes this happens because of war, and sometimes because of economic and political forces. While the basic structure of the world stays intact, the precise way it works changes.

The English ruled the high seas for hundreds of years
The fundamental patterns of European domination held for 500 years. That epoch of history ended in 1991, when the Soviet Union — the last of the great European empires — collapsed with global consequences. In China, Tiananmen Square defined China for a generation. China would continue its process of economic development, but the Chinese Communist Party would remain the dominant force. Japan experienced an economic crisis that ended its period of rapid growth and made the world’s second-largest economy far less dynamic than before. And in 1993, the Maastricht Treaty came into force, creating the contemporary European Union and holding open the possibility of a so-called United States of Europe that could counterbalance the United States of America. 

 The Post-European Age

    All these developments happened in the unstable period after the European Age and before … well, something else. What specifically, we’re not quite sure. For the past 20 years, the world has been reshaping itself. Since 1991, then, the countries of the world have been feeling out the edges of the new system. The past two decades have been an interregnum of sorts, a period of evolution from the rule of the old to the rule of the new.

The Russo-Georgian war was a bloody affair
Four things had to happen before the new era could truly begin. First, the Americans had to learn the difference between extreme power (which they had and still have) and omnipotence (which they do not have). The wars in the Islamic world have more than amply driven this distinction home. Second, Russian power needed to rebound from its post-Soviet low to something more representative of Russia’s strength. That occurred in August 2008 with the Russo-Georgian war, which re-established Moscow as the core of the broader region. Third, China — which has linked its economic, political and military future to a global system it does not control — had to face a readjustment. This has yet to happen, but likely will be triggered by the fourth event: Europe’s institutions — which were created to function under the rules of the previous epoch — must be rationalized with a world in which the Americans no longer are suppressing European nationalism.

    With the benefit of hindsight, we know that the 2008 financial crisis initiated the last two events. The first result of the financial crisis was the deep penetration of the state into those financial markets not already under state influence or control. The bailouts, particularly in the United States, created a situation in which decisions by political leaders and central banks had markedly more significance to the financial status of the country than the operation of the market. This was not unprecedented in the United States; the municipal bond crisis of the 1970s, the Third World debt crisis and the savings and loan crisis had similar consequences. The financial crisis, and the resultant economic crisis, hurt the United States, but its regime remained intact even while uneasiness about the elite grew.

    But the financial crisis had its greatest impact in Europe, where it is triggering a generational shift. Since 1991, the idea of an integrated Europe has been a driving force of the global economy. As mentioned, it also has been presented as an implicit alternative to the United States as the global center of gravity.

"As the World Burns"
Collectively, Europe’s economy was slightly larger than the U.S. economy. If mobilized, that inherent power made Europe a match for the United States. In the foreign policy arena, the Europeans prided themselves on a different approach to international affairs than the Americans used. This was based on a concept known as “soft power” — which relied on political and economic, as opposed to military, tools — an analog to the manner in which it saw itself managing the European Union. And Europe was a major consumer of goods, particularly Chinese goods. (It imported more of the latter than the United States did.) Taken together, Europe’s strengths and successes would allow it to redefine the international system — and the assumption for the past generation was that it was successful.

    In the context of the ongoing European financial crisis, the issue is not simply whether the euro survives or whether Brussels regulators oversee aspects of the Italian economy. The fundamental issue is whether the core concepts of the European Union remain intact. It is obvious that the European Union that existed in 2007 is not the one that exists today. Its formal structure appears the same, but it does not function the same. The issues confronting it are radically different. Moreover, relations among the EU nations have a completely different dynamic. The question of what the European Union might become has been replaced by the question of whether it can survive. Some think of this as a temporary aberration. We see it as a permanent change in Europe, one with global consequences.

the problem of Europe was the problem of nationalism. Unless Europe’s nationalisms were tamed, war would break out. The Yugoslav wars after the collapse of Communism comprised the sum of Europe’s fears. But there could be no question of simply abolishing nationalism in Europe.

    National identity was as deeply embedded in Europe as elsewhere, and historical differences were compounded by historical resentments, particularly those aimed toward Germany. The real solution to European wars was the creation of a European nation, but that was simply impossible. The European Union tried to solve the problem by retaining both national identity and national regimes. Simultaneously, a broader European identity was conceived based on a set of principles, and above all, on the idea of a single European economy binding together disparate nations. The reasoning was that if the European Union provided the foundation for European prosperity, then the continued existence of nations in Europe would not challenge the European Union. Perhaps, over time, this would see a decline of particular nationalisms in favor of a European identity. This assumed that prosperity would cause national identity and tensions to subside. If that were true, then it would work. But there is more to Europe politically speaking than an enhanced trading area, and the economics of Europe are hardly homogeneous.

Germany and the Periphery


    The German economy was designed to be export-based. Its industrial plant outstrips domestic consumption; it must therefore export to prosper. A free trade zone built around the world’s second-largest exporter by definition will create tremendous pressures on emerging economies seeking to grow through their own exports. The European free trade zone thus systematically undermined the ability of the European periphery to develop because of the presence of an export-dependent economy that both penetrated linked economies and prevented their development.

    Between 1991 and 2008, all of this was buried under extraordinary prosperity. The first crisis revealed the underlying fault line, however. The U.S. subprime crisis happened to trigger it, but any financial crisis would have revealed the fault line. It was not a crisis about the euro, nor was it even a crisis about economics. It was actually a crisis about nationalism.

Europe’s elites had crafted and committed themselves to the idea of a European Union. The elite of Europe, deeply tied to a European financial system as a principle, were Europeanists in their soul. When the crisis came, their core belief was that the crisis was a technical matter that the elite could handle within the EU framework. Deals were made, structures were imagined and tranches were measured. Yet the crisis did not go away.

    The German-Greek interplay was not the essence of the problem but the poster child. For the Germans, the Greeks were irresponsible profligates. For the Greeks, the Germans had used the EU free trade and monetary system to tilt the European economy in their favor, garnering huge gains in the previous generation and doing everything possible to hold on to them in a time of trouble. For the Germans, the Greeks created a sovereign debt crisis. For the Greeks, the sovereign debt crisis was the result of German-dictated trade and monetary rules. The Germans were bitter that they would have to bail out the Greeks. The Greeks were bitter that they would have to suffer austerity. From the German point of view, the Greeks lied when they borrowed money. From the Greek point of view, if they lied it was with the conscious collaboration of German and other bankers who made money from making loans regardless of whether they were repaid.

    The endless litany is not the point. The point is that these are two sovereign nations with fundamentally different interests. The elites in both nations are trying to create a solution within the confines of the current system. Both nations’ publics are dubious about bearing the burden. The Germans have little patience for paying Greek debts. The Greeks have little interest in shouldering austerity to satisfy German voters. On one level, there is collaboration under way — problem solving. On another level, there is distrust of the elites’ attempts to solve problems and suspicion that it will be the elites’ problems and not their own that will be addressed. But the problem is bigger than Greco-German disputes. This system was created in a world in which European politics had been declared in abeyance. Germany was occupied. The Americans provided security and inter-European fighting was not allowed. Now, the Americans are gone, the Germans are back and European international politics are bubbling up to the surface.

Symptom of terminal social disease:  America's homeless
In short, the European project is failing at precisely the point that it had been attempting to solve — nationalism. The ability of leaders to make deals depends on authority that is slipping away. The public has not yet clearly defined the alternatives, but that process is under way. It is similar to what is happening in the United States with one definitive exception: In the United States, the tension between mass and elite does not threaten to disintegrate the republic. In Europe, it does.

    Europe will spend the next generation sorting through this. Whether it can do so remains to be seen — though I doubt it. We know the tensions between nations and between elites and the public will redefine how Europe works. Even if things do not get any worse, the situation already has been transformed beyond what anyone would have imagined in 2007. Far from emerging as a unified force, the question will be how divided Europe will become.  

This STRATFOR Intelligence Report "Europe, the International System and a Generational Shift" is republished with permission and thanks from The 5th Estate.

Rituals of Cannibalism and Modern Warfare

Some instances of military cannibalism make the Donner party* look like tea and crumpets

World News
By Dallas Darling

It was a horrific and detestable scene, that is, what occurred just before European crusaders conquered Jerusalem in 1099. After capturing Ma'arra, Frankish chroniclers recorded how knights slaughtered every man, woman and child throughout the city, including the sick and elderly. But this ethnic cleansing was not enough to quench their thirst for unholy blood. As days turned into weeks, there was no plunder nor foodstuffs to be had. Therefore, and to satisfy their insatiable hunger, Frankish knights ripped up the bodies of the dead and then cut and sliced them into pieces to be cooked in boiling pots of water. Babies too were impaled and roasted, their flesh devoured.

    Scattered around the world are caves filled with evidence that primitive humans split open the bones of their fellow humans to extract the marrow. Some sites reveal that they even extracted and presumably ate the brains of their victims. Modern humans have trained themselves to recoil from such thoughts, or cannibalism, and to see it as treason against others, a form of subhuman savagery. But cannibalism is not a peculiar act. Human bones snapped and sucked lie under the stones of every civilization. Compared to other mammals, humans have practiced cannibalism so regularly or on such a large scale that some anthropologists have suggested it did come "naturally" to ancient humanoids.(1)

Idi (Big Daddy) Amin Dada; liked to eat victim's livers
 Uncovered remains also reveal that primitive humans thought about cannibalism, planning and scheming how to entrap and kill their victims. Elaborate rituals then surrounded their acts of cannibalism. While some cannibals ate people for nourishment or to survive a famine, in most cases cannibalism concerned a more reflective aim. Rituals show a moral, mental, aesthetic, and socially self-transformational aims. There is an intricate relationship between the eater and the eaten, a kind of appropriation of power. Whereas some societies ate humans to "capture" their victims spirit, other cultures practiced cannibalism to guarantee fertility or to revive one's necessary fluids by consuming certain body parts.(2)

Russian POWs ate each other frequently during WW II
 For the crusading knights at Ma'arra, cannibalism became not only a symbolic act of dominance over the defeated, but it was a kind of psychological warfare, a shock-and-awe campaign to spread fear. In other words, eating and devouring human flesh was used to strike holy terror into Muslims and pagans living in the region. It also showed how crusaders were willing to do anything, and risk everything, to accomplish what they believed to be a divine political and economic mission. Finding cannibalism to be so repugnant and abhorrent, and fearing the crusading knights might start eating them alive, Muslims and pagans surrendered in mass. Cruel necessity had achieved its goal.

     Much like ancient cannibalism and its ritualistic performances, warfare devours human flesh. Ceremonial aggression and institutionalized violence extracts the very life of their victims. Through cannibalistic armies, leaders mirror an intricate relationship between the eater and the eaten. They appropriate the power of their sufferers, capture collective spirits of conquered nations, and believe they are revived and enhanced by consuming their victims fluids and bodily resources. This power-taking ritual was observed Ma'arra. It can also be seen in more modern times, specifically how crusading empires and predominately militant democratic states preemptively invade and dominate weaker nations.

Cannibalism at sea still occurs
 Although seemingly insulated, presidents and prime ministers, with their advanced weapons technologies, devour and consume humans. Through cannibalistic campaigns and violent ceremonies, obedient soldiers too feel their powers and strengths enhanced. Like most ancient rituals surrounding cannibalism, great thought and planning is intricately linked to killing and then eating and consuming human flesh. And like primitive cannibalism and the war crime at Ma'arra, most modern wars and military campaigns are not about survival, but the need to dominate others and then extract their resources. Still, insatiable economic systems and deadly economic blockades devour young and old alike.

Indonesian cannibal Sumanto
Jeffrey Dahmer, a notorious serial killer who ate his victims, left the army and worked in a chocolate factory. He was unable to distinguish between murdering men and the labor he performed. At work, Dahmer stirred liquid chocolate in large drums. At home, he dismembered his victims and dissolved their body parts by stirring them in a fifty-gallon liquid-filled drum. Dahmer treated his victims as he treated the commodity he produced at the factory.(3) Those who produce war and death consume humans. Their war-making factories turn humans into another commodity. Those who control violent institutions and advertise shock and awe through advanced weapons technologies devour human flesh.
    Some nuclear and contemporary humans have produced the worst cases of mass cannibalism in the history of the world. To satisfy their carnivores urges and dominating impulses, modern and aggressive tribal groups have even eaten people alive through their preemptive wars, technologically superior weapons systems, and shock and awe campaigns. It appears ritualistic cannibalism is not such a peculiar act after all.

Dallas Darling (

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for

(1) Armesto, Felipe Fernandez. Ideas That Changed The World. New York: New York: Fall River Press, 2009., p. 12.

(2) Ibid., p. 12.

*  American Donner Party cannibals, 1847, Sierra Nevadas.

Swapping chicken pox-infected lollipops illegal

As bad as the vaccination itself; more Americans begin to lose minds

By Tim Ghianni

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - 

A federal prosecutor is warning parents against trading chicken pox-laced lollipops by mail in what authorities describe as misguided attempts to expose their children to the virus to build immunity later in life.

    The warning came after media reports surfaced about a multi-state ring of parents, wary of vaccinations that prevent the disease, who were swapping lollipops licked by a sick child in a modern day incarnation of a chicken pox party.

What's next?  Shaking rattles, throwing bones, snake handling?
In those so-called parties, parents purposely put sick children together with healthy children in order to spread the ailment and build immunity without having the children vaccinated. This new form of party shares the disease anonymously and long-distance.

"Sending a virus or disease through the U.S. mail (and private carriers) is illegal. It doesn't matter if it crosses state lines," said David Boling, public information officer for the Attorney in Nashville.

   "Also, it is against federal law to adulterate or tamper with consumer products, such as candy."

    Boling said the issue came to light after a television "news report out of Phoenix that involved a Nashville woman that was shipping and receiving adulterated products."

    Sending chicken pox-infected lollipops, swabs or vials of saliva to parents who want to infect their children and avoid vaccinations is not only illegal, it can be lethal, said Dr. Tim Jones, Tennessee's state epidemiologist.

More American parents acting insane; kids suffer for it
"They are putting at risk the people around them," said Jones, commenting on a controversy that has sparked anger in both the medical and legal communities.

An epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta agrees. "It's an incredibly bad idea for a variety of reasons," said Dr. Rafael Harpaz, of the CDC's Division of Viral Diseases.

    The transport and sale of contaminated items has been linked to a Facebook group called "Find a Pox Party in Your Area," which helps people anonymously arrange for the swapping and sale of contaminated items.

   "There are a substantial number of people involved in it," Boling said, referring to the ring.

    Nashville-based U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin has been outspoken on the matter because he wants to warn "folks that want to continue to engage in this kind of activity that they are certainly exposing themselves to criminal prosecution," said Boling, who would "neither confirm (nor) deny existence of an investigation."


    Jones said old-fashioned "pox parties" were bad enough, but shipping items to infect children "is utterly inexcusable. In this case, these are people who are buying and selling infected or contaminated body fluids from complete strangers."

Sick:  parents said to get sexual gratification by exposing kids
"There are a bunch of things wrong with this," he said, adding that parents could also be inadvertently giving their children items contaminated with influenza or hepatitis, in addition to chicken pox.

CDC's Harpaz said one major issue is that giving children the chicken pox instead of a vaccine could be a fatal mistake.

    "Before the vaccine was licensed, there were in the order of 100 kids (in the U.S.) who died of chicken pox per year. Now there are very few among vaccinated children... It's kind of like playing Russian roulette with your child."

    In addition to exposing children to chicken pox, those who have it are more susceptible to getting shingles later in life than are vaccinated children, Harpaz said.

    "The idea that it's safer to give your kid the infection than it is to immunize them is just wrong, completely misguided and puts your child at unnecessary risk," said Tennessee epidemiologist Jones.

    First of all, he said, the vaccine is safe, while those who give the children the disease "are putting at risk people around them. There may be people they could infect that don't have a choice, who can't take the vaccine."

    The CDC's Harpaz said symptoms of chicken pox aren't noticeable for "10 days to 21 days when you are exposed." But that doesn't mean children aren't contagious.

    Children taking chemotherapy or other medications that affect the immune system are among those who can't take the vaccine and would be at risk if exposed to infected children.

    "You could infect them and kill them," said Jones. "That's murder."

Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Jerry Norton

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Bali Bombing: Dealing With Attack 10 Years Later

The Bali bombings of 2002 are - on Bali at least - packaged into a nice, fireproof box and everyone on Bali is afraid to open it

By Robert S. Finnegan

Bali, Indonesia was once synonymous with paradise, not long ago.  

Memorial to Bali bombing victims in Kuta
It still is an incredible place, and on the surface visitors could not tell that there resides here a sort of general malaise, an undefined grayness that was not here 10 years ago. I didn't want to go back however over the years I have not been able to pass up a trip to Bali, and usually spend the majority of my time there down on Legian in Kuta, looking.  

Looking for something I missed.  Looking for the person that has held it in for a decade and is now ready to talk.  

Looking For Ghosts

I stand looking at where the Sari Club used to be, wondering exactly how many died here that night/early morning.  

I wonder how the "international investigation team" managed to pull off the orgy of destruction of evidence and the dumping of it at sea and running the propaganda machine cover-up.

I wonder how many people 1,500 pounds of of "extra" body parts represents (50?  100?  250?) and why they were buried in a mass grave, never re-attached or buried with it's owner.

I wonder what the international community and the Balinese would say if they knew the EXACT number of dead?  And how many were just vaporized.   It happened, the evidence is there.

There can be no questioning of the 1,500 pounds of body parts present at Sanglah Hospital Morgue.  The documentation is all there.

I wonder how many family members wish to "just move on."  

Somebody in the U.K. and Australia was concerned that my reporting would "re-ignite the bombing, something we cannot have."  We had just returned from exile in the U.S., and I was contacted by the President of the Bali Bombing Survivor's Association.  He is retired now.

Over dinner he explained to my bewildered wife and I that there was a possibility that further investigation by myself could cause a severe problem "because there are those that would jump all over this."

Money was offered and turned down.

It seems as if there is a rear-guard watching over events, every time the Bali bombing is mentioned people go ballistic.  I believe that this is due in part to wanting to forget this horror.  

This is a haunted place now.

Robert S. Finnegan is the former investigative editor for The Jakarta Post, and the lead investigator of the Bali bombings of 2002.



The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of



The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.



Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.



By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...



UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak


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Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...



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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .



By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.