Sunday, April 08, 2012

BP MAKES RECORD PROFITS IN GULF OF MEXICO DISASTER : Environmental Contamination, Deadly Bacteria Found in Tar Balls

FACT:  BP has destroyed the Gulf of Mexico, bankrupted the fishing industries, killed and poisoned hundreds of people and millions of birds, fish and other wildlife so far - and gotten away with it completely while laughing all the way to the bank, spitting in the faces of victims

Echowatch
By Farron Cousins
04/06/2012

Since the very first tar balls began rolling onshore along the Gulf of Mexico following 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent underwater oil geyser, the oil industry told us to relax because those tar balls were completely harmless. But as we approach the two year anniversary of the disaster, new studies have confirmed that the tar balls we’re seeing along our beaches contain bacteria that are capable of killing human beings.


BP now making record profits, opening new wells in Gulf
The new study, conducted by scientists at Auburn University, confirmed the presence of a bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus. According to researchers, this is the same bacteria that is responsible for causing illness and death from eating bad oysters. The tar balls contained concentrations of this bacteria more than 100 times greater than the surrounding water. The Centers for Disease Control says the following regarding Vibrio vulnificus:
Wound infections may start as redness and swelling at the site of the wound that then can progress to affect the whole body. V. vulnificus typically causes a severe and life-threatening illness characterized by fever and chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock), and blood-tinged blistering skin lesions (hemorrhagic bullae). Overall, V. vulnificus infections are fatal about 40 percent of the time. Wound infections with V. vulnificus are fatal about 20 percent of the time, and aggressive surgical treatment can prevent death.
Persons who have immunocompromising conditions and especially persons with chronic liver disease are particularly at risk for V. vulnificus infection when they eat raw or undercooked seafood, particularly shellfish harvested from the Gulf of Mexico, or if they bathe a cut or scrape in marine waters. About three-quarters of patients with V. vulnificus infections have known underlying hepatic disease or other immunocompromising illness. Otherwise healthy persons are at much lower risk of V. vulnificus infection.

Gangrenous change with haemorrhagic bullae in a patient with cirrhosis who developed septic shock and Vibrio vulnificus bacteraemia
 
It is important to remember that this isn’t a fleeting threat to those of us who live, work and play along the Gulf Coast. National Geographic recently pointed out that tarballs are continuously washing up along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico, meaning that the threat of bacterial infection is not only real, but it is persistent.

And with Spring Break season in high gear, beaches along the Gulf Coast are currently inundated with out of state families playing and relaxing on top of these toxic bacteria balls.  And again, we’ve been reassured time and time again from the oil industry, particularly BP, that these tar balls do not pose a single threat to human health.

A recent out of court settlement between the victims of the oil spill and BP provides for medical monitoring—meaning that the company will set aside money to pay for future medical expenses related to their disaster—which is somewhat reassuring for those who are walking on bacteria balls daily. But as temperatures rise along the Gulf Coast, more and more families and children are heading to the beach, not knowing of the toxic threat that is lurking beneath their feet.

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AMERICA'S "NEW IRAQ" : "Vengeance Beyond the Grave," Killings, Kidnappings, Concentration Camps...

War Crimes trials for Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Franks, Wolfowitz, Powell, Feith, Gonzales and crew still at large; Obama, Clinton, Holder, Panetta, Petraeus, Susan (Butch) Rice, JCS, CIA, DoD, NSA, FBI and other various and sundry criminals and groups of criminals now attempting to start WWIII along with nutcase Netanyahu and banana dictator, fruitcake Ahmadinejad

Global Research
By Felicity Arbuthnot
04/07/2012

“How does blood flow from a ghost?” (In:“They Didn’t Ask: What’s After Death?” Mahmoud Darwish, 1942-2008)*

“Nothing so terrible has happened to us since the Crusades.” An Iraqi friend

In November 2010, Iraq’s former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz, under the shadow of execution, wrote to his lawyer requesting to be buried in Jordan and to be returned to his homeland: “after Iraq is liberated.” He feared his body would be desecrated - or exhumed by Iraq’s puppet government.


Convicted Abu Grahib torturer Charles Grainer (R)
Respect for anyone, yet alone the dead, has not been an attribute which has shone from “Prime Minister” Nuri al Maliki’s US shoe-in client government.

In May 2006, al-Arabiya TV showed videotape they stated was the remains of a previous Prime Minister (1991-1993) Muhammad Hamza al Zubaydi being kicked, his head repeatedly stamped on by a group of men. Taken in to custody by US forces on 21st April 2003, his death of a “heart attack” in an American military hospital was announced on December 5th 2005, although he had died three days earlier, 2nd December. He was sixty seven.

Iraq’s litany of pogroms since the invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein - under the occupation and the woeful “Governing Council”, occupation and al Maliki’s two predecessors, occupation and al Maliki, and now under al Maliki’s solo, vengeful regime - has equaled the infamous, from Warsaw to Kristallnacht.


"Golly gee, only a million dead civilians?"  War Criminals Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush, Rice et al. do not dare leave the U.S. now as they may be arrested for War Crimes in other countries that do have laws and use them

“Pogrom” is not used lightly, it is characterized by killings, destruction of homes, properties, businesses and religious centres, along with arbitrary arrests and concentrations camps.

From destruction in 2006 of Samarra’s golden domes of The Askari Shrine, where the two Imams, Ali Al-Hadi and his son Hassan Al-Askary were believed entombed, across the nation, Mosques of both Sunni and Shi’a, Christian churches and Yazidi and other minority temples and shrines have been reduced to ashes and fragments, burned and bombed. US/UK democracy in Iraq gave rise to a very democratic pogrom: no belief group or ethnicity excluded.


Iraqi father tries to assist son who's leg was just blown off
Also since the invasion the terrorization, whether for religious reasons or ransom money, score settling or the unfathomable, in a country where people have co-existed for countless generations, has been bewildering.

Overnight (literally) Iraq changed from a land where, broadly, the streets of towns and cities could be walked alone, safely, late at night, to a country which awoke to find whole families in morgues bearing wounds indicating unimaginable torture. It woke to beheaded bodies chucked on rubbish dumps – and beheaded fathers and sons dumped on door steps or in front gardens.

Iraq also woke to ransom kidnappings, extortion, destruction of homes, premises, businesses – or their takeover by force.

The freedom-bringing “allies”created concentration camps at Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca, Baghdad Airport and an alleged another eleven thousand, still seemingly unaccounted for, gulags.


Abu Grahib:  Tortured and smeared with human shit
But in the New Iraq, vengeance indeed goes beyond the grave. On the 29th March, Nuri al Maliki hosted the first Arab summit in Baghdad for twenty years, on which he spent a Billion $’s, which included re-placing US-destroyed palm trees and providing a banquet featuring gold-leaf wrapped dates.

This as Iraqis struggle with minimal electricity, clean water and basic services. Baghdadis had cell ‘phones disconnected for a week, and security ensured they were either stuck in traffic for hours – or unable to get to work at all if they had any, captives in their “liberated” city.

The day before the Bacchalian extravaganza, on al Maliki’s instructions, an official was dispatched to Salahuddin Governorate, where Saddam Hussein was born in the village of al Awja and where he was taken for burial, after his US-backed lynching and the shocking subsequent treatment of his body. His two sons, summarily gunned down by US troops in Mosul, in July 2003, with his fifteen year old grandson, are also buried there.


Abu Grahib:  Women tortured, raped
Maliki’s envoy delivered an order to the Chief of Saddam’s al-Bu Nasir clan, Hassan al Nada, that the tomb be closed and the remains of the former President transferred elsewhere.(i)

Is it not dictators and despots who dictate, and order, while democratically elected Prime Ministers debate and decide by consensus?

“To order the closure of the tomb is strange, especially since it houses bodies of Abdul Rahman Arif and Abdul Karim Kassem’, commented Nada.

Arif, passionate pan-Arabist, was President from 1966-1968. As a then career soldier, he had supported the bloody overthrow of the British imposed monarchy in 1958, as President he sent Iraqi troops to fight against Israel in the 1967 Six Day War. He died in exile in Amman, Jordan, in 2007, having left Iraq after the invasion.


In Bush and Obama's Iraq, hundreds of thousands of children were murdered, maimed by U.S. forces, the total will never be known as the U.S., according to Rumsfeld, "doesn't do body counts"

Kassem led the 14th July 1958 revolution, became first post-revolution Prime Minister (1958-1963) speedily closing the open door policy which had facilitated monopolies in, as Iraqis put it: “plundering the country’s oil wealth and ties Iraq to imperialist alliances.”

As ever, Iraqi history is repeating. And “ties” and “plundering” surely paying. Iraq is ranked third most corrupt country in the world and according to Ekurd.net (iii) al Maliki heads ten Iraqi politicians who came in with the invaders tanks, expected to become Billionaires within ten years. Most Iraqis deal daily with deprivation which makes the grinding misery of the embargo look favourable.


Newly developed lethal weapons were tested in Iraq
Maliki, in spite of being Shia, indeed also Secretary General of the Islamic Dawa Party and grandson of a Shia cleric, has clearly embraced the US Crusade from retribution to pocket lining and lack of respect, even for the dead - think, bin Laden’s vanished remains, Colonel Quaddafi’s unknow n resting place, if there is one. Maliki is faithfully following.

“They ordered the bodies dug up, the tombs destroyed and the dead men dragged out of their graves”, wrote Thomas Asbridge in his authoritative history of the Crusades.(ii) He was writing of 1098.Iraq has not been taken back a hundred years since the invasion, a repeated refrain from Iraqis, but nearly thousand it seems.

After Iraq fell, chillingly symbolized by the covering of the face of the statue of Saddam Hussein with a US flag, on 9th April 2003 and its toppling, al Maliki became deputy leader of the Supreme National Debaathification Commission – the purging of all former Baath party (ie pan-Arabism supporters) members from employment.


These men and women died for nothing in Bush and Obama's illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the real death tolls are part of an ongoing cover up

The tomb of the co-founder of Pan Arabism, philosopher and sociologist, Michel Aflaq (1910-1989) was erased by US bulldozers.

In 1991 after the Basra Road massacre, General Norman Schwarzkopf announced that there was : “No one left to kill.” As April 9th approaches, the ninth anniversary of the destruction of the statue and Iraq, it seems al Maliki has outdone Shwarzkopf. He has moved on to attacking the dead.


Americans had better get used to this and a lot more if Obama gets his next illegal war

This year’s anniversary falls within the Easter weekend. Iraqis and Iraq - where Abraham, Father of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, believers hold, was born at Ur, in the country’s south – are also in need of a resurrection and a miracle.








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Scandalous Friday and Scandalous Tables

Christian fundamentalism and Mormons major threat to democracy in America

World News
By Dallas Darling
04/08/2012

Just before Jesus took bread off the table, giving thanks and breaking it, and handed it to his disciples saying, "Take it, this is my body;" and just before Jesus lifted the cup of wine off the table, giving thanks and offering it to them, proclaiming, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," he warned that someone would betray the revolutionary movement. For the poor fishermen, laborers, zealots, and agriculturalists reclining around the table, Jesus' scandalous message was unmistakably clear. Either become a deserter or confront and nonviolently overthrow an oppressive Roman Empire (and futuristic ones) and end its military occupation of Palestine-Judea.


Christian Fundamentalists
It was also an outrageous summons for future followers to reconnect with the Jesus Movement, or for those who would take Jesus' message seriously and long to purify their own lands of unjust and aggressive political, economical, and military institutions. "Do this in remembrance of me," then, meant to continually relive and challenge the National Security State and to thereby, re-signal the beginning of God's action against evil. Prime candidates for judgment were/are domestic and foreign rulers and occupiers.(1) Drinking Jesus' cup means entering into a covenant with his being to the point of sharing his destiny, for good or ill. In this case, execution by Rome's National Security State.

The followers of Jesus were well aware of Rome's imperial demands. The Pax Romana's banqueting tables were reserved for only the ruling classes and military elites. Feasts and drinking included swearing allegiance to Rome's gods, violent conquests, and, of course, to the Emperor. Jesus' scandalous table mocked such shameful feasts. His was a revolutionary, messianic banquet surrounded by a "shadow" society. Instead of an emperor and nobles and their military cohorts; undesirables, outlaws, bandits, and the downtrodden had gathered, including a traitor. This spectacle symbolized class conflict and a great reversal, revealing the grace and hospitality of the reign of God..(2)

Since Jesus' time, there has been other scandalous tables. In Europe and at the height of the Holy Roman Empire, kings, nobles and religious authorities reclined around disgraceful tables in fortified castles. They hired bloodthirsty knights to subjugate peasant classes, which were then forced to labor and provide foods and goods. At mealtime, peasants served plates heaped with boars' heads, venison, peacocks, swans, suckling pigs, cranes, larks, and breads. The poor and hungry peasants also cleared tables, cleaned dishes, scrubbed floors, toiled in fields, and prepared the next great feast.(3) To question such divinely sanctioned table status meant certain imprisonment, torture, or death.


War Criminals, mass murderers Blair, Bush both "Christians"
Centuries later, empire- and genocidal-like tables replaced kingdom-like tables. The shameful Wannsee Conference table observed Nazi leaders adopting the Final Solution, also known as the extermination of all non-Germans and undesirables. After a luncheon of fine foods and wine, it was decided the "Jewish" and "immigration" questions would be resolved "through natural diminution." Any survivors of "this natural selection process" would be "treated accordingly." The plain meaning was that with insufficient food and exhausting work, the survivors would be weakened and ready for the specially equipped extermination camps.(4)

In 1954, a similar scene occurred when corporate conglomerates reclined around an appalling table with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. They persuaded him to violently overthrow President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, Guatemala's democratically elected leader. The CIA and thousands of Marines disposed of President Arbenz, preventing United Fruit Company's unused lands from being farmed by peasants. A bloody civil war followed killing 250,000 indigenous peasants. The U.S. Empire supported scorched earth policies and supplied millions of dollars in weaponry, weaponry that ensured the diminution of Guatemalan peasants and that cheap cash crops would continue to reach American tables.


Christian Pentecostal snake handlers believe that handling poison snakes (a highly poisonous Rattlesnake here) without being bitten proves they are "God's chosen ones"

Thinking back to my time spent in Guatemala during its civil war, I too once sat at a disgraceful table in an American hotel. The land where the hotel was constructed had once belonged to indigenous Guatemalans. Hungry children now stood on the outside and peered in through windows at what was on our table. Fortunately, I was introduced to a different kind of scandalous table in a refugee camp. While a priest encouraged us to reconnect to the historical Jesus and his destiny, also proclaiming that Guatemalans were tired of the U.S. "living off their backs" and of massacres and mass graves, communion with Jesus and others was inclusive.


These nice people are a tribute to their Christian faith, demonstrating here just how tolerant they are

Another outrageous table, one that re-signaled the beginning of God's action against evil and judgment on emperors and the wealthy and on foreign occupation troops, happened in 1990. After defeating Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who was backed by both France and the U.S. Empire, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide invited the poor and oppressed to a revolutionary, messianic table. He served them and helped feed a blind woman. But his educational, economical, and social reforms were shortened when the U.S. Empire toppled him in 2004. A recent earthquake, killing more than 300,000 Haitians, has made things worse too. Haiti is broken. Like the Guatemalan refugee camp, there are no tables.


And this nice Catholic man, perfect babysitter for your 10 year old son
Jesus' scandalous table should never be separated from the historical context of a violent and militaristic Roman Empire, one that exploited and caused enormous sufferings for those living in Palestine-Judea. Neither should our tables alienate, or be estranged from, the poor and oppressed, the producers and providers. 

Jesus' radical table camaraderie challenges purity codes, displays civil disobedience, and encourages followers to see beyond their own immediacy.
Society and a new Earth, one realized only through massive nonviolent campaigns and of eating and drinking his destiny.


Large families, where children are subjected to strict religious indoctrination are favored by some Christian fundamentalists, producing robotic, mentally neutered adherents who support the overthrow of democratic society in America in favor of being ruled by insane murderers the likes of George Bush and his criminal family; young Mormon girls are often forced into marriage, raped at a young, sometimes illegal age

In other words, how can one eat and drink at Jesus' scandalous "table" and still allow, or collaborate with, systems of hunger, injustice, homelessness, inequality, and militarism that continues to oppress and murder millions? How can one eat and sip at God's "table" and yet, in the name of Empire, break other peoples bodies and shed other peoples blood instead of their own, which is required in order to confront and transform the National Security State. This is Jesus' scandalous table and outrageous message. They are an alternative symbolic world that overturns fatal Empires, overthrows genocidal National Security States, and abolishes dehumanizing statuses.







Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

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 www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.

(1) Pui-lan, Kwok and Don H. Compier, and Joerg Rieger. Empire And The Christian Tradition. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 2007., p. 58.

(2) Herzog, William R II. Prophet and Teacher: An Introduction to the Historical Jesus. Louisville, Kentucky: 2005., p. 198.

(3) "The Table Of A Thirteenth-Century English Lord."

(4) Snyder, Dr. Louis L. Encyclopedia Of The Third Reich. New York, New York: Paragon House Publishers, 1989., p. 372.

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Alaska Polar Bears Losing Their Fur; Radioactive Fallout Hitting Arctic Beginning to Take Toll on Wildlife : Videos

Look for 2 headed, Great White Salmon to make their Alaska debut starting with June King Salmon runs; Fukushima cover-up of real radiation numbers of fallout hitting the West Coast and Alaska continue spearheaded by criminal Obama regime, TEPCO murderers and liar supreme Yukio Adano, mouthpiece for coward Japanese government killers who are now responsible for any Fukushima deaths worldwide Don't look for any real coverage of this genocide from McClatchy/CIA owned Anchorage Daily News and their fraud journalists, or any substantive reporting AP for that matter

Associated Press
04/08/2011

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

U.S. Geological Survey scientists say some Alaska polar bears are losing their fur, but they're not sure why.


Alaska salmon fishermen may be in for one hell of a surprise in June
USGS chief biologists Tony DeGange says nine of 33 bears checked by scientists in the past two weeks were found to have alopecia — loss of fur — and skin lesions in the southern Beaufort Sea region near Barrow.

 

Three of four bears inspected Thursday near Kaktovik showed the symptoms as well.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the scientists have been collecting blood and tissue samples from the afflicted bears, but they don't know the cause or the significance of the outbreak.

DeGange says the rash of cases is unusual but not unprecedented. He says 10 of 48 bears checked by the team in 1998 and 1999 had a similar condition, but no cause was found.











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Tables Turned : CIA Officer Indicted on Charges of Leaking Classified Jnformation to Journalists

Seeing the light:  Another CIA scumbag attempts to save self with Bush/Cheney "hide in plain sight" routine by barfing up secrets to media whores, gets screwed by own masters:  Truth is, there is no place to hide, no place safe for these murdering CIA bastards; they will all be brought to justice for their crimes, prosecuted, executed

Associated Press
03/06/2012

WASHINGTON —

A former CIA officer who expressed public doubts over the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique was indicted Thursday on charges that he leaked classified secrets to journalists, including the role of an associate who worked with him on a covert mission to track down and capture a top al-Qaida figure.


Traitor, murdering CIA scumbag John C. Kiriakou
The indictment of John C. Kiriakou, returned by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., is part of an aggressive ongoing Justice Department crackdown on leakers and is one of a half-dozen such cases opened during the Obama administration.

The five-count indictment charges Kiriakou, who was arrested in January, with divulging to journalists the role of an associate who participated in the capture of suspected al-Qaida financier Abu Zubaydah in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The officer’s participation in that mission was classified.

The indictment also accuses Kiriakou of separately disclosing a covert officer’s name to an unidentified journalist. The government began investigating after information about that officer appeared in a sealed legal brief submitted by lawyers for a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility that holds terrorism suspects. Authorities say the journalist provided to the officer’s name to a defense team investigator. The defense lawyers are not alleged to have done anything wrong.


CIA were present at all interrogations of "prisoners"
Kiriakou, who is free on bond, is scheduled to be arraigned April 13.

Prosecutors say Kiriakou denied to FBI agents that he had leaked the information. They say he lied about his actions in an effort to convince the CIA to let him publish a book, “The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror.”

The indictment includes one charge of making false statements, which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, and four counts of violating either the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and the Espionage Act — each punishable by up to 10 years.


CIA swine like John C. Kiriakou interrogated, tortured whistleblower Bradley Manning, will be identified, prosecuted

Kiriakou received public attention for his statements on waterboarding, which he called an “unnecessary” form of interrogation during a 2007 interview with ABC. Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times.


Bradley Manning following CIA torture
“(W)e were really trying to do anything that we could to stop another major attack from happening,” Kiriakou said. “I don’t think we’re in that mindset right now. ... And, as a result, waterboarding, at least right now, is unnecessary.”

Robert Trout, one of Kiriakou’s lawyers, declined to comment Thursday. But another of his lawyers, Plato Cacheris, said in January that the charges criminalized routine conduct between journalists and their government sources.

The Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower organization, blasted the indictment — the sixth criminal leak case opened under the Obama administration

Jesselyn Radack, the organization’s national security and human rights director, said the Justice Department was punishing a whistleblower under a law intended to prosecute spies and that Kiriakou was being targeted in part because of his outspoken statements against the use of waterboarding.


U.S. TRAITOR Kiriakou and his CIA buddies are responsible for THIS, AND the resulting U.S. military deaths from attacks by enraged Arabs

“Back when no one was saying anything, back in 2007 when we were arguing about the validity of waterboarding, he was the only CIA official to say waterboarding was torture,” she said.



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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

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

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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.

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

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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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.

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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.

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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...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

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 . . .

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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.

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