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The agreement between the UK and France to cooperate by sharing resources

03.11.2010 Steve Bell cartoon

 

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Well Obama got a bit of a kicking….

3rd Nov 2010

‘Those who cast the votes decide nothing.
Those who count the votes decide everything.’
- Joseph Stalin

Well Obama got a bit of a kicking….

I bet Hillary is waiting with baited breath…

Trouble is the American people aren’t patient.  Change does take time.

But when you see what Obama is spending on the Military, no wonder it turned out like it has…but then again they are still moaning about Healthcare

I wonder how well those Diebold voting machines helped…?  And who they helped the most..

Rigged USA Elections Exposed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEzY2tnwExs

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Proposition. 19, Monsanto, and GMO Terminator Cannabis

Proposition. 19, Monsanto, and GMO

Terminator Cannabis

By radicaljusticeman
KPFZ

Cannabis prohibition has served to redirect human evolution from that of a decentralized agrarian lifestyle and natural economy, to a centralized petro-chemical military dictatorship controlled through the artificial economic will of private banks and other trans-national corporate interests. The next stage in continuing this control is in the regulation, licensing and taxation of Cannabis cultivation and use through the only practical means available to the corporate system, which is through genetic engineering and patenting of the Cannabis genome. Proposition 19: The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 lays the foundation, writes RJM.

An article by D.M. Murdock written in August 2010 and entitled “Why hemp could save the world” states:

“Hemps prohibition has led to untold suffering around the globe. If we—the global human population—had been able to grow the miracle plant hemp (Cannabis genus) locally and to use it for local industries and businesses, including and especially for fuel, we would never have needed to be addicted to oil, for one, an addiction that is at the root of much misery. We would never have allowed ourselves to be lorded over by international oil-mongers whose crimes against humanity have become legion, including wholesale invasion of other lands and slaughter of countless people.”

“None of this oil-related horror—along with the deplorable degradation of the environment globally—would have occurred if hemp had not been prohibited but had been used wisely and intelligently as a major foundation of human society. Indeed, hemp-based economies could still save the human world, while hemp planting could go a massively long way in rescuing the natural world as well.”

“It is said that hemp has up to 50,000 uses, from fiber to fuel to food, but I’ll just provide a taste here:”

“In modern times, hemp has been used for industrial purposes including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, fuel, and medical purposes.”

“Hemp is one of the faster growing biomasses known, producing up to 25 tons of dry matter per hectare per year, and one of the earliest domesticated plants known. “

“One highly important use of hemp has been in detoxifying nuclear waste, as demonstrated by experiments in the Ukraine, for example, on the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Moreover, hemp fuel could actually replace the dangerous and costly nuclear power industry.”
SEE: http://www.examiner.com/freethought-in-national/why-hemp-could-save-the-world

 

Full Story here : http://coto2.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/prop-19-monsanto-and-gmo-terminator-cannabis/

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The Ground Truth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ground_Truth

The Ground Truth 74 Minutes  (also known as The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends) is a 2006 documentary film about veterans of the Iraq War.  It was directed and produced by Patricia Foulkrod.

I stayed up too late on Tuesday 2nd to watch this.  It’s the early scenes in the film that immediately make the most impact, taking a woman out in a Burqua..then finding she was carrying a white flag..all mistakes of the moment.
A lot of GI’s regretting what they’ve done but also making very real points about the ‘In the moment decisions’ that they had to make.  A film worth a look….

Synopsis
From Wikipedia
The film addresses the issues many soldiers face upon their return from the War in Iraq, including problems with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and an inability to meld back into “normal” society. The film includes footage of soldiers in Iraq and personal interviews with about two dozen people directly affected by the war (either veterans or family members/friends of veterans). The veterans, both men and women, speak of their experiences before, during, and after the war. The veterans speak about recruitment and training, combat, their returns home, facing their families, and their difficulties in making the necessary changes needed to fit back into society. The Ground Truth was released in theatres on September 15th of 2006 and released on DVD on September 26th of the same year.

Other similar films..
From Wikipedia

Redacted is a film written and directed by Brian De Palma that is a fictional drama loosely based on the Mahmudiyah killings in Iraq.[2][3] This film, which is a companion to an earlier film by De Palma, 1989′s Casualties of War, was shot in Jordan.[4]
Redacted premiered at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, where it earned a Silver Lion “best director” award.[5] It was also shown at the Toronto Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. The film opened in Spain, and in fifteen theaters in limited release in the United States on November 16, 2007. The film has received mixed reactions from critics[6] and a poor financial response in its limited U.S. release[7][8]

TV
Thanks to Wikipedia

Generation Kill is a 2008 HBO television miniseries based on the book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion? of the United States Marine Corps during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It was adapted for television by David Simon, Ed Burns and Wright. The series premiered on July 13, 2008 and spanned seven episodes. It is produced by Simon, Burns, Nina K. Noble, Andrea Calderwood, George Faber and Charles Pattinson.

Films on IRAQ…and the Middle East
Syriana
The Hurt Locker
Jarhead

Body of Lies is a 2008 American spy film based on the novel of the same name by David Ignatius set in context of the Middle East and the war on terror, unfolding the story of three men battling a terrorist organization, and each other.

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan’s head of security, whose only dictum is “Don’t lie to me.” The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed’s demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan’s double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger’s attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare.

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Pilot groups officially lobbied for tougher cargo checks seven years ago

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2010/11/02/pilot-groups-officially-lobbied-for-tougher-cargo-checks-seven-years-ago/

Pilot groups officially lobbied for tougher cargo checks seven years ago

By Michael Savage
Notebook
Tuesday, 2 November 2010 at 7:28 pm

Over the past few days, pilot union groups have been saying that they have argued for years that more security measures were needed for cargo flights, but I never read any evidence of this point being made through the official channels – until now.
I’ve been handed recommendations from International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (Ifalpa) – turns out they were advocating tougher measures on cargo seven years ago. From 2003, they were lobbying the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to change its policy, so that measures taken to monitor freight on passenger flights were copied for cargo-only flights.
Ifalpa (of which the British Air Line Pilots’ Association (BALPA) is a member) also called for “smart” technology for screening and detection of explosives, and the use of explosive resistant hardened luggage/cargo containers in 2004.

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Bomb plot could raise costs, but who pays?
Written by Reuters Monday, 01 November 2010 11:52

Security fears triggered by the air freight bomb plot could increase the costs of global trade and fuel debate over the technology needed to screen packages and who should pay for it, transport officials said.
Two air packages containing bombs — both sent from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago — were intercepted in Britain and Dubai on Friday.
One of the packages was found on a United Parcel Service cargo plane at East Midlands Airport, north of London. The other was discovered in a computer printer cartridge in a parcel at a FedEx facility in Dubai.
The plot could speed up calls for wider use of sophisticated imaging technology designed to detect explosives, which is not standard, but freight firms are reluctant to bear the full cost.
“The technology used for screening of cargo, typically by X-ray, … doesn’t have explosive detection capacity, but it does enable them to find most things,” said Norman Shanks, a former head of security at the British airports operator BAA FERC.MC.
“But cleverly concealed devices like this might suggest that there will have to be an ability for an explosive detection capacity such as CT (computed tomography),” said Shanks, who now works as a specialist aviation security consultant.
Tomography is a medical scanning technology designed to display sectional images. Its attraction for security firms was highlighted when France’s Safran paid US$580 million a year ago for 81 percent of GE Homeland Protection, which supplies the technology.
British Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said security around air cargo arriving in Britain was being reviewed, but stopped short of saying a tighter system was being planned.

(More at)  http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10341:bomb-plot-could-raise-costs-but-who-pays&catid=35:Aerospace&Itemid=107

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http://yemenonline.info/news-1633.html

Could a Cellphone Call From Yemen Blow Up a Plane?

November 2nd, 2010

White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan says that a pair of bombs shipped to the United States from Yemen were supposed to detonate aboard the airplanes carrying them. The bombs, hidden in printer cartridges, were hooked up to cellphones without SIM cards, The New York Times reports today, so calling the phones during intercontinental travel couldn’t have set them off. And experts point out that calling a phone to activate a bomb aboard a plane is one of the least efficient detonation methods that terrorists targeting aircraft can choose.

“They couldn’t call,” says Roger Cressey, a former counterterrorism official in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations now with Goodharbor Consulting. If the terrorists used a regular cellphone to call an airplane-borne bomb from a great distance, it probably wouldn’t be able to reach a tower that could bounce a signal to the phone — though it’s not impossible. More likely, Cressey speculates, the bombmakers would have timed the phone’s alarm to go off, triggering the bomb. “If they set the alarm, say, two days in advance, and they had confidence how it was shipped and packed to the U.S., then they’d have confidence about where it would be when [it went] boom,” he says.

A Pentagon adviser who specializes in stopping improvised bombs — and who would only talk on condition of anonymity — cautions that a satellite phone would have the signal strength to reach the phone packed into the printer-bomb. But keeping that phone ready to receive calls “increases your risk of detection from the device, because you’re emitting a signal.” The adviser also said the bombmakers would rely on the phone’s alarm to trigger the explosion.

That still relies on two key assumptions. First, that the terrorists had reliable-enough information about the airborne methods of shipping used by FedEx and UPS, the two carriers chosen to unwittingly transit the bombs. (Presumably, they could track the movements of their parcels online.) And second, that the phones hooked up to the explosives in the printers housing the bombs would have enough battery life not to die out before any such alarm trilled.

It’s not yet clear why the bombs didn’t explode; an investigation of the printer-bomb plot is still ongoing. Brennan said on television yesterday that the “sophisticated” bombs were “able to be detonated at a time of the terrorists’ choosing.” But it’s easy enough in theory to control a bomb using a cellphone, as insurgents in Iraq demonstrated for years with their improvised explosive devices. Hook a battery charge up to a cellphone’s standard motor — which spins when someone calls or the alarm rings — and then rig the battery to an explosive substance. Instant bomb.

Despite that, it’s “pretty damn hard” to succeed at a mail-borne intercontinental bombing, says a former intelligence official who requested anonymity because he’s still a government employee: “You stick it in the mail, it goes on a plane, the plane’s gonna fly, but you better hope it goes off.”

U.S. officials have been cautious about attributing responsibility for the plot to al-Qaeda. But if al-Qaeda is the culprit, the Pentagon adviser says, the terror group is showing “declining capability.” Hijacking multiple aircraft on 9/11 is much more complex than trying — unsuccessfully — to blow up a pair of passenger or cargo planes.

Of course, it’s possible that the bombs had redundant triggering mechanisms in case of initial failure. In that case, the terrorists might have had provided the bombs’ cellphone number to U.S.-based operatives to call when the packages arrived. Even so, the phone would have to have sufficient power to set the explosion in motion — and the terrorists would have incurred the risk of emitting a signal from the bomb-phone. “In sleep mode, you’d have enough time, maybe 24 to 48 hours” to get the charge going, Cressey says. No wonder the terrorists apparently opted for the industry shipping leaders.

The logistical difficulties in setting off the bomb might strengthen the theory that the printer-bomb plot was a terrorist test run — a theory that took a hit now that ABC News reported there already was a probable test run for the bomb plot in September. Then again, the chief bombmaker for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, has failed to kill anyone in his two previous high-profile bombing attempts: the thwarted Christmas Day attack, which failed to detonate; and the near-miss 2009 attempt on the life of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief.

Source:  wired.com

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Friday’s terror nonsense US Intelligence Trades On Fear

 

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26728.htm

Friday’s terror nonsense US Intelligence Trades On Fear

By Yvonne Ridley  October 31, 2010 “Information Clearing House” –

We are in the grip of yet another so-called terror plot designed to terrify the wits out of everyone.

Anyone of a nervous disposition was sent in to a tailspin of panic over the increasingly dramatic news coverage … this manifested itself in a tsunami of 911 calls in America which paralysed parts of New York, Maine and Philadelphia for several hours.

Mercifully in Britain the majority of us refuse to get caught up in this bloody nonsense for many different reasons. The primary one being we had already endured more than three decades of this during the height of the IRA activities in London.

Virtually every single day for 30 years there would be some terror alert in the English capital – it was called shoestring terrorism. One telephone call could bring a halt to a section of the London Underground.

The police would make their necessary checks, the media would ignore it and we all got on with our lives refusing to be intimidated by Irish terrorism.

And that is exactly how we should have treated Friday’s terror nonsense – that does not mean to say people should be reckless or less vigilant but governments should stop trying to impose a fear factor on its citizens..

We can not sacrifice our freedoms and liberties just because America wants to impose its own neurosis, hysteria and paranoia on the rest of the world.

While British anti-terror police say no explosives were found in a suspicious package found onboard a UPS flight, the White House issued a statement completely contradicting this. Now the parcel has been removed for full forensic testing!

Call me cynical, but I find it too much of a coincidence that this bizarre alert came less than 24 hours after British Airways chairman Martin Broughton has accused the country of bowing to US demands for increased airport security measures.

Mr Broughton criticised the US for imposing more security checks on US-bound flights, but not on its own domestic services.

He urged the UK to stop kowtowing to demands for passengers to take their shoes off and to put any laptop computers through scanners to be screened separately.

The UK government said it would give airport operators permission to review their security procedures and I hope they stick to their promise despite all this nonsense.

One of the most ridiculous procedures we have to go through is to submit all of our potions, lotions and liquids to airport security.

This came about because of the so-called plot to blow 10 airliners out of the sky. That the fools behind this crazy scheme didn’t even have passports or a collective IQ of George W Bush mattered not.

A video was shown of an explosion onboard a plane if this chemical had been mixed with that chemical.

The fact the bombmakers would have had to create sub zero laboratory conditions onboard a plane which would take around 40 minutes, mattered not.

As a frequent flyer I can tell you no would would be allowed to hog the tiny toilets for more than five minutes.

Yet despite this nonsense we have to hand over our liquids, but can buy them in vast quantities minutes later having past through airport security.

Just recently I was stopped because I had a brand new 200ml jar of Eve Lom face cleanser and was told I could not take it through. I pleaded for some commonsense from the security officer and he even went to his superior when I pointed out that the jar cost more than my airline ticket.

A nearby passenger who had just wistfully given up his full bottle of Remy Martin brandy sympathized with me.

Since when did Eve Lom become a threat to Britain’s national security?

The British Government’s COBRA emergency committee is meeting as I write this. God only knows what will transpire but I hope this coalition government distances itself from these crazy security terror alerts coming over from the Americans.

US President barack Obama is facing his mid-term elections this weekend … if either he or his team have resorted to the “terror threat” ploy so often used by his predecessor to try and win votes then shame on them.

Of course what better way to divert voters’ minds from Afghanistan, Iraq and Wikileaks than to create a fresh new bogeyman … Yemen.

Any government which uses security and fear to win votes does not deserve to be in power.

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