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22 December 2004"What we ought to be spending more money on . . .
is a major government program to make us less hated around the world.."
– Andy Rooney1) Andy Rooney on Homeland Security
2) The Inuit peoples of the Arctic demand right to exist
- - OilEndgame.org
- - Sudan Government Campaign of Genocide3) Proof of Ohio Election Fraud Exposed
- - Compulsive Gamblers Keep On Playing in a Rigged Game
- - Desperately Seeking SenatorsEditor's Notes:"If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make
the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide,
you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension...
would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution."
- - Dwight D. Eisenhower
"you would think" is a key phrase in the above Eisenhower quote. But now what has evolved from the depth of fears reached in the Cold War is a "secret government" dictatorship, which has infiltrated and overtaken principles in the US Constitution. Yet the key for freedom was never in the hands of someone else. It's always our choice. If people cannot guarantee their right for a fair vote, what is the point in voting, or in any way supporting a corrupt and international lawless regime?
Tim Carpenter of the Progressive Democrats for America, stated: "We all remember that early scene from Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911", where one African American after another stands up in the well of the House to challenge the Florida vote from 2000, only to be ruled out of order due to the lack of a single signature from a single Senator. Not this time. On January 6, 2005, the House and Senate will once again meet to consider the electoral vote count. And once again, that vote count is likely to be challenged by a group of progressive House members, who will make the case that the mis-allocation of voting machines (especially in Ohio), the abuse of provisional balloting in numerous states, and the refusal and/or inability to conduct the recount in an open and auditable manner in Ohio, in Florida, and in so many other key states, mean that the certified electors should not be seated. * Urge Your Senator to Contest The Vote --
On January 6, 2005, the House and Senate will meet to consider the electoral vote count. Progressive members of the House Representatives will challenge the vote count based on the voting irregularities and recount efforts still underway. Urge your Senator to stand with the Representatives. To avoid a repeat of the 2000 silence from the Senate. This action also targets potential Senators whom are allies on this cause. Take action by writing to your Senators!
(action-link sponsored by the Progressive Democrats for America).
Yet, right now, the crisis continues for hundreds of thousands of families from the ruthless US-invasion and occupation of Iraq. Item 1 of this issue links to a commentary with a better idea by Andy Rooney, of CBS TV's Sixty Minutes
, for protecting US homeland security.
Item two is on increasing signs of the end of time for many. The first article is on the Inuit peoples of the Arctic demand for their right to exist, as they are now directly under threat from the impact of human-induced Global Warming. On a positive note in this item, we link to OilEndgame.org, where one can access resources for a better road map from the fossil-fuel-focus in the current US Energy Policy. In this item, too, is an update on the horrendous campaign of government-sponsored terrorism in the Sudan.
The third item includes articles and updates on US government vote fraud, with abundant resources and actions. "The right of voting for representatives is the primary right
by which all other rights are protected.
To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery..."
1) Andy Rooney on Homeland Security
Rooney: Don't Be Afraid
Dec. 19, 2004
The following is a weekly 60 Minutes commentary by correspondent Andy Rooney.
I don't normally take seriously what anyone called "Tommy" says. Of course, that's true of anyone called "Andy," too.
But I was interested in what Tommy Thompson, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, said recently: "I, for the life of me, cannot understand why the terrorists have not, you know, attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do."
That seemed like such a dumb thing for an important person to say, but important people are always saying dumb things.
It just didn't seem necessary for him to remind our enemies of how easy it would be to kill a lot of us. It makes sense to have government agencies looking into the threats to our safety, and being scared is a useful human emotion, because it gets us to do something about the danger.
But there are hundreds of ways we could be attacked in the United States, and we shouldn't spend full time being scared about them.
This isn't the first time people in this country have been nervous, either.
When our kids were growing up in our small town in Connecticut, we had neighbors who were so worried about the Russians that they dug shelters in their backyards to be safe from atomic bombs. They stocked their shelters with water and canned food and planned to stay down there until the nuclear cloud disappeared.
Just two years ago, we had the great duct tape fiasco.
REPORTER: Homeland Security officials recommend citizens prepare disaster supply kits to include a three-day supply of water and food, flashlights, batteries and radios – even plastic sheeting and duct tape.
We all worry occasionally in the middle of the night about dying, but we still get up and enjoy breakfast in the morning. There's no sense being so afraid of dying that you commit suicide.
Relaxing is important, too. In World War II, I saw dog-tired GIs dug in no more than 100 yards from where the Germans were. It was dangerous, but at night, they fell asleep in their foxholes while one of the other guys kept watch. We ought to keep watch, but we shouldn't lose too much sleep.
What we ought to be spending more money on than bomb shelters is a major government program to make us less hated around the world.
We aren't bad people, and the rest of the world thinks we are bad. We ought to come up out of our bomb shelters and spend less money on weapons, and more on trying to change the minds of the people who hate us. That's the best way to keep them from trying to poison our food.
No one's funny all the time.
By Andy Rooney © MMIV, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/12/15/60minutes/rooney/main661225.shtml
2) The Inuit peoples of the Arctic demand right to exist
- - OilEndgame.org
- - Sudan Government Campaign of Genocide
- - The Inuit peoples of the Arctic demand right to exist
A nation demands the right to exist
The Inuit peoples of the Arctic have launched a dramatic legal action
against America. The charge? That US emissions of greenhouse gases
have made their very survival impossible
By Rupert Cornwell
16 December 2004
Published by The Independent (UK)
Their ancient way of life is in unprecedented peril. Their very land is melting beneath their feet. Even the endless night of the Arctic winter, which should be one of nature's most immutable constants, may be changing. It too appears to have fallen victim of the abrupt warming of the global climate which almost every one on earth - apart from the government of the United States - believes is exacerbated by the polluting industries of the modern world.
But now the 155,000 Inuit, also known as Eskimoes, scattered along the northern rim of Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Siberia, say the climate change that threatens their existence is also a violation of their human rights, and that the US, responsible for 25 per cent of the planet's greenhouse gases, is largely responsible.
The human rights, say the Inuit are the most basic ones, the rights to life, health and property. "We're an adaptable people, but adaptability has its limits," says Sheila Watt-Cloutier, the head of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, the group recognised by the United Nations as representing the Inuit people. "Something is bound to give, and it's starting to give in the Arctic, and we're sending that early warning signal to the rest of the world."
Yesterday, at the international climate change conference in Buenos Aires, the Inuit were to make their move by announcing they would demand a ruling from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that as the prime source of greenhouse gas pollution, is in violation of the commission's own norms.
The prospects for success are unclear. A Washington environmental lawyer here close to the case, says: "The question is, does what the US government is doing, or rather what it is not doing, constitutes a deprivation of human rights for the Inuit. You can argue that these deprivations are already occurring because of global warming, the loss of sea ice, the erosion of coast-lines, and the loss of hunting grounds. That raises the issue of whether there is a causal link with the activities of the US, responsible for 25 per cent of the emissions held to blame for climate change."
The feasibility of anyone suing over global warming was raised this month by scientists who made a fresh analysis of the summer heatwave of 2003, when there was 20,000 extra deaths across Europe, many from heat-stroke and heart attacks. In a study in the journal Nature, scientists from Oxford University and the Met Office's Hadley Centre estimated that such a heatwave is now four times more likely as a result of man-made influences on the climate. They also calculated that these human influences - carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels - were to blame for 75 per cent of the increased risk of a repeat of such a heatwave..
Nowhere on earth is feeling the impact of global warming more directly than the Arctic. One study found that the Arctic is warming at a rate eight times faster than at any time in the past century. In Alaska, western Canada and eastern Russia, average winter temperatures have risen by 3C or 4C in the past 50 years, and they are projected to increase to between 7C and 13C over the next 100 years.
The area of the Arctic sea covered by ice naturally expands and retreats with the seasons but all the evidence indicates this floating cap of ice has gone into permanent retreat. A warmer climate has extended the period of summer melting by an extra five days every decade. Average temperatures in the Arctic are rising at 1.2C each decade. On present trends, the Arctic will have ice-free summers by the end of the century.
Measurements of the sea ice taken by sonar instruments on British and American submarines between the 1950s and 1990s have shown it has thinned by more than 40 per cent in that period. The latest estimates suggest the Arctic sea-ice has reduced from an average thickness of four metres to about 2.7 metres in just 30 years.
Satellite pictures show the surface area covered by Arctic sea ice has reduced by 4 per cent per decade. Much of the ice that remains is far thinner than it was and is liable to disappear more rapidly as temperatures rise.
Five years ago, at a conference on the Arctic organised by Greenpeace, Inuit elders told of problems caused by retreating ice and the difficulty of finding seals to hunt for food and clothing.
Benjamin Neakok, who lives in the northern Alaskan outpost of Point Lay, said the end of summer was a difficult time. "It makes it hard to hunt in fall time when the ice starts forming," he says. "It's kind of dangerous to be out. It's not really sturdy. And after it freezes there's always some open spots. Sometimes it doesn't freeze up until January."
Chief Gary Harrison of the Arctic Athabaskan Council, said: "Our homes are threatened by storms and melting permafrost, our livelihoods are threatened by changes to the plants and animals we harvest. Even our lives are threatened, as traditional travel routes become more dangerous."
..And global warming has raised the prospect of developing the Arctic's vast resources of oil and natural gas. It threatens to make a reality of the ancient dream of a north-west passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. By 2100, scientists have warned, species including the polar bear could be extinct. news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=593660
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For an excellent Amory Lovins' resource to change US Energy Policy, visit: OilEndgame.org
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Sudanese Liberation Army Rebel Asks the World
For Help Against Government Campaign of "Genocide"
For the Democracy Now - December 20th transcript, (audio, video links), see:www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/20/154253
3) Proof of Ohio Election Fraud Exposed
- - Election Fraud 2004 - A Powerpoint Presentation
- - Compulsive Gamblers Keep On Playing in a Rigged Game
- - Desperately Seeking Senators
Proof of Ohio Election Fraud Exposed
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Report
Wednesday 15 December 2004
Among activists and investigators looking into allegations of vote fraud in the 2004 Presidential election, the company always mentioned was Diebold and its suspicious electronic touch-screen voting machines. It is Diebold that has multiple avowed Republicans on its Board of Directors. It was Diebold that gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Bush's election campaign. It was Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell who vowed to deliver Ohio's electoral votes to Bush.
As it turns out, everyone was looking the wrong way. The company that requires immediate and penetrating scrutiny is Triad Systems.
Triad is owned by a man named Tod Rapp, who has also donated money to both the Republican Party and the election campaign of George W. Bush. Triad manufactures punch-card voting systems, and also wrote the computer program that tallied the punch-card votes cast in 41 Ohio counties last November. Given the ubiquity of the Triad voting systems in Ohio, the allegations that have been leveled against this company strike to the heart of the assumed result of the 2004 election.
Earlier this week, the allegations against triad were first raised by Green Party candidate David Cobb, who testified at a hearing held in Columbus, Ohio by Rep. John Conyers of the House Judiciary Committee. In his testimony, Cobb stated:
Mr. Chairman, though our time is limited, I must bring to the committee's attention the most recent and perhaps most troubling incident that was related to my campaign on Sunday, December 12, about a shocking event that occurred last Friday, December 10.
A representative from Triad Systems came into a county board of elections office un-announced. He said he was just stopping by to see if they had any questions about the up-coming recount. He then headed into the back room where the Triad supplied Tabulator (a card reader and older PC with custom software) is kept. He told them there was a problem and the system had a bad battery and had "lost all of its data". He then took the computer apart and started swapping parts in and out of it and another "spare" tower type PC also in the room. He may have had spare parts in his coat as one of the BOE people moved it and remarked as to how very heavy it was. He finally re-assembled everything and said it was working but to not turn it off.
He then asked which precinct would be counted for the 3% recount test, and the one which had been selected as it had the right number of votes, was relayed to him. He then went back and did something else to the tabulator computer.
For the complete article, see:www.truthout.org/docs_04/121604Z.shtml
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by Peter Dreckmeier & Amy Adamswww.electionfraud2004.org/presentation/index.html
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AGAINST THE HOUSE
Only Chumps and Compulsive Gamblers Keep On Playing in a Rigged Game
By James Heddle
As the Bush Machine rolls on -- through Orwellian "Patriot" Acts, Intelligence "Reforms" and "Clear Skies" Initiatives, adding treason to treason, felony to felony, unconstitutional domestic acts to violations of international law, "crimes against all humankind" to crimes against the biosphere; as it authorizes torture, domestic surveillance, and terms the Geneva Convention "quaint" -- progressive pundits waffle on with exhortations to hopefulness, ideological mea culpas, adjurations to linguistic reframing, advocating emulations of the right, and statistical analyses based on flawed polling and fraudulent vote counts, I find myself wondering: How long are these people going to keep on playing in a rigged game?
The grassroots democratic drama of the 21st century is unfolding in Ohio (not to mention New Mexico, Nevada, and oh yes, the Ukraine), blacked out by the same pusillanimous establishment media that went along with alleged Iraqi WMDs and al qaeda links; blacked out the CIA's role in bringing crack cocaine to the country's ghettos (and apparently drove rare honest journalist Gary Webb to an alleged "two-shot suicide"); and ignored by the flaccid, complicit and supine DNC, Kerry/Edwards camp and Congress. They're all acting exactly like the collusive wife in an abusive relationship.
The progressive strategists and operatives prattle on about the "White Elephant" of the "race factor" in the 2004 election (duh!), but no one seems to notice the gaggle of 500-pound gorillas sitting in the corner of the national living room. Please, look at the data, citizens. The election was stolen -- just like in 2000, 2002 and so many more before.
The system is rigged. Don't get over it; get with it! You can't win in a rigged game. Stop playing.. Change the game.
As that great American political sage, W. C. Fields put it, "There comes a time when we must seize the bull firmly by the tail and stare the situation squarely in the face." There's not enough space here to do more than summarize the growing mountain of evidence that supports the rigged game conclusion. The historic Conyers Committee is piling it up as we speak.
It's easy to find. If you haven't already, google "vote fraud," citizen.
Read it and weep. The incriminating facts are readily available all over the internet and the "alternative media."
Please, don't be like my friend, a staunch Kerry volunteer, who hasn't looked at the Ohio story because he reads the New York Times, watches the News Hour and dismisses all contrary data a priori as the delusions of the "chattering class," "paranoid conspiracy theorists" and "whining losers." ..There's a "Block Bush Constitutional Insurrection" rally and demo being organized by RedefeatBush.com
from 10am - 4pm, January 6, at Upper Senate Park, Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. when the electoral college vote is delivered to Congress. The Ohio recount will be done by then. We should have learned enough from the lawsuits and investigations to know the truth.
Got democracy? See you there.
( For more info on the Block Bush, click: a Constitutional Insurrection on January 6, 2005
Not to be confused with the events being organized by www.answercoalition.org and www.VoterMarch.org/j20hq/index.html on January 20th. Methinks Coronation Day is too late to protest.)
James Heddle is a documentary filmmaker: firstname.lastname@example.org
The above excerpts were take from the article posted in its entirety at:www.miamedia.com/news/2004-12-19.against.the.house.html
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We all remember that early scene from Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911", where one African American after another stands up in the well of the House to challenge the Florida vote from 2000, only to be ruled out of order due to the lack of a single signature from a single Senator.
Not this time.
On January 6, 2005, the House and Senate will once again meet to consider the electoral vote count. And once again, that vote count is likely to be challenged by a group of progressive House members, who will make the case that the misallocation of voting machines (especially in Ohio), the abuse of provisional balloting in numerous states, and the refusal and/or inability to conduct the recount in an open and auditable manner in Ohio, in Florida, and in so many other key states, mean that the certified electors should not be seated.
This time, we want several U.S. Senators to join with them, to make a serious voting rights challenge that the entire world will hear. This time, we want so much polite-but-firm grassroots contact from progressive voters beforehand that a whole group of Senators will choose to stand up and fight for the voting rights of African-Americans, Latinos, and youth voters that the Republican Party targeted for disruption and disenfranchisement in the 2004 election.
Some who need to hear from us are new, such as Barak Obama of Illinois and Ken Salazar of Colorado. These new Senators could use cover from the new leadership of the Senate, especially Dick Durbin, who also hails from Obama's home state.
Some Senators depend on African American and Latino votes to be elected, and thus could be expected to stand up tall when voting rights issues are on the line, including Joe Biden of Delaware, Carl Levin of Michigan, Bill Nelson of Florida, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes of Maryland, Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.
Senator Byrd of West Virginia was once a Klansman; but his eloquent leadership against the Iraq War has inspired us all, and he has the courage and fortitude to cap his career with an outspoken battle on behalf of abused African American voters. Senator Lieberman of Connecticut rightfully brags about his youthful efforts to register voters in the Old South in the 1960s; on 1/6/05, he will have the chance to demonstrate that his youthful idealism still survives.
There are Senators who are safe, and could do the right thing--like Chris Dodd of Connecticut, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Charles Schumer of New York, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, and Herb Kohl of Wisconsin.
There is Jim Jeffords of Vermont, an Independent who was brave enough to stand up to the Bush White House once before. There is Senator Lincoln Chafee, a Republican in a solid Democratic state, the namesake of Lincoln, a moderate caught in a far right party. And, of course, there is John Kerry.
To remind them why they're in Washington, ask them to stand for every American's right to vote (and have it counted.) Go to http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=6770366
to take action. Thank you for forwarding this action alert to your networks.
Standing tall in solidarity,
Progressive Democrats of America
phone: (877) 368-9221 www.pdamerica.org
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