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Thu, 15 Sep '05 Article: September 11th commission rejects claim U.S. knew of Atta before attacks

Response: The BS flies on many levels in this one.

Based on the statements by two military officers, Rep Curt Weldon, R-PA accused the Commission of ignoring intelligence data that ID'd Mohammed Atta as al-Qaeda well before the 9/11 incidents. The Commission says there's no document-type evidence (this shouldn't bother the Commission, however, since they routinely ignored mounds of evidence during the entire investigation).

It's interesting that the officers and Weldon would make an accusation without backup. But the point about Atta and all the "hijackers" is that the government has not proven its case that they hijacked and flew the planes. There is evidence that they were not even devout Muslims, because they were partying around in Florida bars, as is now known.

They probably had been hired to hang out and go to flight school, but with no idea how they were being used. So of course, some element of one or more government agencies had to know about these guys.

US Rep Cynthia McKinney organized a day-long briefing on July 22 to address the 9/11 Commission's Final Report one year later. The event included leading victims' family members, former government and intelligence workers, academics and authors speaking on the flaws and weaknesses of the 9/11 Commission's investigation, assumptions, omissions, conclusions and recommendations. According to information presented this day, some of the so-called hijackers are still alive.

Mon, 12 Sep '05 Syndicated editorial: John Hall: A whole new cycle of investigations

Response: Gatekeeper piece reinforcing official lies about 9/11.

Hall says, "...the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 sneak attack by the al-Qaeda terrorists..." Yada, yada, yada. This is how the disinformers work--always repeating and reinforcing, in passing, the official line.

Now, says Hall, a new wave of investigations like we had after 9/11, are about to begin on the fiasco that was the government's response to Katrina. Hall says they will "probably show more shocking malfeasance at all levels of public responsibility than the press has dug out so far ... proof of how unprepared and inadequate the nation's frontline agencies were."

More naivete. 9/11 was not an intelligence failure, but an intelligence success. This is the beauty of how the elite misdirect the investigations to keep attention distracted. Even many doubters of the official story, who challenge the government, still proceed under the assumption that 19 Arabs hijacked planes and flew them into buildings, when this is what is really in question as a carefully constructed screenplay.

In other words, it's the same old pattern in new clothes: like Lee Harvey Oswald, the 'Arab hijackers' were just show, patsies, a front for the real operation.

Sun, 11 Sep '05 Editorial: Jeff McMenemy: Today marks the anniversary of 9/11 attacks; and Article: Cadet-son of firefighter killed in Sept. 11 attacks ready to fight terror

Response: Stereo display of deep unawareness about 9/11.

The S&E's editor, Jeff McMenemy, basically a stumper for BushCo since day 1, the War on Terror, and the IraqAttack--when it was more politically correct--is in the dark about the serious holes in, and challenges to, the official 9/11 fairy tale.

The West Point cadet, whose firefighter dad was lost on 9/11, can't wait to get out there and "kill terrorists." He's similarly uninformed, which is a bit ironic since most NYC firefighters agree that the official story is bogus, and were recently at Ground Zero saying so.

Thus, the cadet doesn't realize he should be heading for D.C. to get the terrorists. Thinking he's doing good by killing his fellow man (as Jesus would recommend), he's playing right into the hands of the elite cabal who pulled off the "terrorist" attack and blamed it on al-Qaeda and Muslim extremists.

On the contrary, 9/11 is in the same category as Battleship Maine, Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin, Iran hostage crisis/Iran-Contra, and so on--events secretly staged or allowed by the power mongers to foment war.

McMenemy's big question: are we any safer today than before 9/11? The answer is that now, as then, we are as safe as the elite decide we're going to be. While there may be some independent terrorists running around, the well-organized variety is hired, aided and abetted, if not created, by the same cabal that has created international enemies in preparation for war.

Anyone who considers himself a patriot, or even a truth seeker, and who swallows the official story without question, without at least reading David Ray Griffin's two books on 9/11--especially the one on the Commission's hole-ie Report, doesn't deserve the title of Citizen.

Thu, 8 Sep '05 Article: U.N. criticized for allowing Saddam to bilk $10.2 billion through oil-for-food program

Response: Ya, like that wasn't the plan.

A searing report has been released citing widespread corruption that includes UN Secy General Kofi Annan, his deputy and the Security Council. Well, no surprise--the US-backed sanctions put on Iraq were criminal to begin with, after we blasted the hell out of Baghdad's infrastructure--after inviting CIA-asset Saddam to invade Kuwait, that is.

The surprising thing here is that Paul Volcker, a former Federal Reserve Chairman, and therefore a major international criminal, led the investigation. His report impugned the lofty Security Council itself, which includes the US, for "turning a blind eye" to the smuggling of oil outside the program, by which Saddam pocketed $8.4 billion.

For Volcker to be exposing this, there has to be something up here; but it's not clear what at the moment. It may have something to do with reforms the elite have in mind for the UN.

One thing at issue is "kickbacks" which arose from directors doing favors for profiteers. This is a typical corporate/capitalist pattern where money is god. It appears that, overall, Saddam was able to pocket $1.8 billion himself in that process.

So, $10.2 billion. Piffle! A peehole in the snow compared to the $250 billion Saddam and GHW Bush split tax free over ten years in the decade before Gulf I, via Saudi oil-revenue kickbacks thru the BCCI. This criminal banking outfit was especially created by an elite cabal (with Bank of America money) to handle proceedings that rich folk wanted to keep prying eyes away from.

One thing that came out was that Israel's Mossad was funneling laundered drug cash through BCCI to the death squads protecting Colombian drug lords (such 'squads' are often trained by, or led by trainees of, our own terrorist training center, the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia).

So, here's our former CIA director/Vice President/President doing back-alley biz with the Butcher hisself, then turning around and stabbing him in the back (it appears) after virtually inviting him to attack Kuwait--all part of the great strategy to have two wars, decimate countries, and commit genocide.

And no one has accounted for all those $billions (and more) since the "war" was "mission-accomplished."

Wed, 7 Sep '05 Article: Boy's care packages will help shoulder the burden.

Response: Great humanitarianism from a young person. Just wish adults had more common sense...

A 14-year-old boy got an idea to make up backpacks for hurricane refugee kids to help them get back on their feet. Very cool idea.

Various organizations have offered to help raise money, among them the Little Rascals Daycare in Fitchburg. They decided to bake chocolate chip cookies to raise money, and the paper shows a group of 2-4-year-olds, one of whom is stuffing his face with one, something all the kids no doubt did.

And boy, is it cute!

See, this is how smart we are. Let kids eat this crap; then when they get all out of balance and act up, they get Ritalin. Some people might think a little chemicalized flour, alkali-processed chocolate with cockroach parts, and a blast of sugar won't hurt anything. But it easily can, depending on the kid.

Sometimes it doesn't take much to cause trouble, especially if trouble already exists, but is unrecognized. Especially in an already toxifying environment where processed crap made from chemicals, genetically modified organisms, and pesticide-drenched plants is regularly passed off as food and sold in the stupor markets to oblivious parents.

Somehow, sometime, somewhere, we just have to get smarter than this...

Mon, 5 Sep '05 Two editorials: S&E: Stop the madness; and syndicated: Richard Williamson: The ruin caused by gas guzzlers.

Response: Naivete and unawareness tie these pieces together.

In "Stop" the paper, which has cheerled every energy-stupid local growth and development project that has come down the pike in the last several years, talks about a "gasoline crunch." Nice euphemism for, boy, could we be seriously and fatally screwed.

Because this could be the leading edge of an energy disaster that, certainly fed by American self-centeredness and gluttony, could blossom if the controllers decide to pull the plug and create calamitous shortages where none exist--yet.

No one knows how much oil is left in the ground. We know demand is rising. The elite would see the problem as not too little oil, but too many "useless eaters," as reptile Henry Kissinger referred to us, the masses.

The paper has also cheerled the Iraq war, the pursuit of which consumes astronomical amounts of fuel, as does our bloated, runaway military--routinely.

Now the paper wants "a national energy policy that focuses on solutions and change, not ways to prolong and enable America's addiction to fossil fuels..." Gee, would have been nice to hear that opinion years ago when I was jumping up an down about energy-stupid local growth and development policies being addictions just like the drug issue, with which the paper preens its politically correct feathers. The paper oft-used the phrase, "upscale retail."

Williamson speaks primarily about low-mileage vehicles, SUVs in particular and the automakers' (decades old) boneheadedness about mileage as being the scourge. But there are other wasteful and stupid uses of oil in addition to private motor vehicles and the military.

Poison industrial agriculture and the enormous transport of food is another. Still another is our self-inundation with innumerable plastic products, which are also accompanied by a number of poisonous chemicals.

In other words, we continue to poison ourselves and the kids in order to have our yaya way of life, meaning the consumer orgy and all the techno-toys that comprise the national wet dream. The national infant mortality rate has risen for the first time since 1958. The US ranks 43rd in the world in infant mortality, according to the CIA's World Factbook; if we could reach the level of Singapore, ranked No. 1, we would save 18,900 children's lives each year.

Stop the madness indeed, S&E--especially the form you cheerlead.

Mon, 5 Sep '05 Article: Locals want public safety officials to speak Spanish.

Response: Not so sure.

Police have trouble helping in emergency cases or calls where the people involved can't speak English. The solution? Fix the cops!

This is another example of bass-ackward thinking. Make cops learn Spanish, instead of immigrants learning English in order to come here. What about all the other languages we get here in the melting pot--must cops learn all those languages as well? Cops don't have enough to learn already, they now have to be multilingual? Nonsense.

Fitchburg Police Chief Cronin is advocating this: "The police should reflect the community," so he's hiring people that can speak another language. Great, but I hope it's an "all other things being equal" thing, because what if they can't drive as well or shoot as straight as the American-born applicant who speaks only English?

Screw that--require that the people learn English.

Sun, 4 Sep '05 Headline: Rte 12's gain is residents' loss

Response: Not sure there's anything more UN-American than the fascist takeover of people's homes.

They're going to widen a section of Rte 12 between Fitchburg and Leominster. Proponents think this is a smart thing to improve traffic flow. This, of course, is why there are traffic jams even on super highways.

We've been making, expanding, and widening roads since the day the first car was invented--nay, before that, with horse-draw carriages even. So where are we today? Traffic-jam city. So what is the real problem--too few roads, or an insane and suicidal growth pattern?

In other words, this is a STUPID idea, outmoded thinking that attempts to compensate without addressing the difficult issue. But it's an idea with politically correct legs, and one that fits with the rape of our region by avaricious corporations who care squat about Earth or our local quality of life, but who seem able to hypnotize local officials into acquiescing to their agenda. They are then pandered to by greed-driven developers and construction outfits (some local) who must develop and construct--because that's what they do.

One interesting question is who will make all the money on this work?

I have a serious bone to pick as well with property-taking/eminent domain per se. There may be dire cases where it should happen, but only in such cases. In this case, it's not dire and the incorrect approach to boot.

The Republic is (should be) founded on the principle of individual rights--the right not to be overrun by what the mob wants, because the mob can be dead wrong--usually is.

That's the case here.

Sun, 4 Sep '05 Op-ed: Rep Jennifer Flanagan: state rep wants more school nurses.

Response: No doubt needed, yet the basic issue is still being ignored.

In addition to the unquestioned need for a nurse in every school, what is needed even more is genuine health care in the system, as opposed to pharma and corporate-driven, profit-based disease manipulation.

I've tried and tried to suggest some things to Jen Flanagan about health care reform [[reform.html]]. She has looked some things over, but has not responded in the way needed to make any progress with this difficult challenge.

The school nurse issue, while genuine, falls squarely in the politically correct, in-the-box arena of political action.

Sat, 3 Sep Article: Lawmakers mull halting gas tax

Response: Can you hear the shuffling and rattling inside the box?

Our "Lawmakers" are at it again--wracking their brains to adjust and compensate for their past lack of awareness and foresight to see this coming. This is not the solution, part of which is to stand up as a political entity against the corrupt federal juggernaut and the rapacious oil cartel.

Of course, this state and other states have not been screaming long and loud at the Washington corporate servants who have not demanded high-mileage vehicles from Detroit, and who have not stood up to the criminal operation of the military, which uses enough fuel in peacetime (which we never get) to run the entire US mass transit system for 14 years.

Eliminating/lowering the state gas tax would bring temporary minor respite--false hope, in fact. Our own Sen Antonioni says, in face of budget crises all over the place, that this is worth looking at and may find support in the legislature. Let's hope the "Lawmakers" don't stumble down that path. It is NOT an answer, or even a wise temporary measure. It's merely palliative.

I hate to agree with Gov Romney, who says this is the wrong idea, because it will discourage conservation. We need supreme conservation. Cooperation. Car pooling. Creative local approaches. Most of all, however, we need to put the reins on out runaway military, which must use many billions of gallons annually.

But listen to the childishness of Rep Emile Goguen: It's a "darn good idea," because, after all, he sez, look at all those poor disappointed Americans who couldn't waste fuel and pollute the planet on their noggy entertainment trips to New Hampshire or Maine for the holiday weekend.

Although, on the other side of the page was a piece entitled "High gas prices not likely to deter weekend trips" :-)

There it is in a nutshell. No one wants to sacrifice anything. Bend everything to desires and bad habits. Why can't people find something else to do to occupy their minds, that don't require driving?

But there was one Rep talking wisdom in this report: Hooray for James Eldridge, D-Acton! He said the tax ploy is not getting to the root of the problem, and called the proposal "poor political posturing." Does that describe any other pols mentioned here?

Fri, 2 Sep '05 Article: Public wants to make gas prices the top priority

Response: Ah, the sweet refrain of pathetic gluttony and misplaced priorities.

This headline appears above the picture of a man filling a barrel in the back of his gas-slogging pickup truck. Hoarding begins already.

One idiot from Maryland, says the president's got to step up to the plate. He doesn't know that his vote-recipient Dubya is already at the plate, swinging away for OilCo? He doesn't know that BushCo could give a rat's ass about Americans or their situations?

The government's deadly lack of preventive response to Katrina's devastation certainly makes that clear--although the survey noted in this piece was before this.

Sadly, however, people have not yet (will they ever?) rise above self-centerdness in their reaction to this crisis. See below.

Thu, 1 Sep '05 Article: Gas prices pass $3 a gallon

Response: Glory be! There must be a God.

I'm not one to stand around and say I told you so. But I have been screaming about this for several years, and even stood before the Leominster Planning Board's public meeting on the proposed Wal-Mart development, saying that energy-intensive projects are unwise (read: real stupid). Mr engineer Souza proceeded to shut me up, saying that energy was not a concern. I hope he gets to pay for plowing the road to the Target store parking lot.

The Sentinel & Enterprise was there, and failed to report this point in its report on the meeting. And, well over a year ago, I sent a hard copy letter to the local mayors, city councils and to the paper, begging them to open a forum for discussion of the impending crisis. NOT A PEEP from anyone. If you ask me, the motive for silence was to avoid any threat to plans for local 'economic growth and development."

And not to be unfeeling, but it does tickle one to hear Conehead American shopping psyches beginning to awaken as people are slapped by the cost of gasoline. It didn't have to come to this, but then the sheeple are the sheeple--many blinded by red, white and blue blindfolds.

Interestingly, it usually takes a wallet-hit to get people's attention, but sadly, the concern here is self-centered. No citizen quoted in the paper spoke of concern for the earth, or our hyper-selfish hogging of world energy resources (25%) and highly disproportionate pollution output (40%), and so on. Most people want lower prices so they can continue in their comfort zones and the suicide-addictions that comprise our way of life.

Our past self-centeredness, selfishness, and wastefulness are coming home to roost. High prices have been common in Europe for decades, and we're just being brought into line. This is actually a blessing.

But rather than whine short-sightedly and demand that Bush "do something" to "meet our needs," why don't we take steps to reduce/eliminate those "needs?" Nope, the Coneheads haven't been able to wait for more extravagance: the new "upscale retail" coming in, and all the marvy new restaurants, and all the societal crap that's been established based on cheap oil and poisoning ourselves.

Cheap oil is gone, people. Deal with it.

But even if cheap oil came back, we cannot afford environmentally to burn it. The party's over. Grow up.

Wait--I have an idea: let's widen Rte 12, and...

Thu, 1 Sep '05 Syndicated editorial: Helen Thomas: Time for Democrats to take a stand

Response: Nice idea, a bit naive.

I almost always enjoy and agree with Helen's work. Here she touches on all the reasons we should be out of Iraq, including, didn't we learn anything from Vietnam, where the 'reasoning' went: "we're there now, we have to stick it out."

She notes that Dem Sen Gary Hart wrote in the Washington Post that "history will deal with George W Bush and the neoconservatives who misled a mighty nation into a flawed war..." Despite being full of such "mighty" chauvinisms, Hart's piece does go on to hold the Democans responsible too, who "stand silent while all this goes on."

But it's obvious Helen doesn't understand, or isn't saying, how the elite operate on both sides of the fence. Otherwise, she wouldn't muse over the motives of elite servants like Hillary Clinton and Joseph Biden who cheer the war on.

Thu, 1 Sep '05 Syndicated editorial: Paul C. Campos: Terrorism: We have nothing to fear so much as fear itself.

Response: The tired platitude might be tolerable if accompanied by a full-witted article.

The wit half of this piece is that Campos does a handy job of describing America as a society that hangs its hat on fear, and that even a few minor attacks would throw the place into a panic. Of course, the elite take pains to program this fear into us and/or augment it. But I agree--if Americans were not so fearful, we wouldn't be having people thrown in jail on whim, and our public-library habits available to the FBI without a warrant or our knowledge.

But Campos then asks why, given the lily-livered American psyche, the US hasn't been hit with any terrorist attacks since 9/11, which have all been overseas. He comes up with three 'possible' scenarios, but the trouble is they're all based on the questionable assumption that the official line on terror is the truth.

Whereas, the War on Terror, based upon the existence of major, organized terror networks (which just all happen to be "Islamic"), is no different from all the other wars we've waved the flag over for centuries: It's an elite contrivance.

One suggestion is that the terrorists are huddling now, planning for one that will dwarf 9/11. Another is that the "Islamic terrorists" have no capacity left for a big one, and are completely stupid about the American psyche, so don't consider a bunch of little ones. Last is that there are simply no functioning Islamic terrorist groups in the US at this time. He says the last is the simplest, and therefore best, explanation. Idiotic.

Let's tie this together with a deeper look. Terrorism is a tool of the elite; it is a version of the old Protection Racket: "We will protect you from the threat we create." A number of small attacks would make it appear that elite-servant BushCo are incompetent, and the billions we spend on security are wasted. However, it is likely that a huge one is being planned--except not by "Islamic terrorists" (i.e., the big bad bogey man), but by the elite themselves, as 9/11 was.

It could take the form of a suitcase nuke or dirty bomb. This could be very useful if, for example, the fascists felt their power slipping and wanted an excuse for martial law, or if they can figure a way to put the blame on Iran, to have the excuse to blast them with tactical nukes--something that certain members of the team salivate over.

Another possible use of a major attack would be to collapse this economy, and perhaps the major fiat currencies of the world. The banksters like this idea, so they can step in with an international currency and control the financial operations, and thus the politics, of many countries at once. Another purpose would be a crisis scenario resulting in huge death tolls--genocide being a favorite elite pastime.

So, if we want to fear, we have plenty of reason. My view is, it's better to get off our butts and stand up to the fascists, ready to take whatever they throw at us--like what we ask of our soldiers, for example. Otherwise, the descent into abject slavery will continue.

Wed, 31 Aug '05 Syndicated editorial: Bill Press: Rev. Pat Robertson: Christian terrorist

Response: Nail on head.

Press hits the nail on this one, with a scathing indictment of Robertson as a "Christian" advocating murder, and of the Christian Right, who uttered not a peep in protest--the same folk, as Press notes, who condemn Muslim imams for not condemning Islamic terrorism (not that there's any such thing, rather Islamic terrorists--as long as we leave out the support and control they're given by the non-Islamic elite.

So the piece also serves as disinfo, in that it reinforces the official line on terrorism, leaving out the fact that the elite and clandestine agencies control most of that.

Press does discredit himself in the piece by saying the call to assassination "would be bad enough coming from some uniformed, pot-smoking, lawless skinhead." Bill--you need to lighten up... and light up :-)

Mon, 29 Aug '05 Article: Food the best cure for mid-day blahs

Response: But what's the cure for blah, blah, blah?

Leslie Trippier gets tired at work. Well, she wakes up at 4:30 AM, commutes to work, and works all day. She says having cereal worsens the situation, resulting either in hunger or tiredness. All understandable.

Food "experts" offer this wisdom: "what people eat and how often they eat will determine their energy level during the day." Whew! Glad we got that mystery solved. A nutrition professor says the key to that "drag time around 3 or 4 in the afternoon," is that people haven't eaten enough. "When they do, they feel more energetic."

Another worker proclaims, "I don't eat breakfast or lunch. I don't have time." This one drinks coffee all day until dinner time, saying "I get that drag." Little does she know what she's doing to her adrenals.

"Skipping meals can also lead people to turn to unhealthy snacks from vending machines," says the prof.

Tuft's "nutrition scientist" says you have to avoid foods, such as sugary ones, that cause spikes in blood sugar. This initial bit of truth is followed by a breakfast suggestion of "oatmeal with fruit and nuts," which is wrong on so many levels, not the least of which is that it's a recipe for constipation.

Starch (oatmeal) is not a good digestive combination with protein (nuts) or fruit. Neither do nuts and fruit combine well. Americans do nothing more wrong than putting milk and fruit on cereal, never mind adding nuts.

A similarly brilliant suggestion is "an apple with peanut butter or hummus." God, no wonder people get sick in hospitals--this nonsense is "food science." Of course, the unquestioned wisdom of the value of "a good breakfast" is, well, unquestioned.

Eating before 11 or noon short circuits the body's rhythm of cleaning itself out. Better to drink water and fresh vegetable juice in the AM, and have a good meal at noon. If people's blood sugar drops suddenly, they're probably dealing with hypoglycemia secondary to a fungal imbalance. The dietary "solutions" in this article will only worsen that scenario.

One problem, of course, is that going to work and making money is far more important than health in America. Some companies give people only a half hour for lunch. This is criminal. Much better to eat a leisurely lunch, then take a snooze or rest before going back to work--more European.

Another gem, from our own Health Alliance's Joan Celuzza, is that high-iron foods should be eaten in the AM, including red meat and fortified breads and cereals. YIKES! Leafy greens are mentioned, though, give her credit.

All three pundits suggest 3 meals and 3 snacks a day. I guess they never heard of digestion time. Recommended snacks: Fresh fruit, low-fat pudding, low-fat crackers or popcorn. Just imagine that lump of red meat in your tummy in mid-digestion, with a mid-morning "low-fat pudding" on top. Stools smell much? It's consistent in one way, though--slave-driven digestive tracts for slave driven people.

Fruit is good, but not good for all people--especially those with fungal imbalance, a rampant condition in America. Also, not once is mentioned the array of chemicals that will be ingested with dietary suggestions such as pudding, breads, cereals, crackers and popcorn--unless organic products are chosen. Even so, such processed foods are mainly disruptive to the inner environment.

Overall, I'd have to say that the recommendations of these three sources of dietary aplomb will lead people right into their places of employment--hospitals that is. Could that be why they are taught such nonsense by the medical establishment?

Sat 27 Aug '05 Two articles: Prostitution sting nets 21 arrests; and: Level 3 sex offender denies fondling girl

Response: The sexually immature, twisted and guilt-ridden society spawns sexually unbalanced individuals...

...and then reviles them.

Really, what harm does prostitution do anyone? Properly managed, as it is in Vegas and in other countries, it's no problem at all. In fact, it may well be a healthy outlet, defusing the frustrations felt by many in the sea of hypocrisy, guilt and obsession with sex that is the neo-puritanical legacy stinking up the law and clogging up the legal system. It's a huge waste of money and energy, when the cops could be out nailing some real criminals, such as crooked politicians, officials, and judges.

Sat, 27 Aug '05 Article: Among influential evangelicals, sense of persecution exists

Response: Is there anything more obnoxious than the finger-shaking Christian fundies?

Moaning from the radical religioso reichwingers that they don't have utter and absolute control of law and behavior in America. Lacking this, they feel persecuted.

You know, all most people ask is to live and let live. But not the satanically led radical fundamentalist Christians, who are not content with what America stands for, but must knock all heads together and bend all to their will--which they arrogantly pass off as the will of God, for whom they presume to speak.

Especially hypocritical are the Christian cults that support Bush wars and Israel's murder of the Palestinians.

In their zeal, these maniacal control freaks defile their own beliefs, and presume to judge the rest of society and "fix" it instead of letting God handle the details when the time comes.

So I say this to all followers of such psychotics as Rick Warren and Joel Osteen: keep your own house in order--think and feel and say what you want, but leave the rest of society to get to hell our own way. See you there, by the way.

Fri, 26 Aug '05 Article: Area students: Drugs in schools are a fact of life

Response: And the beat of hypocrisy goes on...and I sound like a broken record.

"National study: 62 percent of high schoolers say drugs used, kept or sold in their school." Sounds awful enough, but does it convey how awful things are? Some of the worst threats to kids are routinely ignored in favor of riding but one aspect of society's multifaceted threat.

Generally, aren't we talking about the danger of substances to the health and safety of kids? If so, why do the newspaper, city officials, police, etc keep harping on "drugs," ignoring equal or worse threats brought by OTC and prescription chemicals (killing easily 106,000 people annually).

Or the numerous poisons getting into kids, from conception forward, that underlie our precious American Way of Life? Or the health-threatening junkfest we call the school lunch program? Or the "food" court at The Mall? How about all the poisons coming from the universe of plastic doodads and hoopla technology.

No person has ever died directly from the effects of smoking pot. Nor does it create violent psyches. Whereas, aspirin has killed thousands of people, and prescribed psychotropic drugs cause murder sprees and suicides. What, these drugs are fine because there's no high?

Also never mentioned: Our legal and condoned wave of poisoning predisposes kids biochemically to 'naughty-drug' use and addiction. This is frequently blamed on pot, with the ominous warning: "It leads to other things." Sorry, folks; that influence is built right into the framework of this society.

Now comes the ostrich syndrome, because--oh my God! we might have to look critically at our way of life and comfort zones, and how we poison the kids for economy, jobs and wealth.

Meanwhile, pundits, officials and concerned citizens, who are also getting poisoned and many of whom are unhealthy, continue pounding the goody-two-shoe on the podium and deflecting culpability to dirty drug dealers and teen foolhardiness. How convenient.

Thu, 25 Aug '05 Article: A new low point of kids getting high (dusting)

Response: Yet another opportunity to reveal monstrous hypocrisy.

Kids are doing strange things to get high. One of the latest is inhaling aerosols used for dusting computer keyboards (gee, I just cover mine--and vacuum occasionally).

Now, no one's trying to say that kids, or anyone, should do such things, but there are two revealing statements in this article. The first comes from a young person interviewed by the paper at, where else, the MALL, where some kids were "shopping together" and so, generally being good little Americans getting fluorescent radiation instead of sunlight.

"Let's place something toxic in our mouth, that's cool," said Marco DeNuzzio sarcastically. Readers who know me already know what's coming: our society is MADE of putting toxic things into our mouths, which the S&E consistently ignores whenever it gets on its self-righteous, hypocritical soap box about such matters.

I wonder if Marco was sucking on a diet soda with some excitotoxin Aspartame in it or eating some other chemically laden trash sold at the MALL in the name of food. Or maybe they interviewed him after school, where, only a few hours earlier, he'd been poisoned by the crapfest we call the school lunch program. Maybe he then went home to breathe the Oust his mom might have been spraying in the air to kill odors in the name of sterilizing the environment.

Or maybe he just called his mom on his toxic cell phone to say he'd be home later? But no! Maybe he forgot he had a dentist appointment to put some toxic mercury in his cavity, itself the result of the toxic diet he's been on since birth?

One could go on for a long time pointing out the ways the self-admiring adults who whine about kids getting high, poison the same kids mercilessly with the myriad stupidities of our artificialized, Conehead consumer way of life. The newspaper, a champion of Coneheadedness (because business is God, and advertising revenue is the Offering) would never run a series on our incessant and alarming auto-toxification, but would rather run human interest stories about brave sick kids and devastated families, and the fundraisers everyone jumps into to "help."

That's what I feel like saying: Help!

The second tidbit comes at the end of this miss-the-point piece. An 18-year-old, Kylee Caruso wasn't surprised to hear about dusting. She recalls when people liked to sniff Whiteout. She then said, " When you're younger, you kind of do stupid things."

I hope Kylee has noticed: doing stupid things is not reserved to the young. In fact, the young at least can say they didn't know any better. But the stupidity of adults is stupidity squared, because they just proceed like sheep with the poisonous commercial status quo, then walk, run, ride, hop, skip and jump for medical research to find a magic bullet for all those 'mysterious' diseases that wowie-zowie multibillion-dollar stem cell research will create 20 years from now.

Wed, 24 Aug '05 Article: Report says obesity rates climbing in nearly all states

Response: A fathead report on fatness.

The percentage of obese folks in the US pop is now at about 23%. Yikes! With this report, we now get brilliant statements like, "We have a crisis of poor nutrition and physical inactivity in the US, and it's time we dealt with it." Every time one of these reports comes out, some pundit says the same thing.

But here's the funny part: the concern about obesity is the diseases it causes. This sort of nonsense arises out of notions about health coming from the flawed medical dogma that prevails in the collective psyche.

Obesity, like the so-called diseases it is said to cause, is a symptom of underlying imbalances that medicine routinely ignores in favor of 'disease management' (better disease management is proffered as one solution in the article).

The article doesn't mention the 'diseases' obesity is said to cause, but dollars to donuts, skinny people get 'em too.

Wed, 24 Aug '05 Letter to editor: Pastor Don Long, Faith Christian Church Fitchburg: Pastor says important news from Israel not being reported in paper

Response: Interesting, a Christian speaking up for the genocidal state of Rothschild--oops, I mean Zionaziville--oops, I mean Israel.

Given that the good pastor also leaves out important information not carried in the news, namely that the Gaza disengagement is a ruse to make Israel look good, one can only surmise why the Christian defends the imperialist Jews and says the Palestinians are the murderers.

It's because without a total Jewish takeover of the area, the Bible tells us, Jesus won't come back and we don't get the Rapture. In case you didn't know, that's where all the goody-two-shoes are lifted up naked to hang out with God, while the rest of us burn and suffer and get eaten by huge insects and die miserably. Ah, the benign Christian spirit. Jesus and God's plan for his children.

The radical fundamentalist "Christians" can't wait to spring that big I-told-you-so on the world and wallow in the self-satisfaction of it all. This is why, despite what Jesus is said to have taught about nonviolence, The Sermon on the Mount, Thou Shalt Not Kill, and all that inconvenient prattle, these self-styled "Christians" supported the lying, murderous war in Iraq on behalf of Israel, and now take the Zionist side.

Thou Shalt Not Kill--except when Ariel Sharon and the Zionazis and George Bush say so.

But lest we convey a misconception here, and as a lesson on how the elite operate [[elbasics.html]], it should be pointed out that Yasser Arafat was also an elite operative, like Sharon--teammates in other words, both playing roles in maintaining the chaos, and both getting wealthy doing it.

But you have to admire the chutzpa of the Jews, who now demand that US taxpayers fund the Gaza de-settlement, after we've paid $3-6 billion a year for decades to provide Israel with all the weapons and bulldozers needed to drive the Palestinians off their land to begin with. Boy, you just can't beat brass-balled arrogance, can ya?

Wed, 24 Aug '05 Syndicated editorial: Scripps Howard: A breakthrough on stem cell research

Response: Here we go merry-go-round again.

I wish I had saved over the years what would be a substantial pile of newspaper articles about "significant breakthroughs" in medical research. They all follow the same pattern: A big headline that opens your eyes and gets you to say 'Oh boy!' and eagerly read the article.

Then you get pronouncements by some scientist, researcher, medical organization or research lab giving a few details of the highly promising advance. Following that is the disclaimer that says that even though this shows great promise, it's very early in the game and MUCH MORE RESEARCH will be needed before this multimillion or -billion project trickles down any actual benefit to the sick and injured.

Same here. A method of making embryonic stem cells by "reprogramming" adult cells has been discovered. Oh glory!

A paragraph later, the disclaimer: "Although by no means a foregone conclusion, stem cells offer great hope for curing degenerative diseases....and restoring damaged spinal cords." And again: "Harvard researchers stressed that 'formidable' technical hurdles remain..." And, "This is the first step down a long and uncertain road."

Cripes! Why even put this in the paper?! It's just a propaganda piece to whet the appetite and attempt to justify wasting $billions on this hi-tech masturbation, while society ignores the principles of wellness and continues with its suicidal status quo behavior.

The awful thing is that most stem cell research is already redundant, because there are already cures and preventions for the 'diseases' targeted by the research, outside the conventional venue. The main cause of most degenerative illness is the dominant presence of flawed, conventional medical dogma propagated via a corporate structure whose financial health depends upon people being sick.

Stem cells fire the imagination with the notion of magical regeneration. But it's fundamentally another arrogant Frankensteinian pursuit that will cost the lives of millions of test animals, who innocently suffer for human stupidity, but is on the order of the Star Wars 'defense' system in complexity, and will come to naught.

Because it will take so long to get anything out of this, that there's every chance humanity might come to its senses beforehand.

Wed, 24 Aug '05 Syndicated editorial: Scripps Howard: A brief letter from Saddam

Response: Brief BS from Scripps Howard (SH).

Basically a self-righteously pompous-assed note criticizing a recent letter Saddam apparently wrote in which he presents himself as a martyr for Palestine and "our beloved, patient and suffering Iraq."

Saddam's BS doesn't excuse the SH BS, which says, "But he got the part about "suffering Iraq" right. He should know. He caused it." Here is BS that ignores both past and present.

Past, because SH conveniently forgets who put Saddam in power in the first place, who made big loans to him, who armed him, sold him treaty-illegal WMD, who set him up to attack Iran and Kuwait, and who patted him on the ass and shook his hand after he used poison gas.

Present, because as bad as Saddam was said to be, conditions in Iraq now are worse by orders of magnitude than when under Saddam's iron rule. People basically had their way of life. Their buildings, infrastructure, history and art were intact. Their businesses and shops flourished, as did their agriculture. Women had more rights in Iraq than in any Muslim state, or are going to get in the new Shiite clerical state that may form.

Iraq is now in a shambles in every imaginable way, well over a million have died, the country is poisoned with depleted uranium dust, the pollution of war is everywhere, and, as one prisoner who was fortunate enough to be released from Abu Ghraib said, "The Americans brought electricity to my ass before they brought it to my house."

Scripps Howard, you are a piece of...

Sun, 21 Aug '05 Syndicated editorial: Jay Ambrose: Bush is the humanitarian president

Response: And here I was just getting the last few Jayster quills pulled outta my butt.

Ambrose never ceases to amaze with the untenable assertions he attempts to defend or establish with his bullshit rhetoric. Here, he attempts to paint the lying, war mongering Butcher of Baghdad II as the greatest humanitarian ever to hold presidential office.

This is because some sap from a charitable group (Julius Coles of Africare) wrote in the Washington Post that Bush policy in Africa will be seen 10 or 20 years from now as the turning point and key to "the continent's progress."

Now, even if this is true, which it isn't, it wouldn't raise Butcher II to the level of humanitarian. That would be like saying Ferdinand Marcos was a humanitarian because he helped a few old ladies across the street.

Ambrose, of course, does not recall the history of Africa to show that almost every drop of its worst miseries came, in the first place, from the colonization, oppression, theft, and cultural rape over the last 300 years by rich white folk who Bush would call "my base."

But it's not as if this history has stopped with the "aid" Bush has proffered, and which Ambrose swoons over, because the aid always comes with strings that pave the way for more corporate domination and exploitation, and often ends up in the hands of corporate-kissing brutal despots put in place by the CIA or equivalent to begin with.

I don't have time to refute all of Jay's rhetoric. But here's a piece that outlines what aid means in general, especially with respect to the '05 G8 summit, which he praises as an occasion of "commitment" by Bush.
Bards of the Powerful

And for a good 'laugh' here is Jay's idea to really help the sick: He says "some leftists have a lot to answer for" because they've successfully opposed spraying DDT in Africa to fight malaria! If that isn't enough, get this: "DDT sprayed inside homes causes no threat to wildlife, but, by killing mosquitoes, saves little boys and girls from death...much more effectively and cheaply than other remedies."

I'll let that bit of jaw-dropping logic speak for itself, except to say that the Jayster is master of positing the ridiculous in the form of an argument for itself.

Sun, 21 Aug '05 Article: Advocates seek to expand healthcare in Massachusetts

Response: At first, one hopes this is on point, but alas...

Health care advocates are backing two "grass-roots" efforts to get more people covered with medical insurance, because, they say, current remedies don't go far enough.

The first proposal is a state constitutional amendment to give everyone a right to "comprehensive and affordable" health coverage. This would require lawmakers to draw this up and the voters to approve it. This is sort of like the book on how to get rich saying, "First, get some money."

The second stroke is a plan to raise the tax on cigarettes to gain revenue to cover more low-income people. Boy, talk about how to perpetuate a problem. Don't deal with the underlying reasons for high cost, just bend over backwards to pay the blood money--and discriminate against smokers to boot. Hey, good thing gas prices are already up, eh? They'd be after more tax on that.

All this amounts to is what the rest of the conventional proposals amount to without medical reform (see Health Care Reform): A continuation of the enslavement of health-ignorant masses to a system that uses them as fodder to make money, while not producing wellness, but only manipulating symptoms.

Sat, 20 Aug '05 S&E editorial: Hit-and-run suspect deserved higher bail

Response: Only a matter of time.

It was only a matter of time before the S&E whipped out its politically correct, self-righteous soap box and held forth on this issue.

A Ninja motorcycle carrying two young kids slammed into a car at around 1:00 AM, killing the bike's operator, Daryl Boddie. The auto driver left the scene, and is deservedly taking heat for doing so.

But sometimes in life we have to pay the price for just plain stupidity, which would include a 16-year-old on a 100+ horsepower motorcycle at night with a passenger. Give the S&E credit, it now mentions, which it failed to do in its original report, that Boddie broke the law more than once--driving at night and with a passenger. Also emphasized is that Boddie hit the car.

But, says the soapboxer, the judge was remiss in releasing the driver on personal recognizance. I'm not so sure. If I were the judge, I might have slapped the bail on the parent(s) or whoever acquired such a machine and let an apparently inexperienced kid jockey it, and be out at that hour to boot.

To be fair, maybe Boddie defied parental rules as well, being out that late. Maybe the parent(s) had no idea he was out, and on the bike. If they did, though, they should have called police immediately to be on the lookout for him, and had him hauled in.

Fri, 19 Aug '05 Syndicated editorial: James Glassman: The AIDS tragedy centers on Africa

Response: Perhaps, but it springs from the unproven HIV theory (that's right).

Glassman chides the press for being obsessed with avian flu, citing past inability to predict the course of epidemics. He cites the 'success' against AIDS in US and Europe, attributing that to education, prevention, high quality professional care, basic research in academic institutions, and a multibillion-dollar effort by our heroic drug companies in creating anti-retroviral drugs--all of which is crap, since HIV has never been proven to cause AIDS or any so-called disease.

He says AIDS has gone from a middle-class disease affecting mostly homosexuals to a "disease of poverty" afflicting heteros in Africa. Well, from the outset, it was a "disease of poverty" in Africa. We just weren't paying sufficient attention until we got the important people fixed up with poison drugs.

The solution now--the best antidote for any disease, says Glassman--is prosperity! "Wealth makes health." What a yuck.

Yea, brother, dropping like flies as we are from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and on and on, we've nothing but pride in our wealth-driven health here in the United Snakes of medicopharma Frankenstein dogma, which is killing at least 250,000 people a year its own self.

Hmmm, Glassman--might that be Glassnavelman?

Fri, 19 Aug '05 Syndicated editorial: Scripps Howard: Bush's strange SEC choice

Response: Ya, so all Bush's choices are "strange," so what?

Idiotic Scripps Howard (SH) has been mostly a BushCo butt kisser and certainly no scion of a sound journalistic tradition. It's now scratching its head and can't figure out why Bush would choose a person as head of SEC who favors deregulation, and who was once a lawyer for a mutual fund that bilked investors of more than $100 million.

Such puzzlement is funny, and what happens as a result of SH's baseline assumption: Bush is an honest man who has no interest in creating an atmosphere for corporate fraud--he who, with his brothers, daddy, the Mafia and CIA, stole all the money out of the S&L banks in the '80's.

Thu, 18 Aug '05 Syndicated editorial: Martin Schram: Lowering our expectations in Iraq

Response: Lowering who's expectations?

Boy, it must be bad--even the mainstream press is taking potshots at BushCo. In this one, Schram even uses the phrase "conning themselves" and "conning us." Too bad Schram and pundits like him couldn't see the con before we devastated an entire nation and killed well over a million people since Gulf 1 (another con).

So "our" must be all the numbskulls who bought the Bush line in the first place, and conned themselves into believing this war was for any good reason whatsoever--even to remove a vicious elite operative and CIA asset we installed and armed and loaned money to and transferred technology to in the first place. Because the anti-war crowd had no such expectations, and virtually screamed that this mess would result.

The pundits, gazing at the world through their glass navels, would have none of it.

Not to mention abandoning the people who had the courage to mount an uprising against Saddam in 1974-75, before he was even fully installed, and allowing them to be wiped out. That, by the way, is a technique for getting dissidents to expose themselves to teach them and others a lesson. We also failed to help the Kurds in a subsequent uprising.

We were not ready to give up Saddam at the time--he hadn't finished with Iran and attacked Kuwait yet. The former was a plot to weaken two threats to Israeli military hegemony, and the latter contrivance was needed to excuse bombing the hell out of Baghdad and the infrastructure, poisoning the place with DU munitions, and slapping on the sanctions that killed a half million children.

Even after Kuwait, when the Kurds rose again, we failed to help them. Well, that would have precluded the excuse to commit the current war crimes and crimes against humanity passed off as high expectations. Hold your head high, America.

Even though critical of Bush policy, this piece is a propaganda tool. First it suggests that Iraq not be allowed to disintegrate, otherwise it will become the new haven for global terror like Afghanistan, where al-Qaeda to planned 9/11. This implies that al-Qaeda executed 9/11, which has never been proven, and that the Iraq war is the War on Terror.

Second, it suggests increasing forces in Iraq in 2006, as "the best way to protect the military and salvage a bit of their mission." If you believe that spin, I've got a bridge for sale.

The insurgency could stop tomorrow and reactivate a year from now after troops leave and everything's 'peaceful.' The way the elite operate, the insurgency could either be genuine (inspired solely by our presence), or fomented clandestinely to maintain the need for our presence.

Third, it frets that Iraq could become an Islamic republic--and maybe even a "radicalized fundamentalist Islamic republic," with--oh m'God--close ties to Iran, that other naughty collection of terrorists (read: someone Israel doesn't like). Then, says Schram, "...this will leave the US homeland and Americans traveling around the world with a security threat far more perilous than any Saddam ever posed." Oh, boo hoo.

This regurgitates the official line demonizing "radical Islam" as the greatest global threat, when that is the very ones who tell us who the terrorists are and secretly execute attacks to 'prove' it. 9/11 is the best example of how far they'll go.

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