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Les plus grands rackets financiers de la planète: Madoff, Rubin, la Fed et la Cité de Londres

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Émission de L'Autre Monde du 18 décembre 2008: Les plus grands rackets financiers de la planète: Madoff, Rubin, la Fed et la Cité de Londres


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L'Autre Monde 18 décembre 2008
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Cette semaine sur L'Autre Monde:

- Le NIST admet que le WTC7 s'est écroulé à la vitesse de la chute libre.

- Le journal The Financial Times annonce le projet d'un nouvel ordre mondial.

- Économie: Émeutes en Grèce qui se répandent à d'autres pays, banques nationalisées et fonds de pension qui vont disparaitre et l'écroulement des finances publiques.

- Nous complèterons avec un survol du Moyen-Orient, état policier, changements climatiques et autres.

Dernière émission de la saison automne; soyez au rendez-vous le jeudi à 11h sur les ondes de CHOQ FM!


Diffusion en direct : Jeudi à 11:00h
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Attaque au soulier:


"Iraqi reporter al-Zaidi's arm, ribs broken"

Webmaster's Commentary:

The Secret Service is denying they beat the crap out of him for embarrassing them.


Iraq cheers reporter for Bush shoe attack

Citizens in Baghdad have ennobled a frogmarched Iraqi reporter for throwing his shoes at lame duck US President George W. Bush.

Iraqi reporter Muntadhar al-Zaidi shocked the world on Sunday by hurling his shoes at the visiting US president, who had come to the war-torn country to say farewell.

Sitting in the third row at a press conference attended by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the reporter 'jumped up' and shouted "It is the farewell kiss, you dog."

Showing the sole of your shoe to someone in the Arab world is a sign of extreme disrespect, and throwing your shoes is even worse.

A study conducted by ORB -- a well-known British polling agency which has been tracking public opinion in Iraq since 2005 -- estimated in September 2007 that 1.2 million Iraqis had been killed in violence-related incidents following the March 2003 invasion of the country.

This is while Human Rights Watch estimates put the number of those killed during a period of twenty years of the reign of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein at 250,000 to 290,000.


Across Mideast, Arabs hail shoe-hurling journalist

Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Monday to demand the release of a reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush, as Arabs across many parts of the Middle East hailed the journalist as a hero and praised his insult as a proper send-off to the unpopular U.S. president.


Bush Comparison Seen As Unfair to Dogs

This is the question now raised in Iraq: If they throw shoes at your face are you a combat troop or a noncombat troop? The answer may be important in helping to guide President Elect Obama's strategy of reducing but continuing the genocidal occupation that has made a shoeless journalist one of the most beloved, if little known, people in the world overnight.


Send Shoes To Bush The Genocidal Maniac

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Join the protest: (I don't know who began this, but I think it is a great idea)

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Demand the release of the Iraqi journalist Muntazer Al-Zeidi and flood the White House with old shoes. Speaking Shoes to Power Campaign!


Nouvel Ordre Mondial:


And now for a world government

Webmaster's Commentary:

Here comes the call for a global government. It sounds benign and wonderful until you remember two important points.

1. Global government is what Alexander the Great and Hitler (among others) wanted.

2. Globalism is what turned a US economic melt-down into a world-wide disaster.


Financial Times Editorial Admits Agenda For Dictatorial World Government

The Financial Times, one of the most respected and widely read newspapers on the planet, features an editorial today that openly admits the agenda to create a world government based on anti-democratic principles and concedes that the term “global governance” is merely a euphemism for the move towards a centralized global government.


Sur Les 7 du Québec:

Sur Les 7 du Québec: Coup d’état monarchique et bancaire au Canada


Économie:


Greek-inspired protests spread across Europe

The unrest that has gripped Greece is spilling over into the rest of Europe, raising concerns the clashes could be a trigger for opponents of globalization, disaffected youth and others outraged by the continent's economic turmoil and soaring unemployment.

Protesters in Spain, Denmark and Italy smashed shop windows, pelted police with bottles and attacked banks this week, while in France, cars were set ablaze Thursday outside the Greek consulate in Bordeaux, where protesters scrawled graffiti warning about a looming "insurrection."

At least some of the protests were organized over the Internet, showing how quickly the message of discontent can be spread, particularly among tech-savvy youth. One Web site Greek protesters used to update each other on the locations of clashes asserted there have been sympathy protests in nearly 20 countries.

More demonstrations were set for Friday in Italy, France and Germany.


Banks gas-bombed in Athens

Five banks were attacked overnight in Athens, police said Saturday as youths prepared to assemble at the scene of a teen's killing by police one week ago.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The fact that the banks were attacked confirms that the real issue in all these riots is opposition to the financial system which is impoverishing the world's people.


Fears of unrest spreading across Europe

THE unrest that has gripped Greece this week is spilling into the rest of Europe, raising concerns that it could be a trigger for opponents of globalisation, disaffected youth and others outraged by economic turmoil.

Protesters in Spain, Denmark and Italy smashed shop windows, pelted police with bottles and attacked banks this week, while in France cars were set ablaze on Thursday outside the Greek consulate in Bordeaux, where protesters warned about a looming "insurrection".


Greece-Style Riots Coming To U.S.

Frighteningly accurate trends forecaster Gerald Celente says that America will see riots similar to those currently ongoing in Greece and that the cause will be a hyper-inflationary depression, leading to the inevitable use of troops and mercenaries to deal with the crisis as Americans are incarcerated in internment camps.


Who are the protesters in Greece?

The fatal police shooting of a teenager in Athens on Saturday and its violent aftermath are in many ways a spill over of a decades-long conflict that has simmered between police and far-left anarchist groups.

The violence has also laid bare a deeper anger that has been gaining ground in Greece over the government's policies in slashing budget deficits and pushing on with unpopular reforms such as privatisations.

This anger has been exacerbated by a series of financial and political scandals among prominent members of the government of Costas Karamanlis, Greece's prime minister.

Webmaster's Commentary:

I knew there was more going on than just that shooting.


Inside The Greek Student Protesters' HQ - Exclusive Photos

The Polytechnic, the HQ of the uprising, is where students are organizing their protest and mixing cocktails. Not the drinking kind, but the throwing kind. The press in general has not been allowed inside. We were lucky enough to have a con


9 more banks nationalized

Nine more banks said their applications to sell preferred stock to the Treasury Department were approved. They will receive a total of $133.4 million in taxpayer capital.

This makes nearly 200 banks the Bush regime has nationalized so far.


Fed Refuses to Disclose Recipients of $2 Trillion in Lending

The Federal Reserve refused a request by Bloomberg News to disclose the recipients of more than $2 trillion of emergency loans from U.S. taxpayers and the assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.

Webmaster's Commentary:

What is happening here is the new "taxation without representation", which caused a bit of a stir here some 200 plus years ago.

This is the Fed saying, "we can take your money, which you worked hard to earn, and give it our cronies, and you...little people... don't deserve to know at all what's going on with it. Go back to your puny little jobs... nothing to see here, move along!"

But, you argue, we have elected legislators who are supposed to represent us!

Really?!?!

No; we have representatives who have become the acquisitions of those large corporations which support them, covertly and overtly.

As long as that tax money keeps flowing, our alleged representatives don't give a damn about the people it's coming from.

The concept of representative government in this country has become one sick, stupid joke, played on the taxpayers at their expense.


Ron Paul on the Auto Bailout







Congressman: Fed "Bamboozling" Americans

The Fed is refusing to disclose the recipients of $2 trillion dollars in loans, even after Bloomberg sued under the Freedom of Information Act to get the information.


Ex-Nasdaq chair arrested on fraud charge in NYC

A former Nasdaq stock market chairman was arrested on a securities fraud charge Thursday, accused of running a fraudulent investment business that lost at least $50 billion before he confessed to senior employees it was a "giant Ponzi scheme," authorities said.


How low can the Fed go?

The inflating balance sheet is making life hard for the Fed. In the early phases of the present mayhem, Fed officials funded their programs as they drew down holdings of Treasury bonds. They used the proceeds to finance new programs. But officials don’t want the backroom pile to get too low -- like your savings account, credit rating, Social Security, or my bond portfolio. The Fed nut is now at $476 billion, with a chunk of it committed to other programs. The Fed has actually asked the Treasury Department for cash. Bernanke offered to go out in the street with his hat in hand.


Madoff warnings 'ignored for 10 years'

Pressure has been growing on the SEC over the last week to explain how the Wall Street regulator could have missed a colossal scam.

Webmaster's Commentary:

As reported at:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/WallStreet/story?id=6471863&page=1

"At a business roundtable meeting last year, Madoff boasted of his "very close" relationship with a SEC regulator, chuckling as he said, "in fact, my niece even married one."

The very rich, and well connected, rarely eat their own.


'PONZI SCHEME' AT CITI

A new Citigroup scandal is engulfing Robert Rubin and his former disciple Chuck Prince for their roles in an alleged Ponzi-style scheme that's now choking world banking.

Director Rubin and ousted CEO Prince - and their lieutenants over the past five years - are named in a federal lawsuit for an alleged complex cover-up of toxic securities that spread across the globe, wiping out trillions of dollars in their destructive paths.


Ecuador Defaults!

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa officially announced that he will not be making the interest payments on his foreign bonds. The country has officially defaulted on its debt obligations. This is the 2nd time in 10 years that Ecuador has defaulted.

“I have given the order that interest payments not be made,” Correa said. “The country is in default.”


Collapse of Pension Funds?

Five western countries will affected by the collapse of the capital-based pension system


Shell's Dutch pension fund tumbles by 40pc

Plunging equity markets have seen the total assets of Royal Dutch Shell's Dutch Pension Fund fall below the level required by Holland's central bank, although the company's UK pension scheme remains fully funded.


Collapse of Pension Funds: The End of Retirement?

Unless things change fast, human history will show that the phenomenon of “retirement” was limited to one generation. After World War II, when European and Japanese economies stood in tatters, American capitalism could fulfill “the American dream,” since there was little foreign competition to speak of. For the first time ever, workers were promised that — after working thirty or so years — they would be able to securely retire. That was largely the case…for one generation.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Our new policy is 'work til you drop!'" -- Official White Horse Souse


Santé:


Une compagnie pharmaceutique force les familles pauvres à tester ses vaccins : 12 bébés morts

GlaxoSmithKline, la grande compagnie pharmaceutique, a été accusée de faire pression sur des parents pauvres du Tiers Monde pour qu’ils engagent leurs enfants dans des essais expérimentaux de médicaments qui ont entraîné la mort d'au moins 12 enfants.

Cette compagnie teste actuellement un vaccin expérimental contre la pneumonie sur les enfants de moins d'un an en Argentine, en Colombie et au Panama. Selon la Fédération argentine des Professionnels de la Santé (Feprosa), des parents pauvres argentins ont été « obligés et contraints de signer les formulaires d’acceptation. »

Juan Carlos Fesprosa de Palomares a dit : « Dans la plupart des cas, ces gens, forcés d’engager leurs enfants, sont défavorisées, beaucoup d'entre eux ne sachant ni lire ni écrire. »

« Cela se déroule sans aucune sorte de contrôle étatique [et] ne satisfait pas aux exigences éthiques minimums, » a observé la fédération.

Au moins 12 bébés argentin incorporés dans l'étude sont morts au cours de l'année écoulée.

Répondant aux reproches, GlaxoSmithKline a rétorqué que ses stricts protocoles de sécurité sont contrôlés par un comité indépendant, et que personne n’est forcé de participer au programme.

« L’inscription aux tests est sur la base du volontariat et ceux qui participent aux essais sont libres de se retirer à tout moment, » a fait savoir la compagnie.

Mais, selon Julieta Ovejero, la grand-tante de l'un des enfants décédés, « Beaucoup de gens voulant arrêter le protocole n’en sont pas autorisés ; ils sont forcés de continuer, menacés de ne recevoir aucun autre vaccin en cas d’abandon. »

Le test du vaccin a aussi suscité des accusations de corruption : Dans la province argentine de Santiago del Estero, les essais ont été autorisés par le Ministre de la Santé de la province, Juan Carlos Smith, le frère du principal chercheur de l'étude.

Des critiques, comme Ana Maria Marchese, pédiatre à l’hôpital pour enfants de Santiago del Estero, où l'étude est en cours, accusent GlaxoSmithKline d'utiliser les enfants du Tiers Monde comme des cobayes.

« Parce qu'ils ne peuvent pas expérimenter en Europe ou aux États-Unis, ils viennent le faire dans les pays du Tiers Monde, » dit-elle.

Article original en anglais : http://www.naturalnews.com/025032.html


It's official: Men really are the weaker sex

December 7, 2008, The Independent (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers)

The male [sex] is in danger, with incalculable consequences for both humans and wildlife, startling scientific research from around the world reveals. The research ... shows that a host of common chemicals is feminising males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people. Backed by some of the world's leading scientists, who say that it "waves a red flag" for humanity and shows that evolution itself is being disrupted, the report comes out at a particularly sensitive time for ministers. It also follows hard on the heels of new American research which shows that baby boys born to women exposed to widespread chemicals in pregnancy are born with smaller penises and feminised genitals. "This research shows that the basic male tool kit is under threat," says Gwynne Lyons, a former government adviser on the health effects of chemicals, who wrote the report. Wildlife and people have been exposed to more than 100,000 new chemicals in recent years, and the European Commission has admitted that 99 per cent of them are not adequately regulated. There is not even proper safety information on 85 per cent of them. Many have been identified as "endocrine disrupters" – or gender-benders – because they interfere with hormones. These include phthalates, used in food wrapping, cosmetics and baby powders among other applications; flame retardants in furniture and electrical goods; PCBs, a now banned group of substances still widespread in food and the environment; and many pesticides.

Note: For many key reports on health issues from reliable sources, click here.


9/11:


WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall

In its draft report, released in August 2008, NIST attempted to cover up evidence that WTC7 fell at freefall, but the coverup was transparent. In its final report, released in November 2008, NIST finally acknowledged freefall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0GHVEKrhng&eurl=http://rattube.com/blog1/2008/12/08/wtc7-nist-finally-admits-freefall/&feature=player_embedded


9/11 families condemn tribunals

Thirty-three relatives of people killed in the 9/11 attacks on the US have denounced the Guantanamo war crimes trials as illegitimate and unfair.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Torture:


Cheney admits authorizing detainee's torture


When asked by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl whether he approved of interrogation tactics used against a so-called "high value prisoner" at the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison, Mr. Cheney, in a break from his history of being press-shy, admitted to giving official sanctioning of torture.

Webmaster's Commentary:

OK, Cheney just admitted he authorized torture on national television.

And what happens now?!? Will there be a trial, a prosecution, and a conviction of Cheney and his enabling minions who normalized torture as an accepted US interrogation technique?

Not on your life. The people who put conspired to drag the moral standing, and international reputation, of this nation down to the level of Uzbekistan 's, will get off scott free.

And that is the real crime.


Senate torture report confirms Bush, top officials guilty of war crimes

A report issued Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee has provided official and bipartisan confirmation that the infamous acts of torture carried out by US personnel at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo were planned, ordered and orchestrated by the highest-ranking officials in the US government. Based on the Senate's own conclusions, those named in the document, including President George W. Bush, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, are guilty of war crimes.


Iraqi group files 200 lawsuits against Rumsfeld, US security firms for torture

A Jordan-based Iraqi rights group said on Monday it has filed 200 lawsuits against US former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld and American security firms for their alleged role in torturing Iraqis.

Ali Qeisi, head of the group the "Society of Victims of the US Occupation in Iraq," said the cases, relating to torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners, have been recently filed in federal courts in Virginia, Michigan and Maryland.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Unless and until all who condoned, ordered, and signed off on the use of torture against detainees are prosecuted to the fullest extent of US law, this country's moral fiber will have been ripped to shreds in an irrecoverable way.


US: Detainee dies in US custody in Iraq

The U.S. military says a detainee has died of an apparent heart attack while in custody at a U.S. detention facility in Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary:

How many 25 year old men do you know who have had a "heart attack"?!?

This one stinks mightily.


Rep. Reyes: Since Torture Might Be Necessary, Obama Should Keep Torture Apologists Hayden, McConnell

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Congress Daily that President-elect Obama should keep Mike McConnell on as Director of National Intelligence and Michael Hayden as head of the CIA. He said Obama should keep “continuity” in the intelligence sector because we live in “a world that is very dangerous.”

Reyes dismissed concerns over Hayden and McConnell’s records as apologists for torture. He insisted that that “there are some options that need to be available” to interrogators — presumably beyond the Army Field Manuel — to get the best information:

Webmaster's Commentary:

Memo to Representative Reyes; the United States of America should not torture, ever.

Apparently, Representative Reyes, you've never George Washington's orders to his troops about never using torture on captured British soldiers.

And as we know from the time of the Inquisition, torture doesn't get you the hard information you're looking for; it only gets the tortured person to say what their torturers want them to say in order to get the torture to stop.

By torturing (even subcontracting or off-shoring it), we have de-facto withdrawn from any human rights treaty to which the US has been a signatory.

And if you want to elevate torture right up there with mom and apple pie, chew on this one for a moment; if torture is perfectly legitimate for us to practice on foreign nationals, then why is it not perfectly legitimate for foreign governments to torture US troops?

America used to be known as the land of the free, and the home of the brave. But there is nothing brave about torturing. It's like never having to take responsibility for indulging your inner sadist, while the guys in the suits in some distant capital applaud you for what you have done to a fellow human being.

Ultimately, torturing puts us on the moral par with Uzbekistan, and that's not the United States any country or person can look up to.

And Representative Reyes, one final, friendly word of advise; if you travel abroad, and feel compelled to bloviate about the American values of human rights, human decency, humanitarianism, and democracy, just please shut up until the urge passes.

You no longer represent a country which holds those values dear, and the world knows that.


État policier:


Police Have Murdered 400 With Tasers Since 2001

They are marketed as non-lethal weapons that allow police to capture suspects or criminals without causing any permanent harm.

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and businessman Bernard Kerik made millions selling the idea to police departments across the country.

The study includes a medical analysis that concluded someone shot with a Taser could face as high as a 50 percent chance of cardiac arrest.


Microsoft wants to get under your skin

Not that the future of VeriMed is in any way certain, despite the Microsoft link. The company's parent, VeriChip, has already tried to sell off the human-implanting part of the business as punters prove remarkably reluctant to be serial-numbered. Should the business fail entirely, a connection to HealthVault could be the best hope for the poor souls who've already succumbed to having chips embedded in their arms.


U.S. troops' new mission: America's 'special events'

Proposal would allow civilians to activate Army to prevent 'environmental damage'

Webmaster's Commentary:

Posse Comitatus? WHAT Posse Comitatus!


Attorneys: Fort Dix Terror Plot Was “Planted And Nurtured” By FBI Informants

Lawyers in a case relating to a much vaunted 2007 terror plot have concluded that FBI informants were the key figures behind the operation and that the accused, six foreign-born Muslims, were merely bungling patsies.

Defense attorneys have denied there was any plot, arguing two FBI informants concocted and encouraged the conspiracy because they were being paid and promised legal immigration status, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger.


Traffic de drogue par les services secrets et Israël:


CIA Drug Trafficking and remembering Gary Webb

Check out this new story by Robert Parry reflecting on journalist Garry Webb's suicide, after being totally blacklisted by the mainstream media because he had the guts to speak the truth about the CIA and other parts of the US government that helped the Contras and their allies import cocaine into the US, during the period that President Reagan was talking about "fighting drugs" and locking up all those drug users in a cage, beefing up the police state and the prison industrial complex.


Israeli drug smugglers hit Australia

ISRAELI drug lords are increasingly targeting Australia for ecstasy smuggling, according to confidential Israel Police intelligence that shows crime syndicates view it as a booming market for the party drug.

Israeli crime syndicates control a significant share of the global ecstasy trade and have a long history of supplying the Australian market.


CIA helped shoot down 15 planes in 'drug war,' often without warning

With the help of CIA spotters, the Peruvian air force shot down 15 small civilian aircraft between 1995 and 2001, ostensibly as part of the US-abetted war on drugs, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee revealed Thursday. Many of the shoot-downs were made without warning within two to three minutes of the planes being detected.


Changements climatiques:


Violent storms damage dozens of homes across South

Webmaster's Commentary:

It is snowing in Houston; the earliest snow has fallen in the year since 1944!


On Global Warming

--Is it possible (just possible) that our "dear leaders" have once again diverted our energy and good intentions away from REAL threats (like genetically modified food, neurotoxins in our vaccines, carcinogenic pesticides all over our food, etc) into something that serves them (expands their power and their profits) while doing NOTHING to "make us safe?"

UK wins battle over carbon capture billions-sources

European leaders agreed on Friday to put billions of euros of funds behind cutting-edge technology to trap and bury global warming gases underground, a key demand of Britain in climate talks, diplomats said.

The words "grand scale" and "waste of money" spring to mind.


'Brutal' Prairie cold snap to continue until Christmas

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta as well as U.S. neighbour North Dakota are in a mid-December deep freeze, with temperatures as much as 15 to 20 degrees below normal for this time of year.


No respite as wintery storms spread over nation

Some of the sharpest cold Tuesday was in northern Minnesota, where Hibbing bottomed out at 32 below zero and International Falls dropped to 28 below. In the middle of the state, St. Cloud fell to 24 below, breaking its old record of 21 below set in 1963.


Millionaire behind Stansted climate change protest owns shops at AIRPORTS around the world

The tycoon bankrolling the anti-aviation activists who stormed Stansted owns shops in airports around the world.

Mark Constantine, the owner of Lush Cosmetics, was today accused of profiting from airline passengers while funding groups whose actions can severely disrupt their journeys.

DEMING: Global warming freeze?

Dispute on carbon tax mars climate talks

A U.N. climate conference closed Saturday in contention over a proposal to raise what could amount to billions of dollars for poor countries by levying a tax on carbon trading among the world's wealthy nations.


Desperate Double Speak: Global Cooling Is Part Of Global Warming

An Associated Press article has stunned some readers by suggesting that an ongoing global cooling trend is actually indicative of how quickly the planet is succumbing to man-made global warming.

The bizarre statement appeared in a panic-inducing article that emphasizes man-made warming fears and highlights how president elect Obama must tackle them with new laws including a carbon tax “cap-and-trade” system.

Webmaster's Commentary:

I think we can establish that the Global Warning cult is a perfect textbook example of politicians taking something that occurs naturally, and turning into a crisis to justify a new tax.

Al Gore and his associates have invested $300 million into selling you that global warming is YOUR fault and to guilt you into accepting a new carbon tax and further control over your life. and they are not about to let as little thing like Earth actually getting colder stand in their way!

Hence, expect to see a lot of these "Human-caused Global Warming MAKES the world cooler!" articles. But like the ice scene Al Gore "borrowed" from "The Day After Tomorrow", this idea that heat makes cold is just a sci-fi movie plot; not real science.


Environmental "Chicken Littles" have come home to roost at the AP

Amazing thing, that Global Warming. When the Earth warms, it's Global Warming. When the Earth cools, it's Global Warming. Place your bets on Global Warming, and you'll come out a winner every time.


Whale songs drowned out by human noise pollution

December 3, 2008, Seattle Post-Intelligencer/Associated Press

The songs that whales and dolphins use to communicate, orient themselves and find mates are being drowned out by human-made noises in the world's oceans. That sound pollution -- everything from increasing commercial shipping and seismic surveys to a new generation of military sonar -- is not only confounding the mammals, it also is further threatening the survival of these endangered animals. Studies show that these cetaceans, which once communicated over thousands of miles to forage and mate, are losing touch with each other, ... experts said at a U.N. wildlife conference in Rome. "Call it a cocktail-party effect," said Mark Simmonds, director of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, a Britain-based NGO. "You have to speak louder and louder until no one can hear each other anymore." Environmental groups also are increasingly finding cases of beached whales and dolphins that can be linked to sound pollution, Simmonds said. Marine mammals are turning up on the world's beaches with tissue damage similar to that found in divers suffering from decompression sickness. Scientists say the use of military sonar or seismic testing may have scared the animals into diving and surfacing beyond their physical limits. Several species of cetaceans are already listed as endangered or critically endangered from other causes, including hunting, chemical pollution, collisions with boats and entanglements with fishing equipment. Though it is not yet known precisely how many animals are affected, sound pollution is increasingly being recognized as a serious factor, the experts said.

Note: For many reports on threats to marine mammals from reliable, verifiable sources, click here.


New technology to show dreams on screen

A Japanese research team has invented a technology that if completed could display people’s thoughts and dreams on a computer screen.


Bush Excluded by Latin Summit as China, Russia Loom

Latin American and Caribbean leaders gathering in Brazil tomorrow will mark a historic occasion: a region-wide summit that excludes the United States.


U.S. troops' new mission: America's 'special events'

Proposal would allow civilians to activate Army to prevent 'environmental damage'

Webmaster's Commentary:

Posse Comitatus? WHAT Posse Comitatus!


CIA Embedded in Every State Government

Jesse Ventura Speaks about his personal experiences and knowledge of such facts!


Prisons Earn $878 Million Annually by Poisoning Inmates and Guards, Lawsuit Alleges

Freda Cobb alleges that she and more than 300 other people were poisoned by a Florida prison. Cobb and 25 other plaintiffs are suing the Federal Corrections Institute in Marianna for exposing them to dangerous lead levels while prison laborers burst computers with hammers to extract gold from within. Prisons reportedly earned $878 million each year while under contract to Dell and Hewlett Packard by exposing inmates and employees like Cobb to high levels of lead and toxic chemicals.

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