Greetings U.S. government and military visitors! I hope you learn something while you browse my webpages. My hitcounter shows my webpages are getting increasing numbers of daily visits from various U.S. military, intelligence and other government domains, so I decided to make this welcome page. I hope that you visit my pages because you find me to be an interesting person, and not a "person of interest"! ;)
Here I am a Hippie musician, satirist & Wizard, and yet I know more about what's really going on in the world than our leaders do. Either they really don't know, or else they're lying to us. Most Americans are uninformed and ignorant enough to believe the lies, no matter how preposterous. Yikes!!! We're doomed!
Look into my eyes!
Jesus H Christ! This is the third visit to my web pages from someone in the White House!
8 December 09:20 Executive Office Of The President, United States
Aren't they busy enough destroying America as we know it, making us the most hated nation in history, allowing big business to pollute the environment and otherwise screwing up the world? They must have lots of extra time on their hands if they have time to visit my web pages. Is it possible that there is actually a sentient being among the staff members, one who realizes that things are going horribly wrong and has sought me out for guidance? I'm here to help!
Here's the screenshot I took on 12/8/2003:
Let me get this straight, terrorists attack us because they "hate our freedoms", and the answer is to take away our freedoms? Brilliant plan! If there are no freedoms here, then freedom haters won't attack us. Kind of like "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."
I can picture Colin Powell reading a transcript of a conversation intercepted from somewhere in Afghanistan:
FREEDOM HATER #1: Abdul, you know that place America? They have freedoms there.
FREEDOM HATER #2: Freedoms? I HATE THAT! We must organize, finance, arm and train an international ring of terrorists who share our hatred for freedoms!
FREEDOM HATER #1: Sounds like a plan. Say, why don't we use the bases, missiles and stuff we got from the CIA when we were Reagans' "brave freedom fighters" against the Evil Empire?
Bush Energy Policy Fuels Terrorists - former CIA Director
WASHINGTON, DC, September 11, 2002 (ENS) - The Bush Administration must rethink its energy policy if it is to succeed in the war on terrorism, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director James Woolsey said today.
Speaking on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon at the independent energy and environmental research center, Resources for the Future, Woolsey said, "I have not been pleased with the president's energy policy, to put it mildly," Woolsey said. "I admire President Bush's effort in the fight against terror, but his energy policy goes against what he is trying to accomplish in that war."
Woolsey said people in the Middle East have some justification in thinking the U.S. has but one interest in the region - oil.
"They think we want to use it as a gas station, that we have no interest in the people," Woolsey explained. "They perceive that America is in bed with their own oppressive regimes, and believe our lack of willingness to stand up for human rights in their countries is based on our thirst and appetite for oil."
Very interesting visitor to this page:
28 November 06:12 Department of State, Washington, D.C., United States
Here's the screenshot I took on 11/28/2003:
What the hell???? Am I hallucinating these visits??? Why would the offices of the President of the United States and the U.S. Department of State take time out of their busy day to visit the website of a Hippie Artiste?? Hey! Maybe I really am a Wizard!! Maybe they need my help? I would offer my services as Offical Wizard of the United States, and help them to figure a way out of the huge mess they've made. I really could help, if they would listen to what I have to say.
I'll make you an offer, give me $1000 so I can buy the herbal extracts and other natural supplements (they really do work) I need to help my chronic Lyme disease symptoms (NIH Lyme alert -- Columbia University's Lyme Disease Research Center info )
Throw in another $5000 to help launch my music career buy guitar strings and other music supplies, and I'll give you the advice you need. How can you go wrong with a deal like that? You can bridge the gap, rather the vast gulf between the Right and Left in America, help improve the wretched American culture and the world situation all at the same time! E-mail me if you're interested. Unless you've sold your souls to big oil robber barons and other big business interests, in which case there is no hope for the future. You'll leave behind an increasingly dangerous and toxic world for your grandchildren to inhabit.
One more thing, it is clear that the White House is run by fundamentalist "Christians". I think they really should take heed to the following words of Jesus: "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32 - You'll notice that he didn't say "And ye shall be brainwashed ignoramuses, and the brainwashing will make you free."
Very interesting visitor to my Ronald Reagan page:
24 November 18:01 Executive Office Of The President, United States
Here's the screenshot I took on 11/24/2003:
3 December 16:57 United States (osis.gov)
Here's the screenshot I took on 12/3/2003:
I did a Google search and found:
[rohrpost] FBIS.GOV / OSIS.GOV - a job for you.in current vienna papers, FBIS has jobs for people to monitor web-sites [social, economic, tech, science, etc..] and to translate and report to FBIS / OSIS [FBIS collects and translates current political, economic, technical, and military information from the media world- wide for the U.S. government and its agencies]
4 December 05:06 United States (osd.mil)
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Screenshot from 12/4/2003:
I got a webpage visit from CACI last May:
16 May 10:48 CACI, Inc., United States
CACI - Proud Partner in Homeland Security
Our focus is on methods of extracting the most relevant and important information from vast data collections, and then turning it into something useful that can acted upon.
CACI International Inc provides the IT and network solutions needed to prevail in today's new era of defense, intelligence and e-government. Our solutions lead the transformation of defense and intelligence, assure homeland security, enhance decision-making and help government to work smarter, faster and more responsively.
It's run by US military and intelligence people:
This is getting to be ridiculous, I'm tired of taking screenshots, here are some other recent military-industrial complex visitors to my websites:
1 December 10:09 Northrop Grumman Corporation, Los Angeles, United States
3 December 15:20 The Boeing Company, United States
4 December 14:48 Disney Worldwide Services, United States
4 December 16:14 United States Army, United States
5 December 13:47 SAIC, United States
7 December 14:26 Lockheed-Martin Corporation, United States
12 January 11:13 The National Academies, Washington, D.C., United States
12 January 14:35 Royal Military College, Canada
12 January 15:46 Lockheed-Martin Corporation, Denver, United States
12 January 15:46 United States Military Academy, West Point, United States
Why the hell are they so interested in the site of a Hippie Artiste/Wizard??? It's all NEWS articles, political and social commentary, history and satire. I read news online then post items of interest. Current events has always been a hobby of mine. As one can see by the screenshots, my pages don't get much traffic, a few dozen daily visitors. Maybe real news is verboten nowadays, maybe even a few sentient beings in America who know what's going on are a threat to the powers that be?
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell
I sent this info to my U.S. Senators, my Congressman, the ACLU and other civil liberties organizations, as well as several news agencies.
The powers that be must consider me to be some kind of threat???? I am a creative genius, that's all. Besides, the people who read my sites already know the world is controlled by a bunch of greedy yahoos. Anyone who doesn't have their head up their ass knows that! There are not enough smart people to be any kind of threat to the assholes anyway, so what are they afraid of?
What ever happened to the concept that "Democracy depends upon an active and well-informed citizenry." ?
I encourage progressive website owners to install a free hitcounter that shows the ISP of website visitors:
Download free graphics software that makes screenshots:
I really am a Wizard, you know! I made this magic wand with the help of my Spirit helpers:
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Most Americans would consider me to be eccentric and/or crazy. Want to know what's REALLY crazy? The anal-retentive, religious compulsive oafs in the White House and their idiotic supporters! There is help for them if they ever come to their senses: Fundamentalists Anonymous: Twelve Steps to Sanity If Jesus really does return he'll beat the hell out of fundamentalist "christians" for giving him such a bad name!
"Compassionate conservatives" heckle protesters
and show their support for Bush and Jesus:
Those morons are bubbling over the with the love of Jesus.
The Rise and Fall of the Holy Roller Empire
Fundamentalist Christians are in control of the White House, God help us all!
Hypocrites like those have been killing people and stealing their land ever since the murderous Doomsday cult known as the Pilgrims came here from England and began plundering paradise, treacherously turning on the Native Americans who welcomed them and helped them to survive.
Hey!! I just thought of something, maybe all the U.S. government interest in my pages is because those superstitious, sexually repressed, anal-retentive oafs think I'm the antichrist or maybe even the devil!!!
So-called "Christians" have been committing mass murder and mayhem in the name of Jesus ever since the Roman emperor Constantine cleverly coopted the Christian faith as a tool of Empire. He gave his army a new standard to carry into battle, a long spear, overlaid with gold, forming the figure of the cross by means of a transverse bar laid over it. The cross, upon which Jesus, the "Prince of Peace", was executed by the Romans as a threat to their domination, became the instrument for maintaining and expanding the Kingdom of Caesar.
Constantine had a problem, the Roman army was increasingly difficult to control, consisting of many different ethnic groups, each with their own gods of war. The illegal cult of Christianity was popular among the poor people who made up the armies. Constantine shrewdly united the Roman armies under a new god of war, transforming the Prince of Peace overnight into a kind of "Genghis Christ". Constantine claimed to have had a vision of a cross in the sky, and God telling him, "in hoc signo vince", translated "In this Sign Conquer."
According to "Christian" theologians (actually, they are the original propagandists), here's how Jesus was magically transformed from a peaceful prophet of God into a bloodthirsty avenger:"The Emperor Constantine himself was conquered by the power and the glory of the sign of the Cross of Christ. One day, on the eve of a decisive battle, he and all his soldiers saw a cross of light in the sky with the inscription, "By this sign you will conquer". The following night the Lord Jesus Christ Himself appeared with the Cross in His hand and told him that by this sign he would conquer the enemy and directed that each soldier’s shield be monogrammed with the holy Cross. Constantine fulfilled the command of God and conquered the enemy. He placed his empire under the protection of the saving sign of Christ. He took Christianity under his protection and proclaimed faith in Christ to be the state religion. He outlawed punishment by crucifixion and issued laws favouring the Church of Christ. For his merit and zeal in propagating the Christian faith, Constantine the Great with his mother Helen received the title of Holy Rulers, Equal-of-the-Apostles."
How dare they accuse Jesus Christ of complicity in their crimes against humanity? They really do belong in their beloved Hell. The problem is, they are hell-bent on taking the rest of the world along with them.
Ronald Reagan was a firm adherent to Biblical prophecy; specifically, he believed that the end of the world -- the Battle of Armageddon -- was close at hand.
PHOTO: Reagan with Jerry Falwell. Falwell called Reagan his "favorite Christian".
While he was running for office in 1980, candidate Reagan announced during an interview with televangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker that "We may be the generation that sees Armageddon." But that certainly wasn't the first time. At a 1971 banquet for California state senator James Mills, then-Governor Reagan broke it all down for the honoree during the dessert course:
"In the 38th chapter of Ezekiel, it says that the land of Israel will come under attack by the armies of the ungodly nations, and it says that Libya will be among them. Do you understand the significance of that? Libya has now gone Communist, and that's a sign that the day of Armageddon isn't far off.
"Biblical scholars have been saying for generations that Gog must be Russia. What other powerful nation is to the north of Israel? None. But it didn't seem to make sense before the Russian revolution, when Russia was a Christian country. Now it does, now that Russia has become communistic and atheistic, now that Russia has set itself against God. Now it fits the description of Gog perfectly.
"For the first time ever, everything is in place for the battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ. It can't be too long now. Ezekiel says that fire and brimstone will be rained upon the enemies of God's people. That must mean that they will be destroyed by nuclear weapons."
In an interview published in a December 1983 issue of People magazine, the most powerful man in the world revealed that:
"[T]heologians had been studying the ancient prophecies -- what would portend the coming of Armageddon-- and have said that never, in the time between the prophecies up untiI now, has there ever been a time in which so many of the prophecies are coming together. There have been times in the past when people thought the end of the world was coming, and so forth, but never anything like this."
He was also an ardent supporter of school prayer and anti-abortion laws. He withheld funding from international contraception programs. Over complaints by the ACLU, he officially declared 1983 to be "The Year of the Bible." And he appointed likeminded Jesus freaks to his cabinet. During a 1981 Congressional hearing, Reagan's first Secretary of the Interior, James Watt, revealed the depth of his commitment to preserving America's environment for posterity:
"I do not know how many future generations we can count on before the Lord returns."
Bush says God chose him to lead his nation
Book reveals how President's religious and political beliefs are entwined - and claims he did pray with Blair
Paul Harris in New York
Sunday November 2, 2003
President George W. Bush stood before a cheering crowd at a Dallas Christian youth centre last week, and told them about being 'born again' as a Christian.
Behind Bush were two banners. 'King of Kings', proclaimed one. 'Lord of Lords', said the other. The symbolism of how fervent Christianity has become deeply entwined with the most powerful man on the planet could not have been stronger.
The book, which depicts a President who prays each day and believes he is on a direct mission from God, will give ammunition to critics who claim Bush's administration is heavily influenced by extremist Christians.
Bush is already under fire for allowing the appointment of General William Boykin to head the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Boykin, who speaks at evangelical Christian meetings, once said the war on terror was a fight against Satan, and also told a Somali warlord that, 'My God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.'
Among Mansfield's revelations is his insistence that Bush and Tony Blair have prayed together at a private meeting at Camp David. Blair has previously denied this.
Mansfield, however, says that, while there were no witnesses, aides were left in little doubt as to what had happened. He told The Observer: 'There is no question they have shared scripture and prayed together.'
The book also shows that in the lead-up to announcing his candidacy for the presidency, Bush told a Texan evangelist that he had had a premonition of some form of national disaster happening.
Bush said to James Robison: 'I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can't explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen... I know it won't be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.'
In a book by the late Grace Halsell, Prophecy and Politics: Militant Evangelists on the Road to Nuclear War, published in 1986, Ms. Halsell quotes TV evangelist James Robison:
"'There'll be no peace until Jesus comes. Any preaching of peace prior to this return is heresy; it's against the word of God; it's Anti-Christ,' says TV evangelist Jim Robison, who was invited by President Reagan to deliver the opening prayer at the 1984 Republican National Convention."
The Pentagon Unleashes a Holy Warrior
Oct. 16, 2003
The top soldier assigned to track down Bin Laden and Hussein is an evangelical Christian who speaks publicly of 'the army of God.' A Christian extremist in a high Defense post can only set back the U.S. approach to the Muslim world.
by William M. Arkin
"...[Army Lt. General William G. "Jerry"] Boykin is also an intolerant extremist who has spoken openly about how his belief in Christianity has trumped Muslims and other non-Christians in battle. He has described himself as a warrior in the kingdom of God and invited others to join with him in fighting for the United States through repentance, prayer and the exercise of faith in God. He has praised the leadership of President Bush, whom he extolled as 'a man who prays in the Oval Office.' 'George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States,' Boykin told an Oregon congregation. 'He was appointed by God.'"
In this newly created position, Boykin is not just another Pentagon apparatchik or bureaucratic warrior. He has been charged with reinvigorating Rumsfeld's 'High Value Target Plan' to track down Bin Laden, Hussein, Mullah Omar and other leaders in the terrorism world.
All Americans, including those in uniform, are entitled to their views. But when Boykin publicly spews this intolerant message while wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army, he strongly suggests that this is an official and sanctioned view - and that the U.S. Army is indeed a Christian army.
But that's only part of the problem. Boykin is also in a senior Pentagon policymaking position, and it's a serious mistake to allow a man who believes in a Christian "jihad" to hold such a job.
For one thing, Boykin has made it clear that he takes his orders not from his Army superiors but from God - which is a worrisome line of command. For another, it is both imprudent and dangerous to have a senior officer guiding the war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan who believes that Islam is an idolatrous, sacrilegious religion against which we are waging a holy war.
And judging by his words, that is what he believes.
In a speech at a church in Daytona, Fla., in January, Boykin told the following story:
"There was a man in Mogadishu named Osman Atto," whom Boykin described as a top lieutenant of Mohammed Farah Aidid.
When Boykin's Delta Force commandos went after Atto, they missed him by seconds, he said. "He went on CNN and he laughed at us, and he said, 'They'll never get me because Allah will protect me. Allah will protect me.'
"Well, you know what?" Boykin continued. "I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol." Atto later was captured.
>Other countries, Boykin said last year, "have lost their morals, lost their values. But America is still a Christian nation."
The general has said he has no doubt that our side is the side of the true God. He says he attends prayer services five times a week.
>In Iraq, he told the Oregon congregation, special operations forces were victorious precisely because of their faith in God. "Ladies and gentlemen I want to impress upon you that the battle that we're in is a spiritual battle," he said . "Satan wants to destroy this nation, he wants to destroy us as a nation, and he wants to destroy us as a Christian army.""I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen'. - Jerry Falwell, 9/13/01, appearing with Pat Robertson, explaining the reasons for the attacks on 9/11.
"Our goal has been achieved. The Religious Right is solidly in place, and religious conservatives in America are now in for the duration" - Jerry Falwell
Onward, Christian Soldiers 2003
Louise Witt, Salon, January 3, 2003
One can't blame Jerry Falwell for feeling invincible these days. Religious conservatives fasted and prayed that antiabortion candidates would win in November; Falwell believes their prayers were answered when the Republicans won control of the 108th Congress.
Christian conservatives believe they tipped the close Senate elections to the GOP in Georgia, Minnesota and Missouri (though they lost a heated run-off in Louisiana). And Falwell gives much of the credit to fierce campaigning by President Bush, himself a born-again Christian, in the final days before the election. "His work brought out the religious conservative vote, which elected the people we want to have in office," Falwell says. "No one in the world would deny that the religious conservatives certainly played a major role in regaining Republican control of the Senate. It's encouraging to think that if we get people out, we can make a difference every time, just like in the election of Ronald Reagan."
The conservative Baptist minister Jerry Falwell said "I think Muhammad was a terrorist" in an interview broadcast Sunday, October 6, 2002 on the CBS' "60 Minutes." Falwell was widely criticized after 9/11 when he said on Pat Robertson's TV show that pagans, abortionists, feminists, homosexuals and civil liberties groups had secularized the nation and helped the Sept. 11 attacks happen. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)
"The mission of the Christian Coalition is simple. It is to mobilize Christians -- one precinct at a time, one community at a time -- until once again we are the head and not the tail, and at the top rather than the bottom of our political system. The Christian Coalition will be the most powerful political force in America by the end of this decade. We have enough votes to run this country...and when the people say, 'We've had enough,' we're going to take over!" -Pat Robertson
"It is interesting, that termites don't build things, and the great builders of our nation almost to a man have been Christians, because Christians have the desire to build something. He is motivated by love of man and God, so he builds. The people who have come into (our) institutions (today) are primarily termites. They are into destroying institutions that have been built by Christians, whether it is universities, governments, our own traditions, that we have.... The termites are in charge now, and that is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived for a godly fumigation." - Pat Robertson, New York Magazine, August 18, 1986
"You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist."
Long ago a very wise Iroquois Indian told a "christian" missionary, "Your idea of Hell is repugnant to us Indians, besides, I reckon there are more than enough white rogues to fill it." ...AMEN!
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"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation," the leader of another country once wrote. "We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland." - Adoph Hitler, writing about creation of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany.
"Today Christians ... stand at the head of Germany ... I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity .. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit ... We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press - in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past ... (few) years." - Adolph Hitler - The Speeches of Adolph Hitler, 1922-1939, Vol. 1 (London, Oxford University Press, 1942), pg. 871-872.
Consider this quote from Hermann Goering, president of the Reichstag, Nazi Party, and Luftwaffe Commander in Chief:"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
FBI Remains Secretive on 'No Fly' List, ACLU Says
Dec. 5, 2003
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A controversial "no fly" list designed to stop suspected terrorists from boarding planes is being sloppily maintained, which could make it difficult for innocent Americans to get their names cleared, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Friday.
The group, which reviewed 94 pages of documents recently declassified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said the material released offered no information on how the no fly list was compiled, how many people were on it, and whether it was possible to get on the list simply by protesting the war in Iraq.
"For us, it raises more questions than it answers," Stella Richardson, a spokeswoman for the ACLU of northern California, said of the declassified FBI documents.
The documents were released this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made a year ago by two Bay area peace activists, Jan Adams and Rebecca Gordon, who were detained at San Francisco International Airport.
The no fly list was quietly introduced after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, but has produced numerous complaints from people who say they were detained without reason.
More than two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the ACLU said that most of the public information regarding detained travelers still comes from local police reports and not U.S. government agencies. At least 300 people have been detained at San Francisco International Airport alone since the list was put into use.
"It is likely that thousands of innocent passengers are being stopped and questioned at airports across the country because of the list," the ACLU said in a statement. "Will these people face consequences in this country and even abroad because of the no fly list?"
Video captured civil rights abuses during FTAA talks
Nov. 26, 2003
MIAMI (AP) - Protesters showed videotape Wednesday of last week's trade talks in which police in riot gear trampled a protester, shot rubber bullets at an attorney who had her back turned and chased away a demonstrator who had silently kneeled before them in prayer.
The footage was taped by the Independent Media Center, which had about 30 journalists with video cameras at the Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting and protests, said Sara Kendall, one of the journalists. She said four of their broadcast-quality video cameras were confiscated or broken.
The video, which Kendall said was edited from footage from about six cameras, was played at a press conference Wednesday in downtown Miami but was not immediately released to the public.
The footage showed a young man by himself on his knees with his hands folded in prayer in front of a line of riot police.
Several police ran out of the line, pushed him with their riot shields and he fled to the sound of gun shots. Police shot rubber bullets and bean bags during the sometimes violent demonstrations.
The video also showed a woman in a dress suit and red blazer holding a poster and standing in front of the demonstrators She identified herself to police as an attorney and said she was unarmed.
When she turned her back to the police, she was shot in the back of the leg with a rubber bullet. Another time, as police opened fire on the protesters, she huddled beneath her sign for protection, but was still hit in the face.
In another scene, police were moving forward in a line when a protester fell in front of them. His friend unsuccessfully tried to help him up as the police walked over him.
The rest of the video depicted protesters with bloody faces, police spraying pepper spray or tear gas at demonstrators, and scuffles between police and protesters.
Miami police did not return several calls Wednesday afternoon seeking comment.
The AFL-CIO and other civil rights groups have said police abused demonstrators during last week's trade talks, arrested them without cause and denied them restrooms, water and phones.
Amnesty International and demonstrator's groups called Wednesday for a full and independent into police practices during the trade talks.
A coalition called Save Our Civil Liberties demanded that Timoney, Miami-Dade Police Chief Carlos Alvarez, Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas be removed from their offices and held criminally responsible. The group also demanded that all charges against all demonstrators be dropped.
Protesters, journalists and a volunteer medic told how they were arrested or beaten or both.
"This was a paramilitary assault," said Naomi Archer, a spokeswoman for South Floridians for Fair Trade and Global Justice. "There has to be some accountability."
Independent Media Center
Protesters Say Miami Police Abused Them
Nov. 26, 2003
MIAMI (AP)- Civil rights groups complained Tuesday that police at last week's trade talks abused protesters - some senior citizens - by arresting them without cause and denying them restrooms, water and phones.
Meanwhile, the national steelworkers union called for a congressional investigation and the removal of Miami police Chief John Timoney over the treatment of its members during the protests, and several groups said they will sue the city.
"Police failed. The City of Miami failed," said Deborah Dion, the AFL-CIO's campaign coordinator.
Many protesters said they were peaceful and complied with officers' demands, only to be arrested anyway.
Bentley Killmon, 71, said he was trying to get back to the buses provided by the Alliance for Retired Americans when police pushed him to the ground, arrested him and handcuffed him for 12 hours.
"The way I was treated, you would expect it in a Third World country, not in this country," he said.
The American Civil Liberties Union says it was preparing to take legal action, as were the AFL-CIO and other organizations.
The United Steelworkers of America sent a letter to congressional leaders late Monday, criticizing police. The letter also criticized the use of federal money - $8.5 million was allotted - for Miami's security costs, calling it money for "homeland repression."
Monday's letter was sent to several members of Congress, including Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist, with copies to Gov. Jeb Bush, among others.
Of the more than 200 people arrested, only two remained jailed Tuesday.
One protester remained hospitalized with head injuries he says he suffered when police pinned him to the ground.
Judge: I saw police commit felonies Dec. 20, 2003
A judge who said he witnessed some of the anti-free trade protests complains in open court about how police handled the demonstrations
A judge presiding over the cases of free trade protesters said in court that he saw ''no less than 20 felonies committed by police officers'' during the November demonstrations, adding to a chorus of complaints about police conduct.
Judge Richard Margolius, 60, made the remarks in open court last week, saying he was taken aback by what he witnessed while attending the protests.
''Pretty disgraceful what I saw with my own eyes. And I have always supported the police during my entire career,'' he said, according to a court transcript. ``This was a real eye-opener. A disgrace for the community.''
In the transcript, he also said he may have to remove himself from any additional cases involving arrests made during the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit.
''I probably would have been arrested myself if it had not been for a police officer who recognized me,'' said the judge, who wears his hair in a graying ponytail.
Margolius had been hearing the cases of Joseph Diamond and Danielle Kilroy, both arrested during the FTAA protests. Diamond had been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, a felony; the charges were dropped by the state at the Dec. 11 hearing.
Kilroy also faced felony charges -- battery on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence. Her charges were reduced to a single misdemeanor, resisting arrest without violence, according to members of the Miami Activist Defense, a legal group monitoring the court hearings.
During the Dec. 11 hearings, the judge asked an assistant state attorney, ``How many police officers have been charged by the State Attorney so far for what happened out there during the FTAA?''
None, the prosecutor replied.
''None?'' asked the judge. ``Pretty sad commentary. At least from what I saw.''
The judge also wondered aloud how much the ''whole episode'' had cost taxpayers. ''I know one thing. There were police officers from every agency -- I couldn't believe the sheer numbers,'' he said.
Laurel Ripple, a protester who was arrested and is working with MAD, said she was in the courtroom during Margolius' remarks.
''I'm really glad he saw for himself what was happening . . . I'm really glad he was out there,'' she said. ``As a lifelong Miami resident and victim of the police during the FTAA, it was really supportive to hear that kind of affirmation from Judge Margolius.''
The FTAA summit, Nov. 20 and 21, sparked marches and protests in downtown Miami and resulted in 231 arrests. Since then, at least 27 misdemeanors have been dropped, according to prosecutors' records last updated Dec. 2. Additional cases have been dropped or the charges reduced, according to MAD members.
Two citizens' panels plan to hold a joint meeting Jan. 15 to hear comments and complaints about police conduct during the FTAA, and both Miami-Dade and Miami police are conducting internal reviews. Amnesty International, the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers of America all have called for independent probes.
A Kind of Fascism Is Replacing Our Democracy
By Sheldon S. Wolin
Sheldon S. Wolin is emeritus professor of politics at Princeton University and the author of "Politics and Vision: The Presence of the Past" and "Alexis de Tocqueville: Between Two Worlds."
July 18, 2003
Sept. 11, 2001, hastened a significant shift in our nation's self-understanding. It became commonplace to refer to an "American empire" and to the United States as "the world's only superpower."
Instead of those formulations, try to conceive of ones like "superpower democracy" or "imperial democracy," and they seem not only contradictory but opposed to basic assumptions that Americans hold about their political system and their place within it. Supposedly ours is a government of constitutionally limited powers in which equal citizens can take part in power. But one can no more assume that a superpower welcomes legal limits than believe that an empire finds democratic participation congenial.
No administration before George W. Bush's ever claimed such sweeping powers for an enterprise as vaguely defined as the "war against terrorism" and the "axis of evil." Nor has one begun to consume such an enormous amount of the nation's resources for a mission whose end would be difficult to recognize even if achieved.
Like previous forms of totalitarianism, the Bush administration boasts a reckless unilateralism that believes the United States can demand unquestioning support, on terms it dictates; ignores treaties and violates international law at will; invades other countries without provocation; and incarcerates persons indefinitely without charging them with a crime or allowing access to counsel.
Americans are now facing a grim situation with no easy solution. Perhaps the just-passed anniversary of the Declaration of Independence might remind us that "whenever any form of Government becomes destructive ..." it must be challenged.
Iraqis Say Saddam Not Leading Attacks
Nov. 19, 2003
SAMARA, Iraq (AP) - A former Iraqi general who claims to be part of the insurgency against U.S. troops says the guerrilla war around this "Sunni Triangle" city is being waged by small groups fighting on their own without direction from Saddam Hussein or others.
He and two other Samara men, who said they are in separate guerrilla units, insisted in interviews with The Associated Press that their fight isn't aimed at returning Saddam to power. They said it's about ending the U.S.-led occupation and restoring Iraqi rule.
"I am fighting for my country - not Saddam Hussein - to get rid of the infidels. Very few people are fighting for him. They gave up on him at the end of the war," said one of the men, an unemployed electrical engineer.
Despite the Bush administration's statement that it wants to turn over sovereignty by next June and eventually withdraw its troops, the men said they believe the Americans are here to pillage Iraq and steal its oil.
All three said their guerrilla groups are fighting without instructions from Saddam or any other contact with Iraq's former leader. They also said there is no shortage of potential fighters among Iraqi males, most of whom have at least rudimentary military training from compulsory army service during Saddam's rule.
The men, who described themselves as loyalists of the ousted Baath ruling party, were interviewed separately last week. They agreed to discuss the fighting around Samara only if they were not identified, to avoid making them targets of U.S. troops.
Their claims to be active in guerrilla operations could not be independently confirmed, but there was some indirect evidence that supported their accounts. Without providing details on a site or timing, the engineer said a bomb had been planted on a nearby railway in preparation for attacking a train; three days later, on Saturday, an explosion derailed a train causing damage but no injuries.
The men also gave details of other planned attacks, but AP was unable to confirm whether they occurred. Lt. Col. Ryan Gonsalves, the senior U.S. officer in Samara, declined to comment on that question Wednesday, saying he did not necessarily know about every attack in the area.
The former general, whose 30 years of military service under Saddam is well known in this city of 250,000 people, said he is mostly involved in planning attacks and giving advice on weapons. The other men - the engineer and a wholesaler - said they participate in attacks.
The general described the guerrillas as long on enthusiasm and commitment but short on training and organization, and he said they do not coordinate their activities. Nevertheless, they can cause trouble for U.S. troops, he argued, because the Americans go about in small units that are easier to attack.
"Our tactic is mostly made up of 'attack and run,'" said the 50-year-old general, wearing the traditional long Arab robe and sitting cross-legged on the floor of his home.
The interview was not arranged in advance. A relative of the general took an AP reporter to the general's house without invitation in hopes of plumbing his military expertise for an overview of the guerrilla movement in Samara.
To the surprise of the general's family sitting around him, he began giving details of his own involvement in the insurgency.
He said there is no central organization to the resistance in Samara, but added that attacks by small, independent groups need only "simple planning."
American officers also say guerrilla activities in Iraq are not coordinated by a central command. Last week, Gen. John Abizaid, head of the U.S. Central Command, estimated there are no more than 5,000 insurgents across the country and said the most dangerous are the Baathist loyalists, who are concentrated in the Sunni Triangle that was Saddam's center of support.
The engineer said he specializes in setting off roadside bombs. But he said he also has fired mortars at U.S. bases and shot at soldiers. "We work along with about 20 other men," he said.
Meeting with a reporter at the house of an acquaintance, he said he had only a half hour to speak because he was on his to way to ambush an American convoy on the Samara-Tikrit highway.
At an interview the next day, the engineer said he and eight other men in three cars used machine guns to shoot at the tires of a truck in a convoy carrying food for U.S. troops. He said the driver, a foreign civilian, unhooked the cab and drove off. The other trucks also got away, and nobody was hurt, he said.
The engineer said it takes U.S. helicopters at least 12 minutes to respond to an attack. "We counted. By the time they get there we would be long gone," he said.
A father of four, he said weapons are readily available from Iraqis who looted arsenals in the chaos after Saddam's regime collapsed. He said his group has machine guns, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, SPG-9 anti-tank missiles and Strela anti-aircraft missiles.
In an interview arranged by the engineer, the merchant said he mostly coordinates operations of his guerrilla group but has joined in several attacks, most recently on Nov. 9. In that attack, he said, a convoy of "CIA cars" was ambushed with machine gun fire.
"I do whatever I am capable of to fight the Americans," he said at his home where photos of Saddam were plastered on the walls. "I hit anything I can. We Iraqis know everything about weapons - mortars, guns, RPGs, you name it."
The general said the fighting won't stop until U.S. and other troops get out.
"We don't care who replaces them," he said. "The important thing is to throw out the occupation."
The four degrees: How Europe's hottest summer shows global warming is transforming our world
By Michael McCarthy, Indepenent, UK Environment Editor
08 December 2003
It was the summer, scientists now realise, when global warming at last made itself unmistakably felt.
We knew that summer 2003 was remarkable: Britain experienced its record high temperature and continental Europe saw forest fires raging out of control, great rivers drying to a trickle and thousands of heat-related deaths. But just how remarkable is only now becoming clear.
The three months of June, July and August were the warmest ever recorded in western and central Europe, with record national highs in Portugal, Germany and Switzerland as well as in Britain. And they were the warmest by a very long way.
Over a great rectangular block of the earth stretching from west of Paris to northern Italy, taking in Switzerland and southern Germany, the average temperature for the summer months was 3.78C above the long-term norm, said the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, which is one of the world's leading institutions for the monitoring and analysis of temperature records.
That excess might not seem a lot until you are aware of the context - but then you realise it is enormous. There is nothing like this in previous data, anywhere.
It is considered so exceptional that Professor Phil Jones, the CRU's director, is prepared to say openly - in a way few scientists have done before - that the 2003 extreme may be directly attributed, not to natural climate variability, but to global warming caused by human actions. Meteorologists have hitherto contented themselves with the formula that recent high temperatures are "consistent with predictions" of climate change.
For the great block of the map - that stretching between 35-50N and 0-20E - the CRU has reliable temperature records dating back to 1781.
Using as a baseline the average summer temperature recorded between 1961 and 1990, departures from the temperature norm, or "anomalies", over the area as a whole can easily be plotted. As the graph shows, such is the variability of our climate that over the past 200 years, there have been at least half a dozen anomalies, in terms of excess temperature - the peaks on the graph denoting very hot years - approaching, or even exceeding, 2C. But there has been nothing remotely like 2003, when the anomaly is nearly four degrees.
"This is quite remarkable," Professor Jones told The Independent. "It's very unusual in a statistical sense. If this series had a normal statistical distribution you wouldn't get this number. The return period [how often it could be expected to recur] would be something like one in a thousand years.
"If we look at an excess above the average of nearly four degrees, then perhaps nearly three degrees of that is natural variability, because we've seen than in past summers. But the final degree of it is likely to be due to global warming, caused by human action."
The summer of 2003 has, in a sense, been one that climate scientists have long been expecting. Until now, the warming has been manifesting itself mainly in winters that have been less cold than in summers that have been much more hot. Last week, the United Nations predicted that winters were warming so quickly that winter sports would die out in Europe's lower-level ski resorts. But sooner or later the unprecedented hot summer was bound to come, and this year it did.
Over a large swath of the western part of the European continent, records were broken in all three months, not just monthly averages, but for daily extremes and the lengths of spells above thresholds. New national records were set in at least four countries. Britain experienced its record high on 10 August when the mercury registered 38.5 C(101.3F) at Faversham in Kent - the first time the British Isles had recorded a three-figure Fahrenheit temperature.
Germany had a new record of 40.8C (105.4), Switzerland one of 41.5C (106.7F) - Swiss data show the summer as the hottest since at least 1500 - and Portugal a quite astonishing 47.3C (117.1F).
Although France did not see a new national record - that still stands at the 44C (111.2F) registered at Toulouse on 8 August 1923 - the country suffered severely from La Canicule, the heat wave, which was headline news for most of the late summer. In southern and eastern France, according to Professor Jones, 29 sites recorded temperatures exceeding 40C (104F) during August, with the record being 42.6C (108.7F) at Orange in the Rhône valley.
One of the most dramatic features of the summer was the hot nights, especially in the first half of August. In Paris, the temperature never dropped below 23C (73.4F) at all between 7 and 14 August, and the city recorded its warmest-ever night on 11-12 August, when the mercury did not drop below 25.5C (77.9F). Germany recorded its warmest-ever night at Weinbiet in the Rhine valley with a lowest figure of 27.6C (80.6F) on 13 August, and similar record-breaking night-time temperatures were recorded in Switzerland and Italy.
The 15,000 excess deaths in France during August, compared with previous years, have been related to the high night-time temperatures. The numbers gradually increased during the first 12 days of the month, peaking at about 2000 per day on the night of 12-13 August, then fell off dramatically after 14 August when the minimum temperatures fell by about 5C. The elderly were most affected, with a 70 per cent increase in mortality rate in those aged 75-94.
For Britain, the year as a whole is likely to be the warmest ever recorded, but despite the high temperature record on 10 August, the summer itself - defined as the June, July and August period - still comes behind 1976 and 1995, when there were longer periods of intense heat.
At the moment, the year is on course to be the third-hottest ever in the global temperature record, which goes back to 1856, behind 1998 and 2002, but when all the records for October, November and December are collated, it might move into second place, Professor Jones said. The 10 hottest years in the record have all now occurred since 1990. Professor Jones is in no doubt about the astonishing nature of European summer of 2003. "The temperatures recorded were out of all proportion to the previous record," he said. "It was the warmest summer in the past 500 years and probably way beyond that. It was enormously exceptional."
His colleagues at the University of East Anglia's Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research are now planning a special study of it. "It was a summer that has not been experienced before, either in terms of the temperature extremes that were reached, or the range and diversity of the impacts of the extreme heat," said the centre's executive director, Professor Mike Hulme.
"There were impacts on health in France, on hydroelectricity in Spain, on agriculture in southern Germany and on transportation in Italy.
"It will certainly have left its mark on a number of countries, as to how they think and plan for climate change in the future, much as the 2000 floods here revolutionised the way the Government is thinking about flooding in the UK.
"The 2003 heatwave will have similar repercussions across Europe."
A taste of things to come
How the land suffered: first the fields dried and turned yellow, then the forests burst into flames. The rivers disappeared; the glaciers melted; the old died.
Although in Britain we dream of hot weather, across Europe the heatwave of last June, July and August was too much for most people.
The heatwave was record-breaking in its extremity, with temperatures exceeding 100F (37.78C) across a vast area of Europe, and the prolonged period of drought made it worse. Parts of eastern France had been without rain since February, the longest spell in a century. There was no feed for livestock; nothing was green any more.
In Feurs, in the Loire département, a 34-year-old man was arrested for killing his horse in public, cutting it in four pieces and putting in his freezer. He said the drought had shrivelled all the grazing and he had no more grass or feed to keep the animal alive.
In France's south, the tinder-dry brush went up in flames at the hint of a spark and by the third week of July, 40,000 acres were burning between Toulon and Saint Tropez; the Massif des Maures, the chain of hills that form a noble backdrop the Riviera, was burnt to a cinder.
Two Britons, Margaret Timson, 63, and her granddaughter,15-year-old Kirsty Egerton, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, were killed when they tried to escape from the fires, close to La Garde-Freinet, near Frejus, by car. Other tourists from the Netherlands and Poland also lost their lives.
Rivers dried across the continent; in Spain and in Italy there were electricity shortages as hydroelectric power stations ceased to function when the flow dropped.
The Po, Italy's greatest river, was reduced to a trickle. As the rivers began to vanish, so did the Alpine glaciers. Many Swiss glaciers showed dramatic retreats, melting at a rate 10 times that of a normal summer. Italians scientists estimate that their own country's glaciers are now 20 per cent smaller than they were in 1987.
And the old and the infirm, at the heatwave's height in early August, simply keeled over. The French estimate an extra 15,000 deaths during the summer period across the country, but with the largest numbers in Paris.
In Britain, we celebrated; we ate outdoors, we wolfed down ices. But continental Europe in summer 2003 had a taste of what global warming will really be like: unpleasant and dangerous.
Global Warming Threatens Lake Bursts in Nepal
Dec. 9, 2003
KATHMANDU, Dec 9 (OneWorld) - Although Nepal's share in the global emission of greenhouse gases is almost nil, the consequences of global warming and climate change - receding snowlines, lake bursts and flash floods - threaten to wash away vast areas of the country, including the region that's home to Mount Everest.
The meltdown has sent a chill across the Himalayan nation. Over the last couple of years, it has recorded a hazy winter, hotter summer months and frequent landslides, which experts attribute to climatic change.
Weathermen believe this could be the harbinger of even more miserable weather to come. "The average temperature in Nepal is rising by 0.5 degrees Celsius per decade," points out a senior official in the climate change section in the Ministry of Population and Environment, Purushottam Kunwar.
As Nepal is home to the mighty Himalayas, global warming has increased the pace of snow melting, which, in turn, has made glacial lakes swell.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) had warned five years ago that 20 big glacial lakes in the country are at risk of floods from glacial lake bursts, which could trigger huge loss of life and property.
Different reports suggest the frequency of such bursts has increased in the recent past. "Five glacial lake bursts occurred in Nepal from 1977 to 1998 according to records and satellite imagery," says a climate change officer at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Nepal Program), Sandeep Chamling Rai.
WWF-Nepal acts as a member secretary organization of the Climate Change Network Nepal, which includes a number of domestic and international environmental bodies keeping a watch on global warming and its impact on Nepal.
One of the most startling results of climate change can be seen in the spectacular Tsho Rolpa glacial lake situated in the Rolwaling valley, north of the capital Kathmandu.
"The lake had an area of 0.23 sq kilometers in 1950. It has since swollen to 1.7 sq kilometers," says the director general of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Madan Lal Shrestha.
UNEP had in the past issued apocalyptic warnings about the likelihood of the lake bursting, triggering flash floods in rivers downstream. It was reported that if it burst, the Tsho Rolpa could affect life and property as far away as 100 kilometers downstream.
Immediately after the UNEP warning, the department started the Tsho Rolpa Risk Reduction Project, with the help of a Dutch agency.
The project has siphoned a huge quantity of water and has brought down the water level by 3 meters. According to UNEP, the water level needs to be brought down by at least 20 meters to ensure safety.
As recently as August 2003, the Kawari glacier lake, situated in the foothills of the Annapurna II mountain, burst, destroying property worth US $100,000. Five people were killed and dozens rendered homeless.
Glacial lake bursts on a smaller scale have been frequently reported in the past few decades. On September 3, 1998, the Sabai Tsho lake-burst killed two persons and washed away fields and trekking trails of Solukhumbu district, which is home to Mount Everest.
Likewise, in September 1997, the Dudh Koshi burst destroyed a mini hydro plant there. On July 1991, the Chilbung lake burst, damaging houses in Beding village in Rolwaling valley.
"These are only few examples. Glacial lake bursts occurred in the past as well, but their frequency has increased of late because of rising pace of snow melting thanks to the rise in temperature," asserts Shrestha.
According to Rai, an inventory carried out by ICIMOD (International Center for Integrated Mountain Development) and UNEP has shown that there are 26 potential dangerous glacial lakes in Nepal.
Rapid melting of snow has also led to the receding of the snowline and glacial rivers. "The Rikhasambha glacier river, located in the north-western Dhaulagiri valley, has receded 100 meters between 1974 and 1994. Such recession of glacial rivers is also seen elsewhere," points out Shrestha.
Which is why, he says, Nepal is witnessing a disturbance in mountain climate, flash floods, cloudbursts, erratic weather patterns and so on.
Every year, the number of people dying in floods and landslides increases. In the year 2003, more than 300 people died of floods and landslides across the country.
Greenhouse gases could indeed create a climatic calamity, say climatologists. The spatial variability of the monsoon conditions causes floods and landslides in some regions while severe drought conditions occur in other parts.
"In Nepal's context, the rise in temperature results in enlargement of existing glacial lakes, causing frequent landslides and floods, which destroy vast acres of crops due to hot air flow," says Rai.
Kunwar points out that climate change is responsible for erratic weather patterns such as the thick haze that shrouds Nepal's Terai (southern plains) area in winter.
"The haze destroys cash crops of this region, which is the breadbasket of the country. And due to delay in regular snowfall, people living in the western Himalayan region are suffering from outbreaks of viral influenza and other diseases," he maintains.
Global warming is also raising temperatures at home. Says environmental journalist Bhairab Risal, "It is very disappointing that while Nepal does not emit many greenhouse gases, it has to face the consequences of actions of other developed countries. Due to their actions, our white gold (mountains) may be under threat."
WWF-Nepal will soon be making a detailed study on the impact of climate change in Nepal. "At present we don't have a comprehensive report. But we fear that even bio-diversity may have been affected by the change in climate," he says.
Warmer temperatures hitting cod stocks: study
Dec. 10, 2003
PARIS (AFP) - Global warming joined with overfishing to deliver a double whammy to the Atlantic cod, the most important species of commercial fish in Western Europe and northeastern United States and Canada, a study says.
French oceanographers say rising temperatures in the North Sea over the past 20 years disrupted supplies of plankton, the basic food for baby cod, according to their research, which is published on Thursday in the British scientific journal Nature.
During this time, plankton stocks have varied enormously in abundance and seasonal timing, and this has had a dramatic impact, leaving fewer young cod to survive.
Added to that is overexploitation of the North Sea, which means that many of those cod which survive to reproductive age end up in the net.
"Fluctuations in plankton have resulted in long-term changes" in the North Sea's cod population, say the authors, led by Gregory Beaugrand of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).
"(...) Rising temperature since the mid-1980s has modified the plankton ecosystem in a way that reduces the survival of young cod."
Conversely, a burst in plankton supplies triggered a surge in the cod population, fondly remembered by trawlermen, that ran for 20 years from 1963-83, Beaugrand's team suggests.
Data about the world's climate suggest that warmer temperatures began to kick in from about the middle of the 1970s as the result of emissions of "greenhouse" gases -- carbon pollution from fossil fuels that traps the Sun's heat.
Preliminary figures from some countries suggest 2003 will be the warmest year ever recorded.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961
"Air bombardment is state terrorism, the terrorism of the rich. It has burned up and blasted apart more innocents in the past six decades than have all the anti-state terrorists who have ever lived. Something has benumbed our consciousness against this reality." - Political scientist and ex-U.S. Marine C. Douglas Lummis.
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"I just had a listen to Johnny Asia's "Flight of Angel Birds" - quite interesting. As a sometime guitar player myself, I'd say he's got a serious case of magic fingers . . . If the term 'guitar genius' has any meaning, I guess we've found a good place to hang it." - Christopher Michael Langan, IQ 195+, called "The smartest man in America" on ABC 20/20, Esquire Magazine, London Times
A Newer Kind of Science?
A long-awaited paper on the CTMU, Christopher Langan’s "Theory of Everything", has been published in the interdisciplinary science journal, Progress in Complexity, Information, and Design. The CTMU provides a framework for reality that includes a new model of spacetime and support for a Cosmic Designer. The paper, The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe: A New Kind of Reality Theory, provides a detailed overview of Langan’s model and a fascinating glimpse into the logic, math and physics of reality theory.
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- Dom Minasi - Dom Minasi's ASCAP Audio Portrait
All About Jazz chose Dom Minasi's CD, "Goin' Out Again" as one of the Best Jazz CDs of 2002. "Johnny plays hard. Everything is done with a commitment and drive. My first impression was that of a guitar-playing John Coltrane but actually there is more emotional variety within each track. Sometimes his chords are fun. Complex, but fun and I got the picture of him enjoying himself as he flails away.And does he flail! He has the right hand of all time. There is a tremendous variety of plectrum techniques here and Asia can accelerate throughthem like a sports car. It can sound like the racy concluding section of a classical raga performance...These are high technical achievements." - Ian Gottstein, New Rennaisance Journal
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"The music witched me back..I stopped to tell the man, "Your music is so beautiful.." - Cat Ballou, Woodstock Times, Woodstock, NY
"Cosmic beyond comprehension." - Hudson Valley Free Time
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