Daily Archives: August 18, 2007

Fox News’ John Gibson: “We Need Another 9/11”

 

 

“The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous.”

– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

 

Sick, anti-American traitor of the week, John Gibson

“Now it will be easy to carry on the fight, for we can call on all the resources of the State. Radio and press are at our disposal. We shall stage a masterpiece of propaganda.”

– Reich Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, in William L. Shirer, (1959) “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”

 

John Gibson defends columnist Stu Bykofsky saying we “Need Another 9/11”. Not only does he call for an attack on this country, Gibson and his executive producer mock Jon Stewart’s heartfelt response to 9/11.

Listen all the way through to the end…..

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The Ward Churchill of the demented right-wing has a deathwish for terror in order to unite the country

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.”

– Adolf Hitler

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Gibson: “It’s gonna take a lot of dead people..”

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The Enabling Act (Ermächtigungsgesetz in German) was passed by Germany’s parliament (the Reichstag) on March 23, 1933 and signed by President Paul von Hindenburg the same day. It was the second major step after the Reichstag Fire Decree through which the democratically-elected Nazis obtained dictatorial powers using largely legal means. The Act enabled Chancellor Adolf Hitler and his cabinet to enact laws without the participation of the Reichstag.

Mother forced to give birth alone in bathroom at top National Health Service hospital

Daily Mail | Aug 18, 2007

By ANDREW LEVY

A young mother had to deliver her own baby in the lavatory of a flagship hospital because there were no trained midwives available.

Surveyor Catherine Brown had made the agonising decision to undergo a chemically-induced abortion after being told her 18-week pregnancy was risking her life.

But when the time came to give birth she was on an ear, nose and throat ward and had only her mother to help her through the ordeal. Her premature son Edward died in her arms minutes later.

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The traumatised mother-of-one said: “I just howled and howled. I remember sitting there looking at him and thinking, ‘What do I do next?’. I just sat there on the toilet looking at my dead baby.

“It was dreadful – a terrible nightmare. Then I started crying my eyes out and repeating, ‘I’m sorry baby, I’m so sorry’. I still can’t believe the hospital had no trained staff who could help me.”

To compound Miss Brown’s agony, the body of her child was almost discarded with hospital waste.

Her MP has called for an independent review of what he called “one of the most harrowing medical cases I have ever had to deal with”.

The catalogue of errors unfolded at the £238million Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Essex, which opened last December.

Eleven weeks into her pregnancy, Miss Brown, 30, started suffering abdominal pains. She was told she was suffering from a urinary infection which would not affect her pregnancy. But on the evening of February 21 she started bleeding and was rushed into hospital.

Her condition was stabilised with intravenous antibiotics and in the early hours of the following morning she was moved to a mixed-sex ear, nose and throat ward where a bed was available. She was placed in a doorless annexe of the ward and told to expect a scan in the morning.

By 5pm that evening she had still not had a scan. The procedure was only arranged at 7pm after her mother, Sheila Keeling, 51, threatened to make an official complaint.

Doctors discovered there was no amniotic fluid around the baby, meaning his chances of survival were minimal.

Miss Brown was told her own life was threatened by her condition and, following a consultant’s advice, she took the devastating decision to undergo a chemically-induced abortion late that evening, after which she was moved into a private room.

At 4am on the following morning she went into labour but complained she had to wait an hour for gas and air to help with the pain.

With no professional help available, she decided to go to her en suite bathroom and stand over the toilet, which had a disabled bar for support, because she had given birth to her son, 18-month-old Matthew, in an upright position.

Her mother spoke of her fears that she was going to lose her daughter as well as her grandson, because she was bleeding so heavily.

“I was running around frantically trying to find gas and air for her and pleaded with nurses, who seemed very matter of fact, to assist,” she said.

“The staff I did find told me they did not have the training to help. Catherine was left to deliver the baby alone with just me for help before cleaning herself up and going back to bed. It was horrific.”

But their trauma was still not over. Miss Brown said staff almost took Edward’s remains away for disposal despite her informing the hospital she wanted to hold a funeral.

“They didn’t even record the details of Edward’s birth. But he did exist. And more than that, he was a very special little boy.

“Hopefully he has made sure that other families won’t have to go through what we did. We’ll never forget him.”

Tests later revealed Miss Brown had septicaemia, possibly caused by the placenta failing to implant properly.

Miss Brown, who lives in Hornchurch and has split with Edward and Matthew’s father, said the mental and physical toll of her experience meant she had to stop work as a utility surveyor and is only now close to recovering.

Fighting back tears, her mother said: “It was really hard watching my daughter go through that. No one was there to reassure us and make us think they knew what they were doing.”

Miss Brown’s MP, Conservative-James Brokenshire, said: ‘The catalogue of errors and blunders is quite disturbing. There appear to have been systemic issues and potentially issues about individual members of staff.

“While changes have been made by the hospital it is such a horrific story I want everything to be closely scrutinised.

“This has to be one of the most harrowing medical cases I have ever had to deal with.

“Catherine almost died and she later discovered the baby had nearly been disposed of with medical-waste.”

Queen’s Hospital was opened at the end of last year, taking over maternity services from Oldchurch Hospital in Romford.

Women more than 20 weeks pregnant who experience complications are seen by A&E and sent to the maternity unit if necessary.

Those under 20 weeks also go through A&E but are referred to gynaecology if problems continue.

However, there was not a dedicated gynaecology unit when Miss Brown was admitted, meaning patients were sent to a ward where a bed was available. The Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital NHS Trust offered its “sincere condolences” to Miss Brown.

A spokesman said: “We have now established a separate gynaecological A&E service, staffed by gynaecological, medical and nursing staff with access to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit.

“From the end of this month, there will be a dedicated gynaecological ward, with the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit situated within it. This will ensure dedicated and appropriate care.”

War Stress Pushing Army Suicides Higher

Forbes | Aug 16, 2007

By PAULINE JELINEK

Repeated and ever-longer war-zone tours are putting increasing pressure on military families, the Army said Thursday, helping push soldier suicides to a record rate.

There were 99 Army suicides last year – nearly half of them soldiers who hadn’t reached their 25th birthdays, about a third of them serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Col. Elspeth Ritchie, psychiatry consultant to the Army surgeon general, told a Pentagon press conference that the primary reason for suicide is “failed intimate relationships, failed marriages.”

She said that although the military is worried about the stress caused by repeat deployments and tours of duty that have been stretched to 15 months, it has not found a direct relationship between suicides and combat or deployments.

“However, we do know that frequent deployments put a real strain on relationships, especially on marriages. So we believe that part of the increase is related to the increased stress in relationships,” she said.

“Very often a young soldier gets a ‘Dear John’ or ‘Dear Jane’ e-mail and then takes his weapon and shoots himself,” she said.

The report resonated on Army bases and among war supporters and critics around the nation.

“It can get pretty depressing even when you’re not in harm’s way,” said Sgt. Carlene Bishop, a 25-year-old from Reading, Pa., who serves in the 10th Mountain Division and returned from Iraq in May. “You’re away from home, you have to put your life on hold. I know soldiers whose marriages have broken up or who couldn’t pay their bills.”

Carol Banks, whose husband is a chaplain for a battalion preparing for another deployment from Fort Hood in Texas later this year, said soldiers are under a tremendous amount of stress – young and suddenly faced with war on top of the regular struggles of finances and family life.

“It just piles up, one thing on top of another,” said Banks. “There is help available, but I think a lot of soldiers don’t want to use it.”

The 2006 total – the highest rate in 26 years of record-keeping and the largest raw figure in 15 years – came despite Army efforts to set up new programs and strengthen old ones for providing mental health care to a force stretched by the longer-than-expected conflict in Iraq and the global counterterrorism war entering its sixth year.

The Army has sent medical teams annually to the battlefront in Iraq to survey troops, health care providers and chaplains. It has revised training programs and bolstered suicide prevention, is trying to hire more psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and is in the midst of an extensive program to teach all soldiers how to recognize mental health problems in themselves and others – to overcome a culture that attaches a stigma to seeking help.

“I am deeply concerned but not surprised” by the new report, said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee. She cited the stresses of longer and repeated tours of duty and her suspicion that many in the military don’t understand how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I think there is just an inner denial among some that PTSD is ‘you’re just not tough enough,'” she said.

The Army has been working to overcome the stigma associated with getting therapy for mental problems after finding that troops were avoiding counseling out of fear it could harm their careers.

Among findings in the new report:

_ Of the 99 suicides, 30 were soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan at the time of their deaths, 27 of them in Iraq.

_ 69 were committed by troops who were not deployed in either war, though there were no figures immediately available on whether they had previously deployed.

_In a half million-person Army, the toll translated to a rate of 17.3 per 100,000, the highest since the Army started counting in 1980.

The rate has fluctuated over the years, with the low being 9.1 per 100,000 in 2001. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the suicide rate for U.S. society overall was about 11 per 100,000 in 2004, the latest year for which the agency has figures. The Army said that when civilian rates are adjusted to cover the same age and gender mix that exists in the Army, the rate is more like 19 to 20 per 100,000.

_The 99 suicides compare to 87 in 2005 and are the highest total since 102 were reported in 1991, the year of the Persian Gulf War, when there were more soldiers on active duty.

Investigations are still pending on two other deaths and if they are confirmed as suicides, the number for last year would rise to 101.

_About a quarter of those who killed themselves had a history of at least one psychiatric disorder. Of those, about 20 percent had been diagnosed with a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder and-or depression, and about 8 percent had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, including post traumatic stress disorder – a signature injury of the conflict in Iraq.

_Firearms were the most common method of suicide. Those who attempted suicide but did not succeed tended more often to take overdoses and cut themselves.

Tracy Willis, whose husband is a finance officer deployed in Iraq, said even though her husband works mostly inside a base, “There’s no safe job in the Army.”

“Being over there is a dangerous place,” said Willis. When her husband returned home to Fort Hood for a break, she noticed he was jumpy in his sleep, unlike himself.

“It was a big scare,” she said. “I don’t want him to come home and feel he can’t handle this.”

Though the Army has boosted programs for family members as well, Willis, 24, said she’s not sure what kind of help or information is available for soldiers like her husband. She’s heard discussions of post-traumatic stress disorder but wouldn’t know where to turn.

Associated Press reporter Michelle Roberts contributed to this report from San Antonio, Texas, and William Kates from Fort Drum, N.Y.

Putin denies Shanghai regional group is military bloc

RIA Novosti | Aug 17, 2007

shanghaico_logoCHEBARKUL (Urals), August 17 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed as irrelevant allegations that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a military bloc, and highlighted its increasing role in economic cooperation.

The group, comprising Russia, China, and four ex-Soviet Central Asian states concluded Friday a large-scale anti-terrorism exercise in Russia’s south Urals. The SCO, seen as a counterweight to U.S. influence in Asia, was recently dubbed the “Anti-NATO” by Russian daily Izvestia.

Putin said after the exercises: “The SCO today is an organization tackling political and economic issues, and the economic aspect is increasingly coming to the foreground.” Comparisons with NATO are entirely untrue, he said.

Although the “Shanghai Six” was originally set up to deal with border disputes that emerged following the breakup of the Soviet Union between the newly-independent states and China, these problems have since been resolved, he said.

The Russian president said that cooperation between member states’ militaries is more anti-terrorist than military in nature. Moscow is still faced with the threat of terrorism, and will continue counter-terrorism efforts both at home and abroad, in conjunction with its partners, he added.

The Peace Mission 2007 exercise began in the Chelyabinsk Region on August 9, involving around 7,500 servicemen from SCO member states Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. SCO leaders attended the final day of training.

Putin declared the drills a success, and said the countries’ troops had carried out exercises without a single hitch.

A Defense Ministry official said earlier Friday that the exercises, the first in which military units of all SCO member states have participated, have cost Russia 2 billion rubles ($80 million).

The bloc’s leaders traveled to Russia from the SCO summit held in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, on Thursday. At the meeting in Bishkek, the Russian president had proposed holding counter-terrorism exercises on a regular basis, while highlighting the need for a multi-polar system for international security, and speaking out against attempts by any one nation to take global security into its own hands.

In the summit declaration released Thursday, SCO leaders said no outside assistance was needed to ensure regional stability and energy security, and that the organization’s regional antiterrorism structure had sufficient resources to fight terrorism, separatism and extremism in Eurasia.

Member states pledged to push forward with creating a joint mechanism to counter threats to regional peace, stability and security, and to deepen cooperation in fighting drug trafficking and illegal migration.

Russia, China display firepower, warn US on Central Asia

Helicopters and tanks from Russia, China and Central Asian countries participated in war games in Chebarkul, Russia, on Friday.

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Helicopters fly in formation at the Chebarkul range during the Peace Mission 2007 counter-terrorism exercise among the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states, August 17, 2007. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

The Hindu | Aug 17, 2006

by Vladimir Radyuhin

Shanghai Group conducts joint war exercises to counter U.S., NATO

MOSCOW: Russia, China and four Central Asian members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conducted their largest war games in the southern Ural Mountains on Friday.

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Chinese armoured personnel carriers take part in war games in Chebarkul. The presidents of Russia, China and four other Central Asian states have attended unprecedented joint military exercises on, intended as a display of strength to the West.(AFP/Maxim Marmur)

The leaders of the SCO watched an impressive display of combat skills and firepower in “Peace Mission-2007”, the first SCO military drill in which all the SCO nations took part. Russia and China, as well as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Fighter jets whizzed overhead, airborne troops baled out from transport planes, tanks and armoured personnel carriers surged ahead, as over 6,000 troops freed a small town captured by mock terrorists and insurgents. Russian television broadcast the exercises live.

Regional security

The war games came a day after the SCO leaders vowed to keep the U.S. and NATO away from Central Asia, declaring at their summit in Kyrgyzstan that stability and security in the region must be the responsibility of the regional nations and their organisations.

“Today’s exercises are yet another step towards stronger relations between our countries, a step aimed at strengthening global peace and security, above all the security of our peoples,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said after the war games.

Speaking in Bishkek, Mr. Putin proposed that the SCO member-states hold regular joint military manoeuvres in the future.

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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – The leaders of Russia, China and Iran said Thursday that Central Asia should be left alone to manage its stability and security — an apparent warning to the United States to avoid interfering in the strategic, resource-rich region.