Daily Archives: December 10, 2007

Climate change ‘likely to cause wars’

No, you want to know who caused the wars of the last century, who is causing them now and who wants to cause even more war in future? Hint: It isn’t global warming, it isn’t overpopulation, it isn’t terrorism and it isn’t a wild-eyed dictator here and there. Those who cause the wars are those who gain the most from crisis creation, from “Order Out of Chaos” as the Masonic motto goes. They are the Illuminati, the real Illuminati, not to be confused with the Bavarian movement of the 18th century which was only one of their programs that led to the rise of Communist revolution.

Okay, so you think that sounds too conspiranoic? Well too bad, because They, meaning the wealthiest and most powerful elites in the world staged the first two world wars and are staging this latest hundred years war for two basic purposes: A) to consolidate power into a high-tech global government dictatorship and B) to depopulate the planet down to a more “manageable” level.

Now I know there are those of you out there who think you’re pretty smart, that this is all a bunch of paranoid claptrap, but you are an absolute idiot if you believe these lies about global warming. I want you most of all to read the following quote:

“It would seem that men and women need a common motivation, namely a common adversary, to organize and act together in the vacuum such as motivation seemed to have ceased to exist or have yet to be found. The need for enemies seems to be a common historical factor…

Bring the divided nation together to face an outside enemy, either a real one or else one INVENTED for the purpose…

Democracy will be made to seem responsible for the lagging economy, the scarcity and uncertainties. The very concept of democracy could then be brought into question and allow for the seizure of power.

In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. The real enemy [of the elites and their minions] then is humanity itself.”

– “The First Global Revolution” (1991) published by the Club of Rome.

Members of the Club of Rome include: Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, George Soros, Power Corp’s drafter of UN Earth Charter and author of the Kyoto Protocols Maurice Strong, elite crime king-pin David Rockefeller (behind 9/11 and other crimes of treason), Communist Party leader Mikhail Gorbachev (who proclaimed the Earth Charter housed in the “Ark of Hope” as the “new Ten Commandments”), Prince Philippe of Belgium, former President of Germany Richard von Weizsäcker, Ernesto Zedillo Director of The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, former President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, H.M. Juan Carlos I King of Spain, founder of the Soka Gakkai cult Daisaku Ikeda, Coordinator of the Global Marshall Plan Initiative Frithjof Finkbeiner, and President of The Club of Rome Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. All top elites, almost all Freemasons or Knights of various secretive “orders” and all working for the Illuminati plan for total world domination.

Do you see? Crisis creation is the slick methodology of Fascism, to create a crisis or an enemy that serves as a pretext for hidden Machiavellian agendas by uniting the people against the enemy that was fabricated in the first place. In this case, the enemy is supposed to be humanity itself, such that people begin to believe that climate change is all our fault and that we are the problem. Hoodwinked under such a schizoid paradigm, people are willing to think the unthinkable, accept the unacceptable and to follow like sheep to slaughter, the Judas goats of the New World Order.

Now bear witness to and plumb the depth of the cunning, diabolical minds of the elite, yes, the Illuminati, the Illumined Ones, the “Wise Men” who think it is their right to rule over us and manipulate us into acquiescing to a hellish world of perpetual war, false-flag terror psyops, bio-engineered plagues, nano-pollution, genetic chimera freakism, rampant robotics, the transhumanist hive-mind, directed energy weapons, GPS tracking chips, toxic food, toxic vaccines, toxic toys, artificial scarcity, abject poverty, debt slavery, social chaos, starvation, torture, mass-extermination, wide-scale human rights abuses, dehumanization and depersonalization, mass-drugging, confiscation of property, concentration camps and much, much more. Because it’s all by design. It is not happening by accident. It is all being planned and financed and implemented by these elite scum who speak with forked tongues giving you cover-stories instead of revealing their true agendas. You better wake up people. The time is getting very near for this engineered chaos to be fully implemented.

Stop believing the lies! Have the courage to stand up for truth.


Telegraph | Dec 10, 2007

By Charles Clover

Climate change is likely to aggravate old conflicts and trigger new tensions that could spill over into war or violence in many parts of the world, a report for the United Nations Environment Programme said.

Areas at risk of greater insecurity include northern and southern Africa, central Asia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, China, parts of the Caribbean and Andean and Amazonian regions of Latin America.

The report, by German and Swiss academics, says that the population of North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean is estimated to grow by 40 per cent by 2025 at the same time as rainfall and agricultural production will be in decline.

Entitled Climate Change as a Security Risk, the report suggests that the climate change-induced causes of conflict are likely to be: degradation of freshwaters; decline in food production; increase in storm and flood disasters and environmentally-induced migration.

It identifies vulnerable states and societies as those that are in political transition and have a low level of economic activity with often large population or high population densities.

The regional hotspots identified are:

– North Africa. It says this could be at particular risk of rising interstate conflicts including ones that might affect the region and beyond. Some countries in North Africa have recently suffered internal unrest and tensions including Algeria and Morocco.

In addition, many countries here are “characterised by poverty, high youth unemployment, wide social discrepancies and scanty state social security networks”.

Aggravating pressures will be the likelihood of increased migration to the north by people living in the Sahel region and increased rural to city migration.

“As usable land and water resources become increasingly scarce, and use of non-sustainable methods of agriculture continues, desertification will cause further impoverishment and the risk of water and land-related conflicts at regional and local level will increase throughout North Africa,” says the report.

After 2025-2030, water conflicts between Egypt and other countries cannot be excluded and could trigger insecurity that is ‘felt far beyond the region”.

The experts believe that the political and institutional structures of southern Europe will be able to cope with environmental changes such as drought and heat waves. But it notes that migration from countries of North Africa to EU countries could have violent consequences.

– Central Asia. Above-average warming and glacial retreat will exacerbate water and agricultural problems in a region already characterised by political and social tensions and civil war, (Tajikistan).

– India, Pakistan, Bangladesh. The retreat of glaciers in the Himalayas will jeopardise the water supply for millions. Changes in the monsoon will affect agriculture.

– China. Climate change will intensify existing environmental stresses from air and soil degradation. Cyclones and sea level rise will affect the populous south coast. The report says that the government’s capacity to cope could be overwhelmed by the rapid pace of modernisation, social and environmental crises and climate change.

Hans Schellnhuber, a lead author of the report, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and a visiting professor at Oxford university, said:” Without resolute counteraction, climate change will overstretch many societies’ adaptive capacities within coming decades. This could result in destabilisation and violence jeopardising national and international security to a new degree”.

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Global warming hysteria serves as excuse for world government
If world government is to be achieved by consent, the world must be sold on the idea of world government and its necessity

The First Global Revolution: A Report by the Council of Rome
“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…The real enemy, then, is humanity itself….Bring the divided nation together to face an outside enemy, either a real one or else one invented for the purpose…”

Al Gore’s Global Green Fascism
In a New York Times editorial, Al Gore says we need a new generational mission to combat global warming. What he really wants is government control of the economy.

Globalists Love Global Warming
Trilateral Commission, chairman of British Petroleum, CFR, Club of Rome fan hysteria to achieve world government

Lovelock: Warming Will Kill 6 Billion
Six billion dead. That’s the latest magic number from the eco-left that’s designed to scare the world into global warming action. Climate extremist James Lovelock, the founder of the Gaia theory, used it predicting mankind will almost be wiped out by 2100 from global warming.

Global Warming Fanatics Warming Up to Evangelicals
The producer of a movie on global warming that is being shown in Evangelical churches has admitted she believes earth’s true problem is too many people.

Top Scientist Advocates Mass Culling 90% Of Human Population
A top scientist gave a speech to the Texas Academy of Science last month in which he advocated the need to exterminate 90% of the population through the airborne ebola virus. Dr. Eric R. Pianka’s chilling comments, and their enthusiastic reception again underscore the elite’s agenda to enact horrifying measures of population control.

Officials Debating Mandatory Flu Vaccinations For Preschoolers

Dogflu.ca | Dec. 9, 2007

It is being reported that health officials are mulling over the possibility of making it manditory for preschool students to be given the flu vaccine.

New Jersey’s Public Health Council is set to sit down to debate the issue, one that most parents are not a fan of.

If the proposal is past, it would make New Jersey the first state in America to require all preschool children to receive a flu vaccine if they attend any licensed preschool or day care centers.

According to New Jersey deputy health commissioner Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, the new requirements already have been approved by the state health department and Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

“It’s a great day for public health in New Jersey,” he said.

Obviously, parents are not thrilled with the proposed manditory vaccinations of their preschool children.

“This will be the first jurisdiction anywhere in the world to make the flu shot mandatory” for school attendance, said Jon Gilmore, a board member of Advocates for Children’s Health Affected by Mercury Poisoning, or ACHAMP.

“It is not right for the government and unelected councils to dictate what we put into our children,” said Sue Collins, co-founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination.

“If you have children and they go to day care, they’re constantly getting sick,” said Dr. Bresnitz. “We believe this will limit the disease, decrease hospitalization and prevent death,” he said, “not only for the children affected but also in the community at large.”

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NJ Parents Try to Block Vaccine Mandate

NJ Parents Try to Block Preschool Vaccine Mandate

AP | Dec 8, 2007


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Parents concerned about possible vaccine dangers and government intrusion are trying to block New Jersey from becoming the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers.

The Public Health Council on Monday is set to consider whether New Jersey should require flu shots as well as three additional vaccines. If approved, New Jersey would become the first state to require annual flu shots for children attending licensed preschool or day care centers.

State health department officials also want to require a pneumococcal vaccine for preschoolers, a booster shot to fight whooping cough for sixth-graders, and meningitis shots for school children as young as 11.

According to deputy health commissioner Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, the new requirements already have been approved by the state health department and Gov. Jon S. Corzine; they are expected to be rubber-stamped by the Council on Monday.

Bresnitz said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports the new requirements and that public health officials in other states are watching and likely to follow suit.

Bresnitz said he’s convinced the vaccines will reduce the incidence of the diseases, preventable hospitalizations, and the need for parents to stay home with sick children.

“It’s a great day for public health in New Jersey,” he said.

But some parents say there is inadequate proof the vaccines are safe and effective.

At a Statehouse news conference Friday, about a dozen parents protested the new requirements and urged people to call the governor’s office to ask him to stop Monday’s vote.

“This will be the first jurisdiction anywhere in the world to make the flu shot mandatory” for school attendance, said Jon Gilmore, a board member of Advocates for Children’s Health Affected by Mercury Poisoning, or ACHAMP. He blames his 7-year-old son’s autism on vaccines.

Bresnitz said he didn’t know whether jurisdictions outside this country have required flu shots for school kids.

Parents on Friday also urged support for a bill that would give parents a right to “philosophical objection” to vaccine mandates. The bill has been sitting in a committee for four years without action.

“It is not right for the government and unelected councils to dictate what we put into our children,” said Sue Collins, co-founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination.

Corzine, asked about the mandates Friday, said he didn’t “want to speak to the specifics.”

Several parents noted that unlike other common vaccines, most of the influenza vaccine available contains mercury, a toxic heavy metal that has been widely blamed by parents as a cause of autism, despite the lack of any such evidence.

A few speakers also said there’s no research showing that it is safe to give children all the vaccines required today — more than 30 for New Jersey children.

“They’re really being treated as guinea pigs, and not all children can handle all vaccines,” said Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk, R-Bergen, sponsor of the philosophical objection bill.

The new vaccines New Jersey backs are recommended by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical groups.

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Officials Debating Manditory Flu Vaccinations For Preschoolers

Ex-Wife Takes on Chavez over totalitarianism

Marisabel Rodriguez, ex-wife of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. A new voice has emerged to challenge Hugo Chavez’s push to turn Venezuela into a socialist society, someone with rare insight into the president’s passions and vulnerabilities.

Associated Press | Dec 8, 2007


BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – A new voice has emerged to challenge Hugo Chavez’s push to turn Venezuela into a socialist society, someone with rare insight into the president’s passions and vulnerabilities: his ex-wife.

Marisabel Rodriguez says her return to the public spotlight is not a personal vendetta.

“This fight is not against a single person,” she said in an interview at her home with The Associated Press. “This struggle is against the danger posed by leaving a person in power for a long time.”

Rodriguez had largely kept out of the public spotlight since she and Chavez divorced in 2004. But the former first lady resurfaced with a series of appearances urging voters to vote “no” in last Sunday’s referendum on constitutional changes that would have let Chavez run for re-election indefinitely.

Chavez narrowly lost the referendum, his first defeat at the ballot box in nearly nine years in office.

“We were on the verge of handing over the country to the president like a blank check,” she said, calling it a “road straight to totalitarianism.”

Rodriguez denies any interest in running for office herself, but already her outspoken resistance has become a public relations thorn in Chavez’s side.

As first lady, she was part of the assembly that drafted the current 1999 constitution.

Now she is proposing an amendment to shorten presidential terms from six to four years, saying Chavez has been in office long enough. She also has spoken in favor of dissident politicians and student protesters.

And on Sunday, she went to the polls with Rosines, the 10-year-old daughter she had with Chavez, while the president’s supporters chanted: “Get out of here!”

Chavez has not responded directly to her, though in a speech Wednesday he suggested his daughter was being kept away from him.

“Now they are putting my little girl in the eye of a hurricane, and that hurts me. Rosines, God bless her. I hope I can see her. They practically don’t let me see her. I’m going to have to turn to the law. She has a father,” he said.

Rodriguez, 43, said she has never denied Chavez the right to visit his daughter: “The doors of this house will always be open.”

“He has to calm down a bit,” she said.

She said she supposes Chavez brought up their daughter “to scare me.”

“It’s a way of telling me to shut up,” she said, adding: “He doesn’t dare tell me because I won’t shut up.”

Their marriage in 1997, a year before Chavez was elected president, was the second for Chavez, who had three children with his first wife.

The president remains single, while Rodriguez remarried in May to Felix Lisandro Garcia, a 39-year-old hotel tennis instructor.

Rodriguez, who recently stepped down as head of the Venezuelan charity Fundacion del Nino, now works part-time running a nutritional clinic.

She said she has no plans to leave Venezuela.

“If I have to fight for my country, I want to do it from here,” she said.

Earlier, Chavez could be heard on the television in her dining room scolding some of his supporters for abstaining from the vote, calling them “cowards” and “lazy people.”

“Now he says those who voted ‘no’ voted for (President) Bush,” Rodriguez jeered. “He’s nursing his wounds. … Sometimes when a person is so sad, the sadness can’t be hidden.”

She takes a critical view on almost every Chavez policy. She says Venezuela is wrongly interfering in nations like Bolivia and Ecuador and is spending too much on the military. Shortages of basic goods like milk, she says, show the government’s failures.

Her advice to the opposition? Be alert, she said, because “he’s going to keep trying to cheat us” by attempting to push through radical reforms by other methods.

Asked if she has some good memories of Chavez, she paused for a few seconds and said: “No one is so bad to not have a good side.”

Then, speaking more broadly, she added: “But I have to admit he had an extraordinary ability to fool us.”

Texas City Reports 33 Percent Increase in Accidents at Lights with Traffic Cameras

Red light cameras cause accidents (mainly rear-end collisions) to increase by one-third in Harlingen, Texas.

theNewspaper.com | Dec 9, 2007

Harlingen, Texas experienced an increase in accidents at the intersections where red light cameras were installed. The city of 67,000 near the border with Mexico began ticketing in May. Since then, the total number of accidents at photo enforced locations jumped to 57 compared to 43 in the six months prior to installation — a 33 percent increase.

Although six months is not a sufficient amount of time to develop an accurate picture of the safety effects of the program, the early figures are consistent with those of independent researchers. In July an exhaustive study by the Virginia Department of Transportation documented a 29 percent increase in accidents overall at camera intersections throughout the state. The Washington Post likewise concluded that six years of data showed an increase in accidents at ticketing locations in the nation’s capital.

Still, Harlingen city leaders scrambled to declare their program a success citing a 47 percent decrease in the number of violations and downplaying the significance of rear end collisions. Redflex, the Australian vendor in charge of the program, has the capability of adjusting camera settings to obtain any desired reduction in the number of citations.

Rockford Illinois to add surveillance cameras on city streets

Surveillance is troubling to critics, who say the crime-fighting tool invites abuse and is an ineffective form of Big Brother government.

ROCKFORD STAR | Dec 8, 2007

By Sadie Gurman

Lacandis Williams wishes hidden cameras were rolling one night this month when, unseen and unheard, a thief broke into her boyfriend’s car. With videotape, she said, police might have caught the culprit in the act.

“I think it’d be a lot safer” with surveillance cameras, Williams, 19, said. “Then (police) could just catch (criminals) on camera and bring them in right then and there.”

Williams, who lives on Fisher Avenue, said she would welcome the 10 to 18 surveillance cameras police hope to station in her neighborhood and in other “hot spots” for crime by early spring.

The cameras are the first phase of a larger goal to one day watch the city’s roughest areas from a bird’s-eye view. Police officials hope the extra eyes will chase away drug dealers and head off violence.

But the surveillance is troubling to critics, who say the crime-fighting tool invites abuse and is an ineffective form of Big Brother government.

“It plays on a lot of the fears we have now about terrorism and crime and suggests that the only rational way we can deal with those problems is to somehow give up our personal freedom,” said Ed Yohnka of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. “It’s a misapplication of power.”

‘Starting from scratch’

Cameras already watch over parts of Fisher Avenue and State and Wyman streets.

The two are “test demos” police have used for nearly two years, moving them around the city to explore their capabilities. Officials deemed the cameras a success after On the Waterfront, when they surveilled massive crowds from above.

Installation of more security cameras raises questions about who will watch the footage and how long it will be stored. Rockford police say they don’t yet have the answers.

“We’re really starting from scratch,” Deputy Police Chief Lori Sweeney said.

Rockford’s cameras will be successful, she said, if calls for service decrease in monitored areas, more crimes are solved, police officers deem them helpful and residents say they feel safer.

Among the issues to be worked out is how to transmit camera footage to the downtown Public Safety Building. Also, Sweeney said, a camera model has not been selected, and the department has not developed a set of policies and procedures for use of the cameras.

“There’s still a tremendous amount of work we have to do,” she said.

The Police Department has $300,000 to spend on the camera technology, money from a Crime Stoppers grant the department won in May. The cameras will be perched throughout two stretches of the city where police have recently unleashed an aggressive anti-drug strategy.

On the east side, they’ll be in an area from the Rock River to Kishwaukee Street and from 15th Avenue to Walnut Street. On the west side, they’ll be in an area surrounded by Jefferson Street on the south, Whitman Street on the north, Kilburn Avenue on the west and the Rock River on the east.

That could mean surveillance near Betty Webster’s Sixth Street home, where, she said, syringes and pills litter the street. She said she’s grown tired of hiding from drug peddlers and hoodlums. In November, police reported 27 drug-related incidents and one incident of shots fired in the area.

Webster said she supports the use of cameras.

“Anything is a plus, the crime has gotten so bad,” she said.

Based on Chicago plan

The new cameras will likely produce sharper images and their footage will be viewable from the Public Safety Building and on laptops in marked squad cars, Sweeney said. Night vision will allow a civilian or a retired officer to monitor the footage around the clock.

While the tape is rolling, officers will be able to zoom in tight enough to read a license plate, and they can rotate the cameras 360 degrees. Officials can deploy officers right away if they spot something suspicious or use footage as an investigative tool.

Rockford’s strategy is patterned on “Operation Disruption,” a security plan Chicago police started in 2002. There are 632 cameras throughout Chicago, mostly in spots plagued by narcotics use, department spokesman Patrick Camden said. Chicago’s cameras are visible, marked by blue strobe lights and packed into bulletproof cases.

The high-tech possibilities worry the ACLU’s Yohnka.

“Suddenly, you’re able to alter the direction of a camera so it’s pointed at someone’s home,” he said. “It’s easy to imagine someone looking into a second-story window and watching someone undress.”

Officials recognize the possibility for abuse, Sweeney said, and want to guard against it. They say they’re seeking a model that can be programmed to block certain areas from being filmed. If officials don’t want footage of a bedroom window, for example, the technology allows them to create a border around it, said Darrell Erdman, the department’s information systems technician.

“We don’t want people to feel like we’re going to be peeking into their homes,” Sweeney said.

But civil libertarians say the problem is also about results. Few studies have been done in the United States that analyze whether surveillance cameras are responsible for a drop in crime, said Mike Fergus of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Authorities instead point to data collected in heavily-surveyed Great Britain, where residents are familiar with the cameras.

Camden said such data would be hard to collect in Chicago.

“That’s like trying to quantify how many crimes do marked squad cars prevent,” Camden said. “We have seen decreases in the amount of calls in neighborhoods where (cameras) have been installed.”

Gore criticised for lining his pockets with $6,600-per-minute green speech

Bore: Gore picked up $200,000 for delivering a speech ‘similar’ to all the others and had heads ‘twitching with tiredness’

Daily Mail | Dec 8, 2007


Al Gore has come under fire for making personal gain from his mission to save the planet – after charging £3,300 a minute to deliver a poorly received speech.

The former American Vice-President was also accused of being “precious” at the London event, demanding his own VIP room and ejecting journalists, despite hopes the star-studded gathering would generate publicity for the fight against global warming.

Many of the audience at last month’s Fortune Forum summit were restless as Mr Gore, who has won both a Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar for his campaigning work this year, delivered the half-hour speech that netted him £100,000.

The glittering fundraiser was held in The Royal Courts of Justice and attracted world leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrity activists including Bob Geldof, Darryl Hannah and Jerry Hall, who was there as “a Special Ambassador of The Alliance for a New Humanity”. Guests had paid between £1,000 and £50,000 to attend.

But a source told The Mail on Sunday: “Many guests looked tired and began to talk among themselves during his speech. Heads began to twitch with tiredness.

“Al uses his position for great personal gain. He goes from event to event delivering a similar speech, earning a large fee, and a lot of the time he doesn’t actually inform the audience.

“He refused to speak to journalists and security would usher away VIP guests and the Press.

“He was being very precious and demanded his own VIP room before the event, where he held his own exclusive reception.

“The other guests were cut off. It was very clear that many guests were disappointed by this.”

Even some of the charities benefitting from the event were unhappy with the actions of 59-year-old Mr Gore and his entourage, especially the way they treated invited guests.

Paul Hetherington, media relations manager for WaterAid, said: “Pictures couldn’t be taken and people were being moved out of the main hall so they couldn’t experience the event. It was very disruptive.

“We had to apologise to people who were invited. We wanted to say thank you for all the support that many people had given us, but some of them were asked to leave.

“Many guests were invited by the hosts, so why should the speaker have any control over these guests and removing the media? It defeated the object of trying to raise awareness of the cause.”

A source added: “Al had two people working for him: a woman who was his assistant and a male security officer who enrolled the help of security guards at The Royal Courts of Justice in a military-style operation to guard Al Gore. They took over the show.”

However, a spokesman for Mr Gore, who won his Oscar for the polemic documentary An Inconvenient Truth, told The Mail on Sunday: “Mr Gore donates a percentage of all of his speaking fees to the Alliance for Climate Protection.

“With regards to the media arrangements, some of Mr Gore’s events are open to the media, some of them are not. As you know, he has many open events coming up, including the Nobel Peace Prize.

“Unfortunately, this event had more limited availability. I do apologise for that. He does do his best to speak to reporters as often as possible.”

Fortune Forum, which was founded by socialite ex-model Renu Mehta last year with the aim of attracting wealthy philanthropists to large-scale social and environmental projects, declined to comment.

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A convenient $100 million for green Gore
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Music to electronic ears: Violin playing robot is unveiled


Musical … The robot performed a perfect rendition of Pomp and Circumstance as it was unveiled today

Daily Mail | Dec 7, 2007

Car giant Toyota unveiled a violin playing robot today which wowed onlookers with a faultless rendition of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance.

The five foot tall, two-legged robot has a human-like dexterity which could see it be put to use in nursing homes and medical care.

Toyota also unveiled a two-wheeled, single-seat “mobility robot” that could be used to transport an elderly or disabled person over uneven ground and around obstacles.

Toyota, which already uses industrial robots extensively in its car plants, said it aims to put robots capable of assisting humans into use by the early 2010s.

“We began to use industrial robots in our factories in the 1980s that have been perfected over time to be capable of working on several car models or carrying out different tasks,” said chief executive Katsuaki Watanabe.

He added: “Now we want to accelerate the development of robots that make a contribution to society, drawing on our knowledge and innovation in the field of automobiles.”

The new robots come three years after Toyota unveiled a trumpet-playing robot – its first humanoid machine – in a bid to catch up with robot technology frontrunners such as Honda and Sony.

Makers of robots see big potential for their use in Japan, where the number of elderly people is rapidly growing, causing labour shortages in a country that strictly controls immigration.

Japanese are famed for their longevity of life, with more than 30,000 people aged at least 100 years old, a trend attributed to a healthy cuisine and active lifestyle.

But the ability to live longer is also presenting a headache as the country has one of the lowest birthrates.

Japan’s most famous robot is arguably Asimo, an astronaut-looking humanoid developed by Honda which has been hired out as an office servant and has even popped up to offer toasts at Japanese diplomatic functions.

Toyota meanwhile said it believed it was vital to team up with partners in industry, government and academia to develop robots to assist humans.

It aims to start trials putting some, including the mobility robot, into practical use in the second half of next year.

Further work is also planned to improve the hand and arm flexibility of the violin-playing robot so it can use general purpose tools.

Carmakers are also looking to use robot technology to develop more sophisticated cars.

Mr Watanabe said: “Technologies used to enrich the abilities of robots can also be used to improve the functionality of automobiles.”

Putin eyes full merger of Belarus into Russia

The union, to be agreed on this week, could enable Russia’s popular president to retain power by creating a new Constitution.

Christian Science Monitor | Dec 10, 2007

By Fred Weir

MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin may be about to unveil a political bombshell: a full-scale union between Russia and its smaller Slavic neighbor Belarus.

It’s a plan that not only would expand Russia’s territory and national prestige; it could also give Mr. Putin, required to step down when his second term ends in March, a new lease on power by producing a fresh Constitution.

Citing Kremlin sources, the independent Ekho Moskvy radio station reported Friday that Putin and Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko will sign a union treaty during Putin’s two-day visit to Minsk this week.

A Kremlin spokesman said the report came “from the realm of speculative fantasies,” though he did not deny that the long-debated Russia-Belarus union might be on the verge of realization.

The purported deal, to be endorsed by popular referendum, would involve a full merger of the two countries, including common currency, legal system, armed forces, and state symbols. Putin would be likely to become the new superstate’s provisional leader and Mr. Lukashenko its speaker of parliament, the station said.

Belarus’s beleaguered opposition called on Belarussians to the streets this week to protest “imminent annexation” by Russia.

“It has become clear that Russia will use economic levers [such as high energy prices] to annex Belarus, or at least compel it to join a ‘union state,’ ” Viktar Ivashkevich, deputy head of the Belarussian Popular Front coalition, said in a statement.

Belarus is Russia’s closest ally among ex-Soviet states and has long been dependent on Moscow for energy supplies, security assistance, and economic subsidies. The two countries have had a partial union since 1996, when Lukashenko championed the idea. Since the youthful and popular Putin took power from a weak Boris Yeltsin, however, Lukashenko has cooled to the idea.

But Russia has racheted up the pressure on Lukashenko. Last week the Russian state gas monopoly Gazprom announced a new round of hikes that will triple the price Belarus paid barely a year ago. “As Lukashenko searches for ways to survive politically, it may be that cutting a deal with Putin is starting to look like his best option,” says Nikolai Petrov, an expert with the Carnegie Center in Moscow.

Moscow has been seething with speculation about Putin’s endgame. As the March presidential elections approach, Putin has not been acting like a politician on the eve of retirement. He personally led the electoral ticket of the United Russia party, which won a commanding 64 percent majority in parliamentary elections last week – a victory which he said gives him a “moral mandate” to continue exercising power.

But one by one, theories about how he will do that have collapsed. Putin did not resign before the presidential election campaign officially began, which could have circumvented the constitutional limit of two consecutive terms and enabled him to run again in March. Last week he declined the State Duma seat he had won, ruling out scenarios that saw him as head of a parliamentary majority.

“One of Putin’s main characteristics is to never disclose his plan until the last moment,” says Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs, a foreign policy journal. “He allows all sorts of misimpressions to thrive, while he bides his time and decides what he wants to do.”

Experts say a Russia-Belarus union might provide the perfect solution for Putin. “This Russia-Belarus union looks like a very timely plan, one that’s closely connected with all the other things that are going on, politically, right now,” says Mr. Petrov. A referendum could be held as early as March, in both countries, to approve the Constitution of the new state, followed by elections for its key leaders, says Petrov.

Surveys show that people in mainly Russian-speaking Belarus remain deeply nostalgic for the former Soviet Union and strongly back the idea of reunification with Russia. With a two-thirds majority in the Duma, Putin would be unlikely to face impediments at home.

“It’s a very serious project. Reunification is something vast majorities in both Russia and Belarus want,” says Sergei Markov, a Kremlin-connected analyst. He says the final details are yet to be worked out, but the basic plan under discussion would involve giant, oil-rich Russia absorbing tiny, economically dependent Belarus in much the way China took over the former British colony of Hong Kong a decade ago. “There are powerful economic and security reasons to go ahead,” says Markov.

Sheriffs’ departments to use microwave weapons to control crowds and quell jail disturbances

“Directed-energy systems could be used for crowd-control purposes. It’s not so futuristic anymore.”

– Lt. Don Kester, sheriff’s tactical-response commander and a chairman in the National Tactical Officers Association

L.A. County sheriff’s Cmdr. Sid Heal bore-sights the “Silent Guardian.” Raytheon Missile Systems calls the weapon “truly non-lethal.”

Police agencies look to Raytheon weapon


‘Burning’ beam of directed energy marketed mainly to the military

By Jack Gillum

A recent spate of violence in Los Angeles County jails has Cmdr. Sid Heal looking for a better way to quell disturbances, and a Tucson-made weapon may be just the tool he needs.

Heal, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, is looking to new “directed-energy” technology from Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems as a possible addition to his department’s arsenal against unruly inmates.

The weapons, which deliver a beam of energy that feels akin to scalding hot water but leaves no injuries, have been developed for use by the Defense Department as a “force-protection” tool for use on battlefields overseas.

Now, Raytheon says, civilian law enforcement — and “security organizations” — may benefit from the technology, which the company calls a “truly non-lethal system” for situations when lethal force “may not be appropriate or warranted.” While the final price is unclear, Heal said it cost his department $3 million for Raytheon to build a prototype.

“We have the largest jail in the world, with 20,000 crooks, and they all brought their problems with them,” said Heal, who heads the department’s Technology Exploration Unit.

Directed energy, specifically Raytheon’s Active Denial System, works by emitting a focused beam of energy that penetrates the skin to 1/64th of an inch, which produces an intolerable heat that causes targeted people to flee.

That system, which Raytheon delivered to the U.S. Air Force in September, has been marketed primarily to military contractors, spokesman John B. Patterson said.

But demands from the Los Angeles County sheriff and potential future requests from other agencies or prisons, could change that, especially if directed-energy weapons were to follow the path of Taser weapons.

Sales of Scottsdale-based Taser International Inc.’s X26, a popular stun-gun used in law enforcement, totaled about $17.3 million in the third quarter of 2007, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings showed. That’s up from about $13 million during the same period in 2006.

“Force protection”

Mike Booen, Raytheon’s vice president of advanced missile defense and directed-energy weapons, sees his programs primarily as part of a bigger picture of military “force” protection — which is a departure from traditional munitions and missiles that the company has designed for decades.

“We’re trying to provide innovative solutions to the war-fighter customers,” he said.

Booen points to many potentials for such technology, such as defusing a terrorist attack in a crowded marketplace. Instead of firing traditional weapons at the target, he said, directed energy could achieve two key goals: neutralizing the enemy and eliminating collateral damage among innocent bystanders.

Paul Nisbet, a Raytheon analyst with Newport, R.I.-based JSA Research Inc., said the company could market those products to domestic law-enforcement agencies. But he said “it’s not something that is … likely to rival their military business.”

That’s because Raytheon frequently closes multimillion-dollar deals with the Defense Department, compared with possible one-time purchases of directed-energy weapons by domestic law enforcement, he said.

However, Active Denial isn’t the only type of directed energy product the company is making for possible civilian use.

Another, Vigilant Eagle, is designed to disarm a missile that would be fired near an airport at a nearby plane. That technology delivers a focused electrical pulse that disrupts the projectile’s electronics, rendering it harmless.

A few hundred Raytheon employees are working on directed energy programs, including Active Denial and Vigilant Eagle products, Patterson said. That includes Silent Guardian, a smaller version of the Active Denial system.

Use in Southern Arizona?

In the six years that Lt. Terry Engelking oversaw jail-response teams for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, he added several non-lethal weapons to his arsenal: pepper “balls,” Tasers, “stinger” rubber balls and even smoke grenades.

Why the wide array of tools? Because in the 16 years Engelking has worked for the sheriff, he said, “the violence has really increased” in the jails.

Since Raytheon’s devices are not mainly marketed to non-military vendors, it is hard to say which police departments are interested in new technology for their officers. And several officials in Arizona, including the Maricopa Sheriff’s Department, said they have no plans to buy versions of the directed-energy devices now.

Though Raytheon would not release specific dollar amounts on directed-energy contracts for civilian use, its Securities and Exchange Commission filings point to its civilian customers’ desire “to generate effects on the enemy rather than just eliminate targets.”

“This area includes directed energy weapons and information operations in addition to more traditional missiles and precision-guided munitions,” its recent annual report said.

An official at the Pima County Sheriff’s Department sees the benefit of such futuristic weapons, particularly for crowd control or other Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, responses.

“Directed-energy systems could be used for crowd-control purposes,” said Lt. Don Kester, a sheriff’s tactical-response commander and a chairman in the National Tactical Officers Association.

“It’s not so futuristic anymore,” he said.

Kester said he has personally looked at Raytheon’s Active Denial product for law-enforcement applications, although the Sheriff’s Department here still has not.

“We’re a progressive agency when it comes to technology,” he said. “The facts have proven out over the years that non-lethal systems reduce injuries to suspects and officers.”