Daily Archives: May 6, 2009

Bilderbergers plan secret meeting in Greece

Source says top agenda item is reconstructing world economy

WorldNetDaily | May 5, 2009

Astir Palace Hotel Resort, reported site of this year's Bilderberg Group meeting

Astir Palace Hotel Resort, reported site of this year's Bilderberg Group meeting

The 57th meeting of representatives from Western European and North American countries known as Bilderberg Group will be held next week at a five-star hotel in Greece, reports Daniel Estulin, an investigative author who has written a defining book on the secretive annual gathering.

Estulin says his sources in Greece have confirmed the meeting will be held at the Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel in Vouliagmeni from May 14-17.

The Bilderberg Group is an elite invitation-only conference of influential members of the business, media and political community. Past attendees have included Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Tony Blair.

While the group claims its purpose is to facilitate discussion amongst western powers, many see the group as a means toward globalization.

This year, according to Estulin’s sources, the meeting’s talking points will focus on finances, namely the future of the U.S. dollar, the economy and unemployment levels.

Estulin also claims in a statement to have obtained a pre-meeting booklet sent out to attendees that presents a discussion of two economic options: “Either a prolonged, agonizing depression that dooms the world to decades of stagnation, decline and poverty … or an intense-but-shorter depression that paves the way for a new sustainable economic world order, with less sovereignty but more efficiency.”

As WND reported, The Bilderberg Group meets at luxury hotels and resorts throughout the world. Last year’s conference was held at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Va. Every four years the conference is held in the U.S. or Canada. The group has an office located in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands.

The highly secretive meeting is off limits to press, but past reports from sources that have managed to penetrate the high-security meetings have stated that the meetings emphasize a globalist agenda and dismiss national sovereignty as regressive.

The BBC declared it to be one of the most influential organizations in the world.

“It’s officially described as a private gathering,” BBC reported, “but with a guest list including the heads of European and American corporations, political leaders and a few intellectuals, it’s one of the most influential organizations on the planet.”

Attendees of the Bilderberg conference are not allowed to speak a word of what was discussed in the meeting outside of the group. The group has no website and no minutes are kept of the meetings to ensure secrecy.

Last year, however, the Bilderberg Group made a press release available listing topics of discussion and providing a general overview of the gathering.

“Approximately 140 participants will attend, of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America,” the release stated. “About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds are from finance, industry, labor, education and communications. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.”

This year’s event, if held as expected, will be the 57th gathering of the Bilderberg Group, which began meeting in 1954. A scheduled meeting in 1976 was cancelled, but if added to the tally, leads some to count this year’s gathering as the 58th.

Census GPS-tagging your home’s front door

Coordinates being taken for every residence in nation

WorldNetDaily | May 5, 2009

By Bob Unruh

satelliteAccording to an online Yahoo program, the Global Position System coordinates for the White House, probably one of the best-known publicly owned buildings in the world, are 38.898590 Latitude and -77.035971 Longitude. And since you know that, it’s no big deal for the White House to know the coordinates for your front door, is it?

Some people think it is, and are upset over an army of some 140,000 workers hired in part with a $700 million taxpayer-funded contract to collect GPS readings for every front door in the nation.

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The data collection, presented as preparation for the 2010 Census, is pinpointing with computer accuracy the locations and has raised considerable concern from privacy advocates who have questioned why the information is needed. The privacy advocates also are more than a little worried over what could be done with that information.

Enhancing the concerns is the Obama administration’s recent decision to put White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in an oversight role over the census, which will be used to determine a reapportionment of congressional seats and could be used to solidify a single political party’s control over the nation, its budget, military and future.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently told the Washington Post: “The census director reports to me, and, of course, I serve at the pleasure of the president.” He added the White House told him “it has no interest in politicizing [the census].”

But at American Daily Review, blogger Douglas Gibbs had more than a few doubts.

“GPS coordinates of your front door will make it easier for the government to monitor you,” he said. “The U.S. Census Bureau is simply an excuse – a harmless looking means of obtaining the front door coordinates. The creation of GPS coordinates for front doors has nothing to do with the census, in all honesty, no matter how much the United States government tries to convince you that it does.”

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He recalled wondering why, just weeks ago, the Obama administration announced its oversight of the census, “literally taking control of the census away from the Commerce Department.”

He put that together with Obama’s longtime push for national service.

“The Obamites, thirsty to serve their new messianic figure, have lost enough of their objectivity to be willingly recruited into such an insidious program like gaining these coordinates for the U.S. government. … I ask again, what would be the purpose of shooting the GPS coordinates of American doorways?” he wrote.

The answer he provided was alarming.

“Imagine, if you will, that there are a number of people in a neighborhood that could not find the addresses they are tasked with finding. They are not locals, maybe are unable to read a map, or perhaps do not have the time to pull out a map, and they need to find you with specific GPS coordinates. Their devices would lead them to your front door with these coordinates. Imagine a crisis is afoot, and martial law is put into place. U.S. troops need to round up particular folks,” he wrote.

“Let’s take this a step further. After all, with Barack Obama desiring to decrease the number of folks in the military, and with forces committed worldwide, we may not have sufficient military forces at home to deal with a rising national emergency. If the government decided to rely on foreign troops, perhaps United Nations personnel, most of which may not understand the street signs, much less know the lay of the land, they could use GPS devices to direct them to your front door,” he wrote.

According to the Census Bureau’s website, the GPS technology “allows us to reduce the amount of time spent by census workers in locating addresses. … Most importantly, by adding a GPS coordinate to each housing unit, the Census Bureau is able to ensure that residents are counted in the right location.”

At Canada Free Press, commentator J.B. Williams said, “I can’t resist the urge to question the authority and purpose behind such a BIG BROTHER initiative, when the official census itself is not due to be taken until 2010…

“No imagination is required to think up a whole laundry list of evil that could be done with a nationwide GPS grid of coordinate’s markers painted on every private home across the country. But I was having trouble thinking up one good reason for it, even one legitimate use that would justify what must be a very expensive undertaking,” he said.

“Why does the Obama administration need or want the latitude and longitude coordinates for every home in America? Why the rush to GPS paint every home in the next 90 days? Why must the marker be within 40 feet of every front door? For what possible purpose does the Fed need GPS coordinates for every home, and under what authority do they have the right? Census workers, whom I asked, had the same holy-crap look on their faces that I had by then,” he wrote.

Then he cited the cooperative effort that the U.S. Census Bureau has reached with ACORN, the organization of community activists with which Obama worked.

“Obama’s interest in an ACORN-controlled 2010 Census, for the purpose of redistricting to the advantage of Democrats before the 2010 mid-term elections, comes as NO shock from a regime known for their heavy handed Rules for Radicals political strategies. But what does this have to do with GPS marking every home in the country?” he questioned.

Ask those who have served military duty, he said. They are very familiar with the most common use of GPS target painting, and the rest might want to read books such as “The Precision Revolution: GPS and the Future of Aerial Warfare.”

Online sources noted that Google Maps already probably has listed most homes in the nation.

“But the front door? Sounds like a jackboot convenience to me,” said RightSoup.com.

Added Williams, “What I do know is this … Coincidences of this number and magnitude don’t happen. … I also know that people had better start asking the right people the right questions and demanding answers fast. Begin with asking the mainstream press why there has been no public notification of the federal governments GPS marking your front door?”

A number of concerned citizens have contacted WND about the program, and repeatedly have cited warnings delivered by the GPS squad members that their failure to allow the readings would result in fines and possibly imprisonment under Title 13, which allows the census to be taken.

But repeatedly they’ve gotten no answers when asked what a GPS reading has to do with the number of people living at the home – which isn’t supposed to be subject to questions until 2010 anyway.

One WND reader raised these questions to a local census office.

“What authority does the U.S. Census Bureau have for sending anyone to my front door in April of 2009 to mark it with GPS coordinates? This is unacceptable. The census is not due until 2010, and the usurpation of the census by the White House is unconstitutional. … This citizen will not answer census questions until the year they are due, and demands that my GPS coordinates be removed from all government records.”

The census response?

“Address canvassing should conclude by mid-July. The operation will use new hand-held computers equipped with GPS to increase geographic accuracy. The ability to capture GPS coordinates for most of the nation’s housing units will greatly reduce the number of geographic coding errors caused by using paper maps in previous counts. … During the address canvassing operation, census workers may ask to verify a housing structure’s address and whether there are additional living quarters on the property. All census workers carry official government badges marked with just their name. You also may ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity. In addition, some census workers might carry a ‘U. S. Census Workers’ bag.”

Another WND reader, from Washington state, reported he is having his attorney look into the legality of the GPS data collection and hopes to have enough support for a legal challenge.

The reader, whose name was withheld because of his concerns over repercussions, said a government home data collector ignored his no trespassing sign, and he was threatened by the collector for wanting to refuse to provide “census” information.

He said GPS mapping nowhere is authorized for census workers.

Census spokesman Stephen Buckner told WND the activity is, in fact, proper, and even necessary. There are homes being built and torn down constantly, and the census needs such information. Local building records and other government databases such as tax records would not suffice, he said.

“There are 140,000 workers walking every street of America,” he told WND, in order to document 145 million addresses with GPS coordinates.

He assured WND that all such personal information
is confidential, because employees of contractors doing the work are subject to a $250,000 fine or imprisonment for five years for revealing personal information. He also confirmed that the last case that was prosecuted under the law was nearly 50 years ago.

“We have to verify every single address,” he said.

Beijing’s Propaganda Goes Global

Shouldn’t we be blocking Chinese state media in the U.S.?

Forbes | May 6, 2009

by Gordon G. Chang

On April 30, China’s State Council banned “foreign financial information providers” from undertaking “news gathering activities” inside the country. The new measure appears inconsistent with Beijing’s agreement, reached last November with Canada, the European Union and the U.S., to withdraw rules that severely restricted the activities of foreign news organizations. The withdrawn rules were clearly in violation of China’s World Trade Organization obligations.

While Beijing was further restricting foreign media in China, the country’s Communist Party was launching its English-language Global Times newspaper. This publication, which joins an existing Chinese-language tabloid of the same name, is a product of Beijing’s latest initiative to create international media giants.

The primary beneficiaries of Beijing’s media-building efforts, first revealed this January by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post,will be state broadcaster China Central Television, better known as CCTV; the Communist Party’s flagship publication, People’s Daily, and state-run Xinhua News Agency.

In addition to the new Global Times, Beijing’s media initiative contemplates that Xinhua will almost double the number of its bureaus so that it will have offices in almost every country; CCTV will add Russian and Arabic channels to its Chinese and other language broadcasting and Xinhua will begin a worldwide 24-hour news channel on the model of Al Jazeera.

The new Global Times, in an editorial issued on its launch date, stated that it would “strive to reveal a complete and true picture of China” and that it is “dedicated to conveying the original voices of Chinese people,” but it is almost impossible for a Communist Party publication to do any of this. What the paper really meant is what Beijing said in January: Its goal is to “better convey a good image of China to the world.” That’s a difficult task for Beijing. Unfortunately for the one-party state, many of its messages sound off-key or, worse, belligerent.

So it’s no surprise that Beijing’s publications often appear propagandistic. Even when they don’t, they look bland, especially the official China Daily, which just launched a U.S. edition this February. Due to these disadvantages, if the Chinese people had a real choice, state media would be commercially unviable in China. And, despite recent improvements in presentation and content, some of it already is.

So how will the Communist Party’s media survive outside the Chinese homeland? To overcome the handicap, the Ministry of Finance will be supporting Beijing’s January plan to the tune of 45 billion yuan–about $6.6 billion–in grants and subsidies. Undoubtedly, the Chinese central government will be providing more assistance when this initial funding runs out.

The subsidies inevitably raise a trade issue. Xinhua, CCTV and People’s Daily all will be competing with privately owned media that is not supported by government grants. Moreover, there is an even more important trade question. The Chinese central government blocks Voice of America and Radio Free Asia and severely restricts CNN and other privately owned networks, of course. Yet at the same time, CCTV is allowed to distribute widely its English and Chinese programming on cable in the U.S. So should we allow any Chinese media–TV programming, books, newspapers or magazines–here? The buzz word is “reciprocity,” and we should be demanding it.

For far too long, however, the U.S. has not protected its own businesses from Chinese restrictions. In a series of agreements–especially the 1999 deal paving the way for China’s WTO membership–Washington has accepted less access to the Chinese market than China has to the American one. Worse, successive administrations have failed to hold Beijing to its trade promises–enforcement has almost always been lackadaisical–and neglected to take full advantage of the trade benefits previously negotiated.

At one time, not requiring reciprocity may have made sense, but in past years, China’s trading relationship with the U.S. has become unbalanced and unsustainable. The Chinese have run a trade surplus against the United States for every year since 1983. And the problem is getting worse: Beijing’s surplus with America was $232.6 billion in 2006, $256.2 billion in 2007 and $266.3 billion last year. The trade deficit with China was just $304 million in 1983.

Beijing’s “go global” media initiative raises more than just trade issues, of course. The U.S. is an open society, protected by the First Amendment, the core of American civil liberties. We have operated under the principle that a vigorous public debate is essential to a free society. Yet now an authoritarian state is seeking to influence that debate by spreading what it calls “external propaganda.”

Should we permit China to do that? Whether we wish to acknowledge it or not, the Chinese government views the U.S. as an adversary in much the same way the Soviet Union once did. Although Beijing’s acts are more subtle than those of Cold War-era Moscow, its tactics–like the covert spread of nuclear weapons technology to dangerous regimes–are often just as disruptive.

So, it is time to begin thinking about the national security implications of China’s trade practices. The first thing we can do is impose the same prohibitions on Chinese media in the American market that Beijing imposes on American media in China. We can do that within the framework of both WTO rules and our constitutional principles. After all, this is a trade issue, and the Chinese government does not have a First Amendment right to disseminate propaganda in the United States. As the Supreme Court has noted, “The Constitution is not a suicide pact.”

House of Lords holds hearing on effects of adding toxic nanotechnology to food supply

Experts Present Evidence to Committee on Nanotechnology in Food

AZoNano.com | May 6, 2009

In a hearing held yesterday in the U.K. House of Lords, Professor Ken Donaldson from the University of Edinburgh and Dr Qasim Chaudhry from the Food and Environment Research Agency presented evidence to the Select Committee on Nanotechnologies in Food. The hearing focussed specifically on nanoparticles in food. Both Donaldson and Chaudhry are leading experts in the field of nanotechnology risk issues, and both are members of the Safety of Nanomaterials Interdisciplinary Research Centre (SnIRC) and have worked extensively with IOM and SAFENANO.

As part of the evidence given, several key points were raised including:

1. the ability of nanoparticles to cross the gut wall and other cellular barriers;

2. the potential novel toxic effects of such nanoparticles in the human body;

3. the possibility that other materials in the gut (e.g. bacteria or other contaminants) may attach to the nanoparticles and be transported across the gut wall (the Trojan Horse Effect).

Other important concerns included the ability of nanoparticles to interfere with cellular processes in the body e.g. oxygen metabolism, and the antimicrobial properties of some nanoparticles which may result in further harmful effects.

It was also emphasised that research to date has primarily been investigator driven, a consequence of the responsive funding mode adopted in the UK, and as such has focussed primarily on inhalation and dermal exposure to nanoparticles. This has led to a lack of research into the effects of ingestion of nanoparticles combined with a non-generalisability of current research. A more strategic coordinated approach, such as that recommended in the 2004 Royal Society Report, was necessary. These major gaps in the knowledge base, specifically relating to ingestion, was a key finding of the recent SAFENANO-led report EMERGNANO, one of the documents discussed at the hearing.

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Corporate Swine Project Significant Profits for Toxic Flu Vaccines

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OpEd News | May 5, 2009

by megan kargher

Disease is big business and pharmaceutical corporations are cashing in on the destruction of health worldwide.  Akin to their sinister forbearers at IG Farben, who were convicted of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trails, today’s pharmaceutical corporations are now perpetuating genocide on a global scale.

Millions are spent funding candidates from both political parties ensuring that no matter who is in office the laws enacted favor them.  Pharmaceutical firms contributed $1,995,384 on the Obama campaign alone. These corporations purchase, sorry, “fund” not only the government officials, but also most of the institutions who are supposed to safeguard the public health, which means all of these institutions have been affectively subverted.  In fact the major pharmaceutical firms and their corporate partners in crime fund everything from medical schools to the American Dietetic Association to United Nations sponsored programs like Codex Alimentarius (international agreements controlling production and distribution of food and supplements).

Companies like Monsanto have not only been profiting from the poisoning of the people of the world, (giving us dangerous products like agent orange and aspartame,) but have been for many years buying and working in partnership with major pharmaceutical firms and therefore also profit on the treatment of the symptoms caused by their poisons.  One pharmaceutical company purchased by Monsanto in 1985 was G.D. Searle & Company.  Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of G.D. Searle & Company at that time and he played a major role in Monsanto’s acquisition of the company.  Searle is now Pfizer.

Many medications and vaccines potentially cause more problems than they solve.  This is not a side effect, this is part of how big pharmaceutical companies make their money.  There is far more money in keeping patients dependent on expensive drugs than there is in curing them.  If a drug causes more illness, (particularly one which seems unrelated,) the new symptoms must then be treated.  The more problems a patient suffers from, the more drugs you can sell them.  These companies are pushing the deadliest and most addictive substances known to man and they do it legally.

Vaccines are out and outright toxic.  Here is just a short list of some of the chemicals and heavy metals commonly found in many vaccines: formaldehyde, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, aluminum sulfate, sorbitol, bensethonium chloride, and phenol.  Some vaccines such as GalaxoSmithKline’s Havrix for hepatitis A contain diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue.  In addition there are the vaccines which get accidentally, so they claim, contaminated.  Oops, was that bird flu we put in there?

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Communism on rise in recession-hit Japan

BBC | May 4, 2009

By Roland Buerk

The protesters gathered in a park in the shadow of corporate headquarter skyscrapers, a short walk from Ginza, Tokyo’s most upscale shopping district.

Hundreds strong, they included workers already laid off as the global downturn battered Japan’s economy, and those who feared they might be next.

The demonstrators set off on a march towards Japan’s Diet building – or parliament – carrying red flags.

“I support the Communist Party because it’s the one that thinks about workers first,” said one man.

“We’re demonstrating to get better rights for the temporary workers,” said another.

“The Communist Party is the only party that gets really serious about problems like this.”

Fists in the air

Lined up on a set of steps near the Diet, wearing suits, red sashes and beaming smiles were officials from the Japanese Communist Party.

They joined the protesters chanting and raising their fists in the air.

The Communist Party has always had a surprisingly large role in Japan, the world’s second biggest economy.

But while it had been fading towards irrelevance, now as the recession bites it is on the rise again.

The party already has more than 400,000 members and people are joining at the rate of 1,000 a month.

In comparison, the membership of the Liberal Democratic Party, the largest member of the governing coalition, is twice the size. But its numbers are declining.

“Many people are beginning to think: ‘Is Japanese capitalism OK as it is?'” said Akira Kasai, a Communist member of the Diet’s House of Representatives.

“Living standards are going down. The gap between rich and poor is growing.”

Lost generation

Communist ideology has been spread in Japan in unusual ways.

There was a book, Kanikosen – The Crab Factory Ship, which raced back up the bestsellers’ lists.

A classic tale of proletarian fishermen uniting to rise up against their bosses, it had been almost forgotten since it was written in 1929.

Publishers have also produced a manga, or comic, version of Das Kapital, Karl Marx’s treatise on how capitalism would collapse under the weight of its own contradictions.

One new Communist Party member we met in a restaurant found out about Marxism on the internet.

“I got interested in Karl Marx a few years ago,” she said.

“In capitalism now we are controlled by the capitalists, or capital. But I think in communism society we can think about whole of the society and decide our economic activities in democratic way.”

The woman, 34, did not want to be identified for fear her employers, whom she claimed disapproved of the Communists, would find out.

But she had told her family.

“My parents were very surprised that I joined the party,” she said. “They are not supporters of the Communist Party. They don’t understand correctly, I think.”

The woman said she was a member of a “lost generation” – people who came into the employment market during Japan’s long stagnation in the 1990s and could not find proper jobs.

As the economy picked up at the start of this century, employers picked graduates untainted by years of drifting.

Job insecurity

Now Japan’s economy, which relies for growth on sales abroad of cars, electronics and machinery, is struggling again.

Exports have fallen by nearly half compared to a year ago, and industrial production has dived.

The traditional Japanese dream of a job for life has been further undermined by reforms of the labour market in 2004 that allowed manufacturers to take on temporary workers.

About a third of the workforce is now on short-term contracts and their jobs are the most threatened.

Communist members of parliament make much of their efforts to get workers a better deal by holding talks with company managers.

Unions are helping some to take their employers to court claiming wrongful dismissal.

Not even the Communists themselves expect to win power soon.

But they won nearly five million votes in the last election for the more powerful lower house of the Diet, and that was before the downturn.

They are hoping to do better when the Japanese next go to the polls later this year.

“Of course the final goal is a socialist, communist society in Japan, overcoming capitalism,” said Akira Kasai.

“But before that we are taking a step-by-step approach. The first stage is to solve problems of labour and living standards according to people’s demand.”

UK recession ‘worst since 1930s’

BBC | May 5, 2009

The UK’s recession could be on track to be the worst since the early 1930s, says a leading economic research body.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) says in 2009 the country’s GDP could contract by 4.3%, and then grow in 2010 by 0.9%.

“There is a real possibility that GDP will fall more this year than in 1931,” said the NIESR in its economic review.

The UK government has predicted the economy will shrink by 3.5% this year, and then grow by 1.25% in 2010.

Meanwhile the International Monetary Fund, in its latest economic forecast, has suggested that the UK economy will decline by 4.1% this year and then decline again by 0.4% next year.

‘Feeble recovery’

In its report the NIESR says: “The pace of decline to date shows a remarkable resemblance to that of the depression of the early 1930s, though that similarity should be broken as a feeble recovery gets under way in the final quarter of this year.”

It says that the economy will manage to pick up to a 2.3% growth rate in 2011.

The economic body also forecasts that “unemployment will carry on rising to a peak of 3.1m people – 9.6% of the labour force in 2011”.

And it warns that the outlook for the public finances during the recovery would be even worse than the chancellor set out in the recent Budget.

It said that was because GDP would rise by less than Alastair Darling expects “as both real growth and inflation turn out to be lower”.

‘Carnage’

BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders said Chancellor Alistair Darling would not relish the historical comparison.

But she added: “Where the UK is concerned, the year you really don’t want to replicate is 1921, when the economy shrank by nearly 10%.

“Thankfully the NIESR doesn’t think we’re approaching that territory right now. Although you might imagine so, given the carnage afflicting the public finances.

“Like many others, the institute thinks the chancellor’s being optimistic about the strength of the recovery from 2010.”