Daily Archives: May 26, 2009

Company buys film rights to Estulin’s book on the Bilderberg Group

Halcyon buys rights to Estulin’s The True Story Of The Bilderberg Group

Screen Daily | May 25, 2009

By Chris Evans

Los Angeles-based The Halcyon Company has bought the film rights to writer Daniel Estulin’s best selling book, The True Story Of The Bilderberg Group, from publishing house TrineDay.

The book revealed the workings of the secretive Bilderberg Group, which has about 130 members all of whom are influential figures across politics and business. The book revealed that the group has spent time discussing major world issues and even predicted the current financial crisis, but chooses not to reveal its talks to the public.

Estulin, who is Russian but based in Madrid, spent 14 years researching the book, which attracted global media attention when it was published in 2007.

The Halcyon Company is a leading privately financed, media production and financing organisation run by co-CEOs Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek.

The company also owns the rights to the Terminator franchise, including the latest film Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale, plus it has first look rights to the works of science fiction writer Philip K Dick.

Men on the path to extinction

Men may follow the path of a type of rodent

Metro | May 20, 2009

Men are on the road to extinction as their genes shrink and slowly fade away, medical students heard today.

A researcher in human sex chromosomes said the male Y chromosome was dying and could run out within the next five million years.

But Professor Jennifer Graves said men may follow the path of a type of rodent which still manages to reproduce despite not having the vital genes that make up the Y chromosome.

She told medical students at the annual outreach public lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in Ireland a second species of human beings could even be born in the future.

“You need a Y chromosome to be male,” said Prof Graves.

“Three hundred million years ago the Y chromosome had about 1,400 genes on it, and now it’s only got 45 left, so at this rate we’re going to run out of genes on the Y chromosome in about five million years.

“The Y chromosome is dying and the big question is what happens then.”

The male Y chromosome has a gene (SRY) which switches on the development of testis and pumps out male hormones that determine maleness.

In her lecture, entitled The Decline and Fall of the Y Chromosome and the Future of Men, Prof Graves discussed the disappearance of the Y chromosome and the implications for humans.

She said it was not known what would happen once the Y chromosome disappeared.

“Humans can’t become parthenogenetic, like some lizards, because several vital genes must come from the male,” she continued.

“But the good news is that certain rodent species – the mole voles of Eastern Europe and the country rats of Japan – have no Y chromosome and no SRY gene.

“Yet there are still plenty of healthy male mole voles and country rats running around. Some other gene must have taken over the job and we’d like to know what that gene is.”

The scientist said there were several candidate genes which could take over from SRY, adding whichever one did take over was sheer chance.

“It is even possible that two or more different sex-determination systems based on different genes could arise in different populations,” she added.

“These could no longer reproduce with each other, leading to two different species of humans.”

The work of Prof Graves, of the Australian National University, Canberra, on the past evolution of sex determination has paved the way for developments in diagnosis of gender disorders and gender-related disease in humans.

Professor Brian Harvey, director of research at RCSI, said he was delighted to have a scientist of Prof Graves’ calibre speaking at this year’s lecture.

“Not only is Professor Graves a world-renowned scientist, but she also has the ability to convert difficult scientific concepts into language non-scientists can grasp and help bring science to life,” he added.

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Obama Betrays The Liberals

Australia.TO | May 25, 2009

by Sherwood Ross

arrogant_obamaAmerica’s liberals stand betrayed. Their new president, the one they sweated to elect—-a brilliant, charismatic leader with a professional background in constitutional law—has transmogrified himself from the champion who denounced in his campaign the illegalities of the Bush White House into a president bent on their perpetuation.

Liberals are stunned by Obama’s plan to “restart Bush-era military tribunals” for some Guantanamo detainees, reviving what the Associated Press pointed out, is “a fiercely disputed trial system he once denounced.”(May 15). Liberals are appalled by Obama’s May 21st proposal to hold terrorism suspects in “prolonged detention” inside the U.S. without a trial. “Such detention,” Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) wrote him, “is a hallmark of abusive systems that we have historically criticized around the world.”

If liberals chaffed over Obama’s centrist cabinet choices, they were dismayed by his decision not to release photographs depicting the sadistic tortures the Bush Gang inflicted on prisoners during a so-called “War on Terror” that was nothing but terror itself. A typical reaction comes from Joe Kishore, writing on the World Socialist Website (May 22): “Whatever verbal warnings Obama may make about the erosion of democracy in the United States, the actions of his administration facilitate and escalate its breakdown.”

Obama’s latest policy reversals come as liberals are still reeling from his April 16th speech to the CIA, ignoring its documented history of 60 years of overthrows and assassinations, and reassuring the Agency of its “right” to continue “covert activities,” as if such conduct was not prima facie illegality in the eyes of law-abiding nations.  Earlier, Obama’s pledge not to prosecute CIA torturers that followed orders likely brought relief to the throne room in Langley that is a throbbing heart of the Dark Side. Obama calls upon the nation to “look forward” as he ignores his presidential obligation to prosecute those who, like Bush and Cheney, trampled the Constitution when they ordered torture in violation of international laws that by treaty are America’s laws as well.

And if Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive magazine hasn’t accused Obama of betraying his liberal subscribers, he charged in his May 21 column the President “tried to carve out an extra-constitutional arrangement for indefinite detention of some detainees without trial.” Rothschild accused Obama of “chiseling away at the basic habeas corpus right that has been the foundation of our jurisprudence dating back to the Magna Carta of 1215.”

One campaign promise on which Obama has not reversed himself is his pledge to intensify the war in Afghanistan, which, one liberal essayist predicted, will “doom” his presidency. This war is already under heated attack from the liberal quarter. Justin Raimando of antiwar.com (May 20) denounces the appointment of Lt. General Stanley McChrystal to head U.S. forces in Kabul. Asserting McChrystal oversaw torture at Camp Nama near Baghdad that was “notorious” for its “beatings, degredation of prisoners and outright, cold-blooded murder,” Raimando writes:  “That’s what they call ‘fresh thinking’ over at Obama’s Pentagon. If Bush and Cheney ordered it, it’s reprehensible and might even be a war crime. If, however, a known torture-enabler is elevated by Obama’s secretary of defense to the position of commander of our armed forces in Afghanistan – well, then, that’s a far different matter.”

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Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation

Why all the secrecy?

“They wanted to speak rich to rich without worrying anything they said would end up in the newspapers, painting them as an alternative world government.”

London Times | May 24, 2009

John Harlow, Los Angeles

SOME of America’s leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world’s population and speed up improvements in health and education.

The philanthropists who attended a summit convened on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change.

Described as the Good Club by one insider it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America’s wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey.

These members, along with Gates, have given away more than £45 billion since 1996 to causes ranging from health programmes in developing countries to ghetto schools nearer to home.

They gathered at the home of Sir Paul Nurse, a British Nobel prize biochemist and president of the private Rockefeller University, in Manhattan on May 5. The informal afternoon session was so discreet that some of the billionaires’ aides were told they were at “security briefings”.

Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, said the summit was unprecedented. “We only learnt about it afterwards, by accident. Normally these people are happy to talk good causes, but this is different – maybe because they don’t want to be seen as a global cabal,” he said.

Some details were emerging this weekend, however. The billionaires were each given 15 minutes to present their favourite cause. Over dinner they discussed how they might settle on an “umbrella cause” that could harness their interests.

The issues debated included reforming the supervision of overseas aid spending to setting up rural schools and water systems in developing countries. Taking their cue from Gates they agreed that overpopulation was a priority.

This could result in a challenge to some Third World politicians who believe contraception and female education weaken traditional values.

Gates, 53, who is giving away most of his fortune, argued that healthier families, freed from malaria and extreme poverty, would change their habits and have fewer children within half a generation.

At a conference in Long Beach, California, last February, he had made similar points. “Official projections say the world’s population will peak at 9.3 billion [up from 6.6 billion today] but with charitable initiatives, such as better reproductive healthcare, we think we can cap that at 8.3 billion,” Gates said then.

Patricia Stonesifer, former chief executive of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which gives more than £2 billion a year to good causes, attended the Rockefeller summit. She said the billionaires met to “discuss how to increase giving” and they intended to “continue the dialogue” over the next few months.

Another guest said there was “nothing as crude as a vote” but a consensus emerged that they would back a strategy in which population growth would be tackled as a potentially disastrous environmental, social and industrial threat.

“This is something so nightmarish that everyone in this group agreed it needs big-brain answers,” said the guest. “They need to be independent of government agencies, which are unable to head off the disaster we all see looming.”

Why all the secrecy? “They wanted to speak rich to rich without worrying anything they said would end up in the newspapers, painting them as an alternative world government,” he said.

Knights Templar open a new priory in Ottawa with ceremony at Canadian Forces chapel

These modern-day Templars emphasize they are not Freemasons, nor are they a secret society

Canwest News Service | May 24, 2009

Ottawa’s Knights Templar join fight for Christianity

By Jennifer Green

OTTAWA — With spurs, sword and swirls of white and crimson, the Knights Templar began a new priory in Ottawa this weekend.

The Priory of Simon Peter is the third such group in Canada, and one of several hundred worldwide dedicated to upholding the chivalry of the centuries-old order. More specifically, they work to keep Christianity alive in the Holy Land.

The sunny May afternoon, the tuxedos and formal wear, even the bagpipe escort, gave the ceremony at the Canadian Forces Uplands chapel the air of a wedding rather than an ancient rite.

The six men and four women joining the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem took oaths to “fight from this day forward to be a defender of the kingdom of Christ.”

Each came forward, knelt and bowed slightly as a metre-long replica of an original Templar sword alighted on the shoulders and head.

“Arise, sir knight” said officiant Ronald Matthewman, Grand Prior of Canada. A traditional red cross on a crimson ribbon was placed around each postulant’s neck, then a white, floor-length cape draped across their shoulders. Another officiant held aloft a pair of silver spurs, tapped them twice, then bent down to place them (momentarily) on each postulant’s heels.

The dames and knights all touched the hilt of the sword with the three central fingers of their right hand “as a sign of fidelity to the order.”

Edmund Griffiths, a much decorated veteran of the Second World War, was elevated to lead the new group of about 30. The Priory of the Ascension of Our Lord in Windsor has 80 knights and dames, and Toronto’s Priory of St. James has about 50.

These modern-day Templars emphasize they are not Freemasons, nor are they a secret society, although candidates, usually highly educated community leaders, must be invited to join. These Templars are not Catholic, nor are they recognized by Rome. But they are Christian, and see their calling as religious, “seeking God in our lives.”

The modern Templars were revived in the 19th century in France; this organization was founded in the United States in the 1960s where the headquarters remain today. It makes no claims about descending from the original medieval knights. However, they do see themselves as upholders of the Templars’ medieval code of honour. Its website says: “The Order, in an age of democratic materialism and secular humanism, . . . (believes it has) an obligation to participate in the coalescing and preservation of a constructive force similar to that which created knighthood and chivalry during the Middle Ages.”

They state specifically that they are not political but much of their charitable works are centred on Christians in the Holy Land, such as Chaldean Catholics in Iraq.

Templar Tamir Andrea came from his home in Kingston to attend Saturday’s ceremony. Born in Nazareth, he was the first Templar to be inducted to the order in Jerusalem in seven centuries.

Griffiths, Ottawa’s prior, said his new group might consider something like help for aboriginal youth.

His granddaughter, Gillian Stacey Ainsworth, 26, was also among the new knights, or in her case, dames. Baptized an Anglican, she felt the weekly ritual of church on Sunday was simply not satisfying even though she is serious about her faith. Belonging to the Templars will allow her to do good works without the structure of weekly services. Ainsworth, who is single, said, “I take the vows as seriously as I would a marriage vow. I just can’t see that I would ever want to leave the group.”

David Moore, who commanded of the Canadian battle group in Bosnia, had been courted by many service groups, but he finally decided to join the Templars because of its solemn commitment to its principles. He also likes the fact that the Templars include women, many of whom have finer, stronger characters than many men, he says.

Lt. Com. Nicole Anne Lassaline took a long time to think about her decision to join. She wanted to be sure she would be able to give the extra time, energy and money that the commitment to the Templars would take. But her husband and daughter, 19, told her to go for it. Lassaline was particularly drawn to the Templars because they are one of the few service groups that accepts women and has earned recognition with the UN’s economic and social council. Lassaline is particularly hoping she can use her mediation skills.

The Knights Templar began in the 11th century as a unique order of high-born military monks commissioned to fight Holy Wars and protect pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem.

But by the 14th century, people became disenchanted with the order and accused them of corruption and growing soft. The pope disbanded the order and several of the leaders were burned at the stake for heresy.

South American Leaders Reaffirm Socialist Trinity

Chavez proposed accelerating socialist initiatives. Morales proposed that people suspected of acts of secession or treason in Bolivia are tried by military justice.

The leaders called on the newly formed Union of South American Nations, or Unasur, to create a specific body that can defend governments against “press abuses.”

AFP | May 25, 2009

QUITO, Ecuador (AFP)–The presidents of Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela reaffirmed Sunday their commitment to a trilateral socialist alliance as they gathered here to celebrate Quito’s anniversary of independence from Spain.

Ecuador’s newly reelected leader Rafael Correa vowed in the wake of his poll victory to take further steps to “radicalize” the country’s socialist direction, in sync with constitutional reforms championed by his ideological kin, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

“We will not change course,” Correa said in a speech marking the victorious 1822 Battle of Pichincha, near present-day Quito, as he reaffirmed his country’s commitment to integrating socialism in the region.

“On the contrary, we are going to deepen and radicalize our citizen’s revolution, accelerating the process,” he said.

Correa also questioned the existence of full democracy in the region.

“Despite being victors, we continue to maintain that Ecuador and Latin America still does not have democracy,” he said. “At most, we have elections.”

The three leaders boosted trade ties during multiple weekend meetings, with Venezuela and Ecuador on Saturday moving ahead on cooperation agreements in the energy, mining and banking sectors.

As the global economic downturn continues, Chavez also proposed accelerating socialist initiatives, within his country and as a strategic move to cement the leftist direction of South American politics.

“We will not delay, we will speed up the pace,” he said, noting that the economic crisis “opens up the way to build a new world.”

The ideological overtures came as the leaders called on the newly formed Union of South American Nations, or Unasur, to create a specific body that can defend governments against “press abuses.”

At a joint news conference with Chavez on Saturday, Correa promised when he takes on the rotating role of Unasur leader he would seek to battle press corruption that targets the continent’s “lawfully elected governments.”

With his Venezuelan counterpart’s support, Correa vowed to “clean up” the country from a press he described as a “corrupt instrument of the oligarchy” and the main “enemy of change” in both nations.

“Ecuador has the full backing of Venezuela in its internal fight against this phenomenon, which borders on fascist madness that is open, blatant (and) cynical,” said Chavez.

For his part Morales concurred with the sentiment but stopped short of publicly backing the proposal of a Unasur mechanism, although he also joined in with lambasting his country’s media.
Morales said that he will raise the issue when he soon meets with the Inter American Press Association which defends press freedoms.
The president said he plans to discuss with the IAPA “how much of the Bolivia media are corrupt liars.”

On Sunday, Morales also proposed that people suspected of acts of secession or treason in Bolivia are tried by military justice “because they are traitors of the motherland.”

In recent months, Morales, who joins Correa and Chavez as having tense relations with the United States, has accused Washington of conspiring with his opponents to incite violence in Bolivia, and even accused it of having a hand in an assassination plot against him.

Communist leader elected Nepal’s new Prime Minister

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Leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) Madhav Kumar Nepal, center wearing cap, greets people at the Parliament in Katmandu, Nepal, Friday, May 22, 2009. The veteran communist leader, who is so far the only one who has announced plans to contest for the position of the prime minister, is likely to be elected as he has the support of 350 members in the 601-seat parliament. Nepalese lawmakers will vote for a new prime minister on Saturday that could end weeks of political turmoil in this Himalayan nation. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

AP | May 24, 2009

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Lawmakers elected a communist party leader as Nepal’s new prime minister on Saturday in a move aimed at ending weeks of political turmoil.

Madhav Kumar Nepal of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) was elected unopposed, parliament speaker Subash Nemwang announced.

Parliament members congratulated Nepal, and his supporters cheered and offered him flowers when he walked out of parliament.

Nepal, 56, has the backing of 22 political parties and 350 members in the 601-seat parliament, more than the simple majority required to be elected.

Nepal has been a prominent figure in Nepalese politics for more than a decade. He was a key figure in 2005 protests against the authoritarian rule of then-King Gyanendra and the weeks of street protests that led to the restoration of democracy a year later.

The previous prime minister, former Maoist rebel chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, resigned May 4 following a dispute with Nepal’s president.

Dahal’s party, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), had blocked parliamentary proceedings but ended its protest several days ago, allowing Saturday’s election.

Maoist lawmakers walked out of parliament on Saturday and did not participate in the process.

Both Dahal’s and Nepal’s parties are communist but differ in policies and beliefs.

The Maoists ended their decade-long armed struggle just three years ago and entered a peace process. They won general elections in 2008 but did not obtain a majority in parliament. Nepal’s party has long been part of mainstream politics.

Dahal resigned after President Ram Baran Yadav rejected his sacking of the country’s army chief, who had resisted efforts to integrate former Maoist fighters into the military.