February 23, 2004

Cast Wide Your News Nets...
I have a bit of advice for free-thinkers out there. Add some foreign news sources to your news portal. I added some UK News and "Most E-mailed Stories" to my Yahoo news trackers, and it occasionally turns up pertinent news that would never see the light of day in mainstream American media.

In the past, The UK branch of the Associated Press and Reuters have broken such Unpublished-in-America stories as the BBC documentary finding that the "Jessica Lynch Rescue" was, if not a purely staged publicity stunt, then at least exaggerated to absurdity. (Reported by USA Today, The BBC, and Her own book.)

Point two: Saddam's "Capture" by American troops was likely due to the fact that he was captured earlier, turned in by the father of a woman that his son raped. The article reported that Saddam was captured by a Kurdish Liberation Front and handed over to American troops. Saddam was later drugged and placed in the "spider hole" with an unloaded weapon. (Australian Broadcasting, Fox News) I had my suspicions about Jessica Lynch, and I knew that the Saddam capture was staged, at least to some degree. Frankly, there is better scripting in your average PlayStation 2 game than this dialog from the capture:

"My name is Saddam Hussein. I am the president of Iraq and I want to negotiate," he told the US troops in English, according to Major Bryan Reed, operations officer for the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

"Regards from President Bush," US special forces replied, Major Reed recounted.

Now it is granted that the main sources for this article are The Sunday Express, a British tabloid and al Jazeerah, both not usually respected and unbiased in the realm of reporting in the Middle East. However, under the circumstances, this report seems MUCH more plausible than the flag-waving G.I. Joe cartoon script that we were handed by Bush & Company.

The latest buried news story is a previously unreleased pentagon report that details how the current administration downplayed eminent threats of global warming.

The report, quoted in the paper, concluded: "Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life.... Once again, warfare would define human life."

Its authors -- Peter Schwartz, a CIA (news - web sites) consultant and former head of planning at Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and Doug Randall of Global Business Network based in California -- said climate change should be considered "immediately" as a top political and military issue.

Some examples given of probable scenarios in the dramatic report include:

  • Britain will have winters similar to those in current-day Siberia as European temperatures drop off radically by 2020.
  • By 2007 violent storms will make large parts of the Netherlands uninhabitable and lead to a breach in the aqueduct system in California that supplies all water to densely populated southern California
  • Europe and the United States become "virtual fortresses" trying to keep out millions of migrants whose homelands have been wiped out by rising sea levels or made unfarmable by drought.
  • "catastrophic" shortages of potable water and energy will lead to widespread war by 2020

Millions of dollars of funding and years of research, dozens of reports from world-renowned scientists, and the official verdict on global warming? "Needs more research." This translates to "Holy crap! Let's sit on this until the Democrats take office again. Then it'll be their problem. We have at least eight years of life on Earth left, don't we?"

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