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"Experts" declare the obvious

By Thom Akeman Mon Apr 24, 10:53 PM ET

MONTEREY, California (Reuters) - The record Atlantic hurricane season last year can be attributed to global warming, several top experts, including a leading U.S. government storm researcher, said on Monday.

"The hurricanes we are seeing are indeed a direct result of climate change and it's no longer something we'll see in the future, it's happening now," said Greg Holland, a division director at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Holland told a packed hall at the American Meteorological Society's 27th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology that the wind and warmer water conditions that fuel storms that form in the Caribbean are "increasingly due to greenhouse gases. There seems to be no other conclusion you can logically draw."

His conclusion will be debated throughout the week-long conference, as other researchers present opposing papers that say changing wind and temperature conditions in the tropics are due to natural events, not the accumulation of carbon dioxide emissions clouding the Earth.

Many of the experts gathered in the coastal city of Monterey, California, are federal employees. The Bush administration contends global warming is an unproven theory.

While many of the conference's 500 scientists seem to agree that a warming trend in the tropics is causing more and stronger hurricanes than usual, not all agree that global warming is to blame.

Some, like William Gray, a veteran hurricane researcher at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, attributed the warming to natural cycles. Gray said he believes salinity buildups and movements with ocean currents cause warming and cooling cycles. He predicted the Caribbean water will continue to warm for another five to 10 years, then start cooling.


Whatever the cause, computer projections indicate the warming to date -- about one degree Fahrenheit (half a degree Celsius) in tropical water -- is "the tip of the iceberg" and the water will warm three to four times as much in the next century, said Thomas Knutson, explaining projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey.

Adam Lea, a postdoctoral student at Britain's University College London in Dorking, Surrey, presented research based on British, German, Russian and Canadian studies that concludes half of the increased hurricane activity in the tropics could be attributed to global warming.

Holland, director of the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division of the federal research center, said tropical storm anomalies in the 1940s and 1950s can be explained by natural variability.

But he said carbon dioxide started changing traceable patterns in the 1970s and by the early 1990s, the atmospheric results were affecting the storm numbers and intensities.

"What we're seeing right now in global climate temperature is a signature of climate change," said Holland, a native of Australia. "The large bulk of the scientific community say what we are seeing now is linked directly to greenhouse gases."

Hurricane Katrina, which tore onto the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts on August 29, was the deadliest Atlantic hurricane in 77 years and the costliest ever, with property damages estimated at $75 billion.

This year, the weather service's Tropical Prediction Center expects more hurricanes than usual, but not as many as last year's record 14.


Abovetopsecret.com plays hardball with Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times posted this:

Some of you may have noticed that Signs of the Times was down three times today. This was a result of threats by abovetopsecret.com's attorney to our website host. It seems that abovetopsecret.com finally could no longer stand the negative attention they were getting from our exposure of them as a probable CoIntelPro operation, initially in the form of Joe Quinn's article:

Evidence That a Frozen Fish Didn't Impact the Pentagon on 9/11 - and Neither Did a Boeing 757

which was an analysis of the "catherder" article on abovetopsecret.com which essentially was support for Bush and the Neocon's conspiracy theory about the events of September 11.

After removing this "offending material", we published the letter from abovetopsecret.com's attorney on our forum. Within FIVE minutes, the Signs page was taken down again by the website host.

When we called our server to ask "what now," we were informed that abovetopsecret.com's attorney had called again and was claiming that in the five minutes the forum posting was up, he had already received death threats because we had published his name and location! (which, incidentally, is freely available on the web.) We were forced to remove that information also. It seems that abovetopsecret.com's attorney is also well-versed in the tactics of CoIntelPro.

As anyone who is familiar with copyright law knows, our rebuttal of the 'Catherder' article is perfectly legal under standard copyright law. However, abovetopsecret.com, like Bush and the Neocons, make up their own laws and enforce them with intimidation and bogus threats from their 'hired-gun' attorney.

As Laura has chronicled on her blog, abovetopsecret.com's urgent demands that we remove this article because it was a violation of their "creative commons" copyright was absurd and simply evidence of their position as an active cointelpro/psy-ops propagator on the internet. It isn't copyrights that abovetopsecret.com is concerned about, it is google bombing and running psy-ops. And now, they have proven it.
This action also is highly suggestive of the idea that the Pentagon Issue is a LOT more sensitive than anyone has thus far suspected! Do take note of THAT!

I hope that everyone who reads this will spread this information far and wide because these people are EVIL Bush supporters, Cyber Nazi Brown Shirts.

Some other links relevant to the story:

Is the Above Top Secret Forum COINTELPRO?

COINTELPRO Updates: Above Top Secret Forum


Worries about Yellowstone grow

Yellowstone Volcano Grows as Geysers Reawaken
By Bjorn Carey
LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 01 March 2006

Forces brewing deep beneath Yellowstone National Park could be making one of the largest volcanoes on Earth even bigger, a new study reveals.

In the past decade, part of the volcano has risen nearly five inches, most likely due to a backup of flowing molten rock miles below the planet's crust.

While the rise may not be noticeable to the casual hiker, the activity may have cracked the crust in the park's famous Norris Geyser Basin (NGB), leading to the formation of new fumaroles-holes that vent smoke and gas-and the reawakening of some of the area's geysers, including Steamboat, the largest geyser in the world.

Yellowstone last erupted about 640,000 years ago, spewing 240 cubic miles of material. Despite the newly discovered activity, researchers don't expect it to erupt any time soon. Eventually, however, it could explode again as a super-volcano that would destroy life for hundreds of miles around and coat the entire country in ash.

and this caught my eye as well...

State of emergency declared for Windward Oahu - Almost 23 inches of rain in 72 hours!
March 3, 2006
Honolulu Star Bulletin

Over the 72-hour period ending at 5 a.m. today, Punaluu saw 22.84 inches of rain. Kahuku was not far behind at 12.26.

and this...

Melting Ice Caps Could Spell Disaster for Coastal Cities
2 Mar 06

For the first time, scientists have confirmed Earth is melting at both ends, which could have disastrous effects for coastal cities and villages.

and finally...

Antarctica Losing Ice, Contrary to Expectations
By Robert Roy Britt
LiveScience Managing Editor
posted: 02 March 2006

Joining the growing list of places on this planet that are melting, Antarctica is losing some 36 cubic miles of ice every year, scientists said today.

For comparison, Los Angeles consumes roughly 1 cubic mile of fresh water a year.

The south polar region holds 90 percent of Earth's ice and 70 percent of the total fresh water on the planet, so any significant pace of melting there is important and could contribute to an already rising sea.

"This is the first study to indicate the total mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet is in significant decline," said Isabella Velicogna of the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Glaciers contributing to global warming

A May 2005 photo of the calving front of the Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier shows enormous calving activity. The glacier in east Greenland is now moving about 8.5 miles a year, or 126 feet per day. That's nearly three times faster than in the past.

Credit: NASA Wallops/John Sonntag

Greenland glaciers disappearing more quickly

Greenland's glaciers are dumping more than twice as much ice into the Atlantic Ocean now as 10 years ago because glaciers are sliding off the land more quickly, researchers said on Thursday.

This could mean oceans will rise even faster than forecast, and rising surface air temperatures appear to be to blame, the researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

on a related note

Scientist earmarks planets most likely to hold alien life


War spin

Iraqi voices are drowned out in a blizzard of occupiers' spin

The deception that launched the invasion of Iraq now increasingly shapes media coverage of the occupation

Sami Ramadani
Wednesday February 8, 2006
The Guardian

Three years after invading Iraq, George Bush and Tony Blair are still dipping into the trough of deception and disinformation that launched the war: hailing non-existent progress, declaring sanctimonious satisfaction with sectarian elections and holding out the mirage of early withdrawal. In reality, the occupation and divide-and-rule tactics have spawned death squads, torture, kidnappings, chemical attacks, polluted water, depleted uranium, bombardment of civilians, probably more than 100,000 people dead and a relentless deterioration in Iraqis' daily lives.

Much of this goes unreported in the British and American media, stripped of context or consigned to the small print. The headlines are reserved for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terrorism, Saddam Hussein's farcical trial and the perennial "exit strategy". We are fed the occupiers' spin, while words of scepticism are deemed jarring. Invited to join a popular BBC radio programme for Iraq's recent elections, I quoted George Bush's accidental brush with reality when he declared: "You can't have free and fair elections in Lebanon under Syrian occupation." An editor politely said: "Sorry Sami, but we are sticking to a positive spin on this one. I am sure we will invite you on other occasions."

A few days ago, a large-scale opinion poll conducted by Maryland University showed that 87% of Iraqis (including 64% of Kurds) endorsed a demand for a timetabled withdrawal of the occupiers. The findings were mostly ignored by the British media.

Admittedly, reports on the ground are difficult and dangerous. But while western media are not averse to revealing deceptions around the WMD scare and pre-war lies, occupier-generated news still takes pride of place, and anti-occupation Iraqi voices of all sects - particularly Shia clergy such as Ayatollahs Hassani, Baghdadi and Khalisi - are ignored.

A few months before US soldiers boasted of using white phosphorus, the BBC's Paul Wood defended his reporting from Falluja in the November 2004 siege, telling Medialens: "I repeat the point made by my editors, over weeks of total access to the military operation, at all levels: we did not see banned weapons being used ... or even discussed. We cannot therefore report their use." Doctors and refugees fleeing US bombardment talked of "chemical attacks" and people "melting to death". But for the BBC, eyewitness testimony from Iraqis is way down the pecking order of objectivity.

It would clearly be wrong to portray victims' claims as uncontested facts, but there is a duty to publish and investigate them. Had, for example, Iraqi families' claims been highlighted shortly after the occupation began, the world would not have waited over a year to learn of torture at US-run jails. It was not until US soldiers gleefully circulated sickening pictures of tortured Iraqis that the media paid attention.

Many Iraqis have persistently accused US-led forces of "controlling" an assortment of death squads or private militias and "turning a blind eye" to many terrorist attacks. Almost every week, handcuffed and blindfolded men are found lying next to one another, each killed by a single bullet to the head. Who is methodically torturing and killing these people? Who has so far assassinated more than 200 academics and scientists? Iraqis not linked to the Green Zone regime are convinced that US forces and US-backed mercenaries are involved.

Support for some Iraqi claims, however, comes from unexpected sources: two US generals have admitted the presence of targeted killing squads, and last February the Wall Street Journal let slip the presence of six US-trained secret militias. In the same month, Lt General William Boykin, the deputy undersecretary of defence for intelligence, told the New York Times: "I think we're doing what the Phoenix programme was designed to do, without all the secrecy." US death squads assassinated about 40,000 people in Vietnam before Congress halted "Operation Phoenix".

A retired general, Wayne Downing, the former head of special operations forces, affirmed that US-led killing squads started operating immediately after the March 2003 invasion. He told a bemused NBC interviewer: "Katie, it's a nasty situation in Iraq right now, and this may help it get better."

But the occupiers' "Sunni v Shia" mantra dictates the agenda and clouds the issues. The daily news intake is moulded by senior occupation forces' PR officers and embassy officials camped in the Green Zone - once Saddam's fortress, now a vast monstrosity housing the occupation authorities and their competing and corrupt Iraqi proteges of all sects.

The lie of WMD embroiled Britain in an immoral, illegal war. Disinformation about the war is the pretext for keeping troops and bases in Iraq. Cosmetic sovereignty and partial withdrawal will not convince Iraqis witnessing the completion of permanent US bases, and US advisers controlling "sovereign" ministries and planning back-door oil privatisation.

Only complete withdrawal will satisfy most Iraqis. And if genuine liberty and independence are not forthcoming, the spiral of violence will intensify from Afghanistan to Palestine.

ยท Sami Ramadani was a political exile from Saddam's regime and is a senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University sami.ramadani@londonmet.ac.uk


Climate change: Humanity's mirror

Signs Editorial: Climate Change
Signs of the Times -- Henry See

If the world is a mirror of those who inhabit it, what can the issue of climate change tell us about ourselves? Everybody talks about the weather. It is the one safe topic when you meet a stranger or are stuck next to a colleague you don't know very well waiting for a meeting. If you live in a rural area, the weather has a direct affect on people's lives as a year's crops depend upon how much or little rain may fall, an incident of hail that wipes out young fruit, or how early or late a frost may come. If you are in a city, with only your weekends off, then whether or not your free days are rainy or sunny can assume a grand importance.

In short, everyone has something to say about the weather.

There is a lot of talk these days about climate change and global warming. We hear predictions of everything from the melting of the ice caps leading to a rise of the ocean level enough to flood New York City and other low-lying areas, to a sudden change in the Gulf Stream that would usher in a new ice age, to complete silence. Some give timelines of a thousand years' transition. Others tell us it could happen much more rapidly in two to five. Some say it isn't going to happen at all.

The Bush administration continues to insist there is not enough scientific data in hand while the "Peak Oil" apologists use climate change as another argument in favour of massive population reduction and the end to an oil-based economy.

We think that the "Peak Oil" gang are disinfo meant to corral well-meaning people who have serious questions about the way the world is run behind the hidden agenda of the powers that be to kill off a large part of the population. The way Mike Ruppert has siphoned off a group of people who were questioning the official story of 9/11 into "Peak Oil" is certainly suggestive. We have evidence that population reduction is on the agenda.

There is some evidence to suggest that oil may not be a fossil fuel, or may be both a fossil fuel and an abiotic fuel. Unfortunately, to have an idea of the actual known reserves of oil we are dependent upon people who have shown themselves to be less than trustworthy in the past. We are thus faced with an ambiguous situation where hard facts and reliable data are missing. So our intuition has to play a certain role in seeing behind the veil.

Intuition cannot decide anything for us, however; it can only serve as a pointer to new fields of research and study in order to gather the data to move from intuition to knowledge.

In every field of inquiry, for everyone person who says "yes", there will be another who says "no". For every expert who says the future is bright there will be another who tells us the future is bleak. Data can give different interpretations depending upon the hypothesis or point of view brought upon them, so there is obviously another level that is primary, that must be worked upon in order to clear up our perceptual apparati and permit us to see the world objectively. Without an objective understanding of the true nature of our reality, we will be lost.

Of course, arriving at an objective understanding of reality is fraught with the same pitfalls as looking at the question of "Peak Oil" or climate change. [Let us note in an aside that there appears to be confirmation of climate change every day that we look out the window. If predictions about climate change are true, and we tend to think they are, then they could become a powerful manipulative tool in "confirming" "Peak Oil".

Of course, there is no hard link between the two. Climate change has nothing to do with whether or not oil is running out, it has something to do with how it is used.] One's preconceptions, prejudices, and social formation will influence one's choice of interpretation. To build this understanding into one's research protocol is therefore a necessary first step. This implies the use of working hypotheses that can be adapted to fit new data. One cannot be held prisoner by one's ideas. If the data doesn't fit, then some serious rethinking may be called for.

That raises the question of the nature of the researcher himself. Someone who is incapable of such openness regarding his or her own ideas won't be able to progress, which doesn't mean that his or her research won't be terribly successful in the sense of it being adopted as the dominant paradigm. Other forces come into play that have nothing to do with science and research: charisma, personality, connections with people in power, a willingness to play political games, and the like. All of these can have more influence in science than the search for truth, especially in a society that places no value on the truth. Why should we think that scientists would be more interested in the truth than the president?

Scientific research is therefore embedded in a social structure that must be understood in order to understand science itself. The scientist is also part of that structure, and a scientist who is bent on unravelling nature's truths must be as ruthless on himself as he is with his data. He must struggle against his own subjectivity, against those forces within that would have him interpret data according to wishful thinking or an eye on his colleagues' acceptance rather than according to what is. A person whose self-conception is completely tied to one idea or theory has much more than an idea or a theory to lose if they are proved wrong: he or she will lose him or herself. How easy is it for most people who have invested years in developing something to let it go?

The idea that the Earth might be "running out of oil" is certainly a captivating idea, especially if one is already disenchanted with modern, consumer society, is horrified by the pillage of the planet, and has a yearning for a simpler life where other values are dominant. If true, it could give a scientific grounding to an ecological future. But here we see the fundamental problem. The pillaging of the planet and the destruction of our habitat is morally unconscionable and should not need a scientific counter-argument, but in our world conscience is not an adequate argument. Conscience has no economic weight. Those who would argue from conscience are obliged to find benefits that touch the bottom line in order to be heard, before they are turned away.

Imagine a world where science and conscience are not at odds. For the moment, we are still stuck in this one where there are other forms of energy that could replace oil were we to apply the amount of money that has gone into the destruction of Iraq, if throwing money at problems could solve them. Experience shows us that throwing money at a problem is no guarantee of success, and that brings us back to our fundamental problem: ourselves.

The world is a mirror reflecting back to us an image of ourselves. The United States and its official culture of individualism, profit, greed, material success, frenetic rushing to stay in the same place, is the logical extension of a life based upon the Illusion that it is something outside of ourselves that can give us happiness or bring us salvation. While other countries are not yet so bound in its clutches, they are on the route towards it. The society of the US marks the future of us all.

We live in a world without conscience, where all sorts of considerations come into play that shout down the imperceptible voice of conscience in the background. Because our world treats these illusory considerations as real, we learn to ignore that which is truly Real.It is the psychopath that is without conscience, and Robert Hare entitled his study of psychopathy exactly that: Without Conscience.

But not everyone is a psychopath. They number only a tiny percentage of the population, even if their influence far outweighs the numbers, and many people have a tenuous link with their conscience. But because that link is so weak, so lost in the noise of our own minds, in its place we have what are called morals. Morals are conditioned by time, place, and culture. The Eastern Esoteric Christian Tradition explains the existence of morals in this way:

In addition, these bundles of mechanical ties [between the three lower centres] have a specific significance and play a positive role in the psychic life of the individual. Taken together, they constitute the organ -or better still the instrument - of morals. Given that, in exterior life, the voice of the real 'I' is weak and rarely heard, man who is constantly identified with the 'I' of the Personality, can act - and often does act - without taking the words of this intimate voice into account, even if he repents thereafter. Within such conditions, the mechanical ties between the three centres are practically the sole brakes put to his anarchical greed.

This instrument of the morals is moulded in accordance with the traditions of the environment of the family and is being shaped since birth through education. It is evident that, without this instrument, the organization of the social life under all its forms is unthinkable. Yet due to its own nature, it cannot serve as a guarantee for a good and equitable conduct of the humans; so, to solidly assure its existence during the times of peace, the human society has always been obliged to have recourse to constraint and to the application of penalties: necessary remedies, since morals would never have been strong enough to curb the extreme and anarchal tendencies of the Personality. The latter is, in fact devoid of that kind of moral conscience that the religious practices are keen to indicate in the form of the fear of God.
We can easily understand, in view of the proceeding, that moral conscience is not identical to Consciousness at all. The former is a kind of substitute, founded no more, like the authentic Consciousness direct judgment, spontaneous and simple, but on a whole lot of considerations. among which, the race, the civilization, the epoch, the caste, the environment, and the one or the many personal interests play their role, so much so, that what is, in fact, understood by the notion of morals changes a lot, being a function of the many variations of such components. Thus we distinguish the morals of a cultivated man from those of a savage, the morals of the Roman society from those of the Middle Ages, and the last from those of our present days. We must not believe, however, that morals are proceeding, with time, along an ascending curve of progress. Besides, from the esoteric point of view, the notion of progress, as we habitually conceive it, has no absolute value. [Boris Mouravieff, Gnosis, Vol 1, trad. Dr. Fouad Ramez, Madbouly Bookshop, Cairo. 2005]

These morals are necessary because they are the only brake on our unfettered greed. They are necessary for the preservation of human society. In this, they have their role to play in the grand Cosmic scheme of things. However, they do not achieve the status of conscience because they are illusory as all things of this world are illusory. They are taught and codified as rules, there to be considered when the need arises, to pick and choose, to abide by or to ignore; they do not arise spontaneously as a direct judgement on a situation in front of us. To attain such a conscience, one must change one's very BEing until our conscience becomes who we are. As Martha Stout notes in her book The Sociopath Next Door:

"A very large sense of conscience can integrate moral intention, personal desire, and identity in the mind--right action becomes who we are--and for this reason, extreme conscience appears to be a rare exact-fit to human happiness." p. 195

Stout quotes the following in her discussion of what she describes as "extreme conscience":

"When conscience grows significantly strong, apparently it unifies the human psyche in a unique and beneficial way, and rather than causing 'life disruption', extreme conscience significantly enhances life satisfaction." (Research by A. Colby and W. Damon, Some Do Care: Contemporary lives of moral commitment. Cited by Stout. p. 195 )

The unification of the human psyche is the goal of esoteric work. It is the work we have before us, because how else can the world change if not through the transformation of those of us who build and shape it? If the world is a mirror, then it is the subject looking into that mirror that must evolve. The world-mirror will then change with us.

Now, that's a project for climate change.


Bush suppressing the truth of global warming

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him

Published: January 29, 2006

The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.

Dr. Hansen said he would ignore the restrictions. "They feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public," he said.

[end of article]

Even as large chunks of ice are breaking off in the Arctic, the Bushinistas still will not give in to reality. Our shift into a dictatorship is merely cosmetic at this point.


Alaskan volcano erupts

Augustine erupts sending plume 8 1/2 miles high
17 Jan 06

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Augustine Volcano erupted Tuesday morning, sending an ash plume 8 1/2 miles into the air, officials at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said.

[end of article]


Scientist warns that 'Earth is doomed'

Add another scientist to the list of well-informed people warning of impending environmental disaster. The real question is, will people listen? Or will they be more concerned about American Idol, or Dancing with the Stars, or the newest gadget at the CES. Meanwhile, the world is burning...

Earth Doomed
Jan 16, 2006
London - Renowned scientist James Lovelock says he believes the world has passed the point of no return for climate change, and civilization is unlikely to survive.

Thirty years ago Lovelock conceived the idea that Earth possesses a planetary-scale control system he named Gaia, which keeps our environment fit for life, The Independent reported Monday. But now he believes mankind's abuse of the environment has made climate change insoluble and life on Earth will never be the same again.

In an extraordinarily pessimistic new assessment published in Monday's Independent, Lovelock suggests efforts to counter global warming cannot succeed, and that, in effect, it is already too late.

Lovelock now believes Earth and human society face nearly complete disaster, and sooner than nearly anybody realizes.

He writes, "Before this century is over, billions of us will die, and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic, where the climate remains tolerable."


Alito and Roe v. Wade

Samuel Alito. He could be the deciding vote. At a time when the Supreme Court looks ready and able to re-decide the controversial abortion law, this looks to be an even worse selection for the Highest Court. So, what to think when there is talk that the right actually doesn't want to overturn Roe? What's this, it was all for show?

Eleanor Clift writes:

Now that the GOP is within striking distance of overturning Roe, they're having second thoughts. The public is not ready to abandon the landmark case legalizing abortion, and neither is the Republican Party. They used abortion as a wedge issue because the politics worked; they really didn't think abortion would ever be banned.

When did what the public want ever get in the way of government strategy? Yes, public opinion matters. But whenever it's needed, the public will be ever so subtly pushed to accept what the powers that be want.

Apparently, abortion is not something that was ever taken seriously by the Right. It was merely a tool, like many other issues, to create divisions. Aside from the emotionless attitude this purveys, one has to think of so many other issues that the Right has fiercly defended. Is there anything that is sacred, or is it that whatever can be done to stay in power, divide the masses, and keep them unorganized will be done?

This gives quite the horrific glimpse into the mindset of power-driven individuals, doesn't it?