December 18, 2004 -- Time
Out: 8:45 a.m. PT
2:5, 8-9: "But after thy hardness and
impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and
revelation of the righteous judgment of God ... unto them that are contentious,
and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil."
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
1 Corinthians 2:9: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into
the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon claims that American forces and Iraqis are not
at risk from contact with depleted uranium, which is used in armor-piercing
munitions and protective tank plating.
That's baloney to some scientists,
who insist the widespread use of depleted uranium during the American-led
invasion and occupation of Iraq poses a grave danger.
Despite attempts to
reassure the public, the Pentagon remains on the defensive.
uranium, or DU, is a radioactive byproduct of the industrial process to enrich
uranium. It is the leftover uranium-238 that results when scientists seek to
transform naturally occurring uranium into uranium-235, which is used to produce
The Army values munitions manufactured from depleted
uranium because, when fused with metal alloys, they are considered the most
effective warheads for penetrating enemy tanks. Also, because depleted uranium
is twice as dense as lead, the Army uses DU as armor plating.
Once a depleted-uranium round strikes its target, the projectile begins to
burn on impact, creating tiny particles of radioactive U-238. Winds can
transport this radioactive dust many miles, potentially contaminating the air
that innocent humans breathe.
This inhalation might cause lung cancer,
kidney damage, cancers of bones and skin, as well as birth defects and chemical
The 1991 Persian Gulf War was the first conflict to see the
widespread use of depleted uranium, both in armor-piercing projectiles and in
the protective armor of the new generation of Abrams tanks.
the Pentagon and the National Academy of Sciences established no linkage between
DU and the "Gulf War Syndrome" ailments after the first Gulf War.
people are still under study for the effects of contact with DU, with particular
emphasis on what happens when people breathe the air where DU projectiles have
Dr. Helen Caldicott has dedicated her life to warning about
the hazards of nuclear war and the effects of DU.
Born in Melbourne,
Australia, she first became interested in nuclear hazards when she saw the movie
"On the Beach" at the age of 15. The film deals with a nuclear accident that
leads to a global nuclear war.
Growing up, she led a movement in
Australia against the French atmospheric nuclear tests in the Pacific and tried
to win a ban on Australian uranium mining.
She became a medical doctor
and later founded Physicians for Social Responsibility, which won the Nobel
Peace Prize in 1985. She also has been a nominee for the same prize. She is a
strong, vocal anti-war activist.
In her book "The New Nuclear Danger:
George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex" Caldicott claims that DU qualifies
as a nuclear weapon because of its low-level radioactivity. She said that huge
quantities of DU were created during the Cold War, when the United States made
thousands of nuclear weapons.
"Weapon researchers and developers have now
succeeded in putting this toxic 'nuclear waste' to use through the creation of
depleted uranium bullets and shells," she added.
The weapons can cause
enormous damage in Iraq, she said. Depleted-uranium particles are soluble in
water, and the waters around the battlefields, as in Iraq and Kuwait, are at
risk of radioactive pollution, Caldicott said.
She warned that DU
maintains radioactivity for billions of years and can concentrate in the food
chain, with children and babies more vulnerable to the carcinogenic effects of
ingested radiation than adults.
Medical reports from Iraq indicate that
childhood malignancies are seven times more likely than they were before the
first Gulf War.
The complaints of the veterans of the first Gulf War are
"surprisingly similar in pattern to the various pathologies induced by uranium
exposure as described by the U.S. military," Caldicott said.
to 80,000 veterans were afflicted with Gulf War Syndrome during that war, and
there has been no definitive answer -- but a lot of dispute -- as to the
The military's use of depleted uranium is still being questioned.
But one thing is certain: War is dangerous to your health.
HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Cuba retaliated for the U.S. diplomatic
mission's Christmas display supporting Cuban dissidents by putting up a
billboard Friday emblazoned with photographs of American soldiers abusing Iraqi
prisoners and a huge swastika overlaid with a "Made in the U.S.A." stamp.
The billboard, erected overnight facing the U.S. Interest Section's offices,
stands on the Malecon, Havana's famed coastal highway.
A diplomat at the mission noted the abuse of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib
prison had been widely reported and discussed openly and said those responsible
were being prosecuted.
"On the other hand, the Cuban government does not allow a single word of
dissent in its media, jails those who dare espouse different ideas and has not
allowed (anyone) to visit Cuban political prisoners since the late 1980s," said
the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the mission's
The U.S. mission, headed by James Cason, rejected a demand this week to
remove Christmas decorations that included a reference to dissidents jailed by
Fidel Castro's government.
The trimmings included a Santa Claus, candy canes and white lights wrapped
around palm trees -- and a sign reading "75," a reference to the 75 Cuban
dissidents jailed last year.
Parliament Speaker Ricardo Alarcon called the display "rubbish" on Wednesday
and said Cason seemed "desperate to create problems."
No other Cuban officials have commented.
Wayne Smith, who headed the U.S. mission here during the Carter and Reagan
administrations and has long advocated restoring normal diplomatic relations
with Cuba, said he thought the images of prisoner abuse in Iraq were an
appropriate response by Castro's regime.
"If I were in their shoes, this is what I would do -- call attention to the
fact that the United States is now guilty of torture, of massive violations of
human rights," Smith said by telephone from Washington.
"Yes, I'd like to see the 75 all released, but we're in no position now to
criticize anyone," he said.
But the billboard's Nazi reference went too far, Smith added.
A pair of Australian tourists passing by called the billboard tasteless,
while a Greek traveler said it simply represented the truth.
"These are the crimes in Iraq, the torture of Iraqi people by the
Americans," said Antonio Nankoudis. He then pointed to the U.S. mission, saying,
"And there are the assassins."
Cubans also supported the billboard.
"This is well-placed, so the whole world understands that what's most
important is humanity," said Evelio Perez, who at first looked startled when he
walked past the billboard with his family.
Smaller billboards with photographs of prisoner abuse in Iraq went up in
less conspicuous places, including near a back entrance to the U.S. mission and
at the neighboring Anti-Imperialist Plaza.
Cuba-U.S. relations, never good during four decades of communist rule on the
island, have deteriorated during the Bush administration, which has toughened
economic sanctions and publicized its plan for a democratic Cuba after Castro.
The two countries have not had formal diplomatic relations since shortly
after Castro's guerrillas seized power in 1959. The U.S. Interest Section
provides only consular services and limited official contact.
Cuban officials charged last year that the imprisoned dissidents got money
from U.S. officials to undermine the island's government -- a charge the
activists and Washington denied. They were sentenced to up to 28 years in
prison, but 14 have since been released for medical reasons.
Smith, who headed the Havana mission from 1978 to 1982, said the political
Christmas decoration was a deliberate provocation, but a benign one.
"Let's hope that the U.S. Interest Section may realize that two can play at
this game and let it go at that," he said.
North Korea Could Test Long-Range Missile Any Time
- U.S. Warns
By Jim Wolf
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea could flight test at any
time a ballistic missile potentially capable of reaching parts of the United
States with a nuclear-weapon-sized payload, the State Department's top arms
control official said on Friday.
Making the case for President Bush's drive to build a
missile shield days after a failed test of the system, Stephen Rademaker,
assistant secretary of state for arms control, said North Korea was pushing
plans to develop its ocean-leaping, multiple-stage Taepo Dong 2
"This missile could be flight tested at any time," he told
a conference in a congressional office building sponsored by the American
Foreign Policy Council, a private research group.
A critic of the U.S. missile-defense plans, however,
accused the Bush administration of playing up a North Korean threat "whether or
not one exists" as a way to sell the shield program for which it plans to spend
more than $50 billion over the next five years.
"They're not going to let technical problems or a
less-severe threat prevent them from pursuing" missile defense, said Jon
Wolfsthal, an expert on deadly weapons at the Carnegie Endowment for
The Central Intelligence Agency has said that the Taepo-2
"may" be ready for testing. The report was in an unclassified report to Congress
that covered developments to the end of last year.
North Korea's Aug. 31, 1998, test over Japan of an
earlier-generation Taepo Dong 1 helped set the stage for Bush's drive to field a
missile shield as soon as technologically feasible. Pyongyang has stuck to a
voluntary moratorium on flight tests since the launch.
Bush ordered the Pentagon two years ago to have the basic
elements of a missile defense system on alert by the end of this month. The
Pentagon's prime contractor for the ground-based system is Boeing
However, technical problems -- including a flight test
aborted this week when the interceptor shut itself off in its silo -- appear to
have delayed a declaration that the system was ready to go on alert.
The setup is initially designed to counter ballistic
missiles that could be fired from North Korea and tipped with chemical, nuclear
or germ warheads.
If North Korea were to use a third stage on its Taepo Dong
2 booster rocket, as did in the 1998 Taepo Dong 1 test, "such a three-stage
missile could deliver a several hundred kilogram payload up to 15,000 kilometers
(9,300 miles)," enough to hit parts of the United States, Rademaker
Such a missile also had sufficient range to hit all of
Europe, he said.
Experts generally says a nuclear warhead built by a new
nuclear state would weigh about 1,100 pounds (500 kg). Some suspect the North
may have made progress on miniaturization with clandestine help from A.Q. Khan,
a Pakistani scientist who secretly headed a global nuclear network.
Rademaker said the North was "nearly self-sufficient" in
developing and producing ballistic missiles.
Iran, the other member of what Bush branded "axis of evil"
states along with pre-war Iraq and North Korea, also is working on space-launch
capabilities along with its suspected nuclear weapons program, he
Iranian intercontinental-range ballistic missile systems could be ready
for flight-testing in the "middle to latter-part of the decade," he said.
- Bribery and Threats as UN Exposes Dirty
Linen United Nations investigators
looking into charges of rape, pedophilia and prostitution involving
peacekeepers in Congo have been threatened with retaliatory attacks, and
witnesses have been bribed to change incriminating testimony.
woman charged in slaying, kidnapping MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A baby girl who
had been cut out of her mother's womb was found after a frantic search, and
authorities arrested the woman they say strangled the mother and stole the
child. The baby was in good condition Saturday. The child was found Friday at
an ... (more)
Fear of Intelligence Bill Leading to National ID
Privacy advocates worry that provisions
buried in the intelligence bill President Bush is to sign today will lead to a
national identification card. Little-noted measures included in the legislation
that reshuffles intelligence agencies order states to begin issuing new
fraud-proof birth certificates, and new driver's licenses with standardized data
encoded on them are set for 2006
The Danger of National Identification
It seems innocuous. What could be so sinister about finding out who
people are? But the national ID regime that some in government and the media
want to establish in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks would likely
do much to threaten individual privacy and security while doing little in itself
to prevent terrorism
Selling the "Ark of Hope" Through the
Dressed not in long flowing
robes, United Nations employees carry the precious Earth Charter cargo,
printed on actual papyrus and 300 small, handmade "tenemos" books, inside the
Ark of Hope, a replica of the biblical Ark of the Covenant, which contained
the tablets of the Ten Commandments given to Moses.
Report: TV Content Shows No Respect for
Frank Wright, president of the
NRB, called the negative portrayals "dehumanizing" and compared them to
representations of Jews prior to the Holocaust, and blacks in the era of
slavery. "Systematic negative portrayals of groups of people are always
The Economist: Why End-of-Time Beliefs
Apocalyptic creeds have even sprung from those sticky moments when
the world has failed to end on schedule. (Social scientists call this
“disconfirmation”.) When the resurrected Christ failed to show up for Miller's
disciples on the night of October 22nd 1844.
Is Yehuda Ashlag a Latter-Day
Ashlag sought to unlock and
express the inner meaning of the kabbala, which he understood as a most
powerful vehicle for human transformation. Though several of the Beit El
scholars knew the "Zohar" and the Lurianic works by heart, according to
Ashlag's testimony, they claimed that it was not humanly possible to grasp the
kabbala's meaning, and that not even Luria himself understood the significance
of the symbols and processes he described, which came to him as a revelation
from Elijah the Prophet.
Raiders News Update Issues Retraction
Christian Broadcasting Network Founder and Chairman Pat Robertson decided not
to do business with Anchor Bay Entertainment, distributors of soft porn 'B'
MORAL DECADENCE, ABORTION, GAY -
WEATHER, WEATHER CONTROL, ENVIRONMENT,
Motives A.W. Tozer
. . . All these examples
point up to a grave modern evil, permitting temporal consequences to decide
A word of caution should be added. Sometimes an act,
though good in itself, may, in a given set of circumstances, be better held in
abeyance. Only be sure the reason for waiting is the desire to promote the glory
of God and bless mankind. Sometimes a word, though true, would be out of season
and injurious to someone. Better be silent than to speak a harmful word. Only
let the reason for silence be love and not fear.
To sum up: no act, however noble it may seem to be, done
from fear of consequences can be good in itself. A good deed done for earthly
gain is an evil deed at bottom. Motive imparts moral quality, and without a holy
motive there cannot be a holy act.
Prayer O Father, give me clear
understanding of consequences. May I discern the eternal from the temporal and
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13) "Enter ye in at the
strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to
destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14) Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and
few there be that find it.
KJV: Matt. 7: 13, 14
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