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Editor, The Konformist
Tame Magazine Smears Conspiracy Author
(Conspiracy Nation, 5/13/02) -- Not findable at the Tame magazine
(a.k.a. Time magazine) web site is an article available in this
week's Tame: "The French Correction: America Behind 9/11!" (May 20th
issue, article by Bruce Crumley.)
Lame magazine (a.k.a. Tame magazine) predictably trots out ha-ha-
funny subtexts of X-file reminders when its hireling, Bruce Crumley,
reports on the best-selling book, in France, L'Effroyable Imposture
(The Horrifying Fraud).
The book, which reportedly shows that no plane crashed into the
Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 planes that struck the World Trade Center
on that date were guided by remote control the 9-11 terror attacks
were the causa belli for pre-planned wars against Afghanistan and
Iraq, will, according to Tame, be released in an English-language
translation this month. Guarding against fears that author Thierry
Meyssan's book will be a bestseller in the U.S. (as it already is in
France), Tame magazine, through her hireling, Bruce Crumley, lets
loose with the usual ridicule:
"Move over, Fox Mulder. Here comes Thierry Meyssan."
"If Meyssan had worked in a few aliens, he might have had a real shot
at the X-Files market."
Meyssan, whose book has broken the French record for first-month
sales, reportedly "casts the events of Sept. 11 and those that
followed as the work of a virtual shadow junta within the U.S.
Conspiracy Nation. Think outside the box.
Robalini's Note: Okay, maybe Berlusconi and Bossi aren't completely
May 09, 2002
Italy divided over plan to bring back brothels
From Richard Owen in Rome
THE Centre-Right Government of Silvio Berlusconi was split yesterday
over a plan to solve the growing problem of street prostitution in
Italy by reviving brothels, which have been banned for nearly half a
The proposal, advanced at Cabinet level by Umberto Bossi, the leader
of the Northern League and Minister for Reform, is intended to meet a
recent complaint by Signor Berlusconi that it was becoming impossible
to walk down Italian city streets or country roads without being
confronted by the sight of "semi-naked women" touting for custom.
The Bossi plan, which is in line with the Northern League programme
for "cleaning up the streets" by curbing urban crime, prostitution
and illegal immigration, envisages the creation of regulated "Eros
Centres" in Italian towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants.
Signor Bossi said that the brothels, which would pay taxes and be
subject to medical inspections and health checks, "should be
established only in the big towns and cities. That way the
countryside can be rid of prostitution and go back to doing what it
has always done best: producing children to ensure the future of
Under the scheme street prostitutes and their clients would, if
caught, face fines of up to 10,000 (£6,200). Roberto Maroni, deputy
leader of the Northern League and Minister of Labour, said that the
Eros Centres would help to break the power of organised crime, which
imported African and East European prostitutes.
Stefania Prestigiacomo, the Minister for Equal Opportunities and a
leading member of Signor Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, disagreed,
saying that whatever the proposed "sex centres" were called they
amounted to "state-licensed exploitation of women".
Carlo Giovanardi, Minister for Relations with Parliament, said the
Bossi plan was "morally unacceptable" and would "set Italy back over
A spokesman for Signor Berlusconi said that Cabinet discussion of the
plan had been postponed in view of the furore. Brothels were outlawed
in Italy in 1958. Prostitution is not illegal, but "benefiting" from
it is, carrying prison sentences of up to 20 years.
Two more installments of "Those Evil Bush Kreeps":
May 8, 2002
Memo Shows Enron Division Headed by Army Secretary Thomas White
Manipulated California Electricity Market
Public Citizen Calls on White to Resign, Justice Department to Launch
WASHINGTON, D.C. In light of a memo indicating that Army Secretary
Thomas White's former Enron division was involved in market
manipulation and price-gouging during the California electricity
crisis, Public Citizen today called for White to resign immediately
and the Justice Department to initiate a criminal probe.
The internal company memo describes how White's division, Enron
Energy Services, lied to California officials, enabling the company
to charge prices far higher than should have been allowed. As a
direct result of his division's fraud, White is a multimillionaire
and California consumers still are paying far too much for their
The Dec. 6, 2000, memo from Enron attorneys describes how Enron
Energy Services deliberately sought from the state's power broker far
more electricity capacity than it needed. By doing so, Enron Energy
Services, which was colluding with other Enron divisions, deceived
the state into thinking that transmission capacity was full, enabling
Enron to charge prices far higher than if capacity was not full.
That and other memos, released this week as a result of an ongoing
investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),
confirm charges Public Citizen has made for more than a year in
reports and in testimony before Congress. The memos are available on
the FERC Web site.
"These documents show manipulation and deception so extreme that it
borders on maniacal," said Public Citizen President Joan
Claybrook. "Thomas White was in charge when California was being
gouged by Enron. If he directed this activity, he shouldn't be head
of the Army. And if this was going on under his nose and he didn't
know, he's a terrible manager and also shouldn't be head of the Army.
He should resign immediately."
When the memos are combined with data available in Power Marketer
Quarterly Reports that Enron filed with FERC, it is clear that
White's division was colluding with Enron's power marketing divisions
to fool state and federal regulators. In the first three months of
2001 the height of skyrocketing prices and rolling blackouts
White's division traded more than 11 million megawatts of electricity
in the California market alone, making nearly 98 percent of these
trades with other Enron divisions at astronomical prices up to $2,500
a megawatt hour (the standard price at the time was less than $340 a
By selling power to itself at inflated prices, Enron helped cause
prices to skyrocket in California's deregulated market. Economists
refer to this manipulation as transfer pricing.
By trading such large volumes of electricity at such high prices with
other Enron divisions, White's division was able to accomplish two
things. First, it allowed the company to charge California utilities
and consumers astronomical prices, thereby contributing to the
Western electricity crisis. Federal and state regulators found it
very difficult to trace Enron's trades because the company had four
separate divisions interacting in the wholesale and retail markets,
and with each other.
Second, engaging in transfer pricing allowed these various Enron
divisions to overstate revenue and contribute to the accounting
gimmickry that inflated the company's share price.
It is important to note that at the same time that Enron Energy
Services was manipulating the California energy market, Enron paid
the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates more
than half a million dollars in the first seven months of 2001 to
lobby the "Executive Office of the President" on the "California
electric crisis" according to the lobbying disclosure report filed
with Congress on April 10, 2001.
The firm's co-founder, Ed Gillespie, was the former communications
director at the Republican National Committee and a top Bush campaign
advisor, and he ran the U.S. Department of Commerce for the first 30
days of the Bush presidency. Enron was lobbying against bipartisan
efforts to re-regulate the Western electricity market by imposing
price controls. As Enron was spending this money lobbying Congress
and the White House against price controls, the Bush administration
aggressively took Enron's position. On numerous occasions, President
Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, their various spokespeople and
Cabinet officials took an aggressive stance against price controls.
White served as vice chairman of Enron Energy Services from 1998
until the Senate confirmed him as Army secretary in May 2001. When
Bush nominated White for the post, he cited White's 11-year
experience as a top Enron executive as a primary qualification. White
earned tens of millions of dollars in salary, incentive-based bonuses
and stock options during his Enron career. He earned $5.5 million in
salary and cash bonus his last year alone.
As vice chairman, White was in charge of running day-to-day
operations, including managing and signing retail energy contracts.
During White's tenure, Enron Energy Services became one of Enron's
fastest growing subsidiaries by using questionable accounting
practices, with revenues climbing 330 percent from 1998 to 2000 (from
$1 billion in 1998 to more than $4.6 billion in 2000). Using "mark-to-
market" bookkeeping, Enron booked much of the revenue for long-term
retail contracts up front providing the company with inflated
White's former employees have publicly stated that he knew of the
fraudulent accounting employed by the division. Glenn Dickson, an
Enron Energy Services director laid off in December 2001, has been
quoted in media reports as saying that both White and Vice Chairman
Lou Pai "are definitely responsible for the fact that [Enron Energy
Services] sold huge contracts with little thought as to how we were
going to manage the risk or deliver the service."
Common Cause Calls for The Resignation of SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt
Harshbarger: "Pattern of Conflicts Undermines Citizen and Investor
May 10, 2002
"The SEC is holding an investors' conference today to listen to the
concerns of average Americans. Ending Chairman Harvey Pitt's
continuing conflicts of interest would send a stronger message. The
stakes could not be higher: our economy depends on efficient, open
markets safeguarded by the rule of law. The American public deserves
an impartial Securities and Exchange Commission that safeguards the
public interest and investor confidence. Instead, Mr. Pitt has
demonstrated a pattern of actual and apparent conflict of interest.
This pattern undermines citizen and investor confidence," Common
Cause President Scott Harshbarger said.
"As the fallout continues from the Enron collapse, Mr. Pitt's pattern
includes: taking office at a disadvantage in terms of credibility,
due to his role in the accounting industry's lobbying campaign two
years ago to preserve their conflicts of interest; an improper
meeting with a former client under investigation by the SEC; and
leaving the role of defending shareholder protection from conflicts
of interest by research analysts to the New York Attorney General.
It's time for his departure.
"At best, Chairman Pitt showed poor judgment and disdain for the
public trust when he agreed to an April 26 meeting with Eugene D.
O'Kelly, the new chairman of KPMG. Chairman Pitt had represented the
firm as a securities lawyer, even representing them at one meeting
with the SEC. KPMG was and remains the target of an investigation by
the SEC for its alleged participation in a strategy to overstate
Xerox profits by $3 billion.
"According to Mr. O'Kelly, he raised the subject of potential SEC
enforcement actions against the firm. Mr. Pitt denies that this
happened. He says belatedly that he will avoid such meetings in the
"His poor judgment on this meeting underlines a larger problem: As a
securities lawyer for more than 20 years, Mr. Pitt made millions from
representing more than 100 corporate clients including all the Big 5
accounting firms. Just two years ago, at the behest of the accounting
industry, Chairman Pitt played a leading role in watering down
proposed SEC regulations concerning auditor independence. His support
of further self-regulation by the accounting industry is an
unsatisfactory attempt to undo his previous work.
"Common Cause asked Chairman Pitt to recuse himself from the
Enron/Andersen investigation because of the potential conflict of
interest. The O'Kelly meeting shows Chairman Pitt has not yet made
the transition from advocate for private clients to guardian of the
public trust. The Enron collapse and large-scale restatements of
corporate profits have the potential to further undermine confidence
in financial markets. The SEC's response threatens to undermine faith
in our democratic institutions.
"We cannot afford an SEC Chairman who undermines both.
"Chairman Pitt should resign from the commission."
Sun 12 May 2002
Fortuyn favoured depraved
MARCELLO MEGA AND JUSTIN SPARKS
PIM Fortuyn, the charismatic right-wing Dutch politician murdered
last week was a powerful advocate for paedophilia, Scotland on Sunday
His controversial views on race, immigration, liberalisation of drug
laws and his open homosexuality were well-known. But his approval of
paedophilia, while not a secret, was ignored by Dutch journalists
covering his election campaign.
Fortuyn stood to gain up to 20% of the vote in Wednesday's election
and his list is expected to gain thousands of extra sympathy votes.
Ireen Van Engelen, an anti-paedophile campaigner in Holland, said: "I
have been writing to journalists around the country for months as
Fortuyn's popularity grew. I was asking them to challenge him on his
views about paedophilia. But none of them dared. I also wrote to
ministers, but none of them were interested. It's a disgrace.
"It is strange that they could criticise him, quite rightly, for
being racist, but were unwilling to raise this other matter. I can't
say for sure that he was a paedophile himself, but he was certainly
an advocate for adult-child sex."
Van Engelen cites a column Fortuyn wrote for the Dutch current
affairs magazine, Elsevier, in 1999. It was so on-message for pro-
paedophile campaigners that it was reproduced by Koinos, a magazine
for homosexual paedophiles.
In his article, Fortuyn wrote: "Paedophilia is just like hetero and
homosexuality. It is something that is in the genes. There is little
if anything that you can do about it or against it. You are who you
are... sooner or later the proclivity makes its irresistible
appearance. It is not any more curable than hetero or homosexuality."
The column concludes: "The law philosopher and paedophile [Edward]
Brongersma, for years senator of the Labour party, spent his life
campaigning for understanding of the paedophile fellow man. He
launched this effort fearlessly after serving a sentence for sexual
harassment of a minor. The minor in question had not considered it
harassment, but the justice department judged otherwise in the 1950s.
"In the 1970s and 1980s, Brongersma slowly but surely gained ground.
After the invention of the Pill came sexual liberation. Gay sex
became accepted, and why then should paedo sex not be allowed - under
the strict condition that the child is willing and that there is no
coercion? This enlightened point of view has meanwhile been
abandoned, and under the influence of the ologists, the child is
defined as totally devoid of sexual desires, at least where adults
"We are far removed from the understanding that Brongersma tried to
foster, to our own detriment, for that matter. For everything which
can be discussed is in principle also manageable, one would think!"
In the last week, Fortuyn has been lionised in the Dutch media.
Thousands of mourners have paid their respects and many more have
promised to vote for the list of candidates that still bears his
name. In their sense of shock many in Holland have lost sight of
Fortuyn's controversial ideas and instead focused on his image as a
colourful and entertaining maverick.
"The killing has produced a sort of Dutch `Diana' effect," said Fred
Spier, a social anthropologist at Amsterdam University. "Tens of
thousands of people who previously had no sympathy for Mr Fortuyn
have joined his supporters all across the country in a mass
outpouring of grief. He has turned from the bad man of right-wing
politics into a fallen national hero overnight.''
Not only has Fortuyn's death won the sympathy of voters, but it has
also served to discredit the mainstream parties, which are being
accused of having whipped up a national hate campaign against Fortuyn
by `wrongly' portraying him as a right-wing extremist.
In 1998, Fortuyn published an autobiographical work called
Babyboomers, the name given to children born in the post-war years up
to 1953. He reveals that he had early sexual experiences with adult
males, which he claims to have found pleasurable and exciting. His
logic is that because he enjoyed sexual experiences with adult men as
a child, it should be legal. Fortuyn's first experience occurred when
he was five years old.
"The Dutch soldier asks if I want to see his tent. That's what I
want. I like it and they all are sleeping on the ground in a sleeping-
bag. I ask if it is hard and cold to sleep on the ground. Oh no, come
here. Together we crawl in his sleeping-bag. The soldier asks my name
and I ask his name. He is called Arie and he asks if I like that
name. Yes, I think that's a nice name and I lie beside him, nice and
"Arie is very silent and moves towards my back. I think that's
exciting. Then Arie stops his movements and makes a sigh and says I
have to go and play outside. Can I come back tomorrow? Yes, tomorrow
I may come back, says Arie."
A few pages later, he describes another incident: "I went to the park
for a walk, it was very silent and the sun was shining. On the bench
sat a young fellow. I stood still, curious. He said hello and took
his penis out of his trousers and started to play with it. What a
mighty, enormous thing! I asked if my penis was going to be that big
later. Yes, if I grew a lot, it would be that enormous.
"The fellow asked if I wanted to pull his penis. That's what I wanted
and I pulled and `snot' came out of it and I was frightened and ran
away to my home, to my mother. Excited, I ran into the room. My
mother looked at me searchingly and asked what had happened. Nothing,
of course. Watch out, little man, was the only thing she said. A
glass of lemonade made me calm down. Yes, that was exciting."
Most telling is his appraisal of these memories. "In chapter 1 about
the 1950s, I wrote about my early sexual experiences, experiences
that I see as an enrichment. Today, an experience like that in the
park could easily lead to a complaint by parents to the police
because of paedophilia, and the relevant young man would be in
trouble. But why?
"He didn't do me any harm. On the contrary, he showed me something
that was incomprehensibly exciting and I could feel and touch it, but
today we are ready to interfere with complete teams of professionals.
By interfering in such an irritating and grown-up way in the world of
children, we make an enormous problem of something that for a child
is no problem at all and is only exciting."
Van Engelen said: "The problem with Pim Fortuyn was that he never
grew up. In his mind he stayed a little boy. A lot of Dutch men
recognised that. That's what made him so popular, among other things.
It's a pity that we no longer have the opportunity to challenge him
about these views. He did not seem willing to recognise that a child
will be harmed by sex with an adult."
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