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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com GOP s Blackwell crows about `delivering Ohio
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 14, 2005
      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist

      GOP's Blackwell crows about `delivering' Ohio to Bush
      By Bev Conover
      Online Journal Editor & Publisher

      January 5, 2005 - Kudos to Raw Story for breaking the story that Ohio
      Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican, "boasted of
      helping `deliver' Ohio for" George W. Bush "and said he was `truly
      pleased' to announce Bush had won Ohio even before all of the state's
      votes had been counted in his own fundraising letter..."

      Blackwell, who apparently is a graduate of the Katherine Harris
      School of Election Fixing, now thinks the prize for his dirty deeds
      should be the Buckeye State's governor's office. Why not? Florida's
      Harris, who "delivered" the Sunshine State to Bush in 2000, has twice
      snatched a seat in Congress.

      Perhaps Bush did win last November, but how will we ever know, thanks
      to computerized voting in the hands of private corporations, election
      officials who embraced the expediency of black box voting and turned
      a blind eye to how easily the votes could be rigged, GOP operatives
      who did everything to keep Democrats (especially black Democrats)
      from voting and people such as Blackwell, who, like Harris, wore two
      hats: Ohio's top election official and state chairman of the Bush

      Like so many criminals, the Bush criminals can't keep from publicly
      bragging about their crimes. But instead of receiving justice for
      their deeds, they receive rewards. Injustice is reserved for the
      people that oppose them and whom they now seek to lock away forever
      without charge or trial.

      Yet, the US corporate media are blind to it all: a bogus "war on
      terrorism," illegal wars, war crimes and stolen elections. It's all
      figments of we "conspiracy theorists'" imaginations.

      Thanks to the US corporate media that refuses to even entertain the
      notion that this election was stolen, many people abroad - and even
      our own who get all their news from television - believe a majority
      of Americans cast their votes for Bush. And thanks to Ken Blackwell,
      who could well wind up as Ohio's next governor if he still controls
      the voting systems, and his equally nefarious counterparts in other
      so-called battleground states, we will never know. Yet, the world
      will now tar us all with the same brush.


      Ten Things We Learned About 911 In 2004

      1. The World Trade Center Black Boxes were recovered, though
      officials perpetuate the lie that they weren't.


      2. FEMA really did arrive early in New York City, for the "bioterror
      drill" Tripod II, and Rudi Giuliani's testimony to that effect before
      the 9/11 Commission is its only public testimony which remains
      officially untranscribed.


      3. The Total Information Awareness program was ready to roll out
      before Sept 11, and John Poindexter's office was established in the
      Pentagon no later than Sept 12.


      4. A recording of six air traffic controllers' same-day detailing of
      their communication with two hijacked planes on September 11 was
      purposefully destroyed by the FAA.


      5. NORAD was conducting a live-fly simulation of multiple hijackings
      on the morning of 9/11, which effectively hamstrung a fighter
      response already compromised by exercises which took the bulk of
      interceptors far from the eastern seaboard.


      6. Dick Cheney was running a separate command and control
      communications system on 9/11, which whistleblower Indira Singh
      recognized as having "the exact same functionality I was looking to
      utilize [for] Ptech," the high tech terrorist and intelligence cut-
      out that "was set up in the basement of the FAA" for two years before
      the attacks.

      (Go to this page http://911busters.com/911-Commission.html to
      download video testimony of Mike Ruppert and Indira Singh on this


      7. George Bush was unwilling to reluctantly meet members of his
      reluctantly struck 9/11 Commission unless Cheney accompanied him,
      both were unsworn, their words were unrecorded and untranscribed, the
      meeting was private and in the White House, and the members'
      notebooks were confiscated afterwards.


      8. That John Ashcroft made the case for Sibel Edmonds' State Secret
      Privilege gag order by claiming that disclosure of her testimony
      would "cause serious damage to the national security interests of the
      United States" suggests he is at least an accessory after the fact
      (Daniel Ellsberg believes Ashcroft deserving of jail time for his
      role in obstructing justice), as Edmonds has been able to say that
      her testimony involves "specific information implicating certain high
      level government and elected officials in criminal activities
      directly and indirectly related to terrorist money laundering,
      narcotics, and illegal arms sales."


      9. Donald Rumsfeld confirmed what we knew all along, that Flight 93
      was shot down, and the corporate media flew into damage control for
      the Pentagon, saying the Secretary "misspoke" and "stoked conspiracy


      10. As Pakistan wound down the search for Osama bin Laden
      and "prohibited" American forces based in Afghanistan from making
      cross-border incursions into the Tribal Areas, Musharraf was rewarded
      with the approving words that his continuing rule remains an internal
      matter for Pakistanis. (Afghanistan was, arguably, more cooperative
      in their attempt to bring bin Laden to justice, and Iraq was not a
      rogue nuclear state.)


      We're getting there. Of course, they are there already, and have been
      for years.

      But we're catching on.


      Bush Math, or When Is 4 Percent Really 32 Percent?
      Date: Jan 06, 2005
      The Bush Administration is twisting numbers and misstating history to
      sell Social Security privatization.
      By Michael Coblenz
      Intervention Magazine

      The Bush Administration is gearing up for their sale of "Social
      Security Reform," and if the early leaked reports are any indication,
      it will not be a model of honesty and clarity. The earliest reported
      blurb is a brief and thoroughly muddled bit of numerical trickery.
      According to published reports, the Administration is suggesting the
      diversion of 4 percentage points of the 12.4 percent federal payroll
      tax to private savings accounts.

      That makes it sound like only a trivial amount of money would go into
      the private accounts, and implies that the amount is so small that it
      won't have much impact on payments to current retirees or the federal
      deficit. But that's wrong; 4 percentage points of 12.4 percent is 32
      percent. Therefore, 32 percent of the workers' total contribution
      would be earmarked for private investment.

      This would mean that current employees no longer will be adequately
      funding current retirees and the social security trust fund, which
      means that it is inevitable that money will have to come out of the
      general fund, meaning further deficit spending. [See also Bush's
      Latest Fraud: Social Security Reform.]

      This money goes to the Social Security Administration, which uses it
      to pay the Social Security benefits of current retirees, and puts the
      excess into a "trust fund." This trust fund is a general fund
      intended to keep social security solvent into the future, and is not
      money set aside for individual employees.

      One of the great inaccuracies in reporting on social security is the
      seldom mentioned fact that the system was not set up as an individual
      retirement system; it was set up as a system to keep retired workers
      from becoming destitute. The name of the program is "Social Security"
      not "Individual Retirement Security." It was intended as a program to
      prevent those who could no longer work from falling into abject
      poverty and destitution.

      Politicians from the days of the ancient Romans understood that
      poverty was socially disruptive. Roman Emperors routinely opened the
      public granaries to prevent starvation. They did this not because
      they were worried about the poor, but because they knew that starving
      people are often desperate people, and large numbers of desperate
      people often do socially disruptive things, like riot in the streets.
      A few bowls of grain was a small price to pay for social stability.

      The first modern social welfare program was created by Otto von
      Bismark in Germany in the 1870's, largely to address the social
      upheaval created by industrialization. The United States didn't adopt
      a social welfare program until the economic disruption of the Great
      Depression created large numbers of unemployed. Like Roman emperors
      opening the granaries, FDR and his administration knew that social
      stability could be secured by ensuring that people did not starve or
      become desperately poor. Social Security took a small amount of money
      from workers, and gave it to those who could no longer work. It has
      been the most successful government program to come out of Franklin
      Roosevelt's New Deal. Republicans hated it back then, and they hate
      it today.

      Now, under the guise of "reform," they are attempting to destroy the
      program. They ignore the purpose of its creation by suggesting that
      it is a retirement system, and say that it could make more money for
      beneficiaries by investing in public equities in the stock market.
      But again this ignores the very purpose of the system.

      We shouldn't be surprised that Bush and his Republican allies are
      willing to twist numbers and misstate history to get their way. We've
      seen them do it in the past, most notably with weapons of mass
      destruction in Iraq. Then dissenting voices were shouted down. Many
      people couldn't believe their own government would be so blatant with
      misstatements and half truths. Bush got away with it, but the results
      have been terrible. We can't afford to let him get away with it again.

      Michael Coblenz is a writer and attorney from Lexington, Kentucky. He
      served in the United States Air Force from 1983 to 1990. To send
      Michael your comments, send an email to:



      UN Warns Tsunami Death Toll Could Double
      Jan 5, 2005
      By Dean Yates and Achmad Sukarsono

      BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - The United Nations warned on
      Wednesday Asia's tsunami death toll could double to about 300,000
      unless survivors received clean water and other basic services by the
      end of the week to prevent disease.

      Secretary of State Colin Powell, in Indonesia for an emergency
      international aid summit on Thursday, flew over the worst scenes of
      devastation and said it was more horrifying than wars he had
      witnessed during decades as a soldier.

      Australia and Germany pledged more than $1 billion in aid, raising
      the U.N.'s global tally to nearly $3.7 billion, and a debt relief
      initiative by rich nations gathered momentum. The World Health
      Organization (WHO) said it had sent emergency treatment to the region
      for diarrheal diseases such as cholera and dysentery but while the
      aid was reaching many locations, access to safe drinking water
      remained inadequate.

      "If basic needs ... are not urgently restored to all populations by
      the end of this week, WHO fears that outbreaks of infectious disease
      could result in a similar number of fatalities as occurred due to the
      direct impact of the tsunami," the U.N. agency said in a statement on
      the Internet.

      After getting a bird's-eye view of the battered northwest coastline
      of Indonesia's Sumatra island, Powell promised Washington would send
      more helicopters, food and clean water to isolated survivors of the


      "I have been in war and I have been through a number of hurricanes,
      tornadoes and other relief operations, but I have never seen anything
      like this," said America's former top soldier.

      Powell, 67, served two combat tours in Vietnam during a 35-year
      military career that ended with his service as the country's military

      "I cannot begin to imagine the horror that went through families and
      all of the people who heard this noise coming and then had their
      lives snuffed out by this wave," he said.

      About two-thirds of the U.N. estimated 150,000 dead from the tsunami
      were killed in Aceh province on Sumatra.

      President Bush, criticized in some quarters for what was seen as a
      slow and stingy initial U.S. response to the disaster, has
      contributed $10,000 himself for aid efforts, the White House said.

      U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland praised Washington for
      doubling the number of helicopters it was contributing to relief
      efforts to about 90, saying the craft were the best way of overcoming
      washed away roads and bridges.

      Egeland called on governments and rebel groups in the region not to
      wreck aid efforts by resuming conflicts.

      "We need that cease-fire, that peace, to hold because if new conflict
      breaks out, we cannot help the people," he said.

      Egeland said peace prevailed in Aceh, there was a cease-fire in Sri
      Lankan areas where the Tamil Tigers had previously been active and
      warlords were not fighting in "the better part of Somalia." The
      African state was a distant tsunami victim.

      After his helicopter tour, Powell left for Jakarta where U.N.
      Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other world leaders were arriving
      for the international relief summit for tsunami-hit Indonesia,
      Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives and Malaysia.


      Annan called on world leaders to honor their pledges of aid, saying
      it should be "fresh and additional money, not robbing Peter to pay
      Paul, pulling it from other crises."

      A draft joint summit declaration, seen by Reuters, welcomed debt
      relief for tsunami-hit countries and supported an early warning

      The document, circulated among the 26 nations and groups attending
      the summit, called on the United Nations to mobilize the
      international community and called for stronger coordination and
      cooperation of relief efforts.

      In Europe, people from Riga to Rome observed three minutes of silence
      to remember the dead, who included several thousand tourists, many of
      them Europeans.

      Public buildings in Europe flew flags at half mast, stock exchanges
      fell silent, crowded railway stations came to a standstill and
      television and radio stations broadcast solemn music in memory of the

      German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he believed the Group of
      Seven industrialized nations would be able to agree on debt relief
      for Sri Lanka and Indonesia, both of which suffered most from the
      Dec. 26 disaster.

      Japan joined other G7 members Britain, the United States, Canada and
      France in supporting a debt payment moratorium, which will be
      discussed in Jakarta and also at a meeting next Wednesday of the
      Paris Club of creditor nations.

      Germany raised its aid to tsunami-hit countries to 500 million euros
      ($680.2 million) from 20 million euros previously, while Australian
      Prime Minister John Howard pledged A$1.0 billion (US$765 million)
      over five years to Indonesia.

      Indonesia said half a million people were homeless in Aceh, where the
      hungry scavenged for food and water and injured people flooded

      U.N. officials said they were worried orphaned or lost children might
      fall prey to criminal gangs bent on selling them into slavery.

      Children make up a third of the tsunami dead and tens of thousands
      more have been orphaned.

      At an orphanage in southern India, 15-year-old Sitha, her sister
      Sitha Lakshmi, 10, and 8-year-old brother Amitha grappled with the
      loss of their parents.

      "I'm the head of the family now," Sitha said, holding back tears. "I
      have to look after them. Mummy wanted them to get educated and I have
      to make that happen now."

      In one rare good luck tale, a cargo ship rescued an Aceh man who
      spent eight days floating in the sea on an uprooted tree, living
      largely off coconuts and rain. (For more news on emergency relief
      from Reuters AlertNet visit http://www.alertnet.org email:


      Papers indicate firm knew possible Prozac suicide risk
      By Tom Watkins
      Monday, January 3, 2005

      An internal document purportedly from Eli Lilly and Co. made public
      Monday appears to show that the drug maker had data more than 15
      years ago showing that patients on its antidepressant Prozac were far
      more likely to attempt suicide and show hostility than were patients
      on other antidepressants and that the company attempted to minimize
      public awareness of the side effects.

      The document was provided to CNN by the office of Rep. Maurice
      Hinchey, D-New York, who has called for tightening FDA regulations on
      drug safety.

      "The case demonstrates the need for Congress to mandate the complete
      disclosure of all clinical studies for FDA-approved drugs so that
      patients and their doctors, not the drug companies, decide whether
      the benefits of taking a certain medicine outweigh the risks," he

      The 1988 document indicated that 3.7 percent of patients attempted
      suicide while on the blockbuster drug, a rate more than 12 times that
      cited for any of four other commonly used antidepressants.

      The document, which cited clinical trials of 14,198 patients on
      fluoxetine -- the generic name for Prozac -- also stated that 2.3
      percent of users suffered psychotic depression while on the drug,
      more than double the next-highest rate of patients using another

      In addition, the paper said that 1.6 percent of patients reported
      incidents of hostility -- more than double the rate reported by
      patients on any of four other commonly used antidepressants.

      The trials reviewed in the document said that 0.8 percent of users of
      Prozac reported causing an intentional injury -- eight times the rate
      associated with any of the other antidepressants.

      In the paper, titled "Activation and sedation in fluoxetine clinical
      trials," the authors said that the drug may produce nervousness,
      anxiety, agitation or insomnia in 19 percent of patients, and
      sedation in 13 percent of patients.

      The paper, apparently produced by the drug company's marketing
      department, said "several suggestions may be helpful in presenting
      this information to physicians," including emphasizing that more
      patients on another class of antidepressants stopped taking their
      drugs than did those on Prozac.

      The existence of the document obtained by CNN and other documents was
      reported last week by the British Medical Journal. Its editors said
      the documents had been reported missing from a 10-year-old murder
      case, and that they had sent them to the U.S. Food and Drug
      Administration for review.

      A spokesman for Lilly said his company was expecting the release of
      the purported internal documents, but that he could not comment on
      them until he had seen them.

      The journal said the documents disappeared in 1994, during the case
      of Joseph Wesbecker, a printing press operator who had killed eight
      people at his Louisville, Kentucky, workplace five years before,
      while taking fluoxetine. He then shot and killed himself.

      Each of the four pages of the paper obtained by CNN is
      stamped "Confidential" and "Fentress," the name of one of Wesbecker's

      In a civil suit against Eli Lilly, victims' relatives contended the
      company had long known about the side effects of fluoxetine,
      including its alleged role in increasing a user's propensity to

      Lilly initially won the case, but was later forced to admit that it
      had made a secret settlement with the plaintiffs during the trial,
      which meant that the verdict was invalid, the journal said.

      The FDA has recently warned that antidepressants can cause side
      effects such as agitation, panic attacks, insomnia and aggressiveness.

      FDA spokeswoman Susan Cruzan said last week that the agency had no
      comment on the documents.

      In a statement posted on Lilly's Web site, the company said, "To our
      knowledge, there has never been any allegation of missing documents
      from the Wesbecker trial or any other trial involving Lilly. Further,
      it has always been Lilly's objective to publicly disclose data about
      both the safety and efficacy of fluoxetine.

      "Lilly has made several requests to the BMJ to obtain copies of the
      supposed 'missing' documents; we still await these documents. We are
      surprised and concerned that a leading medical journal would not find
      it important to share these documents with us so that we could
      respond to the public in a meaningful way."

      Based on its history of having provided regulatory authorities with
      study results, the statement said, "Lilly believes that there is no
      new scientific information to review on this topic."


      Brian Redman

      Senators Steak House

      (Conspiracy Nation, 1/6/05) -- In Chicago there was (or is) a high-
      class steak restaurant called Senators Steak House. Their slogan was
      (or is), "Yes sir, Senator!"

      Why would the waiters be so enthusiastic about serving those great
      steaks to the senators? Was it because the senators might pass on to
      the waiters a hot stock market tip?

      Up until recently it was not well known how savvy members of the U.S.
      Senate are when it comes to picking stocks. The news was highlighted
      recently by Sherrie Gossett at the Accuracy In Media web site. ("More
      on 'Savvy Senators'", www.aim.org, Jan. 4, 2005) It seems that for at
      least the last ten years, our senators have been beating the market
      by 12 percentage points and outperforming corporate insiders by 7 to
      8 points.

      Fortunately for the senators, Congress excludes investment income
      from ethics limitations. This means the senators, in their spare
      time, can read between-the-lines of newspaper and magazine business
      articles and exercise their keen financial discernment so as to
      improve their portfolios.

      There is a plethora of dubious investment newsletters. Too bad the
      U.S. Senate does not publish its own Hot Picks Newsletter. After all,
      as noted by an editorial in USA Today, Members of the U.S. Senate
      have a "unique ability" when it comes to predicting stock prices.
      ("And it's all legal..." by Jonathan Turley. Dec. 27, 2004)

      Reportedly, the December Journal of Quantitative Finance has a
      cynical article likening the senators' investment acumen to insider
      trading. ("Senators' stock picks bring profit, scrutiny," by Joseph
      N. DiStefano. Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 7, 2004) But like campaign
      contributions, Conspiracy Nation suggests a free speech cloak. When
      the senators purchase stock, they are free-speeching with their
      dollars. (But don't do any free-speeching when it comes to marijuana

      And what can you do? Pick up the phone, call the senators, and see
      what stocks they recommend! Yes sir, Senator!
      Conspiracy Nation
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