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NWO Encroachment

“The national Terrorist Watch List has now crossed one million names — that’s a million suspected terrorists (including nuns, members of Congress, and people named “Robert Johnson”) who will spend their days being harassed, denied the fundamental right to travel, and punished for having a name vaguely like the name used by someone who may or may not be a terrorist. There’s no way to get off the list, and the list (and the criteria for adding names to it) are secret.”:

“America’s new million record watch list is a perfect symbol for what’s wrong with this administration’s approach to security: it’s unfair, out-of-control, a waste of resources, treats the rights of the innocent as an afterthought, and is a very real impediment in the lives of millions of travelers in this country,” said Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU Technology and Liberty Program. “It must be fixed without delay.” “Putting a million names on a watch list is a guarantee that the list will do more harm than good by interfering with the travel of innocent people and wasting huge amounts of our limited security resources on bureaucratic wheel-spinning,” said Steinhardt. “I doubt this thing would even be effective at catching a real terrorist.”

Controls on the watch lists called for by the ACLU included:

* due process
* a right to access and challenge data upon which listing is based
* tight criteria for adding names to the lists
* rigorous procedures for updating and cleansing names from the lists.

Ahh, but that’s the point, the idea is to watch possible protesters against government policies, especially people of the clergy and political opponents!

US Terrorist Watch List now has more than 1,000,000 names

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I had to jettison any religious notions I had to really understand this, and to begin to know myself. For our natural higher consciousness, if you like, our connectedness to the universe and to all things and all truth, somehow gets surgically removed from us in the course of growing up in this culture, and something else gets implanted within us: a barrier of some kind that keeps our true selves imprisoned, and our vital spirit contained and siphoned off somehow into a machine entity that controls our minds and lives. We are not ourselves anymore. And formal religion – the system that makes us believe that deity and truth lie outside us rather than within us – is a key part of that machine-master that makes us enslaved.

Intuitively, I knew all of this in a flash one evening by the river. Our slavery became apparent to me as a fact, not simply as a horrible notion.

About that same time, not coincidentally, and as an answer to my sudden inner question – “How then can we be made free?” – a woman named Lorisa contacted me out of the blue and said she needed to speak with me.

As it turned out, Lorisa was a psychic healer – that’s the colloquial name I’ll use for that which can’t and shouldn’t have a label – and she had been given a message to contact me and offer her immediate help and protection.

“From what?” I asked her, as we sat in her plush Vancouver home.

“From who, really” she replied. “I can’t name them. It’s too dangerous. But you are in great danger from forces that have been trying to destroy you for years now, ever since you began talking about those children who died in the Indian boarding schools.”

Skeptical by nature, I was about to ask how she knew that, when she began to provide me with all sorts of personal information and incidents about my life and family that no-one could have known.

My back and arms began to acquire the proverbial goosebumps. Lorisa continued.

“I dreamt about you and then began working with my team, channeling light towards you from the higher Chamber of Souls. I saw a lot. Are you ready for this?”

I nodded.

This is from the journal of one Kevin Annett, a defrocked Canadian United Church minister who investigated the genocide of aboriginal children in 1997. Apparently he made some powerful people angry and he’s been on the run since. This tale includes psychics, psychic weapons and not so nice NWO death squads according to the Rev. Annett. Fascinating tale.

Psychic Forces at Work?

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“If there has been a single theme running through this column it is that mega- or meta-conspiracy theories – of the it’s-all-the-fault-of-the-Jews-Masons-aliens-lizards kind – are a distraction from real conspiracies. Sometimes, though, these two fields threaten to overlap – for example with bankers. Now, this makes many respectable commentators nervous lest it should be thought they are interested in banking conspiracy theories – which sound, of course, rather similar to Jewish banking conspiracy theor­ies, that deathless staple of the far Right.”:

But so obvious have been the conspiracies in the sub-prime lending fiasco in America that I think I detect a certain diminution of the hostility towards the use of the ‘c’ word among our polit­ical-media gatekeepers. This may not be entirely unconnected to the fact that the value of their houses is going to fall as a direct result of the conspiracies by some US banks to sell mortgages to poor Americans who could not afford them (what the American legal system nicely calls ‘predatory lending’), followed by the selling of dodgy bonds and securities based on said dodgy mortgages. This set of linked banking conspiracies may be the biggest set of financial frauds ever perpetrated.

This article attempts to take the NWO, Illuminati and all other supreme elitist groups out of the collapsing world economy, except for the banksters.

I guess if you wanted to prove your case in a court of law like Daniel Estulin postulates, this would be the way to go, but just because you can’t see what’s causing the shadow, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

US Banking Conspiracies

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Asteroid Terrorism, alien bases and “Kinda-sleezy” HAARP

If we, people living on Earth, are unlucky, then Apophis, a 390-meter asteroid flying toward the Earth, “will smack right into us in 2036,” according to Andrei Filkenshtein, a Russian astronomer from St Petersburg.But if we are lucky, the asteroid, already dubbed a space terrorist, will fly by at a distance of 40,000 km, the orbit of a communications satellite, in 2029.

Reading tealeaves and hoping for the best is not, of course, the ideal way of avoiding a disaster, which is certain to occur should such a large space body collide with the Earth. It would change the climate all over the globe. If it fell into the ocean, it would produce huge tsunamis and evaporate billions of tons of water vapor that would prevent sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface for a long time. In other words, it would be the end of the world.

When I first saw the words “asteroid terrorist”, I immediately thought the article was explaining how asteroids could be used to “terrorize” other nations and groups of people on this planet.

The idea isn’t new, especially in science-fiction. Sci-fi author Larry Niven used the idea a couple of times in his Known Space Series about a race of beings called Pak and once more with Jerry Pournelle in their ‘The Mote In God’s Eye’.

The method is simple really, just attach a reaction mass motor of any type to the asteroid and bring it into orbit around the Earth. If someone pisses you off, decelerate the thing and time it to come down on your target. Boom! No more enemy!

The trouble is, there’s too much collateral damage, you’re bound to make your habitat uninhabitable!

Fortunately, that’s not what the article is about!

How To Deal With Asteroid Terrorism

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Timothy Good is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the UFO phenomenon.

For more than 40 years he has studied the controversial subject, having interviewed thousands of witnesses worldwide, many from military, governmental and scientific backgrounds.

Timothy has written numerous best-selling books on UFO’s and aliens – which he calls ‘the most highly classified subject on earth’ – and has acted as a consultant to several US Congress investigations into the phenomenon.

An international lecturer, in January 1989 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Timothy became the first UFO researcher from the west to be interviewed on Russian television…


In highlights, Timothy discussed:

  • The explanations behind the current UFO craze sweeping Britain
  • The declassification of thousands of government documents relating to UFO’s on May 2008 and what this means
  • His belief that aliens are here on earth – in bases dotted around the planet – and how world governments have been – and may still be – in liason with them
  • How aliens have influenced the genetic makeover of human beings
  • How the west has secretly developed advanced weaponry to deal with a possible intergalactic threat
  • Famous UFO cases – including Rendlesham Forest
  • How the United States and British governments have secretly spent millions of pounds attempting to solve the UFO mystery and that it is ‘the most highly classified subject on earth’
  • Linda Moulton Howe gave a July 9th interview on Binnall Of America on these very subjects, including her 1979 ‘A Strange Harvest’ which is about animal mutilations and her first experience with the UFO phenomenon. I was greatly swayed by Tim Binnall’s interview of her and she never once strayed from her answers to the questions and no ‘hmmming’ and ‘hawing’ like people do when they are trying to BS someone.

    As for this guy Tim Good in England, well, credibility is hard to come by when the discussion of UFOs, the world governments and alien bases are involved. Even if someone legitimate from high up just ‘happens’ to develop a conscience and spills the beans here, no one will believe them because the sheeples’ conditioning run too deep.

    There are alien bases on Earth

    Linda Moulton Howe’s Interview

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    Lastly, my buddy Geezer Power has been interested in government ‘Star Wars’ tech and how it’s being applied against US citizens and other governments that don’t toe the corporate elite line:

    Interview With Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Radio Farda Correspondents Golnaz Esfandiari and Mosaddegh KatouzianSecretary Condoleezza Rice

     

    Prague, Czech Republic ( July 8, 2008 )

    QUESTION: Madame Secretary, thank you so much for this interview with Radio Farda. Let me start with a question that’s on the mind of many Iranians these days. Will there be a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities?

    SECRETARY RICE: Oh, we believe very strongly and President Bush has made very clear that this problem with Iran about its nuclear technology can be resolved diplomatically. That is what we’re working on. We want very much for the Iranian people to be able to have good relations with the United States. There’s no reason that this great civilization with a great history and a great culture should be isolated from international politics. And so there is a diplomatic way to do this, and that’s why the United States, as a part of the group that is Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia, and China, has made a proposal to the Iranian Government that we hope they will accept.

    QUESTION: Madame Secretary, Iran insists that its nuclear program is peaceful and, defying UN resolutions, continues with the enrichment of uranium. Is it a precondition for United States for bilateral talks and for lifting of the sanctions for Iran to end its enrichment program, and could you perhaps envision future talks without preconditions?

    SECRETARY RICE: Well, the reason that it’s important for Iran to suspend its enrichment and reprocessing, to come to the table once it has suspended, is that we shouldn’t be in a position of talking while Iran continues to improve the very technologies that could lead to a nuclear weapon.

    But if Iran wants a peaceful program, it can have a peaceful program. Russia has a reactor, the Bushehr reactor. The United States has been supportive of what Russia is doing there. We have offered, in the proposal that the P-5+1 have made, to help Iran with civil nuclear technology at the highest possible levels. It’s just that when you enrich and reprocess, you are perfecting the technologies that can lead to a nuclear weapon; and because of the Iranian regime’s history of lying to the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency, it can’t be trusted with enrichment and reprocessing. But it can have civil nuclear power. And so when the Iranian regime tells its people that the West is trying to prevent Iran from having very sophisticated technology, it could not be further from the truth…

    HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Reasearch Program). Supposed Weather modification, communication disruption and mind control Weapon. Extended Star Wars Defense Initiative (SDI)weapon of the US military.
    HAARP has the ability of modifying the World’s electro-magnetic field.

    Geez has been greatly influenced by us tinfoil nuts lately and has done a good job spreading the fact that our “democratic” government is anything but.

    Condoleeza Rice Assures Diplomatic Solution To Iran

    Did the U.S. use H.A.A.R.P. against China?

    Benjamin Fulford, a Canadian expat living in Japan and once Asian bureau chief for Forbes magazine has accused the United States (the U.S. shadow government specifically) of using their “earthquake machine” or H.A.A.R.P. against China, Burma and Micronesia:

    Now, I have accused Fulford of being a misinformant for the same NWO he supposedly wants to bring down in the past and I’m certainly leery of him now. He has this “Pollyanna-ish” air about him that rankles my native cynicism concerning world affairs and the Order’s place in it. He’s even interviewed David Rockefeller, one of the wannabe-pharaohs of the Order, second only to the Rothschilds and the old inbred royalty of Europe. They looked amicable to me.

    We are rushing toward a cusp point in human history, thanks to the Order and their machinations. Fulford, and I grudgingly give him some props here, seems to be bringing light to such, but I’m holding court on this later so to speak.

    As I have said in the past, Fulford has to convince me that he is credible.

    What do you think?

    Info on H.A.A.R.P.

    Dad2059’s past posts on Fulford

    Fulford’s interviews with David Rockefeller

    Jeff Rense’s May 28, 2008 radio interview with Fulford

    Henry Kissinger: An Elder of the One World Order

    The following is a 2006 interview of Henry Kissinger concerning the Middle East by Charlie Rose. Rose is a member of the mainstream media of course, but here he masterfully backs Kissinger into a couple of corners in which he babbles standard Order memes and platitudes. Henry to his credit, is as wily and evil as ever, probably more so than he was when he was schooling Nixon back in the 1970s.

    Kissinger: American, Israeli and Iranian strategic interests converge

    China to go on a space launching spree

    From Press TV:

    China will launch ten spacecrafts this year including two environmental satellites, a meteorological satellite and a communications satellite for Venezuela, said Yang Baohua, head of the China Academy of Space Technology, according to the China Daily.The missions this year also include two Shenzhou VII spaceships, one of which will feature the country’s first spacewalk, Yang said.

    “China’s space technology has entered a new stage. The design and manufacture of satellites takes less time, and homemade satellites are more reliable and have a longer lifespan,” Yang added.

    China and Russia have expressed concerns about a US plan to shoot down what officials in Washington say is a crippled spy satellite, with that event to take place potentially as early as this week.

    Yang said the country is also planning to send a record number of satellites into space in the next five to 10 years, but failed to mention the exact number.

    This is pretty impressive by any standard, with a manned launch thrown in to boot.

    Is this announcement a response to the American decision to shoot down its crippled satellite? An, ” Okay, you’re going to show me yours, but here’s mine!” kinda thing?

    My take on all this posturing is just that, posturing. Along with the recent successful Iranian rocket launch and Russia’s continuous supplying of Iranian nuclear facilities/reactors, the Rockefeller owned American government is just stewing in its own juices, with the neoconmunists adding their own distinctive flavors.

    This is shaping up to quite an interesting year indeed!

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    SpaceShip Two Unveiled

    Richard Branson unveils SpaceShip Two
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    Just click on the image to get a better picture.

    1500-year-old Mayan paint job peeled back

     Brisbane physical and chemical sciences PhD student Rosemary Goodall used an infrared analysis technique, FTIR-ATR spectral imaging, never before applied in archeology.It revealed a map of the painted surfaces of stucco masks that adorn the corners of the Rosalila temple, built in about AD550.Mrs Goodall found that the Mayans mixed finely ground muscovite mica in their paint, which would have made parts of the building glitter in the sun.But visualising the buildings is only part of the brief for the former oil industry chemist, who is completing her doctorate jointly at the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.”We need an idea of the paint technology and techniques and how the people were doing these things,” Mrs Goodall said.

    Having temples and other public buildings glitter in the Sun only enhanced the citys’ king’s power and charisma. Mayan rulers were master showmen.
     

    Move over US — China to be new driver of world’s economy and innovation

    The study’s indicators predict that China will soon pass the United States in the critical ability to develop basic science and technology, turn those developments into products and services – and then market them to the world. Though China is often seen as just a low-cost producer of manufactured goods, the new “High Tech Indicators” study done by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology clearly shows that the Asian powerhouse has much bigger aspirations.

    “For the first time in nearly a century, we see leadership in basic research and the economic ability to pursue the benefits of that research – to create and market products based on research – in more than one place on the planet,” said Nils Newman, co-author of the National Science Foundation-supported study. “Since World War II, the United States has been the main driver of the global economy. Now we have a situation in which technology products are going to be appearing in the marketplace that were not developed or commercialized here. We won’t have had any involvement with them and may not even know they are coming.”

    I wonder how the Project For A New American Century crowd feels about this? Probably they haven’t even noticed. Perle, Feith, Wolfowitz, Kagan, et al., create their own realities.

    Israel Eyes Thinking Machines to Fight ‘Doomsday’ Missile Strikes

    Israel has been hit in recent years by thousands and thousands of rockets, mortar shells, and missiles.  And that could be just a preview of the onslaught Iran may one day unleash. So Israeli military leaders have begun early planning for a new, robotic defense system, armed with enough artificial intelligence that it “could take over completely” from flesh-and-blood operators.   “It will be designed for… autonomous operations,’ Brig. Gen. Daniel Milo, commander of Israel’s air defense forces, tells Defense NewsBarbara Opall-Rome.  And in the event of a “doomsday” strike, Opall-Rome notes, the system could handle “attacks that exceed physiological limits of human command.”How do you say “Skynet” in Hebrew, again?   

     Heh, probably in the same mouth they say “shalom”.

    Will the world keep financing the American Federal Empire?

    During the last six months or so, I catch the CNBC International reports every morning while getting ready for work. The show covers the European and Asian stock exchanges in great detail and I have learned quite a bit about globalism and its’ relationship to the New (One) World Order. I have discovered that the world is already broken up into economic zones loosely. Probably not as united as the NWO would like it, but its’ roots are firmly in place.

    With that in mind, finally a little over 60% of the public in the United States are aware of  the nations’ precarious economic position, and their own financial place in the global scheme of things.

    And they are finally scared. Not only are they scared, they are coming to the realization that there is little they can do about it. Some are pinning their hopes on the upcoming Presidential Elections, but as the past year has shown, both major political parties are in the back pocket of the Globalists/Militarists. If there are those of you reading this who currently still believe the US is a Democratic Republic, I put this question to you; “Has the Congress performed the wishes mandated them by the 2006 Congressional Elections?” No? I thought not.

    So obvious to me anyway, politicians will do little to change the status quo. Why should they? They gain mightily by serving and preserving the military-industrial-congressional-complex. Iraq War II has been a bonanza to the global militarists and their sycophants. But this was done with the blessings of the NWO and its present useful tools, the neocons and the private Federal Reserve Banks. Without globalist(globalism) financing, the continuing Iraqi Occupation would not be possible according to Paul Craig Roberts:

     In the 21st century, the US economy has been driven by consumers going deeper in debt. Consumption fueled by increases in indebtedness received its greatest boost from Fed chairman Alan Greenspan’s low interest rate policy. Greenspan covered up the adverse effects of offshoring on the US economy by engineering a housing boom. The boom created employment in construction and financial firms and pushed up home prices, thus creating equity for consumers to spend to keep consumer demand growing.

    This source of US economic growth is exhausted and imploding. The full consequences of the housing bust remain to be realized. American consumers lack discretionary income and can pay higher taxes only by reducing their consumption. The service industries, which have provided the only source of new jobs in the 21st century, are already experiencing falling demand. A tax increase would cause widespread distress.

    As John Maynard Keynes and his followers made clear, a tax increase on a recessionary economy is a recipe for falling tax revenues as well as economic hardship.

    Superpower America is a ship of fools in denial of their plight. While offshoring kills American economic prospects, “free market economists” sing its praises. While war imposes enormous costs on a bankrupt country, neoconservatives call for more war, and Republicans and Democrats appropriate war funds which can only be obtained by borrowing abroad.

    By focusing America on war in the Middle East, the purpose of which is to guarantee Israel’s territorial expansion, the executive and legislative branches, along with the media, have let slip the last opportunities the US had to put its financial house in order. We have arrived at the point where it is no longer bold to say that nothing now can be done. Unless the rest of the world decides to underwrite our economic rescue, the chips will fall where they may.

    Of course the main NWO plan involves more than the expansion of Eretz Israel. In the elites view, the serfs of the world are to be taxed and cannon-fodder, Israel’s included. That’s for a later discussion though.

    Paul Craig Roberts was a St. Ronnie Raygun follower and still touts the Sainted One as a True Conservative. We all know that Ronnie was a neocon tool, even if he himself believed otherwise. Roberts has tried to redeem himself the past few years by recognizing that the present regime is a faux conservative imposter and has worked tirelessly to expose them. Even while he has come to see that “deficits do matter”, he has not admitted his own “Reagonomics” started this slippery slope to begin with! Oh well, better late than never.

    The globalists are determined to control the American economic landing into a recession because while fueled by debt, the American Economy is still the world’s largest and the prime mover of globalism. If the US crashes too hard, so will others, and the NWO doesn’t want the global network to collapse too quickly. They still need serfs who are employed to pay taxes that support their various agendas.

    You wouldn’t want them to dirty their dainty paws, would you?

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    Congressional Vigilantes

    From TruthNews.us :

    “The view that 9/11 has “changed everything” is unfortunately all too true. It has unleashed American paranoia, institutionalized mistrust of foreigners, and created a fantasy universe in which a US beset by enemies must do anything and everything to counter the alien threat. If it were a sane world, it would be difficult to imagine why anyone would believe that a Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act is even necessary. The United States has spent hundreds of billions of dollars in strengthening law enforcement and intelligence capabilities against terrorists and has every tool imaginable to investigate and make arrests. It has created a whole new bloated and dysfunctional branch of government in the Department of Homeland Security. What is not needed is groups of congressionally empowered vigilantes roaming the country at will looking for “homegrown terrorism”

    This act will truly spell the end of the American Republic and announce to the whole world the American Federal Empire is in fact a reality.

    The Act states; “…the United States will soon have to deal with home grown terrorists and that something must be done to anticipate and neutralize the problem. The act deals with the issue through the creation of a congressional commission that will be empowered to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and designate various groups as “homegrown terrorists.” The commission will be tasked to propose new legislation that will enable the government to take punitive action against both the groups and the individuals who are affiliated with them.”

    The Act was proposed by Democrat Jane Harmon of California and passed in the House October 24th by the votes of 405 to 6. That’s quite the landslide. And guess who gets to approve it next? Joe”mentum” Lieberman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. How convenient. Then the bill gets final Senate approval. It might even be approved by now.

    The result will be a roving band of congressional commission members traveling across the country, at tax-payer expense of course, determining what groups are terrorists, or who isn’t. Great. Of course there’s no oversight committee assigned to track these people, so if you piss the government off at any time in the future, the committee puts you into the “homegrown terrorist” category. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

    This is the modern version of the Spanish Inquisition, which really wasn’t a religious pogrom, but a political one (but the Catholic Church wholeheartedly supported the effort because it targeted Muslims and Jews). Again, history repeats itself because the targets are primarily, you guessed it, Muslims. But anyone who gets in the way will find themselves in one of the 39 Halliburton camps or any of the 130 underground facilities out West. Nobody will be left out.

    Somewhere in a hellish parallel universe Mussolini is chuckling to himself.

    Bu$hco secretly helping pawn Musharraf guard Pakistan’s nukes

    From The New York Times :

    Over the past six years, the Bush administration has spent almost $100 million on a highly classified program to help Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, secure his country’s nuclear weapons, according to current and former senior administration officials.

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    Haraz N. Ghanbari/Associated Press

    Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that he was confident about Pakistani security.

    But with the future of that country’s leadership in doubt, debate is intensifying about whether Washington has done enough to help protect the warheads and laboratories, and whether Pakistan’s reluctance to reveal critical details about its arsenal has undercut the effectiveness of the continuing security effort. The aid, buried in secret portions of the federal budget, paid for the training of Pakistani personnel in the United States and the construction of a nuclear security training center in Pakistan, a facility that American officials say is nowhere near completion, even though it was supposed to be in operation this year.

    A raft of equipment — from helicopters to night-vision goggles to nuclear detection equipment — was given to Pakistan to help secure its nuclear material, its warheads, and the laboratories that were the site of the worst known case of nuclear proliferation in the atomic age.

    While American officials say that they believe the arsenal is safe at the moment, and that they take at face value Pakistani assurances that security is vastly improved, in many cases the Pakistani government has been reluctant to show American officials how or where the gear is actually used.

    That is because the Pakistanis do not want to reveal the locations of their weapons or the amount or type of new bomb-grade fuel the country is now producing.

    It’s nice to see that Bu$hco has been aware that his buddy and pawn Musharraf has been on increasingly shaky ground for the past couple of years. The relatively few Americans who are actually aware of global events have wondered about when Musharraf got overthrown and the extremists took over what would happen to the country’s nukes.

    I’m not too confident about this plan either and I’m not happy about $100 million petrodollars getting siphoned for this project, but hey, that’s just a drop in the proverbial bucket! I just hope there’s at least a few competent people doing this job!

    Middle East policy for like it seems forever has been a series of debacles, one right after the other since the 1920s. Of course oil is the central feature and the control thereof. The various peoples in the region have been pawns, cannon fodder, terrorists and despots for over eighty years and it’s coming to a head where these people are saying, ” Enough is enough!” And as Peak Oil approaches (and the Saudis know this) and the quest to control a dwindling resource creeps northward toward Central Asia, (i.e., American missile “defense” bordering Russia) different players are involved. Namely China and India. Two ancient nations who aspire to greatness once again.

    So much for The Project For A New American Century.

    U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan In Guarding Nukes

    Electrical power from space: Soon to be reality?

    From The Guardian :

    At some point before 2050, satellites collecting solar power and beaming it back to Earth will become a primary energy source, streaming terawatts of electricity continuously from space. That’s if you believe a recent report from the Pentagon’s National Security Space Office, which says confidently that we will see “a basic proof-of-concept within 4-6 years and a substantial power demonstration as early as 2017-2020”.

    It’s obvious in some ways: above the atmosphere, a solar cell receives about 40 times more energy per year than an equivalent site on the ground, due to the absence of atmospheric scattering and seasonal or nightly reductions in light.

    The NSSO suggests that an orbiting spacecraft with solar panel arrays would be comparable to current ground-based installations spanning hectares and, eventually, a few square kilometres. Then that energy can be sent to the ground – using, the Pentagon suggests, a giant laser or microwave beam.

    The report, Space Based Solar Power as an Opportunity for Strategic Security, suggests optimistically that one application will be the beaming of “energy aid” via satellite into conflict and disaster zones, minimising the human cost of resource wars and catastrophic events caused by global warming.

    “The technology has been in development for a while,” says Joseph Rouge, associate director of the space office. “The truly hard and expensive part is going to be getting it into orbit. We’ll need regular launches and on-orbit robotic assembly systems. It’s a $10bn [£4.8bn] programme, but by 2050 it could deliver 10% of America’s power needs.”

    I’ve been speculating on this for a while now. For the past seven years while the neocons have been in power, all of the government’s efforts have been concentrated in the Middle East in the hopes of securing oil fields and protecting/expanding Israel. All of the U.S. energy policy has revolved around oil and ways of either securing in it other countries, or attempts to expand drilling into the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. This is no surprise since the present regime is run by oil men (Cheneyburton & Bu$hco) and their propensity for secrecy, especially when it comes to energy policy.

    Apparently that bastion of hardcore conservatism, the Pentagon, is the only forward thinking institution we have in place at the moment, because the aforementioned study was issued by them! Also it is interesting to note that the Pentagon space office is using a study issued by a German company that acknowledges the existance of Peak Oil and that we’ve already passed that point:

    The space office sees energy supply as one of strategic importance as oil supplies dwindle; according to a report by Germany’s Energy Watch Group published last week, “peak oil” output occurred last year, and will fall by 7% annually to half its present levels by 2030. The space office notes that all remaining oil resources are estimated to contain 250 terawatt-years of energy; but that a one-kilometre wide band in geosynchronous orbit receives about 212 TW-years of energy each year.

    Pretty ironic, wouldn’t you say? It’s a sad day for America when the only agency that has the pull to advance energy policy into the 21st century is the military. And it still can’t be funded by the government. The job will be bid out:

    As of today, none of the agencies is funding a space solar power launch. Rouge says: “This is a commercial venture. The US government could be an initial customer, but they won’t be the ones to build it.” 

    So in the final analysis, the system might not be built at all unless some private company(s) invents a cheap launch system. Maybe that is the best way to do it anyway. Competition between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison helped create the modern power grid in New York City which was the model on which the national grid was built.

    We can only hope it will usher in an era of peace instead of perpetual resource wars.

    James Bloom Guardian article