Thursday, January 25, 2007

Bush plans laid bare -- war, anywhere

Chuck Hagel reveals that the Bush cabal wanted the 2002 Iraqi war resolution to cover the entire Middle East:

It’s incredible that you had to ask for that.
It is incredible. That’s what I said to Andy Card. Said it to Powell, said it to Rice. Might have even said it to the president. And finally, begrudgingly, they sent over a resolution for Congress to approve. Well, it was astounding. It said they could go anywhere in the region.

It wasn’t specific to Iraq?
Oh no. It said the whole region! They could go into Greece or anywhere. I mean, is Central Asia in the region? I suppose! Sure as hell it was clear they meant the whole Middle East. It was anything they wanted. It was literally anything. No boundaries. No restrictions.

They expected Congress to let them start a war anywhere they wanted in the Middle East?
Yes. Yes. Wide open. We had to rewrite it. Joe Biden, Dick Lugar, and I stripped the language that the White House had set up, and put our language in it.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Deadly superbug emerges in Iraq

More on this. The implications are horrifying.

Please read, and circulate.

Biowarfare in Iraq?

This is the most disturbing story I've seen in a very long time (and that's saying a lot):

A drug-resistant bacteria that is infecting wounded US soldiers in Iraq -- and has spread to civilian hospitals in parts of Europe -- accidentally evolved in US military hospitals in Iraq, Wired Magazine will report in a massive expose on Monday, RAW STORY has learned.

Most definitely to be continued...

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Friday, January 12, 2007

RIP Robert Anton Wilson

We'll miss you, Bob. I only met him once, and briefly, at the Disinformation conference in New York City. He hit on my then-girlfriend, in the cute way only a 70-something man can hit on a woman in her twenties, asking her if she had ever appeared in Playboy.

I can still remember his mischievous smile.

And I found this in his write-up on Wikipedia -- I can't think of a more concise way to sum up my philosophy when it comes to the subjects I write about on this blog:

In a 2003 interview with High Times magazine, RAW described himself as a "Model Agnostic" which he says "consists of never regarding any model or map of the universe with total 100% belief or total 100% denial. Following Korzybski, I put things in probabilities, not absolutes... My only originality lies in applying this zetetic attitude outside the hardest of the hard sciences, physics, to softer sciences and then to non-sciences like politics, ideology, jury verdicts and, of course, conspiracy theory."

Thursday, January 11, 2007

And so it begins. . . .

And so it begins. . . .

Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity - and stabilizing the region in the face of the extremist challenge. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.

Bush's stay-the-course "surge" speech last night reinforced my belief that he will not leave office without engaging the U.S. in a war with Iran. It has been the plan, and they will get their new war no matter what it takes.

Here is how I believe the casus belli will be manufactured.

There will be a major incident resulting in a substantial loss of life to U.S. troops. This will coincide with a push by the U.S./U.K./Israeli bloc in the U.N. for substantial sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear (excuse me: nucular) activities. There may even be another Powell-esque Powerpoint show, complete with satellite photos, secretive sources, and repeated use of the phrase "mushroom cloud."

Then it will happen -- the worst loss of U.S. troops yet. It will be bloody, horrific, and substantial -- probably an attack on troops in the Green Zone, killing women as well as men, and the footage of the carnage will be all over YouTube within hours. Bush will promise a "major" prime-time speech.

The smoking gun will be "indisputable" evidence of Iranian planning, material aid, and execution of the attack. I wouldn't be surprised if they discover a remarkably intact Iranian passport in the bloody, smoking rubble.

The mainstream media will do a full-court press for their masters, and the beaten-down, shocked-into-numbness populace will do what it always does best -- nothing.

I pray I am wrong.

But this morning I woke up to this:

US soldiers raided Iranian government offices in the Iraqi city of Irbil today, hours after George Bush pledged to "seek out and destroy" Iran's networks in Iraq.

The troops stormed the building at around 3am, arresting five Iranians and confiscating computers and documents, two senior local Kurdish officials said.

Irbil, 220 miles from the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, is in the Kurdish controlled north of the country.

A resident living near the scene said soldiers used stun bombs in the raid, bringing down an Iranian flag on the roof of the two-storey building. As the operation went on, two helicopters flew overhead, the resident said.

The most important line -- bringing down an Iranian flag. That's the symbolic fuck you, ready-or-not-here-we-come they want to send, loud and clear, to Ahmadinejad.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Apocalypto Now, or Proper Care and Feeding of the Archons

Images of frog and demons in collage above from The Iraq Museum.

I've been thinking along the lines of Jeff Wells, whose latest blog post is synchronistic with what I've been meaning to discuss here. In short, we're witnessing a tremendous amount of high weirdness these days (see the O'Hare UFO post below, for one example), which is coinciding with a dramatic rise in bloodshed, gloom, and fear.

Years ago, I was introduced to a concept that has continued to resonate with me -- the idea of Archons, as posited by the ancient Gnostics and elaborated by Jim DeKorne in his excellent book, Psychedelic Shamanism:

"...The gnostic Archons, then, are intelligences existing in the imaginal realm in 'bodies' consisting of thought and feeling. They are able to tune into our awareness through our affinity with their wavelength, that is, our beliefs. They feed off of our allocation of energy to their dimension, and compete with other Archons on other levels in the overall hierarchy for their nourishment."

"...What may be a belief in the Christian Trinity or Islamic Jihad to humans, may be the equivalent of a T-bone steak to entities of the imaginal realm who depend upon that belief for their existence."

See my entry on the UFO/Occult nexus for more on this topic.

Now, admitting I actually believe that human pain and suffering feeds the hunger of extradimensional entities might be overstating my attraction to the metaphor (or my familiarity with one of the age-old tropes of horror and the occult). But sometimes I have to wonder:

From the Kansas City Star:

In a Najaf soccer stadium, troops from the Iraqi army, the police and other emergency units paraded for an hour before a reviewing stand filled with U.S. and Iraqi dignitaries.

Then, in what seems to have been the high point of the affair, the members of a commando unit gave a dramatic demonstration of their courage.

According to published accounts, each commando plucked a frog from his pocket, bit off its head and flung aside the twitching lower parts. Then their leader cut open a rabbit and passed it to the others to chew on its still-beating heart.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Incident at O'Hare

This incident, a multiple-witness, daylight UFO sighting at O'Hare airport, may be the most important UFO story in many years, and is getting the type of serious mainstream coverage one rarely sees.

Thanks to Jeff Wells for finding this supplementary tidbit:

Here's a first-hand witness report posted on the "Astrology, Spirituality & Alternative Healing" board of Democratic Underground on November 8, nearly two months before the story broke:

purduejake Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Nov-08-06 01:16 AM
Original message
UFO sighting at O'hare International

Edited on Wed Nov-08-06 01:17 AM by purduejake

I just finished reading "Voices of the Universe" by Suzanne Ward earlier this week and know many people are fans, so I thought this may be an appropriate place to post this message:

I'm an employee for a major airline at ORD and received a radio call from an employee concerning a flying object around his gate. I JUST finished reading Ward's book, so am really interested in such things. Anyway, I ran outside to see a dark metallic oval shaped disk hovering over the gate. I pointed it out to a colleague who agreed he hadn't seen anything like it before. I confirmed the sighting to our operations center and after about a minute, it zipped to the east and disappeared.

I drove over to the gate and the employees stated the object was rotating and looked like a metallic frisbee about 500-1000 feet directly above them. To make this even more interesting, nobody really looks directly up in our dangerous environment, but the employee said he felt compelled to look up for some unknown reason. The ceiling at the time was OVC 1900 ft. Our operations center was contacted and the pilots of the aircraft at the gate were notified and they too witnessed the object by opening the front windows and looking for themselves. 10-15 people witnessed this UFO and of all people, airline employees know what an airplane or helicopter looks like!

The FAA was contacted and there were no radar blips. A few of our employees were upset about this sighting, but were not afraid. They just had trouble accepting what they just saw and exactly what it means.

What do you think these displays are for? Why over the world's busiest airport in daylight of all places? Your thoughts?

All very good questions. I have to wonder if the brazen "look at me!" quality of this sighting portends a new UFO flap. In this era of ubiquitous cell phone cameras and YouTube, any new flap would be hard to ignore.

Keep watching the skies.


National UFO Reporting Center's (NUFORC) eyewitness account