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Boston Truth Revealed

The Boston Marathon bombing, like 9/11 raises lots of questions which suggest that there is more here than meets the eye. Take a look at the following videos and decide for yourself whether the conspiracy theory is easily dismissed, or if there is something more at work here.

One may ask what can be done about it, true or not. The answer to that question is for you to figure out.

Boston Truth Revealed

Press hails Obama the ‘giant slayer’

(CNN) — History in the making was how many international newspapers viewed Barack Obama’s emergence as Democratic presidential candidate, with the focus on his status as the first ever African-American to win the ticket.

Newspapers described Obama as a “political giant slayer.”

Even before Hillary Clinton admitted defeat in the hard-fought contest, some publications were already dissecting her failed campaign, analyzing where it went wrong and what the future has in store for her political dynasty.

Tuesday’s win “confirms Obama’s reputation as a political giant-slayer, who after less than four years in the U.S. Senate brought down the couple credited with creating the Democrats’ most powerful political machine,” the Guardian newspaper wrote.

The Chinese Xinhua news agency marveled at how “one year ago, it was very hard to imagine that Obama, a young politician without a strong political base and little known to the public can defeat Hillary Clinton, the heir-apparent of the Democratic Party.”

The Times of London saw Obama’s victory as evidence that “the United States remains a land of opportunity.”

“This moment’s significance is its resounding proof of the truism about America as a land of opportunity: Mr Obama’s opportunity to graduate from Harvard and take Washington by storm,” it wrote.

It said his victory also demonstrates “the opportunity that the world’s most responsive democratic system gives its voters to be inspired by an unknown; the opportunity that outsiders now have to reassess the superpower that too many of them love to hate.

“Win or lose in November, he will have gone farther than anyone in history to bury the toxic enmity that fueled America’s civil war and has haunted it ever since.”
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The Financial Times opened a post-mortem on Clinton’s campaign, indicating that her defeat was not about her shortcomings but about Obama’s political potency.

“Analysts will spend years poring over the reasons for Mrs Clinton’s failed bid and probably never reach consensus,” it wrote.

“But almost everyone, including some members of her own staff, would agree that the former first lady’s campaign looked old-fashioned next to that of Barack Obama.”

The Independent newspaper, however, placed the blame on “loyal husband” Bill Clinton who “more than anyone sabotaged his wife’s chances by airing too many outspoken opinions on the way.”

But the paper hinted the Clintons may still have another shot at the White House — although it could be a few years away.

“Hillary has been beaten. Bill has dishonored himself. And Chelsea? Chelsea need have no regrets. She may be the candidate that brings the family back to the campaign trail again. But that drama is for another decade.”

The French newspaper Le Monde also examined Bill Clinton’s role in Hillary’s failure. The former president was both her greatest asset and her worst, the paper said, delivering a blunt assessment of her campaign with an emphatic: “C’est fini.”

“The best Polish Cuisine in Los Angeles”

Just because I had a taste for pierogis (smile)

Polish cuisine occupies a distinctive place among Slavic food because foreign influences abound throughout Poland’s long history. Ancient merchants traveling the famous amber trail from Byzantium through Poland brought exotic spices like cinnamon and cloves, while invaders from Asia brought steak Tatar, and Bona Sforza. In the early 16th century, the Italian wife of King Sigismund I introduced many kinds of pastas and new vegetables. King Stefan Batory, a Hungarian, introduced spicy paprika, and the French wife of Jan Sobieski, who saved Vienna from invading Turks in 1683, imbued our cuisine with many French flavors. Austrian occupiers gave us the tradition of incredible delicate pastries. The result is that together with Poland’s own abundant products of agriculture and forests (wild berries, mushrooms, honey, and game), these foreign influences caused Polish food to evolve into a rich cuisine, filled with a variety of mouth-watering dishes, many of them vegetarian.

– from the Warszaw Restaurant

Factor military duty into criticism

By Lawrence Korb and Ian Moss

In 1961, a young African-American man, after hearing President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” gave up his student deferment, left college in Virginia and voluntarily joined the Marines.

In 1963, this man, having completed his two years of service in the Marines, volunteered again to become a Navy corpsman. (They provide medical assistance to the Marines as well as to Navy personnel.)

The man did so well in corpsman school that he was the valedictorian and became a cardiopulmonary technician. Not surprisingly, he was assigned to the Navy’s premier medical facility, Bethesda Naval Hospital, as a member of the commander in chief’s medical team, and helped care for President Lyndon B. Johnson after his 1966 surgery. For his service on the team, which he left in 1967, the White House awarded him three letters of commendation.

What is even more remarkable is that this man entered the Marines and Navy not many years after the two branches began to become integrated.

While this young man was serving six years on active duty, Vice President Dick Cheney, who was born the same year as the Marine/sailor, received five deferments, four for being an undergraduate and graduate student and one for being a prospective father. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, both five years younger than the African-American youth, used their student deferments to stay in college until 1968. Both then avoided going on active duty through family connections.

Who is the real patriot? The young man who interrupted his studies to serve his country for six years or our three political leaders who beat the system? Are the patriots the people who actually sacrifice something or those who merely talk about their love of the country?

After leaving the service of his country, the young African-American finished his final year of college, entered the seminary, was ordained as a minister, and eventually became pastor of a large church in one of America’s biggest cities.

This man is Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the retiring pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, who has been in the news for comments he made over the last three decades.

Since these comments became public we have heard criticisms, condemnations, denouncements and rejections of his comments and him.

We’ve seen on television, in a seemingly endless loop, sound bites of a select few of Rev. Wright’s many sermons.

Some of the Wright’s comments are inexcusable and inappropriate and should be condemned, but in calling him “unpatriotic,” let us not forget that this is a man who gave up six of the most productive years of his life to serve his country.

How many of Wright’s detractors, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly to name but a few, volunteered for service, and did so under the often tumultuous circumstances of a newly integrated armed forces and a society in the midst of a civil rights struggle? Not many.

While words do count, so do actions.

Let us not forget that, for whatever Rev. Wright may have said over the last 30 years, he has demonstrated his patriotism.

Lawrence Korb and Ian Moss are, respectively, Navy and Marine Corps veterans. They work at The Center For American Progress. Korb served as assistant secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration.

Global Warming or Pole Shifting?

from Polar Shift

Albert Einstein was “electrified” when he learned of Charles Hapgood’s theory in “Path of the Poles”, whereby ice build-up at the polar caps could eventually cause the crust to “slide” over the lava ocean until the centrifugal force of the spinning Earth brought those ice caps around to the equator. Geological evidence suggests that something like this has happened repeatedly during the “life” of the planet; the magnetic poles seem to have shifted at least 171 known times. In other words, a “critical mass” of ice, coupled with an extremely high lunar influence, may be all that is necessary to trigger the next polar shift in the Earth’s crust; leading to massive earth quakes, volcanos, and tsunamis beyond the scope of our present imaginations. The spinning earth core maintains its usual momentum, the magnetic poles remain in place, but there appears to be a polar/earth shift because the crust has slid over the magnetic poles! Charles Hapgood’s theory has never been disproven.

Much as we hear about the ice melt-down at the poles due to climate change and global warming (supposedly caused by the activities of mankind), this is not in fact reducing the ice masses residing on polar land. The ice shelves are breaking away rapidly, but these ice masses floating upon the ocean have never added to any polar imbalance, and cannot cause a polar shift. On the other hand, a rise of one degree in the polar air temperatures will actually increase snowfall in those polar land regions simply because warm air is capable of carrying and depositing more moisture than cold air. In other words, even as the ice shelves are melting away, the land based snow, water, and ice masses are building up even more rapidly in Antarctica and in the northern areas of Greenland. This may very well be a natural and reccurring phenomena. In fact, recent revelations seem to confirm that 2 miles thick of pack ice on Antarctica has built up in as little as 4000 years! For many years scientists thought Antarctica has been ice laden for hundreds of thousands of years. They reasoned that each repeating pattern of ice rings showing alternating packed snow and solid ice represented the annual seasons of winter and summer. In other words, one ring pattern equaled one year. And there are around 200,000 such rings in a 2 mile ice core sample. But recently that has been brought into question. It seems that those ring patterns simply represent snow/thaw/freeze cycles; cycles that can actually repeat themselves several times in a single day! So, if there are only 75 such cycles in a year, the entire 2 miles of ice and snow on Antarctica was deposited since 100 AD. It is probably more likely, however, that 30 or 40 such cycles occur each year placing the beginning of ice on Antarctica around 4000-5000 years ago. Interestingly enough, this would roughly corespond to the hypothesis of a polar shift occurring around that same time!

TransAtlantic Slave Trade

TransAtlantic Slave Trade

The transatlantic slave trade is a major element of global history. The forced movement of West African people across the Atlantic resulted in unprecedented forms of cruelty and subjugation, racism, inequality, shifts in cultural identity, a marked decline in the West African population and significant economic and agricultural developments in the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas.

Little is known about the 400-year long transatlantic slave trade and its lasting consequences felt throughout the world, or of the contribution of slaves to the building of the societies that enslaved them. This lack of knowledge of history has had multiple negative effects. Most importantly, it has served to marginalize people of African descent across Europe and North and South America, as well as to normalize notions of superiority among some populations.

On 28 March 2008, high school students assembled at UNHQ will have the opportunity to interact with peers around the world who have been studying the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Students from the following locations will be participating in the 28 March videoconference:

· Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
· Freetown, Sierra Leone
· Bristol, England
· Oslo, Norway
· Cape Verde
· Castries, St. Lucia

Some of the students are traveling on a replica of the Amistad which is retracing the Slave Trade Route. The Amistad began its voyage in New Haven, Connecticut on 21 June 2007. Since then it has sailed to Canada, crossed the Atlantic to England as part of Britain’s observance of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act of 1807, docked in Portugal, Sierra Leone, Goree Island, Senegal and Cape Verde. On 28 March it will be in Castries, St. Lucia where students on the ship will participate in the live videoconference.

Click on the following links for more information about the TransAtlantic Slave Trade:

Breaking the Silence

TransAtlantic Slave Trade Education Project

Slave Routes

Lest We Forget

Seeing Red over Injustice

Mary Ellen Noone’s great-grandmother was a petite woman — probably 95 pounds wet — but she was very strong, Noone says.

Pinky Powell, who was born before the turn of the last century, used to say that she could pick 100 pounds of cotton by lunchtime, Noone adds.

“She never smiled, but I could tell when I looked in her eyes that she really loved me,” she says.

One night, Noone was painting her fingernails when her great-grandmother said, “You know, there was a time we couldn’t wear no fingernail polish.”

To explain, Powell told a story from when she was a girl. Around 1910, Powell lived on a plantation in Lowndes County, Ala., where “she would wash and iron for this white woman.”

“One day the lady had thrown away some of her old perfume and nail polish that had dried up. So [Powell] took it home and added some ingredients to the nail polish that made it pliable,” Noone says. “Well, when Sunday came, she got all dressed up and painted her nails and put on that perfume and went to church.

“On Monday, she went to the general store, and when she was ready to check out, the white owner asked her, ‘What are you doing with your nails painted up like a white woman?’ He proceeded to pick up a pair of pliers and he pulled out my grandmama’s nails out of its bed one by one.”

Noone, 65, says she often wondered as a child why her great-grandmother’s nails were so deformed.

“Every time I look at enamel red finger polish, I have a flashback, and I see red,” Noone says. “I still have that anger inside of me that someone would have that control over one person just because they wanted to feel like a woman.”

Noone recorded her interview as part of StoryCorps Griot, an initiative that collects the recollections of Black Americans. This segment was produced for Morning Edition by Michael Garofalo with help from Vanara Taing.