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CONTENTS NOVEMBER 16, 2000

STUDY FINDS FISH OIL (OMEGA-3 FATTY ACID) RELIEVES SYMPTOMS OF MANIC DEPRESSION. Click.

Click. Whitley's Journal: A President Elected by Chance.

Click. THE RACE TO BUY LIFE. The race for commercial control over the essence of life is threatening to spiral out of control with private firms, universities and charities claiming exclusive development rights over natural processes in the human body at the rate of 34,500 a month.

Click. How the Sahara is finally giving up its secrets of the lost army.

Click. Bush Cousin At Fox 1st To FALSELY Claim Bush Florida Victory -- Bush Was NEVER DECLARED THE WINNER IN FLORIDA!

Click. AGES GROUP WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST RAYTHEON AND WACKENHUT FOR USING SPIES TO STEAL A GOVERNMENT CONTRACT BID.

Click. On George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Andrew Card, E.F Hutton and Friends.

Click. Critics of Marin County D.A. Kamena say recall election bid is a success.

Click. JUDGE VERNA ADAMS DENIES JAILED MOTHER'S BAIL REQUEST. 

Click. END GAME STRATEGIES. Both sides prepare to fight beyond Florida. 


The race to buy life

Carve up of the human heart: private firms, universities and charities are rushing to isolate and patent human genes before it is even understood what they do
Special report: the ethics of genetics


James Meek, science correspondent
Wednesday November 15, 2000

The race for commercial control over the essence of life is threatening to spiral out of control with private firms, universities and charities claiming exclusive development rights over natural processes in the human body at the rate of 34,500 a month.

For the first time, research commissioned by the Guardian reveals the awesome scale of the gene rush, as investors, scientists, entrepreneurs and lawyers use powerful new technology and obscure new laws to isolate and patent the genes which make us what we are - before they even understand what the genes do.

Biotech firms say they need patent protection to recoup their investments. But the risk to society is that future medical researchers - private and public - will have to hack their way through forests of patents, paying out hefty licence fees to a host of gene-squatters, before the miracle drugs of the genetics revolution reach the market.

"It's like someone buying a street and taking a toll from everybody passing through," said Thomas Schweiger, of German Greenpeace, which is campaigning against gene patenting.

Sue Mayer, head of GeneWatch UK, the independent watchdog body commissioned by the Guardian to analyse the gene patent rush, challenged the basis on which gene patents are granted - that genes, or bits of genes, are "inventions".

"What's striking is the speed and the scale at which patent applications are being made," she said. "It's impossible that this is caused by a sudden outbreak of creativity and inven tiveness. Unless people look at the issue seriously, unless the rules are changed in a few years time we will find very basic knowledge and information has been privatised."

Alongside human genes, patents are being sought by organisations, overwhelmingly from rich countries, on hundreds of thousands of animal and plant genes, including those in staple crops such as rice and wheat.

Patents are already pending or have been granted on more than 500,000 genes and partial gene sequences in living organisms.

When GeneWatch UK began its database search last month, patents had been granted or were pending on 126,672 whole or partial human genes. As of this week, however, that number had rocketed by over 34,500 to 161,195, an increase of 27%.

The Guardian's research found that

• One firm alone, Genset of France, has applied for patents covering 36,083 human gene sequences

• Patents are pending on genes controlling processes in the human heart, teeth, tongue, colon, skin, brain, bone, ear, lung, liver, kidney, sperm, blood and immune system

• The US department of health is the world's fifth biggest recorded gene patenter, with applications pending or granted on almost 3,000 sequences

• 152 patents have been applied for on rice, 21 on HIV, 13 on the eucalyptus tree and 11 on the spider.

• Among gene patent applicants are Queen Elizabeth college, Dublin (human eye), York University (rice), the Wellcome Foundation (HIV) and ICI (eucalyptus).

• Gene patenters are overwhelmingly from the US, western Europe and Japan.

Opponents of gene patenting believe companies using genetic information to develop real therapies and diagnostic techniques should be able to use the patent system to claw back the huge investment involved.

But they object to firms and other organisations being granted patents for genes when they cannot specify what the genes will be used for.

"Genes are isolated by computers on a routine basis," said Mr Schweiger. "There's no special intellectual work required. Even if the gene patenter doesn't ever develop a new drug or therapy with the gene, and somebody else does all the investment to find out what use can be made of the gene, all the investment is done by the second company and the first company still gets the money."

Concern is growing in continental Europe over an EU directive adopted two years ago which makes it easier to patent genes. In June, the French president Jacques Chirac wrote to the head of the European commission, Romano Prodi, saying that gene patenting should not be permitted.

Yet delegates to a rare diplomatic conference to revise the treaty governing European patent law, opening in Munich on Monday, are not even planning to discuss gene patenting. The British delegate, Alison Brimelow, said yesterday the issue would not be discussed until next year.

The British government has strongly supported liberalisation of the laws on gene patenting, hoping to nurture its own biotech industry and fearful the anti-GM backlash would persuade European and US biotech investors to relocate.

Much of the pressure to liberalise European gene patenting laws has come from the US. Last year the chairman of US drugs firm Pfizer, William Steere, said: "Europe seems to be entering a period of the dark ages, where witchcraft and sorcery are prevailing." The sentiment was shared by Andre Pernet, Genset chief executive. "I think the fear generated by the decoding of the human genome, that somehow people's 'essence' would be captured, has carried over into the gene patenting debate.

"You don't want to patent a gene and then just watch the patent time deadline melt away like a block of ice. There's no money to be made unless you really want to develop a drug."


AGES GROUP WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST RAYTHEON AND WACKENHUT FOR USING SPIES TO STEAL A GOVERNMENT CONTRACT BID.

BURR & FORMAN LLP
P.O. BOX 830719
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA 35283-0719
TELEPHONE (205) 251-3000
FACSIMILE (205) 458-5100
________

On March 30, 1999, a federal district court in Montgomery, Alabama, awarded the AGES Group, L.P. consent judgments totaling $8 million dollars against Raytheon Aerospace Company, Inc. and The Wackenhut Corporation. In addition, Raytheon Aerospace agreed to repurchase $13 million worth of aircraft parts inventory from AGES at a $2 million profit to AGES. The Honorable W. Harold Albritton, III, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, entered the judgments in favor of AGES following negotiations between both parties. The judgments marked the end of a lengthy 2 ½ year lawsuit that involved allegations of corporate espionage, illegal wire tapping, and theft of secret business documents all connected with the competitive bid for a government contract worth approximately $450 million.

Both Raytheon Aerospace and AGES are in the aircraft servicing business. In 1996 both companies were competing for the right to service U.S. military C-12 aircraft under a lucrative government contract valued at over $450 million, known as the Life Cycle Contractor Support ("LCCS") contract. Under the terms of the government contract bid process, all government bids were to be kept strictly confidential. AGES had hired a company in Slocomb, Alabama, that specialized in preparing government contract bids, The Libertatia Associates, to help prepare its bid on the LCCS contract.

AGES’ lawsuit alleged that during the summer of 1996 Raytheon Aerospace hired Wackenhut to send private investigators to spy and eavesdrop on Libertatia while it was preparing AGES’ bid proposal. AGES claimed that the investigators illegally monitored and intercepted communications from Libertatia’s office using sophisticated electronic eavesdropping equipment in order to acquire AGES’ confidential bid pricing information only days before the LCCS contract bids were due to be submitted to the government. The lawsuit also alleged that the Wackenhut investigators entered Libertatia’s office and stole AGES’ confidential bid pricing information and turned it over to Raytheon Aerospace.

Over half a dozen eye-witnesses in Slocomb, Alabama saw Wackenhut’s investigators stakeout and monitor Libertatia’s office in Slocomb for three days in July, 1996, from at least two different vehicles parked in front of the office. Five of these local residents observed the investigators wearing headphones and taking notes, and one saw a reel to reel tape recorder being used inside their car. Other eye-witnesses observed a "parabolic microphone" and a "shot gun microphone" in the investigator’s vehicles at different times during the surveillance. According to experts, both types of these devices can be used to pick up, isolate, and record conversations at a distance. The Wackenhut investigators denied ever wearing headphones during the surveillance or having or using any other electronic eavesdropping equipment such as a reel to reel recorder or a shot gun or parabolic microphone.

One eye-witness also saw what he thought was a flat, oval-shaped, antenna hidden behind a sunscreen in one of the investigator’s cars. According to several experts, this type of antenna is used in conjunction with short range electronic transmitting devices, commonly known as "bugs." Experts state that such "bugging devices" commonly have very short ranges and in order to be received the antenna must be located close to the building being bugged. In this case, eye-witnesses observed the investigators parked directly in front of Libertatia’s office.

Additionally, two local residents observed an unknown woman walk out of Libertatia’s office with papers in her hand, confer with one of the Wackenhut investigators parked in front of the office, and then leave in a separate car with the investigator following behind. The Wackenhut investigators claimed to have never seen such a woman. An officer of Libertatia later identified the unknown woman as being associated with Wackenhut. Shortly after Wackenhut’s surveillance, Libertatia discovered documents missing from its office.

AGES’ lawsuit is not the first time that Wackenhut and Raytheon have been embroiled in allegations of misconduct. In 1991, a committee of the United States House of Representatives investigated Wackenhut for electronic surveillance conducted on behalf of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. After several days of hearings, this Committee concluded that Wackenhut may have violated federal and state laws concerning surveillance and eavesdropping. Additionally, Raytheon Aerospace’s parent company pled guilty in 1990 to illegally conveying a "secret" document from the Department of Defense to an employee of another defense contractor.

AGES’ lawsuit was set for a four week trial to begin on March 29, 1999. However, Raytheon Aerospace and Wackenhut agreed for judgments totaling $8 million to be entered on AGES’ claims prior to trial. AGES was represented by the Birmingham office of Burr & Forman LLP. Raytheon Aerospace and Wackenhut were represented by the law firms of Bradley, Arant Rose & White, LLP and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., respectively, both also located in Birmingham, Alabama.


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On George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Andrew Card E.F Hutton and Friends

1973 -- George W. Bush attends Harvard Business School.  Regularly visits his aunt, Nancy "Bush" Ellis and her husband, Alexander Ellis at their home in Lincoln. Ellis would later go to work at E.F. Hutton.

1975 -- Timothy Davis, Harvard Business School, assumes general manager's role at Atlantis. Patrick E. Malloy III, [2nd in charge of commodities at E.F. Hutton & protege of George L. Ball] and his close friend and advisor, Michael A. McManus, Jr. invest in Atlantis Weathergear, founded by Dennis J. Solomon.  McManus is appointed Special Assistant to Secretary of Commerce on the recommendation of CIA Director George Bush.

While entertaining Solomon, Mordecai and Meledones, Patrick Malloy describes
how he and his friends are making money by withdrawing funds on Friday afternoon and playing the weekend market overseas.

1976 --George L. Ball was president of E.F. Hutton, and the largest individual investor in Arbusto [George W. Bush] Energy Corporation. 

Harken Oil buys Arbusto ("Bush Energy")  & Harvard (University) Management Co. Invests 1986 -- George Bush Jr. and partners receive more than $2 million of Harken
Energy stock in exchange for his failing oil well operation, Bush Energy, which had lost $400,000 in the prior six months. Bush was named to the Harken board and as a consultant for fees of between $50,000 and $125,000 annually.

Harvard Management is the investment arm of Harvard University. Harvard's venture capital company is headed by Michael Eisenson, who served on the board of directors of Harken Energy with Bush . Harvard had become a major investor in Harken less than 60 days after Harken bought out Bush 's oil company in 1986.

1987 -- Harken Energy project gets rescued by aid from the BCCI-connected Union Bank of Switzerland in a deal brokered by Jackson Stephens, later to show up as a key supporter of Bill Clinton.

1988 -- Ron Woods, guitarist for the Rolling Stones, Billie Preston, and others play at Bush's celebration party as part of the Bush "bad boys", George W., Lee Atwater, and Andrew Card.  According to the roadies onboard, white lines of cocaine filled the backrooms and, George W. Bush was present.

1989 -- Bahrain officials suddenly break off offshore drilling negotiations with Amoco and decide to deal with Harken Energy, George W. Bush  firm. Harken has had a series of failed ventures and no cash, so the Bass brothers are brought in to finance Harken's efforts at a cost of $50 million.

1989 -- In response to Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations suggests further developed and review of Solomon's air defense technology.

1990 -- Solomon reports problems with SCUD missile defense to Sen. John Kerry's staff.

1990 -- [Important Details] George W. Bush sells two-thirds of his Harken Energy stock at the top of the market for $850,000, a 200% profit, but makes no report to the SEC until March 1991. GW Bush  says later the SEC misplaced the report. An SEC representative responds: "nobody ever found the 'lost' filing." One week after Bush's sale, Harken reports an earnings plunge. Harken stock fell more than 60%.

From an Austin American-Statesman article, wherein we find out about a financial report that uncovered how George W. "Dubya" Bush,  pulled one heckuva ranny on his old alma mater, Harvard:

"In a little-known episode, the report found that Harvard University, where Bush earned a business degree, came to the rescue of Bush's oil exploration company, Harken Energy Corp. Harvard's endowment managers, who included at least one director with ties to the Bush family, invested about $20 million in the then-struggling company a month after Bush came on its board. The investment turned sour in 1990, with a loss of millions of dollars, but Bush sold most of his shares two months earlier.

Joe Wrinn, spokesman for the university, denied that personal ties had any bearing on the stock purchase. "Harvard would never be so irresponsible as to make multimillion investments based on a personal connection," he said. "Harvard would like every investment to come out ahead, but they don't."

Published on 04/30/1991:    SOURCE: By Richard Kindleberger, Boston Globe Staff

HARVARD PORTFOLIO AIDES ARE DEFENDED 

"The head of Harvard University's $5 billion endowment defended yesterday one current and one former employee of Harvard Management Co. against suggestions of a conflict of interest.  Jack R. Meyer, president of Harvard Management, said he is persuaded that partner Michael R. Eisenson behaved appropriately in owning stock in a company that is part of the university's portfolio. Meyer said he has no reason to believe that Donald D. Beane, formerly with Harvard Management, did anything wrong ... "

Published on 04/29/1991:   SOURCE: By Anthony Flint, Globe Staff

CONFLICT QUESTION RAISED FOR 2 HARVARD FUND MANAGERS
"Two Harvard University officials who manage the investment of Harvard's endowment have themselves owned stock in one of the companies in the university's portfolio, raising questions of conflict of interest.  Michael R. Eisenson and Donald D. Beane, partners in the Harvard Management Company, each owned 10,000 shares of common stock in Harken Energy Corp., worth about $26,250 each, the Harvard Crimson reported. Harvard owns about $28 million of stock in Harken, a Texas oil and gas concern ... "

1992 -- Andrew Card, then Secretary of Transportation, supports Texas Instruments, Inc. advanced display technology for air defense.

1993 -- George W. Bush after consulting with Andrew Card asks Input Output President and executives to visit MIT to obtain the "oil exploration display technology" trade secrets of Volumetric Imaging, Inc., a company principally owned by Dennis J. Solomon.

1993 -- On George W. Bush and Michael R. Eisenson instruction and as part of scheme to obtain Volumetric Imaging, Inc. trade secrets, Havard Management Co.  

1993 -- Andrew Card, on George W. request,  visits Sunrise Systems, Inc., and through Dallas, Texas based Digital Display Systems offers the principals a substantial contract to stop their activities with Volumetric Imaging.

1993 -- May-June -- Texas Instruments, Inc. and Raytheon scheme to obtain Solomon's trade secrets and conspire to prevent him from competing directly. 

1997 -- Volumetric Imaging, Inc. sues Raytheon and Texas Instruments, Inc.

1998 -- Raytheon surpresses documents which prove the Raytheon attempted to conspire to defraud the U.S. DOD and provide an inferior technology for our Country's air defense system.

1998 -- Cheney's firm, Halliburton buys Texas Instruments, Inc. division.


JUDGE VERNA ADAMS DENIES JAILED MOTHER'S BAIL REQUEST. 
by Guy Ashley © 2000, Marin Independent Journal 11/16/00

A Novato woman convicted of the attempted abduction of her young daughter will remain in Marin County Jail for at least another week because defense lawyers failed yesterday in their attempt to have her released pending sentencing.

Carol Mardeusz, 44, faces up to four years in state prison after being convicted in July of four felonies for using a falsified court order to try to take custody of her 10-year-old daughter, whom she had been barred from contacting by a Sonoma County judge.

With sentencing next week, lawyers for Mardeusz yesterday asked Marin Superior Court Judge Verna Adams to release the defendant on bail so that she can attend to health problems and prepare her case for a lenient sentence.

Adams refused to release Mardeusz, however, saying the defendant has repeatedly violated past custody orders by attempting to contact her daughter and may do so again if set free.

"The court is concerned about (the daughter's) safety if Ms. Mardeusz is released on bail," Adams said at a hearing.

Adams also refused a defense request to remove herself from the case, but agreed to send the request to another judge outside Marin for review. If that judge finds she should be removed, Adams said her rulings yesterday would be invalidated.

Mardeusz was convicted by a jury following a three-week trial in Adams' court. While the defense repeatedly attempted to make custody of the girl the trial's central issue, Adams repeatedly ruled that that matter was adjudicated in Sonoma County, and the question of whether Mardeusz violated existing custody orders was all that was to be considered by the jury.

Court papers say that a Sonoma County judge ruled that custody of the daughter would remain with her father until Mardeusz submitted to a mental health examination, which Mardeusz apparently refused to do.

After her convictions in Marin, however, Mardeusz was ordered into the custody of the state Department of Corrections for a 90-day mental evaluation.

Mardeusz returned this week from the California Women's Institution in Corona, and the conclusions of psychiatrists who evaluated her there have not been made public.

An attorney for Mardeusz, Patricia Barry, referred to those conclusions during yesterday's hearing, however, and indicated that two psychiatrists at the locked facility had found Mardeusz to be "delusional."

Barry said the defense intends to vigorously contest those findings, which can be considered by the judge at sentencing. She said she had hoped Mardeusz could be released on bail so she could meet with a Los Angeles-area mental health expert for an independent evaluation that might counter findings made by the state-appointed psychiatrists.

"She's not delusional and she doesn't want that label," Barry said of Mardeusz.

The case grew out of a heated, years-long dispute between Mardeusz and a former boyfriend over custody of a daughter they had together in 1990. It also coincided with ongoing uproar over how child custody cases are handled in the Marin courts, triggered by an outside investigator's report critical of rulings made by two longtime family law jurists, Michael Dufficy and Sylvia Shapiro.

The Mardeusz case became a cause for a cadre of court critics in Marin who latched onto her claims that she never got a full hearing before full custody of the daughter was provided to the ex-boyfriend in 1995.

The case is cited on petitions now circulating in Marin that seek to recall Adams, District Attorney Paula Kamena and Superior Court Judge Terrence Boren, in a special election next May. All three officials are accused of mishandling the Mardeusz case.

The deadline for petitions seeking to recall the three court officials was today.


Whitley's Journal: A President Elected by Chance  11/14/00 
Tip from Ronn at Futrsource 


Two weak candidates, a hung election. Who could have expected otherwise? Not only that, they begin making spectacles of themselves almost immediately. First, Al Gore, foolishly relying on television news as his source, concedes. Then, a few minutes later, he retracts his concession. Does George Bush react in a statesmanlike manner? Perhaps, if it's statesmanlike to be snippy.

Then there follows the grotesque, contradictory and foolish battle of the ballots in Florida, as each candidate frantically seeks to get the roulette wheel to stop on his color. The actual truth is that balloting this close has a random outcome. So the electorate hasn't spoken at all. The roulette wheel has spoken.

In any case, it matters not which candidate wins. We are going to go through a very hard period in our history, in either case. Personally, I think that George Bush is going to be the next President. In which case, he will have an electoral victory but a popular defeat. What a shame and what an embarrassment for him.

Worse, the congress is a house divided. In order to maintain their razor-thin majorities, the Republicans will not become less partisan, which is what the electorate has clearly demanded. On the contrary, they will have to become more partisan than ever, ruthlessly disciplining the slightest defection in order to have any kind of functionality at all. 

Even so, they will be seriously hampered because party control is in the hands of the far right, and the swing votes in both houses are in the hands of moderate-left Republicans.

What does this mean? It means the same thing it meant back in the fifties: the filibuster is going to become a primary governing tool.

No matter which candidate wins, we cannot expect to enjoy a functional government over the next four years. This is a consequence of the two major parties fielding candidates that did not seem adequate to the electorate. Both were perceived as not being presidential material, with the result that the electorate was split almost literally down the middle.

There have been serious allegations of electoral fraud in Miami, with blacks filling churches, telling tales of being given pre-punched ballots, of being turned away at the polls, of having their ballots mutilated and destroyed.

This sort of thing is par for the political course in many parts of the United States. Voting procedures are not fair, and they are fraught with corruption. Usually, it doesn't matter and the whole thing is swept under the rug. But this time, every vote counts, and so the system has been exposed for what it is: an absurd mess shot through with partisan attempts to subvert it in many different ways. And this isn't true just in Florida,
believe me. There are many states with problems like this, but they don't surface unless the majority happens to be razor-thin or there are substantial numbers of disputed ballots.

Growing up in a political family as I did, I heard dozens of stories of ballot stuffing of various kinds. It was the ordinary course of business around here then, and it still is in lots of places.

So, what can we expect in terms of legislation over the next four years. If Gore wins, the government is going to go into a holding pattern. Things will get real quiet. The various programs he advocated will not be passed, probably not even introduced. If Bush wins, there will be somewhat more activity. Some kind of a tax cut will be passed. There will be changes in environmental regulations that will allow much more clear cutting of virgin
forests and oil exploration in parks areas. The US will cease to support UN family planning initiatives. We may get an official secrets act, and a bankruptcy bill similar to the one that just failed, which will effectively end bankruptcy protection for the ordinary person.

No matter who wins, there will be constant partisan infighting, to an extent that it will sap the strength of our country at least as much as the silly business that went on during the Clinton presidency. It is probable that George Bush will come under attack in the media for many more undisclosed sins. There are rumors flying at the moment of cocaine use and of a mistress called Arnette, but nobody seems to know the last name. In other words, pointless, partisan junk, mudslinging that wastes our time and money just like the Monica Lewinsky affair.

However, the world is going to be a very busy place. The middle east is a very serious problem, and no matter what happens there, American power is going to suffer. The most serious problem is still Saddam Hussein. At a time when Iraqis formerly prominent in his government are claiming that he has an atomic bomb, delegations of well-wishers are flying from various European countries to Baghdad in defiance of the embargo. In fact, during the next administration, the embargo will fail. The UN will suffer and the United States will suffer. This will happen because the clown-college presidency we are about to inaugurate is going to be completely unable to project any
meaningful power abroad.

The result is going to be that anything might happen in the middle east. Certainly, we will see higher oil prices. Certainly, we will see an increasingly beleaguered and belligerent Israel.

Will we also see an atomic explosion somewhere--the ultimate act of terrorism? Or will it be bioterrorism?

Without the American policeman, the world is going to become a very much more dangerous place. Sure, we can still send USS Coles to Aden. But getting beat up is not projecting American power. Government projects what it is, and a weak government projects weakness, whether it does it with troops or words.

On the environmental front, the news is no better. People write me occasionally to complain about the fact that there are a lot of environmental stories on this website. Or they attempt to prove to me that it's all a "liberal" conspiracy. But I don't think that the worst floods in history in England have anything to do with the shadings of American
political opinion, or the fact that we have just come off the warmest fall in history.

There aren't too many close encounter witnesses who aren't concerned about the environment. It's one of the most powerful messages of the visitors. It's why I'm so concerned, and believe me, it hasn't got a single, solitary thing to do with "liberal" vs. "conservative."

We are going to see a terrible environmental time, from now on. Throughout most of our lifetimes, the weather is going to keep getting worse and worse, especially in the northern hemisphere. It's probably too late to do a whole lot about it, too. Plus, the deterioration is going to become extremely obvious over just the next few years. We are either going to have a situation develop where there is a sudden snap back to a colder climate, or the warming trend is going to become unstoppable. In either case, watch out--hell is on the way.

A Gore administration will try to address the environmental issue. It will not be able to do anything, though, because the US Senate will never affirm the Kyoto Protocol, no matter how many compromises are made. In any case, there is going to be a British study published in a couple of months that will tell it like it is: it's already too late to do anything about the environmental changes that are coming. They are going to crash down on us like an avalanche. Period. We're going to have to live through whatever
mother nature decides to dish out. Bush has made it abundantly clear that his approach is to just let this happen. So one candidate will try and fail. The other will not try at all. Which is the better approach? You pick. I can't.

Economically, the US stock market is hanging by a thread. We could see one hell of a break in the early part of the year. This will not depend on anything at home. It will depend, rather, on the health of the European currency, the Euro, which is now at 85 cents, down from its opening price of 1.20 two years ago.

Why is this so important? Because, if you read the fine print in the profit warnings coming out of the tech sector, you find that a great deal of the problem has to do with softening sales in Europe. This is happening because the price of American goods is skyrocketing there--up 30% on currency exchange alone. Most of the 3rd quarter reports are in. The bad news has been absorbed by the market, and it will probably rally nicely once the election crisis is resolved. (Unless, of course, the dopes manage to turn it into a real constitutional crisis and we don't have an inauguration.) Next
quarter, however, unless the Euro rises, there is going to be more red ink, and not only in the tech sector. If the 4th quarter is as bad as the third, the market will fail fundamentally.

Just when we were about to reap the harvest of cold war victory, we have ended up with a ridiculous governmental failure. One thing that will not change, unfortunately, under either administration, is the cancerous growth of secrecy. The CIA will hold sway as never before. Why, you ask?

Bad government has more to hide, and make no mistake, the classification process is no longer about hiding things from foreign powers. It's about hiding them from us. As far as weak governments are concerned, there is always a first enemy among many, and that enemy is an informed electorate.


11.15.00
Bush Cousin At Fox 1st To FALSELY Claim Bush Florida Victory
--Bush Was NEVER DECLARED THE WINNER IN FLORIDA!!!! 

by John Quinn © 2000, Newshawk

Due to the tremendously extensive election fraud and ballot tampering perpetrated in Florida, there are a great number of Americans who still believe that George Bush, at "first" or at some point time, was actually ever officially declared the winner of the popular vote in the state of Florida.

But there's MORE to the issue of why ANYONE believes Dubya was ever declared the winner in Florida, and it has to do with the people and organizations which are supposedly there to report the news, and not manipulate it.

A little-known but exceptionally important fact has now emerged which casts even FURTHER doubt --if such were even possible -- on the entire presidential election process as conducted in Florida last week.

As reported in the Los Angeles Times op-ed article by Tom Rosenstiel on 11.15.00,

http://www.latimes.com/print/editorials/20001115/t000109495.html

George DubHead Bush was "first" "declared" the winner of the Florida vote by a "source" which could be considered "official" only according to a very "irregular", let's just say UNETHICAL and CORRUPT, standard. 

George DubHead Bush has a first cousin named John Ellis.

John Ellis, Bush's first cousin, just happens to run the political desk at Fox News.

John Ellis, on Fox News during election night coverage -- AFTER it had become clear to all the Bush had LOST the popular vote nationwide and had NOT achieved an Electoral College victory either -- was the FIRST PERSON to claim, FALSELY and WITHOUT any OFFICIAL DECLARATION of such, that George DubHead Bush had won the vote in the state of Florida.

This interesting tidbit of utterly fabricated "news," spewed into the ether by Bush first cousin John Ellis of Fox, was NEVER supported by ANY similar statement emanating from what was SUPPOSED to be the "official" source for ANY and ALL election results or claims of victory, which is a group called the Voter News Service (VNS), consisting of representatives from all major news networks who correlate and pool their information before making any public statements or claims.

Though the network-approved Voter News Service NEVER issued any declaration that George DubHead Bush had won the Florida vote, the FALSE claim of such as made by Bush first cousin John Ellis at Fox News was then picked up by NBC, CNN and subsequently other news networks, and parroted across the land and the world.

And NOW, of course, these same major media outlets have neglected to bring this genuinely important fact to light: that George DubHead Bush's FIRST COUSIN, John Ellis of Fox News, was the first person on mass media to falsely declare Bush the winner in Florida, and that this FALSE claim was then repeated, unverified, by ALL other news networks and thus helped shape the misconception on the part of MILLIONS of Americans that Bush was actually ever officially declared the "winner" in Florida.

Bush was NEVER DECLARED THE WINNER IN FLORIDA!!!!

This further proof of EXTRAORDINARILY severe interference with and manipulation of the entire ballot process in last Tuesday's election in Florida needs to be brought ot the attention of every American, so they can understand the desperate lengths the Bush Mafia went and IS GOING to thwart the decision of the people and install their choice in the White House.

Along the same lines of HIGHLY significant information which the mass media has NOT been reporting to the people, Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who has now declared her intention to VIOLATE the court order mandating vote recounts in three Florida counties be accepted when completed, is a MAJOR Bush for President campaign bigwig in Florida, and is ALSO a "alumnus" of the Electoral College and thus INTIMATELY familiar with the ins and outs of the workings of the Electoral College.

And one more thing. Due to demographics, and just plain simple math -- as in numbers of party-affiliated registered voters, it's become impossible at this point in time for a Republican to win the White House without substantial crossover voting.

Or SUBSTANTIAL election fraud and ballot tampering.

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One More Election Embarrassment for the Press: Bush Cousin

By TOM ROSENSTIEL


Add to the press' defeat in Election 2000 the latest embarrassment: The election night call declaring George W. Bush winner did not come from the news media polling group Voter News Service. It came first from the political desk of the Fox News Channel, which was being run by Bush's first cousin, John Ellis. The other networks quickly followed, pressured by Fox's decision.

The collective error helped create the suggestion of a race won by Bush, and then recalled. That is fostering the idea among Bush supporters that the election could be "stolen" from Bush on a technicality. And it is fostering the idea among Al Gore's supporters that the vice president was finessed into conceding to Bush before the vote count actually indicated the Texas governor had won the race.

Ellis' role in this incident raises the question: Does it really matter how close journalists are to those they cover?

The short answer is yes.

Today, the notion that the press is an independent institution, a reputation that was hard-won over the last 150 years, is eroding. This is occurring not only in the political arena but also in the economic world, where journalism is becoming a subsidiary to larger corporate interests such as ABC inside Disney, or Time Inc. magazines inside AOL. The biggest threat of the information revolution is that we could lose journalism as an honest referee of the public square on behalf of citizens. The Ellis incident is indicative of a larger problem of the public's confusion between politics and journalism. It's nothing new to have people move between the two. But at a time when journalism is
becoming more confused with the other worlds of media--fiction, infomercial, infotainment and political propaganda, which we now politely call "spin"--problems such as the Ellis incident have become more accepted, while at the same time creating greater confusion for the public.

For example, William Kristol remains a Republican strategist while also working as the editor of the Weekly Standard. Sidney Blumenthal's coverage of the Clinton campaign for the New Republic in 1992 had already raised eyebrows among journalists even before he confirmed their suspicions of favoritism by going to work for the Clinton
administration. George Stephanopoulos went from presidential advisor to ABC News analyst, and now he is being "recast," in the words of one executive, as a journalist. Arianna Huffington blithely moved from political wife to Newt Gingrich insider to conservative columnist to political reformer. Ellis, whom I have met, is a good man. He is also a family man, first. Only a few months earlier, Ellis gave up his Boston
Globe column, explaining, "I am loyal to my cousin, and I put that loyalty ahead of my loyalty to anyone else outside my immediate family." He should have stuck with that decision. For the last three years, the Committee of Concerned Journalists, a consortium of news people nationwide focused on the standards of the press, has explored the proper relationship between journalists and those they cover. This is
what we heard: Today, the crux of journalism's credibility, of providing the news without fear or favor, is the idea that a journalist puts citizens first--ahead of party affiliation, shareholder equity, advertiser preference or the boss' whim. This is the implied covenant of American journalism, the thing that tells people that coverage, political or otherwise, is straight.

The key is that the journalist is independent. He or she is not without bias, personal preference or life experience. But the journalist is not an activist or partisan. Gil Thelan, the executive editor of the Tampa Tribune, calls the role of the journalist that of the "committed observer." His commitment is to the whole community as a fair observer.

Independence does not mean neutrality. Columnists are not neutral. Writers from the alternative press are not neutral. But in addition to adhering to the same principles of accuracy and allegiance to citizens as other journalists, they must maintain a separation from faction. As conservative columnist Maggie Gallagher has put it, "I think it's possible to be an honest journalist and be loyal to a cause. It's not really possible to be an honest journalist and be loyal to a person, a political party or a faction."

The reason is pragmatic. Independence gives you the intellectual freedom to make good judgments about fairness, accuracy, balance and the concerns of your audience--in other words, to write in a way that fairly lays out all the facts. Independence also allows you to present the news in a way that the public will believe it.

At a time when the public increasingly distrusts the press, this is no small matter. - - -


Tom Rosenstiel Is Vice Chairman of the Committee of Concerned
Journalists, Based in Washington, D.C.

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How the Sahara is finally giving up its secrets of the lost army
DAVID ROHL © Daily Express, London, 11/16/00

It is a mystery which has perplexed Egyptologists for centuries and sent scores of adventurers and archaeologists scouring the vast wilderness of the Saharan Desert for clues. In 523 BC, a mighty Persian army of 50,000 men was said to have disappeared without trace in the desolate plains of the Western Desert.

Since the beginning of the 19th century, when Western scholars began to uncover the Pharaonic civilisation of the Nile valley, the quest to find the lost army of the Persians has proved one of Egyptology's greatest challenges.

Over the past 20 years there have been several false sightings. All turned out to be human remains from a much more recent conflict - Montgomery's Second World War campaign against Rommel's Afrika Korps. This failure to come up with any proof of the lost army has led some historians to dismiss the story as a fanciful tale - until now.

Two months ago, a team of Egyptian oil prospectors surveying an area just 50 kilometres from the lost army's intended destination - the Siwa Oasis on the border with Libya - found themselves walking through sand dunes littered with fragments of textiles, daggers, arrow heads and the bleached bones of the men to whom these trappings belonged. Finally, it seemed, the sands had begun to give up their secret.

Thanks to the desiccating qualities of the Saharan sand, the fragments found by the team from Helwan University's Department of Geology were in an excellent state of preservation, providing an unparalleled opportunity to learn about an ancient army and all its trappings of warfare.

When they disappeared more than two millennia ago, the ill-fated soldiers were on their way to destroy the sacred Oracle of Siwa, under orders from their leader, the mad Persian emperor Cambyses. The son of Cyrus the Great, Cambyses invaded Egypt in 525 BC and overthrew the pharaoh Psamtek III, last ruler of the 26th Dynasty. The Nile valley was subsumed into the mighty Persian Empire for much of the next 200 years until Alexander the Great defeated Darius III and conquered Egypt in 332 BC.

Little is known about Cambyses through contemporary texts but his reputation as a tyrannical despot has come down to us in the writings of the Greek historian Herodotus (440 BC) and a Jewish document from 407 BC known as The Demotic Chronicle which speaks of the Persian king destroying all the temples of the Egyptian gods.

Herodotus informs us that Cambyses was a monster of cruelty and impiety who, having witnessed the reverence with which the Egyptians regarded the sacred Apis bull of Memphis, fell into a rage, drew his dagger and plunged it into the bull-calf. The animal died soon after and was buried with full ceremony. "I have no doubt that Cambyses was completely out of his mind," comments Herodotus.

The tale of Cambyses's fit of jealousy towards the bull -whether true or simply Greek propaganda - was intended to reflect his personal failure as a monarch and military leader. In his seven years of troubled rule over the Persian empire, the conquest of Egypt was Cambyses's only spectacular military success.

Indeed, during the three years of his rule over Egypt, Cambyses suffered a number of military catastrophes. He personally led a disastrous campaign up the Nile into Ethiopia, during which his illprepared mercenary forces were compelled to eat the flesh of their own colleagues as the food supplies provided by the king ran out.

The Persian army eventually returned northward having failed even to encounter their enemy in battle. Cambyses's already embittered Egyptian subjects were doubtless unimpressed by this folly and harboured thoughts of their own uprising against him.

Cambyses had also planned a campaign against Carthage but this too was aborted because the king's Phoenician sea captains refused to attack their kinfolk who had founded the Carthaginian colony towards the end of the eighth century BC.

The story of the doomed army is also told by Herodotus. On his way down to Ethiopia, Cambyses decided that the Oracle of Siwa, later made famous by Alexander's visit in 332 BC, posed a threat to his rule over Egypt. He believed that the priests of Siwa were encouraging insurrection among the Egyptians and that their destabilising influence had to be snuffed out.

Upon reaching Thebes in Upper Egypt, and without thinking of the horrendous logistical problems of a prolonged desert campaign, Cambyses immediately ordered the despatch of 50,000 soldiers from the holy city, supported by a great train of pack-animals.

Marching west into the Sahara, the army eventually came to the last of the natural springs at Bahariya. What then lay before them was the vast Western Desert - with no water or shade for 30 days' march.

With what must have been a deep sense of trepidation the Persian generals commanded their men to march out in the direction of Siwa, which they knew lay somewhere to the west, beyond the Sand Dune Sea and the great Kattara Depression.

According to Herodotus (as later reported to him by the inhabitants of Siwa), after many days of struggle through the soft sand, the troops were resting one morning when calamity struck. "As they were at their breakfast, a wind arose from the south, strong and deadly, bringing with it vast columns of whirling sand, which buried the troops and caused them utterly to disappear."

Men and animals were asphyxiated as they huddled together, gradually being enveloped in a sea of drift-sand.

But what of Cambyses? He, of course, had not accompanied his soldiers on their doomed campaign. The emperor was too busy leading the rest of his army into defeat on the equally ill-judged main campaign against Ethiopia. On his return to Egypt, the emperor was informed of the disappearance of his Saharan strike force.

Soon after, a dark depression descended upon him from which he was never to emerge. It was at this time, or so it is said, that he attacked the Apis bull, believing that, by their joyous worship of the Egyptian deity, the local population were mocking their foreign overlord and his military catastrophes.

Back in Persia, the population received news of Cambyses's catalogue of troubles. Some of the most influential nobles now revolted, swearing allegiance to the king's younger brother Bardiya.

With their support, the pretender seized power in July 522 BC as Cambyses was returning to Persia. On hearing the news, as he passed through the Syrian town of Ecbatana, the king leapt on to his horse to speed back to the capital. However, in his haste to mount his steed, Cambyses accidentally stabbed himself in the thigh with his own dagger.

At that moment, so the story goes, he began to recall an Egyptian prophecy told to him by the priests of Buto in which it was predicted that the king would die in Ecbatana. Cambyses had always thought this meant the Persian summer capital of Ecbatana and that he would therefore die in contented old age. But now he realised that the prophecy had been fulfilled in a very different way here in Syrian Ecbatana.

Still in a disturbed mood, Cambyses decided that his fate had been sealed and simply lay down to await his end. The wound soon became gangrenous and the king died by "own-death" (by his own actions), as the Persian texts put it, in early August, 522 BC.

Now, the final chapter in the story of the mad Persian emperor and his lost army is about to be written. The Helwan University geologists have reported their discovery to Dr Mohamed el-Saghir of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo who has said he is personally going to lead a huge team of archaeologists, surveyors and geologists to investigate the find.

The 10-kilometre-square site will be sifted as the Egyptian specialists gradually uncover the remains left by one of history's most remarkable incidents. Nothing like this has ever come to light before and the team can expect to find a treasure trove of military memorabilia.

The Persian forces consisted of many elements, including foreign mercenaries such as Greeks, Phoenicians, Carians, Cilicians, Medes and Syrians. Their helmets, leather corselets, garments, spears, bows, swords and daggers will all be there ready for analysis, along with their rations and support equipment. Bone marrow from the soldiers can be sampled for DNA testing. Our knowledge of ancient warfare in the first millennium BC is sure to be hugely enhanced by this astonishing - and accidental - discovery of the lost army of Emperor Cambyses.
© Express Newspapers, 2000


DA critics say recall election bid is success

Marin Independent Journal 11/16/00 By Guy Ashley © 2000

A leader in the fight for medical marijuana says she will file petitions today with more than enough signatures to force a special election next May asking voters to recall Marin District Attorney Paula Kamena.

Lynnette Shaw of Fairfax said more than 19,000 signatures have been gathered in the effort to recall Kamena, and that figure will grow above 20,000 by the time she files petitions with county elections officials this afternoon.

"The response has been amazing," said Shaw, who for years has been furious about DA guidelines toward medical marijuana. "Maybe we can now stop the war against sick persons who use legal cannabis in Marin."

Kamena, who defends her marijuana policies as some of the most progressive in the state, said she will wait and see if predictions of a first-ever district attorney recall election is called.

"If in fact they have these signatures, and there is an election, I truly believe that when people see the accomplishments we've made in my short time in office, I will be retained," she said.

The signature figures cited by Shaw would overwhelm the required 13,756 needed to force the unprecedented district attorney recall election, which county officials say would cost an estimated $500,000 to hold.

"If there is an election, and the county has to bear that kind of an expense, then I truly believe it's a sad day," Kamena said.

Shaw's claims of a grassroots uprising over medical marijuana blindsided officials at the Marin courthouse yesterday because they came in the wake of reports that simultaneous recall drives targeting three judges have failed to draw sufficient citizen interest.

Peter Romanowsky of Sausalito, treasurer and the sole listed contributor to the Citizens Judiciary Review Board, said last month that the drive to recall Judges Michael Dufficy, Terrence Boren and Lynn Duryee was flagging in its quest for signatures. Romanowsky has been unavailable for comment this week.

Ron Mazzaferro, a Sonoma County investigator who also has joined the recall efforts, said yesterday that he did not believe the 11,287 signatures needed for each judge would be provided to the Registrar of Voters by today's 4:30 p.m. deadline.

If the predictions made yesterday hold true, Kamena will be left to fight alone against a recall effort that grew primarily out of frustration over judicial rulings in child custody cases.

Kamena was drawn into the fray in May after judicial foes decided that she, too, should pay a price for legal proceedings against a Novato mother charged with attempting to abduct her own daughter, in defiance of court orders barring her from contacting the girl. The case against Carol Mardeusz had been cited on earlier petitions targeting Boren.

But after citizen animus over the custody cases began to wane, Kamena bore the brunt of a second wave of criticism over her medical marijuana policies. These policies say patients will not be prosecuted if:

*They participate in a county identification program

*They are growing no more than six mature plants

*They possess no more than a half-pound of dried marijuana.

Shaw has been a longtime critic of the county program, which she says has been used by law enforcement officials to identify and crack down on marijuana users and cultivators.

She also says local police officers have disregarded the guidelines by seizing patients' marijuana and destroying it before they can prove a legitimate medical use.

Kamena said the policies in her office grow out of careful consideration of Proposition 215, the 1996 initiative that made medicinal use a legal defense for marijuana cultivation and use. She said she won't let the recall effect the policies and priorities in the DA's office.

"They can try to recall me or do whatever they want to do," she said. "But we will always make our decisions based on the facts and the law. Politics aren't going to determine how we operate this office."


November 16, 2000, New York Times

Both Sides Quietly Preparing to Fight On Beyond Florida

Approaching the endgame of the presidential campaign like military tacticians, the Democratic and Republican camps have quietly been mulling strategies that could continue the battle even after all the votes are counted in Florida.

In Washington, Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, the House majority whip, has sent a staff memo to congressional Republicans pointing out that the House and Senate can reject a state's electoral votes if they decide the votes are tainted.

On the Democratic side, strategists for Vice President Al Gore were preparing for what they called "the nuclear button option," disputing Palm Beach County's election results in court to force a new vote.

Mr. Gore's lawyers said they felt confident that they could force a revote in Palm Beach County because of confusion over its "butterfly ballot," but said they were holding off because the American public might disapprove of the move.

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