Attention Brits! You have 14 days to stop this sneak attack. I don’t recall hearing anything about this and don’t believe that anyone advocating it would stand a Snowflake in Hell’s chance of being elected to any local council let alone Parliament (UK or EU). We have 14 days to stop it. Write, Telephone and Email your MP, EMP, Local Council and the Leaders of the Political Parties that we have not seen this on ANY Election Manifesto and please inform us when Democracy was terminated in the United Kingdom.
Al Gore’s Great Climate Scam has been stopped dead by the Climategate hack (and the weather). It’s up to us to stop the next generation being the Vassals of a Corrupt Superstate.
BRUSSELS, JANUARY 12 – Ahmad Khalaf Masadeh, Jordanian ambassador to Brussels, has today been appointed as secretary general of the Mediterranean Union. The decision, report diplomatic sources, has just been made by acclamation during the meeting of high-ranking officials of the Mediterranean Union underway in the Belgian capital. A statement will be circulated tomorrow amongst the 42 Foreign ministers of the countries which make up the Mediterranean Union, with any comments to be made within 15 days. With the exception of surprise opposition, today’s appointment will be definitively approved by a process of tacit consent. “Today we have made history,” commented Masadeh, present at the meeting. The appointment of the secretary general, whose HQ will be in Barcelona, will allow for the preparation of a second Mediterranean Union summit, scheduled for June in the Catalan city, in the framework of Spanish presidency of the European Union.
Translation: If the people don’t find out and stop us, we can get away with this.
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, also known as EuroMed, has been pretty much under the radar for 15 years. When it caused some public discussion in 2007, it was renamed “Union for the Mediterranean”, and quietly permitted to proceed. Not much was heard of it, but now EuropeNews has the scoop: It is being established now – and we have a window of merely 14 days to protest it.
The news is tucked away in this discreet ANSAmed news item….
It is remarkable that an ambassador of a non-democratic nation has been appointed to head the Union. Now, it should not be assumed that the European Union, run by a non-elected Commission and having a non-elected President, should care too much about such details.
But since the 16 non-EU states of the Mediterranean Union does include decent democracies (Israel, Croatia) as well as more dubious ones (Albania, Bosnia, Turkey), it would seem appropriate to appoint a representative from a democratic country to head the Union….
There we have it – full stealth mode. Unless someone protests loudly, this will proceed. Now, in order to field a reasonable protest, one needs to know what goes on, and politicians in democracies need to know if they have public support for the protest or not. Since neither of these are the case, no protests can be expected, and the project will continue.
Further, ‘making history’ through ‘tacit consent’ is not an honorable way to run things in a democracy. Either you have democracy, Rule by the People, where all major decisions are based on public, not tacit, consent. Alternatively, you should give up the pretense of democracy and declare EU to be the Oligarchy it truly is. That would at least be honest….
Crusading journalist Pamela Geller spells out the danger in an interview reported in FrontPage Magazine:
FP: Pamela Geller, welcome back to Frontpage Interview.
I would like to talk to you today about a mass Muslim immigration plan that is going into the works in Europe and not too many people know about it. Can you enlighten us please?
Geller: Thanks, Jamie.
The disastrous and suicidal pact called the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership is in the process of going into effect, with little fanfare or examination. It boggles the mind that such a consequential and seismic cultural shift could be mandated and put into play without so much as a murmur from the mainstream media….
The goal of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation is to create a new Greater European Union encompassing both Europe and North Africa, with the Mediterranean Sea becoming a domestic Eurabian sea. The goal is to establish a “comprehensive political partnership,” including a “free trade area and economic integration”; “considerably more money for the partners” (that is, more European money flowing into North Africa); and “cultural partnership” — that is, importation of Islamic culture into post-Christian Europe….
….this agenda is being pushed at the highest levels of the European Union. The official EuroMed Partnership website says it’s an initiative of “the EU and its southern neighbors.” And it’s huge in scope. Recently in Brussels there was a summit meeting of trade ministers from 43 countries in Europe and the Mediterranean. And it’s being done secretly because the European governing elites know the people of Europe wouldn’t go along if they knew what was happening….
Americans need to take heed and block this disaster as well. Barack Obama is trying to accomplish the same destruction of national identity in the United States.
By Jim Simpson | Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 at 5:33 am
Barack Hussein Obama will cede US sovereignty to the United Nations at the December “Climate Summit.”
Not content with his humiliation in Copenhagen, Denmark this past September, President Obama will be traveling there again in December to attend the UN COP15 Climate Change Conference. This agreement would commit the United States to punitive and expensive greenhouse gas regulations dictated by the United Nations without recourse.
COP stands for “Conference of the Parties” and the December Copenhagen conference will be the 15th under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), hence COP15. According to their website, it will be one of the largest conferences ever held outside the New York or Geneva headquarters, with an anticipated attendance of over 10,000 people, including governmental representatives from 189 countries, industry groups, and other non-governmental organizations.
The theme of the December 7 – 18 conference is “Hope,” so perhaps Mr. Obama will have more luck this time. Instead of soliciting the International Olympic Committee with trite clichés and getting no payoffs, he will be doing something much easier: selling out our country. After all, ceding power, relinquishing billions in U.S. tax dollars and destroying U.S. economic competitiveness is a pretty easy sell to the countries that will benefit, and he has had a lot of practice doing the same thing here at home. He will have a hard time screwing this one up.
The Hope site optimistically pronounces:
On 7 December, leaders from 192 countries gather for UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and decide the fate of our planet…
Decide the fate of our planet… Do these people have any idea how mindlessly grandiose they sound? Of course not. They are out to save the planet,just like Nancy Pelosi! It is hard for a normal person to imagine making such proclamations without embarrassment. But this is today’s political class.
Lord Monckton was former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s science advisor. He has lectured and written extensively on the issue, including an in-depth scientific critique to the 50,000 member American Physical Society, a serious side-by-side comparison slap-down of Al Gore’s global warming assertions, and a recent summary of the global warming issue. In introducing his topic at Bethel University, he states unequivocally:
…and I am going to show you the latest science, which now doesn’t leave the question unsettled any more, this is now settled science, it is now settled science that there is not a problem with our influence over the climate. The science is in, the truth is out, and the scare is over.
You can watch his entire presentation (1:35:33) on the Webcast Page here — well worth the time if you can spare it. The slideshow he frequently points to in this presentation can be viewed along with the video, here. Lord Monckton presents a series of statistics, charts and studies making a compelling case that not only is global warming insignificant — if it exists at all — but is likely not manmade, and more importantly, that the global warming alarmists have repeatedly, blatantly, deliberately lied, suppressing the facts to promote the myth.
Despite his effective refutation of manmade global warming, his closing remarks about the Copenhagen treaty are chilling:
I read that treaty. And what it says is this, that a world government is going to be created. The word “government” actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity. The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to third world countries, in satisfication of what is called, coyly, “climate debt” because we’ve been burning CO2 and they haven’t. We’ve been screwing up the climate and they haven’t. And the third purpose of this new entity, this government, is enforcement.
So, thank you, America. You were the beacon of freedom to the world. It is a privilege merely to stand on this soil of freedom while it is still free. But, in the next few weeks, unless you stop it, your president will sign your freedom, your democracy, and your prosperity away forever. And neither you nor any subsequent government you may elect will have any power whatsoever to take it back. That is how serious it is. I’ve read the treaty. I’ve seen this stuff about [world] government and climate debt and enforcement. They are going to do this to you whether you like it or no.
Watch him make his powerful concluding remarks in the following video (4:12 min):
You might call it a bit of rhetorical overkill, but given everthing else this administration and Congress have already done, only a bit. As Monckton later stated in a Q & A session, for such a treaty to be ratified requires a positive vote from a two-thirds majority in the U.S. Senate.
It seems difficult to imagine Democrats convincing seven Republicans to assist them in committing national suicide that way. Indeed, a recent Wall Street Journal article quoted Senate Republicans as saying that whatever deal Obama cut at Copenhagen would be dead on arrival:
Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner, the top Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, predicts “a repeat of Kyoto — namely an environmentally ineffective agreement that cannot be ratified” by the Senate.
However, perhaps an easier option would be for Democrats to pass legislation enacting some or all of the proposals. The House has already passed the Waxman-Markey (Cap and Trade) bill. This onerous legislation calls for an 83 percent reduction in greenhouse gasses from 2005 levels by 2050. That means almost complete elimination of carbon based fuels, and parallels the goals identified in COP15, which asks participating countries to reduce global emmissions 50-85% by 2050.
Such reductions would essentially bring our economy to a screeching halt, as Lord Monckton states in his speech. Even the more modest goal for 2020 of a 17 percent reduction will force radical changes in how we do business and conduct our daily lives.
Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and the increasingly addled Lindsay Graham (R-SC), put out an Op-Ed in the New York Times last week, under the frighteningly Obamanoid title “Yes We Can,” indicating that perhaps Senate Republicans shouldn’t be so sanguine either. Their article concludes thusly (emphasis added):
We are confident that a legitimate bipartisan effort can put America back in the lead again and can empower our negotiators to sit down at the table in Copenhagen in December and insist that the rest of the world join us in producing a new international agreement on global warming.
So if Kerry and Graham get their way, not only is America going to agree to UN global warming regulations, we are going to lead the charge in getting them imposed!
And the UN panel is fully anticipating a more conciliatory approach from the US. Recognizing Kerry’s efforts, as UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer stated:
I think that a major shortcoming of Kyoto was that the official delegation came back with a treaty they knew was never going to make it through the Senate. And this time I have the feeling that the communication is much stronger, that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, through John Kerry, is really expressing strongly what they feel needs to be done in Copenhagen.
Thank you John Kerry.
The UN website states the following about COP15 (emphasis added):
This [the 2009 Bangkok climate change talks] was the penultimate negotiating session before COP15 in Copenhagen in December, at which an ambitious and effective international climate change deal is to be clinched.
Before COP15, there will be a final round of negotiations November 2-6 in Barcelona, Spain at the Barcelona Convention Center.
The most recent UNFCCC Working Group report (181 pages) can be accessed here in PDF format. Much of it references earlier documents, of which there are many. To fully assess the ramifications of this proposal would likely require referencing these earlier documents as well.
While the prospects for Senate ratification of this treaty are probably in doubt, it seems likely the US Congress may try to pass Waxman-Markey or some other hybrid legislation using the same underhanded tactics now in play on healthcare. All the more reason to redouble our efforts at getting them out in 2010.
Suffice it to say that if the carbon reduction targets already discussed are adapted by this country, nevermind whatever other onerous provisions are in this treaty, we might as well all buy a horse and buggy — sorry, rickshaw; horses create methane — because we will be headed back into the 18th century.
A disarmament crusade is not merely “naïve,” it’s a waste of valuable diplomatic energy, chided French President Nicolas Sarkozy following Brother O’s praise for the United Nations Security Council’s resolution calling for a world without nuclear weapons.
“We live in the real world, not the virtual world. And the real world expects us to take decisions,” Sarkozy said.
American newspapers saw fit to blackout Sarkozy’s mockery of their president’s “naïveté regarding the realities of nuclear technology.”
Brother O lauded the agreement as a major step in stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and beginning multilateral disarmament:
“We must never stop until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of the earth.”
Sarkozy saw fit to address Brother O’s obvious myopia and point out the glaring difference between the forest and the trees:
“President Obama dreams of a world without weapons . . . but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite. Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993.
[W]hat good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state [Israel] off the map.”
Sarkozy concluded his derisive remarks with a call for sanctions:
“If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce our own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons.”
Although America’s newspapers chose not to inform the American people of the clash between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy, at least they have been spared from listening to another racism/right-wing conspiracy screed from former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Der Spiegel has the good news. Angela Merkel has won a second term as German Chancellor in Sunday’s elections. And even better news — she doesn’t have to form an uneasy coalition with the center-left Social Democratic Party. Projections show:
Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union party won 33.8 percent
her preferred partner, the Free Democratic Party, won 14.7 percent
her left-0f-center former partner, the Social Democratic Party, won 23.0 percent
German voters re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday and allowed her to ditch the center-left Social Democrats from her government and form a coalition with her preferred partner, the pro-business Free Democratic Party, instead, according to reliable projections.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a second term in Sunday’s federal election and will be able to form a government with the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), dumping the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) with whom she has ruled since 2005 in an uneasy coalition, projections showed.
She will have a comfortable center-right majority in the Bundestag lower house of parliament with an estimated 323 seats, 15 more than the absolute majority of 308 seats….
We can only sit across the pond and watch with envy. Germany has the terrific Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israel has the courageous Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and we have… oh, well…
Terminally ill patients die prematurely under the British system of socialized medicine, a subtle form of euthanasia. Many are condemned to die too soon under the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) death forecasting scheme, the London Telegraphreports. Leading experts, who care for the terminally ill, claim that some patients are being diagnosed as being close to death “without regard to the fact that the diagnosis could be wrong.”
The NHS scheme, known as the Liverpool Care Pathway, puts terminally ill patients on the fast track by withdrawing fluid and drugs and administering continuous sedation until they die.
Under Pathway guidelines, the medical team treating the patient decides when the patient is close to death. To determine whether the patient is a candidate for Pathway, the team looks for signs, which include if the patient is unconsciousness or has difficulty swallowing medication.
The experts caution that these signs can also point to other medical problems. For example, side effects from pain-killers such as morphine or the effects of dehydration can cause patients to become semi-conscious and confused.
Once a patient is put on Pathway, the guidelines recommend that doctors stop giving medications and invasive procedures, such as intravenous drips. The problem for some patients is that they have been “wrongly” diagnosed to Pathway, and this becomes a “self-fulfilling prophecy”; they believe they are about to die, so they die.
Experts also worry that too many doctors are not regularly monitoring patients for improvement in their condition once they start on Pathway. The patient is administered drugs through a syringe driver that continually infuses them over 24 hours until the patient is “terminally” sedated.
The Pathway scheme, which was designed to reduce the suffering of cancer patients in their final hours, has now accounted for about one in six of all deaths in the UK between 2007-08, twice as many as in Belgium and the Netherlands, according to research by Clive Seale, professor of medical sociology at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Palliative care experts point out that death forecasting is an inexact science and when patients are sedated it becomes that much harder to determine if their condition is improving. The UK’s unusually high percentage of deaths by continuous deep sedation (CDS) suggests the possibility that the NHS may be administering the Pathway scheme as a subtle form of euthanasia.
A Department of Health spokesman said, “The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is an established and recommended tool that help[s] … [m]any people receive excellent care at the end of their lives.” The concern over the NHS Pathway scheme is not about how many people received excellent care; it’s about the Pathway of death for those who did not.
Thousands of unarmed peaceful protesters are walking silently toward Azadi Square in Tehran right now. Each carries a copy of the Quran, because Islamic law states that it is a sin to kill anyone with a Quran in their hand. It is 6:30AM in the morning EDT, and they are flooding Twitter with this message:
Pray for us. Today is our independence day.
Announcements on Iranian media purporting to be from the opposition leaders Mousavi, Karroubi, et. al. said that the rallies were cancelled, but this was government disinformation intended to trick the protesters into staying home. With its two reassigned satellites in service, the BBC is streaming content from the outside world into Tehran despite government attempts to jam the signal, and the demonstrators are getting accurate updates that the rallies are still scheduled.
Khatami and Karroubi are expected to attend, and Mousavi will address the crowd. Mobile phone networks are down, the Internet is down.
Tell the world they are disconnecting us.
Reports are circulating that the regime has flown in planeloads of Hezbollah mercenaries from Lebanon, out of concern that the Iranian military might refuse to fire on their own civilian population.
The streets are lined with Revolutionary Guards and police wielding batons. The government has announced that it will arrest ALL of the demonstrators. The round-up of bloggers and Iranian journalists has begun. Most demonstrators who can still send messages now report that several friends have been arrested.
Here is a list of rallies being held around the world in support of the protesters in Iran.
UPDATE: 7:30AM EDT and the rally in Tehran has begun. Our hearts are with them. CNN has thoroughly disgraced itself by parroting the disinformation line of Iranian state media, saying there are few protesters to be seen. Thus CNN becomes an agent of the Iranian theocracy in their attempts to quell the freedom movement. Or, as the Tweeters would have it:
With Twitter’s help, the youth of Iran take on the ayatollahs….
it’s pretty wonderful to see what we’re seeing. It is moving, stirring—they are risking their lives over there in a spontaneous, self-generated movement for greater liberty and justice. Good for them….
If the rebels on the street win, however winning is defined, they, being more modern and moderate than the ruling government, will likely have a moderating influence on their government. If the rebels on the street lose, however that is defined, this fact remains: Something has been unleashed, and it won’t be going away. A thugocracy has been revealed as lacking the support and respect of a considerable portion of its people, and that portion is not solely the most sophisticated and educated but, far more significantly, the young. Half the people in Iran are under 27. When the young rise against the old, the future rises against the past. In that contest, the future always wins. The question is timing: soon or some years from now?
UPDATE: 9:30AM EDT and police are using tear gas and water cannon against the protesters.
Heavy clashes on Azadi Street, chants of death to Khameni! The street is full of rocks and fire.
Houses in alleys open doors to injured protesters, one source reporting hallway is full of beaten people, many crying.
Protesters report Basiji shooting directly into the crowd in Azadi Square. Television coverage of the shooting was first posted here at BBC Persia. Now it’s up on YouTube and we can embed it:
Iran’s state-run Press TV reports a bomb explosion at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in southern Tehran, with two people reportedly injured. Protesters disclaim any responsibility for this, and believe it is a government ploy to justify a violent crackdown.
Bombing was not by Green Movement. Do the mullahs think that people are so gullible? How desperate are they to retain power?
Here’s a clue:
According to people on the ground, Iranian State Television reported on the blast, BEFORE it actually went off.
UPDATE: 10AM EDT Reports begin to surface that Rafsanjani will speak out this week against Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, and that many Ayatollahs are with Rafsanjani. One person has been killed:
One person shot dead in Valiasr – Enghelab crossing, body immdeiately taken away by police.
UPDATE: 10:30AM EDT Is the tide turning? First reports come that about 5000 protesters are beginning to push back the police, Basiji, and Hezbollah mercenaries to Azadi Street. A crowd has formed in Vanak Square. Now people are reportedly attackng police near Laleh Park and pushing them back, as well. Here’s the first video of protesters forcing the riot police to retreat:
European countries open the doors of their embassies to take in the injured.
Late in the afternoon, police arrested, and later released, five relatives of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran and an influential member of the opposition to Ahmadinejad. Those arrested included his daughter Faezeh Hashemi, and her daughter, taken while attending a protest rally.
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