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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Space War

By Frida Berrigan
Tom Paine
October 26, 2006

Lately, the Bush administration has been trying to play nice on the global stage emphasizing collaboration with other countries on issues like nuclear proliferation and the “war on terror.” But the Bush administration’s obsession with domination and control keeps cropping upmost recently in its new space policy, the first new statement of U.S. objectives in outer space to be issued in 10 years. Released quietly on the Friday before Columbus Day, in a move designed to generate little or no media attention, the Bush administration’s new space policy can be summed up in three words: mine, mine, mine.

The 10-page documentlays out a policy focused on establishing, defending and enlarging U.S. control over space resources, arguing for unhinderedӔ U.S. rights in space that is actively hostile to the concept of collective security enshrined in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. The opening asserts that freedom of action in space is as important to the United States as air power and sea power. Alongside earlier documents like the US SPACE COMMAND’S VISION FOR 2020 - which articulated a vision of full spectrum dominance: and insisted that space superiority is emerging as an essential element of battlefield success and future warfare - this new policy can been interpreted as an opening shot in the race to militarize space.

The Bush administration throws in some phrases in to its new policy to appeal to Star Trek fans and internationalists and to pacify those alarmed when an early draft of the report leaked to The New York Times last year sounded stridently bellicose. “The United States will seek to cooperate with other nations in the peaceful use of outer space and is committed to the exploration and use of outer space by all nations for peaceful purposes, and for the benefit of all humanity.” But these Kirk- and Picard-worthy sentiments are immediately contradicted when peaceful purposes” is clarified to include U.S. defense and intelligence related activities in pursuit of national interests.” Five of the seven United States policy goals mention national security” and/or defending our interests.” Three of the eight areas of space policy are related military uses of spacethe national security space guidelines, space nuclear power and space-related security classification. However the guidelines for those three take up as much room as the five areas of civilian and commercial use of space resources.

The space policy is clearest when it is explaining why international laws do not apply. For example the policy states that the administration:

Will oppose the development of new legal regimes or other restrictions that seek to prohibit or limit U.S. access to or use of space. Proposed arms control agreements or restrictions must not impair the right of the U.S. to conduct research, development, testing and operation or other activities in space for U.S. national interest.

Along with Israel, the United States has blocked passage of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the “Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space,” since it was first introduced in 1981. Now, the United States can point to this new policy for justification when it is the lone vote against the resolution.

Soon after the policy was released, Robert Luaces, U.S. Representative to the U.N. General Assembly on National Space Policy tried to reassure the world that the United States isnԒt trying to weaponize space. He said :

One, there is no arms race in space. Two; there is no prospect for one. Three; the U.S. will protect its access to and use of space.

This statement is belied by U.S. military funding for space projects. According to the Government Accountability Office, Pentagon funding for military space operations will total $20 billion in 2007. Additionally, a Stimson Center comparison of U.S. and world spending found that the United States spends almost 90 percent of the total global spending on military-related activities in space.

There is an arms race in space, but so far the United States is the only country in the runningdevoting millions to systems like the COMMON AERO VEHICLE, which is envisioned as a דhypersonic glide vehicle to ԓdispense conventional weapons, sensors and payloads worldwide from and through space within one hour of being fired. In 2007 the Common Aero was given $33.4 million in funding. The Air Force has requested another $165 million for Multiple Kill Vehicles, seen by some as the preferred interceptor for a space-based missile defense. Countless other systems are also being funded, like the SPACE TEST BED, which will be allocated $48 million in 2008 to ԓbegin to exploit the natural advantages of space systems and integrate them into the missile defense systems.

Russia, CHINA and India - which already have space interests will try and catch up if the United States continues on the arc of militarizing space. Other countries that can’t compete in getting their own satellites and systems up in space will perfect methods of bringing ours down. As we militarize space, many of the space-dependent technologies and conveniences we take for grantedfrom weather reports to air traffic control, from cell phones to global shipping conveniences - will become vulnerable to attack.

In the Center for Defense Informations analysis of the policy - titled Contrasts and Contradiction they observe that:

by signaling to other nations that space is rapidly becoming a game of every man for himself, rather than an environment that requires cooperation of all to ensure access by all, the U.S. undercuts 40 years of tradition that has kept competition in space to a dull roar and dampened drivers to conflict.

Thus, space joins a catalog of other issues from global warming and pandemics to nuclear proliferation and the arms tradewhere the Bush administration has opted for a unilateralist market driven approach backed up by military superiority over an internationalist approach where collective security and mutual benefit are employed.

The only way to win the space arms race is not to run it. And given that problems right here on earth are bedeviling U.S. and world leaders, striking out into the vast and uncharted regions of war in space seems like a very, very bad idea.

Frida Berrigan is a senior research associate at the World Policy Instituteחs Arms Trade Resource Center.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

American Empire

The PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American LEADERSHIP is good both for America and FOR THE WORLD; and that such LEADERSHIP requires MILITARY strength, DIPLOMATIC ENERGY and commitment to MORAL principle.

The Project for the New American Century intends, through issue briefs, research papers, advocacy journalism, conferences, and seminars, to explain what American world leadership entails. It will also strive to rally support for a vigorous and principled policy of American international INVOLVMENT and to stimulate useful public debate on foreign and DEFENSE policy and AMERICA’S ROLE in the WORLD.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Humans Living Far Beyond Planet’s Means

Humans are stripping nature at an unprecedented rate and will need two planets’ worth of natural resources every year by 2050 on current trends, the WWF conservation group said on Tuesday.
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October 24, 2006

Populations of many species, from fish to mammals, had fallen by about a third from 1970 to 2003 largely because of human threats such as pollution, clearing of forests and overfishing, the group also said in a two-yearly report.

“For more than 20 years we have exceeded the EARTH’S ABILITY to support a consumptive lifestyle that is UNSUSTAINABLE and we cannot afford to continue down this path,” WWF Director-General James Leape said, launching the WWF’s 2006 Living Planet Report.

“If everyone around the world lived as those in AMERICA, we would need five planets to support us,” Leape, an American, said in Beijing.

People in the United Arab Emirates were placing most stress per capita on the planet ahead of those in the United States, Finland and Canada, the report said.

Australia was also living well beyond its means.

The average Australian used 6.6 “global” hectares to support their developed lifestyle, ranking behind the United States and Canada, but ahead of the United Kingdom, Russia, China and Japan.

“If the rest of the world led the kind of lifestyles we do here in Australia, we would require three-and-a-half planets to provide the resources we use and to absorb the waste,” said Greg Bourne, WWF-Australia chief executive officer.

Everyone would have to change lifestyles—cutting use of fossil fuels and improving management of everything from farming to fisheries.

“As countries work to improve the well-being of their people, they risk bypassing the goal of sustainability,” said Leape, speaking in an energy-efficient building at Beijing’s prestigous Tsinghua University.

“It is inevitable that this disconnect will eventually limit the abilities of poor countries to develop and rich countries to maintain their prosperity,” he added.

The report said humans’ ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT - the demand people place on the natural world - as 25 percent greater than the planet’s annual ability to provide everything from food to energy and recycle all human waste in 2003.

In the previous report, the 2001 overshoot was 21 percent.

“On current projections humanity, will be using two planets’ worth of natural resources by 2050—if those resources have not run out by then,” the latest report said.

“People are turning resources into waste faster than nature can turn waste back into resources.”

RISING POPULATION

“Humanity’s footprint has more than tripled between 1961 and 2003,” it said. Consumption has outpaced a surge in the world’s population, to 6.5 billion from 3 billion in 1960. U.N. projections show a surge to 9 billion people around 2050.

It said that the footprint from USE OF FOSSIL FUELS, whose heat-trapping emissions are widely blamed for PUSHING UP WORLD TEMPERATURES, was the fastest-growing cause of strain.

Leape said China, home to a fifth of the world’s population and whose economy is booming, was making the right move in pledging to reduce its energy consumption by 20 percent over the next five years.

“Much will depend on the decisions made by CHINA, INDIA and other rapidly developing countries,” he added.

The WWF report also said that an index tracking 1,300 vetebrate species—birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals—showed that populations had fallen for most by about 30 percent because of factors including a loss of habitats to farms.

Among species most under pressure included the swordfish and the South African Cape vulture. Those bucking the trend included rising populations of the Javan rhinoceros and the northern hairy-nosed wombat in Australia.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Website - J R Moneyham

The Way Ahead

Future technological advances could allow humanity to finally realize its ultimate potential for good or evil.

If we do ultimately aspire (or fall) to such an end, which will we willingly choose?

Will the animalistic drives of our past-- predatory greed, aggression, and violence, automatic deference to the creed ‘might makes right’ (anarchy or ‘natural law’wink, and instinctive fear of change-- in the end overpower our best ideals garnered from thousands of years of valiant struggle against same?

THIS SITE is about that choice. A choice we’ll make as we traverse a gauntlet of challenges which may well have destroyed all those civilizations which preceded us on this path: all those who came before us in this galaxy.

Odds are we’ll follow the same course to extinction they did. Unless we change.

Change in ways many believe today to be impossible, even impractical. And maybe immoral to boot.

For too stringent adherence to the status quo regarding tradition, nationalism, religion, et al, is what likely killed off those before us.

In this tug of war between our worst and best natures, it’ll often be tough to know who or what to believe, or what course of action will best serve our long term interests as a society.

And yet nothing could be more important to our survival.

Among other things, we may have to decide whom we love best: Our families and friends? Some sort of deity and the various edicts attributed to it by mortals as fallible as anyone else among us? Or maybe a certain patch of dirt we walk on-- the country in which we were born, and its government, no matter what that government does in our name?

Many of our choices will come to this: Family versus nationalism/patriotism versus religion. Love versus hate. Prosperity for all versus riches for a few.

Below are my own contributions to the many debates we’ll hopefully have before deciding our course-- and our fate.

My own hope is that we reshape the world into a true meritocracy, where no one who’s willing to positively contribute to society goes hungry or uneducated or without medical treatment. Where everyone enjoys at least some opportunity to pursue their dreams (so long as such dreams pose negligible risks to others). And no one’s potential-- especially that of little children-- is squandered on the battlefields of political extremism, military overreaching, or economic injustice.

Yes, that’s some awfully idealistic goals. But it could be our only real alternative is extinction, judging from the silence of the skies circa mid-2005.

And it may be we already possess sufficient wealth and technology levels to achieve these things. But we can’t do it by allowing just a few hundred families around the world to command roughly half or more of humanity’s (and the Earth’s) total assets. That’s basically the same as us all ceding control of our personal fates to the population of some tiny rural town somewhere that we’ve never even visited or heard of! And yet that’s the state of world governance today. Does that make sense to anyone at all?

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Our Situation Is Dire

Our Situation Is Dire and There’s No Need For Pessimism
By Paul Levy
Awaken In The Dream
October 2006

Things in the world seem really grim right now. Many people feel like we are on the verge of World War III. These are clearly apocalyptic, end-times we are living in. Many people are hopelessly pessimistic about the state of human affairs, feeling like there is nothing we can do to make a difference. It feels to some like we are descending into hell. It feels to others like we are on the verge of global collapse. Something seems terribly wrong. It seems like we are creating a living nightmare for ourselves. It is as if our planet has fallen under a demons curse. It is crucial that we shed light on the nature of the darkness that has befallen our planet.

We need to understand the nature of the beast we are dealing with. One thing we can say for sure is that the darkness does not want us to become aware of it. To become conscious of how the darkness plays itself out in our world is the last thing the darkness wants, just like a vampire cant stand the light of day. For to see the darkness is to take away its power over us, as it can no longer act itself out through our unconscious. Just like sunlight flooding into a room instantaneously evacuates the darkness in the room, when we shed the light of consciousness on the darkness that is both in our world and within ourselves, the power of the darkness is immediately dis-spelled. 

The darkness that is appearing in the outer world is not separate from, but is co-related to, the darkness within ourselves. The darkness that is manifesting in the outside world is simultaneously triggering a resonant re-action deep inside of ourselves. To the extent we are unconscious of what the darkness is triggering inside of ourselves, it enlists us as one of its unwitting agents, as the darkness feeds on our unawareness of it. 

If we become entranced by the very convincing display of outer darkness that is materializing in the world and fall prey to pessimism, we have fallen under the darkness’s spell and are then feeding, supporting and helping to create the very darkness in the world which we are reacting to pessimistically. Bewitched by our own darkness, we relate to it as if it is independent and outside of ourselves, thinking our pessimistic reaction is justified by the dark goings-on that are objectively happening in the outside world. In choosing to see pessimistically, we dont realize that we are filtering our interpretation of events through a pessimistic lens which then provides us with overwhelming evidence to confirm our pessimism.

To become pessimistic about what is playing out on the world stage is to become an unwitting instrument through which the darkness further incarnates and extends itself into our world. To become caught in pessimism is to fall victim to an infinitely regressing feedback loop: we wouldn’t be so pessimistic if our world wasnt manifesting so darkly, and our world wouldn’t be manifesting so darkly if we werent so pessimistic. To become fixated in the point of view of seeing things pessimistically is to unwittingly become an ally of the very darkness that is inspiring our pessimism. This is to have fallen into a self-generating, samsaric feedback loop that is self-fulfilling in nature and will undoubtedly destroy us.

Becoming pessimistic is a symptom that the darkness has insinuated itself into our very consciousness, and is manipulating our perceptions of the world so as to further propagate itself. Becoming depressed and pessimistic is what the darkness wants, as it thirsts for us to become seduced by its convincing display of seemingly overwhelming power so that we give up our own power to it as well and believe all is lost. Imagining ourselves dis-empowered, we dis-associate from our True Self as well as from each other, disconnecting from our individual and collective brilliance (which, interestingly, connotes light). To give up and believe there is nothing we can do is to unknowingly join forces with the darker power, becoming its secret agents, our secret being secret even to ourselves.

To be pessimistic is to be arguing for our own impotence and limitation. If we win an argument about the truth of our pessimism, the prize we win is that we are screwed. There is something wrong with this picture. There is clearly something flawed and even perverse about our logic if it leads to such a self-defeating result. This flaw is like a red flag that can inspire us to self-reflect and look at what we are actually doing when we invest in a pessimistic world-view. Pessimism is a symptom that we are investing in our own decline and ultimately our own suicide.

I am not saying that we should just put on a SMILEY-FACE and become everything turns out for the best optimists. To only identify, like some so-called spiritual people do, with the celestial rainbow point of view, believing that everything is perfect and not problematic is overly one-sided, as it is dis-associated from the part of our experience that is seemingly damned, cursed, and deeply problematic. To identify with only one side of a two-sided polarity like this is to be actively in denial of and contracting against its opposite. To only identify with the light in actuality supports and feeds the dark. Over-identifying only with the light, we marginalize the darkness, which secretly empowers it, as the darkness then becomes something of which we are afraid. We are then unwittingly investing our energy into the darkness by our one-sided identification with the light. We need to shed the light of awareness on how the darkness plays itself out both outside in the world as well as inside of ourselves, as the darkness can potentially seduce us to be either overly optimistic or pessimistic. To fall into an extreme view like this is to ultimately be part of the problem, rather than embodying the solution.

I am not spouting some new age gibberish when I am urging us to not be pessimistic. I am simply pointing out that pessimism is not only unnecessary, but is actually dangerous, as it will help to actively create a self-fulfilling prophecy that will ultimately justify our pessimism. When I am saying not to be pessimistic, I am not marginalizing the darkness and saying that everything will turn out peaches and cream. I’m not talking about pretending the darkness isnt really dark, and trying to imagine it out of existence by mindlessly affirming that everything is really OK, that everyone will live happily ever after. From one point of view, things are genuinely fucked. It is important not to marginalize that.

Our situation is extremely dire, while at the same time there is nothing to become pessimistic about. Being able to hold this paradox is the crux of the matter. This involves being able to hold these seemingly contradictory opposites together as both being true simultaneously. Our apocalyptic situation is very dire, while at the same time it is (potentially) the highest blessing: If we recognize what the darkness is revealing to us, it can (potentially) wake us up. Interestingly, the inner meaning of the word apocalypse is something hidden being revealed.

Our universe is manifesting as a genuine coincidentia oppositorum, a co-incidence of opposites, an auspicious coming together of the opposites where the opposites paradoxically reveal themselves to be both opposite and united at the same time. This holistic vision makes no sense and seems like pure nonsense as long as we are rigidly clinging to only one point of view and marginalizing another part of our experience. And yet, this more inclusive vision is itself the very expansion of consciousness which transforms the nature of our situation and empowers us to become genuine agents of change in the world.

Instead of identifying with one of the opposites and projecting out the other (which is to split), if we recognize that both of the seemingly contradictory opposites are true simultaneously, we have re-joined ourselves and retrieved our soul. Healing our split with the outside world and within ourselves, we are an active and activating participant in the birth of consciousness into human form. Stepping into the open-ended, embodied form of our wholeness, we become an agent of healing for the universe.

Shadows are an expression that light is nearby. Shadows are never found without light, which is to say that light and shadows are inseparably united into a deeper, more all-embracing whole. Paradoxically, hidden, in-coded inside the darkness is a light which (potentially) awakens (and is inseparable from) consciousness. Not being separate from the light, the darkness itself is an unmediated expression of and indivisible from the ight of consciousness itself. This self-luminous light of awareness is a higher-order of light which embraces, unites and transcends the duality of light vs. darkness.

How our universe will unfold from this moment on depends upon whether or not we consciously re-cognize what the darkness is revealing to us as it acts itself out through us. The darkness itself is the revelation of the light, as it is the light revealing itself in the hidden form of darkness.

Shedding light on the darkness within us is a form of illumination. Once we become intimately related to and engaged with our own darkness, we become fluent in its language, coming to know how it behaves and operates within ourselves. We are then able to translate this familiarity with our own darkness in such a way so as to creatively illumine the darkness in the outer world. Once enough of us have made acquaintance with the darkness that exists within us, we are then able, like sunlight melting the morning dew, to collectively dis-spell the darkness that has seemingly enveloped our planet.

Paradoxically, it is only by coming to terms with the darkness within ourselves that we are able to step out of our trance-like addiction to pessimism and become full-bodied representatives of the all-embracing light of consciousness. Uniting in collective lucidity (which, etymologically, refers to light), we reciprocally co-inspire each other as we empower ourselves to create a more grace-filled universe to co-inhabit. A radical, evolutionary idea whose time has truly come! 

Paul Levy is a spiritually-informed political co-activist. A pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He is the author of THE MADNESS OF GEORGE BUSH: A REFLECTION OF OUR COLLECTIVE PSYCHOSIS, which is available at his WEBSITE. Please feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired. If you resonate with the message of this article and want to help Paul spread this information, please contact him at , as he needs all the help he can get.

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