Thursday, July 24, 2003

Project HAARP 

Psycho Warfare by James Ridgeway with Ariston-Lizabeth Anderson: What with all the talk about Australia ducking under the so-called US "missile shield" formerly known as Star Wars, it's important for Australians who have ignored the debate going on the in the USA over SDI so far be brought up to speed.

Here's a Village Voice article from two years ago, for example, about another far out weapon proposal for SDI that we have heard nothing about from Howard or PorkChop Hill as they continue their softening up job....

"Project HAARP builds on military research projects originating in the 1950s. The closest the government comes to plain-speak is a report from the air force's scientific advisory board on weapons for the 21st century. Unearthed by independent investigator Nick Begich, the report states: 'One can envision the development of electromagnetic energy sources, the output of which can be pulsed, shaped, and focused, that can couple with the human body in a fashion that will allow one to prevent voluntary muscular movements, control emotions with both short-term and long-term memory, produce an experience set, and delete an experience set.' What's more, the technology may be able to create high-fidelity speech in humans, 'raising the possibility of covert suggestion and psychological direction.' It may be possible to 'talk' to selected adversaries 'in a fashion that would be most disturbing to them.' "

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Follow the Yellowcake Road 

How Google Shook the World: "“Within two hours they figured out they [the Niger documents] were forgeries,” one IAEA official told NEWSWEEK. How did they do it? “Google,” said the official. The IAEA ran the name of the Niger foreign minister through the Internet search engine and discovered that he was not in office at the time the document was signed. "

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Bush in new threat to Iran and Syria 

A Chicken Lunch: "Before sitting down to a chicken lunch at the ranch, Mr Bush said: 'Defending freedom requires cost and sacrifice. The United States is grateful for Italy's willingness to bear the burdens with us.' "

Queensland Greens lambast ALP State MP Ken Hayward 

'Hayward on the Nose in Narangba'
Residents in Ken Hayward's seat of Kallangur are entitled to feel that
their concerns about certain local hazardous industrial activities are not
being impartially addressed. This is the message touted by Caboolture
Greens spokesperson, Philip Kimmet, in the fallout from the Hayward affair.

Mr Kimmet, who is currently revising his PhD thesis on good governance, is
confident that the Crimes and Misconduct Commission will deliver a fair
ruling in the case. "The CMC certainly doesn't need advice from me" Mr
Kimmet says, "however I would point out that the member's family interests
have clear implications for his constituency."

"Residents are disillusioned with the Beattie Government's heavy handed
approach to development in the area. Heated issues such as the
determination of a heavy haulage route and support for the nuclear
irradiation plant in the Narangba Industrial Estate are still simmering
away. Many will now link these issues, rightly or wrongly, with Hayward's
chemical plant connections" Mr Kimmet points out. "Concerns that he has
been juggling business with ministerial and member duties for many years
will not simply be erased if the CMC finds in his favour".

Mr Kimmet claims that health issues are not being factored in to the
industrial development equation, and is proposing an enquiry into air
quality in the Narangba Industrial Estate environs. "This is an area of
enormous residential development, and I've experienced first hand the
affects of emissions from the estate. Anyone who has driven down Deception
Bay Road in the evening will verify the metallic taste which is left in
your mouth. I lived on the other side of Deception Bay during 2001 and
2002, but when a southerly breeze was blowing the stench was nauseating. My
partner contracted pneumonia and pleurisy while we lived there, which was
triggered by a severe asthma attack, something she had not experienced
since she was a child. Her recovery was rapid after moving to the
Caboolture area, and the children are no longer dogged by respiratory
complaints. Every parent we met at Deception Bay had similar anecdotal
evidence damning the air quality of the area" Mr Kimmet said.

If Mr Hayward is forced to resign, and a by-election is held, Labor will be
faced with a back-lash. Mr Kimmet points out that "Michael Organ's success
in the recent Federal seat of Cunningham proved that the Greens can be a
major force at by-elections, where voters are aware their vote will not
help determine who forms Government. Even if Mr Hayward manages to hold on
until the elections next year, the Greens will make significant inroads
into the Labor vote. We will be putting forward a strong candidate who has
a vision for the local area, not for their family trust" Mr Kimmet said.

Monday, July 21, 2003

Terrafarming the Globe 

CNN.com - Satellite-driven tractors may save sick soil - Jul. 18, 2003: "The world's over-farmed soil is sick and has been rapidly getting sicker, but scientists say space-age, satellite-driven tractors are coming to the rescue.
Heavy modern farm equipment is killing the soil through repeated compaction and tilling, which in turn worsens salinity that kills crops.
But a new world of automatically steered tractors, guided by satellites, will allow them to run on pre-determined tracks and lessen their impact on the soil.
'It will revolutionize agriculture, I believe,' said Jeff Tullberg, a University of Queensland academic and president of the International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO). "

ABC News - 28/10/99 : Hot rocks could generate nation's energy: researcher 

ABC News - 28/10/99 : Hot rocks could generate nation's energy: researcher: "Hot rocks could generate nation's energy: researcher
Western Queensland could become the site of an innovative experiment to use heat from hot dry rocks to generate renewable energy.

The Outback Revival group this week met experts from the Australian National University (ANU) to discuss the feasibility of western Queensland being the site of the first production project for the green energy.

ANU researcher Dr Prame Chopra says the concept is based on harnessing the tremendous heat in the ground, by drilling into rock hotter than 200 degrees.

He says the Charleville area alone has the potential to produce the nations total energy needs for the next two decades.

'The hot granite that we know about there, which is about two kilometres below the surface, have got enough energy to supply all of Australia's energy needs for at least 20 years, and we're talking about everything.

'The figure we've been playing with is the total energy consumption of the country,' he said. "

Hot, dry rocks to power Australia 

Geodynamics Limited: "
Fossil Fuel Alternatives
The expansion of the nuclear power industry appears to be socially unacceptable. Solar and wind power cannot replace fossil fuels, just augment them and they are limited in scope, intermittent, and unreliable. Large-scale hydroelectric projects are now rejected on environmental grounds. Hot dry rock has the potential, worldwide, to significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels."

Tuscany's secret geothermal powerhouse 

TIME Europe Magazine: Steaming Forward -- June 16, 2003 | Vol. 161 No. 24: "Five unshaven men with blackened work boots and thick gloves move toward the giant, greasy drill that has just emerged from beneath the ground. Once the drill is unhinged and swings freely, the crew encircles it and locks onto it a 9.5-m extension that will take this subterranean search for the mother lode even deeper into the earth. It is a rugged if familiar ballet of industrial labor, repeated daily from a perch halfway up a 65-m-high steel tower.

But this time the familiar scene is not taking place on a North Sea rig or in a dusty patch of Saudi desert. Instead, the 2,600-m-long steel drill is boring deep into a picturesque corner of Tuscany, fabled land of Renaissance frescoes and Chianti Classico. And the search is not for crude oil, but for boiling underground wells that can produce clean steam energy. "

Iran armed with latest Russian war toys 

Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "Iran said on Sunday its Revolutionary Guards had been armed with a new medium-range missile, which analysts say could hit Israel or U.S. bases in the Middle East, after successful tests of the weapon.
The deployment of the Shahab-3 missile, announced by state television, comes as Iran faces mounting scrutiny about a nuclear energy program which Washington says may be a front for a covert bid to make atomic arms.
State television showed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who heads Iran's Islamic power structure, attending a military parade where at least one Shahab-3 was on display.
Iran announced earlier this month it had successfully completed tests on the Shahab-3, which analysts say is based on the North Korean Nodong-1 missile but has been improved with Russian technology. Its range is about 1,300 km (800 miles).
Russian-built Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot close support aircraft, attack and transport helicopters were also handed over on Sunday to the Revolutionary Guards, which is separate from Iran's regular army and reports directly to Khamenei."

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