The-Edge Covers 3 Project Censored Stories, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Carter Says Gore Won 2000 Election, Whistleblower Says AIDS Made in America , and more ...
October 27, 2005
The-Edge Covers 3 Project Censored Stories
Sonoma State University's annual Project Censored Awards, listing the "top ten stories the mainstream media ignored" in 2004, included three stories published on The-Edge, Earth Island's investigative Web site. The stories were:
#2: The US Attack on Fallujah and the Civilian Deaths.
#3: Electoral Wrongdoing in the 2004 Presidential Campaign.
#8: Iraqi Farmers Sabotaged by L. Paul Bremer's Edicts.
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
When the Kansas School Board voted to allow the teaching of Intelligent Design (aka Christian Creationism) in its science classes, it caused the biggest local storm since Dorothy and Toto were blown into Oz.
"Why not teach the Creation stories of the Hopi, the Aztecs and the Australian Aborigines?" some critics asked. "If you can teach a creation myth in a science class, why not teach haiku in auto shop?" others queried. And then came Bobby Henderson, the self-appointed head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM).
Henderson believes that the world was created by a levitating bug-eyed bowl of pasta -- aka "The Noodly One." Henderson has petitioned the Kansas School Board to "formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, adding, pointedly: "if you do not agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action."
Henderson's website (www.venganza.org) is getting 2 million hits a day and the number of people professing faith in Flying Spaghetti Monsterism now tops 10 million worldwide. FSM believers (who call themselves Pastafarians) hold that their supreme deity guides the universe with His Noodly Appendage. They consider every Friday a religious holiday and insist that FSM heaven is "WAY better" since, instead of Pearly Gates, wings and harps, "We've got a Stripper Factory AND a Beer Volcano!"
Articles on FSM have appeared in scores of major newspapers in the US and overseas -- including the London Guardian, the Taipei Times, Italy's La Repubblica, France's Liberation, Sweden's Svenska Dagbladet ("Pastamonster intället för Darwin") and Der Spiegel ("Mein Gott, ein Nudelmonster!")
Henderson has received more than 1,000 emails (they're coming in at about 60 a day) and there's a clear consensus: "95% [are] in favor of teaching Flying Spaghetti Monsterism in schools; 5% [are] telling me I am going to Hell."
Hutchinson says his faith has the backing of leading politicians like George W. Bush who has declared that "part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought" and Sen. John McCain who insists: "All points of view should be available to students studying the origins of mankind."
The FSM faith has won the enthusiastic support of scientists and religious leaders around the world. Herewith, a few letters of endorsement.
G. S. Barkin, PhD: "The real-world academic support for Intelligent Design... is very slim -- really just two guys.... [I]t is clear that Flying Spaghetti Monsterism has significantly greater support among the academic community."
Elizabeth Cowles, PhD: "The FSM theory has a lot going for it.... I plan on exposing my students to the FSM theory over a pasta dinner."
Stephen D, Unwin, Ph.D (author of "The Probability of God"): "If supernaturalism be called for, then the pasta family of theologies seems the most plausible and, unquestionably the tastiest with cheese."
Religious Anthropologist Susan Johnston, Ph.D: "FSM has aspects of both male and female, with both 'noodly appendages' and two round meatballs which clearly represent the Breasts of the Great Mother Goddess."
Neuroscientist James Blackburn, PhD: "I have often been struck by how the brain resembles pasta. Clearly, the FSM theory is worthy of deep thought. Or at least a side order of garlic bread."
A professional astronomer sent in a deep-space image of the Flying Spaghetti Monster captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Another researcher provided an image of "our lord the FSM" snapped using an electron microscope in his human DNA lab. Other FSM devotees have created a series of T-shirts for the faithful, wall posters, bumperstickers and an animated online Flying Spaghetti Monster Game.
Question: How do devout Pastafarians end their prayers? Answer: "Ramen."
Carter Says Gore Won 2000 Election
| When CNN told its viewers that George W. Bush had the lead in Florida, it didn't know the full story. Legendary election watchdog Jimmy Carter has finally started barking. |
John Byrne / Raw Story
Former US President Jimmy Carter delivered a shocker at an American University panel in Washington: RAW STORY has learned he told the crowd he was certain Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election.
There is "no doubt in my mind that Gore won the election," the erstwhile President declared, saying the 2000 election process "failed abysmally." He also snubbed the Supreme Court for getting involved, saying it was "highly partisan."
RAW STORY reviewed a video clip of the event late Wednesday. The comment came in response to a question from a student who asked Carter how he felt the last two elections were handled.
In the question-and-answer session of his talk intended to discuss the Baker-Carter Commission report on election reform, Carter also savaged President Bush's handling of FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Carter founded FEMA in 1979.)
Carter recalled that, when he founded FEMA, "we put it together with three specific commitments. One, that it would be led [by] highly trained professionals in dealing with disasters. Secondly, that it would be completely independent and not under another agency that would submerge it. And third, that it would be adequately funded."
The key reason for creating FEMA was to respond to governors who asked for a consolidation of the 16 bureaucracies previously responsible for emergency relief efforts. Carter said he hoped that the changes he ordered would have remained permanent, allowing for a more effective response to a hurricane now claiming upwards of 1000 lives.
Carter agreed with Bush on one point: "I think that now is the best time not to look back on blaming about Katrina, but to try to correct the defects that have evolved in recent years and make sure it is not repeated." You can hear the entire audio here.
Whistleblower Says AIDS Made in America
After watching the movie "The Constant Gardiner." Which reveals the cutthroat nature of the international pharmaceutical industry, a Canadian AIDS researcher has stepped forward to tell "the real story on AIDS in Africa." Donald W. Scott, M.A., M.Sc., who recently retired as President of the Common Cause Medical Research Foundation has declared that AIDS was "made in America."
Professor Scott is an expert on the subject of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and related neuro-systemic degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, Crohns-colitis and Alzheimers. He issued a statement on September 21, 2005, which reads in part:
For ten years I, as the President of the Common Cause Medical Research Foundation, have led the study of the emergence of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) from a scientific and socio-political perspective. Our not-for-profit Foundation has established that this terrible plague is clearly the product of a conscious effort to reduce the population of certain Third World countries so that the natural resources of these countries may be more readily available to Western industrial nations. The evidence is compelling and is largely available if it is looked for in government sources and the scientific literature.
The initiating co-factors of the syndrome are a retrovirus derived from the visna-maedi-rida (scrapie) retrovirus of sheep and an immune system suppressant derived from the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of the zoonotic disease bacterium known as brucella abortus.
The principal vector for the initial diffusion of these co-factors was the smallpox vaccine used in the campaign of the World Health Organization under the direction of Donald A. Henderson, M.D., formerly Dean, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University from 1968 to 1978.
Prof. Scott's complete statement may be found at:
NYC Cops, Firemen Report 'Bombs Inside WTC"
Victor Thorn / American Free Press
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.--On the morning of Sept. 11, 2005, New York City auxiliary fire lieutenant Paul Isaac Jr. asserted: I know 9-11 was an inside job. The police know its an inside job; and the firemen know it too. He also added, after pointing to throngs of police officers standing around us, that, We all have to be very careful about how we handle it.
Isaac reiterated what a 9-11 survivor told this journalist during our protest at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2005 -- that emergency radios were buzzing with information about bombs being detonated inside the World Trade Center towers.
People are afraid to talk for fear of retaliation or losing their jobs, said Isaac, referring to the FBI gag order placed on law enforcement and fire department officials, preventing them from openly talking about any inside knowledge of 9-11. First-hand evidence from individuals who were on the scene [suggest] that the World Trade Center towers were brought down not by the airliners impact or the resulting jet fuel fires, but instead by a deliberately executed controlled demolition.
Due to heavy-handed pressure from officials at the city, state and federal levels, we are still not hearing the entire story.
Researcher Vincent Sammartino, who was also at the WTC on the afternoon of September 11, 2005, wrote the following on the American Free Press Web site: I just got back from Ground Zero. People know the truth. Half of the police and firemen were coming up to us and telling us that they know that 9-11 was an inside job. They were told not to talk about it.... I had tears in my eyes.
Victor Thorn is the author of New World Order Exposed and co-host of WING TV (www.wingtv.net). For more information, write PO Box 10495, State College, PA 16805-0495.
Transit Authority Tapes Reveal 'Heavy Smoke' Below WTC on 9/11
By Greg Szymanski / Arctic Beacon
(October 9, 2005) -- More 9/11 evidence has surfaced indicating explosions rocked the North Tower prior to the jetliner striking the top floors. Transit Authority conversations between motormen and dispatchers reveal a heavy smoke situation on transit lines 1 and 9 adjacent to and in the sublevel basement area near the North Tower just minutes before the jetliner strike.
The obscure tapes, recently discovered in official transit authority transcripts and released in the Transit Authority News, add further credibility to the numerous eye-witness claiming to have heard explosions rock the North Tower prior to the jetliner strike.
The conversations between subway workers came to light after avid 9/11 researcher and former auxiliary fireman perused through transit authority records after listening to the same conversations he taped himself on the morning of 9/11.
I'm an emergency communications buff and have kept many tapes of what was going on the morning of 9/11, said New York City Auxiliary Fire Lieutenant Paul Isaac Jr. I have on tape the motormen talking to the dispatchers about a heavy smoke condition between building 5 and 6 right next to the North Tower. This occurred a minute before the plane hit the tower. This adds more credibility to William Rodriguezs statements that he heard explosions in the basement.
Rodriguez is the WTC head maintenance man who has tried for years to get people to listen to his eyewitness accounts. Rodriguez, the last man out of the WTC and declared a national hero for saving hundreds of lives, has had his damaging testimony censored by the press and the 9/11 Commission. The testimony of Felipe David, severely burned in the basement from the underground explosions, has also been suppressed by the 9/11 Commission and the media. At least 20 other people in the North Tower also claim to have heard the same massive explosions.
On September 10, 9/11 Commissioner and Former Congressman Tim Roemer refused to confront Rodriguez or answer his questions after a victims-and- family meeting held at the Marriot Hotel in New York.
Isaac has uncovered another little-known fact that suggests the WTC may have been a pre-planned, staged demolition. Isaac discovered that two large 400-foot-tall empty WW II fuel reserve tanks, standing side by side, were brought down in a controlled demolition in East Williamsburg (Brooklyn) on July 15, 2001, at 7:02am.
The same company, CDI, who had the clean-up contract at Oklahoma City and with the WTC, brought down the water tanks for no apparent reason and despite complaints from the neighborhood who tried in vain to stop the demolition, said Isaac. The site remains vacant and no reason for the demolition was ever given by local or company officials.
I think it might have been a dry-run for 9/11," Issacs belives. The company that owned the tanks, Keyspan Maspeth, "acquired a minor league baseball team called the Brooklyn Cyclones right around the same time. There may or may not be a connection, but it is suspicious and should be investigated."
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