Fugitive Located Inside Homeland Security Department Office

source: loweringthebar.net

Reports last week said that Tahaya Buchanan had simply walked into the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta, despite the existence of a nationwide alert seeking her arrest. In fact, she apparently did this repeatedly for quite some time, because, you see, she worked there.

Buchanan had been indicted in New Jersey for insurance fraud in 2007, and a warrant for her arrest was issued that December and was posted to the National Crime Information Center in January 2008. New Jersey prosecutor Michael Morris said they believed Buchanan had been working for Homeland Security in New Jersey in 2007, and might have been transferred to the department’s immigration office in Georgia at some point during the investigation.

That’s where authorities lost track of her. “We found it surprising [and] alarming,” Morris said, “that an employee of the Department of Homeland Security is a fraudster, and we do not understand how she could have remained employed there with an open criminal warrant for her arrest remaining on the interstate system without being discovered.” You don’t? I do. According to the Newark Star-Ledger, a USCIS spokesperson said on Wednesday that the bureau was still investigating the matter and that she “did not have information available as to whether the office regularly checks its employee list against national criminal warrants.” Because why would it do something like that?

Developing nations stage climate summit walkout

By Emma Alberici in Copenhagen

Posted Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:25pm AEDT
Updated Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:05am AEDT

Talks have resumed at the international climate change summit in Copenhagen after a walkout by developing countries.

The protest was led by African nations, which accused rich countries of trying to wreck the existing UN Kyoto Protocol.

The G-77 group of developing nations want talks on a second period of commitment to Kyoto to be given priority over broader discussions on a long-term vision for co-operative action.

At the moment Kyoto calls on rich nations to curb emissions, but does not apply to developing countries.

The Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong, says the move is regrettable, describing it as a protest over process, not a walkout over policy.

After six days of little progress in Copenhagen, the US climate envoy earlier said the possibility of a deal on climate change hung in the balance.

The world’s leaders will be arriving in the Danish capital over the next few days for the final round of negotiations.

Leaders met overnight in an informal session with the conference president. They emerged announcing that there was still a lot of work to be done to arrive at a new deal that could somehow align the interests of rich and poor countries.

The conference centre was closed for what was supposed to be a day of rest, but across Copenhagen people were meeting in cafes, hotel foyers and at the ministry of foreign affairs.

That is where the 48 environment ministers spent the day locked in talks with the Danish President of the proceedings and Yvo de Boer, the UN’s top climate change official.

He believes the biggest resistance to a strong deal is coming from China.

Chinese negotiators do not want to sign up to an agreement that involves inspectors visiting the country to verify progress on climate commitments.

“Actions – how will they be measured, reported on and verified in the case of action the countries take on their own or in the case of actions that countries take with international support?” Mr de Boer said.

“Do we need to enhance the reporting obligations of all countries? In other words, a lot of things on reporting and on transparency and on being sure that whatever is committed to is actually achieved.”

The European Union has now joined the United States in criticising a draft agreement by the UN that says that developing nations will only reduce their emissions if they receive financial help.

Dessima Williams speaks for the 43-member association of small island states.

“We want a legally binding agreement that retains the obligations of the Kyoto Protocol and the convention but escalates the expectation and the voluntary commitment of the developing countries,” Ms Williams said.

She says her association agrees with that, but the developed world and rich countries will not agree to that.

“A way has to be found to come to an agreement that is both politically and legally acceptable to all. That’s why we have the few days ahead – that’s a tough one,” she said.

Separate agreements?

It is so tough that many are now suggesting that there should be two separate agreements reached in Copenhagen.

The developed world wants a completely new treaty which would bring China and the US into the fold. Neither country is currently a member of the Kyoto Protocol.

They reject the Kyoto agreement precisely because it does not impose emissions reduction targets on all countries.

There was also a vital escape clause in Kyoto, especially for Australia.

It allows Australia to omit its greenhouse gas emissions from land use in the overall calculations of carbon emissions.

Despite Australia’s official carbon emissions readings, figures revealed today showed that the country actually emitted 82 per cent more in 2007 than it did in 1990; the result of including land use emissions in the sums.

Sean Cadman, a forest and climate consultant for the Wilderness Society, is among a group of environmentalists outraged that Australia is trying to have land use removed from the new agreement, but wants to be allowed to use the emissions saved from good practices on the land to be offset against Australia’s fossil fuel emissions.

“Australia has been seriously under-reporting its emissions from that sector since they started,” Mr Cadman said.

“They use extraordinarily poor quality data inputs which in our view and our analysis of the real data – because we’ve now got real data – is what has been being reported as a sink.

“In other words, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is probably in fact an emission.

“So we haven’t been accounting properly for the fact that we’ve been turning old growth forests into regrowth, that we’ve been clearing forests for plantations, all of those things.

“Now what’s on the table here for the first time is to see that countries have to report properly for those emissions.”

More than 110 heads of state are due to arrive on Wednesday for an intense 48 hours of final negotiations.

Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges

Preparing for the climate change summit that will produce as much carbon dioxide as a town the size of Middlesbrough.

by Andrew Gilligan

On a normal day, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen’s biggest limousine company, says her firm has twelve vehicles on the road. During the “summit to save the world”, which opens here tomorrow, she will have 200.

“We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention,” she says. “But it seems that somebody last week looked at the weather report.”

Ms Jorgensen reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand,” she says. “We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”

And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? “Five,” says Ms Jorgensen. “The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don’t have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it’s very Danish.”

The airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes will have to fly off to regional airports – or to Sweden – to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers.

As well 15,000 delegates and officials, 5,000 journalists and 98 world leaders, the Danish capital will be blessed by the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, Daryl Hannah, Helena Christensen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prince Charles. A Republican US senator, Jim Inhofe, is jetting in at the head of an anti-climate-change “Truth Squad.” The top hotels – all fully booked at £650 a night – are readying their Climate Convention menus of (no doubt sustainable) scallops, foie gras and sculpted caviar wedges.

At the takeaway pizza end of the spectrum, Copenhagen’s clean pavements are starting to fill with slightly less well-scrubbed protesters from all over Europe. In the city’s famous anarchist commune of Christiania this morning, among the hash dealers and heavily-graffitied walls, they started their two-week “Climate Bottom Meeting,” complete with a “storytelling yurt” and a “funeral of the day” for various corrupt, “heatist” concepts such as “economic growth”.

The Danish government is cunningly spending a million kroner (£120,000) to give the protesters KlimaForum, a “parallel conference” in the magnificent DGIbyen sports centre. The hope, officials admit, is that they will work off their youthful energies on the climbing wall, state-of-the-art swimming pools and bowling alley, Just in case, however, Denmark has taken delivery of its first-ever water-cannon – one of the newspapers is running a competition to suggest names for it – plus sweeping new police powers. The authorities have been proudly showing us their new temporary prison, 360 cages in a disused brewery, housing 4,000 detainees.

And this being Scandinavia, even the prostitutes are doing their bit for the planet. Outraged by a council postcard urging delegates to “be sustainable, don’t buy sex,” the local sex workers’ union – they have unions here – has announced that all its 1,400 members will give free intercourse to anyone with a climate conference delegate’s pass. The term “carbon dating” just took on an entirely new meaning.

At least the sex will be C02-neutral. According to the organisers, the eleven-day conference, including the participants’ travel, will create a total of 41,000 tonnes of “carbon dioxide equivalent”, equal to the amount produced over the same period by a city the size of Middlesbrough.

The temptation, then, is to dismiss the whole thing as a ridiculous circus. Many of the participants do not really need to be here. And far from “saving the world,” the world’s leaders have already agreed that this conference will not produce any kind of binding deal, merely an interim statement of intent.

Instead of swift and modest reductions in carbon – say, two per cent a year, starting next year – for which they could possibly be held accountable, the politicians will bandy around grandiose targets of 80-per-cent-plus by 2050, by which time few of the leaders at Copenhagen will even be alive, let alone still in office.

Even if they had agreed anything binding, past experience suggests that the participants would not, in fact, feel bound by it. Most countries – Britain excepted – are on course to break the modest pledges they made at the last major climate summit, in Kyoto.

And as the delegates meet, they do so under a shadow. For the first time, not just the methods but the entire purpose of the climate change agenda is being questioned. Leaked emails showing key scientists conspiring to fix data that undermined their case have boosted the sceptic lobby. Australia has voted down climate change laws. Last week’s unusually strident attack by the Energy Secretary, Ed Miliband, on climate change “saboteurs” reflected real fear in government that momentum is slipping away from the cause.

In Copenhagen there was a humbler note among some delegates. “If we fail, one reason could be our overconfidence,” said Simron Jit Singh, of the Institute of Social Ecology. “Because we are here, talking in a group of people who probably agree with each other, we can be blinded to the challenges of the other side. We feel that we are the good guys, the selfless saviours, and they are the bad guys.”

As Mr Singh suggests, the interesting question is perhaps not whether the climate changers have got the science right – they probably have – but whether they have got the pitch right. Some campaigners’ apocalyptic predictions and religious righteousness – funeral ceremonies for economic growth and the like – can be alienating, and may help explain why the wider public does not seem to share the urgency felt by those in Copenhagen this week.

In a rather perceptive recent comment, Mr Miliband said it was vital to give people a positive vision of a low-carbon future. “If Martin Luther King had come along and said ‘I have a nightmare,’ people would not have followed him,” he said.

Over the next two weeks, that positive vision may come not from the overheated rhetoric in the conference centre, but from Copenhagen itself. Limos apart, it is a city filled entirely with bicycles, stuffed with retrofitted, energy-efficient old buildings, and seems to embody the civilised pleasures of low-carbon living without any of the puritanism so beloved of British greens.

And inside the hall, not everything is looking bad. Even the sudden rush for limos may be a good sign. It means that more top people are coming, which means they scent something could be going right here.

The US, which rejected Kyoto, is on board now, albeit too tentatively for most delegates. President Obama’s decision to stay later in Copenhagen may signal some sort of agreement between America and China: a necessity for any real global action, and something that could be presented as a “victory” for the talks.

The hot air this week will be massive, the whole proceedings eminently mockable, but it would be far too early to write off this conference as a failure.

Global Research Articles by Andrew Gilligan

“America’s Army” Recruitment Video Game Cost Taxpayers $33M

Source: BNet The U.S. Army cost the taxpayer $32.8 million in developing the online videogame America’s Army, a recruitment tool, according to GameSpot. The costs were spread over 10 years. The game was developed as part of the Army’s recruitment advertising efforts. All branches of the military combined spent about $700 million on recruitment advertising during the first term of President George W. Bush, when the Iraq war started. Here’s a breakdown of expenditures on the video game, which GameSpot got from a Freedom of Information Act request:

America’s Army year-by-year budget summary











EuoGamer notes that the project was originally intended to cost just $7 million over five years. And finally: One of the creepier aspects of America’s Army is that in the online multiplayer version, the “enemy” fighters are actually other players, who through a software trick are all playing as U.S. soldiers. None of the players realize they appear as the enemy to the others — or that they are being subjected to what arguably amounts to friendly fire.

When Life Hands You Lemons, Throw ‘Em At Somebody

The old saying is, When one door closes, another one opens”. I recently had that experience. I was speaking with a friend this week about video posting options. Shortly afterwards that same evening, I was uploading some videos to YouTube. At 99% of file 6 of 6, the upload timed out. I went to repost that clip and discovered that my account was permanently deleted. I was a bit angered about this, but this is the fourth time in 2 years YT has kicked me off, so I wasn’t surprised.

It seems I am always in violation of one copyright or another. So, I have become used to YouTube’s nonsense. It was funny that less than 2 hours prior I had been discussing getting away from YT, so the door to a new opportunity had opened before I needed it. Life can be funny that way. But it is still an aggravation none the less.

The next morning, during my hour+ drive to work, I saw that my area was being bombarded by low level chemtrailing. So as I rode along, I put my camera up to the windsheild or the side glass and snapped some pictures. As I approached my destination, the chemtrails increased, and I continued to photgraph. As I was doing so, I was also watching the cars whiz by on the interstate and I begin to think.

I’m thinking that I can be fairly certain most of these people I see, some every morning, haven’t a clue as to what is going on in Copenhagen right now. They are blissfully unaware of the fate that lies ahead in their not to distant future. That by this time next year, Christmas, as they know it, will be like some sort of wonderful dream.

I guess I was feeling a bit of anger at YT and the chemtrails above me. I began questioning my mission. My mission? The same as the rest of us. To awaken family, friends and total strangers to the tyranny closing in around us. I thought of all the hours spent researching and reading documents, sending out mass e-mails, campaigning for Ron Paul, etc.

I began to feel like I was wasting my time. Nobody cares. I’m just the village idiot, the guy in the tin-foil hat. Bottom line, I had become discouraged.

But, this tale does have a bright spot.

I stopped at a local supermarket for some stuff for work. As I came out of the store, I was stopping and snapping more pictures. Because, no matter how discouraged I was, one of my missions for the past 18 months was documenting chemtrail activity in my area. It is like an obsession.

As I approached my truck, I heard a voice say “Excuse me sir.” I looked to see a lady about my age walking toward me. She had some pamplets in her hand. I am a very approachable person and will talk to anyone. But no I thought, not today.

She walked up, and wanted to share some Jehovahs Witness material with me. She then asked me what I was taking pictures of. I looked up and said, “Your government at work.” She didn’t understand, so I proceeded to educate her on chemtrails, and the dangers of this activity. I explained to her the agenda of manipulation of weather to further the “climate change” agenda in order to form a world government.

She replied, “That sounds like globalization.” I was shocked. You could have knocked me over with a fender. She stated that she didn’t know anything about Copenhagen, but I could see by the look in her eyes that she was clearly interested.

So I explained briefly what Obama’s role in Copenhagen would do to the U.S. We must have talked about 20 minutes. I was shivering my backside off as it was one of the coldest mornings in this area of southeast Georgia I had seen so far (so much for global warming), but I was so excited to share the truth with this stranger.

We finally parted company and I headed off to work. But now, I felt exhilarated. I saw the planting of a seed that began to grow right before my eyes. I may never see this lady again, but she will never be the same again.

I gave her my business card and told her to e-mail me if she wanted to know anything else.

The point of all this is that we who have been spreading the truth for a while, do get discouraged from time to time. But, if we hold out and stick to our guns, we can prevail. We are making a difference one mind at a time. And although that person may forget us and we them, they will always remember that “somebody told me that, they were telling me the truth.”

That makes it all worthwhile. That is what keeps us going. Like my friend said to me, God will nudge us to do the right thing. If we’re paying attention, we to are blessed.

Southern Patriot

CEO Maggie Fox’s Statement on EPA’s Endangerment Ruling Announcement

source:www.climateprotect.org Washington, DC – Maggie L. Fox, President and CEO of The Alliance for Climate Protection issued the following statement on today’s announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act:

“Americans can breathe a bit easier in the wake of today’s historic announcement from the EPA declaring greenhouse gas pollution a danger to the public’s health and welfare. The U.S. Congress first passed the Clean Air Act in 1970 to protect the public’s health, and the EPA’s use of the Act’s authority to regulate the gases causing the climate crisis means that not only is the time for science denial over, but the federal government will also be complying with the law of the land. As the world convenes for the next two weeks in Copenhagen to negotiate an international climate agreement, President Obama and all of America will have our greatest opportunity yet to show the world that we are fully committed to building a global clean energy economy and solving the climate crisis.”

About the Alliance for Climate Protection:
The Alliance for Climate Protection was founded in 2006 by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. With more than two million members worldwide, the Alliance is a unique non-profit, non-partisan organization that is committed to educating the global community about the urgency of implementing comprehensive solutions to the climate crisis.


This is such a catastrophe. If the EPA gets in control of the “climate change” facade, all Americans will suffer.

The EPA has used it’s muscle for years to seize property and extort massive fines from ordinary people because these ordinary people were “caught” breaking some hidden EPA regulation.

The EPA has been ruthless in their quest to level huge fines for such things as filling in a low lying piece of ground with dirt because said piece of ground has standing water on it. But, because the low lying area has water standing on it for “X” months per year, it is deemed by the EPA as a wetland.

Although I do not have the source of this accusation in front of me, it is but one of many stories I have read over the years concerning the EPA’s strongarm tactics.

If Obama gives the EPA control of our energy usage and our “carbon footprint”, we will all get the shaft. And, Mr. Obama has stated that is one option he may persue, by decree no less.

I was raised under the impression that our ancestors left England to get away from the king’s rule. Yet, that is where Mr. Obama has placed himself, as supreme ruler of the United States.

And by decree, he will throw this country under the bus. And, the vast majority of Americans have become so complacent and, for lack of a better word, stupid, that he has been able to carry the insanity this far.

I have already seen one article out of the the Telegraph, which in a nutshell says that Americans lack the anatomy to stand up and resist the Obama/Global agenda.

We have to continue to speak out. So many do speak out, but get discouraged that their words seem to fall on deaf ears. This is not true. When you speak to anyone, regardless of who they are, you are palnting a seed. And, one day they will see, and they will remember that someone warned them of this or that.

Pick up a phone and call congressmen and senators and let them know how you feel and impress on them that they work for the people, not the other way around.

Make it a point to ride their backsides often. And when it comes time to vote, either vote for them if they have done their best to preserve freedom, or vote them out.

Southern Patriot

Thomas The Tank Engine branded ‘right-wing, conservative and demeaning to women’

By David Wilkes Last updated at 6:22 PM on 09th December 2009  Generations of children have grown up enjoying the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine.

It is probably pretty safe to say that few of them, however, have ever pondered the socio-political sub-text of the charming stories.

If they had, they would have discovered the cheeky little train and his friends live in a world blighted by a ‘conservative political ideology’ and a rigid class system that stifles self-expression, according to startling new academic research.

Thomas The Tank Engine: Demeaning to women Thomas The Tank Engine: Demeaning to women? Professor Shauna Wilton also found that women are under-represented in the stories and what few female characters there are tend to have ‘secondary’ roles or be bossy.

What’s more, she has warned that such negative messages about society subconsciously gleened from the show may drive its young fans off the rails in later life.

Professor Wilton concluded that the themes are not ‘constructive’ after analysing the characters and plots of 23 different episodes of the television show. She was left feeling ‘uncomfortable’ by the way the colourful steam engines are punished if they show initiative or try to change their rank or role.

Her research also highlights the class divide with Thomas and his fellow engine friends like Percy and James at the bottom of the social ladder and the Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, at the top.

Any attempt by the down-trodden workers to break out of this controlled hierarchy to gain individual power, show initiative or dissent is met with punishment, usually because it goes wrong, Professor Wilton found.

In one episode, for example, Thomas whistles impatiently at a police officer and is replaced with a different engine as a punishment for showing dissent.

Professor Wilton was also critical that only eight of the 49 characters in the shows she analysed were female.

She said: ‘It represents a conservative political ideology that punishes individual initiative, opposes critique and change, and relegates females to supportive roles.

‘The female characters weren’t necessarily portrayed any more negatively than the male characters or the male trains, but they did tend to play more secondary roles and they’re often portrayed as being bossy or know-it-alls.

‘We tend to think of children’s TV shows as neutral and safe, but they still carry messages. ‘

Eventually these children will attain full political citizenship, and the opinions and world outlook they develop now, partially influenced by shows like Thomas, are part of that process.’

The original books by Rev W.V.Awdry were first published in the 1940s. The stories later became a hugely popular animated children’s televison series shown in 130 countries.

Professor Wilton, from the department of political sciences at Alberta University, Canada, found that the show does portray some positive values, such as contributing to the community, tolerance of others and good communication.

She was inspired to carry out her study after watching Thomas videos with her three year old daughter and being concerned at what she saw.

Professor Wilton presented her findings at a conference and says there should be tighter controls of what is broadcast to children.

Laura Midgley, co-founder of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, described the research as ‘unbelievable nonsense.’

She said: ‘I cannot believe anyone has the time and energy to do such a study. I’m surprised she hasn’t singled out the Fat Controller as an example of fattism too.

‘Children should just be left to enjoy the innocent fun of Thomas without the politically correct brigade stoking the fires and ruining their enjoyment.’

Now a huge global industry, Thomas has had two theme parks opened in his honour, one at Drayton Manor near Tamworth in Staffordshire and one in Japan.

The characters, created by Rev W V Awdry to entertain his son who was suffering from measles, have also helped to sell more than 200 million books and 50 million DVDs.

Television programmes of the stories have been broadcast in 150 countries. In its early days the UK television version was boosted by voiceovers from former Beatle Ringo Starr for the first two series.

A huge array of Thomas-themed merchandise is also available, from toys and duvet covers to cutlery and even spaghetti shapes.