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Escape From America

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by Cathy Brown

In the last few months, I have had the good fortune to visit Mexico a couple of times. For a single mom whose family and friends have no problem with me romping around Buenos Aires, taking my young kids to the Amazon, or climbing mountains in Africa, I cannot say that I was sufficiently prepared for the distinct reaction I got when people heard I was going to Mexico:

“You are going where? But what about the cartels?”

“Wow. I wouldn’t go there even if someone paid me”.

“Pretty irresponsible to be going there.You’ re a mother – you shouldn’t be putting yourself into situations like that . . . ”

To which my response was: “Have you ever been to Mexico? Oh, you haven’t… Well then, please at least tell me specifics as to what this violence is where I am going. What area is it in, and what specifically should I be on the lookout for?”

And, shocker…they have no idea. They just know it’s for sure really, really bad and I am totally going to get kidnapped/raped/shot/then probably beheaded for good measure.

Let’s work off facts here, not just blatant, misguided, baseless fear. The US government advises against visiting very specific places where drug cartels are warring over the billions of dollars made yearly trading illegal substances into the United States, and the efforts by the Mexican government to put an end to the drug traffic. Problems come in when, after hearing “warning” and “Mexico,” all too many Americans perceive the advisory for the country as a whole, which it clearly is not. Leslie Bassett, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, declared that the intention of the alert is to inform people of some violent acts that are taking place in specific states of Mexico. She clarified that in no way does this alert seek to negatively portray the tourist destinations.

I can’t exactly sense the fear in my friend Fernando here, who recently visited Mexico for the first time.

Mexico is roughly the size of Western Europe. Of Mexico’s 2,500 municipalities, only 18 have been considered to be a security problem. Please read that sentence again. Pretty sure that leaves you with a 2482 very safe options if you want to travel to Mexico. Yes, there are places in Mexico that have had problems with drug violence. But the majority of Mexico’s organized-crime killings last year took place in a mere three of Mexico’s 31 states: Chihuahua,Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. I am not here to dispute that there has been and is drug violence in Mexico.I am here to point out that those specific places are likely nowhere near where you as a tourist or expat are planning to go.

I would hope you would find it downright silly if you heard a Mexican saying that they would never, EVER, consider going hiking in Oregon nor go golfing at Myrtle Beach because they heard reports of there being drug-related gang violence in South Side LA. Well, you know what? Where you most likely would be going in Mexico is perhaps further from the violence, distance-wise, than Oregon is from LA. The bandits are not going to travel 800 miles to come after you, American tourist drinking margaritas on the beach or taking pictures atChichen Itza. They actually don’t care about you, I am sorry to inform.

Three problem areas to be avoided (Tijuana, Juarez, and Nuevo Loredo), and how far these places actually lie from main tourist areas.

Don’t be stupid. Don’t buy or sell drugs in Mexico. Don’t flash large amounts of money or jewelry. Don’t visit the specific border towns notorious for violence. That is a given. Use common sense and you will be as fine in Mexico as you would in most other tourist destinations around the world.

Let’s look at some actual statistics from the UN Office of Drugs and Crime: In drug offenses, Mexico recently ranked 12th in the world, and the US 4th. When it came to homocides with firearms, the US ranked 7th and Mexico 17th, (39.56 per 100,000 vs. Mexico’s 20.6). Yes, that means the US has 92% more homicides with guns than Mexico. So all of those people in the US telling you that you will get shot and killed in Mexico should be more worried about themselves.

Recent FBI statistics show the murder rate per 100,000 inhabitants in Baltimore is 43.3, Washington D.C. is 29.1 and Detroit is 47. Mexico, however, which suffered an especially violent year in 2008, recorded a murder rate of about 10 per 100,000. You do the math . . .

Travel writer Kyle Ellison put it perfectly when he said: “While I could rattle statistics off from a slew of different sources, the bottom line and the main point which needs to be made is that traveling to Mexico is no more dangerous than living in any major global city. Of the 60 countries I’ve wandered through and after 20+ visits to Mexico, you know where I’ve felt the most in danger (including when I thought I was kidnapped in Borneo)? When I got lost on the south side of Chicago.”

In the last couple of months, I have personally visited Mexico City, Queretaro, Puebla, Mazatlan, Baja, and Veracruz. I have had nothing except phenomenal experiences, met some of the warmest, most welcoming people, and not for one moment did I feel unsafe in any way. I have enjoyed scuba and snorkeling, I have rafted, climbed, and hiked to hidden waterfalls and caves. I have explored archeological ruins, I have seen gorgeous art and architecture, and I have eaten some of the most memorable meals of my life. To have missed out on any one of these experiences because of what I heard from some media outlet needing the next sensational story would be sad and senseless. I would travel to Mexico alone, and I would travel with my three small kids. No second thoughts on that whatsoever.

There was a distinct lack of drug cartel activity as I recently snorkeled here on the very tranquilo Coronado Island in the Sea of Cortez . . .

Mexico ranks tenth as an international travel destination in the world and, regardless of the negative media hype, remains the number one international tourism destination for North Americans traveling abroad. Many tourists to the country are repeat visitors, which demonstrates that the vast majority of tourists are satisfied and leave with overwhelmingly positive impressions.

The Mexican government is expecting 2012 to be a good year for tourism. In fact, Mexico is expecting 52 million tourists to visit its five southern states – that compares to 22 million foreign visitors to all of Mexico in 2011.

If you choose to not visit Mexico in response to media hype, that is obviously your choice. But just know that there are millions of other Americans out there living life to the fullest and exploring an amazing country full of warmth, culture, natural beauty and history, right in the backyard of the US. I hate to say it, but if you sidestep Mexico due to fear, it is your loss. As Mark Twain put all so well, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Give Mexico a chance – I am willing to bet you may just end up falling in love with the country as so many other travelers and expats have.

 

Via Escape From America

Safety in Mexico: Reality vs. Sensationalist Media Hype

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December 19th, 2012 at 8:36 am

More Evidence Queen Elizabeth Will Be Quitting

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The Water Dragon,
The Water War Crimes
and
The Royal Family

The year 2012 correpsonds to the year 4710 in the Chinese Calendar and under Chinese astrology is represented by the Water Dragon.

The Water Dragon is reputed to be a great danger to persons in high places who have been part of a criminal conspiracy or a cover up of a criminal conspiracy because the Water Dragon can see through the veils that are maintained to cover up criminal misconduct.

Although the Chinese New Year commences on January 23 there are increasing rumours that the Royal Family is on the run and facing financial disaster. This web site began predicting the demise of the English Royal family in September 2011, shortly after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his colleauges were advised of new information that alleged that Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip has been secret investors in the diabolical scheme to loot the water export revenues that Canada would earn from exporting fresh water to the United States and Mexico.

The truth of these allegations is now corroborated by the refusal ofthe Government in Canada issue a formal denial notwithstanding the fact thatthe allegations have been made in official communications to its lawyers and have been filed in pleadings in the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. The difficulties faced by Canadian Prime Minister Harper should not be underestimated. As a well known royalist, Harper would have beenshocked, stunned and disoriented by the news that Queen Elizabeth and her husband had broken their solemn obligations and acted in a way that sought to undermine the sovereignity of Canada.

Furthermore, as a staunch ally of the United States and a man with a reputation for integrity and honesty in his dealings with American presidents, Bush and Obama, Harper was now in a very embarassing position due to the past activities of his allegedly disloyal Queen.

Queen Elizabeth, who had previously publically embarassed US President Obama at a state diner at Buckingham Palace, was now facing a huge public scandal that could leave her reputation completely destroyed throughout the British Connomwealth and disenfranchise her family including the newly crafted celebrity, Prince William, from the continued occupation of the Thrones of Canada and herother Commonwealth Realms.

On December 14, 2011, this web site posted the first predictions of a possible early death of one or more members of the Royal family in the comng months and as if in rush to fulfill the prophecy Prince Phillip was suddenly rushed ot hospital on December 23, 2011, where his life was saved through high level medical intervention.

Today, former Forbes Magazine editor and now world famous international geo-political and global financial analyst, Benjamin Fulford, a Canadian who lives in Japan, has revealed that certain global powers“have issued a warning to the British Royal Family that they must replace Elizabeth with her grandson Harry by April 1st of this year.“

For those who are unaware of the significance of these matters, it has long been suspected that Harry is not the legitimate son of Prince Charles but comes from another line of descent which means that Harry,but not his older brother William, would be entitled to occupy the Throne of Canada if Queen Elizabeth and her progeny were disqualified. due to corrupt practices.

Click here to read the Fulford story about Queen Elizabeth

More disturbing are revealtions that human remains have recently been discovered buried at the Royal Family’sprivate estate known as Sandringham.

Click here to read media report on the highly secret police investigation

More Evidence Queen Elizabeth Will Be Quitting

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Is The New World Order Unraveling?

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Ed Note: Internationalism / Globalism is being crushed under its own weight. Now watch as the elite solution will be MORE Globalism and tighter centralization into even fewer hands…

he heh (drool) … Let them eat Cake

Pat Buchanan / WND

With Greece on the precipice of default and Portugal and Italy approaching the ledge, the European monetary union appears in peril.

Should it collapse, the European Union itself could be in danger, for economic nationalism is rising in Europe. Which raises a larger question.

Is the New World Order, the great 20th century project of Western transnational elites, unraveling?

The NWO dates back as far as Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations, which a Republican Senate refused to enter. FDR, seeking to succeed where his mentor had failed, oversaw the creation of a United Nations, an International Monetary Fund and a World Bank.

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In 1951 came the European Coal and Steel Community, love child of Jean Monnet, which evolved into the European Economic Community, the European Community and the European Union. A European Central Bank and a new currency, the euro, followed.

The hidden ultimate goal of economic union was political union – a United States of Europe as model and core of the 21st-century world government.

Pat Buchanan’s latest book — the title says it all: “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”

With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the EU expanded to the east. And the New World Order, formally proclaimed by George H.W. Bush in 1991, was out in the open and seemingly the wave of the future.

Progress was swift.

A North American Free Trade Agreement, bringing the United States, Mexico and Canada into a common market that George W. Bush predicted would encompass the hemisphere from Patagonia to Prudhoe Bay, was signed in 1993.

A World Trade Organization was born in 1994. U.S. sovereignty was surrendered to a global body where America had the same single vote as Azerbaijan.

The Kyoto Protocol, brought home by Vice President Al Gore, set up a regime to control the worldwide emission of greenhouse gases.

An International Criminal Court, a permanent Nuremberg Tribunal to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity, was created.

A doctrine of limited sovereignty had been asserted. Elites claimed a higher law than national sovereignty; “a responsibility to protect” enabled them to intervene in countries where human rights violations were egregious.

Serbia, bombed by Bill Clinton for 78 days for fighting to hold its ancient province of Kosovo, was the first victim.

Suddenly, however, the progression has stalled. Indeed, the New World Order seems to be unraveling.

Emerging powers like China, India and Brazil are demanding they be exempt from restrictions developed countries seek to impose. The follow-up summits to Kyoto – Copenhagen in 2009, Cancun in 2010 – ended in failure. The Doha round of world trade negotiations ended in failure.

China refuses to let her currency float lest she lose the trade surpluses that have enabled her to amass $3 trillion in cash reserves.

Protectionism is rising. Americans chafe at a new world economic order that has led to deindustrialization of their country. Congress is talking of defunding the U.N. as anti-Western and anti-Israel.

Why is the New World Order suddenly going in reverse?

A primary reason is the resurgence of nationalism. Nations are putting national interests ahead of any perceived global interests.

A second reason is the decline of a West whose project this was. We no longer dictate to the world, and the world no longer marches to our tune. The deficits and indebtedness of Western nations preclude more of the big wealth transfers in foreign aid that once bought us influence.

A third reason is demography. Not one European nation has a birth rate sufficient to replace its population. Europe’s nations are aging, shrinking, dying. A depopulating Germany cannot carry forever the deficit-debtor nations of Club Med. The oldest nation, Japan, is on schedule to lose 25 million people by 2050, as is neighbor Russia.

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Militarily, America remains the most powerful nation. But Iraq and Afghanistan have bled the country and left us without the certain attainment of our goals. Old allies like Turkey go their separate ways.

Ethno-nationalism also explains a disintegrating world order. Aspiring nations like Scotland, Catalonia, Padania, Flanders, Ingushetia, Dagestan, East Turkestan, Kurdistan and Baluchistan seek a place in the sun, free of the cloying embrace of the mother country.

The desire of peoples for nations all their own, where their own language, faith and culture predominate and their own kind rule to the exclusion of all others, is everywhere winning out over multiculturalism and transnationalism.

Through history there have been attempts to unite the world.

The Roman Empire. Catholicism. Islam. The West that ruled much of mankind from Columbus to the mid-20th century. Communism, which conquered half of Europe and Asia but arose and fell in a single century.

With the death of communism and the decline of the West – in relative population and power – Islam has become the largest religion, China the world’s emerging superpower and Asia the continent of the future.

Could this still be the Second American Century?

Not the way we are going.

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Is the New World Order unraveling?

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Leuren Moret: Fukushima HAARP Nuclear Attack by CIA, DOE, BP for London Banks

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Leuren Moret: Fukushima HAARP Nuclear Attack by CIA, DOE, BP for London Banks

– by Alfred Lambremont Webre

In an exclusive ExopoliticsTV interview by Alfred Lambremont Webre released May 9, 2011, independent scientist Leuren Moret has stated that the Fukushima HAARP tectonic nuclear attack was done by an international racketeering war crimes network within the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Energy (DOE), and BP (British Petroleum) on behalf of City of London bankers.

Ms. Moret states that the war crimes network behind the March 11, 2011 events at the Fukushima nuclear plant is the same war crimes racketeering organization behind the false flag operations of September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina (2005), the Haiti earthquake (2010) and other HAARP-triggered false flag operations.

The Fukushima tectonic nuclear attack is an intentional genocidal depopulation of the northern and southern hemispheres, Ms. Moret states. The west coasts of the United States and Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii are being intentionally targeted by dangerous radiation from the March 11, 2011 tectonic warfare earthquake and nuclear meltdown events at Fukushima, Japan. These areas of the United States and Canada, and Mexico, Ms. Moret indicates, are the major food producing areas for North America. Radiation from the Japan quake/nuclear meltdown events at Fukushima is intentionally being steered into these areas in order to dose the land and the food with radiation.

Danger of Radiation In The Rain

Ms. Moret warned that the U.S. government is covering up the radiation danger in North America, and stated that individuals should venture out in the rain with their bodies fully covered, including gloves.

During WWII, it was discovered that the most effective method of nuclear warfare was to detonate an atomic bomb in a raincloud, and let the radiation rain down on the target population.

The weather warfare capabilities of HAARP and the GWEN towers systems are being used to create weather patterns (such as tornadoes) and rain that bring radiation as high as in the Fukushima area of Japan on the southeast, mid west, southwest and west coasts of the United States.

Fukushima: Planet Earth As The Latest Weapon of War

In her interview, Ms. Moret quotes Claudia von Werlhof, Professor of Political Sciences and Women’s Studies at Innsbruck Austria:

“We have discovered that the military in the east and west has developed new technologies which could attack the planet and transform it into a weapon itself! This technological process is by no means controlled by the public. Moreover these technologies can be used everywhere on the planet as “plasma weapons, weather wars and geo-engineering” She notes that Dr. Werlhof under neoliberal economic policy, “social, cultural, traditional and ecological considerations are abandoned and give way to a mentality of plundering. All global resources that we still have–forests, water, genetic pools–have turned into objects of utilization. Rapid ecological destruction through depletion is the consequence.”

Foreshadowing of the Fukushima HAARP Tectonic Nuclear Events

In her ExopoliticsTV interview, Ms. Moret states that, as with all false flag operations, there was foreshadowing of the Fukushima HAARP tectonic nuclear events.

Nuclear radiation into the ocean – The intentional dumping of high levels of dangerous nuclear radiation into the Pacific ocean, to be distributed by the great conveyer belt currents was foreshadowed by the intentional targeting of India with the nuclear radiation from the Sellafield (UK) nuclear power plant. The ocean-born radiation from Sellafield has led to the deaths of 25 million Indian children, Ms. Moret states.

US Ronald Reagan – As was the case in the HAARP false flag operations of Katrina hurricane, the Haiti earthquake, and the Sumatra earthquake-tsunami, U.S. warships such as the U.S. Ronald Reagan, complicit in the false flag operation, stood by the operation and were an operational part of it.

ARTICLE CONTINUES AT: http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/leuren-moret-fukushima-haarp-nuclear-attack-by-cia-doe-bp-for-london-banks#ixzz1LzZKs7tV

Leuren Moret: Fukushima HAARP nuclear attack by CIA, DOE, BP for London banks

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Worldwide Global Earthquake and Volcano Update and Overview

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Pressure is building on the north American plate beyond the rocky mountain continental divide. As far north as the Cascadia range in the Pacific Northwest, south east to Yellowstone, then further south east to Georgia, up north to Montreal / New York …

The threat of a new madrid earthquake , in my opinion, goes up ANOTHER notch, with the signs of more activity in the north east, extending along the faults down to Arkansas.

The pressure buildup is extending across the atlantic to the mid-Atlantic ridge, and now showing signs of stress on BOTH sides of the european plate.. the european plate is showing signs of “uptick” in activity.. as far north as south belgium, east towards Poland and south to the mediterranean sea.

Expect anywhere along a plate boundry and anwhere there are active volcanos to experience 5.0 quakes and greater for the next 2 weeks or more.

Also areas where DORMANT volcanos exist .. such as greenbrier Arkansas, Mono Lake California, off the coast of seattle, south belgium / west germany…

Asia, the threat extends from the India Russia border (central india) south east to australia, and bending around the australian continent down to the south pole, right through new zealand, and branching north up to the hot spot of japan.

Japan still is due for a VERY large quake.. in the 8.0+ range within the next 2 weeks.

Links:

Post glacial rebound effect:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/12/1205_021205_oblateearth.html

check out scott from believers underground who first proposed this theory to us here on youtube.. he is correct about the effects of PGRE.

http://www.youtube.com/believersunderground

http://www.earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/helicorder/heli.html

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

http://download.cnet.com/Earthquake-3D/3000-2054_4-10395116.html

http://www.emsc-csem.org/#2

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/index.php

http://cnt.rm.ingv.it/earthquakes_map.php

http://www.japanquakemap.com/

http://tux.wr.usgs.gov/Quakes/quakes0.html

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/netquakes/station/NQ079_NM_01/

http://www.showme.net/~fkeller/quake/maps.htm

http://www.pnsn.org/WEBICORDER/BETTER/pnsn_staweb/index.html

http://www.gsras.ru/

http://www2.ggl.ulaval.ca/seismographe_r.html

http://quake.utah.edu/helicorder/ynr_webi.htm

http://hraun.vedur.is/

http://www.pnsn.org/WEBICORDER/VOLC/welcome.html

http://www.isthisthingon.org/Yellowstone/daythumbs.php

http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

http://volcanosakurajima.web.fc2.com/

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/activity/kilaueastatus.php

http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/heli_bb_slu/

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/anss/

http://aslwww.cr.usgs.gov/Seismic_Data/telemetry_data/map_sta_eq.shtml

http://www.emsc-csem.org/#2

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/recent/maps-cartes/index-eng.php

http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/

http://www.pnsn.org/WEBICORDER/BETTER/pnsn_staweb/index.html

http://www.isthisthingon.org/Yellowstone/daythumbs.php

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/helicorders/nca/

http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/recent/index-eng.php

http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

No quakes in Australia.. hmm

Worldwide Global Earthquake And Volcano Update And Overview (05/09/2011) – Pressure Buildup On The North American Plate, Yellowstone & Pacific Northwest Earthquake Activity & Magma Movement

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Coverup! California, Northwest, B.C. Canada Under Radiation as High as Japan

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by Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd

Independent scientist 
Leuren Moret, MA, PhD (ABT) has stated in exclusive April 4, 2011 interviews with reporter Alfred Lambremont Webre that the effects of the tectonic nuclear war against the populations and breadbaskets of North America (Canada, United States, Hawaii, and Mexico) are being intentionally covered up by the administrations of Barack Obama in the United States and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Canada.

The radiation effect of this false flag global radiation war intensified this week as radiation maps produced by the 
Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) now confirm that the 
Midwest of the United States, 
all of California, the
Northwest including the states of Oregon and Washington and the western part of Canada are under a radiation threat with radiation levels as high as that in Japan in areas adjacent to the six units of the Fukushima nuclear power plant that started in melt-down on March 11, 2011.

View exclusive April 4, 2011 interviews with independent scientist Leuren Moret

Readers can view the April 4, 2011 interviews with independent scientist Leuren Moret embedded in the article above or at the URL below:

Part 1. VIDEO: Leuren Moret – Coverup! California, Northwest USA, B.C. Canada under radiation threat as high as Japan

http://vimeo.com/22003021

Part 2. VIDEO: Leuren Moret – Scientists declare northern 1/3 of Japan uninhabitable and should be evacuated – BREAKING NEWS

http://vimeo.com/22003275

U.S. and Canadian governments engage in radiation cover-up

In her interview, Leuren Moret notes that the governments of the United States and Canada, and specifically President Barack Obama and Prime Minister and Canadian Conservative party candidate Stephen Harper, are complicit in genocide by intentionally withholding vital information from their populations about the radiation threats they are under.

The 
Radioactive Iodine-131 in rainwater sample near San Francisco has been found to be 18,100% above the U.S. federal drinking water standard.

The Government of Canada has 
suspended mobile radiation measurements around Vancouver, BC “until further notice” as radioactive cloud looms over the B.C. area.

Ms. Moret has 
stated that the “Japan earthquake and ‘accidents’ at the Fukushima’s 6 nuclear power plant units starting March 11, 2011 are in fact deliberate acts of tectonic nuclear warfare using a sophisticated HAARP-aerosol/chemtrails plasma weapons system, and carried out against the populations and ecology of Japan and the nations of the Northern Hemisphere, including the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

In her interview, Ms. Moret notes that with this cover-up, the Fukushima tectonic nuclear war becomes a global false flag operation perhaps even greater than Chernobyl (which has resulted in 1 million deaths to date), September 11, 2011, and the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill operation.

Continues at

http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/coverup-california-northwest-b-c-canada-under-radiation-as-high-as-japan

Coverup! California, Northwest, B.C. Canada under radiation as high as Japan

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Blowing Green Smoke

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by James Howard Kunstler

“We also have Secretary Steven Chu, my Energy Secretary. Where is Steven? There he is over there.”

– President Obama at Georgetown U last week

Blame Steven Chu, then, because when it comes to America’s energy predicament, the president has been woefully misinformed. Mr. Obama pawned off a roster of notions and proposals already product-tested in the public meme-o-sphere. Almost everyone of these ideas is inconsistent with reality, based on faulty premises, or represents some kind of magical thinking. What they have in common is that they’re ideas the public wants to hear, whether they are truthful or not, because we don’t want to change the way we live.

The central idea in Mr. Obama’s speech is that we will reduce our oil imports by one-third in a decade. This is a gross distortion of reality. The truth is that our oil imports will be reduced automatically, whether we like it or not. The process is already underway. The nations that export oil to us are using much more of their own oil even while their supplies have passed peak production and entered depletion. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Mexico have some of the highest population growth-rates in the world. They sell gasoline to their own people for less than a dollar a gallon. At the same time China and India are driving more cars and importing a lot more of the world’s declining supply. (China has perhaps the equivalent of a four-year supply of its own oil in the ground, and India has next-to-zero oil of its own).

One meme circulating around the Web these days is that the USA has the equivalent of “three Saudi Arabias” in the shale oil fields of North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. That is not true. A lot of this magical thinking focuses on the Bakken fields of Dakota. We’re currently producing less than 400,000 barrels a day out of Bakken and the projected maximum ten years from now is around 800,000. We use 20 million barrels a day in the US running suburbia, Wal Mart, and the US military. By the way, Bakken shale oil requires extensive rock fracturing operations – “fracking” – which means a lot of horizontal drilling, which means a lot of steel pipe. It is not just a matter of sticking a steel straw in the ground like we did in Texas in 1932.

Note: much of the shale “oil” in other western states is not actually oil. It is kerogen, an organic precursor to oil, in effect organic polymers that have not been subjected to enough heat and pressure to turn into oil. If you want to turn it into oil, you have to cook it – which takes energy! That’s after the mining operation to scoop it out of the ground. That takes energy too. Or, you can send machinery into the ground and cook it in place. That takes energy, too. We are not going to get oil out of there anytime soon – and perhaps never.

The “drill drill drill” gang is under the impression that North America has vast unexplored regions where oil is just begging to be discovered. This is not true. The New York Times reported after Obama’s speech – in a disgracefully dumb story by Clifford Krauss – that the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast contain 3.8 billion barrels of oil. Really? Hello! The US uses over 7 billion barrels of oil every year. Does the Arctic National Wildlife refuge contain between 4 and 11 billion barrels (US gov estimate)? Great, that averages out to about a year or so of US supply. And I’m not even against drilling there, only against the idea that it represents a meaningful “solution” to our problem.

Meanwhile, the old standby Alaskan oil fields at Prudhoe Bay are depleting so remorselessly that there may not be enough flow in a year or so to move the oil through the famous pipeline.

How about Canada’s tar sands? Well, first of all, they belong to Canada, not us, unless we want to change that – and that could be politically messy. The tar sands will never produce more than 3 million barrels a day. The operations are already too huge, costly, and damaging to the northern watershed. Canada is our number one source of imported oil, but China would also like to buy Canadian oil. Are we planning to invoke the Monroe Doctrine to prevent Canada from selling its oil to parties outside the Western Hemisphere? That could be messy, too.

Mr. Obama returned to the popular theme of bio-fuels. Our initial venture into this area was the ethanol fiasco which, predictably, took more energy to make than it produced, and had disastrous effects (still does) on corn commodity prices – in effect stealing from the food supply in order to drive to the Wal Mart. The next venture will apparently be in algae. We’ll discover (once again) that what works as a science project doesn’t scale to run millions of cars.

Mr. Obama told the nation that we have a 100 year supply of natural gas. (The moronic Larry Kudlow of CNBC told his audience it was 300 years). Neither of them knows what he is talking about (and evidently Energy Secretary Chu doesn’t either). So far, proven reserves of shale gas amount to about a 4 to 6 year US supply at current rates, and total natural gas reserves – including conventional gas, the kind that doesn’t require fracking – amounts to about a 12 year supply. The idea that we are going to ramp up an entire natural gas fueling system for America’s tractor-trailer trucks is an absurdity.

Ditto the notion that we are going to electrify the US auto fleet.

Here’s something to chew on: we run about 250 million cars in the USA. Let’s say we ramped up an electric vehicle fleet of 10 million cars – which, by the way, is a purely hypothetical and wildly optimistic number. Do you think it might be a political problem if 10 million lucky Americans get to drive electric cars while everybody else either pays through the nose for gasoline, or can’t even afford to own a car anymore?

There are a few things you can state categorically about the US energy predicament and the national conversation we’re having about it – including the leaders of that conversation in government, business, and the media. One is that we are blowing a lot of green smoke up our collective ass. None of these schemes is going to work as advertised. The disappointment over them will be massive and probably lead to awful political consequences.

Another is that we are ignoring the most obvious intelligent responses to this predicament, namely, shifting our focus to walkable communities and public transit, especially rebuilding the American passenger railroad system – without which, I assure you, we will be most regrettably screwed ten years from now. Mr. Obama had one throwaway line in his speech about public transit and nothing whatever about walkable neighborhoods.

The reason for this obvious idiocy is that it’s all about the cars. That’s all we care about in the USA, the cars. We can’t get over the cars. We can’t talk about anything except how we’ll find magical new ways to run all the cars. This is a very tragic sort of stupidity and if we don’t change our thinking about it, from the highest level on down, history is going to treat us very cruelly.

A special shout-out here to The New York Times, whose abysmal reporting on these issues, once again, is due to their reliance on a single source: the IHS-CERA group, Cambridge Energy Research Associates, the paid public relations auxiliary of the oil industry, led by that mendacious sack of shit Daniel Yergin, whore-in-chief.

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April 4th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

USA / Europe – Radiation and Jet Stream Forecast Update – March 29 , 2011

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Plumes of Cesium 137, Iodine 131, and Xenon 133, have reached the United States .. showing up in 13 different states rain water according to fox news..

see this video for more information on that:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndGRSPDpERU

Higher plumes, reaching 5000 meters (15,000 feet) are forecast to reach Portugal, Spain, and central europe.

All animations are from professional forecasting services. Links are below.

http://www.woweather.com/

http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=us&VAR=hysplitheight

The radiation flow, forecast and shown by these several models… tells the tale of the isotopes coming our way… .. it will be up to you to decide if you should go outside during the time these clouds are over the USA, Canada, and Mexico…

radiation forecasting links:

http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=us&VAR=webcam&SA…

thanks to youtube user androdameia for the below EUROPE radiation monitoring link:

http://eurdeppub.jrc.it/eurdeppub/home.aspx#

spain radiation link:

http://www.csn.es/index.php?option=com_maps&view=mappoints&Itemid=32

http://www.jaif.or.jp/english/

http://www.rivm.nl/milieuportaal/dossier/meetnetten/radioactiviteit/resultaten/

http://www.radiationnetwork.com/

http://www.blackcatsystems.com/RadMap/map.html

http://www.epa.gov (click on radiation update)

http://www.irsn.fr/EN/Pages/home.aspx

http://www.nucleartourist.com/

http://www.stuk.fi/index_en.html

http://www.mext.go.jp/english/radioactivity_level/detail/1303962.htm

http://www.nisa.meti.go.jp/english/index.html

http://www.rivm.nl/milieuportaal/dossier/meetnetten/radioactiviteit/resultaten/

http://www.yle.fi/tekstitv/html/P867_02.html

http://www.mapion.co.jp/topics/genpatu/

http://strahlenbelastung.wo-wann-wer.de/

dutch radiation monitoring:

http://www.rivm.nl/milieuportaal/dossier/meetnetten/radioactiviteit/resultaten/

swiss radiation monitoring:

https://www.naz.ch/en/aktuell/zeitverlaeufe.html

Finland radiation monitoring:

http://www.yle.fi/tekstitv/html/P160_01.html

www.yle.fi/tekstitv/html/P867_02.html

French radiation monitoring: (thanks to youtube user: RehKurts ! )

http://sws.irsn.fr/sws/mesure/index

http://www.irsn.fr/FR/Documents/france.htm

jet stream forecasting:

http://squall.sfsu.edu/crws/jetstream.html

http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/CT/animate.arctic.color.0.html

http://nowcoast.noaa.gov/

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/tropicalwx/satpix/nwpac_ir4_loop.php

http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=glob_250

http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=us&VAR=niluhemis131&…

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USA / EUROPE – Radiation and Jet Stream FORECAST UPDATE – March 29 , 2011

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Independent Scientist, Leuren Moret Says: U.S., Canada, Mexico, Hawaii Deliberately Targeted With Radiation Fallout

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Independent scientist Leuren Moret in an exclusive March 27, 2011 interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre has stated that the west coasts of the United States and Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii are being intentionally targeted by dangerous radiation from the March 11, 2011 tectonic warfare earthquake and nuclear meltdown events at Fukushima, Japan.

The West Coasts of the United States and Canada, and Mexico, Ms. Moret indicates, are the major food producing areas for North America. Radiation from the Japan quake/nuclear meltdown events at Fukushima is intentionally being steered into these areas in order to dose the land and the food with radiation.

Weather warfare capabilities used to steer radiation fallout

Ms. Moret indicates that the weather warfare capabilities of the HAARP-aerosol/chemtrails plasma weapons systems are being used to steer the radiation against these geographic targets. In the case of Hawaii, the HAARP radiation steering pattern is extremely unusual and visible.

Scientist: U.S., Canada, Mexico, Hawaii targeted in nuclear war from Japan

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URGENT – USA / EU Radiation and Jetstream Forecast – UPDATE – March 26, 2011

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If you live in the areas (west coast USA, Canada, Mexico, and also MIDWEST US)… pay close attention.. may not want to go outside during this time….

The radiation flow, forecast and shown by these several models… tells the tale of the isotopes coming our way… .. it will be up to you to decide if you should go outside during the time these clouds are over the USA, Canada, and Mexico…

Radiation Forecasting Links:

Dutch Radiation Monitoring:

Swiss Radiation Monitoring:

Finland Radiation Monitoring:

French Radiation Monitoring: (Thanks to Youtube User: Rehkurts !)

Jet Stream Forecasting:

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URGENT – USA / EU Radiation and Jetstream Forecast

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