Saturday, May 20, 2006

Down to earth

Thanks for the comment, it sounds like you dug really deep into our core, so thanks for taking the time to dig and take us serriously.

As for the spelling, I will be the first to admit that my spelling is terrible, I used to spell check it, but then some one told me that the 5 min you spend spell checking is 5 min more your computer is on, and that is electricity, and i don't want to use as much so I don't spell check these things, if you have specific trouble reading a passage and need me to explain my terrible spelling then just let me know.

Secondly, my list of qualifications is growing, although I never said that I was prefect for the job, right now I am working as a cave guide for BC parks at horne lake taking out highschool kids and running interpretational programs, so that is why I think I would be a good persone to run the Green Reality Adventure School. I am dedicated to this and I will make it happen.

If you are worried that I will take your money which is what it sounds like, know that I can't even with draw one penny form the account, I am not even a signatory on the account, a safeguard against funny business.

Thanks for you time and I hope that when we seem more legitimate to you that you will be able to assail all doubts and help us keep the reality green.

Thanks,

Drew

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Hope all is well.

This is just a quick update.

We just got back from Horse Pens 40, in Alabama.

If you ever get the chance to go, I highly recommend it. You can check them out on-line at www.hp40.com

I am off to the Eldred River Valley tomorrow. We now know who we have to talk to about establishing a recreation site in the valley, which is the first step.

Every one who is interested in helping, let the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts know that the recreation site is a good idea.

I want to thank the Pembroke crew for supporting me through the whole thing, and I hope to see you out there.

Talk to you all in a about a month or so.

_drew

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Our fearless leader.

Just so you all know, I finally got some correspondences from the right honorable Stephen Harper.

And guess what, they were blank.

That's right, both e-mails contained no data whatsoever.

Think about that, when the Prime Minister is faced with direct questions about the environment and sustainability he has absolutely nothing to say. Either that or he lacks the basic skills needed to send an e-mail.

Also, to respond to your question Cookie.

No, I don't think I am being apathetic regarding my own safety.

I would rather consider it as a new ranking system.

We, as pedestrians need to realize that cars do not own the road.

Yes they are dangerous, however they have just as much right to be there as I do.

Think of it this way.

The average person can run at a top speed of 12 km\h.

I think it is fair to say that when two objects on different trajectories meet. The one that has the capacity to travel in excess of 10 times faster should be the one to give way.

Take pride in the fact that you walk and do so with your head held high.

_drew

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Take a stand.

From here on in I am taking a stand against two things.

Firstly running for your life.

You ever cross the street on foot and you see a car coming and you do that little hop and half run thing. Well that is you running for your life, literally.

You are starting to run because you know that a few tons of metal are coming towards your body at a high rate of speed and if it hits you, you will die. So you run for your life.

Well I'm not doing it anymore. I am walking across every street, and never running again.

We should not live in fear of things like that. They are not going to hit you, or at least they shouldn't. If they do, well then I am thankful that we still have publicly funded healthcare for the time being.

Secondly, I am taking a stand against apathy.

If you wish to turn a blind eye on things they so be it.

Go right ahead.

Even if the facts are brought to light, plain as day, right in front of your eyes.

Don't get excited or anything, that's fine.

But I am done being apathetic, and I am going to start to get really fired up from here on in.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

And we are in dire need.

_drew

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A day to day kind of guy.

So thanks for all the e-mails everyone.

I am packing up my house and preparing to depart Pembroke for the last time.

Off to the Eldred with good results I hope.

On a different note.

For all of you who are e-mailing me with talk of the green revolution, or solidarity and all that jazz. I have but one question.

Do you think it is going to come crashing down all in one day?

Or do you think it is a day by day kind of thing, where your actions accumulate over your life time and end up having a negative Y value on a scale where X is the time and Y is environmental impact?

Do you bring you own bag when you go grocery shopping?

Do you think critically when you are on the toilet and use less TP than you usually do?

It's a day to day kind of thing people.

It's your life, do what you want with it.

_drew

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.

To answer your question, in a word yes.

It was worth it in that it gave me a sense of purpose and hardened my resolve. It was very calming and towards the end almost relaxing. All in all a very interesting real life experiment in the Law of Contrary behavior.

Do I think it was effective? Well I guess that depends on how you look at it.

In the grand scheme of things, unfortunately no. It was not effective from a federal Government standpoint. I did not receive one communication from the Conservative party in the three weeks. Then that just goes to show you what they are made of.

However, it was quite effective in that it raised public awareness and allowed us to get up and running.

So all in all (and to repeat myself) yes it was effective.

_drew

Here is some wired stuff to read if you want to research it further just know that this is the kind of information that will scare you out of your wits.



Washington's New World Order Weapons Have the Ability to Trigger Climate Change

by Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa

Third World Resurgence, January 2001 Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), globalresearch.ca, 4 January 2002

The important debate on global warming under UN auspices provides but a partial picture of climate change; in addition to the devastating impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on the ozone layer, the World's climate can now be modified as part of a new generation of sophisticated "non-lethal weapons." Both the Americans and the Russians have developed capabilities to manipulate the World's climate.

In the US, the technology is being perfected under the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) as part of the ("Star Wars") Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI). Recent scientific evidence suggests that HAARP is fully operational and has the ability of potentially triggering floods, droughts, hurricanes and earthquakes. From a military standpoint, HAARP is a weapon of mass destruction.

Potentially, it constitutes an instrument of conquest capable of selectively destabilising agricultural and ecological systems of entire regions. While there is no evidence that this deadly technology has been used, surely the United Nations should be addressing the issue of "environmental warfare" alongside the debate on the climatic impacts of greenhouse gases... Despite a vast body of scientific knowledge, the issue of deliberate climatic manipulations for military use has never been explicitly part of the UN agenda on climate change.

Neither the official delegations nor the environmental action groups participating in the Hague Conference on Climate Change (CO6) (November 2000) have raised the broad issue of "weather warfare" or "environmental modification techniques (ENMOD)" as relevant to an understanding of climate change. The clash between official negotiators, environmentalists and American business lobbies has centered on Washington's outright refusal to abide by commitments on carbon dioxide reduction targets under the 1997 Kyoto protocol.(1) The impacts of military technologies on the World's climate are not an object of discussion or concern. Narrowly confined to greenhouse gases, the ongoing debate on climate change serves Washington's strategic and defense objectives.

"WEATHER WARFARE"

World renowned scientist Dr. Rosalie Bertell confirms that "US military scientists ... are working on weather systems as a potential weapon. The methods include the enhancing of storms and the diverting of vapor rivers in the Earth's atmosphere to produce targeted droughts or floods." (2) Already in the 1970s, former National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski had foreseen in his book "Between Two Ages" that: "Technology will make available, to the leaders of major nations, techniques for conducting secret warfare, of which only a bare minimum of the security forces need be appraised... [T]echniques of weather modification could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought or storm." Marc Filterman, a former French military officer, outlines several types of "unconventional weapons" using radio frequencies.

He refers to "weather war," indicating that the U.S. and the Soviet Union had already "mastered the know-how needed to unleash sudden climate changes (hurricanes, drought) in the early 1980s."(3) These technologies make it "possible to trigger atmospheric disturbances by using Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radar [waves]." (4)

A simulation study of future defense "scenarios" commissioned for the US Air Force calls for: "US aerospace forces to 'own the weather' by capitalizing on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications... From enhancing friendly operations or disrupting those of the enemy via small-scale tailoring of natural weather patterns to complete dominance of global communications and counterspace control, weather-modification offers the war fighter a wide-range of possible options to defeat or coerce an adversary... In the United States, weather-modification will likely become a part of national security policy with both domestic and international applications. Our government will pursue such a policy, depending on its interests, at various levels.(5)

HIGH-FREQUENCY ACTIVE AURORAL RESEARCH PROGRAM (HAARP)

The High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) based in Gokoma Alaska --jointly managed by the US Air Force and the US Navy-- is part of a new generation of sophisticated weaponry under the US Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Operated by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate, HAARP constitutes a system of powerful antennas capable of creating "controlled local modifications of the ionosphere". Scientist Dr. Nicholas Begich --actively involved in the public campaign against HAARP-- describes HAARP as: "A super-powerful radiowave-beaming technology that lifts areas of the ionosphere [upper layer of the atmosphere] by focusing a beam and heating those areas. Electromagnetic waves then bounce back onto earth and penetrate everything -- living and dead." (6) Dr. Rosalie Bertell depicts HAARP as "a gigantic heater that can cause major disruption in the ionosphere, creating not just holes, but long incisions in the protective layer that keeps deadly radiation from bombarding the planet." (7)

MISLEADING PUBLIC OPINION

HAARP has been presented to public opinion as a program of scientific and academic research. US military documents seem to suggest, however, that HAARP's main objective is to "exploit the ionosphere for Department of Defense purposes." (8) Without explicitly referring to the HAARP program, a US Air Force study points to the use of "induced ionospheric modifications" as a means of altering weather patterns as well as disrupting enemy communications and radar.9

According to Dr. Rosalie Bertell, HAARP is part of a integrated weapons' system, which has potentially devastating environmental consequences: "It is related to fifty years of intensive and increasingly destructive programs to understand and control the upper atmosphere. It would be rash not to associate HAARP with the space laboratory construction which is separately being planned by the United States. HAARP is an integral part of a long history of space research and development of a deliberate military nature.

The military implications of combining these projects is alarming. ... The ability of the HAARP / Spacelab/ rocket combination to deliver very large amount of energy, comparable to a nuclear bomb, anywhere on earth via laser and particle beams, are frightening. The project is likely to be "sold" to the public as a space shield against incoming weapons, or, for the more gullible, a device for repairing the ozone layer. (10) In addition to weather manipulation, HAARP has a number of related uses: "HAARP could contribute to climate change by intensively bombarding the atmosphere with high-frequency rays... Returning low-frequency waves at high intensity could also affect people's brains, and effects on tectonic movements cannot be ruled out. (11) More generally, HAARP has the ability of modifying the World's electro-magnetic field. It is part of an arsenal of "electronic weapons" which US military researchers consider a "gentler and kinder warfare". (12)

U.S. Supremacy

HAARP is part of the weapons arsenal of the U.S. Military Aresnal under the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). From military command points in the US, entire national economies could potentially be destabilized through climatic manipulations. More importantly, the latter can be implemented without the knowledge of the enemy, at minimal cost and without engaging military personnel and equipment as in a conventional war.

The use of HAARP -- if it were to be applied -- could have potentially devastating impacts on the World's climate. Responding to US economic and strategic interests, it could be used to selectively modify climate in different parts of the World resulting in the destabilization of agricultural and ecological systems. It is also worth noting that the US Department of Defense has allocated substantial resources to the development of intelligence and monitoring systems on weather changes. NASA and the Department of Defense's National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) are working on "imagery for studies of flooding, erosion, land-slide hazards, earthquakes, ecological zones, weather forecasts, and climate change" with data relayed from satellites. (13)

POLICY INERTIA OF THE UNITED NATIONS

According to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro: "States have... in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, the (...) responsibility to ensure that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction." (14)

It is also worth recalling that an international Convention ratified by the UN General Assembly in 1997 bans "military or other hostile use of environmental modification techniques having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects." (15) Both the US and the Soviet Union were signatories to the Convention.

The Convention defines "'environmental modification techniques' as referring to any technique for changing--through the deliberate manipulation of natural processes--the dynamics, composition or structure of the earth, including its biota, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere or of outer space." (16) Why then did the UN --disregarding the 1977 ENMOD Convention as well as its own charter-- decide to exclude from its agenda climatic changes resulting from military programs?

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ACKNOWLEDGES IMPACTS OF HAARP

In February 1998, responding to a report of Mrs. Maj Britt Theorin --Swedish MEP and longtime peace advocate--, the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defense Policy held public hearings in Brussels on the HAARP program.(17) The Committee's "Motion for Resolution" submitted to the European Parliament: "Considers HAARP... by virtue of its far-reaching impact on the environment to be a global concern and calls for its legal, ecological and ethical implications to be examined by an international independent body...; [the Committee] regrets the repeated refusal of the United States Administration... to give evidence to the public hearing ...into the environmental and public risks [of] the HAARP program." (18).

The Committee's request to draw up a "Green Paper" on "the environmental impacts of military activities", however, was casually dismissed on the grounds that the European Commission lacks the required jurisdiction to delve into "the links between environment and defense". (19) Brussels was anxious to avoid a showdown with Washington.

FULLY OPERATIONAL

While there is no concrete evidence of HAARP having been used, scientific findings suggest that it is at present fully operational. What this means is that HAARP could potentially be applied by the US military to selectively modify the climate of an "unfriendly nation" or "rogue state" with a view to destabilizing its national economy. Agricultural systems in both developed and developing countries are already in crisis as a result of New World Order policies including market deregulation, commodity dumping, etc.

Amply documented, IMF and World Bank "economic medicine" imposed on the Third World and the countries of the former Soviet block has largely contributed to the destabilization of domestic agriculture. In turn, the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have supported the interests of a handful of Western agri-biotech conglomerates in their quest to impose genetically modified (GMO) seeds on farmers throughout the World.

It is important to understand the linkage between the economic, strategic and military processes of the New World Order. In the above context, climatic manipulations under the HAARP program (whether accidental or deliberate) would inevitably exacerbate these changes by weakening national economies, destroying infrastructure and potentially triggering the bankruptcy of farmers over vast areas. Surely national governments and the United Nations should address the possible consequences of HAARP and other "non-lethal weapons" on climate change.

NOTES

1. The latter calls for nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5.2 percent to become effective between 2008 and 2012. See Background of Kyoto Protocol at http://www.globalwarming.net/gw11.html .

2. The Times, London, 23 November 2000.

3. Intelligence Newsletter, December 16, 1999.

4. Ibid.

5 Air University of the US Air Force, AF 2025 Final Report, http://www.au.af.mil/au/2025/ (emphasis added).

6 Nicholas Begich and Jeane Manning, The Military's Pandora's Box, Earthpulse Press, http://www.xyz.net/~nohaarp/earthlight.html . See also the HAARP home page at http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/

7. See Briarpatch, January, 2000. (emphasis added).

8 Quoted in Begich and Manning, op cit.

9. Air University, op cit.

10. Rosalie Bertell, Background of the HAARP Program, 5 November, 1996, http://www.globalpolicy.org/socecon/envronmt/weapons.htm

11. Begich and Manning, op cit.

12. Don Herskovitz, Killing Them Softly, Journal of Electronic Defense, August 1993. (emphasis added). According to Herskovitz, "electronic warfare" is defined by the US Department of Defense as "military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy..." The Journal of Electronic Defense at http://www.jedefense.com/ has published a range of articles on the application of electronic and electromagnetic military technologies.

13. Military Space, 6 December, 1999.

14. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, New York, 1992. See complete text at http://www.unfccc.de/resource/conv/conv_002.html , (emphasis added).

15. See Associated Press, 18 May 1977.

16. Environmental Modification Ban Faithfully Observed, States Parties Declare, UN Chronicle, July, 1984, Vol. 21, p. 27.

17. European Report, 7 February 1998.

18. European Parliament, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defense Policy, Brussels, doc. no. A4-0005/99, 14 January 1999.

19. EU Lacks Jurisdiction to Trace Links Between Environment and Defense, European Report, 3 February 1999.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

New Titles Are Fun

So, yes some rather important news. I ate, and oh man was it good.

Yes, that is right the hunger strike is over.

We are in a position to initiate phase 1 of the project with the help of the Alpine Club of Canada, and the Ministry of Forests.

This is exciting stuff.

And no, this does not mean that we are anywhere near our fundraising goal, so your help is needed in the worst way. Almost more now than ever, as I am going to be on site establishing trails and the like for a few months. So I am trying to find ways to raise the money while I am gone, if anyone has any ideas let me know.

I will keep you all posted during the next few weeks, before we get under way and after that lots and lots of pictures.

_drew