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Passing on the Mantle of Deep North American Integration

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The mantle and the personnel* of the ‘Security and Prosperity Partnership’ are being transferred to a variety of interlocking organizations working towards the same goal in a deliberate act of political metastasis. The following is a comprehensive survey of the various thinktanks and summits that are being convened to covertly facilitate the economic and political integration of North America. Did you get the memo? Did you see this covered in the news? If not, then you can thank Mr. Gabriel at NAUResistance.org for his focus on keeping the nation appraised of ongoing threats to its sovereignty. (*Pedro Aspe, co-chair of the North American Forum, was also a co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relation’s SPP task force, and a signatory to ‘Building a North American Community‘, the flagship document of the SPP.)

Flashback: Think Tank Report: Obama Will “Press The Reset Button” On North American Union Agenda | Harper to meet Obama, Calderon in August | Obama should rename the SPP, set up two speeds on integration with Canada and Mexico, says new report | How to fix the mess at the Canada-U.S. border | Happy North America Day?

Dana Gabriel, NAUResistance.org
November 3, 2009

With the demise of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America and the restructuring of many of its key priorities under the banner of the North American Leaders Summit, other trilateral initiatives are also passing on the mantle of deep continental integration.

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Fifth Annual North American Forum was held in Ottawa on October 4-6, 2009. In a news release the group describes itself as, “a community of Canadian, Mexican and American thought leaders whose purpose is to advance a shared vision of North America, and to contribute to improved relations among the three countries.” It goes on to say that, “They come together annually to explore linkages among the mutually reinforcing goals of security, prosperity and enhanced quality of life.” Meetings are co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State, George Schultz, former Premier of Alberta, Peter Lougheed, as well as former Mexican Finance Minister Pedro Aspe. The North American Forum has no business office and no business address. It consists of the three co-chairs, along with their extensive network of contacts in government, business and the military, meeting privately to champion North American integration. The news release also stated that, “This year’s meeting of the North American Forum focused on the need for Canada, Mexico and the United States to work together in responding to the global economic crisis and promoting a quick return to strong and sustainable growth. In addition, the Forum included special sessions on two critical issues: one on energy and the environment, and the other on transnational crime, arms smuggling and drug trafficking.” The North American Forum has been described as a parallel structure to the SPP.

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Oil Companies Support Global Warming Alarmists, Not Skeptics

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Flashback:US puts climate debate on hold for five weeks despite plea by Merkel | Final round for UN climate talks open in Barcelona | EU agrees to pay developing countries ‘climate aid’ to pass Copenhagen | Copenhagen’s Plans for a New ‘Government’ are Scary | Copenhagen, carbon, and the global corporate agenda | Lord Nicholas Stern: The world’s future is being decided this weekend | Thatcher science adviser: Copenhagen goal is world government | UN plans ’shock therapy’ for world leaders at Copenhagen summit | German Scientists Call for ‘World Climate Bank’ | G8 Summit: Rich nations to pay green tab | US Congress Passes the 1,200-page Climate Bill that it was not allowed to read | Climate Cops To Fine “Wasteful” Homeowners & Businesses | Obama targets US public with call for climate action | Obama to stake reputation on fast-tracked climate bill | Ontario unveils cap-and-trade legislation | Economic stabilization may rely on carbon economy, economist says | Climate panel presses for federal cap-and-trade system | NRTEE Carbon Market Panel is ‘Round Table on Socialist Planning’ | Obama, Gore, tied to Chicago carbon exchange | U.N. ‘Climate Change’ Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy | U.N. Environment Head Wants Global Warming Tax | Time to emulate Roosevelt’s New Deal and create green jobs | EU calls for global carbon trading system to fight climate change

Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com
November 3, 2009

A common charge leveled against global warming skeptics is that they are on the payroll of transnational oil companies, when in fact the opposite is true, oil companies are amongst the biggest promoters of climate change propaganda, emphasized recently by Exxon Mobil’s call for a global carbon tax.

According to Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, the cap and trade nightmare being primed for passage in the Senate doesn’t go far enough — Tillerson wants a direct tax on carbon dioxide emissions, essentially a tax on breathing since we all exhale this life-giving gas.

In a speech last month, Tillerson brazenly called out the cap and trade agenda for what it was, an effort to impose a carbon tax camouflaged only by a slick sales pitch and deceptive rhetoric.

“It is easier and more politically expedient to support a cap-and-trade approach, because the public will never figure out where it is hitting them,” said Tillerson. “They will just know they hurt somewhere in their pocketbook,” he added, pointing out that he disagreed with this convoluted method of introducing a carbon tax, arguing instead that it would be more successful to openly propose a straight carbon tax.

Tillerson firmly expressed Exxon’s support for climate change alarmists in stating, “I firmly believe it is not too late for Congress to consider a carbon tax as the better policy approach for addressing the risks of climate change.”

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Elite Council Recording Suggests Creating False Scarcity To Drive Up Demand For H1N1 Vaccine

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Flashback: WHO pandemic definition too broad, doctor contends | Vaccine scarcity claims don’t add up | ‘No reason’ to delay seasonal flu shots, global health panel says | Flu Season Has Already Peaked in US, Little Benefit to H1N1 Jab: Study | Flu vaccine shortage expected to last a week | Washington Man Paralyzed After Routine Flu Vaccination | Mass Rejection Of Swine Flu Vaccine Continues Throughout Europe | GlaxoSmithKline profit rises on flu drug | Swine Flu Scam Reaches New Heights With Obama’s Emergency Declaration | Deaths Associated With Swine Flu Vaccine Reported In Europe | US Government Hijacks Kids TV To Propagandize For Swine Flu Shots | Swine flu vaccine approved in Canada | German Government to get special swine flu vaccine | Harper’s hedge on H1N1 shot sparks confusion | Higher instance of severe H1N1 cases in natives, women | UK: National Health Service frontline staff shun H1N1 vaccine | US: Hospitals fear ‘Flumist’ H1N1 nasal vaccine could spread swine flu | New swine-flu wave hits GTA: Provincial Health Official | Canadian taxpayers on hook for any H1N1 vaccine damages | Second wave of swine flu pandemic begins to hit US | Seasonal flu shots delayed for non-seniors on fears of increased H1N1 risk | Seasonal flu shot may increase H1N1 risk | Swine flu death rate similar to seasonal flu: expert | Swine flu unlikely to become superbug | UK: Half of all pregnant women will refuse swine flu jab, poll reveals | Flu vaccine plan will be too slow: CMAJ | Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America | Canada to order 50.4 million H1N1 vaccine doses – with adjuvant additive | Genetically modified Swine Flu hybrid may provide vaccine yield solution | Washington Post: Swine Flu Vaccine Will Contain Mercury | UK Government Swine Flu Advisor On Vaccine Maker Payroll | Fast-tracked swine flu vaccine will be safe, officials insist | Swine flu: How scared should we be? | Top Epidemiologist Slams Swine Flu Fearmongering | Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers | Swine flu ‘related’ to 1918 pandemic virus – survivors exhibit resistance | Did leak from a laboratory cause swine flu pandemic? | Swine Flu May Be Human Error; WHO Investigates Claim | Lessons of 1976: swine flu, fear, mass vaccinations, wasted millions | ‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible | Officials investigate how bird flu contaminated vaccines in Europe | Researchers unlock secrets of 1918 flu pandemic

Steve Watson, Infowars.net
November 3, 2009

Laughter as dignitaries discuss making vaccine mandatory, tricking public into taking it

A recording of a recent Council On Foreign Relations symposium reveals attendees discussing ways and means of getting the public to take the H1N1 flu vaccine in spite of the mass resistance that has arisen due to questions over it’s safety.

The recording dates from October 16 when the CFR held a Symposium in New York entitled Pandemic Influenza: Science, Economics, and Foreign Policy.

The meeting was held in order to encourage a consensus for policy to present to the federal government concerning the so called swine flu pandemic.

In attendance were professors and doctors from several influential universities and medical schools, along with media representatives from Science Magazine, The Canadian Press and The Financial Times.

Other notable attendees included Robert E. Rubin, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and current Co-Chair of the CFR, along with John Lange, Senior Program Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program.

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US puts climate debate on hold for five weeks despite plea by Merkel

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Flashback: Final round for UN climate talks open in Barcelona | EU agrees to pay developing countries ‘climate aid’ to pass Copenhagen | Copenhagen’s Plans for a New ‘Government’ are Scary | Copenhagen, carbon, and the global corporate agenda | Lord Nicholas Stern: The world’s future is being decided this weekend | Thatcher science adviser: Copenhagen goal is world government | UN plans ’shock therapy’ for world leaders at Copenhagen summit | German Scientists Call for ‘World Climate Bank’ | G8 Summit: Rich nations to pay green tab | US Congress Passes the 1,200-page Climate Bill that it was not allowed to read | Climate Cops To Fine “Wasteful” Homeowners & Businesses | Obama targets US public with call for climate action | Obama to stake reputation on fast-tracked climate bill | Ontario unveils cap-and-trade legislation | Economic stabilization may rely on carbon economy, economist says | Climate panel presses for federal cap-and-trade system | NRTEE Carbon Market Panel is ‘Round Table on Socialist Planning’ | Obama, Gore, tied to Chicago carbon exchange | U.N. ‘Climate Change’ Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy | U.N. Environment Head Wants Global Warming Tax | Time to emulate Roosevelt’s New Deal and create green jobs | EU calls for global carbon trading system to fight climate change

Suzanne Goldenberg, Damian Carrington, The Guardian
November 3, 2009

International negotiators lost one of the key elements to a successful deal on global warming today after Democratic leaders in the US Congress ruled out passing a climate change law before 2010. In the latest obstacle on the road to the UN summit in Copenhagen next month, Senate leaders ordered a five-week pause to review the costs of the legislation.

The delay, which would push a Senate vote on a climate change bill into next year, frustrates a last-minute push by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, to get America to commit itself at home to cut greenhouse gas emissions before the Copenhagen meeting. World leaders — and US officials — have repeatedly said US legislation is crucial to a deal on global warming.

Merkel used a historic address to a joint session of Congress today to urge America to act on climate change, stating that success at Copenhagen rested on the willingness of all countries to accept binding reductions in carbon emissions.

The first German leader to ever address both houses of Congress, Merkel said a deal was comparable in importance to the tearing down of the Berlin wall 20 years ago. “We need the readiness of all countries to accept internationally binding obligations,” she said to loud applause from Democrats. Republicans largely sat in silence. “There is no doubt about it. In December, the world will look to us: the Europeans and the Americans. I am convinced once we … show ourselves ready to adopt binding agreements we will also be able to persuade China and India.”

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GM kills Opel sale to Magna

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The Globe and Mail’s explanation for the following – “GM appeared to change its mind about selling the Germany-based auto maker and Opel’s British unit Vauxhall after a quick trip through Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States.”

Flashback: Magna wins battle for Opel | Nationalized General Motors emerges from bankruptcy after 40 days | Nationalized General Motors gets go ahead from US judge | Harper ‘not counting on’ recouping billions loaned to GM | ‘New GM’ to emerge from bankruptcy | Germany OKs Magna bid to acquire GM’s Opel | Auto bailout costs soar, contribute to $50B deficit | US could own 69% of GM as bankruptcy looms | Fiat aims to be global powerhouse by acquiring Chrysler, Opel | US government may take controlling share of General Motors

Dee Ann Durbin,Tom Krisher, Associated Press
November 3, 2009

DETROIT — General Motors Co. said Tuesday it will keep its European Opel unit and restructure it instead of selling a 55 per cent stake to Canadian auto parts maker Magna International and its partner, Russian lender Sberbank.

GM’s board of directors made the decision at a daylong meeting after determining that a three-billion-euro (US$4.43-billion) restructuring plan was significantly lower than bids submitted for the division. GM CEO Fritz Henderson added that Europe’s business environment and GM’s overall health have both improved since it put the division up for sale.

The decision ends a year of uncertainty for the troubled Opel brand and its English sister, Vauxhall. Henderson said in a statement that GM will present its restructuring plan to the German government soon.

Magna co-chief executive Siegfried Wolf said the company will continue to support Opel and GM in the challenges ahead.

“We understand that the board concluded that it was in GM’s best interests to retain Opel, which plays an important role within GM’s global organization,” Wolf said in a statement.

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More ACTA Details Leak: It’s An Entertainment Industry Wishlist

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Laws are being created at the international level now. It doesn’t matter what national populations think or want, especially if they confine their opposition to online. Let your elected officials know what you think of this.

Flashback: Obama Administration Claims Copyright Treaty Involves State Secrets | Latest Round of Closed-Door ACTA Copyright Negotiations Wrap Up | Digital rights groups sue for access to secret ACTA treaty | Transparency needed on ACTA | Revamped copyright law targets electronic devices

Mike Masnick, Techdirt.com
November 3, 2009

The latest round of “negotiations” over the ACTA treaty continue in secret due to as yet unexplained national security reasons (despite the fact that the entertainment industry lobbyists have had full access to the document) are kicking off in Korea. Once again is becoming clear that the claims by US trade reps that ACTA did not represent any kind of major change in copyright law, and thus didn’t require public scrutiny, are nothing more than a myth. Despite ridiculous efforts to keep the document secret (some countries were given only physical, watermarked, copies of the latest drafts), some of the details are leaking out and it’s not pretty at all.

The plan is modeled on the ridiculously misnamed “free trade agreement” between the US and South Korea from a few years back. It’s misnamed because it wasn’t about free trade at all, but massive protectionism for the American entertainment industry. The end results haven’t been pretty. The treaty pushed South Korea to implement new copyright laws that are perhaps the most draconian around, getting the country to be the first to kick people off the internet based on accusations of file sharing, and putting so much liability on third parties that various user-generated content services have had to turn off the ability to upload all sorts of content (no videos on YouTube, no music on blogs) and has resulted in ISPs even banning any kind of advertising that might make them liable for copyright infringement.

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Public Safety Canada’s emergency plan not implemented: Auditor General

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Public Safety Canada: Canad’a version of the USA’s Homeland Security, cooked up in those heady, anxious post-9/11 years which were so good to the security industry. But now, what’s this? A dearth of planning for an attack? A pandemic of fear? It’s good of Sheila Fraser to point this out now, lest the country fall… over in paroxysms of laughter at the thought of Harper’s crew underfunding ‘domestic security’. Don’t worry Sheila, Public Safety Canada will get their integrated security force. That’s what the Olympics is for – it’s a mass federal integration exercise. And in case we don’t have enough militarized police trained up in time for the next emergency, there’s no need to worry – our armed forces penned an agreement with NORTHCOM, so we can just import American troops onto Canadian soil when we don’t have our own act together in case of ‘civil emergency’.

Flashback: UK: Paramilitary police placed on routine foot patrol for first time | Canada’s military peers into future, sees drone patrols, draft, insurgency | Maximum Alert: U.S. Troops Now Occupying America | More troops on the streets: U.S. terror alert expands to transit and stadiums | Ground broken on $3.4 billion Homeland Security complex | Military helicopters over downtown Montreal for exercise | British Army to Police Medicine Hat During Urban Warfare Drills | Urban warfare drills coming to Medicine Hat | Military readies reservists for threats to ‘domestic front’ | Military may patrol bar zone in Barrie | British Secret Service, Army Alert on Bank Riots | US Urban Warfare Drills Linked To Coming Economic Rage | Military and police practice integration during Olympic security exercises | Canadian military getting 1,300 new heavily armoured trucks for ‘domestic use’ | Army ‘Strategic Shock’ Report Says Troops May Be Needed To Quell U.S. Civil Unrest | Troops in the Streets: Army Brigades Standing By to Assist in Disasters, Help Quell Dissent | Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies | Harper pledges to boost military presence in cities | Ontario Police Chiefs travel to Israel to study police tactics

CBC News
November 3, 2009

If a terrorist attack, massive flood or other major disaster strikes, the federal government is unprepared to lead a co-ordinated emergency response, Canada’s auditor general has found.

That’s largely because Public Safety Canada’s federal emergency response plan has yet to be adopted and endorsed by the government and federal departments involved, according to a report released by Sheila Fraser Tuesday.

Consequently, the department doesn’t have the authority to co-ordinate other federal departments, provinces and territories to prevent confusion during disasters, the report said.

“Until that [plan] is approved, it is very difficult for Public Safety Canada to fulfill the role it has been given,” Fraser said at a news conference.

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Fund me or axe me, parliamentary budget officer says

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Good for Mr. Page. There is at least one civil servant on Parliament Hill performing his job admirably. It’s a shame that he’s going to have to quit in order to stop playing along with the charade of representative democracy that Harper’s gang has mounted. He can join the former Information Commissioner, Robert Marleau, who ‘quit before he got frustrated’ – an ironic master – in feeling that they can at least tell their kids they stood up to the totalitarian urge. Perhaps everyone that’s trying to do their job honestly, but can’t, ought to quit as well to lay bare the lie. These criminals – that’s right, you can read the CBC exposing them for pressuring Mr. Page to lower his shortfall estimates below, not politically palatable you must understand – have to be thrown out of office. It’s just too bad the other four gangs are just as capable of messing up the country in their own unique ways as well. Anyhow – here’s more of his fine work, linked below.

You see, this is why you need a media you can trust. One that will jump on issues that aren’t just bouncing the population back and forth between the corrupt Conservatives and the corrupt Liberals as the election cycles precess along and we ‘kick the bums out’ on cue. (Canadians, by and large, consider May and Layton to be court jesters, fools that speak some truth.) A media that won’t provide wall to wall Swine Flu propaganda as directed in the middle of flagship comedy shows.

Flashback: Budget officer ‘can’t tell’ if stimulus plan working | Cost of Afghan mission jumps to $11.3-billion | Tories seek extra $331-million for Afghan mission | Ottawa risks erasing decade of debt reduction | Afghan mission cost: up to $18B

CBC News
November 3, 2009

Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says he will recommend the government shut down his operation of monitoring Ottawa’s financial performance if he does not get more resources to do the job.

Page told the House of Commons finance committee he still has not been told whether his annual budget will increase to $2.8 million, which he says he needs to do his work. His office had a budget of $1.8 million in the past fiscal year.

He said several of his staff members are on loan from other departments, and if he doesn’t receive a critical mass of qualified personnel he will recommend closing the office.

Page’s appearance before the committee Tuesday came a day after his office released its latest assessment of the Finance Department’s fiscal and economic estimates. His department projected that deficits will accumulate to a total of $167.4 billion over the current 2009-10 fiscal year and the following four years, and it predicted the annual budget shortfall would still be $19 billion in 2013-14, even after an expected economic recovery.

This was at odds with the government’s forecast that Ottawa will be within $5.2 billion of a balanced budget in 2013-14.

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UK banks receive more bailouts, restructuring

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Flashback: More US Bank Failures and The Coming Deposit Insurance Bailout | Irish state plans to take majority stake in debt-ridden banks | US govt considers becoming bank shareholder | UK government takes control over Lloyd’s bank | Greenspan backs bank nationalisation | Bush outlines radical plan to part-nationalise bank | US considers following British example of taking stakes in banks | New World Order: Global co-operation, nationalisation and state intervention – all in one day | Bilderberg Seeks Bank Centralization Agenda | Banks face “new world order,” consolidation: report

Robert Barr, Associated Press
November 3, 2009

Royal Bank of Scotland to get billions from government and sell assets to comply with conditions for state aid

Britain pressed ahead Tuesday with a fresh wave of restructuring in its crisis-ravaged banking system, as Lloyds sought at least £21-billion ($34.2-billion U.S.) through a record share issue and debt swap.

Another bailed-out financial institution, Royal Bank of Scotland, said it would get another £25.5-billion from the government and sell assets to comply with conditions for state aid.

Both banks agreed to curbs on bonuses, the Treasury said, describing the revised terms for taxpayer support as evidence of a marked improvement in conditions.

The government said it was using its ownership stakes in the banks, gained in return for earlier bailouts, to strengthen their finances, reduce risks to the taxpayers and ensure competition and consumer protection in the industry. Under urging from European Union competition authorities, the government has made it clear bailed out banks will have to sell and restructure some of their businesses in return for aid.

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China launches ‘strike hard’ crackdown in Xinjiang

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Facts: Xinjiang has the largest oil deposits in China. Xinjiang is presently undergoing a demographic shift as the PRC encourages an influx by the ethnic Han Chinese – the predominant group in China. Xinjiang borders the ‘-stans’ of Central Asia – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkestan, etc., and thus presents opportunities for further pipeline development. Xinjiang, for its part, has been long treated as an autonomous region, but the central government no longer desires this due to its resource wealth. And Sibel Edmonds, a former American intelligence asset, has asserted that the Americans were working with Bin Laden up until 9/11, including in Xinjiang. So you figure it out.

Flashback: A Sibel Edmonds Bombshell – Bin Laden Worked for U.S. Until 9/11 | Urumqi Massacre: The repressive reality behind China’s modern mask | China executes two men, ‘guilty’ of killing 17 police before Olympics | China names 8 alleged Olympic terrorists | Doubt Arises in Account of pre-Olympic ‘Uighur’ Attack in China | Journalists beaten for reporting on separatist attacks in China | Pentagon Front Groups Release Laughable Olympics “Terror” Video | Bombs explode, Washington-based Intelcenter releases yet another terror video, China cracks down on transport security

Tania Branigan, The Guardian
November 3, 2009

Security campaign follows fatal summer riots between ethnic Uighur and Han Chinese in capital of Urumqi

Chinese authorities have launched a security campaign in the troubled north-west region of Xinjiang, state media reported today.

The “strike hard and punish” drive comes after ethnic violence rocked its capital, Urumqi, in July, killing almost 200. Members of the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority attacked Han Chinese, who then rampaged through Uighur areas.

Han protestors took to the streets in September, accusing the government of failing to protect them from attacks.

“From the start of November, public security bodies in Xinjiang will … start a thorough ‘strike hard and punish’ campaign to further consolidate the fruits of maintaining stability and eliminate security dangers,” said the Communist party newspaper People’s Daily.

Security forces would “root out places where criminals breed, and change the face of the public security situation in these areas”, the report said.

In a statement faxed to the Associated Press, the regional ministry of public security said the campaign would run until the end of the year, with police continuing the hunt for riot suspects and on high alert for terror plots, including those involving explosives.

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