The Octopus

A comment by Soj just reminded me of a conspiracy theory that many believe to be true. And remember, just because it is a conspiracy theory does not mean you need to wear a tinfoil hat. For years people who claimed the CIA and DoD had conducted biological experiments on human test subjects and on cities were called conspiracy kooks. Later the CIA and the military admitted to such tests.

Danny Casolaro worked as a freelance journalist before he was found dead in a Martinsburg, W.Va. motel room.

His death has been the subject of numerous books, a play, countless newspaper and magazine articles and thousands of web pages. Unless you’ve ever had an interest in conspiracy theories, you’ve probably never heard of him.

I personally believe he was on to something big and was murdered.

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The lawyers for Green presidential candidate David Cobb and Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, along with Kerry-Edwards 2004 have added election tampering to a civil suit filed against the state of Ohio over problems with the state’s recount, RAW STORY has learned.

The Raw Story

To see the affidavit click here

To see Georgia10’s opus:Armando’s Challenge

Medecins Sans Frontieres

(Cross posted with Daily Kos)

        I just received a “Thank You” letter for my donation in regards to the South Asia Tsunami Relief and other Unmet Needs. MSF aka “Doctors Without Borders” is an amazing organization, they are often the first relief org. to arrive at the scene of an emergency and the last to leave. They go into the most remote and dangerous parts of the world. They also speak out against human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law that it’s teams witness while providing medical relief.

This revolution is NOT being televised

[promoted to the Frontpage by BooMan. And a big welcome to Soj]

If you want to know why international funding and training made the Rose (Rep. of Georgia) and Orange (Ukraine) Revolutions successful, you need to know only one thing – in today’s world, a successful revolution must be televised.

Unfortunately for the people of Kyrgyzstan, the television cameras from the west are missing.  Everything else is in place – a long-ruling, authoritarian, corrupt leader, rigged elections, a restless population and demonstrations in the street.  If the world was paying attention, we might be able to get Kyrgyzstan into the democratic column.  Alas…

U.N. Publishes Reports of Atrocities in DR Congo

To paraphrase jandsm, “beyond the periphery of world news,” in “events hidden in the back of newspapers” — behind reams of paper and millions of trees ill-spent on a murderous fertilizer salesman — there is this, and it is of course a top story in The Guardian:

Armed militia groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo kidnapped hundreds of rival tribe members, tortured, mutilated, raped and decapitated their victims, and even boiled alive and ate two girls in front of their mother.

The humanitarian crisis in north-east Congo’s embattled and lawless district of Ituri has replaced Sudan’s Darfur region as the worst in the world, UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland said yesterday, launching the report on abuses allegedly committed by the Forces of Patriotic Resistance in Ituri (FRPI). He said the fighting is killing thousands every month. …

Those of us who’ve followed the crisis in DR Congo knew this was worse than Sudan, as bad as that is. What will it take to get the world’s — or more specifically, Bush’s — attention? In the case of Sudan:

The United States and other members of the UN Security Council remained deadlocked over how war crimes committed in Sudan should be punished, continuing a standoff that has delayed the deployment of 10,000 UN peacekeeping troops to the troubled country. … (Boston Globe)

And, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment by Jesse Jackson, Jr. to restore another $150 million in emergency food aid for Sudan that appropriators also had cut.

More from The Guardian:

“Those responsible for atrocities will be brought to justice,” Major General Patrick Cammaert, the Dutch Navy commander of UN forces in Congo, said. He said the UN mission in Congo (Monuc) was working to cut off weapons supplies to armed militias, which apparently entered the country from neighbouring Uganda across Lake Albert.

Monuc is resolved to “proceed with actions against the armed groups . …”

The head of Monuc, William Swing, is due to fly to New York along with Gen Cammaert, and will brief the UN security council on the DRC situation on Wednesday March 23. The next day, he is scheduled to address the US congress and hold talks with several US officials.

What became of the mother who watched her two little girls boiled and eaten?

The woman herself was gang-raped by the rebels and mutilated. Ms Alfani survived to tell her horror story, but she died in hospital on Sunday, nearly two years after the attack, of Aids contracted during her torture, the UN report said.

She gave her account in February, but the UN waited to publish it until after her death, for fear she would become a target for reprisal.

These are just snippets of a story larger than any of us can imagine.

Please share what YOU know. And I hope we will also discuss how WE HERE can help make something happen in DR Congo, and in Sudan.