Thursday, July 27, 2006


This is my most recent painting, finished yesterday, for my friend Paola here in Pucon, Chile. She is going to mount it on the ceiling above her bed in her new house up on the base of volcan Villarica. It is approximately 1.5 meters in diameter, acrylic on wood.

Without being aware of it, I painted two "clusters" which remind me of the Magellanic clouds, which are two irregular galaxies visible in the night sky of the southern hemisphere as two fuzzy patches; they are the two closest galaxies to our own, the Milky Way.

A little Earth is floating there, too. That's us, you know.

cheers Jeff


And the final third of the same pulsera.


This is the same pulsera from a different angle.


A "pulsera" is an arm-band or bracelet-type thing...this is made of wood which I painted very intricately like I paint my rocks.


This is my wonderful friend Paola painting on the altiplano near San Pedro de Atacama in the far north of Chile.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

"Elohim Photon Dreaming" Jeff Phillips

"untitled" Serena Hayes, Keringke, Alice Spgs. NT


Jeff Phillips
(originally written in 2001)
In 1990 I began to feel a very strong connection with what I called "aboriginal consciousness. It was at this time that some of my art began to have that sort of feel to it. Only when I traveled to central Australia earlier this year, however, did I realize the depth of the connection.
For years I felt there was a connection between "aboriginal consciousness” and "dolphin consciousness”. Ever since the late 70,s I had been keen on understanding the whales and dolphins, large-brained mammals like ourselves, who have lived harmoniously on the Earth for tens of millions of years. Dr. John C. Lilly had speculated that the whales and dolphins were "repeater stations for signals from other water-based life-forms elsewhere in the galaxy (signals that are far weaker than those of the electronic SSE, or "solid-state entity which is vying for control of the Earth) [see Lilly’s The Scientist: A Novel Autobiography]
I knew that dolphins figured heavily into the dream-time cosmologies of almost every coastal aboriginal tribe in Australia; I guessed that the aborigines and the dolphins were conveying similar information about nature herself and how she works.
People had told me for years that a lot of my paintings contained images that reminded them of cellular structures, mitochondria, chromosomes, ribosomes, membranes, nuclei; this made sense in light of my background in biology.
Now it gets even freakier. My friend Moira Timms (Egyptologist, archaekonicist [someone who studies ancient symbols], author of Beyond Prophecies and Predictions] had sent me a copy of a book called The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, which she said she thought was one of the most important books of the (20th) century! In it, Jeremy Narby relates his hypothesis that shamans, medicine men and indigenous minds in general are in direct communication with the global network of DNA-based life, that this intelligence directly imparts knowledge that mainstream science cannot explain.
When I was in central Australia near Alice Springs I connected with some extremely wonderful aboriginal women artists who form the Keringke group. It was like we are doing the same thing only in different parts of the world. They are going beyond traditional aboriginal art, using a full spectrum of colors and creating their own stories, just like I do. I look forward to spending more time with my Australian art sisters!
But when I returned to New Zealand and was examining in depth the Keringke art book, I was totally blown away when I saw Serena Haye’s painting. It was extremely similar to one I had done around the same time in America. Both of us were working directly from within, and neither of us had seen the other’s art.
Further, Huddersfield University geneticist Martin Richards has shown that the origin of ALL humans can be traced back to a single family tree, even an original "Eve 7000 generations ago. These studies are based on mitochondrial DNA, of which the aborigines of Australia have the oldest of any human beings.
In quantum physics a "non-local connection is a sort of bridge or continuum which simultaneously links people, places or events from different spatio-temporal coordinates; Jung called this synchronicity.
My mind boggles at the meanings of all these connections. We truly ARE all a part of the same web of life, even beyond the Earth…an inter-galactic Gaia? It’s as if life herself is non-local, synchronistic, and highly intelligent, and she’s helping us to paint pictures of her!!! I am honoured to be a participant in this process!!!

The top picture, "Elohim Photon Dreaming", was done by me in the mountains of east Tennessee in the summer of 1999

The bottom painting, untitled, by Serena Hayes of the Keringke group in Northern Territories, Australia, was done in 1998.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

"THE BIBLE" Moira Timms, chapter 12, Beyond Prophecies & Predictions


(Chapter 12 from Beyond Prophecies and Predictions, Moira Timms, 1994)

“…the seven seals are allegorical to each of the seven chakras (energy centers, like valves between the etheric and physical bodies, which are related to the endrocrine system) of the human body. With the opening of each seal comes “revelation” and the opportunity to be purified and transformed by the particular energies released. The more successful we are in handling and transmuting within ourselves (i.e., within each chakra) the intense surge of purifying energy released by the opening of each seal, the less necessary it is for these releases to manifest in the external world as chaos and catastrophe.”

“For no prophecy of scriptures ever originated in the mind of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Peter 1:21)

The Bible contains many prophecies and references to “the fullness of time”, “the harvest”, the “latter” or “last days”, the “purification of the nations” and the battle of Armageddon. God spoke clearly in these times (and sometimes not so clearly) through his prophets of the Old Testament, through the disciples who recorded the life and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, and through John’s vision of the Revelation. The various biblical prophecies present warnings to the reader of the signs to watch before the finale, so that all who receive the message might prepare themselves, and be awakened to their spiritual identity and divine heritage. Again, we stress that it is not the end of the world that is predicted, but the end of the Piscean age and present world system. Preparation is needed to achieve sufficient faith, strength, understanding, and purity to make the transition to that promised land of a highly evolved and truly righteous society of the Aquarian, Golden or New Age. It will usher in the final stage of the Yuga, the 26,000 equinoctial cycle, and culminate in the evolution of humanity to a spiritual/fourth dimensional state of consciousness. The Bible records that it has always been God’s way to provide ample time and forewarning before catastrophes or judgments. A renewal of religious interest and spiritual awakening are important signs of the predicted times, and this is happening today.
In the ancient world of the Hebrew prophets, villages and centers of trade and commerce were scattered over an arid landscape of relentless sunlight and hazy barren hills. The prophets who emerged to stir the pulse of conscience were a remarkable breed of men. Wandering between communities and royal cities, they would often appear out of the wilderness areas to warn or admonish, help or advise. They were probably a thorn in the flesh of the populace, feared yet revered, as they spoke out against kings, corruption, and unGodliness. Through His prophets, God spoke directly in those days to people who would hear, and dealt just retribution to those who would not; or so it seemed. It was a simple affair, uncomplicated by the intricacies of technology and media.
A criticism aimed at Biblical prophecies is that describe events of the prophets’ own times. But this would not necessarily disqualify a prophecy from being true for our time, too. You can get a lot of mileage out of the major biblical prophecies because they deal with archetypal myths and images. While the perennial wisdom enables us to transcend the conditions of the world, it is the perennial ignorance that brings down the negative aspects of history that repeat in such predictable patterns. That is to say, failure to live according to natural law and divine will has consequences – returning karma. Biblical prophecy lets people know that God keeps His promises and covenants, and helps them understand more clearly God’s will and the moral standards by which He judges, in order that people may harmonize their lives with them and thereby avoid suffering.
In the visions of the various Hebrew prophets, we see again and again events quite similar, if not identical, to those recorded in the annals of many ancient peoples, several of which are discussed in the chapter on Pole Shift. The prophets quoted below lives just prior to the great cosmic upheavals that appear to have accompanied the “brief anomaly” of magnetic pole reversal around 860 B.C. If events that happened then are about to recur, the prophecy is still good. For example, the Book of Joel, form which the following quotes are excerpted, opens with Joel instructing the people to repeat to as many future generations as possible the prophecy he is about to give on the coming “day of the Lord”:

Joel, c. 820 B.C., “The Earth shall quake before them, the heavens shall tremble; the sun and moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.” (2:10)

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord to come.” (2:30-32)

Amos, c. 800 B.C., “And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to do down at noon, and I will darken the Earth in the clear day.” (8:9)

Isaiah, c. 775 B.C., “For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine…Therefore I will shake the heavens and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.” (13:10 and 13:13)

Habbakuk, c. 628 B.C., “He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow.” (3:6)

Many centuries later the Gospels were written. They are accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus as written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These men also recorded in a firsthand and informal way very interesting information about the people and customs of two thousand years ago. The culture was still predominantly Greek, with Roman politics and Jewish religion. The political, social and moral attitudes of that time were quite corrupt, not so very different from our own, and the disciples who wrote the gospels originally were just plain folk from all walks of life. Matthew was a former tax collector, and Mark a scholar from a wealthy family. Luke had been a physician, and John (who also later wrote the Revelation) was a fisherman.
One day, on the Mount of Olives in the Judean hills, the disciples asked Jesus privately when the end would be, and what would be the signs of His coming again. Jesus spoke of wars and rumors of wars, of famines, of pestilence, and earthquakes, and said that they would be but the beginning of troubles. He warned of religions persecution; false prophets and imposters claiming to be Christ himself, and performing such heavy miracles that even the wisest might be deceived. He said that unless God intervened, humanity would be wiped out entirely, but that for the sake of the “elect” the time of trouble would be shortened.
In his discussion, Jesus also confirmed the visions of the Hebrew prophets. “Men’s hearts [will be] failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming upon the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” [emphasis added] (Luke 21: 26-27). In this passage, the original Greek word for “heavens” is “ouranos” – the root for uranium. One could read instead, “The powers of uranium shall be shaken. And then shall they see…” Uranium is shaken to produce atomic power. It is a matter of record and certainly a curious coincidence that the first nuclear experiments, detonated in New Mexico desert at Jornado del Muerto (journey of the dead) was called “Project Trinity.” When he beheld, on that fateful day, the awesome release of power wrought by their research, project director Robert Oppenheimer recalled the impact it had upon him. A passage from Sanskrit scripture echoed in his mind – Shiva, the destructive aspect of the Hindu trilogy, saying “I am become Death, destroyer of worlds…” The result of that dynamic fusion, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, was code named “Baby Jesus.” This interpretation correlates with data from the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid – for the date exactly in the center, March 3-4, 1945, indicates the date of the first atomic bomb experiments. Also, the Hopi prophecies say the same thing. In a letter of appeal over the Black Mesa issue, the Hopi elders wrote to President Nixon, “The Great Spirit said that if a gourd of ashes is dropped upon the Earth, many men will die and that the end of this way of life is near at hand.” Matthew, Mark and Luke each report Jesus as saying right after this, “Verily, I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away until all be fulfilled.” And it looks very possible.
“Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36) This was his last advice to his disciples on the subject, for He was speaking also of the events concerning the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, which came about in 70 A.D., and which would have been witnessed by disciples still living at that time.
“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” (Mark 13:37)
St. John the Divine was the youngest and most beloved disciple of Jesus. He had sat at Christ’s side during the last supper, and it was to him that Jesus entrusted the care of His mother, Mary, during the crucifixion. We know that Jesus was aware that John had been chosen to receive the prophetic vision of the close of the age, because John records at the end of his own gospel that “The saying spread abroad among the bretheren that this disciple (John) was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?’” (John 21:23) After Christ’s ascension, the Roman authorities put a finger on John. His preaching activities concerning the new Christian doctrine posed a threat to the establishment religion and the government arranged for him to be forcibly exiled for apostasy. John was banished to the island of Patmos in the Mediterranean, and it was during his later life that he had the vision recorded in the last book of the Bible as “The Revelation.”
The Book of Revelation is an obvious account of some very real future shock, detailing signs of Christ’s second coming and the events that presage the final judgment of humanity. Although interpretation has always been difficult and unsatisfactory, the veils of mystery are gradually lifting, as world events today shed light on much of the allegory. Many volumes would be necessary to explore fully all the aspects of John’s amazing preview, but there are a few highly relevant trends forming today that relate to it.
The Revelation involves a series of happenings that occur in the spiritual world of the heavens. In the first part of the account, John sees a scroll with seven seals, each of which represents an aspect of retribution that must come to pass before the “harvest is gathered”, i.e., the last judgment when the “sheep will be separated from the goats.” The seals are opened one at a time, and the first four release that famous quartet, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, bringing pestilence, war, famine, and death upon the Earth. It is important to understand that the seven seals are allegorical to each of the seven chakras (energy centers, like valves between the etheric and physical bodies, which are related to the endrocrine system) of the human body. With the opening of each seal comes “revelation” and the opportunity to be purified and transformed by the particular energies released. The more successful we are in handling and transmuting within ourselves (i.e., within each chakra) the intense surge of purifying energy released by the opening of each seal, the less necessary it is for these releases to manifest in the external world as chaos and catastrophe.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."

"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."

"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."


"We shouldn't be exporting uranium because you're exporting cancer." Sydney Morning Herald, July 2006


"I have become death." Robert Oppenheimer

The future of humanity...

...the avoidable result of our denial.


The hands of "divine providence."

"CARL SAGAN AND THE NUCLEAR SCENARIO: A Cosmic Perspective on Terrestrial Problems" JEFF PHILLIPS

NOTE FROM JEFF: This is long but the problem is very real; here I give vital information on why anything nuclear is NOT "safe and clean", the psychology of denial, the consequences of our inability to act on the best knowledge we already have, and our amnesia concerning who we really are.

CARL SAGAN AND THE NUCLEAR SCENARIO:  A cosmic perspective on terrestrial problems

Dedicated to all the astronomers and activists of Earth, and life as we know it.  Long may you live!!!
    It’s no coincidence that the man who did the most to awaken our generation to the awe and mystery of the cosmos was also one of the most ardent anti-nuclear activists the world has ever seen.

    Astronomer Carl Sagan made great contributions in the field of planetary sciences before his name became almost synonymous with “extra-terrestrial intelligence.”  When he entered the realm of mass-communication with his comprehensively mind-blowing television series Cosmos, millions of star-gazers and space-cadets around the world came to love his New York accent and his waving arms telling us there were “billions and billions” of stars out there just like our sun.  In our own galaxy.  His question:  so why haven’t we heard from anyone else?

    Sagan’s hypothesis was that there may be no one else out there…not because they were never there, but because they destroyed themselves before they could go “inter-stellar.”  He believed that “technological civilizations” evolve in the same way as human beings, going through stages of adolescent recklessness before maturing into stability.  The difference was that instead of wrecking their parents’ house or car, like a teenager, the young technological civilization would tend to wreck its spaceship, its planet;  or worse, completely destroy itself through the mis-use of advanced technologies.

    How far are we from this scenario?  The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has a little clock that’s been at only a few minutes to mid-night for several decades. Midnight, of course, represents the unleashing of a nuclear “Armageddon”, whether intentional or accidental.  Many would argue that the minute hand has moved much closer to the “witching hour” since the Bush administration and associated New World Order enterprises unveiled their new “nucular” agenda, which involves rolling back or destroying previously existing test-bans and non-proliferation treaties, building a new generation of reactors, forming a “cartel’ of uranium-exporting and processing states, and actually adopting a “first-strike” orientation in terms of military strategy…all changes which ten years ago would have been regarded as unacceptably stark-raving mad.  Today, it’s still stark raving mad…but acceptably so;  the mind-managers have had their noses to the grindstone!

    What I find even more disturbing than these necrophilous revelations is the almost complete cluelessness of the people in general, particularly the younger generation, who spend so much time talking on their mobile phones and playing video games that they don’t even know what DU is! Not that the older generation is very different; their problem is “sport” on tv and having to listen to their kids’ video games and mobile phone conversations.

    OK, class…who knows what “ionising radiation” is?  No, it’s not something that you wish to acquire more of for your Schwarzeneggerian video-game army. Sorry, dude.  It’s the four primary emissions released by the decay of radioactive materials as well as in nuclear reactions.  In nuclear explosions, much of the damage is done by the initial heat and blast effects;  but much more insidious are the effects of the ionising radiation released.  These energies and/or particles damage us at the cellular level, through the creation of free radicals, and cause cancer and genetic mutations as they are absorbed by our dna.

    The longevity of radioactive materials is expressed in terms of its “half-life”, which is the time it takes for one-half of its mass to decay into non-radioactivity.  For your average radioactive isotope or nuclear waste, this figure is on the order of billions of years.  Got that…BILLIONS.  That’s the age of the Earth herself.

    The vast majority of all the energy that powers Spaceship Earth comes from the sun;  anything nuclear comes from minerals extracted out of the ground, out of the rocks.  Indigenous peoples, in particular the Hopi native Americans of Arizona, have specifically warned against “digging precious things from the land”, and with very good reason:  this will invite disaster.

    They know what they are talking about.  Ancient cultures may have expressed their wisdom “unscientifically”, but does this lessen the impact of their message?  Maybe they didn’t visualize the geo-magnetic and telluric currents that flow through the highly conductive metallic and radioactive elements, driven by energy from the Sun and beyond, which control the Earth’s magnetic field and weather patterns. The Adnyamanthaha aborigines of south Australia may not have known about ionising radiation, but they know where “sickness country” is located. They know that these sacred areas are to be left alone, protected.
    Look at what we’ve done.  Think, if you dare, of the direct and side-effects of our extractions:  gold, petroleum, uranium.  How much genocide, violence, and ecological devastation has occurred because of greed for these;  how many problems associated with what we use them for?  Digging precious things from the land is the root of many of our problems, and the karmic consequences of this unending rape of the Earth are only beginning to be felt.

    In April of 1986 I went to a place called Big Mountain, on the Navaho reservation in northern Arizona.  We were there to support the indigenous elders who were facing forced removal by the government;  Peabody Coal (owner of Kerr-McGee, the plutonium processing company that Karen Silkwood worked for…see the movie Silkwood) wanted to strip-mine Black Mesa…a region of immense sacredness to both the Hopi and the Navaho…and site of one of the largest deposits of coal, shale and uranium on the planet.

    It was at this time that I first learned of the Hopi prophecies, whose essence has been extraordinarily conveyed in a brilliant film called Koyaanisqatsi (Hopi for “life out of balance.”) It was also at this time that I first learned of Australian physician and anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott, through her work with the Center for Informed Democracy in Santa Cruz. 

    I had borrowed a Geiger counter from the physics department at UCSC, and in between our sessions with the elders, the singing, dancing and drum circles, I would walk around taking readings on the rocks lying on the ground.  I will always remember the clicks of the alpha particles striking the sensor…as well as the momentary ominous presence of the F-16 fighter plane that swept over us at no more than one hundred feet off the ground.

    And I will never forget the headline on the newspapers the day we came down to Flagstaff, after a week of isolation in the desert:  the Chernobyl meltdown!  While I was learning of the Hopi prophecies in one of their most sacred places, what is still to date the worst nuclear accident in history (that we know of!) was happening on the opposite side of the world.  And last I heard, twenty years later, is that the molten reactor cores are still melting down through the Earth.

    This amazing synchronicity has always been a profound lesson to me.  I had been on-lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe, New Mexico two years earlier, to visit my old physics lab instructor from college.  It was there that I first caught the creepy vibe of the nuclear weapons establishment and the rather “matter-of-fact” approach of the scientists and researchers.  In a museum at LANL I saw mock-ups of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and was reminded that the scenario of how a nuclear apocalypse might happen as envisioned by Stanley Kubrick in his film Dr. Strangelove was not at all far out.  I was all too aware that people like Edward Teller existed and had influenced legions of nuclear strategists and imperial technocrats.

    I had also learned that the Hopi prophecies had predicted that as a result of “digging precious things from the land”, a “gourd of ash would be thrown from the sky, which would burn the land and boil the oceans.”

    In a powerful book from the mid-1980’s, The Fate of the Earth, Jonathan Schell related that the horror of nuclear war was so unimaginably great that the average human mind went into a state of denial when confronted with its possibility. Denial, he reasoned, enabled us to continue to function in a world of dire realities and possibilities, but not without unconscious side-effects.  Moreover, a problem isn’t going to go away just because you aren’t dealing with it;  in fact, it  can get a lot worse while you aren’t dealing with it.  And this is precisely what has happened with the global nuclear scenario.

    With the detonation of the first atomic explosion at the Trinity test site at Alamagordo, New Mexico on 16 July of 1945, humanity entered the nuclear age, and crossed a threshold of no return:  the fate of the Earth…and that of ourselves…was now in our own hands.  Humanity, in the fury of its technological adolescence, had chosen to realize the destructive side of Einstein’s theoretical foundation;  we suddenly had the car keys but no driving lessons. The most brilliant mind of the twentieth century was prompted to speculate that he didn’t know what weapons World War Three would be fought with, but that World War Four would be fought with sticks and stones.

    World War Three rages incognito all around us today, a “war on ‘life-as-we-know-it’” in the form of mankind’s industrial civilization metastasizing out of control over the surface of the planet, a “world-eating” virus, in the words of naturalist Loren Eiseley.  And it rages within us as well, in the form of the low-grade schizophrenia that is passing for “normality” these days, manifesting as obsession with the mindless, trivial and even diseased by-products of our socio-cultural paradigm, as well as  “psychic numbing”, ignorance and denial of the awful truth.  Lots of people are awake and aware, but humanity as a whole is neck-deep in an ocean of ignial.  All too many of us simply don’t want to hear about it.  What we don’t know CAN hurt us…because we don’t know!  “Out of sight” is “out of mind”…but not out of existence.

    Carl Sagan wanted us to hear about it, because, as a crew member of Spaceship Earth, he loved his mother and his home;  and as an astronomer, he was acutely aware of the singular uniqueness of our planet…a jewel of blue and green floating in a vast continuum of the unknown, and home of all life we know.

    He was also acutely aware of the grave danger of the nuclear scenario and the threat it posed to the health and existence of life on Earth.  Sagan was so concerned about the dangers of nuclear weapons that he visited the Nevada Test Site hundreds of times, to demonstrate and protest against the development and deployment of ever-newer generations of bombs and missiles.

    He was probably very aware that he was putting his life on the line by doing so;  he contracted leukemia, which is one of the most salient cancers induced by ionising radiation, and died from it in the mid-1990’s, in his early sixties.  His last words were that he hoped that mankind might learn to listen to the voice of reason.

    I got to meet Carl Sagan once, at the Goldstone radio-telescope installation in the Mojave desert in southern California.  This was on Columbus Day of 1992.  I had been invited to a ceremony by the SETI group of NASA, who were launching a new program to search for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence.  What impressed me about him was the gravity of his presence:  I knew he was someone who was deeply concerned about the state of affairs on our planet.

    What drove Sagan in his quest for extraterrestrial intelligence was his belief that the psychological impact of “contact” would not only jolt humanity into a state of sober cooperation, but would also show us that it is possible for a technological civilization to survive its adolescence.

    More than ten years after his passing, still no word from out there.  Radio-astronomers have no report;  despite all the “disclosure-mania” and ubiquitous “et-presence” memes littering the media landscape, have YOU actually seen or heard from a genuine extra-terrestrial being in a way that can be verified by anyone else?  I didn’t think so.

    And we’re still here; yet the juggernaut rages, further fuelled by the fires of greed, for which the “war on terrorism” is only a facade; unfettered, even assisted, by the people, who sleep-walk in a day-dream matrix of consumption, entertainment, and corporate unreality.  The atomic clock says “five minutes ‘til midnight.”

    It almost seems as if the hand of divine providence is holding back that minute hand.  But for how much longer?

    Where is it all leading?  In the movie Contact, where Jodie Foster plays a radio-astronomer who receives a transmission from an extra-terrestrial civilization (Sagan wrote the novel on which the film is based and was assisting in production up until his passing), the first image to be decoded shows a picture of a swastika on Hitler’s uniform.  The “aliens”, to begin, had returned to us the first transmission they received from us:  the first world-wide television broadcast, the Berlin Olympic games in 1936. This was the first signal of sufficient power at radio wavelengths to make it out of the solar system, appearing like a sudden “nova” on the screen of anyone “out there” who may have been listening. The Nazis had pulled this off as a demonstration of their superior technologies, and may or may not have been aware of the beacon effect of this transmission.

    This was fairly brilliant science-fiction on the part of Sagan:  to show that on this planet, the most highly advanced technologies were being developed and implemented in the service of fascism and destruction. Based on the speed-of-light factor, the benevolent extra-terrestrial civilization in the Vegan star system then responded to this beacon with instructions on how to contact them.
    Jodie Foster is a brilliant actress, or at least used to be;  but what weight does she carry in the reality-based community?  Dr. Helen Caldicott, on the other hand, may not be an actress, but, much more importantly, she is REAL…a real health doctor, educator, anti-nuclear activist;  mother, grandmother, and lover of life.
    On live television in Australia recently she was lamenting the fact that the younger generation was not responsive to her message because they were so highly brainwashed by government propaganda saying that nuclear power is safe and clean.  This would be the same generation who is always talking on mobile phones.  You know, those small microwave transmitters which cause intra-cranial heating, disruption of brain-waves, and carcinoma.  The same generation who can actually stomach such media tripe as “Big  Brother.”  The same generation whose children…if they exist at all...are going to have exponentially higher probabilities of contracting cancer than this one;  the same generation who is going to have train and truck-loads of nuclear waste passing through their neighbourhoods and stored in their back-yards…all the while “enriching” a handful of corporations at the expense of life itself.

    Remember that back in the 1930’s, when “radiation” was first “discovered”, there was a brief craze where lots of the “in-crowd” drank radium tea and took radium baths, believing it was beneficial to their health.  After all these people died, others began to catch on to the reality of radiation.  So if you see adverts for “DU tea”, don’t buy it…you’re already breathing it!

    Australia, and Canada as well, play huge rolls in the global nuclear scenario, as these two countries provide close to 70% of all the uranium that is mined;  Israel, the fifth largest nuclear power, and a prima facie rogue terrorist state, is regarded by many as the most likely nation to use these weapons.  But the nuclear king-pin is, of course, the United States, who leads in “r & d”, strategic proliferation, and paradigm marketing…just like Nazi Germany in the early 1940’s.  The parallel’s are clear:  it’s a family tradition!!!

    Over the past few decades what has come to be known as the “military-industrial complex” has invested in a program of “full-spectrum weaponization” of almost every imaginable dimension of what we think of as “reality.”  They have even attempted to weaponize “reality” itself!  Each of these technological systems is in itself extremely dangerous;  the summation of their effects and unknown synergisms exponentiates the lethality.  At the top of the list, however, are all things nuclear.

    The nuclear scenario is of truly global proportion, affecting every life-form and eco-system on the planet; like other issues involving high technology, it is complex and consists of several inter-related problem areas, for example, the mining/extraction process;  transportation and storage of radioactive wastes;  development, testing, deployment, and proliferation of a wide spectrum of nuclear weapons, as well as reactors for power generation;  accidents in any of these areas;  the inherent “terrorism” involved in their possession;  and the consequences of actual nuclear war, tactical or strategic, and “radiological” warfare.

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the first human population centers to experience the blow of a nuclear attack…the “gourd of ash.”  Nuclear physicist Leuren Moret, interviewed in the Australian documentary “Blowin’ in the Wind”,  relates that the U.S. military referred to these genocidal detonations as “test two” and “test three.”  Japan was already on the verge of surrendering;  the strategic planners and their scientific attaches wanted to see what would happen.  An in vivo experiment, and a flexing of newly-acquired muscle, to impress the Russians…who had “the bomb” within four years.  The result was beyond their wildest nightm…I mean, dreams!  On the sixth and ninth of August 1945 two cities of no strategic value were levelled and hundreds of thousands of civilians were incinerated in a matter of seconds.  A previously unimaginable form of “terror” was now in their hands.  The tests were a success…and the hard was on!

    The Hopi recognized the atomic bomb as the fulfilment of their “gourd of ash” prophecy and at this point began to share their insights with a world who would hardly listen;  they knew that the “day of purification” was at hand.

    Since then, well over 2,000 nuclear devices have been detonated, in many locations around the planet, leaving over 4000 kgs of plutonium in the ground, according to Greenpeace, and discharging another 4000 kgs into the atmosphere.  Every above-ground explosion generated a cloud of radioactive gases which the wind occasionally blew across major population centers, and lofted millions of cubic meters of radioactive dust into the atmosphere, which would eventually return to the surface in the form of “fall-out”. 

    Fall-out contains many lethal materials, most notably, in addition to plutonium, a host of by-products of nuclear reactions, including radioactive isotopes of iodine, cesium, thorium, cobalt, and our good friend strontium 90; their half-lives range from tens to billions of years.  These particles enter the water and soil cycles and the food chain, circulate in the atmosphere and remain in our tissue, our bones and teeth…for the duration.  Las Vegas, which is a hundred miles down-wind from the Nevada Test Site, has the highest per capita cancer rate in all of the United States;  and after the radio-active cloud from a British nuclear test blew over Adelaide, South Australia, scientists studying the bones of children who had died confirmed the presence of strontium-90.

    “But the government scientists tell us that nuclear power is safe and clean.”  I cannot think of a more fundamental lie than this.  Only a completely schizophrenic mind could believe this;  or a completely ignorant mind.  Ignophrenia:  the “new normality.”

    If it’s safe, then why do they make weapons out of it?  Right.  Today’s governments and military are kinder, gentler;  aware and responsible:  they only kill people with weapons that are safe and clean!

    It’s perfectly ecological, too…except for the millions of acres of sacred lands that are strip-mined and the millions of cubic meters of tailings left lying around, not to mention the hazardous chemicals used in the extraction process.  Where does all this stuff go?  Nowhere.

    True, some of the indigenous people go along with it.  Why?  Because they’re making a lot of money from it.  But for every one on the take, there are many more who hold to the old way. 

    Clean?…you bet!  Except for the millions of tons of high-level radioactive wastes generated annually.  Kind of like a small nuclear explosion in a drum.  Very convenient.  Where does all this stuff go?  Ever heard of “DU”?  But not all of it can be made into bullets, so they’ve got really big holes in the ground in Nevada and South Australia to put it in. Perfectly safe there…at least until it corrodes the drums and leaches into the water table, or until geological activity breaks the whole thing open.  Maybe not in our life-times…but in whose?  Our grand-children’s?

    Further, any facility where nuclear materials are processed eventually becomes so contaminated that it has to be shut down.  But only after lives have been lost and untold quantities of the most toxic substances known to man have been lost or released into the environment.  The Hanford site in Washington state is a major example;  this was a plutonium processing facility which is now so contaminated that they literally don’t know what to do with it.

    And I remember from my days in Boulder, Colorado that Rocky Flats, just to the north…another plutonium processing facility…estimated that approximately eight pounds of plutonium was unaccounted for at the time they shut down.  This is enough for several small war-heads and enough to kill every person on Earth many times over just from its radio-toxicity, and from only one facility.  Can you imagine the horror of being killed more than once?

    One of the really dangerous aspects of nuclear radiation is that, unless you are in the vicinity of a nuclear explosion or a reactor core, you probably aren’t going to be aware of its presence.  Humans have lived in the presence of radiation for millions of years;  we swim in a sea of radiation, the electromagnetic spectrum.  Sunlight is radiation which is essential for life;  all life on Earth is constantly bombarded by assorted radiations from the sun and beyond.  We respond to, are nourished by, resonate with and mutate from this constant flux of electromagnetic energy.  Some of the mass-extinction events on Earth may have been caused by extra-terrestrial radiation. And uranium can be found as a trace element in top-soils all around the world.

    But we are not equipped to sense or deal with high levels of ionising radiation.  You cannot feel a level of exposure that is basically cooking you…only hours later when you start getting really sick do you become aware of it.  This is why anyone who works in laboratories where nuclear materials are present wears a little tag that changes color if exposure has occurred…otherwise, you wouldn’t even know.

    Are you beginning to get the picture…of just how “safe and clean” anything nuclear actually is?  And if you REALLY want to know about the health effects of ionising radiation, I suggest you go over to Iraq and visit just about any hospital there.

    You see, the brilliant minds who brought us nuclear weapons to begin with…remember, Robert Oppenheimer’s Manhatten Project guys…laid the foundation for “radiological” warfare as well.  They knew that the reactors making their weapons-grade materials would be churning out vast quantities of radioactive waste.  In documents from the 1940’s they actually suggest that these wastes could be spread over battlefields…just like manure on a field of crops.  All the soldiers…ALL, not just the “enemy”…would die slow deaths from radiation poisoning.

    In 1973 a German company called Rheinmetal took out patents for the manufacture of what are called “depleted uranium”, or “DU” weapons.  The idea is very simple:  you take the “depleted” tailings from the extraction process and make it into bullets and artillery shells.  It’s called “depleted” because the tailings have only low levels of the U-238;  but “depleted” is an Orwellian euphemism, because what they add to the tailings is all the extremely high-level wastes from the reactors:  the most deadly substances known to man.

      From the point of view of your typical necrophilous military strategist, it’s the perfect battlefield weapon.  The bullets or shells pierce tank armor like butter, explode on impact, burn up whatever they hit, then disappear into a huge cloud of radioactive nano-particles which enter the food chain, the water cycle, the atmosphere.  Winds can carry these particles thousands of miles;  and their potency is not diminished except over millions of years.

    The perfect battlefield weapon…for those who never come near it, those who make the decisions for its manufacture and use.  Actually, it’s only “perfect” for someone…or something…that isn’t affected by radiation.  This has always made me wonder about these people.  Do they think they are somehow immune?  That it will never reach them or their loved ones (do they have any)?  Maybe the military has a new generation of “anti-radiation” drugs;  you know, you just pop some pills and you can walk inside the reactor.  Safe and clean, remember?  More than likely, they have pills that make you think this is true!  But who needs that when we already have television?

    To me, the most horrific and nightmarishly insidious thing that mankind is doing to others of his kind right now is the use of DU weapons.  Radiological war-fare.  Journalist Robert Koehler has called it “silent genocide” and this is precisely accurate.

    DU was actually used as early as the 1950’s as ballast in missiles, but DU weapons were first used by Israeli forces in 1973, and have been used in several countries, including Yugoslavia, Kosovo and Afghanistan;  they were used extensively in Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91; and an unimaginable 155,000 kgs have been deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom;  and they are believed to be in use by U.S. military forces training in Australia.  I would guess that all U.S. forces anywhere, as well as those from Australia, England and Israel, are at least partially armed with DU weaponry.

    And DU weapons, like anything emitting ionising radiation, don’t have to be exploded to do their damage;  you get zapped just from being near it.  Dr. Siegwart-Horst Gunther, featured in the documentary film “The Doctor, DU, and Dying Children”, smuggled a live artillery shell from Iraq into Germany in his diplomatic pouch, and was charged with spreading ionising radiation when he submitted it to scientific institutions for testing!

    Medical authorities have estimated that even before the current operation in Iraq, over 500,000 babies had been born in Iraq who were severely deformed because of the effects of ionising radiation from the DU released in the first Gulf war.  You see, the poison dust containing the DU goes everywhere; even when a tank has blown up,  the DU’s journey has just begun.  It affects everyone within the reach of the wind:  not only military personnel on whatever side, but also health workers, children, civilians, pregnant mothers, even people in other countries. 
A few months ago scientists in the UK reported that background levels of ionising radiation there were four times what they usually were;  they attributed this to the clouds of DU blowing over from Iraq.  Safe and clean…in a very global way!  “What goes around…comes around!”

    The sickest part of the DU scenario is that this is not happening accidentally, an unforeseen side-effect of the “perfect weapon”, as some would have us believe. The decision-makers have known all along that DU weapons are indeed weapons of “silent genocide”…not only to blow up the “enemy” on the battlefield, and not only to destroy his entire genetic structure, to eradicate his people through the slow deaths of radiation poisoning and mutation, but also to kill their own military personnel. Soldiers in today’s military may think they are serving a noble cause, defending their homeland, destroying an “evil enemy.”  Au contraire…they are looked on by the top decision-makers as little more than witless cannon fodder.  Ask Cindy Sheehan.  And the “Gulf war syndrome” is known to be largely due to DU poisoning.

    In Nazi Germany, in the concentration camps, their biggest problem wasn’t how to kill everyone…it was disposing of the bodies.  Now, with the perfect “silent-genocide” weapon of DU, entire populations can be made to die slowly, and in their own homes.  The government and military is free from having to dispose of the bodies. Their children will mutate and die off.  And their own military personnel will do the same.  It’s called “eugenics”, or “population control.”

    Homo sapiens.  “Man, the wise.”

    It’s painfully clear that the wide-spread use of DU weapons is not only the equivalent of but actually a technological evolution beyond the ovens of Auschwitz and Dachau;  a more efficient means to the same end.  It is possible that the number of people who have already received lethal doses of DU may far exceed the number of people burned in concentration camps.  And more and more DU is being deployed hourly.

     People often speculate on what would have happened if the Nazis got nuclear weapons.  Think about it…they did. Hitler’s “devils among us”…“Jews, gypsies, liberals, communists” have become Bush’s Islamic “terrists”…everything else is the same except with 50 years worth of more advanced technologies., including television and all things nuclear.

    Nuclear radiation is safe and clean…as long as you’re already dead!

    Biologists have told us that not everything on Earth would die as a result of an all-out nuclear war.  Insects in general, and especially cockroaches, would be unaffected;  and grasses and non-vascular plants in general would be ok.  I remember reading that as early as three weeks after the Hiroshima detonation, wild-flowers were blooming at ground zero.

    Only the larger life-forms would be affected; any homo sapiens left would have to make it through a protracted “nuclear winter”, subsist on roaches and grass, and fend off rival mutants with sticks and stones.  I wish Stanley Kubrick would have made the sequel to Dr. Strangelove…How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Roach.  Importantly, life-forms in the ocean would be far less affected than those on land.

    The Earth is no stranger to cosmic catastrophe.  She’s made it through some pretty hairy times, for example at least five major mass-extinction events, some of which were believed to have been caused by cosmic radiation from supernovas.  Huge comets, asteroids, and other unknown celestial bodies have hurtled through the solar system, wreaking havoc and possibly even re-arranging planetary configurations. The crater-scarred surface of the moon, unprotected by an atmosphere, bears witness to the frequency of bombardment. 

    Immanuel Velikovsky, a Russian psychoanalyst and student of Freud, described such scenarios as these;  he was ridiculed by the “in-crowd” of his day (the radium-tea drinkers?), but time and research have proven him correct in many ways.  He believed that humanity as a whole had been psychologically traumatized by cosmic events so horrific that we were in a perpetual state of amnesia:  we refuse to remember what happened, and thus are doomed to play out this drama in our own small way.  He relates in his book Mankind in Amnesia that the military leaders of ancient times consciously sought to emulate the “gods” battling in the sky in their own war-fare.  With the advent of nuclear weapons our collective fantasy was fulfilled: a self-generated eschaton was now enabled, and our “small ways” of playing out unresolved psychic trauma were amplified to planetary lethality.

    Life on Earth has endured for a long time.  What is new this time is that a major threat to her health and safety has arisen not from somewhere else, but from one of her own children:  from us, homo sapiens, “man, the wise.”  This may not even be the first time…the Hopis tell us that ours is the “fourth world”.  And does the name “Atlantis” ring a bell?

    From a cosmic perspective, there’s a lot that we have no control over;  divine providence notwithstanding, there’s very little we can do to influence the sun or to shield ourselves from supernova x-rays.

      The nuclear scenario, however, is entirely of human creation.  Man, moreover, has armed himself not only with other technologies designed for killing and mutating, like genetic engineering (GE), weather warfare and mind-control (HAARP), and weltanschauungskrieg, or “psychological” and “unreality” warfare (TV and mass-communication as a whole), but is also suffering from the side-effects of his industrial civilization in general, for example, the fossil fuel scenario, atmospheric changes due to human activity, deforestation, desertification, chemical pollution, waste accretion.  Cancer rates are sky-rocketing, as are species extinctions. The ice caps are melting at unprecedented rates, but the reason remains unclear:  increased solar activity, weather/climate modification technologies, and the “greenhouse effect” could all be involved;  moreover, “global warming” is happening on planets other than Earth.  What does this tell us?  That we actually have no idea whatsoever about what is happening around us?
    Indigenous peoples have always told us that we ALL are connected in the web of life;  whether we want to or not, we ALL feel the pain and suffering of all our relations deep inside.  This is why we get cancer and go crazy…we refuse to acknowledge what WE are doing to ourselves.  All life that we know lives on the same spaceship.

    The “big picture” was expressed quite eloquently by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson in 1964, shortly after the Cuban missile crisis, which is regarded by many as the moment when the nuclear minute hand was the closest to midnight that it has ever been:

    "We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent upon its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed for our safety to its security and peace;  preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft.  We cannot maintain it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave to the ancient enemies  of man, half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all."

    Carl Sagan was first and foremost an astronomer.  Astronomers, moreso than anyone else, have a clear perspective on humanity’s place in the universe.  A cosmic, astronomical perspective helps us realize just how tiny and insignificant we truly are;  and at the same time, how precious, special, fragile life on Earth is.  A cosmic perspective gives us a sense of the real togetherness we share, the true family of life that we are part of.  A reluctantly “nuclear” family that is severely fragmented.

    Life here has endured cosmic cataclysms and survived; that this should always be so cannot be known.  What we DO have control over, however, are problems of our own creation, the nuclear scenario being at the top of the list.
     I think it’s very dangerous for us to believe that benevolent extra-terrestrials are going to intervene and save us from ourselves;  this is the same delusion promulgated by mainstream religion.  Besides, no self-respecting aliens are going to risk exposing themselves to Hollywood;  think of what would happen when their Spielberg-enhanced images reached neighboring star-systems…they would lose face throughout the galaxy!

    For hundreds of years, all of this non-sense that we are powerless and that salvation comes from beyond us has been generated by the spin-doctors of royalty, clergy, bankers, and the military/industrial complex.  Why?  To make us easier to control.

    The universe is telling us IN VERY BIG WAYS that it’s time to wake up.
    We have to learn our lessons for ourselves.  We have fouled our nest and we must clean it up and learn to take care of it.  We have been given the keys to our car and now we must learn to drive.  Paradoxically, “learning to drive” cosmically may fully entail stopping driving literally!  We must be like Toto, and pull back the curtain on the wizards of delusion.  WE must control transmission!

    That tiny minorities of wealthy imperialists and their minion corporations wield such control over what we think of as ‘reality’ is a testament not to their power or expertise, but only to our collective apathy, slumber and willingness to be misled.  The Zionists?  The Bilderbergers?  The “new world order”? The “illuminati”?  Ha…a bunch of greedy and impotent old men is more like it, with armies of highly-paid “perception managers” to disseminate grandiose hallucinations of their power…and the safety and cleanliness of all things nuclear!  They are no more than distant and severely mentally-ill relatives with lots of gold in their belfries!  Their goal:  to make this their world.  Yet “they” are a subset of “us.”

    Now more than ever we need a lightning bolt to strike us in the ass, to jar us from our deadly day-dreaming and inspire us to educate ourselves about what is really going on in this beautiful world, and to fall in love with Mother Nature, our planet, our home.  It’s a pretty cool place to be.

    Some good old-fashioned science education would be a great place to start.  The leading edge of science left the Newtonian/Cartesian paradigm in the particulate residue decades ago;  but since the military/industrial complex insists on staying at its outer limits…stuck at the level of “old-school” science-fiction…well, fire must be fought with fire, neutron with lead…laser with mirror…television with neuro-cybernetic creativity enhancement algorithms!
Physics is fun;  toss that video game.  Think of how cool you’ll be when you can actually explain what superconductivity is…in scientific terms!  Or pull out your very own Geiger counter…which if you’re lucky won’t be clicking!!!  Biology is rad…terminate “Big Brother.”  Think of how your friends will be impressed when you can explain exactly how ionising radiation actually causes your favorite mutations…or how microwaves can cook…in scientific terms!  Psychology is the COOLEST…think of how amazing you will be when you realize that you…yes YOU!...are actually using your very own brain/mind to CREATE REALITY at this very instant!  You and your friends can have “co-creation” parties!

    And when you get to this level…well, now you’re out of the old paradigm and into the new…you are now no longer living on a dead rock made of resources for extraction, you are a vital and integral part of a vast web of planetary life that is innately creative and intelligent, inhabiting a mind-blowingly awesome space/time-ship orbiting a huge plasma being illuminated by huge streams of interstellar electricity and inspired by emanations from the center of the galaxy.

    And at this point you will be better able to grasp the astronomical contradictions within the human experience which threaten us at every level, and the roles that you are playing in this unfolding drama.

    You are no longer just a passenger on Spaceship Earth…you are her crew!  Instead of “looking out for number one”, you’ll be looking in towards infinity!  And there is nothing wrong with your television set…as long as it is unplugged!

    Maybe the extraterrestrials ARE here…maybe they are who we REALLY are…a projection of our own true, but forgotten, nature.

    Einstein observed that with the dawn of the nuclear age, everything had changed except our ways of thinking, and that problems could not be solved from the same “level of thinking” that created them.

    For anyone to believe that anything nuclear is “safe and clean” is evidence that our ways of thinking have indeed changed…and in directions that Einstein actually foresaw.  He realized that the “shrewd methods of psychic and intellectual influences” brought to bear by the powers-that-be may prevent the development of independent thought.

    Maybe the next level from which our problems can be solved is simply a matter of a quantum leap in our psychological world-view:  to consider that we may actually be the “ultimate technology” with innate abilites to creatively and harmoniously re-program what we think of as “reality” and how we relate to ourselves, our fellow beings, our planet.

    This is what I always wanted to tell Carl Sagan and the other SETI radio-astronomers…that I thought they were looking in the wrong place for “extra-terrestrial” intelligence…that it’s actually embedded in the nature of life itself, in our dna, our cells, our brains and minds;  in trees, in rocks, in the whales and dolphins, in water, in the Earth, the stars, the galaxies, the entire omniverse.  In us.

    Is this realization what we are really afraid of, what we are in denial of, what we are running from…what we refuse to acknowledge, to remember?  Could it be that even more terrifying to us than ancient memories of cosmic catastrophe is the awareness that we ourselves actually ARE the “extra-terrestrial intelligence” we have long sought?  That we are not a “fallen” race of world-eating vermin…all that was just a really bad dream…but actually ARE higher-dimensional divine beings who are coming out of hibernation…waking up to the opportunity and responsibility, the excitement and wonder of being here and now, on the threshold of a new age…of our own creation?

    What are our options?  A nuclear or other catastrophe could still happen…in a flash.  The Hopi prophecies say that the United States will be destroyed by fire from the same “gourd of ash” they used on Japan.

    Renewed proliferation brings with it an increased probability of accidents…or deliberate use;  and with the vice of information control tightening, how much is happening that we don’t even know about?

      Meanwhile, the reactors churn out the waste and the DU dust blows in the wind to every corner of the globe. The slow death proceeds…a side-effect of our current way of “living.”  We…homo sapiens,  “man, the wise”…have finally constructed a “Doomsday machine.”  It’s called industrial civilization.

    It’s obvious that our current path is a dead-end.  The choice is ours:  to remain comatose in the face of seemingly insurmountable problems of our own creation until life as we know it has vanished, semi-conscious participants in eco- and suicide…or to wake up, breathe in the awe and mystery, and take the helm of Spaceship Earth as awakened crew operating on a completely new internal software environment.

    Science-fiction has become reality;  but it doesn’t have to be the horror version.  WE must control transmission:  divine providence may be growing weary of holding back that minute hand.                                              

Jeff Phillips
Pucon Chile
16 July 2006

Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex, If You Love this Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth, Missile Envy, Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do
Loren Eiseley, The Star-thrower
James Lovelock, The Gaia Hypothesis
Lewis Mumford, The Pentagon of Power: the Myth of the Machine
Jonathan Schell, The Fate of the Earth
Carl Sagan, The Cosmic Connection, The Dragons of Eden, Cosmos, The Nuclear Winter; Contact
Immanuel Velikovsky, Mankind in Amnesia


"Poison Dust"
"The Doctor, DU, and Dying Children"
"Blowin' in the Wind"
"Helen's War"

Doctor Strangelove
Judgement at Nuremberg


"The Atmospheric and Climatic Consequences of Nuclear War", Carl Sagan,

"Fighting for our lives", Caldicott interview,

'We should not be exporting uranium because you are exporting cancer' Dr. Helen Caldicott,

"There Are No Words...Radiation in Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs", Bob Nichols,

"Depleted uranium: Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets...A death sentence here and abroad" Leuren Moret,

"Cancer Epidemic Caused by U.S. WMD...M.D. Says Depleted Uranium Definitively Linked", Christopher Bollyn,

"Plutonium cancer risk may be higher than thought", New Scientist,

"Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Worst terror attacks in history", Norm Dixon,


"I am aware" An experimental piece with Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock performance of the "Star-spangled banner" and dialogue from the 1964 courtroom drama Judgment at Nuremberg. Go to click on Hendrix, scroll down to "I am aware". Down-load the mp3.

COMING SOON: "A Free-lance Intelligence Report: The 'Bigger Picture' as I see it Now" in which I attempt to synthesize everything that's relevant here and now...using understandable English and within the limits of the contemporary attention span. THIS is a challenge...but somebody's got to do it!!! hahaha!!!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

"Your Cell-phone is Dangerous" Dr. George Carlo

Scientists estimate that our daily exposure to EMF radiation is 100 million times higher than it was in our grandparents' time. This has been referred to as the "largest biological experiment ever." The purpose of this blog is to report on the health consequences of this experiment as they are now being discovered by experts, and to offer viable solutions to protect you and your family from this ever-present, albeit invisible, presence in our environment. Read on...

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Brain Tumors Now Cause More Deaths Than Any Other Forms of Cancer

Monday, January 16, 2006

Dr. George Carlo Radio Interview: "Your Cell Phone is Dangerous"

Dr. George Carlo is known as the epidemiologist and public health scientist who headed the multimillion dollar research funded by the cell phone industry. The project was launched in 1993 as part of a deal made with Congress to keep the industry from being regulated. After six years, Dr. Carlo's research yielded alarming findings that linked cell phone radiation to serious health diseases, including cancer. When he submitted his results to the industry executives, he expected that they would do something about it. Instead, they distanced themselves from him and tried to find ways to discredit his research and reputation.

Dr. Carlo has appeared on 20/20, 60 Minutes, World News Tonight, CBS News with Dan Rather and The Today's Show, as well as on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. In July 2006, a documentary film of his work will be released in major theaters.

In this candid interview, Dr. Carlo disclosed not only his research findings that question the safety of cell phone use but also the industry politics and shenanigans that keep cell phones in the market with minimal government intervention. There is no more qualified person to talk about the dangers of cell phone use than the man who headed a multimillion dollar research program into its safety--a program funded by the cell phone industry itself. It took a lot of courage (and still does) for him to go against the corporate giants and risk his career, reputation and even physical safety. This is one interview you do not want to miss! Listen now

Dr. George Carlo's Letter to AT&T Chairman & CEO

7 October 1999

Mr. C. Michael Armstrong
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
AT & T Corporation
32 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 100313-2412

Dear Mr Armstrong:

After much thought, I am writing this letter to you, personally, to ask your assistance in solving what I believe is an emerging and serious problem concerning wireless phones. I write this letter in the interest of the more than 80 million wireless phone users in the United States and the more than 200 million worldwide. But I also write this letter in the interest of your industry, a critical part of our social and economic infrastructure.

Since 1993, I have headed the WTR surveillance and research program funded by the wireless industry. The goal of WTR has always been to identify and solve any problems concerning consumers' health that could arise from the use of these phones. This past February, at the annual convention of the CTIA, I met with the full board of that organization to brief them on some surprising findings from our work. I do not recall if you were there personally, but my understanding is that all segments of the industry were represented.

At that briefing, I explained that the well-conducted scientific studies that WTR was overseeing indicated that the question of wireless phone safety had become confused.

Specifically, I reported to you that:

* The rate of death from brain cancer among handheld phone users was higher than the rate of brain cancer death among those who used non-handheld phones that were away from their head;
* The risk of acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour of the auditory nerve that is well in range of the radiation coming from a phone's antenna, was fifty percent higher in people who reported using cell phones for six years or more, moreover, that relationship between the amount of cell phone use and this tumour appeared to follow a dose-response curve:
* The risk of rare neuro epithelial tumours on the outside of the brain was more than doubled, a statistically significant risk increase, in cell phone users as compared to people who did not use cell phones;
* There appeared to be some correlation between brain tumours occurring on the right side of the head and the use of the phone on the right side of the head;
* Laboratory studies looking at the ability of radiation from a phone's antenna to cause functional genetic damage were definitively positive, and were following a dose-response relationship.

I also indicated that while our overall study of brain cancer occurrence did not show a correlation with cell phone use, the vast majority of the tumours that were studied, were well out of range of the radiation that one would expect from a cell phone's antenna. Because of that distance, the finding of no effect was questionable. Such mis-classification of radiation exposure would tend to dilute any real effect that may have been present. In addition, I reported to you that the genetic damage studies we conducted to look at the ability of radiation from the phones to break DNA were negative, but that the positive finding of functional DNA damage could be more important, perhaps indicating a problem that is not dependent on DNA breakage, and that these inconsistencies needed to be clarified. I reported that while none of these findings alone were evidence of a definitive health hazard from wireless phones, the pattern of potential health effects evidenced by different types of studies, from different laboratories, and by different investigators raised serious questions.

Following my presentation, I heard by voice vote of those present, a pledge to "do the right thing in following up these findings" and a commitment of the necessary funds.

When I took on the responsibility of doing this work for you, I pledged five years. I was asked to continue on through the end of a sixth year, and agreed. My tenure is now completed. My presentation to you and the CTIA board in February was not an effort to lengthen my tenure at WTR, nor to lengthen the tenure of WTR itself. I was simply doing my job of letting you know what we found and what needed to be done following from our findings. I made this expressly clear during my presentation to you and in many subsequent conversation with members of your industry and the media.

Today, I sit here extremely frustrated and concerned that appropriate steps have not been taken by the wireless industry to protect consumers during this time of uncertainty about safety. The steps I am referring to specifically followed from the WTR program and have been recommended repeatedly in public and private for and by me and other experts from around the world. As I prepare to move away from the wireless phone issue and into a different public health direction. I am concerned that the wireless industry is missing a valuable opportunity by dealing with these public health concerns through politics, creating illusions that more research over the next several years helps consumers today, and false claims that regulatory compliance means safety. The better choice by the wireless industry would be to implement measured steps aimed at true consumer protection.

Alarmingly, indications are that some segments of the industry have ignored the scientific findings suggesting potential health effects, have repeatedly and falsely claimed that wireless phones are safe for all consumers including children, and have created an illusion of responsible follow up by calling for and supporting more research. The most important measures of consumer protection are missing: complete and honest factual information to allow informed judgement by consumers about assumption of risk; the direct tracking and monitoring of what happens to consumers who use wireless phones; and, the monitoring of changes in the technology that could impact health.

I am especially concerned about what appear to be actions by a segment of the industry to conscript the FCC, the FDA and The World Health Organization with them in following a non-effectual course that will likely result in a regulatory and consumer backlash.

As an industry, you will have to deal with the fallout from all of your choices, good and bad, in the long term. But short term, I would like your help in effectuating an important public health intervention today.

The question of wireless phone safety is unclear. Therefore, from a public health perspective, it is critical for consumers to have the information they need to make an informed judgement about how much of this unknown risk they wish to assume in their use of wireless phones. Informing consumers openly and honestly about what is known and not-known about health risks is not liability laden - it is evidence that your industry is being responsible, and doing all it can to assure safe use of its products. The current popular backlash we are witnessing in the United States today against the tobacco industry is derived in large part from perceived dishonesty on the part of that industry in not being forthright about health effects. I urge you to help your industry not repeat that mistake.

As we close out the business of the WTR, I would like to openly ask for your help in distributing the summary findings we have complied of our work. This last action is what always has been anticipated and forecast in the WTR's research agenda. I have asked another organization with which I am affiliated, The Health Risk Management Group (HRMG) , to help us with this public health intervention step, and to put together a consumer information package for widespread distribution. Because neither WTR nor HRMG have the means to effectuate this intervention, I am asking you to help us do the right thing.

I would be happy to talk to you personally about this.

Sincerely yours

George L. Carlo Ph.D, M.S., J.D

Wireless Technology Research LLC
1711 N. Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20036-2811”

Dr. George Carlo, an epidemiologist and public health scientist who headed a research program funded by the cellphone industry, co-authored with journalist Martin Schram the book, Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age.