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Time ~ Heating Up * 9/11 Invest * Nuke Increase

01 April 2006
We cannot solve the problems we have created

with the same thinking that created them.

Albert Einstein

1) Was Confusion Over Global Warming a Con Job?
- - Time Cover Story - Global Warming Heats Up
2) Venezuelan Government To Launch International 9/11 Investigation
- - Long Live The 9/11 Conspiracy!
- - How the FBI Let 9/11 Happen
- - Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments
3) ENVY Nuke-Uprate may now go to 110%

Editor's Notes:

Today's FN begins with reports from ABC News and Time magazine on the critical warming on the Gulf Stream currents. Item 2 is an eye-opener: Jimmy Walter ( and WTC survivor William Rodriguez are both in Venezuela where they met with with the President of the Assembly, and will soon meet with Hugo Chavez. They hope to support an official Venezuelan investigation into 9/11. Included are other 9/11 articles, resource links, and an update on the federal investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. The last item is an alert on the NRC squeezing Vermont Yankee for all the power the aging nuke can crank out, "up another notch from 105 to 110 % of original licensed thermal power."

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1) Was Confusion Over Global Warming a Con Job?

- - Time Cover Story - Global Warming Heats Up

Was Confusion Over Global Warming a Con Job?
Some Claim Disinformation Campaign Attempted to Create
the Impression Scientists Were Broadly Divided

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2006 - - American attitudes about global warming are shifting, according to a new poll by ABC News, Time magazine and Stanford University -- but it has taken years for the public perception of the problem to catch up with the warnings.

That lack of concern may have been just what big oil wanted.

It's not as if the information hasn't been out there: A new ad by the Environmental Defense Fund warns time is running out to combat climate change, adding, "Our future is up to you."

But Virginia's top climatologist doesn't buy it.

"The American people have just been bludgeoned with climate disaster stories for God knows how long," said the climatologist, Pat Michaels, "and they're just, they've got disaster fatigue."

Michaels is one of a handful of skeptics still downplaying the danger. But they are a tiny minority.

The vast majority of scientists has determined global warming to be a real threat. So why has it taken so long to convince Americans?

Misinformation Campaign

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan blames a 15-year misinformation campaign by the oil and coal industries.

"The point of this campaign was not necessarily to persuade the public that global warming isn't happening," Gelbspan said. "It was to persuade the public that there is this state of confusion."

A 1998 memo by the American Petroleum Institute said, "Victory will be achieved when average citizens recognize uncertainties in climate science."

To redefine global warming as theory -- not fact -- the industry funded research by "friendly" scientists such as Michaels.

The industry's influence even extends into the White House - where up until a few months ago a former oil industry lobbyist, Phil Cooney, chief of staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was one of the president's top environmental advisers, editing scientific reports to make global warming seem less threatening.

"From now on, we don't have scientists write reports and just take them," said Rick Piltz of the group Climate Science Watch. "We pass them through a White House filter before they're ever published. I mean, that's scandalous."

A few oil companies, led by BP, have changed their tune and are now aggressively addressing the problem. But some continue to promote the idea there are "uncertainties in the science."

ABC News' Geoff Morrell reported this story for "World News Tonight."

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- - Time Cover Story - Global Warming Heats Up

From the Magazine | Cover
Posted Sunday, Mar. 26, 2006

Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than Ever...
More And More Land Is Being Devastated By Drought...
Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-Lying Communities...
By Any Measure, Earth Is At ... The Tipping Point

No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth. Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us.

It certainly looked that way last week as the atmospheric bomb that was Cyclone Larry--a Category 5 storm with wind bursts that reached 180 m.p.h.--exploded through northeastern Australia. It certainly looked that way last year as curtains of fire and dust turned the skies of Indonesia orange, thanks to drought-fueled blazes sweeping the island nation. It certainly looks that way as sections of ice the size of small states calve from the disintegrating Arctic and Antarctic. And it certainly looks that way as the sodden wreckage of New Orleans continues to molder, while the waters of the Atlantic gather themselves for a new hurricane season just two months away. Disasters have always been with us and surely always will be. But when they hit this hard and come this fast--when the emergency becomes commonplace--something has gone grievously wrong. That something is global warming.

The image of Earth as organism--famously dubbed Gaia by environmentalist James Lovelock-- has probably been overworked, but that's not to say the planet can't behave like a living thing, and these days, it's a living thing fighting a fever. From heat waves to storms to floods to fires to massive glacial melts, the global climate seems to be crashing around us.

Scientists have been calling this shot for decades. This is precisely what they have been warning would happen if we continued pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, trapping the heat that flows in
from the sun and raising global temperatures.

Environmentalists and lawmakers spent years shouting at one another about whether the grim forecasts were true, but in the past five years or so, the serious debate has quietly ended. Global warming, even most skeptics have concluded, is the real deal, and human activity has been causing it. If there was any consolation, it was that the glacial pace of nature would give us decades or even centuries to sort out the problem.

But glaciers, it turns out, can move with surprising speed, and so can nature. What few people reckoned on was that global climate systems are booby-trapped with tipping points and feedback loops, thresholds past which the slow creep of environmental decay gives way to sudden and self-perpetuating collapse. Pump enough CO2 into the sky, and that last part per million of greenhouse gas behaves like the 212th degree Fahrenheit that turns a pot of hot water into a plume of billowing steam.

Melt enough Greenland ice, and you reach the point at which you're not simply dripping meltwater into the sea but dumping whole glaciers. By one recent measure, several Greenland ice sheets have doubled their rate of slide, and just last week the journal Science published a study suggesting that by the end of the century, the world could be locked in to an eventual rise in sea levels of as much as 20 ft. Nature, it seems, has finally got a bellyful of us.

One result of all that is warmer oceans, and a result of warmer oceans can be, paradoxically, colder continents within a hotter globe. Ocean currents running between warm and cold regions serve as natural thermoregulators, distributing heat from the equator toward the poles. The Gulf Stream, carrying warmth up from the tropics, is what keeps Europe's climate relatively mild. Whenever Europe is cut off from the Gulf Stream, temperatures plummet. At the end of the last ice age, the warm current was temporarily blocked, and temperatures in Europe fell as much as 10F, locking the continent in glaciers.

What usually keeps the Gulf Stream running is that warm water is lighter than cold water, so it floats on the surface. As it reaches Europe and releases its heat, the current grows denser and sinks, flowing back to the south and crossing under the northbound Gulf Stream until it reaches the tropics and starts to warm again. The cycle works splendidly, provided the water remains salty enough. But if it becomes diluted by freshwater, the salt concentration drops, and the water gets lighter, idling on top and stalling the current. Last December, researchers associated with Britain's National Oceanography Center reported that one component of the system that drives the Gulf Stream has slowed about 30% since 1957. It's the increased release of Arctic and Greenland meltwater that appears to be causing the problem, introducing a gush of freshwater that's overwhelming the natural cycle. In a global-warming world, it's unlikely that any amount of cooling that resulted from this would be sufficient to support glaciers, but it could make things awfully uncomfortable.

"The big worry is that the whole climate of Europe will change," says Adrian Luckman, senior lecturer in geography at the University of Wales, Swansea. "We in the U.K. are on the same latitude as Alaska. The reason we can live here is the Gulf Stream."

For posting of complete article, see:,9171,1176980-0,00.html

For FN's resource page on this issue, see:
The Mounting Evidence of Global Warming

2) Venezuelan Government To Launch International 9/11 Investigation

- - Long Live The 9/11 Conspiracy!
- - How the FBI Let 9/11 Happen
- - Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments

Venezuelan Government To Launch International 9/11 Investigation
Truth crusaders Walter and Rodriguez to appear on Hugo Chavez's
weekly TV broadcast

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison | March 31 2006


Billionaire philanthropist Jimmy Walter and WTC survivor William Rodriguez this week embarked on a groundbreaking trip to Caracas Venezuela in which they met with with the President of the Assembly, and will soon meet with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in anticipation of an official Venezuelan government investigation into 9/11.

Rodriguez was the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the north tower of the WTC, and was responsible for all stairwells within the tower. Rodriguez represented family members of 9/11 victims and testified to the 9/11 Commission that bombs were in the north tower but his statements were completely omitted from the official record.

Jimmy Walter has been at the forefront of a world tour to raise awareness about 9/11 and has still yet to receive any response to his million dollar challenge in which he offers a $1 million reward for proof that the trade towers' steel structure was broken apart without explosives.

Rodriguez said that he was told an FBI agent had asked the hotel him and Walter were staying in turn over a list of names of residents. Upon hearing this, the National Assembly provided armed military protection for the entirety of the trip. In addition, Walters said that CIA agents were seen surveilling the beach on which he and Rodriguez had handed out free DVD's a day earlier.

Rodriguez and Walter are also set to appear on Hugo Chavez's weekly broadcast 'Alo Presidente' - which is often subsequently the source of major international headlines. If there is no coverage of this event then we know for sure that a blackout order is in place.

Rodriguez and Walter offered their full support for Charlie Sheen's recent public stance on 9/11 and were heartened by his efforts. The potential of a government level inquiry endorsed by Hugo Chavez dovetails with Sheen's call for an independent investigation to be carried out by political foreign nationals.

Though the establishment media will no doubt seek to demonize Chavez as a militant with an axe to grind, this is an exciting development and the next step on the road to a genuine investigation that will seek to uncover the truth rather than hide skeletons and whitewash as was witnessed with the staged Kean committee.

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- - Long Live The 9/11 Conspiracy!

Anyone still care about the heap of disturbing, unsolved questions
surrounding Our Great Tragedy?
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Here is your must-read for the month. Here is your oh-my-God-I'm-sending-this-piece- to-every-smart-person-I-know hunk of outstanding, distressing, disquieting media bliss.

Here it is: an absolutely exceptional inside scoop on the white-hot world of Sept. 11 conspiracy theories, writ large and smart by Mark Jacobson over at New York magazine, and it's mandatory reading for anyone and everyone who's ever entertained the nagging thought that something -- or rather, far more than one something -- is deeply wrong with the official line on what actually happened on Sept. 11.

See, it is very likely that you already know that Sept. 11 will go down in the conspiracy history books as a far more sinister affair than, say, the murky swirl of the Kennedy assassination. You probably already know that much of what exactly happened on Sept. 11 remains deeply unsettling and largely unsolved -- or to put another way, if you don't know all of this and if you fully and blithely accept the official Sept. 11 story, well, you haven't been paying close enough attention.

But on this, the third anniversary of the launch of Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq by way of whoring the tragedy of Sept. 11 for his cronies' appalling gain, what you might not know, what gets so easily forgotten in the mists of time and via the endless repetition of the orthodox Sept. 11 tale, is the sheer volume, the staggering array of unanswered questions about just about every single aspect of Sept. 11 -- the planes, the WTC towers, the Pentagon, the fires, the passengers and the cell phone calls and the firefighters and, well, just about everything. It is, when you look closely, all merely a matter of how far down the rabbit hole you are willing to go.

For the complete article, see:

For more resources, see

"911 Eyewitness" video
Scholars for 9/11 Truth
Global Network Against Weapons
and Nuclear Power in Space

For FN's archive resource links, see:
Bush Conspiracy and 9/11 Investigative Reports,
looking into the unanswered questions.

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- - How the FBI Let 9/11 Happen
by Jeff A. Taylor

How the FBI Let 9/11 Happen
Never mind Moussaoui, the smoldering gun was right there all the time


Anyone paying attention to the Zacarias Moussaoui trial gets it now. All the 9/11 blanks are filled in, and the picture is complete. Sorry, conspiracy freaks and blind partisan hacks. Dull, common, gross incompetence is again at the heart of a deadly government cluster-hump.

Do not linger on Moussaoui's bizarre suicide-by-testimony or the literal cheerleading for his execution-He knew. He lied. And 2,749 people died.

Neither of these is the real story of this case. Rather, the story is the definitive proof Moussaoui's case provides that the U.S. government . . . missed clear opportunities to stop 9/11.

The testimony of FBI agent Harry Samit forever buries the quaint notion that 9/11 was unforeseen and unpreventable. Beginning with Moussaoui's August 16, 2001 arrest Samit mounted a global and indefatigable investigation of the man and concluded that an attack involving hijacked airplanes was imminent.

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- - Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report

Tuesday 28 March 2006

It may seem as though it's been moving along at a snail's pace, but the second part of the federal investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is nearly complete, with attorneys and government officials who have remained close to the probe saying that a grand jury will likely return an indictment against one or two senior Bush administration officials.

These sources work or worked at the State Department, the CIA and the National Security Council. Some of these sources are attorneys close to the case. They requested anonymity because they were not permitted to speak publicly about the details of the investigation.

In lengthy interviews over the weekend and on Monday, they said that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has started to prepare the paperwork to present to the grand jury seeking an indictment against White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

Although the situation remains fluid, it's possible, these sources said, that Fitzgerald may seek to indict both Rove and Hadley, charging them with perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy related to their roles in the leak of Plame Wilson's identity and their effort to cover up their involvement following a Justice Department investigation. More...

3) ENVY Nuke-Uprate may now go to 110%

New England Coalition Alert

FLASH- NRC made public today that it has now given ENVY permission to crank its old reactor up another notch from 105 to 110 % of original licensed thermal power.

The experiment continues, based NRC told us, on a March 26, 2006 ENVY letter explaining that new changes in the plan to monitor and evaluate acoustic signals would not be less stringent than those in the steam dryer plan originally agreed upon.

This ENVY filing appears to be an archetypical example of technical pencil-whipping. They did not like what their instruments told them, so they are proposing to alter their methods. This version of the rubber ruler trick will not find a lack of empathy at NRC. They have closets filled to overflowing with regulatory rubber rulers.

Let's keep score. ENVY powered up March 3rd and heard some strange noises on March 4th and reported out to NRC after a 24 hour hold as required . They were then to hold at 105% OLTP for 96 hours while NRC analyzed. That would have put them ascending to 110% OLTP on the 9th. They sent their " Let's try this" filing in to NRC on the 26th and now it's the 31st.

This record duration head-scratching over what the raw data means gives us some confirmation of our contention that the way to measure flow induced vibration on reactor internal components is to put measuring instruments on the reactor internal components (or at least - inside the reactor vessel-which is finally what was done at Quad Cities); not to try modeling what is going on using extrapolations from instruments on the external surfaces of piping seven to ten feet away from the outer shell of the reactor.

Flow induced vibration is a difficult concept for a lot of folks to grasp - on a small scale it is like wind vibrating a reed. At VY, its several million pounds of steam per hour pushing past obstructions such as the steam dryer under about a thousand pounds of pressure, or as Arnie Gundersen describes it: For every extra 5% they go up in power, they push through an extra 100,000 horsepower .

Those readers who are older will perhaps remember movies about test pilots trying to break the sound barrier. Just because those old planes were coaxed to do it once, doesn't mean they could do it on a routine basis 24/7 for the next 26 years.

Raymond Shadis
New England Coalition

New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution
VT . NH . ME . MA . RI . CT . NY -
P.O, Box 545, Brattleboro, VT 05302

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