David Frost interviews Julian Assange of WikiLeaks

The WikiLeaks founder speaks to David Frost about secrets, leaks and why he will not go back to Sweden. Dec 22.

Source: Al Jazeera English

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Ancient Forests


There are majestic trees on this planet that have been standing for several generations. Along the West coast of North America, from California to British Columbia, lies one of the rarest ecosystems on Earth, the Ancient temperate rainforest. With trees like the Western Red Cedar and Douglas fir ranging from a few hundred to over a thousand years old, it is no wonder why they have been under attack by the logging industry. We need to ban the logging of the remaining Ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest in order to fight climate change, protect the overall health of the ecosystem, and maintain a vibrant tourism industry.

Ancient forests play an important role in the fight against climate change, as they are able to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. A key finding in a Sierra Club report states that “A 400 year old forest stand stored typically more than double the carbon stored by a 60 year old stand and the ability to recover carbon stores is limited for hundreds of years” (Sierra Club, 2009 p.20). This means that second growth forests cannot effectively recapture the amount of carbon lost in their lifetime. In British Columbia, logging has been responsible for emitting 370 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is 5 times greater than the average annual emissions of the entire province (Sierra Club, 2009). By logging ancient forests, we are putting ourselves at a greater risk of reaching the tipping points in climate change, which will have worldwide catastrophic events. Along with being carbon sinks, these forests are also a home to other living creatures.

Old-growth forests are ecosystems full of biodiversity and interconnections, and logging needs to be stopped in order to protect this critical habitat. There are hundreds of species, such as the Northern Spotted Owl, that are dependent on Ancient forests for their home. Without this ecosystem, they are at a greater risk of extinction (Devall, 1994). Aside from mass extinction, there are other environmental problems caused by logging. In the book Clearcut , it is explained that “Logging and road building in this rugged terrain with heavy rainfall often causes erosion, landslides, damage to fish bearing streams, and soil degradation” (Devall, 1994). These problems make it increasingly difficult for new forests to regenerate quickly, and the overall integrity of the landscape is lost. Having an intact Ancient forest will keep the animals happy, but also the many communities that depend on them.

Ancient forests hold cultural significance and are a major part of a valuable tourism industry. In Clayoquot Sound, a biosphere reserve on Vancouver Island, it is said that “The logging zones encroach upon the scenic corridors and animal habitats required by tourism operators and prized by visitors around the world (Canada Newswire, 2009). By clear cutting the land, the aesthetic and cultural value of the area severely decreases. If you compare the economic benefits of tourism and forestry, it is clear that forestry is no match to what a standing ancient forest can provide for the community. In 1997, Tourism employed 125,900 people and Forestry 92,250. People travel from far and wide to see these big trees, and that will stop if logging does not.

We must realize and respect the intrinsic value of Ancient forests in order to work toward a sustainable future, protect the many species that are dependent on them, and protect our lives at home. Overall, these spectacular trees are worth far more standing than cut down.


Patience

“And the scientists still can’t explain the pyramids…”

[Damian Marley – Verse 1]
Some of the smartest dummies
Can’t read the language of Egyptian mummies
An’ a fly go a moon
And can’t find food for the starving tummies
Pay no mind to the youths
Cause it’s not like the future depends on it
But save the animals in the zoo
Cause the chimpanzee dem a make big money
This is how the media pillages
On the TV the picture is
Savages in villages
And the scientist still can’t explain the pyramids, huh
Evangelists making a living on the videos of ribs of the little kids
Stereotyping the image of the images
And this is what the image is
You buy a khaki pants
And all of a sudden you say a Indiana Jones
An’ a thief out gold and thief out the scrolls and even the buried bones
Some of the worst paparazzis I’ve ever seen and I ever known
Put the worst on display so the world can see
And that’s all they will ever show
So the ones in the west
Will never move east
And feel like they could be at home
Dem get tricked by the beast
But a where dem ago flee when the monster is fully grown?
Solomonic linage whe dem still can’t defeat and them coulda never clone
My spiritual DNA that print in my soul and I will forever Own Lord

[Hook]

[Nas talking]
Yeah, Sabali. Thats patience. That’s what the old folks told me…
Discovering the World before this World. A World buried in time.
Uncover with rhymes. It gets no realer.

[Damian Marley: Verse 2]
Huh, we born not knowing, are we born knowing all?
We growing wiser, are we just growing tall?
Can you read thoughts? can you read palms?
Huh, can you predict the future? can you see storms, coming?
The Earth was flat if you went too far you would fall off
Now the Earth is round if the shape change again everybody woulda start laugh
The average man can’t prove of most of the things that he chooses to speak of
And still won’t research and find out the root of the truth that you seek of
Scholars teach in Universities and claim that they’re smart and cunning
Tell them find a cure when we sneeze and that’s when their nose start running
And the rich get stitched up, when we get cut
Man a heal dem broken bones in the bush with the wed mud
Can you read signs? can you read stars?
Can you make peace? can you fight war?
Can you milk cows, even though you drive cars? huh
Can you survive, Against All Odds, Now?

[Hook]

[Nas]
It’s crazy when you feed people the truth you don’t know how they’re gonna react. You’re scared of wrong doers, people that just ignorant, You’re scared of the truth, be patient for now.

[Nas: Verse 3]
Who wrote the Bible? Who wrote the Qur’an?
And was it a lightning storm
That gave birth to the Earth
And then dinosaurs were born? damn
Who made up words? who made up numbers?
And what kind of spell is mankind under?
Everything on the planet we preserve and can it
Microwaved it and try it
No matter what we’ll survive it
What’s hue? what’s man? what’s human?
Anything along the land we consuming
Eatin’, deletin’, ruin
Trying to get paper
Gotta have land, gotta have acres
So I can sit back like Jack Nicholson
Watch n-ggas play the game like the lakers
In a world full of 52 fakers
Gypsies, seances, mystical prayers
You superstitious? throw salt over your shoulders
Make a wish for the day cuz
Like somebody got a doll of me
Stickin’ needles in my arteries
But I can’t feel it
Sometimes it’s like ‘pardon me, but I got a real big spirit’
I’m fearless…. I’m fearless
Don’t you try and grab hold of my soul
It’s like a military soldier since seven years old
I held real dead bodies in my arms
Felt their body turn cold, oh
Why we born in the first place
If this is how we gotta go?
Damn.

This goes to all the wisdom and knowledge seekers of the World. Sabali, Patience, yeah.
[End]


Living on Mars

Here’s another documentary that will help expand your mind, and allow you to take a glimpse into the near future of humankind. When I sit down and watch something like this, it takes me on a philosophilcal journey into just what humans are all about. Wondering about other future deep space projects, and eventually at the end of the road, will humans have conquered the known universe? or will we just be another ancient relic waiting to be discovered, does our intelligence, science and technology have any real survivial value?

I think it was Arthur C. Clarke who once said something along the lines of: “Intelligence has yet to be proven as an effective survival technique.”

But who ever it was who said that just might be on to something… as a species humans have had it pretty easy in the galaxy and the only real shot we have at ultimate survival right now is to spread out and conquer the planets, harness the power of the stars. Humans will definitely reach the point of class 1 or even 2 galactic civilization… if the universe lets us.

All in all these documentaries I have been posting are the beginning of a long set to teach the masses of just what we humans are capable of, I plan on touching on Nano-technology and life extention, Ancient Aliens and current day crop circle mysteries, future space exploration and aerospace technology… and finally I plan to try and find proof of aliens here on earth today and in the past.