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Dear friends,

are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have missed.
These news articles include revealing information showing that "money
can't buy happiness," the U.S. income tax was only started in 1913,
anti-terror dolphins in use, and more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from
the major media website listed at the link provided. If any link fails to
function, click
here. Key sentences are highlighted for those with limited
By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread
the word, we can and will build a brighter

best wishes,
Burks for PEERS and the Team

Former language
interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton

Money really can't buy happiness, study

April 17, 2007, Chicago

professionals like doctors and lawyers didn't make the cut when
researchers set out to find the most satisfied workers. Clergy ranked tops
in both job satisfaction and general happiness, according to the National
Opinion Research Center [NORC] at the University of Chicago. Physical
therapists and firefighters were second- and third-ranked in job
satisfaction, with more than three-quarters reporting being "very
satisfied." Other occupations in which more than 60 percent said they were
very satisfied included teachers, painters and sculptors, psychologists and
authors. "The most satisfying jobs are mostly professions,
especially those involving caring for, teaching and protecting others and
creative pursuits,"
said Tom W. Smith, director of NORC's General
Social Survey. Intrinsic rewards are key, the study suggests. "They're
doing work they're very proud of, helping people," Smith said. Clergy
ranked by far the most satisfied and the most generally happy of 198
occupations. Eighty-seven percent of clergy said they were "very
satisfied" with their work, compared with an average 47 percent for all
workers. Others in helping professions describe their work as a calling.
"I believe I was probably put on this earth to make someone's life a
little easier," said Gina Kolk, [a] physical therapist. "I get rewarded
every day by what I do." Occupations with the least satisfied and happy
workers tended to be low-skill manual and service jobs. Roofers, waiters
and laborers ranked at the bottom ... with as few as one in five reporting
they were very satisfied. Bartenders, known for listening to other people's
troubles, apparently need sympathetic ears: Only 26 percent said they were
very satisfied.

Income tax is an old American story that just
grows more taxing

April 15, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

of us are engaging in one of life's least-enjoyable activities. We're
doing our taxes. We can thank the 16th Amendment for all this
unpleasantness. Much maligned, much misunderstood, this amendment,
ratified in February 1913, permits Congress to "lay and collect taxes on
incomes from whatever source derived."
Proposed by a Republican
president, William Howard Taft, but commonly blamed on -- or credited to
-- his Democratic successor, Woodrow Wilson, it was promptly denounced by
unhappy members of both parties. Only in 1862 did Congress, facing Civil
War expenses, impose a federal income tax. There were two marvelous things
about this Civil War income tax. One was that you declared your own income.
The second was that it was abolished after 10 years. The main reason this
Civil War income tax disappeared was not that the government felt it no
longer needed the money (alas, this is never true). The tax was lifted
because wealthy Northeast manufacturers, the war's major taxpayers,
possessed the congressional clout to replace income taxes with protective
tariffs that shielded their manufactured goods. In 1894, [a] new income
tax became law, only to be declared unconstitutional one year later. When
the 16th Amendment was first put into practice, it would indeed be the
"rich man's tax," both sides predicted. With generous deductions and a
$3,000 exemption (about $55,000 today), most people didn't feel a thing.
Best of all, the instructions were only one page long. Soon, of course,
all this changed, in ways that nobody, pro-tax or con, could have

Many are unaware that the U.S. functioned without income tax for much of
its history. The public never would have supported the 16th Amendment in
1913 if they thought it would tax the common worker. Were we duped? The
16th Amendment coincidentally was passed in the same year that the
Federal Reserve (which took over the printing of U.S. money) was
established. Few know that the Federal Reserve is neither truly federal or
a full reserve. For more on this very well hidden fact and other cover-ups
around banking, click here.

Voter turnout limits said to be White House

April 19, 2007, Miami Herald
(Miami's leading newspaper)

For six
years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department political
appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter
turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political
candidates, according to former department lawyers and public records and
documents. Facing nationwide voter registration drives by
Democratic-leaning groups, the administration alleged widespread election
fraud and endorsed proposals for tougher state and federal voter
identification laws. The administration ... has repeatedly invoked
allegations of widespread voter fraud to justify tougher voter ID measures
and other steps to restrict access to the ballot, even though research
suggests that voter fraud is rare.
Since President Bush's first
attorney general, John Ashcroft ... launched a ''Ballot Access and Voter
Integrity Initiative'' in 2001, Justice Department political appointees
have exhorted U.S. attorneys to prosecute voter fraud cases, and the
department's Civil Rights Division has sought to roll back policies to
protect minority voting rights. Several of [the eight fired U.S.
attorneys] were ousted in part because they failed to bring voter fraud
cases important to Republican politicians. Virtually every significant
decision affecting election balloting since 2001 ... has come down on the
side of Republicans, notably in Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio,
Washington ... where recent elections have been decided by narrow margins.
In the last six years, the number of voters registered at state government
agencies that provide services to the poor and disabled has been cut in
half, to one million.

Doublespeak, like
the "Ballot Access" initiative, is often used to disguise the
fact that the effect of the initiative is the opposite of what the title
suggests. Think about the results of the "War on Terror" and
"War on Drugs." The amount of terror and drug use has expanded
dramatically since these were initiated. Could this be a purposeful
maneuver? For more, click here.

Trust Busters

April 15, 2007, Los Angeles

talk show] "The View," by accident or design, has an almost eerie
calibration to the public at large. For example, only one of the four
co-hosts ... is a supporter of President Bush. In other words, 25% of the
cast has a favorable opinion of Bush, pretty much in line with Bush's
approval ratings nationally. Likewise, last year a Scripps Howard poll
found that 36% of the U.S. public believes the government was somehow
complicit in the 9/11 attacks. I estimate Rosie [O'Donnell] constitutes
36% of the cast. Why does pop culture matter? Because it reveals ... what
is really on our minds. And what's on our minds lately is reasonable
doubt. Actor Charlie Sheen [is] onboard to narrate a new version of the
online 9/11 conspiracy documentary "Loose
Change," with distribution by billionaire Mark Cuban's Magnolia
Pictures. We're not talking about a couple of flaky moonbats in an Oakland
basement. Cuban owns the Dallas Mavericks. And just about everywhere you
look, official narratives are coming unglued: Pat Tillman, for example, or
the firing of eight federal prosecutors. The abduction of British sailors
in what Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed was indisputably Iraqi
territorial waters has proved to be quite disputable. [An] ex-British
ambassador claims the map used by the Ministry of Defence to support its
case is a fake. I am not a 9/11 conspiracy theorist. At the same time,
I'm certain we don't know all there is to know about those events.
The data stream has been so thoroughly corrupted. Weapons of mass
destruction. Abu Ghraib. The silencing of climate scientists. It's hard
for the ministries of Washington to make an appeal to authority when they
have been proven so unreliable.

For an abundance of reliable, verifiable information suggesting a
9/11 cover-up, click

Web entrepreneurs have an eye on social need --
not personal greed

April 15, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

Mickle's life was the stuff young bourgeois dreams are made of. Then a
year ago ... Mickle began to take stock of his life. He was earning a lot
of money but was giving very little of himself. So Mickle ditched his
high-paying job to brainstorm a new venture with friend Rod Ebrahimi. The
result was, a San
Francisco startup that allows users to rank companies based on their
social impact on the world. Their site [allows] consumers to influence
corporate behavior. The sentiment is summed up in's T-shirt slogan: "It's cool to care."

Mickle, 26, and Ebrahimi, 25, are among a growing number of entrepreneurs
betting they can build ventures that deliver both financial and social
returns. EBay founder Pierre Omidyar has dedicated much of his fortune to
helping for-profits and nonprofits alike discover their power to do good.
At, shoppers buy
the same products from the same merchants for the same price, but a
percentage is donated to the nonprofit of their choice. Darian Hickman,
28, is designing an online strategy game that turns the players into
entrepreneurs who help bring prosperity to impoverished villages in
underdeveloped countries. [He was] inspired by Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel
prize-winning micro-finance pioneer. Premal Shah [is a] former PayPal
executive who is president of online micro-lender Brian Johnson, 32 ... said he
felt uncomfortable with capitalism until he hit on the concept of "using
economics as a force for good. How do we live our spiritual ideals and
make money?" Now Johnson tries to have it both ways with, which he describes as MySpace
for people who want to change the world.

We encourage you to take some time to explore some of these exciting new
adventures which are transforming the face of business and building a
brighter future for us all. For more on micro-finance, micro-lending, and
how you can help end poverty without donating a penny, click here. And
for the profile of website founder Fred Burks on, click here.

Navy Shows Off Anti-Terror

April 13, 2007, CBS News/Associated

About 75
dolphins and 25 sea lions are housed at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego
Harbor as part of a Navy program to teach them to detect terrorists and
mines underwater. The base briefly opened its doors to the media Thursday
for the first time since the start of the war in Iraq. The display came a
few weeks after the Navy announced plans to send up to 30 dolphins and sea
lions to patrol the waters of Washington state's Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor,
which is home to nuclear submarines, ships and laboratories. Both species
can find mines and spot swimmers in murky waters. Working in unison, the
dolphins can drop a flashing light near a mine or a swimmer. The sea lions
carry in their mouths a cable and a handcuff-like device that clamps onto a
terrorist's leg. Sailors can then use the cable to reel in the terrorist.
The Navy's sea mammal program started in the late 1950s and grew
to comprise 140 animals during the Cold War.

Yet the navy's sophisticated new sonar systems are killing dolphins and
whales around the globe. For more on this, click
here. And what if the dolphins and sea lions go on strike for better
wages? ;o)

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Canada offers forum for lecturer barred from

April 11, 2007, Globe and Mail (One
of Canada's leading newspapers)

highly regarded Iraqi epidemiologist who wants to tell Americans about an
alarming rise in cancer levels among Iraqi children will come to Canada
instead because he couldn't get a visa to the United States.

Unable to travel to the University of Washington, Riyadh Lafta -- best
known for a controversial study that estimated Iraq's body count in the
U.S.-led war in Iraq at more than half a million -- will arrive at Simon
Fraser University in B.C. this month to give a lecture and meet with
research associates. "The University of Washington wanted him, but the
U.S. denied his entry," said his colleague at SFU, Tim Takaro. Once in
Canada, Dr. Lafta will present estimates that paint a damning portrait of
the war's ravages on children: that birth defects are on the rise since
the war began, and that the number of children dying from cancers such as
leukemia has risen tenfold. Dr. Lafta had tried for six months to get a
visa into Seattle to speak in Washington, and was ignored a half-dozen
times, Dr. Takaro said.

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US Justice System Is 'Broken,' Lawyers Say

June 24, 2004, The Los Angeles

American criminal justice system relies too heavily on imprisoning people
and needs to consider more effective alternatives, according to a study
released Wednesday by the American Bar Assn., the nation's largest
lawyers' organization. "For more than 20 years, we've gotten tougher on
crime," said Dennis W. Archer, a former Detroit mayor and the group's
current president. "We can no longer sit by as more and more people —
particularly in minority communities — are sent away for longer and longer
periods of time while we make it more and more difficult for them to return
to society after they serve their time. The system is broken. We need to
fix it." Both the number of incarcerated Americans and the cost of locking
them up are massive, the report said, and have been escalating
significantly in recent years. Between 1974 and 2002, the number
of inmates in federal and state prisons rose six-fold.
By 2002,
476 out of every 100,000 Americans were imprisoned. In 1982, the states
and federal government spent $9 billion on jails and prisons. By 1999, the
figure had risen to $49 billion. Based on trends, a black male born in
2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of being imprisoned during his lifetime, while
the chances for a Latino male are 1 in 6, and for a white male, 1 in 17.
The report contains numerous reform proposals. Among them: the repeal of
mandatory minimum sentencing laws; more funding for substance abuse and
mental health programs; assistance for prisoners reentering society; [and]
task forces to study racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice

If above link fails, click here.
The prison-industrial complex attracts huge profits and strongly supports
laws like "three strikes" where third time offenders are
automatically imprisoned for life, even for petty crime.

Enough evidence for trial of CIA drugging

May 25, 2004, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

A San

Jose man who claimed the CIA secretly had given him LSD in 1957 as part of

a mind-control experiment -- causing him to try to hold up a San Francisco

bar ... offered enough evidence of possible drugging to go to trial on his

$12 million damages suit. The decision by Chief U.S. District Judge Marilyn

Hall Patel cited what appeared to be an admission by a former operative in

the CIA program ... that he had slipped LSD into one of Wayne Ritchie's

drinks. "I drugged guys involved in about 10, 12 (instances)," former

federal narcotics agent Ira Feldman, who worked for the CIA's Project

MKULTRA, told Ritchie's lawyer. The [MKULTRA] program ... was an attempt

to find chemicals or techniques that could control human consciousness.

The CIA and federal narcotics agents started giving mind-altering
drugs to unsuspecting government employees, private citizens and
prison volunteers in the early 1950s.
Ritchie believes he was

drugged during an office Christmas party. He ... was overcome with

depression and a feeling that everyone had turned against him. He ...

drove to a Fillmore District bar, demanded money ... and was hit over the

head and knocked unconscious. He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.

Ritchie quit his job in disgrace, found work as a housepainter and spent

years fighting off suicidal urges. Then in 1999, he read the obituary of

MKULTRA's director, Sidney Gottlieb, and began to believe he had been one

of the program's guinea pigs -- especially after the diary of a

now-deceased MKULTRA agent showed he might have attended the same

Christmas party.


Though Ritchie lost
the first round in court, he plans to appeal. For an abundance of

reliable, verifiable information on secret government mind control

programs, click here.

Report on USA Patriot Act Alleges Civil Rights

July 21, 2003, New York

A report

by internal investigators at the Justice Department has identified dozens

of recent cases in which department employees have been accused of serious

civil rights and civil liberties violations involving enforcement of ...

the USA Patriot Act.

The report said that in the six-month period that ended on June 15

[2003], the inspector general's office had received 34 complaints of civil

rights and civil liberties violations by department employees that it

considered credible, including accusations that Muslim and Arab immigrants

in federal detention centers had been beaten. The accused workers are

employed in several of the agencies that make up the Justice Department,

with most of them assigned to the Bureau of Prisons. The report said that

credible accusations were also made against employees of the F.B.I., the

[D.E.A.] and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The report ...

suggests that the relatively small staff of the inspector general's office

has been overwhelmed by accusations of abuse, many filed by Muslim or Arab

inmates in federal detention centers. The inspector general said
that from Dec. 16 through June 15, his office received 1,073 complaints
"suggesting a Patriot Act-related" abuse of civil rights or civil
272 [accusations] were determined to fall within the

inspector general's jurisdiction, with 34 raising "credible Patriot Act

violations on their face." In those 34 cases, it said, the accusations

"ranged in seriousness from alleged beatings of immigration detainees to

B.O.P. correctional officers allegedly verbally abusing inmates."

Clues Alerted White House to Potential

May 17, 2002, Fox News/Associated


are] many examples of "missed leads" that the Bush administration was

given prior to Sept. 11. An Iranian in custody in New York City told local

police last May of a plot to attack the World Trade Center. German

intelligence alerted the Central Intelligence Agency, Britain's MI-6

intelligence service, Israel's Mossad in June 2001 that Middle Eastern

terrorists were training for hijackings and targeting American and Israeli

interests. Based on its own intelligence, the Israeli government
provided "general" information to the United States in the second week of
August that an Al Qaeda attack was imminent.
Russian President

Vladimir Putin has said publicly that he ordered his intelligence agencies

to alert the United States last summer that suicide pilots were training

for attacks on U.S. targets. An Islamic terrorist conspiracy was uncovered

in 1996 in the Philippines to hijack a dozen airplanes and fly them into

CIA headquarters and other buildings. U.S. investigators confirmed in

October that a 29-year-old Iranian ... made phone calls to U.S. police

from his deportation cell that an attack on the World Trade Center was

imminent in "the days before the attack." [A] memo from the FBI Phoenix

office about Arabs training in U.S. flight schools never reached

headquarters. In 1999, the Federal Research Division at the Library of

Congress published its own report ... which described that "Suicide

bomber(s) belonging to Al Qaeda's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an

aircraft packed with high explosives (C-4 and semtex) into the Pentagon,

the headquarters of the [CIA], or the White House."


For lots more evidence that suggest 9/11 at the very least may have been

allowed to happen, click here.

Bin Laden comes home to roost

August 24, 1998, MSNBC

At the

CIA, it happens often enough to have a code name: Blowback. Simply

defined, this is the term describing an agent, an operative or an

operation that has turned on its creators. Osama bin Laden, our new public

enemy Number 1, is the personification of blowback. And the fact that he is

viewed as a hero by millions in the Islamic world proves again the old

adage: Reap what you sow. There are times when the United States, faced

with ... moral dilemmas, should have resisted the temptation to act.

Arming a multi-national coalition of Islamic extremists in Afghanistan

during the 1980s ... was one of those times. Bin Laden is the heir to

Saudi construction fortune who ... has used that money to finance

countless attacks on U.S. interests. Bin Laden left Saudi Arabia to fight

the Soviet army in Afghanistan. By 1984, he was running a front

organization known as ... the MAK - which funneled money, arms and

fighters from the outside world into the Afghan war. MAK was nurtured by

Pakistan’s state security services, the Inter-Services Intelligence

agency, or ISI, the CIA’s primary conduit for conducting the covert war

against Moscow’s occupation. The CIA ... had conclusive evidence by the

mid-1980s of the deepening crisis of infrastructure within the Soviet

Union. The CIA, as its deputy director Robert Gates acknowledged
under congressional questioning in 1992, had decided to keep that evidence
from President Reagan and his top advisors and instead continued to grossly
exaggerate Soviet military and technological capabilities.

that context, a decision was made to provide America’s potential enemies

with the arms, money - and most importantly - the knowledge of how to run

a war of attrition violent and well-organized enough to humble a

superpower. That decision is coming home to roost.


The #2 man (who later became #1) at the CIA acknowledges that the CIA

deceived the president in order to forward its own confrontational

objectives. How often do you think this might happen? Who's really in

charge here? For a highly revealing documentary titled "Secrets of

the CIA," click

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