Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hiring Talent: Networks Beyond Networks

Finance professionals don't need to be reminded of the importance of networking, nurturing contacts and keeping up with what's going on in the marketplace.

Lawrence Kellner, Continental Airlines CEO, explains when he hires someone into a senior role, he relies less on conventional processes--recruiting, interviewing and putting candidates on the spot in two-hour one-on-one sessions. He says he succeeds in hiring the best candidate by tapping his own network of people he knows, people he's worked with, and people he know are good.

Kellner plans to leave Continental in December to run a private-equity firm, Emerald Creek, in Houston. He explained his methods for sourcing talent to the New York Times last week: "Have I worked with somebody who could fill this job who's really good?"

He explained he then "widen(s) the net to people I trust...people I've worked with." Or he says he tries to "find somebody we know and trust who knows the person we're thinking of hiring." He minimizes the importance of interviewing, claiming it is superceded by the value of "somebody who's got even a couple of months work experience with a (possible candidate)."

In other words, who knows whom? Who can trust whom? And who knows the person beyond the staged session of a formal interview or a well-credentialed resume'?

He's right. The correlation isn't always perfect--that he/she who performs well in interviews will not necessarily become top performers in the role. Hence, good managers look for other clues for exceptional talent or top performance when hiring. Often that means tapping into the hiring manager's own network to find talent or to seek guidance and recommendations from people who have worked side by side for a long time with a candidate. The power of the network.

He's right, but what if the best talent lies outside his own network, outside his club of senior managers and contacts--especially if that talent comes from under-represented minority groups, who haven't had years of a chance to benefit from the power of networks?

The best leaders and managers know how to tap talent beyond a closed network. They know how to broaden their connections, extend their closed networks, and reach out to networks beyond their networks to find people who have worked with other talented people. And they don't have to be persuaded to look for talent beyond a circle of close friends, classmates and fraternity brothers.

If only we could have asked Kellner how does he ensure his network for tapping talent encompasses all.

His new firm, Emerald Creek, will specialize in commercial real-estate investments.

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“FRO’s Favorite Five” Frankie’s Favorite Fantasy Picks Week 4

“FRO’s Favorite Five”
Frankie’s Favorite Fantasy Picks
Week 4
By Frankie Underwood
Sr. Fantasy Football Writer-Football Reporters Online

Carson Palmer stays in state to face the lowly Cleveland Browns. This should be great for Palmers stats. Last weekend Cleveland gave up nearly 350 yards to second year Ravens QB Joe Flacco, and 260 to Denver’s Kyle Orton, the week before. Palmer’s had low yardage totals so far this season and is coming off a huge win against division rival and the reigning Super Bowl champion Pittsburg Steelers. After that big win this game against the winless Browns could turn into a trap game, but I believe Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals can put the past behind them and take care of business in Cleveland. I actually thought about recommending Trent Edwards again this week since he has a very nice match up against the Miami Dolphins, but thought I’d just mention it in pacing in case he lets me down again.

I selected Oakland’s Darren McFadden for my week two Favorite Five, and here he is again. Houston has been torched by running back this season. In week one Thomas Jones dropped 107 on them. Then in week two Chris Johnson broke two long runs for touchdowns and totaled 197 rushing yards not to mention a 90 yard plus touchdown reception. Finally this past weekend Maurice Jones-Drew scored three touchdowns and 119 rushing yards. As long as Oakland can stay in the game, McFadden should be a large part of the Oakland offense. Houston’s Steve Slaton in also a nice play since Oakland can not cover the run.

Who is the number one reliever in Chicago? If I run the team I’d start Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox and use Devin Hester as the third therefore freeing him up to be the full time punt and kick returner, maybe run him out of the victory formation as a desperation play (you can email me for further explanation of that idea). Well since I do not run the team and Hester is the so-called number one receiver, I look for him to have a nice game against the Detroit Lions. Santana Moss, a similar yet extensively more experienced receiver, put up 178 yards in a loss to the Lions on Sunday. Also Percy Harvin, again with a similar skill set, scored against them in week two. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler should attempt to force feed Hester the ball, and depending on how banged up RB Matt Forte is Hester may see some rushing attempts to go with his returns and receptions. Third receiver Johnny Knox should also be considered this weekend.

If you are still holding on to an Oakland Raider besides McFadden, hopefully it is tight end Zach Miller. This may be the weekend that Miller lives up to his off season billing as a top twelve TE. As have I stated before Houston can not cover tight ends, add this to the fact that Oakland QB JaMarcus Russell can not seem to find his wide receivers, and it should equal a big day for Miller. Whether coming from behind or dumping off because of pressure, Miller and McFadden should both be heavily depended on this weekend. By The Way, keep an eye on the Green Bay Packers Jermichael Finley Monday night in Minnesota.

Although their team has been decimated by injuries, The Buffalo Bills defense could emerge as a nice desperation play. The Bills will face a Miami Dolphins team that just lost QB Chad Pennington, and will be starting a new era behind Chad Henne. Buffalo should pester an inexperienced Henne with multiple blitzes, which will lead to sacks and interceptions. The San Francisco 49ers is also a defense worth starting this weekend.

Last Weeks Favorite Five

Trent Edwards - Don’t get much more of a bust than that.

Tashard Choice – Touchdown and decent yardage, That’s average but he gives you a couple more games worth or use

Josh Cribbs – Again, BUST!!! Sorry

Vernon Davis – I’d say I nailed that one, 96 yards and 2 TDs!!!

Green Bay Packers – 3 turnovers and one Sack, I guess that’s an OK day.

Jets Titans Recap-By T.J.Rosenthal contributing writer Football Reporters Online

THE JET EXPRESS ROLLS 24-17: THE TITANS ARE THE LATEST VICTIM-By T.J. Rosenthal contributing writer
Football Reporters Online

The Jet express is rolling. Sunday's come from behind 24-17 win against the desperate Tennessee Titans in front of another frenzied home crowd passed two tests. First, the Jets  defied a trap game that had LETDOWN written all over it.. Second, they weathered their first real mistake laden storm that saw a 14-0 lead turn into a 17-14 deficit. Rookie QB Mark Sanchez responded to his own careless stretch to help the Jets regain the lead late in the 3rd after a crucial Tennessee muffed punt.  The fumble and ensuing Jet TD became the momentum change of a game that from that point on, saw the Jets never looked back. 

In week one, the mighty Texan offense was smothered. In week two Tom Brady was baffled. Sunday, the Titans were in the end, outmuscled. The 24-17 win sets up a week 4, marquee matchup  with Drew Brees and the 3-0 Saints. THAT however, will be then. THIS, is now. Now, means enjoying a hard fought victory against a team with the number one rushing defense and one of the  leagues top RB in the dangerous Chris Johnson. The Titans become the latest victim for a Jet team that few  envisioned would be in the AFC East drivers seat so soon in the Rex Ryan era. 

The old AFL  rivals, both in their vintage wear ( Jets in their ugly blue 1960 NY Titans  gear and the Titans in their "Luv Ya Blue" Houston Oilers uniforms. Houston being where the franchise originated from) took to the field in a tale of two cities. The Titans, 13-3 in 2008 came to the Meadowlands  0-2 and in desperate need of a win after losses in OT to the world champion Steelers and the high powered Texans in a wild shootout in week two. The Jets came in to the contest 2-0 and riding high after knocking off the despised Pats at home for the first time in a decade.

The Jets wasted no time in proving to the home crowd and to themselves, that coming out flat would NOT be part of the equation. A balanced and controlled opening drive highlighted by throws from Sanchez to Dustin Keller and Jerricho Cotchery led to a gutty TD. Sanchez ran 14 yards for in the score thanks to a nasty head on collision with the Titans Michael Griffin at the goal line. Stretching the ball over before it was knocked loose, the play symbolized the new Jet toughness. It furthered the notion of Sanchez as a leader perhaps beyond his years. The 7-0 lead was also a great start that was about to get better. 

On the ensuing kickoff, Jets Special teamer Jason Trusnick delivered a jarring hit on Ryan Mouton setting the ball free. The Jets recovered and suddenly were in position to go up two scores. On third and goal from the four, a pretty play action by Sanchez to a diving decoy RB Thomas Jones action left back up TE Ben Hartstock all alone. Sanchez's short toss and Hartstock's catch made it 14-0. The Titans offense hadn't taken the field yet. The Jet defense came out strong as well, pressuring veteran QB Kerry Collins and leaving Chris Johnson (197 yds in week two)  with little room to find big runs. After one ,the Jets were in control on the scoreboard and emotionally, 14-0.

The second quarter did not follow the same script as the first. The well coached Titans settled down after the initial firestorm, and began to close in on Sanchez. Finally they got to him, stripping the rookie QB of the ball, and the Jets, of control of the game. Putting together a solid drive of their own off the turnover, QB Kerry Collins got hot with accurate throws under pressure and tight coverage. Then bruising RB Lendale White entered the stage. Taking the ball from the Jet 6 White bounced his way of off a plethora of hits like a pinball for the first TD scored on Gang Green's D in 2009. 7:24 to go in the half Jets 14 Titans 7. The Titans were back in the game.

Sanchez then continued to struggle , with balls now slipping from his hand on throws in the falling rain. Other tosses missed their target. Meanwhile the Jets ground game of Jones and home run threat Leon Washington , for the third straight week, had trouble establishing itself early on. A Rob Bironas FG with 4:38 left cut the Jet lead to 14-10. The half ended that way and as both clubs hit the tunnel. It was now the Titans who now owned the momentum.

Jeff Fishers club rode this momentum to a 17-14 lead four minutes into the third.  thanks to former Steeler speedster Nate Washington's 9 yard TD catch from Collins. As the 3rd wound down, the Jets were slowly becoming in danger of entering the 4th trailing a team with a two headed ground churning monster. Johnson and White, thanks to a succession of Jet three and outs, were now becoming a threat. A Titan pair that moved chains and ran out clocks out on a regular basis in '08. 

 Another 4th down punt by Steve Weatherford from the Jet 40, was to send to the ball back to Tennessee, up 3 and looking for more. Instead , a muffed punt, again by Ryan Mouton gave the Jets the mouth to mouth resucitation their offense needed. The turnover was the turning point of the game.The Jets early on in 2009 have become sound at capitalizing on opportunites. They didn't let this chance pass by either. A key throw from Sanchez to Jerricho Cotchery left the Jets on the 3. Cotchery was called on again holding onto a 6 yard slant thrown like a bullet by Sanchez (17-30 171 yds 2 TDS) for the lead 21-17. Now it was the Jets who looked to roll out their defense for the kill as the 4th quarter began. End of three, JETS 21 TITANS 17.

The stadium was rocking again as the Jets stood 15 minutes away from their second straight home win against a top notch AFC team. Before they could go for the kill, the Jets needed to deliver the knock out punch. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer then dialed up the play. A bomb to Jerricho Cotchery. Sanchez faded back and threw a beautiful () yard  fade to Cotchery who made a difficult catch in tight coverage. The Jets were in the red zone. The drive stalled there. on third down, Sanchez, under pressure, rolled out and found FB Tony Richardson brielfy alone in the end zone. Fullbacks are not accustomed to working the sidelines and the high throw became a bit too much for Richardson to negotiate. Still, a clutch Jay Feely FG gave the Jets a 24-17 lead with 11:30 left.

Enter the Jet defense. Though Chris Johnson (22-97yds 0TD) broke free for a scary 30 yard run on the following drive, the march towards a tying score died there as pressure on Collins was turned up by Rex Ryan's crew(Collins missed his last thirteen throws of the game).The teams traded another pair of  three and outs  as the 4th reached the midway point. Former Raven, the dependable S Jim Leonard then returned a Titans punt to the Tennessee 40 as the Jets sought to ice it. On the follwoing play, Sanchez threw high to Chansi Stuckey and was intercepted by S Chris Hope. This thwarted a chance to leave the Titans for dead. 

Collins and Co. began the march downfield once again with under 7:00 to go,  as White and Johnson took it to the Jet 40. Run stopping mammoth NG Kris Jenkins then made a huge 1st down stop of Johnson; a 5 yard loss that forced the Titans into a long yardage situation. The situation  led  Collins to a  mistake. Unable to step into a throw due to a collapsing pocket, Collins was picked of by LB David Harris. This ended a drive that had the Ttians with their best field position since the early 3rd quarter. 4:13 left.

The Titans last gasp drive started with with no timeouts and just over two minutes left . After more pressure then a David Harris sack , a 4th down incompletion sailed harmlessly over Jet secondary's heads. Final score:JETS 24 TITANS 17

Soon  the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS will head to New Orleans for a showdown with the high scoring Saints. A club whose offense regained its balance thanks to the return of starting RB Pierre Thomas. Something will have to give.  A high powered offense and a wild high flying shutdown defense.The showdown next week in the Big Easy is a marquee matchup thanks in part  to the Jets latest win over the Titans. For Gang Green, the confidence is growing. So is the win column. 2009 couldn't be off to a better start for Rex Ryan's Jets, perhaps the newest darlings of the NFL.

Giants Blank Bucs, Start 3-0 For Second Straight Year-By Jon Wagner Sr. writer at large-Football Reporters Online

Giants Blank Bucs, Start 3-0 For Second Straight Year-By Jon Wagner
Sr. writer at large-Football Reporters Online

In a game like this, little analysis is needed. The numbers speak for themselves:

First Downs: 27-5, New York Giants; none in the first forty minutes for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Total Net Yards: 397-86, in favor of the Giants.

To put those first two categories into perspective, the Giants, on the opening drive alone, of their game in Tampa Bay on Sunday, just about matched the Buccaneers’ offensive output for the entire contest.

The Giants started the game with five first downs during a 12-play, 80-yard drive which resulted in running back Brandon Jacobs’ first touchdown of the season, on a 6-yard run, giving the Giants a quick 7-0 lead, 6:55 into the game.

Considering what little the New York defense would allow the rest of the day, it was pretty much game over at that point.

Still, here’s a further look at the Giants’ numbers dominance:

Total Plays: Giants 76, Buccaneers 36.

Time Of Possession: Giants 43:38, Buccaneers 16:22.

Third Down Efficiency: Giants 10-for-16, Buccaneers 0-for-9.

And, the most important numbers for New York: a nice, crisp, 24-0 road victory, pushing the Giants’ 2009 start to a perfect 3-0, marking the first time the Giants have started a season with three straight wins in consecutive years since the 1993 and 1994 seasons.

As difficult as the Giants’ grueling, last-second two-point victory was in Dallas last week, that’s how easy New York got by Tampa Bay a week later.

In sharp contrast to the Giants’ win over the Cowboys, this was utter dominance at Raymond James Stadium, summed up very simply by Bucs’ first-year head coach Raheem Morris, who admitted to AP reporter Fred Goodall, “They beat us down… “We were beat by a grown-man team, a team we want to be like one day. They came in here and took it to us. Out-manned us, out-gunned us… It wasn’t even close.”

The NFL’s youngest head coach was also well aware of the aforementioned statistical disparity between his team and the Giants, telling Goodall, “You get five first downs and you’re 0-for-9 on third down. You have 86 yards total offense. It was completely disastrous.”
Tampa Bay (0-3), which blew its shot at the playoffs last season with an 0-4 December collapse, lost for the seventh straight game.

What made the Giants’ defensive performance particularly impressive was that Big Blue, despite being depleted and limited with injuries to several key players, completely shut down and dominated a Tampa Bay offense that averaged a more than respectable 20.5 points and 401.5 yards per game over the first two weeks of the season.

The Giants held the Bucs to just 58 passing yards (the fewest since they gave up 53 yards through the air against Atlanta, on November 9, 2003) while posting their first shutout since a 36-0 rout of Washington at home, on October 30, 2005. New York also recorded their first game on the road without allowing a point since a 23-0 win at Philadelphia on November 20, 1983.
Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin was happy with his defensive unit’s effort, saying “I was pleased with their energy, the way that they played, the way that they focused, their purpose… the fact that they took the challenge and really wanted to go and prove against a team that rushed for 174 against Dallas that we could stop the run. I thought the approach was really good. The leadership was strong… the energy that they showed from snap to snap, I thought all that was good.”

Meanwhile, the Giants, who entered the game averaging a decent (but not great) 100 yards rushing per game, broke out with 226 yards on the ground, led by running backs Ahmad Bradshaw (104 yards on 14 carries) and Brandon Jacobs (26 rushes for 92 yards), each of whom continually broke initial first tackles to gain additional yardage.

“I thought Bradshaw did a nice job,” Coughlin said. “He got hit, spun, got himself north again. He was able to do that on a number of occasions. Brandon did a nice job on some of the runs of just taking the pile and moving it… a lot of times [there were] two, three, four guys that he was able to move.”

While Bradshaw, in a larger role this season, was complimenting Jacobs very well, Bucs’ running back Derrick Ward, who teamed with Jacobs to give the Giants a pair of 1,000-yard rushers last year, was held to just 2 yards on 5 carries against his former team, after leaving the Giants as a free agent in the offseason.

While the Giants’ ground attack keyed their offense, it was a combination of their rushing and an effective passing game led by Eli Manning (14 of 24 for 161 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions) which helped the G-Men to three different twelve-play scoring drives, while controlling the ball for their highest time of possession since October 29, 2000, when they had the ball against Philadelphia for just three seconds longer (43:41) than they did on Sunday.

Leading the NFC East by a game over both Philadelphia and Dallas, the Giants will finish up the third and final game of their longest road trip of the season, next Sunday at 1pm EST, at Kansas City (0-3), which began a four-week stretch of playing the entire NFC East with a 34-14 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday.


Lauren Weber, author of "In Cheap We Trust: the story of a misunderstood American virtue" will be at Atwater Village Branch Library on Thurs. Oct. 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm to discuss her book and sign copies. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of Atwater Village Branch Library.
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Your mobile and desktop search history now in sync

Sometimes I do a search on my desktop computer, only to find that I need to repeat the same search again later on my mobile phone. Today in the US we're launching Personalized Suggest for Android, iPhone and Palm WebOS, which makes it really easy to repeat your past searches on the go. For example, suppose that before I depart for the airport, I quickly check my flight status by searching for "american airlines 19" using on my computer. Later, as I am hailing a taxi in rush hour traffic, I can open on my phone, click in the search box, and choose "american airlines 19" from the list of search suggestions!

To try this yourself, make sure that you are signed-in to the same Google Account on your computer and on your phone when searching. In addition, Web History needs to be enabled for your Google Account. Mobile users can turn on/off history by selecting "Save searches" or "Do not save searches" under Settings on

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DOSSIER CLEARSTREAM:Dominique de Villepin pour l'émergence de la vérité! Par Didier REMER

"Dominique de Villepin, cauchemar(s) du président Sarkozy?"

Il y a des jours qui feront dates dans le procés du dossier Clearstream... Ce mercredi 30 septembre est le rendez-vous qui précise plus que jamais la teneur des propos des différents acteurs majeurs de l'affaire. Dominique de Villepin commence par un rendez-vous "habituel" avec les nombreux médias qui attendent devant le palais de justice de Paris, il y a bien la foule des grands jours. Devant les nombreux journalistes, l'ancien premier ministre présente cette journée "capitale" d'un: «Je suis heureux d'apporter ma contribution à l'émergence de la vérité…». De son côté, on imagine Nicolas Sarkozy, le président de la république, les yeux rivés sur LCI, entouré de ses conseillers en communication et proches amis, plus remonté que jamais... Car le dossier pése à l'Elysée, on se rend bien compte de l'impact de l'affaire dans l'opinion publique qui parle à présent de "panier de crabes" et plus grave de "magouille de haut vol", sans compter ceux qui se fendent d'un "comme si les 150 milliards du déficit ne suffisaient pas!"... On le voit, la partition de ce procès entre peu à peu dans l'opinion qui commence à comprendre certains rouages de la vie politique française, ses rendez-vous d'une certaine mauvaise habitude de la dramaturgie politico-judiciaire.

...Selon "le Figaro":

L'audience tant attendue commence par une sorte de miracle cocasse : la voix de Dominique de Villepin retentit dans le tribunal, alors qu'il ne s'y trouve pas encore Le prévenu, à l'extérieur, s'adresse à la presse mais les micros de la salle, sans doute réglés sur la même fréquence, captent les propos. "Je suis heureux d'apporter ma contribution à l'émergence de la vérité!"

Cette fois, les débats ont vraiment commencé. L'ancien premier ministre est debout, face au président Pauthe. Apparemment très détendu, il déroule un argumentaire bien rodé qui colle fidèlement à ses déclarations lors de l'instruction. Quand, la veille, Jean-Louis Gergorin embrouillait tout à grands coups de «c'est très simple», M. de Villepin rejette en bloc, une à une, les accusations sur l'air d'«à aucun moment».

Pour résumer : il reconnaît avoir rencontré M. Gergorin le 1er janvier 2004, lorsque celui qui fut jadis son patron s'ouvre d'une affaire grave sur laquelle enquête le général Rondot. Il le revoit le 9 janvier, en présence du militaire, car en tant que ministre des Affaires étrangères, aucune menace internationale potentielle ne lui est indifférente. Et celle-ci est, sur le papier, de première importance : un système de financement occulte mêlant des personnalités du monde industriel et des mafieux en tout genre, menaçant les intérêts de la France. Contrairement à ce qui a été dit par ses coprévenus, M. de Villepin jure qu'il ne s'est «à aucun moment» abrité derrière une quelconque instruction du président Chirac, pas plus qu'il n'a demandé l'identité de la «source» - Imad Lahoud. Et puis plus rien, «à aucun moment», pendant six mois. Or, pendant cette période, la «menace» se précise. Des pseudo-listings Clearstream de plus en plus riches surgissent, selon l'accusation, des ordinateurs d'Imad Lahoud et Jean-Louis Gergorin. Ce dernier soutiendra devant les juges qu'il rencontre au Quai d'Orsay, puis Place Beauvau, Dominique de Villepin, afin de le tenir informé de la situation. Faux, réplique l'ancien ministre de l'Intérieur, contredit par les célèbres carnets du général Rondot, lequel consigne les récits datés que lui confie par ailleurs M. Gergorin, carnets sur lesquels s'appuie le président Pauthe pour mener son interrogatoire.

Le 25 mars 2004, Imad Lahoud est placé en garde à vue, pour une autre affaire d'escroquerie. Il a sur lui une manière de sauf-conduit mentionnant le nom et le numéro de téléphone du général Rondot, que les policiers appellent. Furieux, l'intéressé s'en plaint à Jean-Louis Gergorin, qui prévient Dominique de Villepin. Selon l'accusation, ce dernier aurait alors rappelé le général pour lui demander de faire lever la garde à vue.

Fariboles, martèle M. de Villepin : «Dans ce genre de situation, la règle absolue veut qu'on coupe court avec la source compromise. C'est la quatrième fois que cette source explose. Tout aurait pu, tout aurait dû s'arrêter le 25 mars 2004. Or, tout s'accélère.» En effet, d'autres noms ne vont pas tarder à apparaître sur les listings frelatés, dont celui de l'actuel chef de l'État. Mais ces listings, M. de Villepin ne les a «à aucun moment, vus ou tenus en main».

Le procureur fusillé du regard

Ce n'est qu'en juillet 2004, alors que la presse commence à éventer l'affaire, qu'il saisit la DST, sans prévenir le directeur de ce service que le général Rondot - qui est à cet instant certain qu'il s'agit d'une manipulation - a sans doute des éléments à lui apporter.

Orateur doué, M. de Villepin a réponse à tout. Mais voilà que le président appelle Jean-Louis Gergorin à la barre. «Je maintiens l'ensemble de mes déclarations», déclare-t-il fermement. C'est-à-dire : les rencontres secrètes avec le ministre entre le 9 janvier et le mois de juillet ; la révélation «au plus tard en février» au ministre du nom d'Imad Lahoud ; la transmission au ministre d'un CD-ROM porteur de données Clearstream bidonnées ; le recours au juge Van Ruymbeke - acte fondateur de la dénonciation calomnieuse -, conformément aux vœux du ministre. Il raconte la scène, qu'il situe début avril, Place Beauvau : «Tout à coup, il change de braquet et me dit : “Il n'y a qu'une solution, informer ou saisir un juge.” Il me voit choqué et ajoute d'une voix solennelle : “C'est une instruction du président de la République.”»

Chacun, dans ce procès, traîne son boulet. Imad Lahoud est celui de Jean-Louis Gergorin et déploie une énergie admirable à le plomber dès que la parole lui est donnée. Jean-Louis Gergorin est celui de Dominique de Villepin, pour la raison inverse : il s'ingénie à le dédouaner. Ainsi répète-t-il en boucle : «Je suis sûr qu'il était de bonne foi. Je respecte son attitude, qui est destinée à protéger le président Chirac.»

Le procureur Marin, de son bureau perché, questionne à son tour Dominique de Villepin. Son ton est sec. À un moment, le prévenu se tourne vers le magistrat et le fusille du regard. On lit, dans cet éclair, toute la rage d'un ancien premier ministre qui, manifestement, ne supporte pas qu'on le regarde de haut. Le 8 janvier, j'étais à l'étranger.»

...Selon EUROPE1:

Voici l'intéressante chronologie de la journée...

  • 21h30 - La journée d'audience se termine.

    > 19h55 - "Arrêtez de prendre les gens pour des cons et de poser trois fois les mêmes questions" : la charge de Me Olivier Metzner, avocat de Dominique de Villepin, à l'adresse de Me Thierry Herzog, résume la violence de l'échange entre les avocats.

    > 19h54 - "Des liens confidentiels avec mon client m'interdisent de répondre", lance Thierry Herzog ; "Ce n'est pas uniquement en qualité d'avocat que vous agissiez", répond Villepin.

    > 19h52 - "J'ai bien connu Me Herzog quand j'étais secrétaire général de l'Elysée et il était moins agressif", poursuit Dominique de Villepin.

    > 19h50 - "Vous n'arriverez pas à démontrer une implication du ministre que j'ai été pour des actions que je n'ai pas commises", répond Dominique de Villepin, interrogé par l'avocat de Nicolas Sarkozy, Me Thierry Herzog.> 18h30 - Après avoir répondu aux questions du procureur de la République, Dominique de Villepin va désormais être interrogé par Me Thierry Herzog, l'avocat de Nicolas Sarkozy.

    > 17h30 - Ingrid Betancourt s'invite au procès : d'après les instants d'audience saisis par Olivier Toscer, journaliste au Nouvel Observateur,
    et diffusés sur twitter, l'ancien premier ministre convoque Ingrid Betancourt dans son argumentation, à la plus grande irritation du procureur de la République.

    > 17h00 - Dominique de Villepin est de nouveau à la barre. Il est interrogé par le procureur Jean-Claude Marin.

    > 16h10 - Jean-Louis Gergorin réaffirme que Dominique de Villepin s'est recommandé d'instructions de Jacques Chirac.

    > 15h59 - "Tout cela est triste. C'est bien qu'on en arrive à l'épilogue", déclare Jean-François Copé, invité de Questions d'Info LCP/FranceInfo/AFP. Le chef de file des députés UMP reconnaît que ce procès, où s'affrontent le chef de l'Etat et l'ancien Premier ministre, ne donnait "évidemment pas une très bonne image" de la majorité. "C'est le dernier épisode d'une longue et triste histoire. On verra bien ce qui en sortira", a-t-il conclu.

    > 15h40 - Jean-Louis Gergorin à la barre. L'ancien vice-président d'EADS est confronté aux déclarations de Dominique de Villepin.

    > 15h09 - "J'ai cette chance d'être souvent là dans les moments difficiles, heureusement j'ai les épaules larges", ironise Dominique de Villepin. Propos rapportés sur
    Twitter par un journaliste présent à l'audience.

    > 14h52 - "Il n'y a jamais eu d'instruction présidentielle dans le dossier Clearstream et je n'ai jamais transmis d'instruction de Jacques Chirac", déclare l'ancien premier ministre, tout en assurant ne pas "chercher à couvrir" l'ancien président. (L'ancien vice-président d'EADS,
    Jean-Louis Gergorin, avait, lui, affirmé que Dominique de Villepin s'est recommandé d'instructions de Jacques Chirac.)

    > 14h40 - "Tout aurait dû s'arrêter" en 2004 lorsqu'Imad Lahoud, source principale des listings au coeur du dossier, a été placé en garde à vue dans une autre affaire, voyant sa crédibilité mise à mal, estime Dominique de Villepin. "Le 25 mars, une source a explosé", raconte Dominique de Villepin. "C'est la quatrième fois que cette source posait problème". Dans une telle situation, "la règle est absolue, il faut couper court avec la source", or "personne ne s'est interrogé sur ce qu'il fallait faire avec Imad Lahoud".

    > 14h18 - Dominique de Villepin affirme qu'une éventuelle implication de Nicolas Sarkozy dans l'affaire Clearstream n'a été évoquée "à aucun moment" à l'occasion de la réunion le 9 janvier 2004 avec le général Rondot et Jean-Louis Gergorin. L'ancien premier ministre assure juste qu'il a été débattu de l'éventualité d'alerter Nicolas Sarkozy, alors ministre de l'Intérieur, de l'affaire, ce qui a été écarté car jugé "pas opportun".

    > 13h30 - Dominique de Villepin à la barre.

    > 13h30 - Peu avant son audition, Dominique de Villepin, se dit victime de mensonges et de manipulation. "Je suis heureux de pouvoir aujourd'hui apporter ma contribution à l'émergence de la vérité dans cette affaire où les mensonges et les manipulations ont obscurci cette vérité", a déclaré l'ancien premier ministre à la presse.

    > 13h20 - Arrivée de Dominique de Villepin au tribunal correctionnel de Paris. Il est jugé, avec
    quatre autres prévenus, pour "complicité de dénonciation calomnieuse, complicité de faux, recel de vol et d'abus de confiance".

Ce que Dominique de Villepin a précisé:

• Le tête-à-tête du 1er janvier 2004 avec Jean-Louis Gergorin.
«Je suis dans mon bureau, au Quai d'Orsay. Un huissier me demande si je suis prêt à recevoir Jean-Louis Gergorin. Il était en train d'organiser, avec mon cabinet, un déjeuner avec Henry Kissinger. Je le reçois une quinzaine de minutes. Il évoque divers sujets, dont la situation au sein d'EADS et, à la fin, l'existence d'un système occulte qui le préoccupe et qui est dans les mains du général Rondot, chargé d'une enquête par le ministère de la Défense. Je demande à mon secrétariat d'organiser une réunion avec le général Rondot pour connaître les éventuels prolongements internationaux, c'est une question vitale.»

• La réunion du 9 janvier 2004 avec Jean-Louis Gergorin et le général Rondot.
«Jean-Louis Gergorin s'empare de la parole, et se lance dans un exposé long, assez décousu. Le général Rondot estime qu'il est nécessaire d'approfondir, présentant l'importance de ce système inquiétant. Je l'encourage en ce sens et conclus en rappelant que la prudence est nécessaire. Je m'inscrivais dans le cadre des grandes orientations données par le président de la République dans le cadre de la moralisation de la finance internationale. A aucun moment je ne mentionne des “instructions” du chef de l'Etat. Je lui ai rendu compte quelques jours après, spécifiant que le général Rondot enquêtait. Je ne cherche pas à “couvrir” M. Chirac, mais il n'y a jamais eu d'instructions présidentielles dans ce dossier. Il n'a par ailleurs, à aucun moment, été fait référence à Nicolas Sarkozy en liaison avec le système occulte. Son nom a été évoqué en tant que ministre de l'Intérieur. Je sais qu'il existe des rivalités entre services, c'est la raison pour laquelle il a été décidé qu'il n'était pas opportun, à ce stade, de communiquer les éléments à l'Intérieur.»

• La “note DdV” qu'aurait rédigée Jean-Louis Gergorin, à la demande de M. de Villepin, après la rencontre du 1er janvier.
«Je ne l'ai pas vue et pas lue. Elle serait à l'attention du président de la République et de moi-même. M. Gergorin a travaillé de nombreuses années au service de l'Etat, il sait ce qu'est un ministre, un président de la République. Cette note n'est destinée ni à l'un, ni à l'autre, on le voit immédiatement. Elle aurait été rédigée dans la nuit du 4 au 5. "
• La lettre du 12 janvier 2004 du général Rondot à Dominique de Villepin, faisant référence à “la source” et aux “propos du président de la République”.

«Je sais qu'il y a un informateur. Pour moi, il s'agit d'une source officielle relevant du ministère de la Défense. Il est interdit de demander le nom d'une source. La lettre évoque en effet des “propos” du président de la République, et non d' ““instructions”.»

• Les listings trafiqués.

«Je ne les ai jamais vus, je n'ai jamais été informé de leur caractère frauduleux. Aucune des notes dont j'étais destinataire n'indiquait que c'était des faux et que mon ministère devait agir. Le ministère chef de file, c'était celui de la Défense.»

• Les notes du général Rondot, pierre angulaire de l'accusation.
«Elles ne sont pas conformes à ce qui s'est dit, ce n'est pas un compte rendu, mais des notes évolutives qui ont pu être complétées au fil du temps. C'est pour moi un salmigondis. Ces notes ont été distillées pour désigner une cible.»

• La garde à vue d'Imad Lahoud, le 25 mars 2004, dans une affaire d'escroquerie.
«Je n'ai jamais fait d'intervention d'intérêt personnel de ma vie. J'appelle le général Rondot de ma voiture, me rendant à l'aéroport pour rejoindre un Conseil européen. Le général, ému, l'indique qu'il est victime d'une indélicatesse de Jean-Louis Gergorin [ndlr : le vrai/faux sauf-conduit retrouvé sur M. Lahoud, mentionnant les coordonnées du général]. Je lui ai indiqué de voir ce qu'il en était. Le nom d'Imad Lahoud n'a jamais été cité devant moi, jamais. Pour moi, c'est le problème du général et du ministère de la Défense. Ce 25 mars 2004, une source, et pas n'importe laquelle, a “explosé”. C'est la quatrième fois qu'elle pose problème (Imad Lahoud est sorti de prison en octobre 2002, la DGSE a estimé qu'il n'était pas fiable, il est compromis dans une affaire de fuites au bénéfice d'un hebdomadaire). Il aurait fallu couper court avec cette source. Non seulement ce n'est pas fait, mais personne ne s'interroge sur l'avenir d'Imad Lahoud et on tente d'impliquer un ministre pour conférer à la source un intérêt supérieur. Tout aurait pu, tout aurait dû s'arrêter ce 25 mars. Or, tout s'accélère.»

• La saisine de la DST, le 5 juillet 2004.
«Le journal Le Point s'apprêtait à publier des informations sur l'affaire. En partance pour Londres, j'ai demandé au directeur de la DST, Pierre Bousquet de Florian, de s'y intéresser. Puis, le 19, j'ai convoqué le général Rondot, lui donnant l'instruction de communiquer à la DST tout ce qu'il savait. Je précise que s'il a pu faire état de doutes, c'était sous la forme d'interrogations, pas de certitudes. Selon la DST, le père d'un ministre en exercice - Nicolas Sarkozy - était susceptible d'être mis en cause. J'ai avisé Matignon et l'Elysée, qui m'a répondu que le garde des Sceaux avertirait Nicolas Sarkozy.»

• La mention, datée de juillet,
“Si nous apparaissons, le président de la République et moi, nous sautons”, dans les notes Rondot. «J'ai évoqué avec le général une conversation que j'ai eue avec Nicolas Sarkozy mais en octobre. C'était une menace de sa part : si nous ne communiquions pas tous les éléments de la DST dont nous disposions, nous sautions. Quant au fait qu'elle soit datée en juillet et non en octobre, je note qu'il y a une flèche sur son carnet. Je ne sais pas comment il gère ses dossiers.»

• Le Blackberry fourni par Jean-Louis Gergorin à Dominique de Villepin pour communiquer sur Clearstream.
«Il ne m'a équipé de rien du tout. Il a déposé à mon secrétariat un engin Blackberry que je n'ai jamais vu. Quand je l'ai appris, j'ai été fort mécontent et j'ai demandé à ma collaboratrice de le restituer.»

• La note DST de juillet 2004.
«Je ne peux pas lui faire dire autre chose que ce qu'elle dit : j'ai suivi les recommandations de la DST. Bien sûr, on peut en faire une lecture anachronique… J'ai écouté le directeur de la DST, dont la parole est claire et courageuse, qui fixe un cap. Il recommande d'attendre le retour des commissions rogatoires internationales lancées par le juge Van Ruymbeke. C'est ce que j'ai fait.»

• Le CD-ROM contenant des éléments sur Clearstream que Jean-Louis Gergorin affirme lui avoir transmis au printemps 2004.
«Je ne l'ai jamais vu. Un CD-Rom a été retrouvé chez moi lors de la perquisition de 2007. A la suite d'expertises coûteuses, il est apparu qu'il ne contenait que de pauvres œuvres littéraires - les miennes.»

• Les visites secrètes Jean-Louis Gergorin place Beauvau.
«Trop, c'est trop. 26 officiers de sécurité du ministre de l'Intérieur ont démenti, de même que les huissiers qui accueillent tous les visiteurs. Je trouve curieux que leur parole pèse moins que celle d'employés d'une officine de sécurité recrutés par EADS. Pour accéder à mon bureau, il faut en traverser d'autres, ainsi que des antichambres. Comment aurais-je pu recevoir M. Gergorin discrètement ?»

Nicolas Sarkozy.
«Il a mis en cause le président Chirac et moi-même auprès de nombreux journalistes, très précisément. Il a menacé des hauts fonctionnaires, comme Yves Bertrand et Philippe Massoni. Ce dossier a été construit de manière unilatérale, pour les intérêts d'une seule partie civile, qui veut se faire justice elle-même. L'instruction a été faussée. Cette confiscation n'a été possible que parce qu'il y a eu un gel du dossier : personne ne voulait s'en mêler. L'Intérieur s'est retrouvé seul avec la DST, j'ai pris le risque de mener l'enquête à son terme. Mes gardes des Sceaux successifs m'ont parlé de harcèlement à leur égard. Quand Nicolas Sarkozy prononce le mot “Clearstream”, sa physionomie change. Il y a de sa part un acharnement à détruire un adversaire politique.»
...Selon "Le Figaro":
Vif accrochage...
L'audience de ce mercredi a été marquée, au procès Clearstream, par un vif accrochage entre Dominique de Villepin et Me Thierry Herzog. Quand le conseil de Nicolas Sarkozy se lève, en fin d'après-midi, le prévenu a été longuement questionné par le procureur de la République, dans une atmosphère électrique. L'avocat embraye sec, et relève ce qui, à ses yeux, constitue des incohérences flagrantes dans la défense de l'ancien premier ministre.

Ainsi, celui-ci justifie-t-il un coup de téléphone au général Rondot le 25 mars 2004, par le fait qu'il souhaitait s'entretenir avec lui des attentats de Madrid. Or, note Me Herzog, ceux-ci ont été perpétrés le 11. Et le 25, c'est surtout le jour où Imad Lahoud, «source» de l'affaire Clearstream, a été placé en garde à vue dans une autre affaire d'escroquerie. Pour le pénaliste, ce coup de fil avait pour objet réel de faire en sorte que cette garde à vue soit levée. «Votre tentative a quelque chose de désespéré», ironise M. de Villepin.

Imperturbable, Me Herzog enchaîne. A un moment, comme pour créer une diversion, la défense de l'ex-premier ministre le prend à partie : «Est-ce un avocat qui parle, ou le président de la République ?» Dans le brouhaha, la voix particulière de Dominique de Villepin claque : «Me Herzog a travaillé avec moi lorsque j'étais secrétaire général de l'Elysée. A cette époque, il n'était pas si agressif». Il s'agit là d'une allusion à peine voilée au «cabinet noir» réuni pour sauvegarder les intérêts de l'ancien chef de l'Etat. Me Herzog, très calme, comme si cette digression ne le surprenait nullement, rappelle à son «jeune collègue» - M. de Villepin a, récemment, rejoint le Barreau -, les règles élémentaires du secret professionnel. Mais son adversaire renchérit :
«Vous n'interveniez pas seulement en qualité d'avocat…».

L'incident est clos. Mais quelques minutes plus tard, Dominique de Villepin profitera d'une autre question de Me Herzog pour prononcer une violente diatribe contre Nicolas Sarkozy, «partie civile qui veut se faire justice elle-même», homme animé par «un acharnement à détruire un adversaire politique».Lors de l'audience de mercredi, Jean-Louis Gergorin a, quant à lui, maintenu que l'ex-premier ministre avait participé à la manipulation.

...Pour conclure
On le voit, cette journée est riche d'enseignements, Dominique de Villepin s'est fait un plaisir à préciser à quel point il semble faire les frais d'une machination... Du côté de la défense de Nicolas Sarkozy, l'élève du barreau de Villepin rencontrerait-il son maître? C'est ce que semble penser l'avocat du chef de l'état, maître Herzog qui semble ne pas manquer l'occasion de recadrer l'ancien premier ministre qui pour sa part, trouvait l'homme bien moins agressif en "mission"... à l'Elysée alors que Dominique de Villepin en était bien... le secrétaire général!
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Introducing the new Local Search for Mobile

The mobile search team is always looking for new ways to make searching the world around you as easy and useful as searching the web. Today we're introducing a redesigned local search experience on your phone that integrates with Google Maps on your computer and includes browseable categories that let you search without typing. Let me tell you how I used these features on my recent vacation to Hawaii.

Before I left, I researched places to visit on Google Maps. I signed in to my Google account and starred the places I wanted to go. Once I got to Hawaii, by signing in on my phone, I was able to see the places I starred on desktop Maps under "Starred Places". I could then click through on place names to visit mobile-optimized versions of Place Pages for Google Maps that include opening hours, reviews, photos, and more.

The new category browse feature made it easy to find a place to rent bicycles for a quick tour of the coastline. I just tapped on "Entertainment & Recreation" and then "Bicycles" to execute a search — no typing necessary. When it was time for scuba diving, I didn't see an appropriate category, so I started typing "SCUBA" in the search box and clicked on a suggestion for "Scuba Tour Agency". A few hours later, I was petting a white-tipped reef shark!

Of course, local search isn't only useful when you're traveling — here's an example of planning a birthday party in my hometown, San Francisco:

To access these features on your mobile device, go to, or just click on the Local tab on The product is available in the US and China, with more regions coming soon.

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Proviamo ad iniziare

Ciao a tutti,
questo blog vuole essere un punto di ritrovo per tutti i surfisti abituati all'attesa delle onde, emozione certamente non provata da tutti i surfsiti al mondo.
Vorrei usare le mie conoscenze e gli studi effettuati in meteorologia e la mia forte passione per il surf e per il mare per tenere aggiornati tutti i surfisti, soprattutto quelli della costa Est (dove surfo più abitualmente), e per cercare di elaborare previsioni meteo & surf attendibili, sperando di superare con successo i bassi standard di previsione che girano sui più noti siti surf, ma anche su alcuni siti meteo poco consapevoli di ciò che fanno . . .Any source

Polluters and Pinkwashers

I'm going to stir up a little controvery here and I'd love to hear your comments, even if you disagree. Post them below!
I find it amusing that so many companies are "donating" to "Breast Cancer." As if breast cancer was an institution in and of itself like manufacturers and sellers of pink ribbons everywhere would have you believe. First of all, how much are these companies donating? When you buy something with a pink ribbon, how much is going to a non-profit? 10%? 1%? And then, once the money filters through the non-profit, how much of your money is actually going to help a person with cancer? How much is going to drug companies? How much are paying the big salaries of the people who run the major non-profits? These "pinkwashers" add pink ribbons and such to products to make them look like they're a caring company. When, in fact, all the pinkwashing does is help them increase their profits.
Financials aside, there's another reason that these companies don't live up to the hype. Let's take a look at one example that showed up in my mailbox.

Amidst the slue of junk mail I received one day, an ad popped out at me: "Buy a Serta matress to support Breast Cancer!" Seemed nice enough. But let's think about this a a mattress that's likely to contain chemicals like fire-retardant boric acid (that is commonly laced with carcinogenic arsenic), formaldehyde glue (a known carcinogen), bleached cotton that emits dioxin during manufacture, and carcinogenic tolulene finishing. All of these chemicals that can disrupt hormone function and lead to a higher risk of breast support breast cancer!? Serta would do a lot more to stop breast cancer if they would just not add the chemicals to the matresses! But they know that adding a pink ribbon to the product makes it desireable to the unknowing public--and a lot cheaper than finding safer alternatives!

Then I remembered an earlier ad that I had seen from Ford Motor Company. They had a two-page spread in one of the "health" magazines about how they were raising awareness for breast cancer. They even had a whole line of clothing and accessories in pink that "supported breast cancer." Let's think about this one for a minute... According to the Breast Cancer Fund, a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate the environmental causes for breast cancer, one of the largest environmental causes of breast cancer is tailpipe emissions. Exposure to certain pollutants, especially in a young girls life, can increase cancer risk later in life. So, if Ford really wanted to help stop breast cancer it would enforce stricter emissions standards on their vehicles. But, it's a lot easier and more profitable to sell a line of cute scarfs and t-shirts that make them look philanthropic.
Estee Lauder was one of the first companies to distribute pink ribbons, and now Avon has jumped on the bandwagon with a special lip balms and charm bracelets to help their "Cancer Crusade." Both companies have long refused to sign the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and continues to use hormone disrupting parabens and phlalates as well as formaldehyde donors like diazolidnyl urea. It's a vicious cycle that supports the products that cause cancer, and then buy the products to increase cancer awareness.

From 2005 to 2006, the Campbell Soup company doubled their sales of Tomato and Chicken Noodle soup to the largest grocery chain, Kroger. How did they do this? They branded the soup with pink ribbons and donated $3.5 cents per can to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It only took them $250,000 in dontations to make an extra $3.5 million in sales. Now, there's nothing wrong with a company making profits--that's what they're obligated to their shareholders to do. However, once again, they're not really working to cure cancer. Soup cans contain a plastic coating called BPA. BPA is a known hormone disruptor, acting like estrogen in the body. The more a woman is exposed to estrogen, especially synthetic estrogens, the greater her cancer risk. But instead of spending money on finding a safer alternative for their can, it's easier to make a pink label donate to a non-profit and hand off to them the responsibility to find a cure.

And finally...A common sight in my house as a youth was a little basket full of pink yogurt tops. The pink inside of the little foil lid said that Yoplait would donate fifteen cents to the Susan G. Komen foundation. We did our duty, ate our yogurts, and sent in our tops. But what we didn't know was that yoplait uses yogurt from cows that are treated with rbST, recombinant bovine growth hormone. Our yogurts were laced with synthetic estrogens that ran their course through our bodies, increasing OUR risk for breast cancer. If yoplait really cared about cancer, they'd use organic milk, or at least rbST-free milk (not to mention all the refined sugar, artificial flavors, and sweeteners.) But it's easier and more marketable to have novel lids that people can interact with and feel like they're making a difference.

I don't want to say that we shouldn't donate to breast cancer foundations. It's a great and kind thing to do so. Many of them do a great job at funding reasearch and getting money to small cancer clinics. But I just wonder---if we didn't have all of these companies putting chemicals into our air, water, land, food and bodies, would we need all the breast cancer funding? Would we need the research, the studies, the drugs? The moral of the story is, the best thing to do is to give directly to the foundation or volunteer your time to the organization, or even a cancer patient in your life.

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Pluralité d'acteurs, de technologies et de projets d'épandage

de substances toxiques dans l'atmosphère.

Encore en anglais; merci aux bonnes volontés traductrices !

Jerry E. Smith :

Chemtrails, it seems, are not a “one-size-fits-all” phenomena. There is not just one program running or just one purpose to this alleged spraying. I have found that there are many players, many technologies for many purposes, injecting an amazing variety of aerosols into our environment.


This question of whether advanced technology is being intentionally used to alter the climate is also seen in the contrail vs. chemtrail debate, which we will address in depth. If you have spent much time looking up lately you may have noticed that something about the sky seems to have changed. You may be old enough to remember when the condensation trails (contrails) from jet aircraft used to be thin streaks behind the planes, blazing like comets, disappearing in seconds. Now they persist for hours. The brilliant blue sky of the morning becomes a milky white opalescence in late afternoon as the contrails merge together, creating a layer of artificial cirrus clouds. What’s going on? Are we being sprayed? Is there some chemical in these persistent contrails making them chemtrails? Who could be doing this, and why?

If you try to answer any of the questions connected to chemtrails via the Internet you will find many sites devoted to this subject, both pro and con. Some will tell you there is no spraying, that these strangely persistent contrails are in fact perfectly natural. Others will detail bizarre things found in the air. Chemicals and metals like aluminum and barium salts, and stranger things like E-coli bacteria and genetically modified human blood, are but a few of the bizarre things claimed to have been spewed out after commercial aircraft or mysterious unmarked tankers have unloaded their covert payloads over the heads of frightened or angry witnesses.

Particulate matter in the air is called an aerosol. If you search the scientific media for information on aerosols you will discover that there are literally scores of organizations (military, academic, commercial, environmental and governmental) involved in studying, monitoring, tracking and placing aerosols in the atmosphere. A number of technologies using aerosols for a variety of purposes have been patented, and many more are under development. Chemtrails, it seems, are not a “one-size-fits-all” phenomena. There is not just one program running or just one purpose to this alleged spraying. I have found that there are many players, many technologies for many purposes, injecting an amazing variety of aerosols into our environment.

In the chemtrails section of this book I will try to lay out for you what is real and what is probably lies and hysteria. Like in the UFO field, military intelligence may well have injected wild and crazy stories into the chemtrail debate to hide covert operations. Unfortunately too, the scientifically challenged have added a tone of very literal Chicken Little hysteria to all this. It is probable that not all contrails are chemtrails, and possible that not all chemtrails are intentionally evil — but all are an environmental hazard that will have to be addressed. Aerosols are a very real problem, somewhat acknowledged in the scientific press and totally ignored by the popular media.

After the week of no commercial flights over the United States in the wake of the horrific events of 11 September 2001 atmospheric scientists were able to take new measurements of an unmodified sky. They found that these “clouds” produced by persistent contrails — chemtrails if you will — did in fact reflect back into space solar energy during daylight hours and trap in heat at night, adding about .5 degrees Fahrenheit to the average temperature of North America.

In the contrail/chemtrail debate we see a bridge between the topics of hostile (military) use of environmental modification (EnMod) and the unintentional. It is now a fact recognized by the scientific community that the banks of artificial cirrus clouds left behind by the thousands of aircraft that ply our skies daily are taking a toll on the environment. Officially this comes under the heading of “inadvertent environmental modification” and is a part of the Global Warming debate. To date the most commonly talked about aspect of “inadvertent” environmental modification has been the destruction of the rainforest. But in just the last few years contrails and the “global dimming” they seem to be causing is being pushed to center stage in scientific circles. But what if contrails are actually chemtrails? What if these strangely persistent contrails are actually the product of some nefarious covert spraying operation(s)? We will look at several possible answers including the possibilities of misguided civilian programs as well as military operations.

The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature
by Jerry E. Smith

"Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can
alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely
through the use of electromagnetic waves."

-- United States Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, April, 1997

Secretary Cohen made this statement at a conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and U.S. Strategy in his official capacity as the US Secretary of Defense; thus this can be taken as an official position of the United States. Further he used the word "are," not "could," "might" or "maybe sometime in the future." He further added: "It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts." If the United States Secretary of Defense says that the earth and the sky have been turned into weapons, and are being used as such in present time, I believe we should take this statement very seriously.

WEATHER WARFARE: The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature is not "conspiracy theory." This book has almost no theory and very little speculation. All the conclusions reached are the logical ones based on the presented facts. This is not "tabloid journalism." This is straight scientific reporting at a layman's level. I present solid evidence from military and scientific sources that intentional environmental modification (EnMod) is the 600-pound gorilla at the global warming debate that everyone is pretending isn't there.

In my 1998 book HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy I used HAARP (the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program) as a springboard to talk about globalist agendas such as the New World Order and Agenda 21. While there are passing references to Globalism in WEATHER WARFARE I keep such speculation to a minimum. That book was about the "who" and "why" behind the HAARP program, where this book documents the reality of intentional EnMod, and the threat to health and security it poses.

The heart of WEATHER WARFARE: The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature is proof that EnMod, which most people believe to be science fiction, is actually science fact and that we have neither the political nor legal infrastructure in place to deal with this technology. Addressed at length is the dismal failure of the 1978 United Nations EnMod Convention, which prohibits the use of environmental modification as a weapon of war. The unaddressed issue of ongoing intentional EnMod by various militaries, terrorists and civilians is a key factor skewing the evidence in the global warming/climate change debate and as such is of gravest importance. The politics of the 21st century, and possibly our survival as a species, will turn on how this debate plays out.

Despite the title, it is not just "The Military." A book's title is not precisely its contents, but rather a cry from the bookshelf to get a potential reader's attention. This book is about a great deal more than just the weather or the military. It is about the whole environment: earth, air and sea; it is about a lot of players: academic, commercial and military; with a lot of objectives: financial, militaristic and political.

There is substantial difference between climate and weather. Robert A.Heinlein wrote "climate is what you expect, weather is what you get." Mainstream science recognizes that man does have the ability to alter the weather on a limited scale intentionally, and to alter the climate on a vast scale unintentionally. I present solid evidence that what can be done intentionally is far greater than what the mainstream is willing to or able to admit.

WEATHER WARFARE: The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature covers the history of "weather control" from the Rain Makers of the 1890s through the development of cloud seeding in the middle of the twentieth century, to today's "off the shelf" technologies of precipitation enhancement, hail suppression and fog dispersal. I cover the many programs to manipulate hurricanes, such as Project Cirrus and Project Stormfury, and what evidence there is of being able to control hurricanes in the 21st Century.

It also covers Defense Secretary Cohen's claim that "Others ... can ... set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves." Starting with Nicola Tesla's earthquake machine of the 1890s I trace the possibility of "earthquakes on demand" from the development of a "tsunami bomb" during World War II (as revealed by documents recently declassified by the New Zealand government), through Project Faultless which caused a massive earthquake in the Nevada desert after a high yield atom bomb was intentionally detonated on a fault line, to evidences of human initiation of several major quakes and the 2004 Christmas tsunami with "scalar" or other electromagnetic waves.

Also included is an update on recent developments at HAARP. I analyze what they are willing to admit to having done with it and where the program may go in the future. The US Air Force insists that it has no interest in "controlling the weather" yet HAARP represents the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars and a decade of research and construction in a program whose avowed purpose is to modify the atmosphere. What, if any, is the difference between "modifying the atmosphere" and "controlling the weather"?

WEATHER WARFARE also examines claims that chemicals are being deliberately injected into our atmosphere by high-flying planes that are criss-crossing our skies with "chemtrails." First I examine the environmental issues associated with jet aircraft condensation trails (contrails), which are indeed grave. Then I reveal that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and numerous other national and international panels of scientists have extensively, and expensively, studied ways to mitigate global warming through schemes called "geo-engineering."

Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb and Associate Director of LLNL, actually advocated putting up a "sunscreen" to save the Earth. He proposed injecting aluminum and barium dust particles high into the atmosphere to increase the amount of solar energy being reflected out into space as a way to offset the heating by greenhouse gases.

Many scientific boards and committees have looked into this proposal and found it technologically feasible, but recognized that the legal and environmental hurdles would be too high to overcome to implement such a project--if done openly, so some proposed doing it covertly! Are they?

Packed with hundreds of quotes, the environmental mayhem documented in this 402-page book is founded on a solid base of mainstream scientific, military and media sources. If you are researching this topic you may well find the 31-page bibliography to be worth the price of the book alone! Also included are three appendices which include the full text of the EnMod Convention and more than 150 EnMod patents granted by the United States Patent Office.

Jerry E. Smith is the modern day version of the common human's alarm system. His books stand alone as some of the most significant cutting edge information on what is, "really going on" in our world today. We could all stand to sit back and take the time to read and learn from the pages of what he has written and open our eyes to how insignificant we just may be to those we trust and empower to protect us. Jerry E. Smith has taken the time to go over countless details in every one of his books and to thoroughly research every single account he presents. Making his works some of the most credible, verifiable and well documented anywhere. I personally stand behind, recommend and endorse each and every one.

~ Dr. Ed Craft
Host/ Executive Producer
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The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature
by Jerry E. Smith

Published by Adventures Unlimited Press. $18.95
Paperback: 402 pages, 6x9 trade paperback, Appendix, Bibliography, Illustrated.
ISBN: 1931882606

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Photos d'un avion militaire français au Canada avec tout équipement pour diffusion de chemtrails...

et aussi ça qui date des années 2000 mais qui peut éclairer notre lanterne

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ruixats a Tossa i inundacions a la Comunitat Valenciana

Aquests dies una DANA (Depressió Aillada en Nivells Alts) està afectant tots la meitat est del país, especialment la zona de València. Durant els 3 dies que ha durat l'episodi en aquella zona, s'han acumulat en molts indrets més de 200 litres de pluja, el que ha provocat inundacions i crescudes de torrents i rieres amb els problemes que comporta.

Aquesta DANA, s'ha anat desplaçant cap al nord i durant el dia d'avui afectarà a Catalunya, especialment la seva meitat sud. En indrets de Tarragona, especialment, es poden acumular més de 100 litres. La zona menys afectada seria, com no, les terres gironines, especialment el seu litoral. Malgrat tot, a Tossa s'espera que hi hagin ruixats intermitents, puntualment d'una certa intensitat i amb tempesta però que no ocasionarà els problemes que ha originat a la Comunitat Valenciana i que tindrem en zones de la meitat sud de Catalunya.

Algunes imatges dels aiguats a la Comunitat Valenciana (EFE).

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AFC South Wrap Up Week 3

                                                     AFC South Wrap Up Week 3
By Rafael Garcia
Sr. Contributing Writer-Football Reporters Online
Southeast Region
New York Jets 24 Tennessee 17
If they thought they could not find another way to lose the Titans were wrong. Once again it was special teams that killed their hopes of win number one this year. They are now 0-3 and history shows that teams that start 0-3 do not make the playoff too often. Rookie Ryan Mouton was back in action and I would bet he wishes he had another week to heal up. He fumbled a kickoff and a punt and the Jets scored touchdowns on both errors. The first one helped put the Jets up 14-0 early and the second put them ahead to stay. Now head coach Jeff Fisher is taking a bunch of questions as to why he kept his faith in the rookie. The secondary is also thinner after Vincent Fuller broke his right arm on a heck of a collision.  Quarterback Kerry Collins could not complete a pass in the late stages of the fourth quarter. He has accepted full responsibility for his play but did not get help from his receivers. He was also under a lot of pressure from the Jets defense as they forced him to hurry throws and hit him several times. He finished 15-37 for 170 yards and a quarterback rating of 41.5. Fisher announced that there will be no changes in the lineup despite the 0-3 start. Running back Chris Johnson ran for 97 yards on 22 carries but did not score. They did better on defense this week as they held the Jets to 229 total yards but made rookie Mark Sanchez look good especially on third down. They had four turnovers with the Mouton fumbles and two interceptions by Collins. They are now in a hole that is very hard to get out of in the NFL. They will have to address the return game and maybe get some help in the secondary. During the off season they did not re-sign Chris Carr because they could not promise him time in the secondary and they could sure use him now. There is much work to do if the Titans stand any chance of making the playoffs. It is rare after a 0-3 start but it can be done.
Jacksonville 31 Houston 24
After one of the biggest wins in franchise history last week the Texans were looking to keep that feel good feeling they had. Instead they ran into Maurice Jones-Drew who had a big day. He had his first 100-yard game of the year running for 119 yards and three touchdowns. The Jags ran for 184 and that was the third straight opponent with over 180 yards on the ground against the Texans. It was especially heartbreaking when QB Matt Schaub went 26-35 for 300 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The touchdowns all came in the first half though and he could not produce after that.  But Drew was a one man wrecking crew on this day and the Texans find themselves at 1-2 and back to the drawing board. Houston had there chances to stay in the game and failed to make it count when Chris Brown fumbled the ball at the goal line and the Jags got it back. Another chance happened when Dunta Robinson forced a fumble but the Texans went three and out to blow another opportunity. Mistake after mistake cost them so when in the third quarter LB Brian Cushing had a late hit penalty and it cost the Texans when Jacksonville scored off the penalty. Each team is now 1-2 and two games behind division leader Indianapolis.
Indianapolis 31 Arizona 10
 If there were any questions regarding Peyton Manning they were answered Sunday as he went 24-35 for 379 yards and four touchdowns. He appeared to make the right call every time as he moved Indy up and down the filed against a weak Cardinals defense. The Colts gained a total of 505 yards of offense and on defense gave Kurt Warner fits all day long. Indy also got two turnovers deep in their territory to stop Arizona drives. The Colts defense also rebounded against the run allowing only 24 yards on 12 tries to the Cards. The offense is moving crisply behind Manning and the Colts are all alone atop the AFC South at 3-0 with no one in their sights at this time. Looks like the Manning brothers like it in Arizona as Peyton won on his first trip there and brother Eli won the Super Bowl here.