Not a fresh video of course but it’s very “psychedelic” now, helping to think on capitalism, globalism, war strategies and the new terrifying circumstances again. Nation columnist Naomi Klein explores a key argument from her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

Burma protests

Some horrible news keep coming from Burma, after the military regime reacted violently to the protesters in the country. According to one of them, thousands of monks and protesters have been tortured and killed before being dumped in the jungle. Still no confirmations and we don’t know if the story apparently told by a senior intelligence officer is true or just exaggerated rumours. But it’s very certain that the conditions keep getting worse and worse in Burma and if something very effective does not come from the international community very soon, I fear that not only the monks’ but also Aung San Suu Kyi‘s life is under a serious risk too.

Time to support the Burmese uprising for democracy and time to show our solidarity: Not in a spritual manner but physically. Otherwise, this will be “yet another massacre” on dirty records of the Myanmar fascist regime and another black page in the history of Burma after August 1988 incidents.

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A SENIOR Burmese intelligence official claims thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle.
After defecting from the military junta and fleeing to the Thai border, Hla Win told a reporter from London’s Daily Mail: “Many more people have been killed in recent days than you’ve heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand.”
With protests quashed and many monasteries empty, fears are growing for those who have disappeared into Burma’s grim jails.
Mr Win said he fled when he was ordered to help massacre holy men.
Mr Win, 42, a former chief of military intelligence in Rangoon’s northern region, said: “I decided to desert when I was ordered to raid two monasteries and force several hundred monks on to trucks.
“They were to be killed and their bodies dumped deep inside the jungle. I refused to participate in this,” he said.

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Another enigmatic news story came from Peru this morning: Scores became ill and some animals died after a mysterious “fireball” appeared in Peruvian skies. BBC News Service reports:

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A crater made apparently by a meteorite in Peru

The crater has been spewing fetid gases, reports say

Hundreds of people in Peru have needed treatment after an object from space – said to be a meteorite – plummeted to Earth in a remote area, officials say.

They say the object left a deep crater after crashing down over the weekend near the town of Carancas in the Andes.
People who have visited scene have been complaining of headaches, vomiting and nausea after inhaling gases.
A team of scientists is on its way to the site to collect samples and verify whether it was indeed a meteorite.
“It [the object] is buried in the earth,” local resident Heber Mamani told the BBC.
“That is why we are asking for an analysis because we are worried for our people. They are afraid. A bull is dead and some other animals are already sick,” he said.
The incident began on Saturday night, when people near Carancas in the Puno region, some 1,300km (800 miles) south of Lima, reported seeing a fireball in the sky coming towards them.

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Another powerful earthquake jolted Indonesia’s Sumatra island this morning and an Indian Ocean – wide tsunami warning was issued. Still no reports on damage and casualties. Experts say, this was the strongest quake that hit Indonesia since a deadly tremor and a powerful tsunami hit the island on the Boxing Day in 2004. BBC News reports:

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A powerful earthquake has struck off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami alert.

The tremor had a magnitude of 7.9, according to the Indonesian Meteorological Institute.
It caused buildings in the capital, Jakarta, to sway, and was felt in other parts of the region. There are no reports of damage or casualties.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami alert for the entire Indian Ocean region following the latest quake.
It says it is not known whether a tsunami has been generated.
Wednesday’s earthquake struck at 1810 (1110 GMT), about 15km (nine miles) under the sea, some 100km (60 miles) south-west of the city of Bengkulu, the US Geological Survey said.
The BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Jakarta says this was the most powerful earthquake in Indonesia since the one which caused the Asian tsunami in 2004, and was dangerously shallow.

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A 7.9 magnitude quake shook Peru today, with aftershocks coming as big as M 6.3. News agencies report a high casualty: hundreds were killed and at least 1300 were injured.

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CHINCHA, Peru (Reuters) –
Powerful aftershocks shook Peru
on Thursday as rescuers pulled wounded and dead from collapsed
homes and churches a day after a massive earthquake killed
hundreds of people.

A man walks over the debris from a damaged wall in Lima's port of Callao, after an earthquake struck Peru, August 15, 2007. (Enrique Castro Mendivil/Reuters)

Hospitals were overwhelmed with injured in the cities of
Chincha and Pisco on the Pacific coast, and dead bodies were
gathered on street corners in Pisco.
Peru’s civil defense agency said at least 337 people
perished and 1,300 were injured in the 7.9-magnitude quake and
the death toll was expected to rise.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported aftershocks of
magnitude 6.0 and 6.3 on Thursday morning near the central Peru
Wounded people lay on the floor in the San Jose hospital in
Chincha, south of the capital Lima. Television images showed
walls in the hospital destroyed by the quake.
In the San Juan de Dios hospital in Pisco, doctor Ricardo
Cabrera said staff was struggling to cope with 200 wounded and
more than 40 dead, with no power and a large part of the
hospital damaged.

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It becomes obvious once again that world economy will suffer the results of playing games at “speculation-enabled” stock exchange markets. BBC uses the phrase “adverse effect on market sentiment” when mentioning the problems in the mortgage sector.

Market sentiment? Could the fate of a large-scale production and trade of a huge country be left to the “sentiments”? If it’s capitalism, it could. In a global economical system that holds “stock exchange halls” as temples, “brands” as totems and “marketing philosophy” as a dogma, global economical crisis are not unusual. The world had already seen this movie several times in the past; each time, the “solution” came with a new local or large scale war, elsewhere in the world. Capitalism as usual, nothing more.

Keep an eye on the biggest corporate “players” and the politicians directed and manipulated by them: A new “conflict” can appear anytime, anywhere on the Earth if the international finance-capital oligarchy sees it necessary. Time to worry, as the “season of coups and wars” approach, amid serious fears for economical crisis, drought, famine and climate disasters.

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Traders on the New York Stock Exchange

Central banks have moved to calm the markets

US stocks have fallen in early trading, with problems in the mortgage sector continuing to have an adverse effect on market sentiment.

The Dow Jones was down 63 points to 13,173, as investors reacted to news that Wal-Mart and Home Depot had warned of tough times to come.
Meanwhile, the more technology-based Nasdaq index lost 0.6 points to 2,542.
The falls came despite the Federal Reserve saying it would inject more funds into financial markets if needed.
As US interest rates have increased over the past year, a record number of sub-prime borrowers have defaulted on their loans, leading to extreme financial pressures for firms exposed to the sector.
The knock-on effect has been fears that loans will be harder to come by, not only in the housing sector but in the wider economy, leading to an economic slowdown.

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Satellite maps helped an important archaeological discovery: The new data from NASA’a AIRSAR satellite reveals that Cambodia’s fascinating temple complex Angkor Vat was once at the center of a large urban settlement with a complex irrigation system. New analysis also shows that the demise of the city came as the result of serious enviromental failures including deforestation. Yet another lesson to take, for us 21st century folks.

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Angkor Wat

The researchers disovered at least 74 new temples


The great medieval temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia was once at the centre of a sprawling urban settlement, according to a new, detailed map of the area.

Using Nasa satellites, an international team have discovered at least 74 new temples and complex irrigation systems.

The map, published in the journal PNAS, extends the known settlement by 1000 sq km, about the size of Los Angeles.

Analysis also lends weight to the theory that Angkor’s residents were architects of the city’s demise.

“The large-scale city engineered its own downfall by disrupting its local environment by expanding continuously into the surrounding forests,” said Damian Evans of the University of Sydney and one of the authors of the paper and map.

Cambodia map

Working with researchers from Australia, Cambodia and France, the map was produced from ground surveys, airborne photography, and ground-sensing radar from Nasa’s AIRSAR satellite.

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