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General Norman Schwarzkopf.With the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf on December 27, 2012, a different image of “Stormin'” Norman is depicted in the 2005 documentary, Beyond Treason, than what the mass media presented us with during the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

Watch the entire documentary for what is documented evidence of criminal negligence at best, and beyond treason, at worst, on the part of certain U.S. government and military officials involving chemical warfare on U.S. veterans, culminating so prominently in the so-called Gulf War Syndrome.

Tune in starting at 54 minutes to hear about Schwarzkopf’s own book, It Doesn’t Take a Hero, wherein he referenced the destruction of chemical weapons depots in Iraq as U.S. troops stood by.

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Bloomberg reported this on January 2, 2010, however, as of June, the CIA hadn’t updated their production figures showing Russia at the top as they now have.

From their top 10 list, only three are OPEC nations: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq.

Russia 9,920,000 barrels/day (2009 est.)
Saudi Arabia 8,146,000 barrels/day (2008 est.)

Saudi Arabia is reported to have 264.1 billion barrels of “proved” oil reserves, as of the January 1, 2009 estimate, with Russia having 79 billion barrels, or less than a third of Saudi Arabia’s.

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North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is often referred to in the mass media as “The Hermit Kingdom.” There is much justification for that designation.

It came as a surprise to me that you can actually obtain a tourist visa for North Korea. I first read an article in 2007 about how there are a few Canadians who visit each year on a tourist visa.

That is unlike Saudi Arabia, for instance.¬†From visahq.com, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not issue tourist visas.” There is the irony that you can get a tourist visa to visit an “Axis of Evil” country, as branded by the George W. Bush administration, yet can’t get one to visit a designated ally.

The travel advisories issued by the Canadian government, which has among the best relations with most nations of the world, North Korea has the second-lowest travel risk, with 22 countries having a higher level of risk.

The countries with an “avoid all essential travel” advisory are: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Eritrea, Iran, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

The countries with an “avoid all travel” advisory are: Afghanistan, Chad, Guinea, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

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As a paramount sign of over-regulation of the cell phone market in the U.S., and misplaced priorities, it’s cheaper to send a text message to Iraq than to the U.S, via Skype, at a cost of 9.7 cents USD per message to Iraq, and 11.2 cents to the U.S.

The ironies abound, with the U.S. taxpayer bearing the overwhelming cost of securing a stable government in Iraq, while Iraqis can send text messages for cheaper than Americans can, despite a continued lack of basic infrastructure there, and decaying infrastructure in the U.S.

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