Today’s Scoop – by Peter Zaza

“The Spinning Silhouette Optical Illusion” – October 24, 2007

“There’s a wonderful optical illusion which involves a graphic of a ballerina spinning around on one leg. It’s called:

“The Spinning Silhouette Optical Illusion”

This illusion elucidates a very important principle concerning subjective reality, and helps to illustrate a point about the vastly differing views people can hold about events such as 9/11. Some people who look at the spinning figure will first affirm that she is bouncing on her left leg while twirling in a clockwise direction. Others may avow that she is instead bouncing on her right leg and spinning in a counterclockwise direction. Indeed, you can have many people looking at this animated graphic at the same time and not agree as to what is happening. This idea is not really foreign to many people who have made the journey from one belief about 9/11 to its diametrical opposite.

First – we must try and deconstruct the illusion and find out what is going on. When you look at a silhouette of a figure it is not possible to determine if it is facing you, or facing away from you. There is no depth to the figure, it’s just an outline – our Left/Right designation of what we visually perceive will set the stage for our belief of what follows. If the human cut-out is interpreted to be facing you then you will assume it is her left foot touching the ground, and vice versa if not. The information is not sufficient when viewing a black and white silhouette, our brain makes an assumption at first glance and then proceeds toward a logical eventuality based upon that assumption.

When you first look at the optical illusion you are subjected to your own implied interpretation. It’s interesting to analyze our mindset while going through the entire process of discovery in figuring out this type of problem. I looked at it initially and told myself to concentrate on which leg she is bouncing on – I was sure it was the left, how could anyone doubt it – you can see it, can’t you? You would have to be an idiot to think otherwise – anybody who does not see it must be a lunatic. But then something happens, there is a period of thought and analysis, and then a question of our belief. As we catch ourselves seeing the right leg touching and the figure rotating in the opposite direction, there arises doubt concerning our convictions. We come to the ultimate realization that we can be fooled, and it is embarrassing to admit that those assertions we would stake our lives upon, and the derision we feel toward those who do not agree with us, are after all only based upon an illusion.

“When you change the way you look at things – the things you look at change” – Wayne Dyer

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Today’s Scoop

What Did Pelosi Know, and When Did She Know It? – October 23, 2007

“Will House Speaker Nancy Pelosi come clean now that it is clear that the National Security Agency (NSA) was turned loose on American citizens well before 9/11? She has admitted knowing for several years about the Bush administration’s eavesdropping on Americans without a court warrant. She was briefed on it when she was ranking Democrat the House Intelligence Committee when Bush and Cheney took office.”

Today’s Scoop

BREAKING: Federal Magistrate recommends that Temporary Restraining Order be Issued Against White House in CREW’s Email case – October 19, 2007

“Major development today in the case, CREW v. Executive Office of the President.

Magistrate Judge John Facciola, issued a report and recommendation (found here under “Related Documents”) in which he concluded that a temporary restraining order should be issued by District Court Judge Henry Kennedy preventing the White House from destroying any back-up copies – in whatever medium – created to preserve data.”

Today’s Spotlight by Phil Restino: Salt Lake City Mayor Ross C. Anderson’s Compelling Case for Impeachment

“Never before has there been such a compelling case for impeachment
and removal from office of the president of the United States for heinous
human rights violations, breaches of trust, abuses of power injurious to the
nation, war crimes, misleading Congress and the American people about
threats to our nation’s security and the supposed case for war, and grave
violations of treaties, the Constitution, and domestic statutory law. “

Salt Lake City Mayor Ross C. Anderson

Please encourage everyone you know to take the time to view Salt Lake City Mayor Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson’s Compelling Case for Impeachment: A Return to Moral Leadership, the Rule of Law, and Constitutional Government.

Central Florida Veterans For Peace (contributions are tax deductible) is offering DVD copies of the 40 minute case for impeachment (suitable for presentation to city and local officials) for our cost of $1.00 per DVD plus $2.50 for shipping and handling for up to 10 DVD’s.

Central Florida Veterans For Peace can be contacted by telephone at (386) 255-7441 and/or by email at Orders with payment can be mailed to:

Central Florida Veterans For Peace
P.O. Box 9012
Daytona Beach, FL 32120-9012

Thank you.
Phil Restino
Co-Chair, Central Florida Veterans For Peace

Related Information for Citizens, Mayors and City Officials working for impeachment: Takoma Park, MD Impeach Resolution and Documentary

Congresswoman Diane E. Watson (33rd District, California) endorses H Res 333

Los Angeles National Impeachment Center ( )
Press Contacts: Cres Velluci, Sheila Dean
(310) 497-7255


(I) Congresswoman Diane E. Watson (33rd District, California) endorses H Res 333

On October 13, 2007, in response to a request that LANIC’s Executive Director Peter Thottam made during a Los Angeles Town Hall Q&A session — building on over 10,200 handwritten signatures gathered by Victor Oquendo, Lyn Jensen and numerous other LANIC impeachment activists and volunteers living in and near Congresswoman Diane Watson’s district — Congresswoman Diane E. Watson (33rd District, CA) agreed to immediately endorse the impeachment of both President Bush and Vice President Cheney and stated that she will sign on as an official co-sponsor for H Res 333. The endorsement of H Res 333 was confirmed three times at the Iraq War Town Hall sponsored by CA Assembly Majority Leader, Karen Bass, at Hamilton High School’s Auditorium. It was also video-recorded and verified at the end of the town hall by Congresswoman Diane Watson’s Chief District Representative, Charles Stewart.

With Sunday’s announcement, Congresswoman Diane E. Watson is the 22nd member of Congress to endorse H Res 333. The endorsement is effective immediately and will be formalized this coming week by her staff. House Resolution 333 is a resolution submitted to the House of Representatives by Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) during the 110th United States Congress that, if passed, would impeach Vice President Dick Cheney on three charges. The resolution was introduced on April 24, 2007.

Related Information: Read more about Cheney Impeach Bill (H.Res. 333)

Related Video: Rep. Diane Watson commits to support Impeachment

Tell the Federal Communications Commission to Get the Spies Off the Line:

Don't Spy on Me!

Ordinary, law-abiding Americans are targets of the government’s illegal surveillance. You can tell the FCC to get the spies off the line.

Follow this link to the handy FCC form and to read the complaint.

In related news…

This Wednesday, the whole House will vote on the RESTORE Act. There will be openings for last-minute amendments, and immunity is nearly guaranteed to be one of them. Including immunity in legislation could jeopardize EFF’s case against AT&T — one of the last, best hopes for judicial review of the wholesale surveillance of ordinary Americans. Don’t let your representative sell out to the Bush administration and to the telecoms — call now and remind them that telecom immunity must stay off the table.

More info:

Tell your reps to oppose retroactive immunity for phone companies’ lawbreaking

Tel: (202) 224-3121 — Capitol Hill Switchboard. (800) 828 – 0498 — Toll Free Congress

Today’s Scoop

The Pelosi Paradox – October 15, 2007

Naturally, Pelosi has interest groups paying her and now would be a good time to note that if you refer to, in the previous election she received $70,500 from Pro-Israel industries. What would impeachment and withdrawal do for Israel if by withdrawing we further empower Iran to take on Israel in the region? Also, what does it mean that in addition to this money she has received $96,550 from Securities & Investment industries and also $28,000 from Defense Aerospace industries?