14
Jan
2005

ELF and beached whales and dolphins

I am reading of various frequencies tonight and ELF caught my attention:
http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/LisaWu.shtml

These transmission are altering the web of life, and it is most apparent in the ocean due to it's electrical conductivity and it's water not air. (Observing that our bodies are mini oceans)... if there is ELF testing occuring in an area that is experiencing beached whales and or dolphins then if must me that it is harmonizing with their own auditory interface and the change is so drastic it drives them to crazy actions/death.

Dru


Beached Whales in N.C.
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/478437/

The Telcos and "The Banality of Evil"

Reading how the Telcos are not in the least taking note of the continuing calls to cease flogging their wares to children because of their corporate imperative reminds me of somewhat of Edward S Herman's comments on normalization in his landmark essay, "The Banality of Evil".

"Doing terrible things in an organized and systematic way rests on 'normalization'," wrote Herman. "There is usually a division of labour in doing and rationalizing the unthinkable, with the direct brutalizing and killing done by one set of individuals . . . others working on improving technology (a better crematory gas, a longer burning and more adhesive napalm, bomb fragments that penetrate flesh in hard-to-trace patterns). It is the function of the experts, and the mainstream media, to normalize the unthinkable for the general public."

I will be accused of overstating the case with such a comparison but think of the consequences for future society if the warnings about children's use of cell phones prove to be true, considering that 70%-90% of children in the Western world now use a mobile.

The telcos have normalized the public to accepting cell phones by infiltrating expert decision making bodies, such as Motorola has done in Australia and the US. They employ International PR firms to spin science and mount massive advertising campaigns and web sites, such as http://www.childnet-int.org/ , to convince parents and children that cell phones are an indispensable lifestyle and safety item.

The Telcos have been extremely successful in normalizing the public to cell phones and they are here to stay, whether we like it or not.

What they hope now is that the 'bad news' health hazard stories in the media will be quickly forgotten and things will get back to business as usual.

Now that is what I would call evil.

Don Maisch

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The Telcos corporate imperative

Here are some stories from the Sydney Morning Herald on the Stewart recommendations and how the responsible Telcos are responding. As the Motorola maxim goes "Truth is nothing, what matters is what sells".

Don Maisch

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No halt to downward mobile marketing

By Julian Lee, Marketing Reporter

January 13, 2005

The mobile phone industry has ruled out changes to marketing to children in light of a warning by a leading scientist that the phones could still pose health risks.

The British Government's leading adviser on radiation, Sir William Stewart, has urged parents of children under 10 to deny them access to mobile phones until scientists can say handsets are safe.

His warnings come as the number of six- to nine-year-olds using mobiles in Australia hit 2 per cent, far less than the reported figure of 14 per cent in Britain.

Australia's mobile phone operators claim they are doing enough already to ensure that figure does not rise.

"Our position to not market to under 10s remains solely a social issue. Our resolve in this respect has not changed. The health issues remains a separate issue," a Virgin Mobile spokeswoman said.

"There's nothing new in the research and it confirms that mobile phones do not cause adverse effects," a Telstra spokesman said. Telstra is exploring a handset for the under-10s and promotions in magazines targeting 10- to 14-year-olds are acceptable because Telstra classifies them as "youths" not "children". Vodafone and Optus are not changing their guidelines that prohibit marketing to under-16s.

As chairman of Britain's National Radiation Protection Board, Sir William concluded in 2000 that there were no adverse health effects for the general public but that children should only use mobiles for essential calls.

This week he told the London-based Daily Telegraph that making mobiles available to children under nine was "ludicrous". He was more concerned about the possible health hazards than he was five years ago because the number of mobile phones had doubled, the paper reported.

In October, Stockholm's Karolinska Institute found there was an increased risk of a brain tumour for people who had used mobiles for more than 10 years.

The Federal Government agency that monitors radiation levels, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, is satisfied with the emission levels of handsets but a spokesman admitted there was still a "degree of uncertainty".

A specialist in occupational medicine, Dr Bruce Hocking, said: "There are still major concerns about the safety of handsets so if people are going to be serious where children are concerned then they should urge them to use SMS or a landline in ordinary circumstances."

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Business/No-halt-to-downward-mobile-marketing/2005/01/12/1105423557223.html


Mobiles? Sure, but not for kids

London

January 13, 2005

British experts are urging mobile phone users to use their handsets with caution and keep them out of the hands of young children, in a report warning that mobile technology was racing ahead of studies of its potential health hazards.

The National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) said there was no hard evidence of a real threat to health, but stressed the need for a "precautionary approach" to the use of mobile phones technologies.

The widespread use of mobile phones worldwide has "not been accompanied by associated, clearly established increases in adverse health effects", it said in the report.

But the rapid development of new technologies is coming "at a pace which is outstripping analyses of any potential impact on health", it added.

Citing studies in Sweden and Germany, it said that exposure to radiation levels that are lower than current guidelines may be sufficient to cause biological harm.

It backed earlier recommendations from a similar report released in 2000 calling for limited use of mobile phones by minors.

NRPB chairman Sir William Stewart said children under eight should not be given their own handsets. "I don't think we can put our hands on our hearts and say mobile phones are safe," Stewart told a press conference in London.

"When you come to giving mobile phones to a three- to eight-year-old, that can't possibly be right," he told BBC radio earlier on Tuesday.

Children face potentially greater risks to their health from radiation because their nervous system is still developing, the tissues of the head absorb more energy than those of adults and because they face a lifetime of radiation exposure, the NRPB report said.

"If there are risks -- and we think that maybe there are -- then the people who are going to be most affected are children, and the younger the children, the greater the danger," Stewart said.

He said teenagers could be given mobile phones so they can keep in touch with nervous parents, but should be encouraged to send text messages instead of making phone calls, since the phone was in use for a shorter period.

Stewart also said that, based on evidence, he recommended that mobile phone masts not be placed near schools, even though their "emissions... are a small percentage of the emissions that one gets from a mobile phone".

On Tuesday, British company Commun8, which launched the country's first mobile phone specifically designed for children, announced it was suspending sales because of the concerns raised by the NRPB.

Launched five months ago, the MyMo phone was targeted at four- to eight-year-olds, with pre-set phone numbers that could be easily dialled in an emergency.

There are some 50 million mobile phones in use in Britain, twice the number in 2000.

Mike Dolan, executive director of industry group Mobile Operators Association, said operators would study the NRPB report but said it showed that mobile technologies "operating within international health and safety guidelines" did not cause illness.

An industry body in Australia said parents should be left to decide if their children should use mobiles. The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) noted that the NRPB's study also concluded there was no hard evidence to suggest people's health was being adversely affected by mobile phone technologies.

ATA chief executive Graham Chalker said the technology was not new and the potential health impacts from radio frequency energy had been carefully studied during the past 50 years.

"Despite the lack of hard evidence of adverse health effects, ultimately it is up to parents whether they allow their children to have a mobile phone," Chalker said.

"Parents no doubt will be cautious about trading off an unproven possible risk against a known public health and safety benefit."

Chalker said the mobile phone industry acknowledged some people had genuine concerns about the devices and their issues were being addressed through ongoing research.

"AMTA supports research in accordance with the World Health Organisation's research program, to advance the science in relation to mobile phones and health and so that there is accurate information to assist people to make informed choices in relation to mobile technology and health," he said.

Agencies

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Tech

Telstra eyes under-10s despite mobile warning

By Julian Lee

January 13, 2005

The mobile phone industry has ruled out changes to marketing to children in light of a warning by a leading scientist that the phones could pose health risks.

The British Government's adviser on radiation, Sir William Stewart, has urged parents of children under 10 to deny them access to mobile phones until scientists can say they are safe.

His warnings come as the number of six to nine-year-olds using mobiles in Australia hit 2 per cent, far less than the reported figure of 14 per cent in Britain. Australia's mobile phone operators claim they are doing enough already to ensure that figure does not rise.

"Our position to not market to under-10s remains solely a social issue," a Virgin Mobile spokeswoman said."Our resolve in this respect has not changed. The health issue remains a separate issue."

A Telstra spokesman said: "There's nothing new in the research and it confirms that mobile phones do not cause adverse effects." Telstra is considering a handset for under-10s.

Magazine promotions targeting 10 to 14-year-olds are seen as acceptable because Telstra views them as youths, not children.

Vodafone and Optus are not changing their guidelines, which prohibit marketing to under-16s.

Sir William, the chairman of Britain's National Radiation Protection Board, said young children should only use mobiles for essential calls.

He said making mobiles available to children under nine was "ludicrous".

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Technology/Telstra-eyes-under10s-despite-mobile-warning/2005/01/12/1105423562057.html



Omega there is hard evidence to suggest people's health:
Fields of Influence - Mobile phones "the largest human biologic experiment"
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/473121/

Mobile Phone Turns Enzyme Solution into A Gel
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/472506/

Conservationists deny loggers access to old growth forest

http://melbourne.indymedia.org/news/2005/01/86117.php

Conservationists deny loggers access to old growth forest

by Tha Lil Birdy Wednesday January 12, 2005 at 04:23 PM
geco@green.net.au 03 51540156

Early this morning conservationists blocked access to an area of old growth forest situated in Ellery 40 kms north east of Orbost. A structure has been constructed on the access road, preventing logs being removed from multiple controversial logging coupes.

Log trucks have been turned away since 3.30 this morning. A thirty metre tree platform has also been attached to logging machinery halting all logging work within untouched old growth forest.

This action follows on from yesterday, where sixty local, national and international conservationists effectively stopped work in an old growth logging coupe in State forest. Today, one woman is sitting eight metres above the access road in a wooden structure, whilst another two women are perched thirty metres high on a tree platform connected to logging machinery.

“These actions draw attention to the fact that the current government is still not listening to the people. It’s time for Premier Steve Bracks to end all old growth logging immediately” said Billy Dain, spokesperson for the Goongerah Environment Centre.

Ellery contains wet old growth forest and rainforest. Even after the announcement by the Bracks government of a 43% reduction in saw log allocations, nothing has been done to permanently protect the remaining old growth forest. Logging these areas has severe impacts on endangered species such as the Sooty Owl, Long Footed Potoroo and the Powerful Owl.

“These conservationists are putting the spotlight back on the need to protect these areas of high significance. Once these areas are logged they turn from fire retardant wet old growth forest into fire prone regrowth.” He continued.

“It’s time for Premier Steve Bracks to listen to the people of Victoria and across Australia and fix this problem.” He concluded.

Conservationists plan to continue their efforts for as long as it takes for the government to stand up and finally end all old growth logging.

For more information contact:
Billy Dain Goongerah Environment Centre
03 51540156
*Look out for photo updates.

http://www.geco.org.au

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http://melbourne.indymedia.org/news/2005/01/86118.php

Logging industry shows its force

by Tha Lil Birdy Wednesday January 12, 2005 at 04:28 PM
geco@green.net.au 03 51540156

Conservationists were unexpectedly met with excessive numbers of Department of Sustainability and Environment officers along with Victorian police today.

Over twenty five officers have entered the contentious old growth area where sixty conservationists have effectively shut down logging operations in Ellery Forest, 40kms north east of Orbost.

The protest highlights the need for Premier Steve Bracks to act immediately and end old growth logging. Recent surveys suggest that over 80% of Australians are opposed to logging the remaining unprotected old growth forests.

“The show of numbers from the department and police today suggests that this is a critical issue that the government would like to remove from the public spotlight. The issue of old growth logging has been on the forefront of campaigns by conservationists for over a decade. Steve Bracks needs to act fast to fix this problem.” Said Billy Dain spokesperson for the conservationists.

Arrests are imminent as the present government has introduced new laws which effectively lock the public out of state forests.

“Conservationists are holding tight until the remaining unprotected old growth forests are finally included into a reserve system” he concluded.

For more information
Billy Dain
Goongerah Environment Centre
51540156


Sixty Conservationists stop logging in Old Growth Forest
http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/news/2005/01/86072.php


Informant: Andrew Robinson

WHAT the FDA Won't Tell You about the VeriChip

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/news/041210a.asp

Plädoyer für die erste obdachlosenfreie Zone Lörrach - "Wir sehen beide aus wie Angehörige von den Flodders"

Online-Forum liefert Spartipps für Hartzgeschädigte
Artikel von Ernst Corinth in telepolis vom 10.01.2005
http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/19/19200/1.html

Siehe das Forum beim "Arbeitslosen Hilfe Forum Deutschland"
http://www.arbeitslosen-hilfe-forum-deutschland.org/forum/index.php

Hartz IV und Wohnen

Offener Widerspruch - Plädoyer für die erste obdachlosenfreie Zone
Lörrach
Eine Initiative von Offenes Büro Lörrach
http://www.offenesbuero-loerrach.de/ALGII/ALGII.htm

Aus dem Text: "… Schafft (Wohn)Raum, Stimme und gleichberechtigte Gerechtigkeit für die Erniedrigten, Enteigneten, Beleidigten, Erstummten und Sprachlosen am Ort - den unzähligen, bereits unauffällig entsorgten, namenlosen Opfer einer verfehlten, unglaubwürdigen, kontraproduktiven Grundsicherung und exponential gnadenlosen Umverteilungspolitik! Erklärt euren Wohnort zur "Obdachlosenfreien Zone"!..."

Bewertungen und Kommentare

Hartz IV - Chance für Unternehmer, die Löhne zu senken

Ein neues Flugblatt von und bei Klartext (pdf)
http://www.klartext-info.de/flugblaetter/unternehmerchance.pdf

"ALG II-Bescheid (Muster)

Sehr geehrte/r Herr oder Frau Null,
in abschließender Bearbeitung Ihres Antrages auf Arbeitslosengeld II
teilen wir Ihnen folgendes mit:
Ihre künftigen Leistungen betragen null. Ihre Chancen auf Wiedereingliederung in den Arbeitsmarkt sind ebenfalls null. Die sich daraus ableitenden Ansprüche auf Vermittlungsberatung in der Bundesagentur sind auch null. Zur Begründung des Bescheides geben wir folgendes an: Da Sie bereits als Null auf die Welt gekommen sind, ist die mathematische Richtigkeit der Berechnung gegeben. Sonstige Entscheidungsgründe: null. Die aus diesem Bescheid sich ableitende Daseinsberechtigung und statistische Lebenserwartung in unserem Staat ist weiterhin null. Der von Ihnen abgegebene Antrag auf ALG II wird daher von uns abgelegt unter dem Aktenzeichen: null.

Ihre Bundesagentur für Arbeit"

Aus Deutscher Einheit(z)-Textdienst von Werner Lutz 1/2005


Quelle: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 21, Eintrag 7



Siemens bezahlte Vorsitzende des Forschungsausschusses
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/462540/

Sneak attack

by Lady Liberty

Liberty For All

01/13/05

Still, one positive result of the ongoing controversy surrounding the USA PATRIOT Act seemed to be the demise of the so-called PATRIOT II legislation. Apparently not satisfied with the inroads against the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments made by the PATRIOT Act itself, the Department of Justice wanted still more powers to aid in its battles in the War on Terrorism. Although accusations were later made that provisions from PATRIOT II were being stealthily added piecemeal to other bills making their way through the legislative process, much of the original legislation seemed to have been largely dismantled. But, as your grandmother might have said, there's more than one way to skin a cat...

http://www.libertyforall.net/2005/jan23/Sneak.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Nach dem Handy-Boom kommt der RFID-Boom

Metro will Tausende Arbeitsplätze einsparen

13.01.2005 14:31 | von silicon.de

RFID-Tags werden eine ähnlich rasante Entwicklung durchmachen wie Mobiltelefone. Davon sind die Analysten des Marktforschungsunternehmens In-Stat überzeugt. Die weltweiten Umsätze mit der Technologie würden von 300 Millionen Dollar im Jahr 2004 auf 2,8 Milliarden in 2009 klettern. Diese Summe würden allein die Hersteller von RFID-Tags einnehmen.

Der Einsatz der Technologie werde in dem Maß zulegen, in dem die Preise für die Funkchips fallen. Der Preisverfall werde jedoch relativ sein, abhängig von den einzelnen Anwendungen. Die Preisspanne für RFID-Tags liegt auch heute zwischen 15 Cent und 100 Dollar. Die größten Umsätze in dem kommenden Jahren würden in der Zulieferkette gemacht, so die In-Stat-Analysten.

Dieser Trend wird auch von Metro-Vorstand Zygmunt Mierdorf bestätigt. Er will den Düsseldorfer Handelskonzern in den kommenden Jahren so weit wie möglich automatisieren, sagte er in einem Interview mit der Wirtschaftswoche. Durch RFID könnten Tausende Arbeitsplätze eingespart werden. So könne man "mehr Personal dort beschäftigen, wo es der Wertschöpfung dient - wir also mehr verkaufen können." Das wäre zum Beispiel in der Kundenberatung.

http://www.silicon.de/cpo/news-storenet/detail.php?nr=18441

Ridge seeks fingerprints on passports

Americans' fingerprints should be added to their passports, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday, hoping to include the United States in a growing global security standard but risking a privacy fight at home.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/printer/ap.asp?category=1152&slug=Ridge%20Fingerprints
http://snipurl.com/byvx


From Information Clearing House

What's the right thing for the press to do?

People like George Bush have no incentive to stop lying if the press lets them get away with it.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2005_01/005443.php
http://snipurl.com/bzp1


From Information Clearing House

How mobile phone masts 'vanish'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/sci_tech/2000/dot_life/2261039.stm


From Arthur J
Mast Network



Why can't you see the masts for the trees?

We work with a company called The Undetectables. They are specialists in minimising the visual impact of communications equipment by use of paint effects and innovative designs.

So, for example, an antenna may be concealed by being hand painted to ‘disappear’ into the surrounding brickwork – like a moth on a piece of bark.

And the Undetectables can go further. Using film industry techniques they will sometimes build perfectly convincing artificial chimneys, windows or even clock towers, using glass reinforced plastics. Viewed from anything other than up close, like film sets, these structures can be almost impossible to differentiate from the real thing.

Take a look for yourself:
http://www.hutchison3g.com/hygiene/aboutnetworkmore.omp
http://www.sitewiz.co.uk/sites/undetectables/
http://www.sitewiz.co.uk/sites/undetectables/page2.htm
http://www.undetectables.com/

The New Microwave News Blog

http://www.microwavenews.com/fromthefield.html

There He Goes, He's Lying Again

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0113-34.htm

NDP Fisheries Critic Calls for Halt to Tulsequah Assessment

FYI.

Carrie Dann



For immediate release
January 12, 2005

HALT ASSESSMENT PROCESS FOR TULSEQUAH CHIEF MINE: STOFFER

Lower Sackville, N.S. – The assessment process for the Tulsequah Chief Mine project in British Columbia’s Taku River watershed should be halted, said NDP Fisheries Critic Peter Stoffer today. Stoffer is concerned that the integrity of the assessment process has been compromised.

“I urge Minister Regan to halt the screening assessment and refer the project to a federal Panel Review. The integrity of the process has been compromised and a mining lobbyist has had undue influence,” said Stoffer. “I can see no other explanation for why DFO officials reversed their original commitment to consider the key issue of environmental effects of extended use of the road after mine site closure.

The project proponent Redfern Resources plans construction of a 160 kilometre road into the heart of the Taku wilderness and operation of a mine near the salmon-rich Tulsequah River.

“Everyone knows once this road is built it will stay in use. The Project Approval Certificate issued by the province of British Columbia leaves the door open for the road to exist in perpetuity and Environment Canada has said there is no reason to expect this road to be decommissioned,” said Stoffer.

“This road is going to have considerable impacts on the environment and on traditional use by the Taku River Tlingit First Nation,” said Stoffer. “DFO officials agreed with that assessment until May of last year. A backroom meeting with company officials and a mining lobbyist appears to have changed all that.”

Stoffer also questions why DFO is unwilling to hold public meetings with residents on this issue. Repeated requests by residents of affected communities have been rejected. The Taku River Tlingit First Nation has asked for meetings with top DFO officials with no success.


For more information, please contact Peter Stoffer MP at (902) 865-2311.



David MacKinnon - Executive Director
Transboundary Watershed Alliance

302 Hawkins Street 867-668-5098
Whitehorse, Yukon 867-668-6637(fax)
Y1A 1X6

BC's pristine Taku watershed could see devastating impacts from mine and road project

http://www.wildcanada.net/documents/aa-203b.asp

Poverty, Disease, Environmental Decline Are True 'Axis of Evil'

http://www.worldwatch.org/press/news/2005/01/12/


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Dirty Little Secrets

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/011405I.shtml

Federal Land Purchase Fails - Yellowstone Kills Solitary Buffalo

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/011405G.shtml

Sab the buffalo "hunt"
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/457052/

The Truth Shall Set You Back

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/011405F.shtml

Human Rights Watch Criticizes U.S. for Torture of Detainees

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/011405E.shtml

President of Fabricated Crises

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/011405C.shtml

Conyers Won't Quit

Brad Blog

1/13/2005

Sends Letter to Blackwell for Reform Help, Asks GAO for Investigation of Long Lines!

BRAD BLOG's 2004 Man of the Year , Rep. John Conyers (Ranking Minority Member of the House Judiciary Committee) is not letting go.

read article:
http://nov2truth.org/article.php?story=20050113152320133

Election Irregularities In Snohomish County WA

www.votersunite.org

1/13/2005

Port Ludlow, WA. Jan. 6, 2005. VotersUnite.Org announces the release of a new report completed by Paul R. Lehto, Attorney at Law, and Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, Ph.D. The report summarizes the results of their detailed study of the general election in Snohomish County, Washington. Based on weeks of work, during which they pored over thousands of documents obtained in open records requests from Snohomish County, the report reveals evidence of irregularities that strongly suggest the possibility of electronic voting machine fraud.

read article:
http://nov2truth.org/article.php?story=20050113170523477

Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King

In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday on January 17, CodePink has produced an inspiring internet flash movie that reveals just how out-of-sync the White House is with Dr. King’s message of peace and love. You can view it by visiting http://www.codepinkalert.org .

Dr. King was not only a champion for civil rights, but also a stalwart defender of peace and social justice. The flash movie features excerpts from Dr. King’s April 4, 1967 speech at Riverside Church in New York City and overlays his words with images from the Vietnam War and the current Iraq War. A loop of a Tupac Shakur song provides a musical background. Over images of war abroad and poverty at home, Dr. King’s voice tells viewers: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Dr. King and Mr. Bush are polar opposites. Dr. King preached love, peace and compassion; Bush’s message is war, revenge and fear. If Dr. King were alive today, he would be leading massive protests against Bush’s war in Iraq and his abandonment of the poor at home. That’s why this flash movie encourages viewers to join the activities to protest Bush’s inauguration on January 20 and to prepare for rallies against the Iraq war on March 19, the date marking the second anniversary of the invasion.

It is a fitting tribute to Dr. King to speak out against a war that not only destroys the lives of Americans and Iraqis but pours billions of dollars into programs of destruction instead of programs of “social uplift.” This anniversary should also be a reminder to supporters of peace that we must support civil rights and social justice here at home.

Please share this internet movie with friends and family to help spread Dr. King's true message.

With appreciation,
Andrea, Carol, Claire, Dana, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Tiffany
January 14, 2005 http://www.codepinkalert.org

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Hope And Despair On King Day
by Marcellus Andrews, TomPaine.com Exclusive
Too often liberals forget that King's legacy stems from solidarity among people -- not government power.
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/hope_and_despair_on_king_day.php

WWKD: What Would King Do?
by Mara Voukydis, CommonDreams.org
Voukydis -- of United for a Fair Economy -- calls on Bush to honor King's legacy by strengthening opportunities for all Americans.
http://www.tompaine.com/opinion/#003378

Holiday For A Hero
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Alternet
Why millions of Americans simply do not see King as a legitimate American hero.
http://www.tompaine.com/opinion/#003375

Whitewashing The Rebel
by Geov Parris,Working for Change
Why do we give Dr. King -- a brave leader who took serious risks for justice -- such sanitized, Hallmark- style tributes?
http://www.tompaine.com/opinion/#003377

Act Now: MLK Day Of Service
by King Day of Service
Make Martin Luther King Jr. day a day "on" rather than a day off -- participate in a local service project.
http://www.tompaine.com/action/#003371

Pass It On: Hear Dr. King Speak
by AmericanRhetoric.com
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision with this audio file of his "I Have A Dream" speech. Kleenex recommended.
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/Ihaveadream.htm

From TomPaine.com

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Remembering a King

by Patrick W. Gavin

The American Prospect

01/14/05

[Today], the United States will commemorate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a federal holiday. Throughout the day, Americans will hear stories of his fights against segregation, his powerful speech in Washington, and his struggle for voting rights. These are the stories and the history that Americans now feel comfortable with, and these are the parts of King's life that we embrace and honor. But each year, our celebration of King's vision is regrettably incomplete. Toward the end of his life, he espoused political views that made America -- then and now -- quite uncomfortable, and it is that part of his life that many Americans have ignored. Given our current international climate, however, it may be high time to take a second look at those views and to see if we can glean any valuable lessons from them...

http://www.prospect.org/web/view-web.ww?id=9022


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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"Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please share this message of hope and conviction, and encourage friends to join together in carrying on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

http://action.ourfuture.org/ctt.asp?u=1742757&l=74746

Today we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let us remember that while Dr. King had a dream, he was not a naive dreamer. Think of me, he said, as a "drum major for justice." Seen in his time by some as controversial, Dr. King endured threats, beatings, jailing, and ultimately gave his life to make America better.

On his last birthday, he met in the morning to organize a multi-racial poor people's campaign to march on Washington and demand economic justice. That afternoon, he joined in planning the anti-war movement's efforts to get the US out of the folly of Vietnam. When he was assassinated in Memphis, he was mobilizing people on behalf of sanitation workers, who were striking for minimum human dignity.

When we remember Dr. King, we cannot allow him to be airbrushed into a gentle dreamer - a mere orator with poetic brilliance. Were he alive today, with inequality at Gilded Age extremes, with poverty spreading and an unjustified war costing thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars, Dr. King would be rousing us to action.

The promise of America continues to be betrayed, and the work of moving Dr. King's legacy forward remains. Please pass along this message to friends and colleagues, and encourage them to help pick up Dr. King's work today.

http://action.ourfuture.org/ctt.asp?u=1742757&l=74746

We at Campaign For America's Future believe that we must take up Dr. King's historic mission - the fight for equal rights, economic justice, and against this government's folly abroad. That is what moves us to fight the battles we're fighting today - the battles for economic and social justice now facing fierce attack by President Bush and the radical right.

Today, President Bush and the right-wing leaders of Congress will celebrate Dr. King's "dream", but their policies betray Dr. King's mission as they seek to dismantle Social Security, America's most successful anti-poverty program, break their promise to provide high-quality affordable education for ALL of America's children, and continue to mislead America about the difficulties in Iraq, while increasing our dependence on foreign oil.

A nation that is cutting taxes on billionaires while laying off the teachers of poor children is, as Dr. King surely would have warned, a nation that has lost its moral bearings and is mortgaging its future.

Friends, we must organize and fight as never before. Dr. King taught that everyone can lead because everyone can serve. Even against great odds, Dr. King showed us how citizens of conscience, committed to unceasing action, infused with a sense of urgency can unseat the powerful, and make this country better. Dr. King gave his life in that cause.

Now we must mobilize millions to renew the drive for economic and social justice - and to fulfill Dr. King's famous dream.

We at the Campaign for America's Future are grateful to work with you in this great cause. As difficult as current realities may seem, we are optimistic about the possibility that together we can make a difference. We hope you can join us in sharing Dr. King's inspiration and continuing to build the ranks of supporters who will carry on his work.

Please pass along this message that the light of Dr. King's legacy still shines brightly today - through all of us. Encourage friends to join you - and us -- in continuing to move Dr. King's great legacy forward.

http://action.ourfuture.org/ctt.asp?u=1742757&l=74746

Thank you again for all that you do.


Sincerely,

Robert L. Borosage and Roger Hickey,
Co-Directors, Campaign for America's Future

Sign-on for a Congressional Resolution for Water as a Human Right

News from Public Citizen's Water For All Campaign

Sign-on Your Support for a Congressional Resolution for Water as a Human Right!

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) is working closely with consumer, environmental, human rights, faith, labor and solidarity groups to introduce a Congressional Resolution protecting water as a public good and a fundamental human right.

To sign-on to the resolution send an e-mail to cmep@citizen.org. In the subject line, type "Congressional Resolution on Water" and in the body of the e-mail list the organization and contact information such as address and phone. Please urge your Congressional representatives to co-sponsor the resolution!

Click here to view the Resolution. (pdf) url:
http://www.citizen.org/documents/SCHAKO_045_xml_2.PDF

Click here to view the list of signatories as of 15th May 2004 url:
http://www.citizen.org/cmep/Water/congress/other/articles.cfm?ID=10586

Mobile masts applications denied

A 400-signature petition was handed to the council

Applications for three mobile phone masts in the centre of Bristol have been turned down.

According to the city council, T-Mobile had wanted to site masts in Stoke Hill; Cairns Road and near Henleaze Library.

T-Mobile says it is only aware of the last two applications, and that it is "disappointed" with the decision.

"We will review the options available to us and continue to work closely with the local authority to try and find a suitable solution," a spokesman said.

Some residents had protested against the plans, and said they were "delighted" with the council's decision.

The masts were turned down on the grounds they would have:

# been visually intrusive - Stoke Hill

# been an obtrusive and incongruous piece of street furniture - Henleaze

# had an unsatisfactory relationship with adjoining residential properties - Cairns Road, Redland

T-Mobile's spokesman added: "There are now over 55m mobile phones in use in the UK, and there is a need to maintain the network and offer new services to meet the expectations of our customers."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/4175161.stm


From Karen
Mast Network

PENTAGON REVEALS REJECTED CHEMICAL WEAPONS

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18524823.800


Informant: NHNE

Hold Condoleeza Rice accountable

Senator Barbara Boxer intends to ask Condoleeza Rice some tough
questions at her Senate confirmation hearing in the coming days
-- questions the American people deserve to have answered:

* Why did the United States go to war in Iraq based on
misleading -- if not false and fraudulent -- evidence?

* Why did we divert valuable resources and intelligence
personnel to Iraq, taking them away from Afghanistan and the
pursuit of Osama bin Laden?

* Why did Dr. Rice mislead the American people into thinking
there was a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaida
before September 11th?

If you agree that we must hold Condoleeza Rice accountable for
her decisions, I urge you to stand with Senator Boxer, myself,
and millions of Americans.

Sign Senator Boxer's petition at the link below, so she can take
your voice with her to the committee room and the floor of the
Senate in the pursuit of the truth from Condoleeza Rice.

http://ga4.org/campaign/ricehearings?rk=mdz0v041jBQfW


Informant: emergent_behavior

LAWMAKERS SEEK PROBE OF LONG VOTING LINES

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apwashington_story.asp?category=1155&slug=Voting%20Long%20Lines


From NHNE

The Ugly Mutation of American Conservatism

http://www.lewrockwell.com/latulippe/latulippe40.html

Generational Warfare

by Ben Hubbard, The Boston Globe

Pell Grants, Social Security, massive debt: all are part of the Bush administration's assault on the next generation.

http://www.tompaine.com/opinion/#003365

Iraq Now the New Terrorism Breeding Ground

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/011505Z.shtml

Counting Down Bush's Days Left In Office

by BackwardsBush.com

They say that counting backwards makes the time go faster. Test it for yourself with the "Official George W. Bush 'Days Left In Office' Countdown."

http://www.backwardsbush.com/index.php?osCsid=8f798181a6130eb094a44b5ad233e836
http://www.tompaine.com/index.php#passiton

Prozac had 1200% higher suicide rate than other

Eli Lilly knew Prozac had 1200% higher suicide rate than other
antidepressants

http://www.NewsTarget.com/003086.html

Mobile Phone Turns Enzyme Solution into A Gel

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/MPTESIG.php

Fields of Influence - Mobile phones "the largest human biologic experiment"
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/473121/

Mobile Phones Break DNA & Scramble Genomes
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/476242/

MOBILE PHONE GIANTS PANIC AFTER DAMNING GOVERNMENT REPORT ON HEALTH RISKS
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/478771/

Did Bush Steal the White House Again?

by Lance Selfa

People saw Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 will recall the scene of Congressional Black Caucus members requesting a single member of the Senate to support their calls for investigations into the stolen election in Florida that put Bush in the White House in 2000. Last week, that scene was re-enacted over disputed results in Ohio last November. Only this time, instead of responding with craven silence, Democratic senators--or at least one of them, Barbara Boxer of California -- agreed to support a challenge to Bush getting Ohio’s electoral votes. But after a few minutes of speechmaking on the importance of electoral reform, the Congress went ahead and dismissed the complaints about Ohio, certifying Bush as the victor in that state, and therefore the next president. Bush’s opponent, John Kerry, was AWOL -- having arranged for a visit to troops in Baghdad to coincide with the certification vote. In the Senate, only Boxer voted to pursue an investigation. In the House, 81 Democrats voted with the Republicans to dismiss the objections -- and 80 House Democrats didn’t even bother to show up. As Salon’s Tim Grieve described the spectacle, “There was no sense of history being made, no sense that anything was really happening at all.” In the end, the Democrats’ performance in 2004 was only slightly improved over their dive in 2000....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Selfa0114.htm

Immunity to the World Bank

Crime and Reward: Immunity to the World Bank

by Anu Muhammad

The World Bank has formally asked the government of Bangladesh for legal immunity. It was reported that the WB became impatient to obtain a total immunity in Bangladesh. Anu Muhammad asks why? What wrong has the WB done for which it needs the cover of immunity for saving its skin? Why is the government moving fast to give full-fledged immunity to the Bank? Why does the government need to afford the Bank protection? What makes the champion of transparency and development nervous of the court and public scrutiny? Is it only to keep the reported internal irregularities under carpet or something more?

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Muhammad0114.htm

Why We are Horrified by the Destructive Forces of Nature

...but Accept Our Own Violence

by Lucinda Marshall

The recent avalanche of American generosity towards those whose lives have been destroyed by the horrific damage of the Tsunami offers a troubling contrast to our callousness towards those whose lives have been wrecked by the man-made horrors of war. The uncomfortable reality is that the purposeful suffering inflicted by armed conflict is more morally tolerable than suffering caused by natural disasters....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Marshall0114.htm

Rumsfeld's Bloody Paths of Glory

by Bill Berkowitz

Defense Secretary's shameful journey to Iraq is followed by Pentagon discussions of forming El Salvador-like death squads....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Berkowitz0114.htm

How Not to Argue Against Torture

The Case of the Ticking Time Bomb: Or, How Not to Argue Against Torture

by John Turri


Ted Rall is rightly outraged at the Bush Administration for the culture of abuse torture that has blossomed under their watch. He's also rightly outraged over their plan to permanently imprison hundreds of enemy combatants people because they "don't have enough evidence" to bring them to trial. No doubt he's also outraged that the Bush Administration is considering fielding death- and kidnapping squads in Iraq because, well, because "we can't just go on [there] as we are." I agree with Rall on all that. But we shouldn't endorse his argument against the use of torture. In fact, we should repudiate it....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Turri0114.htm

The Moral High Ground?

by William Fisher

Here is a sure-fire nomination for the most outrageous quote of the week: “Accusations that we are torturing people tend to be mythology.” These are the words an un-named Egyptian official questioned by The Washington Post about prisoner abuse. Here are the facts of the case The Post was enquiring about. The reader can decide who was doing what to whom. An Egyptian-born Australian citizen, currently a prisoner at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, charges that the US Government forcibly transferred him to Egypt, where he was tortured for six months. He has petitioned a US Federal Court to block plans to send him back to an Egyptian prison a second time....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Fisher0114.htm

Devastating tsunami bomb viable, say experts

Experiments at Whangaparaoa in 1944-45 to create a tidal wave bomb

Tsunami experts believe a bomb secretly tested off the coast of Auckland 50 years ago could be developed to devastating effect. University of Waikato researchers believe a modern approach to the wartime idea tested off Whangaparaoa could produce waves up to 30m high. Dr Willem de Lange, of the Department of Earth Sciences, said studies proved that while a single explosion was not necessarily effective, a series of explosions could have a significant impact. He was responding to a Weekend Herald report of experiments at Whangaparaoa in 1944-45 to create a tidal wave bomb. The top-secret work by the late Professor Tom Leech was detailed in 53-year-old papers released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"It's a bit like sliding backwards and forwards in a bath - the waves grow higher," Dr de Lange said yesterday.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?ObjectID=14884


Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 14th, 2005

Nuclear experiment caused Boxing Day quake

General Facts and Speculation on Tectonic Weaponry

There seems to be a debate running among investigators between nuclear devices and more advanced electromagnetic weapons as being the cause, but we can all agree that the real cause was the
New World Order agenda carried out by sophisticated globalist social engineers and their military minions.

Arab press: Nuclear experiment caused Boxing Day quake

During his press conference at the Jakarta summit, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland took time to address a rumour -- apparently rife in the Arab world -- that the Boxing Day earthquake had been triggered by an Indian nuclear experiment. While conspiracy theories generally abound in the wake of any large scale disaster, this one appears to have sprung from the Arab press -- or, at least, to have been given credibility by it. Israeli news outlets, which keep close tabs on Arab language news outlets, have reported sightings of the story in Arab newspapers. Both the Jerusalem Post and Arutz Sheva report that a prominent Egyptian weekly -- identified variously as Al-Osboa and Al-Usbu -- claims that India, in its heated nuclear race with Pakistan, has lately received sophisticated nuclear technology from the United States and Israel.

The paper claims, according to these reports, that India has been experimenting with this technology -- and other nuclear devices -- in the region of the Indian Ocean known as 'the Fire Belt,' which housed the epicenter of the earthquake. It said that both Israel and India are conducting nuclear tests in the Indian Ocean, and the United States has recently decided to carry out similar tests in the Australian deserts, which, it said, is also part of the Fire Belt.

http://www.nbr.co.nz/home/column_article.asp?id=11043&cid=1&cname=Media

Scientists in USA saw tsunami coming

Minutes after a massive earthquake rocked the Indian Ocean on Sunday, international ocean monitors knew that a tsunami would likely follow. But they didn't know whom to tell. “We put out a bulletin within 20 minutes, technically as fast as we could do it,” says Jeff LaDouce of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. LaDouce says e-mails were dispatched to Indonesian officials, but he doesn't know what happened to the information.

The problem is that Sunday's earthquake struck the unmonitored Indian Ocean. An international system of buoys and monitoring stations - the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center based in Hawaii - spans the Pacific, alerting nations there to any oncoming disasters. But no such system guards the Indian Ocean.

http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20041228/a_warning28.art.htm


Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 14th, 2005

Bush's secret executive order to carry out torture in Iraq

U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites) briefs the press next to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (L) and Vice President Richard Cheney (R) after receiving a briefing about the 'Global War on Terrorism' at the Pentagon (news - web sites), outside Washington, January 13, 2005. REUTERS/Staff

Bush's secret executive order to carry out torture in Iraq

According to agents of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, President George W. Bush has signed a secret executive order approving the use of torture against prisoners captured in his "war on terror" -- including thousands of innocent people rounded up in Iraq and crammed into Saddam Hussein's infamous Abu Ghraib prison. FBI documents, obtained in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and reported this week in the Los Angeles Times, detailed the agents' "disgust" at the "aggressive and improper" methods used by military interrogators and civilian contractors against prisoners, and the widespread, ongoing pattern of "serious physical abuses" they found at the American concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Iraq. Most of the offences occurred long after the initial public scandal over "a few bad apples" at Abu Ghraib. For example, in June 2004, an FBI agent informed top officials in Washington that he had witnessed such torture techniques as "strangulation, beatings, [and] placement of lit cigarettes into the detainees' ear openings." The agent added that military officials "were engaged in a coverup of these abuses."

Also in June, the FBI reported that a prisoner in Abu Ghraib was cuffed, trussed up in a "stress position," then "doused with cold water, dropped onto barbed wire, dragged by his feet and punched in the stomach."

http://globalresearch.ca/articles/FLO412C.html


Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 14th, 2005

A U.S. Soldier Speaks of the Atrocities He Witnessed

I worked in the radio headquarters of Abu Ghraib for a while. They were once again trying to punish me by putting me in an undesirable job. While I was there, I ended up reviewing the prisoner records and looking over the offenses of the people who were in Abu Ghraib prison. I found out that most of them were actually not there for anti-coalition offenses. They weren't insurgents. Most of them were there for petty theft, drunkenness, forged documents, really minor crimes....The command was extremely hostile to me, and there were all kinds of punitive measures. They wouldn't let me go on leave. They took my ballistic armor away – they told me that I didn't need the hard plate that goes inside your flak jacket, the part that actually protects you against bullets. They said that because I was an objector and I wasn't going to fight, I wouldn't need it. This proved not to be the case; when we got to Abu Ghraib, there was continuous mortar shelling. I did the whole year's deployment without that plate. I really feel that was more maliciously motivated than anything else.

Also, I was socially ostracized. A lot of my fellow soldiers didn't want to eat with me or hang out with me or go on missions with me. They felt I was untrustworthy because I was critical of the war and I was a Buddhist. My command "lost" my CO [Conscientious Objector] paperwork or misdirected it. They'd say, "We lost your copy, you'll have to do it again."

http://mparent7777.blog-city.com/read/999475.htm


Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 14th, 2005

DNA database Big Brother warning

Ministers are facing a call to act to safeguard people's privacy against Big Brother-style intrusion from the police's national DNA database.

GeneWatch UK said both communist and fascist governments in Europe had used personal records to oppress people. Changes could be made to safeguard privacy without compromising the use of DNA in fighting crime, its report said.

The Home Office said measures were in place to restrict use of the database to crime probes and prosecutions.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4166559.stm


Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 14th, 2005

The best religion

by weebies

Strike the Root

01/13/05

The state relies on stampeding people to blindly follow their leaders' dictates, while using jingoistic, emotional appeals to 'patriotism' and 'support our troops' to get the masses to agree to the warmongering policies of the state, which are against the interests of the individual.

Only those who reject the collectivist herd mentality, and value individualism and independent thought, who question and distrust all political authority, are able to penetrate the lies of the state and its propaganda machines, and refuse its immoral activity...

http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/weebies/weebies2.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Brave new era for privacy fight

by Kim Zetter

Wired

01/13/05

As the nation prepares for President Bush's inauguration next week, privacy activists on both sides of the political spectrum are bracing for a White House push to augment controversial domestic surveillance powers gained under the Patriot Act and other legislation passed since 9/11.

'The administration has made it clear that they do intend to continue their move to dramatically reduce privacy and constitutional protection for our citizens,' said former Republican congressman Bob Barr, who now works as a speaker and consultant to organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union. But surveillance legislation isn't the only concern on the minds of privacy advocates. They're also looking at technologies and services coming out of the commercial sector that could seriously affect civil liberties...

http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,66242,00.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The anti-Americans

by Guy Reel

Common Dreams

01/13/05

The real anti-Americans are those who, if you will just take a moment to listen to the pundits and observe the policies of this administration, are against the greatest principles upon which this country was founded: They are against personal liberty, having endorsed government suspension of habeas corpus and having backed the government's power to monitor what books you check out of the library. They are for big government, wanting a government so invasive that it can monitor your bedroom activities or stop a grandmother from smoking pot to alleviate her cancer pain. They are against civil liberties, having supported the government's power to spy on our bookstore, credit card and hotel receipts...

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0113-21.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Democracy and liberty

by Ed Thompson

The Free Liberal

01/14/05

While democracy is the best tool we have for electing members of our government, we must not use democracy to diminish the rights of the individual. Individual rights and responsibility give strength to our society and any move on the part of government bureaucracy to sap that strength must be curtailed. We must resist the tyranny of misused democracy just as we would resist the tyranny of an authoritarian dictatorship...

http://www.freeliberal.com/archives/000628.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Torture Myth

Anne Applebaum exposes the neo-conservative pro-torture ideology with brilliant essay, writing, "Just for a moment, let's pretend that there is no moral, legal or constitutional problem with torture."

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2670

VCS Letter to President Bush

Repost: VCS Letter to President Bush dated March 10, 2003

Several veteran supporters asked us to repost our letter signed by 1,000 veterans to President Bush before he started his unilateral and pre-emptive war against Iraq. The facts are now clear: Iraq had no WMD. Iraq had no link to 9/11. Urban warfare causes high casualties among U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. And now Iraq is on the brink of civil war and a grave humanitarian crisis. In addition, U.S. credibility is nearly destroyed, and U.S. soldiers are standing trial for the widespread torturing of enemy prisoners of war based on official White House policy.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2672

White House Quitely Removes Anti-Torture Language from Legislation

Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's national security advisor, worked behind the scenes to remove protections for U.S. service members held prisoner of war by removing anti-torture language from a recent piece of legislation. The White House stance leaves the impression "that the administration wanted an escape hatch to preserve the option of using torture" against prisoners held by the C.I.A. The language against torture was supported by Veterans for Common Sense and our "Honor the Legacy" program. Was this White House action taken to protect Alberto Gonzales, who faces a tough battle in the Senate to become the next Attorney General?

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2671

Big Brother in Belgien: Überwachung per Handy

Telefonfirma bietet neuen Dienst an 14.01.2005

Big Brother in Belgien: Im Königreich bietet erstmals eine Firma die totale Überwachung der Liebsten per Handy an. Wer seinen Partner oder sein Kind aufspüren will, muss nur im Internet deren Mobilfunk-Daten eingeben und erhält prompt auf einer detailgenauen Karte Auskunft über den aktuellen Aufenthaltsort, wie die belgische Zeitung Het Laatste Nieuws heute berichtete. Kostenpunkt: Ein Euro pro Suche. Einen vergleichbaren Dienst gibt es in Europa mit trackyourkid in Großbritannien und Deutschland.

Besorgte Eltern könnten so überprüfen, ob ihr Kind auch tatsächlich die Schulbank drücke und eifersüchtige Männer, ob ihre Frau fremdgehe, wirbt die belgische Firma Phone House. Wenig begeistert von dem "Lokalisierungsdienst" zeigte sich die belgische Organisation Child Focus, die sich die Suche nach verschleppten Kindern auf die Fahnen geschrieben hat und im Fall des Kinderentführers und -mörders Marc Dutroux große Bekanntheit erlangte. "Die Privatsphäre von Kindern wird so drastisch an die Leine gelegt", kritisierte Isabelle Marneffe von Child Focus in "Het Laatste Nieuws".

Phone House beruft sich darauf, dass die Zielpersonen der Überwachung bei der Anmeldung für den Dienst ihre Zustimmung geben müssen - allerdings gilt dies nicht für Minderjährige. Hier haben die Eltern das Sagen. Belgische Datenschützer schlagen deshalb Alarm und haben eine Überprüfung angekündigt. Sollte sich herausstellen, dass Phone House mit dem Dienst gegen geltenes Recht verstößt, drohen Strafen in Höhe von bis zu 100 000 Euro.

AFP / Marie-Anne Winter

http://www.teltarif.de/arch/2005/kw02/s15925.html


Nachricht von der BI Bad Dürkheim

Bebauungsplan als Waffe gegen Mobilfunk

Gemeinde versucht, ihre rechtlichen Möglichkeiten auszuschöpfen

VON ANDREA GRÄPEL

Herrsching - "Es gibt viele Lösungen, die allerdings nur auf einem Konsens herzustellen sind", meint Kreisbaumeister Christian Kühnel und spricht damit die Problematik bei der Errichtung von Mobilfunkantennen an. Die Gemeinde Herrsching sucht ihren eigenen Lösungsweg. Sie hat nicht nur als erste Gemeinde im Landkreis ein Standortkonzept erstellen lassen. Um ihre Absicht zu unterstreichen, soll an neuralgischen Punkten nun auch ein Bebauungsplan die Errichtung von Mobilfunkanlagen verhindern. Am Montag berät der Gemeinderat darüber.

Seitdem auf dem Dach eines Hauses an der Seestraße 44 in Herrsching eine D1-Mobilfunkantenne steht, hat sich in der Gemeinde eine Menge getan. Der Protest besorgter Anlieger und Kindergarteneltern hatte dazu geführt, dass ein Standortkonzept in Auftrag gegeben wurde (wir berichteten). Das Gutachten der Firma e-norm liegt vor.

Turmbau schon Anfang März?

Weitere Standorte an der Seestraße sind dort aber nicht vermerkt. Als bekannt wurde, dass auch der Betreiber O2 auf einem Dach an der Seestraße eine Antenne errichten möchte, wurde deshalb die Sorge laut, dass das teuer bezahlte Standortkonzept unterlaufen werden könnte, weil die Betreiber sich nicht daran halten.

In der nächsten Gemeinderatssitzung steht dieses Thema auf der Tagesordnung, denn nach Informationen von Grünen-Gemeinderat Hans-Jürgen Böckelmann ist der Bau schon in der neunten Kalenderwoche vorgesehen. Auf der Suche nach einer Lösung hat das Rathaus eventuell einen Dreh gefunden, dieses Vorhaben zu unterbinden: Für den gesamten Bereich soll ein Bebauungsplan aufgestellt werden. Ziel ist, die Höhe von Dachaufbauten auf die Höhe vorhandener Aufbauten zu beschränken. Bis Inkrafttreten des Bebauungsplans soll eine Veränderungssperre erlassen werden - sofern die Räte sich für diese Lösung entscheiden.

Eine aufwändige Lösungsmöglichkeit, meint Kreisbaumeister Christian Kühnel. Dennoch könnte dies eine der wenigen Möglichkeiten darstellen, eine eigentlich genehmigungsfreie Anlage - wie Antennen unter zehn Metern es sind - zu unterbinden. Denn mit diesem Bebauungsplan würden öffentliche rechtliche Vorschriften geschaffen, die gegen den Bau sprächen. Die Betonung, so Kühnel, liege trotzdem auf "könnte". Ein städtebaulicher Grund muss klar definiert sein, und dazu müsste Genehmigung für Satellitenschüssel dieser Bereich näher untersucht werden. Und es sei nicht auszuschließen, dass mit dieser Maßgabe selbst Satellitenschüsseln an bestimmten Stellen genehmigungspflichtig würden.

Die Gemeinderäte werden darüber am Montag, 17. Januar, ab 19 Uhr im Rathaus beraten. Auch darüber, ob die Standorte des e-norm-Konzeptes künftig im Flächennutzungsplan dargestellt werden sollen.

mm

14.01.2005

http://www.marktplatz-oberbayern.de/regionen/starnberg/art1615,239970.html


Nachricht von der BI Bad Dürkheim

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26.03.2005

Ausweichfläche am Gemarkungsrand wird ausgewiesen

Wiesenthal bleibt strahlungsarm

WIESENTHAL - Die Gemeinde Wiesenthal will mit allen Mitteln an ihrem Vorhaben, eine „feldarme“ – also strahlungsarme – Gemeinde zu bleiben, festhalten. Daher unternimmt sie alle Anstrengungen, den Bau von Mobilfunkmasten in Ortsnähe oder gar im Dorf selbst zu verhindern.

Andreas Malchereck-Matthes vom Hilderser Planungsbüro Dehler erläuterte den Gemeinderäten während ihrer letzten Tagung die Möglichkeiten, die es gibt, Mobilfunkbetreiber mit ihren Sendestationen möglichst weit vom Dorf entfernt zu halten. „Die Gemeinde kann es bauleitplanerisch verhindern, dass ein Sendemast entweder im Ort direkt oder in unmittelbarer Ortsnähe aufgestellt wird“, sagte er. Allerdings handele es sich dabei um Pilotprojekte - ein gewisses Risiko, letztlich doch noch vor Gericht zu enden, bleibe.

Malchereck-Matthes empfahl den Abgeordneten, im Flächennutzungsplan eine so genannte Konzentrationsfläche für Windkraftanlagen und Sendemasten auszuweisen. Damit sei sichergestellt, dass zwar ein solcher Mast irgendwann gebaut werden kann, er sich dennoch nur an diesem Ort und keinem anderen befinden darf. „Weisen Sie eine solche Konzentrationsfläche nicht aus, dann kann Ihnen überall jemand einen Turm hinbauen, und Sie können so gut wie nichts machen“, meinte der Planer. Auf der anderen Seite dürfe eine Kommune nicht von vornherein „negativ“ planen - also grundsätzlich das Aufstellen eines solchen Sendemastes verbieten. „Es muss eine sinnvolle Ausweichfläche geben“, unterstrich Malchereck-Matthes.

Darüber hinaus sei es aber genauso notwendig, den Innenbereich des Ortes abzusichern. „Es geht in den meisten Fällen, irgendwo eine Sendeanlage unterzubringen. In Bad Salzungen befindet sie sich im Kirchturm“, nannte Malchereck-Matthes eine Variante, die die „findigen Mobilfunkbetreiber“ gerne nutzen. Im Innenbereich könne ein Sendemast nur mittels eines Bebauungsplanes verhindert werden. Der koste natürlich Geld - „allerdings sollten Sie ziemlich zeitig an so etwas denken und das Ganze nicht auf die lange Bank schieben“, empfahl er den Gemeinderäten.

Für den Außenbereich hat die Gemeinde Wiesenthal bereits eine potenzielle Konzentrationsfläche gefunden. „Sie befindet sich am äußersten Zipfel unserer Gemarkung“, sagte Bürgermeister Sven Hollenbach. Seiner Meinung nach sei der Mast, wenn er denn einmal dort gebaut werde, weit genug vom Ort entfernt, um auch weiterhin „feldarm“ zu bleiben. Dieser vorgesehene Standort komme darüber hinaus mit keiner momentan bereits vorhandenen Sendeeinrichtung in Konflikt. Es habe nämlich prinzipiell keinen Zweck, eine Konzentrationsfläche für den Mobilfunk dort vorzusehen, wo bereits in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft ein Turm steht. „Es geht darum, einen Standort auszuweisen, der machbar ist. Und ein höherer Standort ist natürlich für das Dorf im Tal immer besser als ein relativ niedriger“, erklärte Malchereck-Matthes.

Was den Innenbereich betrifft, so kann die Gemeinde Wiesenthal als städtebaulichen Grund für die Ausweisung eines Bebauungsplanes ihre touristischen Vorhaben ins Feld führen. Es gebe einen politisch festgelegten „Vorsorgewert“ für Mobilfunkanlagen, und unter dem könne die Kommune bleiben. Zunächst gibt es laut Malchereck-Matthes die Möglichkeit, eine Sperre für einen Mobilfunkmast für die Dauer von zwei Jahren zu verhängen. Andererseits könnte der Gemeinderat einen Aufstellungsbeschluss für den Bebauungsplan im Innenbereich fassen und dann eine Veränderungssperre verhängen, falls jemand Interesse zeigt, eine derartige Anlage zu errichten. Damit bliebe dem Gemeinderat noch etwas Zeit, den eigentlichen Bebauungsplan erarbeiten zu lassen, der nach vorsichtigen Schätzungen des Bürgermeisters rund 20 000 Euro kosten wird. „Aber verfolgen Sie die Sache hellen Auges und warten Sie nicht zu lange, denn die Mobilfunkbetreiber sind sehr erfinderisch“, warnte der Planer den Gemeinderat noch einmal. „Die haben eine unheimliche Macht und eine sehr große Lobby - im Bundestag, im Landtag und auch in den Landkreisverwaltungen“, fügte Malchereck-Matthes hinzu.

Der Gemeinderat will nun mit dem Planer im Kontakt bleiben und sich weiter über das genaue Vorgehen informieren.

CARSTEN KALLENBACH


Nachricht von Bernd Schreiner

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Planungshoheit der Gemeinden
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/400143/

Beschränkung von Mobilfunkanlagen durch Verabschiedung entsprechender Bebauungspläne
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/352950/

Patients Put on Thinking Caps

http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,66259,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

Krebsopfer an Sendeanlagen

Krebsopfer an Sendeanlagen - Ostbense

Gebetesmühlenartig werden Untersuchungen angekündigt, obwohl immer mehr Bürger von Krebsfällen an Sendeanlagen berichten. Schon bald werden diese Geschehnisse zum Alltag gehören.

Wen es erwischt, hat einfach Pech, gehabt, geraucht oder wohnt an der Autobahn.

Als Industrie-Joker kann ja bei Hirntumoren und neurologischen Störungen noch das „infektiöse“ BSE –Virus eingesetzt werden.

Wer das glaubt, dem kann man auch erzählen, das der Schwarzwald an der Nordsee liegt sowie Fischernetze verkaufen.


Anlagen kommen unter die Lupe

Konzept zur Studie Ostbense liegt vor

-mh- Harlingerland. Das Land Niedersachsen hat ihre Studie "Gesundheitliche Auswirkungen von militärischen und zivilen Hochfrequenz-Strahlungen auf die Wohnbevölkerung" angeschoben. Auslöser dafür war unter anderem eine auffällige Krebsrate in der Nähe der Marinefunksendestelle Ostbense. Aus dem Konzept geht klar hervor: Nicht nur der Marinefunk, sondern sämtliche andere Strahlungesquellen in der Umgebung werden unter die Lupe genommen. Die Studie ist für ganz Niedersachsen angelegt. Allerdings gehört Ostbense wegen seiner Auffälligkeiten bei Krebserkrankungen zu den vordringlichen Untersuchungsregionen.

Sowohl der Landtagsabgeordnete Hermann Dinkla (CDU) als auch Michel Golibrzuch (Grüne) fordern mit Nachdruck, dass genügend Mittel für die Untersuchung bereitstellt. CDU-MdB Erich Maaß hat eine Stellungnahme des Bundesverteidigungsministeriums zu Ostbense erhalten.

http://www.wissenschaft-unzensiert.de/ele7_13.htm

Knocking Nokia and co

http://omega.twoday.net/stories/471660/

Knocking Nokia and co

http://omega.twoday.net/stories/471660/

Knocking Nokia and co

Occassionally I go off on private expeditions using my Native American screen name. That way Mast Sanity is not responsible for the content of my letters or emails!

My latest is to knock Nokia and co and most especially 02 Airwave TETRA. I doubt if it will encourage any changes, but I just like to remind then of what they should be doing! Water dripping on stone?

Sandi



To all directors and decision-makers

How do your ethics compare?

Microwave radiation harms people, animal life, and our environment. Also the push to place masts near schools, communities, etc is causing distress and ill health.

Please review the decisions you have made, and please seek a safer technology for mobile phones, as this is the wrong technology for all living things.


Mrs Sandi Lawrence


I now have the Native American prayer for 18th January 2005 world-wide prayers

Sandi

Native American prayer for 18th January 2005

Great Spirit,
Give us hearts to understand
Never to take from creation's beauty more than we give,
Never to destroy want only for the furtherance of greed,
Never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth's beauty,
Never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand
That to destroy earth's music is to create confusion,
That to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty,
That to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench,
That as we care for her she will care for us.

Give us hearts to understand
We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.

Great Spirit,
Whose dry lands thirst,
Help us to find the way to refresh your lands.

Great Spirit,
Whose waters are choked with debris and pollution,
Help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.

Great Spirit,
Whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse,
Help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.

Great Spirit,
Whose creatures are being destroyed,
Help us to find a way to replenish them.

Great Spirit,
whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption,
Help us to find the way to restore our humanity.



~American Indian Code Of Ethics~

Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often.

The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path.

Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul.

Pray that they will find guidance.

Search for yourself, by yourself.

Do not allow others to make your path for you.

It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

Treat the guests in your home with much consideration.

Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture.

It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.

Respect all things that are placed upon this earth—whether it be people, animal or plant. Honor the Spirit in all things.

Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words.

Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them.

Allow each person the right to personal expression.

Never speak of others in a bad way.

The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

Nature is not for us, it is a part of us.
They are part of your worldly family.
Children are the seeds of our future.

Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

Avoid hurting the hearts of others.
The poison of your pain will return to you.

Be truthful at all times.
Honesty is the test of one’s will within this universe.

Keep yourself balanced.

Your mental self, spiritual self, emotional self, and physical self—all need to be strong, pure and healthy.

Work out the body to strengthen the mind.
Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react.

Be responsible for your own actions.
Respect the privacy and personal space of others.

Do not touch the personal property of others—especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

Be true to yourself first.

You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

Respect others religious beliefs.
Do not force your belief on others.
Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.
Be willing to give back to the people, so that People will live.


From Mast Network

Iraq War Veteran Refuses 2nd Iraq Deployment

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/011405W.shtml

The Memo The White House Doesn't Want You To Read

by Peter Wehner, White House director of strategic initiatives

"We will focus on Social Security immediately in this new year. Our strategy will probably include speeches early this month to establish an important premise: the current system is heading for an iceberg."

http://www.tompaine.com/index.php#passiton
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