28
Jan
2005

Getting the facts straight on EHS and a Book Review: The Psychopathology of Functional Somatic Syndromes

The condition of electrosensitivity has been receiving much attention lately. In October of 2004 the "International Electromagnetic Field Project" held a two day workshop titled: "Electrical Hypersensitivity" in Prague, the Czech Republic. I would have liked to have attended this conference but time and finances made it an impossibility. I was sent the book of abstracts however.

In my opinion far too many of the presentations at the conference have conclusions sure to warm the hearts of the Telcos and power supply guys, such as the conclusions of one presentation:

"After consultations with our psychologists and psychiatrists, we arrived to the conclusion, that the syndrome now called EMF hypersensitivity or environmental intolerance to low level electromagnetic fields has a purely psychomatic origin".

When you come up with those conclusions you are sure to secure further funding!

I also found in the Czech book of abstracts that I apparently said at the Sept Moscow cell phone conference (the only place that I spoke with the fellow) that EMF measurements I have taken in homes and workplaces of EHS people did not differ from "what normally is found".

Funny but I remember saying just the opposite!!!!! I did discuss briefly the CFS/EMF exposure study (residential power frequency) that I was involved with, see:
http://www.acnem.org/journal/21-1_april_2002/changes_in_health_status_of_cfs_patients.htm

In that study the exposed group was found to have an average home exposure of 7.1 mG, whereas the non exposed group had an average exposure of 0.67 mG.

Now 7.1 mG is hardly "what normally is found" in homes. Even Sir Richard Doll called 4 mG (0.4 uT) a heavy exposure that is seldom found in the UK. What would he call 7.1?

IN fact, the conclusions of our CFS paper, if referenced properly at the Czech conference, would NOT have supported the presentation he gave. OOPS!

So how did he get it so wrong? The only thing I can suggest is that the Russian Vodka was flowing quite freely while I stick with the water.

The important feature of our CFS /EMF study was that none of the subjects knew anything about electrosensitivity and therefore did not identify with that condition.

We have designed a much larger EMF exposure study specifically targeting that part of the community suffering chronic fatigue syndrome. For if EHS is a real environmental illness it will most likely be found in that population sub-group suffering CFS symptoms. (see below) Unfortunately however, this kind of research does not attract funding.

Though I have not read the book, the following review reads like it is a must for all those interested in electrical hypersensitivity.

Don Maisch



N Engl J Med 2004; 351:2777-2778, Dec 23, 2004. Book Reviews
[Book reviewed by Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D.]

The Psychopathology of Functional Somatic Syndromes
By Peter Manu. 299 pp., illustrated. Binghamton, N.Y., Haworth Medical Press, 2004. $79.95 (cloth); $34.95 (paper). ISBN 0-7890-1259-6 (cloth);
0-7890-1260-X (paper).

This book summarizes many recent studies of illnesses characterized by symptoms that, as yet, have no clear pathophysiology: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Gulf War illness, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual dysphoria. Although the clinical manifestations of theseillnesses are not identical, they have in common increased sensitivity to pain, sleep disturbance, difficulty with concentration, and labile mood. Indeed, many patients meet criteria for several of the illnesses.

The book cites hundreds of recent publications and will serve as a road map for anyone interested in these common and perplexing illnesses. For each illness, Manu presents a synthesis of the literature regarding clinical manifestations, the prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses, personality profiles, "abnormal" behavior associated with the illness, cognitive testing, and neurobiologic (e.g., neuroimaging, neurotransmitter, and neuroendocrine) studies. Because it involves many different disciplines, pulling together this large and complex body of literature was no small task.

Manu's review is thorough. Although he has previously argued that these syndromes are probably manifestations of a primary affective disorder, in this book he concludes otherwise. In particular, he notes that a substantial portion of patients with these disorders do not have a mood disorder.

Manu cites many studies indicating that patients often believe that they are suffering from an "organic" illness, even though no well-recognized organic illness has been diagnosed, and he suggests that this constitutes "abnormal illness behavior." He also states that the literature supports a connection between the "functional somatic syndromes" and somatization disorder. However, the literature he cites indicates that most patients with these syndromes do not meet the criteria for somatization disorder.

Indeed, if symptoms have an organic basis, then they cannot be said to stem from a somatization disorder, and a patient's belief that his or her suffering is due to an organic illness cannot be called "abnormal behavior." Hence, the central question: Do these functional disorders have an organic basis? What is the evidence? Manu summarizes many neurobiologic studies that have found objective, biologic abnormalities in patients with these syndromes (e.g., abnormal patterns on magnetic resonance imaging and on single-photon-emission computed tomography; abnormal responses on the testing of several hypothalamicpituitary axes), in contrast to matched, healthy subjects and patients with psychiatric disorders, particularly major depression.

Perhaps the most interesting question raised by this book is this: What are "functional somatic syndromes"? The question is never explicitly addressed or answered. For many physicians, the word "functional" implies an illness that probably has no biologic cause, with symptoms that reflect a weakness of character or outright malingering. The literature summarized in this book argues that such inferences are unfounded. Indeed, in my view, the continued use of the term "functional" by mental health professionals perpetuates an archaic notion of mindbody dualism. The symptoms of these "functional" illnesses probably have biologic underpinnings, even though the articulation of a patient's suffering clearly is influenced by personal experiences and cultural values. Although we are a long way from identifying the precise pathophysiology of these illnesses, there is considerable evidence that they have an underlying biologic basis.


Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA 02115

Closing in on Vietnam

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0128-33.htm

What the Rest of the World Watched on Inauguration Day

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0128-35.htm

Latino Democrat Lawmakers Won't Back US Attorney General Nominee

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0128-06.htm

RFK Bashes Bush for 'Crimes Against Nature'

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0128-08.htm

Arabs Say Iraq Vote Gives Democracy a Bad Name

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0128-11.htm

Global Warming Is 'Twice As Bad As Previously Thought'

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/012805V.shtml

EU Cattle May Have To Wear Electronic Tags

Report

http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/29238/story.htm

Neglecting Mother Earth

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/012905X.shtml

Kimberly-Clark and Kleenex are wiping away ancient boreal forests

http://www.wildcanada.net/documents/aa-206a.asp

Desert Storm Glock (MORE EVIDENCE OF A NWO)

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=74889;show_parent=1

THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM: FACILITATING A NEW WORLD ORDER

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=74868;show_parent=1

Bush's direct challenge to Allah

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=74845;show_parent=1

Radio devices will help U.S. track visitors crossing border

Homeland Security to Test RFID
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/1360/1/1/


Informant: Painterscan



http://omega.twoday.net/topics/RFID/

The Federal Inquisition

The Federal War on Freedom

Jules Siegel on Guantanamo, What the World Should Know:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/siegel1.html

Nationwide Protests Against the Phony Election

IF YOU CAN’T VOTE OCCUPATION TROOPS OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY THEN THE VOTE’S FOR THE OCCUPIER, NOT THE OCCUPIED

DEAR FELLOW ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY:

Join a nationwide response to the “elections” in Iraq next Sunday.

January 30 is a diversion - the real date is March 19 when the world says “TROOPS OUT NOW”

The Troops Out Now Coalition encourages you to hold protests and press conferences in your localities on either Sunday Jan. 30, the day of the “elections” in Iraq, or Monday, Jan. 31. The purpose for doing this is to keep the antiwar movement and the rest of society focused on the real need: the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. occupation troops from Iraq.

The January 30 “elections” in Iraq is a project of the Pentagon, and its purpose is to divert attention away from the ongoing criminal occupation, as well as to legitimatize the war, the occupation, the destruction of cities like Falluja, and the deaths of upwards of one hundred thousand Iraqis, as well as fourteen hundred U.S. troops since the beginning of the war.

The very notion that a country can hold a “democratic” election while it is occupied by a hostile power bent on imposing its designs on that country is profoundly cynical, and an insult to the people everywhere.

And to this insult, Bush wants to add still another injury by asking Congress to approve $80 billion more for his war.

At the same time that Bush, Rumsfeld and Rice are putting their spin on the “elections” this weekend, we need to be calling attention to the need to strengthen the movement to bring the troops home. Wherever we are, let’s tell the world this weekend that the important date is not January 20, but March 19, the second anniversary of the start of the war, when people all across the U.S. and the world will take to the streets once again to demand “Troops Out Now”.

March 19
Troops Out Now!
March on Central Park in NYC!
Regional Demonstrations Across the U.S. & Worldwide


The International Action Center
http://www.iacenter.org
iacenter@iacenter.org

Anger over Iraqi war dead on Internet

Warning: Graphic Photos

http://www.undermars.com/gallery1.html
http://www.uruknet.info?p=9225
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,12065854%255E401,00.html
http://mparent7777.blog-city.com/read/1036870.htm


Informant: Shanti Renfrew

Economists warn on US debt crisis

US consumers' debts are an "accident waiting to happen", a leading economist has warned.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4209527.stm


From Information Clearing House

US to slap tourists with RFID

The controversial US-VISIT scheme for those visiting the US from abroad already fingerprints holidaymakers on their way into the country and is now adding RFID to the mix in order to improve border management, the department said.

http://management.silicon.com/government/0,39024677,39127374,00.htm
http://tinyurl.com/4bk6s


From Information Clearing House

The slow death of democracy in Britain?

How has the Prime Minister survived the political fallout from Iraq, Hutton and, in particular, the Butler report?" - Are we witnessing the slow death of accountability in the UK?

http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=605290
http://tinyurl.com/4n6zz


UK: A blow for democracy:

The new home secretary should not be looking at new laws to subvert the criminal justice system but should be looking at how to improve it so that there are more successful prosecutions of terrorist suspects. - If a person cannot be prosecuted for a terrorist charge, it means that either there is not enough evidence to convict that person or that the evidence cannot be relied upon.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1400295,00.html
http://tinyurl.com/6u4p4


From Information Clearing House

Britain 'sliding into police state'

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, is transforming Britain into a police state, one of the country's former leading anti-terrorist police chiefs said yesterday.

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/attacks/story/0,1320,1400586,00.html
http://tinyurl.com/5c2nr


From Information Clearing House

Bush's arguments for war have fallen apart

Bush's rhetoric remains high-flown, but his arguments for war have fallen apart...

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=605326
http://tinyurl.com/5w4n5


From Information Clearing House

Study of Iraqi deaths Ignored In U.S.

Since the invasion, the No. 1 cause of death among households surveyed was violence. The risk of death due to violence had increased 58-fold since before the war. And more than half of the people who had died from violence and its aftermath since the invasion began were women and children.

http://chronicle.com/cgi2-bin/printable.cgi?article=http://chronicle.com/free/2005/01/2005012701n.htm
http://tinyurl.com/3htpr


From Information Clearing House

The Dangerous Gold Star Families

Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld continues to astound us Gold Star Families with his heartlessness, callousness and disrespect in the faces of our children who are being killed in the mindless invasion and occupation of Iraq.

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0124-20.htm


From Information Clearing House

Tell Them, 'Because our Fathers Lied'

As in Vietnam, The Mexican War, the Spanish American War, the pretext for going to war was manufactured by misrepresenting facts and whipping up public fury, usually a simple task when that well known toxin - patriotism - is in the air.

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0127-26.htm


From Information Clearing House

Mother of Soldier Slain in Iraq Speaks Out

She held up family photos of her son Casey as a toddler, at his confirmation, as a 21-year-old in boot camp and then, the photo that appeared in The New York Times last April, of his coffin, his brother kissing it to say goodbye.

http://www.mainelincolncountynews.com/index.cfm?ID=10361
http://tinyurl.com/3os77


From Information Clearing House

'If I run will you shoot?'

'If I run will you shoot?' he asked. He ran. The guard shot him dead:

Vietnam draft-dodgers, Guantanamo, Iraq — why do armies abuse their prisoners? A former runaway soldier describes his ordeal in the stockade...

http://207.44.245.159/article7899.htm

CIA's 'ghost prisoners' spark rights concerns

The official wall of silence surrounding the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) so-called 'ghost prisoners' who are being held at secret locations has sparked legal concerns among human rights groups that denounce the practice as abusive.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1291449.htm
http://tinyurl.com/4qgl2


From Information Clearing House

A fantasy of freedom

There is one tiny corner of Cuba that will for ever America be. It is a place where innocent people are held without charge for years, beyond international law, human decency and the mythical glow of Lady Liberty's torch. It is a place where torture is common, beating is ritual and humiliation is routine. They call it Guantanamo Bay.

http://207.44.245.159/article7900.htm

Iran next, then who?

George Bush's apparent desire to create a state of perpetual war spells disaster

Gore Vidal

Symbolically, it's interesting that regions of the US are rejecting Darwin and evolution. I can see why. We have a substantial minority in the US that hasn't advanced much beyond the baboon. These ignorant folk are full of hatred, which is why they are currently rejecting evolution and going back to the stone age with torture, killing innocent people, attacking countries that have done us no harm. This is insupportable.

http://207.44.245.159/article7897.htm

Fallacies in Defense of the Invasion of Iraq

http://www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon8.html

House Joint Memorial 4006 - Bill of Rights Resolution

*****BORDC-TACOMA****ACTIVIST UPDATE*******

*****WIDEST DISSEMINATION PLEASE*******

Hello everyone,

We have a piece of legislation up before the Washington State 2005
Regular Session. If you agree with this you should help us by
contacting your legislator and asking for their support and
endorsement. You should also contact the sponsors below and offer
your support.

Both Rep Flannigan and Reps Darneille are behind this and many of
you helped them make this choice. This Joint memorial is not as
strong as we would have liked, however, it is moving forward and
brings the issue to the surface at the State level.

I am also asking for you to post this on your various group lists
and ask for their endorsements. We need the Peace Community, the
progressives, socialists, anarchists, unionists etc to sign on.

The house version of the Bill of Rights Resolution just got filed and
has been referred to the House Judiciary committee. The text follows

H-0566.1 HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL 4006
State of Washington 59th Legislature 2005 Regular Session
By Representatives Moeller, Chase, Tom, Dunshee, Hunter, Jarrett,
Darneille, Upthegrove, McDermott, Hunt, Appleton, Kirby, Flannigan
and Nixon

Read first time . Referred to .
TO THE HONORABLE GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED:

We, your Memorialists, the Senate and House of Representatives of
the State of Washington, in legislative session assembled,
respectfully represent and petition as follows:

WHEREAS, The state of Washington's highly utilized waterways, large active ports, major international airports, multiple bridges, access to military bases, dispatch and transport of hazardous waste into Hanford, and sharing a border with Canada make the state uniquely vulnerable to terrorism; and

WHEREAS, Washington has a diverse population whose contributions to the state are vital to its economy, culture, and civic character; and

WHEREAS, Washington denounces terrorism and acknowledges that federal, state, and local governments have a responsibility to protect the public from terrorist attacks and should ensure that any new security measures enhance public safety without unconstitutionally impairing civil rights or civil liberties; and

p. 1 HJM 4006

WHEREAS, Washington is proud of its tradition of protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of all its residents and affirming the
fundamental rights of all people; and

WHEREAS, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act (P.L. 107-56) on October 26, 2001, following the horrific attacks on America of September 11, 2001; and

WHEREAS, The Washington legislature believes that there is no inherent conflict between national security and the preservation of constitutional rights and liberties; and

WHEREAS, The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Rights of the Constitution of the state of Washington guarantee freedom of speech, assembly, and privacy, equality before the law, the presumption of innocence, access to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings, and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, for all people living in Washington; and

WHEREAS, The preservation of civil rights and civil liberties is a pillar of American society and is essential to the well-being of any democracy; and

WHEREAS, The Washington legislature believes that residents of this state and this nation can be both safe and free;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington legislature:

(1) Affirms its abhorrence of and opposition to global terrorism; and

(2) Affirms its commitment to protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of all Washington residents and oppose any measures that unconstitutionally infringe upon those civil rights and civil liberties; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Washington legislature calls on Congress to adopt S. 1709, the SAFE Act, which is sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators and which would amend and clarify several provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act including:

(a) Codifying the pre-USA PATRIOT Act standards for delayed notice or "sneak and peek" warrants to allow these warrants if notice of the warrant would: Endanger someone's life or physical safety; result in flight from prosecution; or result in destruction or tampering with evidence; and

(b) Requiring requests for roving wiretaps to identify either the HJM 4006 p. 2 person or place to be wiretapped and that the suspect is present at the place to be wiretapped, before collecting information; and

(c) Reinstating the pre-USA PATRIOT Act standard for seizing business and library records by requiring the Federal Bureau of Investigation to demonstrate it has reason to believe that the person to whom the records are related is a suspected terrorist or spy. The SAFE Act also exempts libraries from the section of the USA PATRIOT Act that allows access to electronic communications on the strength of an administrative subpoena rather than a court order; and

(d) Sunsetting the provisions allowing for: Nationwide search warrants, requiring Congress to review and reauthorize it; delayed notice or "sneak and peak" warrants; application of pen registers and trap and trace devices to electronic communications; and national security letter authority; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this Memorial be immediately transmitted to the Honorable George W. Bush, President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and each member of Congress from the State of Washington.

--- END ---

p. 3 HJM 4006


The next meeting will be on February 9, 2005 from noon to 1 pm. If you will be joining us in person we're located at the corner of 2nd and Cherry on the 3rd floor of the Hoge building, Seattle Wa. If you will be joining us via phone you can call 1-800-416-8128. When prompted for a passcode please dial 309980. Our next meeting will include an endorsement and legislative update and consider strategies to move this bill forward.

Yours in Liberty,

Tim Smith


From ufpj-news

Big brother or the mark of the beast?

http://www.infowars.net/Pages/Jan05/290105_Big_bro.html


Informant: Mark Marks

The Ultimate War Crime: Breaking the Agricultural Cycle

This message is a bit "off topic" but note in the article below where "internationally-recognized standards of protection" (sound familiar?) are openly being used to ensure protection for US corporate interests to the detriment of the Iraqi people.

Now that the so called democratic election in Iraq is over, the Americans can claim that the country has finally started its journey on the way to Western-style freedom. A convenient time for the US troops to leave for home ASAP with a victorias media blitz for war hero George W . Imagine the ticker-tape parades and orchestrated national celebrations throughout America. The citizens will lap it up as they always do.

Meanwhile the new Shia dominated government, no matter how much they hate the Americans will find that the US has left in place a few surprises to ensure that whatever the election outcome, the US oil corporations will get the oil in the end.

Some years ago, I remember Henry Kissinger saying words to the effect that 'when you control a country's food supply, you control that country' That is exactly what is now in the offering for the Iraqi agricultural sector under Order 81. Consider the following two articles and the possibility of future "oil for seeds-or you starve" deals with the US.

"Order 81" is diabolical but brilliant - unless the new Iraq government throws it out.


Don Maisch


http://globalresearch.ca/articles/KHA501A.html


Informant: The Webfairy


IRAQI ORDER 81
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/502698/

Order 81
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/496503/

Viktoriasee ist "Bedrohter See des Jahres 2005"

2. Februar 2005: Viktoriasee ist "Bedrohter See des Jahres 2005" (28.01.05)

Der ostafrikanische Viktoriasee ist der "Bedrohte See des Jahres 2005", teilt die Umweltstiftung Global Nature Fund (GNF) zum Welttag der Feuchtgebiete mit. Mit der Ernennung will der GNF auf den dramatischen Fischrückgang, die Zerstörung der Ufervegetation und die wachsende Verarmung der am See lebenden Bevölkerung aufmerksam machen. Der Viktoriasee im afrikanischen Länderdreieck Kenia, Tansania und Uganda ist mit einer Fläche von 68.800 km2 Afrikas größter See. Gefahr droht dem See durch Überfischung. "Allein am kenianischen Ufer des Sees ist die Zahl der Fischer wegen der schlechten Wirtschaftslage in den letzten Jahren stark gestiegen und liegt mit 55.000 fast doppelt so hoch wie von Experten empfohlen", so Dr. Obiero Onganga von der Umweltschutzorganisation OSIENALA, einem Partner des GNF im Seenschutznetzwerk Living Lakes.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

http://www.jpberlin.de/www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=10314

Trophäenjagd auf Grönlands Eisbären

Artenschutz: Trophäenjagd auf Grönlands Eisbären (28.01.05)

Grönland will zukünftig Eisbären durch Hobbyjäger abschießen lassen. Das meldet die Artenschutzorganisation "Pro Wildlife". Neben einer zunehmenden Gefährdung der Tiere durch Klimaveränderung und Umweltgifte sei die Trophäenjagd ein weiterer Schlag gegen die Eisbären. Die Biologin Daniela Freyer von "Pro Wildlife" führt die Jagd auf die Profitgier zurück: Hobbyjäger gäben zwischen 15.000 und 30.000 Euro für einen selbst geschossenen Eisbären aus. Die Jagd widerspreche internationale Schutzabkommen, die den unkontrollierten Abschuss und Handel unter zu beschränken versuchten. "Jagdreiseveranstalter im Ausland wittern das große Geschäft - doch weder die Eisbären noch die Menschen in der Region werden von der Jagd profitieren", sagt Freyer. Bislang sei in Grönland nur den Ureinwohnern die traditionelle Jagd auf Eisbären erlaubt worden.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

http://www.jpberlin.de/www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=10309

Mission accomplished

From February 1, 2005 I will retire from my position at the University of Aarhus.

During the past 1.5 year I managed to engage a great part of the Danish population in the mobilphone/EMF issue. People are aware now that mobile phones are dangerous. No masts are put up these days without protests, discussions and demonstrations from the inhabitants and in the media. So the people are informed, the media are informed and now they all can take care themselves and handle the threats by themselves. The governmental, health authorities, Cancer association etc., even the telecomindustry are now runnung backwards and have changed their messages from originally "No danger absolutely - no proof" to "There are health effects, especially for children - it could be dangerous, and maybe in a few years time we can proof it - caution should be exerted - cut down on use of mobilphones etc."

From the beginning on my intention was to inform the public, so that they can take care of themselves. Now I consider my task as completed.

I wish to thank you all for your support, information and encouragement. Keep up the good work.

Sianette Kwee

Act Now: Last Chance To Defeat Gonzales

by Leadership Conference On Civil Rights

Alberto Gonzales' nomination goes to the full Senate next week. It's vital that senators vote against confirmation.

http://www.tompaine.com/action/#003504

Stop Timber Industry Greenwashing - Protection of The Ancient Redwood Forests

http://tinyurl.com/4am9o

Andaman quakes leave seismologists worried

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13658319

FYI - Anna

Another Conservative Commentator Discovered on the White House Payroll

by Katherine Brengle

Less than two weeks ago, many of us sat shell-shocked for a moment as we learned that conservative pundit Armstrong Williams was paid a cool $241,000 by the Department of Education to talk up Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. Williams failed to disclose to his readers and listeners that he had a contract with the federal government. It has just come to light that another conservative commentator, Maggie Gallagher, had a similar, if less lucrative, contract with the Bush Administration in 2002. Gallagher was paid a total of $41,500 to advertise the Bush Administration's $300 million marriage initiative....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Brengle0128.htm

Overdosed

by Bill Berkowitz

Team Bush and Big Pharma's plan for the nation's mental health includes heavy emphasis on new and expensive drugs....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Berkowitz0128-2.htm

Abu Ghraib, Tiger Cages and Flying Viet Cong

by Robert Gaiek

Abu Ghraib and the torture of our enemies no longer light up cable news with that mind numbing repetition of perp walks and stacked nude bodies. The military, we are assured, is taking care of the problem and the slate will be wiped clean once again for a little while. The enlisted kids being punished now and in the future will take the rap for "getting caught." The career officers will escape accountability, just as they did in Vietnam over 30 years ago....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Gaiek0128.htm

To Hell, and They're Coming Back

Iraq War veterans face formidable challenges and Bush Administration funding cuts

by Bill Berkowitz

After the body bags are removed from the tarmac and the dead are buried; after children have said farewell to a father or mother and parents bid goodbye to a son or a daughter; after seriously injured soldiers are shuffled off to understaffed rehabilitation facilities and others are left to deal with their wounds on their own; and after soldiers that escaped physical harm return home with severe mental health problems, America will reap a whirlwind it hasn't seen since the end of the Vietnam War....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Berkowitz0128.htm

Why the Children in Iraq Make No Sound When They Fall

by Bernard Chazelle

The abject surrender of the media fed a slew of illusions to the public, none more craven than the belief that he whom we kill must be killed. Yeah, yeah, we occasionally obliterate the wrong house and incinerate its occupants, but that's just “friendly fire.” (A lovely phrase if there's one: Let's hear the surgeon who amputates the wrong leg inform his patient of his “friendly amputation.”) Minus the friendliness, however, our whiz-bang weapon wizardry never fails to separate the wheat from the chaff, the nursing mother from the crazed beheader. So goes the creed, anyway....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Chazelle0128.htm

Iraq’s Non-Election

by Robert Jensen and Pat Youngblood

Predictably, the U.S. news media are full of discussion and debate about this weekend’s election in Iraq. Unfortunately, virtually all the commentary misses a simple point: There will be no “election” on Jan. 30 in Iraq, if that term is meant to suggest an even remotely democratic process....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Jensen-Youngblood0128.htm

What the US Has in Store for Iran

by Lance Selfa

A few hours before President George Bush gave his inauguration address promising to rid the world of tyranny, Vice President Dick Cheney made a few comments that tell more about where the administration is heading. Yukking it up with right-wing talk show host Don Imus on MSNBC, Cheney placed Iran at the “top of the list” of “potential trouble spots” that the Bush administration was determined to deal with in its second term. Of course, added Cheney, Israel “might well decide to act first” to destroy Iran’s nuclear capacity and “let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards.” For someone who normally plays the role of the administration’s Prince of Darkness, Cheney’s concluding calls for a diplomatic solution seemed out of character. But it could all be an elaborate setup for what Bush, Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and every other neoconservative in Washington wants -- a decisive confrontation with Iran leading to “regime change.”...

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Selfa0128.htm

Teaching the Constitution in a Post-Democratic America

by Mark W. Bradley

Come to think of it, why shouldn’t we let God back into the classroom? I mean, it’s not as if all those nasty French ideas about “social contracts” and “rational thought” ever really caught on here in America anyway, so what’s the big deal? If we cranky old Liberals would just stop all the grousing, quit fighting the inevitable, and get with the program, maybe we could all lock arms and march boldly forward into the brave new classroom of the future. Just imagine....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Bradley0128.htm

Stop the wolf hunt in Norway

http://tinyurl.com/67xny

Freedom, but in full

by Ellen Goodman

Boston Globe

01/27/05

The odd, and oddly infuriating, experience of agreeing with an enemy is often followed by an impulse to disagree, an urge to poke holes in the argument or to dismiss the honesty of the arguer. Anything not to nod in approval. I have been thinking about this ever since the president delivered the inaugural address that will go down in history, or down in flames, as the Freedom Speech. I have read it twice in the past week, separating the speech from the speaker. ...

'Life,' 'God' and now 'Freedom.' If the right wing ever gets a lock on 'Love,' it's a grand slam. ... Liberty is not the Bush Ideal, it's the American Ideal. Freedom is not an excuse for militarism nor is it a cover story for aggression, and there is little freedom in the chaos of war. In an imperfect world we will always have to make choices between allies and ideals...

http://tinyurl.com/559zw


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Retire the Carter Doctrine

by Patrick C. Doherty

Tom Paine

01/27/05

The failure in Iraq offers Democrats a chance to challenge the central tenets of Bush's failed national security strategy. The Bush doctrine and the mess in Iraq rest upon a powerful, bi-partisan consensus: the Carter Doctrine. Only if Democrats withdraw their support for that dysfunctional doctrine can America hope for prosperity at home and peace abroad. The Carter doctrine has guided U.S. foreign policy for 25 years. In 1980, President Carter ... in his State of the Union address ... explained that our strategic interest in the Persian Gulf is based on 'the overwhelming dependence of the Western democracies on oil supplies from the Middle East.' ... Because of this dependence, the Carter Doctrine asserted that 'any attempt by an outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf will be ... repelled by any means necessary including the use of force' ...

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/retire_the_carter_doctine.php


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Of death be not proud

by Norman Solomon

Common Dreams

01/27/05

'The story today is going to be very discouraging to the American people,' President Bush said at a news conference Wednesday, hours after 37 American troops died in Iraq. 'I understand that. We value life. And we weep and mourn when soldiers lose their life.' How long will the U.S. news media continue to indulge that sort of pious talk from the White House without challenge? The evidence is overwhelming that the president and his policy team are quite willing to devalue -- in fact, destroy -- life when it gets in their way. And if they 'weep and mourn when soldiers lose their life,' the grief is rigorously selective. The day Bush can 'weep and mourn' when anti-occupation fighters 'lose their life' in Iraq will be the day he transcends his oily fundamentalism. But no such day is on the presidential calendar...

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0127-22.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

From the ground up

by Howard Dean

AlterNet

01/27/05

Over the past 30 years, Republicans have become the majority party in America by building a terrific grassroots organization. If we are to take our country back for ordinary working Americans, Democrats will have to match or exceed the Republicans ability to motivate voters...

http://www.alternet.org/story/21097/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Here comes "The Freedom"

by Dahr Jamail

Iraq Dispatches

01/27/05

Let me describe the scene on the ground here in 'liberated' Iraq. With the 'elections' just three days away, people are terrified. Families are fleeing Baghdad much as they did prior to the invasion of the country. Seeking refuge from what everyone fears to be a massive onslaught of violence in the capital city, huge lines of cars are stacked up at checkpoints on the outer edges of the city. Policemen and Iraqi soldiers are trying to convince people to stay in the city and vote. Nobody is listening to them. Whereas Baghdad is filled with Fallujah refugees, now villages and smaller cities on the outskirts of Baghdad are filling up with election refugees...

http://dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/archives/dispatches/000186.php


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The humane view of Condi's rough start

by Daniel Schorr

Christian Science Monitor

01/28/05

What Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice might say, now that she has been confirmed, if she let her hair down: 'The nitpicking gaggle of Democrats who held up my confirmation for a week didn't harm me. The president says I'll make a great Secretary of State. But they did harm the conduct of our foreign policy at a critical moment. The president wanted me on board quickly because of the oncoming Iraqi election.

After that we'll be going to Europe to try to squeeze a little support from our so-called allies. And I don't relish the knowing smiles I'll get from the foreign ministers as one who has been called a liar by members of her own Senate.' ... Let me repeat -- that is what Secretary Rice might say...

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0128/p09s02-cods.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Free trade and the future of furniture

by Rob Sligh

Acton Institute

01/26/05

History teaches us that free trade brings prosperity, growth, and higher living standards, benefiting both rich and poor. The adjustments forced by economic freedom, though gut-wrenching for those of us directly involved, result in the most efficient and effective use of time, talent, and capital in the long run. That may be, but it's hard to keep in mind when we're rolling through a wringer!

Sometimes, a commitment to economic freedom may not seem to be in our own short-term self-interest. Our moral responsibility, though, is not only to look out for our own interests but also to consider the good of our fellow human beings around us and around the world...

http://www.acton.org/ppolicy/comment/article.php?id=244


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Criminals the lot of us

by Scott Ritter

Guardian [UK]

01/27/05

The invasion of Iraq was a crime of gigantic proportions, for which politicians, the media and the public share responsibility ... But, through the invasion of Iraq, a crime of gigantic proportions has been perpetrated. If history has taught us anything, it is that it will condemn both the individuals and respective societies who not only perpetrated the crime, but also remained blind and mute while it was being committed...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1399228,00.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Conservative columnists moonlight

Conservative columnists moonlight as prostitutes

by Bill Press

WorldNetDaily

01/28/05

Once Armstrong and Gallagher were caught with their hands in the cookie jar, [Bush] condemned the practice of paying commentators and ordered members of his administration to cease and desist. ... But that begs the question. Who gave the orders to hire commentators in the first place? Believe me, it didn't just happen. Williams and Gallagher didn't find that money lying around on Pennsylvania Avenue. They were approached, they were offered, and they accepted...

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42594


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Clashing generalizations

by Ted Lang

Strike the Root

01/27/05

As Ellis decries humanity as inherently bad, he ignores historical fact, which confirms government, as always, displays a much greater evil than individuals and criminals, even mass murderers. And considering the damage Lincoln and his Republicans had done to our former freedom-ensuring republic, it is our own government during the War Between the States that has killed more of our own citizens and has been more destructive to our nation than any foreign dictator and his large and powerful military, including Hitler, Tojo, Mussolini and Stalin...

http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/lang/lang1.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A presidential declaration of the imperial state

by Jeff Adams

Sierra Times

01/27/05

I'm sure President Bush thought that in his speech he was inspiring the American people to a higher calling. I have no doubt he believes his speech will sit in history beside John Kennedy's inaugural speech.

... Bush has made it clear that he has a vision of reshaping the world, and that any country that doesn't get on his 'freedom train' is going to find themselves being squashed by the wheels of that train. GWB is not the first megalomaniac to think he is destined to recreate the world. Bush's predecessors in this ideology didn't succeed, but the others didn't have the finances and military power at their disposal Bush does. That being said, we have a military that is already stretched to the breaking point, so I don't know how anyone can expect to launch any more invasions without causing our military to collapse...

http://www.sierratimes.com/05/01/27/adams012


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why I love the IRS

by Garry Reed

Liberty For All

04/15/04; reposted 01/28/05

How anyone can describe taxpaying as 'patriotic' is beyond any comprehension I've ever been able to wring from Psychology 101. Patriotism demands the perpetual protest against taxes. Our nation was born of it. Think Boston Tea Party. Think Stamp Tax and Sugar Act and the Townshend import duties. Then, just for good measure, think further downstream to the Whisky Rebellion. The IRS is the root of all political evil. The federal income tax makes unconstitutional government possible...

http://www.libertyforall.net/2005/feb6/IRS.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The war justified

by Harry Browne

LewRockwell.Com

01/28/05

I don't believe human beings can predict the future reliably. So for my final 20 years in the investment business, I never made a forecast. But one future event seems about as certain to me as anything could possibly be. After the Iraqi elections this weekend, when the U.S.-installed interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's party has amazingly won the most seats, the war team in Washington -- along with a good part of the media -- will somehow see the completion of the elections as a great victory for George Bush, a confirmation that his decision to invade Iraq was the right choice after all...

http://www.lewrockwell.com/browne/browne29.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Payola pundits for war?

AntiWar.Com

01/28/05

Our government has funded a lavish propaganda campaign to convince Iraqis that an election held under the strictures of an American military occupation is legitimate and worth participating in, as part and parcel of their military counterinsurgency effort. In modern warfare, however, half the battle is waged on the home front: that is the only lesson our rulers seemed to have learned from the Vietnam experience. If they'll pay Armstrong Williams to push 'No Child Left Behind,' and hand out money to Ms. Gallagher to push her marriage-is-for-breeders campaign, what's to stop them from subsidizing other conservative 'journalists' of equal moral fiber to make sure no Iraqi is left behind as we march into the glorious future of what Bush calls the 'global democratic revolution?

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=4628


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gitmo soldier details

Gitmo soldier details sexual tactics

Las Vegas Review-Journal

01/27/05

Female interrogators tried to break Muslim detainees at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay by sexual touching, wearing a miniskirt and thong underwear and in one case smearing a Saudi man's face with fake menstrual blood, according to an insider's written account. A draft manuscript obtained by The Associated Press is classified as secret pending a Pentagon review for a planned book that details ways the U.S. military used women as part of tougher physical and psychological interrogation tactics to get terror suspects to talk...

http://tinyurl.com/6xdlt


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

THE DEPOPULATION AGENDA

Thabo Mbeki, the president of South Africa, has been a major thorn in the side of the depopulationists. He knows that HIV does not cause human disease. He knows that the front-line drugs for AIDS, especially AZT, attack the bone marrow, where certain cells of the immune system are manufactured. Thus CREATING what is called AIDS through pharmaceutical means. In particular, giving AZT to pregnant mothers is a major goal of the depopulation effort.

Mbeki understands that the causes of death in the Third World I have mentioned above are killing Africa. However, he continues to ask for outside help to alleviate these ravages. There is no chance he will get this help. ZERO.

http://www.virusmyth.net/aids/data/jrdepop.htm


From:
Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 28th, 2005


Kissinger, Eugenics And Depopulation
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/406362/

Advocates say NYC child agency forcing AIDS drug experiments on children

Outraged community activists, reacting to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary “Guinea Pig Kids,” demonstrated Dec. 30 in front of the Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC) located in Washington Heights. The documentary, which aired in late November, charged the New York City Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) with the “experimental” use of toxic drugs on HIV-positive children in the city’s foster care system. In the documentary, a doctor said that the effects of HIV drugs on patients, particularly children, could be lethal. The children at the ICC who refused to take the medicines were force-fed through a peg-like tube surgically inserted into the stomach, according to a press statement issued by the December 12th Movement, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based non-governmental organization (NGO).

“We will not stand silently by and allow this situation to become the ‘Tuskegee Experiment’ of the 21st Century. Thus, we are demanding that our elected officials do everything within their power to expose, denounce and bring the inhumane practices to an immediate halt,” the statement read.

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_1741.shtml


From:
Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 28th, 2005

Bush Vows to End 'Tyranny in Our World'

Orwell explained the principle of doublethink in "1984" where everything was turned on its head and everything was opposite to the meaning of the words expressed. Therefore War was Peace, Slavery was Freedom and Ignorance was Strength. By now, people should know that pretty much everything Bush says is a total lie and that his meaning is exactly opposite to what he says. But he is a only a willing puppet of the elite and is merely carrying out their orders.


Bush Vows to End 'Tyranny in Our World'

President Bush sought in his second inaugural speech to define his new term as a fight for freedom in every nation with the "ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world." At home, he urged a divided nation to find the unity it had felt after the Sept. 11 attacks. Looking ahead to history's judgment, Bush asked two questions in his speech Thursday from the Capitol steps: "Did our generation advance the cause of freedom? And did our character bring credit to that cause?" "Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government," he said. "Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our nation." But more is needed now, both to protect America and to advance its ideals, he said.

"It is the honorable achievement of our fathers," Bush said. "Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation's security, and the calling of our time."

http://makeashorterlink.com/?K1882185A


From:
Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 28th, 2005

Big Brother

http://omega.twoday.net/topics/Big+Brother/

RFID

http://omega.twoday.net/topics/RFID/

School looking at pupil tagging

A school in Swansea is considering tagging its pupils because of a shortage of assistants who can supervise lunch breaks. The idea is for children at Lonlas Primary to wear the tags all day, with a buzzer sounding if they leave. The shortage of assistants has been put down to low pay and unfavourable working hours. Sara Reid, the Deputy Children's Commissioner for Wales, said she was concerned by the plans. "I understand that schools need to worry about the safety of the children but we are concerned about the effect this is having on the human rights of children," she said. "There is a need to supervise we know and to make sure that the children are safe."

The head teacher at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Lonlas, Dyfrig Ellis, picked up the idea from an IT conference in the Netherlands and has already begun talks with a Dutch company about the tagging scheme.

http://www.infowars.net/Pages/Jan05/230105_tagging.html


Electronic tagging up by more than half

Increasing confidence by courts in restriction of liberty orders.

THE use of electronic tagging increased by more than 50% last year, while a third of drug treatment orders made in Scotland were broken. Between April 2003 and 2004, Scottish courts made 807 restriction of liberty orders, monitored remotely with electronic tags, representing a rise of 524 (54%) on the previous 12 months. The criminal justice social work statistical bulletin also revealed, for the first time, information on drug treatment and testing orders. One in three was breached, a quarter of which resulted in the original order being revoked and a custodial sentence imposed. A total of 7428 Community Service Orders, also used as an alternative to custody, were made in 2003/04. This figure includes 2255 probation orders which entailed in part unpaid work, and represents a 1% increase on the previous year.

Cathy Jamieson, the justice minister, said the figures "suggest increasing confidence by courts in community disposals", particularly restriction of liberty orders.

http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/32175.html

Britain Proposes New Anti-Terror Powers

House Arrest Among Measures Pushed

"Control orders" would apply to British citizens as well as foreigners living in Britain

British officials proposed far-reaching new powers on Wednesday to control and monitor suspected terrorists without charge or trial, including house arrests, electronic tagging and curfews. The measures were designed to address legal challenges to a post-Sept. 11 law under which the government has kept 11 foreign nationals imprisoned without charges for as long as three years for allegedly posing a threat to national security. Under the new proposal, the power to impose what officials called "control orders" would apply to British citizens as well as foreigners living in Britain. Like the United States, Britain introduced new measures aimed at suspected terrorists following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Some of those steps have drawn public criticism that they violate British law and values.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke, the cabinet minister in charge of internal security, told the House of Commons that the 11 detainees, all of them Arab Muslims, would either be deported to their home countries or subjected to the new measures once a new bill passed Parliament.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39703-2005Jan26.html


Clarke unveils new anti-terrorism powers

The government has announced sweeping powers to impose house arrest on terrorism suspects regardless of nationality, replacing a policy of jailing foreigners without trial that had been thrown out by judges. The announcement amounts to a major overhaul of security policy after the Law Lords, the country's highest court, ruled last month that earlier emergency powers violated basic rights. But civil liberties campaigners said the new measures could prove even more draconian than the old ones.

"The threat is real and I believe the steps I am announcing today will make us better able to meet this threat," Home Secretary Charles Clarke told parliament on Wednesday.

http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=661482


Take careful note: just as in America, both the Left and the Right are losing their liberties. This is not a Left vs Right issue. This is an issue of the People vs The Globalist Elite, the Masonic Illuminati control freaks who have a secret plan to herd us like sheep into their hellish nightmare vision of total Orwellian slavery and world government using terror psyops as the excuse. Isn't it about time people started to wake up to this simple fact?

'BNP and animal rights activists face house arrest'

"There are serious human rights concerns about the new measures and their extension to every British national." - Doug Jewell, Liberty spokesman

• New security measures may see detention without trial - albeit at home

• Announcement brings mass criticism of 'major threat to British civil liberties'

• Move is latest response to threat of terror in UK CONTROVERSIAL new laws to tackle international terrorism could be used to put

British National Party members and animal rights activists under house arrest without criminal trial, a government adviser said yesterday. Speaking after the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, announced new laws to control the movements of terrorist suspects, Mr Clarke’s adviser, Stephen McCabe, told The Scotsman he saw this extending to other groups suspected of using violence to further their ends. The Labour MP said: "We can envisage this applying to animal rights extremists and the far-Right, for example. "These people are locked up because we believe they are a genuine danger based on what we think is pretty reliable evidence, even if it cannot be divulged in a court of law."

Mr Clarke announced new anti-terror measures which can be invoked on the basis of secret intelligence without a full open trial yesterday and made it clear that British suspects would be included.

http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=98972005


Britain: Broad proposal would expand power to detain suspects

The new "control orders" would apply to foreigners and to British nationals

The British government announced a plan Wednesday to overhaul its anti-terrorism laws, proposing broad new powers to monitor and control terrorism suspects without having to detain them indefinitely without charges, a policy that was declared illegal last month by Britain's highest court. The measures, which must be submitted to Parliament, would give Home Secretary Charles Clarke the authority to give suspects curfews, tag them with electronic bracelets, limit their access to telephones and the Internet, restrict their communications with "named individuals" and, as a last resort, place them under house arrest.

The new "control orders" would apply to foreigners and to British nationals, addressing the court's judgment that special treatment for foreign detainees was discriminatory and violated the European Convention on Human Rights. The orders, the government said, could be applied if there are "reasonable grounds" for suspecting terrorist activity. Prosecuting a suspect on charges would require a higher threshold.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/5207273.html


British govt proposes new powers to tag and impose curfews on terrorist suspects

Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government proposed sweeping new powers to tackle terrorism, including electronic tagging, curfews and house arrest for terrorist suspects without trial. The measures proposed on Wednesday provoked swift dissent from civil libertarians and opposition politicians, though it was welcomed by some as an end to the government’s controversial use of imprisonment without trial. Home Secretary Charles Clarke said the new “control orders” would apply to both foreigners and British nationals, and promised to introduce legislation as soon as possible. Eleven foreign terrorist suspects who have been held for three years without charge would not be released until the new powers were in place, he added.

“There remains a public emergency threatening the life of the nation,” Clarke told the House of Commons. “The threat is real and I believe that the steps I am announcing today will enable us more effectively to meet that threat.”

http://makeashorterlink.com/?W3E84385A


Human Rights Groups Condemn Anti-Terror 'Control Orders'

The Home Secretary’s tough plans to place restrictions on British citizens suspected of terrorism were widely condemned by lawyers and human rights groups today. Detention of terror suspects without trial will be replaced with a system of “control orders”, said Charles Clarke, who admitted the proposals were "contentious”.

Controversially, the orders will be imposed by the Home Secretary, and not by a court of law. The Law Society immediately claimed this was “an abuse of power”. The so-called control orders will include curfews, tagging and even a requirement for suspects “to remain at their premises”. They will apply equally to foreign suspects and British citizens suspected of “international or domestic” terrorism, Mr Clarke told the House of Commons.

However, the nine foreign terror suspects currently detained at Belmarsh and Woodhill prisons will not be freed.

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4052116


From:
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Top Stories - January 28th, 2005

Implanted ID chip finds way into ERs, bars

Oh but don't worry, its all voluntary...for now...

Since U.S. regulators approved them for medical use last year, implantable identification devices from VeriChip have turned up in some interesting places. Harvard Medical School's chief information officer, Dr. John Halamka, had himself injected with a VeriChip identification microchip in December, the company announced on Friday. The rice grain-sized chips, designed to be injected into the arm's fatty tissue, can be scanned like a bar code to call up personal information such as name, blood type and medical records. The devices can also be linked to financial information such as credit card numbers and buying habits, which is why a nightclub in Glasgow, Scotland, recently began offering to implant its patrons with the chips. The club, called Bar Soba, said the chips let customers leave their wallets at home and count on their favorite drink being ready as soon as they walk through the door and get scanned.

VeriChip is a subsidiary of a Palm Beach, Fla., company called Applied Digital, which also makes implantable chips for tracking livestock and identifying lost pets. All are based on technology called radio frequency identification, or RFID.

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1040_22-5545802.html


From:
Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 28th, 2005

KGB Chieftain Finds Home at Homeland Security

KGB General Primakov, gives America some pointers on Homeland Security

Why would Homeland Security hire former Stasi chief Markus Wolfe and former head of the KGB General Yevgeni Primakov? Is this part of the Bush anti-terror strategy? After all, Wolfe is the man who is credited with building up the feared East German secret police that was responsible for the disappearance and deaths of thousands of citizens. And, Primakov’s record is not any better. As skipper of the KGB he was driving force behind the machinery of state terror; a legacy that still has a chilling affect on many Russians. Now, apparently, they’ve found a new place to hang their hats at Homeland Security. Or have they? Perhaps, the numerous stories on the internet are just fabrications intended to mislead independent research. That’s certainly one possibility. But, consider this; for those who have followed the activities of the current administration (the torture, the deception, the death squads, the destruction of Falluja) stories like this are difficult to discount. As a matter of fact, the hiring of Primakov and Wolfe seems fairly consistent with the long-term goals of the Bush team.

We already know that there’s a power struggle within the government from the number of top agents who have been jettisoned at the CIA. Why not develop a new Security apparatus under the auspices of a proven loyalist like Michael Chertoff? (the new appointee at Homeland Security) That would require the expertise of a couple of old pros who can help-out with the basics and get the machinery of state repression clanking along?

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Whitney0121.htm


From:
Aftermath News
Top Stories - January 28th, 2005

The Iraq election: a travesty of democracy

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/jan2005/elec-j27.shtml


Informant: Bob Reuschlein
From ufpj-news

43.068,- Euro steuerfrei - gleiches Recht für alle - wie ein Bürger gegen die Aufwandspauschale der Politiker zu Felde zieht

Mittwoch 26.01.2005 | 22:15 Uhr
stern TV - RTL
http://www.stern.de/tv/sterntv/index.html?id=535680

43.068,- Euro steuerfrei - gleiches Recht für alle - wie ein Bürger gegen die Aufwandspauschale der Politiker zu Felde zieht

Rund 7.000,- Euro an Diäten bekommt jedes Bundestagsmitglied jeden Monat. Und obendrauf gibt es noch eine steuerfreie Aufwandspauschale von 43.068,- Euro im Jahr.

Für welche Aufwendungen sie dieses Geld genau benutzen, müssen die Politiker nicht nachweisen. Jeder Normalbürger hingegen muss akribisch Belege sammeln, wenn er etwas von der Steuer absetzen will. Und das ist ungerecht, sagt Christian Winterhalter. Der Steuerberater und Rechtsanwalt fordert Gleichbehandlung und klagt in einem Präzedenzverfahren am Bundesfinanzhof gegen das Steuerprivileg der Volksvertreter. Auch er will in Zukunft ein Drittel seiner Einkünfte steuerfrei bekommen. Gleiches Recht für alle - und der Staat wäre ruiniert.

Der Bund der Steuerzahler rät: Wer mit Verweis auf die steuerfreien Pauschalen der Abgeordneten Einspruch gegen seinen eigenen Einkommenssteuerbescheid einlegen möchte, kann dies mit folgendem Musterbrief tun:
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Siemens bezahlte Vorsitzende des Forschungsausschusses
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/462540/

Is the world safer now?

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=605327

MICROWAVE DANGERS: How unseen frequencies can harm your health

http://www.choosecra.com/htmlpages/news/reports/microwavedanger.html


Measurements on a microwave oven gave: Magnetic fields very high (>2 microtesla) in front of the and at the back of the oven. 3 meters away from the oven around 0.2 microtesla. Leakage of microwaves were high. 2 metres from the oven about 120 dBmV/m, 8 meters from the oven (2 rooms away from the kitchen) around 80 dBmV/m.

An EHS person normally can accept values around 60 dBmV/m.

So apart from health effects from irradiated food, stay away from using the oven.

Torbjörn Lindblom


Microwave oven info
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/491151/

Microwaving — Dangers to Your Food and You?

http://www.jrussellshealth.com/microwaves.html

Microwave oven info
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/491151/

Microwaving kills health benefits

http://www.innovations-report.com/html/reports/medicine_health/report-22392.html

Microwave oven info
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/491151/

Microwave Oven Radiations Hazards & Standards

http://www.lessemf.com/mw-stnds.html

Microwave oven info
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