27
Feb
2005

Bush, Blair 'Agreed to Iraq War in April 2002'

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/022705D.shtml

Folgen durch Elektrosmog müssen untersucht werden

29.01.2005

Interview: Peter Wolter

»Folgen durch Elektrosmog müssen untersucht werden«

Gesundheitliche Beeinträchtigung: Die Ärzte-Initiative Bamberger Appell fordert die Verbannung von Mobilfunkantennen aus Wohngebieten. Ein Gespräch mit Dr. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam

* Dr. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam ist Mitinitiatorin des Bamberger Ärzteappells

F: Sie organisieren am Wochenende ein internationales Symposium in Bamberg über Gesundheitsgefährdungen durch den Mobilfunk. Bisher hieß es doch immer, Mobilfunk sei ungefährlich.

Wir haben in den letzten Monaten in ganz Oberfranken Menschen befragt und untersucht, die im Umfeld von Mobilfunkstationen leben. Dabei und bei Messungen mußten wir zu unserer Erschütterung feststellen, daß viele dieser Menschen erhebliche Beschwerden haben und zum Teil schwer krank sind.

F: Was hat Sie zu der Studie motiviert?

Die Initiative Bamberger Appell wurde im vergangenen Sommer gegründet, nachdem Pläne bekannt wurden, in Bamberg, wie in anderen Städten auch, in Wohngebieten zahlreiche neue Mobilfunkantennen aufzustellen. Daraufhin haben die Anwohner bei ihren Hausärzten um Rat gefragt und um Hilfe gebeten. Mehrere Ärzte haben sich daraufhin mit den potentiellen Gefahren durch Elektrosmog intensiver befaßt. Aufgrund unserer jüngsten Erkenntnisse plädieren wir dringend dafür, von einem weiteren Ausbau des Mobilfunknetzes abzusehen, weil zuwenig über mögliche gesundheitliche Beeinträchtigungen bekannt ist. Ein weiterer Ausbau ist auch nicht notwendig, weil es ein flächendeckendes Netz bereits gibt.

F: Welche Folgen könnten durch Elektrosmog auftreten?

Menschen, die nahe solcher Antennen wohnen, leiden vermehrt unter Tinnitus, häufigen Infekten oder Herz-Rhythmus-Störungen. Oft können sie nachts nicht schlafen, haben Kopfschmerzen, die Kinder haben Konzentrationsschwierigkeiten. Das alles ist noch unerforscht, stellt sich aber als ein neues Krankheitsbild für uns Ärzte dar. Mittlerweile haben wir in Zusammenarbeit mit Technikern Messungen in fast 400 Häusern durchgeführt. Dabei haben wir festgestellt, daß sich schon bei 50 Mikrowatt pro Quadratmeter gesundheitliche Störungen einstellen. Der gesetzliche Grenzwert liegt derzeit bei 4,5 bis zehn Mikrowatt pro Quadratmeter.

F: Aber richtig aussagekräftig wird eine solche Messung doch erst, wenn man Vergleichswerte von Haushalten hat, die nicht nahe Funkantennen liegen.

Solche Vergleichsmessungen haben wir auch durchgeführt, und sie haben unsere Befürchtungen über negative gesundheitliche Auswirkungen bestätigt. Dort, wo keine Strahlung meßbar war, hatten die Leuten auch keine der typischen gesundheitlichen Beeinträchtigungen. Der Verdacht auf eine negative Wirkung des Elektrosmog erhärtet sich auch durch eine weitere Beobachtung: Wenn Menschen mit den typischen Beschwerden sich eine Weile nicht zu Hause aufhalten, verschwinden die Symptome in der Regel. Für uns ist das ein starkes Indiz für den räumlichen Zusammenhang.

F: Es gibt Parallelen zur Häufung von Leukämiefällen in der Umgebung von Atomanlagen im schleswig-holsteinischen Geesthacht. Die dortige Landesregierung hat sämtliche Untersuchungsergebnisse zurückgewiesen. Was fordern Sie von der Politik?

Wir drängen darauf, daß an diesen Standorten gezielt der Gesundheitszustand der Menschen untersucht wird. In Anbetracht der eindeutigen Hinweise ist es völlig unverständlich, daß dies noch nicht geschehen ist. Es gibt zahlreiche Studien, die unsere Beobachtungen untermauern. In Deutschland aber bleiben die Behörden weitgehend untätig.

F: Von wem sind vergleichbare Studien erstellt worden?

Schon vor Jahren haben Ärzte des Freiburger Appells das Phänomen Elektrosmog untersucht. Wir haben zu den Kolleginnen und Kollegen Kontakt aufgenommen. Sie hatten ähnliche Beobachtungen gemacht wie wir und diese auch immer den zuständigen Ministerien gemeldet. Geschehen ist aber auch in diesem Fall nichts.

F: Wenn sich Ihr Verdacht bestätigen würde, dann wären ganze Industriezweige betroffen. Könnte das nicht ein Grund für die Zurückhaltung sein?

Wir würden diesen Verdacht nicht aussprechen, wenn er sich nicht aufdrängen würde. Die untersuchenden Ärzte halten schließlich auch eine Zunahme von Tumoren für möglich. Entsprechende Beobachtungen gibt es schon jetzt. Aus einigen Teilen Oberfrankens erreichen uns alarmierende Hinweise von Medizinern, denen eine Häufung von unterschiedlichsten Tumoren im Umfeld von Mobilfunkanlagen auffällt.

F: Wie kann man sich schützen?

Auf dem Kongreß werden wir eine Resolutionsentwurf vorlegen, in dem gefordert wird, daß diese Mobilfunkantennen aus Gebieten, in denen Menschen wohnen, arbeiten und sich dauerhaft aufhalten, wieder entfernt werden. Das ist die einzig akzeptable Schlußfolgerung.

© junge welt

http://www.jungewelt.de/2005/01-29/018.php


1. Bamberger Mobilfunksymposium
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L’Association Sauvons Léon: Infos PRESSE Le Dauphiné du 27 Février 2005 & Campagne Nationale

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EHS web site in France
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/546191/

'Clear Skies' Plan: The Battle Heats Up

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/E022705X.shtml

The Heart of Iraq

http://mparent7777.blog-city.com/read/1095488.htm


Informant: BETH

A Day in the Life of the Homeless in America

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/022705Y.shtml

Skeletons in the White House

http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NWO/Skeletons.htm


Informant: Terry Melanson

Man, Technology and State

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/horton.php?articleid=4970


Informant: Terry Melanson

No Secrets: Eyes on The CIA

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/022705Z.shtml

Children living near powerlines are more likely to get cancer

UK Draper study on childhood leukaemia risk and proximity to powerlines, as published in "Electromagnetic Hazard & Therapy", Volume 15, No. 1, 2004 ( reproduced at the end of this message).

The following update is from Alasdair Philips from Powerwatch (UK) in reply to a question about when would the study most likely be published.

Don Maisch


Question from Milt Bowling:

Gerald Draper's study was supposed to be published last November. Did that happen, and if so, what Journal?

Reply from Alasdair (26 Feb. 2005):

The Dept Health etc say it has now been submitted for publication but claim not to have actual details. Dr Gerald Draper seems to have slipped from sight and sound at present.

I have JUST worked out why the extra delay. National Grid Transco (who supported the study about their HV lines and childhood cancer) are "in court" at a necessary wayleave hearing in Yorkshire on 26th April and they don't want it published before that date.

So, expect it to be published in May or June. We will continue to press for it being available as soon as possible.

Meanwhile I have suggested the developer asks for a delay to the Necessary Wayleave Hearing until after the publication date of the Draper Report.

We have just had some Parliamentary Questions asked about this, and a reply from the Minister. We have responded to the Minister's reply but can't make our new letter public for about 3 weeks to give her a chance to reply to us.

The PQs as they appeared on the Order Paper on Thursday 3rd February are as follows:

156 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines, funded by his Department, expected to be published.

157 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the data on which the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines is based was first received by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

158 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of data which the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines is based; and if he will make a statement.

159 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has held with (a) charities, (b) patient groups, (c) other organisations and (d) representatives of the power industry regarding the potential implications of the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines.

160 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the data on which the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines is based.

161 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the organisations with whom his Department has held meetings regarding the implications of the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines.

239 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department (a) has held and (b) plans with the Department of Health regarding the potential health implications of the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines.

The Minister's reply was:

Miss Melanie Johnson: A draft paper by Dr. Draper of Childhood Cancer Research Group at Oxford University into possible links between power lines and childhood leukaemia was submitted to a scientific journal and officials in the Department in November 2004. In accordance with the usual practice, publication will follow the appropriate peer review process and the publication date rests with the publishers. It would be inappropriate to comment on unpublished data, but we will ask the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) to consider the results when published.

The NRPB's "Advice on Limiting Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields" (Documents of the NRPB Vol 15 No 2 2004) noted that below the guidelines

"an association between prolonged exposure to intense power frequency magnetic fields and a small raised risk of childhood leukaemia has, however, been found, the scientific reasons for which are presently uncertain. In the light of these findings and the requirement for additional research, the need for precautionary measures should be considered by Government".

On the basis of this commendation precautionary measures are currently being considered by departmental officials in association with a large number of stakeholders including other Government Departments, the devolved administrations, the electricity supply industry, the electricity supply regulators and a number of non-government organisations and public concern groups.

CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA have now formally responded to Melanie Johnson and our letter should be publicly made available when we receive the Minister's reply or in a month's time, whichever is earlier.

Our details so far about what we believe it reports are to be found on the http://www.powerwatch.org.uk website under News and then Archive. (following)

Alasdair


News :: 03/11/2004 - Children living near powerlines are more likely
to get cancer

Intro:

A long-awaited new report (due to be published in mid-November 2004) by Dr Gerald Draper and colleagues of Oxford University from a study by the Department of Health confirms previous international research findings that living near powerlines increases the risk of childhood cancer. Maureen Asbury, of the Trentham Environmental Action Campaign, wants the government to stop developers being able to build houses near powerlines, putting children at risk.

Layman's Summary:

Children living within 100 metres of overhead high voltage electricity cables are twice as likely to suffer from leukaemia as children who live further away. The large study included 35,000 children with cancer. Gerald Draper, of the Childhood Cancer Research Group at Oxford was so surprised by what he found, that although he knew about the results for 18 months, he delayed publishing them as he wanted more time to check his findings.

Comment:

The link between powerfrequency electromagnetic radiation and childhood leukaemia was first found in 1979 by Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper in the USA. Further research has concentrated on leukaemia to check these first findings. Links have also been found between electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and clinical depression, other types of cancer as well as leukaemia, miscarriages, ME and other immune system problems. The mechanism by which EMFs cause disease is not yet proven, but various theories are being investigated, and the link with the hormone melatonin seems particularly likely.

Alasdair Philips

From "Electromagnetic Hazard & Therapy", Volume 15, No. 1, 2004

Website: http://www.em-hazard-therapy.com

Childhood leukemia risk doubles near powerlines in biggest-ever UK study

THE largest-ever, publicly funded UK study (1) into powerlines and child cancer has apparently found that children under the age of 15 living within 100 metres of high-voltage powerlines have nearly twicethe risk of developing leukaemia. Since children aged 0-5 are themost vulnerable their risk is likely to be even higher.

This result from the Oxford Childhood Cancer Research Group study, headed by Dr Gerald Draper, involves 33 years of data (1962-95) on 35,000 children diagnosed with cancer which was analysed and compared with distance to the nearest high-voltage electricity transmissionline (275/400kV). It has been leaked by the The TrenthamEnvironmental Action Campaign (TEAC), an independent research and activist group concerned about adverse health effects from power-lines (see: http://www.revolt.co.uk/trentham ). Spokeswoman Maureen Asbury said: 'It is scandalous that three yearsafter telling the Department of Health about them, these findingshave still not been published. Someone seems determined to withholdDr Draper's report for as long as possible.'

A 132kV powerline crosses many of Trentham's houses and a 2002 survey revealed 11 miscarriages and increased depression and insomnia in 113 homes within 25 metres of it. 'It is likely to be a definitive finding on whether UK powerlines can cause childhood leukaemia,' says Alasdair Philips, of CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA, a charity that is funding an International Conference on Childhood Leukaemia in London, Sept 6-10th (0207 3901561).

Philips continued: 'Preliminary results of this study, funded to run from 1997-2001, were shown confidentially to the Department of Health three years ago but are not yet in the public domain. Despite knowing the first results for some time, we have been patiently waiting for publication before going public. However, I put them on notice in January that if they were not published by this September's conference, to which they were invited to discuss them, we would make them public as the results are important and will be discussed at the conference.'

TEAC first wrote to Dr Draper in February, 2003, about his research but he did not reply until July, 2004. In it he acknowledged the importance of the results and said they had been submitted to a journal for rapid publication. A further letter to him in early August requesting details of the likely time of publication has so far gone unanswered.

TEAC also wrote to George Hooker at the DoH's Toxicology and Radiation Branch at the start of the year requesting similar information, including reasons for the delay but were dissatisfied with his reply. In early August he wrote repeating Dr Draper's comments.

The NRPB acknowledged as long ago as 2001, in a report headed by Professor Sir Richard Doll (2), that the incidence of childhood leukaemia is doubled at a magnetic field of 0.4 microtesla (uT), which is easily exceeded under most powerlines. Only this March did the NRPB finally reduce their magnetic field guidelines from 1,600 uT (!) to 100 uT. Their release said: 'In the light of these findings and the requirement for additional research, the need for further precautionary measures should be considered by government.' (3) However, 100 uT is still 250 times higher than the 0.4uT level at which the risk of developing childhood leukaemia is doubled. Powerline EMFs have also been linked to increased adult cancers, depression and suicide which, with miscarriages and insomnia, were also revealed as part of TEAC's survey. A number of these health problems were also confirmed in the important 2002 California Health Department report (4).

The Minister for Housing and Planning, Keith Hill, in a July letter concerning a proposed, 570-flat development in Wimbledon, said: 'We are aware that there is continuing debate about the effect of living under powerlines and whether this can have adverse long-term health effects. We are of the opinion that powerlines are unlikely to have significant effects on the environment.'

Maureen Asbury commented: 'His comment reveals no awareness of the DoH's research and shows a complete lack of joined-up Government.' She continued: 'It is time the government and planners took the health issue seriously and started a policy of re-directing powerlines in the worst situations. New housing near them should be restricted and existing lines through residential areas phased out.' Only 50 years ago developing childhood leukaemia was almost certainly fatal. Due to improved treatment, about 80% of children now treated for the most common form of childhood leukaemia (ALL, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia) live for more than 5 years. But childhood leukaemia remains the largest child killer disease and survivors often suffer ongoing adverse health complications. The number of children developing leukaemia has been steadily rising over the last 50 years. In 2001, Dr Sam Milham reported a link between growth in both electricity supply and leukaemia incidence in the US. (5)

1. Draper G, Vincent T, Kroll M, Swanson J. Childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines. DoH-funded 1997-2001, RRX 46 (still unpublished)

2. ELF Electromagnetic Fields and the Risk of Cancer. Docs of the NRPB, 2001;12(1).

3. See: http://www.nrpb.org for details of statements and downloadable publications.

4. Neutra RR, Del Pizzo V, Lee GM. An Evaluation of the possible risks from electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) from power lines, internal wiring, electrical occupations and appliances, 2002, California Department of Health & Human Services, The Program, Oakland, California. See commentary on:
http://www.electric-fields.bris.ac.uk

5. Milham S, Ossiander EM. Historical evidence that residential electrification caused the emergence of the childhood leukaemia peak, Medical Hypotheses, 2001;56(3):290-5.



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PROTEST AS MAST PLAN IS PUT BACK ON THE AGENDA

http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=156153&command=displayContent&sourceNode=156136&contentPK=11898453&moduleName=InternalSearch&formname=sidebarsearch

ROW OVER PHONE MASTS SITED ON HOSPITAL ROOF

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=132384&command=displayContent&sourceNode=133130&contentPK=11905801

Review phone mast locations

10:30 - 26 February 2005

If mobile phone masts are undesirable outside schools - as a Government adviser has recently suggested - it is understandable that people are concerned about them being on the roof of Leicester Royal Infirmary, which, by its nature, is used by people who are already vulnerable.

Review phone mast locations

Despite reassurances over the safety of masts we cannot be sure they cause no ill- effects. In the meantime, we need to be cautious and the Government must urgently review the whole issue of where they should and should not be located.

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=132384&command=displayContent&sourceNode=133850&contentPK=11905975
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Call to ditch mast bid branded an arch enemy

PLANS to erect a mobile phone mast in the shadow of a historic arch have sparked anger.

T-Mobile wants to install the mast beside the category B-listed Harrison Arch on the Capital’s Observatory Road, at the foot of Blackford Hill.

But the proposal has raised fears the mast will spoil local cottages and views.

Local councillor Fred Mackintosh said: "The tall mast and its associated equipment cabinets will introduce visual clutter into the area around the unlisted cottages to the south of the site.

"These cottages pre-date the Harrison Arch and appear on the 1896 Ordnance Survey Map of the area.

"There are few remaining examples of the many such single-storey agricultural cottages and farm buildings in the area and to put a mast outside them would seriously compromise them."

Cllr Mackintosh added: "A mast in this location will damage the visual amenity of the view from Blackford Avenue and West Mains Road towards the Braid Hills.

"The proposed mast in this location will damage the setting of the Category B-listed Harrison Arch which was erected in 1888 and listed in 1993.

"A number of my constituents are also concerned about the possible health effects of phone masts."

The planning application is not expected to be heard by councillors for around two months.

http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=747&id=22712005

The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/2335/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

W.'s Stiletto Democracy

Readers of the essay below may think the title should be, "W Puts Stiletto into Heart of Democracy." Or, given there was a fake reporter from a fake news organization asking the President bogus questions who turned out to be running gay porn and prostitution web sites, Maureen Dowd may have actually meant to call it the "Night of the Long Knives."

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2899

Some troops in Iraq take sleep aids, antidepressants

The Army Times reports "Some U.S. troops in Iraq are taking antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, as well as mild sleeping aids, to help them cope with the stresses of long separations and combat duty, according to a top military psychiatrist and treating doctors." What are the long-term consequences of providing drugs to soldiers during combat? Will there be later increase in suicides or post-traumatic stress disorder when the soldiers stop the drugs? Also, are soldiers screened for drug use and drug abuse during re-deployment exams?

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2894

Duke doctors say they cut off VA's vets

A group of Duke University physicians says it will no longer treat military veterans referred by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center because the VA won't pay enough.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2898

Venezuela Claims Bush Planning Second Coup Attempt

Another War: Venezuela Claims Bush Planning Second Coup Attempt

President George Bush may be planning to overthrow Venezuela in addition to attacking Iran. The democratically elected President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, claims Bush is planning a second coup attempt , this time using assassination. While the press focuses on left/right ideology, the current administration's cozy relationship with the oil industry raises many curious eyebrows due to Venezuela's large oil reserves and exports.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2895

Suicides in Marine Corps Rise by 29%

Here is another stong piece of evidence indicating President George Bush's unilateral war against Iraq causes serious problems within the Military. In a clear sign the Marines are in trouble from Bush's foreign policy misadventures, the number of suicides among our front line soldiers is rising. Unfortunately, mental health assistance for war veterans is not yet a priority for the Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2893

Colin Powell Blasts George Bush's Iraq War

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he warned President George Bush in August 2002 that Iraq "will crack like a goblet and it will be a problem to pick up the bits." Powell broke the unspoken rule in Washington -- He dared to question the mulitiple significant foreign policy failures of the current administration.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2892

Canada Rejects Failed 'Star Wars' Project Promoted by Bush

The article below summarizes comments resulting from Canada's wise decision to opt out of President's Bush's national missile defense program. "Star Wars" is a disaster, and the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted on it result in repeated test failures even when the tests are rigged. Instead of mending alliances, Bush's unilateral actions continue undermining decades of international friendships and treaties.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2891

Info on 1.2 Million Customers Lost by Bank

BofA and DoD Security SNAFU: Info on 1.2 Million Customers Lost by Bank

Are corporations undermining our national security? According to the New York Times, "Bank of America said yesterday that it had lost computer backup tapes containing personal information about 1.2 million federal employees, including some senators, with Visa charge cards issued by the bank. About 900,000 of the cardholders are employees of the Defense Department."

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=2889

Omega-News Collection 27. February 2005

Scientists Find Dramatic Changes In Southern Ocean
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/530876/

ICELAND UNDER ATTACK: THREATENED PROTESTORS RAISE STAKES, CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL PROTEST
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/531391/

Ocean, Arctic Studies Show Global Warming is Real
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/534997/

Preface - TIPPING POINT
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/537829/

Brazil Plans Vast Amazon Reserve to Stem Logging
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/535008/

Chinese growth cuts into Papua wood
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/535111/

Who's sponsoring Iditarod dog torture in 2005?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/531383/

The GM Goliath that refuses to fall
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/533367/

Death Domains in New Bio-pesticides
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/534916/

Innoculations - The True Weapons Of Mass Destruction
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/538186/

A THIRD OF WORLD'S AMPHIBIAN SPECIES THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/536475/

500 Animals a Day are Killed by HLS
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/538836/

Mystery of the silent woodlands: scientists are baffled as bird numbers plummet
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/540740/

Climate Change
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/536508/

Warm Oceans Eroding Antarctic Ice
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/538848/

BUSH TEAM READYING BACKDOOR ROUTE TO DRILL ARCTIC REFUGE
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/538962/

Stop the sneak attack on the Arctic Refuge
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/538860/

INVESTIGATION FINDS IMD IN INDONESIA
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/541661/

THANK YOU SISTER DOROTHY STANG
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/541669/

A Thousand Words
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/537768/

CHINA VOWS TO KEEP ITS ENVIRONMENT CLEAN DESPITE GROWING PAINS
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/536485/

IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/539333/

Make U.S. spending reflect your values
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/530837/

Vote USA 2004
http://omega.twoday.net/to

Iraq War
http://omega.twoday.net/topics/Irak-Krieg/

Is Iran next?
http://omega.twoday.net/topics/Is+Iran+next

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

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

EMF-Omega-News 27. February 2005
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/542648/

EMF-Omega-News 27. February 2005

Non thermal effects of exposure to EMF
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/538361/

Interview with Brian Stein, Per Segerbäck and Olle Johansson
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/536302/

Shock Waves
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/535358/

PHONE GIANT UNDER SIEGE OVER MAST BID
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/530846/

Spanish News Item on Mobile Phone Addiction
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/531235/

Another sad tale of the utilities and politicians putting the dollar first, the people last
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/459819/

Phone masts raise fears - Another denial of our rights
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/531851/

The health effects of electrical pollution
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/531693/

A letter to pin on the door of 10 Downing Street?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/531844/

In vitro increase of the fluid-phase endocytosis induced by pulsed radiofrequency electromagnetic fields: importance of the electric field component
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/532340/

Some ocular symptoms and sensations experienced by long term users of mobile phones
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/531997/

Cancer near a cell-phone transmitter station (update)
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/518760/

TV spotlight shines on school phone mast
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/534222/

Fury as planners OK mast
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/535271/

This could harm young, says mum
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/535279/

DON'T PUT OUR GIRL IN DANGER
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/535346/

Library mast leading to fury
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Mobile Health and the Environment:Strategies to ensure sustainable development and responsible growth
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Tactical Assault Project

If you are into political strategy "big time" you will find an excellent project which was apparently just launched last month.

Tactical Assault Project

by Tom Ball

01/16/05

Announcing the launch of the PoliticalStrategy.org "Tactical Assault Project".

The project will be an ongoing effort to provide a 'handbook' of political tactics being used -- and for use -- in the ongoing battle for political and ideological superiority.

Tactics: Specific actions that you can take to debate, attack, defend or otherwise promote your agenda. They are the actions used to execute or advance the overall strategy or agenda of an organization, political party, or ideology. They can be used at every level of political battle. Some are clever. Some are commonsense. And some are downright despicable. The ones you choose to use are up to you. In any event, your knowledge of such tactics is critical to your ultimate defense and rebuttal of the opposition.

As tutorials and analyses are created, they will be cataloged here for easy reference. A permanent link will be provided in the left column. See: http://www.politicalstrategy.org/archives/001067.php


© Virginia Metze

Repairing damage done abroad

Anyone else but me remember Helen Thomas? One of the reasons to be upset with Bush press conferences is that, after every other president before him recognized her, he refused to. BOO!

By HELEN THOMAS

HEARST NEWSPAPERS

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

WASHINGTON -- President Bush should look into the mirror before giving orders and threatening other nations.

His militant foreign policy reeks with piety and is selectively threatening to several nations.

Fortunately he is still guided by the art of the possible, and that does not include Iran and North Korea at this time.

Syria is another story -- weaker and more vulnerable and easier to push around.

At a news conference Thursday, Bush demanded that Syria end its occupation of Lebanon but he stopped short of accusing Syria of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. An investigation to assign blame is under way. ... Read the rest of her observations at:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/212971_edcol1.html


© Virginia Metze

Panelists in FDA Drug Vote Tied to Makers

Ten Members of FDA Advisory Panel Who Voted to Keep Drug on Market Had Ties to Makers, Report Shows

Associated Press

Washington February 25, 2005

Ten members of the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel who voted that a group of powerful pain killers should continue to be sold had ties to the drug makers, a new analysis shows.

A study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest indicates that 10 of the 32 panel members had ties to either Pfizer Inc., or Merck & Co., ranging from consulting fees and speaking honoraria to receiving research support from the companies.

After three days of hearings on the drugs, known as Cox-2 inhibitors, the panel voted 31-1 to keep Pfizer's Celebrex on the market, 17-13 with 2 abstentions in favor of Pfizer's Bextra and 17-15 that Merck's Vioxx should be allowed back on sale. ... Read this at: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=531522


© Virginia Metze

Some Inheritance

Published: February 23, 2005

As he stumps for Social Security privatization, President Bush always gets a big round of applause for promising that the money in a private account could be passed on to one's heirs.

If those happy clappers only knew the details.

Under the president's proposal, when you retired you would not be able to start spending the money in your private account until after you bought an annuity, a financial contract in which you hand over a lump-sum payment and, in return, get a monthly stream of income for life. The upside of buying such an annuity would be that you'd be protected against outliving all of your money. The downside is that even if you died immediately after retirement, the most your heirs would inherit would be the amount that remained in your private account after you had paid for the mandatory annuity. (If you lived longer, of course, you might well need to spend the remainder to supplement the annuity's low monthly payout. ) Read more about the incredible misrepresentations the Republicans are making and how it will really work... http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/23/opinion/23wed1.html or http://tinyurl.com/5rljb


© Virginia Metze

Media double standard, an analysis

by John in DC - 2/23/2005 12:34:00 PM

A Buzzflash interview with Communications professor and expert Mark Crispin Miller:

The media's bizarre avoidance of this very juicy story makes a few things very clear--or I should say, very clear again. First of all, it's further proof that there is no "liberal bias" in the US corporate press--none whatsoever. It also reconfirms the fact that this media system is not simply "sensationalistic," and therefore apt to print whatever lurid stories its employees can dig up. There is a tabloid element, of course, but it works according to a double standard that is more ideological than commercial. Simply put, the US media reports sex scandals only when they seem to tar "the left," i.e., the Democratic party. As long as they involve the Democrats, the press is clearly willing to report such scandals even when they're fabricated. On the other hand, the press goes deaf and blind to "moral" scandals that involve Republicans, no matter how egregious and well-documented....

Now Bush's White House is embroiled in a sex scandal that is both more sordid and more serious than anything involving Clinton's infamous libido. This involves not just a huge security lapse, but what appears to be yet one more case of the Bush White House illegally deploying propaganda tactics through the institutions of the Fourth Estate. ... Read it at:
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/02/media-double-standard-analysis.html or http://tinyurl.com/57r48


© Virginia Metze

The win-at-all-costs president

Secret tapes show Bush’s combative side

“I may have to get a little rough for a while,” Bush told Doug Wead in a surreptitiously taped conversation about the race against Steve Forbes (rear) for the 2000 Republican nomination. “But that is what the old man had to do with Dukakis, remember?”

By Howard Fineman

MSNBC contributor

Updated: 2:58 p.m. ET Feb. 23, 2005

WASHINGTON - Here are two stories about young “Georgie” Bush that you may not have heard, but which are worth recounting as he travels the globe as a world leader. ... Read more of this story of Bush's background at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7017489/


© Virginia Metze

Schools urged to drop antidrug program

Scientology-linked teachings inaccurate, superintendent says

Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

State Superintendent Jack O'Connell urged all California schools on Tuesday to drop the Narconon antidrug education program after a new state evaluation concluded that its curriculum offers inaccurate and unscientific information.

"We'll get a letter out to every school district today, saying this program is filled with inaccuracies and does not reflect widespread medical and factual evidence," O'Connell said of Narconon Drug Prevention & Education, a free program with ties to the Church of Scientology. ... Read the rest of the article at:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/02/23/MNGQJBFKV81.DTL or
http://tinyurl.com/3zylo


© Virginia Metze

Five Democratic senators sign letter to Bush calling for Gannon inquiry

While on the Raw Story site, I noticed that they had the letter that Senators Durbin, Reid, Kerry, Kennedy and Lautenbergen sent to President Bush on Friday asking for Gannon inquiry. Read it at: http://rawstory.com/news/2005/index.php?p=128



© Virginia Metze

Contrails and Flu vaccines

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=76653;show_parent=1

Drugging America: A Trojan Horse

http://www.druggingamerica.com/index_drugging_right.html


Informant: amos4

PASSIVE RADAR

From the book: CONCISE ENCYCLOPEDIA of SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Fifth Edition

page 1618

("PASSIVE RADAR A receive-only radar used for search, tracking, surveillance, identification, guidance, and mapping. The operation of passive radar depends upon the detection of microwave or infrared radiation from warm bodies. ....

Many potential military targets radiate high noise power, such as ships at sea, exhaust from trucks, tanks, missiles, and airplanes, and factory chimneys. Unlike an active radar, a passive radar cannot determine the range to a target. However, using the high antenna directivity obtainable at microwave and infrared wavelengths, a passive radar can locate a source of radiation accurately in direction and discriminate between nearby targets.

A passive radar can track a target closely and be used to direct weapon fire toward it. A passive radar, mounted on a missile, can be used to home the missile in on a target by using just the pointing information provided by the radar. The power required to operate such a radar is quite small because there is no transmitter. Ground surveillance and mapping can be accomplished with an airborne ground scanner. This type of radar provides an infrared picture of the terrain and any targets which may be present.

The absence of transmitted power makes the location, and even the existence, of a passive radar difficult to determine. Even if the position of a passive radar is known, its frequency cannot be determined; for this reason and because of the high angular resolution, it is difficult to jam.")

For general reference


Bob D.

Pentagon Seeking Leeway Overseas

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/022405I.shtml


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