26
Mrz
2005

McDonald: Hamburger ohne Einsatz von gentechnisch verändertem Tierfutter anbieten

„Gemein! 1.000 Menüs im Angebot, aber keinen Hamburger ohne Gentechnik“. Mit einem Großplakat am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin unmittelbar vor der dortigen McDonald´s-Filiale konfrontiert foodwatch die Fastfood-Kette. Die Aktion ist der Start der „Burgerbewegung“, einer Initiative, mit der foodwatch ein Unternehmen mit erheblicher Marktmacht dazu bringen will, Verantwortung für die Wahlfreiheit seiner Kunden zu übernehmen. McDonald´s soll dazu bewegt werden, Hamburger ohne den Einsatz von gentechnisch verändertem Tierfutter anzubieten. Nach einer repräsentativen Umfrage im Auftrag von foodwatch findet über der Hälfte der McDonald´s-Kunden, Gentechnikfutter bei der Hamburger-Herstellung „problematisch“.

Warum gerade Hamburger bei McDonald’s? Die Auseinandersetzung mit einem einflussreichen Fleischverarbeiter wie McDonald´s ist aus Sicht von foodwatch ein sehr gut geeigneter Hebel, den Einsatz von gentechnisch verändertem Futter bei der Nahrungsmittelproduktion zum öffentlichen Thema zu machen. Denn 80 Prozent aller gentechnisch veränderten Pflanzen werden an Tiere verfüttert. Doch bei den Endprodukten wie Milch, Eiern oder Hamburgern muss das nicht deklariert werden. So werden Verbraucher zu Zwangsunterstützern der Gentechnik gemacht.

Das Ziel lautet, Wahlfreiheit für Verbraucher durchzusetzen. Und zwar mittels Kennzeichnungspflicht bei Milchprodukten, Eiern und Fleisch, die mit Einsatz von gentechnisch veränderten Futtermittel erzeugt wurden.

McDonalds hat die Macht, seinen Lieferanten den Verzicht auf gentechnisch veränderte Sorten wie Soja oder Mais im Futter vorzuschreiben. Der Weltmarkt bietet genug Alternativen, denn weltweit sind immerhin noch 95 Prozent aller Ackerflächen gentechnikfrei!

Den Brief, mit dem Sie McDonald´s persönlich auffordern können, sich seiner Verantwortung zu stellen, und weitere Informationen finden Sie unter http://www.burgerbewegung.de ! Machen Sie mit und sagen Sie es weiter, damit daraus schnell eine machtvolle Bewegung wird!

Ihr foodwatch-Team

26.03.05

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/26_03_05_pfarrer_engelbrecht.pdf

From War Hero to Homeless

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/032605Y.shtml

War crimes overseas, peace crimes at home

http://www.napanews.com/templates/index.cfm?template=story_full&id=C7E55BF7-3C1E-4B98-B367-28C711A0F2D7


Informant: Charles Bremer

Has the Galactic Superwave of 2012 Begun?

http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics/2005/03/did_a_neutron_s.html

Could our sun nova?
http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics/2005/03/sun_storm_could.html


Informant: exopolitical

Tony Blair Cannot Escape Iraq

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/032505H.shtml

Firestorm over Illegal War Grows

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/032505E.shtml

Moon landing?

I stumbled upon this from a post so I'm sorry if I'm just repeating it (though the original link didn't work).

The video shows the moon landing "One small step" speech being interrupted by a falling lighting rack.

http://www.msnfound.com/payoff.aspx?clip=nasa_backlot_p&owner=cy&tr=i1


Informant: Skews Me

YOUR CITIZENSHIP

Are you a citizen of the United States?
YES? NO?

The Answer to the question asked above, "Are you a United States citizen?" is (in most cases) NO!

Here again, you have been tricked! The "United States" is the legal, proper, formal name, created by our founding fathers, for the home of the "federal government" and its "territory!" In other words, it is the Proper Name for Federal Land (the District of Columbia and federal territories).

The individual States, which joined forces and formed the "united States of America," should not be confused with the title of "United States," which is reserved for the District of Columbia and the territories controlled by the federal government. Obviously, in the light of what we have always thought we knew, this sounds a little bizarre. However, the united States supreme Court (Editors Note: This is the CORRECT capitalization of this name) addressed the question of the meaning of the term "United States" in the case of Hooven & Allison Co. v. Evatt (1945).

The court ruled that the term "United States" has three uses:

"...either as the name of a sovereign occupying the position analogous to that of other sovereigns in the family of nations, or "...as designating the territory over which the sovereignty of the United States (Federal government) extends, or "...as the collective name for the states which are united by and under the Constitution."

In other words, the term "United States" means:

"'These united States', or "the District of Columbia and all other federal lands such as Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, Marianas Islands, American Samoa, etc. or, "The union of states which is the 'united States of America'."

So, assuming you were born in one of the 50 freely associated sovereign states, you are a Citizen (note Capitalization) of the State in which you were born, and as a result are a Citizen of the union of states known as the "united States of America," but you are not now, and never have been, a "citizen of the United States." If you have an American Passport, look at it. Notice that it is from the "United States of America" (NOT the "United States"), and that it does not contain a Social Security Number!

Another way to verify this is to read that marvelous founding document, the Constitution. Remember that the writers of this remarkable document were extremely well educated and articulate men. They knew the meaning of the words they used.

Article [X]

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. "[underlines added]

Obviously, the "United States" and the "States" used here CANNOT be the same thing, or the sentence is redundant. The framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights knew exactly what they were writing -- that the powers not designated to the "federal" government were reserved to the several freely associated States and the people!

Remember that under the Constitution ALL power originated with the PEOPLE -- who delegated some of it to the States, which in turn delegated some of their power to the "federal" government to do those things for the Union that the individual states could not do well for themselves (foreign embassies, etc.).

The Constitution is designed to LIMIT the power of the "central" government, not expand it. The founding fathers had, after all, just fought the Revolutionary War to make sure that the new "central" government did not have the power, such as King George III exercised, to usurp the "unalienable rights" they had proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence ten years earlier. Probably all of your life you've been told that you are a citizen of the United States. You were even intentionally taught this falsehood in school (which, no doubt was federally funded -- and had its curriculum in large measure dictated by Washington).

Well, Congratulations! NOW you know who you really are. And you know just a little bit of the freedom and power bequeathed to you by the architects of this incredible land.

What you have just learned about is an unprecedented GRAB for power by the "federal" government! (We do not have a "national" government.) In fact, Agents of the "federal" government have NO jurisdiction within the borders of these separate and sovereign united States -- unless you give it to them!

That includes agents of ANY federal government agency: EPA, IRS, and any agency! They are "foreign" to the sovereign States!

Reprinted from the "Solutions Group" website at:

http://www.solgroup.com


Informant: Andy

It's Not Your Father's America Any More

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0325-26.htm

Ventria Threatens To Contaminate Missouri Rice with Pharmaceutical Rice - Engineered With Human Genes

This was just forwarded by Anne Mendenhall of Aurora, NY. It sounds as though comments will be accepted by the Missouri Dept of Ag even after today--

GENETIC ENGINEERING ALERT !!!

Ventria Threatens To Contaminate Missouri Rice with Pharmaceutical Rice -- Engineered With Human Genes


COMMENTS ON MISSOURI FIELD TRIALS DUE MARCH 25
Please Submit Comments To: 1) USDA and 2) Missouri Department
of Agriculture
DEADLINE: Friday, March 25
This is FAST AND EASY: Sample Comments are Linked Below.
Federal Register Notice:
http://www.agmatters.net/GE/Ventria_EA___FR_Notice_2_23_05_both_2.pdf


A Sample Letter (developed by the Center for Food Safety) to Missouri’s Department of Agriculture:
http://www.agmatters.net/GE/LetterToMissouriDeptOfAg3.doc

Sample Comments to USDA:
http://www.agmatters.net/GE/USDA_CommentsOnVentriaMar24_05.doc

If you wish to prepare your own comments, simply reject the rice field trials based on the impossibility of stopping contamination, and the economic damage it would cause to Missouri rice growers and rice industry.


BACKGROUND (From the Center for Food Safety):
A small pharmaceutical company called Ventria Biosciences is attempting to plant its varieties of genetically engineering pharmaceutical rice - ENGINEERED WITH HUMAN GENES - in the Bootheel of Missouri, the heart of the state's rice-producing region.

They have applied to the US Department of Agriculture for permits to grow up to 204 acres of their rice, and hope to plant it this spring.

The US Food and Drug Administration has not certified that this rice is safe for human consumption, and their policy states that drugs in food are unacceptable. And, many scientists, rice farmers and regulators acknowledge that it is impossible to guarantee that contamination of the food supply won't happen. The Missouri RiceResearch and Merchandising Council is opposed to the planting of this rice, and the National Food Processors Association demands no use of food or feed crops for plant-made pharmaceutical production without a 100% guarantee against any contamination.

One year ago, Ventria attempted to plant its drug-producing rice in California. A huge outcry from rice farmers, environmentalists, consumers, and legislators forced the California Department of Food and Agriculture to delay a decision, which prevented the planting in 2004. Ventria has since moved its operations to Missouri, where it expects to meet with less resistance and regulations.


PLEASE HELP STOP THE PLANTING OF VENTRIA'S RICE. This is the only way to protect the food supply from contamination by drugs, and to protect the economic well-being of Missouri’s rice farmers. BOTH THE USDA AND THE MISSOURI DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! Time is short -- the USDA public comment period ends tomorrow, Friday, March 25th (though send comments in, especially to MO Dept. of Ag, if you get this action alert after March 25th).


Thank you!

Pam Browning
Policy Coordinator
National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
110 Maryland Avenue, Suite 306
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-544-5466
pam@sustainableagriculture.net
http://www.sustainableagriculture.net


Brian Caldwell
Farm Education Coordinator
Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
180 Walding Lane
Spencer, NY 14883
607-564-1060
education@nofany.org


Informant: JHW369

Tribes look for governor's support for removal of dams

http://www.times-standard.com/cda/article/print/0,1674,127%7E2896%7E2760781,00.html


Informant: Andy Caffrey

Dead Scientists

http://www.stevequayle.com/dead.scientist.news.html

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Excellent links at bottom. Check those for my friend David Kelly. WAT

Dead Scientists DO Tell Tales

Microbiologist Dr. David Kelly, 59, was found dead after seemingly slashing his wrist in a wood near his home at Southmoor, Oxfordshire, days after being named as the Iraq dossier mole. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death continues. Dr. Kelly was Britain's leading expert on Baghdad's weapons programs. Dr. Steven Mostow, 63, was one of the country's leading infectious disease and bioterrorism experts and was associate dean at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He died in a plane crash near Centennial Airport. Dr. Ian Langford, 40, found dead at his blood-spattered and ransacked home. Langford was a Senior Fellow at the Univ. of East Anglia's Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment in the UK. He was discovered by police and ambulance men. The body was naked from the waist down and partly wedged under a chair. Cause of death: not determined by post-mortem examination. Dr. David Banks, 55, died in an aircraft crash in Queensland, AU. Much of Dr. Banks' work involved trying to keep diseases affecting cattle, pigs and fruit orchards out of Australia. His current work looked at foot and mouth disease and its potential to spread through the archipelago and Australia in addition to swine fever, Nipah virus and Japanese encephalitis.

Virus expert, Dr Robert E. Shope, and principal author of a highly publicized 1992 report by the National Academy of Sciences warning of the possible emergence of new and unsettling infectious illnesses died at age 74 of lung transplant complicatons. Dr. Shope also built the World Reference Center for Emerging Viruses and Arboviruses, a collection of some 5,000 samples. Harvard biochemistry professor Don C. Wiley has been declared missing after his abandoned rental car was discovered on a highway outside of Memphis, Tenn. The car, discovered on I-40—which runs between Memphis and Arkansas—had the keys in the ignition, the hazard lights off and a full tank of gas. Award-winning micro-biologist David Wynn-Williams, 55, killed by a vehicle while out jogging in England. In 2000 he was appointed leader of the Antarctic Astrobiology Project, which explores the effects of environmental stress at the limits of life on Earth. Wynn-Williams had assessed the capability of microbes to adapt to environmental extremes, including the bombardment of ultraviolet rays and global warming. Dr. Eugene F. Mallove, a Norwich Free Academy graduate, 56, died May 14, 2004 after being beaten to death during an alleged robbery. Mallove appeared on Coast To Coast AM as recently as Feb. 2004 speaking about alternative energy. Mallove was well respected for his knowledge of cold fusion. http://www.infinite-energy.com/

Jeong H. Im, retired protein chemist, age 72, was found in the burning trunk of his car with mutlitple stab wounds to the chest. West Nile researcher, Dr. Michael Perich, 46, died in a one-vehicle car accident. From 1986 to 1992, Perich worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., as the vector suppression program manager and research medical entomologist. Colleagues described him as "one of the few entomologists with the experience to go out and save lives today."

Go to Full List and Gallery: Chronology of Dead Scientists
http://www.stevequayle.com/UpdatedDeadScientists.html

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Russian Investigators Probe Biological Weapons Link (Leonid Strachunsky) to Hepatitis Outbreak Mysterious Murder of Yet Another of the World’s Top Scientists (Dr. Lull) as China Declares Bird Flu Emergency and World Health Organization Warns of Pandemic Not Much to go on in Slaying of Dr. Robert J. Lull Former Los Alamos Scientist, Todd Kauppila, Dies Top Scientist, David Banks, Among Dead Victim, Dr. David Banks, Lauded as 'Brilliant Scientist' Another Dead Epidemiologist — Dr. Douglas James Passaro, 43 Navy Expert Aids MUPD with Im Case US Secret Police Forces (SSB) Bomb Biochemical Plant Near Harvard University, ‘Murdered’ Scientist Dr. Don C. Wiley’s Pioneering Work Destroyed Autopsy Points to Homicide in Chemist's Death

What did the scientists know?

Missing N.J. Chemist, Angara, Found Dead In Water Tank Squad Seeks Tips in Death of Researcher, Jeong H. Im Burning Car Holds Body (of Jeong H. Im) Car Crash Kills 2 Wildlife Scientists (Thorme/Williams) Edwin "Tom" Thorne and his wife, Elizabeth William John Mullen — Scientist Poisoned Wth Arsenic Another Dead Scientist: John R. La Montagne, PhD Another Dead Scientist — Matthew Allison, 32 "Red Death": History of Russian Secret Weapons Professor John Clark Head of Dolly Clone Lab is Found Hanged Doctor's Death Stuns Family, Friends Air Crash Victim, Dr. Paul Norman, Was Weapons Expert Dallas County Epidemiologist Tulu Dies Body in 3 Suitcases Was NJ University Professor Russian Scientist Dies in Ebola Accident at Former Weapons Lab New Trial Possible in Bizarre Bomb Case (Don C. Wiley murder) O.C. Smith Trial - Gavel to Gavel Coverage (Don C. Wiley murder) Alt. Energy Expert Dr. Eugene Mallove Murdered Another Dead Scientist — Vadake Srinivasan Dr. Michael Patrick Kiley, Expert on Mad Cow and Ebola, 62, Dies Robert Shope, 74, Virus Expert Who Warned of Epidemics, Dies Update on the Death of the Two Scientists (Shope and Kiley) This Week Another Dead Scientist: Robert Leslie Burghoff Another Dead Scientist: LSU W. Nile Researcher, Perich, Dies in Pickup Crash on I-12 In Memoriam. . . David Wynn-Williams 1946 - 2002 David Wynn-Williams: Applying the Lessons of Antarctica to the Study of the Stars

Miscellaneous List of Murdered Scientists Dead Scientists Missing / Dead Scientists 14 Dead Scientists - and Counting Mysterious Deaths of Microbiologists Microbiologists With Link to Race-Based Weapon Turning Up Dead Dead Microbiologists Linked to Ethno-Specific BioWeapons Russia's Poorly Guarded Past

Dr. Kelly articles: Dr. Kelly's Death - A Vile Coverup in the UK Paramedics Query Kelly Suicide Fatal Exposure - Dr. David Kelly 'Kelly was Murdered' Says UK Intelligence Insider Medical Evidence Does Not Support Suicide by Kelly British Doctors Doubt Dr Kelly's 'Suicide' The Murder of Dr. David Kelly, Part 1 The Murder Dr. David Kelly - Part 2 * David Kelly, Victim of Another War? Timeline: Dr David Kelly Russian Colleague Doubts Kelly Committed Suicide Microbiologist Kelly Feared His Body “Would be Found in the Woods” Dead Scientist Worked for Porton Down as Chief MOD’s Porton Down And Secret Experiments Porton Down - a Sinister Air? CIA Links Porton Down to Anthrax Attacks Tough Questions for Tebbit Hoon Rejects Kelly Family's Criticism The Treatment of David Kelly Kelly's Death Linked With Langford's Says Jane's Editor Was Dr Kelly - Vince Fostered?

Report of the USAHA Committee on Foreign Animal Diseases Recreating the Spanish Flu * The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic and the Hong Kong Incident * The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 * The Bad Flu


Informant: Scott Munson

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http://stevequayle.com/dead_scientists/UpdatedDeadScientists.html
http://stevequayle.com/dead.scientist.news.html#Anchor-49575
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cia_tradecraft/links/Dead_Scientists_001110568507/
http://deadscientists.blogspot.com/

This compilation appears to have left out a group of 19 microbiologists who died in France some years back while attending a conference when the ski lift to their lodge failed. I don't recall the details.

Bob Avery



Chronology of Dead Scientists

2001

#1-5: Five Unnamed Microbiologists. Died: October 4, 2001 Four of Five unnamed microbiologists on a plane that was brought down by a missile near the Black sea on the Russian border. Traveling from Israel to Russia; business not disclosed. Three scientists were experts in medical research or public health. The plane is believed by many in Israel to have had as many as four or five passengers who were microbiologists. Both Israel and Novosibirsk are homes for cutting-edge microbiological research. Novosibirsk is known as the scientific capital of Siberia. There are over 50 research facilities there, and 13 full universities for a population of only 2.5 million people.

Full compilation to 2005:

http://www.stevequayle.com/dead_scientists/dead.scientists.chron.html

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Hi Bob and All,

Thanks for this info, Bob. I went looking for some info on that cable-car crash - I remember well what a brouhaha that caused on the 'net afterwards. It appears that these scientists were observatory workers, not microbiologists, but still, the mysteries of the Vatican Observatory coverups still abound. I have attached a few links for more info on both events - our dead microbiologists are definitely just as mysterious and unsettling...

Di

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French cable car crash kills 20

Everyone aboard the cable car was killed

July 1, 1999

Web posted at: 9:08 a.m. EDT (1308 GMT)

GRENOBLE, France -- A cable car plummeted to the ground in the French Alps early Thursday, killing all 20 people on board, local officials said. Earlier reports indicated 21 people died.

The cause of the crash, which occurred at 7:30 a.m. as the cable car was taking staff members of an observatory to the top of the 2,700-meter (8,900-foot) Pic de Bure mountain, was not immediately known.

The regional prefect, Remi Caron, said the car detached itself from the cable, but the cable did not snap, as had been previously reported.

Most of the victims were reported to be employees of the observatory, which is run by French, German and Spanish scientists. The cable car was used only for the observatory and no tourists were believed to be on board.

The cable car fell 80 meters (260 feet), in the resort town of Saint-Etienne-en-Devoluy, south of Grenoble.

"The cable car fell. We don't know why. These are working people and they are dead," the resort's mayor, Jean-Marie Bernard, told Radio France-Info.

The crash occurred at a resort in the French Alps

A spokesman in the prefect's office said 10 staff members of a public works company, five scientists from the IRAM astronomical institute and telephone company employees from Marseille were among the victims.

All the bodies were recovered Thursday morning, officials at the prefect's office confirmed.

An official investigation has begun into the cause of the accident, France's worst cable car disaster in more than 30 years.

The chief representative of the cable car union said the cable car was built in the 1980s and had recently passed a safety inspection. "It was in perfect working order," Charles Simiand said.

Simiand said the system consisted of one cable car with room for 20 passengers and another smaller one used to transport equipment.

Scientists from all over the world are known to visit the observatory, which is used virtually year round.

IRAM, the Institut de Radio-Astronomie Millimetrique, has set up six large antennas on top of the mountain to monitor stellar activity.

The crash occurred near the site of a 1976 accident on the same gondola lift, blamed on operator error, which killed 42 people.

http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/europe/9907/01/france.cable.car.04/

Nine on trial over fatal French cable-car accident
Wednesday, 12-Nov-2003 1:00PM PST
Story from AFP
Copyright 2003 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)

GAP, France, Nov 12 (AFP) - A manslaughter trial opened in a court in southeastern France Wednesday to examine a July 1999 cable-car accident in the Alps that left 20 people dead.

Nine people stand accused of involuntary homicide over the fatal accident in Pic de Bure, in the French Alps.

The judge in the Gap court said the accused, "through clumsiness, recklessness, negligence or dereliction of safety obligations, committed a clear error that exposed others to danger ... a danger you could not ignore."

The privately-owned cable car was carrying technicians and workers from France's National Centre for Scientific Research when it started slipping backwards before breaking free and plummeting 80 metres (260 feet).

A report by experts blamed the accident on the cabin's absence of brakes, which had been deactivated in 1984 and removed in 1986.

The report also criticised the long-running problems besetting the use of the cable car, including the frequent overloading of the cabin, and the lack of maintenance, control and surveillance, and notably safety systems.

http://quickstart.clari.net/qs_se/webnews/wed/au/Qfrance-accident-cablecar.RtVQ_DNC.html
http://home.comcast.net/~typezero/

VATICAN MYSTERY DEEPENS

I received this urgent message from Kent Steadman. From the looks of it, the man from down under thinks there may be a real catastrophe in our future, and NASA and the Vatican may be involved in the cover-up. If anyone can come forward with additional inmformation, please forward it to U.F.O.R.C. We will see that the right people will get the information. Any information that you will provide will be kept in strictest confidence, according to standard practices afforded eyewitnesses through the American Constitution. Be discreet. This information may be vital to the survival of our planet. UFORC thanks CAUS for this message from Kent Steadman. The message that I received goes as follows:

SLEUTHS NEEDED, VERIFICATION: WARNING AND A DISASTER ORBIT: Kent Steadman, Editor http://www.cyberspaceorbit.com/

A Vatican team and a French team were looking at something in June (most likely asteroids, see below). The Vatican team threatens to announce something earth shaking; meanwhile, the (above) French team is now DEAD!

http://www.angelfire.com/wa/UFORC/page48.html


Informant: Di

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DEAD SCIENTISTS
http://home.comcast.net/~typezero/


Informant: Milo

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Re: Dead Scientists
http://tinyurl.com/3m7bc

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The mysterious deaths of top microbiologists
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/626907/

WEATHER SCIENTISTS DIE TRAGICALLY
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1038863/

What you know WILL kill you
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/468874/

Chronology of Dead Scientists
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/592793/

List of Murdered Scientists
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/564955/

Did 22 SDI Researchers really ALL Commit Suicide?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/510479/

Dead Scientists DO Tell Tales
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/495508/

The 9/11 Commission Report - Omissions and Distortions
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/671691/

GOP Media Adviser Died of Drug Overdose
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/595164/

In Memory: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GARY WEBB
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/442522/

Books NOT Bombs

Join us in an historic 24-hour emergency read-in! Libraries are the soul of our communities, providing vital services to all—especially the most low-income members and children. We NEED YOU to help save our libraries!

While Congress is about to allocate another $81 billion for war, vital services at home are being slashed—affordable housing, food stamps, public transportation, health care, and education—including libraries. According to the American Library Association, library funding cuts have topped $100 million in the last 18 months, and libraries in almost every state in the nation are facing cuts of up to 50 percent.

In Salinas, California--the hometown of the great John Steinbeck and heart of the farmworker community, the entire public library system is scheduled to close for lack of funds. This poor farmworker community has paid $80.5 million in taxes for the war in Iraq, but doesn’t have $5 million to keep its libraries open.
http://costofwar.com/

As part of CODEPINK ’s new Local Cost of War Campaign designed to save vital community services while highlighting the billions spent on war, we teamed up with the Salinas Action League, United Farmworkers and other community groups to organize an “Emergency 24-hour Read-In” at Salinas’ Cesar Chavez Library on April 2-3.
http://www.codepinkalert.org/National_Actions_Salinas.shtml

Please join us: bring your tent (if you have one), sleeping bag and favorite books. You’ll be in great company: among the readers will be actors Hector Elizondo and Mike Farrell; poets Gary Soto and Jose Montoya; community leaders Dolores Huerta and Salinas Mayor Anna Caballero; musician Dr. Loco; and writers Maxine Hong Kingston, Riane Eisler, James Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Jack Kornfield, Meredith Maran, and Wes “Scoop” Nisker, and many more. Click here for more details.
http://www.codepinkalert.org/National_Actions_Salinas.shtml

If you are from Califonia, please join us in Salinas and take a moment to sign a petition to Governor Schwarzenegger asking him to solve the crisis in Salinas and our library system in general. If you are from outside the state, please pass this alert on to friends, families, listserves in California.
http://www.codepinkalert.org/National_Actions_petition.shtml

We urge you to learn about the budget cuts in your city and state, and to team up with community groups fighting to save critical social services. It’s a great way for CODEPINK to support community needs, educate new constituencies about the cost of the Iraq war and build broad coalitions that can effectively promote our values: Books Not Bombs, Healthcare not Warfare, Peace not Poverty, Funding for Wounded not for War.

With hope,

Andrea, Claire, Dana, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Sam & Tiffany

Stage is Set to Drill in Arctic Refuge

http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/features/details?item_id=796496


Informant: STRIDER

Adresse EU-Beauftragter

Heute befand sich folgende, sehr interessante Kurznachricht in der TZ. Gerne möchte ich da einmal hinschreiben - machen Sie mit?

Manu K.


Leser fragen die TZ:

Wer ist der europäische Bürgerbeauftragte?
http://www.euro-ombudsman.eu.int/cv/en/default.htm

Der europäische Bürgerbeauftragte ist jetzt der ehemalige griechische Bürgerbeauftragte P. Nikiforos Diamandouros. Er wurde vom Europäischen Parlament gewählt und ist seit dem 1. April 203 im Amt. Sie erreichen ihn unter folgender Adresse:

Der Europäische Bürgerbeauftragte,
P. Nikiforos Diamandouros
1, avenue du Président Robert Schuman
B.P. 403
F - 67001 Strasbourg Cedex
T. (33) 3 88 17 23 13 - 3 88 17 23 83
Fax (33) 3 88 17 90 62
E-mail: euro-ombudsman@europarl.eu.int

Der Bürgerbeauftragte untersucht Beschwerden über mangelhafte oder ausbleibende Verwaltungstätigkeit. Er kann keine Beschwerden gegen nationale, regionale oder lokale Behörden untersuchen. Dies gilt auch für Beschwerden, die sich auf EU-Angelegenheiten beziehen.

Critical Mass arrests in NYC

I missed it but one escapee guessed maybe 40 to 50 arrests tonight, also saw cops sawing locks and stealing bikes found locked in the area of the mass-arrest. Don't have more info. Somebody claimed that many in the large group that escaped capture were messengers with fixed gear bikes.

Articles about these vermin's absurd pleas for prior restraint of speech.

http://nyc.indymedia.org/feature/display/146175/index.php
http://nyc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/146313/index.php


Informant: Todd Eaton

From ufpj-news

A Political Victory That Wasn't

By ANDREW KOHUT
OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
New York Times
Published: March 23, 2005

Washington — THE Congressional vote on Monday allowing Terri Schiavo's parents to take her case to a federal court underscores the success of Christian conservatives in defining the last election as having been decided by moral values. But political strategists may not want to bank too heavily on this assessment. Especially on life-and-death issues, support for moral values among Americans must contend with a deeply held pragmatism.

It is rare for Washington politicians to buck public opinion. An ABC News poll conducted on Sunday found a 63 percent to 28 percent majority supporting removal of Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube. The poll also found that the public, by a margin of 70 percent to 27 percent, opposes Congressional involvement in the case. Fully 67 percent of the poll's participants thought members of Congress were more focused on using the Schiavo case for political advantage than on the principles involved. [...] Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/23/opinion/23Kohut.html

Well, at least the Terri Schiavo fiasco has given people yet another opportunity to see DeLay's hypocrisy.


© Virginia Metze

Studie lässt Gen-Planzen schlecht aussehen

Die umfangreichste Studie weltweit zu Gen-Pflanzen und den Folgen ihres Anbaus für die Natur ist in London vorgestellt worden. Nach dieser Untersuchung geht es Vögeln und Bienen in Feldern mit herkömmlicher Rapsbepflanzung deutlich besser als auf Äckern, auf denen Gen-Raps wächst. Die Studie präsentiert die Ergebnisse der über vier Jahre gelaufenen Farm Scale Evaluation (FSE), die von der britischen Regierung initiiert wurde.

http://www.sonnenseite.com/fp/archiv/Akt-News/6129.php

Ostermärsche für Friedenspolitik und gegen Sozialabbau

Die deutsche Friedensbewegung rüstet sich für die diesjährigen Ostermärsche. Nach Angaben des Netzwerks Friedenskooperative in Bonn sind zwischen Karfreitag und Ostermontag in mehr als 50 Städten Protestkundgebungen, Friedensmärsche, Fahrrad-Demos und sonstige Veranstaltungen geplant.

http://www.sonnenseite.com/fp/archiv/Akt-News/6125.php

EU-Studie belegt Zell-Schäden durch Handy-Strahlung

Eine überwiegend von der Europäischen Union finanzierte Studie belegt nach Angaben der Forscher erstmals im Labor Schäden und Veränderungen von Genen durch Handystrahlung. "Im Laufe der Untersuchung stellte sich heraus, dass elektromagnetische Felder bei einer Reihe von Zellen Schädigungen bewirken", sagte der Koordinator der Studie, Prof. Franz Adlkofer. "Mit anderen Worten: Elektromagnetische Felder sind gentoxisch."

http://www.sonnenseite.com/fp/archiv/Akt-News/6106.php



REFLEX Studie - aktuelle Situation
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/575991/

Giftrekord in Früh-Erdbeeren

Jetzt gibt es sie wieder: Pestizid-Erdbeeren! 93 Prozent der Früh-Erdbeeren aus den sieben größten deutschen Supermarktketten enthalten Rückstände giftiger Pestizide. Dies ist der höchste Prozentsatz, den das Greenpeace-EinkaufsNetz seit dem Start der Greenpeace-Tests 2003 gefunden hat.

http://www.sonnenseite.com/fp/archiv/Akt-News/6130.php

Deutsche Autobauer: Prozess statt Innovation

Der US-Bundesstaat Kalifornien hat ein Gesetz verabschiedet, wonach ein Pkw im Sonnenstaat der USA ab 2009 nur noch unter 8,4 Liter Sprit pro 100 Kilometer und ab 2016 nur noch unter 5,3 Liter verbrauchen darf. Für die deutschen Autobauer ist diese Vorgabe technisch überhaupt kein Problem - VW hat schon 2002 das Ein-Liter-Auto präsentiert und trotzdem klagen die deutschen Autokonzerne VW, Daimler-Chrysler, BMW und Porsche nun gegen dieses Gesetz in Kalifornien.

http://www.sonnenseite.com/fp/archiv/Akt-News/6138.php

Terror of the Chronically Disabled

http://www.hospicepatients.org/terri-schiavo-10-12-02-press-rel.html

TELEVISION AND THE HIVE MIND

http://www.mackwhite.com/tv.html


Informant: DI

Empire Builders

Government Lies and the Death of Sons

Murray Polner on "supporting the troops."

The doctrine of preemptive war threatens Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and sooner or later China and anyone else who dares stand in the imperial way.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/polner/polner12.html
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8382.htm

Terri Schiavo, the State, and the Culture of Death

http://www.lewrockwell.com/anderson/anderson116.html

Disconnecting the State’s Feeding Tubes

Politics Is Anti-Life

Time to stop feeding the state, says Butler Shaffer.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/shaffer101.html

Hot air and global warming

Saturday, March 26, 2005

BOSTON Every time the world calls for action on climate change, the United States emits more White House gases. The latest puff came from James Connaughton, the director of environmental quality, during last week's conference of 20 nations that met in London to try once again to make global warming a global priority.

At the conference, Gordon Brown, Britain's finance minister, said: "Climate change is a consequence of the buildup of greenhouse gases over the past 200 years in the atmosphere, and virtually all these emissions came from the rich countries. Indeed, we became rich through those emissions." Connaughton's response, in a BBC interview, was, "We're still working on the issue of causation."

Brown said, "We now have sufficient evidence that human-made climate change is the most far-reaching and almost certainly the most threatening of all the environmental challenges facing us." Connaughton's response as to "the extent to which humans are a factor," was, "They may be."

Brown said, "The industrialized countries must take responsibility first in reducing their emissions of greenhouse gases." Connaughton complained instead that the Kyoto target for the United States to reduce emissions "was so unreasonable ... that the only way we could have met it was to shift energy-intensive manufacturing to other countries."

Two days after dismissing coalition building, the United States went back to emissions building. The Senate, by a vote of 51-49, finally approved oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. On efforts to stop global warming, Connaughton said, "We are trying now to find a portfolio in which three words are important: technology, technology and technology."

He meant drilling, drilling, drilling. Two years ago the National Academies of Science said that even with improved technologies, drilling on the north slope of Alaska has degraded the tundra, altered wildlife patterns and resulted in social problems that blunt claims of unqualified economic progress. Many scientists have said that we would be better off if we simply made our cars more fuel-efficient. But Congress and the White House, imprisoned by the oil and auto lobbies, refuse to use existing technologies to raise efficiency standards.

The Alaska vote paralleled another Senate action to deny an additional $1 billion for Amtrak, when studies show that well-developed rail systems can slash traffic and thus global-warming pollution. The United States, with 4 percent of the world's population, consumes a quarter of the world's oil and produces a quarter of its greenhouse gases. Yet when Brown said that the industrialized countries must take responsibility first, the United States became the most immature adolescent on Earth, doing precisely the opposite of what it needs to do.

Earlier in the month, the former chief scientific adviser to the British government, Lord May of Oxford, bluntly compared George W. Bush to a modern-day Nero. Last fall, Tony Blair said: "If what the science tells about climate change is correct, then unabated it will result in catastrophic consequences for our world. The science almost certainly is correct."

But Nero and his fiddlers won't hear any of that. Asked last month about the science of global warming, Connaughton said, "There are many different views."

The science ceased to have many views years ago. The very first sentence in the executive summary of the 2001 National Academies of Science report on climate change begins, "Greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth's atmosphere as a result of human activities. ..." The report further said, "Global warming could well have serious adverse societal and ecological impacts by the end of this century." The science continues to choke under the White House effect.


Informant: DI

How America Was Blinded by Merck's Vaccine Lies

http://www.mercola.com/2005/mar/26/merck_vaccines.htm

PROTEST: Parents' fury over phone mast plans

http://www.peterboroughnow.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=845&ArticleID=982207

THE MISSION OF CONGRESS - A STARK REALITY

http://www.newswithviews.com/Brownlow/david40.htm

THIRTY YEARS OF ENDANGERING PEOPLE AND ANIMALS IS ENOUGH

http://www.newswithviews.com/Knight/peyton6.htm

Machtkampf in der Erlöserkirche

Sonnabend, 26. März 2005

Norderstedt

Machtkampf in der Erlöserkirche

Henstedt-Ulzburg: Vorsitzende des Kirchenvorstandes zurückgetreten. Pastor Reimann räumt Fehler ein.

Von Jörg Malitzki

Henstedt-Ulzburg - Christen in aller Welt begehen in diesen Tagen ihren höchsten Feiertag, doch die evangelische Kirchengemeinde in Henstedt-Ulzburg kommt selbst Ostern nicht zur Ruhe.

Rund sechs Monate nach Beginn der Affäre um die Mobilfunkantenne im Turm der Erlöserkirche ist in der Gemeinde offenbar ein Machtkampf entbrannt: Annemarie Winter, die Vorsitzende des 15köpfigen Kirchenvorstandes, ist von ihrem Amt zurückgetreten. Pastor Lars Reimann hat im Rahmen eines Gottesdienstes erstmals eingeräumt, Fehler gemacht zu haben, und hat sich wenig später in einen sechswöchigen Erholungsurlaub verabschiedet. Und schließlich haben die Pfarrbezirke Henstedt und Ulzburg unter Führung ihrer einflussreichen Vorsitzenden Wolfgang Keuffel und Peter Fleck am Kirchenvorstand vorbei und gegen den Wunsch der Mehrheit der Kirchgänger beschlossen, den Gemeindebrief abzuschaffen.

Überraschend kam der Rücktritt Annemarie Winters nicht. Bereits seit Wochen hatten viele Henstedt-Ulzburger darüber spekuliert, wie lange sich die Frau an der Spitze des Kirchenvorstandes würde halten können. Winter hatte das Amt erst vor gut zwei Jahren übernommen und musste die Krise managen, in die die Kirchengemeinde geraten war, als im Spätsommer 2004 bekannt wurde, dass der Kirchenvorstand im April 2000 heimlich einen Vertrag mit dem Mobilfunkbetreiber Viag Interkom (heute O2) geschlossen hatte, damit dieser gegen Zahlung von 8000 Mark jährlich und einer einmaligen Summe von 30 000 Mark eine Antenne im Turm der Erlöserkirche installieren und 20 Jahre lang betreiben darf.

Der Vertrag trägt die Unterschriften des damaligen Vorstandsvorsitzenden Keuffel und die von Pastor Reimann. Ausbaden aber musste das Problem vor allem Annemarie Winter, die seinerzeit noch nicht einmal Mitglied im Kirchenvorstand war. Unterstützung von jenen Männern, die für die Entscheidungen verantwortlich waren, erfuhr sie kaum. So hatte sie beispielsweise im Herbst einen Termin für eine öffentliche Diskussion angesetzt, um Befürworter und Kritiker der Antenne an einen Tisch zu holen. Auf Druck ihrer Vorstandskollegen fand das Treffen, das Alex Janke, der Sprecher der um ihre Gesundheit besorgten Anwohner, im Nachhinein als wenig erhellend befand, aber hinter verschlossenen Türen statt. Janke war es auch, der im November 2004 als erster öffentlich den Rücktritt Winters gefordert hatte, und zwar mit der Begründung, sie sei eine Marionette von Pastor Reimann.

Winter wollte sich gegenüber der Norderstedter Zeitung nicht über ihre Motive, ihr Amt abzugeben, äußern. Spekulationen, Keuffel und Reimann hätten sie zu diesem Schritt gedrängt, weil sie einen Sündenbock suchten, wollte sie ebenfalls weder bestätigen noch dementieren: "Dazu möchte ich nichts sagen. Ich will nur, dass jetzt endlich Ruhe einkehrt." Auch Wolfgang Keuffel, selbst schon seit fast 30 Jahren im Kirchenvorstand, gibt sich wortkarg: "Das ist doch ganz normal, dass jemand sein Amt nach einer gewissen Zeit auch mal wieder zurückgibt."

Tatsache ist, dass der Vorstand bei der Wahl seinen neuen Vorsitzenden ausgerechnet Winters Vorgänger Keuffel dazu auserkoren hat, die Kirchengemeinde aus der Krise zu führen. Auch Winters bisheriger Stellvertreter Tile Abel gab sein Amt ab. Zum neuen Stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden wurde Pastor Reimann gewählt.

Dass Reimann sich in dieses neue Amt hat wählen lassen, ist insofern überraschend, als dass er Ende Februar während eines Gottesdienstes unter Tränen etlicher Zuhörer erklärte, er habe versagt, Fehler gemacht und werde auf Anraten seiner Ärzte künftig kürzertreten. In diesem Zusammenhang sprach er vom Burn-out-Syndrom. Daher ließ er sich für die Zeit vom 25. Februar bis 18. März außer Dienst stellen und wird eigenen Ankündigungen zufolge nach Ostern noch einmal drei Wochen Urlaub nehmen.

Bereits seit einigen Monaten hatte Reimann in Henstedt keine Bibelstunde mehr abgehalten und zog sich sogar aus der von ihm aufgebauten Pfadfinderarbeit zurück. Nach den Worten des für ihn zuständigen Pfarrbezirksvorsitzenden Peter Fleck hat Reimann sein Vorgehen eng mit ihm abgestimmt: "Wir haben ihn gebeten, das zu tun. Es gibt eine ganze Menge Leute, die sich Sorgen um seinen Gesundheitszustand machen."

erschienen am 26. März 2005 in Norderstedt

http://www.abendblatt.de/daten/2005/03/26/414178.html



Kirche und Mobilfunk
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/301883/

Female GIs hard hit by war syndrome

On a mission just south of Baghdad over the winter, a young soldier jumped into the gunner's turret of an armored Humvee and took control of the menacing .50-caliber machine gun. She was 19 years old, weighed barely 100 pounds and had a blond ponytail hanging out from under her Kevlar helmet.

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=3034

Cellular Phone Industry Just as Health-Harming as Big Tobacco?

http://twoday.net/static/omega/files/cellular_phone_industry_just_as_health.htm
http://twoday.net/static/omega/files/the_cell_phone_industry.htm


In Dr. Mercola's article, he claims knowledge which he seems not able to apply. Whereas I agree that cell phones are harmful and that they should be forbidden at least to children, bad science doesn't help advance this point of view.

Specifically, at http://twoday.net/static/omega/files/cellular_phone_industry_just_as_health.htm

Dr. Mercola writes,

"I previously advised complete abstinence from cell phones, but now I recommend cautious use to reduce your risk of damage. If you ever took physics there is a good chance that you understand that radiation decreases exponentially as you move away from an object... "

Anyone who understood even first-year physics knows that the average field intensity (the power transfer) declines as the INVERSE SQUARE of the distance. The field amplitude decreases INVERSELY with distance.

The intensity decrease with distance can be less than the inverse square, for example in a forward lobe of a directional transmitter, but it cannot be greater, and it certainly cannot be inverse exponential.

Unlike Dr. Mercola, I advocate complete "abstinance" from digital RF in the 0.3 GHz - 300 GHz range. Which is to say, I think people should be completely protected from radiation of this kind. They should be exposed only with foreknowledge and positive agreement.

If Dr. Mercola's recommendations depend on his physics, they should be accepted only with great circumspection.

John Michael Williams



The cell phone industry: Big Tobacco 2.0?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/663789/

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

http://twoday.net/static/omega/files/cell_phones_and_brain_tumors.htm

Cell Phones May Harm Blood Cells

http://twoday.net/static/omega/files/cell_phones_may_harm_blood_cells.htm

Red blood cells lump by mobile phone
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/582286/

Permanent mutations in fruit flies by cell phone radiation
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/688725/

Mobilfunk Gesundheit Politik: Vorsorgen ist besser

http://omega.twoday.net/stories/303598/

Mobil aber krank?

http://omega.twoday.net/stories/303598/

Mobilfunk & Gesundheit

http://omega.twoday.net/stories/303598/

Risiko Mobilfunk: Gefahr für die Gesundheit durch Handys, DECT usw.

http://omega.twoday.net/stories/303598/

Der flächendeckende Ausbau des Mobilfunks gefährdet die Gesundheit

http://omega.twoday.net/stories/303598/
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