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Apr
2005

Bush Administration Publicizes Wetlands Gain while Millions of Acres Continue to Lose Protections

http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0422-07.htm

Fourth 'R' for Earth Day - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ... Repair

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0422-30.htm

Green States v. White House

by Jeff Rickert, TomPaine.com

Why are states able to pass legislation that is good for the planet and creates jobs, while Washington subsidizes rich polluters?

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/green_states_v_white_house.php?dateid=20050422

22.04.05

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/22_04_05_pfarrer_engelbrecht.pdf

Bush Lies, America Cries

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/gate/archive/2005/04/22/notes042205.DTL&nl=fix


Informant: Friends

Update from the Field 4/21/05

http://tinyurl.com/b5n6j

Online chat on the USA PATRIOT Act

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=712131&l=12599

A Disaster for America

The appointment of John Bolton as US Ambassador to the United Nations would be a disaster for America.

http://www.washingtondispatch.com/page2/archives/000804.html


From Information Clearing House

Father of slain soldier plots Blair "regime change"

Reg Keys, whose son died at the hands of a mob in June 2003, is standing against Blair in his Sedgefield constituency in County Durham, arguing his son had died in an illegal war and that the premier had lied over the reasons for it.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/050421/325/fgta4.html


From Information Clearing House

Levin Releases Newly Declassified Intelligence Documents on Iraq-al Qaeda Relationship

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., today released documents recently declassified at his request that illustrate that some claims of a cooperative relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda made by top administration officials in support of the Iraq war were contrary to what U.S. intelligence officials believed to be true.

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2005_cr/levin041505.html


From Information Clearing House

Militarism threatens to bankrupt U.S. economically and morally

It is up to the American people to demand that our representatives stop the warhawks' world-girdling military appetite in the Middle East and elsewhere, restore our own democracy

By Reed M. Smith

Michael Parenti, eminent author and historian, recently told an audience of almost 300 people in Penn State's Schwab Auditorium that what empires do is much different from how they are represented in history by their leaders.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8609.htm

Blair's forgotten victims

Election: the outrage - By voting for Blair, you will walk over the corpses of at least 100,000 people, most of them innocent, slaughtered in defiance of international law.

By John Pilger

A familiar, if desperate media push is under way to convince the British people that the main political parties offer them a democratic choice in the general election on 5 May. This demonstrable absurdity became hilarious when Tony Blair, leader of one of the nastiest, most violent right-wing regimes in memory, announced the existence of "a very nasty right-wing campaign" to defeat him. If only it was that funny.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8607.htm

Each of the Iraqi children killed by the United States was our child

Each of the Iraqi children killed by the United States was our child. Each of the prisoners tortured in Abu Ghraib was our comrade. Each of their screams was ours. When they were humiliated, we were humiliated. The U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq - mostly volunteers in a poverty draft from small towns and poor urban neighborhoods - are victims just as much as the Iraqis of the same horrendous process, which asks them to die for a victory that will never be theirs: Source: Arundhati Roy, "Tide? Or Ivory Snow? Public Power in the Age of Empire"

http://www.democracynow.org/static/Arundhati_Trans.shtml


From Information Clearing House

GM WEEKLY WATCH 120

http://tinyurl.com/ak27p

Depleted Uranium

by SkewsMe.com

21 April 2005

"Before a new weapons system can be used, it must be fully tested. The blueprint for depleted uranium weapons is a 1943 declassified document from the Manhattan Project. Harvard President and physicist James B. Conant, who developed poison gas in World War I, was brought into the Manhattan Project by the father of presidential candidate John Kerry. Kerry’s father served at a high level in the Manhattan Project and was a CIA agent.

"The first DU weapons system was developed for the Navy in 1968, and DU weapons were given to and used by Israel in 1973 under U.S. supervision in the Yom Kippur war against the Arabs. The Phalanx weapons system, using DU, was tested on the USS Bigelow out of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in 1977, and DU weapons have been sold by the U.S. to 29 countries.

"Military research report summaries detail the testing of DU from 1974-1999 at military testing grounds, bombing and gunnery ranges and at civilian labs under contract. Today 42 states are contaminated with DU from manufacture, testing and deployment.

"Women living around these facilities have reported increases in endometriosis, birth defects in babies, leukemia in children and cancers and other diseases in adults. Thousands of tons of DU weapons tested for decades by the Navy on four bombing and gunnery ranges around Fallon, Nevada, is no doubt the cause of the fastest growing leukemia cluster in the U.S. over the past decade. The military denies that DU is the cause."[1]

"The American use of depleted uranium munitions in both Persian Gulf wars has unleashed a toxic disaster that will eclipse the Agent Orange tragedy of the Vietnam War, [former Maj. Douglas Rokke said 21 July 2004].

""The United States used 375 tons in Gulf War I," Rokke said."[2] "During Gulf War 2 more than 1000 tons of depleted Uranium were discharged."[3] "It's like playing darts," [Rokke] said, "except you're playing with 10 pounds of solid uranium and it catches fire immediately. You lose nearly 40 percent of the round in uranium dust. It contaminates air, water and soil for all eternity."[4]

"Depleted uranium is very much like uranium with a fissionable isotope removed. You can handle these weapons a little and not be harmed. They become extremely harmful after they leave the barrel of a gun. Then they begin to burn and create very fine particles of uranium-oxide dust. When they hit something about 70 percent of the uranium is aerosolized. When it is in these very tiny particles some only nano sized it can be breathed into the lungs easily. Once breathed in, or ingested with food or drink or by entering an open wound, these particles are chemically and radiologically poisonous and remain in the body. There is no way to decontaminate a person once this happens. The uranium causes multiple cancers and nervous and immune disorders. They are a death sentence by slow burn. The particles also attack DNA and cause birth defects."[5] ""Cancer appears to have increased between seven and 10 times and deformities between four and six times," according to [a] UN subcommission."[6]

"In the last year alone, the US had fired 127 tons of depleted uranium (DU) munitions in Iraq, the radioactive equivalent of approximately ten thousand Nagasaki bombs.... Widespread use of DU in the first Gulf War was believed to be the primary cause of the health problems suffered by its 580,400 veterans, of whom 467 were wounded during the war itself. Ten years later, 11,000 were dead and 325,000 on medical disability. DU carried in semen led to high rates of endometriosis in their wives and girlfriends, often requiring hysterectomies. Of soldiers who had healthy babies before the war,"[7] "67% had children with severe illnesses, missing eyes, blood infections, respiratory problems and fused fingers.

"The use of DU...is believed to be the cause of the ‘worrying number of anophthalmos cases, babies born without eyes’ in Iraq. Only one in 50 million births should be anophthalmic, yet one Baghdad hospital had eight cases in just two years. Seven of the fathers had been exposed to American DU anti-tank rounds in 1991. There have also been cases of Iraqi babies born without the crowns of their skulls, a deformity also linked to DU shelling."[8]

"The United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Benefit Administration Office of Performance Analysis and Integrity Data and Information Services Gulf War Veterans Information System report that was...published (May 2002) states that as of May 2002: 696,778 individuals had served during the Gulf War with 572,833 individuals now eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to include lifetime medical care, financial compensation, and a lifetime pension. The difference of 123,945 individuals includes Desert Storm veterans who are still on active duty, who already received a disability rating directly from the military, and those who are ineligible for benefits for various reasons. As of May 2002, 206,861 veterans had filed claims for benefits based on service-connected injuries and illnesses caused by Gulf War combat related duties."[9]

""The technology of war is out of control," Rokke concluded. "We don't have the ability to clean it up (or) treat it. I'm a warrior, but my conclusion is that war is obsolete. A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report says over 221,000 of our sons and daughters are on permanent disability and over 10,000 dead - one-third of our Gulf War I force. And they're coming back sick right now.""[10]

"Medical professionals in hospitals and facilities treating returning soldiers were threatened with $10,000 fines if they talked about the soldiers or their medical problems. They were also threatened with jail."[http://mathaba.net/x.htm?http://mathaba.net/0_index.shtml?x=161632]

[1] http://mathaba.net/x.htm?http://mathaba.net/0_index.shtml?x=161632
[2] http://traprockpeace.org/rokkedepleteduranium220703.html
[3] http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=5616
[4] http://traprockpeace.org/rokkedepleteduranium220703.html
[5] http://www.willitsnews.com/Stories/0,1413,253~27832~2801499,00.html
[6] http://www.gnn.tv/headlines/1611/Depleted_Uranium_Cause_and_Effect
[7] http://www.lrb.co.uk/v27/n03/wein01_.html
[8] http://www.gnn.tv/headlines/1611/Depleted_Uranium_Cause_and_Effect
[9] http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=5616
[10] http://traprockpeace.org/rokkedepleteduranium220703.html

Simple Steps to Help Nature and Undo Global Warming

http://tinyurl.com/exer9

Iraq war reality

http://news.modernwriters.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1494&Itemid=0&limit=1&limitstart=1


Informant: Charles Bremer

The Secret's Out

http://rense.com/general64/cret.htm


Informant: Our bill of rights

Keeping the fear alive

04/21/05

As the 'war on terror' drags on, it has become apparent that there is no way of knowing when this state of emergency will end. National security decisions that are made in the context of a war are, of course, different than those made during peacetime. But this administration has locked us into what seems like an indefinite war thanks to a campaign with ill-defined aims and ends. Does the war on terror include the invasion of Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the detainment of 'enemy combatants?' The answer appears to be: all of these things, and perhaps much more. The objectives of the 'war on terror' have never been clearly spelled out, and without objectives, there is no real end in sight. The protean nature of the 'war on terror' means that it can become anything the administration desires, from the invasion of another country to further surreptitious apprehensions of 'terrorists...

http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2005/05/war_on_terror.html

from Mother Jones, by Onnesha Roychoudhuri


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Ban GM Probiotics

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

Deliberately destroying America's soul

04/22/05

At the U.S. Army War College's 16th Annual Strategy Conference last week, a senior Department of Defense strategist defined U.S. 'Grand Strategy' as the export of freedom and democracy. He added that the U.S. military would play a huge role in implementing the strategy. In short, and to paraphrase, the official said: 'Get ready, soldiers, you're going democracy-crusading.' Exporting freedom and democracy is not a Grand Strategy. It may be an ambition, an obsession, or -- most likely -- a hallucination. The idea that such exports are a 'Grand Strategy' spotlights the ignorance about America of the men and women who today lead the country. Ditto for many of the 535 individuals in the Senate and House. America is not a nation meant to order others how to live and then push them at bayonet point into that lifestyle. The cost of such a policy, John Quincy Adams wrote, would be the loss of America's soul...

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/scheuer.php?articleid=5690

from AntiWar.Com, by Michael Scheuer


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Charta kritischer Bürger: 11 Punkte für technischen, kulturellen und demokratischen Fortschritt

http://www.buerger-machen-mobil.de/9528.html

Freilandversuch an Millionen Menschen

Gastbeitrag von Herrn Prof K.Richter in der Saarbrücker Zeitung erschienen am 22.04.2004 / SZ

Der Umgang mit Mobilfunk-Anlagen zeigt die Deformationen unserer Demokratie

Saarbrücken. Es gibt eine optimistische Mobilfunkforschung; sie findet alles harmlos und unbedenklich. Und es gibt eine pessimistische, die wenig Erfreuliches prophezeit: hirnorganische und genetische Schäden, eine Zunahme von Gehirntumoren, Alzheimer, Depressionen, Tinnitus, Schlaf- und Herzrhythmusstörungen u.a.m. Der Bürger ist zum Versuchsobjekt geworden, wer Recht behält.

Die Deutschen gelten als ein sehr vorsichtiges Volk. Die Atomenergie wollen sie verabschieden. Nur ihre Mobilfunkpolitik leistet sich eine Risikobereitschaft, die die in Nachbarländern geltenden Grenzwerte bis zum 500fachen, den von Salzburg um das 5000fache, den vom Europäischen Parlament empfohlenen um das 100000fache übertrifft. In den Niederlanden hat eine von drei Ministerien in Auftrag gegebene Studie Tinnitus, Kopfschmerzen und Übelkeit als unmittelbare Wirkung der UMTS-Sendeanlagen erwiesen. Unsere Ministerien irritiert das nicht. Der Bundesumweltminister zieht dem Mobilfunk keine erkennbaren Grenzen. Ein Sprecher des Saarländischen Wirtschaftsministeriums sah das kleine Land kürzlich gar berufen, bei der UMTS-Aufrüstung ganz „vorn dabei“ zu sein (28.1.04, Südwest 3, mag's). Der Mobilfunkberater der Regierung, Prof. W. Langguth von der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, fand alles harmlos: Das Risiko sei kleiner, als „wenn wir Auto oder Rad fahren oder uns auf einem Spielplatz bewegen“.

Der Handel mit den UMTS-Lizenzen hat beide Seiten in eine schwierige Situation gebracht. Die Mobilfunkbetreiber wollen den Gewinn aus ihren Investitionen sehen. Die Politik scheint sich verpflichtet zu haben, sie zu unterstützen. Doch nach den Recherchen von Thomas Grasberger und Franz Kotteder („Mobilfunk. Ein Freilandversuch am Menschen“) gibt es ergänzende Motive der guten Kooperation. Die Betreiber verfügen im Bundestag über eine mächtige Lobby. Politiker unterschiedlicher Parteien sitzen auf gut dotierten Posten in den Aufsichtsräten. Der Bund ist der größte Anteilseigner der Telekom. In alledem geht es aber auch um unsere Demokratie. Denn wie wollen Politiker in einer solchen Situation die Unabhängigkeit wahren, für die sie vom Steuerzahler gut bezahlt werden? – Es ist nicht die einzige Deformation unserer Demokratie im Zeichen des Mobilfunks!

Artikel 2,2 des Grundgesetzes garantiert die körperliche Unversehrtheit der Bürger. Er fordert von der Politik eine entsprechende Risikovorsorge. Beim Gedanken an Freilandversuche mit genmanipuliertem Mais zucken unsere Politiker mit Recht zusammen. Den einträglicheren mobilen "Freilandversuch“ an Millionen von Bürgern betreiben sie ruhigen Gewissens.

Gefährdet sind alle. Doch die ‚Elektrosensiblen‘, die man auf ca. drei bis fünf Prozent der Bevölkerung schätzt, reagieren besonders häufig mit Erkrankungen. Der Schutz von Minderheiten unterscheidet unsere Demokratie von totalitären Regimen. Doch diese Minderheit scheint unseren Politikern nicht so wichtig. Die Prozentzahlen sind ja klein, das wirtschaftliche Interesse groß. Zu den Aufgaben der Demokratie gehört der Schutz des Eigentums (Grundgesetz, Artikel 14). Wertminderungen, die sich aus der Nähe zu Mobilfunkmasten ergeben und bis zur Unverkäuflichkeit von Häusern und damit zur faktischen Enteignung reichen, belaufen sich allein für den Raum München auf ca. 19 Milliarden Euro – noch vor Einführung der UMTS-Antennen. Selbst den materiellen Preis für den Handel zwischen Bundesregierung und Betreibern zahlen also letztlich die Bürger.

Drei abschließende Forderungen wollen dem Fortschritt des Mobilfunks dienen, indem sie ihn vor sozialem Rückschritt bewahren:

Wenigstens mit der Installation der UMTS-Technik muss zugewartet werden, bis verlässliche Erkenntnisse über ihre Wirkungen vorliegen. Der gewaltsam betriebene Versuch, bereits davor vollendete Tatsachen zu schaffen, ist unverantwortlich und menschenverachtend. Und davon hat Deutschland in seiner vordemokratischen Geschichte genug gehabt. Noch besser wäre der Umstieg auf eine für Mensch und Umwelt schonendere Technik, die es nach Auskunft kompetenter Physiker bereits gibt. Sie wäre teurer. Aber sie würde die Lasten nicht so bequem auf die Bürger abwälzen.

Und am besten wäre, wenn sich unsere Politiker in einer für die Bevölkerung so sensiblen Frage selbst ein Bild von der Bandbreite der Risikodiskussion verschafften. Sie wären dann nicht so abhängig vom Urteil einseitig informierter und positionierter Berater.

Der emeritierte Professor Karl Richter lehrte bis 2002 Literaturwissenschaft an der Universität des Saarlandes.

http://www.buerger-machen-mobil.de/10725.html

Sleeping near Mobile Phone Base stations accelerates Cancer

See below a section from http://www.emf-solutions.org.uk

Sleeping near Mobile Phone Base stations accelerates Cancer according to many experts in Microwave Radiation. The reason is because base stations emit 'pulses' which we cannot see or hear but our brain recognizes as a strong form of light. Now lets look at what the Medical experts say about long term exposure to light at Night:

The night time hormone melatonin puts breast cancer cells to sleep. It also slows breast cancer growth by 70%. David E. Blask, MD, PhD, of Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, N.Y., reported the findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Breast cancers get revved up by a kind of dietary fat called linoleic acid. Melatonin interacts with linoleic acid, so he gave melatonin to mice implanted with human breast cancers. "This breast cancer rev-up mechanism gets revved down by melatonin" Blask said at a news conference. "Nighttime melatonin is a relevant anti-cancer signal to human breast cancers. Ninety percent of human breast cancers have specific receptors for this signal".

The hormone seeps from a pea-sized gland in the brain when the lights go out at night. It's the reason you get sleepy when it's dark. Blask and colleagues found that melatonin puts cancer cells to sleep, too. Blask's team exposed lab mice with human breast cancers to constant light. Tumor growth skyrocketed. "With constant light, tumors grow seven times faster and soak up incredible amounts of linoleic acid," he says. "During the day, the cancer cells are awake and linoleic acid stimulates their growth. But at night cancer cells go to sleep. When we turn on lights at night for a long time, we suppress melatonin and revert back to the daytime condition". The findings may explain why nurses who often work the night shift have high rates of breast and colon cancer.

So there we have a scientific explanation; our brains think it is daytime and don't produce melatonin; over a period of time we get to feel 'run down' and eventually cancer cells can grow.

To be more persuasive, anti-mast campaigners must give up mobiles

editorial@hamhigh.co.uk

22 April 2005

PARENTS are right to be worried over mobile masts. There is enough evidence and advice against the safety of mobile masts which have been made public for all to be extremely concerned.

However, campaigners are misguided in using the "not in my own backyard" argument as a valid reason for fighting planning permission for the masts. Surly if the masts are a hazard, and sensible residents have reason to believe they are, then they ought not to be erected at all anywhere near households, schools or workplaces of any kind.

There is only one protest which would really work. Walk your talk. Give up your own mobile phones. Under no circumstances allow your children to use them.

Then, and only then, will protesters be persuasive in their argument.

My partner and I are so concerned about the danger of mobile phones and masts that we staunchly refuse to own a mobile phone and have succeeded in discouraging other family members from using them. We will join any protest in the fight against mobile masts but only alongside those who have refused or forsaken mobiles.

CELINE LA FRENIERE
Talacre Road, NW5

New move in mast row

Apr 21 2005

http://icnorthwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/regionalnews/tm_objectid=15427079%26method=full%26siteid=50142%26headline=new-move-in-mast-row-name_page.htm

By David Greenwood, Daily Post


COUNCILLORS are calling for an emergency communications mast at a town centre police station to be taken down because of health fears and complaints it is interfering with TV reception in hundreds of nearby homes.

Now, after a string of meetings, Holyhead Town Council is demanding action from North Wales Police Authority over the Tetra mast.

Last night, town clerk Cliff Everett said: "I have been instructed by the entire council to write to the authority because they, as owners of the police station, have the right to say what goes on the building.

"The council has discussed this issue three or four times now and feel something positive has to be done and the authority is the one which can act in this case."

The Holyhead mast appeared on the roof of the station late last year and almost immediately people noticed a marked deterioration in TV picture quality.

The mast is part of a nationwide police network system which is being set up by specialist company O 2 Air-wave for the Home Office.

A spokesman for O 2 Air-wave insisted the Holyhead mast met stringent planning and radio airwave regulations.

The Home Office said:

"Current police radio systems are obsolete and incompatible with each other.

"New digital technology will allow there to be complete coverage, clearer signals and extra features such as data as well as voice communication."

Electromagnetic radiation danger challenged

http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2005/04/21/local.20050421-sbt-LOCL-B2-Electromagnetic_radi.sto

Electromagnetic radiation danger challenged
County Council sessions on subject to continue.

By JAMES WENSITS
Tribune Political Writer

SOUTH BEND -- Agreement was in short supply Wednesday as members of an informal group concerned about electromagnetic radiation and low frequency noise met resistance to their conclusions that the phenomena represent a health hazard.

The meeting, conducted by County Council President Rafael Morton and Council Member Mark Catanzarite, was the third in a series that now appears likely to continue for weeks, if not longer.

Morton, D-District D, said he thought it unlikely that the group can come to a conclusion in two or three more meetings and said he planned to continue the sessions without setting a time limit.

"It's very early in the process as far as I'm concerned," Morton said.

The last session was attended by Dr. Roland Chamblee, county health officer, who said in a later interview that he doesn't know of a connection between electromagnetic radiation, low-frequency noise and various diseases, but does know it would cost millions of dollars and take years of research to find out.

Wednesday's session featured comments by Marjorie Lundquist, a bioelectromagnetic hygienist from Milwaukee who said she has a doctorate in physics.

Lundquist said that in 1980, she became interested in the health hazards associated with video display terminals and then started thinking about similar problems associated with electrical power lines.

She recommended installing filtering equipment on ground wires leading from electrical installations to the Earth, then monitoring the effect on those who have disease symptoms that may be connected to the high frequency impulses.

John Matwyshyn, a Mishawakan who said he programs and designs digital circuitry, said federal studies during the 1990s concluded that the power lines were nothing to be concerned about.

That comment led Jeff Symmes, a Battleground, Ind., resident who is the leader of the informal group, to contend that the studies referred to by Matwyshyn were paid for by the electrical industry.

At an earlier meeting, Symmes had called for a moratorium on the construction of cell phone towers. The group believes the towers are a source of unhealthy radiation.

The next meeting will be May 4 in the County Council conference room on the fourth floor of the County-City Building. Another meeting is scheduled for May 18.

Staff writer James Wensits:
jwensits@sbtinfo.com
(574) 235-6353


Informant: Sylvie

Phone mast row firm pledges talks

Apr 21 2005

http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/thejournal/tm_objectid=15426866%26method=full%26siteid=50081%26headline=phone-mast-row-firm-pledges-talks-name_page.html

By Dave Black, The Journal

Mobile phone users will be cut off if Vodafone fails to replace its existing telecoms mast in a Northumberland village, it was claimed yesterday.

The firm promised to hold urgent talks with council chiefs in a bid to resolve the row over its plans to put up a 50ft temporary mast yards away from homes in Guide Post, near Ashington.

The company came under fire last weekend for threatening to invoke special emergency powers allowing it to install the mast behind the village working men's club without seeking approval from Wansbeck District Council or from local people. The tower is required as a replacement for Vodafone's mast in a nearby haulage yard, which it has been ordered by the landowner and a court to remove to make way for a new housing development.

There is already an Orange mobile phone mast behind the club and a number of villagers are horrified at the prospect of a second one being put up there.

The electricity supply to the existing mast was due to be disconnected on Monday but yesterday the company revealed that it was being allowed to use it until the end of this month. However, Vodafone says that at that point it will have to put up the temporary replacement under emergency powers or let local customers lose their mobile phone signals.

Spokeswoman Jane Frapwell said yesterday: "We have taken legal advice and feel we have a very strong case for erecting a temporary mast behind the working men's club. We have been able to delay losing the signal until the end of April but after that we would lose 2,000 voice calls a day in that area.

"We will be going back to the council to discuss the situation but we still feel there is a genuine emergency as we have done everything we can to find a replacement site. We hope to find a way of going forward."

Wansbeck Council says the emergency is of Vodafone's own making because it has known since November that its lease on the haulage yard site would not be renewed.

A council spokesman said: "We have said from the outset that we need to get around the table to talk about our concerns over the siting of this mast.

"However, we still remain firmly of the opinion that emergency powers should not be invoked in this instance, and that proper discussions need to take place so that the company can be made fully aware of the concerns of local people before we try to reach a satisfactory solution to this dilemma."

Protest over Scholes mast

Apr 21 2005

By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

CAMPAIGNERS are calling on Kirklees Council planners to refuse an application to install a mobile phone mast in Scholes.

Residents have objected to the proposal to build an 18ft mast on the Lee Mills site because of its close proximity to homes, a nursery and a public fishing dam.

Maggie Throup, the Tory parliamentary candidate for the Colne Valley, has also thrown her weight behind the campaign.

She said: "People don't realise that mobile phone masts don't have to go through the full planning process.

"At the moment it is all in favour of the developer and the views of local people are sidelined."

She called for a change in policy making it necessary for local councils to consult communities.

Today was the deadline for public objection.

Ms Throup added: "The location is in a hollow and houses look down onto it. It is a really odd place to put it."

Campaigning residents to fight mast plan to bitter end

Apr 21 2005

Surrey online

By Sarah Cooper


MEADVALE residents have turned to modern technology to highlight the impact a 10-metre mobile phone mast would have on their community.

T-Mobile wants to build the mast out-side The Ship pub, in Copse Road.

The project has sparked a backlash, and worried residents have now completed an artist's impression of how the mast would look - and are determined to stop it becoming a reality.

Most of them have small children and are concerned for their well-being.

There are also concerns over the number of elderly people living nearby and the devaluing potential of the mast on home prices.

Sharon Scotton, who is one of the main organisers of the Meadvale Against Masts campaign, and lives just metres from the proposed site, said: "I have three children. It's a great concern. One of my children has immune difficulties. It could put her at greater risk.

"It's going to make me angry and upset every time I look outside."

The group has produced draft objection letters to hand out in door-to-door calls to help people raise their concerns.

They also claim drawings produced by T-Mobile are misleading as they think the height of the mast is going to be more than is shown.

To show what they believe is the correct height they have taken a picture of a 10metre mast and imposed it onto a photo of the pub.

Fellow protester Nicola Mitchell, who also lives in Copse Road, has been told the value of her property could go down with the mast there.

She said: "I am absolutely outraged that such a large company can plonk something in the middle of a residential area without a thought for the community.

"I have two small children and I have a duty of care to them and my property is my main asset."

She added: "I am feeling sick with the worry."

Ruth Adam, who lives in Arbutus Close, said: "I feel that masts shouldn't be situated in residential areas while there is any doubt on the effect on people's health."

The mother-of-two added: "There is the most tremendous opposition. I am stunned by the opposition that I have come across.

"I don't think we're ever going to stop protesting against it."

A spokesman for T-Mobile said: "T-Mobile understands there sometimes can be concerns when locating base stations in communities.

"Based on more than 40 years of research, T-Mobile is confident that its base stations, operating within strict national and international guidelines, do not present a health risk to any member of the public.

"Property values are based upon a variety of market conditions and when buying a property the judgements people make are entirely personal, reflecting these many different factors."

Increase in the number of cancer cases in Daliat il Carmel & Osafia

Alarm in the Druze city
http://www.buergerwelle.de/body_emf-omega-news_14-02-04.html

Osafia’s activity becomes stronger
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/644608/

Osafia residents will file a suit against the cellular companies
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/382774/

The Cellular Antennas are Killing Us
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/644633/

Cancer Clusters in Vicinity to Cell-Phone Transmitter Stations
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/580224/

The Cellular Antennas are Killing Us

165 cancer cases were found in one neighbourhood in Osafia.

The Health Ministry started researching the connection between the
cancer cases and the antennas that are erected in the area, and
considers extending the research to Yavne, Modeen, Reut and Tamra.

By Alex Doron

Maariv 20.1.2004

After the villages Zoran and Porat which became famous for their cancer cases multitude that were linked to the radiation from radio antennas, it's time for the Druze village Osafia to fight the cellular companies.

To the meeting of the parliament committee came the representatives of Osafia's "The Women Committee for Fighting the Antennas", who told that in the last 4 years 165 people died of cancer, all of them lived in one neighbourhood where there are cellular antennas. "We decided to unite and stop the monster" said the committe member Mira Abu Zalef. "The cellular companies representatives come as thieves in the night to erect the antennas". Abu Zalef presented herself as a mother of three children who had a brain damage, and added: "I don't want others to go through what I went through. Every day a new cancer case if found". Another committe member, Zahia Naser, was furious: "The Nature and Gardens Authority forbade erecting antennas in the National Park because of concerns for the animals' lives. And what about us? There is no concern about our lives?"

Dr. Micha Bar Hana, manager of the national cancer registry of the Health Ministry reported that he had started a research on Osafia in order to find out the connection between the exposure to electromagnetic radiation and the cancer rate in Osafia, "but we have difficulties in gathering data". Parliament members suggested that the research will be extended also to Yavne, Modeen, Reut and Tamra, which complained about many cancer cases near antennas.

The cellular companies representative, Asaf Aisen, said that the companies check the base stations and give all the data to the Environment's Quality Ministry. He emphasized that the radiation levels "are very low".

Parliament member Ofir Pines informed that he would initiate a law of 3 years in prison for manager of any cellular company that will erect antennas in a pirate way.


Informant: Iris Atzmon

http://www.grn.es/electropolucio/omega200104.htm


Osafia’s activity becomes stronger
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/644608/

Osafia residents will file a suit against the cellular companies
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/382774/

Alarm in the Druze city: Increase in the number of cancer cases in Daliat il Carmel & Osafia
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/644638/

Cancer Clusters in Vicinity to Cell-Phone Transmitter Stations
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/580224/

Osafia’s activity becomes stronger

“The antennas cause reduction in sexual desire”

Hadid Rashi,

Yediot Haifa 22.4.05

Last week anonymous lighted a fire in a house in Osafia in which a cellular antenna was erected. According to the suspicion, the people who burned also managed to damage the equipment that was in the place. It is an abandoned house whose owner died two years ago and his widow moved to live with her family. The police started investigating but arrested none until now.

Last week a brochure was distributed with the last warning before starting a religious and social boycott on residents who agree to place antennas in their house. In the brochure, 14 Druz Imams warn together with the heads of the Christian community and the Muslim leaders, that every person who will not respond in rejection to erect an antenna in his house, exopses himself to the anger of God and ostracism by the religion leaders. A religious person who will agree to put antenna in his house will be excluded from prayer places, until he removes the antenna. If he is a secular – he is completely ostracized and the public will be asked not to participate in any party that he will do or to participate in his grief in case a disaster will happen to him. None of the people in the village will buy or sell him things.

The mayor and vice mayor signed on the document, whose writers detailed the damage from cellular radiation- “scientific pubilcations link the radiation with cancer, reduction in sexual desire, damage that affects the next generations, learning difficulties, memory damage”, warns prof’ Padel Mansur from volcanic institute, “the main affected are children and women”.

Last Thursday, Dr. Micha Bar Hana, manager of cancer registry was invited to the municipality and claimed that there is no proven connection between the cellular radiation and cancer, but admitted that there is an increase of cancer rate in Dalia and Osafia, 6% more than the national average. The municipality people asked him to start doing a serious survey about the cancer rate in the two village, and Bar Hana prominsed that his institute will start the survey this year.

“62 antennas were in the village” said the mayor Dr. Akram Hason, “I have decided to remove them, even if there is no proven connection to cancer, in order to calm the people down, today there are 19 antennas left and we don’t know their place and they will be removed” he promised.

And non- formal data is that 2 weeks ago 4 people died from cancer in Osafia,

And - there is no cellular reception in the village - the companies turned the antennas off as a revenge because the municipality told them to move all the antennas to a hill near the village and the companies didn’t like this idea.

Iris Atzmon



Osafia residents will file a suit against the cellular companies
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/382774/

Alarm in the Druze city: Increase in the number of cancer cases in Daliat il Carmel & Osafia
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/644638/

The Cellular Antennas are Killing Us
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/644633/

Cancer Clusters in Vicinity to Cell-Phone Transmitter Stations
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/580224/

Letters to the IRISH EXAMINER re mobile phone health concerns

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/letters_to_the_irish_examiner.htm

SAARLAND-APPELL: Unterwegs zum UMTS-Staat

Für technischen Fortschritt – aber nicht auf Kosten der Bürger!
http://elektrosmoghalle.twoday.net/stories/643602/

Freilandversuch an Millionen Menschen
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/644843/

Charta kritischer Bürger: 11 Punkte für technischen, kulturellen und demokratischen Fortschritt
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/644853/

The hackers you haven't heard about

Page Rockwell
War Room
Salon.com
April 19, 2005

Here's one weapon in the Defense Department's arsenal you may not have heard much about: its team of cyber warriors. Wired reports that officers from U.S. Strategic Command, or Stratcom, acknowledged the existence of a unit called the Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last month. Strip away the jargon, and you have the key words: network warfare, also known as hacking.

Part of the network warfare command's job is defensive: The unit protected Defense Department computer systems from an estimated 75,000 hacking attemps last year. But President Bush signed a secret directive in July of 2002 calling for the development of Computer Network Attack protocols, specifically to enable the network warfare unit to launch cyber attacks against enemy computer systems. [...] Read more at: http://tinyurl.com/cjqhm


© Virginia Metze

Speaker Says Bush Knew Of Sept. 11 Plans

The Theologian And Author Believes The President Endorsed The Attacks To Build Up Support For His Military Plans.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Doug Erickson Wisconsin State Journal

A noted Christian theologian suggested Monday in Madison that the Bush administration not only had prior knowledge of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but probably helped orchestrate them.

David Ray Griffin, 65, a retired professor at the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, Calif., said the government's version of the attacks is so implausible it can't possibly be true.

The numerous inconsistencies and far-fetched explanations from Bush officials "show that the attacks must have been planned and executed by our own political and military leaders," Griffin said.

He thinks Bush endorsed the attacks to gain support for a military buildup and global domination effort that began with the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. [...] Read the rest at http://tinyurl.com/8whsb You may want to check out the Common Cause web site and read their take on the first hearing of the Election Reform Commission headed by Jimmy Carter and James Baker: http://www.commonblog.com/story/2005/4/19/95650/8097?tr=y&auid=836312 or http://tinyurl.com/76oyq


© Virginia Metze

How PBS accidentally showed that Rove stole the Florida vote

Beyond Barney: How PBS accidentally showed that Rove stole the Florida vote

Friday, April 15, 2005
posted by Jane Stillwater : 10:11 AM

I can't believe it! Frontline, the PBS news show, just explained to us on national television just exactly how Karl Rove managed to jimmy the election vote both in 2000 AND in 2004! And Frontline exposed Rove purely by accident too. They didn't MEAN to give away Rove's trade secret. But after they got done quoting our Karl, even Barney the Purple Dinosaur could have put two and two together and figured this one out.

According to political commentator John Machado, "On a recent Frontline segment featuring the grand accomplishments of Karl -- the architect -- Rove, the bottom line reason that Rove's vote goal was reached in November of 2004 was that 'his base came out' after the polls had indicated that Kerry was the winner by a comfortable margin. Does Rove's base, the holy rolling Right Wing, vote only after 5 PM?" [...] Read the rest at: http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/


© Virginia Metze

DeLay Continues Attacks on Federal Courts

by JESSE J. HOLLAND

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's work from the bench has been "incredibly outrageous," his latest salvo at the federal judiciary in the weeks following the courts' refusal to stop Terri Schiavo's death.

DeLay also labeled a lot of the courts' Republican appointees as "judicial activists," a term applied by conservatives to judges they dislike for not following what they call strict interpretations of the Constitution.

The No. 2 Republican in the House has been openly critical of the federal courts since they refused to order the reinsertion of Schiavo's feeding tube. And he pointed to Kennedy as an example of Republican members of the Supreme Court who were activist and isolated. [...] Read the rest on the AP web page http://tinyurl.com/be5ke


© Virginia Metze

Call for the Impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/2645/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Earth Day Turns 35

http://www.utne.com/webwatch/2005_195/news/11621-1.html


Informant: NHNE

Antarctic Glaciers Are Shrinking

Study Shows Antarctic Glaciers Shrinking
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050421/D89JUVFG0.html


Informant: NHNE

The end of oil is closer than you think

http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,1464050,00.html


Informant: NHNE
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