9
Sep
2005

Grenzwerte senken - Postkartenaktion

An zahlreiche Bürgerinitiativen und engagierte Einzelpersonen

Für Gesundheitsvorsorge beim Mobilfunk - Wir machen weiter und starten eine Postkartenaktion an den neuen zuständigen Minister!


Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

Sie haben das von der ödp initiierte und von einem breiten überparteilichen Bündnis getragene Volksbegehren „Für Gesundheitsvorsorge beim Mobilfunk“ unterstützt. Wir haben zwar die 10-Prozent-Hürde verfehlt, glauben aber, dass die Unterschriften von 400.000 besorgten Bürgerinnen und Bürgern dennoch ein politisches Signal darstellen. Wir halten es deshalb für wichtig, an dem Thema dran zu bleiben und starten gleich nach der Bundestagswahl eine Postkartenaktion an den neuen, für die Grenzwerte zuständigen Minister.

Viele Politiker - allen voran der bayerische Umweltminister Schnappauf – haben uns vorgeworfen, dass wir mit dem Volksbegehren das „eigentliche“ Ziel, nämlich die Senkung der Grenzwerte nicht erreichen. Wir werden sie beim Wort nehmen, wenn nun vielleicht schon bald ein Politiker der Union die Verantwortung für diese absurd hohe Strahlenbelastung tragen wird.

Das Volksbegehrenbündnis gibt es nun zwar nicht mehr. Weil uns die Gesundheitsvorsorge beim Mobilfunk aber ein großes Anliegen ist, bietet die ödp allen Unterstützern eine parteineutrale Postkartenaktion an, so dass jede überparteiliche Bürgerinitiative, engagierte Einzelpersonen und auch Mitglieder anderer Parteien mitmachen können. Die parteineutralen Postkarten werden nach der Bundestagswahl gedruckt und ausgeliefert, sobald feststeht, welches Ministerium und welcher Minister nach dem Geschäftsverteilungsplan der neuen Bundesregierung für die Mobilfunk-Grenzwerte zuständig ist.

Sie können die gewünschte Menge dieser Karten mit dem beiliegenden Formular schon jetzt bei uns kostenlos bestellen. Auf dem Bestellformular finden Sie auch ein Muster der Karte.

http://mitglied.lycos.de/newsomega/news/bestellformular_v2.doc

Bitte beteiligen Sie sich an der Aktion! Geben Sie die Postkarten an möglichst viele Menschen weiter. Ideal wäre auch die Auslage in Apotheken und Arztpraxen, bei Heilpraktikern und in Geschäften. Gemeinsam können wir die Politiker daran erinnern, dass im Juli allein in Bayern 400.000 Menschen mehr Gesundheitsvorsorge beim Mobilfunk gefordert haben.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Urban Mangold

Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei Bayern

Landesgeschäftsstelle
Postadresse: Postfach 2165, 94011 Passau Hausadresse: Heuwinkel 6, 94032 Passau, fon 0851/931131, fax 0851/931192
http://www.oedp-bayern.de
e-mail: bayern@oedp.de

Kommentar-BMU-Klingeltöne

Ich war auf der Seite vom BMU und habe einen Gästebucheintrag hinterlassen zum Thema "Klingeltöne", und habe darauf hin eine Bestätigung von Vodafone bekommen ??????? Seltsam oder zu erwarten!!!!

Viele Grüße aus Schifferstadt
> Stefan Dinges <


----- Original Message ----- From: <mail@vodafone-sms.de> To: <stefan.dinges> Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 10:31 PM Subject: Zustellbenachrichtigung / Delivery Notification


stefan.dinges: Neuer Beitrag im Gästebuch des BMU/

Sehr geehrte Frau Hildebrand,

im BMU-Gästebuch wurde ein neuer Beitrag hinterlegt. eMail: stefan.dinges

Beitrag: Klingeltöne/\"Handy\"+Artenschutz/Naturschutz ????Wie passt das zusammen ???? Werbung für die Mobilfunkindustrie ?!!? Kritische Menschen/Verbraucher verzichten auf sinnlose Dinge, die in dieser Form keinerlei \"Dienst an der Natur\" leisten, vor allem unter dem Aspekt der deutlichen Hinweise auf körperliche Beeinträchtigungen durch elektromagnetische (hochfrequente)Felder.

Datum: 2005-09-09 - 22:30:38

Nachricht für 00491735491004, Identifizierung 050909223043, ist am 09.09.05 um 22:31:07 ausgeliefert worden.


Vodafone D2 GmbH, Düsseldorf

Death of 43 people from electromagnetic radiation

http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/43319/0/radiaciones/denuncia/majadahonda

Denuncian la muerte de 43 vecinos de Majadahonda por radiaciones electromagnéticas

EFE. 24.08.2005 (death of 43 people from electromagnetic radiation)

http://www.abc.es/sevilla/pg050905/prensa/noticias/Sevilla/Provincia/200509/05/SEV-SEV-052.asp

This comes with summary in English thanks to Emilio from this list:

5, september, 2005. ABC, Sevilla edition Villaverde del Río (name of the small village at Sevilla)

The neigbourghood association of Villaverde del Río claimed yesterday to the Defender of People [an institution to help innocent people who has no ways to defend], José Chamizo, the situation of social alarm that the whole village is suffering for the 23 cancer cases that had been reported on the neigbourghs that live near a cellular antenna. The president of the association explained to ABC that "the neibourghs are highly worried because in the last days/months a lot of breast cancer and headaches in children had been reported and that can be caused by the antenna.

Besides they have medical informs about it, and they had been sent to a lawyer to stop the problem. The answer is that "in present days, there is a impossibility of legal actions and there is no demonstration that the antenna is dangerous for the health".

Iris Atzmon.



http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Cancer+Cluster

Spinning Katrina

Watch the video timeline that juxtaposes Bush and FEMA officials' spin about the disaster against reality.

Watch the clip:
http://www.crooksandliars.com/2005/09/07.html#a4845

by Keith Olbermann

This video timeline juxtaposes official spin about the disaster against the reality of the events.

http://tompaine.com/#passiton

Think Before You Speak Dept.

The latest unbelievable utterance from an elected official.
http://tompaine.com/uncommonsense/index.php#6107

Bush's Story Isn't History

by John Brown, TomPaine.com

As the 9/11 anniversary nears, the president has been caught, again, fixing the history to the policy.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050909/bushs_story_isnt_history.php

The Titanic Of Our Era

by Bill Fletcher, Jr., TomPaine.com

The president of TransAfrica looks at why the poor had no "lifeboats" to escape Hurricane Katrina.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050909/the_titanic_of_our_era.php

Rebuild The Gulf Coast and America

by Roger Hickey, TomPaine.com

Now is the time to transform our government into an effective instrument for rebuilding America.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050909/rebuild_the_gulf_coast_and_america.php

9/11 And The Sport of God

by Bill Moyers, TomPaine.com

Our democratic values are imperiled when irrational people are appeased merely because they are pious.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050909/911_and_the_sport_of_god.php

Judges Question Government's Claims on Detainee Rights

Three federal appellate judges yesterday expressed doubts about the government's assertion that hundreds of foreign nationals imprisoned indefinitely at a US military base in Cuba have no right to challenge their detention in US courts.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090905Z.shtml

The Bolton Backfire: Weaken UN, Imperil Americans

Almost the first act taken by Washington's new energetic, sometimes pugnacious, UN envoy John R. Bolton was the submission of a list of 750 amendments he seeks in the draft of the summit's declaration. That text, which deals with issues as important as nuclear disarmament, human rights, global warming, and counter-terrorism, had been painstakingly negotiated by world diplomats over preceding months.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090905P.shtml

DeLay PAC Indicted in Scandal

A Texas grand jury has indicted a political action committee formed by US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay as well as a powerful business group on charges they violated the state's campaign finance laws.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090905O.shtml

Hiding Bodies Won't Hide the Truth

Cadavers have a way of raising questions. When people see them, they wonder, how did they get dead? When a lot of people see a lot of dead bodies, politicians begin thinking of damage control.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090905K.shtml

CIA Leak Probe May Be Nearing End Game

Several lawyers involved in the case say Fitzgerald was likely to wrap up his inquiry this fall, if not sooner, though they say they have not heard from his office in weeks. The outcome could have political implications for Bush, whose approval ratings are already the lowest of his presidency.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090905J.shtml

Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)

http://mitglied.lycos.de/newsomega/news/global_call_to_action_against_poverty.htm

Jose Padilla: Court Rules U.S. Can Indefinitely Detain Citizens

GOOD-BY CONSTITUTION!

GOOD-BY DECLARATION OF INDEPENDANCE

GOOD-BY FREEDOM

Your rights have been REMOVED!

Be prepared .....

Annie

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News Update from Citizens for Legitimate Government
09 September 2005 http://www.legitgov.org/ http://www.legitgov.org/index.html#breaking_news

Court Rules U.S. Can Indefinitely Detain Citizens --Ruling Comes in the Case of 'Enemy Combatant' Jose Padilla 09 Sep 2005

A federal appeals court ruled today that the president can indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in the absence of criminal charges, holding that such authority is vital to protect the nation from terrorist attacks.


Copyright © 2005, Citizens For Legitimate Government
® All rights reserved.
CLG Founder and Chair is Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.



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Kandidatenbefragung entlarvt Atom- und Gentechnikpläne von FDP und CDU

Wahlkampf: Kandidatenbefragung entlarvt Atom- und Gentechnikpläne von FDP und CDU (09.09.05)

Die Kanzlerkandidatin der Union Angela Merkel und FDP-Chef Guido Westerwelle stehen über den geplanten Richtungswechsel in der Atom- und Gentechnik im Widerspruch zu den örtlichen Bundestagskandidaten. Dies bestätigt eine aktuelle Befragung von rund 600 Kandidaten und ein geheimer Gesetzentwurf der CDU/CSU zur Gentechnik. Auch in der Atompolitik wird geschummelt: Ginge es nach den Bundestagskandidaten der FDP, sollten in Deutschland wieder neue Atomkraftwerke gebaut werden. Die Ergebnisse der Kandidatenbefragung durch über 2000 Internet-Aktivisten des Greenpeace-EinkaufsNetzes stellte die Umweltorganisation am Freitag vor.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=11818

Irak-Krieg: Deutschlands Kriegsunterstützung ist laut Gericht völkerrechtswidrig

09.09.05

Wie das Bundesverwaltungsgericht (BVerwG) (BVerwG 2 WD 12.04) in seiner kürzlich veröffentlichten Urteilsbegründung zum Freispruch eines wegen Gehorsamsverweigerung angeklagten Soldaten erklärt, verletzt die Bundesrepublik Deutschland mit Unterstützung der US-geführten alliierten Streitkräfte im Krieg gegen den Irak seine völkerrechtlichen Verpflichtungen. Laut Urteilsbegründung sehen "weder der NATO-Vertrag, das NATO-Truppenstatut [und] das Zusatzabkommen zum NATO-Truppenstatut (...) eine Verpflichtung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland vor, entgegen der UN-Charta und dem geltenden Völkerrecht völkerrechtswidrige Handlungen von NATO-Partnern zu unterstützen."

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=11820

Don't Blame the Victims, Get to Work

http://political.moveon.org/helpvictims/

HurricaneHousing.org: Over 200,000 Spaces Offered So Far to Evacuees

http://www.hurricanehousing.org/

Govt. Blocking Legit Katrina Donation Site?

http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2005/09/govt_blocking_l.html

Blockt die US-Regierung Katrina-Hilfeseite?

MoveOn.org-Webseite von etlichen Behördencomputern aus nicht zu erreichen.

http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/20/20892/1.html

Menschenrechte bis 2074 ausgesetzt

ExxonMobil: nachhaltige Wirtschaftspolitik im Tschad und in Kamerun.
http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/20/20890/1.html

Raw Political Power Will Block Investigation

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090905Y.shtml

Sonnerie d' alarme sur le téléphone portable

Infos ASL

http://mitglied.lycos.de/newsomega/news/le_monde_diplomatique_09_2005_page_28_1.JPG
http://mitglied.lycos.de/newsomega/news/le_monde_diplomatique_09_2005_page_28_2.JPG
http://mitglied.lycos.de/newsomega/news/le_monde_diplomatique_09_2005_page_28_3.JPG

09.09.05

http://mitglied.lycos.de/newsomega/news/09_09_05_pfarrer_engelbrecht.pdf

Letter to Governor Bush, Other Governors and Mayors

( Deborah's Note: In addition to writing to Fla's Governor Bush, I have also written to Miami Fla's Mayor, to New York's Governor, to New York City's Mayor, to Washington DC's Mayor, and to North Carolina's Governor. I hope they will take what I have written seriously. There are photos of nuclear mushroom clouds at my website http://www.wisdomstore.us at the page entitled "Wise Reformation Writings". )

September 2, 2005

Governor Jeb Bush Executive Office Of the Governor The Capital Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0001

Dear Governor Bush,

Have you given any thought that if there are nuclear attacks upon the U.S.A. that Florida would most likely be one of the states nuked? With Florida being so close to Cuba that makes Florida especially vulnerable. Have you ever read the results of a nuclear bomb? I have. It sounds like a terrible way to die. Most Americans don't have access to bomb shelters.

From reading on the Internet about the way the U.S.A. foreign policy is now, unless that policy changes, it appears that it won't be long before there are nuclear attacks upon the U.S.A. No doubt, you are aware that Russia and China have nuclear bombs. I recall hearing on the news both Russia and China telling the U.S.A. not to attack Afghanistan and Iraq. I read that Iraq was one of Russia's trading partners. However, President Bush ignored their wish. From the Internet I read about Vice President Cheney talking about attacking Iran. Such an attack would start a nuclear World War 3. Both Russia and China have business deals with Iran for oil and natural gas. If the U.S.A. attacks any more of the countries they do business with, Russia and China will most likely lose their patience with the U.S.A.'s wars upon such countries.

Governor Bush, the U.S.A.'s foreign policy to have wars upon countries to take control of their oil, natural gas, or any resources is not the proper way to do business. I've read that the Russians have invented a new type of oil well drill that enables more oil to come from the oil wells that are thought to be dried up. Canada has discovered oil and is willing to sell oil to the U.S.A. There is some nuclear power and there could be more. There are alternative energies that should be developed and put into wide spread use - more types of alternative energies than already in use. The people that drill for oil could invest more money into getting the oil from the ground, such as buying some of the new Russian oil well drills. I've read that oil tycoons have been doing all they can to discourage some of the best types of alternative energies from being put into use. Instead of the U.S.A. having more wars to take control of other countries' oil and natural gas, this country should be content to buy whatever amounts of oil and natural gas that other countries are willing to sell to the U.S.A. at the price they offer or can be negotiated in non-violent ways, buy some of the new types of oil well drills from Russia to get more oil from the oil wells here, more employers to allow more employees to do some or all of their work from home instead of driving to work every day, promote carpooling, such as employers offering inventives to employees that carpool - for example people that carpool could be given some free gas coupons, employers to have company cars that employees, who carpool, could use in case their child got sick at daycare or school and needed to be picked up, build more nuclear power plants, allow all types of alternative energies to be manufactured and put into widespread use.

As to the Iraq war, I've read that most Americans believe that it is a mistake. A potential earlier exit strategy that President Bush may possibly be agreeable to would be to turn it over to the United Nations. I've read on the Internet that there are millions of United Nations soldiers. Because there are so many United Nations soldiers they could get the conflicts and the rebuilding of Iraq ended sooner. I prefer that there not be another military draft. We don't want to lose another generation of young Americans to wars.

Governor Bush, no doubt you are aware about American's driver's licenses to be changed to the National I.D. card in 2008. From what I've read on the Internet and off line writings, the National I.D. card will have more of American's personal information than our current driver's license. Plus it has an RFID device in it that can be activated to enable Americans to be tracked from the satellites up above. That sounds like a form of slavery to me. I've also read that the National I.D. card could be used as a means to prevent anyone that the government disapproves of their politics, beliefs, or religion from buying the necessities of life at stores. I've also read there is the possibility that people who refuse to accept the National I.D. card will be deprived of social security benefits. A member of one of the yahoo groups I belong to, who happens to be an attorney, says that the National I.D. card is a violation of the fourth amendment plus if Americans are denied their social security benefits, it is a means of legalized thievery.

There is also the concern that the National I.D. card would be an easy method for Americans to be rounded up and put into the barbed wire fenced in F.E.M.A. facilities that could be used as concentration camps. I do recall Tom Ridge saying that if there was another terrorists' attack upon the U.S.A. that would result in Americans having to go to such F.E.M.A. camps supposedly as an emergency shelter. However, I don't trust any locations that fence in innocent Americans. Those F.E.M.A. camps and the National I.D. card sound like something out of Nazi Germany.

Governor Bush, from what I have read on the Internet the top powers that be want to depopulate the Earth about 80% totally with a 50% depopulation of the U.S.A. because they think that the Earth can't supply the energy, food, and fresh water needs of the people here now, but they are wrong. By making the changes I have described in this letter about energy there would be enough energy. As to enough food and fresh water that could happen by making the most efficient use of agriculture. For example, allowing more people access to land to grow food and more people reducing their meat consumption, perhaps by 50% as it takes so much grain and fresh water to produce meat. I've read that the top powers that be are also worried that the Earth's population will reach 15 billion in upcoming decades. I'm aware that in some cultures many children are born to each woman. Perhaps pharmaceutical companies could donate free birth control to poor women in the extremely prolific cultures. I think the combination of all of these strategies would work sufficiently to control the Earth's population in non-violent ways.

Governor Bush, will you please have a meeting with President Bush and Vice President Cheney to discourage them from having the U.S.A. military attack other countries that Russia and China do business with, to turn over the war upon Iraq to the United Nations, and to stop the National I.D. card from being put into effect? I think President Bush and Vice President Cheney would more likely listen to wise advice from you. Feel free to share the strategies I've suggested with any powers that be. I look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you for any assistance.

Sincerely, Deborah Reid

Did Race and Class Affect the Relief Effort?

How did race and class affect the relief effort in the aftermath of Katrina?

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805Q.shtml

America Takes a Dive

Barely a word of compassion for Katrina's victims and the perpetual, endless, everlasting excuse that he had already used after the September 11, 2001, attacks: no one could have predicted. It is even more of a lie today than it was four years ago.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805H.shtml

Wrong Priorities?

Angry state officials accuse the White House of ignoring warnings that its focus on terror left the nation unprepared to cope with natural disasters.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805E.shtml

Macabre Reminder: The Corpse on Union Street

Six National Guardsmen walked up to the corpse on Union Street Tuesday afternoon. One soldier took a parting snapshot like some visiting conventioneer, and they walked away.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805C.shtml

Offers Pour In, But the US Is Unprepared

Generous offers of aid for Hurricane Katrina victims are pouring in from scores of nations, but in many cases the United States is unprepared to receive the goods.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805B.shtml

Police Prevent People from Leaving New Orleans

Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky, paramedics from California who were attending the EMS conference in New Orleans, detail their own experiences during and after Katrina. Their reports show that official relief efforts were callous, inept, and racist.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805A.shtml

UC Regents lose control of nuclear weapons program

Five admirals, Carlyle Group and Rand take over.
http://www.sfbayview.com/091504/ucregents091504.shtml


From Information Clearing House

Attorney General Approves Petition on National Guard Deployment in Iraq

Attorney General Tom Reilly today certified a ballot initiative to require the governor to withhold further National Guard deployment to Iraq and to use his office to bring about the immediate recall of all Massachusetts National Guard troops current in Iraq.

http://www.traprockpeace.org/bring_mass_guard_home_now.html


From Information Clearing House

Internal memos show oil companies limited refineries to drive up prices

The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) today exposed internal oil company memos that show how the industry intentionally reduced domestic refining capacity to drive up profits.

http://snipurl.com/hjbl


From Information Clearing House

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*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* SEPTEMBER 7, 2005
9:00 AM

*CONTACT:** *Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights http://www.consumerwatchdog.org* http://www.nirs.org *Jamie Court, 310-392-0522 ext 327; Tim Hamilton, 360- 495-4941 http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0907-04.htm

* *Internal Memos Show Oil Companies Intentionally Limited Refining Capacity to Drive Up Gasoline Prices

SANTA MONICA, California - September 7 - The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) today exposed internal oil company memos that show how the industry intentionally reduced domestic refining capacity to drive up profits. The exposure comes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as the oil industry blames environmental regulation for limiting number of U.S. refineries.

The three internal memos from Mobil, Chevron, and Texaco (available at http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/ http://releases.usnewswire.com/redir.asp?ReleaseID=52755&Link=http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/ show different ways the oil giants closed down refining capacity and drove independent refiners out of business. The confidential memos demonstrate a nationwide effort by American Petroleum Institute, the lobbying and research arm of the oil industry, to encourage the major refiners to close their refineries in the mid-1990s in order to raise the price at the pump.

"Large oil companies have for a decade artificially shorted the gasoline market to drive up prices," said FTCR president Jamie Court, who successfully fought to keep Shell Oil from needlessly closing its Bakersfield, California refinery this year. "Oil companies know they can make more money by making less gasoline. Katrina should be a wakeup call to America that the refiners profit widely when they keep the system running on empty."

"It's now obvious to most Americans that we have a refinery shortage," said petroleum consultant Tim Hamilton, who authored a recent report about oil company price gouging for FTCR. (Read the report at http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/rp/ http://releases.usnewswire.com/redir.asp?ReleaseID=52755&Link=http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/rp/ ) "To point to the environmental laws as the cause simply misses the fact that it was the major oil companies, not the environmental groups, that used the regulatory process to create artificial shortages and limit competition."

The memos from Mobil, Chevron and Texaco show the following.

-- An internal 1996 memorandum from Mobil demonstrates the oil company's successful strategies to keep smaller refiner Powerine from reopening its California refinery. The document makes it clear that much of the hardships created by California's regulations governing refineries came at the urging of the major oil companies and not the environmental organizations blamed by the industry. The other alternative plan discussed in the event Powerine did open the refinery was "....buying all their avails and marketing it ourselves" to insure the lower price fuel didn't get into the market. Read the Mobil memo at

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/5105.pdf http://releases.usnewswire.com/redir.asp?ReleaseID=52755&Link=http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/5105.pdf

-- An internal Chevron memo states; "A senior energy analyst at the recent API convention warned that if the US petroleum industry doesn't reduce its refining capacity it will never see any substantial increase in refinery margins." It then discussed how major refiners were closing down their refineries. Read the Chevron memo at http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/5103.pdf http://releases.usnewswire.com/redir.asp?ReleaseID=52755&Link=http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/5103.pdf

-- The Texaco memo disclosed how the industry believed in the mid-1990s that "the most critical factor facing the refining industry on the West Coast is the surplus of refining capacity, and the surplus gasoline production capacity. (The same situation exists for the entire U.S. refining industry.) Supply significantly exceeds demand year-round. This results in very poor refinery margins and very poor refinery financial results. Significant events need to occur to assist in reducing supplies and/or increasing the demand for gasoline. One example of a significant event would be the elimination of mandates for oxygenate addition to gasoline. Given a choice, oxygenate usage would go down, and gasoline supplies would go down accordingly. (Much effort is being exerted to see this happen in the Pacific Northwest.)" As a result of such pressure, Washington State eliminated the ethanol mandate - requiring greater quantities of refined supply to fill the gasoline volume occupied by ethanol. Read the Texaco memo at
http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/5104.pdf http://releases.usnewswire.com/redir.asp?ReleaseID=52755&Link=http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/5104.pdf


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Another storm would devastate U.S. energy -analysts

U.S. oil and natural gas supplies would be devastated if another strong storm hits while the Gulf of Mexico is recovering from Hurricane Katrina, energy analysts said on Wednesday.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N07187618.htm


From Information Clearing House

US 'approved' oil smuggling

While US Navy ships were patrolling the Gulf in February 2003, making a show of boarding and searching leaky dhows and small ships, they turned a blind eye to tankers carrying $54 million of Iraqi oil under the scheme on Jordan's behalf, the report said.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10185.htm

Radiological materials not secured for months after Iraq invasion

The US Defense Department failed to secure sources of radiological material in Iraq for six months after the US invasion in 2003, during which period some were looted or scattered, a congressional watchdog said.

http://snipurl.com/hjbi


From Information Clearing House

A deadly trail: Who supplied Iraq’s WMD?

Transmission of the anthrax, constitutes a breach of international law by the US, and that it is now the British government’s responsibility to report the matter to the United Nations Security Council.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10187.htm

Blair: The stench of hypocrisy

Who has killed more? - insurgents and suicide terrorists, or the armies of America and Britain? Well, any rational appraisal of the unlawfully killed in Iraq and Afghanistan will quickly show that Britain and America have killed far, far more people than any gang of terrorists.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10181.htm

War protests hit home



Cindy Sheehan stops at Hastert's office in Batavia
http://snipurl.com/hjbf

Cindy Sheehan:

Bring Them Home Now Tour:
http://www.bringthemhomenowtour.org/


From Information Clearing House



Cindy Sheehan
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

George Bush’s ‘Moral Truth’

Civilized societies protect the weak and vulnerable. When help did come to those stranded in New Orleans, the sick and the elderly were the last to get out.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10191.htm

"They'll Just Spend It On Crack"

Listening To Right Wing Radio:

The New Orleans "welfare riff-raff" have "hit the jackpot" and are going to get new houses and cars and "we" will all have to pay for "their" windfall. Now "they" are going to be bringing their "crime" to decent cities.

http://snipurl.com/hjb0


From Information Clearing House

Two Bush 2000 Florida recount aides were rewarded with top FEMA posts

Reversing an eight-year crusade to rid the now-embattled Federal Emegency Management Agency of political patronage, a newly elected George W. Bush in 2001 named two key players in his Florida recount fight to important FEMA posts.

http://snipurl.com/hjaw


From Information Clearing House

Four People Die of Water-Borne Illness After Katrin

Four people died of a water-borne illness they contracted from dirty water following Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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In Nursing Home, a Fight Lost to Rising Waters

St. Bernard Parish officials say that 32 of the home's roughly 60 residents died on Aug. 29, more than a week ago.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10188.htm

More than 100 died in a warehouse, waiting for rescue

A Louisiana congressman says more than 100 people died at a warehouse along a New Orleans dock. Congressman Charlie Melancon (muh-LAWN'-suhn) says they died as they waited for rescuers to take them to safety.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10189.htm

FEMA Packed With Presidents Pals

Campaign pros get top jobs

By Kenneth R. Bazinet

The three top jobs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency under President Bush went to political cronies with no apparent experience coping with catastrophes.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10183.htm

The Siege of New Orleans

By Mike Whitney

The orders are clear: "Empty the city, Cut off communications between the citizenry, and Protect private property." The result is a massive ethnic cleansing operation that will displace tens of thousands of poor, black residents and pave the way for Halliburton and other major Bush contributors to rebuild the city at taxpayer expense. This is the clearest illustration of class-based warfare we have seen to date, but we expect more will follow.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10182.htm

Katrina + Oil = Profits for Our Kings

By John Perkins

It is time, my fellow Americans, to listen to the words of our Founding Fathers. Profiteering without representation must go. The destruction of our world, for the short-term benefit of a new type of royalty, is unacceptable.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10180.htm

Warnings were loud and clear but still city drowned

By Giles Whittell

IF THERE is a smoking gun in the Gulf Coast wreckage, it is the hurricane warning issued by the New Orleans office of the US National Weather Service soon after 10am on August 28, the eve of Katrina’s arrival.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10193.htm

Vice President Dick Cheney, in Gulfport, Mississippi on a tour of the Katrina hurricane zone

Vice President Dick Cheney, in Gulfport, Mississippi on a tour of the Katrina hurricane zone, was told to "go *uck yourself, Mr. Cheney" twice on live television

Click here to watch
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10196.htm

Listening to Your Neighbors Die

"I heard her die," Williams said. "She cried for two nights, 'Help. Someone help me please!' Then the last time I heard her call it turned into a gurgle. That was her last cry.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10194.htm

Sadness, Anger & Hope in the Wake of Katrina

----- Original Message ----- From: "SOA Watch" media@soaw.org
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 8:41 AM
Subject: Sadness, Anger & Hope in the Wake of Katrina

As reports continue to come from the Gulf, we continue to be saddened and angered by what we hear.

As Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast we received reports from SOA Watch activists who were stranded. Some could not leave and some stayed to be with those who had no way of leaving. In the days that followed, after the levees broke, we continued to hear from friends in New Orleans who were trapped in the city. The reports were difficult to hear.

We also learned that over the last three years the monies that were allotted to reinforce the levees in New Orleans were cut by the Bush Administration as the budgets increased for Homeland Security and the Pentagon. We see U.S.-funded wars waged in places like Colombia and Iraq resulting in great loss of life. We see the funding of military training schools, like the SOA, resulting in Latin American soldiers returning home to bring suffering to their own people. We are angered that money for fixing the levees was cut and resources to assist survivors did not materialize in the days that followed Katrina. New Orleans was destroyed not by Hurricane Katrina, but by levees that could have been fixed.

We see National Guard Units in Iraq while we needed to see them and their equipment at home. Our anger grew as we learned of how many people were trapped and how many people would continue to die because rescuers were not on the way.

The federal government abandoned black people and poor people. The media showed images of people of color carrying food and reported that they were "looters;" nearly identical images of white people finding food carried captions describing the people as "finding food."

Clearly, institutional racism in our government caused people to die, and institutional racism in the media criminalized people of color as they were struggling to survive.

SOA Watch adds its voice to the outrage that millions are feeling in our country now. We demand accountability from a government that would take our money to fund a murderous foreign policy in the Persian Gulf while neglecting our infrastructure at home - neglect that is responsible for killing thousands on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

SOA Watch believes that our country would be more secure by no longer training assassins in the Americas and by no longer sending our troops to wage war on people of color abroad. We believe that a true homeland security will be achieved not by funding war, but by supporting a global security where our country's deteriorating infrastructure is repaired and all around the globe people have access to education, a living wage and healthcare.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, we were inspired to hear your stories of the true heroism, generosity and mutual aid that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

In recent days you've shared with us how you've taken this struggle for life into your own hands. You told us that some of you were in the Gulf and continue to remain there adding your hands to the thousands who stayed to help others. We continue to hear that many of you are coordinating food and clothing drives, that you're finding housing for displaced people in your area or that you've left for the Gulf with groups like Veterans for Peace to volunteer in some of the areas that need our help most.

We will all continue to assist the survivors in the Gulf, to find homes for the displaced and to respond to this catastrophe as we hold onto our anger and sadness. We will carry our outrage and grief as we demonstrate in Washington this September - and we will take it with us as we remember and resist at the gates of Fort Benning this November 18-20.

We are a part of the millions in our country who believe that love is more powerful than prejudice, that hope will prevail over despair and that our hands united are building a world where respect for life triumphs over political interest.

Yours in the Struggle for Life,

Asha, Carmen, Christy, Eric, Hendrik, John, Pam and Roy The SOA Watch Staff


Informant: Andrea Ball

CONCERN AT BID FOR MAST IN WILNECOTE

ELLIE PIOVESANA
Tamworth Herald

10:30 - 08 September 2005

Worried Wilnecote residents fighting plans for a 25 metre phone mast near their homes were expecting a decision to be made last night (Wednesday).

Planning officers who recommended a refusal of the T Mobile mast at last month's meeting, now say the application meets planning legislation.

But the final say rested with committee members who have recently rejected several masts because they would be too close to homes.

Angry Sarah Swegsda of Curlew, Wilnecote, feels she has been kept in the dark over the plans.

"I'm absolutely fuming," she told the Herald.

"I only heard about this from a neighbour. Not everyone has received a letter about this."

T Mobile are requesting permission to erect a 25 metre mast next to electricity pylons on the Tamworth Grid Substation, Stonydelph Lane.

The site is near to Wilnecote residents - especially those in Curlew - as well as the Happy Tots day Nursery.

Planning guidance states that masts should not be sited within 100 metres of residential properties.

But a report released this week said the nursery falls just outside the 100 metre buffer and the mast is unlikely to have any impact on residents.

Mrs Swegsda spent Tuesday night handing out leaflets to parents outside Happy Tots Day Nursery in a bid to drum up some last minute support.

"I do not want to put my children's lives at risk and I do not want a mast outside my house," she added.

A petition containing nearly 80 signatures has been handed in to the council. Residents who spoke at last night's meeting were told they were not allowed to object on health grounds.

U.S. Could Use Energy Weapons in Iraq Next Year

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Informant: Kev Hall

Fight over phone mast is back on

Wakefield Express

RESIDENTS have vowed to fight new proposals to place a phone mast at a football club near an infant school.

The planning application to erect a phone mast at Ossett Albion FC comes two months after a similar application to place a mast on the same site was refused.

People living in the area around the Dimplewells Road site, close to Dimplewell Infant School, fought a determined campaign to prevent a mast being erected last time – and have promised they will do the same again.

The new planning application, by T-Mobile, is for a phone mast antennae to be attached to one of the existing floodlights, instead of a separate phone mast.

Determined residents have restarted the Ossett Residents Against Mobile Phone Masts (ORAMM) pressure group and are collecting signatures against the planning proposal.

Margaret Walker, of Dimplewells Lane, is a member of ORAMM.

She said: “It’s going to be close to the school. I don’t think it’s a suitable site for a phone mast. I think it will devalue our house because it is so near to it.

“In addition, there are the health hazards, which they say are none existent, but I don’t believe that at all.

“We are all in agreement. All the way up Dimplewells Lane and Dimplewells Road, and in the surrounding areas, they are objecting.

“We are just hoping that the planning department will take notice and say no to them again.”

Ms Walker is helping ORAMM collect signatures for the petition.

She said: “I have never done anything like this before in my life, but I feel so strongly about it. A lot of other people do as well, especially those with young children.”

Stuart Garside, vice-chairman of Ossett Albion FC, based at Ossett Cricket and Athletic Club, said the club have a football team that play in the Unibond League, an under 19s side, and are in negotiations with youth sides to bring them to the club.

He said: “Any money raised from the mast will be going to help promote football in the area from juniors right through to seniors.

“We are self-financing and we have got to do everything ourselves.

“It won’t look out of place. It’s going to be an addition to the floodlights.

“There will be no difference in outlook from any of the houses.

“There isn’t a health issue – it hasn’t been proved in the courts.

“If there was a health issue in the future, we would have no hesitation in taking the mast down.”

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Wakefield Council has extended the closing date for comments on the application, reference number 05/99/687566/A, to Friday, September 16.

09 September 2005

Councillor on hand to stop phone mast work

By Peter Stebbings
Barnet and Potters Bar Times

A Barnet councillor spent part of her weekend preventing the building of a mobile phone mast for which planning permission had not been granted.

Councillors and residents have long opposed applications by mobile phone operators to plant masts in Saxon Field, a bank of grass between St Mary's Road and Avondale Avenue, in Church Hill Road, East Barnet.

With a council official in tow, Councillor Olwen Evans hot-footed down to the site on Sunday, after a phone call from a resident alerted her to what was going on.

The confusion arose because Saxon Field is close to the road, part of which belongs to Barnet Council and part to the Department of Transport. The latter had granted planning permission, but the former had not.

The council has vowed to oppose all applications for phone masts on its land.

Mrs Evans said: "It is outrageous that contractors working for T-Mobile have tried to erect a mast on council land.

"The company has absolutely no right to put up a transmitter at that site. It would appear they may have tried to force the issue by erecting over the weekend."

A T-Mobile spokesman said: "The use of mobile phones in the UK has grown at a phenomenal rate, with some 60 million now in use.

"All communities have the potential to benefit from first-class mobile communications whether they are used for business, social or emergency purposes."

Mobilfunkbetreiber am Pranger

http://www.allgemeine-zeitung.de/wirtschaft/objekt.php3?artikel_id=2031734


Nachricht von der BI Bad Dürkheim

Katrina: "Bipartisan" Betrayal

by toni solo

Failure to prioritize anyone's needs but their own is to be expected of the mendacious, cunning Bush regime. But the wretchedness and misery endured by people in the southern US states abandoned to their fate after hurricane Katrina has broader aspects too. The apparent absence of even provisional civil defense structure or organization indicates how far the US has declined into a corrupt one-party state, mired in federal and local negligence and incompetence, incapable of throwing off the racist legacy of slavery. Katrina has shown that the US is a banana republic on steroids -- the poor endure deprivation and insecurity while the rich party and make war....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/solo0909.htm

The End of "Greatness"

by Ahmed Bouzid

First it was Abu Ghraib, now it's Katrina. With Abu Ghraib, the world witnessed in shock the spectacular collapse of America's self-erected moral high ground; with Katrina, the collapse of America's image as the limitless land of economic might and material plenty. Of course, 'the world' has all along been well aware of America's deep moral flaws. The world remembers America's original sin that made its birth possible -- the genocide of Native Americans, the sin that made its emergence as an economic power a reality, Slavery, and its long history of military interventions and political sabotage (the Philippines, Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Honduras, Chile, Iran, Greece, to name just the tip of the iceberg). What 'the world' has not been as well aware of are the economic and social fault lines that scar the landscape of American society. An instructive way to highlight those fault lines is to compare the United States to a first-world country and see how it fares....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Bouzid0909.htm

What Do You Mean, It's "Like" Living in a Third World Country?

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Drolette0909.htm

Amid Death and Destruction

Lessons From Hell

by John Chuckman

When Bush got around to visiting -- incidentally, holding up the urgent delivery of food supplies by planes grounded for his security -- what we got were photo-ops like the staged start to repairing a damaged levee. In safely-selected meetings with a few area residents, Bush, suddenly appeared in a checkered shirt instead of his usual silk suit with overly-padded shoulders. He exchanged such fascinating anecdotes as the fact that Trent Lott had also lost a home (one of several) and that he, Bush, looked forward to sitting with Trent on the porch of his new, better house. How would Trent's new house be a better one, I wondered reading these words? Because Trent would have no trouble more than replacing his loss through manipulating the bounty of one Federal program or another? Because Trent had already got the President's ear on his personal misfortune? Few of the desperate people clinging to roofs or the relatives of others floating face-down in filthy tides while Bush spoke could anticipate such bounty....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Chuckman0909.htm

The Green Zone

by Patricia Goldsmith

The chickenhawks have put the war back in class warfare. Under globalization, Baghdad and New Orleans really are interchangeable. It's not just the American worker, but the American citizen, who is being brought down to the same level as a citizen of the Third World. Apparently, human rights are only for those with the money to buy them -- and the price is going up, up, up, right along with oil. In the future, I believe September 11, 2001 will become identified with peak oil. While oil production did not actually peak on that particular day, it's close enough for government work. Our entire civilization, with its quaint middle classes and obsolete Geneva Conventions and Bill of Rights, is based on the false assumption of unlimited access to cheap oil....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Goldsmith0909.htm

Objections halt phone firm's mast

Shropshire Star 09 09 05

Telecommunications giant Vodafone was today refused permission to put up a 12-metre high phone mast in Telford, following a storm of opposition from angry residents.

The proposal for a mast near the junction of Brunel Road and Stone Row in Malinslee attracted letters and emails of objection along with a petition signed by more than 200 residents.

It was turned down by members of Telford & Wrekin's plans board this morning by a narrow margin of just four votes to three.

Councillor John Sadler, who voted against the mast, said the reason for refusal was that masts should not be put near residential areas, when guidelines advise that they are not placed in schools.

However, members were warned by area planning officer Dave Fletcher that this reason was unlikely to be upheld if the decision went to appeal.

Phone mast nightmare

Sep 9 2005

Cheshire Chronicle
Exclusive By Liza Williams, Chester Chronicle

THREE young children could end up sleeping just two metres away from a mobile phone mast.

A proposed mast for the Orange network at Olympus House in Tattenhall would be directly adjacent to bedrooms at The Mount, Kath Jameson's home, where her nine-year-old twins and seven-year-old son sleep.

Kath said: 'I am so worried - we can't let this mast be erected. It is one thing knowing masts are close to where you work, or are in the village, but having them just two metres away from your childrens' bedrooms is quite another matter.'

Many other residents are also concerned about the mast.

Mike Kennerley, who lives on the high street, said: 'The specific location is problematic. There is so much space in this area where the mast could have gone, and it is worrying that it is proposed so close to houses.

'There should have been more consultation on the site, with the parish council for instance, and then this trouble could have been avoided.'

Anthony Barbour, managing director of The Bolesworth Estate, who own the site, defended the decision.

He said: 'It is our understanding that the proposal is for a microcell-based station. These operate at a very low power and are used to improve networks, especially where the volume of calls is high, as it is in the village.

'On order to allay any fears, we have requested that Orange arrange a drop-in session for residents, where they will be able to answer any questions.'

A spokesman for Orange stressed that the proposal meets all health and safety guidelines: 'We have made the design as sympathetic as possible - it has a single antenna and is covered so it cannot be seen.'

Kath said: 'I realise the Government states there is no health risk , but no one will really know for many years how safe such radiation is.'

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Residents have until September 24 to object.

Parents protest against phone mast ‘disgrace’

editorial@hamhigh.co.uk
09 September 2005
Caroline McClatchey
Hamstead and Highgate Express

A PHONE mast has been erected in Kentish Town to ensure rail commuters get a better reception on their mobiles.

Mobile phone giants Orange installed the mast in a used car lot in Bartholomew Road on Monday morning.

Locals are furious as mobile phone company O2 is planning to install a 10 metre mast on the pavement in Oseney Crescent, yards away from the new mast.

Mother-of-three Annie Moser, of Gaisford Street, who is leading the campaign against the O2 mast, said: "It's disgraceful. This means there will be two masts within yards of each other.

"We didn't even have an opportunity to respond to the Orange mast. It still affects a lot of people. It's irresponsible of Camden Council, which knew about the local opposition to the O2 mast.

"The government is committed to encouraging mobile phone companies to use the same mast and Camden Council should have forced a joint application."

O2 bosses lodged their application after commuters travelling on Silverlink trains near Kentish Town complained of a poor signal.

Jacqueline Sibanda, Orange's community liaison officer, said the firm had complied with the law and notified the council, ward councillors, and the nearby schools - Camden School for Girls and Torriano Infant and Junior.

She said: "The Orange site meets the permitted development requirements as it will have just one antenna and a small cabinet.

"It is part of a wider project at Orange to provide coverage on national rail routes so that commuters are able to use their phones whilst travelling into town or making their way home.

"The target coverage area is the Kentish Town tunnel."

More than 130 residents signed the petition against the O2 mobile phone mast, which will be placed near Cantelowes Gardens park if Camden Council gives it the go- ahead.

Mrs Moser added: "The area is densely populated and the mast will be an eyesore.

"Camden Council doesn't take health grounds as a valid reason to refuse masts but the government does say they need to be cautious about where they site masts.

"Surely a site near three schools is not a good place for a mast."

Camden Council will review the application after the consultation period has ended.

caroline.mcclatchey@hamhigh.co.uk

Fury as mast work starts

By Tom Warren Shropshire Star 08.09 .05

Angry Shropshire villagers today claimed contractors from mobile phone giant Orange had started work on a 50-foot mast near their homes without giving them any notice.

Residents of West Felton, near Oswestry, are now organising an urgent public meeting. They say they are concerned that the massive antenna will be a blot on the landscape and could pose a health risk.

The villagers say they knew nothing of the development until earlier this week when contractors moved on to the site.

But Oswestry Borough Council says Orange has done nothing wrong and went through all the proper legal channels in 2002 to get permission for the 15-metre 3G mast.

West Felton resident Pat Mabe said the parish council objected to the antenna three years ago, when the application was submitted, and they believed the plan had been shelved.

But this week villagers came across workmen on the field where the mast will go.

The parish council tried to stop contractors getting to the site by banning them using a dirt track owned by the village to access the field.

But the workmen were carrying on, she said.

Planning officer Tim Rogers said Orange had no obligation to tell people that work was starting on the mast because the application was dealt with three years ago.

New rules now mean that councils have to inform people near mast sites when they are about to be put up, he said.

No-one from Orange was available for comment today.

Joy as phone mast plan withdrawn

Chester Evening Leader 08 09 05

CAMPAIGNERS against plans to put a mobile phone mast in the heart of their Chester community are celebrating success.

Vodafone wanted to install a 12-metre pole and equipment box at the junction of Victoria Road and Victoria Crescent, near Chester Business School.

Residents said the mast would be an eyesore in an area under a conservation order and they said they were also worried about the health implications of living close to one.

But the company decided to withdraw its application after discussion with planning officers.

Jane Frapwell, electromagnetic field adviser for Vodafone, said: “This site is a conservation area. And after discussion with the local planning officer we decided it would be best to find an alternative site.”

She said the company still needed a mast in the area to boost coverage.

But residents and councillors who were against the plans also believe the strength of feeling against putting a base station, as they are officially called, there had some bearing on Vodafone’s decision to withdraw.

College ward councillor Sandra Rudd said: “We are delighted they withdrew the plans. I believe the strong objections raised by residents and the ward councillors have been a major contribution to this decision.

“I know the company needs a mast somewhere in this area so people can use their mobile phones, but this was an inappropriate development. This decision is a victory for residents.”

Other councillors to object included College ward’s Janet Black, and City and St Anne’s’ Gwyn Cooper.

Ministers to decide on mast plan

Sep 8 2005

icAyreshire

By ERIC McGOWAN

MINISTERS are to have the final say on plans to erect a phone mast just 250 yards from Lawthorn Primary School.

North Ayrshire Council have been forced to refer the decision after receiving a bumper 129 objections to the proposal.

Planners gave the provisional nod for the 15 foot 3G mast to be put in place in Kames Court, Littlestane Road on Monday.

Now parents opposed to the plans are praying Scottish ministers will overturn the decision.

They argue that the mast could pose a risk to public health, is too close to the school, houses and parkland, is an eyesore, and could be a target for vandals.

They claim there is no need for 3G services in the area and there are many alternative locations available.

But at Monday’s planning meeting councillors said the concerns were not valid reasons to refuse permission.

They also noted that many of the objectors lived some distance away from the proposed site.

They approved the plans on condition that the mast and its equipment be situated a minimum of 450mm from the roadside and that within six months of the equipment becoming obsolete or redundant the mast must be removed.

Das Merkel Programm: Armut, Krieg und Unterwerfung

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Zunehmend enthüllt sich die verdeckte Agenda der CDU unter Angela Merkel: Krieg mit Bush - bemäntelt als "Normalisierung der transalantischen Beziehungen" - die verordnete Armut für immer größere Teile der Bevölkerung nach dem Muster ihrer Vorbilder: Reagan und Maggie Thatcher.

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Federal Government Kills More Than 2.7 Million Wildlife In '04

http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0908-05.htm

"Bush the Protector" vs. "Bush the Menace"

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0908-32.htm

Global Catastrophes Set to Increase Unless We Change NOW

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0908-24.htm

Emphasize Conservation, Alternative Fuels

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0908-30.htm

UN Spells Out the Stark Choice: Do More for World's Poor or Face Disaster

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0908-08.htm

Caught in the Eye of the Hurricane

Hurricane Katrina - Our Experiences, by Paramedics

This message is available on the Internet at http://www.emsnetwork.org/artman/publish/article_18337.shtml

Note: Bradshaw and Slonsky are paramedics from California that were attending the EMS conference in New Orleans. Larry Bradshaw is the chief shop steward, Paramedic Chapter, SEIU Local 790; and Lorrie Beth Slonsky is steward, Paramedic Chapter, SEIU Local 790.[California]

Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreen's store at the corner of Royal and Iberville streets remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing. The milk, yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat. The owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers, and prescriptions and fled the City. Outside Walgreen's windows, residents and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry.

The much-promised federal, state and local aid never materialized and the windows at Walgreen's gave way to the looters. There was an alternative. The cops could have broken one small window and distributed the nuts, fruit juices, and bottle water in an organized and systematic manner. But they did not. Instead they spent hours playing cat and mouse, temporarily chasing away the looters.

We were finally airlifted out of New Orleans two days ago and arrived home yesterday (Saturday). We have yet to see any of the TV coverage or look at a newspaper. We are willing to guess that there were no video images or front-page pictures of European or affluent white tourists looting the Walgreen's in the French Quarter.

We also suspect the media will have been inundated with "hero" images of the National Guard, the troops and the police struggling to help the "victims" of the Hurricane. What you will not see, but what we witnessed, were the real heroes and sheroes of the hurricane relief effort: the working class of New Orleans.

The maintenance workers who used a fork lift to carry the sick and disabled. The engineers, who rigged, nurtured and kept the generators running. The electricians who improvised thick extension cords stretching over blocks to share the little electricity we had in order to free cars stuck on rooftop parking lots. Nurses who took over for mechanical ventilators and spent many hours on end manually forcing air into the lungs of unconscious patients to keep them alive. Doormen who rescued folks stuck in elevators. Refinery workers who broke into boat yards, "stealing" boats to rescue their neighbors clinging to their roofs in flood waters. Mechanics who helped hot-wire any car that could be found to ferry people out of the City. And the food service workers who scoured the commercial kitchens improvising communal meals for hundreds of those stranded.

Most of these workers had lost their homes, and had not heard from members of their families, yet they stayed and provided the only infrastructure for the 20% of New Orleans that was not under water.

On Day 2, there were approximately 500 of us left in the hotels in the French Quarter. We were a mix of foreign tourists, conference attendees like ourselves, and locals who had checked into hotels for safety and shelter from Katrina. Some of us had cell phone contact with family and friends outside of New Orleans. We were repeatedly told that all sorts of resources including the National Guard and scores of buses were pouring in to the City. The buses and the other resources must have been invisible because none of us had seen them.

We decided we had to save ourselves. So we pooled our money and came up with $25,000 to have ten buses come and take us out of the City. Those who did not have the requisite $45.00 for a ticket were subsidized by those who did have extra money. We waited for 48 hours for the buses, spending the last 12 hours standing outside, sharing the limited water, food, and clothes we had. We created a priority boarding area for the sick, elderly and new born babies. We waited late into the night for the "imminent" arrival of the buses. The buses never arrived. We later learned that the minute the arrived to the City limits, they were commandeered by the military.

By day 4 our hotels had run out of fuel and water. Sanitation was dangerously abysmal. As the desperation and despair increased, street crime as well as water levels began to rise. The hotels turned us out and locked their doors, telling us that the "officials" told us to report to the convention center to wait for more buses. As we entered the center of the City, we finally encountered the National Guard. The Guards told us we would not be allowed into the Superdome as the City's primary shelter had descended into a humanitarian and health hellhole. The guards further told us that the City's only other shelter, the Convention Center, was also descending into chaos and squalor and that the police were not allowing anyone else in. Quite naturally, we asked, "If we can't go to the only 2 shelters in the City, what was our alternative?" The guards told us that that was our problem, and no they did not have extra water to give to us. This would be the start of our numerous encounters with callous and hostile "law enforcement".

We walked to the police command center at Harrah's on Canal Street and were told the same thing, that we were on our own, and no they did not have water to give us. We now numbered several hundred. We held a mass meeting to decide a course of action. We agreed to camp outside the police command post. We would be plainly visible to the media and would constitute a highly visible embarrassment to the City officials. The police told us that we could not stay. Regardless, we began to settle in and set up camp. In short order, the police commander came across the street to address our group. He told us he had a solution: we should walk to the Pontchartrain Expressway and cross the greater New Orleans Bridge where the police had buses lined up to take us out of the City. The crowed cheered and began to move. We called everyone back and explained to the commander that there had been lots of misinformation and wrong information and was he sure that there were buses waiting for us. The commander turned to the crowd and stated emphatically, "I swear to you that the buses are there."

We organized ourselves and the 200 of us set off for the bridge with great excitement and hope. As we marched pasted the convention center, many locals saw our determined and optimistic group and asked where we were headed. We told them about the great news. Families immediately grabbed their few belongings and quickly our numbers doubled and then doubled again. Babies in strollers now joined us, people using crutches, elderly clasping walkers and others people in wheelchairs. We marched the 2-3 miles to the freeway and up the steep incline to the Bridge. It now began to pour down rain, but it did not dampen our enthusiasm.

As we approached the bridge, armed Gretna sheriffs formed a line across the foot of the bridge. Before we were close enough to speak, they began firing their weapons over our heads. This sent the crowd fleeing in various directions. As the crowd scattered and dissipated, a few of us inched forward and managed to engage some of the sheriffs in conversation. We told them of our conversation with the police commander and of the commander's assurances. The sheriffs informed us there were no buses waiting. The commander had lied to us to get us to move.

We questioned why we couldn't cross the bridge anyway, especially as there was little traffic on the 6-lane highway. They responded that the West Bank was not going to become New Orleans and there would be no Superdomes in their City. These were code words for if you are poor and black, you are not crossing the Mississippi River and you were not getting out of New Orleans.

Our small group retreated back down Highway 90 to seek shelter from the rain under an overpass. We debated our options and in the end decided to build an encampment in the middle of the Ponchartrain Expressway on the center divide, between the O'Keefe and Tchoupitoulas exits. We reasoned we would be visible to everyone, we would have some security being on an elevated freeway and we could wait and watch for the arrival of the yet to be seen buses.

All day long, we saw other families, individuals and groups make the same trip up the incline in an attempt to cross the bridge, only to be turned away. Some chased away with gunfire, others simply told no, others to be verbally berated and humiliated. Thousands of New Orleaners were prevented and prohibited from self-evacuating the City on foot. Meanwhile, the only two City shelters sank further into squalor and disrepair. The only way across the bridge was by vehicle. We saw workers stealing trucks, buses, moving vans, semi-trucks and any car that could be hotwired. All were packed with people trying to escape the misery New Orleans had become.

Our little encampment began to blossom. Someone stole a water delivery truck and brought it up to us. Let's hear it for looting! A mile or so down the freeway, an army truck lost a couple of pallets of C-rations on a tight turn. We ferried the food back to our camp in shopping carts. Now secure with the two necessities, food and water; cooperation, community, and creativity flowered. We organized a clean up and hung garbage bags from the rebar poles. We made beds from wood pallets and cardboard. We designated a storm drain as the bathroom and the kids built an elaborate enclosure for privacy out of plastic, broken umbrellas, and other scraps. We even organized a food recycling system where individuals could swap out parts of C-rations (applesauce for babies and candies for kids!).

This was a process we saw repeatedly in the aftermath of Katrina. When individuals had to fight to find food or water, it meant looking out for yourself only. You had to do whatever it took to find water for your kids or food for your parents. When these basic needs were met, people began to look out for each other, working together and constructing a community.

If the relief organizations had saturated the City with food and water in the first 2 or 3 days, the desperation, the frustration and the ugliness would not have set in.

Flush with the necessities, we offered food and water to passing families and individuals. Many decided to stay and join us. Our encampment grew to 80 or 90 people.

From a woman with a battery powered radio we learned that the media was talking about us. Up in full view on the freeway, every relief and news organizations saw us on their way into the City. Officials were being asked what they were going to do about all those families living up on the freeway? The officials responded they were going to take care of us. Some of us got a sinking feeling. "Taking care of us" had an ominous tone to it.

Unfortunately, our sinking feeling (along with the sinking City) was correct. Just as dusk set in, a Gretna Sheriff showed up, jumped out of his patrol vehicle, aimed his gun at our faces, screaming, "Get off the fucking freeway". A helicopter arrived and used the wind from its blades to blow away our flimsy structures. As we retreated, the sheriff loaded up his truck with our food and water.

Once again, at gunpoint, we were forced off the freeway. All the law enforcement agencies appeared threatened when we congregated or congealed into groups of 20 or more. In every congregation of "victims" they saw "mob" or "riot". We felt safety in numbers. Our "we must stay together" was impossible because the agencies would force us into small atomized groups.

In the pandemonium of having our camp raided and destroyed, we scattered once again. Reduced to a small group of 8 people, in the dark, we sought refuge in an abandoned school bus, under the freeway on Cilo Street. We were hiding from possible criminal elements but equally and definitely, we were hiding from the police and sheriffs with their martial law, curfew and shoot-to-kill policies.

The next days, our group of 8 walked most of the day, made contact with New Orleans Fire Department and were eventually airlifted out by an urban search and rescue team. We were dropped off near the airport and managed to catch a ride with the National Guard. The two young guardsmen apologized for the limited response of the Louisiana guards. They explained that a large section of their unit was in Iraq and that meant they were shorthanded and were unable to complete all the tasks they were assigned.

We arrived at the airport on the day a massive airlift had begun. The airport had become another Superdome. We 8 were caught in a press of humanity as flights were delayed for several hours while George Bush landed briefly at the airport for a photo op. After being evacuated on a coast guard cargo plane, we arrived in San Antonio, Texas.

There the humiliation and dehumanization of the official relief effort continued. We were placed on buses and driven to a large field where we were forced to sit for hours and hours. Some of the buses did not have air-conditioners. In the dark, hundreds if us were forced to share two filthy overflowing porta-potties. Those who managed to make it out with any possessions (often a few belongings in tattered plastic bags) we were subjected to two different dog-sniffing searches.

Most of us had not eaten all day because our C-rations had been confiscated at the airport because the rations set off the metal detectors. Yet, no food had been provided to the men, women, children, elderly, disabled as they sat for hours waiting to be "medically screened" to make sure we were not carrying any communicable diseases.

This official treatment was in sharp contrast to the warm, heart-felt reception given to us by the ordinary Texans. We saw one airline worker give her shoes to someone who was barefoot. Strangers on the street offered us money and toiletries with words of welcome. Throughout, the official relief effort was callous, inept, and racist.

There was more suffering than need be.

Lives were lost that did not need to be lost.


Informant: Be Kind Whenever Possible

Another X-Class Flare on the Way

EARTH CHANGES TV NEWSLETTER

by Mitch Battros – ECTV

A new X-5 Flare has blasted off from sunspot region 789, now renamed 806. This does not fare well for current tropical storms and hurricanes. I would watch hurricane “Ophelia” very closely.

Ophelia: http://www.earthchangestv.net/images/Ophelia.jpg

It looks like sunspot region 806 is going to be with us for quite a while, and with each passing day positions itself closer to a direct hit to Earth. It is currently coming around the eastern limb of the Sun, and will take about 23 days to pass.

Already we have seen “sudden” tornadoes, straight-line winds, micro-burst, and wind shears occur, and I'm afraid more are on the way.

X-5 Flare: http://www.sec.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_5mBL.html

Kp Index: http://www.sec.noaa.gov/rt_plots/kp_3d.html


It all started with a simple equation…

Equation:

Sunspots => Solar Flares => Magnetic Field Shift => Shifting Ocean and Jet Stream Currents => Extreme Weather and Human Disruption (mitch battros)

FEMA's Blocking Relief Efforts

The head of FEMA was fired from his last job overseeing horse shows.

WorldNetDaily: FEMA chief fired from previous job
http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=46155

FEMA's Blocking Relief Efforts - An Amazing List
http://www.rense.com/general67/femwont.htm


Sept. 8 2005

FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/84aa35cc-1da8-11da-b40b-00000e..

FEMA turns away experienced firefighters
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/5/105538/7048

FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/national/nationalspec..

FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/national/nationalspec..

FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05246/565143.stm

FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=15147862&BRD=...

FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/3/171718/0826

FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0509..

FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-050902dale..

FEMA turns away generators
http://www.wwltv.com/local/stories/WWLBLOG.ac3fcea.html

FEMA: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond"
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=18470

That last one is real -- not satire but straight from FEMA's website.

{END}


From: Be Kind Whenever Possible

Vicious Circle of CO2 Emissions Is Speeding Up Climate Change

Climate change causes climate change. A study has found that soil is emitting more carbon dioxide into the air because increasing temperatures are speeding up the natural rate of organic decay.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/090805EA.shtml

Money Flowed to Questionable Projects

Congress has spent plenty of money on engineering projects in Lousiana, but without a sense of priorities. "It has been explicit national policy not to set priorities, but instead to build any flood control or barge project if the Corps decides the benefits exceed the costs by 1 cent," said Tim Searchinger, a senior attorney at Environmental Defense. "Saving New Orleans gets no more emphasis than draining wetlands to grow corn and soybeans."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805T.shtml

Top 10 Censored Stories of the Past Year

Project Censored has released its top 10 under-reported news stories of the year. Story number 7 was the rising death toll among non-embedded journalists covering Iraq. Project Censored cites Steve Weissman's series of reports titled: "Dead Messengers: How the US Military Threatens Journalists," first published on t r u t h o u t last February.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805S.shtml

UN Raises Alarm on Death Squads and Torture in Iraq

The United Nations has raised the alarm about mounting violence in Iraq blamed on pro-government militias. The UN report cites mass arrests by US and Iraqi forces as well as long detention without charges, torture and extrajudicial executions.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805R.shtml

Update from the Field 9/08/05

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/update0506/090805.html

Continental IS providing free transport to the pet

Please pass this along to anyone that may need this help! Wolf Lady

If transport was a problem in fostering a Katrina victim, this will be a big help.

Continental IS providing free transport to the pets of hurricane victims.

If anyone is looking to foster or adopt a Katrina victim, this information was on the Petfinder forum...contact any of the rescue groups working in the area

PLEASE NOTE THAT CONTINENTAL IS ONLY OFFERING THIS FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET THESE HOMELESS ANIMALS SHIPPED TO FOSTER HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW! PLEASE CALL Continental Airlines at 1-800-575-3335 TO GET THE DETAILS AND TO COORDINATE.

The number for animal transport is 800-575-3335. You have to wait through the announcement and then you will get a live person! Continental IS providing free transport to the pets of hurricane victims.

Here are some details: Only offered on large jets - no small commuter planes for the animals safety.

You must have a crate. It must be the appropriate size for the animal.

The shipper must have identification from LA, MS or AL.

If the person is traveling with the pet, it must be in under the seat crate,she thought this applied to rescue flights from NO, but was not sure. If the animal is traveling from a non-affected city (like Houston) a health certificate is required. There are lots of resources for health certs in these cities.

If the animal is traveling from an affected city (within LA, MS and AL) they will allow a hand written note from a rescue organization stating that the animal is healthy enough to travel.

Unfortunately the airport in Biloxi is still not open.

This service will only be available for another 3 to 5 days. They want to limit this to a couple of weeks at the most - so, time is of the essence. Call the number above for more info if you need transport


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Just 100 emails to Congress will get them to attend

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. – Edmund Burke

You Do Make a Difference! Just 100 emails to YOUR Congressional Members Will Prod Them to Attend the September 20 Codex Briefing! Please Make Sure They Get Those Emails!

I know that your health freedom is important to you.

I am writing to you because Health Freedom needs your help. I am asking you to click here to email the members of your Congressional Delegation and strongly urge them to attend the Congressional Codex Briefing on September 20, 2005 at noon in Room 2220 Rayburn.

A Washington insider told me two days ago that if we can get as few as 100 emails and phone calls to each Member of Congress urging him/her to attend the Codex Briefing, an outstanding number of Congressional Members will take this unfamiliar outpouring of interest as a signal and come to the briefing.

Congress knows virtually nothing about Codex although Congress can vote down our legal protections like DSHEA[1]while opening the door for Codex without ever realizing there was a connection unless we educate them. That’s what the Congressional Codex briefing will do.

We will tell Congress that Codex Alimentarius, the international Food Code, could prevent Americans from having access to the vitamins and minerals that many of us believe -- and know -- contribute to their health and well being.

Congress is our main defense against Codex, a threat of which they have generally never heard! The Codex Briefing will tell them what Codex is, what it will mean to them and their families and to their constituents. It will also inform the members of Congress about what they need to do to protect the US from this looming health disaster.

But I guarantee you that if you do not send these easy emails or call the Congressional Switchboard (1-202-225-3121) to you’re your Congressmen and women to attend the Codex Briefing, they will not attend. It is a simple as 1-2-3-4:

1. No constituent outcry via your emails and phone calls = no attendance.

2. No attendance = no information about what Codex really is and what it means to the health of every man, woman and child in the United States.

3. No information = no staunch bulwark of defense against this health and health freedom threat.

4. No staunch bulwark = no more health freedoms and precious little health.

Congress is our main defense against dangerous and deadly Codex regulations becoming our laws here in the US. Yet Congress knows nothing about Codex.

Congress, for example, has before it at least 5 bills http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/bills which would seriously damage or completely destroy the rights of Americans to enjoy access to nutrients, supplements and herbs classified as foods with no upper limits on their use. That access is assured by DSHEA, the 1994 Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act, passed by unanimous Congressional consent.

Did Congress suddenly see the light and suddenly all of them were converted to Natural Medicine in 1994? Hardly! We, the People, were up on our feet making a whole lot of noise about the health freedom issue. In fact, Congress got the distinct impression that if anyone, no matter who they were, dared to interfere with our nutrient and supplement access he or she would never go back to Congress again.

Now Congress is on the front lines again, and, amazingly enough, most of the men and women, of either party, that we elected to do the legislative work of this country have not a clue about the impending Codex battle. Most members of Congress have never heard of Codex!

I know because the Natural Solutions Foundation has called hundreds of Congressional Offices and talked to hundreds of Congressional Health Aides. They and their bosses had literally never heard of Codex before we mentioned it to them and sent them material. They only knew what their party leaders and their lobbyist friends tell them. And, sadly, neither party is speaking out for your health. Guess What! There are no nutrient companies making major financial contributions to Congress and pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into matching lobbying $$ to rival Big Pharma’s vast investment in Congress.

Last year, Big Pharma spent $780 Million on Congressional lobbying, according to USA Today (April, 2005). And We, the People? What have we got with which to contend against that? We have:

1. votes – Congress knows that irate constituents spell re-election trouble, big time

2. truth – which has its own special ring: people know it when they hear it and they resonate with it

3. the shared human realities that all of us face, including Congressmen and women, as they create families and as they age: good health is supported and sustained by clean, unadulterated food and high potency nutrients.

They know that, like the rest of us, if you violate those requirements you and your family will sicken and perhaps die. Senators and Representatives have families that they care about and bodies that they depend upon.

Until they understand, as clearly as you do that

* high potency, effective and clinically meaningful supplements are not toxins

* unadulterated food and drink is essential to a healthy life,

there will be no reason for them to protect anything against Codex, least of all, their constituents!

Please help get your Congressional Delegation to the Codex Briefing on September 20, 2005 at noon, Room 2220 Rayburn. It’s a matter of life and death: yours, mine and theirs. Two More Items: Thanks for Doing Both!

1. Start a meetup. It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s a really great political organization tool. Go to http://healthfreedom.meetup.com. This site lets you tell others in your area that you are interested in health freedom and lets them find you. You pick a time, a location (Starbucks is a typical place) and then you list yourself as the organizer. People will contact you and then, voila, there’s a meetup when and where you create one.

The Natural Solutions Foundation will provide you with Talking Points, Action Steps, Organizational Tools, etc. Just let me know you have organized a meetup by writing to me at info@healthfreedomusa.org. What a terrific way to hook up with others who feel the same way you do!

2. Join the Health Freedom 400. If only 400 people each gave just $25 we would reach our goal of $10,000 is jig time. Please support our work. That’s simple and easy, too. Our fund raising campaign is in Day 14 so we are almost at the half way mark. Won’t you give generously and help support the fight to keep our natural health options alive?

Yours in health and freedom, Rima E. Laibow, MD Medical Director Natural Solutions Foundation rima.laibow@healthfreedomusa.org

Katrina, Another Impeachable Crime: A Message from Ramsey Clark

From: "ImpeachBush.org" ImpeachBush@VoteToImpeach.org
http://ImpeachBush.org
Date: 7 Sep 2005 02:14:58 -0000

Subject: Katrina, Another Impeachable Crime: A Message from Ramsey Clark

We need your support to bring Impeachment to the White House door! Please make a much needed contribution now for the growing costs of the Sept. 24 demonstration - from many thousands of signs and flyers to buses to help get people to DC. Help us fill the streets with ImpeachBush banners and placards - and people! Your contribution will also help us place a new round of full-page newspaper ads calling for impeachment.

The stunning human tragedy of Katrina makes the impeachment of President Bush more urgent. His priority is not poor people, but militarism to exploit the poor at home and abroad.

President Bush sent National Guard units to Iraq from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi in a criminal war of aggression and military occupation. They were thus unavailable to provide emergency services in their own states, or protect their own families. He refused to return them from Iraq to save and serve their own people, instead only authorizing the return of some Air National Guard personnel to protect and repair equipment at an Air Force Base. These forces and the resources that they command should be used to meet people's needs, not for violence.

His tax cuts for the rich, huge increases in military spending and deliberate slashes in social programs, including those funds specifically requested for flood control and to strengthen dikes in New Orleans and the surrounding areas, and his complete failure to even consider emergency transportation for the known poor in the path of a level-5 hurricane, followed by days of failure to send federal emergency relief personnel to seek and save the many thousands whose lives were known to be threatened, who were pleading for help on television and who faced death, was criminal negligence at best, and a failure to faithfully perform his duties as President.

George W. Bush will never recognize the rights or human dignity of the immense and growing population of Americans - overwhelmingly African American and other minorities and elderly - living in Third World conditions here at home. They were the principal victims of Katrina, as they are of his failure to assure equal protection of the laws to all. Their plight and peril will worsen while President Bush remains President.

The only act that can stop President Bush from continuing his criminal war of aggression against Iraq and his arrogant criminal acts and threats against Cuba, Haiti, Iran, Korea, Syria, Venezuela and any country in his path is impeachment. Impeachment is an act already two years past due. The cost of delay is staggering: two thousand U.S. military deaths, ten thousand and more wounded, many thousands more disabled, more than 100,000 Iraqi deaths, several hundred thousand injured, nearly $200,000,000 in federal funds, and even greater damage to Iraq in shattered lives and smashed cities and infrastructure. The cost of delay, already staggering, is greater every day.

While proclaiming freedom his credo, George W. Bush has done more to destroy freedom and the human dignity which it nourishes than all other Presidents in our history. Who would have dreamed of Abu Ghraib, scores of prisoners murdered, assassinations and summary executions, Guantanamo, thousands imprisoned in the U.S. without Constitutional protections, or sent to be tortured in client states with impunity, all for a President and those acting for him? What prior President has proclaimed himself above the law, coerced more than 100 countries into bilateral treaties promising never to surrender a U.S. citizen to the International Criminal Court?

The world watches and wonders why, if the American people are free, they fail to resist the criminal violence of their President.

The only act that can redeem the United States in the hearts and minds of those still capable of forgiving and believing our government can change its violent ways is the impeachment of George W. Bush and the responsible officials of his administration before it is too late.

The time to begin a final drive for impeachment is now. Together, we are not helpless. Power is in the people united for peace. Perseverance through the midterm Congressional elections in November 2006 can force incumbent members of the House of Representatives to impeach President Bush or face defeat. Failing that, it can restore integrity and honor to the President's oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

The Constitution, written with the abuses of King George III painfully in mind, is unequivocal in the action required for criminal conduct of civil officers of the United States:

"The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." Article II, Section 4.

The Nuremberg Judgment proclaimed war of aggression "the Supreme international crime." World War II was comprised of wars of aggression. President Bush boasted assassination and summary executions in his 2003 State of the Union message.

We need your help. Vote to Impeach. Persuade others to vote to impeach now.

The impeachment campaign will be achieving its largest ever street visibility by organizing a huge contingent on September 24th, at what will be the largest peace demonstration in Washington D.C. since the war of aggression against Iraq began in March 2003. The demonstration will call loud and clear for impeachment, withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and full reparations to the victims of U.S. violence.

We are organizing buses from many cities on September 24th. Ticket prices are being kept low so that everyone who wants to come can attend. Printing banners, signs, posters add to the expenses. We are also preparing to publish another round of full page ads in the New York Times and other newspapers so that the message of impeachment resonates not only on September 24, but in the critical weeks and months ahead.

We need money now to help promote and transport people who want peace to Washington on September 24, for the next round of newspaper ads, and for the acceleration and continuation of the impeachment drive into the Congressional elections next year. Please take a moment to make a much needed donation.

Sincerely,

Ramsey Clark

http://ImpeachBush.org


Put him in jail! the WORST president in US history

IMPEACH! http://fornits.com/renegade/peaars.cgi?keywords=impeach+bush



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Weather Manipulation History and Science

(excerpt)

9.8.5

Unfortunately there is a fee to listen to tonight's show, but you can listen to last weeks for free at the links below. I think you will see that the money is well worth it.

Our Rise will be their fall!

X98

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LAST UPDATED Thursday September 01, 2005

http://www.jmccanneyscience.com/

September 01, 2005 Radio archive (now in 2 file sizes on links below)

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Peace,

9.8.5

Please be sure to listen to

Professor James Mccanney tonight... at 8:00 pm

http://www.realityradionetwork.com/
http://www.realityradionetwork.org/
http://www.realityradionetwork.net/

Earthquake Inducing Electromagnetic Weapons Used http://iron-eagles.tripod.com/articles/em_earthquake.htm
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=/ForeignBureaus/archive/200501/FOR20050107b.html



by mark hazlewood

Weather Manipulation History and Science

http://jmccanneyscience.com/

James McCanney will discuss weather manipulation on his show tonight. In his weather book he's devoted an entire chapter.

This technology is being used by Bush and Cheney (ptb) to acquire huge billion dollar contracts to rebuild what they destroy with it. Halliburton (Bush and Cheney Co.) has already been given the contracts to rebuild parts of New Orleans. And of course when they destroy a tiny part of their world wide oil empire in the process this is their excuse to hugely jack up and rape the American people increaesing oil/gas prices. The tens if not hundreds of thousands of people that get killed in the process of doing this are a non issue to these cold hearted greed motivated people.

The disinformation being bantered about is saying that this is new technology. It's been around for over a decade and the use of it has been perfected.

Another part of the disinfo in and around this subject is to mislabel what the technology is, in other words trash the technology. It has nothing to do with scalar waves. BS like this is currently on rumor mill news. And lastly suggesting that any other country in the world could put satellites up over the US and start to manipulate our weather is attempting to blame another for their your doing. We would see, identify, and stop that in a heart beat.

A few years back it became apparent that Russians had this simple weather manipulation technology and as a good will gesture they offered it to us to deal with our storm problems. This made international news. We didn't accept this offer because we already had the simple satellite technology already. Besides the ptb didn't want to lessen the storms and send them out to sea but increase their strenghth and aim them at our cites for their own profit.

http://jmccanneyscience.com

From victims to vandals: mass media and New Orleans

James Petras

Rebelión

Introduction

Briefly, but dramatically, the political failures that turned New Orleans and many other Gulf cities and towns into a human catastrophe, shattered the bonds of conformity between the mass media and the government. Critical reporters described the failure of the government’s Homeland Security to evacuate vulnerable poor people and the absence of basic food and water for the victims. The media contrasted Bush partying with Republican cronies in California, Vice President Chaney on the golfing green, Secretary of State Rice shopping in Manhattan and Homeland Security boss Chertoff claiming that disaster relief was in excellent shape with the cries of desperation and destitution of tens of thousands of poverty-stricken and hungry African Americans and poor whites barely surviving in a dark, filthy convention center and sports arena.

By Day Four of the disaster, the critical impassioned voices were replaced by measured voices of official compassion. Photo opportunities of Bush abounded; the National Guardmen were arriving and the Government was responding. The “news” was about the heroic aid workers with photogenic white guards and nurses cradling black infants, bringing relief to the “refugees” and ending the growing lawlessness, violence and “looting” among the survivors. Interviews with top military officials focused on the threats to the soldiers from violent elements among the “refugees”. Visual images of armored troop carriers, heavily armed Special Forces against a backdrop of angry desolate people, resonated with the war propaganda from Iraq . What was an exercise in humanitarian aid was converted into a counter-insurgency operation. By the end of the sixth day the mass media converted the national government’s political failures to protect citizens into a successful military occupation.

The Militarization of New Orleans

Nothing captures the “revised line” of the media better than the prominent place given to the government’s order to “Shoot to kill looters”. Not a whimper of protest, not a critical voice: The media converted the destitute city into a war zone: New Orleans became Fallujah. The media dredged up every rumor, hearsay, un-substantiated third hand report of child rape and murder to provide a “context” for the “new reality” – the militarization of a devastated American city. The media are well prepared for that scenario: Embedded journalist featured soldiers handing out concentrated military field rations (totally useless for small children and dehydrated elderly) while the beating of blacks carrying groceries (blacks ‘loot’ food; whites ‘find’ food) was omitted. Over a hundred thousand people without homes, jobs and savings, water, food and sanitation, were first and foremost subject to military occupation… to protect the banks, boutiques and jewelry stores from “looters”. Sixteen thousand troops and Special Forces backed by armored carriers and helicopters have taken over the city.

There were no announcements or plans for civil reconstruction – jobs for those without jobs and plans to re-house the tens of thousands of families left homeless. Instead the media repeatedly played on white paranoia: black rapists terrorizing neighborhoods, shelters, anywhere they could flag a rumor… It is surprising that ‘cannibalism wasn’t included in the medias list of ‘outrages’ committed by the “Africanized” destitute. There was hardly any mention of the “looters” who braved the swirling floods and military snipers to bring bottled water to the elderly, dry cereal to children and cans of sardines to the hungry. Ninety-nine point percent of the poor blacks were destitute but the media focused on the 1% of criminals. “Zero tolerance” declared Governor Blanco of Louisiana to titillate the President and to prime the automatic rifles of the Special Forces. The black mayor of New Orleans , caught between the majority of blacks confined to filth, living amidst the decaying dead and the sewage of the living and the militarization of the city, appealed to the outside world.

The daily rape of a city, of an entire population of the most vulnerable, is condoned. While the media pursue a witness to the rumored rape of a 14-year-old several days earlier they ignore reports of mass death, fecal contaminated waters and listless, dehydrated babies. The mass state propaganda machine focuses on the President signing an aid bill and promising Law and Order.
Criminalizing the Victims

Given the government’s total abandonment of tens of thousands of poor, starving and homeless blacks, it was obvious that many people would scavenge for food and water. By deliberately linking the survivors with “looters” and “rapists”, public officials set the stage for the subsequent militarization and de-facto martial law – fertile terrain for the killing fields. The first reports that filtered out from (unembedded) eyewitness reports mentioned groups of Guardsmen beating the self-help survivors. Military reports cited the killing of several ‘snipers’.

No doubt the Government’s first pre-occupation is to saturate the city with the military to prevent the survivors from organizing for justice and to channel all communications about the state of the city through officially approved sources. Even more significantly the military defines the nature of the situation as a problem of criminality and the repressive “solution” through maximum control and minimum aid.

The Magical Powers of the Mass Media

On the seventh day after the human catastrophe, the mass media were flooded with the faces, voices and compassionate rhetoric of all the major and minor spokespeople of the Bush Administration. Every major television network, every featured program presented Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, Chertoff and various Generals speaking in mutual admiration of the Herculean efforts, of the courageous and generous Guardsmen, aid workers etc.

The mass media commentators and interviewers wholeheartedly co-operated in decriminalizing the state. The officials guilty of crimes against the humanity of poor and destitute citizens were transformed into humanitarian saviors. Not a single word of self-criticism from the officials and none suggested by the media moderators. The few dissident critical voices of the first few days were chastened and disappeared from the television screen. The US media was the only place in the world in which the guilty officials were exonerated.

Media-State mass propaganda had its impact: Public opinion polls indicated that more (70%) of the public were hostile of the President’s petroleum policy and high gas prices than of the gross political neglect which caused the death of thousands of their, mostly black, compatriots (66%).

By publicizing the President’s belated and inadequate aid and amplifying the extent of criminality among the destitute, the mass media has racially polarized the catastrophe between generous compassionate white humanitarians and ungrateful, hostile black “refugees” – a term stripping the victims of their citizenship and rights.

Washington ’s “Shoot to Kill” order applied to water bottle snatchers and the real or imagined snipers. Negative labeling of the victims by the media heightens the public’s distrust of the testimonials of dehydrated children and frail grandmothers. Criminalization, demonization and militarization is what Washington does best. Repeating official propaganda and censoring dissident interviews is what the US mass media does best. Not a single mass media outlet, not a single one of the major television outlets mentioned the highly critical reports of the most prestigious overseas media. Reports from Le Monde, the Guardian, El Pais, Der Spiegel, La Jornada were never mentioned.

Photo propaganda and captions in big print are especially effective in our boobocracy and it is what our mass media does best. Photographs of Bush hugging a cleaned-up, photogenic ‘survivor’, excluded the bodies floating in the debris. Ubiquitous photos appeared of Bush signing the aid bill…seven days after the fact, but not photos of Bush at a Republican fund raiser on Day One of the hurricane. No photos of Vice President Chaney golfing on Day Three, while cadavers floated down Main Street in Biloxi, Mississippi. No photos of the President and CEO of the Red Cross depositing her over $640,000 salary, while 40,000 people lacked clean water in “refugee sites”. No photos of Secretary Rice at a Broadway comedy on Day Four while the bodies of old black ladies decomposed near their outraged and destitute relatives and neighbors.
Conclusion

The mass media made an abrupt turn, adapting and shaping the images of the Administration’s catastrophe. In seven days the magic of the media transformed the Bush team from incompetent and ignorant leaders to decisive and caring officials. At the same time the desperate, dying and furious were converted into an unruly, crime-ridden, ungrateful and chaotic mob. The political message was clear: Repression and militarization were priority conditions for survival and humanitarian aid. The city had to be under de facto martial law before it could be saved. Viet Nam and Falluja come to mind. After all, counter-insurgency is what we do best.

According to the President, his Cabinet members and the media: “ America is rising to the occasion.” We won’t forget the 10,000’s of dead and injured, we’ll even lower the flag for a few days – that is if the Congressional Black Caucus raises the issue. As the President would say, “Let’s move on. We’ve got a war to win in Iraq .”

In the other America , the victims, their friends, their brothers and sisters are not deceived. Certainly the Europeans, Africans, Asians and Latin Americans have images etched in their collective memory: of frantic, desperate New Orleans poor with faces staring angrily at an indifferent government.

But will white America remember who are the criminals and who are the victims?

Sept. 4 2005


Informant: David Silver

From ufpj-news

Support the spirit of Camp Casey



CODE PINK LA is co-sponsoring some fantastic events happening this weekend. Come out and support peace by attending or volunteering at any of these events. Please contact Dana at (310) 827-4320 or dana@codepinkalert.org if you are able to help out. Cindy Sheehan is in town, so see the events below and come support the spirit of Camp Casey at Henry Waxman's office or at Agape International Spiritual Center ! See details below. September 11th is this weekend as well, so see the events below and join CODE PINK as we honor, remember and move forward with reverence.

Join us for the spirit of Camp Casey as we send Cindy off to the bus tour and send aid to Louisiana … Friday, September 9

7:30-9pm

Agape Spiritual Center

5700 Buckingham Parkway Culver City , CA 90230 Speakers will include: Cindy Sheehan, Arianna Huffington, Jodie Evans of CODE PINK Jeff Key of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Eisha Mason of Agape Spiritual Center & AFSCMembers of Veterans for Peace & Gold Star Families for Peace, As well as inspiring music from LA women Event sponsored by Agape, CODE PINK , American Friends Service Committee, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families for Peace, Vets For Peace, MFSOWe will be collecting donations for Camp Casey Covington in Louisiana for the victims of Hurricane Katrina

Let us know you are coming with an email to rsvp@codepinkalert.org
*There is no charge for this event.

Join Cindy Sheehan as she visits Congressman Henry Waxman Friday September 9, 2005 - 4pm 8436 West 3rd st. Suite 600 , LA 90048 Please come with your support for mothers everywhere and Congressman Waxman's willingness to meet with Cindy.

Events happening on Sunday, September 11, 2005 STOP THE NEXT WAR NOW: A DAY OF REFLECTION, PLANNING AND ACTION KPFK, CODE PINK, Progressive Christians Uniting and Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace invite you to "Stop the Next War Now!" Come and empower yourself with tools and resources to make real change in the world! Call (626) 683-9004 for more information.

10:00am-11:30am : Rectors Forum
12:15 pm : Box lunch/discussion All Saints Church - 132 North Euclid Ave, Pasadena , CA

7:00 - 9:30 pm: Panel Discussion ICUJP, CODE PINK , KPFK and PCU present Medea Benjamin – Global Exchange, CODE PINK , (recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize) Ray McGovern – former CIA analyst; founder -Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) Tom Hayden – former California State Assemblyman; co-author of the Port Huron Statement) Eisha Mason – Executive Director, the Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence; KPFK 90.7 Radio Host Salam Al-Marayati – Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Los Angeles Hip-Hop artist Will B and other special guests tba.

Suggested Donation $10 – no one turned away for lack of funds! Immanuel Presbyterian Church 3300 Wilshire Blvd. (at Berendo, East of Vermont )

RENO : Rebel Without A Pause, Unrestrained Reflections on September 11th SPARC 685 Venice Blvd. Reno, an opinionated alternative comedian who creates heavily improvised topical monologues with political consciousness and common sense will be performing her evening length Off-Broadway hit show, Rebel Without a Pause, at SPARC to mark another September 11th. Reno was awakened on September 11th, 2001 by the impact of the first plane crash, just blocks from her loft in New York City. Three weeks later, she became the first artist to publicly exorcise her conflicting experiences with audiences looking for words to describe their own confusion.

FOR RESERVATIONS: email whit@citizenreno.com or phone: 310-205-9436. Tickets are $20, proceeds will benefit SPARC. This is an outdoor venue, chairs provided / wheelchair accessible.


Peace, Dana, Grace, Jodie, Susan, Sarah, Samantha, Tiffany and Whitney



Cindy Sheehan
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Hurricane Katrina: A Compelling Call "To Do Justice, Love Kindness, and to Walk Humbly"

From: "Joe Volk" <joevolk@fcnl.org>

Legislative Action Message Friends Committee on National Legislation

Hurricane Katrina: A Compelling Call "To Do Justice, Love Kindness, and to Walk Humbly" (Micah 6:8) - FCNL

As the fourth anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches, the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are facing a disaster of far greater proportions: Hurricane Katrina. Thousands are feared dead. Hundreds of thousands are homeless. Most of New Orleans remains submerged under toxic, bacteria infested, disease-laden floodwater. The regional economy, upon which the country depends for much of its energy and international trade, has been brought to a standstill. It will take many years of intensive, costly effort for the region to recover. Follow this link to help meet the needs of those affected now.

After painful delays, aid is flowing now into the stricken region.

Yet, beyond the devastation, Katrina has left in its wake many troubling questions about federal budget and policy priorities and about the capacity of the federal government to carry out its primary function – to “establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare. . .” The disaster has laid bare the devastating impact of decades of misplaced priorities that have favored the rich over the poor, marginalized communities of color, failed to address a growing energy crisis, and wasted hundreds of billions on war and preparations for war. Warnings ignored: For years now, why has the federal government ignored warnings that New Orleans was at high risk of being devastated by a major hurricane and ignored local and state appeals for assistance to restore wetlands, strengthen levees, and take other measures to reduce the threat? Has it been too distracted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? And by the demands to spend more and more on “military security?” No eyes to see: As the hurricane approached, why was so little done to assure the health and safety of the poor, the institutionalized, the infirm and those without access to private transportation? Why weren’t city buses and school buses mobilized to transport people out of harm’s way? What was done to evacuate those who do not read or watch the news, who do not trust public officials, who have no place to go, or who are elderly or disabled shut-ins? Did our national officials not have eyes to see the most vulnerable people? Billions for security or for profit?: After the hurricane hit, why was the federal response so slow and ineffective in the crucial first days? After spending tens of billions on homeland security, why couldn’t the federal government do better than this? Where has the money gone? Evidently not to rapid responses to aid people in harms way. Human security too late: Why does it take a devastating hurricane to get the government to finally provide food, health care, shelter, and public safety to people long-afflicted by poverty, hunger, inadequate health care and housing, and unemployment? Will the government now give greater priority to addressing similar concerns in communities across the country where basic human needs continue to go unmet? Energy policies put us at risk: Why hasn’t the federal government done more to reduce U.S. dependence on oil (and thus, U.S. vulnerability to economic disruption and environmental degradation) when viable alternatives exist? Will the federal government provide increased emergency energy assistance to the poor and working poor across the country who are burdened the most by sky-rocketing gasoline and heating fuel prices? Wars that weaken the U.S.: To what degree have the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan undermined the capacity of the federal government to respond to national emergencies and meet basic human needs?

We urge Congress and the administration to consider these questions in the months ahead. We urge them to shift federal budget and policy priorities away from a bleak future of perpetual war toward taking away the occasion for war through the peaceful prevention of deadly conflict, meeting basic human needs at home and abroad, advancing human rights, and reducing the U.S. and world’s dangerous, harmful dependence on oil.

But viewing this crisis just days before the fourth anniversary of September 11, we are reminded that in the days following those heinous attacks the president had an historic opportunity to chart a new course in U.S. foreign policy, one dedicated to advancing the rule of law internationally, peacefully preventing deadly conflict, and cooperatively addressing the root causes of violent extremism. It was a rare opportunity to respond to a grievous wrong with restraint, justice, kindness, and humility.

Instead, President Bush, with the support of Congress, chose the rule of force, war, unilateralism, and threats. President Bush and Congress missed that opportunity at a time when the world was ready to unite with the U.S. in common cause and good will. The ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have diverted resources away from addressing vital human security needs at home and abroad.

Today, Hurricane Katrina presents another similar opportunity to transform our nation’s budget and policy priorities to address the needs of the poor and vulnerable at home and abroad; to bring an end to the costly, depleting, and devastating wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and to accept the good will and assistance of allies and adversaries alike. We urge the President and Congress to seize this moment “to do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly.”

Take Action Now

1. You can help meet the needs of those affected now by contributing to the American Friends Service Committee Katrina Relief fund: https://www.donatefast.com/donate/index.cfm?id=afcrisis

2. Please contact your legislators. This is no time for more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans nor for cutting spending for the poorest Americans. Providing sufficient resources for Medicaid, food stamps, or other programs that serve the poorest and most vulnerable people in our communities should have priority over tax cuts. Urge your members of Congress to oppose more tax cuts for the wealthiest and spending cuts for the poorest when they draft and consider the budget reconciliation bills in September.

The people of the Gulf Coast need the federal government’s help now. So do the millions of people elsewhere around the country who live in deepening poverty and without health care coverage. The deep economic disparity and dismal poverty revealed in New Orleans in the wake of the hurricane can be found in cities, rural areas, Indian reservations across this country. The job of Congress is to promote the “general welfare.” It’s time that Congress got started doing it. Let them know that you, as a taxpayer, are willing to contribute your share.

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Informant Martin Greenhut

Why do we allow 'them' to do this?

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90852;show_parent=1

ESCAPE FROM NEW ORLEANS

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90848;show_parent=1

New Orleans: A most powerful eyewitness report

http://tinyurl.com/7c6ev

The Outer Limits of Empire

http://www.lewrockwell.com/engelhardt/engelhardt112.html

How Not To Fail Yourself: Don't depend on government

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/olson3.html

The Government's Great Flood

http://www.mises.org/freemarket_detail.asp?control=8&sortorder=articledate


Informant: Lew Rockwell

Prepare to die if you rely on the federal government

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/rossi7.html

The Republican Harvest

http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski122.html

Blog from New Orleans Disaster

Socialist Worker's Eric Ruder, Paul D'Amato and Meredith Kolodner traveled to the Gulf Coast to witness the devastation that followed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina--and the grassroots relief effort that began almost immediately afterward. SW Online is posting their reports as we receive them.

http://www.socialistworker.org
http://www.socialistworker.org/2005-2/557/557_00_GulfCoastBlog.shtml


Informant: Ashley Smith

After Katrina fiasco, time for Bush to go

Baltimore Sun

By Gordon Adams

September 8, 2005

WASHINGTON - The disastrous federal response to Katrina exposes a record of incompetence, misjudgment and ideological blinders that should lead to serious doubts that the Bush administration should be allowed to continue in office.

When taxpayers have raised, borrowed and spent $40 billion to $50 billion a year for the past four years for homeland security but the officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot find their own hands in broad daylight for four days while New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast swelter, drown and die, it is time for them to go.

When funding for water works and levees in the gulf region is repeatedly cut by an administration that seems determined to undermine the public responsibility for infrastructure in America, despite clear warnings that the infrastructure could not survive a major storm, it seems clear someone is playing politics with the public trust.

When rescue and medical squads are sitting in Manassas and elsewhere in northern Virginia and foreign assistance waits at airports because the government can't figure out how to insure the workers, how to use the assistance or which jurisdiction should be in charge, it is time for the administration to leave town.

When President Bush stays on vacation and attends social functions for two days in the face of disaster before finally understanding that people are starving, crying out and dying, it is time for him to go.

When FEMA officials cannot figure out that there are thousands stranded at the New Orleans convention center - where people died and were starving - and fussed ineffectively about the same problems in the Superdome, they should be fired, not praised, as the president praised FEMA Director Michael Brown in New Orleans last week.

When Mr. Bush states publicly that "nobody could anticipate a breach of the levee" while New Orleans journalists, Scientific American, National Geographic, academic researchers and Louisiana politicians had been doing precisely that for decades, right up through last year and even as Hurricane Katrina passed over, he should be laughed out of town as an impostor.

When repeated studies of New Orleans make it clear that tens of thousands of people would be unable to evacuate the city in case of a flood, lacking both money and transportation, but FEMA makes no effort before the storm to commandeer buses and move them to safety, it is time for someone to be given his walking papers.

When the president makes Sen. Trent Lott's house in Pascagoula, Miss., the poster child for rebuilding while hundreds of thousands are bereft of housing, jobs, electricity and security, he betrays a careless insensitivity that should banish him from office.

When the president of the United States points the finger away from the lame response of his administration to Katrina and tries to finger local officials in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., as the culprits, he betrays the unwillingness of this administration to speak truth and hold itself accountable. As in the case of the miserable execution of policy in Iraq, Mr. Bush nd Karl Rove always have some excuse for failure other than their own misjudgments.

We have a president who is apparently ill-informed, lackadaisical and narrow-minded, surrounded by oil baron cronies, religious fundamentalist crazies and right-wing extremists and ideologues. He has appointed officials who give incompetence new meaning, who replace the positive role of government with expensive baloney.

They rode into office in a highly contested election, spouting a message of bipartisanship but determined to undermine the federal government in every way but defense (and, after 9/11, one presumed, homeland security). One with Grover Norquist, they were determined to shrink Washington until it was "small enough to drown in a bathtub." Katrina has stripped the veil from this mean-spirited strategy, exposing the greed, mindlessness and sheer profiteering behind it.

It is time to hold them accountable - this ugly, troglodyte crowd of Capital Beltway insiders, rich lawyers, ideologues, incompetents and their strap-hangers should be tarred, feathered and ridden gracefully and mindfully out of Washington and returned to their caves, clubs in hand.

http://tinyurl.com/dfcyt


Informant: Bigraccoon

Rescue effort too complicated for blame yet

Nashville City Paper
by staff

09/08/05

Everybody's playing the blame game in New Orleans. Part of the reason is that everybody is tired and cranky and they just want their old way of life back. But another part of the reason is that there's lots of blame to go around, starting with the metropolitan government of New Orleans itself. When the storm approached, those who had cars and money evacuated. But sitting unused and ready to go were scores of municipal and school buses that could have been used to get those without means out of town. Those buses are now sitting in parking lots, flooded and useless. Part -- a big part -- of the problem is that the antiquated levee system failed. Blame for that can go back generations in both political parties as scenarios were drawn for a doomsday event, but no money was appropriated to shore up New Orleans' levees... [editor's note: Actually, it was, and Congress approved it. But it was then stolen by Bush for Homeland Security ... and went to Iraq! Even libertarians who deplore taxation per se would have to admit this was a far greater crime! - SAT]

http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?news_id=44198


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Katrina's racial wake

In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil

09/08/05

Hurricane Katrina and its disastrous aftermath have stripped away the Mardi Gras veneer and casino gloss of the Gulf Coast region, and disclosed the stark disparities of class and race that persist in 21st century America. The growing gap between the rich and the poor in this country is old but underreported news -- perhaps in part because so many of the poor also are black. Accordingly, many Americans were surprised that most of the victims of the New Orleans flood were black: Their image of the Crescent City had been one of jazz, tasty cuisine and the good-natured excesses of its lively festivals. Where did all those black people come from, they wondered; and where were the white victims?

http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2314/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

American crisis of confidence

Christian Science Monitor
by Daniel Schorr

09/09/05

Former Defense Secretary and Sen. William Cohen is credited with the quip, 'Government is the enemy until you need a friend.' In the wake of Katrina, that may have to be amended, 'and then your friend may turn out to be dysfunctional.' We are learning the hard way about the costs of stinting on infrastructure to pay for tax cuts and the war in Iraq. And we are learning the hard way about the cost of entrusting emergency response to the political cronies and contributors who people this administration. This despite many warnings, notably from The New Orleans Times-Picayune three years ago that the levees and the flood walls were fragile. ... This has become a crisis of confidence not only in agencies and officials but in the whole concept of national government...

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0909/p09s02-cods.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The "stuff happens" presidency

The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

09/08/05

We're not number one. We're not even close. By which measures, precisely, do we lead the world? Caring for our countrymen? You jest. A first-class physical infrastructure? Tell that to New Orleans. Throwing so much money at the rich that we've got nothing left over to promote the general welfare? Now you're talking. ... Is it any surprise, then, that the administration's response to the devastation in New Orleans is of a piece with its response to the sacking of Baghdad once our troops arrived? 'Stuff happens!' was the way Don Rumsfeld described the destruction of Baghdad's hospitals, universities, and museums while American soldiers stood around. Now stuff has happened in New Orleans, too, even as FEMA was turning away offers of assistance. This is the stuff-happens administration...

http://www.prospect.org/web/view-web.ww?id=10230


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Feeble "Emergency Management" Agency

Sierra Times
by Al Benson Jr.

09/08/05

The lagging response of FEMA during recent Hurricane Katrina is living proof of what a friend of mine has often said -- whatever the federal government touches turns to fertilizer. FEMA has been justifiably criticized on all sides for the way it has responded to this catastrophe. It has been noted that FEMA director Michael Brown waited until hours after the hurrican struck to request help. However, late though they were, Director Brown told his employees that one of their main duties was to 'convey a positive image' regarding the government's response to hurricane victims. In other words, whether you are able to do anything else or not, make sure you look good doing (or not doing) it. FEMA hasn't quite managed that. Here in Monroe, Louisiana, their record of addressing the problems of those left without anything by this hurricane is, shall we say, less than auspicious...

http://www.sierratimes.com/05/09/08/152_163_100_12_39993.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Not that '70s show

Washington Times
by Lawrence Kudlow

09/08/05

The story of Hurricane Katrina is first and foremost a tale of Mother Nature's wrath and the resulting human misery: thousands of deaths, destroyed homes and businesses, family break-ups, psychological demoralization and other hardships too painful to recount. But Katrina is also an economic story in terms of its effect on U.S. commerce, trade, energy, shipping and overall growth. Here the doomsayers and pessimists will again be proven wrong. This is not the 1970s. After more than 20 years of deregulation the U.S. economy is flexible and resilient -- even in the face of short-run shocks. ... In the 1970s, government-applied price controls and supply rationing created a dysfunctional economy that looked like a pinball machine on permanent tilt. Today, with few exceptions, price controls have been rejected. Auto and truck drivers would rather pay $4 a gallon for gas they can get, than have government mandate $2 a gallon for gas that's unavailable.

http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20050907-091251-8730r.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Invincible ignorance

Strike the Root
by John Markley

09/05/05

If the state performs its functions well, that is proof that we need the state. If the state performs its functions poorly, the resulting misery is, we are told, also proof that the state is needed. ... I do not think this is produced by willful intellectual dishonesty; it seems to be a pattern of thought that people easily slip into without realizing it. This may help explain why a single example of an unpleasant area with no state (which are usually themselves not anarchies of long standing, but are instead the wreckage left by failed and especially malicious states, e.g. Somalia) is often seen as an adequate refutation of anarchy, but no amount of incompetence and failure, no number of injustices and atrocities can ever shake people's trust in the state. How could they, when so many people have, without even realizing it, turned statism into a position that can never be touched by any evidence?

http://www.strike-the-root.com/52/markley/markley1.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Momma's boy

CounterPunch
by John Chuckman

09/08/05

If we must stick to comparisons with historical people rather than the horse of a Roman Emperor, Bush resembles the ne'er-do-well son of one of those putridly corrupt dukes in France's Ancien Regime who would kill a servant in a fit of rage or ride over a peasant in his path. Such a person, in the rare event his deed was brought to the king's attention, also pretended some vague, unaccountable mistake had been made and routinely was let go. My God, look at the words of this man's mother, a woman everyone who knows the family says closely resembles him both in intelligence and attitudes. Barbara just may have surpassed Marie Antoinette's fabled (Marie never said it), 'Let them eat cake!'

http://www.counterpunch.org/chuckman09082005.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cindy Sheehan, Katrina and Iraq



CounterPunch
by David Krieger

09/08/05

Cindy, Katrina and the war in Iraq have converged in a summer storm, awakening the American people to the insensitivity and incompetence of Mr. Bush and his administration. During the month of August, Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother of one of the nearly 1,900 US soldiers to have died in Iraq, camped in front of Mr. Bush's home in Crawford, Texas and called upon the President to take some time off from vacation to tell her the 'noble cause' for which her son died in Iraq. ... Mr. Bush's response to Katrina has been no more satisfactory than his response to Cindy Sheehan. Cindy concluded that 'George and his band of incompetent and dangerous thugs need to resign.' While many serious Americans may believe this is true, it is an unlikely possibility. Mr. Bush's plummeting numbers in the polls, however, do suggest that a healthy majority of Americans are recognizing that his policies and lack of competence are undermining the levees that protect our democracy, our security and our international standing...

http://www.counterpunch.org/krieger09082005.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



Cindy Sheehan
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Reaching the tipping point

AlterNet
by Robert Dreyfuss

09/08/05

September 2005 could go down in history as the month in which Iraq policy finally turned around. By all indications, members of Congress returning to Capitol Hill this week will come back having heard, loud and clear, from their constituents that it's time to end the war in Iraq, victory or no. And it's not just Democrats. 'I've been hearing from a lot of folks on the Hill, from Republicans, who are worried about Iraq,' says a former senior state department official. 'They're calling me to ask: How long can this go on?' And when members of Congress ask, 'how long,' they mean: 'Can it go on like this until November 2006?'

http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/25163/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Don't refloat

Slate
by Jack Shafer

09/07/05

Nobody can deny New Orleans' cultural primacy or its historical importance. But before we refloat the sunken city, before we think of spending billions of dollars rebuilding levees that may not hold back the next storm, before we contemplate reconstructing the thousands of homes now disintegrating in the toxic tang of the flood, let's investigate what sort of place Katrina destroyed. The city's romance is not the reality for most who live there...

http://www.slate.com/?id=2125810&nav=tap1/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Shooting homeowners, American-style

Free Market News Network
by Noel Gibeson

09/08/05

Now that the incompetence of city, state, and federal governments in handling hurricane disaster relief has become manifest, it is time to take it out on homeowners and other good citizens exercising their constitutional rights to freedom and liberty. Looters, or as some might call them, 'survivalists' are managing to stay alive despite the worst efforts of governments to kill them through sheer stupid[ity]. Now, the City of New Orleans will soon start removing citizens who choose to remain in the city by force. Does that mean they are prepared to shoot homeowners who decide to stay, or to defend themselves? The city's stated reason for removing them is because of health and sanitation concerns. Also, they don't like people breaking into a destroyed business scrounging for food and clothing. I have an idea: Why don't they fix water supply and sewage treatment facilities instead of taking it out on good citizens struggling to stay alive...

http://www.freemarketnews.com/pview/6175/2552/html/index.php


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Federal failure in New Orleans

Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

09/09/05

Is George W. Bush a serious person? It's not a question to ask lightly of a decent man who holds the US presidency, an office worthy of respect. But it must be asked. No one 'anticipated the breach of the levees' due to Hurricane Katrina, he said, after being criticised for his administration's dilatory response to the suffering in the city of New Orleans. A day later he told his director of the Federal Emergency Management Administration, Michael Brown: 'Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.' Is Bush a serious person? The most important duty at the moment obviously is to respond to the human calamity, not engage in endless recriminations. But it is not clear that this President and this administration are capable of doing what is necessary...

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=4638


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

When the catastrophe is government

Fox News
by Radley Balko

09/08/05

In a few days, we'll observe the fourth anniversary of Sept. 11, at the time the most catastrophic failure of our government in my lifetime. What's odd is that just after our government failed in its duty to protect us, the public's faith in the president, the Congress, and government in general soared. ... We handed over a number of our civil liberties, because our government told us doing so was necessary to protect our freedom. Sept. 11 is no longer the most catastrophic failure of government in my lifetime. Its response to Hurricane Katrina is. Government at all levels, run by both parties, regardless of race, inexcusably failed to secure the safety of the people of New Orleans. The lesson here is not the failure of one party or the other. The lesson here is the failure of government...

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168732,00.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Defining anarchy

Strike the Root
by Mark Davis

09/08/05

Anarchy is a functioning society free of government controls. That is individual persons operating together in harmony based on freely reached agreements concluded between individual members and groups of a society. Anarchy is simply a free society. Anarchy is not the result of a statist-government failure; that would be chaos. The chaos in New Orleans is not due to anarchy, it is an example of the failure of statist-government. ... To define anarchy as statist-government failure is such an obvious distortion of the concept of a free society that it is hard to decide where to begin to dismantle such thoughtlessness. I like to begin by simply pointing out that at least four layers of statist-government agencies still claim jurisdiction over the area known as New Orleans (city, parish, state and federal). The undeniable fact is that they all four failed to provide the services they had promised to provide when they were justifying the theft of individual resources called taxes...

http://www.strike-the-root.com/52/davis/davis4.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Military occupation in America

LewRockwell.Com
by Anthony Gregory

09/09/05

So we see here a bumbling, draconian military reaction to an enormous government failure. Yet all too many left-liberals seem to think the problem is simply Republican mismanagement and not enough government spending. I have heard very few on the left denounce the imposition of martial law and the treatment of human beings in the area as livestock or worse. They complain that the federal government has been all tied up in Iraq and so it has neglected New Orleans, but they have not been as quick to note that perhaps the federal government's efforts to bring relief and order to the flooded American coast, however well funded, will prove as problematic and counterproductive as its attempts to bring 'freedom' to the Middle East. Do they really think that the U.S. government's military occupiers are suited for disaster relief? What might be worse than the liberal critique is the conservative reaction to it. Americans on the left are at least upset and unhappy with the system, as they should be...

http://www.lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory90.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A disaster map "wiki" is born

Wired News

09/02/05

Of all of the websites tracking the Katrina disaster, surely one of the most remarkable is Scipionus.com. Visitors swoop down over a map of the Gulf Coast that's awash in hundreds of red teardrops, each denoting information about specific geographical points in the area. That's pretty amazing in itself, but there's more: All of the information on the map has been provided by ordinary citizens, most of whom presumably have come to the site in search of information on the flood themselves. ... The site is the brainchild of Jonathan Mendez, a 24-year-old computer programmer living in Austin, Texas. Mendez says he grew frustrated combing message boards trying to find out if his family home -- the one his parents and brother had just fled from -- had been destroyed. Mendez turned to his co-worker, Greg Stoll, a 23-year-old software engineer who had experimented with Google Maps' API, and asked him to code a way for people to report and find damage assessments on a Google Map...

http://www.wired.com/news/hurricane/0,2904,68743,00.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

One of the big stories the mainstream news media ignored

Censored stories
Tucson Weekly

09/08/05

Just four days before the 2004 presidential election, a prestigious British medical journal published the results of a rigorous study by Dr. Les Roberts, a widely respected researcher. Roberts concluded that close to 100,000 people had died in the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Most were noncombatant civilians. Many were children. But that news didn't make the front pages of the major newspapers. It wasn't on the network news. So most voters knew little or nothing about the brutal civilian impact of President George W. Bush's war when they went to the polls. That's just one of the big stories the mainstream news media ignored, blacked out or underreported during the past year, according to Project Censored, a media watchdog group based at California's Sonoma State University...

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/gbase/Cover/index


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why did Bush cut the levee budget drastically last year?

http://tinyurl.com/bw9rn

Info on animals and seeks to improve the conditions of the stray dogs in India

I have a website that provides info on animals and seeks to improve the conditions of the stray dogs in India.

It would really help if you could please visit and sign the guestbook there. Please sign the guestbook...

http://www.animalinfo.50megs.com

I have a group here -

http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/save_the_indian_strays


Thank you all for your patience and please do sign the guestbook. Feel free to write in to me anytime...

Thanks.


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