10
Sep
2005

Katrina's lesson: Be ready for a Bay Area disaster

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/oped/ci_3017454

Will FEBAR Bring Down the House?

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091005X.shtml

Brüssel hält die Augen auf

Die EU hat nicht nur die Speicherung aller Daten von Telekommunikationsverbindungen im Visier.

http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/20/20901/1.html

In the mirror of the water

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=3567


Informant: Be Kind Whenever Possible

Omega-News 10. September 2005

DIHT fordert Rückschritte in der Umweltpolitik bei Regierungswechsel
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/961200/

Irak-Krieg: Deutschlands Kriegsunterstützung ist laut Gericht völkerrechtswidrig
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963868/

Kandidatenbefragung entlarvt Atom- und Gentechnikpläne von FDP und CDU
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963872/

Die deregulierte Katastrophe
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/952738/

Katrina und der Klimawandel - wer nicht fragt, bleibt dumm
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/952752/

Der Klimawandel wird stürmisch
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/948944/

Über Wetterextreme und extremes Politikversagen
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/948945/

Klimawandel oder Zufall?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/948949/

Hurrikan "Katrina" - Umdenken in der Energie- und Klimapolitik
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/948947/

Protest beim CDU-Parteitag: Wer Atomkraftwerke länger laufen lässt, erhöht die Risiken
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/948948/

Kritik an Fixierung auf Wirtschaftswachstum bei allen Parteien
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/946856/

Ist die Katastrophe in New Orleans eine Naturkatastrophe oder eine politische?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/947113/

Klimawandel: Wir sind mitten drin
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/931361/

Neue Seen statt altes Eis
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/931364/

Heiße Ware Tropenholz: Deutschlands stiller Pakt mit der Holzmafia
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/931366/

Menschenrechtler fürchten um Pressefreiheit in den USA
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/927460/

Demokratie in Gefahr: Staatsrechtler kritisiert faktisches Selbstauflösungsrecht des Parlaments
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/929832/

Der "Cindy"-Faktor
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/924667/

Ist Iran der nächste Kandidat für Bush?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/914937/

Das Lagersystem für Flüchtlinge
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/916215/

"Stiller Pakt mit der Holzmafia": Umweltschützer beklagen illegale Tropenholz-Importe
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/910330/

Bezaubernder Cheney: Kriegsszenarios in Iran und den USA
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/905845/

Sind wir noch zu retten?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/899630/

Noch nie war die Welt so gefährdet wie heute
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/899639/

Vorsicht bei Zwischenlandung in den USA
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/897113/

Größte fiktive Ölpalmen-Plantage der Welt soll Regenwald gefährden
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/897180/

Kosten des Klimawandels und der Klimapolitik
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/892096/

Deutsche haben scheinbar kaum noch Vertrauen in Politiker
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/892082/

Dramatische Folgen von Öl- und Gasausbeutung in Russland für die Bewohner
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/888504/

Mini-Elefanten: Elefantenart laut WWF wegen Plantagen kurz vor dem Aussterben
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/888509/

Harte Diskussionen über vorbeugende Sicherungshaft
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/888481/

Zerstörungswut der Stürme steigt
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/883611/

Mehrheit der Deutschen gegen Atomkraft
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/883622/

WASSER: Das Blut der Erde
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/883824/

Terrorismusbekämpfung und Grundrechte
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/878303/

Radioaktive Verseuchung um Tschernobyl ist heute gefährlicher als 1986
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/879220/

Immer heftigere Wirbelstürme türmen Riesenwellen auf
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/881383/

Umweltschützer kämpfen um Urwaldschutz in Indonesien
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/876971/

Roundup und das globale Amphibiensterben
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/879219/

Die Wiederentdeckung des Imperiums
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/876935/

Geheime Haftzentren weltweit: Guantánamo laut amnesty international "nur die Spitze eines Eisbergs"
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/876965/

Nach Hiroshima blieb ein Lernprozess der Zivilisation aus
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/871757/

Grönland Eis schmilzt schneller als erwartet
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/869813/

Dramatischer Rückgang der Artenvielfalt in den Meeren
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/869514/

Vorratsdatenspeicherung ist keine Lösung
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/869997/

Guard Deployment in Iraq Hurt Katrina Response

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091005Z.shtml

EU Court Rules Most Mobile Phone "Mast Taxes" Are Legal

LUXEMBOURG -(Dow Jones)- The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that most taxes imposed on mobile phone masts are legal.

The case involves the Belgian communes of Fleron and Schaerbeek, who imposed taxes on masts to the dismay of Belgian mobile phone companies Belgacom SA (BELG.BT) and Mobistar SA (MOBB.BT).

The court ruled the taxes follow a 1997 telecommunications directive - provided they do not privilege one operator above another. The Belgian court still must determine whether the taxes do not discriminate.

Wireless operators such as Telekom Austria AG (TKA) and Deutsche Telekom AG's (DT) Austrian unit are closely following the case. The province of Lower Austria is set to tax mobile phone masts from Jan. 1, 2006. A group called the Citizen's Initiative of Mobile Phone Customers, through its Web site www.mobilfunkkunden.at, have protested the tax.

Both E.U. Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding and Austrian Deputy Chancellor and Infrastructure Minister Hubert Gorbach have come out against the proposed tax in recent weeks.

And yet, the two Belgian communes imposed a tax of about EUR3,000 per mast. Mobile phone companies argued that the tax contradicts an E.U. law deregulating telecommunications infrastructure. The communes argued that the deregulation did not refer to financial measures, only to governments imposing technical restrictions.

-By Meghan Sapp, Dow Jones Newswires; 32-2-741 1480; meghan.sapp@dowjones.com

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Hello,

I read the article -EU Court Rules Most Mobile Phone "Mast Taxes" Are Legal.

Do you maybe know the number of the file (in court)- this is very impotrant decision to use in my country as well.


Thanks

Iris.

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Dear Iris,

Thank you for your message though I’m sorry for the delay in writing. I have been out of the office. The case number is C-544/03 and can be found on the http://www.curia.eu.int website.


Best,

Meghan Sapp


Informant: Iris Atzmon

Réponses d'ASL aux interrogations

http://tinyurl.com/cx3j4

L'affaire ASL / Orange France SA est sur de nombreux forums, pour en savoir plus.

Studie verharmlost Folgen des Tschernobyl-Unglücks

08.09.2005

Die WHO hat am Montag ihren Abschlussbericht über die Folgen der AKW-Katastrophe von Tschernobyl vorgelegt. Dieser stellt eine unglaubliche Verharmlosung der Auswirkungen des GAU von 1986 dar. Laut Bericht sind die Opferzahlen der Katastrophe sehr viel geringer als angenommen, sie lägen bei bisher 50 Todesopfern, so die WHO. Die Forscher erwarten durch Langzeitfolgen insgesamt 4000 Todesopfer.

An der Studie beteiligt war unter anderem die Internationale Atomenergiebehörde (IAEO), eine Organisation, die sich für die zivile Atomnutzung einsetzt. Die Ärzteorganisation IPPNW verweist darauf, dass zwischen IAEO und WHO seit 1959 ein Vertrag besteht, der der IAEO die „Kontrolle über die Forschungsprogramme, -ergebnisse und -publikationen der Ärzte der WHO über die gesundheitlichen Folgen der zivilen Nutzung der Atomenergie und deren Unfälle“ zusichert. Dies und die Tatsache, dass wichtige Daten, wie die tatsächliche Strahlendosis, der die Bevölkerung ausgesetzt war und ist, nicht ermittelt wurden, lässt die Ergebnisse der Studie zweifelhaft erscheinen.

http://www.ippnw.de/index.php?/s,1/o,article,1207/%E2%80%9C


Die Einladung diverser UN-Unterorganisationen zu einem Kongress in Wien mit dem Ziel einer „Konsenserklärung“, kann als Versuch verstanden werden, die wahren Opferzahlen und Konsequenzen des GAU für immer zu verbergen.

http://www.ausgestrahlt.de/atom/info/log



Radioaktive Verseuchung um Tschernobyl ist heute gefährlicher als 1986
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/879220/





www.ausgestrahlt.de

Gegen ein Comeback der Atomenergie



www.ausgestrahlt.de

Microwaves from GSM Mobile Telephones Affect 53BP1 and gamma-H2AX Foci in Human Lymphocytes from Hypersensitive and Healthy Persons

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2005/7561/abstract.html

Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 113, Number 9, September 2005

Research

Eva Markovà,1,2 Lena Hillert,3,4 Lars Malmgren,5 Bertil R. R. Persson,6 and Igor Y. Belyaev1,7

1Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden; 2Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, Cancer Research Institute, Bratislava, Slovak Republic; 3Occupational and Environmental Health, Stockholm County Council, Stockholm, Sweden; 4Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Occupational Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; 5MAX-lab, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; 6Department of Medical Radiation Physics, Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden; 7Laboratory of Radiobiology, General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia

Abstract
The data on biologic effects of nonthermal microwaves (MWs) from mobile telephones are diverse, and these effects are presently ignored by safety standards of the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). In the present study, we investigated effects of MWs of Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) at different carrier frequencies on human lymphocytes from healthy persons and from persons reporting hypersensitivity to electromagnetic fields (EMFs). We measured the changes in chromatin conformation, which are indicative of stress response and genotoxic effects, by the method of anomalous viscosity time dependence, and we analyzed tumor suppressor p53-binding protein 1 (53BP1) and phosphorylated histone H2AX (-H2AX), which have been shown to colocalize in distinct foci with DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), using immunofluorescence confocal laser microscopy. We found that MWs from GSM mobile telephones affect chromatin conformation and 53BP1/-H2AX foci similar to heat shock. For the first time, we report here that effects of MWs from mobile telephones on human lymphocytes are dependent on carrier frequency. On average, the same response was observed in lymphocytes from hypersensitive and healthy subjects. Key words: 53BP1 and -H2AX foci, chromatin, DNA double-strand breaks, hypersensitivity to electromagnetic fields, stress response. Environ Health Perspect 113:1172-1177 (2005). doi:10.1289/ehp.7561 available via http://dx.doi.org/ [Online 28 April 2005]

Address correspondence to I.Y. Belyaev, Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden. Telephone: 46-8-16-41-08. Fax: 46-8-16-43-15. E-mail: Igor.Belyaev@gmt.su.se

We thank S.D. Smith and M. Harms-Ringdahl for critical reading of the manuscript, T. Halazonetis for donation of 53BP1 antibodies, L.-E. Paulsson and G. Anger for verification of the experimental unit for exposure to microwaves, R. Sarimov for help with statistical analysis, and E. Thunberg for obtaining and coding of blood samples.

The Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, the Swedish Animal Welfare Agency, and the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority supported these studies.

The authors declare they have no competing financial interests.

Received 9 September 2004; accepted 28 April 2005.

The full version of this article is available for free in HTML or PDF formats.

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/7561/7561.html
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/7561/7561.pdf


From FGF-Infoline 08.09.2005

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Dr Igor Y. Belyaev who is one of the researchers of this study below, also participates in the WHO EMF project, but he clearly states that there are non- thermal effects, in contrast to the manager of the WHO project, and in this study one can read the criticism of the researchers on the ICNIRP standards that ignore effects below the standard.

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/7561/7561.pdf

Hopefully they will publish soon their study on 3G genetic effects that was presented in two conferences (in Prague and Russia).

Iris Atzmon.

Mast Victims News

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

Redefining Global Security

http://www.worldwatch.org/pubs/sow/2005/

State of the World 2005

Foreword Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Chairman, Green Cross

International Five years ago, all 191 United Nations member states pledged to meet eight Millennium Development Goals by
2015, including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and ensuring environmental sustainability. These critical challenges were reaffirmed by health officials from across the globe in October 2004 at the tenth anniversary of the landmark International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo.

The overarching conclusion from this 2004 meeting was that while considerable, albeit erratic, progress was indeed being made in many areas, any optimism must be tempered with the realization that gains in overall global socioeconomic development, security, and sustainability do not reflect the reality on the ground in many parts of the world. Poverty continues to undermine progress in many areas. Diseases such as HIV/AIDS are on the rise, creating public health time bombs in numerous countries. In the last five years, some 20 million children have died of preventable waterborne diseases, and hundreds of millions of people continue to live with the daily misery and squalor associated with the lack of clean drinking water and adequate sanitation.

We must recognize these shameful global disparities and begin to address them seriously. I am delighted that the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Wangari Maathai, a woman whose personal efforts, leadership, and practical community work in Kenya and Africa inspire us all by demonstrating the real progress that can be made in addressing environmental security and sustainable development challenges where people have the courage to make a difference.

Humankind has a unique opportunity to make the twenty-first century one of peace and security. Yet the many possibilities opened up to us by the end of the cold war appear to have been partially squandered already. Where has the "peace dividend" gone that we worked so hard for? Why have regional conflict and terrorism become so dominant in today's world? And why have we not made more progress on the Millennium Development Goals?

The terrible tragedies of September 11, 2001, the 2004 terrorist attacks in Beslan in Russia, and the many other terrorist incidents over the past decade in Japan, Indonesia, the Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere have all driven home the fact that we are not adequately prepared to deal with new threats. But better preparation means thinking more holistically, not just in traditional cold war terms.

I believe that today the world faces three interrelated challenges: the challenge of security, including the risks associated with weapons of mass destruction and terrorism; the challenge of poverty and underdevelopment; and the challenge of environmental sustainability.

The challenge of security must be addressed by first securing and destroying the world's arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. Both Russia and the United States have taken numerous positive steps in this direction. But we must accelerate these nonproliferation and demilitarization efforts and establish threat-reduction programs around the world if we are to be truly successful.

The world's industrial nations must also commit greater resources to the poorest countries and regions of the globe. Official development assistance from the top industrial countries still represents but a tiny percentage of their gross national products and does not come close to the pledges made over a decade ago at the Rio Earth Summit. The growing disparity between the rich and the poor on our planet and the gross misallocation of limited resources to consumerism and war cannot be allowed to continue. If they do, we can expect even greater challenges and threats ahead.

Regarding the environment, we need to recognize that Earth's resources are finite. To waste our limited resources is to lose them in the foreseeable future, with potentially dire consequences for all regions and the world. Forests, for example, are increasingly being destroyed in the poorest countries. Even in Kenya, where Wangari Maathai has helped plant over 30 million trees, forested acreage has decreased. The global water crisis is also one of the single biggest threats facing humankind. Four out of 10 people in the world live in river basins shared by two or more countries, and the lack of cooperation between those sharing these precious water resources is reducing living standards, causing devastating environmental problems, and even contributing to violent conflict. Most important of all, we must wake up to the dangers of climate change and devote more resources to the crucial search for energy alternatives.

It is for reasons such as these that I founded Green Cross International 12 years ago and continue to advocate for a global value shift on how we handle Earth, a new sense of global interdependence, and a shared responsibility in humanity's relationship with nature. It is also for these reasons that I helped draft the Earth Charter, a code of ethical principles now endorsed by over 8,000 organizations representing more than 100 million people around the world. And it is for these reasons that Maurice Strong, Chair of the Earth Council, and I have initiated the Earth Dialogues, a series of public forums on ethics and sustainable development.

We need a Global Glasnost—openness, transparency, and public dialogue—on the part of nations, governments, and citizens today to build consensus around these challenges. And we need a policy of "preventive engagement": international and individual solidarity and action to meet the challenges of poverty, disease, environmental degradation, and conflict in a sustainable and nonviolent way.

We are the guests, not the masters, of nature and must develop a new paradigm for development and conflict resolution, based on the costs and benefits to all peoples and bound by the limits of nature herself rather than by the limits of technology and consumerism. I am delighted that the Worldwatch Institute continues to address these important challenges and goals in its annual State of the World report. I urge all readers to seriously consider their personal commitments to action after finishing this volume. Only with the active and dedicated participation of civil society will we be successful in building a sustainable, just, and peaceful world for the twenty-first century and beyond.

1er Jugement sur un impôt local concernant les sites d’antennes relais de Téléphonie Mobile

Next-up News:
http://www.next-up.org/hnm/hnm.php

050910 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter

http://www.omega-news.info/050910_r_mobilfunk_newsletter.rtf

Omega-News Collection 10. September 2005

Too Many People in Nature's Way
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/951168/

KATRINA FUELS GLOBAL WARMING STORM
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/964502/

Saskatchewan's certified organic farmers are taking Monsanto and Bayer Crop Science to court
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/948936/

GM Soya Disaster in Latin America
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/954660/

New wheat pathogen threatens world food security
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/964590/

Online hunting is nothing more than animal cruelty
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/950079/

STOP THE EXTERMINATION OF THE WOLF IN NORWAY
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/951339/

WHERE TO BUY YOUR GAS
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/951565/

Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963894/

Vote USA 2004
http://omega.twoday.net/topics/Vote+USA+2004/

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

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

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

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

EMF-Omega-News 10. September 2005
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/964869/

EMF-Omega-News 10. September 2005

2.45GHz radiofrequency fields alter gene expression in cultured human cells
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/948365/

Electromagnetic fields affect transcript levels of apoptosis-related genes in embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitor cells
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/948354/

Long-Term Mobile Phone Use and Brain Tumor Risk (Update)
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/940552/

Is there any effect of mobile telephone base station?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/958423/

The real reason for ICNIRP hegemony
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/951126/

WHO: a lot of people report symptoms of electromagnetic radiation sickness
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/958459/

Hypothesis on TETRA and esophagus cancer
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/959557/

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FRANCE: PROPOSED LAW mobile phone installations
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/961182/

John Ryans Mast Misery
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/951110/

Death of 43 people from electromagnetic radiation
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/964023/

MP launches attack over Aldersbrook mast plans
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/949823/

Residents fight plan for 8 metre tall mast
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/949830/

Mast plan is toppled
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/949837/

Oxford takes part in Vodaphone monitoring project
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/949859/

The municipality of Jacobswoude proposes to break the 'antenna convenant' and to make a license compulsory for every antenna
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/950258/

They are painted into a corner
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/951189/

New mast battle for residents
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/952278/

PROTESTERS FIGHT PHONE MAST PLANS
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/952290/

Anti-mast residents win battle with mobile giant
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/952296/

Councillors agree: The mast must move
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/954488/

Battle to stop phone mast
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/954508/

We are unlikely to overcome it in time to save ourselves and our children
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/954909/

MAST SCHEME TO GO BEFORE INSPECTOR
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/956136/

Extra bill for taxpayers?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/959344/

Victory rings out for people power
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/959577/

Ministers to decide on mast plan
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963136/

Joy as phone mast plan withdrawn
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963139/

Fury as mast work starts
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963143/

Parents protest against phone mast ‘disgrace’
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963149/

Phone mast nightmare
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963159/

Objections halt phone firm's mast
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963169/

Councillor on hand to stop phone mast work
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963266/

Fight over phone mast is back on
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963285/

CONCERN AT BID FOR MAST IN WILNECOTE
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/963310/

COUNCILLORS VOW TO HALT MAST PLAN
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/964495/

News from Mast Sanity
http://tinyurl.com/aotw3

Omega-News Collection 10. September 2005
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/964874/

Drowning Government

Thom Hartmann explains that our nation failed in its response, because for most of the past 25 years conservatives who don't believe in governance have run our government. Reagan, like George W. Bush after him, failed to understand that when people come together into community, and then into nationhood, that they organize themselves to protect themselves from predators, both human and corporate, both domestic and foreign. This form of organization is called government, something these ideologues don't believe in.

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

The Anti-9/11

It was inevitable that the ravages provoked by Katrina on New Orleans should evoke the horrors Bin Laden inflicted on New York. American vulnerability in the face of natural forces has been compared to its vulnerability to the terrorists.

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

How the US Got Its Neo-Liberal Way in Iraq

By the time the revised constitution was served on the table on August 28, the final draft of the Iraqi constitution must have tasted very different from previous servings. Not only were some of the key ingredients of the previous drafts removed outright, new ingredients with distinctly neo-liberal flavors were added. As direct occupiers, the US enacted laws that give foreign investors equal rights with Iraqis in the domestic market; permit the full repatriation of profits; institute the flat tax system; abolish tariffs; just to name a few.

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

Helo Pilots 'Counseled' for Rescuing New Orleanians without Permission

Two Navy helicopter pilots were reminded of the importance of supply missions after delivering their cargo and then rescuing 110 hurricane victims in New Orleans instead of immediately returning to base, the military said Wednesday. "They were not reprimanded," Nichols, a civilian public affairs officer, said. "They were counseled."

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

GWOTTA LOVE IT

Joe W. Pitts III: Although some top administration officials had flirted with the new moniker "Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism," the President's reversion to the tried-and-true "Global War on Terror" (GWOT) handle seems to be sticking. Without such forceful, distracting language, the administration would have to do the hard work of actually tracking down bin Laden, admit that it can only manage and not eliminate terrorist risks, and pay new attention to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Making a change now smacks of "nuance" and would be like admitting a - gasp - "mistake."

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

Europe must trade civil liberties for security

Charles Clarke has warned that European citizens will have to accept that civil liberties may have to be bartered away in exchange for protection from terrorists and organised criminals.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/07/lib_security_trade/print.html


From Information Clearing House

Congressman: Hurricane 'finally cleaned out public housing in New Orleans'

http://snipurl.com/hkbg


From Information Clearing House

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.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10205.htm

Second Amendment Nixed in New Orleans

In the new New Orleans, there are no constitutional rights. Not only are soldiers allowed to break down doors (as they do in Iraq) in violation of the Fourth Amendment and even “shoot to kill” if they believe they are threatened (as soldiers in Iraq “shoot to kill” grandmothers and kids at checkpoints), now the Second Amendment no longer exists.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10215.htm

The End Of The New American Century

The mighty colossus that aspired to stand astride the world has been unmasked as a feeble old man unable to take care of his own people.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10199.htm

Scott Ritter: It's Accountability Time

We were repeatedly told that a threat to our security loomed on the horizon, a threat so grave we as a people needed to cede our liberties to a benevolent federal authority that guaranteed the security of a nation we now called our “homeland.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10211.htm

Randi Rhodes Show Exposes FEMA, Failures, Fraud & Florida

http://homepage.mac.com/jlramer/Audio/iMovieTheater19.html


From Information Clearing House

Is the Government Trying to Stem the Tide of Images From New Orleans by Threatening Journalists?

Is the Government Trying to Stem the Tide of Images From New Orleans by Threatening Journalists?:

Journalists covering New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina report that militarization in and around the city has hindered their work and threatened their physical safety. We hear from two journalists who were reporting in New Orleans recently. Video and transcript.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10204.htm

Is This a civilized society?

What kind of country leaves the bodies of its citizens to rot in the streets?

-WARNING - Graphic Images
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10198.htm

Why America can't cope

There are deeper explanations for the New Orleans catastrophe than anyone has dared suggest. The roots lie in America's deluded self-image

By Andrew Stephen

While Vice-President Cheney was fly-fishing in Wyoming. Condoleezza Rice, next in charge, was shopping for shoes at Ferragamo's and watching Spamalot on Broadway and catching the US Open in New York; while Andy Card, the White House chief of staff, who is supposed to keep it all together, was taking in the sea breeze with much of the rest of the Bush crowd in Maine.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10214.htm

No Gas, No Food, No Lodging

Hurricane Victims Get a Taste of Life in Occupied Iraq

By Ted Rall

Taps run dry. Food rots when the power goes out. Toilets overflow with waste. Looters strip homes, businesses and public buildings. Armed bandits run wild in the streets. Fires rage out of control. Terrified policemen abandon their posts. Flies buzz over bloated corpses. People wave signs at passing helicopters. "Please help us," they read.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10197.htm

The Uses of Disaster: Notes on Bad Weather and Good Government

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0909-30.htm

Pentagon's Freedom Walk 'Keeps the Public Out'

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0909-04.htm

How Reliable Is Brown's Resume?

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0909-07.htm

"War on Terror" Saves Few Lives

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0909-06.htm

Katrina Underscores Bush's Isolated Style

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0909-03.htm

EXPLOSIVE RESIDUE FOUND ON FAILED LEVEE DEBRIS

http://www.halturnershow.com/DiversFindExplosiveResidueOnRupturedLevy.html


From ECOTERRA Intl.

Women of Color Alarmed by Chief Justice Nominee

As we focus on our sisters facing tragedy and despair in the hurricane-torn South, we need to remember that another struggle is going on, one that will profoundly influence our ability to eliminate the kind of racial disparities that continue to plague our nation. We are talking about the two vacancies on the Supreme Court.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/090905WB.shtml

Labor Department Says 10,000 Katrina-Related Jobless Claims Filed Last Week

An estimated 10,000 workers who lost their jobs because of Hurricane Katrina filed for unemployment benefits last week, the first wave of what is expected to be hundreds of thousands of displaced workers seeking benefits.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/090905LB.shtml

Bush Lifts Wage Rules for Katrina

President Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage. "The administration is using the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to cut the wages of people desperately trying to rebuild their lives and their communities," said Representative George Miller.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/090905LA.shtml

The Entire Community Is Now a Toxic Waste Dump

In Katrina's aftermath, oil spills dominate the landscape, some miles long and up to 200 yards wide. Refineries and industrial plants are leaking a stew of chemicals, creating one giant superfund site.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/090905HA.shtml

Republicans Eye Expanding US Offshore Drilling

Barely a month after President Bush signed a $14.5 billion energy bill into law, Hurricane Katrina's destructive dance through the US oilpatch is being seized on by Republicans as a reason to open more federal offshore waters to drilling.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/090905EB.shtml

A Light in the Forests

The New York Times: The Bush administration has largely succeeded in its systematic effort to roll back environmental protections for America's national forests ... Now, however, a rebellion is brewing where the White House least expected it. Western governors are challenging the most controversial rollback of all...

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/090905EA.shtml

Feingold Debunks Myths about US Policy in Iraq

Senator Russ Feingold has called on the President to issue a flexible timeframe for the completion of the military mission in Iraq and has suggested December 31, 2006 as a target date for returning American troops home from Iraq. In discussing his proposal, he has been debunking several myths about US policy in Iraq.

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

New wheat pathogen threatens world food security

http://www.physorg.com/news6318.html

A new rapidly-evolving pathogen spreading in east Africa could annihilate wheat plantations worldwide, posing a "catastrophic" threat to crops unless steps are taken quickly.

The genetically-variable stem rust strain, dubbed Ug99 after its discovery in Uganda in 1999, has moved into neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, where it has nearly affected all plantations and could spread further, scientists warned Thursday.

"The risk and losses will be tremendous if this gets on the loose," said US botanist and 1970 Nobel peace laureate Norman Borlaug.

Borlaug, now 91, who helped develop resistant wheat varieties 50 years ago, urged a restoration of the cooperation that helped suppress a stem rust outbreak in North America that destroyed nearly 70 percent of wheat plantations in 1950.

"The stem rust strains are changing through mutation ... coming up with new types," he told a news conference in Nairobi to release a report on the problem compiled by experts organized by the International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT).

"Maybe we got too complacent," he said. "We have to restore the cooperation (as the current threat) is potentially more serious than it was 40 to 50 years ago."

The report warns that wheat production could decline by nearly 60 million tonnes -- a tenth of world's supply -- if Ug99's miniature fungal spores are spread to Asia and the western hemisphere.

"It is only a matter of time until Ug99 -- which also affects barley -- reaches across the Saudi Arabian peninsula and into the Middle East, South Asia and eventually the Americas," said Ronnie Coffman, a plant geneticist at Cornell University in New York.

Should the Ug99 spores spread to Asia, they could have serious consequences for countries like Pakistan, where wheat accounts for 60 percent of calories and more than 40 percent of proteins in an average diet in a day, the report said.

"This could be catastrophic," said CIMMYT director Masa Iwanaga, adding that researchers were working to develop a Ug99 resistant wheat variety. "It could affect food security worldwide."

"The current crisis is a wake-up call about the continuing and potentially devastating impact the rust pathogens can have on susceptible cereals, and especially a staple food like wheat," Borlaug wrote in a forward to the report.

© 2005 AFP


Peace - Anna


"What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen." -- Henry David Thoreau

The chasm between us

http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5281492-103390,00.html


Informant: Steven L. Robinson

From ufpj-news

They Knew All Along?

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90959;show_parent=1

Aid suffers from poor direction

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90951;show_parent=1

KATRINA FUELS GLOBAL WARMING STORM

http://tinyurl.com/cko4a


Informant: NHNE

COUNCILLORS VOW TO HALT MAST PLAN

Grimsby Telegraph

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http://www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=151905&command=displayContent&sourceNode=151583&contentPK=13160206#commentform

MARK NAYLOR AND KATIE NORMAN
MARK.NAYLOR@GRIMSBYTELELGRAPH.CO.UK

12:30 - 09 September 2005

Controversial plans for a mobile phone mast in Humberston will be fought "to the bitter end", councillors vowed today.

It's the first time in the history of North East Lincolnshire Council that anyone has tried to get a revocation order. The pledge came from planning committee members Coun John Colebrook and Coun Chris Shaw, who are demanding the council overturns permission for the mast, to be sited at the junction of North Sea Lane and Carrington Drive.

But Coun Colebrook is angry about Coun Shaw's claims that he was not shown a 505-name petition from protesters before a North East Lincolnshire Council planning committee meeting on August 26.

As reported in the Grimsby Telegraph, approval for the Vodafone 3G mast scraped through by six votes to five.

Coun Colebrook (Con, Humberston and New Waltham) has written to the council's chief executive, George Krawiec, calling for the council to make a revocation order, which would reverse the approval of the planning application. Coun Shaw plans to do the same.

But the order would almost certainly mean the council having to pay "a lot of money" in compensation costs to Vodafone, leaving Coun Colebrook with doubts his plea will succeed.

"But I have got to do it on behalf of those I represent," he said.

"It is the last option open to them. It's a very emotional issue.

"It's the first time in the history of North East Lincolnshire Council that anyone has tried to get a revocation order."

He hopes the matter will be discussed at the full council meeting on September 29.

Opponents of the scheme are expected to spell out their opposition during public question time before the meeting.

Coun Colebrook rebuked Coun Shaw (Lab, Sidney Sussex) for claiming he was not shown the protesters' views before the vote.

He says photocopies of the petition were clearly printed on page after page of the planning committee's agenda.

"He hasn't read his papers," said Coun Colebrook.

"He would have had it seven days before the meeting."

But Coun Shaw said he would not have supported the application for the mast if he had been able to read all the objections, which he maintains were not in the agenda.

He said: "To say I have not read the paperwork is an insult, I read what was there.

"What I am saying is that all the objections were not there and I am concerned I have made the wrong decision."

Up to 100 people attended a meeting in the Countryman public house, Humberston, on Wednesday, when those present discussed options available to stop the mast being put up.

Humbug and Confusion

http://www.lewrockwell.com/bonner/bonner144.html

Anti-Terror Strategy in Doubt on 9/11 Anniversary

http://www.lewrockwell.com/ips/lobe239.html

Our government is the real catastrophe

http://orient.bowdoin.edu/orient/article.php?date=2005-09-09&section=2&id=3


Informant: Lew Rockwell

Blame

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/gyllensvard1.html

Is Our Flunkies Leakin’?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/kenny/kenny14.html

Why We Fight

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul274.html

No Ship for Me

http://www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese222.html

The Unconstitutional FEMA

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/samples7.html

Why?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/anderson-r2.html

Nonsense and Sensibilities

http://www.lewrockwell.com/akers/akers18.html

Katrina, 1; FEMA, 0

http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north402.html

Where’s Osama?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory91.html

Solar Activity Intense Explosive Chaos, Hurricanes A Possible Threat

BULLETIN ITEM: Solar Weather Alert: Very Bad News: Solar Activity Intense Explosive Chaos, Hurricanes A Possible Threat

[ECB, Black Canyon City Arizona, September 10, 2005, 06:35:00 UTC] Sunspots increased by approximately 65%, from 36 on September 8 to 59 as of September 9 (PST) amidst several major explosions and flares which are at near record-levels in energy.

DATE Flux Sunspots Area
2005 09 07 100 11 10
2005 09 08 94 36 550
2005 09 09 99 59 1450

The sudden increase in the number of Sunspots resulted from rotation of a huge active site (798) of numerous sunspots to a position which could be observed from the Earth.

At the moment, conditions on the Sun (Earthside) have become intensely stormy, chaotic and unpredictable. NASA reports that" Earth-orbiting satelites have detected five http://www.spaceweather.com/glossary/flareclasses.html X-class solar flares since Sept. 7th, including one X17-class monster flare." NASA also reports that as of this hour "an
http://www.sec.noaa.gov/NOAAscales/#SolarRadiationStorms>S2-class
radiation storm is underway. Solar protons are streaming past Earth at nearly light speed. These particles were accelerated toward us by the recent explosions at sunspot 798." The Fluxgate Monitor in Alaska confirms this storm. It shows major disturbances in the solar wind and magnetosphere of the Earth, including a major storm as of this hour.

NASA predicts that "Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) hurled into space by the solar explosions of Sept. 7th-9th could strike glancing blows to Earth's magnetic field this weekend." This will likely cause intense auroras this weekend. NASA also predicts "a 75% chance of more X-flares during the next 24 hours, possibly causing radio blackouts and radiation storms," and "up to an 80% probability of M-Class Flares during the next 48% hours."

Solar conditions are now VERY FAVORABLE once again for the strengthening of hurricanes and cyclones.

On a world basis, existing storm systems and fronts ARE now likely to strengthen even more during the next 24 hours with considerable expansion in size, acceleration of movement on track, and intensity of wind. More probable than not, Hurricane Ophelia strengthened to a Category One status as a direct result of energization of the Earth's upper atmosphere from today's increase in Sunspot activity.

This is probably true for the next 48-96 hours, but conditions could change in as little as 24 hours.

In the West Pacific, Typhoon Khanun in the Philippine Sea may increase from Category One to Category Two and will likely slam Taiwan and Eastern China with much greater force and rain than is now expected. Severe flooding is possible in a wide spread area.

In the Atlantic, Ophelia, directly as a result of yesterday and today's major increase in the Sunspot Count, is now moving much more rapidly to the North and is now expected by the National Hurricane Service to slam into Georgia and the Carolina Coasts early next week. OPHELIA SHOULD BE CONSIDERED TO BE UNPREDICTABLE AS OF THIS HOUR AND HIGHLY LIKELY TO GAIN STRENGTH, PERHAPS DEVELOPING QUICKLY INTO HURRICANE TWO OR EVEN GREATER STATUS.

If the Sunspot Count continues to rise tomorrow (September 10 PST), Ophelia could begin to move more rapidly with an increase in its windspeed and slam into the Southeastern Seaboard earlier than now expected. For the next 24 hours at least, Ophelia should be considered a HIGH THREAT POTENTIAL for doing a "Katrina", though probably in a smaller area.

Another surge in Solar Activity can be expected approximately September 15 - September 27 and this surge may produce conditions which can reproduce storms like Katrina.

Forecast For The Next 90 Days

MOST DANGEROUS WINDOWS:

September 17-27: COULD BE AS DANGEROUS AS KATRINA

October 15 - November 4: STRONGER POSSIBILITY FOR MULTIPLE OCCURRENCE OF STORMS EVEN MORE DANGEROUS THAN KATRINA.

These predictions are based on predictable surges in solar activity combined with the Global Warming Trend. Danger "Windows" are defined from generalizations made with three years of observation.

Michael Mandeville
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