29
Sep
2005

An outrage: Hundreds of thousands made a grand statement against the way our country is being run and most didn't hear about it

Are you as ticked off as me that the media hardly gave ANY coverage to our huge marches this last weekend? Let's let them HAVE it! Tell them how you feel ... a short (preferably NASTY) comment or a longer, thought-out version. You can do it all in ONE e-mail if you write your message, put your own name in the TO: line and cut and past the following news sources in the BCC: line (if you have it -- so they don't see you've sent it to everybody else too). But you can also paste them in the Cc line, if you don't have BCC.

However you do it, I hope we BLAST them! This is our democracy and the corporate-owned media are keeping us isolated from each other. Hundreds of thousands made a grand statement against the way our country is being run and most didn't hear about it. An outrage!

THANKS!

Debbie Metke

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From ufpj-news

Continue the call momentum opposing John Roberts

URGENT: Continue the call momentum opposing John Roberts
When: As soon as possible during Thursday 9/29...

Isn't it astounding and infuriating how our so-called representatives continue to give Bush and his nominees a free ride at our expense?

Remind your Senators of these and any other facts that are relevant:

- that American citizens are fed up with being sold out to Bush - that Bush has used up all of his political capital and is now in debt - that Bush cheated his way into office and does not deserve to have ANY of his nominees confirmed nor any of his legislation passed, and - that Roberts has a hidden agenda which he and the White House are hiding by disappearing his record and refusing to provide it - that John Roberts is a "roll of the dice" and crap shoot that we the American people cannot afford and will not forgive nor forget.

Then urge/implore/demand that your Senator reject and stop John Roberts or face the ire of the American people.

Now get going!

1. Read the details and call the 3 Senators and your own Senators as requested at the action page: http://www.millionphonemarch.com.

2. Forward this message to your friends and relatives to build volume.

3. Post a copy of this message on any blogs you are a member of.

4. Call and email as many more Senators as possible with your message. Contact information for all Senators is at: http://senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Please take action NOW, so we can save our courts.

Thank you for all you do.

Capitol toll-free numbers:
1-888-818-6641
1-888-355-3588


Use your power to change their minds! do it NOW!


Informant: Scott Munson

The Global Labor Threat

by Thomas Palley, TomPaine.com

After years of making the world safe for goods and capital, America has set itself up for a massive labor depression.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050929/the_global_labor_threat.php

The Republican Money Machine: The Hammer Falls

It isn't just Tom DeLay. The vast corrupt money machine that funded the Republican Revolution is exploding before our eyes.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092905K.shtml

Schutz des Regenwaldes: Deutsches Team unterstützt nachhaltige Waldnutzung auf den Philippinen

29.09.05

Eine ungewöhnliche Allianz von Wissenschaftlern, Bauern und Autobauern hat auf der philippinischen Insel Leyte den Teufelskreis aus Zerstörung und Armut durchbrochen. Wie die Zeitschrift Natur+kosmos in der Oktober-Ausgabe berichtet, sei es gelungen, die Tropen nachhaltig zu nutzen. Rainforestation farming heißt das Konzept, das den Raubbau beendet und den Menschen vor Ort ein gesichertes Einkommen ermöglicht. Unter Federführung der Universitäten Hohenheim und Leyte pflanzen die Bauern tropische Bäume. Baum für Baum entstehe auf Kokosplantagen und blanken Hängen neuer Regenwald. Auf diese Weise entwickelten sich neue Lebensräume für seltene Tiere wie den Koboldmaki.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=11963

Arktisches Eis schmilzt offenbar immer schneller

20 Prozent unter Durchschnitt: Arktisches Eis schmilzt offenbar immer schneller (29.09.05)

Die Region der Arktis, die von Treibeis bedeckt ist, wird nach jüngsten Forschungsergebnissen des amerikanischen National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder/Colorado immer kleiner. Die Werte für September 2005 haben nach Angaben des NSIDC einen neuen Tiefstand erreicht. Demnach war in den vergangenen 100 Jahren noch nie so wenig Eis in der Region.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=11955

Ashcroft Ordered to Testify in Lawsuit over Detentions

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092905Y.shtml

Gen-Zucchini im Schrebergarten

Monsanto blitzt vor Gericht ab und streut irrtümlich illegales Gentech-Saatgut in Rheinland-Pfalz aus.

http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/21/21041/1.html

The Hammer Gets Hit

by Ari Berman, TomPaine.com

Tom DeLay joins the swelling ranks of GOP leaders who are finally getting caught for doing business as usual.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050929/the_hammer_gets_hit.php

ARRESTED BUSHMEN WIN 'ALTERNATIVE NOBEL PRIZE'

A big success for Roy Sesana, the organization First People of the Kalahari (FPK), all the Gana and Gwi people and their supporters - and a big shame for the Botswana overlord governance.

ARRESTED BUSHMEN WIN 'ALTERNATIVE NOBEL PRIZE'

29 September 2005

Five days after their leaders were arrested and beaten, there was a dramatic turnaround today in the fortunes of the Kalahari Bushmen as they learnt they have won the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.

First People of the Kalahari (FPK), the grass-roots organisation of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen of Botswana, who are fighting for their right to return to their ancestral homeland, today won Sweden's Right Livelihood Award, known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.

The award has been given for the Bushmen's 'resolute resistance against eviction from their ancestral lands, and for upholding the right to their traditional way of life.'

Five days ago the FPK leaders were amongst a group of 28 Bushmen who were arrested by police firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The Bushmen were attempting to take food and water to their relatives still inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, from which most of the Bushmen have been evicted. The Bushmen leaders were badly beaten after being handcuffed.

FPK has been fighting a long battle for the right of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen to live peacefully inside the reserve, which is their ancestral homeland. The reserve's rich diamond deposits have been widely blamed for the government's expulsion of the Bushmen. De Beers, which runs all Botswana's diamond mines, is now the subject of a global boycott.

Past winners of the Prize include Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, and Nigerian Ken Saro-Wiwa.

The FPK's leader Roy Sesana is the first Botswana-born winner of the prize. For more information about the award go to: http://www.rightlivelihood.org/news/event05.htm


SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE Read this press release online: http://www.survival-international.org/news.php?id=1065 For more information about the Bushmen please contact Miriam Ross on (020) 7687 8731, email mr@survival-international.org or see: http://www.khoisanpeoples.org


2005 RIGHT LIVELIHOOD AWARDS HONOUR PIONEERS FOR JUSTICE, FAIR TRADE AND CULTURAL RENEWAL Alternative Nobel Prize honours bushwo/men

29. Sept. 2005

The 2005 Honorary Right Livelihood Award goes to one of Mexico’s greatest living artists and community philanthropists, Franscisco Toledo.

The SEK 2 million Award is shared by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke from Canada, Irene Fernandez from Malaysia, and the organisation First People of the Kalahari, and its founder Roy Sesana, from Botswana.

The Jury’s citations in respect of the 2005 Right Livelihood Awards are as follows:

Francisco Toledo (Mexico) - … for devoting himself and his art to the protection, enhancement and renewal of the architectural and cultural heritage, natural environment and community life of his native Oaxaca.

Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke (Canada) - … for their exemplary and longstanding worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental human right to water.

Irene Fernandez (Malaysia) - … for her outstanding and courageous work to stop violence against women and abuses of migrant and poor workers.

The organization First People of the Kalahari, and its founder Roy Sesana (Botswana) - … for resolute resistance against eviction from their ancestral lands, and for upholding the right to their traditional way of life.

Founded in 1980 the Right Livelihood Awards are presented annually in the Swedish Parliament and are often referred to as “Alternative Nobel Prizes”. They were introduced “to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”.

Jakob von Uexkull, a Swedish-German philatelic expert, sold his valuable postage stamps to provide the original endowment. Alfred Nobel wanted to honour those whose work “brought the greatest benefit to humanity”. Von Uexkull felt that the Nobel Prizes today ignore much work and knowledge vital for our world and future.

A press conference with the recipients will be held in Stockholm on Wednesday, December 7th. The award presentation ceremony in the Swedish Parliament will be held on December 9th.

There were 77 candidates from 39 countries on the confidential list of nominations this year: 4 from Africa, 4 from the Arab world, 20 from Asia, 1 from Australia, 26 from Europe, 12 from Latin America and 10 from North America.

Further information on the new recipients can be downloaded from http://www.rightlivelihood.org

For more information: Kerstin Bennett, Administrative Director Right Livelihood Award, Stockholm. Tel: +46-8-702 03 40 Fax: +46-8-702 03 38 E-mail: info @ rightlivelihood.org Website: http://www.rightlivelihood.org


ECOTERRA Intl.

Police Attack: Peaceful Students Protesting Recruitment on Campus

As of 11:30am, there was a protest at Holyoke Community College, MA against military recruiters. The protesters were not blocking the recruiters, but were just trying to counter protest and provide real information about what the military does.

The police arrived and started knocking people to the ground and macing them. The College Republicans were there encouraging the police to attack the protesters. Reportedly, the College Administration called the police.

Please immediately call 413-538-7000 and register your outrage with the President's office at the College's attack on peaceful protest on a public campus.

Thank you!

For more information, please contact Charles Peterson of the HCC Anti-War Coalition charlest.peterson@gmail.com

More news on this situation will follow.

Forwarded by Charles Jenks, Traprock Peace Center after a phone update from a witness.


UNITED FOR PEACE & JUSTICE | 212-868-5545


From ufpj-news

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I just got this message from activists at Holyoke Community College in Northampton MA. They were engaged in peaceful counter-recruitment at their school and were attacked by police. Read below and call the school immediately.

--Ashley

As of 11:30am, there is a protest at Holyoke Community College against military recruiters. The protesters are not blocking the recruiters, but are just trying to counter protest and provide real information about what the military does.

The police arrived and started knocking people to the ground and macing them. The College Republicans are there and are encouraging the police to attack the protesters.

Please immediately call 413-538-7000 and register your outrage with the President's office at the College's attack on peaceful protest on a public campus and tell them to pull the police off of the protesters.

Thank you!

For more information, please contact Charles Peterson of the HCC Anti- War Coalition charlest.peterson@gmail.com

-- Jason

Frist things first

The American Prospect
by Robert Dreyfuss

09/28/05

Bill Frist -- senator, majority leader, and would-be president -- has a far bigger scandal lurking in the wings than whether or not he illegally sold stock in his family’s health-care company, Hospital Corp. of America (HCA). It’s one that goes back to the very start of his political career in the early 1990s. Investigative journalists looking, belatedly, at Frist’s ties to HCA ought to take notice. In 1993, Frist ... was hardly on the political radar in Tennessee. At the time, the Volunteer State was represented in the Senate by Jim Sasser, a wily Democrat who’d established himself as a leading expert on health-care policy. Sasser began holding investigative hearings into Medicare fraud by doctors, hospitals and other health-care providers. Medicare fraud was becoming an enormous issue ... and Sasser wanted to know the extent of the problem. Little did Sasser know that the very biggest offender was none other than Tennessee’s own Hospital Corp. of America...

http://www.prospect.org/web/view-web.ww?id=10358


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Big Government

Big government deja vu

Boston Globe
by Jeff Jacoby

09/28/05

It is 1965. ... In the America receding behind you, the president is Lyndon Johnson. The landslide winner of last year's election, he is forging ahead with his 'War on Poverty' and 'Great Society,' spending billions of taxpayer dollars and creating vast new entitlement programs. His fellow Democrats control Congress and easily brush aside GOP complaints about creeping socialism and reckless federal spending. ... The time machine slows to a halt. You climb out and set off to explore 2005. Many things have changed, you discover. ... But one thing that seems familiar is budgetary politics. One political party is still running the show in Washington and still spending as mindlessly as ever. ... The incumbent in the White House, a Texan named Bush, burns through money even more extravagantly than the Texan named Johnson you left behind in 1964...

http://tinyurl.com/92hqo


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



Big Government: Where Does It Come From?
http://www.lewrockwell.com/sardi/sardi45.html

Why Iran isn't a global threat

Christian Science Monitor
by Ray Takeyh

09/29/05

Last week's vote by the International Atomic Energy Agency branding Iran in breach of its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) commitments has given impetus to the United States to call for the deferral of Iran to the UN Security Council. Tehran is adamant that it wants nuclear power for generating electricity. Yet, Washington policymakers and their European counterparts subtly argue that Iran's previous treaty violations indicate a more sinister motive to subvert its neighbors and export its Islamic revolution. Such alarmism overlooks Iran's realities. In the past decade, a fundamental shift in Iran's international orientation has enshrined national interest calculations as the defining factor in its approach to the world. Irrespective of the balance of power between conservatives and reformers, Iran's foreign policy is driven by fixed principles that are shared by all of its political elites...

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0929/p09s02-coop.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Disappearing anti-war protests

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
by staff

09/27/05

Hundreds of thousands of Americans around the country protested the Iraq War on the weekend of September 24-25, with the largest demonstration bringing between 100,000 and 300,000 to Washington, D.C. on Saturday. But if you relied on television for your news, you'd hardly know the protests happened at all. According to the Nexis news database, the only mention on the network newscasts that Saturday came on the NBC Nightly News, where the massive march received all of 87 words. (ABC World News Tonight transcripts were not available for September 24, possibly due to pre-emption by college football.) Cable coverage wasn't much better. CNN, for example, made only passing references to the weekend protests. ... Another feature of the protest coverage was a tendency to treat a tiny group of pro-war hecklers as somehow equivalent to the massive anti-war gathering. ... In a headline that summed up the absurdity of this type of coverage, the Washington Post reported (9/25/05): 'Smaller but Spirited Crowd Protests Antiwar March; More Than 200 Say They Represent Majority.' Perhaps this 'crowd' felt that way because they've grown accustomed to a media system that so frequently echoes their views, while keeping antiwar voices -- representing the actual majority opinion -- off the radar...

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2677


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Carrile case erodes US credibility

AntiWar.Com
by Jim Lobe

09/29/05

The decision Tuesday by a U.S. immigration judge in Texas to deny Venezuela's request to extradite Luis Posada Carriles, whom Caracas has dubbed 'the Osama bin Laden of Latin America,' was greeted with surprise and disappointment by Latin America activists and even some former U.S. officials. Venezuela wants Carriles to stand trial for the October 1976 bombing of a civilian Cubana Airlines flight that killed all 73 people aboard shortly after it took off from Barbados. Venezuela's ambassador here, Bernardo Alvarez, accused the George W. Bush administration of using a 'double standard' on terrorism. He said the White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which represented the administration before the court, 'virtually' collaborated with Posada by failing to contest statements by one defense witness that Posada would be tortured if he were returned to Caracas. ... 'if we examine our respective records on torture, a prisoner is more likely to be tortured in the custody of the U.S. government than in the custody of Venezuelan officials'...

http://www.antiwar.com/lobe/?articleid=7434


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Hammer falls

Salon
by Michael Scherer
09/29/05

At its height, the first great political machine of the 21st century worked like this: In Congress, Texas Rep. Tom DeLay controlled the votes like a modern-day Boss Tweed. He called himself 'the hammer.' His domain included a vast network of former aides and foot soldiers he installed in key positions at law firms and trade groups, a network that became called the 'K Street Project.' He gathered tithes in the form of campaign cash, hard and soft, and spread it out amongst the loyal. He legislated for favored donors. He punished those who disobeyed, and bought off those who could be paid. For a while, the whole operation seemed unstoppable. But the machine may now be coming to an end... [subscription or ad view required]

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/09/29/delay/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Too damned cruel to endure

WolfesBlog
by Claire Wolfe

09/28/05

For me, that one spare paragraph, that one bland, banal, business-as-usual bureaucratic cruelty, encapsulated everything that's wrong -- and increasingly wrong, I fear -- with the human race. If 'one death is a tragedy, a million deaths a statistic,' then for me the single unspeakable refusal to rescue a tiny animal -- forcing a desperate man to kill the creature he'd loved and saved -- drew all the cruelties of institutionalized culture into one Goya-like image in my mind's eye. And I simply haven't found a way to go on conducting the ordinary business of life when I'm a member of a species that routinely behaves with such rottenness...

http://www.clairewolfe.com/wolfesblog/00001699.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Rich get rich, poor get poorer

San Francisco Chronicle

09/28/05

The gap between high-income and low-income Americans is widening, the ranks of the poor in California and nationwide are swelling, and middle-class workers have lost ground compared with the 1970s, several national and state studies show. A disturbing new picture of low- and middle-income family finances is emerging from U.S. Census studies and from analyses of census and other data by the California Budget Project, the Brookings Institution, UC Berkeley researchers and organizations studying specific demographic or geographic groups. 'The increase in inequality in income is a longtime trend, but the pressure on middle- and low-income workers is going up rapidly,' said Alice Rivlin, an economist at the Brookings Institution and vice chair of the Federal Reserve from 1996 to 1999. 'Especially if they live in an area where there are high housing and gas prices, like California'...

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/09/28/MNGF8EV3UL1.DTL


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Red Cross criticized, urged to share cash

Yahoo! News

09/28/05

As its hurricane relief donations near the $1 billion mark, more than double all other charities combined, the American Red Crossis encountering sharp criticism of its efforts and mounting pressure to share funds with smaller groups. The complaints -- that Red Cross operations were chaotic in some places, inequitable in others -- have stung deeply within an organization that is proud of its overall response to Hurricane Katrina, by far the most devastating natural disaster it has confronted on U.S. soil. ... The frustration stems partly from the fact that the Red Cross has worked to avoid a recurrence of the humbling fundraising controversy that flared after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Back then, the Red Cross raised about $1.1 billion -- its record so far for a single disaster -- but the organization was assailed when donors belatedly learned that $200 million of their gifts were being earmarked to prepare for future crises rather than to help victims...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050928/ap_on_re_us/katrina_red_cross_hk4


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

UK: Don't mention the war

Independent [UK]

09/29/05

The Labour Party was forced to make a humiliating apology to an 82-year-old party member last night after he was thrown out of the conference for heckling Jack Straw.

Walter Wolfgang, a party member for 57 years, was bundled out of the conference hall by stewards after shouting 'nonsense' as Mr Straw, the Foreign Secretary, defended Britain's role in Iraq. He was later stopped under anti-terrorist powers as he tried to re-enter the hall. The heavy-handed treatment of Mr Wolfgang revived criticism of the 'control freakery' associated with New Labour and even drew comparisons with the way the Communist leaders in Russia and China stifled dissent. Mr Wolfgang fled Nazi Germany as a teenager for the freedom of Britain. He said: 'I shouted out 'nonsense.' That's all I said. Then these two toughies came round and wanted to manhandle me out'...

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article315804.ece


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FEMA under fire again, now for Rita effort

Detroit Free Press

09/28/05

Saying they were caught off-guard by the number of people in need, FEMA officials closed a relief center early on Wednesday after some of the hundreds of hurricane victims in line began fainting in triple-digit heat. The midday closing of the Houston disaster relief center came as officials in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Rita criticized FEMA's response to the storm, with one calling for a commission to examine the emergency response...

http://tinyurl.com/c5ym6


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

No felony in release of corpse pictures

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050928/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/corpse_photos


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Ryan corruption trial begins

Indianapolis Star

09/29/05

The biggest corruption trial in Chicago in decades opened Wednesday with a federal prosecutor launching a blistering attack on former Republican Gov. George Ryan, saying he betrayed the public's trust by taking cash and gifts to help insiders land lucrative state contracts. ... Ryan, 71, is accused of giving a lobbyist friend, Larry Warner, free rein to steer contracts to his clients in exchange for gifts and favors during Ryan's term as Illinois secretary of state in the 1990s. Ryan faces 18 corruption counts, including conspiracy and fraud. Warner, a co-defendant, faces 12 counts...

http://tinyurl.com/cqojt


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Republicans See Signs That Pentagon Is Evading Oversight

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092905Z.shtml

Indicted DeLay steps down from House post

Las Vegas Review-Journal

09/28/05

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury Wednesday on a charge of conspiring to violate political fundraising laws, forcing him to temporarily step aside from his GOP post. He is the highest-ranking member of Congress to face criminal prosecution. A defiant DeLay said he had done nothing wrong and denounced the Democratic prosecutor who pursued the case as a 'partisan fanatic.' He said, 'This is one of the weakest, most baseless indictments in American history. It's a sham'

http://tinyurl.com/bov48


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



DeLay Indictment

http://tinyurl.com/8ct4p


Informant: Debi Clark

050929 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter

http://www.omega-news.info/050929_r_mobilfunk_newsletter.rtf

Can the US Military Presence Avert Civil War?

The growing specter of a full-scale civil war in Iraq - and the likelihood that such a conflict will draw in neighboring states - has intensified a summer-long debate here over whether and how to withdraw US troops.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805J.shtml

Keeping FEMA out of Church

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy: Compounding the federal government's stumbling and tragically inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina, now FEMA has announced that it will reimburse churches. Now more than ever, the government needs to do its job and let the religious community do our job, without confusing the two.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805F.shtml

Iraqis Furious at 'Lenient' Abu Ghraib Abuse Sentence

Iraqis have reacted furiously to the three-year jail sentence imposed on Lynndie England, provoking outrage across the world. Last night she was jailed and dishonorably discharged from the US Army, but ordinary Iraqis said that it was not enough.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805E.shtml



The invention of porno torture
CounterPunch
by Liaquat Ali Khan

09/28/05

Torture is by no means an exclusive American practice. Almost all states, including Muslim nations, practice atrocious forms of torture. Porno torture, however, is unique. It is unique not because it is harsher but because it is unusual. Very few states have been reported to practice porno torture. So a question arises: Why has the US Torture Establishment invented porno torture to degrade and torment Muslim men, women, and children? .... It is no surprise that the military court that convicted Lynddie England found no porno torture in the case. In fact, England was not even charged for committing any form of torture. She has been found guilty of one count of conspiracy, four counts of maltreating detainees, and one count of committing an indecent act. No Iraqi detainees were summoned as witnesses to tell their story of shame, degradation, pain and suffering that porno torture inflicted on their bodies, minds, and souls. Meanwhile, the Torture Establishment has buried thousands of pictures of porno torture in confidential files to avoid responsibility...

http://www.counterpunch.org/khan09282005.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Atta Known to Pentagon before 9/11

Four years after the nation's deadliest terror attack, evidence is accumulating that a super-secret Pentagon intelligence unit identified the organizer of the Sept. 11 hijackings, Mohamed Atta, as an al Qaeda operative months before he entered the US.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805D.shtml

Filibuster Showdown Looms in Senate

The upcoming battle over a successor to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor threatens to plunge the Senate into another bitter confrontation over filibusters and the "nuclear option," with Democrats already threatening to use any means possible to thwart President Bush if he nominates someone they regard as too conservative.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805C.shtml

Media Ignores Historic Anti-War March

Hundreds of thousands of Americans around the country protested the Iraq War on the weekend of September 24-26 in Washington, DC. But if you relied on television for your news, you'd hardly know the protests happened at all.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805B.shtml

Congress Poised to Gut Environmental Laws

House Republicans on Wednesday will launch a rapid-fire assault against environmental protections on the pretext of helping the US oil and gas industry recover from hurricane damage, environmental groups charge.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805A.shtml

Save Pets From the Next Hurricane

https://community.hsus.org/campaign/pets_act_house/step1.tcl



REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ALL PETS and their families!!

Please take a minute to fill this out. I was horrified by the treatment of the animals after Katrina. After all they cannot help themselves or ask for help!

There is a bill before Congress that will help to create standards and REQUIREMENTS for pets to be included in evacuation plans in future disasters.

"The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, H.R. 3858 (PETS Act), would require state and local authorities to include pets and service animals in their disaster evacuation plans.

You could help save thousands of people and pets from anguish even loss of life during the next major disaster, just by calling, faxing, or e-mailing and asking your U.S. Representative to support this bill."

As an animal lover, PLEASE go to this site and voice your support. We should never have to go through a situation like this again.

https://community.hsus.org/campaign/pets_act_house

Thank you


Informant: Alan Dicey

Forecasts warn major hurricane likely in October

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-928hurricaneforecast,0,1417049.story?coll=sfla-news-sfla


Informant: NHNE

'Peace Mom' Cindy Sheehan Meets McCain



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/27/AR2005092701552.html

by Jennifer Talhelm
Associated Press
Tuesday, September 27, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Peace mom Cindy Sheehan didn't change her opposition to the war in Iraq after meeting Tuesday with one of its supporters, Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam veteran whom she called "a warmonger."

Sheehan thanked McCain for meeting with her, but she came away disappointed.

"He tried to tell us what George Bush would have said," Sheehan, who protested at the president's Texas home over the summer, told reporters. "I don't believe he believes what he was telling me."

McCain, R-Ariz., also seemed disappointed in the meeting, which he said had been misrepresented as including some of his constituents. Only one person in her small delegation has ties to the state, and that person no longer lives there.

The two exchanged views about the war, and McCain described the conversation as "a rehash" of opinions already well known. He said he might not have met with Sheehan had he known none of his constituents was in the group.

Although McCain has criticized the handling of the Iraq war, he has supported President Bush's call to stop terrorism abroad before it reaches the U.S. Sheehan, whose son, Casey, died in Iraq last year, has energized the anti-war movement with her call for troops to be brought home.

"He is a warmonger, and I'm not," Sheehan said after meeting with McCain. "I believe this war is not keeping America safer."

"She's entitled to her opinion," McCain said. "We just have fundamental disagreements."

Sheehan's conference with McCain was one of several scheduled this week as part of her campaign to persuade members of Congress to explain the reasons for the war. She spoke before a massive anti-war rally Saturday on the National Mall and was arrested Monday demonstrating in front of the White House.

Sheehan and McCain had met once before, shortly after the funeral of her son. Sheehan said Tuesday that McCain told her then that her son's death was "like his buddies in Vietnam" and that he feared their deaths were "for nothing." McCain, however, denied he made such a statement.



MEETING WITH CINDY SHEEHAN
By Howard Dean
afterdowningstreet.org
September 27, 2005

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/3170

I met with Cindy Sheehan and three activist supporters here in my office at the DNC (two of whom were involved in the Presidential race) on Saturday after the rally. Some of you have met her, but for those who have not, I thought I would share my impressions.

She is a delightful person. She had not a drop of holier than thou zealotry. She is unpretentious and very clear. All this I expected, given the terrible sacrifice she has made, and her willingness to speak out.

What I was surprised at was her ability to be so comfortable in her own skin. After she became a phenomenon in Crawford, the Republican spin team realized she was a real threat. Cindy Sheehan, made a tremendous personal sacrifice. A sacrifice being made by too many American families who have had loved ones killed or maimed in this war.

Cindy has credibility the Administration does not have. Even the President tried to diminish her by saying that she did not believe in fighting terrorism. His minions, of course, did much worse, trying to make out that she was a media savvy manipulator -- and even spreading false rumors that she was anti-Semitic.

No one is untouched in the face of personal attack, but Cindy exudes an inner calm and a self-confidence which made it clear to me that she will not back down. I respect and support what she is doing in standing up and speaking out.

Whether you think the Iraq war is a good idea or not, all of us should support Cindy Sheehan. Perhaps the grossest disservice the Republican leadership has inflicted on our country is not the war, the huge deficits, or even the divisive appeals to the worst fears of voters. Rather it is the notion that it is unpatriotic to disagree with the most partisan President in our life time, and that dissent harms our country. Nothing could be farther from the truth -- we are a strong country because we have the right to dissent.

In fact it is the attempts of the Administration to fight dissent with personal attacks as they did during the Nixon era are that diminish our country in the long term.

Cindy Sheehan is honest in the face of a dishonest and corrupt Washington culture. She is plain spoken in an era of cynicism and propaganda, she in committed and idealistic in a time where our government has abandoned what is right for America in favor of what is right for the Republican party. We need more Cindy Sheehans.


Informant: NHNE



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

'Peace Mom' Cindy Sheehan Meets McCain

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/27/AR2005092701552.html

Tell Your Senators to Stop the Vote Promoting a Top Torture Official

http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=ySDLf00DWp9Q0TQ2_lPx-w..

FDA Chief Quit over Financial Disclosure Form

Lester M. Crawford's wife has told family members that an unintentional failure to disclose financial holdings prompted his sudden resignation as commissioner of food and drugs last week, her brother said yesterday.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/092805HA.shtml

Katrina and Rita should serve as yet another warning to an administration that has belittled the science of global warming

Time to Connect the Dots

The New York Times: Along with ruined homes and upended trees, the recent hurricanes left behind a revived debate about global warming ... The alarm bells have been ringing for a long time, but Katrina and Rita should serve as yet another warning to an administration that has belittled the science of global warming.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/092805EA.shtml

New Majority Leader Roy Blunt Has Own Ethics Issues

Roy Blunt (R-MO) has been named to fill in for Tom Delay as the House Majority Leader. Blount, like Delay, has had his own ethics problems.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805S.shtml

Senator Russ Feingold: "The President's Policies in Iraq Are Breaking the United States Army"

US Senator Russ Feingold protests the war on the senate floor in his speech today: "I have spoken before about my grave concern that the Administration's Iraq policies are actually strengthening the hand of our enemies... ."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805R.shtml

Recent ethical and legal scandals in the Republican Party

Hey, Hey, Woody Guthrie, I Wrote You a Song

William Rivers Pitt discusses recent ethical and legal scandals in the Republican Party. Today, GOP Rep. from Texas, Tom DeLay, was indicted; earlier this week, Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist faced an SEC charge; and a little more than a week ago, the White House's top federal procurement officer, David Safavian, was arrested.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/092805Q.shtml

Pentagon Doesn't Know How Much It's Spending

http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0928-12.htm

ACLU Seeks Information on the Fate of 6,500 New Orleans Prisoners

http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0928-14.htm

Bush's Leadership: Running on Empty

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0928-23.htm

The Buck Stops with Lynndie

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0928-24.htm

'Critical Habitat' About to Go on Endangered List

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0928-05.htm

DeLay Indicted on Conspiracy Charges

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0928-07.htm

Solidarität gefragt - Verteidigt die Pressefreiheit

Solidarität mit Dr. Nikolaus Brauns

Von wegen Pressefreiheit

ZDF berichtete über Polizeiaktion gegen jW-Mitarbeiter. Medienwissenschaftler: Staatlicher Druck auf kritische Journalisten und Informanten wächst. Artikel von Ludwig König, München, in junge Welt vom 29.09.2005
http://www.jungewelt.de/2005/09-29/014.php

Aus dem Text: „…Zu Wort kam in der Sendung auch jW-Mitarbeiter Nick Brauns. »In meinem und ähnlichen Fällen wird der besondere Schutz von Journalisten systematisch ausgehebelt, indem Journalisten Straftaten unterstellt werden, die mit ihrer Arbeit gar nichts zu tun haben, um so an die Daten zu kommen.« (…) Trafen die Polizeiübergriffe bisher linke Journalisten wie den nordrhein-westfälischen VVN-Vorsitzenden Ulrich Sander, die Redaktion von Labournet, die anti-atom-aktuell-Redaktion, die kurdische Tageszeitung Özgür Politika und eben jW-Autor Nick Brauns, so gerieten in den letzten Wochen auch bürgerliche Medien ins Visier der Fahnder…“

Siehe dazu auch:

Journalisten im Visier – Angriff auf die Pressefreiheit. Manuskript der Sendung Frontal 21 vom 27.09.2005 von Steffen Judzikowski und Ulrich Stoll, (pdf)

http://www.zdf.de/ZDFde/download/0,1896,2002604,00.pdf


Aus: LabourNet, 29. September 2005

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Solidarität mit Dr. Nickolaus Brauns

München: Erneut Hausdurchsuchungen bei linken AktivistInnen
Presseerklärung des OG München der ROTEN HILFE e.V. vom 19.10.2005

http://www.rote-hilfe.de/content/pe_191005_muenchen.htm

Siehe auch:

Angriff auf linke Strukturen. Ein Ausschnitt aus acht Monaten Repression Info der Roten Hilfe e.V. Ortsgruppe München vom Oktober 2005 (pdf)

http://www.rote-hilfe.de/muenchen/Info2-05.pdf


Aus: LabourNet, 21. Oktober 2005

Immigration choice as bad as FEMA's Brown

The Bush administration should have learned enough from Mike Brown's downfall about the consequences of putting political hacks in critical positions. Yet, only days after Mr. Brown's forced departure as FEMA director, the administration was asking Congress to approve another unqualified candidate for an important job.

http://tinyurl.com/99ubj


From Information Clearing House

The People, Not FEMA, Saved Themselves

What will black political leadership do to protect us and the nation from Bush’s cynical “Gulf Coast Opportunity Zone”? What good are institutions like the Congressional Black Caucus if they do not offer real alternative visions, hold public hearings, educate the public, and campaign for concrete remedies.

http://www.blackcommentator.com/151/151_dixon_katrina.html


From Information Clearing House

Tom DeLay said he would step aside temporarily from his leadership post following an indictment

No.2 Republican in U.S. House indicted

The second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom DeLay, said on Wednesday he would step aside temporarily from his leadership post following an indictment on a campaign-finance charge.

http://tinyurl.com/c8xus



Statements Regarding DeLay's Indictment

"The criminal indictment of Majority Leader Tom Delay is the latest example that Republicans in Congress are plagued by a culture of corruption at the expense of the American people." — House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California.

http://tinyurl.com/b86mv



DeLay has often skated near the ethical edge

Tom DeLay often operated close to the ethical edge in his ascension to the powerful job of House majority leader. Today, under indictment, he stands at the precipice.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/587/5640114.html


From Information Clearing House

Arguments for an Impeachment Resolution

Bernard Weiner

Introducing a resolution calling for impeachment hearings is the first serious step along that road back to political sanity and moral accountability for our country. Let's demand that our Representatives in Congress do it, and if they won't, we will elect those who will.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10430.htm



http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Downing+Street+Memo

Trial By Bush: Constitution-Shredding in the Jose Padilla Case

WHY IS THE PADILLA CASE SO IMPORTANT? Because the right to freedom from arbitrary detention and to a jury trial is one of the fundamental rights for which the American Revolution was fought — it is enshrined in our Bill of Rights.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10429.htm

Straw: No military action against Iran

US President George Bush, whose government believes Iran intends to produce atomic weapons, has however refused the rule out military strikes.

http://tinyurl.com/e26ss


From Information Clearing House

Iran's Challenge to Nuclear Apartheid

"The West does not seek the elimination of nuclear weapons, but rather the establishment of nuclear monopoly..."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10437.htm

John Conyers, Jr.: Peace Protestors Held Handcuffed in Buses For Over 12 Hours

I wanted me to share with you a letter I wrote to the Chief of the United States Park Police regarding the treatment of the 384 protestors arrested outside the White House.

http://www.conyersblog.us/archives/00000256.htm


From Information Clearing House

The Anti-War Speech Everyone Is Talking About

Here is the transcript. Read and pass it along – it has the power to topple tyrants.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10435.htm

Reuters says U.S. troops obstruct reporting of Iraq

The conduct of U.S. troops in Iraq, including increasing detention and accidental shootings of journalists, is preventing full coverage of the war reaching the American public, Reuters said on Wednesday.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10420.htm

Apartheid-justice in America: Krugal vs. Padilla

by Mike Whitney

The Padilla case is of particular interest now that we have a genuine case of domestic terrorism we can use for comparison.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10424.htm

Absurdities & Atrocities

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10428.htm

The coup that wasn't

by Scott Ritter

Scott Ritter, reveals how the CIA plotted to use a UN weapons inspection to overthrow the Iraqi regime - and how fiasco turned to tragedy when it failed.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10427.htm

Mass Extinction of Insects May Be Occurring Undetected

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0920_050920_extinct_insects.html


Informant: NHNE

SEA ICE MELTS TO RECORD LOW BECAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/article315799.ece


Informant: NHNE

Organic Consumers Association (OCA): SOS Update September 27, 2005

http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm

Over the past week, Organic Consumers Association network members have deluged the U.S. congress with over 55,000 emails and over 10,000 telephone calls. Thank you for your support. This nearly unprecedented grassroots upsurge has temporarily rattled Congress and the industry, delaying the initial Sneak Attack in the Senate on organic standards, resulting in a compromise amendment
(H.R. 2744) September 21 calling for "further study of the issue."

Unfortunately we expect another, possibly even more serious, Sneak Attack in the House/Senate Conference Committee over the next week as Congress members put the final wording together for the 2006 Congressional Agriculture Appropriations Bill. For a list of committee members and contact info, click here:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/organic/ofpa-contacts.cfm

Therefore OCA is now calling on consumers and the organic community to apply pressure to their House of Representatives members as well as their Senators to stop the Conference Committee from degrading the standards.

In addition we urge everyone to start applying pressure to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), who are unfortunately spearheading this Sneak Attack.

We ask everyone who has read our SOS Action Alert -- and signed our petition to Congress -- to call your House of Representative member 202-224-3121, as well as the OTA: 413-774-7511.

Recent developments >>
http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm

OCA News Updates >>
http://www.organicconsumers.org/log.html


Informant: JHW369

Money In Politics

http://www.politicalmoneyline.com/


Informant: littlebrit1961

Russian Scientists Warn of Impending

Russian Scientists Warn of Impending North American Catastrophic Event as Cosmic Burst Triggers Massive Solar Blast, Lights up New Zealand Skies, Throws Weather Systems into further chaos.

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index820.htm


Informant: Di

The Change Waves Are Building Rapidly - The Ride Will Get Turbulent Quickly

MWM: I believe that many things will change more in the next 12 months than they have in the past four years.


From - Peoplenomics 9/28

About Our Crash Warning

As we open hump day, facing the prospect of a leisurely trip back to the ranch starting Saturday morning at 0h-dark-thirty, we can see that our Crash Warning issued last Thursday seems more justified now than it was then, based on some developments that just can't be ignored. I mean other than the comments of Alan Greenspan admitting that the U.S. has lost control of its budget deficit because of the costs of war and now storms on top on the housing bubble.

I'd begin by pointing to an article appearing in The Australian today which says the Reserve Bank of Australia - their equivalent of our Fed - is warning of the possibility of a global meltdown. To be sure, Greenspan is lightening up on his warnings a bit, but with storm damage in the billions, one can only look at the weather maps and ask, "Gee, what next?"

While the National Weather Service isn't reporting any new storms in the Atlantic at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov, there are private weather watchers who see the potential for more storms, possibly severe, before this storm season ends. One storm continues, though, and that's the storm over the role of FEMA in New Orleans, and the testimony of Michael Brown is getting some play - as someone has to take the fall.

However, keep in mind the larger context of the federal role in New Orleans - as Alex Jones' site suggests in a dandy Steve Watson read today over at Infowars.net, "Katrina/Rita Fallout Part One Martial Law: Police State America - We're So Close Now".

One reader suggests that maybe, just maybe, the New Orleans response might have something to do with an attempt to nationalize the US oil industry. We think not, but nothing would surprise us anymore.

The Warning from Texodus

America can certainly rebuild from the weather disasters of the past two years - that's no stretch for an economy with the kind of horsepower harnessed self interest under capitalism can turn out. But where things run into a brick wall is if our energy inputs are restrained in a significant way. Our Houston Bureau - in the heart of America's oil patch, offers an assessment today which we fear may prove much more accurate than the happy talk proffered by mainstream media:

"OK, it's bad. There are dozens of rigs and platforms damaged, missing or sunk. Katrina put the whammy on production platforms, and Rita slammed the drilling rigs. I've got some pix to forward to you tomorrow. Some of the rigs are upside down, others are twisted and destroyed, still others are just plain gone...either sunk or drifting.

As I have been telling anyone willing to listen, there really is no such thing as Peak Oil, as far as I can tell. The real problem is a complete lack of infrastructure for moving and refining oil and gas, as well as a serious shortage of drilling rigs, tankers and refineries. The situation was close to dire before the storms. It is critical now.

Over the past couple of decades, there has been little investment in tankers, new drilling rigs and refineries. As a consequence, we may be running out of gasoline while drowning in oil. This is the cause of the disconnect recently between pump price and barrel cost. All the storage areas are full of oil, the problem is there is no scalable means to refine it and/or ship it. Even starting this minute, the supply can not be increased by even one percent for the next three to five years.

Should the next storm
http://www.weather.com/newscenter/tropical/?from=wxcenter_news hit shipping, I can almost guarantee the pump lines we recently saw in Houston will be nationwide. I am fairly sure that we will see them by Christmas, as it is. A cold winter will virtually ensure radical price hikes in natural gas, electricity and heating oil.

While this may sound alarmist, I assure you that I am taking the best information from offshore interests, as well as what I know about the industry into account. The outcome will most likely not be pleasant, and the time frame for the unpleasantness to start is about one month, maybe slightly more. When you hear Bush taking steps to limit gasoline usage in the White House and encouraging people to conserve, you can bet that he knows what's coming.

Your readers should begin to take reasonable and prudent steps, if they have not already. Try to have at least 3/4 of a tank full in your car at all times. Anyone who lives in a city should have several alternative routes out of town that DO NOT utilize the freeways (I tried four of my routes during the Texodus and found them virtually empty). Consider purchasing a good water filter (Big Berkey, for instance) and a small generator to run a deep freeze or refrigerator (never operate one indoors). Keep a good supply of non-perishable food on hand.

These are just prudent suggestions. I see no reason to panic about the situation. It will progress quickly, but those who are looking for the signs will know when things start to go down hill. Until you have spent days looking for a gas station, or gone grocery shopping when nothing was on the shelves, or gone five days without electricity during a heat wave, you can not appreciate the situation. I was well prepared for the storm, but even that would get me through a month or so, with serious rationing.

To summarize, the GOM (Gulf of Mexico) oil and gas industry has been hit pretty hard. ALL oil and 80% of natural gas production is shut in. Four refineries are seriously damaged, needing about a month or more to repair. Dozens of rigs and platforms are sunk, missing or damaged. There is currently about a month's supply of refined petroleum products in storage, and they are decreasing rapidly. Your readers would do well to consider prudent preparations for a severe disruption in energy by year's end.

Sorry to bear bad news, but I don't even have the whole picture yet, and it already ain't pretty. More as things develop."

No matter how grim our reports may sound to the "Ain't no peak oil.!" believers, there are others picking up the same information and piecing it together such as the prestigious Financial Times which reports this morning that Rita caused record damage to oil producing infrastructure.

Thanks to the future scanning technology of http://www.halfpasthuman.com and some just plain luck, Elaine and I will be back in Texas in just over a week. As best I can guess, we will be paying around $3.50 a gallon on average as our travels take us along an "anything but direct" route. Naturally, I'll keep you posted along the way, but it could easily be that the web bot "event" which we're in the midst of right now could be nothing more or less than a sudden public awakening over the next week or two that oil prices of $100 a barrel and $4.00+ gas are in sight by Christmas. Elaine & I are looking at locking in holiday travel plans now as costs for airfare for our kids have gone up 20% in the past week (damn!). If you're able to make investments, locking in airfares might be an interesting play, indeed.

Personal Incomes

The Bureau of Economic Analysis today released State Personal incomes for the second quarter of the year (Ending June 30th). If you're keeping up, you should have seen an increase of 1.5% in personal income for the period. if not, you're falling behind:

Personal income for the nation grew 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2005, an acceleration from the 0.6 percent growth of the first quarter and a return to the average pace of the last six quarters. Almost all states participated in the acceleration, although in three states (Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina) the growth rate equaled the first quarter’s and in four states (Idaho, New Mexico, Arkansas, and South Dakota) growth slowed from the first quarter. Even so, personal income growth in all states exceeded the second quarter’s 0.8 percent inflation rate (as measured by the national price index for personal consumption expenditure).

Do you notice that Florida, which was hard hit by storms last year, had great gains? That's what I mean when I talk about the resilience of the American economy. It does best when things are bad.

Durables

As if to underscore this phenomena, the durable goods report for August out today says there was a greater than expected 3.3% increase in August, rebounding from a big drop the month previous. Problem is the report doesn't cover Katrina or Rita periods, so next month could be a bit of a bummer, or maybe not, depending on how fast rebuilding orders come in.

Ponderable Quake

Our colleagues at http://www.halfpasthuman.com have an interesting observation about the big quake in Peru this week: "an oddity about the Peru quake. no fore or after shocks that I can find. very odd." Yeah, very odd indeed...

Get Jules Verne on the Line!

There's a science report today that yes, giant squid like the one in Jules Verne's novel "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" are real - and pushing 60-feet end to end.

No Snake Conclusion

We have just about an even split on yesterday's excess negative ion induced question, "Can snakes crawl backwards...?" People swear both answers are correct...it's like trying to get a straight answer from an economist, I tell you.

Putin's Next Job?

No, he's not saying what he will do after he steps down in 2008, but Vlad Putin apparently has something up his sleeve. Gee, I thought Putin and and Tony Blair might both hang out shingles at Carlyle... Say, got a fresh cup of coffee and RealPlayer? Take 48 minutes to watch a video online? Skip the first 1 minute 48 seconds...and the English language begins...

Solar Race Results

It's not like the old Tour 'd Sol, but a Dutch Team won the latest big solar-powered car race in Australia. Not much on hills, solar cars are lots of fun on flatlands...but an average speed of 102.75 KPH? That'd be, let me think (ouch!) a bit over 60 MPH? Wowsers...


Best Wishes,
Michael Wells Mandeville,
The Hills of Arizona
USA

In Blow to GOP Discipline, 'The Hammer' Falls

http://www.lewrockwell.com/ips/lobe249.html

Cindy Sheehan vs. the War Democrats



http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/frank5.html



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

The bird flu is become more dangerous every day

Now there are indications that weak electromagnetic state of the earth is making confused migrating birds spread it in Northern hemisphere. Scientists now predict that a slight genetic alteration can be catastrophic for our civilization. The altered version of the flu could be carried from human to human.

http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/4758.asp


Informant: Di

Seeing red over orange phone masts

00:00, Sep 28 2005

ic South London

By Mandy Little, The Mercury

A BIG battle with a communications giant is hotting up over an "industrial scale" mobile station just 20ft away from people's homes.

Since 1993, Orange has been granted permission from Greenwich council to install a range of mobile telecommunications equipment on the roof of Westcombe Court, Westcombe Park Road, Greenwich, despite local opposition

At present the station includes six masts, three dishes and related electrical equipment, weighing more than six tonnes.

But the company's lease is now up for renewal and residents of the block and the nearby area are urging the council not to give permission.

Spokesman Jonathan Bond, 38, from the campaign "The Future's GREEN not ORANGE" organised by Vanbrugh Park Estate Residents' Association (VPERA) said: "The main issue is the station is on top of the lift tower, just 20ft from residents' flats. It is unusual and quite shocking. Usually there is a service flat on the top floor which would separate it more - but not in this case.

"It is a heavily residential area. John Roan School is close by, as are a number of nurseries.

"People have been fuming about it for years.

"We don't know the long-term effects of such installations. There must be more suitable locations for it."

Omega we know the long-term effects of such installations see
"The Naila-Study" under: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/398279/


He added the equipment leant over the internal walkways and staircases of the block and claimed that on two occasions parts had fallen off, posing safety hazards. He said the installation also interfered with access to the lifts for repairs and improvement works.

The dad-of-one, of Combe Avenue, said people were upset about the council's apparent lack of regard for the whole estate, which is in a conservation area.

The residential development was built in 1965 by the same architects of the Barbican Centre -Chamberlain, Powell and Bon. Council-owned, it is occupied by equal numbers of council tenants, leaseholders and freeholders.

The council has requested a report from Orange on the safety issues and Orange is now operating on a week-by-week lease.

A spokewoman from Orange said it was in discussions with the council and was addressing the issues raised by the community.

Existenzsichernde Beschäftigung wird weiter abgebaut

29. September 2005

Zur Situation auf dem deutschen Arbeitsmarkt im Monat September erklärt der Bundesgeschäftsführer der Linkspartei.PDS, Rolf Kutzmutz.

Die Meldung von gestern: Weil 8000 Menschen bei DaimlerChrysler in Deutschland ihren Job verlieren sollen, wird an der Börse ein Drei-Jahres-Hoch der Daimleraktie notiert. Profitmaximierung auf Kosten der Belegschaften deutsche Großkonzerne haben dies in den letzten Tagen zuhauf angekündigt. Die Meldung von heute: 4,65 Millionen Menschen sind in Deutschland ohne Arbeit, 120.000 weniger als vor einem Monat. Das ist gerade wegen der Unternehmensankündigungen kein Grund zur Beruhigung. Zumal die Hauptursache des statistischen Rückgangs bei den Ich-AGen und Ein-Euro-Jobs liegt. Die Arbeitslosigkeit sinkt nicht durch neue existenzsichernde Beschäftigung. Die Politik unterstützt diesen Trend, indem sie auf Niedriglohn und Ein-Euro-Jobs setzt. Arbeitslose werden weiter verwaltet, statt sie endlich in Lohn und Brot zu bringen. Während sich die große Koalition des Sozialabbaus noch mit Personalfragen beschäftigt, liegen die dringendsten Aufgaben brach. Die Fraktion der Linken im Bundestag wird sich damit nicht abfinden. Im Programm für die ersten 100 Tage werden Initiativen gegen Hartz IV, für mehr Ausbildungsplätze, einen Mindestlohn und die mittelfristige Schaffung Existenzsichernder Arbeitsplätze die anderen Parteien zwingen, im Bundestag Farbe zu bekennen.

http://sozialisten.de/presse/presseerklaerungen/view_html?zid=30343

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: POWER & MONEY

http://www.newswithviews.com/Spingola/deanna20.htm

Gründung der Gablitzer Bürgerinitiative

Die Bürgerinitiative Gablitz (Bezirk Wien-Umgebung) gibt ihre Gründung bekannt.

(Gablitz, 29. Sept. 2005 – Die Gründung erfolgte am 23. Sept. 2005; Ziel ist die Verringerung der Strahlungsbelastung durch Mobilfunksender im Gablitzer Wohngebiet; Sendemasten sollen aus dem Ortszentrum verschwinden und in unbewohntes Gebiet verlegt werden; Mobiles Telefonieren soll in Gablitz auch weiterhin möglich sein und das ist auch technisch leicht machbar)

Inhalt: => siehe:

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/big_pr_aussendung_2005_09_29.doc
http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/big_forderungstext.doc

Über die Angabe des LINKS
http://www.schutz-vor-elektrosmog.at/buergerinitiative-gablitz.htm in Ihrem Artikel würden wir uns sehr freuen.

Für Rückfragen stehe ich jederzeit zur Verfügung.

PS: Bin heute ab 14:00 Uhr wieder am Festnetz unter 02231-68367 erreichbar.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Mag. Robert Marschall
Erster Sprecher der Bürgerinitiative Gablitz
Anton Haglgasse 14/1/3
A-3003 Gablitz, Österreich
Tel: 02231 / 68367
E-Mail: robert.marschall@ivtk.at
Homepage:
http://www.schutz-vor-elektrosmog.at/buergerinitiative-gablitz.htm

Kinder-Impfstoff eingezogen

http://ecolog.twoday.net/stories/1015181/

Zum Regelsatz für Alg II-BezieherInnen

„6,4 Mio. Personen bekommen z. Zt. Alg II oder (als Familienangehörige) Sozialgeld. Alleinstehende müssen mtl. mit 345 Euro Regelsatz plus der als angemessen betrachteten Warmmiete auskommen, im Schnitt zusammen mit etwa 650 Euro. Leben mit diesem Regelsatz bedeutet: 4,23 Euro am Tag für Ernährung und Getränke, darunter 88 Cent für Frühstück und je 1,57 für Mittag- und Abendessen. 0,34 tgl. für Cafe- und Kneipenbesuche = ein Cappuccino die Woche. 60 Cent tgl. für öffentlichen Nahverkehr = eine Fahrt in der Woche hin- und zurück. 60 Cent für Telefonkosten incl. Grundgebühren = 7 Cent täglich für Gespräche. 34 Cent für Zeitungen/Zeitschriften = einmal in der Woche eine Tageszeitung und 15 Cent für Sport- und Freizeitveranstaltungen = alle zwei Monate einmal Kino…“ Das aktuelle Flugblatt des klartext e.V. vom September 2005 (pdf)

http://www.klartext-info.de/flugblaetter/500_Euro_Mindestsatz_050926.pdf


Aus: LabourNet, 28. September 2005
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