26
Okt
2005

How toxic is your bathroom?

Chemical Timebomb in your cosmetics cabinet

Be warned: your daily beauty regime could be taking years off your life.
http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article321838.ece


Informant: Scott Munson

Fears and Hopes for the Digital Civilization

The possible security by-products of the wired society are known. It is possible to listen to everything, record everything, infiltrate everything. Since September 11, we are witness, especially in the United States, to a desire for generalized surveillance. "Big Brother" never ceases perfecting his weapons.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102505H.shtml

Where Chaos Is King

Mark LeVine: In one of his periodic attempts to bolster public support for the occupation, President Bush offered the following ad-style summary of American policy in Iraq: "As Iraqis stand up, we'll stand down." This may be easy to say but it will remain exceedingly difficult for Iraqis to stand up as long as America looms over them in a whirl of chaos. Chaos-as-policymaking is a perilous undertaking, even for the globe's lone superpower.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102505E.shtml

CIA Leak Linked to Dispute over Iraq Policy

The alleged leaking of a CIA operative's name had its roots in a clash over Iraq policy between White House insiders and their rivals in the permanent bureaucracy of Washington, especially in the State Department and the CIA. The internal disputes have been further amplified by a recent string of speeches and interviews criticizing the administration's handling of Iraq.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102505D.shtml

Senator Patrick Leahy: "Bring Them Home"

Sen. Patrick Leahy's address on Iraq, delivered Tuesday morning on the Senate floor: Mr. President, this war has been a costly disaster for our country. This war has isolated us from our allies, most of whom want no part of it, and if we continue on the course the President has set, it could also divide our country.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102505A.shtml

Nature Fights Back

Elsy Fors

Havana, Oct 26

(Prensa Latina) Tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts and floods have become everyday news together with regional conflicts and, like them, are becoming ever more violent.

Although many people may not connect natural and human disasters, they could not be more related. Abusive consumption of fossil fuels and water resources, high emissions of carbon to the atmosphere and transgression of environmental laws are to blame for kindling wars, but also for the reaction of nature to man´s aggression to the planet.

Hurricanes in the Caribbean are more frequent and intense and even have been occurring in unlikely places like the ones that hit Spain this year and Brazil in 2004.

Rain and wind have traumatized whole regions, and, with the earthquake, the very earth has proven to be untrustworthy. In Pakistan, people are asking, "If the ground underfoot is dangerous, what is safe?"

That is why the recent cluster of tragedies, from nearby and far off, must be the occasion of more than regret and worry, warns an article by James Carroll published this week by the Boston Globe. Neither should "disaster fatigue" be allowed to dull the sense of urgency with which news of catastrophic suffering is normally received, adds Carroll.

The alleviation of such suffering should be of absolute primacy, and when disaster strikes, nothing matters more than the rush to help. If relief efforts after the fact are slow or inept, those responsible must be called to account. Deeper sources of carelessness or corruption are often exposed during disasters, and they must be confronted, says Carroll.

What's going on with this world? asks the author and affirms if something new is happening, it probably has less to do with the tragic occurrences that have befallen the human population this year, from the tsunami to Hurricane Wilma (although the quickened pace and ferocity of

hurricanes seems a special warning), than with our recently acquired knowledge of the universal character of jeopardy.

The British daily The Independent identifies climate change with the failure of the drive to eradicate poverty. Lord May of Oxford says the cost of dealing with the adverse effects of climate change could soak up all the aid to African countries (negligible to say the least).

Lord May, a former chief scientific adviser to the British government, warned there is mounting scientific evidence to show that global warming is the biggest single threat to the world today -especially for developing countries.

The latest study published October 24 in London, reveals that the rise in man-made greenhouse gases may already be responsible for an increase in drought conditions and risk of famine in eastern Africa.

Research by James Verdin of the US Geological Survey found that rainfall has decreased steadily since 1996 in Ethiopia and neighbouring countries which coincides with a corresponding increase in surface water temperatures in the southern Indian Ocean.

Wealthy countries, says the Independent, have a responsibility to do something about climate change by stabilizing their greenhouse gas emissions.

The United States, however, in spite of being at the head of the list of damaging carbon emissions, has publicly rejected the Kyoto Treaty to curb that threat to the environment.

Global warming can also be caused by illegal logging, and the same newspaper recently called attention to a new satellite survey that revealed the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed twice as quickly as previously estimated.

A team of American and Brazilian specialists have for the first time been able to assess from space the damage done by what is called selective logging, when one or two trees are removed leaving surrounding trees intact.

They found that selective logging of mahogany and other valuable hardwood trees, which is often illegal, is destroying an area of the Amazon equal to that razed by conventional logging.

On average, for every tree removed, up to 30 more can be severely damaged by the timber harvesting operation itself.

That is because the vines that connect the selected trunk pull down the neighboring trees, says Gregory Asner, researcher at the Carnegie Institution in Washington and Stanford University in California.

The satellite data was compared with a field study that confirmed their worst suspicions: that conventional satellite photography had missed about half the damage caused by illegal logging.

The report recognizes the effort of the Brazilian government to enforce existing laws against these logging operations, but the enormous geography of the Amazon puts a limit to what they can accomplish.

The violence continues.

mh/ef/mf


Informant: Walter Lippmann

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DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE: A DECLARATION FOR HUMAN SURVIVAL http://omega.twoday.net/stories/990236/

ANIMAL CRUELTY AS AN APPITIZER

Oread Daily

A Chicago City Council committee yesterday voted to ban the sale of the liver "delicacy" known as foie gras in Chicago restaurants. If the proposal is approved by the full Council, Chicago will join the state of California and a host of countries that have already banned the pricey appetizer. They include the United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Israel.

Alderman Joe Moore, who proposed the Chicago ban, and has been ridiculed by some as a result, says passage of the measure would, "… mean that there will be fewer restaurants serving this product and, hence, fewer ducks and geese being tortured to create this product." The Alderman says the force-feeding of geese and ducks to procure the fatted liver delicacy is inhumane.

Earlier this year, Chicago Mayor Daley ridiculed the proposed foie gras ban as a Big Brother-style government intrusion.

Didier Durand, chef/owner of Cyrano's Bistrot, 546 N. Wells, spoke in opposition to the ban on behalf of the Illinois Restaurant Association. "To take it off our menu would be destroying a time- honored culinary tradition. Every restaurant has the right to serve what they want."

But to animal lovers across the world, the practice of force-feeding
30 million animals a year until their livers swell to up to ten times their normal size is a cruel practice which causes untold suffering. In recent years the movement to abolish force-feeding for foie gras production has gained momentum worldwide

In France, however, politicians have just approved a draft law that protects foie gras and declares it a part of the French national heritage.

Foie gras - translated literally as "fatty liver" - is big business in France, which produces 70 per cent of the 20,000 tons made worldwide each year and accounts for 85 percent of global consumption. The industry employs 30,000 people and the average French person eats the delicacy at least ten times a year.

"How on earth can you say that a barbaric custom, consisting of sticking a funnel or a pneumatic pump down the throat of a caged animal, is a tradition of high culture?" asked the Citizens Initiative for the Abolition of Force Feeding on its website.

The reactionary stance of France over foie gras flies in the face of EU directives dating from as far back as 1998, which warn that: "No animal shall be provided with food or liquid in a manner ... which may cause unnecessary suffering or injury".

Foie gras is made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of male ducks and geese. Birds have up to 2 pounds of food per day pumped into their stomachs through long metal pipes that are shoved down their throats. The cruel ordeal often causes severe injuries that make it painful or even impossible for birds to drink. Those who survive the feedings suffer from a painful illness that causes their livers to swell to eight to 10 times their normal size. Many birds become too sick to walk and are reduced to pushing themselves across their cages with their wings. When the birds are slaughtered, their livers are sold for foie gras.

The Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Welfare for the European Union found many examples of abuse as a result of force- feeding, including:

• Birds are routinely confined to small cages or crowded pens.

• Birds are force-fed tremendous amounts of feed via a 12- to 16- inch plastic or metal tube, which is shoved down their throats and attached to a pressurized pump.

• The force-feeding may be performed twice daily for up to two weeks for ducks and three to four times daily, for up to 28 days for geese.

• Force-feeding causes the liver to increase in size about 6-10 times compared to the normal size for a bird.

• Increased liver size forces the abdomen to expand, which makes moving difficult and painful. An enlarged abdomen increases the risk of damage to the stretched tissue of the lower part of the esophagus.

• Force-feeding results in accumulated scar tissue in the esophagus.

• The liver can be easily damaged by even minor trauma.

Force-fed birds have been found to have chronic heart disorders; ruptured liver cell membranes; cirrhosis; traumatic esophagitis; and lesions in their gizzards and intestines. Dead birds have been found by investigators with food filling their esophagi and spilling out of their nostrils.

Sources: Chicago Sun Times, NBC5 (Chicago), CBS2 (Chicago), Scotsman, Foie Gras: Delicacy of Despair, Human Society of the United States.

To see the NEW Oread Daily Blog: http://oreadaily.blogspot.com/


Informant: reg

We Will Not Pay for Killing

by Susan Van Haitsma

Not one more death. Not one more dollar. Dollars and death are connected in more ways than one. The old adage claims that death and taxes are the only certainties in life, but it is the connection between taxes and death that is the real certainty. The grinding machinery of war needs fuel: soldiers and money. A majority of Americans indicate they want the machine to stop. Parents and students, veterans and military families are working together to withhold human resources from the war. Cindy Sheehan has movingly expressed the ways that one death has been one too many. But what happens when the majority of Americans want war to stop, and the money to wage it keeps flowing in?

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Oct05/Haitsma1026.htm

Syria in the Imperialist Crosshairs

by Kim Petersen

The New York Times is having a heck of a time dodging scorn and maintaining any semblance of authenticity these days, apologizing for its Jayson Blairs, bogus WMD reporting, and Judith Millers. Even owner Arthur Sulzberger’s feet are being held to the fire now. Yet, the paper persists in its role as a stenographer for the US government. The Times’ coverage of the UN report by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis on the slaying of Rafik Hariri, a former Lebanese prime minister, and 20 others, is a further example. It is of great importance to note that the Mehlis Report was exclusively an investigation into the possible involvement of Syrians and Lebanese in the assassination of Hariri. Excluded, a priori, with standard imperialistic manipulation of course, was the role of the powers that effectively benefited from the assassination...

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Oct05/Petersen1026.htm

Save the Endangered Species Act

Tell Your Senators to Protect Endangered Species.
http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/esa_senate

Emancipate The Think Tanks

by Charles V. Peña, TomPaine.com

Defense and foreign policy think tanks are controlled by interests unwilling to debate national security. That's dangerous.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20051026/emancipate_the_think_tanks.php

Iraqi Vote Lights The Fuse

by Robert Dreyfuss, TomPaine.com

American casualties just hit 2,000. Iraq's constitution was passed in rigged elections. Could civil war be next?

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20051026/iraqi_vote_lights_the_fuse.php

Teddyfones marketed at 4-9 year olds, despite government recommendations to the contrary

What are we going to say to Teddy?

from Karen W.
via artjar

Teddyfones marketed at 4-9 year olds are now being avertised for sale. And they're FREE. No hidden costs, just the price of calls.

Do we want Teddyfone to know what we think of this deliberate marketing strategy which will expose very young children's delicate brains to microwaves, despite government recommendations to the contrary?

Order hotline number: 0870 700 3115

They've already had one call.

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Children and mobile phones
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1063256/

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Have a "free" child-phone, complete with attitude. What a world.......

See: http://www.scarlet.nl/scarlet-one/ Disgusting, or what!!!

Approx translation: Skarlet are the simplest and most advantageous ring way and at Internet. Entirely with this breathtaking offer: Internet on double speed plus free child mobile still for only a lousy 39.95 per month! SECONDARY EDUCATION needs no subscription than KPN. You never get a better account than KPN.

Best wishes

Alasdair

Revised translation:

"Yes, I want Scarlet One"

Scarlet is the simplest and cheapest way to phone and surf the Internet.

Completely free with this offer: Internet on double speed plus a free child mobile all for that lousy 36,95 (euro) a month!

With Scarlet One you don't need a subscription to KPN (wired phone
operator). You will never receive another bill from KPN again.

Alasdair

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Sorry to have been out of touch for ages and come back cynical - to me a statement about the precautionary principle will be something which will be a tick box to prevent the operators getting sued - I cant find any more information yet about what it is actually supposed to be

cn

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re teenage cancer
To: NancyEWatts@aol.com, daih@dstec.co.uk, p.h.johnson@staffs.ac.uk, liz.silver@bbc.co.uk

Not very bright these doctors, in ten years it will be an epidemic, possibly not many teenagers left.

Phil Watts

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Teens 'forgotten tribe' of cancer

NICE has called for more age specific cancer facilities

Teenagers are the "forgotten tribe" of cancer victims and more research is needed to stop them dying, the UK's first Professor of Teenage Cancer says.

Tim Eden - from Manchester's Christie hospital - was appointed on Thursday.

He called for more studies into a 50% increase in incidence of the disease in young people since 1975. Six teenagers a day are now diagnosed with cancer.

Professor Eden said there were too few trials on teenagers, and their survival rates had improved less than others. Better health education for young people and health professionals about the physical warning signs of cancer was also needed, he said. Cancer 'voice' Some 2,200 adolescents die of cancer every year in the UK. The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), which sets up specialist care units around the country, appointed Professor Eden.

We know it will result in a better quality of life for many thousands of teenagers

Myrna Whitestone Teenage Cancer Trust

It has invested ?2.5m over 10 years to fund his team. It said the team would act as a voice on teenage cancer issues and increase research, international collaboration and clinical trial opportunities. TCT chairwoman Myrna Whiteson said: "The appointment of a TCT teenage and young adult cancer chair highlights the growing importance of this field of medicine. "It provides a focus to extend the parameters of knowledge within the field, and will hopefully lead to improved outcomes. "We know it will result in a better quality of life for many thousands of teenagers." 'Age appropriate' In August, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence said cancer services for children and young people had to be reformed. The NHS advisory body issued guidance to standardise cancer treatment for young people in England and Wales. Among its recommendations, it called for "age-appropriate facilities, provided as locally as possible". Professor Eden will be based at the University of Manchester, Christie Hospital and Central Manchester & Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has worked in Christie Hospital's 13-bed Teenage Cancer Trust Unit since its founding in 1998.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4366606.stm

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Would it be a good idea if someone contacted the CTC and TIm Eden to raise the raditaion issue?

thanks sarah

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Aren't they free? Good publicity stunt though. Gary we could all buy one and then cerimonially bin them !

cn

Mobilfunk auf dem eigenen Dach



Ein verlockendes Angebot! Mobilfunkantennen aufs eigene Dach und jahrelang „rieselt“ das Geld in die Kass’. Das Für und Wider einer Mobilfunkantenne auf dem eigenen Dach sollte aber sehr gut überlegt sein, auch wenn der Aspekt der regelmäßig eingehenden Mietzahlungen von dem Mobilfunkbetreiber über viele Jahre - meist 20-jährige Vertragslaufzeiten - ein sicheres Geschäft darstellen!

Aber, wenn die Strahlen nicht nur die Nachbarn treffen, sondern durch Reflektionen und Nebenkeulen wie ein Bumerang zurück ins eigene Haus kommen! Wer kann schon im Voraus sagen, wer und wie jemand auf die „hautnahe“ Mobilfunkstrahlung reagiert. Besonders gefährdet sind ältere Menschen, Kranke, Schwangere und Kinder. Ein Trauma - die Vorstellung, dass man dieses große Risiko nur wegen des Geldes eingehen will, dass neben der Nachbarschaft auch die eigene Familie über Jahre hinweg darunter leiden könnte. Denn so schnell kommt kein Vermieter eines Daches aus dem Vertrag wieder heraus! Bei der heutigen Beweislast, die beim Erkrankten oder Elektrosmogsensiblen liegt, ist dies ein schier hoffnungsloses Unterfangen. Auch Versicherungen klinken sich haftungsmäßig gegenüber Mobilfunk aus!

Es ist bekannt, dass die deutschen Grenzwerte sehr hoch sind und nie erreicht werden. Im Klartext, Unwohlsein, eine Erkrankung oder Verschlimmerung einer Erkrankung können eintreten und der Erkrankte muss beweisen, dass die Mobilfunkstrahlung hierfür ursächlich ist! Es können viele Faktoren zusammen kommen, die letztendlich das Fass zum Überlaufen bringen. Das heißt, es wird sicher keine vorzeitige Vertragsauflösung möglich sein! Je weiter entfernt man aber von einer Anlage lebt, umso besser für das eigene Wohlergehen, wenn man kein notorischer Handynutzer ist. Trotz der vielen internationalen wissenschaftlichen Studien und der Erfahrung von zunehmend mehr elektrosmogsensiblen Menschen, wird deren Erkenntnis, dass gepulste Mobilfunkstrahlung eine Gesundheitsgefährdung darstellt, permanent öffentlich ignoriert. Die nichtthermischen Effekte werden völlig außer acht gelassen!

So ist letztendlich auch denkbar, dass der Vermieter eines Daches eines Tages die erzielten Einnahmen in teure Abschirmmaßnahmen für sein eigenes Haus investieren muss. Dennoch bliebe die Außenanlage, der Garten oder eine schöne Terrasse für die Familie ungeschützt. Die Lebensqualität sinkt! Bei einer vermieteten Immobilie könnte das Objekt langfristig unvermietbar werden – und vom Werteverlust des eigenen Hauses und der Nachbarhäuser ganz zu schweigen!

Obige Nachzeichnung eines Funkwellenstrahls ist aus der Broschüre „Mobilfunk auf dem Kirchturm,“ ein Gemeinschaftswerk der katholischen und evangelischen Umweltbeauftragten. Den Herausgebern lag daran, mit Sachbeiträgen von verschiedenen Autorinnen und Autoren einen Beitrag zur gesellschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung über die Risiken des Mobilfunks zu leisten und dem vorsorgenden Gesundheitsschutz ein besonderes Gewicht zu verleihen.

„Es gibt Gefahren, denen zu entfliehen nicht Feigheit ist, sondern höchster Mut, die Kraft, sich selbst zu besiegen.“ (B. Auerbach, 1812-1882)

Marianne Kirst

GOP Budget Potentially Devastating to Poor

Republicans began targeting key programs for budget cuts yesterday, from student loans and health care to food stamps and foster care. But the tough measures immediately drew staunch opposition from anti-poverty groups, businesses and moderate Republicans.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102605O.shtml

Dick at the Heart of Darkness

Maureen Dowd writes that the shocking thing about the trellis of revelations showing Dick Cheney, the self-styled Mr. Strong America, as the central figure in dark conspiracies to juice up a case for war and demonize those who tried to tell the public the truth, is how un-shocking it all is.... It's exactly what we thought was going on.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102605M.shtml

Bush Aides Brace for Charges

The prosecutor in the CIA leak case was preparing to outline possible charges before the federal grand jury as early as today, even as the FBI conducted last-minute interviews in the high-profile investigation, according to people familiar with the case.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102605L.shtml

Bush Threatens Sanctions, Even Force, against Syria

When Bush was asked what the United States would do if Syria did not change its policies, he said: "We're going to use our military."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102605K.shtml

Grim Milestone



"As we all know, the American death toll in Iraq reached 2,000 yesterday. I believe most people in America are in mourning today whether we are pro- or anti-war. I can speak for myself - I am." - Cindy Sheehan

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102605J.shtml



Grim milestone
LewRockwell.Com Blog
by Cindy Sheehan

10/26/05

We held a vigil at the White House yesterday. At 6 PM we lay down to symbolize the unnecessary deaths in Iraq. We each represented one American and 50 Iraqis. Today we took a wreath to Arlington Cemetery to mourn all Americans who have been killed in war, but especially this war. Then we have our vigil at the White House from 12 PM to 8 PM. At 7:30 PM tonight we will lie down again. Tonight, I won't get up when they tell me to. (I am, after all, reading the great libertarian Henry David Thoreau on Civil Disobedience.)

http://eserver.org/thoreau/civil.html

Neither will some others. Outside the presidential mansion, where so many war criminals live and work, we will probably be arrested...

http://blog.lewrockwell.com/lewrw/archives/009170.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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

Complacency Allows the Killing to Continue

Scott Galindez interviews Mimi Evans of W. Barnstable, Massachusetts, whose son serves with the US Marine Corps and was newly deployed to Iraq in August 2005. He is expecting his first child in April 2006.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102605I.shtml

Wenn schon die Arbeitslosigkeit nicht grundlegend beseitigt werden kann, müssen wenigstens Sündenböcke gefunden werden

Heulen und Zähneklappern

...Die neue Ehrlichkeit von Koch und Stoiber wären unter diesem Blickwinkel eben nicht einfach unter Alarmismus abzutun. Sie könnten das Feld für einen neuen gesellschaftlichen Diskurs ebnen, bei dem die Opfer bringenden Anständigen den "Schmarotzern an der Sozialgemeinschaft gegenüber gestellt werden. Die Voraussetzungen dafür wären besser als je zuvor. Schließlich hätte man mit der SPD auch große Teile der Gewerkschaften mit im Boot der Koalition der Anständigen. Die 'üblichen Verdächtigen' aus Linkspartei und sozialen Bewegungen könnte man dann um so ungenierter mit dem Stigma belegen, sie schädigten das Gemeinschaftsinteresse. Wenn schon die Arbeitslosigkeit nicht grundlegend beseitigt werden kann, müssen wenigstens Sündenböcke gefunden werden...

http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/21/21218/1.html

Verbände warnen vor Demagogie bei "Hartz IV"-Missbrauchsdebatte

"Verfestigte Arbeitsmarktmisere": Verbände warnen vor Demagogie bei "Hartz IV"-Missbrauchsdebatte (26.10.05)

Sozial- und Wohlfahrtsverbände wenden sich gegen "Demagogie" im Zuge der Debatte um "Leistungsmissbrauch" im Zusammenhang mit der Arbeitsmarktreform "Hartz IV". "Das ist der Versuch, eine lang verfestigte Arbeitsmarktmisere den Betroffenen zuzuschreiben", sagte der Generalsekretär des Deutschen Caritasverbandes, Georg Cremer, der "Leipziger Volkszeitung". Bezieher von Arbeitslosengeld II könne man nicht Leistungsmissbrauch vorwerfen, wenn sie Gestaltungsspielräume des Gesetzes nutzten etwa bei den Miet- und Untermietverhältnissen. VdK-Präsident Walter Hirrlinger sagte der Zeitung: "Warum soll es im Einzelfall beim Leistungsmissbrauch bei Arbeitslosen anders zugehen als in der Wirtschaft sonst auch?" Nur weil es dort bisweilen Korruption gebe, werde von den Verantwortlichen doch auch nicht die ganze Wirtschaft als korrupt bezeichnet.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=12130

Tell Congress to Stop Using the Hurricane Katrina Tragedy to Push Through a National School Voucher Program

https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=309&s_scr=actionemail&s_subsrc=top&JServSessionIdr012=3s5pxmqdx1.app27a

New Rules On Internet Wiretapping Challenged

http://ecolog.twoday.net/stories/1093825/

Cindy Sheehan Plans to Padlock Herself to White House Fence



Washington, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) US activist Cindy Sheehan announced Tuesday that, in a continuation of her antiwar crusade, she intends to tie herself to the White House fence to insist the government withdraw its troops from Iraq.

In an interview with ABC News, the Gold Star mother (her son Casey was killed in Iraq in April 2004) said "The police will probably arrest me, but when they release me, I will do it again."

Every US soldier who dies in Iraq is more than a number, it is an unnecessary tragedy. I had been working hard to end this insanity, but after my son died, another 1,400 soldiers lost their lives, she said.

Her son, Casey, 24, was killed in an ambush in Sadr a few weeks after he arrived in Iraq.

Several antiwar groups plan to organize a candlelight procession in front of the White House when the number of US troops killed in Iraq reaches 2,000, which could happen this week.

Since the US government led a coalition in attacking Saddam Hussein in March 2003, 1,999 US soldiers have died and more than 14,300 have been wounded.

Cindy Sheehan made a promise to the people of the United States that she would continue her fight against the war until all the US troops come home.

I will be a heartbroken mother until I die because of the lies that destroyed my son, Sheehan said. I will continue the struggle until the troops come home. Our people are going to Iraq to die and we should stop this at all costs, she insisted.

With Sheehan, the Gold Star Families for Peace have urged the people of the US to mobilize against the Iraq war.

The activist returned to her home in Oakland, California at the beginning of October, where she received a hero's welcome. Sheehan has become the international antiwar paradigm after a month-long vigil at the President's Texas ranch and an extensive trip around the nation.

hr/ccs/jvj


Informant: Walter Lippmann



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

CD in DC



TruthOut
by Cindy Sheehan

10/25/05

I am in Washington, DC, now and along with a coalition of peace groups and local activists, we will be holding vigils at the White House for the rest of the week from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Each day, we will be passing out black wrist bands, and we will have each person who picks one up write a KIA troops' name and number on it. Each wrist band will also stand for 50 innocent Iraqis killed. Every day at 6 p.m., we will have a ';die-in.' We will ask everyone who is present at 6 p.m. to lie down and represent a dead soldier. At that point, the park police will give us three warnings before they arrest us. We are not encouraging people to get arrested. That is a very personal decision. I am planning to not get up on the day after the 2,000th soldier is killed. I may be arrested. Then, when they let me out, I will go back and lie back down. We in America have let this criminal administration get away with murder for too long. Enough is enough. It's time to start practicing non-violent civil disobedience ( C.D.) on a large scale...

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102505B.shtml


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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

New FCC law raises privacy concerns

Oregon Daily Emerald
by staff

10/25/05

When you access the Internet at the University, who's watching what you type? If the federal government gets its way, law enforcement officials may soon have easier access to your e-mail and Internet telephone conversations. And you may have to help pay for the upgrades that will make tapping electronic communication easier...

http://tinyurl.com/drllf


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Fighting back in the language war

Sierra Times
by Kirk Muse

The reason Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House and the Supreme Court is because they have won the 'language war.' President Hoover called himself a 'true liberal,' and President Eisenhower said that cutting federal spending on education would offend 'every liberal -- including me.' 'Liberal' has been made into a dirty word by Republican think tanks. ... How did they do it? The first step was to make the sound of the word 'liberal' seem like something undesirable. Notice the tone of voice used by most so-called conservative politicians and so-called conservative radio and television talk show hosts when they say the word: liberal. They make [it] sound contemptible. ... No doubt, most, if not all, have spend many hours in front of a microphone and video camera practicing and rehearsing their pronunciation of the word: liberal...

http://tinyurl.com/9aebl


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Warning signs

The Weekly Standard
by Fred Barnes

10/26/05

If you're a Republican and already worried about your party's prospects in 2006, pollster Frank Luntz, a Republican himself, has a message for you: It's worse than you think. Luntz, who worked with Republicans in 1994 to draft the Contract With America and win a realigning election, said political conditions are as bad or worse now -- only this time for Republicans, not Democrats. Republicans won 52 House seats in 1994 and have held the House since then. In 2006, he said, Republican control of the House -- currently 232 seats to 203 seats -- is 'in jeopardy.' Democrats need a net gain of 15 seats to take over. 'Republicans have a whole year to get their act together,' Luntz said, though they've shown no signs of doing so. 'As angry and p-----off as we were about politics [in 1994], I think it's worse today,' according to Luntz, who spoke yesterday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor...

http://tinyurl.com/7dj4m


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Background to betrayal

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

10/26/05

In investigating what led to the outing of Valerie Plame, Fitzgerald discovered that a fraud had been perpetrated on the American people and the Congress of the United States. In detailing the case for war, the administration based much of its argument that Saddam was close to acquiring nuclear weapons on a cache of documents that purported to show an agreement between Iraq and the African nation of Niger to purchase 'yellowcake' uranium. The president referred to this, albeit obliquely, in his 2003 State of the Union address. A few weeks after that speech was delivered, however, the White House was forced to retract its statement -- because the documents turned out to be forgeries. Now we discover -- and Fitzgerald no doubt knows more about this than anyone -- that it wasn't an error, another dreaded 'intelligence failure,' that had allowed the Niger uranium forgeries to be marshaled along with similarly bogus intelligence as 'evidence' of Iraqi WMD; it was a deliberate act of deception, carried out at the highest levels of the U.S. government...

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=7776


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Secrets and lies

Salon
by Michael Scherer

10/26/05

Tensions between Vice President Dick Cheney's office and the CIA were nearing a peak in the summer of 2003, months after the initial invasion of Iraq. I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, fumed at what he saw as a 'hedging strategy' by the CIA to deflect blame for bad Iraq intelligence. 'I recall that Mr. Libby was angry about reports suggesting that senior administration officials, including Mr. Cheney, had embraced skimpy intelligence,' wrote New York Times reporter Judith Miller, in a recent summary of her meetings from 2003. 'Such reports, he said, according to my notes, were 'highly distorted.'' This is the context in which the White House lashed out against Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who had accused the administration of twisting intelligence to make a case for war, and Valerie Plame, his wife... [subscription or ad view required]

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/10/26/questions/



Secrets and lies

Slate
by Christopher Hitchens

12/05/05

Stupidity and propaganda are inseparable from even the noblest war, but this consideration cannot be allowed to excuse everything. One expects that commanders at home and in the field will talk up their successes, play down crimes and errors on the ground that such information is useful to the enemy, do black propaganda in the enemy camp, and try to get their own version into the public record. But sometimes a whole new line is crossed and 'propaganda' corrupts the whole process by becoming a covert operation against one's 'own' side...

http://www.slate.com/id/2131566/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

2,000 dead and for what?

2000 dead and no end in sight

Village Voice
by Jarrett Murphy

10/25/05

They were mostly white (73 percent of them) and fewer than 50 were women. More than half were younger than 24. California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York are the states that lost the most soldiers. But American Samoa, Vermont, the Virgin Islands, and North Dakota suffered the most deaths per capita. ... Two-thirds were in the Army; most of the rest were Marines, and a quarter of them were reservists or National Guard members. Nearly 60 percent of those killed held ranks lower than corporal, even though they make up only 43 percent of the military. ... These are their names...

http://villagevoice.com/news/0543,murph2000,69325,2.html



2,000 dead -- and for what?

WorldNetDaily
by Pat Buchanan

10/26/05

By the time this column appears, the remains of the 2,000th U.S. soldier to die in a war -- that has lasted longer than World War I -- for the United States will be on the way home. And it is difficult to visualize the end of this war or the victory so often predicted and promised. Even critics now praise the successes of Bush's father: the liberation of Kuwait, unification of Germany, the deft handling of the collapse of the Soviet Empire and breakup of the Soviet Union. But the son's foreign policy is on the precipice of failure. Only a third of the nation still supports him as a war leader, while more than half believe Iraq was a mistake and we should begin to bring the troops home now. A preliminary list of winners and losers from our invasion seems to show that it is our enemies who have prospered and our friends who have suffered. As of today, the principal winner of the Iraq war is Iran...

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47048



Iraq's war dead

AlterNet
by staff

10/26/05

This week in Iraq, we reached a heart-breaking milestone: the 2,000th American soldier died in combat, fighting what we now know was always a war of choice and ideological preference. For those who opposed the invasion, it's a moment to mourn our impotence: millions of us around the world did our best to stop this bloody disaster before it started, but we failed. The real human cost, of course, is far greater than 2,000. It includes the 198 members of the 'coalition of the willing' who have died, almost 300 private contractors, 73 journalists, the 15,220 Americans who have been wounded, and the invisible dead from what the Guardian's Julian Borger called the 'extraordinarily high number of accidents, suicides and other non-combat deaths in the ranks that have gone largely unreported in the media.' And then there's the sad fact that those deceased Americans and allies are a fraction of the number of Iraqi dead...

http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/27353/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



On the 2,000th US Death in Iraq

Fernando Suarez del Solar: Now, two years and seven months later, we have reached 2,000. 2,000 young people, each with a dream, each with enormous potential, each manipulated and deceived for immoral reasons by the group of powerful men who dragged us into a criminal war.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102605B.shtml

Frist knew about stock buys, sales

Tennessean

10/25/05

Even after Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist set up blind trusts to manage his investments, the Tennessee Republican was informed that he and his children received hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock in HCA Inc., the health-care company his family founded. Records filed with the Senate show that trusts held for Frist and his children received as much as $2.3 million in HCA stock between January 2001, when Frist established blind trusts in an attempt to minimize conflicts of interest, and last June, when he ordered his trustees to sell all the stock he had left in the company. Most of the HCA stock was transferred into the blind trusts once family partnerships set up to manage substantial wealth that Frist's parents left to relatives were dissolved, a Frist adviser said...

http://tinyurl.com/cbxoz


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush tries to revive support for Iraq war

Indianapolis Star

10/25/05

President Bush tried Tuesday to begin reviving U.S. support for the war in Iraq and reinvigorating his troubled presidency as the U.S. military death toll topped 2,000. 'I know this is a trying time for our military spouses,' Bush said at a Joint Armed Forces Officer Wives' luncheon at Bolling Air Force Base. 'We've lost some of our nation's finest men and women in the war on terror.' 'And the best way to honor the sacrifice of our fallen troops is to complete the mission and lay the foundation of peace by spreading freedom,' he said...

http://tinyurl.com/a24td


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Clinton: Oil firms should pay energy fee

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

10/26/05

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed on Tuesday that oil companies be required to use some of their profits over the next two years to pay for new tax incentives to spur development of cleaner, cheaper energy. A 'strategic energy fund' could generate as much as $20 billion a year and go far in helping the United States reduce its dependence on foreign oil, the New York Democrat told a group of investors, entrepreneurs and service providers interested in alternative energy. … Under Clinton's plan, oil companies would pay an alternative energy development fee. The fee would be taken solely out of 'unanticipated profits from the sky-high oil prices,' she said, and would not be passed on to consumers. Companies that use their profits to expand refining capacity, improve fuel efficiency or invest in alternative energy would not have to pay the fee. … Officials at the American Petroleum Institute, the trade group for the oil industry, decried Clinton's proposal, which they said appeared to be calling to reinstate the windfall profits tax imposed on the industry during the 1980s...

http://tinyurl.com/acv39


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Mood is sour on Bush, Congress

USA Today

10/25/05

Americans are increasingly critical of President Bush and dissatisfied with the Republicans who have controlled Congress for a decade, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds. But congressional Democrats -- while favored when it comes to the economy, the war in Iraq and even taxes -- have problems, too. They get a rating only somewhat less negative than the GOP...

http://tinyurl.com/98tul


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq: Sunnis seek US pullout as deaths mount

Wired News

10/26/05

Iraqi Sunni leaders said on Wednesday they would focus on pressing U.S. forces to pull out after failing to block a controversial constitution, hoping a U.S. death toll of 2,000 will encourage Washington to withdraw. 'Our political program will focus more on getting the Americans out of Iraq,' Hussein al-Falluji, a prominent Sunni who took part in talks on the constitution, told Reuters. 'Our message to the American administration is clear: get out of Iraq or set a timetable for withdrawal or the resistance will keep slaughtering your soldiers until judgment day.' ... Insurgents have resumed deadly attacks again after a relative lull in violence during the referendum and the trial of Saddam Hussein last week. Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of bodyguards for Iraq's minister of water resources in western Baghdad on Wednesday, wounding two people. Police said that the minister, Abdul Latif Rasheed, was not present. Gunmen also killed an official at Iraq's Ministry of Culture, Nabil Moussawi, and seriously wounded his driver in southern Baghdad. Insurgents, who struck in dramatic fashion on Monday with a triple suicide bomb attack on a Baghdad hotel used by foreign journalists, set off new blasts on Tuesday in Baghdad and the normally tranquil city of Sulaimaniya, killing at least 15 people...

http://tinyurl.com/csecv


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Fitzgerald Expected to Indict White House Officials Today

Indictments in the CIA leak investigation case are expected to be handed down by a grand jury on Wednesday, bringing to a head a criminal inquiry that threatens to disrupt seriously President George W. Bush's second term.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102605Z.shtml

051026 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter

http://www.omega-news.info/051026_r_mobilfunk_newsletter.rtf

Rex 84: The detention of large numbers of American citizens in case of massive civil unrest or national emergency

An update from http://www.lifeboatnews.com Paul Grignon
http://www.lifeboatnews.com http://www.paulgrignonart.com

Rex 84

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was a plan by the United States federal government to accommodate the detention of large numbers of American citizens in case of massive civil unrest or national emergency.

According to scholar Diana Reynolds:

The Rex-84 Alpha Explan
(Readiness Exercise 1984, Exercise Plan), indicates that FEMA in association with 34 other federal civil departments and agencies conducted a civil readiness exercise during April 5-13, 1984.

It was conducted in coordination and simultaneously with a Joint Chiefs exercise, Night Train 84, a worldwide military command post exercise (including Continental U.S. Forces or CONUS) based on multi-emergency scenarios operating both abroad and at home.

In the combined exercise, Rex-84 Bravo, FEMA and DOD led the other federal agencies and departments, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Secret Service, the Treasury, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Veterans Administration through a gaming exercise to test military assistance in civil defense.

The exercise anticipated civil disturbances, major demonstrations and strikes that would affect continuity of government and/or resource mobilization.

To fight subversive activities, there was authorization for the military to implement government ordered movements of civilian populations at state and regional levels, the arrest of certain unidentified segments of the population, and the imposition of martial rule. [1]

Existence of the Rex 84 plan was first revealed during the Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987, and subsequently reported by the Miami Herald on July 5, 1987. As news of the exercise spread, it was amplified by networks of people pursuing more elaborate conspiracy theories. [2]


References

Diana Reynolds, "The Rise of the National Security State: FEMA and the NSC," CovertAction Information Bulletin, issue #33 (Winter 1990). (see external links below)

External links

• "Reagan Aides and the 'Secret' Government," Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald, July 5, 1987

• [3] Diana Reynolds article.

• [4] Discussion of Rex 84 conspiracy theories.

• "U.S. Can Confine Citizens Without Charges, Court Rules," Jerry Markon, Washington Post, September 10, 2005; Page A01

• "Foundations are in place for martial law in the US," Ritt Goldstein, Sydney Morning Herald, July 27, 2002

• "Martial Law Concerns," Congressman Jim McDermott, House of Representatives, March 11, 2003

• "Concentration Camps in Okanagon County?," Associated Press (via KXLY News), February 25, 2003


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Peace, Liz

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Informant: friends2b

Land deal gets new scrutiny as Bush resists requests on Miers' work

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday that he wanted to probe a land-condemnation proceeding in 1999 that awarded Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers more than $100,000 for a half-acre of family-owned land in Dallas.

http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/politics/12987268.htm


From Information Clearing House

What happens when you speak truth to power in the USA

Galloway accused of lying to US Senate:

The MP George Galloway angrily rejected fresh allegations last night from a US senate investigation that he lied under oath about Saddam Hussein's multimillion-pound oil-for-food programme.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10758.htm



Galloway Speak Truth To Power:

Video: Galloway v The US Senate: George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, delivered this statement to US Senators today (05/17/05) who have accused him of corruption.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8869.htm



U.S. Senate Smears George Galloway Again:
Galloway's wife 'received £100,000 from Iraqis':

An "investigative" committee of the United States Senate says Galloway's wife 'received $149,980,000 from Iraqis'

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10757.htm



George Galloway faces jail for fresh corruption claims: Galloway could be facing a lengthy prison sentence in the United States after a Senate committee last night claimed it had fresh evidence his political organisation and his wife had received nearly £340,000 in oil-for-food allocations from Saddam Hussein and then lied under oath about the deal.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10752.htm



Video report: Galloway claims revenge is the motive:

Galloway claims revenge is the motive: George Galloway has called the allegations against him a "revenge attack" from a "lickspittle right-wing senator". Windows Media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10767.htm



Galloway rejects senate perjury claims:

A furious George Galloway today challenged US senators to charge him with perjury over claims that he solicited money from Saddam Hussein's oil-for-food programme and lied about it under oath.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10759.htm



Galloway challenges the US Senate committee to charge him:

The Respect MP George Galloway has thrown down a challenge to the US Senate homeland security committee to charge him with perjury and "I'll see you in court". .

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10762.htm

Rupert Murdoch and Judith Miller

Rupert Murdoch, and Richard Mellon Scaife, and other far rightwing billionaires have deeply corrupted our information environment. They are in part responsible for what happened at the NYT.

http://www.juancole.com/2005/10/rupert-murdoch-and-judith-miller.html


From Information Clearing House

Rep. Jerrold Nadler: Fitzgerald Must Broaden Investigation

“Did the Bush Administration deliberately mislead Congress about the war?

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/ny08_nadler/FitzgeraldwarMemo102005.html


From Information Clearing House

Playing Fast and Loose with the Facts

I don't like what Miller represents in journalism. She is not, to my mind, a journalist. She forfeited that claim when she became a conduit of propaganda for the neo-conservative cabal that has its bloody hands on the control levers of the nation.

http://www.counterpunch.com/sugg10252005.html


From Information Clearing House

Bushies take aim at probe

Team Bush was finalizing its campaign to discredit and undermine special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's conclusions, sources told the Daily News.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/story/359006p-305893c.html


From Information Clearing House

Cheney Identifies Wilson's Wife as CIA Operative

We speak to former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman on the latest development in the CIA leak case. The New York Times is reporting today that Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Lewis Scooter Libby first learned the identity of the CIA operative from his boss – Dick Cheney. Real Audio and transcript.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10769.htm



Cheney Told Aide of C.I.A. Officer, Lawyers Report:

Lawyers involved in the case, who described the notes to The New York Times, said they showed that Mr. Cheney knew that Ms. Wilson worked at the C.I.A. more than a month before her identity was made public and her undercover status was disclosed in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10756.htm



Cheney aide passed Plame's name to Libby:

Those close to the investigation say that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has been told that David Wurmser, then a Middle East adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on loan from the office of then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs John Bolton, met with Cheney and his chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in June 2003 and told Libby that Plame set up the Wilson trip.

http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Cheney_aide_passed_Plames_name_to_1024.html


From Information Clearing House

Blair New Warnings To Syria And Iran

The PM warned Iran that life could become "a lot more difficult" if it carries on defying the international community.

http://tinyurl.com/8ar5f



Security Council Split Over Resolution on Syria:

Western nations working on a resolution to pressure Syria to cooperate with a U.N. investigation into the slaying of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri are encountering resistance from other Security Council members -- principally Algeria, China and Russia -- U.S., European and U.N officials said Monday.

http://www.champress.net/english/index.php?page=show_det&id=783



Syria is being Set Up to Fail: A Leaked Letter from Washington:

It explains how Syria is being set up to fail so that the US can isolate it and carry out a process of regime-change at the expense of Iraqi stability and the lives of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. It explains how the US administration's policy of forcing regime change in Syria is trumping the need to save lives in Iraq.

http://tinyurl.com/aftpz



NSC Chief Hadley asked Italy for a Bashar Replacement:

Steven Hadley, the director of the US National Security Council, called the President of the Italian senate to asked if he had a candidate to replace Bashar al-Asad as President of Syria. The Italians were horrified. Italy is one of Syria’s biggest trading partners so it seemed a reasonable place to ask! This is what Washington has been up to.

http://tinyurl.com/9jpa2


From Information Clearing House

Closing the Neocon Circle

George W. Bush has unveiled a new vision for U.S. foreign policy.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10764.htm

Iraq and the power of the President's PR

Mark Borkowski on the worrying rise and rise of Karen Hughes, George W Bush's 'ambassador for public diplomacy' and the woman behind the throne.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,1598485,00.html


From Information Clearing House

Opec And The Economic Conquest Of Iraq

TWO AND A HALF YEARS AND $202 BILLION into the war in Iraq, the United States has at least one significant new asset to show for it: effective membership, through our control of Iraq's energy policy, in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Arab-dominated oil cartel.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10765.htm

Theory of Perpetual War: America needs good wars

The nation has to be kept on its toes: - This is why 9/11 was a ‘gift’ ! - It put the country in the ‘proper’ mood.

http://iraquna2.blogspot.com/2005/06/theory-of-perpetual-war.html


From Information Clearing House

Bush: Iraq war will require more sacrifice

President George W. Bush, bracing for the fallout when the U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 2,000, said on Tuesday the Iraq war will require more sacrifice and rejected critics calling for a U.S. pullout.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051025/pl_nm/iraq_bush_dc


From Information Clearing House

Soldiers Lost in Iraq Top Those Lost in First Four Years in Vietnam

"The nearly 2,000 Americans killed in combat (1,998 on October 24, 2005) in Iraq since 2003 are more than were lost in Vietnam combat in the first four years of U.S. combat (1961-1965, when just over 1800 died). This total is more than were lost in the last two years of combat (1971-1972, when just over 1600 died)"

http://www.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/behold.pl?ascribeid=20051024.120319&time=13


From Information Clearing House

Condi Rice and Syrian Regime Change

Could Somebody Recommend a President?

By Paul Craig Roberts

On the basis of the word of a convicted felon and swindler, Condi Rice wants a high level UN Security Council meeting to condemn Syria so the Bush administration can bring about "regime change" in Syria.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10761.htm

US detainees 'Murdered' during interrogations

By Associated Press

At least 21 detainees who died while in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan were the victims of homicide and usually died during or after interrogations, according to an analysis of Defence Department data.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10751.htm
http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=94706;show_parent=1

An Unholy Alliance?

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1122014,00.html


Informant: Andrea Ball

CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ: ALREADY HERE?

http://www.ww4report.com/node/1151


Informant: Michael Pugliese

From ufpj-news

Outrage at Rising Death Toll

Activists Express Outrage at Rising Death Toll Participate in the Online People's Speakout!

Twenty-nine months after President Bush declared the end of major combat in Iraq, while standing dressed up as a soldier under a banner that read “Mission Accomplished” on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, the number of Iraqis killed far surpasses 100,000. Iraqi villages and cities have been completely destroyed, families torn apart, children killed, parents tortured. The number of U.S. war dead has now reached 2,000. More than 1,860 U.S. servicemen and women have died since Bush’s odious photo-op session on the aircraft. Public opinion in the United States has decisively turned against the war in Iraq just as it turned against the war in Vietnam three decades ago. U.S. troops should be brought out of Iraq immediately. The people of Iraq should be paid reparations for the wholesale destruction of their country and the staggering loss of human life. Bush, Cheney and other officials in the Bush administration should be held accountable for their criminal conduct. None of the mothers, fathers and loved ones of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq will ever forget that Bush, in an example of extreme arrogance on July 2, 2003, told the Iraqi armed resistance “bring ‘em on.” Bush and Cheney are willing to fight this illegal war until the last drop of other people’s blood. As the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq hits the 2,000 figure, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition and VoteNoWar members and supporters are coming out in local protests against the illegal and criminal war and occupation in Iraq. These local protests come on the heels of the September 24 demonstrations, when more than 300,000 people surrounded the White House, and tens of thousands more protested in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.

The Online People's Speakout: Now that we are back in our respective towns and cities, and continuing our antiwar work, a pressing need of the movement is to stay connected. As we all move forward with local activities, it is essential that we stay in touch and share our experiences with our sisters and brothers fighting for justice and peace worldwide. It is important to remember that we are an enormous force, truly representing the majority sentiment opposed to this criminal war. To help fulfill this communications need, A.N.S.W.E.R. and VoteNoWar have announced a brand new feature - the Online People's Speakout. Activists can now post reports and pictures directly onto the VoteNoWar and A.N.S.W.E.R. sites for the world to see. The corporate media functions as a propaganda vehicle for the White House, the Pentagon, and the religious right. This system allow us to get the truth out. Every antiwar organization and individual connected to the movement can now participate directly. Using our stories and our pictures of the activities that are taking place in local areas throughout the United States and around the world, each one of us as an individual, or as a local antiwar group has the opportunity to communicate with millions of people. This is also a resource to connect with media outlets, and particularly alternative media sources, which have not been able to cover the antiwar movement with the breadth that they would like to. Now there's a system to hear directly from antiwar activists all over the country, as they report back on their activities.

For today and tomorrow's demonstration: Post pictures and brief descriptions of your local antiwar activities. Post pictures and brief descriptions of your experiences at September 24th. Click below to directly participate in the global People's Speak Out. Participate in the Speakout by clicking here (Easy to use - try it!)

http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=2Y-_aixF5y9_i9olEWKlBQ..


Informant: Mofmars3

La Science et l'Etat face à leurs échecs

Crises environnementales à conséquences sanitaires: La Science et l'Etat face à leurs échecs.

http://www.next-up.org/main.php?param=nouvellesdumonde

ACSH: America's Most Aggressive Debunker of Legitimate Scientific Research

When American corporations come up against inconvenient science, say, a study showing that mercury in fish can damage a developing fetus, they call in the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). Industry-funded ACSH is the most aggressive debunker of pesky research reports emanating from government and academia.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/102505HA.shtml

Big Oil, Big Profits: Are We Sharing the Pain?

New ads from big oil companies urge conservation as a solution to high gas prices. But it "sticks in the craw," Motavalli says, because: "Big Oil, never previously a friend of alternative energy or of energy-related regulation, used its lobbying power to lead us straight to where we are today - in a real mess."

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/102505EC.shtml

What Part of 'Global Warming' Don't We Get?

It's time for the denial to end, but Washington is governed by a bipartisan consensus that somehow the laws of physics and chemistry don't apply to us.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/102505EA.shtml

White House Still Trying to Stop Anti-Torture Bill

Congressional negotiators are feeling heat from the White House and constituents as they consider whether to back a Senate-approved ban on torturing detainees in US custody, or weaken it as the White House prefers.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102505S.shtml

Source of Forged Niger Docs

Italy's intelligence chief met with Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley just a month before the Niger forgeries first surfaced.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102505R.shtml

2,000th Death Sparks Nationwide Protests

The 2,000th soldier has died in Iraq. The Pentagon announced that Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander Jr., 34, of Killeen, Texas, died Saturday in San Antonio of injuries sustained October 17. Protests today have commenced after this milestone was announced and will continue throughout the week in Washington. Also, there will be combined vigils and protests in cities across the country tomorrow.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102505Q.shtml

2000, Why? Not One More



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Informant: Mofmars3



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

Proceedings 12 years in course without any date of audience

http://www.justiceinbelgium.com

The contents of this Site will show you step by step several procedures before the Belgian justice, some of the proceedings 12 years in course without any date of audience. In the contents you’re going to note in one of the recordings that the victim was well present at the hearing and the judge in the sentence says that he and his layer weren’t present, in another procedure, first the judge pronounces in favour of the victim, as he should, than with more proof in the file, he refuses to admit the evidences, in the contents exposed, you’re going to verify: "Corruption, Xenophobia, Discrimination", violations of Civil Rights, Article 1.382 of the Belgian Civil Code, the Penal Code and the Constitutionals Rights Arts. 10, 11 and 191, violation of Art. 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties of the 4 of November 1950 and violation of Art. 10 of the Universal Declaration of Humans Rights of the 10 of December 1948, etc….. the last time I was present at a hearing, the person that was before me, his affaire was 30 years old before the tribunals, I was stoned, 7 others persons died in that issue, he seems to come form an eastern European country, he also had to change three times lawyers, from what was read at the hearing, his old lawyers didn’t do their job properly, as always is the case, the Belgian judicial system has destroyed that man’s personality and dignity, it’s impossible to arrived a such conclusions unless the judges give reason to those who pay the higher price, another Site has just appeared, I suggest you visit this Site: http://www.boudiaf.net, he will confirm what has been exposed on my Site but far worse, I have been very modest, the contents will reveal proof of what has been already exposed and far worse that any one could imagine, the Belgian authorities reacted by arresting him when he has no blood or intended to have blood on his hands, they try already to kill him 5 times, more than two weeks after his arrest, his family don’t know his were about, very soon an explication of the facts will be added on this Site under "Citoyens et Injustices", he never shot any one or had the intention of doing it, the Belgian government has violated the Art. 10 of the European Humans Rights of 4th November 1950, it’s impossible to have justice in an equitable manner in Belgium under such conditions, I’m not the only case, like my cases, there’re thousands of other victims, that’s how justice really works at the present time in Belgium.

Capernaun

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Les exposées dans cet Site vous démontrera pas à pas diverses procédures en justice, certes encore en cours depuis 12 ans sans que la justice belge se prononce où te communique un date d’audience. Dans le contenu de l’un des exposés, vous allez constater que la victime était bien présente à l’audience et le juge dans la sentence dise que la victime ni son avocat ne se sont pas présenté à l’audience, dans une autre exposé, le juge premièrement se prononce à faveur de la victime, comme il doit, en suite, avec plus des preuves dans le dossier, il refuse d’admettre les évidences, dans les exposées vous allez constater : "Corruption, Xénophobie, Discrimination", violations des Droits Civiles, Article 1.382 du Code Civil belge, violation des Articles Pénales et Constitutionnels, Arts, 10, 11 et 191, violation de l’article 6 de la Convention Européenne de Sauvegarde des Droits de l’Homme et les Libertés Fondamentales du 4 de novembre 1950 et l’article 10 de la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme du 10 décembre 1948, etc….. la dernière fois que j’étais au tribunal, la personne qu’étais devant moi, il avait l’aire de venir d’un pays de l’est de l’Europe, son affaire était 30 ans en cours, j’ai resté raide, 7 de ses collègues ont péris dans l’accident, il a du changer trois fois d’avocat, d’après la lecture des conclusions, ses anciens avocats ont mal mené son affaire, comme est habituellement le cas, le système judiciaire a détruite ça dignité et personnalité, il est impossible d’arriver à des telles conclusions, sauf si les juges donnent raison à ceux qui payant le prix le plus élevé, un nouveau Site viens d’apparaître, il vous confirmera l’exposé dans ce Site, je suis encore très humble dans l’exposée, les faits vont vous démontrer ce qu’est déjà exposé, mais de façon non imaginé, je vous conseille d’aller visiter ce Site: www.boudiaf.net cet fois plus explicit et aggravant que personne pouvait l’imaginer, les commanditaires des assassinats des enfants belges, leurs identité est publié, las autorités belges ont réagi en lui placent sous mandat d’arrêt, il n’ai pas de sang sur ses mains, il na’ pas tué personne ou avais l’intention d’en tuer qui qu’il soit, plus de deux semaines après son arrestation, ça famille ne sais pas toujours où il est, très bientôt il va être ajouter une explicative sur cet Site, sous "Citoyens et Injustices", violation de part du Gouvernement belge de l’article 10 de la Convection Européenne des Droits de l’Homme du 4 novembre 1950, avec des tels conditions aujourd’hui il est impossible d’avoir une justice équitablement, je ne suis pas le seul cas, comment mes cas, il y a des milliers d’autres victimes, c’est comme ça qu’au présent la justice est rendu/fonctionne en Belgique.

Capernaun

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El expuesto en este Sitio les mostrará varios procedimientos paso a paso ante la justicia belga, algunos de ellos 12 años en curso sin aún una fecha de audiencia. En el contenido expuesto, ustedes van a notar en el expuesto auditivo que la víctima estaba bien presente a la audiencia y el juez en la sentencia dice que él y su abogado no se han presentado, en un otro procedimiento, el juez primeramente se pronuncia a favor de la víctima, lo cual es lógico, posteriormente con más pruebas en el expediente, este se niega a admitir las evidencias, en los expuestos, ustedes van a constatar: "Corrupción, Xenofobia, Discriminación", violaciones de los Derechos Civiles, Artículo 1.382 del Código Civil, Código Penal y Derechos Constitucionales, Arts. 10, 11 y 191, violación del Art. 6 de la Convención Europea de Derechos Humanos y Libertades Fundamentales del 4 de noviembre de 1950 y violación del Art. 10 de la Declaración Universal de Derechos del Hombre del 10 de diciembre de 1948, etc….. luna de las veces que yo me he presentado ante un tribunal, la persona que estaba entes de mi, este ya llevaba 30 años en pleitos, parecía venir de un país del este de Europa, que quedé de piedra, 7 de sus colegas habían muerto en la tragedia, ha tenido que cambiar tres veces de abogado, según lo que se ha leído en la audiencia, sus antiguos abogados le habían mal defendido, como suele ser siempre el caso, el sistema judicial belga ha destruido la dignidad y personaje de este pobre hombre, es imposible llagar a tales conclusiones al no ser que los jueces den razón a esos que pagan el precio más alto, los hechos van a demostrarles lo que ya se conoce, pero esta vez más explicito y aún mucho más grave, un nuevo Sitio viene de aparecer, les confirmará lo expuesto en este Sitio pero mucho más agravante, cosas que no te puedes imaginar que un estado y sus políticos hubiesen podido hacer, yo aún he sido muy humilde en mis exposiciones, les aconsejo que visiten este Sitio: www.boudiaf.net las personas que han comanditado los asesinatos de estos niños, religiosos, civiles, etc…, sus identidades están expuestas, las autoridades belgas en causa han reaccionado plazándole bajo arresto judicial, este señor no tiene delitos de sangre sobre sus manos, no ha matado a nadie ni ha tenido la intención de matar a nadie, ya le han querido matarle 5 veces, más de dos semanas después de su arresto, su familia no sabe donde está, muy pronto se agregará un explicativo sobre este Sitio, bajo las referencias "Citoyens et Injustices", violación por parte del Estado belga del articulo 10 de la Convección Europea de Derechos del Hombre del 4 de noviembre de 1950, ante tales condiciones como Uds podrán constatar, es imposible poder tener justicia equitativa en Bélgica, mis pleitos no son los únicos, como mis casos, hay miles de otras victimas que les sucede de mismo o peor, así es como realmente funciona actualmente la justicia en Bélgica.

Capernaun

Court Overturns EPA’s Refusal to Veto Air Pollution Permits

http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/1025-12.htm

The Game is Not Life

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1025-33.htm

President Bush persists in the defense of the policies that have resulted in the decline of his fortunes

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1025-24.htm

The country’s pro-peace majority wants Congress to stop the deaths by stopping the dollars that are funding the war

Today the 2000th US soldier was killed in Iraq.

On Wednesday, October 26th people will gather in communities across the US to say that the country’s pro-peace majority wants Congress to stop the deaths by stopping the dollars that are funding the war.

Click here to find or organize an event in your community.
http://www.afsc.org/2000/


From Common Dreams

White House Seeks Exception in Abuse Ban

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1025-07.htm

Reporters banned from First Amendment Room

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1025-10.htm

Americans 'in grip of millennial, apocalyptic impulses we are determined to deny'

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/3537/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

When the votes don't add up

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/booksmags/sfl-bktimmilleroct23,0,1064045.story?coll=sfla-features-books


Informant: Gomez

The White House Sidesteps Questions about Cheney

This was picked up by the mainstream news services today.

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20051025/D8DFAHD80.html

For one example with headline "The White House Sidesteps Questions about Cheney"

What's really interesting is that not an hour ago, the headline read "White House Comes to Defense of Cheney" and since then ... a veritable spate of activity is being pumped on the news wires to stir up support for the war, etc.

If you want a better view into the indictments go to http://www.google.com , then choose News.

It's happening.

haley

Die bereits vorliegenden Untersuchungen im Labor als auch mit Anwohnern von Mobilfunk-Sendern, von anerkannten Wissenschaftlern, sind aussagekräftig genug

26.10.2005

LESERBRIEF

Zum Kommentar zur Klage gegen den Handy-Mast der Stadt Naila vom 19. Oktober

„Neue wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse müssen wir gar nicht erst abwarten, die Mobilfunk-Forschung muss nicht noch jahrelang kostenaufwändig weiter betrieben werden, denn die bereits vorliegenden Untersuchungen im Labor als auch mit Anwohnern von Mobilfunk-Sendern, von anerkannten Wissenschaftlern, sind aussagekräftig genug.

Ich erinnere an Dr. Repacholi (WHO): Erhöhtes Krebsrisiko bei Mäusen. Ecolog-Studie: Hinweise auf krebsfördernde Wirkungen, DNS-Brüche und Schäden an Chromosomen, Durchlässigkeit der Bluthirnschranke schon bei geringer Strahlung. Studie von Dr. Cherry: klarer Zusammenhang zwischen Hochfrequenz-Strahlen und Krebs, Geburts- und Fruchtbarkeits-Störungen bei Tieren und mehr. Professor Dr. Kundi: Herz-Kreislauf-Beschwerden, Schwindel und mehr. Professor Santini: Sehstörungen, Reizbarkeit, chronische Müdigkeit, Depressionen, Hautprobleme, Schlafstörungen, Gedächtnisverlust und mehr. Dr. L. v. Klitzing: Veränderung der Hirnströme. Reflex-Studie: DNA-Strangbrüche, Chromosomenschäden. Professor Dr. Zwamborn: deutlicher, statisch signifikanter Zusammenhang zwischen UMTS-ähnlichen Feldern und dem Wohlbefinden. Ich könnte diese List fortsetzen. . . Dr. Cherry (raum&zeit 108/2000) spricht von ,überwältigenden Beweisen‘, dass Mobilfunk-Strahlung schädigend und krebsfördernd ist. Als wissenschaftlicher Beweis gilt aber nur, wenn eine Studie wiederholt worden wäre. Aber laut Dr. Cherry ist ein Forschungsergebnis ein Beweis. Wiederholung ist erforderlich, damit ein biologischer Effekt allgemein akzeptiert wird.

Seit zehn Jahren wenden sich erkrankte Menschen an die zuständigen Landes- und Bundesbehörden, es sind inzwischen Tausende. Aber unsere Regierung hat bisher keinerlei Initiative zur Abklärung ergriffen, obwohl sie zur Schadensabwehr verpflichtet ist. Solange es keine epidemiologischen Untersuchungen der Anwohner im Umkreis von Mobilfunkanlagen gibt, kein Schadensfall untersucht wurde, solange dürfen staatliche Stellen auch nicht behaupten, es gäbe keine Schäden durch Mobilfunk. Und auch wenn es nur Einzelfälle wären, wie oft behauptet wird, auch diese hätten ein Recht auf körperliche Unversehrtheit. Man rechnet allerdings mit mindestens 15 Prozent der Bevölkerung. Aus wirtschaftlichen Gründen werden wir noch lange auf ,neue wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse‘ und auf die Anerkennung der bereits vorliegenden warten müssen. Tausende Ärzte sehen besorgt eine stetig wachsende Anzahl von Menschen unter der Mobilfunk-Technologie, dazu gehören auch die DECT-Telefone. Sie fordern die Politiker und Wissenschaftler dringlichst auf, endlich vorsorglich zu handeln, um noch größeren Schaden vom Volk abzuwenden.“

Omega siehe dazu „Ärzteappelle gegen ungezügelten Mobilfunk“ unter: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1064751/

MONIKA SCHUBERTH-BREHM, VORDERE SCHNAID 12, WALLENFELS

http://www.frankenpost.de/nachrichten/regional/frankenwald/resyart.phtm?id=871393

Take care on phone masts

This report sets out very clearly why landowners should not enter into mast wayleave agreements lightly, thinking it will be easy to get out of one of these. Landowners should also consider the possibility of unpleasant backlashes due to mounting adverse health research results and the degrading/blight of other people's property.

Best wishes

Jane

Check out the following link:
http://tinyurl.com/alg6c

How a Lobbyist Stacked the Deck

Abramoff Used DeLay Aide, Attacks On Allies to Defeat Anti-Gambling Bill

By Susan Schmidt and James V. Grimaldi
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, October 16, 2005; Page A01
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his team were beginning to panic .

An anti-gambling bill had cleared the Senate and appeared on its way to passage by an overwhelming margin in the House of Representatives. If that happened, Abramoff's client, a company that wanted to sell state lottery tickets online, would be out of business.

But on July 17, 2000, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act went down to defeat, to the astonishment of supporters who included many anti-gambling groups and Christian conservatives.

A senior aide to then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) helped scuttle the bill in the House. The aide, Tony C. Rudy, 39, e-mailed Abramoff internal congressional communications and advice, according to documents and the lobbyist's former associates. [...] Read it all at http://tinyurl.com/8x7sj or http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/101605Y.shtml



© Virginia Metze

The Normalization of Treason, the Republicans' gift to America

http://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/10/normalization-of-treason-republicans.html

The Criminalization of Politics
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/10/17/31244/628


© Virginia Metze

Judge Says No to Cell-Phone Tracking Without Probable Cause

Also at Electronic Frontiers Foundation is a copy of the court opinion which indicates that " See http://tinyurl.com/8wbkq The decision of October 14, 2005 is the next to last link in the list at the bottom of the web page. National Stand Down Day - Nov. 18, 2005


© Virginia Metze

Demonstrations and Nonviolent Resistance at Recruiting Stations Across the Country

End The Iraq War - Demonstrations and Nonviolent Resistance at Recruiting Stations Across the Country

Young Americans sign on to go into harm’s way to defend their country if necessary, but instead they are being turned into harm’s ministers in a war that has claimed more then 100,000 Iraqi lives and nearly 2,000 Americans. The President and Congress have breached a sacred trust with our soldiers and abused their oath to defend the Constitution by leading young Americans to kill and die in a war based on lies.

As the Bush Administration refuses to make plans to bring our troops home, join us for “National Stand Down Day,” as we halt the machinery that takes young Americans off to this illegal and endless war in Iraq. [...] See "Iraq Pledge of Resistance" at http://www.iraqpledge.org/


© Virginia Metze

Warming to Cause Harsher Weather

Study Says

By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 18, 2005; Page A02

Extreme weather events -- including heat waves, floods and drought -- are likely to become more common over the next century in the United States because of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study by Purdue University researchers.

The analysis, which is being published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, examines how heat-trapping gases linked to climate change may intensify precipitation, drought and other weather conditions. Instances of extreme heat will probably increase throughout the country, the scientists concluded, and many areas will experience heavier downpours even if rain becomes less frequent. Read it all at: http://tinyurl.com/8sfc2


© Virginia Metze

The White House stumbles into the weekend

Tim Grieve
Salon War Room
posted by Aaron Kinney
Friday October 14, 2005

A dismal week for the Bush administration ended with Karl Rove walking out of a courthouse following more than four hours of grand jury testimony and audio clips demonstrating that the president's video teleconference with soldiers in Iraq Thursday wasn't just rehearsed, it was pretty much scripted.

The revelation Thursday that the president's video conference was rehearsed showed just how disordered the administration has become, as it stumbles from one mishap to another. Even CNN, not a network inclined to rock the White House boat, ran a tape of the embarrassing pre-conference preparations. Like Madonna told her domineering father, "You can't hurt me now," in "Oh, Father," CNN announced to the world, in effect, that it's not afraid of the White House anymore. [...] Read more at Salon "War Room": http://tinyurl.com/72ovy


© Virginia Metze

Media No Longer Taking Flak?

mediacitizen

A Crash-Scene Investigation at the Crossroads of Old Media and New
Friday, October 14, 2005

Our CEO president continues to treat news as widgets to be fabricated and sold to an unsuspecting public. Witness yesterday's Iraq war charade: a carefully orchestrated White House video link-up with Iraq that used U.S. soldiers as extras to shed positive light on Bush's war strategy.

We know this only because the media stunt was reported as such in the AP, the Washington Post, on NPR and, even "The Today Show." Such dogged objectivity is a new tack for many of our colleagues in the mainstream. But by revealing the man behind the curtain, they also lay bare the machinations of their own public deception.

That some in mainstream media are no longer giving this president a free pass to the front page is news in its own right. Bush's plummeting approval rating might have something to do with their newfound skepticism, which raises another issue altogether: It seems our media eagerly pile scorn upon a president when his numbers are down, but give him the benefit of the doubt when they're up. [...] Read the rest at mediacitizen blog: http://tinyurl.com/7ofa6


© Virginia Metze

The people running our government are about to face their day or days in court

'Rule of Law'? That's So '90s
By E. J. Dionne Jr.
Op-Ed Columnist
Washington Post
Tuesday, October 18, 2005; Page A25

We are on the verge of an extraordinary moment in American politics. The people running our government are about to face their day -- or days -- in court.

Those who thought investigations were a wonderful thing when Bill Clinton was president are suddenly facing prosecutors, and they don't like it. It seems like a hundred years ago when Clinton's defenders were accusing his opponents of using special prosecutors, lawsuits, criminal charges and, ultimately, impeachment to overturn the will of the voters.

Clinton's conservative enemies would have none of this. No, they said over and over, the Clinton mess was not about sex but about "perjury and the obstruction of justice" and "the rule of law."

The old conservative talking points are now inoperative. [...] Read it all at http://tinyurl.com/deasx


© Virginia Metze

Cheney drawn into CIA spy leak investigation

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=94662;show_parent=1

Thought control and 'professional' journalism

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=94657;show_parent=1

BUSH'S WAR OF TERROR

http://www.newswithviews.com/Spingola/deanna23.htm

SENATE BILL 1873: PRESCRIPTION FOR TYRANNY

http://www.newswithviews.com/BreakingNews/breaking37.htm

Frustrated Scowcroft Assails Neo-Cons, Cheney

http://www.lewrockwell.com/ips/lobe261.html

The Bad Guys Will Still Be in Charge After the indictments

http://www.lewrockwell.com/frank/frank11.html

Why I Am Not a Conservative

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/hayek1.html

Our Lunatic War

http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski129.html

The Truth About the Fed: on the laughable myth of inflation fighting

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/fed-truth.html

THE BIG MELT, NO ESCAPE: Global Disaster Will Follow If the Ice Cap on Greenland Melts

THE BIG MELT, NO ESCAPE: THAW GAINS MOMENTUM
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/25/science/earth/25arctic.html


Informant: NHNE



The Big Thaw: Global Disaster Will Follow If the Ice Cap on Greenland Melts http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1120-03.htm

Entdemokratisierung durch Zentralisierung

http://www.swg-hamburg.de/Demokratiereform/Entdemokratisierung_durch_Zent/entdemokratisierung_durch_zent.html


Nachricht von Gerd Zesar

Wir wollen nicht so enden wie die Radarsoldaten

Allgäuer Zeitung Kaufbeuren

26.10.2005, Allgäuer Zeitung

„Wir wollen nicht so enden wie die Radarsoldaten“

Mobilfunkinitiative Kaufbeuren lässt wegen Antenne am Finanzamt Blutuntersuchungen machen

Kaufbeuren (fro). - „Die Verträge sind durch. Ich rechne im Spätherbst mit der Aufstellung der Mobilfunkantenne am Finanzamt“, sagt Gottlieb Tröber etwas resigniert. Der Vorsitzende der Mobilfunkinitiative Kaufbeuren zeigt sich von der Stadt enttäuscht: Statt auf Bedenken der Bürger einzugehen, verstecke sich die Stadt hinter gesetzlichen Grenzwerten. Nun haben sich die Beschäftigten des Finanzamtes einer freiwilligen Blutuntersuchung unterzogen. Damit soll ihr Blutbild dokumentiert werden, um mögliche gesundheitliche Beeinträchtigungen durch Strahlen der Antenne zu dokumentieren.

Im Finanzamt Kaufbeuren arbeiten 250 Angestellte. Die staunten nicht schlecht, als ihnen mitgeteilt wurde, dass der Mobilfunkbetreiber T-Mobile eine 22 Meter hohe Antenne am Finanzamt bauen will. Sie gründeten mit Anwohnern eine Initiative dagegen, wählten den Personalratsvorsitzenden Tröber zum Vorsitzenden und hatten binnen kurzer Zeit rund 400 Unterschriften gegen die Antenne gesammelt.

Die Initiative, die mittlerweile auch mit der Ostallgäuer Initiative gegen Mobilfunk zusammenarbeitet, wendet sich nicht prinzipiell gegen Mobilfunk. Aber es sei durchaus möglich, „verträgliche Antennenstandpunkte“, also nicht direkt an Arbeitsstätten oder Wohngebieten, auszuwählen. Außerdem sei der Strahlen-Grenzwert in Deutschland gesundheitsschädlich. In Ländern wie Österreich oder Russland gelten deshalb niedrigere Grenzwerte für Mobilfunk.

„Wir wollen nicht so enden wie die Radar-Soldaten oder die Asbest-Kranken“, sagt Gottlieb Tröber. Trotz unabhängiger ärztlicher Untersuchungen sei jahrelang die Gefährlichkeit der Radarstrahlen oder des Asbests verharmlost worden. Mittlerweile wird die Gefährdung zwar tatsächlich anerkannt, aber für die Erkrankten sei das ein schwacher Trost. Jetzt hat sich fast die gesamte Belegschaft des Finanzamtes freiwilligen Blutuntersuchungen unterzogen.

Von Institut untersucht

„Viele Leute haben Probleme, was da mit den Strahlen auf sie zukommt“, erklärt Tröber. Die Blutwerte werden nun von einem Institut untersucht, dass sich auf derartige Untersuchungen spezialisiert habe. Das dokumentiert die Blutwerte und vergleicht sie mit zukünftigen Proben. „Mit den festgestellten Werten können nach Bau und Inbetriebnahme der Funkstation Veränderungen im Blutbild nachgewiesen werden“, erläutert Tröber. Dann könnten die Mitarbeiter versuchen, Schadensersatzforderungen geltend zu machen.

Zitat

Sämtliche Bemühungen der Bediensteten und der Mobilfunkinitiative um einen unbedenklichen Standpunkt sind an der Arroganz von T-Mobile und der Unlust der Stadt Kaufbeuren gescheitert.}

Gottlieb Tröber, Vorsitzender der Mobilfunkinitiative Kaufbeuren

Die Initiative will auch den Anwohnern die Möglichkeit der Blutuntersuchungen anbieten. Außerdem wolle man weiter auf die Stadt einwirken. Schließlich sei diese nach dem Mobilfunkpakt verpflichtet, Gespräche mit Beteiligten zu führen. Zwar habe die Initiative mit der Stadt gesprochen, aber die „redet sich mit den gesetzlichen Grenzwerten heraus“, so Tröber. Andere Städte wie Dachau würden sich freiwillig verpflichten, strengere Grenzwerte einzuhalten. Bei Kindergärten würde die Stadt schließlich auch ein Veto gegen benachbarte Mobilfunkantennen einlegen.

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