Neue Polizei-Befugnisse erst gegen Islamisten, dann gegen Linke

Anti-Terror-Datei und Co.: Neue Polizei-Befugnisse erst gegen Islamisten, dann gegen Linke


Die geplante "Anti-Terror-Datei", in der Daten über mutmaßliche Islamisten zentral gespeichert werden sollen, der beabsichtigte verstärkte Einsatz von DNA-Analysen sowie das gemeinsame Lagezentrum von Polizei und Geheimdiensten sind erneut auf scharfe Kritik gestoßen. Die Rote Hilfe bezeichnete die Beschlüsse der Innenministerkonferenz (IMK) als "Angriff auf zentrale Grundrechte". Dadurch würden zentrale BürgerInnenrechte, die durch die Politik der "Inneren Sicherheit" und ihre Rechtfertigung durch angeblich drohende Terroranschläge in den letzten Jahren ohnehin zunehmend eingeschränkt worden seien, weiter demontiert. Es sei - wie bereits in der Vergangenheit - davon auszugehen, dass neue Befugnisse für Polizei und Geheimdienste schnell wieder gegen unliebsame politische Aktivitäten eingesetzt würden...

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Mexikanische Strafverfolger an der elektronischen Leine

168 Mitarbeiter eines neu gegründeten Informationszentrums und der Generalstaatsanwalt haben sich angeblich aus Sicherheitsgründen einen GPS-Chip implantieren lassen...


Russian Economist Tatyana Koryagina Uncovers New Players


Informant: True

US pollution may damage UK health

Fumes from traffic and industry harm our health

Polluted air from America could be damaging the health of people in Britain, experts fear.

Airborne chemicals from 5,000 miles are being dumped in the UK and western Europe and may be to blame for a rise in lung disease, say UK scientists.

Dr Alastair Lewis from York University and the Intercontinental Transport of Ozone and Precursors programme is running tests.

His team will track and test the air stream across the Atlantic.

About 50 scientists from seven UK universities are to join hundreds of other researchers in the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

Toxic fumes

They will look at how a cocktail of chemicals, emitted from vehicle exhausts and power stations in the US, react together in the air on its way to Europe.

Colleagues in the US will test the air as it leaves the eastern coast of America.

It's perfectly plausible that they are exporting air pollution to us
Professor Malcolm Green, British Lung Foundation

Dr Lewis' team will test the plume of air as it travels over the Atlantic ocean and colleagues in France and Germany will run checks as it arrives in Europe.

The scientists believe pollutants from fossil fuels may react with nitrogen in the air to form ozone and sooty particles.

In the upper atmosphere, ozone protects the Earth from the sun's harmful ultra violet rays.

But when inhaled at ground level it can damage the lungs.

Sooty particles that collect in the lungs are also harmful.


Dr Lewis said: "It's highly likely that air leaving the States contains a cocktail of nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons, which are emitted from vehicle exhausts and power stations.

"We want to know how these will react together on the way to Europe and notably whether they will form ozone and particles, both of which can be harmful in humans."

During last year's heat wave, during which there were 800 extra deaths across Britain, levels of ozone and particles soared.

Dr Lewis said: "Extreme events like that demonstrate the ozone and particles are quite potent and have a significant impact on health.

"Although we know that some of this pollution was produced locally in the UK, we still don't know what the contribution was from other countries.

"The more you look at ozone the more you understand that it is a global pollutant," he said.

Professor Malcolm Green from the British Lung Foundation said: "Unfortunately we know that pollution is an international problem.

"We know in the US air pollution is a significant problem.

"The US consumes 25% of the world's fossil fuels - mostly oil - and it's predominantly the consumption of fossil fuels that creates pollution.

"It's perfectly plausible that they are exporting air pollution to us. The predominant wind is from the south west.

Dr John Harvey from the British Thoracic Society said: "Ozone is good when it's right up in the atmosphere but down on the ground it can irritate the lungs.

"If you have asthma it can make it worse. It's bad for the lungs.

"We are very concerned about local levels of ozone, particularly in cities where there is a lot of exhaust pollution.

"People with lung disease, particularly asthmatics should keep an eye on ozone forecasts on Ceefax and in the papers so they can double their inhalers if the levels are likely to be high," he said.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2004/07/12 13:10:53 GMT


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Bush Administration Plans to Overturn Popular Roadless Protection for National Forests

No More Nibbling: Administration Seeks To Devour Roadless Rule Whole

The Bush Administration announced a scheme today that would effectively overturn the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The 2001 rule protected 58.5 million acres of pristine roadless lands on America's national forests from roadbuilding and commercial logging. And the American people have repeatedly declared their support for these protections: 2.5 million times in the last four years!

The administration has never liked the rule, has refused to defend it in court (despite promises to do so) and a year ago exempted our largest national forest, the Tongass in Alaska, from the rule's protection. Today it went whole hog.

The new scheme would force governors to petition the federal government to protect the last remaining pristine forests in their states. The process officials described today is convoluted, meaningless, and mostly political camouflage: reduced to its basics, the plan is an outright repeal of the roadless rule.

Citizens will have an opportunity to comment on the plan and we will send you a WildAlert seeking your help when we have details. But because this has been so important an issue to WildAlert subscribers, we wanted to update you as soon as possible.

For More Information

- Wilderness Society statement on the proposal:

- Forest Service web site:

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Government announces plan to open roadless forest areas

by Bob Fick

The Associated Press

Monday, July 12, 2004

Boise, Idaho - The Bush administration today proposed a new plan to open up roadless areas of national forests to more logging, confirming a draft plan published two weeks ago.

Under the plan, announced by Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman at the Idaho state Capitol, governors would have to petition the federal government to block road-building needed for logging in remote areas of national forests.

The rule replaces one adopted by the Clinton administration and still under challenge in federal court. It covers about 58 million of the 191 million acres of national forest nationwide.

Idaho was one of the first states to challenge the so-called roadless rule in federal court.

"Strong state and federal cooperation in the management of roadless areas will foster improved local involvement in the process," Veneman said.

For nearly two years, the Bush administration has been weighing changes to the roadless rule, which blocks road construction in nearly one-third of national forests as a way to prevent logging and other commercial activity.

Officials call the new roadless policy a common-sense plan that protects backcountry woods while advancing a partnership with the nation's governors, particularly in the West.

The Natural Resources Defense Council made its opposition clear even before the official announcement.

"This is a roadblock to roadless protection," spokeswoman Amy Mall said. "The administration is not concerned about states' rights."


Click here http://roadless.fs.fed.us/ for the complete text of the
proposed Forest Service rules on roadless areas and more government information on the policy.

Veneman, whose department includes the Forest Service, made the announcement flanked by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, both Republicans.

As part of the plan, the administration said it would reinstate an interim rule for the next 18 months, requiring that Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth approve any new road construction in previously protected areas.

The administration had let the interim rule lapse last year as it considered a permanent rule to replace the Clinton policy.

As a practical matter, officials said they expect few, if any, changes in roadless policy during the next 18 months, noting that Bosworth did not approve a single new road during the two-plus years the interim directive was in place.

Environmentalists howled when the draft rule was made public earlier this month. Without a national policy against road construction, they said, forest management will revert to individual forest plans that in many cases allow roads and other development on most of the 58 million acres now protected by the roadless rule.

Environmentalists say it is unlikely that governors in pro-logging states such as Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Utah will seek to keep the roadless rule in effect.

Kempthorne is among several Republican governors in the West who have strongly criticized the rule, calling it an unnecessary restriction that has locked up millions of acres from logging and other economic development.

Citing such complaints, the Bush administration said last year it would develop a plan to allow governors to seek exemptions from the roadless rule. The latest plan turns that on its head by requiring governors to petition the Agriculture Department if they want to protect against timbering in their state.

The Clinton administration adopted the roadless rule during its final days in office in January 2001, calling it important protection for backcountry forests.

Environmentalists hailed that action, but the timber industry and some Republican lawmakers have criticized it as overly intrusive and even dangerous, saying it has left millions of acres exposed to catastrophic wildfires.

Federal judges have twice struck down the 3-year-old rule, most recently in a Wyoming case decided in July 2003. That case, which
environmentalists have appealed, is one of several pending legal challenges, complicating efforts to issue a new plan.

The new plan will be published in the Federal Register this week, with a 60-day comment period extending into September.

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Safe the Western Arctic Reserve

I wanted you to know that the Bush administration is using the recent rise in gasoline prices as a pretext to sacrifice one of America's greatest natural treasures -- the Western Arctic Reserve of Alaska -- to massive oil development.

We have a very narrow window in which to block this corporate-sponsored raid on our natural heritage. Over the next 30 days, the Bush administration is taking public comments on its plan to put 96 percent of the reserve's wildlife-filled northeast region on the auction block.

I am asking you and hundreds of thousands of others to join me in flooding the Bush administration with messages of protest over the next critical weeks.

Please do your part by going to
and sending an electronic message telling the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw its destructive plan and to permanently protect the reserve's world-class wildlife habitats.

Then please forward my message to as many people as you can.

The Western Arctic Reserve may be less well-known than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- which lies directly to the east -- but its wildlife populations are every bit as unique, spectacular and endangered.

I am especially concerned about the Western Arctic Reserve's Teshekpuk Lake region -- one of the most important tundra-wetland ecosystems left on our planet. This vast network of coastal lagoons, deep water lakes, sedge grass meadows and braided streams provides the critical calving grounds for the 45,000-member Teshekpuk Lake caribou herd.

Thirty percent of all Pacific black brant also take refuge in these safe and remote wetlands, remaining flightless while they replace their old feathers. Steller's eiders, northern pintails, tundra swans and rare yellow-billed loons are just a few of the other amazing species that flock to Teshekpuk Lake to nest, free from disturbance. Come fall, some of these birds will migrate as far south as Antarctica.

Polar bears roam the coastal areas of Teshekpuk Lake from summer to early winter. And people are counting on the lake for survival as well. The Inupiat Eskimos have subsisted here in balance with nature for at least 8,000 years by following the herds of caribou.

Incredibly, the Western Arctic has never been granted full federal protection. That's because it was set aside as the "National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska" nearly a century ago. But Congress also stipulated that this oil field be tapped only in time of dire national need.

Our government kept oil rigs out of the Western Arctic Reserve even during the darkest days of World War II and the oil embargo of the 1970s. As a result, most of the reserve has remained pristine -- its primeval beauty unmarred by roads, oil rigs or other signs of human interference.

Interior secretaries since the 1970s have recognized the need for special protection in the Teshekpuk Lake area. But if the Bush administration gets its way, Teshekpuk Lake will soon be stripped of most of those protections and sold to the highest bidder.

And for what? Drilling in the Western Arctic would have no effect on gas prices at the pump. Its oil would take years to get to market and would never equal more than one or two percent of America's oil supply -- a tiny drop in the bucket of our nation's oil consumption.

Only one group would benefit from destroying the Western Arctic: the oil giants. Meanwhile, they would turn one of the planet's most fragile homes for Arctic wildlife into an industrial zone of pipelines, producing wells and contaminated waste sites.

The Western Arctic Reserve is supposed to be an energy savings account of last resort. A recent poll shows that the vast majority of Americans would rather save oil and lower gas prices by adopting tougher fuel economy standards for our cars and trucks.

Please join me in telling the Bush administration to follow the cleaner and more self-reliant path of fuel efficiency -- and to put Teshekpuk Lake and other critical habitats off limits to the oil industry.

Please go to
and tell the Bush administration to withdraw its destructive plan. And rememberto forward my message to your friends, colleagues and family.

This fight represents one of our very last chances to preserve untrammeled wilderness as we first found it. Let's speak with one voice and stop this senseless attack on one of the world's greatest sanctuaries for Arctic wildlife. Thank you.


Robert Redford
Board of Trustees
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Outrageous behavior in House

Congressman Tom Udall of New Mexico sent this message to his constituients last Friday:

Dear Friend,

I wanted to alert you to an appalling abuse of power that occurred yesterday on the House floor. Republican leaders once again thumbed their nose at the concept of fairness and overturned the clear bipartisan majority in the House.

Yesterday, the House was poised to take responsible steps to preserve our civil liberties, protect political expression, and prevent the misuse of the Patriot Act. When passed, we were promised strong congressional oversight of the Patriot Act to prevent its implementation from being overly intrusive. Unfortunately, that oversight has not occurred, and a particular provision in the act that permits searches of library records clearly fits the definition of overly intrusive.

As you may have seen in press reports, in a shameful disregard for majority rule, the Republican leadership held open a vote on the amendment that would have protected your civil liberties over twice as long as normal to twist the arms of many Members of Congress. The initial vote was 219 to 201 for an amendment I co-sponsored. However, after severe pressure, the final vote was 210 to 210, a tie that meant the amendment's defeat.

This bipartisan, common-sense amendment offered by my colleagues Bernie Sanders (Vermont - Independent) and Butch Otter (Idaho - Republican) would have prevented law enforcement agencies from conducting broad and indiscriminate searches of libraries and bookstores and peering into your personal reading choices. We all agree that we need to take the necessary steps to protect and defend the American people against terrorism. However, we must not do so at the cost of shredding our precious Constitution and the civil liberties we cherish.

For more information on this terrible spectacle, you may visit my website at http://www.tomudall.house.gov/issues2.cfm?id=9162.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update. I hope you have found the information useful. Please watch your inbox for future updates.

Very Truly Yours,

Tom Udall
Member of Congress

Informant: Martin Greenhut


On turning to today's (July 13) "Letters" page of THE IRISH TIMES, I did not have to think really hard to make out why this worthy but heavily-in-denial-of-RF/MW-bioeffects broadsheet (that is THE IRISH TIMES) choose to kick off its Letters section with a lengthy entry from Bob Hanna, Ireland's Chief Technical Adviser, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (see his letter below). If given a stark choice between going along with all electrosensitives in Ireland being sectioned/psychiatrically incarcerated and thus permanently silencing these irksome fly-in-the-ointment-of-industry-people (EHS sufferers) OR the IRISH TIMES and Irish Telecommunications admitting that regrettably a percentage of the population could and do indeed suffer allergic reactions to RF/MWs--well, if given this choice, I have little doubt that both THE IRISH TIMES and Ir. Telecommunications would just get some psychiatrists to lock us up and perhaps run an article/obituary on the moral imperative of a final solution for vermin like us who want to injure our beloved Celtic Tiger!

Of course Bob Hanna's letter in defense of the health safety of Irish teleconmmuncations is blatantly biased. Just notice his comments regards John Ryan's and how his office is "helping" John and his family! How cynical can one get.

What this letter needs of course are cogent quick response letters micro-shredding Bob Hanna's arguments. These letters can be addressed to:

Best, Imelda, Cork

Tuesday, July 13 THE IRISH TIMES.


Madam, - I refer to the articles by Joe Humphreys and your editorial comment (July 9th) concerning the health complaints of the Ryan family of Co Tipperary following the erection of a mobile phone mast on their lands.

The headline on one of Mr Humphreys's articles reads "Monitoring the masts: who is responsible?" but the article does not answer the question. A little research on his part would have given him the answer - my Department, and specifically, my office.

It is correct for ComReg to state that it has no remit in the areas of planning or health; it provides measurement services which allow my office and members of the public to assess how individual sites have
performed against the relevant international guidelines.

The office of the Chief Technical Adviser in the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources maintains a watching brief on all matters connected with non-ionising radiation.

As such, I represent Ireland on the following international bodies: International Committee for Electromagnetic Safety; World Health Organisation International Project on Electromagnetic Fields; EU Joint Research Committee on Electromagnetic Fields.

I am also responsible for Ireland's implementation of the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines for exposure.

I have access to all the international work in this area.

I can state categorically that it has not been proven, through replicated studies, that exposure to non-ionising radiation at the levels specified in the ICNIRP guidelines causes any adverse health effects.

The international organisations above are charged with continuing research to try to establish any causal connection between non-ionising radiation and adverse health effects, and, as yet, none has been proven.

My office provides information and advice to organisations and members of the public in this area.

Since Mr Ryan has chosen to go public with his allegations, I can now state that this office has provided advice to Mr Ryan, his neighbours and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association; this advice has effectively summarised the results of all the international work in this area and concludes that there is no proven connection between the symptoms allegedly experienced by Mr Ryan and his family and
the specific transmissions from the mobile telephone installations close to his residence.

Officials in this Department familiar with the file are sympathetic to Mr Ryan's concerns; that is why this country commits significant resources to subscribing to the best and most up-to-date international research work in this area.

We are far from complacent. We sympathise with the Ryan family, but must state that there has been no proven connection between their symptoms and the mobile phone installations that they allege to be responsible. - Yours, etc.,

BOB HANNA, Chief Technical Adviser, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Adelaide Road, Dublin."

Omega: this is simply not true. There are numerous reliable studies which prove the noxious effects to human health, animals and nature from pulsating microwave radiation. See under: http://www.buergerwelle.de/body_science.html

Congo 'Pygmies' put case for forest protection and peoples' rights

July 13, 2004

OVERVIEW & COMMENTARY by Glen Barry, Ph.D., Forests.org

The World Bank's dubious and misguided plan (at best, and malicious and evil at worst) to finance industrial logging of the Earth's second largest intact rainforest continues to generate controversy. The Bank is pushing through new laws and a 're-zoning' of the Congo forests - the second largest in the world - that could see up to 60 million hectares (an area the size of France) handed out to logging companies. Despite the lack of a functioning government, banditry and civil war, and lack of local support – the world blank wants to zone most of the forests for commercial logging, turning the country into a vast logging concession.

In March we joined with the Rainforest Foundation in protesting World Bank and UN Food and Agriculture Organization plans to stealthily increase logging by some sixty times in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Hundreds of local and international groups have joined the Rainforest Foundation in protesting this immoral use of tax-payer funds. Most recently, the pygmy peoples occupying many of these forests have joined the protest – reported on below. It is simply atrocious that the world blank continues to operate with impunity against the aspirations and human rights of local peoples, undermining the ecological sustainability of their rainforest homes as well as the function of the Earth's biosphere.

This must not stand.

The World Bank and FAO must immediately halt plans for the expansion of industrial logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo and remaining ancient primary forests around the World. Rather than subsidizing rainforest destruction the World Bank should be initiating a participatory process to establish land rights for forest peoples, and developing economic alternatives to industrial logging that are community based and ecologically sound. The action alert at
http://forests.org/action/africa/ is still current, thought it will be updated and reissued shortly.


Congo 'Pygmies' put case for forest protection and peoples' rights
to President of the World Bank

Source: Rainforest Foundation
Date: July 8, 2004

'Pygmy' peoples today urged World Bank President James Wolfensohn to halt plans that could unleash a wave of destruction on the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where they live.

The 'Pygmys' put their case directly to Mr Wolfensohn during a video conference organised by the Rainforest Foundation UK [1], which is challenging Bank plans for a massive increase in industrial logging in the Congo. The Bank is pushing through new laws and a 're-zoning' of the Congo forests - the second largest in the world- that could see up to 60 million hectares (an area the size of France) handed out to logging companies.

"You must not forget that the lives of indigenous peoples depend on the forest," Adolphine Muley of the Congolese Union of Indigenous Women (UEFA) told the World Bank President. "For a 'Pygmy' to talk of forest exploitation is to talk of reinforcing misery and poverty. You must put strategies in place so that the 'Pygmy' peoples are not damaged by the system that you are developing."

According to the Bank's own estimates, as many as 35 million of the Congo's 50 million people depend on the forests for their very survival. [2]

Simon Counsell, director of the Rainforest Foundation UK said: "The World Bank must strictly apply its own environmental and social safeguards, and fully respect international laws, to avoid what could be the world's first major environmental and humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century. We will be working to ensure that the people of Congo have a say on the future of their forests, and that the rights of the people living in the forest are respected," he said.

Responding to these pleas, James Wolfensohn pledged the Bank to further discussion with Congolese people and non-governmental organisations about the future of the of the country's rainforests.

The Rainforest Foundation first raised its fears about the threatened 'carve-up' of Congo's rainforests with the World Bank in early December 2003. The UK All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region and Genocide Prevention (APPG), which has a membership of 148 MPs and Peers, has said that it "intends to follow closely" the World Bank's response to the concerns of the Foundation and Congolese campaigners [3].

For more information:
Simon Counsell, Rainforest Foundation, London
Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 6345 (office)
+44 (0)7941 899 579 (mobile)

Specific page:
[cut and paste in to internet address bar]

Notes to editors:
[1] The Rainforest Foundation supports indigenous people and traditional populations of the world's rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfil their rights.

2] According to the World Bank, the average income in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the lowest in the world, at $90 per year.

3] The APPG covers the Great Lakes region of Africa: Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Northern Uganda. APPG was formed following the UK's failure to prevent genocide in Rwanda and provides information so that Parliamentarians can play their role in preventing future genocides. In recent years, the Group has played an active role in investigating and bringing about parliamentary scrutiny to the illegal plunder of Congo's vast mineral and forest wealth.

Happy talk from hell - Orwellsche Perfektion der politischen Gehirnwäsche

"Outfoxed": Orwellsche Perfektion der politischen Gehirnwäsche durch FoxNews

Wie unterstützt der Newskanal Nr.1 in den USA FoxNews seinen politischen Liebling G.W.Bush im Wahlkampf ? Der Moderator der Talkshow erklärt beiläufig, es wäre ja offensichtlich, dass Kerrys bester Freund der nordkoreanische Diktator Kim il Sung sei; seine Gäste beeilen sich ihm beizupflichten "Absolut. Nordkorea liebt John Kerry.."

Der neue Dokumentarfilm "Outfoxed", der aktuell die amerikanischen Kinos erreicht, nimmt das Murdoch'sche Propagandasystem FoxNews auseinander.

Andrew O'Hehir meint im Internetmagazin Salon.Com, dass Fox offensichtlich bereits die von Orwell beschriebenen Mechanismen der politischen Gehirnwäsche weit übertrifft.

Zitat des Medienkritikers Robert McChesney: " It is much easier to propagandize a public that believes in its own freedom, and does not expect propaganda, than it was in a Soviet-style system where people were always suspicious of official pronouncements. In that context, it's no longer accurate to haul out the tiresome leftist chestnut and refer to a development like the rise of Fox News as "Orwellian." It's subtler, lusher, more sweeping and far more effective than anything Orwell ever imagined."

Das Resumè von O'Hehir:

"But beyond the management memos urging producers and newscasters not to dwell on the Iraq body count or the 9/11 commission, beyond the pathological behavior of Bill O'Reilly, beyond the ruthlessly stilted political coverage (Brit Hume's talk show features five Republican guests for every Democrat, and most of the latter are of the mealy-mouthed centrist variety), beyond all that lies something still more discouraging.

If Rupert Murdoch had created a news network that was overtly political, even if those politics were scarily right-wing, that would be one thing. (..) But Fox News is the modern mass media at its worst, pushed to its logical extreme."

Ideologie im Gleichschritt als Leitbild

"Rather than politics, Fox News offers only lockstep ideology. It does not present arguments; it blends fearmongering and happy talk, rinses in red, white and blue, and pours the mixture down our throats. Instead of challenging its audience, it simultaneously terrifies and comforts them, painting a hostile world constantly in need of good, old-fashioned Republican-style American might. It shows us a busy screen of sound and fury, but devoid of all thought. It's a nonstop thrill ride for the paranoid American body politic, and the public -- at least Murdoch's target audience -- has been as delighted as kids on their first visit to Disney World. Fox News has conquered the TV news landscape so thoroughly that the other networks have remade themselves in its image."

Im Unterschied zu Fahrenheit 9/11 wird "Outfoxed" nicht über den normalen Kinovertrieb verbreitet sondern nur durch NGOs und Graswurzelorganisationen / politische Initiativen.



Happy talk from hell

Even if you think you're wise to Fox News' right-wing agenda, Robert Greenwald's "Outfoxed" will leave you very afraid.

*By Andrew O'Hehir*


July 13, 2004 | I'm a neutral observer, of course, here to give you a fair and balanced report. But some people would say that Fox News Channel is nothing more than the private right-wing propaganda machine of a sneaky right-wing billionaire who is -- now these are just the facts, people -- not an American at all but some kind of Down Under, funny-accented, shrimp-on-the-barbie-eating, crocodile-hunting, profoundly un-American /Australian,/ for goodness' sake.

And while I know Australia is not obviously very much like France -- treasonous, untrustworthy France -- let's look under the surface a little, OK? Do you know what one of Australia's top agricultural products is? That's right, it's /wine./ Draw your own conclusions, people, that's all I ask. And when you get right down to it, isn't there something /French/ about Shep Smith, if you know what I mean? Isn't that "mousse" in his hair? Does that sound like an American word to you? Isn't there something about him that suggests the French government of, say, 1943? Something a little Vichy French? Nazi-collaborator French, possibly? I don't know, I'm only asking. You decide.

Maybe you think my parody of the methods employed by Fox News itself (yes, French and Australian readers, that's what it is -- please delete those partly composed e-mails) is a few truckloads too broad. After you see Robert Greenwald's documentary "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," http://www.outfoxed.org/ you might change your mind.

Unlike "Fahrenheit 9/11" http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/review/2004/06/23/fahrenheit_yay/
and "Control Room" http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/2004/05/27/beyond/and "The Corporation" http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/review/2004/07/02/beyond/
and the rest of the films in the Great Left-Wing Documentary Onslaught of 2004, you won't see "Outfoxed" in theaters, or at least not yet. Like Greenwald's 2003 movie, "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War" http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/12/09/uncovered/
(which actually /will/ reach theaters soon, in an updated and revised version), it's being distributed by way of a grass-roots guerrilla marketing campaign that bypasses traditional venues entirely. "Outfoxed" premieres Tuesday at the New School in New York, and in coming days MoveOn.org and the Center for American Progress will be sponsoring roughly 2,000 house parties to screen it. (You can buy your own DVD or VHS copy through the film's Web site.)

It's not so much the fact that Fox News openly and sharply skews to the right, or, more accurately and more depressingly, that it parrots the Republican Party line. Unless you're just now getting cable or you live in Madagascar, that's not news. After all, there's something to be said for political frankness. I've always admired the way British newspapers wear their allegiances on their sleeves, and there's nothing duplicitous about it; all readers know that the Guardian favors the Labor Party and the Daily Telegraph supports the Conservatives, and they read those papers with appropriate ideological filters in place. I mean, hey, you're reading Salon right now; while we present a plurality of views and don't (I hope) march in lockstep with anyone, we make no pretense of political neutrality.

It's not even that Fox News commentators have suggested that John Kerry was the favored presidential candidate of the North Korean dictator. It's right there in "Outfoxed": An anchor on the morning show cheerily burbles, "Hey, [Kerry's] got Barbra and Kim Jong Il on his side -- what could go wrong?" "Yeah," chirrups the bimbette on his left, "North Korea loves John Kerry!"

Nor is it that the network found a way to turn the question of whether Kerry looked and acted French into a quasi-legitimate news story that played for several days. (At one point they interviewed some appropriately tousled-looking French philosopher, who agreed that oui, M'sieur Kerry had the attitude and demeanor of a leisure-class Continental, rather than the hardworkin' Texas rootsiness of his fellow Yale man, George W. Bush.)

When you watch Greenwald's barrage of pirated Fox News footage -- his filmmaking techniques are clearly testing the outer limits of the "fair use" doctrine, and may yet land him in court -- it's an overwhelming experience well beyond the hoot-inducing moments. Uprooted from the happy everyday babble of cable TV, the network looks more and more like a total propaganda system: Murdoch and his drones have created a dense and sophisticated weave of sound and image, drenched in the American flag and overloaded with authoritative-seeming info nuggets, whose exclusive goal is the dissemination of fear, confusion and disinformation designed to serve the ends of the governing regime.

As media critic Robert McChesney says in the film, it is much easier to propagandize a public that believes in its own freedom, and does not expect propaganda, than it was in a Soviet-style system where people were always suspicious of official pronouncements. In that context, it's no longer accurate to haul out the tiresome leftist chestnut and refer to a development like the rise of Fox News as "Orwellian." It's subtler, lusher, more sweeping and far more effective than anything Orwell ever imagined.

As discussed in Robert S. Boynton's story
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/11/magazine/11FOX.html in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, Greenwald made "Outfoxed" fast, cheap and in near-total secrecy. Fearing that Murdoch and company would throw millions of dollars worth of lawyers at him if he revealed his intentions, the director never asked Fox to respond directly to charges made in the film by critics and former employees. As Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post points out in a recent column, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41604-2004Jul10.html this is definitely the film's major weakness. While Greenwald includes some public ass-covering statements from Murdoch and Fox News head Roger Ailes, "Outfoxed" really offers no rejoinder to the harsh criticisms voiced by left-leaning usual suspects such as McChesney, Eric Alterman, David Brock and Jeff Cohen (a former Fox News contributor and the co-founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting).

Predictably, Murdoch's minions are striking back rapidly with a counter-P.R. campaign http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000575114 of its own, essentially claiming that the Times, MoveOn and lefty billionaire George Soros were mounting a concerted attack on the reputation of Fox News. There may be a germ of truth, or half-truth, to this charge, but that only speaks to the unbridgeable chasm that seems to be dividing the nation's media class; the outrageous partisanship (and immense success) of Fox News has made even the great, gray Waffle House that is the New York Times seem like a bastion of snail-eating socialism by comparison.

Furthermore, in the name of Jesus, what reputation has Fox News got to defend? Greenwald's talking heads make fine points, many of them, but the really damning stuff in "Outfoxed" is simply the tape. He builds his case by identifying a particular ideological device or technique, a particular political meme (e.g., Kerry as "opportunistic flip-flopper," one that may have cut uncomfortably close to the bone), and then providing examples of how Fox endlessly, mind-numbingly drills it into the viewer. (As the Boynton article explains, this required a team of volunteers combing through countless hours of Fox News broadcasts -- I don't think the concept of "combat pay" even begins to cover it.)

Take the network's "some people say" mantra (as used in my first paragraph, above). I had watched plenty of Fox News without ever noticing this -- it's a way of introducing commentary, and specifically the reflexive right-wing views of the presumptive Fox core audience, into what is supposed to be news coverage, while appearing to not quite endorse it. "Some people say that criticizing the war at a time like this is letting down our men and women in uniform," or "Some people say Richard Clarke is a political operative who's trying to sell books." (Or, yes, "Some people are saying that John Kerry looks /French!"/ -- uttered with a peculiar mixture of consternation and delight. Gosh, what a weird idea! But now that you mention it ...!)

There are plenty of specifics in "Outfoxed" to enrage the concerned citizen, and Greenwald includes a lame prescriptive section at the end, urging us to become media activists and reclaim the public airwaves from the imperial corporations. (I don't have any better ideas, but lefty media critics have been singing the same tune since the '60s, without noticeable effect.) But beyond the management memos urging producers and newscasters not to dwell on the Iraq body count or the 9/11 commission, beyond the pathological behavior of Bill O'Reilly, beyond the ruthlessly stilted political coverage (Brit Hume's talk show features five Republican guests for every Democrat, and most of the latter are of the mealy-mouthed centrist variety), beyond all that lies something still more discouraging.

If Rupert Murdoch had created a news network that was overtly political, even if those politics were scarily right-wing, that would be one thing. We are supposed to live in a marketplace of ideas; everybody gets a chance to air his views, and some of us, like Rupert, get more chances than others. But Fox News is the modern mass media at its worst, pushed to its logical extreme.

Rather than politics, Fox News offers only lockstep ideology. It does not present arguments; it blends fearmongering and happy talk, rinses in red, white and blue, and pours the mixture down our throats. Instead of challenging its audience, it simultaneously terrifies and comforts them, painting a hostile world constantly in need of good, old-fashioned Republican-style American might. It shows us a busy screen of sound and fury, but devoid of all thought. It's a nonstop thrill ride for the paranoid American body politic, and the public -- at least Murdoch's target audience -- has been as delighted as kids on their first visit to Disney World. Fox News has conquered the TV news landscape so thoroughly that the other networks have remade themselves in its image. Maybe I was wrong about Shep Smith -- some people say he looks more German than French.

Informant and comment: Gerhard Wendebourg

You can't fix a corpse

by Vox Day



Any last vestiges of hope in the Republican Party have been shattered by the current regime, wherein a Republican President, Republican House, Republican Senate and Republican-nominated Supreme Court have demonstrated that they have zero interest in the timeless vision of America's founders. Supporting them in the hopes that they will revive American liberties is akin to hoping that shock paddles will suffice to revive a month-old corpse. American freedom is not only dead, it has been rotting for some time...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

White House proposes lifting logging rule

Indianapolis Star


The Bush administration Monday proposed lifting a national rule that closed remote areas of national forests to logging, instead saying states should decide whether to keep a ban on road-building in those areas. Environmentalists immediately criticized the change as the biggest timber industry giveaway in history...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Butler Report

Press Release

For Immediate Release.

Over the last two years The Stop The war movement has made a major contribution to the debate around the Iraq War. Simply by its sheer numbers, The Stop The War Coalition has become the voice of millions of British people who have opposed this illegal war.

On Wednesday 14th July, to coincide with the publication of Lord Butlers Inquiry into the intelligence and legality of the Iraq war, Stop The War will have a number of experts available for interview.

Security Service Failures

David Shayler has spoken in great depth at a number of Stop The War meetings on the failure of the security services to correctly identify the fact that Saddam had no stockpiles of WMD’s. David, from his years working inside the security services, is able to give a clear and analytical perspective on this central part of the Butler Report. He is also able to shed light on how the Official Secrets Act has today silenced any internal dissention against the war.

Legal failings

Lord Butler will use his report to look at the legal advice government received in the run up to the war. Louise Christian is one of a group of lawyers who have produced the definitive legal brief on the illegality of war. Her grasp of the complexity of the constitutional position on the war is second to none. Louise has been an articulate and provocative legal spokesperson on behalf of The Stop The War Coalition.

Public Opinion

Over three million people have taken to the streets in the last two years to show their opposition to the war. One of the leading organisers of this campaign has been Lindsey German National Convenor of The Stop The War Coalition.

Lindsey is one of the most respected speakers against the war and is able to provide ‘grass roots’ analysis of what the millions of opponents to the war feel about the Butler Report.

Millions of people have been proven to be right in their opposition to this war – Their voice is an essential part of the democratic debate this country needs to have as to why we went into this illegal war.

For further information or to book an interview please contact the Press Office at Stop The War on

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Blair Lied – Thousands Died

Press Release

However many reports Tony Blair and his government commission on the Iraq war one indisputable fact remains – Tony Lied and thousands died.

At 11.00am on Wednesday 14th outside the House of Commons Stop The War will be holding a picket to coincide with the release of the Butler Report.

Members of Stop The War will be dressed as ‘Pinocchio Blair’ and will be holding a number of placards and banners showing how the majority of people in this country have lost trust in Tony Blair and his lies.

For further information and details call Stop The War Press on

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Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number
Spread your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
You are many they are few

Let a vast assembly be
And with great solemnity
Declare with measured words that ye
Are as God has made you, free.

Stop The War Coalition

A warning to the American people

Washington weighs terror’s impact on presidential vote

by Joseph Kay

4 May 2004

An article in the “Week in Review” section of Sunday’s New York Times by regular correspondent David Sanger constitutes a serious warning to the American people. Entitled “Calculating the Politics of Catastrophe,” the piece describes “obsessive” talk within political and national security circles about the possible electoral consequences of another terror attack in the United States.

While Sanger presents the issue purely as one of deep concern in the Bush and Kerry campaigns about the possibility of a “nightmarish, unpredictable event” that could shift the election one way or another, a much more serious question lies behind the discussion. Coming in the wake of further evidence of the deliberate stand-down of US defenses prior to the September 11, 2001, attacks, it must be asked: Will the Bush administration allow or facilitate another massive terror attack to help secure an electoral victory in 2004?

Sanger notes that in recent weeks the Bush administration has begun to talk in public about the possibility of such an attack, “perhaps to brace the country for the worst, perhaps to begin the political inoculation if domestic defenses fail.”

Last month, US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice gave an interview in which she warned, “I think we also have to take seriously that [terrorists] might try during the cycle leading up to the election to do something.” Rice continued, “In some ways, it seems like it would be too good to pass up for them, and so we are actively looking at that possibility, actively trying to make certain that we are responding appropriately.” Hinting that preparations to defend against a terror attack may not be successful, she added, “The hard thing about terrorism is that they only have to be right once, and we have to be right 100 percent of the time. And nobody can be certain there won’t be another attack.”

One of the greatest concerns of officials in the administration is that another terror attack like that of September 11 may not boost Bush’s political fortunes, but instead have the opposite effect. The talk of a potential attack has led to “a kind of macabre game theory,” writes Sanger, “in which security experts and political operatives—two classes of people who typically do not interact much in Washington—are calculating what the political fallout of an attack might be.”

Of particular concern is the Spanish precedent. Immediately preceding elections held in March, a terror attack in Madrid produced a backlash of anger against the right-wing government of Jose Maria Aznar, leading to the victory of the Socialist Party (PSOE). The bombing was seen by many as a consequence of Aznar’s support for the US-led war in Iraq, a war opposed by the overwhelming majority of the Spanish people. Aznar’s attempt to exploit the bombings to push the agenda of his Popular Party backfired, leading to his defeat.

The result of the Spanish election was a deep blow to the Bush administration not only because it represented a repudiation of its Iraq policy—Spain has since begun the withdrawal of all its troops from Iraq. It also demonstrated that the population of the United States as well as Spain could respond in ways not sought or anticipated by the ruling elite.

Sanger quotes a senior administration official as saying, “The message the terrorists learned in Madrid is that attacks can change elections and change policy. It’s a very dangerous precedent to have out there.”

Immediately following the elections, administration officials and right-wing media pundits in the US denounced the Spanish population for learning the “wrong lesson” from the terrorist attacks and for “appeasing” terrorism.

According to Sanger, however, the Bush administration is making its own calculations over whether a terrorist attack can “change elections” in the US—in Bush’s favor.

He writes: “Mr. Bush’s political aides—speaking only on background, because no one dissects terror on the record—argue that the crazier the world gets, the more it plays to the theme of the campaign: Now more than ever, the country needs a president who has proved to be strong on terror.”

Indeed, the use of the politics of fear has been a staple of the Bush administration since September 11. Through such mechanisms as the color-coded warning system, combined with strategically timed and unsubstantiated reports of possibly imminent terrorist strikes, the administration has sought to influence political events, including the Congressional elections in 2002. Already, the Republican Party has begun airing ads seeking to exploit the September 11 attacks for political gain, presenting Kerry as “soft on terror.”

According to Sanger, the problem that Bush officials and Washington insiders are grappling with, however, is the possibility that any support generated by an attack could be shorter-lived than after September 11 “because the shock value would be gone, and because this time American defenses are supposed to be up. So within a month or so, the thinking goes, horror could give way to analysis about whether the billions spent on security were well spent—and if Mr. Bush focused on the right threats.”

The administration has recently come under attack from people like former counterterrorism head Richard Clark for ignoring terrorist threats before September 11 and for initiating a war in Iraq rather than focusing on defense from future attacks. Another terrorist attack would undoubtedly be seen by millions of Americans as a consequence of the administration’s criminal policy in Iraq and elsewhere.

“One reason the administration is so obsessed with security for the conventions,” writes Sanger, “is that those gatherings attract large concentrations of the American elite in two major cities. But they also may be sufficiently far ahead of the election to allow time for predictable finger-pointing. Terrorists, some believe, might try to undertake an attack that could be credibly portrayed as a result of the Iraq war, rather than as a 9/11 replay.”

This concern suggests the obvious possibility that the administration could allow or facilitate an attack during a brief window of opportunity—immediately preceding the election—in order to stampede the American people behind Bush. If September 11 is any guide, they could count on the Democrats to raise no questions until well after the vote was held.

The talk of a terror attack on the eve of the November elections is not new. In December 2003, New York Times columnist William Safire made the prediction that “a major terror attack in the US” could be the “October surprise” for this year’s election. Shortly before Safire’s column appeared, General Tommy Franks—the former head of the US military’s Central Command who led the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq—predicted that another terror attack on the scale of September 11 would result in the abrogation of the Constitution and the beginning of military rule in the US.

This last possibility—not suggested by Sanger—is particularly significant given the concerns over the uncertain electoral consequences of another terrorist attack. If such an attack could not be used confidently to manipulate the results of the elections, it could be used as a justification for abrogating the elections altogether.

See also:
What the September 11 commission hearings revealed
[1 May 2004]

The Bush administration and September 11: the implications of Richard Clarke’s revelations
[29 March 2004]

The “war on terror” and American democracy—some ominous warnings
[27 November 2003]


Informant: Friends

Mast campaigners furious over National Lib dem stance

While the mobile phone tower issue is relatively low key in Australia the issue is taking an interesting political direction in the UK with the telcos attempting to subvert the democratic system by running their own candidates in local elections. Old Dick Cheney would wonder what's the matter with that!

Don Maisch

Mast campaigners furious over National Lib dem stance

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Mast campaigners furious over National Lib dem stance

National Mast Campaign Mast Sanity is backing Birmingham residents, who are demanding that Phone Mast Public Relations guru Nicola (Nokia) Davies, the Lib Dem Hodge Hill candidate in this Thursday's Parliamentary by-election resigns, and that the Lib Dem leadership publicly condemn the present phone mast policy that Ms Davies has so often defended.

A campaign against the prospective Lib Dem candidate has been building up since her nomination, with local residents, and recently recruited Lib Dem Candidates furious that a candidate who, entrenched in the desire to override local wishes to install masts in the most inappropriate locations, is being whole-heartedly accepted by the national leadership.

Local Lib Dem's who are being backed by other Lib Dem members from across the UK are furious with the reactions of Charles Kennedy, Simon Hughes, Vince Cable and Mark Oaten MP, and other leading Lib Dems, and demand that they reverse their stance and distance the Liberal Democrats from this candidate.

Feelings are running so high within the rank and file membership of the Liberal Democrats that mast activists and recently recruited candidates from the thousands of campaigns against mobile phone and TETRA masts across the country are threatening to leave the Lib Dems for good. Fury was also vented against Ms Davies over the very damaging evidence that she presented to the high profile Winchester Mast Inquiry, which saw a totally inappropriately sited mast being installed close to a school that is now potentially harming the health of hundreds of children. She was also involved in 'community liaison' matter at a school in Boldmere, situated a few miles north of Hodge Hill, where her ability to smile as she lied was

Lisa Oldham, Director Mast Sanity said, "It is appalling that the national leadership of the Liberal Democrats have backed this candidate in a situation which could easily have been put down as a local mistake. The national determination to install her as an MP in an area where the mast campaign is so huge and volatile, shows complete disregard for local resident's feelings and concerns.

We intend to lobby as many people as possible to make sure the Liberal Democrats realise all across the country that this is not acceptable and that Mobile phone masts are a huge political problem, that will come back to haunt them if politicians fail to take the concerns of those affected by insensitively sited masts seriously. The repercussions could be severe and will be reflected in this and forth-coming elections - and not just in Birmingham".

Amanda Wesley a recent Lib Dem candidate and a member of Mast Sanity said: "I am utterly disgusted at the attitude of the Liberal Democrat Party, and do not intend to accept the stance of the Party's leaders. The Lib Dems asked me to stand in the last election as a result of my involvement in opposing local insensitively sited masts, largely arranged by people like Nichola Davies. One of these I am still fighting, because T-Mobile and their 'community liaison' people manipulate, ignore, and speculate upon the law, ignoring it completely when they can't find a loophole. The Mast in Chipstead Road, which I am still fighting because TMobile and their 'Community Liaison' people fought and lost at planning but ignored all legal enforcements, was arranged by people like Nokia Davies.

I now see this as a total slap in the face to my colleagues and I, as well as the many other mast campaigners who were persuaded to stand for the Lib Dems. I now urge all people in this constituency NOT to vote Lib Dem. In my view, this woman should never have been selected as a candidate. I have made a point of not meeting her, having dealt with other such 'Community Liason' people. Members of the Lib Dems in Birmingham, and across the country need to send a firm message to the party, we will not stand by and allow our party to be taken over by those that are working against the interests of the communities they seek to represent."

Pamela Chapman a Lib Dem Councillor in Wales and also the Mast Sanity Parliamentary Lobby Coordinator said, " I am devastated by this irresponsible nomination. Councillors including myself will have to look long and hard at where are loyalties lie in this if the leadership insist on the Lib Dems supporting this woman."

Mast Sanity is urging other elected Lib Dems and ordinary members to show their disgust with their leadership, by taking part in a national 'wake' at 11am on Thursday, as Hodgehill goes to the polls to symbolize the demise of the Lib Dems so called stance against an inappropriate mast policy. It is suggested that many will want to also take part in burning of their membership cards.

Contacts :

Lisa Oldham

Pamela Chapman

Amanda Wesley

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Selbstverpflichtung der Mobilfunknetzbetreiber

HLV INFO 13-07-2004/AT

Johannes Nüdling 13-07-04:

ePlus verpasst Gemeinde bei Androhung von Regressforderungen einen Maulkorb.

Dazu Pressemitteilung der Bürgerwelle Rhön mit der Bitte um Verteilung.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Bürgerwelle Rhön
i. A. Johannes Nüdling


"Wiederholt werden seriöse wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse durch die Betreiber ignoriert und den Bürgern Sicherheit vorgegaukelt, die es bei Mobilfunk nicht gibt." so das Fazit der Bürgerwelle Rhön (BI) zu den Ereignissen in Schwarzbach. Dort hatte der bei der Bürgerversammlung anwesende ePlus-Mitarbeiter geäußert, Mobilfunk sei sicher. Wissenschaftler jedoch haben mehrfach den Nachweis auf gesundheitsschädliche Auswirkungen des Mobilfunks erbracht. In der vor kurzem bekannt gewordenen Reflex-Studie wiesen zwölf Forschergruppen in sieben EU-Ländern eindeutig nach, dass Mobilfunkstrahlung das menschliche Erbgut schädige. Der Leiter der von der EU geförderten Studie Professor Franz Adlkofer erklärte: "Veränderungen am Erbgut führen in der Regel zu Krebs". Wissenschafter der ungarischen Universität Szeged kamen nach einer Langzeitstudie zum Ergebnis, dass Männer, die häufig Mobiltelefone nutzen, damit rechnen müssen, dass die Zahl ihrer Samenzellen dramatisch sinkt.

Während einer Ortsbeiratssitzung in Schwarzbach schilderte Bürgermeister Markus Schafft (Hofbieber), ePlus habe die Gemeinde bei Androhung von Schadensersatz aufgefordert, über den geplanten Bau eines Mobilfunkmastes in der Ortslage von Schwarzbach Stillschweigen zu bewahren.

Ein erneuter gravierender Verstoß gegen die Selbstverpflichtung der Betreiber auf Kosten der Bürger. so die BI. Einerseits werde Bürgern und Politikern öffentlichkeitswirksam Transparenz vorgegaukelt, das Handeln jedoch stehe im krassen Gegensatz dazu.

Bereits im Dezember 2001 hatten die Betreiber schriftlich gegenüber der Bundesregierung unter anderem die "Unterrichtung der Kommunen und der Bürgerinnen und Bürger in Abstimmung mit den Kommunen" zugesagt. Als Versuch Politiker zu beschwichtigen hatten Mobilfunkkritiker schon damals diese Verlautbarungen eingestuft. Mit Recht wie sich jetzt erneut beweist. Die Betreiber haben gegen diese Verpflichtung in Petersberg, Schwarzbach, Edelzell und Weyhers wie auch anderenorts verstoßen.

Dass es auch in Schwarzbach geeignete Standorte außerhalb der Ortslage gebe, sei in der Veranstaltung deutlich geworden. Der Eindruck, ePlus habe der Gemeinde zur Durchsetzung des innerörtlichen Mastes einen Maulkorb verpasst, habe sich verstärkt.

Laut Aussage des ePlus-Mitarbeiters gebe es bei den Planungen zum Ausbau des Mobilfunknetzes und Bau neuer Masten "ein 6-monatiges update mit dem Kreis Fulda". Die BI hofft, dass Politiker künftig die praktische Umsetzung der Selbstverpflichtung durch die Betreiber mit Nachdruck einfordern. Nur so könnten Mobilfunk-Standorte im Einvernehmen mit den Bürgern gefunden werden.

Earth’s Weakening Magnetic Field

ECTV’s Research Show Earth’s Weakening Magnetic Field Contributes to Extreme Weather…07/13/04

by Mitch Battros (ECTV)

As so many of my articles have pointed out, suggesting as the natural cyclical event of Earth’s magnetic field weakening to a measure of “zero point”, Earth becomes more vulnerable to geomagnetic influence, namely solar flares, CME’s, and geomagnetic plasma burst.

The Earth’s magnetic field acts as a protector for various charged particles thrusting around in space. Most of this activity is generated by our Sun. As noted in my equation, the higher number of sunspots facilitates the size and number of solar flares. The size and number of solar flares, facilitates size and power of CME’s (coronal mass ejections). CME’s facilitate both in quantity and quality the significant disruption to our magnetic field. When Earth’s magnetic field is healthy and at full capacity, most solar storms are bounced and the magnetic field ‘warps’ around the Earth like a cocoon.


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

But every so many thousand years (I hope to present a range in tomorrow’s article) Earth’s magnetic field ebbs and flows. It weakens, flips, then strengthens. This is a very natural event the Earth has seen many times before. However, we humans have not. So we don’t know quite what to expect as we may be witness to a lengthy scattered magnetic flux, meaning the poles will bounce around a bit, before a full pole flip. I can speculate “severe and freak storms” will be part of this transition. I am also concerned about human health. Without our magnetic field to protect us, it may manifest as though each and every human on Earth will be exposed to large amounts of radiation. It might be equal to flying in a Boeing 747 at 40,000 feet for days on end.

At this point, I am sure to support all efforts be made to focus on fast track research to learn more and quickly about the effects of minimal magnetic field protection. Remember, not only will this effect weather in a most severe manner; it will also effect humans and animals in a way of disassociation, confusion, loss of direction, depression, anxiety, mood swings. We just don’t have enough research at this time to determine just exactly how all this will play out.

But one thing we all can do, and do right now….Monitor animal behavior! Animals have not yet destroyed their natural sense of self as we humans have. Their senses are several times more aware of sudden change. Unfortunantlly for us, we have been ‘dumbed down’. This could give a whole new meaning to the term “The dumbing down of American…No the World”.

Much more on this later. For now, read today’s NY Times article which is the first mainstream to pick up what ECTV has been writing about since 1997.

Collapse of Earth’s Magnetic Field Accelerates
NY Times

The collapse of the earth's magnetic field, which both guards the planet and guides many of its creatures, appears to have started in earnest about 150 years ago, the NY TIMES is planning to report on Page Ones Tuesday.

Science reporter Bill Broad has filed a report, according to newsroom sources, which explores how: 'The field's strength has waned 10 percent to 15 percent so far and this deterioration has accelerated of late, increasing debate over whether it portends a reversal of the lines of magnetic force that normally envelop the earth."

Broad explains: "During a reversal, the main field weakens, almost vanishes, and then reappears with opposite polarity. Afterward, compass needles that normally point north would point south, and during the thousands of years of transition much in the heavens and Earth would go askew."

Broad claims: "A reversal could knock out power grids, hurt astronauts and satellites, widen atmospheric ozone holes, send polar auroras flashing to the equator and confuse birds, fish and migratory animals that rely on the steadiness of the magnetic field as a navigation aid."

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