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They control the White House, the Senate, the House, the Supreme Court and more state legislatures than ever. The right wing has never been more powerful -- nor more bankrupt.

Because their ideas are out of step with the needs and the desires of the American people, their candidates use distraction and smear tactics to win. And, in between election cycles, they rely on their political machine to echo their false claims over and over to transform their lies into accepted wisdom.

That's why it's more essential than ever for progressives to argue our case, cut through the right-wing clamor, and show Americans that another way is possible. And that's why we at the Campaign for America's Future have rolled out Straight Talk:


Straight Talk is a content-packed issue guide designed to arm candidates, activists and political junkies with arguments and messages to challenge the right, and begin to take back America.

From education and health care to the economy and national security, Straight Talk offers talking points, polling, and facts to argue our case for America's future.


Straight Talk is also interactive -- a living document that you can help to shape. Hundreds of people have already come to share personal stories and facts to help cut through the rhetoric of the right, and let the world know what's really happening in America today...and what needs to change.

These stories have already been picked up by the media, as well as politicians and activists working to challenge the right. When, for instance, "Jennifer D." of Portland, Oregon, posted a story about her family's struggles with sky-rocketing health care costs, she caught the attention of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Today, when Pelosi and other House Democrats unveiled their "New Partnership for America's Future" on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Jennifer and her family were there to share the podium with them. Jennifer told her story in front of the national news media and helped underscore the reality of the right wing's failing health care strategies as well as the strength of progressive alternatives.

So whether you're fed up with the fact-free rhetoric of the president and want a dose of reality, or are working to promote progressive political change, join us in some Straight Talk.


Thank you.


Robert L. Borosage, Co-Director
Campaign for America's Future

Poisonous detritus of the electronic revolution


Young People Registering to Vote in Record Numbers


America a Hated Nation, Thanks to Bush


Kaum zu kontrollieren

Pollen von genveränderter Grassorte verbreiten sich über 20 km weit...


US-Fluglinien sollen Passagierdaten abgeben

US-Fluglinien sollen Passagierdaten für den Test des neuen Überprüfungsprogramms Secure Flight abgeben

Weil der Name des zum Islam konvertierten ehemaligen Popsängers Cat Stevens auf einer "Watch List" stand, wurde sein Flugzeug umgeleitet und ihm die Einreise verweigert...


Ice collapse speeds up glaciers

The collapse of an Antarctic ice shelf two years ago has accelerated the flow of glaciers into the nearby Weddell Sea

The Larsen B ice shelf probably blocked the glaciers' progress before its collapse in 2002, but now they are able to deposit their loads more freely.

US researchers say the findings, which come from satellite data, provide evidence that climate change is bringing major changes to Antarctica.

Details appear in two reports published in Geophysical Research Letters.

The researchers say this is evidence that climate change is bringing major changes to Antarctica.

US researchers used a variety of data from satellites to track the speed of the glaciers before and after the collapse of Larsen B.

In one study, Ted Scambos of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, US, analysed five images taken by the Landsat 7 satellite between January 2000 and February 2003.

The analysis reveals that four glaciers flowing into the now collapsed section of Larsen B increased in speed by between two and six times over the study period.

"If anyone was waiting to find out whether Antarctica would respond quickly to climate warming, I think the answer is yes," said Dr Scambos.

The second report, by Eric Rignot of the US space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, US, showed an eightfold increase in the speed of three glaciers, called Hektoria, Green and Evans, between 2000 and 2003.

Two others, Jorum and Crane, moved twice as quickly at the beginning of 2003 than they did in 2000 and nearly three times as fast by the end of the year.

"These two papers clearly illustrate, for the first time, the relationship between ice shelf collapses caused by climate warming, and accelerated glacier flow," said Dr Rignot.

The extra ice presumably translates into higher sea level. But how much this is raising the level of the oceans isn't known.

The authors of the published papers point out that in other places around the continent, much larger glaciers are also held in check by ice shelves.

So further warming could lead to much larger quantities of ice falling into the sea.

The Antarctic peninsula is one of the three fastest-warming regions on Earth - temperatures have risen 2.5 degrees in 50 years.

But the picture generally in Antarctica is complicated, with temperatures in the interior actually falling over the same period.

There is also some evidence that the retreat of the West Antarctic ice sheet, on the other side of the peninsula to the Larsen B shelf, has halted.

Accelerating glaciers contirbute to raised sea levels

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2004/09/22 13:04:29 GMT

Earth warned on 'tipping points'
26 Aug 04 | Science/Nature

Climate fears for rising waters
14 Jul 04 | UK

Ice mission delights scientists
14 Dec 03 | Science/Nature

Ice-tracking satellite in trouble
04 Jul 03 | Science/Nature

Antarctic ice shelf breaks apart
19 Mar 02 | Science/Nature

Geophysical Research Letters //www.agu.org/journals/gl/


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Stop Execution of Praveen Kumar

September 22, 2004

Praveen Kumar, who was sentenced to death in 2002, may be facing imminent execution. Please take a moment to send a message to the Indian authorities urging them to commute the death sentence of Kumar. Click here to take action:

The case is before the President and state governor who have the power to commute the sentence. However, the President dismissed another mercy petition in August 2004, and this led to India's first execution in seven years. Call on the government of India to join the majority of countries worldwide in declaring a moratorium on executions and work towards the complete abolition of the death penalty.

Amnesty International has the deepest sympathy for the victims of violent crime and their families. However, the death penalty only serves to create more victims and perpetuate a cycle of violence. If we truly believe that killing is wrong, we must abolish the death penalty.

- Learn more: //takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=677776&l=9955

Thank you for encouraging worldwide abolition.

Rosa Del Angel
Amnesty International USA
Online Action Center

Omega-News Collection 22. September 2004

In Cellular Towers' Shadows, Anxiety

£2.9bn police radio system 'faulty'

Microwave gun to be used by US troops on Iraq rioters

Plan for new 3G Operators - Masts

RFID Technology

It's the Climate Changing

World climate can change in a hurry

Playing With Dyno-Mite

Bush toxins on wild side

U.S. Blocking Arctic Report

Pollution fears threaten a way of life


The dunce of HBS was George W Bush

US Behind Rising Wave of Global Terrorism

War Crimes and Cover-Up

Annan decries shameless law violations

Blair was warned of Iraq chaos

Allawi shot prisoners in cold blood

The Coincidence Theorist's Guide to 9/11

Blair was warned of Iraq chaos

71% of the British people are calling a date for the withdrawal of UK Troops from Iraq

Iran October Surprise

Why We Cannot Win

When liberators become occupiers

Ugly Truths About Iraq

Republican Senators Sound the Alarm over Iraq

The Great Betrayal

The Illegal Iraq Invasion

The truth about Iraq

US runs low on soldiers


Bush's super secret government

Your Media is Killing You

Losing Our Humanity

Ashcroft Continues to Seek New Powers

Feds will order airlines to turn over passenger data

Abu Ghraib: The Hidden Story

Search for a New World Order

Indict the War Party

Arrests at GOP Convention are Criticized

Bullies at the Voting Booth

The only thing we have to fear is another four years of George W. Bush


Time to commit

Parties Anticipate Chaotic Election

Are You Really Registered to Vote?

Journalism Under Fire

CNN's Dobbs Attacks Annan on Iraq War Legality

The Million Worker March

Whispered in Russia: Democracy is Finished

Debate between MindFreedom and Pfizer, Inc.


Mentally ill US children held in detention centres




Is It Happening Here?

The Leader/Party State

Charles H. Featherstone on the coming American tyranny.






Informant: DitziSis

Was hat heute nicht mehr mit den uns umgebenen Feldern zu tun?

Wer kann Grenzen ziehen, physische und psychische Erkrankungen ausschließen, und den Weg der modernen Gesellschaft ohne ESMOG und den anderen künstlichen Wechselfeldern beschreiben?

Irgendwann gab’s mal nur ganz wenige Gehirntumore, und dies war nicht vor tausenden von Jahren, sondern eben mal vor ca. 50 Jahren.

Irgendwann gab es mal Kinder mit breiten und intensiven Spieltrieb und unendlichen Wissensdrang, die basteln und bauen wollten und nicht monofixierte Konsumeinheiten, die stur am Drücken virtueller Erlebnisse sind.

Irgendwann gab es mal Lehrer, die erziehen und lehren wollten, und sich nicht schon vor dem Unterricht auf einen Kampf vorbereiteten und nicht mal mehr die einfachsten Erziehungsregeln umsetzen.

Irgendwann gab es mal Dörfer, deren ländliche Situation für deutliche Unterschiede sorgte und sich kein Hartz4 Gegner sich drüber aufregte. Diese Unterschiede, die einen einfacheren Lebenswandel mit geringeren Möglichkeiten erzwangen, kein Nahverkehr und eben die vielen anderen Nachteilen boten, dafür aber wenig Abgase, wenig Umweltbelastung garantierten, und viel frische Luft dazu, sind Vergangenheit.

Und irgendwann kamen die Mobilfunkbasisstationen überall hin, und nun fahren auch hier die Kids mit den Handys am Ohr über die Kreuzungen, knallen auf freier Strecke mit dem Gegenverkehr zusammen, die Kids schlagen und kämpfen im Unterricht und die Beschaulichkeit, Ruhe ist dahin.

Früher musste man für solche "Leistungen" wenigstens den Abend in Alkohol ertränken.

Und auf einmal klingeln auch hier die Telefone während der Ratssitzung, in der Kirche, dem Friedhof, im Wald und am Badesee, die Gemeindearbeiter nutzen jede Gelegenheit einen Blick aufs Display zu werfen, beim Mähen, beim Baggern, so wie sie vor Jahren gerne mal einen Schluck Bier tranken.

Sind sie nur abgelenkt, sind sie nur zerstreut oder in einem virtuellen Gefängnis?

Oder einfach bestrahlt, mit verminderter kognitiver Leistungsfähigkeit, veränderter Durchblutung und eingeschränkten Abwehrmechanismen ?

Also, was hat nichts mit den künstlichen Wechselfeldern zu tun, der STRAHLUNG, in dieser durchaus holistischen Gegenwart?

Viele Grüße aus Westhausen!

Bernd Schreiner

PS: Autowerkstätten und Tankstellen begünstigen Leukämie bei Kindern, die in deren Umfeld aufwachsen!


Time to commit

In These Times

by Bernie Sanders


As the only elected Independent in the U.S. House of Representatives and the longest-serving congressional Independent in American history, I want to take this opportunity to share some thoughts with progressives struggling over which candidate to support for president on Election Day. First, let me state as clearly as I can that George W. Bush's reelection would be a disaster. I write this as someone who is not a Democrat and who, as a member of Congress, has differed with John Kerry on a number of important issues. In terms of economic policy, among many other issues, however, the choice is clear. It is absolutely essential that Kerry win November 2. If Bush is reelected the United States increasingly will resemble an impoverished Third World country in which a few families have incredible wealth while the vast majority struggle to survive...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's super secret government

by Dale McFeatters

Capitol Hill Blue


That the Bush administration has a mania for secrecy is no great secret in Washington. But the extent of administration efforts to clamp down on the flow of information -- much of it once routinely public -- became startlingly clear in a report by the Democratic staff of the House Government Reform Committee. True, the ranking minority member, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is a frequent critic of the president, but the report is both documented and dispassionate. And it's not just the public that gets blanked by the administration. Congress is as well, most notably when the administration suppressed cost estimates that showed the Medicare prescription-drug bill would be far more expensive than the administration was letting on...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US runs low on soldiers

New Zealand Herald [New Zealand]


With the war locked into a bloody stalemate, the veterans are wondering how the military might find replacements to fill the gaps starkly spelled out by their symbolic cemetery. For despite the Pentagon's boast that it can fight and win two conventional wars, US forces are seriously overstretched. 'We don't have the manpower to sustain the war in Iraq,' says Eric Ellis, a Vietnam veteran who helped to start Arlington West. 'In Vietnam we had 550,000 troops. We rotated them every year. We had to do one combat tour. Now we have 130,000-odd troops in Iraq. They do a tour, come home, then go back...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Annan decries shameless law violations

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer


With terrorist acts on the rise, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned world leaders Tuesday that basic laws to protect civilians are being 'shamelessly disregarded' around the globe. In a somber speech before presidents, prime ministers and ministers from 191 nations, Annan said the prevalence of massacres, hostage-takings, attacks against children and cold-blooded murders puts us to shame and reflects 'our collective failure to uphold the rule of law.'


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Feds will order airlines to turn over passenger data

Detroit Free Press


The Transportation Security Administration announced on Tuesday that it will order domestic airlines to turn over personal information about passengers to test a system that will compare their names to those on terrorist watch lists. The system, called Secure Flight, replaces a previous plan that would have checked passenger names against commercial databases and assigned a risk level to each. That plan, which cost $103 million, was abandoned because of privacy concerns and technological issues...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Are You Really Registered to Vote?

Think you're registered to vote? You may be wrong! Recently MoveOn checked public voter files in some key states, and found up to 30% of MoveOn members were not registered.

Although almost all of us think we are registered, there are lots of things that can happen in the process. Luckily, there's a simple solution to this problem: Register. Make sure you're not turned away from the voting booth on Nov. 2, by registering now. It takes less than five minutes.


Information from AlterNet

September 22, 2004

Top Stories from AlterNet for September 22, 2004


Are You Really Registered to Vote?

Think you're registered to vote? You may be wrong! Recently
MoveOn checked public voter files in some key states, and
found up to 30% of MoveOn members were not registered.
Although almost all of us think we are registered, there
are lots of things that can happen in the process. Luckily,
there's a simple solution to this problem: Register. Make sure
you're not turned away from the voting booth on Nov. 2, by
registering now. It takes less than five minutes.

David Cole, The Nation
With the latest Detroit convictions overturned, Ashcroft
has not convicted a single person of terrorism since 9/11.

Mark Weisbrot, AlterNet
Bush's 'ownership society' means that someone is going to
have to pay the taxes that rich people are no longer
paying. And that someone is low-wage workers.

Tom Engelhardt, tomdispatch.com
The attacks within the 'Green Zone" -- one of the few remaining bastions of U.S control -- threaten the presidential fantasy of 'progress' in Iraq.
More War on Iraq: //www.alternet.org/waroniraq/

These stories and more are available on AlterNet.

Tödliche Unfälle durch Handy am Steuer

Omega: die Mobilfunkbetreiber behaupten immer wieder, dass Handys Leben retten können, das steht aber in keinem Verhältnis zu der Zahl der Verletzten und Toten durch Handys allein im Straßenverkehr.

Zahl in den USA rasant gestiegen
2.600 Tote, 570.000 Verletzte, 1,5 Mio. Unfälle mit Sachschaden

Montag, 02.12.02, 15:30 MET

Die Zahl der durch Handytelefonate ausgelösten tödlichen Autounfälle in den USA hat dramatisch zugenommen.

Rund 2.600 derartige Unfälle mit Todesfolge ereigneten sich dieses Jahr auf amerikanischen Straßen, wie eine heute in der "Los Angeles Times" veröffentlichte Studie belegt. Vor zwei Jahren habe die Zahl noch bei rund tausend gelegen.

1,5 Mio. Mal Sachschäden

Vermutlich wegen der gesunkenen Handygebühren werde immer mehr im Auto telefoniert, sagte der Autor der Untersuchung, Joshua Cohen, der Zeitung. Laut der Studie der Universität Harvard werden jährlich 570.000 Menschen bei Unfällen verletzt, die telefonierende Fahrer verursachten. Die Forscher zählten zudem 1,5 Millionen Unfälle mit Sachschaden.


Bisher gibt es in den Vereinigten Staaten nur im Bundesstaat New York ein ähnlich restriktives Gesetz wie in Österreich und Deutschland, das Telefonate im Auto lediglich mit Freisprechanlage erlaubt. 22 US-Bundesstaaten prüfen dem Bericht zufolge entsprechende Gesetzesänderungen.



Handy am Steuer

Studie: Handy am Steuer gefährlicher als Alkohol

Handy als tödliche Unfallursache

Handy verursacht Unfall

Handy weg vom Steuer

Freisprecher am Steuer so gefährlich wie Handy

Bush and God


Informant: Joseph Ares-Berziga

The gods must be crazy

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

World climate can change in a hurry


Informant: NHNE

CNN's Dobbs Attacks Annan on Iraq War Legality


The Dunce of Harvard Business School



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