8
Nov
2004

LINKS and NEWS LIST ARTICLES

BLACK BOX VOTING
//www.blackboxvoting.org/

COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
//www.cpsr.org/

THE ELECTION PROTECTION COALITION
//www.electionprotection2004.org/

THE NATIONAL BALLOT INTEGRITY PROJECT TASK FORCE
//www.ballotintegrity.org

NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON VOTER INTEGRITY (NCVI)
//www.votingintegrity.org/

THE VERIFIED VOTING FOUNDATION
//verifiedvoting.org/

VOTEWATCH
//www.votewatch.us/

WIRED'S E-VOTING COVERAGE
//www.wired.com/news/evote/



PREVIOUS NHNE NEWS LIST ARTICLES:

EVIDENCE MOUNTS THAT THE VOTE WAS HACKED (11/7/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/8228

HELP INSURE THE ELECTION WAS/IS FAIR (11/5/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/8223

HARTMANN ON HOW E-VOTING THREATENS DEMOCRACY (11/5/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/8221

KERRY WON (11/4/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/8213

E-VOTE GLITCHES & CONCERNS (11/4/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/8204

URGENT WARNING TO VOTERS USING TOUCH SCREEN/DRE VOTING MACHINES (11/1/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/8184

E-VOTE FEARS SOAR IN SWING STATES (9/28/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7946

NEW FLORIDA VOTE SCANDAL FEARED (10/26/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/8155

REPUBLICAN FRAUD WILL DISQUALIFY 200,000 IN FLORIDA VOTE (10/19/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/8102

MONKEY HACKS DIEBOLD TOUCH-SCREEN VOTING MACHINE (9/24/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7937

ACTIVISTS FIND MORE E-VOTE FLAWS (9/22/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7918

READY OR NOT, ELECTRONIC VOTING GOES NATIONAL (9/20/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7906

DIEBOLD GEMS CENTRAL TABULATOR CONTAINS STUNNING SECURITY HOLE (9/1/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7807

E-VOTE GLITCH DEMONSTRATES NEED FOR PAPER TRAIL (8/14/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7725

Election Verification Project (8/9/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7686

Michael Moore To Monitor November Elections In Florida (8/3/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7660

KERRY BUILDING LEGAL NETWORK FOR VOTE FIGHTS (7/19/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7582

US LAWMAKERS REQUEST UN OBSERVERS FOR US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION (7/6/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7529

QUESTIONS RISE AGAIN OVER FLORIDA FELON 'PURGE LIST' (7/4/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7513

DIEBOLD BANS POLITICAL DONATIONS (6/10/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7370

CALIFORNIA BANS E-VOTE MACHINES (5/2/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7142

DIEBOLD E-VOTING IN HOT WATER IN CALIFORNIA (4/22/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7108

HOW E-VOTING THREATENS DEMOCRACY (4/1/2004):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/7009

NEW EVOTING SECURITY PROBLEMS TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW (12/16/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6443

BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW WITH BEV HARRIS ON ELECTRONIC VOTING (12/4/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6363

DIEBOLD RETRACTS LEGAL THREATS OVER VOTING MACHINE FLAWS (12/2/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6347

DIEBOLD FORCED TO PAY FOR AUDIT OF ALL THEIR VOTING MACHINES IN CALIFORNIA
(11/13/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6244

NEW YORK TIMES TACKLES ELECTRONIC VOTING CONTROVERSY (11/11/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6236

THE LATEST ON THE VOTING MACHINE SCENE (10/20/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6133

DIEBOLD MACHINES YIELD DUBIOUS RESULTS IN CALIF. RECALL (10/9/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6072

BLACK BOX VOTING: THE BOOK IS OUT OF THE GATE (10/1/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6029

BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW WITH BEV HARRIS OF BLACKBOXVOTING (9/30/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6025

BLACKBOXVOTING WEBSITE PULLED OFFLINE (9/26/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6009

E-VOTING CLEARED IN MARYLAND, BUT CONCERNS REMAIN (9/26/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/6004

MORE NEWS ON VOTING MACHINE CONTROVERSY (8/31/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/5868

ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES FACE AUDIT (8/12/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/5790

VOTING SOFTWARE COULD ALLOW BALLOT FRAUD ON A MASSIVE SCALE (7/26/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/5716

HOW TO RIG AN ELECTION IN THE UNITED STATES (7/10/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/5672

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO REQUIRE ALL VOTING MACHINES TO PRODUCE PAPER TRAIL
(5/30/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/5431

VOTING MACHINES THAT LEAVES PAPER TRAILS (5/10/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/5279

CONTROLLING ELECTIONS THROUGH VOTING MACHINES (5/7/2003):
//groups.yahoo.com/group/nhnenews/message/5260


From: NHNE

Veranstaltung "Mobilfunk - ein Freilandversuch?

Ich möchte nochmals an die Veranstaltung erinnern, vom Zeitungsverlag Wablingen am Dienstag 9. November 20 Uhr im Bürgerzentrum Waiblingen. Thema:
Mobilfunk - ein Freilandversuch am Menschen?

Franz Kotteder, SZ-Redakteur und Autor des Buches ,Mobilfunk - ein Freilandversuch am Menschen". liest aus seinem Buch, anwschliessend Diskussion. Als Anhang im pdf-Format nähere Informationen:
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/an-buergerwelle-veranstaltung.pdf

Ich selbst habe das Buch gelesen.


Mit freundlichen Grüssen

Siegfried Rohrmann
Wielandstr. 3
71384 Weinstadt
Tel.: 07151/603326
Fax: 07151/603326
Email privat: siegfried.rohrmann@t-online.de
Email dienstlich: rohrmann@ifsw.uni-stuttgart.de

The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science

Lies, damn lies, and scientific research

Don Maisch's comment: Perhaps this could have been sub-titled "Lies, damn lies, and Motorola!


Perspectives
Book: Lies, damn lies, and scientific research

The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science

Horace Freeland Judson. Harcourt, 2004. Pp 463. $28·00. ISBN 0-15-100877-9.

As an editor of this medical journal, I try to judge whether the research reported in a paper was well done and whether the paper reports that research accurately. In general, scientists believe in their work, and, try as they might to maintain equipoise, find it hard to keep their biases--of which they might well be unaware--from putting a spin on their results. It's only human. In these cases, most researchers will tone down claims when pressed by peer reviewers and editors. But others are so wedded to their hypothesis that their papers become polemics. Negotiations with these authors can be difficult, but at least the disagreements are open and the discussions civil, usually.

But, as Horace Freeland Judson describes in The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science there are researchers who submit papers in which data have been faked, numbers fudged, and ideas filched. How many such papers come in? How many slip through the peer review and editing process? It's impossible to know. In the past 4 years, The Lancet has had one proven case of fraud. Judson, a journalist and historian, would argue that it is likely we've missed many more

Judson thinks that fraud is common because it is the inevitable product of the current culture of science. Fraud, he says, is intrinsic in institutional cultures that are "characterized by secrecy, privilege, lack of accountability". Scientists have won exactly such a privileged place in society by presenting themselves as altruistic seekers of truth whose method will invariably ferret out not only truth, but also fraud. "The grandees of the scientific establishment", writes Judson, "regularly proclaim that scientific fraud is vanishingly rare and that perpetrators are isolated individuals who act out of a twisted psychopathology".

The elevation of the scientific profession to the status it holds today in the USA can be credited at least in part to Vannear Bush, an electrical engineer, who served in President Franklin Roosevelt's administration as director of the Office of Research and Development. This agency was established in World War II to adapt the discoveries of basic scientists and the tools of civilian technology to the war effort. Basic research had already led to improved radar systems, mass production of sulfa and penicillin antibiotics, and, of course, the atomic bomb. Even greater advances would come, Bush argued in a 1945 proposal to Roosevelt's successor President Harry Truman, if the government funded scientists and gave them free rein to pursue questions of their own choosing. "Scientific progress on a broad front", Bush wrote, "results from the free play of free intellects, working on subjects of their own choice, in the manner dictated by their curiosity, of the unknown".

Since then, US investment in research has climbed steadily, and in recent years, steeply: in 1995, for example, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget was US$67·1 million; this year, under a decade later, the NIH budget is nearly $28 billion. To protect this investment, Judson charges, scientists play down the extent and seriousness of fraud. "In sum", he says, "the scientific communities believe that public funding is their right, but so is freedom from public control. The grandees, the guardians, must defend the honor of science: fraud, if it proved to be more than rare and individual, perhaps even to be built into the ways institutions of science work, would engender distrust among legislators and the public and so threaten the money stream and self-governance."

Fraud has always been present in science, long before the NIH was handing out grants. Gregor Mendel, the founder of genetics, had results that are just too good to be true. Louis Pasteur's notebooks, long kept secret, reveal that he misled the world and his fellow scientists about the research behind two of his most famous experiments: the vaccination of sheep against anthrax, and that of a boy against rabies. And it is common knowledge that Sigmund Freud fabricated many of the case studies on which he built his psychoanalytic theories and career.

Judson recounts, in detail, a number of well publicised cases of scientific fraud that have come to light over the past two decades. "In almost every case, to be sure, some one individual gets blamed", he writes, "but these frauds cannot be presented even as anecdotes without an accounting of the relationships among many people within the laboratory and the larger institutional setting. The cases exhibit multiple, tangled complicities."

These complicities tend to fall into predictable syndromes, Judson maintains. "The dominant form is the prodigy; others are the mentor seduced, the folie à deux, and the arrogance of power." The prodigy, for example, is a young researcher whose productivity is too good to be true. One such prodigy was John Darsee, a Harvard researcher who had, by the age of 33, published more than 125 research articles, book chapters, abstracts, and other papers. But it turned out that he had fabricated data in scores of papers. Some of the problems with his data should have been obvious at the time. In one paper he described a family in which a 17-year-old male had four children--the eldest of which was 8 years old. Do the maths. These and other glaring problems eluded not only the peer reviewers and editors, but also, apparently, his coauthors.

What is particularly worrying about Darsee's case and many of the others Judson describes is that the fraud was not detected by safeguards built into the scientific system, such as peer review. Instead, deception is typically discovered by dumb luck: a co-worker notices something strange in a log book; a colleague stumbles across a discrepancy in a table. Closer inspection often reveals fraud so ham-handed that the perpetrator seems to have been asking to be caught.

So what can be done? Attempts, some more promising than others, have been made to combat fraud. Journals, for example, have tightened their rules, requiring all authors to have made significant contributions to a paper that carries their name, and to vouch for its content. Institutions have established much-needed formal procedures to expedite inquiries into fraud allegations. In the past, some institutions seem to have been more concerned in hushing up scandal than in rooting out fraud; whistle-blowers have found their careers destroyed while department heads have escaped rebuke. Furthermore, Judson thinks that e-publishing, which makes it possible to post not only the paper on the internet, but also the original manuscript, peer reviewers' comments, and raw data will have a substantial effect on fraud. But while e-publishing will make plagiarism and duplicate publication easy to detect, whether it will prevent the determined fabricator is not so certain.

Most worrisome of all, most of the fraud Judson describes was done by individuals seeking acceptance and advancement in the world of science. Increasingly, a great deal of research is in fact product development; researchers often have more than their egos and grants on the line--a fortune can rest on their results. Judson paints a dark picture of science today, but we may see far darker days ahead as proof and profit become inextricably mixed.

Michael McCarthy

m.mcarthy@elsevier.com

This book is published by Elsevier, of which The Lancet is part.

//www.thelancet.com/journal/vol364/iss9446/full/llan.364.9446.analysis_and_interpretation.31151.1

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If any of you hasn't read Dr George Carlo (you will have heard of him), "Cell Phones. Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age" 2001, (£9.54 from Amazon) do.

Omega find it under: //www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0786708182?v=glance
>>>Look inside this book
//www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0786708182/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-0159127-6132907#reader-page
>>>further un der "Next Page" and so on


Carlo was appointed in 1993 by the US telecoms industry to allay the fears of mobile phone users through scientific research. Carlo is a public health scientist, epidemiologist and lawyer, so no fly-by-night. In June 1999 he stood up in public and instead announced his findings that mobile phones cause cancer and that no-one should hold one to their head. Ever.

Could you wish for a more competent whistle-blower? Recent studies confirming acoustic neuromas from ten years' use only add to what he said. What emerges from the industry in fighting him, is only repeated in our BBC3 programme with T-Mobile etc. This industry will trash the best scientists, hence what they are doing to Trower, Hyland, Johansson even now. And every would-be whistleblower, and every MTHR scientist knows it too.

Eventually, like our Venezuela surgeons, as with those reporting from Hayward's Heath in Sussex, we will all just "know" in the face of industry denial. Will it stop phones being used so much and start masts coming down? Watch your Christmas TV adverts and tell your friends and family not to use mobile phones. Not so easy is it?

Andy

From Mast Network

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MOBILE TELEPHONY IS DANGEROUS
//omega.twoday.net/stories/555926/

Conflict of Interest the Other Way
//omega.twoday.net/stories/586535/

Which Science or Scientists Can You Trust?
//omega.twoday.net/stories/541770/

The unbridled alliance of science and industry
//omega.twoday.net/stories/297097/

How Industry Manipulates Science
//omega.twoday.net/stories/350582/

Tobacco giant paid scientist to spread “disinformation”
//omega.twoday.net/stories/567489/

FDA censorship, suppression of its own scientists is routine, survey reveals
//omega.twoday.net/stories/549314/

The (Mis)use Of Science
//omega.twoday.net/stories/608563/

When science serves the state
//omega.twoday.net/stories/550309/

ANTENNAS, STATIONS BASE and the POWER OF INFORMATION
//omega.twoday.net/stories/551304/

Safe level of EMR is ZERO
//omega.twoday.net/stories/418978/

Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science
//omega.twoday.net/stories/618577/
//tinyurl.com/5d9u6

Secret Ties to Industry and Conflicting Interests in Cancer Research
//omega.twoday.net/stories/2924144/

How the Drug Companies Deceive You
//omega.twoday.net/stories/618593/

Science versus Democracy?
//omega.twoday.net/stories/608625/

Greenwashing as "corporate responsibility"
//omega.twoday.net/stories/416134/

Industries growing adept at manipulating science to suit their needs
//omega.twoday.net/stories/802826/

Workshop on Biological Effects of EMF, Kos, Greece
//omega.twoday.net/stories/363969/

Forscher und Forschungsergebnisse von der Industrie bezahlt
//omega.twoday.net/stories/281056/

Troops to Protect Washington During Bush Inauguration

//www.washingtondispatch.com/spectrum/archives/000717.html


Informant: chango412

Voter Fraud Action Alert

//tinyurl.com/4g53u

The Costs of War - Letters from the Home Front

//www.truthout.org/docs_04/110804W.shtml

Holy War : Evangelical Marines Prepare to Battle Barbarians

//www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1107-02.htm


Informant: Mark Vallen

Plantations Are Not Forests

//www.cru.uea.ac.uk/tiempo/newswatch/comment041029.htm

Informant: ECOTERRA Intl.

Bundesratsantwort Mobilfunkantennen, Auswirkungen

//www.parlament.ch/afs/data/d/gesch/2004/d_gesch_20043115.htm

Voting Fraud in the USA

Once upon a time there were two brothers: Bob and Todd Urosevich. In the 1980's, with the financial backing of the right-wing extremist Christian billionaire Howard Ahmanson, Bob and Todd founded a company called American Information Systems (AIS) that built voting machines. They were also certified to count votes. It is interesting to note that back then there was no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry. Even more interesting is the fact that this is still true today. Not even the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has a complete list of all the companies that count votes in U.S. elections.

See:

A Tale of Two Brothers: Voting Fraud in the USA
//memes.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=3667&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0


Informant: Eric Stewart

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Why Kerry Conceded Defeat despite Electoral Fraud

//www.globalresearch.ca/articles/JEN411A.html


Informant: Eric Stewart

One week left to protect our trees

There is just one week left to protect our precious national forests from logging, mining, and road building at the hands of the Bush administration. The deadline for speaking out on this issue is next Monday, November 15th.

Please click here now to send your comments before it's too late or just hit "reply" and then "send" to this message if you are already a registered user.
//www.saveourenvironment.org/ctt.asp?u=2205119&l=5384

The Bush administration has proposed a repeal of the excellent Roadless Area Conservation Rule that currently protects 58.5 million acres of our national forests. Repealing the Roadless Rule would put our forests at risk of permanent destruction.

The Bush administration has made it clear that they favor corporate special interests over preserving our national forests for future generations. Now we must make it clear that we will NOT allow our last wild forests to be destroyed by chain saws, bull dozers and oil drills!

Your comments really do make a difference. Over 61,000 SaveOurEnvironment.org members have already weighed in on this issue. But we still need your help before it's too late! Will you join their efforts to stop the roads and protect our forests?

Please click here now to submit your comments!
//www.saveourenvironment.org/ctt.asp?u=2205119&l=5384

We've set an ambitious goal of sending more than 1 million comments in order to send a clear, powerful message that we will not tolerate the destruction of our national forests.

To help us reach this goal, please forward this message to your friends as soon as you've submitted your comments.

Thanks for your help!

Katelyn Sabochik
Online Campaign Manager
info@saveourenvironment.org

Registered Users: Simply reply to this email, hit send, and we'll automatically send the message below to the Forest Service.

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Dear Forest Service Chief Bosworth:

In response to the public comment period (Docket # 04-161913), I strongly oppose the proposal to repeal the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

The Roadless Rule is a balanced policy that was finalized after years of scientific study, 600 public hearings and a record number of public comments, which overwhelmingly support protecting roadless areas through the rule.

The Roadless Rule is a vital tool for protecting our national forests from harmful and costly road-building and commercial logging.

I urge you to abandon this proposal and keep the Roadless Area Conservation Rule intact in the Lower 48 states and Alaska's Chugach National Forest, and reinstate the rule in the Tongass National Forest.

Thank you for consideration of my comments on this crucial issue.

Sincerely,

[your name inserted here]

'W', S&B—and the truth . . . shall set us free!

//www.antonysutton.com/suttoninterview.html
//www.parascope.com/articles/0997/skullbones.htm


Informant: Kat

Very, Extreme and Ultra Low Frequency Research

VLF / ELF / ULF Research in Arizona
//sidereal7.org/

CHECK OUT THE ELECTRONIC BOOK
//sidereal7.org/E-Book%20Web/seven_subtle_vibrations.htm


Informant: billder

Should we immediately investigate the election ?

I am writing to you from the People's Email Network because I had received a number of emails from you as a result of my membership in various Yahoo groups. You may already be aware of our latest issue page at

//www.thepen.us/e-fraud.html

due to some postings there. We ask the question if the 2004 election results should be challenged on the basis of black box voting fraud. With one click the page sends your personal message (not a form letter) to the Kerry campaign, the DNC and the Government Accountability Office. By making the process as easy as possible we are hoping to generate maximum participation.

I am asking you to feature a link to this page anywhere you can in your own communications in the next couple days so the people may speak in the loudest possible voice.

Thank you for being an activist.


From: The Pen

The stolen election of 2004 : welcome back to hell

//onlinejournal.com/evoting/110504Chin/110504chin.html


Informant: Friends

President Bush Committed the Following Actions Against the American People

//tinyurl.com/6haeb

If Your An American, This Should Concern You Regardless Of Who Won This Election

//tinyurl.com/3k7n5

Stolen Elections - again, the Proof

//tinyurl.com/4bd2s

17,000 Election Day Incidents Reported by Voters

//www.epic.org/alert/EPIC_Alert_11.21.html


Informant: Kat

Plane passengers shocked by their x-ray scans

//www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1348172,00.html


Informant: Anna Webb

Vote Scams : System Test Lab Omitted Test for Tamperability

Freedom of Information requests at //www.blackboxvoting.org have unearthed two Ciber certification reports indicating that security and tamperability was NOT TESTED and that several state elections directors, a secretary of state, and Dr. Britain Williams signed off on the report anyway, certifying it.

The documents, posted at Black Box Voting (.ORG) show that Ciber Labs' Shawn Southworth used a conformance chart specifying FEC regulations, marking each test item "pass" or "fail."

Southworth “tested” whether every candidate on the ballot has a name. But we were shocked to find out that, when asked the most important question -- about vulnerable entry points -- Southworth’s report says “not reviewed.”

Ciber “tested” whether the manual gives a description of the voting system. But when asked to identify methods of attack (which we think the American voter would consider pretty important), the top-secret report says “not applicable.”

Ciber “tested” whether ballots comply with local regulations, but when we asked Shawn Southworth what he thinks about Diebold tabulators accepting large numbers of “minus” votes, he said he didn’t mention that in his report because “the vendors don’t like him to put anything negative” inhis report. After all, he said, he is paid by the vendors.

Was this just a one-time oversight?

Nope. It appears to be more like a habit. We also posted the sister report, for another vendor entirely, VoteHere, and you can see that the critical security test, the “penetration analysis” was again marked “not applicable” and was not done.

Maybe another ITA did the penetration analysis?

Apparently not. We discovered an even more bizarre Wyle Laboratories report. In it, the lab admits the Sequoia voting system has problems, but says that since they were not corrected earlier, Sequoia could continue with the same flaws. At one point the Wyle report omits its testing altogether, hoping the vendor will do the test.

Computer Guys: Be your own ITA certifier.

Black Box Voting has posted a full Ciber report on GEMS 1.18.15. We also posted a .zip file download for the GEMS 1.18.15 program. We also provided a real live Diebold vote database. Compare your findings against the official testing lab and see if you agree with what Ciber says. E-mail us your findings.

Who the heck is NASED?

They are the people who certified this stuff. Now, if the security of the U.S. electoral system depends on you to certify a voting system, and you get a report that says security was “not tested” and “not applicable” -- what would you do?

Perhaps we should ask them. Go ahead. Hold them accountable for the election we just had. (Please, e-mail us their answers) Their names are listed on the Web site.

Bev Harris

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FOCUS: Voting: Electronic Miscounts Multiply
//www.truthout.org/docs_04/110704V.shtml

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//www.theeveningleader.com/articles/2004/11/06/news/news.01.txt

ES&S Operative Had Access to Ohio Ballot Computer --In a letter dated Oct. 21, Ken Nuss, former deputy director of the Auglaize County Board of Elections, claimed that Joe McGinnis, a former employee of Election Systems and Software (ES&S), the company that provides the voting system in Auglaize County, was on the main computer that is used to create the ballot and compile election results, which would go against election protocol. Nuss claimed in the letter that McGinnis was allowed to use the computer the weekend of Oct. 16. Nuss, who resigned from his job Oct. 21 after being suspended for a day, was responsible for overseeing the computerized programming of election software, according to his job description. His resignation is effective Nov. 11.
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On The Front Lines in Florida --statement by five people who staffed the emergency hotline for the Kerry Campaign Headquarters in Broward County (FL) from late October through the election --"Many of the calls to our hotline were from voters who had pressed the 'Kerry' button on their electronic voting screen, only to have 'Bush' light up as the candidate they had chosen. In some cases, this would happen repeatedly until about the 5th or 6th time the voter pressed 'Kerry' and eventually his name would light up. In other cases, the voters pushed 'Kerry' but were later asked to confirm their 'Bush' vote."

//www.legitgov.org/essay_front_lines_in_florida_110704.html

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//www.theeveningleader.com/articles/2004/11/06/news/news.01.txt
Another Piece of the GOP Ohio Election Theft Puzzle?

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FOCUS: Thom Hartmann | Evidence Mounts that the Vote Was Hacked

//www.truthout.org/docs_04/110804Z.shtml

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William Rivers Pitt | Worse Than 2000: Tuesday's Electoral Disaster
//www.truthout.org/docs_04/110804A.shtml

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None dare call it voter suppression and fraud
by Bob Fitrakis
November 7, 2004

Evidence is mounting that the 2004 presidential election was stolen in Ohio. Emerging revelations of voting irregularities coupled with well-documented

Republican efforts at voter suppression prior to the election suggests that in a fair election Kerry would have won Ohio...

Read more:
//www.freepress.org/columns/display/3/2004/983

The Free Press
//www.freepress.org


Informant: Shanti Renfrew

The New Campaign

//www.newswithviews.com/Lamb/henry61.htm

Why are Democrats Upset Over The Election?

//www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd75.htm

Was the Election Stolen?

//www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/roland2.html

Conspiracy Theories

//www.lewrockwell.com/north/north321.html

Challenging The Vote Results In New Hampshire

//tinyurl.com/4wf7x

House Democrats Seek Election Inquiry

//www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,65623,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2


Informant: NHNE

Thoughts and Links On US Election 2004

//tinyurl.com/4usza

GRAND THEFT 2004 : RE-VOTE OR REVOLT

//tinyurl.com/4y7kq

If history repeats itself, we might have a chance

by Michael Gaddy

Sierra Times

11/05/04

Since the late 1960s, every president winning a second term has found his administration embroiled in a scandal of some sort. For those of us who truly love liberty and yearn for the days [when] politicians at least played at honoring their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, perhaps a nice juicy scandal will stop the second Bush administration from totally destroying this country. For those of you who have read the above and declared me a bitter Kerry supporter, you could not be further from the truth. As I have said before, the only thing I liked about Kerry was that he made even Bush look intelligent. ... Nixon was blasted from office by the scandal of Watergate. Reagan had the Iran/Contra affair, and Bill Clinton had Monicagate and an impeachment. ... It would certainly appear that Dubya might be ripe for his scandal as well...

//www.sierratimes.com/04/11/05/gaddy.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FDA plans to track supplements using data-mining tech

by staff

Institute for Health Freedom

11/05/04

According to the study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to use data mining to track, review, and report adverse events involving food, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. The FDA's data-mining effort will utilize personal information, data from other government agencies, and private-sector data. Why should citizens care about this issue? Because the purpose of government (including the FDA) is to protect individuals rights -- not control their lives or make personal health-care decisions...

//makeashorterlink.com/?P27A149B9


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Let there be conflict

//www.counterpunch.org/leupp11062004.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Worse than 2000

by William Rivers Pitt

TruthOut

11/08/04

By any standard, what happened in Florida during the 2000 Presidential election was a disaster. What happened during the Presidential election of 2004, in Florida, in Ohio, and in a number of other states as well, was worse. ... John Kerry and John Edwards promised on Tuesday night that every vote would count, and that every vote would be counted. By Wednesday morning, Kerry had conceded the race to Bush, eliciting outraged howls from activists who were watching the reports of voting irregularities come piling in. Kerry had said that 10,000 lawyers were ready to fight any wrongdoing in this election. One hopes that he still has those lawyers on retainer.

According to black-letter election law, Bush does not officially get a second term until the electors from the Electoral College go to Washington D.C on December 12th. Perhaps Kerry's 10,000 lawyers, along with a real investigation per the request of Conyers, Nadler and Wexler, could give those electors something to think about in the interim...

//www.truthout.org/docs_04/110804A.shtml


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obey the government...but not always

by Jeff Adams

Sierra Times

11/05/04

Time and again I've heard fellow Christians use scripture, specifically Romans 13:1-7, to justify submission to the state, regardless of what the state is doing (at least whenever Republicans are in control). In addition, many quote Jesus, ... 'Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's,' as justification to accept whatever the government does. This is not just wrong-headed, but a misinterpretation of the Scriptures. As often happens, people take pieces of scripture out of context and don't look at them in conjunction with the scriptures as a whole. If one was to blindly, unthinkingly accept the referenced scripture above, as presented by advocates of total submission to the state, would you as a Christian follow laws that run counter to God's instructions? Would you follow an unjust law?

//www.sierratimes.com/04/11/05/adams.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Right now, I'll settle for a bit of honesty

by Kathryn A. Graham

Sierra Times

11/07/04

Well, the dust has settled, and I was wrong. I predicted widespread unrest in the United States following this past election, but what has actually happened is even more disturbing to me personally. Silence. Complete and utter silence. A large number of states already have electronic voting machines in place. A large number of those do not produce paper ballots at all. Since many pundits have already raised hell about the highly politically partisan Republican ownership and control of these high-tech companies, I won't rehash that here. If you haven't heard about it, you've been living on another planet. If you didn't hear yesterday that many of these machines already contained thousands of votes before Tuesday's polling places opened their doors, you've been relying on mainstream media for your news...

//makeashorterlink.com/?Y279569B9


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Right before our eyes

by Thomas L. Knapp

Knappster

11/08/04

The toothpaste probably can't be put back in the tube. The lack of auditable results didn't just make theft possible -- it makes it untraceable unless some independent corroboration (testimony from those involved in the fraud, for example, or the recovery of physical evidence of tampering) can be found. We will never know who legitimately won last week's election. What we do know, however -- or at least what I know -- is that votes were, in at least one case, systematically 'disappeared.' I know it because I watched it happen
...

//makeashorterlink.com/?B34312AB9

Flugsicherheit, uneinsichtige US-Bürger und der Iran

Könnte es sein, dass es selbst US Bürgern zu viel wird, was auf Ihren eigenen Flughäfen passiert, und dieses auch noch in den Medien und vor Gerichten artikulieren?

Nein, bestimmt nur ein paar verwirrte Schäfchen [1]. Einzelfälle die noch nicht begriffen haben [2], dass es nie "zuviel" an Sicherheit geben kann. Schließlich - suggerieren die Behörden - ist Sicherheit genauso gut kontrollierbar wie Terror-Alarmstufen - und nach oben steigerbar wie DotCom-Aktienkurse... [3]


IRAN hebt Sicherheit nach US-Vorbild

Wie unpatriotisch so ein Querulantentum doch ist, zeigt sich im internationalen Vergleich: Auch Teheran möchte seine Flug- und Immigrationssicherheit auf westliches Niveau katapultieren und vor suspekten Menschen schützen: durch ein Fingerprintsystem [4]. Ein entsprechendes Gesetz wurde letzte Woche von einem Parlamentskomitee vorgelegt und gilt - he? Moment - nur für US-Bürger!?


[1] Trapped on the list [NYT/IHT 3.Nov 2004]
//www.iht.com/articles/2004/11/02/travel/trlist.html

[2] On the Move: When a pat-down seems like a groping
//www.iht.com/articles/2004/11/02/travel/trsearch.html

[3] ACLU Challenges NO-fly list
//www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=12740&c=206

[4] //www.iht.com/articles/2004/11/03/news/travel4.html


relayed by Mac Gyver


Quelle: quintessenz-list Digest, Vol 20, Issue 4

Widespread Election Day Mishaps May Have Impacted Vote Counting

The article below describes significant election day problems that could have had a major impact on election outcomes. All Americans should take this issue very seriously because every vote must be counted fairly, accurately, and promptly. Partisan politics has no role in how or if votes are counted.

//www.veteransforcommonsense.org/NewsArticle.cfm?ID=2362

Year 4 - Number 23 - 11/06/2004

//tinyurl.com/5tnr6

Erhöhtes Krebsrisiko in Sendernähe

Studie: Erhöhtes Krebsrisiko in Sendernähe

Ärzte in Naila untersuchen Tumorgefahr bei Mobilfunkanlagen / Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz kritisiert Methodik

Eine Studie bayerischer Ärzte hat den Verdacht bestärkt, dass Mobilfunksender Krebs auslösen können. Demnach ist zumindest in der untersuchten Kleinstadt Naila das Tumorrisiko in Sendernähe zeitweise dreimal so hoch wie in größerer Entfernung.

VON ECKHARD STENGEL

Bremen · 7. November · Die in Bremen erscheinende Zeitschrift Umwelt, Medizin, Gesellschaft, die vom Ökologischen Ärztebund und drei weiteren umweltmedizinischen Verbänden herausgegeben wird, veröffentlichte jetzt die Ärzte-Studie, die vom Bremer Umweltmedizin-Professor Rainer Frentzel-Beyme begleitet wurde.

Vier von fünf Hausarztpraxen im oberfränkischen Naila hatten die Daten von knapp tausend langjährigen Patienten darauf untersucht, ob es einen Zusammenhang gibt zwischen dem Auftreten von Krebserkrankungen und dem Abstand der Wohnungen vom örtlichen Mobilfunksender. Die Ärzte unterschieden dabei zwischen einem "Innenbereich" (400-Meter-Umkreis vom Sender) und dem weiter entfernten "Außenbereich".

Nach Angaben der Mediziner zeigte sich in den ersten fünf Jahren nach Installation des Senders (im Herbst 1993) kein auffälliger Unterschied zwischen neuen Krebsfällen im Innen- und im Außenbereich. Wenn die Patienten aber längere Zeit den Strahlen ausgesetzt waren, stieg laut Studie die Krebsgefahr in Sendernähe: Im sechsten bis zehnten Betriebsjahr sei das Risiko, an einem Tumor - vor allem an Brustkrebs - zu erkranken, im Innenbereich mehr als dreimal so hoch geworden wie im Außenbereich. Innerhalb des 400-Meter-Umkreises erkrankten 13 von 320 Praxisbesuchern, außerhalb nur acht von 647. Mit 99-prozentiger Sicherheit schließen die Ärzte aus, dass es sich dabei um zufällige statistische Schwankungen handeln könnte. Auffällig war nach Angaben der Mediziner auch, dass die Krebspatienten in Sendernähe in jüngerem Alter erkrankten als die weiter entfernt wohnenden, nämlich schon mit 64,1 statt mit 72,6 Jahren.

Die in Naila bereits vorab veröffentlichten Ergebnisse haben das Stadtparlament dazu bewogen, Petitionen an den bayerischen Landtag, den Bundestag und das Europäische Parlament zu richten. Darin fordert der Stadtrat unter anderem, die geltenden Grenzwerte für Sendeanlagen "auf ein gesundheitsverträgliches Maß" abzusenken. Mehrere Untersuchungen hätten "erhebliche Zweifel an der offiziellen Darstellung" geweckt, wonach von Mobilfunksendern bei Einhaltung der bisherigen Grenzwerte keine Gesundheitsgefahr ausgehe.

Frankfurt am Main, 08.11.2004

//www.fr-aktuell.de/ressorts/nachrichten_und_politik/aus_aller_welt/?cnt=580335 (Auszug)


Nachricht von der BI Bad Dürkheim



Die Naila-Mobilfunkstudie
//omega.twoday.net/stories/283426/

Schockstudie der EU: Handys knacken die DNS und bewirken schwere Zellschädigung
//omega.twoday.net/stories/482751/

ELECTION RESULTS ALTERED - MANIPULATING ELECTRONIC VOTING

Bay Point School is a juvenile correctional facility in the Miami area. Information has been given to the Washington Post that the Miami school is a suspected training ground in computer science and programming for juvenile delinquents who have trained in the art of manipulating electronic voting, without a true audit trail. It is believed that this activity is taking place not only there but in several schools like the aforementioned one nationwide. If true, then Bay Point School could be the Florida connection." It is possible as many as six states election results have been altered by recruits from this school. //rense.com/general59/FLORID.HTM

Jeff Fisher through a confidential informant alleges that the school has direct connections with Joseph Klock, and that a professor at Key College in Dania Beach, Florida and formally of Bay Point School informed him that his loyalty to Klock is more important than the truth about how the 2000 election was manipulated, and how it is possible for a repeat to occur in the upcoming November general election. Mel Sembler, a powerful fundraiser for the Bush Campaign in Florida, is someone who has knowledge of the activities at Bay Point College. We are sure the talented people of the Washington Post and the Miami Herald will release additional details in the upcoming days. Mel Sembler is Ambassador to Italy and a principal in several drug treatment facilities that are under investigation for gross mismanagement.

Joseph Klock, an attorney who facilitated the release of the professor’s son from an abusive treatment center was, coincidentally, the attorney for Congresswoman Katherine Harris who was the Secretary of State during the contested 2000 Florida recount which helped put George W. Bush in the White House. State's evidence is being given to FBI on 11/08/04

"He who would give up essential liberty in order to have a little security deserves neither liberty, nor security." -- Benjamin Franklin

Terrorism is NO excuse for tyranny!!!!

"In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." ---George Orwell 1984

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe that they are free." -- Johann W. von Goethe

Message from: Be Kind Whenever Possible

For the GM tree free world - GLOBAL BAN ON GM-TREES

For the GM tree free world
//omega.twoday.net/stories/488975/


Open petition for the UN

GLOBAL BAN ON GM-TREES

Jump to petition form
//elonmerkki.net/dyn/appeal/#appeal

List of signatories
//elonmerkki.net/dyn/appeal/list

The petition for global ban on GM trees will next be presented there for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in its 10th session COP10 in December year 2004.

We the signatories
wish to point out that in the Rio Convention on Biological Diversity world leaders declared they were conscious "of the intrinsic value of biological diversity and of the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic values of biological diversity and its components,

Conscious also of the importance of biological diversity for evolution and for maintaining life sustaining systems of the biosphere,

Affirming that the conservation of biological diversity is a common concern of humankind."

We recognize that
forests are a key factor sustaining the climate and the composition of the atmosphere.

We state that forests, along with the oceans, are key to the diversity of life on the planet - this diversity being the result of millions of years of evolution enabling the species to adapt to their surrounding ecosystems and the ecosystems to adapt to the surrounding climate.

We further wish to point out that genetic diversity within a species is part of the evolutionary original capital helping the species to survive in changing conditions, while species diversity within ecosystems is part of the capital helping the ecosystems to adapt to climate change.

We state that
the decision made in the context of the UN-lead Kyoto process to allow the use of genetically modified trees to tackle climate change is in contravention of the principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Trying to fight climate change by growing GM-trees would lead to the creation of vast plantations of cloned GM-trees on our planet. It would mean enormous losses in terms of diversity, while exposing these GM monocultures to disease, pests - and the effects of the ongoing climate change itself.

We believe that
the risks for biosafety involved in the introduction of genetically modified trees are such that they extend over state borders as well as generations, and should therefore not be taken at the present state of knowledge. Studies in population genetics show that genetic exchanges between trees can extend over whole continents. There is a real risk that by introducing GM-trees we would trigger a series of GM-contaminations spreading all over the forest cover on our planet. Other dangerous ecological scenarios include the potential metabolic incompatibility of GM-trees with their ecological surroundings, as well as genetically modified material being transferred to viruses and bacteria.

On the grounds of what has been stated above, we demand that the world reject the introduction of genetically modified trees.

In our view, we should be heading in the opposite direction. Instead of establishing plantations of genetically modified trees, we should strive to restore the forest cover of our planet towards its former riches and abundance.

Diverse, healthy and vital forests can best safeguard the ability of our living planet to adapt to the ongoing climate change. They also form the best basis for a diverse, healthy and vital forest economy, now and in the future.

//elonmerkki.net/dyn/appeal/



Latest press releases
//elonmerkki.net/forestforum/uk/ff3.html



We are happy to tell that there is just now 2382 persons and 269 organisations and groups which have signed the demand for UN!

Great thanks for all of you for your great support!

The next stage for the campaign is now at hand.

The UN Kyoto meeting, Cop10, will be held 6-13 December in Buenos Aires. We ask you to join to start with us some of these actions:

1. Reaching the people - campaign poster on the walls!
We are happy to present the first campaign posters:
//elonmerkki.net/forestforum/uk/gm-posters.html
All signed ngo's and individual can freely produce prints for noncommercial distribution.

Let´s put the posters on walls, in good and suitable places. The poster campaign continues also after the Kyoto meeting but we would like to hear and see that this poster campaign would start just now, when Kyoto meeting is going to start.

2. Reaching the parlamentarians - letter to parliament houses!
In that next Kyoto meeting there will arrive a lot of parlamentarians from different countries.

We suggest urgent action and cooperation to reach those people on next days before the UN meeting

Behalf of our campaign we have produced a nice letter for parlamentarians. Look here:

//elonmerkki.net/forestforum/uk/posters/ff-letter_a4.pdf,
( High resolution, 4 mb )

//elonmerkki.net/forestforum/uk/posters/ff-letter_a4_LR.pdf, ( Low resolution, 907 Kb )

We hope that there will be at least one group or organisation from every country, who would print and distribute this letter for your parliament house.

We hope that as many as possible of the parlamentarians on the Earth can get this letter on their table, as soon as possible.

If you or your organisation can take part this work, please let us know by replying to this message.

3. Country working groups watching GM trees
In many countries there already exists activists who have expressed their willingness for GM tree watch networking.

The idea is to support together mutual news change and reporting, open and interactive database, to be really aware what is going on with GM trees on the Earth.

If you or your organisation is interested on this kind of cooperation please dont hesitate to contact us.

One way for supporting the campaign and your local work there is that you order for sale our campaign posters. We send them by 5 euros when you order at least 20 copyes. More information by graphist and producer: hannes@kettukallio.fi

One of the most famous thinker and criticist on GM issue, Dr Mae Van Ho, had a four days journey in Finland and it was a real success. We shall soon produce videoreports on that highly inspirating visit on the address: //elonmerkki.net/dyn/forum/topic/?catid=69

If you have some interesting videoreports on forest and/or GM issue, please visit on the site and open a discussion for that and give the link for video.


Hannu Hyvönen
campaign coordinator
Union of Ecoforestry in Finland



Global Ban on GM trees

NO RIGHT FOR CONTAMINATION
//elonmerkki.net/forestforum

Press release 12th december 2004

GM trees are a false option
Biodiversity is the solution

In the beginning of this year three environmental organisations launched the Internet action for protesting the GM trees supportive decision made in UN Kyoto meeting in Milano, last December. Look the press release here:
//elonmerkki.net/forestforum/uk/press3.html

Today there is about 300 ngo's and almost 3000 individuals supporting the demand.

-The basic idea to reward with emission rights those western countries which would be putting up tree plantations in third world is simply false, even without GM trees, says campaigner Hannu Hyvönen by the Union of Ecoforestry in Finland.

-Instead of that kind of carbon offset imperialism, we should just strive to restore the forest cover of our planet towards its former riches and abundance. GM trees would be the last step in the destructive course of industrial forestry. The campaign also argues that the introduction of genetically modified trees with their unpredictable and irreversible risk for forest ecosystems is breaking the national sovereighnity of those countries which would be contaminated by pollen of GM plantations.

-Actually the introduction of GM trees in open environment is breaking the Convention on Biodiversity, Cartagena Biosafety protocoll and several other international threaties. States have the responsibility to ensure that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, says lawyer and activist of People´s Biosafety Association, Mikko Vartiainen.

Tree plantations are not forests

-Seeking the alternative solutions
The forest cover of the Earth has however a great role in global carbon balance. The campaign is now continuing to open discussion on alternative solutions and strategies for preventing climate change.

- The recent findings on boreal silvicultural alternatives show that this mainstream forest management, with monoculture plantations and clearcuttings is not at all the most efficient in binding carbon and maintaining carbon strorages.

-Also the good examples on agroforestry solutions tell us that there are much more better solutions to work with trees than monocultures, invites Leo Stranius, chair of Friends of Earth Finland to continue the discussion for alternatives on People´s Forest Forum: //elonmerkki.net/forestforum

For more information:

Global Ban on GM trees
//elonmerkki.net/forestforum

Hannu Hyvönen
coordinator
The Union of Ecoforestry
tel +358-408317733
e-mail:hannu AT elonmerkki.net

Leo Stranius
chair
Friends of the Earth Finland
tel +358-40-754 7371
email:leo.stranius AT maanystavat.fi
//www.maanystavat.fi

Mikko Vartiainen
lawyer
People´s Biosafety Association
tel.+358-0503863354
email:mikko.vartiainen AT nic.fi

Weltweites Moratorium gegen genveränderte Bäume

Offene Erklärung für das UN Forum on Forests

Weltweites Moratorium gegen genveränderte Bäume

Zum Appell
//elonmerkki.net/dyn/appeal//?lang=german#appeal

Liste der Unterstützer
//elonmerkki.net/dyn/appeal/list

Wir, die Unterzeichner, möchten darauf hinweisen, dass Staatsführer aus aller Welt in der Rio-Konvention über Biodiversität erklärten, dass sie sich des der Biodiversität inne wohnenden Wertes und des ökologischen, genetischen, sozialen, ökonomischen, wissenschaftlichen, erzieherischen, kulturellen, ästhetischen und Freizeitwertes der Biodiversität und ihrer Bestandteile bewusst waren. Ebenso waren sie sich der Wichtigkeit von Biodiversität für die Evolution und die Aufrechterhaltung lebenserhaltender Systeme der Biosphäre bewusst und betonten, dass der Schutz der Biodiversität im gemeinsamen Interesse der gesamten Menschheit lag.

Uns ist bewusst, dass Wälder ein wesentlicher Faktor zur Erhaltung des Klimas sowie des Aufbaus der Atmosphäre sind.

Wir stellen fest, dass die Wälder, ebenso wie die Ozeane, für die Verschiedenartigkeit des Lebens auf unserem Planeten entscheidend sind und diese Verschiedenartigkeit ist das Ergebnis eines Millionen von Jahren dauernden Evolutionsprozesses, der es den einzelnen Arten ermöglichte, sich an die sie umgebenden Ökosysteme anzupassen, und den Ökosystemen, sich an das umgebende Klima anzupassen.

Wir möchten außerdem darauf hinweisen, dass die genetische Diversität innerhalb einer Art einen Teil des Grundkapitals der Evolution darstellt und es dieser Art ermöglicht, in sich verändernden Bedingungen zu überleben, während die Diversität der Arten innerhalb eines Ökosystems zu dem Vermögen des Ökosystems gehört und es diesem möglich macht, sich an einen Klimawandel anzupassen.

Wir stellen fest, dass die im Rahmen der unter Führung der UN stehenden Kyoto-Gespräche getroffene Entscheidung der Zulassung eines Einsatzes genmanipulierter Bäume zur Anpassung an die Klimaveränderung im Gegensatz zu den Prinzipien der Konvention über die Biodiversität steht. Der Versuch, Klimaveränderungen durch die Aufzucht genmanipulierter Bäume zu bekämpfen würde weltweit zur Schaffung riesiger Plantagen genetisch modifizierter und geklonter Bäume führen. Dies würde enorme Verluste im Bereich der Biodiversität bedeuten, während die genmanipulierten Monokulturen Krankheiten, Schädlingen, und auch den Auswirkungen des Klimawandels selbst ausgesetzt wären.

Wir glauben dass die Risiken für die biologische Sicherheit, die mit der Einführung von genmanipulierten Bäumen verbunden wären, sich über Staatsgrenzen wie auch über Generationen hinweg erstrecken würden und dass man diese Risiken daher beim gegenwärtigen Wissensstand nicht eingehen sollte. Studien in Populationsgenetik zeigen, dass der genetische Austausch zwischen Bäumen sich über ganze Kontinente erstrecken kann. Es besteht ein wirkliches Risiko, durch die Einführung genmanipulierter Bäume eine Kontamination mit gentechnisch manipuliertem Material auszulösen, die sich über die gesamte Walddecke unseres Planeten ausbreiten könnte. Andere ökologisch bedenkliche Szenarien gehen von einer Stoffwechselunverträglichkeit der genmanipulierten Bäume mit ihrem ökologischen Umfeld sowie von einer Übertragung genetisch veränderten Materials auf Viren und Bakterien aus.

Aus den oben genannten Gründen fordern wir die Welt auf, die Einführung von genetisch veränderten Bäumen abzulehnen.

Unserer Meinung nach sollten wir uns in die umgekehrte Richtung bewegen. Anstatt Plantagen mit genmanipulierten Bäumen einzurichten, sollten wir darum bemüht sein, der Walddecke unseres Planeten wieder zu ihrem ehemaligen Reichtum und Überfluss zu verhelfen.

Gesunde und vitale Wälder mit unterschiedlichen Arten können die Fähigkeit unseres lebendigen Planeten, sich der gegenwärtigen Klimaveränderung anzupassen, am ehesten sichern. Sie stellen außerdem die beste Grundlage für eine vielfältige, gesunde und vitale Forstwirtschaft dar, jetzt und in Zukunft.

(Übersetzung: Pro REGENWALD, Petra Fischbäck)

//elonmerkki.net/dyn/appeal//?lang=german

Handys können Leben retten

Tödliche Handys: was ist „Haupt“- was ist „Neben“-Wirkung?

Nach einem wissenschaftlichen Bericht steigt in den USA die Zahl der Unfallopfer durch Handy-Benutzung beim Autofahren und wiegen die gesellschaftlichen Kosten bereits die Einnahmen der Wirtschaft auf. Handys haben tödliche Folgen - zumindest wenn sie beim Autofahren benutzt werden. Nach einem Bericht des Center for Risk Analysis der Harvard University ist Handynutzung beim Fahren in den USA jährlich für 2.600 Unfalltote verantwortlich.

Jetzt also führt der Bericht bereits ein Sechstel aller Verkehrstoten im Jahr auf die Handynutzung zurück, zusätzlich sei sie für 570.000 Verletzte und für 1,5 Millionen Fälle von Sachschäden verantwortlich. Die von den Wissenschaftlern vermuteten Kosten dieser Nebenwirkungen sollen sich auf 43 Milliarden Dollar belaufen, was ungefähr der Summe entspricht, die die Menschen für die Handy-Benutzung ausgeben: „.....(Nachricht von unserem BW-Mitglied Siegfried Scherer) Florian Rötzer 02.12.2002

Kommentar der Bürgerwelle (Siegfried Zwerenz)

Die Situation in den USA ist wohl auf Deutschland und andere Länder übertragbar. Damit ist nun klar, dass die Kosten für Renten und Krankenkassen durch den Gebrauch von Handys deutlich und unverantwortlich steigen. Die Erhöhungen der Beiträge sind somit zu einem großen Teil auf den Gebrauch von Handys zurückzuführen.

Wann erkennen unsere Politiker endlich, dass sie an die Ursache der Kostenerhöhungen gehen müssen und nicht weiter Abgaben und Steuern erhöhen um die Kosten im Renten- und Krankenkassenbereich zu finanzieren.

Durch obigen Bericht ist spätestens jetzt klar, dass das Argument der Handy-Lobby, „Durch Handy-Notrufe werden Leben gerettet“ eine Täuschung ist. Tatsache ist: wegen Handy-Telefonaten werden mehr Menschen getötet, als durch Notrufe gerettet, die nur mit Handy getätigt werden können. Man stelle sich vor, wie viele Unfälle erst durch den Gebrauch von Handys erfolgen und dann wird per Handy Hilfe gerufen!!!

Omega: siehe auch Original in Englisch
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/omega84.htm

Quelle: //www.oekosmos.de/article/view/279/1/20


Handys können Leben retten
//omega.twoday.net/stories/393825/

Handy am Steuer ein reales Sicherheitsrisiko
//omega.twoday.net/stories/545843/
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