Urgent Request & New Actions About Recount

(1)Tell Democrats to demand full recount like Greens which will have more weight when local Board of Elections decide whether to do full recount or only recount 3%. Now Dems are not sure if they will demand it or not!

(2) Update and Urgent Request for recount coordinators from PENNSYLVANIA, MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS AND WEST VIRGINIA. AND INDIANA from Green Recount Coordinator., Holly hhartus@yahoo.com

(3) More info about Recount if you want to volunteer,offer housing, or donate.

(4) For more urgent actions --some very user friendly-- check this new site which is easy to navigate

It will begin on different days--the 14th, 15th, and 16th.

A.The Green party is demanding a FULL recount and the Democrats are not sure if they will make that request yet. They might be satisfied with a 3% hand count and let the rest run through the same faulty machines! The local Ohio Boards of Elections different counties which makes the final decision will get "cover" if the Democrats are satisfied with 3%. Tell the Dems what you think!
For more info:

Ohio Democrats 614-221-6563 (voice) 614-221-0721 (fax) email dan@ohiodems.org;
The DNC Phone 202-863-8000 and http://www.democrats.org/contact
and Kerry Campaign (phone) 202-712-3000, try ext.5377; Kerry's Senate fax 202-224-8525 and Email http://kerry.senate.gov/bandwidth/contact/email.html Note: When

People have called Kerry's office they are told that Kerry cannot conduct election business from his Senate office and they are referred to the DNC, so any messages sent to his Senate office may be forward to the DNC

B.Update: This is a message from the Green Co-ordinator
WHAT YOU CAN DO At this time, we expect to be able to meet our volunteer needs with people in Ohio and nearby states, where volunteers can drive in. For those farther away, there is still a critical role to play. CURRENTLY, CALLS ARE GOING OUT TO VOLUNTEERS IN PENNSYLVANIA, MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS AND WEST VIRGINIA. AND INDIANA - WE DON'T HAVE A STATE COORDINATOR OR POINT OF CONTACT THERE, YET, SO IF SOMEONE IN INDIANA IS READING THIS AND WANTS TO STEP FORWARD, PLEASE WRITE ME OFF-LIST! If you live farther away and want to travel to Ohio, you are welcome to come, but we encourage you to travel by car, as we don't have the means to provide extra transportation in Ohio. We are still looking for observers in a few counties; volunteers are also being sought for door-to-door canvassing to gather statements from people who encountered problems when trying to vote, or who learned their votes were not counted. IF YOU DECIDE TO TRAVEL TO OHIO, BUT HAVEN'T HEARD FROM SOMEONE IN YOUR STATE, YET, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME OFF-LIST Holly - hhartus@yahoo.com

There is also an Urgent Request From Cindy Asrir Recount Coordinator, Cincinnati/SW Ohio for recount vounteers surroundingOhio's Hamilton Country 402-416-1740 (cell) 513-474-3949 (landline)

.Also see Green Recount Daily Update:

B.volunteer form http://web.greens.org/c/cobb/supporters.cgi?function=volunteer&process=7

Form has a place for Ohioans who want to offer housing

C.The Greens say they need 88 thousand immediately for recount so please give what you can

D. To volunteer for the Ohio Democrats monitoring of the Ohio recount see http://www.ohiodems.org/

They are supposed to have a special form up if you don't see it and want to volunteer, fill out their regular volunteer form and write "interested in recount" in one of the sections where you can write this in.

You can also Contact the Ohio Dems
Ohio Democrats 614-221-6563 (voice) 614-221-0721 (fax) email dan@ohiodems.org

E. The Ohio Democrats are raising funds to help pay for observing this recount. However, the Kerry campaign has already collected over 50 million dollars for a recount. It is unclear at this point if this money will be used in Ohio or elsewhere to pay for recounts. You can try contacting the DNC and the Kerry Campaign to ask about this The DNC Phone 202-863-8000 and http://www.democrats.org/contact
and Kerry Campaign (phone) 202-712-3000, try ext.5377; Kerry's Senate fax 202-224-8525 and Email http://kerry.senate.gov/bandwidth/contact/email.html Note: When People have called Kerry's office they are told that Kerry cannot conduct election business from his Senate office and they are referred to the DNC, so any messages sent to his Senate office may be forward to the DNC

For more urgent actions --some very user friendly-- check this new site which is easy to navigate

Take care,
Cheryl Guttman

Daily updates on the Climate Justice blogs

http://climatejustice.blogspot.com (English) and
http://justiciaclimatica.blogspot.com (Spanish)

Informant: Orin Langelle

Ever growing Concerns surrounding Mobile Masts and their Effects

Beneath is a transcript from a reply I have received from Phil Wills, MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education & Skills:

Thank you for writign to me regarding the risks posed to our children with regard to mobile phone technology.

My position as Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Education and Skills is impacted by the ever growing concerns surrounding mobile masts and their effects. However, in my role as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on mobil communications, we are constantly analysing and scrutinizing the mobil industry.

The group published a report in July which included a list of 19 recommendations which have been submitted to the Government. We are currently in the process of ascertaining what the Government intends to do with the recommendations and the report and will continue to push this issue.

I have also ben involved in a campaign in my local constituency to prevent the erection of a mobile phone masts near three schools. The case has gone all the way to the High Curt and the court of appeal. The appeal court decided to uphold the mobile operators plans to erect a mast near three schools which has come as a body blow to concerned parents throughout the country. The effect of this decision is to sweep aside the recommendations in the Stewart Report and give mobile phone operators freedom to site masts on or near school playing fields throughout the United Kingdom.

However, I can assure you that your concerns along with those of parents across the country will be fed into the work that the group does. We continue to push the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to investigate possible amendments to the Governments guidelines and to take on the information provided by the Stewart Report which among other things advises a precautionary principle to be taken with regards to children.


English Nature shows interest

An encouraging response I think from English Nature, courtesy of their Chief Scientist, Dr Duff. Transcript as beneath.

I must add that this is of distinct difference to replies from DEFRA who state 'our view remains that there is a lack of conclusive evidence that radiation from telecommunication masts has important adverse effects on wildlife...I am afraid that there are no plans by this Department to conduct further research in this area at the present time' - replies to Simon Harding, Species Policy Advisor, simon.r.harding@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Transcript from English Natures reply:
I am replying on behalf of our Chief Executive, who will see both your letter and this reply. As you note in your letter the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology completed a review of the evidence for effects of microwave radiation on wildlife for English Nature in 2002. We are very grateful to you for alerting us to some additional research carried out since then. Our toxicology specialist has asked CEH to examine the additional reports of adverse effects which you have referred to in your letter. We will examine their conslusions carefully and I assure you that we will be using this in any subsequent advice to Government on further research or action needed.

Thank you for highlighting this additional source of evidence and for providing details of the relevant references which has greatly helped us to follow up your concerns.


From Mast Network


December 9, 2004


Informant: NHNE

EU REFLEX Project Report

Verum Reflex Presentation


The Report of the European Union's REFLEX Project (Risk Evaluation of Potential Environmental Hazards from Low Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure Using Sensitive in vitro Methods) was released in November, 2004. The Project studied ELF and RF exposures to various cell types. Swedish RF researcher and epidemiologist Lennart Hardell has sent the link to the entire 291-page report (See below. It's a long download, so be patient).

Of particular interest after as cursory read through -
pp. 1-3 Foreward by Ross Adey
pp. 7-8 Introduction - the goals of the REFLEX Project
pp. 239-242 Section 7.0 POLICY RELATED BENEFITS.

From 7.12 Summary
... the omnipresence of EMF's in infrastructures and consumer products have become a topic of public concern. This is due to the fear of people that based on the many conflicting research data a risk to their health cannot be excluded with some certainty. Therefore, the overall objective of REFLEX was to find out whether or not the fundamental biological processes at the cellular and molecular level support such an assumption. For this purpose, possible effects of EMFs on cellular events controlling key functions, including those involved in carcinogenesis and in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders, were studied through focussed research. Failure to observe the occurrence of such key critical events in living cells after EMF exposure would have suggested that further research efforts in this field could be suspended and financial resources be reallocated to the investigation of more important issues. But as clearly demonstrated, the results of the REFLEX project show the way into the opposite direction.

Key emphases of the REFLEX Project were to develop reliable exposure equipment, to assure that exposure parameters were consistent and thoroughly documented, and to examine how differences in techniques for cell culture preparation such as staining of specimens yielded differing results. Along with consistency in genotype of study specimens, these emphases are of crucial importance to the replication of studies from one laboratory to another.

From: lennart.hardell@orebroll.se
To: JNewton@emrpolicy.org
Subject: SV: DC Circuit decision - EMR v. FCC
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 08:18:04 +0100

Did you see this of major importance as to regulation of SAR from mobile phones?


Yours sincerely,
Lennart Hardell

Janet Newton, President
The EMR Policy Institute, P.O. Box 117, Marshfield VT 05658
Tel: (802) 426-3035 FAX: (802) 426-3030
Web Site: http://www.emrpolicy.org


REFLEX contents (short version):

Informant Andy

7.12 Summary (Participant 1) The policy related benefits of the REFLEXproject consist in the fact that new knowledge has been generated independent of whether one likes it or not. Biological effects of extremely low-frequency (ELF) and radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMFs) the exposure to which is constantly increasing especially in Europe with its high density of population and industry and with the omnipresence of EMFs in infrastructures and consumer products have become a topic of public concern. This is due to the fear of people that based on the many conflicting research data a risk to their health cannot be excluded with some certainty. Therefore, the overall objective of REFLEX was to find out whether or not the fundamental biological processes at the cellular and molecular level support such an assumption. For this purpose, possible effects of EMFs on cellular events controlling key functions, including those involved...

QLK4-CT-1999-01574 / REFLEX / Final Report / page 241 of 259

...in carcinogenesis and in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders, were studied through focussed research. Failure to observe the occurrence of such key critical events in living cells after EMF exposure would have suggested that further research efforts in this field could be suspended and financial resources be reallocated to the investigation of more important issues. But as clearly demonstrated, the results of the REFLEX project show the way into the opposite direction. The REFLEX project has made a substantial contribution to the data base on biological effects of both ELF-EMF and RF-EMF on in vitro cellular systems. The study was designed to investigate whether or not EMF exposure below the energy density reflected by the present safety levels generates in vitro critical cellular events. Gene mutations, deregulated cell proliferation and suppressed or exaggerated programmed cell death (apoptosis) that are caused by or result in an altered gene and protein expression profile are such critical events, the convergence of which is required for the development of chronic diseases.

Genotoxic effects and a modified expression of numerous genes and proteins after EMF exposure could be demonstrated with great certainty, while effects on cell proliferation, cell differentiation and apoptosis were much less conclusive. Since all these observations were made in in vitro studies, the results obtained neither preclude nor confirm a health risk due to EMF exposure, but they speak in favour of such a possibility. Because of their fundamental character the findings will be presented to WHO, IARC and ICNIRP. It will be up to these organisations to make use of them for risk evaluation, in combination with findings from animal and epidemiological studies. A major European added value of REFLEX consists also in the fact that the need for further research and especially how it should look alike have clearly been demonstrated. Furthermore, the outcome of the project should stimulate the research and development departments of the electrical, electronic, and telecommunication industry to make use of the methods developed in order to better adjust the state of technology to the conditions of life, and prompt the European governments to ensure multidisciplinary EMF research in order to take care, that the solution of the presently existing problem of uncertainty about a possible health risk for the people in Europe and beyond due to EMF exposure will not be postponed in the far future.


Informant: Panayis Zambellis Luton

From Mast Network


It looks like we have a replication of Henry Lai's study on single and double-strand DNA breaks. Lets see how the trolls at Motorola spin this one!

Don Maisch

Omega see also:

Mobile Phone Radiation Harms DNA

Motorola-Funded EMF Research

Industry Rules RF Controlling Research, Setting Standards and Spinning History

Intermittent extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields cause DNA damage in a dose-dependent way

Genetic Effects of Nonionizing Electromagnetic Fields


Letter and attachment to the WHO in response to its Precautionary Framework

New bill targets some peeping Toms


Informant: Susan

Vorsicht mit Handys beim Tanken - Warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations

Wichtig, Vorsicht mit Handys beim Tanken

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations.

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car.

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

You should know that:

Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes

Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat! , etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (i.e. solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc.)

To sum it up, here are the: Four Rules for Safe Refueling

1) Turn off engine
2) Don't smoke
3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off
4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of"static electricity" at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising:
1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static.
3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas
6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.
7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas.

If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.

As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger. You can find out more information by going to http://www.pei.org/ . Once here, click in the center of the screen where it says "Stop Static".

I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time. Thanks for passing this along.

Nachricht von Sabine Bussenius

EU verantwortlich für 86 Prozent des Handels mit Wildvögeln

Wildvogelimporte: EU verantwortlich für 86 Prozent des Handels mit Wildvögeln (10.12.04)

222 Tier- und Naturschutzverbände aus aller Welt haben die EU heute in einer gemeinsamen Deklaration aufgefordert, die Einfuhr wildgefangener Vögel zu beenden. Die Verbände beklagen die Rolle der EU als "mit Abstand der größte Abnehmer" von sogenannten Ziervögeln. Demnach würden pro Jahr mehr als 1 Million Tiere importiert. Es sei höchste Zeit, dass die EU dem Beispiel anderer Industriestaaten folgt, stellt Daniela Freyer von Pro Wildlife fest. Während zum Beispiel die USA, Kanada und Australien solche Importe längst verbieten würden, lasse die EU Vogelbestände in Entwicklungsländern rücksichtslos plündern. Der Handel sei ausserdem nicht nur verantwortlich für die Gefährdung vieler Arten und das sinnlose Leiden unzähliger Individuen, sondern berge auch erhebliche Gesundheitsgefahren. So könne zum Beispiel die in Asien grassierende und auch für Menschen tödliche Vogelgrippe durch Wildvögelimporte eingeschleppt werden.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:


It's a mess - Lets fix it

We all put a lot of time, money and heart into the election. Now there's a lot of Internet traffic speculating that the election was stolen. The staff at TrueMajority has been involved in many meetings and conference calls with the top organizations working on this stuff.

Here's the consensusnobody has found a smoking gun proving that the election was stolen. Even the authors of statistical studies questioning the election agree that their work isn't evidence of a fraudulent vote.[1]

However (and this is a big "however"), we DO think there is a crisis. The Voting Rights Act is 39 years old, but STILL this year minority voters were blocked from the polls by ridiculously long lines (5- to 6-hour waiting times), threats and physical intimidation.[2] Also, as we predicted early in the year, electronic voting systems failed and lost votes.[3] The registration and voting process was manipulated by political hacks.[4] Due to official secrecy, we still dont know the magnitude of what went wrong, but we know it was far too much.

Volunteers with the Election Protection Coalition, of which TrueMajority is a part, documented thousands of specific problems. The Congresss Government Accountability Office will be studying the elections problems, and well be bird-dogging them throughout that months-long process to make sure the report isnt a whitewash. Well be joining with folks such as Rev. Jesse Jackson in pushing for national standards for national elections (they dont currently exist). And well continue our fight to require paper ballots for all voting machines.

So as the months go on there is a lot we will be doing. Right now, the best tool we have for identifying problems with the system are the official recounts sponsored by the Green and Libertarian parties in Ohio and elsewhere. One recount in a county in Ohio, for example, turned up a problem with the optical scanners that led to a Republican being wrongly declared the winner of a county commissioner race. We support those recount efforts as the best way to identify the problems that need fixing.

The Green and Libertarian parties are raising money to pay for these expensive recounts.

We will continue to keep you informed on this. And we will continue to find new ways to make compassion, equality and opportunity the values that guide our nation.

Hang in there,


[1] Wired magazine article, November 17, 2004: "[Michigan statistician Ida] Briggs stressed that there was nothing to indicate fraud." "The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy," Dr. Stephen Freeman: "Systematic fraud or mistabulation is a premature conclusion ..."

[2] The Election Incident Reporting System available at http://www.voteprotect.org shows 1,687 incidents of voter intimidation, with details.

[3] These have been reported in the press around the country. One excellent summary of problems, with links to numerous newspaper stories about them, is at http://www.votersunite.org/electionproblems.asp

[4] "Investigation into Trashed Voter Registrations," George Knapp, KLAS-TV: http://www.klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2421595&nav=168XRvNe

Informant: Martin Greenhut

Chemical Industry is mounting a major Campaign against Precautionary Principle

December 2004

The chemical industry is mounting a major campaign against the precautionary principle. They have hired two attack-dog public relations firms, Nichols-Dezenhall, and Wirthlin WorldWide, to discredit precaution in the minds of the public. They started laying the ground work for this campaign four years ago, and now they are ramping up their attack. (For some eye-popping documentation, see

http://www.rachel.org/library/getfile.cfm?ID=492 and

They have developed a consistent "party line" that they are repeating at conferences, at public hearings, and in the media. They use consistent down-home language to make precaution seem foolish, unnecessary and dangerous.

They have developed a series of stories that they tell to illustrate why precaution is a bad idea. Their favorite story is the one in which the Peruvian government hears that chlorine is dangerous. The Peruvians act on this knowledge -- they take "precautionary action" and stop chlorinating their water supply -- which causes several thousand deaths from cholera.

I heard this story told almost two years face by a professor at Stanford University, and the same story told this summer by a professor at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. Neither of these esteemed scholars checked their facts before telling the story. If they had, they'd have found out the story was bogus and untrue -- a piece of fiction intended to scare people away from the precautionary principle.

Now the anti-precaution campaign is gaining traction. Letters to the editor have begun to appear in newspaper across the country. In the most recent issues of Rachel's we analyzed some anti-precaution nonsense planted in the New York Times Nov. 21.

Their plan is simple: they are attacking the precautionary principle itself as unnecessary and extremist; they are attacking the advocates of precaution as extremists and uninformed Chicken Littles; and they are claiming that "risk assessment" is totally precautionary. Not long ago, I heard a representative of the American Chemistry Council (formerly, the Chemical Manufacturers Association) tell an audience of 200 people that the chemical industry doesn't need the precautionary principle because it is already fully precautionary.

So we've got our work cut out for us:

** We've got to debunk risk assessment and show how it has caused enormous harm to human health and the environment;

** We've got to catalog how the precautionary principle is being used by sensible people around the country and, indeed, around the world;

** We've got to develop common-sense, plain-language arguments of our own so people can write their own letters to the editor advocating precaution.

** We've got to continue to expose what the chemical industry is up to.

Langzeitstudie sieht Schmetterlinge durch Gen-Mais gefährdet

Grüne Gentechnik: Langzeitstudie sieht Schmetterlinge durch Gen-Mais gefährdet (09.12.04)

Einer neuen Langzeitstudie zufolge können die genmanipulierten Maissorten MON810 und Bt11 Schmetterlinge gefährden. MON810 der Firma Monsanto ist in der EU bereits zugelassen, für Bt11 von Syngenta steht die Zulassung an. Die Forscher der Universität Maryland fanden heraus, dass sich über 20 Prozent der Raupen des geschützten Monarchfalters nicht zu Schmetterlingen entwickelten, nachdem sie Gen-Mais-Pollen gefressen hatten. Die erste Langzeituntersuchung der beiden Gen-Maissorten wurde über zwei Jahre unter Praxisbedingungen in den USA durchgeführt.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

More than 500 People Attend Daylong Conference on Voting System Problems


U.S. Media Still Hiding Bad News From Americans


Amputation Rate for US Troops Twice That of Past Wars


Bush Planning for Permanent Jail in Guantánamo


nov2truth.org news update 09 Dec 2004


'We Killed Unarmed Civilians'

Ex-Marine: 'We Killed Unarmed Civilians'

In Cleveland as in Kiev




Contact Your Electoral College Rep


"Verstrahlung"durch Mobilfunkantenne

Vor etwa einem Jahr begann der Ärger: Ein Gastwirt im Münchner Stadtteil Waldperlach kam mit einem Mobilfunkbetreiber überein, auf dem Dach seiner Wirtschaft eine Mobilfunkantenne zu installieren. Das trieb um ihre Gesundheit besorgte Anwohner auf die Barrikaden, die dem Wirt in einem Brief vorwarfen, er verkaufe für viel Geld sein Hausdach und ermögliche bedenkenlos die Verstrahlung von Kunden und Nachbarn. Viele Menschen litten dadurch unter gesundheitlichen Problemen: Man werde die Strahlengefahr durch Flugblätter bekannt machen.

Der Gastwirt fürchtete einen Boykott seiner Gaststätte und versuchte, die Verteilung des Flugblatts gerichtlich verbieten zu lassen. Alle Behauptungen der so genannten Bürgerinitiative seien falsch, konterte er. Man denunziere ihn als profitgierigen, gewissenlosen Geschäftsmann, dabei werde die Wohnbevölkerung der Gegend gesundheitlich in keiner Weise beeinträchtigt.

Das Landgericht München I lehnte den Antrag auf ein Verbot des Flugblatts ab (21 O 15712/01). Selbst wenn die strittigen Behauptungen nicht zuträfen: Es handle sich um Meinungsäußerungen, die vom Recht auf Meinungsfreiheit gedeckt seien. Der Flugblattentwurf äußere die subjektive Ansicht des Schreibers und seiner Mitstreiter, dass von der Antenne eine Gefahr für die Gesundheit ausgehe. Niemand könne ihnen verwehren, den Standpunkt einzunehmen und öffentlich zu vertreten, dass auch Strahlenwerte bedenklich seien, die unter den amtlichen Grenzwerten lägen. Urteil des Landgerichts München I vom 19. September 2001 - 21 O 15712/01 - nicht rechtskräftig


Whales Killing Themselves en Masse


Informant: Millennium Twain

Woman Forcibly Injected With Drugs


Fallujah Photos (graphic)


Handys unter Verdacht


Berliner Forscher weisen Schädigung des Erbguts nach - Aggressive Sauerstoffverbindungen sind beteiligt

Ob Handystrahlung die Gesundheit gefährdet, wird immer wieder kontrovers diskutiert. Angst brauche man nicht zu haben, verkünden die Hersteller und bisher gibt es auch keine fundierte wissenschaftlichen Studien, die Gefahren durch Mobilfunk nachweisen. Doch auch die Unbedenklichkeit lässt sich nun einmal nicht belegen, so dass sensible Menschen manchmal mit mulmigen Gefühlen zum Handy greifen. Nun haben Forscher der Berliner Charité für Schlagzeilen gesorgt. In einer aktuellen Studie konnten sie zeigen, dass Strahlung von 1800 Megahertz das Erbgut schädigen kann.

„Wir haben Leukämiezellen untersucht“, sagte Rudolf Fitzner, Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe EMF (elektromagnetische Felder) am Charité-Institut für Klinische Chemie und Pathobiochemie des Universitätsklinikums Benjamin Franklin dem Tagesspiegel. Die „HL-60–Zellen“ seien bereits vorgeschädigt, aber noch nicht im Krebsstadium . Der „Point of no Return“, das Stadium also, an dem die irreversible Wandlung zur Tumorzelle vollzogen ist, wird Fitzner zufolge durch eine rasante Erhöhung der Zellteilung charakterisiert.

In diversen Untersuchungen konnte der Mediziner, der sich seit mehr als zehn Jahren mit elektromagnetischen Feldern beschäftigt, einen solchen Effekt nicht nachweisen. Bei einer früheren Studie des Bundesamtes für Strahlenschutz über Wirkungen von Mikrowellen fand Fitzner im Bereich von 2250 Megahertz aber „signifikante erhöhte Wachstumsgeschwindigkeiten“ der Zellen. Das Ergebnis konnte bei weiteren Messungen jedoch nicht bestätigt werden. „Es hätte sich also um einen Ausreißer handeln können“, sagt Fitzner.

Die von der EU finanzierte internationale „Reflex“-Studie gab dem Berliner Team, zu dem auch die Medizinerin Kathrin Schlatterer und der Naturwissenschaftler Richard Gminski gehören, die Chance, insbesondere diesen Punkt zu klären. Die Leukämiezellen wurden einer Strahlung von 1800 Megahertz ausgesetzt. Mobiltelefone arbeiten im Bereich von etwa 900 bis 2400 Megahertz. Gesucht wurde nach Veränderungen des Erbguts und der Mikronuklei. Letztere sind kleine Teile von Chromosomen, die sich außerhalb des Zellkerns befinden.

Das Ergebnis klingt beunruhigend. „Im untersuchten Strahlungsbereich zeigten sich DNS-Schäden“, sagt Fitzner.

Angesichts der relativ geringen Energie elektromagnetischer Felder war zunächst unklar, warum die stabilen Atombindungen in der DNS überhaupt aufbrechen. Die Forscher entdeckten, dass in den bestrahlten Zellen die Bildung von Sauerstoffradikalen um 30 Prozent erhöht ist. „Diese aggressiven Substanzen schädigen das Erbgut“, sagt Fitzner. Ob dies bei anderen Zelltypen auch so sei und ob die Reagenzglas-Ergebnisse auf den Menschen übertragbar seien, müsse in weiteren Studien geklärt werden.

Im Frühjahr 2005 sollen neue Ergebnisse vorliegen. Es handelt es sich um eine epidemiologische Studie der Weltgesundheitsorganisation, an der das Deutsche Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) beteiligt ist. Zwischenergebnisse aus Skandinavien deuteten einen Zusammenhang zwischen Handys und seltenen Tumoren am Hörnerv an. „Das bezieht sich auf mehr als zehnjährige Handynutzung im analogen Netz“, sagt DKFZ-Experte Klaus Schlaefer.

http://www.tagesspiegel.de/wissen-forschen/index.asp?gotos=http://archiv.tagesspiegel.de/toolbox-neu.php?ran=on&url=http://archiv.tagesspiegel.de/archiv/10.12.2004/1529999.asp (Auszug)

Don't let Iraq vets become homeless

Veterans for Common Sense agrees one hundred percent with the editorial below: "Don't let Iraq vets become homeless." With nearly one million service members already sent to Iraq or Afghanistan, and with many more veterans surviving major combat trauma wounds, our Nation and government must prepare ourselves to welcome our warriors home and provide for their physical and mental healthcare needs.


US Army plagued by desertion and plunging morale

View from England: US Army plagued by desertion and plunging morale

Desertions, legal challenges to "stop loss," opposition to the "back door draft," poor recruiting results, and open confrontations with the Secretary of Defense add up to very serious morale problems among U.S. soldiers fighting in the Iraq War, according to the Times Online. Interestingly, President George W. Bush wants Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to remain in his position while Rumsfeld continues to fail and the situation in Iraq deteriorates further and further into civil war.


Guantanamo Detainee Details Beatings and Torture

According to the Associated Press, "Prisoners at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been beaten while blindfolded and handcuffed, terrorized by attack dogs and forced to take drugs, an Australian detainee said in an affidavit released Thursday." This makes three serious torture scandals with roots in the White House and Defense Department: Cuba, Iraq, and Afghanistan.


Records Released under the ACLU-VCS Torture FOIA Lawsuit

Hundreds of documents have been released under the joint ACLU-VCS torture FOIA lawsuit. Check here to review those documents:

Pass-RFIDS : Mit HF analog verblasbar

Anscheinend hat man sich seitens der Behörden zwar den Kopf darüber zerbrochen, wie man ein unbefugtes Auslesen der RFIDs in den neuen Pässen verhindern könnte. Wie einfach hingegen der Kurzwellen/Carrier weggepustet werden kann, hat man offenbar weniger überlegt.

Wie der Chip reagiert, wenn er auf einer anderen, nämlich der physischen Ebene angegriffen wird, ist schon wesentlich schwieriger vorauszusagen. Bei Philips ist man jedenfalls der Ansicht, dass auch das Einstrahlen eines starken Senders auf der Kommunikationsfrequenz 13,65 MHz die Smart Card nicht dazu veranlassen wird, ihre Informationen preiszugeben.

Was aber ist, wenn ein Angriff nicht auf das Abgreifen von Information zielt, sondern gegen den Carrier selbst gerichtet wird?

Wolf Harrant, Kurzwellenexperte und altgedienter Technik-Redakteur bei Radio Österreich International, ist alles andere als wohl bei dem Gedanken, das hier eine Technologie zum Einsatz kommt, die "ein 14-Jähriger mit einem Oszillator-Kleinbausatz" angreifen könne.

Recht anfällig ist das System nämlich gegen Überlagerungen, Funkechos und ähnliche Störungen, weshalb in den technischen Empfehlungen der Organisation für Zivilluftfahrt [ICAO], aber auch der Hersteller mehrfach darauf hingewiesen wird, die Nähe metallischer Flächen beim Aufstellen von Smart-Card-Lesegeräten zu meiden.

Wie "Funkchips" bzw. "kontaktlose Smartcards" funktionieren
Viel Watt gegen sehr wenig Watt

Ganz abgesehen davon, dass weltweit Hunderttausende für einen Angriff leicht umrüstbare Kurzwellen-Funkanlagen von der Marine bis zu Amateurfunkgeräten verfügbar seien, so Harranth weiter. Mit minimalen Eingriffen sei es möglich, so manchen leistungsfähigen Amateur-Transceiver vom 20-Meter-Band [14,025 MHz aufwärts] auf die Sendefrequenz 13,650 MHz umzustellen.

Die werksmäßig vorgesehene Sendeleistung von bis zu 200 Watt müsste an sich genügen, um die Kommunikation auf 13,65 MHz für schwächere Sender empfindlich zu stören bzw. unmöglich zu machen, so Harranth abschließend.

Lesegeräte für kontaktlose Smart Cards können aus arbeitsmedizinischen Gründen nur im unteren, einstelligen Wattbereich senden. Die Antworten der Smart Card dürften sich im unteren Milliwatt-Bereich bewegen.

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Quelle: quintessenz-list Digest, Vol 21, Issue 6

Beschäftigungsgesellschaften - Konjunktur in Krisenzeiten

Artikel von Elke Bohl in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 08.12.2004

Aus dem Text: "… Mitarbeiter in Beschäftigungsgesellschaften unterzubringen komme den Arbeitgeber tatsächlich in der Regel teurer, als im Anschluß an betriebsbedingte Kündigungen Abfindungen zu zahlen, sagt Andreas Walle, Rechtsanwalt in der Sozietät Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. Dennoch könne es sich lohnen: "Der Arbeitgeber gewinnt Planungssicherheit", meint Walle. Denn auf diese Weise ließen sich langwierige Kündigungsschutzklagen mit ungewissem Ausgang vermeiden.

(…) Gerade für altgediente Mitarbeiter könne es sich durchaus lohnen, statt dessen eine Abfindung zu akzeptieren. Daß Arbeitnehmern ein Wechsel nicht einfach aufgezwungen werden kann, hat auch schon die Justiz beschäftigt. So bescheinigte das Arbeitsgericht Düsseldorf der Deutschen Telekom, sie dürfe Mitarbeiter nicht ohne weiteres zu ihrer Vermittlungs- und Qualifizierungsagentur Vivento versetzen (Az.: 4 Ca 11364/03). (…)

"Im Ergebnis verlängern die Beschäftigungsgesellschaften oft nur den Bezug von Arbeitslosengeld", resümiert Anwalt Walle. Das Transfer-Kurzarbeitergeld entspreche der Höhe nach dem Arbeitslosengeld. Und wer nach 12 Monaten noch immer ohne Job dastehe, erhalte anschließend noch 12 Monate Arbeitslosengeld - und erst danach Arbeitslosengeld II..."

Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 20, Eintrag 9

Beifall für Lohnklau

Göttinger Industriesoziologen untersuchten VW-Reform-Projekt "5 000 x 5 000" von Peter Hartz.

Ihr Resümee: Verschärfte Ausbeutung soll Schule machen. Artikel von Reimar Paul in junge Welt vom 08.12.2004


Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 20, Eintrag 9

Das Grundeinkommen als würdiges Auskommen

Abgekoppelt von der Erwerbsarbeit. Das Grundeinkommen als würdiges Auskommen

"Die Idee eines Grundeinkommens ist nicht neu. Schon im 15. Jahrhundert entwickelt Thomas More Ideen in diese Richtung. Der Anarchist Petr Kropotkin will 1918 in seinem gleichnamigen Buch Wohlstand für alle, die Forderung nach einem Recht auf Arbeit geißelt er dagegen als Weg in ein "industrielles Zuchthaus". Im Laufe des 20. Jahrhunderts wird eine Vielfalt von Konzepten zum Grundeinkommen entwickelt, und die Befürworter reichen von dem Psychoanalytiker Erich Fromm über den Sozialwissenschaftler André Gorz bis zu dem neoliberalen Ökonomen Milton Friedman. Im Juli 2004 wurde nun in Berlin das bundesweit tätige Netzwerk Grundeinkommen gegründet…" Text der Sendung von Günter Rohleder im Deutschlandfunk am 26.11.2004


Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 20, Eintrag 9

Arbeitszwang - Arbeitsverpflichtung

Verschiedene Bestimmungen und deren Bedeutung für ein Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen. Artikel von Ronald Blaschke (pdf)

Minijobs vernichten Arbeitsplätze

Der Boom der Minijobs vernichtet massiv regulär sozialversicherte Arbeitsplätze. Nur in ganz seltenen Fällen finden ehemals Erwerbslose so einen Weg in reguläre Beschäftigung. "Wirtschaft aktuell" von ver.di Nr. 14 vom Dezember 2004 (pdf)


Vorsicht Alg II - Damit Sie nicht unter die Räder kommen

Kampagne der Arbeitslosenzeitung quer und der BAG-SHI

Die Kampagnenseite ist von http://www.bag-shi.de nach http://www.alg-2.info umgezogen. Damit haben sich auch die Links zu den einzelnen Flugblättern auf der Kampagnenseite im Labournet geändert

Wir verweisen - da die Flugblätter der Kampagne laufend aktualisiert werden - auf die Übersicht unter http://www.alg-2.info/info/

Zudem hat die Kampagne nun ein Infotelefon!

"Hartz IV wirft eine Menge Fragen auf und schafft Probleme. Deshalb haben wir für Menschen, die von Alg II bedroht oder betroffen sind, ein Infotelefon eingerichtet, das von Anne Ames betreut wird. Es ist unter (069) 26 95 68 94 erreichbar: Montags von 14-17 Uhr, Dienstags von 14-17 Uhr, Donnerstags von 10-12.30 Uhr - oder schicken Sie eine Mail an ames@alg-2.info .

Frauen aufgepasst! Noch mehr Abhängigkeit droht. Neues Infoflugblatt Nr. 14 der Kampagne

Bei Zwangsarbeit gibt es NICHTS zu beschönigen

Beitrag von Karl H. Schrödelsecker

Gegenwehr gegen 1 Euro-Jobs ist möglich

Kleine Handlungshilfe von Anne Alex (pdf)

Die ALG-II-Bescheide sind ein Skandal

"Die ALG-II-Bescheide sind ein Skandal. Es ist das gute Recht eines jeden, Verwaltungshandeln anzufechten und per Widerspruch und notfalls Klage überprüfen zu lassen. Nur: Anhand des Bescheids können Arbeitslose und ihre Berater letztlich gar nicht prüfen, ob der Bescheid fehlerfrei und rechtmäßig ist. An entscheidenden Stellen sind nur Endergebnisse angegeben. Was, wie und warum gerechnet wurde, bleibt im Dunkeln und wird nicht erklärt - geschweige denn begründet." Die Koordinierungsstelle gewerkschaftlicher Arbeitslosengruppen hat eine Checkliste "Stimmt mein Bescheid" (pdf) entwickelt


A defeat for an empire

by Robert Jensen

Fort Worth Star Telegram


The United States has lost the war in Iraq, and that's a good thing. I don't mean that the loss of American and Iraqi lives is to be celebrated. The death and destruction are numbingly tragic, and the
suffering in Iraq is hard for most of us in the United States to comprehend. The tragedy is compounded because these deaths haven't protected Americans or brought freedom to Iraqis. They have come in the quest to extend the American empire in this 'new American century.' So, as a U.S. citizen, I welcome the U.S. defeat for a simple reason: It isn't the defeat of the United States -- its people or their ideals -- but of that empire. And it's essential that the American empire be defeated and dismantled...


Information from RRND



Crimes Against Humanity Committed In Connection With Pharmaceutical Business

Complaint Against Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity Committed in Connection With The Pharmaceutical 'Business With Disease' And The Recent War Against Iraq

The Accused

The accused are the following persons from the corporate, military
and political sectors of different nationalities:

The pharmaceutical and petrochemical (oil) industries are held in the hands of the same financial interest groups, such as Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan. They were the largest donors to Bush’s election campaign in 2000.

Without this money, the Bush administration would not be in the White House today.

In return, five out of ten key legislative initiatives during the Bush administration were nothing other than trillion dollar government subsidy programs for the pharmaceutical drug cartel.


Informant: Friends

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Informant: Lew Rockwell

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