"George Bush, Uncle Sam. Iraq Will Be Your Vietnam"


The World Bank: a Bigger Problem Than Wolfowitz

Development, Debt and Obedience to Empire

From Information Clearing House

2 Years Of Death And Destruction


From Information Clearing House

Exposing the Coming Draft

Young Americans need to be clear: both parties--Republicans and Democrats--are parties of war and parties of empire. Likewise, both ideological stances--liberal and conservative--rationalize and memorialize war and empire, each with a particular bent and emphasis.


From Information Clearing House

Army experiments with raising maximum age for Reserve recruits

Dubbed a three-year “test,” the new policy will bump up the maximum age for new enlistments from 34 years to 39 years, according to an Army announcement.


From Information Clearing House

Growing number of US troops refusing to return to Iraq

They can't train you for the reality of Iraq.


From Information Clearing House

Another Shameful Navy Cover-Up

Family members of the dead reservists are furious that heads have not rolled. Their specific target is Kubic, whom they hold responsible for the loss of their loved ones even though he now denies giving the fatal order.


From Information Clearing House

Iraq toll keeps climbing

Two years after the invasion of Iraq the rate of US soldiers being killed is averaging 18 a week, almost double the rate in the first year after the war. Between 40,000 and 50,000 US military personnel are in Iraq despite serious medical conditions that should have ruled them out of combat.


From Information Clearing House

Media Downplay Historic Day of Protests


Informant: Martin Greenhut

Deconstructing Iraq: Year 3 Begins

by Tom Engelhardt

The most significant fact of our Iraq War and occupation (and war), which can't be repeated too many times, is that the Bush administration busted into the country without an exit strategy for a simple reason: They never planned to leave -- and they still don't.

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The world is waiting for an answer: Are we Americans, or human Beings?

by Robert Jensen

We have a choice: We can actually live the values that we say guide our country or we can abandon those values. We can work to make democracy -- that is, a system in which ordinary people have meaningful input into the formation of public policy -- a reality in our own country. If we don't, the unrestrained and violent use of U.S. power abroad will remain a danger.

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The Price Of Oil Dependence

Pass It On: The Price Of Oil Dependence

by Apollo Alliance

Didn't think America's dependence on foreign oil really affected you? $3-per-gallon gasoline might make you think again.


The Apollo Alliance has a plan for cleaner, cheaper energy—and good jobs: http://www.apolloalliance.org/

A View From The Peak

by WorldChanging

We may not know when global oil production will peak, but now we know when the major oil companies will.


Needed: Voter Rolls, Clean And Complete

by Rob Richie and Steven Hill, TomPaine.com

It's time for a coherent system that ensures all of us can vote, but none of us can vote more than once.


Large Quakes Follow Solar Spike

March 21st 2005


Large Quakes Follow Solar Spike

by Mitch Battros – ECTV

A 7.0 quake hits Japan and today a 6.9 quake hits Argentina . There is a rash of large quakes occur around the ring of fire. Nothing extraordinary, but I can’t help but think there may be a connection to what I am now calling “solar quakes”.

Something unusual (at least to me) is occurring on the Sun. This is now the second time I have witnessed an unusual spike in the Kp index, with increased earthquake activity to occur within 48 to 72 hours of this event.


I did ask Dr. Paal Brekke, Deputy Director of the SOHO project and stationed at NASA/Goddard Space Center, if there could be a connection. His answer matched what I had reported in two or three articles posted earlier this month. “At this time there is no data or current research which connects such events”. And again, I would agree in full, however, I am suspect there may be some unknown phenomena we just have not yet embraced.

I really cannot go any further than this at this time. I just wanted you to know I have turned my attention towards “solar quakes” and will venture into finding credible data to support such.



NRDC's BioGems News, March 2005

In Mexico's Upper Gulf of California, harmful fishing practices are driving the world's smallest porpoise, the vaquita marina, to the brink of extinction. To the south, on the coast of Chile's breathtaking Patagonia region, a proposed aluminum smelter threatens to contaminate one of the least polluted marine environments in the Americas and a possible breeding ground of the magnificent blue whale.

To ensure that these sensitive coastal habitat areas continue to thrive, NRDC has added them to our 2005 BioGems list. We are building public pressure on Ocean Garden, the Upper Gulf region's chief shrimp exporter, to help protect the vaquita by promoting truly sustainable fishing in the Upper Gulf. At the same time, we are demanding that the Canadian company Noranda help protect blue whales and other vulnerable wildlife by canceling plans to build an aluminum smelter in the Aysén region of Patagonia.

» Tell Ocean Garden not to purchase shrimp from the Upper Gulf until sustainable fishing practices are in place.

» Demand that Noranda abandon plans for the aluminum smelter on the Patagonia Coast.

Protest Stories




You're ALL invited to the Pepper Spray Trial!
Come witness the trial that will decide the fate of protest and chemical weapons in these times! We need a presence in the courtroom to show support!
Trial starts April 11th, 2005 onwards
San Francisco Federal Building, Judge Susan Ilston's Courtroom
450 Golden Gate Ave. at Polk (Civic Center BART stop)
**Must bring photo ID to get in**
Call 510-835-6303 for more info

We are the Pepper Spray 8, forest activists and plaintiffs in the pivotal civil rights case Headwaters Forest Defense vs. County of Humboldt, which interweaves the fate of our imperiled forests with the right to peacefully protest free from assault by pepper spray.

In 1997, while engaged in nonviolent sit-ins to protect old growth redwoods, Humboldt County and Eureka police applied pepper spray directly to our eyes with Q-tips. Shocking images from police videotapes caused international outrage. Amnesty International called the police behavior cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment..."tantamount to torture."

We've successfully fought numerous legal obstacles, winning appeals and making precedent, and going to trial twice, but the journey for justice is not quite over. We send this letter now at a critical juncture: We begin our new jury trial this April 11, 2005, and you're ALL invited!

There are two simple ways you can stand with us to protect the freedom of dissent in this country: 1. DONATE what you can to keep our case alive-every little bit helps, and donations will continue to be needed! 2. ATTEND TRIAL in San Francisco, CA starting April 11th. We need to publicly show our support and keep a presence in the courtroom for this important jury trial. For much more information, visit: http://www.nopepperspray.org

Last September, our case went to jury trial in San Francisco for the second time (represented by the same award-winning legal team that won a stunning jury verdict two years ago for Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney against the FBI). After three weeks of trial testimony, the jury's deliberations came to a quick halt when just two of the jurors adamantly believed that police should be allowed to inflict severe pain on peaceful protesters. Although we had the majority, we need a unanimous verdict to protect the tradition of peaceful protest.

Let's make sure "the third time's the charm," because this case is more important than ever! We must not let the police open the door to using pain as coercion against nonviolent people, protecting the politically powerful Pacific Lumber/Maxxam Corporation in their devastation of ancient forests.

Civil rights in this country today are an endangered species just like the ancient redwoods we aim to protect. The fact that our case is a contentious one is the very reason we need to follow through with it and win the retrial, in defense of everyone's rights. Because as Frederick Douglas said, "Power concedes nothing without a demand."

Spring Lundberg, Terri Compost, Mike McCurdy, Sam Neuwirth, Maya Portugal, Lisa Sanderson-Fox, Jennifer Banka Schneider, and Noel Tendick.


Dear Pepper Spray 8,

The trial ended today as a hung jury. We deadlocked (6 -2). I am greatly troubled and disappointed about the outcome...creat[ing] an underlying current that it's ok to use excessive force on peaceful protestors. I am appalled and dismayed that this happened. I do hope there is a third trial and the plaintiffs win.

(One of the jurors)

Informant: Nicholas Wilson

Enron: Patron Saint of Bush's Fake News


Don't We Care Anymore?


Now Wolfowitz is Laughing All the Way to the World Bank


Tens of Thousands March Through London in Iraq War Protest


Anger and Grief Mark Second Anniversary of Iraq War


Stiglitz Warns of Violence If Wolfowitz Goes to World Bank


Could global warming 'lead to a deep freeze'?

[The *San Diego Union-Tribune* reported last month on a briefing given to the press in the course of the February meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.[1] -- At the briefing, Tim Barnett, a marine physicist, said: "It's really undeniable that global warming is going on, whether you see it in the ocean or in the ecosystems," he said. "There's really a gazillion places to look for it." -- One concern scientists are expressing is this: "Melting snow and ice in the Arctic are adding fresh water to the North Atlantic, a situation that could disrupt the flow of warm water from the tropics to the north," journalist Bruce Lieberman wrote in the *Union-Tribune*. "This 'conveyer belt' brings cold and salty water from the Arctic to the south and moves warm water from the tropics to the north. A slowdown or shutdown of this circulation could drastically change the world's climate. For the U.S. Northeast and northern Europe, continued global warming could lead to a deep freeze." -- You may have heard that some are drawing even more alarming conclusions, citing evidence that global climate change can occur quite abruptly, in ways that would have an enormous and sudden impact upon human societies. -- How worrisome are such claims? -- You'll be better able to judge after you participate in Digging Deeper IV, a study circle on climate change and global warming facilitated by United for Peace of Pierce County. -- Among the books that will be discussed (available for borrowing or for purchase from UFPPC) are *High Tide: The Truth about Our Climate Crisis*, by Mark Lynas (Picador, 2004); *The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization*, by Brian M. Fagan (Basic Books, 2004); *Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media*, by Patrick J. Michaels (Cato Institute, 2004); and *The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future*, by Richard B. Alley (Princeton University Press, 2002). -- Digging Deeper IV will meet Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Mandolin Cafe, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma. -- For more information, see here: http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/2449/ --Mark]


EU to Push for GMO Foods Despite Opposition

EU to Push for GMO Foods Despite Opposition - Paper

Our Synthetic Sea

A scientific investigation regarding the "explosive increase" of plastic debris in the world’s ocean that depicts how plastic is negatively impacting sea life in increasingly alarming ways.


Documentary and Talk
Hosted by Jan Lundberg
Wednesday, March 23rd
Grand Lake Neighborhood Center
530 Lake Park Avenue

This 22-minute documentary traces the groundbreaking research conducted by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation (AMRF) regarding the exponential buildup of "non-biodegradable" plastic debris in the world's oceans, employing scientific papers and interviews with concerned scientists to reveal why toxic, estrogenic plastic debris is a serious, chronic threat to marine food webs.

Jan Lundberg is an environmental activist, writer, member of the Campaign Against the Plastic Plague (CAPP), and publisher of http://CultureChange.org

Call Janet, 595-1596, for information

Informant: Scott Munson

Logging Visits Rather Than Trees


Informant: Deane T. Rimerman

The story of vanishing tigers


Informant: Deane T. Rimerman

Indian PM Orders Moves To Save Disappearing Tigers

Tiger Future Not Burning Bright In India

Blair manipulated intelligence to justify war


Illegale Abholzung: Umweltschützer warnen vor falschen Öko-Zertifikate für Gartenmöbel


Nach Informationen von Umweltschützern kommt das Holz für Gartenmöbel überwiegend aus illegalen Holzhandel. In südostasiatischen Ländern wie Burma, Kambodscha und Indonesien würden "in rasantem Tempo tropische Wälder zerstört", sagte Peter Gerhardt, Tropenwaldreferent der Umweltschutzorganisation Robin Wood. Funktionierende staatliche Kontrollen gegen illegalen Holzhandel fehlten in den betroffenen Ländern. Hier in Deutschland werde mit dem Holz Profit gemacht: Das Holz vieler Gartenmöbeln werde mit leeren Öko-Versprechen angepriesen. Das hätten Stichproben der Umweltorganisation ergeben. Denn das angeblich zertifizierte Holz sei in mehreren Fällen unklarer Herkunft.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Auto-Konzerne sollen Klagen gegen Klimaschutzgesetz zurückziehen

Umweltverbände gegen VW, BMW & Co.: Auto-Konzerne sollen Klagen gegen Klimaschutzgesetz zurückziehen (21.03.05)

Neun große deutsche Umweltverbände haben die Autobauer BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Porsche und Volkswagen der Heuchelei in Klimaschutz-Sachen bezichtigt. Sie forderten die Vorstände der Unternehmen auf, ihre Klage gegen das kalifornische Klimaschutzgesetz zurückziehen. Das Gesetz solle die Treibhausgasemissionen von Neuwagen ab 2009 begrenzen, um den Kohlendioxidausstoß neu zugelassener PKW bis 2016 um 30 Prozent zu reduzieren. Eine Allianz aus deutschen, amerikanischen und japanischen Autofirmen habe jedoch dagegen vor dem US-Bezirksgericht in Fresno/Kalifornien geklagt.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

IBM and the Microchipped Population


Details on Depleted Uranium


Details on Depleted Uranium

The details about Depleted Uranium are emerging from the deep hole the US Department of Defense has put them. Rumor has it that the BBC will break the story over the next few days. If that happens, US mainstream media will likely pick up the story.

What I want to know is why its taken so long. Who put the blackout on US Media? I've found internet links to documents produced by the government as early as 1990 on DU and its potential consequences. There are extensive resources on-line on DU. There are also government commissioned studies that minimize it's risks. The Federation of American Scientists has a good set of links.

Remember all the discussion about Anthrax powder? The CDC describes how small particles of Anthrax the size of 5-10 micrometers can easily become airborne again when disturbed:

Although resuspension of certain settled particles requires substantial amounts of energy, lower energy activities (e.g., paper handling, foot traffic, mail handling, and patting of chairs) can reaerosolize settled B. anthracis spores (9,10). The clinical and epidemiologic presentations of anthrax after an intentional release vary by the population targeted, the characteristics of the spores, the mode and source of exposure, and other characteristics.

The size of the particles of DU are nanometers and therefore even easier to disturb and stay airborne for longer periods. The problem with even Rands conclusions are based on the assumption of episodic exposures where the body can purge itself of the particles as it do with natural occuring uranium. I can imagine battlefields that are occupied indefinitely producing continuous exposure that builds up in the body. I recall discussions of dust always in the air in Iraq . I can imagine a gradually increasing continuous exposure to DU in certain locations. With troops rotating in and out of hot areas, they receive continuous exposure while there. The numbers exposed would be very high.

DU along with the exposure of many troops to the traces of chemical weapons in southern Iraq early in the invasion when a munitions dump was burned probably accounts for much of the 56% disability rate in Gulf War II Veterans.

Explaining How

“The numbers are overwhelming, but the potential horrors only get worse,” Robert C. Koehler of the Chicago-based Tribune Media Services wrote in an article about DU weapons entitled “Silent Genocide.”

“DU dust does more than wreak havoc on the immune systems of those who breathe it or touch it; the substance also alters one’s genetic code,” Koehler wrote. “The Pentagon’s response to such charges is denial, denial, denial. And the American media is its moral co-conspirator.”

The U.S. government has known for at least 20 years that DU weapons produce clouds of poison gas on impact. These clouds of aerosolized DU are laden with billions of toxic sub-micron sized particles. A 1984 Department of Energy conference on nuclear airborne waste reported that tests of DU anti-tank missiles showed that at least 31 percent of the mass of a DU penetrator is converted to nano-particles on impact. In larger bombs the percentage of aerosolized DU increases to nearly 100 percent, Fulk told AFP .

DU is harmful in three ways, according to Fulk: “Chemical toxicity, radiological toxicity and particle toxicity.”
“Exposure pathways for depleted uranium can be through the skin, by inhalation, and ingestion,” Moret wrote. “Nano-particles have high mobility and can easily enter the body. Inhalation of nano-particles of depleted uranium is the most hazardous exposure, because the particles pass through the lung-blood barrier directly into the blood.

“When inhaled through the nose, nano-particles can cross the olfactory bulb directly into the brain through the blood brain barrier, where they migrate all through the brain,” she wrote. “Many Gulf era soldiers exposed to depleted uranium have been diagnosed with brain tumors, brain damage and impaired thought processes. Uranium can interfere with the mitochondria, which provide energy for the nerve processes, and transmittal of the nerve signal across synapses in the brain.

“Damage to the mitochondria, which provide all energy to the cells and nerves, can cause chronic fatigue syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Hodgkin’s disease.”

Complete Article

Radioactive Uranium Nano-Particles Pinpointed as Major Issue
in Gulf War Syndrome
Christopher Bollyn – American Free Press January 7, 2005

Depleted uranium weapons and the untold misery they wreak on mankind are taboo subjects in the mainstream media. There are indications, however, that the media embargo is about to be breached.

Despite being a grossly under-reported subject in the mainstream media, there is intense public interest in depleted uranium (DU) and the damage it inflicts on humankind and the environment.

While American Free Press is actively investigating DU weapons and how they contribute to Gulf War Syndrome, the corporate-controlled press virtually ignores the illegal use of DU and its long-lasting effects on the health of veterans and the public.

In August 2004 American Free Press published a ground-breaking four-part series on DU weapons and the long-term health risks they pose to soldiers and civilians alike. Information provided to AFP by experts and scientists, some of it published for the first time in this paper, has increased public awareness of how exposure to small particles of DU can severely affect human health.

Leuren Moret, a Berkeley-based geo-scientist with expertise in atmospheric dust, corresponds with AFP on DU issues. Recently Moret provided a copy of her correspondence to a British radiation biologist, Dr. Chris Busby, about how nanometer size particles of DU – less than one-tenth of a micron and smaller – once inhaled or absorbed into the body, can cause long-term damage to one's health.

Busby is one of the founders of Green Audit, a British organization that monitors companies "whose activities might threaten the environment and health of citizens."

Moret's letter was meant to assist Busby in a legal case being heard in the High Court in London where a former defense worker, Richard David, 49, is suing Normal Air Garrett, Ltd., an aircraft parts company now owned by Honeywell Aerospace, claiming exposure to depleted uranium on the job has made his life a "living hell."

David worked as a component fitter on fighter planes and bombers but had to quit due to health problems. He says he developed a cough within weeks of starting work.

Today, David suffers from a variety of symptoms like those known as Gulf War Syndrome, including respiratory and kidney problems, bowel conditions and painful joints. Medical tests reveal mutations to his DNA and damage to his chromosomes, which, he says, could only have been caused by ionizing radiation. He has also been diagnosed with a terminal lung condition.

Honeywell denies depleted uranium was ever used at the plant in Yeovil, Somerset, where David worked for 10 years until 1995. David claims that DU's existence at the plant was denied because it is an official secret.

David has asked the High Court for more time to gather evidence. The hearing is due to resume in April. “I don’t have any legal representation," David said, "so I am representing myself. It is a real David versus Goliath case.

“I am confident I will win. I hope to set a precedent for other cases of people who have suffered from the effects of depleted uranium.”

Moret's letter on the particle effect of DU is based on research done by Marion Fulk, a nuclear physical chemist and former scientist with the Manhattan Project and the National Laboratory at Livermore, California. Fulk, who has developed a "particle theory" about how DU nano-particles affect human DNA , donates his time and expertise to help bring information about DU to the public.

Asked about Fulk's particle theory, Busby said it is "quite sound." "DU is much more dangerous than they say," Busby added. "I've always said that it contributes significantly to Gulf War Syndrome."

When Moret's correspondence to Dr. Busby was posted on the Internet over the New Year's holiday under the title "How Depleted Uranium Weapons Are Killing Our Troops," some 6,000 people read the letter in the first two days. The following Monday, a producer from the BBC 's Panorama program contacted Moret to arrange an interview.

If the BBC follows up with an investigation on the health effects of DU, it may be hard for the U.S. media to remain silent. More than 500,000 "Gulf War Era" vets currently receive disability compensation, many of them for a variety of symptoms generally referred to as Gulf War Syndrome. Experts blame DU for many of these symptoms.

“The numbers are overwhelming, but the potential horrors only get worse,” Robert C. Koehler of the Chicago-based Tribune Media Services wrote in an article about DU weapons entitled “Silent Genocide.”

“DU dust does more than wreak havoc on the immune systems of those who breathe it or touch it; the substance also alters one's genetic code,” Koehler wrote. “The Pentagon's response to such charges is denial, denial, denial. And the American media is its moral co-conspirator.”

The U.S. government has known for at least twenty years that DU weapons produce clouds of poison gas on impact. These clouds of aerosolized DU are laden with billions of toxic sub-micron sized particles. A 1984 Dept. of Energy conference on Nuclear Airborne Waste reported that tests of DU anti-tank missiles showed that at least 31 percent of the mass of a DU penetrator is converted to nano-particles on impact. In larger bombs the percentage of aerosolized DU increases to nearly 100 percent, Fulk told AFP .

Depleted uranium is harmful in three ways, according to Fulk: "Chemical toxicity, radiological toxicity, and particle toxicity." Particles in the nano-meter (one billionth of a meter) range are a "new breed of cat," Moret wrote. Because the size of the nano-particles allows them to pass freely throughout the organism and into the nucleus of its cells, exposure to nano-particles causes different symptoms than exposure to larger particles of the same substance.

Internalized DU particles, Fulk said, act as "a non-specific catalyst" in both "nuclear and non-nuclear" ways. This means that the uranium particle can affect human DNA and RNA because of both its chemical and radiological properties. This is why internalized DU particles cause "many, many diseases," Fulk said.

Asked if this is how DU causes severe birth defects, Fulk said, "Yes."

The military is aware of DU's harmful effects on the human genetic code. A 2001 study of DU's effect on DNA done by Dr. Alexandra C. Miller for the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, indicates that DU's chemical instability causes 1 million times more genetic damage than would be expected from its radiation effect alone, Moret wrote.

Dr. Miller requested that questions be sent in writing and copied to a military spokesman, but did tell AFP that it should be noted that her studies showing that DU is "neoplastically transforming and genotoxic" are based on in vitro cellular research.

Studies have shown that inhaled nano-particles are far more toxic than micro-sized particles of the same basic chemical composition. British toxicopathologist Vyvyan Howard has reported that the increased toxicity of the nano-particle is due to its size.

For example, when mice were exposed to virus-size particles of Teflon (0.13 microns) in a Univ. of Rochester study, there were no ill effects. But when mice were exposed to nano-particles of Teflon for 15 minutes, nearly all the mice died within 4 hours.

"Exposure pathways for depleted uranium can be through the skin, by inhalation, and ingestion," Moret wrote. "Nano-particles have high mobility and can easily enter the body. Inhalation of nano-particles of depleted uranium is the most hazardous exposure, because the particles pass through the lung-blood barrier directly into the blood.

"When inhaled through the nose, nano-particles can cross the olfactory bulb directly into the brain through the blood brain barrier, where they migrate all through the brain," she wrote. "Many Gulf Era soldiers exposed to depleted uranium have been diagnosed with brain tumors, brain damage, and impaired thought processes. Uranium can interfere with the mitochondria, which provide energy for the nerve processes, and transmittal of the nerve signal across synapses in the brain.

"Damage to the mitochondria, which provide all energy to the cells and nerves, can cause chronic fatigue syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Hodgkin’s disease."


March 14, 2005 06:38 PM

Informant: Carol Wolman

Nightmare Vision of North America


Informant: Shanti Renfrew

Conditioning for the real thing?


Informant: Ronda Zeoli

The Price of Patriotism


Thin Skin Of Earth That Stands Between Us And Total Disaster


Informant: Friends

Where Do We Go From Here?


Informant: Friends

Explaining How Depleted Uranium Is Killing Civilians, Soldiers, Land

The following article, written a year ago, condenses much useful basic information about depleted uranium. It might be good to read over. An informant from UK says the BBC is planning an expose' about DU for the coming week. If the story goes forward, says Karim, it is bound to be picked up by US media.


Informant: David Diggins

The character assassins


It's important to understand that the War Party is not interested in debate, but only in demonization, and Schwartz is a perfect example of this method. Opponents of the war aren't just wrong, in their view -- they're 'Nazis!' Nor does it matter what one writes about them, since it's all for a 'good' cause. Schwartz just makes stuff up and flings it at his opponents: and naturally, David Horowitz, who has absolutely no moral or journalistic standards (some things never change), has no compunctions about providing a platform for outright fabrications. In this holy war against those they deem their political enemies, these two old commies haven't changed their spots one iota: for them, the ends still justify the means...


from AntiWar.Com, by Justin Raimondo

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A wilting coalition


The coalition of the willing is losing its will. Italy just announced it will withdraw its 3,000 troops from Iraq by the fall. The Netherlands, Poland, and Ukraine are also in the process of pulling out or preparing to pull out an additional 4,750 troops. When Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, says, 'We have to have an exit strategy,' he is not kidding. With the departure of those nations, the coalition will be down to 21 countries. That is a massive cut from the days when the administration boasted the window dressing of 38 fighting countries and nearly 50 total allies (even as the United States accounted for 85 percent of the troops). President Bush downplayed Italy's imminent abandonment in a press conference this week. Bush said Berlusconi reassured him in a phone call 'that there was no change in his policy ...


from Boston Globe, by Derrick Z. Jackson

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Minimum wage fraud


In the United States, federal and state politicians are eager to raise the minimum legal wage -- again. They have raised the minimum legal wage a dozen times before, but they complain that it is never enough. The prices of food, clothing, and shelter keep going up faster than wages. So politicians offer to solve this problem with a new law to raise wages. Don't fall for it. Politicians are the cause of the problem, not the solution...


from Butterbach.Net, by Ken Schoolland

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Reigniting the anti-war movement


This weekend marks the second anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Over 1,500 US soldiers have been killed, more than 100,000 Iraqis have lost their lives, violence continues unabated, and we -- the US taxpayers -- have sunk over $200 billion into invading and occupying the oil-rich nation. Many Americans feel this war has been a monumental disaster; others feel the US has brought democracy to the Iraqi people. But despite these opposite perceptions, according to the latest Harris poll, a larger majority than ever before -- 59% -- believe the US troops should come home in the next year. The anti-war movement, which now represents the sentiment of the majority of the American people, is poised to mark this second anniversary by launching a new peace offensive. Here are several ways you can help...


from Common Dreams, by Medea Benjamin

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

War is unacceptable


As I see it, humankind is at a crossroads. Religion and politics have failed. Corporatism, imperialism, nationalism, communism and a whole smorgasbord of 'isms' have separated us rather than united us. Modernization has failed to reduce violence in the human race. In reality, 'we' can do nothing; only 'I' can do anything. Humanity comprises 6.5 billion 'I's' -- most are responsible for war to one degree or another. I may influence others with my actions, but I control only one person ... me! Stopping war begins with changing 'me.' ... Getting the mind in a quiet state so that I may achieve personal liberation is something I do every day to help eliminate violence from my personal life...


from Activist Magazine, by Joey King

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The forgotten Ninth Amendment


The case Scalia makes has a good deal going for it because it is indeed part of the theory of politics in the USA that the role justices play does not include making laws, only interpreting the Constitution when some legislation is challenged through the courts (and reaches the US Supreme Court). The living constitution idea is, indeed, destructive of the rule of law and of democracy itself because it encourages arbitrariness, the departure from governance by law toward governance according to the justices' own convictions. Yet, there is a problem here because Justice Scalia ignores the Ninth Amendment to the US Constitution, the one that states unequivocally that aside from rights enumerated in that document, the people have others, as well...


from SOLO HQ, by Tibor R. Machan

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Out at first


We're fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, threatened by al Qaeda, mired in budget deficits, facing gargantuan liabilities in Social Security and Medicare, struggling to sustain the our military forces' fighting capacity -- and what did this committee think warranted its urgent attention? Whether a few overpaid entertainers take forbidden pills to improve their performance. The hearing rested on two well-worn premises that should offend the conservative sensibilities of Republicans, who control this committee and Congress. The first is absolutely everything is a federal responsibility. The second is the private sector needs incessant guidance from government...


from Washington Times, by Steve Chapman

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Afghanistan: "One huge US jail"


Outside Kabul, Afghanistan is bleaker, its provinces more inaccessible and lawless, than it was under the Taliban. If anyone leaves town, they do so in convoys. Afghanistan is a place where it is easy for people to disappear and perilous for anyone to investigate their fate. Even a seasoned aid agency such as Médécins Sans Frontières was forced to quit after five staff members were murdered last June. Only the 17,000-strong US forces, with their all-terrain Humvees and Apache attack helicopters, have the run of the land, and they have used the haze of fear and uncertainty that has engulfed the country to advance a draconian phase in the war against terror. Afghanistan has become the new Guantánamo Bay...


from Guardian [UK], by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Anti-war activities

Website lists anti-war activities for students: "On the week of the second anniversary of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, we the students and youth believe it is time we make our presence felt within the greater antiwar movement. During the fifties and sixties, students led powerful civil rights struggles. We were amongst the leadership of the anti-Vietnam War struggles during the sixties and seventies as well. In this spirit, we are again standing up against the unjust and illegal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere...


from Campus Resistance -- Hat Tip to CounterPunch

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Defendant Rumsfeld


On March 1, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First filed a historic lawsuit, Ali et al. v. Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense of the United States of America, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (the defendant's home state). In all forms of media, there has been minimal coverage of the very existence of this legal action, and even less of the precisely documented charges, including the defendant's violations of American and international laws and the consequences of his continuing lawlessness...


from Village Voice, by Nat Hentoff

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Congress drops ball on torture charges


According to Congress, investigating whether Mark McGwire was pumped up with steroids when he made baseball home run history is a question of vital public concern. But what the CIA and our military are doing to prisoners during overseas interrogations, well, that doesn't merit the same interest. After all, what's at stake isn't our national pastime, it's only our national soul. As human rights groups continue to compile evidence that prisoners held under U.S. control have been brutalized, and as new reports emerge that at least 26 prisoners have died at the hands of our military or intelligence services, Congress twiddles its thumbs...


from St. Petersburg Times, by Robin Blumner

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Media downplay historic day of protests


The second anniversary of the war was the impetus for major demonstrations throughout the world. In the United States, over 800 communities held events calling for an end to the occupation. CNN, however, reported that in the United States 'barely a ripple was made while large protests took place in Europe.' The New York Times reported that protests in the United States ranged from 350 people in Times Square to thousands in San Francisco. Later in the same story, the Times reported that several thousand marched from Harlem to Central Park. If thousands marched in New York, why did the Times highlight the 350 in Times Square? CNN's report was worse -- nothing about US protests. ... If CNN had been in Fayetteville, North Carolina, they would have seen what could be a major turning point in the anti-war movement. The largest Anti-war protest ever in this heavily military town took place...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

from TruthOut, by Scott Galindez

American dreams and nightmares


Driving in to Austin, Texas, in late 2000 I asked the taxi driver -- a jaunty man originally from New York -- which parts of town to avoid after dark. Don't worry, he advised, Austin is a safe place. After all, 'everyone carries a gun in Texas.' Not quite the answer I'd been looking for, but strangely reassuring. I was fresh in the US and it played exactly to my preconceptions of America as a violent, gun-happy culture. But the matter-of-fact manner of the driver's comment made everything seem normal...


from The Australian, by Roy Eccleston

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Restore the rights of clergy in America


The power to tax is the power to destroy. How did the power to destroy churches whose preachers tell their congregations the truth as they see it -- that some politicians are advancing God's Kingdom, while others are violating God's commandments -- end up in the hands of the Internal Revenue Service? Because LBJ put it there. He had not intended to, but in 1954, an election year, LBJ was bedeviled by tax-exempt groups who were pointing out the alleged communist connections of some Texas liberals. LBJ had inserted in the IRS code a penalty -- loss of tax exemption -- for any organization whose leaders endorsed or opposed the election of a politician. His amendment was not intended for churches, but it bound them just the same...


from WorldNetDaily, by Pat Buchanan

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

No child left unrecruited


One day in the next two weeks, a uniformed colonel from the U.S. Army is expected to pay a visit to William Cala, the superintendent of the Fairport Central School District in Fairport, N.Y., east of Rochester. While Cala has not been told exactly what's on the agenda, he knows why the colonel is coming: To try to talk some sense into him about how he's handled the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. It might seem strange that the Pentagon is sending an emissary to a school district, but it's actually the law." [subscription or ad view required]


from Salon, by Aimee Molloy

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

$3.2 billion a day -- $2.25 million a minute


This is brought to you by the man who wants to sell you his idea for investment accounts. A man desperate for money. A borrowholic through and through. A man who converts trust into debt. Step right up. Put your money down. P.T. Barnum, who told us 'there's a sucker born every minute,' must be rolling in his grave with laughter. Since his inauguration, George W. Bush has run up the national debt more than $2 trillion. Between February 1st and March 10th, a matter of 38 days, he's added another $124 billion to our tab. All while telling us that things are getting better...


from The Price of Liberty, by Ed Henry

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Human butchery


Mr. Porter Goss, the head of our CIA, was reassuring Senator Carl Levin that the deaths of four prisoners in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan were hideous abnormalities. 'We don't do torture,' Goss said .... We can, I think, accept that disavowal. As long as the kind of thing that happened at Abu Ghraib gets front-page attention and universal denunciation, bringing the perpetrators to trial and imprisonment, we are relatively chaste. But the question arises whether the United States and indeed the other western industrial democracies are working convincingly to elevate human cruelty to the rank of infamy, where it belongs...


from National Review, by William F. Buckley, Jr.

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's bureaucracy stiffs wounded vets


Not only did he use false pretenses to get Congress to rush into his invasion, not only did he send our men and women into battle without the protective gear they need to save their lives, not only did he grossly understate the depth of opposition our troops would face during the ongoing occupation, not only did he completely miscalculate the number of troops required to pursue his ideologically-motivated mission -- but now we learn that he rushed America into the hell of war without preparing for the medical needs of thousands of soldiers who are coming home with severe wounds...


from Alternet, by Jim Hightower

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's Napoleon complex

No two wars are ever the same any more than you can step on the same banana peel twice. That said, Napoleon's invasion and occupation of Spain, from 1808 to 1814 -- the war that gave us the word 'guerrilla' and was immortalized in Goya's 'Third of May,' the war that drained France's army, smashed Napoleon's reputation for invincibility, and left Spain thrashing like a broken-backed snake for decades -- has striking similarities to our invasion and occupation of Iraq. Both wars started under the influence of similar delusions. Napoleon thought that the Spanish would roll over and play dead as so many other European states had; he thought marching to Madrid and placing his brother Joseph on the throne would complete the subjugation of Spain. We pretty much thought the same: crushing Saddam's army would be easy; we would then install a pro-American government (Ahmad the Thief) and have most of our Army home by fall... (for publication 03/28/05)


from The American Conservative, by Gregory Cochran

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Dirty tricks revisited


In a 'democratic' empire, as opposed to the later Roman version, it isn't very often necessary to round up one's political opponents and simply slap them in jail or throw them into the arena with a couple of hungry lions. There are more efficient, and ultimately more effective, ways to crush anyone who gets in the way of the powers that be, and this is where the fine art of character assassination comes in. I discussed this to some extent in my last column, but as it happens, a far clearer and much more important case has come up since that illustrates the corrosive effects of Empire on American liberty...


from AntiWar.Com, by Justin Raimondo

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Anti-war protesters hit streets nationwide


Thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets of San Francisco and other American cities Saturday, chanting slogans, stopping traffic and carrying cardboard coffins to commemorate the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. In San Francisco, hundreds of protesters rallied in Dolores Park in the city's Mission district ... 'This is a war of aggression,' said Ed McManus, 54, a Marin County resident who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War but only recently began protesting the Iraq War. ... The San Francisco march was one of hundreds of anti-war demontrations around the country on Saturday -- two years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein...


from Mercury News
posted by Mary Lou Seymour on 19 Mar '05 19:49

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

London's stop the war march

UK: In pictures: London's stop the war march


The sun shone brightly as marchers gathered at Hyde Park on Saturday morning, helping themselves to the thousands of banners and placards provided ...


from BBC News [UK]
posted by Mary Lou Seymour on 19 Mar '05 21:42

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Peace Rally attracts about 3,000

North Carolina: Peace Rally attracts about 3,000


An anti-war rally organized in part by veterans and military families drew about 3,000 people to a park near Fort Bragg -- home to more than 40,000 soldiers and thousands of other dependents. ... 'I can't remain silent on these issues, slap a yellow ribbon on my car and call it supporting our troops,' said Kara Hollingsworth, the wife of a soldier serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. 'I support our troops by making sure they are not put in harm's way unless absolutely necessary.' ... The demonstration in a town where life revolves around the sprawling Army base, home to the Army's Green Berets and the elite 82nd Airborne Division, was met by about 100 opponents waving American flags and banners...


from ABC 11 News
posted by Mary Lou Seymour on 20 Mar '05 12:25

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

British troops "were supplied with blank ammunition"

UK: British troops "were supplied with blank ammunition"


British troops in Iraq have been supplied with blank rounds instead of live ammunition, one of a catalogue of failures during the occupation that have put their lives at risk, according to a hard-hitting report to be published this week. Inability to provide body armour and medical supplies in sufficient quantities are also understood to be among logistical shortcomings identified by the influential Commons Defence Select Committee. News of its findings came as tens of thousands of protesters marched through central London yesterday on the second anniversary of the invasion, calling for the Government to withdraw British troops from Iraq...


from Independent [UK]
posted by Mary Lou Seymour on 20 Mar '05 16:35

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Anti-war protests spill into second day


Crowds of anti-war demonstrators gathered in communities scattered across the nation Sunday to protest the war in Iraq, a day after larger protests in dozens of other cities on the second anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion. In Boston, Shalom Keller told about 2,000 protesters that he celebrated his 21st birthday in Iraq a day before his Army unit joined the first wave of the invasion. 'Instead of getting drunk, I was invading a country that had done me no wrong,' Keller told the crowd on the Boston Common...


from Detroit Free Press
posted by R. Lee Wrights on 20 Mar '05 22:08

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Anti-war protests held around world


Anti-war activists marched in the streets of U.S. and European cities Saturday, stopping traffic and lying down alongside flag-draped cardboard coffins to mark the second anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. Some demonstrators were arrested in New York City as they demanded U.S. troops be brought home. 'This country was founded by acts of civil disobedience,' said David McReynolds, 75, of New York, as he marched along 42nd Street. 'We have an obligation to make our resistance public and to say as clearly as we can that the war is illegal...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Regierung knickt ein

Am Donnerstag kam aus dem Verbraucherministerium bereits eine Reaktion auf Eure/Ihre Schreiben: Bereits 100 E-Mails landeten im Posteingang! Das sollte den zuständigen Politikern zu denken gegeben haben. Und dennoch: Am Freitag beschloss der Bundestag die Änderung des Gentechnikgesetzes. Damit wird der Anbau von gentechnisch veränderte Pflanzen erleichtert. Die Interessen der Industrie wurden voran gestellt ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste in der gentechnikfreien Landwirtschaft. Mehr dazu lest Ihr/Sie auf unserer Homepage:


Eure/Ihre Eigeninitiative war klasse. Da wir schnell reagieren mussten, konnten wir für die Mails in Sachen Gentechnikgesetz keine Protest-Mail vorbereiten. Trotzdem entstanden zahlreiche individuelle E-Mails.

Auch zum Thema Müller gibt es Neues. Das Unternehmen erwirkte vor dem Landgericht Köln, dass unsere Wortwahl mal wieder eingeschränkt ist. Mehr dazu erfahrt Ihr/Sie hier:


Bis bald,

Euer EinkaufsNetz-Team


Greenpeace e.V.
Grosse Elbstrasse 39
22767 Hamburg

Fayetteville march photos

We've posted 60 photos from the march - see the homepage first with photos of IVAW, CAN and MFSO reps. Rally photos and audio of the rally are coming.



Charles Jenks
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keet Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
413-773-7427 (Traprock office line)

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Red blood cells lump by mobile phone


Two students of the Gymnasium high school in Spaichingen (Germany) have investigated the influence of using a mobile phone on the red blood cells. With a microscope they made 255 pictures of the blood of 51 testees. The students, Maria Ritter and Wasgan Wolski, received a regional award for young researchers, reports the Schwäbische Zeitung of March 7, 2005.

The testees were not allowed to use their mobile phones for 24 hours. Afterwards the researchers took blood from a finger tip and earlobe. Then the testees had to use a phone for 20 seconds. Immediately after that the researchers took blood again and ten minutes later again. The result: after using the mobile phone it was clearly visible that the red blood cells lumped together in 'rolls of coins'.

Also ten minutes afterwards the 'rolls of coins' still were clearly visible. The lumping raises the risk of thrombosis. Moreover the cells take up and transport less oxygen, report Ritter and Wolski. The research was directed by their teacher Dr. Markus Ziegler.

Full source of this article in German:

Something this report highlights is that it is perfectly possible to show the biological effects of phones/masts without waiting the 15 years or so for epidemiological studies. It is just that the Government do not want to know the answer that quickly! We should be pushing for actual testing in the known "worst" spots.


The micro blood clots are due to the increase of thromboxane in blood, during exposure to cellphone radiation as reported by Omura et al (.1993).


Dr. Zamir Shalita

This about red blood cells was reported as the "string of pearls effect" in a German study some time ago. This is where / how I came across it:

Much as the asbestos and tobacco industries have done, the telecommunications industry has suppressed damaging evidence about its technology since at least 1927, when colloid chemist Ernst Muth first discovered that red blood cells exposed to radio frequency waves (at levels far less powerful than permitted today by the FCC) are forced to line up in chains resembling strings of pearls.

From Firstenberg:

I wonder if it has any relationship to Hughes syndrome (sticky blood), which I have come across several times in relation to masts.

There are a number of effects noted on various constituents of blood, so it should be possible to devise blood tests for mast as well as phone effects from more than one indicator.


Our lab could easily perform this test to peer review publication standards. We are examining erythrocytes routinely every week. It would cost £500 to do this.

Roger Coghill
MA (Cantab) C Biol MI Biol MA (Environ Mgt)
Coghill Research Laboratories

From Mast Sanity/Mast Network


CONGRATULATIONS to all of the students!!!! This is an important link toward confirming the same health problems occur whether caused by cell phones, powerlines or appliances.

After powerlines were forced upon us by restraining order, I soon developed high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and frequent adrenalin surges. I also was hospitalized 6-7 times due to thrombophlebitis in both legs. The doctors had numerous problems trying to adjust my prothrombin levels (clotting time) and after contacting a hematologist at the University of Minnesota, my doctor told me "you are a first in medical history" (my blood kept getting thinner and thinner in spite of adjustments -- "very sensitive to all medications").

Due to my inability to tolerate blood thinning medications as well as my inability to sit for extended periods of time day-after-day, my Internist told me to file for disability. Around this same time or soon thereafter, I also had been diagnosed with Lupus Profundus (a rare skin condition -- red scalding-appearance on the palms of both hands and soles of both feet). "Fibromyalgia" was also suggested to explain the "exquistive pain" I endured whenever my chest wall or parts of my legs were bumped or touched.

The health problems described above were not confirmed by "objective testing" and since evidence to prove my disability was "only subjective," I was denied disability and had to hire an attorney for an appeal. Social Security Disability Benefits were then awarded based on ".........my credibility in spite of the inability of medical science to diagnose the severe symptomatology."

It was not until many years later that I learned of one or more studies linking EMF/EMR to blood-clotting problems. I did not make "a connection" to EMF/EMR until my two grandsons were diagnosed with "rare immune" and we were told they may develop Leukemia or other cancers. No genetic link was found....the boys were moved away from walls opposite electric meters.....they "got well....!!!"

As with my own guinea pig studies regarding white blood cell changes (dramatic) after chronic, prolonged exposure to low levels of EMF/EMR (electric meter), these students have again demonstrated that "ordinary citizens" can do studies that "replicate" some of the "inconclusive studies" that many scientists don't dare to do because of fears of losing jobs/funding, etc.!!!! Take care -

Joanne C. Mueller
Guinea Pigs R Us
731 - 123rd Avenue N.W.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55448-2127 USA
Phone: 763-755-6114
Email: jcmpelican@aol.com


Cellphones may boost forces on biological tissue

Bo E. Sernelius: Possible induced enhancement of dispersion forces by cellular phones. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2004, 6 (7), 1363 - 1368


We derive the dispersion forces between objects in the presence of a non-thermal radiation field. We apply the formalism to a model system representing two human blood cells in blood. By focusing the same radiation density, as in room-temperature thermal radiation, in the microwave region we find a huge enhancement of the attractive force. Related effects are predicted to occur also in other types of biological tissue. The quantitative results should not be taken at face value, since the model is crude. The effects are so large though, that further investigation is motivated. The origin of the effects lies in the variation of water and/or ion content. In the microwave region of the spectrum both the dipolar contributions from the water-molecules, and the mobile-ion contributions are important parts of the dielectric function, and cause the enhancement.



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