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Technikglaube über alles


Misleading About WMDs, Where's the Accountability?


Whose Nation Under God?


Introduction and EHS-CARE

I somehow got on a list of activists for John Kerry and will add your comments to a packet I will present along with a letter to John Kerry's people soon.

Kerry is regrouping and campaigning hard regarding insurance coverage for children (very important and much-needed project) and needs to know, as do other politicians, that health and insurance problems in the U.S. will continue to spin out-of-control until someone takes responsibility for releasing the EMF Interagency Committee Report to Congress so that announcements and pamphlets emphasizing "prudent avoidance" can be distributed to clinics, hospitals and schools around-the-country. Acknowledgement of the importance of the 2002 EMF California Report should be added to the EMF RAPID findings when Congress evaluates findings re EMF and immune dysfunction, childhood Leukemia, and other health problems cited in the EMF RAPID Conclusions.

PREVENTION in regard to especially night-time EMF/EMR exposures is essential for everyone even tho you and I and others know that such exposures affect children more profoundly than adults. Even effects from poor sleep and resultant headaches and depression can and do place a huge burden on society!!!!

Filters have now been placed in many schools by Dr. Magda Havas/Dave Stetzer and as Dr. Havas reports, "the results are amazing" with improvements in attention, less need for asthma inhalers and even the principal of two schools reporting major improvement in her M.S. symptoms. See http://www.electricalpollution.com

I believe there are funds that were allocated for "informing the public" at the time EMF RAPID was initiated. Those funds should be transferred to the Environmental Protection Agency so information can be released to the public!!! A booklet on EMF's was printed by the Culver Company (the utilities' communications' experts) in 2001 that makes specific suggestions in regard to replacing electric clocks in bedrooms with battery-operated or wind-up clocks. Contact with Culver Company confirms that printing of the booklet was stopped. I received a copy of the booklet from Florida Power & Light a couple of years ago. A Culver Company representative happened to mention that the booklets were also being prepared for distribution to schools. WHY is this not happening???!!!

I have written to various public justice groups and have not even received a response. WHO is going to help the public decide how much of being guinea pigs they are willing to accept? HOW can industry officials, politicans, media officials sleep at night knowing there are children (not to mention the rest of society) suffering when oftentimes just moving electrical appliances/devices away from their beds might greatly improve or eliminate chronic asthma, chronic sinus infections, chronic headaches, ADD, ADHD and many other health problems that do not allow a child to study in school or to interact properly???!!!

One of the greatest mistakes that was made in regard to the $46 million "major rip-off" (EMF RAPID) is not considering the countless health problems that occur before a diagnosis of Leukemia!!!! We are allowing government officials to carry on not informing the public because they are getting away with the lame excuse that the percentages of children who develop Leukemia are small. They state the evidence for Leukemia in adults in the workplace is "weak." Well, there may be truth in those statements BUT the fact "there is evidence," and the fact "no one" can say what a safe level is, combined with the overwhelming costs for the many health problems that occur before Leukemia develops, makes it imperative that immediate action must be taken to inform the public.

Sorry, Deb, you know all of this and have been and still are a "great fighter for-the-cause!!!" Your comments (haven't had a chance to open all the others yet) "opened-a-door" in my mind that will be an important point (involvement of EPA) to John Kerry (and others) as I mentioned above.

In the meantime, I am working very hard on another project with a focus on children and hope to report "good news" soon!!!! Take care - Joanne

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

EMF and radiation problem simply doesn't exist...and the cancer cases grow

I don't know what's going off in our communities or how many people are being put through high levels of EMF in their own homes. I' ve suffered terribly from it, and the levels come through in high surges even when my power is switched off at the mains.

Another point I would mention is that there is a loud clicking sound that comes from my wall power point even when nothing is running. It sounds like the clicking a central heating system makes when it clicks on. Except I don't have central heating. I have had one storage heater running through the entire winter and it runs from a totally different circuit to my wall plugs.

I've noted this sharp click sound also in a room upstairs, and I've no idea what it is. Unless, that is my, electrics have been tampered with to create the situation. Which may explain my high electricity bills even when I'm using the minimum of electricity.

Please don't suggest I contact my utility electrical supplier. Things no longer work that way here in England, where these things are now left as if they don't exist...and the cancer cases grow.

The government we have just pretend... on all things. So you can imagine what is done about the EMF and radiation problem here. It simply doesn't exist.


Zahnarzt-Funktionäre vervierfachen offenbar ihr Gehalt

Armut & Reichtum: Zahnarzt-Funktionäre vervierfachen offenbar ihr Gehalt (27.04.05)

Neben Kassenchefs und Ärzte-Funktionären konnten nach einem Zeitungsbericht auch die Vertreter der Zahnärzte ihre Gehälter im vergangenen Jahr kräftig steigern. Die Bezüge einzelner Vorsitzender der Kassenzahnärztlichen Vereinigungen (KZV) seien um mehr als 300 Prozent gewachsen, schreibt die "Süddeutsche Zeitung" unter Berufung auf Statistiken. Spitzenreiter sei der Chef der KZV Westfalen-Lippe, Dietmar Gorski, dessen Gehalt nun bei 221.600 Euro liege. Ein Jahr zuvor habe es 49.000 Euro betragen - ein sattes Plus von 350 Prozent. Damit verdiene Gorski mehr als der Chef der Kassenzahnärztlichen Bundesvereinigung (KZBV) Jürgen Fedderwitz, der mit 220.000 Euro nach Hause gehe. Zuvor hätten dessen Bezüge bei 73.600 Euro gelegen, wobei damals weitere Zahlungen wie Sitzungsgelder hinzukamen.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:


National Mobilization Against Torture

April 27, 2005

National Mobilization Against Torture

Tomorrow marks one year since the pictures emerged from Abu Ghraib that shocked and horrified US citizens and people around the world.

During the past year, concerns have only intensified over the ever-increasing number of torture related allegations by people held in US custody. Through government memos, official and unofficial policies and direct action, the US government has contributed to the denigration of human rights standards and the rule of law.

We need your help to counter this alarming roll back of established fundamental human rights. Amnesty International USA is launching a major grassroots mobilization initiative, "Denounce Torture: Stop It Now!", to take action and raise awareness in communities across the nation to eradicate the use of torture worldwide. Please make your commitment today to help wipe out torture by signing up for the campaign.

Sign up now:

Learn more about Amnesty International's work to abolish torture:

Rosa Del Angel
Amnesty International USA
Online Action Center

2004: Starker Anstieg der Terroranschläge

Nach Zahlen, die das US-Außenministerium nicht im jährlichen Bericht über den globalen Terrorismus veröffentlichen will, aber Kongressabgeordneten mitteilen musste, hat der Krieg gegen den Terror bislang zu mehr Terror geführt.


People who are dealing with illness from cellphones or celltowers

Mr. Philips,

I have written to you in the past about my illness as a result of my use of a digital cellphone, I have a couple of questions for you and I am asking the the EMF group the same.

I have recently read one of your recent communications with Don Maisch stating your fears of the future, and I want to first comment as a person who is already facing early dementia and am scared as hell about it. Yes, I am dealing with all the symptoms of early onset Alzheimers, and it is very frightning?

When I think of the millions of people who are destroying their BRAINS with cellphones I shudder with the thoughts of who the hell is going to care for all these people. How many people have to go through what I and so many other people have gone through before the human race finnally realizes that it made a very big mistake by allowing an entire population be a guinnea pig for this hiddious experiment.

Sorry for going off like that!!

Here is my Question. I would like to communicate with as many other people as I can, who have been affected by cellphones or by celltowers. You mentioned a few people you know personally who are dealing with dementia from their work with the industry, could you ask them if they would be interested in forming a support group to help others who are becoming ill and don't know where to turn.

I have recently gotten the Doctors who are caring for me to believe I have been injured by a cellphone, and they are trying a variety of things to help me cope with the many symptoms I suffer from.

I thank you and all the other people who are trying so hard to bring the EMR-EMF issue to the light it needs so very badly.

Thanks again,




Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Strahlung von Mobilfunksende-Anlagen beeinflussen Gehirnströme


[Land Salzburg] Salzburger Umweltmediziner Oberfeld stellt Ergebnisse einer neuen Studie vor

(LK) „Die Ergebnisse einer neuen Studie zeigen weltweit erstmals, dass die Einstrahlung einer Mobilfunksendeanlage (GSM 900/1800 MHz) in etwa 80 Metern Entfernung zu signifikanten Veränderungen unterschiedlicher EEG-Parameter führt. Die gemessenen Veränderungen der Gehirnströme sind mit verschiedenen vegetativen und zentralnervösen Störungen, über die die Probanden berichteten, in Zusammenhang zu bringen.“ Dies teilte heute, Mittwoch, 27. April, der Salzburger Umweltmediziner Dr. Gerd Oberfeld vom Referat „Gesundheit, Hygiene und Umweltmedizin“ des Landes mit.

In der Studie wurden zur Auswertung die Elektrodenpaare im Hinterhauptslappen und Scheitellappen herangezogen und für drei Frequenzbänder Alpha 1 (8-10 Hz), Alpha 2 (10-12 Hz) und Beta (13-20 Hz) untersucht. Ausgehend von der Phase geringer Strahlenbelastung kam es zu einer Aktivitätsänderung in allen drei Frequenzbändern. Diese Veränderungen können zusammenfassend als Reaktion des Gehirns auf einen äußeren Reiz – im speziellen Fall durch die Strahlung einer GSM-Mobilfunksendeanlage - angesehen werden. Äußere Reize, die zu einer Reaktion des biologischen Systems führen, werden als externe Stressoren bezeichnet. Stressoren sind nicht grundsätzlich negativ (Eustress), können jedoch bei zu häufigem Auftreten bzw. bei zu großer Intensität in Abhängigkeit von der Empfindlichkeit des betroffenen Menschen zu Störungen der Lebensqualität, der Arbeitsleistung und der Gesundheit führen (Disstress), erläuterte Dr. Oberfeld. Aufgrund der von fast allen Studienteilnehmern geschilderten zum Teil erheblichen Störungen des Wohlbefindens ist zumindest bei auf Mobilfunkstrahlung empfindlichen Personen bereits bei einer kurzzeitigen Einwirkung eine Disstressreaktion anzunehmen.

Strahlung muss reduziert werden

Die Ergebnisse der Untersuchung zeigen, so Oberfeld in Zusammenschau mit den vorliegenden empirischen Daten, die Notwendigkeit, die Gesundheitsbelastung durch hochfrequente elektromagnetische Strahlung zu reduzieren und die Forschung zu intensivieren. Die Ergebnisse zeigen weltweit erstmals, dass die Einstrahlung einer Mobilfunksendeanlage (GSM 900/1800 MHz) in etwa 80 m Distanz zu signifikanten Veränderungen unterschiedlicher EEG-Parameter führt. Es ist geplant, diese Ergebnisse in internationalen Fachzeitschriften zu veröffentlichen und die jetzt gefundenen Resultate durch weitere Untersuchungen abzusichern. Dazu werden schon jetzt freiwillige Studienteilnehmer ab 16 Jahren gesucht, die sich als empfindlich oder unempfindlich gegenüber Mobilfunksendeanlagen bezeichnen. Interessenten werden ersucht, sich an die Umweltmedizin des Landes Salzburg unter der Telefonnummer (0662) 8042-2969 zu wenden. Die Untersuchung wurde aus Geldern der Salzburger Landesregierung finanziert.
Rudolf-Steiner-Schule war Projektauslöser

Die Rudolf-Steiner-Schule in Salzburg-Mayrwies liegt im Hauptstrahl der Mobilfunksendeanlage am benachbarten Wählamt der Telekom Austria. Die höchsten Strahlenpegel wurden bei geöffnetem Fenster im Religionsraum 1 im ersten Stock der Schule in etwa 80 m Distanz zum Sender gemessen. Mehrere Versuche der Schule zur Entfernung des Senders waren bisher vergeblich.

In einer interdisziplinären Arbeitsgruppe bestehend aus Dr. med. univ. Gerd Oberfeld, Umweltmediziner des Landes Salzburg (Studienleiter), Dr. Hannes Schimke (EEG-Brainmapping / Psychophysiologie / Statistik) und Univ. Prof. Dr. Günther Bernatzky (Arbeitsgruppe für Neurodynamics und Neurosignalling der Universität Salzburg) wurde ein innovatives Studiendesign erstellt. Unterstützt wurde die neurophysiologische EEG-Befundung durch Dr. med. univ. Gernot Luthringshausen, Neurologe/EEG. Untersuchungsziel war die Abklärung eines möglichen Zusammenhangs zwischen der Einstrahlung der Mobilfunksendeanlage und der Beeinflussung der Gehirnaktivität bei erwachsenen Studienteilnehmern.

Schulklasse wird zum Strahlenlabor

Unterstützt durch die Rudolf-Steiner-Schule wurde im August 2004 der Religionsraum 1 für eine Woche zum Studienlabor. Die dem Sender zugewandte Seite wurde mit einem Abschirmstoff verhängt, nur eine kleine Fläche im geöffneten Fenster wurde mit einem normalen Stoff versehen, um die hochfrequente Strahlung in den Versuchsraum zu lassen. Diese Öffnung konnte nun sehr einfach durch einen zweiten kleinen Abschirmvorhang verschlossen und wieder geöffnet werden.

Die hochfrequente Einstrahlung im Religionsraum wurde durch die nahe Mobilfunksendeanlage dominiert. Am Untersuchungsplatz ergaben sich im ungeschirmten Zustand als Maximalwert für TV-Sender Pegel von 0,03 µW/m², für UKW von 3 µW/m³ und für die Mobilfunksendeanlage von 6290 µW/m². Während der gesamten Untersuchung wurden neben der Aufzeichnung der Strahlenbelastung durch die Mobilfunksendeanlage direkt neben dem Studienteilnehmer verschiedene Umweltparameter wie Schallpegel (Umweltschutzabteilung des Landes Salzburg), Kohlenstoffdioxid, Temperatur, relative Luftfeuchtigkeit, magnetische Wechselfelder (können z.B. bei Stromflüssen in Leitungen auftreten) und die Sfericsaktivität (Auslöser von Wetterbeschwerden) erhoben.

Studienteilnehmer im Alter zwischen 20 und 78 Jahren

Neun Frauen und drei Männer im Alter zwischen 20 und 78 Jahren, die sich selber gegenüber Mobilfunksendeanlagen als empfindlich bezeichneten, stellten sich freiwillig für das Experiment zur Verfügung. Es wurde den Teilnehmern freigestellt, die Untersuchung jederzeit abzubrechen. Die zeitliche Abfolge der Belastung wurde den Teilnehmern nicht mitgeteilt.

Die Studienteilnehmer wurden in einen bequemen Polstersessel mit dem Rücken zum geöffneten Fenster gesetzt. Die Einstrahlung erfolgte leicht schräg auf den Hinterkopf. Die Belastung des Oberkörpers betrug bedingt durch die Abschirmung etwa 1/8 der Kopfbelastung. Anschließend wurden zur Aufzeichnung der bioelektrischen Aktivität des Gehirns (Elektroenzephalogramm-EEG) mehrere Elektroden verteilt auf dem Kopf angebracht. Um die Wirkungen anderer Umweltreize zu minimieren, erhielten die Studienteilnehmer eine dunkle Augenmaske (Schlafmaske) und Ohrenwachs (Ohropax) beidseits. Die Untersuchung erfolgte in Ruhe, Bewegungen wurden mit Ausnahme der Atmung und des Schluckens vermieden. Zu Beginn des Versuches war die Strahlenbelastung im Raum bzw. bei der Versuchsperson deutlich reduziert und betrug im örtlichen und zeitlichen Mittel im Kopfbereich etwa 26 µW/m². Danach wurde für 15 Minuten der zweite kleine Abschirmvorhang unmerkbar für die Studienteilnehmer angehoben. Dies führte zu einem Anstieg der Leistungsflussdichte auf etwa 3327 µW/m². Danach folgte wieder eine geschirmte Phase mit etwa 26 µW/m².

Nach Abschluss der EEG-Aufzeichnungen wurden die Studienteilnehmer gebeten, allfällige Wahrnehmungen zu schildern. Elf der zwölf Studienteilnehmer schilderten verschiedene Symptome wie etwa Bienenkorbsurren im Kopf, Herzklopfen, Unbehagen, Benommenheit, Herzbeklemmung, Atemnot, Nervosität, Unruhe, Kopfschmerzen, Ohrgeräusch, Hitzegefühl, Niedergeschlagenheit, Gefühl nicht genug Luft zu bekommen. J86-11B


Handy-Masten beeinflussen Hirnströme

Zusammenhang zwischen Handystrahlen und Kehlkopfkrebs?

Salzburger UMTS- "Einigung ": Kapitulation auf Kosten der Gesundheitsvorsorge

Bitte weiterleiten, auch an MedienvertreterInnen!

Risiko Mobilfunk Österreich


Wir fordern :

* Sofortiger Stopp des weiteren Netzausbaus

* Rückbau des bestehenden Netzes auf den tatsächlichen Salzburger Vorsorgewert von 10µ Watt/m²(= 1Hundertstel von 1mWatt/m²) im Außenbereich

* Eine umfassende öffentlich deklarierte Verantwortungsübernahme und Haftungsübernahme aller an den erwähnten Verhandlungen beteiligter Betreiberfirmen und PolitikerInnen, für alle möglichen aus UMTS Mobilfunk resultierenden gesundheitlichen Beeinträchtigungen und Schädigungen, gerade im Hinblick auf Langzeitauswirkungen

* Sofortige vollständige Information aller AnrainerInnen von allen geplanten Bau und/oder Aufrüstungsmaßnahmen von UMTS und GSM Antennen mit zu erwartenden Belastungswerten

* Klare sachliche umfassende Aufklärung der Bevölkerung über mögliche Risiken der GSM und UMTS Techniken

Tatsache ist, dass bevor auch nur eine umfassende Risikoabklärung zu dem bestehendem GSM-Mobilfunknetz erfolgt ist, wird mit verhängten Zügeln gleich noch UMTS an der Gesundheit der Bevölkerung vorbei installiert und das offensichtlich, in durch die Medien vermittelter Eintracht mit der Politik. Vorbei an der Vorsorge für eine darüber völlig unzureichend informierte Bevölkerung. Diese wird vor die vollendete Tatsache gestellt und ehe man sich versieht, fahren bereits die Bagger auf und Montagetrupps rüsten die Sender auf. Auch die durch die Medien transportierten Aussagen sind irreführend, denn wenn Mobilfunk unbedenklich und zumutbar ist, wozu dann überhaupt eine "Grenzwertfeilscherei", ist er aber wie unzählige Untersuchungen und Studien belegen, sogar ein erheblicher Risikofaktor warum greift dann nicht das verfassungsgemäße Grundrecht auf absolute körperliche und geistige Unversehrtheit?

"Die unsichtbare Gefahr" war der treffende Untertitel, des Montag, den 24.04.05 ausgestrahlten Mobilfunkbeitrags der ORFSendung "Thema". Hier wurden die berechtigten gesundheitlichen Bedenken massiv untermauert.

Betroffen machte einerseits die dort gezeigte Pilotstudie mit eindeutig signifikanten, gesundheitlich äußerst bedenklichen Auswirkungen der Senderstrahlung an der Salzburger Rudolf-Steiner-Schule Salzburg, andererseits die hilflose und unsachliche Reaktion Mag. Barmüllers vom FMK, der sich damit selbst disqualifizierte. Solche Leute sind die Partner unserer Politiker in diesen erwähnten Verhandlungen!

für Rückfragen und
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Für Risiko Mobilfunk Österreich
Michael Meyer
Plattform Sozialstaat Österreich - Netzwerk Zivilcourage
A-5165 Berndorf, Stadl 4, 06217-8576, michael_meyer@aon.at

Omega siehe dazu auch „Werdegang des Salzburger Modells von den Anfängen im Jahre 1997 bis heute“ unter:

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Kuscheln via T-Shirt und Mobilfunk


Community very concerned with effect of RF

I am the attorney for a community of 9,000 that is very concerned with the effect of the RF from the TV/FM antennas in our community at the same altitude as the homes: http://www.c-a-r-e.org

We have several lawsuits against the county and the broadcasters. We have 3 times the expected rate of brain cancers near the broadcast towers. The National Institute of Health is funding a study that has measured the RF exposure of 300 people up here together with blood and urine samples. The study has not yet been published.

Many people have spent money to try to reduce the amount of radiation coming into their homes. See also, http://www.emrpolicy.org

Colorado Department of Health and Environment did the brain Tumor audit. Our press and government don't want to deal with this issue. The Environmental Protection Agency has only been funded $25,000 over the last 5 years for this year.

Deb Carney

Budget Conference report still threatens Arctic Refuge

We have just received word that the Budget conference report could begin moving quickly, resulting in a full congressional vote before week's end. As we've reported in the past, the Budget Conference report represents an enormous threat to the Arctic Refuge, because it cannot be blocked with a filibuster by those who believe the Arctic Refuge should be off-limits to drilling.

Whether you've taken action once or even a dozen times before, we urgently need you to call your Representative and Senators today urging them to vote against any budget conference report that includes reconciliation instructions that could lead to Arctic Refuge oil drilling.

Please call your Representative and Senators today.

1. First, call and urge your Representative to vote against any budget conference report that includes reconciliation instructions that could lead to Arctic Refuge oil drilling.

2. Then, do the same thing for Senators. Call and urge them to vote against any budget conference report that includes reconciliation instructions that could lead to Arctic Refuge oil drilling.

You can look up the name and phone numbers of your Members of Congress here: http://ga1.org/wilderness/leg-lookup/search.tcl

Please note: Some Members of Congress have been strong supporters of Arctic Refuge protection and are poised to do the right thing on this vote. We encourage you to see how they have voted on recent Arctic Refuge votes. Thank them if they voted recently to oppose Arctic Refuge oil drilling. Click here for the latest vote in the U.S. House of Representatives: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll122.xml

Click here for the latest Senate vote:

When You Call
You'll either be forwarded to a staff member or an answering machine to leave your message. Be sure to state your name and hometown, then your message.


The budget conference report need not say the words "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge" to result in Arctic Refuge drilling. In fact, it is likely that the report will not mention the Refuge by name but will instead contain "reconciliation instructions" to the House Resources and Senate Energy Committees, requiring them to cut their budgets by a specific amount.

Although these open-ended instructions sound harmless, the Committees would be allowed to fulfill the instructions by changing laws to generate new revenue, instead of making actual cuts. Reconciliation instructions would therefore give pro-drilling chairmen of these committees, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), everything they need to avoid a Senate filibuster over drilling the Arctic Refuge.

A vote for a budget resolution with these open-ended instructions is a vote to drill America's Arctic Refuge, whether or not it mentions the Refuge by name. Unlike the energy bill, the budget resolution cannot be filibustered.

Please call your Senators and Representatives today. Thank you.

http://www.wilderness.org 1615 M St, NW Washington, DC 20036 1.800.THE.WILD action@tws.org




Stop The War Coalition welcomes the fact that the lies surrounding the legality and the legitimacy of the war with Iraq has come back centre stage in the run-up to the election.

But we are outraged that, in the face of the overwhemling evidence that he contrived reasons for war with Iraq, Tony Blair now refuses to rule out a future war with Iran.

Stop The War demands that

* if re-elected, the Prime Minister, will promise that in the face of US "plans" to wage war with another sovereign state he will not connive to lend British support.

* all legal opinion for concerning wars must be published

*to know whether procedures have already been put into place to ensure British troops withdraw from Iraq by December of this year in accordance with the UN mandate.

"An opinion poll in today's Independent shows 60 per cent of voters want the our troops out of Iraq by Christmas in when the current UN mandate expires," said StW spokesman Chris Nineham. "If they are to be home by Christmas, then an order must go out pretty soon otherwise we must be planning to break another UN mandate.

"As yet more evidence piles up to show how phoney the justification was for war with Iraq, all Blair does is shrug his shoulders and say, 'A decision had to be made.'

"We want to ensure that there can not be a repeat performance of such decision making. He uses Condoleeza Rices words to ay say there are no plans for a war with Iran but clearly they cannot be trusted. Should "plans" develop then we want an up front assurance that he will say "No!"

"And we believe the precedent for not publishing legal evidence to support the case for this war - and all future wars - should be overturned immediately."


Note to desks: Chris Nineham is available for interview as is StW co-founder John Rees.

Contact: Carmel Brown on 07718 155105

Ask your local party candidates to support immediate action on climate change if elected


Haltet den Dieb?

Der Gentech-Multi Monsanto drangsaliert, bespitzelt oder verklagt US-Bauern und erwirtschaftet damit Millionen Dollar an Zusatzeinnahmen.


The Frauds of the Clergy

Why would a multi-multi-millionaire Senator, who consistently votes to harm the hungry and the poor who so concerned Jesus, join forces with religious fundamentalists to stack this nation's highest courts?


From Information Clearing House

Don't turn United States into another theocracy

This letter is a heads-up to religious leaders, Democrats and Republicans that our judicial system is under attack.


Another Ex-Colleague Criticizes Bolton

A former colleague says the undersecretary of state doesn't have what it takes to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. "Bolton has none of the qualities needed for that job," Frederick Vreeland, a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco.


From Information Clearing House

Evidence that the U.S. May Be Losing the Global War on Terror

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s office is suppressing data showing that the number of major terrorist attacks worldwide exploded from 175 in 2003 to 625 in 2004, the highest number since the Cold War began to wane in 1985.


Italian hostage blasts US report

An Italian journalist who was held hostage in Iraq has criticised a US military report into the killing of the agent who helped secure her release.


From Information Clearing House

Blair faces fresh impeachment threat over Iraq

The Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru today pledged they would make a fresh bid to impeach Tony Blair over the Iraq war after the election.


Like Chamberlain, Blair is an appeaser of a dangerous global power


Up to 100,000 Iraqi's Killed Without Reason or Consequence

Weapons Inspector Ends WMD Search in Iraq


The CIA's top weapons hunter in Iraq said his search for weapons of mass destruction "has been exhausted" without finding any. Nor did Charles Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group, find any evidence that such weapons were shipped officially from Iraq to Syria to be hidden before the U.S. invasion.



In conjunction with netfeatures, Amnesty International USA introduces "Too Much Time - Women in Prison," an online documentary by photographer Jane Evelyn Atwood.

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The REAL ID Act would sharply restrict asylum. This bill would not protect Americans from terrorists. If passed, the Act would place burdens on asylum-seekers that would likely fall hardest on the most vulnerable among them, such as women who have been victims of gender-based persecution. Please urge the Senate to oppose it.



June 26th is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Sign up now to plan actions and activities in your community. Show solidarity with victims of torture and take action to stop these heinous abuses.


The United States remained one of the top executing countries

During 2004, nearly 3,800 people were executed in 25 countries and nearly 7,400 were sentenced to death in 64 countries. The United States remained one of the top executing countries, along with China, Iran, and Viet Nam.

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Oppose including Arctic drilling in the Federal Budget



Last weekend, the Attica to AbuGhraib Conference was held in Berkeley, California. It brought a wide range of testimony from former and present political prisoners, and opponents of the continuing imperialist globalization of incarceration and torture. The opening assembly was addressed by a recorded message from Mumia Abu-Jamal, the best known political prisoner in the U.S. today.


[Speech Written 4/2/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Thanks for your kind invitation to join the 'Attica to Abu Ghraib' Conference: *Ona Move!*

When we think about the atrocities of Attica, and the abominations at Abu Ghraib, we are sometimes caught searching for a common denominator. What could it be, we wonder, as we look at the brutal state assault on both prisoners and staff at Attica, and the human rights violations, and yes - torture, that marked American behavior at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq?

The commonalities, however, are more than first meets the eye. Of course, they are both prisons (but that's obvious). They both came to public consciousness through the actions of people who were prison guards. And they both were, initially, defended by the State by a flood of lies.

What matters really least, is that they occurred in different countries. They both happened in the same empire.

What marked the differences between them is the critical element of time, and even this quality does not speak well of things to come. For, as time is the difference, yet it tells us how far things have fallen; how the 30 years between Attica and Abu Ghraib have marked a coarsening of American character, and a brutishness of imperial defenders.

Attica opened up an era of prison reform across much of the nation, and fueled the movement to attempt to eradicate the most depraved elements of the nation's repressive prison systems.

Abu Ghraib was met by quasi-official justifications, government obfuscation, and the incredible spectacle of right-wing pundits likening the torture and human rights abuses there to 'college pranks.' The humiliation of naked Arab men was compared to the field displays of cheerleading squads!

There is, of course, another monstrous difference: the architects of Abu Ghraib, and high-level defenders of torture, have been rewarded by higher, and more prestigious posts in government!

In a nutshell, torture pays!

We have not spoken of the pivotal American issue of race.

Without prisoners actively advocating Black liberation, there would have been no Attica.

The tortured, maimed, and humiliated prisoners at Abu Ghraib were targeted by the U.S. Army because they were seeking to intimidate and eliminate people who were trying to fight to free their country from foreign occupiers. In other words, they were fighting for their own national liberation. In an empire, which picks puppets for other nations, this is not acceptable. It wasn't acceptable under the Roman Empire, the British Empire, nor its North American successor empire, the American Empire.

To this latest global incarnation of the White Nation, Arabs are but sand niggers, to be beaten into submission and obedience. It is the refusal to accept this status that is fueling what the U.S. media calls 'the insurgency.'

There is another element that arises from the evidence: American cruelty. Big Black, the late veteran of Attica, told stories of the torture and beatings that he endured, as he was naked, and held under gunpoint. It is an eerie precursor of the treatment of Arab prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

Nor is it mere coincidence that some of the most brutal, most vicious actors at Abu Ghraib were U.S. Reserves, who, in their civilian lives, were prison guards. How else could they learn it?

One of the most infamous was from SCI-Greene, in Southwestern Pennsylvania, named Charles Graner. Recently his ex-wife came forward to tell of the terrors to which she was exposed daily. She said Graner promised to cut her into little pieces, and that no one would ever find her body.

Welcome to U.S. 'corrections' as the Prison Nation goes Global.

Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

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From ufpj-news

The Prison Industrial Complex: Crisis and Control


Informant: Friends

The Fake Crisis

Economist Paul Krugman explains Bush's latest con -- social security


Rolling Stone

To hear George Bush tell it, Social Security is about to go broke. Since his re-election, the president has launched a full-scale campaign to convince the public that the retirement system will run out of money starting in 2018. "The system goes into the red," Bush told reporters on December 20th at a rare press conference. "Many times, legislative bodies will not react unless the crisis is apparent, crisis is upon them. I believe that crisis is." Social Security, he concluded, "can't sustain that which has been promised to the workers."

To save Social Security, Bush wants to destroy it -- replacing government-guaranteed retirement benefits with private accounts that will be subject to the whims of the stock market. It's an expensive plan. Allowing workers to divert even a small portion of their payroll taxes into private investments, as Bush is proposing, would require the government to borrow at least $2 trillion to make up the immediate shortfall. It's also completely unnecessary, according to Paul Krugman, a prize-winning professor of economics at Princeton University. In a blistering series of columns in the New York Times, Krugman has marshaled the economic data to show that Social Security is not only solvent, it's in much better financial shape than the rest of the federal government. "The people who hustled America into a tax cut to eliminate an imaginary budget surplus and a war to eliminate imaginary weapons," Krugman wrote recently, "are now trying another bum's rush." [...] Read the rest at RollingStone.com: http://tinyurl.com/3htpf

© Virginia Metze

Was Bolton behind death of State Department official?

by Wayne Madsen

Online Journal Contributing Writer

First reported on November 20, 2003, updated April 20, 2005,

WASHINGTON, DC—In a case eerily reminiscent of the death of British Ministry of Defense bio-weapons expert, Dr. David Kelly, an official of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research Near East and South Asian division (INR/NESA), John J. Kokal, 58, was found dead in the late afternoon of November 7, 2003.

Police indicated he may have jumped from the roof of the State Department. Kokal's body was found at the bottom of a 20-foot window well, eight floors below the roof of the State Department headquarters, near the 23rd and D Street location. Kokal's death was briefly mentioned in a FOX News website story on November 8 but has been virtually overlooked by the major media. In light of recent revelations concerning UN ambassador nominee John Bolton's bizarre and physically abusive behavior, a re-examination of the Kokal death is in order. [...] Read the rest at: http://tinyurl.com/9qq8b None of you are to get complacent when you read this!

© Virginia Metze

Frist speaks to Christian anti-filibuster rally

Other religious leaders call rally a false union of faith, politics

Monday, April 25, 2005 Posted: 5:01 AM EDT (0901 GMT CNN

(CNN) -- Conservative Christian leaders used a nationally televised rally Sunday night to urge an end to Democratic filibusters against several of President Bush's nominees for federal judgeships.

In the rally, sponsored by the Family Research Council, one of the leaders called the congressional tactic of delaying debate, or blocking legislation, "judicial tyranny to people of faith."

"The future of democracy and ordered liberty actually depends on the outcome of this struggle," Focus on the Family founder James Dobson told the crowd at the "Justice Sunday" rally at a church in Louisville, Kentucky. [...] Ordered liberty? Is that a new Republican "Christian" way to say that they are going to force their religion on us and we will be under fascist rule? Well, read the rest at: http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/04/24/justice.sunday/index.html or http://tinyurl.com/8heva

© Virginia Metze

Climate change poses threat to food supply


Dr. Christean Wagner (CDU): Elektronische Fußfesseln eine Möglichkeit für Langzeitarbeitslose zu einem geregelten Tagesablauf zurückzukehren

Internet: http://www.soziale-bewegung.de/Aktionen.htm

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
liebe Mitstreiterinnen und Mitstreiter,
sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

hiermit möchten wir Euch auf eine schon einige Wochen zurückliegende Aussage des hessischen Justizministers Dr. Christean Wagner (CDU) aufmerksam machen. Der Jusitzminister hat im Zusammenhang der in Hessen für Strafgefangene eingeführten Fußfesseln u.a. gesagt:

"Die elektronische Fußfessel bietet damit auch Langzeitarbeitslosen ... die Chance, zu einem geregelten Tagesablauf zurückzukehren und in ein Arbeitsverhältnis vermittelt zu werden."

Einzelheiten zu der Aussage könnt Ihr der als Anlage beigefügten Information entnehmen. Wir bitten Euch darüber nachzudenken, wie wir diese Aussage des Ministers öffentlich machen können. Wir halten die Aussage für einen Skandal den wir nicht einfach hinnehmen sollten.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Michaela Ziegs
Koordinierungsstelle Leipzig

P.S. Die Information kann von der Homepage http://www.soziale-bewegung.de/Aktionen.htm in einer Druckversion heruntergeladen werden.



Hessischer Justizminister Dr. Christean Wagner (CDU) sieht in „elektronischen Fußfesseln“ eine Möglichkeit für Langzeitarbeitslose „zu einem geregelten Tagesablauf zurückzukehren und in ein Arbeitsverhältnis vermittelt zu werden“.

Anlässlich des Auftrittes der hessischen Landesregierung während der CeBIT 2005 stellte der hessische Justizminister Dr. jur. Christean Wagner (CDU) die fünf Jahre zuvor in Hessen für Straftäter eingeführte Fußfessel vor. In der Pressemitteilung des Hessischen Ministeriums der Justiz vom 10. März 2005 zu diesem Ereignis sagt der Justizminister Dr. Christean Wagner (CDU) wörtlich:

„Die Fußfesselträger werden zu einer für ihre Verhältnisse hohen Selbstdisziplin und zur Erfüllung des ihnen vorgegebenen Wochenplans angehalten. Die elektronische Fußfessel bietet damit auch Langzeitarbeitslosen ... die Chance, zu einem geregelten Tagesablauf zurückzukehren und in ein Arbeitsverhältnis vermittelt zu werden. Viele Probanden haben es verlernt, nach der Uhr zu leben, und gefährden damit gerade auch ihren Arbeitsplatz oder ihre Ausbildungsstelle. Durch die Überwachung mit der elektronischen Fußfessel kann eine wichtige Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe geleistet werden.“

Diese Aussage findet sich noch heute als wörtliches Zitat des Justizministers Dr. Christean Wagner in der Pressemitteilung und ist nachlesbar auf der Homepage des Ministeriums unter


Die Pressemitteilung des Justizministers trägt die Überschrift:

„Hessen bundesweit führend: Elektronische Fußfessel für Straftäter / Hessischer Justizminister Dr. Christean Wagner informiert auf der CeBIT über das hessische Projekt: Erfolgsquote über 90 %“

Sie trägt die Nr. 40 (aus 2005) und ist auf den 10. März 2005 datiert.

Leipzig, den 27. April 2005

Idiotentest für Minister Wagner

Kalter Krieg im amerikanischen Senat


Sabine and electromagnetic waves

August 25, 2004

With 40 years, the strasbougeoise Sabine Rickel became hypersensitive with the electromagnetic waves and seeks a solution. Placed in the social habitat, this mom of a girl became aware, in spring 2003, of the origin of her medical disorders: "I had lived for two years in Reuss, in Neuhof, in a beautiful three-roomed flat on the last floor which I appreciated much. But I started to hear buzzes and to feel swarmings in the members ". Palpitations cardiac, headaches, turbid of circulation are added to the table. In parallel, "the tele one zappait all alone, the bulbs varied intensity or pétaient, the circuit breakers started to vibrate." A technician notes that the installation is in conformity. Sabine sudden of the medical examinations which do not reveal any disease. It then establishes the link between work (increase in the power?) that it observed on the antenna-relay street Ingold, opposite its building, and which has occurred of its problems of health. Those attenuate, even disappear when she is elsewhere - cinema or carpark, where the level from the portable telephones is weak. To live again normally to explain her electro-sensitivity to the electromagnetic waves, Sabine reconsiders with her medical history: operated face at 17 years, she has metal implants, steel wire and plates, close to the eyes and the mouth: would those make antennas?

A case was revealed by a Swedish specialist, establishing interferences between an osteosynthesis, nervous fabrics and the electromagnetic waves also called radio frequencies. Directed towards the Teaching hospitals of Strasbourg, Sabine is re-operated in November. One withdraws certain metal elements from her, but not all: they are encrusted too much in the bone and their extraction would be risky. When it returns to it, its symptoms, attenuated a little, reappear. To better smell itself, it sleeps in friends but stirs up various public services so that measurements objectify are carried out in her apartment. The services of the operators of mobile telephony just as that specialized in this field at the urban community of Strasbourg make these checks: nothing with saying, the standards of level of electromagnetic fields are with the lower part of the maximum threshold currently authorized. Measurements include the various sources of waves, civil and military, emitted in the district.

Following the visit of an understanding city council man, Sabine obtains in spring a rehousing in another housing of CUS-Habitat, in Hautepierre. But the respite will be short: again, the symptoms reappear. Sabine is insomniac, depressive and feels feelings of heat or cold on the arms and the face. She realized that behind the trees around the buildings, there was remotely variable, other parabolas or antennas relay. Window of a room, appears in hot line the antenna of the powerful relay hertzine of Oberhausbergen. But now that she knows the origin of her disorders, Sabine became a determined woman. She knows that its electrosensibility is not scientifically measurable in France: for that, she should go to Sweden where the scientists are interested in this type of question!

It then multiplies the contacts around the problem of the electromagnetic waves and load a lawyer of its file. To be able "to again live normally", she writes to the mayor of Strasbourg to ask him to get another social housing to her. Because to live in the private sector or in the countryside is excluded, Sabine having small wages. She also asks Fabienne Keller to intervene "with the national and European authorities". So that exceptional cases as her's are taken serious. Wouldn't her request deserve to be heard per hour when has just appeared the "White Paper of the mobile incidences of telephony and of the antennas relay on your santé/Votre GSM, your health, one lies you"? The work signed by 4 French scientists wants to alert the authorities on the existence of banal pathologies (insomnia, migraines...) or more doors (epilepsy, tumours etc.) observed at residents of antenna-relay. Increasingly many are in addition the experts to recommend "an approach of risk management taking as a starting point the the principle by precaution and aiming at reducing to low the possible level the exposure of the public to the radio frequencies (electromagnetic waves) associated mobile telephony". The scandal of asbestos, choked during if longtems, it is already forgotten?

Marie Brassart-Goerg

Les Dernières nouvelles d'Alsace

Informant: Sylvie

Neoliberale Hegemonie und die Aufgaben der Gewerkschaften

Beitrag von Conrad Schuhler vom April 2005 beim isw - institut für sozial-ökologische wirtschaftsforschung e.V.


Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 24, Eintrag 15

EU-Referendum: Ein französisches NEIN kann die Karten in Europa neu mischen - EU global - fatal?!

EU-Referendum. Ein französisches NEIN kann die Karten in Europa neu mischen. Artikel von Michel Rousseau:

Wir erinnern in diesem Zusammenhang an die Beiträge von Bernard Schmid zum EU-Referendum in Frankreich unter Internationales > Frankreich: http://www.labournet.de/internationales/fr/index.html

EU-Verfassung und europäische Identität

"Hier geht es um das Zustandekommen der EU Verfassung und den Diskussionen, die sie ausgelöst hat sowie die Vorstellungen von einer europäischen Identität und was diese bestimmen könnte…." D-A-S-H Dossier #12: http://d-a-s-h.org/dossier/12/

EU global - fatal?! Ergebnisse der Europa-Konferenz in Stuttgart am 4./5. März 2005, herausgegeben von Attac EU-AG Stuttgart und Region.

Inhaltsverzeichnis (pdf):

Bestellbedingungen und -adresse

Stuttgarter Erklärung der Europa-Konferenz "EU global - fatal ?!"

Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 24, Eintrag 15

Arbeitspapier zur politischen und rechtlichen Zulässigkeit von Arbeitsgelegenheiten zur Eingliederung

Arbeitspapier zur politischen und rechtlichen Zulässigkeit von Arbeitsgelegenheiten zur Eingliederung mit Mehraufwandsentschädigung (Ein-Euro-Jobs)

Das Resort 1 (Politik und Planung) der ver.di Bundesverwaltung hat o.g. Positionspapier erarbeitet (pdf).


Aus dem Inhalt: Warum ist Mißbrauchsbekämpfung so wichtig? Die Zulässigkeitskriterien in Theorie und Praxis. Hintergrund Stellenabbau. Was könnte zulässig sein? Graue und illegale Praxis. Gewerkschaftliche Alternativen für öffentlich geförderte Beschäftigung.

Skandalöse Äußerungen des DGB-Sommer

"Das können wir kritisieren, ändern werden wir es nicht mehr." Diese und weitere skandalöse Äußerungen des DGB-Sommer im Spiegel-Interview (7/2005) haben für Aufregung gesorgt. Wir tragen nach: Offener Brief an Michael Sommer der Gewerkschaftlichen Arbeitslosengruppe Göttingen vom 6. April (pdf)


Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 24, Eintrag 15


Lübeck: "1-Euro-Jobber-Sklavenmarkt"

"Spektakuläre Aktion am Sonnabend, 23.4., in Lübeck. Die "LISoG - Lübecker Initiative für soziale Gerechtigkeit" versteigerte Sklaven. Sie demonstrierte damit gegen die 1-Euro-Jobs…" Bericht von LISoG vom 23.04.2005 bei indymedia.


Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 24, Eintrag 15

"Wir prangern die schwarzen Schafe an": Ein-Euro-Jobber ersetzen in Einzelfällen regulär Beschäftigte

Recherche-Spaziergänge bei Anbietern der Billigjobs. Ein Gespräch mit Guido Arnold, Sprecher des Wuppertaler Sozialforums von Andreas Grünwald in junge Welt vom 26.04.2005


Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 24, Eintrag 15

Interview zum Aktionstag gegen Ein-Euro-Jobs

Radio Z aus Nürnberg fragte Lutz Wehring von der Aktion Agenturschluss, was es eigentlich an der Arbeitspflicht auszusetzen gibt.


Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 24, Eintrag 15

Bush Administration Fails Veterans

Shocker: 20 Percent Unemployment Among Veterans Age 20 - 24

Bush Administration Fails Veterans: In the first quarter of 2005, nationwide unemployment among males ages 20 to 24 was 11 percent, according the the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the bureau reported veterans of the same age had a 20.4 percent unemployment rate. Are these statistics related, in any way, to the tens of thousands of wounded, injured, and ill medically evacuated from the Iraq War?


Girl soldiers: the forgotten victims of war

Girls make up almost half of the 300,000 children involved in wars, according to a report which says they are abducted, raped and often used as currency among fighters.


Bro'ty folk rally to oppose mast plan


Football phone mast plan rejected


Filibuster on the cross


[I]f Frist succeeds it will only be a matter of time before the filibuster is eliminated for legislation, too. I'm all for it. What I can't figure out is why the Christian right is for it, too. ... Support for the filibuster, remember, is premised on the idea that the government shouldn't be susceptible to the tyranny of the majority. But I find very little evidence to support the idea that majority opinion in the United States is particularly tyrannical. The real problem in American politics, if you ask me, is the tyranny of the minority -- or rather, of a variety of different minorities, known collectively as interest groups, which use a variety of means (including the filibuster) to exert power beyond their number. ... Today, the most powerful interest group, or at least the most obnoxious, is the Christian right...


from Slate, by Timothy Noah

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Patriot Act vote key to Feingold's future


Russ Feingold is running for president. Not officially, not formally, but he is running. ... To begin to compete with more prominent and politically connected contenders for the Democratic nomination in 2008, Feingold will need to find new ground on which to stand. He will need to excite the imaginations not just of the circle of liberal Democrats who have already been excited by his anti-war and anti-corporate votes. To do that, he needs to go to his place of greatest strength: the memory of his lonely vote against the Patriot Act. That vote, in the fall of 2001, was supposed to spell his political doom. Instead, it marked Feingold as the most courageous and consistent defender of the Bill of Rights. It is from that position that he should run for the presidency...


from Capital Times, by John Nichols

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Mainstream media and bloggers


Matthew Haughey says he won't read our blogs if we use the term 'mainstream media' (a.k.a. MSM). A news flash for Matt: We don't care. We don't care if you read our web logs. The difference, Matt, is that we are independent actors, not part of a small set of multi-billion dollar corporations. The difference is that we are not under the constraints of making a 15% profit. The difference is that we are a distributed information system, whereas MSM is like a set of stand-alone mainframes. The difference is that we can say what we damn well please...


from Informed Consent, by Juan Cole

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The nuclear option and judicial activists


I was all set to write a column about the nuclear option -- the proposal to change the rules of the Senate in order to get President Bush's most questionable judicial appointments through -- when, lo, word came that there is no nuclear option anymore. It is now called 'the constitutional option.' Who changed it? Why, the Republican Party, of course. Having found that 'nuclear option' does not poll well, the Republicans simply decreed the rules change can no longer be described by that name. Further, the Republican Party sent media operatives around to major news organizations to inform them that anyone who fails to obey the new diktat on usage will be demonstrating the dread 'liberal bias...


from The Free Press, by Molly Ivins

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Misplaying the filibuster


The battle over President Bush's judicial appointments has started to look like a high-stakes poker game, with each side continuing to raise the ante while daring the other to go 'all in.' Senate Democrats seem determined to continue their filibusters of the president's most extreme nominees, while Republicans are increasingly threatening to employ the so-called 'nuclear option,' simply abolishing the 200-year-old filibuster, although only with regard to judicial confirmations. In policy terms, the Democrats have the better case. ... When it comes to poker, however, the Republicans have thoroughly outmaneuvered their opponents. You would expect the Bush administration to be pretty good at Texas Hold 'Em, but it is surprising how badly the Democrats, led by Nevada Senator Harry Reid, have played their hand...


from Boston Globe, by Steven Lubet

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A deadly culture of life

'Our goal is a Christian Nation. ... We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want Pluralism. We want theocracy. Theocracy means God rules. I've got a hot flash. God rules.' -- Randall Terry, Head of Operation Rescue, speaking in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on April 15, 1993, as reported the following day in The News-Sentinel. ... Randall Terry claims he has mellowed, as most of us do with age. But, along with many of his fellow evangelicals, he remains aggressively committed to his goal of turning America into "a Christian nation.'" [Editor's note: This is Part 3 in a 5 part series America's Religious Right -- Saints or Subversives? - MLS] (04/26/05)


from TruthOut, by Steve Weissman

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's gambling debts


George W. Bush's economic policies have been based on an extraordinarily reckless gamble that reflects a political coalition of two major forces: the super-rich and evangelical Christians. As those policies fail, global financial markets are reacting negatively, adding uncertainty to the world economy, and there is little relief in sight, because America is entering a period of prolonged political infighting and stalemate. The super-rich were motivated to join the Bush coalition by one overriding objective: tax cuts. ... Bush believed that tax cuts for the rich would one day be balanced by cuts in spending, but never explained this to the public." [editor's note: Interesting to see such a charitable statement about Shrub coming from an allegedly "leftist" source. Me, I don't credit GW with that much integrity! - SAT]


from Tom Paine, by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

False Gospel


On Saturday night, I celebrated Passover ... with my family in northern Virginia. On Sunday morning, Bill Frist, majority leader of the U.S. Senate, took to the airwaves alongside a group of evangelical leaders ... for a 'Justice Sunday' telecast, which was designed to show that those who oppose the right's agenda on the federal judiciary are discriminating against 'people of faith.' On one level, this is funny. The appeal to identity politics is like a crude parody of some of liberalism's darker moments from decades past, complete with the deployment of the Newspeak term 'people of faith.' Even in imitation mode those on the right can't seem to muster a modicum of serious thought about what they're doing, blindly copying the 'people of color' construction (despite the fact that 'religious people' is -- unlike 'colored people' -- a perfectly workable substitute)...


from The American Prospect, by Matthew Yglesias

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gyllenhaal 9/11 comments spark outcry


Maggie Gyllenhaal has waded into sensitive political waters by raising questions about Sept. 11 and American foreign policy. The 27-year-old actress, who stars in a new film about the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, said in an interview last week that the United States 'is responsible in some way' for the attacks. A fan Web site devoted to Gyllenhaal was overwhelmed with criticism, forcing the site's editor to remove the ability to post messages 'because it's gotten too outta hand...


from Cincinnati Enquirer

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Partisan divide on Social Security widens


From the buttoned-down confines of a Senate hearing room to a boisterous outdoor rally nearby, Democrats took on President Bush and his Social Security proposals with gusto on Tuesday and rebuffed pleas for bipartisanship from frustrated Republicans. 'If he's going out to push for privatization, let's help him pack,' Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said to cheers from a sun-splashed crowd on the lawn across the street from the Capitol. He was ridiculing Bush's heavily publicized 60-day tour to build support for his proposals...


from Detroit Free Press

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Your money under more scrutiny


Pressured by anti-terror laws, banks will be spending billions of dollars over the next few years on software to counter money laundering. The software will automatically track suspicious financial transactions, but it will also monitor millions of innocuous ones, and may make it harder to cheat on your taxes. ... As a consequence of AML surveillance, even citizens with no criminal intent or ties will have to become more efficient law abiders, bank officials said. Small breaches of the law, or just indifference, will no longer go unnoticed. 'Chances are that most of the time the software will catch not a money launderer, who is always wary, but a regular person,' said one bank official who did not want to be named. 'If you got a fat birthday gift from your brother who works in the Middle East, would you like to get calls from the bank or the government asking for an explanation?


from Wired News

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Outrage in Italy as US clears troops in death of agent


Italians have reacted with outrage to news that an inquiry in the United States into the shooting of an Italian secret service agent in Iraq has cleared the American troops who killed him. ... The killing provoked outrage in Italy and threatened the relationship between the US and an ally which had dispatched 3,000 troops to Iraq. Mr Berlusconi immediately summoned the American ambassador, Mel Sembler, and gave him a dressing-down in the middle of the night. A commission of inquiry was set up, with two senior Italian diplomats as members of the panel. But according to Pentagon officials the report, which could be released today, exculpates the American soldiers. In Il Manifesto yesterday, Ms Sgrena described the report as 'a slap in the face for the Italian government.' ... Ms Sgrena has even suggested that she was deliberately targeted because of her newspaper's opposition to the war and the fact that the Italian authorities had apparently paid a ransom to her captors...


from Independent [UK]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

One fifth world's reefs destroyed


Informant: NHNE

Absurde Alleskönner

von Christoph Leischwitz

Unsere Handys saugen Filme, machen Fotos und spielen doofe Klingeltöne. Beispiele aus dem Ausland zeigen: Das alles ist nur der Anfang.

Weiter unter: http://ftd.de/div/weekend/4321.html


Financial Times Deutschland, Weekend 16 – aufdrehen, „Absurde Alleskönner“, 22.04.05

Verdummung der Intelligenz

Sicher schauen heute viele Menschen mit oder ohne Abitur und Studium mit Freuden auf ihr erfolgreiches Leben zurück. Sie haben wahre Leistungen vollbracht und verdienen Achtung! Zu deren Lebenszeit bis annähernd Ende des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts schien eine besondere Art des Lebens auf dieser Welt noch einigermaßen in normalen Bahnen zu verlaufen! Das soll nicht heißen, dass alles in Ordnung war. Aber damals gab es noch nicht diese kleinen störenden Dinger, die „absurden Alleskönner!“ Der Artikel hält uns den Spiegel vor Augen, wo wir in der Tat stehen, auch wenn der Blickpunkt auf dem Ausland lag! Der amüsante aber dennoch ernst zu nehmende Beitrag bestätigt, dass diese so hoch gepriesene Technologie des Mobilfunks der menschlichen Evolution dahingehend schadet, dass der homo sapiens nicht nur in seiner Entwicklung stehen bleibt, sondern sich zurück entwickelt. Ja, er wird unter dem Deckmäntelchen des wirtschaftlichen Wachstums und des dringend erforderlichen technologischen Fortschritts im Zuge der (alles vernichtenden) Globalisierung in eine Abhängigkeit manipuliert und unterliegt damit schlichtweg einem Verdummungsprozess!

Das Verhalten von Fanatikern ist allseits bekannt. Doch dass der Mensch sich von einem kleinen flachen Metallkörper mit einigen Funktionstasten kontrollierbar und abhängig machen lässt, ist ein Zeichen der Verarmung an geistiger Entwicklung. Die Benutzung scheint jegliche menschliche Kontrollfunktion im Gehirn auszuschalten. Was im Artikel mit Handy-Schnitzeljagd beschrieben wird, haben wir Nachkriegskinder unter freien Himmel als Natur-Schnitzeljagd gespielt. Unser „mehr-Gewinn lag dabei in der Kreativität, Naturverbundenheit und nicht zu vergessen der Freude an der Unabhängigkeit und Freiheit! Zu welchen absurden und perversen Ideen der Mensch durch den technologischen Fortschritt kommt, ist nicht nur erschreckend, sondern schädlich für ein gesundes Gedeihen insbesondere der Kinder und Jugendlichen! Der fast nicht kontrollierbare Missbrauch, der viele in die Schuldenfalle treibt, lässt Eltern hilflos zurück. Dennoch, sind sie selbst auch im Besitz eines „Monsters“, so dass jegliche Vorbildfunktion auch nur versagen muss!

Eine Rettung derer, denen die Mobilfunk-Besessenheit generell und auch aus gesundheitlichen Gründen auf den Wecker geht, kann nur in den „Cell-phone Jammers“ (Handy-Killer) liegen. SOS, wo ist der nächste Schwarzmarkt zwecks Erwerb dieses dringend benötigten Gerätes, um als „Passiv-Handy-Telefonierer“ noch einigermaßen gesund durch dieses Leben gehen zu können, auch wenn Handys dank UMTS- und GPS-Technik bald “jeden Wunsch“ erfüllen!

Marianne Kirst




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