Größte fiktive Ölpalmen-Plantage der Welt soll Regenwald gefährden

Ausmaße wie Sachsen: Größte fiktive Ölpalmen-Plantage der Welt soll Regenwald gefährden (12.08.05)

Die Umweltschutzorganisation WWF befürchtet in Indonesien eine ökologische Katastrophe. Am Freitag berichtete die Umweltschutzorganisation von einem Großprojekt der indonesischen Regierung, das riesige Flächen an Bergregenwäldern vernichten würde. Nach Informationen des WWF soll auf der Insel Borneo die größte Ölpalmen-Plantage der Welt entstehen. Die Ausmaße entsprächen mit 1,8 Millionen Hektar "der Größe Sachsens". Mitten im geplanten Anbaugebiet lägen auch die beiden größten Nationalparks Borneos. Außerdem entsprängen dort 14 der 20 größten Flüsse und versorgten die 18 Millionen Bewohner der Insel mit Trinkwasser. Die Organisation verwies auf eine Studie des Zentrums für Internationale Forstwirtschafts-Forschung (CIFOR), die beweise, dass das Gebiet für den Anbau von Ölpalmen überhaupt nicht geeignet sei. Der WWF vermutet daher, dass es den Investoren hauptsächlich um die Einnahmen durch die Regenwaldabholzung geht.

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"SHEEHAN: There's members of my -- they're my in-laws. And we have always been politically on the opposite sides of the fence. And we always kind of did it good-naturedly. You know, my father-in-law would call me Meathead and I would call him Archie, and we would just fight about politics all the time.

"But you know what? When they supported George Bush in November, and when they voted for the man who I consider killed their grandson, that's when -- that was it. That, to me, was a betrayal of Casey, and it hurt me so deeply. I haven't spoken to them since.

"And our family, Casey's dad and my other three children, are 100 percent behind me and agree with me philosophically about what's going on. I just talked to my husband, and he said, he said, Cindy, you know I've always supported you philosophically. I know George Bush did the wrong thing, and I had nothing to do with what my sister wrote...


"OLBERMANN: As I mentioned earlier, as is well known here, you spoke with Mr. Bush last year, and your comments to your local newspaper in California about that meeting have made the rounds anew on the Internet this week, how you had said that you had felt he was sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis, that he had felt obviously some pain for your loss.

"Two questions about those quotes, first being, your critics say they suggest that you have changed your stance on the war, on Mr. Bush, in the interim. Is that true, or is it false?

"SHEEHAN: No, it's false. If they had read the whole article, or talked about the whole article, they would have -- it would have shown that I was already having serious misgivings about the mission that keeps on changing all the time.

"And the other day, I wonder if they blogged about this. My hometown newspaper said Cindy Sheehan has not changed her position. It's just become clarified and it's become more focused, and her mission has become more important to her..."


CAMP CASEY: DAY 6 By Cindy Sheehan Huffington Post


Day 6 began early yesterday morning when people in cars drove by our camp a few times and blasted on their horns. I just assume they were blaring their approval of us.

Before we get to the less than negative things that are happening out at Camp Casey and in the world at large, over 700 people showed up at the Camp yesterday. There were more people, flowers, cards, mail, interviews, laughter, heartache, camaraderie, excitement, and just sheer work.

We had the first birthday party last night at our little event. Alicia from Austin turned 17 and they came to Crawford to celebrate with a cake. Alicia said that she wanted to be out here for her birthday. So many great people from so many parts of the country and our world are here.

Yesterday was kind of a blur to me. From running around from interview to interview, to getting a visit from Viggo Mortensen, it was a whirlwind of activity. I have discovered that the White House press corps is always looking for something to do and someone to cover. We have been happy to oblige them. We had a press conference today with Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out members. It was very effective when people who actually have skin in the game ask the president to be held accountable for the words he has actually said.

Still putting out the O'Reilly fires of me being a traitor and using Casey's name dishonorably, my in-laws sent out a press statement disagreeing with me in strong terms; which is totally okay with me, because they barely knew Casey. We have always been on separate sides of the fence politically and I have not spoken to them since the election when they supported the man who is responsible for Casey's death. The thing that matters to me is that our family -- Casey's dad and my other 3 kids are on the same side of the fence that I am.

November 2, 2004 was not George Bush's accountability moment: today is. We are finished allowing him to get away with deceiving the American public and abusing his power.

We are mad as hell and we're not taking it anymore.


TRANSCRIPT FROM INTERVIEW WITH CINDY SHEEHAN 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Aug. 11


KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST: There were more than five people in Crawford, Texas, today, but for our purposes, we will concentrate on five. Four of them you know -- President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretaries Rice and Rumsfeld.

And then there is Cindy Sheehan. She is what we used to call a Gold Star Mother, a mother who lost a son in military service. And she's camped out near the president's ranch, demanding a meeting with him to ask him to bring home those troops who did not meet her son's fate. Cindy Sheehan joins us tonight.

Cindy Sheehan may or may not have had a bona fide complaint that President Bush was refusing to see her to talk about Iraq and the deaths of young men and women there like her son. He had, after all, met with her before. But then, somebody decided that Ms. Sheehan had had hit enough of a public nerve. Suddenly she had political enemies, and they were trying to discredit her.

Our fifth story on the COUNTDOWN now, her story is about more than just her protests. It's about the role of dissent in a country founded on the right to dissent. It's a story now so big that even though Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld met with the president at his ranch today, the news from Crawford is mostly about Cindy Sheehan. She joins us in a moment.

First, our White House correspondent, David Gregory.


DAVID GREGORY, MSNBC CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Since August 2, when the president left for a vacation on his Texas ranch, 38 American troops have died in Iraq. It is that grim reality of war that appeared to weigh on Mr. Bush today. Flanked by his national security team, he took pains to address the public's growing opposition to the conflict.

GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, I grieve for every death. It breaks my heart to think about a family weeping over the loss of a loved one.

GREGORY: The president added, he has heard the call from war critics to pull out now.

BUSH: And I've thought about their cry and their sincere desire to reduce the loss of life by pulling our troops out. I just strongly disagree.

GREGORY: Such a move, he argued, would embolden terrorists also calling for a U.S. withdrawal. The message, the president fears.

BUSH: You know, the (INAUDIBLE), the, the, the United States is weak, and all we've got to do is intimidate and they'll leave.

GREGORY: As for when troops would return, Mr. Bush dampened recent talk of an exit strategy today, saying that even when his top commanders talk about a substantial drawdown by next spring, they are merely speculating. Additional troops may be needed when Iraqis vote on a new constitution.

But one military expert says the unspoken reality is that our troops in Iraq, now 138,000 strong, are spread too thin.

GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY (RET.), U.S. ARMY: This level of deployment over this small an Army and Marine Corps is not sustainable beyond next summer.

GREGORY: Congressional war critics accuse Mr. Bush of failing to level with the public.

SEN. JACK REED (D), RHODE ISLAND: I don't think the president is making the point clear about the range of difficulty.

GREGORY (on camera): Today the president did highlight the progress, namely a political process moving forward, and the ultimate goal, a free Iraq to serve as a bulwark against terror.

The question is, how long will the American public wait for the strategy to pay off?

David Gregory, NBC News, the White House.


OLBERMANN: At about the same time the president spoke to the media today, the mother of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, who died at Sadr City, Iraq, in April 2004, held a news conference of her own, joined by other families. Cindy Sheehan pledged to stay camped outside that ranch for the duration of the president's August vacation, adding that if he does not talk with her there, she may to go Washington in September.

And while the president did not talk with her directly today, he did finally address her presence and her purpose.


BUSH: I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan. She feels strongly about her position. And I have -- she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America. She has the right to her position. And I've thought long and hard about her position. I've heard her position from others, which is, get out of Iraq now.

And it would be a mistake for the security of this country and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long run if we were to do so.


OLBERMANN: As promised, joining us from her makeshift campsite in Crawford, Texas, Cindy Sheehan.

Thank you for your time tonight.

CINDY SHEEHAN, LOST HER SON IN IRAQ: Hey, Keith, no problem.

OLBERMANN: You heard what the president said today at his news conference. You heard that clip of him just there. What's your response to that?

SHEEHAN: Right. I don't want the president's sympathy. You know, I want to talk to him, and I want answers to my questions. And I want him to tell me the noble cause that my son died for. And I want him to stop using my son's name and the name of the other lost loved ones and Gold Star Families for Peace. We want him to stop using our children's name to justify the continued killing.

OLBERMANN: As I mentioned earlier, as is well known here, you spoke with Mr. Bush last year, and your comments to your local newspaper in California about that meeting have made the rounds anew on the Internet this week, how you had said that you had felt he was sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis, that he had felt obviously some pain for your loss.

Two questions about those quotes, first being, your critics say they suggest that you have changed your stance on the war, on Mr. Bush, in the interim. Is that true, or is it false?

SHEEHAN: No, it's false. If they had read the whole article, or talked about the whole article, they would have -- it would have shown that I was already having serious misgivings about the mission that keeps on changing all the time.

And the other day, I wonder if they blogged about this. My hometown newspaper said Cindy Sheehan has not changed her position. It's just become clarified and it's become more focused, and her mission has become more important to her.

OLBERMANN: Second question about the meeting in June of last year. What could you say to President Bush now that you could not have said to him then? Or why didn't you say then what you want to say now?

SHEEHAN: Good question. June of 2004 is a lot different than August of 2005. For one thing, in June of 2004, I was -- had buried my son nine weeks before the meeting. I was a woman in a deep state of shock, in a deep state of grief. And you know what? I am still in a deep state of grief. And thanks to George Bush, I will be in a deep state of grief for the rest of my life.

But I'm not in shock anymore. The Duelfer weapons of mass destruction report came out, the 9/11 commission report came out, the Downing Street memos came out, the Senate Intelligence Committee report came out. These have all come out since my son was killed. They show categorically that my son was‹his murder was premeditated, that there was no reason to invade Iraq.

And that's what I want the answers to today, in August of 2005.

OLBERMANN: Another part of this story that has developed in terms of the criticism and this political flashpoint that has developed around you, that seems so reminiscent of a lot of protests. I kept thinking about your camp there, and it sort of being a parallel world to that, the whole Terri Schiavo protest situation that just became a Mideast phenomenon.

There is an e-mail that purports to be from members of your family that denounces your presence there in Crawford. It was sent to a right-wing Web site. Is there any truth in it? Are there members of your family who are upset with what you're doing there?

SHEEHAN: There's members of my -- they're my in-laws. And we have always been politically on the opposite sides of the fence. And we always kind of did it good-naturedly. You know, my father-in-law would call me Meathead and I would call him Archie, and we would just fight about politics all the time.

But you know what? When they supported George Bush in November, and when they voted for the man who I consider killed their grandson, that's when -- that was it. That, to me, was a betrayal of Casey, and it hurt me so deeply. I haven't spoken to them since.

And our family, Casey's dad and my other three children, are 100 percent behind me and agree with me philosophically about what's going on. I just talked to my husband, and he said, he said, Cindy, you know I've always supported you philosophically. I know George Bush did the wrong thing, and I had nothing to do with what my sister wrote.

OLBERMANN: Last question. It's pure politics. The nature of the media coverage you're getting now, the response from other families of soldiers killed in Iraq, all of that, from the perspective of your protest there, in a way, isn't it really better if President Bush doesn't meet with you?

SHEEHAN: I would think so, yes. I think it's great. And if he would come out right now, it would really defuse the momentum, and I don't want to give them any hints. And I think that's something they've probably already thought about.

But, you know, but we're here. We're committed. We're staying the whole month of August, and then we're moving to Washington, D.C. And we're going to have a 24-hour vigil on his front lawn to keep the pressure on. The pressure is there. Sixty-two percent of Americans want our troops home. And this is giving them a voice to stand up and be counted and say, You know, we want our country back, and we want our troops home.

OLBERMANN: Cindy Sheehan, thanks much for taking time to join us tonight.

SHEEHAN: You're welcome. Thank you.

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Vorsicht bei Zwischenlandung in den USA

Ausländer, die auf internationalen Flügen in den USA umsteigen müssen, haben praktisch keine Rechte und müssen mit Übergriffen bis hin zur (leichten) Folter rechnen.


Vigil Threatens to put President in Tough Spot


Cindy Sheehan


By Cindy Sheehan
Huffington Post August 11, 2005


This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. It’s ironic, given the attacks leveled at me recently, how some in the media are so quick to scrutinize -- and distort -- the words and actions of a grieving mother but not the words and actions of the president of the United States.

But now it’s time for him to level with me and with the American people. I think that’s why there’s been such an outpouring of support. This is giving the 61 percent of Americans who feel that the war is wrong something to do -- something that allows their voices to be heard. It’s a way for them to stand up and show that they DO want our troops home, and that they know this war IS a mistake… a mistake they want to see corrected. It’s too late to bring back the people who are already dead, but there are tens of thousands of people still in harm’s way.

There is too much at stake to worry about our own egos. When my son was killed, I had to face the fact that I was somehow also responsible for what happened. Every American that allows this to continue has, to some extent, blood on their hands. Some of us have a little bit, and some of us are soaked in it.

People have asked what it is I want to say to President Bush. Well, my message is a simple one. He’s said that my son -- and the other children we’ve lost -- died for a noble cause. I want to find out what that noble cause is. And I want to ask him: “If it’s such a noble cause, have you asked your daughters to enlist? Have you encouraged them to go take the place of soldiers who are on their third tour of duty?” I also want him to stop using my son’s name to justify the war. The idea that we have to “complete the mission” in Iraq to honor Casey’s sacrifice is, to me, a sacrilege to my son’s name. Besides, does the president any longer even know what “the mission” really is over there?

Casey knew that the war was wrong from the beginning. But he felt it was his duty to go, that his buddies were going, and that he had no choice. The people who send our young, honorable, brave soldiers to die in this war, have no skin in the game. They don’t have any loved ones in harm’s way. As for people like O’Reilly and Hannity and Michelle Malkin and Rush Limbaugh and all the others who are attacking me and parroting the administration line that we must complete the mission there -- they don’t have one thing at stake. They don’t suffer through sleepless nights worrying about their loved ones

Before this all started, I used to think that one person couldn’t make a difference... but now I see that one person who has the backing and support of millions of people can make a huge difference.

That’s why I’m going to be out here until one of three things happens: It’s August 31st and the president’s vacation ends and he leaves Crawford. They take me away in a squad car. Or he finally agrees to speak with me.

If he does, he’d better be prepared for me to hold his feet to the fire. If he starts talking about freedom and democracy -- or about how the war in Iraq is protecting America -- I’m not going to let him get away with it.

Like I said, this is George Bush’s accountability moment.




The family of American soldier Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has broken its silence and spoken out against his mother Cindy Sheehan's anti-war vigil against George Bush held outside the president's Crawford, Texas ranch.

The following email was received by the DRUDGE REPORT from Casey's aunt and godmother:

Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish. Thanks Ð Cherie

In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement:

The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.


Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.


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Watching the Economy Crumble

Good News! Soon You'll No Longer Need an Expensive College Education to Work in the US.


From Information Clearing House

GOP Paying Legal Bills of Bush Official

Despite a zero-tolerance policy on tampering with voters, the Republican Party has quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide private defense lawyers for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.


Science, Surveillance and the Culture of Control

“Big Brother is no longer a fiction” and “The United States has now reached the point where a total ‘surveillance society’ has become a realistic possibility.”


From Information Clearing House


Welcome to America: U.S. Defends Detentions at Airports

Foreign citizens who change planes at airports in the United States can legally be seized, detained without charges, deprived of access to a lawyer or the courts, and even denied basic necessities like food, lawyers for the government said in Brooklyn federal court yesterday.


Holding The Emperor To Account

Gary Hart writes that Cindy Sheehan's protest is serving a function that should have been fulfilled by Democratic leaders.


Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan Steps into the Leadership Void

She may not be the kind of media figure the cable news channels would order up from newsmaker central, writes columnist Arianna Huffington. But she is the kind of unexpected leader who springs from among the people and makes nonsense of red state/blue state distinctions.


Cindy Sheehan

What Rove Told Bush Starting to Matter

Among the many questions surrounding the investigation into who in the Bush administration leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer is whether President Bush's top political adviser told his boss the truth about his connection to the case.


Officials See Risk in Release of Abu Ghraib Images

Senior Pentagon officials have opposed the release of photographs and videotapes of the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, arguing that they would incite public opinion in the Muslim world and put the lives of American soldiers and officials at risk, according to documents unsealed in federal court in New York.


In Iraq, No Clear Finish Line

With surging violence claiming more US forces on the ground in Iraq and the angry mother of a dead soldier camping out near his ranch in Texas, Bush plainly cannot count on indefinite public patience.


Cindy Sheehan

Crawford's "Camp Casey" Still Growing

"The president says he feels compassion for me, but the best way to show that compassion is by meeting with me and the other mothers and families who are here," Sheehan said. "All we're asking is that he sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to talk to us, before the next mother loses her son in Iraq."


Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan

When I first heard that Cindy Sheehan had camped out in front of President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, it reminded me of another woman who sat down in the front of a bus because she was tired and had had enough.

Then I thought, here is yet another painful example in our world today. We are tired of young men and women around the world dying needlessly, without purpose, and leading to escalating violence between nations, in our country, in our communities, in our schools.

Women from around the country are uniting in Texas. It is time to ask ourselves why we are not using the knowledge and methods we already have to resolve conflict in nonviolent ways! We have not yet invested in organizing the wealth of information and resources we currently have and creating the structure to do so. It is time to do this.

The focus of a cabinet level Department of Peace is the nonviolent resolution of conflict internationally and domestically.

What would a Department of Peace be doing? How might it make a difference? We would be working within our government, the Iraqi government and governments of other concerned countries - with professionals trained in alternative dispute resolution, mediation, truth and reconciliation. We would call upon those who have worked in community building successfully around the world.

We asked Louise Diamond, founder of The Peace Company, and co-founder with Ambassador John McDonald of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, if she were part of a peace team right now what would be possible?

Louise responded: “Our approach to peace building is threefold:

* Social – working with the hearts and minds and direct experience of the people;

* Political – working with politicians and leaders; and

* Structural – working with institutions in society that affect lives, i.e. education, economics, military."

She also indicated: We would look at needs and programs in Iraq, in this country and in partner countries and facilitate understanding and agreement on a peaceful direction. These discussions would be based on the premise that the cornerstone of freedom is the opportunity for all voices to be heard and for all people to have the opportunity to make a difference. Through dialogue and with the willingness of leadership to hear the voices of the people to create respectful and open-ended dialogue, we would resolve conflict.

President Bush recently called for a conflict response team in our government. We encourage that dialogue. Our troops need our support. Let us quickly move in the direction of providing them with training in de-escalation of conflict, nonviolent communication, how to effectively manage potentially violent situations, and more!

In the documentary "Gunner Palace", the closing scenes are of interviews with U.S. soldiers in Iraq commenting on how killing has not proven to be an effective solution in the past and that it is no different today.

It is time for all of us, individually and as a group, to speak up in conscience as part of the new politics of hope. It is time to focus on creating a world that will work for everyone.

Thank you Cindy Sheehan for your willingness to demonstrate how one person can make a significant difference on behalf of the common good. We are grateful to be part of the dialogue. Please support the much-needed Department of Peace!

In the Spirit of Peace,


Dot Maver, Executive Director The Peace Alliance Campaigning for a US Department of Peace http://www.thepeacealliance.org

The Peace Alliance PO Box 3259 - Center Line, Michigan 48015 USA Tel (586) 754-8105 Fax (586) 754-8106 http://www.ThePeaceAlliance.org -- Info@ThePeaceAlliance.org

Cindy Sheehan

WMD Plot Uncovered In East Texas

Investigators have seized at least 100 other bombs, bomb components, machine guns, 500,000 rounds of ammunition and chemical agents.


Former UN commissioner urges Govt to secure Hicks release

"I personally believe the Australian Government can do more for an Australian citizen held in those circumstances, which do not satisfy either principles of rule of law or the Geneva Conventions".


From Information Clearing House

London, twinned with Baghdad

Jim Talib, a US soldier who took part in the attack on Falluja, describes his experience: "On one of my trips to drop off a detainee at the jail, the senior interrogator told us not to bring them in any more. ‘Just shoot them,’ he said. I was stunned, I couldn’t believe he ­actually said it.


Cross of Iron Speech: The Chance for Peace

Address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower "The Chance for Peace" delivered before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16,1953.


We Have Nothing To Fear

One can hardly contemplate the current situation without recalling the stories of President Abraham Lincoln and the fact that his office was opened to personal visits from the mothers and wives of those who had fought and died in that Great War Between the States, the Civil War, on both sides!


Cindy Sheehan

The Iranian nightmare

As diplomatic historian Gabriel Kolko commented, "By destroying a united Iraq under [Saddam] Hussein ... the US removed the main barrier to Iran's eventual triumph."


Iran Took Advantage Of Time In The Shadows To Build Power:

Iran, if things continue to go its way, finds itself on the threshold of controlling vast oil resources that stretch from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean ... Iran is well on its way to achieving de facto control of significant portions of Iraq.


From Information Clearing House

Britain's role in radicalising Basra

WHEN British troops eventually pull out from southern Iraq, they will leave behind the Islamic Republic of Basra: a mini-state which is more solidly Islamicist than any other part of the country. After a controversial war and two years of painful nation-building, that is an ugly result.


From Information Clearing House

Wounded Soldier Refused To Meet Bush

"I don't want anything to do with him," he explains. "My belief is that his ego is getting people killed and mutilated for no reason -- just his ego and his reputation. If we really wanted to, we could pull out of Iraq.


An Honor To Stand Up Against War

By Harvey H. Reading

I feel an incredibly deep and abiding anger over what is being done to my country by those in power who murdered her son. For the sake of all those who have lost sons or daughters, and all those who may, for the sake of our own humanity and survival, we must rise up in numbers uncountable, demanding an end to this war NOW, not later.


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A grieving mother waits for an answer

By Margaret Carlson

On Friday, Bush will have to pass by Sheehan in his climate-controlled car with its tinted windows, or forgo a fundraiser nearby. He lives in a bubble — his prescreened audiences applaud him for platitudes and for his resolve.


Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan - Freedom and Faith


This is a must watch brief video with footage from Crawford and Cindy's appearances around the country at Freedom AND Faith events.

Cindy's courageous Crawford stand is galvanizing opposition to the war and awakening America to the senseless tragedy that is Iraq.

Click here to view. Quick Time Video

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Mobilfunk und Handymaststeuer in NÖ

Sg. Damen und Herrn!

Zur Info, damit nicht nur das einseitg in den Medien-Kommunizierte dominiert und meine Aktivitäten zugänglicher werden.

mfG G. Moser

Gesamtösterreichische Positionierung der Grünen:

- Ablehnung der NÖ-Steuer-Variante, weil höhere Masten, Strahlen-Belastungserhöhung, keine gesundheitspolitisches Steuerungsinstrument,........

- Forderungen des Obersten Sanitätsrates: Minimierung der Belastung, Optimierung der Standorte, Beteiligung der BürgerInnen

- Wenn Steuer, dann eine intelligente Steuer, die zu einer Verbesserung der Situation führt, also tatsächlich die Belastung reduziert ("Steuern" siehe Anregung Dr. Medinger und auch Dr. Oberfeld) und Einbindung der AnrainerInnen als Kriterium festlegt.

Unabhängig davon muss das Telekom-Gesetz im Sinne der Mobilfunkpedition reformiert werden.

OTS: „Moser: ÖVP-Steuer für Handymasten ist politischer Pfusch und undifferenzierter Schnellschuss

Probleme seriös bearbeiten und Handy-Betreiber in Schranken weisen

"Die Vorgangsweise der ÖVP-NÖ in Richtung undifferenzierter Besteuerung von Handy-Masten ist in höchstem Maße fragwürdig und als reine Budget-Notaktion angelegt", erklärt die Verkehrssprecherin der Grünen, Gabriela Moser .

"Die vorhandenen Probleme müssen seriös bearbeitet werden. Ein derartiger Schnellschuss ist jedoch politischer Pfusch", so Moser, und weiter:

"Angesichts des Mastenwildwuchses, der wahrscheinlichen Gesundheitsrisiken und der häufig rücksichtslosen Vorgangsweise der Betreiber muss endlich im Sinne der Empfehlungen des Obersten Sanitätsrates und der Mobilfunk-Petition gehandelt werden. Das bedeutet: Wenn Betreiber die Bevölkerung nicht einbinden, die Sendeleistung nicht minimieren, die Standorte nicht wie in Italien emissionsmässig optimieren und keine begleitende Risikoforschung vorgenommen wird, dann muss der Gesetzgeber eingreifen."

Denn die Vorgangsweise vieler Betreiber, einfach über die Köpfe der AnrainerInnen hinweg und häufig auch ohne Information der Bürgermeister Sendemasten zu errichten, müsse in die Schranken gewiesen werden.“

selbständige Entschließungsanträge, Anfragen der Abg. Dr. Gabriele Moser betr. Mobilfunk, etc.

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Von: Anton Mayr
Gesendet: Freitag, 12. August 2005 10:15 An: Gabriela Moser Cc: Rudolf Anschober; Alfred Pointner

Betreff: Mobilfunk und Handymaststeuer in NÖ

S.g. Frau Dr. Moser!

Die GRÜNEN vertreten in der Frage der Handymaststeuer in NÖ eine ablehnende Haltung.

Als persönlich durch eine Mobilfunkanlage in nächster Nachbarschaft Betroffener (allerdings in OÖ) verstehe ich diese Haltung nicht. Auch habe ich heute in der Zeitung eine Berechnung der GRÜNEN über zu erwartende Mehrkosten einer Familie mit 3 Kindern gelesen.

Warum wird durch Sie oder Ihre Partei nicht der gesundheitliche Aspekt, welcher dankenswerterweise zuletzt durch die Wiener Ärztekammer an die Öffentlichkeit getragen wurde, in diese Diskussion eingebracht? Ich bin überzeugt, wenn diese der Berechnung zugrunde liegende Familie sich an die Empfehlungen der W. Ärztekammer halten würde, trotz der höheren Tarife durch die Mastensteuer deutlich geringere Telefonkosten haben würde.

Ich würde mir wünschen, dass die GRÜNEN diese Zusammenhänge kommunizieren würden und nicht durch andere Strategien ihre Glaubwürdigkeit aufs Spiel setzen würden.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

DI Anton Mayr

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Organized labor splinters just as it finally decides to join the international movements against American empire. How did this happen - and can workers recover? Bacon explores these questions.


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The world's largest frozen peat bog is melting. An area stretching for a million square kilometres across the permafrost of western Siberia is turning into a mass of shallow lakes as the ground melts, according to Russian researchers just back from the region. The sudden melting of a bog the size of France and Germany combined could unleash billions of tonnes of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.


Why Big Business Hearts John Roberts

It's looking like George W. Bush named a Supreme Court nominee that corporate honchos can love. To date, most speculation about Roberts has focused on how he would approach blockbuster social issues like civil rights. But the White House appears to have considered the interests of the corporate community as well.


Jodie Evans of Code Pink, Live from Crawford, Texas

T r u t h o u t Editor Scott Galindez films William Rivers Pitt interviewing Jodie Evans of Code Pink at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas.


Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan: Mr. President..Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!


Cindy Sheehan is camped outside of the Southwestern White House in Crawford, Texas.

She is the mother of Casey Sheehan, a young soldier who was killed in Iraq. She had met President Bush a year ago when he offered his sympathy to her then. She was gracious to him and thanked him for his kindness.

She is no longer gracious.

Cindy Sheehan is a mom who is angry at her President, the war in Iraq and anyone who tries to silence her. It is refreshing to see that kind of passion in a parent who loved her son. The only problem with all this is that she is out of place here....

She claims she has a right to see the President of the United States and discuss this personally with him. She is wrong. She has the right to TRY and meet the President. But, sorry Cindy, only the best get to be Starkist.

If President Bush meanders out to the road and hears her out, he will be setting a dangerous precedent. He will also be stupid. He says yes to Cindy Sheehan and guess how many new moms and dads are going to show up tomorrow? To paraphrase Lay's Potato Chips, "You can't MEET just one!" Keep clearing brush, Mr. President, or you will be hounded forever.

I think people forget that wherever the President goes, THAT becomes the White House. Camp David was the White House for Eisenhower. Palm Beach was the White House for Kennedy. San Clemente was the White House for Nixon and so on and so forth. So, if you go to Washington D.C. and hang out hoping to have the President of the United States come visit you...it isn't going to happen. It is the same in Crawford, Texas. This IS the freakin' President! We are just talking geography here, Cindy. Don't take it personally. You had your meeting last year. You got one more meeting that 280 million Americans did. Be content with that.

Furthermore, the liberal media and the anti-war in Iraq proponents are loving this! Underdog mom getting jilted by her President...the arrogant George Bush. The man who is afraid to answer for his actions for leading us into a terrible war without any good reasons behind it. Which is worse? A President who has misled us, a media who is trying to make money off it or opponents who are using it for their own agenda? Is anyone pure here?

The standoff continues. Maybe the President's staff will figure out a way to lance the growing boil. As their leader glides by in his limo, maybe it can stop for a nano second and he can hand her a tiny American flag with a chocolate bar and say, "I am sorry, Cin. I care about Casey, too." It isn't much, but it IS something.

I just read that her relatives have now responded in support of President Bush against her. Before we know it, we might have a second war on our hands. Withdrawing Cindy might be as big a problem for the President as the troops in Iraq.

Stay tuned.

About the author: Pat Hurley has won three Emmy awards for writing, hosting and producing television shows. He resides in Southern California.

Email: coolhumor@sbcglobal.net By Patrick Hurley Aug. 11, 2005 coolhumor@sbcglobal.net Patrick Hurley, Useless?, Yes. Knowledge?, NO! Cool? NO Humor? NO. Beneath Humanity? Yes. Even beneath the birds or other animals, perhaps. Certainly where your writing belongs. Stick to writing comics for bird cage liners or something actually useful. I doubt whether you won an Emmy for anything. Perhaps you would not spew such insensitive thoughts if you ever invested positive life force into another being or a thing of beauty. Cynicism as you have exhibited is a toxic force. There is already enough hate speech and mindless garbage clogging the internet and the planet in general. Hate speech is in the same category as child pornography. Why not refrain from such ugliness? The planet needs heroes, not more zeros.

Sasha Karlik
Los Angeles

Cindy Sheehan

Video of Cindy's invasion and occupation of W's ranch

To help Cindy go to:

To help the impeachment tour bus go to:

For exclusive video:

Here is the link to the 30 minute Quicktime video of the trip from VFP convention to Crawford and the interaction with the locals, national press and the sheriff.

Please share this link, so that the world can hear Cindy.


Informant: Hopedance

Cindy Sheehan


Gold Star And Military Families Arriving In Strength

Bill Mitchell of Atascadero, California will be arriving in Crawford in the next several days. Bill's son Sgt. Michael Mitchell was killed in action in Sadr City, Iraq on April 4, 2004, along with Cindy Sheehan's son Spc. Casey Sheehan. Bill is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.

Gold Star And Military Families Arriving In Strength

CRAWFORD, TX - Members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out are beginning to arrive in Crawford, Texas to add their voices to Cindy Sheehan's, calling for a meeting with President Bush and for troops to be brought home now.

The following Gold Star and Military Families Speak Out members are available for interview:

Tammara Rosenleaf of Belton, Texas arrived in Crawford on Tuesday, August 9th. [The Flower Of Belton And The Rose Of Saline, as the old song goes.] Tammara's husband serves in the Army, stationed at Ft. Hood, and will be deploying to Iraq this fall.

Celeste, Dante and Raphael Zappala of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Celeste and her son Dante arrived in Crawford on Tuesday August 9; son Raphael will arrive Friday night August 12. Celeste's son Sgt. Sherwood Baker (Dante and Raphael's brother) was the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since World War II. He was killed in action in Baghdad on April 26, 2004 while searching for non-existent WMD's. Celeste is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.

Lietta Ruger of Bay Center, Washington will be arriving in Crawford Wednesday morning, August 10th. Lietta's son-in-law and nephew serve in the 1st Armored Division of the U.S. Army and are currently in Germany. They have both served extended 15-month tours of duty in Iraq; they are both under stop-loss orders and due to re-deploy to Iraq this fall.

Linda and Phil Waste of Hinesville, Georgia will arrive in Crawford Wednesday morning August 10th. Linda and Phil have 3 sons and 2 grandchildren (a grandson and a granddaughter) who are active-duty military. Together, they have already spent a total of over 57 months on tours of duty in Iraq.

Several of these children/grandchildren are currently serving in Iraq, and have served extended and multiple deployments.

Jean Prewitt of Birmingham, Alabama will arrive in Crawford on Wednesday morning, August 10th. Jean's son Private Kelly Prewitt was killed in action during the first few weeks of the war in Iraq, on April 6, 2003.

Valarie Fletcher of Seymour, Missouri is driving to Crawford and arriving Wednesday evening, August 10. Valarie's son serves in the Marines and will be deploying to Iraq at the end of this month.

Sherry Bohlen of Scottsdale, Arizona is driving to Crawford and arriving on Wednesday evening, August 10. Sherry's son serves in the Army and deployed to Iraq on June 10, 2005.

Rebecca Bahr of Scottsdale, Arizona is driving to Crawford and arriving on Wednesday evening August 10. Rebecca's daughter serves in the Marines and is currently stateside.

Caryn Unsicker of Silvis, Illinois is driving to Crawford and arriving Wednesday evening, August 10. Caryn's son serves in the Marines, currently stateside.

Anne Sapp and her daughters Lydia (age 17) and Mary (age 8) of Billerica, Massachusetts will be arriving in Crawford on Thursday morning, August 11th. Anne's husband/Lydia and Mary's father is a Staff Sergeant in the Massachusetts National Guard and currently serving in Iraq.

Barbara Porchia of Camden, Arkansas will be arriving in Crawford on Thursday morning August 11th. Barbara's son, Army Reservist Private 1st Class Jonathan Cheatham, was killed in action in Baghdad two years ago, on July 26, 2003.

Sue Niederer of Pennington, New Jersey will be arriving in Crawford on Thursday morning August 11th. Sue's son, 1st Lieutenant Seth Dvorin, was killed in action near Iskandariyah, Iraq on February 3, 2004. Sue is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.

Kristin Williams and Matthew Williams of Dallas, Texas will be arriving in Crawford this weekend (August 13-14). Matthew Williams is an Iraq War Veteran who served as a combat medic for one year in Iraq (2003-2004). He was honorably discharged from the Army. Kristin is his sister.

Bill Mitchell of Atascadero, California will be arriving in Crawford in the next several days. Bill's son Sgt. Michael Mitchell was killed in action in Sadr City, Iraq on April 4, 2004, along with Cindy Sheehan's son Spc. Casey Sheehan. Bill is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.

Mimi Evans of Hyannis, Massachusetts will be arriving in Crawford on Tuesday, August 16th. Mimi's son serves in the Marines; he will be deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in the next two weeks.

Eric Blickenstaff of Portland, Oregon will be arriving in Crawford early next week. Eric's brother Spc. Joseph Blickenstaff served in the Army and was killed when his Stryker vehicle rolled into a ditch on December 8, 2003 in Balad, Iraq.

For more information:

Military Families Speak Out: http://www.mfso.org
Gold Star Families for Peace: http://www.gsfp.org

Informant: Hopedance

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan: Address to Veterans For Peace Convention

The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it. --Rosemary Fillmore Rhea

The following is the 8.5.05 address by Cindy Sheehan at the Veterans for Peace Convention in Dallas, Texas Cindy Sheehan is the Gold Star Mother who is camping out on the road in front on President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. She is demanding he come out and speak with her.

I highly recommend you read the entire address.

Blessings, Adele

Address to Veterans For Peace Convention
Cindy Sheehan

Friday 05 August 2005

It's so great to be here.

Last year when you guys had your convention in Boston, my son had only been dead a few months, and we were really honored because the Santa Barbara chapter took my daughter's poem "A Nation Rocked to Sleep" (and they did it again this year), and I remember Michael Cervantes, he brought the booklet over to our house and showed it to us, and I never dreamed in a year I'd be standing here in front of you as one of the speakers at your convention. I never dreamed I'd be doing this at all, but isn't it weird what life hands you.

I never heard about Veterans For Peace until, I can tell you the exact day I heard about VFP, it was May 4th, 2004, and my son had been dead exactly a month, and I was watching CNN, and something came on - it was a report on Arlington West (note: Arlington West was a display of crosses put up to remind people of the cost of the war) in Santa Barbara, and we lived about 6 hours north of Santa Barbara, and it was the May 4th before Mother's Day, which was May 8th, and VFP was going to put it up on Sunday, every Sunday - so I called my husband and I said, "There's only one place I want to be on Mother's Day this year, I want to be at Santa Barbara. I want to go and see Arlington West."

When we went, the first time we went, there were a little over 700 crosses. Now there are over 1,800 crosses.

And I'm glad to hear everybody else's words, because somebody's gotta stop those lying bastards. Somebody has to stop them.

I got an email yesterday - if you guys heard, I just had a story published called "Where Do I Live?" - it talks about an Iranian-American who got the shaft because a recruiter liked him, and the recruiter falsified his paperwork, so he ended up in prison.

He's been in prison since November without due process.

Another mother whose son was found dead in Iraq, they told her that he died from a drug overdose. Three months later, they got the toxicology report: no drugs. She was devastated. She said, "I know my son, he did not do drugs." She was told that her son's wife and his battle buddies said in a report that yes, her son abused drugs in Iraq. But when she got that report it said categorically that no, he did not abuse drugs. So how did her son die?

And then there's Kevin and Monica Benderman. Kevin did exactly the right thing and got 15 months in prison. Whereas, like Dahr [Jamail] said, the war criminals in Washington DC, they don't even lose a night's sleep.

Then we have this lying bastard, George Bush, taking a 5-week vacation in a time of war. You know what? I'm never going to get to enjoy another vacation, because of him.

My vacation probably ... this is really sad because I have a really cute dress I was going to wear to the banquet tomorrow night, but I'm either gonna be in jail or in a tent in Crawford, waiting until that jerk comes out and tells me why my son died.

Anyway, I got an email, I kinda got off track, a man emailed me yesterday, I get contacted by all kinds of people with their stories, and he said Cindy, I read everything you write, I read it on LewRockwell.com, he said, "I get tears in my eyes, but today I cried real tears, and I screamed, because my dear sweet nineteen ear-old cousin was killed in Iraq."

And he said, "Cindy, why didn't I save him? Why didn't I knock him out, why didn't I take him to Canada?" and I wrote him back and I said, "You know what? We all think that."

I said to my son not to go. I said, you know it's wrong, you know you're going over there. You know your unit might have to kill innocent people, you know you might die. And he says, "My buddies are going, I have to go." He said, "If I don't go, someone's going to have to do my job, and my buddies will be in danger."

So what really gets me is these chicken-hawks who sent our kids to die, without ever serving in a war themselves. They don't know what it's all about.

Thirty of our bravest young men have already died this month, and it's only the 5th of August. And the tragedy of the marines in Ohio is awful.

But do you guys remember back in March when we were having our 2nd year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, which was pre-empted by Terry Schiavo, so that's all that was on the news, not 5,000 of us in Fayetteville. Wolf Blitzer said it was insignificant, but they put Terry Schiavo on, and I wrote something then called "The Amazing Hypocrites" and I asked, why does she deserve life more than my son, and the Iraqi people? And more than the other people that this war has killed.

But do you think George Bush will interrupt his vacation and go visit the families of those 20 marines who have died in Ohio this week? No, because he doesn't care, he doesn't have a heart. That's not enough to stop his little "playing cowboy" game in Crawford for 5 weeks.

So, as you can imagine, the grieving parents who lost - lost, I don't like to use that word - whose child was murdered, it's extremely difficult, you can't even get a small scab on our wound, because every day it rips open. Every day, I don't know why I do it because I already know that war is ugly, I already know that war is hard. But I open up the DOD site to see who became an angel while I was sleeping.

And that rips my heart open, because I know there is another mother whose life is going to be ruined that day. So we can't even begin to heal.

So anyway that filth-spewer and warmonger George Bush was speaking after the tragedy of the marines in Ohio, he said a couple things that outraged me.

Seriously outraged me.

And I know I don't look like I'm outraged, I'm always so calm and everything, that's because if I started hitting something, I wouldn't stop 'til it was dead. So I can't even start, cause I know how dangerous that would be, but George Bush was talking, and he never mentioned the terrible incident of those marines, but he did say that the families of the ones who have been killed can rest assured that their loved ones died for a noble cause.

And he also said, he says this often, and this really drives me crazy, he said that we have to stay in Iraq and complete the mission, to honor the sacrifices of the ones who have fallen.

And I say, why should I want one more mother to go through what I've gone through, because my son is dead. You know what, the only way he can honor my son's sacrifice is to bring the rest of the troops home. To make my son's death count for peace and love, and not war and hatred like he stands for.

I don't want him using my son's death or my family's sacrifice to continue the killing. I don't want him to exploit the honor of my son and others to continue the killing. They sent these honorable people to die, and are so dishonorable themselves.

So, as many of you have heard, and I didn't mean to cause any problems with the convention, but I was writing an email to everybody, and I was so mad, like I said, and I just had this brainstorm, I'm going to Dallas, I don't know where Crawford is. I've been in Texas, Casey was stationed at Fort Hood. I drove from northern California to Fort Hood one time - it took, like, 30 hours. And I thought, I could be driving for days to get from Dallas to Crawford!

But I don't care, I'm goin'. And I'm gonna tell them, "You get that evil maniac out here, cuz a Gold Star Mother, somebody whose blood is on his hands, has some questions for him."

And I'm gonna say, "OK, listen here, George. #1, you quit, and I demand - every time you get out there and say you're going to continue the killing in Iraq to honor the fallen heroes by continuing the mission - you say, except Casey Sheehan.'"

"And you say, except for all the members of 'Gold Star Families for Peace' cuz we think not one drop of blood should be spilled in our families' names. You quit doing that. You don't have my permission."

And I'm gonna say, "And you tell me what the noble cause is that my son died for." And if he even starts to say "freedom and democracy," I'm gonna say "bullshit."

You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana, imperialism in the Middle East. You tell me that, you don't tell me my son died for freedom and democracy.

Cuz, we're not freer. You're taking away our freedoms. The Iraqi people aren't freer, they're much worse off than before you meddled in their country.

You get America out of Iraq, you get Israel out of Palestine.

(massive round of applause)

And if you think I won't say "bullshit" to the President, I say move on, cuz I'll say what's on my mind.

So, what's gonna happen? I started this, I thought it was gonna be just me and my sister driving to Crawford, but it kind of mushroomed and people from as far away as Dayton, Ohio are coming, to help us, to stand behind us, because I travel all over the country, I speak, I write, I get feedback on my writing, and just in the little over a year that I've been doing this, I've seen a major turnaround in this country.

People don't just want to hear it - they want to know, what can we do?

What can we do to get him out of power? And I'm gonna say the "I" word. Impeach. And we have to have everybody impeached that lied to the American public, and that's the executive branch, and any people in congress, and we gotta go all the way down and we might have to go all the way down to the person who picks up the dog shit in Washington because ...

We can't let somebody rise to the top who will pardon these war criminals. Because they need to go to prison for what they've done in this world. We can't have a pardon. They need to pay for what they've done.

So anyway, I'm gonna go to Crawford tomorrow, and I'm gonna say I want to talk to him, and they say he's not coming out, I'm gonna set up my tent there until he comes out to talk to me.

And I have the whole month of August off, just like him. It's just the way it worked out, I was supposed to go to England tomorrow to do some Downing Street things, but Conyers cancelled, so hey, I have a lot of free time on my hands, and I'm gonna stay until he comes out and talks to me. And if he quits his vacation and goes to DC, I'll pull my tent up, I'll go to DC and put it on the White House lawn, and I'll be waiting for you guys when you get there September 24th.

Another thing that I'm doing is - my son was killed in 2004, so I'm not paying my taxes for 2004. If I get a letter from the IRS, I'm gonna say, you know what, this war is illegal; this is why this war is illegal. This war is immoral; this is why this war is immoral. You killed my son for this. I don't owe you anything. And if I live to be a million, I won't owe you a penny.

And I want them to come after me, because unlike what you've been doing with the war resistance, I want to put this frickin' war on trial. And I want to say, "You give me my son, and I'll pay your taxes."

I live in Vacaville, come and get me if you can find me there and put me on trial, because like Camilo (Mejia) - Camilo knew what was right. And he went to prison for that. And Henry David Thoreau, he went to prison, he refused to pay his poll tax, and Emerson - I call them HT and RW - and RW came to visit HT and said, what are you doing here, buddy? And HT said, why aren't you here? This is the only place for a moral person in an immoral world.

It's up to us, the people, to break immoral laws and resist. As soon as the leaders of a country lie to you, they have no authority over you. These maniacs have no authority over us. And they might be able to put our bodies in prison, but they can't put our spirits in prison. And I know that Camilo came out a much stronger person, he's one of my heroes, it's great a row of heroes in front of me here.

And everyone gave such great testimony this evening, I have to wonder, why do we keep doing this to each other? Why do we let this continue time and time again, why do we let it happen? And it's because our country is so good at demonizing people. I still have relatives from WWII that still call Japanese people "Japs." And we demonize the Iraqi people, where most of this country doesn't even think we're killing innocent people.

Because, "Oh Cindy, don't you remember what happened on September 11th?"

"Yeah, but, were any of those people in Iraq? And the people who flew those planes into the Trade Center, where they from Iraq?"

When I was growing up, it was "Communists." Now it's "Terrorists." So you always have to have somebody to fight and be afraid of, so the war machine can build more bombs, guns, and bullets and everything.

But I do see hope. I see hope in this country. 58% of the American public are with us. We're preaching to the choir, but the choir's not singing. If all of the 58% started singing, this war would end.

I got an email the other day and it said, "Cindy, if you didn't use so much profanity ... there's people 'on the fence' that get offended."

And you know what I said? "You know what? You know what, god damn it? How, in the world is anybody still sitting on that fence'?"

"If you fall on the side that is pro-George and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out."

But whatever side you fall on, quit being on the fence.

The opposite of good is not evil, it's apathy. And we have to get this country off their butts, and we have to get the choir singing.

We need to say, bring our troops home now.

We can't depend on the people in charge bringing our troops home.

Because you don't plan on bringing the troops home when you drop so much of the reconstruction money into building permanent bases.

I was hoping to come to the banquet tomorrow night, but unless George comes out and talks to me, I'll be camping at Crawford.

Thank you.

Informant: Martin Greenhut

Cindy Sheehan

The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford (Day 5)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005 at 22:37:45 PDT

The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford (Day 5) -- a message from Cindy Sheehan, Crawford, TX Today started at 4am when the rain started blowing into my tent and my head and my feet started getting soaked then thunder and lightening came over my tent. I was really frightened for my life, so I abandoned ship and went into Crawford. By the time we made our way through the floods and got into Crawford, I had a fever, sore throat, and bad headache. So I was made to rest and not have any interviews until noon.

We had a little bit of trouble with locals today. We are beginning to feel a little unwelcome here. One lady almost ran over a television crew. She screamed at us that the neighbors are really mad ...so we moved down the road to our closest neighbor who is very sweet. Her husband is a medic who just got home from Iraq. Again, I did tons of interviews. It looks like I will be on the cover of People Magazine. Time Magazine, Vanity Fair and Oprah's magazine will be interviewing me also. It was great having the other GSFP and MFSO there to help me with interviews and greeting all of the hundreds of people who came out from all over the country to be with us today. We were hassled by the Sheriff because there were too many cars out there. Our little Bush Town has grown to full capacity. The town Sheriff said we can put up tents and RV's in the town stadium. There are wall to wall sleeping bags here at the Peace House.

Due to the generosity of you all, the Crawford Peace House has received over 30,000 dollars and GSFP has received a lot of donations too. I got about 2 and a half dozen bouquets of flowers from so many people who are moved by this stand. I am so amazed and overwhelmed by the support and love we are getting from everywhere. As for Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Matt Drudge, etc...nothing you can say can hurt me or make me stop what we are doing. We are working for peace with justice. We are using peaceful means and the truth to do it. I guess the truth frightens people. It frightens them so much, they have to resort to telling lies to rebut my arguments. They are despicable human beings and not even worth our concern. Bill O'Reilly had the nerve to invite me on his show again today. But, Dolores Kesterson, another Gold Star Families for Peace member who also had a terrible experience with meeting George and she kicked his b... Tonight we are still on arrest alert...so we shall see. Peace soon.

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Edmund Stoiber versucht im Westen Aversionen gegen den Osten zu schüren, um damit auf Wählerfang zu gehen

11. August 2005

Stoiber spielt wilde Sau

Zu Äußerungen des bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten Edmund Stoiber, nach denen der Osten nicht die Bundestagswahl entscheiden dürfte und nicht alle Bevölkerungsteile so klug wählten wie die Bayern erklärt Bundeswahlkampfleiter Bodo Ramelow:

Edmund Stoiber spielt wilde Sau und versucht, im Westen Aversionen gegen den Osten zu schüren, um damit auf Wählerfang zu gehen. Stoiber macht die Union zur Spalter-Partei. Wenn sich der Osten nicht botmäßig verhält, wird er abgestraft. Der bayerische Ministerpräsident hat offenkundig seine Traumatisierung durch die Niederlage bei der Bundestagswahl 2002 nicht überwunden und fühlt sich durch die Ostdeutschen betrogen. Für ihn existiert die DDR immer noch, der ganze Osten ist für Stoiber feindliches Gebiet. Die Union hat den Osten abgeschrieben: programmatisch, politisch, menschlich, moralisch. Es ist schon ein besonderes Bubenstück, dass Stoiber nun den Ostdeutschen auch noch die demokratische Urteilsfähigkeit abspricht und ihre Wählerstimmen praktisch zu Stimmen zweiter Klasse macht. Und die Kanzlerkandidatin aus dem Osten schweigt dazu, als ob sie dieser Amoklauf gegen die innere Einheit nichts anginge. Edmund Stoiber und die Union werden am 18. September ihre Quittung bekommen.


The End is Nigh: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century


The End is Nigh
David Ehrenfeld

The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century. James Howard Kunstler. x + 307 pp. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005. $23.

James Howard Kunstler begins The Long Emergency with the hope that "the American public will wake up from its sleepwalk and act to defend the project of civilization" while there is still time. "Throughout this book," he writes, "I will concern myself with what I believe is happening, what will happen, or what is likely to happen, not what I hope or wish will happen." The reality that our society is currently refusing to face, Kunstler says, is that time is just about up for industrial civilization as we have known it.

Kunstler's thesis is straightforward: Malthus was right, but cheap oil has postponed the day of reckoning, creating a century-long "artificial bubble of plenitude" and generating a host of intractable problems partly or entirely related to our prolonged energy spending spree. These problems include serious damage to our agricultural infrastructure, global climate change and the reorganization of living places into unsustainable suburbs and cities. Now cheap oil is disappearing fast, leaving only the problems behind.

What sets The Long Emergency apart from numerous other books on this theme is its comprehensive sweep—its powerful integration of science, technology, economics, finance, international politics and social change—along with a fascinating attempt to peer into a chaotic future. And Kunstler is such a compelling, fast-paced and sometimes eloquent writer that the book is hard to put down. Beginning with the story of Edwin L. Drake, who drilled the world's first oil well in northwestern Pennsylvania in August 1859, Kunstler takes us through the development of the global oil-based economy of the 20th and early 21st centuries. He carefully traces the origins of the idea, first proposed by geologist M. King Hubbert, that oil consumption by modern industrial society will draw down current and potential supplies in a predictable way. Hubbert's 1956 prediction of the date of "peak oil" production in the United States (which he put at sometime between 1966 and 1972) was strikingly accurate—the peak occurred in 1970. After Hubbert's death in 1989, the distinguished petroleum geologists Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère, Princeton geologist Kenneth Deffeyes, University of Colorado physicist Albert Bartlett and others adapted his model and applied it to global oil production, yielding a prediction that the global peak would occur between 2000 and 2010. As pointed out by Richard A. Kerr and Robert F. Service in the July 1, 2005, issue of Science, petroleum geologists tend to accept this "pessimistic" prediction of the date when the global peak will be (or has been) reached, whereas "optimistic" dates farther in the future are being advanced primarily by resource economists. Kunstler sides with the geologists, and his fast-paced but detailed discussion of the economics of oil supports this position.

In his chapter "Geopolitics and the Global Oil Peak," he comes to grips with a complex mix of elements: Middle Eastern and Islamic nationalism, terrorism, Chinese industrial growth and the overwhelming problems of Russia, the world's second-largest producer of oil. These are set against a backdrop of diminishing supply, as one country after another, including Saudi Arabia, passes its oil peak. Kunstler's explanations of why the Saudis can no longer control world oil prices (they lack the reserves to increase production much beyond what they are already pumping) and of the immense significance of that loss of control are particularly insightful.

American politicians have not yet grasped this new reality. The book's lengthy discussion of the alternatives to cheap oil that are so beloved by techno-optimists is straightforward and sobering. Kunstler gives all of the alternatives a critical but fair inquiry, from conventional energy sources such as coal and natural gas, through oil shales and tar sands, synthetic oil, renewable energy (including wind, solar and hydroelectric power and biomass), nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, hydrogen, thermal depolymerization
(turning organic waste into oil), methane hydrates and even zero-point energy. Most of these technologies founder on "the classic problem of energy economics: energy returned over energy invested (ERoEI). "The figure in the case of tar sands and oil shale is approximately three barrels of oil produced for every two barrels of oil-equivalent invested. In the case of ethanol produced from agribusiness corn or sugar cane, the ratio may be less than one. Some alternatives, such as methane hydrates, are dangerous to handle. Hydrogen is not a primary fuel: Its production requires considerable energy. Also, because of the low density of hydrogen gas, it must be stored and transported under high compression, or liquefied at very low temperatures, or combined with other compounds. Each of these options costs still more energy, and they introduce an assortment of complications and hazards into the delivery system.

Although hydrogen will have its uses, Kunstler says, his verdict is unequivocal: "There is not going to be a 'hydrogen economy.'" Nor is he sanguine about such far-out schemes as a process for deriving zero-point energy from the dark matter of the universe; he reminds us that "A useful maxim in engineering states that when something sounds too good to be true, it generally is not true." Kunstler's moderate treatment of nuclear power (fission) has angered some environmentalists. I think he makes a good case, however, that during the transition period to a post-petroleum economy, the United States, which produces much of its electricity from a rapidly declining supply of natural gas, will not be as well off as France, which gets 80 percent of its electric power from nuclear energy. Nevertheless, he does not see nuclear power as more than a short-term stopgap.

Its ultimate limitations come first from safety issues with regard to plant operations and the disposal of waste fuel (although he points out that coal has cost far more lives than nuclear power, especially in the West). Second is the large amount of oil needed to mine and process nuclear fuel and to build and maintain nuclear plants. And the third, formidable objection Kunstler makes is that "Atomic fission is useful for producing electricity, but most of America's energy needs are for things that electricity can't do very well, if at all. For instance, you can't fly airplanes on electric power from nuclear reactors"—although, as he notes, the U.S. military has tried. Kunstler describes a host of natural disasters that will interact with the energy crisis to cause social upheaval on a global scale. No country will be exempt, he says. Some of these disasters, such as climate change, are the direct result of our profligate use of cheap energy.

Others, including the widespread shortage of fresh water, have been greatly augmented by the drain on resources brought about by the explosion of high-oil-input agriculture, industrialization and changes in living habits. All of those natural disasters, however, including the emergence of new infectious diseases and the re-emergence of old ones, will be much harder to cope with when cheap energy is no longer available. Our efforts will also be confounded by diminishing returns on technology and by "technological regress—the loss of information, ability, and confidence." The Long Emergency is more than a list of disasters, present or impending. It is an attempt to understand how we got to where we are. Nearly 100 years of cheap oil have allowed us, even prompted us, to construct an economic and social system that depends utterly (often without our knowledge) on a continuous, never-failing energy subsidy.

The system cannot stand on its own feet. It is unstable, lacking internal restraints and negative feedbacks, and most of all it undermines all stabilizing alternatives, such as diverse small businesses and local community support systems. Kunstler's understanding of history and economics helps him delineate this clearly. My only complaint about the book is that it lacks an index, which is inexcusable for a text so crammed with names and facts. Kunstler's use of entropy as a synonym for social disorder may bother readers who prefer that the term be reserved for discussions of thermodynamics, but an accepted definition of the word is "inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society." One question that most readers of this review will ask is, When will the coming collapse occur?

As Kunstler notes, Deffeyes—perhaps not entirely in jest—has predicted on National Public Radio that the global oil peak will occur on Thanksgiving Day, 2005, with "'an uncertainty factor of only three or four weeks on either side.'" But the closest thing to a hint of Kunstler's position on the subject is found in his remark in the last chapter that "The denizens of Bergen County, New Jersey, or Fairfield County, Connecticut, today may never believe how desperate their localities may become in 2025." He is probably wise to be vague.

As the great biochemist Erwin Chargaff remarked in his 1978 autobiography, Heraclitean Fire, "On the whole, professional pessimists prove right at the end if one does not hold them too tightly to a time scale." The last (and longest) chapter of The Long Emergency is also the most innovative and controversial one. Having made a powerful case that it is too late to avoid serious trauma, Kunstler speculates on what life will be like during the painful transition period, as cheap petroleum wanes. The question is well worth asking, if only to stimulate creative thinking about alternatives to a high-energy lifestyle. The book is not a survivalist tract, but Kunstler argues persuasively that life will be better in some geographic regions of the country than in others and better in some kinds of communities than in others. Factors such as the availability of water, the degree of dependence on automobiles and air-conditioning, the regional tolerance for violence and the persistence of strong communities lead him to conclude that the states of New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the upper Midwest that make up the "Old Union" of the Civil War period, along with the Pacific Northwest, will fare much better than the Southwest, the Rocky Mountain states and the Southeast. Within each region, however, conditions will not be uniform.

Kunstler, whose earlier book The Geography of Nowhere established him as heir presumptive to the intellectual legacy of Lewis Mumford, describes America's automobile-dependent suburbs as "the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world." It is the suburbs, he thinks, that will suffer the most during the coming energy crisis. (I concur, having taught the same message in field courses in suburban New Jersey for 30 years.) And cities, with their skyscrapers and total food dependence, will not, Kunstler claims, be far behind the suburbs in misery. There is much more in the final chapter than I can do justice to in a review: The many topics discussed include, among others, the new economy and new commerce that will accompany the end of oil-dependent consumer culture (he predicts the demise of the chain stores and the rise of scavenging), possible political fragmentation of the nation, changes in education, the end of romantic childhood and changes in race relations.

The picture he paints is incomplete—he doesn't say what will happen to health care, the arts or entertainment in the long emergency—but there is material enough to provoke scientists and laypeople alike into considering what lies ahead. Kunstler, like George Orwell, understands that being honest about the past and present is the only way to prepare ourselves for an uncertain future. Civilization, he believes, will survive the end of cheap oil, but not without great loss. "How many ... familiar things in time may go?" he wonders. "What will abide in our collective memory?" Not all readers will accept his answers to these questions, but I think we must be grateful to him for showing us the need to ask them. Reviewer Information David Ehrenfeld is a professor of biology at Rutgers University. He was the founding editor of Conservation Biology and is the author of a number of books, including Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology (2002) and The Arrogance of Humanism (1978), both from Oxford University Press.

Informant: Hopedance

Mobile mast protesters fear health risk


Vodafone plans mobile mast next to NHS surgery














Omega there are known proven adverse health effects from base stations operating within international guidelines see under:

ICNIRP guidelines “among the worst in the world”

Oxidation stress and the role of superoxide and nitric oxide in the body


Also you can get problems with low frequency because of the shielding. And shielding reduces the intensity, but not the structure (frequency/cies, pulsation, modulation etc.) of the radiation.

Generally, I think shielding is never successful as it should be, it is only an additive help (e.g. shielding clothes) like using pills like Gaba(pentine) is, to reduce exposure more or less. Even Charles Claessens moved from Rotterdam to Belgium, because shielding had its limits. There are complications (psychologically (always remembering you are in a cage), missing natural background waves, the situation directly outside the cage is worse, on the street, in town, at the job etc. it is still hundreds to thousands of mikroWatt/m2, the earth to which connected may be not clean from frequencies, it is expensive, etc.).

So, should we move? But where? The goal of 3G is to cover 99,9 % of the population.

It is sad that we have to argue technical data while the disaster is the damage to our bodies and minds, that there is no normal life anymore, as if we are environmental refugees and the war around us is still going and growing.


From Mast Sanity


And my 1 pence worth!

I looked into enclosure rather than shielding and came to the conclusion that it has to be total, because if you let some radiation in it can't get out, but will bounce around inside. None of us is going to achieve a total F cage, so there may be risk in getting almost there. And yes, cutting natural radiation frequencies is bad too. Add to that the effect on small air ions of having grounded walls, and we could be asking for trouble that way.

Creating radiation shadows is an improvement and is feasible at more reasonable cost, and sleeping in a microwave bed-canopy is a good 7-hour protection.

Finally, in my research on oxidation stress and the role of superoxide and nitric oxide in the body as potentially affected by EMF (studies have demonstrated this) I also find that this is affected by other stress. If living in a cage gives you peace of mind, that's fine, but for others it will feel like being a prisoner, and itself be a constant reminder of danger, which is stressful and could end up generating the very problems it is designed to alleviate.


From Mast Sanity



I am not so familiar with this very gene. I am afraid the situation is more complex. The SOD1 gene is one out of several dozens of redox-sensitive genes, whose table I am holding now. EMF gene damage is caused by free radicals. All these genes are induced by free radicals, EMF included. Now it depends what damage has been observed in this very gene (A00564), and what is residual activity left if any. You may follow it at the lists of mutants of these genes, and also in pubmed (medline, the NIH library) by relevant key words, or in cancer genetics web at http://www.cancer-genetics.org.


From Mast Sanity


Nitric Oxide and Symptoms

For those who read Andy's files on Nitric Oxide and radiation, this can add more data to the picture.

I noticed the interest and knowledge of Andy (Mast Sanity, TETRAWATCH.NET) on Nitric Oxide and the link to EMR radiation effects:I think it would be interesting for him and others to know about a short but interesting paragraph published in Town Send Letter for Doctors & Patients (August/September 2005). It speaks about how nitric oxide leads to multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and post traumatic stress disorder. Martin L. Pall (School of molecular biosciences, Washington State university, Pullman, Washington) believes that an elevated nitric oxide/ peroxynitrite mechanism underlies these conditions, he says that the evidence shows that short term stress and chemical exposure increases nitric oxide levels in the body. It is an inflammatory response, incited by inflammatory cytokines.

NO reacts with superoxide to form peroxynitrite, a potent oxidant. Peroxynitrite is known to deplete ATP, producing fatigue. It also increases permeability of the Blood brain barrier. NO contributes to the loss of more than one porphyrin biosynthetic enzyme, a condition common among people with MSC. In classical porphyria, only one enzyme in the pathway is low. NO also inhibits cytochrome p450 metabolism, which breaks down hydrophobic molecules such as organic solvents and pesticides implicated in MSC. According to Pall's theory, the chronic nature of MSC and similar conditions results because peroxynitrite can continue to profuce more of its precursors NO and superoxide (and therefore, itself) via six different feedback loop mechanisms. In the case of MSC, an elevated nitric oxide/ peroxynitrite theory correlates with the neural sensitization theory, proposed by Bell et al (1992, 1996, 1998, 1999). In this theory, chemical sensitivity results from long-term potentiation, which involves stimulation of the N-mthyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. Several research groups have reported that excessive NMDA stimulation produces increases in nitric oxide and its oxidant product peroxynitrite. Pall suggests that the initial chemical exposure stimulates NMDA activity in the CNS/ brain limbic system, causing increases in nitric oxide and peroxynitrite. Nitric Oxide acts as a messanger that tells the body to release neurotransmitters, including glutamate, which further stimulates NMDA receptors. Peroxynitrite increases the receptor's sensitivity to stimulation. "Nervous system dysfunction is common in MSC" Pall says, "and has been confirmed by SPECT and PET scans of brains of MSC patients as well as changes in EEG patterns." Excessive NMDA activity, leading to high levels of NO and peroxynitrite, has also been implicated in several neurodegenerative diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, AIDS-related dementia, stroke, epilepsy, Huntington's disease, and Alzheimer disease. Pall hopes that the nitric oxide/ peroxynitrite/NMDA hypothesis will provide a framework for further research. By testing predictions derived from the hypothesis, researchers may develop effective treatments. In the case of MSC, he suggests that antioxidants may help lower peroxynitrite levels. Vitamin B12, administered subcutaneously and in the form of hydroxocoblamin, scavenges unwanted nitric oxide. Other treatments could focus on lowering the activity of NMDA receptors and on improvong mitochondrial function and ATP production.

PAll, ML. Elevated nitric oxide / peryxonitrite theory of MCS: central role of NMDA receptors in the sensitivity mechanism. Environmental Health Perspectives 111:12 (september 2003) Pall, ML NMDA sensitization and stimulation by peroxynitrite, nitric oxide, and and organic solvents as mechanism of chemical sensitivity in multiple chemical sensitivity. FASEBJ. 200216:1507-1417.

Town Send Letter for Doctors and Patients (August/September 2005). page 26. http://www.townsendletter.com

For those interested to read more, there is even a long article in the same Town send letter issue, by Martin L. Pall (Ph.D), which enters into the full details of the mechanisms (page 52-56). Martin Pall's contact details are: Washington State university, Pullman, Washington 99164-4234 USA 509-335-1246 email martin_pall@wsu.edu

Informant: Iris Atzmon.

Why REAL ID Act is a real mess

Find Law
by Anita Ramasastry


The Real ID Act's identity cards will be required not only if one wants to drive, but also if one seeks to visit a federal government building, collect Social Security, access a federal government service, or use the services of a private entity (such as a bank or an airline) that is required under federal law to verify customer identity. In other words, it will be well nigh impossible to live without such an ID. That creates not only a huge incentive for citizens and residents to procure IDs, but also a huge incentive for states to comply with this unfunded mandate: If they didn't, their citizens and residents wouldn't be able to get access to any of the services or benefits listed above. Estimates of the cost of compliance range from $80 to $100 million -- and states will have no choice but to pay.


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Privacy right unlisted, but perfectly clear

Atmanta Journal-Constitution
by Jay Bookman


We do have a constitutional right to privacy. The right to speak as you wish, to pray as you wish, to be secure in your home against warrantless searches or seizures, are all based on the same underlying right to be left alone by government. The right to privacy, in fact, animates the entire Constitution, Bill of Rights included. The drafters of those documents felt no need to state what in their minds was already so obvious. Furthermore, if the Bill of Rights did not include an express ban on laws that tried to tell couples how many children to have, there was a very good reason. Not even King George, tyrannical as he was, would have dared to infringe on something so private. If the American people eventually lose the right to privacy against an intrusive government, if that protection is eventually removed from us by a more aggressive Supreme Court, a door swings open to a whole variety of government acts...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Give up your freedoms or change tack

The Guardian
by Saad al-Fagih


No one will be more pleased than Osama bin Laden with the new measures announced by Tony Blair. He will be even more pleased should the prime minister succeed in turning his plans into legislation. There are two reasons for Bin Laden's satisfaction at what doubtless looks to him like a historic victory. First, he will believe he has succeeded in forcing Britain to abandon a number of hard-earned achievements in the fields of justice and liberty -- achievements that took centuries of struggle and evolution to accomplish. Bin Laden will rejoice because he has forced society into forsaking these values. This, he believes, will leave the west open to eventual defeat at the hands of Muslims...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Give up your freedoms or change tack

The Guardian
by Saad al-Fagih


No one will be more pleased than Osama bin Laden with the new measures announced by Tony Blair. He will be even more pleased should the prime minister succeed in turning his plans into legislation. There are two reasons for Bin Laden's satisfaction at what doubtless looks to him like a historic victory. First, he will believe he has succeeded in forcing Britain to abandon a number of hard-earned achievements in the fields of justice and liberty -- achievements that took centuries of struggle and evolution to accomplish. Bin Laden will rejoice because he has forced society into forsaking these values. This, he believes, will leave the west open to eventual defeat at the hands of Muslims...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

More death in Iraq: A reluctant soldier's story

Editor & Publisher
by Will Bunch

'I just want to get it done, come home, and continue my life.' Those were just about the last words that Gennaro Pellegrini, Jr. -- a 31-year-old Philly cop and up-and-coming boxer -- said to me last November. In less than 48 hours, Pellegrini was to step onto an airplane bound for Iraq, along with the rest of his Pennsylvania National Guard unit from Northeast Philadelphia. For anyone who's worried about the return of a military draft, Pellegrini was living proof that we already have one. He desperately did not want to serve in the Persian Gulf. He was just two weeks away from finishing up his six-year stint in the Guard when he was told that his tour of duty was being extended and that he would serve in Iraq for at least a year, maybe longer ... in the end, Pellegrini's stay in Iraq lasted little more than eight months. His parents have just been notified that he was killed on Tuesday by a roadside bomb...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Nationalizing science

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray


It seems as if you can't turn anywhere without hearing that industry is destroying science these days. Former editors of the New England Journal of Medicine allege that pharmaceutical companies are perverting health science. The National Institutes of Health have instituted strict new ethics rules that forbid researchers dirtying their hands by collaborating with industry. And at the end of July the American Journal of Public Health devoted an entire supplement to essays alleging that industry was somehow distorting the legal and regulatory processes through a series of laws and judgments...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

First they came for the restaurateurs ...

by Thomas L. Knapp


GOP heavy-hitter Jack Abramoff is in a pickle as authorities seek to arrest him on a fraud indictment. He's been on the hot seat for awhile in several investigations, including being questioned regarding the murder of a former business associate. What? Arrest Republicans for fraud? If this is the beginning of a trend, then one has to wonder how long it will take to reach the West Wing. And whatever is to become of those poor, starving Republican congresscritters now that good ol' Jack may not be around to pick up the tab for their $75 steaks?


Primitive superstitions

by David Calderwood


Consider if one is looking for a needle in haystacks, and haystacks are passing through one's presence on an hourly basis. Would anyone grab a random handful of each haystack that passed by and expect to find said needle by examining in minute detail each piece of hay in that handful? Of course not. Yet most air travelers think an invasive search of a 45-year-old man traveling with his wife and kids, or running a rod down the skin-tight top between the breasts of a pretty 16-year-old blond girl with a tan and painted nails (all 20 of them -- I counted) makes them safer. I might join the march in the streets protesting this idiocy, but of course I'd be the only one on parade. My fellow citizens might even be provoked by my lack of support for our nation's hardworking security people...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

9/11 revisionism, revisited

by Justin Raimondo


We're supposed to believe that, if only we'd passed the PATRIOT Act before 9/11, and subjected ourselves to a regime of total surveillance, giving up such remnants of our civil liberties as still existed, we might have escaped the wiles of Bin Laden and his fellow Islamist supermen, who single-handedly pulled off a spectacular terrorist act that changed the course of history. Now, according to this all-too-familiar refrain, we'll just have to get used to having our email read, our phones tapped, and our every movement kept under close surveillance by our beneficent and all-knowing government. The only alternative is living at the mercy of terrorists. As we are beginning to learn, however, that is lie, and a rather self-serving one to boot. It wasn't the lack of information, or an inability to detect the death cultists in our midst, that prevented us from stopping the plot dead in its tracks. Rather, it was a persistent obstructionism coming from some quarters...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Labor advocacy groups blast Wal-Mart

Boston Globe


Attention, shoppers: A coalition of labor unions, healthcare advocates, and workplace safety watchdogs wants you to boycott Wal-Mart as you stock up on school supplies. Standing in front of the Boston School Department yesterday, about two dozen labor activists, teachers, and politicians blasted the retail giant as blocking workers from unionizing, breaking child labor laws, and underpaying employees. The afternoon gathering was part of a coordinated effort in 34 cities nationwide to urge parents to shop elsewhere as they load up on backpacks and other supplies this month. 'Shame on Wal-Mart,' said Richard Stutman, president of the Boston Teachers Union. 'They want us to bring our kids to shop there, and they continue to exploit our children'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gesundheitsstadträtin fordert Grenzwerte

Handystrahlung 12.08.2005

Gesundheitsstadträtin fordert Grenzwerte

Klagenfurts Gesundheitsstadträtin Maria-Luise Mathiaschitz (SPÖ) fordert verbindliche Grenzwerte für die Strahlung beim Mobilfunk ein. Die Politikerin hat als Umweltmedizinerin selbst an einer Studie über die Auswirkungen der Handystrahlung mitgearbeitet.

Mehr Schutz für Bevölkerung

In der aktuellen Diskussion rät Mathiaschitz zu mehr Schutz für die Bevölkerung. Egal ob Handybenützung oder Handymasten: In beiden Fällen könne die Strahlung zu gesundheitlichen Schäden führen, sagt Mathiaschitz.

Mathiaschitz: "Bund bei Verordnung säumig"

Für die Gesundheitsstadträtin ist es ein Versäumnis, dass in Österreich noch gar keine gesetzlichen Limits für die Strahlung existieren:

"Es gibt für Mobilfunk in Österreich keine verbindlichen Grenzwerte. Aus diesem Grund fordere ich, dass der Bund endlich diese säumige Grenzwertverordnung erlässt. Ganz wesentlich ist, dass wir endlich ein Limit setzen, wie weit eine Belastung für den Menschen gehen darf".

Von Kopfschmerz bis zur Schlafstörung

Auch wenn die Mobilfunkbetreiber gesundheitsschädliche Auswirkungen bestreiten, ist für Mathiaschitz ist klar, dass es in Einzelfällen zu Auswirkungen kommen kann:

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kaernten.ORF.at; 6.8.05

Protest gegen Handymasten

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wien.ORF.at; 8.8.05

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tirol.ORF.at; 6.8.05

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http://kaernten.orf.at/stories/51248/ (Auszug)

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Austrian doctor’s group warns of excessive mobile phone use by children

Sent by Robert Riedlinger:

Vienna Doctor’s Chamber (Wiener Ärztekammer) warns of excessive mobile phone use by children.

Data for the cancer risk from mobile phone radiation are increasing: new catalogue of guidelines advises cautious contact with mobile phones.

Wien (OTS) - The Vienna Doctor’s Chamber (Wiener Ärztekammer) warns expressly against excessive mobile phone use especially by children. The reason for this is the recently presented “Reflex Study” (Reflex-Studie) in which a definite genotoxic effect of mobile phone radiation was seen. The first consequence is that the Doctor’s Chamber (Ärztekammer) has now drawn up a catalogue of guidelines, which stipulates specific rules of behaviour for use of mobile phones.

The Reflex Studie (Reflex Study), which was supported by the EU at a cost of more than two million Euros, was carried out at various important research centres in Europe, including the Wiener AKH. In the course of this study, the so-called mutagenicity of a substance, in this case in by electromagnetic field, was tested. They looked for changes in the genes which are the possible beginning of a cancer disease. One part of the study tests was carried out on human promyelocytes, a preliminary stage of the cells of blood formation. A mutation of such cells can as a further consequence lead to leukaemia and similar illnesses of the blood forming system.

The results from these studies can be summarised in one sentence: “There is indeed a genotoxic effect on human cell cultures from mobile phone radiation at a strength that is supplied by every GSM mobile phone.”

First studies confirmed

Previous earlier animal experiments already showed a dose-dependant genotoxic effect under high frequency radiation. Further, in the brains of rats increased functionless nerve cells were found after two hours of mobile phone radiation. Two corroborative epidemiological studies showed a three- to four-fold increased risk for auditory nerve cancers after ten years of mobile phone use.

With the now presented Reflex Study, a cell-biological relationship has been proven for all these results. Eric Huber, Speaker for Environmental Medicine for the Doctor’s Chamber for Vienna (Referent für Umweltmedizin der Ärztekammer für Wien): “If medications delivered the same test results as mobile phone radiation one would have to immediately remove them from the market”.

The Vienna Doctor’s Chamber (Wiener Ärztekammer) finds it necessary to call upon the population to take more care with use of mobile phone equipment, especially children. Huber: “We must assume that children are more sensitive towards high frequency radiation than adults since the skull bones are thinner and the children’s child-like cells show an increased rate of division, in which they are more sensitive to genotoxic effects”.

That is why they have decided to follow the example of the British Ministry of Health and the Danish Health Council, and to also warn against excessive mobile phone use, especially by children, in Austria.

The following guidelines for mobile phones should according to Huber, “Expressly not only be valid for children”.

* Children under 16 years should not use mobile phones.

*Only use mobile phones in emergencies and then only telephone briefly.

*A mobile phone in the trouser pocket and also the sending of SMS messages under the school desk can influence fertility and should be completely avoided.

*If sending SMS messages keep the mobile phone away from the body.

*Turn off the mobile phone at night ˆ if left turned on, do not keep it near the head.

*Also, headsets are not recommended, since the cable frequently transmits the signal like an antenna.

*Play no games on the mobile phone.

*Keep the mobile phone away from the head during the telephone connection.

*Keep a couple of metres distance away from other people, they are being radiated with you.

*Less mobile phone telephone calls mean less radiation from mobile phone masts.

* Internet via cable connections such as UMTS and WLAN lead to high radiation exposure.



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