Baghdad is bleeding


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Die Union macht Umweltschutz zur Nebensache

Kritik der Naturschützer: "Die Union macht Umweltschutz zur Nebensache" (18.08.05)

Anlässlich der Vorstellung des so genannten "Kompetenzteams" für den Wahlkampf von Unions-Kanzlerkandidatin Angela Merkel warnt der Naturschutzbund (NABU) vor einer Vernachlässigung des Bereiches Umwelt und Naturschutz. "Umwelt ist bei der Union wieder mal nur Randthema", kritisierte NABU-Präsident Olaf Tschimpke.

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Ärzte: Hände weg im Urlaub vom Handy


DHRA 04: Joint Advertising and Market Research Recruiting Database



System name:

Joint Advertising and Market Research Recruiting Database (May 23, 2005, 70 FR 29486).

System location:

BeNOW, 500 Edgewater Drive, Suite 525, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Names of high school students, aged 16-18; current college students; and Selective Service System registrants. Individuals who have taken the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test; Individuals who have responded to various paid/non-paid advertising campaigns seeking enlistment information since July 1992; Current military personnel who are on Active Duty or in the Reserves. Individuals who are in the process of enlisting. Individuals who have asked to be removed from any future recruitment lists.

Categories of records in the system:

Full name, date of birth, gender, address, city, state, zip code, and where available Social Security Number (SSN), email address, ethnicity, telephone number, high school name, graduation date, Grade Point Average (GPA) code, education level, college intent (if documented), military interest (if documented), field of study, current college attending, ASVAB Test date, ASVAB Armed Forces Qualifying Test Category Score.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

5 U.S.C. 301, Departmental Regulation; 10 USC 136, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and E.O.9397 (SSN).


The purpose of the system of records maintained by the Joint Advertising, Market Research and Studies (JAMRS) is to provide a single central facility within the Department of Defense to compile, process and distribute files of individuals who meet age and minimum school requirements for military service. The information will be provided to the Services to assist them in their direct marketing recruiting efforts. The system also provides JAMRS with the ability to measure effectiveness of list purchases through ongoing analysis and to remove the names of individuals who are currently in, or are enlisting, in the Armed Forces or who have asked that their names be removed from future recruitment lists.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, These records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

The DoD 'Blanket Routine Uses' set forth at the beginning of OSD's compilation of systems of records notices apply to this system.

Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system:


Records are maintained on electronic storage media.


Records may be retrieved by individual's name, Social Security Number, or by address.


Access to personal information is restricted to those who require the records in the performance of their official duties. Access to personal information is further restricted by the use of passwords that are changed periodically. Physical entry is restricted by the use of locks, guards, and administrative procedures.

Retention and disposal:

Destroy when 5 years old or 5 years after completion of a specific training program (General Records Schedule 1, Item 29(a)(1)).

System manager(s) and address:

Program Manager, Executive Information/Decision Support Program Office, Six Skyline Place, Suite 809, 5111 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3201.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Department of Defense, Defense Human Resources Activity, c/o JAMRS, Direct Marketing Program Officer, Defense Human Resources Activity, 4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite # 200, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1613.

Requests should contain the full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, current address, and telephone number of the individual.

Record access procedures:

Individuals seeking to determine whether this system of records contains information about themselves should address written inquiries to the Department of Defense, Defense Human Resources Activity, c/o JAMRS, Direct Marketing Program Officer, Defense Human Resources Activity, 4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite # 200, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1613.

The Written requests should contain the full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, current address, and telephone number of the individual.

Contesting record procedures:

The OSD rules for accessing records, for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are contained in OSD Administrative Instruction 81; 32 CFR part 311; or may be obtained from the system manager.

Record source categories:

Individuals; state Department of Motor Vehicle offices; commercial information brokers/vendors; Selective Service System; Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC); United States Military Entrance Processing Command for individuals who have taken the ASVAB test; and the Military services and Congressional offices for individuals who have asked to be removed from any future recruitment lists.

Exemptions claimed for the system:


Informant: Debi Clark

Cindy Sheehan is again continuing in the Top 10 news headlines

Cindy Sheehan is again continuing in the Top 10 news headlines, with Cindy-Sheehan occurrences in news.google.com reaching over 6,930 and still climbing.


Web occurrences of Cindy-Sheehan are now topping 2.55 million at 12:15pm Pacific Time.


Informant: sash

Cindy Sheehan

Feingold Calls for Full Iraq Withdrawal by '06


Cindy Sheehan: "I'm focused on my mission in Crawford to meet with the President and demand answers"

By Cindy Sheehan Huffington Post
August 18, 2005


Our candlelight vigil at Camp Casey was beautiful. There were hundreds of people here and we are hearing that hundreds of people were involved in vigils around the country. We at Camp Casey are so amazed and gratified that there were almost 1700 vigils around the country.

CNN followed me around in the morning to do a "Day in the Life" of Cindy Sheehan. I kept asking them if they were falling asleep from boredom yet. I was on Anderson Cooper and it was pretty good. Anderson didn't ask me about the Israel thing because he had checked with Nightline. But he followed with a talk show, hate monger host, Darrell Ankarlo who I have had problems with in the past. He said that I have said that I believe all of the troops are murderers and I have never said that, either. Darrell Ankarlo wanted me to be on his show, but I don't think so.

Another thing is that the Israel thing has not died. I did not say that my son died for Israel. I have never said it, I don't think it, I don't believe it. It is just another lie, smear tactic from the right. It needs to die right now. It's not the truth. I stand by everything that I have said. But I will not stand by things that I haven't said. I am not anti-Semitic. I am just anti-killing. George Bush is responsible for killing so many people, but nobody scrutinizes anything he says, especially leading up to the war. Since there is nothing to smear me about with the truth, they have to tell lies. A former friend who is anti-Israel and wants to use the spotlight on me to push his anti-Semitism is telling everyone who is listening that I believe that Casey died for Israel and has gone so far as to apparently doctor an email from me. People have to know that he doesn't speak for me. ABC Nightline can't confirm his email is real and therefore any reporting on it is irresponsible. That is not my issue. That is not my message and anyone who knows me knows it doesn't sound like me.

I'm focused on my mission in Crawford: to meet with the President and demand answers. That's it. I have spent enough time on that. Enough is enough.

So, it was a great night with the vigil capping it off. There are so many good things happening around the country. I love the people of America, especially after seeing the most amazing stories from the vigils across the country.


PHOTOS FROM VIGIL: http://flickr.com/photos/tags/cindysheehan/


LETTERS TO LAURA Crawford Update August 18, 2005


Thursday is Women's Day here at Camp Casey. Reflecting Cindy's role as a mother and woman promoting peace, we have organized events for other women to join her in this effort. Women play such a vital role in peacemaking because we often bear the greatest burdens of war- the loss of spouses and children; the crippling anxiety of having a relative far away in battle; the hardship of running households single-handedly; and the financial strains of a war-time economy. Even if we have never had a relative or friend in war, we can sympathize with those mothers and grandmothers and sisters who have suffered.

We are also appealing to one mother in particular today: America's First Lady and Mother, Mrs. Laura Bush. Her husband may not have responded to our call for peace and justice, but we are hoping that Laura will act in her capacity as a woman and mother to persuade her husband to meet with Cindy and other military mothers, and work to bring America's sons and daughters home as soon as possible. Women of America, help us encourage Mrs. Bush to join our efforts by writing to her at <womensletterstolaura@gmail.com>. We will be printing all of your letters out by 3 p.m. today (central time) and then at 5 p.m., the women of Camp Casey -- daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts -- will march three miles to the Bush ranch to deliver these letters to her. We know it's short notice, but the act is so important, and above all, we want you women of America to be able to express your sentiments against the war.

Informant: NHNE

Cindy Sheehan



Darf man Mobiltelefone nicht anfassen?


Weltweit erstmalig wird Elektrosmog durch deutsche Justiz anerkannt

Staatsanwaltschaft Konstanz widerspricht der offiziellen Meinung der FH Furtwangen

Laut Strafbefehl des Amtsgerichts Villingen-Schwenningen unterliegt ein Experimentiergerät für Skalarwellen, das u.a. dem Nachweis von Elektrosmog dient, dem Medizinproduktgesetz, wenn eine voll isolierte Masseelektrode berührt wird und keine galvanische Verbindung zu stromführenden Teilen besteht. Nach der Auffassung der Staatsanwaltschaft Konstanz erlischt trotzdem eine für das Skalarwellengerät ordnungsgemäß durchgeführte CE-Zertifizierung.

Da die abgestrahlten Skalarwellen mit den longitudinalen Wellen übereinstimmen, die bekanntlich jedes Handy in seinem Nahfeld aufweist, dürfen danach Handynutzer ihr Mobiltelefon weder ans Ohr halten noch beim Telefonieren anfassen. Folgt man der Auffassung des Konstanzer Staatsanwaltes, so macht bereits das Berühren das Gerät zu einem "invasiven Medizinprodukt", womit konsequenterweise auch Handys ihre CE-Zulassung verlieren würden.

Beanstandet wird also ein Skalarwellengerät, das laut Beschreibung technischen, physikalischen und biologischen Experimenten dient. Es hat aber nur eine Sendeleistung von ca. 50 mW. Im Vergleich dazu ist bei einem Handy mit bis zu 3000 mW eine erheblich höhere biologische Wirkung zu erwarten, der die Staatsanwaltschaft sogar medizinische Bedeutung beimisst.

Ungeahnt erhalten damit die Mobilfunkgegner durch den Strafbefehl weltweit und erstmalig juristische Unterstützung, denn Skalarwellen sind die Ursache des Elektrosmog. Mutig stellt sich der Konstanzer Staatsanwalt gegen die von einigen Ämtern und Hochschulen verbreiteten Verharmlosung der Elektrosmogproblematik. So bestreiten zum Beispiel Amtsträger einer Hochschule in Furtwangen generell die Existenz von Skalarwellen und vertreten diese Meinung öffentlich im Internet.

Jetzt werden sie von der Staatsanwaltschaft darüber belehrt:

1. dass Skalarwellen existieren,
2. dass von ihnen eine biologische Wirkung ausgeht, und
3. dass elektronische Geräte, die Skalarwellen abstrahlen, als invasive Medizingeräte gelten müssen.

Entwickelt wurde das Prinzip des Skalarwellengerätes im Rahmen von Diplomarbeiten an der Fachhochschule Furtwangen und verschiedener Projekte. Betreut wurden die Arbeiten von Prof. Dr. Ing. Konstantin Meyl und seinem 1988 gegründeten Transferzentrum. Fertigung und Vertrieb der Geräte liegen in der Hand der Firma INDEL GmbH. Prof. Meyl, der sich letztes Jahr aus der Leitung seines Transferzentrums zurück gezogen hatte, setzt sich in seinen Büchern zur "Elektromagnetischen Umweltverträglichkeit" und in zahlreichen Veranstaltungen weiter für die Anerkennung von Skalarwellen ein. Dieser Strafbefehl ist eine unerwartete Unterstützung von juristischer Seite. Für die Mobilfunkindustrie könnte der Strafbefehl zu einem Fiasko werden. Sie muss jetzt mit Anzeigen und Schadenersatzforderungen rechnen. Auch Wirtschaft und Politik werden die Folgen zu spüren bekommen. Der Staatsanwaltschaft Konstanz sei Dank!

Wegen der Brisanz des Themas ist von vielen Seiten und aus kontroversen Gründen und Interessen mit erheblichem Widerstand gegen den Strafbefehl zu rechnen und eine Wiederaufnahme des Verfahrens sowie eine öffentliche Hauptverhandlung zu erwarten.

Quelle: http://www.etzs.de [ litschauer ]


Speaking Truth: Veterans from Crawford, Texas, support Cindy Sheehan

Veterans in Crawford, Texas, speak about their experiences in Iraq and their support for Cindy Sheehan.


Click here to view the video: http://www.truthout.org/cindy.shtml

Cindy Sheehan

Help Rep. John Conyers get 1,000 letters to the editor published supporting Cindy Sheehan

Power Of The Pen

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan Contributing to Shift in Perception of Iraq War


Cindy Sheehan

Debugging the E-vote

Tom Paine
by Matthew Zimmerman


More than 1,700 days ago, the most significant breakdown of election equipment and procedures in U.S. history occurred. Nearly a year ago, numerous documented incidents of malfunctioning voting machines again cast doubt on close races across the country. Now, Congress is once again set to return from its summer recess solidly unsure of what it will do on the election reform front. The Help America Vote Act, passed on the wings of post-2000 voter indignation, has resulted in what many critics expected of the wide-reaching legislation: some solid gains, plenty of good intentions, and too many questions left dangerously unanswered. One of those outstanding questions is what, if anything, to do about paperless electronic voting machines...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The grief of Cindy Sheehan

The Nation
by Bruce Shapiro


Pitching her tent on the Texas roadside, Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan has given a face, a voice and a story to the widespread but amorphous disillusionment with George Bush's Iraq occupation. Truck drivers divert from the interstate to blare their horns in support. Dozens of veterans and dead soldiers' families brave the summer heat to join her. Network news programs lead their morning broadcasts with the story of her protest. The President, unwilling to accede to Sheehan's demand for a meeting and aware of the explosive potential of the war-bereaved, utters a generic statement and roars by in a limo to avoid the possibility of direct confrontation...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cindy Sheehan

An army of one

NY Daily News
by Michael Goodwin


George Bush has met his match. He has twice vanquished Democratic opponents, brought down Saddam Hussein and is the straw that stirs the world's drink. All that was before Cindy Sheehan showed up on his doorstep. ... There is a chance that Sheehan is just the media flavor of the month. But I wouldn't bet on it. This feels like a turning point. It's happened before. Abraham Lincoln, when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the anti-slavery tract 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' said: 'So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!' Perhaps someday a President will greet Cindy Sheehan this way: 'So you're the little woman who stopped the Iraq war'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cindy Sheehan

Fading freedom of speech

Strike the Root
by David MacGregor


At its root, the attack on freedom of speech is essentially an attack on our right to use our minds, think our own thoughts, ask hard questions, utter our own conclusions and state our disagreements with what is before us -- right or wrong...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Saving the US Army can help save Iraq

Mother Jones
by Lawrence J. Korb


In March 2003, when the Army chief of staff, Gen. Eric Shinseki, argued that the Bush administration's position on the number of ground troops necessary to occupy Iraq was grossly inadequate, he was publicly disparaged by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who mistakenly believed we would be greeted as liberators. But last month, when Army Gens. John Abizaid and George Casey, the top commanders in Iraq, argued that a substantial number of troops could be withdrawn next spring or summer, Rumsfeld was silent. Why? ... The primary reason for the statements and Rumsfeld's silence is that even if we wanted to keep about 140,000 ground troops in Iraq through 2006, we cannot do so without breaking the all-volunteer Army...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Supporting the troops

Free Market News Network
by Thomas L. Knapp


To support the war is to objectively align one's self with al Qaeda and Iran -- since the war has redounded to their benefit versus the benefit of the United States -- and to place one's self in opposition to the safety of America's troops and to their mission to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. Those who support the war from outside military ranks are free to correct themselves at any time without fear of reprisal, and the failure of many to do so (many, not all -- a majority of Americans now realize that invading Iraq was a monumentally bad idea) cannot be made up for with a yellow magnetic 'ribbon' on one's bumper or a box full of butterscotch candies and paperback books. ... while it is possible to support the troops and to support the war, it is not possible to do both simultaneously...


Vigils calling for end to Iraq war begin

Cincinnati Enquirer


Hundreds of candlelight vigils calling for an end to the war in Iraq lit up the night Wednesday, part of a national effort spurred by one mother's anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch. The vigils were urged by Cindy Sheehan, who has become the icon of the anti-war movement since she started a protest Aug. 6 in memory of her son Casey, who died in Iraq last year...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cindy Sheehan

Court Strikes Down Bush Attack on Homeland Security Workers' Rights

Some 160,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) workers scored a major victory against the Bush administration's assault on their workplace rights when a federal judge blocked new DHS rules slated to begin August 15.


Facing Our Energy Dependency

Rising gasoline prices? Terrific! Let's raise them some more. Richards entertains the idea of putting a huge tax on gasoline and how this step could actually have beneficial effects, unlike what our initial instinct tells us.


Western media is lying about Iran


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

ASL is in Mouring again

Aujourd'hui ASL est de Nouveau en Deuil
Hommage d'ASL à Guy


Go to Crawford!

----- Original Message ----- From: Woody Hastings (.net) To: Friends Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 3:55 PM Subject: Go to Crawford!

Dear Friends,

I am writing to urge you to travel to Crawford Texas to stand with Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey in her challenge to the George Bush.

I just returned from 5 days in Crawford after bringing the Arlington West memorial out there, where we set it up and dubbed it “ Arlington at Crawford.”

If you have ever wanted to participate in something that may just be effective in stopping the war, this just may be it.

Although there are some discomforts like heat & humidity, fire ants, Bush supporters, etc., it’s a once in a lifetime experience and your presence and help in NEEDED.

If you go, bring plenty of supplies and be prepared to be totally self-sufficient. If you stay at Camp Casey, be aware that it is just that, a camp. So be ready to camp. There are plenty of hotels in Waco which is less than 30 miles away. Also be very flexible when you get there, circumstances change on a daily basis.

There is a house in town called the Crawford Peace House which is owned by the Dallas Peace Center. It’s the place where you will arrive first. Camp Casey is about 6 miles toward Bushes’ ranch.

For Cindy and her son and all the dead and wounded on both sides,


PS – If you can’t make it, please send flowers – they are used to decorate the 800+ crosses that have been set up and they wilt after a few days. Send flowers, cards, supplies, or anything you think might be helpful to:

Cindy Sheehan, c/o Crawford Peace House
9142 East 5th St Crawford , TX 76638-3037

Links for Info:

http://www.crawfordpeacehouseorg/ (Crawford Peace House)
http://www.gsfp.org/ (Gold Star Families for Peace – co-founded by Cindy Sheehan)
http://www.codepink4peace.org/ (Code Pink)
http://www.veteransforpeace.org/Arlington_west_121003.htm (Arlington West)

Informant: Guillermo Kuhl

Cindy Sheehan

Hiroshima Photos

From: Yumi Kikuchi

Dear All,

60's anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Take a look:

Please also read this very moving article. President Bush must read this.

Informant: Martin Greenhut

Researchers Model Avian Flu Outbreak, Impact of Interventions



Send your questions for Judge Roberts


Bush vs. Sheehan: The race to the bottom

War Room

by Tim Grieve
August 15

When John McCain had George W. Bush on the ropes in South Carolina in 2000, he quickly found himself subject to smears about his mental condition and family. When Richard Clarke criticized Bush after 9/11, Dick Cheney tried to discredit him as someone who "wasn't in the loop." When Paul O'Neill said that Bush used 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, the White House said that he was ignored when he worked for the administration and should be ignored afterward, too. When Joseph Wilson said Bush had misled the nation in the run-up to the war, the White House called him a liar and outed his wife.

Hello, Cindy Sheehan.

After all these years, no one should be surprised by what's happening to Sheehan. As McCain and Clarke and O'Neill and Wilson did before her, Sheehan has put George W. Bush in a tight spot. And like of each them, she now finds herself the victim of smear after smear after smear from the right. You can almost hear James Taranto rubbing his hands as he ticks off the revelations about Sheehan: Her family is "imploding"! She and her husband separated over the war! Her surviving son wishes she would come home! [...] Read the rest at Salon.com: http://tinyurl.com/86qoa

© Virginia Metze

Cindy Sheehan

Amtliche Daten-Freibeuterei: Dubiose Haltung von Ermittlern zum Grundsatz der Verhältnismäßigkeit

Artikel von Helma Nehrlich in «M» - MENSCHEN - MACHEN – MEDIEN
08/2005 http://www.verdi.de/0x0ac80f2b_0x02addf60#

»Das Vorgehen vestößt gegen mehrere Grundrechte«

Immer öfter geraten kritische Journalisten ins Visier der Ermittlungsbehörden. Nach LabourNet nun »anti atom aktuell« betroffen. Ein Gespräch mit Elke Steven (Sekretariat des Komitees für Grundrechte und Demokratie) von Thomas Klein in junge Welt vom 16.08.2005 http://www.jungewelt.de/2005/08-16/022.php

Aus: LabourNet, 17. August 2005

"Stiller Pakt mit der Holzmafia": Umweltschützer beklagen illegale Tropenholz-Importe


Nach Angaben der Umweltstiftung WWF soll die EU im Jahr 2003 illegales Holz im Wert von 2,6 Milliarden Euro aus Asien importiert haben. Dies ergebe sich aus den Außenhandelsdaten der EU. Deutschland kaufe nach der WWF-Studie "Heiße Ware Tropenholz" beispielsweise jährlich allein aus Indonesien illegales Holz im Wert von 150 Millionen Euro. Der volkswirtschaftliche Schaden dieser Form der "geduldeten organisierten Kriminalität" sei enorm, hieß es seitens des WWF. Der illegale Handel drücke den Holzpreis weltweit um bis zu 16 Prozent und schädige so nicht nur den Wald, sondern auch nachhaltig wirtschaftende Waldbesitzer und Holzunternehmen. Auch Greenpeace wandte sich erneut gegen den Import von Tropenholz. Aktivisten der Organisation protestierten am Donnerstag am Gebäude der Bundestagsverwaltung in Berlin. Dort sollen nach Angaben der Umweltschutzorganisation 500 Fenster aus Tropenholz eingebaut werden. Es sei bei der Sorte davon auszugehen, dass das Holz aus illegalem U rwald-Raubbau stamme, da es kein glaubwürdiges Zertifikat trage. Beide Umweltorganisationen warnten zugleich davor, den letzten freilebenden Orang-Utans noch weiteren Lebensraum zu entziehen.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Londoner Polizei soll Menezes grundlos erschossen und gelogen haben

Anti-Terror-Krieg: Londoner Polizei soll Menezes grundlos erschossen und gelogen haben (17.08.05)

Der in London von der Polizei wegen Terrorverdachts erschossene Jean Charles de Menezes hat sich offenbar nicht verdächtig verhalten. Britische Medien brachten am Mittwoch Ergebnisse der Untersuchung in Umlauf, die Gegenteiliges vermuten lassen. Neue Informationen zu der irrtümlichen Erschiessung eines Brasilianers belasteten die Londoner Polizei stark, schreibt die "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" in ihrer Online-Ausgabe. Britische Zeitungen hätten bisherige Angaben der Behörden widerlegt, wonach der Brasilianer sich verdächtig verhalten hätte.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:








By Gene Ellis
The Lone Star Iconoclast
Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2005

Informant: NHNE

Cindy Sheehan

Foltern soll geheim bleiben

Mit pragmatischen und verqueren Gründen versucht das Pentagon, weitere Bilder der Misshandlungen in Abu Ghraib der Öffentlichkeit zu entziehen.


Bush's "Axis of Evil" Rhetoric Meets Reality

President Bush's campaign against what he once termed the "axis of evil" has suffered reverses on all three fronts, underscoring the profound challenges confronting him 3 1/2 years after he vowed to take action.


Biking toward Nowhere

On Saturday, Maureen Dowd says, President Bush was pressed about how he could be taking five weeks to ride bikes and nap and fish and clear brush even though his occupation of Iraq had become a fiasco. "I think it's also important for me to go on with my life," W. said, "to keep a balanced life."


Democrats Feel Heat from Left on Roberts

The response was quick and pointed, as two key senators unleashed their sharpest criticisms yet of Roberts and sought to assure activists that the battle is far from over.


Cindy Sheehan Will Remain Despite Attack

"A kind gentleman from down the road offered us the use of his property," Ms. Sheehan told reporters on Tuesday night. Ms. Sheehan identified the man as Fred Mattlage, whom she described as a distant cousin of Larry Mattlage, a local resident who fired a shotgun across the road from the encampment on Sunday afternoon.


Cindy Sheehan

Meet with Mother Whose Son Was Killed In Iraq: Vigil in Front of White House


Cindy Sheehan

Left Behind


Battle Fatigue is Setting In



Cindy Sheehan wants answers on why this war was started and why it is being continued. You can support Cindy's efforts tonight in candlelight vigils in communities across the nation. There are currently over 1450 vigils scheduled for this evening. To find a location where you can demand that our troops be brought home safely and we get OUT OF IRAQ NOW! click here:

Cindy Sheehan

Families of British Soldiers Begin Court Bid to Force War Inquiry


News Tribune on vigil in support of Cindy Sheehan in Tacoma


Informant: jensenmk from ufpj-news

Cindy Sheehan

Bush's blind spot on Iran

WE DON'T respect or understand any religious or nationalist fervor other than our own. That myopic distortion has been a persistent historical failure of U.S. foreign policy, but it has reached the point of total blindness in the Bush administration.


Russia says opposes use of force against Iran

Russia warned on Wednesday against using force to stop Iran's nuclear program, saying any such action would have grave and unpredictable consequences.


UK: Mother of soldier killed in Iraq launches bid for war legality inquiry

The mother of a Scots soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq has helped launch a legal bid to secure an independent inquiry into the legality of the war.


From Information Clearing House

The Washington Post and the Decline of the Superpower

Expect to see a slow decline in the next 5 years of American power; a wasting away that parallels the complete dissipation of America's moral authority. The world will not be ruled by the jailors of Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo; and you can take that to the bank.


Clear Channelling the War

It's pathetic how these flag-waving Bushites just want the ugly reality of Iraq to go away -- for us all to pretend that it is other than a disaster -- rather than admit that their support for this disgraceful war was and is wrong.


A Challenge to Reporters: It's Time to Hawk the Chickens

Chickenhawk after chickenhawk forcefully proclaim the legitimacy of this war. Yet in appearance after appearance on NBC, NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, CSPAN, PBS, et al, I have yet to hear a media host or reporter ask any one of them the most relevant question of all: 'Who in YOUR family is fighting in this war?


From Information Clearing House

Hitchens Slimes Cindy Sheehan

Hitchens is saying that Cindy Sheehan's effort and message is balderdash and hokem.


Cindy Sheehan

The exodus of grief and anger to Crawford

"I guess our children went and were sacrificed for us to take a look at what we let happen. We let this war happen. If nothing else, this is a huge lesson. Watch who you vote for. Watch what they're telling you. Don't be so afraid."


Crawford Update:

We are here with Cindy Sheehan and we will be posting hourly with updates http://crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

Candle Light Vigil Tonight !:

Tonight, at 7:30 pm, all across this country people will be standing in the spirit of peace with Cindy Sheehan, in candle light vigils.


From Information Clearing House

Cindy Sheehan

"We regretfully inform you": Honorable Marine died in dishonorable war


Parents of fallen Marine make plea to Bush

'Fight this war right or get out': The day after burying their son, parents of a fallen Marine urged President Bush to either send more reinforcements to Iraq or withdraw U.S. troops altogether.


U.S. soldier chronicles abuse, hard times in Iraq

The torture and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops was widespread and not limited to the high-profile cases at Abu Ghraib prison, according to a former soldier who participated in an interrogation that she said "crossed a line."


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By Ted Rall

Bush himself hasn't given up a second of vacation or a single donated dollar, much less one of his hard-partying daughters, to the "war effort." Sacrifice is a hard sell down here among the citizenry when we don't see it starting where it should start, among our leaders.


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It is clear that death squads are roaming the streets of a city which is supposed to be under the control of the US military and the American-supported, elected government of Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Never in recent history has such anarchy been let loose on the civilians of this city - yet the Western and Iraqi authorities show no interest in disclosing the details.


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Phony “terror” charges threaten free speech in the international anti-war movement

by Guerry Hoddersen, for the Freedom Socialist Party Secretariat

August 15, 2005

Pro-war members of Congress are up in arms over an upcoming Italian anti-war conference entitled "Leave Iraq in Peace—support the legitimate resistance of the Iraqi people." The event is being organized by the Anti- Imperialist Camp, a coalition of radical organizations in Europe.

These lawmakers have prevailed upon the Italian government to withdraw visas for speakers at the gathering and have unleashed a torrent of veiled threats to outlaw the Anti-Imperialist Camp for allegedly supporting terrorism.

This smear campaign against a European anti-war gathering threatens freedom of association and free speech in the global movement against the Iraq war. If the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can determine what are "legitimate" anti-war activities on every continent, there will be none at all. That is why it is important to defend the Anti-Imperialist Camp and the upcoming conference.

Background to the assault on freedom of association

On June 28, 44 Congress members wrote a letter to Sergio Vento, the Italian ambassador, expressing "concern" that "supporters of terrorist activity are planning to meet on Italian soil…to plan a campaign of financial aid for terrorism." These luminaries are apoplectic that the Anti-Imperialist Camp launched a "10 Euros for the Iraqi Resistance" campaign in 2000. The slow-moving politicos just now unearthed this "terror plot" by reading stories in National Security Watch and USNews.com.

Since these stories were published in late June, the Anti-Imperialist Camp's Internet hosting company in Utah closed down their web site
(since reopened elsewhere); the Department of Homeland Security admitted that for over a year it had a secret court order requiring the web host to turn over records showing the Internet protocol address of every visitor to the Anti-Imperialist Camp web site; and the Italian police raided the home of Emanuele Fanesi, who held the bank account for the "10 Euros" campaign.

To top it all off, on August 2, the "10 Euros" campaign became the subject of two House subcommittees dealing with terrorism and finances when Rep. Sue Kelly, in a McCarthy-type ploy held up a poster depicting a U.S. soldier being shot in front of an Iraqi flag. She claimed the poster was part of the Camp's fundraising efforts.

Willi Langthaler, spokesperson for the Camp, called Kelly's poster claim "freely invented." Kelly is Chair of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee which held a joint session entitled "Who Pays the Iraqi Insurgents?" with the House Armed Services Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.

The "10 Euros" campaign: A political response to an unjust war

Millions of people all over the world acknowledge the right of the Iraqi people to resist the U.S. invasion and occupation. They say they would do the same if their country was attacked.

In Iraq, trade unionists, feminists, doctors, scholars, citizens who oppose privatization of Iraq's natural resources and major industries, those who believe there can be no real democracy until the occupation ends--all consider themselves part of the Iraqi resistance. This is a political reality that U.S. policy makers are eager to deny by equating all resistance with terrorism.

According to Langthaler, the Camp initiated their "10 Euros" campaign (the equivalent of $12.36 U.S.) to demonstrate that there are "hundreds or even thousands of people who dare to give money for the resistance with their names, publicly and openly" as "political support." Most of the money raised is still in an Italian bank account waiting for a political resistance front to be constituted.

In fact, no government agency can point to any of this money going for weapons. The campaign raised about $14,000 which was used to buy two tons of medicine for Al Anbar province. However, when asked to speculate on whether money raised would later be used for arms, a leader of the campaign said that was not his decision.

For this daring solidarity campaign with the Iraqi people, and for responding truthfully to a journalist's question, the Camp has now become the subject of a witchhunt by hawks in Congress and the Department of Homeland Security.

The money raised by the Camp's campaign is negligible compared to the "robust, diverse, and resilient set of funding" sources that experts say is available to the Iraqi resistance. Among these are former elements from Saddam Hussein's regime, the Commercial Bank of Syria, and supporters in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

If the experts were interested in truth not witchhunts, they might find that it is the policies of the U.S. in Iraq and throughout the Middle East that are generating material support for the Iraqi resistance. As one bumper sticker succinctly puts it, "The U.S. is creating enemies faster than it can kill them."

"Leave Iraq in Peace" conference

If the Berlusconi government does not completely capitulate to U.S. hawks' demands, anti-war activists from Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East will gather on October 1 in Rome at the Anti-Imperialist Camp conference to openly support "the legitimate resistance of the Iraqi people."

Speakers include Ben Bella, former President and Prime Minister of Algeria who was overthrown by a military coup in 1965, and Swedish author Jan Myrdal, son of Nobel Peace prize-winner and economist Gunnar Myrdal.

Among other luminaries addressing the gathering are: journalist Haluk Gerger of the Turkish Human Rights Association who was imprisoned under an anti-terror law for distributing literature; Awni al Kalemji of the Iraqi Patriotic Allilance, a leading figure in the opposition to Saddam Hussein's regime; Sheikh Jawad al Khalesi, a leader of the Iraqi National Foundation Conference, who supported the boycott of the recent Iraqi elections, calling them a "farce;" Abdulhaleem Kandil, a representative of Kifaya (Enough) in Egypt, which opposes the state of emergency that has severely limited freedom of expression and association since 1981; Domenico Losurdo, Italian philosopher at Urbino University; and John Catalinotto from the International Action Center.

This conference is an important political event and a statement of solidarity with the Iraqi people in the face of the most murderous imperialist assault since the Viet Nam war. That the Department of Homeland Security and rightwing members of Congress are anxious to smear its organizers and shut it down before it begins is evidence of the power of openly and frankly standing with the victims of imperialist militarism and "free market" piracy.

The right to resist and freedom of expression must be defended

The war in Iraq has become a pretext for an all-out assault on the right to freedom of speech and association, especially in Europe and the U.S. But the right to resist oppression, theft of national resources, occupation, destruction of one's country—this is a human right, even a human responsibility.

It follows that it is the responsibility of the international antiwar movement, but especially the U.S. antiwar movement, to defend the right to resist and the right to express support for those who fight back against the unjust military occupation of Iraq. In this fight we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Iraqis in demanding freedom of expression and association in our own countries.

A pretext for reviving McCathyism

In July, Ali Al-Timimi, a U.S. Muslim scholar, was sentenced to life in prison for treason for things he said, not for things he did. This unconstitutional conviction harkens back to the McCarthy era when U.S. revolutionaries in the Trotskyist movement were imprisoned for opposing U.S. entry into World War II and communists were hounded and jailed for membership in leftwing organizations.

The atmosphere of hysteria which was whipped up against communists and socialists, as well as divisions within the Left, permitted the McCarthyites to run roughshod over everyone's civil liberties and ushered in more than a decade of reaction and two wars—Korea and Viet Nam.

We must not let that happen again.

We demand:

Stop the witchhunt against the Anti-Imperialist Camp!

End U.S. military terror in Iraq! Bring U.S. troops home now!

Call off the occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine!

For a secular Iraq with full rights for women and national and sexual minorities!

Defend First Amendment rights and freedom of expression everywhere!

For the right to national self-determination!

No more blacklisting and criminalizing support for freedom struggles!

Freedom Socialist Party
Australian Section PO Box 2066 Brunswick, VIC 3055 Australia

U.S. Section
4710 University Way NE, #100 Seattle, WA 98105 USA

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Letter to José Maurício Bustani

ISIS Press Release 18/08/05

Letter to José Maurício Bustani

15 August 2005, His Excellency, José Maurício Bustani, Brazilian Embassy,
32 Green Street, London, W1K 7AT

Dear Sir,

I am writing on behalf of the Independent Science Panel (ISP) to urge the Brazilian government to stop growing GM soya and indeed, any other GM crop, in Brazil. The soya in Brazil is intended for the European, Chinese and other markets, mainly as animal feed. But there is stiff consumer opposition in Europe and growing rejection around the world on account of serious concerns over the safety of GM food and feed.

The ISP, launched 10 May 2003 at a public conference in London, UK, consists of dozens of prominent scientists from 11 countries spanning the disciplines of agroecology, agronomy, biomathematics, botany, chemical medicine, ecology, epidemiology, histopathology, microbial ecology, molecular genetics, nutritional biochemistry, physiology, toxicology and virology ( http://www.indsp.org/ISPMembers.php ).

As their contribution to the global GM debate, the ISP reviewed the evidence on the hazards and problems of GM crops as well as the proven successes of sustainable agriculture, and published its report in June 2003 [1].

The key findings of the ISP report on GM crops are as follows:

* Regulations over the releases of GM crops and products have been highly inadequate.

* There has not been a single credible independent scientific study showing that GM food and feed are safe to eat.

* Few feeding studies have been carried out, but existing evidence raises serious doubts over the safety of the transgenic process itself.

* GM varieties are unstable; and this may enhance the horizontal spread of transgenes, with the potential to create new viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, and to disrupt gene function in animal and human cells.

* Many GM crops contain gene products known to be harmful: Bt proteins incorporated into a wide range of GM crops to control insect pests are known to be strong immunogens and allergens.

* Herbicide tolerant GM crops - accounting for 75% of all GM crops worldwide - are tied to the broad-spectrum herbicides glyphosate and glufosinate ammonium , and will likely increase their use. Both herbicides are systemic metabolic poisons linked to spontaneous abortions, birth defects and other toxicities for human beings and laboratory animals, and also harmful to wild life and beneficial organisms in the soil.

* GM crops have resulted in no benefits to the environment. There has been no reduction in the use of pesticides, while herbicide tolerant weeds and volunteers have emerged, and highly toxic herbicides have had to be brought back in use.

Since its publication, all the major findings of the ISP report have been further corroborated; and the inadequacies of the US regulatory system identified by two US scientists [2].

New evidence confirms that most, if not all GM varieties may be unstable. French government scientists examined five GM varieties already commercialised, and found all the GM inserts had rearranged themselves. Belgian government scientists confirmed those results, and found some of the GM varieties were also non-uniform [3-5].

A paper published in 2002 [6] reported that 22 out of 33 transgenic proteins have runs of 6 or 7 amino acids identical to known allergens. These include all the Bt toxins (Cry proteins), the CP4 EPSPS and GOX conferring glyphosate tolerance, the coat protein of the papaya ringspot virus, and even marker proteins such as GUS ( b -glucuronidase). A follow-up study confirmed those results [7], highlighting the inadequacy of current methods to predict the allergenic potential of proteins new to our food chain and the need to take these positive findings seriously until they can be ruled out by further tests to be “false positives” [8]. This warning is particularly significant as a string of anecdotal evidence – including feeding trials presented by companies to regulatory authorities under “confidential business information” – continue to raise serious doubts over the safety of GM crops and GM food and feed [9].

More reports from the scientific literature indicate that the natural toxin is not the same as, or “substantially equivalent” to, the GM toxin. Green lacewings suffer significantly reduced survival and delayed development when fed an insect pest (lepidopteran) that has eaten GM maize containing the Bt toxin Cry1Ab, but not when fed the same pest treated with much higher levels of the natural toxin in bacteria [10,11]. These findings again suggest that the genetic modification process itself may be unsafe.

Recent findings indicate that glyphosate is toxic to human placental cells and Roundup Ready considerably worse [12, 13]. Roundup was found to be extremely lethal to frogs [14, 15].

A report drawing on 9 years of US Dept of Agriculture data concludes that overall, GM crops have increased pesticide use by 122 million pounds weight since 1996 [16].

These uncertainties over the safety of GMO are widely publicised amid mounting opposition to GM food and feed from farmers and consumers around the world.

Many also share the ISP scientists' concern about the accelerating destruction of the Amazon rainforest to make way for soya cultivation, as the integrity of the Amazon rainforests is widely acknowledged to be crucial for stabilizing global climate and rainfall patterns, and hence mitigating global warming [17, 18].

In view of the evidence against GM crops and in favour of all forms of sustainable non-GM agriculture, the ISP has called for a global ban on further environmental releases of GM crops and a comprehensive shift to non-GM sustainable agriculture. This is all the more urgent as water and oil - on which industrial monoculture, and even more so, GM agriculture are heavily dependent - are both rapidly depleting.

We urge you to convey a strong message to President Lula to reverse the decision to allow cultivation of GM soya. Instead every effort should be made to support reforestation of existing soya plantations for sustainable, small-scale agro-forestry that can truly provide food security for all [19].

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Member of ISP, Director, Institute of Science in Society, PO Box 32097, London, NW1 0XR, UK References

1. Ho MW, Lim LC et al. The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World , ISP Report, ISIS & TWN, London & Penang, 2003. http://www.google.de/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=2&url=http%3A//www.indsp.org/ISPreportSummary.php&ei=BYcEQ7vVHabeRLWjhN0O

2. Freese W and Schubert D. Safety testing and regulation of genetically engineered foods. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews 2004, 21, 299-324.

3. Collonier C, Berthier G, Boyer F, Duplan M-N, Fernandez S, Kebdani N, Kobilinsky A, Romanuk M, Bertheau Y. Characterization of commercial GMO inserts: a source of useful material to study genome fluidity. Poster presented at ICPMB: International Congress for Plant Molecular Biology (n°VII), Barcelona, 23-28th June 2003. Poster courtesy of Pr. Gilles-Eric Seralini, Président du Conseil Scientifique du CRII-GEN, www.crii-gen.org

4. The Service of Biosafety and Biotechnology (SBB) of the Scientific Institute of Public Health (IPH) in Brussels website ( http://biosafety. ihe.be/TP/MGC.html

5. Ho MW. Unstable transgenic lines illegal. ISIS press release 03/12/03 http://www.i- sis.org.uk/UTLI.php ; also Science in Society 2004, 21, 23 http://www.i- sis.org.uk/isisnews/sis21.php

6. Kleter GA and Peijnenburg Ad ACM. Screening of transgenic proteins expressed in transgenic food crops for the presence of short amino acid sequences identical to potential, IgE-binding linear epitopes of allergens. BMC Structural Biology 2002, 2:8 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6807/2/8

7. Fiers MWEJ, Kleter GA, Nijland H, Peijnenburg Ad ACM, Nap JP and van Ham R CHJ. Allermatch TM, a webtool for the prediction of potential allergenicity according to current FAO/WHO Codex alimentarius guidelines. BMC Bioinformatics 2004, 5:133 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/5/133

8. Ho MW, Pusztai A, Bardocz S and Cummins J. Are transgenic proteins allergenic? ISIS report (to appear).

9. Ho MW and Cummins J. GM food & feed not fit for “man or beast”. ISP Briefing, UK Parliament, 29 April 2004; ISIS Press release 07/05/04 http://www.i- sis.org.uk/ManorBeast.php

10. Dutton A, Klein H, Romeis J and Bigler F. “Uptake of Bt-toxin by herbivores feeding on transgenic maize and consequences for the predator Chrysoperia carnea ”, Ecological Entomology 2002, 27, 441-7.

11. Romeis J, Dutton A and Bigler F. “ Bacillus thuringiensis toxin (Cry1Ab) has no direct effect on larvae of the green lacewing Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)”, Journal of Insect Physiology 2004, in press.

12. Richard S, Moslemi S, Sipahutar H, Benachour N and Seralini G-E. Differential effects of glyphosate and Roundup on human placental cells and aromatases

13. Ho MW and Cummins J. Glyphosate toxic and Roundup worse. Science in Society 2005, 26, 12, http://www.i-sis.org.uk/isisnews/sis21.php

14. Relyea RA. The impact of insecticides and herbicides on the biodiversity and productivity of aquatic communities. Ecological Applications 2005, 15, 618-27.

15. Ho MW. Roundup kills frogs. Science in Society 2005, 26, 13, http://www.i- sis.org.uk/isisnews/sis21.php

16. Benbrook CM. Genetically engineered crops and pesticide use in the United States: The first nine years. Northwest Science and Technology Centre, Sandpoint, Idaho. 25 Oct 2004. http:/www.biotech-info.net/highlights.html#technical_papers.

17. Bunyard P. Why Gaia needs rainforests. Science in Society 2003, 20, 24-26, http://www.i- sis.org.uk/isisnews/sis21.php

18. Bunyard P. Soya destroying Amazon. Science in Society 2003, 20, 27, http://www.i- sis.org.uk/isisnews/sis21.php

19. Ho MW. Sustainable food systems for sustainable development. Science in Society 2005, 27, 33-35, http://www.i-sis.org.uk/isisnews/sis21.php

This article can be found on the I-SIS website at http://www.i-sis.org.uk/letterJMB.php

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Mona in the Field of Crosses at Camp Casey, TX

by Greg Moses

Every voice that comes behind Cindy Sheehan sparks a new voice, and someone else stands up. Someone else is not afraid anymore.” Mona is speaking from the back seat of a Camp Casey shuttle as the Texas prairie speeds past. Today Mona is not afraid what the President will think. But she is worried to death about her son, who is headed for Iraq next month. Mona’s anti-war movement is on a tight schedule indeed. Even the national protests scheduled for Sept. 24-26 in D.C. may be too late. “I was on Air America earlier this week,” says Mona, answering to the usual round of “where you from?” She called the radio station from Ohio to defend Cindy Sheehan’s protest action, and someone asked her if she was planning to go. “Well, if I can arrange it, I’ll go,” Mona recalls. After she hung up, the station got calls. Someone offered a plane ticket from Ohio to Texas. Another offered the rent car. “So I’m here for at least a week, but I can always just turn in the rent car and stay longer.”....


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Blaming the Antiwar Messengers

by Norman Solomon

The surge of antiwar voices in U.S. media this month has coincided with new lows in public approval for what pollsters call President Bush’s “handling” of the Iraq war. After more than two years of a military occupation that was supposed to be a breeze after a cakewalk into Baghdad, the war has become a clear PR loser. But an unpopular war can continue for a long time -- and one big reason is that the military-industrial-media complex often finds ways to blunt the effectiveness of its most prominent opponents. Right now, the pro-war propaganda arsenal of the world’s only superpower is drawing a bead on Cindy Sheehan, who now symbolizes the USA’s antiwar grief. She is a moving target, very difficult to hit. But right-wing media sharpshooters are sure to keep trying. The Bush administration’s top officials must be counting the days until the end of the presidential vacation brings to a close the Crawford standoff between Camp Casey and Camp Carnage. But media assaults on Cindy Sheehan are just in early stages....


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President Bush Must Address Outsourcing

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In a recent radio address to the nation President Bush said, “Our economy is strong, yet I will not be satisfied until every American who wants to work can find a job.” If Mr. Bush truly wants to ensure that everyone who has lost a job can get back to work, he’s going to need to take a stand against sending jobs overseas. At best, his administration has done very little to address this issue. At its worst, the Bush administration has implicitly encouraged outsourcing....


When the Oil Pan’s Empty: Bye-bye Conspicuous Consumption

by By Paul K. Haeder

The fix is in for the extractors, who envision -- each and every one of them standing proudly on their third 6,000-square-foot homes and plucky yachts -- a world that believes two barrels of oil expended to extract one dirty, rotten barrel is sustainable. With our 1.5 party system mucking up anything sustainable (.5 being a few Republicans and Democrats who can think abstractly and without the 1.0’s Christian Scientology War Party determining energy policy based on a six-month long view and a cornucopian view that the earth has unlimited energy and food for, oh, let’s be conservative and say another 6 billion people), the Bush-Pelosi Mister Rogers Neighborhood is one where global warming, climate change and wasted billions of greenbacks and a trillion here and there will see the world getting ever so closer to the abbreviated version of The Long Emergency....


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The rising price of gasoline troubles Americans because it threatens the sustaining cultural illusion of our freedom of mobility -- a commercial con job that, over time, has served to transform us from the citizens of a sprawling republic into de facto slaves of the corporate classes. Our masters have the mobility, we have a long commute. How, in any way, shape, or form, are American freeways free?


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Cindy Sheehan: "We're waging a war of terror"


Wed Aug 17 2005 21:51:56 ET

"We are not waging a war on terror in this country. We're waging a war of terror. The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush!"

So declared Cindy Sheehan earlier this year during a rally at San Francisco State University.

Sheehan, who is demanding a second meeting with Bush, stated: "We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now."

Sheehan unleashed a foul-mouth tirade on April 27, 2005:

"They're a bunch of fucking hypocrites! And we need to, we just need to rise up..." Sheehan said of the Bush administration.

"If George Bush believes his rhetoric and his bullshit, that this is a war for freedom and democracy, that he is spreading freedom and democracy, does he think every person he kills makes Iraq more free?"

"The whole world is damaged. Our humanity is damaged. If he thinks that it's so important for Iraq to have a U.S.-imposed sense of freedom and democracy, then he needs to sign up his two little party-animal girls. They need to go to this war."

"We want our country back and, if we have to impeach everybody from George Bush down to the person who picks up dog shit in Washington, we will impeach all those people."


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(Yes this is the way at least 200,000,000 US Citizens feel ! - Let the so called government at all levels and the news media know, let the news media know it is safe to start reporting now because the Bush crime family will be Gone SOON !

Like Cindy says -- It is time fore everyone to Rise UP !)

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Mikrowellen wehren Raketen ab

Mehrmals stand die Gefahr unmittelbar bevor: Im November 2003 musste eine Maschine der deutschen Frachtfirma DHL notlanden, als sie in Bagdad nach dem Start von einer Rakete getroffen wurde. Ein Jahr zuvor entkamen die 271 Passagiere der israelischen Fluggesellschaft Arkia nur um Haaresbreite im kenianischen Mombasa einer Katastrophe, weil die Terroristen mit ihren Geschossen offenbar nicht richtig zielen konnten.

HB DÜSSELDORF. Sicherheitsexperten sind sich einig: Die Bedrohung ziviler Flugzeuge durch mobile, von der Schulter abgefeuerte Flugabwehrraketen ("Manpads") steigt. Schätzungen gehen davon aus, dass weltweit bis zu 30 extremistische Vereinigungen über diese Boden-Luft-Raketen verfügen. Völlig offen ist bislang, ob und wie sich die zivile Luftfahrt vor dieser Bedrohung schützen kann.

Die Rüstungsindustrie forscht deshalb an einer Reihe von Technologien. Dahinter steht auch politischer Druck: Die US-Heimatschutzbehörde hat Firmen wie Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems oder Raytheon beauftragt, die militärischen Raketenabwehrsysteme auf ihre zivile Tauglichkeit zu testen und neue Lösungen zu erforschen. Ziel der Regierung ist es, die knapp 7 000 US-Passagierflugzeuge gegen die Manpads zu schützen. Pikant daran: Konzerne wie Raytheon sind auch die führenden Hersteller der mobilen Raketenwaffen.

Dafür gilt ein Konzept von Raytheon gegen die eigenen Produkte als vielversprechend. Infrarotsensoren am Boden schaffen einen "Schutzraum" über dem Flughafen, der das Eindringen einer Rakete in den Start- und Lande-Luftraum meldet. Eine Maschine in Reiseflughöhe ist für die kleinen Raketen zu hoch. Kern des Konzepts ist eine Anlage, die dann gezielte Hochleistungs-Mikrowellen zur Ablenkung der Raketen erzeugt. Der Clou daran: Nicht hunderte Flugzeuge werden mit der Raketenabwehr ausgerüstet, sondern nur die Flughäfen.

Selbst Wettbewerber von Raytheon sehen das Potenzial des Konzepts. Doch auf der praktischen Ebene sind noch Fragen offen, zum Beispiel die der Wirkung der Mikrowellen auf die sensible Elektronik anderer Flugzeuge. "Wenn schon ein Handy an Bord eine Gefahr darstellt, wie steht es dann mit elektromagnetischen Feldern?", fragt Sascha Lange, Rüstungsexperte bei der Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Politik. Auch müssen die Sensoren bei großen Flughäfen ein riesiges Gebiet abdecken: 40 Kilometer Ausdehnung am Boden und eine Höhe bis zu 10 000 Meter - dafür wäre eine sehr hohe Anzahl vonnöten.

Weil die Flughafensicherung noch Zukunftsmusik ist, kreist die aktuelle Diskussion vor allem um Abwehrsysteme, die sich im Flugzeug selbst installieren lassen. Derzeit stehen mehrere militärische Technologien zu Verfügung: Die gängigste sind so genannte Fackeln ("Flares"), die im Fall eines Angriffs mit einer Rakete vom Flugzeug abgeworfen werden und das mit einem Infrarotsuchkopf ausgerüstete Geschoss verwirren. Einem ähnlichen Prinzip folgt der "Laser Jammer": Ein Laser-Spektrum erfasst den Sucher der Rakete und lenkt sie ab.

Auf die Zerstörung der Rakete zielt hingegen der Einsatz von Hochenergielasern. Tests in den USA haben gezeigt, dass diese sogar in der Lage sind, Artilleriegeschosse abzufangen. Sie könnten auch moderne Manpads, deren Sensoren sich ebenfalls weiterentwickeln, bekämpfen. Doch die Laserwaffen sind noch weit von der Marktreife entfernt.

Was sich in der militärischen Forschung oder im Einsatz bei Kampfflugzeugen bewährt hat, muss jedoch in der zivilen Anwendung nicht gleich Erfolg haben: Experten räumen ein, dass der Einbau der modernen Technologien bei den Jets der großen Airlines nicht wirtschaftlich ist und zudem praktische Probleme mit sich bringt. Die US-Forschungseinrichtung Rand Corporation hat errechnet, dass die Verwendung der Laser Jammer in allen zivilen US-Flugzeugen - zusammen mit der Entwicklung und Wartung über zehn Jahre - bis zu 40 Mrd. Dollar kosten könnte.

"Neben der Frage der Kosten gibt es auch dort Sicherheitsbedenken", sagt der Rüstungsexperte Lange. So werden zum Beispiel die einzelnen abgeworfenen "Flares" sehr heiß. Wenn sie in einem Wohngebiet oder einem trockenen Waldgebiet zu Boden gehen, besteht Brandgefahr. Hinzu kommt: Alle einsetzbaren Technologien tragen ein hohes Risiko von Falschalarmen.

Zwar können die Sensoren an den Jets, die eine angreifende Rakete erkennen, innerhalb einer Sekunde nach deren Start bereits analysieren, ob die Flugbahn tatsächlich eine Gefahr darstellt, doch oft reagieren sie eben auch auf andere "Reize", was in einem Gebiet mit hoher Flugdichte ein ernstes Problem darstellt. Die Ingenieure von Rand kommen daher zu dem Schluss: Derzeit macht es keinen Sinn mit einem Milliarden-Dollar-Aufwand Technologien einzusetzen, die unzuverlässig und unwirtschaftlich sind.

Rand schlägt deshalb ein Bündel verschiedener Maßnahmen vor. Ein wichtiger Punkt darin: Den Verkauf von Manpads international stärker zu beschränken.


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