27
Aug
2005

'Peak oil' spells cataclysm

Think high gas prices are bad?

Get a load of what ex-oilman and ex-Princeton professor Kenneth Deffeyes believes are following closely behind:

"War, famine, pestilence and death," he said, eyes wide and voice deep. "We've got to get the warning out."

The threat? Peak oil.

The term, probably unfamiliar to most Americans, refers to the time when the worldwide production of oil peaks and begins a rapid decline. From then on, this incredibly efficient fuel source, which still costs less than most bottled water, will be scarcer and more costly.

Highly respected sources, including the U.S. government, think that day is distant, and most mainstream economists think it won't cause much of a ruckus.

But Deffeyes says peak oil is coming in November, and could bring humankind to the brink.

He is a devotee of former Shell geologist M. King Hubbert, who correctly predicted U.S. oil production would peak in the early 1970s. Deffeyes is also the author of "Hubbert's Peak" (2001) and "Beyond Oil: The View From Hubbert's Peak," which was published last spring.

He is among a cadre of peak-oil proponents who sketch out a frightening near-term future in which the American way of life is upended as the United States, China and other great nations scramble after oil fields like desperate players in a game of musical chairs.

"He comes out of oil. He was born in oil," said Julian Darley, an energy analyst, fellow predictor of an imminent oil peak and founder of the Post Carbon Institute, an Oregon think tank.

Deffeyes' point -- that the peak has either arrived or will very soon -- is serious.

In the long term, the nation will compensate with clean-coal and nuclear energy, along with renewable sources like wind and solar power, Deffeyes says.

"It's the five-year time scale that I'm really scared about." History has demonstrated that the fear of a coming oil shortage, justified or not, can be a powerful determinant of events. U.S. oil experts predicted a "gasoline famine" just after World War I, prompting Britain to combine three former provinces of the Ottoman Empire into a new, oil-rich country that was to remain friendly to England.

It was named Iraq. 2005, Newhouse News Service


Informant: Di

Profits increased by allowing mercury pollution to continue

//www.environmental-action.org/enviroaction.asp?id2=18715


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Road map for US relations with rest of world

//www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1557419,00.html

Bulldoze Mother Earth: Bolton reveals frightening road map for US relations with rest of world.

Teresa Binstock

Galloway to go on anti-war tour of US with Jane Fonda

//news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article308466.ece


Informant: Hopedance

Cindy Sheehan to Visit DeLay Next



//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082705X.shtml



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Wahlprüfsteine 2005 für Bundestagskandidat/inn/en

Wahlprüfsteine 2005 für Bundestagskandidat/inn/en der mobilfunkkritischen Bürgerinitiativen Landkreis Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen

siehe: //www.omega-news.info/wahlpruefsteine_bt_wahl_2005.doc

Wir bitten um Beantwortung bis 7.9.05.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen

i.A. Dr.-Ing. Hans Schmidt
Netzwerk der mobilfunkkritischen Bürgerinitiativen im Landkreis Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen

//openpr.de/news/58440.html



Liebe Mitstreiterinnen und Mitstreiter,

Sie haben sicher die "Wahlprüfsteine 2005 für Bundestagskandidat/innen/en", die wir an die Kandidat/innen/en in unserem Wahlkreis verteilt haben, gelesen.

Bitte nutzen Sie diese einmalige Gelegenheit und senden Sie solche Wahlprüfsteine an Ihre Wahlkreiskandidat/innen/en für den Bundestag!! Es darf kein zukünftiges Bundestagsmitglied mehr mit der Ausrede davonkommen, sie bzw. er hätte nichts gewusst!

Wir müssen jetzt aktiv werden und nicht erst, wenn uns auf dem Grundstück eines verantwortungslosen Nachbarn ein Mobilfunksender vor die Nase gesetzt wird.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Bürgerinitative Icking zum Schutz vor Strahlenbelastung
G. Pischeltsrieder



Getarnte Lobby: Wie Wirtschaftsverbände die öffentliche Meinung beeinflussen //omega.twoday.net/stories/939891/


kandidatenwatch

Handy-Verbot beim Tanken?

Frage an den Experten

Experten warnen zu Recht davor, beim Tankvorgang eines Autos zum Mobiltelefon zu greifen. Grund: Im Bereich der Tankstellen besteht wegen der Kraftstoffdämpfe ein erhöhtes Brand- und Explosionsrisiko. Wir ergreifen jegliche Maßnahmen, um das Risiko so gering wie möglich zu halten.

Dazu gehört neben dem Rauchverbot an Tankstellen auch der Verzicht auf mobiles Telefonieren. Außerdem ist die Unfallgefahr nicht zu unterschätzen, die durch die verringerte Aufmerksamkeit des Autofahrers während der Nutzung von Mobiltelefonen entsteht.

Ein weiteres Risiko bildet die mögliche Entladung statischer Energie, die bei der Betankung im Bereich des Tankstutzens zu einer Verpuffung führen kann. Deshalb empfehlen wir, den Motor des Fahrzeugs während der Betankung grundsätzlich auszustellen und während des Tankvorgangs sich auch nicht wieder in das Fahrzeug zu setzen. Durch die Reibung von Polster und Kleidung findet eine gefährliche statische Aufladung statt. Beim erneuten Berühren des Zapfventils kann es durch die folgende statische Entladung zu einer gefährlichen Funkenbildung und schließlich zu einer Verpuffung kommen.

erschienen am 27. August 2005

Copyright © 2005 Hamburger Abendblatt

//www.abendblatt.de/daten/2005/08/27/475625.html

SOS: Save Our Selves - Please join with "US" in this effort



Date: 8/27/2005 3:33:19 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Mofmars3

I just heard on the news that 3000 are on their way to Crawford to oppose Cindy's side...Lets pray for both sides of those in Crawford because those ignorant of fact and with dark hearts do mean harm.

I know we're from mixed beliefs and background in this forum here at WETHEPEOPLE_UNITED...and being spiritual and secular and getting along as well we all do leaves something to be said for "US" in a positive way.

I'm asking for your help now in a big way...We were all gathered here because we had concern for the ills we saw wrecking our world...

Most of "US" here are group owners of prominent and credible groups with many patriots of integrity as members...

We are many who connect and pyramid out all over the globe.

The turning point from negative to positive is just up ahead and NOW's the time to strike where it will count the most.

Please send out this call to all your groups, friends and family all over the globe.

Money does talk...Let's give it to our side to be used for television ads and everywhere else we can find benefit.

Send it in Cindy's name...Cindy Sheehan

Crawford Peace House
9142 East 5th Street Crawford, Texas 76638-3037 Telephone: 254-486-0099 Fax: 254-486-0172

People keep bringing up specific views of Cindy's and harping about those labeled the far left, supposedly using her, to discredit her.

Thank God there are sensible people that will see past this trick that keeps surfacing to keep "US" divided and separated.

I know this wonderful Peace House will see to it Cindy gets all the mail sent there so don't be afraid to dig deep.

If there was ever a time to give...It's now.

I tried to call Peace House to tell them of the campaign we are going to initiate to gain funds needed to defeat the enemy at their own evil game but there was no one there.

I imagine they were readying to meet the opposition and standing specifically with Cindy at that moment.

I will be sending a copy of this to them and call later.

I suggest that if you want to give a summly amount and would rather remain anonymous...Then choose a one dollar bill you will never spend and place the serial number where your name would be instead.

This will allow for all funds to be accountable and ease the minds of those who want to know just where their money goes in such cases and allow anonominity at the same time.

I know we can trust Cindy and those working with her...and as for all those that are aligning with her...whether they be of high caliber or not...in whose ever opinion.

We are all "We The People" from everywhere and we each count for something and should not be a measure of another's character anyway.

I'll get with our Ms Jacki Blue for details...before sending the official campaign newsletter to all 300 of our spiritual, political and patriotic groups we network with...

She has been to Crawford and is familiar with Peace House...She has seen the pile of mail for Cindy, going there already.

Please begin gathering and sending funds now, guys...and soon we'll all hit it hard, campaigning and email blitzing cyberworld...We'll probably bury Peace House in money...Hope so.

Marsha

"We People United Global Movement" We are many political and Patriot Groups joining together, to help take back our country..."United We Will Stand".



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Impact of Electromagnetic Field Exposure Limits in Europe Is the Future of Interventional MRI Safe?

(1).

Hill DL, McLeish K, Keevil SF.

Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC), New Engineering Building, University College London, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT, Guy's Hospital, London, UK.

The European Union (EU) has recently introduced a directive that aims to protect workers from adverse effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. All countries within the EU are required to incorporate this directive into their national law by 2008. This legislation applies to all types of occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields with frequencies from 0 Hz to 300 GHz. It has dramatic implications for interventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, because workers who are close to the MR scanner while scanning is taking place are exposed at levels substantially above the exposure limits. This is especially the case for time-varying magnetic fields in the 110 Hz-5 kHz range, which includes the field from the imaging gradients. In this article, the scientific evidence on which the limits are based is brought into question. It is concluded that an urgent review of the directive is required and that more research, especially at MR gradient frequencies, is needed.

PMID: 16099687 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16099687&query_hl=3


From FGF-Infoline, 25.08.2005

Is the brain influenced by a phone call?

Study: Is the brain influenced by a phone call? An EEG study of resting wakefulness

Abstract: Resting electroencephalogram of 20 healthy subjects in order to investigate the effect of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure on EEG waking activity and its temporal development was recorded. The subjects were randomly assigned to two groups and exposed, in double-blind conditions, to a typical mobile phone signal (902.40 MHz, modulated at 217 Hz, with an average power of 0.25 W) before or during the EEG recording session. The results show that, under real exposure as compared to baseline and sham conditions, EEG spectral power was influenced in some bins of the alpha band. This effect was greater when the EMF was on during the EEG recording session than before it. The present data lend further support to the idea that pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic fields can affect normal brain functioning, also if no conclusions can be drawn about the possible health effects.

Bibliographic Information: Curcio G, Ferrara M, Moroni F, D'Inzeo G, Bertini M, De Gennaro L, Neurosci Res. 2005 Aug 12; [Epub ahead of print]

//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/


From FGF-Infoline, 25.08.2005


Is the brain influenced by a phone call? An EEG study of resting wakefulness.

Curcio G, Ferrara M, Moroni F, D'Inzeo G, Bertini M, De Gennaro L.

Department of Psychology, "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Via dei Marsi 78, I-00185 Rome, Italy.

We recorded the resting electroencephalogram of 20 healthy subjects in order to investigate the effect of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure on EEG waking activity and its temporal development. The subjects were randomly assigned to two groups and exposed, in double-blind conditions, to a typical mobile phone signal (902.40MHz, modulated at 217Hz, with an average power of 0.25W) before or during the EEG recording session. The results show that, under real exposure as compared to baseline and sham conditions, EEG spectral power was influenced in some bins of the alpha band. This effect was greater when the EMF was on during the EEG recording session than before it. The present data lend further support to the idea that pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic fields can affect normal brain functioning, also if no conclusions can be drawn about the possible health effects.

PMID: 16102863 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16102863&query_hl=1

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Moreover we also have the studies demonstrating that blood flow in the brain, to the optic nerve etc. are also affected, and that this is possibly related to vasodilation response to levels of nitric oxide (NO) caused by EMF impact on NO synthase, since exhaled NO can also be measured under EMF exposure.

NO is also a neurotransmitter, produced as required, not stored, and could well be responsible for some aspects of cognitive disruption. It also regulates REM sleep.

So there are some very interesting chain reactions that could explain why these observed effects happen. Of course there is more, and the ideas of Konstantin Meyl relating to electric field vortices concentrating energy in a small space may add to the argument regarding momentum in the EM photon (previous Omega post) going beyond the predicted energy of a photon.

But at least we certainly cannot say that we have no plausible reasons why the observed effects take place.

EMFs and enzyme behaviours should be a big research issue.

Andy

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Dear Andy and All:

I have found in my archive some more details about NO that may clear the whole picture: Nitric oxide, a friend or foe ?

The nitric oxide (NO) is a neurotransmitter and vascular smooth muscle relaxant, synthesized by deamination of arginine (an amino acid) by the enzyme NO synthetase (=NOS). Nitroglycerol (taken by angina pectoris patients) is metabolized also to NO, then relaxed smooth muscles. NO is well bound to RBC haemoglobin (Hb), when blood circulated in the lungs: The thiol groups in the two cysteines in the Hb molecule, bind the NO, and prevent the haems from inactivating it. Whereupon, the NO is released in oxygen-poor blood vessels along with oxygen, stabilizes blood pressure. NO raised concentration of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), that in turn, is active in membrane ion channels, and in numerous biochemical pathways. NO is a homeostasis signaling molecule, but also a potent free radical effector, acting in pathogenesis (Liaudet et al 2000). This paradoxical fate generated confusion, but well defining NO biological actions dissociated beneficial from toxic consequences: Normally at low concentration, NO acted as a 2nd messenger and a cytoprotective (antioxidant) factor, via direct interactions with transition metals and other free radicals. But when due to conditions high NO concentrations produced, and modified the formation of superoxide radical, the NO turned into indirect effects to form N2O3, ONOO-(peroxynitrite), NO2*, and NO3-. They in turn mediated oxidative and nitrosative cytotoxic stresses, attributed to NO, in inflammation, circulatory shock, and ischemia-reperfusion injury. Radicals excess in neurons derail neural and muscular activities. Dawson and Dawson (1996) showed that excess of NO, formed in the brain and at other neurons, reacted with superoxide anion, to make ONOO- that together with oxygen free radicals inflicted severe neural damage. Boczkowski (2001) showed that exogenous and endogenous peroxynitrite altered the structure and function of mitochondrial proteins, resulted in dysfunction and cellular or organ injury. NO produced in atherosclerotic-damaged vascular endothelial cells, promoted vasodilitation and oxidized low density lipoprotein (LDL), that enhanced atherosclerosis Thus inhaling vehicular emitted NOx, adds to such detrimental activity. In the nervous system, overactive phagocytic cells produced NO that entered neurons, and generated superoxide radical, that disrupted cellular structures. NO inhibited synthesis of mitochondrial complex 1 enzyme, that resulted in energy deficit, and more free radicals produced, thus wasting the cellular antioxidant pools to defuse them. This in turn, led to develop neurological ailments. Buzard and Kasprzak (2000) reported that oxidative stress was resulted from imbalance in cellular oxidation/reduction, by metals redox reactions with endogenous oxidants, and from effects on cellular antioxidant systems. The stress impaired (redox-sensitive) signaling molecules: NO, S-nitrosothiols, AP-1, NF-kappaB (in cell nucleus), IkappaB (its inhibitor), p53, and p21ras, resulting in variety of toxic effects such as carcinogenesis. Supportive experimental data for these toxicity and carcinogenicity for two toxic metals indicated that: Fe, Cu, and metal carcinogens: Ni, Cr, and Cd were bound selectively to particular cell constituents and affected Ca signaling. Oxidative stress caused, suggested the pathogenicity of toxic Pb, Hg and As. Yoshikawa et al (2000) showed that NO generated in mice by injected enterobacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide, LPS), was enhanced by exposure to ELF-EMF (0.1 mT, 60 Hz). Considering that enterobacterial mass was a major human colon contents, the LPS in contact with colon wall cells probably enhanced generation of NO, that was enhanced further by EMF exposure.


Best,

Zamir

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Thanks Zamir!

At risk of being tedious, I have over 60 pages of citations and abstracts all pertaining to NO, (all three kinds of ) NOS, superoxide and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and peroxynitrite, and the knock on effects as relating to exhibited symptoms of microwave sickness, including all the longer latency diseases. The key fits the lock disturbingly well. What I want to know is what it is about enzymes (such as nitric oxide synthase) that makes them particularly susceptible to modulated microwaves, what frequencies matter most, and whether it is the enzyme precursors (eg arginine), metals in their structure (eg Mg, Zn, Cu), or the genes that express them. Knowing this and being able to demonstrate it reliably would be a seriously powerful argument.

I don't believe this is the only problem, but it is presenting an amazing array of consistent pointers. I have yet to investigate any attributed microwave syndrome disorder that is not in some way directly mediated by the NO cascade.

Andy


From Mast Sanity

Bush-Sheehan Confrontation Escalates



//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082705Y.shtml



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

27.08.05

//www.omega-news.info/27_08_05_pfarrer_engelbrecht.pdf

Lancement exceptionnel de Next-up organisation

ASL infos
//www.next-up.org/

Christian Minister In Televised Call For Murder Of Venezuela's President

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9918.htm


Informant: smilingmoon14

050827 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter

//www.omega-news.info/050827_r_mobilfunk_newsletter.rtf

Omega-News Collection 27. August 2005

Panel Sees Growing Melting Arctic Threat
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926731/

The Ilulissat Glacier, a Wonder of the World Melting Away
//omega.twoday.net/stories/919796/

'Peak oil' spells cataclysm for U.S., oil theorist warns
//omega.twoday.net/stories/920140/

NUCLEAR CLASS CATACLYSM: FISH ARE DYING EVERYWHERE
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926519/

Tell Automakers: Stop Fighting Progress on Global Warming
//omega.twoday.net/stories/927243/

Stop “Certified” Logging / Sarawak, Malaysia
//omega.twoday.net/stories/927446/

Arctic Drilling Hidden in Budget Bill
//omega.twoday.net/stories/928853/

EU´s "Brave new world" and "1984" is becoming a reality
//omega.twoday.net/stories/930594/

Vote USA 2004
//omega.twoday.net/topics/Vote+USA+2004/

Iraq War
//omega.twoday.net/topics/Irak-Krieg/

Is Iran next?
//omega.twoday.net/topics/Is+Iran+next

Tsunami
//omega.twoday.net/topics/Tsunami/

RFID
//omega.twoday.net/topics/RFID/

EMF-Omega-News 27. August 2005
//omega.twoday.net/stories/930604/

EMF-Omega-News 27. August 2005

An investigation into the vector ellipticity of extremely low frequency magnetic fields from appliances in UK homes
//omega.twoday.net/stories/921612/

Pulsed microwave radiation and wildlife
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926007/

THE KLYSTRON: MICROWAVE TRAP FOR IMPORTING VOICE MESSAGES INTO HEADS
//omega.twoday.net/stories/928939/

Is there a relationship between cell phone use and semen quality?
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929921/

The Relay Antennas of Orange are not on holiday neither is ASL
//omega.twoday.net/stories/914419/

ASL Infos: Santé et Antennes Relais: Auto-Diagnostic
//omega.twoday.net/stories/914402/

Cut the portables!
//omega.twoday.net/stories/914028/

Airwave: ‘a 21st century tool to fight 21st century crime’: Home Office minister Caroline Flint
//omega.twoday.net/stories/915279/

MOBILE MAST APPEAL
//omega.twoday.net/stories/915289/

RESIDENTS ANGRY AT DISGUISED MAST PLAN
//omega.twoday.net/stories/915295/

Tetra mast affecting TV claim
//omega.twoday.net/stories/915298/

Phone masts blamed over roof leaks
//omega.twoday.net/stories/915299/

Villagers hit by a mast misery
//omega.twoday.net/stories/915303/

DO ALL THESE MAST PROTESTERS USE MOBILE PHONES?
//omega.twoday.net/stories/915307/

O2 FIGHTS BID TO MONITOR RADIO WAVES
//omega.twoday.net/stories/915312/

New mast application in after refusal
//omega.twoday.net/stories/917082/

CAMPAIGNERS WIN MOBILE MAST BATTLE
//omega.twoday.net/stories/917095/

Relay Antennas and Health: Self Diagnosis - Santé et Antennes Relais: Auto-Diagnostic
//omega.twoday.net/stories/918351/

PHONE MASTS: 'NO POINT PROTESTING'
//omega.twoday.net/stories/919653/

Radiation from antennas - But still WHO reigns supreme
//omega.twoday.net/stories/920156/

Rationale for China EMF Exposure Standards
//omega.twoday.net/stories/920143/

SCIENTISTS MUST SETTLE THIS DEBATE
//omega.twoday.net/stories/920233/

Documented lies in planning application
//omega.twoday.net/stories/922603/

New mast battle brews
//omega.twoday.net/stories/922609/

Question on EMF as air pollution
//omega.twoday.net/stories/922641/

NIBS Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
//omega.twoday.net/stories/922907/

Councillors angered as phone mast is approved
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926390/

Councillor seeks inquiry into mobile fears
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926399/

There are 176 masts located near schools, homes and offices
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926407/

We woke up and found mast at our window
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926493/

Mast plan thrown out
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926502/

INSPECTOR OVERTURNS PHONE MAST REFUSAL
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926550/

SCHOOL MAY ACT ON MAST MUDDLE
//omega.twoday.net/stories/926557/

Phone mast permitted in spite of objectors
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929252/

WE SHOULD BE TRYING TO MAKE SAFER MOBILES
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929385/

Massed protest at Cullen mast bid
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929448/

The horror is still developing worse
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929464/

School fights phone mast
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929482/

Activists Needed for new TV show
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929812/

RESIDENTS' FURY OVER MAST PLANS
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929843/

PLANNERS SAY NO TO MAST PLAN NEAR TO HOMES
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929866/

VILLAGERS UP IN ARMS AT PHONE MAST PLANS
//omega.twoday.net/stories/929894/

LEGAL LOOPHOLE ENDS MAST FIGHT
//omega.twoday.net/stories/930257/

Residents oppose phone mast
//omega.twoday.net/stories/930260/

EU´s "Brave new world" and "1984" is becoming a reality
//omega.twoday.net/stories/930594/

News from Mast Sanity
//tinyurl.com/aotw3

EU´s "Brave new world" and "1984" is becoming a reality

Has anyone seen this?

And no-one wanted to believe in conspiracy.

But it is a reality and is here now, and if you do not want to take part throw away your mobile phone, if you have not already done so. (Mine went to the graveyard 2 years ago).

But here is a new petition to stop this madness (A new USSR ?) looks that way.

To sign the petition, go here: //www.stopdataretention.com

Regards.

Agnes .

//www.mast-victims.org



Digital Civil Rights in Europe New EU Commission proposal data retention

27 July, 2005

EU Policy | Telecommunication data retention

The European Commission has finally produced its draft directive on data retention. According to the Commission, all fixed and mobile telephony traffic and location data from all private and legal persons should be stored for 1 year. Data about communications 'using solely the internet protocol' should be stored for 6 months. The Commission does not provide any argument about the usefulness and necessity of data retention, but considers the directive to be proportionate if providers are reimbursed for 'demonstrated additional costs'. The last compromise achieved by the ministers of Justice and Home Affairs (the JHA Council) to create a two-step approach, starting with telephony data and introducing internet data retention at a later stage, is completely ignored by the Commission.

The Commission claims it seeks a balance between law enforcement, human rights and competition aspects by defining the purpose, limiting the categories and time period. The purpose is derived from Article 15 of the E-Privacy directive of 2002 and is actually larger than what the JHA Council proposed. The Commission includes the prevention of criminal offences and safeguarding national security, defence and public security besides the JHA purpose of the investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offences.

The JHA Council always claimed much more room for member states to adopt longer periods, up to the 4 years already implemented for fixed telephony data in Italy . The Commission intends to proceed with this directive in the first pillar, with full co-decision rights for the European Parliament. However, the JHA Council has also made it clear it will not withdraw the proposed third pillar framework decision, and has vowed to reach (unanimous) agreement in the formal JHA Council of 12 October 2005 . The tension will probably reach a climax in Newcastle on 8 and 9 September 2005 , during the informal JHA meeting.

EDRI has received a copy of the so-called 'Interservice Consultation', which is circulated amongst Commission officials from several Directorate Generals. The final, possibly amended version is expected to be published some time in August 2005, before the informal JHA Council. The Commission writes it wants to set up a permanent advisory platform with representatives of law enforcement, providers and the Article 29 Working Party of Data Protection Authorities to be consulted "whenever the details of the list of data to be retained are to be amended." Besides, the Commission intends to create "a Comitology mechanism to allow for quick amendments to the details of the data which need to be retained."

The proposal includes a "result-oriented" list of data that providers must be able to make available to the competent authorities. "Such a 'result-oriented' list provides a certain degree of flexibility to the Member States in deciding what obligations will need to be met and to the operators on how to meet these obligations." The specific data are summed up in the Annex (p. 15 and 16). At this point in time, the Commission does not mention a full IP logfile from every ISP to trace every incoming and outgoing communication, but limits the demands to IP-address, the Computer internal MAC address, username, e-mail addresses and a logfile of every sent and received e-mail. The operators of mobile telephony surely won't be pleased with the proposal to store SMS traffic data for 1 whole year, nor with the obligation to keep detailed location data for 1 year, including mapping Cell IDs to the geographical location of the caller.

The Commission clearly admits the weakness of the need for data retention by creating a new obligation for providers to keep statistics on the usage of traffic data and present them to the Commission on a yearly basis. "Today no verifiable statistics exist at the European level on the usage of traffic data.(...) This information, once aggregated, will provide the factual information necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of the Directive." The Commission does not promise any publication of these statistics.

The Commission follows the draft framework decision very closely, even to the point of copying the completely misleading sentence "Many Member States have adopted legislation providing for the retention of data by service providers (...)". To the best of EDRI's knowledge, only 2 of the 25 Member States have actually implemented data retention legislation; Ireland (since April 2005, only for telephony) and Italy (only for fixed telephony). General data retention legislation has been adopted, but not implemented due to massive differences in opinion, in France , Denmark and Spain . Member States have to implement the directive, if it is adopted by the European Parliament, within 15 months after publication in the Official Journal. The Commission plans to evaluate the directive after 3 years. New EU Commission proposal data retention (20.07.2005)
//www.edri.org/docs/EUcommissiondataretentionjuly2005.pdf Last UK prepared version of the JHA working document on data retention (29.06.2005)
//www.edri.org/docs/Data-retention-council-draft-29062005.pdf

EDRI-gram - Number 3.15, 27 July 2005

EDRI launches petition against data retention


From Mast Sanity

What the JAG Memos Tell Us about Torture

The JAG criticism is not so much moral as strategic. What the JAG lawyers suggest - and it is a position no less significant today than when it was shaped in 2003 - is that a policy of torture is sure to constitute a fatal flaw in any war against jihadi terror.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082605J.shtml

Americans Recruiting Colombian Mercenaries for Iraq

In Colombia, some fear that with the ongoing demobilization of death squads, an abundant workforce of unemployed torturers is being recycled through the Iraqi deserts.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082605H.shtml

Summer of Our Discontent

Krugman insists that most Americans have good reason to feel unhappy about the economy, whatever Washington's favorite statistics may say. This is an economic expansion that hasn't trickled down; many people are worse off than they were a year ago. And it will take more than a revamped administration sales pitch to make people feel better.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082605F.shtml

States to the Rescue

The New York Times asks, what are states to do when the federal government does so little? It's been obvious for some time that state governments are taking the problems of global warming and oil dependency much more seriously than the Bush administration.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082605E.shtml

The unAmerican Legion

//www.buzzflash.com/contributors/05/08/con05305.html


Informant: Diana Davies

Bush vs. the Mother



//www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/7581585?pageid=rs.Home&pageregion=single7&rnd=1125050593751&has-player=true&version=6.0.12.1069


Informant: sash



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Leahy Reacts to Bolton's Bid to Strike "Respect for Nature"

Senator Patrick Leahy: "It didn't take long for Ambassador Bolton to find ways to further erode our leadership in the world and our standing as a moral authority. In his tantrum over this straightforward reference to the environment, Ambassador Bolton does not speak for most Americans, and I count myself among them."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082605S.shtml

CA Attorney General Accuses Drug Companies of Fraud

California accused GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories and 37 other pharmaceutical companies of defrauding the state's $34-billion Medi-Cal health program for the poor by inflating prescription drug prices.

//www.truthout.org/issues_05/082605HB.shtml

Washington to Be Sued over Global Warming

In a landmark judgment, a court in California has allowed a coalition of environmental groups to sue the US government over global warming - the first time a court has recognized the potentially disastrous impact of climate change.

//www.truthout.org/issues_05/082605EB.shtml

Military Women Devalued

A culture that devalues women in uniform tolerates rape and sexual harassment at the Army and Navy academies, according to a Pentagon task force report. "When women are devalued, the likelihood of harassing and even abusive behavior increases," said the panel of military officers and civilian experts.

//www.truthout.org/issues_05/082605WA.shtml

The bad idea behind our failed health-care system

The U. S. health-care system, according to “Uninsured in America,” has created a group of people who increasingly look different from others and suffer in ways that others do not.

//www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/050829fa_fact


From Information Clearing House

Scrap the ideals, Bolton tells UN

In an extraordinary intervention, United States appointee John Bolton has sought to roll back proposed UN commitments on aid to developing countries, combating global warming and nuclear disarmament.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9997.htm

The US vs The UN

American ambassador seeks to scupper UN's global strategy with 750 amendments after just three weeks in the job.

//news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article308269.ece


From Information Clearing House

Do you know the Carlyle Group?

They have a system of recycling 'retired' politicians. The politicians come to the Carlyle Group from positions of authority (partly via political campaign funding?), where they influenced the laws that govern corporate enterprise and/or decisions about who gets government contracts.

//snipurl.com/h8ww


From Information Clearing House

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Meet the Carlyle Group

Former World Leaders and Washington Insiders Making Billions in the War on Terrorism.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2321.htm


Informant: Friends

Central America's Street Gangs Are Drawn into the World of Geopolitics

In Central America, Washington is getting serious about a problem it helped to create -- and not simply because the region's street gangs and vast criminal networks are making their presence known in the United States.

//www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=354


From Information Clearing House

The Militarization of Our Children

Affluent schools get art and music. Schools lower on the socio-economic ladder get military training (and top-secret visits from Tommy Franks).

//counterpunch.org/salasin08252005.html


From Information Clearing House

Supporting American Troops: What It Means and What It Entails

The ultimate goal of US big corporations is to control the economy of the whole world. Hence, when politicians fail to get what such corporations want by diplomatic means then they will resort to the military to get for corporations what they want by force.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10000.htm

A Nurse's Perspective on Iraq

“These poor young boys most of them 18, 19, 20 years old out there getting blown up. And they come in and you see pictures of their families falling out of there wallet...it just makes you angry.”

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9993.htm

George Bush's Soldiers Of Fortune

With no public debate, to compensate for inadequate troop strength in Iraq, the Bush Administration has contracted with tens of thousands of mercenaries, who operate outside U.S. control and undermine military morale.

//snipurl.com/h8wa


From Information Clearing House

There's something happening here

Will history remember this week as the tipping point for George W. Bush and the Republicans who control Congress? Can they stay the course as they head into mid-term elections next year?

//snipurl.com/h8xh


From Information Clearing House

Is Bush al-Qaeda's 'Useful Idiot'?

If Western intelligence agencies are right – that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the two-year-plus military occupation have been recruiting boons for Islamic terrorism – why is it logical to commit American troops to an indefinite deployment there? Won’t that just create more terrorists?

//www.consortiumnews.com/2005/082505.html


From Information Clearing House

Achieving 'Total Victory' in an Unwinnable War

by Scott Ritter

The policies of the Bush administration have bred far more terrorists than have been eliminated, and the world, including the United States and its allies, is a much more dangerous place to live.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9999.htm

The Iraqi constitution: DOA?

Angry and marginalized, Sunnis are threatening to torpedo Iraq's constitution. Disaster looms, and the Bush administration's blunders are largely to blame.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9992.htm

Grieving Military Mothers Rally Around Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey



We play a press conference from Camp Casey held by members of Gold Star Families for Peace with mothers and wives from around the country speaking about their opposition to the war and to President Bush's policies in Iraq.

Audio and transcript
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9998.htm



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Hoffman Rewrite of National Park Policies Threatens America’s Heritage

//www.commondreams.org/news2005/0826-08.htm

Why the US Is Supporting Civil War

//www.commondreams.org/views05/0826-22.htm

What are Women Fighting For?

//www.commondreams.org/views05/0826-23.htm

Bush’s Pat Robertson Problem

//www.commondreams.org/views05/0826-29.htm

Women Uniquely Qualified to make Poignant War Protests



//www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0826-07.htm



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Bolton Throws UN Summit into Chaos

//www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0826-02.htm

Cindy Sheehan Vows Her Cause Is Just Beginning



//www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0826-06.htm



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Globalization Driving Inequality, UN Warns

//www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0826-03.htm

Library Sues Over Controversial Patriot Act

//www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0826-05.htm

Iraq on Brink of Meltdown

//www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0826-01.htm

Mother's Day in Crawford: Arise, all women who have hearts



{I'm posting this with TEARS OF JOY, Marty]

Posted by Caroline Ruth Vernon, Carolina1961@aol.com [UBRON]

85 Years ago today, women won the right to vote. Passage of the 19th amendment passed by only one vote. Just goes to show the power one vote has.

Today I also appeal to women, particularly mothers, to come together in both counsel as well as action as succinctly stated by Julia Ward Howe, founder of Mother's Day:

Published on Friday, August 26, 2005

Mother's Day in Crawford

by Medea Benjamin and Gayle Brandeis

When Cindy Sheehan marched into Crawford, Texas to ask President Bush why her son died in Iraq, it was Mother's Day. Not the Hallmark- infused, soft focus, breakfast-in-bed Mother's Day that shows up on the calendar in May. This was the day that Julia Ward Howe envisioned when she created Mother's Day in 1870 as a time for all the mothers who lost their sons in the Civil War to protest the senseless violence.

Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation begins:

Arise then women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts!

Cindy Sheehan has risen up against the senseless violence of this war in Iraq, and countless women and men have risen up with her. The numbers at Camp Casey continue to swell, and support pours in from all corners of the globe. While George Bush says he feels Sheehan's pain but must "get on with his life," Sheehan's supporters are uprooting themselves from their lives-often at great personal sacrifice-- to vigil beside her in the hot Texas sun. Tired of seeing our soldiers and countless Iraqis die in an unjustified war, millions of Americans-especially mothers--are joining Sheehan's revolution of the heart. And in the process, they're exposing Bush's own heartlessness for refusing to meet with a grieving mother, and more tragically, for needlessly putting our sons and daughters in harm's way.

Those in the smear-Cindy camp have told Sheehan, in no uncertain terms, that she should go back home, where she belongs. But Sheehan has followed Julia Ward Howe's imperative:

As men have often forsaken

the plough and the anvil

At the summons of war,

Let women now leave all that may be left of home

For a great an earnest day of counsel.

Sheehan's hoped-for day of counsel with Bush may never arrive. But another sort of counsel is taking place, the sort that Howe imagined:

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means

Whereby the great human family can live in peace.

This is precisely what is happening at the vigil in Crawford, Texas. Women are running the camp itself, organizing Sheehan's schedule, holding women's circles to share their grief and hope, writing letters appealing to Laura Bush, and strategizing ways to broaden and deepen this movement for peace.

During the Vietnam era, the anti-war movement was fueled primarily by students. Today, the anti-war movement is being fueled largely by mothers. Look at some of the organizations that have been created in the last few years: CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Raging Grannies. All of them reflect a mother's intense desire to not only shield her children from harm but to stop her children from doing harm to others.

Again, we hear the voice of Julia Howe.

We, the women of one country,

Will be too tender of those of another country

To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.

In a recent statement urging Americans to listen to Cindy Sheehan, Elizabeth Edwards said, "If we are decent and compassionate, if we know the lessons we taught our children, or if, selfishly, all we want is the long line of the brave to protect us in the future, we should listen to the mothers now." Thanks to Cindy Sheehan, the mothers have arisen. Thanks to Cindy Sheehan, the world can't help but listen. Hopefully, George Bush is also hearing the message.

Medea Benjamin and Gayle Brandeis are members of CODEPINK: Women for Peace, a group that has been actively involved in the vigil in Crawford, Texas. Medea Benjamin is co-founder of CODEPINK, founder of Global Exchange, and nominee for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Gayle Brandeis is the author of The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change.

Published on Friday, August 26, 2005 by CommonDreams.org

Caroline Ruth Vernon
UBRON


Informant: Martin Greenhut



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Deformed Iraqi Babies Caused By USA Use Of Depleted Uranium



... "Please support mother Cindy Sheehan and the antiwar rally to take place in front of the White House on September 24"

*Excerpt

From: "Meria Heller" Meria@npgcable.com Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 3:31 PM Subject: Only For STRONG Stomachs - The Hypocrites Say "Save The Fetus" - ugh- Unforgivable Sins -Meria

From: "La Voz de Aztlan" maillistking@aztlan.net Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 1:52 PM Subject: Deformed Iraqi Babies Caused By USA Use Of Depleted Uranium

LA VOZ DE AZTLAN NEWS BULLETIN Los Angeles, Alta California August 26, 2005

Deformed Iraqi Babies Caused By USA Use Of Depleted Uranium

Not too many "good" Americans are aware about the horrible deformities that depleted uranium, utilized by the Pentagon to hardened ammunition, has caused not only in Iraqi babies but in the babies of Iraq war veterans as well.

Depleted uranium, like Agent Orange in Vietnam has caused untold miseries to families and is one of the worst war crimes in history.

We invite our readership to view some of the photographs of the Iraqi baby victims and to pass these photos to all of your friends.

Please support mother Cindy Sheehan and the antiwar rally to take place in front of the White House on September 24.

The photographs of the Iraqi baby victims are published at //www.aztlan.net/du_deformed_iraqi_babies.htm

Please be warned!


Informant: Friends



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

In a nutshell: Election Integrity Solution

A common-sense approach to ensuring accurate vote counts in America:

//uscountvotes.org/ucvAnalysis/US/election_officials/Audits_Monitoring.pdf

Ron Baiman, myself, Zeb Thomas and two of our volunteer writers helped buff this out. It's simple, nontechnical and fits on one two-sided page.

It is targeted to election officials. We are only mailing it to about 80 state election officials, but "not" to the over 33,000 county and township election officials, so PLEASE print copies and send them to your own county election officials and push for these simple measures in your locale.

Look up your own county election official's mailing address here:
//uscountvotes.net/scripts/lettergen/ltr_pick_addressee.php
//uscountvotes.org/ucvAnalysis/US/election_officials/Audits_Monitoring.pdf


Best Regards,

Kathy Dopp
//electionarchive.org

THE DEMOCRATS AND CINDY SHEEHAN



//www.counterpunch.org/frank08232005.html


Informant: John A. Murphy



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

The Radioactive Wounds of War

Highly qualified scientists and military managers are finally getting into pushing the DU issue.

MWM: DU will be central in the final collapse of the Empire. Eventually American soldiers and commanders will be asking the politicians, scientists, and media "what did you know, when did you know it, and what did you do about it". The answers to these questions will define many war criminals. Later....Iraqi mothers will be engaged in worldwide class-action suits against Americans and their economic interests in every conceivable venue for the next 50 years. T hree years ago I wrote that one of the reasons why the U.S. should NOT invade Iraq is that it is incompetent to wage war, most specifically it has very little legal ammunition. Not quite but mostly literally, every shot is a war crime. This truth still holds today and that is why the only long term sane position is to argue for an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

From: "Ian" > Subject: DU Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 13:29:29 -0700

//www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2298/

Radioactive Wounds of War Tests on returning troops suggest serious health consequences of depleted uranium use in Iraq By Dave Lindorff August 25, 2005

Gerard Matthew thought he was lucky. He returned from his Iraq tour a year and a half ago alive and in one piece. But after the New York State National Guardsman got home, he learned that a bunkmate, Sgt. Ray Ramos, and a group of N.Y. Guard members from another unit had accepted an offer by the New York Daily News and reporter Juan Gonzalez to be tested for depleted uranium
(DU) contamination, and had tested positive.

Matthew, 31, decided that since he'd spent much of his time in Iraq lugging around DU-damaged equipment, he'd better get tested too. It turned out he was the most contaminated of them all.

Matthew immediately urged his wife to get an ultrasound check of their unborn baby. They discovered the fetus had a condition common to those with radioactive exposure: atypical syndactyly. The right hand had only two digits.

So far Victoria Claudette, now 13 months old, shows no other genetic disorders and is healthy, but Matthew feels guilty for causing her deformity and angry at a government that never warned him about DU's dangers.

U.S. forces first used DU in the 1991 Gulf War, when some 300 tons of depleted uranium--the waste product of nuclear power plants and weapons facilities--were used in tank shells and shells fired by A-10 jets. A lesser amount was deployed by U.S. and NATO forces during the Balkans conflict. But in the current wars in Afghanistan and, especially, Iraq, DU has become the weapon of choice, with more than 1,000 tons used in Afghanistan and more than 3,000 tons used in Iraq. And while DU was fired mostly in the desert during the Gulf War, in the current war in Iraq, most of DU munitions are exploding in populated urban areas.

The Pentagon has expanded DU beyond tank and A-10 shells, for use in bunker-busting bombs, which can spew out more than half a ton of DU in one explosion, in anti-personnel bomblets, and even in M-16 and pistol shells. The military loves DU for its unique penetration capability--it cuts through steel or concrete like they're butter.

The problem is that when DU hits its target, it burns at a high temperature, throwing off clouds of microscopic particles that poison a wide area and remain radioactive for billions of years. If inhaled, these particles can lodge in lungs, other organs or bones, irradiating tissue and causing cancers.

Worse yet, uranium is also a highly toxic heavy metal. Indeed, while there is some debate over the risk posed by the element's radioactive emissions, there is no debate regarding its chemical toxicity. According to Mt. Sinai pathologist Thomas Fasey, who participated in the New York Guard unit testing, the element has an affinity for bonding with DNA, where even trace amounts can cause cancers and fetal abnormalities.

Dr. Doug Rokke, a health physicist at the University of Illinois who headed up a Pentagon study of depleted uranium weapons in the mid '90s after concerns were raised during the Gulf War, concluded there was no safe way to use the weapons. Rokke says the Pentagon responded by denouncing him, after earlier commending his work.

No one knows how many U.S. soldiers have been contaminated by DU residue. Despite regulations authorizing tests for any military personnel who suspects exposure, the U.S. military is avoiding doing those tests--or delaying them until they are meaningless.

"When we asked to be tested at Ft. Dix, they wrongly told us we didn't have to worry unless we had DU fragments in our body," says Matthew. His buddy, Sgt. Ramos, who exhibits symptoms resembling radiation sickness and heavy metal poisoning, adds that at Walter Reed Medical Center he was grilled for hours about why he wanted to be tested and was then branded a troublemaker by his own unit. Matthew says Walter Reed "lost" his sample.

At the war's start, the United States refused to allow U.N. or other environmental inspectors to test DU levels within Iraq. Now the United Nations won't even go near Iraq because of security concerns.

"It doesn't seem right that we are poisoning the places we are supposed to be liberating," Ramos says.

The Pentagon continues to insist, on the basis of no field evidence, that DU is safe. To date, only some 270 returned troops have been tested for DU contamination by the military and Veterans Affairs. But even those tests, mostly urine samples, are useless 30 days after exposure, because by that time most of the DU has left the body or migrated into bones or organs.

Gonzalez and the Daily News paid for costlier tests for nine Guardsmen--tests that could pinpoint uranium inside the body and identify the special isotope signature of man-made DU. Four of the nine tested positive for DU; all had symptoms of uranium poisoning.

Even harder evidence may soon arrive. Connecticut State Representative Pat Dillon (D-New Haven), a Yale-trained epidemiologist, has crafted state-level legislation that Connecticut and Louisiana have unanimously passed, authorizing returned National Guard troops to request and receive specialized DU contamination tests at the Pentagon's expense. This approach bypasses the Pentagon's feet-dragging because National Guard troops fall under state, rather than federal, jurisdiction.

"This was not a Democratic or a Republican issue," Dillon says. "These are our kids and someone needs to protect them." She says that since passage of her bill, which takes effect this October, military groups and family organizations, state legislators, and even National Guard unit commanders have contacted her for copies of her bill to promote in their states. Bob Smith, a veteran in Louisiana who got hold of Dillon's bill and spearheaded a successful effort to pass similar legislation in Louisiana, claims that 14 to 20 other states are considering similar measures.

If enough Guard troops avail themselves of the testing--and start testing positive for contamination--it seems likely that reservists and active duty troops and veterans will demand similar access to rigorous tests, which can cost upwards of $1000 per person.

One way or another, the Pentagon will pay a price. "DU is a war crime. It's that simple," Rokke says. "Once you've scattered all this stuff around, and then refuse to clean it up, you've committed a war crime."


Informant: Michael Mandeville

RALLY Sat. in Crawford: Buses from TX metro-cities



//disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=89929;show_parent=1



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

NY TIMES ONLY TELLS HALF THE STORY ON CINDY SHEEHAN



//www.newswithviews.com/Hughes/sharon23.htm



Cindy Sheehan
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Iran's Growing Sway in Iraq Defies Neocons' Logic

//www.lewrockwell.com/ips/lobe235.html

What They Won't Tell You About Capitalism

//mises.org/story/1887


Informant: Lew Rockwell

Why U.S. Military Lawyers Opposed Torture

//www.lewrockwell.com/engelhardt/engelhardt109.html

Constitution? Ha!

//www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese220.html

Iraq and the Cardboard Democrats

//www.lewrockwell.com/wanniski/wanniski97.html

Pat Robertson Describes U.S. Foreign Policy

//www.lewrockwell.com/hornberger/hornberger56.html

Under False Premises

//www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff17.html

87% of U.S. public think antiwar protest 'is okay'

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/3335/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Residents oppose phone mast

Aug 26 2005

By Charles Watts Maidenhead Reporter

FURIOUS residents are fighting to stop a 14.7 metre high mobile phone mast being put up outside their houses.

The application was submitted to the Royal Borough by T Mobile who want to put up the mast, which will have three antennae, in Shoppenhangers Road.

This has caused uproar from people living close by who were informed of the application when a letter dropped through their letter boxes on Friday, August 12.

June Haines of Worcester Close, is one of these residents and she was so disturbed by the application that she decided to draw up a petition to fight against the plan.

She managed to get 39 signatures and has now sent copies of the petition to various people including Maidenhead's MP Theresa May and the head of planning at the royal borough, David Trigwell.

Speaking to the Express, she said: "We are all absolutely fuming, these things are very unsightly and of course there are rumours that they cause cancer.

"My neighbour is a child minder and so has a lot of young children at her house and they are supposed to be more vulnerable to these things I believe."

Another concern of Mrs Haines, who has lived at her house with her husband Ernest for 20 years, is the effect it will have on the view from her gardens.

She said: "As our house sits sideways to Shoppenhangers it will overlook not just our back garden but our front as well.

"It just seems ridiculous that they are going to put it up by a lot of houses when there are three huge fields behind us where it could be put without bothering anybody."

Kobus Bensch of Mast Free Maidenhead, a group set up to fight phone masts going up in the town, has backed Mrs Haines's fight.

He said: "We'll hopefully be able to help her and give her some advice gained from our experiences.

"I just find this whole thing completely unacceptable. These companies are putting applications in when people are away on holiday so they can't make objections.

"They're just like a bunch of snakes."

A spokesman for T-Mobile, Sophia Parviez, said: "Based on over 40 years of research, we are confident that its base stations, operating within strict national and international guidelines, do not present a health risk to any member of the public.

Omega this is not true. See under:
//omega.twoday.net/topics/Wissenschaft+zu+Mobilfunk/ //omega.twoday.net/search?q=Cancer+Cluster
//www.buergerwelle.de/body_science.html


"When a new mast is needed, we try to reduce the impact on the local environment with sensitive siting, innovative design and where appropriate landscaping.

"We are always conscious of local wildlife and conservation."

LEGAL LOOPHOLE ENDS MAST FIGHT

Kent and Sussex Courier

15:00 - 26 August 2005

Residents in North Tonbridge are distraught after losing a battle over the erection of a phone mast in their road.

Contractors working for T-Mobile have been given the final go-ahead to continue work at the junction between Hunt Road and Constable Road, after a legal investigation showed the land owners had no powers to prevent it.

The triangle of land is owned by housing association Russet Homes, which acquired it in 1991.

When work started at the site two weeks ago Russet Homes requested T-Mobile stop as it had not been granted permission.

As previously reported in the Kent and Sussex Courier, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council originally refused planning permission for the 11.7m high mast in June last year but permission was granted on appeal in March.

However, Russet Homes still refused to give the permission needed before work could begin.

On August 8 work was suspended while both sides approached their solicitors for legal advice.

However, head of housing management at Russet Homes Anthony Cross revealed on Monday that although the association owned the land, it had been adopted by Kent County Council which maintained it as part of the highway.

He said: "Having sought legal advice, unfortunately Russet Homes has no powers to prevent erection of the mast on the land that forms part of the highway."

Mr Cross was disappointed with the decision and said Russet Homes shared the residents' concern of placing the mast in the heart of a residential area.

Residents were concerned over the health and visual impact of the slim-line monopole that will support three antennas and a microwave dish.

They were also angry it has been allowed in a residential area that lies between Woodland Infant and Junior Schools and the playgroup, at the Methodist Church.

Chairman of Higham Road Residents Association Peter Reed who led the campaign against the mast said: "This legal loophole apparently allows T-Mobile to go ahead with the mast as a utility."

He added: "T-Mobile is saying it has to have all these masts but we feel there is no necessity for it as the reception for 3G mobile telephones here is adequate."

Hunt Road resident Betty O'Loughlin said: "I am devastated. Surely they could have found somewhere without people and babies walking past to get to the school?"

A spokesman for T-Mobile said the operator had similar rights of access to such land as other utilities, of which there was ample evidence on this site.

It has already put the foundations in place and is currently finalising the details of when work will start.

Risikotechnologien: Eindeutige Hinweise

Trotz aller Diskussionen um die Gesundheitsfolgen des Elektrosmogs: Die Akzeptanz von Handys ist ungebrochen. Rund 64 Millionen Menschen zählen in Deutschland zu den Handynutzern. Darunter auch viele, die sich Sorgen über mögliche gesundheitliche Beeinträchtigungen durch die Mobiltelefoniererei machen. Eine vom Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS) durchgeführte Befragung ergab, dass immerhin 30 Prozent der Bevölkerung sich "im Hinblick auf hochfrequente elektromagnetische Felder des Mobilfunks als besorgt" beschrieben, 9 Prozent meinten gar, sie seien gesundheitlich beeinträchtigt. Trotz dieser Selbsteinschätzung: Kaum einer fragt beim Handykauf nach der Strahlenbelastung des Hightechgeräts.

Das könnte sich durchaus als fatal erweisen. Denn allen Beschwichtigungen zum Trotz: Es gibt keine vollständige Entwarnung in Bezug auf Elektrosmog. Die Hinweise darauf, dass elektromagnetische Strahlen mehr bewirken als nur eine leichte Erwärmung des Körpergewebes, sind so vielfältig, dass sie nicht einfach vom Tisch gefegt werden können. Da wird etwa von gentoxischen, also das Erbmaterial verändernden Effekten berichtet. Auch unterhalb der Grenzwerte können die elektromagnetischen Strahlen zu DNA-Brüchen führen. Nur was das zu bedeuten hat, darüber kann derzeit niemand Auskunft geben. Denn zum Teil sind diese Ergebnisse nur in ganz bestimmten Zellen nachzuweisen. Dazu kommt, dass die Studien bisher nur an isolierten Zellen durchgeführt wurden. Ob ähnliche Wirkungen auch in situ, im Körper, auftreten können, ist derzeit zwar noch die große Frage. Würden aber derart gravierende "Hinweise" auf gesundheitsbeeinträchtigende Effekte zum Beispiel auch bei der Gentechnologie vorliegen, die Politik hätte längst mit einem Verbot reagiert.

WOLFGANG LÖHR

taz Nr. 7752 vom 26.8.2005, Seite 18, 62 Zeilen (TAZ-Bericht), WOLFGANG LÖHR

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//www.taz.de/pt/2005/08/26/a0195.nf/text.ges,1

Mit dem Anruf kommt der Smog

Krebs, Schlafstörungen, Unwohlsein?

Protestieren Sie nicht nur gegen Sendemasten, telefonieren Sie doch einfach weniger

VON HANNA GERSMANN

Polizisten im brandenburgischen Hennigsdorf holten vor wenigen Wochen zwei Mädchen aus einem Kellerverschlag. Die beiden hätten geschrieen, hieß es. Die Nachbarn waren besorgt. Doch in diesem Fall, so stellte das Jugendamt schnell fest, ging es nicht um zu wenig Fürsorge. Im Gegenteil. In der Umgebung waren in den letzten Jahren immer mehr Mobilfunkmasten aufgestellt worden. Die Eltern wollten ihre Töchter schützen - vor Elektrosmog.

Schon seit mehr als zwanzig Jahren wird vermutet, dass elektromagnetische Strahlen Krebs auslösen. Viele Bürger sind verängstigt und klagen über Kopfweh oder Unwohlsein. Sie protestieren gegen Sendemasten, gründen Bürgerinitiativen, initiieren Volksbegehren - und sind doch arglos.

Denn 80 Prozent der Deutschen nutzen ganz selbstverständlich ihr Handy. Statistisch gesehen bekommt hierzulande ein Kind das erste Funktelefon, sobald es neun ist.

taz Nr. 7752 vom 26.8.2005, Seite 18, 185 Zeilen (TAZ-Bericht), HANNA GERSMANN

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