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Katrina's real name is global warming

For those who want to find out more about the developing movement to stop global warming, go to http://www.climatecrisis.us.

Ted Glick

Katrina's Real Name

By Ross Gelbspan | August 30, 2005, Boston Globe

The hurricane that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming.

When the year began with a two-foot snowfall in Los Angeles, the cause was global warming.

When 124-mile-an-hour winds shut down nuclear plants in Scandinavia and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland and the United Kingdom, the driver was global warming.

When a severe drought in the Midwest dropped water levels in the Missouri River to their lowest on record earlier this summer, the reason was global warming.

In July, when the worst drought on record triggered wildfires in Spain and Portugal and left water levels in France at their lowest in 30 years, the explanation was global warming.

When a lethal heat wave in Arizona kept temperatures above
110 degrees and killed more than 20 people in one week, the culprit was global warming.

And when the Indian city of Bombay (Mumbai) received 37 inches of rain in one day -- killing 1,000 people and disrupting the lives of 20 million others -- the villain was global warming.

As the atmosphere warms, it generates longer droughts, more-intense downpours, more-frequent heat waves, and more-severe storms.

Although Katrina began as a relatively small hurricane that glanced off south Florida, it was supercharged with extraordinary intensity by the relatively blistering sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico.

The consequences are as heartbreaking as they are terrifying.

Unfortunately, very few people in America know the real name of Hurricane Katrina because the coal and oil industries have spent millions of dollars to keep the public in doubt about the issue.

The reason is simple: To allow the climate to stabilize requires humanity to cut its use of coal and oil by 70 percent. That, of course, threatens the survival of one of the largest commercial enterprises in history.

In 1995, public utility hearings in Minnesota found that the coal industry had paid more than $1 million to four scientists who were public dissenters on global warming. And ExxonMobil has spent more than $13 million since 1998 on an anti-global warming public relations and lobbying campaign.

In 2000, big oil and big coal scored their biggest electoral victory yet when President George W. Bush was elected president -- and subsequently took suggestions from the industry for his climate and energy policies.

As the pace of climate change accelerates, many researchers fear we have already entered a period of irreversible runaway climate change.

Against this background, the ignorance of the American public about global warming stands out as an indictment of the US media.

When the US press has bothered to cover the subject of global warming, it has focused almost exclusively on its political and diplomatic aspects and not on what the warming is doing to our agriculture, water supplies, plant and animal life, public health, and weather.

For years, the fossil fuel industry has lobbied the media to accord the same weight to a handful of global warming skeptics that it accords the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- more than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries reporting to the United Nations.

Today, with the science having become even more robust -- and the impacts as visible as the megastorm that covered much of the Gulf of Mexico -- the press bears a share of the guilt for our self-induced destruction with the oil and coal industries.

As a Bostonian, I am afraid that the coming winter will -- like last winter -- be unusually short and devastatingly severe. At the beginning of 2005, a deadly ice storm knocked out power to thousands of people in New England and dropped a record-setting 42.2 inches of snow on Boston.

The conventional name of the month was January. Its real name is global warming.

Ross Gelbspan is author of ''The Heat Is On" and ''Boiling Point."

© Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company.

Ted Glick
973-338-5398 indpol@igc.org P.O. Box 1132 Bloomfield, N.J. 07003

"How to bring into being a world that is not only sustainable, functional and equitable but also deeply desirable is a question of leadership and ethics and vision and courage, properties not of computer models but of the human heart and soul." Donella and Dennis Meadows and Jorgen Randers, Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update


From ufpj-news

Trade follows the flag - the US is 'dismantling Iraqi agriculture'


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Your Internet Service Provider may be violating your freedom of speech


08/30/05 10:35:22

Subject: [Multidimensionalman] Your Internet Service Provider may be violating your freedom of speech.

Your Internet Service Provider may be violating your freedom of speech. Since the Passage of the Homeland Security law, MANY of my political adversaries have disappeared from the internet. Am I pleased? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Our freedom of speech is being taken away.

My own former ISP has told me that they have been provided with long lists of numerous domains that have already been "blacklisted".

Most of the Internet Service Providers are now using a program which "filters out" certain emails. Those who send the emails; which are not being delivered, ARE NOT GETTING AN ERROR MESSAGE, TO ADVISE THEM THAT THEIR MESSAGE WAS NOT DELIVERED. These messages are simply "black holed".

This program; which "filters out" certain emails, is allegedly to "protect" us from things such as spam, adult content, viruses, and "hate speech", etc. Who decides which "speech" is allowable????? The "Thought Police" are here now. I have repeatedly tested this program, by sending VERY SMALL political messages, TO ONE SINGLE RECIPIENT, who is a close friend. The messages had no "adult content", no virus, and had nothing that could remotely be called "hate speech". MANY OF these messages WERE NOT DELIVERED.

My own Internet Service Provider has told me that the program; which "filters out" certain emails, was developed using guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security. At the same time, the Internet Service Provider is now being told that they are now regulated by the Federal Communications Commission; which in turn, receives guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security. OF COURSE there is no legitimate justification for Federal Communications Commission regulation of the internet; since it does not use shared air ways. "Surveillance" of the internet is not new. Visit: http://www.dojgov.net/USDOJ_Carnivore_Scam.htm

To read e-mail the FBI can order an Internet Service Provider to place a special monitoring computer called Carnivore (now renamed Data Collection System 1000) on its network servers. The FBI can then select the e-mail of surveillance targets for capture and storage. Not content with this device, the FBI now seeks to expand its surveillance capability to the entire Internet.

"Surveillance" has now been upgraded to include actual censorship. Visit: http://www.cdt.org/speech/

It is time to update a famous quote from Rev. Martin Niemoller Rev. Martin Niemoller, commenting on events in Germany 1933-1939 said:

"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time, no one was left to speak up." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Niemoeller, July 1, 1937; arrested by the Third Reich

John Perna April 22, 2000

"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland."

Are NOT dependent on which religion or ideology someone believes. If one group can be liquidated, it will just be a matter of time before they get around YOU.


The internet has the capacity to defend itself... for the time being. It would be wise to send test messages, to close friends, to determine if your FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS BEING LIMITED. If you find that your FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS BEING LIMITED, change your Internet Service Provider at once.

I suggest that you visit


to learn about ISP access that is respectful of freedom of speech. My former ISP gave me the web page for the company that makes the filter, AND ADMITTED that the protcols were developed from guidelines from The Department of Homeland Security.

You will find the page at http://www.surfcontrol.com/products/

Here is the page, where they tell, as much as they will tell you, about what gets filtered out:


This is a direct copy and past:

E-mail Dictionary



* Sexually Explicit
* Adult-Oriented


* Instructions
* Products
* Terms
* Promotion


* Media
* Humorous
* Horoscopes
* Art
* Activity Guides


* Software
* Parts
* Accessories
* Hacking


* Customize to meet your confidentiality needs


* Stock Trading
* Money Management
* Accounting


* Tips
* Term
* Online Casinos
* Betting Pools

Hate Speech/Offensive

* Prejudice based on Race, Gender, Religion, etc.

Job Search

* Employment Agencies
* Job Listings
* Career Searches


* Medical and health care terminology


* Internet Mall
* Online Catalogs
* Retail Stores


* Spam
* Bulk E-mail
* Mass Marketing


* Sports-related content


* Airlines
* Accommodations
* Destinations

Violence / Weapons

* Avocation or depictions of violent acts

They only mention the most popular types of censorship; HOWEVER, You will notice that many of the categories include an open door for the censorship of free speech, THAT IS PURELY LAWFUL, and unoffensive.

OF COURSE, anyone can voluntarily install this software if that is what they want.

I spoke with my former ISP on the phone several times a day for a week.

I also spoke with several other ISP competitors, while shopping for one that would not censor me. I got not contradictory information, and everyone said they were not allowed to hand out the guidelines. Both The Federal Communication Commission and Homeland Security were referenced repeatedly.

Informant: Karana777

Bolton Wants '11th Hour' Changes to UN Reform Plan

General Assembly President Jean Ping named a core group of 30 countries to try and work through Mr. Bolton's 750 requested amendments. The group will focus on hard-core issues, such as "defining terrorism and financing development" where the US and most other countries in the world have completely opposite positions.


Here's the Funny Part

George W. Bush coughed up his latest rationale for continuing the Iraq war - I think this is the fourth or fifth one of these to this point - by saying that because so many American soldiers have been killed, we have to keep sending American soldiers to get killed as a means of honoring the American soldiers who have been killed. William Rivers Pitt says this is big talk from a guy who spends more time on vacation than a French aristocrat.



New Orleans is CLOSED, ALL water is contaminated-- folks dying in hospitals-no ox

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:11:38 PM
From: BioGerminator
To: apfn@apfn.org

Ken, (@ apfn)

The following IM was sent to me by my aunt, she lives near New Orleans and has electricity. She typed IM to me as the Mayor of New Orleans was speaking. It is absolutely horrible--people dying in hospitals from no oxygen, bodies floating in the water--all water is contaminated. Feel free to read and forward, perhaps others will add to the notes. Sorry the mailing is not organized--, I had to "come down" to get the news---there is no electricity where we are presently located. Hope you guys are ok--talk to you soon and GOD help us.........

BuildMeaRainbow: Morgan City didn't have major damage, just some downed trees and heavy rain

BuildMeaRainbow: all the New Orleans tv channels are gone - watching film from BTR

BuildMeaRainbow: its terrible here, and there is no Verizon working phones

BuildMeaRainbow: you wouldn't believe new orleans, 40,000 homes in St. Bernard parish are under water

BuildMeaRainbow: yes,

Cingular BioGerminator: cannot believe I am talking to you

BuildMeaRainbow: all of the big hotels windows blew

BuildMeaRainbow: the superdome's dome was damaged from flying debris

BuildMeaRainbow: All of St. Charles Parish had to evacuate

BuildMeaRainbow: Dee, you wouldn't believe new orleans, the large malls are destroyed, the highways, like Williams, Veterans, etc, are under 3 ft of water

BuildMeaRainbow: the mayor said "New Orleans is Closed" - no one can get back - state police are turning them around

BuildMeaRainbow: the yachts and sailboats are on top of each other at the lakefront - and the yacht club is on file - from gas leak they think - seems strange to see fire coming up from a flood

BuildMeaRainbow: all water in New Orleans is contaminated - hazmat warnings are up - there is an article on here but it doesn't give all the details

BioGerminator: trying to call you guys and all the numbers

BioGerminator: is there anything we can do

BioGerminator: that idiot in the white house was on the radio this morning talking about the rising oil prices as soon as the hurricane hit---

BuildMeaRainbow: school there is closed until she hears from the parish

BuildMeaRainbow: she got a call this morning not to try to enter the parish

BuildMeaRainbow: I10 has major problems, they have to test them for structural damage before opening them

BuildMeaRainbow: It came in at a 4, some gusts up to 190 though

BioGerminator: I heard it was big

BuildMeaRainbow: they said it went from Texas to S. Carolina

BuildMeaRainbow: that big BioGerminator: geeeeeeeeees

BuildMeaRainbow: I don't know what will happen to new orleans, it won't ever be the same I'm sure BuildMeaRainbow: too much has been lost

BuildMeaRainbow: 750,000 out of power

BuildMeaRainbow: the mayor is on now, from NO, said New Orleans is 80% under water, some as deep as 20 ft

BuildMeaRainbow: Search and rescue are only ones allowed, the twin span at NO east is gone - totally destroyed

BuildMeaRainbow: a large tanker is underwater, leaking oil into the water

BuildMeaRainbow: water is continuing to rise because of a break in the levee

BuildMeaRainbow: not sure of the soundness of the high rises - a barge hit one of them

BuildMeaRainbow: all of Slidell and most of Metairie are under water

BuildMeaRainbow: there is no clear path in and out of the city - expressway is still full of water

BuildMeaRainbow: geeze, its worse than the Tsunami

BuildMeaRainbow: they have to rebuild new orleans - its just horrible

BuildMeaRainbow: bodies floating in the water, significant loss of lives

BioGerminator: My God

BuildMeaRainbow: its unbelieveable - only roofs of buildings are viewable - winds were consistent at over 50 mph for hours

BuildMeaRainbow: they just did, the mayor is on a lead to the BTR tv channel, said its a nightmare

BuildMeaRainbow: all the n.o. channels are closed - no one can come in to get pictures

BuildMeaRainbow: I wish the world could see what has happened there

BuildMeaRainbow: blew a 2 block break in the levee system at the Industrial Canal

BuildMeaRainbow: and water is still coming through it

BioGerminator: we are trying now

BuildMeaRainbow: okay, phone is right here BioGerminator: no way--message........... due to the hurricane your call cannot be completed

BuildMeaRainbow: there are still 20,000 people in the superdome, no a/c

BuildMeaRainbow: I thought that would be the case, I'm sorry

BuildMeaRainbow: people are being pulled from the water, dead bodies into the boats

BuildMeaRainbow: We can only pray, and be thankful we're on a local utility company

BuildMeaRainbow: 20,000 boats are in search and rescue operations

BuildMeaRainbow: sure

BuildMeaRainbow: God, they are pumping from the levee break and its going in a circle from the pumps back to the levee - they don't even think the old Slidell bridge is operable

BuildMeaRainbow: FEMA said its absolutely the worse ever disaster

BuildMeaRainbow: looters are breaking into drug stores

BuildMeaRainbow: druggies stocking up

BuildMeaRainbow: highest casualities ever noted

BuildMeaRainbow: their power went off when the transformer blew at 3 a.m.

BuildMeaRainbow: not yet, but they do have many floating bodies

BioGerminator: be prepared for your lights to come and go Aunt Donna--

BuildMeaRainbow: I will be

BioGerminator: the folks in the superdome will go nuts with no AC

BuildMeaRainbow: the mayor just finished

BuildMeaRainbow: they are letting them outside for air

BioGerminator: was he shook up that you could see??

BuildMeaRainbow: hotels are running out of diesel - no food or fresh water available in NO

BioGerminator: oh my God--what a test

BuildMeaRainbow: yes, he says he's right in the middle of it, people are mad because they can't get to their homes - but what else can they do?

BuildMeaRainbow: he said all efforts now have to be search and rescue

BioGerminator: I am flipping speechless

BuildMeaRainbow: right, and I can understand that, so many used all their money on gas to get out of new orleans, can't afford hotel bills

BuildMeaRainbow: well, God watched out for us

BuildMeaRainbow: there is a good article on here, and about the only news people can get from New Orleans

BuildMeaRainbow: sorry bastard, if we were producing so much, why do we need Saudi oil?

BioGerminator: right

BuildMeaRainbow: he said in March $4 a gallon, guess he planned it well

BioGerminator: they gave the update on the hurricane and then the idiot came on and said if I could snap my fingers and make the prices go down I would...right!!!!!!

BioGerminator: 50 death toll BioGerminator: they just said on weather channel

BuildMeaRainbow: well, he said he would take crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, but the refineries are breaking down

BuildMeaRainbow: 50 so far?

BuildMeaRainbow: there are still people trapped in their attics

BioGerminator: that us what they just said-FEMA dir

BuildMeaRainbow: it will be thousands

BuildMeaRainbow: they just said that the Hyatt looked like Beirut

BioGerminator: they are showing East sider now

BuildMeaRainbow: if the storm hadn't turned to the east at the last moment, NO would be history

BuildMeaRainbow: I wish you could see the news on here

BuildMeaRainbow: maybe, but we would have been in Lafayette

BuildMeaRainbow: btr looks like it did when Andrew hit

BuildMeaRainbow: huge trees uprooted and fallen over houses, power is out, main power lines down

BuildMeaRainbow: one of the buildings in downtown NO blew apart, bricks are 3 and 4 deep across the streets

BuildMeaRainbow: The quarter wasn't destroyed - hows that for irony?

BuildMeaRainbow: do you know how big Charity hospital is?

BuildMeaRainbow: windows blown out, water on each floor, people are dying because they can't be sent by ems to other hospitals, no power

BuildMeaRainbow: they don't know when EMS can get them out, no oxygen, no power - its horrible

BioGerminator: oh my God

BuildMeaRainbow: the National Guard is there patrolling

BioGerminator: who is reporting

BuildMeaRainbow: and more are coming

BuildMeaRainbow: a channel 4 newscaster, CBS local NO, feeding through Baton Rouge station

BuildMeaRainbow: we ought to have our National Guard here in our nation for things like this, not fighting Bush's war

Informant: Be Kind Whenever Possible

Before the launching of next-up organisation - Avant le lancement de next-up organisation

ASL / Next-up (FRANCE)

Patriot Act Support Shrinks with Increased Info


Neue Untersuchungen bestätigen Gefahr von Mobilfunk-Strahlung

WIEN. Die Diskussion um den Mobilfunk ist seit gestern um eine Facette reicher: Nach einer schwedischen Untersuchung warnt auch die Österreichische Ärztekammer (ÖAK) vor der Mobiltelefonie.

Eine aktuelle Untersuchung aus Schweden, die in zwei Fachmagazinen veröffentlicht wurde, bestätigt: Das Mobiltelefon zeige auf allen naturwissenschaftlichen Nachweisebenen Schädigungen der menschlichen Erbsubstanz. Zu dem gebe es laut der Untersuchung ein erhöhtes Risiko für gewisse Tumore. Besonders gefährdet sei dabei der Hörnerv. Erstmals wurde jetzt auch nachgewiesen, dass bösartige Gehirntumore auch nach langjähriger Verwendung von Mobiltelefonen und Schnurlostelefonen entstehen können.

Mit diesen Studien im Petto folgt jetzt die ÖAK der Empfehlung der Wiener Ärztekammer, zu mehr Sorgfalt mit mobilen Kommunikationsmitteln vor allem für Kinder. "Es geht wie bei vielen Umwelt- und Lebensstilfaktoren auch bei elektromagnetischen Feldern und Strahlungen um die Dosis. Und die kumuliert im Laufe der Jahre, wie die aktuellen Studien zeigen. Kinder sollten Funktelefone deshalb grundsätzlich nicht verwenden", sagt der Referent für Umweltmedizin in der ÖAK, Gerd Oberfeld.

Die heimischen Mobilfunker wehrten sich gestern vehement gegen die Warnung: Es handle sich dabei um "ein weiteres Scharmützel im unreflektierten Feldzug der Österreichischen Ärztekammer gegen mobile Funktechnologien", so die Kritik des Forum Mobilfunk (FMK).

vom 31.08.2005


Tons of Toxics

Hurricane Katrina, one of the largest and strongest storms on record, roared onto shore this week, causing massive devastation in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and other states. But another danger to the region is still brewing. With storm surges of up to 20 feet in some areas, huge petro-chemical plants, gas stations and waste pits have unleashed a toxic cocktail of chemicals ranging from vinyl chloride to gasoline.

Take Action! Natural disaster or terrorist attack - Tell Congress to act NOW to prevent more tragedy.


Already nicknamed "Cancer Alley," the polluted area now suffers from contaminated flood waters of up to 20 feet - which can affect homes, drinking water and surrounding waterways. In New Orleans, the city's levee system is now serving only to hold water in the city, creating a temporary lake of toxic chemicals, gas, oil and storm debris.

Deputy director of the Louisiana State University's Hurricane Center, Ivor van Heerden, warns, "We're talking about an incredible environmental disaster a bowl full of highly contaminated water with contaminated air flowing around and, literally, very few places for anybody to go where they'll be safe."

I've been working for Greenpeace for more than 14 years to prevent just this sort of tragedy. No one could stop Katrina, but chemical plants like those found in Cancer Alley and around the nation can be converted to safer technologies. Natural disasters, chemical spills during transport and the threat of chemical terrorist attacks are reason enough. The good news is that toxic chemicals such as chlorine, which are used to make these pollutants, have many safer alternatives - it's time to make the switch.


Rick Hind Legislative Director

P.S. This issue is extremely critical, so please, be sure to pass this message on to your friends and loved ones.



Informant: NHNE

Cindy Sheehan

Paying Their Fair Share

The KPMG scandal shines a light on the epidemic of tax evasion -- and how corporations are paying less than they ever have.


Anti-War America

by Todd Gitlin, TomPaine.com

As opposition to the war grows, protestors would be wise to dissent in ways that increase -- not narrow -- their base of support.


Arrestee Statement: Converge on Camp Casey now

Arrestee Statement; Converge on Camp Casey now; also Sept. 17 event

DAY 16, Tuesday Aug 30, CAMP CASEY - NYC Converge on Camp Casey - NYC Statement from Camp Casey - NYC arrestee: "If you live in the New York Metropolitan Area and stand in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan and our campaign against the unconstitutional and illegal U.S. war on Iraq, please join us at Camp Casey - NYC in the South Plaza of Union Square. Whatever their point of view on Cindy Sheehan's vigil, U.S. North Americans must stand up for the First Amendment. If you support our rights, free speech and assembly, please converge on union square, today, tomorrow and every day as we mobilize for our march on Washington, D.C on Sept 24.

"Union Square, New York City is a national landmark commemorating the first Labor Day, Sept 5, 1882, where citizens fully exercised their rights to free speech and assembly. Union Square today is a convergence point for those who will continue to fully exercise these endangered First Amendment rights.

"Details to come of the arrest as well as date and time of an upcoming press conference and possible suit against the Mayor, Police and Parks Commissioners, NYPD, the arresting Inspector and arresting officers."

-- Paul "zool" Zulkowitz, Green Party Peace Action Committee (affiliation only)

There is a growing 24/7 anti-war vigil at Union Square South Plaza through September 23, 2005. A mass-action has been proposed for Saturday, September 17 as well. Zool was arrested at Camp Casey NYC Monday evening roughly 6:00 pm while exercising First Amendment rights of free speech and association along with numerous others maintaining a 24 hour vigil in support of Cindy Sheehan and Goldstar Moms, demanding, "U.S. Out of Iraq!"

Camp Casey tents were taken by a local PD Inspector. Zool was since released, promptly issued the above statement and meets tomorrow with Arthur Eisenberg of New York Civil Liberties Union to discuss the Parks Permits and First Amendment Rights.

Informant: Debi Clark

Cindy Sheehan

Venezuela May Seek Robertson's Extradition

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his government would take legal action against Pat Robertson and potentially seek his extradition after the US evangelist called for Washington to assassinate the South American leader.


Hugo Chavez: A Walk in the Footsteps of Arbenz, Allende

Dr. Rosa Pegueros argues that Venezuela is right to publicize rumors that the US is planning to invade. If Cuba's experience, along with the CIA-sponsored coups against Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954 and against Allende in Chile in 1972, are any measure of our government's willingness to disregard international law for our own ends, Chavez cannot take these rumors lightly, particularly with the trigger-happy Bush at the helm.


Robertson's Not Alone in His Dislike of Chavez

While Robertson's remarks were shocking in their utter disregard for global democracy and the rule of law, he is by no means the first to beat the drum against Venezuela. In fact, Weiss remarks, his comments were merely a more vitriolic version of what the Bush administration has been saying for some time, with declarations to "contain" Chavez and the funneling of millions of dollars to opposition groups within the country.




12:30 - 29 August 2005

A Mobile phone mast will be erected despite a petition against it signed by more than 500 people.

The decision to allow the 9.5-metre Vodafone mast on the corner of North Sea Lane and Carrington Drive, Humberston, was passed after a majority of six to five North East Lincolnshire Council planning committee members voted to accept the plan. Planning officers advised councillors not to take any rumoured health issues relating to the masts into account and assured them other considered sites were unsuitable.

Humberston Parish Council had opposed the mast because of the residential location and had suggested alternative locations which were apparently inadequate.

Its chairman, Coun Cedric Skelton, who lives on Carrington Drive, said: "I think it is completely wrong. The planning committee just do not take into account what people think of these things.

"There is no consideration given. Why do they want people's opinions if they are going to ignore them?

"No matter what we do we seem to get overruled every time."

But NELC's Coun Colin Eastwell (Lib Dem, Croft Baker), who voted in favour of the plans, pointed out that a mast already exists within the grounds of Lindsey School.

He said: "I have a mobile phone in my pocket the same as the majority of the people in this room.

"I do accept there may be hazards, but I do not think they come from antennaes, I think they come from the phones themselves if at all they do.

"Nobody seems to object when they are using mobile phones. I think there is a bit of hypocrisy with these things, quite frankly."

And Coun Doug Pickett (Lib Dem, South) suggested people should accept the masts if they wished to benefit from new technology.

He said: "I think a lot of people are objecting because they do not understand whether there is a problem.

"Nobody has proved anything either way."

Omega this is not true. See under:
http://omega.twoday.net/topics/Wissenschaft+zu+Mobilfunk/ and

Support for the residents was voiced by Coun Stewart Swinburn (Con, Immingham), but he was ultimately overruled.

He said: "How would you like having it outside your front windows?

"I am not in favour of having these things in such residential areas.

"Before we know it, they will be outside everybody's houses."

In agreement, Coun John Colebrook (Con, Humberston and New Waltham) added: "I am not convinced there is not a risk to health that might emerge in future years."

Nobody from Vodafone was available for comment.


Express and Echo Devon

12:00 - 29 August 2005

Campaigners against a mobile phone mast on a 'gateway' route into Exeter have seen what they had believed to be a planning victory being turned into a defeat on appeal. Last March, telecommunications giant Vodafone applied for planning permission under the 'prior approval' procedure to erect a 10-metre high mast on a green space close to the junction of Sweetbrier Lane and Honiton Road in Heavitree.

But 37 nearby householders objected, many citing health fears.

Councillors on the city's development control committee voted six to three to block the bid, on the grounds the mast would be an eyesore on one of Exeter's busiest 'gateway' roads.

But Vodafone has now overturned the original decision with a successful appeal to Whitehall planning inspectors.

The city council, as the local planning authority, and the objectors can take the battle to the High Court, but both feel more expensive legal wrangling would be unlikely to succeed.

Retired Church of England vicar the Reverend Vincent Gillett, who lives on Honiton Road, organised opposition to the mast in his capacity as Secretary of the Heavitree Bridge Association.

He said: "We don't seem to have any mechanism for democracy any more for local communities to express themselves.

"We weren't allowed to make representations to the inspectors or be present at his site inspection. I don't see how we can take it any further. We simply don't have the money for a High Court action."

He said the question of whether such masts caused health risks was unresolved, and residents felt the mast and equipment would clutter up the first green space on the approach to the city.

A city council spokeswoman said the authority could now only challenge the decision on technical grounds.

Vodafone said all its masts emitted at a level many times lower than advised in currently recognised international guidelines. It said the mast design was in keeping with the area's character.

Omega see to this theme "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk":

It must be awful to live under such conditions

Hi All,

it is with regret that I will have to leave the mailing list. My health is so poor now and I find I struggle to cope with the enormous amount of mails on the list when my pc has been off for a few days. My own address will remain the same if there is important data that you may think will be of interest to me. The area where I live is totally surrounded by masts so I live with a permanent migraine and despite taking Asphalia (which does help) my sleep pattern doesnt exist, I am suffering from total exhaustion and the inability to concentrate is a nightmare. So - to all of you who are working so hard for Mast Sanity - my good wishes to you all, you are doing a terrific job. Sincere regards to everyone - sue fergusson


Dear Sue,

Really sorry to hear this, it must be awful to live under such conditions. Concentrate on taking care of yourself. Best wishes

sue g


Hello Sue.

So very sorry to hear of your ill health. It is absolutely criminal that people are being forced to live in such conditions - and I desperately hope for all our sakes, that we can get something done about it quickly. Take care of yourself, and concentrate on getting better. Thank you for everything you've done and for being such a great supporter of the Mast Movement. All Best Wishes



Dear Sue,

I am so sorry that you are feeling dreadfully ill. It is so frustrating that the government will not listen to us. I am still writing down the evidence and sending it - two letter in progress, to Patricia Hewitt and to Orange pointing out the flaws in theirs replying to our letter from the Parish Council.

I'll be thinking of you, so sorry I can't do anything.

Much love and best wishes from


050830 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter


The Peoples' Petition for an Iraq Peace Process

The Peace Action Education Fund and Progressive Democrats of America have launched an on-line petition campaign as part of a congressional pressure strategy aimed at ending the war in Iraq. Petitions will be delivered to Members of Congress to show grassroots support for ending Bush's quagmire. The National Organization for Women, Women's Action for New Directions, the After Downing Street Coalition, Peace Majority Report and Democrats.com are also supporting this petition campaign.

You can sign the petition on-line at
http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/Peaceact/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=102, or via our homepage at http://www.peace-action.org/ and we ask you to forward the petition to individuals and organizations you think would be supportive.

We also seek organizational support for the campaign. Your organization can simply send out the link above, or you can set up the petition on your own website. We ask that you contact us so we can have overall counts of petition signers. You can send filled-out paper petitions to us at the address below. The campaign is less than two weeks old, but we are well on the way to 20,000 signers, aiming for at least 500,000 by mid-September.

For Peace,

Kevin Martin
Executive Director Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund
1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 1020 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone (301) 565-4050, ext. 307 Fax (301) 565-0850 http://www.peace-action.org


From ufpj-news

NAFTA is dead, if it ever lived

U.S. never played by trade rules so Canada can live without it.

From Information Clearing House

Greenspan and the Bubble

As I like to say, these days Americans make a living by selling each other houses, paid for with money borrowed from China.


United Nations calls for U.S. accountability

Chairman of the U.N. Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, issued a formal letter to the United States and questioned why Western Shoshone sacred land and treaty rights are not being honored.


Lawyer defends Jose Padilla in name of everyone's legal rights

Stanford Law Professor Jenny Martinez is just 33, yet she's already stood before the Supreme Court to argue a case she is very passionate and very knowledgeable about, the case of "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla.


President Bush, Our loved ones are dying in an unjust war, WHY?

San Diego Candlelight Vigil:

A Gold Star Father, military families, veterans, and other patriotic Americans from the community will hold a candlelight vigil near President Bush’s hotel Monday night.


Martin Sheen, Sharpton Visit Anti-War Camp

"I feel that it is our moral obligation to stand and to be courageous with these families, and particularly Cindy, that have become the conscience of this nation," said Sharpton, a former Democratic presidential candidate.


Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan's Diary: One Mother's Stand

A photographer friend of mine went down to Crawford to the Pro-War, Anti-Peace rally today. There were about 1500 people there he said. He also said that it was the most "third reich" spectacle that he had ever seen in America.


Cindy Sheehan

Democrats Must Call For Pullout: Voters Will Punish Opposition For Not Opposing War


"Terror" war is 4th most expensive U.S. war

By the end of September the military cost of the war on terror, which began shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with the invasion of Afghanistan, will top $250 billion.


Fear and loathing

Anxiety about terrorism is now shaping all of Britain's political debate and redefining allegiances.


From Information Clearing House

Foreign Office warned Blair that war was fuelling Muslim anger

Tony Blair faced criticism for attempting to play down the role of the Iraq war in the London bombings after it emerged that the Foreign Office warned more than a year ago that the invasion was fuelling Muslim extremism.


From Information Clearing House

Sunnis mobilise

In a worrying sign for the government and its US backers, leaders of the disgruntled Sunni Arab former elite, which has been the driving force behind the insurgency, immediately began mobilising Monday for a massive no vote in an October referendum.


From Information Clearing House

Deadly game of cat-and-mouse between U.S. troops, insurgents

U.S. forces are failing to make headway, and some commanders fear that much of the military effort is wasted.


US sniper kills Reuters soundman in Iraq

US forces in Baghdad shot dead a Reuters television soundman and wounded a cameraman, Iraqi police said.


From Information Clearing House

Finding Closure


The Crucifixion of Christ, American Style

By Jerry Ghinelli

“To suggest that God, would ever be on the side of an America—or any country, for that matter—which attacks poor, defenseless, impoverished people out of revenge, fear, ignorance or greed, contradicts everything I stand for today and, more importantly, died for two thousand years ago.”


Cindy Sheehan, Military Families, Vets Ask "How Many More?


Cindy Sheehan

Argentinean Ancient Forests Trashed for GE Soya Plantations


Bush vs. History


George W. Bush's Noble Cause - 'Political Capital'


Cindy Sheehan

Army Contract Official Critical of Halliburton Pact Is Demoted


In the Struggle Over the Iraq War, Women Are on the Front Line




Informant: Ken Hamilton

"The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think." -- Aristotle (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Senator Challenges EPA on Military Jet Fuel


Field-testing Bacterial Pathogens and Fungus


Destroying the National Parks

The New York Times editorializes against the Bush administration's rewrite of national park management rules, saying "it essentially undermines the protected status of the national parks."


Roberts Tried to Rein In Employment Agency

Memo Says

As a young government lawyer, Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. proposed reining in the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission because its civil rights positions were "totally inconsistent" with President Ronald W. Reagan's policies, a newly released memo says.


The Deepening Climate Crisis


Note: the complete article had dire predictions for New Orleans... turned out not as bad as feared, but could have.

Hurricane Could Turn City into Toxic Cesspool The Associated Press Monday 29 August 2005 Experts warn 'incredible environmental disaster' is possible....<snipped>

The Deepening Climate Crisis
By Elizabeth Nash
The New Zealand Herald

Monday 29 August 2005

The category four storm threatening to cause havoc around the Gulf of Mexico is another example of the way global warming is altering the world's weather systems, environmental campaigners say.

As Hurricane Katrina bore down for a second time on Florida - with New Orleans in Louisiana also in its sights - parts of central Europe were battling to overcome floods that have killed dozens.

Portugal, on the other hand, was in the grip of a new wave of fires caused by high temperatures.

Alarmed residents in Florida have barely had time to clear up damage inflicted by Hurricane Dennis last month, or Hurricane Ivan last September.

Ending a week of extreme weather worldwide, the storm was expected to swing northwards on a course heading somewhere between the southern Florida panhandle and the Louisiana coast.

Florida has been pummelled by six powerful hurricanes since last August, in what forecasters describe as an "unusually active season."

Environmental campaigners say the turbulence is a product of global warming disrupting world weather patterns.

Katrina is the 11th storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1. That is seven more than are usually whipped up by this stage of the season in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, the United States' National Hurricane Centre said. The season ends on November 30.

Katrina's advance is being watched closely in Europe, where many people have felt subjected to comparable celestial punishment this week. From deluged south-eastern Europe, where 43 died in tumultuous rainstorms, to tinder-dry Portugal, where 11 new fires flared in the weekend despite weeks of desperate firefighting, Europeans have been assaulted by weather extremes unknown for generations.

Hardest hit was Romania, where 31 died, many of whom drowned when water engulfed their homes. Austria, Germany, Bulgaria and Switzerland reported 12 dead, with vast areas under water.

Fears remain that floodwaters could cause the Danube to burst its banks. In the small Swiss town of Thun, the local soccer stadium was destroyed, a loss given international prominence by the club's qualification last week for Europe's Champions League tournament.

Experts seeking an explanation for the chaos point to the irregularity of the jet stream, the wriggling ribbon of fast-moving wind that drives Europe's weather from the Atlantic.

A convulsive kink last week whipped turbulence into Eastern Europe, and locked Iberia in its pocket of hot tranquillity.

"But the jet stream is a permanent feature, it always wanders around, that's nothing new," said Wayne Elliott, a weather forecaster from the Meteorological Office in Exeter.

"The jet stream moves north in summer, south in winter, and the important thing is that it didn't come as far south as was expected last autumn. That's why the rains failed in Iberia, and why northern Europe is unsettled.

"Such behaviour is consistent with predictions by scientists who argue the climate is changing. Global warming could be the key."

The World Wildlife Fund said last week: "Global warming has started to exacerbate the frequency and intensity of meteorological catastrophes."

--- ENDS ---


-- Peace! *STRIDER*

Weapons: A Trillion-Dollar Trade

Military expenditure by the United States makes up 47% of the world total.


Informant: jhw369

We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men: George Orwell

They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening : George Orwell

Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind: George Orwell

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them: George Orwell

Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." (August 1765) John Adams

RALLY for CINDY Wednesday in AUSTIN


Cindy Sheehan



Cindy Sheehan

Media Sycophants


Bush's War Crimes


Hey, Big Spender


Superdome of Shame


The Cindy Sheehan Revolution


Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan vs. the Prez


Cindy Sheehan

Hiroshima: Reconsider your collectivism


The Bombing of Nagasaki: The Untold Story

The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Untold Story

A national emergency


Informant: ranger116

Bundesweiter dezentraler Aktionstag "Hartzschluss" am Montag, 5. September 2005

Teilnahme am Hartz-Schluss nun schon in 47 Städten! Bisherige Ankündigungen zum 5. September auf der Kampagnenseite

Online-Anmeldeformular der örtlichen Aktionen

Hartzschluß. Interview von Dietmar Freitsmmiedl mit Peter Grottian bei Radio Lora, München, am 26.08.2005 http://freie-radios.info/portal/content.php?id=10073

Übersicht über regionale Anti-Hartz-&-Co-Bündnisse
http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/aktionen/regionen.html wurde – nach langer Zeit – wieder aktualisiert!

Aus: LabourNet, 30. August 2005

"Faulenzer"-Debatte die x-te: Arbeit, nein danke! Scheitern mit Hartz IV

"Faulenzer"-Debatte die x-te - Arbeitslose sind faul und die Erde ist eine Scheibe

„Arbeit, nein danke!“

Jede neue Gesetzesverschärfung wird journalistisch vorbereitet. Die nächste Welle scheint eingeläutet zu werden durch die Sendung „Arbeit, nein danke! Scheitern mit Hartz IV“, von der ARD – wie sie sich rühmt – exclusiv gesendet am 24. August 2005, 21.45 Uhr.

Die NDR-Info zur Sendung fängt schon schlimm an: „Angelika Brauer hat Nerven wie Drahtseile. Sie ist eine von 4000 "Fallmanagern" der Bundesagentur für Arbeit. (…) Tag für Tag hört sie sich die gleichen Geschichten an. Frau M. wohnt auf dem Land und hat keinen Führerschein. Mit der Bahn will sie nicht fahren und arbeiten gehen schon gar nicht. Herr F. hat zwar einen Beruf erlernt, den aber nie ausgeübt und somit keine Berufserfahrung. Warum? Das macht mir keinen Spaß, sagt er. (…) Wenn Angelika Brauer in ihren Computer blickt, dann weiß sie, warum die Arbeitsunlust vielfach groß ist. Frau M. und Herr F. und Frau Z. haben - mit Kindern und arbeitslosen Partnern - um die 1.400 Euro im Monat zum Leben, die Miete übernimmt der Staat….“


Die Sendung von Rita Knobel-Ulrich selbst und v.a. die off-Stimme muss noch viel schlimmer sein, sie sorgt seit dem für heisse Debatten und viel Empörung. Siehe stellvertretend den offenen Brief von Hans-Dieter Hey


Aus: LabourNet, 30. August 2005

What Noble Cause Did Casey Sheehan Die For? - Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Lies Gains Momentum

"Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation. No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam." - Iraqi Constitution supported by Iran-backed Shiites and the Bush Administration (but opposed by Sunni leaders)

"Fortunately, after years of effort and expectations in Iraq, an Islamic state has come to power and the constitution has been established on the basis of Islamic precepts. We must congratulate the Iraqi people and authorities for this victory." - Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of Iran's powerful ultra-conservative Guardian Council

"This is the future of the new Iraqi government - it will be in the hands of the clerics. I wanted Iraqi women to be free, to be able to talk freely and to able to move around. I am not going to stay here." - Dr. Raja Kuzai, an obstetrician and secular Shiite member of the Assembly who met President Bush in the White House in November 2003.

Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Lies Gains Momentum

There are now 53 co-sponsors on Barbara Lee's Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memos, including one Republican member of the International Relations Committee, Jim Leach. If your Representative isn't on this list yet, please call their D.C. office (202-224-3121) and ask to speak to the Legislative Director. Ask why they haven't cosponsored HRes375, and then report back to us. A vote in committee will come between Sept. 6 and Sept. 16.


"Bring the Troops Home Now" Bus Tour Begins August 31 On August 31st, the last day of the encampment, the Bring Them Home Now Tour will launch three buses from Crawford, Texas, each carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. These buses will travel different routes across the country, converging in Washington, DC on September 21, for the United for Peace and Justice Mobilization September 24th-26th. From George Bush's doorstep to communities along the way, we demand that:

* Elected Representatives Decide Now to Bring the Troops Home

* We Take Care of Them When They Get Here

* We Never Again Send Our Loved Ones to War Based on Lies!

http://www.bringthemhomenowtour.org/ Why Aren't Congress's Kids

Fighting in Iraq?

Dear Senator/Representative, If you support the War in Iraq, why aren't you or your children or your grandchildren fighting there? The Army is short of soldiers because of the Iraq War disaster. This shortage has put our national security in danger throughout the world. Your family can help fix the problem that you created by supporting the Iraq War disaster. As your constituent, I will continue to ask this question until you call for the withdrawal of America's children from Iraq. http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/57

Pass Local Resolutions

The Backbone Campaign is helping grassroots activists organize their Town Councils and Democratic Committees to pass resolutions on:

* Barbara Lee's Resolution of Inquiry (H. Res. 375)

* Rep. Rush Holt's Resolution of Inquiry (H.Res 363) into the Valerie Plame outing

* Letter to Senate Intelligence Committee chair Pat Roberts (R-KS) for Phase II of the Investigation Into Pre-War Intelligence Show your Representatives that you have backbones - and they should too!


Out of Iraq Rally in D.C. on September 15

The peace movement will rally against the war in front of the White House following Democrat-led hearings on an exit strategy hosted by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). Learn more:


September 24-26 - Mark Your Calendar!

September 24-26: End the War on Iraq !

Three Days of Peace & Justice Actions in Washington , D.C.


PDA Events Sept. 24-26 to Include Focus on Downing Street

Workshops and trainings in DC on Sept 25th organized by Progressive Democrats of America will include a focus on Downing Street, including remarks by AfterDowningStreet.org Co-Founder John Bonifaz.


Demand More Polls on Impeaching Bush

On June 30, a Zogby poll found 42% of Americans said "if it is found that President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should hold him accountable through impeachment." At the time, Bush's approval rating was just 43%. Since then, Bush's approval has dropped even lower - down to 36%. It's time for other pollsters to follow up on the Zogby Poll and to ask about impeaching George Bush. We've collected all the e-mail addresses you need to contact them.


C-SPAN to Broadcast McKinney Congressional Briefing on 9/11 On July 22, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) organized a day-long briefing on the 9/11 Commission's Final Report one year later. The event included leading victims' family members, former government and intelligence workers, academics and authors speaking on the flaws and weaknesses of the 9/11 Commission's investigation, assumptions, omissions, conclusions and recommendations. It was filmed in entirety by C-SPAN and will be broadcast:
* Wednesday August 31 from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
* Friday, September 2 from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am


BS Protector - Don't Leave Home Without It!

Veteran Bill Moyer didn't take any risks when he watched Bush speak. You shouldn't either!

Make your own BS Protector - it's easy and fun for the whole family!



The Postal Service's eminently absurd powers

Source: America's Future Foundation
Author: Sam Ryan


Much criticism of the Supreme Court's recent ruling on eminent domain has focused on the narrow circumstances of the case: The court has allowed the City of New London, Connecticut, to seize homes from families and hand them over to a private company. But the case also raises a far broader concern: Under what circumstances does the government have the incredible power of eminent domain, where it can seize private property for a public need? And does this power always serve a legitimate purpose? For an answer, look no further than the U.S. Postal Service ...

Link: http://www.affbrainwash.com/archives/020240.php

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

In Iraq Zero plus zero is more than zero

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
Author: Sheldon Richman


Lately, it sounds as if Americans need to continue dying in Iraq because otherwise the previous deaths will be meaningless. George W. Bush says, 'These brave men and women gave their lives for a cause that is just and necessary for the security of our country, and now we will honor their sacrifice by completing their mission.' If the cause were really just and necessary, completing the mission would not be a matter of honoring those killed in it. The mission would stand on its own two feet. It can't do that, however, because the feet are made of clay...

Link: http://www.fff.org/comment/com0508q.asp

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The perfect storm

Source: Strike the Root
Author: Joe Blow


Bush is powerless to control what is about to happen to this nation. While he still thinks that he can manufacture his own reality, he is about to receive another object lesson in humility. Reality therapy, isn't it great!

Link: http://www.strike-the-root.com/52/blow/blow10.html

The perfect storm
by Chris Floyd


There was the already infamous juxtaposition of captions for wire service photos, where depictions of essentially the same scene desperate people wading through flood waters, clutching plastic bags full of groceries were given markedly different spins. In one picture, a white couple are described as struggling along after finding bread and soda at a grocery store. But beneath an almost identical photo of a young black man with a bag of groceries, we are told that a 'looter' wades through the streets after robbing a grocery store. In the photo I saw, this evil miscreant also had a gasp! pack of diapers under his arm." [editor's note: And black or white, if the people had been wearing company patches on their shirts, they'd have been called what they actually are -- salvage crews - TLK]


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

More pro-war hyprocrisy

Source: Strike the Root
Author: Lee Shelton


Over the last four years, the message sent by neoconservatives to the rest of the nation has been clear: Get behind the Bush administration's 'war on terror' or be prepared to face the consequences. But when the grieving mother of a fallen U.S. soldier tops the neoconservative most wanted list of treasonous, terrorist-sympathizing, America-haters, you know something's up. ... And yet the single defining issue that continues to separate the patriotic from the unpatriotic is the so-called 'war on terror.' I just have one question: If winning the 'war on terror' means losing our freedom, then what exactly are we fighting for?

Link: http://www.strike-the-root.com/52/shelton/shelton2.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Does Bush think he is a dictator?

Source: CounterPunch
Author: Paul Craig Roberts


With every poll showing smaller and smaller minorities approving of Bush and his war in Iraq, with top US generals sending signals that they want to reduce US troops in Iraq, and with the world at large viewing Bush as a fanatic who cannot acknowledge his blunders and mistakes, Bush announced in his weekly radio address that 'our efforts in Iraq and the broader Middle East will require more time, more sacrifice and continued resolve.' Does Bush think he is a dictator? The polls show that it is the American people's resolve that Bush bring his Iraq venture to an end, an orderly end if possible, but to an end. Every explanation Bush has given for his invasion of Iraq has proved to be false. Yet, Bush still speaks of 'our noble cause,' while taking great care to avoid Cindy Sheehan and her question, 'What is the noble cause?' Perhaps Bush supplied the answer in his reference in his weekly radio address to 'our efforts in . . . the broader Middle East'...

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts08292005.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Americans don't want to know the truth

Source: CounterPunch
Author: Charles Sullivan


My entire family is being played for fools by the power brokers in Washington; and they don't even have a clue about how they are being manipulated. I am embarrassed for them. The truth is out there; but no one is bringing it to our door step. You have to look hard. You have to want to know the facts. You have to care about social justice; and that requires effort; it requires living with a troubled conscience and trying to set things right. It requires that you inform yourself and make an effort to change things. The trouble is that most Americans don't want to know the truth because it would make them uncomfortable. So they turn their heads the other way and allow themselves to be distracted from their civic and patriotic duties. It is easier to display the flag and plaster their cars with 'Support our troops' stickers. This mode of being requires no real effort; nor accountability...

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/sullivan08292005.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why neoconservatives won't back down

Source: LewRockwell.Com
Author: Karen Kwiatkowski


Jude Wanniski asks 'when will the pundits apologize?' When will they admit their mistakes and grave errors to the families of the dead on all sides and to the people of America? Homer Simpson answers for them, 'I don't apologize. I am sorry Lisa, that's the way I am.' And so it is with the neoconservatives who clamored for war and cakewalks and slam-dunks. You will hear the inconsistency in their voices. You will see their pain in the Sunday morning talk shows. But you will never hear those responsible for designing a flawed policy in the Middle East, destroying the U.S. Army and its Guard and Reserve system, and Iraq as a nation ever say they're sorry...

Link: http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski121.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Top ten reasons to "undo" Iraq in due haste

Source: Independent Institute
Author: Ivan Eland


The longer the United States stays in Iraq, the more trained Islamic jihadists will be let loose on the world. In the Islamic faith, Muslims are required to repel any 'infidel' invader from Muslim lands. Islamist fighters from all over the world came to help fuel the fierce resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Russian incursions into Chechnya. The Bush administration should have anticipated the same in Iraq, a nation that harbored no anti-American terrorists before the U.S. invasion. The U.S. invasion and occupation there have since been a recruiting poster for Islamic radicals worldwide. Also, by giving the jihadists valuable combat experience fighting U.S. forces in Iraq, the administration has unwittingly created a training ground for future anti-U.S. terrorist attacks -- much like the U.S.-sponsored anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan provided training for al Qaeda's terrorist strikes....

Link: http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1558

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The new antiwar movement in America

Source: Institute for Liberal Values
Author: Jim Peron


There is a new antiwar movement bubbling in the United States. George Bush used the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a bait and switch tactic. He used the rightous anger of Americans over the Twin Towers attack and misdirected against Iraq. Contrary to what the White House now claims they repeatedly lead the American public to believe that Iraq would be a cake walk-over in weeks, perhaps days. But the war drags on and on and the deaths pile up. And from this a new antiwar movement is being born. But this movement is far different from the the last major antiwar effort in the United States during the disastrous Vietnam War. Then the movement was one driven by young males. It was inspired by a justifiable desire to save one's life from a needless and senseless death. But this new movement is not led by the young and males. It is lead by their mothers and their wives...

Link: http://www.ilv.org.nz/index.php?action=view_journal&journal_id=171

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cindy Sheehan



Informant: Andy Robinson

Spitzenverdiener würden durch Kirchhof nicht belastet, sondern massiv entlastet


Attac Deutschland Pressemitteilung Frankfurt, 30. August 2005

* Attac deckt Rechenfehler in aktueller Spiegel-Ausgabe auf: Spitzenverdiener würden durch Kirchhof nicht belastet, sondern massiv entlastet

* Attac fordert einfaches, aber gerechtes Steuersystem

"Die von Paul Kirchhof angestrebte Radikal-Steuerreform belastet die Besserverdiener weit mehr als angenommen", schreibt der Spiegel in seiner aktuellen Ausgabe. Als Beleg dient eine Modellrechnung: Ein verheirateter Manager mit einem Jahresbrutto von 300.000 Euro und weiteren Einnahmen von 50.000 Euro zahlt nach Berechnung des Spiegel nach Kirchhofs Modell 68.224 Euro Steuern; nach dem derzeitigen Recht werden, so der Spiegel, inklusive Soldaritätszuschlag nur 61.648 Euro fällig.

Doch wie die Attac-AG Steuern beim Nachrechnen feststellte, ist diese Zahl falsch. Bei dem vom Spiegel angesetzten zu versteuernden Einkommen von 229.846 Euro fallen nach der geltenden Splittingtabelle plus Solidaritätszuschlag derzeit
85.145 Euro Steuern an. Daraus folgt: Der Manager aus dem Spiegel-Beispiel wird durch Kirchhof keineswegs zusätzlich belastet, sondern vielmehr um knapp 17.000 Euro jährlich entlastet. "Die Auswirkungen von Kirchhofs Einheitssteuersatz sind klar: Riesige Geschenke für die Spitzenverdiener", sagte Sven Giegold von der Attac-AG Steuern. "Die Spiegel-Aussage, das Kirchhof-Modell sei 'sozialer als die meisten glauben', beruht auf einer peinlichen Milchmädchenrechnung."

Wie das Steuersystem vereinfacht werden könnte, ohne dabei wie im Kirchhof-Modell die Staatsfinanzen zu ruinieren und Gutverdiener zu beschenken, haben Attac, ver.di und die IG Metall mit ihrem gemeinsamen Modell für eine "solidarische Einfachsteuer" gezeigt: Diese sieht vor, Steuerschlupflöcher für Konzerne und Spitzenverdiener konsequent zu schließen, den progressiven Steuertarif in modifizierter Form beizubehalten
(Grundfreibetrag 8000 Euro, Eingangssatz 15 Prozent) und den Spitzensteuersatz (ab 60.000 Euro) wieder auf das Niveau von
45 Prozent anzuheben. Giegold: "Es geht auch einfach und gerecht - statt, wie bei Kirchhof, einfach ungerecht."

Weitere Informationen zur Solidarischen Einfachsteuer:
* http://www.attac.de/presse/presse_ausgabe.php?id=318

Malte Kreutzfeldt Pressesprecher Attac Deutschland
Post: Münchener Str. 48, 60329 Frankfurt/M Tel.: 069/900 281-42, Mail: presse@attac.de, Fax: 069/900 281-99

-- Angelika Shams * Mitglied im Attac-Bundeskoordinierungskreis Egertstraße 12 * 75365 Calw-Stammheim * email: shams@attac.de Fon: 07051 / 935 675 * 0179 / 513 41 59 * Fax: 07051 / 935 677


Wie Euch mittlerweile sicherlich bekannt, hat der Spiegel irreführende, falsche Angaben des "Heidelberger Instituts für Steuerrecht" (Kirchhof) ohne eigene Überprüfung übernommen. Mit diesen Angaben wurde der Anschein erweckt, als ob mit dem von Kirchhof vorgelegten Modell (FlatTax) die hohen Einkommen deutlich stärker als bisher belastet würden.

Nachdem Attac dies aufgedeckt hatte, nahm der Spiegel den betreffenden Artikel aus dem Netz (die betreffenden Seiten sind in der ePaper-Ausgabe 'aus rechtlichen Gründen' nicht mehr abrufbar). Statt dessen gab es in der online-Ausgabe eine Korrektur der ursprünglichen Ausgaben.

Die Fehler bleiben aber letztlich bestehen:

- ursprüngliche Zahlengrundlage:
a) Spiegel: Mehrbelastung Einkommen 300.000,- um 6.576,-
b) Attac: Entlastung Einkommen 300.000,- um 16.901,-

- korrigierte Zahlengrundlage:
a) Spiegel: Mehrbelastung Einkommen 300.000,- um 6.596,-
b) Attac: Mehrbelastung Einkommen 300.000,- um lediglich 927,-

Mit herzlichen Grüßen, Angelika

* Spiegel-Stellungnahme zu Attac-Vorwürfen:
* Mehr Fragen als Antworten

Als Reaktion auf die Attac-Vorwürfe, im aktuellen Heft mit falschen Zahlen für die Kirchhof-Reform zu werben
( http://www.attac.de/presse/presse_ausgabe.php?id=482 ), hat der Spiegel eine Korrektur seiner Angaben ins Internet gestellt
( http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,372262,00.html bzw. unten in der Mail).

Dabei wird zwar eingeräumt, dass die im aktuellen Heft abgedruckte Tabelle falsch ist. Allerdings, so der Spiegel, sei das Endergebnis korrekt; bei der Berechnung fehlten lediglich einige Posten, die unter dem bisherigen Steuerrecht abzuziehen seien. Die korrigierten Angaben werfen mehr Fragen auf, als dass sie Erklärungen liefern.

Erstens bei den Zahlen und Rechnungen; folgende Punkte hat der Spiegel bei der Berechnung nach dem derzeitigen Steuerrecht korrigiert:

- Neu aufgenommen wurde "Erhaltungsaufwand" für die zwei Villen in Höhe von 24.903 Euro: Die krumme Zahl (nach mündlichen Spiegel-Angaben ein "Durchschnittswert") kann schon den Eindruck erwecken, dass hier die Annahmen so angepasst worden sind, dass am Ende das gewünschte Ergebnis rauskommt. Solange die Berechnungsgrundlagen nicht offengelegt werden, ist diese Zahl ebensowenig überzeugend wie der angegebene Wert von 100.000 Euro für Abschreibung und Zinsen. Die Wahl von "zwei denkmalgeschützten Villen" für das Beispiel legt zudem den Verdacht nahe, dass hier Einzelfälle als Massenphänomen dargestellt werden sollen, denn das Angebot an denkmalgeschützten Häusern dürfte eng begrenzt sein.

- Von den 10.000 Euro Aktiendividenden müssen nur 5000 versteuert werden: Diese Korrektur ist einleuchtend.

- Bei "Vorsorgeaufwendungen, Sonderaufgaben" ist der Betrag von 4.776 auf 27.900 Euro erhöht worden. Dieser Wert (der sich nach mündlichen Spiegel-Angaben aus 20.000 Euro pro Person, die zu 60 % ansetzbar sind, plus einer Pauschale von 3.900 Euro zusammensetzt), ist falsch. Abgezogen werden müssen die steuerfreien Arbeitgeberanteile in Höhe von 6.084 Euro. Überhaupt nicht einleuchtend ist zudem die Tatsache, dass die zusätzlichen Vorsorgeaufwendungen im Kirchhof-Modell nicht abgesetzt werden. Im Gegenteil sieht sein Modell (gemäß dem Konzept der nachgelagerten Rentenbesteuerung) vor, dass diese Beiträge langfristig in voller Höhe abgesetzt werden können. Umgesetzt werden soll das über einen noch nicht näher spezifizierten Stufenplan. Realistisch ist es daher, diese Beiträge (ohne die Pauschale von 3900 Euro) auch bei Kirchhof in gleicher Höhe wie im geltenden Recht abzusetzen.

Selbst wenn man die (unrealistisch bis unseriös erscheinenden) Annahmen aus dem Spiegel zugrunde legt, zahlt der fiktive Manager bei Kirchhof also nicht, wie vom Spiegel berechnet, 6.695 Euro mehr, sondern gerade mal 927 Euro. (Details zur Rechnung und den Grundlagen im angehängten Dokument der AG Steuern.)

Ein zweiter Aspekt, der mindestens so schwerwiegend ist wie die Fehler in der Berechnung, sind die Arbeitsmethoden des Spiegel: Wie die Redaktion in ihrer Richtigstellung einräumt, stammen die Daten in weiten Teilen von Paul Kirchhofs Institut selbst. ("Die Berechnungen wurden von Kirchhofs 'Institut für Finanz- und Steuerrecht' vorgelegt.") Auf Nachfragen, etwa wieso die Vorsorgeaufwendungen in der Kirchhof-Berechnung nicht abgesetzt wurde, verwies die Spiegel-Redaktion direkt an Kirchhof. (Mail-Zitat des Autors: "ich kann Ihnen dafür keine exakte Quelle nennen und würde Sie bitten, direkt am Heidelberger Institut für Steuerrecht von Professor Kirchhof nachzufragen".)

Fazit: In der Hochphase des Wahlkampfs stützt der Spiegel seine Recherchen zum zentralen Wahlkampfthemas im Wesentlichen auf den derzeit wichtigsten CDU-Wahlkämpfer. Das Ergebnis ist sichtbar, ein Kommentar erübrigt sich.

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SPIEGEL korrigiert Kirchhof-Zahlen

In der aktuellen Ausgabe berichtet der SPIEGEL über das Steuermodell des Finanzexperten Paul Kirchhof. Bei der dort abgedruckten Berechnung gibt es einen offenkundigen Fehler.

Hamburg - Bei der Modellrechnung handelt es sich um den Vergleich der Besteuerung eines fiktiven Managers mit 300.000 Euro Jahresgehalt nach dem jetzigen Steuerrecht und dem von Kirchhof geplanten. Dabei wurden mehrere nach heutigem Steuerrecht mögliche Abschreibungsvarianten zugrunde gelegt. Demgegenüber gestellt wurde die Berechnung nach dem Kirchhofschen Modell, das kaum Abschreibungsmöglichkeiten vorsieht.

Die Berechnungen wurden von Kirchhofs "Institut für Finanz- und Steuerrecht" vorgelegt. Bei den von den Steuerexperten angestellten Berechnungen wurden in der Spalte "bisherige Rechtslage" drei steuerabzugsfähige Aufwendungsarten mitberechnet, aber dem SPIEGEL nicht beziehungsweise falsch übermittelt und deshalb in der Grafik nicht korrekt dargestellt. Es handelte sich dabei um Vorsorgeaufwendungen in Höhe von 27.900 Euro, Erhaltungsaufwand für zwei fiktive Immobilien in Höhe von 24.903 Euro und die Steuerfreiheit von 50 % der Aktiendividende in Höhe von 5.000 Euro.

Deshalb wird in der Grafik das nach bisheriger Rechtslage zu versteuernde Einkommen zu hoch angegeben und die verbleibende Steuerschuld zu niedrig. Werden, wie in dem Planspiel vorgesehen, die theoretisch abzugsfähigen Posten berücksichtigt, geht die Rechnung auf. Außerdem verfälscht ein Zahlendreher die Steuersumme nach dem Kirchhof-Modell. Statt 68.224 Euro muss es heißen 68.244 Euro. Der SPIEGEL-Redaktion ist der Übermittlungsfehler des Kirchhof-Instituts bei der Endkontrolle leider nicht aufgefallen.

Angelika Shams * Mitglied im Attac-Bundeskoordinierungskreis Egertstraße 12 * 75365 Calw-Stammheim * email: shams@attac.de Fon: 07051 / 935 675 * 0179 / 513 41 59 * Fax: 07051 / 935 677

Die Stadt Bingen hat...

Vom 30.08.2005

Die Stadt Bingen hat sich mit ihrem Konzept, Mobilfunkantennen einen Mindestabstand von 200 Metern zur Wohnbebauung zu verordnen, juristisch nicht behauptet.

Bravo für den Bauausschuss

Wer in Deutschland die staatlich verankerten Gesetze und die eng gefassten Bestimmungen im Gesundheitswesen missachtet oder übertritt, bekommt hohe Strafen. Das ist gut so und dient dem Schutz der Bevölkerung. Darüber können jedoch die Mobilfunkbetreiber nur lachen. Sie haben sich ihre eigenen Gesetze auch gleich selbst geschaffen. Und das schon seit 1992. Kommentarlos und ohne Einschränkung hat das damalige Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz die Vorgaben der Mobilfunkindustrie übernommen und dem Parlament weiter empfohlen. Mit neunmal höheren Grenzwerten, als sie beispielsweise in der Schweiz üblich sind.

Seither bewacht der Dackel die Wurst, und die Mobilfunkbetreiber sind ein Staat im Staate. Unangreifbar! Die junge, faszinierende Technik des mobilen Telefonierens wurde ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste mit Sendeanlagen inmitten von Wohngebieten durchgepaukt. Mobilfunkstandortgegner wurden gnadenlos niedergemacht. Auch mit Hilfe der Verwaltungsgerichte.

Wissenschaftler, die zu negativen Forschungsergebnissen kamen und die Schwächung des Immunsystems durch Mobilfunkstrahlen belegten, wurden aufs Abstellgleis katapultiert. So auch ein namhafter Arzt und Wissenschaftler der Krebsklinik Heidelberg.

Vor diesem Hintergrund ist es der Stadt Bingen hoch anzurechnen, dass sie ihre Bevölkerung mit einer Schutzzone von 200 Metern vor Mobilfunkstrahlen schützen wollte. Ein Bravo auf den Bauausschuss. Die Vermessenheit vieler deutscher Verwaltungsrichter, gesundheitliche Bedenken gegenüber Mobilfunksendeanlagen in bewohnten Gebieten zu ignorieren, erweist sich schon in den nächsten Jahren als ein kapitaler Fehler mit Folgen. Schon jetzt lassen die auch in Rheinland-Pfalz eingeführten Krebsregister vermuten, dass die Krebsraten im Schatten einer Mobilfunksendeanlage ungleich höher sind. Wenn das bestätigt wird, erdreistet sich kein Mobilfunkbetreiber mehr, Sendeanlagen in Wohngebieten aufzustellen.

Der Verfasser dieses Leserbriefes, seit 1991 Mobilfunkstandortgegner, weiß, von was er spricht. Hat er doch hautnah erlebt, wie im Schatten einer Sendeanlage der ersten krankmachenden Generation 16 Menschen in kürzester Zeit durch eine totale Schwächung des Immunsystems ihrem daraus resultierenden Krebsleiden erlegen sind.

Theo Bayer, Grolsheim



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