Vacaville mom's anti-war RV tour pulls into Washington


Informant: Hopedance

Cindy Sheehan

Updates on Rita/Houston

Unbelievable. I've been over here working in Kona this morning, listening to CNN...

Bottled water - $30 a gallon
Fearful quick mart gas stations closing the store - only serving CREDIT CARD customers
21,000 troops stand by in SW U.S.
Evacuating people in standstill on Houston highways - running out of gas
New Orleans now under Tropical Storm warnings
Most remaining OIL REFINERIES shutting down
Gas projected to reach $5.00 PRICE GOUGING beginning in Houston area
People fighting over gas pumps


Expect martial law to be declared and the military come in soon. Looting hasn't begun - but the FEAR of it has.

Peace - Anna

Washington Girds for War Protesters, Civil Resistance


Informant: Kev Hall

CPAWS Action Centre News Sept. 19, 2005


Help protect Alberta’s caribou

CPAWS Edmonton is working to convince a forestry company and the Alberta government to stop logging in an area where the Little Smoky caribou herd is at immediate risk of extirpation. Only 60 animals are left, clinging to life in the last intact part of their range. CPAWS needs your help to encourage the government and West Fraser Timber Company to defer industrial activities in their remaining intact habitat while a plan for their recovery is developed.


Support a new national park in Manitoba


Apolclypse Now and the Brave New World


We must be prepared for the next big quake


Bill Maher's advice to George W. Bush


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

US Military Forces Deploy Throughout United States as Gasoline Stockpiles Collapse

Sorcha Faal sorchafaal@fastmail.fm

As always.., I forward this kind of information uncut and unedited for whatever it may be worth to the reader.

This author has been scooping the American mainstream press.., typically.., by a couple of weeks.

Many of you are probably already well aware of foreign troops on American soil.

LLTF, Roland

They said: René RUSSO, Head Representative of AFOM - Ils ont dit: René RUSSO Délégué Général de l' AFOM

They said:
Mr. René RUSSO, Head Representative of AFOM
Reply from Next-up organisation tomorrow...


Ils ont dit:
Monsieur René RUSSO Délégué Général de l' AFOM
La réponse de Next-up organisation demain . . .


Blüm kritisiert Unions-Wahlprogramm wegen Kopfpauschale und Einheitssteuer

Gerechtigkeitsempfinden: Blüm kritisiert Unions-Wahlprogramm wegen Kopfpauschale und Einheitssteuer (22.09.05)

Der frühere Bundesarbeitsminister Norbert Blüm (CDU) macht die Programmatik der Union für deren Wahlschlappe verantwortlich. "Das Ergebnis ist keine Überraschung; denn den CDU-Anhängern ist ein Gerechtigkeitsempfinden angeboren, das sich nicht mit Kopfpauschale und Einheitssteuer befriedigen lässt", sagte Blüm dem "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger". Blüm warnte zugleich: "Wenn das Soziale eine Randerscheinung wird, dann sind wir keine Volkspartei mehr."

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:


Neue Lärmwaffen werden im Irak eingesetzt, aber auch in Katastrophenregionen wie in New Orleans, um über weite Entfernung Botschaften zu übermitteln oder durch schmerzhaft laute Geräusche Menschenmengen aufzulösen.


Blut, aber kein Öl


From Gulf to Shining Gulf

Bush's responses to the crisis in Iraq and the aftermath of Katrina are jarringly repetitive. Sidney Blumenthal wonders if his speechwriters are using a computer's copy-and-paste function?


Apartheid America

Jonathan Kozol rails against a public school system that, 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education, is still deeply - and shamefully - segregated.


Waiting for Action

Conservative colummist, David S. Broder tells us that even now, when the president is saying all the right things about the problems of poverty highlighted by the plight of Hurricane Katrina victims, his administration is dragging its feet on practical steps to help meet their needs.


Disaster, Take Two

The White House would like to think it's ready for Rita. But the president's aides also thought they were ready for Katrina, even after it passed through New Orleans. Knowing when you're overwhelmed is a far harder call, especially when there's been little time to study the lessons of the last disaster.


Running on the Right to Vote

William Rivers Pitt tells us there are two kinds of people in American politics today: those who know our basic right to vote and have every vote counted is imperiled, and those who have no idea such a basic right is at risk.


Bush's Hard Fall

Garrison Keillor: It's a hard fall for George W. Bush. His career was based on creating low expectations and then meeting them, but Katrina was a blast of reality. The famous headline said, "Bush: One of the Worst Disasters to Hit the US" and many people took that literally.


Reid 'No' Vote on Roberts Could Be Dem Green Light

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared yesterday that he will vote against chief-justice nominee John Roberts and pointedly warned President Bush about his next choice for the Supreme Court in anticipation of today's White House meeting to discuss it.


Happy Media Accountability Day

Molly Ivins: What we need in this country - along with a disaster relief agency - is a Media Accountability Day. How's that for a great idea? The real scandal in the media is not bias, it is laziness. Laziness and bad news judgment. Our failure is what we miss, what we fail to cover, what we let slip by, what we don't give enough attention to.


American dream eludes the poorest

Why - is a black American child five times more likely to live in poverty than a white child? Why is a black American baby more likely to die in the months after birth than a Cuban baby, or one born in Beijing?


From Information Clearing House

The People versus FEMA

To members of the House and Senate, the message is clear. Fix the structure or you will lose your jobs! We cannot wait for the next disaster to find out that the U.S. Cavalry is a no-show charade directed by incompetents placed into a Hydra-headed bureaucracy by a president addicted to cronyism.


From Information Clearing House

The People Versus FEMA

By Sara S. DeHart
Issues and Alibis web site

In the aftermath of natural disaster Americans are urged give generously to help victims of tragedy. These monies are above and beyond the taxes paid by our citizens that the Bush administration refers to as federal aid. We've been assured that the federal protection umbrella, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are mobilized and ready to move into any disaster area within hours. Following the debacle of mismanagement and systems failure just witnessed in Louisiana and New Orleans, it is time to look beyond opening our checkbooks to consider what we are paying for, both through charitable organizations and the federal government in taxes.

Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans is a tragedy of colossal proportions for all Americans. Words are insufficient to portray what went wrong, but clearly this is the time to evaluate, to scrutinize, to peek under the cover of the structure of FEMA that after the 9/11 disaster was rolled into a newly created Hydra-headed bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). We may never get another chance and the demand must come from the people because on September 14, exactly 20 days after Governor Blanco declared a State of Emergency in Louisiana and requested help from the federal government, the Senate Republican majority voted down a measure calling for an independent commission to investigate what went wrong with federal, state and local governments' response to Hurricane Katrina. [1].

President Bush states that he plans to investigate and oversee what "went wrong" with the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. He must not be permitted to do this any more than he should have been allowed to stop every effort to have an independent investigation of the 911 disaster. An independent counsel and commission with full grand jury/subpoena authority are needed. More importantly, if one can still be found in this country; the independent counsel must be removed from both political and corporate connections. We may have to go to British MP George Galloway to find such a person but someone must expose the lickspittles of this administration and remove the curtain covering the Wizard of Oz. [...]

Read the rest at Uncle Ernie's web site, http://www.issuesandalibis.org/ Just keep scrolling down.

© Virginia Metze

War pimp alert: U.S. Presses Case for Action Against Iran

The United States on Wednesday pressed its case to have Iran hauled before the U.N. Security Council for its nuclear activities, urging fellow members of the International Atomic Energy Agency board to vote for such action in the next few days.


From Information Clearing House

GEDs no longer required

The Army is reaching out to a slice of America’s youth long ineligible to serve: non-high school graduates who don’t have a General Equivalency Diploma.


From Information Clearing House

Long live the war

Iraq War, Downgraded to a Box Score, is Lost

Antiwar statements from U.S. Soldiers who have served in the Iraq War



From Information Clearing House

Face it: It’s time we got our army out of Blair’s Vietnam

British soldiers should not be required to give their lives in order to feed the vanity of an arrogant politician. This is Blair's Vietnam, not theirs.


Caught in a dilemma of our own making:

Like it or not, the British are being dragged out of cover into the limelight, and with that must come the hard questions of what we are doing there, what it is costing, and when we will get out. Unnerving though the phrase "exit strategy" might be, it is one that can no longer be avoided.


From Information Clearing House

Fake Terrorism Is a Coalition's Best Friend

Iraqi police recently caught two terrorists with a car full of explosives. Would it surprise you to learn they were British Special Forces?


From Information Clearing House

No Exit: Descending with George Bush

By Mike Whitney

The bodies of the mangled and bloated corpses are no where to be found on America's news programs. Like the countless dead in Iraq they're purged from the coverage and stripped from the public record.


To say we must stay in Iraq to save it from chaos is a lie

This is a fiasco without parallel in recent British history. Iraqis must run their country: we've made enough mess of it already

By Simon Jenkins

Don't be fooled a second time. They told you Britain must invade Iraq because of its weapons of mass destruction. They were wrong. Now they say British troops must stay in Iraq because otherwise it will collapse into chaos. This second lie is infecting everyone.


Pentagon Blocks Testimony at Senate Hearing on Terrorist


The Pentagon said today that it had blocked a group of military officers and intelligence analysts from testifying at an open Congressional hearing about a highly classified military intelligence program that, the officers have said, identified a ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks as a potential terrorist more than a year before the attacks.




Informant: NHNE

National Security Whistleblowers Criticize Legislative Markup As Pentagon Blocks Able Danger Testimony


Iraq is Vietnam Without Honesty


Katrina Disaster May Stir US Awareness on Climate Change

Katrina Disaster May Stir US Awareness on Climate Change: Green Groups


UN Human Rights Body to Scrutinize U.S. Abuses


HAARP Explanation and NASA Satellite projections


HAARP Explanation and NASA Satellite projections

CPT MAY of Ghost Troop on Hot Towers, Hi Rez Photo, HAARP by GTJS Excellent research, GTJS!

Ya know what? Before the Holy Horde turned its research and analysis power on the "weather modification" issue, I really didn't know how they could do such a thing. Now it's becoming more and more clear. Your first two sites are excellent background for Gulf-of-Mexico and hurricane reality!

The site below (HAARP weapon concept) is must-read; I refer it to all GTs and Infowar Allies!

(SEE HAARP INFO HERE and Compair to NASA (that's NSA with an extra A) Satelite projections below)

Viewzone// HAARP: Weapons of Total Distruction? Address: http://www.viewzone.com/haarp11.html
Changed:6:54 PM on Monday, January 14, 2002

My compliments! CPTMAY wrote:

To: Ghost Troop From: JSvj
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 15:08:46 -0500
Subject: Hot Towers, Hi Rez Photo, HAARP Scatter gun of links here.

New satellite observations show towering thunderclouds, sometimes called hot towers, that may signify the onset of intensification in these high-octane storms.

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/rita_hot_towers.html Sea Temps: http://www.weatherunderground.com/tropical/

This is a good site for very hi rez photos.

The following sections were updated since 20 September 2005.

-- STORM (1 updated events, 2 new images) --

HURRICANE RITA Rita became the 17th named storm system of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season as it formed into an organized storm system. It gathered power as it travelled towards the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico, developing into a full fledged Category 4 hurricane by September 21, only one step below the strongest possible storm strength rating.


*** MODIS(Aqua) image from Sep 20 2005 (Posted on Sep 21 2005 10:01AM)


(TRMM) image from Sep 20 2005 (Posted on Sep 21 2005 9:47AM) Viewzone article on HAARP

Informant: ranger116

Schreiben aus dem Bundesministerium BMBWK zum Thema Gesundheitsschäden durch Mobilfunkstrahlung in Schulen

Beiliegend schicke ich Ihnen das Schreiben der Frau Sektionschef Mag Strohmeyer vom Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur zur Veröffentlichung.

Die Information an die Schulärzte habe ich bereits angefordert.

Das Schreiben steht im Internet unter
http://www.schutz-vor-elektrosmog.at/top-termin_dateien/Schreiben%20vom%20BMBWK%202005-09-19.pdf zum Download bereit.

Mag. Robert Marschall
TriCoTel Telekom GmbH

Rev. Jackson, Labor Leaders Urge Post-Katrina Guaranteed Wages

Labor leaders urged Congress to overrule President Bush and reinstate wage guarantees for those rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. "There is nothing meaner than kicking someone when they're down and unable to defend themselves," said Roger Tauss, vice president of the Transport Workers Union of America.


A Fright over Fries

Americans may have plenty of reasons to fear French fries. While they are one of the country's favorite foods, they are soaked with trans fats, loaded with sodium and full of simple carbs, the bad kind. And, it turns out, they are also full of a chemical called acrylamide, which is known to cause cancer in laboratory rats and mice.


It Would Seem That I Was Wrong about Big Business

Monbiot: At a conference organized by the Building Research Establishment, I witnessed an extraordinary thing: companies demanding tougher regulations - and the government refusing to grant them ... So why won't the government act? Because it is siding with the dirty companies against the clean ones.


Last Bid to Derail Oil Plans in Alaska

The Canadian government joined US environmentalists in opposition to drilling the Arctic Refuge and a rally in DC drew thousands of protestors. Senator Hillary Clinton said that Republicans are using Katrina as a pretext to open the refuge. "It makes no sense to respond to a disaster in the Gulf by making a disaster in Alaska," she said.


Cindy Sheehan Caravan Stopped by Capitol Police

At just past noon on Wednesday, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and the rest of the Bring Them Home Now tour were stopped by a pair of squad cars two blocks from the US Capitol by members of the Capitol police force. Officers explained that they wanted to use bomb-sniffing dogs to inspect the caravan of three RVs and several cars.


Cindy Sheehan

Damage Control?

by Gary Bass, TomPaine.com

The EPA cares more about its reputation than protecting Americans from toxic hazards on the Gulf Coast.


Stalled At The Pump

by Frank O'Donnell, TomPaine.com

It's not just price gouging. There's another reason our gas costs so much.



Wednesday September 21, 2005

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- At the same time that the Interior Department is bragging to Congress about its Indian Trust accounting plan, the National Archives and Records Administration reports ongoing destruction of Bureau of Indian Affairs accounting records only a few blocks from the federal courthouse in Washington.

In a filing last week, NARA disclosed that it is investigating "one or more incidents...involving what may be intentional acts aimed at unlawfully removing or disposing of permanent records from the Interior Department..."

In the letter dated Sept. 13, NARA attorney Jason R. Baron said that members of the agency "noticed what appeared to be federal records in one of the dumpsters" at the main achieves building on Pennsylvania Avenue on Sept. 1. Among the records destroyed were documents from the 1950s from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Baron said.

Subsequently, "more of what appear to be Indian records were discovered in a wastebasket in the stack areas at Main Archives," Baron said in the letter. "It is not known if these two incidents are related."

Baron said both the NARA Inspector General and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia had begun investigations.

Dennis M. Gingold, lead plaintiff for the Indians who are seeking a full accounting of their government-managed individual Indian Trust accounts, called the destruction "the same repugnant, desperate actions we've come to expect from Interior Secretary Gale Norton and her unethical managers."

"Despite numerous court orders to preserve records related to the individual Indian Trust, the Secretary and the Interior Department continue to destroy irreplaceable trust documents three blocks from the federal courthouse where they were held in contempt for destroying trust records. Unless -- and until -- Norton is thrown in jail, she will continue to destroy trust documents in order to undermine this 10-year-old litigation," he said. "When a sitting cabinet level official feels that they can destroy protected trust records 60 yards from where the Constitution is displayed, we have a government that is out of control."

The Bureau of Indian Affairs runs a trust program for individual Indians. Although established in 1887, the government has yet to provide a complete accounting of funds in the accounts. A lawsuit filed in 1996 by Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana, is pressing the government over its repeated failures to give 500,000 Native Americans a proper accounting of the funds that should be in their accounts.

From Be Kind Whenever Possible

Abhängigkeiten zwischen Mobilfunkindustrie, Staat, Justiz, Wissenschaft und Medien und deren Verflechtungen untereinander


Hierbei handelt es lediglich um eine stark vereinfachte Übersicht und ich erhebe natürlich keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit.

Maik Will
(Interessengemeinschaft Mobilfunk in Treis)

Couple face £400,000 legal bill after losing phone mast battle


Dirty dealings by Hutchison

Cindy Sheehan Goes to Washington


Cindy Sheehan brought her anti-war crusade to Washington, DC, on Wednesday, arriving with a caravan of three RVs and several cars ferrying about three dozen military families and Iraq War veterans on the final leg of their 21-day Bring Them Home Now tour.

TO has a launched a special page, Camp Casey Goes to Washington, to cover the anti-war activities in Washington, DC, over the next several days. William Rivers Pitt, Chris Hume, Scott Galindez and L. Wild Horse will be on the ground reporting from our nation's Capitol. Visit the page often for the latest news from the streets of Washington.

Camp Casey Goes to Washington

Cindy Sheehan

They continue to turn up around the country like the proverbial bad penny

Comment: Surrey Mirror

Sep 22 2005

WHILE the debate continues as to whether or not there are any health risks attached to mobile phone masts, they continue to turn up around the country like the proverbial bad penny.

At present the World Health Organisation has no evidence that masts are harmful and, when opposing installations, residents are only too aware that this alarming possibility is still not grounds for refusal.

It is only a possibility and, to win their case, residents are best advised to battle the plans on grounds of siting and detriment to the character of the area.

Those living in the Ringley Park Avenue area of Reigate know this and so will be taking up the cudgel on these grounds in a bid to stop Hutchison 3G UK Ltd from putting a radio base station and mast in the avenue.

At the same time, residents are excited about the imminent release of a report from the Government's Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Lynn Myall, whose home at The Chase is most affected by the proposal, is keen for people to know about the HPA findings, which are reported to acknowledge for the first time that people can suffer adversely from being exposed to electromagnetic fields.

Many of her neighbours, including the nearby Dunottar School, are also worried and await the report, expected to make Britain second only to Sweden in formally acknowledging the dangers of electromagnetic fields.

Let us hope the residents win their fight to save the historic and beautiful Ringley Park Avenue from mast development on aesthetic grounds.

At the same time, let's not forget there are others around the country who claim mobile phone masts have made them ill.

050922 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter


Vodaphone pushes ahead with phone mast

Wandsworth Guardian 21.09.05

A mobile phone company is set to steamroll over public opinion by erecting a mast next to schools and a health centre in Southfields.

The Southfields community is powerless to stop Vodafone putting up a 13.4m mast in Revelstoke Road.

The telecommunications equipment would emit radiation despite Wimbledon Park Primary School, two nurseries and the Revelstoke Road Surgery lying within a 300 yard radius.

Vodafone has applied for prior approval from Merton Council. The council can only prevent masts going up if they are more than 15m or are next to sensitive locations such as conservation areas and listed buildings.

It means the council is virtually powerless to stop the Vodafone mast and will have to grant approval on the September 22 deadline.

Nationwide mast planning guidance has come down as a government directive.

Wimbledon Park Councillor Tariq Ahmad said hundreds of signatures had been collected against the mast.

Coun Ahmad said: "More recent guidance out of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister calls for extensive consultation and taking into the account the views of residents, particularly where children are being impacted.

"Recent reports are showing there is a link between mobile phone masts and detrimental effects on children."

However a Vodafone spokeswoman stressed the radiation limits complied with international guidelines.

Omega see "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?"

She said: "If you we want to use our mobile phone service in cities we must have masts with that to work."


There's a primary school in Brighton that has had over 20 masts just 70 metres away for years and at exactly the same height. For just over a year they've also had an active TETRA from the same cluster. I've measured the microwaves around the playground on my EnvironCom and they show 4 - 6 vpm. I've tried to speak to the Headmistress but she just treats me like a crank.

Best Gary



I almost wish I hadn't read this, but I did, so send me the details and we'll see if she treats me like a crank, too.

Being on the advice line you hear a lot of things that tug at your heart, make you cry, or make you angry. You kind of get used to being exposed to so much, and are surprized to hear people remark on how calm you are. Then out of the blue a few words sets off all the upset and anger and you burn with rage, weep a thousand tears, and then you are back to normal again. I can't remember the last time I went through that, but the 20 masts just 70 m away from little children, plus on TETRA, did it for me tonight. I hoped Agnes' story might have that effect because I knew I was due for a blow out, but I read it avidly and nothing happened. I thought I had hardened up and I hated the idea of it.

So thank you,Gary, for this. What helps me most in doing the advice line is the wonderful people out there. Those who helps us to spread the word; call in to tell us how they are doing or to say thank you; those whom I can ask to visit someone nearby for one reason or another and they do it willingly; the courage of the sick; the kindness and generosity of spirit of the poor; the offers; the sacrifices; the open and honest humans who remind us that there is so much goodness in this awful situation we all find ourselves in.

So Gary, let's educate this woman who is supposed to be a guardian of our children!


Phone mast to go ahead after appeal

A controversial mobile phone mast will be built in the centre of Bridgnorth after being passed at an appeal hearing despite public concerns, it was revealed today.

Plans to install the mast on top of the New Road telephone exchange were refused by councillors in February.

But they have now been passed at a planning appeal - much to the surprise of residents and councillors.

People living around the telephone exchange made their views against the mast clear, but an appeal on August 24 went against Bridgnorth Town Council and the district council's decisions and granted permission.

The application is by telecommunication company "3" to install a flagpole, housing three antennae, on the telephone exchange to boost signals for mobile phone users.

Town and district councillor, Brian Jones, said he was very disappointed with the outcome of the appeal.

"It is almost literally through the back door," he said.

The full version of this story appears in the Bridgnorth edition of tonight's Shropshire Star.


Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) September 22-25, 2005 Washington DC

MOBILIZATION FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE ACTIONS AND EVENTS In Connection with the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) September 22-25, 2005 Washington DC


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 9:00 pm - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 7:00 am (SHARP!!) MASS HOUSING (FOR 100 PEOPLE ONLY) Mass housing is available for ONLY 100 PEOPLE on a first-come, first-served basis. It will run from Monday 9/19 night through Saturday 9/24 night. If you're staying overnight on Saturday 9/24, YOU NEED TO BE OUT OF THERE BY 7 AM ON SUNDAY 9/25. If you're planning on doing Adopt-an-Intersection actions on Sunday, we'll try to find space for you to store your belongings but we can't guarantee it.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm DAILY WELCOME CENTER We're running a welcome center from Monday 9/19 through Saturday 9/24. The welcome center will be a source for basic information about the city (such as maps and Metro guides) as well as information about the protest plans and about the IMF and World Bank.

LOCATION for Welcome Center and Mass Housing: St. Stephen's Church 1525 Newton St. NW (16th and Newton) Columbia Heights metro stop on Green Line.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 6:00-9:00pm ART AND PROP CONSTRUCTION St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton Street NW (16th and Newton) Columbia Heights metro stop on the green line Bring your art supplies and your creativity!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!!!) Noon outside the World Bank 18th and H St. NW (near Farragut West Metro on Blue/Orange Lines and Farragut North Metro on Red Line) STREET THEATER Very fun media stunt/street theater! If you want to be involved contact basav(at)igc.org/202-997-0479.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 TEACH-IN: THE GLOBAL WAR ON THE POOR Speakers will make connections between military, economic, and environmental violence against poor people and people of color here in the US and throughout the world. Come hear about and discuss the connections between New Orleans and Sri Lanka, Iraq and Haiti, Soweto and Washington DC. Thursday, September 22
6:30 pm St. Stephen's Church 1525 Newton St. NW (16th and Newton) Columbia Heights metro stop on Green Line.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23 DIRECT ACTION SPOKESCOUNCIL Plan Adopt an Intersection and other creative direct actions! Friday 9/23, 8 - 11 pm. St. Stephen's Church 1525 Newton St. NW (16th and Newton) Columbia Heights metro stop on Green Line.

11:30am GLOBAL JUSTICE FEEDER MARCH Dupont Circle Dupont Circle Metro stop on the Red Line We'll have a short opening rally with speakers and performers, and then march to some international financial target and then join up with the anti-war march. We'll have lots of guerrilla street theater, puppets, drumming.....you don't want to miss it! If you want to help make visuals come to the Art and Prop Construction at St. Stephens.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24 DIRECT ACTION SPOKESCOUNCIL Plan Adopt an Intersection and other creative direct actions! Saturday 9/24, 8 - 11 pm. St. Stephen's Church 1525 Newton St. NW (16th and Newton) Columbia Heights metro stop on Green Line.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25 DIRECT ACTIONS TARGETING THE IMF AND WORLD BANK MGJ is working with the "Adopt an Intersection" direct action campaign to delay IMF and World Bank delegates from getting to their meetings. For more information and to get involved go to adopt.septemberaction.org

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Come to an MGJ General Meeting and help us plan all of these events! Our meetings happen every Wednesday 7-9pm at St. Stephen's Church, 16th and Newton NW, Washington, DC. From the Columbia Heights metro walk north on 14th, take a left on Newton and walk down to 16th. The church is on the right. Walk across the parking lot to the side entrance. We meet downstairs in the dining hall. Last meeting before the mobilization: Wednesday 9/21, 7 - 9 pm.

CONTACT MGJ: mgj(at)riseup.net, 202-898-5953

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SEPTEMBER MOBILIZATION go to http://www.septemberaction.org In addition to all the other great information about the mobilization, there are downloadable MGJ fliers and factsheets on the Resources page.

Informant: Todd Eaton

From ufpj-news

Who Are The 75,000 Body Bags For?

By Lynn Landes
16 September, 2005

Questions mount over Hurricane Katrina's death count. Estimates are now well below 10,000 with the death toll currently standing at 648 for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. So, why did the Bush Administration order 75,000 body bags?

Along that line, other things don’t add up. For instance, why did FEMA contact a crematorium in the local area; how could people identify their loved ones if only ashes remain? Why did FEMA rebuff efforts of volunteer morticians? Why did the feds try to ban reporters from covering the body recovery effort? Why have the feds employed mercenaries in New Orleans? Don't we have plenty of volunteers, police and military in the U.S. to get any job done that needs doing? What's really going on?

I don't know with any certainty, but here are some theories :
Maybe the Bush Administration doesn't want us to know how many people died because they just can't take the political heat for being completely incompetent. That's somewhat understandable. Maybe they ordered 75,000 body bags and hired Houston-based Blackwater mercenaries as more pork barrel projects. Nothing new there. [...] To see the other theories, go to http://www.countercurrents.org/us-landes160905.htm

© Virginia Metze

House Republicans derail probes of Plame affair

While You Were Watching Katrina
House Republicans derail probes of Plame affair
September 16th, 2005 3:10 PM

Republicans on three separate congressional committees this week derailed three formal "resolutions of inquiry" by Democrats that would have required the Bush administration to turn over sensitive information and records relating to the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame .

Had the resolutions of inquiry been adopted, they would have led to the first independent congressional inquiries of the Plame affair, and perhaps even the public testimony of senior Bush administration aides such as Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff, and I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, about their personal roles. Read the rest at: http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0538,waas,67952,2.html

© Virginia Metze

Within Chicago Federal Court Upcoming Indictments Of Bush Administration

Tom Heneghen Reports Movement Within Chicago Federal Court In Upcoming Indictments Of Bush Administration

by Scott Mowry

Last evening on the "US Intel News" show on the Turner Radio Network, Tom Heneghen gave an update on the progress of the grand juries in Chicago concerning their impending indictments of various members of the Bush administration, both past and present.

Apparently, there is brisk movement within the US Federal Court of Chicago to get these indictments out despite intense pressure from within by a Judge Magistrate named Mark R. Filip, who has thus far suppressed them from being released to the public, according to Heneghen. [...]

According to the Rumor Mill, this article is supposed to be at http://www.sunriseofthesolardisk.com/heneghen.html but I could not get that URL to "come up." So, read the rest at

© Virginia Metze

Katrina forecasters were remarkably accurate

Levee breaks, catastrophic damage predicted, contrary to Bush claims

MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 8:14 a.m. ET Sept. 19, 2005

MIAMI - For all the criticism of the Bush administration’s confused response to Hurricane Katrina, at least two federal agencies got it right: the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center.

They forecast the path of the storm and the potential for devastation with remarkable accuracy.

The performance by the two agencies calls into question claims by President Bush and others in his administration that Katrina was a catastrophe that no one envisioned. [...] Read the rest at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9369041/

© Virginia Metze

FEMA's City of Anxiety in Florida

A Democrat activist suggests that these are America's concentration camps!

FEMA's City of Anxiety in Florida

Many Hurricane Charley Victims Still Unsure of Next Step

By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 17, 2005; Page A01

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- "Someone killed my dog," sputtered Royaltee Forman, still livid two weeks later.

"They just threw him out the window and hung him with his own leash," he said, convinced that someone broke into his home while he was out. "I mean, what kind of place has this become?"
Forman's place is FEMA City, a dusty, baking, treeless collection of almost 500 trailers that was set up by the federal emergency agency last fall to house more than 1,500 people made homeless by Hurricane Charley, one of the most destructive storms in recent Florida history. The free shelter was welcomed by thankful survivors back then; almost a year later, most are still there -- angry, frustrated, depressed and increasingly desperate.

"FEMA City is now a socioeconomic time bomb just waiting to blow up," said Bob Hebert, director of recovery for Charlotte County, where most FEMA City residents used to live. "You throw together all these very different people under already tremendous stress, and bad things will happen. And this is the really difficult part: In our county, there's no other place for many of them to go." [...] Read the whole article at http://tinyurl.com/8vhth

© Virginia Metze

Democrats still seem wimpy about shutting Congress down

Many activists are becoming impatient. I hope that our Congress people realize how important it is to check on those "home fires." Activists from women's groups, environmental groups, science supporters, Democrat groups, mainstream religious groups, education groups etc. tend to feel that the parties have had five years to clean up their act and yet the Democrats still seem a little wimpy about actually shutting Congress down.

And now we have a new thing to be disturbed about: Bush wants to use federal troops for domestic problems in our country. I suppose that this is because the Military seems to be the only Bush admin people who can actually DO anything. (You didn't get to be a four-star general by just having a few months of experience, unlike some court nominees I can think of.) Hopefully Bush will not be able to appoint his cronies and buddies to the Armed Services! But regardless, it is a boon for Bush to have the military in charge because then he can step up the use of military law to arrest people and leave them in prison forever if they want to.

One would think that with deficit spending at the rate we have (1B-2B A DAY), we would withdraw from Iraq, where we are not wanted and where we are not helping. Chicago joined many other cities in calling for the withdrawal of troops in Iraq. Bring 'em home, give them a ticker tape parade, and declare victory. Get the national guard back home, and in their states.

Somehow, everything seems depressing to me today, especially after I heard about what FEMA did in Florida; so you all, keep your heads especially high! As we women are told, never let them see you cry!

Anyway, here I am, a day late finishing this up -- so much to read, so little time. Did any of you ever stop and think what would happen if these thousands of messages were all in paper???

NY Police Monday broke up crowd listening to Cindy Sheehan's speech and arrested her organizer for not obtaining audio permits. They escorted Cindy away and it is not totally clear whether she was arrested. In trying to check out this story, I was often not able to bring up a web page. I hope that this is because the story is popular and not because someone is blocking access.

I was able to reach bradblog, Democratic Underground, and DailyKos most of the time. The URLs are:
BradBlog: http://tinyurl.com/86sby
DailyKos: http://tinyurl.com/8qx7d
DemocraticUnderground: http://tinyurl.com/9aaur

© Virginia Metze

Pressure Pelosi Now: Defund the War! Defend our Communities!

We call on Nancy Pelosi to Defund the War! Defend our Communities!

House Minority Leader Pelosi has called the war on Iraq a "grotesque mistake," but she continues to vote to fund it. And she has chosen not to support other Congressional efforts to bring our troops home now. It’s time we called her on her word!

View Nancy Pelosi’s voting record on Iraq:

Send a fax to Rep. Pelosi:

We want people across the country, especially but not exclusively Democrats, to join her constituents in San Francisco and Marin County telling Nancy Pelosi that she needs to take action now to end the war now. She doesn’t seem to hear us; maybe she’ll respond more to all of you.

If you are in Washington DC and lobbying this Monday, consider visiting Nancy Pelosi's office too. She and her staff in San Francisco tell peace movement delegations that her position as a national leader means she isn’t free to act publicly in support of other legislators’ initiatives, much less speak out fully against war and military occupation as her district wants her to. Pelosi has not voted in a way consistent with the 63% of San Franciscans who voted for Proposition N that explicitly called for immediate withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq. She is at best an inconsistent vote on questions of war, militarism and human rights. Pelosi's liberal reputation is based more on how San Francisco is perceived than on her record. Send that fax, please.

An article this week about Pelosi and why activists are challenging her on her record: http://www.sfbg.com/39/51/news_peace.html

And if you are in the Bay Area instead of DC or wherever, please join us on Monday in San Francisco at her office:

Monday, September 26 “Hey Pelosi!” Rally & Trial in Absentia National Day for Lobbying & Civil Resistance San Francisco Federal Building 450 Golden Gate at Larkin 12 noon Peaceful Rally, Street Theater, Civil Disobedience.

Lots more information about Nancy Pelosi is at http://www.ufpj-bayarea.org

Progressives Pressuring Pelosi: United For Peace & Justice-Bay Area, Global Exchange, Students Against the War, Alameda County Green Party, American Friends Service Committee, Code Pink, N Cal International Solidarity Movement, People’s Non-Violent Response Committee, College Anti-War Network, Progressive Democrats of America, Tikkun Community, Tom Joad.org, San Francisco People’s Organization, Senior Action Network, Gray Panthers, War Resisters League-West, San Francisco Labor Council and more.

"We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers. Our power is in our ability to make things unworkable." -Bayard Rustin

Informant: WRL West

From ufpj-news

Bad on the basics

In These Times
by Stephen J. Fortunato Jr.


Absent a political upheaval causing turbulence equal to that of Hurricane Katrina, John Roberts will be confirmed by the United States Senate as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on September 22. With a few notable exceptions, the Democrats have been as befuddled about this nomination as they have been about war and torture in Iraq, increasing the minimum wage, tax breaks for the rich, a coherent response to the devastation along the Gulf Coast, etc., and are without the will or the numbers to derail President Bush's quest to turn the nation's highest court into a neo-conservative enclave...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The paradox of fuel efficiency

Boston Globe
by Jeff Jacoby


It didn't take Hurricane Katrina to move the issue of fuel efficiency into the spotlight. For decades, automakers have been urged to produce, consumers have been urged to drive, and the government has been urged to mandate more fuel-efficient cars. If the vehicles on our roads got more miles to the gallon, we have been told again and again, we could dramatically reduce the amount of oil we depend on -- and from that would flow benefits equally dramatic: America's foreign policy would be strengthened, it is said, since we would no longer have to appease the unsavory regimes that control most of the world's crude oil. ... And at a time of $3-a-gallon gasoline, motorists would have particular reason to rejoice: Higher-mileage cars would need fewer expensive fill-ups. ... All of which might be worth considering if using fuel more efficiently really would result in less fuel being used. But it won't. It will result in more fuel being used...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Sit down in DC

by Mike Ferner


If nonviolent direct action is the most powerful tool we have to stop this war, what is the best time to exercise it? When a few hundred people surround the White House on September 26 for an orchestrated civil disobedience activity, or when a half-million (and more) people are in the streets September 24?


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Time to also march on the media?

Common Dreams
by Danny Schechter


But, notice, how once again, most of the energy is aimed only at government, at the White House, at Bush and his boys (and girl, Ms. Condoleezza.) They are the targets but, alas, they are only part of the problem. With so many activists coming to town, and some staying for Monday, why not split them up into teams and smaller marches and bring some popular fury to other government institutions and interests that are complicit in the war and the policies that activists want to oppose. Where is the march on the media? The media is the front face of the corporate interests who stage mange the government. In an age of globalization, challenging corporate power is essential...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cindy Sheehan takes on the Democrats

Village Voice
by Kristen Lombardi


Sheehan isn't stopping her critique with Bush. On the contrary, she has begun to set her sights on Congress and the Democratic Party as well. When she spoke in Brooklyn on the night before, she took note of the fact that Senator Hillary Clinton voted to authorize Bush to use force in Iraq and -- like most Senate Democrats -- has done little to bring the troops home. Clinton, in fact, has filed legislation calling for more troops. In an interview after her speech, Sheehan told the Voice she was 'so frustrated' by leading Democrats like Clinton 'who should be leaders on this issue, but are not.' Already, she has set up a future meeting with New York's junior senator this weekend. And she plans to sit down with the state's senior senator, Chuck Schumer, too. 'It's time for them to step up and be the opposition party,' she said...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cindy Sheehan

The fraud of "taking responsibility"


by Tibor R. Machan


The clear implication of being responsible -- that is, honestly taking responsibility ... is that you will shoulder some heavy burdens in the wake of what you did or failed to do. ... Where is there anything comparable in President Bush's 'taking responsibility' for the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, or, for that matter, anyone's making such a claim? Nothing I can detect exhibits the logic of genuinely taking responsibility -- that is, of being responsible -- for bad things people do, in these politicians' pretentious announcements. Are they sent off to jail? Are they fined a good and hefty sum? Do they even lose their jobs? Now and then someone in government will be demoted or transferred to some other position, but is anyone who supposedly admits responsibility for bad things that happened going to get his or her comeuppance? No. So then, what's the point of making these announcements?


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Frist sold stock, then price plummetted

Fox News


Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a potential presidential candidate in 2008, sold all his stock in his family's hospital corporation about two weeks before it issued a disappointing earnings report and the price fell nearly 15 percent. Frist held an undisclosed amount of stock in Hospital Corporation of America (search), based in Nashville, Tenn., the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain. On June 13, he instructed the trustee managing the assets to sell his HCA shares and those of his wife and children, said Amy Call, a spokeswoman for Frist. Frist's shares were sold by July 1 and those of his wife and children by July 8, Call said. The trustee decided when to sell the shares, and the Tennessee Republican had no control over the exact time they were sold, she said...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cindy Sheehan's anti-war campaign reaches DC

Detroit Free Press


Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan pledged Wednesday to 'force change to happen' during protest speeches outside the White House and Capitol. Sheehan arrived in Washington after a three-week cross-country bus tour that began near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. She is expected to participate in an anti-Iraq war rally Saturday that organizers hope could draw tens of thousands of people...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cindy Sheehan



March On Washington September 24th

Come march with Code Pink

With the aim of recognizing and amplifying women's voices against the war, CODEPINK will be leading a women's contingent into the peace march on September 24th in partnership with NOW, Feminist Majority, Madre, WEDO and other progressive women's organizations (male allies are welcome!). We will be gathering on Freedom Plaza (14th and Pennsylvania) at 10:30 a.m., and will be joined by peace heroines Cindy Sheehan, Joan Baez, Margo Kidder among many others. At 11:15, the women's contingent will proceed to the main rally on the south side of the Ellipse, and finally continue on the march through the streets of D.C. proclaiming, "Women say NO to war!" For more information visit

or call 301 565 2913.


Informant: Todd Eaton

From ufpj-news

Cindy Sheehan

Grundeinkommen als Recht in einer nachkapitalistischen Gesellschaft

„Eine andere Welt ist möglich – aber wie soll sie aussehen?

In diesem Artikel, der auch als Fortsetzung meiner Arbeit „Grundeinkommen jetzt!“ gelesen werden kann, möchte ich begründen, warum auch in einer nachkapitalistischen Gesellschaft das Grundeinkommen als unabdingbares Recht eingeführt werden sollte. Wenn das Grundeinkommen in erster Linie keine Methode der Armutsbekämpfung darstellt, sondern vor allem mehr Freiheit bewirken soll, dann muss dieses Prinzip in einer nachkapitalistischen Gesellschaft um so mehr gelten…“ Artikel von Karl Reitter in Grundrisse 13


Garantiertes Grundeinkommen jetzt!

Die Forderung nach dem garantierten Grundeinkommen hat den Vorteil, dass sie einfach und unmissverständlich ist. Alle sollen, unabhängig von jedem nur denkbaren Kriterium, ein existenzsicherndes Einkommen erhalten. Artikel von Karl Reitter in Grundrisse 12


“In Freiheit tätig sein“ statt Vollbeschäftigung

Erster deutschsprachiger Grundeinkommen-Kongress vom 7.- 9. Oktober 2005 in Wien, veranstaltet von Attac und den Grundeinkommens-Netzwerken aus Österreich und Deutschland.

Siehe dazu:

Nähere Programminfos zum Ablauf des Kongresses:

Texte zum Kongress "Grundeinkommen 2005: In Freiheit tätig sein"! http://www.ksoe.at/ge2005/publikationen.html

Aus: LabourNet, 22. September 2005

Aktivierende Hilfe: Zu Ideologie und Realität eines sozialpolitischen Stereotyps

Der Artikel basiert auf vorbereitenden Arbeiten zu einem Streitgespräch zum Thema "Aktivierende Hilfen zwischen Eigenverantwortung und Sozialdarwinismus", das an der FH Koblenz geführt wurde ... Artikel von Michael Wolf in UTOPIE kreativ, H. 179 (September 2005)


Aus: LabourNet, 22. September 2005

Prekarisierung der Erwerbsarbeit

Prekarität und soziale (Des-)Integration

„Wir gehen in unserem Beitrag von der These aus, dass der Trend zur Prekarisierung der Erwerbsarbeit von maßgeblichen gesellschaftlichen Akteuren in Wirtschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft noch immer unterschätzt wird. Wir werden zeigen, dass die Ausbreitung unsicherer Beschäftigungsverhältnisse zunehmend auch das noch immer geschützte Zentrum der Arbeitsgesellschaft diszipliniert. Gestaltungsansätze, die sich an lange Zeit verbindlichen Kriterien für „gute Arbeit“ orientieren, geraten in die Defensive. In der Konsequenz plädieren wir für eine Strategie der Entprekarisierung als Eckpfeiler eines neuen arbeitspolitischen Koordinatensystems von Praktikern aus Wirtschaft, Betrieben, Gewerkschaften und Politik…“ Artikel von Klaus Dörre und Tatjana Fuchs in Z. Zeitschrift Marxistische Erneuerung Nr. 63 vom September 2005


Alles geht kaputt, alles geht kaputt ... und ich lache?

„Der eine erlebt sie auf dem Schleudersitz. Die andere ohne Papiere und ohne jede Wahl. Ein Dritter sieht sich als Selbstständiger und die Chance seines Lebens. Eine Vierte floatet zwischen zwei, drei Jobs und hat gar keine Zeit, sich zu beklagen. Die vierte arbeitet und hat trotzdem kein Geld. Ihnen gemeinsam ist die Prekarisierung, die ihre Arbeits- und Lebenswelt teuflisch eng ineinander schiebt, ob sie es wollen oder nicht. Jenseits davon, wie unterschiedlich sie alle damit umgehen, gibt es Bedingungen, die sich für alle verändert haben - und politische Einschätzungen, die so verschieden und widersprüchlich sind, wie das Erleben prekärer Zeiten….“ Artikel von Wolf Wetzel vom Juli 2005

Ganz normal prekär? Feministische Aspekte zur Prekarität von Arbeits- und Lebensverhältnissen. Artikel von Gundula Ludwig und Birgit Mennel in Grundrisse 14


Aus: LabourNet, 22. September 2005

Von Sklavenhändlern, Sklaventreibern und Sklavenabnehmern

Wegen der Benachteiligung von Arbeitslosen, insbesondere Ein-Euro-Jobbern, trafen sich am 19.09.2005 in der Arbeitsagentur Bochum der Geschäftsführer der Agentur, Luidger Wolterhoff und der Sprecher des Erwerbslosenforums Deutschlands, Martin Behrsing zu einem Gespräch. Presseerklärung von Martin Behrsing (Erwerbslosen Forum Deutschland, Bonn) vom 21.09.2005 (pdf)


Aus: LabourNet, 22. September 2005

DGB unterstützt Klage gegen AWO Karlsruhe

Es soll festgestellt werden, das der 1-Euro-Job (hier geht es tatsächlich um einen 2-Euro-Job) eine reguläre tarifliche Arbeitsstelle ist und auch über die Zeit von 6 Monaten bestehen soll/muss. Die erste Verhandlung sollte eigentlich schon stattgefunden haben, wurde aber von der AWO vertagt. Wir werden weiter darüber berichten. Klageschrift vom 26.08.2005 (pdf)


Aus: LabourNet, 22. September 2005

Hurricane RITA: Another climate control attack on the Gulf Coast?


Hurricane RITA, a Twin of Katrina


Hurricane Rita gained strength

Current Accuweather Satellite Imagery

It's Psychologically Healthy to Prepare:
Experts explain what you need and what you don't-to stay alive during a catastrophe

Hurricanes Steered To Bring About Martial Law?

Hurricane Rita: 1 million must get out

Hurricane RITA: Another climate control attack on the Gulf Coast???



Humbling Hurricanes: The energy of a Category 5 hurricane


Shielding reduces the intensity, but does not change the structure of the radiation

My experience is that shielding reduces the intensity, but does not change the structure (frequency, modulation/pulsation) of the radiation. So, if it is the structure making you sick, you could still get sick if the intensity is relatively low but still too high for you (if you are 'hypersensitive', this means you easily sense symptoms caused by consequences of effects of the radiation).

The structure of UMTS without traffic is not the same as with traffic.

In my sleeping case of Faraday (metal wire mesh 1 x 1 millimeter) in the sousterrain the measurement is 0,1 mikroWatt/m2 (about 0,007 V/m). I sleep well but inside I 'hear' microwaves (outside I do not, I suppose there the 'pressure' is too strong). The masts are at a distance of 350 metres, but still produce 0,7 V/m (about 1500 mikroWatt/m2) in the street. When I was in a village (no masts within five kilometres) where the measurement outside was 0,1 mikroWatt/m2 (without shielding), I did not 'hear' microwaves.

Shielding is good but does not take away the structure of the radiation.


New Flu Vaccine is Loaded With Mercury


Base Stations on Planes

Base stations on British Midlands Airways planes


The airbus has a dodgy reputation, computors overiding what the pilot has inputted and if you saw the one that landed with its front nose wheel the wrong way around [that was an airbus on the news this morning and they say it isn't the first time this has happened] I hate to think what might eventually happen't with a phone mast there as well. I feel sorry for the poor crew!

sue g


But interesting that only a few days ago the press were running the concerns about so many unexplained air crashes, in some cases where the pilot had been using a mobile. The hypothesis was that instrumentation recording altitude was affected by the mobile and continued to misrecord after the call, leading pilots to fly into the ground.

This article today illustrates what a mad way of life we have come to lead: not only is the plane no longer fast enough, even that interrupts the ability to carry on working. For what?! Is it really so wasteful of life to spend it talking to fellow passengers? Just think, they could be discussing the contribution of air travel to climate change, or the impact of chemtrails! Or how to make life more enjoyable and in tune with the planet. Much more useful.



Addition to the below: Israel is going to be one of the first countries that enables Wi-Fi on the plane. El Al (the Israeli airline company) has just signed the deal. It's 2.45 GHz, and it enables you to do very important things on the plane, like radiating your neighbour. Who knows if it can't cause technical problems to the plane, just not long ago the navigation of a plane was disrupted by a passenger talking on his mobile. I think I will choose Lufthansa...

Iris Atzmon.

----- Original Message -----

From: Eileen O'Connor
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2005 11:54 AM
Subject: mobile phone base stations in Bmi planes -Daily Mail report 21/9/05.


I would like to encourage everyone to wri te letters to the daily mail, in response to the enclosed article.

Many thanks


DAILY MAIL 'Hello, I'm just on a plane...'

11:25am 21st September 2005

Airline passengers could soon be able to continue their mobile phone conversations in-flight, as a UK carrier becomes the first to allow mobiles to be used in a new trial.

Calls are currently banned in case signals interfere with a plane's navigation system.

Bmi (formerly British Midland Airways) will start the trial on an Airbus A320 late next year. The target market for bmi will be mainly business travellers flying out of Heathrow airport to UK destinations such as Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast, and to European destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels and Dublin.

The mobile signals will be diverted to a base station in the cabin and then sent directly to a satellite before they have a chance to interfere with onboard computers.

Bmi chief executive Nigel Turner said: "Our research tells us that our premium passengers have two key concerns. These are getting quickly through the airport and the ability to be able to carry on working during their journey."

To introduce the use of in-flight mobiles, bmi has signed a deal with OnAir, a joint venture involving planemakers Airbus, information company Sita and US software company Tenzing which pioneered in-flight email.
To introduce the use of in-flight mobiles, bmi has signed a deal with OnAir, a joint venture involving planemakers Airbus, information company Sita and US software company Tenzing which pioneered in-flight email.

Would you like to use your phone mid-flight, or does the prospect fill you with dismay? Tell us what you think using the reader comments link below

View reader comments or add your own


Mobile phones allowed in European skies

Trials with British Midland and Air Portugal
By Jan Libbenga
Published Thursday 22nd September 2005 12:37 GMT

British Midland and TAP Air Portugal will permit passengers to use their mobile phones in the air next year, the two European airlines said this week.

Both companies will use base-station technology developed by OnAir, the Airbus-backed rival to Boeing's Connexion. OnAir uses pico-cell base-stations from Siemens, coupled with software from TriaGnoSys. The kit will be installed in 2006 with a view to commencing a trial service late in the year.

Initially, only a couple of aircraft will be equipped with the system. TAP will use OnAir on its single-aisle Airbus 321, and BMI on the Airbus 320. The target market for BMI will include business and leisure travellers to its destinations in Europe out of London's Heathrow, including Manchester, Belfast Edinburgh, Paris and Amsterdam. Travellers can use all GSM and GPRS handsets, including Blackberry devices.

However, there are a couple of restrictions. Passengers can use their phones only from 10,000ft - they will still not be able to use wireless devices during take off and landing. Charges have yet to be determined, but rates will be in line with current international roaming charges, OnAir said.

Katrina and the War

The following 2 minute commentary will be broadcast over WORT community radio in Madison, Wisconsin on Monday, September 26th, at 5am, 6am, 9am CDT, after Rita has devastated Galveston and Houston:

The incompetence and neglect of the current administration was laid bare by FEMA and hurricane Katrina. The funds for levy construction were sent to Iraq instead. The poor were left to fend for themselves in New Orleans while 40% of the Louisiana National Guard were in Iraq. But global warming has been rising off the charts, especially in the last fifteen years. Hurricanes have increased in intensity 60% and in duration 50% since 1949, with a pronounced increase in category four and five hurricanes in recent decades. But junior in the White House broke his campaign promise of 2000 to do something about global warming, and five years later our Southern Coastline is being systematically devastated from Florida to Texas in the last two years. Ironically, the oil industry states are being pummeled the worst. I wonder if they still believe global warming is a myth? Once again, the faith based presidency is being challenged by reality. From Social Security to Iraq to Downing Street Minutes to Karl Rove’s treason to Cindy Sheehan to Katrina and Rita, no wonder people have finally realized this is a loser in the White House. Too bad it’s one year too late. Like a battered housewife, so-called patriotic America doesn’t know when to quit on this blind fool. To learn more about “The War at Home: Hurricane Katrina, Poverty and Racism” come to the Madison Area Peace Coalition’s meeting on Tuesday 6:30pm at Wil Mar, 953 Jenifer Street.

Bob Reuschlein,
Peace Economics, MAPC,
and president of the local Citizens for Global Solutions.


Die Zahl der Flüge beschränken um dem Klimawandel entgegenzuwirken


We Can't Say We Weren't Warned

by Richard Steiner

In the week before Hurricane Katrina struck, the U.S. government was busy insisting on the deletion of a simple phrase from the general principles of the United Nations -- "Respect for Nature." History may now look on Katrina as the perfect storm that ended, once and for all, such anthropocentric arrogance.

The scale of the Katrina tragedy offers a painful portal into our very heart and soul, the way we think about ourselves, one another and our world. In the rubble of homes and lives and businesses, Katrina provides a potent teachable moment for society.

The evolutionary success of Homo sapiens as a species depended on our ability to learn and to act on that knowledge. When we recognized a threat -- predators, weather, lack of resources, etc. -- we learned to act to avoid or prepare for it. In this context, Katrina has much to teach.

First, prepare for the worst. It is a historic, national disgrace that we did not do better. Katrina was a well-predicted flood disaster, a well-predicted storm and, to those observers of government bureaucracies, a well-predicted failure of government altogether.

Next, prevent disaster to the extent possible. A decade ago, Louisiana's "Coast 2050" plan recognized that a century of flood control on the Mississippi was shrinking the wetlands, bayous, barrier islands and the entire delta of our nation's greatest river, and, if left uncorrected, would with certainty lead to catastrophe. It was not a "0.5 percent probability" as the Army Corps of Engineers is now claiming. It was a certainty.

Scientists proposed a straightforward $14 billion pre-emptive fix to the problem -- build canals and floodgates in the south bank of the river in New Orleans and periodically open them to allow the river and its millions of tons of sediment to flush onto the delta, rebuild barrier islands, thus protecting the coast from inundation in future storm events. This would take decades, but the sooner it begins, the sooner the area will be protected.

The threat was perfectly clear, the solution was perfectly clear, yet government did nothing. To officials, these warnings were typical of "environmental alarmists" and government had other more immediate priorities. When Katrina hit, this government attention deficit came tragically due.

Herein may lie our potential evolutionary downfall -- our modern inability to act decisively and cooperatively to avert certain disaster.

In this way, Katrina may provide -- in fast-forward microcosm -- a vision of the very future of Homo sapiens itself. The transcendent lesson of this perfect storm may be that the natural environment is ignored only at our own peril. As Katrina swept away lives and life-support systems on the Gulf Coast, the tragedy may give focus to the deteriorating condition of the essential environmental services the planet provides for the health and welfare of all 6.5 billion of us -- air, freshwater, food, shelter, energy, medicines, nutrient recycling, waste processing, enjoyment, etc.

History is littered with fallen civilizations that ignored their deteriorating environmental condition -- the Anasazi, Maya, Greenland Norse, Easter Islanders, etc. And like Exxon Valdez, Chernobyl and Bhopal, Katrina will now take its place in history as one of the seminal, time-compressed disasters that provide an overnight glimpse of the long-term degradation of the life-support systems of our home planet.

On this larger issue, the science is perfectly clear. We are dangerously degrading our biosphere, and for decades policy-makers have been warned of the dire consequences of ignoring this systemic environmental decline. As with New Orleans, we are all living on borrowed time. We are rapidly approaching a planetary tipping-point from which there will likely be no recovery. But just as with Katrina, governments have ignored warnings of global ecological collapse as well. How much longer can we afford such shortsighted, selfish ignorance?

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was bestowed the power to foretell the future but no one would believe her. She warned of a Trojan Horse, to no avail. The rest, as they say, is history.

Will we as a society learn from this perfect storm, reaffirm our "respect for nature" and attend to our deteriorating planetary life-support systems before it's too late, or not?

Richard Steiner is professor and conservation specialist at the University of Alaska.

Informant: Anna Webb


Apocalypse Now: How Mankind Is Sleepwalking to the End of the Earth

by Maria Gilardin

This headline appeared in the London Independent in early February of 2005, following a conference at the Hadley Centre in Exeter, England, where 200 of the world’s leading scientists issued the most urgent warning to date: that dangerous climate change is taking place today, and not the day after tomorrow. Floods, storms, and droughts. Melting polar ice, shrinking glaciers, oceans turning to acid. Scientists from the fields of glaciology, biology, meteorology, oceanography, and ecology reported seeing a dramatic rise over the last 50 years of all the indicators of climate change: increase in average world temperatures, extreme weather events, in the levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, and in the level of the oceans. The award winning environmental writer Geoffrey Lean wrote: “Future historians, looking back from a much hotter and less hospitable world . . . will puzzle over how a whole generation could have sleepwalked into disaster -- destroying the climate that has allowed human civilization to flourish over the past 11,000 years.”....




As the letter below shows, just when you thought the Bush regime could sink no lower, they add another basement level.

Dear Cindy,

My name is Stuart Leeds - I'm the family practice MD that you met at the storage facility shortly before we all caravanned to Algiers today.

It was a great honor and delight to meet you! I'm also pleased and somewhat relieved to have the opportunity to give you a brief report on the state of affairs visa vi the medical relief effort in the afflicted areas.

In short strokes: people are not getting the help they need, because our government, through the agency of FEMA, has totally politicized the relief effort. I'm sure you've already gotten wind of the reports that the Bush Administration is handing out huge contracts to favored vendors, much as they have done in Iraq. But what is not widely known is - and I can verify this personally - that FEMA is preventing certain groups and individuals from participating in the relief efforts. Here's a quick synopsis of the experience I and my companions (my wife, and two respiratory therapists) had today, in our attempts to offer our services to the Red Cross operation in Covington, LA.

We got a call from an official at the Red Cross that the Vets for Peace were being invited to send doctors to Abita Springs, a nearby community.

When we got there around 9 AM, some of director Dr Rachel Murphy's assistants welcomed us, and started making lists of materials we would need.

Suddenly, a man wearing a Homeland Security shirt came over and rudely asked us to leave. He brought a local cop with him, and their body language was pretty threatening. We explained that we were coming at the request of both Dr. Murphy and the mayor of Covington, Candace Watkins. He (whose name was Rodney Hart) would hear none of it from us; he forced us to leave immediately.

We went to Mayor Watkins, who called Dr. Murphy and arranged for us to be allowed into the Red Cross center. We decided that only my wife and I would go - realizing that the other gentlemen, who were wearing VFP T-shirts, would be less than welcome at the center.

We met Dr. Murphy a little after noon, and she was very friendly. She told us she would find a place for us to work - I as a physician, and my wife as an organizational specialist. However, midway through our tour of the facility, she stepped into the office of Mr. Hart, the Homeland security rep, and there were some tense words exchanged between them. She repeatedly exclaimed that we were not representing VFP, and finally there was a long period of silence. Mr. Hart apparently made some gestures we couldn't see. She sighed, and turned to us, and abruptly suggested we get some lunch in the basement. As we ate, she started talking about how the Red Cross was pulling out of her parish within a week, how there were already an excess of docs, and that our services wouldn't be needed.

She also explained that the reason that VFP was not welcome with the Red Cross (or indeed, within the entire parish) was because of a series of allegations that we had already heard from others in the center. We had heard several conflicting versions of these stories: that someone with VFP had stolen $15,000 worth of medical supplies, and that he turned out to be a child molester; that the Vets for Peace had come to one center and were taking over, and bringing cameras into clinics; that VFP was illegally collecting Red Cross donations on the Internet.

We could not substantiate any of these rumors, and indeed, I think it's unlikely that there was truth to any of them.

Clearly, FEMA and/or Homeland Security is trying to keep "political undesirables" from lending a hand during this catastrophe. Perhaps they are marching to orders from Bush's political hacks to preventing peace groups from upstaging the administration in the relief effort - which would hardly be difficult to do, on anything like a level playing field.

It is so sad to think that the Bush machine would put politics in front of the safety and security of human beings, even in a the wake of a natural disaster of Katrina's magnitude. But in the eyes of this physician, I believe that is exactly what is happening. And it will continue, as long as the responsible government agencies can get away with it.

We must hold them accountable. But more importantly, we must let people know this is happening, and thus bring such pressure to bear on these obstructionist agencies that they can no longer keep VFP, or indeed any group of caring citizens from pitching in.

Thanks, Cindy. And keep up the great work.

F.Stuart (Skip) Leeds, MS, MD

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RITA: Storm May Be the Coup de Grace for the American Economy and Many of Us As Well

by Michael C. Ruppert

September 21st, 2005 1530 PST (FTW) –

As I pack my bags to head to Washington for Congressional Black Caucus hearings on the September 11th attacks
(to be conducted this Friday and Saturday) my inbox is being progressively flooded with emails from inside sources in the energy industry about what Hurricane Rita is now likely to accomplish – the near-complete destruction of an already teetering U.S. economy.

Fully 30% of all U.S. refining capacity is in the target zone. Perhaps most importantly, almost every refinery capable of producing diesel fuel is in immediate danger.

This promises (especially in the wake of Katrina) a devastating and irreplaceable shortage of the diesel fuel needed to power America’s harvest of grain and food crops this month and next.

Without diesel fuel to power the harvesters and combines, crops may be left to rot in the ground presenting a double whammy: food shortages (with prices that may treble or quadruple) and export defaults negatively impacting the financial markets and trade deficit.

Even before Rita strikes, fully 30% of all domestic natural gas production is shut in.

The U.S. cannot import natural gas from overseas like it can both crude and refined products.

Repair work on infrastructure damaged by Katrina has been halted as crews have been evacuated. The remaining half of Gulf energy production undamaged by Katrina is directly in Rita’s crosshairs.

Natural gas prices are up over 110% and home heating oil futures are up almost 70% before Rita even gets here.

Since Katrina, U.S. domestic oil production is down one million barrels per day (from 5Mbpd to 4 Mbpd). We were producing 9 Mbpd less than a decade ago.

Peak Oil has made replacement of losses almost impossible even as Saudi heavy-sour is being spurned as useless around the world, even with discounts of up to $10 and $12 per barrel.

A Bloomberg article today contains a quotation from a Wall Street energy expert as saying, “‘Rita is developing into our worst-case scenario,’ said John Kilduff, vice president of risk management at Fimat USA in New York.

‘This is headed right into our other major refining center just after all the damage done to facilities in Louisiana. From an energy perspective it doesn't get any worse than this.’”

The Chairman of Valero Energy agrees with the Bloomberg assessment calling Rita a potentially national disaster.

His opinion is important because Valero operates more refineries in the U.S. than any other company.

CNN is now predicting $5 per gallon gasoline and this will not likely go away with market manipulations.

We had not yet experienced the permanent spikes resulting from Katrina, and the emergency reserves of the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the International Energy Agency have already been tapped once and not refilled.

The South Texas Project nuclear plant – one of the largest in the country – is being completely shut down in preparation for Rita’s landfall.

It is only 12 miles from the Texas coast and almost dead center in the hurricane’s projected path.

Texas has its own power grid but catastrophic electricity shortages could easily ripple throughout the country in a short time.

Electricity lost from that that facility will only be added to what is lost from other facilities powered by now critically short supplies of natural gas.

For those of you who expect FEMA to behave any differently in Texas than it did in New Orleans you are in for a crude awakening.

FEMA will do what it must now do to preserve even a functioning part of America’s governing and economic infrastructure.

Saving lives will be one of the least important functions in its mandate.

While I had serious doubts about America’s ability to recover from Katrina, I am certain that – barring divine intervention – the United States is finished; not only as a superpower, but possibly even as a single, unified nation with the arrival of Hurricane Rita.

© Copyright 2005, From The Wilderness Publications, http://www.fromthewilderness.com . All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web site for non-profit purposes only.


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International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

ECOTERRA observed this day by planting a thousand self-raised non-GM seedlings of endangered indigenous trees as enrichment planting in the lands of a people, who were and are the guardians of their forests in Kenya since thousands of years. Not enough we believe, but if you think likewise then extend your support to people near you, who do just do the same. Traditional communities together with the global movement againt GM-trees and monocultures shall overcome the mafia of the corporate smokescreeners.

21 September

International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Planting trees is not always a good thing to do. It depends on the objective, the scale, the location of the plantation and the benefits or damages involved for the local population.

Large-scale monoculture tree plantations that have been promoted in the countries of the South with fast-growing species, such as eucalyptus and pine have generated considerable negative impacts, economically, socially and environmentally in the countries where they have been installed.

The Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations (Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles – RECOMA) an organization involving members from 16 countries, has been denouncing, inter alia, displacements of rural populations, loss of sources of work, appalling working conditions, the destruction of forests and other ecosystems, soil erosion, depletion and contamination of water.

In May 2004, the Brazilian "Network against the Green Desert" that has a considerable track record of resistance to tree plantations, held its 3rd National Meeting in the city of Bello Horizonte. On that occasion it decided to select the 21 September, National Tree Day, as a significant date to commemorate the struggle against monoculture tree plantations.

Convened by RECOMA, organizations from the whole region are adhering to this commemoration and will carry out various mobilizations.

In Brazil, the students of the Federal University have organized a mobilization to take place on that date in the capital of the State of Espirito Santo, with the participation of representatives of affected groups to denounce the workers’ situation and encroachment of the lands of the local communities by monoculture tree plantations.

In Argentina, in the Province of Entre Ríos the negative impacts of monoculture tree plantations will be given dissemination by the press and in the Province of Misiones native species will be planted as a symbolic way of rejecting the monoculture of exotic species that is covering the province.

Uruguay is joining in this celebration with an exhibition at the City Hall Esplanade, with the distribution of information, videos will be shown on a gigantic screen. they will include the impacts of monoculture tree plantations and the situation of Uruguayan forestry workers, prepared by the Association of Labour Inspectors of Uruguay.

For those of us who believe that "another world is possible", governmental policy must make a radical change. It must cease its support of monoculture tree plantation companies and centre its support on the men and women who live in rural environments to enable them to improve their quality of life, while ensuring environmental quality.

For more information:

Ana Filippini,
RECOMA Secretariat,
World Rainforest Movement
Montevideo - Uruguay Phones: (5982) 413 2989 - 410 0985

This statement is distributed by the Timberwatch Coalition in South Africa, in solidarity with RECOMA. In South Africa, industrial timber plantations bring similar hardship and suffering to rural communities. Destruction of valuable grasslands, depletion of water resources, and displacement of people from their traditional lands are ongoing due to the insatiable desire of the timber industry to make ever larger profits at the expense of more sustainable and less environmentally damaging land-use activities. Wally Menne (Chairperson) Timberwatch Coalition Tel: +27 (0) 82-4442083 Fax: +27 (0) 31-2019958 Box 30577, Mayville, 4058, South Africa E-mail: plantnet@iafrica.com URL: http://www.timberwatch.org.za


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