North East Wales Mobile antenna plan defeated


North East Wales Mobile antenna plan defeated


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Study suggests hazard in City-County building basement


Senator wants answers on Pentagon spying


Informant: Martin Greenhut

You're being watched

Los Angeles Times
by Laura K. Donohue


Congress will soon hold hearings on the National Security Agency's domestic spying program, secretly authorized by President Bush in 2002. But that program is just the tip of the iceberg. Since 9/11, the expansion of efforts to gather and analyze information on U.S. citizens is nothing short of staggering. The government collects vast troves of data, including consumer credit histories and medical and travel records. Databases track Americans' networks of friends, family and associates, not just to identify who is a terrorist but to try to predict who might become one. Remember Total Information Awareness, retired Adm. John Poindexter's effort to harness all government and commercial databases to preempt national security threats? The idea was that disparate, seemingly mundane behaviors can reveal criminal intent when viewed together. More disturbing, it assumed that deviance from social norms can be an early indicator of terrorism. Congress killed that program in 2003, but according to the Associated Press, many related projects continued...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Wiretapping, FISA and the NSA

The Register [UK]
by Mark Rasch


US wiretapping laws, FISA and Presidential powers given to the NSA to intercept communications make for interesting times when coupled with technology. What are the issues surrounding privacy, search, seizure and surveillance? Whenever a new technology is developed, or a new threat that causes us to deploy these technologies, questions invariably arise about their legality. When the telephone was first developed and used, it was not clear that the constitutional dictates on unreasonable searches and seizures applied to conversations that were neither 'searched' nor 'seized.' The recent revelations that the US Department of Defense, through the National Security Agency, was targeting the international communications of US citizens for interception as part of a classified program raises questions about the constitutionality and legality of the program itself...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Regulating Congress

Boston Globe
by Ezekiel J. Emanuel & Dennis F. Thompson


In the wake of the Abramoff scandal and the DeLay difficulties, Congress is scurrying to enact new ethics rules governing lobbying. But as with other ethics reforms, the changes will not make much difference unless the rules are enforced. Even the most minimal kind of regulation -- disclosure -- has been widely disregarded in recent years. Since 1998, lobbyist organizations failed to submit about 14,000 disclosure documents as required by law. Members and staff fail to report travel as required by House and Senate rules. Without more effective enforcement, new rules will be evaded or ignored like the old rules. Why has enforcement been so lax? As in other professions, self-regulation among politicians does not work well. Congressional ethics committees are prone to partisan paralysis or bipartisan collusion. The rule seems to be: If we investigate a Republican, we have to investigate a Democrat (and vice versa); therefore, we had better not investigate anyone...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush v. reality

Mother Jones
by Tom Engelhardt


2006 is sure to be the year of living dangerously -- for the Bush administration and for the rest of us. In the wake of revelations of warrantless spying by the National Security Agency, we have already embarked on what looks distinctly like a constitutional crisis (which may not come to a full boil until 2007). In the meantime, the President, Vice President, Secretaries of Defense and State, various lesser officials, crony appointees, acolytes, legal advisors, leftover neocons, spy-masters, strategists, spin doctors, ideologues, lobbyists, Republican Party officials, and congressional backers are intent on packing the Supreme Court with supporters of an 'obscure philosophy' of unfettered Presidential power called 'the unitary executive theory' and then foisting a virtual cult of the imperial presidency on the country...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Let's elect honest people to Congress

Human Events
by Lynne Woolley


Every now and then, the lobbying cesspool in Washington rears its ugly head and we writers are all obligated to create vast lists of reforms to fix the mess. How about this one: Elect honest people to Congress. So many of the talking heads seem to miss the point: the current scandal is less about lobbyists than it is about members of Congress and other people in high government positions. If members all refused to take bribes, there would be no bribery...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The US Constitution yesterday and today

Free Market News Network
by Noel Gibeson


The newsmedia and nation are currently focused on the Judge Samuel Alito's Senate confirmation hearings in Washington, DC. Because the confirmation hearings are underway for the next Supreme Court seat, now is an excellent time to reflect, in a very broad way, on how far we have come since our founding fathers wrote the U. S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court is supposed to interpret laws to ensure that they strictly conform to the U.S. Constitution; that the government was to have only limited powers and that all other powers were reserved to the people since they already possessed them under natural law anyway. The Constitution limited government, but not people’s natural rights. The Constitution was designed to stop the tyranny of kings and other despots – by limiting the power of the new government to prevent such despotism. This was and is the primary function of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

War, lies and videotape

by Justin Raimondo


As the U.S. gets ready to move on Iran, under the pretext of a gathering Iranian nuclear threat, the news that the War Party got creative when WMD were nowhere to be found in Iraq should give us pause. According to a report in Raw Story by Larisa Alexandrovna, the Office of Special Plans (OSP) -- a parallel intelligence agency set up by the neoconservatives to do an end run around the mainline U.S. agencies -- was sent into Iraq in 2003 in order to cook up phony 'evidence' of 'weapons of mass destruction'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How to establish a government

Lesson two
Strike the Root
by Per Bylund


When you have finally gained power, it is important not to make people believe the struggle has ended. People tend to engage in social activities, study or reading if they are not put to work, so make sure they are always thinking of the conflict and how to finally get rid of their oppressors. Yes, you have gained power through the help of the poor and your competitors may already be reduced and weakened. That is not enough! As soon as there is no conflict, your power base is dissolved!


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush spy plot "threat to democracy"

Framingham Tab


Calling the NSA surveillance program authorized by the president a violation of the Constitution, U.S. Rep. and Democrat Edward Markey of Massachusetts told an audience at a special forum last week that, 'Tonight we are going to sound the alarm that a threat to our democracy is afoot.' With an image of the U.S. Constitution as a backdrop projected behind him, Markey, who represents the 7th Congressional district, which includes Framingham, spoke to a nearly filled-to-capacity crowd in Lexington's National Heritage Museum's auditorium on Jan. 4 . He compared the current controversy with the struggle of colonists during the American Revolutionary period, drawing laughter from the audience when he referred to the POTUS as our 'King George' in his alleged usurpation of Constitutional rights in the wiretapping...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush tries to block Supreme Court on detainees

Washington Post


The Bush administration took the unusual step yesterday of asking the Supreme Court to call off a landmark confrontation over the legality of military trials for terrorism suspects, arguing that a law enacted last month eliminates the court's ability to consider the issue. In a 23-page brief, U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement said the justices should throw out an appeal by Yemeni national Salim Hamdan, an alleged driver and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, because a new statute governing the treatment of U.S. detainees 'removes the court's jurisdiction to hear this action.' ... [US Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-MI), co-author of the law) Levin, in a statement issued yesterday, said that 'the Justice Department is in error. Far from deciding that the relevant statutory language applies to pending cases, Congress specifically considered and rejected language that would have stripped the courts of jurisdiction in cases that they had before them'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

National ID a 'Nightmare' for States

An anti-terrorism law creating a national standard for all driver's licenses by 2008 isn't just upsetting civil libertarians and immigration rights activists. State organizations such as the National Governors' Association have blasted the law as well.


Memos Show Military Opposition to Torture Policy

Memos indicate that even military units at Guantanamo Bay pushed back against the department's efforts to use new, aggressive tactics against detainees during the facility's first year. The military's top lawyers also warned that the approval of such tactics could lead to abuse and unlawful conduct.


Digitale Hundeleine für Kinder




Informant: Friends

America Plunges Into Abyss Of Insanity


Informant: Friends

Gaming of Energy Market Excluded in Enron Trial

The upcoming trial of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth L. Lay and former Chief Executive Jeffrey K. Skilling won't feature audiotapes of Enron traders discussing how they gamed California's power system for high profit when the state was plagued by rolling blackouts and skyrocketing power prices in 2000 and 2001, a judge ruled Thursday.


Der Mann, der Merkel die Ideen gibt

Christoph Heusgen ist der außenpolitische Berater der Kanzlerin und steht für einen stärkeren Schulterschluß mit den Bush-Kriegern.


Geheimer Geheimdienst: außerhalb jeder parlamentarischen Kontrolle

Die NSA hat einen ehemaligen Mitarbeiter davor gewarnt, über die geheimen Lauschprogramme vor den Geheimdienstausschüssen des Kongresses zu berichten -- deren Mitglieder seien nicht ausreichend vom Geheimdienst überprüft worden.


Auf Schilys Spuren: Datenschutzbeauftragter von Innenminister als weltfremd bezeichnet


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Informant: Scott Munson

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Stoppt Seehofer! Gentechnik Angriff abwehren!


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Proof Bush Deceived America

by Ray McGovern, TomPaine.com

New reporting from The New York Times' James Risen puts to rest the only challenge to the Downing Street memos.



Ahmadinejad: Not Crazy, Cunning

by Tom Porteous, TomPaine.com

Iran's leader is making incendiary remarks and provoking a showdown with the West -- which may be exactly what he wants.


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Ministers' worries over connections between science experts and leading drugs firms

Anger at advisers' biotech links

Nursery boss fights phone mast plans

Hertfordshire Mercury

A NURSERY in Ware has vowed to fight plans to erect a mobile phone mast near its premises because bosses fear it may pose a health risk to the children.

Staff and parents at the Angels at Play nursery in Church Street have started a petition against the proposed 3G mast and have called on residents and schools to support them.

Angela Spencer, managing director of the playgroup, received a letter from Hutchison Tel.comlast week stating that a 41ft (12.50m) mast may be erected within a new lamppost in Baldock Street.

"This is a ridiculous thing to take a risk with," blasted Mrs Spencer. "A mast should not be located somewhere so close to people living and working, let alone nursery facilities.

"It's up to them to prove that masts don't pose any health risk, rather than for us to prove that they do — at the moment there's no definite proof either way. I don't want to be the person who says, 'There's the proof — a child who's ill'.

Omega there's definite proof. See under:

"Some of our parents and staff feel very strongly about this. We must stand together for the benefit of all our children, because they cannot speak for themselves."

Last January, Sir William Stewart, the man the Government charged to investigate the safety of mobile phones, published his second controversial report about the health risks of mobile phone emissions. He admitted that he would not put base stations near schools and called for a review of planning laws in relation to masts.

Mrs Spencer has begun to alert local schools, including Chauncy and St Catherine's in Park Road and Stepping Stones nursery in Crib Street, as well as local businesses to the plans.

In addition to standard mobile features, 3G mobiles can send and receive video clips. Emissions from 3G masts are of much higher frequency than for standard phone masts.

Geregh Coombes-Olney is an independent spokesman for Ericsson on health, planning and law issues to do with mobile masts and is employed as part of the Hutchison consultation.

He said: "The whole point of the consultation is to find out what concerns people have and try to allay those fears.

"This is a very early stage and they have looked at lots of potential sites.

"Anyone who would like to discuss the issues, both for and against, is welcome to contact me directly."

East Herts Council said this week that it had not yet received a planning application for a mast.

l If you have concerns about the mast, contact Mr Coombes-Olney on 07782 328254.


South Tyneside Today


COUNCILLORS are objecting to plans to site an "imposing" mobile phone mast in their South Shields ward.

Hutchinson 3G UK, which trades as 3, wants to build a 12.5m pole in the north east corner of Horsley Hill Square.

The company, a new entrant in the mobile market, is building up its video mobile (3G) network and wants to provide coverage to the Horsley Hill area.

A number of sites were considered before the preferred option was put to planners at South Tyneside Council.

Couns Iain Malcolm and Arthur Meeks are objecting to the plans on the basis of its location.

They are also concerned about the number of masts already in the ward.

Coun Malcolm, deputy leader of the council, said: "It is less than eight months since a request to put up mobile phone support apparatus within the Horsley Hill ward.

"I am becoming increasingly alarmed at the number of requests for mobile phone masts in my ward and the East Shields area."

He added that although he does not personally oppose mobile phone masts on health grounds, the concerns of residents have to be taken into account.

"I believe that less obtrusive sites can be found, taking into account constituents' feelings about the siting of such equipment," he said.
Hutchinson 3G said it had considered and rejected other sites, including Holy Rosary Church, Horsley Hill Community Centre, Cheviot Court and the TA Centre.

In a letter to councillors, regional community affairs manager Michael Alexander said site sharing was investigated, but discounted for a variety of reasons.

He added: "It will be seen in the same context as the existing street lighting columns that are currently present at the roundabout and also the CCTV camera pole that the proposed installation is within proximity to and shares similar attributes.

"The location of the site is within a predominantly commercial area, as far from residential areas and schools as possible, while still being able to provide the minimum coverage requirements for the area."

Coun Malcolm rejected the claim that it is a non-residential area, and said he would be happy to accompany Mr Alexander on a site visit.


Bath Chronicle


11:00 - 13 January 2006

Worried campaigners packed into a public meeting to hear about some of the possible health effects from mobile phone masts. Residents living near St Mary's Church in Bathwick are concerned about potential radiation from a mast that could be erected on top of the church tower.

Around 90 people attended the meeting on Wednesday night to hear Professor Alan Preece, from Bristol University, who has carried out research in electromagnetic radiation and cancer, and John O'Brien, who campaigns nationally against masts.

Planning permission has already been granted for the mast, which would be disguised as a flagpole.

Church leaders have given their support to the idea, which it is believed could generate thousands of pounds in rent every year.

Under current Government guidelines, councils are not allowed to turn down mobile phone mast applications on health grounds.

But Prof Preece said: "I think we should be cautious because the evidence is not there either way.

"I think we have got enough masts already.

"Why we need 3G, so people can download things from the internet on to their phones, I don't know."

He said that the idea of masts made people concerned, and that some of the symptoms people reported after antennae were erected could be down to their worries.

"If people have the perception that there's a problem, then there's anxiety, which has a stress effect," he said.

Mr O'Brien, whose campaign focuses on Tetra, the police communications system told the meeting that the possible health effects of the masts were not brought on by people's worries.

"When the mobile people say there is no evidence to link mobile phone radiation and harm, they are wrong," he said.

"Everybody is doing everything they can to deny people that information."

Under plans outlined by Vodafone, the mast would be disguised as a six-inch wide flagpole, projecting more than 30ft above the tower of the Grade II listed church.

Mark Macdonald, who is leading the Bathwick campaign, said in a letter to residents: "Read any of the studies carried out, and you may find yourself extremely anxious about what this mast's electromagnetic radiation beam may mean to you and your family's health."


Lincolnshire Echo

09:30 - 13 January 2006

Residents are celebrating a partial success in a campaign to stop mobile phone masts being built near their homes.

Mobile phone operator O2 has announced that its plans to put up a new mast in Birchwood Avenue, Lincoln, have been withdrawn.

Residents say the decision due to pressure from them to stop the mast being built near their children.

But this is only one step in the fight, as two further applications for masts just up the road are still in the pipeline.

Birchwood area Lincoln city councillor Steve Allnut said it was a triumph for local democracy.

"We do realise that O2 have a weak reception in Birchwood and Doddington Park and need to place a new phone mast in the area, but we were opposed to that being right in the middle of the residential area," he said.

"When we heard they had applied for a mast on Birchwood Avenue, opposite Aldergrove Crescent, residents used their powers to oppose the plans by writing letters of opposition.

"Clearly that has worked and we are very pleased. We are now suggesting other options to them."

But both O2 and Hutchinson 3G have put in appeals against recent decisions to refuse planning permission for mobile phone masts in the bus turning circle in Birchwood Avenue.

The results of these appeals are yet to be announced.

Volunteer co-ordinator at Birchwood Access and Training Centre, Tracey Skinner, said she didn't know why more masts were needed in the area.

"I know people were very concerned about having another mast near to their homes when there are already a few in this area, so I'm glad about the result," she said.

O2 regional communications manager Ann McCracken said they had withdrawn one application to site a mast in the street.

"We had been looking at our options for a mast in the area and had submitted a planning application for a mast in the street, but we withdrew this application in December," she said.

"In the meantime, we have lodged an appeal against the decision not to grant planning permission for the mast in the turning circle."

Hutchinson 3G spokesman Brian Spooner said: "Our application for a mast in Birchwood Avenue was turned down by the local authority.

"We are now investigating the situation in Birchwood Avenue and will inform residents if we do decide to put in another application or to appeal."



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Bush Authorized Domestic Spying before 9/11

James Risen, author of the book "State of War," and credited with first breaking the story about the NSA's domestic surveillance operations, said President Bush personally authorized a change in the agency's long-standing policies shortly after he was sworn in in 2001. "The president personally and directly authorized new operations, like the NSA's domestic surveillance program."




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Bush to criminalize protesters under Patriot Act as "disruptors"


Bush wants to create the new criminal of "disruptor" who can be jailed for the crime of "disruptive behavior." A "little-noticed provision" in the latest version of the Patriot Act will empower Secret Service to charge protesters with a new crime of "disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics."

Secret Service would also be empowered to charge persons with "breaching security" and to charge for "entering a restricted area" which is "where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting." In short, be sure to stay in those wired, fenced containments or free speech zones.

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Bush to criminalize protesters under Patriot Act as "disruptors" by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse

Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 07:27:26 PM PDT

Bush wants to create the new criminal of "disruptor" who can be jailed for the crime of "disruptive behavior." A "little-noticed provision" in the latest version of the Patriot Act will empower Secret Service to charge protesters with a new crime of "disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics." Secret Service would also be empowered to charge persons with "breaching security" and to charge for "entering a restricted area" which is "where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting." In short, be sure to stay in those wired, fenced containments or free speech zones.

Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse's diary :: :: Who is the "disruptor"? Bush Team history tells us the disruptor is an American citizen with the audacity to attend Bush events wearing a T-shirt that criticizes Bush; or a member of civil rights, environmental, anti-war or counter-recruiting groups who protest Bush policies; or a person who invades Bush's bubble by criticizing his policies. A disruptor is also a person who interferes in someone else's activity, such as interrupting Bush when he is speaking at a press conference or during an interview.

What are the parameters of the crime of "disruptive behavior"? The dictionary defines "disruptive" as "characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination." The American Medical Association defines disruptive behavior as a "style of interaction" with people that interferes with patient care, and can include behavior such as "foul language; rude, loud or offensive comments; and intimidation of patients and family members."

What are the rules of engagement for "disruptors"? Some Bush Team history of their treatment of disruptors provide some clues on how this administration will treat disruptors in the future.

(1) People perceived as disruptors may be preemptively ejected from events before engaging in any disruptive conduct.

In the beginning of this war against disruptors, Americans were ejected from taxpayer funded events where Bush was speaking. At first the events were campaign rallies during the election, and then the disruptor ejectment policy was expanded to include Bush's post election campaign-style events on public policy issues on his agenda, such as informing the public on medicare reform and the like. If people drove to the event in a car with a bumper sticker that criticized Bush's policies or wore T-shirts with similar criticism, they were disruptors who could be ejected from the taxpayer event even before they engaged in any disruptive behavior. White House press secretary McClellan defended such ejectments as a proper preemptive strike against persons who may disrupt an event: "If we think people are coming to the event to disrupt it, obviously, they're going to be asked to leave."

(2) Bush Team may check its vast array of databanks to cull out those persons who it deems having "disruptor" potential and then blacklist those persons from events.

The White House even has a list of persons it deems could be "disruptive" to an eventand then blacklists those persons from attending taxpayer funded events where Bush speaks. Sounds like Bush not only has the power to unilaterally designate people as "enemy combatants" in the global "war on terror," but to unilaterally designate Americans as "disruptive" in the domestic war against free speech.

(3) The use of surveillance, monitoring and legal actions against disruptors.

Bush's war against disruptors was then elevated to surveillance, monitoring, and legal actions against disruptor organizations. The FBI conducts political surveillance and obtains intelligence filed in its database on Bush administration critics , such as civil rights groups
(e.g., ACLU), antiwar protest groups (e.g., United for Peace and Justice) and environmental groups (e.g., Greenpeace).

This surveillance of American citizens exercising their constitutional rights has been done under the pretext of counterterrorism activities surrounding protests of the Iraq war and the Republican National Convention. The FBI maintains it does not have the intent to monitor political activities and that its surveillance and intelligence gathering is "intended to prevent disruptive and criminal activity at demonstrations, not to quell free speech."

Surveillance of potential disruptors then graduated to legal actions as a preemptive strike against potential disruptive behavior at public events. In addition to monitoring and surveillance of legal groups and legal activities, the FBI issued subpoenas for members to appear before grand juries based on the FBI's "intent" to prevent "disruptive convention protests." The Justice Dept. opened a criminal investigation and subpoenaed records of Internet messages posted by Bush`s critics. And, the Justice Dept. even indicted Greenpeace for a protest that was so lame the federal judge threw out the case.

So now the Patriot Act, which was argued before enactment as a measure to fight foreign terrorists, is being amended to make clear that it also applies to American citizens who have the audacity to disrupt President Bush wherever his bubble may travel. If this provision is enacted into law, then Bush will have a law upon which to expand the type of people who constitute disruptors and the type of activities that constitute disruptive activities. And, then throw them all in jail.

Informant: Scott Munson

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11. Jänner 2006

In Salzburg könnten bald weniger Handymasten stehen. Verzichtet das Land auf die Mastensteuer, nutzen Mobilfunkfirmen die Anlagen gemeinsam.


Salzburg (SN). Die Mobilfunkfirmen sind bereit, den Ausbau ihres Netzes zu koordinieren, wenn das Land auf die geplante Handymastensteuer verzichtet. Das erklärt das Forum Mobilkommunikation (FMK) in einem Schreiben an LH-Stv. Othmar Raus (SPÖ). Die Verhandlungen über die Details sollen in den nächsten Wochen beginnen. "Wird sind dazu bereit und glauben, dass es eine Lösung geben wird", sagt Maximilian Maier vom FMK.

Damit würde Salzburg dem Beispiel Niederösterreichs folgen. Auch dort war eine Handymastensteuer vorgesehen. Nachdem die Mobilfunkfirmen zusagten, ihre Masten gemeinsam zu nutzen, wurden die Steuerpläne ad acta gelegt.

In Salzburg sind die Vorbereitungsarbeiten für die Einführung einer Handymastensteuer bereits weit gediehen. Die Finanzabteilung hat bereits einen Entwurf erstellt, der derzeit beim Verfassungsdienst liegt. "Wobei in unserem Gesetz auf die rechtlichen Bedenken, die es gegen das niederösterreichische Modell gegeben hat, bereits Rücksicht genommen wurde", heißt es dazu aus dem Raus-Büro. Außerdem müsse bei den Verhandlungen Rücksicht darauf genommen werden, dass es durch die Zusammenlegung von Mobilfunkanlagen nicht zu einer zu starken Strahlenbelastung für die Anrainer komme.

Ein Vertrag zwischen dem Land und den Gemeinden mit den Mobilfunkfirmen könnte jedenfalls dazu beitragen, dass die Konflikte rund um die Errichtung neuer Handymasten weniger werden. Gerade im Salzburg kommt es immer wieder zu massiven Protesten von Anrainern, wenn neue Anlagen aufgestellt werden. Die Politik hatte darauf mit gesetzlichen Maßnahmen, etwa im Ortsbild- und Naturschutzrecht, reagiert, um eine Handhabe gegen die ungezügelte Errichtung von Handymasten zu haben.

Auch die Europäische Union sieht die Vereinbarungen positiv. "Ich hoffe, dass dieses Modell ein positiver Präzedenzfall für ganz Europa wird", sagte Viviane Reding, die aus Luxemburg stammende EU-Kommissarin für Informationstechnologie, vor kurzem in einem SN-Interview.

© 1997-2005 Salzburger Nachrichten


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NASA to blast plutonium into space at record speed

From: Russell 'Ace' Hoffman

Subject: New Lows in Government, New Horizons in Space

To: osspluto@hq.nasa.gov

January 12th, 2006

Dear Readers,

In a few days, NASA plans to launch the New Horizons space probe, its destination: Pluto.

In order to travel so far, New Horizons will have to start its journey extremely fast -- the half-ton probe will be the fastest spacecraft ever launched, passing the moon in just over nine hours, if all goes well.

For electricity and heat, New Horizons will use a Radioactive Thermoelectric Generator. The "RTG" contains 24 pounds (about 132,465 Curies) of extremely deadly plutonium -- mostly Pu 238, and about 12% Pu 239 (aka "weapons grade plutonium").

The name similarity between the destination and the power source is unlikely to have been a coincidence: NASA probably chose this particular mission because they were sure no "anti-nuclear activist" could legitimately claim you could run experiments once you got to Pluto with solar power -- you needed (so NASA claimed) plutonium for THIS mission, and that's why THIS mission was chosen. Our claim that solar power could have been used for the Cassini / Huygens mission to Saturn was, in effect, validated by NASA's choice of Pluto as the next big nuclear target.

An Atlas V rocket (with Russian engines and a Centaur booster) will be used, containing a multitude of potential failure points which could result in a release of some or even all of the plutonium. These releases could cause quantitatively enormous (millions) but statistically undiscernible (0.000...x%) global cancer increases. A launch failure could also result in significant increases in local cancer rates around the impact zone, and the permanent evacuation of dozens or even hundreds of square miles of territory.

The U.S. Government is risking this catastrophic result to learn about the slowest-moving, coldest, deadest planet in the solar system.

Pu 238 has a half-life of 87.75 years. Pu 239 has a half-life of 24,131 years. For this reason, after an accidental release, and for the next thousand years or so, the dispersed Pu 238 portion would be hundreds of times deadlier per gram than an equal amount of Pu 239 would be.

Both isotopes, Pu 238 and Pu 239, decay by alpha emission. An alpha particle is the nucleus of a helium atom, which has been ejected from the nucleus of a larger radioactive atom (in this case, plutonium), at very high speed. Alpha particles have a mass of about four atomic units, an atomic number of two, and are made of two protons and two neutrons.

Alpha particles don't travel very far, and for that reason they are nearly harmless when outside the body -- your dead layers of skin can stop them, for instance (although even then, some damage can occur). However, an accident involving the New Horizons space probe would result in tiny vaporized particles of plutonium. These particles are especially dangerous to humans and other living things because they can be inhaled into the lungs or ingested with food, and then the alpha emissions occur inside your body, not "safely" outside. In essence, we are all filters for the environment.

Each vaporized, respirable particle -- and there might be hundreds of billions of such particles per pound of plutonium -- while measuring perhaps only microns in size, nevertheless can consist of trillions of radioactive atoms, half of which will decay in 87.75 years.

Any part of your lung which gets such a tiny plutonium particle lodged in it could be bombarded over and over by the alpha particles from that one "chunk" of the RTG. Local clusters of cells in your lungs, for example, can be repeatedly bombarded by alpha particles, and the DNA or some other vital part of the cell can be damaged. A millionth of a gram of plutonium is considered enough to cause lung cancer. Plutonium also causes leukemia, birth defects, heart disease, and literally thousands of other ailments and variations of these health effects.

There is also a military connection to this launch, because "RTGs" can be used for spy satellites in orbit around the earth, but the government has never admitted to such use. Using RTGs has technical and cost advantages over solar-powered spy satellites. The U.S. military and NASA assume that the RTG containment system they have designed is adequate, but this has not been subjected to ANY independent analysis. The technical documentation provided by NASA and its subcontractors to this author on substantially-similar earlier RTG models made it abundantly clear that the containment system is UTTERLY INADEQUATE for the task which it might be required to perform.

Specifically, NASA chose essentially ARBITRARY values for the maximum forces an accident might place upon the RTG or its components. Then they determined, through a few experiments, that the units might usually survive those test values. The test values have little to do with the forces the RTGs might actually experience and were probably picked after earlier experiments had suggested what forces the test samples could successfully survive!

This logic is as flawed as NASA's statistical lack of reasoning when they calculate the chance of ANY plutonium release (about one in 350, according to NASA) but then don't worry because, according to their guesswork, most of those accidents which do release some plutonium won't release all that much plutonium. Or so they say.

NASA has lost several nuclear payloads over the years, and numerous rockets of all sizes, types, builders, agencies, and countries have failed in the past. Because the New Horizons launch is insured under the notorious Price-Anderson Act, payments to people outside the United States who might be harmed will not exceed $100 million dollars in total, regardless of the actual extent of the damage. Even in the U.S., payments to victims will be severely limited, and could be only pennies on the dollar, or less.

The danger from accidents is sufficient reason to prohibit NASA from launching nuclear materials into space, but the probable covert military use of RTGs is yet another reason this practice must be banned completely (RTG-like devices are also used terrestrially, for powering remote deep-sea listening posts and other spy equipment).

The launch of the New Horizons space probe violates the spirit of international space cooperation. NASA and the US Military need to be stopped for the sake of humanity. They blunder forward as if they themselves will not also some day become the victims of their own global atrocities.

Russell "Ace" Hoffman Concerned Citizen Carlsbad, CA

Suggested web site for more information (thanks to Bruce Gagnon for this link): http://www.space4peace.org

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WHO Fact Sheet No. 296: Verharmlosung der Auswirkung von EMF, insbesondere der Mobilfunktechnologie, auf die Gesundheit vieler Menschen



Volker Hartenstein, MdL a.D. 26-07-06


Ladies and Gentlemen,

it is now seven months that I asked for a response to below publications on health issues with respect to EMF, especially medical findings. Is the reason why you do not respond that Mr. Repacholi, the chairman for EMF within the WHO, confessed that he gets a yearly 'allowance' of 150,000 US$ from the relevant US industry?

Waiting for a response,
Yours sincerely

Hans Schmidt

---Ursprüngliche Nachricht---
From: Hans Schmidt
To: mediainquiries@who.int
Subject: Fact Sheet No. 296: EMF and public health - reminder


Ladies and Gentlemen,

it is now four months that I sent below request for response to you. Please respond by return message.

Yours sincerely

Hans Schmidt



Volker Hartenstein, MdL a.D.



Dr.-Ing. Hans Schmidt
Gebhardtstr. 2d
D-82515 Wolfratshausen

An das WHO Media Center

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

mit Empörung habe ich die Erläuterungen in Ihrem Fact Sheet No. 296 gelesen, wo Sie in offensichtlich voreingenommener Weise versuchen, die Auswirkung von EM, insbesondere der Mobilfunktechnologie, auf die Gesundheit vieler Menschen zu verharmlosen. Dies wird überdeutlich an der Formulierung unter Conclusions: << Pysicians: Treatment of affected individuals should focus on the health symptoms and the clinical picture, and not on the person's perceived need for reducing or eliminating EMF in the workplace or home.

Ich bin seit Jahren elektrosensibel, und erst vor kurzem hat ein Nervenarzt mich sonst als völlig gesund diagnostiziert. Als naturwissenschaftlich ausgebildeter Mensch habe ich die Situationen, in denen meine Elektrosensibilität zutage tritt, analysiert, und festgestellt, dass dies immer dann passiert, wenn ich mich in einem stärkeren EMF aufhalte. Erst später habe ich dies durch eigene Messungen bestätigt. So reagiere ich auf DECT-Schnurlostelefone, wenn ich mit meinem Kopf näher als 1 m an die Basisstation komme, mit stechendem Ohrenschmerzen und starken Herzrhythmusstörungen. Wenn ich mit meinen Nieren näher als 1 m an diese Station komme, ist es mir für Stunden extrem übel. In öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln setze ich mich von Menschen weg, die ein Handy dabei haben, weil ich die Strahlung durch starkes Gesichtsbrennen spüre.

Dies ist alles nichts Neues: Seit Jahren ist z.B. aus der Bayrischen Rinderstudie bekannt, dass die deutlichen Krankheitssymptome von Rindern innerhalb einiger Tage verschwinden, wenn sie in ein von EMF unbelastete Umgebung kommen - und wiederkommen, wenn sie in die starke Belastung zurückgebracht werden.

Schon 1932 hat Privatdozent Dr. Schliephage in der Medizinischen Wochenschrift dieses "Mikrowellensymdrom" beschrieben; doch die WHO ist offensichtlich voreingenommen, dass es einen solchen Zusammenhang nicht geben darf.

Vor kurzem hat eine deutsche Ärztegruppe diese Symptome wiederentdeckt bei mehr als 300 Patienten, die in einem stärkeren Feld entweder von DECT-Schnurlostelefonen oder Mobilfunk-Basisstationen leben (Zusammenfassung siehe Anhang). Hochgerechnet auf ganz Deutschland ergeben sich mehrere Zehntausend Kranke mit eindeutigen Symptomen, die wir Elektrosensible schon lange kennen. Hochgerechnet auf ganz Europa mehrere Hunderttausend Kranke. Was tut die WHO?

Wenn die WHO wirklich eine Organisation sein will, die sich um die Gesundheit der Menschen sorgt, dann muss sie sich dringend um diese angeblich "nichtwissenschaftlichen" Erkenntnisse kümmern. Warum greift die WHO bisher nicht auf die "Erfahrungswissenschaft" der Ärzte zurück? - Erst kürzlich wurde der Freiburger Appell mit fast 2,000 Ärzteunterschriften und ca. 30,000 Unterschriften von besorgten Bürgern an die WHO übergeben. Woher kommt die Hybris der derzeitigen Wissenschaft, erst alles sicher im Griff haben zu wollen, bevor Maßnahmen ergriffen werden? Die Menschheit wäre wahrscheinlich schon ausgestorben, hätten die Verantwortlichen (heute: die WHO) darauf gewartet, dass die wissenschaftlichen Ursachen von Epidemien bekannt sind, bevor Maßnahmen getroffen werden können. Vorsorge kann doch nicht Forschung heißen, während mit gesundem Menschenverstand sehr deutlich ist, dass die EMF-Exposition der Grund für die Krankheit ist (siehe oben).

Die Forschungsergebnisse von Prof. Salford sprechen eine deutliche Sprache: durch eine einzige zweistündige Mobilfunkbestrahlung weit unterhalb der bestehenden Grenzwerte wird das Gehirn von Ratten massiv geschädigt - und sowohl WLAN, DECT-Schnurlostelefone und erst recht Handys am Kopf oder auch mit Headset liegen deutlich im Bereich der starken Schädigung (siehe Anhang).

Müssen noch viel mehr Krebscluster in der Umgebung von Mobilfunk-Basisstationen bekannt werden, müssen noch viel mehr Menschen elektrosensibel werden und drastische Einbußen an Lebensqualität hinnehmen?

Mit der Bitte um eine dringende Stellungnahme (und nicht auf die Weitergabe von Textbausteinen) und um eine kritische Haltung zu dieser Technologie verbleibe ich mit freundlichen Grüßen

Hans Schmidt

The Crookedness of Congress is Nearing Exposure

A terror stalks the streets of Washington today the like of which has not been seen here since the War of 1812 when the British invaded the city and burned the White House. Jack Abramoff---lobbyist, con man, swindler, keeper of Washington’s buried skeletons---is singing.


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Lobbyists' scandal has a K Street home

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A Test of Wills Between Iran and the West

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Bush must honor the rule of law

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How George Tenet's gutless surrender to war-obsessed Donald Rumsfeld led to the total breakdown of U.S. intelligence

The yes man and the thug:

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Gag Reflex

By Chris Floyd

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Update from the Field- 1/12/06


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Two small but growing campaigns - led by airline workers - are using North West Airline's strike and bankruptcy debacle as a springboard for what may be the opening moves of an industry-wide fightback. Galvanized by the mechanics' strike at NWA, members of other NWA work-groups (flight attendants and ground workers), union members at other airlines (United and American), and other labor activists have created a new industry-focused organization: Airline Workers United (AWU).


Sierra Club's Green Small Screen

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Ruling Guards Old Growth

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Embattled Lobbyists Face Their Watergate

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Residents are wise to voice phone mast fears


13 January 2006

Matt Eley's article (Orange mobile mast bid leaves a bitter taste, H&H January 6) was aptly named, as there is not yet any real evidence to confirm that these masts are safe. There is only a mountain of conflicting research which suggests the possibility that they may not be.

Sir William Stewart in his two reports on mobile phone masts, and TETRA have repeatedly recommended a precautionary approach and further research, but in over five years nothing has changed.

What is 'precautionary' about this proposed Orange mast to be sited in a densely populated area only 10 metres away from bedrooms?

The same can be said for masts near schools, on roofs, in church towers, and anywhere within communities and places of work. Yet still the mobile phone operators insist upon putting in applications in these places, or adding to other mast sites to cause clusters of masts.

The range of 3G masts is far less than the range for 2G, so the operators use this to justify the need to place masts within communities. Of course they may perhaps be able to develop 3G masts with a far greater range, but perhaps that would eat into their very significant profits.

If the 3G masts are truly safe, why are there clusters of ill health around phone masts all over the UK which are conveniently labelled 'anecdotal evidence'?

Why did 40 doctors in Crosby sign a petition to object to a phone mast, saying: "On the basis of currently available information, the long-term biological effects of mast emissions are unknown" while referring to the presence in the vicinity of "biologically vulnerable young children in nearby houses and schools".

Why did German doctors write an open letter to their Prime Minister, Dr Edmund Stoiber, in July 2005 to put forward their observations on adverse health risks from pulsed high-frequency EMFs (to include mobile phone masts, DECT (cordless) phones, mobile phones, or anything using microwave radiation)?

Can we take the word of government and mobile phone operators whose only incentive is for profit when the health of our children and their future is at stake?

You can research further on http://www.mastsanity.org, and also http://www.tetrawatch.net and

Compare the findings here, and on other websites, to what is now being said in the public domain, and reach your own conclusions.

Sandi Lawrence

Mast Sanity - advising and supporting communities across the UK

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.


Bush clings to (pseudo-)utopian foreign policy


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Mast hysteria: is 'electro hyper sensitivity' a real disease?


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Modus Operende Of A Bird Flue Plan?

From: CLG News
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:03 PM
Subject: WHO Warns Army May Be Needed To Fight Bird Flu

Click here for FLU 'ODDITIES' live links:

WHO Warns Army May Be Needed To Fight Bird Flu

13 Jan 2006

The World Health Organisation yesterday predicted authorities might need to use the army and police to quarantine about 120,000 people to contain aninitial pandemic flu outbreak of just 19 cases. [If you think the illegal NSA spying was a breach of civil liberties, wait until the bird flu pandemic arrives at the Bush dictatorship's doorstep.]

Bird Flu 'Spiralling Out Of Control'

12 Jan 2006

The deadly bird flu virus may be getting more effective at infecting humans, the World Health Organisation believes, as experts warned that the disease was spiralling out of control among poultry in Turkey and posed "a serious threat" to neighbouring countries.

Outbreaks Of Bird Flu Gather Speed

10 Jan 2006

Bird flu is relentlessly heading for Britain, experts warned yesterday, as five more children in Turkey were found to have the disease.

'High Chance' Of Bird Flu Reaching Britain

10 Jan 2006

Bird flu took another step towards Britain last night as three more people tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain in Turkey. The virus has already claimed the lives of three people in the city of Ankara and scientists say it is inevitable that it will eventually spread to Britain.

New Turkish Bird Flu Infection Confirmed

10 Jan 2006

Another person in Turkey today tested positive for the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu, a health ministry official said. It brings the number of people to have contracted the disease in the country to 15.

Lock Them Up To Die - Prison Bird Flu Plan

08 Jan 2006

Government planning documents reveal that the 'most dangerous' prisoners would be locked away and left to take their chances and the dead buried in mass graves, if an Asian bird flu epidemic hits New Zealand's prison population. Entire prisons would be sealed - nobody would be allowed in or out for up to six weeks - and mass graves would be dug in prison compounds to dispose of bodies. The proposals, details of which were obtained by the Sunday Star-Times, are part of Corrections Department contingency plans to deal with an Asian bird flu pandemic hitting New Zealand and its 7500 prison population. [What is Bush's prison bird flu plan?]

Bird Flu Plan For Prisons Draws Civil Liberty Concerns

08 Jan 2006

A reported proposal that the 'most dangerous' prisoners [?!?] should remain locked away and left to take their chances if an Asian bird flu pandemic hit New Zealand has been attacked by civil libertarians.

HHS Advises Stocking Up On Supplies For Avian Flu Pandemic

07 Jan 2006

There is no vaccine and drugs are in short supply, but Americans may be able to ride out any pandemic of bird flu if they stock up on supplies and keep their children clean [?!?], the government said yesterday. [Americans should worry about keeping their guns clean. Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell]

Human Bird Flu Cases Reach Turkish Capital

08 Jan 2006

Three Turks tested positive for a deadly strain of bird flu in the capital Ankara on Sunday, a new stage in the westward sweep of the disease from its east Asian origins toward major economic centres in Turkey and Europe.

Deadly Bird Flu Outbreak Spreads

08 Jan 2006

Bird flu in humans appears to be spreading in Turkey, with preliminary tests for the deadly H5N1 strain returned positive in three people in Ankara, the first suspected cases outside the eastern city of Van, where at least two siblings have died in the past week.

WHO Confirms Turkish Teens Died Of Bird Flu, First Cases Outside East Asia

05 Jan 2006

The World Health Organization confirmed Thursday that two Turkish teenagers who died after exposure to infected poultry were victims of the H5N1 virus, making them the first known human cases outside of the nexus of the avian flu outbreak in East Asia.

Turkey's Bird-Flu Deaths Bring Virus Nearer To Europe

05 Jan 2006

Turkey said a second teenager infected with avian flu died, indicating the virus that's killed at least 74 people since 2003 has moved outside East Asia to the threshold of Europe.

UK Told Not To Panic Over Bird Flu

05 Jan 2006

A leading microbiologist urged the British public not to panic as bird flu crept closer towards central Europe with two people dying in Turkey from the virus.

Bad Vaccines May Trigger Bird Flu: Expert

29 Dec 2005

China is most likely using substandard poultry vaccine or not enough good vaccine, which would explain recent outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry, a prominent virologist said on Thursday. Dr Robert Webster, of St Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, said the problem of substandard vaccines was not exclusive to China. [And, that is Bush's main reason behind making the deadly vaccines mandatory and removing all manufacturer liability. When the bird flu pandemic arrives, Bush will invoke police-state measures and quarantines, while he pursues further dictatorial power.]

From the people who brought you FEMA:

U.S. Uses Live Bird Flu Viruses In Vaccine Experiment

18 Dec 2005

In an isolation ward of a Baltimore hospital, up to 30 'volunteers' will participate this April in a bold experiment: A vaccine made with a live version of the most notorious bird flu will be sprayed into their noses. [The Bush bioterror team is in a hurry to get the pandemic party started, in order to implement a full-blown police state. Dictator Bush needs to justify his warrantless eavesdropping and to insure re-authorization of the Patriot Act.]

U.S. [Bioterror] Team Will Test Live-Virus

18 Dec 2005

Bird Flu Vaccine Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health will soon recruit 30 human volunteers to test the effectiveness of a vaccine containing a live but weakened form of the H5N1 bird flu virus.

U.S. House Approves $3.8 Billion For Avian Flu [For

19 Dec 2005

The U.S. House of Representatives early on Monday approved $3.78 billion to begin preparations for a possible [Bush-engendered] avian flu epidemic. The bill would also shield manufacturers of vaccines and drugs from lawsuits during an epidemic. The legislation, wrapped into an unrelated defense bill, still faces an uncertain fate in the Senate later this week.

House OKs Liability Protections For Drug Makers

19 Dec 2005

Drug manufacturers are a step closer toward winning the liability protections they say they need before investing in medicines to combat a bird flu pandemic. Opponents described the protections, approved early Monday by the House, as a "massive Christmas bonus to the drug companies." Consumers seeking damages on claims they were harmed by a vaccine would have to prove willful misconduct on the part of the drug manufacturers.

Bird-Flu Bill Slammed As Loophole For Drugmakers

19 Dec 2005

Bird flu preparedness legislation headed for a final vote in the Senate this week would create loopholes allowing vaccine makers to avoid legal liability even if a patient is harmed by negligence, critics said today.

Ruffled feathers --UF Professor Says Bird Flu Is Not A Threat In The U.S.

18 Dec 2005

Researchers and health agencies continue to sound the alarm about avian flu, and Dr. Gary Butcher, an expert on poultry medicine and disease at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine thinks he knows why. "The agenda here is pretty obvious," he said. "People want grant money. This is a bonanza."

White House Holds Bird Flu Drill With Military Leaders

10 Dec 2005

Warning an outbreak may be inevitable, the White House on Saturday conducted a test of its readiness for a feared bird flu pandemic and said federal agencies fared "quite well" [Yes, they did so well with Hurricane Katrina, I can hardly wait for their response to a bird flu pandemic.] without offering any details. Cabinet secretaries, military leaders and other top officials took part in the four-hour tabletop drill, which officials said was designed to assess the level of federal preparedness for a possible outbreak of bird flu or another deadly virus. "This is about being ready for what inevitably will come," Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said. [How does Leavitt know that a pandemic is 'inevitable?' Apparently, the Bush bioterror team is ready to attack, and a full-blown police state is surely on the way.]

Britain Could Grind To A Halt In A Bird Flu Pandemic, Experts Fear [We Know The Civil Liberties Sure Will!]

11 Dec 2005

Britain is not as prepared for bird flu as it should be, an influential Lords committee will say this week, because thousands of companies have not investigated how they would keep going during a pandemic that could last four months and affect a quarter of their employees.

Reports Detail Bird Flu Effects On U.S.

09 Dec 2005

A pandemic of bird flu could cause a serious recession of the U.S. economy, with immediate costs of between $500 billion and $675 billion, according to two estimates released on Thursday.

U.S. Urges States To Prepare For Bird Flu

06 Dec 2005

Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt urged each state on Monday to prepare for the possibility of a [Bush-engendered] deadly bird flu pandemic by holding its own planning summit within the next four months.

Secretive Agency Proposed To Develop Vaccines, Drugs [To Facilitate Bush Bioterror Attacks]

03 Dec 2005

The proposed Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, or BARDA, would be exempt from long-standing open records and meetings laws that apply to most government departments, according to legislation approved Oct. 18 by the Senate health committee. The agency would be exempt from the Freedom of Information and Federal Advisory Committee acts, both considered crucial for monitoring government accountability.

Doctor Says Bird Flu Drug Is 'Useless'

04 Dec 2005

A Vietnamese doctor who has treated dozens of victims of avian flu claims the drug being stockpiled around the world to combat a pandemic is "useless" against the virus. "We place no importance on using this drug on our patients," Dr Nguyen Tuong Van runs the intensive care unit at the Centre for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, said. "Tamiflu is really only meant for treating ordinary type A flu. It was not designed to combat H5N1 . . . (Tamiflu) is useless." [LOL!! See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. The prospect of a bird flu outbreak... is proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that's now the most-sought after (*useless!*) drug in the world.]

U.S. Builds Stockpile Of Vaccine For Flu Pandemic

30 Nov 2005

The government expects to stockpile nearly 8 million doses of an experimental vaccine 'against' [to start] pandemic influenza by February, and studies are underway that could stretch that supply to cover more than a third of the population, federal health experts said yesterday.

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It is the fear, anxiety and insecurity of man that blinds thinking and births subservience to power, making of us primates desiring the comfort and security of our masters.

-Manuel Valenzuela

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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing


Alito and the Leader Principle

Sydney Blumenthal on executive dictatorship.

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Big Government Is Even Bigger Than You Think


The Year of Living Dangerously

Tom Engelhardt on the police state.

The Rise and Decline of the State


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On Presidential Dictatorship

The Only Question for Alito That Matters

Domestic Spying

Did the president break the law by ordering domestic spying? NOW investigates.


Judge Alito, in His Own Words

In his deadpan bureaucrat's voice, Judge Alito has said some truly disturbing things about his view of the law. In three days of testimony, he has given the American people reasons to be worried - and senators reasons to oppose his nomination, writes the New York Times.



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Bad land-planning adds to destruction of world's rainforests, leads to conflict, and impoverishes local people



12th January 2006: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bad land-planning adds to destruction of world's rainforests, leads to conflict, and impoverishes local people

The world's rainforests continue to disappear at an alarming rate despite attempts by national governments and international agencies to 'zone' forests into areas for protection and management, a new report by the Rainforest Foundation reveals today [1]. The report, 'Divided Forests' [2] shows that large-scale forest planning exercises in countries such as Indonesia, Brazil and Cameroon have been seriously flawed, resulting in vast areas being allocated to timber companies which then damaged or destroyed the forest.

A particular problem with most large-scale 'forest zoning' exercises has been the failure to involve, or take account of, people living in the forest and depending on it for their survival. In countries such as Cameroon, whose entire area of rainforest was zoned in the 1990s using satellite images, this has resulted in the imposition of timber-felling areas over the forests needed for peoples' livelihoods, causing persistent local conflict.

The report warns that current efforts, backed by the World Bank, to 'zone' the world's second largest rainforest - that of the Democratic Republic of Congo - could also have disastrous consequences, with as much as 600,000 square kilometres at risk of being felled for timber [3].

"The zoning of rainforests has a huge impact on forest peoples' survival, on their livelihoods, as well as on biodiversity," says report author Alison Hoare. Rainforest Foundation Director Simon Counsell said, " Large-scale forest zoning should be based on meticulous ground-truthing, taking into account subsistence uses of forests, and on the traditional rights held by local people. It is not good enough to simply carve-up forests on the basis of satellite images, giving the lions'-share to logging companies".

For further information:

Simon Counsell,
Rainforest Foundation

T (office): +44 (0) 207 251 6345 T


[1] The Rainforest Foundation UK supports indigenous people and traditional populations of the world’s rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfil their rights.

[2] 'Divided Forests: towards fairer zoning of forest lands' includes case studies of forest zoning exercises in Brazil, Australia, Cameroon and Indonesia. The report sets out recommendations to help ensure that the environmental and social impacts of large-scale zoning are taken into account. The report can be downloaded free from

[3] A national forest zoning exercise, funded by the World Bank, was recently initiated in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which eventually could cover the country's entire 1 million square kilometres of forest. According to the World Bank, up to 35 million of DRC's people depend at least partly on the forest for their survival, but World Bank documents also suggest that 600,000 square kilometres of forest could eventually become zoned for industrial timber production.


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