Dienstag, 14. November 2006

A Blow Against the Corporate Empire

Monday, October 2, 2006 in The Liberator, the newsletter of ReclaimDemocracy.org

California community provides a compelling model for radical change

by Jeff Milchen

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1002-31.htm

In 1999 Eureka, CA became one of the first communities to fight Wal-Mart at the ballot box and win -- soundly defeating a ballot initiative that would have forced a change in zoning laws to allow a new “superstore” near the city’s waterfront.

Residents celebrated a hard-won victory, but some questioned why a corporation could force them to fight a purely defensive campaign in which “victory” meant merely maintaining the status quo.

Three years later, another global corporation, Maxxam, funded an attempt to recall the District Attorney in Eureka’s (Humboldt) County, who had the audacity to aggressively watchdog and even sue the corporation for alleged fraud. Voters thwarted the intimidation and kept the man they elected in office, but again at enormous cost of time and money.

More people began to question why they could be forced to defend against the political agenda of distant corporate executives. They wondered what could be accomplished if absentee-owned companies were barred from bankrolling candidates and ballot questions to advance the corporate agenda, enabling citizens to focus their energy on proactive work.

They now have the opportunity to find out.

In June, Humboldt County residents passed Measure T, a ballot initiative that forbids non-local corporations and other outside organizations from contributing money to political campaigns within the county. In a hotly-contested battle, citizens passed into law perhaps the most significant challenge to corporate political “speech” since Montana citizens voted to ban corporate expenditures on ballot questions in
1996.

Like Montanans, Humboldt citizens likely will face a second hurdle in their quest for self-governance: corporate lawyers (perhaps including some now serving on the U.S. Supreme Court).

Soon after the people of Montana decided elections should be a corporate-free activity, the state Chamber of Commerce and other groups successfully challenged the law as a violation of corporations’ “free speech” rights.

A federal appeals court sided with the Chamber and discarded Montanans’ efforts. The judges cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti ruling, which nullified a Massachusetts law that forbade corporate spending on ballot initiatives.

As with other key challenges to precedents that suppressed democracy and human rights, the outcome may depend more on social circumstances than legal points. Virtually every advance for human rights in the Supreme Court (e.g. Brown v Board of Education) has been preceded by shifts in public opinion and visible demonstrations of demand for change. At least in part due to fear of social upheaval and undermining the Court’s authority, the Court follows.

It’s time to instill that concern in the Justices again.

For judges, overturning the will of citizens in a single community -- especially one that corporate interests marginalize as a hippie enclave -- is no cause for concern. But to overturn an ordinance replicated in dozens of communities dispersed around the country is a different equation altogether. In other words, it’s up to us to build irresistible pressure for judges do the right thing.

Citizens should realize that federal action to reduce corporate dominance is unlikely in the near future and consider such local actions as a necessary means toward building the movement necessary to subordinate corporations to democracy.

In those states and communities permitting ballot questions, revoking corporations’ ability to corrupt what should be the purest form of democracy may be the most vulnerable point of attack.

But such organizing must be approached as a long-term commitment, not a quick fix. Measure T was preceded not only by two instructive local lessons in corporate power, but also by years of local educating and organizing by locals through Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County. The organization built awareness of the destructive impacts of corporate political power on the lives of residents and helped people recognize that citizens themselves -- not elected officials -- had the ability and responsibility to change the status quo.

That’s not to say such ordinances can’t be accomplished more rapidly, especially in communities where people already have witnessed corporations overturning democratically-enacted decisions through running initiatives backed by overwhelming advertising. Wal-Mart alone has created fertile ground in communities nationwide, from Bennington, VT to Flagstaff, AZ. And with more educational work on these issues nationally, local campaigns will have a stronger foundation beneath them.

Through wildly creative interpretation of the Constitution, our courts have repeatedly subordinated the rights of citizens by elevating corporations to entities with political “rights.” Almost every national representative of the dominant political parties accepts this perversion of our Constitution (few have even considered the issue), so building a grassroots Democracy Movement is essential to overturn those precedents.

Citizens of Humboldt County have provided one concrete model to help advance this Movement. Let's ensure their pro-democracy ordinance is joined by dozens more by the time judges decide whether to advance corporate rule further or help restore the long-unrealized ideal of rule by the people.

Jeff Milchen directs ReclaimDemocracy.org, a grassroots organization working to revoke illegitimate corporate power. The organization has a detailed primer and resource library on corporations and ballot initiatives and is eager to help activists succeed in related efforts.


Informant: Scott Munson

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Fran Korten: 10 Ways to Stop Corporate Dominance of Politics
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/26-3



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Resources linking meat-eating to global warming

Here are a bunch of resources linking meat-eating to global warming
(and how to fight global warming with your fork):
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/10/05/18318275.php

Another Inconvenient Truth
http://www.eatkind.net/inconvenient.htm

EarthSave: A New Global Warming Strategy
http://www.earthsave.org/globalwarming.htm

Another Inconvenient Truth: Meat is a Global Warming Issue
http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3312

ABC News: Meat-Eaters Aiding Global Warming?
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/TenWays/story?id=2119267&page=1

Greenpeace: On Your Plate
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/green-living-guide/on-your-plate

Fight Global Warming by Going Vegetarian
http://goveg.com/environment-globalwarming.asp?int=weekly_enews

Vegan diets healthier for planet, people than meat diets
http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/06/060413.diet.shtml

The SUV in the Pantry
http://www.organicconsumers.org/btc/gasfood112105.cfm

Cut Global Warming by Becoming Vegetarian
http://www.physorg.com/news4998.html

Five Food Choices for a Healthy Planet
http://www.veg.ca/issues/enviro-5reasons.html

and

Eco-Eating: Eating as if the Earth Matters
http://brook.com/veg


Informant: Scott Munson

GOP Fundraiser Noe Guilty of 29 Felony Counts

Tom Noe, a coin dealer and former Republican fundraiser, was convicted of 29 felony counts, including theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering with evidence.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406P.shtml

Catholic Bishops Call for Iraq Withdrawal

The nation's Catholic bishops, saying the United States needs to move past the "shrill and shallow debate" of last week's midterm Congressional elections, declared yesterday that the goal in Iraq should be justice and peace, rather than victory, and that the nation should withdraw its forces at the earliest opportunity, consistent with a responsible transition.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406O.shtml

Top Marine: No Plan for Post-Saddam Iraq

General Mike Hagee, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, repeatedly asked superiors what the post-invasion plan was for Iraq and never heard back. In the end, the general and his superiors didn't have a plan for control of Iraqi cities.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406N.shtml

Impeaching Bush to Preserve the Constitution

Former member of Congress Elizabeth Holtzman writes: "Democracy means you trust people to make their own minds up, but this president knew that if he told the truth, we wouldn't be in this war. The framers of the Constitution knew that someday there was going to be a Richard Nixon who was president of the United States and someday there was going to be a George Bush who was going to be president of the United States, and they gave us the power of impeachment to revoke them."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406M.shtml



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Ten Reasons Congress Must Investigate Bush Administration Crimes

Jeremy Brecher writes: "Few elections in history have provided so clear a mandate. As the New York Times put it, Democrats were 'largely elected on the promise to act as a strong check on [Bush's] administration.' But the first response of the new Congressional leadership has been to proclaim a new era of civility and seek accommodation with the very people who need to be held accountable for war crimes and subversion of the Constitution."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406L.shtml

Americans have had enough with the administration and its Congressional enablers

Thump

The senior editor for the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg, writes: "Americans have had enough, and their disgust with the administration and its Congressional enablers turned out to be so powerful that even the battered, rusty, sound-bit, TV-spotted, Die-bolded old seismograph of an American midterm election was able to register it. Thanks to the computer-aided gerrymandering that is the only truly modern feature of our electoral machinery, the number of seats that changed hands was not particularly high by historical standards."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406K.shtml

Help Save the Bay of Fundy Whales

Thirty to fifty of the world’s remaining North Atlantic right whales are in mortal danger. Lobster season has begun in the Bay of Fundy, and the whales which have usually left the area by this time of year are in grave danger of becoming ensnared in fishing gear and dying.

With only about 350 North Atlantic right whales left on the planet, even the loss of one of these gentle giants is too many.

Fill out the form below to send a message to Canadian Minister of Fisheries Loyola Hearn urging him to delay opening the fishing grounds until the right whales have left the area.

Take Action red:
http://tinyurl.com/y597sm

Make Sure Congress Follows Through on Bush's Promise

http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=RNkt5z9hW-PYT-BMTwlH-w..
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=ZFfs6gTWD6HN2HpvI7VbBQ..

Walfang in Antarktis: Absatzschwierigkeiten für Walfleisch in Japan

14.11.06

Nach Darstellung der internationalen Wal- und Delfinschutzorganisation WDCS gibt es in Japan offenbar Absatzprobleme für Walfleisch. Das für den Walfang verantwortliche japanische Walforschungsinstitut (ICR) unternehme "verzweifelte Versuche, um neue Abnehmer für das Walfleisch zu finden", behauptet die Organisation. Die Nachfrage nach Walfleisch sei in Japan in den vergangenen Jahren "rapide zurückgegangen". Dennoch laufe am 15. November erneut die aus fünf Schiffen bestehende japanische Walfangflotte Richtung Antarktis aus. Es sei geplant, im dortigen Walschutzgebiet im Rahmen des so genannten "wissenschaftlichen Forschungsprogramms" 10 stark gefährdete Finnwale und bis zu 900 Zwergwale zu töten. Bevor die Fangflotte mit weiteren Tausenden von Tonnen zurückkehren könne, müsse zu Hause "zunächst das in den Kühlhäusern gelagerte Fleisch der letzten Jagden zumindest teilweise veräußert werden".

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14732



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Rumsfeld wird erneut in Karlsruhe wegen Kriegsverbrechen angezeigt

Abu Ghraib & Guantanamo: Rumsfeld wird erneut in Karlsruhe wegen Kriegsverbrechen angezeigt (14.11.06)

Wenige Tage nach seinem Rücktritt wird der ehemalige US-Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld erneut bei der Bundesanwaltschaft wegen Kriegsverbrechen angezeigt. Wie die "Frankfurter Rundschau" berichtete, soll die Strafanzeige einer deutschen Bürgerrechtsorganisation gegen Rumsfeld, US-Vizepräsident Richard Cheney und 15 weitere hohe Vertreter von US-Militär und Zivilverwaltung am Dienstag der Strafverfolgungsbehörde in Karlsruhe zugehen. Ihnen würden Kriegsverbrechen im Zusammenhang mit dem Vorgehen im irakischen US-Gefängnis Abu Ghraib und im US-Gefangenenlager Guantanamo Bay vorgeworfen.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14730



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Wahlkampfkostenaffäre: für von Arnim grenzt Roland Kochs Verhalten an Nötigung

14.11.06

Das Verhalten des hessischen Ministerpräsidenten Roland Koch (CDU) in der Wahlkampfkostenaffäre grenzt nach Ansicht des Parteienkritikers Hans Herbert von Arnim "an Nötigung". Offenbar solle mit Steuergeldern erreicht werden, dass sich die CDU im nächsten Landtagswahlkampf einen unliebsamen Konkurrenten vom Hals halte, sagte Arnim dem Berliner "Tagesspiegel". Der hessische Gesetzentwurf zur Erstattung kommunaler Wahlkampfkosten habe seit rund sechs Jahren als Referentenentwurf vorgelegen. "Hochproblematisch ist jetzt die anscheinende Verknüpfung mit der Bedingung, dass die Freien Wähler nicht auf Landesebene antreten sollen", sagte der Verwaltungsexperte.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14729

Mautsystem: ADAC kritisiert "Massenüberwachung" von Autofahrern

14.11.06

Der Allgemeine Deutsche Automobil-Club (ADAC) weist in seiner aktuellen Mitgliederzeitschrift darauf hin, dass Deutschlands Verkehrsteilnehmer "immer häufiger durch heimliche Überwachungsmaßnahmen kontrolliert werden". Der Autoclub kritisiert "die Erfassungswut des Staates und fordert eine datenfreie Fahrt". Die Autobahn-Mautbrücken würden nicht nur Lkw, sondern auch Pkw erfassen. Beim "Video-Scanning" würde die Polizei schon jetzt in Bayern, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern und in Rheinland-Pfalz "anlass- und verdachtsfrei" die Nummernschilder von Autos erfassen. "Fünf Millionen Nummernschilder scannt zum Beispiel allein die bayerische Polizei allmonatlich auf Autobahnen und Bundesstraßen - eine neue Dimension der Massenüberwachung".

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14733

Faced with Global Risks, How to Govern the World?

Authors Thierry Malleret and Erwann Michel-Kerjan, both risk-management academics, raise the issue of governance in the face of proliferating global risks, "phenomena that neither anyone nor any single entity can control alone, that have the ability to strike anywhere at any time and to spread with epidemic speed, [that] can potentially provoke large scale destabilization and inflict catastrophic economic losses."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406H.shtml

Pentagon Without Budget Watchdog for One Year

The Pentagon has been without its chief watchdog for more than a year, even as the military spends billions of dollars a month in Iraq and controversy simmers over warrantless surveillance, missing weapons and friendly fire deaths.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406F.shtml

Shafting the Vets

Out of 700,000 soldiers who served in the 1991 Gulf War, 118,000 are suffering from chronic fatigue, headaches, muscle spasms, joint pains, anxiety, memory loss, and balance problems, and 40% receive disability pay. Gulf vets are also twice as likely to develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and between two and three times more likely to have children with birth defects. The Veterans Administration treated 20,638 Iraq vets for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in just the first quarter of 2006 and is currently processing a backlog of 400,000 cases.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406D.shtml

Bush: Guantanamo Detainees Have No Rights in US Courts

The Bush administration said on Monday that Guantanamo prisoners have no Constitutional right to challenge their detention before US federal judges, and the lawsuits by hundreds of detainees must be dismissed.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406C.shtml



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Iraq Study Group "Bipartisan?"

"The important question is: Can the Iraq Study Group be expected to come up with constructive suggestions for alternative policy on Iraq?" asks Ray McGovern. "The answer is no."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111406A.shtml

Urgent! 118,000 Oil and Gas Rigs Threaten Wild Lands

Keep O&G Rigs Out of America's Special Places

There are wild lands in America that are just too special to touch. But the Bush administration is planning to litter them with 118,000 new oil and gas wells – an accelerated drilling plan that threatens one million acres of western public lands!

Some amazing places - like Utah's Redrock Wilderness, the Rocky Mountain Front, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - are at risk. This is not the path to energy independence - it's a path to destruction.

Before it's too late, help us guard against these threats.

Join us in sending an urgent message to the Interior Department!
http://action.wilderness.org/campaign/TWTD/

By taking action, you will join thousands of other Americans in sending the administration a powerful message: We want to be a nation with pristine landscapes that our kids and grandkids will enjoy for years to come.

The Bush administration is hoping to accelerate oil and gas development on public lands, installing 118,000 oil and gas wells over the next two decades. We cannot let America's wild places suffer the backlash of overly aggressive oil and gas plans.

One million acres of public lands are at risk.

Tell the Department of Interior that they're supposed to guard our public lands, not drill irresponsibly on them.
http://action.wilderness.org/campaign/TWTD/

We don't dispute that there are places where it is appropriate to drill, but it must be done at a slower pace. Moreover, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and conservation must play larger roles in the nation's energy policy.

Thank you,

Kathy Kilmer

Purkersdorf: Mobilfunkfirmen sind gegen Österreichische Ärztekammer

* In der Beilage senden wir Ihnen unsere Presseaussendung zum runden Tisch „Mobilfunk“ in Purkersdorf am 10.10.2006
http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/big_pr_aussendung_2006_11_10.doc

* Höchster Messwert in Purkersdorf im Gymnasium – Verursacher sind Antennen im Kirchturm

* Sendestandort „Kirchturm“ im Senderkataster nicht eingezeichnet (verheimlicht).

* Mobilfunker lehnen eine Bewertung der Messergebnisse durch die Österreichische Ärztekammer strikt ab

* Gutachten aus dem Jahr 2002 legt 1000 µW/m2 als Grenzwert vor (siehe Seite 8 http://root.riskommunal.net/gemeinde/purkersdorf/gemeindeamt/html/MobilfunkStudie.pdf ). Dieser wird nun 9-fach überschritten

* Das beiliegende Foto vom „strahlenden“ Kirchturm in Purkersdorf können Sie honorarfrei übernehmen © Robert Marschall
http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/kirche_purkersdorf.JPG

Ich stehe Ihnen für Rückfragen gerne zur Verfügung.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Mag. Robert Marschall
Erster Sprecher der Bürgerinitiative Gablitz
Anton Haglgasse 14/1/3
A-3003 Gablitz, Österreich
Tel: 02231 / 68367 und 0676 / 4039090
E-Mail: marschall @schutz-vor-elektrosmog.at
Homepage: http://www.schutz-vor-elektrosmog.at/buergerinitiative-gablitz.htm

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15.11.2006

Print-Ausgabe

Rat von neuem Experten

PURKERSDORF / Positives berichtet Stadträtin für Umwelt und Verkehr, Marga Schmidl (Liste Baum und Grüne), vom zweiten Runden Tisch zum Thema Mobilfunk.

VON CHRISTOPH HORNSTEIN

„Es gab viele Meinungen, lebhafte Diskussionen, aber auch konkrete Ergebnisse.“ Bürgermeister Schlögl, Umweltstadträtin Schmidl, Vertreter der Stadtgemeinde und der Bürgerinitiativen trafen sich letzte Woche mit den Mobilfunkbetreibern. Die in der Vorrunde beschlossenen Messungen wurden diesmal präsentiert. Das Ergebnis: Die stärkste Strahlenbelastung wurde beim Standpunkt AHS gemessen. Sonst gäbe es durchschnittliche Werte. Der Grund für die AHS-Spitze könnte freilich auch darin zu finden sein, dass möglicherweise viele Schüler ihre Handys eingeschaltet haben.

Neuer Experte als Berater herangezogen Auch die Situation rund um den Sendemast auf der Wohnanlage Wintergasse 4 soll genauer untersucht und eine mögliche Strahlenbelastung der Bewohner der gegenüberliegenden Wohnbauten geprüft werden. Für beide Standorte wurde für den 15. November eine weitere Messung vereinbart. „Wie die Messergebnisse aber endgültig beurteilt werden können, das löste heftige Diskussionen aus,“ berichtet Schmidl. Deswegen wurde vereinbart, Dr. Hans Peter Hutter vom Institut für Umweltmedizin in Wien als anerkannten Fachmann zu Rate zu ziehen.

Er sei ein Kenner der Purkersdorfer Gegebenheiten und würde von der Stadtgemeinde beauftragt werden, ein medizinisches Gutachten zu erstellen. Schmidl: „Ich habe vorgeschlagen, Hutter zum nächsten Runden Tisch einzuladen, um die Ergebnisse der bisherigen Messungen zu interpretieren und als Experte noch weiter zur Verfügung zu stehen.“ Abschließend teilte der Vertreter der Firma T-Mobile mit, dass die Telering-Sendeanlage im Kirchturm voraussichtlich im Februar 2007 abgeschaltet wird. Der nächster Runde Tisch wird am 9. Jänner 2007 sein.

Copyright ©2001-2004 Web Wiz Guide

http://www.noen.at/redaktion/n-pur/article.asp?Text=216961&cat=337

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Ärztekammern und Mobilfunk
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1104181/

Spanien als Schauglas für die drohenden Klimaveränderungen

Während die Klimakonferenz in Nairobi tagt, liegt Madrid im Fieber und leidet selbst die regnerische nordspanische Region Kantabrien schon unter der Dürre.

http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/23/23962/1.html

Impeachment By Spring

http://tinyurl.com/uzoxx

Impeachment By Spring: Here's The Plan
http://tinyurl.com/y73f77

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Impeachment By Spring: We're Off and Running!

It's been just one week since we announced ImpeachForChange in Philadelphia and the response has been tremendous!

Over 23,000 activists signed our petition - even though our overloaded server turned many away. We upgraded our server so please try again: http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/88 and help us reach our goal of 1 million by forwarding the petition to your friends!

Then print copies of our simplified impeachment petition http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/downloads/petition-4.pdf and collect signatures from friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Then keypunch the email addresses into our invitation letter to ask the signers to complete the full petition online. Full instructions here: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/petition


31 Congressional District Impeachment Committees ... and Counting!

We also asked you to form Impeachment Committees in your Congressional District to persuade your Representative (who is supposed to represent you!) to support impeachment. And you responded in force! We now have committees forming in all of these districts:

CA30, CA38, CA52, DC00, FL10, FL18, FL19, HI01, HI02, IL03, IL11, MA08, MA10, MI10, MN04, MO08, NC04, NC06, NC11, NC13, NE03, NY07, NY08, NY15, OK05, PA18, RI01, RI02, SD00, TX18, VA08

If you live in one of these districts, you can find the announcement after you login to Democrats.com and click here: http://democrats.com/local

If there is no committee in your Congressional District, please create one here: http://www.democrats.com/cdic

Congressional District Impeachment Committees will:
1. Collect petitions on paper at busy locations (see above)
2. Write letters and op-eds to local papers
3. Meet directly with Representatives to persuade them to support impeachment
4. Organize Town Hall meetings (see below)


Impeachment Events on December 10: Human Rights and Impeachment Day

We also asked you to schedule Town Hall Meetings on Impeachment on December 10, and you responded again!

MA: Cambridge DC: Washington NC: Charlotte FL: Gainesville CA: Santa Barbara CA: San Francisco WA: Seattle

You can view existing events and sign up to attend one here.

You can create a public listing of your event here. You will be able to communicate with the people who sign up for your event, and to edit the listing for your event, changing or filling in details later.

Here is a list of available speakers with their contact info.

Be sure also to invite your Congress Member or newly elected future Congress Member to speak.

Here are resources that will make your event easy and effective.

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/december10


Want to End the War? Ask Congress to Do Investigations

Many committees in the House and Senate can - without taking any energy away from ending the war - finally conduct the investigations that have gone undone for 6 years, exposing evidence that could very well lead to criminal, civil, or political accountability, as well as pressure to end the war and precedent to help prevent the next war.

Here's a guide to asking your Representative and Senators to conduct investigations: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/investigations

Here's the same information on a flyer you can print and distribute: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/downloads/1pageinvestigations.pdf


A Critical Public Service Announcement from Randi Rhodes

Click image to hear 30-second audio. http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/downloads/rhodes2.mp3

Ask your radio stations to air it.

Check out our other PSAs. http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/psa


Audio and Video from Launch of ImpeachForChange in Philadelphia on Veterans Day

Our event was a great success, with outstanding speakers and bloggers.

Here is video: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/phillyvideo
Here is audio: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/phillyaudio


We Now Have Shirts With Long Sleeves
http://www.wavelengthclothing.com/impeach_bush.html


Invite the Bush Chain Gang to Your Town Reduce fear and roadside trash: put them to work.

http://backbonecampaign.org/chaingang.cfm


Forward this message to everyone you know!



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CASTOR-Transport 2006: Wendland im Widerstand

http://www.aku-wiesbaden.de/artikel_157.htm

impf-report Newsletter Nr. 40/2006

http://www.impf-report.de/jahrgang/2006/40.htm

Mobilfunk - Kinder - Schulen

HLV INFO 117/AT

14-11-2006 Risiko Mobilfunk

Veranstaltungsreihe des Bündnisses saarländischer Bürgerinitiativen Mobilfunk

Das Bündnis saarländischer Bürgerinitiativen Mobilfunk veranstaltet am 18. November 2006, 17:00 bis ca. 21:00 Uhr im Großen Sitzungssaal des Homburger Rathauses eine Tagung zum Thema

Mobilfunk - Kinder - Schulen

mit folgenden Vorträgen:

Vorsorge - statt Spätfolgen (Prof. Dr. R. Frentzel-Beyme, Bremen)

Die Gefährdung von Generationen (Dr. U. Warnke, Saarbrücken)

Mobilfunk im Unterricht? (Heike-Solveig Bleuel, Tübingen)

Herr Frentzel-Beyme ist Umweltwissenschaftler und Epidemiologe, Herr Warnke Biowissenschaftler, Frau Bleuel Diplombiologin, Schulbuchautorin und Dozentin. Die Vorträge werden ebenso mit Ergebnissen eigener Arbeit wie mit zum Teil noch wenig bekannten Erkenntnissen internationaler Forschung vertraut machen, aber auch fragen, wie die strittige Materie sinnvoll in den Unterricht einbezogen werden kann. Anschließend ist Gelegenheit zur Diskussion gegeben.

Wir laden herzlich zu der Veranstaltung ein. Der Eintritt ist kostenlos.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

i.A. Prof. Dr. K. Richter (zugl. V.i.S.d.P.)

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Kinder und Mobilfunk
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/311977/

Mobilfunk in der Schule
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/338094/

Schule und Mobilfunk
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/403986/

Elektrosmog im Klassenzimmer
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1870495/

Stoning for Adultery?

Stoning is a particularly brutal form of execution, specifically designed to increase and prolong the suffering endured by the individual being executed.

Currently nine Iranian women http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7215242910612138237741565 are under sentence of execution by stoning for adultery, including one woman who claims she was forced into prostitution by her husband.

Please join Amnesty International and human rights defenders in Iran - mostly women, including activists, journalists and lawyers - to put an end to stoning!

Urge the Iranian government to commute the sentences of death by stoning and to abolish this inhumane practice, today!
http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7215173210612138237741565

Sincerely,
The Program to Abolish the Death Penalty
Amnesty International
USA

Tell Novartis to Stop Blocking Inexpensive Medicines for Poor People

Drug company Novartis is challenging India's Patent law to prevent cheaper generic versions of its drugs being sold in India. If they win, this will threaten India's ability to produce affordable generic drugs, including HIV medicines, which are benefiting millions of people in India and other developing countries.

Tell Novartis to drop their lawsuit.
http://act.oxfamamerica.org/campaign/novartis

This could seriously impede poor people obtaining cheaper medicines and is against an international agreement that declares that developing countries can produce and import cheaper versions of medicines in the interests of public health.

Millions of poor people depend on these live-saving medicines. Please contact Novartis today and tell them to drop their lawsuit!

Thank you for your support of poor people around the world.

Sincerely,

Tim Fullerton
Oxfam America

Halliburton Secretly Doing Business with Key Member of Iran's Nuclear Team

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0806-21.htm


Informant: Debi Clark



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Halliburton

Trees Are Dying!

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Who says hip-hop isn't political any more? Check out Dr. Octagon's latest hot track, "Trees," an environmental PSA made for MTV.

Pass It On
http://ga3.org/ct/2p20pgF1uzU3/

GOP campaign tactics, from the smear to the robo-call, reveal the true nature of their candidates

Nasty, Brutish And Republican
http://www.observer.com/20061113/20061113_Joe_Conason_politics_joeconason.asp

Source: http://ga3.org/ct/Np20pgF1uzU2/

The new Congress has a public interest mandate to protect net neutrality

A Vote For A Fair Internet
http://ga3.org/ct/2120pgF1uzUw/

Fixing The 2008 Election

by Jonah Goldman and Tova Wang, TomPaine.com

There are plenty of troubling voter problems that need to be addressed.
http://ga3.org/ct/2720pgF1uzUx/

Invading Iran for the sake of women's rights or democracy would be a tragic mistake, as Iraq and Afghanistan clearly show

Bush's Failed Liberation Theology
http://ga3.org/ct/2d20pgF1uzUs/

Council hiccup allows phone mast go-ahead

ANGRY Blidworth residents have blasted council chiefs and accused them of 'ineptitude' after a mobile phone company exploited a legal loophole to put up a mast just yards from their homes.

Phone giant 3G had applied for planning permission for a 15-metre base station on the car park of the derelict Blidworth Miners' Welfare building on Mansfield Road.

Newark and Sherwood District Council refused the application — but under new national rules a phone company must be notified of the decision within 56 days or the project can go ahead.

It was revealed this week that planners informed 3G on the 57th day, meaning the mast could be installed despite the no-go ruling.

Said head of planning Mike Evans: "Because of that hiccup we approached them and as a matter of goodwill had hoped that they would reconsider –– or at least meet us.

"But no, their attitude was 'we've got consent and we're going to erect it'. We're very disappointed."

But 3G bosses say they have done everything they were required to do — including asking relevant bodies for their comments before the planning application was even submitted — and insisted they are doing nothing legally wrong by putting up the mast.

Said spokesman Verity Blake: "It is regrettable they didn't contact us within the time frame as this causes problems for all parties."

Furious resident Susan Evans lives opposite the mast and has criticised council chiefs this week for their blunder.

"The council has been inept — it informed residents that planning permission had been refused but didn't get a letter to the company in time," she said. "The council's incompetence needs to be shown up."

Mrs Evans and her husband Bill now plan to lodge a complaint with the Local Government Ombudsman and say they are also considering legal action.

14 November 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.

http://www.mansfieldtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=722&ArticleID=1876545

New Congress, old politics

Fox News

by Susan Estrich

11/12/06

Don't get too drunk on the bubbly yet, fellow Democrats. 'Control' isn't all it's cracked up to be. This is not like winning the White House. That's 'control.' When you win the presidency, you get control of the entire executive branch. You can run the foreign policy of the most powerful country on earth. You can issue executive orders without asking anyone. You can appoint judges and justices who serve for life. When you win control of Congress, you can schedule hearings. You can run the House post office and the page program. You get better offices, and more staff people. You also get attacked for not having a plan. That's why Rush Limbaugh says he's liberated. He's liberated to start attacking. But that doesn't mean Democrats have power. When was the last time you heard anyone talking about the powerful House Republicans? Not. Or the powerhouse Senate Republicans? And there were more of them than there will be Senate Democrats...

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,228942,00.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A word to the unwise

The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith

11/12/06

It's time for a big fat 'I told you so' to all you Republicans, conservatives, neoconservatives, and neolibertarians who are reeling with surprise and shock over what happened to them the first Tuesday in November. You people screwed up bigtime, and you got it all back, in the shorts, in one long evening in hell you'll remember all your lives. ... It's so refreshing when what goes arounbd actually comes around. None of you would listen over the past five or six years. None of you listened over the past fifty years. If you had, things would be very different today, and it would be Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer out standing on a street corner selling pencils from a tin cup instead of you...

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2006/tle393-20061112-09.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The True Believers are absolutely certain that the brutal and brutalizing force we have employed thus far is insufficient

No way out -- but out

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

11/13/06

The Perpetually Warmongering True Believers are amazed, outraged and full of damnation directed at Bush, the Iraq Study Group (such as it is), and anyone else at all who would even consider that perhaps the only conceivable way of 'stabilizing' Iraq is, among other things, to engage Iran and Syria in regional talks. The True Believers are absolutely certain that if the brutal and brutalizing force we have employed thus far is insufficient, the best solution is a still more brutal campaign of lethal, murderous bombs and bullets. They are as certain of this as they have been certain of everything else over the last five years...

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2006/11/no-way-out-but-out.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The repudiation of Bush

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

11/10/06

'Power tends to corrupt,' Lord Acton famously said. 'And absolute power corrupts absolutely.' The voters apparently agreed. It's reasonable to conclude from the election results that most voters felt the Republicans had been in power too long. The hopeless war in Iraq, the culture of corruption and incompetence, the spending binge (which includes the war), the grating social conservatism, and the autocratic arrogance approaching the dictatorial -- all culminated in a thunderous repudiation of President Bush and the Republican Party. It couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch...

http://www.fff.org/comment/com0611b.asp


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Neoconservatism: RIP

Salon
by Gary Kamiya

11/14/06

The neoconservatives who dreamed up America's Iraq nightmare are rushing desperately about, searching for scapegoats. Their favorite whipping boy is yesterday's jutting-jawed hero, Donald Rumsfeld, who has been unceremoniously tossed onto the scrapheap. But they also blame the National Security Council, Condoleezza Rice, George Tenet, Paul Bremer, Gen. Tommy Franks and George W. Bush himself. The only thing they don't blame is the actual culprit -- neoconservative ideology itself. The neocon finger-pointing over who lost Iraq, recently showcased in Vanity Fair, obscures the fact that Bush's war was a laboratory in which their doctrine was tested -- and completely failed. This failure was manifested on the ground and confirmed by the midterms. Most Americans don't even know what neoconservatism is, but they know a failure when they see it -- and they decisively rejected it... [subscription or ad view required]

http://www.salon.com/opinion/kamiya/2006/11/14/neocons


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Neocons, RIP?
http://www.lewrockwell.com/hadar/hadar76.html



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Neoconservatism
http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=neocon
http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Leon+Hadar

Finally term limited

The American Spectator
by Andrew Cline

11/14/06

This year marks Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert 's 20th year in the U.S. House. Had Hastert been able to stay on as speaker for the 110th Congress, he would have tied Massachusetts Democrats Tip O'Neill and John McCormack as the longest-serving House speaker in U.S. history. For anyone who remembers being energized by the Republican Revolution of 1994 and its outsider vs. insider mantle, that historical tidbit is cringe-inducing. Hastert presided over a Republican-controlled House that each year became more cynical, more spend-happy, and more obsessed with maintaining power...

http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=10627


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Hastert

Are we really entitled to this?

TCS Daily
by Jagadeesh Gokhale

11/14/06

As reported by its trustees, Social Security's total imbalance has increased from $10.4 trillion in 2004 to $13.4 trillion in 2006 -- a jump of $3.0 trillion in just two years. And Medicare's imbalance has grown from $61.6 trillion in 2004 to $70.5 trillion today -- an increase of $8.9 trillion in the same period. That's $11.9 trillion in new debt in the past two years alone. Put another way, it's 85 percent of the $14 trillion of GDP that the United States will likely produce this year...

http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=111306B


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Busheviks: Foreigners have no rights

Akron Beacon Journal

11/13/06

Immigrants arrested in the United States may be held indefinitely on suspicion of terrorism and may not challenge their imprisonment in civilian courts, the Bush administration said Monday, opening a new legal front in the fight over the rights of detainees. In court documents filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., the Justice Department said a new anti-terrorism law being used to hold detainees in Guantanamo Bay also applies to foreigners captured and held in the United States...

http://tinyurl.com/yd9z6y


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Guantanamo

Bush opposes Dems' Iraq troop timetable

Winston-Salem Journal

11/14/06

President Bush traded ideas on Iraq with a bipartisan commission Monday and promised to work with the incoming Democratic majority toward 'common objectives.' At the same time, he renewed his opposition to any timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops. As Bush met with the Iraq Study Group, the Democrat in line to lead the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin of Michigan, said the administration didn't see that 'we're getting deeper and deeper into a hole'...

http://tinyurl.com/y9nqqr



Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

MAST PLAN FROM 'CLOUD CUCKOO LAND'

A PROPOSAL for a towering 40-foot mobile phone mast in the centre of a village conservation area has been condemned as "outrageous" by district councillor Gary Marsh.

"It would be like a Belisha beacon – visible from all over the village," Mr Marsh said. "It is absurd – complete cloud cuckoo land!"

The proposed siting by British Telecom at its telephone exchange in Stockcroft Road, Balcombe, also places the steel monopole next to Tiggers Playgroup, the village's pre-school group.

"Government guidelines say children below a certain age should not use mobile phones and yet this would be less than 50 metres from Tiggers," Mr Marsh said.

An application to site the mast in Stockcroft Road comes within days of another blow to villagers who campaigned against an application to put three wall-mounted antennae on Gilletts Surgery, near the village centre.

The district council refused permission because of fears of disturbance caused by humming from the equipment box. But an appeal by Orange has just been approved by a planning inspector on condition that noise insulation is agreed and emitted noise is measured and monitored.

Mr Marsh, district councillor for Balcombe, said he was "gutted" by the inspector's decision. He said Balcombe was already surrounded by at least 10 other masts, with permission for two more also given.

"It's bad enough having them across the valley trying to look like trees but bringing them into the village itself, on a doctors' surgery and next to a playgroup is appalling," he added.

Balcombe Parish Council will discuss the BT monopole application on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the WI Room at the Victory Hall. Residents have until December 1 to write to MSDC to comment on the application.

middy.news@sussexnewspapers.co.uk

14 November 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.

http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=516&ArticleID=1875716

„Die Würde des Menschen wird ungesetzlich!“

Landeserwerbslosenkonferenz in Rheinland-Pfalz

Vom 24.11.-26.11.06 treffen sich in Mainz Erwerbslose aus Rheinland-Pfalz unter dem Motto „Die Würde des Menschen wird ungesetzlich!“, um eventuell eine landesweite Vernetzungsstruktur partei- und gewerkschaftsunabhängiger Betroffener zu bilden. Siehe die Einladung (pdf) http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/aktionen/lek_rlp06.pdf


Aus: LabourNet, 14. November 2006

Wenn es klingelt: Bedarfsermittler nach Hartz IV

Kölner Nubbel ohne Skrub(p)el. Erwerbslosen Forum Deutschland verleiht besondere Auszeichnung. Chefermittler Markus Galle der ARGE Köln-Porz setzt auf Denunzianten

„Pünktlich zum Karnevalsbeginn hat das Erwerbslosen Forum Deutschland dem Präsidenten des Karnevalsvereins „Poorzer Nubbele e. V.“ und Leiter des Bedarfsermittlungsdienstes der ARGE Köln-Porz eine Auszeichnung für besonders negative Benachteiligungen von Hartz IV-Betroffenen verliehen. Beispielhaft seien seine Einstellungen zu Denunziationen, ohne die die Arbeiten des Ermittlungsdienstes nicht möglich seien…“ Pressemitteilung des Erwerbslosen Forums Deutschland vom 11.11.2006 http://www.erwerbslosenforum.de/nachrichten/kolner_nubbel_ohne_skrubpel.htm

Die Laudatio für Markus Galle (pdf) http://www.erwerbslosenforum.de/markus_galle.pdf

Aus dem Text: „…Sie gaben in der Sendung „Neugier genügt“ (WDR5 vom
12.10.2006) umfassend und gut gelaunt Auskunft darüber, wie Sie als Bedarfsermittler unverhofft vor Haustüren stehen und Ihre „Neugier“ befriedigen. (…) Beachtenswert sind auch Ihre philosophischen Betrachtungen über Denunziation. Es bleibt nun mal nicht aus, dass andere Menschen andere denunzieren, „weil Sozialleistungsbezieher eben einem gewissen Augenmerk ausgesetzt sind. Da gibt es Neider, verärgerte Verwandte und Freunde die dann keine Freunde mehr sind.“ Wie gesagt: in der Sendung des WDR hielt sich Ihre Empörung über so etwas sehr in Grenzen…“ Siehe dazu:

Wenn es klingelt - Bedarfsermittler nach Hartz IV. Mitschnitt der WDR5 Radiosendung „Neugier genügt“ von Maria Franziska Schüller vom 12. Oktober 2006, 10.15 Uhr http://www.wdr5.de/sendungen/neugier_genuegt/801164.phtml


Aus: LabourNet, 14. November 2006

„Die Überflüssigen“ in Leipzig nahmen Tiefensees Busbegleiterprojekt auf 's Korn

Neuer Begleitservice in Leipzigs Bahnen

„In Leipzig werden von diesem Freitag an 48 Hartz-IV-Empfänger als Begleitservice in Bussen und Bahnen eingesetzt. Damit startet das vom Bundesverkehrsminister Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD) initiierte Pilotprojekt für insgesamt 300 Hartz-IV-Empfänger. (…) Das Programm ist auf drei Jahre angelegt. Die Teilnehmer erhalten zusätzlich zu ihrem Arbeitslosengeld II monatlich 100 bis 150 Euro. Die Rechtsgrundlage ist die selbe wie beim „Ein-Euro-Job“. Das Interesse an dem Projekt ist groß: Rund 600 Menschen haben sich beworben, berichtet die LVB. Die Spanne reicht vom 20- bis 62- Jährigen, vom Bewerber mit Förderschulabschluss bis hin zum Diplomchemiker. Dennoch ist das Projekt umstritten. Im Zusammenhang mit Diskussionen um die Innere Sicherheit war Tiefensee, früher Oberbürgermeister der Stadt, für die Idee kritisiert worden…“ Artikel von Marion van der Kraats vom 13. November 2006 bei „Sachsen im Netz“ http://www.sz-online.de/nachrichten/artikel.asp?id=1322994

Siehe dazu unter „Proteste gegen Ein-Euro-Jobs“: Protest in Bus und Straßenbahn. „Die Überflüssigen“ in Leipzig nahmen Tiefensees Busbegleiter – Projekt auf 's Korn http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/aktionen/busbegleiter.html


Aus: LabourNet, 14. November 2006

Ministerin Zypries treibt verfassungswidrige Vorratsdatenspeicherung voran

„Mit dem am Mittwoch vorgestellten Gesetzentwurf zur Reform der Telekommunikationsüberwachung will Bundesjustizministerin Brigitte Zypries die langfristige Protokollierung von Telefon-, Handy-, Email- und Internetdaten durchsetzen, obwohl anhängige Gerichtsverfahren voraussichtlich deren Verfassungswidrigkeit ergeben werden. "Damit nimmt Frau Zypries einen Verfassungsbruch bewusst in Kauf", protestiert der Jurist Patrick Breyer vom Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung…“ Pressemitteilung des Arbeitskreises Vorratsdatenspeicherung vom 08.11.2006 http://www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=61&Itemid=27


FoeBuD entwickelt "PrivacyDongle" gegen Vorratsdatenspeicherung

„Die geplante Vorratsdatenspeicherung bedeutet langfristig, dass in Zukunft sämtliche Kommunikationsverbindungen von Telefon, Handy, SMS und Internet (wer, wann, wo, mit wem) gespeichert werden sollen. Diese Maßnahme betrifft eben nicht Terroristen, sondern 80 Millionen unbescholtene Bürgerinnen und Bürger in Deutschland. Der FoeBuD e.V. engagiert sich seit langem gegen die Vorratsdatenspeicherung, denn diese ist eine Bedrohung für unsere Demokratie. Deswegen hat der FoeBuD mit dem "PrivacyDongle" ein Werkzeug geschaffen, das das anonyme Surfen auch für technisch nicht so bewanderte Menschen einfach möglich macht…“ Pressemitteilung von FoeBuD e.V. vom 9.11.2006 http://www.foebud.org/datenschutz-buergerrechte/vorratsdatenspeicherung/foebud-entwickelt-privacydongle-gegen-vorratsdatenspeicherung


Aus: LabourNet, 14. November 2006

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Neue Attacke auf den Bürger von Ministerin Zypries
http://www.meta-info.de/?lid=24531



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Vorratsdatenspeicherung

Projektvorhaben zu den Hintergründen unsers Geldsystems

http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/rechten/allg/hbs-projekt.pdf

Irak: Wenn Bechtel geht

http://www.meta-info.de/?lid=24517



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Bechtel

Do you know what's in that bottle of water?

Do you know what's in that bottle of water sitting in your refrigerator? Probably not, right? Well, that's because bottled water corporations, like Coke, Pepsi and Nestlé, aggressively lobby against legislation that would require them to disclose complete water quality information.

Join our National Day of Action! Send an e-mail to the CEOs of Coke (Dasani), Pepsi (Aquafina) and Nestlé (Poland Spring, Deer Park, Arrowhead and more). Ask when these corporations will provide water quality reports based on independent testing comparable to those provided by our public water utilities.

The bottled water industry is one of the least regulated industries in the United States. Yet the giant bottling corporations spend tens of millions of dollars every year trying to convince us that bottled water is safer and more pure than tap water. We just don't buy it!

Think Outside the Bottle!
http://www.stopcorporateabusenow.org/ct/07AJ1Fs1xzmc/
Take action today! Click here to send an e-mail to the CEOs of Coke, Pepsi and Nestlé.
http://www.stopcorporateabusenow.org/ct/0pAJ1Fs1xzmB/

You can also join thousands of people across the country who are calling these corporations today in a joint Day of Action.

Call-In Day Scripts

Call Coke CEO Neville Isdell:

Call 1-800-Get-Coke. Hi, my name is ________. I'd like to speak to CEO Neville Isdell, please.

You will likely be asked what the question is, or to leave a message:

I have a question. I know that your product Dasani is regulated by the FDA. And, I know that Coca-Cola says it uses filtration systems, voluntary testing and state of the art processes for its bottled water; but all of this information comes directly from Coke. As a consumer, I want to see the actual results of water quality tests from over the past year, like my public water system must provide. Coke continues to advertise bottled water as more safe and pure than tap water; when will Coke provide water quality reports based on independent testing that are comparable to those provided by our public water utilities?

Call Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi:

Call PEPSI (914) 253-2000. Hi, my name is ________. I'd like to speak to CEO Indra Nooyi, please.

You will likely be asked what the question is, or to leave a message:

I have a question. I know that Pepsi's Aquafina bottled water is regulated by the FDA. And, I know that Pepsi says it uses filtration systems, voluntary testing and state of the art processes for its bottled water; but all of this information comes directly from Pepsi. As a consumer, I want to see the actual results of water quality tests from over the past year, like my public water system must provide. Pepsi continues to advertise bottled water as more safe and pure than tap water; when will Pepsi provide water quality reports based on independent testing that are comparable to those provided by our public water utilities?

Call Nestlé Waters North America CEO Kim E. Jeffery:

Call NESTLÉ WATERS NORTH AMERICA 1-800-937-7708. Hi, my name is ________. I'd like to speak to CEO Kim E. Jeffery, please.

You will likely be asked what the question is, or to leave a message:

I have a question. I know that Nestlé bottled water brands like Poland Spring/Deer Park/Arrowhead (put in the local brand here) are regulated by the FDA. And, I know that Nestlé says it uses filtration systems, voluntary testing, state of the art processes and protected water sources for its bottled water; but all of this information comes directly from Nestlé. As a consumer, I want to see up-to-date and current actual results of water quality tests from over the past year, like my public water system must provide. Nestlé continues to advertise bottled water as more safe and pure than tap water; when will Nestlé provide a current, comprehensive and independent water quality report comparable to reports provided by our public water utilities?

After your call, please take a moment to let us know what happened. You can report your phone calls by calling our Campaign Headquarters at 800-688-8797 or by e-mailing us at Email: mwn@pobox.com

Onward,


Patti Lynn
http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/cms/page1353.cfm

Crop Life America Plotted Bush Human Pesticide Testing Policy

http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/181/31/


Informant: rafeswhiterose

W-LAN in Schulen

Leserbrief
http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/total_falsche_botschaft.pdf



WLAN Funknetz als Strahlenschleuder?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/293874/

Strahlend ins Internet-WLAN
http://www.ises-suedbaden.de/pdf/WLAN.pdf

Funk-Netzwerke
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/257661/

WLAN
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/293874/

WLAN in Schulen
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1053669/

Mit dem Laptop in den Unterricht
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1054537/

WLAN via Laptops
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1041099/

Gesundheitsgefahren durch kabellose Laptops
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/191214/
http://tinyurl.com/88sg2

Kleenex, one of the most popular brands of tissue products in the world, contributes to the destruction of ancient forests

I'm writing you from Everett, Washington, where just moments ago, Greenpeace activists drove a Kleenex shaped bus across the entrance of Kimberly Clark's paper mill, one of the largest mills in the country. This busy mill receives thousands of tons of ancient trees throughout the year, so our action is sure to get the company's immediate attention. We're demanding that Kimberly Clark's representatives meet with us, and we've even provided a meeting room and coffee onboard the bus to facilitate the discussion.

But you can help encourage Kimberly Clark to meet with us right now.

TAKE ACTION

Write directly to the CEO of Kimberly Clark and demand a meeting with Greenpeace.
http://usactions.greenpeace.org/action/start.php?action_id=125

We're not the only ones demanding that Kimberly Clark stop wiping out ancient forests for disposable tissue products. Just over a month ago, Fortune magazine reported that the CEO of Walmart has also asked Kimberly Clark to clean up its forest practices. Walmart happens to be the largest retail outlet for products such as Kleenex tissues and Scott toilet paper. If companies like Walmart, and consumers like you apply enough pressure, we can bring Kimberly Clark to the table.

It's time for Kimberly Clark to stop blowing the world's last remaining ancient forests and start using recycled content and FSC-certified wood in its products.

Your friend,
Pam Ginger
Cassady Forest Campaigner

http://www.care2.com/news/member/870323169/220673



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Kimberly+Clark

The War: Their Agenda and Ours

http://tinyurl.com/y93qnz

U.S. 'Torture Taxis' Make Regular Stops in Las Vegas

This is the story of so called rendition planes, otherwise known as torture taxis. They are civilian aircraft often owned by companies suspected of being fronts for the CIA. The planes are used to travel abroad, kidnap suspects, and take them to dark places at the ends of the earth, from which few ever return.

http://www.klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5660267


From Information Clearing House



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=rendition
http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=torture

Iraq reconstruction needs more than $100B

The civil reconstruction of Iraq will cost at least $100 billion, U.S. officials in Baghdad told Iraqi contractors who are vying for some of the work.

http://www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20061110-114629-4533r


From Information Clearing House

Controlling Iraq and using its strategic position, oil and status within the Arab-Muslim worlds is part of America’s plans

Saddam Finale

By Said K. Aburish

What is good for America in Iraq is not necessarily good for Iraq. Controlling Iraq and using its strategic position, oil and status within the Arab-Muslim worlds is part of America’s plans and the weaker Iraq is through religious and ethnic divisions the easier it is to control.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15593.htm

Rumsfeld ’s long walk into Political Oblivion

By Mike Whitney

Even after being forced to resign in utter disgrace, he still shows no sign of doubting his abilities as a military genius. His ego remains as impervious to criticism as tempered steel.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15603.htm



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Rumsfeld

Open Letter to Reps Pelosi and Conyers: We the People are Setting the Table Now

By Cindy Sheehan

We the people put the Democrats back into power because we want to see a change in this country and a rejection of politics as usual. We want politics as unusual. We want to see the issue of impeachment and a speedy and safe withdrawal of our troops from Iraq de-politicized and brought into the realm of "right and wrong" where these issues belong, not "right and left."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15595.htm



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http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
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War is a failure of the human condition, it is a failing of intelligence, of morality, of compassion, and of maturity

“With Great Power…”

By Rick Banales

We must remind these people that until we have the 900-year-old principle of Habeas Corpus returned in this country – whole, undiluted, for citizen and non-citizen alike, we really do not live in America.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15594.htm



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Habeas+Corpus

Labor Movement Dusts Off Agenda as Power Shifts in Congress

After the Republicans took control of the House in 1994, perhaps no group was on the outs as much as organized labor. But now that the Democrats have swept both houses of Congress, the nation's labor unions feel as if they are back - and then some.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/111306LA.shtml

GOP Likely to Lose Battle Over Offshore Drilling

The Democrats' return to power is increasing pressure on House Republican leaders to accept a limited expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling. Supporters of such exploration say the next Congress, with Democrats in control come January, probably will not tamper with the long-standing drilling bans that have protected most coastal waters for a quarter-century.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/111306EB.shtml

US Is Top Purveyor on Weapons Sales List

The United States last year provided nearly half of the weapons sold to militaries in the developing world, as major arms sales to the most unstable regions - many already engaged in conflict - grew to the highest level in eight years, new US government figures show.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111306T.shtml

TV Stations Airing Fake News

http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/1113-10.htm

The Root of Terror is Clear

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1113-33.htm

What Now but Pain for Families of Dead Soldiers?

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1113-31.htm

The Unfinished Story of Election 2006: We Get to Choose the Ending

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1113-27.htm

Americans Need to Learn the Lessons of Iraq War

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1113-30.htm

Some Evangelical Christians Reconsider Their Faith in GOP

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1113-02.htm

China's Environment Degraded to Dangerous Point

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1113-04.htm

US Warns of Protests During Bush Indonesia Visit

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1113-06.htm

Multi-Volume UN Report to Offer Climate Change Evidence

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1113-07.htm

Helfen Sie der Tiefsee: Spanien stellt sich quer beim Moratorium für die Grundschleppnetz-Fischerei

http://tinyurl.com/y9tewr

IRAQ TROOP WITHDRAWAL LOOKS FAR OFF

http://www.consumersforpeace.org/headline_iraq_troop_withdrawal_far_off.html


Informant: Charles Jenks

From ufpj-news

Important petition for animals in China

A message from NANCY

Original Message

THANKS COLLEEN FOR FORWARDING, OF COURSE I SIGNED.

VERY GRAPHIC PICTURES ON THE PETITION, BUT PLEASE SIGN AND FORWARD.

THANKS, RIA.


Original Message


Hi there,

here is a very important petition for animals in China, please read it and sign, and forward it to anyone you know, thanks!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/980306975


Miwa

AMERICAN POLICE WILL ENFORCE THE 'NEW WORLD ORDER'

by Greg Evensen

Police officers will be given the ultimate responsibility to see that each one of us is carrying out the dictates of the government. They will do so because they have sworn to uphold the “law.” Ultimately, law will be what politicians and corrupted courts say that it is. Not what our constitution clearly states it actually is or is not. The due process protections will be gone as will be our dwindling Bill of Rights......

http://www.newswithviews.com/Evensen/greg6.htm



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Bill+of+Rights

The dark side of the 'Good War'

http://fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fuj/latimes104.htm


Informant: Lew Rockwell

Lose a War, Lose an Election

http://www.lewrockwell.com/lind/lind112.html

Will the Dems Turn the Tide of History?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/trotter6.html

Neocons Identify Real Culprit in the Middle East

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/salyer2.html



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Neocons

Demographic Reality and the Entitlement State

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul351.html

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