Sonntag, 24. Juni 2007

Vice President Cheney surfing the waves of government secrecy once again



The descriptions are not ours. In the face of new revelations of the wholesale dismissal of the Constitution by the Vice President Cheney, "Power Grab" was the headline on the ABC News site. "Defiant" was the headline of the Washington Post. By now you could not have escaped hearing all the stories of the assertion by the vice president's office that he is a branch of government unto himself, and not beholden to any other. And if you have not read the stories, they are all linked in the "Arguments" section of this action page, where you can also cast your vote on whether Cheney should be impeached immediately.


And if the situation were not extreme enough, it was also reported this week that Cheney is aggressively campaigning for Bush to pardon Scooter Libby, which is an act of obstruction of justice on its face, according to John Dean, who should know a little something about impeachment. Whether or not Bush has the Constitutional power to grant pardons without cause, it is still an abuse power for him to do so, and a Constitutional high CRIME for Cheney to campaign for him to do so.

So now . . . NOW will you vote in the National Cheney Impeachment Poll, just as more than 72,000 of your fellow democracy-loving citizens already have? Would you be surprised to learn that 99.22 percent of those votes were Yes to impeach? Speaking on the Keith Olberman show tonight, Dana Milbank described the Vice President as a man "showing no restraint", and still . . . STILL Milbank could not bring himself to say the word "impeachment". Does he have a speech impediment? Do WE the people have a speech impediment?


Now is the time to speak out. Maybe you think that the Vice President is doing a great job and that Scooter Libby deserves a medal of freedom for outing Valerie Plame, thereby trashing our best source of REAL intelligence on WMDs in the Middle East. If so, then vote No, please vote No and take responsibility, and tell us you like having our Constitution ripped into little shreds.

By if you are as stunned as everyone else in the country about the increasingly brutal way that Cheney is abusing the power he has already grabbed, from the time he appointed HIMSELF as Bush's running mate, then please vote Yes to impeach. If you are as outraged as everyone else about a rogue executive operating as an imperial outlaw unto himself, please vote Yes to impeach.


It's OK in the personal message you send to Congress from the action page above to include a laundry list of all the other executive branch rogues who you think should be impeached at the same time, including Bush himself. But the Cheney situation is already long past the tipping point. His impeachment will lead DIRECTLY to the exposure of all the others and their removal as well.

Congress will NOT defy the voices of millions of us speaking out. That's what it will take. We have over 72,000 votes already, and we have only just begun to scratch the surface of the anger about what Cheney and his gang have done to our great country, sucking us into a ruinous, wrong-headed war on phony evidence they cooked themselves, criminal illegal wiretaps, torture as official U.S. policy, while they sell out our economy to foreign oil interests and crony war profiteers.

Our democracy can be saved, but ONLY if you speak out now.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.


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A Different Understanding With the President

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In todays Mail on Sunday Post comments at


(Forwarded by Adrian)


*Banning Incandescent Light Bulbs*

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to maintain the availability of existing incandescent lightbulbs until there are suitable non-fluorescent energy saving bulbs which can be tolerated by everyone including people with light sensitivity.

Health conditions which can result in severe and painful reactions to fluorescent low-energy bulbs and LEDs include lupus, ME, forms of eczema and dermatitis, XP, migraine, electrosensitivity and many more. These people will suffer increased ill health and total social exclusion if the ban on incandescent bulbs is implemented. Their home life, family life and social life will be severely disrupted and their access to employment, places of worship, cultural and educational activities will be removed.

Lightbulbs are essential items of everyday use. We need to encourage technologies that promote both environmental sustainability and human health and wellbeing. This is a serious and complex issue of public health, disability rights and human rights.


For more information on the campaign visit:

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New York Times, Letter to the Editor;

The two articles that appeared in the January 10th, 2008 issue of the NYT on energy efficient lights [Any other Bright Ideas by Julie Schefo and Remaking the Condo with Light and Air by Sidney LeBlance] were both interesting but they failed to mention one very important point. Some of these bulbs emit radio frequency radiation. This radiation flows through the air and along electrical wires contributing to dirty electricity. Some packages even have a warning about the radio frequency saying this light may interfere with radio reception. Indeed this is something that most people can test with a portable radio on AM. As you bring the radio close to an energy efficient bulb that produces radio frequencies the radio will begin to buzz. This is known as electromagnetic interference (EMI) and is a concern for anyone using wireless technology such as mobile phones or wireless computers.

But the real problem is that these frequencies are making people sick. Three independent groups in the UK, including the British Association of Dermatologists, the Migraine Action Association, and Epilepsy Action, have reported illness among their members who have tried energy efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFL). The most common symptoms are headaches-including migraines, fatigue, confusion, dizziness, ringing in the ears, eyestrain, nausea and skin irritations.

Not all energy efficient bulbs are the same. Some do not contribute to dirty electricity and do not produce radio frequencies and this includes a few compact fluorescent lights, some LEDs (light emitting dioxides) and some halogen bulbs. Unfortunately most of the bulbs on the market will make people sick. Reducing green house gases is important but doing it with flawed technology that will make the user ill is not the right course of action. If governments are going to ban the energy-inefficient but electromagnetically clean incandescent bulb, then they should also ban bulbs that produce radio frequency pollution.

I would encourage anyone who has recently purchased energy efficient bulbs and has since developed any of the symptoms mentioned above to test the bulb for radiation with a portable radio and if the radio buzzes to return the bulb to the retail store for a full refund. Even if our government hasn't done its homework, individual consumers can still make a difference.

Dr. Magda Havas, B.Sc. Ph.D.
Environmental & Resource Studies,
Trent University, Peterborough,
Ontario, Canada, K9J 7B8
phone: 705 748-1011 x 7882
fax: 705 748-1569

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