Mittwoch, 24. Mai 2006

Say No to Drilling in the Arctic Refuge: House Vote Tomorrow

Just when you thought oil-friendly Members of Congress had run out of excuses for destroying the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, they come up with a new reason to do Big Oil's dirty work.

This week they're dangling jobs and money in front of the American public. Their so-called "American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act" (H.R. 5429) uses wildly inflated numbers to claim that drilling the Arctic Refuge is good for labor and good for the federal treasury.

The truth? The big winner in this plan is ExxonMobil; who will be stuffing its already bloated coffer with billions more in profits. And the biggest losers are the American people; we'll sacrifice our greatest wildlife sanctuary while feeding our addiction to high-priced oil.

Click here to express your outrage at this bill by emailing your member of Congress right now. //ga3.org/campaign/ArcticMay06

The federal government estimates that oil from the Refuge wouldn't be available for at least another ten years. Drilling wouldn't lower gas prices for at least twenty years and then only by ONE penny per gallon!

This Arctic destruction bill is being rushed to the floor for a vote tomorrow! Click here to express your outrage at this bill by emailing your member of Congress before it's too late! //ga3.org/campaign/ArcticMay06

Please spread the word to your friends and family and ask them to join you in contacting their representatives, too.

Thank you for your help,

Katelyn Sabochik
Online Campaign Manager
info@saveourenvironment.org

FCC Won't Probe NSA Call Program

The Federal Communications Commission will not pursue complaints about a US spy agency's access to millions of telephone records because it cannot obtain classified material, the FCC chairman said in a letter released on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the ACLU is launching a nationwide Don't Spy On Me campaign to urge the public to demand that the Federal Communications Commission and state utility commissions probe whether phone companies broke laws by sharing customer records with the government's biggest spy agency.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052406N.shtml

Bush Administration misleads public on deforestation effort

"Overall, the U.N. estimates that 10.40 million hectares of tropical forest were permanently destroyed each year in the period from 2000 to 2005, an increase since the 1990-2000 period, when around 10.16 million hectares of forest were lost."

mongabay.com May 21, 2006

Bush Administration misleads public on deforestation effort //news.mongabay.com/2006/0521-tfca.html

The Bush Administration is misleading the American public and the United Nations about its efforts to address tropical deforestation according to analysis by the Tropical Forest Group, an environmental advocacy group based in Santa Barbara, California.

The Tropical Forest Group alleges that the US Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA), a key initiative to reduce carbon emissions and tropical deforestation, has been neglected for a year and a half despite recent claims by the Bush Administration that it was actively supporting the program.


RELATED ARTICLE United States has 7th highest rate of primary forest loss November 16, 2005

Primary forests are being replaced by "modified natural," "seminatural," and plantation forests in the United States according to new deforestation figures from the United Nations. Monday, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released its 2005 Global Forest Resources Assessment, a regular report on the status world's forest resources. FAO found that the United States has the seventh largest annual loss of primary forests in the world, ranking it the worst among wealthy countries in that department. Between 2000 and 2005, the United States lost an average of 831 square miles (215,200 hectares, 2,152 square kilometers or 531,771 acres) of "primary forest" -- defined by FAO as forests with no visible signs of past or present human activities. These forests, often termed "old-growth forests," have the highest number of plant and animal species and are generally considered a top priority for conservation by environmentalists and government agencies.


The Tropical Forest Group says that the Administration issued two official reports in April - one to a U.N. body and another for the American public on Earth Day.

The first, "Submission of the United States: Views on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries: Approaches to Stimulate Action", was sent to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and reads "the United States has made a significant and sustained commitment to helping tropical countries conserve and protect their forest resources."

The second statement, issued by the State Department on April 21,
2006 -- the day before Earth Day -- is titled "Bush Administration Launches New Global Conservation Initiatives" and states "Šthe Bush Administration, assisted by the Department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), has launched new global initiatives and partnerships, including those highlighted here." The statement claims "the US is contributing or generating $150 million to conserve tropical forests worldwide" through the TFCA and the President's Initiative Against Illegal logging.

The Tropical Forest Group contends that these statements are misleading at best. According to their analysis the administration has committed far less money to these efforts and has not signed a new TFCA conservation agreement in 18 months.

Hayley Nyeholt, TFG's associate director says, "I don't see how the Administration can make these proclamations with a straight face. They put $4 million into the President's illegal logging initiative. $20 million was allocated to the TFCA this year."

The Tropical Forest Group report goes on to urge the administration to fully fund the TFCA at $70 million a year and actually use the money for its stated purpose, saving tropical forests.

The Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA) was enacted in 1998 to offer eligible developing countries forego paying back debt owed to the U.S. in exchange for supporting local tropical forest conservation activities. To date six countries -- Bangladesh, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, and the Philippines -- have signed TFCA agreements. The State Department says that these deals will deals will generate over $60 million for tropical forest conservation over the life of the agreements. A TFCA agreement can be structured as debt reduction, debt buyback, or debt-for-nature swap, according to the State Department web site.

According to U.N. data, tropical deforestation rates increased 8.5 percent from 2000-2005 when compared with the 1990s, while loss of primary forests expanded by almost 24 percent over the same period. Overall, the U.N. estimates that 10.40 million hectares of tropical forest were permanently destroyed each year in the period from 2000 to 2005, an increase since the 1990-2000 period, when around 10.16 million hectares of forest were lost. Among primary forests, annual deforestation rose to 6.26 million hectares from 5.41 million hectares in the same period. On a broader scale, U.N. data shows that primary forests are being replaced by less biodiverse plantations and secondary forests. Due to a significant increase in plantation forests, forest cover has generally been expanding in North America, Europe and China while diminishing in the tropics. Industrial logging, conversion for agriculture (commercial and subsistence), and forest fires -- often purposely set by people -- are responsible for the bulk of global deforestation today.

Tropical forests are the world's most biodiverse ecosystems. Scientists are concerned that tropical deforestation is contributing to global warming and causing a mass extinction event not seen since the dawn of civilization.

-- Cold Mountain, Cold Rivers
Working at the Crossroads of Environmental and Human Rights since 1990
PO Box 7941
Missoula Montana
59807 (406)728-0867


Informant: Scott Munson

FLU 'ODDITIES' BREAKING NEWS

//www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities.html


Informant: Scott Munson

Ecological Extortion in the National Forests

//www.counterpunch.org/juel05192006.html

May 19, 2006 //www.counterpunch.org/juel05192006.html

Ecological Extortion in the National Forests

Bush's Logging-for-Watershed Restoration Plan

By JEFF JUEL

Responding to their own well-deserved bad PR following decades of unsustainable logging and road building on national forest lands in the Northern Rockies and elsewhere, the U.S. Forest Service has been attempting to redefine the terms of the debate so the public will accept more industrial logging and roadbuilding on our public forests.

These days, as we pore over the governments' environmental documents, rarely are timber sales offered up solely for economic purposes. In almost every proposal, we read that "vegetation restoration" (i.e., logging) is needed, ironically enough, in order to compensate for the negative consequences of earlier logging and fire suppression, the latter of which was often done at the behest of the logging industry.

But whereas there is a vigorous scientific debate over whether industrial logging can actually restore our forests, there is simply no debate over the immediate need to restore watersheds--with stream ecosystems unraveling and native fish habitat choked by sediment following decades of road building and logging. The watershed restoration needs here in the Northern Rockies are immense with Forest Service estimates indicating that nearly 85% of the fish- passage culverts in our region are currently impassable to fish coupled with a road maintenance backlog of over $1.3 billion on the 67,000 miles of roads that crisscross our forests and watersheds.

Unfortunately, Congress has yet to appropriately prioritize and adequately fund genuine watershed restoration for our national forests. Perhaps this is due to the fact that since 1990 the logging industry and their lobbyists have given members of Congress $39 million in campaign contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In recent years, the Forest Service has been displaying the disturbing tendency to utilize industrial logging as a way to raise funds for watershed restoration through something given the positive sounding name of "stewardship contracting." One such example is the Fishtrap logging project located twenty miles north of Thompson Falls, within a remote corner of the forest. The Fishtrap project calls for 3 1/2 square miles of industrial logging in unroaded wildlands, old-growth forests and important habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout.

The Forest Service wanted to "implement the Fishtrap project through stewardship contracting in order to accomplish as much of the identified restoration opportunities on the ground as possible. Stewardship contracting facilitates land restoration and enhancement efforts by using value of the traded goods (timber) for important work on the ground"

In some ways, this seems almost like extortion, forcing the public to permit logging in what are usually heavily logged watersheds so that some watershed restoration can be achieved. Obviously, this begs the question: how many timber sales would the agency have to hold in any given watershed, in order to get the excessive roads removed, the sediment sources fixed, the streams and streamside zone fully functioning, the fish populations recovered and the weeds controlled?

The WildWest Institute raised this question in the case of the Fishtrap project. The answer we got back was a tacit admission that the Forest Service's logging-for-watershed-restoration paradigm won't net nearly enough money to restore all the identified road and watershed problems in Fishtrap Creek. The Lolo National Forest stated, "Because road management and watershed restoration opportunitiesfar exceeded anticipated revenues, only the highest priority road treatments" were included in the decision, thus other watershed restoration needs were put on indefinite hold until funds might be found. However, the 3 1/2 square miles of industrial logging are fully funded by the decision.

Another, perhaps more insidious, form of extortion involves the Bitterroot National Forest, where the agency is resorting to a different sort of propaganda. In recognition of a legitimate need to reduce fire risk to a narrow stretch of private land along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River, the agency offered up the Middle East Fork logging project, under the auspices of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act.

However, instead of focusing limited fuel reduction resources along the ownership boundary, the Bitterroot National Forest also proposed to log nearly 4,000 acres of unlogged, old-growth forests far from the community. In response to agency scientists and other researchers who indicate that fuel reduction must be more narrowly prioritized, and to counter the Forest Service's unfounded claims that logging old- growth would "restore fire-adapted ecosystems," the WildWest Institute and Friends of the Bitterroot--together with retired Forest Service rangers, loggers, hikers, hunters and local residents-- proposed a smaller, more focused alternative that, according to the Forest Service, would have reduced fuels on 1,600 acres, created 45 jobs and pumped $1 million into the local economy.

Our alternative was also in recognition that the Middle East Fork project area is still recovering from past Forest Service mismanagement including clearcutting, terracing and excessive roadbuilding, which was so egregious that it lead to Congress passing the National Forest Management Act in 1976. In fact, a third of the entire analysis area has already been logged and the roads in the project area are currently dumping over 150 tons of sediment into streams annually.

We also requested that the Bitterroot National Forest create a list of all needed watershed restoration actions for the Middle East Fork project area, so that the Environmental Impact Statement would inform the public how much money it would take--and how many jobs would be available for local workers--to restore the badly damaged watersheds in the project area.

Unfortunately, Bitterroot Supervisor David Bull refused to provide such information, saying, "The Healthy Forests Restoration Act does not address or authorize such unrelated activities for watershed improvement purposes." If the HFRA is truly about restoring healthy forests, we wonder just how in the world that goal is accomplished without bona-fide, ecologically-based watershed restoration work. And what good is a "Healthy Forests Restoration Act" if the best that can be provided to the imperiled bull trout is an impaired status quo?

In order bring to light our federal government's disingenuous and ineffective logging-for-watershed-restoration paradigm--and due to other illegalities within both the Fishtrap and Middle East Fork logging projects--we have initiated the checks and balances provided by the third branch of government, by filing suit in U.S. District Court, in order to hold the Forest Service accountable and make sure that this government agency follows the law.

As the old saying goes, "When there's a will, there's a way." In the case of restoring our national forests, the WildWest Institute is working with diverse interests on many levels to find alternatives to the current, dysfunctional paradigm. We believe the opportunities are nearly endless and bona-fide restoration work could provide jobs for generations.

Unfortunately, until Congress and the Forest Service demonstrate the same willingness to make watershed and ecologically-based restoration activities a top priority, our public watersheds, forests and wildlife will continue to be compromised.

Jeff Juel is Ecosystem Defense Director of the WildWest Institute in Missoula, Montana.

-- Tim Hermach Native Forest Council PO Box 2190 Eugene, OR 97402 541.688.2600 541.461.2156 fax web page: //www.forestcouncil.org

DEFENDING LIFE, LAND & LIBERTY * Honest & Fully Costed Accounting, * Voices of Integrity, Hope & Reason * Honest & Uncompromised Education, Advocacy & Litigation * Real Protection for 650 Million Acres of Federal Land, Rivers & Streams See for yourself at: //forestcouncil.org/learn/aerial/index.html


Informant: Scott Munson

The War on Free Press

On Sunday, Alberto Gonzales told ABC's "This Week" that he would consider prosecuting reporters who get their hands on classified information and break news about President Bush's terrorist surveillance program.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052406I.shtml

Amnesty Deeply Troubled by Bush's Vacuum of Moral Leadership

Amnesty International: "It's difficult to believe that the United States government, which was once considered an exemplar of human rights, has sacrificed its most fundamental principles by abusing prisoners as a matter of policy, by disappearing detainees into a network of prisons and by abducting and sending people for interrogation to countries that practice torture."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052406D.shtml

Groups Armed by US Propel Iraq Toward Chaos

The American-backed effort to arm tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers and officers, coupled with a failure to curb a nearly equal number of militia gunmen, has created a galaxy of armed groups, each with its own loyalty and agenda, which are accelerating the country's slide into chaos.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052406C.shtml

NSA-Compliant Phone Companies Brace for Massive Lawsuits

Major phone companies bob and weave on their roles in an NSA surveillance program as they brace for legal action.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052406B.shtml

Kritik an geplanter Laufzeitverlängerung von Atomkraftwerken

Abschaltung gefordert: Kritik an geplanter Laufzeitverlängerung von Atomkraftwerken (24.05.06)

Die atomkritische Ärzteorganisation IPPNW kritisiert, dass sich die deutschen Atomkonzerne mit Umweltminister Sigmar Gabriel getroffen haben, um über die Verlängerung von Laufzeiten ihrer bestehenden Atomkraftwerke zu reden. RWE und EnBW wollten angeblich in den kommenden Wochen für mindestens zwei Atomkraftwerke längere Laufzeiten beantragen, schreibt der "Spiegel" in seiner neuesten Ausgabe.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: //www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=13689

Amerikakritik und Engagement

Bei der Eröffnungsrede zum PEN-Kongress in Berlin wirft Günter Grass dem englischen Premierminister Tony Blair und dem US-Präsidenten George Bush Lügen, Heuchelei und Verbrechen vor. Damit verbunden wird die Forderung an den Schriftsteller, sich politisch stärker zu engagieren.

//www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/22/22741/1.html

Verschwörung im Weißen Haus?

Nach einer Umfrage gehen 42 Prozent der US-Bürger davon aus, dass die US-Regierung etwas im Zusammenhang mit den Anschlägen vom 11.9. verbergen will, 45 Prozent fordern eine erneute Untersuchung.

//www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/22/22735/1.html

US-fomented ethnic unrest in Iran

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/4532/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

How Dick Cheney Got His Cold War On

A COLD WAR TIMETABLE //www.exile.ru/2006-May-19/the_cold_war_timeline.html


Informant: Kev Hall

Power Lines and Pipelines Draw Closer to Parklands

Under orders from Congress, the Department of Energy and Bureau of Land Management will approve thousands of miles of new power line and pipeline corridors on federal lands across the West in the next 14 months. The energy easements are likely to cross national parks, forests and military bases as well as other public land.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/052306EC.shtml

The Human Ecological Footprint

A future for planet Earth and humanity requires that a third major revolution - a successor to the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions - be initiated by the Earth's most influential life form. This third revolution will clearly have to be an Ecological one.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/052306EB.shtml

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Support sustainable living
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Just Don't Tell 'Em You Know Me

The current bribery scandals must be put into the proper perspective argues Will Pitt: "It is one thing to take a bribe. It is another entirely to take a bribe that cuts the legs out from under our ability as a nation to defend itself."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052306R.shtml

Help Us Pass H Res 635 to Create an Investigation into Grounds for Impeachment

//www.afterdowningstreet.org/635


Informant: ranger116



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Has the Bush administration drastically understated the U.S. military death count by redefining "death"?

If you know of any U.S. Soldier that has died in Iraq check the alphabetized list here and if their name is Not on it notify your Representative and newspaper.

//www.freedomunderground.org/iraq_cas_ver.php

Pass it on !


Informant: ranger116

US funding civil war in Iraq

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/4531/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

The Internet's Long War

by Dawn Holian, TomPaine.com

Net neutrality storms the next battlefield, the House Judiciary Committee.
//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/05/24/the_internets_long_war.php

George And Tony's Legacy

by Gary Younge, TomPaine.com

Bush and Blair are now fighting not for their political lives but for their political obituaries.

//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/05/24/george_and_tonys_legacy.php

Money plus secrecy equals trouble

//tinyurl.com/hnosq


From Information Clearing House

Capital Exchange Controls For The U.S.?

If the U.S.$ declined substantially, it could lead to Capital Controls to protect against foreign governments' withdrawal of their investments in the U.S.A. - The U.S. would be particularly likely to impose Capital Controls because of the huge volumes of externally owned U.S. currency.

//tinyurl.com/ewfvq


From Information Clearing House

On India, Iraq, U.S. Empire and Dissent

//www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/23/1358250


From Information Clearing House

Will Elena Benador Start World War III?

Joseph Cannon [1] rightly calls our attention to Elena Benador, the woman who played a crucial role in brainwashing millions of Americans into supporting the invasion of Iraq - and is trying to do the same in Iran.

//www.democrats.com/node/9012/print


From Information Clearing House

War Provoking Terror, Amnesty Says

The war on terror is provoking more terror, Amnesty International secretary-general Irene Khan told IPS in an interview Tuesday at the launch of the human rights group's 2005 annual report.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13168.htm

New Iraqi leader Nuri al-Maliki wants troops out

Nuri al-Maliki, the new Iraqi prime minister, said British troops would hand over responsibility in two provinces to Iraqi security forces by next month and that he expected US, British and other foreign troops out of 16 of the country's 18 provinces by the end of the year, a much speedier and more ambitious schedule than the US and Britain have so far admitted to.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13157.htm

Slaves to the "Free Market" Unite

By Jason Miller

When laws in the United States began making it prohibitive for the Social Darwinists to exploit employees and the environment to the extent that it engorged their bank accounts, they began moving their operations to countries which did not have these “harsh constraints”.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13159.htm

OECD warns rebalancing of US deficit may drive dollar down sharply

By AFX

The OECD has warned that the eventual rebalancing of the US current account gap 'looks increasingly unavoidable' and will send shock waves across the globe, starting with a slump in the dollar's exchange rate. The OECD said in its world economic outlook that the depreciation faced by the dollar could be 'of the order of one-third to one-half.'

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13167.htm

Amnesty attacks US 'disappearances'

By Peter Walker

Washington had failed to bring to account those potentially guilty of war crimes or crimes against humanity, it added.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13163.htm

Former U.S Navy Senior Council Says Bush Administration Open To War Crime Charges

BBC Newsnight

Albert Moro, in his first broadcast interview. Click here to view Real Video
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13155.htm

Officer corps is against war with Iran

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/4524/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

New Movie Features Global Warming

//www.omega-news.info/new_movie_features_global_warming.htm

Tell Congress: The Wiretap General MUST Be Opposed For CIA Director

STOP HAYDEN ACTION PAGE:
//www.usalone.com/impeachteam/pnum295.php

How outrageous is it that the NSA head who implemented the wiretap crimes of the Bush administration should now be considered for head of the CIA? All the members of the Impeach Team are strongly opposed to this nomination. While they are calling for impeachment, they are at the same time also opposing putting accessories to the high crimes of the president and vice-president in positions of high public trust and responsibility.

It not just that they've been secretly monitoring without warrant virtually every domestic phone call in the US. Now we find they've been expressly targeting journalists for spying. Pretty slick system, isn't it? They make all evidence of their malfeasance classified information, and then they threaten to prosecute anyone who would dare expose them in the media.

As to General Hayden in particular, when challenged on the wiretap scandal recently he proclaimed, "Believe me, if there is any amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the 4th," after having just denied that there was any reference to the expression "probable cause" in there to regulate unreasonable searches and seizures. Unfortunately for him the text of the 4th amendment to the Constitution is in the public record.

STOP HAYDEN ACTION PAGE: //www.usalone.com/impeachteam/pnum295.php

Even Republican leaders have admitted this spying program is "clearly and categorically wrong." What they have NOT done is challenge the administration in any way on their abuses of power. But that is what we must do, to continue to speak out, to stop the Hayden nomination, and to correct the underlying problem itself, the abuse of our democracy by calling for impeachment now.

Some fear that taking a strong stand for impeachment will hurt our chances in November. The opposite is in fact true. Your fellow constituents, and this crosses party lines, are just as appalled as you are with our current members of Congress and their continued failure to stand up for us. Strong candidates who are NOT afraid to speak the truth, and NOT afraid to stand up now help our chances in November. By supporting these candidates, we can inspire the turnout we need to overcome the expected pre-meditated election fraud.

Some fear that challenging the president will mobilize his base against us. What base? Less than 30% still cling to the vain belief that Bush and Cheney are either competent or truthful. Instead, we will rally our own base in a way that is not otherwise possible, and it will be the other side who sits out the election in disgust with the neocon nightmare we have for an Administration.

Some fear that any replacement for either Bush or Cheney might be equally as bad. All we know is wherever the people's impeachment movement takes us we must go there. Only if the voice of the people is strong can we stop the slide into the unitary dictatorship being exercised now. At the very least we will be able to chasten their successors.

What we are asking is that everyone who reads this should contribute at least ten dollars to help these brave candidates run their "call to action" ads. They want to run ads on Air America, not just in Los Angeles, but nationally to build the people's impeachment movement. They want to run ads in the L.A. Times so that the impeachment movement has real visibility. If each and every one of you can just contribute what you can now, this could be a real tipping point.

"CALL TO ACTION" AD DONATIONS: //www.usalone.com/impeachteam/donations.php

If you can contribute more, what a blessing that would be. There are many for whom $25, $50 or $100 is something they could comfortably do. Imagine what it would be like if you were so fortunate as to be able to contribute the campaign limit of $2100 to one of these worthy candidates. That's enough to buy an entire WEEK's worth of Air American streaming ads, calling on progressives everywhere to join the impeachment movement now.

We have spent two years complaining about the incumbents we have now, watching as they have failed us again and again. Now we have the chance to actually DO something about it. What we are asking is that even if you respond to no other appeal this year, THIS is the one that counts. THIS is the one that could mean the difference between being stuck with the same smug losers for what could be the last gasp of our great democracy, or replacing them NOW with candidates with the courage to take a stand for us.

This is your chance America. This is your chance to be rid of Bush and his gang of cronies forever. They remain in power only because they have conned you out of your own democracy. They remain in power only because we have not yet all spoken out at one time, all at the same time, to finally throw them out.

Look at what they have done to our country. Look at what it costs you every day extra just in the increase in gas prices caused entirely by their reckless destabilization of the Middle East, which they are determined to turn into an even wider conflagration. Look at all the money they have stolen from your own pocket to give lavish gifts to their most wealthy corporate cronies, in unlimited interest rates, propped up prescription drug prices, and paid for by the gutting of programs for the most needy.

"CALL TO ACTION" AD DONATIONS: //www.usalone.com/impeachteam/donations.php

Then, please think what it would be worth to you to remove our tormentors from office right now. And whatever that number is, make that donation today to build the impeachment movement which will make it happen.

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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Total Information Awareness, for whom? - Total Information Lives Again

CounterPunch
by Alice Cherbonnier

05/23/06

The recent USA Today revelation that three major phone companies have (allegedly) been providing phone call records to the NSA shouldn't come as a shock. Our government has been seeking to harness maximum data for many years -- for all kinds of purposes, legitimate and illegitimate. As technology has advanced, so too have the means of harvesting and mining digital information. Just about everything about anybody or anything can be datamined by those with the motive, means, and opportunity. Just who are these people, and who's giving them a license to delve into our record?

//www.counterpunch.org/cherbonnier05232006.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Total Information Lives Again
//justanotherblowback.blogspot.com/2006/10/total-information-lives-again.html


Informant: Eric Stewart

The delusions of global hegemony

Mother Jones
by Tom Engelhardt

05/23/06

Interview with Andrew Bacevich: "Certainly, it's become incontrovertible that the Iraq War is not going to end happily. Even if we manage to extricate ourselves and some sort of stable Iraq emerges from the present chaos, arguing that the war lived up to the expectations of the Bush administration is going to be very difficult. My own sense is that the officer corps -- and this probably reflects my personal experience to a great degree -- is fixated on Vietnam and still believes the military was hung out to dry there. The officer corps came out of the Vietnam War determined never to repeat that experience and some officers are now angry to discover that the Army is once again stuck in a quagmire. So we are in the early stages of a long argument about who is to be blamed for the Iraq debacle...

//www.motherjones.com/interview/2006/05/andrew_bacevich.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Americans are waking up to reality and it is scary

//www.unknownnews.org/060522a-MrChuckles.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The myth of government job creation

No Force, No Fraud
by Bob Smith

05/24/06

In Minnesota, JOBZ is being challenged as unconstitutional, but I suspect that even if it is so declared, the state will make enough changes in the program to get around any court ruling. Subsidies please the people who receive them, which gathers votes and campaign contributions, and that is, after all, what drives politics. Politicians giving away taxpayer money are buying votes. One of the principles our nation was founded on was equal opportunity. Whenever government plays favorites, subsidizing some at the expense of others, it destroys the equality of opportunity...

//tinyurl.com/nlkf7


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Ending the warfare state

The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith

05/23/06

What those libertarians who remain true to principle should be thinking about at this moment is what the world is going to look like after this war is over with, and, more importantly, how can future wars like it be prevented. ... People on the Left desperately need to get this straight: this war is as much the Democrats' baby as it is the Republicans'. Over the past century or so, it was their irrational foreign policies, their imperialistic interventions, their political assassinations, and their irrational bombings, quite fully as much the Republicans', that the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 was intended to avenge. And so my first prescription for libertarians -- and for everybody else -- is that both the Republicans and the Democrats must never hold office again. They must be thrown on the proverbial ashheap of history...

//www.ncc-1776.org/tle2006/tle368-20060521-06.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Police target anti-war protester, steal banners

Independent [UK]

05/23/06

The veteran peace activist Brian Haw was stripped of his anti-war banners and placards by up to 50 police officers in an early-morning raid in Parliament Square yesterday. There were chaotic and farcical scenes as police wrestled with nine dishevelled protesters led by Mr Haw, and a 40-metre line of anti-war placards, including two donated by the graffiti artist Banksy, was dismantled and dumped in a metal container. Two demonstrators, Martin McGrath and Maria Gallastegui, who tried to climb the metal container to salvage the placards, were arrested. ... The battle between police and the 57-year-old protester has been going on for some time. Last July, the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act came into force, bringing with it powers to halt demonstrations in Parliament Square and its vicinity, a provision widely seen as having been designed with Mr Haw in mind...

//news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article570949.ece


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The snooping goes beyond phone calls

BusinessWeek

Furor and confusion over allegations that major phone companies have surrendered customer calling records to the National Security Agency continue to roil Washington. But if AT&T Inc. (T ) and possibly others have turned over records to the NSA, the phone giants represent only one of many commercial sources of personal data that the government seeks to 'mine' for evidence of terrorist plots and other threats. The Departments of Justice, State, and Homeland Security spend millions annually to buy commercial databases that track Americans' finances, phone numbers, and biographical information, according to a report last month by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress... (for publication 05/29/06)

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Trial opens for second Abu Ghraib dog handler

Miami Herald

05/23/06

Prosecutors at the court martial of an Army dog handler said Tuesday he was part of a crew of corrupt soldiers who enjoyed tormenting detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Maj. Matthew Miller said in his opening statement that Sgt. Santos A. Cardona harassed prisoners for 'nothing more than the entertainment of the accused and the enjoyment of the other corrupt cops serving on the night shift at Abu Ghraib.' But defense attorney Harvey Volver said Cardona, a 32-year-old military policeman from Fullerton, Calif., followed the law and obeyed orders at a time when the Pentagon was pressing for intelligence and the chain of command at the prison was broken...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Don't Spy On Me: ACLU seeks to rally against phone snooping

Philadelphia Inquirer

05/23/06

A civil rights group was launching a nationwide Don't Spy On Me campaign Wednesday to urge the public to demand that the Federal Communications Commission and state utility commissions probe whether phone companies broke laws by sharing customer records with the government's biggest spy agency. On its Web site Tuesday night, the American Civil Liberties Union said it was demanding action at the FCC in Washington, D.C., and in 17 states. It was to advertise the start of its program in newspapers across the country Wednesday. The campaign, symbolized by a telephone with an eye on it, urges members of the public to go to an ACLU Web site to add their names to complaints being filed with the FCC and with state utility commissions to show there is a large population of people upset by the sharing of their records...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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American Civil Liberties Union: Don't Spy On Me

It's illegal and un-American for your phone company to hand over your phone records to the government without a legal order. But it looks like that's just what they're doing: violating the privacy and rights of millions of innocent Americans in the process.

The phone companies have no right to forfeit your privacy. And just last night we learned that the FCC has refused to investigate these illegal actions, using the same “state secrets” excuse used by the very phone companies it’s supposed to hold accountable.

Today, the ACLU is launching a nationwide consumer campaign demanding that regulators do their jobs and protect our privacy. We need your help.

Act now to stop phone companies from abusing your privacy.
//action.aclu.org/site/R?i=lIT6JCGMcrZFGeRAVKBmMw..

It’s outrageous that the agency created to guard the people’s interest is burying its head in the sand during what may be the most massive abuse of customer privacy in American history.

We can’t stand idly by while corporations, federal regulators and even our elected leaders fail to champion our rights or uphold our basic system of checks and balances. The power to right these wrongs ultimately resides in the hands of the American people.

The ACLU is filing formal documents with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) insisting that they fulfill their regulatory obligation and investigate this breach of consumer trust. At the same time, ACLU offices across the country are filing similar demands with regulatory authorities in dozens of states.

Regulators need to hear that the public demands action. The longer the list of names, the more powerful our message. Federal and state officials must use their authority to investigate and fine the phone companies, and your voice will make a difference.

Act now to stop phone companies from abusing your privacy.
//action.aclu.org/site/R?i=04J0L4G6vriQe90q7fhSAA..

We must not allow the government and the phone companies to collude in this massive illegal attack on our privacy and our trust.

And we certainly can’t wait for Congress to act, or for the phone companies to reverse course.

Join us in telling the FCC that we won’t take no for an answer -- they must investigate. And don’t let the states follow the FCC’s wrong-headed example. We are simultaneously filing 20 actions across the nation TODAY.

Please add your name and your voice. All you have to do is use our online form. We’ll add your name to our demand for FCC action and to local filings in applicable states. After you sign on, you can also send an email directly to each of the four FCC commissioners letting them know Americans want answers and action.

Act now to stop phone companies from abusing your privacy.
//action.aclu.org/site/R?i=NX6LtBO9UwWYZx8Aq0dRtQ..

As always, thank you for standing with us. Every voice in this fight is going to matter, so please take action today.

Sincerely,

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director ACLU

Almost all Greeks agree: they do not want genetically modified crops

//www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/23/news/gmo.php


Informant: binstock

Afghanistan: Karzai requests airstrike inquiry

Tampa Bay Online

05/14/06

President Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation Tuesday into the deaths of at least 16 civilians in one of the deadliest U.S. airstrikes since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. Meanwhile, an additional 19 people were killed in new violence. Karzai expressed 'concern at the coalition forces' decision to bomb civilian areas' at the village of Azizi in Kandahar province, but he also strongly condemned the 'terrorists' act of cowardice' in using civilians as human shields...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Moscow angered by US plan for 'star wars' bases in Europe to counter threat of Iran

//news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article570954.ece


Informant: Kev Hall

Eavesdropping, Gagging, and the Constitution

Is the National Security Agency being "turned against the people," as the Congressional committee led by Sen. Frank Church warned might happen? We the people cannot know; it's classified. While acknowledging the NSA's technological capability as a "sensitive national asset valuable to national defense," the Church committee sharply warned, "If not properly controlled ... this same capability could be turned against the American people, at great cost to liberty."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052406Z.shtml

Support sustainable living

Globally we are consuming natural resources at a faster rate than our planet can replenish them.

We need to reduce our impact - our ecological footprint - to a sustainable level. The challenge that faces us all is how can people everywhere enjoy a high quality of life, within the capacity of one planet?

One of the answers lies in Mata de Sesimbra in Portugal. This is the first of five flagship communities, one in each continent, which will have sustainable ecological footprints yet maintain high standards of living.

Please sign our petition and help make this project a reality
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Under the proposal, an area characterised by damaging development would be transformed into the world's first-ever integrated sustainable building, tourism, nature conservation and reforestation programme.

It will create thousands of zero-carbon, zero-waste homes, restore degraded woodland and lead to thousands of new jobs for local people.

All it now needs is approval by the authorities, and that's where you come in. Take action today and support sustainable living.
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Thank you,

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The Human Ecological Footprint
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Parents angry as masts go up

Jan Treacher and Jo Spillane with fellow protesters outside the Marlborough House

Oxford residents were shocked that mobile phone masts are being erected on pubs near primary schools.

Mobile phone giant T-Mobile is building masts on the roof of the Marlborough House pub, in Western Road, a short distance from St Ebbe's Primary School, and on top of the Chester Arms pub, in Chester Street, next to SS Mary and John Primary School.

The mobile phone company told the city council's planning department that it is erecting the masts, but the firm has permitted development rights and does not need planning permission.

T-Mobile signed a national agreement with Punch Taverns allowing it to put phone masts on its premises. But residents say the county council ban on mobile phone masts being set up in schools should have been taken into account.

Louise Elwell, of Western Road, whose 10-year-old son goes to school near the Marlborough House pub, said: "Putting up the mast here is inconsistent with the county council's policy.

"There is ongoing concern about the long-term effects of radiation that could be generated by these masts. I think this has been badly handled by T-Mobile's community relations department, who have not explained what type of mast or antennae is going up."

Jan Treacher, a governor at St Ebbe's Primary School, said parents and governors had contacted T-Mobile to complain.

"It's a very densely populated residential area, and I don't think residents are too happy either," she added.

On Saturday, residents living near the Chester Arms launched a petition against a mobile phone mast being erected on the pub's chimney.

Gordon Simmons, a spokesman for T-Mobile, said: "The mast will take the form of a flagpole on the side of the building, and it will be less than 15 metres in height, otherwise we would need planning permission, and the structure cannot be four metres higher than the roofline. There are 62.5m mobile phones in use in the UK, and they do not work without base stations like these."

11:42am today

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Emerging Problems with Private Military Contractors

during 2006 Annual Report Release
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Money Plus Secrecy Equals Trouble

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0523-30.htm

Lobbyists Contributed $103 Million to Lawmakers Since 1998

//www.commondreams.org/news2006/0523-08.htm

Electronic Frontier Foundation Accuses AT&T of Violating Users' Digital Privacy

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Drug Companies 'Failing to Meet Health Needs of World's Poorest'

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0523-07.htm

War on Terror ‘Undermining Human Rights’

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0523-05.htm

Technology Allegedly Used in Surveillance by Telecom Giant

Documents Describe Technology Allegedly Used in Surveillance by Telecom Giant
//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0523-01.htm

Apokalypse now: wie der Endzeitwahn den Krieg der Religionen vorantreibt

//www.giordano-bruno-stiftung.de/Archiv/trimondi.pdf

May You Be Blessed

//www.mayyoubeblessedmovie.com/

The "May You Be Blessed" Movie is part of the
One Million Blessings in One Hundred Days Experiment
//www.mayyoubeblessedmovie.com/onemillionblessings.html


Informant: nightowlnation


We Send You Our Blessings

Thank you. May you be blessed with all things good for helping us to spread the word and turn the One Million Blessings in One Hundred Days Experiment into a reality!

Kate



The Word

May you be blessed
with all things good.
May your joys, like the stars at night,
be too numerous to count.
May your victories be more abundant
than all the grains of sand
on all the beaches
on all the oceans
in all the world.
May lack and struggle be always
absent from your life
and may beauty order and abundance
be your constant companions.
May every pathway you choose
lead to that which is pure and good and lovely.
May every doubt and fear
be replaced by a deep abiding trust
as you behold evidence of a Higher Power
all around you.
And when there is only darkness
and the storms of life are closing in
May the light at the core of your being
illuminate the world.
May you always be aware you are loved beyond measure
and may you be willing to love unconditionally in return.
May you always feel protected and cradled
in the arms of God,
like the cherished child you are.
And when you are tempted to judge
may you be reminded that we are all ONE
and that every thought you think
reverberates across the universe,
touching everyone and everything.
And when you are tempted to hold back,
may you remember that love flows best when
it flows freely
and it is in giving that we receive
the greatest gift.
May you always have music and laughter
and may a rainbow follow every storm
May gladness wash away every disappointment
may joy dissolve every sorrow
and my love ease every pain.
May every wound bring wisdom
and every trial bring triumph
and with each passing day
may you live more abundantly than the day before.
May you be blessed
And may others be blessed by you.
This is my heartfelt wish for you.
May you be blessed.

Mobilfunkbetroffene: bitte viele Leserbriefe schreiben

Ich schicke Ihnen diese Artikel mit der Bitte um Weiterleitung an alle Betroffenen, damit hierzu viele Leserbriefe geschrieben werden.

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Mit freundlichen Grüssen

Familie Griebl



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Bush in Deutschland: nicht schon wieder!

"Dem Staatsgast Bush die rote Karte"

Dokumentiert: Pressemitteilungen aus der Friedensbewegung zum Deutschlandbesuch des US-Präsidenten und zum drohenden Iran-Krieg //www.uni-kassel.de/fb5/frieden/bewegung/Bush-Besuch/bush06-baf.html


Bush in Deutschland: "Nicht schon wieder!" Friedensbewegung beschließt Aktionen zum Bush-Besuch (22. Mai 2006)

Am 20. Mai fand in Berlin ein Treffen der Friedensbewegung statt, auf dem über Aktionen beim bevorstehenden Bush-Besuch beraten wurde (Am 14. Juli bundesweite Demo in Stralsund, 13. und 15. Juli: Aktionen im ganzen Land). Über die Ergebnisse informieren im Folgenden eine Pressemitteilung des Bundesausschusses Friedensratschlag sowie ein Interview, das die "junge Welt" mit dem DFG-VK-Sprecher Monty Schädel aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern führte. //www.uni-kassel.de/fb5/frieden/bewegung/Bush-Besuch/bush06-baf2.html


Dossier: Bush in Deutschland (Stralsund 2006, Mainz 2005, Berlin 2002) //www.uni-kassel.de/fb5/frieden/bewegung/Bush-Besuch/Welcome.html


Aus: LabourNet, 24. Mai 2006

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Bush in Deutschland (und Österreich): Nicht schon wieder!

Menschenleere Zone rund um Bush

Hotel in Heiligendamm weiträumig mit Stacheldraht gesichert. 200 Quadratkilometer Seegebiet gesperrt, Gullydeckel in Stralsund zugeschweißt. jW-Bericht in junge Welt vom 11.07.2006 //www.jungewelt.de/2006/07-11/043.php


Aus: LabourNet, 11. Juli 2006

Bundesweite Rasterfahndung in Teilen verfassungswidrig

Terrorismusbekämpfung und Grundrechte

Nur bei konkreter Gefahr. Die bundesweite Rasterfahndung nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 war in Teilen verfassungswidrig

„Das Bundesverfassungsgericht in Karlsruhe hat in einem mit Spannung erwarteten Urteil entschieden, dass eine präventive Rasterfahndung, wie sie nach dem 11.9. – überdies ergebnislos – durchgeführt wurde Rasterfahndung in Deutschland), nur in engen Grenzen zulässig ist. Das höchste Gericht lehnte allerdings eine Rasterfahndung nicht generell ab (vgl. Rasterfahndung nach 11. September 2001 verfassungswidrig)…“ Artikel von Peter Nowak in telepolis vom 23.05.2006 //www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/22/22731/1.html

Siehe dazu die Leitsätze zum Beschluss des Ersten Senats vom 4. April 2006 - 1 BvR 518/02 //www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20060404_1bvr051802.html


Aus: LabourNet, 24. Mai 2006

Das Gesundheitssystem scheint zu einer x-beliebigen Branche der Wirtschaft zu werden

Medizin und Ökonomie

Korruption im Gesundheitswesen

Misswirtschaft abstellen: Beitragserhöhungen sind keine Lösung

„Die Unterhändler beider Regierungsparteien verhandeln derzeit auf Regierungs- und Parlamentsebene die neueste Gesundheitsreform. Sie soll für etliche Jahre Bestand haben. Zur gleichen Zeit legt Transparency International Deutschland die deutsche Fassung des „Global Corruption Report“ mit dem Titel „Jahrbuch Korruption – Schwerpunkt: Korruption im Gesundheitswesen“ vor. Diese Fassung ist angereichert durch einen analytischen Einführungstext zur Situation des Gesundheitswesens in Deutschland mit Vergleichen zur Situation in den deutschsprachigen Ländern Österreich und Schweiz. Die drei Autoren dieses Textes erklären dazu: „Deutschland ist nach den USA und der Schweiz das drittteuerste Land, was die Kosten seines Gesundheitswesens angeht. Die Leistungen für die Versicherten und der Gesundheitszustand der Menschen in Deutschland liegen im internationalen Vergleich aber nur im Mittelfeld. Wir fragen uns und die Öffentlichkeit seit nunmehr mehr als fünf Jahren: Welchen Anteil an dieser Diskrepanz haben Misswirtschaft, Betrug und Korruption im Gesundheitsbereich? Eine Antwort auf unsere diesbezüglichen Fragen sind uns Bundes- und Landesregierungen seit unserer ersten Untersuchung 2001 immer noch schuldig…“ Presseerklärung von Transparency International Deutschland vom 16.05.2006 //www.transparency.de/2006-05-16_Gesundheit.911.0.html


Transparenzmängel im Gesundheitswesen

„Hintergrund: Ein besonders anfälliges Gebiet für Korruption ist das öffentliche Gesundheitswesen. Hier arbeiten komplexe Großverwaltungen - Krankenkassen, Ärzteverbände, Apothekerverbände, Länderministerien, Bundesministerien - daran, die Gesundheit der Versicherten zu erhalten, wiederherzustellen oder zu verbessern. Sie geben dazu viele Milliarden Euro jährlich aus (etwa zehn Prozent des Bruttosozialprodukts), die bei den Versicherten und deren Arbeitgebern erhoben werden. Die Leistungen werden von ebenso komplexen Organisationen erbracht - Pharmakonzernen, Medizingeräteherstellern, Kliniken und Rehabilitationszentren. Aufgrund seiner Komplexität ist das Gesundheitssystem äußerst korruptionsanfällig.
1999 wies die polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik 13.500 Fälle von Wirtschaftskriminalität im Gesundheitsbereich auf. Schaden: 20 Mio DM. Dabei ist jedoch die Dunkelziffer erheblich. Im internationalen Vergleich ist das deutsche Gesundheitswesen eines der teuersten, aber deswegen nicht das beste…“ Hintergrundartikel mit vielen weiteren Links auf der Seite von Transparency International Deutschland //www.transparency.de/Gesundheitswesen.gesundheit.0.html


Sind deutsche Ärzte bestechlich?

Interview von Claus Dümde mit Prof. Dr. med. Peter Schönhöfer über Korruption im Gesundheitswesen, der emeritierte Professor für klinische Pharmakologie ist Mitherausgeber des kritischen »arznei-telegramms«, erschienen in Neues Deutschland vom 17.05.2006 //www.nd-online.de/artikel.asp?AID=90568&IDC=2


1001 Geschichten und kein einziges Märchen - Aus dem Alltag eines kranken Gesundheitssystems

„Auf dieser Seite sammeln wir wahre Geschichten über die Ware Gesundheit. Geschichten über ein Gesundheitssystem, das zu einer x-beliebigen Branche der Wirtschaft zu werden scheint. Wo Kommerz und Profit die Überhand gewinnen über Fürsorge und Berufsethos. Schreiben auch Sie eine kleine Geschichte auf, die Sie als Beschäftigte/r im Gesundheitswesen oder auch als Patientin oder Patient oder Angehörige/r erlebt haben. (…) Die Bundesregierung will im Sommer eine erneute Gesundheitsreform vorlegen. Wir sammeln bis dahin Geschichten, die der Alltag schreibt, ein lesenwerter Vorgeschmack auf das, was sich jetzt schon abspielt und was uns in Zukunft häufiger erwartet. Bis zum Juli 2006 sollen es 1001 Geschichten werden, mit denen wir gehörig Aufmerksamkeit erregen wollen. Wenn es gelingt, erscheint das Projekt noch im Juli in Buchform oder auf CD. Rechtzeitig, um es allen Bundestagsabgeordneten als Pflichtlektüre mit in den Urlaub zu geben, bevor im Herbst die parlamentarischen Lesungen beginnen...“ Kampagnen-Seite der Initiative IPPNW – Internationale Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges / Ärzte in sozialer Verantwortung e.V. //www.kein-einziges-maerchen.de/

Siehe dazu auch:

»Medizin und Gewissen 2006« - Im Streit zwischen Markt und Solidarität

Sonder-Seite der Initiative IPPNW – Internationale Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges / Ärzte in sozialer Verantwortung e.V. zum Internationaler IPPNW-Kongress am 20. – 22. Oktober 2006 in Nürnberg //www.medizinundgewissen.de/default.aspx


Aus: LabourNet, 24. Mai 2006

Fehlende gesetzliche Regelungen gegen Sozialmissbrauch und Rechtsbrüche durch die ARGEN

Petitionsrecht im Zusammenhang mit Sozialrecht

„… am 11(09).04.2006 verfasste ich eine Petition zum fehlenden Grundrechtsschutz von ALG II-Beziehern durch den Gesetzgeber. Diese schickte ich einerseits in Schriftform an den Petitionsausschuss, anderseits wollte ich die Möglichkeit einer „Öffentlichen Petition“ nutzen. Unter Pet 4-16-11-81503-00642 erhielt ich nun vom Petitionsausschuss die Mitteilung, dass meine Petition zwar angenommen jedoch nicht veröffentlicht wird, „weil das Anliegen zu pauschal gefasst und daher für eine sachliche und inhaltlich weiterführende öffentliche Diskussion nicht geeignet ist.“ (Schreiben v. 02.05.2006). Dieses Vorgehen verletzt mein Grundrecht aus GG Art. 17 (Petitionsrecht)…“ Antwort von Armin Kammrad vom 21.05.2006 an den Petitionsausschuss des Deutschen Bundestags //www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/realpolitik/zwang/rechtsbruch2.html

Siehe dazu bereits im LabourNet:

Betrifft: Fehlende gesetzliche Regelungen gegen Sozialmissbrauch und Rechtsbrüche durch die ARGEN. Petition von Armin Kammrad vom 09.04.2006 an den Petitionsausschuss des Deutschen Bundestags //www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/realpolitik/zwang/rechtsbruch.html


Aus: LabourNet, 24. Mai 2006

Church under fire over phone mast decision

Published: 23rd May 2006

MEMBERS of the church council of St Aidan’s have upset local residents by agreeing to have a phone mast erected on the building’s tower.

The final decision will be made after consultation ends tomorrow.

But concerns have already been raised by local residents worried about the close proximity of the mast to their homes.

Gary Byrom of Bruce Street said: “As a local resident, this proposed siting so close to houses disturbs me as there are ongoing public health concerns regarding electromagnetic radiation emitted from these masts.

“It seems totally wrong for the church to put financial gain ahead of the welfare of the community it serves and I feel strongly this proposed siting should be rejected by Sudden and Meadway residents.”

Malcolm Bywater, a church warden, said one of the reasons the council approved the plans was because of the lack of conclusive health issues.

He said: “We discussed the matter of health grounds and decided there was no proof of problems and there was more damage from holding a mobile phone to your ear.

Omega this is not true. See under:
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//www.buergerwelle.de/body_science.html


“There won’t be any visual effect on the church because the equipment will be hidden high up in the tower behind 3ft stone walls.

“And parishioners will only be in church for about half-an-hour so I don’t think it will affect them.”

Churches are required to apply for diocesan planning permission and local authority pre-consultation to ensure changes in a church remain under public scrutiny.

Mr Bywater said the rent the mast would bring would bring a ‘significant’ amount of money for church funds.

Beatriz Ayala

First published by the Rochdale Observer

Submit your comments
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© Copyright 2006 Guardian Media Group

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The nation state is dead

//www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan43.html

Wiping Out the Middle Class

//www.lewrockwell.com/bonner/bonner246.html

The Mad Urge To Rule the World

//www.lewrockwell.com/engelhardt/engelhardt190.html

The US Military is a liability like the rest of the government

//www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff75.html

US: Kauft keine Rechner vom Chinesen

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Anti-Iran propaganda war 'just beginning'

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Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

EU-Feinstaubrichtlinie: zahnloser Papiertiger?

Do., 08. Juni 2006, 19.30 Uhr, in der Brienner Str. 46, U 1/7 und Tram 20/21 Stiglmaierplatz (3 min zu Fuß), U 2/8 Königsplatz (5 min zu Fuß), Eintritt ist frei,

Anfang letzten Jahres bewegte das Thema Feinstaub die Münchner Bürgerinnen und Bürger besonders stark. Mit der 35. Überschreitung des Tagesmittelgrenzwertes für Feinstaub an der Landshuter Allee wurde eine breite Debatte angestoßen. Allerlei Lösungsansätze, ob hilfreich oder nicht, wurden diskutiert; der schwarze Peter für das Feinstaubchaos wurde zwischen Kommune, Land und Bund ständig hin und her geschoben. Zurück blieben verunsicherte Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Und obwohl in München auch in diesem Jahr die Grenzwerte bereits häufiger gerissen wurden als im vergangenen, ist das Thema weitgehend aus der öffentlichen Diskussion verschwunden.

Ist das Problem deshalb auch gelöst?

Umweltzone, LKW-Transitverbot oder doch allgemeine Fahrverbote - wie geht es in München weiter? Welche Maßnahmen sind wirklich sinnvoll, um den Feinstaub nachhaltig zu reduzieren?

Referent: Dr. Stefan Taschner arbeitet bei Green City e.V. im Bereich nachhaltige Mobilität. Er beschäftigt sich u.a. als Kampagnenleiter mit dem Thema Feinstaub und hat zahlreiche Aktionen in München rund um dieses Thema initiiert und koordiniert. Gemeinsam mit dem Bund Naturschutz formulierte er einen Maßnahmenkatalog zur wirksamen Bekämpfung des Feinstaubes.

Bildmaterial: //www.oedp-muenchen.de/Mann-mit-Gasmaske-und-Schild.jpg

Näheres zur Umweltorganisation Green City unter: //www.greencity.de


Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Markus Hollemann
Regionalbeauftragter
Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei (ödp) Stadtverband München
Fon 089/45 24 74 15 × Fax 089/244 365 397
E-Mail m.hollemann@oedp-muenchen.de
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