Dienstag, 6. Juni 2006

Invisible Children: Discover the Unseen


GMO Dangers: Mass Deaths in Sheep Grazing on Bt Cotton


Strip-Mining Glaciers: Do we Care More for Water & Life or Gold & Money?


Informant: Scott Munson

Odds That Bush Actually Won 2004 Election: 1 in 450,000


Informant: Scott Munson

Nine State Democratic Parties Back Impeachment

"Democrats overwhelmingly oppose the war and favor censure and impeachment," David Swanson writes.



Stand Up for Democracy With Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

"Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has written a brilliant new article about the biggest political story in the history of the United States: An American politician illegitimately took the office of president by outright theft and fraud," writes Thom Hartmann.


Almost Level, West Virgina

A Film by Rebecca MacNeice

As the destruction of America's Appalachian Range accelerates in the mad rush for cheap energy, activist Doris "Granny D" Haddock and former Congressman Ken Hechler act as our tour guides as we fly over regions of mind-boggling devastation. Truthout filmmaker Rebecca MacNeice is aboard a SouthWings flight. SouthWings provides flyovers of mountain top removal sites to promote conservation through aviation.


Bush: Discrimination 'Serves Interests of All'

"George Bush is entirely mistaken if he thinks that his amendment 'serves the interests of all,' just as he is entirely mistaken if he thinks that bigotry - be it motivated by racial hatred, ethnic rivalry, religious intolerance or homophobia - ought to be sanctioned by the Constitution," writes John Nichols.


Degrading America's Image

"It defies belief that this administration is still clinging to its benighted policies on prisoners after the horrors of Abu Ghraib, the killings at American camps in Afghanistan and the world's fresh outrage over what appears to have been the massacre of Iraqi men, women and children in the village of Haditha," writes the New York Times.



Resist This US Backlash

"Faced with a loss of influence in Latin America as a result of the shift to the left, the US government has been furiously lobbying sympathetic European states to create political leverage on Washington's behalf," writes Ian Gibson.


Ex-Official Testifies He Provided "Insight and Advice" to Abramoff

A former White House budget official acknowledged Monday that he had provided "a lot of insight and advice," including government information not available to the public, to the lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2002.


Congress's Free Trips Add Up to Almost $50 Million

Congressional aides took $30 million in trips paid for by private groups from 2000 through mid-2005, surpassing the privately sponsored travel of their bosses by nearly $10 million over the same time, according to a new analysis of publicly disclosed travel expenses.


Firms Donated to Groups That Gave Judges Free Trips

Two organizations that have provided free trips to hundreds of federal judges received large contributions from tobacco, oil and other corporate interests.


The free trips of Congressman Solomon Ortiz

U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz accepted free trips to China from a Houston-based husband-and-wife business team convicted recently in an illegal immigration scheme involving Chinese nationals.


From Information Clearing House

Gabriel kritisiert wachsende Einflussnahme der Wirtschaft auf die Umweltpolitik

Kein Primat der Politik: Gabriel kritisiert wachsende Einflussnahme der Wirtschaft auf die Umweltpolitik (06.06.06)

Bundesumweltminister Sigmar Gabriel kritisiert einen wachsenden Einfluss der Wirtschaft auf den Natur- und Klimaschutz. Die Globalisierung werde in der Umweltpolitik "immer wieder missbraucht, um alle Ansprüche auf eine demokratisch legitimierte Einflussnahme auf wirtschaftliche Prozesse zurückzudrängen", sagte Gabriel am Dienstag in Berlin. Vom Primat der Politik könne oft keine Rede mehr sein. Nötig sei "so etwas wie eine zweite Aufklärung": Nach der Trennung von staatlicher und religiöser Macht gehe es nun um die Rückeroberung des Vorrangs der Politik über wirtschaftliche Einzelinteressen, sagte Gabriel. Staat und Regierung müssten vor der Androhung von Produktionsverlagerungen immer wieder kapitulieren, kritisierte der Minister.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=13757

More Whale Slaughter Ahead?

The Japanese are still working to lift the ban on commercial whaling later this month. Below is a Greenpeace update on what's happening and how you can help.


For me, the oceans are fascinating, full of exotic and mysterious creatures – a world apart. But of all the creatures in the ocean, I’m not sure anything is more captivating and beautiful than a whale. And to me, nothing is as ugly or egregious as a whale slaughtered for profit.

I may not have been onboard the Esperanza with Nathan, stopping Japanese whalers from killing whales in the Southern Ocean, but I will be onboard the Arctic Sunrise in two weeks, when we try to stop the Japanese government’s efforts to take control of the International Whaling Commission.

We’ve been working hard to stop the slaughter of whales for what Japan calls, "scientific research." This year alone, the Japanese government performed lethal so-called research on nearly 1,000 whales – and then sold them in the marketplace. But if the Japanese are successful in their bid to reopen commercial whaling, the death toll for whales will climb even higher. That’s not only cruel and inhumane, it could send some endangered species spiraling back toward extinction.

I need your help to STOP the Japanese Government from winning a majority vote on the International Whaling Commission in 2 weeks.

Take Action Now Write to the governments of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Marshall Islands urging them to vote with the whales, not the whalers, at the upcoming IWC meeting. With the voting margins razor-thin this year, the Japanese have a good chance of winning a majority vote for the first time.This means that pro-whaling countries will control the agenda, and begin pushing to reopen commercial whaling.

We can’t allow that to happen. Every vote counts, and we urgently need your help to reach these 3 voting nations with a strong message. Please, Take Action Now, and then encourage your friends and family to do the same.

I’ll be in touch from onboard the Arctic Sunrise, and you can follow what’s happening on my blogs.


Buffy Baumann
Ocean Campaigner

More Evidence Regarding the Coming Military Draft


Informant: ranger116

Lieutenant defies Army over 'illegal' war


Francis A. Boyle
Law Building
504 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
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217-244-1478 (fax)
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Lawmakers who blame environmental regulation for the "lack" of oil refineries are lying

No New Refineries

By Frank O'Donnell, TomPaine.com http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/06/06/no_new_refineries.php

The 18 rich families fighting the "Paris Hilton" tax are only trying to pass the tab to Americans at the bottom

Estate Tax Pyramid Scheme

By Robert B. Reich, TomPaine.com

Save LaShaun Harris


Informant: Julien Ball

Neighbours' mast orders

Jun 6 2006

By Paul Rhys

WORRIED parents have spoken out over a mobile phone mast they fear will affect their kids' health.

Neighbours in Delverton Road, Walworth, claim they were left in the dark over plans to erect Orange communications equipment next to their homes.

Mum-of-three Jackie Mitchell, 44, said she was afraid to let kids Daniel, 18, Ben, 15, and Luke,five, near her garden wall, which is next to the installation on the roof of the adjacent Rose O'Grady's pub.

She said: "I was told they were just doing some repairs, so I let them put scaffolding up in my garden. I didn't know they were putting in a phone mast.

"I've read reports saying they cause leukaemia, cancer, brain damage - the lot. Everyone round here is worried sick.

"We just want to know why we weren't told about it and why it's been put up right next to houses where everyone has kids."

Her friend Angela Munian, 45, is worried about the effect on her daughter Alex, two, and son Mason, 11.

She said: "They should have notified us.No one round here has a clue what's going on.

"We're all frightened to let the kids out. You don't know what sort of radiation is coming off that thing."

Rose O'Grady's landlady Delia Henderson, 64, said that because she was just a leaseholder she had no control over the mast being built, and brewery Enterprise Inns received planning permission two years ago.

She said: "I'm not involved in the dispute - there's absolutely nothing I can do.

"Orange has told me there's more danger using a mobile than being near the mast.

"Half the time you read that they're a problem, half the time they're completely safe."

Orange spokeswoman Jacqueline Sibanda said: "People have absolutely nothing to worry about.

"Phone masts have become stigmatised but there's been exhaustive research and no problems have emerged. We also comply with World Health Organisation guidelines on transmissions.

Omega read "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?" under: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/771911/

"There's a lot of misinformation but hopefully the message will soon get out that this technology - which has been in use for years - is safe."

Omega this is not true. See under:

Enterprise Inns were unavailable for comment as we went to press.

owned by or licensed to Trinity Mirror Plc 2006


The peril to our privacy

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sue A. Blevins

written 10/02; posted 06/05/06

If the Bush administration has its way, beginning in April 2003 individuals' personal health information -- including genetic information -- will be shared with data-processing companies, insurance companies, doctors, hospitals, researchers, and others without their consent. This is a major shift from today's standard whereby patients give their consent before their medical records are shared with third parties. The administration proposes to eliminate the current standard in order to make processing medical claims more efficient. If the changes are adopted, every American will have effectively lost any ability to maintain a confidential doctor-patient relationship. How did the federal medical privacy rule come about? Who was behind it? What can Americans do to protect their medical privacy?


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iranian nukes: US denial of reality

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


The Bush administration is congratulating itself on finally agreeing to direct talks with Iran about Iran's nuclear program. This smugness shows just how out of touch with reality the administration has become. The United States and the Europeans joining together to negotiate with Iran merely mirrors the multilateral approach already taken many years ago with North Korea. Unfortunately, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice combined the offer with a blunt and arrogant pronouncement that Iran had a choice between two paths -- cooperation or confrontation with the international community...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hey, you raided a politician!

San Francisco Chronicle
by Jon Carroll


This is so great. The Congress of the United States, which has cheerfully given President Bush essentially everything he's asked for in his extensions of executive power, has condoned or at least not condemned illegal wiretaps, illegal detentions, torture, violations of the Geneva Conventions and essentially any other action the government wants to take against American citizens it thinks might be somehow, maybe connected with someone who may be connected with someone who knew someone who once went to Pakistan or some country that sounds like Pakistan -- that Congress is now upset because some FBI agents raided the offices of Rep. William Jefferson, an apparently corrupt Louisiana Democrat. A corrupt Louisiana politician -- what are the odds?


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

No more centralized government databases

Free Market News Network
by Jim Babka


[W]e were told that federalizing airline security would make us all safer, but avenues for terrorist attack on airplanes remain wide open, while everyone in America suffers through cumbersome airport security measures that are worse than useless. We would have been much better off if government had gotten out of the business entirely, and left the airlines to compete with a hundred different, DECENTRALIZED, approaches to airline security. But the beat goes on ... We are now told that massive, centralized databases, like REAL ID and NAIS, the National Animal Identification System, will make us all safer. But the truth is that a fool and his identity are soon parted. Whenever you centralize anything, especially in the hands of government, you create conditions for massive failures that harm everyone...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Voting Rights in Jeopardy

Your help is urgently needed. Countless Americans continue to be denied equal access to the ballot box, and now, as the Voting Rights Act heads for renewal, a handful of lawmakers from Georgia and Texas are trying to delay the process in an attempt to severely weaken the landmark law that has protected the rights of millions of minority voters from discrimination.

Your voice is needed now to keep the renewal process moving. Please contact your representative in support of the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (H.R. 9).


If passed, this bill will renew and restore the expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act that protect minorities from discrimination.

A final House vote on H.R. 9 is currently scheduled for next week -- the week of June 12 -- so we need you to contact your representative right now and urge him or her to protect voting rights and oppose efforts to weaken the act and prevent it from moving forward.

Act now at: http://action.aclu.org/vra

States and local jurisdictions, mostly in the South, now covered by the expiring enforcement provisions will no longer be covered if the provisions are not renewed. Undoubtedly, the worst offenders of the Voting Rights Act would backslide by implementing discriminatory voting practices. It should come as little surprise that Georgia and Texas have the worst records of continued voter discrimination.

The Voting Rights Act is one of the most important civil rights laws ever enacted. It eliminated literacy tests, language hurdles and other discriminatory barriers that were used to deny minorities equal access to the ballot box. While progress has been made, voting discrimination remains a significant problem in the United States. We need the Voting Rights Act to ensure fair and equal participation in the political process for all citizens today as well as for future generations.

Contact your representative right now and tell him or her to support H.R. 9 without making changes that would weaken or compromise the spirit and effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act.

Or, read more about the Voting Rights Act first.

And be sure to forward this message to your friends!


Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union

It is not the Haditha atrocity that should be compared to My Lai, it is the entire Iraq War itself

Lesson plan

Moscow Times
by Chris Floyd

Many observers have compared the methodical murder of 24 innocent civilians by U.S. Marines in the Iraqi town of Haditha -- now confirmed by Pentagon and congressional sources -- to the infamous My Lai massacre in Vietnam, when U.S. troops slaughtered hundreds of civilians in a bloody rampage. But this is a false equation, one that gravely distorts the overall reality of the coalition effort in Iraq. For it is not the small-scale Haditha atrocity that should be compared to My Lai. It is the entire Iraq War itself. The whole operation -- from its inception in high-level mendacity to its execution in blood-soaked arrogance, folly and greed -- is a war crime of almost unfathomable proportions, a My Lai writ large, a My Lai every single day, year after year after year...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Technologischer Wandel und schrumpfende Arbeitsvolumen führen zu Erwerbslosigkeit und Armut

Sozialpolitik und soziale Kämpfe
Erwerbstätige und Erwerbslose

Technologischer Wandel und schrumpfende Arbeitsvolumen führen zu
Erwerbslosigkeit und Armut. Wie sollen Gewerkschaften und demokratische
Bewegungen darauf reagieren? Artikel aus „Hälfte – Unabhängiger
Mediendienst zur Arbeit und zur Erwerbslosigkeit“ vom 29.05.2006 (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 6. Juni 2006

Besetzung des Barmer Viertel in Köln - Wie aus Opfern Täter gemacht werden

Zwangsumzüge – Aktionen, Kampagnen und praktischer Widerstand: Besetzung des Barmer Viertel in Köln

Polizei als Putztruppe - Die Stadt Köln lässt das besetzte Barmer Viertel räumen. Die Wohnungen sollen bis Monatsende abgerissen werden, obwohl es immer noch keinen Investor für das Gelände neben der Messe gibt

„…Rund drei Monate waren die Häuser neben der Kölner Messe besetzt. Gestern Morgen um 4 Uhr kam dann die Polizei mit mehreren hundert Beamten und umstellte das Viertel. Die Stadt will die Häuser abreißen lassen, um Platz für Bürobauten sowie einen neuen Eingang zur Kölner Messe zu machen. Nach und nach durchkämmte die Polizei die 260 Wohnungen. Rund 35 Menschen wurden dabei festgenommen, nach Angaben der Polizei ohne Gegenwehr. "Wenn nichts gegen sie vorliegt, werden sie wieder entlassen", versicherte Polizeisprecher Jürgen Laggies…“ Artikel von Dirk Eckert in der taz-NRW vom 02.06.2006 http://www.taz.de/pt/2006/06/02/a0007.1/text

Siehe dazu:

Barmer Viertel wird geräumt. Die Gewalt siegt über den politischen Dialog.

Die Pressemitteilung zur Räumung von der Initiative Barmer Viertel vom
01.06.2006 05:45 Uhr (pdf) http://barmerviertel.ina-koeln.org/PDF/060601%20pm-ibv%20raeumung.pdf

Köln: Wie aus Opfern Täter gemacht werden

„Da stehen sie. Für rund 5 Euro Stundenlohn stehen die Wachleute der Sicherheitsfirma Kötter vor den Eingängen des Barmer Blockes. Verschanzt hinter einem doppelten und diagonal verstrebten Bauzaun. Darum herum patrouilliert die Polizei. Die Angst ist groß, dass die ehemaligen und nun teils obdachlosen Besetzer des Barmer Blockes in Köln-Deutz einen Versuch starten könnten erneut in die einst denkmalgeschützten Gebäude einzuziehen. Jetzt müssen Menschen für einen Hungerlohn Tag und Nacht dafür sorgen, dass noch ärmere, nicht in ihre Unterkünfte kommen…“ Kommentar von Heinz Peter Fischer in Linkezeitung vom 02.06.2006 http://www.linkezeitung.de/cms/content/view/601/32/

Aus: LabourNet, 6. Juni 2006


Anti-Hartz Bündnisse

Übersicht über regionale Anti-Hartz-&-Co-Bündnisse

Die Übersicht http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/aktionen/regionen.html wurde aktualisiert; beachte den Aufruf zur Gründung einer Aktions-Gruppe im Raum Bodensee unter „Bawü“ http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/aktionen/bawue.html

Aus: LabourNet, 6. Juni 2006

Gewaltsam gegen Hartz-IV Empfänger vorgegangen: Polizeiübergriffe auf Demo gegen Sozialabbau - Die Welt zu Gast bei Arbeitslosen

Schwere Vorwürfe an den Berliner Innensenator Erhard Körting (SPD)

„Unter dem Motto: „ Schluss mit den Reformen gegen uns“ demonstrierten am 3. Juni ca. 20.000 Menschen aus der ganzen Bundesrepublik in Berlin, um gegen die Sozial- und Wirtschaftspolitik ihren Unmut auszudrücken…“ Presseerklärung der Organisatoren vom 06.06.2006 http://www.protest2006.de/presse/presseerklarungen/gewaltsam_gegen_hartz-iv_empfanger_vorgegangen.html

Die Welt zu Gast bei Arbeitslosen. In Berlin protestierten mehrere Tausend bei Dauerregen gegen Hartz IV / Polizei griff Demo an

„Mehrere tausend Menschen haben am Samstag in Berlin gegen Sozialabbau protestiert. Die Beteiligung fiel allerdings deutlich geringer aus, als von den Organisatoren erhofft. Das schlechte Wetter in der Hauptstadt dürfte dabei nur eine der Ursachen gewesen sein. Am Rande ging die Polizei mehrmals gewaltsam gegen Demonstranten vor. Der Grund: Transparente waren angeblich zu lang…“ Artikel von Tom Strohschneider in ND vom 06.06.06 http://www.nd-online.de/artikel.asp?AID=91544&IDC=2

Polizeiübergriffe auf Demo gegen Sozialabbau

„Am heutigen Sonnabend, haben in Berlin trotz strömenden Regen etwa 15.000 Menschen gegen Hartz IV demonstriert. Am Rande versuchte die Berliner Polizei einzelne TeilnehmerInnen herauszuziehen und griff mehrfach die Demonstration an (u.a. mit Schlagstock und Pfefferspray)…“ Bericht von E-G-A-L vom 03.06.2006 bei indymedia http://de.indymedia.org/2006/06/148912.shtml

Ruf nach Alternativen. Demonstration »Schluß mit den Reformen gegen uns« am Samstag in Berlin. Trotz strömenden Regens Tausende auf der Straße. Die Beiträge einiger Kundgebungsredner in Auszügen in junge Welt vom 6.6.06 http://www.jungewelt.de/2006/06-06/056.php

Liebe KollegInnen, FreundInnnen und alle, die diese unmenschliche Gesellschaftsordnung nicht für der Weisheit letzten Schluss halten!

Die Rede von Tom Adler http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/aktionen/2006/demo0306_ta.html

Fotobericht bei Freies Politikforum http://www.carookee.com/forum/freies-politikforum/1/20_000_bei_der_Grossdemo_3_Juni_in_Berlin_Fotobericht_Teil_1.11074166.0.01105.html

Pressespiegel auf der Demo-Homepage http://www.protest2006.de/presse/pressereview/

Aus: LabourNet, 6. Juni 2006


On June 9, the War Resisters League, the venerable pacifist organization, will give its 2006 Peace Award to women GIs who came to believe only after they enlisted that they didn't believe in war or violence. Four extraordinary women-- Diedra Cobb, Anita Cole, Kelly Dougherty, and Katherine Jashinski-will represent the growing class of these new COs.

What: War Resisters League Annual Dinner and Peace Award Ceremony

When: Friday evening, June 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Cyril and Methodius Church Hall
502 West 41st St. (at 10th Ave.) Manhattan

One of the women receiving the award, Katherine Jashinski, will not be able to accept the award in person. At her court martial May 23, she pled guilty to "refusal to obey a legal order," and was sentenced to 120 days confinement, of which she has already served 53 days.

These women are among the newest wave of conscientious objectors--the only kind, indeed, that can exist when the armed services consist entirely of volunteers--and that, for the first time in history, includes women as well as men.

"These four brave women will represent the class of women now refusing, for reasons of conscience, to continue to serve in the Armed Forces," said Ellen Barfield of the War Resisters League and Veterans for Peace. "That Katherine Jashinski will now serve prison time only underlines the courage and integrity that brought all of them to their declarations of conscience." To reserve a ticket for the Peace Award and Dinner, please call 212-228-0450 or visit https://secure.serve.com/resist/dinner2006.htm

Among those gathered to lend support to the Peace Award honorees will be former GI Ellen Barfield, and former U.S. Army officer and diplomat Ann Wright. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel has also sent a message of support.

The WRL Peace Award was begun in 1958 to honor an organization or person whose work represents the League's radical nonviolent platform of action. Jeannette Rankin, the only member of Congress to vote against U.S. entry into both world wars, was the first recipient; others have included peace agitator A.J. Muste, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, writer Grace Paley, socialist and many times presidential candidate Norman Thomas, feminist and pacifist theorist Barbara Deming, Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day, Plowshares movement founder Daniel Berrigan, Judith Malina and the Living Theatre, and Iraq War opponent Fernando Suarez del Solar.

Believing war to be a crime against humanity, the War Resisters League, founded in 1923, advocates Gandhian nonviolence as the method for creating a democratic society free of war, racism, sexism, and human exploitation. (See http://www.warresisters.org ).


Informant: John M Miller

China Says Pollution Will Worsen With Economic Boom

China's drive for economic growth is in direct conflict with efforts to safeguard the environment, the government warned on Monday, and degradation is worsening despite official efforts to curb pollution.


Lieberman Faces Showdown Over Iraq

After years of ardent support for the Iraq war, Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman could become that conflict's first big political casualty in a Democratic primary race fueled by rising anti-war anger.


Peace Movement to Phone Congress Demanding Debate on Iraq

United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is calling on citizens to phone their US congressmen on Wednesday, June 7, to urge them to sign a Discharge Petition that would force, for the first time, a full and open debate on Iraq on the floor of the House of Representatives.


Eight States Hold Primaries for Some Offices

Primaries on Tuesday for governor in Alabama and California, a Senate seat in Montana and a handful of House contests, among other races, will test whether national dissatisfaction with Iraq, immigration and political corruption will topple sitting politicians.


Für Geld kann man alles kaufen, sogar Moral und subjektive Gerechtigkeit?

Güllen ist überall


Die Juni-Sendung des Dissidentenfunks
am Donnerstag, den 8.6. um 16 Uhr hat zum Thmea:

Die psychiatrische Zwangsbehandlung wäre eine Aufgabe für amnesty international, denn sie erfüllt die Kriterien von Folter. Der Versuch von mehreren Mitgliedern von amnesty international diese Aufgabe bei der deutschen Sektion von ai in die Diskussion zu bringen, ist an "Nichtbefassung" gescheitert. Dies führt zu dem Vorwurf, dass amnesty international die Menschenrechte nicht ungeteilt vertritt und ihr deswegen Heuchelei vorzuwerfen ist.

Wiederholung der Sendung am 22.6.06 um 16 Uhr.

Wir senden an jedem 2. und 4. Donnerstag im Monat von 16 bis 17 Uhr im
Offenen Kanal Berlin UKW: 97,2 MHz (Kabel: 92,6), oder man kann im
Internet unter http://www.okb.de/radiostream.htm den Livestream
empfangen (z.B .mit dem Winamp Mediaplayer sollte das kein Problem
sein). Allerdings machen wir im zweiten Halbjahr 2006 eine kreative Pause, so dass wir danach erst wieder am 11. Januar 2007 auf Sendnung sind.

In dem Archiv in der Dissidentenfunk Homepage:
finden Sie die GEMA-freien Teile der vergangenen Sendungen als Audio-
und Textdateien sowie weitere Informationen zu den einzelnen Sendungen:

Mai.......Der Gegensatz von Vernunft und Menschenrechten
April.....Nachruf Stanislaw Lem – Patientenverfügung - Ärztestreik
März......Anonyme Geburt - Wege aus biologistischen Denken
Februar...Patientenverfügung - aktueller Stand der Diskussion
Januar....Warum psychiatrische Zwangsbehandlung Folter ist
aus 2005:
Dezember..25 Jahre Irren-Offensive
November..Das Celler Urteil gegen Zwangsbehandlung und die Menschenrechte
Oktober...Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen
September.Antipsychiatrie und die Linken
Mai.......Faulheit (und die Folgen)
April.....Prinzhorn - "Entartete" Kunst - Biennale Meine Welt
Februar...Irrenoffensive - die Oper
aus 2004:
Dezember..Ambulante Zwangsbehandlung in Bremen
Oktober...Das Gert-Postel-Experiment
September.Psychiatrie - ein Witz
Juli......Zwangsbetreuung und die geplante Änderung des Betreuungsrechts

Scharnweberstr. 29
10247 Berlin

Don't Use Discrimination for Partisan Gain


Informant: Alan Dicey

Feds put finishing touch on 50-year timber harvest plan

Monday, June 5, 2006



OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Federal wildlife officials gave their blessing Monday to a 50-year forestry plan aimed at saving Washington state's salmon runs while shielding timber companies from costly Endangered Species Act lawsuits.

The sweeping deal, which covers about 9.3 million acres of private forestland and more than 60,000 miles of streams, is believed the biggest of its kind in the country.

It requires wider buffers of trees along streams and rivers, reduces the amount of logging on unstable slopes, and establishes new rules for logging roads to reduce the amount of sediment runoff.

In return, foresters who follow its provisions are assured by federal fish and wildlife managers that they are not violating endangered species protections for fish and other species.

The blueprint, known formally as a Habitat Conservation Plan, and its organizers were praised by officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

"I can think of no better hands to place it in," said Bob Lohn, who heads the fisheries service's Northwest regional office in Seattle.

Gov. Chris Gregoire praised the plan's goals of preserving private forests while protecting salmon.

"Their health and their well-being mirror our health and our well-being," Gregoire said.

The plan stems from state legislation approved in 1999 and subsequently adopted as part of the state's forestry regulations. Officials said the process has involved more than a decade of negotiations.

"We're proud to have the guts to stay the course," said Bill Wilkerson, director of the timber industry's Washington Forest Protection Association.

Not everyone was entirely pleased with the outcome.

Ken Miller, a private forester who hosted Monday's signing ceremony on his family's lakeside 40-acre plot thick with evergreens, said smaller private landowners are still worried about the effect of the new regulations.

But by committing to the state's plan, "We're betting on the long term," he said.

Sherry Fox, spokeswoman for the Washington Farm Forestry Association, said small foresters such as Miller are hit harder by the regulations because they can't shift logging away from fish habitat as easily as major landowners.

To help remedy those problems, the association is working with regulators to develop long-term permits that would cover forestry for 15 years rather than the present two years.

Leading environmentalists also are wary of the plan's effectiveness, said Miguel Perez-Gibson, a policy adviser for a collection of conservation groups known as the Forest and Fish Conservation Caucus.

Environmentalists have walked away from the plan in the past, and its promise to adjust forestry practices to protect water and habitat are key to the environmental groups' continued participation.

"We want to make sure that the long-term effects, the cumulative effects are being addressed," Perez-Gibson said. "While this plan is a step in the right direction, we want it to be able to adjust to new biology and new science."

On the Net:

Department of Natural Resources:

Forest Protection Association:

Farm Forestry Association:

Conservation Caucus:

Informant: Teresa Binstock


By John Vidal
The Guardian Monday,
June 5, 2006


The 500 million people who live in the world's desert regions can expect to find life increasingly unbearable as already high temperatures soar and the available water is used up or turns salty, according to the United Nations. Desert cities in the US and Middle East, such as Phoenix and Riyadh, may be living on borrowed time as water tables drop and supplies become undrinkable, says a report coinciding with today's world environment day.

Twentieth-century modernist dreams of greening deserts by diverting rivers and mining underground water are wholly unrealistic, it warns.

But the report also proposes that deserts become the powerhouses of the next century, capturing the world's solar energy and potentially exporting electricity across continents. For instance, a 310-square mile area of the Sahara could, with today's technology, generate enough electricity for the whole world.

The problem now facing many communities on the fringes of deserts, says the UN environment programme report, is not the physical growth of deserts but that rising water tables beneath irrigated soils are leading to more salinisation - a phenomenon already taking place across large tracts of China, India, Pakistan and Australia. The Tarm river basin in China, it says, has lost more than 5,000 square miles of farmland to salinisation in a period of 30 years.

The report suggests that Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia have used water from the desert very unwisely. Rather than growing staple crops such as wheat or tomatoes, it suggests that precious water should be used only for high value crops such as dates and fish farming.

The mining "fossil" water, laid down many millions of years ago, was once believed to have the potential to green deserts, but is now not thought to be a solution - except in Libya, where opinion is divided as to whether supplies may last 100 or 500 years.

But the greatest threat to people and wildlife living anywhere near deserts is climate change, which is already having a greater impact on desert regions than elsewhere. The Dashti Kbir desert in Iran has seen a 16% drop in rainfall in the past 25 years, the Kalahari a 12% decline and Chile's Atacama desert an 8% drop.

Most deserts, says the report, will see temperatures rise by 5-7C by the end of the century and rainfall drop 10-20%. This will greatly increase evaporation and dust storms, and will move deserts closer to communities living on their edges.

The problems of more heat and lower rainfall are being compounded by the melting of glaciers in mountainous regions. These waters sustain life in deserts but would be perilously close to drying up if global warming continued as expected.

The glaciers in the mountains of south Asia are expected to decline by 40% to 80% in the next century with profound effects on large populations in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and China.

Much of the water used for farming the south-west US, central Asia and around the Andes is drawn from rivers that originate in snow-covered mountains, says the report.

Development in the next 100 years is largely contingent on what happens to the climate. However, the report envisages that deserts will become more popular tourist destinations and that some of the plants that grow there could be "crops of the future".

"Deserts are threatened as never before by climate change, overexploitation of water and salinisation," said Professor Andrew Warren of University College London, one of the report's authors.

"We risk losing not only astounding landscapes and ancient cultures but also wild species that may hold keys to our survival."

Informant: NHNE



By James Owen
National Geographic News
June 5, 2006


A chain of tiny, remote Hawaiian islands could become the largest marine sanctuary in the U.S. as soon as next year.

But the rare wildlife living there could disappear beneath the waves by the end of this century because of global warming, a new study warns.

A team of Hawaii-based scientists calculates that two-thirds of some islands in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) could be submerged by 2100.

A scattered archipelago stretching some 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) across the Pacific Ocean, NWHI is home to colonies of unique animals that may be swamped as their low-lying islands succumb to rising sea levels, researchers say.

Animals at risk include rare seals, sea turtles, and bird species found only on NWHI.

The NWHI consist of islands, atolls, and pristine coral reefs and are slated to form part of the largest national marine sanctuary in the United States, if approved by the Bush Administration.

Threats to the islands from future sea level rise were assessed for the first time by a team led by Jason Baker of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, part of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Studies suggest that sea levels rose almost 6 inches (15 centimeters) during the 20th century.

Levels are expected to rise farther and faster this century, as global warming accelerates the melting of glaciers and polar ice caps, and as higher water temperatures expand the volume of the world's oceans.

The team created 3-D computer models of NWHI to gauge the possible impact of future sea level rises using scenarios forecast by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) based in Gland, Switzerland.

Their findings suggest that by 2100 up to 65 percent of some islands would be lost if the sea level rose 18.9 inches (48 centimeters), which is the average IPCC projection.

The team also found that a 34.6-inch (88-centimeter) rise -- the maximum sea level rise forecast by 2100 -- could result in up to 75 percent of NWHI wildlife habitat disappearing.

The researchers report their findings in in the latest issue of the journal Endangered Species Research.

Hawaii's Vulnerable Species

Vulnerable species include the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal, one of the world's rarest marine mammals; the Hawaiian green sea turtle; and the Laysan finch, one of four endemic birds.

Other species found only on the NWHI include 3 land snails, 12 plants, and more than 60 invertebrates.

"Oceanic islands in general tend to have high levels of [unique species], due largely to their isolated nature, and the Hawaiian archipelago is the most isolated in the world," NOAA's Baker said.

"These little islands are important nurseries for monk seals, sea turtles, and millions of seabirds," he added.

"Yet much of this lively activity occurs just a few meters above sea level."

In the worst-case scenario, Baker says, some islands would come close to disappearing entirely.

For example, up to 99 percent of Trig Island could be submerged.

Trig Island has become the main birthing site for Hawaiian monk seals after the loss of other sites to the sea.

Researchers suggest this has led to overcrowding on the island, resulting in increased predation of seal pups by sharks.

Writing in Endangered Species Research, the team says further loss of the seal's habitat "can only be expected to exacerbate an already lamentable situation."

Sea Turtles

The Hawaiian green sea turtle is similarly at risk, the team says, with more than 90 percent of females laying their eggs on one NWHI atoll.

The study suggests the main island haven for the Laysan finch isn't in danger, but smaller colonies would be wiped out under the average scenario for sea level rise, increasing the overall risk of extinction.

Nor is sea level rise the only threat to NWHI wildlife from global warming, the team says.

Surveys led by Greta Aeby of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in Kaneohe have revealed damage to reef systems in the region in recent years caused by coral bleaching.

Bleaching is a phenomenon linked to higher water temperatures that can cause corals to die.

Scientists fear coral bleaching events may become more frequent as ocean temperatures rise.

The study team, however, suggests there may be a way to help counter the effects of sea level rise in NWHI.

This would involve redistributing sand to increase the size and stability of vulnerable islands in a process known as beach nourishment, Baker says.

"If this were done in the NWHI, it could help preserve key islands and the species which depend upon them," he said.

"Any such work should only be undertaken after very careful planning to ensure no harm is done in the process."

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are currently being considered as the 14th and largest national marine sanctuary in the U.S. Final designation is expected next year.

The NOAA says federal sanctuary status would give the islands and their wildlife enhanced protection in terms of enforcement, research, and funding.

Informant: NHNE


By Lindsey Tanner
Associated Press
June 5, 2006


CHICAGO - To you, that angry, horn-blasting tailgater is suffering from road rage. But doctors have another name for it -- intermittent explosive disorder -- and a new study suggests it is far more common than they realized, affecting up to 16 million Americans.

"People think it's bad behavior and that you just need an attitude adjustment, but what they don't know ... is that there's a biology and cognitive science to this," said Dr. Emil Coccaro, chairman of psychiatry at the University of Chicago's medical school.

Road rage, temper outbursts that involve throwing or breaking objects and even spousal abuse can sometimes be attributed to the disorder, though not everyone who does those things is afflicted.

By definition, intermittent explosive disorder involves multiple outbursts that are way out of proportion to the situation. These angry outbursts often include threats or aggressive actions and property damage. The disorder typically first appears in adolescence; in the study, the average age of onset was 14.

The study was based on a national face-to-face survey of 9,282 U.S. adults who answered diagnostic questionnaires in 2001-03. It was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

About 5 percent to 7 percent of the nationally representative sample had had the disorder, which would equal up to 16 million Americans. That is higher than better-known mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Coccaro said.

The average number of lifetime attacks per person was 43, resulting in $1,359 in property damage per person. About 4 percent had suffered recent attacks.

The findings were released Monday in the June issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

The findings show the little-studied disorder is much more common than previously thought, said lead author Ronald Kessler, a health care policy professor at Harvard Medical School.

"It is news to a lot of people even who are specialists in mental health services that such a large proportion of the population has these clinically significant anger attacks," Kessler said.

Four a couple of decades, intermittent explosive disorder, or IED, has been included in the manual psychiatrists use to diagnose mental illness, though with slightly different names and criteria. That has contributed to misunderstanding and underappreciation of the disorder, said Coccaro, a study co-author.

Coccaro said the disorder involves inadequate production or functioning of serotonin, a mood-regulating and behavior-inhibiting brain chemical. Treatment with antidepressants, including those that target serotonin receptors in the brain, is often helpful, along with behavior therapy akin to anger management, Coccaro said.

Most sufferers in the study had other emotional disorders or drug or alcohol problems and had gotten treatment for them, but only 28 percent had ever received treatment for anger.

"This is a well-designed, large-scale, face-to-face study with interesting and useful results," said Dr. David Fassler, a psychiatry professor at the University of Vermont. "The findings also confirm that for most people, the difficulties associated with the disorder begin during childhood or adolescence, and they often have a profound and ongoing impact on the person's life."

Jennifer Hartstein, a psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, said she had just diagnosed the disorder in a 16-year-old boy.

"In most situations, he is relatively affable, calm and very responsible," she said. But in stressful situations at home, he "explodes and tears apart his room, throws things at other people" to the point that his parents have called the police.

Hartstein said the study is important because many people are not aware of the disorder.

Informant: NHNE


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by Nancy Levant

What’s wrong with this picture is that we, as American people, are 1) governmentally ignorant, 2) prefer denial to truth like all good addicts (television, drugs, genetically modified foods and water additives, etc.), and 3) remain locked in a prescribed televised loyalty to partisanship...


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Gardening for bumblebees


If anyone has a garden and wants to help the bees then this site has a list
of the British wild flowers that one can plant to attract the bees.

Does anyone know of a similar list for birds?


An Inconvenient Truth: Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb

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Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced. Here's what the critics are saying about the movie

An Inconvenient Truth

"One of the most important films ever. If this does not move you to change, nothing will." — Larry King, CNN "Made me want to buy a hybrid and shoot my old car, so no one else could drive it... Amazing and smartly done film." — Bob Mondello, NPR "This is activist cinema at its very best, for it serves to popularize and demythologize a problem long obscured by those most threatened by the solution. With humor and searing intelligence, Gore outlines crucial steps we must take to avert impending disaster and proves that inaction is no longer an option-in fact, it's immoral." — Sundance Film Festival "Not to be missed. It doesn't matter whether you're a Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative... your mind will be changed in a nanosecond." — Roger Friedman, Fox News

More reviews: Time Magazine: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1197075,00.html

Los Angeles Times: http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/reviews/cl-et-truth24may24,0,577270.story?coll=cl-mreview

New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/movies/reviews/17092/index.html

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