Sonntag, 25. Juni 2006

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Sind paranoide Eltern die neuen Überwacher?

Geistige Gesundheit im Atomic Café

In Politik und Film drängt sich die gleiche Frage auf: Wie verrückt muss ein Staatschef sein, der die Bombe wirft?

Ask Amnesty: Outsourcing Torture

Abramoff Sold Face Time With President for $100,000 Donations

Wanted: Face time with President Bush or top adviser Karl Rove. Suggested donation: $100,000. The middleman: lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Blunt e-mails that connect money and access in Washington show that prominent Republican activist Grover Norquist facilitated some administration contacts for Abramoff's clients while the lobbyist simultaneously solicited those clients for large donations to Norquist's tax-exempt group.



As most of you know, a cabal of Southern Republicans this week blocked the 25 year extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1964. Even their own Party isn't happy about this blockage as it opens the door to voting requirements that could bring back the days of being denied the right to vote even with triple photo IDs. Without the Federal Voting Rights Act, individual states can find many ways to disguise their discrimination against people of color and other nationalities.

This is an outrage! Even if you are younger, you still remember seeing the TV tapes of the people of the South, with help from all over the USA, rising up and demanding their civil rights, the most important one being the Right to Vote. They paid dearly, sometimes with their lives, to get that right codified into law. Some of you who are older may even have shed your own blood in that fight.

We must not allow a minority of legislators, running rogue even against their own leadership, to block this important 25 year extension for even one more week. Join Stacey Tallitsch in sending a message to every member on The Hill that this is intolerable and we will not stand still for it. There will be a price paid at the polls by any legislator who doesn't fight for this Act.


Stacey Tallitsh, running for the U.S. House in the 1st Congressional district is one of the leading progressive voices in the state of Louisiana. Many of you have already submitted his action page calling for the troops in Iraq to start coming home now, a policy that is more surely correct with every passing state of emergency in Baghdad.

Stacey has already produced his first call to action radio spot, calling for an end of the obstinate occupation of Iraq, a military escapade which has brought nothing but death and destruction to both their country and our own. With your help, Stacey wants to start running these radio spots on his local stations as soon as possible, to build the consensus to actually start bringing our brave troops home. You can hear the new spot on this page.


Nobody can predict how a particular race will turn out. But we know that the spots we ran on impeachment had tremendous secondary impact, as TWO other groups were inspired to run their own call to action ads on this issue as a result of the investment we made in this action. If you are able to do so, please make whatever donation you can to continue the stand we are taking on issue after issue.

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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War's Iraqi Death Toll Tops 50,000

At least 50,000 Iraqis have died violently since the 2003 US-led invasion, according to statistics from the Baghdad morgue, the Iraqi Health Ministry and other agencies — a toll 20,000 higher than previously acknowledged by the Bush administration. Higher than the US estimate, but thought to be undercounted.

Big Pharma Research Racket Is Killing People

Informant: binstock

Oil industry targets EU climate policy,16518,1661916,00.html

The point is we should expect it. They have a lot at stake, almost limitless funds, and all they need do is confuse things, because most people can't tell the difference between science and "reason" from the different sources.

It's a mixed blessing, this open blog world, and you can see many people simply giving up with "I just don't know who to believe any more".


Small Bug Is Big Threat to Trees in Illinois

June 25, 2006


[foto] Kenneth Dickerman for The New York Times - The beetle, native to Asia, has killed millions of trees in the Midwest.

CAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Ill. --- After watching her stately ash trees lose leaves and sprout mysterious green shoots, ReBecca Mathewson discovered a tiny metallic green bug snared in a spider web hanging off one of the sorry trees.

She promptly trapped the culprit in a jar and sent it to the proper authorities (the United States Department of Agriculture), setting off an investigation by agriculture officials here. They deemed Ms. Mathewson's the first emerald ash borer beetle ever found in Illinois. The insect, deadly to trees, has threatened millions of ash in the Midwest in recent years.

As surveyors searched neighborhoods around this township about 40 miles west of Chicago for telltale signs of the beetles --- thinning leaves, tiny holes in the trunks of ash trees and leafy shoots growing from their bases --- officials began trying to identify the size and scope of an infestation they fear could destroy many of the roughly 131 million ash trees in this state, and perhaps more elsewhere.

It did not look like "a menacing bug at all," Ms. Mathewson, 45, said. "Initially, you would think it was just a little grasshopper. But if you remember in biblical times, they had grasshopper plagues."

Despite its innocent appearance, the emerald ash borer, native to Asia, has already destroyed about 20 million trees in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio and led to the quarantine of about 15,000 square miles of land since it was first identified in the United States four years ago, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The initial identification was made in Detroit in 2002, where, agricultural officials speculated, the insect may have arrived in the cargo hold of a ship. Michigan quickly issued a quarantine prohibiting the removal of wood or nursery stock from ash trees. Nevertheless, the beetle turned up in Ohio and Maryland in 2003 and in Indiana in 2004.

In Ms. Mathewson's neighborhood, a quiet subdivision with large houses and meticulously landscaped yards called the Windings of Ferson Creek,
19 trees have been identified as infested since her discovery in early June.

More than a dozen tree surveyors and four tree climbers explored more than 16 square miles around the subdivision and found no additional infested trees.

But officials said the affected area could be much larger. Trees often appear healthy while the beetles destroy them from the inside out.

"If you didn't know what you were looking for, you would never see it," said Mark Cinnamon, supervisor of the bureau of environmental programs at the Illinois Department of Agriculture. "It's really hard to see what's wrong with the tree until it's too late."

Recently, Jim Senechalle, one of a team of tree surveyors, peered through binoculars and tramped across lawns in pursuit of infested trees.

"First of all, we like to tell the people we're here," said Mr. Senechalle, a plant and pesticide specialist with the state's agriculture department, as he and a colleague approached a house to tell residents what they were doing. "Hopefully they don't have dogs." Other potential search hazards included rain and animal droppings.

Curious neighbors asked questions as basic as "What's an ash tree?" and what should be done about poison ivy in front of one woman's house. (She showed them the rash on her legs to prove it.)

Ash trees are sturdy and commonly used in flooring, baseball bats and furniture construction. They make up about 20 percent of the trees in the Chicago area but just 5 percent of the population in the infested suburban area west of the city.

Sizing up one plot, Mr. Senechalle said, "There's no ash around here, which I guess is good." But walking near a densely wooded area in a neighboring subdivision, he said, "I'm not sure how that wooded area is going to get surveyed at this point."

The emerald ash borer's small size and concealed destruction make it more difficult to identify than another exotic pest, the Asian longhorned beetle, which destroys several types of hardwood trees and set off panic when it was found in the Chicago area in recent years.

Of the emerald ash borer, Mr. Senechalle said, "The only good thing you could say, if you could say there's a good thing, is it only kills ash trees."

Larvae chew through the bark and feast on wood underneath, weaving serpentine paths that cut off the flow of water and nutrients. The adults bore out of the bark in the summer and die after two to three weeks, leaving their eggs on the bark. Trees usually die two to four years after infestation.

"I feel so sorry for those poor people," said Pat Piaskowy, 59, referring to residents who have become unsuspecting hosts to the pest. "I am very attached to each and every one of my trees." Neither of Ms. Piaskowy's two ash trees seemed to be infested.

For now, officials say they do not know how many trees may be felled by the emerald ash borer beetle. But they fear it may have actually been skulking here much longer than anyone realized, perhaps as long as six years. Eventually, officials will set a quarantine area, barring people from removing any ash trees from a certain radius, and the infested trees will be cut down.

"It is hit or miss, and it would be very easy to miss it," Mr. Senechalle said of the surveying process. "I'm sure it's going to be years and years that we're out here doing some of this."

To Ms. Mathewson, who said she adored her two ash trees even now, in their fading moments, the prospect is crushing. "Every time I think of it, it's heart-wrenching to me how many trees are going to be gone," she said.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

Informant: Teresa Binstock

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Mobile Chiefs Seek to Allay Fears Over Phone Radiation

Staff Writer

Major mobile providers rejected claims that their network transmission equipment causes a risk to human health, nonetheless vowing to invest significant efforts to investigate the high radiation levels in certain areas of St. Petersburg.

Heads of the big three mobile operators, MTS, VimpelCom and MegaFon, met Thursday with members of the public to discuss the question of transmitter base stations set up in residential areas.

Many have accused the stations of attracting unnaturally high levels of radiation, which has allegedly had a detrimental effect on people's health, including loss of hair and increased cancer risks.

Nikolai Demenchuk, deputy head of MegaFon Northwest, and Igor Zarudnev, head of VimpelCom (brand name BeeLine) in St. Petersburg, said that the operators already monitor the effects base stations have on the health of local residents.

"Our specialists always look at the radiation coming off the stations, and usually we prove that these stations do not have an effect on health," Zarudnev said, as cited by Interfax.

"It is possible, however, that the electromagnetic waves that base stations radiate can affect health in cases where other factors are involved - such as in areas with poor ecology. And we are ready to take part in research on this issue," Zarudnev said at the meeting, which was organized by Sotaweek analytical and research agency.

Research conducted by Sotaweek found the amount of radiation given off by base stations in Russia is largely under the legal safety requirement levels. Federal regulations allow up to 0.1 watts per square meter of electric radiation in places where people may spend a whole day. The level is allowed to rise to 1 watt per square meter in places where people would not spend more than 2 hours.

Sotaweek data, presented at the meeting, showed that radiation levels close to base stations reached 0.5 to 0.7 watts per square meter, yet they fell to 0.01 watts per square meter on the top floors of high-rises, the roofs of which accommodate mobile network base stations.

"This research was done to measure the actual levels of radiation from [mobile network] antennas and base stations, and to inform both sides of the debate about this," Denis Kuskov, head of Sotaweek, said Thursday after the meeting.

Kuskov added that base stations emit much less radiation than TV antennas, the levels of the latter often being several times higher than legal requirements.

In addition, Zarudnev pointed out that high-riser tenants themselves decide whether to allow a mobile network antenna or base station on top of their apartment block or not.

"It's simple to demand for all those stations to be taken down from residential houses, but then you will have a drop in the quality of the mobile networks, and that solution won't win any votes among the population either," Zarudnev said.

Mobile phone providers agreed that a possible solution may be to work with the government and concentrate on further research in the field of electromagnetic radiation.

© Copyright The St. Petersburg Times 1993 - 2005


And the usual non sequitur!

"Our specialists always look at the radiation coming off the stations, and usually we prove that these stations do not have an effect on health".


Pentagon: Vaccines may have killed soldier

Canada: A Galloping Police State?

Die Rolle der USA in der sudanesischen Provinz Darfur

Erdöl lockt zur nächsten "humanitären" Intervention

Innenansichten des Krieges

Cheney Assails Press on Report on Bank Data

Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday vigorously defended a secret program that examines banking records of Americans and others in a vast international database, and harshly criticized the news media for disclosing an operation he said was legal and "absolutely essential" to fighting terrorism.

Newspapers Reject Government Request to Kill Story

The New York Times and Los Angeles Times on Friday published a major story on government surveillance of private banking records over the objections of the Bush administration. The papers reveal that the White House had asked them not to run it. This had happened with the story about NSA spying as well, prompting the New York Times in that case to put off running the story for a year.

White House, Republicans Plan to Wipe Out All Federal Protections

Republicans may bring to a vote within weeks a proposal that could literally wipe out any federal program that protects public health or the environment - or for that matter civil rights, poverty programs, auto safety, education, affordable housing, Head Start or workplace safety.

Republican Candidate Calls for Immigrant Labor Camp

Don Goldwater, nephew of the late Senator Barry Goldwater, caused an international stir this week when he said he wanted to hold undocumented immigrants in camps to use them "as labor in the construction of a wall and to clean the areas of the Arizona desert that they're polluting."

Clinton Says GOP Blindly Follows Bush

One day after suffering a pair of defeats on the Senate floor, Democratic leaders argued that their internal divisions over Iraq will help push the country toward a change in policy and accused Republicans of blindly following President Bush on a path that has been disastrous for the nation.

The One World Order: It's Their Party - Deliberate Decline Into Decadence

by Deanna Spingola

The Order’s methodology is a strict adherence to Hegelian Dialectics. Apply those dialectics to the two political parties. Essentially, political parties are artificial groupings designed to create division. A contrived choice between two bad options, without recognizing alternative better options, creates the perception of freedom. Supposedly opposing ideologies generates deliberate.....

The One World Order: Deliberate Decline Into Decadence

by Deanna Spingola

The Rockefeller Foundation believed that the media constituted a uniquely powerful force in modern society for imposing the will of the elite on the masses. Secret psychological war projects to control public opinion were supported by America’s tax-exempt foundations. For example, campaigns were developed to induce Americans to support U.S. entry into.....

Brainwashing The Children: A Global Effort

Part 3

by Jill Walker

While researching the weapons of the New World Order crowd, I stumbled upon the work of Lynette Burrows, author of the book, The Fight for the Family - the adults behind children's rights. Her book contains the names of liberal activist groups that “have been campaigning since the 1970s to promote children’s rights and remove from parents the right to discipline their children and pass on their values.” It’s no surprise that the UN is.....

Polar bears, beluga whales, seals sick from toxics

Growing evidence shows that harmful chemicals are already affecting the health of many Arctic animals, such as polar bears, beluga whales, seals and seabirds, according to a new WWF report.

2008 Olympics: Plans to Sacrifice Rainforest Should be Aborted

Only days before a May 16-18 Beijing meeting to prepare the 2008 Olympiad in China, Friends of the Earth International calls on the Government of China and the International Olympic Committee to save Indonesian forests from being destroyed for the Beijing Olympics.

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Chemikalien führen offensichtlich zu massiven Gesundheitsschäden in der arktischen Tierwelt.

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