Dienstag, 27. Juni 2006

Hundreds Join Sheehan, Gregory, Sarandon, Penn, in Hunger Strike

On July 3, 2006, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Global Exchange, and Gold Star Families for Peace will announce a historic hunger strike against the war in Iraq. At 5 p.m., they will sit down in front of the White House to eat their last meal and hold a press conference, before beginning the fast at the same location on the morning of July 4 at 10 a.m.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062706G.shtml

E-Voting Machines Vulnerable to Fraud

Most of the electronic voting machines widely adopted since the disputed 2000 presidential election "pose a real danger to the integrity of national, state and local elections," a report out Tuesday concludes.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062706D.shtml

Department of Defense Admits to Wider Surveillance

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Department of Defense has released documents that show wider surveillance of student organizations than previously reported.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062706C.shtml

Chemical weapons: buried in the backyard

//www.thebulletin.org/article.php?art_ofn=so01tucker


Informant: Milo

Judge to Tom DeLay: "Run Like a Rabbit"

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, R-Texas, testified at a hearing today in the federal courthouse in Austin regarding a lawsuit filed by Democrats who argue that DeLay is still legally the GOP Congressional candidate for his district, despite his resignation from the House.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062706P.shtml

"Breathtaking" Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid

Among the many superlatives associated with Hurricane Katrina can now be added this one: it produced one of the most extraordinary displays of scams, schemes and stupefying bureaucratic bungles in modern history, costing taxpayers up to $2 billion.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062706O.shtml

Bush Goes After the New York Times

Matthew Rothschild writes, "the President doesn’t deserve a seat at the editorial meetings of the New York Times - or any other newspaper. That is not his place. He is commander in chief, not editor in chief. It is up to reporters, and editors, and publishers to decide what is news - not the branch of government they are supposed to be covering."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062706M.shtml

Murtha Says US Poses Top Threat to World Peace

American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran, Congressman John Murtha, D-Pa., said to an audience of more than 200 in North Miami Saturday afternoon.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062706J.shtml

Umweltschützer fordern "Schutzregeln vor Gentech-Verschmutzung"

"Scherbenhaufen": Umweltschützer fordern "Schutzregeln vor Gentech-Verschmutzung" (27.06.06)

Anlässlich des in Luxemburg tagenden EU-Umweltministerrates forderte die österreichische Umweltschutzorganisation GLOBAL 2000 die Minister auf, "endlich klare Schutzregeln vor Gentech-Verschmutzung auf den Feldern und in Lebensmitteln durchzusetzen". Die europäischen Umweltminister diskutierten auf Initiative Österreichs Vorschläge, die das Zulassungsverfahren für Gentech-Pflanzen und Gentech-Nahrung verbessern sollten. "In Bezug auf das Gentech-Zulassungsverfahren steht die EU vor einem Scherbenhaufen", meint Jens Karg von GLOBAL 2000. "Die Europäische Behörde für Lebensmittelsicherheit (EFSA) spielt eine unrühmliche Schlüsselrolle bei der Sicherheitsbewertung von Gentech-Food und Gentech-Pflanzen. Anstatt der Bevölkerung den größten möglichen Schutz vor dieser Technologie zu bieten, ignoriert sie sämtliche Sicherheitsbedenken."

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: //www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=13887

Internetfilter für die freie Presse

Zufällig stieß ein Journalist der Los Angeles Times darauf, dass der Verlag auch den Zugriff in der Redaktion auf Webseiten blockiert.

//www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/22/22974/1.html

Die Macht der Lobbygruppen und "legale Korruption"

Programme von der Pharmaindustrie

Gesundheitsreform: Manipulatives Marketing von Pharmafirmen, die Macht der Lobbygruppen und "legale Korruption". Interview mit Professor Karl Lauterbach.

//www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/22/22971/1.html

Lieutenant Watada's War Against the War US Politics

A message from Eleanor

Original Message:

Be sure to click on the yellow post - I missed it at first...

It is 4:29 am (Pacific standard time) June 27th 2006.

Please help spread peace. Note this news about Lieutnant Watada so it can be available to as many people as possible. We have about 45 hours to make it a front page news so non-Care2 members can also access this news.

//www.care2.com/news/member/666148747/118813



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Watada

To Refuse To Serve

by Ret. Col. Ann Wright, TomPaine.com

Lt. Ehren Watada's refusal to be sent to Iraq to support an illegal war raises questions about civilian support.

//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/06/27/to_refuse_to_serve.php


//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Watada

Launder Congress, Not Money

by David Donnelly, TomPaine.com

Thousands hope to send that message with a film about DeLay's "buy" of Congress.

//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/06/27/launder_congress_not_money.php

Karl Rove's Gamble

Mother Jones
by Tom Engelhardt

06/26/06

Once upon a time, this administration's top officials and associated neocons dreamed of shock-and-awing the Middle East into the shape they wanted, settling into Iraq for the long haul, dominating the planet in geopolitical and energy terms, ensuring that no nation or bloc of nations would ever again challenge the U.S. and, in the bargain, installing the Republicans as the dominant domestic party for at least a generation. Now, forced to hitch their fates to the President's disastrous war, they simply hope to squeak through the mid-term elections and, two years later, hand ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan off to another president...

//www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2006/06/green_zone.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush Administration stomps on our Constitutional rights

Kansas City Star
by Rhonda Chriss Lokeman

06/25/06

As we, the American people, approach the anniversary of our independence from tyranny in 1776, it pays to consider the Bill of Rights threatened by the secrecy-obsessed Bush administration. Freedom of the press and religion, the right to peacefully assembly, freedom from unlawful searches and seizures have all been endangered by this administration’s reckless conduct in the global war on terror...

//www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/opinion/14895627.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Refusing to serve in a war that is illegal

Hawaii Reporter
by Ehren Watada

06/23/06

I am a U.S. Army commissioned officer and currently, I am awaiting charges for refusal to participate in the illegal war and occupation in Iraq. I was born and raised in Hawai'i. As a child, my family instilled in me a moral sense of right, wrong and giving of one's self. As a young man, I worked my way through college, appreciating the value of earning my own education. I haven't always lived a perfect life, but I have tried to live it to the best of my ability. When I decided to be military officer, I chose to lead by example and put the needs of others before myself. Joining the Army is a choice I will never regret: My decision to reject unlawful and immoral orders in spite of the danger, has taught me the true meaning of sacrifice...

//tinyurl.com/pxpbk


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Watada

Bush ignores laws he inks, vexing Congress

LaPorte Herald-Argus

06/27/06

Sen. John McCain thought he had a deal when President Bush, faced with a veto-proof margin in Congress, agreed to sign a bill banning the torture of detainees. Not quite. While Bush signed the new law, he also quietly approved another document: a signing statement reserving his right to ignore the law. McCain was furious, and so were other lawmakers. The Senate Judiciary Committee is opening hearings this week into what has become the White House's favorite tool for overriding Congress in the name of wartime national security...

//tinyurl.com/zr32v


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Earth's Climate Warming Abruptly

Scientist Says

Tropical-Zone Glaciers May Be at Risk of Melting

By Doug Struck
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 27, 2006; A03 //www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/26/AR2006062601237.html

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Earth's climate is undergoing an abrupt change, ending a cooler period that began with a swift "cold snap" in the tropics 5,200 years ago that coincided with the start of cities, the beginning of calendars and the biblical great flood, a leading expert on glaciers has concluded.

The warming around Earth's tropical belt is a signal suggesting that the "climate system has exceeded a critical threshold," which has sent tropical-zone glaciers in full retreat and will melt them completely "in the near future," said Lonnie G. Thompson, a scientist who for 23 years has been taking core samples from the ancient ice of glaciers.

Thompson, writing with eight other researchers in an article published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said the ice samples show that the climate can and did cool quickly, and that a similarly abrupt warming change started about 50 years ago. Humans may not have the luxury of adapting to slow changes, he suggests.

"There are thresholds in the system," Thompson said in an interview in his lab at Ohio State University. When they are crossed, "there is the risk of changing the world as we know it to some form in which a lot of people on the planet will be put at risk."

"I think the temperature will continue to rise, the glaciers will continue to melt. Sea levels will continue to rise. I think there is a good indication now that the magnitude of severe storms will rise," he said.

Thompson's work summarizes evidence from around the world and ice core sampling from seven locations in the South American Andes and the Asian Himalayas. It considerably extends the reach of a growing number of scientific findings documenting the historically unusual warming of Earth. A top scientific panel last week endorsed an earlier study, by Penn State professor Michael E. Mann, that concluded the recent warming in the Northern Hemisphere is of a scale probably unseen for 400 to 1,000 years.

Thompson, whose research has focused on glaciers in the high mountains of the tropics, writes that the warming there "is unprecedented for at least two millennia." He teamed with his wife, Ellen Mosley-Thompson, an expert in polar ice sampling, and concluded that the glacial retreat "signals a recent and abrupt change in the Earth's climate system."

Caspar Amman, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., said Thompson's "perspective of the changes over the past 2,000 years is striking. Something is definitely different towards the end of the 20th century."

But the finding likely to cause the most debate is Thompson's conclusion that a swift and sudden cooling of the climate five millennia ago occurred simultaneously with key changes in civilizations.

"It represents a time where, for many parts of the world, people ceased to be hunters and gatherers and formed cities," he said. "Many of the modern calendars began around this time. It would also fall in the general time frame of the biblical flood."

Thompson said he does not know what caused the abrupt change -- one possibility is a "mega La Ni?a" shift in upper air currents. But he said the evidence from such diverse sources as Mount Kilimanjaro; African lakes; Greenland and Antarctic ice cores; the Andes and the Alps point to a sudden arrival of cool and often wet conditions, all about the same time.

That time saw cities form in the Nile Valley and Mesopotamia, his paper says, and the end of a humid period in Africa that "seems to have begun and ended abruptly, within decades to a century." In what is now Florida, water levels rose rapidly. In Washington state, glaciers covered whole trees. In the Alps, a mortally wounded hunter nicknamed Otzi was buried quickly by snow and captured within a growing glacier until it melted enough to expose him in 1991.

Theories linking climate change with changes in the history of humans are increasingly popular. The book "The Winds of Change" by Eugene Linden argues that climate shifts accompanied the fall of many civilizations.

Gavin Schmidt, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, applauded Thompson's work but said his conclusions about events 5,200 years ago have many skeptics.

"You would have to put that argument as more intriguing rather than definitive," Schmidt said. "There are a number of issues in the tropical ice cores that are problematic for dating things 4,000 to 5,000 years ago."

Thompson and other scientists typically drill down to layers of glaciers put down by snow thousands of years ago. The air bubbles caught in those cores are analyzed to determine the atmosphere at the time. Sediment, insects and pollen are further clues to the climate in ancient history.

© 2006 The Washington Post Company


Informant: binstock

Big Brother database to record the lives of all children

The home life of every child in the country is to be recorded on a national database in the ultimate intrusion of the nanny state, it has emerged. [] Computer records holding details of school performance, diet and even whether their parents provide a 'positive role model' for 12 million children will be held by the Government. [] Police, social workers, teachers and doctors will have access to the database and have powers to flag up 'concerns' where children are not meeting criteria laid down by the state.

//tjh.elequity.com/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=631

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UK outrage as Big Brother keeps an eye on kids

The Age [Australia]

06/26/06

British Government plans for the surveillance of all children, including information on whether they eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, have been condemned as a Big Brother system. Experts say it is the biggest state intrusion into the role of parents in history. Changes are being introduced after the death of a girl from abuse. They include a database tracking all 12 million children in England and Wales from birth. The Government expects the program to be operating within two years. But critics say the electronic files will undermine family privacy and destroy the confidentiality of medical, social work and legal records. ... The Children Act 2004 gave the Government the powers to create the database...

//tinyurl.com/zlhoy


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Vice President Cheney, Chef in Chief

The evidence now on the public record is overwhelming and, if we could have a jury, Vice President Dick Cheney would be found guilty of cooking the intelligence and lying us into war. Three remarkable and compelling pieces of evidence have hit the streets within the last two weeks. Let's start with today and work backwards.

//tjh.elequity.com/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=630

REFUSING TO KILL IS NOT A CRIME

//tinyurl.com/fkhn6



Refusing to Kill is Not a Crime:

“I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. My oath of office is to protect and defend America’s laws and its people. By refusing unlawful orders for an illegal war, I fulfill that oath today.” - U.S. Army First Lt. Ehren Watada

//www.thankyoult.org/


From Information Clearing House



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Watada

Is it OK to use a mobile phone?

//www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1806639,00.html

Should Soldiers Be Enslaved?

//www.lewrockwell.com/zeese/zeese35.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Watada

The Bank of Bernanke

//www.lewrockwell.com/bonner/bonner264.html

Will The Federal Reserve Create The New Socialist Man?

//www.lewrockwell.com/decoster/new-socialist-man.html

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Will the Federal Reserve create the new socialist man?

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Karen De Coster and Eric Englund

06/26/06

Personal character and money are linked. No, we are not implying that a person of great wealth is necessarily an individual with high character. All one needs to do is look at the moral sewer known as Wall Street in order to comprehend how a whole host of elites have traded their souls for mind-boggling sums of money. The linkage between character and money has everything to do with self-ownership. Aside from one's body, the most personal property one may possess is the fruit of one's labor...

//www.mises.org/story/2221


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How Secure is Your Personal Information?

by Lynn Stuter

Over the course of the last year mainstream media has reported the loss of data from banks, credit card companies, and more recently the Veterans Administration in Washington, DC. It was three weeks after the theft of a laptop containing the personal information of some 26.5 million veterans before the public was made aware. Then, over the course of the next two weeks, it slowly came.....

//www.newswithviews.com/Stuter/stuter94.htm

Singing to The Choir

by Nancy Levant

The proof positive that Americans could care less is most prominently demonstrated by the fact that most parents still send their children into public education camps to ensure their children’s social-global re-engineering. By doing so, they ensure America’s demise – almost as if they desired their children’s freedom and rights to end.....

//www.newswithviews.com/Levant/nancy47.htm

Help Labor Stop Bush NLRB Assault on Workers' Rights

The Bush National Labor Relations Board is easily the most anti-worker labor board in history, but even against this sorry backdrop, the scope of what they now are contemplating is breathtaking. In a series of pending cases known as Kentucky River, the Bush board could strip what remains of federal labor law protections from hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of workers.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/062606LA.shtml

Drug Firms a Danger to Health

Report

Drug companies are accused today of endangering public health through wide-scale marketing malpractices, ranging from covertly attempting to persuade consumers that they are ill, to bribing doctors and misrepresenting the results of safety and efficacy tests on their products.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/062606HA.shtml

Scheduled Release of Flood Maps Has Lawmakers on Edge

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is slated to release a new set of flood maps that could force California cities to spend millions on repairing local levees. Reps. Dennis Cardoza of Merced, Richard Pombo of Tracy, and 16 other California representatives asked FEMA to delay release of those maps, which could send shock waves through their constituencies just weeks before the November election.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/062606EC.shtml

Legality of US Bank Data Searches Probed in Belgium

Belgium's government said on Monday it was investigating the legality of counter-terrorism searches by US officials of thousands of private records held by Brussels-based international bank cooperative SWIFT. European Parliament lawmakers also suggested that Washington, in the wake of its secret "renditions" program, was once again going too far in its security policies.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062606S.shtml

John Kerry: Our Energy Challenge

Today, in a speech at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, John Kerry introduced a bold new plan to achieve energy independence and combat global climate change. Kerry's plan challenges America to accept three big ideas to win energy independence and meet the challenge of combating global climate change.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062606R.shtml

Censorship: The American Version

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0626-26.htm

Internet Toll Road?

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0626-35.htm

A Call to Investigate the 2004 Election

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0626-21.htm

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A Call to Investigate the 2004 Election

Steven F. Freeman and Joel Bleifuss remind us that "We've all heard the story. November 2, 2004, was shaping up as a day of celebration for Democrats. The exit polls were predicting a victory for Senator John Kerry. Many Americans, including most political observers, sat down to watch the evening television coverage convinced that Kerry would be the next president. But the counts that were being reported on TV bore little resemblance to the exit poll projections. In key state after state, tallies differed significantly from the projections. In every case, that shift favored President George W. Bush. Nationwide, exit polls projected a 51 to 48 percent Kerry victory, the mirror image of Bush's 51 to 48 percent win. But the exit poll discrepancy is not the only cause for concern."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062806P.shtml

Sewing Seeds For Salvation

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0626-20.htm

US Military Sees Oil Nationalism Spectre

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0626-04.htm

Advancing Deserts Forcing People to Move

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0626-03.htm

Veterans of US Prisons in Iraq in No Mood for Reconciliation

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0626-06.htm

Kickbacks, Cartels and Chatrooms: How Unscrupulous Drug Firms Woo the Public

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0626-02.htm

NSA-"Skandal": Facette Finanz fehlte noch

//quintessenz.at/cgi-bin/index?id=000100003623

North Korea, Iran, the Difference

//blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2006/06/north_korea_iran_the_differenc.html


Informant: Kev Hall

Help Protect Glacier National Park from Global Warming

//actionnetwork.org/campaign/Glacier_NP

At its July meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will consider the Center’s petition to protect Glacier National Park as “In Danger” due to global warming. This protected status would trigger a legal duty for the U.S. to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution and take other measures to protect this international treasure.

Only 27 of the 150 iconic glaciers for which Glacier National Park was named now remain. Global warming has caused the melting and disappearance of all the rest, and those that are left will vanish completely by 2030 if current climate trends continue. Countless species and entire ecosystems are also at risk.

The Bush administration has vigorously opposed efforts to address global warming and protect areas like Glacier. Please send a letter today urging Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne to join the rest of the world in acknowledging the scientific fact of global warming and to protect Glacier and other threatened sites.

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