Mittwoch, 28. Juni 2006

Watada support again confined to local news coverage in mainstream media

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

"Disgracefully" Attacking the Messenger

"The Bush administration's jihad against newspapers that reported on a secret program to monitor the personal-banking records of unsuspecting citizens is more important than the original story," writes Robert Scheer. "For what the president and his spokesmen are once again asserting is that the prosecution of this ill-defined, open-ended 'War on Terror' inevitably trumps basic democratic rights in general and the Constitutionally enshrined freedom of the press in particular."

Debate on Hill Over Power of the President

What should Congress do if the president refuses to enforce a law - or some part of it he deems un-Constitutional? It's a question that has simmered in the GOP-controlled Congress over issues ranging from post-9/11 national security to the use of torture in the war on terror. But it resurfaced on Capitol Hill this week, as lawmakers consider giving President Bush line-item veto authority and, behind the scenes, negotiate with the White House over Mr. Bush's claim that he has authority to conduct domestic wiretapping without a warrant, despite a 1978 law that says otherwise.

Bush Confused About Leaks

US Waters Down Iraqi Peace Plan

"The Iraqi reconciliation plan unveiled by Prime Minister Al-Maliki on Sunday had the potential to mark a turning point in the war. But thanks to US interference, instead of a road map for peace, the plan that emerged looks more like a bump in Iraq's torturous path to continued violence and suffering," write Medea Benjamin and Raed Jarrar.

Democrat Seeks to Defeat Missouri GOP Senator

Claire McCaskill has been cruising Missouri's countryside in a 31-foot traveling billboard, a recreational vehicle on which the Democrat emblazoned this message: "It's time for a Senator on OUR side!"

Kerry and Feingold Form Alliance on Iraq

Senators John Kerry and Russ Feingold joined forces last week to push a proposal that would have required troops to leave Iraq by July of next year. And they may soon have something else in common: both are considering presidential races in 2008.

Photo Shows Ney in Meeting With Tribe

A Native American tribe that was a client of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has released a photograph of tribal leaders meeting with Congressman Bob Ney, who had told investigators he wasn't familiar with the tribe.

The American Political Tradition

"When it comes to foreign policy," Andrew J. Bacevich writes, "the fundamental divide in American politics today is not between left and right but between those who subscribe to the myth of the 'American Century' and those who do not."

An Iraqi Withdrawal From Iraq

Dahr Jamail writes, "This 'army' has brought nothing but chaos, suffering and death to every city, town, village or institution it has visited, and while sectarian and ethnic politics are played out in the so-called Iraqi government, the agenda of the Bush administration rolls forward unabated."

School phone mast U-turn

28 June 2006

MOBILE phone company O2 have denied bowing to people pressure after cancelling plans for a mobile phone mast near a Muswell Hill School.

The mast - which was due to go up in Woodside Avenue near St James's Primary School - was bitterly opposed by the school and by residents.

A protest, followed by a public consultation, was due to go ahead outside the Royal British Legion, in Muswell Hill Road, last week but was cancelled when the mobile phone company withdrew the application.

Nurses, teachers, children and residents were able to put their placards away - overjoyed at the news, claiming a victory for people power.

Sarah Purdy, of Muswell Hill Against the Masts, said: "This shows what can happen when large numbers of people make their objections known.

"Our supporters have been e-mailing and writing to O2 threatening to stage a massive campaign against the mast and it has deterred them.

"I would urge everyone to keep up the pressure on mobile phone companies who will continue to pick sites for masts near schools and nurseries."

But representatives from O2 claimed a better site had been found on top of the Muswell Hill telephone exchange, in Grand Avenue, and had decided to move the mast there.

A spokesman said: "We did write to residents and said we would come and see you. Nobody in the area came back to us.

"We wanted to explain what we were doing. They didn't want to know. They wanted to conduct it through the papers.

"We found a better option. We hope we will get full support from the planning authority."

Muswell Hill Against the Masts, an anti-mobile phone mast pressure group, was formed last year in response to a Vodaphone plan to site a mast on top of the old telephone exchange on Grand Avenue - near several schools.

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The New American Cold War

Informant: Carol Moore in DC

From ufpj-news

Zahlreiche Manipulationsmöglichkeiten von Wahlcomputern

"Eine wirkliche Gefahr für die Zuverlässigkeit von Wahlen"

Der Bericht einer hochkarätig besetzten US-amerikanischen Arbeitsgruppe weist auf zahlreiche Manipulationsmöglichkeiten von Wahlcomputern hin und empfiehlt, die Sicherheitslücken vor den Kongresswahlen im Herbst zu schließen.


Gefährliche Wahlcomputer

Wahlprüfungsausschuss: Bedenken gegen Wahlcomputer "offensichtlich unbegründet"

„Der Wahlprüfungsausschuss des Deutschen Bundestages hat sich in einer nicht-öffentlichen Sitzung am heutigen Donnerstag dagegen ausgesprochen, dem Einspruch des Frankfurter Software-Ingenieurs Ulrich Wiesner sowie zwei weiteren gleichgerichteten Einsprüchen gegen den Einsatz von Nedap-Wahlcomputern bei der letzten Bundestagswahl im September 2005 stattzugeben. Er empfiehlt dem Parlament, die Einsprüche als "offensichtlich unbegründet" abzulehnen. Der Bundestag wird über die Empfehlung – wie bei Wahlanfechtungen üblich, formell und ohne Aussprache – voraussichtlich am 14. oder 15. Dezember beschließen…“ Artikel von Richard Sietmann vom 30.11.2006 bei heise news

Italien stoppt Wahlcomputer-Projekte

„In der italienischen Regierung gibt es offenbar einen Konsens darüber, den Einsatz von Wahlcomputern nicht weiter zu forcieren. Innenminister Giuliano Amato habe auf einer Konferenz in Rom bereits den Stopp aller Projekte zur Implementierung von Wahlmaschinen bekannt gegeben, berichtet die Nachrichtenagentur AGI (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia)…“ Meldung vom 30.11.2006 bei heise news

Aus: LabourNet, 12. Dezember 2006

Justices Revise Part of Texas Redistricting

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld most of the Texas Congressional map engineered by former House majority leader Tom DeLay but threw out part, saying some of the new boundaries failed to protect minority voting rights. The fractured decision was a small victory for Democratic and minority groups who accused Republicans of an unconstitutional power grab in drawing boundaries that booted four Democratic incumbents out of office.

Kritik an U-Bahn-Überwachung: CCTV in U-Bahn illegal

Blow To Fair Elections

by Stuart Comstock-Gay,

A Supreme Court ruling means more work to fight the influence of big money in government.

When The FBI Raids The Times

by Dennis Persica,

It's not hard to picture a scenario in which our government literally goes to war with the press.

Der Bär Bruno ist seinen Jägern zum Opfer gefallen

VIER PFOTEN - Newsletter

Viele empörte und traurige Förderer haben uns bereits um Rat gefragt. Deshalb heute eine kurze Zusammenfassung aus unsere Sicht.

In den vergangenen Wochen haben wir vieles versucht, um Brunos Leben zu retten.

Artgerechtes Gehege angeboten

Gemeinsam mit der Stiftung für Bären haben wir uns gegen den Abschuss gestellt und alternativ dem verantwortlichen Staatsminister Werner Schnappauf ein artgerechtes Freigehege für Bruno in der Nähe von München angeboten. Damit wurde die Forderung nach einem Abschuss des Tieres gegenstandslos. Das Bayerische Staatsministerium und alle Beteiligten haben diese Alternative ausdrücklich begrüßt.

An der Suche nach Bruno beteiligt

Wir haben uns aktiv an den Fangversuchen beteiligt. Die VIER PFOTEN-Eingreiftruppe war in Tirol vor Ort und hat mit einem unserer rumänischen Bärenexperten versucht, Bruno einzufangen. Es ist jedoch sehr schwierig, einen einzelnen, wandernden Braunbären, in einem riesigen Grenzgebiet wie Tirol und Bayern zu orten. Deshalb vereinbarte das VP-Team mit den Experten vor Ort, erst wieder aktiv in die Fangbemühungen einzugreifen, wenn der Bär zwei oder mehrere Male in einem bestimmten Gebiet lokalisiert wurde. Dieses Angebot stand bis zum Schluss.

Außerdem haben wir dazu beigetragen, dass Tirol und Bayern eigene Suchteams engagierten. Nach dem Abzug der Suchteams standen wir in regelmäßigem Kontakt mit dem Wildtierbeauftragten der Bayerischen Landesregierung Manfred Wölfl, der auch die Fangtruppen koordinierte.

All dies wurde durch den Abschuss von Bruno am Montag früh leider gegenstandslos!

VIER PFOTEN kritisiert: Nach den ersten durch den Bären angerichteten Schäden hätten systematisch weit mehr und dauerhaft wirksame Maßnahmen zur Vergrämung des Tieres gestartet werden müssen.

Vor allem hätten die Bemühungen, das Tier einzufangen oder zu betäuben, wesentlich länger andauern und intensiviert werden müssen.

Wie geht es weiter

Die Frage, ob der Abschuss des Bären rechtmäßig war, wird derzeit geprüft. Sollte sich herausstellen, dass der Abschuss rechtwidrig war, behält sich VIER PFOTEN rechtliche Schritte vor.

Managementplan gefordert

VIER PFOTEN fordert die Ausarbeitung eines Managementplans für Bären, um auf die nächsten Grenzgänger besser vorbereitet zu sein. Ziel einer solchen Maßnahme sollte sein: Zum einen der Schutz wilder Bären und eine erfolgreiche Wiederansiedlung, zum anderen die entsprechende Aufklärung der Bevölkerung, damit auch in Deutschland künftig ein harmonisches Miteinander zwischen Menschen und wilden Bären möglich ist.

Gute Nachricht

Für alle Bärenfreunde gibt es aber auch eine gute Nachricht: VIER PFOTEN errichtet in Mecklenburg Vorpommern zurzeit eine Auffangstation für Braunbären aus schlechten Haltungsbedingungen. In einem großen Freigehege sollen die Bären zu ihren natürlichen Verhaltensweisen zurückfinden und diese ausleben können.

Die Bauarbeiten laufen auf Hochtouren. Das Richtfest des Wirtschafts- und Informationsgebäudes wurde im Juni gefeiert. Im Herbst 2006 werden die ersten Bären ihre neue Heimat an der Müritz beziehen. Ab dann wird das Schutzzentrum auch für Besucher geöffnet sein.


Müritz hat seit kurzem eine eigene Internetseite, alles weitere unter

Beate Schüler
VIER PFOTEN - Stiftung für Tierschutz

Suffer the little children

The Free Liberal
by Paul Jacob


Around the world, nearly two million children die of diarhhea each year. It would be nice if somebody did something about this, eh? Send in Peace Corps, Doctors Without Borders, the Marines! But somebody is doing something about it, a private company called Ventria. Its scientists are developing a new drug that, according to tests in Peru, helps sick babies recover from severe diarrhea in about a day-and-a-half less time than before. Unfortunately, a lot of people in the United States want Ventria to stop. Now...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Shameful debate on Iraq pullout

Baltimore Sun
by Trudy Rubin


The debate in the Senate last week over when to exit Iraq was disgraceful. Americans deserve an honest airing of the most important foreign policy issue facing the country. But this congressional circus had little to do with policy and everything to do with election-year politics. Democrats looked hapless, and many Republicans were flat out dishonest. The Pinocchio prize for devious discourse went to Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Rumsfeld must go

The Nation
by Katrina vanden Heuvel


Amid the Generals Revolt against Rumsfeld; union officials representing 200,000 civilian defense workers calling for his resignation; and scores of Democrats as well as a good number of Republicans demanding his ouster … Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's role in a $30 billion Pentagon procurement scandal -- 'The largest defense procurement scandal in recent decades,' according to the Washington Post -- nearly slipped through the cracks. As the Post reports, it seems the Pentagon nearly squandered '$30 billion leasing several hundred new tanker aircraft that its own experts had decided were not needed.' The purchase was stopped in 2004 by a Senate investigation that revealed it was 'viewed inside the Pentagon as a politically tinged bailout for Boeing'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Big Buy: Tom Delay’s Stolen Congress

DeLay may be gone, but his legacy isn’t

In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss


The Big Buy is on sale for $14.95 at Get it and show it to your friends, as the documentary's distributor Robert Greenwald puts it, 'not to just enjoy the film, but to change the world.' Every so often a documentary film comes along that makes you think, 'If only more people could see this.' The Big Buy: Tom Delay’s Stolen Congress, by filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck, is such a film. The subject: how corporate money corrupts democracy. The case in point: former Speaker of the House Tom 'the Hammer' DeLay's successful scheme to funnel illegal corporate donations into races for the Texas House in order to gain control the Texas legislature. He then had the legislature redraw congressional district boundaries to give the Republicans control of five additional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. As DeLay bragged to Fox News, 'We took the house, we did redistricting, we gained five Republican seats.' Though DeLay refused all requests for interviews, the filmmakers give us a pretty good idea of who this man is...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



The film is a warning about how easy it is for American democracy to be hijacked by a combination of relentless ambition and corporate millions. It makes the case that DeLay built a "custom-made Congress" that is still providing votes for his agenda.

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The wrong way to fight the war on drugs

Boston Globe
by Jim Bildner & Madeline Drexler


Thirty-five years ago this month, President Richard Nixon launched the modern-day war on drugs, calling illicit substances 'America's public enemy number one.' Today -- after endless confiscations and arrests, stacks of scientific reports, and hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding -- Americans are left with one conclusion: The war on drugs has failed. It has failed for many reasons. Our leaders refuse to accept the facts on the ground. Their strategies are shaped more by punitive ideology than by pragmatism and compassion. And too many Americans still believe that drug addiction is someone else's problem. As a result, our government's wrongheaded policies have gone unchecked -- with countless lives lost, families wrecked, and victims more cruelly marginalized than in other developed nations...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

GOP ignores danger of global warming

by staff


'There is a debate over whether [climate change is] manmade or naturally caused,' Bush said yesterday. Yet among scientists, the debate has long been over. Rather than argue the science, the right has resorted to manufacturing scientific doubt where there is none. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal ran a column from a prominent climate skeptic that argued, 'There Is No 'Consensus' On Global Warming.' Commentators on CNBC picked up on the theme later in the day, saying, 'There is not scientific consensus.' (One network anchor said there is no way 'puny, gnawing little humans' could change the climate in '70 years.') The right wants the public to ignore scientific research that find 'human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming,' and instead believe that we should wait for more research before we take action...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The cabal, outed: the spies who lied us into war are at it again

by Justin Raimondo


The campaign to topple the regime in Tehran is utilizing the same back-channel model that served the neoconservatives so well before. Their method was to stovepipe disinformation disguised as 'intelligence' directly into the White House, where all manner of fibs found expression in presidential proclamations of Iraq's indubitable perfidy. The OSP, or some other makeshift official sub-agency created especially for this purpose, would do an end run around the mainline intelligence organizations, such as the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency, cherry-pick bits and pieces of data that fit into a preconceived conceptual mode, and serve up the resulting concoction of canards as fact or near-certainty. These parallel intelligence-gathering and -disseminating operations were disbanded after their goals -- misleading the Congress, the executive branch, and the American people -- were achieved, and the resident operatives quickly went on to their next project: bamboozling us into war with Iran...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq: Fool me twice

Mother Jones
by Col. Daniel Smith, USA (Ret.)


In October 2002 the White House deceived the Congress and the public, inducing Congress -- in the administration's interpretation -- to abandon its constitutional responsibilities in matters of war-making. This 'fool me once' has inflicted on the world 39 months of bloody occupation and war in Iraq. Now the House has once again, in effect, abandoned its role in any future decision about the need for and the wisdom of initiating war in the name of the people they represent -- creating a vacuum the administration will eagerly fill...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush whines as press exposes new outrage

International Herald Tribune [France]


President George W. Bush condemned as 'disgraceful' the disclosure last week by The New York Times and other newspapers of a secret program to investigate and track terrorists that relies on a vast international database that includes Americans' banking transactions. Bush's remarks Monday were his first in public on the issue, and they came as the administration intensified its attacks on newspapers' handling of the matter. ... Treasury officials did not seek individual court-approved warrants or subpoenas to examine specific transactions, instead relying on broad administrative subpoenas for millions of records from the consortium, known as Swift...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq violence displaces 150,000



The number of displaced people in Iraq has swelled by 150,000 since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in February pushed the country to the brink of civil war, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday. The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) put the number of displaced higher than the 130,386 estimate of registered internal refugees given by the Ministry of Displacement and Migration on Monday. 'It is estimated that 1.3 million individuals are displaced inside Iraq, nearly 5 percent of the country's total population,' said a UNAMI statement...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Greens, ACLU sue vs. ballot exclusion

Pine Bluff Commercial


A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday challenges Arkansas rules on third-party access to election ballots, arguing the state violates the Constitution by using different rules for independent candidates. The Green Party of Arkansas sued the state over its denial of signatures submitted to gain recognition in the Nov. 7 election. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, said the state unfairly uses a different standard for third parties than it does for independent candidates. ... The law requires third parties to submit the number of signatures equal to 3 percent of the total votes cast in the previous gubernatorial election. Independent candidates are only required to submit 10,000 valid voter signatures to get on the ballot...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

DJV gegen Überprüfung von Journalisten

„Der DJV protestiert gegen Akkreditierungbedingungen, die einen Abgleich der persönlichen Daten mit polizeilichen Dateien und Informationssystemen der Nachrichtendienste voraussetzen. Nach der Akkreditierung zur Fußball WM müssen die Journalisten einer solchen Zuverlässigkeitsüberprüfung aktuell auch bei ihrem Akkreditierungsantrag für den im September anstehenden Papstbesuch in Bayern zustimmen. „Den Journalisten werden erneut Knebelkonditionen vorgesetzt. Entweder sie stimmen der Datenüberprüfung zu oder sie dürfen nicht berichten. Das kommt quasi einem Berufsverbot gleich. Diese Entwicklung muss umgehend gestoppt werden“, forderte DJV-Bundesvorsitzender Michael Konken. Pressemitteilung vom 19. Juni 2006

Aus: LabourNet, 28. Juni 2006

Lohnniveau mehr und mehr unter dem Existenzminimum

Neue IMK-Untersuchung für Deutschland und Europa: Deutschland liegt bei den Arbeitskosten im Mittelfeld

„Deutschland liegt bei den Arbeitskosten für die Privatwirtschaft im Mittelfeld der EU15-Staaten - hinter den meisten nord- und westeuropäischen Industrieländern. 2004 mussten deutsche Arbeitgeber pro geleisteter Arbeitsstunde im Verarbeitenden Gewerbe und im privaten Dienstleistungsbereich 26,22 Euro aufwenden. Höher liegen die Arbeitskosten in Dänemark, Schweden, Belgien, Luxemburg, Frankreich, den Niederlanden und Finnland - zwischen 30,70 Euro und 26,80 Euro pro Stunde. Geringfügig niedriger als in der Bundesrepublik sind die Arbeitskosten in Österreich (25,30 Euro) und Großbritannien (24,70 Euro). Einen deutlicheren Abstand gibt es nur zu den "alten" EU-Mitgliedern in Südeuropa sowie zu den mittel- und osteuropäischen Beitrittsländern…“ Aus der Pressemitteilung der Hans Böckler Stiftung vom 14.06.2006

Siehe dazu den IMK Report Nr. 11 vom Juni 2006 (pdf)

Lohnniveau mehr und mehr unter dem Existenzminimum

Vortrag von Rainer Roth vor Opel-Arbeitern in Bad Sassendorf am 22.06.2006

Bedarfsdeckende Bruttoarbeitsentgelte

„Im Durchschnitt der alten Bundesländer muss eine allein lebende Person ein monatliches Bruttoarbeitsentgelt von 1.314 € erzielen, um nicht mehr »Hartz IV«-berechtigt zu sein; dies entspricht bei einer 35-(40-)Stunden-Woche einem Stundenlohn von 8,64 € (7,60 €). Angesichts des Umstandes, dass in Deutschland ein Fünftel aller abhängig Beschäftigten für Niedriglöhne arbeitet, legen die hier ermittelten Daten die Vermutung nahe, dass es eine nicht geringe Zahl an Erwerbstätigen-Haushalten gibt, die Anspruch auf aufstockende Leistungen des SGB II hätten, diesen Anspruch aber vor allem aus Unkenntnis nicht geltend machen..“ Arbeitspapier von Johannes Steffen vom Mai 2006 (pdf)

Zitat zum Thema


Nach einem Vorschlag des Parlamentspräsidenten sollen die Bundestagsabgeordnetendiäten künftig genauso wie die allgemeinen Löhne steigen. Allerdings wurde bei diesem Vorschlag wohl nicht bedacht, dass es in Deutschland als einzigem europäischem Land seit mehreren Jahren nur noch Reallohnsenkungen gibt.“ Aus Deutscher Einheit(z)-Textdienst von Werner Lutz 4/06

Aus: LabourNet, 28. Juni 2006

Für HARTV IV-EmpfängerInnen wird die Lernmittelfreiheit abgeschafft

„ALG-II-EmpfängerInnen aus Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) müssen sich darauf einstellen, den Eigenanteil der Schulbücher ihrer Kinder demnächst selbst bezahlen zu müssen. Das haben die Stadträte von Essen und Bochum jetzt beschlossen. In Duisburg ist der Beschluss nur noch Formsache. Auch Düsseldorf denkt darüber nach…“ ZWD-Meldung vom 14.06.2006

Aus: LabourNet, 28. Juni 2006

Schuld für das Ausbildungsdebakel nicht jungen Menschen in die Schuhe schieben

Ausbildungspakt gescheitert – Arbeitgeber machen es sich zu leicht - Potentiale bei Schülern heben

Sonderseite beim DGB mit Statistiken zur Ausbildungssituation und Fakten/Argumente zur Ausbildungsplatzumlage

Schuld für das Ausbildungsdebakel nicht jungen Menschen in die Schuhe schieben

„"Die Lage am Ausbildungsmarkt spitzt sich auch in diesem Jahr weiter zu. Die rechnerische Lücke zwischen Nachfrage und Angebot liegt derzeit bei 275.000 Plätzen. Nahezu jeder zweite Bewerber sucht schon seit mehr als einem Jahr eine Lehrstelle. Die Zahl derjenigen, die mit Warteschleifen und schulischen Angeboten abgespeist werden, wird in diesem Jahr vermutlich höher sein als die Zahl derer, die einen betrieblichen Ausbildungsplatz bekommen. Das ist das Ergebnis des sogenannten Ausbildungspaktes. Nur noch 23% der Betriebe bilden aus. 1980 waren es noch 35%. Dreiviertel aller Betriebe bedienen sich also aus der Ausbildung anderer…“ DGB-Pressemitteilung von stellvertretender DGB Vorsitzender Ingrid Sehrbrock und IG Metall Vorstandsmitglied Regina Görner vom 21.06.2006

Zu wenige Lehrstellen. Die Arbeitslosen von morgen

Statt eine Lehre zu beginnen, landen hundertausende Jugendliche in öffentlich geförderten Maßnahmen. Dort werden sie "ausbildungsreif" gemacht. Artikel von Nicola Holzapfel in SZ vom 30.05.2006,tt3m3/jobkarriere/berufstudium/artikel/964/76888/

Aus: LabourNet, 28. Juni 2006

Phone mast signals problems for stairlifts, disabled widow fears

Published: 28th June 2006

LILY Cauldwell on her stairlift.LILY Cauldwell on her stairlift.


A DISABLED widow fears that a ‘forest’ of phone masts lurking metres from her Marple house will cause her vital stairlift to malfunction, leaving her stranded.

Service engineers discovered electromagnetic interference with Lily Cauldwell’s lift in 2002, just months after three telecoms antennae were erected on a Marple telephone exchange, which overlooks her house.

They managed to fix the fault, but now T-Mobile has applied for a further three transmitters at the same site, which already houses six masts and a satellite dish.

Meanwhile a leading stairlift manufacturer has admitted that phone masts could indeed cause interference with their stairlifts.

Jon Stannah, managing director of Stannah Stairlifts, said: "I know interference can happen. Some stairlift controls work through radio control frequencies. If you’re right next to something that’s sending out strong signals on similar bandwidths then you’re going to get interference. The solutions are changing the frequencies of the different devices, or putting another control method in such as hard-wired controls or infra-red controls."

Lily relies heavily on her stairlift since an horrific car accident 12 years ago, although she receives support from neighbours, carers and family.

She is so concerned about getting stranded that she changed to a lift with battery power back-up following a power cut a few years ago which left her stuck on the stairs.

Lily, 78, said: "I’m worried. I’ve got to have carers to wash and dress me and undress me and feed me. But if they put any more masts up and something else interferes with it I’ve got to pay for my care. I wouldn’t like to have to go in a home."

Neighbour and carer Stella Munday added: "Her biggest fear is that she’s going to be stuck downstairs."

The mast application met with fierce public opposition at Marple Area Committee, and was due to be discussed by planning councillors last night, following a site visit on Monday.

Speaking against the application, local residents spokeswoman Jean Grieves said there was uncertainty surrounding the long-term side effects and detrimental health aspects connected with living near electromagnetic fields.

Councillor Martin Candler added that he detected a "quite perceptible fear of the health consequences of this particular mast."

T-Mobile has certified that the equipment is designed to operate within internationally recommended frequencies and power levels.

Omega read "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?" under:

Their agent Matthew Waugh claimed the plans were required to provide coverage to the Marple and Marple Bridge areas.

He added: "We’re complying with government guidance for site sharing." Stuart Pike

First published by the Stockport Express

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(A "must-report" for press and a "must-read" for election officials!)

A year-long expert study of US voting systems finds 100's of ways to rig U.S. voting systems and recommends solutions that virtually no states now use.

As reported by USAToday on June 27, the most comprehensive, expert report ever written on US voting systems, "THE MACHINERY OF DEMOCRACY: PROTECTING ELECTIONS IN AN ELECTRONIC WORLD EXECUTIVE SUMMARY", was released by the BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE AT NYU SCHOOL OF LAW.

Executive Summary:

The Brennan Center task force evaluated voting systems of Diebold, Sequoia, Hart Intercivic, ES&S, Unilect, and Microvote In the past, local press where these systems are used, have neglected to inform voters about prior expert reports, but have repeated the lies of voting system vendors as told by election officials.

Election officials in the vast majority of states using the studied voting systems, including Utah which was mentioned in the June 27 USAToday article because some Diebold flaws were recently uncovered there and the county clerk who uncovered them was locked out of his own office when he refused to concede, have yet to implement even one of the security recommendations made in the executive summary of the Brennan report.

The Brennan Center task force members are:

Chair Lawrence D. Norden, Brennan Center for Justice

Principal Investigator Eric L. Lazarus, DecisionSmith.

Government Experts:

Dr. David Jefferson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Chair of the California Secretary of State's Voting Systems Technology Assessment and Advisory Board

John Kelsey, PhD, National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)

Rene Peralta, PhD, NIST

Professor Ronald Rivest (MIT), Technical Guidelines Committee, Election Assistance Commission

Howard A. Schmidt, Former White House Cyber Security Advisor for George W. Bush; Former Chief Security Officer, Microsoft

Academic Experts:

Professor Matt Bishop, University of California at Davis

Professor David Dill, Stanford University

Professor Douglas W. Jones, University of Iowa

Joshua Tauber, PhD, formerly of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT

Professor David Wagner, University of California at Berkeley

Professor Dan Wallach, Rice University

Private Sector Experts (Commercial and Non-Profit):

Georgette Asherman, independent statistical consultant, founder of Direct Effects

Lillie Coney, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Jeremy Epstein, Cyber Defense Agency LLC

Harri Hursti, independent consultant, former CEO of F-Secure PLC

Dr. Bruce Schneier, Counterpane Internet Security

Matthew Zimmerman, Electronic Frontier Foundation



Three fundamental points emerge from the threat analysis in the Security Report:

? All three voting systems have significant security and reliability vulnerabilities, which pose a real danger to the integrity of national, state, and local elections.

? The most troubling vulnerabilities of each system can be substantially remedied if proper countermeasures are implemented at the state and local level.

? Few jurisdictions have implemented any of the key countermeasures that could make the least difficult attacks against voting systems much more difficult to execute successfully.


After a review of more than 120 potential threats to voting systems, the Task Force reached the following crucial conclusions:

For all three types of voting systems:

? When the goal is to change the outcome of a close statewide election, attacks that involve the insertion of software attack programs or other corrupt software are the least difficult attacks.

? Voting machines that have wireless components are significantly more vulnerable to a wide array of attacks. Currently, only two states, New York and Minnesota, ban wireless components on all voting machines.


Are election officials going to stop following the falacious advice of voting system vendors; stop passing on hooey to press; and take steps to secure our voting & election systems?

The full executive summary of the Brennan Center report can be found here:

The fallacy being promulgated by election officials is that "tampering could be detected and prevented by watching voting machines with video equipment" (Really? Should we believe that election officials can see through voting equipment and read machine language 0's and 1's [on and off bits] that no computer scientist would ever claim to be able to read?)

Local press in states with deeply flawed voting systems like Georgia, Utah, Mississippi, Nevada, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and many others, need to let the public know what measures are available to secure our democracy and civilization for future generations. People that rig elections do not share mainstream U.S. values!

Please urge candidates not to concede any election in any state that has not fully implemented the Brennan Center recommendations until after following the recommendations of the National Election Data Archive to ensure that the correct candidates are sworn into office (found at ).


Brennan Center Executive Summary:


There are a number of steps that jurisdictions can take to address the vulnerabilities identified in the Security Report and make their voting systems significantly more secure. We recommend adoption of the following security measures:

1. Conduct automatic routine audits comparing voter verified paper records to the electronic record following every election. A voter verified paper record accompanied by a solid automatic routine audit of those records can go a long way toward making the least difficult attacks much more difficult.

2. Perform "parallel testing" (selection of voting machines at random and testing them as realistically as possible on Election Day.) For paperless DREs, in particular, parallel testing will help jurisdictions detect software-based attacks, as well as subtle software bugs that may not be discovered during inspection and other testing.

3. Ban use of voting machines with wireless components. All three voting systems are more vulnerable to attack if they have wireless components.

4. Use a transparent and random selection process for all auditing procedures. For any auditing to be effective (and to ensure that the public is confident in such procedures), jurisdictions must develop and implement transparent and random selection procedures.

5. Ensure decentralized programming and voting system administration. Where a single entity, such as a vendor or state or national consultant, performs key tasks for multiple jurisdictions, attacks against statewide elections become easier.

6. Institute clear and effective procedures for addressing evidence of fraud or error. Both automatic routine audits and parallel testing are of questionable security value without effective procedures for action where evidence of machine malfunction and/or fraud is discovered. Detection of fraud without an appropriate response will not prevent attacks from succeeding.


A heart-felt "Thank You" to the Brennan Center!

Kathy Dopp
National Election Data Archive Dedicated to Accurately Counting Elections

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