Dienstag, 25. Juli 2006

Feds Eliminate 157 Auditors of Rich Taxpayers

The federal government is moving to eliminate the jobs of nearly half of the lawyers at the Internal Revenue Service who audit tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans, specifically those who are subject to gift and estate taxes when they transfer parts of their fortunes to their children and others.


Bush Fails to Revoke Security Clearances Over Plame Case

No one in the Bush administration has been stripped of security clearances over the leak of former CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity to reporters three years ago. For more than a year, Democrats have been calling on Bush to fire presidential adviser Karl Rove and any other aides who discussed Plame's CIA status with reporters - or, at the least, to revoke their security clearances.


Bush Keeps Pakistani Nuclear Expansion From Congress

The Bush administration acknowledged yesterday that it had long known about Pakistan's plans to build a large plutonium-production reactor. Congress sharply criticized the Bush administration for failing to disclose the existence of a facility that could influence an upcoming Congressional debate over US nuclear policy toward India and Pakistan.


Take action and stand up for the rights of Verizon Wireless workers


NASS Report, New Handouts, Ohio Paper Records Deadline

The BEST NEWS from the Santa Fe, NM July 2006 NASS conference, were the remarks by Governor Bill Richardson given at a luncheon. Richardson recommended voter verifiable optical scan paper ballots and audits. In fact NM SOS Rebecca Vigil-Giron plans to conduct an independent audit of NM vote counts by hiring an outside accounting firm to conduct the audit. New Mexico is leading the nation in election integrity issues and has entirely dumped its DRE voting systems after The National Election Data Archive (NEDA) and VotersUnite showed how statistically suspicious the patterns of NM's 2004 electronic vote counts were.

New Mexico and Washington State were the only two states where detailed November 2004 vote count data was obtained and analyzed, and both states have since then significantly reduced or elimated the use of DRE voting machines and improved their election systems due to the statistical analysis of detailed data revealing likely vote tampering.

This experience in New Mexico and Washington proves that NEDA's plan to create a public national election data archive for the detailed unaggregated election results data will successfully help to improve voting systems. Please help us complete it by making an urgently needed donations at http://electionarchive.org.

Thank you so much to those who have donated to US Count Votes in the past who have enabled us to accomplish what we have, although we have yet to receive enough donations to hire a full-time staffer.

Some additional good reporting of the NASS conference is available by Warren Stewart on http://VoteTrustUSA.org

Unfortunately the U.S. EAC seems to be putting most of its 'election integrity' eggs in the basket of improving voting machine testing, although any computer engineer knows that no amount of ITA or L&A testing of machines would ensure election integrity:

"Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence."

- E.W. Dijkstra, 1970 from http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/ewd02xx/EWD249.PDF

And of the 15 member U.S. Election Assistance Commission Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) only about 2 to 4 seem to have credentials that make them competent to evaluate computerized voting system standards such as degrees in computer science or engineering. The National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) have used their opportunity to appoint two TGDC members to appoint the same Paul Craft and Britt Williams whose degrees are in hotel management, accounting, and political science, but who have decades of experience rubberstamping flawed voting systems, and who seem to have no problem with secretly counting, faith-based, paperless electronic voting systems.


I raised a big stink at the NASS conference by publicly asking if the U.S. EAC plans to hire or appoint qualified people with degrees in computer science and engineering to its TGDC.

Thank you to those who donated to make it possible for me to attend and for NEDA to accomplish what we have so far. The donations did not fully cover my travel and lodging so I drove and camped at nearby Hyde Memorial NM state park which was only 7 miles away and beautiful.

Please, if you are working and have income, we need you to donate $10/month to support the work of those of us at NEDA, like Ron Baiman and myself, who have dedicated ourselves to doing volunteer work on elections, and sacrificed our income to do it. We cannot be ready for the upcoming November election without more financial support. Please donate just $10/month, or give a one-time $50 donation. You can donate using a credit card or PayPal at http://ElectionArchive.org, or mail a check to: US Count Votes, P.O.Box 682556, Park City, UT 84068

We need both your financial and volunteer help. A competent volunteer is needed to work for NEDA in Park City, Utah, living space available. Thank you.

Ron Baiman, NEDA's Vice President, says that donations are needed immediately in order to obtain Ohio's ballot and voting records before they are due to be thrown out on September 3rd. Ron Baiman's recent investigative work in Ohio is uncovering evidence of paper optical scan ballot manipulation and counts that don't add up in the Ohio counties that showed the strange voting patterns in relation to another candidate. These records need to be preserved and investigated, but donations are needed to pay for the labor so that Ron and others can devote all of August to finding organizations like Ohio universities to accept responsibility for publicly maintaining the paper records of the 2004 election before they are destroyed.

Donations would facilitate quick completion of our new joint scientific vote count audit paper that NEDA members are working on with the Open Voting Consortium members to explain how to calculate vote count audit percentages that would detect any outcome-altering vote miscount in any election to any desired probability, given the margins between candidates. Your financial support would reduce the time this project takes to complete. Over a year ago, NEDA led the way by recommending vote count audits, and following our lead, the Carter-Baker commission, the US Government Accountability Office, US League of Women Voters, Verified Voting, the Brennan Center, and project ACCURATE now are all recommending routine vote count audits. Now that everyone agrees with NEDA that audits are needed, this is the time to create the best vote count audit standards that will truly ensure accurate outcomes.

NEDA's new vote count audit "election integrity" equation will virtually ensure that election outcomes are correct, as well as scientifically prove that fixed 1 or 2% audits are insufficient for ensuring correct election outcomes in cases with close candidate margins, especially in small or medium-sized jurisdictions. This is the way to achieve the goal that everyone agrees on: "correct election outcomes that result in the properly elected candidates being sworn into office"

NEDA thus has derived two new equations since November 2004 that will help to ensure accurate election results:

1. NEDA's "exit poll discrepancy" equation will allow mathematicians or statisticians to test patterns of exit poll discrepancy data to evaluate whether the discrepancy patterns are more consistent with vote miscount or with partisan response bias. No more long-winded academic debates over exit poll data. However, this method requires publicly available exit poll data, and funding would have to be raised to conduct public exit polls.


2. NEDA's "election integrity" vote count audit equation will scientifically ensure that the right candidates are sworn into office, and who wouldn't agree with that? Certainly the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will adopt this audit percentage equation as the new standard for auditing vote count accuracy.

Because these new methods for ensuring election integrity will not be implemented in time for the upcoming November 2006 race, NEDA urgently needs funding now to complete legal and technical projects necessary to obtain and analyze the detailed vote count data that can be used, as it was in Washington and New Mexico, to uncover probable vote miscounts and spur the adoption of better voting systems.

Here are the handouts I created for NASS conference attendees:

How Election Officials Could Ensure Accurate Vote Counts http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/election_officials/Audits_Monitoring.pdf

Brennan Center Report - one page summary http://electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/US/BrennanCenter-VotingSystems.pdf

US League of Women Voters' New Official Position on U.S. Voting Systems http://electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/US/LWVUS-Resolution2006.pdf

There are Virtually NO Federal Voting System Guidelines http://electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/US/NoFederalStandards.pdf

I hope these will be useful for your own local city, county, and state officials.

Thank you.

Kathy Dopp
National Election Data Archive US Count Votes,
P.O. Box 682556,
Park City, UT 84068
Dedicated to Accurately Counting Elections

"Flächendeckende Verunreinigung": 30 Verbände machen gegen neues Gentechnikgesetz mobil


Mehr als 30 Umwelt-, Verbraucher-, Bio- und Bauernverbände rufen zu Protesten gegen die Pläne der Großen Koalition zur Änderung des Gentechnikgesetzes auf. Die Verbände befürchten "die flächendeckende gentechnische Verunreinigung der gesamten Landwirtschaft". Mit Tausenden gelben Luftballons soll deshalb im September in Berlin der Schriftzug "Genfood - Nein Danke" gebildet werden. Die Verbände rufen Bürgerinnen und Bürger dazu auf, unter der Internet-Adresse www.gentechnik-stoppen.de Protestballons zu bestellen und Bundestagsabgeordneten E-Mails zu senden. Anlass für die Aktion sei die Ankündigung der Bundesregierung, nach der Sommerpause das deutsche Gentechnikgesetz verändern zu wollen. So sollten Gentechnik-Produzenten künftig nur noch dann haften, wenn die Ernte von Nachbarfeldern zu mehr als 0,9 Prozent gentechnisch verunreinigt werde.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14083

"Protection" Act Would Strip Consumers of Credit Safeguards

The US House of Representatives is poised to consider a bill that would make it more difficult for consumers to protect their credit from identity thieves. Backed by the lucrative financial-services industry, the Financial Data Protection Act of 2005 would narrow the circumstances in which consumers could restrict their credit activity to prevent fraudulent borrowing, and it would undermine stronger state-based reporting rules for companies that hold and sell consumer data.


Who Must Really Answer for September 11?

"The public, in other words, is not as stupid as Republicans like DeWine believe," writes David Sirota. "Americans understand that a major part of what endangers this country’s national security is a Congress that simply throws money at intelligence and defense programs without regard to whether that money is being spent in the best way possible to protect America against our most imminent threats."


Der Amazonas trocknet aus

Globale Erwärmung und Raubbau gefährden den größten Regenwald der Erde, der sich als empfindlicher erweist, als bisher angenommen. Sein Verschwinden würde zudem den Treibhauseffekt verstärken


Worauf es in der Debatte über Nebentätigkeiten von Politikern ankommt


Bar Association agrees with us on Bush's signing statements

I thought you would find useful this update on an issue that Green Mountain PAC members have been focused on. For the past several months, we’ve been speaking out against President Bush’s egregious use of signing statements to thwart the will of Congress and undermine the Constitutional separation of powers. Today I’m pleased to report that more and more Americans -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- are reaching the same conclusion and demanding that President Bush stop this abuse of power.

Yesterday, a bipartisan, 11-member panel from the American Bar Association issued a report that calls on President Bush to end his use of signing statements to disregard all or parts of laws that he disagrees with. If you want to read the report, please click here.

This was just an initial review. Now the panel's recommendations must be ratified at the ABA's annual meeting next month, which will build more momentum in our effort to rein in this out-of-control Bush Administration.

I have commended the ABA panel for their recommendations to end President Bush's signing statements -- and have urged the full American Bar Association to adopt them.

The ABA's task force calls the use of signing statements "contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers." I couldn't agree more.

The President's signing statements are not the law, and Congress -- even a Republican-controlled Congress -- should not allow them to be the last word. The President's constitutional duty is to faithfully execute the laws as written by the Congress, not cherry-pick the laws he chooses to follow.

If President Bush disagrees with the substance of a bill passed by Congress, he has a remedy -- the veto. And as George Washington said, a President "must approve all the parts of a bill, or reject it in toto." Then Congress has the opportunity to override that veto by a two-thirds vote.

Through the use of signing statements, President Bush is trying to have his cake and eat it too. He decides what parts of various laws he will enforce without issuing a veto, and therefore deprives Congress of the opportunity to override his veto.

This isn't what our nation's founders had in mind when they set up our three co-equal branches of government. I'm pleased that the ABA commission reached this same conclusion -- and I hope the full ABA membership agrees.

President Bush's power-grab is an unacceptable threat to our constitutional system of checks and balances, and the ABA's initial review lends support to the very real concerns that I, and others in Congress, have expressed for some time.


Patrick Leahy U.S. Senator

P.S. The ABA annual meeting, where the commission's recommendations will be debated and voted upon, is next month. I will keep you informed of developments on this issue.

Invite your friends and family to join Senator Leahy's Green Mountain PAC today!

Informant: Bugs


Send Washington a Wake-Up Call on Global Warming


Stock Option Outrage

by Robert Reich, TomPaine.com

The latest CEO trick pits executive interests against investor interests.

Stock option outrage

Tom Paine
by Robert Reich


More than 60 companies have disclosed investigations -- including 40 grand jury investigations -- into whether they've backdated executive options to coincide with days when their stock prices were low. And a raft of shareholder lawsuits have been filed. At least 17 people have been fired or quit in connection with the unfolding scandal. One lawsuit, for example, alleges that Apple Computer backdated stock option grants to 14 current and former officers -- dating each grant just after a sharp drop and just before a substantial rise in Apple's stock price. What's the big deal? Just this. If Apple or any other company backdates options for when share prices are especially low, executives who exercise the options get a windfall. They can buy shares at that extra-low price and then sell them after their price has risen. Seems unfair, right? Like insider trading, or outright stock manipulation, or worse." [editor's note: Mr. Reich is correct that something very wrong is involved; he's relying on spurious "crime" designations, but is looking in the right directions for the "frauds" committed - SAT]


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

GOP Protection Racket

by Eric Lotke, TomPaine.com

When Republicans ramp up the crime rhetoric, it's time to check their facts -- and their solutions.


Coastal Drilling's High Cost

by Tyson Slocum, TomPaine.com

We can't drill our way out of our oil problem, but this week Congress will try. http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/07/25/coastal_drillings_high_cost.php

Call to Enforce Fair Trials Rights


People power halts bid for new mast

25 July 2006 12:36

A mobile phone company has had its bid to build a new mast scuppered after planning chiefs said they should put their antennae up on existing poles.

The decision by Broadland District Council to stop O2 putting up a new mast in Dussindale Drive, Thorpe St Andrew, has delighted families who protested against the plans.

Planners said a new mast would be an eyesore and said existing telecommunications sites should be considered.

However, campaigners suffered another blow today when O2 announced it was considering appealing against the decision.

A spokeswoman said mast sharing was not an option in this case because they needed much bigger sites to carry that out.

“It's early days yet and a decision has not yet been made,” she added. “Sites are needed in the area so having no mast is not an option. The decision will be made in due course about whether to appeal or not.”

The mast was initially to be sited just yards from a plot of land at Vane Close, off Dussindale Drive where work to build a £4million primary school has started.

The choice of site initially caused outrage among families living in the area, who campaigned against the mast leading O2 to withdraw the application in March.

But the new site, which was to be opposite an existing 10m mast operated by Orange, also sparked opposition and a campaign headed by mum-of-two Michelle Dickerson.

Mrs Dickerson, from Association Way, off Dussindale Drive, spoke at the planning meeting to voice her opposition to the mast which stemmed from fears over health and the visual impact of the mast.

“This is an unacceptable eyesore in my residential area,” she said. “Had the O2 mast been built it will not blend in with existing street furniture, but instead the two masts (Orange and 02) would have had the appearance of rugby posts as you look up or down the road.

“Dussindale is a residential area which does not want or need these masts.”

Mrs Dickerson, who urged others in the area to voice their opposition to, said she was delighted the planning committee had decided to refuse the application.

“I couldn't quite believe it,” she said. “I think there was a large amount of support from all the local residents round here. Everyone got together and wrote letters to say they weren't happy with it. There was great support from everyone, it was people power and I think it just worked really.”

The Evening News has campaigned against the installation of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe through our Put Masts on Hold campaign.

Are you battling a mobile phone mast application where you live? Telephone Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on (01603) 772439 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.


A chasm in conservatism

Boston Globe
by Cathy Young


In many ways, the political power of conservatives in America today is at its height. Republicans -- the moderates in their ranks reduced to insignificance -- control the White House, both houses of Congress, and have a majority on the Supreme Court. Compared with just a decade ago, conservative influence in the media has grown by leaps and bounds as well, both in 'traditional' venues such as television (with the advent of Fox News) and in new ones such as blogs. Yet American conservatism today also seems more divided than ever. Today, there is intense criticism of the Bush administration from neoconservatives who believe that the administration's foreign policy toward North Korea, Iran, and Syria is so dovish as to amount to appeasement...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Reflections in a dangerous time


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How the Supreme Court struck back

Mother Jones
by David Cole


If another nation's leader adopted such positions, the United States would be quick to condemn him or her for violating fundamental tenets of the rule of law, human rights, and the separation of powers. But President Bush has largely gotten away with it, at least at home, for at least three reasons. His party holds a decisive majority in Congress, making effective political checks by that branch highly unlikely. The Democratic Party has shied away from directly challenging the President for fear that it will be viewed as soft on terrorism. And the American public has for the most part offered only muted objections. These realities make the Supreme Court's decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, issued on the last day of its 2005-2006 term, in equal parts stunning and crucial...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


William F. Buckley slams Bush

Raw Story


In a Saturday night appearance on CBS News, one of the most eminent figures of modern conservativism criticized the credentials and accomplishments of President George W. Bush, RAW STORY has learned. William F. Buckley, the 81-year-old founder of the magazine National Review, appeared in a CBS News interview. Among his remarks were statements that President Bush suffers from 'the absence of effective conservative ideology,' and that on foreign policy 'There will be no legacy for Mr. Bush ... his legacy is indecipherable'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hooked on handsets

Ananova [UK]


Eight out of 10 adults are so addicted to their mobiles they can't turn them off during sex. The majority of adults questioned said they could not get through a day without their phone. Social anthropologist Kate Fox said: 'They have restored our sense of community and provided a highly effective antidote to the pressures and alienation of modern life.' Most of the 18 to 40 age group said a mobile has improved their lives reports the Mirror. A quarter of the 16,500 questioned said they would feel isolated if they lost their mobile and nine per cent said would be unable to carry on normally. [editor's note: This may well be the most depressing story in today's news - MLS]


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Specter preps bill to sue Bush

Kannapolis Independent Tribune


A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush's signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court. 'We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will ... authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president's acts declared unconstitutional,' Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Innocent people placed on watch list to meet quota

Denver Channel


You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it. The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments. 'Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing wrong,' said one federal air marshal...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush violating Constitution



"President Bush's penchant for writing exceptions to laws he has just signed violates the Constitution, an American Bar Association task force says in a report highly critical of the practice. The ABA group, which includes a one-time FBI director and former federal appeals court judge, said the president has overstepped his authority in attaching challenges to hundreds of new laws...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

In Sachsen-Anhalt soll genmanipulierter Weizen freigesetzt werden, in unmittelbarer Nähe zu den Anbauflächen der Genbank in Gatersleben

Hunderte alter Weizensorten werden dort im Freien vermehrt. Eine gentechnische Verunreinigung von Teilen dieses Menschheitserbes durch Pollenflug oder Verschleppung durch Tiere wäre ein unersetzlicher Verlust für zukünftige Züchtungsbemühungen. Denn alte Sorten enthalten vielfach Resistenzen gegen verschiedene Krankheiten und klimatische Bedingungen wie Trockenheit oder Salz. Experten bezeichnen sie daher als „Lebensversicherung der Menschheit“. Wenden auch Sie ein! Einwenden kann jede(r), ein Wohnsitz in der Nähe von Gatersleben ist nicht Voraussetzung.

Weitere Infos: http://www.umweltinstitut.org/genweizen

5.500 Einwendungen gegen genmanipulierte Kartoffeln


Weiträumige Kontamination nachgewiesen: Gen-Mais scheitert in der Vorrunde


Cholera-Kartoffeln auf dem Acker


Arbeitszwang oder Existenzsicherung ohne Zwang?

„Ist zwingende Lohnarbeit einziger Sinn des Lebens? Wie geht die Gesellschaft mit „überflüssigen“ Menschen um? Gleiche Chancen für alle, eine Umverteilung gesellschaftlicher Reichtümer von Oben nach Unten, ein Leben mit einer a-priori-Existenzsicherung wäre denkbar. In der Schweiz besteht seit fast drei Jahren ein Denknetz ( http://www.denknetz-online.ch ). Die Bewegung wird auch durch Gewerkschaftsmitglieder getragen. Im Mai 2006 fand in Bern eine Tagung zum Thema „Gute Arbeit für alle: Illusion oder Programm?“ statt. Regie führten GewerkschafterInnen…“ Artikel aus „Hälfte – Unabhängiger Mediendienst zur Arbeit und zur Erwerbslosigkeit“ vom 24.07.2006 (pdf) http://www.labournet.de/internationales/ch/denknetzdt.pdf

Aus: LabourNet, 25. Juli 2006

Sozial ist, was Arbeit schafft

Artikelserie von Ernst-Erich Lange in Telepolis

Was Arbeit ist, bestimmen wir. Teil 1: „Wie die ALGII-Gesetzgebung den
"Wert des Menschen" in der Gesellschaft neu definiert“ vom 16.06.2006

1-Euro-Jobs und andere Zahlenspielereien. Teil 2: „Kostenexplosionen
und andere Mythen“ vom 19.06.2006

Fördern und Fordern. Teil 3: „Was vom "Fördern" übrigblieb“ vom 26.06.2006

Die Befürwortung der eigenen Entrechtung. Teil 4: „Wer Geld haben will,
muss sich fügen“ vom 04.07.2006

Die Macht des Case-Managers beim ALGII. Teil 5: „Von positiven und
negativen Ermessensspielräumen“ vom 20.07.2006

Aus: LabourNet, 25. Juli 2006

Neubemessung der Regelsätze nach SGB XII: Regelsatz nach EVS 2003

Neubemessung der Regelsätze nach SGB XII

Betrifft: Regelsatz nach EVS 2003 „Die Abgeordneten des Deutschen Bundestags mögen beschließen

1. dass der für den Regelsatz zuständige Ausschuss für Arbeit und Soziales (vgl. Ausschussdrucksache 16(11)286) alle Daten der EVS 2003 veröffentlichen, die eine ausreichende Beurteilung der sozialen Berechnungsbasis ermöglichen. Insbesondere sind dazu erforderlich: Alter, soziale Stellung (z.B. erwerbstätig / nicht erwerbstätig, freiberuflich / selbstständig / abhängig Beschäftigt / Rentner usw.) der Bezugsgruppe.

2. Falls dies aufgrund fehlender Daten nicht möglich ist, die Anwendung der Regelsatzverordnung vorläufig auszusetzen und stattdessen die in der EVS ermittelten Verbrauchsausgaben 1 zu 1 als aktuellen Regelsatz zu übernehmen, da aufgrund unvollständiger Datenbasis kein Regelsatz entsprechend SGB XII § 27, insbesondere Abs.2 (d.h. eine Bedarfsdeckung für Kinder und Jugendliche, die sich aus den Erfordernissen ihrer Entwicklung als Heranwachsender ableiten soll) möglich ist…“

Petition von Armin Kammrad vom 23.7.06 (pdf) http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/realpolitik/hilfe/regelsatz_ak.pdf

Aus: LabourNet, 25. Juli 2006

Should we worry about soya in our food?


Russ Ferriday


Gentechnik-Angriff abwehren!

Gentechnik-Produzenten sollen in Zukunft nicht mehr haften

Gentechnik-Produzenten sollen in Zukunft nicht mehr haften, wenn Pollen ihrer Pflanzen Nachbarfelder bis zu einem Schwellenwert von 0,9 Prozent gentechnisch verunreinigen. Damit will die Große Koalition eine wichtige Hürde entscheidend senken, die Bauern vor großflächigem Gentech-Anbau zurückschrecken lässt – das hohe Haftungsrisiko.

Gentechnisch verändertes Erbgut darf dann legal auf die Felder von gentechnikfrei arbeitenden Landwirten gelangen, ohne dass Schadensersatz droht. Gentechnische Kontamination würde zur Regel. Wir könnten uns nicht mehr für vollständig gentechnikfreie Lebensmittel aus Deutschland entscheiden.

Mehr im 5-Minuten-Info: http://www.campact.de/gentec/info/5min

Mit Ihrer Hilfe haben wir schon einiges erreicht. Zum Beispiel werden weiterhin die Standorte veröffentlicht, wo in Deutschland Gentechnik angebaut wird. Helfen Sie weiter mit, unser Recht auf eine Ernährung frei von Gentechnik zu verteidigen!

Ballonaktion: „Genfood – Nein Danke!“

Starten Sie Ihren Protestballon und setzen Sie mit uns ein unübersehbares Zeichen gegen die Agro-Gentechnik! Zusammen mit den Ballons tausender Mitbürger/innen bildet Ihr Ballon im Herbst in Berlin den Schriftzug „Genfood – Nein Danke!“. Die entschwebenden Ballons symbolisieren Pollen von Gentech-Pflanzen, die sich unkontrolliert ausbreiten.

Machen Sie mit:

Wahlkreisaktion: "Schützen Sie die gentechnikfreie Landwirtschaft!"

Fordern Sie die Bundestagsabgeordneten bei Ihnen vor Ort auf, sich für die gentechnikfreie Landwirtschaft einzusetzen und die geplante Änderung des Gentechnik-Gesetzes im Bundestag abzulehnen!

Machen Sie mit:

Die Aktionen werden von einem Bündnis von mehr als 30 Organisationen getragen. Mit Ihrer Hilfe und gemeinsam mit Verbraucher- und Umweltschützern, Bioverbänden und Bauernorganisationen können wir den Angriff auf die gentechnikfreie Landwirtschaft abwenden.

Günter Metzges

Aus: Campact-Newsletter 11/06


Donnerstag, 10.35 Uhr: Mehr als 13.000 Protestballons gegen Gentechnik starten in den strahlend blauen Berliner Himmel – ein schöner und berührender Augenblick. Es ist ein begeisterndes Bild. Auch die vielen anwesenden Pressevertreter (vor allem Agenturfotografen) sind fasziniert.

Doch dann fehlten am Abend und nächsten Morgen die Berichte und Bilder im Fernsehen und in den Zeitungen. Wir sind enttäuscht: Hat die bisher größte, über das Internet initiierte Aktion in Deutschland etwa nicht genügend Nachrichtenwert?

Vielleicht werden die Bilder noch veröffentlicht, wenn die Beratung des Eckpunktepapiers zum Gentechnik-Gesetz erfolgt. Doch so lange wollen wir nicht warten! Helfen Sie uns dabei, die Menschen direkt über die Aktion zu informieren. Patrick Protz, ein junger Filmemacher aus Berlin, hat die Aktion begleitet und hat noch am Wochenende einen beeindruckenden
5-Minuten-Film fertiggestellt.

Schauen Sie sich den Aktionsfilm an.

Weisen Sie Freund/innen und Bekannte auf den Film hin und machen Sie die Aktion so doch noch bekannt: http://www.campact.de/gentec/pc1/pcardrecommend

Aus: Campact-News 21/06

"Tax us if you can": Wie sich Multinationale Konzerne und Wohlhabende der Besteuerung entziehen

Wie sich Multinationale Konzerne und Wohlhabende der Besteuerung entziehen und was dagegen unternommen werden kann – darüber informiert eine neue Broschüre von Attac zu bestellen unter:

Aus: Campact-Newsletter 11/06

Rich People Don’t Use ARMs


Distrust as the Basis for Supporting the State


The End of Christianity in Iraq: on another result of the US conquest


If You Have Done Nothing Wrong, Have You Anything to Fear?


Pushing the War Buttons


Cholesterol, Lipitor, and Big Government: The Terror Campaign Against Us All


Executive Order 13397: Church as Government Agency

by Nancy Levant

The separation of church and state - gone with the stroke of a pen. As of March 7, 2006, our nation’s leader signed another Executive Order, which tied the Department of Homeland Security to our leader’s “faith-based” churches. Okay, all you non-profit churches out there – you now serve the federal government’s primary spying agency.....


Who Owns Your Child?

by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO

“Who really has control over my child?” “When is a child mature enough to participate in his own healthcare decisions?” “How did we get to the place where doctors, judges and social workers have more rights than parents over the healthcare decisions of a child?”.....


Are the National Academies Fair and Balanced?


Earth 'On Verge of Major Biodiversity Crisis'


The Whale's Tale

It's among the biggest, the rarest, and most beautiful creatures on Earth. But now the western north Pacific gray whale is being forced to share its home with one of the most ambitious oil and gas drilling projects ever undertaken.



Global Warming on Trial

"The US Supreme Court has decided to wade into the global warming debate. In its next term, the court will hear a lawsuit brought by California and other states against the federal government for failing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions," writes the Los Angeles Times about this unusual case.


Bush Continues To Sell America To Foreign Interests

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Now we learn that the Bush administration's attempts to outsource America's vital assets to foreign interests is expanding rapidly. It seems clear that Bush intends to sacrifice everything from America's roads and bridges to the ownership of U.S. airlines upon the altar of globalism!.....


War pimp alert: Manufacturing consent for war with Iran

US embassy put on terror alert

The next few days are likely to be very tense for the US embassy here. For a top IB official has sent a letter to security agencies with a chilling message the American embassy is expected to be targetted any time between now and July 30 by terrorists owing allegiance to an Iranian terror group.


From Information Clearing House

The west's moral erosion has undermined the war on terror

It is essential for the US and its allies to abide by the same rules they seek to impose on others. This principle is being flouted.


From Information Clearing House

Bush's Plan for "Serial War" revealed by General Wesley Clark

Secret 2001 Pentagon Plan to Attack Lebanon

Israel preparing for occupation in Lebanon: Maj.-Gen. Udi Adam acknowledged in a briefing at Northern Command headquarters in Safed on Sunday afternoon that the commander of the IOF's civil administration unit had already begun preparations toward the possibility of instituting a military administration in areas captured by the IDF over the last week.


Lebanon Under Siege

How Israel Air Strikes Have Caused a Humanitarian Crisis for Hundreds of Thousands of Refugees. Audio and transcript.


Israel will create more "terrorists" than it kills

The Bush administration's contempt for the United Nations Charter, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the other fundamental principles of international law has once again been laid bare by its defense of the ongoing Israeli assault against Lebanon.


Israel bans reporting of use of "unique" weapons in Lebanon

Israel has issued new censorship guidelines banning reporting of the "use of unique kinds of ammunition and weaponry" in Lebanon.


Emergency depot lies empty as Lebanon begs for aid

A VAST auditorium being used to house emergency aid in Beirut lay empty last night as relief agencies criticised Britain and other Western countries for their lame response to Lebanon’s worsening refugee crisis.


'IDF preparing for all-out war'

"The IDF is preparing itself for an all-out war, and this is a major change in the military's working premise following the Second Lebanon War," said Major-General (res) Eyal Ben-Reuven, who served as the Northern Command chief's deputy during the war


From Information Clearing House


UN Slams Israel Over Lebanon Strikes As Killing Rages On

Bombings Hit Children Hardest

Tel Aviv: Thousands Rally Against War


None left untouched by daily violence in Baghdad

Official statistics tell only part of the story of a slide into civil war -- for the rest, just listen to ordinary Iraqis.


From Information Clearing House

Iraq as a political project is finished, says senior minister

Sectarian break-up of Iraq is now inevitable, admit officials

Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?


50 Harmful Effects of Genetically Modified Foods

Designer ice cream anyone?

UK Govt Sources Confirm War With Iran Is On


UK Govt Sources Confirm War With Iran Is On

Informant: Kev Hall

Putin plan to shut out US oil giants





The Diebold Bombshell


Informant: ranger116


The Diebold Bombshell

"Most computer scientists have long viewed Diebold as the poster child for all that is wrong with touch screen voting machines. But we never imagined that Diebold would be as irresponsible and incompetent as they have turned out to be," write David Dill, Doug Jones and Barbara Simons.


Lawyers decry Bush's legal interpretations


Informant: ranger116

John Conyers, Jr. - Conyers v. Bush

From: Congressman John Conyers

July 24, 2006

I wanted to update you on the lawsuit I have filed against George W. Bush and members of his administration, referred to in legal parlance as Conyers v. Bush.

You are likely familiar with a number of steps I have taken to challenge the legality and constitutional grounds of the Administration's actions. From the lead up to Iraq, to the Downing Street Minutes, to the outing of a CIA agent, to warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens, I have called loudly for the Bush White House to explain itself.

I decided to file suit against the President in Federal Court in Michigan, along with 11 Senior Democratic Members of Congress. This suit was necessary because of a clear violation of the constitution. When the President signed the Deficit Reduction Act (which "reduced" the deficit by cutting taxes, health care benefits, and student loans), he signed into law a bill that had not passed the House and Senate. A different version of the bill passed each house of Congress with a multi-billion dollar difference in funding for life-saving medical equipment.

Anyone who ever watched Schoolhouse Rock knows this to be a problem.

Given the stakes involved I felt it was imperative to aggressively take this fight to the courts. The President's lawyers tried to get the bill dismissed, but late last week I responded with legal filings that stand up for the rule of law and the Constitution and hope to bring the President, and our United States government, back under the rule of law.

I wanted to email you this news today to update you on our efforts and to thank you for your help and support. Thank you also for your continued dedication to a better democracy.


John Conyers, Jr.

Contact Information
website: http://www.johnconyers.com/
Conyers for Congress
P.O. Box 17204
Alexandria, Virginia 17204
Phone: 313-438-2004

Informant: Martin Greenhut


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