Dienstag, 1. August 2006

American arms are a multibillion-dollar industry that leans heavily on foreign sales

Seeing (Pentagon) Stars

"Like American entertainment, American arms are a multibillion-dollar industry that leans heavily on foreign sales," writes Frida Berrigan. "In fact, the United States exported $18.55 billion in fighter planes, attack helicopters, tanks, battleships, and other weaponry in 2005. All signs point to 2006 being another banner export year."


Tax Cheats Called Out of Control

So many super-rich Americans evade taxes using offshore accounts that law enforcement cannot control the growing misconduct, according to a Senate report that provides the most detailed look ever at high-level tax schemes.


Republican Senator Chuck Hagel Calls For Cease-Fire

Urging President Bush to turn all US efforts toward "ending this madness," leading Republican senator Chuck Hagel broke with the Bush administration Monday and called for an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East.


We CANNOT afford to let this imperial presidency continue

This is sure a heartbreaking time for the human race, and keeping up with all the horrible news is weighing on all our hearts.

What is keeping me going is the hope and the expectation that in November, voters in America will send a strong message that we need to move in a new direction; that 'stay the course' is not an option either in foreign policy or domestic policy.

And that hope is coming from YOU -- my supporters -- who keep responding to PAC for a Change in such a generous and enthusiastic way. Whether it's signing petitions, emailing legislators, or contributing to our PAC and our candidates, you are a key part of this movement for change.

When I founded "PAC for a Change" some years ago, little did I know how badly we would need change in every corner of our government.

Well, it's 99 days until the mid-term elections and we must stay focused, stay strategic and -- even when it's frustrating -- keep our eyes on the prize. And that prize is taking back the Congress.

We CANNOT afford to let this imperial presidency continue. The Bush Administration wants to rule, not govern; they see Congress -- and therefore the American people -- as an annoyance.

That's why there is NO accountability. They just do what they want. Even when the President signs bills, he usually adds the caveat, in writing, that he may not follow the law he just signed!

Our privacy rights are at stake; the very lives of our men and women in uniform are at stake; our environment is at stake; our fiscal future is at stake; the American dream is at stake.

Barbara Boxer
I know I don't have to tell you all this because you know it all too well, but I feel it's important to keep these high stakes before us!

So to our task at hand.

Congratulations to Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Democratic Senate candidate in Missouri, who won our online vote as to whom our PAC for a Change community would support next.

Claire needs us, and in the coming days I will email you more about her race -- which is pivotal, to put it mildly.

Just to give you one more example of the hypocrisy we face every day: Last week, I managed opposition to a bill called the "Child Custody Protection Act."

In essence it says if a minor goes to her grandmother, or her clergy person, or a loving, caring adult -- because she is afraid to tell her parents of a pregnancy and get their consent -- that caring adult can be sued and put in jail if he or she takes the young woman across a state line. Reseach shows that most women go to their parents already, and those who don't usually come from violent homes.

No exceptions were in the bill until I fought and fought all day last Tuesday to force the Republicans to take away all the rights of a father who raped his daughter. Can you believe it? Their bill would have allowed the rapist father to sue the grandmother in such a case, yet it would have allowed him to take the daughter across state lines.

They first tried to stop me from offering my amendment. Senator Feinstein had an amendment to exempt grandparents and clergy but because the Senator was ill and not present, they would not allow anyone else to offer the amendment.

I tell you all this because here we have a crowd running every branch of the government who tells the American people THEY have the values that ought to be rewarded at the polls, and yet they would put a grandmother in jail and allow a father guilty of incest to retain all his rights.

Honestly!!! I need you now more than ever.

So stay with us. Help us. And I'll be back in touch soon.

Barbara Boxer

Visit BarbaraBoxer.com

Gloomy report on mast

A CONTROVERSIAL mobile phone mast that has had residents up in arms over potential health risks was set to step closer to becoming a reality last night.

Ryedale's councillors were due to discuss the issue enforcement action to stop Orange installing the mast at Dasket Hill, Sheriff Hutton, at the monthly planning committee meeting.

But Gary Housden, Ryedale Council's development control manager, said legal advisers said there were no ground for enforcement action and that it could cost the council a lot of money.

Residents of Sheriff Hutton have held protests, fired off letters and had a stand-off with Orange contractors due to their fears that it could lead to health problems for young children who live nearby and others who attend the local school.

The council has been in talks with the mobile phone company in a bid to find a more suitable location but so far there has been no positive outcome.

Mr Housden had taken legal advice to see if the council could mount a successful attack on the application. In his report, he said the advisers have concluded there is "no realistic prospect of success" in arguing there has been a breach of planning control by Orange.

Enforcement action on the grounds of health risks was also thrown out when an independent engineer said the mast meets safety guidelines set out by the Government.

Mr Housden added the council's coffers could also be hit for six if Orange appealed against an enforcement action and was successful.

01 August 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.


Arbeitgeber schlagen weitere Kürzungen für "Hartz IV"- Empfänger vor

"Einfache Tätigkeiten": Arbeitgeber schlagen weitere Kürzungen für "Hartz IV"- Empfänger vor (01.08.06)

Die Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände haben am Montag ein "Gesamtkonzept" für eine grundlegende Überarbeitung des Hartz IV-Gesetzes vorgelegt. Das Vorgehen ist offenbar zwischen den Arbeitgebern und Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel abgestimmt: "Ich begrüße die Ankündigung der Bundeskanzlerin, im Herbst das Hartz IV-Gesetz grundlegend zu überarbeiten. Das ist überfällig und dringend", erklärte Arbeitgeberpräsident Dieter Hundt, der in Berlin das Konzept vorlegte. Nach Vorstellung der Arbeitgeber sollen alle Zusatzleistungen, die über "die Grundsicherung" hinausgehen, zügig abgeschafft werden. Dringend überprüfungsbedürftig ist nach Vorstellung der Wirtschaft auch die Gesamthöhe des - beispielsweise zur Altersabsicherung - freigestellten Vermögens, das "Arbeitslosengeld II"-Empfänger nicht einzusetzen brauchen. Schließlich sollte aus Sicht der Arbeitgeber die Familie stärker für Bedürftige einstehen. Hierbei müsse der Rückgriff auch bei Unterhaltsansprüchen von ALG-II-Empfängern wieder eingeführt werden, die 25 Jahre und älter seien.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14133

Fensterputzer oder gar nichts: Seit 1. August kann Arbeitslosengeld vollständig gestrichen werden (01.08.06)

Am 1. August traten in Deutschland eine Reihe von Gesetzesänderungen in Kraft. Sie betreffen insbesondere Bezieher von Arbeitslosengeld II. Bedarfsgemeinschaften müssen künftig nachweisen, dass sie keine eheähnliche Gemeinschaft bilden. Langzeitarbeitslose dürfen mehr Geld für ihre Altersvorsorge zurücklegen, ohne dass Leistungen gekürzt werden. Hilfeempfänger, die innerhalb eines Jahres drei Mal einen angebotenen "Job" oder Qualifizierung ablehnen, müssen mit mit der vollständigen Streichung der Leistungen rechnen. Schon bei zweimaliger Ablehnung droht eine Kürzung um bis zu 60 Prozent der Gelder.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14131

Feinabstimmungen und feinste Fehlgriffe in Anti-Terror-DB


Dark Tides, Ill Winds


Informant: NHNE

Boycott Canadian Seafood: Don't Buy While Seals Die

When the 2006 Canadian seal hunt ended in June, hunters had killed more than 336,000 seals -- almost all of them babies as young as 12 days old. While the tragedy of the 2006 seal hunt can never be undone, our campaign to ensure that this was the last hunt we’ll ever have to witness is quickly gaining momentum.

Today, you can help us end the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals on the planet. You've already signed our pledge to boycott Canadian seafood (thank you!), but please take just a moment to ask at least five friends to sign today. Click here.

Read further under https://community.hsus.org/humane/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=3750692


Greenland Embassies around the world

Today we had very few signatures on the petition. I'm sending you a link that will take you to the site that has all of the Greenland Embassies around the world. Some have e-mail addresses; some have fax numbers and some have telephone numbers. Please send an e-mail, fax, or if possible telephone the embassy in your area. I have a proposal ready to send to the Prime Minister of Greenland, but we are waiting until we her from our representative in Norway. Hopefully she will find someone in Greenland who will represent the CVFA. Many thanks for your continued help and support. Here is the link: http://gl.embassyinformation.com/?einfo

Kindest regards, Earle


Worst Ever Security Flaw Found in Diebold TS Voting Machine

"Diebold has made the testing and certification process practically irrelevant. If you have access to these machines and you want to rig an election, anything is possible with the Diebold TS - and it could be done without leaving a trace. All you need is a screwdriver," says Open Voting Foundation president, Alan Dechert.


Report Alleges Bush Has Violated 26 Statutes

The Bush administration may have broken over two dozen federal laws and regulations - some of them multiple times - according to an unreleased report from House Judiciary Committee Democrats.


Gonzales Fears War Crimes Charges

A law approved by a Republican-controlled Congress a decade ago has made the Bush administration nervous that officials and troops involved in handling detainee matters can be accused of committing war crimes, and prosecuted in US courts.


Sadly, the Plural of "Fiasco" Requires No "E"

Ray McGovern writes, "The world desperately needs an "E" for EXIT from the march of folly toward a wider Middle East war that is increasingly likely to result from plural US foreign policy fiascos - in Iraq, Israel and Lebanon, for starters; in Syria and Iran for the next stage."


Fueling The Arms Race

by Aaron Scherb, TomPaine.com

The Bush administration's nuclear deal with India makes an unstable part of the world even more dangerous.


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Capital crimes

In These Times
by Conor Kenny


The irony of the ongoing federal corruption investigations striking fear into the hearts of members of Congress is that nearly everyone who has gone to jail, been indicted or served with a subpoena could have gotten away with it. Under the current campaign finance system, there is more than enough perfectly legal graft to fund all the five-star restaurant dinners and jet trips to luxury golf resorts that a legislator could desire, and still have enough left over to finance a winning reelection campaign for a job that offers a $165,000 salary, healthcare plan and generous pension. These perks can be funded by perfectly legal campaign contributions as long as they are written off as 'campaign expenses.' And every day members of Congress collect checks from those eager to gain influence...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A little eco-nomics never hurt

TCS Daily
by Roy Spencer


From the chemical scares of the 1960's and 1970's (e.g., DDT, dioxin, food preservatives), to the fear of runaway population growth and rapidly dwindling petroleum supplies, the very people that have been blessed with the prosperity that unbridled human ingenuity brings are increasingly anxious about the world we have created for ourselves. Fear of the ultimate environmental threat, global warming, is now striking at the very heart of modern life, casting doubt upon the future availability of inexpensive energy that is necessary to keep society running...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iran will fight to its strengths

Asia Times
by Richard M. Bennett


It seems increasingly likely to many foreign observers that Iran's army has quietly acknowledged that it stands little chance of defeating the United States in the event of invasion, at least using conventional means.However, its planning for an unconventional or guerrilla warfare campaign of resistance is far advanced and its confidence that it would prove ultimately successful has been greatly reinforced by the ongoing insurgency in Iraq and the resistance shown by Hezbollah in Lebanon.In recognition of this, the US may be losing interest in the vast commitment needed for an invasion and the strain this would undoubtedly place on its already overstretched armed forces...


Bush administration's Iran-friendly foreign policy

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


Despite growing world outrage, the Bush administration's continued backing of Israel's over-the-top military action in Lebanon can only help Hezbollah and its patron Iran. The administration's foreign policy could not be more pro-Iranian if the White House had become infested with Iranian agents. Even after the carnage in the Lebanese town of Qana, the administration continues its nonsensical rhetoric about seeking a 'sustainable cease fire' in Lebanon as Israeli military action continues. Most casual observers employing any logic would conclude that it would be difficult to determine the sustainability of any ceasefire unless it was first attempted...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

No Margin: on the real American financial condition


Italy's Watergate: Espionage, Corruption, Secrecy, and Bush's "war on 'terror'"


From Information Clearing House

What Congress Can Do About High Gas Prices: Stop Making War


When I was Tom Sawyer and America was a far different place


Central Banking and Central Planning: on where intervention leads


Bush Justice: chilling plans for suspects


The State as an Organization


Bertelsmann: Expandierendes Imperium

Die Republik entdeckt einen Machtfaktor.

„Es ist kein Wunder, daß Beobachter deutscher Machteliten den Medienmogul Reinhard Mohn heute für den mächtigsten Mann Deutschlands halten. Nicht nur kontrolliert Mohn einen Großteil der medialen Öffentlichkeit, über seine Stiftung schiebt er sich auch scheinbar unaufhaltsam in den Bereich der öffentlichen Verwaltung und der Politik vor…“ 2-Teiliger Artikel von Thomas Barth in der jungen Welt vom 31.07. bzw. 01.08.2006.

Teil 1: Der Konzern und seine verborgene Geschichte http://www.jungewelt.de/2006/07-31/014.php

Teil 2: Medien- und Stiftungsmacht

Aus: LabourNet, 1. August 2006


Wir sind auf dem Weg in den Suppenküchen-Staat

Realpolitik > neue und alte Armut (trotz Arbeit)

"Wir sind auf dem Weg in den Suppenküchen-Staat"

Soziologe Butterwegge über die Fortentwicklung von Hartz IV, neuen Patriotismus und alte Armut. Interview von Stephan Kaufmann in Berliner Zeitung vom 31.07.2006 http://www.berlinonline.de/berliner-zeitung/wirtschaft/573230.html

Aus dem Text: „…Die Politik der Großen Koalition vertieft die gesellschaftliche Spaltung - beispielsweise durch Rentenkürzungen, den Ausbau eines Niedriglohnsektors, die Erhöhung der Mehrwertsteuer sowie das Senken der Unternehmen- und Erbschaftsteuern gerade für die Reichsten im Land. Daneben stehen die Hartz-Gesetze für eine Abkehr vom Sozialversicherungsstaat und eine Hinwendung zum Almosen- und Suppenküchenstaat. Ich sehe sie weniger als arbeitsmarktpolitisches, sondern eher als ein gesellschaftspolitisches Projekt. Hartz IV ist darauf gerichtet, Armut bis in die Mitte der Gesellschaft hinein normal werden zu lassen. Gleichzeitig wächst der Reichtum jeden Tag. (…) darf der hochsommerliche Hurrapatriotismus nicht dazu missbraucht werden, die Spaltung der Gesellschaft ideologisch abzusichern. Die Deutschen sollen ein stärkeres "Wir-Gefühl" entwickeln, damit sie eher zu Leistungs- und Lohnkürzungen für das große Ganze bereit sind. Nationalismus hat meist dazu gedient, Bürgerinnen und Bürgern materielle Opfer abzuverlangen. Und Hartz IV ist ja nicht das Ende, sondern vermutlich erst der Anfang.“

Aus: LabourNet, 1. August 2006

Arbeitgeber begrüßen Ankündigung der Bundeskanzlerin, Hartz IV einer Generalüberholung zu unterziehen

„Ich begrüße die Ankündigung der Bundeskanzlerin, im Herbst das Hartz IV-Gesetz grundlegend zu überarbeiten. Das ist überfällig und dringend“, erklärte Arbeitgeberpräsident Dr. Dieter Hundt, der in Berlin das Konzept der Arbeitgeber für eine konsequente Reform von Hartz IV vorlegte. Die Zusammenlegung von Arbeitslosen- und Sozialhilfe zu einer Grundsicherung für erwerbsfähige Hilfeempfänger bleibt ein richtiger Schritt. Allerdings wurden aufgrund gewaltiger Konstruktionsfehler beim Arbeitslosengeld II die damit verfolgten Ziele – weniger Langzeitarbeitslose, weniger Kosten und weniger Verwaltungsaufwand – vollständig verfehlt. Mit dem Korrekturgesetz, das am 1. August in Kraft tritt, soll zwar Leistungsmissbrauch eingedämmt werden, eine grundlegende Behebung der Konstruktionsfehler erfolgt jedoch nicht…“ BDA-Presse-Information 48/2006 vom 31. Juli 2006 http://www.bda-online.de/www/bdaonline.nsf/id/1069DFF0F4C1E92CC12571BC00390B13?Open&ccm=400085&L=DE&markedcolor=

Siehe dazu:

Konsequente Reform von „Hartz IV“ – 10-Punkte-Plan der BDA (pdf) http://www.bda-online.de/www/bdaonline.nsf/id/25BDC50D610CFC7FC12571BC003BC583/$file/PI_Hartz_IV.pdf

Aus dem Horrorkatalog:

„… 2. Leistungsfeindliche Zuschläge abschaffen. Alle Zusatzleistungen, die über die Grundsicherung hinausgehen, verringern die Anreize, schnellstmöglich eine Beschäftigung aufzunehmen. (…) 3. Leistungsniveau nach objektiven Kriterien festlegen. Die Höhe der Fürsorgeleistung muss strikt nach objektiven Kriterien festgelegt und gegebenenfalls auch regional differenziert werden. (…) 4. Fürsorgebezug ohne Arbeitsbereitschaft für Ältere abschaffen (…) 5. Subsidiaritätsprinzip stärken, Unterhaltsrückgriff verbessern (…) Eine gegenseitige Unterhaltspflicht von Eltern und Kindern ist die wirkungsvollste Missbrauchsbekämpfung ohne jede Bürokratie. (…) 9. Kombi-Einkommen gezielt weiterentwickeln. Das Prinzip des mit „Hartz IV“ eingeführten Kombi-Einkommens aus eigenem Lohn und ergänzendem „Arbeitslosengeld II“ ist einfach und richtig: Niemand darf sich in Arbeitslosigkeit und Transferbezug einrichten, sondern muss sich darum bemühen, eine ggf. auch einfache Arbeit aufzunehmen, um soweit wie möglich zum eigenen und dem Lebensunterhalt der Familie beizutragen…“

Aus: LabourNet, 1. August 2006

40 Prozent der UMTS-Masten bei Frequenzänderung überflüssig

So eine Studie des internationalen Unternehmensberater Booz Allen Hamilton Die Einführung eines UMTS-Netzes auf der Frequenz 900 Megahertz anstelle der bisherigen 2.100 Megahertz würde den Bedarf an Sendeanlagen für die dritte Mobilfunkgeneration um 40 Prozent reduzieren und den Netzbetreibern eine 30-prozentige Kosteneinsparung bringen.

Bisher hat jedenfalls noch kein europäischer Mobilfunkmarkt die Umstellung durchgeführt

Das ist das Ergebnis einer Studie des internationalen Unternehmensberater Booz Allen Hamilton. Allerdings müsste dann das GSM 900-Netz abgedreht werden. Bisher hat jedenfalls noch kein europäischer Mobilfunkmarkt die Umstellung durchgeführt.

In Österreich funken die Mobilfunker im GSM 900 Mhz-und GSM 1800 Mhz-Netz. (APA)

© derStandard.at 2006


Cut off plans for phone mast say angry locals

Calling out for change? Crystal Palace Station is a Grade II listed building which O2 is planning to put a phone mast on.

A much-loved and listed building could soon be defaced by a phone mast, Crystal Palace residents fear writes Cara Lee.

Mobile phone giant O2 has plans to erect the phone mast on Crystal Palace Station, a Grade II listed building.

Resident Denise Marsh said: "Being a mother to three young children, I am seriously concerned about the effects that emissions from the phone mast could have on my children's long-term health.

"I fear that it could be a ticking time bomb and that radiation from the transmitter could cause cancer."

Gill Basset, who lives near to the station, added: "I don't understand why the mast couldn't go somewhere else, rather than on a listed building."

Chairman of the Crystal Palace Community Association, John Payne, said: "The station is within a conservation area so shouldn't be used to promote something potentially harmful to the environment.

"It was built in the 1860s and underwent a refurbishment costing £4.5million only two years ago so it's such a shame to ruin the building with a mast."

Though health problems have not been proven to be caused by the presence of mobile phone masts, the Government accepts there is need for more research.

Planning permission can still be refused for masts for the usual planning reasons, if it is considered to be out-of-keeping with the area or to look ugly. “Being a mother to three young children, I am seriously concerned about the effects that emissions from the phone mast could have on my children’s long-term health." Denise Marsh

However, some locals seem to have accepted the idea of a new phone mast. "It's just another part of the modernisation of Crystal Palace," said Palace resident Rob Downie. "There's no proof that it will cause harmful side effects. I'm not worried about it at all."

Jim Stevenson, O2's community liaison officer for London, said: "There is a demand to improve network coverage in Crystal Palace because the demands of the area are growing quickly.

Ultimately, the proposals for this new mast will benefit our customers, whose needs we must try to satisfy.

"We will make sure that the mast fits in with the current environment," he added. "The design of the mast will be carefully considered and it will be in no way an eyesore."

As for allegations about the safety of the mast, Mr Stevenson said: "O2 is completely satisfied with the results from scientific studies which prove that emissions from masts are not dangerous to nearby residents."

He also maintained that phone users will come to no harm from using their mobiles.

Omega this is not true. See under:

According to Mr Stevenson, the company is still going through the planning stages to build the mast and, if it the proposals go ahead, work is likely to start later this year and will take approximately a week to complete.

11:14am today

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group


Kein Grund zum Jubeln

Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

01. August 2006

Zur Situation auf dem Arbeitsmarkt im Monat Juli erklärt der Bundesgeschäftsführer der Linkspartei.PDS, Dietmar Bartsch:

Es ist wahrlich keinen Jubeltanz wert, wenn in der Freiluftsaison die Arbeitslosenzahlen geringfügig fallen. Die Zahl der Arbeitslosen in Deutschland verringert sich um 12.000. Diese Entwicklung ist jedoch eher der Strahlkraft der Sonne und statistischen Spielereien zuzuschreiben, als vernünftigen Konzepten der Regierungskoalition, Menschen in dauerhafte, Existenz sichernde Arbeit zu bringen. Denn die gibt es nach wie vor nicht. Stattdessen treten heute neue Regelungen in Kraft, die Arbeitslose, vor allem Langzeitarbeitslose, noch massiver gängeln und in die Armut drängen. Wenn es nach der Arbeitgeber-Vereinigung ginge, würde die Bezugsdauer von Arbeitslosengeld I gekürzt werden, das ALG II als Instrument der Ausgrenzung und des Zwangs noch mehr zur Daumenschraube für Arbeitslose werden. Die Folgen dieser Politik auf dem Rücken von Arbeitslosen sind nicht zu übersehen. Allein die dramatische Zunahme der Kinderarmut müsste allen Verantwortlichen die Augen öffnen. Die Tatenlosigkeit der Regierung nimmt Kindern die Chancen auf ein selbstbestimmtes Leben und spielt mit den Zukunftschancen der Gesellschaft. Arbeitsmarktpolitik, die ihren Namen verdient, muss Menschen in Arbeit bringen und darf sich nicht an Milliardenüberschüssen der Bundesanstalt für Arbeit erfreuen. Und, sie muss gewollt sein.

Deshalb fordert Die Linke.PDS:

* Neue Arbeitsplätze durch eine offensive Beschäftigungspolitik

* Arbeitszeitverkürzung und Überstundenabbau

* Entwicklung eines öffentlich finanzierten Beschäftigungssektors

* Überwindung von Hartz IV hin zu versicherungspflichtigen Arbeitsverhältnissen durch die Bündelung von Mitteln aus Arbeitsmarkt- und Sozialpolitik.


Pentagon Keeping Close Eye on Soldier's Web Posts

The U.S. Central Command has a team that reads blogs and responds to what it considers inaccuracies about the war.


From Information Clearing House

Key Democrats call for Iraq withdrawal

Key Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have united to call on President Bush to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, citing an overtaxed military, billions of dollars spent and ongoing sectarian violence.


"Killing people is like squashing an ant"

A former US soldier accused of raping and murdering an Iraqi girl compared killing people in Iraq to "squashing an ant," in an interview with a reporter about a month before the attack.


Medicare Beneficiaries Confused and Angry Over Gap in Drug Coverage

Tens of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries who signed up for prescription drug coverage are paying monthly premiums, but Medicare is not paying any of their drug costs because they have reached a gap in their coverage. The gap, the notorious "doughnut hole," is upsetting many beneficiaries, and it has become a potent symbol as politicians debate the merits of the new program.


Sentinels Under Attack

Toxic algae that poison the brain have caused strandings and mass die-offs of marine mammals - barometers of the sea's health. These blooms of toxic algae are part of a worldwide pattern of oceanic changes that scientists attribute to warming waters, excessive fishing, and a torrent of nutrients unleashed by farming, deforestation and urban development.


Senate to Vote on Allowing Offshore Drilling

With war raging in an oil-rich part of the world, interest in tapping domestic sources of the precious resource is becoming more acute. At stake is a moratorium - renewed annually by Congress since 1981 - that protects much of the Atlantic and Pacific outer continental shelf from oil and gas drilling. Now lawmakers are moving to open more coastal areas to energy development. The House passed a bill favoring this, and the Senate is poised to do so as well.


In Court Papers, a Political Note on '04 Protests

When city officials denied demonstrators access to the Great Lawn in Central Park during the 2004 Republican National Convention, political advocates and ordinary New Yorkers accused Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of squelching demonstrations that could embarrass fellow Republicans during their gathering. The Bloomberg administration denied being guided by politics in banning the protests. But documents that have surfaced in a federal lawsuit over the use of the Great Lawn paint a different picture, of both the rationale for the administration's policy and the degree of Mr. Bloomberg's role in enforcing it.


Bush's Fondness For Fundamentalism Is Courting Disaster At Home and Abroad


A Witch Hunt for Whistleblowers: All That's Given Up in the Name of Security


Informant: Kev Hall

Terrorists Plot To Attack Americans Through Food Supply

by Jim Kouri

For instance, since the transfer of agricultural inspectors from USDA to DHS in 2003, there have been fewer inspections of agricultural products at the nation's ports of entry. According to anti-terrorism experts, this is completely unacceptable and the transfer of inspectors from the USDA to Homeland Security should have increased inspections, not reduced them.....


Slave Ship America

by Nancy Levant

We are facing mandatory impeachments and also a planned martial law system and state of the union. The unimaginable is facing this nation, and face it, we must. Rather than looking for the next entertainment, chemical, or culinary fix - rather than always going for what's most "convenient," we must now all have a desire to aggressively search out and know the truth.....


Congressional Oversight Needed to STOP FDA's "Trilateral Cooperation Charter"

Fwd: HEALTH FREEDOM/ STOP FDA's "TrilateralCooperation Charter

Please sign the petition.

Congressional Oversight Needed to STOP FDA's "Trilateral Cooperation Charter"

Date: 7/29/06
Author: John Hammell
Source: Thepetitionsite.com

The FDA is engaged in conferencing with Canada & Mexico for the purpose of creating one "harmonized" set of food & drug regulations for all 3 nations with zero INPUT from the PEOPLE of Canada, the USA, or Mexico. (See http://www.fda.gov/oia/charter.html

On what legal AUTHORITY does the FDA presume to take this action?

What they're doing clearly violates the Administrative Procedures Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as well as other laws and I demand Congressional Oversight immediately to rein them in!!

This is clearly part of a planned effort to destroy America and force us into a North American Union with Canada & Mexico patterned after the EU Dictatorship. Its being scripted by the Council on Foreign Relations: http://www.cfr.org/publication/8102/building_a_north_american_community.html

Which is what prompted the Neocons to create the (so called) "Security & Prosperity Partnership of North America http://www.spp.gov

In their "SCOPE" section http://www.fda.gov/oia/charter.html#purpose FDA says their main purpose is to focus on what they call "HEALTH FRAUD".

We all know how the FDA INTERPRETS "health fraud". Take their current vendetta against cherry growers http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/mar2006_cover_cherries_01.htm .

FDA is ordering Cherry growers not to repeat the story that eating foods high in plant nutrients may protect against some types of cancer and strokes (despite recommendations of the Surgeon General and the National Research Council).

The alleged criminal acts had occurred on Ocean Spray's website. Normally, the FDA has no authority over websites, but the company had put its website address on its products, and the agency does have authority over labels.

Incredibly, now the FDA is attempting to extend this tyranny to Canada & Mexico, while simultaneously they'll attempt to impose the WORST ASPECTS of those countries regulations on AMERICANS.

For example: Canada regulates dietary supplements as "drugs", but in the USA, under the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994, these products are FOODS, and Americans enjoy far greater ACCESS to these products and to health information about them than Canadians do.

The last thing Americans need is the FDA unilaterally making decisions in the way that they are via the "Trilateral Cooperation Charter" without any input from Congress or the American people. Ostensibly, they would have us believe that this is all about providing us with "increased security".


The LAW is NOT "in the FDA's Mouth". I demand that Congress protect me from the FDA by holding oversight hearings about this.

In 1994 the American people flooded congress with more letters, phone calls and personal visits than you ever received in the HISTORY of congress when the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act was passed into law. Now the FDA is attempting to DESTROY OUR COUNTRY to get around the will of the American people.

I am communicating with both of my Senators & my congressman as well about this. I am also alerting my local paper and friends and family nationwide. Please let me know what you intend to do about this fiasco?

To sign the petition and learn more about this betrayal of America, click here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/373269232?ltl=1154179484

Informant: shane_digital

Britain and California to unite on global warming

By John Heilprin

Associated Press July 31, 2006


WASHINGTON - Britain and California are preparing to sidestep the Bush administration and fight global warming together by creating a joint market for greenhouse gases.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plan to lay the groundwork for a new trans-Atlantic market in carbon dioxide emissions, The Associated Press has learned. Such a move could help California cut carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases scientists blame for warming the planet. President Bush has rejected the idea of ordering such cuts.

Blair and Schwarzenegger were expected to announce their collaboration Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, according to documents provided by British government officials on condition of anonymity because the announcement was forthcoming.

The aim is to fix a price on carbon pollution, an unwanted byproduct of burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gasoline. The idea is to set overall caps for carbon and reward businesses that find a profitable way to minimize their carbon emissions, thereby encouraging new, greener technologies.

Monday's meeting was being hosted by Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group, and Lord John Browne, chairman of British Petroleum. British and American business leaders planned to use it to also discuss other ways of accelerating use of low-carbon technologies.

In California, government officials disputed the agreement was an attempt to sidestep the White House. In a conference call with reporters, state Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Linda Adams said the agency is in "constant contact" with federal regulators, but added that there was no discussion with Washington about Monday's agreement, which involves only voluntary actions.

"This is an agreement to share ideas and information. It is not a treaty," said Adam Mendelsohn, Schwarzenegger's communications director. "Right now, all we are doing is talking about sharing ideas."

The world's only mandatory carbon trading program is in Europe. Created in conjunction with the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 international treaty that took effect last year, it caps the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted from power plants and factories in more than two dozen countries.

Companies can trade rights to pollute directly with each other or through exchanges located around Europe as long as the cap is met. Canada, one of more than 160 nations that signed Kyoto, plans a similar program.

Although the United States is one of the few industrialized nations that haven't signed the treaty, some Eastern states are developing a regional cap-and-trade program. And some U.S. companies have voluntarily agreed to cap their carbon pollution as part of a new Chicago-based market.

A main target of the agreement between Britain and California is the carbon from cars, trucks and other modes of transportation. Transportation accounts for an estimated 41 percent of California's greenhouse gas emissions and 28 percent of Britain's.

Schwarzenegger has called on California to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2010. California was the 12th largest source of greenhouse gases in the world last year, bigger than most nations.

Blair has called on Britain to reduce carbon emissions to 60 percent of its
1990 levels by 2050. Britain also has been looking at imposing individual limits on carbon pollution. People who accumulate unused carbon allowances -- for example, by driving less, or switching to less polluting vehicles -- could sell them to people who exceed their allowances -- for example by driving more.

Bush has resisted Blair's efforts to make carbon reduction a top international priority. After taking office, Bush reversed a 2000 campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, then withdrew U.S. support from the Kyoto treaty requiring industrialized nations to cut their greenhouse gases to below 1990 levels.

The United States is responsible for a quarter of the world's global warming pollution. Bush administration officials argue that requiring cuts in greenhouse gases would cost the U.S. economy 5 million jobs. Instead, the administration has poured billions of dollars into research aimed at slowing the growth of most greenhouse gases while advocating a global cut on one of them, methane.

Craig Noble of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, said the pact had symbolic value but "the time for talk is over." He urged passage of a proposal, pending in the state Legislature, that would make California the first state in the nation to cap greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources.

"The bottom line is, voluntary is not enough," Noble said.

Informant: NHNE


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