Mittwoch, 16. August 2006

Monsanto Announces Takeover of Delta & Pine Land and Terminator Seed Technology (again)

Spinning Old Threats Into New Fears

"Investigators have known for a decade about terrorist plots to bring down passenger jets with liquid explosives. So why, all of a sudden," Robert Scheer asks, "did Bush ban most liquids on flights? Government-induced hysteria thrives on public ignorance, which is why President Bush is so confident of turning the British bomb plot to his partisan purposes.

Former Generals and Officials: Iran Is "Not a Crisis"

Seeking to counter the White House's depiction of its Middle East policies as crucial to the prevention of terrorist attacks at home, 21 former generals, diplomats and national security officials will release an open letter tomorrow arguing that the administration's "hard line" has actually undermined US security.

UFPPC delegation asks Rep. Adam Smith to warn president on Iran

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Ex-Verfassungsrichter hat Bedenken gegen Anti-Terror-Datei

"Rechtstaatliche Begrenzungen": Ex-Verfassungsrichter hat Bedenken gegen Anti-Terror-Datei (16.08.06)

Der frühere Verfassungsrichter Dieter Grimm hegt Bedenken gegen die geplante zentrale Anti-Terror-Datei. In der Wochenzeitung "Die Zeit" warnte Grimm davor, bestehende "rechtstaatliche Begrenzungen" im Namen einer "grenzenlosen Prävention" zu unterlaufen. Die unterschiedlichen Kompetenzen von Polizei und Geheimdiensten dürften "nicht durch ein unbegrenztes Datenverwertungs- und Datenübermittlungsrecht eingeebnet werden", so Grimm.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Bush gambled in Iraq, and the dice 'have come up snake eyes'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Snake eyes

New Yorker
by Hendrik Hertzberg


It is in the nature of gambling that the gambler may lose. The dice have now been well and truly rolled, and they have come up snake eyes. The war's sole real gain -- the overthrow of the murderous Saddam Hussein regime -- is mocked by the chaos and suffering that have overwhelmed millions of Iraqis, whose country is again a republic of fear. The concrete losses are horrific: nearly three thousand American and 'coalition' troops killed; thousands more maimed; scores of thousands of Iraqi civilians dead; a third of a trillion dollars burned through. So are the less tangible ones: the unprecedented levels of anti-Americanism throughout the Muslim world and Europe; the self-inflicted loss of America's moral prestige; the neglect of real nuclear dangers, in Iran and North Korea, while chimeras were chased in Iraq. The neoconservative project of a friendly, democratic Middle East, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, is worse than a charred ruin -- it is a flaming inferno...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Pennsylvania Sued Over Electronic Voting Machines

Voter advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to stop Pennsylvania counties from using "paperless" electronic voting machines, saying that such systems leave no paper record that could be used in the event of a recount, audit or other problem.

Fire, Flood, Famine: Global Warming and Our Future

More than half of the world's major forests will be lost if global temperatures rise by an average of 3C or more by the end of the century. The prediction comes from the most comprehensive analysis yet of the potential effects of human-made global warming.

Preparing the Battlefield for Bush's War on Iran

"The thought crossed my mind this weekend at a wedding party, when we were discussing the Israeli war on Lebanon: Maybe Bush's green light for this bloody war was part of his plan to bomb Tehran," writes Matthew Rothschild.

Abu Ghraib Whistleblower Speaks Out

In an interview by Wil S. Hylton, Joe Darby speaks out for the first time since exposing the atrocities at Abu Ghraib.

Iraq War Vets' Support for Lt. Watada Growing

"Geoffrey Millard is a sergeant in the Army National Guard and has no problem speaking publicly or supporting Lieutenant Watada," writes Sarah Olson. "He says GI resistance is a growing trend. 'American GIs are beginning to respect the Nuremberg principles. They are resisting orders; they are going to jail, going to Canada, and going AWOL. And they're talking about why they're doing it.'"


A message from BMutiny

[From Doris N.]

Imagine peace! Support the troops, bring them home! Protect civilians and all people, all living beings, stop the war!

If you think these are interesting and vital issues you might want to check these articles submitted today here:

or browse the News Network! Lt Watada's is the voice that one expects from the country with the constitution that has been a model for all democracies in the world, as far as I know! Tomorrow, he will be tried for respecting his oath to defend that very constitution...

All the best wishes, peace, love and understanding!

Greetings, Doris

Comment on my blog on Lt. Ehren Watada -- his position clarified

This may need clarification: Lt. Ehren Watada is IN NO SENSE A "CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR". That is a valid position to have; but it is NOT the position of Lt. Watada, and has NOTHING to do with the stance he has taken. Lt. Watada, unlike a Conscientious Objector, has NOT taken a religious or philosophical stance against War in general. At least, not in this instance. HE IS, RATHER, REFUSING AS AN OFFICER AND AS A SOLDIER, TO OBEY ILLEGAL ORDERS -- which is the DUTY of EVERY SINGLE OFFICER AND SOLDIER. HE IS NOT MAKING AN EXCEPTION OF HIMSELF OR ASKING FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF HIS "PHILOSOPHY". Rather, Lt. Watada is REFUSING TO LEAD MEN IN BATTLE OR INTO HARM'S WAY, AS AN OFFICER IN A COMMAND POSITION, because THE ORDERS ARE ILLEGAL; THE WAR IS ILLEGAL. If the war were a "just war" such as WWII is regarded to be, then Lt. Watada might have no problem with it.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE THIS DISTINCTION. Lt. Watada's case APPLIES TO EVERY SINGLE SOLDIER, no matter their philosophy, religion, or personal beliefs of any kind. AN ILLEGAL ORDER IS ALWAYS AND FOREVER AN ILLEGAL ORDER, no matter what your beliefs or feelings. ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL for EVERYONE. Lt. Watada is HOLDING HIMSELF ACCOUNTABLE -- as should we ALL.





It is SO hard to imagine the corruption that is taking place here. I can’t go into detail but will be posting it on my group site and in a blog soon.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!



A message from Linda

Original Message

Once again I am turning to you for help and support. We and the environment have been sold out by the USACE Civil Works in favor of big business, politics and special interst groups that will destoy our wetlands. We need to spread the word.

We are going to litigation, but need all the public outcry we can get on this corrupt decision. Please read, note and comment and please forward to everyone!

As always, thanks so much for your support through all of this. I could not have made it all these months without your help and friendship. Please continue to sign and forward the petition.


EU-Rechtsexperten helfen Argentinien gegen Monsanto

Nachdem der US-Gentechkonzern in Argentinien mit Patenansprüchen abgeblitzt ist, sollen jetzt europäische Importeure zahlen.

Defend our oceans against pollution from mining

Psychologists Aiding Torturers

by Michael Wessells,

Military interrogations present a moral problem for psychologists, and their association should speak out.

Toxic Trains Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Gene-Altered Crops Denounced

Environmental Groups Seek Moratorium on Open-Air Tests

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 16, 2006; A03

Environmental groups yesterday called for a moratorium on open-air tests of crops genetically engineered to produce medicines and vaccines, citing a federal court's conclusion last week that the Agriculture Department repeatedly broke the law by allowing companies to plant such crops on hundred of acres in Hawaii.

In a toughly worded 52-page decision released without fanfare late last week, a U.S. District judge in Hawaii concluded that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which grants permits for the planting of genetically engineered crops, should have first investigated whether the plants posed a threat to any of that state's hundreds of endangered species.

The corn and sugar cane plants, already harvested because the experiments involving them were completed before the case was decided, had been modified to produce human hormones, drugs and ingredients for vaccines against AIDS and hepatitis B.

"APHIS's utter disregard for this simple investigation requirement, especially given the extraordinary number of endangered and threatened plants and animals in Hawaii, constitutes an unequivocal violation of a clear congressional mandate," wrote Judge J. Michael Seabright in his Aug. 10 decision.

The ruling is the first by a federal court on the controversial practice of "bio-pharming," in which crops are engineered to produce potentially therapeutic human proteins. But it is not the first damning federal critique of APHIS's oversight. A December 2005 audit by the Agriculture Department's Office of Inspector General found multiple failings in the agency's enforcement of research rules for gene-altered plants.

APHIS spokeswoman Rachel Iadicicco said yesterday that the agency had already corrected the major problems cited in the 2005 report and had recently made policy changes to satisfy the court's concerns, as well. In addition, she said, APHIS is crafting a sweeping "programmatic" environmental impact statement addressing larger, long-standing concerns about its oversight of biotech crops.

But opponents said they have heard such assurances before.

"We are asking the judge to enjoin the issuance of any biopharma permits anywhere in the country unless and until APHIS completes a programmatic analysis of their regulatory program," said Paul H. Achitoff, managing attorney for Earthjustice in Honolulu, which litigated the case with the Washington-based Center for Food Safety.

The judge has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to decide what remedies to impose.

The court ruling is the latest in a decade-long struggle that has pitted biotech companies against an uneasy coalition of environmentalists and conventional food producers and distributors.

Advocates believe that some drugs and vaccines may be produced more economically in crops than in the laboratory cultures that are commonly used today. Some even envision "edible vaccines," such as bananas laden with proteins that would boost blood levels of protective antibodies -- an attractive strategy for developing countries, where the refrigeration needed for many conventional vaccines is often not available.

But opponents fear that ordinary crops may become contaminated with drug-spiked versions grown in open fields, and that unwanted drug exposures from foods could trigger allergic reactions or other problems in people or animals.

Fears of admixture gained credence in 2002 when a Texas company was found to have broken rules in its cultivation of corn plants engineered to make a pig diarrhea vaccine. The error necessitated the destruction of 500,000 bushels of potentially contaminated soybeans, and left the now defunct company, ProdiGene, stuck with millions of dollars in cleanup costs.

"The use of food crops to produce materials not intended to be in the food supply must only proceed under systems proven to prevent any contamination or adulteration of the food supply," said Jeffrey Barach of the Food Products Association in Washington. "To date, effective control programs have not been demonstrated to our satisfaction."

The federal court decision responds to a 2003 lawsuit filed by several public interest groups. Taking a novel tack, the groups charged that APHIS failed to consider the potential impacts on endangered species when it approved four Hawaii field studies in the previous three years. The plants were produced by ProdiGene, Monsanto, the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center and Garst Seed of Slater, Iowa.

The plaintiffs -- including Friends of the Earth, Pesticide Action Network North America and Kahea, a Hawaiian environmental alliance -- noted that Hawaii is home to 329 endangered or threatened species, more than any other state, including many birds with easy access to test plots.

Seabright agreed with the groups that, although proof of harm is lacking, APHIS's issuance of the permits for 800 acres on four Hawaiian islands without consideration of those potential impacts was "arbitrary and capricious."

"This is probably the strongest message yet to USDA that they need to do a much better job at regulating all genetically engineered crop field trials," said Bill Freese of the Center for Food Safety, noting that about a dozen pharma permits are approved in a typical year. "They've been rubber-stamping for too long, and they need to get serious about these crops."

But the judge rejected the groups' broader claim that APHIS had broken its promise to improve its overall system of oversight.

"Although the Plaintiffs are understandably upset by the fact that this process has taken over three years, the court accepts APHIS's representations" that the delay is justified and progress is under way.

Stephanie A. Whalen, president of the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, which ran the studies involving sugar cane engineered to make a human blood protein, said the ruling "looks backward" at problems already corrected.

"The idea that this has got the potential for harm has been all blown out of proportion," she said. "We're really proud of the work we do, and we know how important it is to safeguard the environment."

© 2006 The Washington Post Company

Informant: binstock

Plame Lawyer Plans to Force Cheney, Rove Testimony

A lawyer plans to use a legal precedent that allowed President Bill Clinton to be sued while in office to force Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential adviser Karl Rove to testify in a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband. California attorney Joseph Cotchett said he will ask a federal court to order Cheney, his ex-chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby and Rove to testify in depositions about their role in disclosing her classified status.

Mast campaigners want mass march

By Robert Fisk

The anti-mast campaigners have been protesting since February BR3768

ANTI-MAST campaigners are mobilising to march on Downing Street.

The protestors have been fighting with T-Mobile over the mast site at the corner of St Paul's Wood Hill and Beddington Road, St Paul's Cray, since February.

They have also got a petition together against Orange's plans to put a mast up in the same area.

The group now wants to link up with anti-mast campaigners from across the country for a mass protest in central London which will include a visit to 10 Downing Street.

One of the protestors, mother-of-three Sam Anderson, is in talks with the Met Police about a potential route for the march, which she hopes will take place by the end of September.

She is also in contact with Mast Sanity, an organisation which has links with other protest groups across the country, to try to get the highest number of people possible involved.

The 35-year-old said: "I'm doing it because I care. A lot of masts are disguised to look like trees so there is not even a warning there is one there.

"In our opinion it has escalated out of control and it needs to be addressed.

"It is happening all over the country.

"We want people to volunteer in their own organisations and groups and do massive leaflet drops."

Mrs Anderson, of Thorndon Close, St Paul's Cray, added: "We want to get it en masse and we want to get letters going to MPs.

"If more and more people bombard their MPs by sending them letters they will have to start to listen.

"They should not put masts up near homes or schools until there is more scientific evidence. We want to get this sorted as soon as possible.

"If everyone pulls together it could be massive."

Call Mrs Anderson on 020 8302 4043 to get involved with the campaign.

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group


THE possibility of a new mobile phone mast being erected on the Caledonian Hotel in Leven was due to be debated on Tuesday.

Councillors have been advised to grant planning permission to Orange for the installation of three antennae and a satellite dish, despite strong local objection.

Residents of nearby Forth Street are concerned at the site's proximity to houses and a local nursery school.

One objector pointed out: "The health risks associated with exposure to mobile phone technology are well documented and continue to be monitored."

Another stated: "It is not a suitable development in a mixed residential/business area."

However, local planning chiefs believe the application is an appropriate one and have recommended it for approval, subject to some minor conditions.

They don't consider health concerns to be "material in assessment of this application" and stressed the mast would have no affect on Leven's appearance.

The decision was due to be taken at Tuesday's meeting of Fife Council's central area development committee in Kirkcaldy.

Read more in this week's East Fife Mail

16 August 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.

Police called to calm anti-mast protest

Police were called in after the protest turned angry

POLICE are currently at the scene of an anti-mast protest which is threatening to turn nasty.

Officers have been called in after protesters attempted to tear down barricades at the site of the controversial building work.

Speaking from the scene, News Shopper reporter Robert Fisk says about 15 campaigners are claiming mobile phone giant T-Mobile has broken its word.

They say a meeting was due to be held tonight between them, T-Mobile and police before any work began.

He said: "The mood here has changed and the protestors are very angry, saying work was only suppose to start after tonight's meeting."

Workmen have erected the barricades around themselves to stop the protestors getting anywhere near the work.

St Paul Cray residents have fought a six-month battle to stop mobile phone giant T-Mobile erecting the mast on the corner of St Paul's Wood Hill and Bedington Road.

This morning, workmen arrived at the scene to attempt to erect the mast for a third time.

Campaigners, who say they are worried about the health effects of the mast, gathered and were being kept away from the workmen by barricades.

Last month, an attempt to erect the mast turned nasty when campaigners argued with security guards brought in to keep them away.

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group


This story is related to this one: which regards a mass demonstration and march on Downing Street. I for one think we should all support this and be there if we can. I will be...




The story on News Shopper's home page quotes Sam Anderson who I know is very keen to help organise a mass protest in London. She does not use e-mail but I can let you have a contact telephone number if you so wish.

David Baron
Mast Sanity


Thanks David

I note there is a contact number for her in the article (020 8302 4043).
If this is not correct then please let me know the correct one. I will
try to call her this evening. I think the tide of public opinion is
beginning to turn in favour of the (real) evidence and I think we should
use all our resources to seriously capitalise on this. A large well
coordinated march would certainly help!



Vaccination: The Hidden Truth

Informant: DrRevLynn

"A Clean Break" may come again to serve as the basis for an attack on Iran

Everything old becomes new again

by William Rivers Pitt


"Everything old becomes new again. "A Clean Break" was written ten years ago to advocate for an Israeli attack on Lebanon, and by proxy Syria and Iran. It was cast aside then, but appears to have been revived for this current disaster. The lessons Israel is learning in Lebanon have been vividly available in Iraq these last years, as the basis for that invasion was essentially premised upon a slightly edited version of the same paper. Those lessons have not achieved purchase with the neo-conservatives, and "A Clean Break" may come again to serve as the basis for an attack on Iran. There is little hope that such an attack will meet with any more success than the last two conflicts inspired by this dangerous document and the men who wrote it...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Sustainable Freedom: Shifting the World

Backwoods Home Magazine
by Claire Wolfe


It's a simple fact. To become free and stay free, we need to shift our cultural paradigm about the role government should play in our lives.Only with a new way of thinking about happiness and government's role in it do we have the opportunity to create Sustainable Freedom. Change the concept and millions can suddenly, easily perceive that government is not their friend. Change the concept and millions have opportunity and inspiration to look in the one place freedom is actually available -- in ourselves...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A few thoughts about “Independence”

Liberty For All
by Ed Lewis


Most of my life is spent living in fear for the American people and the people of the rest of the world. The fear does not stem from threats made by other countries. It is caused by current US Government officials and the scare tactics being used to induce support for the Bush administration’s military and overt aggressions against other countries and/or their leaders. The aggressions are unfounded as defensive measures and are accordingly resulting in great anger against America and within America. Thus, July 4 was a day of mourning for this American Citizen, not a day of celebration...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

SBG XII-Änderungsgesetz: Tacheles e.V. fordert spürbare Verbesserungen für SozialhilfebezieherInnen

Gesetzliche Grundlagen der Lohnersatzleistungen

SBG XII-Änderungsgesetz – erster Arbeitsentwurf liegt vor. Der Erwerbslosen- und Sozialhilfeverein Tacheles e.V. fordert spürbare Verbesserungen für SozialhilfebezieherInnen

„Längst fällige Nachbesserungen bei der Sozialhilfe sind mit dem SGB XII-Änderungsgesetz für Januar 2007 geplant. Ein erster Entwurf für dieses Gesetz, das im November diesen Jahres vom Bundestag verabschiedet werden soll, beinhaltet neben einer Reihe redaktioneller Änderungen vor allem die Angleichung des SGB XII-Regelsatzes in den neuen Bundeseländern auf Westniveau. Ungeachtet dessen bleiben zahlreiche Benachteiligungen von SGB XII-Leistungsberechtigten unangetastet…“ Tacheles-Meldung vom 14. August 2006

Siehe dazu:

Ministerialentwurf zur Änderung des SGB XII (pdf, 1,5 MB)

Aus: LabourNet, 16. August 2006

Idealisierung der Lohnarbeit

Welche Utopie brauchen wir? (Wider die Idealisierung der Lohnarbeitslosigkeit)

„Harald Rein hat auf die Kritik Rainer Roths am BGE geantwortet und da ich ein wenig an der Broschüre von Rainer mitgearbeitet habe, fühle auch ich mich angesprochen und will antworten, möglichst knapp und zugespitzt…“ Artikel von Robert Schlosser

Es handelt sich dabei um die Antwort auf den Beitrag: Idealisierung der Lohnarbeit. Anmerkungen zu Rainer Roth's Polemik zum bedingungslosen Grundeinkommen (BGE) von Harald Rein vom Juli 2006

Aus: LabourNet, 16. August 2006

Alzheimers: Prevention doesn't require a billion dollars


I previously located information that our National Institute of Health has set a very high priority on research involving protein folding problems (heat shock protein also known as "environmental stress protein"). I was "very excited" thinking, finally, the issue re amyloid formation will be taken very seriously.

WRONG!!! What is being taken seriously is the work that is being put into developing new drugs to "supposedly treat" Alzheimers and other diseases (many including Type II Diabetes, M.S., and even some Leukemias) that involve the formation of amyloid.

In other words, what I mistakenly believed might open-the-door to "prudent avoidance" is just a major effort to "keep-the-lid-on" the "whys and wherefores" of amyloid formation so that BIG PHARMA can make lots of money and continue paying off charities and organizations that purport to want to help people!!!!

Take care everyone and "keep on fighting for the innocent victims" as best you/we can in spite of all the greed!!! Joanne

Joanne C. Mueller Guinea Pigs R Us
731 - 123rd Avenue N.W. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55448-2127 USA Phone: 763-755-6114 Email: (8-16-06)

Be loyal to your country always, and to the government only when it deserves it. -Mark Twain

"Prevention" doesn't require a billion dollars!!!!
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 06:39:56 EDT

Hellooo!!! Is anyone out there? Is anyone listening?

All we see is the need for more MONEY.....more STUDIES....more DRUGS!!!

Does anyone CARE that epidemiological studies were done many years ago that linked Alzheimers to nuns who frequently used sewing machines? That epidemiological studies were done years ago that linked industrial sewing machine workers to Alzheimers? And more........

Does anyone CARE that in 1994, The American Cancer Society used to send out an article from "USA Today" recommending persons MOVE electric appliances away from the heads of beds?

Does anyone CARE that the electrical utilities' communications' experts prepared a publication in 2001 that states " may want to replace your electric clock with a battery-operated or wind-up clock?

Does anyone CARE that my husband's profound and unusual memory loss which was later diagnosed as Alzeimers IMPROVED -- his neuropsych test -- after we moved his electric clock?

Does anyone CARE that the 1999 EMF Interagency Committee Report has never been presented to Congress that classifies low level EMF's (electromagnetic fields) as Class 2B carcinogens?

Does anyone CARE that the 2002 California EMF Report links EMF's as low as 4.0 milligauss to brain cancer, Leukemia, Lou Gehrig's Disease and miscarriage?

WHEN will the Alzheimers Association inform the public that amyloid forms as result of chronic, prolonged exposure to low levels of EMF/EMR so our country and countries around-the-world will begin to once again inform their citizens of the need to practice "prudent avoidance?"

Two of our grandsons suffered rare immune deficiencies from sleeping close to electric meters (mounted on bedroom walls)!!! They GOT WELL after their beds were moved!!! We were told they may develop Leukemia. Their immune deficiency was RARE because these two toddlers' (cousins in different homes) cells were AGING!!!"

My guinea pig studies after exposing to "powerwall" in my home yielded pre-Leukemic blood changes including "hypersegmented neutrophils" (slowed DNA synthesis) which are "markers for irradiation!!!" One out of each set of two died within 30 days of exposure to the electric meter. One died several years later due to REACTIVE Renal AMYLOIDOSIS!!! This is a TSE-like problem -- the "mad cow family of diseases!"

Deliberate "non-action" by the World Health Organization (WHO) re withholding of "prudent avoidance information" to the public is not helping. Dr. Michael Repacholi -- former head of WHO's Radiation Section is a paid-off representative with funds coming from industry that chooses to let people get sick and die rather than inform the public about simple, precautionary measures such as moving electric items from bedrooms, turning off circuits to bedrooms at night, checking electrical wiring for possible errors, dealing with grounding problems that may eliminate electrical currents on waterpipes and more.

About 51% of all health problems all the way from poor sleep to cancer might be greatly reduced if organizations such as yours begin to pay attention to what I call "an avoidable healthcare crisis!!!"

The public more than realizes that drugs are not the answer -- that most drugs cause as many problems as they purport to help. Imagine the funding that could come to the Alzheimers' Association IF announcements are made to affected persons and their caregivers that may actually help! Even for those most severely afflicted who reside in nursing home facilities might sleep better and have less delusions and hallucinations if information regarding Melatonin is provided. Melatonin is greatly reduced by chronic, prolonged EMF/EMR exposure also.

Isn't it time to let the public in on this well-kept secret? Thanks and take care - Joanne

Joanne C. Mueller Guinea Pigs R Us
731 - 123rd Avenue N.W. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55448-2127 USA Phone: 763-755-6114 Email: (8-16-06)

Be loyal to your country always, and to the government only when it deserves it. -Mark Twain

"No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakens into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted for the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer


Tumours and Alzheimer

The land of the free but free speech is a rare commodity

You can say what you like in the US, just as long as you don't ask awkward questions about America's role in the Middle East.,,1843543,00.html

From Information Clearing House

'People power' is a global brand owned by America

The US and the western media back protests over controversial elections when it suits them, but are silent over those in Mexico.

Guerrilla tactics turn fighting machines into wimps

How Superpowers Become Impotent

In Lebanon and Iraq, guerrilla tactics turn clean, mean fighting machines into wimps.

Despite all the revelations about the latest 'terror plot', politicians and security chiefs got it wrong before

I bet you it will turn out to be a hoax

Despite all the revelations about the latest 'terror plot', politicians and security chiefs got it wrong before and are likely to have got it wrong now too.

Bush: U.S. 'freedom agenda' big winner in Lebanon war

Hezbollah suffered a sound defeat in its war against Israel, which has given a significant boost to the U.S.-led "freedom agenda" in the Middle East, U.S. President George Bush declared Monday.

Syria’s Assad blasts US plans for Middle East

From Information Clearing House

Dispatches from the War on America

Let Humanity's Mutiny Begin

Corporate war machine gathers speed

By Ismael Hossein-zadeh

There is strong evidence that as the Bush administration is mulling over plans to bomb Iran, the simmering conflict between high-ranking military professionals and militaristic civilian leaders is bursting into the open.

Either you take down Iran, Mr. Bush, or you are a failed president

Bush is on notice from the neocons and War Party that have all but destroyed his presidency: Either you take down Iran, Mr. Bush, or you are a failed president. If the president is still listening to these people, Lord help the republic.

Big Oil Strikes it Rich in Washington

Group campaigns against masts

FOLLOWING an article in this newspaper last month regarding opposition to a mast at Coolock Garda Station, members of a campaign group have spoken out on the contentious issue. The Irish Electromagnetic Radiation Victims' Network (IERVN) campaigns on behalf of those who say they are affected by harmful emissions from masts.

The group's aim is to help “victims” and create public awareness of the issue.

Raheny resident, Con Colbert, a dedicated member of IERVN for a number of years, said that everyone in the group has “suffered ill health due to the presence of masts”.

“They have experienced a wide range of symptoms - burning in the skin, poor sleep quality, stress and a depletion of energy,” he said.

Mr Colbert became involved as a result of his own personal experience. He lives in close proximity to three masts in Raheny, including one at the local Garda station.

He said he tends to notice when “levels of radiation are high”.

“It is not too bad here at the present time,” he said. “But when I go into the village in Raheny, I feel uncomfortable and experience some disorientation and sudden fatigue.”

Mr Colbert said he has spoken to doctors but they are unable to form a diagnosis.

“Sensitivity to radiation is something that will not show up in a medical test,” Mr Colbert stated. “There are biological effects and they have been well documented by a group of scientists in Europe who have carried out extensive research in the area.”

Fellow IERVN member, Helen McCrory, from Clontarf, said she had to move out of her city centre apartment when a phone mast was erected outside her home.

“I can suffer to varying degrees, depending on the level of radiation,” she said.

“Different frequencies affect me in different ways, causing loss of voice and pain in my arms and shoulders,” she said.

She believes that masts are extremely dangerous and cause a great deal of distress for those who are susceptible to their effects.

Fellow campaigner, Enda Dalton, from Raheny, noticed that he suddenly became ill, couldn't sleep and didn't have any energy when he came into close contact with masts.

He said he received numerous letters and phone calls from people who had similar ailments. He lives about 200 yards from the nearest mast and 250 yards from the next one and has built a screened room in his house, which allows him to benefit from a “radioactive-free environment”.

Mr Dalton feels that there is a general lack of commitment to tackling the problem.

“Groups are campaigning, but there has been no real outcome,” he said.
A spokesman for the Office of Public Works (OPW) said the mast at Raheny Garda Station meets and complies with all health and safety regulations.
“Under the terms of our licence agreements, mobile phone operators are required to install and operate all equipment in accordance with all relevant legislation, health and safety, and planning,” he said.

“They must also operate within current standards and EU regulations and adhere to guidelines on exposure limits to emissions, issued by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).”
The OPW spokesman said he doesn't believe the presence of a number of masts in the same area represents a health hazard.

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

“In our opinion, the greater number of masts allows for less emissions and strength,” he said.

The spokesman added that progress is being made on the issue.

“I understand that a joint Oireachtas Committee has been set up and an inter-departmental group formed, under the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, who will be reporting to this committee shortly,” he said.

Officials Cut Corners With Biotech Crop Permits in Hawaii

Citing possible harm to Hawaii's 329 endangered and threatened species, a federal district judge has ruled that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in permitting the cultivation of drug-producing, genetically engineered crops throughout Hawaii.

Beyond Propaganda

John Kenney helped to design BP's "beyond petroleum" ad campaign and believed for awhile that this oil company was different: "I guess, looking at it now, 'beyond petroleum' is just advertising. It's become mere marketing - perhaps it always was - instead of a genuine attempt to engage the public in the debate or a corporate rallying cry to change the paradigm."

Lt. Watada's Mother: My Son Needs Your Support

Carolyn Ho, mother of conscientious objector Lt. Ehren Watada, asks for support during her son's pre-trial hearing on Aug 17 and 18. "Whether or not he is permitted to submit evidence supporting his refusal to deploy and his first amendment rights remains to be seen," she says. "Nevertheless, the military must know that the world is watching and that justice must be served."

Controlling The News: The UK Peroxide Bombers

Informant: ranger116


Former British Ambassador Says Terror Alert Is "Propaganda"

Drug Companies Making Billions in Excess Profits Under Medicare Plan

Demeaning Democracy: Cheney Paints Lamont Victory As Helping Terrorists

A Self-Defeating War

Rosy Assessments on Iraq 'Not Related to Reality'

Two Sides to Every Conflict, Unless You Rely on the US Media

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Killology: how the government teaches men, against their nature, to kill

Informant: Lew Rockwell


The Science Of Creating Killers

Human reluctance to take a life can be reversed through training in the method known as killology.

The Peace of Death

On Bush's war propaganda

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