Freitag, 18. August 2006

PETITIONS-TREES / ENVIRONMENT - Save South African Primates

=PLEASE HELP!!!

A message from NANCY S.

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WE NEED YOU TO HELP TO PROTECT OUR TREES, COASTS AND FORESTS. PLEASE DO JOIN US. ALSO AS USUAL, PLEASE CPOST, SHARES .... THANKS, BRAZILIAN TREEHUGS,

agnesC


PETITIONS = TREES, ENVIRONMENT

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1. ---Please read and sign the following petitions:

A == Oppose Arctic and Coastal Drilling... //www.sierraclub.org/petition/drilling

B == Save Alaska's Teshekpuk Lake... //www.savetlake.org/

Thank you!

JimT


In our Care2 Front Page (link below)

2. -----MUCH INTERESTING TO READ, NOTE AND LEARN : //www.care2.com/news/member/147064281/154489 about our solar system and its planets.

Still fighting for this one .....Please help!
3. -----Tell Kimberly-Clark: Use Recycled Paper Instead of Old Forests! //www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/921729930

Another one to fight strongly for ...!!!
4. -----Ask Congress to Save Our Shores! at the following web site - //floridapirg.org/FL.asp?id=1688&id4=TAFsent

From our dear friend JeffreyA

5. Save South African Primates ----"It's ultimate goal is to seek protection for all species perceived to be a 'problem’ who have been tainted by human intervention due to the ongoing encroachment of human development on their territories."
//www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/932716846

6. -----PLEASE CHECK IN THE LINK BELOW FOR THE ACTUAL CURRENT PETITION – THANKS. Thank you for your comment on the Proposed Land Management Plans for the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The 90-day comment period for the Proposed Plans has been extended to provide the public more time to review and comment because we understand that these plans were developed under new regulations and that it may take additional time for review. The official comment period now ends September 9, 2006. All comments received will be reviewed and considered before the final Land Management Plans are released, which are anticipated for release in the March of 2007.

For current information about our Proposed Land Management Plans, please visit our website: //www.fs.fed.us/kipz . For additional information, please contact Jodi Kramer in Idaho (208-765-7235) or Kirsten Kaiser in Montana (406-283-7659). (above received in my personal email inbox-agnesC) From our dear friend JeffreyA Another one to fight strongly for ...!!! Still fighting for this one .....Please help!

Contradictions, Anomalies, Questions Mount in UK Terror Scare

A message from Eleanor:

//www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=15877

Thought you might be interested. Many thanks for your share!

Best wishes

Eleanor

No American is Above the Constitution

Take Action!

Remind President Bush that all Americans must abide by the Constitution>>
//tinyurl.com/h76z3

On Bush Spying Judgement

Challenge promised over ruling in Bush spy case //www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060818/NEWS05/608180422/1007/NEWS05

About - Judge Anna Diggs Taylor //www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060818/NEWS05/608180425/1007/NEWS05

Photo of - Judge Anna Diggs Taylor //images.google.com/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&nojs=1&q=anna+diggs+taylor&btnG=Search

Excerpts from the judge's ruling //www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060818/NEWS05/608180424/1007/NEWS05

Even now, some afraid to make calls //www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060818/NEWS05/608180423/1007/NEWS05


Informant: ranger116

Radioactive Leak Reaches Nuclear Plant's Groundwater

Radioactive, cancer-causing tritium has leaked into the groundwater beneath the San Onofre nuclear power plant, prompting the closure of one drinking-water well in southern Orange County.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081806I.shtml

"Staying the Course" in Iraq: $1.3 Trillion

Today, the Congressional Budget Office released its budget projections, estimating the deficit will rise to $286 billion in fiscal 2007, up from this year’s $260 billion projected deficit. Moreover, the long-term outlook remains bleak; total deficits over the next decade are estimated at $1.7 trillion.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081806D.shtml

Bush's Weapon of Mass Deception

"It is a week since news broke in London about an alleged plot to blow up nine commercial jetliners, and there are emerging indicators that Bush and Blair exaggerated the truth about the actual readiness of the so-called plot," writes Larry C. Johnson.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081806B.shtml

The Constitution: Checking a Would-Be King

Ray McGovern writes that yesterday Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, "ruled that Bush's eavesdropping program is 'obviously in violation of the Fourth Amendment' as well as the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which expressly forbids eavesdropping on Americans without a court warrant."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081806A.shtml

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The Constitution: Checking a Would-Be King

By Ray McGovern

When questioned about the legality of President Bush's eavesdropping program on May 8, the widely respected Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, who was director of the National Security Agency (NSA) when the FISA law was passed (and later deputy director of the CIA), said: "There clearly was a line in the FISA statutes which says you couldn't do this ... There was even an extra sentence put in the bill that said, 'You can't do anything that is not authorized by this bill.'"

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14622.htm

White House Sees "Huge Challenges" in Iraq

Bush is under election-year pressure to start bringing some troops home this year, but a spasm of violence in Baghdad has forced commanders to move some American forces from other parts of Iraq into the capital.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081806M.shtml

In the NSA Case, a Judge Says No to King George

In ruling on Thursday that the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program is unconstitutional and must be halted, US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor slammed the White House on several critical fronts. "In her decision," writes David Corn, "she accused the administration of dishonestly arguing that the lawsuit filed by the ACLU and others (including journalists, researchers and lawyers) against the NSA wiretapping should be dismissed because it would expose state secrets."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081806L.shtml

Marine Corps May Have Cleansed Haditha Files

A high-level military investigation into the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha last November has uncovered instances in which American marines involved in the episode appear to have destroyed or withheld evidence, according to two Defense Department officials briefed on the case.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081806J.shtml



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

People are raising questions about the London arrests of terrorism suspects

Are We Falling For It Again?
//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/08/17/are_we_falling_for_it_again.php

Rejecting the fear of terrorism and embracing sustainability will lead America to real security

//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/08/18/bright_green_security.php

The court's decision to strike down Bush's illegal wiretapping program is the right ruling for the wrong reasons

//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/08/18/the_wiretap_dance.php

A Scoop of Lies: Ben & Jerry’s and Factory Farm Cruelty

Take Action:
//www.hsus.org/farm/news/ournews/ben_jerrys_scoop_of_lies.html

Helfen Sie das grausame Massaker an Hunden und Katzen in der Türkei zu stoppen!

Auf einer Müllhalde bei Ankara (Mamak) wurden zahlreiche tote Hunde entdeckt. Einigen Tieren hatte man die Beine zusammengebunden, sie misshandelt oder vergewaltigt, bevor man sie, teils bei vollem Bewusstsein, in Gruben schmiss und sie zuschüttete. Welpen steckte man in Säcke, schoss wahllos darauf oder wartete, bis die Tiere in den Säcken erstickten...

//www.peta.de/de/home.cfm?p=616

Chinas Kultur der Tierquälerei

Als Reaktion auf den Aufschrei der Öffentlichkeit hat die chinesische Regierung jüngst ihr Vorhaben aufgegeben, es Jägern zu gestatten, Lizenzen für das Töten von Wildtieren, darunter auch gefährdete Arten, zu kaufen. Ihre Stimme kann und wird Gewicht haben! Falls Sie es nicht schon getan haben, appellieren Sie bitte an die Regierung, dem Massenabschlachten von Hunden Einhalt zu gebieten...

//www.peta.de/de/home.cfm?p=645

The end of the war on terror

Common Dreams
by Bob Burnett

08/17/06

It's time for liberals to tell the truth: President Bush's war on terror has failed. Keeping America in a permanent state of 'war' isn't a foreign policy objective but rather a political one. It's part of an Orwellian Bush strategy to keep Americans paralyzed with fear and Congress in emergency mode where Bush Administration budgetary, military, and human rights abuses are overlooked. It's time for liberals to declare that Bush's 'war' is over and to propose a real strategy for combating terrorism...

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0817-22.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Pelosi focus reflects Republican desperation

Fox News
by Susan Estrich

08/17/06

The Republicans are beginning to sound more and more desperate. With the midterm elections barely three months away, the war in Iraq going badly, the Republicans losing on the generic question of whether you'd rather vote for a Democrat or Republican for Congress, and President Bush's popularity still in the toilet, it's easy to understand why. So what do you do when you're desperate?

//www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,208805,00.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Flying while Muslim

Tom Paine
by Aziz Huq

08/17/06

The partisan posturing began within hours of reports the British had arrested 20-odd suspects in connection with an alleged terrorist conspiracy to blow up passenger airplanes. Arrests were made in the U.K, not the U.S. The plot was hatched in the U.K. and Pakistan. But it was U.S. politicians who first mounted their soapboxes. 'Move to question your opponent's commitment to the defeat of terror,' crowed National Republican Party Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds. Following this rush to judgment was a campaign to expand government powers. ... Set aside for a moment the hazards of enlarging executive power when public fear is at fever pitch and partisan politics at its zenith. Are the proposed powers really new or really needed? The short answer is no...

//tinyurl.com/qu8q9


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Six faces of the terrorist, one face of bureaucracy

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

08/18/06

It's not enough that the Transportation Security Administration wastes hours upon endless hours of time. It's not enough that they confiscate our Chapstick and toothpaste and claim that it is for our own protection. It's not enough that we must fork over our ID at five different checkpoints before boarding a plane, and have strangers paid with our tax dollars rifle and snoop through our bags...

//www.mises.org/story/2290


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Be skeptical, be very skeptical

Asia Times
by MK Bhadrakumar

08/17/06

'Bombs ... plots ... al-Qaeda ...' The authorities have spoken, from Washington to New Delhi, and so it's time to willingly suspend disbelief once again. The sky is definitely falling...

//www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/HH18Df03.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Nine ways Republicans are ruining the country

AlterNet
by Larry Beinhart

08/18/06

Say it loud, say it often, 'Republicans are bad on national security.' Every Democrat running for national office -- and local offices too, why not? -- should say, 'I'm running because Republicans are bad on national security.' Then they should go on to say, here's why I'm saying it ...

//www.alternet.org/story/40438/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

We're afraid

Free Market News Network
by Jim Babka

08/17/06

We're afraid. We're afraid of more war. We're afraid because war makes government grow and organizations devoted to downsizing government shrink. This is what happened after 9/11. This is what happened when our government invaded Iraq. This could be what happens again if our government attacks Iran. We're afraid because we believe Downsize DC is on the cusp of rapid growth, but more war could cause us to implode. We're afraid because we cannot Downsize DC without dealing with the war issue. But if we deal with it as we should we may lose so many supporters that we never become large enough to Downsize DC...

//www.fmnn.com/Analysis/64/5787/afraid.asp?nid=5787&wid=64


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush reinstates death warrant

Miami Herald

08/17/06

Gov. Jeb Bush reinstated a death warrant Thursday for a condemned killer, despite a ruling this year from the U.S. Supreme Court that the inmate could challenge the state's method of lethal injection. Prison officials scheduled his execution for next month. The attorney for convicted killer Clarence Hill said he would ask a federal appellate court for a stay on the execution so the Supreme Court decision can be carried out...

//tinyurl.com/j4dbk


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Watada hearing puts war on trial

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

08/18/06

The issue before an Army officer Thursday was whether Lt. Ehren Watada ought to face a court-martial for refusing to go to Iraq. But the war itself and whether it is based on deceit or defense of a nation was on trial. And so was Watada and whether he acted out of courage or dishonor. In a cramped courtroom on this Army base that just sent thousands of its soldiers to Iraq, three witnesses for Watada called the war illegal. The four-hour hearing is likely a prelude to what could occur at a court-martial. The decision on a court-martial will be made later...

//seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/281742_watada18.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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

Can the Pentagon pay for the war and its new toys?

//www.slate.com/id/2147823/


Informant: Kev Hall

Terror Against Its Own Population

The White House manipulated the reports of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the air quality in the environment of Ground Zero after the attacks and thus exposed all the relief workers, residents and employees in south Manhattan to extreme health risks.

//portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/08/344173.shtml


From Information Clearing House

Manufacturing Consent

Video

Noam Chomsky, explores how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populace.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12972.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Noam+Chomsky

Bush hopes terror war trumps Iraq in '06

As Republicans struggle to keep control of Congress, each new headline that relates some sign of progress in battling terrorism - President Bush's strongest issue - is a boon.

//www.csmonitor.com/2006/0817/p03s03-uspo.html


From Information Clearing House

Chertoff discusses new security measure

Airlines will soon be required to give the government passenger lists for all U.S.-bound international flights before takeoff, the nation's homeland security chief said Wednesday.

//tinyurl.com/n5lvj


From Information Clearing House

Terror cases unravel; ethnic profiling alleged

The perception of a national security threat, aired on cable news channels throughout the weekend, is unraveling, leading the FBI and at least one prosecutor to back off and provoking a storm of protest from Muslim-American groups who allege ethnic profiling.

//tinyurl.com/mke56


From Information Clearing House

Police state America? King endorses ethnic profiling

Declaring that airport screeners shouldn't be hampered by "political correctness," House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King has endorsed requiring people of "Middle Eastern and South Asian" descent to undergo additional security checks because of their ethnicity and religion.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14592.htm

One Day in Iraq, One Lifetime to Recover

April 4 was Smith's first and only day in Iraq. The Army private from Brookfield, N.Y., was returning from a shooting range when the Humvee he was riding in struck a roadside bomb. The explosion took both of his legs from the knee down and nearly killed him.

//www.newhouse.com/archive/gifford081706.html


From Information Clearing House

"Constitution in Crisis" 26 laws violated by Bush / Cheney

Cong. Conyers' Report Newly Updated
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/constitutionincrisis


Informant: ranger116

Get your comments in on mast plan

RESIDENTS in Chorleywood have until next Thursday to comment on a T-Mobile plan to build a 10m high phone mast.

The company has proposed building a telecommunications monopole on the pavement at the junction of Quickley Lane and Heronsgate Road along with three cabinets containing radio equipment around the base of the mast.

Comments on the application must be sent to Three Rivers District Council before Thursday, August 24, by quoting application number 06/1328/PDNT.

The plans can be viewed at the council offices or //www.threerivers.gov.uk .

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

//www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.884596.0.get_your_comments_in_on_mast_plan.php

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This is Yasmin's patch and I think she might be away! Typical operator trick in the school holidays. We had a Vodaphone one announced yesterday so I have armed the troops with good missives to throw! Or did I mean missiles??

sandi


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

A Permanent Goodbye to the United States

//www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/081606_burning_bridge.shtml


Informant: Lauren J Sullivan

Vice-President Cheney has gone too far

From: Sen. Ted Kennedy
action@tedkennedy.com

[] here are 146,587 terrorist supporters living in the state of Connecticut according to Vice President Dick Cheney -- the number of Ned Lamont voters.

He claims they're encouraging "the Al Qaida" types who want to "break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task" in Iraq.

Cheney's gone too far. His disgraceful declaration of war on Ned Lamont supporters is an attack not just on Democrats, but on democracy itself.

We can't stand by while Republicans like Cheney slander the people of Connecticut and millions of other Americans nationwide who are showing up at the polls to reject the failed record of the Bush Administration.

I thought you might like the opportunity to send your own message to the Vice President. You can send it here:

//www.tedkennedy.com/apologize

Cheney wants people to believe that anyone who questions the Bush Administration's misguided policies is in cahoots with the terrorists.

But the facts are clear.

The Administration's extremist agenda has drained our resources and stretched our troops. This made the war on terrorism hard to win and made America more hated in the world.

The American people want more than vicious fear-mongering from our leaders. They want realistic policies, accountability for failures, and -- most of all -- a new direction for America.

It's time for Dick Cheney to admit he went too far. Demand that the vice president apologize for his offensive remarks:

//www.tedkennedy.com/apologize

Let's recognize a few truths: Lamont voters did not allow Osama bin Laden to escape in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Lamont voters did not mislead the American people into war with Iraq.

Lamont voters did not refuse to admit their mistakes. They did not vow to "stay the course" while more and more Americans die and Iraq descends into civil war.

Dick Cheney and Republicans of his ilk disrespect the very nature of our democracy when the results are inconvenient for them. But despite this unprecedented grab for executive power, they don't have the ability to decide elections.

The vote in Connecticut proves that free and open elections still exist -- and millions of Democrats around the country are ready to go to the ballot box in the coming months and put America back on track.

Thank you for you support.

Sincerely,

Senator Edward M. Kennedy


Informant: Martin Greenhut



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

South Florida Woefully Unprepared for Big Hurricane

//www.commondreams.org/news2006/0817-09.htm

This is What Democracy Looks Like?

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0817-25.htm

Politicians Jousting over Terrorism Are Missing the Point

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0817-05.htm

US Suffers World's First Climate Change Exodus

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0817-06.htm

Top Chinese Diplomat Tells US to 'Shut up' on Arms Spending

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0817-08.htm

Federal Judge Halts Bush's 'Unconstitutional' Wiretapping

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0817-09.htm

Sensitive Alaska Wetlands Soon open for Oil Drilling

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0817-07.htm

Can Wolves and People Live Together?

NOW travels to Yellowstone Park to investigate how ranchers and wolves - longtime adversaries - are now facing a common enemy in encroaching development.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081706U.shtml

New Alaska Oil Leases Being Offered

The Interior Department is set to open a vast area of environmentally sensitive wetlands in Alaska to new oil drilling, even as opponents point to corroding pipelines to the east at Prudhoe Bay as a reason to keep the area off-limits.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081706S.shtml

Disaster Profiteering on the American Gulf Coast Revealed

On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, "disaster profiteers" have made millions while local companies and laborers in New Orleans and the rest of the devastated Gulf Coast region are systematically getting the short end of the stick, according to a major new report from the nonprofit CorpWatch.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081706R.shtml

IT'S TIME TO SUPPORT CANDIDATES WHO WILL GET US OUT OF IRAQ

ACTION PAGE: //www.usalone.com/bright/pnum448.php

Jean Hay Bright, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Maine, has been campaigning on a pro-peace, anti-war platform for more than a year, but has been ignored by the media and the Washington Beltway crowd because she's opposing Olympia Snowe, who despite being one of the most pro-war, hawkish senators in Washington has been able to FOOL the media and the public by claiming she's a moderate.

But if Republican Olympia Snowe were really a moderate, she would not have voted with the Bush administration during its first four years in office 82 PERCENT OF THE TIME.

We need you to speak out now to call on Democrats all over the country to throw their support behind Jean. First, if you blog over at the Swing State Project, go over there and leave a post to nominate Jean to be one of the Netroots Candidates on their list.

//www.swingstateproject.com/2006/08/netroots_candid.php

Then submit the action page and express IN YOUR OWN WORDS why the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) and Russ Feingold's Progressive Patriots Fund should expressly endorse and contribute to Jean's campaign. There is a link on the action page where you can find out more about what Jean Hay Bright stands for.

ACTION PAGE: //www.usalone.com/bright/pnum448.php

In truth, Olympia Snowe is a Bush-enabler who fully supports the Iraq war, the PATRIOT Act, anti-choice federal judges who would dismantle Roe v. Wade, tax cuts for the rich, elimination of the estate tax, and reduction of benefits to returning veterans, including protection from bankruptcy for the families of veterans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Olympia Snowe opposes universal health care and opposes making the minimum wage a living wage. Her campaign is funded by contributions from defense contractors, oil companies, credit card companies, HMOs and drug companies. Her campaign, her votes and the philosophy behind them is one of destroying the average working family while working to widen the income gap in America.

Democrat Jean Hay Bright is a true grass-roots progressive. She wants to get U.S. troops and corporations out of Iraq, institute national health care, make the United States sustainably energy independent, rebuild American infrastructure and manufacturing capacity, and restore fiscal responsibility in Washington.

Maine is a small state, a blue state that supported Clinton, Gore and Kerry. Jean can win this election with 350,000 votes and only million. Her campaign has already brought unenrolled, disenfranchised Democrats back into the party. She has strong support from Democrats within the state. But the cupboard is bare, and she needs your help.

As Snowe's first women opponent, and with Snowe having voted for Alito, thousands of Democratic women who have voted for Snowe in the past will this year vote for Jean. As a commercial organic farmer, Jean has strong support in the agriculture community, and with the Maine Green Party, which is not running a U.S. Senate candidate in this race.

Recent surveys show 75 percent of Maine voters don't think the Iraq war is worth the cost and casualties it has produced. Jean's anti-war credentials are as good as those of Kucinich, Feingold, Conyers, or Lamont. She also has the support of many veterans and veterans groups, who know she will fight for veteran's rights and health care.

There is a perfect storm brewing this year, forging a movement to oust the Republican ideology that is destroying the fabric of our nation. People are beginning to understand that for many reasons, from national security to individual freedom, this country needs to replace six sitting Republicans senators with six Democrats.

Jean Hay Bright can be one of those Democrats.

YOU can help make that happen. Get the word out and the money will follow.

This race is WINNABLE, but only if the progressive community gets behind her. Please support Jean TODAY.

Thank you.

ACTION PAGE: //www.usalone.com/bright/pnum448.php

This alert is brought to you through the activism of Jean Hay Bright, running for the U.S. Senate, and one of the leading progressive voices in the state of Maine. Jean wants to start running call to action radio spots to call her constituents to action on all the issue we care about.

RADIO SPOT DONATIONS: //www.usalone.com/bright/donations.php

Nobody can predict how a particular race will turn out. But we know that the spots we ran on impeachment had tremendous secondary impact, as TWO other groups were inspired to run their own call to action ads on this issue as a result of the investment we made in this action. If you are able to do so, please make whatever donation you can to continue the stand we are taking on issue after issue.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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The final days of Arizona's final free-flowing river

//www.azcentral.com/news/columns/articles/0716montini0716.html

Jul. 16, 2006

Robin Silver is in the business of saving lives, which, as legacies go, is better than most. But it isn't enough. Not for him.

He also wants to save the planet, or at least one or two of its most beautiful spots, which happen to exist here in Arizona.

So when he isn't working as a physician, Silver heads up the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity. I first spoke to him last July about a catastrophic event in our state that none of us noticed, and which we wouldn't have cared about even if we had.

For the first time in 75 years, stream flow in southern Arizona's San Pedro River had shrunk to zero. The 140-mile river flows north from Mexico into Arizona, passing east of Tucson and meandering to Sierra Vista.

It's the last free-flowing river in the Southwest and has been a source of life in the desert for thousands of years. The cottonwood, willow and mesquite trees along the riverbank provide shelter for 400 species of birds and other animals, as well as over 100 species of butterflies.

Imagine that. One hundred different kinds of butterflies.

The Nature Conservancy has called the San Pedro one of the "last great places" on Earth, but on July 5, 2005, the most sensitive stream flow gauge on the river registered zero. For a short stretch downstream of Sierra Vista, the river dried up.

At the time, Silver was hoping that the no-flow event would be a wake-up call for the politicians whom he says are allowing unchecked development to slowly kill one of the most lovely places on the planet.

Naturally, he was wrong.

Birds and butterflies rarely appear on the campaign contribution lists of political candidates. Unlike developers.

"I've been in this business a long time," he told me last week. "But our group (the center has 25,000 members) is not going away. We owe it to our children that rivers like the San Pedro be protected. It isn't just about preserving a beautiful spot, it's also about being wise not to squander the desert's most valuable resource: water."

Last week, Silver sent out a lengthy e-mail pointing out yet another catastrophic event in Arizona that none of us noticed, and which we wouldn't have cared about even if we had.

On June 29, a portion of the San Pedro dried up - again. It was the second time that such a thing had occurred in 75 years, and less than a year from the first time.

"We have had multiple 'proclamations' from different governors about how important the rivers are," he said. "But when it comes down to it, we just go along with the flow of development and don't protect the public trust."

Right now, he said the biggest threats to the San Pedro are new housing around Sierra Vista and the drain on resources from nearby Fort Huachuca.

"There are laws in place that, if they were enforced, would do much to solve this problem," Silver said. "It's all about restricting development based on water."

As with every other scientific debate, however, there are experts who will side with developers and with elected officials looking to expand their political base. They'll say the river is fine.

Still, Silver again is hoping that when a no-flow event that hasn't happened in 75 years happens again, that it will be a wake-up call. Again.

"To us, it seems like a slow process," he said. "It isn't. And shame on us if in a few decades the river is dry and someone has to tell people living in these developments to turn off their spigots."

Reach Montini at (602) 444-8978 or ed.montini@arizonarepublic.com. Read his blog at //montiniblog.azcentral.com .

Five Year into the 'War on Terror'

//www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/trotter1.html

The Great Immigration Charade

//www.lewrockwell.com/eddlem/eddlem10.html

The Case Against Hate-Crime Laws

//www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff95.html

Felony frowning: on TSA security-physiognomy

//www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/evil-intent.html

Handytelefonat auch mit Freisprechhilfe gefährlich

Anbei ein Pressebericht über das Unfallrisiko Mobilfunk (s. Anhang).
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/mobilfunk_unfallrisiko.jpg
Quelle: Gießener Allgemeine, Fr. 18. August 2006, Seite 18.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Maik Will
(Interessengemeinschaft Mobilfunk Treis)

White House vows fight for wiretaps

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