Samstag, 19. August 2006

060818 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter

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060815 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter

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060811 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter

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Independent Solutions for the Middle East Crisis

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Informant: Carol Moore in DC

From ufpj-news

FDA Approves First Use of Viruses as a Food Additive

Aug 19 2006

"Consumers will not be aware which meat and poultry products have been treated with the spray." Agency Approves First Use of Viruses as a Food Additive

A mix of bacteria-killing viruses may be sprayed on cold cuts, wieners and sausages to combat common microbes that kill hundreds of people a year, federal health officials ruled Friday. The ruling, by the Food and Drug Administration, is the first approval of viruses as a food additive, said Andrew Zajac of the Office of Food Additive Safety at the agency.

//www.legitgov.org/


Informant: bigraccoon

Abandoned & Abused: Prisoners were left to die

//www.aclu.org/prison/conditions/26198res20060809.html


Informant: Alice Kim

Brainwashing The Children: A Global Effort

PART 4

by Jill Walker, JD

As the battle for total control over our children escalates, the bastions of social services in almost every nation are working overtime to steal them and turn them into state property. This is a global effort, not just an assault on American children, and no effort is too great to those who want to brainwash the children and make them citizens of the new global order...

//www.newswithviews.com/Walker/jill24.htm



Part 5

by Jill Walker, JD

Allowing children to participate, even “innocently” in witchcraft shows how far removed we are from good parenting. Remember the words, “Suffer the children to come unto Me.” That means Christ, not Harry Potter, the Smurfs, Wicca, or paganism of any kind. The First Commandment is quite clear on the issue, but that commandment has been banished from the public square and the minds and hearts of the majority of our children, just as the New World Order crowd was so careful to mastermind......

//www.newswithviews.com/Walker/jill26.htm



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Major Arms Soar to Twice Pre-9/11 Cost

The estimated costs for the development of major weapons systems for the US military have doubled since September 11, 2001, with a trillion-dollar price tag for new planes, ships, and missiles that would have little direct role in the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081906Y.shtml

Expect 'Hezbollah card' in campaign against Iran's nuclear program

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/4984/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Pannenserie bei der Arbeitslosengeld-Berechnung geht weiter

//www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/77031

US Names Spy Operations 'Manager' for Cuba, Venezuela

The United States has named a special "manager" for its intelligence operations against Cuba and Venezuela, in effect putting the two Latin American nations on a par with "axis of evil" states confronted on multiple levels by the administration of President George W. Bush.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081906X.shtml

Back On Track For IMPEACHMENT

A message from Charles W. Sanders:

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED, RENEW THE CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT NOW

ACTION PAGE: //www.charleswsanders.org/petitions/pnum262.php

On Friday, August 18th, I filed the necessary nominating petition signatures to compete for the Democratic party nomination for the U.S. House in the 3rd District of OH. Due to the sudden and unexpected withdrawal of our candidate, it has been determined that there must be a special election on September 15 to fill the election vacancy

We now have a fresh opportunity to make the case to my constituents that the Bush administration must be peaceably removed from office. This is made all the more urgent by the ruling of a federal judge that the president has categorically broken the law in deliberately violating the 1st and 4th amendments to the Constitution by wiretapping American citizens without warrant. He did so by defying the secret FISA court expressly created to not only prevent such abuses of power but also to protect our real national security in the most diligent possible way.

We hear about the recent police action in Great Britain which successfully disrupted a possible terrorist plot before it was even remotely close to being operational. And all this was done by proper warrant and scrupulously so by our British counterparts. Why is it that our own president cannot protect us without acting as a Constitutional outlaw? Indeed, why cannot he protect us from threats that were of widespread public knowledge, like Hurricane Katrina?

To all my loyal friends an supporters, I ask you again to join me in the fight for real policy change. Based on the momentum we had already developed, and with your continued support, I am confident that my constituents will recognize that the there is one candidate they will always be able to count on to stand strong on the critical issues of our time, Charles W. Sanders. Please submit my renewed action page on impeachment today to keep the pressure on.

Thank you

Charles W. Sanders

ACTION PAGE: //www.charleswsanders.org/petitions/pnum262.php

We NEED candidates like Charles Sanders to stand up and make an issue of the repeated trangressions of the current administration. Charles needs your help to get his message out for all of us. Please make a contribution now to enable Charles to go to Congress and fight for you on the issues you care about.

DONATIONS LINK: //www.charleswsanders.org/donations3.html

How many times have you felt helpless and wished you could influence the votes of representatives in other districts to prevail on a critical vote in Congress, but thought you could not do so effectively because you were not one of their own constituents? How much more would you support Charles if you do live in his district?

Here we have a courageous candidate who will fight for all the issues you care about, if only he is given the chance to make the run. Please donate whatever you can to help Charles get on the radio to recruit and mobilize even more people to speak out so we can have a real impact on these policy decisions now and for the future. What would you give to have a whole legislature of people like Charles Sanders? Won't you give him your support now to make that a reality?

We have been valiantly speaking out with action alerts based on one fundamental premise --- either our representatives in Congress would listen to and heed the voices of their people --- or else we would work to replace them in the next election.

The time for the replacement action is NOW.

DONATIONS LINK: //www.charleswsanders.org/donations3.html

If each of us will just contribute what we can, to the most worthy candidates we can find, it will make a real difference in the kind of Congress we will all have to deal with in 2007. Most importantly, strong showings NOW by candidates who DO have a backbone, and WILL stand up and fight, can send a powerful message to the rest that they better start shaping up or we will ship them out too. Make your donation today and it will have cascading positive effects in many other races for months to come.

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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Putting the Iraq War on Trial

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Time reports on Watada's Article 32 hearing
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Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

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Putting the Iraq War on Trial

When he refused to deploy to Iraq in June, Army Lt. Ehren Watada said he was following his conscience and upholding his duty not to obey illegal orders. Military officials charged him with violating Army rules and sent him on a path toward a likely court-martial. In doing so, they set up an unusual collision between a man who is believed to be the first officer to refuse duty in Iraq and a military justice system that is now effectively being asked to rule on the war's legality.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/082206D.shtml



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Mobilfunkantenne wird nicht gebaut

LOMMISWIL

Das Trassee kann nicht als Bauzone betrachtet werden (Foto: mz)


Keine Mobilfunkantenne beim «Tunneli» in Lommiswil. Das Verwaltungsgericht entschied gegen die Baukommission sowie das Bau- und Justizdepartement. Das Bahntrassee, neben dem die Antenne gebaut werden sollte, liege nicht in der Bauzone.

Die drei Gesuchsteller Swisscom Mobile AG, TDC Schweiz AG sunrise und Orange Communications SA sowie die Baukommission und das BJD betrachteten das Areal um die Bahnstrecke, das im Zonenplan als «weiße, also unbehandelte Verkehrsfläche» erscheint, als Bauzone.

In dieser wäre die Installation einer Mobilfunkantenne zulässig. Außerhalb der Bauzone ist eine Ausnahmebewilligung nötig. Der Regionalverkehr Mittelland (RM) als Landbesitzer hatte überdies erklärt, dass er seinen Funkverkehr ebenfalls über diese Antenne abwickeln wolle.

«Weit entfernt von der Bauzone»

«Vorliegend handelt es sich um ein Bahnareal, das weit entfernt von der Bauzone in der Landwirtschaftszone liegt», schreibt das Verwaltungsgericht in seinem Urteil. Die Antenne soll nicht im Bahnhofareal gebaut werden, sondern im Bahntrassee auf dem freien Feld zwischen zwei Siedlungen.

Zwar sei das Gebiet für den Bahnbetrieb mit einer Straßenüberführung überbaut worden, es handle sich aber um ein Gebiet, auf dem keine Hochbauten stehen. «Die Bauparzelle liegt inmitten landwirtschaftlicher Flächen und im Richtplan ist sie keinem Siedlungsgebiet zugeordnet», schreibt das Gericht.

Antenne ist nur eine Nebenanlage

Da der RM die Antenne auch für seinen eigenen Funkverkehr nutzen will, stellte sich die Frage, ob die Antenne als Eisenbahn- oder Nebenanlage dient. Für Eisenbahnanlagen ist der Bund zuständig, weil diese unter das Eisenbahngesetz fallen. Nebenanlagen, die nicht ganz oder überwiegend dem Bahnbetrieb dienen, unterstehen dem kantonalen Bau- oder Planungsrecht.

Dies können Bauvorhaben der Bahn oder Dritter sein. Und: Sie gehören in die Bauzone. Das Gericht kam zum Schluss, dass die Antenne primär die Allgemeinheit mit Telefonverbindungen versorge. «Es handelt sich nicht um eine bahnbetrieblich nötige Anlage.»

«Präventiv Einsprache erheben»

Friedrich Brotschi, einer der Beschwerdeführer aus Selzach, ist über das Urteil des Verwaltungsgerichts erfreut. «Es ging mir nicht um die Strahlung oder so etwas, sondern ums Prinzip. Der Juraschutzzone wurde zuvor zu wenig Bedeutung eingeräumt», erklärt der frühere Präsident der Planungskommission Selzach.

Weniger glücklich über das Urteil ist Meinrad Engesser, Präsident der Baukommission Lommiswil: «Wir werden präventiv Einsprache beim Bundesgericht mit Fristerstreckung erheben. Dann werden wir die rechtliche Lage mit unserem Anwalt erörtern und das weitere Vorgehen besprechen.»

Engesser ist jedoch pessimistisch: «Wir bräuchten vor Bundesgericht wohl neue Argumente, über die das Verwaltungsgericht noch nicht entscheiden konnte, um zu bestehen. Ich glaube daher nicht an eine große Chance.» (mz/ms/pbl)


18.08.2006 09:22

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The relentless proliferation of microwave wireless technology

I have just sent the following letter to the Sussex Argus letters page: letters@theargus.co.uk . Their editorial policy is (1) to try to publish letters with a common theme together (so if only one or two are sent, there is much LESS chance of publication), (2) that they generally be less than 200 words (mine is more but the chances of getting it published would be massively increased with 2 or more letters from other people) and (3) preference given to local senders (contact me for a local address ;-)) gary.kemp7_at_ntlworld.com

Any other contributions greatly appreciated. The Argus has a huge readership. If we can get a debate going in their letters pages, that's what the Editor wants.

Letter below.

Thanks

Gary
Brighton


The relentless proliferation of microwave wireless technology in Brighton really worries me.

The latest of thousands of independant scientific papers showing widespread health damage from this technology is analysed by Lloyd Morgan, a Director of the US Central Brain Tumor Registry (see //www.powerwatch.org.uk ) ; a study of "the worst type of brain tumors: those collectively referred to as "brain cancer" (e.g., gliomas, astrocytomas, glioblastoma multiforme--AKA GBM--etc.)" by research team Hardell et al.

Omega see also under: "On the Hardell studies of phones and the comparison between their research and the Interphone studies"
//omega.twoday.net/stories/2546167/


The study examined 905 cases of these brain tumors, ages 20 to 80, diagnosed between 1997 and 2003, with 2162 controls. All the teams' previous 12 studies had found increased risks from wireless (Mobile, Analog and DECT) phones.

He continues: "The survival statistics for these tumors are very grim (e.g., one year GBM survival is 29%) and the devastating effects, even if there is survival, can be heartbreaking including loss of physical, emotional and mental abilities"

The study found the risk increased by an average of 25% below 1000 hours of phone use, to 130, 270 and 490% for 2 - 3000 hours for DECT, Cell and Analog phones respectively, and by 20% (all types) for 1 - 5 years use, to 80% (DECT), 140% (Analog) and 180% (mobile) after 10 years.

Morgan states:"the most troubling aspect of the Hardell et al. study is that of the early latency times it is demonstrating with regards to cellphone exposure. It is well known that the time from exposure to a carcinogen to the diagnosis of a tumor takes decades (25 to 40 years), yet we are seeing an increased risk of brain cancer for as short as 1 to 5 years.."

"Could the implication be then, that what we are seeing is actually the tail of a 25 to year latency time distribution?"

I am reminded of the words of Dr Leif Salford, head of a major study into cell phone use in Sweden in the late 1990s, who said "Brain damage from intensive cell phone use is a probability rather than a possibility"

And with researchers worldwide warning particularly against cell phone use by under 16s, I see a very grim future for todays' children.

GOP Goes to Work for Joe Lieberman

"Facing Senator Joseph I. Lieberman's independent candidacy, Republican officials at the state and national level have made the extraordinary decision to abandon their official candidate, and some are actively working to help Mr. Lieberman win in November."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081906Z.shtml



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Zwangsbehandlung ist ein Verbrechen

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Boeings Flugzeug-Internet erleidet Bruchlandung

//www.computerbase.de/news/internet/zugang_provider/2006/august/boeings_flugzeug-internet_bruchlandung/


Informant: Paul Günther

impf-report Newsletter Nr. 32/2006

//www.impf-report.de/jahrgang/2006/32.htm

US Chemical Warfare

//www.elequity.com/MuseFiles/Fact_Sheet_Edgewood-Aberdeen_Chemical_Agent_Experiments_Information_Paper.pdf

Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century

//www.elequity.com/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

Rechtsstreit um NSA-Überwachung

//quintessenz.at/cgi-bin/index?id=000100003653

Big, Easy Money: Disaster Profiteering on the American Gulf Coast

//www.commondreams.org/news2006/0818-09.htm

Judge's Ruling Doesn't Get Army Corps Off the Hook

//www.commondreams.org/news2006/0818-06.htm

Get Happy the White House Way

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0818-31.htm

Bush Tampers with War Prisoner Rights

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0818-30.htm

We should be sceptical about this alleged plot, and wary of politicians who seek to benefit

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0818-29.htm

Möglichkeiten einer Bauleitplanung in Sachen Mobilfunk

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

aufgrund diverser Anfragen nach den Möglichkeiten einer Bauleitplanung in Sachen Mobilfunk erhalten Sie heute diesbezügliche Dokumentationen von Herrn Rechtsanwalt Frank Sommer, München sowie zur Thematik der mobilfunkrelevanten Rechtsprechung etc.:

a) Gutachterliche Stellungnahme Sachstand 2002 (übermittelt von Volker Hartenstein)

b) Anhörung im Bayrischen Landtag Sachstand 2.04.2004 (s. Homepage der Landtagsfraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grüne)

c) Den Sachstand Anfang 2006 finden Sie in: Runge, Sommer, Oberfeld (Hrsg.): Mobilfunk, Gesundheit und die Politik, Streitschrift und Ratgeber //www.agenda.de/programm/index_details.php?bid=3-89688-288-0

Wir hoffen, daß Ihnen diese kompetenten Definitionen zur Planungs- hoheit, -sicherheit, -verpflichtung und zur Rechtssprechung hilfreiche Ansätze bieten.

M.f.G.

Alfred Tittmann
c/o HESSISCHER LANDESVERBAND MOBILFUNKSENDERFREIE WOHNGEBIETE e.V.


Sehr geehrter Herr Tittmann,

mich erstaunt, dass das Gutachten jetzt über den Verteiler gelaufen ist. Es stammt aus 2002, ist daher teilweise nicht mehr up-to-date und kann seit 2002 kostenlos von der Homepage der Landtagsfraktion der bayerischen Grünen heruntergeladen werden.

Sie können es gerne weiterreichen, bitte aber mit Hinweis auf den Sachstand 2002.

Neuer, wenn auch nicht aktuell (2004) ist der beiliegende Beitrag, der gleichfalls auf der Homepage der Landtagsfraktion zu finden ist; Sie können ihn ebenfalls weitergeben.

Den Sachstand Anfang 2006 finden Sie in: Runge, Sommer, Oberfeld
(Hrsg.): Mobilfunk, Gesundheit und die Politik, Streitschrift und Ratgeber //www.agenda.de/programm/index_details.php?bid=3-89688-288-0


Beste Grüße

Frank Sommer

Protesters defeated but campaign goes on

By Robert Fisk

Work under way on the mobile phone mast site BR5144

CAMPAIGNERS have lost their fight against a mobile phone giant and its controversial mast.

Workers for T-Mobile have almost finished putting the mast up on the corner of St Paul's Wood Hill and Beddington Road, St Paul's Cray.

Security guards kept watch at the site last night after angry scenes yesterday when anti-mast protestors - who have fought a six-month battle against the development - attempted to tear barricades down.

Workers arrived early this morning and installed the electronic equipment needed for the mast to work.

Campaigner Sam Anderson, 35, said: "We're all pretty gutted.

"It is just amazing that T-Mobile goes to such an extent to have security guards there overnight and to double barricade themselves in.

"Surely that means nobody wants it."

The mother-of-three is now focusing her attention on organising a mass march through central London to Downing Street.

She is currently waiting for a call from the Met Police to finalise a date for the protest which she hopes will take place as soon as the House of Commons meets after the summer recess.

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

T-Mobile has been unavailable for comment since yesterday.

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

//www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/topstories/display.var.882505.0.workmen_back_on_phone_mast_site.php

Congress Poised to Unravel the Internet

Lured by huge checks handed out by the country's top lobbyists, members of Congress could soon strike a blow against Internet freedom as they seek to resolve the hot-button controversy over preserving "network neutrality."

//www.thenation.com/doc/20060828/internet_bill


From Information Clearing House


Save the Internet: Click here

Privacy groups slam use of CIA-backed software to index Canadian health files

Software that will help sort millions of Canadian health records was developed by a company funded through the CIA's venture capital partner, sparking concerns about the confidentiality of patient data.

//www.cbc.ca/cp/health/060817/x081718.html


From Information Clearing House

Judgement day coming for the neocons

Bush and the GOP are in trouble, and neoconservatism is in the dock.
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14610.htm

Caught and forgotten in USA's 9/11 detainee limbo

Of the estimated 1,200 mostly Arab and Muslim men detained nationwide as potential suspects or witnesses in the Sept. 11 investigation, Benatta would earn a dubious distinction: Human rights groups say the former Algerian air force lieutenant was locked up the longest.

//www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6022127,00.html


From Information Clearing House

Breaking the law has consequences

For the last four years, the Bush administration has deliberately violated multiple laws because it has adopted radical theories which vest law-breaking powers in the President. It also happens to be well on its way to obtaining the power to criminally prosecute journalists for articles they publish about the administration's conduct.

//tinyurl.com/fefzl


From Information Clearing House

Wiretap Ruling Threatens Telecoms

Telecommunications and Internet companies accused of working with the Bush Administration's domestic eavesdropping program could be in for more legal headaches, after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the warrantless wiretaps violated the constitution.

//www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2006/tc20060818_382622.htm


From Information Clearing House

There Are No Hereditary Kings in America

Judge Rules NSA Warrantless Spy Program Unconstitutional
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14613.htm

Alleged Crazy woman wrote anti Bush column

There are new details emerging about a Vermont woman’s bizarre behavior that forced a trans-Atlantic flight to be diverted to Logan Airport Wednesday.

//cbs4boston.com/topstories/local_story_229090749.html


From Information Clearing House

Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible?

Were these guys for real, or have they, and the counterterrorist officials supposedly protecting us, been watching too many action movies?

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14607.htm

Cheney receiving suspect briefings

Intelligence officials doubt Iran uranium claims
//www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Intelligence_officials_doubt_Iran_uranium_claims_0818.html


From Information Clearing House

Rape, Murder Case: Tampering With Evidence Is Possible In Haditha

It has been known that Marines who carried out the killings made false statements to investigators and that senior officers were criticized for not being more aggressive in investigating the case, in which most or all of the Iraqis who were killed were civilians. But this is the first time details about possible concealment or destruction of evidence have been disclosed.

//www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=89c93e84-5615-4584-bf69-0a3f8c4d6f27


From Information Clearing House



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Why Democracies evolve into Dictatorships

By James Cooke

Liberal commentators continue to respond with hysterics or dumfoundedness at the ability of Conservatives to destroy civil liberties while thus far waging three preemptive wars (yes Lebanon is a U.S. war). It should have been clear by now— with the media and Democrats suppressing or supporting the most blatant atrocities engineered by the Republicans— that larger forces are at play.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14605.htm

Why Do We Hate Them?

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14603.htm
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Mass murder on an unbelievable scale

The timing is political

We should be sceptical about this alleged plot, and wary of politicians who seek to benefit.

By Craig Murry

None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not have passports. It could be pretty difficult to convince a jury that these individuals were about to go through with suicide bombings, whatever they bragged about on the net.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14608.htm

Bush Must Negotiate to Make America Safer, Say Former Generals

By Aaron Glantz

Twenty-one former generals and high ranking national security officials have called on United States President George W. Bush to reverse course and embrace a new area of negotiation with Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. In a letter released Thursday, the group told reporters Bush's 'hard line' policies have undermined national security and made America less safe.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14614.htm

Forecast puts Earth's future under a cloud

Crossposting

Just read this: //www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,1844789,00.html and then the below. As someone who lives near forest and has seen many fires in our valley I found it interesting and sad.


August 7, 2006

Where there’s fire, there’s global warming

by Matt Jenkins

"I think there was a tendency to think that the overwhelming factor
(driving forest fires) was short-term weather. There’s this idea that drought matters, and it does. But it’s taking time and a lot of research to show that climate plays a big role as well." -- Anthony Westerling

Six years ago, climate scientist Anthony Westerling began obsessively poring over the meticulously detailed invoices that U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service land managers use to itemize firefighting expenses.

"These things will have 170-plus fields," says Westerling — including information on when a fire was first reported, when firefighters finally controlled it, and how many acres were burned. Westerling, who works at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (which also studies climate and earth sciences) in La Jolla, Calif., didn’t aspire to be an accountant, nor was he searching for fraud in government spending. He was hoping to answer a question that had not been seriously asked before: How do rising global temperatures affect wildfire behavior?

Along with fellow researchers in La Jolla and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Westerling wove the information in the invoices together with data from streamflow gauges, soil moisture measures, and temperature and precipitation records to form a comprehensive picture of the driving forces behind the West’s fires.

The group will present its findings in the journal Science next month; a preliminary article appeared in the July 6 issue of Science Express. The basic conclusion may not startle: Large forest fires increased beginning in the mid-1980s — particularly in the Northern Rockies, the Sierra Nevada and the southern Cascades — and the changes closely correlated with an increase in spring and summer temperatures during the same time period.

But some of the nuances are surprising. Westerling and his colleagues found that a delicate "tipping point" exists, particularly in forests in the Northern Rockies and Northern California. When snowpack melts earlier in the spring — even just a few days sooner — the severity of the fire season intensifies greatly. "It didn’t take a very big temperature increase (to) switch from very few fires to a lot of fires," says Westerling. As spring and summer temperatures gradually increased, "You were getting closer and closer to this tipping point, so that the (climate) variability from year to year just pushes you over it easily."

Westerling grew up in Los Angeles but vacationed at a family cabin on the east side of the Sierra, and later lived abroad in places like Saudi Arabia, China and Brazil. He returned to California to get his Ph.D., and in 2000, he went to work at Scripps. That year proved to be a banner one for fire, and that’s when Westerling began looking more closely at the relationship between climate and fire.

Because of the wide variability in fire regimes throughout the West — from ponderosa forests in the Southwest to chaparral in Southern California to lodgepole pine and spruce-fir forests in the Northern Rockies — long-term trends can be hard to pick out from the year-to-year "noise."

That was precisely the value of Westerling’s research: Zooming out to look at the entire region helped bring the phenomenon into relief.

Usually, blame for the bigger and more frequent fires of the past 20 years is ascribed to the federal government’s aggressive firefighting policies, which have left a lot of dead and small-diameter trees in Western forests ready to burn. Westerling’s research suggests that rising temperatures, not land-management practices, may play a greater role in driving forest fires.

But, he writes, if warming is the main driver of increased fire activity, "ecological restoration and fuels management alone will not be sufficient to reverse current wildfire trends." Scientists and planners must also plug global climate change into their equations.


Informant: Charlie's Angel

Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America

//www.truthpublishing.com/FightForYourHealth.html


Informant: binstock

The Hundred-Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health

//www.truthpublishing.com/TheHundredYearLie.html


Informant: binstock

So Many Humbugs, So Little Time

//www.lewrockwell.com/bonner/bonner281.html

Private Prisons Expect a Boom

//newsinitiative.org/story/2006/07/26/private_prisons_expect_a_boom


Informant: Lew Rockwell

The Case of the Killer Cosmetics

//www.lewrockwell.com/akers/akers45.html

Losing our Democracy to the "New Authoritarians"

//www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-green/losing-our-democracy-to-t_b_27486.html


Informant: ranger116

Has Coke Become the New McDonald's?

Long-simmering claims of ignoring labor abuses in Colombia are still the biggest piece of mud sticking to Coca-Cola, as well as environmental issues in India. A hunger strike was reported last month outside a Coca-Cola plant in Mehdiganj, Uttar Pradesh, which ended when the state government agreed to study charges of pollution and exhaustion of water supplies.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/081806LB.shtml



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Edwards Says His Vote on Iraq Was Wrong

Former senator John Edwards said Thursday he made a mistake in 2002 when he voted to authorize President Bush to attack Iraq. Edwards was the keynote speaker at a rally with Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, the Democrat who defeated US senator Joe Lieberman in last week's primary.

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

NSA Ruling a Victory For the Constitution

Sarah Olson reports on Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's decision yesterday that the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional. The ruling is the first federal challenge to the wiretapping program allowing the NSA to secretly listen to phone calls placed from the US to foreign countries.

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

HELP IDENTIFY THE "REAL ORGANIC CANDIDATES" IN THE 2006 ELECTIONS

The time has come to put organic and related issues on the table for the 2006 elections. Please help us identify local, state, and Congressional politicians seeking office in 2006 who support policies that move us toward a more democratic, healthy, sustainable and re-localized society--with organic agriculture and Fair Trade leading the way. Please take a moment to help OCA's lobbying partner, the Organic Consumers Fund (OCF), identify our real friends and champions. This ambitious, people-powered political candidate survey has the potential to impact local, state, and federal election races across the country.

Please go now to the OCF voter action page and follow the step-by-step instructions to encourage candidates in your area to take part in the "Organic Consumers 2006 Political Candidate Survey." Once your local, state, and Congressional candidates respond, the OCF website will automatically rank them in terms of their response on key issues of health, justice, and sustainability. It's a whole lot easier than you might think, and the results will have a powerful impact. Please locate candidates in your area and send them the survey here: //www.organicconsumersfund.org/voterguide.cfm


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(UNLESS YOU'RE READY FOR AN ELECTORAL REVOLUTION)
The Organic Consumers Fund is a unique and totally grassroots lobbying organization. Every year, agribusiness, biotech, and other powerful special interest groups spend hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying public officials to pass and change legislation in their favor. It's time that we, organic consumers and farmers, make our voices heard--from Main Street to the halls of Congress. To revitalize the country and move in an organic and sustainable direction, we've got to translate our already formidable economic clout in the marketplace into a political force. To do this we need your help. We will not take money from the corporate special interests. All we have is you, the grassroots. The OCF's goal is to raise $50,000 in grassroots donations over the next 30 days, so that we can spread our Candidate Survey to thousands of candidates and follow up with phone calls, emails, and other lobbying efforts. Later in the fall we'll publish our Voter Guide, to help people decide who deserves their vote. Our country, as you know, is facing a terrible crisis, whether we are talking about public health, environmental sustainability, a democratic media and elections, or peace and justice. Help us begin to move in New Directions by putting organic issues on the table in the 2006 elections. Donate now: //organicconsumersfund.org/donations.cfm

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