Sonntag, 20. August 2006

Republicans' Financial Edge Erodes

The traditional fundraising advantage held by incumbent lawmakers - which Republicans have regarded as a safety wall in their effort to keep control of Congress - has eroded in many closely contested House races, as many Democratic challengers prove competitive in the race for cash.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Plaguing US Troops

There are times when Trinette Johnson's life seems to stall, when she finds herself staring at the ceiling fan in her bedroom, watching the blades spin, her mind hung on nothing - not her receptionist job, not her fiancé, not her ailing father or her four children. Not even the war. As these women have returned home, Army researchers studying the psychological fallout of Iraq have noted a surprising trend in early studies: Women appear to be showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health troubles at roughly the same rates as men.

Sheehan's Rally Disrupts Rove Reception

Chanting "Try Rove for treason," Cindy Sheehan and more than 50 other war protesters disrupted a reception before President Bush's top adviser Karl Rove spoke at a fundraiser Saturday.


Sheehan, others protest at Rove event

USA Today


Chanting 'Try Rove for treason,' Cindy Sheehan and more than 50 other war protesters disrupted a reception before President Bush's top adviser Karl Rove spoke at a fundraiser Saturday. One woman was arrested during a scuffle with police after Sheehan and the anti-war demonstrators rushed toward the closed doors and kept chanting loudly after the guests went into the dinner. Rove was speaking to the Associated Republicans of Texas, and ticket prices started at $200. He was not in the Renaissance Hotel lobby during the reception...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Baxter Bulletin

August 19, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS - The Weather Channel is getting off the fence and into the middle of the global warming debate with a new program that will explore how climate change affects people in this country and elsewhere.

"We're finally saying the weather isn't apolitical and it isn't an act of God -- it's more complicated than that," Heidi Cullen, a climate expert with the 24-hour weather network, said Wednesday during a breakfast meeting at the National Association of Black Journalists convention.

Cullen, who earned a Ph.D. in climatology and ocean-atmosphere dynamics at Columbia University, will host the "The Climate Code," which premieres Oct. 1 on The Weather Channel.

Weather, or at least what to do about it, has been a festering political issue in this country ever since the Republican-dominated Senate refused to ratify the Kyoto Treaty. The pact requires the world's most developed nations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases believed to be a major cause of a worldwide temperature increase.

While President Bush acknowledges that climate change is a problem, he believes developing new technologies, not mandating emissions standards, is a better solution because it won't wreak havoc with this country's economy.

For the most part, the debate over global warming has taken place among politicians, scientists and activists. But it has not been a high priority for most Americans. Cullen hopes to change this. She wants people to understand that global warming is not an exotic issue and that it directly affects them.

"The climate is connected to energy, which is connected to population, which is connected to the economy," Cullen told me. "So I want each show to start with the science and then eventually lead you to your backyard."

That approach makes a lot of sense to me.

These days there's a lot less disagreement about the existence of global warming than there is about what to do about it. It's on this latter point that the Bush administration and the 114 countries that signed the Kyoto Treaty disagree.

But while the scientific issues surrounding global warming are becoming clearer to many Americans, the way it affects us is not as clear.

For example, the high rate of asthma among black children can be linked to global warming, said Janet Johnson, a vice president with The Weather Channel who is overseeing development of Cullen's show.

"We can directly link that to air pollution," she said. "I'm really hopeful that that won't be too much of a leap for parents to see."

For me, that's the real promise of Cullen's show. If it works, it will help people understand the link between manmade weather changes melting distant polar ice caps and changes in their everyday lives.

Lower-income people living in trailer homes, for example, will be more at risk from hurricanes and tornadoes -- and related flooding -- caused by global warming.

And those who can't afford homes with air conditioning will face increased threats from heat waves, another consequence of climate change.

"Weather was seen as an act of God that you just can't do anything about," Cullen said. "That's not true anymore."

She said "our hand is now helping to guide" the increasingly harsh weather conditions we've experienced in recent years.

If it succeeds in getting that message across, "The Climate Code" will be a valuable addition to The Weather Channel's programming -- and could make the debate over global warming a matter of greater concern to the American people.

Informant: NHNE


Der Große Bruder und die Matrix

Zur Ausdehnung der Kontrolle nach Innen.


Haftbefehl für einen libanesischen Studenten

Nach dem zweiten verdächtigen Bombenleger wird gefahndet, wie im Fall des vereitelten Terroranschlags in Großbritannien sind die Hintergründe noch nicht bekannt, was Politiker nicht hindert, angeblich notwendige Maßnahmen zu fordern.

Iraq's Spreading Civil War

The debate is over: By any definition, Iraq is in a state of civil war. Indeed, the only thing standing between Iraq and a descent into total Bosnia-like devastation is 135,000 US troops -- and even they are merely slowing the fall. The internecine conflict could easily spiral into one that threatens not only Iraq but also its neighbors throughout the oil-rich Persian Gulf region with instability, turmoil and war.

The Logic of Suicide Terrorism

It’s the occupation, not the fundamentalism.

From Information Clearing House

Wiretapping Found at French, German, UK EU Offices

The countries targeted were France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Spain and Austria, the officials said.

From Information Clearing House

Death fall link to 'CIA kidnap'

Rome Prosecutors suspect that the apparent suicide of Italia Telecom’s head of security is linked to his helping police to investigate whether members of the Italian secret service colluded with CIA agents in the abduction in Milan of a man accused of terrorism.,,3-2282531,00.html

Two Strange Deaths in European Wiretapping Scandal

European investigators are tracking the mysterious deaths of two security experts who had uncovered extensive spyware in their telecommunications firms.

From Information Clearing House

Bush: Troops in Iraq Make America Safer

The president says he is determined to keep U.S. troops in Iraq as he says it is better to fight terrorists abroad than to fight them at home.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Officer: Murder Of Iraqi Women And Children Routine

The Marine officer who commanded the battalion involved in the Haditha killings last November did not consider the deaths of 24 Iraqis, many of them women and children, unusual and did not initiate an inquiry, according to a sworn statement he gave to military investigators in March.

Saved again, thank the Lord, saved again

The Anti-Empire Report

By William Blum

It is likely that the individuals arrested in the UK August 10 are guilty of what George Orwell, in 1984, called "thoughtcrimes". That is to say, they haven't actually DONE anything. At most, they've THOUGHT about doing something the government would label "terrorism"

Tough Rules for Israeli Hams

(via artjar) - Sept. 2006 edition of 'RadCom' magazine - Israel's 'tighten-up' on amateur installations.
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Note UK radio amateurs still being encouraged by their organisation The Radio Society of Great Britain to believe the microwave 'no evidence' line.


As radio amateurs often support phone anti-mast camapigns with measurement equipment and know-how, this is a clever way to try to alienate the two groups of people!

Interesting that they are still allowing VHF and UHF equipment up to 20 W. (Tx power or EIRP???) Most of the low-height and building mounted base stations that most highly irradiate people fall into this category.

So they cause aggravation to the radio amateur community but still allow the sorts of UHF signals that mast protestors are most worried about.

I think most amateur equipment is probably OK, but I have found some terrible examples of moon-bounce kit in small residential gardens very close to other houses and putting out very high ERPs with lots of side-lobe splatter nearby. I do think that that needs better regulation. Luckily, few amateurs actually experiment with it, especially in new housing estates.

I believe that up to 1500 watts can legally be used into a high-gain aerial array of at least 20dB, making an EIRP of 150 kW!

Ofcom acknowledge the UK amateurs have achieved moon-bounce comms on frequencies up to 24 GHz.

I hope this is of interest


Two Strange Deaths in European Wiretapping Scandal

Just after noon on Friday, July 21, Adamo Bove - head of security at Telecom Italia, the country's largest telecommunications firm - told his wife he had some errands to run as he left their Naples apartment. Hours later, police found his car parked atop a freeway overpass. Bove's body lay on the pavement some 100 feet below.

Colombia's Coca Survives US Plan to Uproot It

The latest chapter in America’s long war on drugs — a six-year, $4.7 billion effort to slash Colombia’s coca crop — has left the price, quality and availability of cocaine on American streets virtually unchanged.

Ruling for the Law

Ever since President Bush was forced to admit that he was spying on Americans' telephone calls and email without warrants, his lawyers have fought to keep challenges to the program out of the courts. Yesterday, that plan failed.

Gentechnisch verseuchter Honig ist das BSE der Imker

Ziviler Ungehorsam im Maisfeld - Boykott von "Landliebe"

"Gentechnisch verseuchter Honig ist das BSE der Imker", sagt Michael Grolm, Initiator von "Gendreck weg". Der Aktivist für zivilen Ungehorsam ist Imker und ist davon überzeugt, dass allein mit Unterschriften-Aktionen und Demos Deutschland niemals Gentechnik-frei bleiben wird.

Der Planet kommt ins Schwitzen

Dürren und Hungersnöte, Fluten und Flüchtlingsströme. Die Zeichen mehren sich, dass es bald zu Umweltkatastrophen biblischen Ausmaßes kommen könnte. In Afrika, sagt Klaus Töpfer, irren zurzeit 15 Millionen Umweltflüchtlinge umher auf der Suche nach der nächsten Wasserstelle.

Sibirien taut auf und erwärmt den Planeten

Die globale Erwärmung könnte weit verheerendere Auswirkungen haben als selbst Pessimisten bisher vermutet haben. Denn: Der Dauerfrostboden Sibiriens taut auf und gibt Methan frei mit katastrophalen Folgen für das Weltklima.

Stephen Hawking "Wie werden wir die nächsten hundert Jahre überleben?"


Terror, Kriege, Viren: Der Physiker Stephen Hawking fragt, ob die Menschheit dabei ist, sich selbst zu zerstören. Zehn deutsche Wissenschaftler antworten in der "Zeit".

Existenzberechtigung ohne Mobiltelefon?

The years most insightful and unvarnished look at the motivations of terrorism


The Truth About Our Food That Nobody Heard

by Donna Voetee

Did we just read that our government allows the planting of genetically engineered crops, whose safety is unknown, without a WRITTEN plan for keeping those crops from contaminating anything planted around them, or the entire environment, for that matter? And did Mr. Young just tell us that inspections are done with a phone call?.....


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