Donnerstag, 7. September 2006

Stand up for the America We Believe In

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Rachel's #871

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Election 2006 & World War III

Robert Parry writes, "As Americans go to the polls in two months, they should have one thought fixed in their minds: they will be voting on whether to commit the nation to fighting World War III against large segments of the world’s one billion Muslims. Beyond the cost in blood and treasure, this war will mean the end of the United States as a democratic Republic."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090706N.shtml

A Sudden Sense of Urgency

According to the New York Times, two months before a Congressional election in which voters are expressing serious doubts about the Republicans' handling of national security, Bush admitted yesterday that the Central Intelligence Agency has been secretly holding prisoners, and thus exposes his administration's "miscarriage of justice."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090706J.shtml

Noch mehr Gentech-Reis im Umlauf

Nach dem Verunreinigungsskandal bei US-Langkornreis tauchte in Deutschland, Frankreich und England jetzt auch noch illegaler GV-Reis aus China auf.

//www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/23/23496/1.html

US-Regierung versucht im Wahlkampf, sich als gesetzestreu darzustellen und den Kongress unter Druck zu setzen

US-Präsident Bush bestätigt und rechtfertigt die geheimen CIA-Gefängnisse und die Verhörmethoden

Mit einem geschickten Schachzug versucht die US-Regierung im Wahlkampf, sich als gesetzestreu darzustellen und den Kongress unter Druck zu setzen.

//www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/23/23501/1.html

No Dirty Gold campaign’s call for responsible gold mining

More than 6,000 of you took action on August 23 and told Target to support the No Dirty Gold campaign’s call for responsible gold mining. Thank you for taking action.

Target acknowledged it received your faxes. We are hopeful that Target will soon add its name to the growing list of retailers that have endorsed No Dirty Gold’s goals.

But there's more you can do. You can write a letter to your local newspaper letting its readers know they have the power to change the way gold mining is done. And if you're one of the first 100 activists who notify us that your letter was printed, you will receive a No Dirty Gold t-shirt.
//act.oxfamamerica.org/campaign/ndg_lte

The editorial section is one of the most-read parts of your newspaper and it offers an opportunity to build awareness in your community about the impacts of gold mining.

We have provided suggested language for your letter. Please adapt it to suit your community and your background. If there is a Target store within the circulation area of your paper, use your letter to urge Target to sign the Golden Rules.

It is usually helpful to relate your letter to topics the newspaper has covered recently. Newspapers generally limit letters to the editor to between 100 and 200 words.

To the editor,

I was shocked to learn the production of a single gold wedding ring generates 20 tons of mine waste on average. This waste contains toxic materials, which often pollute nearby water sources and compromise the environment of local communities that may have had no say in the opening of the mine.

About 80 percent of newly mined gold is used in jewelry. Some jewelers understand this and are calling on the mining industry to clean up its act. These jewelers have endorsed the No Dirty Gold campaign’s criteria for responsible gold production called the Golden Rules.

Many jewelers have not expressed their support for responsible gold production. The next time I visit a jeweler, I will ask if they have endorsed the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules. I urge other consumers in this community to do the same.

Alternative text for Target localities: Many retailers, such as Target, have not yet expressed their support for responsible gold production. The next time I’m at a Target, I will ask them to endorse the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules. I urge other consumers in this community to do the same.

Sincerely, [Make sure you include your name, address, and telephone number in your letter. Some newspapers verify authorship before printing letters.]


Check your newspaper's letter to the editor requirements in its editorial page or on its Web site. After submitting the letter, please send us a copy and monitor the paper to see if your letter is printed.
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Thank you,

Tim Fullerton
Oxfam America

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Fall is a time of new opportunities and responsibilities for students returning to school. The same is true for the class rings vendor Jostens.

Tell Jostens to support responsibly mined gold.
//act.oxfamamerica.org/campaign/ndg_jostens

In February 2006, the No Dirty Gold campaign //act.oxfamamerica.org/ct/07AwXnF1RRFN/ named Jostens one of the eight jewelry retailers lagging behind other retailers in its support for responsible gold production. As students return to campus and Jostens begins its biggest sales season, the company has another chance to show its commitment to the environment and human rights.

Tell Jostens //act.oxfamamerica.org/campaign/ndg_jostens that the pride class rings signify is undermined by the environmental and human rights costs of irresponsible gold mining. Remind them that it is their responsibility to show it respects the values of the institutions its class rings represent.

As you know, Oxfam America works to end poverty, hunger, and injustice. Tell Jostens //act.oxfamamerica.org/campaign/ndg_jostens to do its part by endorsing the No Dirty Gold campaign's Golden Rules.

Sincerely,

Tim Fullerton
Oxfam America

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Tell Jostens You Can't Take Pride in a Class Ring Made of Dirty Gold
//tinyurl.com/v5s79

Sign the No Dirty Gold pledge
//www.nodirtygold.org/take_action.cfm

Das Problem mit dem Mobilfunk auf der Hausfassade

Liebe Interessierte bzw. Betroffene!

Habe versucht das neuartige „Krebsgeschwür“ an unseren Hausfassaden zu dokumentieren und publik zu machen. Bitte um Kommentare und Ergänzungswünsche.

Das Problem mit dem Mobilfunk auf der Hausfassade:

Mittlerweile wird in Österreich das Ortsbild mehr geschützt als die Menschen. Einen schönes Beispiel dafür sind die Standorte für Mobilfunksendeanlagen (Handymasten). Diese wurden früher auf Hausdächer oder auf eigens errichtete Sendemasten montiert. Neuerdings werden diese Sender immer öfter auf die Hausfassade geschraubt. Diese Sender sind zwar klein, aber aufgrund der geringen Distanz zum Kopf bzw. Mensch besonders nachteilig. Dies sehr zum Leidwesen der Bewohner und Büromitarbeiter im Raum dahinter.

Hier ein paar Beispiele für einen solchen "Mobilfunk auf der Hausfassade" aus dem 1. Bezirk in Wien:

=> zum Artikel und den Fotos: //www.wien-konkret.at/wirtschaft/telekommunikation/mobilfunk/mobilfunk-wien-erster-bezirk-hausfassade/

* Crosslinks von //www.handymast.at/handymasten-wohnen.htm und //www.schutz-vor-elektrosmog.at/messungen.htm

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Mag. Robert Marschall
Herausgeber vom Stadtmagazin Wien-konkret:
Internet: //www.wien-konkret.at



Michael Meyer
michael_meyer_at_aon.at
Risiko Mobilfunk Österreich
Plattform Sozialstaat Österreich - Netzwerk Zivilcourage
A - 5165 Berndorf, Stadl 4
Tel/Fax 0043 - 6217 - 8576

Das Telefonieren mit dem Handy am Steuer: lediglich ein Kavaliersdelikt?

Dr. Eduard Christian Schöpfer, Salzburg

In der Samstagsausgabe der SN vom 8.7.2006 wurde auf die Ergebnisse einer Studie aus den USA hingewiesen, wonach Personen, die mit Handy oder Freisprecheinrichtung telefonieren, vergleichbare Defizite wie Autolenker mit einem Alkoholwert von 0,8 Promille aufweisen. Es überrascht nicht, dass dem amerikanischen Gesetzgeber darauf die Untersagung von Telefonaten mit dem Handy während der Fahrt empfohlen wurde. Sieht man sich die Situation auf Österreichs Straßen an, möchte man meinen, bei uns müsste ein solches Verbot erst gesetzlich eingeführt werden. Dem ist aber nicht so: § 102 Abs. 3 Kraftfahrgesetz (KFG) sieht nämlich ausdrücklich vor, dass dem Lenker das Telefonieren während des Fahrens ohne Benützung einer Freisprecheinrichtung verboten ist.

Laut einer von der Mobilkom Austria in Auftrag gegebenen Studie verwendet nur jeder zweite Handybesitzer, der in seinem Auto telefoniert, eine Freisprecheinrichtung. Dementsprechend hoch ist das Unfallrisiko: Es ist fünfmal höher als jenes von Lenkern, die auf ein Telefonat während der Fahrt verzichten. Ungeachtet dessen ist die für derartige Verwaltungsübertretungen vorgesehene Geldstrafe äußerst bescheiden, sie beträgt sage und schreibe 25 Euro! Das heißt, wenn jemand hinter dem Steuer mit dem Handy am Ohr erwischt wird, kommt er mit diesem Geldbetrag davon – vorausgesetzt, er wird von der Polizei angehalten! Nach der derzeitigen Rechtslage können Lenker, die mit ihrem Handy während der Fahrt telefonieren, nämlich nicht angezeigt werden, solche, die ein anderes Verkehrsdelikt begangen haben – etwa die Überschreitung einer Kreuzung bei Rotlicht – sehr wohl. Dramatisch ist die Situation vor allem für jene Verkehrsteilnehmer, die dem Ganzen schutzlos ausgeliefert sind: Bei Beobachtungen des Kuratoriums für Verkehrssicherheit (KfV) drosselten über 70 % der telefonierenden Fahrer weder das Tempo, noch hielten sie an, wenn ein Fußgänger die Straße queren wollte. Mit Recht fordert das KfV verstärkte Kontrollen der Autofahrer durch die Polizei (sie sind leider Mangelware) und eine Erleichterung der Sanktionierungspraxis für die Exekutive.

Nach ständiger Rechtsprechung des Europäischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte wird durch Art. 2 der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention (Recht auf Leben) ein Anspruch jedes Menschen auf Bewahrung seines Lebens sichergestellt und den Staaten aufgetragen, diesen Anspruch durch rechtliche Vorkehrungen zu schützen; ein Auftrag, der sich vor allem an den Gesetzgeber wendet, in bestimmtem Umfang aber auch an die Vollziehung. Die staatliche Schutzpflicht setzt allerdings nicht erst dann ein, wenn der Einzelne von einer vorsätzlichen Tötungshandlung betroffen ist, vielmehr besteht der Schutzanspruch gegen den Staat auch schon gegenüber potentiellen Lebensgefährdungen.

Es wird nun jedem einleuchten, dass die für die Verwendung von Handys am Steuer festgelegte Strafe schwerlich geeignet ist, Autofahrer vom Gebrauch ihres Handys abzuhalten. Nähme der Gesetzgeber seine Verantwortung bezüglich der Bewahrung des Schutzguts Leben tatsächlich ernst, müsste er die besagte Geldstrafe drastisch erhöhen, die Polizei anweisen, verstärkt Schwerpunktkontrollen durchzuführen und auch das Telefonieren per Fernsprecheinrichtung gesetzlich verbieten.

Ähnlich wie beim Ruf der Bevölkerung nach einem effektiven Rechtsschutz gegen gesundheitsschädliche Auswirkungen durch „Handymastenstrahlung“ sind die verantwortlichen Politiker bisher untätig geblieben. Somit stellt sich einmal mehr die Forderung nach der gesetzlichen Einräumung einer Beschwerde wegen gesetzgeberischer Untätigkeit an den Verfassungsgerichtshof. Ferner sollten Politiker generell haften, wenn sie es verabsäumt haben, notwendige Vorkehrungen zum Schutz des Lebens und der Gesundheit der Bevölkerung (hier: der Verkehrsteilnehmer) zu treffen.

Übrigens bestehen gute Gründe für die Annahme, dass § 134 Abs. 3c KFG (er legt das Strafmaß für das Telefonieren mit dem Handy während der Fahrt fest) wegen Verstoßes gegen Art. 2 EMRK verfassungswidrig ist. So könnte etwa der Verfassungsgerichtshof mit der Begründung angerufen werden, diese Bestimmung sei angesichts des darin vorgesehenen geringen Strafrahmens nicht geeignet, das Leben der Verkehrsteilnehmer angemessen zu schützen. Ferner stellt sich die Frage, ob § 134 Abs. 3c KFG nicht auch gegen den in Art. 7 der Bundesverfassung verankerten Gleichheitsgrundsatz verstößt. Es ist nämlich nicht ersichtlich, warum im Bereich des unerlaubten Telefonierens am Steuer andere Maßstäbe gelten sollten wie etwa in Bezug auf das Fahren über die Kreuzung bei Rotlicht (das mit wesentlich höheren Strafen geahndet wird, wobei bereits eine Anzeige genügt), da beides gleichermaßen gefährlich ist und Schutzziel hier wie dort die Sicherheit der Verkehrsteilnehmer ist.

Der Text ist am 29.08 in den Salzburger Nachrichten/ Staatsbürger erschienen


Michael Meyer
michael_meyer_at_aon.at
Risiko Mobilfunk Österreich
Plattform Sozialstaat Österreich - Netzwerk Zivilcourage
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Tel/Fax 0043 - 6217 - 8576

Are The Gitmo Gloves Back On?

//www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/09/06/are_the_gitmo_gloves_back_on.php



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The White House is doing a complex dance to escape prosecution for torture

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The Pro-War Media's Re-Positioning Problem

//www.lewrockwell.com/north/north475.html

What George Bush Didn't Say About Guantanamo

Larry Johnson: "If we had to rely solely on the word of George W. Bush about the progress in the war on terrorism and the value of information obtained from Muslim prisoners in US custody we would be in trouble. Bush's speech today from the White House was both self-serving and misleading. I give the President credit for one thing - he's a great propagandist."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090706Z.shtml



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

Treason Abounds: Gov't Cabal Plots North American Union (NAU)

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//www.vivelecanada.ca/article.php/20060607222327971
//www.canadianactionparty.ca/temp/articles/morphosis/part1.asp


Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news

Will the REAL Lady Liberty please raise her torch?

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Dennis Lee Wilson

09/04/06

Lady-Liberty

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads:

'Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.'

What a remarkable open policy! And this is also the chosen symbol of the Libertarian Party! I notice that nowhere does it say 'But only after they have been properly vetted, tempest-tossed some more, and stamped and fully approved for political correctness by the immigration bureaucrats of Amerika's Fascist Government, will they be allowed to actually breathe free and come out of the darkness of tyranny to enjoy the light of liberty...

//www.ncc-1776.org/tle2006/tle383-20060903-05.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

From republic to empire?

Reason
by Ronald Bailey

In the wake of the 9/11 atrocities, President George W. Bush asserted sweeping powers that no prior president had ever claimed. He ordered indefinite detentions of American citizens, created secret military tribunals, authorized the torture of 'enemy combatants,' threatened to prosecute journalists and others for disclosing national security secrets, and monitored Americans' e-mail and phone calls without warrants. The so-called War on Terror is the justification for this unprecedented expansion of executive authority. The United States is the most powerful nation in the world. In the first century BCE, the Roman Republic was the most powerful nation in the Western world. Does this suggest a worrying parallel? Will history repeat itself? (for publication 09/11/06)

//www.reason.com/9-11atfiveyears/rbailey.shtml


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Elected officials threatening property rights

Texas Straight Talk
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)

09/04/06

It's clear that many political and business interests are only too willing to drive people literally out of their homes to make way for the grand schemes of those in power. This is why every American needs to understand that property rights are the foundation of a free society. Without property rights, all citizens live subject to the whims of government officials. When government can seize your property without your consent, all of your other rights are negated. Our founders would roll over in their graves if they knew that the takings clause in the Fifth Amendment was being used to justify unholy alliances between private developers and tax-hungry local governments...

//www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2006/tst090406.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Playing the terror card again

Salon
by Glenn Greenwald

09/07/06

President Bush acknowledged on Wednesday, for the first time, that the CIA has been holding top al-Qaida prisoners, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, in secret prisons. Bush announced that 14 such prisoners would be transferred to the Pentagon's custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The president also said that those prisoners would be tried before a military commission and, consistent with a Supreme Court ruling in July, would be afforded the protections of the Geneva Conventions. This announcement may appear superficially to constitute a reversal, or even a capitulation, by the Bush administration, but there are significant political benefits to be gained from the White House's maneuver, including election-season pressure on lawmakers to support policies the administration has pursued all along for the 'war on terror'... [subscription or ad view required]

//www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2006/09/06/detainees


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

What is victory?

AntiWar.Com
by Thomas Gale Moore

09/07/06

The president has often contended that we must continue the fight until we have achieved victory in the war on terror. However, since we are fighting insurgents, terrorists, and other ad hoc groups, how will be know when we have achieved victory? Unlike World War II, there will be no one to surrender to us. Even if Osama bin Laden were to surrender, an impossibility, it would not mean victory in the war on terrorism...

//www.antiwar.com/orig/moore.php?articleid=9661


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Destroying liberty to save it

LewRockwell.Com
by Ryan McMaken

09/07/06

Relying on the false premise that immigration numbers are at historically unprecedented levels, anti-immigration advocates have managed to whip a sizable portion of the American public into a nationalistic frenzy against immigrants. In general, illegal immigrants are targeted as the more politically acceptable scapegoat, and these immigrants, we are told, come to the United States to do nothing other than steal jobs from Americans, live off the welfare state, inconvenience us with their strange foreign languages, promote bizarre political movements, or simply introduce their inferior foreign ways into our pristine civilization. While many of these arguments made against immigrants are based on little more than pop-psychology and pseudo-science, not all of them are, and we can't conclude that opposition to open borders and unrestrained immigration is necessarily a bad thing. There are good reasons to oppose them...

//www.lewrockwell.com/mcmaken/mcmaken116.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush admits existence of CIA gulag

BBC News [UK]

09/06/06

President Bush has acknowledged the existence of secret CIA prisons and said 14 key terrorist suspects have now been sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The suspects, who include the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, have now been moved out of CIA custody and will face trial. Mr Bush said the CIA's interrogation programme had been 'vital' in saving lives, but denied the use of torture. He said all suspects will be afforded protection under the Geneva Convention...

//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5321606.stm



Bush to unveil plans for Gitmo trials

Associated Press

09/06/06

President Bush pushed Wednesday to resuscitate his plan to subject Guantanamo Bay detainees to special trials, a key policy in his anti-terror strategy that was struck down by the Supreme Court. The White House asked television networks for live coverage of Bush's announcement later Wednesday. The president has said he eventually wants to close the Guantanamo prison, as critics and allies around the world have urged. But White House spokesman Tony Snow said the president was not going to announce any such plan Wednesday. 'We want to bring to justice those who are detained there,' Snow said...

//apnews.myway.com/article/20060906/D8JVDUMG0.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth

Author Sees Science, Religion Saving Environment

Scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author E.O. Wilson is out to save life on Earth - literally - and as a secular humanist has decided to enlist people of religious faith in his mission. The Harvard professor sees science and religion as potential allies, as he argues in his latest book, "The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/090606EC.shtml

New Research Points to "Climate Time Bomb"

New research is raising concerns that global warming may be triggering a self-perpetuating climate time bomb trapped in once-frozen permafrost. As the Earth warms, greenhouse gases once stuck in the long-frozen soil are bubbling into the atmosphere at a rate five times faster than originally measured, according to a study in Thursday's journal Nature.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090606S.shtml

Former GOP Governor Gets 6 1/2 Years on Corruption Charges

Former Illinois Republican Governor George Ryan, who was acclaimed by capital punishment foes for suspending executions in Illinois and emptying out death row, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years behind bars in the corruption scandal that ruined his political career.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090606R.shtml

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Ryan sentenced in graft case

Belleville News-Democrat

09/06/06

Former Gov. George Ryan, who gained international fame as a critic of the death penalty, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for steering big-money state contracts to political insiders, using tax dollars for his campaign and covering up corruption. ... Ryan was convicted April 18 of racketeering, mail fraud, tax fraud, filing false tax returns and lying to FBI agents. Convicted along with him was businessman Larry Warner, who was sentenced to just under 3 1/2 years. The sentencing capped an eight-year federal investigation of drivers license selling and other corruption in state government in the Ryan era that has seen 79 individuals charged and 75 convicted...

//www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/state/15454688.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Big Buy: Tom Delay's Stolen Congress

Video

The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress is the story of one of the most blatant power grabs in American history.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13803.htm



Lobbying Probe Looks at Payments To DeLay's Wife

The Justice Department's congressional lobbying-and-bribery investigation is looking into whether former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's wife received money from a lobbying firm for a no-show job, recent FBI interviews indicate.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14865.htm

All Hands on Deck to Defeat John Bolton's Re-nomination

Diverse organizations are taking a stand to stop the re-nomination of John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

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From Information Clearing House

White House fighting an uphill battle to get John Bolton confirmed

Democrats need to wake up and realize they have the votes to defeat the Bolton nomination. They’ve been lulled to sleep by the August recess and psyched out by the Republicans' phony show of confidence in Bolton's confirmation chances.

//snipurl.com/w0z3


From Information Clearing House

Keeping pressure on in phone mast battle

07 September 2006

ANGRY parents have staged a demonstration at the building site of a mobile phone mast.

Despite being just two weeks away from giving birth, campaigner Elizabeth Canavan, 35, joined the demonstration to try and stop the T-Mobile mast being erected in Aldersbrook Road, near Aldersbrook Primary School.

She said: "Phone companies talk about acceptable risks but we are not prepared to accept any risks involving our children."

Full story in the Ilford Recorder.

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

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Europeans See U.S. as Threat to Global Stability

30 per cent of respondents believe the U.S. is the greatest threat to global stability. Iran is second on the list with 23 per cent, followed by China with 15 per cent, Iraq with 14 per cent, North Korea with eight per cent, and Russia with two per cent.

//www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/13028


From Information Clearing House

Distance ties with US to cut terror risk, say most Britons

A majority of Britons believe that Prime Minister Tony Blair's government should change its foreign policy and, in particular, distance itself from the US to reduce the risk of further terror attacks in the UK, as shown by results of a new poll.

//www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-239/0609063429133911.htm


From Information Clearing House

“Islamofascism” should be jettisoned from Bush’s vocabulary

Fascists Under the Bed

By Patrick J. Buchanan

“Islamofascism” should be jettisoned from Bush’s vocabulary. It yokes the faith of a billion people with an odious ideology. Imagine how Christians would have reacted had FDR taken to declaring Franco’s Spain and Mussolini’s Italy “Christo-fascist.”

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14863.htm

Is America doomed to follow this administration straight to our country's destruction?

Is It Too Late To Turn Back?

Video

Can we still turn this thing around, or is America doomed to follow this administration straight to our country's destruction?

Click here to view
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14870.htm

Dissecting the war on terror

By James Cooke

After five years of post 9/11 government, U.S. foreign and domestic policy continues to be dominated by the all-encompassing ‘war on terror’. Events have since exposed this so-called war for what it is: a gross propaganda campaign used to suppress civil liberties and launch global war.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14869.htm

Bush Admits, Defends Secret CIA Prisons

By NBC

President George W. Bush on Wednesday said for the first time that some suspected terrorist leaders have been held by the CIA outside the United States in secret locations.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14871.htm

Lebanon and Iran

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14862.htm

The Next Phase of the Middle East War

By Michel Chossudovsky

Confirmed by official statements and military documents, the US in close coordination with Britain (and in consultation with its NATO partners), is planning to launch a war directed against Iran and Syria.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14860.htm

Next-up news 7 09 2006

//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/next_up_news_7_09_2006.htm

Ban the sale of foie gras

//people.freenet.de/omega_news/ban_on_the_sale_of_foie_gras.htm

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Show your love for ducks by supporting foie gras bans
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Oil Companies Manipulate Markets and Gouge Consumers, Harming Both Economy and Environment

//www.commondreams.org/news2006/0906-09.htm

Will BP Spill Fuel New Energy Policy?

//www.commondreams.org/news2006/0906-10.htm

Protest and Survive

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0906-24.htm

Elections Aren't about Issues

//www.commondreams.org/views06/0906-21.htm

Rights Group Asks Judge to Stop Wiretap Program

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0906-01.htm

Intelligence Estimate on Iran Blocks Neo-Con Plans

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0906-03.htm

NYC Children Struggle with Hunger, Obesity

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0906-02.htm

U.S. Threatens to Revoke Trade Preferences from Left-Leaning South American Countries

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0906-04.htm

Overfishing Stinks: Stop the Overkill!

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Court says chemical sensitivity syndrome caused by electric heater

//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=545

Come to Camp Democracy!

Camp Democracy opened on the Mall in Washington on Tuesday, and will run through September 21st. We need you to come and join us now!

Here's what the Washington Post had to say about us this morning: //campdemocracy.org/node/234

or //www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/05/AR2006090501225.html

PHOTO: Penny Gamble-Williams, a member of the Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts, performs an opening ceremony at "Camp Democracy." Photo Credit: By Michael Robinson Chavez -- The Washington Post

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Camp Democracy Veterans to Lead March

When: Saturday September 9, 2006

What: Silent March and Vigil around the Capitol Building

Why: To remember the fallen and remind Congress and the public of the human cost of the War on and Occupation of Iraq.

Gather at 9 am at 1st and Independence Southwest corner located 1 block North of Capitol South Metro Stop

Step off at 9:30 am end at 10:30 am

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Listen to Two of the Speakers Who Have Visited Camp Democracy

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CORPORATE MEDIA EXPOSED BY A PROGRESSIVE WHO GOT INSIDE

In his new book, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media, Jeff Cohen takes you inside TV news and the conservative biases, timidity and tabloidism that dominate it. Few media critics have been afforded an intimate, on-the-job view of the outlets they condemn, but Cohen -- who founded the media watch group FAIR -- spent years at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. He was a senior producer at MSNBC's Donahue during the run-up to the Iraq war, and witnessed war-enabling bias and censorship firsthand.

He tells all in a biting, humorous paperback taking aim at the entire rightwing hot-air brigade that Cohen saw up close: O'Reilly, Hannity, Buchanan, Novak, Falwell, etc. (Ann Coulter wouldn't debate him.) The book includes a foreword by Jim Hightower.

MOLLY IVINS says: "Jeff Cohen's dissection of cable TV news is both irresistibly funny and civically painful. It goes from uproarious anecdotes to those that make you wince."

IF YOU LIKED "OUTFOXED," YOU'LL LOVE CABLE NEWS CONFIDENTIAL. The book has won praise from Robert Greenwald, Tim Robbins, Studs Terkel, Bob McChesney and others.

BARBARA EHRENREICH: "A deliciously funny expose." HOWARD ZINN: "Future historians will have this book as a primary text." AMY GOODMAN: "Read this book and fight for change."

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SOS-Weltmeer, Station Nord- und Ostsee

Im heutigen Schreiben an Sie geht es maßgeblich um Politik. Die Entwicklung der Europäischen Meeresstrategie-Richtlinie steht an, und diese Chance für den Schutz der Meere wollen wir nutzen.

Beifang: maßlose Verschwendung und Ignoranz

Worum geht es dabei? Die Meere sind weltweit in einer Krise, auch in Europa. Besonders schlecht geht es Nord- und Ostsee und dem Mittelmeer. Die Fischbestände werden skrupellos geplündert mit dem Ergebnis, dass unsere einstigen "Brotfische" Kabeljau (Nordsee) und Dorsch (Ostsee) massiv überfischt sind. Grundschleppnetze zerstören den Lebensraum Meer und nebenbei landen zig Tausende von Meerestieren als Beifang in ihren Netzen. Meist tot werden sie zurück ins Meer geworfen.

Öl- und Gasförderung gefährdet durch ölhaltiges Produktionswasser und Bohrschlämme Seevögel und Meerestiere. Auch Sand- und Kiesabbau setzt den Meeren und seinen Bewohnern zu, indem riesige Mengen Meeresboden abgesaugt werden. Durch zunehmenden Schiffsverkehr steigen Ölverschmutzung, Müll- und Schadstoffeinträge. Zusammengefasst: Die Meere werden leer gefischt, voll gemüllt und vergiftet.

Quelle des Übels ist die kurzsichtige und profitorientierte EU-Meerespolitik; hierbei speziell die Zergliederung der Zuständigkeiten: Die Fischerei wird von der "Gemeinsamen Fischereipolitik" geregelt, der Abbau von Bodenschätzen von der Wirtschaftsabteilung, der Schutz der Meere von der Umweltabteilung und die Schifffahrt von der Internationalen Maritimen Organisation (IMO). Unbeachtet bleibt der Schutz der Meere, wenn es um Planungen und Regelungen zur Nutzung der Ressourcen geht.

Ein gemeinsames Dach für Meeresschutz und -nutzung ist nötig, um die Artenvielfalt zu bewahren und die langfristige Nutzung ihrer Ressourcen zu sichern. Dieser Gedanke steht hinter der Entwicklung der Europäischen Meeresstrategie-Richtlinie, die auch einen rechtsverbindlichen Rahmen schaffen soll.

Greenpeace unterstützt dieses Ziel, jedoch reicht der derzeitige Vorschlag nicht aus. So sind explizit keine Maßnahmen zur Fischerei genannt, obwohl die Kommission anerkennt, dass sie zu den Hauptgefahren der Meeresökosysteme gehört.

"Ölunfall" als Normalfall "Ölunfall" als Normalfall Auch das übergeordnete Ziel, "das Anstreben eines guten Umweltzustandes für 2021", bietet den Staaten alle Möglichkeiten, um sich aus der Verantwortung zu stehlen. Hier müssen Zwischenziele genannt werden, wie beispielsweise die Beseitigung von Pestizideinträgen durch die Landwirtschaft. Vor allen Dingen aber müssen Schutzgebiete eingerichtet werden. Ohne großflächige strikte Schutzgebiete wird sich die Lage der Meere Europas nicht verbessern.

In diesen Tagen gehen die Diskussionen um die EU-Meerestrategie-Richtlinie in die nächste Runde. Jetzt ist es an der Zeit unsere Politiker aufzufordern, sich für eine zukunftsweisende Richtlinie einzusetzen. Die Einrichtung von Schutzgebieten muss dabei wesentlicher Bestandteil sein. Deutschland übernimmt ab Januar 2007 die EU-Ratspräsidentschaft und erhält so die Gelegenheit, die Meeresstrategie-Richtlinie maßgeblich mitzugestalten. Das ist eine große Chance!

Greenpeace ist aktuell mit der MV Arctic Sunrise in Nord- und Ostsee unterwegs, um Umweltsünder aufzuspüren und den Menschen an Land die Zerstörung auf See zu zeigen. Aber das allein reicht nicht aus. Eine wirklich starke EU-Meeresstrategie-Richtlinie braucht die Stimmen vieler Tausender - auch die Ihre. Bitte setzen Sie sich gemeinsam mit uns für den Schutz von Nordsee, Ostsee und dem Mittelmeer ein!

Schreiben Sie direkt an Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel.
//newsletter.greenpeace.de/d/r/808

Vielen Dank für Ihre Hilfe.

Dr. Iris Menn
Meeresbiologin

Oil Price Manipulation?

//www.mountainsentinel.com/#oilpricemanipulation


Informant: Elizabeth Pfeiffer

Mast not wanted near new homes

DAN GRIMMER

04 September 2006 12:14

Families moving into new houses could find they have an unwelcome neighbour - a 25 metre high mobile phone mast.

Mobile phone firm Three, formerly Hutchison 3G, was to install a mast with dishes and equipment on land owned by Toucan Hire Services in Havers Road, Mile Cross.

Protesters have sent objections to Norwich City Council and say it would be unfair to families moving into new homes being built next to the site.

The area used to be used for industrial purposes and was used by Harmers shoe factory, but in the last couple of years hundreds of homes have been built on the site - with the next set of homes currently being built due to be occupied later this month.

It comes just days after the Evening News reported how Three wants to put up a mast just yards from Eaton Park and families living nearby.

Steve Morphew, Labour leader of the city council, said: “We have got an area which has gone from being an industrial area to being a very nice residential area.

“Putting an 81 foot aerial there might have been fine for what the area used to be, but isn't now. The visual intrusion is the reason we want to object.

“Of course people are concerned about the health implications, but I think we have a strong case against giving planning permission based on the visual impact.

“There is a real sense of unfairness about the people who will be moving into the houses nearby. They won't have had the opportunity to know the mast is proposed.

“It might be some people had done searches on their home before this application was put in and do not know it has been submitted.”

Mr Morphew said he had put in a letter of objection on behalf of about 20 people who live in the homes that have already been occupied on the site.

One of the objectors, a 41-year-old graphic designer, who lives on Junction Road opposite the site of the proposed mast, said he was worried that radiation outfall could be cancerous and the mast would be a blot on the landscape.

He said: “They should put it up on the Sweet Briar Industrial Estate which is not near homes. It will stick out like a sore thumb whenever I look out of my window.

“It is going to tower 30 feet above the trees and will destroy the look of that lovely green space of Anderson's meadow.”

Another objector John Russell, who lives on Drayton Road, said: “I don't like the way that Norwich City Council is going about this. It's inappropriate that they should push this through before the residents move in.

“They should defer it until the residents have been consulted. These families are going to move in and they won't want this big contraction on their doorstep.”

William Comery, spokesman for Ericsson Services Ltd, which is setting up the masts on behalf of Three, said it would be up to the planning authority to decide on the mast.

But he said: “We looked at about a dozen to 15 possible sites in that area and approached various freeholds. This was the only one which came through in terms of meeting our needs, but was also the most suitable in fitting in with the environment.

“It is in a group of industrial units, 50 metres from the road and further away from residential properties.”

The Evening News 'Put Masts On Hold' campaign has called for no mobile phone masts to be installed near homes or schools until they are conclusively proved to be safe.

Are you battling a mobile phone mast application where you live? Telephone Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772439 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

//tinyurl.com/l5tqa

Bush wants to have his torture and deny it, too

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/5083/


Informant: ranger116

Informant: jensenmk

Die Grenzwerte sind umstritten

Sendemast am Kitzelberg beschäftigt Ortsbeirat Rambach: Strahlenbelastung im Stadtteil ist hoch

Vom 07.09.2006

Besorgt hatte sich Ortsbeirat und Bürger angesichts eines Sendemasten an der Kitzelbergstraße gezeigt. Gemeinsam sollte der Magistrat der Landeshauptstadt darum gebeten werden, künftig keine weiteren Sender am entsprechenden Mast installieren zu lassen. Erst im Frühjahr hatte das Gremium die Strahlenbelastung im Stadtteil von einem Sachverständigen messen lassen. Dieser war zu dem Ergebnis gelangt, dass besonders am Kitzelberg eine erhöhte Belastung zu verzeichnen sei. "Sieht man die die gemessenen Werte im Vergleich zu denen in anderen Städten, erscheint der Wert hoch, zumal die gesetzlichen Grenzwerte umstritten sind", erklärte Nissen stellvertretend für alle Fraktionen.

//www.main-rheiner.de/region/objekt.php3?artikel_id=2514687 (Auszug)

Anwohnerprotest gegen Sendemast

Aufstellen der Antenne vorerst verhindert

Vom 07.09.2006

ten. HARTENBERG/MÜNCHFELD Anwohner des Martin-Luther-King-Parks protestierten gegen die Aufstellung eines neuen Sendemasts für Mobilfunk. Etwa 50 Erwachsene und Kinder hatten sich kurzfristig zu einer Kundgebung vor dem Bauplatz an der Abraham-Lincoln-Straße 1 zusammengefunden. Der Hauseigentümer, die Wohnbau Mainz, hat mit T-Mobile einen Vertrag geschlossen, den neuen D1-Mast auf dem Dach des Gebäudes aufstellen zu lassen. Die erforderlichen Genehmigungen wurden bereits erteilt. Durch ihr Eingreifen verhinderten die Anwohner nun vorerst, dass der Baukran die Antenne aufstellen konnte. Sie fühlen sich im Vorfeld nicht ausreichend informiert. "Lediglich die Bewohner des Hauses wurden während der Ferien benachrichtigt, die Nachbarn haben offiziell nichts erfahren", sagte Olaf Jacobsen-Vollmer, Bewohner der Abraham-Lincoln Straße. Gemeinsam mit anderen Betroffenen forderte er die Wohnbau auf, öffentlich Stellung zu nehmen.

Eine Sende-Antenne mitten in das Wohngebiet zu bauen, stößt bei den Anwohnern auf Unverständnis. "In 100 Meter Entfernung sollte kein sensibler Bereich sein, sagt die Stadt Mainz bei Masten auf ihren Grundstücken", erklärt Anwohner Andreas Münster. "Der Kindergarten ist 130 Meter weg - hier wird auf formalen Kriterien herumgeritten." Überhaupt sollte nach Meinung der Bürger der ganze King-Park als sensibles Gebiet angesehen werden. "Wir sind das kinderreichste Wohngebiet in ganz Mainz."

Bei einer Versammlung im "Parkhaus", dem Versammlungsraum des King-Park-Vereins, besprachen die Betroffenen ihr weiteres Vorgehen. "Verwaltungsrechtlich werden wir kaum etwas erreichen können", meinte Jacobsen-Vollmer. Die Bürger wollen deshalb politischen Druck erzeugen. Aus den Reihen des King-Park-Vereins hat sich eine Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Handy-Mast-Gegner formiert. Sie trifft sich heute um 20 Uhr im "Parkhaus". Auch der Ortsbeirat wird sich in seiner Sitzung am 12. September, 18.30 Uhr, in der Ortsverwaltung, mit dem Thema befassen.

Copyright: Allgemeine Zeitung, Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main

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