Samstag, 9. September 2006

GOP Senators' Bid to Confirm Bolton Is Called Off

Republican efforts to formally confirm John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations hit an unexpected snag yesterday when a Republican senator in a tough reelection bid said he could not support the diplomat until the Bush administration answers his questions on Middle East policy.

Bush: A "Plenty Tough" Torturer's Apprentice

Ray McGovern writes, addressing the use of torture Wednesday, President George W. Bush played to the baser instincts of Americans as he strained to turn his violation of national and international law into Exhibit A on how "tough" he is on terrorists. His tour de force brought to mind the charge the Athenians leveled at Socrates - making the worse case appear the better. Bush's remarks made it abundantly clear, though, that he is not about to take the hemlock.

Proposed law to require monitoring devices in all cars

Informant: Scott Munson

Freiheit statt Angst: Demo gegen Sicherheits- und Überwachungswahn

Other councils are saying no to masts


09 September 2006 13:50

Councils across Norfolk are inconsistent when it comes to making money by placing potentially harmful mobile phone masts on their properties.

The Evening News told last week how both Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council were raking in thousands of pounds from telecoms companies by renting land to them for masts.

The city council has earned around £400,000 through the process, while the county council profits to the tune of £60,000 a year.

However, a Freedom of Information request has found that neighbouring South Norfolk District Council, Broadland District Council and Yarmouth Borough Council have no masts on their land, while doubts remain over the safety of installing them.

Liz Ashness, head of corporate facilities at Broadland, said: "It is the council's policy not to agree to mobile phone masts on its property."

The authority confirmed that it had previously refused requests to house masts at its Thorpe Lodge base and the East Norwich Inn, at Acle.

A spokesman for South Norfolk Council said: "We are committed to examining the scope to install masts on council-owned buildings, but investigations so far have not been productive.

"If we receive any offers from mast operators in future, we will fully examine all the issues, including the potential benefits and risks to the public."

Meanwhile, North Norfolk District Council has just one mobile phone mast on the Vicarage Street car park, in North Walsham, for which it receives £1,500 per year from Orange.

The issue of mobile phone masts has been contentious for some time while doubts remain over the perceived health risks. The figures released last week by the city council revealed that five of its residential tower blocks had mobile phone masts on top of them, putting hundreds of people at risk from the possible effect of emissions.

Aylmer Tower in Mile Cross has netted the council the most money - with £112,500 heading into City Hall's bank account.

Other masts which earn the council cash from mobile phone operators are Ashbourne Tower in Watling Road, Heartsease (£81,000), Normandie Tower, Rouen Road (£59,500), Seaman Tower, Mile Cross (£72,750) and Winchester Tower, Vauxhall Street (£56,500).

County Hall itself has half a dozen aerials and antennae while other equipment is located at Postwick park-and-ride and fire stations such as Sprowston, Aylsham and Wymondham.

Are you battling a mobile phone mast application where you live? Call reporter David Powles on 01603 772447 or email

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

Halliburton Fraud Lawsuit Details Super Bowl Party

Halliburton Co. executives ordered a big-screen television and 10 large tubs of tacos, chicken wings and cheese sticks delivered to Iraq for last year's Super Bowl, then billed US taxpayers for their party, according to a lawsuit unsealed Friday.

Global warming threatens Arctic whales

Scientists worried about spread of brucellosis


[foto] Beluga testicles, shown here below the animal’s penis, become bloated and filled with cysts from a disease called brucellosis, which appears to be on the rise in Arctic waters. Researcher Ole Nielson with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says stress caused by climate change could be responsible for the four-fold increase in infected narwhal and beluga he’s observed over the last four years. (PHOTO COURTESY OF OLE NIELSON

Global warming could cause diseases to flourish in the Arctic’s whale populations, causing dramatic die-offs, warns a researcher with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

One such disease is brucellosis, which is caused by bacteria and exhibits itself as nasty cysts in the flesh of animals. The disease also causes fevers, weakness and other symptoms.

Over the last four years, Ole Nielson, a DFO biologist, has examined samples from diseased whales provided by hunter and trapper organizations around the Canadian Arctic.

“In some of the communities, half of the whales are... positive for brucellosis,” Nielson said on Tuesday. “It looks like a four-fold increase since 2002.”

Eating raw, infected meat could spread the bacteria to people.

So when hunters in Grise Fiord caught a narwhal several years ago with such cysts, they threw the carcass away, Nielson said. “That’s probably the smart move.”

Just as people are more susceptible to picking up the common cold or flu when they’re stressed out and tired, marine mammals may be more open to infections as they adapt to warmer ocean temperatures, Nielson suggests.

“It’ll put considerable stress on the animals. The ecosystem is changing,” he said.

That’s good news for bacteria and viruses, which could discover a wider range and more hosts to live off. But it’s bad news for marine mammals, and for people who hunt them.

Nielson said he’s particularly concerned of how brucellosis-infected whales have “huge cysts” in their genitals.

“I’m not a veterinarian, and I don’t know just how much this would affect reproduction, but this can’t be good for them, to have these huge cysts on their reproductive organs,” he said.

Nielson fears this could lead to a slow, steady decline in populations. But he also worries another disease, distemper, could cause far larger, and far quicker, die-offs in whale populations.

Just as distemper infects dogs, causing symptoms such as vomiting, fevers and seizures, a similar variety of the virus also infects marine mammals.

Distemper caused some 20,000 seals to die in the North Sea during the late
1990s, Nielson said. “Half of them actually died, in three or four months.”

Carriers of the disease could be none other than Canadian harp seals that had migrated to the area, Nielson said.

Several years later a different variety of distemper infected dolphins and porpoises in the same area.

Ring seals in the Canadian eastern Arctic are also known to carry the disease. “That’s a good thing,” Nielson said, explaining that because the animal is exposed to the virus, that means the seals also have some immunity – an ability to beat the virus.

But tests have shown no signs of past distemper infections with Arctic whale populations, he said, and he finds that worrying – because that means these whales should have little resistance to the disease. “I didn’t find any at all, that were even remotely positive,” he said.

Distemper has been found in pilot whales on the east coast of Canada, and common dolphins on the west coast. Warmer surface waters could bring these mammals farther north, just as fish like capelin are doing in the eastern Arctic, and salmon in the western Arctic.

If Arctic beluga and narwhal do become infected, Nielson predicts the animals could have their populations cut in half.

“You can expect die-offs of 50 per cent,” he said.

Such a drop could have a big impact on the quota levels set for populations already struggling, and strike a big blow to such beluga populations as the one in Ungava Bay, which is thought to be nearly extinct.

Some 72,000 to 144,000 belugas live in Canadian waters, according to DFO.

Not much can be done to prevent mammals from migrating, said Nielson. But more research, to keep track of the spread of diseases, could be important to accurately set hunting quotas.

Otherwise, “there wouldn’t be any warning until a year later, when there just aren’t any of them to hunt. That’s my worry,” Nielson said.

“They’re just going to disappear under the briny blue depths.”

Informant: binstock

Stop the African Seal Hunt

A message from Brenda

Original Message

Please Read and sign this petition for the African seal pups.

Their plight is at least equally as heart-breaking as that of the Canadian seal pups,yet they have only 402 signatures!

Please help!

Stop the African Seal Hunt


Auf der Titelseite der Septemberausgabe der Monatszeitschrift "OHA - Zeitung aus dem Pfaffenwinkel" findet sich folgender Leitartikel zum vom Bayerischen Landtag beschlossenen Handynutzungsverbot: (siehe auch )

Im Neuen Schuljahr:


Von Hans Schütz

Seit dem neuen Schuljahr gilt für alle bayerischen Schulen das sogenannte Handynutzungsverbot. Es wurde zusammen mit anderen Änderungen im Bayerischen Gesetz über das Erziehungs- und Unterrichtswesen am 19. Juli im Landtag beschlossen. In der entsprechenden Land­tagsdebatte kritisierten Hans Ulrich Pfaff­mann (SPD) und Simone Tolle (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) das Handynutzungsverbot vehement. Da war unter anderem die Rede von »Hau-drauf-Pädagogik« und von einer »pädagogischen Bankrotterklärung«.

Besonders interessant ist die negative Beurteilung des Handynutzungsverbots durch die bildungspolitische Sprecherin der Grünen. Immerhin hatte gerade deren Fraktion am 7. Juli im Landtag eine Expertenan­hörung veranstaltet, bei der am Vormittag die gesundheitliche Gefährdung durch Mo­bil­funkstrahlung und am Nachmittag die Problematik mit Handys in Schulen thematisiert wurden. Wer an diesem Landtagshearing teilgenommen hätte, der hätte auf­grund der dort vorgetragenen Fakten wohl ganz anders im Landtag argumentiert. Zum einen wäre es unausweichlich geworden, in der Debatte auch auf die gesundheitlichen Gefährdungen und deren Vermeidung wenigstens in unseren Bildungs­ein­rich­tungen durch entsprechende gesetzliche Maßnahmen einzugehen. Zum anderen wäre klar geworden, dass das Handynut­zungs­verbot aus einer ganzen Reihe von Gründen zu begrüßen ist und dass dessen Umsetzung an Schulen keineswegs so unmöglich ist, wie von der Opposition im Landtag behauptet. Immerhin gibt es ja bereits zahlreiche Schulen – so auch die Hauptschule Peiting – die damit seit Jahren sehr gute Erfahrungen gemacht haben. Nur von den Grünen war bei der Anhörung so gut wie niemand da! (dafür kamen Zuhörer bis aus Berlin und Bremen angereist und der größte Saal im Landtag war brechend voll von Zuhörern – kaum aber Abgeordnete darunter).

Welche Gründe sprechen nun für ein Handynutzungsverbot an Schulen?

Eine ausführliche Darstellung würde den Rahmen eines Artikels bei weitem sprengen, so sollen hier nur stichpunktartige Hinweise erfolgen. Eine ausführliche Darstellung dazu (basierend auf meinem Fachvortrag bei der Anhörung) wird ab Schulbeginn unter anderem auf der Homepage der Umweltinitiative Pfaffenwinkel ( zu finden sein, zusammen mit zahlreichen weiteren Infos und Unterrichtshilfen zum Thema Handy und Schule.

Kurzgefasst kann man feststellen, dass Mobilfunkstrahlung nachweislich die Gesundheit schädigt und dass diese Schädigungen bei Kindern und Jugendlichen deutlich schneller und intensiver auftreten als bei Erwachsenen. Die intensive Handynutzung beeinträchtigt auch die kognitiven Leistungen der Nutzer, eine Tatsache, die gerade in Schulen auf besondere Aufmerksamkeit stoßen sollte. Die Art der Nutzung von modernen Handys, vor allem auch im Zusammenspiel mit anderen modernen Kommunikationstechniken, führt darüber hinaus zu einer besonderen Gefährdung der seelischen Entwicklung von Kindern und Jugendlichen. Ebenfalls massiv beeinträchtigt wird durch die immer häufigere und vielseitigere Handynutzung die Entwicklung eines positiven Sozialverhaltens bei den Heranwachsenden, und nicht zuletzt entwickelte sich das Handy in den letzten Jahren zum Verursacher Nummer eins bei der immer häufiger anzutreffenden Verschuldung von Kindern und Jugendlichen.

Selbstverständlich ist ein Handynutzungsverbot nur dann sinnvoll, wenn es durch entsprechende pädagogische Maßnahmen flankiert wird. Die Mobilfunkproblematik muss daher in allen Schulen Schwerpunktthema bei der Medien-, Gesundheits- und Umweltbildung werden. Entsprechende Lehrer­fortbildungen und die Bereitstellung von industrieunabhängigen Lehr- und Lernmitteln sind dazu einzufordern. Der Vorwurf der reinen Verbotspolitik liefe somit ins Leere, und da wo man bereits die entsprechenden Erfahrungen hat, weiß man, dass die Schülerinnen und Schüler und auch die Eltern mit einem inhaltlich begründeten Nutzungsverbot keine Schwierigkeiten haben.



Die Probleme mit der derzeit verwendeten Mobilfunktechnik nehmen auch in den Schulen immer deutlicher zu. Da ist einerseits die gesundheitliche Problematik entsprechender kommunikationstechnischer Systeme (Sendeanlagen, Handys, DECT-Telefone, drahtlose Bürokommunikation, Wlan ...) und andererseits haben wir mehr und mehr mit psychologischen, gruppendynamischen und gesellschaftlichen Fehlentwicklungen zu tun, deren Ursachen durch die Inhalte und die Nutzungsmethoden der Mobilfunktechnik – oft auch noch kombiniert mit anderen modernen Kommunikationsmitteln - verursacht werden.

Die Schulen kommen um eine objektive und sachliche Behandlung der Mobilfunkthematik in den Bereichen Umweltbildung, Gesundheitserziehung und Medienerziehung somit nicht mehr herum. Ein deutliches Zeichen dafür ist das zu diesem Schuljahr für das Land Bayern vom Landtag beschlossene Handynutzungsverbot an allen Schulen.

Um die pädagogische Arbeit für die Lehrerinnen und Lehrer zu erleichtern, und um der schulischen Lobbyarbeit der Mobilfunkindustrie unabhängiges Informationsmaterial und praktische Handreichungen entgegenhalten zu können, bietet die Umweltinitiative Pfaffenwinkel e. V. auf ihrer Homepage jetzt ganz aktuell eine neue Rubrik mit dem Titel Schule und Mobilfunk an.

Dort finden sich Fachartikel zur Thematik und Unterrichtseinheiten bis hin zu Darstellung eines schulischen Mobilfunkprojekts.


Hans Schütz
Hauptschullehrer und Umweltfachberater
Pressesprecher der UIP


Handy-Verbot an Schulen

Tell The F.E.C. To Slam ABC/Disney Over Their Docu-Fraud


Although they have gone out of their way to only provide previews to extreme right wing media pundits, those who have see parts of the new ABC/Disney "docu-drama" titled "The Path To 9/11" report it is rife with lies and distortions with the purpose of wrongly blaming the 9/11 catastrophe entirely on Democrats. Despite cosmetic edits one right-wing blogger was assured, "The message of the Clinton admin failures remains fully intact." So there you have it, a Swift Boat level hatchet job, with the premediated purpose of trying to pin political blame on the party out of power for the total failure of George Bush to protect us on 9/11.

Who was it who sat there with a stupid look on his face reading a children's book while America was under attack? Who was it who blew off warnings by his CIA briefer that Bin Laden was determined to strike in the United States with a dismissive, "All right, you've covered your ass, now?" Who was it who held not one meeting on the terrorist threat despite urgent warnings with their hair on fire that it was the greatest peril the country faced.

It is a disgrace that the same media, that has with incessant misinformation persuaded half the American public that Iraq had something to do with 9/11, should now try to lean on the scales of the upcoming general election with their whole arm, propagating more knowing lies for partisan political ends.

Since the broadcast represents nothing more than a FREE multi-million dollar political advertisement (as betrayed by being previewed only to extreme right wingers), and a deceptive and slanderous one at that, ABC/Disney should be ordered to cease and desist, and the F.E.C. should step in and enforce that.

The one click form below will send your personal message to the F.E.C., ABC and Disney, with the subject "Stop ABC/Disney From Tampering With Our Election Discourse." At the same time you can send your personal comments only as a letter to the editor of your nearest local daily newspaper if you like.


This alert is brought to you through the activism of Stacey Tallitsch, running for the U.S. House in the 1st Congressional district, and one of the leading progressive voices in the state of Louisiana. Many of you have already submitted his action page calling for the troops in Iraq to start coming home now, a policy that is more surely correct with every passing state of emergency in Baghdad.

Stacey has been running call to action radio spots in this district , calling for an end of the obstinate occupation of Iraq, a military escapade which has brought nothing but death and destruction to both their country and our own. And he has produced a new one on the impeachment issue. You can hear the new spot on this page.


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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A message from BMutiny

Please take action! People are already confused by the administrations lies -don't let ABC perpetuate these or blame Clinton. Do your part! Write e-mails, sign letters, and forward to friends peace & enlightenment,

Jennie B.- Tell ABC: Don't Distort 9/11!! - 5 actions










This Sunday, the Disney-owned TV network, ABC, is planning to air a "docudrama" that rewrites history, blaming the Clinton Administration for the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Nearly everyone, including 9/11 Commission members, prominent conservative pundits, members of Congress, and executives at ABC, has already acknowledged that ABC's documentary-style film The Path to 9/11 is a fabricated, inaccurate, and misleading portrayal of the events leading up to 9/11. Even those involved in its production readily admit some scenes are fabricated!

But Disney and ABC are not telling the American public that The Path to 9/11 is a fabricated dramatization. Instead, they are deceptively marketing it as a documentary-style film based on the 9/11 Commission report. To make matters worse, Disney is demonstrating a double standard by endorsing this false attack on President Clinton. Previously they refused to distribute Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11 (produced by a Disney subsidiary, Miramax Films), which was highly critical of President Bush.

Tell Disney to stop playing partisan politics with 9/11 - block ABC from airing The Path to 9/11!

Thank you, all who took all or some of the 5 actions sent out last night {and probably duplicated from other groups}; many of you I know passed them on to others! This is a Petition Site petition that has more than doubled its goal of 10,000 signatures! Altho the film airs Sunday {today}, IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO ADD YOUR VOICE. Let ABC and Disney BOTH know, that WE CAN USE THE POWER OF THE BOYCOTT TO GIVE CORPORATE AMERIKKKA LESSONS IT WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!!

Please go to:

You can write ABC {snail mail} and TELL THEM YOU ARE GOING TO BOYCOTT THEM {if that is how you feel!} at

77 West 66th St., New York, NY 10023
Phone: {212} 456 - 7777

{You could also find out the address and write to their local affiliated TV stations.}


Thank you again and again!


ABC Must Not Air Partisan Propaganda on 9/11

Verträge sorgfältig prüfen!



Presseartikel aus Bamberg: 5.9.06

Aufgrund vertrauenswürdiger Hinweise wurde der Bürgerinitative gestern bekannt, dass derzeit im Bereich Siechenstraße neue Standorte für Mobilfunkanlagen gesucht werden. Den Hausbesitzern wurden 4000 Euro für Dachnutzungen im Norden Bambergs angeboten. Karin Zieg von der Bürgerinitiative Mobilfunk-STOPP, Bamberg-Ost, warnt Hausbesitzer davor, vorschnell Verträge mit Mobilfunkbetreibern und von ihnen beauftragten Firmen zu unterzeichnen: Da die Mobilfunkbetreiber seit einigen Jahren von den Rückversicherungen nicht mehr gegenüber Schädigungen dritter Personen versichert werden, haftet unter Umständen der Dachbesitzer. Vor lauter winkenden Euros sollten solche Verträge nur mit einem guten Anwalt genau gelesen werden. Fast immer finden sich in den Verträgen sittenwidrige Kündigungszeiten und "Freifahrscheine" für folgende Antennenbestückungen der Anlage. Die Initiative kritisiert, dass seitens der Stadt Bamberg keinerlei Warnung an Hausbesitzer herausgegeben werden - die Bürger und Bürgerinnen werden hier allein gelassen. In Dormitz (Landkreis Erlangen-Höchstadt) z.B. warnen Bürgermeister und Gemeinderäte im Gemeindeblatt davor, Grundstücke und Dächer für Mobilfunkanlagen zu vermieten. Derzeit bestücken die Betreiber die bestehenden über 40 Standorte mit über 80 Anlagen in Bamberg fast unbemerkt, mit UMTS, wie z.B. bei Karstadt. Für die Nutzung von UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) werden alle 300-500 Meter Antennen benötigt.

K.Zieg, BI Mobilfunk-STOPP, Bamberg-Ost

New snag in bid to move mast

By Karen Grattage

RESIDENTS in Sheriff Hutton are facing a further delay in their campaign to have a mobile phone mast moved from near their homes.

Ryedale Council decided to seek legal advice before looking into whether it would be able to meet the £60,000 cost of moving the mast.

Protestors have led a long campaign after 600 villagers sent letters opposing the Orange telecommunications structure. continued...

But an administrative error meant the council missed the deadline for objections - giving the company the right to erect the mast at Dasket Hill in October last year.

At a meeting on Thursday evening, the council decided to instruct a barrister to find out whether it is possible to pay for moving the mast.

Planning committee chairman Coun Howard Keal said an answer was expected next month, and, if the council is entitled to make the payment, its Policy and Resources Committee will look into whether ratepayers' money should be spent.

Coun Keal said: "The protesters are saying on health grounds that the mast should not be near their homes - but according to the Government, there is no evidence it will present a risk to health. It is very difficult to sustain an argument that had the council got its objections in within the time limit it would have made any difference to the outcome."

Omega this is not true. See under:

But he said the council was tightening up procedures to ensure it did not miss deadlines in future, and also to make sure residents are kept better informed.

Placard-wielding protesters, including several young children, met councillors outside the council chamber in Malton on Thursday to express their opposition to the mast's siting.

The villagers' determined campaign, which included picketing the area when engineers were erecting the mast, led to Orange negotiating with the council to find possible solutions.

The company agreed to look at moving the mast in the village - if the council foots the bill of at least £60,000.

But it is feared the cost could turn out to be higher, depending on the site found and how close it is to power lines.

Coun Keal said: "Protesters and everybody else will be unhappy that the situation is dragging on and we hope we can reach a conclusion as soon as possible for the sake of everyone concerned."

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

Don't let Big Oil drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Back on the Road to Abu Ghraib

In a major speech this week, George Bush once again declared "the United States does not torture." But of course Bush is lying - we've all seen the photos.

Now Bush wants to "legalize" past torture by allowing "evidence" collected through torture to be used in military tribunals on Guantanamo. He also wants to prevent prosecution of our torturers under the War Crimes Act.

Tell your Senators and Representatives to reject Bush's pro-torture military tribunals.

Bob Fertik

It's not as visually shocking as the Abu Ghraib photos, but President Bush's speech on Wednesday tells the same horrifying story: The Bush administration is again fighting for the right to abuse detainees in U.S. custody.

This week, the White House is calling on Congress to pass military commission legislation that undermines the baseline protections for prisoners guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions - and undermines our nation's values.

As the New York Times reported yesterday, "President Bush is calculating that with a critical election just nine weeks away, neither angry Democrats nor nervous Republicans will dare deny him the power to detain, interrogate and try suspects his way." Congress should answer to the public, not President Bush. We need you to speak up!

Tell Congress to reject the President's misguided proposal - click here.

If the White House succeeds, we will be inviting other nations to abuse our own troops, now and in future wars. The administration is willing to risk the lives of our soldiers - and further tarnish our reputation - so that it can engage in cruel and inhuman treatment.

The Bush Administration's proposal would permit use of evidence obtained by abusing prisoners. It would decriminalize war crimes, so that U.S. personnel who engaged in abuse - and senior officials who authorized it - would be let off the hook. Moreover, it would undercut the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the landmark case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which found that President Bush is bound by the Geneva Conventions.

Congress is considering the administration's proposal right now.

Write your elected representatives today!

Together, we can build the public pressure we need to prevent this proposal from becoming law.

Jill Savitt
Director of Campaigns Human Rights First



A message from BMutiny

The White House is calling on Congress to pass legislation that undermines the baseline protections for prisoners guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions - and undermines our nation's values.

Although not as visually shocking as the Abu Ghraib prison photos from Iraq, President Bush's speech last Wednesday tells the same horrifying story: The Bush administration is again fighting for the right to abuse detainees in U.S. custody.

If the White House succeeds, we will be inviting other nations to abuse our own troops, now and in future wars. The administration is willing to risk the lives of our soldiers - and further tarnish our reputation - so that it can engage in cruel and inhuman treatment.




Senate Intel Committee Bloodies Bush's Nose

Larry Johnson takes a hard look at today's Senate Intel Committee report: "The Senate Intelligence committee today released 'Postwar Findings About Iraq's WMD Programs and Links to Terrorism and How They Compare With Prewar Assessments and the Use by the Intelligence Community of Information Provided by the Iraqi National Congress' as part of its long awaited and long promised Phase II report about the accuracy of the intelligence and it is ugly for the Bushies."

Remembering and Learning From Katrina

"How's this for poetic justice? In future years, the White House and all those federal agencies that acted so slowly after Hurricane Katrina last August will probably find their own DC offices threatened by catastrophic flooding from monster storms. Because one year after the great catastrophe in Louisiana, this much is clear: it's coming to many more US cities," write Mike Tidwell and Ted Glick.

Armitage Shmarmitage

"Perhaps mainstream journalists have declared war on Fitzgerald over the past few weeks because so many of the country's top reporters have been hauled into court against their will by the special counsel to testify before a grand jury about their conversations with White House officials in the leak matter," writes Jason Leopold regarding the CIA leak case.

New poll says most Canadians blame U.S. for 9/11 attacks

A majority of Canadians believe U.S. foreign policy was one of the root causes that led to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and Quebecers are quicker to criticize the U.S. administration for its international actions than other Canadians, a recent poll suggests.

From Information Clearing House

On his knees, Bush pins his hopes on fear

GEORGE BUSH was fighting for his presidency this week as much as for the Republican members of Congress who face defeat at the mid-term congressional elections less than two months away.

From Information Clearing House

Books are our salvation

Books teach people their language. They also teach that few problems can be solved by violence and that problems are not solely the preserve of the poor and unfortunate. Real life is in books, and the more artificial virtual reality becomes, the more we need books.

Lebanon a Warm-up for U.S.-Iran Clash

From Information Clearing House

Poll Finds Waning Faith in Military Interventions

On the question of why the US has lost support around the world, more than two-thirds of respondents identified a "major reason" as the Iraq war; 58% cited "America's wealth and power"; 49% "the US-led war on terror"; and 46% "US support for Israel".

The wages of war: Global terrorism up since 9/11 attacks

The Bush administration continues to argue the virtues of staying the present course. But, in light of our experience so far, this more and more tests the patience, credulity, fiscal sobriety, and risk tolerance of the American public.

The curse of American ignorance of the world

Stupid? Or democratically ignorant?

From Information Clearing House

Thousands of dead Iraqi civilians and no Hillary Clinton apology on Iraq war vote

Sen. Hillary Clinton has been hitting the Bush administration hard over the Iraq war lately, but said yesterday she has no regrets over voting for war.

From Information Clearing House

Senate: No prewar Saddam-al-Qaida ties

There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had ties with al-Qaida, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence that Democrats say undercuts President Bush's justification for invading Iraq.

Rumsfeld said "he would fire the next person" who talked about the need for a post-war plan

Iraq post-war plan muzzled

Interrogation Techniques Rejected By Military Get Bush Approval

By Adam Liptak

Many of the harsh interrogation techniques just repudiated by the Pentagon would be made lawful by legislation put forward the same day by the Bush administration, and the U.S. courts would be forbidden from intervening.

Next-up news 9 09 2006

New Report Warns Federal Disaster Response Policies Increase Risks

American Civil Liberties Union and Allies Oppose Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

American Civil Liberties Union and Allies Oppose Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, Say Plan Undermines Privacy, Provides Little Security

Do You Feel Safer?

Questions Raised about Bush’s Primary Claims in Defense of Secret Detention System

The US president's tactical switch has raised suspicions that Republicans are once again resorting to the politics of fear

Handy kontra Landschaft

Ortsbeirat: Das Ober-Hambacher Funkloch und die Folgen – Mobilfunkstation soll am Billackerweg errichtet werden

HAMBACH. Weil die Odenwaldschule (OSO) schon vor längerem damit geliebäugelt hatte, künftig auch im als Funkloch bekannten Ober-Hambach Ferngespräche per Handy ausführen zu können, steckt der kleine Heppenheimer Stadtteil in einem mittelschweren Dilemma.

Das Ansinnen der Schulleitung rief die in Frankfurt ansässige Deutsche Funkturm GmbH auf den Plan, die flugs Mitarbeiter in Bewegung setzte, um vor Ort Standortmöglichkeiten zur Errichtung einer Mobilfunkstation auszuloten.

Die Techniker mussten zunächst schlechte Erfahrungen machen, blitzten bei mehreren Grundstückseignern ab – um dann aber doch noch fündig zu werden. Ein Vertrag mit dem Privatmann war schnell geschlossen.

Wenn nicht noch ein Wunder geschieht, dann wird demnächst am Billackerweg ein zehn Meter hoher Funkmast und zu seinen Füßen ein reichlich klotziger Container anzutreffen sein. Garniert werden soll die Station mit einer Umzäunung, die sich mit ihren Ausmaßen von zehn auf zehn Metern nicht eben bescheiden ausnehmen wird – übrigens gut einsichtbar für Anwohner und Wanderer. Eine Zierde für das romantisch gelegene Tal wird die Station ganz gewiss nicht sein.

Schon beim bloßen Gedanken daran stellen sich Hambachs Ortsvorsteherin Renate Netzer (SPD) die Nackenhaare. Der Billackerweg, so ihr Empfinden, sei schließlich die „landschaftlich schönste Stelle in unserem Ober-Hambach“.

Dass Mast, Container und Zaun in die Gegend passen werden wie die sprichwörtliche Faust aufs Auge, darüber herrscht auch im Ortsbeirat Konsens. Ändern daran wird er nach Lage der Dinge allerdings nichts können. Selbst Magistrat und Stadtverordnetenversammlung sind die Hände gebunden. Bürgermeister Gerhard Herbert (SPD) erklärte bei einer Sitzung, zu der Hambachs Ortsbeiräte am Donnerstag im Gerätehaus zusammengetroffen waren, über die juristische Seite auf. Hier handele es sich, sagte der Verwaltungschef, um eine rein privatrechtliche Angelegenheit: „Und Vertrag ist Vertrag.“

Ganz abgesehen davon, fuhr Herbert weiter, unterliege die Errichtung von Mobilfunkstationen keinen baugenehmigungspflichtigen Bestimmungen. In der Tat: Einspruch könnte allenfalls noch die Untere Naturschutzbehörde einlegen, bevor das Kreisbauamt abschließend entscheidet.

Gemessen an ähnlich gelagerten Fällen in vielen anderen Landkreisen, muss davon ausgegangen werden, dass sich die Genehmigungsbehörde Zurückhaltung auferlegen wird – dies auch deshalb, weil der Gesetzgeber den Bau von Sendeanlagen sogar ausdrücklich als „privilegiert“ einstuft.

Gegen den technologischen Fortschritt, zu dem das Handy gehört, hat der Landschaftsschutz schlechte Karten – die übrigens bald überhaupt nicht mehr ziehen, wenn die von der hessischen Landesregierung eingeleitete Novellierung des Naturschutzes Realität wird.

Woran angesichts der Mehrheitsverhältnisse niemand mehr ernsthaft zweifelt.

Renate Netzer und „ihre“ Ortsbeiräte geben der Faktenlage zum Trotz den Kampf noch nicht ganz auf. Dem Vorwurf, technikfeindlich zu sein, wollen sie sich dabei nicht aussetzen. „Vielleicht aber“, so Netzers stille Hoffnung, „lässt sich die Deutsche Funkturm GmbH doch noch überzeugen und baut ihre Station an einer anderen Stelle auf“. Ein gemeinsamer Besichtigungstermin ist bereits vereinbart. Im persönlichen Gespräch habe sie die Erfahrung gemacht, dass es sich „um recht nette Leute handelt“.

Ganz so einfach wird die Sache trotzdem nicht sein. Ausstrahlung und Empfang von Funkwellen sind topografischen Gesetzesmäßigkeiten unterworfen. Ein Alternativstandort müsste mindestens ebenso gute Voraussetzungen wie der Billackerweg mitbringen.

Inzwischen verschaffen sich in der Odenwaldschule, dem eigentlichen Auslöser, immer mehr Stimmen Gehör, die den Antrag am liebsten wieder rückgängig machen würden. Offenbar hat die Vorstellung von Schülerscharen, die fortwährend mit dem Handy am Ohr durchs Gelände streichen, zum Umdenken beigetragen – dies vermutlich ganz im Sinne von Paul Geheeb, der die OSO anno 1910 nicht umsonst im abgeschiedenen Ober-Hambach hat bauen lassen.

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