Dienstag, 3. Oktober 2006

Journalist Jailed for Refusing to Turn Over Protest Footage

"24-year-old independent journalist Josh Wolf has gone to prison protecting press freedom," writes Sarah Olson. "At a time when the mainstream press is increasingly cowed into silence or submission by the Bush administration, and when a member of the Associated Press Board of Directors also sits on the board of Lockheed Martin, standing up for integrity in journalism is a lot for one 24-year-old to take on."


War in Heaven: Woodward 's Book and the Establishment Insurgency



Secrets of the Empire: on bombing Pakistan back into the Stone Age


Republicans don't want your vote to count

Last week, in the wake of numerous problems with electronic voting machines in recent primary elections, I asked for your help to urge Congress to support my "Confidence in Voting Act" -- a bill that would make paper ballots available at every polling place to any voter who wants one.

More than 15,000 people joined our effort and emailed their Members of Congress about this important legislation. Thank you so much for your support!

While every Democratic Senator stood with us -- in particular, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), an original co-author of the "Help America Vote Act" -- the Republicans stopped us and refused to allow this common-sense legislation to move forward.

I'm very disappointed that the Republican Party continues to play politics with the integrity of our elections system. And really, there is only one conclusion that I can reach: Democratic Senators are united in their desire to restore confidence in our voting system, while Republican Senators are supporting the status quo...again!

So what do we do now? Over the next 35 days we must redouble our efforts to get everyone we know -- our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues -- out to vote on Election Day. In local races, in statewide races, in House races, and in Senate races, every single vote is incredibly important -- especially with the future of our country on the line.

Then, once Democrats are in control of Congress -- as well as more governors' offices and statehouses -- we'll do the work that the Republicans refuse to do: address the real problems that still exist in our nation's elections system.

Thanks for your continued support!

In Friendship,

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator

Kissinger's Bad Advice on Iraq

Ivan Eland writes: "The bellwether of the cautious establishment press, Bob Woodward, has finally unloaded both barrels on the Bush administration's Iraq policy in his new book 'State of Denial.'" Eland continues: "The Bush administration's main advisor during the war has been Henry Kissinger. Kissinger, according to Woodward's book, apparently has convinced the Bush White House that any troop withdrawals from Iraq will start a wave of public pressure to pull out all US forces from Iraq."



Judge May Have Stymied Abramoff Probe

The bribery investigation involving influence-peddler Jack Abramoff may have been stymied by a federal judge in Florida just as prosecutors began asking questions about the lobbyist's ties to the White House. US District Judge Paul Huck refused to delay Abramoff's prison sentence for fraud charges Thursday, rejecting a plea by the Justice Department's top corruption prosecutor, who said Abramoff was providing information about officials whose names hadn't yet surfaced in the case.



Mommy, What's Waterboarding?



Foley Scandal a Disaster for GOP

Republican strategists said yesterday that public revulsion over the sexually graphic online conversations between Congressman Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and former House pages could compound the party's problems enough to tip the House to the Democrats in November - and could jeopardize the party's hold on the Senate as well.


Why Capitol Pages Fear Retaliation

Robert Parry writes: "In a very perverse way, the story of the emails and the pages does represent one of the fundamental lessons of working in today's one-party Washington: Whether in politics, intelligence or journalism, avoid doing or saying anything that offends powerful Republicans." Parry goes on to say that pages "recognize that divulging what Foley did to them could kill their hopes for future careers in politics."


From Foley To Homophobia

Healthy choices for healthy oceans


Critics Consider Interrogation 'Reform' a Step Backward

By Michelle Chen

Civil Liberties and Security While most attention focused on supposedly moderate voices among Senate Republicans, the GOP debate over terror-war detainee policy nixed rights and empowered the administration.


A message from Eleanor

Iran is a genuine possibility, and it would destroy the prospects of progressive foreign policy reform for years to come


Informant: Kev Hall

TV Propagandist for the Omnipotent State: on the O'Reilly fear factor


Building the American Dictatorship


Informant: Lew Rockwell

E-Corpses for the Pentagon


Afghan Detainees Petition for Freedom

Attorneys for 25 men being held in Afghanistan launched a pre-emptive strike Monday against President Bush's plan to prosecute and interrogate terrorism suspects.


The Death of the First American Republic

"Bush has signed into a law a bill that guts the right of habeas corpus, legalizes the use of secret and coerced evidence, 'clarifies' the Geneva Conventions to allow torture on his command, prevents future war crimes prosecutions, and arrogates to himself the right to declare anyone - including American citizens - enemy combatants, who can be dragged from their families, thrown in any prison he chooses, anywhere on earth, for however long he chooses," writes Mark A. LeVine.


Cheney's Statements on Justification of War Must Be Challenged

In a letter to Congress, signatories write: "Vice President Dick Cheney stated with little ambiguity that we would have invaded Iraq in 2003 even if we knew that Saddam did not have weapons of mass destruction. This statement by our nation's vice president repudiates the legal and moral principle of non-aggression that has been accepted by the international community and has won the United States international trust and respect. This repudiation must not go unnoticed or unchallenged by Congress and the American people."


Rumsfeld, Ashcroft Warned of al-Qaeda Attack Before 9/11

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former attorney general John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaeda strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the attacks of September 11, 2001.


Ashcroft Warned Pre-9/11

"In an interview with the New York Times Monday, former Attorney General John Ashcroft said he was never briefed in early July 2001 by then-CIA Director George Tenet about a purported terrorist threat against the United States by al-Qaeda the spy agency had received," writes Jason Leopold. "But Ashcroft was not being forthcoming. He was in fact warned about the possibility of a terrorist attack two months before 9/11 and told by his top officials in July 2001 to avoid traveling aboard commercial airliners because the FBI had received a credible 'threat assessment' against the United States."


Congressional Duplicity: on the schemed aggression against Iran


On neocon foreign policy


A microcosm of the whole US disaster in Iraq


Should We Glorify the Military?

Absolutely not, says Laurence M. Vance, for reasons of morality and freedom.

One Answer to Vance’s 'Supporting the Troops'

Changing out a few Senators and Representatives won’t solve America’s problems as a declining and troubled empire


The War-Crazed Police State


We know enough about death penalty


Informant: julien

Global Warming on the Forest Floor

October 3, 2006



Along with rising temperatures, global warming is very likely to cause a shift toward more extreme weather — stronger storms with more rainfall, and longer and more severe droughts. Those changes are likely to have large-scale, obvious effects on farmlands, grasslands and forests and on the creatures that inhabit them.

But many smaller, more subtle effects are likely too. Researchers at the University of Kentucky looked at one: the impact of climate change on the decomposition of leaf litter on the forest floor.

The researchers, Janet R. Lensing and David H. Wise, studied the process of leaf decay in hardwood forests in central Kentucky. The main instigator in leaf decay is fungi, which get nutrients from the organic matter. But fungi don’t exist in a vacuum. They are grazed upon by springtails, primitive insects of the Collembola order. In turn, springtails are the prey of wandering spiders.

The who-eats-whom makes for a complex web, where changes at one level can have cascading effects. Too much or too little grazing by springtails, for example, can reduce fungal activity and slow decay.

Environmental changes can have an impact, too, and that’s what the researchers studied. They set up forest plots and manipulated precipitation to match anticipated future levels, both wet and dry. They didn’t see much change in leaf decomposition under higher-rainfall conditions. But under drought conditions, they found, decay accelerated significantly. Their findings are published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Our hypothesis is that during drought conditions, the fungi are already drought-stressed, and the Collembola are overgrazing them, which slows down decay,” Dr. Lensing said. Under these circumstances, by preying on the springtails, the spiders reduce the pressure on the fungi, thus allowing for more leaf decay. Under wetter conditions the fungi are not so stressed and so easily overgrazed, so spider predation on springtails has less effect.

It’s not that the dryness has a direct influence on populations of spiders, say, or springtails. Instead, Dr. Lensing said, “it affects how the cascading occurs” within the food web. This indirect impact on leaf decay, she added, “shows how complex the effect of altered rainfall can be.”

Survival Diet, for Frogs

Here’s a question that ecologists have wondered about for years: Is there a connection between how widespread a species is — the size of the territory it covers — and its diet?

One idea is that a species with a restricted range should have a specialized diet, in part because there is a less diverse selection of foods available in a smaller area. By the same reasoning, a species with a broad range should have a more varied diet, because there are more menu choices.

Selection might come into play as well. With a species shoehorned into a small space, there is a greater likelihood that any adaptation — to a single food source, for example — will spread through the species. This is less likely in a species with a broader range, where there would always be some mixing among individuals from different environments.

It’s a nice idea. But a new study shows the opposite is true, at least for rainforest frogs from the wet tropics area of northeastern Australia.

Yvette M. Williams of James Cook University and colleagues studied the stomach contents of 11 related frog species with ranges from 2,500 square miles to slightly more than 1 square mile (on a single mountaintop). All of the frogs dined on ants, spiders, beetles and other bugs, but the species with the smallest ranges had the most diverse diets. Those with the largest ranges ate mostly ants. The findings were reported in Biology Letters.

The researchers suggest that another hypothesis might explain this. The smaller the range, the more prone a species is to extinction. A small-range species that depends on one food source, then, risks being wiped out if that food source dries up. But one that is a generalist eater can better survive the vagaries of the food supply.

Silk Stockings, for Spiders

Web-spinning spiders have specialized organs, called spinnerets, that produce silk. They are usually located on the underside of the abdomen.

But scientists have discovered that a species of tarantula also secretes silk through its feet. The spider may use the fibers to help it climb slick surfaces.

Stanislav N. Gorb of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Germany and colleagues made the discovery in zebra tarantulas, found in Costa Rica. The spider, which is about an inch and a half long, produces the silk through tiny nozzles in the base of the feet. The finding was reported in the journal Nature.

Like other spiders, the zebra tarantula also has thousands of tiny hairs on its feet that help it stick to surfaces through molecular attraction. But the researchers found that the foot silk, laid down as tracks, helped the spider walk on vertical surfaces. In experiments on glass, the researchers found that if the spiders slipped, the silk arrested their fall.

It’s not known if other spider species also have this capability. But however widespread it is, the researchers say, it raises new questions about the evolution of silk-making. Foot production of silk may be the ancestral condition, with spinneret production evolving later. Or the two may have evolved independently. Comparison of the genes involved in silk production from the feet and from spinnerets, the researchers say, should provide some clues.

Springtime on Uranus

With their swirling atmospheres, gaseous planets occasionally produce dark spots (Jupiter’s red spot being the most famous example). Spots are rare on Uranus, however, and no definitive images of them have ever been obtained.

Now, though, Lawrence Sromovsky of the University of Wisconsin and other astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to produce clear images of a dark spot in the atmosphere of Uranus.

The spot, about 1,900 miles long and 1,100 miles wide, is in the planet’s northern hemisphere. The researchers say the spot may be new, a result of gradual warming of the northern hemisphere as Uranus moves into “spring” in its 84-year orbit around the Sun. Images are at hubblesite.org/news/2006/47.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

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Victory for people power

CHRYSTON and Muirhead residents claimed a victory this week after a bid to extend a mobile phone mast near a primary school was blocked.

Telecommunications firm Arqiva had applied to North Lanarkshire Council for a 3metre extension to the 22.5metre mast near Drumcavel Road and St Barbara's Primary School.

They had also applied for the addition of three antennae and an equipment cabinet.

A spokesperson for Chryston Community Council said: "We are really happy with the outcome.

"We objected to the mast going up in the first place.

"We tried to find out about the radiation effects in 1996 and were told there was nothing to worry about.

"But we were not convinced and were worried about the effects it could have on the children."

Local councillor Joe Shaw said he supports the community council's campaign and thanked his colleagues at North Lanarkshire Council for refusing the application.

He said: "It's a good decision. No one has convinced us that there is not a link to radiation from these masts.

"We will need to wait and see the outcome when the company appeals the council's decision."

David Porch, director of planning and environment at North Lanarkshire Council, said: "The application was refused on the grounds that the increase in height of the existing telecommunications mast would be detrimental to the amenity of the area, in that the higher mast would be more visible to residents of Muirhead and Mount Ellen and the primary school."

A spokesperson for Arqiva said: "We are disappointed the extension has been refused and will discuss this with O2, on whose behalf we are seeking this change.

"It is thought the development of existing towers is preferable to additional towers being built."

03 October 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.


Gas drilling increasing in rural areas of West Slope

The Daily Sentinel

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Thousands of new natural-gas wells are expected to be drilled in the Piceance Basin next year, while energy companies could begin to turn their sights to one of the Western Slope’s least explored energy reserves.

The Paradox Basin of western Montrose County could be next in line for expanded oil and gas development, said Brian Macke, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

“The Paradox Basin is probably one of the most under-explored and under-developed parts of the state for oil and gas,” Macke said Monday.

There will likely be an “elevated level of interest” among energy companies in developing there, he said.

Most of the Western Slope’s energy development over the next year will be in the Piceance Basin, where thousands of gas wells now exist.

As long as gas prices remain high — currently about $5 per million British thermal units — the commission expects at least 2,000 new natural gas wells to be drilled in northwestern Colorado annually.

Macke said he can’t predict how many wells will be drilled in the next decade, however.

This year, natural gas drilling in Mesa County is expected to surpass that of 2005, Macke said. The commission has issued 205 natural gas permits to drill so far in 2006, with 275 expected. Last year, 136 permits were issued.

In Garfield County, the focal point of energy development on the Western Slope, the commission has issued 1,355 permits to drill so far this year, with 1,600 expected. Last year, 1,509 permits were issued.

Drilling in Rio Blanco County is expected to double this year over 2005, Macke said. About 400 permits to drill are expected to be issued this year for the county, where only 161 permits were issued in 2005.

So far, 280 permits have been written for Rio Blanco County.

Over the last two years, energy companies have shown little interest in developing areas of the Western Slope south of Mesa County.

The commission issued no permits to drill in Montrose County in 2005 and only one so far this year. Forty-seven permits to drill were issued for San Miguel County in 2005, and 29 so far in 2006.

But more than 24,500 acres in both counties are up for lease in the Bureau of Land Management’s Nov. 9 oil and gas lease sale.

Most of the parcels on the auction block in Montrose County, totaling more than 12,400 acres, are along Colorado Highway 141 north of Naturita.

The San Miguel County parcels in the lease sale, totaling 12,227 acres, are along Highway 141 north of Egnar.

Bobby Magill can be reached via e-mail at bmagill(at)gjds.com

Informant: binstock

When a Chimney is not a Chimney


Notice: the power cables on this tiny house leading to chimney video uploaded by UK resident this week.

Informant: Gotemf

I'm saying YES to sustainable seafood


Marc Ash Interviews Bill Moyers

Part 1

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Bill Moyers about his surprising October documentaries, the state of American journalism, and what we can all do to make a difference. Interesting stuff. "Capitol Crimes," part one of the series "Moyers on America," follows the Abramoff money trail. If you want to know how Abramoff did it, what part DeLay played, who's getting hurt and who profited - make sure you're sitting down, and watch "Capitol Crimes," airing October 4th on PBS. This documentary is sobering. Parts two and three of my interview will examine the second and third broadcasts in the series, "Is God Green?" airing October 11th, and "The Net at Risk," airing October 18th. Stay tuned. - Marc Ash


Marc Ash Interviews Bill Moyers Part II: "Is God Green?"

Part 2 of my interview with Bill Moyers looks at the second in Moyers' series of October specials, "Is God Green?" There's a growing concern among American Evangelicals: Global Warming. The right wing of American politics may no longer be able to count on Evangelicals to rubber-stamp their environmental polices. Moyers had a lot to say about the upcoming broadcast. - ma/TO


Marc Ash Interviews Bill Moyers - Part III: "The Net at Risk"

The future of the Internet is up for grabs. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) effectively eliminated net neutrality rules, which ensured that every content creator on the Internet - from big-time media concerns to backroom bloggers - had equal opportunity to make their voice heard. Now, large and powerful corporations are lobbying Washington to turn the World Wide Web into what critics call a "toll road," threatening the equitability that has come to define global democracy's newest forum. In Part III of our interview, Marc Ash Spoke to Bill Moyers about this important issue. Moyers on America: "The Net@Risk" airs Wednesday, October 18, on your local PBS station.


America the Tyranny


Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news

Anfrage an die Landesärztekammer Hessen


Ärztekammern und Mobilfunk

Corruption, from DeLay to Foley, spoils the vision of government "for the people"

Lincoln Weeps

Stay Home, Ms. Rice

by Patrick Seale, TomPaine.com

Condoleezza Rice is in the Middle East yet again. Unfortunately.

Suppressing The Iraq Story

by Paul McLeary, CJR Daily

Iraq and the U.S. are stifling the very thing they say they are building in Iraq—free speech and a free press.


Our leaders, not Watada, should be on trial


Informant: jensenmk

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Informant: Debi Clark

Vergesslichkeit: Gründe, warum inzwischen besonders auch junge Menschen darunter leiden


Follow the money

Orange County Register
by Steven Greenhut


Those of us who argue that a system of free enterprise is far superior to one of control by government regulators are always tagged by our foes as lackeys of the rich, the powerful and big corporations. It is true that I often defend wealthy corporations against those who want to loot them. Yet I hold no illusions that corporate leaders are somehow on 'our' side when it comes to issues of freedom and property rights. ... This situation is on full display in the campaign to stop Proposition 90, the statewide Protect Our Homes initiative that will be on the November ballot. If it passes, the initiative will mean the end of two troubling and common policies in California. The first is eminent domain abuse, by which cities take property from small businesses and homeowners and give it to big developers who promise to pay more sales taxes than the current owners. The second is regulatory takings, whereby governments 'take' property through regulations such as downzoning, often obliterating the value of a property without paying compensation...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How Bush admitted his war crimes

Common Dreams
by Richard W. Behan


It was brilliantly deceptive, trumping even his orchestrated dishonesty in leading us to war. Buried in the 94 pages of the Military Commissions Act of 2006-the 'detainee act' or the 'torture bill' -- the Bush Administration tacitly admits it has committed war crimes. ... The Military Commissions Act of 2006 is retroactive. It shall 'take effect as of November 26, 1997, as if enacted [on that date].' Nothing the Bush Administration has done can be called into question. Why would the Bush people write these several requirements into a law? Only if they are guilty of committing war crimes and know they will face prosecution. Though ingeniously obscured, this is a de facto admission of guilt...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The medieval detainee bill

Common Dreams
by Jacqueline Marcus


There are laws that represent an Enlightened Age and, conversely, there are laws that represent a Dark Age. Today, our Congress has abolished, in Molly Ivins' words, 'a safeguard against illegal imprisonment that has endured as a cornerstone of legal justice since the Magna Carta,' and replaced it with barbaric laws. With a single vote, they've done away with a humane, civil right: the right to know what charges detainees' have been accused of and the detainees' right to challenge those accusations in a court of law. The traditional saying is every person has a right to a trial, a right to confront his/her accuser and to challenge the accusations. It is a profound safeguard to protect the innocent. These humane laws that characterize a civilized nation have been usurped by a medieval oligarch: According to the new archaic law, George W. Bush determines the final fate of detainees, many of whom were innocent Afghani farmers, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. That fate is cruel and unusual. No presumption of innocence. The punishment is either life in prison or death...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Torture, foreign & domestic

Torture, foreign & domestic ... just kidding
Fox News
by Susan Estrich


Held in a secret prison. No charges filed. No recourse to any courts. Physical and mental abuse. Torture? Who cares, you say, if we do it to terrorists. If it helps. Even if it doesn't. Only soft hearted civil libertarians and senators from safe Democratic seats really care about the rights of likely terrorists. But the Golden Rule is the reason for international law. It is the underlying moral force, what gives it any chance at all of being law. We cannot simply rewrite the Geneva Convention for purposes of how we treat them; it cannot help but apply to how they, whoever in the world steps up as they, treat us. If you think about the detainee bill from the perspective of how we should treat terrorists, it's a no-brainer...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The McCain charade

The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner


Watch out for this fellow, John McCain. He manages to be both the anti-Bush within the Republican Party, and also Bush's enabler. This schizophrenic role, which his bipartisan fans somehow miss, happens to position McCain perfectly for 2008 as the guy untarnished by all the bad stuff Bush brought us, but who continues the same regime. Consider the two disgraceful pieces of extra-constitutional legislation that the Bush loyalists are ramming through Congress, first over McCain's objection, then with his help: One is a law prompted by a Supreme Court ruling in June holding that the government could not set up kangaroo courts at Guantanamo and elsewhere, depriving defendants of all normal rights. (Lest you be reassured, the vote was 5-3.) The ruling required legislation establishing due process for detainees...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Awaiting the rebellion

by Fred Reed


When men die pointlessly in a war they know cannot be won and that means nothing to them, when they realize that they are dying for the egos of draft-dodging politicians safe in Washington -- they will revolt. It happened before. It will happen again. But when? Next year, I'd guess. It is important to understand that officers and enlisted men are very different animals. For example, enlisted men do things (drive the tank, repair the helicopter) whereas officers are chiefly administrators. But the important difference is psychological. Enlisted men are blue-collar guys or technicians. They carry little ideological overburden. They want to fix the tank or finish the field exercise and then go drink beer and get laid. Above all, they are realists. If the new radio doesn't work, or Baghdad turns out to be a tactically irresolvable nightmare, the enlisted guys feel very little urge to pretend otherwise...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

MP gets mast moved

A mast has been moved and another refused planning in the Moredon area of Swindon on the grounds that it would damage health.

The details are as follows/


23 Middleleaze Drive,
Swindon. SN5 5GL
Phone 01793 321 634

Hope its of some help.

Pauline K.

Parents Demand for Milk Free of Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Bovine Growth Hormone Changing Dynamics of Marketplace


Informant: Anna Webb

Iraq Is Not a Quagmire


Why Failed the FBI to Investigate Foley E-mails Sent by CREW This Summer?


State Of Denial


Bob Woodward Interview. Click to view

Woodward’s 60 Minutes bloodbath

By Mike Whitney

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward can always be counted on to tell the truth… after all the other options have been exhausted. His new book doesn’t veer too far from the pattern he’s followed his entire career; one minute he’s the “kingmaker” dishing up hearty-helpings of literary tripe like “Bush at War” and “Plan of Attack” and the next minute he’s ramming a scimitar into the lower lumbar region of his prey.


Iraq: the week the truth was told

The invasion of a sovereign country in March 2003 not only was founded on false pretences. It also created more problems than it has solved.


From Information Clearing House

How Pakistan became an ally

Musharraf says he “war gamed” a U.S. attack and concluded his nation would lose. But many Pakistanis believe Musharraf was far too eager to comply with Washington’s diktat and to turn against Pakistan’s old friends and allies in return for $4 billion of U.S. aid and secret CIA stipends distributed to Pakistan’s ruling elite.


From Information Clearing House

'US paying Pakistan $70-80 million a month'

A British analyst has stirred a hornet's nest by revealing that the United States is bankrolling Pakistan's military ruler Pervez Musharraf to the extent of $70-80 million a month, adding fuel to the dictator's incendiary visit to the West this month.


War on Iran started a year ago

A strategic thinker who called all the correct diplomatic and military plays preceding Operation Iraqi Freedom now sees diplomatic failure and air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.


An Enemy and War Born from Ignorance


Tortured Canadian Wins Battle for Truth


Legal Loopholes Allow Arms Traders to Dodge Embargoes


A Blow Against the Corporate Empire


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All Laws Which Are Repugnant to The Constitution Are Null And Void


Informant: ranger116

The One World Order: Stage-Managed Morality

by Deanna Spingola

And because it was the worst of times for Americans – from the bra-burning rebellious sixties through the extensive casualties (58 thousand) and the massive debt of the Vietnam War which understandably created a lot of anti-war sentiment – particularly after many Americans discovered the devastating nature of the weapons used in Vietnam.....


Rice Industry: Keep Genetically Engineered Varieties in the Lab

by Jeffrey Smith

The Biotech PR firms want the rice industry and others to believe that gene inserted crops are catching on around the world. In reality, studies show that the more people learn about GM food, the less they want to put it in their mouth. The main reason why most US consumers are complacent is that they don’t know about the issue. .....


Colin Powell claims he was 'fired' by the Bush Administration


Informant: NHNE

The US ceased to be a constitutional republic


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

U.S. Warns Europe On Iran Investment

American attempts to persuade Europe to think again about financial involvement in Iran may be starting to bear fruit, according to European banking officials. Whether such "back-door sanctions" will work is far less apparent, experts say.


From Information Clearing House

Gingrich urges overriding Supreme Court

Supreme Court decisions that are "so clearly at variance with the national will" should be overridden by the other branches of government, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says.


The list of Shame: Who voted Yea and Nay on torture and detention


From Information Clearing House

Protest over phone mast

By Nicola Fenn

John Dornan, councillor for Laindon Park, MP John Baron and resident and campaign leader Jeffrey Goodwin

A row has erupted between Basildon Council and phone giant O2 over the position of a 15-metre-high phone mast in Laindon.

Fierce objections were made by residents, councillors and local schools, when plans for the telecommunications mast at the roundabout at West Mayne and Durham Road, arrived at Basildon Council's planning office.

The council objected to the site, but offered an alternative, at Mayne House in Fenton Way, which they claim O2 accepted.

However O2 insist they never received any suggestions and as 56 days has expired from when the application went in, the company is perfectly within its rights to start work.

Workmen began installing an equipment cabinet and cable lines last week, much to the dismay of local residents.

Maxwell Atkins, of Roosevelt Road, said: "I think it's absolutely disgusting these people can put these things where they want, without any reference to anybody.

"Democracy is thrown out of the window and it doesn't much matter what the residents say or that any council objections count."

Planning enforcement officers at Basildon Council are now investigating the reports.

John Dornan, councillor for Laindon Park, said his phone has been ringing "off the wall" with residents complaining about the work.

He said: "They can't ride roughshod over the people of Laindon and we will stand and fight them."

Jim Stevenson, spokesman for O2 explained how after 56 days, if the local planning authority has not approved or rejected the plans, they can automatically start work.

He said: "The council did write and said they would rather we didn't put it there and we waited for something else to come back from them and it never did.

"Of course we would come back straight away if another site was suggested - we would rather have a local planning authority talk to us.

"Now we've started the work, it's difficult to break it off so we will continue, but we would be willing to move it."

MP John Baron was horrified to hear of O2's behaviour.

He is already involved in the issue after it was revealed 3G technology will mean four times as many masts are required, to support the new service.

He said: "The whole planning issue around phone masts needs to be shaken up.

"We all want to be able to use mobile phones, but this mustn't mean masts are constructed without any regard to the wellbeing of local people.

"It is time for the Government to stop ignoring the views of communities and change the planning laws in favour of residents."

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group


Will Woodward's Scathing `Denial' Deliver Mortal Blow to Bush?


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The Militarization of MySpace

Nick Turse warns us that the militarization of MySpace is just the latest Pentagon effort to occupy a new realm that will put the military product in front of ever more young eyes. The role of "friendly" MySpace.com, taking a desperate military's money to target their hordes of young friends searching for popularity online, is troubling. But it's also typical of the business-side of the military-corporate complex, because it's the civilian firms - producing everything from weapons to web sites - that allow the military to function as it does. In the case of MySpace, the friendly firm is deeply involved in producing the Army's page and will, says Eaton, be "doing the daily maintenance" on it.


The right-wing coalition of political dominance may be cracking up

Things Fall Apart

Paul Krugman writes: "Right after the 2004 election, it seemed as if Thomas Frank had been completely vindicated. In his book 'What's the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America,' Mr. Frank argued that America's right wing had developed a permanent winning strategy based on the use of "values" issues to mobilize white working-class voters against a largely mythical cultural elite, while actually pursuing policies designed to benefit a small economic elite. It was and is a brilliant analysis. But the political strategy Mr. Frank described may have less staying power than he feared. In fact, the right-wing coalition that has spent 40 years climbing to its current position of political dominance may be cracking up."


Battle for Control of Congress Tightens

As Congress adjourned for a final five-week campaign blitz, polls show voters are unhappy with the direction of the country, dissatisfied with the Republican-led Congress, and more likely to favor Democrats in their local House races. In the past week, Democrats turned public attention back to the unpopular war in Iraq and put the White House on the defensive in a heated debate over a National Intelligence Estimate that said the conflict had fueled Islamic extremism.


Let's Hear It for the "Mavericks!"

William Fisher writes: "Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that the president of the United States is not a king, our media has been obsessed with the 'rebellion' of three 'maverick' Republican senators who said they refused to accept the White House version of a new law governing how we treat and detain alleged terrorists. So what happened? On Thursday, September 28, 2006, the 'mavericks' caved."



The Deeper Evil Behind the Detainee Bill

Chris Floyd writes: "It was a dark hour indeed on Thursday when the United States Senate voted to end the constitutional republic and transform the country into a 'Leader-State,' giving the president and his agents the power to capture, torture and imprison forever anyone - American citizens included - whom they arbitrarily decide is an 'enemy combatant.' This also includes those who merely give 'terrorism' some kind of 'support,' defined so vaguely that many experts say it could encompass legal advice, innocent gifts to charities or even political opposition to US government policy within its draconian strictures."


US-Heimatschutz als "Kabuki-Theater"




There is one thing we know. The politics of avoiding a confrontation for fear of being smeared is NOT the path to victory. This we know, that the only way to win back those of other parties who are also angry at being misled is by demonstrating the courage of our own leadership.

SUPPORT THE LIE/DIE TV SPOTS: http://www.peaceteam.net/donations.php

And there is a movement right now, The Peace Team, growing amongst our candidates themselves to form their OWN consensus about what must be done to correct the biggest lie of all, the war and occupation without end of Iraq. These candidates agree on one fundamental truth, that our troops in Iraq must START to come home now.

At the same time, more and more of these candidates are producing their own version of the Lie/Die TV spot you may have already seen, calling out the Bush administration, and their local incumbent, on the lies and patriotic happy talk that mislead us to this grim juncture in the first place.

We have been told we must take the fight to the enemy. That enemy is not the Iraqi people themselves, at least it was not before, but that enemy DOES include the lies and deceptions that got us there in the first place. THAT is what we must confront. THAT is what we must challenge. And only by doing that, directly and in their faces, can we win back the votes of our neighbors who were swayed by those who only appeared strong in their swagger.

Our game plan is simple, to inspire as many candidates as possible to run their own variation of the Lie/Die TV spot, the most powerful expression we have seen confronting the despicable falsehoods which have constituted the foreign policy of the Bush administration. Their only possible salvation is hoping to cow us once again, to intimidate us from challenging their wall to wall lies.

We will NOT be cowed. We will NOT be intimidated. And neither will the candidates on The Peace Team. But to get the message of truth out they will need your help, your contributions, to run these Lie/Die TV spots in their own districts, and demonstrate to their constituents that there IS a courageous alternative to vote for.

That is why the Peace Team has set up a special donations page where you can contribute to all the Peace Team candidates who are ready to go with their Lie/Die TV spots right now. There are seven there already, by tomorrow there will be at least a couple more, and more every successive day with your support and encouragement.

SUPPORT THE LIE/DIE TV SPOTS: http://www.peaceteam.net/donations.php

Please go to The Peace Team donations page now. You can see the spots playing right on the page above. Give whatever you can in these last critical 5 weeks of this Congressional election campaign. The future of our democracy is on the line. This is our last chance to take back our country from the dark side of dictatorial ambition. We must give it everything we've got. Only then do we have a chance for a brighter tomorrow.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours.

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Detention Center capacity upped again


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From ufpj-news

Christian camp: training children to die for God

It scooped the "Scariest Movie" award at Michael Moore's liberal film festival. But this is no Hollywood slasher flick - "Jesus Camp" is a documentary about an evangelical retreat that teaches children they should prepare to die for God.


Jesus Camp

Disturbing and Thought Provoking Documentary

Jesus camp is a rare document. It is one of the few honest portrayals of the right wing evangelist's movement. The documentary follows Pastor Becky Fisher and her congregation. Ms. Fischer, an evangelical Christian, helps run Kids on Fire, a summer camp in Devils Lake, N.D., that grooms children to be soldiers in “God’s army.” The result is a very disturbing film.


From Information Clearing House


Jesus Camp: God Help Us All!

Informant: NHNE

The Erosion of Democracy and Freedom in America


Congressman 'tolerated' forced abortions, sex slavery

Video report

Doolittle's challenger, Lt. Col. Charlie Brown, accuses Doolittle of knowing of the abuses while helping to fund a local government in the Northern Mariana Islands that allegedly exploited workers.


A sordid betrayal of democracy

Bill Moyers Investigates Abramoff Lobbying Scandal. Video and Transcript

More Action on Lt. Watada's Stand Against the War


If you have a minute, stand up for Lt. Watada's opposition to the Iraq War by voicing your protest against new charges filed against him on Sept. 15. Fort Lewis' Commander, Lieutenant General James Dubik, makes the final decision on whether to proceed to court-martial on any or all charges.

Below is a sample letter. Put it on your own stationery, handwritten if possible, and send priority or express for extra impact:

Commanding General Fort Lewis and I Corps
Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik
Bldg 2025 Stop 1
Fort Lewis WA 98433

Dear Lt. Gen. Dubik:

Along with tens of thousands, I support Lt. Ehren Watada's right to refuse an illegal war.

I ask that you not bring court martial proceedings against him. I write to you personally to let you know how I feel about this crucial moral issue.

If there is a court-martial, I will notify friends in the area to visit Ft. Lewis. I may (or will) also attend myself.


If you prefer to call, Lt. Gen. Dubik can be reached via his aide at 253-967-0022, and/or call the Ft. Lewis switchboard at 253-967-1110. These numbers often refer "Lt. Watada's supporters" to the Fort Lewis Public Affairs Office at 206-967-7166.

Take a moment today to phone and write Lt. Gen. James Dubik and respectfully request "no court martial for Lt. Watada." Your phone calls and letters now could make a difference. Forward this action alert to friends.

On Sept. 15, the Army escalated their case to silence Lt. Watada by adding a charge of speech crime, based on Lt. Watada's speech to a Veterans for Peace Convention on August 12. On August 17, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada succeeded in placing the war on trial during an Article 32 pre-trial hearing in a military courtroom at Fort Lewis. The investigating officer recommended that Lt. Watada be referred to a general court martial on all charges -- including five charges for political speech.

When writing, please consider a handwritten letter on stationary (if available) posted via express or priority mail for additional impact and timely delivery. We expect that Lt. Gen. Dubik will soon issue his decision, but there is no required timeline. Do not delay and take action today. The contact address and phone numbers for Lt. Gen. Dubik may change over the course of this action alert, so check ThankYouLt.org for these and other updates.

For the first time since 1965, the military is prosecuting an objector for his opinions.


Rita and Brian
Co-Directors, Faith Voices for the Common Good

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