Donnerstag, 12. Oktober 2006

Top US Officer in Iraq Sees Spike in Violence

The senior American commander in Iraq, General George W. Casey Jr., said Wednesday that violence in Baghdad had reached its highest levels in recent weeks, despite the assignment of thousands more American and Iraqi troops to the capital in August.

Moon, North Korea & the Bushes

Robert Parry writes: "The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's business empire, which includes the right-wing Washington Times, paid millions of dollars to North Korea's communist leaders in the early 1990s when the hard-line government needed foreign currency to finance its weapons programs, according to US Defense Intelligence Agency documents."

EPA Ignores Danger of Lead in Aviation Fuel


"Sozialsystem veraltet": Althaus fordert 600 Euro "Bürgergeld" für alle


Thüringens Ministerpräsident Dieter Althaus (CDU) dringt nach Abzug einer "Gesundheitspauschale" auf ein bedingungsloses "Bürgergeld" für alle in Höhe von 600 Euro. Jeder Bundesbürger ab 14 Jahren solle 800 Euro im Monat vom Staat erhalten, unabhängig davon, ob er arbeite oder nicht, sagte Althaus der Tageszeitung "taz". "Wir brauchen einen Systemwechsel", meint der CDU-Politiker. Eine realistische Perspektive auf Vollbeschäftigung gebe es nicht mehr, Korrekturen an "Hartz IV" seien auf Dauer nicht erfolgreich. Das von Althaus propagierte, steuerfinanzierte "Bürgergeld" soll die bisherigen Sozialleistungen des Staates ersetzen. Renten- und Arbeitslosenversicherung würden abgeschafft. Abzuziehen wäre eine Gesundheitspauschale von 200 Euro, so dass 600 Euro zur Verfügung stünden. Damit sei das Bürgergeld "nicht so bemessen, dass es zur Ruhe einlädt", betonte Althaus, der zugleich Vizevorsitzender der CDU-Grundsatzprogrammkommission ist.

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Third Iraq Death Has One Town Shaken to Core

Death is more tornado than hurricane, picking its spots with capricious malice. But a third soldier gone, Mikey O, in this close-knit throwback of a town, Grover's Corners on the Hudson, seems particularly beyond grief, beyond pain, beyond knowing.

A Call for Progressive Unity

George Lakoff writes: "The progressive movement needs unity in every dimension - its intellectual leaders, its political leaders, its activists, its funders, its consultants, its grassroots, and its netroots. Progressives are engaged in too critical a struggle with the forces of Conservatism to spend their time and energy attacking each other."

How Rove Twisted Foley's Arm

GOP congressional leadership, eager for every safe incumbent in the House to run for re-election, looked the other way as evidence accumulated that Mark Foley had a thing for pages. Holding onto his seat became more important than confronting him over his extracurricular activities. Foley, thinking of leaving the House and becoming a lobbyist, was pressured by "the White House and Rove gang," who insisted that Foley run. If he didn't, Foley was told, it might impact his lobbying career.

Unbehinderte Handlungsfreiheit im Weltraum: Bush hat Teile der neuen nationalen Weltraumpolitik veröffentlicht

Soziologische Anmerkungen zu Kurt Becks Unterschichtenproblem

Ermahnungen an die sozial Verwundbaren

Droht dem Amazonas eine Ölkatastrophe?

Hugo Chavez' Pipeline von Venezuela nach Brasilien ist ökologisch und ökonomisch umstritten.

Zivile Atomkraft ist ein Mythos

Mit dem Bau von Atomkraftwerken wurde der Bombenstoff über die Welt verteilt.

Small local farms take on U.S. industry

Informant: binstock

Phone mast approval ‘done deal’

PROTESTERS say they weren't at all surprised when a mobile phone network was granted permission to replace a 15m mast with one 5m taller at Teg Down reservoir, Winchester.

They had read that the decision had been approved on the city council's website several weeks ahead of a meeting on site yesterday (Wednesday) of its telecommunications sub-committee.

Chairman, Mike Read, said there had been several "hiccups" with the administrative process in connection with the application from mobile phone giants, Hutchison.

Case officer, Tom Patchell, said: "For some reason, the decision notice had been sent out when it hadn't been signed by a team leader."

Caroline St Leger Davey, who was there to protest, said she couldn't believe a report had even been written before the meeting.

"It gives the impression that it was a done deal," she said.

Hutchison had had an application for a 20m mast approved two years ago and the committee heard that the permission was valid for a further three years.

But the network submitted a fresh application to replace the existing mast in order to preserve the trees beside it.

Committee member, Roger Huxstep, said: "The crime was committed several years ago when the first mast was permitted."

"We have no legs to stand on in refusing this," said another councillor.

But it didn't stop the protesters putting up a spirited battle, which split the councillors two against two.

The deciding vote rested with the chairman, who approved the application.

He said: "I know it's not going to please some people, but it's already been shown that an application has been granted so I must go along with that."

Karen Barratt, a representative of Wessex Registry of Active Masts, said the application had "set a dangerous precedent".

She added: "This is a separate application. It has been two years since the previous one, not two weeks.

"Things don't stay the same. There's a different head of Sarum Road Hospital, next to the mast; there's a different head of Kings' school and there are new people living in the area. There should have been fresh consultation."

Mrs St Leger Davey said: "There's so much to complain about with this application. It should have been thrown out and they should be invited to put in another one."

Mr Patchell said the council had been sending details about the application to addresses on the GIS database that were more than two years old.

Some of the properties no longer existed and some had since become multiple-occupancy houses.

Liz Marsden, of Hutchison, said the 15m mast had "not been performing as well as predicted" because of the height of nearby trees.

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

Green light for mast plan

WYTHALL residents have vowed to keep fighting against a 12-metre high phone mast, despite the council passing the plans.

Bromsgrove district councillors gave the green light to T-Mobile to erect the mast in Trueman's Heath Lane at a recent planning meeting.

Council planner Hazel Bailey said: "It was a very close vote - six to five. Objections were mostly on health and safety grounds which we couldn't consider because emissions were below recommended levels.

"The visual impact, a fake telegraph pole, would also be minimal, so I recommended it for approval."

One of the scores of neighbours campaigning against the mast is mother of one Rebecca Seery."The site is totally inappropriate. I and the villagers are considering taking the matter to a judicial review." County councillor Wally Stewart

She said: "My baby is 12 weeks old and her bedroom will face the mast.

"I'm frightened on health grounds - I don't believe the danger from these masts has been properly researched."

Protest organiser Teresa Clubb said: "We'll continue to go down every avenue to get this stopped.

"There are other sites here T-Mobile could use with our blessing."

She blasted Worcestershire County Council for giving T-Mobile permission to erect the mast on its land, saying: "The company won't have to pay rent, so won't bother looking elsewhere."

T-Mobile spokesman John Shaughnessy said: "Rent has absolutely no bearing on this. It is highways land and we have limited rights to access.

"UK experts and the world health association agree there's no reason to fear very low level emissions from phone masts."

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But he added: "We did promise Wythall residents that we'd look at alternatives, and will keep our promise.

"But we don't want to get their hopes up because the site we have planning permission for is ideal."

Worcestershire county councillor Wally Stewart said: "The site is totally inappropriate. I and the villagers are considering taking the matter to a judicial review."

Bromsgrove MP Julie Kirkbride said: "Because of the strength of public opinion I hope T-Mobile with find another solution."

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

Demand New Energy Now! Sign The Petition to Congress

Today George Bush declared the November election would be about two things: the economy and national security.

After three disastrous years in Iraq, we all know the key to both issues is an energy plan that reduces our dependence on Mideast oil.

The League of Conservation Voters wants Congress to adopt a serious energy plan now. Please join me in signing their petition.

Bob Fertik

The AWOL heroes

Strike the Root
by Robert Johnson


People of Power's mentality can't see that the government could be wrong. Their 'greatest generation' didn't have the courage or intelligence to openly question the government. Perhaps that is why their generation is held up by the government and media as an example for all generations to follow. The government would love nothing more than millions of unquestioning sheeple who march blindly off to kill and die on the orders of the government. And anyone who dares question the system is branded a coward who should be shot by the government!

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gandhi as terrorist

Another Day in the Empire
by Kurt Nimmo


In the not too distant past, when activists blocked driveways or staged sit-downs in federal offices, they were routinely arrested and charged with misdemeanors. Soon, however, as a result of H.R. 4239, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, they may be considered terrorists...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

10 things your Congressman won't tell you

Smart Money
by Brigid McMenamin


1. 'I can't lose.' This year 404 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are standing for reelection. For most it's a formality: On average, more than 90% of House incumbents win, according to a 2005 report by the Cato Institute. What's behind the incumbency advantage? Campaign financing, for one thing. We taxpayers pick up the tab for incumbents' regular offices, staff, publicity, travel and mailings, so they needn't raise as much money to run. Challengers, on the other hand, must come up with a fortune -- and do so in dribs and drabs since Congress caps individual contributions at $2,000...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Sleepless on skid row

by Gregory Afghani


The power elite are fully aware that arrests of homeless people for sleeping on the sidewalk adds social cost by further burdening a criminal justice system already at its limits, serves no legitimate crime fighting purpose, misappropriates public safety funds and police resources, and would never be tolerated if the police were targeting anyone other than the least privileged among us...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The evil of the "Axis"

Center for a Stateless Society
by Per Bylund


A North Korea with the recently acquired knowledge and ability to produce nuclear-based weaponry simply points to a much greater and widely spread problem: the problem with government per se. Since power corrupts, we cannot trust the ones with power. Then how can we trust them with the weapons to protect us from foreign threats; especially since we are at the same time forcefully disarmed by our 'protectors'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Police state patriotism

Liberty For All
by Sergei Borglum Hoff

My enthusiasm is lacking for this police-state-patriotism that John Ashcroft so eagerly prescribed for the masses. Indeed, I am repelled by what he perceives to be desirable patriotic expression. His most recent 'phantoms of lost liberties' rebuke will not ease the pain of his Bully-Brother tactics. In testimony given before the Senate Judiciary Committee, our Attorney General, the archetype of sanctimoniousness, dared to insinuate that those people failing to enthusiastically embrace his 'Homeland' security tactics are unpatriotic and enablers of terrorism. What balderdash! What impudence! What treachery! (written 10/04/03; posted 10/11/06)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Big business loses a buddy

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Timothy Carney


We're still figuring out who knew what and when about former Florida Rep. Mark Foley's behavior toward pages, but the disgraced Republican was never discreet about fighting for corporate welfare for his campaign donors. Almost all congressmen win favors for their financial supporters, but few members displayed such a direct correlation between the bills they sponsored and the campaign checks they cashed...,05555.cfm

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The AT&T-BellSouth merger is the latest threat to net neutrality: will the FCC stop it?

Narrowing The Net

Fight The Fraud In Iraq

by Isaiah J. Poole,

Tardy promises of a crackdown should not dilute outrage over the ripoffs and ongoing incompetence in Iraq.

Problem politics

The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson


Let's stipulate at the outset that if the Republican Congress had done a decent job addressing the nation's problems over the past two years, the Foley scandal and cover-up wouldn't now be plunging the Republicans into political perdition. Instead, the scandal has served chiefly to crystallize in the public's mind much that it has come to loathe about both the Congress and the Bush administration -- above all, their unwavering focus on the politics of a problem rather than the problem itself. It's not just that congressional Republicans have neglected to do anything about the conduct of the war in Iraq, or diminishing medical and retirement benefits, or the 12 million undocumented immigrants living and working here...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Five scandals that could put Republicans in jail

by James Ridgeway


In a post-9/11 environment of silence and fear, the mood inside Congress has mirrored the bunkers and barriers outside: No one dares question the military or the intelligence services too closely, or to push the president too far. The Caucus Room continues to be used for party meetings and social events, and every so often there is a potted inquiry, as in the case of the 2003 hearings on the space shuttle. But on issues of war and peace, of corruption and graft, of civil rights, civil liberties, and constitutional breaches, meek questions are the rule, answered by dull assurances from the White House. If the Democrats win back control of Congress (or even one of its chambers), if they can come up with the requisite moxie, and if they can muster the political will to reach out to their own base as well as to disaffected Republicans, they will have an opportunity to begin to change all that...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

That Axis of Evil

by Jacob Weisberg


In his first State of the Union Address in January 2002, George W. Bush deployed the expression 'axis of evil' to describe the governments of Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. Critics jumped on the president for his belligerent rhetoric. But the problem with Bush's formulation wasn't his use of the term 'evil,' a perfectly apt description of the regimes of Saddam Hussein, the Iranian mullahs, and Kim Jong-il. The real issue was with the 'axis' part. With the reference to the Axis powers of World War II, Bush suggested that there was some sort of alliance or cooperation among these three enemies of the United States. His turn of phrase indicated that they represented a unitary problem and implied that in taking on one, America would be dealing with all three. Nearly five years later, we can see the damage caused by the president's too-cute slogan and the muddled thinking behind it...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The coming Republican debacle

Human Events
by William Rusher


Having controlled the White House and both Houses of Congress, as well as most of the major governorships, for almost all of the past six years, the Republican members of Congress have faithfully imitated the mistakes of their Democratic predecessors. Promises of budgetary frugality went out the window, and the members lined up to bring home federal pork for their districts. The device of the 'earmark' was exploited beyond even the Democrats' wildest dreams. Inevitably, fragrant crooks like Jack Abramoff managed to steal millions with the help of a few corrupt politicians. By midsummer it was clear that the American people had noticed all this, and were preparing to respond in the only way voters in a two-party system can: by throwing the rascals out, and throwing the other rascals in...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A new kind of neocon?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's False Choice on Iraq

The Los Angeles Times argues that the deliberate repetition of a shameless canard just before an election does not contribute to this thoughtful debate. Indeed, Bush's formulation could lead to a false sense of complacency. Fighting the terrorists "over there" does not necessarily make us safer "over here." This is not to say that there is no relation at all between Iraq's fate and the threat of terrorism to the US. But the relationship is not as simplistic as the president describes it. Pretending these two issues are part of the same problem trivializes them both.

Phone mast won't signal problems, say church

Thursday October 12, 2006

By East Lothian Newsroom


MOBILE phone giant O2 hopes to strike a deal to install a transmitter inside Haddington West Church.

Planning permission has been sought from East Lothian Council for a telecommunications ‘base station’ inside the church tower, though the church has yet to give final approval.

The church building has been hit by a serious dry rot problem, which has left officials with a £70,000 repair bill, hindering the start of work on the second phase of the £200,000 hall redevelopment project.

While the base station would be a financial boost to the church, it would not generate enough cash to entirely fix the dry rot.

One woman contacted the Courier to say she was concerned about radiation emitting from the base station.

“The older people of Hilton Lodge are very close to the church, while the children of Haddington Infant School are taught close by – I really don’t think it’s safe when there’s doubt about these base stations,” she said.

“I know there’s a need for them these days – but surely the Garleton Hills would be more appropriate.”

But Graham Coe, clerk to the church’s congregational board, said there had been much consultation.

Church minister, the Rev. Cammy Mackenzie [ ] was convinced that the base station would not harm anyone, said Mr Coe, while the Stewart Report commissioned by the Government in 2000 concluded that “the balance indicates that there is no general risk to the health of people living near to base stations on the basis that exposures are expected to be small fractions of the guidelines”.

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The World Health Organisation, meanwhile, ruled that “radio frequency field levels around bas stations are not considered a health risk”.

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“If somebody was to come up tomorrow with a piece of research which had credibility then we would still be in a position to pull out,” said Mr Coe.

He stressed that the O2 approach was not linked to the dry rot problem.

“Although the church has been carefully maintained over the years, the building, which is now around 120 years old, is really now showing its age,” he added.

The transmitter would be high up in the tower, out of sight.

Second mobile giant in anti-mast group's sights

12 October 2006

PARENTS who won their battle to stop a mobile phone giant installing a mast near a school have revealed they have another campaign on their hands.

Residents' action group Orange Squash, who successfully fended off a planning application by Orange, say they face a second campaign following interest from T-Mobile.

The proposed site, yards from Bedonwell Junior School, Bedonwell Road, Belvedere, has been deemed unsuitable by parents who fear for the healthy and safety of their children who attend the school.

Alan Eaton, founder of Orange Squash, said: "These mobile phone companies are like vultures.

"We get rid of one and then there is another waiting in the wings ready to pounce.

"It looks like we have another battle on our hands."

Last month bosses at Orange bowed down to pressure from residents and have revised their planning application to Bexley council, as reported in the Bexley Times.

The initial proposals outlined plans for a mast to be erected 100 yards from Bedonwell Junior School.

But Orange staff have shelved their original plans and have prepared an application for the mast to be installed at least 700 metres away from the school grounds following a eight month battle with the community.

Now T-Mobile is considering plans to erect a similar mast yards from the school.

Mr Eaton, who took his last campaign to Parliament after collecting more than 800 signatures from concerned residents, said the community is 'fed up'.

He added: "We have fought off one company and now there is another. We are fed up of all of this but we will fight another company if we have to."

A spokesman for T-Mobile was unavailable for comment as the Bexley Times went to press.

Orange Squash was backed by veteran journalist Esther Rantzen who led national campaign, SHAME (Schools and Hospitals Against Mast Emissions). For more information visit .

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

Al Qaeda Suspect: U.S. Government Gave Me LSD

An alleged operative for Al Qaeda imprisoned for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant is saying he was tortured and forcibly medicated with "a sort of truth serum" while in a Navy brig.

From Information Clearing House

Testing the Definition of "Terrorism"

Luis Posada Carriles and the U.S.

From Information Clearing House

Jose Padilla claims US government tortured him

"The government's conduct vis-a-vis Mr. Padilla is a stain on this nation's character, and through its illegal conduct, the government has forfeited its right to prosecute Mr. Padilla," his lawyers said in a legal motion filed this week.

It's begun: an Asian nuclear arms race

Why should we maintain an indefinite commitment to fight a war for South Korea when the result could now be escalation involving nuclear strikes on U.S. forces in the Pacific or the American homeland?

From Information Clearing House

Report Indicates that 1 in 4 Veterans of the Global War on "Terrorism" Claim Disabilities

One in four veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars are filing disability claims, according to records released by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) under the Freedom of Information Act after nine months of denying their existence and posted today on the National Security Archive Web site.

From Information Clearing House

Bush Vows US Will Remain in Iraq, Dismisses Report on War Deaths

The president dismissed a study published Wednesday that estimated some 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the war. He said he does not consider the report credible, and that the methodology used is "pretty well discredited."

More than 300,000 Iraqis have fled their homes:

Some 890,000 other Iraqis have also moved to Jordan, Iran and Syria in the last three years.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Business Will Try To Discredit Iraq "Excess' Death Toll" Study

Can you imagine the profits being made by the military-industrial complex on all this? Do they really want the US public to know the truth about what the weapons they produce have done to Iraqis?

In Iraq, U.S. "contractor" deaths near 650

The occupation of Iraq has killed at least 647 civilian contractors to date, according to official figures that provide a stark reminder of the huge role of civilians in supporting the U.S. military occupation.

From Information Clearing House

Torture, Moral Values, and Leadership of the Free World

By Edward S. Herman

In the discussions of the new torture-permissive legislation the media do not bring up Bush's statement of June 26, 2003, that "Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right. Yet torture continues to be practiced around the world by rogue regimes," and that in this struggle "we are leading this fight by example."[6] This display of hypocrisy without limit, and its unintended and unrecognized designation of the United States as a "rogue regime,"

The Mushroom Cloud over the U.N.

By Mike Whitney

The Bush administration has repeatedly rejected North Korea’s appeals for a “non-aggression” pact. Bush believes that he has the inherent right to attack whomever he chooses if it is in the national interest, which is to say, if it furthers his ambitions for global domination.

Ethics Panel Questions Page Supervisor Over Foley Scandal

The House page program supervisor was questioned on Wednesday as internal investigators undertook closed-door interviews on the handling of ex-Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate approaches to male pages.

U.S. Develops Software That Could Track Global Press

Informant: Kev Hall

Univ. of Hawaii Cuts off Funding after Failing to Silence Anti-Biotech Professor

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Wirbel im EU-Parlament um das Abkommen mit den USA zur Weitergabe von Flugpassagierdaten

Sell Out of Consumers

Oil, Katrina and the Big Spin: 4 hours of special programming

Our Daily Lives Don't Amount to a Hill of Beans in the Face of Nuclear War

Yes, It Is Possible to Stop War with Iran

Breaking the Silence of the Night


Breaking the silence of the night

by Ron Kovic


Have we become so complacent, so coward and intimidated by this government that we have forgotten our own revolutionary birthright of rebellion and dissent? Have we become so paralyzed by the eleventh of September that we would give up our liberty and freedom for the promise of a security that does not exist by a government that now threatens our very lives? What will it take before we finally realize the true reality of this crisis? How many more terrorist attacks, senseless wars, flag draped caskets, grieving mothers, paraplegics, amputees, stressed out sons and daughters before we finally begin to break the silence of this shameful night? Let us open up our hearts and speak in a way we have never spoken before knowing that lives now depend on it, and the very survival of our nation is now at stake. Let not our silence in this crucial moment betray us from our destiny...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Americans Want It All, and Hang the Consequences

Iraq Pullout Resolution on Ballot

Iraq Brings Wounds That Deepen With Time

US Population Hits 300 Million, but Is It Sustainable?

Lou Dobbs calls for revolt against two-party system

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