Montag, 16. Oktober 2006

The Rumblings of Discontent

"The Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan commission," writes Tom Engelhardt, has "... ruled out the President's favorite option, 'victory'" in Iraq.

Guilty Until Confirmed Guilty

The New York Times editorial staff write that the new bill on military commissions "will only make it harder than it already is to separate the real terrorists from the far larger group of inmates at Guantanamo Bay who were bit players in the Taliban or innocent bystanders."

Bush's Nuclear Apocalypse

"War with Iran - a war that would unleash an apocalyptic scenario in the Middle East - is probable by the end of the Bush administration," writes Chris Hedges. "This administration, claiming to be anointed by a Christian God to reshape the world, and especially the Middle East, defined three states at the start of its reign as 'the Axis of Evil.' They were Iraq, now occupied; North Korea, which, because it has nuclear weapons, is untouchable; and Iran."


Bush’s Nuclear Apocalypse

Informant: Betsy Whitfill


Bush’s Nuclear Apocalypse

By Chris Hedges

The aircraft carrier Eisenhower, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage, guided-missile destroyer USS Mason and the fast-attack submarine USS Newport News, is, as I write, making its way to the Straits of Hormuz off Iran. The ships will be in place to strike Iran by the end of the month. It may be a bluff. It may be a feint. It may be a simple show of American power. But I doubt it.

In Final Weeks, GOP Focuses on Best Bets

In this year's fierce midterm election battles, those Republican candidates who are likely to be defeated are losing financial support as party money is being diverted to other embattled Republican senators.

Forest Activists Call for an End to Deforestation & a Ban on GE Trees

Posted 10/14/06 press photos available on request +1.802.578.6980

contact: kim_lobaria(at)

Charleston, South Carolina (US)--This morning, the Charleston front of the South to South solidarity campaign went to the Double Tree Hotel to continue this weeks protest around the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). They used guerrilla theater to call for a halt of deforestation and expose the social impacts in Chile, Brazil and the US South caused by timber plantations. The campaign also demands a global ban on the new threat of genetically engineered (GE) trees.

"Short term profits at the expense of future generations of all species is not acceptable" declared Mother Earth, to the crowd of scientists and corporate executives. People dressed as a GE tree, an ArborGen CEO, and forest critters, showed the dangers of GE trees, while a hazmat team secured the contaminated area.

The industry conference was organized by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations and co-sponsored by Summerville, SC-based ArborGen. ArborGen leads the world in research into genetically engineered trees and the IUFRO will be organizing another similar conference next week in Chile.

ArborGen works in both in the US South and in Brazil. Massive tree plantations in Chile and Brazil have forced both the Mapuche of Chile and the Guarani and Tupinikum of Brazil off of their land. Plantations decimate huge areas of forest, cause sickness in nearby villages and increase global warming. Using genetically engineered trees will only worsen these impacts.

"We are in an ecological crises now! Climate change is here and deforestation is a massive contributor to this rolling catastrophe," said Jean Wald. "It's too late to tinker with bogus solutions. Plantation forestry is a serious problem and GE trees will make it that much worse. Add the social consequences of plantations and there is no more justification for them."

Info transferred via:
STOP Genetically Engineered Trees Campaign

A project of Global Justice Ecology Project
P.O. Box
412 Hinesburg, VT
05461 U.S.
+1.802.482.2689 ph/fax

Informant: binstock

FDP nennt Zuzahlungs-Pläne für Krebspatienten "abgrundtief schäbig"

"Zuzahlungsermäßigung": Oppositions-FDP nennt Zuzahlungs-Pläne für Krebspatienten "abgrundtief schäbig" (16.10.06)

Nach den Plänen der großen Koalition sollen sich die Menschen künftig regelmäßig der Krebsvorsorge unterziehen, wenn sie bei einer späteren Krebserkrankung eine Zuzahlungsermäßigung beantragen wollten. Andernfalls soll der doppelte Zuzahlungssatz von zwei Prozent des Einkommens gelten. Vorgesehen ist eine Regelung nach dem Vorbild des Bonusheftes beim Zahnarzt. Die FDP hat die Regierungspläne für Zuzahlungen von Krebspatienten scharf verurteilt. Es sei "abgrundtief schäbig", Krebserkrankungen faktisch mit einer Kariestherapie gleichzusetzen, sagte FPD-Generalsekretär Dirk Niebel am Montag nach einer Präsidiumssitzung in Berlin.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

"Asoziale Arbeitsmarktpolitik"

Unterschichten-Studie löst Kontroverse aus (16.10.06)

Die Studie der SPD-nahen Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung zur neuen gesellschaftlichen Unterschicht hat eine kontroverse Debatte über die Ursachen ausgelöst. Laut Studie gehören der gesellschaftlichen Unterschicht acht Prozent der Bevölkerung oder 6,5 Millionen Menschen an. Ihr sind den Wissenschaftlern zufolge 20 Prozent der Ost- und 4 Prozent der Westdeutschen zuzurechnen. Viele dieser Menschen empfänden ihr Leben als "Abstieg". Ihr Bildungsgrad sei einfach, berufliche Mobilität und Aufstiegswillen seien gering ausgeprägt. Zwei Drittel der neuen Unterschicht hätten ihren Job verloren, die Übrigen empfänden ihren Arbeitsplatz häufig als nicht sicher. Der SPD-Linke Ottmar Schreiner warf seiner eigenen Partei vor, mitschuldig zu sein an der Entwicklung. Armut und soziale Ausgrenzung seien das Ergebnis der Politik von Kanzler Gerhard Schröder (SPD) und dessen "liberalistischer" Arbeitsmarktpolitik. Links-Fraktionschef Oskar Lafontaine nahm dies zum Anlass einer heftigen Kritik an der SPD-Linken: "Die SPD hat mit ihrer Mehrheit bei Rot-Grün Hartz I bis IV zum Gesetz gemacht. Mehr noch: Ohne die Stimmen der SPD-Linken hätte es keine Mehrheit für Schröders asoziale Arbeitsmarktpolitik gegeben."

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Pombo 's Energy Bill a Boon to Oil Companies

Tucked into a massive energy bill sponsored by Congressman Richard W. Pombo (R-Tracy) are provisions that would open the outer continental shelf to oil drilling and slash future royalties owed to the federal government by companies prospecting in Rocky Mountain oil shale deposits.

One-Letter Politics

Paul Krugman writes: "Those who think it's a good idea to investigate, say, allegations of cronyism and corruption in Iraq contracting should be aware that any vote cast for a Republican makes Congressional investigations less likely. Those who believe that the administration should be left alone to do its job should be aware that any vote for a Democrat makes investigations more likely."

Displease a Lobbyist, Get Fired

For five years, Allen Stayman wondered who ordered his removal from a State Department job negotiating agreements with tiny Pacific island nations - even when his own bosses wanted him to stay. Now he knows. Newly disclosed emails suggest that the ax fell after intervention by one of the highest officials at the White House: Ken Mehlman, on behalf of one of the most influential lobbyists in town: Jack Abramoff.

Who Is Judging the Judge?

Federal judges, like Congressmen, federal agency heads and even US presidents, sometimes take actions believed by other government officials, the public and the press to be outrageous, unethical or even criminal. Close scrutiny of the federal judicial disciplinary system nationwide reveals that in about 99 percent of all misconduct complaints in the past six years, judges received no punishment at all.

Foley "October Surprise" Claim Flops

Robert Parry writes that "the evidence is that Congressional Republicans knew about Foley's inappropriate advances toward teenage pages for years and even alerted GOP House leaders. Though this information was kept from Democratic members of Congress, Hastert pointed the finger at Democrats when the scandal broke."

Familiengipfel hat sozial benachteiligte Familien nicht im Blick

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

16. Oktober 2006

Zum heutigen "Familiengipfel" und Plänen der Familienministerin, Kinderrechte in die Verfassung aufzunehmen, erklärt Kerstin Kaiser, Mitglied des Parteivorstandes:

Der Zusammenhang zwischen Armut und mangelnden Bildungschancen ist in Deutschland beängstigend. Die heutigen Signale vom Familiengipfel lassen befürchten, dass Familienministerin von der Leyen die Kinder sozial benachteiligter Familien bei ihrer Offensive für mehr Familienfreundlichkeit nicht im Blick hat. Familie und Kinder sollen einen neuen Stellenwert in der Gesellschaft erhalten. Die Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Beruf soll mit Unterstützung der Wirtschaft verbessert werden. Das ist gut, denn Deutschland hat hier enormen Nachholbedarf. Aber, wie beim Elterngeld auch, werden vor allem Familien von Bessergestellten in den Genuss von Förderung kommen. Dabei sind oft Kinder, deren Eltern arbeitslos oder langzeitarbeitslos sind, von wachsender Armut betroffen, werden deren Chancen auf Bildung und gesunder Entwicklung stark eingeschränkt. Kindern aus sozial benachteiligten Familien helfen auch Forderungen nach einer verfassungsrechtlichen Verankerung von Kinderrechten nicht, ihre Situation zu verbessern. Es mangelt in Deutschland nicht an Gesetzen, sondern an deren Umsetzung. Hier ist es notwendig, dass die Politik eingreift. Denn die Landkreise und kreisfreien Städte als Träger der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe haben ein akutes Finanzproblem. Gerade in den neuen Bundesländern wurden in den vergangenen Jahren eine Vielzahl präventiver Maßnahmen der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe aus Geldmangel abgeschafft. Es ist abenteuerlich, dass die Jugendämter aus finanziellen Gründen, notwendige Familienhilfe nicht gewähren können. Bremen ist offenbar nur die Spitze des Eisberges, wie der heutige aktuelle Fall aus Zwickau zeigt. Die Bundesregierung könnte ein wichtiges Zeichen setzen, indem sie einerseits die bereits versprochene Ganztagsbetreuung ausbaut, und zwar unabhängig davon, ob die Eltern arbeiten oder arbeitslos sind, und andererseits die Finanzausstattung der Kommunen verbessert, damit diese Mittel für Familienbildungsangebote und andere präventive Maßnahmen haben. Neue Gesetze verhindern keine Gewalt Familien. Die wachsende Armut in Deutschland, die vor allem Familien mit Kindern trifft, wird damit nicht verhindert. Darüber hinaus muss die Rechtssicherheit bei Lehrern, Erziehern und Nachbarn gestärkt werden, damit Vernachlässigung von Kindern oder Gewalt gegen Kinder schneller erkannt werden können.

Mikrokredite als Ausweg aus der Armut

Friedensnobelpreis für Bangladeschs "Bankier der Armen"

Ein gefährliches neues atomares Wettrüsten beginnt und der Atomwaffensperrvertrag wird zu einem Papiertiger

US-Geheimdienstchef bestätigt Atomtest Nordkoreas

Die Zeichen verdichten sich, dass auch durch eine von den USA betriebene willkürliche Politik ein gefährliches neues atomares Wettrüsten beginnt und der Atomwaffensperrvertrag zu einem Papiertiger wird.

Take action now and help save Europe's oldest lowland forest

Serious debate on the campaign trail about the mess in the region is shockingly absent

Deadly Silence On The Middle East

Wal-Mart the world's largest retailer has figured out a way to answer its critics and still screw its employees

Wal-Mart's Benefits Squeeze

Besides e-voting, we must be vigilant of obstacles at every step on the way to the ballot box

Blocking The 2006 Vote

That Republican standard, "Democrats Will Raise Your Taxes," is wearing thin on voters' ears

The Working Family Blues

Some choice

Chuck Baldwin website
by Chuck Baldwin


Whenever some well-meaning conservative Christian takes issue with one of my columns chronicling the abysmal governing record of Republicans, he or she almost always exclaims, 'Think how bad it would be if Democrats were in charge.' The fact is, however, there has been no redemption in having the GOP in charge of the entire federal government. The argument of voting for the lesser of two evils, meaning Republicans, loses its credence when one examines the record. And the record is clear: the GOP has developed a philosophy tantamount to fascism...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Soulless new world

by Jennifer Van Bergen


Here's the picture: Citizens and non-citizens alike will be rounded up and detained without charges. Alien detainees in America will fall into the same legal black hole the Bush administration created at Guantanamo, the same hole the secret CIA 'Black Site' detainees fell into. From all the evidence we have, a large percentage of these 'disappeareds' will be innocent. They will be innocent but they will be subjected to interrogation methods developed by the CIA and preserved by the MCA which only a sociopath could view as anything other than torture and which violate long-standing laws of war...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Are we numb to numbers?

Common Dreams
by Steven Laffoley


Have Americans grown numb to numbers? Yes, we all wept on September 11, 2001, when we heard that 2,973 people died in New York and Washington and Pennsylvania terrorist attacks. But now, we just sip our coffee while reading that 2,896 American soldiers have died, to date, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now we just reach for the toast while reading that, officially, 20,000 American soldiers have been wounded. Truly, counting the wounded and the dead is little more than a monotonous drumbeat, thrumming in monthly, weekly, and daily notations on the evening news, just before we hear about the weekend weather. Really, how often do we hear the newscaster say, 'Another solider died in Iraq today' and then weep?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Our elected overseers strike again

Orange County Register
by Tibor R. Machan


What lesson? I repeat myself by quoting Abraham Lincoln: 'No man is good enough to govern another without that other's consent.' And so as not to forget this, we have the likes of former Rep. Mark Foley demonstrating its truth in grossly concrete terms. The idea that politicians are to be the guardians of our morals --- a notion subscribed to by nearly all political factions throughout human history and certainly by Republicans and Democrats today -- is so off the wall that perhaps only blatant cases such as the Foley scandal can drive it home. Certainly Mark Foley is far from the first politician to illustrate what folly it is to entrust ourselves to the moral guidance of those who aspire to that job by joining the governing classes. We have many examples of crooked politicians, judges, cops and other officials, staring at us from the newspaper pages...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Quiet at the dawn of the American Revolution?

No subject here!

Liberty For All
by Dennis D. Hayes

Time's ticking away out here on the west coast. Still, it seems strangely quiet. I've started to wonder if it was this quiet at the dawn of the American Revolution. It occurs to me that there probably was a kind of quiet outrage going on at the time, and looking back, it becomes obvious that all that changed because of an Englishman named Thomas Paine. It seems incredible that a fifty-page pamphlet called Common Sense could spark a revolution. Thank heavens it did! So what was it that got people so aroused as to lead to a new nation? An idea! And this was it: 'We don't need a King!'" (written 10/22/00; posted 10/13/06)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

America is facing a catastrophic fiscal meltdown that has the power to cripple our society

Back to basics

by Dick Armey


Let's be frank. America is facing a catastrophic fiscal meltdown that has the power to cripple our society. Americans are waiting for a serious, adult debate on retirement security and the appropriate size and scope of government. Republicans need to return to the ideas that inspire their voters -- lower taxes, less government, more freedom. That vision brought us into the majority in the first place...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Republican war on America: Habeas corpus

Libety For All
by George Phillies


The Republican Party attacked The Great Writ, habeas corpus. Habeas corpus is not a new legal idea. Habeas Corpus as a fundamental legal right can be traced back to the 14th century and the Magna Carta. Long before Christopher Columbus reached the New World, long before Englishmen reached North America, habeas corpus had appeared as a right. The opposite of habeas corpus is the Star Chamber, an English trial process made infamous by the Stuart kings in the 17th century...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Election 2006: a war referendum

by Justin Raimondo


The rise of the GOP as the party of authoritarianism and war has created a movement that is inchoately opposed to our foreign policy of global interventionism and passionately concerned about the erosion of civil liberties and our constitutional order. It is a rising tide of quasi-libertarian sentiment, one that has no political expression outside a purely negative 'activism' -- throwing the bums out. There is no real awareness of what these new bums are all about, nothing but the vague hope that things will get better -- and the fear that they could be much, much worse. It is not love of the Democrats but fear of the Republicans that swells the ranks of the 'netroots.' This is not your father's GOP: the libertarian strain of the Republican Party, once vibrant, has been all but exterminated by the post-9/11 GOP loyalists, whose ideology is as far removed from the anti-statism of the old Goldwater movement as it is possible to get...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bill Clinton: Voters "know something is wrong"

My Way News


Former President Bill Clinton said Saturday that voters 'know something is wrong' in Washington and urged Democrats to create change in the November elections. 'I have never seen the American people so serious,' said Clinton. 'I think I know why. People know things are out of whack. The rhythm of our public life and our common life in America has been disturbed.' The former president was the keynote speaker at the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, the Iowa Democratic Party's biggest annual fundraising event. He drew more than 3,500 activists...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

GOP senators urge New Iraq strategy

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin


Two leading Republican senators called Sunday for a new strategy in Iraq, saying the situation in getting worse and leaving the United States with few options. Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John Warner of Virginia are part of the growing list of Republicans who are speaking out against President Bush's current plan for Iraq as U.S. casualties rise...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Scalia defends views at annual ACLU meeting

USA Today


A feisty Justice Antonin Scalia defended his conservative view of a rigid unchanging Constitution at an unusual forum Sunday, the American Civil Liberties Union's annual meeting. The high court's most outspoken justice, whose views generally put him at odds with the ACLU, scoffed at the notion that the Constitution should adapt to meet the needs of contemporary society...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Schikanen für Alg II Bezieher

Neue Schikanen für Kölner Alg II Bezieher

Die ArGe Köln verschickt zur Zeit an AlgII-Empfänger 9seitige Unterlagen für einen erneuten Vermögensnachweis und fordert diese auf, folgende Unterlagen zukommen zu lassen:
1) Kopie des Sozialversicherungsausweises,
2) Kopie der Krankenkassenkarte,
3) Kopie der Geldkarte der Bank,
4) Kontoauszüge der letzten drei Monate,
5) Eine Einzugsermächtigung, die die ArGe ermächtigt, eventuell zuviel gezahlte Gelder direkt wieder von Konto abzubuchen etc, wie z.B. die Auskunft über das Vermögen der letzten 10 Jahre. Das Anschreiben liegt uns vor (pdf)

Siehe dazu auch:

Neue Schikanen für Kölner Alg II Bezieher

„Mit neuen Anforderungen der Kölner Arbeitsgemeinschaft wird versucht, die Erwerbslosen Alg II Bezieher zu schikanieren…“ Meldung von Peter Löwisch vom 13.10.2006 bei indymedia

Aus dem Text: „…Es scheint so zu sein, dass in Köln diese Forderungen an eine zufällig ausgewählte Gruppe von Erwerbslose Alg II Empfänger gestellt wird um weitere Schikanen auszuprobieren. Wie heißt doch das von dem Unternehmensberater Roland Berger ausgegebene Motto in Köln: "der durch mehr und mehr Aufgaben getriebene ArGe Mitarbeiter soll den Druck auf die Erwerbslosen übertragen und diese treiben..."

Auf ein Neues: Scheinarbeitslose und Missbrauchsdebatte

Arbeitsmarktbericht: Betrug mit Hartz-IV-Leistungen geht deutlich zurück

„Die Zusammenlegung von Arbeitslosen- und Sozialhilfe durch das Hartz-IV-Gesetz hat nicht zu mehr Sozialbetrug geführt. Die Zahl der Missbrauchsfälle ist nach Angaben der Bundesagentur und des Zolls offenbar deutlich geringer als von der Bundesregierung vermutet. Mit dieser Erkenntnis geraten aber auch Einsparziele in Gefahr…“ Artikel von Rainer Nahrendorf in Handelsblatt vom 13. Oktober 2006

Aus: LabourNet, 16. Oktober 2006


Kölner ArGe versucht mit neuen Forderungen, die Alg II Bezieher zu schikanieren – zweiter Teil.

„Mit neuen Anforderungen versucht die Kölner ArGe Erwerbslose zu schikanieren, jenseits geltender Gesetze und was passiert, wenn sich Alg II Bezieher informieren und dagegen wehren…“ Eine aktuelle Fallbeschreibung vom 27.10.2006

Aus: LabourNet, 7. November 2006

Wie der Staat den Verschleiss seines Arbeitsvolkes therapiert

Gesundheitswesen und Gesundheitsreform im Kapitalismus - Wie der Staat den Verschleiss seines Arbeitsvolkes therapiert

Aufzeichnung einer Diskussionsveranstaltung der Zeitschrift GegenStandpunkt am 11.10.2006 in Regendburg:

"Mehr Wettbewerb heißt nicht mehr Qualität!" - Bei der Gesundheitsreform bleibt die Gesundheit auf der Strecke....

Sendung von Radio Dreyeckland / Freiburg vom 10.10.2006 zur Gesundheitsreform incl. Interview mit der Medizinsoziologin Nadja Rakowitz beim Audioportal Freier Radios

Aus: LabourNet, 16. Oktober 2006

Peter Hartz räumt hohe Boni für Volkert ein

Der ehemalige Personalvorstand von Volkswagen, Peter Hartz, hat nach Angaben der Staatsanwaltschaft Braunschweig Sonderzahlungen an den Betriebsrat "in nicht unerheblicher Höhe" zugegeben. Hartz tritt damit die Flucht nach vorn an. Artikel in der FTD vom 16.10.2006

Aus: LabourNet, 16. Oktober 2006

Controversial US company wins US$ 700m South Sudan contract

Paid as development aid by the US government. The US contractor has been much criticised for "disastrous" infrastructure projects in other US protectorates; Iraq and Afghanistan.

From Information Clearing House

Peace Activists Beware: Homeland Security May Be Reading Your E-Mail, and Passing it on to the Pentagon

From Information Clearing House

Guantanamo guards 'admitted abusing inmates'

An American soldier has made new charges that military guards brutally treated inmates at the controversial top security prison for terrorist suspects in south-eastern Cuba.

Terry Hicks welcomes resolution from lawyers' group

The father of David Hicks has welcomed a motion by Australian lawyers condemning the Federal Government's treatment of the Guantanamo Bay detainee.

From Information Clearing House

Activists say Ike Battle Group heading to Iran; protest planned

The Chief of Naval Operations is reviewing plans for a blockade of Iran's oil.

From Information Clearing House

British soldiers respond to Army chief: 'At last, someone told the truth'

I'm overjoyed that someone in a senior position has finally had the moral fortitude to forget the spin, forget the politics and just stand up and speak the truth - Danvnuk.

From Information Clearing House

Bush Buys Land in Northern Paraguay?

Luis D Elia, undersecretary for the Social Habitat in the Argentine Federal Planning Ministry, issued a memo partially reproduced by digital, in which he spoke of the purchase by Bush of a 98,842-acre farm in northern Paraguay, between Brazil and Bolivia.

From Information Clearing House

2 Ordered Not to Discuss Gitmo Claims

Marine Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, who represents a detainee at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba, filed a complaint with the Pentagon last week alleging that abuse was ongoing at the prison. He attached a sworn statement from his paralegal, Sgt. Heather Cerveny, in which she said several Guantanamo guards bragged in a bar about beating detainees, describing it as common practice.,,-6148673,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Crisis of the U.S. Dollar System

The US position in the world since 1945, and especially since 1971, has rested on two pillars, however: The superiority of the US military over all, and, the role of the dollar as world reserve currency. That dollar is the Achilles heel of American hegemony today.

From Information Clearing House

The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history

War Preparations in the Middle East and Central Asia

The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, "a long war", which threatens the future of humanity.

From Information Clearing House

Australia: Former Defence chief General Peter Cosgrove admits he was wrong about Iraq

"If people say that there has been an energising of the jihadist movement through the protracted war in Iraq - well that's pretty obvious.",23599,20580228-2,00.html

From Information Clearing House

There was a plan for Iraq but it was torn up

Garner drew up detailed plans and, at his first briefing with President Bush, outlined three essential "musts" that would, he asserted, ensure a smooth transition after the war.

Iraqi federalism vote: behind the contradictory numbers

The NYT reporting of this as a routine vote and another small step in the right direction, is about as misleading as it can be.

From Information Clearing House

If Only George Bush Had Been Amish

By Doug Soderstrom,

Having “the last say” depends not so much upon who is able to throw the final punch, but rather who it is that is most wise, who is able to impel folks to be a friend of he who happens to be crowned as victor.

Senior Military, Intelligence, and Government Officials Question 9/11 Commission Report

Informant: Martin Greenhut

Hilsberg: Hartz-IV-Politik war «Lebenslüge»

Die Debatte um soziale Unterschichten wird für die SPD zum Streit um den eigenen Kurs: Mehrere Mitglieder der Bundestagsfraktion haben dazu aufgerufen, in der rot-grünen Vergangenheit begangene Fehler zu erkennen. weiter:

«Es gibt bereits Verwahrlosung»: Kauder fordert neue Konzepte gegen Armut

Nach der SPD haben sich auch CDU und FDP in die Unterschichten-Debatte eingeschaltet. Unions-Fraktionschef Kauder räumte ein, die Politik habe das Problem lange nicht genügend wahrgenommen. Die FDP forderte einen Kurswechsel.

Der ehemalige CDU-Generalsekretär Heiner Geißler machte sowohl SPD als auch die Union für die neue Armut verantwortlich. Menschen, die zur neuen Unterschicht gehörten, seien «ein Opfer der SPD-Politik unter (Ex-Bundeskanzler Gerhard) Schröder, Opfer der Agenda 2010 und von Hartz IV», sagte er der Süddeutschen Zeitung. weiter:

Tempting Faith: Bush's 'Faith Based' Initiative a Scam

"The only way to win, is with a CULTURE WAR!"
Abbie Hoffman


How Real ID will affect you


How Real ID will affect you

President Bush is expected to sign an $82 billion military spending bill soon that will, in part, create electronically readable, federally approved ID cards for Americans. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the package--which includes the Real ID Act--on Thursday.

From Information Clearing House

Martin Weatherall: Candidate for Mayor of the Township of Blandford-Blenheim, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada

Dear Distinguished Researchers and Electrical Pollution Fighters

I am a candidate for Mayor of the Township of Blandford-Blenheim, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada.

My main platform issue is: Severe Electrical Pollution of our Environment. My election brochure is attached to this message.

My main aim is to bring electrical pollution awareness to this municipality, to the Ontario Municipal Elections and to make it a National issue in Canada. Although I am a victim who is EHS and I have collected much information about electrical pollution and EMR, I do not consider myself an expert, like most of you. I am requesting your assistance during this election campaign. Voting day is November 13, 2006.

My campaign has been designed to get interest from the press both locally and throughout Canada. I am hoping and expecting the news media to contact me about the information printed in my election brochure. I would like to have a group of distinguished experts of electrical pollution, who are willing to produce evidence and discuss electromagnetic radiation etc with reporters.

If you are willing to be included ion a list, that I can provide to the news media, please advise me by e-mail.

I will need the following information in writing.-

1. Your qualifications and experience.

2. Where, when and by what means can you be contacted.

3. Any other relevant information.

I hope that you will distribute my election brochure, so that others may be encouraged to make electrical pollution an issue in other elections.

Yours sincerely

Martin Weatherall.

Critical Times in The United States

by Jim Schwiesow

Lately I have been rather critical of sheriffs, especially of their predilection for pursuing the politically correct path as opposed to functioning, as they were meant to function, on behalf of the people as the chief executive officer of the county. Sheriffs have - in all too many cases - sold out their authority to the feds for money. It is indeed ironic that the federal government has used the taxes that they have coerced and extorted from hapless citizens to buy control of local governments and the agencies.....

The Future of Food: Monopolizing The Seeds That Feed The World

by Devvy Kidd

Americans who have taken the time to understand the big picture and what is happening to our republic repeatedly ask, "What is it going to take to get Americans out of a state of denial and wake up?" Many reply it won't happen until the grocery store shelves are empty. This is certainly true as nothing makes for an angry mob like empty bellies. However, before that phase in the planned destruction of America is reached, control of America's food supply must be harnessed into the hands of a few and horrifying as it is, this process is just about a done deal.....

US 'empire of bases' eyes Erbil to replace Turkey's Incirlik

From ufpj-news

Informant: Charles Jenks

Nine Paradoxes of a Lost War


Nine Paradoxes of a Lost War

"In 'The Paradoxes of Counterinsurgency,'" writes Michael Schwartz, "the nine paradoxes the experts lay out are eye-catching, to say the least, and so make vivid reading; but they are more than so many titillating puzzles of counterinsurgency warfare. Each of them contains an implied criticism of American strategy in Iraq. Seen in this light, they become an instructive lesson from insiders in why the American presence in that country has been such a disaster, and why this (or any other) new counterinsurgency strategy has little chance of ameliorating it."

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Gegen den Castortransport im November 2006

Test Telefone, DECT: Call nie

Telefone, DECT Bei einigen wenigen Schnurlostelefonen der neuesten Generation verzichten die Hersteller auf den problematischen dauerhaften Sendebetrieb. Dennoch: Auch diese Geräte sind nicht der Weisheit letzter Schluss. Alle von uns untersuchten DECT-Telefone strahlen weiter fröhlich vor sich hin.

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Am Schnurlostelefon scheiden sich die Geister. Wir haben 13 DECT-Telefone mit Anrufbeantworter auf Elektrosmog und ihre Materialeigenschaften überprüfen lassen.

Das Testergebnis

Erstmals erhält ein DECT-Telefon von uns die Gesamtnote "befriedigend". Das Orchid LR128 TAM Low Radiation und das Eurit 557 Eco Mode von Swissvoice senden nicht mehr im Dauerbetrieb. Wenn das Mobilteil in der Basisstation steht, beendet das Gerät von Orchid nach knapp zwei Minuten den Sendebetrieb, das Telefon von Swissvoice schaltet sich sogar sofort aus. Alle Geräte strahlen zu stark. Wir kritisieren bereits eine Strahlungsstärke von 100 Mikrowatt pro Quadratmeter in einem Abstand von einem Meter. Schon bei solchen geringen Werten lassen sich biologische Wirkungen zumindest nicht ausschließen. Allen Geräten liegen schadstoffarme Nickel-Metallhydrid-Akkus bei. Leider finden sich halogenorganische Flammschutzmittel und chlorierte Kunststoffe in den Bauteilen oder im Zubehör.

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A Closer Look at Colin Powell: The Evil of Banality

"A new biography confirms that Colin Powell went along with the Iraq war because he was following orders. The tragic irony of the good soldier is that he deserted the people he was trying to protect," writes Gary Kamiya.


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