Dienstag, 7. November 2006

The makers of electronic voting machines that steal American votes


Repulican Stealing the U.S. Blind

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It's Election Eve, Do You Know Where Your Country Is?


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Call Democratic voter help phone lines and jam them today

Right wing radio talk show host Laura Ingraham told her Republican radio listeners today to

"call Democratic voter help phone lines and Jam Them today !"


Please forward this to everyone and insist that the law be inforced for this attempt to restrict voting rights of U.S. Citizens. If we do not enforce the law in cases like this then we will never have honest voting in the USA.

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Mehr Rechte für Hartz-IV-Empfänger


Another “Rossport” type stand-off to halt the erection of a mobile phone mast?

Another Rossport?

An activist group in South County Dublin has threatened to create another “Rossport” type stand-off to halt the erection of a mobile phone mast in their community.

An Bord Pleanála last week ruled that the mast at Shankill Garda Station would constitute an exempted development and has granted permission for it to go ahead.

The decision was made in response to a Section 5 declaration by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council seeking clarification on whether the re-erection of the mast could be considered an exempted development.

In contrast, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council upheld a complaint by Dalkey residents in declaring that alterations to the telecommunications mast located at the Garda station there is not an exempted development under the planning laws.

In this case the council ruled that the erection of a mast would interfere with the protected structure of the Garda station.

For the last nine months residents have prevented Vilicom - telecommunications consultants for the Office of Public Works - from erecting the mast at Shankill.

About 60 similar sites are utilised under a deal with telecoms companies to establish mobile communications masts on Garda stations. But the OPW says it has about 400 sites available.

It is believed that the Government receives millions of euros from mobile phone companies from the lease of their buildings to accommodate mobile masts.

Hundreds of locals took part in three marches to protest against the erection of the mast and the health fears associated with it this year. More wrote letters of protest to Dún Laoghaire TDs Fiona O’Malley (PD), Barry Andrews (FF) and Education Minister Mary Hanafin (FF), asking them to intervene.

In a strongly worded statement last week, Shankill Community Against Radiation (SCAR) blasted local Fianna Fáil and Progressive Democrats TDs and threatened that locals would hit them where it hurts – at the ballot box - in the next general election.

The group also vowed that the site would remain blocked to Vilicom despite the An Bord Pleanála ruling.

“Any attempt by the OPW or Vilicom, their agents, to access the site will be vigorously resisted,” the statement reads. “And if the Governments want another Rossport scenario on their hands six months before an election then so be it.

“The PDs and Fianna Fáil need to decide if they will now start to support the Shankill community or if developers and big business, like phone companies, are more important. The decision is theirs. The people will give their verdict next May.”

It adds: “The people of Shankill are fed up getting second class treatment from the Government, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and from some of their public representatives. We will no longer tolerate it.”

The residents pointed to a recent successful campaign against a mast on a school in Terenure.

“The health and safety of the people of Shankill is obviously not as important as the health and safety of the people of Dalkey and Terenure,” the statement continues.

“The three Government TDs - Fiona O’Malley, Barry Andrews and Minister Mary Hanafin - now have to stand up and be counted.”

Earlier this year Minister Hanafin said in the Dáil that the situation would have to be reviewed if the mast was erected within 240 metres of nearby Scoil Mhuire.

Local Fine Gael councillor and general election candidate, John Bailey, last week called on the Government to change the law to ensure that the erection of mobile phone masts are not exempted developments under planning legislation.

“It is time for anomalies in legislation, which allow for the installation of commercial masts without planning permission, to be removed,” he said.

“It is clear that this Government lacks the will and the vision to examine and change such legislation.”

Dún Laoghaire TD (FF) Barry Andrews said: “I have worked very closely with the local community on this and on other issues and would fully intend to work with them in the future.

“What they do with their votes is their own matter and in a democracy they can do whatever they like. However, I am not going to change the way I work with the community on the basis of threats or inducements.”


The world sees today's vote as a referendum on the Bush presidency



Limiting the Damage

"President George W. Bush isn't on the ballot Tuesday. But this election is, nonetheless, all about him. The question is whether voters will pry his fingers loose from at least some of the levers of power, thereby limiting the damage he can inflict in his two remaining years in office," writes Paul Krugman.



Iraq: Front and Center

James J. Zogby writes: "For many Americans, this election is a referendum on the Iraq war and those who led us into it. In the final sprint up to November 7th, Iraq remains uppermost on voter's minds. Polls show that when asked to name the most important issue determining their vote, 'Iraq' is far and away number one. And by an ever increasing margin, voters are dissatisfied with the president's handling of the war."



Election Fixing Charges Fly in Utah County

The Associated Press is reporting that voting in Daggett County Utah is so popular that it now has more registered voters than the county's population. According to AP: "A spokesman for Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says complaints of vote-stuffing in the county are being investigated."



Military Families, Iraq Veterans Protest Pentagon's Plan to Rush Reserve Call-Ups

Stacy Bannerman reports: "The Pentagon revealed in September that it may change the policy limiting National Guard deployments in order to send more weekend warriors to Iraq after the elections. While most of the media and the American public slept through the news, the family members of more than 400,000 National Guard and Reservists did not."



Armagideon Time: Bush's Nuclear Folly and the National Security Lie

Chris Floyd writes: "Last Friday, just hours after the New York Times revealed that the Bush administration had posted advanced plans for building nuclear weapons on a public web site for months, six Arab nations formally announced they were launching nuclear programs of their own. The potential for disaster posed by this development is almost immeasurable: everything from Chernobyl-style accidents to the theft or transfer of nuclear material to terrorists to the near-certainty of new atomic arsenals appearing in the powder-keg of the Middle East. The announcement also signals the final and utter failure of the Bush administration's demented 'non-proliferation' strategy."


New Rules, Machines Frazzle Poll Workers

Programming errors and inexperience dealing with electronic voting machines frustrated poll workers in hundreds of precincts early Tuesday, delaying voters in Indiana, Ohio and Florida and leaving some with little choice but to use paper ballots instead.



Virginia: FBI Looks Into Voter Intimidation

Just ahead of today's election, state officials alerted the US Justice Department to several complaints of suspicious phone calls to voters about where they cast ballots and their preferences for the Senate.



We the Rabble Have a Problem

by Nancy Levant

Media is much like falsely written history. In fact, it is exactly falsely written history. It is also “life-long learning,” whereby you have non-stop and daily political propaganda socialism poured into your brain under the disguise of “entertainment.” How much do you pay a month for your cable misinformation subscription?.....


Mercury Madness: FDA Still in Denial

by Elissa Meininger

Victims of mercury poisoning have long endured an uphill battle in their efforts to expose the risks of dental mercury fillings against the entrenched dental and medical establishment and the government agencies this establishment appears to control. So, this time around, members of the venerable victims support group, Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome.....



Amalgam: Brussels

Amalgam-Stellungnahme, RKI-Kommission


America's Slide to Totalitarianism

Robert Parry writes: "On the eve of Election 2006, Bush is exploiting that 'prolonged panic' again, but the stakes are rising. On one level, Bush is seeking to consolidate one-party rule in Washington; on another, he is stripping the American people of the rights that have defined the nation for more than two centuries."



This Election Is About Bush, and His Party Must Go

The New York Times editors write: "President George W. Bush's tenure has done a terrible job on the basics. Its tax-cutting-above-all-else has wrecked the budget, hobbled the middle class and endangered the long-term economy. It has refused to face up to global warming and done pathetically little about America's dependence on foreign oil."



Halliburton Audited for Overpriced Operations in Iraq

A Halliburton subsidiary charged the Iraqi government as much as $25,000 per month for each of as many as 1,800 fuel trucks that were to deliver gasoline to Iraq after the 2003 invasion, but the trucks often spent days or weeks sitting idle on the border.



In Missouri, a Forecast for Voter Misery

The state most ripe for voting disputes in tomorrow's voting, according to election law experts across the ideological spectrum, may well be Missouri.



Where Are the Checks, Balances?

"Bush has been 'making it up' for too long, and the people have let him," says Keith Olbermann. "And whatever your motives of the moment, we the people have, in true good faith and with the genuine patriotism of self-sacrifice (of which you have shown you know nothing), we have let you go on making it up as you went along. Unchecked and unbalanced."



Democrats Call for Federal Probe Over GOP "Robocalling"

Jason Leopold reports that Democratic congressmen John Conyers and John Dingell called for a federal investigation late Tuesday evening into a last minute ploy by Republicans to swing the midterm election by inundating registered Democrats with harassing prerecorded telephone calls trashing the candidates they intend to vote for.


It's a Candidate Calling, Again

This year's heavy volume of automated political phone calls has infuriated countless voters and triggered sharp complaints from Democrats, who say the Republican Party has crossed the line in bombarding households with recorded attacks on candidates.



The Inside Story of BSE

Prof. Peter Saunders reviews

The Politics of BSE , Richard Packer, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2006. ISBN 1-4039-8529-4

BSE transmission to humans admitted after 10 years

It's twenty years since reports first appeared of cattle in the UK coming down with a disease now known as BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis). The number of animals affected rapidly increased, and because the disease was both fatal to cattle and also similar to at least two diseases that are fatal to humans, Creutzfeld Jacob Disease (CJD) and kuru, people began to worry about the danger to human health. For ten years, the government kept reassuring the public that there was no risk involved in eating beef. Many of us can still remember how the Secretary of State for Agriculture John Gummer was shown on television feeding a beefburger to his daughter to demonstrate how confident he was that it was safe.

Then, on 20 March 1996, the Secretary of State for Health Stephen Dorell announced that contrary to what he and his fellow ministers had been telling us for the past ten years, BSE can be transmitted to humans and in humans, it leads to an inevitably fatal disease known as variant CJD (vCJD).

That was a bit of a bombshell, with an immediate and lasting effect on public opinion. It probably did more than any other single event to shake the public's confidence in government pronouncements about science, and is one of the major reasons that the British public has steadfastly refused to accept GM food, despite constant insistence by government agencies that the products are “perfectly safe”.

Inside MAFF

The Politics of BSE is a story told by someone who was a senior civil servant in the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) throughout the period leading up to the BSE crisis and its aftermath, and was its Permanent Secretary from 1993 to 2000. Richard Packer describes the events as seen from the inside, combining the care and attention to detail of a Whitehall report with flashes of irony and invective. It's not an unbiased account, given the circumstances you could hardly expect one, but there is a lot to be learned from what Packer writes.

Read the rest of this article here http://www.i-sis.org.uk/the-inside-story-of-BSE.php

Die Politik der von Schröder geführten rot-grünen Bundesregierung hat erheblich dazu beigetragen, dass prekäre Arbeits- und Lebensverhältnisse in Deutschland deutlich zugenommen haben

"Gefahr für Demokratie": Geißler und Schreiner kritisieren Alt-Kanzler Schröder (07.11.06)

Der Vorsitzende des SPD-Arbeitnehmerflügels, Ottmar Schreiner, hat die Politik der rot-grünen Bundesregierung unter dem damaligen Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder (SPD) im Rückblick als Gefahr für die Demokratie beschrieben. "Die Politik der von Schröder geführten rot-grünen Bundesregierung hat erheblich dazu beigetragen, dass prekäre Arbeits- und Lebensverhältnisse in Deutschland deutlich zugenommen haben - so wie auch die Abstiegsängste in unserer Gesellschaft zugenommen haben", sagte Schreiner der Zeitung "Bild am Sonntag" laut Vorabbericht. Weite Teile der Mittelschicht hätten Angst, im Alter in der Sozialhilfe zu landen. "Das geht an die demokratische Substanz unseres Landes", warnte er.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14677


Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the "War on Terror"



GOP Spins Exit Polls Ahead Of Vote Fraud



Animals Matter To Me

Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare

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Reports on voting rights issues

Truthout reports on voting rights issues are now coming in from around the country. You can follow our latest coverage of what is happening on our continuously updated Voter Rights section on our homepage.



Anecdotes From The Polls

Watching the election errors show up in real time.


The winners of today's elections will inherit a broken democracy

A Pro-Democracy Agenda

The party with the rhetoric of supporting the troops is not the one with the track record for doing so


Residents protest against mast plan

Nov 8 2006

CAMPAIGNING residents have stepped up their fight to stop a church in Shirley being used as a mobile phone mast.

Around a dozen protested outside All Saints' Church of England Church on Sunday morning as the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Thomas Butler, visited for its 50th anniversary.

And a hastily-convened public rally in the Baptist Hall on Wickham Road last Friday was attended by Croydon Central MP Andrew Pelling and ward councillors Mike Fisher and Richard Chatterjee.

Farm Drive resident Peter Howard said: "All but one of the 60 or so people attending were against the proposal, as were the local politicians."

The plan is for six antennae inside the Grade IIlisted building's bell tower, to boost Vodafone's coverage across a radius of around a mile.

The transmitters would face different directions for 360-degree coverage and would be installed in pairs. One would be for voice calls and another for so-called "3G" services such as video and picture messaging.

Both the Church of England's telecommunications installer QS4 and Vodafone insist there is no health risk.

They also say that the installation would not be visible from ground level.

The application, which will be ruled on later this month by Croydon Council, is an amended version of another turned down last year.

© owned by or licensed to Trinity Mirror Southern Limited 2006


Outlaw The Use of Gas Chambers to Kill Pets

A message from Jakki

Original Message

' Everyday thousands of discarded puppies, kittens, dogs and cats, including those minutes away from giving birth die a horrific, agonizing, and shockingly legal death. They are shoved heartlessly on top of each other into windowless, dark, boxes of death. They are crying, barking, and desperately trying to claw their way out. The hiss of gas is heard and they start to convulse, drool, and bleed from their mouths as they fight for their lives, having no idea what has happened. Some of them do not succumb on the first try. They gasp clean air for a moment, only to be pushed back in and tortured again. This is not a quick death. It is slow, barbaric, and cruel.

Click title or link to sign petition

' Thirteen states have banned the use of these inhumane death chambers, We are imploring your state to ban the use of carbon monoxide death boxes, and instead impose the much more humane and civilized method of lethal injection with sodium pentobarbital.

Spain and EU Commission threatening to sink bottom trawling moratorium - Spanien und die EU Komission drohen am Moratorium über Grundschleppnetzfischerei zu scheitern

Most EU governments as well as countries outside of Europe - like the USA, Australia and Brazil - want a moratorium on the very destructive practice of high seas bottom trawling, but Spain is stalling.

Hmm, maybe that is because Spain has the largest bottom trawling fleet in Europe. A fleet of 55 vessels that now seems to hold the EU as hostage in ocean protection.

High seas bottom trawlers tear up an area of seabed more then 30 times the size of Spain each year.

Tell the EU Fisheries Commissioner and the Spanish ministers to stop lagging behind, and support a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling at the UN this year.

Click here to send your message now.

And pass it on!

-- Sari
Greenpeace Defending Our Oceans team

Spanien und die EU Komission drohen am Moratorium über Grundschleppnetzfischerei zu scheitern

Die meisten EU Regierungen und ebenso die Länder außerhalb Europas - wie zum Beispiel die USA, Australien, und Brasilien - wollen ein Moratorium über die überaus zerstörerische Methode des Grundschleppnetzfischen auf Hoher See, aber Spanien blockiert dies.

Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass Spanien die größte Grundschleppnetzfischflotte von Europa besitzt. Eine Flotte von 55 Schiffen, die wie es nun scheint, die der EU den "schwarzen Peter" für den Meeresschutz zuschiebt.

Grundschleppnetzfischer vernichten ein Gebiet auf dem Meeresboden das dreißig mal größer als Spanien ist - und das jedes Jahr.

Rufen Sie den EU Kommissionsbeauftragten für Fischereiwesen und die spanischen Minister dazu auf, ihre Einstellung aufzugeben und ein Moratorium über Grundschleppnetzfischerei auf der Hohen See in der UN dieses Jahr zu unterstützen.

Hier klicken, um eine Nachricht zu versenden.

Und weitersagen!

-- Sari
Greenpeace Defending Our Oceans team

VOTE! What to expect and look for on Election Day


From Bev Harris:

Now is not the time to retreat. Vote, and then find evidence to tell the story of what's really happening in U.S. elections.

Things may look relatively smooth on election day, but the real fun begins after the polls close. That's when we see a lot of strange things. Look for:

- Missing memory cards -- and remember, a memory card is a BALLOT BOX. This happens every election, to weird shrugs by election officials. About 70 ballot boxes went missing in Cuyahoga County during the May primary; a bunch went missing in Detroit last spring, and they've gone missing in places like Dekalb County Georgia, and various other locations. This is nothing to shrug about.

Remember when a single ballot box was missing in Florida in the 2000 election? Everyone was going crazy, but now, you have dozens and dozens of these memory cards, cartridges, and "PEBs" -- all are small digital ballots boxes -- they are going missing. Very troubling. Watch for it. See if you can spot it. Report it!

- Phantom votes -- this is when you have more votes than voters. There were about 100,000 more votes than voters in Tarrant County Texas during the primary, and more votes than voters in Ohio locations in 2004.

What to look for: Do a quick check of the number of registered voters and compare with the number of votes that show up. Bizarre anomalies appear almost every election.

Stage 2 is comparing the number of sign-ins in the pollbook with the number of votes that show up.

- Sometimes you see disappearing votes. The number of votes goes DOWN while the number of precincts counted goes UP. This happened in Mohave County Arizona in the 2004 primary, and in Memphis in the Aug. 2006 primary. Alert watchers of county Web results often spot this and capture it in screen saves.

What to do: Assign someone to capture screen shots each time the totals are updated and check for disappearing votes.

- Obstructed vote counting -- we often see obstructions to being able to see the vote counting, even beyond the obstruction of counting inside a black box. In San Diego in 2005, a member of the Black Box Voting board of directors, Jim March, was arrested for trying to view the vote counting. I myself was surrounded by six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department when I had the audacity to ask if I could view the vote counting there, which was taking place in a room no one could see. We expect to get many reports from citizens who are not allowed to view vote counting.

If you are obstructed from viewing the central tally process, report it.

- In the 10 days following the election, you can expect to see many unusual things pop up in the public records that are obtained by candidates.

Of particular interest are the "event logs" that you get from Microsoft Windows, which runs most of the tallying software. This can show extra programs being run.

Also of great interest are the voting machine event logs, which can show crazy voting dates -- like in Palm Beach County in 2004, where more than 4 dozen voting machines had votes time and date-stamped weeks before the election, sometimes in the middle of the night, and Volusia County Florida in the same election, where a machine had votes date-stamped more than 10,000 years in the future. In San Diego in the June 2006 primary, the voting system event log shows that it dialed out to Diebold at 9:31 pm during the middle of its counting.

- We also anticipate many peculiarities with provisional votes, extra optional paper ballot votes, absentee votes and various obstructions to voting around the country.

- Another thing we look for is strange statistical patterns, like voting machines from one manufacturer giving results different from all the others, or one type of machine giving discrepant results, as happened in New Mexico in 2004. We saw three candidates in a row get 18,181 votes in Comal County Texas and one district in Minnesota had all the minor party candidates get the same vote percentage -- despite very big differences in how well known the candidates were.

On election day itself, we'll see vote-flipping, where people vote for one candidate and another one's name pops up. And we'll see many other unusual things.

I expect surprising new problems, like the new electronic poll books having problems finding themselves, and voting machines that don't match themselves (for example, having different results on their paper tape than they do on their screens).

Document. Think photos, videos, and most of all, cleverly constructed requests for documents. You have the right to obtain a copy of just about any document you can think of, as long as it exists. Go hunting. See what you find.

When you find important information, propagate it. Don't just call it into one place, but e-mail it, send it to bloggers, give it to reporters, provide it to public officials.

We want to improve elections, but first we need to make a solid, indisputable case. And to do that, we all need to get into action.

Use your own common sense. Document. Propagate. Then push solutions through for true citizen oversight. Now is your chance to take back your electoral process!

Be very clear about your job as a citizen right now: It is to reverse the swing of the pendulum. It's been swinging away from citizen control -- your job is to take back your government. Start at the local level.

You own your government -- not the other way around. It is time to get out of your chair, step away from the Internet, and get involved in citizen oversight.

We salute the extraordinary citizens who are taking back America.

Bev Harris
Founder Black Box Voting

Please plan to participate this fall to restore control of elections to the citizenry. Thank you for your stewardship of our republic.

Be part of the solution: Please sign up for the NATIONAL HAND COUNT REGISTRY: http://www.bbvforums.org/cgi-bin/forums/board-profile.cgi?action=register

Citizens Tool Kit: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/toolkit.html

Informant: Craig Gingold


Australia's drought could be worst in 1,000 years


Informant: binstock

Let’s Make Our Votes Count!

Today is Election Day and every vote matters.

For months the NAACP has worked to register, educate and organize voters. Earlier this year, I asked you to join the NAACP’s “Arrive with Five” Campaign and commit to bringing 5 friends and family members to the polls on Election Day.

Today, the time has come to Get-Out-The-Vote! If you need assistance identifying your polling location please visit: MyPollingPlace.com

Should you or someone you know encounter any problems at the polls, help is available. The NAACP, People for the American Way, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are prepared to provide direct and immediate assistance to voters. For assistance, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Today is the day for you to “Value your Vote and Vote Your Values”!


Bruce S. Gordon
President & CEO


Verminderung der Treibhausgase verbindlich vereinbaren

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

06. November 2006

Zum derzeit in Nairobi tagenden Klimagipfels erklärt der stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Wolfgang Methling:

Es ist längst kein Geheimnis mehr und allgemein unbestritten, dass der Klimawandel in vollem Gange ist. Man muss auch kein Prophet sein, um vorauszusagen, dass die Länder der dritten Welt bereits jetzt, noch mehr aber in Zukunft am stärksten davon betroffen sind. Die wesentlich umfangreichere Verminderung der Treibhausgase muss deshalb in Nairobi verbindlich vereinbart werden. Das ist insbesondere eine Forderung an die westlichen Industrieländer, China und Indien. Die Linkspartei.PDS sieht den einzig erfolgreichen Weg im bedeutenden Ausbau der erneuerbaren Energien. Dafür muss sich Deutschland stark machen und nicht weiter über neue Kohlekraftwerke und den Ausbau der Kernenergiegewinnung nachdenken.


Preparing for third fight to stop mast

07 November 2006 13:55

It could be a case of third time unlucky for families living on a city estate who have twice won victories against a mobile phone mast - only to face the uncertainty of an appeal.

Telecommunications giant O2 is contesting Broadland District Council's decision to reject plans for a 12.5metre mast in Dussindale Drive, Thorpe St Andrew.

Planning chiefs told the company back in July the site would be an eyesore and said they should consider sharing another site as there was already a 10 metre mast, operated by Orange, opposite the proposed site.

Initial plans for a mast on a plot of land at Vane Close, off Dussindale Drive, were withdrawn by O2 in March after it emerged it would be right next to the £4m primary school being built there.

Michelle Dickerson, 31, a mum of two who lives in nearby Association Way, headed the campaign against the mast on Dussindale Drive and is furious an appeal has been lodged.

“We had a letter come through last week saying they were going to appeal it,” she said. “I am angry about it but did expect that they might - O2 seem to be quite persistent in trying to get a mast through. It's obvious they are going to put a mast up here somewhere, but it just has to be somewhere everyone is happy with it.

“There's no proof that the masts are harmful or not. However my family are standing up for what it said in the Stewart report that they should not be near homes or schools until it is proven that they are safe.”

Mrs Dickerson, who lives with her husband Stuart, said it is not just the health fears which concern her or her family - but the visual intrusion of the structure.

“I have taken pictures of where the existing mast is and where the proposed O2 mast will be,” she said. “Four rooms will be looking out onto this intrusion. These two front bedrooms are being used by my four-year-old and 16-month-old. How can O2 say it is acceptable with regard to residential amenity?

“The Orange mast only got put there because it was put in before the houses were built. We had no say on that one, however, we do have a say on this one. Placing the mast on the opposite side of this one will give the appearance of rugby posts.”

The Evening News has fought against the installation of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe through our Put Masts on Hold campaign.

As the Evening News reported last week families living in Dussindale are fighting another mast application by 3, formerly Hutchinson 3G, for a 22.5metre mast on land near to the Fitzmaurice Pavilion at Pound Lane, Thorpe St Andrew.

More than 100 people turned up to object to plans for that mast at a meeting at the Dussindale Community Centre on Monday, October 30.

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

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.


Die Basta-Kanzlerin gegen europäische Normalität

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

07. November 2006

Kanzlerin Merkel hat heute vor Arbeitgebern die Einführung eines gesetzlichen Mindestlohnes kategorisch ausgeschlossen. Dazu erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katja Kipping:

Senkung der Lohnnebenkosten zu Lasten der Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmer, Senkung der Unternehmenssteuern, Lockerungen beim Kündigungsschutz... Die Liste, die über die Frage des Primats von Politik oder Wirtschaft aufklärt, ist lang. Wieder einmal hat der Arbeitgeberpräsident die Kanzlerin vorgeführt und ihr diesmal ein kategorisches NEIN zu einem gesetzlichen Mindestlohn in Deutschland abgerungen. Damit steht die deutsche Wirtschaft und ihre Kanzlerin Merkel gegen die europäische Normalität. Ein gesetzlicher Mindestlohn, wie ihn auch die Linkspartei.PDS fordert, verhindert nicht nur einen weiteren Abwärtstrend der Lohnspirale und dämmt Schwarzarbeit ein, sondern sorgt für ein Leben in Würde und ohne Armut. Ein gesetzlicher Mindestlohn stärkt die Binnenkaufkraft und kurbelt so die Wirtschaft an. Sich einem gesetzlich garantierten Mindestlohn zu verweigern, heißt Armut und Dumpinglöhne zu akzeptieren, bedeutet die Erpressbarkeit von Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmern in Kauf zu nehmen. Ein sozial gerechtes Gemeinwesen braucht einen gesetzlichen Mindestlohn, der armutsfest ist. Die Linkspartei wird weiter dafür kämpfen.


If Bush is not a liar

Liberty For All
by James Leroy Wilson

What if Bush's defenders were correct? What if everyone, from CIA agents on the ground, all the way up to the President himself, were doing their honest best in searching for the truth? What if no intelligence that reached the President's desk was undoctored, and ... the President himself was never inclined to go to war, and only did so because he felt he had no other choice? Giving the President and his Administration the benefit of all that doubt, only one conclusion can be made: Government not only does not work, it is so completely and systematically incapable of performing even its supposed primary function, that nothing it attempts is worthy of our confidence and faith... (written 02/11/05; posted 11/06/06)


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Disregarding democracy

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


In the run-up to the mid-term elections, Vice-President Dick Cheney 's recent remarks about U.S. national security policy once again point out the Bush administration's haughtiness and disdain for checks on executive power. 'You cannot make national security policy on the basis of that [election outcomes],' declared Cheney. 'It may not be popular with the public. It doesn't matter, in the sense that we have to continue the mission [in Iraq] ... and that is what we are doing.' No matter what the outcome of the elections, U.S. policy in Iraq will go 'full steam ahead,' according to Cheney. Apparently, U.S. public opinion on the most important issue of this administration's tenure doesn't count. Similarly, the Bush administration has also decided to ignore Iraqi public opinion...



I have a dream

Strike the Root
by John Locke


In my dream, the State does not exist. Politics has become irrelevant, as there is no State power to wield and politics therefore offers no prospects of self-aggrandizement. Individuals interact, one trader to another, focusing on personal achievement rather than power. Those interested in exerting power over others find no opportunity in this place -- those who are truly free do not submit to re-enslavement...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's election-eve message: Lies and nonsense

by Robert Parry


The Nov. 7 elections are shaping up as not just a choice between Republicans and Democrats, but a test of how gullible -- and how divorced from reality -- the American people have become...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Why we should worry more about vote fraud

TCS Daily
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds


An election system that is less than transparent is one that's open to conspiracy theories and fear of fraud, whether or not fraud is actually present. And I've heard quite a few other Democrats echoing Pelosi -- and quite a few Republicans speculating that a Democratic Congress will ride in on a wave of votes from dead people and illegal immigrants. That sort of thinking seems much more common among respectable members of both parties than it was a few years ago, and I think there's reason to fear it's getting worse...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Conservative magazine pillories Bush

Raw Story


The American Conservative, a magazine started by Pat Buchanan to offset the over-representation of neoconservative thought in public debate, has taken a strong anti-Bush position this election. The article states that '[i]t should surprise few readers that we think a vote that is seen -- in America and the world at large -- as a decisive 'No' vote on the Bush presidency' is important for the health of the nation. Since its inception, The American Conservative has taken a strong isolationist stance on most foreign policy issues. As Iraq has toppled into chaos over the years, the magazine has inveighed against the Bush team in harsher and harsher terms...



Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FBI looking for congressional sting opportunities

Baltimore Sun


The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with public corruption cases, says the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians and might run an undercover sting on Congress. Assistant FBI Director James Burrus called the bureau's public corruption program 'a sleeping giant that we've awoken' and predicted the nation will see continued emphasis in that area 'for many, many, many years to come'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


More voting equipment scrutiny possible

Albany Democrat-Herald


After a series of voting problems in primaries around the country, the federal agency charged with overseeing elections is poised to approve new security measures to make voting equipment safer and more reliable. But reforms proposed by the Election Assistance Commission are unlikely to take effect until long after Tuesday's election. The reforms, which would go into effect in January, are meant to give the agency much more power than it has currently to regulate elections and develop standards for voting software and hardware...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Falsche Alternativen zur ersatzlosen Streichung von 1-Euro-Jobs

Arbeitsmarktpolitik für Erwerbslose: DGB will Ein-Euro-Jobs reformieren

Menschen ohne Berufsabschluss sowie gesundheitlich angeschlagene Personen zählen zu den Verlierern des Strukturwandels, meint der DGB. Sie würden "das mit Abstand größte Arbeitsmarktrisiko" tragen. Ihre Wettbewerbspositipon habe sich nachhaltig verschlechtert. Artikel von Roland Bunzenthal in FR vom 21.10.2006 http://www.fr-aktuell.de/in_und_ausland/wirtschaft/aktuell/?em_cnt=994077

Aus dem Text: „… Zur bisherigen Beschäftigungspolitik für diese rund eine Million Menschen bemerkt der DGB: Arbeitsgelegenheiten (Ein-Euro-Jobs) seien nur sinnvoll, wenn sie für Arbeitslose mit mehreren Vermittlungshemmnissen als Teil einer Eingliederungsplanung unter Einschluss von Qualifizierungselementen angeboten würden. (…) Ein "ehrlicher" zweiter Arbeitsmarkt sollte mehr bieten als Ein-Euro-Jobs, fordert der DGB - und plädiert dafür, solche geringfügigen Beschäftigungen nur noch dann anzubieten, wenn andere Instrumente nicht greifen oder fehlgeschlagen sind…“

Betriebsratsvorsitzender wegen kritischer Haltung zu 1-Euro-Jobs gekündigt

Am Mittwoch, den 29.11.2006, findet um 13:15 Uhr der Kammertermin zur fristlosen Kündigung des Betriebsratsvorsitzenden Rolf Kohn vor dem Arbeitsgericht in Herne statt. Hier soll geklärt werden, ob es eine Absprache zwischen dem Heimleiter, Karl-Heinz Hufnagel, und dem Betriebsrat über die Abrechnung der Gelder für das Frühstück einzelner Betriebsratsmitglieder gegeben hat. Ist eine ausreichende Klärung nicht möglich, wird ermittelt, ob Rolf Kohn als Verwaltungsangestellter zu viel oder zu wenig Geld abgerechnet hat. Dazu muss ggf. ein weiterer Verhandlungstermin anberaumt werden.

Solidaritätszeitung für die Gekündigten im Seniorenzentrum Grullbad

Ausgabe Nr. 1/2006 (pdf) http://www.recklinghausen-fuer-rolf-kohn.de/pdf/Nr.1-2006.pdf?PHPSESSID=14eac19e4e5a57313dbc224e66daf9c2

Unter dem Motto "Seid nicht so dumm - Knecht Ruprecht geht um" ruft die Solidaritätsinitiative "Recklinghausen für Rolf Kohn" zu einer Demonstration und Kundgebung am Samstag, den 02.12.2006, ab 11 Uhr auf. Die Auftaktkundgebung beginnt um 11 Uhr vor dem Arbeitsamt am Wickingplatz. Die Hauptkundgebung findet auf dem Käthe-Kuhlmann-Platz vor dem Rathaus statt. Hier lässt Knecht Ruprecht seine Rute schwingen wegen des rechtswidrigen Einsatzes von 1-€-Jobs im Seniorenzentrum Grullbad, den Kündigungen im Seniorenzentrum Grullbad und der Personalnot in den Alten- und Pflegeheimen.

„Ein-Euro-Jobs“ in Pflegeheimen

Manuskript eines Vortrags von Daniel Kreutz zur Betriebsversammlung des (kommunalen) Seniorenzentrums Grullbad in Recklingenhausen am 12.10.06 http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/realpolitik/hilfe/grullbadkreutz.html

Aus dem Text: „…Ich finde es außerordentlich verdienstvoll, wenn Betriebs- und Personalräte von Pflegeeinrichtungen und anderswo ihre rechtlichen und tatsächlichen Möglichkeiten nutzen, um den Einsatz von Ein-Euro-Kräften so weit wie möglich zu begrenzen und einem Missbrauch, der über kurz oder lang reguläre Beschäftigung gefährdet oder die Schaffung zusätzlicher Arbeitsplätze verhindert, einen Riegel vorzuschieben. Und wenn ich höre, in welcher Zahl hier im Seniorenzentrum „Ein-Euro-Kräfte“ eingesetzt werden, dann belegt allein dies schon, dass es hier nicht mit rechten Dingen zugehen kann.“

Aus: LabourNet, 7. November 2006

Licht und Heizung bleiben an, auch bei wenig Geld

„Die Einkommen sinken und die Energiekosten steigen rasant. Dies stürzt viele Haushalte in große Probleme. Wo sind die Energievergeuder in unserem Haushalt? Was können private Haushalte tun, um die Kosten einzudämmen? Worauf sollten wir achten beim Kauf von neuen Geräten? Welche Temperatur ist für welchen Wohnraum angemessen? Was dürfen Vermieter und welche Rechte haben Mieter im Blick auf Energieverbrauch und –kosten?...“ Antworten auf diese Fragen finden sich auf den rund siebzig Seiten der DIN A4 Broschüre "Licht und Heizung bleiben an - auch bei wenig Geld". Sie ist ab Herbst für 4,50 Euro zuzüglich Versandkosten im Direktvertrieb bei der Autorin Anne Allex erhältlich: http://www.anne-allex.de/index.php?id=publikationen

Aus: LabourNet, 7. November 2006

Vorsicht Sozialschnüffler! Sozialbetrügern auf der Spur

Die Offenbacher Kontrolleure

„Unter den 15.000 Hartz-IV-Empfängern im Kreis Offenbach ist manch schwarzes Schaf. Die Kontrolleure Helena Fürst und Helge Hofmeister sollen diese auf frischer Tat erwischen. Was sich da vor ihren Augen abspielt, ist manchmal unfassbar und sehr unterschiedlich. Der Film begleitet die beiden Ermittler bei ihrer Arbeit, die viel Fingerspitzengefühl erfordert…“ Text zur Dokumentation von Kimmo Wiemann bei Phoenix (nächster Sendetermin: 11.11.06, 13.30) http://www.phoenix.de/sozialbetruegern_auf_der_spur/2006/10/31/0/101155.1.htm

Aus: LabourNet, 7. November 2006


Vorsicht Schnüffler!

Wenn der Außendienst klingelt

Verhaltenstipps gegen unerwünschten Besuch vom Amt vom Arbeitskreis erwerbsloser Metaller Bremen-Nord, leicht redaktionell überarbeitet und veröffentlicht in der quer Heft 4/2006 http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/realpolitik/zwang/schnueff_quer.html

Aus: LabourNet, 15. Januar 2007


Mit Stimmanalyse gegen Sozialbetrüger

„Einer Meldung der englischen Tageszeitung The Guardian zufolge erprobt man in Großbritannien den Einsatz eines Lügendetektors im Bereich der öffentlichen Sozialfürsorge. Getestet wird das System in Harrow, einer Vorstadt von London. Anrufer, die das dortige Job Centre kontaktieren, das für Sozialhilfe- und Arbeitslosengeld zuständig ist, werden zunächst von einem Stimmcomputer begrüßt. Dieser stellt zunächst einfache Fragen und zeichnet die Antworten auf. Nach diesem biometrischen Enrolment werden im Laufe des weiteren Telefongesprächs die Stimmen der Anrufer analysiert, ob sich verdächtige Muster in der Stimme zeigen. Ist dies der Fall, werden die Anrufer zu Telefonisten weitergestellt, die auf Betrugsfälle spezialisiert sind…“ Artikel auf Heise-News vom 06.04.2007 http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/87959

Aus: LabourNet, 13. April 2007


Ein Besuch der anderen Art...

Am Freitag letzter Woche gab es Besuch der anderen Art: der Ermittlungsdienst Erwerbsloser besuchte den Koordinator des Bedarfsermittlungsdienst der Stadt Köln. Wie der Mensch seinen Job macht: er basiert auf Denunziation. „Meistens ist es so, dass ein Sachbearbeiter einen Hinweis bekommt vom Vermieter, von den Nachbarn, Freunden oder Bekannten – die wahrscheinlich nicht mehr länger Freunde oder Bekannte bleiben werden" - wird in der Meldung "Erwerbslose besuchen Kölner Sozialschnüffler" der Abteilung Notwehr vom 27. April 2007 bei "indymedia" zitiert: http://de.indymedia.org/2007/04/173987.shtml

Aus: LabourNet, 30. April 2007


Ein Besuch der anderen Art: Erwerbslose besuchen Kölner Sozialschnüffler

Vorsicht Sozialschnüffler ! Das Flugblatt zur Aktion (pdf) http://media.de.indymedia.org/media/2007/04//173989.pdf

Info für die NachbarInnen (pdf) http://media.de.indymedia.org/media/2007/04//173990.pdf

Film: Ermittlungsdienst Erwerbsloser http://media.de.indymedia.org/media/2007/04//173988.mpg

Besuch bei der „GEHAPO“. "Überflüssige" stellen „Bedarfsermittler“ der Kölner ARGE öffentlich bloß

Artikel von Hans-Dieter Hey in Neue Rheinische Zeitung - Online-Flyer Nr. 93 vom 09. Mai 2007 http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=10804

Aus: LabourNet, 10. Mai 2007


Vestische Arbeit (Recklinghausen) sucht Schnüffler!

Aus der (uns vorliegenden) verwaltungsinternen Stellenausschreibung: „Bei der Vestischen Arbeit/Geschäftsführung soll ein zentraler Ermittlungsdienst (Außendienst) eingerichtet werden. Der Einsatz erfolgt im gesamten Zuständigkeitsbereich der Vestischen Arbeit (Kreis Recklinghausen). Die Stellen sind teilbar. Die Bewertungseinschätzung ist Besoldungsgruppe A 8 BBesG bzw. Entgeltgruppe 8 TVöD. Zu den Aufgaben gehören im Wesentlichen Prüfungen bei Verdacht auf Leistungsmissbrauch und Sachverhaltsaufklärung vor Ort, Darstellung der Prüfergebnisse in Berichtsform sowie Erledigung von Amtshilfeersuchen durch gewissenhafte und genaue Feststellungen. Die Prüfung bei Verdacht auf Leistungsmissbrauch und Sachverhaltsaufklärung vor Ort umfasst insbesondere: Ermittlung des tatsächlichen Aufenthaltes; Prüfung der Notwendigkeit und des Umfangs beantragter Beihilfen; Überprüfung von Wohnverhältnissen; Prüfung der Verwertbarkeit von Vermögen; Abgrenzung Bedarfsgemeinschaft/Haushaltsgemeinschaft; Indizienfeststellung zur Widerlegung der Vermutung einer Verantwortungs- und Einstehensgemeinschaft; Feststellung von verschwiegenem Einkommen einschließlich Gesprächen mit Arbeitgebern; Vorsprachen bei Banken, Versicherungen sowie Gespräche mit Behörden und Dritten (z.B. Nachbarn, Vermieter). Gesucht werden motivierte, durchsetzungsfähige und belastbare Mitarbeiter und Mitarbeiterinnen mit sozial-kommunikativer und persönlicher Kompetenz. Teamfähigkeit sowie die Fähigkeit zur Kontaktaufnahme, zur Informationsbeschaffung und zum Informationsaustausch wird vorausgesetzt. Verhandlungsgeschick und angepasster Umgang mit schwierigen Situationen und Mitbürgern/-bürgerinnen sind unabdingbar…“ Das ist das Arbeitsplatz-Wunder…

Tag der offenen Tür

Mit dem Mitarbeiter des Sozialamts will Hartz-IV-Empfänger Jürgen Burkhardt den Tag der Wohnungsüberprüfung nicht allein verbringen. Interessierte eingeladen. Artikel von Gitta Düpperthal in junge Welt vom 23.7.07 http://www.jungewelt.de/2007/07-23/044.php

Aus: LabourNet, 23. Juli 2007


Sozialamt klingelt an jeder Tür. Systematische Hausbesuche bei allen Hartz-IV-Empfängern stoßen auf scharfe Kritik

„Wer in Wiesbaden Hartz IV beantragt, bekommt zunächst einmal Besuch vom Sozialamt. Und zwar jeder. Also auch diejenigen, die nicht im Verdacht des Leistungsmissbrauchs stehen. Das bestätigt Wolfgang Werner, Leiter der Abteilung Grundsicherung für Arbeitssuchende (ALG II)…“ Artikel von Gaby Buschlinger in der Wiesbadener Ausgabe der Frankfurter Rundschau vom 27.07.2007 http://www.fr-online.de/frankfurt_und_hessen/lokalnachrichten/wiesbaden/?em_cnt=1180446

Aus: LabourNet, 30. Juli 2007


Anwältin sieht Gesetzesverstoß durch Sozialamt. Streit um Hausbesuche bei Hartz-IV-Empfängern / Information über Verweigerungsrecht gefordert

„Eine Sozialrechtlerin hat die routinemäßigen Hausbesuche des Wiesbadener Sozialamts bei Hartz-IV-Empfängern als "nicht gesetzeskonform" bewertet. Auf FR-Nachfrage sagte Fachanwältin Kerstin Radtke-Schwenzer von der renommierten Frankfurter Anwaltskanzlei Plagemann, dass die Betroffenen auf der Ankündigung eines Hausbesuchs vom Sozialamt über den Anlass informiert werden müssten…“ Artikel von Gaby Buschlinger in der Wiesbadener Ausgabe der Frankfurter Rundschau vom 03.08.2007 http://www.fr-online.de/frankfurt_und_hessen/lokalnachrichten/wiesbaden/?em_cnt=1184686

Die Würde des Menschen ist antastbar: Hausbesuche en gros

„Das könnte Ihnen schon morgen passieren: Sie werden von ihrer Firma „freigesetzt", also entsorgt, so wie über 2,4 Mio. Menschen allein im Jahr 2006. Nach einem Jahr werden Sie Arbeitslosengeld II beantragen müssen. Einige Tage nach Antragstellung klingelt der Sozialermittler vor der Tür, um Ihre Lebensverhältnisse zu überprüfen. Spätestens dann werden Sie wahrscheinlich Ihren Glauben an den Sozial- und Rechtsstaat aufgeben, sollten sie zu dieser Haltung nicht bereits früher gekommen sein…“ Artikel von Hans-Dieter Hey in NRhZ-Online - Neue Rheinische Zeitung - Online-Flyer Nr. 106 vom 01.08.2007 http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=11265

Aus: LabourNet, 7. August 2007


Spitzelei oder notwendige Kontrolle? Staat observiert Hartz-IV-Empfänger

Panorama-Beitrag vom 05. Juni 2008

Sind "Zielvereinbarungen" Hintergrund für Sanktionen gegen Hartz IV Empfänger? Unabhängige Sozialberatung verlangt Veröffentlichung

„Immer wieder wundern sich Betroffene wie BeraterInnen über nicht angemessene Sanktionen, Abweisung von Anträgen und Anordnung von Massnahmen und 1-Euro-Jobs, die nun mal gar nicht den Bedürfnissen und Notwendigkeiten der Betroffenen entsprechen. Nun kommt Licht ins Dunkle: offensichtlich liegt die Ursache darin, dass „auf Teufel komm’ raus“ bestimmte Quoten zu erfüllen sind, die in einer geheimen Zielvorgabe der ARGE festgelegt sind. Vor allem soll eine Senkung der Gesamtausgaben erreicht werden, obwohl die Zahl der Hartz IV – Abhängigen kontinuierlich steigt…“ Meldung und weitere Infos von Unabhängige Sozialberatung Bochum beim Sozialticker http://www.sozialticker.com/unabhaengige-sozialberatung-verlangt-veroeffentlichung_20080607.html http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Schn%C3%BCffler

Aus: LabourNet, 25. Juni 2008


Hartz-IV-Show: Verbände sprechen von "Hetzjagd"

„Am Mittwoch startet die Sat.1.-Dokureihe "Gnadenlos gerecht". Darin ermitteln Sozialarbeiter angebliche Hartz-IV-Schmarotzer. Schon jetzt regt sich Protest. Veranstaltet der Sender eine "öffentliche Hetzjagd" auf sozial Schwache? Die neue Sat.1-Serie über "Hartz-IV-Betrüger" hat schon vor dem Sendestart am Mittwoch Proteste ausgelöst. Der Arbeitslosenverband Deutschland sprach in Berlin am Montag von einer "öffentlichen Hetzjagd auf Hartz-IV-Empfänger" und einer "negativen Stimmungsmache". Sat.1 betonte dagegen, die Sendung berichte "in ausgewogener Form über die gesellschaftliche Realität". Unter dem Serientitel "Gnadenlos gerecht - Sozialfahnder ermitteln" begleitet ein Kamerateam zwei Sozialamtsmitarbeiter im Kreis Offenbach in Hessen: die Abteilungsleiterin Helena Fürst und Geschäftsstellenleiter Helge Hofmeister. "Wir sind ja Profis, da wir schon im 'Sat.1-Magazin', im 'Sat.1-Frühstücksfernsehen' und in '24 Stunden' dabei waren. Jedoch ist es immer wieder eine willkommene Abwechslung in unserem Alltag", sagte die 34-jährige Ermittlerin in einem Interview des Senders. Helena Fürst hat es bereits zu einiger Berühmtheit gebracht. Sie deckte jene Fälle auf, die als "Mallorca-Karin" und "Ebay-Hans" für Schlagzeilen sorgten…“ Artikel von Inge Treichel, AP, bei Spiegel online vom 18.8.08 http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/gesellschaft/0,1518,572794,00.html

Siehe dazu:

SAT.1 soll geplante Doku-Reihe »Gnadenlos gerecht - Sozialfahnder ermitteln« grundlegend überdenken

„In einem offenen Brief an SAT.1 Programmchef Matthias Alberti erwartet das Erwerbslosen Forum Deutschland eindeutige Klarstellungen. Sorge vor einer ähnlichen Missbrauchsdebatte wie 2005, die vom damaligen Arbeits- und Wirtschaftsminister Wolfgang Clement (SPD) nach einer ZDF-Doku entfacht wurde…“ Pressemeldung und Offener Brief des Erwerbslosen Forum Deutschland vom 15.08.2008 beim Sozialticker http://www.sozialticker.com/sat1-soll-geplante-doku-reihe-gnadenlos-gerecht-sozialfahnder-ermitteln-grundlegend-ueberdenken_20080815.html

Wir erinnern in diesem Zusammenhang an die Aktion „Gesucht wird die deutsche Fabienne“ unter http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/realpolitik/zwang/agenturschlussdebatte.html

Aus: LabourNet, 19. August 2008


Hilfe, die Sozialdetektive kommen. Wird mit der SAT1-Doku "Gnadenlos gerecht" Hetze gegen Erwerblose betrieben?

Artikel von Peter Nowak in telepolis vom 20.08.2008 http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/28/28556/1.html

Sozialfahnder-Soap bei SAT.1: Halali auf Hartz-IV-Betrüger

„Wer zu Unrecht Hartz IV bezieht, muss jetzt Sat.1 fürchten. Mit dem neuem Dokusoap-Format "Gnadenlos gerecht" bläst der Sender zur Jagd auf Sozialbetrüger - und liefert damit populistisches Denunzianten-TV der übelsten Sorte…“ Artikel von Jan Freitag in Spiegel online vom 21. August 2008 http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/gesellschaft/0,1518,573143,00.html

Aus: LabourNet, 21. August 2008


Besuch beim Schnüffler. Oldenburg: Protest gegen Hausbesuche bei Hartz-IV-Beziehern. Erwerbslose klingeln bei ­ehemaligem Außendienstmitarbeiter der ARGE

„Am Sonntag abend, zur besten Tatort-Krimizeit, haben sich in Oldenburg rund 50 Erwerbslose zu einem Date getroffen. Sie machten einen überraschenden Hausbesuch bei einem Außendienstmitarbeiter der ARGE, der Arbeitsgemeinschaft aus Sozialamt und Agentur für Arbeit, die in den Städten die Leistungen nach Hartz IV verwaltet. Der inzwischen in den Ruhestand gegangene Mann hatte bis vor kurzem als Schnüffler für die ARGE gearbeitet. »Als Auftakt zu seiner Rente wollten die Erwerbslosen einmal sein Haus, seine Kleiderschränke und die Wohnungseinrichtung begutachten«, heißt es in einer Pressemitteilung der Aktivisten-Gruppe…“ Artikel von Gerrit Hoekman in junge Welt vom 21.04.2009 http://www.jungewelt.de/2009/04-21/040.php

Aus: LabourNet, 21. April 2009


Strafantrag gegen Sat.1 Sozialfahnder

Der Ansturm der Entrüstung über die Sat.1 TV Doku-Serie "Gnadenlos gerecht - Sozialfahnder ermitteln" reißt nicht ab. Nun hat die Arbeitslosenhilfe Rheinland Pfalz einen schriftlichen Strafantrag gegen Protagonisten der TV Dokusoap gestellt. Inhalt der gestellten Anzeige ist die Annahme, dass die Sozialfahner der Arge Kreis Offenbach "Informationen und Kenntnisse, welche Sie durch Ihre Tätigkeit bei dem Sozialamt Offenbach erlangt haben, rechtswidrig an Dritte weiter gegeben" haben. Weiterhin wird durch die Arbeitsloseninitiative vermutet, dass sich "die beiden Mitarbeiter des Sozialamtes durch diese Weitergabe interner Ermittlungsergebnisse ungerechtfertigt bereichert haben".

Lesen Sie weiter:

Passend dazu empfehlen wir auch folgenden Artikel: Gnadenlos gegen Hartz IV Empfänger auf SAT.1:


Unverhoffter Hausbesuch von Hartz IV Sozialfahndern. Wie eine alleinerziehende Mutter sogenannte Sozialfahnder vor der Tür stehen ließ

Karola H. lebt in Berlin, ist auf Hartz IV Sozialleistungen angewiesen sowie alleinerziehende Mutter von drei Kindern. Ganz unverhofft klingelte es um 10.30 Uhr an ihrer Tür. Zwei Mitarbeiter des Jobcenters Berlin-Spandau standen vor der Tür und verlangten nachdrücklich Einlass. Sie wollten sich "ein Bild machen, wie sie wohl so wohnen und leben würde".

Lesen Sie weiter: http://www.gegen-hartz.de/nachrichtenueberhartziv/0344e19b230f2c30a.php


Unterlassungsklage wegen Sat.1 Sozialfahndershow

Nun klagen die zu Unrecht durch die Sozialermittler denunzierten gegen die Berichterstattung der Medienanstalten Sat.1, Bild- Zeitung sowie "Bild-Online". Der TV Sender Sat.1 hat vorsorglich eine rechtsbewährte Unterlassungserklärung abgegeben.

Lesen Sie weiter:


Anti-Terror-Datei: ein weiterer Schritt auf dem Weg zur Überwachungsgesellschaft

„Anlässlich der heutigen öffentlichen Anhörung des Innenausschusses des Deutschen Bundestages zur Anti-Terror-Datei und zum Terrorismusbekämpfungsergänzungsgesetz erklärt der Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit Peter Schaar: „Gegen diese Gesetzesvorhaben habe ich erhebliche verfassungs- und datenschutzrechtliche Bedenken. Wenn die Entwürfe Gesetz würden, wäre dies ein weiterer Schritt auf dem Weg in eine Überwachungsgesellschaft, in der auch solche Bürgerinnen und Bürger als Risikofaktoren behandelt werden, die keinen Anlass dafür gegeben haben. Mit der Antiterrordatei werden die IT-Systeme von Nachrichtendiensten und Polizei technisch miteinander verknüpft. Nach aller Erfahrung ist zu befürchten, dass eine derartige gemeinsame Infrastruktur tendenziell zu einem Vollverbund ausgebaut wird.“…“ Pressemitteilung des Bundesbeauftragten für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit vom 6. November 2006

Aus: LabourNet, 7. November 2006


Daten von 38 Behörden: Merkel besteht auf so genannter Anti-Terror-Datei


Die Terrorgefahr in Deutschland ist nach Darstellung von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) unvermindert hoch. Daher müsse der Staat alles tun, die Gefahren rechtzeitig zu erkennen, um ihnen begegnen zu können, so Merkel am Montag bei einem Besuch des Gemeinsamen Terrorismusabwehrzentrums (GTAZ) in Berlin deutlich. Sie betonte die Notwendigkeit, die jahrelang umstrittene Anti-Terror-Datei rasch einzurichten. Im Dezember vergangenen Jahres hatte das Bund-Länder-Projekt mit der Zustimmung im Bundesrat die letzte Hürde genommen. In die Anti-Terror-Datei sollen künftig Daten von 38 Behörden von Bund und Ländern eingespeist werden.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=15060


Auch Deutschland hat nun eine zentrale Antiterrordatei

Bundesinnenminister Schäuble lobt das "Höchstmaß an Datenschutz" bei der Datei, mit der endgültig die Trennung von Polizei und Geheimdiensten aufgehoben wird.



Auch Deutschland hat nun eine zentrale Antiterrordatei

„Bundesinnenminister Schäuble lobt das "Höchstmaß an Datenschutz" bei der Datei, mit der endgültig die Trennung von Polizei und Geheimdiensten aufgehoben wird. Bundesinnenminister Schäuble hat die nach dem Gemeinsamen-Dateien-Gesetz eingerichtete Antiterrordatei gestern stolz mit einem Knopfdruck freigeschaltet und dabei kundgetan, dass sie strengen datenschutzrechtlichen Vorschriften unterliege und "terrorismusrelevante Informationen" von insgesamt 38 Polizeibehörden und Nachrichtendiensten des Bundes und der Länder vernetze, die auch darauf zugreifen können. Der Datenschutz soll vornehmlich durch eine Trennung von offenen Grunddaten und erweiterten Daten, die erst aufgrund einer Anfrage oder im "Eilfall" freigeschaltet werden, gewährleistet sein. Bei aller Rhetorik ist mit dieser "intelligente Kombination von Index- und Volltextlösung" (BMI) die Trennung zwischen Polizei und Geheimdiensten aufgehoben worden…“ Artikel von Florian Rötzer in telepolis vom 31.03.2007 http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/24/24984/1.html

Schäubles lange Liste für weitere Ermittlungsbefugnisse

„Die CDU/CSU-Fraktion im Bundestag hat am Donnerstag in einer Koalitionsrunde umfangreiche Forderungen zum Ausbau der Überwachung im Rahmen der Terrorismusbekämpfung gestellt, die von Präventivbefugnissen für das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) über Vereinfachungen beim großen Lauschangriff bis zu Rasterfahndungen reichen. Bereits aktuell verfolgte Gesetzesänderungen zum Zugriff der Ermittler auf die Maut-Daten im Lkw- Bereich sowie auf Festplatten privater PCs und Speicherplattformen im Internet über die heftig umstrittenen Online-Durchsuchungen durften auf der langen Wunschliste nicht fehlen. Eine Sprecherin des Bundesinnenministeriums hat inzwischen bestätigt, dass es sich bei entsprechenden Berichten des Spiegels und der Welt nicht um einen verfrühten Aprilscherz gehandelt habe. Hausherr Wolfgang Schäuble wolle eine Reihe von Gesetzen überarbeiten, lautete ihre reichlich unkonkrete Auskunft…“ Artikel von Stefan Krempl bei heise online vom 01.04.2007 http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/87714

»Antiterrordatei« online

„Ein Grundrechtsbruch jagt den nächsten, eine Überwachungsmethode löst die andere ab. Die am Freitag freigeschaltete »Antiterrordatei« ist der jüngste Angriff auf die Demokratie. Symbolhaft ist dieser Schritt schon deshalb, weil er Schluß macht mit einer der wichtigsten Lehren aus dem deutschen Faschismus: der Trennung von Polizei und Geheimdiensten…“ Gastkommentar von Ulla Jelpke in junge Welt vom 31.03.2007 http://www.jungewelt.de/2007/03-31/022.php

Aus: LabourNet, 2. April 2007


Grünes Licht für Personenkennziffer im Bundesrat

„Der Bundesrat hat dem Verordnungsentwurf der Bundesregierung zur Einführung einer eindeutigen und dauerhaften Identifikationsnummer für Besteuerungsverfahren mit einer kleinen formalen Änderung (PDF-Datei) zum Inkrafttreten der Regelung erwartungsgemäß zugestimmt. Alle Bundesbürger vom Baby bis zum Greis erhalten demnach vom Juli 2007 an vom Bundeszentralamt für Steuern eine Personenkennziffer zugeteilt. Die bislang dezentral geführten Datenbestände der ungefähr 80 Millionen in Deutschland gemeldeten Personen aus rund 5500 Meldestellen werden demnach erstmals zentral bei der dem Bundesfinanzministerium angegliederten Behörde zusammengeführt. Ersetzt werden sollen gleichzeitig die noch von Land zu Land verschieden angelegten bisherigen Steuernummern…“ Artikel von Stefan Krempl bei heise news vom 03.11.2006 http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/80509

Aus: LabourNet, 7. November 2006


Elfstellige Zahlenfolge: Alle Deutschen erhalten eine Nummer Berlin/Bonn (dpa/tmn) - Alle Deutschen bekommen eine Nummer: Vor allem die Steuerbehörden wollen die Bürger künftig anhand einer elfstelligen Zahlenfolge erkennen können.

Die ID vergibt das Bundeszentralamt für Steuern.

Die neue Identifikationsnummer wird vom Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (BZSt) in Bonn vergeben und soll den Abgleich von Daten erleichtern. Gleichzeitig sollen der Missbrauch von Sozialleistungen sowie Steuerhinterziehung erschwert werden. Der 1. Juli 2007 markiert den Start des Verfahrens für die 5.200 Meldebehörden in Deutschland, erläutert Oliver Heyder-Rentsch, Sprecher des Bundesfinanzministeriums in Berlin. Aus den Melderegistern werden Daten an das BZSt übermittelt, wo die Informationen verglichen werden. "Damit soll vermieden werden, dass einem Bürger mehrere Identifikationsnummern zugeteilt werden." Die Vergabe der Nummern erfolge dann erst in einem zweiten Schritt. "Wann dieses Verfahren letztlich abgeschlossen sein wird, hängt von der Güte der gelieferten Meldedaten ab. Die dazu erforderlichen Untersuchungen und Vorbereitungen sind noch nicht abgeschlossen." Entschieden ist bereits, dass die Bürger per Brief informiert werden sollen. "Wegen der Vielzahl von zu verschickenden Mitteilungen wird die Versendung nicht zu einem Zeitpunkt, sondern über einen gewissen Zeitraum erfolgen", erklärt Heyder-Rentsch. Gemeinsam mit der Identifikationsnummer werden einige persönliche Daten abgespeichert. So etwa der Familienname, frühere Namen, Vornamen und ein eventueller Doktorgrad, erläutert Anita Käding, Referentin für Steuerrecht und Steuerpolitik beim Bund der Steuerzahler in Berlin. Hinzu kommen der Tag und Ort der Geburt, Geschlecht und die gegenwärtige Anschrift.

Im Alltag werde der persönliche Zahlencode für die wenigsten Menschen eine Bedeutung haben, meint Käding. Diese Nummer ersetze in erster Linie die bisherige Steuernummer. Es müsse niemand Angst haben, seine Nummer zu vergessen oder zu verlieren. "Da die Nummer und die dazugehörige Person eindeutig zuzuordnen sind, sollte es kein Problem sein, seine verlustig gegangene Nummer wieder zu erhalten. Der Sprecher des Deutschen Steuerberaterverbandes, Rechtsanwalt Markus Deutsch, weist darauf hin, dass manche Menschen zwei Zahlenfolgen zugewiesen bekommen. "Gleich zwei ID-Nummern bekommen diejenigen, die auch noch wirtschaftlich tätig sind. Das ist sehr weit gefasst und gilt für Handwerker genauso wie für Freiberufler." Die Nummer helfe den Finanzämtern bei ihrer Arbeit. Doch nicht nur den Finanzämtern müssten die Steuerzahler ihre Nummer mitteilen. "Auch der Arbeitgeber muss, um Lohnsteuer abzuführen, die ID-Nummer kennen. Er darf seine Mitarbeiter daher danach fragen." Die Gefahr, dass Kriminelle fremde Nummern missbrauchen, sieht Deutsch nicht. Wehren können sich die Verbraucher nach Kädings Einschätzung ohnehin nicht gegen die Neuerung. Sie beklagt vor allem, dass Bürger nicht kontrollieren könnten, was mit ihren Daten geschehe. "Durch die Einführung der Identifikationsnummer und der daraus resultierenden enormen Ausweitung des Datenaustausches zwischen Behörden und anderen Stellen wird beim Bundesamt für Finanzen ein gigantischer Datenpool geschaffen. Dies sieht der Bund der Steuerzahler sehr kritisch."

Informant: Peter Diener


Datenschutz: Personenkennziffer: Endlich EINE Nummer!

Big Brother vom Finanzamt

„Der 1. Juli ist ein denkwürdiges Datum für den deutschen Steuerzahler: Denn dies ist der Stichtag für die neue Steuer-Identifikationsnummer, die jeder Bürger bekommen soll - auch Babys werden nummeriert. Kritiker warnen: Mit dem Identifikationscode lasse sich prima im Privatleben der Bürger herumschnüffeln…“ Artikel von Annette Berger in Financial Times Deutschland vom 28.6.07 http://www.ftd.de/politik/deutschland/:Big%20Brother%20Finanzamt/218703.html

Warnung vor Überwachungspotenzial der neuen Bürger-Identifikationsnummer

„…Nicht minder problematisch ist für Weichert die "beiläufige Schaffung" eines Bevölkerungsregisters beim BZSt selbst: "Es ist offensichtlich, dass der neue Datenbestand der Nukleus eines Bundesmelderegisters werden soll, das großen – vor allem behördlichen – Begehrlichkeiten ausgesetzt sein wird." Es bedürfe einer politischen Debatte, welche Daten auf Bundesebene zusammengeführt werden und wer diese nutzen könne. Anderenfalls werde der zentrale Meldedatenbestand zu wuchern beginnen und die informationelle Gewaltenteilung zwischen Behörden unter die Räder kommen. Mit der Personenkennziffer (PKZ), die im Rahmen einer Salamitaktik über verschiedene Gesetze und Verordnungen "verschleiernd" vorangetrieben worden sei, würden zahlreiche "Verkettungsmöglichkeiten" persönlicher Informationen geschaffen…“ Artikel von Stefan Krempl in heise news vom 29.6.07 http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/91963


Profilierungsversuche auf Kosten der Arbeitnehmer

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

07. November 2006

Zur derzeitigen Debatte um Kündigungsschutz und Arbeitslosengeld für ältere Arbeitnehmer erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katja Kipping:

Es ist schon aberwitzig, was derzeit auf der politischen Bühne der Union abläuft. Frei nach dem Motto: Hauptsache, mein Name ist richtig geschrieben!, versuchen einzelne Ministerpräsidenten und Spitzenpolitiker der Union sich derzeit massiv neben der Kanzlerin und auf Kosten des Koalitionspartners SPD zu profilieren. Das ist auch ihr gutes Recht, zumal die SPD derzeit kaum das Prädikat sozial oder sozialdemokratisch verdient. Dass sie aber versuchen, ihre Profilierungskämpfe auf Kosten der Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmer auszutragen, ist unredlich. Mit vollmundigen Versprechen und falschen Behauptungen versuchen sie, ältere und jüngere Arbeitnehmer gegeneinander auszuspielen und einer Lockerung des Kündigungsschutzes das Feld zu bereiten. Die jetzigen Äußerungen sind das Kontrastprogramm zur realen Politik von CDU und CSU, die sich bislang immer für eine Verkürzung der Bezugszeiten des Arbeitslosengeldes und finanzielle Kürzungen bei Hartz-IV-Beziehern eingesetzt haben.


US-Wahlen: Das Arsenal der Manipulation


9/11 Synthetic Terrorism Made in USA



Shut down the Sopron dog yard

A message from NANCY

Original Message

Please sign this petition urgently, thank you http://www.petitiononline.com/soprone/petition-sign.html

Please sign today, C/P and Forward

Warning, distressing photographs

To Whom May It Concern: My name is Eniko Manyi, I am a 29 year-old Hungarian animal protector.

I would like to draw attention to a situation where we need international help.

You can help us even with a vote. We collected more than 6000 signatures + had a strike but the council won't shut this place down. We have an international petition now and we would deeply appreciate if you and your supporters could sign it. Also you can email Mrs. Monika Lamperth (Interior Minister of Hungary) to punish a Hungarian man who handle animals this way at miniszter@bm.gov.hu

Another Major Report Challenges Security Of Electronic Voting




By Avi Rubin, Avi Rubin's Blog

Friday, November 3, 2006
A powerful new report:


Informant: ranger116


Early voting & absentee figures for Broward, Palm Beach & Dade counties


Informant: ranger116


Once Safe, Public Pensions Are Now Facing Cuts

Years of supporting court interpretations have enshrined the view that once a public employee has earned a pension, no one can take it away. Even during New York City's fiscal crisis 30 years ago, no existing pension promises were reduced. But now a number of state and local governments are quietly challenging those guarantees.


Virginia State Board of Elections Secretary Finds Widespread Incidents of Voter Suppression

Over the past several days, voters throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia have filed complaints of incidents aimed at suppressing voter turnout in heavily Democratic and African American neighborhoods. Today, the Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections Jean Jensen concluded that the incidents appear widespread and deliberate.



5 Good Reasons to Vote Today

November, 7th, 2006

1. IT'S A NATIONAL REFERENDUM. Although candidates' names will be on the ballot today, this election is NOT about this candidate or that candidate. Make no mistake about it: This election is nothing less than a National Referendum on George W. Bush and his War. Don't waste your time trying to learn about who the schlump is that's running for office. You know they're all pretty much the same, a few are better than others, but... please. They is who they is. THIS election is not about them. It's a simple up or down vote on staying the course.

To vote in favor of the war, vote for the Republican. To vote against the war, vote for the Democrat. As crazy as it sounds, even if the Republican is against the war, or the Democrat is for it, it doesn't matter. All that will matter by midnight tonight is the math on the big tote board. Did America say YES to Bush or NO to Bush? The ONLY way they're going to add it up is by counting the number of votes under the big D and the big R. The only way to take a stand against Bush today is to vote for the Dems on the ballot.

2. IN ORDER TO CATCH THE REPUBLICANS STEALING YOUR VOTE, YOU FIRST HAVE TO VOTE. There are huge and valid concerns about the new electronic voting machines that must be addressed. It is far too easy to use new technology to rig the vote. But if your fear of that leads you to decide that you shouldn't bother voting, well, then, I guess they've succeeded in snuffing out your voice without having to rig the machine. Make them break the law if they want to win. Vote. We'll catch them if they do. I promise.

3. WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN POWER IN THE HOUSE AND/OR SENATE, WE CAN GO AFTER THEM! These spineless Democrats who enabled Bush to start this war and funded it ever since are due for a shellacking from all of us. For nearly 6 years, they've hidden behind the cop-out of, "Hey, we're the minority, we have no power." As of tomorrow, hopefully, they will have no mask to hide behind. And it will be up to us to go after them.

4. I'LL PUT YOU ON MY WEBSITE. That's right. You can appear on my home page and be seen by millions later today. All you need to do is bring a broom when you go to vote. The broom is our mascot today because we're going to sweep the crooks and the warmongers outta office. Take a picture of yourself holding a broom outside your polling place, e-mail it to me, and I'll put as many of you as I can up on the home page of my website. People all around the world will see you! Government files with your name on them will be initiated! What better way to celebrate this historic day?!

And the final reason to vote today...

5. 2,836 + 655,000. Each one of them, American and Iraqi, are no longer with us because of the decision by one man to start a war. Each one of them represented a precious, God-given life that no man had the right to take away. Each one of them had a mother and father, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, friends and loved ones, little boys and little girls. It's mad, my friends, utterly mad, this senseless loss of human life.

So, do it for them. Call up whoever you know and tell them to meet you at the polls. And tell them to bring a broom, real or imaginary, with a big D on it. It's the only true American thing to do.

See ya at the victory party tonight!

Michael Moore
mmflint @aol.com

P.S. Forward this to all your friends. Today is the day.


TEACHERS have been ordered to ban their pupils from using their mobile phones amid rising safety fears

The Sun, UK Press, November 2003

TEACHERS have been ordered to ban their pupils from using their mobile phones amid rising safety fears. UK Education secretary David Blunkett has taken the unusual step of writing to ALL schools in England and Wales. Mr Blunkett said mobile phones should only be used by pupils under 16 in EMERGENCIES.

A spokesman for Mr Blunkett said: "We felt we had to issue guidance on the widespread use of mobile phones in schools. The department of Health is taking the lead but we have a responsibility where pupils are concerned. We felt we had to get the message across that the non-essential use of mobile phones should be discouraged."

Mr Blunkett's order to schools follows an investigation led by ex-Government chief scientist Sir William Stewart earlier this year. He warned that children could be susceptible to damage from radiation because their immune system is not fully developed. He also pointed out that the younger the child, the more years they could be exposed to radiation.

The report backed claims that minor health complaints like headaches, earaches and skin problems may be linked to mobiles.



Ban mobiles in schools

Children and mobile phones

Do Republicans Think Black Voters Are Stupid?

There are reports out of Nashville that African Americans are getting phone calls telling them if they voted for Harold Ford Jr. in the August primary, they don't need to vote for him again now.


From Information Clearing House


Military services seek $160 billion extra to cover war costs

The military services and defense agencies have requested as much as $160 billion in supplemental spending for the remainder of fiscal 2007 -- a staggering figure that would bring wartime costs this year to $230 billion, defense sources said Friday.


From Information Clearing House


A Staggering New Bill For Iraq?

The US armed services have requested a $160 billion supplemental appropriation to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the remainder of fiscal year 2007 - a staggering amount that, if approved by the Defense Department, may hasten the showdown between resurgent congressional Democrats and the Bush administration over the budget-busting War on Terror.


US 'breeding extremism' in Iraq

An Iraqi parliamentary delegation visiting Qatar has accused the US army in Iraq of breeding extremism by carrying out an "irresponsible arrest campaign".


From Information Clearing House

Only 8% of Americans Support Iraq Strategy

Many adults in the United States believe their federal administration should alter its tactics in Iraq, according to a poll by the New York Times and CBS News. 61 per cent of respondents believe the U.S. should change its military strategy.


The Genocide Election

By Peter Rost

This election is about much more than Democrats or Republicans, higher or lower taxes, or the war in Iraq. It is about the survival of millions of people around the globe. And if candidates supported by the drug industry prevail, we may become participants in a silent genocide.



Elections Or Electrons: What If Anything Will Count Your Vote?



Killing Saddam Hussein isn’t justice, its vengeance


Iraq-Gate: How The United States Illegally Armed Saddam Hussein

"Spider's Web": The Secret History of How the United States Illegally Armed Saddam Hussein; a Conversation with the Journalist Who Broke the Iraq-gate Scandal That Involved President George Bush, James Baker and Donald Rumsfeld.


Saddam Was key in early CIA plot

While many have thought that Saddam first became involved with U.S. intelligence agencies at the start of the September 1980 Iran-Iraq war, his first contacts with U.S. officials date back to 1959, when he was part of a CIA-authorized six-man squad tasked with assassinating then Iraqi Prime Minister Gen. Abd al-Karim Qasim.


Secret Message From James Baker to Tariq Aziz

Baker informs Aziz, whose government 13 months previously had gassed Kurdish villages, that "the United States seeks a broadened and deepened relationship with Iraq."


The Teicher Affidavit: Iraq-Gate

The United States actively supported the Iraqi war effort by supplying the Iraqis with billions of dollars of credits, by providing U.S. military intelligence and advice to the Iraqis, and by closely monitoring third country arms sales to Iraq to make sure that Iraq had the military weaponry required.


A Brief History: US-Iraq 1980s

Iraq uses US-supplied military intelligence “to calibrate attacks with mustard gas on Iranian ground troops....”


America helped make a monster

It is hard to believe that, during most of the 1980s, America knowingly permitted the Iraq Atomic Energy Commission to import bacterial cultures that might be used to build biological weapons. But it happened.


Bush and Blair have forfeited the moral authority to hang Saddam

George Bush's handling of this issue restores one's respect for Pontius Pilate.

From Information Clearing House


Are We Winning in Iraq? A Dark Argument

By James Rothenberg

It is not unreasonable to suggest we are winning the war. Not won, but winning.


By Greg Palast, for The Guardian (UK), November 6, 2006

Here's how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen.

Note the past tense. And I'm not kidding.

And shoot me for saying this, but it won't be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they'll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means.

For six years now, our investigations team, at first on assignment for BBC TV and the Guardian, has been digging into the nitty-gritty of the gaming of US elections. We've found that November 7, 2006 is a day that will live in infamy. Four and a half million votes have been shoplifted. Here's how they'll do it, in three easy steps:

Theft #1: Registrations gone with the wind.

On January 1, 2006, while America slept off New Year's Eve hangovers, a new federal law crept out of the swamps that has devoured 1.9 million votes, overwhelmingly those of African-Americans and Hispanics. The vote-snatching statute is a cankerous codicil slipped into the 2002 Help America Vote Act -- strategically timed to go into effect in this mid-term year. It requires every state to reject new would-be voters whose identity can't be verified against a state verification database.

Sounds arcane and not too threatening. But look at the numbers and you won't feel so fine. About 24.3 million Americans attempt to register or re-register each year. The New York University Law School's Brennan Center told me that, under the new law, Republican Secretaries of State began the year by blocking about one in three new voters.

How? To begin with, Mr. Bush's Social Security Administration has failed to verify 47% of registrants. After appeals and new attempts to register, US Elections Assistance Agency statistics indicate 1.9 million would-be voters will still find themselves barred from the ballot on Tuesday.

But don't worry: those holding passports from their ski vacations to Switzerland are doing just fine. And that's the point. It's not the number of voters rejected, it’s their color. For example, California's Republican Secretary of State Bruce McPherson figured out how to block 40% of registrants, mostly Hispanics. In a rare counter-move, Los Angeles, with a Hispanic mayor, contacted these citizens, "verified" them and got almost every single one back on the rolls. But throughout the rest of the West, new Hispanics remain victims of the "José Crow" treatment.

In hotly contested Ohio, Kenneth Blackwell, Secretary of State and the Republican's candidate for Governor, remains voter-rejection champ -- partly by keeping the rejection criteria a complete secret.

Theft #2: Turned Away - the ID game

A legion of pimple-faced Republicans with Blackberries loaded with lists of new voters is assigned to challenge citizens in heavily Black and Hispanic(i.e. Democratic) precincts to demand photo ID that perfectly matches registration data.

Sounds benign, but it's not. The federal HAVA law and complex new ID requirements in states like New Mexico will easily allow the GOP squads to triple the number of voters turned away. Rather than deny using these voter suppression tactics, Republican spokesmen are claiming they are "protecting the integrity of the vote."

I've heard that before. In 2004, we got our hands on fifty confidential internal memos from the files of the Republican National Committee. Attached to these were some pretty strange spreadsheets. They called them "caging lists" -- and it wasn't about zoo feeding times. They were lists (70,000 for Florida alone) of new Black and Jewish voters -- a very Democratic demographic -- to challenge on Election Day. The GOP did so with a vengeance: In 2004, for the first time in half a century, more than 3.5 million voters were challenged on Election Day. Worse, nearly half lost their vote: 300,000 were turned away for wrong ID; 1.1 million were allowed a "provisional" ballot -- which was then simply tossed out.

Tomorrow, new federal ID requirements and a dozen new state show-me-your-ID laws will permit the GOP challenge campaign to triple their 300,000 record to nearly one million voters blocked.

Theft #3: Votes Spoiled Rotten

The nasty little secret of US elections is that three million ballots are cast in national elections but not counted -- 3,600,380 not counted in 2004 according to US Election Commission stats. These are votes lost because a punch card didn't punch (its chad got "hung"), a stray mark voided a paper ballot and other machinery glitches.

Officials call it "spoilage." I call it, "inaugurating Republicans." Why? According to statisticians working with the US Civil Rights Commission, the chance your vote will "spoil" this way is 900% higher for Black folk and 500% higher for Hispanics than for white voters. When we do the arithmetic, we find that well over half of all votes spoiled or "blank" are cast by voters of color. On balance, this spoilage game produces a million-vote edge for the GOP.

That's where the Black Boxes come into play. Forget about Karl Rove messing with the software to change your vote. Rather, the big losses occur when computers crash, fail to start or simply don't respond to your touch. They are the new spoilage machines of choice with, statistically, the same racial bias as the old vote-snatching lever machines. (Funny, but paper ballots with in-precinct scanners don't go rotten on Black voters. Maybe that's why Republican Secretaries of State have installed so few of them.)

So Let's Add it Up

Two million legitimate voters will be turned away because of wrongly rejected or purged registrations.

Add another one million voters challenged and turned away for "improper ID."

Then add yet another million for Democratic votes "spoiled" by busted black boxes and by bad ballots.

And let's not forget to include the one million "provisional" ballots which will never get counted. Based on the experience of 2004, we know that, overwhelmingly, minority voters are the ones shunted to these baloney ballots.

And there's one more group of votes that won't be counted: absentee ballots challenged and discarded. Elections Assistance Agency data tell us a half million of these absentee votes will go down the drain.

Driving this massive suppression of the vote are sophisticated challenge operations. And here I must note that the Democrats have no national challenge campaign. That's morally laudable; electorally suicidal.

Add it all up -- all those Democratic-leaning votes rejected, barred and spoiled -- and the Republican Party begins Election Day with a 4.5 million-vote thumb on the vote-tally scale.

So, what are you going to do about it? May I suggest you … steal back your vote.

It's true you can't win with 51% of the vote anymore. So just get over it. The regime's sneak attack via vote suppression will only net them 4.5 million votes, about 5% of the total. You should be able to beat that blindfolded. If you can't get 55%, then you're just a bunch of crybaby pussycats who don't deserve to win back America.

Order: Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney, $17.95 http://www.projectcensored.org/impeach.htm

The collection includes a striking introduction by Howard Zinn and contributions from Dennis Loo, Peter Phillips, Judith Volkart, Dahr Jamail, Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler, Brendan Smith, Larry Everest, Greg Palast, Nancy Snow, Barbara J. Bowley, Mark Crispin Miller, Kevin Wehr, Richard Heinberg, Lyn Duff, Dennis Bernstein, Bridget Thornton, Lew Brown, Andrew Sloan, Cynthia Boaz, and Michael Nagler.

Impeach the President issues a clarion call for a popular movement even more powerful than the antiwar movement of the 1960s. As the authors write in the preface, “Governments do not fall of their own weight; they must be driven out.”

Informant: Peter Phillips


Wahlmanipulation soll in Deutschland ermöglicht werden



Retten Wahlmaschinen die Bushregierung?


Amnesty International Deplores Death Sentences in Saddam Hussein Trial



Voting Integrity on Election Day



Can You Hear Us Now?



The Quiet Cowboy Returns


The Banana Election



More Killing Doesn't Honor Son Lost to War


What It Will Take to End War


Plastic Trash Vortex Menaces Pacific Sealife


Saddam Verdict Could Tear Iraqis Apart



Cheney Says Unlikely He Would Comply with Congress Subpoena



UN Summit Seeks Ways to Stave off Climate Disaster


Iraq Vets Target Congressional Races in Tuesday's Elections


Brazil Proposes Fund to Protect Amazon


Climate Ark and Rainforest Portal projects of Ecological Internet, Inc.

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November 11, 2006

OVERVIEW & COMMENTARY by Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet

The World and Brazil in particular have come a long way in recent years regarding acknowledging the need to protect the world's rainforests and climate, and developing policy sufficient for doing so. Not so long ago Brazil's government railed against any suggestion by the international community that the Amazon should be protected. Now at the international climate talks in Kenya the Brazilian government has asked "rich nations to back a plan to help it slow deforestation". Along with other tropical rainforest rich countries like Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica, it has proposed that a fund be established "that developing countries can tap after they prove they have slowed initial deforestation rates".

This proposal definitely represents progress towards solving two of the world's most dire ecological crises - terrestrial habitat loss and global warming/heating. But as always with such proposals, the devil is in the details. Forest diminishment such as what is caused by "selective" logging and other industrial developments permanently lowers the ability of ancient forests to hold carbon. To be truly effective, such climate funding for forest conservation must protect against deforestation as well as all other ecological diminishment of large, contiguous and relatively intact forest expanses. Ancient forests can simply not be acceptably industrially managed while still holding all their carbon.



Title: Brazil Proposes Fund to Protect Amazon
Source: Copyright 2006, Reuters
Date: November 7, 2006
Byline: Andrea Welsh

Brazil, home to the world's largest rainforest, will ask rich nations to back a plan to help it slow deforestation at global climate talks this week, a senior environmental official said.

The plan marks a first step toward including deforestation in global climate agreements to cut emissions of carbon, a heat- trapping gas released by burning fossil fuels and trees that is partly to blame for rising world temperatures.

Officials from dozens of nations were to meet in Kenya starting Monday for the 12th round of UN global climate talks since 1992. The goal is to start crafting an extension to the Kyoto Protocol, a 1999 treaty that set mandatory targets for most rich nations to reduce carbon emissions.

The Brazilian secretary of forests and biodiversity, Joao Paulo Capobianco, said Brazil will present a plan for rich nations to put money into a fund that developing countries can tap after they prove they have slowed initial deforestation rates.

"A country will only have the right to claim resources after the environmental benefit is delivered," he said in an interview.

Critics have said Brazil just wants to get paid for protecting the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest and home to maybe a quarter of all species on earth.

Slowing deforestation was a cheap and fast way to lower global carbon emissions, nearly a fifth of which come from clearing land and burning trees, Capobianco said.

"When deforestation comes up, people in America, England, France, Italy, they take to the streets and protest because Brazil is cutting down the rainforest," Capobianco said. "The question isn't why would they invest money in this. The question is why wouldn't they?"

Under the Kyoto Protocol, Brazil cannot get credit for slowing deforestation although it burns relatively little oil and gas. A third of its carbon emissions come from felling trees in the Amazon.

In 2005, enough trees were cut down to cover all of Israel or Wales. To date, about a fifth of Brazil's Amazon has been cleared -- an area twice the size of Germany -- mostly to produce lumber, graze cattle or plant crops like rice and soy.

Capobianco said Brazil reduced land-clearing by a third last year and could do better if given credit for the carbon emissions avoided. More money would go to invest in new economic models for the rainforest, which makes poor farm land because of its sandy soil and frequent floods, he said.

"People don't cut down the Amazon because they're angry at trees," he said. "It's actually expensive and quite difficult. People do it because it's how they guarantee their economic survival."

Capobianco also said poor nations would gain by lowering carbon emissions more cheaply than they otherwise could.

Brazil's plan will need support from other developing nations, which were excused from Kyoto's mandatory carbon cuts so they could focus on economic growth and urgent problems like poverty and disease.

The United States, which is responsible for more than a third of the world's carbon emissions, backed out of the treaty saying it unfairly exempted countries like China and India from mandatory cuts.

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