Dienstag, 28. November 2006

What the Democrats Must Do

"The Congressional Democratic leadership, eager to start investigations into the failures and cover-ups of their Republican predecessors, have a list; but so far, the 'black sites' of the CIA are far from a priority. But the president - who gave the CIA 'special license' in 2002 to operate outside the law in kidnapping suspected terrorists and sending them to torture prisons abroad for interrogation - has already protected its interrogators with provisions he and Dick Cheney inserted into the Military Commissions Act of 2006," writes Nat Hentoff.



Bush Says US Won't Pull Out of Iraq

President Bush, under pressure to change direction in Iraq, said Tuesday that he will not be persuaded by any calls to withdraw American troops. Recent US elections added fuel to the argument from Democrats that US soldiers need to come home. But Bush has resisted that, even while projecting the need for a different approach.


Neighborhood by Neighborhood, Baghdad Descends Into Civil War

Sectarian violence has turned Baghdad into a deadly jigsaw puzzle of contested neighborhoods where armed bands of Shiite and Sunni Muslims battle daily for control, in fighting that is far more similar to an organized military campaign than is generally acknowledged.


Science Teachers' Organization Rejects Gore Video

"The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has spurned 50,000 free DVDs of Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' and is squandering a golden opportunity to educate tens of millions of youth in the United States!" John F. Borowski asks why. When questioned, "The NSTA wrote that acceptance of the DVDs would place an 'unnecessary risk upon the capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters.'"



US Dominance of the Middle East Has Ended

"The age of US dominance in the Middle East has ended, and a new era in the modern history of the region has begun," writes Richard Haass. "It will be shaped by new actors and new forces competing for influence, and to master it, Washington will have to rely more on diplomacy than on military might."



The New Middle East

Less than 20 years after the end of the Cold War -- the American era in the Middle East, the fourth in the region's modern history, has ended.


From Information Clearing House

Media Starting to Describe Iraq Conflict as "Civil War"

For months, the media have rejected the use of the term "civil war" to describe the descent into outright murder and torture in Iraq. Apparently the utter chaos and carnage of the past week has finally convinced NBC News and MSNBC to begin to use "civil war" without apology.


Iraq Panel's Real Agenda: Damage Control

"Even as Washington waits with bated breath for the Iraq Study Group to release its findings," writes Andrew Bacevich, "the rest of us should see this gambit for what it is: an attempt to deflect attention from the larger questions raised by America's failure in Iraq, and to shore up the authority of the foreign policy establishment that steered the United States into this quagmire. This ostentatiously bipartisan panel of Wise Men (and one woman) can't really be searching for truth. It is engaged in damage control."


Deutschland im Impfrausch: Ist die Impfpflicht noch zu stoppen?

impf-report Newsletter Nr. 42/2006

Die Vogelgrippe kommt wieder - The Dangers of Vaccinations

Tell President Bush it's time for change in Iraq


Big Brother: Watching, Listening And Shouting


Big Brother achtet nun auch auf aggressive Stimmen

USA: Medien sprechen jetzt offiziell vom Bügerkrieg im Irak


Next-up News n°133


Cell firms threaten to put antennas only in poor areas

By Eran Gabay

If Israel's cellular carriers are forced to fully indemnify municipalities for the drop in property values caused by proximity to cellular antennas, then there are obviously going to be fewer antennas, warned the CEO of one carrier in a conversation with TheMarker. That means that the radiation emitted by cell phones will actually increase, he said. Moreover, the CEO said, the companies will simply build their antennas in low income neighborhoods. "You can understand for yourself that we aren't talking about areas where rich people live," he added. The Forum of Cellular Companies, a body that comprises Israel's three main cellular carriers - Pelephone Communications, Partner Communications and Cellcom - is handling the companies' response to the indemnification demand.

They have already spent NIS 10 million over the last year convincing the public that there is no danger in cellular telephone radiation, and are planning on at least doubling that amount next year. Part of this money, the companies decided, will be used to establish a national visitors center about the cellular industry. And the effort seems to be paying off: Recent surveys that the forum commissioned have shown a decrease in the public's worries about cellular radiation.

Two weeks ago, the forum scheduled a meeting with the Education Ministry to discuss how to explain properly to teachers, parents and students that placing an antenna at a school would actually significantly reduce the radiation emitted by the students' cell phones. The companies argue that the more antennas there are in a given area, the less powerful they need to be, and thus the lower the radiation produced by the cell phone.

The CEO of the cellular operator confirmed that the topic of antennas at schools arose at the forum. The forum also intends to try to recruit the Environment Ministry's support for its position, in order to show that it this position is not based solely on commercial considerations.

Yesterday, TheMarker reported that the effort to set the level of indemnification for decreases in property values is stuck fast, as none of the parties involved is actually interested in making progress at this time. Currently, cellular operators are required to provide 100 percent indemnification.

There are now about 6,700 cellular antennas in Israel, and Pelephone's decision to build a third-generation network will mean the addition of 700 more.


Informant: Iris Atzmon

Protect Vancouver Island's Ancient Forests !


A message from Elena

Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror


Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news


DOJ Probes NSA Spying, Democrats Suspicious

The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General announced Monday that it will immediately launch a probe into the agency's involvement with the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program, raising suspicions among Democrats, who believe the timing of the investigation is an attempt by the Bush administration to circumvent Congressional hearings into the issue when they assume control of the House in January.



See and act on all current Execution Alerts

at http://www.ncadp.org/execution_alerts.html

December 5: Jerome Henderson, OH http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/ncadp/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=6018

December 8: Percy Walton, VA http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/ncadp/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=3864

December 13: Angel Nieves Diaz, FL http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/ncadp/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=6019

Mobile phones should be tagged ‘harmful to health’

By Asma Ali Zain

25 November 2006

DUBAI — Mobile phone experts have requested the Ministry of Health to classify mobile phones as potential health hazards due to the high amounts of radiation that electronic gadgets emit.

At a meeting organised at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel by Bauer Biotech recently, the experts discussed the harmful effects of electronic gadgets, especially cell phones, on human health.

David Furlong, international therapist and author as well as a health practitioner, said that even a simple act such as keeping a mobile phone in a chest pocket could affect the energy fields in the body and cause disturbances in the body’s resonance.

Attendants of the meeting suggested that the MoH should treat mobile phones as harmful as cigarettes and label the gadgets as harmful to human health.

“We are not aware of the effects of radiation on our bodies,” he explained, adding that though the use of electronic gadgets cannot be ruled out entirely, the effects could be neutralised. “Today, a number of research studies from around the world prove conclusively that the enhanced usage of cell phones, beepers, Ipods, laptops and other modern electronic devices have the possibility of harming the human body,” he added.

Furlong said that only a few people could feel the effects of radiation immediately. “They have obvious symptoms such as disturbances, depression, headaches, reduced concentration, hot spots in the brain, overheating of eyes (leading to eye tumours), heart problems and cataracta,” he said.

“But there are only a few people who head to doctors with related symptoms. Tests have proved that radiation might have been the cause,” he added.

He also said that prolonged usage of the mobile phones increased body heat and blood pressure, impotency among men, exhaustion, genotype disturbances and blood formulations. “Tests have also proved that 90 per cent of tumours are related to radiation,” added Furlong. Friedrich J Bauer from Bauer Biotech, who is in Dubai to introduce the Green8 which neutralises the electromagnetic fields, said that there has been a dramatic increase in radiation in the world over the years.

Giving figures Bauer said that there were over 120 million mobile phones in Europe alone and 191 million in the Middle East region. “Until 2005 the number of cell phones expected worldwide was 2,000 million,” he said.

Describing experiments, Bauer said that two Russian journalists cooked an egg in 65 minutes with the cell phones. “It only takes two minutes of speaking on a cellular phone for the radiation to cross the protective Blood Brain Barrier,” he explained.

© 2006 Khaleej Times All Rights Reserved.


Informant: Mark G.

'State secrets privilege' blocks fired translator from suing FBI


Informant: rafeswhiterose


If you ask them no questions, they'll tell you no lies


Informant: Mark G.

You don't need to be a Russian spy to get irradiated

Just plug in the wifi

Informant: Mark G.


9/11 and Iraq: The Concealed Connection


Informant: reggie501

From ufpj-news

GM Soya Fed Rats: Stunted, Dead, or Sterile


The 2nd Amendment: the original homeland security

Liberty For All
by Matthew Holmes

"A few weeks ago in an article titled, 'Conscription, Standing Armies, and Love of Country' I wrote that the Federal Government had outlawed the state militias mentioned in the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This was incorrect. The state militias have been 'nationalized' into the 'National Guard' and are now being used unconstitutionally for foreign occupations. Governors across the country are complaining to the Bush administration that their National Guard units are being depleted for the War in Iraq, and that they do not have enough manpower to handle emergencies in their home states... (written 07/29/04; posted 11/27/06)


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Lou Dobbs turns on the CEOs

Mother Jones
by Sridhar Pappu


To watch Dobbs work, to trust him, as many do, the way we once trusted Walter Cronkite, is to see America as a nation under siege. We are, if we're to believe Dobbs, suffering from policies that have encouraged undocumented workers to cross the Mexican border only to depress wages, overwhelm public schools, and blaze the way for infiltrating terrorists. At the same time, we are under attack from within, he says, from multinational corporations: the same grand companies that once provided the middle class with decent jobs and pensions but now find it easier and cheaper to ship out jobs to India and China.


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Withdrawal: less painful now than later

Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter


Except when the survival of the nation is at stake, all military missions must be judged according to a cost-benefit calculation. Iraq has never come close to being a war for America's survival. It was an elective war -- a war of choice, and a bad choice at that. How much are Americans willing to pay in blood, treasure and toil to try to prevail in Iraq? The costs have already been staggering. We have spent more than $340 billion, and the meter is running at more than $7 billion a month. The loss of life is even more horrific. Nearly 2,900 American troops have perished, and the Iraqi government estimates that 150,000 of its citizens have died in the carnage. And there is no end in sight...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Bundesregierung wird privatisiert


Europe's Finest Forest Put at Risk by Road "Disaster"

One of Europe's last areas of unspoiled forest is facing an unprecedented threat from the construction of a road through some of Romania's most precious and diverse countryside. Environmentalists have warned the route could prove catastrophic for endangered species of animals and plants living in the southern Carpathians. "This road will be the beginning of the end," said Gabriel Paun, program campaigner for Greenpeace. "It is a disaster."


The Science Is Unambiguous: It's Now Time to Act

David Miliband writes: "Climate change raises issues of science, economics and politics. By the month the debate moves on: 2007 will be a key year. And the science is now unambiguous. At the recent 12th Annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Nairobi, no country challenged the consensus: climate change is man-made, it is happening now, carbon levels already in the atmosphere are dangerous, and if we carry on catastrophic climate change will become more, rather than less, likely."


Death Knell of the US Dollar

The dollar plunged with startling ferocity late last week, driven by heavy selling. This was very bearish action that signals panic, and the probable onset of a severe downtrend. A break below the crucial support at 80 on the dollar index is expected to mark the transition from a clandestine unloading of dollar assets to an all-out stampede to “get what you can for them” before it’s too late.


From Information Clearing House

Justice Department watchdog to review domestic spying program

The Justice Department's internal investigations division said Monday it has opened an inquiry into the agency's use of information gathered in the government's warrantless surveillance program.


From Information Clearing House


The corporate and economic reasons for war

The story of the serial wars since the end of the 19th century is but a narrative - a narrative that carefully avoids the underlying corporate and economic reasons for war. The details are hidden in plain sight, but are never presented as a continuum.


From Information Clearing House

Get Ready for the ‘Biden Report’

Biden discussed his plans for stabilizing Iraq by creating a federal system of three autonomous regions—Kurd, Shiite and Sunni—and for addressing Iran’s nuclear program.


Former SAS officer calls for Iraq withdrawal


Former senior member of the Special Forces Major Peter Tinley is calling for the immediate withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq.


Arrogance of the occupier: Lawmakers lose patience with Iraq gov't

Congressional leaders displayed eroding patience in the Iraqi government on Sunday, adding pressure on President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to find a faster path to peace when they meet this week.


From Information Clearing House


Security expert says Iraq 'worse than Vietnam'

A security expert says he believes coalition forces face the prospect of defeat in Iraq with serious consequences. Former soldier and military historian Robert O'Neill says it is likely the coalition will pull its troops out early.


From Information Clearing House


Iraq Worse Than Media Shows

"The amount of death that's on the streets of Baghdad for U.S. forces and for the Iraqi people is at an astronomical level," he said. "So, to some degree, what we're seeing is sanitized."


From Information Clearing House

Malachi Ritscher burns himself to Death In Anti War protest unnoticed by Media

By Associated Press

Ritscher, a frequent anti-war protester, stood by an off-ramp in downtown Chicago near a statue of a giant flame, set up a video camera, doused himself with gasoline and lit himself on fire.



War Protestor's Public Suicide in Chicago Unnoticed by Media

Malachi Ritscher envisioned his death as one full of purpose ... "Here is the statement I want to make: if I am required to pay for your barbaric war, I choose not to live in your world. I refuse to finance the mass murder of innocent civilians, who did nothing to threaten our country," he wrote in his suicide note. "... If one death can atone for anything, in any small way, to say to the world: I apologize for what we have done to you, I am ashamed for the mayhem and turmoil caused by my country." There was only one problem: No one was listening.


The quiet death of Malachi Ritscher

Malachi Ritscher wrote in a suicide note that his fellow Americans had become "more concerned with sports on television and ring-tones on cellphones than the future of the world".


From Information Clearing House


Self-Immolation as Anti-War Protest

Informant: Mitchel Cohen

Malachi Ritscher, 1954-2006

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Soziale Kapitalpartnerschaft (Investivlohn): Trostpflaster für Lohnverzicht?


Soziale Kapitalpartnerschaft – für mehr Arbeitnehmerbeteiligung an Gewinn und Kapital

Antrag des Bundesvorstandes der CDU Deutschlands an den 20. Parteitag am 27./28. November 2006 in Dresden (pdf) http://www.dresden2006.cdu.de/download/060904_antrag_pt_mitarbeiterbeteiligung.pdf

Aus dem Text: „…Gesellschaftsrechtliche Beteiligungen sind als voll haftendes Eigenkapital Risikokapital; es entspräche nicht ihrem Charakter, sie abzusichern…“

Hieraus auch unser Unwort des Tages: „Soziale Kapitalpartnerschaft“

Demgegenüber unser Zitat zum Thema:

„Beteiligung Die große Koalition will neue Regeln für die Beteiligung von Beschäftigten an Unternehmensgewinnen schaffen. – Eigentlich überflüssig, weil Beschäftigte schon immer an den Unternehmensgewinnen beteiligt sind: durch ihre Arbeit.“ Aus: Deutscher Einheit(z)-Textdienst von Werner Lutz 12/2006

Und unsere gewerkschaftliche Empörung des Tages:

„Soll außer dem Risiko des Arbeitsplatzverlustes auch noch das unternehmerische Risiko von den Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmern getragen werden?“

DGB-Vorstandsmitglied Dietmar Hexel in der DGB-Pressemitteilung vom
23.11.2006: Hexel: Gewinnbeteiligung nur zusätzlich zum gesicherten Einkommen http://www.dgb.de/presse/pressemeldungen/pmdb/pressemeldung_single?pmid=2873

Mitarbeiter-Kapitalbeteiligung: Metallindustrie sieht Investivlohn kritisch

„Die Idee des Investivlohns stößt bei den Tarifparteien der Metallindustrie auf deutliche Vorbehalte. Zwar haben weder IG Metall noch Arbeitgeber etwas dagegen, die Beschäftigten stärker am Unternehmensgewinn zu beteiligen. Neue Regelungen für eine Beteiligung der Arbeitnehmer am Kapital ihres Unternehmens sehen aber beide Tarifparteien skeptisch…“ Artikel von Dietrich Creutzburg in Handelsblatt vom 28. November 2006 http://www.handelsblatt.com/news/Politik/Deutschland/_pv/_p/200050/_t/ft/_b/1175129/default.aspx/metallindustrie-sieht-investivlohn-kritisch.html

Aus dem Text: „…Daneben steht die zentrale tarifpolitische Streitfrage, zu wessen Lasten eine Kapitalbeteiligung aufgebaut werden soll. Gesamtmetall hält die Grundidee zwar für durchaus interessant – aber vor allem dann, wenn sie freiwillig bleibt und aus regulärem Arbeitslohn aufgebaut wird: Denkbar sei eine tarifliche Öffnungsklausel, in deren Rahmen Unternehmen „Tarifentgeltbestandteile für eine Kapitalbeteiligung nutzbar“ machen könnten. Eine solche Anrechnung lehnt die IG Metall jedoch von vornherein kategorisch ab. Doch sind nicht alle Gewerkschaften so reserviert. Vor allem die Chemiegewerkschaft IG BCE und die Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten (NGG) werben schon lange dafür, die rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen für die Mitarbeiterbeteiligung zu verbessern. IG-BCE-Chef Hubertus Schmoldt schließt zumindest nicht aus, dass auch zukünftige Tarifsteigerungen teilweise zum Aufbau von Kapitalanteilen genutzt werden könnten…“

Mitarbeiterbeteiligung: DGB will mehr Arbeiter zu Aktionären machen

„Auch Gewerkschafter sollen Eigentümer werden: Der DGB unterstützt Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und will mehr Arbeiter zu Aktionären machen. Dafür sollen als Lohn gezahlte Aktien begünstigt werden und bis 2000 Euro im Jahr steuerfrei sein…“ Artikel in Spiegel online vom 25. November 2006 http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,450678,00.html

Investivlohn - Trostpflaster für Lohnverzicht?

„Die CDU hat wieder einmal den Investivlohn entdeckt. Es wäre ja nicht schlecht, wenn Unternehmer zusätzlich zum Tarif die Beschäftigten am Unternehmen beteiligen würden. Genau darum geht es Merkel und Co. nicht. Beschäftigte sollen auf einen Teil des Lohns verzichten. Und dieser Verzicht heißt dann Investivlohn…“ ver.di-Wirtschaftspolitische Informationen 05/2006 (pdf) http://wipo.verdi.de/wirtschaftspolitische_informationen/data/06_05_Investivlohn.pdf

Aus dem Text: „…Beim Investivlohn erhalten Beschäftigte statt festes Einkommen lediglich eine Art Lotterielos: Ob es ein Gewinn wird, bleibt offen. Nicht einmal der Einsatz ist gesichert. (…) Gängige Investivlohn-Modelle sind mehr Vermögenseinbildung als Vermögensbildung….“

Lohnsenkung als Staatsprogramm: Kombilohn, Mindestlohn, Investivlohn... Der Lohn ist Standortfaktor und kein Lebensmittel

Dokumentation eines Vortrages des GegenStandpunkt-Verlags vom Juni 2006 aus Frankfurt/Main http://www.kommunismus.net/2006/07/lohnsenkung_als_staatsprogramm_kombilohn_mind_1.html

Und weil die Forderung ja nix Neues ist, erinnern wir an einen Text im LabourNet:

„… Und wie sieht es mit den über 10 Millionen kleinen Aktionären, Pensionsfondsinhabern und Inhabern einer Belegschaftsaktie aus? Entsteht hier eine neue Zwischenklasse, oder gar die Auflösung des Klassengegensatzes, weil jede und jeder Einzelne zugleich auf beiden Seiten steht? – Objektiv wohl kaum. Denn bei fast allen von ihnen ist der Kapitalbesitz zu geringfügig um mehr als ein Zubrot zum Erwerbseinkommen zu bringen. Wäre er groß genug, um die Abhängigkeit von Erwerbsarbeit aufzuheben, würde im übrigen das ökonomische System zusammenbrechen. Die Werbung von Staat und Unternehmern für mehr Mitbesitz soll deren Rückzug aus sozialstaatlicher Verantwortung abdecken: Der einzelne soll für sich selber sorgen und trägt zudem noch das unternehmerische Verlustrisiko, wenn er mit seiner Aktie auf das falsche Pferd gesetzt hat. Der Kleinaktionär teilt aber mit den Großaktionären nicht die Möglichkeit, über Sinn und Ziel seines Geldeinsatzes zu bestimmen. Die Ziele der Produktion, die Richtung, in der sich die Ökonomie entwickelt, sind weiterhin vom Großbesitz bestimmt. Ändern kann sich allerdings die Situation für die Interessenvertretung jener Belegschaften, die Lohnabhängige bleiben und zugleich Kapital-Teilhaber geworden sind…“

Aus: „Thesen zur Zukunftsdebatte der Gewerkschaften“ des Gesprächskreises Politische Gewerkschaften der Stiftung Menschenwürde und Arbeitswelt und der Arbeitsstelle Gewerkschaftspolitik am Otto-Suhr-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin vom 18. Juni 2001 http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/gewerkschaft/berlin.html

Grundinformationen zum Investivlohn:

Investivlohn - Pro und Kontra (verdi) http://www.verdi-bub.de/standpunkte/archiv/investivlohn

Investivlohn bei Wikipedia (mit vielen weiterführenden Links) http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investivlohn

Aus: LabourNet, 28. November 2006

What the New York Times has learned from Iraq


Informant: Jennifer Van Bergen

From ufpj-news

Bewegungsunfähig durch Mikrowellen?


Eine US-Universität erforscht mit Unterstützung des Pentagon die Entwicklung einer nichttödlichen Waffe, die mit Mikrowellen auf nichtthermische Weise Muskeln lahm legen soll.


Dec. 10th Human Rights and Impeachment Day: "Putting Impeachment on the Table"

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Groups Across Country Plan for Human Rights and Impeachment Day on Sunday, Dec. 10; Many Events Already Planned, More in the Works

December 10th is Human Rights Day, and this year we're making it Human Rights and Impeachment Day. Here's our slogan: "Putting Impeachment on the Table."

This is a chance to get organized locally and learn what's needed to lobby the new Congress for the investigations and impeachment hearings that will restore the rule of law to America.

You can sign up to attend a town hall forum, rally, vigil, training session, or house party in your area.

Or create a new event and post it online for others to sign up and attend.


If you choose to organize a new event or to help organize one that's already being planned, you'll want to check the list of available speakers and the many useful resources (petitions, information sheets, talking points, tools for honoring fallen troops, dramatic plays, videos, songs, imPEACHment food, shirts, signs, puppets) linked here:


New Resources

The resources provided now include sample media advisories, sample flyers, and a brief guide to how you can BE the media, including where you can post videos of your events online.


Events Already Planned

Events already planned include, on December 9 in NEW YORK, NY, a town hall forum with former Congress Member Elizabeth Holtzman, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace Cindy Sheehan, and Co-Founder of Democrats.com, ImpeachPAC.org, and ImpeachForChange.org Bob Fertik. And on December 10 in SANTA BARBARA, CA, a rally with Colonel Ann Wright, David Swanson, Rae Abileah, Elizabeth De la Vega, Dennis Loo, and Geoff Millard, followed by a march and a demonstration at Arlington West with Carlos and Melida Arredondo; in SAN FRANCISCO, CA a Human Rights/Impeachment Day Rally with The World Can't Wait, Codepink, Answer, Moveon, SF GREENS, Actsagainsttorture, and Impeachbush-cheney.com; in LOS ANGELES, CA an Impeachment Workshop providing materials for people to become media/street heat activists on the topic of Impeachment; in the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA, an Impeachment Town Hall that will provide pro-impeachment individuals with the talking points necessary to counter those who disagree with impeachment. Confirmed speakers include Assemblyman Paul Koretz; author of "U.S. v. Bush", Elizabeth de la Vega; and political science professor, Dennis Loo; in CHULA VISTA, CA a Town Hall Forum on Presidential Accountability: Invited are Congressman Bob Filner, 49th CD Candidate Jeeni Criscenzo, and incoming president of the National Lawyers Guild, Marjorie Cohn; in CHICAGO, IL an Informal Impeachment Rally: People who want Bush and Cheney impeached should come out with signs, banners, and whatever else, indicating that you demand impeachment; in TALLAHASSEE, FL a Rally for War Crimes Trials with speakers, petitions, and fact sheets, held in conjuntion with Tallahassee's Eternal Peace Vigil; in GAINESVILLE, FL an Impeach, Indict, Imprison! event; in JACKSONVILLE, FL a rally to demand impeachment of Bush and Cheney; in WASHINGTON, DC a panel-led discussion and multi-media presentation; in WAYNE, NJ a Holiday Forum and Party: Why New Jersey Must Impeach the Bush Gang; in PROVIDENCE, RI a Rally and March; in CAMBRIDGE, MA a forum with notable musicians, activists, and orators; and an event in SEATTLE, WA with details to come.

Sign up to attend any of these events, or organize your own event, large or small:


Congressional District Impeachment Committees (CDIC) Keep Growing

We're up to 59 CDIC's! http://www.democrats.com/cdic-find
Don't see your CD? Start a CDIC here: http://democrats.com/cdic

Organizers are out in the streets collecting petitions. In Sioux Falls SD, Mike Mills went petitioning with his dog Sandy and was written up in the state's leading newspaper! Impeachment Organizer Makes News

Together we have collected over 31,000 signatures on our way to 1 million. Sign it today and spread the word! http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/88

Moveon Write-in Campaign for Impeachment

Moveon just emailed all their members to choose their priorities for the Democratic Congress. Non-members can also participate here: http://pol.moveon.org/mandateforchange/survey2/index.html

We urge everyone to persuade Moveon to add impeachment to their priorities through a write-in campaign for "Impeach Bush and Cheney". You can write-in next to these questions:

* What is the most important message you have for the new Congress?
* Are there other issues that are important to work on right away?
* What do you think MoveOn should do next?

If you think "Impeach Bush and Cheney" is the right answer to all 3 questions, write it in!

Forward this message to everyone you know!


In the GOP we Trust

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Today's column is written primarily for the benefit of my fellow Christians and pastors. More than 31 years as a minister of the Gospel qualifies me to broach this subject. We Christians profess to trust in God. We preachers instruct people to trust in God. Furthermore, "In God We Trust" has been our national motto ever since the passengers of the Mayflower sewed the saying into the sail of their ship. However.....



Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen jetzt


Hier können sich alle Menschen eintragen, die die Einführung eines bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens unterstützen möchten.

Elisabeth Wilcke
Wolfgang Theophil


Antrag zur Einführung eines bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens von 1200 Euro

„Die Höhe des Regelsatzes von 345 Euro für ALG-II-Bezieher wird abgelehnt, weil sie zur Sicherstellung eines kulturellen Existenzminimum nicht ausreicht. Der Satz führt zu Existenzangst, Armut, Ausgrenzung und Entmündigung. Die Mitgliederversammlung fordert daher alle gewerkschaftlichen Gremien auf, sich für ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen von 1.200 Euro (für den Haushaltsvorstand) monatlich einzusetzen. Entsprechend sollen die Aktivitäten innerhalb von ver.di und dem DGB ausgearbeitet werden, um dieser Forderung zur politischen Durchsetzung zu verhelfen…“ Der Antrag wurde am 2.11. 2006 bei der Landesbezirkserwerbslosenkonferenz NRW mit 31 Stimmen dafür, dagegen 1 und 3 Enthaltungen angenommen. Der Antrag wird bei der Landesdelegiertenkonferenz ver.di NRW im März und im Februar bei der Bundeserwerbslosenkonferenz ver.di zur Abstimmung stehen. (pdf) http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/arbeit/existenz/antrag_nrw.pdf

Problematisch: Die Haltung der Gewerkschaften und traditionellen Linken zum bedingungslosen Grundeinkommen

Interview mit Mag Wompel, Labournet, zur aktuellen Rolle der Gewerkschaften und insbesondere ihrem Verhältnis zum bedingungslosen Grundeinkommen. Erschienen im Newsletter des Netzwerkes Grundeinkommen Nr. 9 vom November 2006 (pdf) http://www.archiv-grundeinkommen.de/netzwerk/newsletter-nov-2006/wompel.pdf

Newsletter Nr. 9 vom November 2006 des Netzwerkes Grundeinkommen (pdf) http://www.archiv-grundeinkommen.de/netzwerk/newsletter-nov-2006/nl9.pdf

Götz Werner und Kritik an seinem Konzept

"Hartz IV löst nur Leid aus"

Interview mit Götz Werner von Jens König und Hannes Koch in der taz vom 27.11.2006 http://www.taz.de/pt/2006/11/27/a0146.1/text

Aus dem Text: „…Wir brauchen kein Recht auf Arbeit, jedenfalls nicht auf weisungsgebundene, sozialversicherungspflichtige Erwerbsarbeit. Das ist nicht mehr zeitgemäß. Wir brauchen ein Recht auf Einkommen. Auf ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen…“

Schlaraffenland in Bürgerhand. Wie der "Verteilungssozialismus" mitten im Kapitalismus funktionieren kann, bleibt nicht nur bei Götz Werner ein Rätsel

„Im Interview (Freitag 44/06) begründete vor zwei Wochen Götz Werner, Inhaber der Drogeriekette "dm", weshalb er sich für ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen einsetzt. Umstritten ist sein Vorschlag, zur Finanzierung eines neuen Sozialmodells eine reine Konsumbesteuerung einzuführen. Dann würden - so die Kritik - die Unternehmen die großen Gewinner sein, da sie von jeglicher Steuerlast befreit wären. Nur diese kapitalfreundliche Schlagseite in Werners Vision zu bemängeln, reicht nicht aus, meint nun der Ökonom Ulrich Busch und fahndet nach der volkswirtschaftlichen Logik des Hoffnungsträgers Grundeinkommen…“ Artikel von Ulrich Busch in Freitag vom 17.11.2006 http://www.freitag.de/2006/46/06460701.php

"Das Grundeinkommen schafft Vertrauen"

Würde ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen dazu führen, dass viele sich einfach nur hängen lassen? Nein, meint der Arbeitssoziologe Günter Voß. Es wäre vielmehr die Basis für ein sinnvolles, selbstverantwortliches Leben. Interview von Barbara Dribbusch in der taz vom 2.12.2006 http://www.taz.de/pt/2006/12/02/a0171.1/text

"Grundeinkommen ist nicht gleich Grundeinkommen" Warum ein genauer Blick auf die verschiedenen Modelle sich lohnt

Presse-Erklärung der Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Grundeinkommen in und bei der Linkspartei.PDS vom 1. Dezember 2006 http://www.die-linke-grundeinkommen.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=2

Existenzgelddebatte in Österreich

Im Reich der Freiheit

„Grundeinkommen ist nicht an sich fortschrittlich, nur wenn es umverteilend und sozial gerecht gestaltet wird.“ - Christian Fuchs
(AttacGrundeinkommen) im MALMOE-Gespräch. Interview von Günther Hopfgartner in der österreichischen Zeitschrift Malmoe vom 20.11.2006 http://www.malmoe.org/artikel/verdienen/1314

Befreiung von Arbeit?

“Unter den gegebenen Bedingungen wäre ein Grundeinkommen für Frauen nicht zielführend.” - Die Ökonomin Gabriele Michalitsch im MALMOE-Gespräch. Gabriele Michalitsch ist Politikwissenschafterin und Ökonomin und hat derzeit die Aigner-Rollett-Gastprofessur an der Universität Graz inne. Interview von Günther Hopfgartner in der österreichischen Zeitschrift Malmoe vom 20.11.2006 http://www.malmoe.org/artikel/verdienen/1316

Siehe auch das Netzwerk Grundeinkommen Österreich http://www.grundeinkommen.at/

Aus: LabourNet, 13. Dezember 2006


Letter To DOJ Urging Investigation Into Speaker Hastert 's Land Deal

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Impeachment Hearings for Bush & Co.? How about War Crimes Tribunals?



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Steeple might be phone mast

By Paul Holden

A mobile phone company plans to turn a church spire into a phone mast.

But the suggestion has sparked protests from people living near St Mary's Church in Goring, Worthing.

Hampshire company QS4 said in a letter to residents that the scheme was the "preferred local option".

John Horsey, church relationship manager of QS4, wrote: "The installation might well reduce the number of aerials required locally."

But Simon Barwick, of Ilex Way, said: "We are totally against this and aim to fight it, not only because we live right next to the church but we are thinking of all the children and adults who live in the area near to the church and who use the church and church hall everyday.

"According to the letter the church spire is the preferred local option'. No it is not. I don't know anyone with a mobile who has a signal problem around here."

Mr Horsey said: "Mobile phone companies are seeking to improve reception for mobile phone users and to provide the new 3G services.

"The installation would be managed and built by QS4, which has a thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the industry.


"They are committed to the highest standards of health and safety and respect for the life and mission of the church.

"It is likely that one installation inside the church would do the job of several lower masts sited more conspicuously around the neighbourhood.

"Base stations are already installed in several churches around the country without any problems.

"The installation would have no visual effect on the neighbourhood, with the antennae inside the spire.

"The equipment cabinets would be either within the spire or discreetly located close to the spire."

The Rev Andrew Tremlett, vicar of Goring, said: "We are at a very early stage of the proposal. We have taken the initiative and tried to find out people's views.

"Obviously there will be those for and against.

"I understand that people will have concerns but millions of people are using mobile phones every day.

"The income from it is not huge, about £5,000 a year, about three or four per cent of our income. It would certainly help but it is not a make or break situation."

Final approval for the scheme would have to be given by the Diocese of Chichester.

People are being asked to submit their comments by December 4.

St Mary's dates back to the 12th century although most of the existing church was built in 1837.

Worthing Borough Council said it had not yet received an application.

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group


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by Berit Kjos

Most of these mighty elites have chosen to live in the shadow of the mainstream media they control. Not so Rick Warren. Yet his global ambitions and magnetic leadership skills would serve them well, and Warren knows it. "Billions of people suffer each day from problems so big no government can solve them," Warren told the cheering crowd at Los Angeles' Angel Stadium back in 2005. "The only thing big enough to solve the problems of spiritual emptiness, selfish leadership, poverty, disease, and ignorance is the network of millions of churches all around the world.".....



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10 Hz flicker improves recognition memory in older people?

From: JCMPelican
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 22:37:35 EST
Subject: Alz file....10 hz flicker improves recognition memory...Uk 2006

1: BMC Neurosci. 2006 Mar 5;7:21.

10 Hz flicker improves recognition memory in older people.

* Williams J, * Ramaswamy D, * Oulhaj A. *
OPTIMA, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, OX2 6HE, UK. Jonathan.Williams@pharm.ox.ac.uk

BACKGROUND: 10 Hz electroencephalographic (EEG) alpha rhythms correlate with memory performance. Alpha and memory decline in older people. We wished to test if alpha-like EEG activity contributes to memory formation. Flicker can elicit alpha-like EEG activity. We tested if alpha-frequency flicker enhances memory in older people. Pariticpants aged 67-92 identified short words that followed 1 s of flicker at 9.0 Hz, 9.5 Hz, 10.0 Hz, 10.2 Hz, 10.5 Hz, 11.0 Hz, 11.5 Hz or 500 Hz. A few minutes later, we tested participants' recognition of the words (without flicker). RESULTS: Flicker frequencies close to 10 Hz (9.5-11.0 Hz) facilitated the identification of the test words in older participants. The same flicker frequencies increased recognition of the words more than other frequencies (9.0 Hz, 11.5 Hz and 500 Hz), irrespective of age. CONCLUSION: The frequency-specificity of flicker's effects in our participants paralleled the power spectrum of EEG alpha in the general population. This indicates that alpha-like EEG activity may subserve memory processes. Flicker may be able to help memory problems in older people.

PMID: 16515710 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]



One can't help but wonder if a 10 hz flicker improves recognition memory WHY can't anyone prove other frequencies/oscillations/pulsations, etc. can actually cause harm? We know the answer, of course -- THEY don't want to acknowledge that which causes serious adverse health effects but rather, acknowledge only "biological effects" which are claimed to be meaningless!!! How much longer do scientists think they can continue to report therapies, etc. without admitting there are limits beyond which adverse health effects definitely occur?

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Re: Fwd: Alz file....10 hz flicker improves recognition memory...Uk 2006 From: Olle Johansson
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 09:01:58 +0100
To: JCMPelican

A very good and important comment, dear Joanne!

Best regards

Yours Olle
(Olle Johansson, assoc. prof. The Experimental Dermatology Unit Department of Neuroscience Karolinska Institute
171 77 Stockholm Sweden)

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