Mittwoch, 17. Januar 2007

Pursuing true peace, not just the absence of violence, is rarely easy, but always right

Dr. King's Inconvenient Truth

However strenuously conservatives deny it, Iraq and Vietnam share parallel lines to defeat

Ghosts Of Vietnam

This week, Congress can take the first step toward the new energy policy the people voted for

Big Change, Not Big Oil

La Guerre des Ondes


Informant: NHNE

Media reform is becoming a real political issue in this country

20.000 Menschen in Todestrakten: Amnesty protestiert gegen Todesstrafe in den USA


"Die USA ignorieren den weltweiten Trend zur Abschaffung der Todesstrafe", so die Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty international anlässlich des 30. Jahrestages der Hinrichtung von Gary Gilmore. Gilmore wurde am 17. Januar 1977 im US-Bundesstaat Utah hingerichtet - es war die erste Hinrichtung, nachdem die USA die Todesstrafe fast 10 Jahre ausgesetzt hatten. "Gilmore war der Erste in einer langen Reihe von Todeskandidaten", sagte Oliver Hendrich, der sich in einer Pressemitteilung von Amnesty als "Todesstrafen-Experte" bezeichnet. Seit 1977 sind nach Angaben der Organisation in den USA mehr als über 1050 Todesurteile vollstreckt worden.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Grover Norquist, Christian Conservatives Fight Ethics Bill

As the US Senate debated an ethics bill last night, conservative Christian groups and "Jack Abramoff's friend" Grover Norquist were unleashing a major cyber-lobbying effort in opposition to the bill.


Only Appearing to Clean House

Petro-Power and the Nuclear Renaissance

Michael Klare writes: "Not 'Islamo-fascism' but 'Energo-fascism' - the heavily militarized global struggle over diminishing supplies of energy - will dominate world affairs (and darken the lives of ordinary citizens) in the decades to come."

Hangings Fuel Sectarian Split Across Middle East

The botched hanging of Saddam Hussein and two lieutenants by Iraq's Shiite-led government has helped to accelerate Sunni-Shiite sectarianism across an already fragile Middle East, according to experts across the region. The chaotic executions and the calm with which Mr. Hussein confronted the gallows and the mocking Shiite guards have bolstered his image among many of his fellow Sunni Muslims.

"Duke" Cunningham Prosecutor Fired

The Justice Department is removing several United States attorneys from their jobs, among them Carol C. Lam, the top federal prosecutor in San Diego, who led the corruption prosecution of former representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Senators to Introduce Resolution Opposing Bush's Iraq Policy

Senate leaders will introduce a bipartisan resolution of opposition to President Bush's new Iraq policy as early as today, taking the lead from House Democrats, who are increasingly divided on how far to go to thwart additional troop deployments to Iraq.

Senators Agree on Iraq War Resolution

A group of senators, including a Republican war critic, announced agreement Wednesday on a resolution opposing President Bush's 21,500-troop buildup in Iraq, setting their marker for a major clash between the White House and Congress over the unpopular war.

Lieutenant Ehren Watada's courage as he faces the fight of his life

Army Denies Watada Illegal-War Defense

Truthout's Geoffrey Millard interviews Lieutenant Ehren Watada's parents on the eve of his court-martial. They spoke about their son and his courage as he faces the fight of his life.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey Announces Introduction of "Bring Our Troops Home and Sovereignty of Iraq Restoration Act"

Die Blindheit der Mächtigen gegenüber den anderen Menschen

Der Fall Stoiber führt vor, was eine Studie von US-Psychologen belegt: Machthaber können nicht erkennen, was Andere sehen, denken und empfinden - was mitunter auch zu ihrem Untergang beiträgt.

TeenScreen: The Last Straw

Informant: rafeswhiterose

Take Action: Tell Congress to cut off profits for Big Oil

Phone mast plan opposed

By Staff Reporter

A PLAN to install a mobile phone mast has met with opposition from councillors.

Mobile phone company O2 wants to erect a 12.5 metre pole and antenna in Wearish Lane, Westhoughton.

But the plans, earmarked for the Victoria Road Motor Company site, have been refused by Westhoughton town council.

Councillors fear the mast would look out of place, as it would be visible from nearby beauty spot The Clough.

Council leader Cllr Jim Gilfillan said: "The town council, along with Bolton Council's environmental services, are putting a lot of money into redeveloping the nearby nature spot. The pole would be very prominent from the top of the road. I would recommend that O2 resubmit the plans to erect the pole on an industrial estate."

The matter will now go before Bolton Council's planning committee.,1&_dad=portal92&_schema=PORTAL92

10:11am Tuesday 16th Jan

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Anger at ‘huge’ mast

17 January 2007

The mast at Downfield bus terminus.

Residents of Downfield in Dundee have expressed their anger at Government legislation that has allowed a mobile phone company to erect a telecoms mast without planning permission.

Contractors working on behalf of T-Mobile have put up a temporary mast near the junction of St Mary’s Street and Cox Street using emergency legislation from Scottish planning laws.

The structure is twice the size of other masts in the area and stands in plain sight of surrounding neighbourhoods.

Lee McMurchie, of St Mary’s Road, said he would be asking local residents to petition T-Mobile for its removal.

He said, “They have erected this huge mast right outside my door. I think residents should have been consulted before such a monstrosity was put up.

“The council has told us the company is allowed to put the mast up for a six-month temporary period without planning permission or consultation with residents. It’s a disgrace.

“There are two other 30-ft masts nearby, but they are partly obscured by trees so they don’t bother anyone.”

Dundee City Council said it was powerless to intervene in the matter for six months as the company had acted within the law.

A spokesman said, “Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order, T-Mobile has the power to summarily erect the structure in an emergency.”

Martin Cheyne, acquisitions director of T-Mobile contractor Wilkinson Helsby Projects, confirmed the mast has been put there on a temporary basis to replace one removed from a building at Baberton Court, which is undergoing redevelopment.

T-Mobile is obliged by the terms of its licence to provide coverage at all times, and the company claims the temporary mast is necessary to conform to that licence.

Mr Cheyne said his understanding of the emergency powers afforded to T-Mobile would not permit the company to erect a shifting network of temporary masts to plug holes in the mobile coverage, thereby allaying fears that, after six months, the telecoms company could simply shift the mast to another location.

WHP was not in a position to comment on whether it would respond to residents’ objections and remove the mast once Mr McMurchie’s petition has been lodged, saying any decision would have to come from T-Mobile.

A liaison officer at the firm has been informed about the situation and said he would comment in due course, although no response had been received at the time of going to press.

© All copyright D C Thomson & Co Ltd., 2007

We will fight mast plan all the way


17 January 2007 14:11

Families in a block of flats in the north of the city have begun a campaign against a mobile phone mast being installed near where they live.

People living in Catton View Court, off Woodcock Road, were shocked to receive letters from T-Mobile informing them of plans to install a 12.85m mast and substation near their homes.

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

Brian Minister, 52, who has lived in the flats since 1998, said: "This letter was a shock when it arrived last week. Most people weren't aware of what they wanted to do. It's quite tall and with the health issues we're quite concerned on that side.

"People are suffering from cancer and other conditions and I think there's a lot in it."

Mr Minister, a well-known face around many of Norwich's pubs as a volunteer charity collector for Cancer Research, said he has started to produce some leaflets which he will post through other residents' doors to highlight the proposals by the mobile phone operator.

"We've started a petition and are putting leaflets through people's doors," he said. "We're trying to get some support because people might not know what to do about it."

David Lowe, 53, who has lived at Catton View Court for the past four years, is also opposed to the planned mast. "It's outrageous," he said. "We've had no information about it and have just been told its going to happen. We don't want it and hopefully will be able to prevent this happening - we're all absolutely seething about it."

Mr Lowe, who is out of work but used to work for Archant in the public notices department, said he has raised concerns about the mast in a letter to Norwich North MP Dr Ian Gibson.

He said: "It's a health hazard and anyone living in the area for up to a mile will be affected by it. We don't need that being forced upon us."

No one from T-Mobile was available for comment.

Are you fighting a mobile phone mast where you live? Call Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772439 or e-mail

Copyright © 2007 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

Mast opposition to phone firm’s plans

By Rob Devey

RESIDENTS who are opposing plans for a phone mast on a busy Harwood footpath told a planning inspector it would be a blot on the landscape and a health-and-safety hazard.

T-Mobile appealed after Bolton Council's planning and highways committee ignored the advice of officers and refused permission for the 3G mast in Lea Gate near the Morrisons supermarket.

Councillors said that as the 11.7-metre mast would narrow the footpath, pedestrians, including mothers with pushchairs and people in wheelchairs, might be forced to use the road.

Yesterday, at the appeal hearing in Bolton Town Hall, planning inspector Elizabeth Hill listened to arguments from the company, the council and residents.

Ian Calderbank, Bolton's principle engineer, said the width of the footpath would be reduced to 1.8 metres - below the legal two-metre minimum.

But T-Mobile agent Susan McMorrow said that when the path was busy she believed pedestrians would wait for people coming the other way to pass rather then attempt to walk round them in the road.

Residents Gillian Platt and Veronica Goodman said the footpath was the main route to the supermarkert, library and health centre.

They also raised concerns that the mast would spoil the character of the area, with the 16th-century Lea Gate Farm and two cottages nearby being listed buildings.

Mrs Platt said residents feared the mast could pose a health risk and said its position near the supermarket's petrol station could also be dangerous.

That suggestion was denied by T-Mobile's regional property surveyor Simon Mitchell, who added that the company would be willing to pay for the footpath to be widened to two metres.

After the hearing, Mrs Platt, of Tottington Road, said: "I hope the inspector has listened to residents, many of whom have lived here all their lives and know the area better than anybody.

"The footpath is not wide enough as it is, and even if they extended it that would not be enough to persuade us."

Mrs Platt, aged 63, added: "You're not supposed to use mobile phones at petrol stations but here they want to site a phone mast near one, it's ludicrous.

"We're worried there could be an explosion."

A site visit followed the hearing and a decision is due within seven weeks.

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The Doomsday Clock: Nuclear threat to world 'rising'

Informant: binstock


'Five Minutes to Midnight': Doomsday Clock Reset for an Alarming World

Study to examine TETRA mast risk


TETRA, mobile comms mast, mobile comms health risk Researchers from the University of Essex are to carry out a two year study to establish if there are any short term health effects from exposure to TETRA mobile radio masts. The move follows the recent completion of the largest ever scientific study of the health effects of conventional and 3G mobile phone masts, carried out at the University’s Electromagnetics and Health Laboratory. The study tested 176 people under carefully controlled conditions and the results are due to be published later this year. The project, which has won £265,624 of funding from the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research programme, will examine the effect of the electromagnetic fields emitted by the TETRA system on up to 264 volunteers. Because TETRA is used by the emergency services, the researchers hope to recruit participants from these services. If you would like to volunteer, contact or call 01206 873784.

Author Graham Pitcher

Supporting Information

© Findlay Publications Ltd 2007


The Essex MTHR study has returned results to volunteers and reports later this year.

Somehow it seem it is worth another £265k to see if there are any "short-term health effects" of TETRA. Good.

All they need now is volunteers.

For more see


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network


ACLU Releases Memo on Monitoring of Activists

A Defense Department database devoted to gathering information on potential threats to military facilities and personnel, known as Talon, had 13,000 entries as of a year ago - including 2,821 reports involving American citizens, according to an internal Pentagon memo to be released today by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Pentagon memo says an examination of the system led to the deletion of 1,131 reports involving Americans, 186 of which dealt with "anti-military protests or demonstrations in the US."

Appeal for Redress Delivered to Congress

A letter from about 1,000 active-duty, Guard and Reserve members calling for Congress to end the war in Iraq was delivered to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The letter contains just three sentences: "As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq. Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for US troops to come home."

Somalia as a military target

Common Dreams
by Stephen Zunes


The U.S.-backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia and subsequent U.S. air strikes and naval blockade against that east African country mark another dangerous chapter in the Bush administration’s war against Islamic nations. And, despite no authorization from Congress for the United States to become engaged in that country’s civil war and despite the failure of President Bush to consult with Congress as required by the War Powers Act, the new Democratic leadership in Congress has apparently not raised any objections to this dangerous and illegal escalation...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Diary of a Guantanamo attorney

In These Times
by H. Candace Gorman


I fell into the world of Guantanamo in October 2005. The Chicago Council of Lawyers had organized a luncheon discussion on the legal issues surrounding the infamous detention facility at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba. I received an e-mail thanking me for my attendance (I should have gone but didn’t) and asking for volunteers to represent the nearly 200 known unrepresented prisoners at the base. I had assumed that I was well-informed about our criminal president and his assault on the rule of law; it never occurred to me that four years after being captured (and more than one year after the Supreme Court affirmed their right to hearing and counsel) individuals were still being held without legal representation. I replied to the e-mail, offering my services...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Five years, lost in hell

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber


As you read the following, think about what you may have done during a five-year period in your own life. Think about the work you did, or the school(s) you may have attended, the friends you spent time with, the person you may have fallen in love with and married. Think about all that. And then consider this …

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How US is deferring war costs

Christian Science Monitor


To pay for World War II, Americans bought savings bonds and put extra notches in their belts. President Harry Truman raised taxes and cut nonmilitary spending to pay for the Korean conflict. During Vietnam, the US raised taxes but still watched deficits soar. But to pay for the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US has used its credit card, counting on the Chinese and other foreign buyers of its debt to pay the bills. Now, as President Bush is promising to boost the number of troops in Iraq, there is increased scrutiny over how the US is going to pay for it all. The US is spending about $10 billion a month on Iraq and Afghanistan. By the end of this year, the total funds appropriated will be nearly $600 billion –- approaching the amount spent on the Vietnam or Korean wars, when adjusted for inflation...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Next target: Tehran,,1990498,00.html

Informant: Lew Rockwell


Target Iran

Scott Ritter and Seymour Hersh talk about Iran and the prospect of nuclear war.

A Military 'Surge' to the Political Nowhere

Bush the Empire Slayer

Ron Paul vs. Hillary Clinton

Man burned in cell phone flare-up

San Francisco Chronicle


A cell phone in the front pocket of a Vallejo man’s pants spontaneously combusted, quickly ignited his clothes and left the man with second- and third-degree burns across at least half his body, according to investigators. Luis Picaso, 59, was apparently sleeping on a white, all-plastic lawn chair in his room late Saturday night and was awakened as he was ablaze, said Vallejo Fire Department investigator and spokesman Bill Tweedy. By the time authorities arrived shortly before midnight, Picaso was on the floor of the bathroom. He was in stable condition Sunday, Tweedy said Monday night. The plastic lawn chair — a petroleum product causing a high-heat fire — had melted. Picaso’s soccer jersey — made of quick-burning nylon — was almost completely burned away...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Intelligence agency’s leasing deal examined

USA Today


A Pentagon domestic intelligence agency overpaid and might have broken the law in awarding a $100 million contract to lease office space, federal investigators say. The Pentagon’s Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) awarded the no-bid deal in 2003 to TKC Communications. Federal auditors say the agency lacked the authority to sign the contract and overpaid by more than $2 million...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Drahtlos-Wahn in St.Gallen oder die strahlenden Studentenwohnungen

Klicken Sie folgenden Link an, es lohnt sich den Text ganz durchzulesen à Studenten- und Autofahrer-„Missbrauch“.

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'Choking Game': D.A.R.E program MUST also teach children about THIS deadly activity

Informant: Rosemary R.

Der Name Hartz ist jetzt auch Synonym für die Doppelmoral dieser Gesellschaft

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

17. Januar 2007

Zum heutigen Prozessbeginn gegen Peter Hartz, dem Ideen- und Namensgeber der Hartz-Gesetze, erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katja Kipping:

Von Hartz IV-Betroffene erhalten bei Nichtmeldung im Jobcenter eine Kürzung von über 100 Euro der knappen Sozialleistungen, das ist fast ein Drittel ihres Einkommens. Bezüglich der Erstattung von Heizkosten müssen manche um jeden Euro mit dem Jobcenter feilschen, Rüdiger S. trat sogar in den Hungerstreik. Sozialdetektive schnüffeln unter der Bettdecke und in der Haushaltskasse, um so genannte eheähnliche Lebensgemeinschaften nachzuweisen und damit die Sozialleistungen der Betroffenen zu kürzen. Peter Hartz gehört zu denjenigen, die sich das ausgedacht haben. Der Name Hartz ist Synonym für Armut per Gesetz. Jetzt ist er selbst wegen Untreue in 44 Fällen und zusätzlich wegen Begünstigung von Betriebsräten angeklagt. Ihm "droht" ein Schnellverfahren. Auf Zeugen und auf das Verlesen früherer Aussagen soll weitgehend verzichtet. Niemand schaut unter seine Bettdecke, zählt die Haushaltskasse nach, kürzt seine Bezüge um ein Drittel. Während die Großen mit Milde rechnen können, wird gegen die Kleinen mit drakonischer Härte vorgegangen. Der Name Hartz ist jetzt auch Synonym für die Doppelmoral dieser Gesellschaft.


Maßgeblich von Kriminellen geprägte Hartz-Gesetze streichen!

Petition von Armin Kammrad, Augsburg, vom 17.01.2007 (pdf)

Aus dem Text: „…hiermit fordere ich Sie auf, aufgrund fehlender demokratischer Legitimation umgehend alle durch den damaligen VW-Arbeitsdirektor Peter Hartz konzipierten und durch das Parlament verabschiedeten sog. Hartz-Gesetze (SGB II / III / XII) zu streichen und einen neuen parlamentarischen Beratungs- und Beschlussprozess zur Sozialgesetzgebung einzuleiten. Begründung: Nach Grundgesetz Artikel 20, Abs.3 ist die gesetzgebende Gewalt an die „verfassungsmäßige Ordnung“ gebunden. Dies schließt bereits vom Grundsatz aus, dass Gesetze maßgeblich von Kriminellen geprägt sein dürfen, wie es sich nun in der Verhandlung gegen den „Erfinder“ der Hartz-Gesetze, Peter Hartz, vor dem Landgericht Braunschweig eindeutig zeigt. Gegen diese Forderung kann nicht geltend gemacht werden, dass ja das Parlament die Grundkonzeption von Herrn Hartz billigte und verabschiedete. In Analogie zum BGB und der ständigen Rechtsprechung des Bundesgerichtshofes (z.B. BGHZ91, S.324ff.), ist vielmehr zu fragen, ob die Abgeordneten auch dann so entschieden hätten, wenn ihnen die eigentliche Gesinnung von Peter Hartz bekannt gewesen wäre. (…) Im Übrigen stellt sich auch im Konzern für die dort abhängig Beschäftigten die Frage, ob sämtliche Betriebsvereinbarungen, welche Herr Hartz durch Bestechung des maßgeblichen Betriebsrates erreichte, nicht als rechtswidrig und rechtsgeschäftlich somit unwirksam angefochten werden können. Mit Bezug auf das Betriebsverfassungsgesetz sind durch Bestechung zustande gekommene Betriebsvereinbarungen zumindest nichtig, sofern sie eine Schlechterstellung der sog. „Arbeitnehmerseite“ gegen deren Willen enthalten…“

Überflüssige rangeln mit Peter Hartz

„…Mit verschiedenen Aktionen gegen Sozialabbau, Ein-Euro-Jobs und die damit einhergehende Zwangsarbeit traten die Überflüssigen bisher in die Öffentlichkeit. Heute nahmen sie Peter Hartz persönlich in Empfang, als er vor dem Braunschweiger Landgericht ankam, wo er seinen Prozess hatte. Neben den Überflüssigen hatten sich weitere Demonstrant/innen in der Braunschweiger Münzstraße versammelt. Sie beschimpften Hartz als „Arbeiterverräter”, „Lump” und verwiesen auf die Doppelmoral des Angeklagten, der mit Hartz I bis IV sozial Schwache „fördern und fordern” wollte, andererseits seinem Kollegen Volkert Millionensummen zuschob. Hartz kaufte den VW-Betriebsrat und schaltete damit die betriebliche Mitbestimmung durch Korruption aus…“ Beitrag von Hartz IV-Empfänger_innen samt Dokumentation des Redebeitrags bei der Aktion auf Indymedia vom

Siehe dazu im LabourNet unter Branchen > Auto: VW > „Die Affäre 2005“

Aus: LabourNet, 18. Januar 2007


Kapital contra Betriebsräte (?)

Zitat des Tages:

„…Peter Hartz beschreibt den Umgang zwischen Betriebsrat und Konzernleitung exakt so, wie die linksradikale Kritik die Mitbestimmung immer beschrieben hat: Für Hartz sind Betriebsräte und die Gewerkschafter in den Betrieben die unverzichtbaren Transmissionsriemen zwischen Werksleitung und Belegschaft. Hartz wird nicht müde klarzumachen, dass ohne die Mobilisierung der gewählten Arbeitnehmervertreter Geschäftsleitungen in großen Unternehmen keine Chance haben, ihre Pläne umzusetzen…“

Aus: Artikel von Arno Widmann „Peter Hartz. Die Last des Namens“ in Frankfurter Rundschau vom 24.03.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 26. März 2007

Next-up News n°156

Alzheimers...Manhattan "cluster"...toxic amyloid....2007

Medical Breakthrough Could Change Global Politics

Chris Floyd writes: "A quiet announcement at London's Hammersmith Hospital at the turning of the new year heralded a breakthrough that has the potential to be one of the most transformative developments ever seen in global affairs: a positive change on a par with - or even surpassing - the world-altering malignancies of war, greed and strife. But this boon could be strangled in its cradle by the vast corporate interests threatened by its radical new approach to both health care and business."

Al Gore Says US States May Force Change in Climate Policy

Former US Vice President Al Gore said many businesses and state governments "embrace" the aims of the Kyoto Protocol, which may force President George W. Bush to alter his opposition to the effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions. "Even though the national policy in the US has not yet changed, many state governments have now embraced the goals of the Kyoto Protocol," Gore said at a speech to Japanese business leaders in Tokyo.

Banks Are Urged Not to Finance Coal Power

A new front in the fight to slow down global warming follows trails of money, not wisps of polluting chemicals, straight to the doorsteps of banks. A coalition of environmental groups, including Boston-based Ceres, is demanding that banks reject loan requests for projects that emit high rates of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.

A Unified Green Agenda

"It is up to greens to make sure that in 2007, a year full of possibility on energy and environmental issues, change moves in the direction of long-term sustainability and justice," says David Roberts. "Powerful forces will be pushing the other way. Before I suggest a positive agenda most elements of the green coalition can agree on (in my dreams, anyway), it's important to understand why circumstances are uniquely aligned for action, and forecast a few of the forces against which greens should consciously countervail."

The Economics of Climate Change


The Economics of Climate Change


A talk by Sir Nicholas Stern, head of the United Kingdom Government Economic Service and author of the highly regarded report, the "Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change." Stern explains how inaction on climate change could lead to the kind of economic downturn that has not been seen since the Great Depression and the two world wars.

From Information Clearing House

Einfluss des pharmazeutisch-industriellen Komplexes auf die Selbsthilfe

Ein interessanter Bericht über den "Einfluss des pharmazeutisch-industriellen Komplexes auf die Selbsthilfe" findet sich hier:

Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Psychiatrie-Erfahrener e.V. im Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte
Greifswalder Str. 4
10405 Berlin

Big Brother's new toy

It will be powered by solar energy, and will stay in a geocentric orbit for up to a year, undetectable by ground-based radar. You can't see it from the ground. But it can see you.

From Information Clearing House

Passenger wins discrimination case

John Cerqueira, a US citizen of Portuguese descent, charged that he was removed from a 2003 flight at Boston's Logan International Airport because he appeared Middle Eastern, and was denied service even after police determined he did not pose a threat.

From Information Clearing House

Democrats in Senate Fail to Block Bill on Ethics

After campaigning for months on a promise to tighten ethics rules, Senate Democratic leaders tried unsuccessfully Thursday to block a measure that would shine a light on the shadowy practice of earmarking federal money for lawmakers’ pet projects.

From Information Clearing House


Partisan dispute derails ethics reform

Pensacola News Journal


A dispute with Republicans derailed ethics and lobbying legislation Democrats had hoped would mark their takeover of the Senate. ‘I hope this is going to be just a bump in the road,’ said Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. ‘We will give them another chance to think about this.’ The bill would have reduced the influence of lobbyists in shaping legislation and forced lawmakers to be more open about the pet projects they slip into legislation...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Allies 'go after' Iran as beefed-up naval force sails for Gulf

Britain is joining an American military campaign to blunt Iranian influence in Iraq and the Gulf.,,3-2548888,00.html

Russian missiles delivered to Iran: Ivanov

Russia has delivered new anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran and will consider further requests by Tehran for defensive weapons, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Tuesday.

Iran Gets Army Gear in Pentagon Sale

A Pakistani arms broker convicted of exporting U.S. missile parts to Iran resumed business after his release from prison. He purchased Chinook helicopter engine parts for Iran from a U.S. company that had bought them in a Pentagon surplus sale.,,-6348793,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Bush signed secret orders authorising military action to counter Iran's ambitions in Iraq and the broader Middle East

Cords that cannot be broken

Several months before his declaration in a televised speech on January 10 that the Pentagon would go after the Iranian networks in Iraq, President Bush signed secret orders authorising military action to counter Iran's ambitions in Iraq and the broader Middle East.

From Information Clearing House

The pundits who sold the Iraq War change their tune and bury their records

Selective Amnesia

From Information Clearing House

“When will this Nightmare End?”

The war in Iraq is not an “ideological struggle against Islamic extremism”, as Bush avers, but a brutal colonial war aimed at Iraqi civilians; the rest is merely smoke and mirrors.

Spain seeks US soldiers' arrest

Spain has issued an international arrest warrant for three US soldiers accused of causing the death of a TV cameraman during the Iraq war.

From Information Clearing House

UN: 34,000 Iraqi civilians killed during U.S. occupation in 2006

Gianni Magazzeni, the chief of the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq in Baghdad, said 34,452 civilians were killed — an average of 94 per day.

From Information Clearing House

"This is the moment freedom begins"

By Bill Moyers

"Virtually everything the average person sees or hears outside of her own personal communications, is determined by the interests of private, unaccountable executives and investors whose primary goal is increasing profits and raising the country's share price. More insidiously, this small group of elites determine what ordinary people do not see or hear. "

Audio and transcript

More Blood for Oil

By Carl Bloice

Forget about all that stuff about Ethiopia having a 'tacit' o.k. from Washington to invade Somalia. The decision was made at the White House and the attack had military support from the Pentagon. The governments are too much in sync and the Ethiopians too dependent on the U.S. to think otherwise.

Escalation Against Iran

The Pieces Are Being Put in Place

By Col. Sam Gardner

The pieces are moving. They’ll be in place by the end of February. The United States will be able to escalate military operations against Iran.

Murtha proposes bill to choke funding for surge

By Eric Pfeiffer

Mr. Murtha said that he doesn't think Democrats can stop Mr. Bush from instituting the first wave of a troop surge, but that his panel will be able to pass legislation to stop further waves within a month. "I don't know how many troops they can get in the field before we get our bill up and passed in the Congress," he said.

John Murtha: “It’s a whole new Ballgame”

By Mike Whitney

Murtha is demanding that the administration “stop extending tours of duty, stop depleting our strategic reserves, and retrain returning soldiers so they can be ‘recycled’” according to the normal procedures. He knows that the military is gravely over-stretched, so he’s trying to derail the war with bureaucratic red tape.

Bush offers US Citizenship to anyone who will join the army

Informant: ranger116

Sign up in support of the Liberty Ark Coalition

This is taking place in KY - however, given the National Animal Classification Identity Program, this will affect everyone in every state sooner than later, IMO. Peace - Anna

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From: Dawn and Gary Oaks
Date: January 16, 2007 8:06:53 PM EST
Subject: KY Dept of Ag Regulation for Animal Idnetification - How it affects you

Among the many other messages that we received in our inbox in the last 24 hours is this critical message attached below from the Weston Price Foundation. Upon reading it we contacted our contacts at the Community Farm Alliance in Frankfort. Surprisingly, and yet not that surprising, there has been virtually no public awareness of this critical hearing. The hearing will address the new proposed regulations with regard to mandatory particpation in the National Animal Classification Identity program. At first, many will now be ready to go on to their next message. Please don't, keep reading - this does apply to you!

Under the proposed regulations, anyone that owns an animal that could produce food will be required to register with the NAIS and be subject to unannounced searches of their property at the State Veterinarian's discretion - no need for even a search warrant or reasonable cause. If these regulations move forward it will greatly affect small farmers, hobby farmers, individual families with a handful of chickens, as well as all those Kentucky residents that enjoy consuming farm fresh food.

Gary has chosen to address the committee at the January 23rd hearing in Frankfort. We are asking anyone, and most especially concerned KY residents and farmers, to accompany us to Frankfort on January 23rd. Their is a strength and voice in numbers!! This is not just a raw milk issue. It applies to all those that would be interested in having chickens for their families or to raise a single beef for their own consumption.

We will be working actively with the Community Farm Alliance over the next week to help organize support in the form of attendees at the meeting as well as get press coverage of the absurdity of such regulations. If you can not attend on the 23rd, you can also submit written comments to the committee through the Department of Agriculture until January 31st. It is encouraged that your state representatives be carbon copied on the letters so that more than one entity in our state government is aware of their constitutents feelings.

By all means, please forward this to anyone, especially in the State of KY, that would have an interest in this issue. If you plan to attend on the
23rd, please RSVP back to us so that we may keep you updated on info as we receive it and we can also let the CFA know what kind of numbers we are looking at as far as participation at this hearing.

Thank you for your ear and may all of our rights as citizens of a "Free" country be protected, Gary and Dawn

[Original Message] From: info(et)
Date: 1/15/2007 8:42:58 PM

NAIS ACTION ALERT Kentucky Department of Agriculture is proposing new regulations to make NAIS mandatory

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has proposed regulations that would make the premises registration and animal identification portions of NAIS mandatory, and require a certificate of veterinary inspection for sales, shows, and many routine movements! The proposed regulations would also allow the State Veterinarian to enter any farm or "any other place where animals are handled" to inspect and test, without a warrant. Kentucky residents need to act NOW!

There will be a public hearing on January 23rd, starting at 10:15, at the Kentucky Dept of Agriculture, Office of State Veterinarian, 100 Fair Oaks Lane, STE 252, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Anyone who wants to speak at this hearing must notify the agency in writing by January 16, 2007, of their intent to attend. Written comments will be accepted until January
31, 2007. Send written notification of intent to be heard at the public hearing or written comments on the proposed regulations to:

Robert Stout or Sue Billings, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Office of State Veterinarian, 100 Fair Oaks Lane, STE 252, Frankfort, Kentucky
40601, phone (502) 564-3956, fax (502) 564-7852.

Here are links to the proposed regulations:

At the end of this action alert are talking points for speaking at the hearing, or you can use them to develop your written comments. Focus on the issues that are most important to you and personalize your comments. It is also very important to send a copy of any letters to your elected officials. You can find who your legislator is at

As always, if you have questions or concerns, you can reach us at noah(et) For local contacts in Kentucky to organize the opposition to these regulations, contact: Laura at laurashaggarty(et) or Matt at info(et)


Talking Points on the proposed 302 KAR 20:020 and 20:065

• The USDA has announced that the National Animal Identification System is voluntary at the federal level. There is no reason for Kentucky to move forward with the program on a mandatory basis, as is being proposed.

• The proposed regulation states that "A CVI or appropriate permit shall be required for movement or exhibition of all animal(s). Exceptions to this requirement are in each species section." Proposed regulation 302 KAR
20:065 contains very few exceptions and requires veterinary inspection for a wide range of routine, intrastate movements, including private sales and shows.

• Requiring veterinary inspections for routine movements and private sales imposes significant monetary and time burdens.

• There have been no scientific studies conducted to show that premises registration or this type of animal identification and tracking will provide significant animal health benefits.

• The Department has not done an analysis of the costs of this program.

• The costs, both in time and money, will be high.

• The intrusive, burdensome, and costly nature of these regulations will drive many small farmers out of business and discourage people from owning animals as pets. Livestock-related businesses, such as feed and supply stores, will suffer, and the economic effects will be widespread.

• The proposed regulations are vague and unclear. As just one example, when is individual identification required as opposed to group/lot identification?

• The proposed regulation provides that "All animals requiring AIN shall meet the specifications of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) on or before January 1, 2009." Yet no regulations have been promulgated under the NAIS, and the USDA has indicated that it has no intention of promulgating regulations at this time. What specifications must be met?

Talking points on the proposed 302 KAR 20:030

• The proposed regulation would give the State Veterinarian the authority to enter "any farm" or "any other place where animals are handled" after simply notice, without a warrant, reasonable cause, or any protection for the person's property or privacy rights.

• There is no evidence that such measures are needed to control animal disease in Kentucky.

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It Is Not Whether Or Not To Audit Elections, But How, As Explained by a Short Paper & Spreadsheet from National Election Data Archive

Salt Lake City, UT - January 17, 2007

How many ballots have to be counted to detect vote counting errors that are big enough to change the outcome of an election? With more and more contested elections since 2000, the question is not just academic. According to an analysis by M.I.T. mathematician Ronald Rivest, in an average US House race with a 1% margin between candidates and 440 precinct counts, a 2% audit may only have a 27% chance of uncovering vote count error, while a 20% audit may have a
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