Donnerstag, 22. Februar 2007

Plan for 20m mast likely to break up

Heating planet 'makes children sick',21985,21268910-5005961,00.html

Informant: binstock

Europaparlament: "Die CIA führte über 1245 illegale Flüge durch"

Nach einjähriger Arbeit verabschiedete das Europaparlament letzte Woche den Abschlussbericht über der Aktivitäten der CIA in Europa. In dem heftig diskutierten Dokument wird festgestellt, dass die CIA mindestens 1245 Flüge in Europa durchgeführt habe und dass es in bis zu 21 Fällen zu Verschleppungen gekommen sei. Der Bericht wirft den Mitgliedsstaaten vor, die Aktivitäten geduldet zu haben und mit dem Untersuchungsausschuss des Europaparlaments nicht kooperieren zu wollen. Noch vor der endgültigen Abstimmung im Parlament führte der Bericht offenbar dazu, dass in Deutschland, Italien, Spanien und Portugal gerichtliche Ermittlungen eingeleitet wurden. Deutsche und italienische Behörden forderten sogar die Festnahme der an den Überstellungen beteiligten CIA-Agenten.

Could Global Capitalism Destroy Itself?

Timothy Garton Ash writes: "Does this lack of any clear ideological alternative mean that capitalism is secure for years to come? Far from it. With the unprecedented triumph of globalized capitalism over the last two decades come new threats to its own future. They are not precisely the famous 'contradictions' that Marx identified, but they may be even bigger. For a start, the history of capitalism over the last hundred years hardly supports the view that it is an automatically self-correcting system. As George Soros (who should know) points out, global markets are now more than ever constantly out of equilibrium - and teetering on the edge of a larger disequilibrium. Again and again, it has needed the visible hands of political, fiscal and legal correction to complement the invisible hand of the market. The bigger it gets, the harder it can fall."

Was 2006 a Turning-Point Election?

Steve Fraser writes: "All media eyes have turned toward the presidential election of 2008. Like the headlights of an onrushing train, it mesmerizes. Every news bulletin about the latest bloodbath in Iraq, each ominous forewarning of a face-off with Iran, the endless dirge of abandonment and despair issuing from New Orleans, the daily register of those cut loose from any semblance of a social safety net, public or private, and each new official confirmation that the Earth is reaching a boiling point compels us to anticipate the 2008 election with fear and trembling, and with the greatest expectations. Something momentous might happen, then. Haven't we already seen the first signs of that in the extraordinary electoral outcome of November 2006?"

Fingers in the Wind

William Fisher writes: "We all know why our public servants are held in such low esteem: earmarks, bribery, corruption, obfuscation, et cetera. But there is another practice just as cynical, just as toxic, and just as widespread. It's called 'pandering'. And it's not only practiced, but widely accepted as 'professional politics' by office-seekers and their campaign staffs, and apparently by voters."



The statutes that enable the government to gain legal access to telephone records, whether for law enforcement or intelligence purposes, are examined in a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service.

The report also discusses prohibitions on access to, or disclosure of, such records, along with exceptions to the prohibitions.

See "Government Access to Phone Calling Activity and Related Records: Legal Authorities," updated January 25, 2007:

From Secrecy News -- 02/22/07

Chomsky zum möglichen Irankrieg: Wahn der Weltmachtstrategie

George Bush's Power Grab: Authorizes Martial Law Provisions

Informant: Frank J. Gonzalez


A New Bush Power-Grab

by Frank O'Donnell,

The White House is seizing undue control over business regulation, and Congress must push back.

The Democrats' Iraq Civil War

by David Corn,

The ugly divide between progressives and moderates over Iraq is scaring party insiders.

"Outrageous" Armed Raid on Iraqi Journalists' Union

The International Federation of Journalists today condemned as "outrageous and inexcusable" the action of American soldiers who carried out an armed raid on the Baghdad offices of the Iraq Syndicate of Journalists. United States soldiers caused destruction and havoc last night when they broke into the offices of the Syndicate, which is a member of the IFJ's global union network. They destroyed furniture, ransacked the offices, arrested state-employed security guards, and confiscated 10 computers and 15 small electricity generators destined for the families of killed journalists.

Residents lose battle to stop phone mast

By Sarah Harker

DEFLATED residents have lost an ongoing battle to prevent the erection of a controversial mobile phone mast in Cinnamon Brow.

Despite councillors fighting on their behalf to block the mast, a Government inspector has upheld an appeal from Vodafone, which means the mast can go ahead.

The application, to erect a 12 metre high mast with antennas on the top and housing for radio equipment on a grass verge on Blackbrook Avenue was refused in April last year by members of the council's development control committee.

They voted against the advice of council officers who recommended that the application be approved.

But Vodafone appealed against the decision and following a visit by a Government inspector, it was upheld.

The application was the fourth to be made and the decision is all the more devastating, as it became the mission of the late Albert Clemow, borough and parish councillor for the area, to see it defeated.

He fought against the application on behalf of residents, arguing that the erection of a previous mast had ruled out the need for another.

Nevertheless, the inspector upheld the appeal stating that the structure would be simple and uncluttered' and would not dominate the street scene and therefore the effect on the character and appearance of the area would not be serious''.

Liberal Democrat borough councillor for the area Colin Oliver said: "This is sad news. The residents are so disappointed.

"Ironically, the inspector made a good case for the mast to be refused in her report but allowed it anyway. Albert and myself really fought against this especially when an earlier mast was erected we were told that it would prevent the need for any others."

Privacy Policy © Copyright 2001-2007 Newsquest Media Group

Villagers protest against plan to put up phone mast

By Pat Smith

Protesters at the site

VILLAGERS in Bishampton are angry over a plan to erect a mobile phone mast.

An open meeting in the village hall was planned for last night (Wednesday) to fight the application for Nightingale Farm, which villagers fear could put their health at risk.

Leading the protest is Tony Waghorn, who delivered information packs downloaded from the internet to every villager in Bishampton.

Mr Waghorn, who lives near the farm in Main Street, said: "Everybody is incensed. These systems are, to say the least, contentious and controversial.

"There has been no consultation between T-Mobile and villagers. Scientific research has shown that these masts should be 500 metres from homes and a lot of households come within that - it's appalling."

His neighbour, Jenny Perkins, said: "I am worried. My daughter Abigail has cystic fibrosis, which is a life limiting disease. She's only five and I think the mast could have an affect on her condition."

Farmer William Robertson, of Nightingale Farm, said he had been assured that there was absolutely no risk to health.

"There is no way I would put at risk my own family and animals if I thought there was a danger," he said.

"The mast has to go somewhere in the village because mobile phone users can't get a signal here."

John Shaughnessy, for T-Mobile, said: "We take advice of the World Health Organisation. Its latest fact sheet, published in May 2006, said that the low exposure levels and research results concluded that there was no scientific evidence that the weak radio frequency levels from base stations and wireless networks, caused adverse health effects."

Omega this is not true. See under:

Omega read also "Competing interests, conflicts of interest: Who's funding WHO?"under

He said the company did not need permission to erect the mast, to be attached to a barn, because it was under 15metres. He added: "We always choose the best place for reception and from a visual impact point of view. We can access highway land for nothing, or we can choose private land where we will pay the owner from a few thousand pounds a year upwards, depending on the installation."

At the meeting which was to take place last night, Mr Waghorn was calling for concerned residents to form a protest group to try to stop the plans.

© Copyright 2001-2007 Newsquest Media Group

Phone mast turns up 20 metre away

National Roundup of Nonviolent Action

February 22, 2007

Nonviolent activists across the United States have entered offices of Senate and Congressional representatives to "assemble peaceably," seeking assurance that the elected officials will vote against President Bush's proposed $93 billion dollar supplemental spending bill that would fund ongoing war in Iraq.

Sign up to participate: For a list of local campaigns that are currently underway see:

In Fairbanks, Alaska, on February 20, 2007, nine people entered the office of Senator Ted Stevens to deliver "emphatic requests" to end the war and then began reading the names of Iraqis and Americans who were killed in Iraq. They separated the names of Americans by age. When ordered to leave, they were only half way through the commemoration of the twenty one year old U.S. troops who died in Iraq. Seth Warncke was issued a citation, while Rob Mulford and Don Muller were taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Unit where they spent the night in jail and were released after 23 hours in custody. They were charged with criminal trespass and ordered to appear in court on April 4, 2007.

For more information: Don Muller donmuller 907-747-8808 Rob Mulford mulfordrob 907-457-5578

On Feb 21, in Toledo, OH seventeen Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition Occupation Project participants entered Congresswoman Kaptur's office. Nine people refused to leave when the office closed. The group had visited Congresswoman Kaptur's office last week and urged her to sign a pledge to vote against further war funding, with the understanding that they would assemble peaceably in her office the following week. Two of Congresswoman Kaptur's staff persons left the office to change clothes and then returned to remain with the activists. The building closed at 11:00 p.m., but several of the activists plan continued commemorating U.S. service members and Iraqis who have died in Iraq, respectfully reciting the names. Four people were arrested: Jeff Klein, Steven Miller, Larry Coleman, and Trudy Bond.

For more information: Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition Mary Anthony 419-367-4586 Mike Ferner 419-729-7273

A similar action is underway as of the evening of February 21, in Portland, ME, where seventeen people entered the office of Congressman Tom Allen. Sixteen people have remained in the office, and more are planning to arrive before the office closes at 11:00 p.m. They represent Peace Action Maine, Veterans for Peace and Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. No arrests have been made at this time. The group is also continuing their commemoration of those Iraqis and members of the military who have lost their lives and are asking for a commitment from Tim Allen to vote against any additional war funding.

For more information: danny

In St. Louis, MO, activists have occupied the offices of Senator Claire McCaskill, and Congressman Russ Carnahan. There have been repeated arrests over the past few weeks and plans for ongoing occupations are continuing.

For more information: occupation -

or call Betsy at Vets for Peace 314-725-6005

In Denver, CO, on February 21st, four Occupation Project participants commemorated the dead and presented photos of Americans who have died in Iraq to the staff in Senator Ken Salazar's office.

For more information: Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

In Portland, OR, 2 people were arrested at about 3:30 PST in Senator Gordon Smith's office. They were told that no one could speak to them and they could come back another day. They decided to stay.

For more information: Contact Troy Horton
Whitefeather Catholic Worker,

In Madison, WI, a group visited and occupied the office of Senator Herbert Kohl. Office occupations began on February 7 and will continue weekly throughout the campaign. Activists are reading the names of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens killed in the war. For more information, contact: Joy First, jsfirst

In Seattle, WA, on February 21st, activists planned to maintain a presence in Senator Maria Cantwell's office from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., reading the names of the dead and transcripts from the Citizens Tribunal, along with singing and chanting remembrance of those who've been killed in Iraq.

For more information: Erin Alexander, 206-856-4059 Erin_Alexander2003

In Charlottesville, NC, an occupation took place at Congressman Virgil Goode's office. At 3:45 p.m., activists entered the office and three were intending to remain beyond the closing office hours. This is the first of weekly Wednesday actions planned for the remainder of the campaign.

Contact Jennifer Connor 434-465-1111

In Chicago, IL, on February 21st, at an ecumenical prayer service hosted by the American Friends Service Committee, the Eighth Day Center for Justice, and numerous other Chicago faith based peace groups, people gathered to pray for forgiveness, as a nation, for the times we had not spoken out against the war. Wanting to assure that the Senators of Illinois understood their remorse and knew that the participants decried the war and ongoing funding of the war, twenty-five participants walked to the offices of Senators Durbin and Obama to deliver a letter. Senator Obama's office staff told the assembled group that they wanted to receive their letter, but, unfortunately, the Federal Building was locked and the participants in the prayer service were not allowed to enter. When a high school student who had joined the prayer service placed a cell phone call to Senator Durbin's office, he was disappointed that the staff member hung up the phone after a very brief exchange. Eventually, three of Senator Durbin's staff members emerged from the Federal Building to receive the letter.

For more information: American Friends Service Committee 312-427-2533 Eighth Day Center for Justice 312-641-5151

Yesterday, February 20th, in Chicago, IL four women were arrested as they knelt in the lobby of the Federal Building, chanting a litany in remembrance of Iraqis and Americans who have been killed in Iraq. Prior to their action, ten women met with Senator Durbin's chief of staff for the district and asked the Senator to exercise more leadership by rebutting claims that failure to approve the supplemental spending constitutes failure to support the U.S. troops. A spirited group of women gathered outside the building in support of the women who were arrested.

For more information: Dickelle Fonda, 847 491-9748 (office) -
847-682-5038 (cell)

In Los Angeles, CA, on February 22nd, activists plan to risk arrest in the office of Representative Henry Waxman, following repeated visits.

For more information, contact Kyle or Kamgi Finch, 323-301-2823
email: be-love

More information will very likely be available tomorrow, and we will readily update you as we learn more about these promising campaigns.

Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Chicago office

Voices for Creative Nonviolence
1249 W Argyle Street #2, Chicago, IL 60640 Phone: (773) 878-3815 E-mail: info

Please Don't Make My Grandchildren Pay for the War That Killed Their Father

"Your brave military is being used and depleted. Your national defense is being squandered. Your countrymen and women are considered expendable, and again it's not a priority to get them what they reasonably need. Your great country is unable to solve this small element of the war situation, even given plenty of money and four grueling years!" writes Stephany Kern.

The People vs. Richard Cheney

Resolved, that Richard B. Cheney, vice president of the United States, should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that these articles of impeachment be submitted to the American people.

25 in Congress Criticized Escalation but Voted for It Anyway

Twenty-five members of Congress caved to partisan pressure and voted in favor of troop escalation in Iraq, despite having publicly criticized President Bush's strategy in the weeks prior to the vote.

American Liberty at the Precipice

"In another low moment for American justice, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that detainees held at the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, do not have the right to be heard in court. The ruling relied on a shameful law that President Bush stampeded through Congress last fall that gives dangerously short shrift to the Constitution. The right of prisoners to challenge their confinement - habeas corpus - is enshrined in the Constitution and is central to American liberty. Congress and the Supreme Court should act quickly and forcefully to undo the grievous damage that last fall's law, and this week's ruling, have done to this basic freedom." writes the New York Times.

Promises to Keep

John Cory writes: "Every Congressional office should be flooded with phone calls and email demanding not only an investigation, but also immediate funding and corrective action on the treatment of our veterans. Viewers should require every media outlet that has dedicated untold hours and resources to the Anna Nicole Smith story to cover the failure of this administration to prioritize the healing and medical support of our troops and the wounded and their families."

Ex-NATO-Chef Clark startet Initiative gegen Irankrieg

Impeach07 Campaign Launched

The impeachment movement is uniting and expanding. is joining with many other organizations to launch Impeach07, a coordinated series of nationwide actions aimed at impeaching Bush and Cheney through widespread public protest, creative dissent, media activism, education, and lobbying:

Bush and Cheney have misled this nation into an aggressive war, spied in open violation of the law, and sanctioned the use of torture - among numerous other offenses. Newsweek reported in October that a majority of Americans favor impeachment, and in January that 58% said they wished the Bush administration were over. "Only a great popular upheaval," historian Howard Zinn said recently, "can push both Republicans and Democrats into compliance with the national will."

We need to end the Iraq War and prevent an Iran War, and impeachment is the way we will do it.

On March 17, the anniversary of the start of the Iraq war (and the 40th anniversary of the famous 1967 March on the Pentagon), Impeach07 will mobilize for a March on the Pentagon to demand peace and impeachment:

On March 18-20, Impeach07 will organize local events for peace and impeachment around the country:

Impeach07 is also planning:

A "Make Hip Hop, Not War" bus tour promoting peace and impeachment on March 19 - April 21:

A boycott of major corporations that are profiting from the Bush administration's policies, making a killing off of killing, on April 15- 22:

And a nationwide day of protest: Impeachment Day, April 28, 2007:

Initial participating organizations represent hundreds of thousands of antiwar, military family, peace, youth and women activists and lawyers. They include After Downing Street, Backbone Campaign, Center for Constitutional Rights, Citizens Impeachment Commission, CODE PINK Women for Peace, Constitution Summer, Consumers for Peace,, Democracy Rising, Gold Star Families for Peace, Green Party of the United States, Hip Hop Caucus, Impeach the President,, Military Free Zone, National Lawyers Guild, Patriotic Response to Renegade Government, Progressive Democrats of America, Independent Progressive Politics Network, Velvet Revolution, and World Can't Wait: Drive Out the Bush Regime.

NM Leads State Race to Send Impeachment Resolution to Congress

House rules allow impeachment to begin with a Resolution from one state legislature. Three states have begun the process - NM, WA, and VT - and NM has an early lead...

1. New Mexico's resolution (SJR 5) cleared its first hurdle last Friday when it passed the Rules Committee on a unanimous 5-0 vote. Citizens turned out in force and gave powerful emotional appeals for impeachment. Incredibly, not a single Republican showed up to defend Bush! (Is that a signal that Republicans want to quietly help Democrats impeach Bush before the 2008 election to avoid a repeat of the 2006 GOP wipeout?) The NM bill must clear two more committees before it goes to the full Senate. Video and details here:

2. In Washington State, Senator Eric Oemig's Resolution (SJM 8016) will have its first hearing on March 1. Activists led by "state-at-home mom" Linda Boyd will hold a rally for impeachment and investigations in Olympia on the Capitol steps in at 1:00 p.m. Video and details here:

3. In Vermont, Rep. Daryl Pillsbury's resolution (JRH-15) has 22 co-sponsors, with 75 needed for passage. State legislators are getting heavy anti-impeachment pressure from Vermont's Members of Congress, so a strong grassroots movement is urgent. Cindy Sheehan and John Nichols will barnstorm VT for impeachment from March 2-4. Audio and details here:

The main argument against state (and local) resolutions has been that states (and towns) should not get involved in national policy. Of course states have always been involved - state legislatures actually appointed U.S. Senators until 1913, and have always weighed in on national issues. Right now 20 legislatures are considering resolutions against Bush's escalation in Iraq. It's time for all state legislatures to call for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney!

Scooter Libby Lied to Cover Up Cheney's Crimes - Impeach Cheney First!

"There is a cloud over the Vice President," special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald told the jury in the Scooter Libby trial. Libby lied to Fitzgerald in 2003 to cover up Cheney's direct role in outing covert CIA operative Valerie Plame by having his staff leak her identity to reporters.

And why did Cheney "out" Plame at great damage to the CIA's war on terror? Because her husband Joe Wilson had exposed Bush's State of the Union Big Lie about Iraq trying to buy uranium from Niger - a lie that was thoroughly debunked by the CIA but included in the SOTU at the insistence of Dick Cheney's neocon agent on the National Security Council.

Based on the evidence revealed at the Libby trial, Emptywheel has written a detailed indictment of Cheney for his direct role in outing Valerie Plame:

We certainly hope Fitzgerald will prosecute Cheney:

But even if he doesn't, Emptywheel provides more than enough evidence for Congress to begin Cheney's impeachment. Sign our petition to Impeach Cheney First:

Forward this message to everyone you know!

Ausbreitung „rechtsarmer” Räume in den Sozialbehörden

Coburger Jobcenter fordert Vollmacht zum Schnüffeln

„Ein Formular aus dem oberfränkischen Landkreis Coburg schränkt die Rechte von Arbeitslosengeld II - Beziehern (ALG II) drastisch ein. Dabei handelt es sich um ein krasses Beispiel von Behördenwillkür und Rechtslosstellung von Langzeitarbeitslosen durch eine Alg II -Behörde. Diese Praxis ist repräsentativ für eine neue Qualität des Umgangs mit Alg II-Bezieher/-innen und die Ausbreitung „rechtsarmer” Räume in den Sozialbehörden…“ Pressemitteilung des Sozial- und Erwerbslosenvereins Tacheles vom 22.2.07

Siehe dazu auch:

Stellungnahme zum Vordruck des Jobcenter Coburg Land, der von allen ALG II-Beziehern bei der Antragstellung zu unterzeichnen ist

„Wir haben schwerwiegende rechtliche Bedenken gegen die „Coburger ERKLÄRUNG”. Dieser von allen Antragstellern zu unterzeichnende Vordruck beschneidet die durch das SGB II ohnehin stark eingeschränkten Rechte von ALG II-Antragstellern in unzulässiger Weise. Diese kumulative Aufzählung von angeblichen, d.h. tatsächlich nicht vorhandenen und phantasievoll konstruierten bzw. ausgeweiteten Pflichten lässt den Eindruck entstehen, dass betroffene und hilfebedürftige ALG II-Antragsteller bereits bei der Antragstellung eingeschüchtert und zum Verzicht auf elementare Rechte gedrängt werden sollen. Die teilweise offenkundigen Rechtsverstöße legen den Verdacht nahe, das Jobcenter Coburg Land würde mit dem Vordruck vorsätzlich Falschinformationen verbreiten, um Rechte Erwerbsloser zu entziehen und damit Leistungsansprüche zu reduzieren…“ Stellungnahme von Gregor Kochan (Sozialrechtler, Greifswald) und Harald Thomé (Tacheles – Online- Redaktion, Wuppertal) vom 22.2.07 bei Tacheles

Aus: LabourNet, 22. Februar 2007

Gefährliche Wahlcomputer: Verfassungsklage wegen des Einsatzes von Wahlcomputern eingereicht

„Nach der Ablehnung seines Wahleinspruchs durch den Deutschen Bundestag im Dezember klagt der Frankfurter Physiker und Software-Spezialist Ulrich Wiesner jetzt beim Verfassungsgericht in Karlsruhe. In dem Verfahren geht es um die Verwendung von Wahlcomputern bei der Bundestagswahl im September
2005. An den Geräten der niederländischen Firma Nedap hatten in 1831 von insgesamt rund 80.000 Stimmbezirken etwa zwei Millionen Wähler ihre Stimme abgeben müssen….“ Meldung vom 21.02.2007 bei heise online

Aus: LabourNet, 22. Februar 2007

Vorratsdatenspeicherung: ein vager Verdacht genügt

Interview von Friederike Rüll in Freitag vom 23.2.07 mit Bettina Winsemann und Carsten Giesenfeld von der Organisation "Stop 1984" über den Staatsbürger, der das Verfügungsrecht über seine eigenen Daten verliert.

Aus: LabourNet, 22. Februar 2007


Protest gegen siebentägige Vorratsspeicherung von T-Online, Congster und 1&1

„Der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung kritisiert in einem Offenen Brief an den Bundesdatenschutzbeauftragten Peter Schaar, dass dieser die siebentägige Vorratsspeicherung von Nutzungsdaten durch Internet-Zugangsanbieter genehmigt hat. Der Arbeitskreis warnt, mithilfe der gespeicherten Daten könne das Nutzungsverhalten sämtlicher Internetnutzer minuziös nachvollzogen werden…“ Pressemitteilung vom 11.03.2007:

Vorratsdatenspeicherung, Zwangsidentifikation im Internet, Telekommunikationsüberwachung und sonstige verdeckte Ermittlungsmaßnahmen

„…Die Konferenz der Datenschutzbeauftragten des Bundes und der Länder betont erneut, dass die Vorratsdatenspeicherung deutschem Verfassungsrecht widersprechen würde. (…) Die geplante Ausweitung der Vorratsdatenspeicherung geht weit über die europarechtliche Umsetzungsverpflichtung hinaus und wäre ein zusätzlicher unverhältnismäßiger Eingriff in die Kommunikationsfreiheit der Bürgerinnen und Bürger…“ Entschließung der 73. Konferenz der Datenschutzbeauftragten des Bundes und der Länder vom 08. bis 09. März 2007 in Erfurt

Aus: LabourNet, 12. März 2007


EG-Kommission fürchtet um Richtlinie zur Vorratsdatenspeicherung

„Die EG-Kommission hat den Zugang zu Dokumenten abgelehnt, die die Gültigkeit der Richtlinie zur Vorratsspeicherung von Telekommunikationsdaten betreffen. Bürgerrechtler werten die Entscheidung als Ausdruck einer zunehmenden Nervosität der Brüsseler Behörde in Bezug auf eine laufende Klage gegen die Richtlinie…“ Pressemitteilung des Arbeitskreises Vorratsdatenspeicherung vom Sonntag, den 25.03.2007:

Bundesregierung verteidigt Telekommunikationsüberwachung in Karlsruhe

„Die gesetzliche Identifizierungspflicht für Telefon- und Handynutzer steht auf dem Prüfstand der Bundesverfassungsrichter. In der Verfassungsbeschwerde gegen das Telekommunikationsgesetz liegen nun die Stellungnahmen der Bundesregierung und der Datenschutzbeauftragten vor. Die Datenschutzbeauftragten bezeichnen die leichte Identifizierbarkeit aller Telekommunikationsnutzer als verfassungswidrig. Die Bundesregierung verteidigt die Regelungen demgegenüber als unverzichtbares Ermittlungsinstrument und will ab Herbst auch Verbindungsdaten speichern lassen…“ Pressemitteilung der Initiative vom 23.03.2007 mit weiteren Informationen:

Aus: LabourNet, 26. März 2007

Nicht Worte, Taten sind gefragt

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

22. Februar 2007

Zur aktuellen Klimaschutzdebatte erklärt der stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Wolfgang Methling:

Klimaschutz ist zu einer Überlebensfrage für die Menschheit geworden. Wir haben keine Zeit mehr für lange Debatten, drastische Maßnahmen sind erforderlich. Politiker brauchen für diese Einsicht offensichtlich etwas länger, zumal wenn sie sich als Interessenvertreter der deutschen Autoindustrie verstehen. Wir müssen aufhören, darüber zu diskutieren, ob wir in der Verkehrspolitik umsteuern müssen. Nicht Worte, Taten sind gefragt. Wir brauchen ein ganzes Bündel von Maßnahmen. Dazu gehören die

* Senkung des Kraftstoffverbrauchs,

* Reduzierung des CO2-Ausstoßes,

* Verlagerung des Güterverkehrs von der Straße auf die Schiene,

* Besteuerung von Kerosin,

* Drastische Reduzierung von die Bodenversiegelungen,

* Aufforstung und Schutz der Biodiversität.

Der Umbau der KFZ- Steuer ist dabei ein wichtiger Schritt, er allein reicht aber nicht aus. Die Linkspartei.PDS unterstützt die Vorschläge von Minister Tiefensee, kommt er damit doch seit langem auf dem Tisch liegenden Forderungen unserer Partei sehr nahe. Ein Tempolimit auf allen Autobahnen ist ebenso notwendig, wie die Schaffung von Anreizen, auf kleinere schadstoffarme PKW umzusteigen. Wer entgegen aller klimapolitischen Vernunft dennoch große Autos mit hohem Kraftstoffverbrauch und hohen Schadstoffemissionen fahren will, muss dafür kräftig zur Kasse gebeten werden. Für alle diejenigen, die auf das Auto angewiesen sind, sich aber auf Grund ihrer sozialen Situation kein neues umweltfreundliches leisten können, sind nicht nur Übergangsfristen, sondern vor allem attraktive und kostengünstige Alternativen im Öffentlichen Personenverkehr nötig. Die in den vergangenen Tagen laut gewordenen Widerstände der Länderfinanzminister sind mir schon deshalb unverständlich, weil es nicht um die Reduzierung sondern den Umbau der Kfz-Steuer gehen soll. Die Kosten für den Schutz vor Klimakatastrophen werden ungleich höher sein, wenn wir jetzt nicht endlich handeln.

European Ministers Uphold Hungary's Right To Ban GMO Crop

Informant: binstock

Warm-Weather Smog May Boost Stroke Risk


c. 2007 HealthDay News
Distributed by The New York Times Syndicate

Inhaling fine-particle air pollution, at least during warm weather, may increase people's risk for stroke, Finnish researchers report. Earlier research had linked air pollution with heart attack, but this is the first study to look at ultra-fine-particle air pollution and stroke.

"We evaluated the effects of these and other particle sizes on stroke to help determine the most harmful particle sources in the air," study author Jaana Kettunen, a researcher for the National Public Health Institute in Kuopio, said in a prepared statement. The report is published in the March issue of Stroke.

Fine-particle pollution is made up of tiny particles of dust and soot, less than 2.5 microns, about 1/30th the width of a human hair. They mostly come from car exhaust, power plant emissions and burning of fossil fuels. Ultra-fine particles are less than 0.1 microns and are usually found in car exhaust.

In the study, Kettunen's team looked at air pollution data, as well as data on people aged 65 and older who died from stroke in Helsinki from
1998 to 2004. They analyzed both warm and cold months.

"We found that, during the warm season, there was a positive association between stroke mortality among the elderly and current-day level of fine particles," she said in a statement. "There was a 6.9 percent increase in stroke death for every 6 micrograms per cubic meter of air increase in fine particles. In addition, there was (a) 7.4 percent increase in stroke mortality for every 6 micrograms per cubic meter of air increase of previous-day, fine-particle levels."

This seemed to be a warm-weather phenomenon, however: There was no association in the cold season with stroke and fine particles, ultra-fine particles or carbon monoxide, the researchers reported.

Kettunen suggests that people might be more vulnerable to air pollution in warmer months, because they are outside and open their windows and doors more often than in cold months, and therefore their exposures to such pollution are higher. In addition, differences in the makeup of air pollution between seasons may play a role.

"We suggest that on high pollution days, elderly people should avoid spending unnecessary time in traffic, whether in a vehicle or walking, especially if they suffer from cardiovascular diseases, to lower their exposure to pollutants," Kettunen says. "They should also avoid heavy outdoor exercise on high air-pollution days. And nursing homes, for example, should not be built along heavily trafficked roads, where particle concentrations are at their highest."

One expert believes the association between stroke and pollution is possible, just as it is with heart attack.

"The link between pollution and heart attacks has been established a few years ago," says Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, an associate professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. "Now, we see more reports coming out to suggest that there are links between pollution and stroke as well. Possible explanations are systemic inflammations, which could change blood clotting parameters or could lead to rupture of atherosclerotic plaques, as well as increases in plasma (blood) viscosity, which could increase the stroke risk."

Another expert thinks these findings need to be repeated in other studies before they are convincing. "The findings are intriguing, but the authors tested a number of associations," says Dr. S. Claiborne Johnston, director of the Stroke Service at University of California, San Francisco. "The association only with ultra-fine pollution and only in the warm season seems quite strange, and could be due to chance. These results really need to be repeated."

Published February 21, 2007

Informant: binstock

Ludicrous Dolphin Plan Shows We Are Scared Silly

Brenda Peterson writes: "When news of the US Navy's anti-terrorism plan to deploy Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to patrol the Bangor submarine base made headlines here in the Puget Sound region, I was contacted by concerned citizens called Knitting for Dolphins. This group is symbolically knitting sweaters to keep the dolphins from freezing to death in our Puget Sound. 'Is this a joke?' I asked Jan Bailey, wildlife rehabilitator and member of Knitting for Dolphins."

Blair announces UK Iraq drawdown; US spins 'stunning rejection' of Bush policy

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Mast: 'This is worst place possible'

Smalley Place is the worst location in the town centre to install a mobile phone mast, according to Kenilworth Town Council.

But despite the opposition, telecommunications company Hutchinson 3G is appealing against a Warwick District Council refusal to build a 12-metre high mast on a grass verge outside the DeMontfort Hotel.

The company's original application was thrown out in January by planning committee councillors, who considered the plans to be "incompatible" with environmental improvements being made in that area of Kenilworth. The application, which includes a 12-metre high monopole mast, three antennas and equipment cabinets, will now be considered by the planning inspectorate.

Kenilworth Town Council is currently preparing its evidence to present to the appeal.

Coun George Illingworth (Abbey) said: "The town council has agreed it will oppose the appeal.

"We don't want to be against the company, we would like to work with them.

"We can think of several other possible locations in the town centre but to do that is not in the town council's remit.

"Of all the places to pick in the town centre it seems to be the worst. That end of town, by the clock tower, is an area we are trying to improve."

All comments submitted in connection with the original application will be forwarded to the planning inspectorate.

A spokeswoman from Hutchinson 3G said: "We have seen a rise in the number of people subscribing to 3 services in Kenilworth. As long as people require the services then 3 has a duty to meet these demands.

"To meet customer requirements, 3 does need a base station in the town centre. Technical constraints means base stations have to be located close to where people use their phones, which tends to be in town centres and residential areas. Without enough base stations in the right locations, mobile phones simply will not work.

"The base station will provide third generation (3G) services to the town centre, which enables quick and easy access to a range of multi-media data services via mobile handsets.

"Having spent four years searching the area for options and consulting with the local community, the streetworks proposal on Smalley Place is the only option left available.

"The proposed location was recommended for approval by the local planning authority and the its professional advisors advised that the proposal would have no impact on amenity.

"We have designed and located the proposed scheme for minimum visual impact to the area. The pole will be ultra slimline, seen in the context of existing tall lamppost, with the Hotel and an eight metre tall tree providing a backdrop.

"For these reasons, we believe an appeal on the planning committee's decision is wholly justified."

To withdraw or modify written comments already made write directly to Rob Nash, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/18b, Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2, The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol. BS1 6PN, quoting reference number APP/T3725/A/07/2035978/NWF. Comments can also be made at:

The deadline for comments is March 6.

21 February 2007

All rights reserved © 2007 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.


"A spokeswoman from Hutchinson 3G said: "We have seen a rise in the number of people subscribing to 3 services in Kenilworth. As long as people require the services then 3 has a duty to meet these demands."

Is anyone sick of this "duty" mantra the mobile companies use to justify treading all over our rights?

If I sold melons and people in town X said they wanted to buy melons, that does not mean I have a "duty" to provide melons, let alone the right to set up shop pretty much anywhere I choose in the face of local opposition. Why do mobile companies enjoy such rights? (no need to answer that by the way).


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

High US & Iranian officials both say they fear other's 'miscalculation'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Global Warming: Urge Presidential Hopefuls to Take a Stand

US judge orders domestic spying cases to proceed

The EFF suit charged that AT&T let the National Security Administration (NSA) snoop on e-mails and telephone calls without warrants required to do such spying legally. The White House has confirmed that it authorized the NSA program to track overseas communications as part of "war on terror" attempts to uncover threats against the country.

Revealed: 439,000 snooping requests made

UK security and law enforcement agencies made nearly 439,000 requests to monitor people's phone calls, emails and post during a 15-month period, the spying watchdog has revealed.,3800010403,39165898,00.htm

From Information Clearing House

FBI Translating Over 1,000 Wiretap Conversations a Day

In a widely overlooked report to the Senate Judiciary Committee in November, bureau officials ticked off their counterterrorism take over the past four years: 519,217 hours of audio. 5,508,217 electronic data files . 1,847,497 pages of text.

From Information Clearing House

Cheney gets a hostile reception in Tokyo

Japanese Cabinet Ministers have openly denounced US policy in Iraq as childish and accused the Bush Administration of being cocky. The latest blow was last week’s agreement on North Korea’s nuclear programme which is privately regarded by many in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Government as an American betrayal.

From Information Clearing House

Iraqis welcome British and Danish pullout

Sami al-Askari, a Shiite lawmaker and political adviser to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said: "The withdrawal is the wish of the Iraqi government and all the political powers in the country."

Lithuania mulling Iraq troop withdrawal

Defense Ministry spokeswoman Ruta Apeitkyte told The Associated Press that the Baltic country was considering not replacing the contingent when its mission ends in August.

From Information Clearing House

Reid: The British Acknowledge a Reality Bush Refuses to Accept

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today released the following statement on news that the British government will begin to redeploy its troops from Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

Cheney says: UK Troop Withdrawal 'Sign Of Success' In Iraq

From his office in clouded cuckoo land

Cheney said Pelosi and other Democrats were pushing a policy in Iraq that would "validate the al Qaeda strategy."

From Information Clearing House

Tearful US occupation force soldier recounts rape and murder of Iraqi child

A U.S. soldier under court-martial at a Kentucky military base broke down in tears on Wednesday as he described how he and others planned the rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, murdered along with her family.

From Information Clearing House

The Denial Machine


This documentary shows how fossil fuel corporations have kept the global warming debate alive long after most scientists believed that global warming was real and had potentially catastrophic consequences.

It All Comes Down To Control

An interview with Noam Chomsky

"There are several issues in the case of Iran. One is simply that it is independent and independence is not tolerated."

War Has Increased Terrorism Sevenfold Worldwide

By Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank

The administration’s own National Intelligence Estimate on "Trends in Global Terrorism: implications for the United States," circulated within the government in April 2006 and partially declassified in October, states that "the Iraq War has become the ‘cause celebre’ for jihadists...and is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives."


The Iraq Effect: War Has Increased Terrorism Sevenfold Worldwide

Mother Jones presents an eight-part series explaining the effects of the Iraq war, its players, politics, cost in treasure and lives, and long-term implications.

The Second Great Depression

By Mike Whitney

December’s figures indicate that foreign investment is drying up and the world is no longer eager to purchase America’s lavish debt. The only thing the Federal Reserve can do is raise interest rates to attract foreign capital or let the dollar fall in value. The problem, of course, is that if the Fed raises rates, the real estate market will collapse even faster which will strangle consumer spending and shrivel GDP.

Merrill Lynch Feeling the Heat for Funding TXU's Global Warming Plan

Bring America Back from the 'Dark Side'

Hillary’s Calculations Add Up to War

How Failure in the War Has Meant Success for Conservatism

Anti-American Feelings Soar as Muslim Society is Radicalized by War on Terror

Report Blames Factory Farms for Bird Flu

At Mardi Gras, Politics Fuels Revelers

US Government Misstated Statistics on the War on Terror, Audit Shows


Report finds U.S. terrorism statistics inaccurate

The findings drew immediate criticism from U.S. senators, who said it raised serious doubts over how effectively the administration was fighting the terrorism threat.

From Information Clearing House

Lebanon Will Be First Victim of Iran Crisis

Deteriorating Conditions at Texas Nuclear Plant Raise Alarm

US Baiting Iran Into First Strike

Hillary Mann Leverett, the former National Security Council director for Iranian and Persian Gulf affairs under the Bush administration from 2001 to 2004, has issued a sober warning to the public concerning Bush's intentions with Iran. In a recent interview on CNN, she accused the Bush administration of "trying to push a provocative, accidental conflict" with Iran as a pretext to justify "limited strikes" against the country's crucial nuclear and military infrastructures.

Informant: ranger116

Congress Considers Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

Urge your elected officials to support important animal protection bill

FDA Approves Sale of Meat from Cloned Animals

Opponents raise animal welfare and food safety concerns


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted a ban on selling meat and dairy products coming from cloned animals

Navy to Proceed with Whale-killing Sonar Exercises

Urge California Coastal Commission to file a lawsuit to stop deadly war games

Headlines for the State

The 'Value' of Public Schooling

George Will’s disagreement with Ron Paul about the extent of congressional power


Independent Media Source

User Status

Du bist nicht angemeldet.



Aktuelle Beiträge

Trump and His Allies...
https://www.commondreams.o rg/views/2022/06/21/trump- and-his-allies-are-clear-a nd-present-danger-american -democracy?utm_source=dail y_newsletter&utm_medium=Em ail&utm_campaign=daily_new sletter_op
rudkla - 22. Jun, 05:09
The Republican Party... les/the-republican-party-i s-still-doing-donald-trump s-bidding/?eType=EmailBlas tContent&eId=804d4873-50dd -4c1b-82a5-f465ac3742ce
rudkla - 26. Apr, 05:36
January 6 Committee Says... les/jan-6-committee-says-t rump-engaged-in-criminal-c onspiracy-to-undo-election /?eType=EmailBlastContent& eId=552e5725-9297-4a7c-a21 4-53c8c51615a3
rudkla - 4. Mär, 05:38
Georgia Republicans Are...
https://www.commondreams.o rg/views/2022/02/14/georgi a-republicans-are-delibera tely-attacking-voting-righ ts
rudkla - 15. Feb, 05:03
Now Every Day Is January...
https://www.commondreams.o rg/views/2022/02/07/now-ev ery-day-january-6-trump-ta rgets-vote-counters
rudkla - 8. Feb, 05:41


Februar 2007


Online seit 6905 Tagen
Zuletzt aktualisiert: 22. Jun, 05:09


Animal Protection - Tierschutz
AUFBRUCH für Bürgerrechte, Freiheit und Gesundheit
Big Brother - NWO
Care2 Connect
Civil Rights - Buergerrechte - Politik
Cuts in Social Welfare - Sozialabbau
Death Penalty - Todesstrafe
Depleted Uranium Poisoning (D.U.)
Disclaimer - Haftungsausschluss
... weitere
Weblog abonnieren