Sonntag, 11. März 2007

China may sell U.S. bonds

In a move that speaks to China's growing significance in the global economy, its government said Friday it will look for more aggressive ways to invest

From Information Clearing House

Crisis Looms in Market for Mortgages

Hanging in the balance is the nation’s housing market, which has been a big driver of the economy. Fewer lenders means many potential homebuyers will find it more difficult to get credit, while hundreds of thousands of homes will go up for sale as borrowers default, further swamping a stalled market.

Loan turmoil closes doors for buyers

Sharon Lewis is facing a 50% hike in the payment on her adjustable-rate mortgage next month.

From Information Clearing House

George McGovern to Cheney: Resign

"What we have learned about how he has conducted himself leaves no doubt that he should be out of office," McGovern says of Cheney. "If he had any respect for the Constitution or the country, he would resign."

From Information Clearing House

Legal expert: President Bush may have ordered torture

"The administration has been almost pathological in trying to find ways to keep these people from ever seeing a real judge or a real lawyer," John Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, told the Associated Press, "and the reasons are obvious."

From Information Clearing House

Continued military actions in Iraq not the answer

"The first and most critical step is to recognize that fighting on now simply prolongs our losses and blocks the way to a new strategy."

From Information Clearing House

Belafonte's Fires Undimmed at 80

A audio interview with Harry Belafonte

He dismisses the appointment of Condoleezza Rice and before her, Colin Powell, to positions of genuine power in George W Bush's administration. He has described them as "house slaves", and doesn't feel their presence has helped his cause in any way.

The Failed Attorney General

"During the hearing on his nomination as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales said he understood the difference between the job he held - President Bush's in-house lawyer - and the job he wanted, which was to represent all Americans as their chief law enforcement officer and a key defender of the Constitution. Two years later, it is obvious Mr. Gonzales does not have a clue about the difference," according to the New York Times.

Securing Iraq Votes, One at a Time

Representative Jerry Nadler was the only lawmaker at a meeting of all House Democrats on Thursday to stand up and declare that he could not support a compromise plan to fund the Iraq war with a timeline to end the conflict. So some party leaders had written him off even as he joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a private meeting.

Caring for Creation: The Greatest Moral Crisis of Our Age

"As a physician, environmentalist, and evangelical Christian, I can state without reservation that global warming is real and that it disproportionately harms our one billion neighbors who live on a dollar a day or less. But, as Christians, our concern should not just be global warming; it should extend to caring for all of God's creation. We might argue about the extent of man's contribution to global warming, but we cannot deny the dome of smog that hangs over many of the world's cities, the thousands of species that are going extinct, and the increasing scarcity and access to fresh drinking water," says Dr. Matthew Sleeth.

Boxed In by a Polar Bear

"Polar bears, those cute, cuddly, white furry animals of the north, are actually one of the world's most formidable predators. They are the only bear species known to stalk and kill human beings for food," says Kelpie Wilson. "For centuries, polar bears and humans have shared the hunting territory of the Arctic, but today as global warming melts the ice, both are threatened."

Die Geschichte der Mobilfunkanlage in Dachau-Süd

070311 Newsletter der BV gegen die Mobilfunkanlage in Dachau-Süd

Liebe Nachbarn, sehr geehrte Newsletterabonnenten,

am Dienstag, den 13. März, sind es nun schon 6 Jahre her, seit die Mobilfunkanlage in unserer Nachbarschaft aufgebaut wurde. Die Anlage ist nicht in Betrieb und wir werden auch weiterhin alles tun, dass das auch so bleibt. Es wäre ein großer Image-Gewinn für T-Mobile, wenn sie die Anlage schon früher abbauen würden, als die noch verbleibenden 4 Jahre (Vertragsende) abzuwarten, um dann den Sender abbauen zu müssen, dann aber mit groß veranstalteten Feierlichkeiten und Feuerwerk, unsererseits.

Zu diesem 6-jährigen "Jubiläum" haben wir noch eine weitere gute Nachricht mitzuteilen: Die Geschichte der Mobilfunkanlage in Dachau-Süd wurde 1 zu 1 (aber mit veränderten Personnamen) in das Deutschlehrbuch der 7. Klasse der bayerischen Gymnasien (Seite 108) aufgenommen. (siehe Anhang dieser Mail) Wir begrüßen es sehr, dass die Mobilfunkproblematik in den Schulen zur Sprache kommt und somit die Kinder und Jugendlichen zu diesem Thema informiert und sensibilisiert werden. In diesem Lehrbuch wird ein 5-seitiges Kapitel diesem Thema (Pro-und Kontra Mobilfunk und dessen Gesundheitsrisiken) gewidmet.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Bürgervereinigung gegen die Mobilfunkanlage in Dachau-Süd

Pelosi Cautions Bush Not to Veto an Iraq Bill

Informant: bigraccoon

Bush Seeks 8,200 More Troops for Wars

President Bush asked Congress on Saturday for $3.2 billion to pay for 8,200 more US troops needed in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of the 21,500-troop buildup he announced in January. Bush wants Congress to fund 3,500 new US troops to expand training of local police and army units in Afghanistan. The money also would pay for the estimated 3,500 existing US troops he already announced would be staying longer in the region to counter an anticipated Taliban offensive in Afghanistan this spring.

Larger CIA and DoD Privatization Scandal Emerging from Walter Reed Story and US Attorney Firing

Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news


Today's (March 10) THE SUNDAY'S TIMES Irish edition is the bearer of nicely uplifting news for us: One of Ireland's most popular authors, Maeve Binchy, has joined the anti-mast ranks. I have transcribed the article below.

And in yesterday's THE IRISH TIMES there were numerous references to how popular the Green Party has become both in N. Ireland and the Republic and to its likely success in the forthcoming general elections here in the Republic. Of course, what is good for the Greens should be/is good for us! And Brian Wilson has just won the Green Party's first seat in the N. Ireland assembly. Irish Times Journalist, Stephen Collins, begins his "Inside Politics" column yesterday with "Major shifts in Irish politics have come about when one party has managed to capture the mood of the times more accurately than its rivals. With the election campaign due to be called in a month or so it appears that the tide is running strongly in favour of the Greens. They now have a great chance of getting into government for the first time, regardless of how the bigger parties do." Liam Reid, the paper's Environment Correspondent, observes that a major reason Irish ministers visiting various global locations later this week for St Patrick's Day celebrations will speak out about the threat of global warming is because "The [Irish] Government is keen to portray itself as green, and the statement is reflective of an unprecedented level of Government attention in relation to environmental and energy issues, prompted in no small part by the looming general election."

Best, Imelda, Cork

THE SUNDAY TIMES, MARCH 11, 2007, NEWS SECTION [page 9 of print, Irish edition)


[by] Colin Coyle

One of Ireland's most successful authors has become involved in her own local drama, playing a concerned citizen against a phalanx of mobile phone companies. Maeve Binchy has objected to a mobile phone mast being erected beside her home in Dalkey [south Dublin coastal village], arguing that it could be a health hazard. Binchy, 66, said the mast at Dalkey garda station was only two doors away from the house she shares with her husband, Gordon Snell, and would overlook her terrace. The author of Tara Road and Circle of Friends says her opposition to the mast isn't merely a case of nimbyism [not in my back yard]. "I have a mobile phone and I'm not completely hostile to them, but we do not know of the possible health hazards involved with the masts," she said. "More research is needed." Binchy is also concerned the mast will be near several schools. There is already a telecommunications mast attached to the garda station, but the new structure, which will provide 3G reception for all four Irish mobile phone companies, will be significantly taller and bulkier: a 30 metre-high structure with antennae and equipment cabins, according to Vilicom's plans. Binchy could be about to do for Ireland what Jasper Carrott has done for Britain: the comedian has become an unlikely figurehead for the anti-mast lobby after discovering one near his home in Birmingham. Carrott recently met anti-mast activists in Ireland and attended a lecture in Dublin by Dr George Carlo, chairman of the Science and Public Policy Institute in Washington. Carlo, a former mobile phone company employee-turned-opponent, believes children should not be allowed to use mobiles because they could damage growing cells. Binchy has no plans to take up the cudgels on behalf of other communities , confining herself to sorting out her own backyard. The novelist wrote to her local council last month to highlight her concerns, arguing that a decision on the mast should be deferred "until all the safety issues have been ironed out." Snell wrote a separate letter, objecting strongly to "the potential health risks of the structure, which have yet to be thoroughly evaluated." He said the siting of the mast in the centre of the coastal village could damage its reputation as a heritage area. Objections were lodged by 13 others, and a lobby group, Dalkey Community Against Radiation, has been set up. Oliver McCabe, a spokesman, said: "The mast will be within 10 metres of three houses and close to six schools, in contravention of a motion tabled in the council calling for masts to be at least 600 metres from the nearest school." A report from an expert group appointed by the Department of Communications has concluded "there are no adverse short or long-term health effects from exposure to the radio frequency (RF) signals produced by mobile phones and base station transmitters". The report, to be published this week, is also expected to find that RF signals have not been found to cause cancer. Tommy McCabe, director or the Irish Cellular Industry Association, said: "Irish mobile operators comply with all emissions guidelines and these are monitored constantly by ComReg. 3G masts emit less power than 2G masts and generate only the same power as a light bulb." McCabe said the distance from a mast to a house or school bore no relevance to safety. There are now 6,000 masts in Ireland, more than 400 of which were erected last year. Con Colbert, of the Irish Doctors' Environmental Association, disputes the findings of the government report, saying other scientists had established a link between the radiation emitted by mobile phones and adverse health effects. John Cummins, of Better Environmental and Safer Telecommunications (Best), a lobby group, said: "The latest government report is biased because raising questions about the safety of mobile phones in Ireland at this stage could damage the economy. We're in a similar situation now with mobile phones as we were with smoking and asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s." Pat O'Donovan, a Limerick-based auctioneer and member of Best, said: "You only have to look at how masts affect property prices to show that people aren't convinced by the industry's arguments." The Department of the Environment encourage mobile phone companies to group together to share sites, minimising the number of structures, but it is up to councils to decide how near they can be sited to houses and schools. Public buildings charge mobile phone companies to locate masts in their grounds.



The Irish Times Northern Ireland's first Green MLA, Brian Wilson, and his wife Anne after he was elected in North Down yesterday in the Assembly elections.

Northern Ireland's first Green MLA, Brian Wilson, and his wife Anne after he was elected in North Down yesterday in the Assembly elections.


Brian Wilson refuses to carry a mobile phone on environmental grounds

Rice Industry Troubled by Genetic Contamination

Informant: binstock

Draft of new international climate report warns of droughts, starvation, disease

Informant: binstock

Rove Was Asked to Fire US Attorney

Allen Weh, the New Mexico Republican party chairman, said he complained in 2005 about then-US Attorney David Iglesias to a White House liaison who worked for Rove and asked that he be removed. Weh said he followed up with Rove personally in late 2006 during a visit to the White House. "Is anything ever going to happen to that guy?" Weh said he asked Rove at a White House holiday event that month. "He's gone," Rove said, according to Weh.


Rove's Involvement in US Attorney Firings Confirmed by White House

The White House acknowledged on Sunday that presidential adviser Karl Rove served as a conduit for complaints about federal prosecutors. House investigators declared their intention to question him about any role he may have played in the firing of eight US attorneys.


White House says Rove Relayed Complaints About Prosecutors

Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods

Informant: binstock

March issue of "EMR and Health"

The March issue of "EMR and Health" is now available and contains the latest news, research studies and articles about electromagnetic radiation and its impacts.

This issue contains information about
* mobile phones and the brain tumour link
* genetic effects found from electromagnetic fields
* a move towards energy efficient lighting and its impacts for exposure
* the latest research summaries
* mobile phones and children
* the mobile phone habit - addictive behaviours
* mobile phones and driving - what the latest research says
* mobile phones and personality
* electrohypersensitivity - what research has found about this modern syndrome
* impacts of wireless technologies and more.

You can order your copy at or by phoning 02 9501 2665.

Es ist fünf nach zwölf

20 % weniger Treibhausgase bis 2020 und 20 % Erneuerbare Energie in der EU - das ist doch ein gewaltiger Fortschritt! So werden jetzt viele Kollegen kommentieren. Und einige Wirtschaftsbosse werden gar stöhnen. Das geht gar nicht in so kurzer Zeit. Alles falsch! Es wird und muß noch viel mehr gehen. Die zunehmenden Katastrophen werden uns zwingen.

Atomkraftwerke blockieren den Weg ins Solarzeitalter

Die atomkritische Ärzteorganisation IPPNW kritisiert den Antrag des Atomkonzerns Vattenfall zur Laufzeitverlängerung für das Uralt-Atomkraftwerk Brunsbüttel.

Deutsche vergeuden 40 Milliarden Euro Heizkosten!

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