Freitag, 16. März 2007

EU-Kommission veröffentlichte Liste über 55 "Sonderberater"

Die EU-Kommission veröffentlichte in der vergangenen eine Liste über 55 Lobbyisten. Die Liste der so genannten "Sonderberater" der Kommission wurde allerdings erst nach massiven Druck öffentlich zugänglich gemacht. Die Initiative für Transparenz und Demokratie, LobbyControl, verweist darauf, dass sich unter den "Beratern" auch der inzwischen "entlassene" SPD-Europaabgeordnete Rolf Linkohr befand. Linkohr, ein bekannter Lobbyist für die Atomenergie, beriet EU-Energiekommissar Andris Piebalgs.

Bush's Shadow Army

Jeremy Scahill reports on the Bush administration's growing dependence on private security forces such as Blackwater USA and efforts in Congress to rein them in. This article is adapted from his new book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

Strategist Says Gonzales Is "Finished"

Pressure mounted on the White House Thursday to fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for the abrupt dismissal of US attorneys. Three Republicans have called for his ouster, and one Republican strategist close to the White House told CBS News that Gonzales is "finished."

Plame Confirms She Was "Covert," Calling Outing a "Travesty"

Valerie Plame told a Congressional committee today that she did indeed work in a "covert" status at the CIA, and referred to the "travesty" of the disclosure by Bush administration officials and the media.


Valerie Plame OPening statement

Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news

Putin schafft Kontrollbehörde für alle Medien

Mit einer Anweisung hat der russische Präsident eine Behörde geschaffen, die alle Medien und Kommunikationsmittel mitsamt Inhalten kontrolliert und überdies Zugriff auf eine Datenbank mit persönlichen Daten aller Bürger hat.

Spekulationsblase in den USA platzt

Das gerade am US-Immobilienmarkt zu beobachtende Szenario könnte sich bald, mit deutlicheren Auswirkungen, in Spanien wiederholen.

Fox Attacks Black America

The CBC Institute should not legitimize Fox

Fox News has consistently attacked black people, leaders and cultural institutions. Despite this fact, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute is in negotiations with Fox to co-host presidential debates. compiles clips of Fox's egregious racism and urges you to tell the CBC Institute to reconsider.

Guest-Worker Caste System

by Amy Traub,

Congress should reject the permanent creation of a second-class tier of exploitable workers.

The real immorality is the Iraq war itself

General Pace's Skewed Morality

by David McReynolds,

Sitting In To Stop The War

by Michael T. McPhearson,

To end the bloodshed in Iraq, civil disobedience may be not just laudable, but absolutely essential.

Consultation fury as mast gets go-ahead

ANGRY: Coun Alec Metcalf angry at a phone mast’s go ahead.

By Staff Copy

A CONTROVERSIAL mob-ile phone mast has been given the go-ahead just yards from a school and nursery.

Councillors and residents have spent weeks trying to halt the scheme and started a petition collecting dozens of signatures.

But their objections have been to no avail, and the 10m mast will be installed on Leeds Road just 150yds from Gawthorpe J&I School and nursery.

Coun Alec Metcalf said: “I am devastated that this scheme has been passed. It was primarily the younger children we were concerned about and the effects that the mast may have on them.

“Like so many things, where was the local consultation? We have fears over the long-term effect of this kind of equipment and long-term effects are often discovered the hard way.

“I know that the company defended the plans and it might even be right. But I do wonder what is known about the effects on really young children as a result of these telecommunications masts.”

School staff and worried parents also voiced serious concerns about the mobile phone mast’s proximity to children. Headteacher Sue Vickerman said parents had written letters of objections to Wakefield Council.

A spokesman for T-Mobile (UK) said: “Naturally we are pleased that the site has been approved by the council. A good mobile phone network is a vital part of local infrastructure – just like water, electricity or fixed lines.

“Increasingly people are using their mobile phones at home in place of landlines and additional sites are necessary. This base station provides third generation (3G) mobile phones with a network to make voice and data calls.

“In terms of health, we would refer people to the World Health Organisation which, after reviewing all the studies over 15 years, has said there is no cause for concern.”

Omega this is not true. See under: and
"Competing interests, conflicts of interest: Who's funding WHO?"under:

Last Updated: 13 March 2007

All rights reserved ©2007 Johnston Press Digital Publishing

Historians Approve Sweeping Resolution Against Bush Policies Stemming From War

Informant: Amy Sasser

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“Prosecutor-gate:” Bush’s Power Grab

Consortium News
by Robert Parry


In 2005, when the White House launched a plan to oust U.S. Attorneys who showed insufficient political loyalty, George W. Bush was hoping to solidify one-party Republican control of American political life, in part, through aggressive prosecution of Democrats for alleged ‘voter fraud’...

Is the American experiment dead?

Human Events
by Helen E. Krieble


King George III would be so proud. He and his aristocratic friends laughed at America’s quaint ‘experiment’ with self-government. To them it was unthinkable that common people were enlightened enough to rule themselves. Today that experiment is the envy of a world where people in fewer than 100 countries live under democratic governments. Yet here in the United States, old King George may yet be right. Astonishingly, today’s Americans expect government to care for us from cradle to grave, the way commoners once expected a benevolent king to care for his subjects. We treat people as members of groups rather than as individuals, insidiously devolving into the very class system against which the founders rebelled. In a deeply disturbing sense, Americans are voluntarily surrendering the very freedoms that millions fought and died to establish and protect. James Garfield once said the most common form of death in politics is suicide. After a noble 225 year history, is the American experiment dying at the hands of its own people?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The trillion-dollar defense budget is already here

Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs


When President George W. Bush presented his budget proposals recently for the fiscal year 2008, he emphasized that the nation’s security is his highest priority, and he backed up that declaration by proposing that the Pentagon’s outlays be increased by more than 6 percent beyond its estimated outlays for fiscal 2007, to a total of more than $583 billion. Although many Americans regard this enormous sum as excessive, hardly anyone appreciates that the total amount of all defense-related spending greatly exceeds the amount budgeted for the Department of Defense. Indeed, it is roughly almost twice as large...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Wissenschaft wird auf breiter Front manipuliert: US-Regierung passt Forschungsergebnisse ihren Zwecken an

Panel OKs subpoenas in attorney probe

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday cleared the way for subpoenas compelling five Justice Department officials and six of the U.S. attorneys they fired to tell the story of the purge that has prompted demands for the ouster of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

From Information Clearing House

Alleged Architect Of 9/11 Confesses To Many Attacks

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, confessed at a Guantanamo Bay military hearing that he planned and funded that al-Qaeda operation and said he was involved in more than two dozen other terrorist acts around the world.

How to extract a false confession: CIA holds young sons of captured al-Qa'eda chief

Two young sons of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11 attacks, are being used by the CIA to force their father to talk.

Harsh C.I.A. Methods Cited in Top Qaeda Interrogations

The Central Intelligence Agency has used coercive interrogation methods against a select group of high-level leaders and operatives of Al Qaeda that have produced growing concerns inside the agency about abuses, according to current and former counterterrorism officials.

Probe of Al-Qaeda Leader's Handling Sought

Two senators who observed last week's closed military proceedings against al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed called for an investigation into allegations that the accused planner of the Sept. 11 attacks was physically abused while in CIA custody.

How True Are the True Confessions of the Terror Mastermind?

There’s more about this larger than life part-killer and amateur historian who compares himself to George Washington for American consumption!

From Information Clearing House


Why KSM's Confession Rings False

Robert Baer writes: "It's hard to tell what the Pentagon's objective really is in releasing the transcript of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession. It certainly suggests the administration is trying to blame KSM for al-Qaeda terrorism, leading us to believe we've caught the master terrorist, and that al-Qaeda, and especially the ever-elusive bin Laden, is no longer a threat to the US. But there is a major flaw in that marketing strategy."


True Confessions? The Amazing Tale of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

By Anthony D'Amato

The sweeping Guantanamo "confessions" of al Qaeda leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed rival the scope of those made in the Stalinist purge trials of the 1930s, and should equally prompt us to question the legal process in which they were made...

The Confession Backfired

By Paul Craig Roberts

The first confession released by the Bush regime’s Military Tribunals--that of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed--has discredited the entire process. Writing in Jurist, Northwestern University law professor Anthony D’Amato likens Mohammed’s confession to those that emerged in Stalin’s show trials of Bolshevik leaders in the 1930s.


Of confessions and torture

by Margaret Kimberly


Guantanamo is awash in confessions these days. Walid Mohammad bin Attash claims to have blown up the USS Cole. Khalid Sheik Mohammed confessed to planning 9/11, the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, and night clubs in Bali. He also confessed to killing of Daniel Pearl and perhaps Anna Nicole Smith, too. … These confessions are not taken seriously by any intelligent people in this country and they are certainly not taken seriously by anyone outside of it. Even the namby pamby Congressional actions on Iraq are sending the Bushites into a frenzy of show trials to justify waging endless war on the rest of humanity. The confessions will surely be repeated when the bombing of Iran begins...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

AIPAC backed removal of Iran war provision

AIPAC lobbying helped remove a provision from a bill that would have required President Bush to seek congressional approval for war against Iran.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq's Mercenary King

As a former C.I.A. agent, the author knows how mercenaries work: in the shadows. But how did a notorious former British officer, Tim Spicer, come to coordinate the second-largest army in Iraq—the tens of thousands of private security contractors?

A desperate Army is scraping the bottom

An Army already stretched painfully thin is now being asked to find the additional 25,000-plus troops to man President Bush's escalation in Iraq and, it's now obvious, prepare for additional combat rotations next year.

From Information Clearing House

Biden To Bush: "You're leading us off a cliff. Stop!"

Clearly having had enough of Republican colleagues putting their blind loyalty to George W. Bush ahead of American opinion and the lives of our troops, Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) gave a powerful speech on the Senate floor Wednesday in which he ripped the GOP for their failure to lead and fulfill their duties to our country.

From Information Clearing House

Gen. Petraeus and a High-Profile Suicide in Iraq

Col. Ted Westhusing, a West Point scholar, put a bullet in his head in Iraq after reporting widespread corruption. His suicide note -- complaining about human rights abuses and other crimes -- was addressed to his two commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, now leader of the U.S. "surge" effort in Iraq. It urged them to "Reevaluate yourselves....You are not what you think you are and I know it."

From Information Clearing House

Baghdad Under Surge

Baghdad has broken up into a dozen different cities at war with each other. Walls are covered with slogans in black paint saying "Death to Spies". Any Shia caught in a Sunni district will be killed as a spy or because of his religion and vice versa.

Spinned Surge: Don't buy the claims that the military escalation in Iraq is working

The job of neoconservative writers analyzing the Iraq war has largely been to obscure objective analysis and provide talking points for war supporters.

Hakim insists on Iraqi say in U.S. operations

One of Iraq's most powerful Shia leaders, Abdel Aziz Hakim, demanded the government to have a say in security operations being conducted by U.S. forces.

From Information Clearing House

Give Us Some Real Political Leaders

"I am ashamed to say that I am or even was an Iraqi politician after all the damage to our country that we caused. It is entirely our fault and there is no question about that."

We Must Resist!

By Cynthia McKinney

"Voting is necessary, but it isn't enough to get the kind of change we must now demand".


Cindy Sheehan: Stop Paying Your Taxes

Informant: ranger116


'A critical moment': peace movement turning to civil disobedience as frustration grows

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Stop Voting

Bush Needs To Be Stopped

United State of Minds

War Without Win: A White Paper On Iran

By William John Cox

The soil of Iran is soaked with the blood shed by its people who have defended their homes and culture for thousands of years. The threats of the American neocons, who believe that Iran and its oil is theirs for the taking, are expressions of hypocrisy in the extreme. Iran has repeatedly demonstrated its desire to obtain and maintain friendly relations with the United States.

Climate change tied to global crop losses

Informant: binstock

Street phone mast plan rejected

By Staff Reporter

A SCHEME to erect a 15-metre (45ft) high phone mast in a residential street have been thrown out by planners.

Members of Westhoughton Town Council used delegated powers and blocked T-Mobile's plans to install a mast in The Hoskers, Westhoughton.

The town councillors said the height of the mast would impinge on the living conditions and outlook of residents.

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Phone mast victory for residents

Four years on

Blogger and Christian Science Monitor columnist Helena Cobban looks back on four years of war in Iraq, beginning with a review of her own warnings and appeals penned in the months before the invasion. Cobban traces an unbroken line from the unheeded warnings of 2003 to the to the unstable and unpredictable realities we see in Iraq, the region, and the international community today.

House Votes to Limit No-Bid Contracts

The House voted to limit no-bid federal contracts Thursday, alleging abuses and citing huge losses in contracts for Katrina recovery and Iraq reconstruction. "This surge in contract spending has enriched private contractors like Halliburton, but it has come at a steep cost to taxpayers through rising waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement," said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Greenspan Warns Subprime Woes Could Spread

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said on Thursday there was a risk that rising defaults in subprime mortgage markets could spill over into other economic sectors. In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session at the Futures Industry Association meeting, Greenspan conceded it was "hard to find any such evidence" about spillover from stressed mortgages, but: "You can't take 10 percent out of mortgage originations without some impact."

Second Republican Says Gonzales Should Go

Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon is the second Republican in Congress to signal it is time to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. "It would be helpful to have an attorney general that Congress could have more confidence in," Smith suggested.

Senate Rejects Democratic Resolution to Pull Troops

The House Appropriations Committee today approved a $124 billion war-spending bill that calls for US troops to leave Iraq by September 2008, but in the Senate, Democrats fell 12 votes short of the 60 needed to call for a troop redeployment within a year.

The Wall That Now Divides Us

"As a warrior, I carry the loss of life and the loss of innocence tightly within my heart," writes Charlie Anderson. "On every visit to The Wall since returning from Iraq, I have met people who disagree with me about the Iraq war. Yet, there are no politics around the wall; we mourn in silence or share our grief aloud, not as liberals or conservatives, not as hawks or doves, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as human beings united by our suffering.... For the first time since the beginning of the Iraq war, the sanctity of The Wall will be challenged by protest.... A group of counter-demonstrators, calling themselves the Gathering of Eagles, will gather around and presumably in the memorial while spreading their pro-war, pro-Bush/Cheney message."

Keine Gefahr durch drahtlose Netzwerke?

Die Gefahren von Mobilfunk und Wireless LAN

Laptops machen unfruchtbar

WLAN Funknetz als Strahlenschleuder?

Strahlend ins Internet-WLAN



Gesundheitsrisiko WLAN

WLAN in Schulen

Mit dem Laptop in den Unterricht

WLAN via Laptops

Gesundheitsgefahren durch kabellose Laptops

Disaster Aid Bypasses Farmworkers

A devastating cold wave that struck in January did more than $1 billion in harm to crops from Central California down to Mexico. The governor, the state's senators and many others agree that farmworkers desperately need federal aid, yet President Bush continues to ignore their urgent pleas.

Cheap Coal Threat to Global Climate

Ernest Moniz, director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is mentally counting down the narrowing window of time that remains for the US to address a looming environmental disaster fueled by the burning of mountains of cheap American coal.

Renewing a Call to Act Against Climate Change

Bill McKibben's online call for locally inspired, locally run demonstrations on April 14 has generated plans for a wave of small protests under the Step It Up banner - 870 and counting - to walk, jog, march, ski, swim, talk, sing, pray and party around the idea of cutting national emissions of heat-trapping gases 80 percent by 2050.

E-Mails Show Rove Role in US Attorney Firings

New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show the idea of firing all 93 US attorneys was raised by White House adviser Karl Rove in early January 2005, indicating Rove was more involved in the plan than previously acknowledged by the White House.

Former US Attorney: Why I Was Fired

John McKay, former chief prosecutor for western Washington State, believes he was fired not because of the way he did his job, but because of politics. "I am disappointed with the president," says McKay, "I am disappointed with the attorney general."

The Long Arm of Karl Rove

Karl Rove participated in a discussion about the firing of US attorneys in 2005, asking White House lawyers "how we planned to proceed" on the issue, and whether the prosecutors would be selectively dismissed or fired en masse, according to newly disclosed White House emails.

National Peace Organizations Call on Congress to Stop Funding the Occupation of Iraq and Vote to Bring our Troops Home in 2007

Making Accountability Accountable

The 'Support our Troops' Myths

Across the Globe, Warming Viewed as "Critical"

Gegen Armut 2007

Antarctic Glaciers' Sloughing Of Ice Has Scientists at a Loss

Informant: binstock

World breaks temperature records,,2035667,00.html

Informant: binstock

Gonzales Aide Called Prosecutor a 'Real Problem'

Iran: The Religious Right's New Bugbear

If Elected, Clinton Vows to Continue Occupation of Iraq

As Brzezinski sees the US dilemma in the world

(for those with higher speed Internet)

Saw this tonight on "Crooks and Liars" and Brzezinski certainly sees the US dilemma in the world as I do. Though the interview is often humorous, the last 10 seconds are especially, I fear, prophetic. Click on the link below.


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Kucinich Boosts Impeachment

Kucinich Talks Impeachment

Kucinich: "Impeachment May Well Be the Only Remedy"

Today Rep. Dennis Kucinich defied Speaker Nancy Pelosi and put the Impeachment of George W. Bush "on the table" where it urgently belongs. Kucinich said,

"This week the House Appropriations committee removed language from the Iraq war funding bill requiring the Administration, under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution, to seek permission before it launched an attack against Iran. Since war with Iran is an option of this Administration and since such war is patently illegal, then impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran."

Of course speaking about impeachment is not the same as introducing Articles of Impeachment. But Kucinich is stepping into a firestorm of opposition from the corporate media and his own party's leadership - and needs our support to keep him going.

Please thank Rep. Dennis Kucinich for speaking out on impeachment - and ask him to make his remarks real by introducing Articles of Impeachment:


Read more of Kucinich's speech in "The Ides of March" by Cindy Sheehan:

On Wednesday night, Kucinich spoke with a group of citizens about Iran and impeachment. Here's video:

We also highly recommend this new video of an impeachment workshop with Mimi Kennedy, John Nichols, Antonia Juhasz, David Swanson, and Tim Carpenter:

Is the Progressive Caucus Standing Firm on Iraq? Help Us Find Out

Today the House Appropriations Committee passed the "Supplemental" spending bill for the war (and arrested 10 activists who tried to get into the room to observe the proceedings). Next week, the full House will vote.

Barbara Lee (D-CA) has an amendment that would require that any money appropriated for Iraq be spent only for a "fully funded withdrawal," bringing American troops home by the end of this year. Some members of the House Progressive Caucus have previously stated they would vote against the Iraq supplemental unless it includes Lee's amendment. But the House leadership is now pressuring them to back down. We need to find out quickly: where do Progressive Caucus members stand?

Working together with other anti-war groups, we are creating a whip list on this issue. Please take a moment now to call one of the representatives in the "UNKNOWN" category at , and ask them:

Are you committed to voting NO on the current supplemental spending bill for Iraq if it doesn't include Barbara Lee's amendment for a fully funded withdrawal?

You can find the phone number of each progressive member at or just call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected.

The aides answering the phone may know the answer; if not, ask to speak to their press secretary or legislative assistant for foreign policy.

Then, leave whatever answer they give you at

Please call as many Progressive Caucus Members as you can, not just your own representative.

More here, including a podcast with Rep. Lee:

This Saturday, March 17, March on the Pentagon for Peace and Impeachment

Make plans now to join hundreds of thousands of veterans, military families, and peace and impeachment activists in a nonviolent march for peace and impeachment, beginning at 12:00 at the Vietnam War Memorial (23rd Street and Constitution Ave. NW) and ending at the Pentagon.

At the assembly site, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30, there will be a pre-march People's Assembly. Contingents and organizations will be providing information displays and literature tables. We will be joined by the famous Bread and Puppet Theater. There will be children's activities, including sign-making for the march, where our children can also pick up anti-war balloons. There will be a large Impeach Bush tent with impeachment materials and a place for impeachment advocates from around the country to gather.

We are encouraging every impeachment organization to register to march with the impeachment contingent, so we can publicize the groups making up the Impeachment Contingent. You can do this by clicking on this link for the contingent form and specifying "Impeachment" for the "Name of contingent."

Forward this message to everyone you know!


Kucinich Boosts Impeachment but Moveon Betrays Peace Movement

Rep. Dennis Kucinich took another step towards introducing Articles of Impeachment with a video:

"We need to reevaluate the direction of this administration by looking at its conduct in office, by determining whether it has faithfully followed the laws of our nation. I'm prepared to start that process. I began this week with a speech on the floor of the House, which warned the administration that its actions toward Iran already constitute a case to ask the question about impeachment. So I'm asking you, what do you think? Do you think it's time?"

Watch the video and answer him here:

Vote in our poll: Should Rep. Kucinich Introduce Articles of Impeachment?

Moveon Betrays Peace Movement

Even as hundreds of thousands were protesting the 4th anniversary of Bush's illegal and disastrous war in Iraq, Moveon was urging its 3.2 million members to support $93 billion more for Bush's War. Moveon conducted a dishonest member "poll" which deliberately left out the Barbara Lee Amendment that would limit new spending to a "fully funded withdrawal" of our troops by the end of the year.

Moveon used its dishonest poll to claim 85% of its members support the $93 billion Supplemental. Send a message to Moveon by voting in our poll:

And if you want to quit Moveon, tell them why:

Progressive Democrats in Congress Can Stop the Supplemental

The Iraq Supplemental can be defeated if only 15 of the 68 progressive House Democrats vote against it. Under tremendous pressure from Speaker Pelosi, only 6 Democrats are definitely voting no: Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey, Maxine Waters, Dennis Kucinich, Raul Grijalva, and Pete Stark. Another 7 are leaning no: Steve Cohen, Danny Davis, Lloyd Doggett, Keith Ellison, Sheila Jackson Lee, Juanita Millender-McDonald, and Diane Watson. Speaker Pelosi says the only alternative to her toothless bill is a blank check for Bush. But Rep. Pete Stark says simply: "We can write a better bill."

We need your help calling all 68 members of the Progressive Caucus and telling us what they say:

Forward this message to everyone you know!


Kucinich Asks 'Is it Time for Impeachment?'


"Impeachment: I'm Asking You. Do You Think It's Time?"

By Dennis Kucinich

This past week in the Congress of the United States, I noted that the administration has threatened aggressive war against Iran. This is a violation of the UN charter. Charters are treaties. Article 6 of the Constitution of the United States says that treaties are the law of our land, the supreme law of our land. It's illegal to threaten aggressive war against another nation.

Video and transcript

Arroganz rettet das Klima nicht!

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

16. März 2007

Zu den heute beginnenden Beratungen von G8-Umweltministern und Vertretern wichtiger Schwellenländer zum Klimaschutz erklärt der stellvertretende Vorsitzende Wolfgang Methling:

In den Medien findet sich heute die Nachricht, dass der vergangene Winter der wärmste sei über 100 Jahren war - weltweit. Die drohende Klimakatastrophe betrifft alle, deshalb lassen sich Maßnahmen zum Schutz des Klimas nicht national, nicht europäisch, sondern nur weltweit ergreifen und durchsetzen. Dafür bietet das Treffen in Potsdam eine Chance, birgt aber zugleich die Gefahr, dass die G8-Staaten mit Arroganz gegenüber den Schwellenländern auftreten. Minister Gabriels Forderungen an die Schwellenländer, mehr für den Klimaschutz zu tun, zeugen von dieser Überheblichkeit. Mehr als Postulate und kaum umgesetzte Vereinbarungen auf dem Papier haben die G8-Staaten derzeit nicht zu bieten. Die Chance zur Umkehr kann nur genutzt werden, wenn auf gleicher Augenhöhe und ohne Tabus debattiert wird. Das gilt für den Neubau von deutschen Steinkohle-Kraftwerken, wie für die europäische Automobilindustrie und aufstrebende Industrien in Asien und Lateinamerika. Ehrlich wäre es, wenn die USA endlich die Notwenigkeit eines weltweiten Engagements begreifen und sich aktiv am Klimaschutz beteiligen würden. Vorbildwirkung und Gemeinsamkeit statt Ratschläge vom Gipfel des G8-Olymps sind das Gebot.


Call your members of Congress now toll free at 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or 800-614-2803.


Minutes ago the U.S. Senate AGAIN failed to exercise meaningful oversight for the national suicide which is our policy in Iraq. It is by now abundantly clear that the Republican caucus is determined to go down with the Bush presidency, and take our military and our country with them while they do nothing. Instead, a bipartisan cattle stampede of senators approved two "we don't hate the troops" resolutions, nothing but vain puffery, swearing to take "no action" about this or that. We don't in the slightest care about what action Congress is NOT going to take, we want to know is what they ARE going to do to reverse the insanity of current policy.

On the occasion of the guilty verdicts against Scooter Libby, Howard Dean was quoted as saying we would have a new president "soon enough." If he is talking about the 2008 election that is NOT soon enough, not even close. Day by day, ever more outrageous scandals and abuses of power spew forth from the White House, as we now learn that they have been so corrupted beyond redemption by their power grabs, that they even used the U.S. attorneys themselves for nakedly partisan witch hunts, to try to influence our elections, and fired all who would not bend under their political dictate.

And what was Bush's response when called on this monumental affront not just to the checks in our government, but also to the independency of our very justice system? "What was mishandled was the explanation of the cases to the Congress," he said. In Bush's mind there are no policy mistakes, let alone policy crimes. In his world there are only SPIN mistakes, when we the people aren't quite stupid enough to buy their criminal hypocrisies. We hear admissions that "mistakes were made," as if mistakes somehow made themselves. But even where there is verbal responsibility taken, there is NEVER actual accountability. The sacrificial fall guys will reluctantly resign, but NEVER is there a price paid by the core perpetrators for their conduct.

The Bush presidency is one of false appearances, phony and disingenuous words of compassion and democracy, while the true underlying agenda is the embezzlement of our national treasury, and even those of other sovereign countries, on behalf of their biggest campaign contributors, who then remorselessly relocate to evade taxes on their ill-gotten profits. The Bush presidency is to create wars out of whole cloth, to demonize not only their critics buy entire innocent populations, first Iraq, then Lebanon, now Iran. It is a mission to exacerbate terrorism to the maximum extent possible, while ignoring its actual roots causes and laying off its ringleaders, at the mortal peril of our true national security. And it is not going to STOP in any respect until the day that Bush is lawfully removed from office.

It was not enough that president Bush should pack our courts with radical ideologue judges, one of whom just this week presumed to overturn two centuries of 2nd amendment case law, to let the NRA rewrite our very Constitution. No, even the choice of cases to bring to court they must warp so that only Democrats could ever be prosecuted for any crime, despite the fact that most of the wrongdoing they were actually finding was by Republicans. How their talking head cronies howled after the Libby verdicts that it was just a political prosecution. Their new rule of law is that it's against the law to prosecute Republicans, no matter what the crime, and that any attempt to do so is by definition a political vendetta. And if the the Libby trial exposed nothing, it was that Cheney was the king culprit.

And hanging over everything is the preemptively declared threat of a presidential veto of any attempt, no matter how timid, to confront these high crimes. And that is why we have concluded that Dennis Kucinich is speaking the essential truth. We have long known that Bush was planning an illegal war of aggression against Iran. Shame on the leadership of the House for the sudden demise, without even a vote, of the provision in the war supplemental appropriations bill to preclude an attack on Iran without express congressional consent. Let there be a vote so we can know which members of Congress think it's OK for the president to launch horrific and disastrous new wars without even a peep from them.

What Kucinich so clearly understands in his call for impeachment is that all these things are mere symptoms of the foundational problem, the cowardice of members of Congress as they run away from actually restraining the abuse of executive power. What are non-binding resolutions except avoidance of actually challenging the policy issue? What are bills that write into themselves exceptions if the president takes "responsibility" for them? Is the role of Congress to be relegated to courteously writing the president's signing statements for him?


Bush loves to lecture the American people on the lessons of 9/11. There was only one lesson to be learned from 9/11 . . . that we had the WRONG president.

And in five years since there are still too many who have not learned that critical lesson, which failure is the reason New Orleans was left to sink by a guitar strumming photo-op president, which failure is the reason even the administration drafted Patriot Act has been abused to conduct massive illegal surveillance of innocent American citizens. That failure is the reason for torture of those even suspected of being our enemies has become official U.S. policy, in utter defiance of all norms of international law and civilized decency.

That failure is the reason our entire intelligence operation against weapons of mass destruction, the life long specialty of Valerie Plame, was sabotaged and jeopardized to try to gain cheap political advantage. Or was it to keep concealed even more heinous acts of treason. That failure is the reason our military is still pursuing a fool's mission in Iraq, chasing an enemy who is not there in any significant numbers. We face nothing but two more years of such disasters and outrages every minute that George Bush, Dick Cheney and their pod people remain in any office of authority.

So what if Gonzales bites the dust. He is just one more water-carrier. He would already have been long gone had not Bush PERSONALLY intervened to quash investigation into the abuse of administration's warrantless domestic eavesdropping program, when that first came to partial light. We have a president and vice president for whom obstruction of justice is just another burglar tool in their bag, as they rob the balance of powers in our Constitution. Let the subpoenas now issuing in the U.S. attorney scandal lead to door of the oval office, where the trail surely does directly lead.


And let us renew again and again our call for Congress to impeach ALL those who have harmed we the people so grievously, and to prosecute those impeachments at the most mercifully swift speed.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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by Devvy Kidd

My February 8, 2007 column resulted in quite a few radio show invitations. During my appearance on Michael Baisden's show, several doctors called in to say the HPV vaccine was safe, it has been tested, and yes, they would get their daughters shot up. One mother who phoned into the show said her daughter has received the first of the three shot series and is now worried and doesn't know what to do. I could give her no advice because I'm not a physician, but she should be worried......

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Risikodiskussion Mobilfunk: Datenübertragungsrate, Leistungsflussdichte und Modulationsfrequenz




Dipl.-Ing. Otto Einsporn VDI, Maintal
e-mail: oeinsporn

Risikodiskussion Mobilfunk
Datenübertragungsrate, Leistungsflussdichte und Modulationsfrequenz

Auf der 3GSM World 2007 in Barcelona stand die Erhöhung der Datenübertragungsraten zur Bewältigung der schnell ansteigenden Datenflut zur Diskussion. Ich habe mich gefragt, ob die vorgestellten rasanten technischen Weiterentwicklungen der Mobilfunktechnik mit den mehrtausendfach erhöhten Datenübertragungsraten Mbit/s ohne Erhöhung der Leistungsflussdichte µW/m² überhaupt möglich sind?

Direkter Auslöser meiner Überlegungen ist die Installation der EDGE-Technologie auf GSM-Antennen von T-Mobile. Nach meinen Informationen kam es zeitgleich mit der Inbetriebnahme zu gesundheitlichen Beeinträchtigungen von Menschen, Tieren und Pflanzen. Der Ihnen sicherlich bekannte Fall Oberammergau [ ] ist anscheinend kein Einzelfall.

Nach Auskunft von T-Mobile wird die EDGE-Technologie z.Zt. für den Einsatz auch in Maintal vorbereitet. Der Wechsel vom alten GSMK- auf das neue 8PSK-Modulationsverfahren soll angeblich eine Stromersparnis von 30% bringen. Die Spitzenabstrahlung soll gleich bleiben, die mittlere Strahlungsleistung sich sogar verringern. Da die Antennentechnik nicht verändert wird, sei die Umrüstung nicht genehmigungsbedürftig durch die Bundesnetzagentur.

Inzwischen liegen mir eine Reihe Informationen, vor, die einen direkten Zusammenhang zwischen Datenübertragungsrate und Leistungsflussdichte verneinen. Höhere Datenübertragungsraten stehen aber anscheinend im Zusammenhang mit neuen Modulationsverfahren und Frequenzbandbreiten. Legt man z.B. für eine Überlegung folgende Parameter in Form von Hämmern zugrunde:

Hammergewicht = Leistungsflussdichte
Hammerschlagfrequenz = Modulationsfrequenz oder Pulsfrequenz
Anzahl der Hämmer = Frequenzbandbreite oder Anzahl der Kanäle

Dann kann man sich leicht ausmalen, dass mit gleichem Hammergewicht durch Verändern der Schlagzahl und Vervielfachung der Hämmer nicht nur die Datenübertragungsraten, sondern auch die Schläge auf die Gesundheit vervielfacht werden und zu entsprechenden negativen Wahrnehmungen bei Mensch, Tier und Pflanze führen.

Wer kann mir eine technisch und medizinisch fundierte Beurteilung meiner laienhaften Überlegungen zukommen lassen? Für jede Stellungnahme, die meinen Wissensstand erweitert, bin ich dankbar.

Otto Einsporn




Frau Buchmann 16-03-07

Sehr geehrter Herr Einsporn,

im Verteiler von Herrn Tittmann las ich, dass Sie Informationen zu EDGE suchen. Anbei habe ich einige für Sie.

Viele Grüße,
Marianne Buchmann.

Von Kurt Lainer:

Subject: Unterschied EDGE zu bisherigem GSM

Hallo Frau Buchmann,

nachdem sich in letzter Zeit die Meldungen über Gesundheitsprobleme durch die Umstellung von Mobilfunksendern auf EDGE häufen, möchte ich versuchen, einen kleinen Beitrag zu leisten:

Der wesentlicher Unterschied zwischen EDGE und dem bisherigen GSM liegt in einer anderen Modulationsart:

- GSM verwendet GMSK (Gaussian Minimum Shift Keying), sagt Ihnen wahrscheinlich nichts, ich versuch aber im Folgenden die Unterschiede zu erklären. - EDGE verwendet 8PSK (8-Phase Shift Keying). Der Haupt-Unterschied ist, dass mit dieser Modulationsart 8 verschiedene Zustände codiert werden können und dadurch 3 Bit pro Symbol (statt 1 Bit pro Symbol bei GSM) übertragen werden können, dadurch können in der gleichen Zeiteinheit mit EDGE 3-mal mehr Daten übertragen werden. Das ist der Grund, weshalb man EDGE entwickelt hat. Aber das sehe ich erst 'mal nicht besonders biologisch relevant. Was eher biologisch relevant sein könnte ist folgendes: Bei EDGE sind diese 8 Zustände zwar - wie bei GSM - in der IQ-Ebene auf einem Kreis, d.h. sie unterscheiden sich nur durch die Phase, nicht durch die Amplitude. Aber bei den Übergängen zwischen diesen Zuständen - und das ist der Unterschied zu GSM - ändert sich durchaus die Amplitude! Wir haben haben es also bei EDGE auch mit Amplituden-Änderungen, also einem Anteil an Amplituden-Modulation zu tun und dies ist ein Unterschied zu GSM. Nach allen bisherigen Erfahrungen mit Gesundheitsproblemen sind ja gepulste Signale viel eher biologisch relevant als Signale mit konstantem Pegel. Die Amplituden-Modulation verhält sich ähnlich wie Puls-Modulation. Sie kommt bei EDGE zu der - bei GSM und EDGE gleichermaßen vorhandenen - 'Pulsung' beim Umschalten auf den nächsten Zeitschlitz hinzu. Der Unterschied zwischen diesen liegt in Ihrer Frequenz: - Der Amplituden-Anteil in der EDGE-Modulation hat eine max. Frequenz von 270,8 kHz. - Die 'Pulsung' beim Übergang auf den nächsten Zeitschlitz kommt alle 0,58 Millisekunden vor, daraus ergibt sich eine Frequenz von 1,733 kHz. - Die nächstgrößere Zeiteinheit ist der Rahmen mit 4,615 Millisekunden, entspr. 216,66 Hz. Er enthält 8 Zeitschlitze. Das ist die Frequenz der 'Pulsung' die z. B. durch abgeschaltetete Zeitschlitze entsteht.

Ich hab' mir letzte Woche ein HF 35C von der Gemeinde ausgeliehen und in der Firma mit einem unserer Signalgeneratoren angesteuert. Bei nur GSM hört man einen Brummton, das dürften die 216,66 Hz des Rahmens sein. Wenn man sowohl Zeitschlitze mit GSM- als auch EDGE-Modulation einschaltet, - das entspricht dem realen Betrieb einer EDGE-Basisstation - dann hört man zusätzlich einen hohen Ton, das dürften die 1,733 kHz sein; die 270,8 kHz sind ja unhörbar. Die 1,733 kHz könnten dem Wechsel zwischen 'normalen' GSM- und EDGE-Zeitschlitzen entsprechen. Das von Ihnen beschriebene 'Tockern' hab' ich mit dem Signalgenerator nicht gehört, wohl aber bei Empfang eines Mobilfunksenders in Heimstetten. Ich vermute, dass diese langsame Frequenz von höheren Protokollschichten erzeugt wird, die unsere Signalgeneratoren nicht nachbilden.

Welche von diesen Frequenzen biologisch am meisten wirksam sind, kann ich natürlich auch nicht sagen. Jedenfalls wird mit allen diesen Frequenzen gepulst bzw. amplitudenmoduliert, was meiner Ansicht nach unser Nervensystem beeinflusst.

Dass man EDGE nicht abschirmen kann, halte ich für ein Gerücht. Für die Abschirmung ist die Trägerfrequenz maßgebend und die ist unverändert wie bei GSM. Es kann höchstens sein, dass der Eindruck der Nicht-Abschirmbarkeit dadurch entstanden ist, dass EDGE sehr viel 'aufdringlicher' empfunden wird und dadurch auch noch bei kleineren HF-Pegeln stört.

Man kann natürlich die EDGE-Signale mit Messgeräten (z. B. modernen Spektrumanalysatoren) feststellen. Die üblichen Feldstärkemessgeräte können das aber nicht, die machen ja keine Demodulation.

Ich würde auch davor warnen, die 10 Hz des 'Tockerns' die Sie genannt haben, mit Infraschall zu vergleichen, der im 1. Weltkrieg als Waffe eingesetzt wurde. Soviel ich weiß wurden da durch extrem starken Schall aus riesigen Orgelpfeifen die menschlichen Organe in Resonanz versetzt. Bei den biologischen Wirkungen des Mobilfunks haben wir es ja nicht mit Schall zu tun, sondern - wie ich das sehe - mit einer elektrischen Reizung der Nervenzellen, auch wenn manche Menschen das als Schall wahrnehmen (könnte durch die Reizung der Ohrnerven entstehen).

Ich hoffe, ich hab' Sie nicht mit zuviel Technik-Pallaver genervt! Sie können diese e-Mail gerne weiterleiten, sie stellt aber meine Privatmeinung dar und ist natürlich kein Statement von Rohde&Schwarz.

Viele Grüße Kurt Lainer

NOVA Institut: Nach unserer Einschätzung sind die Besonderheiten der EDGE-Technik und insbesondere die aus der verwendeten Modulationsart herrührenden Amplitudenmodulationen bzw. Pulsungen in den Ausführungen von Herrn Lainer korrekt beschrieben. Wie Herr Lainer schon schreibt, kann man nicht definitiv sagen, welche dieser Modulationsfrequenzen die größere biologische Bedeutung haben. Es gibt einige Vermutungen hierzu, die in die Richtung gehen, dass solche Modulationsfrequenzen die größere biologische Bedeutung haben, die im Bereich der "Feuerungsraten" der Nervenzellen in biologischen System liegen. Hierfür kommen von den genannten Frequenzen nur die 217-Hz-Pulsung der Rahmenfolge (z. B. durch abgeschaltetete Zeitschlitze) sowie das erwähnte "10-Hz Tockern" in Betracht. Herrn Lainers Vermutung, dass die 10-Hz Pulsung durch höhere Protokollschichten erzeugt wird, deckt sich mit der in unserer Stellungnahme geäußerten Vermutung, dass diese Modulation durch die paketorientierte Datenübertragung verursacht werden könnte. Bezüglich der Abschirmbarkeit gelten auch nach Aussage von Herrn Lainer unsere Anmerkungen vom 7.12.2006.

Bezüglich der Auswirkungen auf das Kirchheimer Konzept gelten unsere Ausführungen vom 15.12.2006, das heißt, Veränderungen ergeben sich erst bei intensiver Nutzung. Nicht berücksichtigt ist dabei allerdings eine ggf. andere biologische Auswirkung der (anscheinend vorhandenen) 10-Hz-Pulsung. Eine solche Berücksichtigung würde in der Konsequenz aber bedeuten, sich von dem Grundgedanken einer Begrenzung der Mobilfunkstrahlung auf eine maximale Leistungsflussdichte zu trennen und stattdessen separate Begrenzungen je nach Modulationsart und Modulationsfrequenz einzuführen. Dies übersteigt allerdings den momentanen Rahmen der Mobilfunkkonzeption für Kirchheim erheblich, einmal ganz zu schweigen von den Problemen einer nachfolgenden rechtlichen Umsetzbarkeit. Es müßten dann zum Beispiel anders formulierte Schutzziele festgelegt werden, die nach Modulationsart und -frequenz unterscheiden. Dies erscheint uns allerdings zur Zeit unrealistisch.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen aus Köln

Monika Bathow
Peter Nießen, EMF-Team des nova-Instituts,
nova-Institut, EMF-Abteilung: Siebengebirgsallee 60,
50939 Köln, Tel.: 0221-941 59 77, Fax: 0221-941 59 76
E-Mail: EMF

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Die "Internationale Konferenz für die Abschaffung ausländischer Militärbasen" fand vom 5. bis 9. März 2007 in Manta statt. 400 Delegierte aus über 40 Staaten nahmen daran teil - und bei der Eröffnung der Konferenz betonte die ecuadorianische Regierung, sie werde den Vertrag mit den USA über deren Basis in Manta bei seinem Auslaufen 2009 nicht mehr verlängern. Die USA verfügen weltweit über 737 Militärstützpunkte - wobei solche Länder wie Irak oder Afghanistan nicht mitzählen - womit die US-Army grösster Grundbesitzer der Welt sein dürfte. Die (spanische) Meldung "RECHAZA ECUADOR PRESENCIA MILITAR ESTADOUNIDENSE EN MANTA" der Alternativnachrichtenagentur Altercom vom 5. März 2007:

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