Freitag, 6. April 2007

We vote, things get worse

No Force, No Fraud
by Bob Smith


As was true over much of the nation last autumn, dissatisfied Minnesota voters tossed out Republicans. Unfortunately, that was a step out of the frying pan into the fire. Voters didn’t like what they were getting, but it hasn’t taken long for them to discover that what they got in exchange is no better, perhaps worse. Nothing about the war has changed, and government spending is going even higher. … Election after election, the voters turn out one party in favor of their only other choice, only to have to do it again next election. The Democratic and Republican parties have locked this nation into a two-party system to the point that neither of them feels responsible to the voters...

We vote, things get worse

Conference approves climate change report

Chicago Sun-Times


An international global warming conference approved a report Friday warning of dire threats to the Earth and to mankind — from increased hunger to the extinction of species — unless the world adapts to climate change and halts its progress. Agreement came after an all-night session during which key sections were deleted from the draft and scientists angrily confronted government negotiators who they feared were watering down their findings. … It is the second of four reports from the IPCC this year; the first report in February laid out the scientific case for how global warming is happening. This second report is the ’so what’ report, explaining what the effects of global warming will be...,warm040607.article

From Information Clearing House

The World's Water

Leonardo DiCaprio probes the water crisis and reminds us that "access to clean water is a basic human right."


Bush's choices for recess appointments show a particularly noxious disregard for the voters and democracy


Inspector hears mast argument

By Saiqa Chaudhari

A GOVERNMENT planning inspector is to rule whether a 47ft mobile phone mast in Crompton Way poses a risk to pedestrians and vehicles and should be pulled down.

Telecommunication giant T-Mobile erected the mast on the footpath next to the Shell petrol station and in front of Tonge Cricket Club last year.

The mast is designed to provide coverage to Crompton, Bradshaw, Hall i' th' Wood and areas around Tonge Moor.

A mix-up in dates by the Bolton Council led to T-Mobile believing it had been granted permission to install the equipment.

But the council refused to give retrospective permission and ordered the company to pull down the mast as well as remove three equipment cabinets, claiming they were a potential hazard.

T-Mobile appealed the decision and yesterday, a day-long hearing was held in front of government inspector Paul Taylor, who heard arguments from the council and T-Mobile.

Graeme Mitchell, Bolton's group planning officer, said: "The mast obstructs the view of people crossing the road at that point, and the vehicles would not get a good view of them."

Council officers said the risk would be heightened as m ore people visited the cricket club and would try to cross the road to the pub and supermarket.

The council also argued the equipment narrowed the path and prevented pedestrians passing each other safely.

Ian Calderbank, principal engineer for Bolton's highways department, said: "A person pushing a buggie would find it difficult to pass if there was another pedestrian. It is likely it would cause one of the pedestrians to step in the carriageway to pass."

The concerns were dismissed by by T-Mobile and James Bevis, representing the company, said: "Pedestrians would stand close to the kerb and the mast would not obstruct the view.

"The road is wide and vehicles would not be close to the kerb as they drove by. Pedestrians could walk down to the crossing on the road."

He also pointed to other street furniture on the highway which also obstruct views, such as trees.

Fellow representative for the company, Robert Linnell added: "No-one would launch themselves in the road without first looking around."

Mr Bevis added: "The width provided between the mast and the cabinet was adequate to allow people to pass each other.

"The footpath is lightly used. There is ample visibility for pedestrians to see if someone is approaching in a wheelchair, so they can slow down and let them pass."

He also said the cricket club would not attract huge crowds like the famous ground The Oval.

A decision on the mast is expected in three weeks.

© Copyright 2001-2007 Newsquest Media Group

US forces in Iraq vastly understated

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Steinbrück vernachlässigt seine Amtspflichten auf der internationalen Bühne und düpiert damit auch die Kanzlerin,1518,476052,00.html

Arctic sea ice is shrinking in 'downward spiral'

Informant: NHNE

FCC wants more accuracy in cell phone locating

Informant: ranger116

An Idea that just won't Die: Bush/Cheney plan for a THIRD TERM

Reversing the 22nd Amendment of two term limit.

Informant: ranger116

Justice Department In New Fight Over Papers on Firings

The Justice Department is refusing to release hundreds of pages of additional documents related to the firings of eight US attorneys, setting up a fresh clash with Capitol Hill in a controversy that continues to threaten Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's hold on his position.

Curious Coincidences Over Fate of Iranians Kidnapped in Iraq

Tehran's liberation on Wednesday, April 4, of fifteen British sailors has "nothing to do" with the liberation twenty-four hours earlier of an Iranian diplomat who mysteriously disappeared two months ago in Iraq. Neither does it have anything to do with the announcement a few hours later in Tehran that five other Iranian "diplomats," captured by the American Army January 11 in Iraq, will receive a visit by an adviser from their Iraq embassy.

Few Americans Trust Military or Media for Information on Iraq


Most Americans have little or no confidence in the information they receive from the military or the media about the situation in Iraq, according to a poll released Thursday.

What If Iran Had Invaded Mexico?

Chomsky weighs in on the continued escalation in the Middle East: "Unsurprisingly, George W. Bush's announcement of a 'surge' in Iraq came despite the firm opposition to any such move of Americans and the even stronger opposition of the (thoroughly irrelevant) Iraqis. It was accompanied by ominous official leaks and statements about how Iranian intervention in Iraq was aimed at disrupting our mission to gain victory, an aim which is (by definition) noble."

Pentagon Office Created Phony Intel on Iraq/al-Qaeda Link

Newly released documents confirm that a Pentagon unit knowingly cooked up intelligence claiming a direct link between Iraq and al-Qaeda in order to win support for a preemptive strike against the country.

The devastated health of the Iraqi population

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Emissions Already Affecting Climate, Report Finds

Informant: NHNE

Global Warming a Threat to Earth

Informant: binstock

Millions of Families Face Losing Their Homes to Foreclosure

Subprime loans have led to one million American families losing their homes in the past decade, a new study by the Center for Responsible Lending has found. As interest rates have climbed and the housing market has slumped, delinquent loans have soared, and home repossessions have grown.

Probe Targets Another Bush Official

The Office of Special Counsel has launched an investigation into General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan, probing concerns she may have violated a ban against conducting partisan political activity at government expense by participating in a meeting featuring a presentation by a White House political aide on GOP election strategy. This meeting may be part of a larger pattern and practice of violating the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act prohibits government resources - including employees' time or space in a government building - from being used for partisan politics.

US Said to Call Up 12,000 Guard Soldiers for Iraq

The Pentagon will call up 12,000 National Guard soldiers for service in Iraq to fill gaps in the overworked army. The National Guard is a volunteer militia, but they will receive an involuntary call-up to report for duty in Iraq.

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Civilian Court Sides With "Conscientious Objector"

University of California Santa Cruz student Robert Zabala joined the Marine Corps thinking it would be a "place where he could find security" after the death of his grandmother in 2003. But when he began boot camp in June
2003, Zabala said he had an ethical awakening that would not allow him to kill other people. He was particularly appalled by the boot camp's attempts to desensitize the recruits to violence. Zabala sued and on Mar. 29, a federal judge in Northern California overruled the military justice system, ordering the Marine Corps to discharge Zabala as a conscientious objector within 15 days.

Profitabel: wie die Industrie an Gesetzen mitstrickt

Rosie O'Donnell: UK Sailors Hostage & Iran Gov

War Is Not A Game

Foxford fights 30-metre phone mast

by Fiona McGarry

More than 50 residents of Foxford are fighting a bid by a mobile phone company to build a 30-metre mast in the Clossaghroe area.

This is the second attempt by O2 to erect the mast. The first application, made in November, was ruled invalid because planners found the site notice was “very high up on a telephone pole” and not readable from the public road. Planners also told the company the mast seemed to go against the County Development Plan.

As with O2’s initial application, its second approach to planners has generated huge local resistance. Fifty-two people calling themselves “the residents of Clossaghroe and the surrounding townlands” have lodged another detailed objection against the mast.

The letter, which is signed by John Sheridan and 52 others, objects to the mast, saying it would be “visually obtrusive in every way in a beautiful rural setting and not fitting with the surrounding area in any way”. The objection also notes that there several homes and young families in the area, and points out that Department of the Environment guidelines advise against masts within 500 metres of residences.

The presence of a number of other telecommunications masts in the same area outside Foxford is also noted by objectors, who ask which will be the next company seeking to erect a mast in their area. “It is appalling to have to accept such decisions against our will, when there are many local families having planning permission difficulties in this area,” the objectors have told planners.

Objectors have also drawn attention to a letter sent by Mayo County Council to O2 on foot of its first application for the 30-metre mast. While planners advised the company that their application seemed to contravene the County Development Plan, and said that a revised plan should be submitted; objectors claim the current project is identical to the first one.

Additional concerns relate to the proximity of the mast site to the scenic Foxford Way, a popular walking trail that passes through Clossaghroe. “We ask you what kind of message would be given to the visiting tourists that use this walk. If they approach Clossaghroe, they are to be faced with the sight of a fenced compound and a 30-metre tower in a beautiful scenic area. The message would not be a positive one. Especially at a time when the Government is investing approximately €20 million in attracting hill-walkers to this country,” the objection says.

The deadline for public submissions on the mast has now closed and planners are expected to make a decision or seek further information on the project by April 15.

© Mayo Advertiser Ltd,2007

Help Us Protect America's First National Park

Snowmobile use of Yellowstone National Park would nearly triple under the latest Bush Administration proposal for winter use of the park.

Despite repeated and conclusive studies that show that even lower numbers of snowmobiles add to air and noise pollution and disturb wildlife in the park, the administration is proposing to triple those impacts.

We can stop this nonsensical proposal.

Click here to take action:

What's Happening to the Bees?

Beekeeper James Doan first began finding empty hives last fall. Entire bee colonies seemed to have up and vanished, leaving their honey behind. Noting the unusually wet fall in Hamlin, New York, he blamed the weather. Unable to forage in the rain, the bees probably starved, he reasoned. But when deserted hives began appearing daily, "we knew it was something different," he says.


Threat to agriculture as mystery killer wipes out honeybee hives,,2054914,00.html

Informant: binstock


Keepers fear mystery bee illness

From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

An Arid West No Longer Waits for Rain

A Western drought that began in 1999 has continued after the respite of a couple of wet years that now feel like a cruel tease. But this time people in the driest states are not just scanning the skies and hoping for rescue. Preparing for worst-case outcomes, the seven states that draw water from the Colorado River - Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico in the upper basin and California, Arizona and Nevada in the lower basin - and the United States Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the river, are considering plans that lay out what to do if the river cannot meet the demand for water. Some experts predict that prospect will occur in about five years.

The Peak Oil Crisis: GAO Report

"The real dilemma of coping [with] peak oil, for a while at least, is really quite simple," says Tom Whipple. "If the government should lay out the full ramifications of peaking in hopes of rallying the people to make preparations, the most immediate consequence is likely to be serious economic setback triggered by an unambiguous announcement itself. The alternative is to remain silent."

Losing the War for Hearts and Minds in the Middle East

"There is a book, you know, how to lose your marriage in 30 days?" Emad Eldin Adib, an Egyptian media tycoon tells NOW. "The Bush administration should write a book: how to lose your allies in the Middle East in 30 months."

Pope Says Rich Nations "Plundered" Third World

Rich countries bent on power and profit have mercilessly "plundered and sacked" Africa and other poor regions and exported to them the "cynicism of a world without God," Pope Benedict writes in his first book. The Pope also condemns drug trafficking and sexual tourism, saying they are signs of a world brimming with "people who are empty" yet living among abundant material goods.

Procès de SFR contre Annie Lobé: "Les gens meurent sous les antennes"

17ème Chambre du Tribunal Correctionnel de Paris: Procès de SFR contre Annie Lobé (Jurisprudence): "Les gens meurent sous les antennes"

U.S. could strike Iran but not win: Russian general

Informant: ranger116

How Food Became a Casualty of Biotechnology's Promise

Bush Plays Superhero in Iraq

Memo To Our Media: How To Cover The Debt Crisis


Debtor Nation

by Danny Schechter,

The media has consistently ignored the enormity of America's personal debt burden.

Bushies Remember They Can't Recall

The Real Crime in The David Hicks Case

Lessons in Capture, Release of Britons

Canadian Seal Hunt Opens Again Amidst Outcry

Get Ready for Debate About Who Lost Iraq

US workers saddled by houses that won't sell

Soft real estate markets hurt worker mobility as relocation gets more costly - financially and emotionally.

From Information Clearing House

Chertoff: next 9/11 could be launched by Europeans

Mr. Chertoff insisted that America required additional information, including e-mail addresses and credit card details, to vet European passengers.

The 9/11 Mystery Plane

On September 11 2001, as the eyes of the nation were focused on the gruesome events at the World Trade Center, the networks interrupted their coverage in New York with a breaking story from Washington. A large plane had just been sighted over the White House.

From Information Clearing House


Air Force Fighter Pilot and Instructor Comes Out for 9/11 Truth

Another AF Officer Blasts Government 911 Coverup

O'Donnell Pledges Allegiance To 9/11 Truth

Informant: ranger116

Ron Paul: disband the CIA will reduce terrorism

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul on 'Real Time' with Bill Maher


From Information Clearing House

Bush Bypasses Congress to Install New Head of Regulatory Office

Bush renominated Dudley on Jan. 9, but with Democrats in control in the 110th Congress, the nomination was virtually certain to fail in the Senate.

From Information Clearing House

Aipac Spy Case Prosecutor Caught Up in Justice Department Scandal

The escalating controversy over the Bush administration's dismissal of eight federal prosecutors has ensnared the high-ranking Justice Department official who brought charges against two pro-Israel advocates for allegedly leaking classified information.

From Information Clearing House

Rice trying to dodge hearing on Iraq-Niger documents

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appears to be seeking to avoid testifying before a committee hearing concerning the intelligence used to justify the Iraq War and other matters, according to a report in today's Washington Post.

From Information Clearing House

Australia: our own laws condemn Hicks' trial

The Howard Government has been prepared to break Australian laws in order to further its objects, secure in the knowledge that while it retains power, it is immune from the operation of the law.

Hicks gag meaningless, says Ruddock

A PLEA deal condition that prevents David Hicks speaking to the media for 12 months would not be enforceable in Australia, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said.

From Information Clearing House

UN warns of Darfur 'catastrophe'

Holmes said it was time for politicians and concerned leaders to stop playing "protracted games with each other, with little or no thought to the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens, whom the international community meanwhile keeps alive".

From Information Clearing House


UN Should Protect Against Genocide: Large Numbers Open to Intervention in Darfur

Kuwaiti media: U.S. to attack Iran by end of April

The United States is planning to attack Iran's nuclear reactors and other nuclear facilities by the end of this month, Kuwait-based daily Arab Times reported Wednesday.

Iran ready to defend itself from possible U.S. attack - speaker

The last few days have seen reports in Russian and foreign media that the U.S. has scheduled an operation, codenamed Bite, against Iran for 4:00 a.m. local time April 6. The operation, should it materialize, would deliver air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities over a 12-hour period.

Russia says no grounds for US military strike on Iran

Russian-American consultations do not "create an impression that Washington is planning to attack Iran tomorrow," Ria Novosti quoted deputy foreign minister Alexander Losyukov as saying.

Russia deems Iran's defense system strong enough to resist U.S. attack

Iran has a strong air defense potential to resist possible U.S. air strikes, a senior Russian military official told a news conference on Thursday.

From Information Clearing House

'We Gathered Intelligence'

Sky News went on patrol with Captain Chris Air and his team in Iraqi waters close to the area where they were arrested - just five days before the crisis began. We withheld the interview until now so it would not jeopardise their safety.,,70131-1259413,00.html

US secretary of defense says Iranian "detainees" will not be released

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that the United States was not planning to release the five Iranians arrested in January in a raid on the Iranian consulate's office in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil.,7340,L-3385173,00.html

The US can learn from this example of mutual respect

The outcome of the crisis between Iran and Britain provides a lesson on how to deal with the wider international standoff.,,2050168,00.html

From Information Clearing House

25% of UK Iraq aid budget goes to security firms

The UK has spent £165m on hiring private security companies in Iraq in the past four years - the equivalent to around a quarter of the entire Iraq aid budget, it has emerged. A further £43m has been spent on private guards in Afghanistan since 2004.,,2048009,00.html

From Information Clearing House

From Economic Apartheid to Political Revolution

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Americans have always accepted a certain level of economic inequality as the inevitable consequence of an open capitalist society where some people through their own efforts do better than others. The presumption is that there is fairness in the marketplace and economic system. What a quaint, outdated belief.

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967

"A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.- - I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

Audio and transcript


Time to break the silence

The Nation
by Katrina vanden Heuvel


Since 1865, when it was founded by Northern abolitionists, The Nation has always believed in the liberating power of truth, of conviction, of conscience, and of fighting for causes lost and found. And like our founders, the magazine has an abiding belief that there is no force so potent in politics as a moral issue. One of the great moral figures of our country’s history, Martin Luther King Jr. was a correspondent for The Nation — traveling the South in the early 1960s and filing annual dispatches for the magazine on the state of civil rights. In 1967, Dr. King traveled to Los Angeles … to give the speech that would align the armies of the Civil Rights Movement with the rapidly expanding national protest against the Vietnam War. It was at this gathering, before an overflow crowd at the Beverly Hills Hilton on February 25, that Dr. King first came out, courageously, eloquently and unequivocally , against the war. Two months later, on April 4th, King delivered his famous antiwar sermon at Riverside Church in New York City...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

A Year to the day before his assassination, King gave this speech at the Riverside Church in New York.

Jackson recalls Martin Luther King's last moments

Jesse Jackson and Billy Kyle on Martin Luther King Jr. and the moment he was shot.


Forty Years Later, Still Far From the Mountaintop

Isaiah J. Poole writes for The Campaign for America's Future: "This is the Dr. King that the nation tends not to commemorate when we honor his birthday in January, the man who 40 years ago this week was at the side of workers fighting for fair wages and preparing to take his case for economic justice to Washington. Since that battle, his message has too often been scrubbed clean of anything that would hold the nation accountable for making racial equality an economic fact of life."'s+Future

Senator Feinstein's War Profiteering

Democratic Blood Money

By Joshua Frank

Here's a brief rundown of the Feinstein family's blatant war profiteering.

Questions Linger About Bush, Bin Laden And BCCI

Analysis by Lucy Komisar

The link between Hussein and Bin Laden was their banker, BCCI. But the link went beyond the dictator and the jihadist -- it passed through Saudi Arabia and stretched all the way to George W. Bush and his father.


Questions Linger About Bushes and BCCI Bank


Ties Between the Bush Family and Osama bin Laden

Investigations link the Bush family and Osama bin Laden. When the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) scandal began to break in the late 1980s, the Bush Sr. administration did what it could to sit on it. But evidence about BCCI's broader links exist in numerous US and international investigations. Inter Press Service suggests that Congress take another look at the BCCI-Osama-Saddam-Saudi-Bush connection.


The evidence is there

by Lucy Komisar


Now that the U.S. Congress is investigating the truth of President George W. Bush’s statements about the Iraq war, they might look into one of his most startling assertions: that there was a link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Critics dismissed that as an invention. They were wrong. There was a link, but not the one Bush was selling. The link between Hussein and Bin Laden was their banker, BCCI. But the link went beyond the dictator and the jihadist — it passed through Saudi Arabia and stretched all the way to George W. Bush and his father...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The National Park Service knows snowmobiles are wrong for Yellowstone, so why are they working so hard to let more in?

Informant: smileycoyote

Federal court bans Monsanto's genetically engineered alfalfa

Informant: smileycoyote


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