Mittwoch, 25. Juli 2007

Are Voter Registration Drives Being Shut Down?

"After the wave of successes in 2004 voter registration drives by groups like ACORN, a half-dozen states passed severe laws that scared off voting activists - and now the Senate is weighing in," reports Steven Rosenfeld of AlterNet.

Bipartisan Committee Denounces Illegal Spying Program

US Troops and Iraqi Civilians

House Passes Lee Bill to Ban Permanent Bases in Iraq


House Votes to Ban Permanent Bases in Iraq

The Gavel reports: "Today, the House passed HR 2929, Banning Permanent US Bases in Iraq. This bill states that it is the policy of the United States not to establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing a permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq."

A Heartless "Philosophy"

Bush In Free Fall

Showdown Looming Over Executive Privilege

The Impeachment Imbroglio: Sheehan, Conyers, Pelosi, and Feingold

US 'Ignored' UK Rendition Protest

House Panel Cites Bush Aides for Contempt of Congress


Two Bush Aides to Face Contempt Citations

"Heading toward a separation-of-powers showdown, House Democrats approved contempt-of-Congress citations against two White House aides who have refused to comply with subpoenas for information on the abrupt firings of federal prosecutors," reports Laurie Kellman for the Associated Press.


House Panel Finds Bush Aides In Contempt

Informant: ranger116

Mobilfunkantennen haben keine Auswirkungen auf Elektrosensible?

Wann kommt der Crash?

Laut "Dr. Doom" Marc Faber ist ein weltweiter Börsencrash unvermeidbar. Eine Blase nach der anderen werde platzen. Fragt sich nur: Wann?

Rejected phone mast plan to go ahead after council error

Jul 25 2007

Nev Wilson

AN OUTRAGED army of residents in Woodhatch is fast gaining numbers after a borough council blunder cast an unwanted shadow over their homes.

More than 100 householders living along Prices Lane and the surrounding streets have signed a petition to prevent the building of a phone mast at the end of their road - a battle they thought was long since won.



Incidentally, how many T-Mobile 56-day rule masts have gone up in the
last 9 months?

I have lost count.

The current T-Mobile approach appears to be as follows:-

1. Put in application
2. Pass brown envelope to Council Planning Officer
3. Wait for Planning Committee to reject mast
4. Wait for Officer in step 2 to send rejection letter after 56 days
5. Erect mast soon after

Brilliant! Saves all that delay and cost involved with an appeal.


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

Congress Wants Answers on Tillman Death

Scott Lindlaw reports for the Associated Press: "Congressional investigators told the White House on Tuesday that they intend to question several former Bush administration officials about their knowledge of Pat Tillman's death, escalating their inquiry into the high-profile friendly fire case ... Congressional investigators are interested in what White House staff members knew because Tillman's family and others believe officials at the highest levels of government hid facts to limit public-relations damage."

Service Civilians in Iraq Denied Medical Care

Ann Scott Tyson reports for The Washington Post: "Mike Helms, 31, a civilian counterintelligence expert with the Army's 902nd Military Intelligence Group, had been sent to Iraq in 2004 to help fill a critical intelligence gap in the area known as the Sunni Triangle. While in Iraq, he lived with soldiers and ate military rations, took fire from mortar rounds and small arms, and clocked hundreds of miles manning a machine gun on the back of a Humvee. Nevertheless, his status as an Army civilian would leave him stranded in the aftermath of the June 16, 2004 attack, when the bomb hit his Humvee so hard it blew his M-60 off its turret. In the months that followed, Helms recalled, he was denied vital care for his wounds."

No Exit Strategy

The New York Times writes: "The American people have only one question left about Iraq: What is President Bush's plan for a timely and responsible exit? That is the essential precondition for salvaging broader American interests in the Middle East and for waging a more effective fight against al Qaeda in its base areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan. And it is exactly the question that Mr. Bush, his top generals and his diplomats so stubbornly and damagingly refuse to answer."

On Army Base, a Plea to Give Each Soldier's Death Its Due

"Fort Lewis, Washington - Twenty soldiers deployed to Iraq from this Army base were killed in May, a monthly high. That same month, the base announced a change in how it would honor its dead: instead of units holding services after each death, they would be held collectively once a month. The anger and hurt were immediate," reports William Yardley for The New York Times.

House Probes White House Role in Endangered Species Act

Brad Knickerbocker reports for The Christian Science Monitor: "Two different government entities are investigating decisions by Bush administration officials related to species recovery. In one, the US Interior Department is reviewing the scientific integrity of decisions under the law made by a political appointee, who recently resigned under fire. At the same time, Congress is investigating evidence that Vice President Dick Cheney interfered with decisions involving water in California and Oregon that resulted in the killing of tens of thousands of Klamath River salmon, some of which were listed as 'threatened' species."

Special Prosecutor Weighed for Gonzales

Lara Jakes Jordan reports for the Associated Press, "Angry senators suggested a special prosecutor should investigate misconduct at the Justice Department, accusing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday of deceit on the prosecutor firings and President Bush's eavesdropping program."


Gonzo on the Hill: a Comedic Tragedy

"Forget about the politicization of the Justice Department. Forget about the falling morale there. Forget about the rise in violent crime in some of our biggest cities. Forget about the events leading up to the US attorney scandal and the way he has handled the prosecutor purge since. Forget about the Department's role in allowing warrantless domestic surveillance. Forget about the contorted and contradictory accounts he's offered before in his own defense. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales deserves to be fired for his testimony Tuesday alone," writes Andrew Cohen for The Washington Post.


Senators question Gonzales’ honesty in blistering hearing

Frankfort Times


‘Sorry’ didn’t cut it Tuesday for senators furious with the Justice Department, ignoring Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ repeated apologies and promises to fix the problems. What had seemed to be a congressional inquiry on the wane flared up anew, and with gusto, as senators threatened to call for a special prosecutor in the controversy that has plagued the department for six months...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Report Suggests Laws Broken in Attorney Firings

"House Democrats, preparing for a vote today on contempt citations against President Bush's chief of staff and former counsel, produced a report yesterday that for the first time alleges specific ways that several administration officials may have broken the law during the multiple firings of US attorneys," reports Amy Goldstein for The Washington Post.

Nicht jeder statistische Erfolg ist ein Erfolg in der Realität

25. Juli 2007

Katja Kipping

Zur Halbjahresbilanz zur Umsetzung des Sozialgesetzbuches II erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katja Kipping (MdB):

Laut dem Staatssekretär im Bundesarbeitsministerium, Rudolf Anzinger, ging die Zahl der BezieherInnen von Arbeitslosengeld II im ersten Halbjahr 2007 um zwölf Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahreszeitraum zurück. Er sagt nicht, wie viele Menschen, insbesondere auch junge Menschen, von den abschreckenden und repressiven Maßnahmen der Bundesregierung in den Graubereich jenseits des Leistungsbezuges ausgegrenzt worden sind: durch Sofortangebote von 1 € - Jobs, Sozialdetektive im Privatbereich und den täglichen zermürbenden Kampf mit den Ämtern. Deshalb auch kein Wort von der Bundesregierung zu der hohen Anzahl verdeckt Armer: Nach wissenschaftlichen Schätzungen beziehen ca. 30 Prozent der Berechtigten keine Leistungen nach Hartz IV. Diese Menschen einberechnet würde die Statistik ganz anders aussehen, nämlich entsprechend der Realität. Genauso wenig kann die Erfolgsstory "Job" als eine solche bezeichnet werden. Der Hauptgeschäftsführer des Deutschen Städtetages, Stephan Articus, verwies darauf, dass die Zahl der Erwerbstätigen, die ALG II beantragen, zunehme. Zur Realität gehört eben auch, dass über eine Million Erwerbstätiger ergänzend Hartz IV in Anspruch nehmen müssen, weil sie für einen Hungerlohn arbeiten müssen. Statt mit Statistiken Erfolge zu verbuchen, wäre es angebracht an der Realität orientierte politische Aktivitäten zu entfalten: für einen gesetzlichen Mindestlohn, eine bedarfsorientierte repressionsfreie Grundsicherung und für sinnvolle, Existenz sichernde öffentlich geförderte Arbeit.


Peru city bans GM to protect native potatoes

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Schröder bei Gasprom, Scharping und Rühe bei Cerberus: immer mehr Politiker heuern in der Wirtschaft an,1518,495973,00.html

EADS und MBDA: "Verkappte Parteispenden"

Will Pepsi Move the Mountain?

Thursday Hearing on Secret Orders for Domestic Spying

Congress Must Reassert The Balance of Powers

Congressman John Conyers Betrays the American People

John Conyers Is No Martin Luther King

Takoma Park City Council Strongly Backs Bid to Impeach Bush, Cheney

Rights Groups Dismiss Bush's Rules for Secret Prisons

Petition zum Rücktritt Schäubles im Netzäuble

Objection to mast signalled

A CITY councillor has objected to an application for a mobile phone mast outside Napier University's Craiglockhart campus.

Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart councillor Gordon Buchan lodged his objection with the planning department on the grounds that the development would lead to the narrowing of a pavement.


Riot in the valley of the radio silence - Aufruhr im Tal der Funkstille
Translation with SYSTRAN

Aufruhr im Tal der Funkstille,1518,496209,00.html

Goldman Sachs guru warns of war-debt failure

Subprimes downgraded. Will Moody's downgrade America's debt next? Actually, that's already happening; our credit rating is collapsing with the dollar.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq war has made Australia less safe

Just six percent of those polled said they felt more safe, according to the Newspoll survey for GetUp, a political pressure group that claims nearly 190,000 members.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq war veterans sue US government

HUNDREDS of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have filed a class-action lawsuit against the US government for providing them with deficient medical and financial support.,23599,22125631-401,00.html

From Information Clearing House

US lawmakers unite to demonize Iran

The "threat of Iran" and the need to confront the regime has become a mainstream view in the US legislature, attracting support from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike.

From Information Clearing House

US commanders plan for Iraq occupation through 2009

The draft, developed by Gen. David Petraeus' staff, lays out a series of security-related goals over two years, envisioning U.S. troops in the "war zone" through 2009.

From Information Clearing House

Dick Cheney's Song of America

By David Armstrong

The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. It calls for dominion over friends and enemies alike. It says not that the United States must be more powerful, or most powerful, but that it must be absolutely powerful.

Lets Not Forget: Bush Planned Iraq 'Regime Change' Before Becoming President

By Neil Mackay

A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001.

The President's Real Goal In Iraq

By Jay Bookman

The official story on Iraq has never made sense. The connection that the Bush administration has tried to draw between Iraq and al-Qaida has always seemed contrived and artificial. In fact, it was hard to believe that smart people in the Bush administration would start a major war based on such flimsy evidence. The pieces just didn't fit. Something else had to be going on; something was missing.

Gorleben-Unterlagen "LKW-weise" weggeschafft

Nachricht von Dr. Angelika Schrodt

Office Arrests: The Shame of John Conyers

By Dave Lindorff

If Rosa Parks had lived two years longer, what happened today in the halls of Congress might have killed her. It certainly would have broken her heart.

Church May Erect Cross-Shaped Cell Phone Tower

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Mark G.

Attack of the Mutant Rice

Marc Gunther for Fortune Magazine reports that America's rice farmers didn't want to grow a genetically engineered crop, and asks how it ended up in our food.

Japan's Quake Sends Tremors Across Nuclear Industry

A Japanese earthquake that has forced the closure of the world's biggest nuclear plant has highlighted the energy source's dangers, just when support was growing, reports Barbara Lewis and Peter Dinkloh for Reuters.

Congress Stymied on Global Warming Bills

Frank Davies reports in The San Jose Mercury News that although there is fervor to do something about global warming, the US Senate has yet to take action on key global warming bills.

Senators Hammer Gonzales Over Claims of Pressuring Ashcroft

Dan Eggen and William Branigin report for The Washington Post on Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's appearance today before Senate Judiciary Committee members, where he defended a dramatic nighttime visit to the hospital bed of his predecessor, John D. Ashcroft, in March 2004.

The Police State Takeover Of Schools

Informant: shane_digital

Arbeitnehmer unter Druck

Es ist an der Zeit über andere Formen des Lebensunterhalts nachzudenken

Papier der Arbeitsgruppe Grundeinkommen des Arbeitskreises Arbeitslosigkeit der IG Metall - Verwaltungsstelle Berlin vom April 2007

Die Tendenz, dass die Arbeitnehmer einen immer kleineren Teil des Volkseinkommens für sich in Anspruch nehmen können, ist leider statistisch verbürgt. Seit Mitte der 70er Jahre des vorigen Jahrhunderts ist es der Gesellschaft nicht gelungen, die Arbeitslosigkeit in den Griff zu bekommen. Es ist nicht zu erwarten, dass alle Arbeitsfähigen und Arbeitswilligen einen Erwerbsarbeitsplatz erhalten, von dessen Einkommen sie leben können. Auch wird durch die Steigerung der Arbeitsproduktivität die Tendenz verstärkt, dass in Zukunft immer weniger Arbeitsplätze zur Verfügung stehen werden. Darum ist es an der Zeit, dass in der Gesellschaft über andere Formen des Lebensunterhalts für die Menschen nachgedacht wird.

Dieses Nachdenken wollen wir mit dem Papier wieder anregen und damit an die Diskussion aus dem Projekt "fair teilen"anknüpfen. Es scheint an der Zeit, dass sich auch die Gewerkschaften in die Diskussion einbringen....

Aus: SOGA-NEWSLETTER Nr. 6 - 30. Woche 2007

Conyers Wimps Out

Australia considers increasing its ELF exposure limits and to include new "precautionary measures"

London council wants WiFi curb

The language used by the Health Protection Agency to warn about the unknowns of wireless internet technology is being used by a council to press for a temporary WiFi blackout in schools.

Like the HPA, which is to probe into the technology next year, the committee of Haringey council urged a “precautionary approach” to WiFi, because of its potential risks to children and teachers.



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