Montag, 30. Juli 2007

Midsummer Market Meltdown: Is the End Near?

"When you see people making vast fortunes in this economy, it is usually a good start to ask what the government did to allow for their success. In the case of the fund managers, a substantial chunk of their business comes from pension funds," writes Dean Baker for Truthout.

An Immoral Philosophy

Paul Krugman, writing for The New York Times, argues President Bush, "wants the public to believe that government is always the problem, never the solution. But it's hard to convince people that government is always bad when they see it doing good things. So his philosophy says that the government must be prevented from solving problems, even if it can. In fact, the more good a proposed government program would do, the more fiercely it must be opposed."

Solicitor to Decide on Gonzales Special Prosecutor

"Four Senate Democrats have asked for a special counsel to determine whether Gonzales was truthful when he testified about a warrantless domestic spying program and the dismissals of nine US attorneys," writes Donna Leinwand for USA Today.

Study clears mobile phone masts of ill effects?

Phone mast all set to get green light

by Russell Steele

A CONTROVERSIAL mobile phone mast planned for Greenock Cricket Club should be given the go ahead, say planning chiefs.

T-Mobile is seeking permission from Inverclyde Council to put up the 15-metre high tower — which would be disguised as a ‘replica flagpole’ — beside the club boundary wall in Brisbane Street.

Residents in the area are not bowled over by the plans and have lodged a string of objections in a desperate bid to have the application knocked for six.


Mobile phone mast plan unpopular

By Beverley Peck

A THIRTY metre high mobile phone mast could be put up in Holton le Clay if plans get the go ahead. The application by mobile network Hutchinson 3G has been put forward to East Lindsey District Council and is still in its consultation period which ends on Friday August 7. The mast could be built near children's nursery Busi Bodies in Lancaster Gate, just off the A16. East Lindsey has already received four objections to the mast and many locals and business people have put together a petition against it.


Cindy Sheehan Returns to the Antiwar Movement

Here is an excellent and very recent interview with Cindy Sheehan on YouTube. I agree with everything she says in this interview. Cindy is going to run for congress against Nancy Pelosi. I totally support her doing so.

Frank Dorrel

Here is a short message from Cindy.

This is a pretty comprehensive interview with me.

I look and sound tired, but it is because I stayed in a dive in Jersey City the night before and got up at 5:00 AM to be on Democracy Now! that morning.

I feel very healthy and strong, otherwise. Heading home for a few days r & r with my kids....then will officially announce my candidacy on August 6th in California's 8th.

Then off to the Middle East.




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Cindy Sheehan: "Brought to You by Boeing"

Cindy Sheehan, writing for Truthout, argues the peace and justice movement needs to rage against "the machine that is brought to us by Boeing and The Oil and Natural Gas Council, among thousands of other companies that profit off of war, and our politicians who let the machine tell them how to govern to keep that same machine well oiled, while stealing financial and human resources right out from under the noses of families and communities."

Biomarkers supporting mercury toxicity as the major exacerbator of neurological illness

The Los Angles Times published this article on autism and pesticides. See also Teri Small's interview with Boyd Haley (porphyrin levles/biomarkers) as an attachment. Deficiency in glutathione and heme in autistics prevent metabolizing and excretion of toxins, this is what autistics have in common with people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.


Zahl der Wirbelstürme im Atlantik hat sich seit 1900 verdoppelt

Nach einer Studie von US-Wissenschaftlern ist die Zunahme der schweren Stürme vorwiegend auf die Klimaerwärmung zurückzuführen.

Dianne Feinstein: Close Guantanamo Now

Impeachment as Political Solution to Iraq War

Documents of Courage and Cowardice

US Should Ban Bomblets and Get On The Right Side of History

Time for an Independent Counsel

Global Warming Doubles Number of Hurricanes

Arms Sale Plan Will Haunt US, Critics Say

Violence Masking Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq: Oxfam

Iraq: One in Seven Joins Human Tide Spilling into Neighbouring Countries

Demonstration gegen Schäubles Überwachungsgesetze

Für den 22. September 2007 rufen 20 Organisationen zu einer bundesweiten Demonstration gegen die ausufernden Überwachungsgesetze von Bundesinnenminister Schäuble auf - wie die Vorratsspeicherung des Telekommunikationsverhaltens der Bevölkerung und die Online-Durchsuchung von Computern. Die Demonstration beginnt um 14.30 Uhr am Brandenburger Tor.

Weitere Informationen:

Aus: Campact-News 16/07äubleÜberwachung

Mobilfunkmasten sind nur für die Psyche ungesund?

Fewer See Balance in Court's Decisions

Robert Barnes and Jon Cohen report for the The Washington Post, "... a growing number of Americans say the court has become 'too conservative' in the two years since President Bush began nominating justices, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll."

A Blurry Line Between Propaganda and News

Khody Akhavi reviews Norman Solomon's film "War Made Easy" for Inter Press Service: "'War Made Easy' does not dispute the idea that the press is self-correcting, is willing to investigate its own reporting lapses (as The New York Times did after the Judith Miller WMD scandal), and issue apologies and retractions. But it warns against the ostensible collusion between press and government. In Solomon's view, the US mainstream news media is cast as part and parcel of the Bush administration's war apparatus, an echo chamber that packages, builds support for, and, through the vehicle of 'leaked misinformation,' sells the war to the US public."

Cheney has been given vast authority by Bush

Answering to No One

Walter F. Mondale writes for The Washington Post: "Whatever authority a vice president has is derived from the president under whom he serves. There are no powers inherent in the office; they must be delegated by the president. Somehow, not only has Cheney been given vast authority by President Bush - including, apparently, the entire intelligence portfolio - but he also pursues his own agenda. The real question is why the president allows this to happen."

Senator Feingold: 'Gonzales Lied to Congress'

Hope Yen reports for the Associated Press that Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says Attorney General Alberto Gonzales must clarify contradictions in his testimony about warrantless spying or risk a possible perjury investigation.

Campaigners facing defeat in mast fight

A MOBILE phone mast is set to be erected in Balerno despite scores of protests from local residents and community leaders.

The plans, which are expected to be approved by councillors this week, will see a 20-metre monopole built on Harlaw Road by mobile phone giant 3G.



by Devvy Kidd

Congress is going on vacation - again. It's called their "August Recess." Last year the house was in session about 79 days, but got paid for the full year. I suppose we the people win the longer this body of poltroons for one world government are out of session, but at this time in our history, instead of staying on the job and stopping the destruction of this country, many will head for luxurious digs and big money events while an average of 25 Americans will die at the hands of illegals each.......

Gentechnikbranche fürchtet sich vor "radikalen Gegnern"

Die Getechnik-Branche hat die Einigung der Koalition zur so genannten Grünen Gentechnik kritisiert. Der Vorsitzende des Wirtschaftsverbands der Biotechnologiebranche "Bio Deutschland", Peter Heinrich, sagte der "Berliner Zeitung", problematisch sei vor allem, dass Genmaisfelder im Standortregister weiter aufgelistet werden. "Radikale Gegner zerstören auf Grund dieser Informationen die Felder und das Eigentum innovativer Landwirte und Saatguthersteller und gefährden deren Existenz", sagte Heinrich.

Cell phone masts are harmless?

Phone mast gets green light

By Dale Haslam

MOBILE phone company T-Mobile have been given prior approval to erect a mast outside a Prestwich pub.


Massenverfassungsbeschwerde gegen „Totalprotokollierung der Telekommunikation“ angekündigt

„Der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung meldet heute den Eingang der
5.000sten schriftlichen Vollmacht zur Erhebung einer Verfassungsbeschwerde gegen die von CDU/CSU und SPD geplante Protokollierung der Telefon-, Handy-, E-Mail- und Internetnutzung der gesamten Bevölkerung (sog. „Vorratsdatenspeicherung“). Seit November 2006 ruft der Arbeitskreis zur Beteiligung an der Verfassungsbeschwerde auf…“ Pressemitteilung vom 30.07.2007 mit Links zu wichtigen weiteren Informationen.

Aus: LabourNet, 30. Juli 2007


Deutschland kommt beim Widerstand gegen die Vorratsdatenspeicherung Pilotfunktion zu

Bürgerrechtsgruppen setzen neben einer Demonstration in Berlin auf den Europäischen Gerichtshof und das Bundesverfassungsgericht.


"Freiheit statt Angst"

Aufruf zur Demo in Berlin am Samstag, den 22. September 2007 ab
14.30 Uhr

Sie nennen es Sicherheit. Wir nennen es STASI 2:0

Aufruf zum Mayday-Block auf der Anti-Sicherheitsdemo am 22. 09. ab 14.30 am Pariser Platz (Berlin-Mitte)

No Justice – No Peace! - Weg mit dem §129a/b! Freiheit für alle politischen Gefangenen!

Aufruf des Bündnisses “kein Friede” zum antikapitalistischen Block auf der Demonstration gegen die Vorratsdatenspeicherung am 22.9.2007

Aus: LabourNet, 13. September 2007

Laissez-faire anti-imperialism

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman


These might be the sentiments of a contemporary left-wing intellectual whose notion of America’s traditions, principles, and interests would differ markedly from those held by advocates of the freedom philosophy. But they’re not. They were written 108 years ago by William Graham Sumner (1840-1910), who, if he gets any attention at all, is usually castigated for his evolutionary (Social Darwinist) and laissez-faire views...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

It’s the 1930s all over again

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.


Jittery stock markets, an economy drunk on credit, and politicians calling for varieties of dictatorship: what a sense of deja vu! Let us recall that the world went bonkers for about ten years way back when. The stock market crashed in 1929, thanks to the Federal Reserve, and with it fell the last remnants of the old liberal ideology that government should leave society and economy alone to flourish. After the federal Great Depression hit, there was a general air in the United States and Europe that freedom hadn’t worked...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Understanding the loss of freedom

Liberty For All
by R. Lee Wrights

All Americans, if not all human beings, think they know how to define freedom. And, in all fairness most of them do understand personal freedom as it applies to themselves as individuals. However, when it comes to defining freedom in more general terms so as to allow its application to others most people, in my opinion, are sorely under-educated. Human beings have a very hard time with the concept of allowing others to be as free as they themselves feel they deserve to be... (written 07/02; posted 07/29/07)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The unintended consequences of ethanol quick fix

Christian Science Monitor
by Ray Nothstine


Ronald Reagan once said that the most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ His one-liner immediately comes to mind when looking at the problems behind the federal government’s campaign to boost production of corn-based ethanol with a massive 51-cent-per-gallon subsidy. Ethanol and other biofuels are advertised as one of the main cures for our oil-thirsty economy. But it’s clear that the ethanol boom, with a major assist from Washington, is succeeding in simultaneously raising both fuel and food prices. With more than 20 percent of corn now dedicated to ethanol production, the US Department of Agriculture is projecting a record US corn crop in 2007 — along with record prices. Outside the United States, the unintended consequences of ill-considered policies promoting ethanol and other biofuel crops are already in full view. The poor, of course, are hit hardest...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cheney takes job where Founding Fathers never meant

by LeWright Sikes


Founding Father and Vice President John Adams (1789-97) once quipped that the U.S. vice presidency was ‘the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived.’ Another, John Nance Garner (1933-41), remarked that it ‘wasn’t worth a pitcher of warm spit.’ Thus, until the mid-20th century, this relatively insignificant office has repeatedly been the butt of bad jokes and politically obscure occupants. Certainly, the framers of the Constitution did not intend for it to be a politically significant office. The vice president has only two constitutional duties. The most important is to assume the presidency if its occupant dies, resigns or, more recently, is unable to serve, under the terms of the 25th Amendment. The other is to preside over the Senate and vote in cases where there is a tie...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Rove’s diagnosis

Human Events
by Robert Novak


Karl Rove, President Bush’s political lieutenant, told a closed-door meeting of 2008 Republican House candidates and their aides Tuesday that it was less the war in Iraq than corruption in Congress that caused their party’s defeat in the 2006 elections. Rove’s clear advice to the candidates is to distance themselves from the culture of Washington. Specifically, Republican candidates are urged to make clear they have no connection with disgraced congressmen such as Duke Cunningham and Mark Foley. In effect, Rove was rebutting the complaint inside the party that George W. Bush is responsible for Republican miseries by invading Iraq...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Did Gonzales lie to the Senate?

Mother Jones
by Brian Beutler


At a House hearing Thursday, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller provided information that added to a growing body of evidence that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales may have perjured himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Cheney affair

The Price of Liberty
by Ted Lang


Now that mainstream media bias is an established fact and recognized as such by the mainstream reading and viewing public, the revelation of Vice President Dick Cheney’s total unilateral control over all levels and branches of American government has not only raised eyebrows and concerns of dictatorship, but for those politically astute, begs the question as to why the Washington Post would be the journalistic vehicle to publish the four-part June 24 through June 27 series exposing this reality...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The gov’t is bad, but what can we do?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

When is an accidental civilian death not an accident?

by Mark Benjamin


The magic number was 30,’ said Marc Garlasco, who was the Pentagon’s chief of high-value targeting at the start of the war. ‘That means that if you hit 30 as the anticipated number of civilians killed, the airstrike had to go to Rumsfeld or Bush personally to sign off.’ If the expected number of civilian deaths was less than 30, however, neither the president nor the secretary of defense needed to know. Four years later, the U.S. military still has rules in place that permit the killing of civilians in airstrikes. In fact, the number of anticipated civilian deaths is carefully appraised beforehand in a calculation known as the collateral damage estimate, which is then reviewed by commanders and military attorneys who must decide if the benefits of the strike outweigh the cost in innocent civilian lives. The military’s goal is to reconcile precision-bombing technology with the web of international treaties, including the Geneva Conventions, designed to protect civilians during wartime under a legal rubric called the Law of Armed Conflict. But what these rules mean is that killing civilians is legal — as long as the deaths are the result of a strike at a legitimate military target. And it also means that some unknown percentage of civilian deaths from airstrikes in Iraq and Afghanistan are not accidents... [editor’s note: I’ll be interested in seeing whether or not there’s a paper trail of those authorizations — shades of the evidence presented at Saddam’s trial for ordering similar murders of civilians! - TLK]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The non withdrawal withdrawal

Consortium News
by Norman Solomon


Converging powerful forces in Washington — eager to at least superficially bridge the gap between grassroots and elite priorities — are likely to come up with a game plan for withdrawing from Iraq without withdrawing from Iraq.Scratch the surface of current media scenarios for a U.S. pullout from Iraq, and you’re left with little more than speculation — fueled by giant dollops of political manipulation. In fact, strategic leaks and un-attributed claims about U.S. plans for withdrawal have emerged periodically to release some steam from domestic antiwar pressures...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Most vote machines lose test to hackers

San Francisco Chronicle


State-sanctioned teams of computer hackers were able to break through the security of virtually every model of California’s voting machines and change results or take control of some of the systems’ electronic functions, according to a University of California study released Friday. The researchers ‘were able to bypass physical and software security in every machine they tested,’ said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who authorized the ‘top to bottom review’ of every voting system certified by the state. Neither Bowen nor the investigators were willing to say exactly how vulnerable California elections are to computer hackers, especially because the team of computer experts from the UC system had top-of-the-line security information plus more time and better access to the voting machines than would-be vote thieves likely would have...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Probe Reveals Hanky Panky With Electronic Voting Machines

by NWV News

"The only way we the people will know if we have fair and impartial elections is paper ballots, hand counted inside the precicnts before they are transported to the county clerk. Anything else will be a continuing illusion and a tragedy for this nation. Do Americans want fast-food style elections or honest ones? High-tech can be good, but we cannot allow it to steal the ballot box in favor of speed"......

More in GOP want Iraq military limits

Fremont Tribune


Republicans increasingly are backing a new approach in the Iraq war that could become the party’s mantra come September. It would mean narrowly limited missions for U.S. troops in Iraq but let President Bush decide when troops should leave. So far, the idea has not attracted the attention of Democratic leaders. They are under substantial pressure by anti-war groups to consider only legislation that orders troops from Iraq...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Truck bomber turns against jihad in Iraq



The last time Ahmed al-Shayea was in the news, he was in the hospital at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, being treated for severe burns from the truck bomb he had driven into the Iraqi capital on Christmas Day, 2004. Today, he says, he has changed his mind about waging jihad, or holy war, and wants other young Muslims to know it...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Troops shot Iraqi many times

USA Today


A soldier charged with premeditated murder in the death of an Iraqi shot the man several times with a rifle before ordering a subordinate to do the same, according to an Army document filed in the case. Sgt. 1st Class Trey A. Corrales of San Antonio and Spc. Christopher P. Shore of Winder, Ga., are charged with one count of murder in the death, which the U.S. military has said happened June 23 near Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Phone masts not the cause of short-term ill health?

Villagers lose fight to block mobile phone mast

By Duncan Eaton

WEST Enders have lost their fight to pull the plug on plans to put a mobile phone mast opposite the village's parish church and community centre.

Mobile phone giant T-Mobile has been given permission to put a slimline mast at the junction of High Street and St James Road.


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