Freitag, 3. August 2007

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Gas Pipeline Through the Amazon Flounders


Rainforest Portal and Climate Ark projects of Ecological Internet, Inc. -- Rainforest Portal -- Climate Ark Climate Change Portal

August 3, 2007

by Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet

It is reported that plans to build a massive South American natural gas pipeline through the Amazon rainforest from the Caribbean to Brazil have "cooled off". This was the most atrocious of many inappropriate industrial developments planned for the Amazon which Ecological Internet has publicized and protested against for several years. No rainforest is ever protected indefinitely, as badly conceived projects tend to linger on for a long time. Yet given a one and a half year delay and signs that momentum for the project has been stymied, Ecological Internet is ready to declare this campaign a victory!

Congratulations to all those that participated, the Amazon rainforest is safer given your efforts. Ecological Internet's Earth Action Network first brought concerns over the pipeline to a global stage in February of 2006, issuing several alerts, to which 8,792 participants sent 75,765 protest emails over nearly a year. As the international profile of the twisted project grew, so did local protests on environmental and economic grounds. As is our intent, our efforts inspired grassroots global Earth activism.

It is vital for the Earth's and humanity's future to protect as global ecological reserves all remaining large contiguous and mostly intact natural ecosystems from industrial development of any type. To ensure continued sustainability of global biosphere functions, rich societies must pay for avoided deforestation and diminishment of ancient rainforests/forests, and encourage small-scale eco-forestry sustainable development activities by local peoples as the only acceptable ancient ecosystem use. Otherwise the Earth and her humanity will die a horrific death. g.b.

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Gönner fordert bundesweites Verbot von Klärschlamm als Dünger

Die baden-württembergische Umweltministerin Tanja Gönner (CDU) fordert ein bundesweites Verbot der Düngung von Feldern mit Klärschlamm. Gönner appellierte am 3. August in Stuttgart an den Bund, im Zuge der Novellierung der Klärschlammverordnung schnellstmöglich den Ausstieg aus der landwirtschaftlichen Nutzung von Klärschlamm einzuleiten. Sie begründete ihren Vorstoß mit aktuellen Untersuchungsergebnissen zur Belastung von Klärschlamm mit der als krebserregend geltenden Industriechemikalie PFT.

Wall Street's Lucrative Tax Break Is Under Fire

Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Lori Montgomery, writing for The Washington Post, report that Congressional lawmakers have plans to tackle a controversial tax break known as the Carry, which allows fund managers' profits to be taxed as capital gains. Paul Krugman writes for The New York Times, "If being a Democrat means anything, it means opposing this kind of exorbitant privilege."

DNC Announces Unprecedented Election Protection Project

PRNewswire reports, "Democrats to conduct nationwide survey of administration of elections as part of an ongoing commitment to protecting the rights of every American."

House Votes to Ensure Leave for Forces in Iraq

Carl Hulse of The New York Times reports, "The House voted on Thursday to limit how quickly American troops can be sent back to Iraq after serving a rotation there, in the Democrats' latest challenge to Bush administration war policy."

Bush's Secret Spying on Americans

Robert Parry writes for Consortium News, "The dispute over whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales committed perjury when he parsed words about George W. Bush's warrantless surveillance program misses a larger point: the extraordinary secrecy surrounding these spying operations is not aimed at al-Qaeda, but at the American people."

Video, Report Details Evangelism at Highest Levels of US Military

Truthout's Jason Leopold reports, "A report released publicly on Thursday by the Defense Department's (DOD) inspector general has found high-ranking Army and Air Force personnel violated long-standing military regulations when they participated in a promotional video for an evangelical Christian organization while in uniform and on active duty."

"Dass das Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichts in dieser Weise ignoriert wird, ist bedenklich"

Interview mit Thomas Dreesen vom Deutschen Fachjournalisten-Verband zu den Ermittlungen gegen Journalisten in der BND-Affäre.


Diskussionen über Ermittlungen gegen Journalisten

Der Vorsitzende des BND-Untersuchungsausschusses, Siegfried Kauder (CDU), hat die Ermittlungen gegen Journalisten wegen des Verdachts der Beihilfe zum Geheimnisverrat aus Unterlagen des Gremiums erneut begründet. Er habe zwischenzeitlich aus den Medien mehr über die nicht-öffentlichen Unterlagen des Ausschusses erfahren als in den Sitzungen des Gremiums selbst, sagte Kauder am 3. August im Deutschlandfunk. Er habe deswegen Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert (CDU) gebeten, entsprechend Strafanzeige zu erstatten. Von anderen Politikern wurden die Ermittlungen teilweise scharf kritisiert. Der Deutsche Journalisten-Verband sprach von einem "umfassenden Angriff auf die Pressefreiheit".

Erste Kampfroboter im Irak im Einsatz

Noch sollen sie nur zur Aufklärung verwendet worden sein.

Strip mining's legacy haunting Appalachia

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Edwards Assails Rivals Over News Corp.

John Edwards criticized Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday for taking more than $20,000 in donations from News Corp. (NWS) officials, arguing that the company's Fox News Channel has a right-wing bias and Democrats should avoid the company.

Move to Amend FISA Sparked by Judge's Ruling

Carol D. Leonnig and Ellen Nakashima report for The Washington Post: "A federal intelligence court judge earlier this year secretly declared a key element of the Bush administration's wiretapping efforts illegal, according to a lawmaker and government sources, providing a previously unstated rationale for fevered efforts by Congressional lawmakers this week to expand the president's spying powers."

Gonzales Issue Snarls Surveillance Law

The Associated Press writes, "Congress struggled Thursday over giving the government more power to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists, bogged down by concerns about the man who would oversee the plan - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales."

Law or Lawlesness

Truthout's Executive Director Marc Ash writes: "Mounting a serious legal challenge to the executive branch is a daunting task for Congress under any circumstances. However, as the breadth and scope of this White House's transgressions are totally unprecedented, so too is the challenge Congress faces. Never in its history has America been confronted with an executive branch so determined to break every law designed to regulate its conduct."


10:00 - 03 August 2007

Another phone mast could be built in a local village.

T Mobile has applied to erect a 12m mobile phone mast in New Waltham, outside the Harvest Moon pub on Station Road.


Waxman Reveals New Evidence Showing White House Use Of Political E-mail Accounts

Informant: Cal

Senate to Hold Hearing on Security of Voting Machines

Iran and Beyond: Total War is Still on the Horizon

Informant: Alan Dicey

The Threat of U.S. Fascism: A Historical Precedent

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The negative power of Presidential wishful thinking

Cleveland Plain Dealer

by Elizabeth Sullivan


Rand Beers’ final White House assignment after working for four presidents was to fig ure out whether attacking Iraq would leave the back door open to another al-Qaida strike on the homeland.“But as we worked through that problem,” said Beers, then a counterterrorism adviser to President Bush, “it became clear to me that by the form of our entry into Iraq we were also diminishing our ability to operate more broadly in the world.”By early 2003, the coalition of the willing already had become much less willing. Any “huge diminution of support from that outpouring we had after 9/11? tied to an Iraq attack would severely compromise the fight against al-Qaida, Beers said in an interview Friday before a speech to the City Club of Cleveland. So Beers quit...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Inconvenient rights are still rights

Liberty For All
by Phillies campaign staff


In an executive order dated July 17, President Bush provided for the seizure and blockage of property belonging to any person or entity whom the Secretary of the Treasury determines to have committed or ‘pose a significant risk of committing’ an act of violence with the goal of ‘undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people’ or to have aided or funded such persons directly or indirectly. Critics of this executive order have pointed out the lack of due process...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Rove a no-show at hearing



The top aide to White House political adviser Karl Rove refused to answer at least a dozen questions from a Senate committee Thursday about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year, asserting — as expected — a claim of executive privilege by President Bush. Scott Jennings, who also is a special assistant to Bush, arrived at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with his attorney, Mark Paoletta, to avoid a contempt citation...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Congressman Larry McDonald Exposed the New World Order Tyranny

Informant: Cal

Bush's Budget Bluster

by Matt Lewis and Adam Hughes,

The president has chosen confrontation and obfuscation during budget talks with Congress.

Challenging The Right's Obstruction Strategy

by Robert Borosage

A strategy for exposing those in Congress who would rather tear down the temple than allow the majority to change it for the better.

Does Your Representative Support Impeachment?

Hartz IV für Lehramtsanwärter/innen

Tell Congress: Protect Our Sharks!

The Double Standard on Trading Contaminated Chinese and US Consumer Products

Dr. Samuel S. Epstein and Ronnie Cummins write for the Environmental News Network about the contradiction of the US in overlooking its own dangerous consumer product exports. Epstein and Cummins write, "US personal care and cosmetic products contain a wide range of avoidable toxic ingredients, notably multiple carcinogens, hormones and allergens, which remain unregulated by the FDA."

US Steelworkers Tell Congress: Support Iraqi Oil Workers

Ben Lando for United Press International reports that "the main US union representing oil workers has called on Congress to stop pressing Iraq to pass its oil law and support the rights of oil workers."

China Blames Climate Change for Extreme Weather

Ben Blanchard reports for Reuters that China has called global warming the cause of recent flooding that has killed more than 700 people. China has been told that extreme weather patterns will only increase.

Frankenforests: GE Trees Threaten Ecosystem Collapse

Dara Colwell reports for that China is combatting deforestation by planting genetically engineered poplar trees, in what have been called "frankenforests." Colwell writes, "Pushed forward by biotech and the multibillion-dollar timber industry, genetically engineered trees are the latest invention."

Economic Inequality

As Wall Street continues to fuel wealth in America, Bill Moyers Journal examines what growing economic inequality means for the middle class and working families.

Bush Invokes Broad Privilege to Block Rove Testimony

Greg Gordon for McClatchy Newspapers reports on Bush's decision to order White House adviser Karl Rove not to testify in the seven-month-old Congressional investigation into the firings of nine US attorneys. Gordon reports this huge roadblock to the investigation moves the confrontation between Congress and the White House closer to a constitutional showdown in the courts.

Judiciary Presses Bush Aide on Firings

Laurie Kellman for The Associated Press reports on the Senate Judiciary Committee's interview with a currently serving aide to President Bush about the firings of federal prosecutors. The session with White House political aide J. Scott Jennings, reports Kellman, yielded little.

Englische Regierung bereitet Rückzug aus Irak vor

Massive ULF ‘Blast’ Detected In US Bridge Collapse Catastrophe

Informant: Susan Clarke


Video of Bridge Collapse

More info about that bridge "collapse".

Informant: Andrew

It's time to check the balance of power;article=112598

Analyst: Al-Qaeda Videotapes Digitally Doctored

Time is short: the question is whether we have the will to act

A message from Ramsey Clark~ Thu Aug 2, 2007 18:57

Help support the September 15th march in Washington

I am writing to you with the hope that you will help us organize and promote the September 15th March in Washington DC. Thousands of Americans from around the country will join together to demand the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and insist on the immediate end to the war in Iraq. September 15th is the date General David Petraeus is mandated to make a report to Congress on the progress of the so-called surge. The eyes of the national and international media will be focused on Washington DC at that time.;article=112601

“As you know, my position is clear — I’m the commander guy.” George W. Bush , Washington, D.C., May 2,2007

" None are more enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." -- Goethe

"Information is the currency of Democracy." - Thomas Jefferson

Informant: Gomez

War privatization 'is enough to make you throw up'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Fox News Gets Big Tax Subsidies

Then Questions Whether We Should Fund Anti-Poverty Efforts

From Information Clearing House

Tangle of loans feeds foreclosure crisis

Borrowers can't tell where to turn for change in terms

From Information Clearing House

Bush wants freedom to tap calls from overseas into US

THE Bush Administration is pressing the US Congress for the authority to intercept, without a court order, any international phone call or email between a surveillance target outside the United States and any person inside the US.

From Information Clearing House

U.S Company Confessed to Paying "Terrorists", Chertoff Took No Action

At an April 24, 2003 meeting with then-assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff, a board member of banana giant Chiquita International gave a startling confession: his company was paying hundreds of thousands to a Colombian paramilitary group on the U.S. government's list of terrorist organizations.

From Information Clearing House

Bush Officials May Face New Subpoenas

From Information Clearing House

Iran steps up petro-dollar war with U.S.

Iran has intensified pressure on the falling U.S. dollar by demanding that Japan begin paying for Iranian oil in yen, instead of dollars. - In April, WND reported Iran successfully pressured China to begin paying for Iranian oil in euros, not dollars.

From Information Clearing House

Europe warns US on Iran sanctions

European governments are warning Congress that US legislation aimed at Iran could hit European energy groups, undermine transatlantic unity on Tehran's nuclear programme and provoke a dispute at the World Trade Organisation.

From Information Clearing House

Iran feels the chill in US cold war tactics

Washington has dispatched its frontroom team, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to the Middle East, ostensibly to give the peace process a big push. In reality, they are acting as shrewd arms merchants, while at the same time talking of the struggle for people for freedom against oppression.

From Information Clearing House

Statistics on poverty & food wastage in America

Yes, poverty is a reality in America, just as it is for millions of other human beings on the planet. According to the US Census Bureau, 35.9 million people live below the poverty line in America.

From Information Clearing House

Much Of Baghdad Without Water

Much of the Iraqi capital was without running water Thursday and had been for at least 24 hours, compounding the urban misery in a war zone and the blistering heat at the height of the Baghdad summer.

From Information Clearing House

Civilian deaths in Iraq increase by one-third in a month

At least 1,652 civilians were killed in Iraq in July, one third more than in the previous month, according to figures compiled from three Iraqi ministries and seen by AFP.

From Information Clearing House

Democrats Scrambling to Expand Eavesdropping


Under pressure from President Bush, Democratic leaders in Congress are scrambling to pass legislation this week to expand the government's electronic wiretapping powers.

In Freedom's Name

By Monica Benderman

Freedom does not rely on young men and women signing their lives away for an enlistment bonus serving as nothing more than a glittery facade to keep innocents from knowing they're about to become slaves.

Return of the Robber Barons

By Paul Craig Roberts

As the Bush Regime outfits B-2 stealth bombers with 30,000 pound monster "bunker buster" bombs for its coming attack on Iran, the US economy continues its 21st century decline. While profits soar for the armaments industry, the American people continue to take it on the chin.

50 cell towers to come down

By Leiselle Maraj

Thursday, July 12 2007

Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson Regis said more than 50 enforcement notices have been issued for the removal of illegal cell towers nationwide but these notices have been appealed by the telecommunication companies responsible for the sites.

Read More...,60403.html

This country (Trinidad) seems to have found a good use of its army - removal of illegal cell phone towers. My question is this - If cell phone towers are causing illness and death to the population, are they not all illegal? How can the financial interests of cell phone companies, come above the health and safety of a population?

Martin Weatherall

The strange origins of the doctrine of 'executive privilege'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


The White House has ordered the Justice Department not to prosecute contempt charges against any of its operatives who it had also ordered not to testify in the first place.

Gonzales who HAS testified has told so many different stories that were he not himself the attorney general he would be facing perjury charges right now.


But of course even if he were convicted he would instantly be commuted or pardoned as was Scooter Libby. There is one and only one constitutional recourse left and that is impeachment. The appeal courts have already been stacked with right wing judges and they will not intervene. The solicitor general will not appoint a special counsel. Only through impeachment can Congress demand a return to integrity.

On Tuesday, July 31st, Jay Inslee proposed that the Judiciary Committee pursue the possible impeachment of Alberto Gonzales, who tried to browbeat a semi-conscious John Ashcroft into signing off on a patently illegal spying program, who was the point man in doing a legal end run around the laws against torture, who let the White House dictate which U.S. attorneys were not sufficiently partisan in their prosecutions, and who then lied repeatedly under oath about it all.

In today's Time magazine online article they examined the reasons Bush still has not dumped such an outright embarrassment of an attorney general, and the number one reason they cited was that "Bush needs someone at Justice who's going to watch the White House's back." Of course this is precisely the reason he must be impeached immediately. If his only purpose is to shield the Cheney White House from investigation and exposure of their own crimes he's the first one who has to go.


For those focused on impeaching Cheney and Bush we suggest this is not a distraction. Instead it could be an important strategic icebreaker. To just get the word "impeachment" past the lips of some members of Congress has been a major struggle. But our numbers are building fast, and once the dam breaks, it'll be Katy bar the door to the oval office.

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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