Mittwoch, 26. September 2007

Alaskans Warn House Panel about Global Warming's Effects

Did US Senate Just Authorize Force Against Iran?

Why are we wasting time when we could be taking relatively painless steps to save the planet?

by Vaclav Havel, International Herald-Tribune

159 Congresspeople Vote For Bad Government and Sicker Kids

Kritik an geplanter "Internet-Zensur" durch die EU-Kommission

EU-Justizkommissar Franco Frattini plant, europaweit Internet-Suchmaschinen und Provider zu verpflichten, bestimmte vermeintlich "gefährliche" Wörter wie "Bombe", "töten", "Völkermord" oder "Terrorismus" und den Zugang zu den entsprechenden Internetseiten sperren zu lassen. Konkrete Vorschläge will der Kommissar im November vorlegen. Nach Auffassung des medienpolitischen Sprechers der Linksfraktion, Lothar Bisky, verstoßen die Pläne "zur weiteren Zensur des Internets" sowohl gegen die Meinungsfreiheit als auch gegen das Recht auf Information.

US Accused of Failing Ill '91 Gulf War Veterans

Reuters reports, "Medical experts and US senators accused the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday of failing to take seriously illnesses suffered by U.S. 1991 Gulf War veterans and doing too little to help them."

Senior Military Official: "It May Be Worse Than Abu Ghraib"

Sudarsan Raghavan and Thomas E. Ricks report for The Washington Post, "A confrontation between the US military and the State Department is unfolding over the involvement of Blackwater USA in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians in a Baghdad square Sept. 16, bringing to the surface long-simmering tensions between the military and private security companies in Iraq, according to US military and government officials."

Bush Gets Dinner While Protesters Fast

Truthout's Kelpie Wilson writes: "More than 80 heads of state met at the UN on Monday to discuss the launch of post-Kyoto climate negotiations. Although this was the most high-level UN meeting yet held on the global climate emergency, President Bush refused to attend. He did, however, assent to an invitation from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to attend a private dinner afterward.... While Bush was eating his dinner with Ban ki-Moon, a half-dozen American climate change activists continued a weeks-long fast to protest American inaction on climate, 'so that others might eat.'"

Dan Rather's Magnum Opus

William Rivers Pitt writes for Truthout: "The willful collusion between CBS management and the Bush administration, offered by Rather to frame his accusations, illuminate an insidious, grotesque, and altogether deadly alignment of circumstances hiding in plain sight before the entire American populace. An explanation for why the legitimate fears and anxious uncertainties of the people are never soothed or clarified by mainstream news outlets like CBS, but are instead methodically aggravated and intentionally amplified by those outlets, begins to take shape in light of Rather's inside-view revelations."

Terror trial proceedings troubling

Everything about the case of the so-called Toronto 18 is shrouded in mystery. Evidence raised in court, either at bail hearings or the preliminary hearing, is covered by a publication ban. But this hasn't prevented the public from knowing allegations against 14 adults and four juveniles that are so bizarre as to be almost unbelievable.

US 'refuses to hand over agents'

US authorities have told Germany they will not hand over 13 suspected CIA agents sought over the alleged kidnapping of a German citizen in 2003, an official said.

From Information Clearing House

War Inches Closer to Iran

U.S. Soldiers Create Military Base on Iraq-Iran Border to Halt Alledged Weapons Smuggling From Iran.

From Information Clearing House

Lawmaker says Rice interfered with Iraq inquiry

A leading Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of interfering in congressional inquiries into corruption in Iraq's government and the activities of U.S. security firm Blackwater.

From Information Clearing House

Qatar: Iraq conflict too big for US

The Emir of Qatar has said Iraq can no longer remain the responsibility of just one country and called for a strengthening of the United Nations' role there, in a speech that has been seen as a rare public criticism of US policy in Iraq.

Forced to live in a 240 square foot FEMA trailer

HUD Demolitions Draw Noose Tighter Around New Orleans

By Bill Quigley

Odessa Lewis is 62 years old. When I saw her last week, she was crying because she is being evicted. A long-time resident of the Lafitte public housing apartments, since Katrina she has been locked out of her apartment and forced to live in a 240 square foot FEMA trailer.

A Culture of Violence

By Stephen Lendman

What do you call a country that glorifies wars and violence in the name of peace. One that's been at war every year in its history against one or more adversaries. It has the highest homicide rate of all western nations and a passion for owning guns, yet the two seem oddly unconnected.

Bush Threatened Nations That Did Not Back Iraq War

By Agence France Presse

US President George W. Bush threatened nations with retaliation if they did not vote for a UN resolution backing the Iraq war, according to a transcript published Wednesday of a conversation he had with former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar.

Bush Makes Mockery of UN Declaration of Human Rights in NY Speech

By Matthew Rothschild

At his speech to the UN, Bush had the audacity to invoke the Universal Declaration of Human Rights several times, despite the fact that he's been violating it over and over again.

America's Police Brutality Pandemic

By Paul Craig Roberts

Americans are in far greater danger from their own police forces than they are from foreign terrorists. Ironically, Bush's "war on terror" has made Americans less safe at home by diminishing US civil liberty and turning an epidemic of US police brutality into a pandemic.

Playing the Fear Card

Keith Olbermann

The changes that were made last month to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were apparently made under false pretenses -- Congresswoman Jane Harman on that, in a moment. First. The Bush administration is tonight fighting to make those changes permanent... seemingly by scaring the Democratic majority into compliance. Hey, it has worked before.

A Coup Has Occurred

By Daniel Ellsberg

If there's another 9/11 under this regime ... it means that they switch on full extent all the apparatus of a police state that has been patiently constructed, largely secretly at first but eventually leaked out and known and accepted by the Democratic people in Congress, by the Republicans and so forth.


YES "A Coup has Occurred" & "The Answer is Blow'in in the Wind"

By Jim Kirwan

The war cannot be won militarily, yet the congressional stalemate cannot continue either--because with every hour that passes people are unnecessarily dying for no other reason than the inconvenience to a few self-interested politicians and a thoroughly disgusted public that can see no end in sight to this nightmare.

Iran, Israel, Indien: Wie gerecht geht der Westen mit dem iranischen Nuklearprogramm um?

Im Permafrost lagern große Mengen organischen Materials, die zu einer gefährlichen Treibhausgas-Quelle werden könnten

Nuclear Tests 50 years on: a radiological challenge

Leahy Blasts NSA Chief, Questions His Credibility

Thomas Ferraro reports for Reuters: "Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy blasted [spy chief] McConnell for suggesting some members of the Democratic-led Congress fail to appreciate the threat of attack. Leahy also criticized McConnell for telling Congress earlier this month that open debate about US surveillance endangered lives."

Iraq Veteran Plans to Return Medals in Protest

Ryan J. Foley reports for The Associated Press: "Josh Gaines, 27, plans to mail the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He said he will do so during a protest scheduled for Wednesday."

Waxman: Bush Administration Muzzling Officials on Blackwater

The Associated Press reports that Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, confronted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a letter about the muzzling of State Department officials in inquiries involving Blackwater USA and Iraq's government.

Bush Administration, DOJ Blocking Iraq Fraud Suits

Matt Renner reports for Truthout, "Peter Keisler, the acting US attorney general, covered up evidence of alleged widespread contracting fraud in Iraq by preventing whistleblowers' complaints from being investigated, according to a prominent fraud attorney."

The best U.S. weapon against Iran is diplomacy,0,1260270,full.story

Informant: John Burroughs

From ufpj-news

A plea from the Iranian people

Common Dreams
by Akbar Ganji


The people of Iran are experiencing difficult times both internationally and domestically. Internationally, they face the threat of a military attack from the US and the imposition of extensive sanctions by the UN Security Council. Domestically, a despotic state has — through constant and organized repression — imprisoned them in a life-and-death situation. Far from helping the development of democracy, US policy over the past fifty years has consistently been to the detriment of the proponents of freedom and democracy in Iran...

Iran reformist warns democracy at stake

Rocky Mountain News


One of Iran’s top reform politicians said Wednesday that demonizing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - such as in this week’s Columbia University forum - only strengthens hard-liners’ hand as Iranians rally around their otherwise unpopular leader. Even more damaging would be a military strike against Iran, which Mohsen Mirdamadi said would set back democracy a decade or more...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Easy out

The American Conservative
by Gregory Cochran


Politicians, for the most part, have accepted statements about withdrawal requiring anywhere from one to two years. They want to be ‘responsible’ — that’ll be the day. Some may have calculated that slow withdrawal might better disguise defeat and thus be more politically palatable, but I don’t think many are that Machiavellian. I think instead that, with a few honorable exceptions, they’re profoundly ignorant of war and thus have to blindly accept anything the professional military says. That ignorance is, of course, one of the reasons we got into this mess in the first place. That goes double for columnists: in pundit-land, a military expert is someone who thinks that the phalanx is cutting-edge technology. The bottom line is that we can get troops and war-fighting equipment out of Iraq rapidly and relatively safely, certainly in less than six months, probably in three...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Six ways to beat Hillary Clinton

by John Dickerson


Clinton has consolidated her lead in the polls — she’s up by 17 points nationally and has big leads in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, and Florida. The new recognition that she’s pulling away may make this debate more interesting than the 384 that came before it, because the also-rans may decide they have to direct their fire on the front-runner, as trailing Democrats did when Howard Dean opened up a lead in the 2004 campaign. Of course, attacking is risky: Rick Lazio torpedoed his 2000 Senate campaign when he attacked Clinton and came off looking like a cheap thug. Iowa voters, in particular, tend to frown on uppercut politics. And Clinton is a tougher, more skilled, and more disciplined politician than any of her opponents. But she is not invincible...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq and roll over

by Walter Shapiro


It is time to face the blunt truth: This Congress, despite its nominal Democratic majorities, is not going to hasten the end of the Iraq war. This is not defeatism on the home front nor is it a rant against the accommodationist tactics of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Rather, this inescapable conclusion is based on the coin of the realm on Capitol Hill — the stark arithmetic of head counts...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Consolidation of political power to an extent that makes a future dictatorship fully realizable

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Anti-Bush protesters arrested near UN

Yahoo! News


About a dozen war protesters were arrested Tuesday morning during a peaceful demonstration against President Bush’s speech before the U.N. General Assembly. They were among about 400 protesters opposing the Bush administration’s war in Iraq and its incarceration in Guantanamo Bay of more than 300 men on suspicion of terrorism or links to al-Qaida or the Taliban. Many in the crowd wore orange jumpsuits in solidarity with the Guantanamo detainees. Police took the arrested demonstrators into custody … after they knelt on the sidewalk in an act of civil disobedience at the rally near the United Nations. One of them, 58-year-old Bill Ofenloch, said they were trying to serve an ‘arrest warrant’ on Bush for ‘high crimes against humanity.’ Members of the anti-war group Code Pink performed a bit of street theater where a person wearing a Bush mask was arrested...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Greatest Dying

Writing for The New Republic, Jerry Coyne and Hopi E. Hoekstra state: "After the Great Dying, as the end-Permian extinction is called, Earth's biodiversity didn't bounce back for more than ten million years. Aside from the Great Dying, there have been four other mass extinctions, all of which severely pruned life's diversity. Scientists agree that we're now in the midst of a sixth such episode. This new one, however, is different - and, in many ways, much worse. For, unlike earlier extinctions, this one results from the work of a single species, Homo sapiens."

Supreme Court to Review Voter ID Law

The Associated Press reports: "The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether voter identification laws unfairly deter the poor and minorities from voting, stepping into a contentious partisan issue in advance of the 2008 elections."

Millions of Low-Income Families Who need Medicaid and SCHIP Are Ineligible for Benefits

As Blackwater Comes Under Fire in Iraq, Locals Turn Up Heat to Stop Blackwater West

Pursue Diplomacy, Not War, With Iran

Global Majority Wants Action on Climate Change

School Discipline Tougher on African Americans

How the White House Worked to Scuttle California's Climate Law


How the White House Worked to Scuttle California's Climate Law

The San Francisco Chronicle's Zachary Coile reports: "President Bush's transportation secretary, Mary Peters, with White House approval, personally directed a lobbying campaign to urge governors and two dozen House members to block California's first-in-the-nation limits on greenhouse gases from cars and trucks, according to emails obtained by Congress."

What you can do to STOP the NEXT WAR NOW!

Cindy Sheehan Seeking Star Power in Campaign


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

International Court to Try Ecological Crimes?

Erfolg der Bürgerinitiative: UMTS-Mast in Hofherrnweiler ist weg

Nach über zwei Jahren Dauerprotest der Bürgerinitiative UMTS-Mast Hofherrnweiler ist es nun endlich soweit. Der Mobilfunk-Mast in der Weilerstraße ist vom Dach. Heute wurde der letzte Teil abmontiert und die Anwohnen können wieder aufatmen.

Angefangen hatte alles im April 2005, als plötzlich ein UMTS-Mast von o2 mitten in der Ortschaft stand.

Sofort regte sich erbitterter Widerstand in Form von Versammlungen, einer eigenen Homepage, Plakataktionen und vielen anderen Aktivitäten. Die rechtliche Lage wurde sondiert und die Bürgerinitiative UMTS-Mast Hofherrnweiler suchte die offene Diskussion mit der Stadt und dem Betreiber o2. Hier stieß man auf taube Ohren, denn alles hatte seine offizielle Ordnung, denn die Bestimmungen waren eingehalten - der Bürgerwille wurde ignoriert.

Welche Aktionen alle unternommen wurden, welche letztendlich zur Demontage der UMTS-Sendeanlage geführt haben, kann man auf der BI-Homepage sehen.

"Wir haben immer fest daran geglaubt, diesen Masten weg zu bekommen." So der Initiator der Bürgerinitiative Wolfgang Dambacher. Doch ohne fundierte rechtliche Unterstützung wäre dies nicht möglich gewesen. Die BI hat einen Rechtsanwalt beauftragt, welcher die entsprechenden Schritte eingeleitet hat und die BI bei den vielen Anhörungen bestens vertreten hat.

Der Bürgerinitiative ist nicht bekannt, dass sich Bewohner von Hofherrnweiler offen für die Versorgung mit UMTS-Technologie ausgesprochen haben. Weder hat o2 seine Mobilfunklizenz verloren (50% von Deutschland muss versorgt werden), noch hat Hofherrnweiler den Anschluss an die Welt verpasst sondern seine Lebensqualität behalten.

Die Bürger von Hofherrnweiler freuen sich über Ihren Erfolg und hoffen, das noch viele Sendeanlagen fallen werden.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen aus Aalen

BI UMTS-Mast Hofherrnweiler

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Earth Calls for Radical Social Change and Spiritual Transformation

The population bomb has burst, the climate and biosphere are in tatters, and tyrannical, militaristic governments rule; yet there remains a path to global ecological sustainability

Earth Meanders by Dr. Glen Barry
September 26, 2007

The Earth is a living organism, which some call Gaia. Humanity is taking apart Gaia's life support systems in an orgy of procreation and consumption. Only radical social change and profound spiritual transformation can save us now.

Radical is not a dirty word. It means markedly new opinions and actions far beyond the norm, often is response to dilemmas that stymie conventional wisdom. Many times in Western history radical political ideas expanded human dignity and opportunity.

In this era of resource gluttony, tyranny and militarism, and post population bomb explosion; the Earth and her humanity are crying out for radical social and ecological change. From one billion to over 6.5 billion people in just over 125 years. Dying oceans, an end to ancient forests, water scarcity, unknown toxins interacting, over-consumption amongst grotesque inequity, and climate processes disintegrating -- all are the face of a dying Earth as humans eat, and shit on, their home.

How can humanity lighten its load upon, and restore, the biosphere's ecological systems; even as plagued by war, injustice, poverty, disease and ignorance?

This is the question of all remaining time, and I welcome all comprehensive, sufficient policy prescriptions. However, I am highly skeptical regarding the ability of liberal democratic capitalism, Islamic fundamentalism, Chinese market communism; nor any other existing religious, political or economic traditions' ability to equitably and justly feed 9 billion people on a failing Planet.

Sometimes radicalism and revolutionary thinking are the only way forward when liberal and conservative status quo responses have failed society and the Earth. Clearly this is now the case as over-population and inequitable over-consumption well beyond the carrying capacity of the Earth threaten the very biological basis of being. Radical political ecologism is the way forward.

Life, biological being, and ecological systems' very existences are threatened. Wanton death and suffering loom. Where to go to escape China's tyranny and America's imperialism, and their combined militaristic and ecocidal drain upon Gaia? Where to go into exile from a collapsing Earth? When and how will the liquidation of life end? Can we end it? How?

These are not my governments. I and my brethren are Earth citizens. This is not my economy. We imperfectly seek to live in a manner that the entire world could enjoy forever. These are not my wars upon the Earth and the poor. Tyrannical and imperialistic governments do not speak for me. This is not my ecological science, demonstrating plodding incautious caution in the face of global ecological collapse. Nor is this my environmental movement, with allegiance to what is in vogue and stylish half-measures rather than a commitment to sufficient truths.

I am repulsed by all their Gods and prophets of war and oppression. In all my life I have really only learned one unique thing: The Earth is Truth. Truth is God. Thus the Earth is God.

What do I mean by this simplistic, transitive statement of my youth? In all my early soul-searching and truth-seeking, the only demonstrably objective truth I could find is my and your utter dependence upon the Earth. We need water, air, land and other elements of good habitat to live. Thus the Earth is Truth.

God has been and is many things to many people, and I strongly suspect we are all pursuing alternative ways to the spirit(s) in the sky and Earth. Yet the idea that this spirit is best exemplified by what is truthful continues to resonate with me as I grow older. The truth found in a beautiful blooming spring flower, a laughing child and an intricate ecosystem is God.

And as every pre-algebra student knows, this leads us to the tautology that the Earth is God. There are many ways to this place of transcendent truth beauty -- philosophical, scientific and ecological intuitions are all equally valid paths to Gaia.

So what shall we do with this knowledge? If the Earth is truly God, which could be called Gaia, then she and all of her lively components are worthy of awe filled worship; and of unflinching, devotional protection at all costs.

Saving the Earth will require embracing Gaia spiritually, and pursuit of radical change on her behalf. We are called back to the land even as we engage the Earth destroying global growth machine. Certainly ending coal use, protecting ancient forests and flying less are worthy and necessary rituals of Gaia worship.

Dr. Barry is founder and President of Ecological Internet; provider of the largest, most used environmental portals on the Internet including the Climate Ark at and http://EcoEarth.Info/ . Earth Meanders is a series of ecological essays that are written in his personal capacity. This essay may be reprinted granted it is properly credited to Dr. Barry and with a link to Earth Meanders. Emailed responses are public record and will be posted on the web site unless otherwise requested.

Is the Collapse of the Dollar Near?

by Alan Stang

As I write, the Canadian dollar is at par with our own, which hasn’t happened for more than thirty years. The Saudis for the first time are refusing to follow the Fed’s Bernanke down the chute and Communist-occupied China, which Washington created, is threatening to destroy the dollar by dumping it. The Euro, which started out as an experiment, now stands at an unbelievable $1.40, trending higher. The bond market could collapse. Talk about a possible collapse of the dollar is in the air, and.....

The Canadian government is trying to block observation of the seal hunt

The Canadian government is trying to block observation of the seal hunt, and we have very little time to stop it. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is proposing unconstitutional changes to the Marine Mammal Regulations -- amendments that would effectively block all independent observation of the commercial seal hunt.

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