Donnerstag, 27. Dezember 2007

Protection for Endangered Whistle-Blowers

In an editorial, The New York Times writes: "Congress is finally ready to stand up to the Bush administration and for those courageous federal workers who dare to reveal waste and abuse in government. The Senate has passed strong reforms to the 1989 whistle-blower protection law, counteracting the gag orders, retaliatory investigations and other harassments that have become shamefully standard practice during the last seven years."

Senate Blocks Bush From Appointing Official to DOJ Post

Laurie Kellman, reporting for The Associated Press, writes: "The House was quiet as a mouse the day after Christmas. But across the Capitol, the Senate was operating in an unusually efficient manner in its ongoing power struggle with President Bush."

EPA to Surrender All Documents on California Waiver Decision

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

Tasers, Pepper Spray, and Arrests in the Struggle for Affordable Housing in New Orleans

The Torture Tape Cover-up: How High Does It Go?

Legal Community Condemns Destruction of CIA Tapes

America's newest security threat: Global Warming

Retired four-star General Zinni calls global warming a serious security threat.

Facing the Facts about Climate Change

Either we bury capitalism or capitalism will bury us.

Im Strudel der Gefängnisindustrie

Eine aktuelle US-Studie stellt fest: Je mehr Geld in den Strafvollzug gesteckt wird, um so mehr Strafgefangene werden frisch eingeliefert.

How Safe Are Cell Phones? USA: Zeitschrift "Newsweek" berichtet über die Sicherheit von Mobiltelefonen

How Safe Are Cell Phones?

USA: Zeitschrift "Newsweek" berichtet über die Sicherheit von Mobiltelefonen

"Immer mehr Amerikaner geben ihre Festnetzanschlüsse zu Gunsten von Mobiltelefonen auf, aber neue Untersuchungen deuten darauf hin, dass es gesundheitliche Risiken im Zusammenhang mit einem Langzeitgebrauch von schnurlosen Telefonen geben könnte."

Aus: FGF-Infoline vom 20.12.2007
Der Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk e.V. (FGF), gehören alle deutschen Mobilfunkbetreiber an.

Rep. Rush Holt to Push for Paper Ballots and Vote Count Audits for 2008

Steven Rosenfeld reports for AlterNet, "A new effort to ensure the 2008 presidential election is held using verifiable paper ballots and random audits to ensure accurate vote counts is underway in Congress."

Wars Cost $15 Billion a Month, GOP Senator Says

Walter Pincus reports for The Washington Post, "The latest estimate of the growing costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the worldwide battle against terrorism -- nearly $15 billion a month -- came last week from one of the Senate's leading proponents of a continued US military presence in Iraq."

Official Challenges Cheney's Classification Practices

Michael Isikoff reports for Newsweek: "J. William Leonard learned the hard way the perils of questioning Vice President Dick Cheney. The veteran National Archives official challenged claims by the Office of Vice President (OVP) to be exempt from federal rules governing classified information. His efforts touched off a firestorm - and a counter-strike by Cheney's chief of staff, David Addington, who tried to wipe out Leonard's job."

Petition gegen den ÜberwachungsstaatÜberwachung

Cell Phone Radiation: A Growing Concern

Petition for shelter in Foca/Turkey-donkeys and horses

Please sign and pass along. These animals need help.


Study says paper trail needed in ballot box



A vocal group of voters who want more tangible voting records gained more ammunition with a report out this month that urges backing up electronic ballots with a paper trail. But the $25 million endeavor isn’t likely to take place before the 2008 presidential election as some have hoped, said state Coordinator of Elections Brook Thompson. Thompson wants to wait until federal guidelines for voting machines come down before making the big-ticket buy. ‘We need the time and money to do that,’ Thompson said. ‘To completely change out our systems may cause more problems than the potential problems you’re trying to solve’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Help the Kucinich campaign reach voters in New Hampshire

Please help the Kucinich campaign reach voters in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Primary is less than two weeks away. Please help us reach voters in New Hampshire to remind them of Dennis' message and encourage them to vote for him. You can do this from your home by offering to phone a small number of New Hampshire voters. We have a Virtual Phone Bank that will send you a list of voters and a script. If you are interested, please click here:

This is very important work and we need your help - and so does our country.

Thank you, The Kucinich Campaign Team

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Informant: Lloyd Kinder

Credit loss could hit $US1trillion

THE US economy could be heading into its blackest year since the Great Depression as estimates of losses from the housing slump and sub-prime mortgage implosion reach unprecedented levels.

Unpaid Credit Cards Bedevil Americans

Americans are falling behind on their credit card payments at an alarming rate, sending delinquencies and defaults surging by double-digit percentages in the last year and prompting warnings of worse to come.

October Home Prices Fall by Record 6.7%

Home prices fell in October by a record amount. The Case-Schiller 10 City Composite index fell by 6.7% versus October 2006, according to S&P/Case-Shiller. It the 10th consecutive month of negative annual returns and the 23rd consecutive month of decelerating returns.

From Information Clearing House

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2007

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2007 list of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians." The list, in alphabetical order, includes:

From Information Clearing House

Some Russians Fear U.S. Foreign Policy Targets Them

43 per cent of respondents believe the United States government seeks the complete destruction of Russia, while 42 per cent disagree.

Russia Successfully Tests New ICBM

Russia's military on Tuesday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads - a weapon intended to replace aging Soviet-era missiles.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. report on Iran forces Israel to alter strategy

In the wake of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate's finding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, Israel must prove Iran is cheating without being accused of trying to push the United States into war.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq war splits military families

Close family members of U.S. troops are split on whether the Iraq invasion was a mistake, and 55 percent disapprove of President Bush's job performance, according to USA TODAY/Gallup polls focusing on immediate relatives of service members.

From Information Clearing House

As 2007 Ends, Most Americans Oppose Iraq War

68 per cent of respondents oppose the U.S. war in Iraq, and 69 per cent call for a withdrawal of all or some U.S. troops from the country.

From Information Clearing House

Manufacturing Threats: Sudan, Iran, And The War For Civilisation

By David Edwards

News that British schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons had been jailed in Sudan after allowing her pupils to call a teddy bear Mohammed fed straight into the UK media's hate factory and its "war for civilisation".

Ron Paul: What Does Freedom Really Mean?

Few Americans understand that all government action is inherently coercive. If nothing else, government action requires taxes. If taxes were freely paid, they wouldn't be called taxes, they'd be called donations. If we intend to use the word freedom in an honest way, we should have the simple integrity to give it real meaning: Freedom is living without government coercion. So when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself whether he is advocating more government action or less.

CIA Torture and Other War Crimes

Military Divorce On Rise

Matthew D. LaPlante, The Salt Lake Tribune, says, "It's no secret that the current, frenetic pace of extended duty and war-related deployments have been tough on military members and their families. But an analysis of Pentagon data shows the suffering has not been shared equally."

Climate Change Gives Rise to New World Order

Denial Of Energy Crisis Is A Conditioned Response

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Iran to get missile system from Russia

Foiled Again: The Defeat of the Latest Bush Administration Plan for New Nuclear Weapons

Ron Paul: Real Conservatives Don't Start Wars, They End Them

Informant: Lew Rockwell

We're All Prisoners Now

Ron Paul and the Economics of Slavery


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