Donnerstag, 10. Januar 2008

Evidence of North Korea Counterfeit Scheme Lacks Credibility

Kevin G. Hall, reporting for McClatchy Newspapers, writes: "Two years ago, as he was ratcheting up a campaign to isolate and cripple North Korea's dictatorship financially, President Bush accused the communist regime there of printing phony U.S. currency."

Blackwater USA Steps Up Lobbying Efforts

The Associated Press reports, "Private-security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, which protects U.S. government officials in Iraq and faces scrutiny over its role in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians, has ramped up its lobbying representation on Capitol Hill."

What Is Bush Capable of? The Presidential Psychology at the End of Days

Psychotherapist, John P. Briggs, M.D., and distinguished professor, JP Briggs II, Ph.D., write for Truthout: "In defiance of his circumstances as an unpopular, lame duck president with a minority party in Congress, George W. Bush pursues a sharply autocratic tone. He has intimidated both parties in Congress and violated the Constitution. Through dissimulation and delay, he has forced the nations of the world to conclude they must wait until his term ends to negotiate any serious treaty on the imminent perils of climate change."


U.S. war provocation against Iran: Another Tonkin Gulf?


Dementia drug instant hit claim

No More Torture, No More Indefinite Detention: Shut Down Guantanamo

International Day of Action - Friday, Jan. 11

Anti-War Lessons From New Hampshire

How to Build a Homeland Security Campus in Seven Steps

Who Is Killing the Women of Basra?

Why I'm Still Not for Hillary Clinton

Iraq: Fuel Crisis Freezes Life

Klimaschutz mit genveränderten Pflanzen

Ein kalifornisches Unternehmen will in China genveränderten Reis anbauen, mit dem sich auch Geld durch CO2-Zertifikate verdienen lassen soll.ändert

"Damit Sie nicht der Nächste sind"

Im Wahlkampfgetöse schüren CDU und CSU auf den Spuren der Rechtsextremen Ausländerangst und Ausländerhass.


Otto Schily: Herr Koch will von Versäumnissen in Hessen ablenken

Neue Studie ermittelt 151.000 Iraker, die seit der amerikanischen Invasion eines gewaltsamen Todes gestorben sind

17fach erhöhtes Risiko durch Gewalt zu sterben

Objectors accuse Vodafone of fraud at mast inquiry

Woking News and Mail - Woking, England, UK

AN appeal over the siting of a mobile phone mast should not be happening
because the signal coverage is already good enough. This was the claim of
residents ...


This was mine. Full story follows!


Informal Hearing for Proposed Mast at Horsell Way, Horsell, Woking, Surrey - Mast Cabinet Mock-ups and Vodafone "Fraud"

On Tuesday morning, 8th January 2008, I attended an Informal Hearing for a mast in a nearby district of Woking. The LPA had rejected the 10m mast on a wide verge that acts as an informal village green on the basis of siting and appearance and lack of evidence to back up the alternative sites discounted. Unusually, the LPA rejected the application using delegated powers. However, there were 400 or so letters of objection to the pre-consultation and the subsequent application (made in the school holidays, as is usual by the Operators).

Luckily, the team despatched by Vodafone were the same guys who attended the previous Hearing (a year ago for a mast in our area) which we won. I had imagined that after their poor showing last time, that they would have been reassigned.They were as arrogant as before and immediately set about savaging the Planning Officer for criticising Vodafone's choice of alternative sites and lack of evidence to prove that they really had seriously considered those sites. The residents helped out by questioning the choice of alternative sites and the methods by which Vodafone had discounted them. The ward councillors also queried Vodafone's methods of choosing alternative sites and of contacting potential site owners - including the Council themselves for one site - which hadn't been declined.

One resident managed to move the discussion onto the need for the mast at all. At this point I read out my prepared piece on the lack of need for a new mast in a site that Vodafone said was already covered by full 3G and 1.4MBit 3G internet. I also accused the company of apparently committing fraud by appearing to offer a service which they are unable to supply. The 1.4MBit 3G connectivity had been described by the Vodafone network engineer present as 'patchy' and he had to apologise for the mistake in colouring the submitted simulated plots with the wrong colour key! Apparently 'Dense Urban' should be yellow not pink and basic 3G should have been pink not orange (or something).

Anyway, I said that Vodafone should either admit that their website is fraudulent by claiming connectivity that they can't offer and the Appeal should continue OR that Vodafone admit that they can offer full 3G connectivity already so should withdraw their Appeal!

When pinned down to give an answer by the Inspector, the Vodafone network engineer Barry Lennon said that the Vodafone coverage website was wrong, but that in reality they can support a few users but not too many, and really need to state this on their website but don't. [It sounded as close to an admission of fraud as you're ever likely to get from them].. The technical guys tried to bluff their way through, but lost much of their credibility by appearing to want to have their cake and eat it. It was enjoyable to see the b******s squirming uncomfortably. I am glad to say that from then on Vodafone were firmly on the back foot. A couple of residents present who were Vodafone customers said that their coverage was fine, that they didn't believe a word that Vodafone were saying and were likely to cancel their contracts if the mast went up.

We took a break during which I met the Chair of the Council Executive and her deputy as well as many residents and the ward Councillors. They were pleased that Vodafone was apparently struggling.

After the break the Siting and Appearance were discussed at length. Vodafone referred to a roadside verge along a through road, when in fact the site in question is a sizeable area of grass placed alongside a quiet cul-de-sac. I think this shows how much the Operators rely upon maps and computer simulations instead of site visits and common sense. One resident had produced mock-ups of the cabinets (available for loan to other groups upon request, I believe) and placed a fishing rod with balloon in place on site which were then photographed in situ from multiple residences and angles. This stroke of genius (never seen before by Vodafone I should add) had the desired effect and indeed later on allowed the Planning Inspector, Mr. Roberts, to have a quicker site visit by simply being able to validate the accuracy of the views submitted. The ward Councillors and several residents corrected Vodafone's incorrect description of the site, its incorrect assertion that the area isn't used by children and that the road is a through road. Vodafone's representative, Darren Fradgeley from their agents, AAP, just repeated his prepared script regardless.

As a courtesy it appears that "Health" is able to be discussed at length in the Informal Hearings - although this has no affect upon the decision. Vodafone of course quoted the UK Government's Planning Policy Guidance notes (PPG8) to ensure that since they have a (meaningless) ICNIRP site certificate for the mast that the Planning Process should take no further notice of health issues. Never the less Dr. Rob Matthew, Vodafone's electromagnetic field specialist, made his rehearsed speech that white is black, black is white and that 'No evidence of harm' had been found in anything subjected to the permitted ICNIRP levels of radio frequency (Operators' talk for microwaves) and that the World Health Organisation (WHO)agreed, as did an 'Independent' Irish group, an Australian group and various unnamed 'Independent' scientists. He also stated that since the maximum signal from the proposed mast would be 3,500 times lower than ICNIRP (approximately 1V/m ) that no harm could possibly be done by it. He kept stressing that reports such as the MTHR could be considered Independent since the funding for them was through a 'firewall' [this is of course ridiculous since the appointees on the committee who use that funding are generally chosen by the Industry and in the case of the MTHR included Michael Repacholi - who was previously an Industry consultant and is now again an Industry consultant - and it is they who decide which studies are funded and determine the areas of research]. A resident from Horsell Residents Association said that the science for Mobile Phone Masts is not clear and that the Government should be properly applying the Stewart report's findings by adopting the Precautionary approach rather than using the elderly and vulnerable members of society as guinea pigs.

I countered Dr. Matthew of Vodafone with reference to Dr. John Walker's work in combining volunteer-collected ill-health and cancer data with Mobile Phone Mast signal strength plots with a significant correlation and explained that the chances of finding clusters of cases of some very rare cancers in a small area are for example 1 in 1000 for 1 case, one in a million (1000 x 1000) for 2 cases and one in a billion (1000 x 1000 x 1000) for 3 cases where the individuals are not genetically related. I also dismissed the counter argument that all such clusters must now be near a mast since there are so many masts by pointing out that the cases found by Dr. Walker occur in homes found in areas of high signal strength around a mast. I submitted a brief extract with plots to the Inspector. Paul Bowyer, the main speaker for the Horsell Way residents on the day, mentioned two recently highlighted cancer clusters in the UK where a Mobile Phone Operator - including Vodafone - had decided to remove a mast after the cluster had been recognised. (Dr. Matthew - of course- claimed that the removal of the mast was not linked).

I also mentioned the excellent BioInitiative report [found at ]. Vodafone's Dr. Matthew had the audacity to say that such reports and studies are compiled by non-scientists. I corrected that assertion since it and many other studies are compiled by eminent scientists in their fields of study. I also said that the discussion could go on all day, so I would only make a couple more points - one of which was that the World Health Organisation's EMF project had been run by Dr. Michael Repacholi - an Industry consultant before and since - and that its advice was therefore not worth believing. I also mentioned the worthlessness of the ICNIRP certificate granted to all masts such as the one proposed for Horsell Way since it represents only a short-term confirmation that the mast will not cook residents in the vicinity and little else. I finished up by stating that biological negative health effects had been seen down to 0.05 V/m - some 20 times lower than the maximum signal strength of the mast in question [Mobile phones can work down to less than 0.00003 V/m] . Vodafone's Dr. Matthew just repeated himself again afterwards. Vodafone had contradicted themselves so many times by this point that I am sure few people, if any, could have seriously believed a word he was saying. Consequently I felt that there was no need to go on further since many people present would now rightly question the evidence presented by vested interests such as Vodafone.[ Would you ask Jaws if it was safe to swim in the water? ]

[ N.B. Many scientific studies which indicate harm can now be accessed via the excellent new study resource produced by Powerwatch at ].

A resident who had previously worked for the Tabacco Industry pointed out the similarities between the mobile phone Industry today and the Tobacco Industry 30 years ago who had claimed for years that there was no health risk from smoking but, in the end, as we all now know, had to admit that smoking was causing harm.

The Planning Inspector allowed the ward Councillors to summarise proceedings and to comment that Vodafone had delayed the Planning Application more than any other party involved. Vodafone made their closing statements and the Hearing was adjourned.

The site visit, after a break for lunch, appeared to go equally well, with the appearance of a little girl next to the excellently mocked-up cabinets ably made by a resident fully displaying the folly of the proposed mast site. I attach a photograph for your interest.

Girl in Pink

A photo of the proposed mast (represented by a balloon on a fishing rod) next to the cabinets is also attached.

Balloon on a stick

Note. Although the weight of the argument appeared to swing in favour of the residents against Vodafone it is entirely down to the Planning Inspector to come to his own conclusions and weight the arguments according to his own terms of reference. In other words, watch this space.

There is a brief news article from the Woking News and Mail reporter present at


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

Diebold Voting Machine Contractor Executive Has Criminal Background

Bees: Steep population loss hits agriculture hard

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Why Impeachment?

Informant: Bob Banner

U.S. Military Veteran Jailed for Exercising Free Speech

By David Swanson, based on report from Malachy Kilbride

From ufpj-news

Ex-CIA Official May Refuse to Testify About Videotapes

Dan Eggen and Joby Warrick report for The Washington Post, "A former CIA official at the center of the controversy over destroyed interrogation videotapes has been blocked by Justice Department officials from gaining access to government records about the incident, according to sources familiar with the case."

2005 Use of Gas by Blackwater Leaves Questions

James Risen, of The New York Times, reports: "The helicopter was hovering over a Baghdad checkpoint into the Green Zone, one typically crowded with cars, Iraqi civilians and United States military personnel. Suddenly, on that May day in 2005, the copter dropped CS gas, a riot-control substance the American military in Iraq can use only under the strictest conditions and with the approval of top military commanders. An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 American soldiers operating the checkpoint."

Ashcroft Deal Brings Scrutiny in Justice Department

Philip Shenon reports for The New York Times: "When the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey needed to find an outside lawyer to monitor a large corporation willing to settle criminal charges out of court last fall, he turned to former Attorney General John Ashcroft, his onetime boss. With no public notice and no bidding, the company awarded Mr. Ashcroft an 18-month contract worth $28 million to $52 million."

RoboCop in Iraq

In These Times
by Allen McDuffee


Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, have killed 1,678 U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan since July 2003, according to Georgia-based Iraq Coalition Casualty Count. The death toll could have been much higher without the help of 5,000 IED-detecting robots that, according to CBS News, have found 10,000 roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the next step in the evolution of wartime robots looks to go from saving lives to taking them. The U.S. Army soon plans to deploy armed robots with firepower into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Designed by Foster-Miller, these robots, known as SWORDS (Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detections Systems), are operated and fired by remote control... [editor’s note: But is it “RoboCop” … or “Terminator?” - SAT]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug troops to numb them


by Penny Coleman


The DoD is flirting with the idea of medicating soldiers to desensitize them to combat trauma — will an army of unfeeling monsters result?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops to Numb Them to Horrors of War

By Penny Coleman

The DoD is flirting with the idea of medicating soldiers to desensitize them to combat trauma -- will an army of unfeeling monsters result?

Martial law is perhaps the ultimate stomping of freedom

Stomping freedom

by James Bovard


Martial law is perhaps the ultimate stomping of freedom. And yet, on September 30, 2006, Congress passed a provision in a 591-page bill that will make it easy for President Bush to impose martial law in response to a terrorist ‘incident.’ It also empowers him to effectively declare martial law in response to what he or other federal officials label a shortfall of ‘public order’ — whatever that means...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Martial Law Act of 2006

By James Bovard

Martial law is perhaps the ultimate stomping of freedom. And yet, on September 30, 2006, Congress passed a provision in a 591-page bill that will make it easy for President Bush to impose martial law in response to a terrorist "incident." It also empowers him to effectively declare martial law in response to what he or other federal officials label a shortfall of "public order" - whatever that means.

Bush Administration Bows Out of Forests Suit

According to The Associated Press, "The Bush administration will press ahead with rule revisions to the primary law governing logging on national forests, which forced deep cutbacks in timber harvest to protect the spotted owl."

Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win

Talk of Change

This Friday, Bill Moyers Journal asks, "What does Obama's candidacy tell us about the politics of race in America? Bill Moyers talks with Shelby Steele, who has written widely on race in American society and is author of the recent book 'A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win.'"

Congressman Robert Wexler: A Surge of More Lies

In, Congressman Robert Wexler writes: "A new troubling myth has taken hold in Washington and it is critical that the record is set straight. According to the mainstream media, Republicans, and unfortunately even some Democrats, the President's surge in Iraq has been a resounding success. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth."

Court Seems to Back Indiana Voter ID Law

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports: "The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to uphold the nation's strictest requirement that voters show photo identification before casting a ballot."


License and (voter) registration, please

Mother Jones
by Stephanie Mencimer


[A] Missouri court ruled in 2006 that a state law requiring photo ID to cast a ballot was an unconstitutional infringement on the right to vote akin to a poll tax because the paperwork required to get the ID was not free. But federal courts have also upheld several of these laws, including one in the state of Indiana considered the strictest in the country. That law will get the scrutiny of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, in what promises to be a bitter partisan legal brawl of the sort the court has been avoiding since it put George W. Bush into office in 2000. It could well be the most significant voting rights case since Bush v. Gore and could have a direct impact on the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. If the court upholds the law, other states will be free to pass similarly strict laws that could potentially shut out millions of voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

New Jersey Passes Groundbreaking Election Reform Legislation

Great News. New Jersey is the first state whose legislature has passed a scientifically-minded vote count auditing bill. As Fritz Scheuren, President of the American Statistical Association states,

"The key contribution of this legislation is to correct a common design flaw in the audit or verification of votes cast that calls for a fixed percent of the precincts to be recounted. The fixed percentage approach is just wrong, wasteful on the one hand and insufficient on the other."

However, despite its improved approach, the NJ audit bill contains some loopholes which could allow NJ's audits to be manipulated; and its language will have to be rewritten eventually because it does not allow for increased efficiency of auditing in the future as voting systems become more auditable.

An even better model vote count audit bill is being offered in the Utah legislature this session which has been reviewed and contributed to by county clerks and election auditing experts alike:

The Utah bill language (above link) contains a new section which permits a two-stage audit. Stage one, would audit all vote counts except for provisional and absentee ballot counts, and stage two, after all provisional and absentee ballots are counted, then takes these new counts into account.

The Utah bill also will include a section requiring public access to and oversight over election records and ballot security procedures as described here:

The final version of the Utah vote count audit bill, after it is drafted by expert legislative legal counsel, will be available soon.


New Jersey Citizens' Coalition on HAVA Implementation


Contact: Renee Steinhagen, HAVA Coalition Coordinator and Executive Director, New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center

NEW JERSEY PASSES GROUNDBREAKING ELECTION REFORM LEGISLATION Bill Combats Fraud by Requiring Random, Mandatory Audits of Election Results

Newark, NJ - Just after 1:00 a.m. this morning, voting on its last bill of the session, the New Jersey General Assembly passed legislation that will require random, mandatory audits of election results designed to detect outcome-reversing miscounts. Once signed by the governor, the provisions will take effect immediately, which will require all absentee ballots in the February primary to be subject to auditing. Once the voter-verifiable paper record is implemented, all ballots will be subject to audit.

The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Nia Gill (D-Essex), is being hailed as model legislation for election integrity. It was designed by the New Jersey Citizens' Coalition on the Implementation of HAVA (Help America Vote Act) with the assistance of a Ph.D. political scientist, experienced election integrity advocates from two states that have election auditing laws, Ph.D. statisticians from the American Statistical Association, and other voting rights advocates, all of whom worked pro bono.

One of the bill's most innovative features is that the margin of victory in a race will determine the extent of the audit. In closer races, more districts will be scrutinized, and the districts to be audited will be chosen at random. The process is transparent, nonpartisan, and completely independent of software. As a result, it provides a certified outcome that citizens can trust. With the passage of this bill, New Jersey is fast becoming a leader in election administration reform.

"This bill increases the transparency, security, and integrity of ballot counting and reporting in New Jersey, and moves us further toward the ultimate goal of fair and inclusive elections," said Renee Steinhagen, Coordinator of the Coalition and Executive Director of New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center.

"This bill marks the beginning of the end of our world of demon-haunted elections. It's the first post-election audit law to require electoral outcomes to be confirmed by a statistical audit, independent of software. This is a model for the nation. Even now the key provisions of this bill are being copied and tailored to meet other states' requirements," said Howard Stanislevic, Computer Network Engineer & Founder, E-Voter Education Project, who also worked on the bill.

Under the new legislation, the Attorney General will appoint an independent professional audit team of at least four members to supervise the audits conducted by election officials. Members will not have potential conflicts of interest (such as employment by the Attorney General, a political party or candidate, or a voting machine company or contractor). At least one member of the team will have verifiable expertise in the field of statistics, and another will have expertise in auditing. The audit team will develop a set of scientifically reasonable assumptions that will determine the size of the initial audit in each race on the ballot in question. Those assumptions will be subject to public comment. The scientific framework will be designed to deliver the statistical power necessary to detect outcome-altering miscounts. If the results of the initial audit raise concerns, then the audit will be expanded until a truly accurate outcome can be determined.

The auditing process will be done by hand. Hand-counted totals of voter-verifiable paper records will be compared to the corresponding electronic vote counts in a minimum of 2% of the election districts in each county in which the audited election appears on the ballot. This procedure requires all counties to share the burden of audits proportional to their populations. Absentee ballots will be divided into audit units approximately equal in size to the average election district in each county in terms of the number of ballots cast, but will not be associated with any particular election district.

Fritz Scheuren, President of the American Statistical Association and one of the conceptual architects of the bill, stated, "The key contribution of this legislation is to correct a common design flaw in the audit or verification of votes cast that calls for a fixed percent of the precincts to be recounted. The fixed percentage approach is just wrong, wasteful on the one hand and insufficient on the other." He added, "The legislation achieves its ends by laying out a flexible process that should work well for all stakeholders. It does not attempt one-size-fits-all conformity. Given this recognition of the need for flexibility, the emphasis on using experts and on full transparency is just right."

For more information, contact Renee Steinhagen, Coordinator of the NJ Citizens' Coalition on the Implementation of HAVA and Executive Director of New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center at: New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center,

The bill is available for immediate download as a PDF at:

Kathy Dopp

The material expressed herein is the informed product of the author Kathy Dopp's fact-finding and investigative efforts. Dopp is a Mathematician, Expert in election audit mathematics and procedures; in exit poll discrepancy analysis; and can be reached at

P.O. Box 680192 Park City, UT 84068
phone 435-658-4657

History of Confidence Election Auditing Development & Overview of Election Auditing Fundamentals

Vote Yes on HR811 and S2295

Voters Have Reason to Worry

"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day," wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1816

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Droht weltweite Rezession?

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Goldman Sachs sees recession in 2008

Goldman Sachs on Wednesday said it expects the U.S. economy to drop into recession this year, prompting the Federal Reserve to slash benchmark lending rates to 2.5 percent by the third quarter.

From Information Clearing House

Ron Paul Is A RACIST?

New Republic Author Interviewed About Ron Paul's Past Writings

Jamie Kirchick of The New Republic discusses a piece out on Friday alleging presidential candidate Ron Paul has a racist past.

Ron Paul Statement on The New Republic Article Regarding Old Newsletters

In response to an article published by The New Republic, Ron Paul issued the following statement:


Ron Paul Goes Off On Wolf Blitzer Over Racist Accusations

Ron Paul's Shocking Statements On CNN (PT.2) 1-10-08

Ron Paul Is A RACIST?? The Next Episode. Pt. 1

Ron Paul Is A RACIST?? The Next Episode. Pt. 2

NAACP President: Ron Paul Is Not A Racist
Linder says Paul being smeared because he is a threat to the establishment

Informant: shane_digital


Kirchick's sloppy research and smear agenda exposed

This System's Achilles' Heel

By Malcolm Martin

The fact is that the story of the United States of America is bound up in the birth and rise of capitalism, and the nation's present descent into dictatorship is part of the same economic system's decline and inevitable death.

Thinking For Yourself Is Now A Crime!

The bill will, in short, create massive terrorism in the United States. But the perpetrators of terrorism will not be Muslim terrorists; they will be government agents and fellow citizens.


H.R. 1955 Freedom of Speech, Thought Crime

The Expanding Police State: Operation Falcon Raid

By Mike Whitney

There's only one way to make sure that the machinery of state-terror is operating at maximum efficiency; flip on the switch and let er rip. That was thinking behind the massive roundup of 10,000 American citizens in what was aptly-christened Operation Falcon.

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis

By Bill Moyers

Host Bill Moyers exposes the inner workings of the secret government. Though originally broadcast in 1987, it is even more relevant today. Interviews with respected, top military, intelligence, and government insiders reveal both the history and secret objectives.

The number of billionaires around the world rose by 102 to a record 793

On Rejecting "The System"

By Emily Spence

'The number of billionaires around the world rose by 102 to a record 793... and their combined wealth grew 18 percent to $2.6 trillion, according to "Forbes" magazine's 2006 rankings of the world's richest people [5].' In addition, their group has been expanding steadily. All the while they, also, command vast stores of resources (obtained through their purchasing power), manipulate their governments (through lobbies and other means) and control others (via military might and other kinds) to keep everything solidly behind their acts of racking in ever more dollars and possessions, including huge tracts of land and factories, for themselves.

Americans still pretend they brought Democracy to Iraq

Straight Talk

By Layla Anwar

Americans still pretend they brought Democracy to Iraq. Keep on deluding yourselves folks. Had I been in charge of your education, I would grant you free PHD's in Deceit, Duplicity and Denial.

The Myth Of Sectarianism: The policy is divide to rule


The snow job by the corporate media on the issue of sectarianism in Iraq has ensured that the public buys into the line that the Sunni and Shia will dice one another up into little pieces if the occupation ends.

UN Says About 151,000 Iraqis Killed Since 2003

By Khaleej Times

The World Health Organization said Wednesday a large-scale household survey showed an estimated 151,000 Iraqis were violently killed since the US-led invasion of their country in March 2003 to the middle of 2006.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,164,650

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq 3,921

The War in Iraq Costs
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From Information Clearing House

Media Struggles To Whitewash Clinton Vote Fraud Suspicions

Let Rep. Jerrold Nadler Know We Need Impeachment This Sunday

ödp München: Rot-Grün ignoriert Klimaveränderungänderung

Fox & Friends or Fox & Foes?

by Alan Stang

Now Fox News is news itself because it banned Dr. Ron Paul from the Republican debate before the New Hampshire primary. Why would Fox ban the Party’s biggest fund raiser by far, who got more than 10% of the vote in Iowa? The answer is that Rupert Murdoch runs Fox and a metastasizing chunk of this country’s media, recently including the Wall St. Journal. Murdoch owns the Times of London, the New York Post and 20th Century FOX, along with enough television stations to cover almost half the country......

Will Ron Paul Authorize an Audit of the New Hampshire Primary?

by Devvy Kidd

Regular readers of my column know I have been on the vote fraud issue since 1993. It is real and has dominated our elections since the late '60s. While the corporate media flunkies have been diligent in their efforts to marginalize and crush Dr. Paul's run for the White House the past several months, his support has swelled and along with it, the necessary cash to run a viable campaign. [See this excellent DVD on vote fraud "Hacking Democracy"].......

Cypriot student kills dog for fun

Der Mindestlohn, Fluch oder Segen?

Jobkiller, Konjunkturbremse, Wirtschafts-, Verbraucher – und Arbeiterschädlicher Fehlgriff oder soziales Friedensinstrument?

Ein Dauerbrenner in der öffentlichen Auseinandersetzung um einen ordentlichen nationalen Niedriglohnsektor und die wenig besinnlichen Alternativen. Artikel in GegenStandpunkt 4-07

Mindestens ein satter Hungerlohn

Immer mehr Unternehmer entdecken die Vorteile, die gesetzlich geregelte Mindestlöhne für sie mit sich bringen können – wenn sie nur niedrig genug sind. Artikel von Lutz Getzschmann in der Jungle World vom 10. Januar 2008

IG Metall : Mehr Eigeninitiative statt Mindestlohn ? - und ein Paradigmenwechsel bei der SPD - ein europäischer Blick

Kommentar von Volker Bahl vom 9.1.08

Es ist ein Kommentar zu: "Wir sind bei Mindestlöhnen zu zahm"

Der neue IG-Metall-Chef von Nordrhein-Westfalen, Oliver Burkhard, mahnt Gewerkschaften zu mehr Eigeninitiative - statt nach der Politik zu rufen. Interview von Eva Roth mit Oliver Burkhard in Frankfurter Rundschau vom 08.01.2008

Niedriglohn: wir haben jetzt schon genug Niedriglöhne!

Arbeiten für wenig Geld. Niedriglohnbeschäftigung in Deutschland

„Seit Mitte der 1990er Jahre steigt die Niedriglohnbeschäftigung in Deutschland sprunghaft an. Was sind die Triebkräfte dieser Entwicklung? Welche Arbeitsplätze sind besonders betroffen? Anhand der Beispiele Call Center, Einzelhandel, Ernährungsindustrie, Hotel und Krankenhaus verleihen die Autoren des Bandes der Niedriglohnarbeit in Deutschland ein Gesicht und zeigen, wo politischer Handlungsbedarf besteht, etwa die Einführung von Mindestlöhnen…“ Siehe zum von Gerhard Bosch und Claudia Weinkopf herausgegebenen Buch (Campus Verlag, 319 Seiten, EAN 9783593384290, Euro 34,90/SFR 59,00):

Informationen und Bestellmöglichkeit beim Verlag


Einleitung der Herausgeber – exklusiv im LabourNet Germany (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 10. Januar 2008


Mogelpackung Branchen-Mindestlohn

„Die Branchen-Mindestlöhne, mit denen die Union den allgemeinen Mindestlohn abwehren will, haben viel mehr Nachteile als eine flächendeckende Lösung - aber keinen der Vorteile, schreibt Handelsblatt-Korrespondent Norbert Häring in einem provokanten Essay..“ Essay von Norbert Häring im Handelsblatt vom 29. Januar 2008

Aus dem Text: „…Das Modell, das hier vertreten werden soll, ist das des großzügigen, aber auf dem strengen Subsidiaritätsprinzip beharrenden Sozialstaats. Das beinhaltet, dass alle, die arbeiten können, mit Hilfen, Anreizen und Druck dazu gebracht werden, soweit möglich selbst ihren Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen. (..) Ein Mindestlohn kann bei die Umsetzung des Subsidiaritätsprinzips beträchtlich erleichtern. Er kann klar stellen, was die Gesellschaft von denen erwartet, die Arbeitslosenunterstützung oder Sozialhilfe in Anspruch nehmen - und was nicht. Wenn klar ist, dass der Mindestlohn fünf, sechs oder sieben Euro beträgt, dann ist auch klar, dass niemand genötigt wird, für vier Euro je Stunde zu arbeiten, um legitim die Hilfe der Solidargemeinschaft in Anspruch nehmen zu können. Wenn der so präzisierte Anspruch der Gesellschaft auf Selbsthilfe durchgesetzt wird, steigt umgekehrt die Bereitschaft der Steuerzahler, Sozialleistungen zu finanzieren. Denn die meisten Menschen geben lieber, wenn sie einigermaßen sicher sind, dass der Empfänger bedürftig und nicht einfach Lebemänner oder Schwarzarbeiter sind. Auch Maßnahmen zur Flexibilisierung und Dynamisierung der Wirtschaftsstruktur werden leichter vertretbar und verdaubar, wenn ein Mindestlohn deutlich macht, dass Freigesetzte nicht ins Prekariat abgedrängt werden sollen. (…) Wie erklärt man den Leuten, dass sie sich nicht für acht Euro als Briefträger einstellen lassen dürfen, aber für fünf Euro bei einer Wachgesellschaft anheuern sollen, wenn sie ihre Hartz-IV-Ansprüche nicht verlieren wollen? Das geht schlicht und ergreifend nicht. Entsprechend tut das Konzept auch nichts, um Sozialhilfeempfänger vom Generalverdacht der Faulheit zu befreien…“

Mindestlöhne und Managergehälter. Warum verdienen Arbeiter so wenig und Manager so viel?

„Die gewaltige Kluft zwischen niedrigen Löhnen und „obszön“ hohen Managergehältern hält die Republik in Atem. Die Beschwerdeführer kommen aus den höchsten politischen Kreisen und heißen Köhler, Merkel, Beck oder ähnlich. Dieselben Figuren, die seit Jahren Lohnsenkungen auf breiter Front fordern und durchsetzen, entdecken plötzlich wenigstens ein halbes Herz für einen Mindestlohn und schimpfen auf die Gehälter von Managern. Was bezwecken sie damit?..“ Mitschnitt des Referats von Rolf Röhrig bei einer Diskussionsveranstaltung des Gegenstandpunkt-Verlages am 23.01.2008 in Regensburg

Zitat zum Thema

„Neue Volksweisheit zum Mindestlohn. Anstelle eines gesetzlichen Mindestlohns übermittelt die Bundesregierung nach abschließender Debatte nachfolgend zum Trost eine Volksweisheit zum Auswendiglernen: Wer den Eurojob nicht ehrt, ist den Mindestlohn nicht wert!“

Aus: LabourNet, 29. Januar 2008


Arbeiten am Existenzminimum

Stoppt die Enteignung von Geschenken!

10. Januar 2008

Das Frühjahr ist traditionell die Zeit der der Kommunionsfeiern in der katholischen Kirche und der Konfirmationsfeiern in der evangelischen Kirche. Eigentlich sind das kirchlich-familiäre Feiern ohne politischen Bezug. Dass Kommunion und Konfirmation nun doch eine Politisierung erfahren, ist den so genannten Hartz Reformen zu verdanken. Dazu erklärt das Mitglied des Parteivorstandes Jürgen Klute:

Konfirmation und Kommunion sind ebenso wie eine Jugendweihe einmalige Feiern im Leben eines Menschen. Geschenke, die zu diesem Anlass gemacht werden, auf ALG-II-Leistungen anzurechnen, ist deshalb ein Skandal. Anschaulicher kann die Spaltung unserer Gesellschaft kaum noch werden: Die Kinder der Familien, die ihre Einkommen selbst erwirtschaften, können Geschenke in einem beliebigen Wert bekommen, ohne dass sie ihnen wieder abgenommen werden. Ihre Geschenke stehen unter dem Schutz des Grundgesetzes, mit dem Privateigentum gesichert wird. Niemand darf sie ihnen nehmen. Für Kinder, deren Eltern auf ALG II angewiesen sind, gilt dieser grundgesetzliche Schutz nicht mehr. Die Hartz-Gesetze verpflichten die Agentur für Arbeit, Geschenke im Wert von über 50 Euro faktisch zu enteignen, indem sie auf die Leistungen zum Lebensunterhalt angerechnet werden. Letztendlich obliegt die Entscheidung darüber zu einem gewissen Grad dem Ermessen des zuständigen Mitarbeiters. Damit sind Willkür Tür und Tor geöffnet. Das ist eine radikale Abkehr von der ebenfalls im Grundgesetz verankerten Sozialpflichtigkeit von Eigentum, zu der die Enteignung der Armen, wie sie durch Hartz IV festgeschrieben ist, im krassen Gegensatz steht. Die Kirchen verstehen sich als Glaubensgemeinschaften, deren Lebenspraxis auf dem Prinzip der Gleichheit aller Menschen, der Nächstenliebe und einer gerechten und solidarischen Güterverteilung basieren. In ihrem Sozialwort "Für eine Zukunft in Solidarität und Gerechtigkeit" von 1997 haben die evangelische und die katholische Kirche sehr konkret beschrieben, was diese Prinzipien aus ihrer Sicht für das praktische Leben und Wirtschaften heute bedeuten. Die in unserer Gesellschaft existierende Armut mit dem gleichzeitig bestehenden Reichtum dieser Gesellschaft zu bekämpfen, war eine der konkreten Forderungen des Sozialwortes. Wo aber bleibt heute der Protest der Kirchen gegen die drohende Enteignung der Konfirmations- und Kommunionsgeschenke der Kinder von ALG-II-Beziehenden? Die christliche Nächstenliebe macht diesen Protest zur Pflicht einer jeden Kirchengemeinde, eines jeden Pfarrers und einer jeden Pfarrerin! Möglichkeiten, dem Protest Ausdruck zu verleihen, gibt es genug: Von der Predigt über Resolutionen der Kirchengemeinde, Anfragen, Protestbriefen und Anträgen an Kommunalparlamente, Kreistage, Landesparlamente und Bundestag. Jetzt zum Jahresbeginn ist noch ausreichend Zeit, den nötigen politischen Druck aufzubauen, damit den Kindern der ALG-II-Beziehenden in diesem Jahr nicht die Konfirmations- und Kommunionsgeschenke weggenommen werden. Die Kirchen sind an dieser Stelle gefordert, aktiv zu werden! In der "Verordnung zur Berechnung von Einkommen sowie zur Nichtberücksichtigung von Einkommen und Vermögen beim Arbeitslosengeld II/Sozialgeld" heißt es in § 1 "Nicht als Einkommen zu berücksichtigende Einnahmen": Als Einkommen sind nicht zu berücksichtigen: "1. einmalige Einnahmen und Einnahmen, die in größeren als monatlichen Zeitabständen anfallen, wenn sie 50 Euro jährlich nicht übersteigen". Nach dem Hartz-IV-Gesetz ist bei Einnahmen immer zu prüfen, ob die Bedürftigkeit der Bedarfsgemeinschaft gegeben sei, erläuterte die Sprecherin der NRW-Regionalagentur für Arbeit, Diana Appelhoff, bereits im April letzten Jahres gegenüber dem WDR. Das gelte auch für Konfirmations- und Kommunionsgeschenke. Geschenke bis zu einem Wert von 50 Euro, so Appelhoff seinerzeit, seien kein Problem. Aber alles, was über 50 Euro hinausgehe, gelte grundsätzlich als Einnahme. Und Einnahmen sind grundsätzlich auf die ALG-II-Leistung anzurechnen. Anderseits, so Appelhoff weiter, hätten die Arbeitsagenturen vor Ort Ermessensspielräume, müssten also nicht automatisch alle Geschenke im Wert von über 50 Euro auf die ALG-II-Leistungen anrechnen. Diese Regelung gilt im Übrigen auch für Geschenke anlässlich einer Jugendweihe.

Greenwash und Lobbyisten in Ministerien

TV-Tipps zu Greenwash und Lobbyisten in Ministerien

Heute abend bringt Monitor einen Beitrag über "Greenwash: Wenn das Image grüner ist als die Wirklichkeit", 9. Januar um 21.45 - 22.15 Uhr in der ARD.

Wir haben gerade die Nachricht bekommen, dass der Greenwash-Beitrag bei Monitor wegen eines aktuellen Schwerpunktes zum Thema Jugendgewalt verschoben wird (auch wenn der Beitrag online noch angekündigt ist). Der Beitrag kommt dann hoffentlich in der nächsten Sendung am 31. Januar.

Uli Müller

Für Sonntag plant das ZDF-Magazin Mona Lisa einen Beitrag über die Mitarbeit von Lobbyisten in Ministerien: Sonntag, 13.1., 18-18:30 Uhr.

Wenn Sie die Beiträge verpassen, finden Sie nach den Sendungen weitere Informationen auf den Webseiten von Monitor

und Mona Lisa,1872,1020210,00.html

Weitere "preiswürdige" Greenwasher

Das englische Magazin Ethical Corporation, das sich mit Unternehmensethik und Dingen wie "Corporate Social Responsibility" beschäftigt hat 2007 eine monatliche Greenwasher-Rubrik eingeführt. Im Dezember listet die Rubrik "this year's biggest and best examples of corporate idiocy" - es sind einige amüsante und absurde Grünfärbereien darunter (in Englisch natürlich):

Aus: LobbyControl-Newsletter vom 10.1.2008


Neue Enthüllungen über Lobbyisten in Ministerien

In die Auseinandersetzung über die Mitarbeit von Lobbyisten in Ministerien kommt neue Bewegung. Die Monitor-Redakteure stellen heute ihre Recherchen in Buchform vor, und in den kommenden Wochen wird der überfällige Bericht des Bundesrechnungshof erwartet. Dann wird die Aussitze-Taktik der Regierung nicht mehr reichen - LobbyControl bereitet sich auf die nächste Kampagnenphase vor und aktualisiert die Datenbank .

Aus: LobbyControl-Newsletter vom 25.2.2008

Debatte um die Verschärfung des Jugendstrafrechts auf dem Rücken von Jugendlichen und MigrantInnen beenden

10. Januar 2008

CDU-Wahlkampfgetöse auf dem Rücken von Jugendlichen und MigrantInnen beenden

Zur weiteren Debatte um die Verschärfung des Jugendstrafrechts und zur heutigen Beratung der Unions-Innenminister erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katina Schubert:

Die hohe Zahl von Gewalttaten junger Menschen ist in erster Linie Ergebnis von gesellschaftlicher Ausgrenzung und sozialer Spaltung und hat nichts mit der Herkunft der Jugendlichen zu tun. Hinzu kommt eine Alltagskultur, in der Gewalt zunehmend zur Normalität gehört - ob im direkten Umfeld oder in den Medien - und zwar drastischer als in vergangenen Jahrzehnten. Dieses Problem lässt sich jedoch nicht über ein schärferes Jugendstrafrecht oder gar - wie vom hessischen Ministerpräsidenten gefordert – über schnellere Abschiebungen ausländischer Jugendlicher überwinden. Das ist keine Lösung, es verlagert das Problem allenfalls - in andere Länder mit Knästen, aus denen mit Sicherheit nach Ende der Haftzeit keine besseren Menschen kommen. Notwendig ist nicht nur eine gesellschaftliche Debatte über den Umgang mit Gewalt im Alltag von jungen Menschen und in Medien, sondern vor allem ein Bündel von Maßnahmen zur gesellschaftlichen Integration ausgegrenzter junger Menschen. Dazu gehören neben guter schulischer und Berufsausbildung auch Angebote zur Freizeitgestaltung oder spezielle Anti-Gewalt-Trainings, die jungen Menschen zeigen, dass es Alternativen zur gewalttätigen Auseinandersetzung mit anderen gibt. Dazu bedarf es in erster Linie gut ausgebildeten und glaubwürdigen Personals, das in den Problemgebieten selbst zu Hause ist oder Kontakte knüpft und Vertrauen aufbaut. Das kostet erst einmal viel Geld, ist aber mit Sicherheit effektiver als so genannte Erziehungscamps oder geschlossene Anstalten. Bleibt zu hoffen, dass Roland Koch mit seiner gefährlichen Zündelei mit rassistischen Ressentiments scheitert und er von den Bürgerinnen und Bürgern Hessens am Wahltag die Quittung erhält.

Fast Food Nation: Industrialization

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Native lands are not for sale or use

Homeland Security preparing to seize Apache lands

Ron Paul vs Laura Ingraham

Informant: shane_digital

Plea to mobile phone firm over mast

Do It Yourself Impeachment

Electronic Voting Machine Fraud

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As the Iraqis kick the can down the road, so do the Americans

Scamming a New War Against Iran

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