Freitag, 18. Januar 2008

John McCain's real war record

On the campaign trail he touts his sharp criticism of Donald Rumsfeld and the Bush administration on Iraq. But a look at McCain's record reveals a different war story.

From Information Clearing House

Only America 'parses' torture

The United States has lost so much of its credibility and prestige on the world stage because of its heavy-handed interrogation tactics that President Bush's insistence that US interrogators don't torture holds as much water as "Iran denying it has a nuclear weapons program," a retired Navy lawyer says.

From Information Clearing House

Iraqi Police Commander in Basra Dismisses Accusations Against Iran

This accusation which the US and British forces of occupation have continuously and repeatedly made in the past few years has not been backed up with facts, according to the (Iraqi) field commanders in southern Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

Congressman Robert Wexler: Cheney Impeachment Stronger than Watergate

Robert Wexler (D-FL) took to the House floor to urge the House Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment hearings into Vice President Cheney for "high crimes and misdemeanors." - History demands that we take action, because the case against Vice President Cheney is far stronger than the illegalities surrounding Watergate.

Bush's "Stimulus" Cash Giveaway

Bush's "Stimulus" Cash Giveaway; "Gentlemen, Start The Helicopters"

By Mike Whitney

The White House is now in full-panic mode. In fact, the falling stock market has the administration so worried that Bush will deliver a speech later today that will lay out the details of a "stimulus package" designed to rev-up flagging consumer spending.

Pakistan's Nukes Are Here To Stay, Get Used To It

By Ahmed Quraishi

The 'real' Pakistani officials in charge of the nation's vast nuclear and strategic arsenal have spent the past few months quietly laughing at the doomsday scenarios that American politicians and media organizations have been spinning for months now. These Pakistani officials say they are calm because of their confidence in their capabilities. However, this Pakistani calm should not be mistaken for weakness. "My message is: Don't mess with us," says Air Commodore Khalid Banuri, with pride.

Who Will Take the Fall for the CIA?

Robert Lovato, writing for AlterNet, reports: "As he concluded a closed-door congressional hearing into the CIA torture tape scandal, Committee Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, on Wednesday opened the country to a historic possibility: that the fate of the investigation into the destruction of the tapes will be decided by Latino government officials. Current and former Latino officials may even determine whether the investigation reaches the White House."

Don't Cry for Me, America

Paul Krugman writes in The New York Times: "Mexico. Brazil. Argentina. Mexico, again. Thailand. Indonesia. Argentina, again. And now, the United States. The story has played itself out time and time again over the past 30 years. Global investors, disappointed with the returns they're getting, search for alternatives. They think they've found what they're looking for in some country or other, and money rushes in."

Hillary Clinton's Sleaze Parade

Secret Service: Detailed Look at '06 Cheney Turmoil

Decide on Polar Bears First, Then Oil: Lawmaker

Wollen die Europäer Fleisch und Milch von geklonten Tieren?

In den USA wurden Lebensmittelprodukte geklonter Tiere für den Markt zugelassen, in der EU regt sich erster Widerstand.

Destruction of Amazon rainforest accelerates despite outcry

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Impassioned plea to have phone mast moved as health deteriorates

Margaret McGinley, Comeen, who suffers from electro magnetic sensitivity.

By Cronan Scanlon

A GLENFIN woman has made an impassioned plea for a mobile phone mast to be moved further from her home as she claims it is having a detrimental effect on her health and quality of life.


Film-maker hits the roof over 16 phone masts on flats block

Legal action threatened over cost of survey to trace cause of ceiling leaks

AN award-winning film-maker has paid for her own surveyors’ report after she suspected the weight of 16 mobile phone masts was damaging the ceiling of her top-floor flat.


Steinbrück kritisiert "Karawanen-Kapitalismus"

Die politische Empörung über Nokias Rückzug ist ein Resultat der Diskrepanz zwischen Globalisierungsvermittlung und tatsächlicher Globalisierung.


Struck und Seehofer schaffen Nokia-Handys ab

Aus für letztes Handy-Werk in Deutschland

Protest kein Nokia-Handy mehr

Millionen für Nokia: Wiederholen wäre nicht gestohlen

Canadian Manual Has US on Torture List

Ian Austen, of The New York Times, reports: "A training manual for Canadian diplomats lists the United States among countries that potentially torture or abuse prisoners. The manual is an internal document of the Department of Foreign Affairs. A spokesman for the foreign minister confirmed the contents of the manual after news reports about it circulated on Thursday."


Canada Places US, Israel on Torture Watch List

The Nation: Twin Disasters

The editors of The Nation write: "As the election drama renewed optimism among voters disgusted with the Bush era, there was an unfortunate side effect: the war in Iraq seemed to disappear from the headlines. Perhaps it was public exhaustion over a war that is nearing the end of its fifth year, or the unwillingness of Democratic leaders and candidates to keep pressing their call for an end to the occupation.... Meanwhile, Democrats were slow to confront another conflagration--the tottering economy. We now face the prospect of an election-year recession on top of a disastrous and costly war. Some voters feel that one or the other crisis demands the higher priority: the war or the rapidly deteriorating economy. We believe both are top priorities."

Judge May Question CIA Agents About Tapes

Alan Feuer reports for The New York Times, "A federal judge in New York said Thursday that he was 'disappointed' in how investigators from the Central Intelligence Agency had handled videotapes documenting the harsh interrogation of detainees from Al Qaeda, adding that he was considering questioning agency officials who had watched the tapes about why they had made no record of them in their files."

Waxman: 473 Days of Email Missing From White House, Agencies From 2003 to 2005

Dan Eggen and Elizabeth Williamson, of The Washington Post, report, "The White House possesses no archived e-mail messages for many of its component offices, including the Executive Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President, for hundreds of days between 2003 and 2005, according to the summary of an internal White House study that was disclosed yesterday by a congressional Democrat."

Mobilfunk: Staatsregierung zwingt Gesundheitsämter zu gesetzeswidrigem Verhalten

Take Action: Tell the federal government to protect sea turtles!


Protect Vital Sea Turtle Habitat

The federal government is considering granting much-needed protection to the Pacific leatherback sea turtle's foraging grounds off U.S. West Coast. Pacific leatherbacks, possibly the most imperiled sea turtles today, travel thousands of miles from their nesting grounds in Indonesia to feed on seasonally abundant jellyfish off the California and Oregon coasts. Scientists agree that this area is vital to the survival of this population.

Last fall, the Center, along with Turtle Island Restoration Network and Oceana, petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to designate these vital feeding grounds as critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. The agency has agreed that the area has significant value for Pacific leatherbacks and is asking for public comment on the designation. Designating the area as critical habitat will ensure that no activities will be permitted in that area that would harm leatherback sea turtles.

Pacific leatherbacks are in dire need of habitat protection. Their population is at a precariously low level. One of the primary threats to Pacific leatherbacks is entanglement and death in fishing gear such as longlines and gillnets. Granting formal protection under the Endangered Species Act to the leatherback's feeding area would help to ensure that these deadly types of fishing gear would not be allowed in the leatherback's critical feeding and migratory area while turtles are present. This is the only sure way to guarantee that these magnificent, vanishing giants do not cross the ocean only to perish in destructive fishing gear.

Please let the National Marine Fisheries Service know that you support the designation of critical habitat for Pacific leatherbacks off the West Coast.

Click here to take action through

Enter your name and address, then enter your comments or cut and paste from the sample letter below. When you're ready to submit your comments, go to the very bottom of the page and click "next step." You can then confirm and submit your comments. You don't need to use the "attachment" option at

You can also fax your comments to 301-427-2522, Attention: Therese Conant.

Or mail to: David Cottingham Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division Office of Protected Resources, NMFS
1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please submit your comments by February 26, 2008.

Sample letter:

RIN 0648-XE13 Pacific Leatherback Critical Habitat

I strongly support the designation of critical habitat for the Pacific leatherback off the U.S. West Coast. Scientific studies show that Pacific leatherbacks nesting in Indonesia rely on the waters off California and Oregon as a vital feeding area. The seasonal abundance of jellyfish in this area is so critical to Pacific leatherbacks that they travel thousands of miles across the Pacific to feed.

Both the perilously low population level of Pacific leatherback and the critical importance of its West Coast foraging grounds make it imperative that the National Marine Fisheries Service designate this area as critical habitat and protect it to the full extent of the law. One of the greatest threats to Pacific leatherbacks is death by entanglement in fishing gear; longlines and gillnets in particular pose grave threats to feeding and migrating leatherbacks. The Service recognized this when it established the Pacific Leatherback Conservation Area and closed it to harmful fishing gear while leatherbacks are feeding in the area.

I urge you to grant formal, permanent protection under the Endangered Species Act to the leatherback's critical feeding area and the adjacent areas it uses to access those feeding grounds. Designating this area as critical habitat will provide much-needed protection for leatherbacks and help to ensure that these individuals can return to their nesting grounds well fed and ready to perpetuate the species.

Thank you.

Cell Phones Blamed for Disrupted Sleep

The study, which was conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), showed that exposure to electromagnetic radiation resulted in disturbed sleep patterns, potentially affecting your body's ability to recover from a day of stress. This news is an eye-opening finding for gadget fans who have trouble nodding off at night, especially those who use the alarm clock function on their phones.


Huge Diebold Disparities Uncovered In New Hampshire Recount

Öffentliche Gentechnikpetition

Liebe Freunde gesunder Lebensmittel,

bitte schaut Euch die Petition an und unterschreibt. Diese Gen-Manipulation kann man nicht mehr rückgängig machen. Wir haben auch unterschrieben und bitte schnellstens weiterverbreiten!

Viele Grüße

Udo Krehl

----- Original Message -----
From: Ulrich Dienemann
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:53 AM

Subject: Öffentliche Gentechnikpetition

Sehr geehrte Mitarbeiter der Initiative gentechnikfreier Westerwald,

ich versuche mit folgendem Text möglichst viele auf eine öffentliche Petition aufmerksam zu machen. Vielleicht können auch Sie in ihrem Verteiler und/oder auf Ihrer Website auf die Petition hinweisen:

Am Dienstag den 15.1.08 wurde beim Deutschen Bundestag eine öffentliche Petition die "Gentechnik" betreffend online gestellt: Eine ideale Möglichkeit, dem Deutschen Bundestag durch Mitzeichnung seine Meinung zu äußern!

"Mit der Petition soll erreicht werden, dass gentechnisch veränderte Organismen (GVOs) nicht patentiert und in der Land- und Forstwirtschaft ausnahmslos gesetzlich verboten werden.

Mit der Petition soll verhindert werden, dass die biologische Vielfalt in Deutschlands Böden und landwirtschaftlichen Erzeugnissen durch Verunreinigung mit GVOs für immer verloren geht. Das empfindliche ökologische Gleichgewicht aller natürlichen Organismen muss erhalten bleiben?." usw.

Link zur öffentlichen Petition:

Diesen Link bitte möglichst weitläufig bekannt geben und bitte oft weitersenden?. Dankeschön!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ulrich Dienemann
Gnaningerstr. 94a
8072 Fernitz

Stoppen Sie die katastrophalen Agrarsprit-Ziele der EU

Gefahr im Verzuge

Opium fields spread across Iraq as farmers try to make ends meet

The cultivation of opium poppies whose product is turned into heroin is spreading rapidly across Iraq as farmers find they can no longer make a living through growing traditional crops.

From Information Clearing House

9/11 has taught us nothing

By Tom Feeley

9/11 has taught us nothing. We have become narcissistic and self centered; like the drug addict who refuses to look at himself, we rage on about how everyone is against us, and use our denial to continue our self destructive behavior. In search of another fix we roar across the world dropping bombs on anyone who may try to point out that our sickness is self-imposed.

What The CIA Had To Destroy

By Nat Hentoff

The many reasons this torture evidence was too hot to handle.

Nancy Pelosi, You Must Impeach!

By Richard Behan

Madam Speaker, if you will not impeach, then you must refute this history, if you can?

This Is The Debate General Electric Didn’t Want You To Hear

Audio & Transcript - Democracy Now! - Broadcast - 16/01/08

Democracy Now! Re-Hosts NBC Las Vegas Debate to Include Kucinich After NBC Wins Appeal to Exclude Him. In an exclusive broadcast, we re-broadcast excerpts of the debate and give the Ohio Congressman a chance to answer the questions he might have faced if he hadn’t been silenced...

Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes

by Mary Starrett

Change- the word is used in every presidential campaign speech, by every candidate. Polls show voters want “change.” So just what change can we expect if any of the so-called ‘front-runners’ of either ‘Big Box’ party get elected? Assume for a moment voters are actually able to have their votes tabulated accurately. However, if the recent New Hampshire primary is any indication.......

The political and economic agenda for a real gold standard

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)

One of the basic insights of the great Austrian economists, both Carl Menger and Ludwig von Mises, is that money emerged by evolution from the market process. It was not invented by governments. There are basic economic forces today that are contributing to the further evolution of the monetary system, and there is a political strategy that I believe will make it possible to liberate those forces and restore the monetary role for gold... (written 1985; posted 01/17/08)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Institutionalized spying on Americans

by Stephen Lendman


This article reviews two police state tools (among many in use) in America. One is new, undiscussed and largely unknown to the public. The other was covered in a December article by this writer called Police State America. Here it’s updated with new information...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

What they call progress in Iraq

by Joe Conason


As America marks the first anniversary of the troop escalation in Iraq, at least one thing has become clear. Although the “surge” is failing as policy, it seems to be succeeding as propaganda...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Cole, Bacevich refute 'myth' of successful Iraq surge

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Scientists Take Complaints About Interference to Hill

Elizabeth Williamson reports for The Washington Post that two dozen scientists swarmed Capitol Hill this week to speak with lawmakers about what they say is the Bush administration meddling in environmental science.

Ailing GI's Deployed to War Zones

Erin Emery for The Denver Post reports, "Fort Carson sent soldiers who were not medically fit to war zones last month to meet 'deployable strength' goals, according to e-mails obtained by The Denver Post."

Report Urges More Research Into Cell Phones

Save the Bears, Sign Our Petition Today

From: Endangered Earth - Online, No. 392

Bush Administration Abandons Jaguar Recovery

From: Endangered Earth - Online, No. 392

Aufnahme des Punktes Risiko Mobilfunk in das Wahlprogramm

Wie gefährlich ist Mobilfunk?

Historical analysis of current trends

Liberating The Masses with Ron Pauls' message

Dogs in need of help, your help

March of the Cellphone Towers

Canadian radio programme on cellphone towers archived

Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:29 am (PST)

The Canadian CBC radio did a programme on cellphone towers yesterday and it is archived here for your listening pleasure:

Description: March of the Cellphone Towers, Cellphones, Blackberries...

Canadians love wireless technology, and telecommunications companies market themselves on the seamlessness of their signal. But neighbourhoods aren't always happy about what it takes to feed the wireless habit - huge cell phone towers extending dozens of metres into the sky. Recent neighbourhood battles in places like Hamilton and Chilliwack, BC have highlighted the ongoing concerns of some about the health effects and aesthetics of the towers. "Sounds Like Canada" looks at the issue.

Henrik Eiriksson


CBC Radio Cell Tower Segment Follow-up

Another Bush Failure

Ron Paul's Charisma Factor

The Prospects of War with Iran

Informant: Lew Rockwell

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