Donnerstag, 24. April 2008

Die USA erklären Iran den Kontenkrieg

Die USA-Behörden verschärfen die Sanktionen gegen Iran und setzen große Teile des iranischen Bankensektors auf eine Schwarze Liste.

Friedliche Rebellion der Armen

Rechtlose wollen europaweit drei Tage streiken

Die spanische Gewerkschaft für Arbeitsimmigranten ruft nach dem Erfolg der "Illegalen" in Frankreich zu einer "friedlichen Rebellion der Armen" auf.

Residents to appeal decision on antenna

By Liz Neely

April 24, 2008

El Cajon and La Mesa residents vowed this week to fight a cellular phone company's plan to install a wireless antenna in their Fletcher Hills neighborhood.

T-Mobile wants to build what's called a wireless communications facility at 2053 Wedgemere Road. The project includes a 30-foot-tall wireless antenna that would be disguised in a fake chimney attached to a two-story home. A 200-square-foot structure in the backyard would hold the wireless equipment.


Military "Analysts," the Media and the Selling of Bush's Wars

Max J. Castro writes for Progreso Weekly: "The Bush administration has made a mess of many things, from the Iraq war to Katrina. Yet there is one area in which Bush and his people have met with, at least, limited success - namely the manipulation of public opinion, especially when it comes to the 'war on terror.'"

Lawmakers Seek Probe of Pentagon PR Program

Andrew Miga reports for The Associated Press: "Forty-one House members are calling on the Defense Department inspector general to investigate a public relations effort that relied on retired military officers to defend the administration's Iraq war policies."


TV's Response to Pentagon Propaganda? Never Happened

TV Military 'Analysts' Are Part of What Ike Warned Against

Lawmakers Seek Probe of 'Media Generals'


41 in Congress seek DoD investigation of Pentagon 'Media Generals'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Pentagon spin taints TV

Since the lead-up to the war in 2002, the major networks have trotted out dozens of retired military officers as independent analysts - many of whom, unknown to viewers, were being prepped by the Pentagon to put out favorable messages about the Bush administration's conduct of the war.

From Information Clearing House


Who’s feeding the watchdog?

Common Dreams
by Sean Gonsalves

The relationship between the media and the military has always been rife with manipulation and antagonism, though I’ve always considered the idea of an “adversarial press” to be far more myth than literal truth.Take the well-worn accusation that an “adversarial press” turned public opinion against the Vietnam War. Never mind the most important lesson of modern guerrilla war history — namely that, short of genocide, military might doesn’t defeat guerrilla insurgencies. It only multiplies the number of insurgents...

Study Based on Farmers’ Experience Exposes Risks of GM Crops

ISIS Press Release 24/04/08

The first study of its kind in North America, possibly in the world, shows how the risks of GM technology outweigh the benefits especially in the longer term. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

Canada, along with the United States and Argentina were the first countries in the world to commercialise GM crops. But more than a decade later, risk assessment for GM crops is still ignoring farmers’ knowledge and their years of experience in growing GM crops.

Ian Mauro and Stéphane McLachlan at the University of Manitoba, Winnepeg, in Canada, have now completed a study of farmers from Manitoba and across Canada based on interviews (n=15) and survey by mail (n=370) conducted between 2002 and 2003. It is especially useful in identifying the actual risks and benefits for farmers who are not yet committed to growing GM crops.

“We’re very pleased with this study.” Mauro says. “Using quantitative and qualitative methods, we’ve documented the benefits and risks associated herbicide-tolerant (HT) canola. We found that farmers have been primarily placed at risk due to the proliferation of HT volunteers. Smaller farms and those with a longer history of GM canola use were at highest risk.”

Canadian farmers rapidly adopted HT canola following its commercial release in 1995. Three varieties of HT canola have been introduced: Roundup Ready (RR), Liberty Link (LL) and Clearfield (CF), tolerant to the herbicide glyphosate, glufosinate and imidazolinone respectively. RR and LL are genetically modified, whereas CF has been created by induced mutation. Currently, they represent 96 percent of the 5.25 million ha of canola grown in Canada: approximately 50 percent RR, 32 percent LL and 14 percent CF. The great majority are grown in the western Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

Thus, Canadian farmers have a great deal of experience in growing HT canola, and that’s what Mauro and McLachlan decided to focus on.

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Call-In Day: Urge NIH to End Cruel Animal Experiments

Students in fight against phone mast

Published Date: 24 April 2008

By Kelly Felstead

Determined ... Newmarket College students, led by sixth-former Tristan Pithers, are protesting against the 02 phone mast close to their school. N080421002

STUDENTS at Newmarket College have started their own fight against a controversial mobile phone mast put up near the school.

Head boy Tristan Pithers launched a petition on Monday in protest at the 30ft mast, which went up in Exning Road in February following a council blunder.

More than 100 pupils and staff have already signed the petition, which will eventually be sent to Forest Heath Council and mast operator 02 urging them to take it down.



Mobile firm in mast move

MOBILE phone company 02 has agreed to look for a new site for one of its masts.

Talks have started with the aim of finding an alternative site for the phone mast outside Newmarket College.

But even if a suitable new location is found for the mast there will need to be further talks about who will pay for moving it and its associated equipment.

The cost could be £150,000.


What the Family Would Let You See, the Pentagon Obstructs

Dana Milbank, of The Washington Post, reports: "Lt. Col. Billy Hall, one of the most senior officers to be killed in the Iraq war, was laid to rest yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery. It's hard to escape the conclusion that the Pentagon doesn't want you to know that. The family of 38-year-old Hall, who leaves behind two young daughters and two stepsons, gave their permission for the media to cover his Arlington burial -- a decision many grieving families make so that the nation will learn about their loved ones' sacrifice. But the military had other ideas, and they arranged the Marine's burial yesterday so that no sound, and few images, would make it into the public domain."

Shops Ration Sales of Rice as US Buyers Panic

Andrew Clark, Rory Carroll and Julian Borger report for The Guardian UK, "The global food crisis reached the United States yesterday as big retailers began to ration sales of rice in response to bulk purchases by customers alarmed by rocketing prices of staples."

Israelis Claim Secret Agreement With US

Glenn Kessler reports for The Washington Post, "Israeli officials say they have clear guidance from Bush administration officials to continue building settlements, as long as it meets carefully negotiated criteria, even though those understandings appear to contradict US policy."

CIA Foresaw Interrogation Issues

Dan Eggen reports for The Washington Post, "The CIA concluded that criminal, administrative or civil investigations stemming from harsh interrogation tactics were 'virtually inevitable,' leading the agency to seek legal support from the Justice Department, according to a CIA official's statement in court documents filed yesterday."

White House Influence Is Cited in Corruption Trial

Eric Lipton reports for The New York Times, "A prominent Illinois Republican Party leader may have tried to use his friendship with the former White House political aide Karl Rove to push for the ouster of the United States attorney in Chicago, a federal prosecutor said in court on Wednesday."

A Constitutional Conundrum

Brian Beutler, reporting for The Media Consortium, writes, "Overshadowed by a heated presidential-election battle and daily news of a sinking economy, a lawsuit that could change the shape of governmental power is making its way through US District Court in Washington, D.C. The suit challenges the Bush administration's attempt to flout contempt of Congress charges against one current and one former White House aide." And, Bob Secter and Jeff Coen report for The Chicago Tribune: "In the midst of a corruption trial that has provided plenty of fodder for political cynics, prosecutors alleged that political insiders in Washington and Illinois claimed to be working to choke off a criminal investigation launched by US Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald."

Please join over 60,000 Americans who signed the Human Rights First petition to all the Presidential candidates

If we want our next President to end torture, we must demand it.

Bob Fertik

Urge Congress to Protect Wyoming Range

Biodiversity loss will lead to sick world

Informant: Paul Doyon

Town in the Andes face crisis as glaciers melt

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Clinton trying make Obama unelectable

Tom Hayden: Democrat battle is a huge advantage for McCain.

The agenda behind the hoax

by Paul Craig Roberts


‘Our’ government has still not told ‘we the people’ the real reasons ‘our’ government invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. Instead, the American sheeple have accepted a succession of transparent lies: weapons of mass destruction, al Qaeda connections and complicity in the 9/11 attack, overthrowing a dictator and ‘bringing democracy’ to Iraqis. The great moral American people would rather believe government lies than to acknowledge the government’s crimes and to hold the government accountable...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hundreds of EPA Scientists Report Political Interference Over Last Five Years

CIA Acknowledges It Has More Than 7000 Documents Relating to Secret Detention Program, Rendition, and Torture

Greenwashing mit Bio-Treibstoff



SWR - Odysso

Lügen, bis das Image "grün" ist

Sendung am Donnerstag, 15.05.2008, 22.00 bis 22.30 Uhr

Heute behaupten alle, Klima- und Umweltschützer zu sein. Kaum ein Tag vergeht, an dem nicht ein großes Unternehmen in einer schön gestalteten Anzeige in Tageszeitungen oder Zeitschriften erklärt, wie es sich für die Umwelt einsetzt. Atomkraftwerke schützen das Klima, Fliegen wird immer sauberer, Autofahren ebenfalls und die Ölkonzerne sind sowieso zutiefst um das Klima besorgt.

Das sollen wir zumindest glauben, doch die Realität sieht vielfach anders aus. Da werden Zahlen verdreht und kleine ökologische Modellprojekte hochgejubelt, während das alte dreckige und meist CO2-intensive Kerngeschäft weiterläuft. Odysso zeigt, wie sich Unternehmen einen Öko-Anstrich verpassen.

A Hunger for National Purpose

Subsidizing Corporate Crime and Rewarding Constitutional Abuses

The Great Silence

One Nation, Under a Heartless God

Clinton's Victory Doesn't Do Much for Her Odds

Clinton Threatens to 'Obliterate' Iran

Food Crisis Needs Aid on Scale of Tsunami

End Food-to-Fuel Diversion: The World Is Getting Hungry

Food Crisis and Biofuels


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Petraeus Promotion Ensures Future for Bush War Policy

Julian E. Barnes, reporting for The Los Angeles Times, writes, "In promoting Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, President Bush is doing more than rewarding a job well done in Iraq. The president also is taking a step toward perpetuating his policy of high troop levels in Iraq and is putting his most trusted general in charge of renewing the military's focus on Iran."

The Erosion of Employer-Provided Health Care

According to Jared Bernstein and Heidi Shierholz of The Economic Policy Institute, "It is widely recognized that the means through which most working-age Americans receive health care coverage - the employer-based system - is undergoing fundamental change. Though a majority of workers and their families are still covered through employers, a variety of factors, most prominently increased costs, have led to a steady slide in coverage."

Timeline for Irreversible Climate Change

In YaleGlobal Online, James Hansen writes: "Government 'energy information' departments parrot industry. Partly because of disinformation, the major efforts needed to develop alternative energies have not been made. The reality of limited supply forces prices higher. Eventually, sales volume will begin to decline, but fossil-fuel moguls will make more money than ever."

Seven Myths of Energy Independence

According to Paul Roberts in Mother Jones, "Thoughtful observers have been trying to debunk energy independence since Nixon's time. And yet the dream refuses to die, in no small part because it offers political cover for a whole range of controversial initiatives.... In the doublespeak of today's energy lexicon, says Julia Bovey of the Natural Resources Defense Council, 'energy independence' has become code for 'drill it all.'"

Melting Methane

Volker Mrasek, Der Spiegel, reports: "Researchers have found alarming evidence that the frozen Arctic floor has started to thaw and release long-stored methane gas. The results could be a catastrophic warming of the earth, since methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide."

Greenhouse Gases, Carbon Dioxide and Methane, Rise Sharply in 2007

ScienceDaily reports: "Last year alone global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the primary driver of global climate change, increased by 0.6 percent, or 19 billion tons. Additionally methane rose by 27 million tons after nearly a decade with little or no increase. NOAA scientists released these and other preliminary findings today as part of an annual update to the agency's greenhouse gas index, which tracks data from 60 sites around the world."


Climate a 'Life and Death' Issue for Native Peoples

US Prison Population Dwarfs That of Other Nations

Adam Liptak of the International Herald Tribune writes: "The United States has less than five percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners."


Prison Nation

US Has the Most Prisoners in the World

Organized Crime Penetrates Energy Sector

Randall Mikkelsen of Reuters reports: "International organized crime groups control 'significant positions' in global energy and strategic materials and are expanding holdings in the US materials sector, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday."

Meet John "Dubya" McCain

According to J. Peter Scoblic in The Los Angeles Times, "John McCain knows a lot less about foreign policy than he'd have us believe. This, anyway, is the impression that's been growing in recent weeks, not least because of a much-discussed New York Times story published recently that painted a growing divide in his campaign between 'pragmatists' and 'neoconservatives.' The candidate reportedly lacks firm ideological convictions, so a battle for 'McCain's soul' may be in the offing."

Wieviel Mobilfunk verträgt der Mensch?

Economic Suicide

It is over: Clinton should stop before more damage is done

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Coming Collapse of the Human Population

Desperate Americans in PA vote for America's destruction

by Devvy Kidd

With the exception of approximately 128,188 Americans who voted for Congressman Ron Paul in the PA primary, the other 2.7 million voters cast their endorsement for liars, political crooks and more big government. Two things that were not mentioned by any of the cable news networks who blatantly censor the truth, is the alleged 91,211 votes cast for Pastor Huckabee who dropped out of the race, March 4, 2008 - a full seven WEEKS before this primary........

Dress rehearsal for martial law

What Bush has done to America

Who Cares About Your DNA?


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