Sonntag, 11. Mai 2008

Radiation danger at York Central Hospital

McCain Convention Chief Tied to Burma's Junta Quits

Michael Isikoff reports for Newsweek: "After John McCain nailed down the Republican nomination in March, his campaign began wrestling with a sensitive personnel issue: who would manage this summer's GOP convention in St. Paul, Minnesota? The campaign recently tapped Doug Goodyear for the job, a veteran operative and Arizonan who was chosen for his 'management experience and expertise,' according to McCain press secretary Jill Hazelbaker. But some allies worry that Goodyear's selection could fuel perceptions that McCain - who has portrayed himself as a crusader against special interests - is surrounded by lobbyists. Goodyear is CEO of DCI Group, a consulting firm that earned $3 million last year lobbying for ExxonMobil, General Motors and other clients. Potentially more problematic: the firm was paid $348,000 in 2002 to represent Burma's military junta, which had been strongly condemned by the State Department for its human-rights record and remains in power today." And, The New York Times' Michael Cooper reports on Goodyear's Saturday resignation: "The executive, Doug Goodyear, said in a statement that he was stepping down as the coordinator of the convention, which will be held September 1-4 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, 'so as not to become a distraction in this campaign.'"

Concerns that fluoride may present unreasonable health risks

A Last Chance for Civilization

In, Bill McKibben writes: "Even for Americans, constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start - even for us, the world looks a little Terminal right now."



Last Chance: Major Greenhouse Gas Emission Cuts (and Even Removals) Needed Immediately

Climate Ark a project of Ecological Internet, Inc. -- Climate Change Portal

May 11, 2008 OVERVIEW & COMMENTARY by Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet

Bill McKibben writes in "Civilization's last chance" (below) the best summing up of the known threats facing humanity now from climate change if major emission cuts are not pursued immediately. His latest campaign efforts highlight the number 350, which he calls "the most important number on Earth" because of scientific understanding that if carbon emissions are not stabilized at 350 ppm, it will not be possible "to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed."

It has been noted here that at 383 ppm we are already well past this threshold, and thus achieving 350 ppm will require gargantuan efforts if we are to survive much less prosper
( ). The McKibben piece is a clarion call that long predicted limits to growth have arrived and the fate of civilization depends upon urgent massive emission cuts now, tomorrow, next year and certainly for the years and decades well before 2050 as is being proposed. g.b.

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Protest Camps Against American Military Bases in Japan and Italy

According to Truthout contributor Ann Wright, "The presence of the US military, 63 years after World War II, is a huge source of anger for the citizens of Japan, Korea, Germany and Italy. On the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the US military uses an artillery firing range known as Yausubetsu. The range is small in comparison to ranges in the United States and Germany - only 30 kilometers by 10 kilometers - but the source of irritation to Japanese farmers whose land was taken for the range and for those who live near the range is large. The peaceful rolling hills and valleys of the area are the home of the dairy industry of Hokkaido. The Japanese have used a cartoon of an angry dairy cow with boxing gloves as their symbol of protest of the US military's use of the range."

Number of Disabled Vets Up With Iraq, Afghan Wars

Jennifer C. Kerr of The Associated Press writes: "Increasing numbers of US troops have left the military with damaged bodies and minds, an ever-larger pool of disabled veterans that will cost the nation billions for decades to come - even as the total population of America's vets has begun to shrink."

Homes for Our Troops Building 32 Houses for Disabled Veterans

Mary Susan Littlepage, Truthout: "Since Homes for Our Troops was founded in 2004, the organization has built 54 homes for disabled veterans, and 32 homes currently are in various stages of construction around the country."

GOP Getting Crushed in Polls, Key Races

In The Politico, Jim VandeHei and David Paul Kuhn say, "In case you've been too consumed by the Democratic race to notice, Republicans are getting crushed in historic ways both at the polls and in the polls."

Obama and McCain Map Fall Strategies

The New York Times's Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny write: "Senators John McCain and Barack Obama are already drawing up strategies for taking each other on in the general election, focusing on the same groups - including independent voters and Latinos - and about a dozen states where they think the contest is likely to be decided this fall, campaign aides said."

Iraq: The Elusive Iranian Weapons

Informant: Dorothee Krien

When did the US "lose" Latin America?

Forrest Hylton: The US is promoting secessionist movements to break up countries it cannot control.

ACLU Skeptical of Senate Report on "Homegrown" Terrorism

Judge May Make CIA Torture Memo Public

ACLU Lawsuit Prompted A Federal Judge To Examine The Controversial Document.

Informant: Dorothee Krien

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Iraq: Will We Ever Get Out?

Thomas Powers writes in The New York Review of Books: "There is a working assumption among the American people that a new president enters the White House free of responsibility for the errors of the past, free to set a new course in any program or policy, and therefore free - at the very least in constitutional theory, and perhaps even really and truly free - to call off a war begun by a predecessor. No one would expect something so dramatic on the first day of a new administration but it remains a fact that the president is the commander in chief of the armed forces, and the power that allowed one president to invade Iraq would allow another to bring the troops home."

States to Homeland Security on REAL ID: No Thanks

by Professor Steven Yates

By the end of last year, seven states had passed laws prohibiting implementation of REAL ID in their state: Maine, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington, New Hampshire, and Georgia. That number became eight on April 9 of this year when Idaho joined up. Ten states had laws that were passed in one house but not the other. Eight more states had introduced such laws. Twelve had passed nonbinding resolutions denouncing REAL ID. That’s a 38-state rebellion!.......

Industry using media in attempt to make "wireless" equal "health"

How the world's oceans are running out of fish

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Agro-Konzerne gefährden Ernährungssicherheit

Government Asks to Limit Checks for Mad Cow Disease

Informant: bigraccoon

Our Tragedy and Their Hope

Intervenant Daniel Oberhausen, physicien "Constat & Témoignage"

US war dead cremated in same facility as pets: Pentagon

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered a review of the handling of the remains of US war dead and apologized after learning that some were cremated in a commercial facility that also cremates pets, the Pentagon said.

From Information Clearing House

Carter says U.S. tortures prisoners

"Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights," Carter said. "We've said that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we've said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime to which they are accused."

From Information Clearing House

Call for US to show evidence of Tehran weapons link

There were calls today for the US either to show evidence of "high level Iranian government involvement in the supply of weapons to militias in Iraq" or to retract their allegations.

From Information Clearing House

Rev. 'Icarus', the Obama Campaign, & the Left

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

US history has a basic narrative: The settlers were heroes; the indigenous people were either heathens or naive primitives, but in either case they were in the way of progress. Slavery was an unfortunate episode that was cleaned up by the Civil War, though it has never been quite clear that the former slaves were ever meant to rule themselves, let alone anyone else.

After Hillary, Voting With Conscience and Pride

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

If you feel compelled to vote, then vote for Ralph Nader. - If honesty, integrity, intellectuality, independence, courageous policy positions and true political reforms matter to you, then Nader merits your support. This man of principles deserves your principled vote.

The Lucrative Art of War


Companies enriched by taxpayers in the war boom should not be able to compound their profits by not paying their fair share of taxes. Congress must do far more to bring them to a full accounting.

The Prosecution of George W. Bush

By Vincent Bugliosi

There is direct evidence that President George W. Bush did not honorably lead this nation, but deliberately misled it into a war he wanted. Bush and his administration knowingly lied to Congress and to the American public - lies that have cost the lives of more than 4,000 young American soldiers and close to $1 trillion.


Prosecuting Bush

US Terrorism Report: Selective Data, Wrong Lessons

By Ramzy Baroud

If Al-Qaeda indeed exists on such a large and influential scale in so many countries, isn't it time to question the logic used by the Bush administration's "war on terror" that was meant to weaken and destroy Al- Qaeda in the first place?

US Tightens Its Grip On Pakistan

By M K Bhadrakumar

Rarely does a top diplomat speak so openly from a public forum as Negroponte did on the centrality of Pakistan for the US's national security.

Airline emissions 'far higher than previous estimates'

The aviation industry's failure to curb its soaring carbon emissions could lead to the "worst case scenario" for climate change, as envisaged by the United

Greenpeace-Report "Falsche Hoffnung CO2-Speicherung"

Zu einem Stolperstein für den Schutz des Klimas kann die von den Energiekonzernen ins Spiel gebrachte Abscheidung und Speicherung von Kohlendioxid (CO2) aus Kohlekraftwerken werden.

Badische Imker verzeichnen ein massives Bienensterben nach der Maisaussaat

Derzeit verzeichnen die badischen Imker trotz schönsten Wetters massive Schwächungen, ja Zusammenbrüche ihrer Bienenvölker entlang der Rheinschiene.

Globale Erwärmung gefährdet tropische Arten stark

Vor allem Insekten sind durch Klimawandel bedroht.

Erdöl bald 200 Dollar pro Barrel?

Matthew Simmons war einer der ersten Öl-Experten, der schon 2006 einen Ölpreis von 200 Dollar pro Barrel vorausgesagt hatte.

Bald fünf Euro für einen Liter Benzin?

Vor 10 Jahren kostete ein Fass Öl 15 Euro, vor einem halben Jahr schon 80, jetzt 120 und in dieser Woche hat die iranische Regierung angekündigt, dass „in naher Zukunft“ mit 200 Euro zu rechnen sei. Kostet der Liter Benzin bald fünf Euro?

Die Dienstwagenflotte der Spitzenpolitiker

Neue Dienstwagen-Erhebung der Deutschen Umwelthilfe zeigt ernüchterndes Ergebnis: Die meisten Minister lässt die Treibhausdebatte kalt.


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