Montag, 20. Oktober 2008

Climate Change: Faster, Stronger, Sooner

Interpol Details Plans For Global Biometric Facial Scan Database

Every traveler to be scanned and checked against terrorist faces

Steve Watson Monday, Oct 20, 2008 Global security authorities are to push for a huge biometric facial scan database of international travelers so they can cross-check everyone against a database of terror suspects, international criminals and fugitives.

The Rising Body Count on Main Street: The Human Fallout From the Financial Crisis

Nick Turse, "The fallout from the current subprime mortgage debacle and the economic one that followed has thrown lives into turmoil across the country. In recent days, the Associated Press, ABC News, and others have begun to address the burgeoning body count, especially suicides attributed to the financial crisis."

Republican Firm Paid by Freddie Mac to Kill Regulation

The Associated Press: "Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse."


Mortgage Firm Tied to McCain Arranged Stealth Campaign To Crush Regulation

Mobile masts bid near schools

12:30pm Monday 20th October 2008

By Gerran Grimshaw

CONTROVERSIAL plans for two mobile phone masts, both close to York primary schools, have been filed with the city council.

Mobile phone firm O2 wants to install a communications mast on the roof of the King William pub, in Barkston Avenue, Chapelfields.

Governors at nearby Westfield Primary Community School have already criticised the telecommunications giant for failing to consider the wellbeing of youngsters.


Neuer Rückschlag für die Agro-Gentechnik in Ostdeutschland

Nach der Pleite der Gentechnik-Firma Novoplant zu Beginn des Jahres steht nun das nächste Renommierprojekt der Agrar-Gentechnik in Ostdeutschland vor einem Scherbenhaufen: Die BioCon Valley GmbH, Betreibergesellschaft des AgroBioTechnikums in Groß Lüsewitz (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) gibt wegen dauerhafter Erfolglosigkeit des Projekts auf. Die Hälfte der Räumlichkeiten des Gentechnikzentrums, das mit Steuergeldern in Höhe von rund zehn Millionen Euro erbaut wurde, steht seit Jahr und Tag leer. Doch die Gentechnik-Lobbyisten zeigen sich unbelehrbar. Anstatt sich nun endlich für eine längst überfällige Neuausrichtung der Agrarforschung hin zu mehr Ökolandbau einzusetzen, fordert der Bauernverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern unbeirrt weitere Gentechnik-Forschung in Groß Lüsewitz.

Über die Versenkung vieler Millionen Euro für die Agro-Gentechnik in Ostdeutschland berichtet unter Rückgriff auf Recherchen des Umweltinstituts auch der Spiegel vom 6. Oktober auf Seite 93. Unsere Untersuchungen zum Gentechnik-Filz in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern und Sachsen-Anhalt finden Sie hier:

In der Sendung "Scobel" auf 3Sat diskutierte Andreas Bauer, Gentechnik-Experte des Umweltinstituts, über das Thema "Hunger und Gentechnik". Mit dabei waren Monsanto-Pressesprecher Andreas Thierfelder und der Vorsitzende des Weltagrarrates, Hans Rudolf Herren.

Die komplette Sendung und Hintergrundinformationen zum Thema finden Sie bei 3Sat unter:

Government To Spy On Every Mobile Phone User In Britain

The planned database containing information on every email and phone call, held at GCHQ

Everyone who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend massively the powers of state surveillance. Phone buyers would have to present a passport or other official form of identification at the point of purchase. Privacy campaigners fear it marks the latest government move to create a surveillance society. The Labour government is behaving irresponsibly and illegally with our privacy. There will be hell to pay at the ballot box for this.

David Leppard, Sunday Times/The One Click Group



UK: Big Brother database threatens to 'break the back of freedom'

Government plans to build a giant database holding information about every phone call, email and internet visit were last night dealt a major blow after the man in charge of prosecuting terrorism in England and Wales warned of the dangers posed by a "Big Brother" security state.

From Information Clearing House

UK: Government black boxes will ‘collect every email’

Independent [UK]


Internet “black boxes” will be used to collect every email and web visit in the UK under the Government’s plans for a giant “big brother” database, The Independent has learnt. Home Office officials have told senior figures from the internet and telecommunications industries that the “black box” technology could automatically retain and store raw data from the web before transferring it to a giant central database controlled by the Government. Plans to create a database holding information about every phone call, email and internet visit made in the UK have provoked a huge public outcry. Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, described it as “step too far” and the Government’s own terrorism watchdog said that as a “raw idea” it was “awful”...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq Wins Right to Prosecute Felonies by Off-Duty US Troops

Agence France-Presse: "Iraq has secured the right to prosecute US soldiers and civilians for crimes committed outside their bases and when off duty, in the latest draft of a security pact that will set the terms of their deployment beyond this year. The draft stipulates that the United States will have the primary right to exercise jurisdiction over its soldiers and civilians if they commit a crime inside their facilities or when on missions, according to a copy obtained by AFP."

The Real Plumbers of Ohio

Paul Krugman, The New York Times: "Forty years ago, Richard Nixon made a remarkable marketing discovery. By exploiting America's divisions - divisions over Vietnam, divisions over cultural change and, above all, racial divisions - he was able to reinvent the Republican brand. The party of plutocrats was repackaged as the party of the 'silent majority,' the regular guys - white guys, it went without saying - who didn't like the social changes taking place. It was a winning formula. And the great thing was that the new packaging didn't require any change in the product's actual contents - in fact, the GOP was able to keep winning elections even as its actual policies became more pro-plutocrat, and less favorable to working Americans, than ever."

Voters Say They Were Duped Into Registering as Republicans

Evan Halper and Michael Rothfeld, The Los Angeles Times: "Dozens of newly minted Republican voters say they were duped into joining the party by a GOP contractor with a trail of fraud complaints stretching across the country. Voters contacted by The Times said they were tricked into switching parties while signing what they believed were petitions for tougher penalties against child molesters. Some said they were told that they had to become Republicans to sign the petition, contrary to California initiative law. Others had no idea their registration was being changed."

Old Growth Forests Are Carbon Sinks and Must Be Protected

ISIS Press Release 20/10/08

A forest levy and other financial mechanisms within the Kyoto Protocol are appropriate measures for protecting natural forests. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

General misconception leaves old growth forests especially vulnerable to wonton destruction

Old-growth forests sequester carbon in live woody tissues and in slowly decomposing litter on the ground and buried in the soil, thereby acting as effective global carbon sinks. Yet, they are not protected by international treaties because of general misconception that ageing forests cease to accumulate carbon.

An international team of scientists led by Sebastian Luyssaert at the University of Antwerp in Belgium reviewed the literature and existing databases for forests between 15 and 800 years old. They found that all forests, from the youngest to the oldest, show positive net ecosystem productivity; i.e., they are growing and hence sequestering or accumulating carbon [1].

Over 30 percent of the global forest area is unmanaged primary forest and this area contains the remaining old growth forests. Half of the primary forests (covering 600 million ha) are located in boreal (near the Arctic) and temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere. These forests alone sequester about 1.3 + 0.5 Gt of C per year. This 15 percent of the global forest area currently not considered when offsetting increasing atmospheric CO2, provides at least 10 percent of the global net ecosystem productivity. Old-growth forests accumulate carbon for centuries and contain large quantities that will move back into the atmosphere if these forests are disturbed or cut down, especially tropical forests [2, 3] (Saving and Restoring Forests Saves Far More Carbon Emissions than Biofuels, SiS 37) .

Net ecosystem productivity and age of forests

Net ecosystem productivity (NEP) is the net carbon balance of the forest ecosystem as a whole, and is the difference between CO2 uptake by photosynthetic assimilation and losses through plant and soil respiration. Tropical forests were excluded from the study because of the lack of data, and only 12 sites were found for which NEP and age estimates are available.

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»Schlimmer als Lidl«

Beim Lebensmitteldiscounter Norma herrschen unmenschliche Arbeitsbedingungen. Regelmäßig unbezahlte Überstunden. Einschüchterungsversuche gegen Kranke. Artikel von Daniel Behruzi in der jungen Welt vom 20.10.2008

Siehe dazu:

Norma Coburg: Psychoterror nach Betriebsratswahl

„Am 7. Januar dieses Jahres erhält die Zentrale des Lebensmittelsdicounters Norma in Nürnberg ein Einschreiben der Gewerkschaft ver.di: die Einladung zu einer ersten Wahlversammlung für die Bildung eines Betriebsrats in der Filiale der oberfränkischen Stadt Coburg. Damit beginnt für die Beschäftigten des Markts ein monatelanges Martyrium. Mit Drohungen, ständigen Kontrollen, Abmahnungen, Kündigungen und juristischen Winkelzügen versuchen die Manager, den Aufbau einer unabhängigen Beschäftigtenvertretung zu verhindern…“ Artikel von Daniel Behruzi in der jungen Welt vom 20.10.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 20. Oktober 2008

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Groß-Demo: „Keine Patente auf Tiere, Pflanzen und Saatgut!“

Pressemitteilung der ödp München vom 20.10 2008

ödp München ruft auf zur Teilnahme an Groß-Demo: „Keine Patente auf Tiere, Pflanzen und Saatgut!“

Die Münchner ödp ruft alle Bürgerinnen und Bürger auf, am 23. Oktober 2008 in München an der Demonstration von Kein Patent auf Leben, Misereor, Greenpeace und dem Bund Deutscher Milchviehhalter teilzunehmen.

Die Demo beginnt um 10:00 Uhr am Isartorplatz und endet um 13:00 Uhr vor dem Europäischen Patentamt, Erhardtstr. 27, wo als Höhepunkt 35.000 Unterschriften überreicht werden, die gegen die Patentierung von Brokkoli gesammelt wurden.

„Obwohl nach dem Wortlaut des Europäischen Patentübereinkommens Patente auf Verfahren zur Tierzucht verboten sind, werden sie trotzdem vom Europäischen Patentamt erteilt. Welche Auswüchse mittlerweile existieren zeigt das Patent EP 1257168 welches eine Methode zur Geschlechtsselektion von Sperma für die künstliche Befruchtung von Säugetieren – einschließlich des Menschen - beinhaltet“ so Johannes Grössl, stellvertretender Münchner ödp-Vorsitzender.

Grössl weiter: „Die europäischen Patentgesetze müssen deshalb vollkommen neu gefasst werden, mit dem Ziel, Patente auf Tiere und ihre Gene ebenso zu verbieten, wie Patente auf Pflanzen und Saatgut“.


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Do., 13. Nov. 2008, 19:30 Uhr „Klimawandel und weltweite Armut“ Referent: Martin Kowarsch M.A., Philosoph

Do., 11. Dez. 2008, 19:30 Uhr „Klimaschutzprozess: Stehen wir vor einer industriellen Revolution?“ Referentin: Dr. Michaela Homolka, Philosophin und Unternehmensberaterin

Self-imposed crisis?

TCS Daily
by Craig S. Marxsen


How can such an old-fashioned liquidity crisis panic financial markets under today’s regime of fiat money? The Federal Reserve was fighting energy and food inflation by slowing the money growth rate. The low interest rates were an ambiguous indicator of monetary policy because an energy crisis was depressing the return on expansions of the capital stock. The energy crisis of the 1970s also depressed the real or inflation adjusted interest rate in a feedback loop that further discouraged petroleum extraction...

Dear conservatives, will you help save the republic from military takeover?

by Naomi Wolf


The founders sought to keep soldiers off our streets because they knew how easily a standing army could subdue a population. That’s why the National Guard is answerable primarily to the governors of states and hence to the people of the United States. But the military is answerable to the commander in chief. These are the president’s troops. The president now has a personal army. One definition of a police state is when the leader has seized control of the military to police citizens domestically. Why listen to me? Not because I am a genius, but because this blueprint is so very predictive. Listen to me because everything that I warned would happen, according to the historical record, has happened, and I have documented the borne-out evidence of the crisis in Give Me Liberty...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

American conservatism is “Gone with the Wind”

Liberty & Power
by William Marina


Whatever one says about Marx, certainly some later thinkers of that School, along with some early Americans over a century ago, saw this rise of Finance Capitalism, as opposed to earlier Industrial or Entrepreneurial varieties. Carroll Quigley in 1961 correctly called it ‘Financial Capitalism,’ in The Evolution of Civilizations. CQ understood already morally bankrupted Empires then proceed to economically bankrupt themselves in seeking to fulfill both their Warfare and Welfare dimensions. The Total State! These take a long time to actually ‘fall,’ but the ‘decline’ can go on for a long time, unless a new ‘instruments of expansion’ can be discovered and then decentrally put into use without the bureaucracy comprehending what has occurred...

What, me worry?

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap


The crash is happening right before everyone’s eyes, yet they see what the Great Wizard tells them to see, which isn’t the crash at all, but a wonderful, benevolent, all-knowing government saving them in this moment of crisis. The same whores who created this mess are promising salvation to a awestruck audience. It is time to hunker down and watch the show...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Capitalism or freedom

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman


‘These measures are not intended to take over the free market, but to preserve it,’ George W. Bush said in Orwellian tones Tuesday as he announced the partial nationalization of nine major American banks. He was partly right, though not in the way he meant his words. There is no free financial market to take over. But that means there is no free market to preserve either. The moves he announced, which include government part-ownership of smaller banks too, were just more, albeit big, steps along the corporatist route the country has been following for generations...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The coming military spending surge

The American Prospect
by Matthew Yglesias


A substantial progressive landslide — involving the White House, over a dozen House seats, and at least half a dozen Senate seats — now looks like an increasingly likely scenario for November. But to translate electoral victory into policy victory will require this new progressive majority to free itself from forces that are already gathering steam. Forces that will, if successful, prevent it from doing anything more than offering a term or two to clean up the most egregious aspects of the current mess in order to lay the groundwork for a new round of tax cuts and deregulation. … Less noted amidst the recent focus on the economy, though crucially important, is the fact that the uniformed military is preparing an ambush for the next president...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

More voters say machines are switching votes

Charleston [WV] Gazette


Three Putnam County voters say electronic voting machines changed their votes from Democrats to Republicans when they cast early ballots last week. This is the second West Virginia county where voters have reported this problem. Last week, three voters in Jackson County told the Charleston Gazette their electronic vote for ‘Barack Obama’ kept flipping to ‘John McCain.’ In both counties, Republicans are responsible for overseeing elections. Both county clerks said the problem is isolated. They also blamed voters for not being more careful. ‘People make mistakes more than machines,’ said Jackson County Clerk Jeff Waybright...

Let’s fix voting system now, not later

Fox News
by Lis Wiehl


As John McCain and Barack Obama prepare for the final sprint after wrapping up Wednesday’s presidential debate, it appears Ohio’s Democratic Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, is running a race of her own. On late Wednesday evening, Brunner filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to block a decision handed down Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. The Sixth Circuit directed Brunner to hand over to local election officials ready and direct access to computerized lists of new voters whose registrations do not match state driver records or Social Security information. A 2002 federal law required states to create a statewide database of voter registration information and to verify new voter information by matching such information with other public records...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Army to Probe Five Slayings Linked to Colorado Brigade

The Associated Press: "Fort Carson soldiers returning from deployment in Iraq are suspects in at least five slayings, and officials want to know why."

Deal on US Troops Faces Possibly Fatal Objections in Iraq

Corinne Reilly and Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers: "A draft agreement by US and Iraqi negotiators that calls for withdrawing American troops by 2012 appears to be facing obstacles in Iraq that could kill the deal before it's implemented, lawmakers in Baghdad said."

McCain Just Can’t Quit Bush

Frank Rich, The New York Times: "McCain isnít, as he and his defenders keep protesting, a passive martyr to a catastrophic administration. He could have made separating himself from Bush the brave, central and even conservative focus of his campaign. Far from doing that, he embraced the Bush ethos - if not the incredible shrinking man himself - more tightly than ever."

McCain Campaign Launches Pre-Emptive Strike on NYT

Matthew Mosk, The Washington Post: "Senator John McCain's campaign reacted with fury early this morning to a New York Times profile of the senator's wife Cindy."

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