Donnerstag, 13. November 2008

Anger at mast proposal

Nov 13 2008 by Ruth Kearney, Glamorgan Gazette

RESIDENTS are up in arms at plans for a mobile phone mast outside their homes.

Vodafone wants to erect a 12m telegraph pole with three 3G antennae, a cabinet and an electric meter on land adjacent to Heol yr Afon, Wildmill.

Margaret McIntyre, of Tairfelin, lives opposite the site where the pole would be erected.

She said: “The first I knew about the plans was when my neighbour told me.

“She had received a letter from the council, but as far as I know, no one on this street has received one.”

She said health risks and visual intrusion to the area are the major concerns.


Treasury Scraps Original Bailout Plan as Economy Worsens

Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers: "Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's surprise announcement Wednesday that he'll shift from purchasing troubled assets under the $700 billion Wall Street rescue plan is likely to result in spending taxpayers' dollars to shore up unregulated financial institutions that aren't banks but are vital to consumer lending."$700

Flagpole phone mast in Langton Green rejected

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 14:30

The prospect of a phone mast disguised as a flagpole in Langton Green has been rejected for a second time.

Mobile phone giant O2's appeal against their refused application for three antennas made to look like a flagpole on the Spa Hotel, Mount Ephraim, was dismissed.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council had refused permission in May and the communications company appealed the decision to the Planning Inspectorate.

But the inspectorate Clive Hughes this week declined, stating the planned flagpole was "too bulky", "an unfortunate addition to the roof", "detracts from the appearance of the building", and gave an "unfortunate and harmful impact on the skyline".


Risiken von Gentechmais noch größer als befürchtet

Modified genes spread to local maize

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Celente Predicts Revolution, Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012

Die Energiesparlampe ist nicht die Lösung des Energieproblems

Öko-Test Oktober 2008 Energiesparlampen
Ein vierseitiger Auszug aus den 16 Seiten des sehr lesenswerten Originalartikels in der Oktober-Nummer des Öko-Test. Wiederum ist bestätigt worden: Die Energiesparlampe ist nicht die Lösung des Energieproblems, aber ein wesentlicher Beitrag zur Verschlechterung von Gesundheit und Beleuchtungskultur sowie eine zusätzliche Belastung der Umwelt.

Peter Schlegel

Meeting invite over mobile phone mast

A mobile phone mast could be built in Halesowen sparking fury from residents who have been invited to a public meeting. Phone company O2 wants to put up a mast in Bassnage Road.

Campaigners fighting the plans are invited to the meeting next Thursday at Lutley Community Centre, in Brookwillow Road, at 7pm. People are objecting, saying the antennae would be near their homes and that they are worried about the potential health risks.


Wir könnten, aber wir werden nicht

Eckardt Johanning prüft US-Wahlprogramme auf Herz & Nieren

Während im Moment der Begriff »notleidend« eher für Kredite oder Bankhäuser verwendet wird und zum aktuellen Zeitpunkt das Ausmaß der Krise der Finanzen weder für die Masse der Bevölkerung in den USA, noch für den Rest der Welt abzuschätzen ist, hat sich Eckardt Johanning der Mühe unterzogen, zu analysieren, wie sich die beiden Präsidentschaftskandidaten(-teams) in den USA die Reform des Gesundheitswesens vorstellen und ob sich für den wirklich notleidenden Teil der Bevölkerung in den USA, nämlich die Millionen nicht Krankenversicherten und die Unterversicherten, etwas verbessern wird. Das Ergebnis fällt auch für Obama ernüchternd aus. Yes, we can? – But we won’t! Artikel von Eckardt Johanning. Wie die US-Gewerkschaften damit umgehen, beschreibt Nadja Rakowitz im nächsten Artikel.

Kotau vorm Kapital? Gewerkschaften & Gesundheitsreform im US-Wahlkampf

„Das Thema Gesundheitsversorgung und Gesundheitsreform brennt den Gewerkschafte(r)n in den USA unter den Nägeln – verständlicherweise. Spätestens seit Michael Moores Film »Sicko« über die Gesundheitsversorgung in den USA [2] dürfte auch jedem interessierten Gewerkschafter hierzulande klar sein, warum. Es mag deshalb auch nicht verwundern, dass die US-Gewerkschaften sich gerade, was das Thema Gesundheitsreform angeht, verschärft in den Wahlkampf zwischen Republikanern und Demokraten einmischen. Sowohl die AFL-CIO als auch die Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft SEIU rufen nicht zuletzt deshalb zur Wahl und aktiven Unterstützung von Barack Obama und den Demokraten auf. Nun ist das Programm von den Demokraten – natürlich nicht nur, was das Gesundheitswesen angeht – politisch das sympathischere als das der Republikaner, die sich mit John McCains designierter Vize Sarah Palin einen selbst ernannten »Pitbull mit Lippenstift« zum Aushängeschild gewählt haben. Auf der Homepage der SEIU wird gefragt, wessen Gesundheitsreform-Plan für die Familien besser sei, und eine deutliche Antwort gleich mitformuliert: »Es ist klar. Nur Barack Obamas Vorhaben wird die Kosten kontrollieren, den Versichertenkreis bzw. die Zahl der medizinisch Versorgten ausweiten und die Versicherungsgesellschaften in die Verantwortung nehmen.« [3] McCains Pläne für das US-Gesundheitswesen würden hingegen ein »schlimmes Problem noch schlimmer machen«. Artikel von NaRa

Aus: LabourNet, 13. November 2008

Bailing out the ruling class

The Partial Observer
by James Leroy Wilson


[T]he bailout solution is attractive to the Political Class, because it increases their power over our lives. But their mismanagement can’t go on forever. Ask the French Ruling Class of 1789, or the Russian Ruling Class of 1917 if, in retrospect, they would have done things differently. Our own Ruling Class not only do not know what is in the national interest, they don’t even know what is in their own best interests. That’s why they resist tax reform. Reform the tax system by making it less intrusive, and we could revive the economy. When the economy grows strong, the ruling class will benefit by getting the credit. As a Taoist might say, to increase power, you must give it up...

Politicizing markets to rob the poor and reward the rich

Classically Liberal
by CLS


Numerous historians and economists, from all sides of the political spectrum, have noted that Big Business is able to use the Regulatory State to protect itself from competition and to transfer wealth from taxpayers to themselves. What we have is an Iron Triangle of Interests which harms the economy and make all, but the favored few, worse off as a result. The most obvious partner in this Iron Triangle of Interests is Big Business itself. These corporations use the political process to buy influence with politicians. And politicians are very anxious to sell that influence to the various bidders. Of course, when it comes to purchasing influence with the political elite it is always the rich and powerful who are able to do so...

The trust factor in mortgage bailouts

Christian Science Monitor
by staff


By now, most Americans have lost track of who is being rescued by Washington. AIG, yes. Lehman, no. Fannie Mae, yes. GM, maybe. Still at the heart of this mess, however, are troubled mortgages. The latest plan to help homeowners strikes a right note. It aims to restore a key and illusive factor in business contracts: trust. Simply throwing taxpayer dollars at problems such as rising home foreclosures or sinking US automakers doesn’t solve the fundamental issue that certain industries have suffered a breakdown of confidence over many years. Americans feel deeply betrayed. Why should taxpayers, for instance, now trust GM, Ford, and Chrysler to make vehicles as consistently reliable and affordable as foreign competitors if they are handed billions? The evidence is not yet in. Simply ’saving jobs’ doesn’t make sense if those jobs still make cars many buyers don’t want. The same is true for troubled mortgages. How can government help fix the broken bonds between lenders and borrowers?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Where Is The Bailout Money Really Going?

Informant: bdpoe


Lehman Administrators' Task Will Dwarf Enron, Creditors Told

· European arm has more than $500bn of debt
· Collapsed bank's creditors expect less than 10%

By Simon Bowers

Speaking after the first creditors' meeting, a team from PricewaterhouseCoopers said they had identified more than $1tn (£670bn) in assets and liabilities that need to be accounted for.

Chemotherapie ist ein zweischneidiges Schwert

Nach einer britischen Studie kann Chemotherapie den Tod von Krebskranken beschleunigen oder versurachen.


Die Erfolgsrate von Chemotherapien nach 20 Jahren Forschung liegt im Durchschnitt bei 2,2 Prozent

Nachricht von Gerd Zesar

Umstrittene Fahndung nach Hartz IV-Missbrauch

Ein gemeinnütziger Verein und der Außendienst der Arbeitsagenturen fahnden nach angeblichem Hartz IV-Missbrauch und sind in der Kritik von Erwerbslosengruppen.

Pending Home Sales Fall Sharply Outside of the West

Dean Baker, Truthout: "The decline in mortgage applications shows that the problem is not the credit crunch. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index fell 4.6 percent for the country as a whole in September. However, this decline was dampened by a 3.7 percent increase in the West. Sales fell by 0.7 percent in the Midwest, 7.9 percent in the South, and 16.8 percent in the Northeast. September sales in the Northeast were the lowest on record for this index, which only dates back to 2001."

Prescription Drugs Kill Three Times as Many Americans as Illegal Drugs

David Gutierrez, Natural News: "A report by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission has concluded that prescription drugs have outstripped illegal drugs as a cause of death. An analysis of 168,900 autopsies conducted in Florida in 2007 found that three times as many people were killed by legal drugs as by cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines put together. According to state law enforcement officials, this is a sign of a burgeoning prescription drug abuse problem."

Congress Could Halt Bush Midnight Regulations

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)


Goodbye and Good Riddance

Paul Waldman, The American Prospect: "After eight years of President Bush, we almost don't know how to function without him - almost. But before we move on, we should pause to remember just what we're leaving behind. Goodbye, we can say at last, to the most powerful man in the world being such a ridiculous buffoon, incapable of stringing together two coherent sentences. Goodbye to cringing with dread every time our president steps onto the world stage, sure he'll say or do something to embarrass us all. Goodbye to being represented by a man who embodies everything our enemies want the people of the world to believe about America - that we are ignorant, cruel, and only care about foreign countries when we decide to stomp on them."

The G-20 and Biological Warfare

Ten-Year Probe Reveals Oceans in Peril

Eight RNC Protesters Accused of 'Furthering Terrorism' Thanks To Statute

Ignorance is bliss

Cyprus Mail - Nicosia, Cyprus

Not to suggest that the Matrix and electromagnetic fields are the same, but the “ignorance is bliss” angle was pretty much the one used by two scientists...

What is the Real Cause of Influenza Epidemics?

Agency: Peak Oil or Not, Green Revolution Vital


How The Global Oil Watchdog Failed Its Mission

The IEA was silenced about the future of global oil production.

By Lionel Badal

12 years ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) discovered that Peak Oil would threaten the prosperity and stability of our societies. Yes, they knew it. While some IEA officials tried to inform the world about this game-changing event, it appears that others had different priorities.

The Yes Men Tell New York City: 'Iraq War Is Over'

Why eating GM food could lower your fertility

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Protesters angry at phone mast plan

Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 20:53

A GROUP of residents have gathered to protest against plans to site a mobile phone mast next to a school and houses.

Plymouth City Council is considering whether the 12-metre mast, which Vodafone would like to erect in Plympton, needs planning permission.

Yesterday concerned residents gathered at the site, on the corner of Redwood Drive and Glen Road, to urge others to object to the proposal.

Richard Madge, 68, lives on adjacent Hickory Drive. He said: "We know the health issues can't be proven one way or the other, in the same way they couldn't prove that smoking was bad for you.


Obama: A Short Honeymoon

The cornering of Obama on Iran


A short honeymoon


by Alan Bock


I suspect that Barack Obama, despite the historic character of his election, will have a shorter honeymoon than many. The economic problems triggered by the government-induced housing bubble have mostly to do with the injection of too much inflationary funny money into the economy, so injecting more, while it may create a temporary sensation of relief, will hardly fix the problems. Perhaps more importantly, however, he faces foreign policy challenges — largely hangovers from the eight years of Bush foolishness, but also some that would have been apparent anyway — that he seems to have little or no idea how to approach intelligently or constructively. The most obvious example is his apparent determination to ramp up the war in Afghanistan, already the graveyard of several empires...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Back to the Grind

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election has completely and totally screwed up my life. Seriously. It has been more than a week now, and I'm still not quite ready to deal with this brave new world before me.... This weird ennui is, of course, nothing more than an extension of the aftermath of having worked against George W. Bush and all he stands for lo these last eight years."

America and the Mornings After the Party

The Chronicles of Favilla

The authors, writing as the Chronicles of Favilla for France's premier business paper, Les Echos, review the challenges that will face the Obama administration.


The Good News: It's Not About Race


Obama and the Crisis of Expecation

By Shamus Cooke

As the economic crisis deepens, Obama's first priority will be to save the financial institutions and major corporations by providing them with further bailouts, with working people continuing to foot the bill. But opposition has already broken out in response to this perversion of justice.

With Iran, Obama Needs More Carrot, Less Stick

By Scott Ritter

Barack Obama has until the 20th of January to get his policies in order, because at one minute past noon on that day, he becomes the most powerful man in a volatile world. While the problems he will face are many, I will focus on what I believe are the four most critical issues that will need to be addressed in the first weeks and months of the Obama administration: Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Russia.

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Kettering phone mast fight goes on

Published Date: 13 November 2008

Residents are preparing to fight plans for a phone mast for the third time.
It comes just two months after a council rejected the proposal.

Phone company O2 has submitted plans to Kettering Council to replace its existing mobile phone mast at the Ise Garden Centre in Warkton Lane, Kettering, and to add three extra antennae.

But nearby residents have vowed to fight the plans for the third time in three years, claiming the mast could have adverse effects on their long-term health.


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