Mittwoch, 19. November 2008

Documents Obtained By ACLU Provide Further Evidence That Abuse Of Iraqi Prisoners Was Systemic

CODEPINK Women Speak Out Against Illegal Spying by The Maryland State Police

Bush Tries to Kickstart 'Dirtiest Fuel on the Planet'

Schäuble ignoriert laut Linken das Grundgesetz

Nachdem das BKA-Gesetz im Bundesrat an SPD, FDP, Grünen und Linken zu scheitern droht, rechnet der Datenschutzbeauftragter der Linksfraktion, Jan Korte, mit Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) ab. Ganz gleich, was die SPD umtreibe, "klar ist doch, dass Innenminister Schäuble (CDU) mit seinem Vorgehen und dem Inhalt seines Gesetzes gescheitert ist", so Korte am Mittwoch (19. November). "Seit Jahren ignoriert er Kritiker und Grundgesetz gleichermaßen. Nun jedoch ist klar: Schäuble hat überzogen."äuble

Suspected US Missiles Strike Deep Inside Pakistan

Munir Ahmad, The Associated Press: "A suspected American missile bombarded a village deep inside Pakistani territory Wednesday, officials said, marking what appears to be the first time the U.S. has struck beyond the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan."

Treasury Denounced Over Bailout

Edmund L. Andrews, The New York Times: "The Treasury secretary, Henry M. Paulson Jr., on Tuesday rejected pleas to use money from the $700 billion bailout program to help homeowners avoid foreclosure or to stave off bankruptcy by Detroit's Big Three automakers."$700

Arktis-Temperaturen steigen auf Rekordhoch

Weitergeleitet durch das Dugi-News-Team am Mittwoch, den 19. Nov 2008.

Experts: SOFA Faces Legal Uncertainty

Maya Schenwar, Truthout: "The Bush administration's push to nail down a bilateral agreement governing the future US presence in Iraq faces serious stumbling blocks. Despite the agreement's near-unanimous passage in the Iraqi cabinet, fueled by deepening pressure from the Bush administration, it faces firm opposition from legal scholars and US Congress members, who say it undermines President-elect Barack Obama's powers and illegally bypasses Congress, and from Iraqi parliamentarians, who are not satisfied with its withdrawal provisions."

Kinder in Hartz-IV-Familien gehen leer aus

19. November 2008

Das Kabinett verabschiedete heute den Existenzminimumsbericht. Dazu erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katja Kipping:

Es ist typisch für die unsoziale Politik der Großen Koalition: Mehr Kindergeld und höhere Freibeträge ab kommendem Jahr für gut und besser verdienende Familien, Kinder in Hartz-IV-Familien jedoch gehen leer aus, weil der erhöhte Kindergeldbetrag sofort wieder vom Regelsatz abgezogen wird und ihnen der erhöhte Steuerfreibetrag nichts nützt. Dabei deckt der heutige Hartz-IV-Regelsatz in keinster Weise den besonderen Bedarf von Kindern. DIE LINKE erneuert ihre Forderung, dass die Kindergelderhöhung nicht auf den Hartz-IV-Regelsatz angerechnet werden darf. Für eine wirksame Bekämpfung von Kinderarmut ist es notwendig, eine individuelle und bedarfsorientierte Kindergrundsicherung einzuführen. DIE LINKE hat ein entsprechendes Konzept entwickelt. Darin sollen alle bisherigen Sozialleistungen zusammengefasst und in eine Kindergrundsicherung umgewandelt werden.

GM Maize Reduces Fertility and Deregulates Genes in Mice

ISIS Press Release 19/11/08

Comprehensive long term studies commissioned by the Austrian government reveal that mice fed GM maize produced fewer and smaller litters with many genes affected compared to controls. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

Austrian scientists carried out long term studies that showed GM maize fed to mice significantly reduced their fertility over three to four breeding cycles within one generation [1]. Similar effects were found in mice fed GM maize and bred over four generations; although the results did not reach statistical significance in any one generation, the trend was unmistakable, more pups lost and smaller litters in the GM-fed mice.

The studies are by far the most meticulous and comprehensive feeding trials to-date, and confirm deleterious reproductive and health impacts obtained by scientists independent of the biotech industry and farmers’ observations in the field. For a recent review, see [2] GM is Dangerous and Futile (SiS 40).

The new research results are a landmark in the safety assessment of GM food. Most feeding trials were short-term and restricted to a single generation or a single breeding cycle. The “multi-generational” study widely cited as evidence of no long term adverse impacts from GM feed is highly misleading as the experiment did not involve trans- generational feeding, but merely breeding mice that were not GM fed for three generations, and carrying out a separate experiment with GM feed for each generation [3] (Letter to Nature Biotechnology: Systematic bias in favour of no adverse impacts from GM feed, SiS 37). There were other serious flaws in that experiment, not least the failure to ascertain by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that the processed GM feed used actually contained GM soya.

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ISIS Press Release 19/11/08

GM Maize Disturbs Immune System of Young and Old Mice

New research add to the weight of damning evidence against the safety of GM food Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

The Italian government’s National Institute of Research on Food and Nutrition has just published a report online in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry documenting significant disturbances in the immune system of young and old mice that have been fed the GM maize MON 810 [1]. This follows hot on the heels of results released by the Austrian government showing that GM Maize Reduces Fertility & Deregulates Genes in Mice (SiS 41) [2]. These revelations confirm a string of previous findings on adverse health impacts of GM food and feed, leave us in little doubt that GM is Dangerous and Futile (SiS 40) [3]. Proponents should stop misleading the public that GM food and feed is safe.

The GM maize and the parental non-GM variety from which it was derived, were grown simultaneously in neighbouring fields in Landriano, Italy, from seeds provided by Seeds Emporda (Girona, Spain). The control maize flour from the non-GM parental strain had a low level of GMO contamination
(0.29 percent by PCR test) but only the GM maize had the specific gene coding for the toxin Cry1Ab that acts as a pesticide.

The GM and non-GM maize were also analysed for levels of the fungal aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, fumonisin B1 (FB1), deoxynivalenol (DON), ochratoxin, and zeralenon, that frequently contaminate maize grains. The values were below the maximum allowed in Europe, except for FB1 (1350 and 2450 mg/kg) and DON (1300 and 650 mg/kg) in GM and non-GM maize respectively.

The diets were formulated according to accepted standards and contained 50 percent MON810 or its parental control maize flour. A standard pellet diet containing about 50 percent of commercial non GM maize was also used, which did not contain CrylAb by PCR test.

Weaning mice, 21 days old, were fed with the diets for 30 and 90 days, and the old mice, 18 to 19 months, were fed for
90 days on the test diets; and male Balb/c mice were used in all the experiments.

There were no differences in the mean body weight or in food consumed between the GM-fed and control mice. These are the ‘agronomic’ characteristics typically measured in feeding tests, and all too often, the only characteristics measured.

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Missile Defense and the American Empire

by Charles Pena

Cancel the Missile Defense Project in Eastern Europe

Informant: Kev Hall

Gas prices: The latest excuse to reengineer society

Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Greenhut


[T]hose of us who understand a few things about free markets aren’t too worried (beyond our normal pocketbook considerations) when we see the trends. As long as the government doesn’t place too many barriers in the way, increasing gas prices will make it economically feasible for oil companies to find new sources of oil or more efficiently tap existing wells. Oil alternatives will spring up. It doesn’t matter if my car is powered by gasoline or chicken droppings. People might be encouraged to adjust their lifestyles somewhat, but I would be shocked if the energy situation causes widespread changes in most Americans’ daily lives. Every ‘crisis,’ however, gives voice to those who believe that current lifestyles are ‘unsustainable’ and must be changed — for the sake of the planet!

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Should we worry about deflation?

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Doug French


There is now worldwide worrying about price deflation again. After all, real estate prices have sunk, stock prices have hit the ditch, the price of oil has the sheiks concerned, and even Las Vegas hotel room rates have plunged. Sounds like all good news for those of us who buy things, at the same time being a bit of a bummer for heavily indebted sellers. … Yes, the current economics brain trust is worried that consumers will collectively show the good sense to delay purchases, pay down debt, and increase their savings...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gift to Oil Industry Rushed Into Federal Register Before Bush Leaves Office

Ex-Guantanamo Prisoners Broken

Activists Seek Executive Order Banning Torture

RTR Lease is a Lousy Deal for Wild Bison

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Election Protection in Ohio (and America) Isn't Over

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, The Free Press: "The GOP's 2008 electoral strategy again emphasized massive voter disenfranchisement and rigging the electronic vote count. The twin tactics very nearly gave Ohio to McCain/Palin, and threatened to set precedents capable of winning them the national election."

Bill Ayers and the Demons to Come

Steve Weissman, Truthout: "Many Democrats will dismiss Limbaugh as a voice of the past, who is simply trying to boost his audience ratings. But that's just the point. For all his noxious rhetoric, the motor mouth from Missouri knows precisely the kind of red meat his listeners crave, and he's happy to serve it up - just as right-wing broadcasters did against John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., with results we know too well."

Belgischer Minister: Nein zu Handys für Kinder


Magnette sagt „nein“ zu Mobiltelefonen für Kinder

Der für den Konsumentenschutz verantwortliche belgische Minister Paul Magnette, will die Vermarktung von Mobiltelefonen, die für Kinder bestimmt sind, nicht genehmigen.

Fears voiced over mobile phone mast


CAMPAIGNERS are questioning the wisdom of placing a mobile phone mast near to a post office and a busy road.

Vodafone is hoping to erect the 12 metre high pole on land at the corner of St Peter's Street and Spring Terrace Road in Stapenhill.

The mast, if given the green light, will be positioned close to Stapenhill Post Office.

A notice signalling the intentions of the communications giant has been placed on the lamppost outside the post office.

Asimah Alam, who is also the daughter of sub-postmaster Nek Alam, told The Mail that the proposed location was 'unacceptable'.

She said: "This area already has issues with air quality due to the busy road and the number of cars that pass here each day.

"We don't need radiation on our doorstep joining with the pollution from cars.


Texas grand jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales of crime

Informant: sasha karlik


Cheney, Gonzales indicted for prisoner abuse



Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on separate charges related to alleged prisoner abuse in federal detention centers, Willacy County, Texas, District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra told CNN Tuesday. The indictment stems from Cheney’s investment in the Vanguard Group — an investment management company that reportedly has interests in the prison companies in charge of the detention centers, according to The Associated Press. It also charges Gonzales halted an investigation into abuse at the detention centers while he was attorney general...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Taxpayers Will Pay for Gonzales's Private Attorney

Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers: "The Justice Department has agreed to pay for a private lawyer to defend former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against allegations that he encouraged officials to inject partisan politics into the department's hiring and firing practices. Lawyers from the Justice Department's civil division often represent department employees who're sued in connection with their official actions. However, Gonzales' attorney recently revealed in court papers that the Justice Department had approved his request to pay private attorney's fees arising from the federal lawsuit."


Cheney Indicted By Texas Grand Jury

From APFN daily update


Cheney and Gonzales indicted


Obama Backs Lieberman

It's bipartisan neoconism, i.e. the worst sort.


Democrats Let Lieberman Keep Senate Chairmanship

Carl Hulse and David Stout, The New York Times: "Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut, was allowed to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday despite his support for Senator John McCain in the presidential campaign."

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