Freitag, 5. Dezember 2008

Obama's Troubling Stance on Missile Defense and Militarizing Space

From Global Network

Ripon school fights plan to put phone mast just 60 metres away

Published Date: 05 December 2008

A RIPON primary school is fighting an application for a mobile phone mast just 60 metres from its playground, amid concerns over a possible danger to children's health.

Parents, teachers and governors at Greystone Community Primary School are opposing Vodafone's plan to place a 47ft high '3G' mast next to the entrance to Morrisons on Harrogate Road.

The closing date for objections is today, with the application due to be decided by the head of planning services at Harrogate Council on December 15, in consultation with the chairman of the council's planning committee.

Audrey Blackburn, chairman of governors at Greystone School, said: "Our greatest priority is our children and we can't afford to use them as guinea pigs until we find out that these things are positively harmful."


World stability hangs by a thread as economies continue to unravel

The political bubble is bursting. Spreads on geo-strategic risk are now widening as dramatically as the spreads on financial risk at the onset of the credit crunch.

China Urges U.S. to Counter Crisis, Prepares for 'Worst Case'

"We hope that the U.S. can take all necessary measures to stabilize its financial markets and economy as soon as possible and ensure the safety of China's assets and investments in the U.S.," Wang said. "To work together to tackle the financial crisis is the most pressing task that we are facing."

Some bailout holdings down $9 billion

Stock intended to eventually earn taxpayers a profit as part of the Bush administration's massive bank bailout has lost a third of its value - about $9 billion - in barely one month, according to an Associated Press analysis. Shares in virtually every bank that received federal money have remained below the prices the government negotiated.

Job Losses: 533,000 in November

Recession winds are blowing with gale force as U.S. employers shed 533,000 jobs in November, pushing the unemployment rate to 6.7%.

Record number of Americans using food stamps: report

More than 31.5 million Americans used the program -- up 17 percent from a year ago, according to government data.

From Information Clearing House

Berlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to 'regulate the internet'

Italian president and media baron Silvio Berlusconi said today that he would use his country's imminent presidency of the G8 group to push for an international agreement to "regulate the internet".

From Information Clearing House

Israel 'prepared to attack' Iran nuclear plants

Israel is drawing up plans to attack Iran's nuclear facilities and is prepared to launch a strike without backing from the US, it has been reported.

From Information Clearing House


Israel erhält die Angriffsdrohung auf iranische Atomanlagen aufrecht

Man bereite sich auf einen Angriff auch ohne Unterstützung der USA vor, sollen Militärs der Jerusalem Post berichtet haben.

Details emerge on CIA terror plot warnings

Indian intelligence sources have confirmed to The Hindu that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) delivered two warnings of an impending terror attack on Mumbai in September. The first one was delivered through the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) on September 18. The sources said the information was of a general nature, suggesting that the Lashkar-e-Taiba was planning to attack Mumbai.

From Information Clearing House

Suspected U.S. drone fires missile in NW Pakistan

"It hit a house and there are some casualties but we don't know how many," an intelligence official in the region told Reuters by telephone.

Pakistan mulls downing U.S. drones

Pakistani officials are urging the incoming Obama administration to stop air attacks on Pakistani territory and even are hinting that they might shoot down U.S. drones that have hit al Qaeda militants and civilian bystanders.

From Information Clearing House

Dead Babies Can Take Care of Themselves

By David Glenn Cox

Your Food and Drug administration with a budget of two billion dollars would certainly never tolerate the intentional adding of toxic industrial chemicals for the purpose of fooling quality control tests in infant formula would they?

On The Illusion Of Freedom

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Harper's Coup: Power Grab in Ottawa

By Mike Whitney

The Prime Minister has been a staunch supporter of George Bush and the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of his critics accuse him of being a neoconservative allied to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Bilderberger Group. He is alleged to be a proponent of plans for a North American Union, which is an elitist scheme to end US sovereignty by merging the three countries-- Canada, the US, and Mexico--into one superstate.


Canadian Leader Suspends Parliament to Stay in Power

CNN : "Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that Canada's governor general has allowed him to suspend Parliament, postponing a no-confidence vote from his opponents that he was likely to lose. Harper called on his opponents to work with his government on measures to aid the nation's economy when Parliament returns on January 26."


The Canadian Coup

The Last US Enemy Combatant

The Shocking Story of Ali al-Marri

By Andy Worthington

In brighter times, before a fog of fear descended on the United States, and the discourse of decent men and women was coarsened by an acceptance of the use of torture as a "no-brainer," it would have been inconceivable that an American could have been held for seven years without charge or trial on the US mainland, in a state of solitary confinement so debilitating that he is said to be suffering from "severe damage to his mental and emotional well-being.

Iraq's US Security Charade

By Ramzy Baroud

It's also bewildering how some important details are so conveniently overlooked; for example, the fact that the Iraqi government can sign a separate agreement with the US to extend the deadline for withdrawal should the security situation deem such an agreement necessary.

Campaign Promises on Ending the War in Iraq Now Muted


"I said that I would remove our combat troops from Iraq in 16 months, with the understanding that it might be necessary - likely to be necessary - to maintain a residual force to provide potential training, logistical support, to protect our civilians in Iraq," Mr. Obama said this week as he introduced his national security team.

Kritik an "Wasserklau" und Umweltzerstörung durch Zitrus-Anbau

Durchschnittlich verbraucht jeder Deutsche im Jahr 41,5 Kilogramm an Zitrusfrüchten. Am beliebtesten sind Clementinen, Mandarinen und süße Apfelsinen. Insgesamt landen jährlich über eine Millionen Tonnen Zitrusfrüchte, bislang vor allem noch aus der Mittelmeerregion, auf dem deutschen Markt. Nach Angaben der Umweltstiftung WWF wird aber die Produktion durch eine "harte Einkaufspolitik mit niedrigen Preisen" und durch die Folgen von Dürreereignissen und Extremwettern zunehmend erschwert. "In den vergangenen Jahren hat die Bedeutung der europäischen Anbauländer stark abgenommen", so Dorothea August vom WWF Deutschland. Wenn aufgrund von Witterungsbedingungen, Preispolitik und Handelsmengen europäische Produzenten nicht wie gewünscht liefern könnten, kämen die Importe für den deutschen Markt vor allem aus Südafrika und Argentinien. Der WWF beobachtet vor allem die großen Flächenausweitungen der Produktion in den Ländern Südamerikas und der Volksrepublik China mit zunehmender Sorge.

"Nichtanwendungserlasse" im Rechtsstaat

Finanzministerium unterläuft höchstrichterliche Entscheidungen

Das Bundesfinanzministerium unterläuft nach Darstellung des Bundesfinanzhofs (BFH) wichtige und für den Steuerzahler entlastende höchstrichterliche Entscheidungen. Pro Jahr würden "sechs bis acht" Entscheidungen des BFH vom Ministerium mit einem sogenannten Nichtanwendungserlass belegt, kritisierte BFH-Präsident Wolfgang Spindler am Donnerstagabend (4. Dezember) in Karlsruhe. Dies sei "ein Riesenproblem". Das Bundesfinanzministerium verteidigte sein Vorgehen. Dies sei ein "ganz normalen Verfahren" und eine "lange geübte Praxis", die "rechtlich auf sicheren Füßen" stehe, sagte ein Sprecher von Finanzminister Peer Steinbrück (SPD) am Freitag in Berlin.

Der Sozialabbau wird ebenso wie die Umverteilung von unten nach oben fort- und festgeschrieben

Volkssolidarität kritisiert Begünstigung von Banken und Automobilindustrie

"Der Sozialabbau wird ebenso wie die Umverteilung von unten nach oben fort- und festgeschrieben." Das erklärte der Bundesgeschäftsführer des Sozial- und Wohlfahrtsverbandes Volkssolidarität, Bernd Niederland am Freitag (5. Dezember) in Berlin angesichts der aktuellen sozialpolitischen und wirtschaftspolitischen Entscheidungen. Es sei eine Tatsache, "dass Unternehmen und Vermögende immer weiter entlastet und die Bürger, ob nun Beschäftigte, Selbstständige, Auszubildende, Rentner und sozial Benachteiligte, immer mehr belastet werden", so Niederland. "Was der Staat den Großen schenkt, aktuell den Banken und der Autoindustrie, holt er sich bei den Kleinen." Soziale Gerechtigkeit sehe anders aus, meint der Sozialverband. Niederland verwies besonders auf die weiter zunehmenden Belastungen für die heutigen und künftigen Rentner. Dazu gehörten nach dem für viele erhöhten Krankenkassenbeitrag durch den Gesundheitsfonds die "nach der Bundestagswahl" drohenden Steuernachzahlungen für Rentner.


Fonds nichts kommt nichts – ver.di-Argumentationshilfe zum Gesundheitsfonds – kritisch beleuchtet

Im nächsten Jahr kommt es nun zu einer der grundlegendsten Veränderungen des Gesundheitswesens der letzten Jahre: der in der Großen Koalition ausgehandelte Gesundheitsfonds, den – außer Ulla Schmidt – niemand mehr verteidigt. Im Gegenteil. Es hagelt Kritik von allen Seiten: von Arbeitgebern, von Krankenkassen, von Ärzten, von der Opposition und auch von den Gewerkschaften. ver.di hat nun eine Argumentationshilfe herausgegeben, die wir hier dokumentieren. Da sie, so scheint es uns, nur für Insider zu verstehen ist und an manchen Stellen auch die nötige Kritik vermissen lässt, haben wir den geballten gesundheitspolitischen Sachverstand in der Redaktion und im Umfeld bemüht, um den Kommentar, wo es uns nötig schien, zu kommentieren. Für den express kommentieren Christian Becker und Nadja Rakowitz

Siehe dazu:

Häufig gestellte Fragen zum Gesundheitsfonds

„…Unter anderem geben wir zu folgenden Fragen Antworten: Warum wird der Gesundheitsfonds überhaupt gebraucht? Wie funktioniert der Fonds? Was ist der Zusatzbeitrag? Verbessert sich mit dem Fonds auch die Versorgung? Wer profitiert von dem Fonds, wer zahlt drauf? Welche Auswirkungen hat der Fonds auf die private Krankenversicherung? Warum wurden die eigentlichen Probleme der Gesundheitsversorgung nicht angepackt?...“ Die Broschüre bei ver.di mit Stand vom Oktober 2008 (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 23. Dezember 2008


14. August 2009

DIE LINKE lehnt jeglichen Sozialabbau ab

Attac forderte Politikerinnen und Politiker auf, zu erklären, wie sie nach der Wahl dem drohenden Sozialabbau begegnen wollen. Als einer der ersten antwortet Michael Schlecht, gewerkschaftspolitischer Sprecher im Parteivorstand:

Mit der Losung "Karten auf den Tisch" fordert attac Politikerinnen und Politiker auf, vor der Wahl zu erklären, "wie sie dem drohenden Sozialabbau begegnen wollen”. Ich begrüße, dass attac dieses zentrale Thema aufgreift. Ich habe attac in einem offenen Brief geantwortet und festgestellt: DIE LINKE lehnt jeglichen weiteren Sozialbbau ab, ebenso die Erhöhung der Mehrwertsteuer. Zentral müsse es darum gehen, Steuererhöhungen für Reiche und Vermögende durchzusetzen. Die Profiteure des Finanzmarktbooms müssen zur Kasse gebeten werden. Kernbestandteil der steuerpolitischen Vorstellungen der LINKEN ist die Millionärsteuer, die jährlich mindestens 80 Milliarden Euro jährlich einbringt. In Deutschland ist die höhere und nachhaltige steuerliche Belastung für Reiche und Vermögende ein absolutes Tabu-Thema. DIE LINKE bricht dieses Tabu.

Phone mast bid for church spire


MOBILE phone companies are trying to erect masts in Winshill - including one in a church spire - prompting health concerns over potentially harmful radiation.

Winshill's elevated position makes it prime pickings for mobile moguls and St Mark's Church and Abbot Beyne school have both been approached by unnamed phone companies.

Church elders will "probably not" allow the project to go ahead and PTA chiefs rejected a similar application two months ago.

After her church turned phone company bosses away 10 years ago, warden and Winshill resident Mary Mills says potential damage to the spire and bell tower make her sceptical.


Obama Partially Rescinds Promise to "End the War"

Thom Shanker, International Herald Tribune: "On the campaign trail, Senator Barack Obama offered a pledge that electrified and motivated his liberal base, vowing to 'end the war' in Iraq. But as he moves closer to the White House, President-elect Obama is making it clearer than ever that tens of thousands of American troops will be left behind in Iraq, even if he can make good on his campaign promise to pull all combat forces out within 16 months."

Recent progress in reading the mind/mind control/brain scanning

The Bush-Obama National Security Strategy

by Harry Browne


The funny thing is, this allegedly significant change in national security strategy, toward ‘social work’, actually comes straight out of Bush’s ‘National Security Strategy’ — not some vague lame-duck version either, but the full-blown and now-notorious document published by the White House in September 2002, The National Security Strategy of the United States of America (known as the NSS). Actually, this is funny only in the sense of ‘let’s all laugh at the New York Times,’ because for America and the world the implications are deadly serious. That 2002 NSS is most famous, or infamous, for codifying the ‘Bush Doctrine’ of military pre-emption and for its bald declaration that no military rival to the US will be permitted to arise. It’s already safe to say Obama will not renounce those positions. But because in autumn 2002 the document — just a few thousand words long — was being read largely as an argument for invading Iraq, the civilian side of its imperial vision was largely overlooked. That part of the vision looks remarkably similar to the one now being sketched by the Obama-Clinton team...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Obama's Familiar Orbit

Michael Winship, Truthout: "I keep thinking about that tool bag. You know - the one that the astronaut accidentally let loose while she was repairing the International Space Station last month. Now it's in orbit, more than 200 miles above the Earth ... For now, it's up there, floating silently and uselessly, which, if you think of government as a sort of national tool kit for protecting and improving the lives of its citizens, could be seen as a pretty good metaphor for the last eight years. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, nothing done - except with the kind of blunt hammers that see everything as a nail and cause more harm than good."

Öffentliche Hand nutzt ihre Marktmacht nicht

Bund, Länder und Kommunen könnten durch ihr Kaufverhalten höhere Umwelt- und Sozialstandards durchsetzen, sie sollen jetzt dazu verpflichtet werden.

Rachel's News #988

Wireless Networks (Wi-Fi) Consumer Health and Safety Advice

Wireless Networks (Wi-Fi) Consumer Health and Safety Advice


NSW to roll out WiFI networks to all schools

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What Change?

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

There will be no real change in Washington, D.C., until the CFR and their elitist cronies are thoroughly and universally removed from power. And the only way this will happen is if we elect an Independent President of the United States (someone who truly understands the New World Order and is dedicated to defeating it), because the two major parties will never allow someone opposed to the CFR to become their nominee. So, while the occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue may have changed, there will be no real change to the direction of these United States. Count on it!......

Phone mast gets backing

Published Date: 05 December 2008

By Carl Gavaghan

WHITBY Town councillors have given their grudging support to an application by Vodafone for a replacement mast at Whitby Town's Turnbull Ground.

While the councillors shared residents’ anxiety about the new mast and the health implications the planning committee said it could only make a decision based on planning regulations.


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