Sonntag, 14. Dezember 2008

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Bad Zwestener SPD will Menschen Chancen bieten, sich gegen Strahlung zu wehren

Bad Zwesten. Dieser Antrag sorgte dafür, dass ein Raunen durchs Parlament ging: Karl-Wilhelm Losekamp (SPD) forderte, dass die Gemarkung Oberurff-Schiffelborn in ein Schutzgebiet für die Einwohner umgewandelt wird.

Mit diesem Schritt werde gewährleistet, dass die Menschen die selben Schutzrechte bekommen wie Flora und Fauna, begründete der Oberurffer Ortsvorsteher den Antrag.

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The Torture Presidency

Bush's Farewell Hallelujah Chorus

Auto Bailout's Death Seen as a Republican Blow at Unions

Official History Spotlights Iraq Rebuilding Blunders

Leading Lawyer Calls for Rumsfeld Prosecution

Bernard Madoff: Just another Wall Street superstar


Investors Remain Amazed Over Madoff's Sudden Downfall

David Lieberman, Pallavi Gogoi, Theresa Howard, Kevin McCoy and Matt Krantz, USA Today: "The financial world begins this week still in a daze over the spectacular collapse of an alleged Ponzi scheme by onetime Wall Street legend Bernard Madoff - possibly the biggest swindle ever committed by a single person."


Banks Hit Worldwide by U.S Fraud — Some of the world's biggest banks have revealed that they are victims of a fraud which has lost $50 billion. Bernard Madoff has been charged with fraud in what is being described as one of the biggest-ever such cases. Mr. Madoff founded Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in 1960, but also ran a separate hedge fund business. According to the U.S. Attorney's criminal complaint filed in court, Mr. Madoff told at least three employees on that the hedge fund business — which served up to 25 clients and had $17.1 billion under management — was a fraud and had been insolvent for years. He said that it was "basically, a giant Ponzi scheme", the complaint said.

SEC Under Fire Over Fraud — The failure to detect what could be the world's biggest fraud allegedly perpetrated by long-time investment adviser Bernard Madoff has raised fresh questions about the capabilities of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. markets watchdog. It is also yet another black mark on the U.S. regulatory regime, which has come under criticism during the financial crisis as numerous gaps and oversight weakness have been exposed. The alleged fraud pointed to "a systemic failure" and raised "fundamental questions" about the regulatory structure in the U.S., Bramdean Alternatives, a UK investment fund which invested with Mr. Madoff, said in a statement over the weekend.


From Paris to Tokyo, more Madoff victims emerge

BNP Paribas, the biggest French bank, said Sunday that it has as much as €350 million, or $472 million, at risk from Madoff's investment advisory business. Nomura Holdings of Japan has ¥27.5 billion, or $302 million, at risk from Madoff's funds, while Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria of Spain may face up to €300 million in losses.

Faber Report: Madoff

CNBC's Davif Faber reports on the $50 billion Ponzi scheme run by ex-NASDAQ chairman Bernard L. Madoff.

Report: Elie Wiesel, Steven Spielberg among victims of Madoff affair

An alleged $50 billion fraud by Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff has caused deep ripples in the Jewish philanthropic world, forcing the closure of two prominent U.S.-based charities and threatening the financial lifeline of a slew of other groups.

From Information Clearing House


Madoff scam saps confidence in Wall Street

Christian Science Monitor


Just what the financial markets don’t need: another scandal. With confidence already shaky, sophisticated investors ranging from suave Spanish bankers to Palm Beach retirees have lost billions of dollars in what is one of the biggest scandal to ever rock the investment world. Law enforcement officials are still trying to figure out what happened to some $50 billion run by Bernard Madoff, who was arrested last week. It appears he was operating an old-fashioned Ponzi scheme, one of those arrangements where new investors finance returns to the old investors. But no matter what investigators turn up, the scandal represents another cloud over Wall Street and its watchdog agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission...

The Madoff debacle: End of the “who coulda known” era

Huffington Post
by Arianna Huffington


Is it Iraq? Fannie Mae? Citigroup? Bernie Madoff? The correct answer is: all of the above. When you look at the elements that were crucial to the creation of each of these debacles, it’s amazing how much in common they all have. And not just in how they began but in how they ended: with those responsible being amazed at what happened, because…who could have known? Well, to paraphrase James Inhofe, I’m amazed at the amazement. In fact, when historians look for a name that sums up the Bush II years, they could do worse than calling them The ‘Who Could Have Known?’ Era. Each of the disasters listed above was entirely predictable. And, indeed, was predicted...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Patenting Pig Genes - Genetically Modified Food

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Tasers Are Sold as 'Non-Lethal', But They've Killed 400 So Far

Informant: Dorothee Krien


Amnesty Warns Against 'Potentially Lethal' Tasers

Safety of Tasers Questioned as Death Toll Hits 334-mark
Amnesty International: USA

Fascism and False Flags=War

The Power Elite Playbook

by Deanna Spingola

Nagata Tetsuzan, in company with Obata Toshiro and Okamura Yasuji (all three trained in military intelligence) and Prince Hirohito, had met secretly at the German spa Baden-Baden on October 27, 1921 to plan a total war against the West. With the exception of Hirohito, all were then serving at Japanese embassies in Europe. They developed strategies to purge the army of the Samurai (knightly) leadership of the Choshu clan, to reorganize and modernize the army, and a plan to dominate Manchuria. Another young officer-attendee was Tojo Hideki, the future prime minister who would launch the Pacific war, the imperial scheme........

The Looming Tragedy of Carbon Markets Paying to Destroy Ancient Forests

Light REDD: The Looming Tragedy of Carbon Markets Paying to Destroy Ancient Forests

Using carbon funds, the world's governments are poised to subsidize ancient forest logging, claiming it benefits the Earth's climate. REDD's potential support of "low impact" logging of ancient forests, and conversion of natural forests to tree farms, fails the climate, biodiversity and biosphere.

By Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet December 13, 2008 From Earth's Newsdesk,

Plans to pay for rainforest protection using funds from carbon markets progressed during this week's UN climate talks. I have long promoted the deceptively simple idea of paying to keep rainforests standing, yet am far from jubilant with the results. It appears first time, industrial logging of ancient forests -- through so-called low-impact and certified logging, and the conversion of these and other natural forests to plantations -- is falsely considered as having carbon benefits, and will be paid for with our tax dollars and carbon offsets.

The concept of paying for rainforest protection with carbon money has become known as avoided deforestation, or alternatively, as REDD for "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation". Like many promising concepts before it (i.e. "sustainable development" and "certified forestry"), REDD is in danger of becoming empty jargon meant to legitimate continued environmentally destructive activities.

Worldwide, an area of forest greater than the size of Greece is deforested every year, and much larger areas are continually ecologically diminished, contributing about a fifth of the global greenhouse gas emissions causing abrupt and potentially run-away climate change. Given the biosphere, atmosphere and most species depend upon these forests; the basic idea of paying for protection of rainforests is a sound one. But like so many good eco-ideas before it, the devil is in the details.

Most generally, the concern is whether further commoditizing ecosystems does in fact lead to their protection. As capitalism verges upon collapse because of its dependence upon unsustainable growth as the measure of well-being, it is difficult to trust the world's ancient forest, global ecosystem engines, to yet another market. To date the carbon market has failed miserably to reduce emissions, and its primary impact has been to enrich the polluting elite. What will make avoided deforestation different?

There is much vagueness regarding what specific sorts of activities REDD will fund. Terms like preservation, protection, conservation, sustainability and low impact are used imprecisely and interchangeably when in fact they are quite different. Efforts to end old growth logging, aid in natural forest regeneration and improve their management, and promote socially acceptable plantations of mixed native species are certainly welcome.

Yet it is clear that REDD, as envisioned under United Nations' climate activities, will also subsidize first time industrial logging of primary and old growth forests, and why not? Virtually everyone else tasked with global environmental stewardship -- from stylish Greenpeace, to ultra-establishment World Bank, to second tier posers like Rainforest Action Network -- support the myth of certified ancient forest logging. They and others fail to see that maintaining and restoring large, relatively INTACT terrestrial ecosystems is key to solving both the climate and biodiversity crises, and is ultimately the only long-term foundation for global ecological sustainability.

REDD as it now stands further greenwashs the notion that logging the world’s last ancient forest ecosystems, and converting these and other natural forests to tree farms, benefits the climate. This is in direct contradiction to the best current science. We are learning primary forest ecosystems, including soils, continue removing carbon indefinitely. And their continued ability to both hold existing, and remove new, carbon is majorly and permanently reduced when "managed" for the first time.

The ecological rigorousness of the REDD concept is being negotiated away in order to get industry and government onboard. To appease those responsible for the very burning and cutting destroying ecosystems, while legitimizing their right to continue doing so in a slightly better fashion, REDD is at risk of becoming meaningless. The promise of logging their forests and having carbon payments too, largely motivates government and industry involvement with REDD.

REDD buys into the pernicious myth that low-impact, certified, sustainable, ecosystem based, socially responsible, pixie- magic-dust methods exist to acceptably log a sixty million year old sacred and ecologically precious ancient forest. The world's remaining primeval forests are ecologically and evolutionarily perfect, and there is no industrial management needed or possible that does not release huge amounts of carbon initially, while reducing long-term carbon storage potential. Nor can any sort of industrial scaled logging avert dramatic destruction forever of ancient forests' structure, composition and function.

Because plantations are widely mistaken as forests, REDD will lead to replacement of carbon rich forests by monoculture tree plantations. Much carbon is lost immediately, and future carbon storage potential is forever diminished. While planted trees remove carbon, the carbon stored is not going to persist for millennia like in ancient forest ecosystems. Fast growing monocultures to make paper may be rotting in a land fill within a year. Further, industrial tree plantations are notorious for their toxic waste, social disruption and soil depletion.

An ecologically sufficient gold standard for avoided deforestation looks like this. In regards to primary and old growth forests, a maximally effective program would fund only strict preservation in order to optimally protect carbon and biodiversity stores in the long-term; and only with local support, their continued traditional uses and possibly limited small-scale, community-based eco-forestry development. The best way to remove new carbon is to assist secondary forests to regenerate old-growth characteristics, while expanding and connecting fragmented primary forest landscapes through ecological restoration. There must be no incentives to promote, or tolerance of, replacing natural forests with monocultural tree farms. Demand for forest products can be met from rigorously ecologically certified native, non-toxic tree plantations and delicate management of maturing secondary forests.

There are many other important and troublesome issues regarding REDD that must be resolved for it to be a force for good. REDD allows the rich world to buy their way out of reducing their own carbon emissions reduction. The well-off must not be allowed to use REDD to avoid reducing their own fossil fuel emission reductions. REDD mainly benefits the countries and interests that have caused most of the world's deforestation, and it is imperative local forest dwellers yield most of the benefits. Further, REDD is likely to result in land grabs and other violations of indigenous rights. Strict prohibitions upon REDD financing industrial ancient forest logging and plantations upon recently deforested lands, coupled with getting payments to willing local participants, will alleviate most concerns.

If carbon markets expand to include forests and pay for anything less than full protection of ancient forests, carbon markets will be revealed as a fraudulent Ponzi scheme whose primary purpose is to enrich the elite, not to reduce emissions or ensure a habitable biosphere. Yes, I want carbon markets and REDD to work. But not at the expense of Earth's last intact ecosystem engines, not if carbon markets abet continued emission growth and forest loss, not if carbon accounting trickery pays for continued ecocide, not if land is stolen from local peoples, and not if it slows down sufficient, real progress to END the biodiversity and climate crises.

Carbon markets themselves are underperforming. There is no indication they will become global and result in absolute emission reductions in time to avert global ecosystem collapse. The primary beneficiary thus far has been polluting industries which have reaped windfall profits after being given carbon credits for free. Carbon markets will have completed their descent into irrelevancy and actual harm to the climate and biosphere if these funds pay to log ancient rainforests. If policy-makers get it wrong and grant carbon funding to anything less than full protection for ancient forests, carbon markets will have proven their failure.

It just seems a little much, indeed a blind leap of faith, to suggest that the present economic system, which has brought the Earth to the edge of ruin by liquidating the Earth's life- giving ecosystems over the last few hundred years, and is now collapsing, is capable of saving terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. If history teaches us anything, it is assigning an economic value to shared natural resources, in a world of exponential growth in population and consumption, assures their over-use. Unless these concerns with the functioning of carbon markets, and how they relate to primary and old-growth forests in particular are addressed, the REDD concept is unworthy of support.

** Due to popular demand, Earth Meanders is back as a project of Ecological Internet! More later on our plans, but needless to say, the urge to meander became too great to resist.


USA wollen Piraten auch auf somalischem Festland jagen

Die Bundesregierung hat die Teilnahme an der EU-Militärmission zur Bekämpfung der Piraten beschlossen? Ein Abenteuer mit zweifelhaften Erfolgsaussichten.

Beim Europäischen Rat in Brüssel haben die EU-Oberen wieder einmal tief in die Trickkiste gegriffen


EU-Reformvertrag: Irland will zweite Volksabstimmung

Rettungsaktion für das europäische Großprojekt: Die irische Regierung will bis Herbst 2009 ein weiteres Referendum über den EU-Reformvertrag abhalten - stellt dafür aber Bedingungen. Artikel von Franziska Brüning in Süddeutsche Zeitung online vom 11.12.2008

EU-Länder stellen Weichen für Rettung des Lissabon-Vertrags

Die EU-Länder haben für einen neuen Anlauf zur Ratifizierung des EU-Reformvertrags in Irland Zugeständnisse an das Land beschlossen. Reuters-Meldung vom 12. Dezember 2008

EU-Vertrag: Irisches Nein nicht zu respektieren, beschädigt Demokratie. Attac fordert Neuanfang für soziales und demokratisches Europa

„Mit scharfer Kritik haben die europäischen Attac-Organisationen auf das Vorhaben des irischen Ministerpräsidenten Brian Cowen reagiert, die Bürgerinnen und Bürger seines Landes erneut über den eingefrorenen EU-Reformvertrag (Vertrag von Lissabon) abstimmen zu lassen…“ Pressemitteilung vom 11.12.08

Aus: LabourNet, 15. Dezember 2008

Kein Land ist auf Kurs, um den gefährlichen Klimawandel zu verhindern

Deutschland vor dem Absturz?

Klimaschutz-Index 2009: Kein Land ist auf Kurs, um gefährlichen Klimawandel zu verhindern.

Kurswechsel nach Klimagipfel in Posen notwendig

"Der Klimagipfel von Posen hat nicht mehr als die formalen Voraussetzungen dafür geschaffen, um in zwölf Monaten in Kopenhagen ein ambitioniertes globales Abkommen für die Zeit nach 2012 zu erreichen."

Raubbau der Meere: Gefangen im Mahlstrom des Mülls

Von den weltweit im Jahr produzierten 125 Millionen Tonnen Kunststoff landet ein beträchtlicher Teil im Meer. Nach Schätzungen der UNEP (Umweltprogramm der Vereinten Nationen) kommen heute auf einen Quadratkilometer Ozean 18 000 Teile Plastikmüll. Ein Bericht von Ulrich Karlowski

„Rettung“ der Autoindustrie?

Wer und was sollen denn auf dieser Welt und zu unseren Lebzeiten gerettet werden?

"Ökonomie gegen Ökologie auszuspielen ist sinnlos"

Das DESERTEC-Konzept schafft Klimaschutz, günstigen Strom und Arbeitsplätze, verspricht der Club of Rome.


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