Mittwoch, 7. Januar 2009

Cell Phones and Congo's War Against Women

Informant: Dorothee Krien

United States Re-emerges as Leading Arms Supplier to the Developing World

Rachel Stohl, Center for Defense Information: "On Oct. 23, 2008, the Congressional Research Service released the most recent version of its annual arms transfer report, 'Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2000-2007.' According to the report, U.S. arms agreements to both developed and developing countries increased from 2006 levels, re-establishing the U.S. position of top arms supplier to the developing world, a position that Russia claimed in 2006."

December Job Losses at 673,000, Worse Than Thought

Reuters: "U.S. private-sector employers shed 693,000 jobs in December, a private employment service said Wednesday in a report that was far worse than expected and pointed to more ugly news from the government's jobs data due later this week."

Paris: Colloque "Téléphonie mobile, Wifi, WiMax et Santé état

... - Le Noyer, France

Avec la participation du Professeur Olle JOHANSSON, professeur associé au Karolinska Institute de Stockholm (Suède), co-auteur du Rapport BioInitiative, ...



Planetefacility - Paris, France

... plus contraignantes, ou encore des chercheurs américains, nordiques, autrichiens et chinois dans le cadre du rapport BioInitiative publié fin août 2007. ...


Ouvrons les yeux

01net - Paris, France

Vous ne parlez pas de la principale référence en matière d'études à savoir le rapport bioinitiative qui recouvre plus de 1500 études en la matière. il en ...


Téléphonie mobile: dialogue de sourds

VivAgora - Paris, France

Le rapport Bioinitiative (3), réalisé en 2007 par une vingtaine de scientifiques américains, en examine 1 500 et conclut, pour sa part, que « l’exposition à ...


Appareils électriques et électroniques


L’ARTAC décrit le syndrome d’intolérance aux champs ... - Le Noyer, France

Néanmoins, des données toxicologiques et biologiques telles qu’exposées dans le rapport de consensus international «Bioinitiative» apportent une preuve ...

Obama's Black Widow

Nat Hentoff, The Village Voice: "Barack Obama will be in charge of the biggest domestic and international spying operation in history. Its prime engine is the National Security Agency (NSA) - located and guarded at Fort Meade, Maryland, about 10 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. A brief glimpse of its ever-expanding capacity was provided on October 26 by The Baltimore Sun's national security correspondent, David Wood: 'The NSA's colossal Cray supercomputer, code-named the 'Black Widow,' scans millions of domestic and international phone calls and e-mails every hour.... The Black Widow, performing hundreds of trillions of calculations per second, searches through and reassembles key words and patterns, across many languages.'"

The Greatest Greatness of George W. Bush

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "Your greatness will be defined by how we rise to overcome and undo what you have done. Your greatness will stand forever if we never, ever forget the hard, bitter lessons you taught us. We are responsible for this republic, for our Constitution, and for each other. We are our brother's keeper. You taught us that by becoming our Cain. You nearly slew us, but here we stand, and we defy the place in history you would relegate us to. We defy you, and by doing so, we rise."

EU Launches 1984-Style Crackdown On Light Bulbs

Village Green application may scupper phone mast

Watford Observer - Watford, England, UK

By Neil Skinner

Determined residents campaigning against the building of a mobile phone mast near their homes hope to scupper the scheme with a planning...

Residents may soon be receiving mobile calls via God

Deadline Press & Picture Agency - Edinburgh, Lothian, UK

By Cara Sulieman

ANCIENT religion could be connecting with modern-day technology when a mobile phone mast is installed in a church spire. ...

Concerned at phone mast plans

Published Date: 08 January 2009

By Staff reporter

A COUNCILLOR concerned about the construction of mobile phone base stations around Carrickfergus wants residents opposed to new masts to give planners a piece of their mind.

Alderman David Hilditch told this week’s meeting of the Borough Council that his office has received “quite vociferous” objections to proposals by Vodafone to site telecommunications equipment at the North Road service reservoir.

An application, which Planning Service says it is content to approve, envisages a 20 metre-high lattice tower housing three antennae and two dishes, with an adjacent equipment cabinet and surrounded by a 1.8m fence.


How the military-industrial complex is destroying America

Another Gitmo grows in Afghanistan

Yahoo! News


The incoming Obama Administration says it wants to shut down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. But even if Guantanamo closes, the controversial U.S. practice of jailing suspected al-Qaeda militants and other terrorists indefinitely won’t end, because such detentions continue on an even greater scale at the U.S. military base at Bagram, Afghanistan, 40 miles north of Kabul. Approximately 250 detainees are currently being held at Guantanamo; an estimated 670 are locked up under similar conditions at Bagram...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Wählen bis zum richtigen Ergebnis

Bush, Retter der Korallen

Zum Ende seiner Amtszeit will der US-Präsident sich vom Ruf des Klima-Kriminellen befreien.

Groups Fight to Protect Fish, Wildlife, and Wilderness Areas From Last-Minute Bush Regs


Bush makes last-minute appointments



President Bush made another round of last-minute appointments Tuesday, giving 45 aides, supporters and others a parting gift as he leaves office: presidential appointments to boards and councils, with terms lasting three to six years after he leaves office. The full list as released by the White House after the jump includes attorney general Michael Mukasey, deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams, and Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff...

Bush’s final purge

In These Times
by Christopher Moraff


The Bush administration is reportedly using its final months in office to exact retribution on federal employees who have spoken out against agency policies during the past eight years. Since April, the administration has dismissed — or notified of pending dismissal — more than a dozen federal whistleblowers, according to Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, founder of the civil rights group No Fear Coalition and director of the National Whistleblowers Center. Some have come as recently as November. They include staffers at the Departments of Commerce, Labor, Education and Transportation. And, Coleman-Adebayo says, those are only the employees who are willing to go on record...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Stimulus Time: The Fierce Urgency of Now

Mark Weisbrot, The Center for Economic and Policy Research: "Nobody needs to be told that our economy is going down the tubes at a rate unseen for decades. Every week brings new numbers that are setting records. In just the three months ending in November the job loss was 1.26 million, the worst since 1975. We have lost more than 2 million jobs in 2008."

Stimulus Plan: The Need and the Size

Robert Reich: "The core problem we face is not access to capital. The Treasury has already flooded Wall Street and the banking system with money, committing nearly $350 billion; the Federal Reserve Board has exchanged Treasury bills for some $2.2 trillion of troubled assets; other agencies, such as the FDIC, have guaranteed trillions more. But there has been no appreciable result. Banks will not lend because they fear borrowers will not repay; businesses will not borrow because they do not have adequate markets for their goods and services; individuals cannot and will not borrow because they do not have enough reliable income to do so."

Banks on a Wire

Le Monde's editorialist: "Gordon Brown is not happy. His rescue plan for British banks, which everyone - including foreigners - admired when he presented it in October 2008, is not producing the hoped-for results. In the absence of credit, shops are closing and real estate is collapsing ..."


Obama’s terrible stimulus

The Liberty Papers
by Kevin


Obama’s plan is terrible for many reasons. The first obvious reason is that the country really cannot afford any new spending after blowing at least $8.4 trillion (in an overall economy of $13.8 trillion and shrinking) in bailouts for Bush and Paulson’s friends in the financial sector. The second reason is that very little of this new spending is actually permitted in the U.S. Constitution. The Federal government cannot ‘invest’ in ‘green collar jobs’ or any other type of jobs for that matter. The Federal government has no Constitutional role in education spending (which is another part of Obama’s ‘plan’). Thirdly, the areas where you can argue a legitimate duty of the Federal government, highway construction, is prone to abuse and wasteful spending through the earmarking process (which is the currency for corruption)...

More on the bogus Obama “jobs” program

Classically Liberal
by CLS


A construction worker hired to build some bike path, merely to create employment, at least builds a bike path. Sure his pay comes from taxing productive jobs and thus reducing their numbers. But as bad as that is the construction worker isn’t inflicting additional harm on the economy when he works. Government employees are largely destructive. They are paid for from the productive sector. But that is not the harm they inflict. More bureaucrats, doing what bureaucrats do, is destructive. They regulate, control and manipulate in ways that benefits themselves or their political masters. I have little doubt that Obama wants an additional 600,000 government workers since the trade union for bureaucrats tends to fund Democratic candidates. An addition 600,000 federal leeches will provide votes for the Democrats and a ready-made lobby group to push for more federal bureaucrats. Unlike the make-work jobs Obama will create these employees will be entirely unproductive and have negative value...

Politics and corruption, together again

Cato Institute
by David Boaz


Stories of ambitious men being corrupted by the political game have been plentiful since my youth. It amazes me, here amid many calls for the government to take an ever more active role in our country’s doings, that so many of these cautionary tales seem to be forgotten. … FBI investigations and anti-bribery laws will never take the corruption out of politics. The best way to limit it is to keep government small, with few jobs to fill and limited money to spend...

For real stimulus

National Center for Policy Analysis
by staff


Congress is ready to ram through a half-baked stimulus package costing as much as $1 trillion. But if it’s stimulus we need, why not make it effective stimulus — tax cuts, say, instead of wasteful spending? The massive new spending program that is being pushed by congressional Democrats emboldened by their newly enhanced majorities may come up as soon as Tuesday, when they return from their holiday breaks.”

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The End of the Financial World as We Know It

"Greed" doesn't cut it as a satisfying explanation for the current financial crisis. Greed was necessary but insufficient; in any case, we are as likely to eliminate greed from our national character as we are lust and envy. The fixable problem isn't the greed of the few but the misaligned interests of the many.

From Information Clearing House

Ex-detainee of U.S. describes a 6-year ordeal

The full stories of individual detainees like Iqbal are only now emerging after years in which they were shuttled around the globe under the Bush administration's system of extraordinary rendition, which used foreign countries to interrogate and detain terrorism suspects in sites beyond the reach of American courts.

From Information Clearing House


Insulting the Constitution

Boston Globe
by staff


Within weeks after taking office, President-elect Barack Obama will have a chance to draw a line between the Bush administration’s fast-and-loose treatment of the Constitution and his own commitment to stick to its terms in cases involving suspected terrorists. In 2001 in Illinois, US officials arrested a student from Qatar and later accused him of being an Al Qaeda sleeper agent. Since 2003, the administration has held the student, Ali al-Marri, as an enemy combatant without proving its suspicions before a jury. … Obama should end the government’s attempt to hold Marri in this way and decide whether to deport him or to try him in federal court on criminal charges...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gates projects Pentagon needs $70 billion more for wars

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates estimates the Pentagon will need about $70 billion more to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year, on top of the $65.9 billion already approved by Congress.

From Information Clearing House

Bin Laden Transcript Outlines Plan to Bankrupt U.S. Through War

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said he is trying to bankrupt the U.S. through its war on terror, a strategy he says felled the Soviet Union two decades ago in Afghanistan, according to a translation by al-Jazeera television of his full, videotaped statement.

Our Kids As Mercenaries

By William A. Collins

As a finishing touch of "fight for pay," Congress has now voted to speed up citizenship applications for those aliens who enlist. Offering such a lure to foreigners makes plain just where the United States plans to find the cannon fodder for its military adventures of the future.

Keith Olbermann On Cheney Bush Record


The Presidential Transition Hoax

Do Americans Have Cognitive Dissonance When it Comes to Liberty?

Web Author Warns Internet Is Dying

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