Samstag, 24. Januar 2009

Are cellphones really safe for your kids?

Informant: gotemf


When What You Don’t Know May Hurt You After All

Hundreds sign mast petition

Rutland and Stamford Mercury - Stamford, England, UK

We do not think that a mobile phone mast should be placed in the middle of a residential area." Blackstones Sports and Social club chairman Eric Marvel ...

Hartz IV: Entweder Prostitution oder Sanktion

Die Berliner Kampagne gegen Hartz IV deckte auf: Eine erwerbslose Frau sollte eine Eingliederungsvereinbarung in der Arge unterschreiben, in der sie gezwungen werden sollte, dem "Gewerbe der Prostitution" nachzugehen. Verona Strom* lebt in Berlin und ist Mutter von einem neunjährigen Sohn. Sie sollte eine "Eingliederungsvereinbarung" unterschreiben, in der u.a. benannt wurde, dass sie dem "Nebengewerbe der Prostitution" nachgehen sollte.

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Ein-Euro-Jobs nur für "dicke Menschen: Die Arbeitsagentur in Flensburg vergibt Ein-Euro-Jobs eigens für "dicke" Hartz IV Empfänger und übersteigt damit deutlich seine Kompetenzen.

In der Stadt Flensburg übersteigt das Jobcenter deutlich seine Kompetenzen. Eigens für übergewichtige Arbeitslosengeld II (ALG II) Empfänger hat man eine "ganz besondere" Eingliederungsmaßnahme sich ausgedacht. In einem Waldstück nahe Flensburg sollen 18 übergewichtige Ein-Euro-Jobber einen "Fitness-Parcours" anlegen.

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Sanktioniert bis ins Obdachlosenheim: Arge Greifswald sanktionierte einen 53jährigen Hartz-IV Empfänger solange, bis dieser in ein Obdachlosenheim ziehen musste.

Nach Angaben des ARD-Magazins "Report Mainz" sanktionierte die Arge Greifswald einen 53jährigen Mann solange, bis dieser nun in ein Obdachlosenheim ziehen musste. Die Arge hatte den Mann sanktioniert, da dieser zu "keiner Kooperation mit der ARGE bereit" war.

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Protest: Ein Hartz IV Betroffener geht zu Fuss nach Berlin

Im März 2009 möchte Siegrfried Kurtz einen Fußmarsch durch Deutschland unternehmen, um gegen Hartz IV und für soziale Gerechtigkeit zu demonstrieren. Am 23 März 2009 will Siegfried Kurtz zu Fuß von Hellenthal in Nordrhein Westfalen nach Berlin gehen, um für mehr soziale Gerechtigkeit und gegen die unmenschlichen Gesetzgebungen von Hartz IV zu demonstrieren. In Berlin möchte Siggi, wie er von seinen Mitstreitern auch genannt wird, persönlich eine Unterschriftensammlung abgeben...

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Das Bundessozialgericht (BSG) berichtet von einem rasanten Anstieg der Klagen aufgrund der Hartz IV Gesetzgebungen

Das Bundesgericht kritisierte zudem die gängige Praxis der Argen und forderte die Bundesregierung auf, Nachbesserung bei den SGB II Gesetzen vorzunehmen.

Heute hat das Bundessozialgericht in Kassel seinen Jahresbericht 2008 in einer Pressekonferenz der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt. Dabei wurde offenkundig, dass im vergangenen Jahr die Anzahl der eingegangenen Klagen um 28 Prozent gestiegen sind.

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Legalized elder abuse

Über das Verhältnis von pandemischer Überwachung und dem „Krieg gegen den Terror“Überwachung

Großbritannien: "It's finished!"

Immer stärker wird über einen Staatsbankrott und einem Beitritt zur Euro-Zone gesprochen, den Dänemark nun eilig vorantreibt.

The Newest Fear-Mongering Campaign From the Right and the Media


Media Matters: Media Fudge Numbers on Guantánamo Detainees

Robots at War: The New Battlefield

Informant: Kev Hall

The Presidential Oath of Office: When Is an Oath Not an Oath?

The Neocons: Always Wrong But Never in Doubt

We'll trade you Afghanistan and Pakistan for Guantanamo and torture, deal?

Years of Darkness, Tyranny, and Oppression

Understanding Austrian Business Cycle Theory

The World Won't Buy Unlimited U.S. Debt

USA: Geheimdienstler packt aus

ET demonstrated a really human need

Hello Ms Featherstone

It was with mixed emotions that I read your comments regarding the lifting of the mobile phone ban in hospitals. Reason? - Although I fully agree that the cost of making phone calls in hospital are extortionate - I do not believe that mobile phones are the answer - we had ordinary payphones before the "designer media stations" now wheeled to the bedside. I have long campaigned for the warning contained in the DOH leaflet "Mobile Phones & Health" - that children under 16 years should be discouraged from using mobile phones - to be more widely circulated and, as is now happening in many other European countries - more vigorously enforced. Our children are our future - but they are being exploited by an Industry which is like a rampaging herd of elephants...perhaps a little OTT, but nevertheless, it is true to say that the precautionary approach has long disappeared out of the window.

It was most distressing to see the initial BBC report (It's always the Beeb who fill the news progs with technology titbits) from a hospital in Bath - direct from the Children's Ward - the Manager marvelling at how great this will be for the young patients (sweeping aside the one question regarding how they might deal with any anti-social use).

I have unfortunately had occasion to spend many hours in hospitals recently (as a visitor to several seriously ill relatives). I cannot count the times when mobile phones have been a scourge on these visits - we have had to suffer improper use by other visitors (one time five individual phones around one bed containing a heart attack victim), patients and even staff (a nurse left my sister-in-law's chemotherapy treatment to answer her mobile phone - which was in her pocket). We also heard recently of a nurse who was dismissed after serious neglect of a patient while making a 20 minute mobile phone call.

In my opinion - for what it is worth - is that the last thing ill people need is a constant barrage of loud phone conversations or ringtones (the worst example I can call to mind was at my brother-in-laws bedside shortly before he died in hospice - another visitor's mobile phone loudly emitting "The Adams Family" theme tune for the whole of the ward to hear. You would imagine the owner of the phone would be suitably apologetic...but instead they let it ring for a while - obviously finding it extremely amusing. Unfortunately, anyone else who does not see the joke are left to suffer in silence (as my Sister and I did) or to complain - and be no doubt accused of being a killjoy or technophobe.

I am neither - I am just someone who likes to live and let live - but this technology makes that absolutely impossible - it is systematically removing the rights of individuals in every conceivable situation.

I can understand your wish to address the problem of exploitation of hospital patients - but would like to ask you to consider the full implications of the alternative we are faced with.

Cllr Sylvia Wright

The Little Unions That Couldn't

T.A. Frank, The Washington Monthly: "As Barack Obama prepares to get a stimulus plan launched this winter, carefully planting seeds of cross-party warmth and nurturing each rare shoot, he may wish to avoid unrelated matters that cause bitter partisan showdowns and lay waste to the whole damn thing. At least, that seems wisest when you're asking for a trillion or so in new spending. So people understood why Rahm Emanuel, during a meeting with the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council last November, dodged an inquiry about a contentious piece of legislation called the Employee Free Choice Act. 'Let me take your question and go somewhere else,' he said to laughter."

NSA Whistleblower: Wiretaps Were Combined With Credit Card Records of US Citizens

Kim Zetter, Wired: "NSA whistleblower Russell Tice was back on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC program Thursday evening to expand on his Wednesday revelations that the National Security Agency spied on individual US journalists, entire US news agencies as well as 'tens of thousands' of other Americans."


Whistleblower: NSA spied on everyone, targeted journalists

NSA Whistleblower: Wiretaps Were Combined with Credit Card Records of U.S. Citizens

The NSA is on the line, all of them

Informant: goscott44

Where You Won't Shop In 2009

While industry executives and shoppers will remember 2008 as the year the party ended, figure 2009 to be the year of the hangover. Already, Circuit City, Linens 'N Things and Mervyn's stores are going away. Sharper Image is too, though the company will continue to sell some of its high-end gadgets through license agreements with other retailers.

From Information Clearing House

Britain risks bankruptcy and a humiliating bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

We'll have to go begging to the IMF, says Cameron

Britain risks bankruptcy and a humiliating bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) because of Gordon Brown's borrowing, David Cameron said yesterday.

Lights go out across Britain as recession hits home

Electricity demand falls as economy slows at fastest rate since 1980.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. bombs Pakistan, 18 killed

Two suspected U.S. missile attacks today killed 18 people in Pakistan just east of the Afghan border, the first such strikes since the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Pakistan urges Obama to halt missile attacks

Pakistan urged President Barack Obama to halt U.S. missile strikesr, saying Saturday that civilians were killed the previous day in the first attacks since Obama's inauguration.

From Information Clearing House


New US Administration Launches Airstrikes in Pakistan

R. Jeffrey Smith, Candace Rondeaux and Joby Warrick, The Washington Post: "Two remote US missile strikes that killed at least 20 people at suspected terrorist hideouts in northwestern Pakistan yesterday offered the first tangible sign of President Obama's commitment to sustained military pressure on the terrorist groups there, even though Pakistanis broadly oppose such unilateral US actions."

Obama speaks in rather vague generalities

What Was Said, and What Was Not

By David Michael Green

Obama speaks in rather vague generalities that allow his audience to project onto him much of what they choose to. I assume that, smart as he is, he does this on purpose, since he can thus benefit from winning their support without leaving himself pinned to commitments he may wish to avoid at a later date.

Obama's Orders Leave Framework of Torture, Indefinite Detention Intact

By Tom Eley

While the media is portraying these orders as a repudiation of the detention and interrogation policies of the Bush administration, they actually change little. They essentially represent a public relations effort to refurbish the image of the United States abroad after years of torture and extralegal detentions and shield high-ranking American officials from potential criminal prosecution.


Supreme Court Puts Off Decision on Indefinite Detention

Robert Barnes and Carrie Johnson, The Washington Post: "The Supreme Court yesterday vacated a lower court's ruling that the president has the right to indefinitely detain a legal U.S. resident as a terrorism suspect, and put off a decision on one of the most expansive legal claims of the Bush administration."

Official: UN May Prosecute Bush Administration, Regardless Of US Action

By David Edwards

The UN's special torture rapporteur called on the US Tuesday to pursue former president George W. Bush and defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture and bad treatment of Guantanamo prisoners.


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