Mittwoch, 18. März 2009

NAC say "no" to Stanley phone mast

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald - Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, UK

By Craig Nisbet

Controversial plans to site a mobile phone mast next to an Ardrossan school were knocked back this week in a sensational victory for people ...

Fehlplanung bedroht Elefanten in Indien

Die größte wild lebende Elefantenpopulation Asiens findet sich im Biosphärenschutzgebiet Nilgiri in Indien. Elefanten sind aus vielerlei Hinsicht bedroht, doch in Nilgiri stellt menschliche Ignoranz aktuell die größte Gefahr dar. Vier Kontrollstationen an einer Landstraße sollen mitten in einem schmalen Waldkorridor gebaut werden, den die Elefanten auf ihren jährlichen Wanderungen passieren. Die Kontrollstationen würden den Elefanten den Weg versperren und ihr Überleben bedrohen. (Start: 27.02.2009)

Next-up News Nr 876

Beware the Madoff Diversion

Richard Grossman, Truthout: "Sure, there are crooks out there. But the overwhelming majority of actions by corporate directors and managers that have created today's messes have been legal. Not only legal, but also widely regarded as necessary and essential to sustain the American Way of Life. To put food on our tables. To heat our homes. To provide jobs. To defend liberty and freedom ... Simply put: Giant business and financial corporations govern. The few who run them make the governing decisions that dictate people's work, living conditions, health and the nature of our communities."

US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites

ACLU Asks Justice Department to Appoint Independent Prosecutor to Investigate Torture

Those Hit Hardest Get No Bailout

The Failed Presidency of Barack Obama

Wall Street's Dangerous Refusal to Learn — You have to wonder what else has to go wrong, how much more wealth will need to be destroyed, before the people on Wall Street get the message that it's no longer business as usual.

Antenna grumble rumbles

18/03/2009 02:56 PM - (SA)


RESIDENTS who live next to the Goodwood sports grounds are up in arms about cellphone company MTN’s application to erect new antennas and to continue using the cellular mast at the sports grounds.

Residents are worried about the environmental and health risks posed by the new infrastructure.

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Protesters’ delight as phone mast bid rejected

NW Evening Mail - Barrow-in-Furness, England, UK

CAMPAIGNERS are delighted after council chiefs turned down plans for a 12 metre-high mobile phone mast. Mobile phone giant Vodafone wanted to build the mast ...

Statt Populismus gegen Ost-Rentner: armutsfeste Mindestsicherung im Alter

18. März 2009

Der stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Klaus Ernst tritt entschieden der landläufigen Annahme entgegen, dass die Renten im Osten generell höher als im Westen seien. Das Schüren entsprechender Ängste bezeichnet er als "gefährlichen Populismus". Er erklärt:

Der Eindruck, dass die Ost-Rentner im Geld schwimmen und mehr Rente bekommen als die West-Rentner ist falsch und gefährlich. Menschen, die ein Leben lang gearbeitet und Werte geschaffen haben, müssen ordentliche Renten bekommen - im Osten und im Westen. Das ist gerecht und bezahlbar. Im Osten wie im Westen droht ein deutlicher Anstieg der Altersarmut. Massenarbeitslosigkeit und Lohndumping haben in den Rentenbiografien tiefe Spuren hinterlassen. Die Rentenkürzungspolitik der letzten Jahre hat darüber hinaus zu massiven Kaufkraftverlusten geführt. Die Grenze verläuft nicht zwischen Ost-Rentnern und West-Rentnern sondern zwischen guter und schlechter Rentenpolitik. Wir brauchen ein Rettungspaket für die Rente. Die Renten müssen sofort bundesweit um mindestens vier Prozent steigen, damit die Kürzungen der letzten Jahre wenigstens teilweise ausgeglichen werden. Auch in der Rente muss es eine armutsfeste Mindestsicherung geben. Niemand darf im Alter weniger als 800 Euro haben.

Next-up news Nr 875

- Imágenes del día: "Radiación y característica falta de Responsabilidad"
(Mujeres embarazadas & Autismo)

Health fear over phone-mast bid

Published Date: 18 March 2009

By Richard Marsden

A MOBILE phone mast planned for woodland on the outskirts of Sheffield has provoked fury - with 160 people signing a petition and protesters voicing fears for health.

Vodafone has applied to Sheffield Council for permission to erect the 12 metre tower, which would be 14.4 metres high with three antennae attached.

If approved, it would be built within trees, behind houses off Bowman Drive, Charnock Hall, above the Moss Valley conservation area. Signatures on the protest petition were collected by Kevin Pryor, of Bowman Drive, Moss Valley Wildlife Group, who said he opposed the idea of such a development on green space and recreational land.

Three letters of objection have also been made, including one from Moss Valley Wildlife Group.


Education About Toxic Vaccines is Sweeping the Nation

by Mary Tocco

Public awareness about problems associated with childhood vaccines is paramount. Concern is spreading like wild-fire. Parents across the country are not just going with the flow; they are questioning the issues of safety, efficacy and lack of long-term studies that the medical community continues to ignore. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, within a 12- month period, 85% of pediatricians encountered a parent who refused or delayed one or more vaccines and 54% encountered a parent who refused all vaccines........

Stimulating ourselves to death

Crisis coddling

Fairfield County Weekly
by Phil Maymin

Despite rising unemployment, massive layoffs and a stock market that has lost half of its value from its peak, we are not in a crisis. There is no banking crisis, no financial crisis, no economic crisis. Why not? Because we have no decision to make. A bad situation is only a crisis if making the wrong decision can be fatal, and there is a chance of making the right one. Surely, a recession is a bad situation, but where is the debate about possible decisions? There can be no crisis without even a possibility of massively shrinking government. Who is proposing less government involvement? Who is pointing out that the problems were caused by too much government, too many regulations, too burdensome taxes, too powerful federal agencies? We are seeing more of the same... (for publication 03/19/09)

Stimulating ourselves to death

by Veronique de Rugy

Barack Obama says his ‘unprecedented’ economic stimulus package will not merely be ‘a short-term program to boost employment.’ No, it ‘will invest in our most important priorities like energy and education; health care; and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep us strong and competitive in the 21st century.’ The massive cost of the stimulus doubled even before any legislation was written, much less approved. Originally tagged at $400 billion, the proposal quickly jumped to $825 billion, and latest estimates at press time have it costing north of $1 trillion (comprised of 60 percent spending and 40 percent tax cuts). Given the size, will the stimulus work as advertised? Will the goods and services — be they concrete for new highway projects or groceries for hungry families — pump up flagging demand and boost stalled economic activity? If so, it will be the first time in modern recorded history... (for publication 04/09)

In defense of distrust in government

Cato Institute
by Gene Healy


President Barack Obama declared in his inaugural address that ‘our patchwork heritage is a strength’ because people of all backgrounds and creeds had come together to make America great. But there was one group, Obama suggested, that wasn’t quite welcome in the American family: the ‘cynics,’ those miserable killjoys who dare to ‘question the scale of [the federal government’s] ambitions.’ There, Obama echoed his 2008 opponent, John McCain, who has repeatedly warned that there’s a specter haunting our country, in the form of a ‘pervasive public cynicism’ toward government. ‘Cynicism’ is a scare word, meant to discredit those who cast a skeptical eye on politicians’ grand designs. But Obama and McCain are right that distrust of government is on the rise...

Let freedom do it

Freedom Politics
by Steven Greenhut


Those of us who advocate freedom and capitalism run up against a difficult problem. Even though these ideas, hampered as they have always been by government intervention, have led to all the good things people say they want (wealth, justice, progress, personal liberty, etc.), they haven’t got a prayer against the grandiose promises of those who prefer the alternate route of command and control. Government promises to protect us, feed us, comfort us, instruct us and make life fair. Freedom promises nothing more than the ability to pursue one’s dreams as one chooses. There’s no promise of utopia in such a system, but the results of leaving people free to their own devices tend to be pretty good, on balance. The utopian systems are the ones where you find the concentration camps and dungeons, despite the flowery rhetoric...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama surrounded by Bilderbergers

by Kenneth Vogel


The highest levels of the Obama administration are infested with members of a shadowy, elitist cabal intent on installing a one-world government that subverts the will of the American people. It sounds crazy, but that’s what a group of very persistent conspiracy theorists insists, and they point to President Obama’s nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, as the latest piece of evidence supporting their claims...

Peaceful dissent and government witch hunts

Campaign For Liberty
by Anthony Gregory

[T]he flavor of government has changed from the Republican leviathan of George W. Bush to the Democratic leviathan of Barack Hussein Obama. A different group is vulnerable to being marginalized — in many ways a revitalization of the Clinton era atmosphere, although now with the post-9/11 concern about peace activists and all the surveillance powers inaugurated by Bush still in place. But the general substance behind government fear-mongering and witch-hunts, and the attempts to chill dissent and silence peaceful political critics, have continued and have a long history. For the last century especially, we have seen the government lump together violent and in many cases unsavory agitators on both the left and right with Americans who simply question unlimited government, nationalist police powers and disastrous foreign wars. While there are indeed some violent and crazed elements on the fringes of the right and left — while there are likewise some extremist characters and frightening viewpoints in the mainstream of American politics, too — the result of such government persecution of dissenters is always to marginalize everyday citizens with unpopular views, conflate thoughtful and principled criticism of the government with agitation for social unrest and violence, and jeopardize the civil liberties of all Americans...

The teleprompter president

Intellectual Conservative
by Jack Ward


If President Obama is just reading the script, who is behind the curtain directing the performance?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The nobodies known as former enemy combatants

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


Changing the names of things was a ploy that was used by the Bush administration in an attempt to justify some of its least palatable activities. In response to the 9/11 attacks, for instance, the nation was not involved in a limited pursuit of a group of criminals responsible for the attacks, but instead embarked on an open-ended ‘war on terror.’ In keeping with this ‘new paradigm,’ prisoners seized in this ‘war’ were referred to as ‘detainees’ and held neither as criminal suspects nor as prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Conventions, but as illegal ‘enemy combatants,’ without any rights whatsoever...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hypocritical posturing by Obama over AIG bonuses
by Hans Bader

In response to public outrage, Obama is belatedly criticizing the millions of dollars in bonuses that AIG, which is being bailed by taxpayers at a cost of $170 billion, is paying to its executives. But his criticism is hypocritical and dishonest, both because his administration had long known about the bonuses before they became public, and because the stimulus package he himself signed contains a provision specifically designed to shield those undeserved bonuses...

Supporters of capitalism are crazy, says Harvard

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Last weekend, Harvard University sponsored a conference called (I am not making this up) ‘The Free Market Mindset: History, Psychology, and Consequences.’ Its purpose was to try to figure out why, since everyone knows the current crisis amounts to a failure of the market economy, the stupid rubes continue to believe in it. The promotional literature for the conference opened with That Quotation from Alan Greenspan — the one in which he suggested that there was, after all, a ‘flaw’ in the free market he hadn’t noticed before...

Crocodile tears over AIG

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman


If politicians spill any more crocodile tears over AIG , the EPA might have to declare Washington, D.C. a protected wetland. Sweep aside the phony expressions of ‘outrage’ over AIG’s government-financed $165 million in bonuses (the information was in black and white) and ask yourself this: Who supplied the money?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Outcry Builds in Washington for Recovery of A.I.G. Bonuses

Jackie Calmes And Louise Story, The New York Times: "The American International Group, which has received nearly $200 billion in bailout funds, last week paid bonuses to 418 employees, including $33.6 million to 52 people who have left the failed insurance conglomerate, according to the office of the New York attorney general. The company paid the bonuses, including more than $1 million each to 73 people, to almost all of the employees in the financial products unit responsible for creating the exotic derivatives that caused A.I.G.'s near collapse and started the government rescue to avoid a global financial crisis. The information adds to the firestorm confronting the Obama administration and Congress since the weekend disclosure that A.I.G., almost 80 percent owned by the government, paid out $165 million in bonuses."

Venality Bites

Brian E. Gray, Truthout: "The Obama administration's assertion that the federal government had no power to stop A.I.G. from awarding $165 million in bonuses to the derivatives traders in its financial products unit, whose reckless decisions both destroyed the company and exacerbated the collapse of the international banking and insurance industries, rests on a faulty interpretation of the US Constitution. Speaking on ABC's 'This Week,' Lawrence H. Summers, director of the National Economic Council, explained that the United States could not block payment of the bonuses, despite A.I.G.'s receipt of more than $170 billion in federal TARP funds, because 'We are a country of law. There are contracts. The government cannot just abrogate contracts.' Although, it is true that the 'government cannot just abrogate contracts' for no good reason, the law is clear that the United States has the authority to impose significant restrictions on the administration of both public and private contracts to ensure that the expenditure of federal funds is consistent with the public interest. Although, it is too late to void the A.I.G. bonuses, the administration's narrow reading of the law should not deter Congress from amending the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of October 2008, the legislation that created TARP, to authorize the president or the secretary of the treasury to modify executive compensation agreements that are contrary to the purposes of the Act."

Reports of sexual assault in military rise in 2008



Reports of sexual assault among U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan rose 26 percent from the previous year, according to an annual Pentagon report presented to Congress on Tuesday. Among all active duty U.S. military troops, the Pentagon showed an increase of about 8 percent in sexual assault reports from the previous year. Dr. Kaye Whitley, director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, told reporters she attributes the increases to improved reporting methods and officials’ belief that military personnel are less fearful of backlash from commanders and peers after reporting an assault...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Von der körperlichen zur verbalen Gewaltdarstellung

US-Psychologen monieren, dass die Folgen der Gewaltdarstellungen, vor allem der indirekten und verbalen, in Zeichentrickfilmen für Kinder unterschätzt werden.

Tonisch-klonische Anfälle: Kanadische Ärzte dokumentieren eine weitere Nebenwirkung des Tasers

Global trade collapsing

Britain showing signs of heading towards 1930s-style depression, Bank of England says

The country is displaying early symptoms of being trapped in a so-called "debt deflation trap" where families find themselves pushed further and further into the red every month, according to a Bank report published today.

UK: Unemployment among young workers hits 15 per cent

Embarrassment for Brown as new figures set to show jobless total has hit 2 million.

Global trade collapsing

U.S. exports falling at 49% pace as customers fade away.

Completed Foreclosures Hit New High in February

Even pre-foreclosure filings hit a new high, rising to 207,703 in February, up 24 percent from 166,860 in January and nine percent from 190,467 in December, the previous high.

Ghost Town: An American Nightmare

Wilmington, a small town in America's Midwestern rust belt, was home to the world's largest private airport. Then recession struck.

U.S. credit card defaults rise to 20 year-high

"There is a continued deterioration. Trends in credit cards will get worse before they start getting better," said Walter Todd, a portfolio manager at Greenwood Capital Associates.

From Information Clearing House

Blackwater back in U.S. employ

Days after the Baghdad government decided it no longer wanted the company then known as Blackwater in Iraq, the State Department signed a $22.2 million deal in February to keep the embattled contractor working there through most of the summer, contract records show.

From Information Clearing House

US occupation forces kill 12-year-old Iraqi girl

The military says the Americans fired two warning shots when the vehicle ignored signals for it to stop near the Hurriyah Iraqi police station.

From Information Clearing House

The West Should Feel Shame Over its Collusion with Torturers

I want to know why those complicit in Almalki's ordeal are not tried in court

By Robert Fisk

". . . the Syrians quite recently complained mightily to the Americans as well as the Canadians. First, the West sent its prisoners to be tortured in Damascus - and then complained that Syria abused human rights! "

Obama and the Empire

By Bill and Kathleen Christison

There are indeed forces in both the United States and Israel that want a clash of civilizations and are definitely not against further wars, and these forces are powerful. Obviously, the first nation to be affected by implementation of this scenario would be Iran.

St. Patrick's Day and the Lost Lessons of Empire

By Daniel Patrick Welch

Another Saint Patrick's Day is here, with its tacky kegs of green beer, leprechauns, lucky charms, fake plastic hats and all imaginable variety of gaudy"charm." But it needn't be so. The holiday offers up an incredible opportunity to expose children (and adults, of course) to the history of struggle of a courageous people--England's first and last colony--and, by extension, to shed light on the legacy of colonization and imperialism and the universal nature of popular resistance.

IDF must prepare to strike Iran

During a visit to Washington, D.C., Ashkenazi met with Dennis Ross, the designated U.S. envoy to the Persian Gulf, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the Iranian issue.

Israel could use ballistic missiles against Iran, study says

Ballistic missiles could be Israel's weapon of choice against Iranian nuclear facilities if it decides on a pre-emptive attack and deems air strikes too risky, according to a report by a Washington think-tank.

IDF to U.S.: Israel Closing In on Taking Military Aim at Iran

The newspaper quoted sources that claimed Lieutenant-General Ashkenazi told American officials that Israel is preparing for a military attack.

Mr. Iran envisions 'major' war in coming months

Amid lingering talks of war on Iran, Israel's prime minister-designate raises the alarm about a major military conflict in the coming months.

Commander confirms Netanyahu war plans

Israel is preparing for all-out war on multiple fronts that include Iran, Syria and Lebanon, a senior military commander claims.

From Information Clearing House


Top UN official accuses US of demonizing Iran

Miami Herald

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Water Scarcity "Now Bigger Threat Than Financial Crisis"

Geoffrey Lean, The Independent UK: "Humanity is facing 'water bankruptcy' as a result of a crisis even greater than the financial meltdown now destabilizing the global economy, two authoritative new reports show. They add that it is already beginning to take effect, and there will be no way of bailing the earth out of water scarcity."

Using the "T" Word

The Baltimore Sun: "Many Americans have long suspected the Bush administration wasn't being completely truthful about the interrogation techniques used to extract information from terrorist suspects captured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Officials conceded some methods were 'harsh,' but they insisted no detainees were tortured or seriously mistreated."

Elderly residents take to streets to protest at mobile phone mast

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 00:00

CONCERNED elderly people marched through St Austell to deliver a petition to Restormel in protest against a mobile phone mast 100 metres from their retirement village.

A 30-strong contingent of the Buckler's Village Residents' Association were on Tuesday fighting for a voice in a private meeting about the O2 mast near Wheal Northey.

An official complaint about the mast made to the Ombudsman at Restormel by the Bethel Mast Action Group was being discussed by councillors and officers who will decide if any action should be taken.

Resident association secretary, Frank Boulton, 69, said: "The mast is only 100 metres from our homes and people have been ill since it has been there over the past three years.


Obama's War on Recovery

FAS 157 and the Looming Bloodbath

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