Dienstag, 31. März 2009

Merrill Lynch Bonus Payments Dwarf A.I.G.

Matt Renner, Truthout: "Anger over the bonuses at A.I.G. blew back onto members of the Obama administration as it was revealed that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and others had been aware of the bonus payments but failed to halt them and did not express 'outrage,' until the bonus checks were already cashed. Further revelations of backroom dealings and million-dollar bonuses threaten to make any kind of assistance to financial institutions politically impossible for Congress. A larger and potentially far more explosive powder keg of bonus payments - this time to top executives at now defunct Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. - may be about to blow."



Campaigners vow to carry on the fight against mobile phone mast

Norwich Evening News - Norwich, England, UK

Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight against a mobile phone mast in Earlham, despite it being recommended for approval at tomorrow's planning ...


We want eyesore cleaned up

Norwich Evening News - Norwich, England, UK

Families living near an eyesore site have today renewed calls for it to be cleaned up - nearly a year after two unsightly mobile phone masts were taken down ...


Alternate location sought for Pinner blunder mast

Harrow Observer - London, UK

Mobile phone company Orange will seek an alternate site for a controversial telecommunications mast that was accidentally given permission in Pinner. ...


Oil & Gas Drilling Labeled Major Threat to Eastern Forests



Fair Elections Now Act Would Break Special Interest Grip on Congress



Torture Taints All Our Lives



G20: Nature Doesn't Do Bailouts



Demand an independent prosecutor



Unwanted Pinner phone mast may not be erected in Grove Road

5:30pm Tuesday 31st March 2009

By Tristan Kirk

A MOBILE phone giant is considering finding a new site for an unwanted mast in Pinner after pressure from politician and residents.

A Harrow Council blunder meant Orange could build a phone mast at the junction of Grove Road and Rayners Lane, despite being denied planning permission.

However, the Harrow Times understands the company is open to the idea of finding another location for the mast following a public outcry at the consequences of the mistake.

Residents were up in arms last week after it was revealed a council officer had failed to send out the papers in time, meaning Orange had planning permission by default.


Phone mast may still be built on historic church

Mar 31, 2009

A PLANNING inspector has been called to settle a row over an
application to build a phone mast on a Teesdale church.

O2’s plan to put an antenna on the tower of St Mary’s, in Barnard Castle, was rejected by Teesdale District Council last year after dozens of objections.

The communications company has now appealed against the
decision – a move that has again led to protests.

Jackie Groszmann, of Barnard Castle, said the church was ignoring the concerns of local people.



Neuer Pass: «Eine Frage der Zeit, bis ein Leck auftaucht»

Von Reto Knobel

Vor der Abstimmung am 17. Mai: Mikroelektronik-Professor Marcel Jacomet kritisiert die Technologie für biometrische Pässe und die zentrale Speicherung von Fingerabdrücken.

Weiter unter...


Bemerton phone mast gets go-ahead

9:52am Tuesday 31st March 2009

By Morwenna Blake

A MOBILE phone mast at Bemerton Folly has been given the go-ahead by a planning inspector.

Residents objected to plans for the mast, on land at Westwood Road, fearing it would attract youngsters on motorbikes and quadbikes and that it would encourage flytipping.

They also raised concerns the 24-metre high structure, on land designated a nature reserve in 2004, would be a magnet for vandals, who would attack it with air rifles and catapults and start fires there.

Planning officers recommended the Vodafone application be approved when it went before Salisbury District Council’s city area planning committee in October, but councillors turned it down, branding it ‘a monstrosity’.



Upset over phone mast plans

11:50am Tuesday 31st March 2009

RESIDENTS of Wain-A-Long Road in Salisbury are upset about plans to put a mobile phone mast outside their homes.

Orange wants to put up the 38ft mast on the verge close to the St Mark’s roundabout.

It has already had applications turned down for sites in Campbell Road and Castle Hill and says a mast is essential to its network coverage of the north eastern part of the city.

But objectors to the plan have complained to council planners that it will be “a monstrosity” which will devalue their homes.

They also say it will be an eyesore for visitors travelling into the city.

Local councillors also have their doubts.


Drugging ADHD Children Does Not Work

Mark Todoruk, FirstWord

The latest findings, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, include data from an eight-year follow-up of the patients and confirmed that there were no long-term differences in behaviour between those who were treated with drugs and those who were not.



Is Obama Wrong?


America the Tarnished

Obama's Domino Theory


Betrayed in Iraq



Global Recession Could Be Time to Reverse 'the Culture of Consumerism'



Brain Wave Patterns Can Predict Blunders, New Study Finds

I have received this link to a recent study, with the following comments:

"Now we know why there are so many road accidents":

Interesting study showing that just before people make an error in a task requiring sustained attention, an alpha brainwave pattern appears. Now cellphones are pulse modulated at just over 8Hz, which is a low alpha brainwave state. This entrains brainwaves into the alpha state, which is associated with sleep/trance/internal mindset, i.e. not tuned into the outside world. The Zombie Nation we see around us, in other words.

No question that cellphone radiation will therefore tend to increase errors associated with lack of attention to what's going on around you.

The WHO concedes that cellphone radiation changes brainwaves, but says this is "not a proven health risk". If you are not paying attention when you cross a road, or drive a car, I would say that is a "proven health risk" ....


Stop the killing of kangaroo babies


Central Truth Revealed



Barack of Kabul


The Obamaites go to war

Another War Lost?


A Philosophical Analysis of Obama's New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Camillo "Mac" Bica, Truthout: "In offering the American people and the world his agenda for change - his new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan - President Obama reminds us that 'al-Qaeda and its allies - the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks' - continue to be active in both nations. Using rhetoric reminiscent of the Bush administration, he warns us that al-Qaeda still seeks to kill 'as many of our people as possible' and is 'actively planning further attacks on the US homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan.' The reason, therefore, that 'our men and women still fight and die there' is to ensure our national security - the safety of the American people."



Beware Those Treacherous Afpakis

By Eric Margolis

President Barack Obama has now taken full ownership of the Afghanistan War. Gone are Washington's pretenses that a western "coalition" was waging this conflict. Gone, too, is the comic book term, "war on terrorism," replaced by the Orwellian sobriquet, "overseas contingency operations."



End the War on Drugs


What the drug wars cost


The Maniacs at MIAC

On the continuing threat of the fusion police state.


Am I a terrorist?

Liberty For All
by Jessica Pacholski


I have been called many names in my life, everything from cute nicknames to derogatory monosyllables, however this week added a new and surprising one to the list- Terrorist. It’s now a well known fact that the Missouri Police had been advised by MIAC, the Missouri Information Analysis Center, that people who support third party candidates, such as Libertarian Candidate Bob Barr or the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin, may be part of violent Militia movements and should be considered possible domestic terrorists...



Immoral Money Production



Officials: Torture Confessions Not Proven Useful

Peter Finn and Joby Warrick, The Washington Post: "When CIA officials subjected their first high-value captive, Abu Zubaida, to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, they were convinced that they had in their custody an Al Qaeda leader who knew details of operations yet to be unleashed.... In the end, though, not a single significant plot was foiled as a result of Abu Zubaida's tortured confessions, according to former senior government officials who closely followed the interrogations."



Dissecting the Anti-Pakistan Psyop

Another anomaly in the "war of [mistakes] terror" may have been solved. The unfolding story about the anti-Pakistan psyop revolves around Britain's MI6 and the "Pakistani Taliban."


From Information Clearing House


The Sycophantic Culture

By Henry Pelifian

Any society and its military is as only as good as its ability to not only perceive the truth but also use it as its basis for action. A nation of sheep is bred by sycophants. The sycophants are more a danger to society by creating failure than critics who often point the way to human progress and understanding.



'Torture' Could Haunt Bush Officials


Spanish Judge Who Went After Pinochet Considers Charges for Gonzales, Others.


The Logistical Nightmare in Iraq

283 Bases, 170,000 Pieces of Equipment, 140,000 Troops, and an Army of Mercenaries

By Jeremy Scahill

In the latest episode of Occupation Rebranded, it was revealed that the administration intends to reclassify some combat forces as "advisory and assistance brigades." While Obama's administration is officially shunning the use of the term "global war on terror," the labels du jour, unfortunately, seem to be the biggest changes we will see for some time.



Obama's Attack on the Middle Class

By Paul Craig Roberts

If the tax rate on a multi-million dollar annual income goes up by 5 percentage points, the cutbacks won't really affect the lifestyle.



It's Spitzer to the Rescue

By Mike Whitney

If Obama is serious about restoring confidence in the markets, he should replace current SEC chief Mary Schapiro with Eliot Spitzer. That would send a message to the world that the president is through messing around. Schapiro is another Wall Street toady who believes that the markets can regulate themselves.



Graveyard of Empires: Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President

By Ray McGovern

The chickens are coming home to roost after eight years of Cheney and Bush, but there is no sign that President Obama is listening to anyone capable of fresh thinking on Afghanistan. Obama has apparently decided to stay in the chicken coop. And that can be called, well, chicken.


Putting A New Coat on a Failed Strategy

By Ron Jacobs

Washington and its NATO cohorts will stay in Afghanistan until the world is safe from Al-Qaeda. Left unsaid by Obama, just like it was unsaid by George Bush, is the reality that foreign troops killing Afghans and Pakistanis has done very little to end the supposed threat from Al-Qaeda.




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