Mittwoch, 8. April 2009

Obama Should Listen to Iraqis, Not Lecture Them

Row breaks out over phone mast at Ladye Bay

Wednesday, April 08, 2009, 16:37

VIEWS from a coastal beauty spot could be spoilt by a mobile phone mast due to mixed signals from planners.

Clevedon homeowner Peter Davis threatened to lie in front of diggers installing the mast, which he claims doesn't have planning permission.

Mr Davis, 49, of Ladye Bay, confronted workmen he spotted digging a hole in a field less than 100 metres from his home on Monday and was shocked to discover Vodafone's plans to install a radio base station to improve 3G coverage for customers in the area.

Two years ago planning applications for the mast, along with two antennas, one microwave dish and radio equipment, were turned down by North Somerset Council because of environmental and conservation concerns, but Vodafone is insisting it now has deemed permission because of a planning blunder.

Mr Davis said: "We objected to the plans in the past which were refused but none of the residents have been consulted about a third application at all.

"There is no way they can put up a microwave mast so close to people's houses."


After 1789, 2009?

Sophie Wahnich, Le Monde: "Twenty years after its bicentenary, the French Revolution is once again breaking through the surface of public speech. The President of the Republic acknowledges that it's not easy to govern a 'regicide country.' Alain Minc warns his 'friends in the ruling class' by reminding them that 1789 began in 1788 and that they must no doubt learn to renounce certain privileges. Jean-Francois Cope deplores the 'natural temptation to permanently redo 1793.'"

Changing the Rules

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Truthout: "A cartoon in the Sunday comics shows that mustachioed fellow with monocle and top hat from the Monopoly game - 'Rich Uncle Pennybags,' he used to be called - standing along the roadside, destitute, holding a sign: 'Will blame poor people for food.' Time to move the blame to where it really belongs. That means no more coddling banks with bailout billions marked 'secret.' No more allowing their executives lavish bonuses and new corporate jets as if they've won the mega-lottery and not sent the economy down the tubes. And no more apostles of Wall Street calling the shots."

Kinder lernen Gewalt im Internet

Der Computer ist nach Ansicht von Familienministerin Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) die nächste große Herausforderung für Eltern bei der Erziehung ihrer Kinder. Während in früheren Jahrzehnten Probleme wie der Alkoholkonsum von Jugendlichen oder Bestrafungen durch Schläge im Vordergrund gestanden hätten, so sei die Gesellschaft nun aufgefordert, Kindern einen verantwortungsvollen Umgang mit Medien beizubringen, sagte die Ministerin bei der Vorstellung der Studie "Generationenbarometer 2009" am Mittwoch (8. April) in Berlin. Eltern sollten zum Beispiel kontrollieren, welche Seiten ihre Kinder im Internet besuchten.

The Dangers Of U.S. Mandatory Child Vaccination

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Bundestag entscheidet über Agrosprit: Zukunft der Regenwälder steht auf dem Spiel

Abfackeln des Regenwalds für Agrosprit

Ende April entscheidet der Bundestag über die Beimischung von Agrosprit zu Benzin und Diesel. Agrosprit wird aus Nahrungsmitteln wie Zuckerrohr sowie Raps-, Soja- oder Palmöl hergestellt. Mit jedem gefahrenen Kilometer im Auto werden so der Hunger auf der Welt verschärft sowie die Regenwaldrodung und Klimaerwärmung angeheizt. Rettet den Regenwald fordert deshalb, keinen Agrosprit dem Benzin und Diesel beizumischen.

Protestaktion unter:ärmung

Corporate Monopoly of Science

ISIS Report 08/04/09

Corporations are aiming for an absolute stranglehold on scientific research and the flow of scientific information; that’s why patents on GM crops should be abolished Prof. Peter Saunders

Scientists blocked from independent research on GM crops As you may already know, you can’t just go into a store and buy genetically modified (GM) seeds. You have to sign an agreement with the company that produced them, and one of the conditions is that you may not save the seeds from your harvest. Anyone growing GM crops has to buy seeds from the company every year, which is a problem for all farmers, but especially for those in the Third World; as Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser’s epic battle with Monsanto so clearly brings home to us [1] (Who Owns Life, Not Monsanto? SiS 42).

What is less well known is that the agreements also prohibit you from using the seeds for research. That may not matter to most farmers, but it is important because it means that research into GM crops can be done only by the biotech companies or with their approval. If they don’t want a particular piece of research carried out, they can refuse permission to use their seeds. Even when they have given permission, if they don’t like the way the research is turning out they can stop it, or prevent the results from being published. Consequently, important decisions on GM crops and all GM organisms (GMOs) are increasingly based on evidence selected by the companies to put them and their products in the best possible light.

That’s why when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited comments from the public in advance of two meetings on GM crops it was holding earlier this year, twenty six scientists submitted a statement protesting the “technology/stewardship agreements” they have to sign, which inhibit them from doing research for the public good. [2] As a result, “no truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions regarding the technology”. The full statement is reproduced in the Box.

Scientists’ Statement to US EPA

Docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0836

The following statement has been submitted by 26 leading corn insect scientists working at public research institutions located in 16 corn producing states. All of the scientists have been active participants of the Regional Research Projects NCCC-46 "Development, Optimization, and Delivery of Management Strategies for Corn Rootworms and Other Below-ground Insect Pests of Maize" and/or related projects with corn insect pests. The statement may be applicable to all EPA decisions on PIPs, not just for the current SAP. It should not be interpreted that the actions and opinions of these 26 scientists represent those of the entire group of scientists participating in NCCC-46. The names of the scientists have been withheld from the public docket because virtually all of us require cooperation from industry at some level to conduct our research.


"Technology/stewardship agreements required for the purchase of genetically modified seed explicitly prohibit research. These agreements inhibit public scientists from pursuing their mandated role on behalf of the public good unless the research is approved by industry. As a result of restricted access, no truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions regarding the technology, its performance, its management implications, IRM, and its interactions with insect biology. Consequently, data flowing to an EPA Scientific Advisory Panel from the public sector is unduly limited."

All the scientists have been active researchers into corn insect pests, and many of them are in favour of GM crops, but they are very concerned about the restrictions placed on them by the industry that effectively stop independent research, and the resulting bias in the evidence being presented to the EPA and other regulatory agencies. This does not surprise those of us who have been complaining about the lack of independent research and regulators that routinely ignore and dismiss all evidence of hazards [3]
(see GM Food Nightmare Unfolding in the Regulatory Sham, ISIS Scientific Publication).

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Budget expands government as economy contracts

Campaign For Liberty
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)

Last week the House passed another budget that increases federal power, raises taxes, and increases the national debt. I voted against it, and was pleased to see that not a single Republican representative voted for it. Legislators often see bipartisanship as constructive, but I disagree especially where the destruction of our economy or our liberty is concerned. There has been too much bipartisan consensus on expanding government far beyond the bounds of the Constitution which we all swore to defend and uphold. Because of this, I have never been able to vote for a budget. However, it was good to see Republicans come together on this important vote, even if their alternative budget was almost as bad...

CEO pay: The outrage continues

Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati


Despite the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, top corporate executives are still taking home staggeringly more than their counterparts a generation ago. Millions of Americans last year lost their jobs, their homes, and their retirement security. American CEOs last year lost some pocket change — and some of them didn’t even lose that. In 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported this past Friday, pay for typical big-time U.S. CEOs dropped a mere 3.4 percent, to a $7.6 million median. Two days later, the New York Times pronounced a 9.4 percent CEO pay falloff last year. But the Times put median CEO pay at $8.4 million, a higher total. The Journal figures cover the first 200 U.S. corporations with over $5 billion in revenue to file executive pay figures for 2008. The Times tally spotlights 200 CEOs at companies that last year took in at least $6.3 billion in revenue...

Welcome to the new class warfare
Fox News Forum
by Judge Andrew Napolitano


We are in the midst of a new class warfare and our constitutional rights are eroding before our very eyes. The government has an ideological predilection toward egalitarianism — or forced equality. … The Constitution, which guarantees freedom of contract and denies the power of the government to take life, liberty, or property without due process (suing for it), is an obstacle for the government. Freedom is an obstacle for all governments. Thus, the administration will trample whatever constitutionally-guaranteed liberties it can get away with in order to acquire the power to re-order our lives so as to bring about its egalitarian vision for America. Unfortunately, we will all suffer before the government realizes that our financial prosperity has come from private, uninhibited initiative, not from Soviet-style central planning...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

“Progressive” warmongers

by Justin Raimondo


As President Barack Obama launches a military effort that promises to dwarf the Bush administration’s Iraqi adventure in scope and intensity, the ‘progressive’ community is rallying around their commander in chief as obediently and reflexively as the neocon-dominated GOP did when we invaded Iraq. As John Stauber points out over at the Center for Media and Democracy Web site, the takeover of the antiwar movement by the Obamaites is nearly complete. He cites as a prime but not sole example …. this cheerleading for Obama’s war is a bit of a turnaround for [Center for American Progress] and the Washington ‘progressive’ community. Their Stalinesque about-face — which recalls the disciplined hypocrisy of Communist cadre who were just as fervently antiwar in the moments before Hitler invaded Russia as they were pro-war every moment since — requires some explanation...

The myth of good intentions

Downsize DC
by James Leroy Wilson


A bill with a nice-sounding title, such as the ‘Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA),’ passes Congress. Later, when its defects come to light, even the law’s victims assume that the bill had ‘good intentions,’ but was ‘poorly written.’ I saw this sentiment expressed often while reading blogs about the CPSIA. But I think these assumptions about ‘good intentions’ are a little naive. After all, if Congress really had ‘good intentions’ they would have taken the time and care to write a better bill that wouldn’t have deprived poor children of second-hand winter coats...

Talking peace in Prague, dropping bombs in Pakistan

by Chris Floyd


While the usual gaggle of sycophants and media hive-minders — along with some ordinarily perspicacious analysts — tell us that Barack Obama literally changed the course of human history by disgorging a great load of thrice-chewed cud about nuclear disarmament in Prague this week, the high-tech drone war the great hero of peace is waging inside the sovereign territory of America’s ally, Pakistan, is helping drive tens of thousands of people from their homes and killing civilians almost daily...

Beyond folk activism

Cato Unbound
by Patri Friedman


I deeply yearn to live in an actual free society, not just to imagine a theoretical future utopia or achieve small incremental gains in freedom. For many years, I enthusiastically advocated for liberty under the vague assumption that advocacy would help our cause. However, I recently began trying to create free societies as my full-time job, and this has given me a dramatic perspective shift from my days of armchair philosophizing. My new perspective is that the advocacy approach which many libertarian individuals, groups, and think tanks follow (including me sometimes, sadly) is an utter waste of time...


Last Free Voice
by Rhys M. Blavier


The Constitution is a relatively simply document. Its length is only 4543 words, which isn’t all that much longer than this article. One key thing that is important about the Constitution is not what it says, but what it does NOT say. The Constitution does NOT say anything about social rules or the moral conduct of ‘we the people’ of The United States. The Constitution is an owner’s manual of how to operate our government. It does not tell its citizens how to live their lives. In fact, with the exception of our disastrous foray into social policy with the 18th Amendment, which gave us both prohibition AND well financed organized crime, there is nothing in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or any subsequent amendment which deals with dictating social or moral behaviors or beliefs to the American people...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US to buy spy satellites, use more pics from private sector

USA Today


The Obama administration on Tuesday approved the purchase of pricey new spy satellites and will buy more commercial imagery from the private sector to plug immediate gaps in satellite coverage. The new program will take the place of one that had been awarded to The Boeing Co. The Pentagon canceled that project in 2005 because it was grossly over budget and behind schedule...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Phone giant faces legal bid to stop mast going up

Frustrated residents are considering launching a legal challenge against Vodafone in a bid to stop the communications giant building a phone mast near a primary school, Yourmedway reports.

The threat of court action was made by campaigner Mike Evans, one of a group of parents outraged that the 3G mast could be erected just 100ft away from St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Gillingham.

The determined parents are supported by members of the three main political parties – with all three Liberal Democrat Gillingham North ward councillors, the Labour MP for Gillingham and Rainham Paul Clark and the Conservative-run council voicing their opposition to the mast.

Council chiefs twice rejected Vodafone’s planning application but were overruled by the Planning Inspectorate earlier this year.

Work began on installing the mast last week.


Outcry over phone mast plan for playing field

MP joins fight to block Vodafone plan

Published Date: 07 April 2009

By Helen Lambourne

HOUSEHOLDERS on Mansfield's Ladybrook estate have vowed to fight controversial plans for a mobile phone mast in the area –– saying it could have a serious impact on their health.

Industry giant Vodafone wants to put the 8m-high mast next to a playing field at the end of Ladybrook Lane, near Rosemary Street, but the plans have sparked outrage among folk.

They say the planned site is too close to houses, schools and the playing field and have launched petitions to stop the scheme –– while Mansfield MP Alan Meale has backed their campaign.


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