Samstag, 14. November 2009

Did Big Oil Win the War in Iraq?

Antonia Juhasz, AlterNet: "Last week, ExxonMobil became the first U.S. oil company in 35 years to sign an oil-production contract with the government of Iraq. As I write, several other contracts with the world‚'s largest oil companies are being finalized, and more are expected when a new negotiating round kicks off in Baghdad on Dec. 11."

Huge Rise in Birth Defects in Falluja

Martin Chulov, The Guardian UK: "Doctors in Iraq's war-ravaged enclave of Falluja are dealing with up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in infants and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting."

impf-report Newsletter Nr. 21/2009

Vaccination: Federal Health Agencies Continue to Deceive Americans

Congressional Report on a Vaccine Mercury-Autism Link Ignored for Six Years

By Richard Gale and Dr Gary Null


Gary Null Speaking Out at the NYS Assembly Hearing

An interesting side note concerning polio involves some "shady" behavior by the CDC. In in 1958, after the introduction of the live polio vaccine, the CDC changed the definition of "polio." Cases of inflammation of the membrane that protects the brain and spinal neuron cells, causing muscular weakness and pain (but not paralysis) were no longer classified as “polio.” They were now to be referred to as aseptic meningitis, even if the polio virus was present. Reported cases of aseptic meningitis went from near zero to thousands, and polio cases dropped the same amount. Then, later in 1958, the CDC changed the definition of “polio” again!! All cases with classic polio paralytic symptoms were to be called acute flaccid paralysis. In 1960, the CDC triumphantly declared large parts of the world as “polio free,” while the newly created acute flaccid paralysis “mysteriously” became quite common. In 1977, Jonas Salk, the creator of the polio vaccine, testified before a Senate subcommittee that all polio outbreaks since 1961 were caused by the oral polio vaccine. In 1985, the CDC reported that 87% of the cases of polio in the USA between 1973 and 1983 were caused by the vaccine and most of the reported cases occurred in fully immunized individuals.

Informant: Iris Atzmon


Gary Null Speaking Out at the NYS Assembly Hearing

Expert Pediatrician Exposes Vaccine Myths

Parents' fears at phone mast suggestion for church tower

Stoke & Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent, England, UK

FAMILIES are taking on a church council over plans to install a phone mast in a tower. Residents plan to stage a protest outside St Lawrence's Church in ...


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Wirtschaftsweise kritisieren Regierung

Die Regierung solle bei Steuerentlastungen "kleine Brötchen" backen.

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Blackwater Bribed Iraqi Government Officials

Sari Gelzer, Truthout: "In September 2007, Blackwater Worldwide security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square. The New York Times is reporting that following the massacre Blackwater Worldwide executives bribed Iraqi officials with secret payments of about $1 million in an attempt to maintain the company's endangered ability to operate in the country. The deadly shooting marked a turning point in the Iraqi government's growing concern over the reckless actions of the security firm and led to their refusal to allow them to continue operating in the country."

How America's Wars Are Systematically Destroying Our Liberties

Bring Them Home, Mr. President

Eugene Robinson: "The most dreadful burden of the presidency -- the power to send men and women to die for their country -- seems to weigh heavily on Barack Obama these days. He went to Dover Air Force Base to salute the coffins of fallen troops. He gave a moving speech at the memorial service for victims of last week's killings at Fort Hood. On Veterans Day, after the traditional wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, he took an unscheduled walk among the rows of marble headstones in Section 60, where the dead from our two ongoing wars are buried. As he decides whether to escalate the war in Afghanistan, Obama should keep these images in mind."

Welcome Home, War! How America's Wars Are Systematically Destroying Our Liberties

Alfred W. McCoy, Tom "In his approach to National Security Agency surveillance, as well as CIA renditions, drone assassinations, and military detention, President Obama has to a surprising extent embraced the expanded executive powers championed by his conservative predecessor, George W. Bush. This bipartisan affirmation of the imperial executive could 'reverberate for generations,' warns Jack Balkin, a specialist on First Amendment freedoms at Yale Law School. And consider these but some of the early fruits from the hybrid seeds that the Global War on Terror has planted on American soil."

US Must Solve Its Own Economic Problems

Telecom accused of corporate thuggery

By SHANE COWLISHAW - The Southland Times

Last updated 05:00 14/11/2009

Telecom has been accused of "corporate thuggery" by Windsor residents and business owners angry at plans to build a cellphone mast in the area.

Telecom subsidiary Chorus has a certificate of compliance from the Invercargill City Council and will soon build the mast in King St behind United Video.

The mast can be up to 18 metres high and will be sited as little as 10m from neighbouring houses.

Residents are angry the tower did not need public consultation to be approved and yesterday vented their anger at a public meeting.



From New Zealand

A new item has been posted:

Title: Telecom accused of corporate thuggery

Letter in response:

Dear Ministers

Please see below a report from the Southland Times regarding an unwanted celltower in Invercargill.

It appears that yet again, and despite assurances last year and again recently to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, Telecom is still trying to build celltowers around New Zealand without proper consultation with affected communities and in breach of the recommendations of the WHO.

This report is interesting because it is the first time I have seen a Telecom representative publicly acknowledge the legitimacy of the scientific debate about the safety of their product. The Telco's know there is serious international concern about the safety of cellphones due to the evidence of increase incidence of brain tumours on the side if the head where phones are used. There results have been compelling despite the design of the interphone study categorising only relatively low use of cellphones as "heavy use" and despite the relatively short time frame of the study only barely providing for the "latent effect".

It is interesting to note that the fine print of the information provided to purchasers of mobile phones recommends they be held away from the users head. However Telecom's advertising of their phones- including on TV and photos in their stores shows the phone held directly against the users head- in breach of their own advice.

Contrary to Ms Marshall's claims, the international debate is not only about cellphones. It is about the unnecessary and avoidable exposure of communities to radiofrequency EMR without informed consent of the risk, in reliance on compliance with standards that are fundamentally flawed. The standards (NZS2772:1 1999) are flawed because they protect only against thermal (heating and burning) the "microwave oven type" effect of RF-EMR and do not provide any protection against biological effects of radiofrequency radiation on living cells. The increased incidence of brain tumours on the side of the head where cellphones is used is now a well established biological (not thermal) effect. It is therefore now very clear that the NZ Standard is unsafe.

Please advise what action the government is taking to ensure that Telecom's advertising does not mislead consumers:

a) as to the safe way to use its cellphones,

b) about the evidence of safety or otherwise of cellphones and celltowers and

c) how the government intends to address the misleading statements made by Telecom to the public (in its advertising) and to Select Committee.

d) what new information the NZ government has relied on about the safety of RF/EMR to justify reduced protection for communities between the advice in its December 2000 National Guidelines and now; and

e) when the New Zealand government intends to start to adopt best international practice and ensure that consumers are properly warned about the uncertainties and known risks of the use of cellphones and exposure to EMR particularly for children, pregnant women and people who are electromagnetic sensitive.

Please let me know if I can assist with any additional information.

Thank you for your interest

Sue Grey

Informant: Martin Weatherall

MP defiant over telephone mast

Gulf Daily News - Manama, Bahrain

By RASHA AL QAHTANI, Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2009

AN MP under fire over a mobile telephone mast erected in his own backyard has vowed to have it ...

Is a Bailout for the FHA in the Works?

The Dollar Has Nowhere To Go But Down

We live in an imaginary state

The US Hall of Shame

Origins of the Federal Reserve

Exporting blame to China

Pinning America's economic woes on China is too easy. The real villains are Wall Street bankers and their influence.

From Information Clearing House

How the US army protects its trucks by paying the Taliban

Insurance, security or extortion? The US is spending millions of dollars in Afghanistan to ensure its supply convoys get through - and it's the Taliban who profit.

Army tells its soldiers to 'bribe' the Taleban

British forces should buy off potential Taleban recruits with "bags of gold", according to a new army field manual published yesterday.

From Information Clearing House

UN Investigator Accuses US of Shameful Neglect of Homeless

By Chris McGreal in Los Angeles

UN special rapporteur says wealthy US ignoring deepening homeless crisis while pumping billions into bank rescues.


Photo Essay: Homeless Often Hidden in Tennessee

John Mottern, Truthout: "'Tent City' is a place hidden out of sight and historically out of mind. It sprawls over a mud-rutted, brush-tangled acre of landscape nestled under a network of highway bridges along the Cumberland River on the outskirts of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It is impossible to find unless one is directed or taken there. The camp is surrounded by a variety of chain-link fencing placed in different configurations that appear to have been installed in stages over many years."

Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan

By Dahr Jamail

U.S. Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother, is being threatened with a military court-martial if she does not agree to deploy to Afghanistan, despite having been told she would be granted extra time to find someone to care for her 11-month-old son while she is overseas.


Leviathan’s orphans

Pro Libertate
by William Grigg


Her son needs her at home. The Empire demands her services in its war on Afghanistan. Since nobody is able to provide the child with a suitable home while she’s away, the mother quite sensibly decided that her first duty was to her child. So Alexis Hutchinson of Oakland, California, an Army Specialist — and, what’s infinitely more important, a single mother to her11-month-old son, Kamani — may wind up in prison. Her son, who was kidnapped and briefly detained by Child ‘Protective’ Services — may wind up in foster care...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Army Files Charges Against Single Mother

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "The Army has filed charges for a special court-martial against Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother of a one-year-old baby. Hutchinson missed her deployment to Afghanistan late last year when her child-care plans for her son, Kamani, fell through at the last minute."

Detainees to Get 'The-State-Always-Wins' System of 'Justice'

By Glenn Greenwald

What we have here is not an announcement that all terrorism suspects are entitled to real trials in a real American court. Instead, what we have is a multi-tiered justice system, where only certain individuals are entitled to real trials: namely, those whom the Government is convinced ahead of time it can convict.

Myths of Our Time

Morality vs. Material Interests

By Paul Craig Roberts

Humanity has endeavored for millennia to control evil with morality. In the American "superpower," this effort has collapsed and failed.

Campaigners win phone mast battle

Morpeth Herald - Morpeth, England, UK


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