July 24, 2000
Subject: Miscellaneous Subjects # 15: Some Feedbacks + New resource to help fight Carnivore + Michael Moore encourages the Non-Voting Majority in the U.S. to vote for Ralph Nader + Fired Journalists Stand Up To Media Empire - Whistleblower Case Is First Of Its Kind + Cell Phone Health Danger + ROADLESS TO UTOPIA + GOLD MEDAL FOR GREEN METTLE + THE ICE, MAN, GOETH + EIGHTS AND PAINS
Lots of new important stuff for you to review this coming week! Many are relevant to the U.S. in this one but I'm sure it will be of interest to all of you.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
Note from Jean: I received a request from Roger Miles <email@example.com> to let you all know about a unique offer he is making with regard to the excellent New Consciousness Elohim magazine he publishes from Australia. They are in urgent need to expand their subscribed readership worldwide and he is offering to include all 9 back issues of Elohim for only the cost of airmailing them to all those who will take a one year subcription (total cost $49.50). So if you want "countless hours of highest quality spiritual teachings and reading, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their secure website at www.elohim.com
And I also received this urgent request below from another participant to this ERN e-list. I recommend to all people in the U.S. to look into this as this Carnivore ploy to pry into all our emails and governmental meddling in our privacy is definitely not welcomed!
From: "Lance M. Brown" <email@example.com>
Subject: New resource to help fight Carnivore - the FBI Internet spy tool
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2000
Hello friends, freedom fighters, and people of influence/list managers,
I have been working very hard for the past week to develop a new site to
help put a stop to the insidious e-mail spy system that the FBI is using,
called Carnivore. If you have not heard about Carnivore, it is most
unsettling. The FBI is in the process of installing a system at U.S. ISPs
which intercepts ALL incoming and outgoing data traffic from that ISP, in
order to further their investigations. I'm more paranoid than most, but I
think even the most innocent of us can see a problem with this idea.
I'm not going to go long into the subject here- because I have spent this
past week developing a web site for that purpose. It's called
StopCarnivore.org, and it can be found at http://www.stopcarnivore.org.
Please take a minute to visit, and learn more about Carnivore- then go to
"How to Stop Carnivore/Take Action" to find all you need to make yourself
heard on the subject, on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. I'd really appreciate
it if you'd stop by. There is a petition to sign, and a way to tell your
friends about the site as well. Please stop by and take at least *one* of
the six action steps there. There are hearings in Congress about Carnivore
tomorrow - now is the time to act.
Thank you for your time, and for your help toward the cause of freedom.
Be Well, Be Free,
From: "Nan Hamilton" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Some Feedback for you
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000
In response to the bad guys/ good guys stuff.... I am working with an
affirmation at the moment that I say in response to any thing - event,
person, issue, fear, jealousy, anger, anxiety etc - that arises. I say: "I
love you and I open myself to receive your love" - it is amazing what
happens - the negative charge is immediately dissolved of its power. You
just don't acknowledge the thing for the charge it is offering and rather
resonate with its potential to give you love and build the love frequency in
your reality and therefore in the world. Whether the thing is from within or
from the external world it is all a reflection of your own electromagnetic
field, your vibrational attraction and therefore is in your reality for you
to learn from. The resultant sense of objectivity or release from emotional
/ ego / habitual response mechanisms is enlightening...
The other thing about feeling enlightened.... I was doing yoga on Noordhoek
beach in Cape Town and the wind was blowing wild, I really wanted to find
the poise of the asanas without being buffeted so I imagined myself as a
gauze body - the wind went straight through me and I felt suspended as a
veil in the cosmic adventure of wind.... being light..... en-lightening
ourselves... becoming lighter from the mental attitudes that densify our own
instrument, the sensory-imaginative body.
Enjoy the rainbows in your day,
with love light and liquid laughter
oh and More thoughts from the ether (or "an edited chain letter")
Eleanor Roosevelt wrote:
To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.
If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;
If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
He who loses money, loses much;
He, who loses a friend, loses much more;
He, who loses faith, loses all.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Paul Vigay <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000
I thought you might be interested in The International Crop Circle Database
which I host on my web site at http://www.cropcircleresearch.com
This is currently the world no.1 crop circle research web site and I have
numerous crop circle articles, features, photos and diagrams, updated
literally as reports come in.
From: "Jon Baum" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: medical doctors - In reply to Sharie Ramsey's e-mail about "Health"
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000
Funny, I had just read your post after I had written the following. I am
webmaster of http://aspartamekills.com
Mission Possible Nations Capitol
One more thing. One of the reasons why aspartame is still on the market is the relationship of the manufacturers (Monsanto-Searle) with many of the medical organizations. It is a well known fact that the amount of doctors proliferated in the 80's to a glut. I am convinced that because of the collusion between the food toxin industry, the medical industry and the drug industry we are supporting around 500,000 unneeded medical doctors to the >tune of $5 billion annually. We also would not need at least 100,000
From: "Juliet Easton" <email@example.com>
Subject: Letter from Michael Moore to the Non-Voting Majority
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000
This letter is written by Michael Moore, the guy who created the
documentary film in the 80s "Roger and Me" about General Motors
shutting down it's plant in Flint, Michigan and the impact that
that had on the local community. He has created several films
since then and authored a couple of books that scrutinize the
corporate culture in America.
This is not short, but is very impactful and I highly recommend
taking the time to read it and forwarding it to anyone you know
who may be interested.
Another person on the ERN list also forwarded the same document with this eloquent comment:
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000
From: Vadim Nemirovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Letter from Michael Moore to Non-Voters of America
Hey you latent non-conformist,
This article is straight, hilarious and true. It's about the future
we will choose, be it freedom or continued enslavement to corporate
democracy. This comes from an eminent American iconoclast who
exposed a lot of our cultural blindspots. It's a bit long and
pretty funny, read on.
If you are not in U.S. -- please laugh heartily at our political
predicament and tell your state-side friends.
------- ------- ------- ------- -------
A Letter from Michael Moore to the Non-Voters of America
DISCLAIMER: If you are planning to vote for Al Gore in November,
good for you. Don't let what I'm about to say change your mind
because I've been told by all the experts that if you do change
your mind based on what I'm about to say, George W. Bush might
win the election and I certainly couldn't live with myself if
that connoisseur of pharmaceuticals (the kind you snort up
your nose or the kind you inject on death row) won, in part,
because of a letter I spit out over the Internet.
So let's review -- you like Gore, you vote for Gore. He's a
decent guy. I met him last year at some benefit, he came up to
me, big hug -- whoa, this veep is no stiff, I thought -- and
thanked me for this and that. He even quoted lines from "The
Awful Truth" - whoa, scary, I thought, what's he doing watching
cable channels above 40 on the box...not much to do on this veep
I told him I admired what he did when he came home to America as
a Vietnam Vet and spoke out against the war. That took a lot of
courage, I said (his dad lost his Senate seat for being an early
opponent of the war).
So, if Al Gore is your man, go for it. In fact, I insist on it,
even if you are just throwing your vote away.
What I am about to say, though, is not intended for any Al Gore
(or George W.)
voters. If you are one, please click off now.
To Whom It May Concern:
I address this letter to the largest political party in the
United States - the 55% of you in the voting public who are so
disillusioned with politics and politicians, so sick and tired of
all the broken promises, so disgusted with all the b.s. that you
have absolutely no intention of voting in November.
You know who you are.
AND YOU ARE THE MAJORITY!
You rule. You are the Non-Voters, all 100 million of you!
Until now, you have been the subject of scorn and ridicule.
You've been called apathetic, lazy, ignorant. Your actions have
been viewed as unAmerican (I mean, what kind of citizen in the
World's Greatest Democracy would not exercise his or her most
important and cherished right - the right to freely choose your
Well, may I be the first to tell you that, not only are you NOT
stupid and apathetic, I believe you are smarter than all the rest
of us combined. YOU figured it out. YOU uncovered the scam.
And YOU had the guts to no longer participate in a lie. Way to
go! In 1996, you helped set the all-time American record for
lowest turnout ever at a presidential election.
The reason you, the majority, no longer vote in America is
because you, the majority, realize there is no real choice on the
ballot. The "two" parties both do the bidding of the wealthy and
agree with each other on 90% of the issues. They take 90% of
their money from people who make over a hundred-grand a year, and
then enact over 90% of the laws those contributors want passed.
On the ballot this November, you already know there is no
contest. The independent Cook Political Report in D.C. last
week announced that, out of 435 House seats up for election in
November, there are only 47 seats where there is a "true race"
between opponents - and, of those, only 14 seats have a race that
is even "close" between the two candidates. 14 out of
"Ninety-seven to ninety-nine percent of incumbents running for
re-election will be returned to Congress in November," according
to the Cook Report.
The Non-Voters already understand this. And they are not going
to waste one iota of their day on November 7 driving to some
smelly elementary school gymnasium to participate in a
Soviet-style election with no friggin' choice on the ballot.
So, to you brave voter-resisters, I say congratulations on your
act of civic disobedience! I joined you this primary season and
refused to go along with this charade of "choice." Nearly 80% of
those of us of voting age - over 160 million Americans - staged a
sit-in on our living room couches during this year's primaries.
THAT is the great untold story of this election year.
How much longer will the punditocracy be able to get away with
dismissing this massive no-show as "a sign Americans are content
with the booming economy?"
Now that we have made our presence known (you all don't mind me
speaking for us, do you? Good. In fact, I'll just assume the
currently-vacant mantle of this majority party and serve as your
leader until you say otherwise...), it is time to find a way that
says, loudly and clearly, just how mad as hell we are and how we
are not going to take it anymore. We need to find a way
where our vote screams "None of the Above!" A chance to act,
like that Chinese guy in Tieneman Square, standing in front of a
moving tank and stopping it in its path.
In November, we should find a way to follow in the footsteps of
those intelligent Minnesotans who, even thought they could care
less about professional wrestling (and even less, I'm sure, for
Jesse "The Body"), proved to the world that they not only have a
sense of humor, but they know how to stick it to the whole bloody
system. Think of just how high their level of anger must have
been against the One-Party-With-Two-Heads monopoly! I mean,
state government is no joke - somebody's gotta build the roads,
run the schools, catch the criminals. You
don't want to turn the asylum over to the chief lunatic but, damn
it, that's what the people of Minnesota did - just to send a
message! Wow. That took some guts.
So, for those of you who weren't going to vote anyway,
well...what if you actually did? What if you drove down to that
stinky gym where the little shell game behind the pretend
curtains is taking place ("Pay no attention to the voters behind
the curtains!"), walk in, sign in, take the ballot they hand you,
and toss yourselves inside the booth like a political molotov
"You wanna tell me there's a choice here between two guys who
both support NAFTA, WTO, the death penalty, the Cuban embargo,
increased Pentagon pending, sleazy HMOs, greedy hospital chains,
250 million guns in our homes, more bombing of Iraq, the rich
getting richer and the rest of us declaring bankruptcy?"
I'm voting for Ralph Nader.
Friends, we are losing our democratic control over our country.
We may have already lost it. I hope not. But in the last 20
years of the Reagan administration, Corporate America has merged
and morphed itself to such an extent that just a handful of
companies now call all the shots. They own Congress. They own
us. In order to work for them, we have to take urine tests and
lie detectors and wear bar codes on chains around our necks. In
order to keep our jobs we have had to give up decent health care,
the 8-hour day (and time with our kids), the security that
we'll even have a job next year, and any unwillingness we may
have to compete with a 14-year old Indonesian girl who gets a
dollar a day.
And how frightening (and great) is it that the last place we can
freely try to inform and communicate with each other is on this
very Web? Six companies run by six men control the majority of
the news we now get from newspapers, television, radio and the
Internet. One out of every two books is bought at a bookstore
owned by one of only two companies. Is it safe in a "free
society" to have the sources of our information and mass
communication in the hands of just a few wealthy men who have a
VESTED interest in keeping us as stupid as possible - or at least
in keeping us thinking like them so that we vote for THEIR
I fear the cement on this new oligarchy of power is quickly
drying, and when it is finished hardening, we are finished. The
democracy, the one that's supposed to be of, by, and for the
people, will cease to exist.
We must not let this happen, no matter how cynical and disgusted
we've become at the whole electoral process.
Ralph Nader, to me, represents a chance for us to at least
temporarily stop the cement from drying. We need him in there
kicking things up, stirring the pot and forcing a real debate
about the issues. Whether it's Ralph as Candidate or Ralph as
President, he may represent our last hope to get our country back
from the clutches of the powerful few.
I am not writing these words lightly. I am hoping to sound a
siren and rally the majority who, for good reason, have given
up - but might just have it in them to find the will for one last
fight against the bastards.
Can Ralph win? Well, stranger things have happened in the past
decade. C'mon, think about it, not a single one of us ever
thought we'd see the Berlin Wall come down or Nelson Mandela as
President of South Africa. After those two things happened, I
joined a new school of thought that said ANYTHING was possible.
Jesse Ventura started with 3% in the polls and won.
Ross Perot in '92 started with 6% and, after proving to everyone
that he was certifiably insane, still got nearly 20% of the vote.
Ralph already has between 7% and 10% in the polls - before he's
done any serious campaigning. He's gone from 3% to 8% in my home
state of Michigan. These are amazing numbers and the pundits and
lobbyists and Republicrats are running scared. Hey, you like to
watch scared Republicrats running? Tell a pollster you're voting
Now, look, before you all send me a lot of mail about how weird
Ralph is 'cause he doesn't own a car or is a "sell-out" 'cause
he's got a few million dollars, let me say this: I used to work
out of his office, and Ralph is definitely one of a kind. In a
future letter I will write of those experiences but, for now,
let's just agree that Ralph is at least half as crazy as Jesse
Ventura - and about a hundred times as smart. I'd say he's also
saved about a million or so lives, thanks to the consumer and
environmental legislation he has devoted his life to.
And between Gore, Bush, and himself, he's the only person running
who would guarantee universal health care for all, the only
candidate who would raise the minimum wage to a decent level, the
only one who would get up each morning asking himself the
question, "What can I do today to serve all the people of this
The list goes on and on. You can read more about what Ralph
stands for by going to his website (www.votenader.org).
You'll agree, I'm sure, there's lots of common sense there,
regardless of what political stripe you are.
But remember. If you are even THINKING of voting for Al Gore,
vote for Al Gore. Ralph Nader does not need a single Gore vote.
There are a hundred million of us out there who are uncommitted
and currently not voting. Right now, Gore and Bush are each
hoping to win by getting only 40 million votes.
If you are in the Non-Voting majority and want to let 'em all
have it, if you want to get our country back in our hands...well,
if even half of you show up and vote November 7 then you won't be
held responsible for Bush winning the White House.
In fact, you won't be held responsible for putting Gore in the
White House, either.
Rather, you will have made history by putting a true American
hero at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
And you will have given every company, every boss who's done ya
wrong, the worst nightmare of their lives.
November 7. Payback Time.
The revenge of the Non-Voters!
So sayeth their unappointed leader, yours truly, Michael Moore
PS. Come to think of it, Democrats should be on their knees
thanking Ralph for running. Rather than taking votes from Gore,
Ralph's going to be the one responsible for turning the House
back over to the Democrats.
When millions of these Non-Voters enter that booth to vote for
Ralph, and they come across their local race for Congress, they
will find no Green Party candidate in most of the 435
Congressional districts. So who do you think Ralph's army of
Non-Voters will plunk down for Congress? The Republican? I
don't think so.
The Democrats are only six seats short of regaining control of
the House. Ralph Nader will be the reason the Democrats get the
House back for the first time since Newt's Contract on America in
Democrats should send their checks to Nader 2000, P.O. Box
18002, Washington, DC 20035.
(Or, better yet, let's try to elect enough Greens to Congress --
a dozen or so -- and they'll hold the deciding votes because
neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will have the majority.
It'll be a friggin' Knesset!)
PPS. If you're still worried this letter might convince a
weak-kneed Gore voter to flip over to Nader - and thus lead to
President George W. stacking the Supreme Court to make abortion
illegal, well, it's all a bunch of hooey. lease read my latest
grassroots.com column entitled, "I Ain't Fallin for hat One
Again" at: http://www.michaelmoore.com/aint.html
PLEASE PASS THIS LETTER ON TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
PERMISSION IS GRANTED TO REPRINT ANYWHERE.
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000
Subject: FOX REPORTERS ordered to LIE about MILK ready to prove case!
Reporters Ordered to LIE about MILK. Let's hear it for Journalists of Great Integrity - Let's Add Steve and Jane to the People's HALL OF FAME!
From: Mission-Possible-USA@altavista.net (Betty Martini)
May their efforts make a mark on the world and inspire all to Truth in Media and Pride in True Journalism!
Betty Martini, Mission Possible International
Steve & Jane
Thoughts are with you...
Reporters Ordered to LIE about MILK.
For immediate release - July 14, 2000
Ralph Nader, Walter Cronkite On Witness List
Fired Journalists Stand Up To Media Empire;
Whistleblower Case Is First Of Its Kind
While an increasing number of Americans suspect mainstream news organizations sometimes twist the news, two veteran investigative journalists say they are ready to prove in court how Fox television managers and lawyers at WTVT Fox 13 in Tampa ordered them to deliberately distort news reports and then fired them for resisting those directives.
The landmark whistleblower lawsuit is believed to be the first time any journalist has ever filed a claim against his own news organization and offered evidence of behind-the-scenes manipulation of the news.
When the trial begins next Monday, reporters Jane Akre (pronounced A'-cree) and Steve Wilson say they will show exactly how Fox hired them and advertised their reputations for hard-hitting investigations but then folded and pressured them to slant a story in favor of an advertiser who threatened "dire consequences" if their reports were broadcast.
CBS journalist Walter Cronkite and public interest advocate Ralph Nader are both on the plaintiffs' witness list, despite efforts by Fox attorneys who desperately sought to block their testimony.
The trial will pit the two fired journalists with Wilson representing himself for more than two years in an effort to save money on legal fees, and Akre represented by a small Tampa firm-against the powerful Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly, the same lawyers who represent President Bill Clinton personally. To get their day in court, the plaintiffs have sold their home, spent their life savings battling the media giant, and say they have been branded as media traitors never likely to get another good job in the business again.
To the amazement of most legal observers, the reporters paved their way to court by defeating three Fox motions to summarily dismiss the case without a trial. Those victories were engineered by Akre's legal team led by John Chamblee and Tom Johnson.
At the heart of the dispute is a series of reports produced by Akre and Wilson revealing the widespread and virtually secret use of a synthetic hormone being injected into dairy cows throughout Florida and much of the U.S. The hormone causes cows to produce more milk.
The investigative reports that Fox abruptly pulled from its schedule in early 1997 would have revealed that without the consent or approval of milk drinkers and those who serve it daily to their children, use of the synthetic hormone has altered what used to be called nature's most nearly perfect food.
The stories would have also disclosed for the first time that leading grocers now admit they quietly broke their 1994 promises not to buy milk from hormone-injected cows until the practice achieved widespread acceptance. Surveys have shown that the vast majority of consumers do not want artificial hormones in their milk and would avoid such milk if it were labeled. No dairy anywhere is known to label its milk as coming from cows injected with artificial hormones.
Although legal in America, the artificial bovine growth hormone (rBGH) has been banned in Canada, throughout Europe, and elsewhere due in large part to concern about health risks for milk drinkers. One of the chief concerns is that while the growth hormones do cause the cows to produce more milk, the milk is changed in a way that could promote breast, colon and prostate cancer.
"In wake of the two written threats1,2 from Monsanto to Fox News chief Roger Ailes, we were asked to put Fox's interest in its own bottom line ahead of the public interest," said plaintiff Steve Wilson. Monsanto is the multi-national chemical company that makes the genetically engineered hormone.
"When the president of Fox Television Stations saw those threats, that executive who controls more television stations than anyone in America simply ordered his lawyers to 'take no risks' with the story." Wilson said. The executive's directive has been confirmed in sworn testimony from two Fox attorneys3,4 in the written notes of one them.5
"And we have also discovered, in another handwritten note of one of the broadcaster's attorneys, that if they tried to kill the story and word leaked out, it would be a major p-r problem for Fox'" said co-plaintiff Akre. "So they decided to eliminate their risk by pressuring us to placate Monsanto and essentially lie to the public. No decent journalist can ever do that."
The reporters will testify that Fox managers first threatened to fire them for insubordination, then offered them a six-figure deal to entice them to go along. When the pair refused, they say they were strung along for months re-writing the story 83 times in an effort to get it on the air before being suspended, locked out, and ultimately fired by Fox for what the broadcasting company claimed was "no cause."
The reporters will not be able to tell the jury about a second deal Fox offered to pay each reporter a whole year's salary for no-show jobs as "news consultants" in exchange for their leaving quietly and never disclosing to anyone what they learned regarding the milk or the quality of Fox journalism. The trial court ruled that the second six-figure deal was actually made to try and avoid a lawsuit. To encourage out-of-court settlements, such offers cannot be admitted into evidence when disputes cannot be settled without a trial.
The issue has drawn world-wide attention as a result of a website the journalists posted the day their lawsuit was filed. The reporters, who happen to be married to each other, have also traveled far and wide to accept invitations to speak about genetically engineered milk and their experiences with Fox. They have vowed not to personally benefit from their efforts to publicize the story Fox refused to tell.
Many of the documents from the suit are posted on the World Wide Web at http://www.foxBGHsuit.com
For further information or to arrange interviews:
Jane Akre or Steve Wilson (727) 796-6504 or email@example.com John Chamblee or Tom Johnson, Akre's Attorneys (813) 251-4542
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Cell Phone Health Danger
(CBS) It's the latest assault on the American love affair with cell phones:
A new addition to a mounting pile of evidence suggesting they may pose health
risks, reports CBS News Correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin.
"Are they safe? No, I don't think we can say that at this time," says Dr.
The new study, conducted by Dr. Lai of the University of Washington, finds
microwave radiation similar to the kind used in cell phones caused long-term
memory loss in rats.
Lai taught lab rats to memorize the route to a platform in a pool, as though
they had an internal map. He then exposed them to relatively low doses of
radiation and found they were unable to find their way back to the platform.
Earlier this year, the cell phone industry itself funded a $27 million study
looking into possible health risks, especially cancer. The findings were
inconclusive, but industry watchdogs say the new research is another red
"The new University of Washington study is yet another piece of the puzzle
that tells us that we have a potential problem on our hands," says Louis
Slesin, editor of Microwave News.
Slesin suggests cell phone addicts leave their antennas down whenever
possible and pressure the industry to design safer phones with the antenna
"Every millimeter you move the phone antenna away makes a big difference,"
The industry says it designs phones for convenience and performance and
insists all cell phones are safe.
With as many as 30,000 new cell phone users signing on every day, it's clear
the technology isn't going away, all the more reason scientists say to come
up with ways to make it safer soon.
© 1999 CBS WorldWide Inc., All Rights Reserved
July 18, 2000
News summaries from GRIST MAGAZINE
ROADLESS TO UTOPIA
A group of enviros from around the U.S. descended on Salt Lake City
yesterday to deliver to the U.S. Forest Service 700,000 comments
supporting a Clinton administration plan to ban road-building on 40
million acres of roadless national forest land. Enviros also called
for the plan to be strengthened by explicitly prohibiting helicopter
logging, mining, and off-road vehicle use and by including the
Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Author Bill McKibben writes in
the Washington Post that excluding the Tongass from the plan is akin
to compiling an edition of Shakespeare's complete plays that omits
"King Lear." The public comment period on the roadless initiative
ended yesterday, and the administration is expected to make a
decision on a final policy by September.
straight to the source: Anchorage Daily News, Associated Press, 07.18.00
straight to the source: Washington Post, Bill McKibben, 07.16.00
read it in Grist Magazine: How we could save both forests and jobs
-- by Mark Matthews in our opinions section
DAILY GRISTDAILY GRIST
July 21, 2000
THE ICE, MAN, GOETH
The Greenland ice sheet -- which contains almost 10 percent of all
the frozen water on the planet -- is melting at a rate of
approximately 12 cubic miles per year, according to research by NASA
scientists published in the journal Science. If melting continues at
this rate, it could cause a measurable rise in sea levels, said the
study's lead author, William Krabill. The study, the most precise
and comprehensive of its kind to date, does not specifically mention
global warming, but some scientists say its findings are in line with
climate change predictions.
straight to the source: Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press, Paul
straight to the source: Washington Post, Curt Suplee, 07.21.00
EIGHTS AND PAINS
As leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized nations meet
for three days in Okinawa, Japan, environmentalists are hoping to
focus attention on green issues. Activists are calling on the
nations -- in particular, Canada, Japan, and the U.S. -- to end
logging subsidies that destroy forests and waste government money. A
report released yesterday by the World Resources Institute and
Greenpeace found that G-8 governments spend more than $3 billion a
year to subsidize logging operations.
straight to the source: Japan Times, Mick Corless, 07.21.00
straight to the source: Planet Ark, Reuters, 07.21.00
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