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ST. POELTEN, Austria – An Austrian who fathered seven children with a daughter he held captive for 24 years refused to even speak to her for years, coming into the squalid cellar only to rape her, often in front of the youngsters, a prosecutor said Monday.

Wearing a mismatched gray suit and hiding his face behind a folder as the trial began, Josef Fritzl pleaded guilty to incest and false imprisonment, but he denied enslaving his daughter Elisabeth or murdering her newborn son. He pleaded only partially guilty to additional counts of rape and coercion.

The 73-year-old Fritzl faces up to life in prison if convicted of the negligent homicide charge, which stems from the death of the 2-day-old baby boy, who investigators contend might have survived if he had gotten medical care. Incest, by contrast, carries only a one-year sentence.

In her opening statement, prosecutor Christiane Burkheiser portrayed Fritzl as a callous and contemptuous captor who held his daughter in a filthy cramped cellar that didn't even have a shower or warm water and repeatedly raped her in front of the children.

"For the first years there was no communication ... he came, took her, left again," Burkheiser said.

At other times, she said, Fritzl punished his daughter by shutting off the electricity — plunging the dungeon cell into darkness for days at a time. "Josef Fritzl used his daughter like his property," Burkheiser said.

"The worst was ... there was no daylight," she said, adding it was also "incredibly humid" and the air was moldy and stale.

Burkheiser said Elisabeth was "broken" by Fritzl's actions and the uncertainty of her fate and that of her children.

Three of the youngsters grew up in the underground room in the town of Amstetten, west of Vienna, never seeing daylight. The other three were brought upstairs to be raised by Fritzl and his wife, Rosemarie, who was led to believe they had been abandoned by Elisabeth when she ran off to join a cult.

Police say DNA tests prove Fritzl is the biological father of all six surviving children.

Fritzl's lawyer, Rudolf Mayer, said his client regretted his actions and insisted he was "not a monster," even bringing his captives a Christmas tree.

"If you just want to have sex, you don't have children," Mayer said. "As a monster, I'd kill all of them downstairs."

Fritzl shielded his face from the cameras with a blue folder as he was led into the courtroom in St. Poelten, 40 miles west of Vienna, then spoke in an almost inaudible voice as he gave the judge his name and other personal details. He eventually removed the folder from his face, but sat still in the dock, staring straight ahead, his hands clasped together.

At one point, his voice breaking, Fritzl briefly recalled his childhood and said life with his mother was "very difficult." Asked if he had friends, he said simply: "No."

Fritzl could face up to 20 years behind bars if convicted of enslavement and up to 15 for a rape conviction. A verdict could come as early as Thursday, officials said.

Court spokesman Franz Cutka said Fritzl would have to clarify his partial admission of guilt on the rape counts over the course of the proceedings. Cutka said the partial admission of guilt for coercion was because Fritzl acknowledged he told his victims the cell was rigged to emit toxic gas if they tried to escape, but denied issuing other threats.

Cutka told reporters the eight-member jury saw parts of prerecorded testimony from Elisabeth during closed-door proceedings Monday afternoon. He declined to provide details or describe Fritzl's reaction, saying he was not present and that Austrian law prevented him from doing so.

On Tuesday, the court will hear more from Elisabeth's 11-hour videotaped testimony, Cutka said. It will also consider several reports from experts: one on Fritzl's psychological state, one on the newborn that died and one on the door leading into the dungeon. Cutka mentioned a possible fourth report but declined to elaborate.

The jury will also hear prerecorded testimony from one of Elisabeth's brothers, Harald.

Police imposed a no-fly zone above the courthouse to discourage news helicopters and prevent any attempted prison breaks from the jail next door where Fritzl has been in pretrial detention.

Mayer welcomed the security, saying both he and Fritzl had received threats.

As reporters lined up to enter the courthouse, a prominent Austrian comedian littered the area in front of the building with naked, bloodied dolls.

"If something like this is happening, something has to be changed on the legal level to give the victims better protection," said Hubsi Kramar, who has produced a satirical stage show about the Fritzl case.

The children, together with Elisabeth, initially recovered from their ordeal in a psychiatric clinic and then were moved to a secret location. To ensure their security and privacy during the trial, they have since returned to the clinic, where guards are on high alert.

The Associated Press normally withholds the names of victims of sexual assault. In this case, the withholding of Elisabeth's name by the AP became impractical when her name and her father's were announced publicly by police and details about them became the subject of publicity both in their home country and around the world.

Josef Leitner, one of Fritzl's former tenants, told AP Television News he's still shaken by revelations of what happened in the basement of the apartment building where he once lived.

"I hope (Fritzl) will get the punishment he deserves," he said.

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OH! HOW I miss you all! I am still drowning in my slump. Im still trying to get on my feet. But, I sometimes think there is no hope. But, somehow I always seem too dust off my feet, and keep pushing on. If anyone wants to contact me, my number is 773-544-9595. Love you all. WAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jan 3, 2007
Date: Tue,  2 Jan 2007 18:50:40 +0000
From: andre cramblit <andrekar@ncidc.org>
Subject: To Honor (profile)



To honor and defend
Indian artifacts are lost as forests are logged, critics say, because
safeguards are inadequate
By Christina Jewett - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PST Monday, January 1, 2007

SONOMA COUNTY-In a remote clearing in a ridgetop forest, Reno Franklin
kneeled to the ground and flicked scraps of bark with a trowel.

He was looking for ancient evidence of his people, the Kashaya band of
the Pomo Indians. A fine mist fell. Fir trees, huckleberry bushes and
chanterelle mushrooms surrounded Franklin.

"You could hang out here and sharpen your tools," he said, as if
viewing
the land through the eyes of his ancestors. "This is a nice spot."

The recent hunt was part of an exploration of lands where private
owners
plan to cut trees, with Franklin accompanied by a state archaeologist
whose job is to fulfill an obscure mission of state law: safeguarding
archaeological and historical artifacts deep in the woods.

But controversy surrounds the 25-year-old program, with some scholars
and American Indians saying it is so understaffed that irreplacable,
ancient treasures are being destroyed.

"It's just impossible for those people to cover a state this big,"
Franklin said of the half-dozen archaeologists who oversee state and
some private lands. "It's a joke."

The six archaeologists employed by the California Department of
Forestry
and Fire Protection monitor nearly 180,000 acres where landowners
harvest trees each year, documenting archaeological discoveries and
working with landowners to be sure the sites remain unharmed.

In contrast, 75 state archaeologists monitor new road projects for
Caltrans and 26 monitor digging in state parks.

Bill Snyder, deputy director of resource management at CDF, said the
program seems to be working well, particularly in contrast with a
complete absence of archaeological oversight in the early 1980s.

"I think in general it's worked pretty well," he said. "Nothing is
perfect."

But some scholars say there are too few people protecting such sites.
Greg White, director of the Archaeological Research Program at
California State University, Chico, is critical of staffing levels in
CDF's program. He also questions the department's reliance on
foresters,
who receive five days of archaeological training and complete the
initial -- and in some cases only -- survey of land set aside for tree
cutting.

Franklin became active in the quest to preserve his tribe's heritage
after the site of an ancient village and roundhouse -- a religious
meeting place -- were bulldozed to make way for a vineyard near
Cazadero
in October 2004.

He said elders in his tribe wept when they learned the site was
destroyed.

"Indian people, we're very tied to our land," said Franklin, who is his
tribe's historic preservation officer. "Every time those sites get
damaged, it reflects negatively on us as a tribe. It hurts us."

On the recent afternoon Franklin searched the Sonoma woods near
Annapolis Ridge, CDF archaeologist Chuck Whatford joined him.

Whatford, a CDF archaeologist for more than a decade, estimates that he
spends half to three-fourths of his time each year checking about 200
timber harvest plans -- scanning land slated for tree-cutting for
archaeological sites.

He also parachutes in to wildfires and helps crews divert the blaze
from
historical sites and scopes land proposed for CDF buildings.

For timber harvest plans, registered foresters do the first survey of
land slated for cutting, checking for known archaeological sites and
scanning the forest floor for new ones.

Whatford reviews their work, searching for Indian villages, worship
sites or campgrounds marked by artifacts or silky black soil that forms
beneath land used for hundreds of years for cooking and working.

"Could I use more help?" he mused, driving through twisting roads to
the
Sonoma County inspection site Dec. 12. "Sure."

If Whatford finds an archaeologically significant site, he documents it
and seeks compromise between the landowner and local tribe -- often
allowing tree harvesting yet causing no damage to the site.

Michael Jani, vice president of Mendocino Redwood Co., which owns the
555-acre Sonoma County site, went along with Whatford and Franklin on
the recent survey.

Jani said the company realizes the archaeological sites have sacred
value and that "there are any variety of solutions" to harvesting
timber
while preserving the sites.

The data archaeologists record from the sites can be analyzed by
anthropologists who piece together California's history.

Franklin visited one Kashaya site about a mile from the tribe's
reservation the day he joined Whatford for the land survey.

In the forest about 100 yards from a rural road, Franklin noted the
round footprint of a tribal shelter and raven soil enriched by
generations of inhabitation.

"You can feel the silkiness," Franklin said, rubbing his fingers
against
the soil called "midden" by archaeologists. Franklin said a forester
noted the site several years ago when logging was proposed there, and
the company steered clear of the area.

Walter Antone, a Kashaya elder, said Indians visit the site
periodically, but leave it untouched.

"It's sort of taboo to take anything away," he said. "We might find an
arrow point, but something tells us 'no, put it back.' We leave it."

Conflict arises when foresters and archaeologists miss sites
altogether.

Shelly Davis-King, the past president of the Society for California
Archaeology, wrote a letter to CDF, blasting its archaeology program
for
standing by while historical sites were logged.

She said she checked a site in Tuolumne County where a forester
overlooked a historic logging railroad grade that was eligible for the
National Register of Historic Places and conversion to a recreational
trail.

She called the program "broken," saying archaeologists are so
understaffed they can not fulfill their mission.

"All (historical) resources are nonrenewable," she said. "Once gone,
they're gone and we can't get them back."

Snyder, of CDF, said he plans to familiarize himself with Davis-King's
concerns.

He said CDF is interested in seeing that historic sites are protected,
and tries to fulfill the task with foresters doing the first line of
work and archaeologists providing oversight.

"We look at breaking the workload up the best we can," he said. "In
general, (foresters) do a reasonable job of spotting what's out there."

Adrian Miller, California Licensed Foresters Association president,
said
the foresters save land owners money by doing the initial
archaeological
check. CDF archaeologists perform a needed second check, he said.

Eric Huff, who oversees licensing of foresters for CDF, said the
state's
roughly 550 foresters are carefully monitored. Several have been
suspended from practicing forestry and sent back to training after
failing to note archaeological sites.

The safeguards still fall short of what Franklin would like to see. So
he plans to shadow archaeologists scoping land once inhabited by his
tribe.

"It's a real sense of accomplishment," he said, walking out of the
Sonoma County forest. "You're preserving the places that are sacred to
your people."
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Dec 25, 2006
I ough everyone an apology. I had abandoned everyone (so I have been told).
I have been gone for e along time.
Year 2006 has been an awful year for me, and it isn't over yet.
I am fighting depression.
I learned 2 out of 4 of my kids hates me.
My computer fried, then that was followed by homelessness for months one end with my 10 year old Chailey. We lived in my car with my pets.
My job just wouldn't pay us drivers correctly.
My dog became gravely ill. She is still in the dying process now. She has cancer.
I got a new job (which is good). But its a very new job, so progress hasn't been made yet.
I got a new apartment finally. I moved in on my birthday (Dec. 1st). 
I come back to find someone has taken some of my groups from me, and another person is saying I abandoned everyone.
I once thought this was a place of understanding. I have never passed judgement on anyone here before, and had hoped I would have gotten that respect in return.
I DO hope 2007 has a Brighter future.

Kicka

PS
I apologize for being such a lousy friend.
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Posted: Dec 25, 2006 1:50am
Mar 19, 2006
Tribune staff reports
Published March 18, 2006

Chicago police were warning of traffic congestion and street closings around the Michigan Avenue area Saturday night, when protesters planned to take to the Magnificent Mile to mark the three-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war.

In preparation for the march, scheduled to begin about 7 p.m., police were restricting parking around the area.

Until 10 p.m. Saturday, no parking will be allowed on the following streets:

  • State: Oak to Wacker, west side curb only.

  • LaSalle: Wacker to Jackson.

  • Clark: Wacker to Jackson.



  • Thousands downtown protest war


    By James Janega and Jason George
    Tribune staff reporters
    Published March 18, 2006, 9:49 PM CST


    As many as 7,000 Iraq war protesters clanged bells, blew whistles and caused a gleeful cacophony Saturday evening as they spilled onto Chicago's well-heeled North Michigan Avenue in an anti-war pageant to lambaste the war and demand an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops.

    The rally came on the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and capped three increasingly fitful years during which polls have shown falling public support for the war.

    The frustration has simmered mainly in lonely pockets, with few rallying points for a national anti-war movement. Still, a cross-section of the Midwest showed up Saturday night in Chicago.

    On Saturday night, a cross-section of the Midwest showed up to give voice to simmering frustration.

    The rally included the white-haired and middle-aged, people carrying Puerto Rican flags and an upside-down Stars-and-Stripes. Youthful anarchists and children barely aware of the event's significance filled out the crowd's ranks.

    March organizers said they expected a crowd of a few thousand; police Supt. Phil Cline said the numbers had swelled to 7,000 by the parade's end, with no one arrested. The multitude was sizeable and raucous, a movable, growing street celebration that felt like a Mardi Gras jazz procession.

    "The anti-Vietnam movement started with protests like these!" organizer Andy Thayer shouted as the throngs gathered in the Ogden Elementary School playground at Walton Street and Wabash Avenue. "If you're going to stop the war, it's not going to be because of some great leader, it's going to be due to regular people like you."

    According to the Pentagon, 2,313 U.S. service members have been killed in Iraq so far. , with other news sources reporting another 206 coalition troops and uncounted Iraqi troops, policemen and civilians killed in the Iraq war over the last three years. Another 278 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since a U.S.-led attack began there on Oct. 7, 2001.

    When it was on the move, the crowd of protestors stretched for blocks, the cold making apples of cheeks and numbing hands as people clapped and called out, flags and placards fluttering. It glowed sporadically with flashlights and the flicker of candles.

    A quartet of floats led the march, followed by clamorous thousands that included a marching band wedged into the crowd, marchers with bicycles and children in strollers. Helicopters rattled overhead.

    Bystanders watched from sidewalks and police patrolled the median as traffic in the still-open northbound lanes of Michigan Avenue honked in support.

    The dark shadows of store employees lined the dimmed windows at the J. Crew store and Nordstrom shopping center like mannequins, watching the tumult pass below.

    The crowd seemed to grow as supporters joined the procession from the warmth of restaurants and coffee shops along the fence-lined route.

    Bob McAnulty had protested on college campuses against Richard Nixon in the 1970s. His 16-year-old son Mac wondered what it had been like. Together, they walked in a noisy section near the front of the parade, occasionally joining the chants, the father pumping his fist in the air, the son's face blank and watching everything.

    "I had no clue that it would be this big," Bob Mcanulty said, transported to his youth.

    "Cool," his son said.

    It was a cocktail of social causes. There were socialist groups, calls for Puerto Rican rights, gay and lesbian groups, nurses, civil rights workers and education activists.

    "We are all here for our different reasons, but together our voice is so much more powerful," said 28-year-old Elisa Armea of Pilsen, who marched with her friends. "It's time to stop this imperialism and the occupation."

    Throughout the U.S., protesters took their anger and frustration to the streets in a handful of major cities, from New York to Boston to San Francisco.

    Protests also were held in Australia, Asia and Europe, but many events were far smaller than organizers had hoped. In London, police said 15,000 people joined a march from Parliament and Big Ben to a rally in Trafalgar Square. The anniversary last year attracted 45,000 protesters.

    In Chicago, rally organizers had sought protest permits to march down Michigan Avenue since the war's first anniversary, only to have their proposals rejected on grounds the proposed march would snarl traffic.

    To get around the obstacles, organizers copied the parade application for the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Unable to reject the march for its content, the city relented. A spokeswoman for the city's Law Department this week said the politics of protesters were never considered in the application process.

    The march was a spectacle, but not a disruption, and to participants, it felt like a cathartic release.

    On Saturday, Michigan Avenue became the Midwest's kitchen table, its glittering spine of skyscrapers a collective back fence across which angry citizens exchanged worries.

    "There's no flag big enough to cover the shame of innocent civilians dying," said Jeff Tobis, 47, a guitar-carrying artist from Northampton, Mass., who trailed in the rear of the march. "You always hope for more folks, but any effort for peace is worth it."

    The crowd rolled into Daley Plaza at 8 p.m. sharp, jamming the cavernous square under the giant Picasso statue, the masses dwarfed by empty office buildings before people trickled away into the Loop.

    By 9 p.m., the assembly was gone, with only the blue police lights and yellow Streets and Sanitation truck blinkers flashing in the darkness.



  • Dearborn: Wacker to Jackson.

  • Wacker: Michigan to Clark.

  • Washington: LaSalle to Dearborn.

    Until 8 p.m. Saturday, no parking will be allowed on the following streets:

  • Oak: Clark to Michigan.

  • State: Oak to Walton.

  • Walton: Dearborn to Michigan.

  • Dearborn: Walton to Oak.

  • Chicago: Michigan to Mies Van der Rohe.

    Vehicles parked in those restricted areas will be towed to the area near the Central Auto Pound, 400 W. Lower Wacker Dr., police said.

    Police said Michigan Avenue should not be affected during the day.

    Assembly for the march was slated to begin at 6 p.m. at Ogden School, near Walton and Dearborn Streets.

    At 7 p.m., marchers planned to move east to Michigan Avenue, south to Wacker Drive, then head west to Clark Street and end at Daley Plaza in the Loop.

    Police expected between 5,000 and 10,000 marchers will turn out for the rally, said Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

    Traffic along streets that cross the parade route will be halted until the parade passes by, officials said.

    "We anticipate a peaceful protest," Police Supt. Phil Cline said in a news release. "The Chicago Police Department is prepared to ensure that the parade proceeds safely and efficiently."

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    Mar 6, 2006



    By Ian Harrison

    If you cut timber in Oregon or drive a taxi in Oakland, you must read this article. But then again, you probably already know what many in America do not: You have one of the most dangerous jobs around and may not make it out of your 9 to 5 alive. Postal workers got a lot of negative press back in the day when a few of them went on rampages and shot up a bunch of people. These sensational acts of violence drew an inordinate amount of media attention away from the truth. Can you handle it? A decade ago, when mailmen first went "postal," cab drivers, convenience store clerks, security guards, and police officers were being assaulted and killed at a much higher rate. In 1994 for example, there were 1,071 workplace homicides and an additional one million people were physically beaten on the job. Retail sales supervisors, cashiers, cab drivers, and restaurant managers were at the top of the list. And you thought your job sucked.

    brace yourself

    In 2001, occupational homicides were down to 639. Statistics provide small comfort nonetheless, to a math teacher in inner-city Baltimore or an abortion clinic doctor in a remote NRA stronghold area of the Bible Belt. Despite a swirl of negative media hype about these jobs however, they do not even register a blip in the stats. Let me put it this way: if you work in the service or retail sector, watch your back.
    Hey, 7-Eleven manager! If you trust the good folks at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, your life is on the line. White men need to look out too; they bear the brunt of over half the workplace homicides that occur in America every year. But forget Caucasians. Men in general have it bad as homicide victims on the job, with 80% being the consistent figure over the past decade. This is gender equality?

    Uncouth humor aside, homicides did account for 11% of occupational deaths among males between 1980-92. Forget how old the data is and focus on the same figure for women: 42%. Four in 10 females who expire on the job do so as a result of homicide. And the vast majority of those murders occur with a firearm -- as do all workplace homicides -- and at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend.


    occupational hazards

    I can crunch the numbers until the end of time. The purpose here though, is to outline the most dangerous jobs in America. Yes, if you ply your trade with the Navy Seals or Delta Force, you have more to worry about than any blue or white collar stiff. Nonetheless, here is the bottom line, guys: if you work with heavy machinery, electrical equipment, firearms, livestock, in high places, in a forest, on a truck, or on a water vessel, your risk of not making it home for dinner is much higher than that of the general population. You may not even make it to lunch.


    Here are the most dangerous jobs in America:


    Farmer

    Men (and women) who labor in the production of crops account for over 40% of the occupational deaths in the agricultural industry. That discounts the amount of deaths for livestock farmers and those in the employ of the agricultural service sector. This may strike some as a bit of a surprise, until you take a look at how farmers kick the bucket on the job the majority of times: transportation incidents (tractors are heavy) and close contact with "objects" and equipment. I remember a visit to a farm when I was in grade school and Old Macdonald had a lot of freaky tools. The moral here: be careful around that barn or else they may hold the next Farm Aid benefit concert in your honor.


    Miner

    Whether you mine coal or diamonds, this is a dirty and dangerous business. Coal miners get a lot of press and do account for about a quarter of the occupational deaths in the industry, but if you work in oil or gas extraction, man do I feel sorry for you. Your kind makes up well over half of the deaths in the industry. Ouch. Solar power anyone?


    Heads up to construction workers, fishermen, and those in retail.


    Construction worker

    These men take some serious abuse. In 2001, 1,225 people in the industry fell, which is way more than for the previous category. This is not much of a shock when you think about the kind of conditions they have to work in, day in and day out. Your office is in essence a pile of metal, concrete and brick and there are tons of massive tools and equipment around. The margin of error is high and so is the altitude where these men regularly do their work. Is it much of a surprise then that falls account for the majority of deaths in most sectors of the construction industry? If you wear a hardhat, watch your step.
     

    Timber cutter

    Anyone who works in the forest, in a mill or with wood is at risk. Why? One word: saws. They are sharp and slice flesh like a knife in hot butter. No surprise then that contact with objects and equipment is the number one culprit in the deaths of people who work in the lumber industry. Duh.
     

    Fisherman

    As a weekend pastime, we love to bait a hook and drop it into a stream, river or lake, and sit back with a cold one. Hey, that is as American as apple pie. But for the men and women who fish for commercial purposes, it is a dangerous, dangerous business. The weather conditions can be fierce and there are no shortages of grisly ways one can be mutilated, impaled, dismembered, and killed. Hey, remember the psycho from I Know What You Did Last Summer ? That hook was damn sharp! Don't even get me started on The Perfect Storm . So the next time you chow down on some tuna sashimi, raise a glass of sake in praise of these brave souls.
     

    Truck driver

    Keep on truckin'. Easy in theory but you get behind the wheel of a monster on 18 wheels and drive from Pensacola to Tacoma. The mental strain on the men (and women) who drive these massive vehicles is enormous. The transportation industry as a whole is a tough grind, but truckers in particular, more so than pilots, train operators or even the notorious cab drivers, have it bad. They make up well over half of the deaths in the industry from one year to the next. No wonder the job is so lucrative to those who stick it out. My suggestion? Think twice before you apply. A career in the military is less dangerous, even these days.


    Anyone in Retail


    This is not a joke. The category is broad however; so let me break it down for you:

    If you work at a convenience store, a gas station, a grocery store, a corner store, a liquor store, a diner, or a bar, run. Run like the wind because you are going to die my friend. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not ever I admit, but your chances for long life pale in comparison to Jorge the tollbooth operator. If your last name is Kim and you sell wine in Watts, good luck to you.
     

    Anyone in the service sector

    Again, the net cast here is wide. You think?

    Raise a white flag if you operate the roller coaster at Six Flags and press on the brake if you repair automobiles (115 of your kind lost their lives on the job in 2001). Any repair job has inherent dangers to beware of, as do jobs where you lease heavy equipment and machinery.

    All of a sudden, I have never been so happy at my incompetence around tools. Give me a hammer and a nail and observe my blank stare. Who cares? I have a long life ahead of me as a result.


    On to the bravest of them all....


    Law enforcement officers

    The events of September 11, 2001 made the nation aware of just how deadly a job the men and women who protect us every day have. Attacks of terror aside however, these people deal with the most repugnant characters in society on a regular basis. Because the potential for harm and death is so great, your local police force and anyone who works in the name of justice, public order and safety, deserves your adulation and respect. To serve and protect indeed.


    Firefighters


    The name reveals all you need to know: these people fight fires . Holy cow, what could be more dangerous than that? Drop the old-school image of the fireman with his ladder up a tree to save the nice kitty cat. This profession has the potential to be lethal. Did you not see Backdraft ? And what about smokejumpers -- the people who jump out of planes and helicopters to wage war against forest fires? You have to be tough as nails to do that kind of work. I like my computer very much, thank you.


    some risky business

    Jobs that kill. Can you just see it on FOX? There are many, many more dangerous jobs in America, of course. Let me just say that if you work on a highway, in a psychiatric ward, with refuse or in refuse sanitation, with wild animals, in a zoo or circus, in the bomb squad, or as a minesweeper (not a common occupation in America), there are some very unique ways for you to succumb to a fatal injury on the job. Watch out people; I want you to enjoy that pension plan.

    On that note, let me give credit to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for some wonderful and very informative data, as well as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Big thanks as well to Fred Blosser, of the NIOSH Public Affairs Division.


    Credit for this article go to "AskMen.com"
    http://www.askmen.com/money/career_60/89_career.html





    1. Farmer
    2. Miner
    3. Construction worker
    4. Timber cutter
    5. Fisherman
    6. Truck driver
    7. Retail
    8. Service Jobs
    9. Law enforcement officers
    10. Firefighters
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    Posted: Mar 6, 2006 5:39am
    Feb 24, 2006
    Focus: Health
    Action Request: Write Letter
    Location: United States
    Budget Cuts (action alert)



    As you may have heard, President Bush has proposed eliminating the entire urban Indian health program as part of his budget strategy. This would be a cut of $33 million for the 34 urban Indian health programs that are located throughout the United States. Some of these programs have no other source of funding and would have to close. Others would have to reduce services significantly.

    This happened before, in the 1980's, when Reagan did the same thing. We waged a large and widespread grass-roots campaign to fight it and won.
    We will need to do the same this time around and we need your help.  I think we can win again but we will need a response from as many people
    as possible.  Also, if you know anyone who can help us in this fight, please contact them and let them know what's going on.

    Please contact me for 2 documents that the National Council of Urban Indian Health programs (NCUIH) has prepared for this fight. The first
    is a statement from individuals about why the urban Indian health program
    is important to them. The second is a letter to the members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

    Please have people put in their name and home address and sign each one, and then fax or send them to NCUIH's attorney, Greg A. Smith (info
    below). Send the documents to anyone you know anywhere in the country.
    The more we can show nationwide support, the better. Anything you can do to help get these in would be greatly appreciated!

    Please fax/mail the letters to:

    Greg Smith, The Smith Law Firm
    2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 850
    Washington, DC 20006
    Tel: 202-265-1551
    Fax: 202-265-4901
    Email:
    gsmith@johnstondc.com

    Thanks very much,

    Liz Hunt
    Executive Director, Indian Health Center
    1333 Meridian Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

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    Posted: Feb 24, 2006 2:22pm
    Feb 24, 2006
    Subject: Diabetes Alert (health)



    American Diabetes Alert
    http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

    What is the Alert?
    The American Diabetes Alert is an annual, one-day call-to-action held
    on the fourth Tuesday of March for people to find out if they are at risk
    for diabetes. The Alert's goal is to raise the awareness that diabetes
    is serious, you can have diabetes and not even know it, and that taking
    the Risk Test is an easy way to find out if you are at risk for
    diabetes.
    http://www.diabetes.org/risk-test.jsp

    What is diabetes?
    Diabetes means that your blood glucose (sugar) is too high.  Your blood always has some glucose in it because the body needs glucose for energy to keep you going.  Too much glucose in the blood is not good for your health.
    Could you have diabetes?
    Diabetes is a silent disease.  You could have it for years and never know it.  During this time, your eyes, nerves, and kidneys may have
    been harmed by too much sugar in your blood.
    Who is at risk for diabetes?
    Your risk for diabetes increases as your get older, gain too much weight, or if you do not stay active.  Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Risk factors for diabetes include:
    1. Having high blood pressure (at or above 130/80)
    2. Having a family history of diabetes
    3. Having diabetes during pregnancy or having a baby weighing more than
    nine pounds at birth.

    Don't wait for the signs. Most people with diabetes do not notice any symptoms.  However if you should have any of these symptoms, call your health care provider right away.
    A. Very thirsty
    B. Frequent urination
    C. Losing weight without trying

    What can you do?
    You can do things now to lower your risk for diabetes by:
    1. Keeping your weight in control;
    2. Eating low fat meals that are HIGH in fruits, vegetables and whole
    grain foods;
    3. Staying active most days of the week.

    Learn more. Get involved.
    If you or the people you care about are at high risk for diabetes, you
    should learn more and get involved.
     Ask your health care provider about your risk for diabetes during
    your next visit.
    Call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) for free information about
    diabetes, and to find out about Alert activities in your area. 
    Bilingual representatives are available.
    Learn more about diabetes by visiting the diabetes information section of our Web site.
    * Take the Risk Test to see if you are at risk for diabetes.
    * Share this information with family, friends and neighbors. Help find
    the 6.2 million Americans with undiagnosed diabetes.


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