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Bush-Cheney administration ignore national safety concerns while destroying Constitution iinn the name of national security.
Anniversary Rachel Corrie (1979-2003)
I have a secret. I've been trying to tell you my whole life. Ready?
Okay, HERE WE GO ...
"Over the course of the past fourteen years I have lived a life dedicated to peaceful activism in social, environmental and political realms. I have followed a path dedicated to the Buddhist and Essene religions for several years. These faiths are committed to a life of peaceful existence, expressing honour, respect and care for every living thing, both human and non-human. Every thought, action, word, purchase and food choice is considered with regard to the impact on the earth and any suffering that may be caused as a consequence. The U.S. government and media have attempted to brand me a "terrorist". I cannot think of a label that is more contrary to the truth. I am a pacifist." - Tre Arrow
I post this here as a reminder of what our local Portland news media
COULD be reporting if they weren't in the pockets of the local government officials.
Evidently reporting the TRUTH means something in Seattle.
"After the Vietnam War, many of us absorbed Buddhist ideas ... Where might we find comparable beginnings of a Christian-Muslim dialog?"
"Many of us are intrigued by Sufism and feel it may represent a mystic core of Islam
Keeping our resolve is the best choice of action in this needless witch hunt and harrasment of activists.
Any health care initiative that might move us forward is worth supporting. The worst thing we could do is sit still and do nothing. I support both the HOPE for Oregon Families initiative and the Healthy Oregon Plan. I call them HOPE and HOP.
In my last post [ http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/03/335509.shtml] I was talking about the strange behavior of the opposition. This post discusses "secret services" and hopefully may help to analyze - in the next post - what is wrong with the US society and explain the strange behavior of the opposition.
Thought this one was quite interesting:
If there's NO statute in Oregon REQUIRING wearing shoulder harnesses,
HOW COULD THERE BE PROBABLE CAUSE TO STOP A VEHICLE
for a seatbelt violation as the primary (only) reason ????
Homeless prejudice by homeless people is a huge obsticle when organizing people living on the streets. When people are fixated on meeting basic needs you better meet one of those needs to get them to go to a meeting.
Propaganda is a science. No one knows that better than the Bush-Cheney Gang. It cleverly used every scare tactic and lie available to con the country into the Iraqi War. In the Dubai port deal, those same kinds of ruses were turned against it. George Bush was hoisted up on his own petard. The great Oswald Spengler reminds us of how the Media can influence us, via repetition, into believing any kind of lie. Now, will the U.S. be lied into a war with Iran?
With no judge to keep the administration honest, the prisoners held at Guantanamo, many of them completely innocent, will be railroaded, perhaps to their deaths.
Almost two-hundred-and-thirty years ago a group of fifty six American colonials signed a Declaration of Independence in which they declared themselves to be finally free from the corrupt, decadent and manifestly unjust rule of the British Crown. In that most sacred declaration its signatories recognized the essential rights of all men and women to live freely, in the pursuit of their happiness.
The Roman Catholic Rottweiler
while the amerikan mass audience kept itself entertained and distracted with shopping , lounging in front of the tube , and enslavement to corporate masters , the so-called " patriot act " was renewed.
was it temporary or permanent ? ....... do you know for sure ?
Extra! Extra! Senator introduces censure motion against President bush and the media actually report it the next day!
This is a short appreciation of murdered Christian Peacemaker Tom Fox.
It is starting to be accepted by many people across our planet, that global warming is not something that may be happening, but as something that is happening. What scientists have been talking about and have been predicting for many years, appears to be a growing reality.
...What "Mission Accomplished" in reality achieved was an intractable quagmire of bloodletting and a nightmarish prospect of global conflict...
Do we really want to stop the slaughter that is taking place in Iraq? Do we really want to stop future wars in Syria, Iran and wherever else the globalists have set their sights to? Then we must expose the real perpetrators of 911 - elements within our own government who needed to fabricate a war for their global agenda.
I was curious about this film, so I looked into it. The website explains how the producer, Aaron Russo, "designed the first ladies bikini under wear", and "In January of 2004, he declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party's nomination for President of the Untied States."
Some comments upon the activity of the opposition in US: its targets, the ways to achieve them and the real results.
Here is a chilling scenario for readers to consider. We know now that war against
Iran will happen, probably in 2006. In the following article, you will discover
a hard core vision of what type of cards US oligarchs may be holding. An open
debate about the merits of Levian's vision is appropriate.
The public needs to attend a scoping meeting for the "Mother of all Environmental Impact Statements which is being prepared for Hanford cleanup: THE TANK CLOSURE WASTE MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS).
Continuing the discussion
I purchases my home for Kip Schoning who lives in Corvallis OR several years ago. I learned in Aug 2004 that he had defaulted on his loan and MY HOME was being foreclosed on by his seller.
I have already written an article about this but several things came to my attention today that I feel warrant a second "update" article.
where we are and where we may go
In the 60s and 70s COINTELPRO had to fight anti-war leaders like Lennon and Abbie Hoffman- this time around they planted the leaders and most Americans follow like sheep. They even have plants in Congress, like John Conyers. Think about it, Conyers investigations always lead to a dead end. He is the master stalling agent for BushCo.
The newest leaflet from the Seattle Communist Study Group. Perhaps it will inspire more people to take a hand in building the kind of anti-war movement necessary to put an end to this era of militarism, cold-blooded slaughter and heinous torture: a class movement against imperialism.
utility deregulation - the fleecing of ratepayers
GLOBAL FUR SALES GROW AGAIN IN 2005
GLOBAL FUR SALES have increased for the seventh consecutive year, reaching a figure of US$ 12.77 billion according to the International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF).
The latest statistics, covering retail sales of full fur garments, trim and accessories for 2005, show a 9.1% increase on the previous year's results.
Patriotic Act To Continue
Our friends from abroad continuously ask us to explain our views about the current situation in Venezuela. This reply is based on two recent texts by the editing team of El Libertario, already published in their entirety in the internet (in Spanish), and from which we extract our main points.
Desde el exterior, continuamente se nos pide resumir los puntos básicos de nuestro enfoque sobre la actual situación venezolana. Estimamos que ello puede hacerse en base a dos textos recientes del equipo redactor de El Libertario, documentos ya divulgados vía Internet en versión completa de los que ha sido posible entresacar nuestras propuestas esenciales.
The Executive and War Powers, continued
More than four years after the September 11 attacks and three years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, neither the war in Afghanistan, nor the war in Iraq appears to be drawing to a close. This is despite the fact that hundreds of thousands have protested the war in Iraq and more than 60 percent of Americans support partial or full withdrawal from Iraq. Fewer than four in ten Americans support President Bush today.
In a climate like this, the antiwar movement should be making great strides. The Bush administration should be on the run, if not teetering on the verge of collapse. Yet the administration plows ahead, and the antiwar movement appears disoriented only months after Cindy Sheehan's vigil at Bush's ranch helped to revive its fortunes.
With all of the political wrangling of activists versus industry whores, it is often difficult to find the facts in each side's rhetoric. So I was refreshed to see an article from a respected scientific journal cataloguing big business's ties to Rep. Pombo's (R-CA) push to gut the ESA.
So which of these groups of neanerthals has the following record?
A Veteran's Letter to the President:
"I Return Enclosed the Symbols of My Years of Service"
There is an 11th Commandment! It states: "Thou Shalt Not Criticize the Zionists." Recently, the Brit's Royal Court Theater wanted to put on a play, in NYC, entitled, "My Name is Rachel Corrie." Corrie was the peace activist, who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer, on March 16, 2003, in Occupied Gaza. The NYC theater company, however, has "postponed" the production because Jewish leaders objected to it. This is an example of that 11th Commandment!
Hi folks -
Just a quick heads up - tonight on ATC, Lauren's voice (and excellent thoughts and words) provide the lead-in audio quote for the start of the program.
The piece runs in the first 30 minutes (the 5-5:30 feed on the West Coast)
Lauren, you rock! Thanks for all your work and this great re-framing.
And the focus on the absurd disparity between the probation sentence given the USFS serial arsonist versus the life terms facing the eco-arrestees is compelling (NPR thought so, anyway...).
URL is here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5252269
(sound link on page - initial transcript follows- :
Harsh Sentences Silence Radical Environmentalists
Listen to this story... by Martin Kaste
All Things Considered, March 8, 2006 · The radical environmentalists of Eugene, Ore., have disappeared or gone quiet. Some say it's because of a government crackdown that includes stiff fines and harsh prison sentences. The sentences have been so harsh, in fact, that even a victim of one arson attack isn't sure it was fair.
In Seattle yesterday , goverment agencies confirmed that all ocean fishing in the Oregon and N. California will most likely be shut down due to record low runs on the Klamath. Fishermen and tribes will seek federal releif due to the devestating effects of losting their jobs and food this year. This has never happened before and comes as the Klamath dams are being under renewal. Tribes and fishermen are asking for removal of the dams and events all over Oregon are occuring for the Klamath.
Have you ever noticed that America is scizophrenic-of two minds, two ideals, two ideologies that contradict? How much American rhetoric doesn't match up with American actions? Notice how there are so many laws in what's sold to the world as the "land of the free?"
France, Poland, the White Rose Society in Germany... With the passage of the PATRIOT Act after a "for show" display of debate in Congress and the Senate, the U.S. Federalist, one party system, has now fully established the groundwork for a police state. Even the NSA wire tapping of innocent Americans excercising free speech has been buried and stone-walled. America needs an underground movement to protect Democracy.
It is our duty to do something about this madness gripping America. But what do we do? Run for Congress. You need to look up who is running for Congress in your district- and if the choices are some Bushite Republican and Nancy "got no plan" Pelosi - then it is your duty.
Don't worry about Cheney becoming president. Impeaching Bush will take so long, even if Cheney took over, he'd be the lamest of lame ducks.
Six months have passed since Fouad Kaady, a 27 year old Lebanese American man, was brutally shot and killed by agents of the Clackamas County Sheriff's office, and the Sandy "Police" department.
Much has happened since this killing of an innocent, unarmed, badly burned, injured, bleeding, and naked man. Much has not.
Snapshots of some previous writing of mine, etc...
March 7, 2006: The Washington Post reports the FBI knew Al-Qaeda were training pilots in the U.S. before 9/11.
A majority of Americans?a majority!?say they think President Bush should be impeached on at least two grounds, lying about Iraq's alleged WMD threat and alleged links to Al Qaeda to justify an invasion, and NSA spying on Americans without getting a court warrant, but the media and Democratic Party leaders don't want to admit it.
In short, the Green Party is a big ol' mess.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Trial By Fire: The SHAC 7 and the Future of Democracy
"The FBI has made the prevention and investigation of animal rights extremists and eco-terrorism... a domestic terrorism investigative priority."
-John E. Lewis, deputy assistant FBI director in counterterrorism, speaking to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, May 2004
"Ah, but in such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty." -Phil Ochs, songwriter
While reading another article I stumbled upon this
somewhat appaling info.
In order to grow cooperative communities, the community's members must be able to benefit from economic, political, and social institutions. Once we are able to find inner harmony and continue those insititions, we can progress as a community. This writing makes an attempt to lay down community ideas for positive change in an unstable world.
Jason Simms, an independent reporter, has been persistent in trying to contact me about the event that happened last weekend. Simms is writing the article for the Willamette Weekly. I've refused to contact him except to tell him that I won't talk to him due to my perception of his biases based upon his questions. Simms sent me the copy of his article. I think that it will probably get cut up and rearranged significantly by the WWeek editors. Therefore, I feel that it's important to lay the entire copy out here beforehand:
United States has an 80 year cycle of economic booms and busts. The economic declines are followed by major wars with massive casualties. Iraq and Afghanistan are preludes to a much larger conflict with China. China's economy would benefit from a population decrease.
Awareness can become prevention.
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here...
Violence and hate were oozing from the Schmachers store yesterday during a peaceful protest against the torture and killing of animals for their fur.
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