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Originally, I was going to post this as a comment on the article entitled "Memorial Service planned for the announcement of 3,000 US troop death in Iraq", but ... maybe posting it here is more appropriate.
This last Sunday Harry Reid, the incoming Democratic majority leader in the US Senate, went on ABC's Sunday morning show and declared that a hike in U.S. troops in Iraq is okay with him.
Here's the evolution of the Democrats' war platform since November 7, 2006, the day the voters presented a clear mandate: "End the war! Get out of Iraq!" and took the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives away from the Republicans.
Little has been said about the wisdom of their decision to attempt to scale one of the tallest mountains in the Cascade Range during the worst time of the year for such an adventure. I realize that the families of the victims are holding out hope that their loved ones will be found to have survived the hellish conditions they encountered this week; I do not wish to add to their suffering by publishing this article. It is in the interest of preventing the loss of lives in the future that I present this piece, as my research into this tragedy has turned up some very interesting information regarding the quality of information available to the public regarding weather conditions in the region, and the facilities available to those who attempt to scale these very dangerous peaks.
These colonial thieves, liars and murderers appear unable to understand
why they are despised by Indigenous Peoples around the world.
Today we find ourselves in a serious Constitutional crisis. The Democrats should be willing to take some political risks to honor, protect, and defend the Constitution. (It is, after all, their oath of office.)
On the side of a building next to the Pdx bus depot, these words were painted on the side of a building, in 5 foot high letters: "CLIQUES RETARD GROWTH." Cliques *DO* retard growth. Hippies get mad at my anarchist tendencies. Anarchists get angry at my feminist leanings. The feminists are angered by my class politics...Clique mentality has undermined solidarity within the anarchy, prisoner rights, and environmental defense communities, as well as other circles.
NOAA directors and NWS directors had opposing views on global warming in 2000. A Snow Hydrologist was between a rock and a hard place in 2000.
It should be evident by now that the mainstream media are in no hurry to break the bad news to the masses. According to them, sports scores and celebrity outfit changes are much more important for Americans to know. Which is why it is up to culture jammers like Weird Al to create entertainment that informs, educates, convinces, and get's people to act.
Every religion in the world was created to serve the needs of humans who are evolutionarily equal, and therefore, have asked the same questions about life. Anthropologists have identified a number of universal constants of religion, and have discovered that different religions aren't so different from each other after all.
Cal Thomas is a Right Wing hack, who has shilled for the bloodbath that is the Iraqi War. On Dec. 7, 2006, he interviewed Donald Rumsfeld, the outgoing Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. "BaWa Walters, herself, couldn't have done a worst job of puffery. No questions were asked by Thomas about U.S. or Iraqi casualties, WMD, or the fact that Rumsfeld has been charged with war crimes. Thomas' shameless spiel mocks the idea of a Free Press.
Freightliner - which has laid off thousands of workers right before the Christmas holidays in recent years [goodwill toward men doesn't hold up to avoiding holiday pay] - has just received a judgement of $488 million by a jury for accounting fraud surrounding its acquisition of Western Star Trucks. Finally the corporate crooks at Freightliner are being exposed.
From witch trials to the War on Terror, torture and psychological coercian are the backbone of tyranny. The false confessions are used to manipulate the public with fear based upon lies.
Recently a Rabbi asked the Sea-Tac Airport to display an 8 ft. menorah alongside the 8 large Christmas trees they had on display. The airport blew him off. He threatened to sue. The airport went to the local media and made the Rabbi out to be a Grinch. Outraged Christians lodged 500+ complaints and threatened the Rabbi. Under pressure, the Rabbi said he would not sue so they have now put the 8 trees back up...but what about the menorah? Christian privilege gets old.
...Gulf Coast Neglects Millions~Interview with Chris Kromm, executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
On 13 Dec 2006, the New York Civil Liberties Union released its report on NYPD video surveillance of public places. This is our critique.
Good fucking luck Democrats.
Media stories about bed bugs are found to be full of disinformation, which is a sign of either lazy reporters not seeking out enough sources, or a disinformation campaign being launched by the chemical lobby which does not want to be blamed for an environmental disaster, such as a plague of pesticide resistant bed bugs.
The following is a critique of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) report on the World Trade Center (WTC) collapse. The 43 volume NIST report was the result of a 3 year investigation, and was released in September 2005. It remains the official US government explanation for why the WTC collapsed on 9/11. As you are about to discover, the report fails to withstand scrutiny. There is no doubt that the NIST investigation was politically controlled by limiting its scope. This is one way to kill an investigation.
...Education Benefits~Produced by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
Omissions in the ISG Report are more important than what's in it.
Interview with Nancy Lessin, cofounder of Military Families Speak Out, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
More amateur bed bug science...a study in bed bug etymology
President George W. Bush, the quintessential warmonger, is on the defensive! If you look close enough, you can see the fear in his eyes. Since 2005, Cindy Sheehan, an "Earth Mother," has been challenging him to a face-to-face meeting. The cowardly Bush has declined. Meanwhile, other splendid activists, like the "Hero/Patriot" from the mythic past, are demanding the impeachment by the U.S. Congress of both Bush and V. P. Dick Cheney.
Hitting a brick wall in my campaign to stop illitary recruiters from visiting grade schools.
We could have a Woodstock 2007: Impeach for World Peace Concert in DC- with a whole range of peace artists from rap to country to rock. Can anyone out there contact: Eddie Vedder, Willie Nelson, Chuck D, Dixie Chicks, Green Day, Billy Bragg, Immortal Technique, John Mellencamp, Merle Haggard, Ani Difranco, Paris, Jynkz, et al... . It is time for an open-ended march on DC, if not now, when?
Obviously they could have chosen another weekend. Why did they not? To foment more sectarianism amongst Bay Area progressives/radicals? To take another jab as ANSWER? To stand against anti-war activities in general? Only the bookfair committee can tell us why they think competing with last year's anti-war events was a good enough idea to deserve a reprise.
Support America's military coup!
You undoubtedly know about the gps locating devices in your phones, and it goes without saying that they can listen if you call someone. But did you know that with cell phones, the FBI can listen in using the phone as a microphone? They can do this even if you switch off your phone!
This was put out by the Western Slope No Fee Coalition, to show where the legal aspect of the fight against fee demo is at right now in an Arizona [district I think] court.. This fight is not just about this one spot, it's the policy of charging fees that is being disputed. And the area mentioned in this article is just one of the hundreds, maybe thousands of areas (including some of the local hotsprings and many trailheads in the willamette and mt hood national forests, and many others in cascadia) that will become "pay-to-play" fee areas really soon if the Lands Recreation Enhancement Act is not fought and stopped...
Freightliner made headlines today on two counts. First - a trial in which Freightliner stands accused by German truck maker MAN of fraud to the tune of $475 million is going to the jury for a verdict. Second - Freightliner announces long rumored layoffs right before the Christmas break despite record profits in 2006.
Le dossier qui dérange les racistes sionistes et leurs complices...
His death does not mark the end of Pinochetism. People are declaring themselves admirers of his work. Some more shamefully than others, they declare themselves his admirers, his followers, his heirs. They must pay for his entire legacy. The indictment for the crimes of Pinochet's dictatorship, which the human rights organizations have upheld valiantly and tirelessly for years, against his civilian and military collaborators, does not expire with the death of their leader.
Some amateur bed bug science
city and local service organizations adopting measures to address certain fundamental issues faced by homeless people in the city, may, on one key provision of those measures, have failed to take neccessary steps that will ensure its success.
A decade after the "Dark Alliance" newspaper series sent shockwaves around the world with its investigation into crack cocaine/CIA/Contra connections, a tribute is presented to "Dark Alliance" and its investigator/author, journalist Gary Webb....and to the true spirit of journalism that he represented in his time.
We're not really the author, but we came across this article based on a UN study. Curious how none of the remedies mentioned reducing animal consumption, but...
You can read the article here also: http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/
While Kucinich's window is open—and welcoming input—send him an email to follow McKinney's lead: Support impeachment of Bush & Cheney.
This is a repost from edge.org. They asked the question "What is your dangerous idea?" and got over 100 responses from scientists, philosophies, and the like. One of the responses is below. You can see all of the responses at http://www.edge.org/q2006/q06_index.html
sometimes people ask me, or wonder, why I would choose to live in palestine, given the violence and occupation.....why would anyone want to live in a place like that??
Consider helping some of the World's most desperate people.
much has not yet been discovered
I've run across two websites that expand on the concept of Hamburger Management
Got this to pass along.
Venezuelan election a model of the electoral process.
Interview with Laura Carlson, director of the International Relations Center's America's program, conducted by Scott Harris
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Columbus Delano, speaking in 1873: "I would not seriously regret the total disappearance of the buffalo from our western plains, in its effect upon the Indians. I would regard it rather as a means of hastening their sense of dependence upon the products of the soil and their own labors."
Fascism, in this day and age, seems a rather nebulous concept. I can't count how many times I have asked someone to define fascism only to draw a blank stare or an amibiguous collection of rants against the Anglo-American power structure that, while often true, do little to define fascism.
The Surveillance Camera Players report back on 10 years of work and fun
It is easy to like Hugo Chavez from afar.
Some time back, I wrote about the prejudices that pit bulls (and those who love them) must endure. ( http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/10/346856.shtml) This prejudice, like any other, is a dangerous and ignorant thing. Pits are actually being murdered in many places in this country, just because of who they are. It's important to speak out about this, and so I did. I was shocked to find that readers of this site can be as bigoted as anyone when it comes to Rhodie and Romeo, the dogs that I love. So I want to share a story with you. And I'd like it if you'd think about it.
about compassion for those we fight against, protest against; talks about how perspective needs to shift from blame to understanding such a huge systemic machine
Over the past few generations we've grown increasingly disconnected from not only the Earth, but the sky. Isn't it time we started paying more attention to that which connects us all?
They are no longer Indigenous people, and we cannot call them apples anymore. They are marshmallows -- white through and through.
These white clones, with their business suits and Italian Loafers, wear chicken feathers and point their guns at their relations.
They are nothing more than government mercenaries, working to keep their colonial masters on the throne.
Quoted from appended article about the steeply
rising cost of taking a walk
in the woods:
Interview with Rahul Mahajan, journalist and author, conducted by Scott Harris
Every year at this time, thousands upon thousands of trees our cut down in a senseless celebration.
All right, I'm playing hookie from work today. And yes, all right, I was watching Perry Mason. I know, I know. TV is poison. But there it was. Well, as it ended, the Montel show came on. Now even in my laziest days of playing hookie from work, I hate daytime talk shows. So I was just about to snap off the mind-sucker. And then....
Both google and yahoo now show signs (as some Indymedia groups around the world) of being controlled by the fbi, cia and other intelligence agencies. Perhaps the fear fbi/cia thugs or the financial payoff (of cooperating with homicidal fools) overweighs the moral considerations in the world's most popular search engines, but the global population must now suspect these two groups of joining in the global fascist conspiracy with the assassins of the fbi and cia.
It was 26 years ago today that the world lost john Lennon.
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