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The press conference held by former State Rep. Jeff Kropf, Voting Restrictionist Ruth Bendl, Jim Ludwick, President of anti-immigrant group Oregonians for Immigration Reform and anti-tax activist Jason Williams last Thursday was a failed attempt at playing on anti-immigrant sentiment to bash Oregon's Voter Registration process and the successes of Vote by Mail
Read the Minnesota Post's profile ( link to www.minnpost.com) on St. Paul asst police chief Matt Bostrom's laundry list of promises to peace activists in that city regarding the 2008 RNC.
The Canadian Supreme Court of Canada has denied the extradition appeal made by John Graham. On Thursday morning, John was moved from the North Fraser Pre-trial Centre in Port Coquitlam BC, to Rapid City South Dakota, where he has been indicted for first degree murder of Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash. Her body was found in 1976, in South Dakota.
And Deputy David Willard (Clackamas County, Oregon) and Officer Bill Bergin (Sandy, Or. Police) are still free, and collecting pay from us, the citizens that they are entitled to kill at their discretion...REGARDLESS
In our society the stage of life between innocent child and responsible adult can be pretty frustrating. Unless they are trying to get you into their malls to buy their products, those who control the mainstream ignore you. You can either be a consumer, or be ignored. You find that the society you live in is a pretty boring place. Shopping and watching TV really isn't very exciting, never mind work. you also start to realize that the idealistic things you were taught as a child, and are still being taught, don't really hold up to the truth. You find that politicians are liars, the police are jerks, you rarely get rich and famous by working hard, and the world isn't a very fair place.
It often takes direct experience to better understand one's surroundings; whether it be a toddler's mastering of cause and effect, or for our purposes, realizing the Democratic Party's true nature. This latest life lesson has been taught to us by the Democrats themselves, who, public opinion cast aside, have continued to support the Iraq War, not to mention other collusions with the Republicans on many matters that represent "high crimes and misdemeanors".
Millions who had sincere illusions in the Democrats have been shocked at how rapidly the illusory divide between the two parties has disappeared, especially over the last few years. Explaining this process in a way that doesn't place the blame on this-or-that individual becomes increasingly urgent. We must explain the common class interests shared by both parties so that working people can begin the process of building our own political alternative. Otherwise, the current situation of war, inequality, and racism will only continue to intensify.
The key fact that helps explain the policies of the Democrats is that they, like the Republicans, are parties that represent the capitalist class (this seemingly abstract generalization will be confirmed later by more concrete examples). At its base, both political parties are not responsible to any working-class organization or oversight, aside from elections that are held years apart and controlled and manipulated by large financial interests. What the two parties are really responsible for is the well-being of the capitalist owned and operated economy, which relies on maximizing profits at the expense of workers' wages, and demands that U.S. corporations outperform their foreign capitalist competitors.
According to what I have read recently, the people over at Google are planning to spend tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars on research into renewable energy sources that are 'cheaper than coal'. This has spurred me to begin research on the development of a solar cell based upon phosphorescence, which is the most logical and sensible approach to take towards developing a renewable energy source.
the author and historian comes to town and KBOO radio
While extolling the virtues of democracy under emergency rule in Pakistan the American political establishment ignores the real story out of Venezuela...
Computers can be an invaluable tool to the modern activist. They allow us to communicate and publish our thoughts in ways that no one would have dreamed of, twenty years ago. But, as I was reminded a few days ago, someone who's able to get online doesn't automatically know as much about computers as I do. With that in mind, I present this primer on computer functionality, and defense.
While there has been public opposition to the war in Iraq for the past five years, there have been few attempts to map out a specific strategy to get our troops out. As crucial as many of the efforts have been, they have largely taken place in a vacuum--isolated events, be they marches, occupations, or blockades, rather than part of an overarching strategy. This article is an attempt to lay out some foundations for an effective antiwar strategy. Hopefully the discussion it generates will help contribute to a broader, deeper, and more effective strategy than one person can come up with alone.
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The horrific Iraq War, launched by the Bush-Cheney Gang, is now in its fifth year, with no end in sight. Nevertheless, there were some stouthearted souls inside both the governments of the U.S. and the UK, (Denmark and Australia, too), who tried to expose the lies of the wire pullers. In "Dissent: Voices of Conscience," co-authors Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright and Susan Dixon tell their compelling stories. It's current history and a great read, too.
John Graham and Arlo Looking Cloud, former members of the American Indian Movement, are currently being framed with the 1975-76 murder of AIM leader Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Looking Cloud has already been convicted and sentenced in South Dakota to life in prison. Graham is in prison in Vancouver awaiting the final word on his extradition appeals. John Graham lives in Vancouver and has strong support from indigenous sovereigntists here and in other parts of British Columbia. The support campaign for John Graham is one of the main elements of indigenous resistance organizing in Vancouver.
The renaming of streets is not the only instance of "outcome-based" decision-making in city government. Moyer Tower, bigger than Fox Tower and only a block away, is getting no due process from the Design Commission.
The US Press has recently launched a huge anti-Chavez media blitz. A common thread to these hit pieces is Chavez' "authoritarian" tendencies, and characterization of him as anti-democratic and a "dictator". However, in the narrowest of defeats (~2%), there are no planeloads of operatives flying in to stage riots in the counting houses, there will be no suits brought before a fixed Supreme Court, and there won't be hateful rhetoric calling certain people, "too stupid to vote".
As concerns about peak oil mount, many people are declaring agrofuels to be the latest panacea for saving civilization from its impending collapse.
What the IPCC Report Didn't and Couldn't Say
Bad news for democracy ...
VENEZUELA, whose people inherited from Bolívar ideas that transcended their time, now face an international dictatorship a thousand times more powerful than the Spanish colonial power and the newly-formed republic of the United States, which, via Monroe, proclaimed its right to the continent's natural resources and the sweat of its people...
PROUT-Progressive Utilization Theory shows how today's corporate fascism can be replaced by a decentralized and democratic economy through the creation and distribution of goods and services by worker-owned cooperatives.
Too start a War with Iran.
Can we speak some truth here?
The candidacies of Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are not what they appear to be.
I.E. Two men trying to fight against the tide of the corporate duopoly in order to tell the truth.
The truth is that they are important "facilitators of empire" whose sole purpose is to add the perception of legitimacy to an illegitimate electoral system. They both serve to create the illusion that alternative voices are allowed to speak and run against the status quo successfully.
"The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act"
Markwet forces may soon look like the events in the Sci Fi book of that title....Lets put on our connect the dots thinking caps and consider these announcements.
NAB, the most internationally-focused Australian bank with operations in the UK and New Zealand, will acquire Great Western from the Hamann family.
John Stewart, NAB chief executive, said the acquisition would strengthen the group's agribusiness relationship bank model in the US.
NAB said agriculture was a high growth sector, estimating global trade had grown 50 per cent in the last five years.
Agriculture contributed US$310bn to US gross domestic product, a figure 10 times larger than Australia.
Policymakers already concerned about the relentless rise in global food inflation are facing more bad news in the shape of soaring soyabean prices.
Soyabean prices have risen to their highest level in 34 years, boosted by strong Chinese demand and fears that current prices are not high enough to swing acreage from corn to soyabeans in the US, the world's largest producer.
=...do any of you, perhaps clued in by your reading come to a conclusion like my title, cortesy the infamous French Lady Aristocrat? Let them eat unleaded.....indeed
and you thought it would be heating oil OR feed the kids....skinny chance
WARNING : don't race to conclusions, they will come fast enough as the world gets flatter and reaction times shrink to the speed at which 24/7 markets can "respond" alas for the good old days when a moment of reflection was imposed by the slow speed of things. Now there is no need to ponder, reflect, discuss...markets can do their magical blind reasoning algorhythms faster than the mind can take it all in.
Market advice. But bullets, buy plows, buy draught horses.
Don't worry, be prepared
by bill gallagher
ok to reprint in entirety with credit to author
If the two corporate parties, the Democrats and Republicans, take a wait-and-see attitude while the mortgage lenders and multi-billionaires take the hard-earned family resources of millions of Americans, the results will be catastrophic for working class families, and ultimately for our entire economy.
The United States is on the road to becoming a fascist society, right under our very noses. That's the premise of a new book by feminist social critic Naomi Wolf. It's called "The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot" and is already on the New York Times bestseller list.
Naomi Wolf outlines what she sees as the ten steps to shut down a democratic society and argues that the Bush administration has already implemented many of these steps. Wolf is the author of several books including the 1990s feminist classic, "The Beauty Myth."
Critics describe her latest book, "The End of America," as a wake-up call to Americans to heed the lessons of history and fight to save their democracy before its too late. Naomi Wolf joins me now in the firehouse studio.
Naomi Wolf. Social critic, feminist, and author of "The Beauty Myth." Her latest book is called "The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot."
There are a lot of benefits that have gone on for groups in Portland that are not very clear about where funds are going, accountability, or what they are working on.
It's a good life if it doesn't kill you
The bill's language hides its true intent
riots in Paris
The purpose of this forest project management is to find effective manager role of poverty through improved forest management, with community participation, specifically, by tribal forest-dependent communities (regions), to assume full responsibility for the development of forest project management. The three main components include: 1) the establishment of an enabling environment for community forest management, by supporting policy, and institutional changes, as well as capacity building, both of the government, community organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. The Government's institutional framework will be strengthened, to allow the implementation of community-based forest management, while project management support will be provided, to include monitoring and evaluation, consulting services and studies, and operational costs; 2) forest management, focused on improving the productivity management duties, manager power and politics, the way for conservation of forest and wildlife and environment and, 3) forest project management, to improve forest model measures for adverse impacts
As you know by now, the dollar is crashing, and cost of food is expected to soar. The reasons for the very high food costs are greater than the manufactured problem with the cost of oil.
Global warming seems mysterious to most of
us. A 1 degree rise in annual global temperature
sounds minuscule, doesn't it....... until you
remember that the oceans are involved ........
... very heavily involved.
The oceans are simply unfathomably immense!
Their mass is actually incomprehensible, being
70% of the earth's surface (310 million cubic miles).
If you could stack water 100 cubic miles long and
100 cubic miles wide, that column would reach
31,000 miles into outer space. That is truly an
astronomical amount of water!
The purpose of this forest project management is to find effective manager role of poverty through improved forest management, with community participation, specifically, by tribal forest-dependent communities (regions), to assume full responsibility for the development of forest project management. The three main components include: 1) the establishment of an enabling environment for community forest management, by supporting policy, and institutional changes, as well as capacity building, both of the government, community organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. The Government's institutional framework will be strengthened, to allow the implementation of community-based forest management, while project management support will be provided, to include monitoring and evaluation, consulting services and studies, and operational costs; 2) forest management, focused on improving the productivity management duties, manager power and politics, the way for conservation of forest and wildlife and environment and, 3) forest project management, to improve forest model measures for adverse impacts.
The recent blockades of Stryker vehicle transport in Olympia, WA was a radicalizing experience.
According to the merchants of information the corporation finds acceptable for the masses, this has been a very bad year for cops. They are being killed in record numbers, despite their hi tech tools, less lethal weapons, and far superior trauma medicine. They do not understand why. Do you?
The assassination of President John Kennedy by the arm of the ruling class known as the CIA on November 22, 1963 accelerated the imperialist war against Vietnam and the destruction of the American economy, just as the 9/11 Inside Job was the excuse to perpetrate war and fascism, also destroying the American economy, all to make the rich richer.
The war is still the number one issue in the 2008 Elections, but even as we work to bring this war to an end, it is essential that the country look at real solutions rather than illusory for-profit "solutions" to our basic problems: the crisis facing an aging working class, poverty, homelessness, the cost of living, low wages, inflation, the recession, and many other issues on a national agenda of things-to-do. The government must take care of seniors and relieve their families, friends and caregivers of the financial burden.
My child and I got screwed as many must have been
The 50th convention of the Oregon AFL-CIO gathered October 8110 in Seaside, Oregon to set the agenda for 2008-09. Every two years, delegates from state locals gather to discuss issues that face working people. Speakers this year included Oregon AFL-CIO president Tom Chamberlain, national president John Sweeney, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, and six-term representative from Ohio, Dennis Kucinich, among others.
It appears Oregon is being specially targeted by the national federation this year as part of a $53 million union dues-funded drive to "educate" people on getting out to vote for the Democrats. The state is in for an onslaught of organized labor like it hasn't seen in a while. As Chamberlain put it, "I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a fight." Unfortunately, this "fight" consists of removing Republican Senator Gordon Smith from office, and replacing him with a "friend of labor" attorney Steve Novick (D) or Oregon Speaker of the House Jeff Merkley (D).
The Bush administration is turning Iraq into a test tube for modern techniques of repression, from sophisticated biometrics that track populations to devastating weapons systems that combine night-vision optics from drone aircraft, heat resonance imaging and deadly firepower from the sky to kill suspected insurgents. The harsh repression surrounding the "surge" has drawn far less U.S. press attention. The grim reality, however, is that an increasingly desperate American military has stepped up its indiscriminate killing and jailing of Iraqis, especially "military-age males" or MAMS.
By firing radioactive ammunition, the U.S., U.K., and Israel may have triggered a nuclear holocaust in the Middle East that, over time, will prove deadlier than the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan.
So much ammunition containing depleted uranium(DU) has been fired, asserts nuclear authority Leuren Moret, "The genetic future of the Iraqi people for the most part, is destroyed."
Pyramid builders are having diffiulty planning a low energy future and building for pedentrian and bicyclist.
Every year in the United States, 300 million turkeys are killed for their flesh. Almost all spend their entire lives on factory farms and have no federal legal protection.
Turkeys raised on factory farms are hatched in large incubators and never see their mothers or feel the warmth of a nest. When they are only a few weeks old, they are moved into filthy, windowless sheds with thousands of other turkeys, where they will spend the rest of their lives. To keep the birds from killing one another in such crowded conditions, parts of the turkeys' toes and beaks are cut off, as are the males' snoods (the flap of skin under the chin). All this is done without any pain relievers—imagine having the skin under your chin chopped off with a pair of scissors. Millions of turkeys don't even make it past the first few weeks of life in a factory farm before succumbing to "starve-out," a stress-induced condition that causes young birds to simply stop eating.
Yet another important milestone toward a surveillance society.
The reality is we are fast approaching a genuine surveillance society in the United States - a dark future where our every move, our every transaction, our every communication is recorded, compiled, and stored away, ready to be examined and used against us by the authorities whenever they want.
For all of you who work so hard to make the world a better place, you have my profound gratitude.
Written by Eva Golinger
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Source: Venezuela Analysis
The United States government has almost perfected a method of intervention that is able to penetrate and infiltrate all sectors of civil society in a country which it deems to be of economic and strategic interest
"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
- Marianne Williamson
An analasys on what has caused the recent spamming of protest websites.
Democratic politicians are perhaps deeply scared of Bush administration, buying property abroad.
What a big heart these mass murderers have!
I have heard claims that Harry "The Butcher of Japan" Truman statrted this Parody of Mercy when he pardoned a turkey in 1947, but there is no evidence that supports this. Others claim the tradition originated when Abraham Lincoln pardoned his son Tad's pet turkey, but I believe that as much as the story of Washington cutting down a cherry tree.
Suggestions for creating a Democratic economy in Cascadia:
I understand the police have been sweeping Old Town to prove how "safe" it is down there for holiday shoppers. This goes along with the increased savagery being demonstrated by the city in their support for the "clean and safe" patrols. They say they are doing it for us. To improve something they call "quality of life" in Portland. I'm not so sure they understand just how stupid this really is.
In late November, North Americans get together to give thanks for what they take in a holday they call "Thanksgiving." It ought to be called "ThanksTAKING" as it is a celebration of the expulsion of millions that cleared the land for all those condos and $1M trophy homes.
Despite the successes the Olympia community has reached these last two weeks there is still much the Olympia anti-war movement in general and PMR in particular have to learn.
A recent article on what "socialist health care" will be like illustrates both the strength of and the weakness of progressive agitation in a period of theoretical crisis
This Thanksgiving I am going to fast instead of feast.
As a society, we in the United States have a lot to learn.
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