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In 1992 electricity began to be viewed less as an essential service and more as a commodity when deregulation was enacted with the passage of the Energy Policy Act. Previously, public and investor owned utilities controlled power generation, transmission and distribution within a set region. The Energy Policy Act, however, allowed for the trading of electricity over wide geographic areas, known as long distance "wheeling", to the highest bidder. The promise of deregulation was that competition in a free market would keep electric rates low.
Ironically, decentralizing may be forced by the consequences of energy deregulation and the free market theory so dependent upon centralization.
Before you vote for Barack Obama you should read all about his record.
Al momento de redactar estas líneas, continúan realizándose esfuerzos tendientes a retomar el tema del intercambio humanitario y superar el peligroso momento generado con la masacre de Raúl Reyes y sus compañeros. Entre otras acciones, el ex congresista Luis Eladio Pérez, uno de los recientemente liberados, ha presentado un programa concreto al gobierno francés así como a los de Venezuela y Colombia
On March 27, the U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia reaffirmed the frame-up conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther Party spokesman and world-renowned radical journalist who has been locked up on Pennsylvania's death row for more than a quarter century. After previously rejecting Mumia's request to present evidence of his innocence, as well as a host of issues showing that he was railroaded by a racist court, the Court turned down Mumia's request for a new trial. It upheld the 2001 ruling by a federal district judge that ordered a new hearing on the sentence, but limited the "choice" to the living hell of life imprisonment without parole ... or execution. Mumia is innocent. He was declared guilty and sentenced to die because of his revolutionary politics and because for years he had been a thorn in the side of the racist rulers of the misnamed "city of brotherly love." Around the world, millions have come out in defense of Jamal. This latest ruling, like all those that preceded it, shows that the exploited and oppressed must have no faith in the racist injustice system. We call on the workers movement to mobilize its power to free Mumia now!
A belated photo essay about the March 15th parade, march and or party.
Can you pass the Arrianna SMELL TEST these days? Your trial shall commence shortly...
The supposed financial guru, Alan Greenspan, was nominated to head the Federal Reserve, in 1987, by that union-bashing dunce, President Ronald Reagan. At his confirmation hearing, the late Sen. William Proxmire (D-WI), exposed the fact that Greenspan's economic forecasting record was "dismal" and "wrong" most of the time. In his book: "Greenspan's Bubbles," William A. Fleckenstein proves Sen. Proxmire's instincts were prophetic.
In this post 9/11 environment, radical environmentalists have been labeled terrorists by the federal government. Does this label fit the crime in these cases? Does destruction of private property equal terrorism?
Commentary on the KBOO am news for Friday, March 28th, 2008.
What drove me to write this and you to read?
I wrote in "The Two Americas" that there are actually two Americas; the beast, the imperial machine that culturally, economically and militarily dominates Earth-and the America the beast and it's minions have been steadfastly trying to kill... even as they use OUR America as a disguise, a foil, to commit all the atrocities that have been attributed to the United States.
The United States government stems from the Constitution that was created in 1787. The Constitution was NOT the first governing document of the United States-that honor goes to the Article of Confederation. The first government of America was a Confederacy; each state having nearly all the attributes of independent nations save for a Congress, a President, and a Navy. Needless to say that government was very constricted.
Those that came up with our Constitution were known as Federalists; they were the wealthiest, most educated of early Americans, and being "elite" they did not like the Articles restricting their power.
"The U.S. government assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms whose names appear on the list."
Why We Resist The 2010 Winter Olympics
The victory in Cuito Cuanavale made the dreams of the father of the Angolan homeland, Agostinho Neto, come true, Cuban Major General Leopoldo Cintras Frias said here on Saturday.
As some of us have heard, the Oregon National Guard is planning on deploying up to 3500 soldiers to Iraq in mid-2009. But this last December the Iraqi government said "thanks but no thanks." Here's the documentation from the U.N. Please pass it on to military folks.
Commentary of the KBOO am news for Tuesday, March 25th, 2008.
How would you feel if that raving Neocon Jonah Goldberg praised you? Well, this is the position that lapsed liberal David Mamet, a knee jerk supporter of Israel, is in. Mamet endorsed a "Free Market" system and bashed NPR, as "National Palestinian Radio." In a rant for the Village Voice he explains his conversion to Conservatism and underscores how government should "get out of the way." Goldberg lionized him for rejecting "the pieties of the Left."
Being an activist is a hard, relatively thankless, generally unpaid
job. There are some really wonderful people who are going to be
offended by this essay, and I apologize in advance if you're one of
them, but what I say here had to be said. We're all hopefully trying
to make the world a better place, and sometimes that means having
open disagreements. I welcome any and all feedback, public or
private, and of course feel free to post and distribute this essay
wherever you see fit.
"Dental schools are trying to stay operational [but] the security and social conditions have forced many students to quit," he said. "The needs are less financial, but more organisational."
A breakthru Easter message!
Once Congress gives Telecom Industry "Retroactive Immunity" what happens to NSA's millions of illegally collected emails, faxes and phone call information that belong to U.S. Citizens?
since we've just had another rash of "bad cop" incidents over the past
few days of legitimate protest, and especially a real "bad actor" by the name of Sgt. Fender has been written about below at length, I came across this exceptionally well written article by Wanda M. Woodward that will be most insightful in getting to the heart of the matter as to what is going on with the psyche's of these "bad actor oPiggies"
So read it and you too shall become just as enlightened!
BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine
Patriarchal Things That Made Me Sad About Thursday's Protest
His speech of 18 March 2008 should not be overlooked.
I've decided to only get online to check my e-mail or once-in-a-long-while get some necessary information. But no more surfing or wasting time.
A shout out to all the students who walked out to protest the war! You were truly inspirational -- I felt like hugging all of you to show my tremendous appreciation and respect! Yes, it's great to see young kids finally take an open, courageous and outrageous stand against the war. Here are some of the many color photos that I documented as an eye witness and participant.
2 citations, 2 arrests. About 15-20 supporters.
I'm fucking pissed try doing a google search for free drug rehab. I have a friend who is addicted to prescription narcotics. This friend has been on them for years, and I honestly think this person will probably over dose and die if they stay on the drugs and continue drinking on top of the drugs. So i decided to look in to rehab for this person and what do you know the first hit you get is Narconon.Now your probably asking what is Narconon? Narconon is subsidiary of the church Scientology
The following leaflet, originally published on July 15, 2007, has been edited for political and grammatical clarity. Seattle Anti-Imperialist Committee members and supporters will distribute it tomorrow at the G.I. rights rally outside Ft. Lewis (see below for time/location).
En la madrugada del 1? de marzo, aviones de guerra de la Fuerza A?rea colombiana lanzaron un ataque contra un campamento de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) ubicado dentro de territorio ecuatoriano. El prop?sito: asesinar al principal portavoz de las FARC para el exterior, Ra?l Reyes. Las huellas digitales del imperialismo norteamericano se ven claramente en este macabro incidente. Ante semejante crimen, la respuesta debe consistir en movilizar a los trabajadores en una lucha de clase contra el imperialismo y a sus aliados criollos. En lugar de esto, el grueso de la izquierda latinoamericana se pone a la cola de los estados burgueses de Ecuador y Venezuela, buscando presionarles para que inicien una guerra contra Colombia. No obstante las muchas diferencias pol?ticas que tenemos con las fuerzas guerrilleras de Colombia, que luchan por una "reconciliaci?n" con sectores de la clase dominante, los trotskistas estamos de su lado en la guerra civil contra el estado capitalista. Pero insistimos que la guerrilla no es el camino a la revoluci?n socialista que debe ser dirigida por la clase obrera a la cabeza de las empobrecidas masas rurales y urbanas.
with the latest rash of boorish thug behavior by certain "rogue elements" of the PDX PPB
over the past few days of legitimate protesting, and the fact they have NOT been neutralized
by the so-called "management" at City Hall or PPB, one is left to wonder if indeed there is a
definite plan afoot to allow these rogues to form the central core of a PPB THUG CASTE?
With antiwar-activists being arrested and then renditioned out of the country
as being reported at below link, one is left to ponder Portland PPB's role in all
of this mean-spirited skullduggery and whether or not we--as decent citizens
who abhor such behavior--can wrest back control from an out-of-control band
of idiots and force Potter, Rosie Sizer and the other erstwhile so-called "managers"
of this band of loose-cannon idiots to do their jobs and rein in this poor whitetrashy
element within PPB? Let us become fully aware of what is happening and then rise
up and hector Potter, et al into doing our bidding...
What can we do to spice up PDX protests?
Cheney's on the move, fishing for war
Attended 2 local events against the Iraq War
In the light of these news reports, which are increasing by the hour, was Cheney's a victorious trip or not?
Thanks a lot, Portland Indy!
A letter to the Eugene Register-Guard
Thanks to all who came and gave your awesome support.
Commentary on the KBOO am news for Tuesday, March 18th, 2008.
Ever wonder what "faith-based initiative" really means to the people its supposedly meant to help?
Commentary on the KBOO am news for Monday, March 17th, 2008.
The FBI has always been the second worst domestic terrorist organization operating in the United States, second only to the CIA which operates a number of international terrorist training camps around the world.
The FBI works hand-in-hand with organized crime syndicates such as the Church of Scientology, and the CIA's history of being the single largest purchaser of cocaine in the world underscores the fact that the citizens of the world aren't even minimally being "served" or "protested" by our supposed law enforcement elites. Rather the FBI and the CIA serve solely to commit crimes against citizens for the financial benefit of corporations.
AT&T, Verizon, all the other telephone carrier companies which have committed treason against the United States continue to do so with immunity, and the FBI's crimes against us rank even worse than supposed "terrorists" that are allegedly trying to kill us all.
Ask yourself who has destroyed the supposedly inviolate ideals and laws of the United States: The Bush regime or vague Islamic extremists.
My opinions only and only my opinions.
*** Rachel Corrie ***
"Iraq, some experts say, is no longer a young war."
Saturdays rally filled me with hope. Two words "Young People"
After months of disappointment when clicking on article thumbnail images and getting negative returns, instead of a larger version .jpg file, it appears that _as of now_ that feature is back up. Hope it stays fixed !
On the 5th anniversary (March 16, 2008) of Rachel Corrie's supreme self-sacrifice to stand up to tyranny on behalf of a beleaguered peoples.
BTL: Bush Vetoes Torture Bill; Winter Soldier Hearings; Nader VP Running Mate
The U.S. corporate media may not even mention it, but Iraq Veterans Against The War is making history this weekend with a "Winter Soldier" truth-telling event, and you can listen to or watch it live online or hear it on Pacifica radio.
Free speech is not a license for intimidation tactics. When a "troll" crosses the line from being vicious and unpleasant to threatening personal safety do not hesitate to take legal action.
You have to hear this audio file for yourself to understand what is happened in New York State.
When I heard about the carlyle group was in trouble I chuckled knowing that bushco and his family are losing the shirts from the fall out of the stock market.
Greetings to Portland! A leaflet that SAIC has been using to mobilize with for the anti-war events of the coming week. See you in the streets!
I know that marching is a useless and sill tactic however
The latest anti-war leaflet from SAIC. Conscious support for the masses of Iraqi people; the elections offer no solutions; developing the politics of mass struggle.
I see that Oregonians for Ron Paul has endorsed the Peace March. Good for them, but I hope they keep their right-wing agenda far, far, away...
Commentary on the KBOO am news for Wednesday, March 12th, 2008.
It has been an interesting turn of events and the republican nazi machine has been real busy repeating the story over an over about the New York State Governor getting caught up in a Prostitution Sting.
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