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--above the Fair Elections Now Act, which would cut corporations out of the election and legislative processes.
Anti abortion ad at the Superbowl.
Lets boycott the game.
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Two quotes from the 2009 book explaining the problem and two offering a solution:
In This Parody of Too Late to Apologize, Soomo Publishing took the Liberty to make a Bold Staement about Today.
When Our Music, Entertainment Communities, and Your Average, Everyday Americans begin to Voice the Truths We are All Missing, the Corruption This Nation has bred Will Succumb.
Obama's advisors have a personal stake in the rail business.
The possibility of yet another U.S. war became more real last week, when the Obama administration sharply confronted both China and Iran. The first aggressive act was performed by Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who "warned" China that it must support serious economic sanctions against Iran (an act of war).
Clinton said: "China will be under a lot of pressure to recognize the destabilizing effect that a nuclear-armed Iran would have, from which they receive a significant percentage of their oil supply."
The implication here is that China will be cut off from a major energy source if they do not support U.S. foreign policy — this, too, would equal an act of war.
Why was Aaron M. Campbell shot in the back, apparently while he was unarmed, by Portland Police last Friday?
Haiti quake destruction lands smack dab in the middle of a burgeoning Socialist oil belt on the US's doorstep. See map.
I read an interesting column by Johm Dilorenzo about Universal Health Care in Oregon paid for by a constitutionally limited sales tax to go exclusively to cover all residents of Oregon.
How 'bout them speech-writers, eh?
It seems that the death of Daniel Shaull has been high jacked by the Animal Rights Movement. He has been eulogized, practically canonized and already immortalized by some AR activists, all within hours of his death in front of Ungar Furs in Portland, Oregon. Other AR activists who find it best to distance themselves from Shaull's death state their position just as firmly. In the meantime, both sides are at war on the Internet. Should a moratorium on this discussion be self imposed until all facts are in?
a intimidade obscena que une Lula, Marighella e Stédille
In memory of brother Daniel, who took his life "as lovers often do":
Black Heritage Week, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his concepts of non-violence and equality.
Oregon headed in the right direction? I sure hope so.
The Animal rights movement figured out that if they attack individuals rather then ideas they can scare them in to doing what they want, but the rest of the left will never use these tactics because they go against the dead ideals of the 1960s civil rights movement.
Some important flaws in the ideology of animal rights bear attention, with a view towards better serving the long range goals and principles that people who espouse this ideology presumably can agree on with others: more humane, ethical, and ecologically sound human behavior towards other animal and plant species.
What is Torture? It can be physical or physchological, quick or unhurried. It implies lasting trauma unbefitting a human. The U.N. defines torture as:
" ...any act by which severe pain or suffering, physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession... " (U.N. Convention Against Torture).
By this definition the U.S. continues to practice torture. Yes, Obama outlawed some especially shocking forms of torture — water boarding, for example — but other types of torture were not labeled "torture" and thus continue.
Budget shortfalls, student ratios, and teachers' contract disputes hamper institutions' ability to educate students
Over a period of eight months, I wrote about my experiences: the people I met, the lessons they taught me, and the personal struggles I faced while making this documentary. The following clip is a personal narrative read from the diary I kept while filming in Portland, Oregon.
Once again, Portland Indy Media gets it correct and gets it first. Too bad The Oregonian can't seem to get anything accurate these days.
The Democrats look around, blindly, after losing their long-held Senate seat in Massachusetts, and with it their Senate super-majority. They wrongly blame the voters, or their "populist" opponent, but rarely themselves. The Democrats' claim to be "shocked," but this scenario is now too familiar in the U.S. two-party system — that corporate-owned game of political musical chairs.
Just when it seemed that the Democrats could finally "do something" — since they had a year of super-majority status in the Senate — a wrench was somehow thrown in the machinery.
It is not mere coincidence the word authority takes command from the word author, or a group of authors acting as a united force. Both words are coequal and stem from the idea that some form of egotistic persuasion has come to dominate or rule. This authoritarian reality is true irrespective of whether people put their faith in law, religion, articulated ideology, or any other form of persuasive power. Yet there is little doubt that the most effective form of authority, if believed, is that which speaks fore an endgame result of lasting spiritual finality—namely those clerics, that is how their personalities, claim to speak for an ultimate power of religion, and the ego-will of God, Yahweh or Allah. What mere mortal can stand up to what Hobbes has described as the Leviathan or the iron-fisted state?
Whether or not you buy into the whole war on terrorism, it is being used to launch wars of aggression and further expand the American empire. It is also very much intertwined with the whole process of deep North American integration and plans for a continental security perimeter.
"What happened to my post, you fucking assholes! You censored me! You've become the thing you said you were against! You're censors! I will never post here on this board again!"
Yep. It's that time again. Every now and then, we get a spate of nasty emails from people who don't seem to understand what Portland indymedia is all about, or how it works. When that happens, it's helpful to go over Portland IMC editorial policies, and remind everyone that you are talking to people who have given of their own time and resources to provide you and this community with this newswire. (No, not a board, not a blog, a newswire.) Rude, nasty, demanding diatribes reeking of a sense of entitlement to post whatever on earth you want to, are inappropriate. Here's why.
According to some politician in South Carolina people receiving food stamps are like stray dogs. You feed them, and they breed. He then attempted to clarify his remarks by saying that he was talking about welfare recipients in what he called 'the good times'. Why is it that when people respond to this matter, no one ever tells the simple truth?
The January 12 earthquake in Haiti that devastated the capital city, leaving well over 100,000 dead and a million homeless, was one of the worst geological calamities of modern times. The earthquake was a natural disaster, but the horrendous death toll and monumental destruction were caused by capitalism and imperialism. Now the human suffering has been enormously compounded by to the militarization of the relief effort and reoccupation of Haiti by the United States. More than a dozen flights by aid groups, carrying rescue squads, tons of medical supplies and entire field hospitals, were refused permission to land at the Port-au-Prince airport by U.S. military air controllers who are now in charge. Food was already stocked in warehouses, but agencies refused to distribute it for fear of "riots." The media blitz is a propaganda war to embellish the image of U.S. imperialism. This phony humanitarianism are being used to disguise a new U.S. occupation of Haiti. We demand an end to the imperialist occupation, U.S./U.N. forces get out of Haiti and stop blocking entry of Haitian refugees.
Oregon may soon be responsible for the most glaring and glorious case of a people's class-warfare victory in quite some time.
This week at BURN it's all about rights.
When the major search engines directly assist the assassins of the fbi/cia in the censure of reports, however slight be the search engine's intel role, free speach is thwarted under the chilling effect that Google (et al) impose.
The evolution of the company union in the U.S. is a history of both labor's progress and its missteps. It is a story that, at bottom, speaks to the battle of workers to find an independent, powerful presence on the job — and to push this clout into the community to help shape the broader public realm.
Unions came into existence organically wherever capitalism developed. As soon as workers were brought together by a small number of employers and compelled to make profits for them, the employees naturally sought to defend themselves. A living wage and decent working conditions failed to emerge through the good will of the employers, unfortunately, so workers took matters into their own hands.
This decision appears a hollow victory for the american corporation.
Any way the courts seems to show themselves and the political party's
as honest ideologist at best and corporate whores or puppets at worst.
A little critical thinking can go a long way.
U.S. Focus on Military Force Hinders Arrival of Haitian Quake Aid
Interview with Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, interview conducted by Scott Harris
I know death is a scary and upsetting subject for most people. Emotions run high and people get confused about things. Especially under such strange and disturbing circumstances as the recent self immolation.
You almost have to wonder ... did the Dems throw the Massachusetts Senate race on purpose?
People of different races, cultures and religions walked to represent Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of non-violent change for equality for all.
In effort to improve our own lives it is important not to lose sight of the interconnectedness of people and all things.
Here is the leaflet distributed by comrades of the Seattle Anti-Imperialist Committee at the annual Martin Luther King Day march and rally in Seattle.
We live in a time of contradictions. The peace prize offered up for perpetual war. Peace is seen as the necessary war. An economy destroys poor people because of a free-market banking system. The bailout is deemed necessary, while your local coffee shops get thousands of applications for employment. Strange words that mean little or nothing: Recession, Economy. So your family can get back to work. I see the houseless lineup on skid-row, all fresh faces for the bureaucracy of care. The stimulus plan is the work that we can do for ourselves in the underground. As the violence rises, can we save the world? Why not reclaim the world? Reclaim the buildings, houses, the vacant-lots. We can lock the banks out. Make the banks pay our rent. Re-occupy what they seek to refuse to you: your home, your life, you livelihood. Don't just let these things go! Don't just abandon foreclosures. Society does not have to waste away like an abandoned house. Hold strong to your foundation.
James Earl Ray was a PATSY all the way
Today when we celebrate the legacy of an American hero and the importance of human rights, we can also remember someone close to him who made another compassionate choice.
Top Obama Czar Cass Sunstein
Infiltrate all 'conspiracy theorists'
Is the healthcare bill now worth the passing?
Should some things be intolerable, should some things happen only over our dead bodies?
A song about the Olympic Games?
Few Americans dispute the fact we live in a country which savors freedoms and liberties. Often taken for granted, we have so many choices. We can conversate with who we choose and when. We communicate online with whomever we wish barring few exceptions. We can send mail to almost anyone. We can hear from any and all political parties during presidential elections - given they're Democrat or Republican.
It's no exaggeration to say that President Obama was the Democrats' last chance to maintain some level of political legitimacy in the eyes of working class Americans. Now, after a year of solid pro-corporate policies, it's obvious Obama has failed; and with him the Democratic Party.
It's here! Author Charles R. Morris calls it: "The greatest credit bubble in history!" He insists that the "writedowns and defaults" of credit devices will "come out about $1 trillion." Problem: President George W. Bush, Jr. is in denial about the crisis. Like that amiable dunce, President Ronald Reagan, he contributed to this horrible mess by turning the country over to the Vulture Capitalists and also by launching the Iraq War with its price tag of $3 trillion!
Unfortunately, 2009 proved for many big-city tenants that the golden rule was promiscuously traded for gold. Why would 2010 be any different?
Some proponents of a continental security zone believe that it is the best way to secure North America, but at the same time falsely claim that this could be done with respect to each nation's sovereignty. We are well on the way towards a North American security perimeter where trade and investment will be able to roam freely, while we are all forced to endure new security practices dominated by U.S. interests.
Americans are being bombarded by propaganda. Don't let 5 or 6 mega-corporations decide what is news for you! Here are some questions you might ask yourself:
We urgently need your help to stop the Texas state Board of Education from erasing Cesar Chavez and all Hispanic historical figures from public school text books. Since Texas is such a major textbook purchaser, such a move could have a nationwide impact.
Homeless womyn are targets walking around out there, and they feel as such. I have personally met several womyn who have terrible stories of what happens to womyn living on the streets.
Class warfare you say?! In the words of one recent famous American reactionary sod, I say, with all the passion I can muster, "Bring it on!"
I just had an epiphany. Many years of observing trolls on IMC have short of culminated in this explanation as to why people aren't responding to anything. Even the government itself publicly uses this technique to lambast issues. What technique is that? Shaming.
who killed oscar grant?
As a result of a plea deal, Baltimore's Mayor Sheila Dixon will leave office, on Feb. 4, 2010. She was recently found guilty of stealing $530 worth of gift cards intended "for the poor." Before the ink was dry on the agreement, however, Dixon's ex-crony, the former mayor, and now Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley, was pretending that she no longer existed. Appropriately, the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said, "Hell is other people."
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