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In the midst of all of this pain and misery, the media and the authorities have decided that the central story now is the looting and "lawlessness" that are taking place around the city.
The New Orleans Indymedia center is now back online and offering information on the disaster and updates about the relief efforts.
There was no way to stop Hurricane Katrina, but the chaos, suffering and death that resulted from this storm WAS preventable. Why didn't the government organize massive and systematic evacuation? Why weren't the levees maintained? Why were so many people left to fend for themselves?
why isn't Indymedia setting up topics around Katrina?
This is threshold that we can use to revivalize and renew the culture of resistance and alternatives.
crazy, crazy. Bush thought that funding the Iraq war and tax cuts were more important than funding the Southeast Louisiana Flood control project, which would have improved the levee and pump system in New Orleans. The article says,
"The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain."
Some observations are made about the relevance of US crony capitalism and the breakdown of community and social solidarity in hypercapitalist postmodern America, and the recent devastation sparked by Hurricane Katrina on the Louisiana and Gulf coasts.
The Reverend Pat Robertson, heavyweight mullah of God's Own Party, often invokes hurricanes and other acts of God as evidence of the truth of his damnation of various sinners. Once again, another hurricane strikes just in time to prove the Reverend right -- this time, about President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, whom Pat has issued a fatwa against for being a "dangerous Communist" controlling "a huge pool of oil."
Repent America issued a press release yesterday blaming Hurricane Katrina on the sinful ways of the city of New Orleans.
... Or have a natural disaster fester into civil conflict and race wars!
Need help organizing a protest action to ensure the victims of Hurricane Katrina are rescued and supported.
This repulsive press release was sent out by these lunatics. Please flood them with emails (cc: to the White House) telling them just how unacceptable and unchristian this press release is.
There seems to be an MO for how this White House handles urban crises: let the place descend into chaos and anarchy and only then go in. Could there be method to this madness?
"The river rose all day,
The river rose all night.
Some people got lost in the flood,
Some people got away all right.
The river have busted through clear down to Plaquemine:
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline.
They're trying to wash us away,
They're trying to wash us away."
-- Randy Newman, Louisiana 1927
Craigslist is being used by people all over the US to offer help to refugees of Hurricane Katrina. Maybe you can offer help too. Check it out!
god, they are so devious. This is real. International troop cohorts in the USA authorized as the mobilized groups for martial law in Katrina aras by "our" Pentagon.
" The [neocon] Federal Emergency Management Agency asked the [neocon] Pentagon to activate its [neocon INVENTED] U.S. Northern Command's JOINT TASK FORCE in case troops were needed... We're gonna be reinventing New Orleans," said Bill Lokey, regional director of FEMA. [It's easier to do that once we have destroyed it, you see.]" The attempt to crumble the Posse Commutatus cookie has an internationalist feel...
The view Bush had if he really did look.
Stories from times spent in and around New Orleans with a science twist.
If Bush hadn't sent everyone off to war and blown the budget on the military, there'd have been stronger dykes in New Orleans and more troops and equipment to help with the rescue effort.
The great lie that is the war on terrorism has just taken a very serious blow. A category 5 hurricane named Katrina.
Now we know why the Commander-in-Thief is rushing back to DC from his 5 week vacation...damage control.
Hurricane "Katrina" hit the central Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, causing devastation. When the Army Corps of Engineers had asked for additional funding to protect the New Orleans region from flooding, the Bush-Cheney Gang said, "No!" Meanwhile, the Neocon-inspired Iraqi War continues to waste hundreds of billions of dollars of our nation's resources. Isn't it time for the American people to wake-up and take action to restore the Republic?
Some observations about the disastrous storm.
Not like more evidence is needed as to how racist, sexist, classist, and sexualist the corporate media is, but these AP, Reuters, and AFP photos attribute "looting" flooded grocery stores to non-white people, while white people miraculously "find" whole lots of cool stuff at flooded grocery stores. Go figure.
The great lie that is the war on terrorism has just taken a very serious blow. A category 5 hurricane named Katrina.
Some comments on recent events in New Orleans from an anarchist perspective.
Those left behind fend for themselves
Fuck the GAP! Fuck the fat-ass tourists! Finally some of that $$ going to local people who can use it.
Was Hurricane Katrina Contrived Via Scalar Manipulation? Was it Created as a Distraction? Before you write the idea off as insane, read this......
Islamic Relief Initiates Urgent Appeal for Victims of Hurricane Katrina Disaster
Responding to the worst storm in the southern United States in thirty years, Islamic Relief has initiated an appeal to help the victims of the floods caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Islamic Relief USA
1919 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
Tax ID#: 95-4453134
OK, I'll say it. I know you are thinking it like I am.
HAARP anyone? --- Bankrupt Venezuela? --- convenient federal FEMA militarization while Louisiana National Guard in Iraq?
Katrina has gone from Cat 1 to Cat 5 in days. It was even briefly downgraded lower than Cat 1 to a tropical storm as it left South Florida! Meterologists admit mystification--or feign mystification--at it. Now, devastation from Katrina is to be around 500x worse than the damage delivered to South Florida. A Category 5 hurricane does not cause five times as much damage as a Category 1. It causes 500 to 1,000 times the damage, hurricane scientists say, because the power of a storm increases exponentially as wind speeds grow.
In 1976 there was a U.N. Treaty, which Nations signed, promising not to affect each other using weather warfare. So...in other words, the technology was available then...to at least some degree.
Oil is now over $70 per barrel and rising. So how does this screw Venezuela?
If those 100,000 New Orleans poor are in fact concentrated in the Superdome and disaster then strikes, it will be the single biggest massacre of the poor since the real-life Vlad the Impaler (the Count Dracula of fiction) invited the poor men, women and children of his land (Transylvania) to dine in a building - and then set the building on fire to murder them all. And that would all be in typical character for the Dajjal Bush, who bicycled around his ranch in the days following last December's Asian tsunami disaster.
see article--it's short
IN THIS UPDATE:
* Fisher Fire "Salvage" Logging Begins
* "Funk for the Forests," Benefit, June 17th at Luckey's Tavern
* Meet a Mustang, June 4; Update on Wild Horse Legislation
* Eugene City Council Votes to Safeguard McKenzie Forests
* Westside Project (Medford BLM) Needs Your Comments
An excellent article that brings together facts and interesting details of which I wasn't aware. Lengthy but well worth the effort. — P.E.
To offer a clear portrait of how "regulated resistance" works within the "Left" or "progressive" media, consider their steadfast refusal to report on or organize around two of the most important incidents in modern American history as pertains to our present situation—possible US government involvement in 9/11, and the relationship between the Bush family and the Nazi regime in Germany.
Griffin did end up writing a lengthy response to Berlet's misleading critique, but the damage had already been done. Goodman never really inquired beyond the "straw man" arguments Berlet kept pounding, and no other "Left" media outlet with the audience of Democracy NOW! has touched the story since.
It is important to note that Democracy NOW! was awarded a $75,000 Ford Foundation grant in 2002 "to continue incorporating the aftermath of the September 11th attack into future broadcasts," and received a further $150,000 from Ford in 2004.
Last February United for Peace and Justice, the largest representative coalition within the American "anti-war movement", emerged from their second annual Assembly with a 2005 "action plan" that effectively caged the "anti-war" debate exclusively within the Iraq conflict to achieve partisan ends on behalf of the pro-war Democratic Party and their Neoliberal corporate benefactors. Their "action plan" refused to address any of the core issues of US Foreign and Defense policy, which are the root causes of a pervading culture of war and militarism that has taken over the nation in the years since WWII.
The Democratic Party's present collaboration with the Bush Iraq policies is not only immoral but threatens to tear apart the alliance built with antiwar Democrats, Greens, and independents in 2004. The vast majority of these voters returned to the Democratic Party after their disastrous decision to vote for Ralph Nader four years before.
Volunteers are still needed for this week's Earth Day event. We offer the best benefits for Earth Day volunteers including free food, free massages and more music than you can handle in one day...
Hellos to All!
Less than 10 days to go before Earth Day and we still need your help! The big event is Saturday, April 23 from 10 AM to 10 PM at Sunnyside Environmental School (SE 34th Ave and Yamhill). Volunteers are needed as early as today! Please see below for all the volunteer opportunities that are available.
To all organizations: Our booth list is full and we are encouraging any organizations that have not signed up for a table to connect with another organization that has already registered to share a table. Please email Bridget at bridges [at] easystreet.com for more information.
According to this week's Earth Day meeting, "We are larger than a block party" and have 3 streets closed off around Sunnyside Environmental School. Three stages for music and fun, kid's village, lots and lots of community organizations and of course, YOU!
bob and katrina
program coordinator and volunteer coordinator
the city repair project
Part I ( http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/020905Drolette/020905drolette.html) compared Bush administration actions to the first seven of fourteen "basic characteristics" Laurence W. Britt claims (in his article "Fascism Anyone?") typify fascistic regimes. Here's a similar look at the list's back end:
Some words from Cannonfire, who is also following the recount. This is concerning the letter from the recount worker/activist. The one that claims she was run off the road and followed. If you haven't seen the movie Silkwood, there is more info below.
The following has been received in email. The names were included at the express authorization of the senders.
"Ah, that anti-Nader crowd sure has a lot to be proud of. Especially when they now rally us around all the important issues that they chose to abandon in the various strategies for anybody but the truth."
For those of you who are unfamiliar with "Latte Liberals"; a Latte Liberal can be found just below a Limousine Liberal and just above a Kerry Klod on the Vomitometer. All three currently compose the larger group of people called "Kerry Kowards" who are miserably salacious miscreants and myopic, heart-sickening horrors to all who are unfortunate to encounter them.
Business Week cover story on Wal-Martization and downward mobility in the US economy
This is just like what happened at an earlier press conference where Bush told a reporter he couldn't answer his question because the conference was scripted.
DOWN WITH THE ENVIRO-KILLER CORPORATE STATE. Up with local democracy making decisions.
"We believe this is the most crucial moment in the ten-year history of the anti-GE foods movement."
Activists, farmers, and concerned consumers across the U.S. and the world have been inspired and energized by the historic vote in Mendocino County California on March 2, 2004 that banned the production of genetically engineered crops and animals. Mendocino is the first of 3300 counties in the U.S to implement such a ban. Mendocino residents voted for the GE ban despite massive spending by the biotech industry ($700,000) and a non-stop barrage of misleading advertising and disinformation. As Allan Noe, vice-president of CropLife America, a front group representing Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta stated, "We don't want to see this pick up any steam....'
However, that is just what is happening. NINE OTHER California counties are considering similar measures. Now the Mendocino ban and future similar bans are under heavy attack: the Farm Bureau and the biotech lobby are spearheading an effort to introduce a bill in the California Senate that will nullify the Mendocino GMO ban and make it illegal for other California counties to pass similar laws.
SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP, if you can, please. We need your help to spread the word, organize city or county GE bans in your local area, and, most of all, we need donations to finance this crucial campaign in the next 30 days. Please pass this message on to others at least.
War. Here are two excellent poems about "War Boardumb". The first is from the soldiers point of view the second is from the journalist. Inbetween we watch a progression of quotes spliced with George W. Bush famed speeches. Is it just me, or do people wonder why he hasn't fired his speech writers? It occurs to me that he knows that people need to feel superior to him or appreciate the fact that he is as dumb as they are...I digress, howver. I will provide links later. I road my bike all day and dumpsterdived all night. Recycle! Resist!
This controversial and arresting film takes you behind the walls of government, as CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts speak out, many for the first time, detailing the lies, misstatements and exaggerations that served as the reasons to fight a "preemptive" war that wasn't necessary. This documentary offers an in-depth look at the unsettling distortion of intelligence and the "spin and hype" presented to the American people, the Congress and the press. Fighting wars to bring about regime change is in breach of international law. Yet, throughout the fall of 2002, and into the weeks preceding the war in Iraq, the Bush administration systematically distorted intelligence evidence and misled the public in order to turn opinion favor of "regime change" in Iraq.
Enthusiastic support for front-running Democratic presidential contenders Wesley Clark and Howard Dean from liberals and some progressives reveals the dismal state of oppositional politics in America.
Repost from Mar 2002 - Left Denial on 9/11
The Relentless Determination of those Volunteers from the Animal and Earth Liberation Fronts Continue into the New Year!!! What follows are some highlights of actions and information taken from various websites.
Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to House and Senate Candidates 2002 Cycle and Previous Career Total -(PCT)- 1978 through December 31, 2001
More pseudo-progressives get outed. This time The Nation magazine
why they believe the government - left denial on 9/11
This is an excellent article by August West on Leftist denial about 9-11 which I am reposting. And it raises a most fundamental and pressing question of why all you progressives accept the Official USA Government version of events.
NEWS ON D.C. PROTESTS
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2001 12:27:49 -0700
This article is a reprint from this link:
Anti-War Protests Underway in D.C.