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The cover is marking the 4th of July (Strike One against the paper for celebrating imperial jingoism) and features a young man and a young woman in RedWhite&Blue swimming suits posed so that it looks like the man is -- to use street parlance -- about to mount her doggie-style. (Please read that entire last clause in 'scare quotes'.) This is Strike Two, of course.
I've got nothing against any particular sexual position that is enjoyed between consenting adults. Hell, I enjoy as many as I can. However, the graphical representation of such in our society has an undeniably deleterious effect on women. AND men, actually, as Patriarchy makes life miserable for everyone, but the near constant degradation of women in the media, on the street, through laws, and in schools and at jobs -- not a complete list -- is a syndrome that demands attention of its own.
Every year people die from heat. Summer heat can be a killer if you do not understand the ways of the sun. There are things you should know about heat and health. For instance, waiting until you are thirsty is not a way to gauge dehydration. Waiting until your skin is pink is not a way to gauge whether you are getting sunburned. It is considerably hotter (up to 30 degrees hotter) at ground level, than if you are sitting up a foot off the ground... [ read more ]
NW Heat Wave: Sunburn Remedies
As a fair-skinned, red-headed kid growing up in Los Angeles and Baja, sunburn was a regular part of my childhood. Chemical sprays were not effective and mainstream America was ignorant of aloe's properties. Once back in L.A., after a week in San Felipe, I had bright red burning skin and a sun blister on my eye which made it hard to close. A family friend suggested I smear pickle juice on my skin and hold a pickle on the blister. Desperate, I did it. Immediately, my skin stopped stinging and the blister went down. I stank but I was no longer hurting. [ read more ]
I used to run a company that taught 1000's of Portlanders to stop smoking using a combination of powerful techniques based on rational emotive therapy and cognitive restructuring. I myself used this program 15 years ago to deal with my own 20-year addiction to nicotine. The program used to be offered through every major medical center here in Portland and was known by the names BreatheFree and/or ASPIRE.
Unfortunately we closed in 1998 when the government allowed the pharmaceutical companies to sell nicotine patches and gum as a treatment for nicotine addiction. This makes about as much sense as treating heroin addiction with heroin gum or patches.
The self described 'one hit wonder anarchist rock star' Rob 'Los Ricos' Thaxton wasn't always a rebellious 'rock star', or an anarcho-activist, or a "punk" political prisoner. There was a time, not that long ago, when he was just another chavo chicano growing up in some forgotten field town called Pampa, Texas, Watching rebels, reformists, rioters, racketeers, and real rock stars tap dance across his tv screen. But while changing channels, culture, capitalism, corporatization, and the clarion call of chaos came crashing down in the form of the radicalizing revelations of the terroristic Tet Offensive; the political proclamation 'No Vietnamese ever called me nigger' of black (power) boxing champ Muhammad Ali; and finally, the seditious inspiration of the women fighters of the radical Weather underground who seized his catholic grade school for two years when he was a child. By the righteous (r)age of twelve, Rob began to work with various revolutionary organizations, and eventually left Pampa for the streets of Dallas, Texas, where he joined CISPES (the Committee in solidarity with the People of El Salvador), worked with ACT UP, and KNON-FM, a peoples (Pirate) radio station, where he served as program director.
The bridge spanning I-5 just outside the entrance to Ft. Lewis was crowded with Lt. Watada supporters. I am not sure how many people were there but the bridge was packed and people spilled out onto the grassy area near the base. With signs, banners and doves, they waved to the people in cars.
A steady stream of people leaving the base seemed mostly indifferent, but a few waved their agreement with the pro-peace crowd and a handful registered their opposition. However, after a short time, no more cars left the base, suggesting they may have left at another exit. A few state troopers and local police had a light presence and mostly ensure that traffic flowed and people did not wander down the entrance to I-5.
Ralphs and Bayview Thriftways owner Kevin Storeman has decided (based on his own moral standards) that the pharmacy located at Ralph's Thriftway on the Eastside of Olympia will not carry the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B. Local activists have organized a pickett line to take place Wednesday 6/28, Thursday 6/29, Friday 6/30, and Sunday 7/2 from 5pm - 7pm. There will be sign making supplies at the pickett line and plenty of free thinking individuals to support the protection of health care for all women in this day and age. It's 2006! Let's show Mr. Storeman how his decision affects our community.
Community to rally against NAZi presence in town, with aims of building movement for racial, economic, and social justice Olympia, WA -- On Monday, July 3rd 2006 in Olympia, concerned community members from the surrounding Puget Sound region will be rallying to oppose the presence of a neo-Nazi group called the National Socialist Movement in our community. The rally will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Fountain on the capitol campus, with plans to conclude at sometime after 4:00 p.m.Â—the NSM has a permit to occupy the steps of the capitol from 2-4 p.m.
The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace has played a central role in spearheading the organizing necessary for conducting the rally and we strongly urge other organizations to join us in seizing this opportunity to demonstrate, with a fundamental goal of building a sustainable movement working for racial, economic, and social justice. The direction and objectives of our demonstrations are intended to affirm and celebrate diversity. We seek to use this unfortunate occurrence, the rallying of a neo-Nazi hate group in our town, to create a celebratory afternoon of community solidarity, drowning out the negative message promoted by the NSM, forming an atmosphere of unity and compassion.
Come Join Us! Olympia responds to Nazis
The neo-Nazi group, National Socialist Movement, (NSM) is planning a major rally where they are inviting white supremacists from many States to Olympia. Their announced rally of hatred is planned for this coming Monday, July 3rd from 2 to 4 P.M. at the steps of the Legislative Bldg at the State Capitol. We hope to surround them on Monday afternoon and turn our backs on them and turn their rally into one for racial, economic and social justice, and to non-violently make it clear that Nazis are not welcome in Olympia or anywhere. Many of us will be dressed as clowns.
On June 27th, Jim Dawson received a subpoena to appear before a grand jury at the Federal District Courthouse in Seattle, WA on July 6th at 9:00 am. There will be a rally outside the courthouse at 8:30 am, please come support Jim.
Today in court, Jonathan, Nathan, Joyanna and Daniel were arraigned on superceding indictment II. I will have to compare indictments to see what is different from the last superceding, aside from the removal of the other defendants from the indictment, as all are now taking plea agreements. All four of the remaining defendants were in the courtroom with their attorneys, Nathan and Joyanna in shackles and "jail greens".
US Atty Kirk Engdall gave an update about discovery. He said 27,000 pages have been released to defendants, as well as 71 CDs, 4 DVDs and 3 cassette tapes. He said that 1000 documents related to Romania Chevrolet and UW would be released within 30 days, as well as documents and materials related to the testimony of cooperating defendants and unindicted informants.
Mr. Malloy had Greg Pallast on a few days later - investigative reporter for the British Guardian Newspaper - who has discovered and disclosed a document of the oil companies' written before the war which states that the goal of the occupation in Iraq would be to control oil production in accordance with what the Saudis wish. He said, essentially it called for "shutting off the spigot".....in order to raise prices. Now things make much more sense. Things are not going badly in Iraq. Things are going just as the oil giants had planned.
The bike in question is a red Trek 7200, a kind of hybrid bikeÂ—cross between a road bike and a mountain bike. Some might call it a "cruiser"Â—I think I've heard that term used before. A tall bike, so tall that it was a little too tall for me, and I'm 6' tall. Lowering the seat might help accommodate whoever's riding it now. I could never figure out how to lower the seat. (more description: the front tire was a unique Schwalbe tire, (unique to me) that's about Â½ the width of the back tire. It's like double-thick rubber so will last for a couple years perhaps. The crankshaft chain rings are worn to nubs in places, particularly the middle ring. Seat fabric is just beginning to fray. Back rim is bent. No back brake.)
comment: I, too, had a 15yr old hybrid Trek stolen from me just last week. My dad bought me that bike when I was 15, and bought himself a matching one which I acted like I thought was dorky but secretly loved. Since then I moved that heavy ass bike around from state to state for 15 years -- sometimes riding it, sometimes letting it sit for a while without a wayward glance (he didn't get much action from 2001-2003: "The Fuel Years"). Yeah, I'm ashamed to admit I took him for granted the way you do with a long-owned overworked and underprized dependable possession. I wish that damn donkey was here for me to apologize to right now.
According to the Pentagon, nearly 6,000 U.S. soldiers are currently listed as deserters, having been AWOL for at least 30 days. It is unknown how many of these soldiers have taken refuge in Canada, but as the war continues this number is sure to increase. Indymedia contributor, FluxRostrum, has recently filmed interviews with three of these soldiers. In the videos, the soldiers tell their story uncensored and provide a view into the reality of the war not presented by corporate media.
This coming weekend - Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2 - will feature several events in Portland, Ore. relating to state repression and opposition to it. Each of these events was organized independently of the others, yet the scheduled events compliment one another well.
In combination, they form a curriculum of sorts for those attempting to understand government repressionÂ—from prisons in this country to the infamous torture at Abu Ghraib, from the current "Green Scare" prosecution to enduring institutional violence against communities of color. These events will also be an ideal starting point for those who would like to discuss what to do next, in order for a freer way of life to replace chains, coercion and complacency.
It was hot and sunny in Olympia but people gathered to show their support for Lt. Watada and the other soldiers who are refusing to fight in Iraq. Mr. and Mrs. Watada were there to support their son's courageous act. Other parents and family members are supporting their sons and daughters who also refusing to take part in this illegal war. Courage and patriotism take many forms, including acts of conscience. There comes a point when silence is no longer an acceptable option but their decision to refuse to fight in Iraq cannot have been easy. I hope that we find ways to support the sacrifices they, and their families, are making. [ read more ]
related: Call-Out in Vancouver For Benderman/Watada | Stand for Lt Watada today, Hawthorne Bridge | AUDIO FILE: Local Interview With Lt. Ehren Watada | Thank You, Lt. Watada! | Lt Watada refuses order, restricted to base | National Day of Action June 27: Stand up with Lt. Watada | Road Trip to Ft. Lewis to Support Lt. Watada
Saturday 24th June saw a day of protest at 5 British airports (Glasgow, Prestwick, Edinburgh, Gatwick and Birmingham International) against the so-called `rendition flights`. The protests were supported by the national Stop the War and by a variety of local campaigns.
The process of what is euphemistically called `extraordinary rendition` amounts to secretly and illegally shuttling people around the world for interrogation, very often to countries where torture is practiced.
You won't find commentary and language any more hostile to Hugo Chavez than on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. Their June 23 piece by Mary Anastasia O'Grady in the Americas column is a clear, jaw-dropping example. It's practically blood-curdling in its vitriol which calls Hugo Chavez a threat to world peace. The sad part of it is Journal readers believe this stuff and are likely to support any US government efforts to remove the "threat."
The O'Grady article is about the elections scheduled to take place in the fall for five non-permanent UN Security Council seats to be held in 2007. One of them will be for the Latin American seat now held by Argentina. The two countries vying to fill the opening are Guatemala and Venezuela, and the other countries in the region will vote on which one will get it. You won't have to think long to guess the one the US supports - its Guatemalan ally, of course. And why not. For over 50 years its succession of military and civilian governments have all followed the dictates of their dominant northern neighbor. In so doing, they all managed to achieve one of the world's worst human rights records that hasn't abated even after the 1996 Peace Accords were signed ending a brutal 36 year conflict. Although the country today is nominally a democratic republic, it continues to abuse its people according to documented reports by Amnesty International. [ read more ]
"Americans for Chavez" launched
We would like to announce the launching of the "Americans for Chavez" project by Bolivarian Circle 'Chief Tierra Blanca' in Denver, Colorado and its website found online at:
Beyond organizing local solidarity activity - several projects are in the works presently - and coordinating with the larger progressive anti-imperialist camp (with an emphasis on anti-war and pro-Palestine activism), we have launched the "Americans for Chavez" website & online project to promote solidarity in cyber-space. For the record, we are in no way in competition with, or opposed to, the larger solidarity networks like the Cyber Circle. In fact our website includes multiple links to these networks and we strongly suggest that interested parties visit them as well. [ read more ]
Anyone holding student loans - even if you're still in school - should hurry to consolidate them NOW. Recent legislation passed by all those "family values, compassionate conservative" types in Congress (you know, the same ones who just gave themselves another pay raise, while killing a higher minimum wage) will significantly increase the interest rate on federal student loans on July 1st, 2006. The added cost to you could be significant.
If you've taken out your loans since July 1, 1998, your Stafford loans will all be at 4.7% variable interest right now. Because Congress decided to (partially) finance tax cuts for the very rich on the backs of students, children, and the poor, your student loan interest rate will increase this Saturday to 6.8% fixed. Not only is that a 44% increase in interest rate, but because it is fixed rather than variable, you will no longer benefit if interest rates drop in the future!
Two concerned Portlanders took some time today to interview residents affected by the planned demolition of the Rosefriend Apartment building next to the Park Blocks downtown, to find out their thoughts on the impending loss of their homes and the destruction of this historic Portland building.
[RELATED: Historic building downtown to be demolished for condos | Willy Week background article from 1999 on Rosefriend's new owners]
Históricamente, el desarrollo urbanístico ha sido uno de los mayores enemigos de la Madre Tierra. Los intereses que mueven el desarrollo urbanístico no permite una conservación real de los ecosistemas. Puerto Rico, a pesar de ser una pequeña isla del caribe, no se salva de esta destrucción y amenaza permanente. En Puerto Rico, al igual en el resto del mundo, ni ha existido, ni existe, ni existirá legislación alguna que tenga como prioridad la defensa y conservación de la naturaleza. En la actual sociedad, el progreso económico es sinónimo de destrucción permanente del medio natural que nos rodea y nos da vida. Hay legislaciones que existen y que presumen de "proteger" el medio ambiente, sin embargo la realidad es que esas mismas leyes permiten que se Históricamente, el desarrollo urbanístico ha sido uno de los mayores enemigos de la Madre Tierra. Los intereses que mueven el desarrollo urbanístico no permite una conservación real de los ecosistemas. Puerto Rico, a pesar de ser una pequeña isla del caribe, no se salva de esta destrucción y amenaza permanente. En Puerto Rico, al igual en el resto del mundo, ni ha existido, ni existe, ni existirá legislación alguna que tenga como prioridad la defensa y conservación de la naturaleza.
En la actual sociedad, el progreso económico es sinónimo de destrucción permanente del medio natural que nos rodea y nos da vida. Hay legislaciones que existen y que presumen de "proteger" el medio ambiente, sin embargo la realidad es que esas mismas leyes permiten que se dañe la Madre Tierra. Por ejemplo, en Puerto Rico existen leyes que supuestamente "protegen" los ríos y sus cuencas hidrográficas, sin embargo, y como resultado de dichas leyes, mas del 60% de los ríos están contaminados siendo sus aguas nocivas para los seres que habitamos la Madre Tierra; entiéndase, seres humanos, fauna y flora. Es decir, ni hay agua potable, ni la habrá porque, desgraciadamente, el servicio de agua potable, al igual que todos los aspectos que conciernen a la sociedad, están controlados por los burócratas de siempre y están al servicio de la misma gente que contaminan el medio ambiente.
Lt. Watada joined the army in March of 2003, believing Bush administration claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that Sadaam had strong ties to Al Queda and 911 He received his officers commission in December of the same year, served a year in Korea, and upon being redeployed back to the U.S., was informed that he would be deployed to Iraq within a year.
"At that time when I joined up I had no reason to believe that our leaders, the government, the administration would betray the trust of the people........I felt that it was my responsibility as an officer to find out everything I could about war in general in order to better prepare my troops and train them for combat deployment. I also began reading a whole broadbase of articles on the Iraq war on what was going on there at the time and what has led us up to that point. What I found was deeply shocking, not only as a person but also as a member of the military......learning that the administration had betrayed the trust of the people, had deceived us into going into this war that was totally unnecessary and unrelated to the war on terrorism."
related: mp3 steam of the interview | Thank You, Lt. Watada! | Lt Watada refuses order, restricted to base | National Day of Action June 27: Stand up with Lt. Watada | Road Trip to Ft. Lewis to Support Lt. Watada
Oakland Rally for Suzanne SwiftToday, June 23, some creative people joined together in front o the Oakland Army Recruiting office to promote the nurturing concept of "Breasts Not Bombs" and to honor the courageous female GI, Suzanne Swift, who refused to return to Iraq because of the sexual abuse to which she was subjected by male army personnel.
About ten men and women carried signs with large print "TORTURE IS INDECENT." One fellow had a very beautiful 6 foot butterfly with words on the wings "Butterflies Not Bombs" Another sign read, "Dick Cheney and George Bush are indecent."
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