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WARSAW (CAPITAL OF POLAND) - At the high noon, on 25 July 2006, I stuck with friends political billboard against occupation of Iraq. It was illegal action and it took us about 20 minutes. We were very lucky becouse we had find good place near ,,Arkadia'' trade center, which is one of biggest trade centers in Europe. Every week tousands of people come to this place. Slogan on poster says: ,,STOP OCCUPATION OF IRAQ''. This is our (Edward Abramowski Anarchist Group) fifth project and we were making it for two weeks. Cheers!
To all my Portland friends and supporters,
I've been trying to find a way to thank all of you for your hard work on my behalf, but after two months all my efforts have come up short. I don't know what I could ever say that would properly express my gratitude so I hope you forgive this inadequate attempt.
For those of you who have not heard, my lawyer's fee has now been paid in full. This was no easy task, and it would not have happened without you friendly PDX folks. Seriously, no other community worked harder to help me out and I'll never forget it. All of the time you spent on organizing and attending benefits for me is amazing. I want you to know that those bake sales, rummage sales, spaghetti dinners, eBay auctions, movie nights, and other events really kept me going through a depressing time and that the money earned is giving me a fighting chance to beat this conviction on appeal. I guess now is as good of a time to announce this as any other. The outpouring of assistance and moral support from you PDXers has made me decide that I'll be moving to Portland upon my release from prison.
In draft legislation prepared in response to last month's Supreme Court decision against the use of military tribunals for US prisoners at GuantÃ¡namo Bay, the Bush administration proposes to extend the practice of indefinite detention and summary trial by military commissions to include American citizens.
According to press accounts Friday, based on leaks from those with access to the draft, the bill would essentially legalize the military tribunals in the form decreed by Bush in 2001, with only minor changes, while for the first time making US citizens as well as foreign nationals subject to such summary proceedings.
Senator Arlen Specter's solution for the President's refusal to obey U.S. law requiring warrants for wiretapping Americans is to change the pesky law in order to make the President's warrantless wiretapping program legal. He is now trying to pass the National Security Surveillance Act, S. 2453. We Need To Stop This!
So far this has happened -- SAN FRANCISCO - The Bush administration appealed a court decision Monday that allowed a lawsuit to go forward challenging the president's warrantless domestic spying program.
In rejecting government claims that the suit could expose state secrets and jeopardize the war on terror, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled July 20 that the eavesdropping was so widely reported there appears to be no danger of spilling secrets. Walker also said he did not see how allowing the lawsuit to continue could threaten national security. Walker is the only judge to rule against the government's claim of a "state secrets privilege."
And this is where I as well as BORDC are asking everyone to contact their Senators now and at the very latest by Aug 2!
I walked past a news stand this morning, to see that the front page of the Oregonian is smattered with the innocent blood being poured out over Lebanon. In the photograph, a man is walking through rubble, an expression of intense despair on his face, and a dead child in his arms. A child.
And on the radio, I heard a horror story from the front lines over there. I heard an eye witness describe all the little children lovingly laid out upon the ground. All dead. She described one little baby, whom she said still had a pacifier pinned to his dusty little shirt. Oh my God.
Oh my God.IDF: No evidence of Rocket Launches/Hezbullah in Qana | The Qana massacre: Slaughter of innocents in Lebanon | palestine journal 30 july - songs of sorrow | Hezballah is still holding off Israel. | Down With The Murderous Israeli Attacks on the Lebanese and Palestinian People | electroniclebanon.net | imemc.org
Does anyone else feel overwhelmed?
Have you ever heard the sound of an approaching avalanche? Well, I don't suppose you have, or chances are you wouldn't be reading this right now, and I haven't either -- at least not literally. But in a metaphorical sense I can hear one right now. In fact, I started hearing the first few rocks tumble down the mountain about a decade ago. I shrugged it off though (most people didn't even pay attention).
Yeah, that Waco and Ruby Ridge were some dirty business. Yeah, it sure looks like Vince Foster and Ron Brown were murdered. Well, politics gets dirty sometimes. It's always been that way, hasn't it?
Hmmm ... the protests in Seattle were really getting somewhere and then *boom* -- there was a media blackout. The only way I could find out they were shooting rubber bullets at people was by checking out this new website called Indymedia. And there it was -- a cop aiming a rifle into the crowd.Round up of events for Lebanon - weekend July 28-30th 2006 | Qana Massacre Protested at State Department Rally
Tryptophan -- A food supplement called Tryptophan had been produced for many years by various companies, including Showa Denko of Japan. These companies had been producing Tryptophan with the usual ingredients without ill effects.Then, Showa Denko, to increase profits, gene-spliced (genetically engineered) a bacterium into the previously harmless product. Result: 37 dead and 1,535 crippled. Another estimated 5,000-10,000 were afflicted with a blood disorder due to this new, strange and incurable disease (now called Eosinophilia Myalgia Syndrome, EMS). The corporation paid out two billion dollars to people who threatened to sue. [ read more ]
Hepatitis B Vaccine -- The Hepatitus B vaccine was genetically engineered. On account of this vaccine, during the 1990s there were, in the USA alone, more than 17,000 cases of hospitalisations, injuries and deaths, including the deaths of 72 children, reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) of the U.S. government. [Dr. Philip Incao's testimony to the Health Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives, 1 March 1999] Note: a former FDA (U.S. government Food and Drug Administration) Commissioner wrote in 1993 in the prestigious medical journal, JAMA, that a study showed "only about 1 percent of serious events attributable to drug reactions are reported to the FDA". [ read more ]
Aspartame artificial sweetener -- This artificial sweetener bears no resemblance to 'saccharin' and 'sucaryl'. A well-known carcinogenic neurotoxin, Aspartame has been linked to cancer, paralysis, blindness, diabetes, cardiac arrest, not to mention death. In the United States, where the New Mexico legislature is currently discussing a proposal to ban Aspartame, the neurotoxin is found in 6,000 products consumed by 70% of Americans. A bill to ban aspartame is currently in the British Parliament also, sponsored by Roger Williams MP. [ read more ]
This is the link to a 10-minute video called Trojan Down, about the controlled demolition of the cooling tower of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant near Portland, Oregon on May 21, 2006. The video was shot, edited and produced by Portland paralegal and freelance journalist Jayson Dunlap
The plant was shut down by PGE in 1993 following years of crisis and a large and growing citizen backlash.
Eugene Food Not Bombs, aka Food Not White Supremecist Capitalist Imperialist Patriarchy, is currently looking for new people and houses to cook food. Since September 2005, the same collective has been providing free vegan meals every Sunday from 3-5 pm next to the Deer Mural in the Washington Jefferson Park. FNB usually feeds about 30-50 people each week, and we don't want this to stop! However, many of the people who have been bottom lining the project are now in the process of moving, or leaving Eugene altogether. The current collective will soon no longer has the infrastructure nor energy to keep cooking, so we're looking for folks to take on responsibility for the project.
related: how to help FNB in Corvallis
We've been bannering, posting fliers, petitioning, and putting the impeachment resolution before City and County Commissioners. Plus lobbying Oregon's Congressional delegation to join David Wu and 36 other co-sponsors of the House bill that will start impeachment proceedings immediately: Rep. John Conyers' HR 635. And all these deeds just earned "ink" earlier this week from the national impeachment movement ( http://www.impeachbush.tv/impeach/state_or.html).
One action—now—is to bring your homemade impeach sign to Monday's evening rush hour and join our bannering/flash-mobbing crew staging this week's rally at 13th and SW Clay Streets from 4:30-6 p.m. The din of all those horns/cheers and seeing all those thumbs-up/waves says most of the Portland area is for impeachment—and will lift your spirits immensely as you show the folks that impeachment's really possible.
Here today Pioneer Square heard a different story than it heard Wednesday when a pro Israel rally was held. Yet, strong similarites exist. Both sides lament their dead, both sides voice their grievances, both sides are human beings reacting with pain, agony and horror at the loss of innocent life.
And this is the kernal of truth in this raw and seemingly never ending odyssy of tears, death and ongoing promises of revenge. While a few soldiers are dying, the people are dying in much larger numbers; sons, daughters, fathers mothers lay hemmoraging and dismembered in the rubble of bombs and missiles lauched from a safe distance. And those who survive are left to dig through that rubble for their loved ones, for pieces of their lives, and struggle to master their rising fear, hatred and despair. [ read more ]
AUDIO FILE: Speakers From the Peace in the Middle East Rally
About 500 people gathered to condemn the actions of Israel whose military incursions have killed a large number of civilians in their efforts to root out Hezbollah from Southern Lebanon. The Square was packed with signs calling for an end to the bombing in Gaza and Lebanon, descrying the lethargic response of the U.S. and much of the world community, and demanding an immediate cease fire and a genuine effort to support peaceful solutions.
All speakers brought their personal fire and a sense of justice to the podium. Each spoke passionately for the innocent Lebanese people suffering and dying at the hands of the Israeli army and air force, all supplied with American weapons. This file is about 40 minutes in length, each speaker speaking briefly and powerfully. [ read more ]
the tragic songs are already available for those preparing reports about lebanon......no new writing needs to be done, the old lyrics continue to apply. just pick up a record of lebanese singer fairouz from 20 years ago, put it on the phonograph, and you will hear the words describing, in sorrowful, tragic tones, what is happening again today. even the towns and villages where the massacres occurred back then as israeli forces invaded, led by the 'fearless' general ariel sharon, who had no problem wiping out villages full of civilians for the sake of the 'security of israel'......are the same villages being wiped out today, over and over and over and over again.
piles of bodies.....children, parents, grandparents.......the images are not new, for the people of lebanon......1978, 1982, 1996, 2000....and now, 2006......
Journalism (or writing, publishing, and syndicating articles) can be used as a very effective means of activism. There used to be an old saying about the guy who owned the press in town having all the power. It is true there is a "power of the press," so to speak. It takes time and energy, and mental concentration, or *work,* to write articles in a coherent fashion. But if you want to donate your time to a cause, organization, community, etc., offering articles is a way you can help on many levels. When you highlight an organization in an article, for example, it is possible their membership will go up or donations to their cause may rise, due to the exposure. When you spend time researching an article on the history of some issue relevant to an upcoming event, protest, etc., it can help educate people as to why the protests are important and increase participation. You can spread all kinds of useful DIY information, you can give a voice to issues that you feel have not gotten enough exposure. You can use your journalism work to help others, on many levels.
Cody - a healthy 14 month old Golden Retriever - frightened by fireworks - ran away from his home and his people around 10 p.m. on July 22. Unfortunately for Cody he was not wearing any identification when he was found by a West Linn cop - transported to Clackamas County Dog Control (CCDC) and placed in an inside kennel around 11 p.m. the same night.
According to Dow Hokoana - a field supervisor for CCDC - two shelter employees found Cody at 9:30 the following morning "surrounded by an abundance of diarrhea." Did they immediately seek medical attention for Cody who was obviously in a crisis situation at this point? Of course not ..... remember this is Clackamas County Dog Control! Instead they waited another hour and a half and then moved him to an outside exercise area where the temperatures were around 90 degrees. They left him there while they returned inside to clean kennels and care for other dogs.
When Cody's guardians arrived at the shelter an hour later he was still outside .... UNCONSCIOUS - the temperature had risen to 92 and the young Golden Retriever was dying.
Pet, the elephant that Oregon Zoo is about to put down, is about 51. KGW blandly reported that elephants usually live to be about 44, lazily spreading the Zoo's calculated lie. Elephants may average around 44 in zoos, but it would've taken the reporter twenty seconds to learn on the 'net that Asian elephants normally live to be 80 in the wild & in sanctuaries. I hate the way this "culture" treats animals. I also hate liars. I also hate bogus reporters. So here's yet another example of how corrupt everything is.
Local human rights groups, members of Lebanese families, and faith organizations call for cease fire, humanitarian aid for Lebanon and Gaza, and announce plans for a Sunday, July 30th mobilization for peace in the Middle East.
Mobilization for Peace in the Middle East!
There will be a large community gathering Sunday, July 30th, in Pioneer Courthouse Square from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, to bring attention to the suffering of the people in this region and their ties to Portland. Please come and tell all your friends and family. Bring signs. Show your support for a cease fire, for justice, for negotiation not destruction.
An alliance of local human rights groups, faith organizations and individuals with family ties to the regions of Lebanon and Gaza now under attack by Israeli military forces is calling on the US government to demand an immediate cease fire, and to provide humanitarian aid to those suffering from the violence and blockades.
Even the Arab media has forgotten Palestine || 57 Lebanese civilians , including 37 children, killed in an Israeli army shelling in Qana, Lebanon || Atrocities mount as Israel intensifies bombardment of Lebanon || Israeli forces invade Jenin, injured PNN and Al Jazeera correspondents || Israelis Rain Down Deadly DU On Lebanese Civilians || Lebanon's biggest environmental catastrophy: 15,000 ton oil spill hits coast || Lebanese towns desolated by the bombings of Israel || 1967 stealing of Palestinian lands || Ministry of Health: Israeli forces kill 29, injure 128 Palestinians, in one area in 48 hrs || Captured Israeli soldiers were in Lebanon when clashes happened US Vetoes UN Condemnation OF Israeli Attack on UN-Peace-Keepers || Israel and U.S., Partners in Lebanon Offensive || German Peace Movement Demands Israeli Withdrawal || Scotland Threatens To Overrule London On U.S. Weapons Flights To Israel
EPA PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS AUGUST 4th. PLEASE SIGN TODAY!!
DOW Chemical has been lobbying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow it to spray a new fluoride-based pesticide (sulfuryl fluoride) on hundreds of foods prepared in the US. If DOW gets its way, sulfuryl fluoride will become a major new source of fluoride, making it even more difficult for consumers to avoid fluoride in their daily lives. What's worse, the levels of fluoride allowed to be sprayed on food will be shockingly high: 70 ppm for processed foods, 130 ppm for wheat products, and 900 ppm for dried eggs!
Dow is the world's largest producer of plastics; with its 2001 acquisition of Union Carbide, it has become a major player in the petrochemical industry as well, out of which comes deadly pesticides and herbicides.
The Secretary of State today announced that both of the campaign finance reform initiatives sponsored by FairElections Oregon have qualified for the November 2006 general election ballot.
Supporters of the two measures filed over 280,000 signatures on Initiative Petitions 8 and 37. "These signatures have been gathered with an enormous effort that has included over 650 volunteer circulators and over 1,200 individual contributors," said David Delk, a chief petitioner on Petition 8.
Big environmental organizations like ONRC, Sierra Club and OLCV will barely acknowledge Joe Keating, Pacific Green Party candidate for Governor, despite being a former chair of the Sierra Club and 19 years of environmental activism in Oregon. These groups care more about money, fiefdom, and political access than they care about the environment.
At this moment in time the Sierra Club, Oregon Natural Resources Council (ONRC), and Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) have all endorsed the Democratic incumbent. The Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) will hold a gubernatorial debate in September with Kulongoski, Saxton, and Westlund and plans to exclude Joe Keating, the green candidate.
listen to an hour's worth of interviews from Free Geek's 2006 Geek Fair held on Saturday July 15. This audio is available in both streaming (pls) and download (MP3) formats and features interviews with folks from Free Geek, Shift to Bikes, Wibiki, Backspace, Redwing, and "Nature" with music by the Eclectic Bastards and an excerpt from "Geek Arena!"
Oregon has decided to join Louisiana in having its own "dead zone." This one may or may not be human caused. It's not from river effluent like the one in the Gulf of Mexico, but is instead from the welling up of deep water that is lacking in oxygen. Why this water is coming up from the depths remains the subject of study. Regardless, if you get enough dead zones in the oceans, then one day the ocean will be...dead. Reports of massive dead Dungeness crab currently range from Oregon's central coast to well into Washington.
As for the many human connected versions, there is no excuse for this. The below article describes only the "natural" (huge assumption) one when the massive amounts of dead zones around the world particularly around the U.S. littoral are linked back to overuse of phosphorous and nitrate fertilizers that get washed out by rivers into the sea. There it causes high level plankton/algal blooms well beyond their ecological balance. Like making alcohol, the little buggers breed at a superfast rate then die then as they decompose on the ocean floor they suck up all the oxygen at a much expanded rate, creating a widening "hypoxic" zone, killing everything in its path ... I'm hardly surprised that the corporate piece below ignores that dead zones are human creations as much as the upwelling ones he cites!
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