1. Put The Chainsaw Down and Step Away from the Tree... Yesterday a judge in San Francisco ruled against Bush's scrapping of the 'Roadless Area' rule. So we woke Rolf Skar from the Siskiyou Project up and invited him to join us by telephone. Rolf told listeners that the future Mikes Gulch (Almost completely logged, at this point) and the Blackberry sale were still in limbo. But the move is to up the pressure on the Forest Service to order all logging in the area stopped.
2. Oregon Environmentalists' top priorities for the 2007 legislature are more investment in renewable energy resources, expanded programs to recycle electronic equipment and aggressive action to clean up the rivers.
3. Klamath County plans to pay for ads to help the Oregon National Guard recruit 136 people for F-15 (Does the 'F' stand for 'fodder'?) Training at Kingsley Field.
4. A public review panel has proposed that Oregon voters should elect the Secretary of State on a nonpartisan basis. Amazing how much attention the generally thankless job of secretary of State has received now that voters have noticed that the Sec is the State Elections Officer...
5. Third generation immigrants are in danger of losing their native languages. (Which proves that just living in America lowers the old I.Q... )
6. Nike plans to "consolidate" its distribution network by closing a facility here in Oregon and moving it to Tennessee. The rationale is that it would save the company $200 million dollars over $20 years (Would that be $200 million 2006 dollars or 2026 dollars? Big difference, y'know.)
7. Janitor 007: Hewlett-Packard has been employing some very strange tactics in its efforts to root out the board member who has been describing boardroom deliberations to the media. Investigators have impersonated board members, employees and journalists to obtain their phone records. They even spied on former CEO Carly Fiorina who had launched the quest to identify media sources in the first place.
8. California is suing six major car companies for costs associated with their products' greenhouse gas emissions.
9. The House voted yesterday to require Americans to show proof of citizenship in order to vote. The Senate voted to take up a bill to build 700 miles of double fencing along the Mexican border.
10. Republican Representative Steve Chabot's top campaign supports are in line to collect the $1.6 million dollars in earmarks through the 2007 Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill. Coincidence? (Chabot, by the way, is a longtime critic of pork-barrel spending... .)
11. The owners of a nursing home in New Orleans where 35 patients died in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina were indicted on charges of negligent homicide and cruelty to the infirm. Can we therefore expect that George Bush, Michael Brown and Company will also be indicted for the same crimes? Can we expect Americans to stir from their TVs and demand equal justice under the law?
12. In LA, a man accused of collecting intelligence for Saddam Hussein's regime during the 1990'a was indicted on charges of failing to register as an agent of a foreign government.
13. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is expected to face a hearing at Guantanamo within three months.
14. Israeli agents are in Northern Iraq and they've been busy providing military training to the Kurds. ('That's gonna leave a mark'... .)
15. Britain's leading scientists have challenged Exxon/Mobile to stop funding groups that attempt to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change.
16. The African Union has decided to extend the mandate of its peacekeeping force in Darfur until the end of the year. The United Nations would like to help out, but the Sudanese government has threatened to shoot them.
17. Support The Coups!; Even the King of Thailand Bhumibol Ayudhayah has backed the leader of the bloodless coup that happened in paradise earlier this week. (No tourists were harmed in the making of this movie... )
18. Thousands of people have gathered outside the Hungarian parliament in Budapest for a third night to demand that resignation of the government.
19. The National Italy-Cuba friendship Association is in Havana this week. The group is planning a mass solidarity demonstration in Milan on September 30th. (Back in the USofA, how about a general strike on September 30th? Unless you're busy or have other plans... )
20. In Japan, Shinzo Abe is the Nationalist leader-in-waiting. He's all set to take over from Junichiro Koisumi, whose term as Prime Minister is up. Abe has big plans for his "beautiful country"; most notably he wants to rewrite Japan's antiwar constitution, effectively remilitarizing Japan. "Beautiful"!