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In June, unmanned spyplanes began to fly over the Tohono O'odham reservation in southern Arizona. Two thousand US Border Patrol agents have been deployed in the Tucson sector of the US-Mexico border, driving off-road vehicles through wilderness corridors, wildlife refuges and other public lands. A five-foot-high metal fence is going up in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Federal agents are breaking into O'odham houses and detaining people without cause.
I was reading this book. It has lots of articles you can either find on the web (which I have read before)--though it's quite a search to get them all, particluarly if you are unaware of what you are looking for and just starting to get worried or curious about Bones--or better yet, angry at their incessant snobby upper-class inbred involvement with destroying a government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people' in the United States. So, when I saw all these articles in one place in the book I was hardly disappointed, it was closer to a feeling of "yes! they included this one! and this one! and this one!"
This book is a great reference if you are unsure where to start. Pondering the idea of a 2004 presidential election being the first Bones vs. Bones election in the two (corporate) parties. Ponder on that as the book takes you back--to let you know how American elites and American democracy got so plutocratic and secretive. Skull and Bones, or The Order, as it is officially called, has been instrumentally involved in turning the United States into such a plutocratic aristocratic place. And they have been working on it for over 100 years.
Log Trucks Blockaded in Downtown Eureka; 3 arrested
A large demonstration for the protection of Old Growth and an end to Maxxam corporation's destructive logging practices in Humboldt County at noon today included nonviolent civil disobedience. As a truck carrying large logs approached the intersection in front of the Eureka Courthouse, activists carrying banners surged into the street, stopped and boarded it. Eureka Police and County Sheriffs responded some fifteen minutes later, by which time a large crowd had gathered, most expressing loud vocal support for the action. [ Read more... ]
BARK hike to Bear Timber Sale, This Sunday, Aug. 8
Wyden Biscuit Throw & Accountability Day, Friday, noon,
We, are concerned about the termination of Fellow Worker Tom Kappas' employment. We feel that it was an unfair termination, and ask that he be reinstated without prejudice.
We are concerned about arbitrary or confusing policies, and ask that a policy that can possibly lead to termination of employment be committed to writing.
We are all concerned about the the work environment, and have similar goals, along with management, for a functional and profitable business. We do not feel our concerns are unreasonable or detrimental to these goals, and ask that employees voicing their concerns do not experience retaliation.
Saturday, August 7th @ 8pm-12am
Back to Back Cafe/IWW Hall
614 E. Burnside
$3 to $7 suggested donation Book of Maps, Miriam, and others
Cascadia is the 700 miles crowned by the Cascade mountain range. Team Cascadia are the folks living in that biosphere who are defending it[s] ancient forests and its Constitution against corporate greed. Aug. 27th to Sept. 2nd some of us will be 3,000 miles from home saying:
I interviewed people involved with Free Radio Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz IMC, Eat the State!, Ladyfriend and Free Advice Zines, a prisoner newsletter, Infoshop.org and Adbusters Magazine to see what the alternative press needs and wants regarding its visions for our future...
Prisoners' Justice Day was started by prisoners in Canada as a day of recognition for the many people who have died unnatural deaths inside prison; from suicide, murder and medical neglect. Every August 10th, prisoners across Canada refuse to eat, refuse to
work and hold memorial services. Outside of prison, supporters organize community events to raise public awareness of the ongoing issues that contribute to prisoner deaths.
Animal abuse is the result of corporate dominance. At least that's the case with PETCO. As the demand for animals and animal products has increased, the quality of life for animals at PETCO has decreased. These animals don't recieve even the minimal of what is required by law. Petco simply does not have enough staff, and what little staff they have are poorly trained. PETCO has been profiting off of animal cruelty for too long.
Big news just in on the forest front, so good to hear in the face of everything of late!
A major lawsuit regarding Spotted Owl habitat was victorius today on appeal in the federal 9th circuit court (just below the Supreme Court). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) narrow interpretation of the Endangered Species Act's (ESA) protections for habitat critical to threatened and endangered fish and wildlife was overturned!
The judge found that that logging Spotted Owl "critical habitat" in Oregon and Washington constituted "destruction or adverse modification" of habitat, an activity prohibited by the ESA. The Forest Service and USFWS had said that only the "Late Successional Reserves" (LSRs) set up by Clinton Administration were necessary for protection for the Owl. The judge rejected this, stating that ALL recognized owl habitat must be protected.
The aim of this text is to point out a great flaw in the ideological view that provides the conceptual frame work for a large amount of the various scenes that make up the sub-cultural underground. This is done in hopes of that more communication and understanding between the individuals that each on their own right make up this underground, and that work with in each scene can increase in scope of function.
The radical left alienates poor and working class white people. It seems to go even as far as to deny their existence, and large and by it has to. The presence of white trash contradicts its world view. While racism is inherently a component of the systems of power and control in America, it is a means and not an end in itself. America is not inherently white supremacist, it is green supremacist, that is money is the goal. Every trailer park and apartment complex attests to this. To be welcome in capitalism ones needs only capital. Not to say that the odds aren't stacked against certain ethnic groups, they most certainly are. The show is rigged like a carnival scam, and it's a game played out in terms of brutality and survival. But quite a few white folks, in fact most of them, are set up to be marks as well.
The president's campaign media contact, Tucker Bounds, has confirmed with KATU that President Bush will be in town on the same day for a Business Summit" (Friday 8/13).
This is a repost of an article originally published to portland indymedia in March 2002, in conjunction with the Hiroshima Flame Interfaith Pilgrimage. [For voluminous coverage of that event in audio, photos, and text, see portland indymedia's special "dharmawalk" page, here.] This article, which is drawn from the book, "Hiroshima in America: Fifty Years of Denial", shows how the media and government have covered up the full story of the U.S. atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, then and since. Lessons from this historic episode are applicable to the current "war on terrorism" even more so now than when the article originally appeared. Reposted to mark Hiroshima Day: August 6. [ Read more... ]
Jim Hightower appeared at the Baghdad on August 2, 2004, stumping for his latest book, "Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush." He delivered his characteristic fare, great wit, affable but biting sarcasm, astute political observations about current administration policies, as well as sound advice about how to deal with these "Thieves in High places," the title of his last book.
This presentation skillfully mixed some of his previous material with fresh insights and information, but Hightowers message comes through loud and clear, as usual. It's up to the people themselves to protect and defend this Democracy from forces seeking to undermine it out of greed and stupidity.
[ This audio file ] is about 33 minutes in length. Well worth the listen.
related: [ Be grateful for Bush ]
President Bush will attend a fundraiser at the Medina home of wealthy businessman William Reed Jr. on Friday, August 13th 2004. It was exactly a year ago that Bush visited this exclusive Seattle locale. Last year, it was the home of billionaire Craig Mccaw where protesters met the Bush motorcade as a small army of law enforcement looked on. [ read more ]
We (peace activists, unions, gay rights, etc, etc,) are holding a strategy session tomorrow, Friday August 6th @ 7pm at the Husky Union Blg (HUB) on the University of Washington campus. Please meet at the bus stop by the UBank ATM on Stevens Way.
This Saturday, Bark (www.bark-out.org) visits the Bear sale in the Clackamas Ranger District. Unfortunately, this sale could be logged at any moment, so now is the time to view this special place, which is reknown for its northern spotted owl habitat. The Forest Service's timber sale program plans to "regenerate" (clearcut) these old growth stands and will be "preparing the site for [plantation] planning".
Why we must entertain the provocative notion that most schools in our society, as presently constituted, do more harm to their inmates than good.
"President Bush has condemned torture as alien to American values and said he has never ordered its use, but Washington has faced an international outcry over its treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and the abuse of Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib jail near Baghdad."
I am sending this to "ya'll" to try and set the record straight about "American values on Torture" (OH, how "unAmerican" that would be...and American's would NEVER be "UnAmerican", would they?) Anyhow, bitterness aside. Let me share MY personal stories about "torture" American style......
First, many thanks to Yakima organizers for getting the word out and bringing so many people out to protest Cheney's visit. According to couple of independent accounts, there were over 150 people there (media reports varied from "two dozen" to "over 75"). Cops managed to break us into several smaller groups as they were "sterilizing" the area around the school. I was under impression that Yakima cops didn't themselves know when and where the VP was coming in. That resulted in a lot of confusion and some blatant abuses of our constitutional rights to assemble and voice our opinions. We were pushed around from one city block to another only to be ordered to go back where we came from. Of course, they were probably flexing their muscle as well. This was the biggest day in the life of your average Yakima cop - he was responsible for the safety and security of our entire nation (mad logic).
Today marks the seventh day three young forest defenders have spent in a Curry County, Oregon jail, picked up last week at a blockade of the road to the Indi timber sale in the Biscuit Burn. Meanwhile the Siskiyou National Forest contract to log at Indi remains unsigned by a high-bidding timber speculator with an out-of-county mill that cuts old-growth trees.
Indi was bid on by East Fork Lumber in Norway, Oregon with President Bob Sproul of Myrtle Point at the helm. Sproul admits that he risked his entire company in a bidding war to profit at Indi. The auction price went to triple the advertised rate, one of only two sales at Biscuit so far that didn't go for the minimum asking price. Sproul plans to mill half the logs at his own plant and sell the other half to the highest bidder he can find.
On the day last week that Sproul was sent the contract from the Forest Service, he traveled out to Indi, only to discover an elaborate blockade of the single road into most of the sale. Giant slash piles stopped his blue Ram 1500 pickup. But the real blockade came in the form of an elaborate series of rope loops strung across the road and holding up a 75-foot high, occupied platform suspended between two ancient trees.
Peter Tatchell is a leading gay and human rights campaigner (in England). Peter Tatchell says that animal experiments have undermined HIV research and hindered new treatments. Here is an article he wrote for SHAC:
The development of life-saving protease inhibitor treatments for HIV was delayed for four years by the pharmaceutical company Merck, after the first trials of protease drugs killed laboratory dogs and rats. During those four years, tens of thousands of people with AIDS died, perhaps needlessly. Many might have benefited from the new drugs, including my dear friend, the filmmaker Derek Jarman. He and many others could now be alive if Merck had not submitted its protease research programme to the "Russian roulette" of animal testing. [ Read More [ SHACamerica | PDX IMC stories about SHAC (Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty) ]
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