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15.01.2005 22:33
Olympia WA: 100,000 Dead and Counting
As the force if the state continues to occupy Iraq, the U.S. government continues to force our family members, friends and lovers to stay in Iraq. As it is evident the war in Iraq has been lost, and should have never been started in the first place. The only option is to bring the U.S. soldiers home, because imperialist settlers have never and will never bring democracy anywhere.

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15.01.2005 16:03
Tech Solidarity Work Party: Help Make Computers For Bolivia and Venezuela
Portland activists and geeks are spending 6 days over the next 2 weeks assembling computers which will be send to community centers and schools in Bolivia and Venezuela. You can take part by lending a hand.

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15.01.2005 06:36
AudioOnDemand :SAT JAN 15th Workshop on **9/11** and Election Fraud
Symposium on 9/11 and Election Fraud : Saturday January 15th 2005 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Multnomah County Friends 4312 SE Stark St / Portland Oregon

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15.01.2005 06:14
Send Your Comment on the FDA Food Contamination Guidelines
On November 19 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new draft guidelines to deal with the growing problem of unapproved genetically engineered plants contaminating food crops. Instead of tightening controls on GE crops, the FDA is proposing simply to legalize further food contamination and promote these hollow regulations as a model for the rest of the world.

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15.01.2005 06:05
Free screenings INSIDE IRAQ: THE UNTOLD STORIES
Mike Shiley's documentary film INSIDE IRAQ: THE UNTOLD STORIES Plays at 7:00 and 8:30 PM February 2nd-4th and 9th-11th at Caf Nola's Side Door Theater in St. Johns.

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14.01.2005 16:02
Tualatin Valley Skins at Gabriel Park, Again
To any and all whom it may concern. The Nazis have rescheduled their flyering session for Saturday January 15th at Gabriel park, so this thing ain't over yet. Everyone who was there last weekend, come back. Everyone who wasn't, bring a friend. Everyone who reads this, pass it

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14.01.2005 06:39
12th Annual March & Rally for Leonard Peltier Feb 5th
There is no doubt that our world has become an increasingly dangerous place to live in. Global conflicts spread like wildfires, and their impact has even reached our homeland. It would be too simplistic to name any single reason for the problems of the world, but it is clear that the policies of the government of the U.S. hold a large share of responsibility for the condition in which the world finds itself.

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14.01.2005 06:25
Wild Oats Fires IWW Organizer in Ohio Valley
It was 6 months January 10, 2005 that I will have been fired from Wild Oats under what many believe to be questionable circumstances. Not only has Wild Oats ignored the unions attempt for the exact reason for my termination, they have also ignored the hundreds of Wild Oats shoppers who have demanded an answer.

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14.01.2005 06:14
Appalachia Apocalypse: A Call for Action
Most Americans have never heard the words "mountain top removal." It's the dirty little secret that our government wants to keep hidden from the eyes of America and the world. The people of Appalachia need your help. Our homeland is being turned into a sacrifice zone for cheap electricity. There is a not only a dreadful ecological toll to Mountain Range Removal--but it has a human face as well. This is a call to action.

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14.01.2005 06:01
Qualified Auto Technicians Are Hard To Find
We are in big trouble. I've been working in the business for about 27 years as an auto technician, and I finally decided it was time to write about this business of ours after experiencing a lot of different events in my professional life. There is a new trend in our profession, one that should have been started long ago. The trend is to desperately train people young and old to be "technicians". Why this need to train people to learn how to work on the cars of today you ask: simply because there are not enough qualified techs out there to fill the demand. Some people tell me, Pedro if you get out, five will come in. Really? I don't think so.

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14.01.2005 00:37
Mayor Potter to ride Critical Mass in January?
New Portland Mayor Tom Potter has tentatively agreed to ride Critical Mass in January. This could herald a rebirth in Portland Critical Mass. In the email below from the Mayor's office, January Critical Mass is on the Mayor's calendar, tentatively. It's hardly an etched in stone commitment, but it's more respect than CM has gotten from the Mayor's office in we know not how long. (well, okay, we do know how long, since Vera Katz became Mayor) This bodes well that the city government is willing to work with the cycling community to end the police harassment of Critical Mass. Will the Mayor actually attend? We'll see.

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13.01.2005 02:37
We have met the enemy, and it is US (corporate media)
Do we have a free press today? Sure we do. It's free to report all the sex scandals it wants, all the stock market news we can handle, every new health fad that comes down the pike, and every celebrity marriage or divorce that happens. But when it comes to the real down and dirty stuff... that's where we begin to see the limits of our freedoms.

On December 18, I attended Gary Webb's memorial service in Sacramento, along with about 250 other people.

In 1996, Webb wrote a series of articles ("Dark Alliance") for the San Jose Mercury News reporting that, in the 1980s, "a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to... street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to an arm of the contra guerrillas of Nicaragua run by the Central Intelligence Agency" and the "cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America... "

The "contra guerrillas," of course, were the Reagan administration CIA-nurtured darlings who sought to overthrow Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government.

The story, obviously, was huge. Too huge, as it turns out, for certain powerful sensibilities. The disinformation machine soon was cranked up full tilt, and shortly after the series' publication, the Big Three in American newspapers -- the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post -- shamefully dedicated time and column inches attacking the veracity of Webb's assertions instead of pursuing the story. His professional coup de grace was administered by his own editor, Jerry Ceppos, who journalistically ran for cover and left the Pulitzer-winning reporter twisting slowly, slowly in the wind.

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[ more articles about Gary Webb | more articles by Mark Drolette ]


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13.01.2005 02:04
"Europe Warms to Bush"
"Europe Warms to Bush" Is the title of a commentary piece from the Sunday, Jan. 2 Oregonian. The illustration accompanying this piece shows a cartoon Blair with a cartoon Bush, with arms locked, which by itself is not unusual or an unfair depiction. But then it shows Jacques Chirac flanking Bush, also with arms locked. The illustration takes up about half the page, which is strange for such a short and trivial article.

This article was taken from the LA Times by the Oregonian, but the editors should keep in mind that just because an article finds it's way into one of the "papers of record" that's no reason to go ahead and print it.

[ more article by JR ]


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13.01.2005 00:19
Dispatch from Eco-Defense Political Prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers
Political Prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers Update-Feb 2003 "Yesterday, on January 6th, 2005, Craig "Critter" Marshall, my co-defendant walked out of prison after serving 41/2 years. I can only imagine what that felt like. Back in the day Critter was one of my closest friends, and while many are aware that he and I have had a falling out, I am truly glad his time is done and he has gone home. (My old friend if you are reading this, I wish you all the best.)

Now that Critter is out I can't help but wonder why I am still here. We were arrested at the same time, charged with the same offenses. Up until the very end he & I refused to cooperate with the state. Yet, the state in Critter's case decided that the exact same fire was only "conspiracy to commit arson" and "possession of destructive devices".

I've half a dozen theories as to why things played out the way they did. The one fact I know is not once did the state offer to treat my case as Critter's. I'm doing 17 years more for the same actions and same evidence. 22 years for actions that hurt no one and caused less than $50k in damages.


[ more on free ] I [ more on critter ] I [ pdx indy prisons and prisoners page ]

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12.01.2005 08:25
Winter Ecology Tour Features Bearknoll Timber Sale
beauty and magic of winter The monthly Bark field trip for January visited the Bearknoll Timber Sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest. This sale would log 531 acres and combined with four adjacent sales would constitute a loss of 5,134 acres from this very diverse area.

Besides an education on this particular timber sale, hike leader Rolf Skar also provided information on the ecology of forests in winter. At 4000 feet in elevation, this hike was in snow, and it snowed during portions of the field trip. Forests in the winter have their own particular magnificence, and the ecology of these areas at this time of the year provide a whole new perspective on the interdependence of species, flora and fauna, in Nature. Though severely curtailed due to the cold and shortness of the day, there is still much activity in the winter forests. The drama of life and death, of feeding and being fed upon, all continue as during other times of the year, but with a flavor particular to winter.
20 min AUDIO FILE


related: [ BARK I Forest Service Releases Bearknoll Timber Sale ] [ more articles by Jim Lockhart ]

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12.01.2005 08:24
Mysterious "Meme-o-Matic" on 28th and Burnside
the other side Biking by the Laurelhurst Theater on NE 28th and Burnside in Portland this afternoon, I noticed an extremely interesting and enigmatic object on the sidewalk: The Meme-o-matic. The Meme-o-matic is apparently the work of some creative guerrilla artists, who saw fit to heavily modify a sidewalk newspaper box and chain it down at the corner of East Burnside Street and 28th Avenue. The Meme-o-Matic seems to take alternative media to a completely new level, consisting of an ambiguous and mysterious mechanism which receives public submissions and churns out more media.

This author encourages readers to pay a visit to the Meme-o-matic as soon as possible before the authorities decide to remove this subversive street presence. And if you dare, "submit," and see what happens.

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12.01.2005 06:07
Activists Annoy OHSU Employees
A gaggle of around 10 activists went around in Beaveron hunting down the homes of OHSU animal abusers.

5 houses were visited by the activists, Tuesday night. They yelled into a megaphone the about the horrible injustices against animals that the employees were guilty of. Further activists continued to chant. Neighbors came out to inquire as to why there were people yelling at a house, and were given much information about who their neighbors are. For more information about OHSU visit www.vivisectioninfo.org/ohsu/


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mutual aid 12.01.2005 05:51
Wobbly Karaoke!
Tomorrow evening you and your friends are invited to a fundraiser event for the Portland IWW Hall: Wobbly Karaoke! You heard right, karaoke. Bring lots of small bills and pay to make your friends and favorite revolutionary industrial unionists sing the songs of your choosing. Also, beware the swift justice of "the Karaoke Jail", staffed by members of the IWW General Defense Committee.
  • Where: Paragon Club, 815 N.Killingsworth St.
  • When: Thursday, Jan. 13, 8:00pm
  • Who: All workers age 21+ (smoking environment)
  • More info: 503-231-5488

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11.01.2005 21:44
Journalists on the take for the bush regime?
WASHINGTON, DC — In light of recent reports that conservative journalist and pundit Armstrong Williams received $240,000 from the Department of Education (DOE) through a contract with Ketchum Public Relations, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today has filed a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to 23 government agencies, including all cabinet agencies."This type of covert propaganda, has no place in a healthy democracy," Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. "It is particularly outrageous that the government continues to engage in this sort of illegal activity despite the fact that the GAO has said that it is illegal."

homepage: citizensforethics.org/


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11.01.2005 13:00
Local Public Access TV Show Seeking Writers
COMMON GROUND, a new local show has been created in response to an increasingly corrupt and unreliable media, needs local writers, activists, and well informed speakers to shed light on individuals and organizations who deceive the public by profitting from death, disease and destruction. An opportunity for a dialogue with the accused or official rep is the created, giving the public the chance to see all sides of the issue presented in a clear and distilled form. Be a part of the movement for change, and help us win back truth, justice and the REAL American way!

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