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Sometimes NPR isn't so bad, maybe almost pretty good . . . sometimes. But other times, like today, NPR covered two stories with a definite pro-Bush slant, just to make sure that no one would doubt that its reporting is "balanced"! Especially wouldn't want to step on the toes of any of its corporate or "non-profit" foundation supporters!
'Snazmo' comments: NPR is very, very good at fooling well-intentioned liberal types. Oftentimes, after I explain NPR's revolting position on low-wattage community radio the person I explain it to is crestfallen. I mean, they are bummed out! They just can't believe warm and fuzzy NPR is screwing over low wattage radio every chance it gets: "No! Not my NPR! I thought it was telling me the truth!" I then go on to explain how FAIR has nailed you numerous times for slanting your banter more and more to the right, with ever more right wing think-tank pundits or interviewees. Or how you use military psy-ops to help manufacture your "news" on Iraq. Finally, I go on to advise them of better and more accurate news sources.
A repost of an action alert I got from Basic Rights Oregon...
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski announced today that he will introduce a bill this week in the Oregon Senate, at the request of Basic Rights Oregon, that would provide legal protections and recognition of committed, same-sex relationships through a civil union and outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in the State of Oregon. The bill represents the culmination of months of successful lobbying by Basic Rights Oregon and our supporters on the Oregon Basic Fairness Act (HB 2519) introduced in the Oregon House earlier in the session and civil unions. Both pieces of legislation are now combined in the new bill.
Portlanders have already seen this story unfold in their city. The arrest of law-abiding citizens, the police lying in court only to be contradicted by video shot by independent reporters, and the arduous task of holding the city accountable. However, there is one new twist in the prosecution of cases of those arrested during the RNC: the prosecution has been caught altering the police video submitted to the court by removing segments showing the innocence of the arrestee, only to be caught when an unaltered video was submitted by the defense.
I do not have cable tv, but it would appear, based on the Internet, that American media sources are burying the story. Time to blow the whistle...
The story is being given headline coverage in Canada, since the last public mad cow case in the United States was blamed on what was called 'an immigrant Canadian Mad Cow'. The two suspected cases predate this incident, and the one cow that was reported, while it was born in Alberta, Canada, then due to the Free Trade Agreement, crossed over to the United States as a young calf, and lived its entire adult life on a Washington State dairy farm...
A whistle blower from the USDA has appeared to testify before a Canadian Parliamentary committee, since it would seem that he could not get a hearing before the American Congress or by the American media, so he decided to blow the whistle in Canada.
A report sponsored by the UN and the World Bank tells us that the Earth is near the breaking point. The cause? Overpopulation and overconsumption. So how do our intrepid leaders in Oregon respond? With business as usual, of course, planning right ahead to increase Oregon's population and consumption! So much for serving on the advent of sustainability. Rise up Cascadians, and say no to more growth as usual.
When it comes to sustainability and business, Portland is a city of divided intentions. On one hand, it is renown for its stated commitment to sustainability. But on the other hand, the individuals, institutions, and special interest groups that dominate our business environment behave at complete odds with sustainable business activity. No greater examples of this exist than in two articles that recently appeared on the Portland Tribune's front page.
About 100 people showed up for the Justice for Servicemaster janitors today at SW Columbia and Front. Some carried a huge banner with arms extended over their heads. Chanting was loud and lively, as was the drumbeats by the No War Drum Corps! We stopped at several businesses that probably employ Servicemaster janitors.
Upon crossing SW Clay and Front, some of the rallyers stayed in the middle of the crosswalk, chanting & not moving. Traffic stacked up quickly. After a few minutes, a car drove forth slowly, coming within about 2 inches of a gal who was bending backwards. One guy then stood directly in front of that stopped car in the crosswalk. The driver asked him to move several times (I think), but the guy did not budge. The driver then got out of his car and pushed our guy aside. He did not resist. That opened up the traffic which then began to move forth--as did 3 police cars. By then the main group was heading back to the start point.
The weekend of March 25th, 26th, and 27th the Northwest Anarchist Federation (NAF) held its third conference in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. All three cities that NAF has local in, Portland, Seattle, and Victoria, were represented. Since our last conference NAF has been engaged in the class struggle through out the Northwest. The Victoria Anarchists Collective has continued their organizing in the Canadian Federation of Students, fighting for democracy within the CFS and fighting to keep higher education in British Columbia affordable for working class students. They have also begun laying the groundwork for opening an anarchist info-shop in Victoria, where there is no community space for anarchists. The Seattle Local Union of NAF has continued its work of anti-military recruitment. Seattle NAFers were part of the inspiring events of January 20th, where military recruiters were forcibly kicked out of Seattle Central Community College.
In Portland, the Firebrand Collective has continued the publication of its rank and file workplace agitational newspaper, 'The Firebrand". Firebrand has also been heavily involved in the labor movement in Portland, taking part in strikes, and building a community flying squad. They have also been organizing against the closing of public schools and were instrumental in bringing together different neighborhoods into a coalition, The Neighborhood Schools Alliance. The Burning Rose Collective was voted in as a member collective. They have been distributing class struggle propaganda and tabling at events in Portland.
Many people are familiar with the Star of David being used in the Nazi's persecution of the Jewish population during World War II. Jews were forced to wear the Star of David on their sleeve to label them as Jews. There were other symbols used as well. A purple triangle meant Jehovah's Witness. Red triangle were used for political prisoners and green triangles were used for criminals. The pink triangles were used by the Nazi's to label homosexuals.
One can find the pink triangle used in various queer references today, from LGBTQ activist buttons to beer ads. But for those who remember, the pink triangle means so much more. "We who wore the pink triangle were prioritised for medical experiments, and these generally ended in death," said Heinz Heger, holocaust survivor.
In an attempt to recall where we're coming from and to allow us to foresee where we could be headed, Queer Revolution is hosting a video showing of "Paragraph 175" Sunday, April 17th at 7pm at Laughing Horse Books, 3652 SE Division. A sliding scale donation of $2-3 will be accepted but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Come join us in learning and remembering a crucial time in our history.
So how did Portland's sleaziest newspaper win a Pooh? It was of course for one little article and is not intended as an overall endorsement of all the other unprofessional practices of the dirty rag. Usually the only "awards" this scandal sheet wins are those from the various trade organizations to which it belongs where the members get together frequently to give themselves awards, and there are so many prizes in so many categories that everybody's bound to get something, such that even amateur small-town papers in rural counties can claim to be "award-winning."
But a Pulitzer for Willamette Week? Obviously the Pooh judges didn't look at the Big Picture. Instead, they saw only one little expose where the paper lucked out, and they overlooked a looooong history of baaad employee relations, several union bustings, dysfunctional alcoholic management, ignorant and obnoxious (bad combination!) "critics," sophomoric nitpicking at The Oregonian when actually any writer that WW gets who's any good ends up moving on to the Big O for twice the pay and far less dysfunctional working conditions, and the sleaze list goes on and on.
related: [ Poem to the Willamette Week regarding Goldschmidt cover (5/14/04) | Willamette Week's Hypocrisy Exposed Again (3/11/05) ]
This is a great interview. i didn't know Tre that well before he left Portland, but i was (and still am) inspired by him and his example. In this phone interview he talks about life behind bars, the pain of his separation from nature, and his legal case. He unequivocally denies the charges brought against him in the United States; the tactic of burning anything is not something he would ever do, he says. And he explains the bolt-cutters.
In this interview, Tre speaks about his time in Prison and the reasons why in is being held. Recorded April 7th, 2005 at CFRU Radio in Guelph, Ontario by Environment Radio.
Legal Defense fund website updated, more tour dates announced
The Tre Arrow Defense Committee is proud to announce our newly refurbished web site: www.trearrow.org
There are many new and exciting additions to the web site, including over two dozen pictures of Brother Tre, the latest down-loadable flier, four Free Tre Arrow images, Tre's suggested reading list and web links, and a link to two different rare audio interviews with our imprisoned brother.
Throughout April, Ben Shannon, spokesperson for the Tre Arrow Defense Committee will be traveling throughout B.C. on a speaking tour entitled, "The Media as the Judge: The case of accused 'Eco-Terrorist' Tre Arrow." The Corporate Media plays a consequential role in Tre's case and his life by already indicting, trying and convicting Tre. In refusing to use the words 'accused', 'alleged' or even 'suggested' before calling Tre an 'Eco-Terrorist', they are implying that he has had a trial and been convicted. Tre has never stepped one foot into a court room to face these charges, let alone been convicted of them. Stating that an individual is guilty before their trial is undemocratic and unjust. By playing this game, the Corporate Media has been able to convince society across the continent that Tre is an 'Eco-Terrorist'.
The House Transportation Committee held a second hearing on HB 2611 and HB 2947 last Wednesday, April 6. PCUN President Ramon Ramirez and members of the American Friends Service Committee urged the committee to reject the bills which require a Social Security number to obtain a driver's license, permit, or identification card in Oregon. Additionally, PCUN submitted 15 written testimonies from immigrants who would be affected by this legislation.
The committee may consider amendments similar to the Tennessee and Utah model of issuing a "driving privilege card" to applicants who do not have a Social Security number. Tennessee's "driving privilege card" bears the notation "For driving purposes only. Not valid for identification." PCUN rejects any multi-tiered licensing system because it wastes valuable law enforcement resources, forces DMV officials to act as immigration officers, and exacerbates discrimination and racial profiling against immigrants.
The Monthly Bark Field Trip for April was to the Pollalie-Cooper Timber Sale, located about 15 miles south of Hood River. This sale consists of three sales, Tartan, Clan and Kilt, which have been challenged by Bark, as lead plaintiff, in court.
A total of 11 people attended the hike, which was led by Sandi Scheinberg, Executive Director of Bark. Besides these timber sales, the area is threatened by a proposed development by Mt Hood Meadows, who are seeking to build a four-season destination resort and expand the Cooper Spur Ski Area right in the middle of a key deer and elk migration corridor.
There was much to learn, and not just about the timber sales and Forest Service management practices. Besides these subjects, Sandi spoke about how snags provide habitat for forest creatures; how down woodey debris contributes to the building of soils and fertility and absorb water for slow release to the forest during the drier seasons; she identified various plant and tree species and spoke at length about the different habitat these species need, and the habitat they likewise provide to the overall balance of being that is the forest.
Mississippi Avenue, and the Boise neighborhood, is once again facing the forces of "Urban Renewal". A neighborhood that has overcome many struggles in the past, which have disturbed and displaced its residents, is now losing the economic battle over its homes, businesses and its parks. Situated high upon the bluffs of North Portland, its easy access to downtown, isolated residential streets and the existing commercial buildings that line the avenue, all make the Mississippi Avenue area attractive to young, upwardly-mobile, urban professionals who are seeking a place to settle down. But with these young families comes the force of Urban Renewal, and ultimately gentrification, with far-reaching implications on existing families
The meeting was called to order by by Michael Funke, Chairperson of Central Oregon Jobs with Justice. He introduced Michael Leachman, Author of In the Shadow of the Recovery.
Thousands were demonstrating today all over the country. Many areas in Baghdad were cut off today for security reasons and to accomodate the demonstrators, I suppose. There were some Sunni demonstrations but the large majority of demonstrators were actually Shia and followers of Al Sadr. They came from all over Baghdad and met up in Firdaws Square- the supposed square of liberation. They were in the thousands. None of the news channels were actually covering it. Jazeera showed fragments of the protests in the afternoon but everyone else seemed to busy with some other news story.
BBC and EuroNews were busily covering the wedding between Prince Charles and the dreadful Camilla. CNN was showing the Pope's funeral. No one bothered with the demonstrations in Baghdad, Mosul, Anbar and the south. There were hundreds of thousands of Shia screaming "No to America. No to terrorism. No to occupation. No to the devil. No to Israel." The numbers were amazing and a little bit frightening too.
more from this writer: [ Baghdad Burning ]
I'm still processing last night's Town Hall Meeting. The word "wow" keeps running through my head! I can only say that it was an amazing experience. Here are a few quick highlights of the extraordinary evening:
[ Save Cedar Mill ]
Hellboy begins in Scotland during WWII, where American forces are about to lay siege to a Nazi hideout where an experiment is under way to produce a "superweapon" to turn the tide in the war. This effort involves one of Hitler's chief henchmen: a masked figure that is indestructible, and who demonstrates a mastery with swordplay; and Grigori Rasputin, the Russian prophet and advisor to the royal Romanov family, who met a violent death in 1916. (The Rasputin character looks oddly like the Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev).
...The premise of Hellboy at first seems silly and comic-bookish, (it is adapted from a comic book) but in one sense, the story serves as a poignant allegory of the times we find ourselves living in, and how we ended up here.
Last week the 'alternative' paper, Portland Mercury, distributed 40,000 compact discs wrapped in shiny plastic for AOL-Time Warner, one of the largest media companies on the planet.
These CDs are a huge waste of natural resources and will not biodegrade for thousands of years. Unfortunately, Portland's support for the Mercury is degrading much faster. People throughout the city were angered by the mess created by the Mercury's greed; CDs were strewn all over busy streets—and will be for quite a while.
The Angry Octopus collective gathered several hundred of these offensive discs and returned them to the Mercury along with a nice sign to greet the hungover corporate stooges this morning...
For years, volunteers kept Cougar Hot Springs safe and clean. Now the privatizing scammers are taking over YOUR hot springs. The fees: $5 per car PLUS $5 per person. Even the national parks don't charge that much. And all going to Hoodoo, a company that has already taken over public campgrounds
We need an organized effort to stop this insanity! What would be most effective, a boycott or organized protests of non paying users? (If we can get past the fee-collecting guards, that is.)
Unless we (we the public) actively work to contain the privatization epidemic, I'm suggesting that things are going to get a lot worse. The RAT was just recently authorized. The plague it carries has barely begun to spread.
Over 50 concerned citizens attended this week's City Council meeting to demonstrate opposition to the proposed Wal-Mart. While we had hoped for a larger turnout, we must congratulate those who attended for their continuing efforts on this campaign. Speakers did a wonderful job of presenting our research on the potential economic impacts to our community. While our goal was to address issues not related to land use, the staff allowed our comments to be included as testimony in the permit application records. We submitted a letter to the Council with copies of our research urging them to conduct their own economic impact study. It is very important that we keep pressure on the City Council to take a stand on this issue, and move to protect our community. Wal-Mart isn't in the habit of backing down, but communities across the country are standing up. We urge everyone to express your concerns in writing, and have attached a form letter with concerns that may be addressed by our City Government.
[ GreshamFirst.org ]
related: [ Read the Letter Walmart sent me ]
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