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The City of Portland and Portland Development Commission held their first open meeting in a request for proposals (RFP) process that will create a citywide wireless broadband network beginning next year. Commissioner Sam Adams spoke at the meeting Thursday night at the Oregon Association for Minority Entrepreneurs on N. Vancouver St. in Portland, where he described a network that would be open to competitive internet service providers (ISPs).
The roughly forty attendees included staff from PDC, Tri-met, City of Portland, Portland Public Schools, Intel, Microsoft, as well as concerned and interested citizens and businesses who have been waiting to see how Portland will handle city-wide wireless internet in our typically innovative and community-oriented fashion. To date, much appreciation though little recognition has been offered to the Personal Telcos Project for their non-profit work in setting up wifi hotspots around the city.
At about 10:15 PM on Friday, 29 July, 2005, a local Portland activist was arrested for a noise violation near the corner of NE 82nd St. and Couch while protesting Fox 12's irresponsible news coverage. The arresting officers were Steven J. Larkin and Peter J. Gill (badge number 11688).
Fox 12 was preparing to cover the recent arrest of prostitutes near the intersection. The reporter and cameraman covering the story expressed concern for the well being of the neighborhood, citing the numerous prostitutes that can be found there. There was no mention of the johns that keep the underground sex industry thriving, or the various situations which lead people into prostitution.
Looking at the onslaughts we face, it's obvious that this administration's primary source of war-making, rights-taking, vote-raking power is still and always has been the "official 9/11 story." The exquisitely timed "surprise attack" it portrays instantly justified what we now know was a long planned agenda to take us into endless war, crippling debt and constitutional twilight.
There is now an enormous amount of scholarly evidence and expert testimony that a) clearly demonstrates the official 9/11 story is a sham, and b) supports the millions of New Yorkers who, according to a recent Zogby poll, believe that top US officials "consciously" allowed the attacks to happen and that we desperately need a new investigation now.
This is no longer a fringe position.
related: [ It's time to stop loony conspiracy theories about Sept 11 | Why is the Indymedia network ignoring the call for a 9.11 investigation? | Good Lefties are shocked, simply SHOCKED, at corruption in high places | Culture of Mass Denial Encounters Cognitive Dissonance | The unbridgeable chasm of doubt: Why faith and government don't mix ]
Pasted below is a short letter I received in this morning's US Mail. It comes from the Superintendent of Glacier NP and describes a process called "Core Operations Analysis" currently being undertaken by that park's management. Read it at face value and it is disturbing. Read between the lines and then color your thinking of what you know of this Administration's privatization agenda, and you will have confirmation that are parks are being sold down the creek.
...The way I see it, National Parks such as Glacier have begun the process of downsizing, service shedding, contracting out, privatizing, commercializing and (in some cases) perhaps even closing their doors. That's what Bush, Mainella and Norton intended from the start. That's what Bush, Mainella and Norton are doing today. The Parks are in Peril. I hope someone cares.
I'm sitting on my bed, in my cell eating an orange. I think it's quite amazing that I am able to eat this orange which is grown thousands of kilometers away from here shipped via fossil fuels and provided to me on my yellow, plastic meal tray at lunch. I wonder how many beings have suffered for me to enjoy this orange. It calls into my mind all those who are suffering so that I can eat every day! I wonder how many are going hungry around the world today while north americans throw millions of kilograms of perfectly edible food into a landfill. The waste of our culture, food production, the sexual politics of the dead-animal industry, the desecration of Earth-Mother, the unspeakable violence and abuse and murder which our animal friends endure every day in order to be converted from a living, sentient creature into something called a big mac or whopper.
There's been so much bad news lately, here's some news from a place where grassroots organizing, coalition building between labor, environmentalists, and community groups, and direct action have proven enormously successful.
The location is Appalachia, where activists are trying to stop the devestating practice of Mountain Top Removal coal mining. The target is (primarily) the huge coal company Massey Coal.
The final vote on CAFTA, the free trade agreement between the US and Central America, rolled out in the wee hours of July 28. It was a tight vote in the House, a squeaking 217-215, where 15 Democrats crossed over to support the measure while 27 Republicans voted against it. Supporters CAFTA anticipate abolishing custom taxes and undermining labor and environmental laws over time among the countries involved, which will consist of the US, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and Dominican Republic. CAFTA will eliminate tariffs on 80 percent of US exports to these countries.
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Not a terrorist but a target.
While the corporate media portrayed the Black Panthers as violent, police forces were under orders to shoot Black Panther Party leaders without provocation. 39 members of the Black Panther Party were murdered. Those who survived attempted murder by the police were subsequently framed up as the aggressors. Others were framed-up for crimes they simply were not even near including recently exonerated Geronimo ji Jaga (formerly Pratt), who did decades of hard prison time for a murder U.S. courts now even recognize he did not commit.
Assata Shakur was also a target of this political repression and was taken as a political prisoner by the U.S. government. It was with the help of the revolutionary direct action of her comrades that Assata Shakur was liberated from bondage and gained her freedom in exile in revolutionary Cuba. Today, despite pressure from the United States, Cuba remains committed to Assata Shakur's freedom.
Liberation News also supports Assata Shakur and demands that the U.S. government keep their blood stained hands off of her and off of the Cuban Revolution, while demanding Assata Shakur's right to return from exile without a continuation of political persecution.
When we pick up a paper or check the news on television we generally expect to be informed. The media has a responsibility and that responsibility is to inform us of what's going on. If a dam is in danger of breaking two miles above our town, it is the responsibility of the media to let us know that the danger exists and why it exists. To a certain extent, we put our trust in them. But trusting the mainstream media is not a rational or intelligent choice to make. They have lied by saying things that are not true, by not saying things that are true, and very often through spinning bullshit, which is slightly different than lying. Sometimes bullshit is worse than lies. It's not that they have done so several times, or even often. It's that they do it all the time. They are programmed like a virus in software to fuck us up.
They never, by the way, use vulgarities like 'fuck'. This is not an offhanded comment. It is very relevant. In fact, if you read media where the use of such words is acceptable, they have passed an important litmus test. They obviously don't pander to the fucked up Christian Right and they don't pander to the corporate elite who are very careful not to offend those that march in orderly fashion. They are in the business of providing audiences.
Today, the Committee on State and Federal Affairs of the Oregon House of Representatives passed on to the floor of the House a version of SB 408 that will stop the current practice of the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) of allowing utilities to charge ratepayers for "state income taxes" and "federal income taxes" that in fact the utilities do not pay to any government...
"The Oregon PUC has allowed PGE and Pacificorp alone over the past 8 years to charge Oregon ratepayers over $1 billion for supposed income taxes they have never paid and never will pay," said Dan Meek, attorney for the Utility Reform Project (URP). "I have been filing complaints and lawsuits over this for almost 3 years. Finally, the Legislature is listening."
We are asking community members to buy a Pizza Time Pizza Thursday July 28th to show the owners that the community would support Pizza Time if they became socially responsible. Please call (360) 956-9020 to order a pizza on Thursday only.
**** Tell Pizza Time you are ordering a Pizza because you support the workers and want them rehired with protection for their rights in writing.****
If you don't live in Olympia, call them and tell them you would order a pizza if you were in the area. We need your support more than ever at this critical time as negotiations officially begin. This is a one Day only event.
previous: [ Olympia Pizza Time Strike Continues (19 July 2005) | Update From the Pizza Time Lockout (27 March 2005) | Olympia Pizza Time Workers go on Strike; Support needed (13 Feb. 2005) ]
more info: [ Olympia Workers Association ]
Today I was at the Fred Meyer on Interstate, and as I was preparing to leave was approached by a man who, after some small talk, announced he was with the Marines. I could tell right away that he was trying to interest me in joining up because he asked me what I did for work. I felt anger rising within me, but kept it 'civil' and tried to be as articulate as possible in my refusal of his offer. He tried to get me into a discussion about Iraq but I couldn't, and didn't want to, stick around.
Are four separate shootings in the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests between July 2003 and July 2005 linked? Douglas County has charged Samuel Lawson in one case and is seeking the death penalty. The evidence against Lawson is very weak and there are serious questions about whether police are ignoring evidence that the shooters are still out there while an innocent man may die for a crime he could not have committed.
July 23, 2005 -- House Hearing on anniversary of 911 Report -- Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) chaired a 9-hour hearing in the Cannon House Office Building on the anniversary of the release of the widely-criticized 911 Commission Report. Witnesses, including 911 family members, former intelligence officers, former diplomats, politicians, academicians, and legal experts were uniform in their contention that the 911 Commission was deeply flawed and its report failed to address why 911 occurred. A number of the Commission members had major conflicts of interest. The Executive Staff Director Phillip Zelikow is a long-time Republican activist with close ties to Condoleezza Rice and the right-wing funded Miller Institute. The Commission was also criticized for focusing more on increased authorities for intelligence and law enforcement and intelligence restructuring than on the events of 911 and past U.S. policy in the Middle East and South Asia that led up to the 911 attacks.
In yet another attempt to insert its foot even further into its mouth, The Oregonian featured a article linking gay men, meth, and the spread of HIV on the front page of its Sunday edition. As if the gay community did not already have enough ammunition leveled against it in its fight to gain equal rights and civil unions, THE OREGONIAN provided even more ammunition to those who seek excuses to vilify and deny an entire population. It is questionable ammunition, at best.
Let me say right from the get go that I'm not a conspiracy theorist by nature. As a journalist I like to see the facts line up solidly before I go with an accusation. At the same time, I also subscribe to Noam Chomsky's approach of looking at how the media and government deal with similar situations and issues when they involve the right and the left.
And on that basis, I have to marvel at how the corporate media, and the various government and quasi-government bodies that investigated or are investigating 9-11, have ignored curious things involving the Bush family.
The one that has me in shock right now is the information dug up and actually published (In the Prince George's Journal of Prince George, MD, and in Common Dreams) way back on Feb. 4, 2003, reporting that George Bush's obscure youngest brother Marvin (did you know he had a younger brother named Marvin?), was on the board of directors of a company called Securacom (now changed to Stratesec) that was responsible for providing "electronic security" to the World Trade Center right up to 9/11/2001.
This thursday and friday Elbert(BIG MAN)Howard will be in town to un-bury some of the most important history in the civil rights struggle. He will discuss what to do with our empathy for our suffering sisters and brothers around the world, and how to organize more effectivelly!
There will be many suriviors of the second revolutionary war at boths events to share their stories and answer questions. We need to show our support and respect to these fighters for social justice. Their sacrifice goes un-recognized and misunderstood TOO often.
The Klamath River tribes are back in Scotland to try to convince Scottish Power to removal all the dams that they own in the Klamath River. Scotish Power owned Pacific Power the company that is responcible for the Klamath dams, which have devestated the Klamath Salmon runs, thus the Klamath Tribes health and way of life. While this is going on 100,000 fish just died above the Klamath dams.
I haven't an idea about how to say this. Joan Norman died today. She was killed instantly in a head on car wreck.
Joan was in the process of moving to Brookings. After having been on a waiting list for two years to get her apartment - a move she wanted primarily for health reasons - the place had just come through and today was moving day. Details are sketchy yet, but apparently she was headed back to the Illinois Valley with her nephew, who is banged up some, but O.K. We don't know yet about the people in the other car. Apparently this happened near Twin Pines, is that still in Calif? More details will be reported later.
Check out the detailed discussion of home demonstrations and vivisection, much of it academic, with incisive logic on both sides. Participating are an OHSU researcher at the Primate Center and more than one former OHSU employees as well as scientists in training.
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