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The Betrayal of Helen Thomas - Fearlessness in Pursuit of the Truth
From the open publishing newswire: When the news spread through Washington this weekend that the unwavering, pioneering journalist Helen Thomas had died, there must have been a collective sigh of relief throughout the halls of Washington.
News articles and obituaries are obligatorily mentioning her retirement over political remarks about Palestine and Israel. They all will and should celebrate her trail -blazing career as a journalist and author. And now that she has died, it has become politically correct to re-embrace her, because now Helen is safe. She will not be asking the uncomfortable questions anymore, questions that made lying politicians squirm, as they stared dumbfounded back at her, always surprised at freedom of the press in action, at a woman who did not know her place.
But in Helen's final years, there was little celebration of her career and her courage, as former friends, coworkers and many in Washington jumped on the bandwagon resolutely condemning her for comments made in a hit piece that took brief comments out of context. Perhaps most appallingly, President Obama took time from spying on one half of the world and bombing the other half to state that her resignation was "the right decision."
In a world where politicians like George Bush, Dick Cheney and Rahm Emmanuel are celebrated for their reputations for expletive laden tirades, can we really pretend that Helen's comments were so shocking or offensive that they were worthy of forced retirement? In a world where we hear the daily drivel from presidents promoting wars of madness with lies and straight faces, how did we let such vitriol rain down on her?
Not too late for KBOO democracy
From the open publishing newswire: Change at KBOO has always been participatory; we can keep it that way with dedicated, respectful struggle. Here's the latest at KBOO:
The KBOO Board has called a Special KBOO membership meeting, for Saturday, May 4th, 1pm, at Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont (@ 55th) to reveal the "streamlined KBOO" plan.
KBOO has always taken pride in being a participatory and transparent institution. So, for example, when there was a desire, in recent years, to re-examine programming, a careful and lengthy survey was undertaken. Volunteers and members were consulted, and some changes were made.
WE WANT OUR FUTURE BACK
In fact, KBOO had a bright future before these changes were pushed through. We had lost some audience for morning public affairs to KPOJ, which was wiped out by its won top-down corporate management; that audience is returning. Our substantial public affairs and journalism strength continue to draw audience, even in the Internet age. If we need to spend funds, it should be on expansion of our Internet and smartphone presence, not on crushing workers. The last thing this radio market needs is an NPR/OPB junior wannabe. [...]
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Why Organized Labor Must Stand Against the Keystone XL Pipeline
From the open publishing newswire: Spurred by real urgency over the corporate driven ruin of the environment, a growing social movement is taking shape that will be on display this Sunday, February 17, when tens of thousands descend on the streets of Washington, D.C. in a show of power titled "Forward On Climate."
What is the target galvanizing these forces? The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, to be built by TransCanada, which would carry crude oil extracted from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, some 2,000 miles south to the Gulf of Mexico for export.
What is the outcome hoped for by those who will attend? That President Obama reject the project, finally and definitively, when it comes up for his approval this winter.
Protests, blockades, arrests and disruptions of the pipeline's construction have been ongoing by activists and landowners in East Texas since last summer. Now, the "Forward On Climate" rally marks a huge step forward to enlarge the movement. This is not your typical environmental protest in defense of a limited ecosystem.
Rather, the potential consequences of the XL Pipeline's operations are global and catastrophic because of climate change. And that's why organized labor needs to stand up now in an alliance that has the power to defeat it.
Getting Perspective [...] | How will the operations of the Keystone XL Pipeline affect this trend? [...] | Where Does Labor Stand? [...]
From the open publishing newswire: fluoride the corrosive chemical hydrfluorosilicic acid spills and eats away concrete --Healthy Kid coalition claims this corrosive chemical if added to our pristine Portland water supply will prevent cavities --Not-- It appears this hydrofluorosilicic acid will eat the enamel right off your children's teeth [...]
Fluoride will erode the enamel off the teeth. High doses of fluoride will cause severe pitting and discoloration of the teeth. Systemic ingestion of fluoride because there is NO way to control the dose once fluoride (hydrofluorosilicic acid) is added into the water system leads to more people suffering from the symptoms of fluorosis.
It is the bright minds that brought us the mercury amalgams and those whom even once endorsed smoking as safe the AMA and ADA are endorsing fluoride like this (hydrofluorosilicic acid )is all the rage. Only drink too much of this fluoride kiddies and the ADA says this product will rob us all of our pearly whites, and weaken our bones. Fluoride is dangerous. It is even says so on the back of the tooth paste tube— poison --spit do not swallow—Adding fluoride (hydrofluorosilicic acid) to the public water system and claiming it is safe to drink, bathe, cook , and grow your vegetables in is asking our children and our animals to ingest high amounts of this acid. Acidity n high levels in our bodies' causes' cancer. Hello not to mention forcing huge populations of our children and their parent's pocketbooks to a life of cosmetic dentistry servitude or chemo therapy. Of course only if the child is lucky enough to have parents with money/ insurance who will be able to correct the cosmetic negative affects of fluoride. Everyone else will be destined to go through life with a cosmetically damaged smile,lower IQ and bone loss.
Watch the video below
Please learn about the negative health affects on Endangered salmon
Bust the bus drivers!
From the open publishing newswire: Look for more "let's you and him fight" from Trimet. Why play along?
Trimet is a top-heavy bureaucracy with some expensive habits. It has 161 managers, believe it or not. Yep, lil' ol Trimet. Fifty-five of those managers get over $100K. Many of them get a lot more--like a quarter million per year.
Bus service has been cut back to pay for this army of overseers, and to fund $9 million in remodeling and new furniture. The top three floors of the Center Garage building, at 4012 SE 17th, stand empty. Apparently they were not good enough for the managerial class. Meanwhile the new buses are getting a cosmetic retrofit to look like Max trains; that will cost $2 million.
For the last several years, we bus drivers have been told we want too much. We have agreed to freeze our wages for many years now, on the proviso that our retirees continue to get the health benefits we fought for. We are concerned about their health; bus driving will kill from stress. I can't count the number of times I've heard that So-and-So retired, only to die within months. [...]
I'm grateful to have a good job, grateful to the public for supporting us, and looking forward to seeing my passengers on my next shift. In this, I am like most drivers. Some of us are grouches, and I'm sorry about that. But I have a suggestion for the public: Next time you're asked to bust the bus drivers, or for that matter any worker, ask yourself: Am I helping the ruling class in a race to the bottom?
Longshore Struggle Brews on Both Coasts
From the open publishing newswire: Part I - It's a familiar pattern: those on top of the economic ladder enjoy massive profits, while expecting workers to sacrifice even more for the "greater good."
This storyline weaves itself into every justification for anti-worker policies. From Washington's potential Grand Bargain that would cut trillions from needed social programs, to the workplaces with their stagnating wages and declining benefits, those on top plead poverty to workers while stuffing their pockets beyond belief.
The argument is also currently being repeated by the giant multinational corporations that control the nation's shipping ports.
Fortunately, the Longshore workers are organized into powerful unions that have the ability to fight back against big business greed — something that was recently demonstrated at the port strikes in Los Angles and Long Beach, and which is now underway in the union negotiations happening at ports along the East Coast and at the ports in the Northwest. [...]
PART 2: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/01/421311.shtml
Why We Defend the ILWU and All Workers
From the open publishing newswire: In recent weeks, a showdown has loomed on U.S. docks between the shipping bosses and port workers that has rattled the capitalist ruling class. On the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, the International Longshoreman's Association prepared to strike container shipping while the employers threatened to lock out 14,500 ILA members. On the West Coast, the grain shippers been demanding a giveback contract from the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU), which would effectively bypass the union hiring hall, slash workers' vital safety protections and gut union power. Yet in the midst of the Northwest grain battle, an Occupy activist, Peter Little, publishes an article vociferously arguing against the call to defend the ILWU. While posing as ultra-left, this policy if actually carried out would aid the employers who are hell-bent on destroying ILWU union power on the waterfront. Blaming sellouts on the nature of unions lets the bureaucrats off the hook. We in the Internationalist Group say: All those who stand with the exploited and oppressed must come to the defense of the ILWU in this fight. And that defense includes forthrightly opposing the capitulations and betrayals by the labor bureaucracy which sells out vital union gains in the vain hope of an impossible "cooperation" with capital, endangering the workers organizations they preside over.
Read the article at the Internationalist Group website: http://www.internationalist.org/whywedefendilwu1301.html.
What Is Portland Indymedia - One Persons Perspective
From the open publishing newswire: A short video that describes what Portland Indymedia is all about
Video from 2008 that sill applies today
Local News Coverage - A Voice for The Voiceless
Portland Indymedia Is Where You Be The Media
30 days to comment on LNG: Take Action Now and Attend Hearing
From the open publishing newswire: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is asking for your input on what impacts to consider when exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Asia. The Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector proposal would include the impacts of building a 235-mile pipeline through southern Oregon, cutting through nearly 400 streams, likely using eminent domain, clear-cutting through 80 miles of public forests, decreasing national energy supplies and increasing domestic prices by exporting U.S. natural gas from a terminal in Coos Bay. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is expected to be released this winter, but now, within the next 30 days, FERC wants to hear from the public on what issues to include in the DEIS.
30 days is not near enough time. Federal regulators should give the American public a reasonable amount of time to provide input on this precedent-setting proposal. More time is needed for this complicated and wide-reaching project that includes impacts to endangered fish and wildlife, clean water, public forests, climate change, family farms, domestic gas prices for homes, businesses and manufacturers as well as the cumulative impacts of fracking more gas in the Rockies.
TAKE ACTION: Tell FERC that 30 days is not enough time for the public to provide comments on this proposal.
Please click here to send a quick email to Paul Friedman, the FERC representative for this project, and ask him to convey to the FERC commissioners that they should extend the comment time to at least 60 days.
Email email@example.com if you would like talking points.
ReWilding the West: Remembering Rod Coronado
From the open publishing newswire: Rod Coronado, who is turning 47 this year, is a Yaqui Pascua Indian, a writer and poet, a father, lover of nature and animals, a felon and eco-anarchist. He's the kind of guy that could tell you all about the native flowers growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk and how to make rudimentary bombs...
In 1995 Coronado was convicted on felony charges for an arson attack on a Michigan State University animal research facility, part of a string of facilities targeted by the ALF in their campaign duly titled "Operation Bite-Back." He was sentenced with 56 months but the damages to the fur industry were substantial. Aside from the direct impacts of the action he was imprisoned for, he has been credited for research and inspiration which lead to many more actions, freeing thousands of animals -mink, fox, coyotes -who actually have a fighting chance to re-wild themselves and survive upon release. Not to mention millions of dollars lost to economic sabotage, dealing a crippling blow to the whole industry.
Much of Rod's early actions took place just before the eruption of intense FBI hunts for "domestic eco-terrorists," a fear mongering term elevated by State and corporate media following the rise of the ELF. But in a West rapidly laid bleak with concrete, undergoing an extinction crisis and climate convulsion, overcrowded with bland, consumerist culture and the boredom of timid human engagement, Coronado stands as a figure, all the more heroic, and absolutely quintessential to the promise of a re-Wilded West.
Using the TPP to Renegotiate and Expand NAFTA
From the open publishing newswire: "Trade deals such as NAFTA and now the TPP are being used to smuggle through a new set of transnational corporate rights, trapping nations in a web of treaties that further trump their own laws. All too often, these agreements fail to deliver on the promise of prosperity and only serve to accelerate the path towards economic enslavement. Globalization has meant sacrificing self-sufficiency and sovereignty for foreign dependency which is a sure path to world government."
Both Canada and Mexico have been invited to join the U.S., along with other countries already engaged in negotiations which will deepen trade and economic ties within the Asia-Pacific region. Such a deal would surpass NAFTA in size and scope. The U.S. led talks which have been criticized for their secretive nature, could be used to update aspects of existing trade pacts among member nations. This would provide the perfect opportunity for a backdoor renegotiation of NAFTA without officially having to open it back up.
3rd request to City Council
From the open publishing newswire: Keep the pressure on the City Council for human compassion
Third Request For Human Contact Tuesday, June 12, 2012
**"These are the times that try men's souls," a quote from my favorite founding father, Thomas Paine.
This action by Cameron Whitten is becoming echoes of whispers of long ago conversations in a small tavern where dreams were shared and revolution feared. You can almost hear Paine lecturing those who would listen about dignity, equality and hope for the future. If you look close you may see Adams rolling his eyes and thinking, "Does Tom ever stop and think that he may get all of us arrested by talking about over-throwing the British, I wish him to be more careful, less violent."
Cameron is not careful, he speaks the truth to anyone who will listen, he is a fighter, just like Thomas Paine, he does not like smooth politicians like Adams, or Jefferson.
Mr. Whitten has only three demands, and he tells people who pass him that they are simple demands for the beginning of a new era of compassion for the everyday people among us. He does not want to over tax the people in power, he does not want to confuse the political system, so only 3 demands are shouted from the curb, or said softly at night when the rain comes:
1. "For City Commissioner *dan saltzman, withdraw the fines [...]
2. " For City Council to propose a housing levy measure [...]
3. "For Sheriff Daniel Staton to issue a 1 year moratorium [...]
Grand jury cooperator in San Francisco
From the open publishing newswire: Active grand jury in San Francisco. At least 4 have been subpoenaed, with one known cooperator. Otessa Crandell has cooperated with the most recent grand jury witch-hunt, claiming to investigate an arson in Santa Cruz, CA that was never claimed by underground groups. The grand jury in reality is just harrassing local vegans. She doesn't deny her cooperation. She claims that she gave them nothing of substance, and they just asked about phone numbers from her cell phone call logs. It's unknown what they actually asked, and how this information will be used the federal prosecutors.
Cooperating with the FBI, in their guilt by association witch-hunts, is unacceptable. We need to support grand jury resistors, unify them, and help them resist together. Let's organize events that de-mystify the grand jury process.