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A new report released today finds that regulatory policy at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been "hijacked" by the agribusiness industry, which has seen to it that many key policymaking positions at the agency are now held by individuals who previously worked for the industry.
The report, titled USDA INC., was commissioned by the Agribusiness Accountability Initiative (AAI), a network of family-farm and public- interest groups concerned about the growing power of the big agri-food corporations. It is being released today at a conference in Omaha sponsored by the Organization for Competitive Markets. The report can be found online.
"In its early days, USDA was known as the People's Department," said Fred Stokes of the Organization for Competitive Markets, which first proposed the paper. "Today, it is, in effect, the Agribusiness Industry's Department, since its policies on issues such as food safety and fair market competition have been shaped to serve the interests of the giant corporations that now dominate food production and distribution."
"It is not surprising that USDA is slavishly following the agenda of agribusiness when you consider who holds many of the top jobs at the Department," said Philip Mattera, director of the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First and author of the report. "The upper ranks of USDA are filled with industry veterans, while people formerly associated with family-farm, consumer or public-interest groups are just about nowhere to be found."
BREAKING -- SATURDAY NOV 13 2004: Black Box Voting has launched a fraud audit into Florida. Three investigators (Bev Harris, Andy Stephenson, and Kathleen Wynne) are in Florida right now. We will initiate hand counts on selected counties that have not fully complied with our Nov. 2 Freedom of Information request by Monday (Diebold counties) or Tuesday (other counties).
BREAKING -- SATURDAY NOV 13 2004: We have reports that both David Cobb (Green Party) and Michael Badnarik (Libertarian Party) will be filing for official recounts in Ohio. Black Box Voting is also launching a fraud audit in Ohio. Gotta be replaced: Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. Please invoke the following name change on Blackwell immediately, as he is 2004's Katherine Harris. He should now be referred to at all times as "Katherine Blackwell." Please retain this moniker for any future runs for governor. How to be your own media. Spread the word. Latest Katherine Blackwell outrage: Failure to properly account for provisional ballots, and refusing to allow citizens to see the pollbooks.
BREAKING -- SATURDAY NOV 13 2004: Black Box Voting is implementing fraud diagnostics on the state of New Mexico. Information we recently received is indicative of widespread vote manipulation. We are not going to publicize the specifics here.
related: [ Found -- Diebold's Source Code ]
Todays show is with Matt Rossell, of In Defense of Animals. He is talking about the efforts to convince local Portland restaurants to stop serving Foie Gras. Foie Gras is produced by force feeding ducks or geese until their liver is diseased and enlarged many times over. Foie gras is then made from the diseased liver. The campaign is currently working to stop the serving of foie gras at Hurley's restaurant here in Portland.
The interview is both informative and funny. Listen to the archived show here.
Portland, OR - IN ANOTHER CLASH with the Portland Police Department [PPD], Portland Community Liberation Front [PCLF] successfully provided legal, non-violent observance of over five traffic stops on or near the intersection of MLK and Killingsworth Thursday, November 11 between 10pm and 1am. PPD's extreme response resulted in over $1,100.00 in minor traffic citations. This is not the first time the PPD has attempted to stifle the activities of PCLF and other community patrolling/Copwatching organizations. The events of the evening are indicative of PPD resistance to community involvement in police accountability.
On Thursday nights, PCLF (a police accountability organization by and for people of color that formed in response to the killings of James and Perez last year) holds its routine community patrol in North and Northeast PDX. They observe and document the activities of police officers during interactions with community members. The goal of community patrolling is to inform community members of their rights - which eventually may prevent another tragedy of police violence. When asked by police about their presence PCLF responds consistently in accordance with their rights, "We are here to observe, we do not intend to interfere."
During these patrols, PCLF has been subject to harassment, disrespectful actions and a lack of professionalism from the PPD.
Activists continue to occupy the upper canopy in unit 5d of the Blue River Face Timber Sale located in the Mckenzie Ranger District, Willamette National Forest. More treehouses have recently been installed at the 150 ft. level in hopes of offering the 40 acre unit protection from the chainsaws. Traverse lines running through the treetops are in place as a deterrent to cutting.
Our wish is to bring about increased awareness of the continued cutting of native and old-growth forest in the Mckenzie Watershed. The tree at Blue River Face are massive and the forest is lush. Owls can be heard hooting in the cool night air. Flying squirrels are visiting the tree-sits and telling us they would rather live in an intact forest than a managed stand of trees.
previous stories: [ Occupation of Blue River Face Timber Sale continues (Oct. 10, 2004) | Active Logging at Blue River Face (Apr. 18, 2004) | Rosboro Lumber steals trees, logs some of last Willamette Old Growth in Blue River Face (Apr. 30, 2004) | Cascadians occupy Unit 5d of Blue River Face timber sale (Aug. 31, 2004) ]
Looks like a new offensive in the battle for public opinion has begun in earnest. After a week of deafening silence on anomalies and irregularities in the 2004 Presidential Election, the "mainstream" media has opened up with a salvo of "in depth reporting" aimed at creating a public mindset that those who think the election results deserve close scrutiny are just a bunch of internet conspiracy theorists.
NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw tonight aired a special segment on the election issue, the thrust of which was "Nothing to see here. Keep moving." This followed a similar report on NPR earlier today.
previous sElection 2004 Theft features: [ Greens & Libertarian Presidential Candidates Demand Recount in Ohio (11/11) | Urgent: Act Now To Unhijack The Presidential Election (11/9) | PDF about sElection fraud from portland indymedia stories to print & distribute (11/8) | Black Box Voting makes appeal for help in exposing vote fraud before Electoral College is seated (11/8) | Nader/Camejo Challenge Electronic Voting Results in New Hampshire | The Election was Stolen; How we know & Why it matters (11/5) | Karmic Blowback and the Democrats (11/4) ]
The following letter was sent today by Kevin Ryan of Underwriters Laboratories to Frank Gayle of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Underwriters Laboratories is the company that certified the steel componets used in the constuction of the World Trade Center towers. The information in this letter is of great importance.
related: [ CNN poll- Do you think there is a Gov cover up on 911? | WTC Rescue Hero Sues Bush and Others under RICO Statute | An American demands the truth from you | pdx indymedia 9.11 investigation stories ]
We held our signs high. We passed out flyers. We've marched in the streets. We've blocked traffic. We made noise and cried out against the war, against oppression. We went home with uplifted spirits, again preaching to the choir and irking passersby. We even went out and voted.
But the monster is still in office. There is to be four more years of absolute terror in the white house. Four more years behind a veneer of moral values and nationalism. We are fucking mad.
We need mass decentralized actions, fucking shit up at night. In every city, against, against military recruitment centers, against republican offices, against banks, against walmarts, and against - every component of the military industrial compex.
[ North Carolina: Vandals hit GOP Headquarters | Illinois: Republican office vandalized | Kansas: Vandal hits headquarters of county GOP | Wisconsin: Tires slashed on 20 GOP vehicles, Milwaukee police report | Vandals cause major damage to Wal-Mart ]
It was announced this evening that Oregon faces a $1 billion shortfall. Portland is strapped for revenues and cutting programs, yet it can apparently find enough extra cash to fund a "Cold Case" program which will seek to solve 280 cold cases from the 1970s forward.
This decision is being made at a time when there is so much crime in Portland neighborhoods that police cannot begin to respond adequately to the many complaints. Instead, they respond by degree with burglaries under a certain amount and in certain parts of town, animal nuisance and neglect, noise, vandalism, etc. being virtually ignored. We can't afford to keep criminals in prison and many are released prematurely after having done little or no time or community service.
Why is the city wasting money "tidying up" after 280 years-old cases that benefit few people when it already has its hands full with current cases and we DO NOT HAVE MONEY TO SPARE?
David Cobb and Michael Badnarik, the 2004 presidential candidates for the Green and Libertarian parties, today announced their intentions to file a formal demand for a recount of the presidential ballots cast in Ohio.
"Due to widespread reports of irregularities in the Ohio voting process, we are compelled to demand a recount of the Ohio presidential vote. Voting is the heart of the democratic process in which we as a nation put our faith. When people stand in line for hours to exercise their right to vote, they need to know that all votes will be counted fairly and accurately. We must protect the rights of the people of Ohio, as well as all Americans, and stand up for the right to vote and the right for people's votes to be counted. The integrity of the democratic process is at stake," the two candidates said in a joint statement.
The candidates also demanded that Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican who chaired the Ohio Bush campaign, recuse himself from the recount process.
Friday evening, November 5, 2004, a presentation was held at the First Methodist Church in Portland Oregon concerning the erosion of Civil Rights in this country and the emergence of the National Security State. Much of the material was concerning the USA PATRIOT Act.
After giving a brief biography of both speakers the moderator introduced the first speaker, Elden Rosenthall. Elden Rosenthall, according to the moderator, is the premier civil rights lawyer in Portland. He's been involved in serveral police accountability cases over the years. The second speaker was Michael Avery, national president of the National Lawyers Guild Avery, a Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, is also one of the founders of and active with, the National Police Accountability Project,
And finally, Dr. Frankel, spoke concerning what people in Portland and Multnomah Country are doing about the PATRIOT Act. Frankel opens his remarks directly to the point: "December 9th, Thursday morning, 9:30, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will unanimously pass a resolution expressing a committment to protect civil rghts and reduce discrimination and harassment in the era of the USA PATRIOT Act."
I have been debating all night whether or not to share this info with everyone (because I know how quickly it will spread and how paranoid everyone will become), but have ultimately decided to do so. Earlier today, the FBI showed up at my door. Apparently someone (*cough*right-winger*cough*) had reported me to them for attempting to organize a 'terrorist' activity...
Honestly, I do not know what to do. I'm fairly sure the only reason they showed up is because a right-winger reported me, not necessarily because of what I was trying to organize. But apparently under the dreaded Patriot Act civil disobedience CAN be considered terrorist, and I can be thrown in jail without formal charges or rights. So I'm postponing the sit-in for now... The point has been raised that holding it on the same day as CASE-Ohio's hearing would be splintering our resources, and I do believe I agree. We need to regroup and examine our options a bit.
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In Fallujah, U.S. declares war on hospitals. The U.S. has captured the main hospital, destroyed another and prohibited the use of ambulances. U.S. spokesperson Prime Minister Allawi has declared a strict curfew, and the U.S. military has declared that during curfew hours any and all civilian vehicles are free-fire targets with no prior determination whether they are hostile required.
U.S. soldiers have targeted medical personnel and ambulances. U.S. forces block ambulances from coming to the hospital and have prevented doctors from the captured hospital from moving to other clinics to treat patients. The civilian residents of Fallujah are without healthcare except for a few small clinics and risk their lives to get to them.
Meanwhile, here in the U.S. the New York Times lead editorial calls for an increase of 40,000 in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq. Rather than stand by moral and ethical principles and oppose this illegal and brutal occupation, the pro-war NY Times wants to escalate the barbaric treatment of the civilians of Iraq.
The NY Times promoted the lies regarding 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' that helped launch the war, and now they support an escalation of this war which is based on lies, which routinely violates the Geneva Conventions, and which has made a mockery of U.S. rhetoric regarding democracy and freedom.
The 2004 Presidential election is NOT over! There's evidence the election may have been "hijacked" by fraud and that Bush has NOT won. A nationwide grassroots movement is underway to uncover the fraud, get the votes counted (or recounted) and file lawsuits, and YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW. Please spread the word, pitch in some volunteer time, help recruit volunteers with legal and/or computer expertise, and consider donating money. The Presidency won't be decided until the Electoral College meets on December 12; it's not too late to Redefeat Bush Again.
Florida - We need a recount in the optical scanner counties!If you add up the data from?http://ustogether.org/Florida_Election.htm, you can see that in the touch screen counties Republicans got 28.6% more votes than expected, while Democrats got 26.47% more votes than expected. In the optical scanner counties, Republicans got 45.84% more votes than expected while Democrats got only 0.92% more votes than expected. If we adjust the optical scanner counties to have the same percentages as the touch screen counties, then Bush loses about 230,000 votes, while Kerry gains about 366,000.
According to Liberty or Death, Bush averaged 7.25% over the exit polls in the states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Carolina. The calculated odds of this happening by chance are astronomical. Then factor in that discrepancies are consistently in Bush's favor, and oddly enough, happen most in states where there is electronic voting and no paper trail and one might conclude that Kerry won a landslide victory!
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a friend of mine is in palestine right now, working with the international solidarity movement. because audio, video and written material are nearly impossible to get accross the border, she is e-mailing people in the states about her experiences doing community and direct action work with palestinians in the occupied territories. these are the first two e-mails i recieved...
Two days ago I finished my ISM [International Solidarity Movement] training in Ramallah, which was attended by about 15 activists from the US and europe. It was one of the most intense two days of my life, in which seasoned ISM activists tried to prepare us for anything and everything that might happen to us and around us in the occupied territories. One of the most important aspects of the training was learning about the history of nonviolent resistance in Palestine, how ISM fits into this framework, etc. Most of us from the US are used to all Palestinians being categorized as terrorists. Obviously our presence within ISM shows our resistance to this idea, but most of us still have no background or sense of history. It is useful to realize that the first suicide bombing was in 1994, and that there has been a rich history of nonviolent opposition since the twenties. The second day of training was a little bit harder to take, as it dealt with what weapons might be used against us during protests, how to deal with arrest, interrogation, deportation, etc. A lot of people have never even witnessed this much violence before, let alone been put in direct confrontation with soldiers with M16's. It's a givem that everyone is scared.
Yesterday there was a post on this site called, "PDF about sElection fraud from portland indymedia stories to PRINT & DISTRIBUTE", at http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/302663.shtml. It contained an upload of a newsheet called "The WORD on the STreet" for people to print, copy and pass around. Taking stories from indymedia, it exposes the fraud of the stolen election.
Today I printed one up, took it downtown where a friend of mine let me use the copier in his office, and made over 400 copies. Then I walked around Pioneer Square passing them out. About half the people I approached took one, and of those, about half were really excited. It was easy to offer it to people. "Hey, you want 'The Word on the Street'?" I'd say. That was fun to say.
Anyway, I left a stack of 100 or so at the Red and Black Cafe (22nd & Division) for other people to go get some if they want, to pass out themselves. They're on the white lit table by the computers. Come and get 'em!
Commercial truck driver Dean Giddings, 42, of Oak Harbor, Washington, was towing two trailers on Highway 213 Sunday night, loaded with about 6,000 chickens when he reportedly ran a red light and crashed into two other vehicles at about 7:30 p.m. Several hundred chickens died at the scene and many suffered severe injuries. Animal rights activists appeared on the scene with animal carriers and video cameras as they attempted to liberate the animals from the Highway. Chicken Industry I pdx imc animal rights page ]
A Portland indymedia videographer accompanied the West Coast leg of the International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua City. On October 31 the Caravan marched across the border between El Paso, USA and Juarez, Mexico to demand justice in the cases of approximately 400 murdered women, cases neglected and mis-investigated by Mexican authorities. This is part 2 in a series of reports about the Caravan, which visited dozens of cities in the US and Canada and spent 6 days in Mexico meeting with authorities and the family members of the dead.
previous reports from Caravan: [ 12th Day of International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua (Oct. 29) | Caravan for Juarez Women Succeeds in Raising Awareness of 400 Murdered (Nov. 1) ]
report after report after report of vote fraud and hardly a ripple in the mainstream media. reports of reporters being "shutdown", reports of reporters being "threatened". we the people are on are own now.
You're our greatest hope. If you choose to accept it, your job is to spread the word in order to build a fast-growing grass roots movement -- a voting integrity project so powerful that it cannot be mowed down.
CRUNCH THE NUMBERS: Discrepancies please, and hurry. E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org . Pass the word. Need source documents, too. ASAP. Follow your nose, or join the Black Box Scavenger Hunt: Pick a county. Look at small counties, as we are seeing many discrepancies in those. Look in any state. Get the official number of registered voters, Dem and Republican. Get the number of votes cast on Nov. 2, Republican and Dem... We can find out a lot from this procedure, very hard data, that will make a real difference. As soon as you have finished a county, e-mail it to us. Do as many counties as you can.
PDF about sElection fraud from portland indymedia stories to print & distributePeople have been saying it would be cool to have something about the sElection fraud to print out and distribute to people. I whipped this thing out today as fast as I could. It's not an official indymedia publication or anything like that, but it's got great info, is laid out clearly, doesn't have any misspellings (i'm pretty sure!) and says a lot in a small amount of space. Please download it, print it out, make copies, and distribute wherever you can! Bus-stops, inside corporate newspapers in their boxes, in cafes, to people on the street, on telephone polls, in bathrooms -- everywhere!
I highly encourage other people to make their own flyers/posters/news-sheets, too. The more the merrier. I'm hoping this will encourage other folks to do stuff too. This one is local-to-Portland as it has a story about the protests downtown, and takes some slams at the corporate media for ignoring everything. Anyway, [ download away! ]
related: [ Must read: "None dare call it voter suppression and fraud" | The Election was Stolen; How we know & Why it matters | florida and the machines a breakdown | ohio again | Evidence Mounts That the Vote May Have Been Hacked | more from union county florida | Bush Regime Maintains Power Through Electoral Fraud | Florida's Broward County ES&S Vote Machines Programmed to COUNT BACKWARDS at 32,000 | the results of a day on the computer ]
I spent much time in this tiny Eastern Oregon desert town. I have seen much change sweep over the town, but the newest "economic development" scam will change the landscape and the people forever. A new player in town is a mercenary training school. Along with the new prison, the town will likely be a new frontier in the emerging USA police state.
Lakeview politicians have had plans before. In the fifties they encouraged the nuclear weapons industry to come mine the heavy veins of uranium. The mining companies came to town for a short time. They discovered the veins of Uranium were not that deep. They left town quickly leaving behind piles of uranium tailings that blew across the farmland and town contaminating everything. People in the town, including the children began to experience high levels of leukemia: cancer of the blood. The whole dirty story was hushed up. The towns people did not want to loose the summer tourist trade.
Now the powers that be have a new economic plan for this dying town. Prisons and mercenaries.
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