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10.03.2005 21:59
A visit with Bend Democrats
Issues we discussed:

Someone wore a pin that showed the Republican party eliphant with the words "Got Fascism?"

Allen school burning down (early 60s).

Veterans for common sense, a web site.

WalMart and don't trust the Bend chamber of commerce to help out. It was pointed out that many small businesses in the Bend area don't even participate in the chamber of commerece. Someone mentioned that WalMart had dug up an ancient burial site in Hawaii and were hiding the bones in a trailer. Someone else suggested that maybe we could bury some artifacts out at the proposed site and in Bend and then claim it as an historical site.

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09.03.2005 12:18
Protesters Stop Logging at Fiddler Timber Sale This Morning
Rally at the green bridge two people sat with their neck's u-locked to each other in the middle of the road, with approx. 12-15 people softblocking [not locked to things, but blocking the road] around them. when the first forest service vehicle stopped, a man went under the truck and used a lockbox to attach himself to the rear axle.

after awhile the LEO [law enforcement officers] roped off the area and forced everyone not willing to face arrest out of the area. 9-10 people, including those locked down, stayed in.

the police began to arrest those who weren't locked down, and since the media had not yet arrived [the sun was just beginning to rise] they treated the people harshly. people were dragged, sat on, raised by their hands cuffed behind their back, and generally mistreated, despite a complete lack of resistance. Once corporate media arrived on the scene, the police became more gentle and began to put the protesters who were going limp into stretchers to be carried out.

Original Breaking News Report: Reports from the field indicate that four people have locked down to the Green Bridge, blocking access to the Fiddler Timber Sale. Please stay tuned to http://www.rogueimc.org for further updates as more information comes in from the field.

Contact Info: Kalmiopsis EF! / Wild Siskiyou Action / 541-659-2682 / siskiyou@cascadiarising.org
Local Carpool Info: Cascadia RiSiNG! EcoDefense / 503-493-7495 / action@cascadiarising.org

Biscuit/Fiddler Photos
Where to mail donations

related: pdx imc forest defense page I rogue indymedia (southern oregon) I Cascadia Rising EcoDefense I Oxygen Collective


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09.03.2005 07:35
Portland Community Gardens Spared Budget Cuts
At the Tuesday evening budget hearing for the Parks Department, Commissioner Saltzman prefaced the meeting by stating that the community gardens program would be spared budget cuts for one more year. While a great temporary victory, we who utilize this fantastic system need to use this year to help figure out some ways to cut expenses.
related: Portland Community Gardens I Portland Community Gardens Under Threat of Closing (2/19/05) I NWRage

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08.03.2005 12:41
Free Geek Grand Opening in Olympia!!
Free Geek Olympia had a benefit last night in Oly, with many there from Portland Free Geek speaking at the event at Traditions Cafe Sunday March 6th. It was a fun event, with some local performers, and then a salmon dinner with steelhead and greens and yummy BEETS and yams and carrots to add color and the wild rice mix rounded out the meal and made us all happy to hear the speakers talk about the amazing directions that Portland Free Geek has gone in, how many tons a month are being diverted from the land-fills, and other great ideas for Olympia to consider...

The humour and excitement about this new Free Geek opening was enhanced by the film shorts of a fundraiser that had been held (and reportedly is still a possibility for this coming saturday I think) at the Portland Free Geek awhile back, where the public was invited to come in a smash printers for donation, with their tool of choice, (including but not limited to a baseball bat, sledge hammer, golf club, and other implements of destruction- very entertaining if a little disturbing at how much the parents were getting into it, but awesome to watch the kids and adults enjoying smashing technology)


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08.03.2005 12:38
The truth and lies of the attempted assassination of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena by the U.S. military
Well, here's the White House damage control about the Sgrena story: "U.S. Rejects Italy Jounalist's Claims" That's straight from the horse's mouth, none other than Terence Hunt, "AP White House Correspondent."

This "rejects" thing, it leaves a little wiggle room, just in case -- whereas "rejects out of hand" -- now THAT ends the conversation forever. Well, obviously, the corporate press goes to the Source of Truth, the White House, to determine what the truth really is. I mean, you wouldn't want to take it some neutral tribunal (the World Court or whatever) to have to do the "reject" thing. You wouldn't want it to be decided in an Italian court.

Imagine this headline -- "Michael Jackson Rejects Boy's Accusations". Pretty good, no? Except it would really have been great for Michael to have rejected the accusations "out of hand" -- whatever that means. But, poor Michael, all he can do is "deny". That's all any ordinary person can do, really, because the idea that the accused can "reject" the claims, that means that the accused is the judge!

'Silencing Sgrena, gangland-style'
Sgrena had the goods on them, the whole bloody litany of crimes perpetrated by the swaggering Texas psychopath and his Pentagon goons. Her interviews with Falluja's refugees put her in a position to spill the beans on Bush's murderous farce and splatter the headlines across Europe with the real picture of what is going on inside Iraq.

"I wanted to tell about the bloodbath in Falluja through the refugees tales....I had in front of me the EVIDENCE of what Iraqi society had become with the war," she announced in her confession My Truth ("La mia verita")

Of course she did...so she had to die. Others have died for much less. According to Eason Jordan, veteran news chief who was axed for telling the truth of what most suspected anyway; that Rumsfeld was intentionally targeting journalists in a maniacal effort to control the flow of information coming out of Iraq. Eason predictably recanted and threw himself on his sword, but the evidence is clear...


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07.03.2005 14:50
Biscuit/Fiddler Update: Logging begins in Old Growth Reserves; 11 arrested blockading road
Lockdown on the Road to Fiddler Mountain Old Growth Reserve Logging has begun on Fiddler timber sale unit 11 about 1 3/4 miles above the National Wild & Scenic Illinois River on the road to Babyfoot Lake (also known as the T.J. Howell Memorial Botanical Drive). The old growth forest making up unit 11 was burned by the Forest Service in fire suppression efforts during the Biscuit Fire.

Note - Unit 11 is an 18 acre logging unit, directly adjacent to the 335 contiguous acre Inventoried Roadless Area timber sale the Forest Service has laid out in the Mikes Gulch watershed/South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area and Briggs Late-Successional Reserve.

About 11 people were arrested this morning, in a peaceful blockade of the Babyfoot Lake/Fiddler timber sale road. There is heavy law enforcement presence. In addition, law enforcement drew a big line around the road blockade, called it a crime scene and threatened to arrest anyone, including media, within the line.

More details from the lockdown at Fiddler this morning
i just got a call from an activist who was on the ground this morning during the road blockades at the Fiddler timber sale in the Biscuit. She filled me in on a few more details about what happened. Here's a summary, quickly typed from notes i took while talking to her.

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07.03.2005 08:02
Keynote speech at ELAW given by Jeff 'Free' Luers
Jeff Luers 2004 The 3 day conference was held at the University of Oregon and not only featured Jeff as a keynote but premiered a new documentary about Jeff. Thanks to the folks in Eugene who advocated for Jeff to keynote, recorded it and got out there.

[ LISTEN (WMA file) ]

[ Free 'Free' Now ]


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07.03.2005 07:56
Maurice Cheeks, Tonya Harding, Dwight Jaynes, and the Portland sports press
The front page of the current Portland Tribune is sports. No, nobody got busted for smoking grass this time. In fact, it's not even a news story. The main headline of the Tribune this week is an editorial by Dwight Jaynes that reads: "Memo To Mo: It's Your Fault." Now the sacking of a Blazer coach mid-season is big news in the Rose City, but there's little news reported here. In fact, it's just one fat, bald motherf*#@er who probably couldn't run from one end of a court to another with folding over and gasping for breath, basically rubbing salt in the wound of Mo Cheeks. Even though he didn't win any playoff series as coach, Mo' did what neither President Patterson or GM John Nash have been able to do the minute he set foot in Portland--bring a touch of class to the floor. ..

Bottom line is, this is a town full of so-called "sports writers" like Dwight Jaynes who have not fully recovered from their forced break-up with Tonya Harding.

Bill Maher takes on Ward Churchill
I was surprised to see Ward Churhill on Bill Maher. He had a sit down with him at the beginning of the show and a family member of one of the victim's of 9/11, Michael Faughnan.

Maher doesn't agree with Churhill's "ikeman" comment, but mentioned that if someone doesn't ride the edge of what is acceptable, then we won't have a democracy to speak of. I agree there, but I don't think Churhill rides the edge. In our current conditions, what is the edge? The Bush administration, while robbing civil liberties at home, likes to use "american freedom" whenever they can, but we know that the edge, is when you speak out about anything that is not part of our pro-fascist government.

Ward talks about the 12-15million american indians we killed via manifest destiny, he talks about all the murders that have taken place at our hand, but Bill disagrees that we "think" about it. Bill's take on this, is that we may care more for our I-pods and SUV's, but we don't wake up wanting to murder people. That is the difference between the "terrorists" and "americans".

One More: [ Me, Art Bell, and 9-11 ]


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05.03.2005 12:50
Report-back from Walmart picket in Beaverton
Earlier today [Friday, March 3], at four o'clock, i counted as many as 37 people with Anti- Wal mart signs at the intersection of Barnes Rd and Cedar Hills Blvd in the Portland suburb of Cedar Mill. People were there to protest the newly propsed Wal Mart that is to be built at that intersection. People where there for all reasons, from a fundemental dislike of Wal Mart to the threat of greatly increased traffic. People were there to protest the drop in property values and the increase in crime and loitering that has occured in other communities. For whatever reason people showed up, I am glad they did.

[ Save Cedar Mill ]


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FIGHTING WALMARTIZATION 04.03.2005 14:38
Activists of Beaverton call to arms
  • THURS. 3/10, 7pm
  • Walmart Informational mtg
  • 15450 S. W. Millikan Way
  • Beaverton
As a Beaverton resident and frequent Portland visitor, I know many Portland people turn their noses up at Beaverton (the burbs). The area that Beaverton, Tigard, Bethany, occupies, used to be beautiful...

I just don't know who is out here in numbers to take up the fight, but I hope there are some. People are going to be living here for some time. When places like Walmart suck up the lion's share of the business, opportunities for small business will dry up. We've got too many people already. Acres and acres of open crop land have been paved over with houses and asphalt. Skyline Ridge, not so long ago, a beautiful wooded expanse, viewable from many points in the area, is gradually covered with housing, as is the north side of Chehalem Mt. Neither of these places have walk-to shopping or employment.


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03.03.2005 22:05
Richard Rosenthal, Director of the Portland's Indepedent Police Review, looking for job in Denver
Our man Richard Rosenthal, director of Portland's "Independent Police Review" is looking for a job as director of Denver's IPR.

rosenthal victim writes: Rosenthal sucks. He's rude. He's biased. He's a liar. He's a cop apologist who has absolutely no business heading a police accountability administrative agency. The people of Portland have been very poorly served by Rosenthal. He has supported numerous cops who have done really terrible things. He does not support victims or even listen to them. In his view cops do no wrong and victims are liars. Mostly because of him the IPR/CRC is a complete joke. It's the citizens who suffer since he doesn't do his job yet deceives people into thinking that he does - that makes people unsafe because rogue cops don't get disciplined. The result is that there is no police accountability and so the only recourse left to victims is the courts - that costs the citizens money. Rosenthal is a huge liability and it will be good to see him get the hell out of this city.


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03.03.2005 21:58
Campaign to Bring Oregon's Troops Home; Salem Photos and Public Access Appearance
On Tuesday, March 1, 2005, military families whose loved ones are serving overseas or who have died in the conflict in Iraq, veterans, peace activists and other concerned Oregonians gathered on the Capitol Steps in Salem as part of an ongoing campaign to bring Oregon's troops home.

This issue and Rally will be the subject of this weeks the A Growing Concern Public Access program, which airs live on channel 11 from 7-8:00 pm, Friday evening, March 4, 2005. Erik Blickenstaff of Gold Star Families For Peace and Military Families Speak Out will be there to speak to this issue. Video clips from some of Tuesdays speakers will also be featured. Live phone calls will be taken sometime during the second half of the program.

[ Over four years of posts to pdx indymedia by Jim Lockhart ]


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03.03.2005 21:54
Cynthia Mckinney Shakes Rumsfeld and Myers Over 9/11 Wargames
On February 16th Congressional leadership and two of the planners of the 9/11 attacks blocked, stalled and almost got away with ducking the central question about 9/11. Though they were not forced to answer McKinney's question, their reaction belongs to all of us. We know. They know we know. Don't hold your breath that Rumsfeld and Myers will ever be compelled to answer it, but also don't ever forget the heroism coming from the last bright light on Capitol Hill.

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02.03.2005 23:43
Janitors and their supporters rally downtown to "blow the whistle" on unethical employers
Today's rally was another spirited event organized by Jobs With Justice. One thing that always stands out about their actions is the enthusiasm of the participants. People shout the chants and let you know they mean it! At this event, many people were armed with whistles, and the No War Drum Corps was in attendance, so at times the din was nearly earsplitting. Nothing speaks like passion, and the folks at this rally were speaking up, and speaking up loud!

"Blowing the Whistle on law-breaking companies" was the title on the flyer they were handing out. It featured a photo of Jason Barber, who works as a janitor for Servicemaster Swan Island, the corporation targeted by today's protest.


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PSU ELECTIONS 02.03.2005 14:22
Red Scare at Portland State: Devaney/Woon slate hit by Republican dirty tricks
Hatecase. Yesterday, March 1, the College Republicans officially and publically launched an anti-Devaney/Woon Slate campaign by creating a display case and locating it strategically in the highest pedestrian area of PSU. The display case had comparisons of the Devaney/Woon slate to communist leaders of the past, namely Stalin and Lenin...

They also tried to fit into university policy by advertising an event, which they were supposed to do in the first place. The event that they decided to advertise was the "Ebony Ball," a dance held every year by the Black Cultural Affairs Board and the Association of African Students. Once word reached the members of these respective groups, a large grouping went down and demanded that the flyers be removed because it misrepresents the mission and beliefs of the groups in questions.

previous PSU Election stories: [ Student body candidates at PSU call a "Student Alert" / Barron/Craven - NOT the Progressive Candidates (2/27/05) | Barron-Craven Enters Campaign Proposing Real Solutions to Real Student Issues (2/14/05) ]


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01.03.2005 17:06
Tillamook County Becoming r-BGH Free
The Tillamook County Creamery Association's membership voted 83-43 to back up the Board's previous decision to go rBGH-free, effective April 1, 2005 (No kidding!). After a two-hour discussion, the co-op's members decided to listen to their consumers' wishes rather than Monsanto.

In an incredible display of consumer activism and strength, over 6,500 people commented to Tillamook by phone, e-mail, fax and letter. Over 98% of the comments stressed the desire for the dairy to go rBGH-free! If ever there was a demonstration that this genetically engineered hormone has nothing to offer but increased disease rates in cows and health risks to consumers, this was it.

We really want to thank all of you who responded to Oregon PSR's requests to contact Tillamook. And a double thanks to everyone who sent our alert memo's to others and asked them to do the same. Never in our wildest dreams did we think the ripple effect would go so far.


related: [ NWRAGE I Biotech IMC I pdx imc ge page ]

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GOOD NEWS IN DARK TIMES 01.03.2005 10:56
Community Organizing Stops Development Threat to Tryon Creek Watershed!
try/on farm On Friday morning, after months of hard work and negotiations, TLC Farm successfully acquired the purchase option for the land it occupies from Brownstone Homes, a development firm that had planned to build 23 luxury houses on the sensitive site. Now TLC Farm is in a contractual agreement to purchase the land from its owner by January 2006.

Also on Friday, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Terry Hannon stayed the eviction of the residents of TLC Farm pending appeal of the case to the Court of Appeals. Representatives of the owner expressed a desire to work with TLC Farm and the residents to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution for all concerned.

related: [ Tryon Life Community Farm continues to build support despite judge's eviction ruling (2/1//05) | Try/On Life Community Farm website ]


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28.02.2005 22:21
A call from Southern Oregon Forest Defenders
Green Bridge over the Illinois River The campaign to stop the largest logging project in modern history is entering a critical new phase- and Southern Oregon forest defenders are calling on all allies who are able to gather for a camp out at the Green Bridge on the Illinois River. The Green Bridge is a symbolic and literal gateway to the expansive roadless wildlands of the Siskiyou Mountains beyond. This is an inclusive and ongoing encampment ready to receive helpful people now. Specifically, folks are asked to sleep by the river Sunday March 6th and attend a mass demonstration Monday morning, March 7th, the day the first-ever logging within designated old growth reserves is set to begin.

The Green Bridge is a rallying point for those who wish to show their opposition to the so-called Biscuit Fire Recovery Project, an extreme logging scheme that would remove tens of thousands of log trucks from remote regions of unmanaged native forest. A small group of local organizers are camping beneath the bridge on the bank of the picturesque Illinois River. The camp is becoming the public face of a growing campaign that is increasingly supported by old timers and locals who bring food, warm clothes and camp fire songs to share with those gathered.

recent related: [ The Battle to Save the Biscuit Heats Up: A call-to-action, direct & otherwise (2/25/05) | Defending the Wild: Biscuit Action Bulletin (2/19/05) | Portlanders rally downtown to demand immediate cessation of logging in The Biscuit (2/7/05) | Selma, Oregon: Report-back from rally to save the Wild Siskiyous (2/8/05) ] | For more coverage: Rogue IMC


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DEEP POLITICS 28.02.2005 22:15
Hunter S.Thompson Silenced with a Silencer?
Hunter S. Thompson "Gonzo-Journalist" Hunter S. Thompson was talking to his wife Anita on phone about his work on his weekly ESPN column and that she should come home from her health club, but instead of proceeding the phone conversation she heard a "muffled noise" and "didn't know what had happened". She reported further: "I was waiting for him to get back on the phone,"...

Her account to Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass is slightly different: "I did not hear any bang," she told Kass. She added that Thompson's son, who was in the house at the time, believed that a book had fallen when he heard the shot, according to Kass' report. Now that's interesting: WHY "slightly different"? Because CNN spinned some different CONCLUSION into it????? Stay with the facts!!! Learn from 'Bloggers'!!

Was Hunter Thompson Suicided?
Skolnick reports that Thompson was working on an expose of the homosexual pedophile underground which permeates the MSM, Washington, DC, & BOTH political parties, a la the Franklin Coverup scandal of the 80's & 90's. The danger of the Jeff Gannon scandal becoming the next dot to connect the BusShes to Franklin is causing panic among the MSM & DC, according to Skolnick.

...Hunter Thompson's "suicide" then might be an attempt by SOMEONE to delay the dot-connecting.

related rumors: [ The Gannon Cannon Bush Treason In Spy Whorehouse | Jeff Gannon isn't James Gukkert he's REALLY Johnny Gosh (Franklin paedophile ring?) ]


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28.02.2005 10:24
Reviving the Debate about Human Rights: Book Review
The author describes the development of human rights. The first generation-civil and political rights-goes back to the late 18th century. The second generation-economic, social and cultural rights-arose as a consequence of impoverishment. The development of the third generation-collective rights-after WWII was impelled by the desire for peace and a healthy environment.

This book review of "Pictures of Human Rights" originally published in: Zeit-Fragen Nr.7, 2/14/2005 is translated from the German by Marc Batko

[ Other posts from Marc Batko | Marc Batko Translations ]


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