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Comparatively few people can recall that there was a third massive skyscraper, also a part of the World Trade Center, which fell very rapidly to the ground on that day. This was World Trade Center Building 7.
Summary of the KBOO morning news for Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
Food supplies are critically low.
CorpWatch's 14 top corporate violators
On Monday, September 26, twenty-three year old Chris McIntosh entered
into a plea agreement stemming from charges relating to arson at a
Seattle area McDonald's in 2003. The arson was jointly claimed by the E.L.F.
& A.L.F. Chris agreed to plead guilty to one count of federal arson and
will be sentenced in December to between eight to ten years. EIGHT TO
TEN YEARS for a fire set at an empty McDonald's, which caused $5,000 in
"Stop Snitchin' " T-shirts: the latest fashion statement for poor, urban youth back East.
As described by the New York Times article (below) the
corrupt, revisionist (ie: fake marxist) government of China
is attempting to censor all news of last week's massacre
of 20 or more farmers in Dongzhou, in southern China.
This attempt to suppress news of this massacre may (or may not)
be successful in the short run. But, in the long run, these
kinds of attempts to suppress the news are doomed to failure.
This story is of great significance to activists today who
want to build a powerful and militant mass movement for a world
that is not ruled by imperialism and the bourgeoisie.
Earth First! activists Rod Coronado and Matt Crozier were found guilty today.
Truthout article and the NY Times
A statement of love and support from the family of Chelsea Gerlach, a wrongly accused suspect of eco-vandalism.
Escrito el 23-03-2003 y publicado el 27-04-2004 en el sitio web Cuentos Globales -Málaga- Ahora en castellano (español), português e italiano.
A presentation of my views concerning Tookie Williams, the role of class struggle in the forming of gangs and indymedia's failure to help organize a resistance.
Join us on the Second Wednesday of every month for a Screening of Videos relating to Genetic Engineering and discussion on how you can help to promote a safe and sustainable food supply.
Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the Crip street gang in Los Angeles, was executed in San Quentin Prison on December 13 just after midnight. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger coldly and callously refused to grant him clemency, saying that "the facts do not justify overturning the court decision." Even though Tookie Williams had changed and became a very outspoken advocate against gang violence and for peace. They showed him no mercy. But it is deeper than this. In a highly political statement, Schwarzenegger also said that Tookie Williams' 1998 book Life In Prison was "dedicated to people like Assata Shakur, Mumia Abu Jamal" and particularly "Black militant George Jackson" which, according to Schwarzenegger, "is a significant indicator that Williams is not reformed and that he still sees violence and lawlessness as legitimate means to address societal problems."
Just got back from the preliminary hearing for Chelsea Gerlach related to charges from 2 incidents : The Bonneville Tower in Bend, OR and arson at Childers Meat Co, both in 1999.
This was not an arraignment, as Chelsea has already plead not guilty on all charges at an arraignment last week (and since the charges weren't read today, I don't know what they are). This hearing dealt with her detention pending trial.
a critique of humanity and our role in the destruction of the environment
Jan Moore, chairperson of 'Patriots for Al Gore' ("a grassroots organization not supported by any candidate or candidate's committee"), is the author of the four-part series "Anatomy of a Coup" that has been reposted here at PIMC from the blogsite --
Moore adds some comments under the heading "End of the series- but not the end" -- first to note that what has been called Gore's "concession" speech of December 13, 2000, really should be called "a withdrawal speech, because to me Mr. Gore was not conceding defeat, but simply withdrawing because it [the Gore campaign] had no where else to go." As Gore said: "[T]he U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. [W]hile I strongly disagree with the court's decision, I accept it. I accept the finality of this outcome which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College."
But more importantly, Moore makes a strong appeal for ELECTION INTEGRITY and for working to redeem our electoral system.
What is going on with the Sandy Police is overwhelming
Five years ago this week, the forces of regression took over the office of President of the United States through a judicial coup.
There's people who have dedicated themselves to getting Democrats to stand up like everyone wants them to and say what we all know -- that Bush has never been elected President of the United States. These people are organized as "Progressives for Gore" because they have pleaded with the U.S. to 'fess up to what happened five years ago and demand recall/impeachment of Bush -- with Al Gore being installed pending the next general election. This has been the program of these progressives since 2001 and is still their program . . .
HOWEVER, concluding the series, "Progressives for Gore" prepares to leave the 2000 election behind (never forgetting it, but learning from it) to work on ELECTION REFORM AND ELECTION INTEGRITY NOW.
Part One was published here last Monday as "Five years ago this week", Part Two last Wednesday and Part Three was published here shortly after midnight, December 9/10. Here's Part IV from the blogsite --
Eugene newspapers says police used undercover informer to tape conversations with activist Daniel McGowan. Says body wire worn by Eugene Oregon person.
"Perhaps the most intriguing claim from those who cling to the "no plane" claim is the fact that the Pentagon is hiding footage from the video surveillance cameras that filmed the event constitutes evidence that something other than Flight 77 hit the building. This suppression of evidence shows foreknowledge (since FBI agents who seized the film were immediately able to grab the videos), but not "no plane." Hotel workers who watched "their" video before it was seized saw the plane. And the hundreds of commuters and other bystanders who were in the area also saw the plane. The video is probably being withheld in a form of "reverse psychology" to get the skeptics to think the Pentagon is hiding something when they are not, which is needed to keep this hoax alive. Some 9/11 activists who disbelieve the "no plane" stuff think the Pentagon is planning to release "newly discovered" video of the plane hitting the building to discredit 9/11 truth, but it is more likely that they are enjoying the spectacle of the activists discrediting themselves and 9/11 complicity in general. More important, they understand that if the "no plane" claims are extinguished, most of those focused on the "Pentagate" will shift their attention toward real evidence of complicity that the "no plane" stuff distracts from."
West Point graduate Captain James Yee, Muslim Chaplain of Guantanamo, will speak about his experiences with Guantanamo captives and his own captivity after he was erroneously charged with treason.
Attitudes are the only disability. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. "Social solidarity with the weak is eroding.. The burdens for the insured and patients increase while businesses are simultaneously relieved."
Oregonians will be seriously hurt by the proposed budget cuts. Along with cutting food stamps to over 26,000 needy Oregonians (200,000+ countywide), Congress may also cut Medicaid, child care, and student loans. At the same time, Congress is passing more tax cuts for the rich. Many Americans feel this is completely immoral. Our vigil is to protest any budget cuts to the poor.
Summary of the KBOO morning news for Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
Republican negotiators in the House of Representatives and the Senate reached an agreement last week for the renewal of the USA Patriot Act, including the permanent extension of most of the provisions that had been set to expire by the end of this year. Once it is passed into law, the bill will extend sweeping attacks on democratic rights and consolidate a vast expansion of the powers of the state to spy on law-abiding individuals.
hey, where are all those anarchist christmas carols i see this time of year?
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Send Arnold Some Love
While at SCRAP a few days ago I got word that someone had graffitied "honkeys go home" on the building. Of course this was no where to be found when I heard about it because it had already been taken care of, covered up. I guess so as not to disturb or make anyone feel guilty about something they just can't do anything about.
The next day I'm at the no WTO protest and people are carrying signs and saying chants equating globalization with colonialization, quite ready and interested in talking more about the issue. But it seems that whenever gentrification in Portland comes up, people get quiet if not completely silent. And I wonder why is it so much easier for white people to focus on the WTO? Fighting the WTO and globalization can only be more challenging than fighting gentrification in our own town. And racism is just as significant a factor in global capitalist oppression as it is in the local kind. And we white people are just as much participants, however reluctant or resistant, in the broad processes of globalization as with gentrification.
Tough new sentencing laws across the US are resulting from an influx of prisoners, creating massive overcrowding. Many states are responding to this crisis by contracting out the management and liability of prisoners to private multi-national corporations.
11th December 2005 ELP news bulletin
12th December 2005 ELP news bulletin
I'd like to try to make everyone aware of one of the two Green Party candidates for Governor (election 2006) - Ed Winslow.
Eugene McCarthy's decision as an antiwar candidate
to challenge Lyndon Johnson's presidency was a factor
in Johnson's resignation.
BIA in today's newsletter announces extended public comment period regarding a proposed Columbia Gorge casino. They're working on their environmental impact statement, refining the statement describing the purpose and need for federal agencey action. A total of 10 alternatives exist.
Death am I!
Curt Weldon just announced on Lou Dobbs' show that the Pentagon has agreed to let the Able Danger officers testify at a Congressional Hearing.
Despite the years of Tookie's efforts and success at preventing youth (150,00+) from joining steet gangs, Nazi Actor Arnold in Sacramento seems determined to end the life of this former gangster turned peacemaker. Maybe the CIA needs young African-americans to work for them and continue distributing crack-cocaine and automatic weapons in urban neighborhoods
What do you worship more this time of the year? The birth of a man by the name of Jesus born some 2000 years ago or the birth and domination of capitalism born just a few hundred years in the past?
Along the way to Consumer-mas if we have to support the idea of Santa, support the belief that Santa is female as well as male; that Santa is black as well as white; that Santa comes from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Gov. Schwarzanegger denies clemency. Execution to proceed
Are military recruiters being fair to prospective recruits, people who live in the U.S.A. and around the world or themselves?
An American activist, Jonathan Philip Robert, indicted last year on charges of making a bomb threat to a hotel hosting the G8 meeting at Sea Island, GA, USA, was arrested on the 20th of November 2005. He is facing serious federal charges under the indictment, although at this stage it is not clear what those charges are.
An updated version of an article, written in May 2004 accessing where we were in the movement using Bill Moyer's Map model, written especially for the California Green Plenary held last weekend in Davis, California.
Interview with Ezra of Aphrodesia.
The first comprehensive feature story in a mainstream magazine about Tre Arrow's ordeal appears in the current issue of Portland Monthly magazine. The author of the story is Stacey Wilson.
The federal minimum wage has not been increased since 1997.
During the same period of time the U.S. Congress has opposed a minimum wage increase, they have voted themselves seven pay raises totaling $28,000.
The bottom line for me and I hope for you, let the employer make less and the worker more! If it weren't for the worker there would be no employer.
Rumsfeld Buries Admission of Missing 2+ Trillion Dollars in 9/10/01 Press Conference
On September 10, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference to disclose that over $2,000,000,000,000 in Pentagon funds could not be accounted for. Rumsfeld stated: "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions." 1
Summary of the KBOO am news for Monday, December 12th, 2005
Free trade in agriculture means export orientation and mass production of food instead of giving priority to food security and qualitatively high-grade regional food production.
This archive is provided off the air from Portland Oregon 90.7fm. It is not authorized by KBOO board of directors, paid staff, volunteer staff, other volunteers ('worker bees'), nor by any plebiscite of members and other listeners.
Archivist is Glen Owen, theKnownUniverse@yahoo.com, home phone 503 287 3473 (outgoing message in Mandarin Martian).
For eighteen years I have been a hands-on progressive activist fighting to make Oregon a better place. A place that protects its people and its environment. During this period we have suffered from political and moral gridlock at the hands of Democrats and the Republicans who are both controlled by Big Business. At no time in my experience have things been darker. I believe that finally people are fed up with bad government and are ready for change. In my experience the level of outrage of our citizens has never been higher.
Those who are supposed to protect and serve are killing and injuring all of us.
This is a 450 article expressing my strong (very strong) views on the criminal assholes who seem to get away with horrible atrocities - including the destruction of the beautiful country of Iraq.
Arguments to substantiate reasons for putting GW Bush on trial for war crimes
-- Internet censorship. It did not happen overnight but slowly came to America's shores from testing grounds in China and the Middle East.
Progressive and investigative journalist web site administrators are beginning to talk to each other about it, e-mail users are beginning to understand why their e-mail is being disrupted by it, major search engines appear to be complying with it, and the low to equal signal-to-noise ratio of legitimate e-mail and spam appears to be perpetuated by it.
In the last paragraph, NIST employs the straw-man tactic used so extensively by the Popular Mechanics article. It reads -- "NIST found no corroborating evidence for alternative hypotheses suggesting that the WTC towers were brought down by controlled demolition using explosives planted prior to September 11, 2001. NIST also did not find any evidence that missiles were fired at or hit the towers. Instead, photos and videos from several angles clearly showed that the collapse initiated at the fire and impact floors and the collapse progressed from the initiating floors downward, until the dust clouds obscured the view." (p 146/196)
Early last month, the US Senate quietly moved the United States one step closer to final approval of a three-billion dollar subsidy package aimed squarely at the aging television sets of an American public allegedly hungry for high-resolution spectacle and ever more compelling escapism.