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When I think of America, the picture in my mind is not the Statue of Liberty or the flag, but the Loompanics Unlimited catalog. Loompanics is the apotheosis - a word I've always craved the opportunity to use - of free speech, the most perfect example of everything that's right with our beloved country. As Marilyn epitomizes movie stardom, as Willie epitomizes country music -in the same way, Loompanics is the ideal example of what America is all about. Or was meant to be.
A man in Grand Rapids, Michigan took out a $7000 full page ad in the paper
to present the following essay to the people of his community. It really
touched my heart and I hope it will yours too.
How Could You? By Jim Willis 2001
Would you sign this?
Angry throngs bedecked in a dazzling array of costumes, sporting signs and guerrilla theatre regalia opposed Colin Powell on his self-serving speaking engagement where he waxed profound on general themes of leadership and barely mentioned his role in the lead up to the bloody Iraq war. Protesters were forcibly evicted by a coterie of muscle men as apparent supporters of the alleged war criminal chided them and management refused to refund the fifty dollar ticket price..
Thai Jasmine rice became the first fair trade grain available to the U.S. market in Sept. 2005. On Feb 23rd and 24th, two rice farmers will be in Portland to discuss the benefits of fair trade and to promote their rice. Come eat some rice and support fair trade!
On Thursday about twenty people attended the Clackamas County Commissioners Meeting to testify regarding Fouad Kaady.
As a few of you may have noticed, the max was running a bit odd today. I have the inside scoop on why, seeing as I was on the problem-causing train (for two hours). It was quite and interesting experiance in... well... waiting around for your electrically challenged train to be grounded so that you can get off.
Help Us Fuel a Clean Energy Future
Watching the 700 Club always turns my stomach, but I do it occasionally to hear what the other side is saying. You can't get much more wacked-out than the 700 Club. Now ABC is broadcasting it on it's satelite station ABC Family. Ugh!
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*Groooaaaan* And just when I had enough saved to hire that
Fabio-licious masseusse with the kung-fu grip.
This week the HCAO board voted to endorse Initiative Petition 111.
Fugazi front man in Street Roots
As the history of COINTELPRO reveals, the idea here is not to monitor Osama's phone calls placed from an Afghan cave, but instead investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations and individuals (and thus violating the Constitution and the Bill of Rights).
In case you were wondering,how the world was saved,and we were finally able to bring peace,and justice,without honor,it was me,Superactivist,Street Musician,Buddy Bee Anthony,the keyboard guy,brought in from somewhere out east,to free the citizenry of Portland from Fascist tyranny.
Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering to Host Two Seed and
Resisting the Biotech Industry's Attempt to Patent the Seed Supply by
Promoting Community Control and Sharing of our Agricultural Biodiversity
The release of more horrifying photographs and videos from Abu Ghraib prison sheds a revealing light on the hypocritical and genuinely sinister character of the supposed "free speech" campaign surrounding the publication of anti-Muslim cartoons in the European and international press.
The Australian Special Broadcasting Service's "Dateline" program broadcast a number of the new images from Abu Ghraib on Wednesday. One video revealed a handcuffed man pounding his head against a metal cell door. In other pictures the same man is shown dangling upside down, smeared with his own feces. The corpse of a man who allegedly died during a CIA interrogation appears in another photograph. Certain images reveal detainees obviously wounded and bleeding. SBS aired a video clip of five men with bags over their heads, masturbating on their guards' orders.
A United Nations investigation has found that the US is committing acts amounting to torture at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The report, released Thursday, is a stinging rebuke to the American government's illegal practices, justified in the name of the so-called "war on terrorism." The UN body is calling for the prison camp to be closed.
The probe was conducted by a five-member panel of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Its report says detainees at the US facility have been subjected to force-feeding, prolonged solitary confinement and other abuses, and have been denied the right to a fair trial, as well as religious freedom.
With Coldfinger and Bondage as my witnesses, I'll never take my clothes off again.
-- ursula undressed
Just had a little brainstorm...
Twenty-three Portland activists have returned from Caracas, Venezuela where they attended the 2006 World Social Forum (WSF). The World Social Forum, whose slogan is "another world is possible," is a yearly gathering at which over 100,000 progressive activists, non-profits, and community organizations from around the world debate alternatives to corporate globalization.
What's with all the use of "14" and "88"?
Just as we feared, most of those evicted on the 13th did not have alternative housing. Some were arrested for trespassing as they sought shelter in abandoned buildings, and many dispersed throughout the country, refugees once again. This cannot be allowed to happen again. March 1st will be the final battle for thousands of NOLA families facing homelessness.
Next month's March 19th third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq coincides with the Bush administration's plans to extend the war into Iran.
Summary of the KBOO am news for Friday, February 17th.
Vice President Dick "Buckshot" Cheney kept his word to the inmates at California's maximum security Folsom State Prison. He played a one hour set with his band "Dickie and The Trigger Happy Birdie Killers".
This Week In Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.IMEMC.org, for Thursday Feb 16th, 2006.
Palestinian legislators get ready for the Palestine's new political map amidst Israel's continued murders, arrests, and colonization of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But Palestinians are still nonviolently resisting the Separation Wall. These stories and more, coming up. Stay tuned.
Our fight to put Cornelius first and stop Wal-Mart from building a new Super Center in Oregon is at a critical moment. We have one last chance to let our elected officials know where we stand and why we oppose a new Wal-Mart in Cornelius. We can defeat Wal-Mart, but we need your voice next Tuesday night at the Cornelius City Council meeting.
MONTREAL (February 16, 2006) - The Humane Society of the United States and
Humane Society International today condemned the Canadian Department of
Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for allowing a commercial hunt for grey seals
despite the high natural mortalities caused by lack of ice cover and storms
Still looking to torture and murder with Sheriff Roberts approval
Cheney has done worse... Some intersting points about "Buckshotgate"--the most blatant one is that Cheney's irrelevant alibi doesn't begin to make sense of the physical effects of shooting a guy in the face, neck, and chest at close range, so Cheney is lying.
THE ARMSTRONG RANCH BACKGROUND: It is where the shooting occurred. It is owned by Katherine Armstrong, DC lobbyist, whose mother was on the board of Halliburton when Cheney was appointed CEO of Halliburton. Anne Whittington as well has another crony Cheney connection: both Cheney and she were part of the Ford Administration--Cheney as White House Chief of Staff to Ford (brought in by Rumsfeld, who was Ford's Sec. of Defense), and Armstrong was appointed by Ford to the Ambassadorship of Great Britain. Anne  is the first claim to blame Whittington... Between 8 and 9 p.m., **she calls Karl Rove*** because she said was "an old friend of Karl's." Er, the only purpose to call Mr. Goebbels-Rove is to organize the spin. One article says "a Border Patrol officer turns the sheriff back from the Armstrong Ranch [?]" and dennies a shooting had occurred--then when the police were alrady called in about it. What was that all about?
The point is why? Just because Cheney was drunk and took a day to sober up while he was being protected (illegally) from all police questioning after the close range shooting? Or, did Cheney attempt to murder Whittington to cover up some type of hold the guy had over him? Some have contended that Whittington was involved in appointing Cheney to Halluburton as well (just like the more well known Anne Armstrong/Halluburton connection)? And another family member of the Negleys, who used to dominate Brown and Root, was there. Halliuburton is getting lots of heat from official investigations into its illegal antics in the present war profiteering in Iraq and elsewhere. Cheney was CEO of Halluburton from 1995-2000.
I look up the street. Sure enough, there's my stone ground, whole wheat organic bread, I had almost biked home from downtown, flattened like a pancake, with treadmarks creasing the loaf. I'm crushed, and so is the bread. Then I think, that could have been me, not the bread.
Were the cartoons just innocent caricatures, or were they calculated provocations that not-so-subtly advocated violence against a billion people?
Interview with Jesse Brenner and Eric Herman of Modiba Productions about ASAP, The Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project.
Voter owned elections here in Portland give candidates the option of getting $5 from 1000 citizens to qualify for public funds to finance their campaigns. If you support this system, step and help the folks get on the ballot. Below is some information about the candidates running for city council. Those running on VOE (Voter Owned Elections) need your $5 support NOW.
How to help spread the word...
Radio station KUFO (101.1 FM) evening show runs the "George Bush, Boy President)show.
US planning to invade Haiti and commit war crimes?
Kerul Dyer and Sakura Kone' spoke at Reflections Coffee House (446 NE Killingsworth St.) on Sunday February 12th. Sakura came in place of Common Ground founder, Malik Rahim.
Malik deeply wanted to come, but on saturday morning his aunt died and he had to stay to make funeral preparations for her. Sakura came on just a couple hours notice, for which we were deeply thankful.
After a video about Common Ground and the relief effort, Sakura sat down to talk to folks about what was really going down in New Orleans. After a short talk, he and Kerul opened the floor for questions from the packed room.
Cuba also sent food, clothing, and other items to the
people in Pakistan.
Here is a flyer for the Feb 21st evening protest at the Judy Cameron talk.
It oftentimes boggles the mind to try and understand the ease with which the Establishment can manipulate the American citizenry into another warmongering escapade..yet it is easy to comprehend this phenomenon, for we live inside the United States of Amnesia, a country where all semblance of the yesterday becomes but a haze of blatant forgetfulness and convenient whitewash.
This wasn't no joe-six pack gun...
u.s. department of homeland security police officers association - dhspoa
After facing overt racism at a Weyerhaeuser subsidiary, Thomas Greywolf Atkins files suit in U.S.District Court.
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. Netherlands, Spain, Cuba, and Russia.
Attacking Iran and courting disaster will provide the Straussian neocons with the perfect excuse to turn America under a dictatorship under the exigencies of nuclear war because they want an endless war and more embattled Americans feel the more they will accept a strong ruler.
Mr. Gopal Siwakoti "Chintan," a prominent human rights activist in Nepal, along with a number of other activists, has been detained in very adverse conditions without charges by the increasingly dictatorial monarchy. This is a letter demanding his release - please endorse as well as send a copy to the Embassy of Nepal.
the one year anniversary of Hunter S. Thompson's death by "suicide" is upon us...he died the day before President's Day...imagine what he would have written about Cheney's hunting accident. God I miss him...a personal account follows of what he meant to me, what those days were like, the early 70s...
The battle begins.
It just a part of my "No Lie Left Behind" program.
-- G.W. Bush
A Neo Nazi group known as the National Socialist Movement is currently engaged in a recruitment drive for new members, both locally and nationally.
An article at MSNBC's Website was edited to remove references to alcohol, that may have been available at a picnic, which preceded the accidental shooting of a 78-year-old lawyer by Vice President Cheney last Saturday, RAW STORY has learned.
Scandal-plagued Halliburton, the oil services company once headed by Vice President Dick was secretly working with one of Iran's top nuclear program officials on natural gas related projects and, allegedly, selling the officials' oil development company key components for a nuclear reactor, according to Halliburton sources with intimate knowledge into both companies' business dealings.
Summary of the KBOO am news for February 16th, 2006.