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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 12.01.05 1. CAC breakfast 12.01 7:30am 2. Eagan peace vigil 12.01 4:30pm 3. Renewable energy 12.01 5pm 4. Small is beautiful 12.01 5pm 5. Light rail 12.01 5pm 6. Hennepin taxes 12.01 5:30pm 7. West suburban GP 12.01 6pm 8. McDonald sisters 12.01 7pm 9. Spirit progress 12.01 7pm 10. Rosa Parks 12.01 7pm 11. Anti-war/dance 12.01 8pm 12. Human rights 12.02/03 7am 13. City investment 12.02 9:30am 14. Ffunch lunch 12.02 11:30am 15. Counter recruit 12.02 12noon 16. Palestine vigil 12.02 4:15pm 17. MnSOAWatch 12.02 6:30pm 18. Alexander Cockburn - How the Democrats undercut John Murtha 19. Susan H Pitcairn - When Democrats ask for money 20. Richard Heinberg - Who are the Neocons? 21. PANNA - Corporate structure bad for public health 22. ed - Grimmer grammar (word thing) --------1 of 22-------- From: Renee Jenson <faarjenson [at] qwest.net> Subject: CAC breakfast 12.01 7:30am The Ramsey County Community Human Services Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) hosts a Legislative Breakfast Thursday, December 1, from 7:30-9am at the Family Place, 244 10th Street East, in St. Paul. The CAC is a volunteer group of concerned citizens and family members who work with the County to improve the delivery of services. The theme this year is "Housing .... Don't get caught without it." The members of the Ramsy County Legislative delegation who have replied in the affirmative that they are attending are: Mee Moua, Chuck Wiger, Ellen Anderson, Sheldon Johnson, Alice Hausman, Mindy Greiling, Don Betzold, and Bev Scalze. Commissioners Janice Rettman and Victoria Reinhardt will attend. Aides for Commissioner Parker and Carter will attend. We have also invited allmembers of the City Council, Mayor, Mayor Elect, Governor, and special guests (task force who created the plan on Homelessness, DHS Commissioner, Association of MN Counties, etc.) Here is the sequence of presentations: Developmental Disabilities Children's Mental Health Chemical Health Adult Services Mental Health Children's Services It is going to be a good program. I hope people take time out of their busy schedules to stop in and listen to the concerns of their constituents on this issue. --------2 of 22-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 12.01 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------3 of 22-------- From: Jennifer Nguyen <nguy1031 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Renewable energy 12.01 5pm Renewed Perspectives: Renewable Energy Forum 2005 New legislation would create a renewable energy standard for the state of Minnesota. The standard would require 20% of energy produced in Minnesota to come from renewable sources by the year 2020. 21 states have already adopted a similar renewable energy standard. Should Minnesota become the 22nd? Come find out how the new standard would impact business, labor, and the University. Xcel Energy, United Steelworkers, Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy, and the U's Institute for Renewable Energy and the Environment will present four unique perspectives on the issue. Free food and drinks! Plus T-shirts! Proudly presented by EcoWatch, with the help of the Institute for Renewable Energy and the Environment, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Initiative, and MPIRG (the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group-U of M TC). Thursday December 1, 5pm Mississippi Room Coffman Memorial Union (UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA) 300 Washington Ave SE Minneapolis MN 55455 --------4 of 22-------- From: Jesse Mortenson <jmortenson [at] Macalester.edu> Subject: Small is beautiful 12.01 5pm 12.01 5pm Cahoots coffeehouse Selby 1/2 block east of Snelling in StPaul Limit bigboxes, chain stores, TIF, corporate welfare, billboards; promote small business and co-ops, local production & self-sufficiency. --------5 of 22-------- From: Elizabeth Dickinson <eadickinson [at] mindspring.com> From: "Dan Walsh" <danw [at] tlcminnesota.org> Subject: Light rail 12.01 5pm The Central Corridor Partnership invites you to join us for a presentation on Salt Lake City's light rail project given by Bill Knowles, who was responsible for creating the business community construction mitigation effort in Salt Lake City. We hope you can find the time to take advantage of Mr. Knowles' visit to the Twin Cities despite the short notice. You will find his presentation to be very informative of Salt Lake City's experience with the impact of their light rail on the business community before, during, and after construction. Thursday December 1, 5-6:30 (5-6pm presentation followed by question and answer 6-6:30pm) University UNITED 1954 University Ave Suite 9 St. Paul, MN 55104 Parking available in lot and street Please RSVP by email or phone to: Priscilla Zee Director of Central Corridor Partnership Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce 651.265.2782 priscilla [at] saintpaulchamber.com --------6 of 22-------- From: Todd Heintz <proud2liveinjordan [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Hennepin taxes 12.01 5:30pm Hennepin County's Truth-in-Taxation public hearing will be held at 5:30pm Thursday, Dec 1, in the Board Room on the 24th Floor of the Government Center. Hennepin County has mailed a notice to each property owner in the county showing the impact of the proposed property tax levy, as required by the state's Truth-in-Taxation law. The County Board set a maximum levy increase of 3.98 percent, but the levy can be lowered by the board during its budget deliberations. The parcel-specific notice also indicates the impact of taxes proposed by other local units of government, such as cities and school districts. The board will approve the 2006 county budget Tuesday, Dec. 13. --------7 of 22-------- From: Will Donovan III <manisape [at] hotmail.com> Subject: West suburban GP 12.01 6pm The St. Louis Park Green Party will be hosting a Potluck Dinner on Dec 1rst to discuss and celebrate the upcoming merger of the St. Louis Park Green Party with the NW Metro Green Party to form a currently unnamed coalition of western suburban Metro locals. The suburbs include St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale, and Golden Valley. You are invited if you live in one of the suburbs listed above, or if you are a specially invited guest. Potluck Dinner Monterey Cohousing Community 2925 Monterey Ave S, St. Louis Park (easy to find, right off of Minnetonka Blvd, signs will be posted at the community) 6-9pm (Dinner from 6-7, discussion from 7-9) Bring a dish. Drinks and dinnerware will be provided! Kids very welcome. Contact Will Donovan (952)933-1078 -------8 of 22------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: McDonald sisters 12.01 7pm Back by popular demand, the wonderful, the inspirational Mc Donald Sisters The McDonald sistersRita, Kate, Brigid, and Janeare popular pillars of the Minnesota peace and justice community. Born and raised in rural Minnesota, the sisters come from a family of 11 children who were taught that helping others was the essence of being a good Catholic. They joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, devoting decades of their lives to working with women and children. Along the way, they became activists for social justice. http://www.thecie.org/sisters/ The Sisters will be with the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers on Thursday evening December 1 7-9pm Ascension Episcopal Church in Stillwater. 214 North 3rd St. [ 3 buildings North of postoffice ] Please join us to ring in the season of peace. Come prepared to share songs, stories, tales of peace, joy and unity that give meaning to the season of peace on earth good will to all. The evening will be one of celebration of peace and restoring of hope and joy in our lives. We will discuss extending an invitation to other groups in the valley interested in peace to talk about possible collaborative efforts. --------9 of 22-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Spiritual progressives 12.01 7pm Thursday, 12/1, 7 pm, monthly meeting of Network of Spiritual Progressives, Plymouth Congregational Church, Jankman Rm, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Mpls. FFI: ntorbett [at] burningmail.com --------10 of 22-------- From: Phyllis E. Messenger <Pmessenger [at] gw.hamline.edu> Subject: Remembering Rosa Parks 12.01 7pm The event begins at 7pm on Thursday. The flyer notes that the keynote speaker is Dr. Rosilyn Carroll (Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching) and the award-winning gospel group Excelsior Chorale Ensemble will perform. There will also be comments by Hamline President Linda Hanson and members of the faculty, staff, students and Board of Trustees. Contact number is the MISA Office at 651-523-2423. "REMEMBERING ROSA PARKS: AN EVENING OF REFLECTION, CELEBRATION AND INSPIRATION" A celebration in music, film and spoken word marking the 50th Anniversary of Rosa Parks' detention for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. Thursday December 1 Hamline United Methodist Church, 1514 Englewood Av., St. Paul sponsored by students of Hamline University --------11 of 22------- From: Blythe Staley <blythe.staley [at] walkerart.org> Subject: Anti-war/dance 12.01 8pm ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER in ONCE Thursday-Saturday, December 1-3, 8pm $25 ($20 Walker members)-McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis Tickets/Information: 612.375.7600 or calendar.walkerart.org/keersmaeker "A freshness, strength, and edginess that confirm her place at the forefront of innovative European dance performance."-Dance Theatre Journal In 1967, famed Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker was given the LP Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2. Though she didn't understand the lyrics as a child, she was moved by the delicate melodies and haunting voice of the singer. De Keersmaeker's tour-de-force solo ONCE imbues Baez's original Vietnam-era antiwar message with new power in this time of global conflict. Set to the album in its entirety, the work juxtaposes the insurgent poetry of the lyrics with the seductive austerity of contemporary European dance. The result is a tender, lovingly choreographed clash of pure motion and emotion. De Keersmaeker's last Minnesota appearance was 1999's brilliantly physical Drumming, performed with her company Rosas. ONCE, her first-ever solo performance, will be seen in the United States only in Minneapolis and New York. --------12 of 22-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Human rights 12.02/03 7am The Minnesota Department of Human Rights, 22nd Annual Human Rights Day Conference is all most here! December 2 registration begins at 7am at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The theme: "Till Victory is Won: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Minnesota Human Rights Act". There is still time to register. For conference and registration information see our web site at: http://www.humanrights.state.mn.us/events_hrday.html. Or if you have questions about the workshops, parking, hotels, etc., please call 651-296-5996, or 1- 800-657-3704 and press # 302 for assistance. --------13 of 22-------- From: Pat Haswell & Dick Todd <haswelltodd [at] goldengate.net> Subject: City investment 12.02 9:30am The forum in the announcement below focuses on Richmond, Virginia's decision to concentrate the city's Community Block Development Grants dollars for 1999-2004 in small geographic areas in high need of reinvestment, instead of the common practice of spreading these funds relatively evenly across all neighborhoods. The speakers will present evidence that this focused investment had a high, positive impact leading to subsequent self-sustaining private investment in the target areas. Forum sponsors hope to inform discussion in St. Paul and the local area over how to get the most out public economic development spending. There is a $10 charge, to help cover expenses, which can be paid in advance or at the door. (For details, see the registration information on the website.) Targeted Investments and Neighborhood Development The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Twin Cities LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) invite you to attend a Community Development Forum: Targeted Investments and Neighborhood Development. The morning forum will take place at the Humanities Education Center in St. Paul on Friday, December 2, from 9:30am to 12noon. Professor George Galster of Wayne State University, Greta Harris of Richmond LISC, and Dan Tatar of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond will discuss the City of Richmond, Virginia's, Neighborhoods in Bloom Initiative and the results of a research evaluation of the initiative commissioned by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. For more information about the forum, including instructions on how to register, please go to www.minneapolisfed.org/community/events/cdforum.cfm or contact Jacqueline Gausvik at 612-204-5869. --------14 of 22-------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Ffunch lunch 12.02 11:30am Meet the FFUNCH BUNCH! 11:30am-1pm First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for Greens/progressives. Informal political talk and hanging out. Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul. Meet in the private room (holds 12+). Day By Day is non-smoking; has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines --------15 of 22-------- From: sarah standefer <scsrn [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Counter recruit 12.02 12noon Counter Recruitment Demonstration Our Children Are Not Cannon Fodder Fridays NOON-1 Recruiting Office at the U of M At Washington and Oak St. next to Chipolte for info call Barb Mishler 612-871-7871 --------16 of 22-------- From: peace 2u <tkanous [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine vigil 12.02 4:15pm Every Friday Vigil to End the Occupation of Palestine 4:15-5:15pm Summit & Snelling, St. Paul There are now millions of Palestinians who are refugees due to Israel's refusal to recognize their right under international law to return to their own homes since 1948. --------17 of 22------- From: mnsoaw [at] circlevision.org Subject: MnSOAWatch 12.02 6:30pm MnSOAWatch We thank Minnesotans, Sam Foster and Steve Clemens for their witness this year at the gates of Fort Benning. They will both appear in federal court January 30th, 2006 in Columbus Georgia for crossing the line in opposition to the School of the Americas, our homeland terrorist training school. Both face a maximum of six months in prison and a $5000 fine. We are planning an early January event honoring these two advocates for justice. An Evening with Ita, Maura, Dorothy and Jean Friday, December 2, 6:30-8:30pm Carondelet Center 1890 Randolph Ave St Paul, MN Remembering the four churchwomen killed in El Salvador on the 25th Anniversary of their martyrdom. Three of the five soldiers responsible for their rape and murder were trained at the School of the Americas. The event presented by Women Religious for Justice, includes a live theatrical production and a chance to reflect on the lives of these four amazing women of faith, justice and peace. For more information about this play, reflection, discussion and action call 651.690.7079 --------18 of 22-------- He Pointed the Way Out; They Chopped Off His Hand How the Democrats Undercut John Murtha By ALEXANDER COCKBURN CounterPunch November 26 / 27, 2005 Here we have one of the most widely derided presidents in the history of the United States and a war abhorred by a majority of all Americans and the Democrats have near zero traction as a credible party of opposition. The sequence of events after Representative Jack Murtha's speech on Capitol Hill on November 17 tells the story. It truly was a great speech, as the Marine veteran (37 years in the US Marine Corps, then 31 years in Congress) actually delivered it with extempore additions to the prepared text handed out after his news conference. Listen to Murtha and you are hearing how the US commanders in Iraq really see the situation. Murtha is trusted by the military and has visited Iraq often. "Many say the Army is broken. Some of our troops are on a third deployment. Recruitment is down even as the military has lowered its standards. They expect to take 20 percent category 4, which is the lowest category, which they said they'd never take. Much of our ground equipment is worn out." On Iraq's condition: "Oil production and energy production are below prewar level. You remember they said that was going to pay for the war, and it's below prewar level. Our reconstruction efforts have been crippled by the security situation. Only $9 billion of $18 billion appropriated for reconstruction has been spent. Unemployment is 60 percent. Clean water is scarce and they only spent $500 million of the $2.2 billion appropriated for water projects. "And, most importantly - this is the most important point incidents have increased from 150 a week to over 700 in the last year." Then, amid his tears, came Murtha's sketches of war's consequences in today's America: "Now, let me personalize this thing for you. I have a young fellow in my district who was blinded and he lost his foot. And they did everything they could for him at Walter Reed, then they sent him home. His father was in jail; he had nobody at home - imagine this: young kid that age - 22, 23 years old - goes home to nobody. V.A. did everything they could do to help him. He was reaching out, so they sent him - to make sure that he was blind, they sent him to John Hopkins. John Hopkins started to send him bills. Then the collection agency started sending bills. Imagine, a young person being blinded, without a foot, and he's getting bills from a collection agency." And finally, Murtha's call for rapid pullout of US troops from Iraq capped by one of the most amazing resumes of political reality ever administered to an audience on Capitol Hill: "I believe we need to turn Iraq over to the Iraqis. I believe before the Iraqi elections, scheduled for mid-December, the Iraqi people and the emerging government must be put on notice: The United States will immediately redeploy - immediately redeploy. All of Iraq must know that Iraq is free, free from a United States occupation. And I believe this will send a signal to the Sunnis to join the political process." This was no wimp. This was a 73-year old Marine veteran with Purple Hearts and Bronze Star, one of the Armed Forces' most constant supporters. What more credible advocate a speedy end to an unpopular war could the Democrats ever hope for? Barely had he stopped speaking before the halls of Congress echoed with the squeaks Democrats whimpering with panic as they skipped clear of Murtha's shadow. Emboldening the White House to savage Murtha, John Kerry hurried before the cameras of MSNBC to frag the Pennsylvania congressman and to tell Chris Mathews how he, John Kerry, had a better plan, involving something in the nature of a schedule for withdrawal possibly limping into action in 2006. Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats' leader in the House abruptly retreated from a scheduled pres conference to express support for Murtha. Scenting weakness, the Republicans put up a resolution calling for withdrawal now. Democratic panic escalated into pell mell retreat, shouting back over their shoulders that they weren't going to fall for such a dirty Republican trick. Why not? What better chance will they get to go on record against the war? In the end just three Democrats (Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, Jose Serrano of New York, and Robert Wexler of Florida voted for immediate withdrawal and six voted "present"). McKinney put it starkly: "I will not vote to give one more soldier to the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney war machine. A vote on war is the single most important vote we can make in this House. I understand the feelings of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who might be severely conflicted by the decision we have to make here tonight. But the facts of US occupation of Iraq are also very clear." They may be clear to McKinney, and Murtha and 60 per cent of the American people, but not to the three Democratic Senators interested in the presidential nomination in 2008. Even after Murtha's lead Russell Feingold continued to mumble about the "target date" for withdrawal being 2006, as does Kerry. For her part Hillary Clinton announced at the start of Thanksgiving week that an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq would be "a big mistake" which "would cause more problems for us in America. It will matter to us if Iraq totally collapses into civil war, if it becomes a failed state" The importance of Murtha's speech was that it vaulted over these laboriously prudent schedules into the reality of what is actually happening in Iraq. As his military sources in Iraq most certainly urged him to point out, the main fuel for the Sunni Arab insurgency is foreign occupation. So long as it continues the resistance is likely to go on. . The idea that the Sunni taking part in the election somehow means a shift from military action is also baloney. Would there actually be a power vacuum if US withdrew, followed by civil war, as is widely argued in the U.S.? The Sunni can't take Baghdad. They can't penetrate the main Kurdish and Shia areas. How exactly is the US military preventing a civil war at the moment? The refusal of the Shia to retaliate is the most important factor here and this is primarily the result of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani standing firmly against it. Now suppose Sistani calls for a withdrawal? Then the US and Britain will have little choice but to go, probably over an 18 month period. This very week, incidentally, a gathering in Cairo of Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish leaders (under the auspices of the Arab League) called for a timetable for US withdrawal and also said that Iraq's opposition had a "legitimate right to resistance." The Sunni are not going to stop fighting while the occupation continues. The quid pro quo for the US leaving would presumably be a ceasefire by the Sunni and an end to suicide bombing attacks. All those Democratic Party withdrawal dates are predicated on the idea that Iraqi army security forces will be built up and can take over. This scenario is as unrealistic as calls to "internationalize" the occupying force. All the evidence is that only an agreement on the departure of the US will lead to an end to the armed resistance, just as Murtha said. The idea that the Sunni taking part in the election somehow means a shift from military action is also baloney. It is clearly an 'Armalite and ballot box' strategy. [Nevertheless, how many will be on their knees casting a useless vote for Hillary in 2008? Might they not have something better to do, starting now? -ed] --------19 of 22--------- When Democrats Ask For Money by Susan H. Pitcairn Common Dreams It happens daily: Letters and emails arrive unbidden, one after the next, urgently seeking money for various Democratic causes, great and small. Message after message warns me of what will happen if Democrats fail to win in 2006. Because I share these concerns, I have opened my wallet time and again. Yet never do these appeals mention the one peril that most endangers Democrats, as well democracy - corrupt elections. Ever since Bush's alleged victories challenged by countless election watchers and analysts, I have doggedly sent dozens of messages to Congress, urging an end to "black box voting." I have joined protests and I have passed petitions. The response? Little but thundering silence, especially from those who should be leading this charge - the likes of John Kerry, Howard Dean, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Hillary Clinton. Finally, I have seen the light. It is time to send the ultimate message - no more money for Democrats until they speak out united for serious election reform. Yes, this is a risky strategy. But it is riskier still to allow privatization of our votes and a gaping security hole in our election process to destroy our hard-won democracy. Even so, I tremble a bit as I invite other party faithfuls to join me in the unthinkable: to cut off support to those who may be our only hope in dangerous times. So from now on, when Democrats ask for money, this is what I will send. This is what I will slip in their pre-paid envelope. This is what I will paste into the email comments box. Furthermore, I will spread the word - until Democratic leaders finally get the word. To the Honorable Governor Howard Dean, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, all state and county Democratic Party Chairs, Move On, Emily's List, DCCC, DSCC, www.democrats.org, all Democratic Party fund-raising groups, Friends of John Kerry and all Democrats who do not champion voting rights: Dear Fellow Democrats, Over my lifetime, I have been a loyal supporter and have donated a considerable amount of time and money to the Democratic Party. Sadly, however, I have reached a crossroads. From this day onward, I will no longer offer my financial support to Democratic fund-raising groups until the party's leaders seriously address the single most important issue facing our country: electronic election fraud. For, in the brave new world of electronic vote counting, it is apparently one thing for candidates to win the people's vote - and another to win office. Why should we Democrats continue to waste our time and money playing a game stacked against us? It is entirely immoral, and should become entirely illegal, that partisan Republicans control each of the three private corporations now recording or tabulating the overwhelmingly majority of America's votes. The histories of such companies are tainted with criminal convictions and bribes to election officials (www.ecotalk.org/Sequoia.htm). Some say we can overcome this problem if we win by an unmistakable margin. But even "big wins" can no longer save us; three recent election reform referenda in Ohio were mysteriously "defeated" with unchallenged discrepencies of as much as thirty percent from polls conducted just one day prior to the elections. Concerns about electronic vote counting fraud have been expressed for years. As far back as 1988, an article in the November 7th New Yorker magazine warned that it was inevitable that a presidential election would someday be stolen, given the security holes in electronic voting. Since the debacle of the 2000 election, and the subsequent counterproductive passage of HAVA in 2002, such concerns have grown exponentially. Perhaps many of our leaders fear to tread where mainstream media will not go. Yet, can any reasonable person doubt that the media's silence may reflect the fact that they are mostly no longer independent? That their owners are also heavily invested in defense, energy, and other industries favoring Republican policies? Many citizens have tried repeatedly to call the Democratic Party's attention to this issue, which we feel trumps all others. Yet we have gotten extraordinarily little support from party leaders, including John Kerry and Al Gore, whose likely victories were sabotaged by corrupt election processes, including electronic vote recording and counting based on secret source software and easily-hacked systems. Not to mention voter suppression and "the usual dirty tricks." Privately, Senator Kerry and Mr. Gore may share this view, but publicly they ignore or even refute it. A recent Kerry aide disavowal to "Raw Story" was my personal "last straw: on this issue. Senator Kerry was not even aware of the recent GAO report which confirmed discrepencies in vote tabulation in Ohio in the 2004 election. I appreciate the brave few who challenged the 2004 election last January in Congress and will continue to support such leaders. And I appreciate that Howard Dean raised concerns about electronic voting during his presidential campaign. But as DNC chair, his many messages to party members have been oddly silent on this key issue. All told, this sad state of affairs has left many of us confused and discouraged. We are left only to speculate, our letters and concerns unanswered. Are they being threatened, or bribed? Are they all "in it together"? Are they asleep, or simply in denial? Do they just lack the courage and leadership necessary to confront this national disgrace? Or "all of the above"? I am left with little recourse but to withdraw my financial support for Democratic groups, and to encourage fellow Democrats do the same, until the Democratic Party at every level publicly challenges this issue with a united and unmistakable voice: NO MORE ELECTION FRAUD. No more paperless voting. No more unchallenged exit poll discrepancies. No more secret source partisan-controlled software counting the majority of American votes. And, if need be, a return to paper ballots, hand-counted, in public view, like in Europe. Only at such a point, will I again pledge my full support to the Democratic Party. Meanwhile, I WILL support individuals of any party who fully support the rights of voters to have their votes counted. Democracy first, Democrats second. Respectfully, (Name) Susan H. Pitcairn (susan [at] drpitcairn.com) lives in Oregon. --------20 of 22--------- From: David Boyce <dboyce [at] mcg.net> This is from pages 68-69 of Richard Heinberg's 2005 book Powerdown, Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World. Who are the Neocons? Neoconservatism is the intellectual offspring of Leo Strauss (1899-1973), a Jewish scholar who fled Hitler's Germany and taught political science at the University of Chicago. According to Shadia Drury in Leo Strauss and the American Right, (Griffin, 1999), Strauss advocated an essentially Machiavellian approach to governance. He believed that: * A leader must perpetually deceive those being ruled. * Those who lead are accountable to no overarching system of morals, only to the right of the superior to rule the inferior. * Religion is the force that binds society together, and is therefore the tool by which the ruler can manipulate the masses (any religion will do). * Secularism in society is to be suppressed, because it leads to critical thinking and dissent. * A political system can be stable only if it is united against an external threat, and that if no real threat exists, one should be manufactured. Drury writes that "In Stauss's view, the trouble with liberal society is that it dispenses with noble lies and pious frauds. It tries to find society on secular rational foundations." Among Strauss's students was Paul Wolfowitz, one of the leading hawks in the US Defense Department, who urged the invasion of Iraz; second-generation students include Newt Gingrich, Clarence Thomas, Irving Kristol, William Bennett, John Ashcroft, and Michael Ledeen. Ledeen, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli's Iron Rules are as Timely and Important Today as Five Centuries Ago (1999), is a policy advisor (via Karl Rove) to the Bush administration. His fascination with Machiavelli seems to be deep and abiding, and appears to be shared by his fellow neocons. "In order to achieve the most noble accomplishments," writes Ledeen, "the leader may have to 'enter into evil'. This is the chilling insight that has made Machiavelli so feared, admired, and challenging. It is why we're drawn to him still..." Machiavelli's books, The Prince and The Discourses, constituted manuals on amassing political power; they have inspired kings and tyrants, including Mussolini, Hitler, Lenin, and Stalin. The leader, according to Machiavelli, must pretend to do good even as he is actually doing the opposite. "Everyone sees what you appear to be, few feel what you are, and those few will not dare to oppose themselves to the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them.... Let a prince therefore aim at conquering and maintaining the state, and the means will always be judged honorable and praised by everyone, for the vulgar is always taken by appearances..." It is to Machiavelli that we owe the dictum that "the end justifies the means." In her essay "The Despoiling of America," investigative reporter Katherine Yurica explains how a dominate faction of the Christian Right, which she calls "dominionism," has found common cause with the neoconservative movement. Dominionism arose in the 1970's as a politicized religious reaction to communism and secular humanism. One of its foremost spokespersons, Pat Robertson (religious broadcaster, former presidential candidate, and founder of the Christian Coalition), has for decades patiently and relentlessly put forward the views to his millions of daily television viewers that God intends His followers to rule the world on His behalf. Yurica describes dominionism as a Machiavellian perversion of Christianity. For the Christian right, neoconservatives like George W. Bush and John Ashcroft can do no wrong, because they are among God's elect. All is fair in the holy war against atheists, secular humanists, Muslims, and liberals. --------21 of 22-------- Scientists Identify Corporate Structure as Bad for Public Health sent by Pesticide Action Network, North America (PANNA) - Nov 27, 2005 http://ga4.org/pesticideactionnet/join.html Intl Journal of Occupational & Environmental Health - Nov 15, 2005 http://ga4.org/ct/B7zppos1izbh/ Corporate power is a major cause of health problems, according to the October/December 2005 special issue of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Contributions to the issue reveal how corporate structure results in pressure to influence science and place the public at risk from pesticides, lead, asbestos, toxic municipal sewage sludge, and other harmful substances. "Occupational and environmental health diseases are in fact an outcome of a pervasive system of corporate priority setting, decision making, and influence," state guest editors David Egilman and Susanna Rankin Bohme. "This system produces disease because political, economic, regulatory, and ideological norms prioritize values of wealth and profit over human health and environmental well-being." Skip Spitzer, Program Coordinator at PAN North America and a contributing author to the journal notes that, "In market economies, private corporations play such a decisive role in the economic sphere that they are often able to secure more rights than people. Corporations deeply influence politics, law, media, public relations, science, research, education and other institutions. It's no surprise that corporate self interest routinely supersedes social and environmental welfare." In his article "A Systemic Approach to Occupational and Environmental Health", Spitzer describes how corporations are part of a "structure of harm", meaning that the very way in which corporations are structured produces social and environmental problems and undermines reform. The pressure to compete in the marketplace and create demand for their products creates incentives for corporations to shape the political system, the mass media, and science for commercial ends. Corporations use this power to avoid taking responsibility for the larger environmental and social impacts of their actions (or "externalities"), including the public health impacts of developing dangerous new technologies. Spitzer quotes Reagan administration economist Robert Monks describing the corporation as "an externalizing machine, the same way that a shark is a killing machine - no malevolence...just something designed with sublime efficiency for self-preservation, which it accomplishes without any capacity to factor in the consequences to others." This "structure of harm" creates incentives for corporations to seek political influence over institutions designed to protect and serve the public good. Corporations often use this power to influence scientific debates so as to avoid regulation and litigation. "Science is a key part of this system," note Egilman and Bohme, "there is a substantial tradition of manipulation of evidence, data, and analysis ultimately designed to maintain favorable conditions for industry at both material and ideological levels." Independent scientists whose findings counter corporate interests often face pitched battles to obtain funding, publish their research, and gain academic tenure. The corporate "structure of harm" undermines health protections not only domestically, but also by influencing the international agreements and treaties that shape the global economy. In her article "Who's Afraid of National Laws?", Erika Rosenthal, a frequent consultant to PAN in North, Central and South America, identifies how pesticide corporations are using trade agreements to block proposed bans on pesticides identified as the worst occupational health hazards in Central America. Through privileged access to closed-door negotiations, agrichemical corporations inserted deregulatory mechanisms into the draft Central American Customs Union and the Central American Free Trade Agreement. These agreements undermine health-based national pesticide registration requirements, weaken health ministries' role in pesticide control, block marketing of cheaper and less toxic pesticides, and have a chilling effect on future pesticide regulation. Rosenthal argues that as long as corporations have privileged access to trade negotiations and civil society is excluded, the resulting agreements will benefit special interests at the expense of public health. The editors conclude that corporate corruption of science is widespread and touches many aspects of our lives, as indicated by the range of articles in the issue. In "Genetic Engineering in Agriculture and Corporate Engineering in Public Debate", Rajeev Patel, Robert Torres, and Peter Rosset analyze Monsanto's efforts to convince the public of the safety of genetically modified crops. Other articles describe how industry pressure on government agencies such as EPA have influenced cancer research and resulted in approving toxic municipal sewage sludge as crop fertilizer. Corporate corruption of science represents a real threat to the health and well-being of people and to the environment the world over. "The negative social impacts of corporate structures deserve a concerted response on the part of conscientious public health researchers," note Egilman and Bohme. Spitzer sees this analysis as a call for researchers to join movements working for fundamental change of corporate structure and power. "We need to build bigger, more integrated social movements with the popular wherewithal to make deep change," he states. "This means combining multiple issues, connecting local work nationally and internationally, and building long-term change goals into action for more immediate change." -Pesticide Action Network North America --------22 of 22x-------- Grimmer Grammar eminent domain eminent doughmain eminent domean eminent doughmean enema domain enema doughmoon enema doodoomoon ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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