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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 03:47:51 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.28.06 1. Zimmermann court 3.28 9am 2. Housing day 3.28 9am 3. Cam Gordon meet 3.28 9:30am 4. Wi-fi Mpls 3.28 5:30pm 5. Salon free-for-all 3.28 6:30 6. Homeless/film 3.28 7pm 7. Sami/Iraq 3.28 7pm Little Falls MN 8. Campaign finance 3.28 7pm 9. Afghan massacre 3.28 8pm 10. CCHT building 3.29 7:30am 11. Battered women 3.29 12noon 12. Feminine poverty 3.29 12noon StCloud MN 13. Landmine removal 3.29 5pm 14. Anti-Apartheid 3.29 6:30pm 15. Mossad/Nazi/film 3.29 6:45pm 16. DFA book club 3.29 7pm 17. Bicking/Iraq 3.29 7pm 18. Clean water 3.29 7pm 19. Sami/Iraq 3.29 7:30pm 20. Amy Ihlan - Roseville mayor floats gag rule [ed head] 21. Paul Street - "Realism" of the do-nothing liberal-left intelligentsia 22. Johns Hopkins - Cancer news 23. ed - Anti-stadium bumper stickers --------1 of 23-------- Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 21:17:18 -0600 From: Dean Zimmermann <deanzimm [at] mn.rr.com> Subject: Zimmermann court 3.28 9am The persecution of Zimmermann Tomorrow, Tuesday March 28th is a motion hearing in the case of the United States vs Dean Zimmermann. The hearing is at 9am, courtroom 9E, in the Mpls Federal Court House. The [purpose of the hearing is for each side to make various pre-trial motions. Dean's lawyer, Dan Scott, will probably make about 16 motions of various kinds. It would be good to have some supporters there, just so they know that Dean has not been forgotten. Dean Zimmermann deanzimm [at] mn.rr.com C: 612-388-1311 H: 612-724-3888 2200 Clinton Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404 -- Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 12:39:29 -0600 From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Tuesday: (March 28) 9-9:30am Next step in Dean Zimmermann's case: filing of preliminary motions, at Mpls Federal Court House. This will be just a short hearing (the main trial won't be until later in the summer). This is not as important as his first hearing in court, when he pled not guilty. But it is likely to gain some news coverage, so having some supporters there would be good from that standpoint. Plus, it would be a nice act of solidarity for a man who has done so much for the city, for the Green Party, and the people. --------2 of 23-------- From: Joanna Dornfeld <jdornfeld [at] mhponline.org> Subject: Housing day 3.28 9am Dear HousingMinnesota Supporter, You understand the challenges thousands of Minnesotans face each day to afford their housing. Imagine the policy change that could happen if policy makers walked in your shoes. Join a growing movement of people who are working to ensure all Minnesotans have a safe, decent affordable place to live. The first step to participate in the movement is to attend Housing Solutions for a Stronger Minnesota Lobby Day March 28 to inform legislators about the important affordable housing and homelessness policy decisions that are before them. It is crucial that you register today so we reach our goal of 500 participants. To register, reply to this email and include your name, home address, phone number and email address. We use this information to schedule meetings with your legislators and to provide you additional information prior to Lobby Day. For more information and to register online go to www.housingminnesota.org/lobbyday. Schedule: 9am Check in at St. Paul Armory, 600 Cedar Street (across the mall from the State Capitol) 9:45-10:30am. Training/prepare for lobby visits 11am. Rally in Capitol Rotunda 11:30am-2pm. Lobby visits We look forward to working with you to end homelessness and ensuring all Minnesotans are affordably housed. Joanna Dornfeld Field Manager HousingMinnesota (651) 649-1710 ext. 108 --------3 of 23------- From: Cam Gordon <CamGordon333 [at] msn.com> Subject: Cam Gordon meet 3.28 9:30am Office Hours: I will be holding office hours every Tuesday morning in the Second Ward from 9:30-11am. The locations will rotate as follows, so that I can meet with residents in their own neighborhoods: Fourth Tuesdays: Seward / Cooper neighborhoods Seward Tower East Advantage Center, 2910 E Franklin Ave -------4 of 23-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: Wi-fi Mpls 3.28 5:30pm Tuesday: (March 28) 5:30-7pm Mpls Wi-Fi Roundtable with C-CANS (I don't remember what that stands for) and the Alliance for Metro Stability. These two groups will be the leaders in putting together the proposed Community Benefits Agreement for the WiFi contract between the city and the corporation that is chosen to provide WiFi access. If you want to have input into what should be in this agreement, this is the meeting you should go to, and the groups you should be talking to. At 2525 E. Franklin #200. (Pizza & pop served.) --------5 of 23-------- From: Patty Guerrero <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Salon free-for-all 3.28 Hi, The Conversational Salon on Tuesday, March 28 will be an Open Discussion. Please come and share your views and listen to others. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------6 of 23-------- From: m1r3201 [at] aol.com Subject: Homeless/film 3.28 7pm Film/Viigil re: homelessness A national call for sleepouts and vigils on March 31st to honor those who are or have experienced homelessness, and also to call for increased efforts to end poverty and homelessness has been put forth by many organization including the National Coalition for the Homeless, Call for Renewal, Students Mobilized to End Hunger and Homelessness. In response to this call there will be a vigil in the Kingfield Neighborhood anchored by Margaret Hastings...(a Kingfield resident for the past 15 years) and Guy Gambill Below are the specifics: 1. Tuesday, March 28 at 7pm: a free showing of "Illegal to be Homeless"- a half hour documentary regarding the criminalization of homelessness specifically focused on Mpls. The film showing will be at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Building (42nd and Nicollet). The film showing will be followed by question and answer and information on the March 31st vigil. 2. March 31st--- A vigil from 7p.m. March 31st to 8a.m. April 1st on the sidewalk, in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Building. This will not take place in the park itself. This is not a sleepout. If you come, please note: please do not bring tents, or anything that will block the sidewalks. Bring whatever will make you comfortable on the sidewalk, i.e. sleeping bags to sit on or stay warm in, etc. Feel free to stop by anytime during the vigil...for a minute, an hour, or overnight. The MPD have been apprised that this vigil is meant to be quiet, respectful and will not disrupt our neighbors across from the park. FFI- Margaret Hastings at m1r32-1 [at] aol.com Guy Gambill at Council on Crime and Justice Advocacy Coordinator 822 South 3rd Street, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55415 Office: 612-348-7874 Direct: 612-596-7628 Fax:612--348-7872 gambillg [at] crimeandjustice.org www.crimeandjustice.org --------7 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Sami/Iraq 3.28 7pm Little Falls MN Tuesday, 3/28, 7 pm, returning briefly from 6 months in Iraq, former Twin Cities resident and now Muslim Peacemaker Sami Rasouli speaks at Little Falls Carnegie Library, Little Falls. jodendahl [at] fslf.org --------8 of 23-------- From: clay0092 <clay0092 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Campaign finance 3.28 7pm Tuesday (3/28) Campaign Finance Reform Debate, presented by Democracy Matters and the Campus Conservative Cultural Program, U of M Parliamentary Debate Society 7 pm, President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union How is big money effecting elections in Minnesota and what can be done about it? -------9 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Afghan massacre 3.28 8pm This is an amazing film I saw at the Babylon Arts Collective before it burned. It is the horrible and amazing story of what happened to those who surrendered to the United Nations during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and were turned over to the Northern Alliance. Although it made the Newsweek cover at one point, it remains a complete secret in plain sight. -CU Hamline University Students FOR Peace invites you to watch "Afghan Massacre: the convey of death" on March 28th from 8-10pm in Drew Science Room 118. Drew Science is a brick buildling in the middle of campus between Englewood and Hewitt on the East side of Snelling. The movie is an import from England that addresses the US military's involvement in Afghanistan and US treatment of prisoners of war. It is free and open to the public, so bring your friends! --------10 of 23-------- From: Philip Schaffner <PSchaffner [at] ccht.org> Subject: CCHT building 3.29 7:30am Learn how Central Community Housing Trust is responding to the affordable housing shortage in the Twin Cities. Please join us for a 1-hour Building Dreams presentation. St. Paul Sessions: Mar 29 at 7:30a * Apr 19 at 4:30p We are also happy to present Building Dreams at your organization, place of worship, or business. Space is limited, please register online at: www.ccht.org/bd or call Philip Schaffner at 612-341-3148 x237 (pschaffner [at] ccht.org) --------11 of 23-------- From: Bonnie [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Battered women 3.29 12noon Wednesday, March 29, noon, State Capitol Rotunda: Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, and Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life host 2006 Violence Against Women Action Day: Rally at the Capitol. Includes the Memorial for the 2005 Femicide Victims and Sexual Assault Victims. Details at www.mcbw.org. --------12 of 23-------- From: Bonnie [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Feminine poverty 3.29 12noon StCloud MN Wednesday, March 29: St. Cloud State University Women's Center Women on Wednesday Series: Race and the Feminization of Poverty. Noon-1 PM. Free and open to the public. Atwood Theatre. See contact info above. --------13 of 23-------- From: MJShahidiusa [at] aol.com Subject: Landmine removal 3.29 5pm THE UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA and OLD WORLD ANTIQUES, INC. invite you to attend a gathering to benefit the victims of landmines in AFGHANISTAN: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 5-8pm, with Hors d'oeuvres and beverages. 4911 Excelsior Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. PLEASE RSVP at 952-929-1638. Socialize while viewing authentic antique furniture, crafts and art work. This year the ADOPT-A-MINEFIELD coalition is asking people around the world to organize dinners, lunches or other events where invitees would be asked to donate money for landmine removal. The Minnesota Division of the UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION will hold a number of events during the year. We will continue to remove landmines in Afghanistan which we have adopted as our minefield . For additional information contact http://www.landmines.org/, or, call M. Jay Shahidi at 612-328-1913. Thanks. --------14 of 23-------- From: Madeleine Baran <madeleine.baran [at] gmail.com> Subject: Anti-Apartheid 3.29 6:30pm Noted Anti-Apartheid Activist and ANC Leader to Speak at Arise Bookstore Minneapolis, MN March 7, 2006 -Arise Bookstore and Resource Center is proud to host internationally acclaimed anti-apartheid activist and African National Congress leader Ahmed Kathrada, for a free reading and book signing on Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30pm. Mr. Kathrada will be reading from Memoirs, his newly-published autobiography, which details his struggles against apartheid South Africa, his 18 years in prison, and his lessons for today's global activist movement. Arise Bookstore, a collectively-run progressive bookstore and resource center, is located at: 2441 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55405. --------15 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Mossad/Nazi/film 3.29 6:45pm Wednesday, 3/29, 6:45pm, film "Walk on Water" about Mossad hit man trying to track down Nazi Alfred Himmelman and values problems along the way, Bell Museum, 10 Church St SE, Mpls. www.mnfilmarts.org --------16 of 23-------- From: Noelle Douglas <joyeux [at] visi.com> Subject: DFA book club 3.29 7pm DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA (DFA) BOOK CLUB A monthly book group for progressives focused on political and social issues. Book: End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm Dunn Brothers Café, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 201 3rd Ave South, Minneapolis --------17 of 23-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: Bicking/Iraq 3.29 7pm Wednesday, March 29, 7pm, in place of our regular meeting of T3 (Tackling Torture at the Top), we will be hosting a second presentation by Dave Bicking on the background and causes of the war on Iraq. He will start by reviewing and wrapping up last week's theme which looked at the intersection of the history of US involvement in Iraq, with the current US strategy for global empire. This will lead to a look at what the US intends for the future of Iraq if the anti-war movement and the Iraqi resistance are not successful. He will discuss the integral role of the US policy of torture in creating that continued control of Iraq. He will also address the questions brought up last time about the Iraqi elections and the supposed progress of democracy, and how those are tied into growing prospects for civil war. At Center School, 2421 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls (ring doorbell for entrance) Free, all are welcome, no need to have attended the previous session. -Dave Bicking 612-276-1213 --------18 of 23-------- From: clay0092 <clay0092 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Clean water 3.29 7pm Wednesday (3/29) Protecting Minnesota's Clean Water Legacy, presented by EcoWatch Speakers: John Tuma, MEP and Patience Caso, Clean Water Action 7-8 pm, West Bank Auditorium, UMN Learn about Minnesota's water quality and what the Clean Water Legacy bill would do to improve our waters. --------19 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Sami/Iraq 3.29 7:30pm Wednesday, 3/29, 7:30 pm, returning briefly from 6 months in Iraq, former Twin Cities resident and now Muslim Peacemaker Sami Rasouli speaks at Henrita Academic Building, College of St Benedict. mnolde [at] csbsju.edu --------20 of 23-------- From: Amy Ihlan <amyihlan [at] comcast.net> Subject: Roseville mayor floats gag rule [ed head] Limit Council Agenda Items -- on agenda Monday night Mayor Klausing has proposed a new policy for council members to place issues on the council meeting agenda. Currently, council members can add agenda items if they are submitted by noon on the Wednesday before the meeting. Mayor Klausing proposes that agenda items must be submitted by noon on the Wednesday before the previous council meeting. This would increase the notice time for agenda items from the current 5 days to at least 12 days (or more when there is longer than one week between meetings). Mayor Klausing also argues that the council should be able to remove proposed items from future agendas where the majority is not interested or does not desire to pursue an issue, to prevent "a minority of the council monopolizing the work of the council." (See Mayor Klausing's memo in the March 20 council packet.) Some of you have asked me what I think about this proposal. Here are my concerns: 1. Mayor Klausing has not shown there is any problem with the current procedure allowing council members to place items on the agenda. 2. If the council majority is able to remove requested agenda items in advance, as this proposed new policy allows, council members in the minority can be effectively blocked from even raising issues for council discussion. 3. This is not a "work load" issue as Mayor Klausing frames it, but a basic issue of democracy, and the ability of council members to advocate policies and represent points of view that the council majority disagrees with or is not interested in pursuing. 4. To the extent there are legitimate concerns about council members having adequate chance to read materials and prepare for meetings, these can be addressed by means other than delaying or limiting council members from putting issues on the agenda. If you have concerns or questions about Mayor Klausing's proposal, please contact the council to express your views. It is on the agenda for tomorrow night (March 27). [It has been extremely depressing over the last two years watching the Developers-Uber-Alles Roseville City Council Gang of 3. No laws or plans or procedures or promises or concerns for small business and citizens can stop these self-appointed zealots for big boxes, tax giveaways, and eminent domain land grabs. They act as if they can do anything they want, laws be damned. Think of Bush's relation to his favorite corporations - that's how the Gang of 3 is related to their favorite developers. Everything for them, nothing for anyone else; the public be damned. And now this. What a naked grab for power! All the better for the developer suits to dance and remove our land air money small business community life, perhaps to a quick dancehall beat, funny trombones roaring as they steal yet one more batch of items. Lawlessness run rampant. No new thing out here in Roseville. Just worse, more naked, going for the quick kill, the big enchilada - so much to grab, so little time. And Roseville is far from the only city or board so run. In Bush's America, anything is permitted the powerful; laws mean nothing. This can't last. Either the powerful will take all power, or we will take the country back. We'd better get started. Cringing in the corner with Hillary and Hillaryism ain't gonna do it - ed] --------21 of 23-------- The "Realistic" Pessimism of the Do-Nothing Liberal-Left Intelligentsia by Paul Street www.dissidentvoice.org March 24, 2006 Who will save us from the pessimistic, do-nothing "realism" of the privileged and elitist "liberal left"? "Racism Will Not be Solved" Did you know that the problem of racism in America "is not going to be solved?" Efforts to address racial disparities in the United States are now "all to no avail," according to a brilliant leading liberal-left intellectual I recently met. His opinion seems widely shared across the liberal intellectual class, which goes to special lengths to cloak the deeply racialized nature of contemporary social disparities they prefer to discuss in misleadingly "color-blind" terms (for an especially graphic example, see Jeremy Travis, But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry [New York, NY: Urban Institute Press, 2005]). "'Troops Out Now' is Sentimental Foolishness" Did you know that the United States "has no choice" but to persist in maintaining an imperial military presence in Iraq for a long period of time? "Our" illegal occupation of that nation may be monumentally criminal and murderous (responsible for the death of more than 100,000 Iraqis according to responsible investigations) and expensive ("a trillion dollars and counting" according to left-liberal New York Times columnist Bob Herbert yesterday). It may, as widely predicted on the liberal left (and in radical and some conservative quarters), be richly fueling extremist Islamic terrorism within Iraq and the Middle East. But "troops out now," liberal-left intellectuals lecture me, is an "unrealistic," "irresponsible" and "sentimental" position because "all Hell will break loose over there if we leave." Yes, the withdrawal of U.S. troops "will lead to civil war." At the same time, the highbrow and left-liberal line I'm hearing runs, the U.S. has an obligation to "help clean up the mess it made over there" by "rebuilding Iraq," defeating the terrorists we helped spawn, and exporting a measure of benevolent Western "democracy" to Iraq. Furthermore, the "realist" left-liberal argument runs, there's no point in trying to rally the American people for withdrawal. Protesting the occupation and calling for the withdrawal of our troops won't work. We saw the utter futility of protest three years ago, when record-setting American and global demonstrations failed to (miraculously) prevent Washington's invasion of Mesopotamia. And "given the right-wing's stranglehold on both the political process and public discourse," the Nation's nauseating radical-baiting liberal-left columnist Eric Alterman recently moaned, the poor "powerless Democrats cannot hope to address" the "Iraq quagmire" in a forceful, morally informed manner. They can't "even have their public proposals treated fairly." Why, Alterman asks, should the nation's supposed opposition party "make themselves vulnerable by offering up a target for Rove or O'Reilly to torture, twist, and otherwise pervert for the propose of political assassination but in 2006 and again in 2008?" Way to fight back, Eric. If his sorry Democratic Party Do-Nothings embraced an "out now" policy, Alterman adds, "the effect would be to reinforce the 'disarray/these people can't be trusted to protect us' narrative that remains the Democrats Achilles heel." A Democratic demand for withdrawal "would be treated in the conservative punditocracy as the equivalent of a call to 'cut and run,' and hence would open the entire 'weak on defense' Pandora's Box that almost always dooms Democrats in national elections" (Eric Alterman, "Iraq: The Democrats' Dilemma," The Nation, April 3, 2006, p. 12). Can you hear the violins in the background? Such are the lame, rightist-enabling, and self-surrendering "oh well but GET REAL that's the WAY IT IS in right-wing America" arguments that are routinely made by know-it-all do-nothing liberal-left intellectuals, who chide me for speaking at demonstrations where people chant "silly" and "obsolete" slogans like "Stop this Racist Oil War," "Troops Out Now," and (horror) "Power to the People." You can even pick up much of this sad surrender line from activist liberal-left pressure groups like Moveon.org and other ostensibly progressive antiwar outfits opposed to immediate withdrawal. Never Mind Democracy Never mind that, as Anthony Arnove notes, in "The Logic of Withdrawal," (ZNET, March 20, 2006): * "The U.S. military has no right to be in Iraq in the first place" * The U.S. has no intention of fostering democracy in the Middle East since Washington opposes "ordinary people control[ing] their region's energy resources." * "Democracy cannot be 'installed' by outside power, at gunpoint." * The U.S. is feeding, not preventing civil war in Iraq. It is "deliberately pitting Kurds against Arabs, Shia against Sunni, and faction and against faction...following a classic [imperial] divide and rule strategy." * The state-terrorist occupation (see Edward S. Herman, "The Preeminence of State Terrorism," Z Magazine, February 2006) is the principal source of such Islamic terrorist activity as now exists in Iraq. * The U.S. and leading multinational corporations it represents (e.g. Halliburton and Bechtel) are looting, buying up, and strangling, not rebuilding, Iraq, consistent with the underlying corporate-neoliberal globalization project that lives on beneath the empire's open aggression. * "The Iraqis are fully capable of rebuilding their own society." * The U.S. can and should contribute to the Iraqis' self-directed rebuilding by paying reparations (covering U.S.-imposed damages going back long before the current invasion), canceling all Iraqi state debts from the Saddam era, and providing such external assistance as the Iraqis require. And never mind that: * More than half the U.S. population now supports immediate U.S. withdrawal (September 2005 CBS New York Times poll) * Half of the U.S. populace now says that the war is NOT "morally justified," down from 75 percent in March 2003 (Susan Page, "Most Say War Has Hurt the USA But Will Help Iraqis," USA Today, 17 March 2006). * A record 60 percent of Americans say the war "hasn't been worth it" (Page, "Most Say War Has Hurt the USA") * Seventy-two percent of the U.S. troops in Iraq say that the U.S. should get out of Iraq within a year and only 23 percent support Bush's "stay the course" line (see www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1075) * Seventy-two percent of Americans surveyed by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations in 2004 (the percentage is certainly higher today) say that the U.S. should remove its military from Iraq if that's what a clear majority of Iraqis want (Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Global Views 2004: American Foreign Policy and Public Opinion, October 2004, p. 17). * A poll commissioned by the British Ministry of Defense last year found that fully 82 percent of Iraqis were "strongly opposed" to the presence of foreign troops and less than 1 percent believed the troops were responsible for improvement in security" (Richard Norton Taylor, "British Forces Arrest Nine Iraqis As Poll Shows Hostility to Troops," The Guardian, October 24, 2005). Oh Ye of Little Democratic Faith One problem with liberal-left do-nothing intellectuals is that they lack the classic American liberal Thomas Jefferson's idealistic faith in the people and in "popular government's" democratic duty to act in line with "the people's" will, even when such action might lead to "unwise" policies. As the radical-democratic left knows, there's nothing "unwise" about immediate withdrawal. But even if the rapid removal of the U.S. military from Iraq was a "bad" policy, Jefferson's concept of appropriate democratic governance points unambiguously to such removal - negative consequences (real or imaginary) notwithstanding. Beneath all their snide, pseudo-populist Bush-bashing, liberal-left "realists'" refusal to advance policy in accord with the wishes of the citizenry places them closer to the aristocratic sentiments of Jefferson's authoritarian opponent Alexander Hamilton. For Hamilton, "the people" were a dangerous and ignorant "beast" - a wretched rabble inherently unfit to rule. That "beast" needed above all to be contained and properly "represented" in the corridors of power and policy by more "expert" and worldly superiors from the privileged and propertied elite. Go to almost any supposedly "leftist" U.S. college or university today and you will learn that those more astute superiors include much of the liberal professoriat, whose bolder sorts like to lecture genuinely radical (and often therefore marginal) academicians and students on the sentimental silliness and childish naiveté of contemporary anti-war activism. Looking at the above opinion data suggesting that this is a moment of great opportunity to advance the just cause of withdrawal, I am struck by the self-satisfied cowardice of the fatalistic liberal-left know-it-all and do-nothing intellectuals. They seem more concerned with obeying venerably failed and hopelessly narrow electoral agendas and accommodating evil than with embracing the dangerous possibilities of morally engaged activism driven by democratic ideals. Power to the people. Paul Street is a Visiting Professor of American History at Northern Illinois University. His latest book is Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, October 2004). He can be reached at: pstreet [at] niu.edu. --------22 of 23-------- Cancer update -- Johns Hopkins -- Cancer News from Johns Hopkins: 1. No plastic containers in micro. 2. No water bottles in freezer. 3. No plastic wrap in microwave. Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated insomething else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked,the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead. --------23 of 23-------- Anti-stadium bumper stickers An anti-stadium group recently asked for slogans. I feel the call: We don't need no steenking stadiums Stadiums make you sterile Suck my stadium Kick the stadium habit Stadiums make you look old and fat ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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