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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 15:51:55 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.26.06 1. mn911 6.26 7pm 2. Jason Leopold 6.26 7pm 3. Jam with Cam 6.27 9:30am 4. Market/schmarket 6.27 5pm 5. Fetzer/9-11/salon 6.27 6:30pm 6. Dialogue on crime 6.27 6:30pm 7. MN sur Seine 6.27 7pm 8. Call to justice 6.28 8am 9. Gitmo/criminal prez 6.28 5pm 10. Ovarian cancer 6.28 6pm 11. Choice/MN 06 Leg 6.28 6:30pm 12. GLBT/anti-war/AWC 6.28 7pm 13. GLBT pride reading 6.28 7pm 14. GLBT/music/films 6.28 7pm/dusk 15. Jim Fuller - Identifying the real "haters of America" 16. Mark Leibovich - Another Kennedy living dangerously 17. Aurora Morales - Venezuela: 'Socialism is our model' 18. ed - WNAC: Words for the New Amerikan Century --------1 of 18-------- From: altera vista <alteravista [at] earthlink.net> Subject: mn911 6.26 7pm 7 pm at Cahoots, Snelling and Selby in St Paul Question official account of 9/11 --------2 of 18-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Jason Leopold 6.26 7pm Jason Leopold exposed the enron corporate corruption. More recently, he's known for the truthout "scoop" of a Karl Rove "indictment" - that wasn't. Leopold has been savaged by the corporate press in recent weeks - who point to his "felonious past" - and challenged his ethics as an independent journalist. Leopold began his journalism career at "mainstream" papers - the LA Times, dow jones newswire - and along the way got snagged by drug addiction. then, he got sober and now writes for the nation, z, counterpunch and of course, truthout. NEWS JUNKIE is Jason Leopold's new memoir that takes you on this contemporary trip from the top to the bottom and back again...along with a look at the impact of digging for the truth about the powerful and about one's self. Jason Leopold will be in the Twin Cities for two events. Mon June 26, 7pm Borders books 1390 West University Ave. St. Paul Tues June 27, 11am, U of MN Murphy Hall, on Church St. SE (off Washington) East Bank, U of M, Minneapolis --------3 of 18-------- From: Cam Gordon <CamGordon333 [at] msn.com> Subject: Jam with Cam 6.27 9:30am Cam Gordon, Council Member, Second Ward 612-673-2202 (w) 612-296-0579 (c) Office Hours: every Tuesday morning in the Second Ward 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 18-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: SPNN/market/schmarket 6.27 Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: While we still have public access tv (see: www.saveaccess.org for the reference), select SPNN Channel 15 for "Our World In Depth/Our World Today". Show times are 5 pm and midnight on Tuesday evenings and 10 am on Wednesday mornings. "Our World In Depth/Our World Today" features analysis of public affairs with consideration of and participation from Twin Cities area activists. The show is local and not corporately influenced (get it while you can!). 6/27 and 6/28 "De-deifying the Market" w/economist Karen Redleaf. 7/4 and 7/5 (repeat) "De-deifying the Market" w/economist Karen Redleaf. 7/11 and 7/12 "Coke and Pepsi: Hard Questions for Soft Drinks" w/Sanat Mohanty from India and Gerardo Cajamarca (Merideth Cleary interpreting) from Columbia. All shows are hosted by Eric Angell. --------5 of 18-------- From: Patty Guerrero <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Fetzer/9-11/salon 6.27 6:30pm On June 27, the guest will be James Fetzer. He is currently a McKnight University Professor in Dept. of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Dr. Fetzer recently submitted a chapter to David Griffin and Peter Scoll for their book, 9/11 and the American Empire. He is one of many writers and scientists who believe that the extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and demands an independent study of the 9/11 tradedy. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held 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 18-------- From: Paul C. Ernst <pcepublic [at] pobox.com> Subject: Dialogue on crime 6.27 6:30pm Violent Crime Is Rising in Our Neighborhood: Fact or Perception? A forum for community dialogue Tuesday, June 27, 6:30pm Linwood Community Center Gym, 860 St. Clair Ave. Sponsored by: District 16 Planning Council / Summit Hill Association (SHA) Forum Topics to include: Presentations from St. Paul Police Western District Commanders regarding reports of rising crime in the Summit Hill neighborhood and surrounding communities Opportunities for residents to get accurate information, perspective and practical advice from the police in relation to crime in the Summit Hill neighborhood Opportunities to meet your neighbors and discuss joint efforts to prevent crime For further information on the meeting please call the SHA office at (651) 222-1222. [Reports have surfaced of numerous white collar criminals in three-piece suits hanging around corporate headquarters, government buildings, expensive restaurants, yacht marinas, and country clubs. They are armed with fountain pens, patented song and dance routines, and cash-filled envelopes. On guard! Take a bite out of crime! -ed] --------7 of 18-------- From: info [at] surseine.org Subject: MN sur Seine 6.27 7pm Tastes of North Africa and the Mediterranean Wine, Food and Music Minnesota sur Seine and The Black Dog Cafe Present an evening of wine, music and spices of the Mediterranean Tuesday June 27th 7-9pm food and wines from regions including North Africa, Spain and France will be featured Music by Fat Kid Wednesdays Tickets can be purchased on line at www.TC-Uncorked.org or in person at the Black Dog $30.00 tickets $25 is tax deductable Visa, MC accepted All proceeds benefit the Third Annual Minnesota sur Seine Music Festival, www.surseine.org All attendees will be entered into a drawing for 2 sets of 2 tickets to B'net Houariyat and Fat Kid Wednesdays concert October 21st at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium. Minnesota sur Seine is thrilled to present B'net Houariyat at the third annual Minnesota sur Seine Music Festival B'net Houariyat is a group of traditional women singers. They live in Marrakech, Morocco. All the members of the group are singers, percussion players and dancers. Their musical inspiration is rooted in sub-Saharan Africa and the Berber oral tradition. With humor and energy, Benet Haporth are transcending the cliches of the condition of women in Islamic countries. All the song texts are ancient and evoke various aspects of everyday life: social issues , religion, love, family, neighbors and bad feelings. Benet Houariyat are commenting on their community, which is modern, but with ancient roots. Their performances can include songs denouncing arranged marriages with an old and rich man, mocking male pride, or condemning fanaticism. The dances are from the original tribes, the Houara, as well as Berber. Their repertoire includes Aita (feminine seduction call) and Chaabi (a style that originated the now popular rai music.) Their dance of a woman possessed by spirits is a spellbinding. B'net Houariyat will appear at the festival in partnership with the "Women of Substance" series of the College of St. Catherine. The Black Dog Café 308 Prince Street 4th and Broadway, across from the Farmer's Market, Lowertown St Paul, MN 55101 651-228-9274 --------8 of 18-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Call to justice 6.28 8am June 28 - CALL TO JUSTICE: Reducing Racial Disparity and Enhancing Public Safety. 8:30am-4:15pm. Cost: (see website). CALL TO JUSTICE: Reducing Racial Disparity and Enhancing Public Safety Program Schedule: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Seating Morning Program 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Introduction and Topic Overview: Reverend Albert Gallmon, Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church and Chair of Board of Directors of Council on Crime and Justice 8:45-9:00 a.m. Racial Disparities and Minnesota s Changing Demographics: Donna Zimmerman, Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Health Partners and Member of the Racial Disparities Committee of the Itasca Project. This presentation will feature demographic and socio-economic trend data, including racial disparity trendlines, developed by the Brookings Institute for the Itasca Project Consortium of more than forty CEO s, mayors and community leaders funded by the McKnight Foundation, and the St. Paul Foundation. 9:00-9:45a.m. Causes and Consequences of Racial Disparity in the Justice System: Key Findings and Recommendations: Tom Johnson, President of Council on Crime and Justice; former Hennepin County Attorney. This presentation will present a synthesis of seventeen studies conducted by the Council on Crime and Justice examining the causes and consequences of the racial disparity in Minnesota s justice system. The focus will be on the Key Findings and Recommendations, along with proposed Action Steps for addressing the disparity. 9:45-10:45 a.m. Causes of the Disparity: A Multi-Perspective Examination: Panel Moderator: Judge Tanya Bransford, Hennepin County District Court Panel Members: Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page; Professor Michael Tonry, University of Minnesota Law School; Clayton Robinson, Ramsey County Attorney s Office; Steve Glaze, Ex-offender; Chief John Harrington, St. Paul Police Department; Dr. Bill Green*, Interim Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools; Suzanne Koepplinger, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women s Resource Center; Ebony Ruhland, Research Associate for Council on Crime and Justice This panel discussion will explore in depth the Key Findings from the Council on Crime and Justice s multi-year research on the causes of the racial disparities in Minnesota s justice system. 10:45 11:00 a.m. Break 11:00 12:00 a.m. The Collateral Consequences of the Racial Disparity in Minnesota s Justice System: Key Findings and Recommendations: Panel Moderator: Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson Panel Members: Professor Todd Clear, John Jay School of Criminal Justice; Dr. Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Executive Director of the African American Child Wellness Institute; Richard Amos, Director of Social Services at St. Stephens; Anita Selin, member of the Minneapolis Police Relations Council; Hilary Whitham, Research Coordinator for the Council on Crime and Justice. This panel will explore in depth the Collateral Consequences identified by the Council on Crime and Justice as arising from the racial disparity in Minnesota s justice system. 12:00 12:30 p.m. The Mayors Views Mayor R. T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis; Mayor Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul Mayors Rybak and Coleman will reference Minnesota s changing demographics; the need to reduce racial disparities through improved relationships between the justice system and communities of color; and the need to reduce the negative collateral consequences of justice system involvement. 12:15 1:15 p.m. Lunch (Provided) Afternoon Program 1:15 1:45 p.m. Luncheon Speaker: Racial Justice: The Ethical Dimension Professor Kenneth Goodpaster, Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, University of St. Thomas. Professor Goodpaster will offer his reflections on business ethics, corporate responsibility and the common good, all in the context of the racial disparity in the justice system. 1:45 2:00 p.m. Break 2:00 2:30 p.m. The Linkage between Consequences and Causes: The Inverted Relationship Mike Miles, CEO Space Center Inc.; and former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council on Crime and Justice. This presentation will focus on the self-perpetuating aspects of the justice system s racial disparities, linking the consequences of involvement in the justice system to the causes of the disparity and the ethical issues raised. 2:30 3:45 p.m. Action Steps for Undoing the Racial Disparity Within the Justice System: The Ethics of Acting Now! Panel Moderator: Judge Kevin Burke, Hennepin County District Court Panel Members: Senator Julianne Ortman, Minnesota Senate; Assistant Chief Sharon Lubinski, Minneapolis Police Department; David Schecter, WCCO Television; Sam Grabarski*, Executive Director, Downtown Council; Community Resident (TBD); Professor Chris Uggen, University of Minnesota Department of Sociology; Russ Balenger, Case Worker Amicus; Shane Price, African American Men Project; Sarah Walker, Call-to-Justice Coordinator for Council on Crime and Justice. This panel will discuss in depth the proposed Key Action steps for addressing the racial disparities in Minnesota s criminal justice system. It will also explore the political/ethical issues involved in moving (and not moving) forward. 3:45 4:30 p.m. First Reflection, Then Action! Reverend Albert Gallmon, Pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church; This session will review the strongest (and weakest) substantive aspects of the Forum and, then engage the audience in gauging support for/and desired involvement in the proposed Actions Steps. 4:30 p.m. Adjourn * indicates commitment pending FFI and to register: http://www.crimeandjustice.org/ Location: Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 --------9 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Gitmo/criminal prez 6.28 5pm Wednesday, 6/28, 5 pm, Joseph Margulies signs book "Gitmo and the Abuse of Presidential Power," Fredrikson & Byron, 200 S 6th St, room #4000, Mpls. mchong [at] mnadvocates.org ---------10 of 18-------- From: Bonnie [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Ovarian cancer 6.28 6pm June 28: Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance June Meeting- Grand Rounds Presentation. Macalester College John B. Davis Lecture Hall 6-8pm. Learn how MOCA is raising awareness of ovarian cancer, its symptoms and the importance of early detection through one of its educational programs called Grand Rounds. Time to socialize with other ovarian cancer survivors, family members and friends. For more info or to RSVP call 952/890-8775. --------11 of 18-------- From: ewomenwin [at] mnwpc.org Subject: Choice/MN 06 Leg 6.28 6:30pm The Minnesota Women's Political Caucus Education Council is proud to present The Coffeehouse Series sequence of discussions that focus on the different aspects of reproductive choice Your body & choice: real-life affects of the '06 legislative session with Kathleen Murphy, Midwest Health Center for Women June 28, 6:30-7:30pm Fresh Grounds, 1362 West 7th Street, Saint Paul Ignorance is not bliss. The legislative process is complex and can be difficult to understand, yet everyday our elected officials are making important decisions about how we will live our lives. While your body is personal, this year's legislative session shows how your body is political. Come learn the straight-up facts, engage in frank conversation and leave the most informed neighbor on your block. --------12 of 18-------- From: David Strand <mncivil [at] yahoo.com> Subject: GLBT/anti-war/AWC 6.28 7pm Come Out Against the War! Wednesday, 6/28 @ 7 pm @ Betsy's Backporch Cafe, 5447 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis. The Anti-War Committee invites the GLBT community and allies speak out against the war and occupation of Iraq. Bring your opinions, a poem, your guitar, or whatever. Just join us to talk about how this war affects our community, and what we can do to stop it. For more info: 612-379-3899 or info [at] antiwarcommittee.org . --------13 of 18-------- From: Write On Radio <writeonradio [at] YAHOO.COM> Subject: GLBT pride reading 6.28 7pm Wednesday June 28th 7pm. S.A.S.E. GLBT Pride Reading. A special celebration of GLBT Pride Month. Come hear many of the participants of this year's program as they read in this special cabaret celebrating GLBT pride. Hosted by John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. --------14 of 18-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: GLBT/music/films 6.28 7pm/dusk CINEMA & CIVICS Wednesdays, June 14-August 2, 2006 7-11 PM, Films At Dusk Stevens Square Park 1801 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN Cinema & Civics All events are located in Stevens Square Park and are free and open to the public. Programs begin at 7 PM, films at dusk. Stevens Square Park is located at 1801 Stevens Ave in Minneapolis. Call 612-879-0200 or visit www.stevensarts.org for more information. June 28 Minneapolis Pride in Stevens Square Celebrate Pride city wide AND right in your backyard. Performance presented by District 202 E squared Performance Group in collaboration with Outward Spiral Theatre Company. Music by local band Grace Darling & Special Guest. Additional support from Rainbow Families and other local GLBT organizations. Film: CALL ME MALCOLM by director Joseph Parlagreco A documentary about a transgender seminary student and his struggle with faith, love, and gender identity featuring Malcolm Himschoot, currently Minister of Outreach at Plymouth Church on Nicollet Ave, who will be present to introduce the film. Preceded by BETWEEN THE BOYS by local director Jake Yuzna Voyeuristically exploring a relationship between two young men who fall into the gray area between the sexual experimentation of adolescence and the world of adult emotions, Between the Boys glimpses into one of the few remaining taboos of current times. --------15 of 18--------- JIM FULLER was a reporter and editor at the Minneapolis Star tribune for almost 40 years. His blog is a blunt, beautifully written commentary on our times. Here's his newest post. Highly recommended. -Lydia Howell Thursday, June 22, 2006 Identifying the real "haters of America" by Jim Fuller http://www.jamesclayfuller.blog There they go again. Right wing columnists and other Bush-loving extremists - hey, we get to use such denigrating terms if they do - are back on the tired theme of "America haters and Bush haters." In the lexicon of the radical right, those terms mean anyone who doesn't support the Bush or any portion of its agenda for overturning the U.S. Constitution. Rush Limbaugh, the non-thinking man's favorite lout, is shouting the last few days that "the left" is pleased that two U.S. soldiers were tortured before they were killed. That goes far beyond the allowable limits of commentary. I'm part of "the left" by today's Republican and press standards, and so are the great majority of my friends. I don't know anyone who isn't sickened by the thought of what those young men suffered. Where we go wrong, according to Limbaugh and his zombie following - and where we are right by the the standards of most of the world - is that we are equally sickened by the almost unimaginable sufferings of those who have been and are being tortured under the sponsorship of this country's leaders. No torture is acceptable, no torturer is anything but evil. Saddam, Hitler, Stalin, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the grinning puppet in the White House were cut from the same rotten cloth. They have no remorse for the horrors they have caused to be committed. They are less than fully human. We're not supposed to say such things of course. Right wing propaganda, supported by what passes for journalism in this country in recent years, has persuaded the vast majority of Americans that such truths are "leftist," at best, and that speakers of the plain, unspun and demonstrable truth hate America. Well.... Hate Bush, which also means Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and our own fat Goebbels, Karl Rove? Growing up in what I recognized in my teens as an extremely backward and unthinkingly racist branch of Lutheranism, I developed a definition of "hate" that stays with me. Hate, in that personal definition, is an extremely powerful emotion; it means that you desire the greatest possible harm to come to the one(s) you hate, you want them dead, perhaps even to suffer as the torture victims have suffered. Intellectually, I don't quite believe that definition, but it's there, deep in my gut, as are so many things we absorbed as children. So, no, by that definition I don't hate the Bush crowd. I do despise them. I do want them gone - away from all possibility of wielding further power, perhaps settled down in some enclave of the super rich where they can verbally abuse the help and sneer at everyone who is not them, but cannot do further damage to this country or the wider world. In that, I know, I am in the company of millions of good Americans. Because, in fact, it is they, the Bush, who hate America. That is, they hate what it was until they grasped the power to transform it, and they hate the vestiges of what it used to be. Their every action demonstrates that. Democracy? They have subverted the electoral system, encouraged and engineered the theft of elections and the disenfranchisement of those who are likely to vote against them. They are a long way down the road of twisting the judicial branch of government into a tool of their political vision - just as was done in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. Having successfully gerrymandered Congressional districts to the point that it is all but impossible for a majority of citizens to elect a majority of that body, and they have made personal loyalty to themselves the sole criterian for gaining influence in the legislative branch of government. They have openly sold key governmental departments and the legislative process to giant business. Regulatory bodies are run by the industries they are supposed to regulate. They fail miserably at protecting the public from predatory corporate giants, from natural disasters and, inevitably, from terrorists because they just don't give a damn about the people of this or any other country. Government to them is something to be run for the sake of increasing their own wealth and power and for no other reason. Schools? They do NOT want an educated public; they are well on their way to making the people of the United States a pool of trained but fearful labor, willing to take whatever they are offered in exchange for their work. Health care? Just enough so that enough of the people can work through their productive years without excessive absenteeism. Share the proceeds of increased productivity with those who produce the wealth? Don't be ridiculous. Protect the environment? Why? They're quite sure in their arrogance that there always will be safe, pleasant havens for themselves. They don't go to national parks, or fish on public waters; their getaway spots have fences and guards at the gates and outriders along the fences to keep them from contact with the rabble. Create a lasting peace? War creates immense wealth for those who own the right corporations. And war is the perfect tool - as they have shown with Iraq - for conning the largely ignorant public into accepting the shift from a republican democracy into an imperial Republican dictatorship. They hate America as it was created and as it was before they cheated their way into control. Hate the Bush crowd? Not quite, but the next thing to it. Anyone not part of their tiny club who can look at what they've done and what they are doing and not despise them is deluded beyond understanding. posted by James @ 1:56 PM --------16 of 18-------- June 25, 2006 Another Kennedy Living Dangerously By MARK LEIBOVICH San Francisco ONE of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s family mementos is a boyhood photo of himself in the Oval Office with his uncle President John F. Kennedy. Then 9, Mr. Kennedy - who is still known as Bobby - had just given the president a spotted salamander in a small vase. The salamander appears to be dead. "He does not look well," President Kennedy told Bobby as they observed the slimy pet. The president is prodding it with a pen, to no avail. "I was in denial," Bobby Kennedy said, explaining that he had probably doomed the salamander by keeping it in chlorinated water. Not to attach too much significance to a dead salamander, but, oh, what the heck: the photo distills some Bobby Kennedy essentials - his matter-of-fact presence in royal circles, his boyish chutzpah and a lifelong appreciation for animals (even those he has killed). Now 52, Mr. Kennedy, is one of the country's most prominent environmental lawyers and advocates. Clearly he was traumatized by his youthful act of environmental insensitivity and vowed as an adult to become a fervent protector of all the planet's salamanders. Or perhaps this is overreaching, seeing too much in a simple picture. (Sometimes a dead salamander is just a dead salamander). But it goes with the family territory - the speculating, overguessing - and it would seem particularly inevitable for anyone burrowing through life with the name Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Mr. Kennedy presided last week at the annual conference of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an assembly of 153 "keepers" from around the world charged with protecting the planet's most vulnerable watersheds, largely through litigation or threat thereof. On Wednesday the riverkeepers, baykeepers, coastkeepers, deltakeepers, channelkeepers and inletkeepers packed into three zero-emission hybrid-electric buses bound for Treasure Island on San Francisco Bay. There they ate dinner on biodegradable plates and took turns giving brief speeches. They spoke with earnest commitment, contempt for industrial polluters and awe for Bobby Kennedy. "Thank you for fighting for our waterways, Bobby," said Leo O'Brien, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper. "And thank you for fighting for democracy." Recently, much of Mr. Kennedy's public focus has been on democracy, and he has taken increasingly audacious leaps into political swamps that transcend the environment. He roiled the blogosphere and cable news shows this month after declaring - in an article he wrote in Rolling Stone - that Republicans stole the 2004 presidential election through a series of voting frauds. "I've become convinced that the president's party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004," Mr. Kennedy wrote in the exhaustive, strenuously footnoted article, which relied heavily on the published research of others. He has repeated the accusation on Air America, the liberal radio network on which he is co-host of a program, and on a procession of television talk-'n'-shout fests (with Stephen Colbert, Wolf Blitzer, Tucker Carlson, Chris Matthews). Mr. Kennedy is hitching his iconic name to a cause that has largely been consigned so far to liberal bloggers and which nearly all Democratic leaders and major news media outlets have ignored and which, unsurprisingly, Bush supporters have ridiculed. Tracy Schmitt, the Republican National Committee press secretary, accused Mr. Kennedy of "peddling a conspiracy theory that was thoroughly debunked nearly two years ago." Farhad Manjoo, of Salon.com, wrote: "If you do read the Kennedy article, be prepared to machete your way through numerous errors of interpretation and his deliberate omission of key bits of data." It is impossible to read the Rolling Stone article without wondering how Mr. Kennedy's audacious accusations might relate to his philosophical evolution or even affect his political viability. Naturally he is asked all the time what he envisions next for himself, specifically, what he plans to run for. "I'd say daily," he says of how often he's asked. As if the mantle of one of the country's top environmental advocates couldn't be enough to satisfy a Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy came close to running for attorney general of New York State this year. "Very, very close," he said, but he decided not to, fearing its effect on his wife, Mary, and their four children. (He has two other children from a previous marriage.) Nonetheless, perhaps more than any other Kennedy of his generation, he is looked upon as the next potential vessel for Something Bigger. In words, temperament and actions, he conveys a frenetic vibe of restlessness that invites the questions "What else?" "What next?" "What more?" At the Waterkeeper Alliance meeting he bounced from conversation to conversation, introducing people, touching bases, jiggling his right foot on the floor in rare idle seconds. He is also possessed of Kennedy looks and a riveting speaking style, despite a genetic neurological condition, spasmodic dysphonia, that he developed at age 40, which strains his speech and can make it sound as if he's choking up. "He's the only speaker in the environmental movement who can say he'll speak for 20 minutes, then speak for 40 and you want him to go on longer," said Carl Pope, the executive director of the Sierra Club. Senator Edward M. Kennedy said in a phone interview that his nephew "has a certain Pied Piper quality about him" and described a typical scene at the family compound in Hyannisport, Mass., in which his nephew transfixes 30 children with nature demonstrations, usually involving animals or fish. One of the recurring themes within Mr. Kennedy's orbit of friends is the "Bobby story," an action or vignette that is quintessential to the man. In most cases a "Bobby story" involves some kind of spontaneous, often daredevil act, on the order of impatiently jumping off a chairlift, jumping off a cliff or being host to more than 100 people for hypercompetitive Capture the Flag games at his 10-acre home in Mount Kisco, N.Y. (which inevitably yield at least one emergency-room trip). "He has a really intense metabolism," said Andrea Raisfeld, a close family friend and frequent participant in what she described as "these adult play dates." Mr. Kennedy has always lived his life close to nature and to the edge. The third of 11 children born to Ethel Skakel Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, he used to fixate on ants from his crib, he said his mother recalls. As a boy he assembled a zoo at his family's home in Virginia, comprising about 40 reptiles and birds at any one time. He started racing homing pigeons at 7 and falconing at 9 and has always been given to the family penchant for recreational abandon: high-speed pursuits like skiing, water-skiing and hockey. He was 14 in June 1968, when the rector of Georgetown Preparatory School woke him to tell him his father had been shot. He flew to California, where Senator Kennedy had just won the Democratic primary. He was at the hospital when his father died. Mr. Kennedy graduated from Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School. He received a master's degree in environmental law from Pace University, where he is now a law professor. In 1983 he entered a drug treatment program after having been arrested for heroin possession in South Dakota. He has been clean ever since and attends regular meetings, Mr. Kennedy said, declining to discuss his sobriety further for the record. "I think, in a very dramatic way, Bobby's surviving, and his determination to get to a state of mind where he can be constructive, has been central to him," Senator Kennedy said. "He has faced some enormous challenges, some enormously serious challenges." In 1984 his younger brother David Kennedy died of a drug overdose. In 1997 another brother, Michael, was killed after skiing into a tree while playing football on the slopes of Aspen, Colo. They are among the litany of exhaustively documented Kennedy tragedies, which create a prism through which to view Mr. Kennedy's penchant for risk taking and full-on recreation. At what point is he tempting fate? As is the family custom, he is not given to public hand-wringing about his family losses. "I think God's in charge of that," he said of whether he lives or dies. "You're supposed to do what you're supposed to do. And whatever happens, happens." Peter Kaplan, the editor of The New York Observer and one of Mr. Kennedy's closest friends since they met as college roommates, said that he doesn't worry. "Bobby really loves life, so he takes good care of himself," Mr. Kaplan said. "The second part of the answer is, he really loves his life, and he wouldn't live it any other way than with complete engagement with himself and with the outdoors." Senator Kennedy, who like his nephew lost brothers well before their time, said, "I think he feels he has to live for a lot of people who've been lost." The senator made these remarks in the context of his nephew's lifestyle and political work. Friends say Mr. Kennedy has undergone a gradual adjustment to his priorities through the Bush years. He has broadened his notion of "what you're supposed to do." He has, through his professional life, been identified with the environmental movement. "Now it's much more fundamental than protecting the environment for Bobby," said his friend Laurie David, the liberal advocate and producer of "An Inconvenient Truth," the Al Gore movie. "He fears that the country is being lost, that democracy is at stake." Mr. Kennedy said that he had "continually expanded my realm of interest." His recent focus on the 2004 election exists on that continuum, he added. He had heard low-grade rumblings about alleged abuses in Ohio, faulty voting machines and minority voters waiting hours in line at the polls. But he remained skeptical, or complacent. "I kept the same kind of deliberate blinders on that much of the media did," he said, bemoaning the news media's relative preoccupation with "Brad and Angelina and the Duke lacrosse team." THEN Mr. Kennedy spent Christmas skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho, at the home of Ms. David and her husband, Larry David, the "Seinfeld" creator and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" protagonist. Mr. David urged him to read a book on the 2004 election by the news media critic Mark Crispin Miller. Mr. Kennedy did, and a few days later he was skiing with the Rolling Stone publisher, Jann S. Wenner, an old friend and Sun Valley homeowner. Mr. Kennedy suggested that Mr. Wenner commission a story on the "stolen election." Mr. Wenner said he would, provided Mr. Kennedy wrote it. He had written a much-discussed and much-challenged story for Rolling Stone last year linking childhood vaccines and a rise in autism. After some hesitation, Mr. Kennedy said, he agreed to write the election article. Since it was posted on Rolling Stone's Web site on June 1, the Web has been ablog with a split between those who believe this is the biggest unreported story ever and those who think it's old news, discredited long ago. Mr. Kennedy said it's hard to prove that any election had been "stolen." "If you're looking for proof and certitude, you're not going to find it," he said. Either way, Mr. Kennedy said he is committed to stoking the outrage of 2004, wherever it leads. "This is going to remain one of my central concerns for a while," he said, adding, "America should be indignant." But is it, beyond certain liberal airwaves and blogs? Congress has not exactly been rocked with speeches on the matter or with calls for investigations. In a phone interview, Mr. Wenner said that John Kerry, the big loser in 2004, "does not question the validity of the piece," hardly a signal of outrage. Senator Christopher Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat and a longtime advocate of electoral reform, called the article "tremendously compelling." But not compelling enough to talk about it: Mr. Dodd's comments were relayed in a statement from his office. Mr. Kennedy called the silence of leading Democrats "a great disappointment," but declared himself undeterred. If anything, he said, the experience has left him more likely to run for office than before. "It's all in God's hands," he said on Wednesday night at Treasure Island, a lemony sun setting over the Golden Gate Bridge. He was surrounded by environmentalists swapping stories about protecting the planet's liquid resources (and imbibing other liquid resources). "I can only control my own conduct," Mr. Kennedy said, shrugging. "And I plan to go down fighting." --------17 of 18-------- VENEZUELA: 'Socialism is our model' by Aurora Morales English translation by Coral Wynter Green Left Weekly - Jun 21, 2006 http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2006/672/672p15d.htm Aurora Morales, member of the Venezuelan National Assembly and secretary for international relations for the Movement for the Fifth Republic (MVR) party, was a guest speaker at an international conference, "Socialism in Latin America: Experiences in Change and Regional Integration", held in Quito, Ecuador, on April 17-18. The conference, sponsored by the Socialist Party of Ecuador to mark its 80th anniversary, heard speakers from socialist and revolutionary parties from around the continent. The following is an abridged version of Morales's address to the conference. Greetings from Hugo Chavez, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, to all the socialist parties participating in the historic project of changing Latin America, and to all those present today to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Socialist Party of Ecuador. I welcome the chance to exchange opinions, impressions and ideas with other political figures and personalities from Latin America, to look for a united strategy for this continent so that our people can live with increased dignity. I look forward to listening to the ideas and thoughts of Ecuadorians who are socialist, progressive, revolutionary and Bolivarian. I also want to deliver greetings from my Bolivarian compatriots. My talk is on Latin American integration and international relations, from a revolutionary Bolivarian perspective. We have a project of constitutional change and at the centre of it is the human being. When talking of jurisprudence, I mean how do we look for a new system of international relations that provides equity in the arena of social, political and economic exchange in the region and internationally. This is not a program of short duration, but a very long project. To break with the hegemonic monopoly of imperialism, to break with the old system we have inherited, is not easy. The difficulties we have to confront are difficulties of a different type in each country, because not all of our countries are equal. Because of this, we can't find just one form in which we can develop. We have to adapt to different customs, economics, social conditions, politics, and relationship of forces in each one of our countries. But we have to unite on this highway, to try and march together, to tackle the inevitable contradictions that arise and have arisen. We need to have the will to resolve these contradictions, the will to search for a better world. Constructing a new state With the Bolivarian project [in Venezuela], we face a great challenge in the construction of a new state: a state that is democratic and socialist, with rights and justice for all. We are working in part with the old state machinery, because imagine the situation if we had sacked all the employees and the administrators of the old state. We are humanists, with an ideological foundation -- Bolivarianism -- and we are revolutionaries. We can be thankful for the conquest and the defeat of imperialism in our country, and the victory against the military coup and the petroleum sabotage. I know you Ecuadorians are interested in this struggle because of the [cancellation of the] US oil concession with Oxy [Occidental Corporation]. Venezuela nationalised the petroleum industry under [former president] Carlos Andres Perez in 1974. Yet although it was nationalised, the business remained under the control of commercial interests, including the automation of production. And the management of the petroleum industry was controlled from the US -- a management that demonstrated later [during the oil industry lock-out in 2002 that aimed to undermine the Chavez government] that it had all the power. Therefore, this experience that we have had in this country must be assimilated by all the peoples of Latin America -- because we have absorbed the experience, both the successes and the failures. All these experiences are struggles for liberty and justice: this is the history of humanity. We have studied the failure of the socialist project in Europe, in the Soviet Union, and the question of popular democracy. We have also studied the coups against progressive Latin American governments, promoted by the US. The case of Chile was very tragic: the intervention and the repression. Thanks to [people power in 2002 that defeated the US-backed coup attempt], and Chavez's victory in the elections and the  referendum, we were able to overcome these attacks. As you are aware here in Ecuador, the Cuban Revolution -- under the leadership of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Communist Party -- which hasn't been co-opted and hasn't been beaten, has helped us enormously. For example, the creation of the Latin American missions of Barrio Adentro were a product of this help. More than 20,000 Cuban doctors in Venezuela, working with Venezuelan doctors with a class orientation, have improved the health of the people in the barrios. This never could have happened without the Cuban Revolution. This is our perspective, with many difficulties to overcome. In the case of the petrol strike, we were able to re-nationalise the industry and achieve an income [to the state] of 80%, while 20% remained with [the state-owned oil company] PDVSA for investment. With the passage of time, the whole situation changed. The old directors of the petroleum industry had invented a series of terrible, legal manoeuvres, whereby only 20% of the oil income went to the state. In 1995, Theodore Petkoff introduced the Venezuelan agenda. This agenda was to sell all the concessions of the petroleum industry to the US with the aim of privatising the industry. But there was no privatisation of the Venezuelan oil industry, thanks to Hugo Chavez and his government. You should take notice of the voracity of imperialism, due to the necessity [of that system] for the greatest concentration of capital. This propelled them to carry out a coup in April 2002, and the petrol strike in December 2002. Popular power Our current project is the construction of a new state with justice, human rights and popular power. The popular power we are developing is participatory democracy. Its latest form is through the Communal Councils, at the level of the communities, with a registry. Each incorporates 400-450 families. The involvement of the population in politics is normally much lower. This initiative will involve all citizens and they will have a community bank and the appropriate social control of the monies. The construction of popular power in Venezuela is fantastic. I recently attended a meeting of a barrio (neighbourhood), which had been waiting approximately 30 years for the production of water. With a working group of water technicians, and people in the barrio, they received state finance of 30 million bolivares for their project. The working group were, in the majority, women. With the help of this capital, they were able to put in the pipes. They put the remaining money into an account in the name of their council, to use later to solve other problems. The law of the Communal Councils was discussed at all levels, with widespread participation. Global inequality At this moment, there is a recomposition, a change in the situation of the blocs, of the political forces, around the world. In Europe this is producing great contradictions. We have to take into account the asymmetry of inequalities. If a worker in France goes to Rumania, and a Rumanian worker goes to France, what are they going to do with the social security system and vacations and different scales of pay? A worker in France is more expensive and the cost of living in France is higher, but they will not pay the same salary. So this European unity is deteriorating and breaking up. As a consequence of this, we have to look for real unity, a unity that is equitable and fair for all of us. Consider Africa, a country destroyed by colonial interests. If one looks at the map of Africa and sees how many military bases the US has in Africa, it is very disturbing. The problems of desertification are terrible. In Africa, conditions are very much worse than ours, with terrible sickness and massive poverty. In Asia, China is experiencing great development. China is the most populous country on earth, with 1.3 billion inhabitants, a growing productive capacity, and a quota of many millionaires. But China faces very difficult conditions. It could adopt the same methods as North America -- the same model of capital accumulation that consumes large amounts of energy; the model of the great multinationals that will destroy the planet in 50 years. At the level of accumulating capital, China is following this model. It's a good thing that the Communist Party of China is well organised. We have to study this phenomenon closely, and I hope that their own technology can help them develop their own model, and not follow that of North America. In the Middle East, as we know, we have seen the invasion of Afghanistan, the occupation of Iraq -- an occupation that is terrible, with the aim of destroying the traditions, the culture, all the history of the people of Iraq. The threats continue, with the US warnings against Lebanon. There are designs against the sovereignty of Iran, where this Islamic people have undertaken their own development, their own nuclear technology, toward peaceful ends. But the US won't allow this. We need solidarity with the Iranian people. The US plans to destroy the nuclear plants. It doesn't rule out the possibility of invasion. This would be disastrous for the whole of humanity. We also have the tragic situation of the Palestinians. We all know the story of the fight of the Palestinians for national control of their country. Just recently, Hamas won the elections. This has produced a new form by which the US blocks Palestine's sovereignty. Hamas is possibly going to win sovereignty, but the US won't allow Hamas to exercise genuine democratic self-determination. Latin America In Latin America, we are in a different phase of transition. The victory of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela was the result of an accumulation of many struggles, of the organisation of social groups. Chavez and his speeches where he educates the people, his deep knowledge of the people, and the relationships he has established in the international field, have been a tremendous advance. With [President] Lula in Brazil, there is a different situation. All the countries are different. We in Venezuela can advance more because we have a leader in the political, the moral, and the military fields. In the armed forces in Venezuela, the officers, the troops, with the thoughts of Simon Bolivar and the Bolivarian ideology, want to serve to guarantee the rights of the people. This process of change in the armed forces is important. Recently, by contrast, a Brazilian general spoke of the 'threat of communism'. In Venezuela, this wouldn't happen. I don't want to say that there is no seed of anti-communism, but our armed forces are patriotic, a sensibility that was generated by Chavez. They understand they have to work with the people to solve all the problems that exist. Imperialism tried to block our petroleum production two years ago, no one should forget. This meant two months without gas, without petrol, without food. The managers tried to sabotage our industry. From all points of view they were trying to create ungovernability, to force the armed forces against us. On the contrary, when they saw this national danger against Venezuela, the armed forces stood with Chavez. So this alliance of the armed forces with the people in this project is fundamental. And in the difficult moments of the April 11, 2002 coup, the battalions of the armed forces were in support of the constitution, despite the Golpistas being present in the [Miraflores] Palace. The same thing happened with the petroleum sabotage. Therefore, in Venezuela, we have forged a civic-military alliance. I have been a revolutionary all my life. My parents have also been revolutionaries, although my father was in the military. My parents went to prison when I was one year old, and were in prison for seven years. The armed forces have a special character in Venezuela. We must remember that the enemy penetrates everywhere. In Venezuela there is not one space where the enemy doesn't penetrate. We must realise that the enemy is everywhere and we must be there as well. A comical event occurred about 20 years ago. There was an organisation for the defence of the rights of sex workers, and a lot of homosexuals and transsexuals joined. A member of the North American embassy was the head of the organisation and I began to wonder why. You must realise they do it for the intelligence. Do you think they wanted to participate in the defence of the sex workers? No, They were thinking that through the sex workers, they could obtain information. This is why I say there is no area where the enemy has not been inserted. We must have the firmness and conviction to also do the same, because we are defending our life, our country, and our rights, and the lives of our children, our future and our humanity. We are doubly obliged to do this. Latin America is confronting a situation of transition, where US imperialism is imposing ALCA [the Free Trade Area of the Americas]. Because we would not go into ALCA, the US is trying to form a free market with all the Latin American countries, which will affect their national interests. In Colombia, for example, it will affect all the producers, and this will affect Venezuela. Because of this, we had to denounce this process and leave the Andean Pact. We are taking measures to protect ourselves. But at the same time, we are hoping that the Colombians will take account of these facts and fight to get rid of this free trade agreement. The same is happening in Peru. But all this process and transition is up for debate, with a model of hegemony versus a revolutionary model. Crisis There is a crisis in this period. There is a crisis of capital accumulation. This crisis has other aspects: financial, a crisis of energy, and a crisis of consumerism. We can't continue a situation where 4.7 % of the world's population consumes 25% of the energy. There is also a military crisis. People are denouncing the occupation of Iraq. Now, the military in the Pentagon is working closely with the intelligence services, including the CIA. But, there are too many fronts opening up. What is the tendency of the future? US military forces can destroy the world. We can't allow this. The problems with the Middle East, with China -- what have they got to do with Latin America? Because we need to do business in the market, we need to conserve our resources and we need to stop the increase in prices. We proposed in the Letter to America this same idea, of a co-ordinated regional trading policy. El Salvador and Colombia are also participating in this. There is a recomposition of forces in the world; break-ups, a recombination of blocs. Latin America is in this process of transition, with the possibility of advancing to a new model, which we call Bolivarian. In the political field, we are proposing to work with all the available movements against the forces of neoliberalism: with the small and medium businesses, nationalist sectors, the indigenous movement, revolutionary movements, social movements, anti-capitalist movements -- for example, the MST in Brazil, the youth movements, the students, the workers' movements, etc. In our case, the Bolivarian movement doesn't have any belief in capitalism. We say: Resist the pressure. Advance on the revolutionary path. We can't stop until the whole world is socialist. Open the doors, because the options for the world are, as Rosa Luxembourg said, "Socialism or barbarism". Socialism is our model. The road is very long. But we have the spirit to walk along the endogenous [national] path for equality in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, and to construct a regional, integrated Latin American economy with a strong presence in this international process of change. Viva Chavez, Viva Evo, Viva Kirchner, and Viva all those who want a better world! --------18 of 18-------- WNAC - Words for the New Amerikan Century Audibull - spoken lies Credibull - easily believable lies Gullibull - factory reject lies good enough for idiots Horribull - lies so grisly they must be true Legibull - hand-written lies Plausibull - benefit-of-the-doubt lies Printabull - lies in newspapers and books Terribull - lies on 9/11 and terrorism Visibull - lies on TV ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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