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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 15:32:13 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.30.06 1. 9-11 expose/C-Span 7.29 7pm 2. Global warming/KFAI 7.30 3pm 3. KFAI/Indian 7.30 4pm 4. MnN4Peace picnic 7.30 4pm 5. Corrie/hiding 7.30 7pm 6. Holocaust 7.30 7pm 7. Dean Zimmermann 7.30 7pm 8. GP kick-off/Poodle 7.30 8pm 9. Union event 7.31 5:30pm 10. Atwood/Amis/TV 7.31 7pm 11. Ken Pentel/gov 7.31 7pm 12. Catherine Fitts - A review of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth 13. Eduardo Galeano - How much longer? 14. Rashid Khalidi - Anger in the Arab world 15. Will Durst - 'Scientist' suspects Bush has syphilis 16. ed - Zionist/BushCo nationalist anthem --------1 of 16-------- Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 14:13:39 -0500 From: Burt Berlowe <bberlowe [at] mn.rr.com> Subject: 9-11 expose/C-Span 7.29 7pm C-SPAN to Air Historic 9/11 Exposť 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Panel Discussion to Run on Saturday, July 29th at 8PM (EST) C-SPAN has confirmed that their coverage of the 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Panel Discussion will air on C-SPAN 1 on July 29th at 8PM (EST). The panel features incredible presentations by 9/11 <http://st911.org/> Scholars for Truth founder James Fetzer, BYU Physics Professor Steven Jones, President of the Institute for Space and Security Studies Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret., Filmmaker and Radio Broadcaster Alex Jones, and Terrorism Expert Webster Tarpley. The appearance of this discussion on the nation's premiere public affairs cable network is an incredible boon to the 9/11 Truth Movement. None of the 9/11 Truth events that C-SPAN has covered in the past are as hard-hitting as the 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda program. This panel discussion cuts to the heart of the issue and exposes the events of September 11th, 2001 as a complex premeditated plot carried out by criminal elements within the U.S. Government as a pretext for launching the endless "War on Terror" in which the globe is currently embroiled. C-SPAN's coverage of this pivotal information will bring considerable national attention to the 9/11 Truth Movement. It will also lend further credibility to the Scholars for 9/11 Truth, the premiere organization within the movement for peer-reviewed scientific research on 9/11 issues. MORE INFO Each member of the panel brought their own particular perspective and expertise to the discussion while each maintained throughout their comments that 9/11 was an "inside job." Alex Jones, a progenitor of the 9/11 Truth Movement introduced the panel and acted as moderator. Professor Steven E. Jones, an expert in Physics, re-capped his vital new research which has conclusively proven that demolition incendiaries were used to bring down World Trade Center and could have only been placed there in advance of 9/11. As a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota and a former Marine Corps officer, James Fetzer cut through the myths surrounding the 9/11 hijackers. Former Air Force Interceptor Pilot Robert Bowman brought up the lack of air defense on the day of 9/11 and shed light on the slough of drills conducted on 9/11 to distract the military and prevent Flights 11 & 77 from being shot down. Finally Author and Historian Webster Tarpley tied all of the information together to paint a picture of 9/11. He described the drills, Bush's actions and the blow-by-blow details of that fateful day that revealed what could only be called the horrible truth of a conspiracy fact. It is crucial that everyone see this historic panel discussion on C-SPAN. Tell your friends and family, email colleagues, and post links on message boards. This is an incredible step in spreading the truth about 9/11. The program will air on C-SPAN 1 at 8PM EST (7PM CST) on Saturday, July 29th and then air again for the West Coast at 11pm EST (10pm CST). --------2 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Global warming/KFAI 7.30 3pm SUN JULY 30, 3pm: GLOBAL WARMING on the WAVE PROJECT, KFAI RADIO Worried about Global Warming? You ought to be. After all, EARTH is our home, our only home, and climate change has reached crisis proportions. Want to get involved and take action to stop it? There is hope if we act now! Find out what you can do to mitigate climate change by tuning in to the WAVE PROJECT, Sunday, July 30 at 3pm to hear members of the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities and moderator Lydia Howell talk about what can be done to SAVE THE PLANET. KFAI 90.1 fm Mpls 106.7 fm St Paul all shows archived for 2 weeks after broadcast --------3 of 16------- From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org> Subject: KFAI/Indian 7.30 4pm KFAI's Indian Uprising, July 30, 2006 IMMIGRATION ISSUE SPARKS AMERICAN RACISM by Editors Report, Indian Country Today, July 14, 2006. Perhaps the recent flare-up of the immigration issue started out more legitimately. Certainly there are serious problems with waves of hundreds of thousands of people entering any country illegally. But like the head of a monstrous snake coming out of a thorny bush, the issue has grown its own nasty viper. Immigration has become the new magnet of American racism. It's time to recognize this evil trend, and confront it. From the oh-so-patriotic ''Minutemen,'' with their always potential overlap to vigilante violence, to the actual rise in incidents of race crime against dark-skinned Mexican and other Hispanics in recent months, the evidence is that a climate of disdain and potential race and/or ethnic hatred is being generated in North America. This is very evident in the type of language and self-definition put up by not so unconsciously race-based pundits and politicians. http://www.Indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413315 RACISM AND SOVEREIGNTY AT THE BORDERS by Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today, July 17, 2006. Racism has led the United States to target dark-skinned people at the southern border, with little attention focused on the northern border, where border crossers are more often light-skinned, according to Native professor James Riding In, Pawnee and associate professor of American Indian studies at Arizona State University, speaking on historical immigration to this land now known as the United States, said racism is a key element in the focus on the southern border. ''Racially, these people are being targeted in the name of national security,'' Riding In said in an interview with Indian Country Today. http://www.Indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413326 * * * * Indian Uprising is a one-half hour Public & Cultural Affairs program for, by, and about Indigenous people broadcast each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. over KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. Producer and host is Chris Spotted Eagle. KFAI Fresh Air Radio is located at 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55454, 612-341-3144. --------4 of 16-------- From: "Krista Menzel (Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace)" <web [at] mppeace.org> Subject: MnN4Peace picnic 7.30 4pm Minnesota Neighbors for Peace Metro-Wide Potluck Picnic Sunday, July 30 4-8pm Newell Park, 900 North Fairview Avenue (corner of Fairview and Pierce Butler Route), St. Paul All friends and neighbors interested in supporting efforts for peace are welcome! Please join us for a picnic, a time to feast and socialize with friends old and new while enjoying a beautiful mid-summer evening. There will be a sound system available, so adults and kids are encouraged to bring music or spoken words to share. There will also be organized games and activities for kids, and families are encouraged to bring toys and games for their little ones to enjoy in the park. Please bring a dish to share as well as your own beverage, utensils, plate/bowl, and blanket or lawn chair. A grill will be available, so bring charcoal if you would like to barbecue. No alcohol is allowed in the park and dogs must be on a leash at all times. Bring your family and friends, and if you are looking for a Neighbors for Peace group to be a part of, this is the place to be! ACTION NOTE: Bring non-perishable food items for the Keystone Community Services food shelf! Food donations are always at their lowest during the summer, but the need doesn't change! We will collect donations at our picnic and deliver them to Keystone on Monday. Sponsored by: Merriam Park, Crocus Hill/West 7th, Como Park, Hamline-Midway, St. Anthony Park, and other Minnesota Neighbors for Peace groups. --------5 of 16-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Corrie/hiding 7.30 7pm Minneapolis Hope Presbyterian Church and Brides for Peace will present "Corrie Remembers," a presentation assembled by Susan Sandager for Christian and Jewish Audiences. 7PM Sunday July 30, Hope Santuary, 7132 Portland AvenueS, Richfield. The presentation is based on Corrie Ten Boom's THE HIDING PLACE. For information call 952-994-7545 --------6 of 16-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Holocaust 7.30 7pm Sunday, 7/30, 7 pm, Jewish Community Relations Council presents documentary "Tak for Alt" (Thanks for Everything) about holocaust survivor and civil rights activist Judy Meisel, Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W 26th St, St Louis Park. Jodi [at] MinnDakJCRC.org --------7 of 16-------- From: D4J Legal Defense Fund <dtilsen [at] qwest.net> Subject: Dean Zimmermann 7.30 7pm Dear Friends, Supporters, Family of Dean Zimmermann & Jenny Heiser, You are invited to join Dean and Jenny at their home at 7pm on Sunday, July 30th, the evening before Dean's trial begins, to join in a community-sharing ecumenical Quaker Meeting/gathering for worship with a focus on support and encouragement. This is an opportunity for friends and supporters, no matter what your faith or spiritual beliefs, to come together to gain support through each other's presence and to offer support to Dean and Jenny, their family, and their legal team, by being together in community. This hour-long sharing will be led by Richard Fuller and/or Betsy Raash-Gilman, members of Twin City Friends Meeting (TCFM) in St. Paul, and members of TCFM's Committee of Support that has been meeting, and will continue to meet during and following the trial, with Dean and Jenny. Your presence would be very much appreciated. _____ Dean's trial starts at 9am on Monday, July 31, at the Minneapolis Federal Courthouse (see the address below). At this time it is unknown which courtroom will be used for the trial. Officials at the 1st floor desk can tell you which courtroom the trial is being held in, if you ask. Jury selection will begin at 9am and is expected to take approximately 3 hours. A lunch recess will likely be taken after jury selection. Opening arguments will take place in the courtroom on Monday afternoon. Dean, Jenny, and Ross, the youngest of their three sons, will bike from their home at 2200 Clinton Avenue South to the Federal Courthouse in downtown Minneapolis; leaving at approximately 8am on the morning of Monday, July 31st. Please feel free to bike along with them. Should you be unable to join in biking to the Courthouse with Dean, he hopes that many of his friends and supporters will come to the Courthouse at approximately 8:30am on Monday to wish him well. If you cannot come that morning please hold Dean, his family, his attorney Dan Scott, and others on the legal team, in your thoughts and/or prayers. The trial is expected to last approximately 2 weeks, ending either Thursday, August 10 or Friday, August 11. Local media will possibly keep folks abreast of when the trial ends and the jury is empanelled. The Zimmermann for Justice Legal Defense Fund's website: HYPERLINK "http://www.zimmermannforjustice.org/"http://www.zimmermannforjus tice.org/ will also carry updates as the trial progresses. Jury deliberations can last anywhere from 1-3 days in a case such as this. A verdict is expected/hoped for no later then Wednesday, August 16. Dean is innocent of the government's charges of corruption and is confident of acquittal by the jury once they are presented with the facts of his case. During the approximately two weeks that the trial is expected to last, feel free to visit the courtroom during the trial proceedings. Jenny will be attending the trial every day, though on the days she has cleaning clients she may not be in the courtroom the entire day. Both Jenny and Dean would appreciate your company in the courtroom anytime during the trial. Please know that during the day both Dean and Jenny's cell phones will be turned off. The best phone number to call to leave a message during the day and evening is 612-724-3888. During the two weeks the trial is expected to last neither Dean nor Jenny, regrettably, will be able to return phone calls. How can you help support Dean and Jenny during the trial, besides sharing your presence in the trial courtroom? In a number of ways: 1) Drop off prepared food anytime after 6 p.m., Mon.-Wed., of each week during the trial, it will be very gratefully accepted and appreciated. Any extra food will be taken to St. Stephen's Homeless Shelter each of those evenings; 2) Stop by the house and see if you can help by watering and tending the plants, taking out waste to the compost bin and/or turning the compost, washing a load of clothes and hanging them on the clothes line (weather permitting), taking phone calls, loading the dishwasher, or any other chore you can think of; 3) Stop by the house and give a neck and shoulder massage in the evening; 4) send a card or note expressing love and support, and include a joke or funny story to lighten their spirits; 5) send an e-mail with a joke or funny story; 6) hold Dean and Jenny, their family members, the legal team, and the jury, in your thoughts and prayers; and 7) any other way you can think of to offer support, encouragement and comfort during this stressful time. [The information below was taken directly from the Minnesota Federal Courts webpage, except the biking parking part.] The average trial day runs from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Casual attire is acceptable. Men may wear sports jackets, sport shirts, sweaters and slacks. It is recommended that women wear blouses, sweaters, skirts, pants or dresses. Halters, tank tops, shorts and jeans with exaggerated tears are NOT appropriate. Courtrooms are often cool. You may want to bring a sweater or jacket. Cell phones, pagers and other sound reviewing, transmitting and enhancement devices may be brought into the courthouse. But, they must be turned off at all times in the courtroom and adjacent areas where their operation could be disruptive to court proceedings. Mpls Federal Courthouse Address: 300 S. 4th Street Minneapolis, MN 55415 Phone: 612-664-5000 TTY/TDD: 612-664-5029 Building Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is ample bike parking on the 4th St side of Minneapolis City Hall. City Hall is directly across the street from the Mpls Federal Courthouse. --------8 of 16-------- From: Krisrose02 [at] aol.com Subject: GP kick-off/Poodle 7.30 8pm Please forward widely!! Call your friends!! Coordinated Campaign Kick-Off Celebration - FUNdraiser 07.30.06 Green Party at The Poodle! Coordinated Campaign Kick-off Celebration! FUNdraiser! Highlights will include a Candidate Talent Show, karaoke, music, and candidate dollar dance! Come out in support of our candidates and to celebrate our many accomplishments as a party this year! We deserve some fun, and to celebrate the potential we have this year to bring a message of Peace, Justice, Ecology, and Democracy to Minnesota Voters! Sunday, July 30 - 8pm through Midnight The Poodle - 3001 E Lake Street, Minneapolis Parking? There's a lot in back! Cost: $15 at the door goes to your favorite Green Party campaign/s. There will be some food provided. Beverages can be ordered from the bar. Appearances by: Dave Berger - for Minnesota State Auditor Papa John Kolstad - for Minnesota Attorney General Ken Pentel - for Governor of Minnesota Danene Provencher - for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota Michael Cavlan - for US Senate Jay Pond - for US House 5th Congressional District Jesse Mortenson - for MN House District 64A Julie Risser - for MN Senate District 41 Farheen Hakeem - for Hennepin County Commissioner --------9 of 16-------- From: Solidarity Committee <nwasolidaritymsp [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Union event 7.31 5:30pm Dear Union Activist, Below is a flyer announcing an event I am sponsoring to promote my campaign featuring author and economist, Richard Levins. His recent book "Middle Class*Union Made" discusses our current economic situation in very down to earth understandable terms. Levins argues we need a different direction for our State and Nation echoing that Wellstone quote, "We prosper when we all prosper." He argues that change can be led by a resurgent union movement. The event is scheduled for: July 31, 5:30pm Wings Financial Conference Room 14985 Glazier Avenue (Just off Cedar Ave.) Apple Valley, MN http://www.apec.umn.edu/faculty/dlevins/ http://www.wkkf.org/Default.aspx? tabid=90&CID=4&ItemID=40206&LanguageID=0 http://davidbly.com/index.php/archive/corporate-america-is-taxing-us-to-deat h/ A recent op-ed piece: Unions are the solution, not the problem By Richard A. Levins The process of devolving from a middle class society into a banana republic is well under way. The signs are everywhere. Wages, even for college graduates, are falling behind inflation. The number of families in poverty is growing. The middle class debt load is off the charts and the personal savings rate is below zero. The costs of a college education, of health insurance, of energy for heating and driving, and of pharmaceuticals grow out of reach for ever more Americans with each passing day. What economists call the "income distribution" is, from a middle class perspective, as bad as it has been since the Great Depression. During the Roaring 20's, the split between rich and poor grew exceptionally large, leaving relatively few in the middle class. In the decades following the Depression, things began to change for the better as income and wealth became more evenly distributed. But now we are back to where we were as the nation stood on the brink of its greatest economic catastrophe ever. The very rich are richer than ever, but the rest of us are falling behind at an increasingly rapid pace. What caused these changes in the balance between a middle class society and neo-Feudalism? The history of labor unions in America gives an important clue. Private-sector unionization was legislated during the Depression. Union membership grew into the mid-twentieth century, then began a slow decline that continues today. Remember the income distribution numbers: a weak middle class in the Depression, a strong middle class in the decades following, and a weakening middle class now. The way these income distribution numbers generally track those for union activity is no coincidence. Unions equalize power in the market place between those who work for a living and those who own something for a living. Those who work for a living are the stuff of which the middle class is made. Those who own something for a living fill the ranks of the very wealthy. When the balance of power is with labor unions, the gains from production stay with the middle class. When the balance shifts as it has today, the very wealthy take an ever-larger share from economic activity. As the very wealthy become even more so, they do not spend money in the way middle class people do. After all, how many houses and cars, no matter how fine, can one have? Once people have more money than they can possibly spend on goods and services, they no longer use it in ways that stimulate the economy. Instead, they use the power their money brings to get more tax breaks, less regulation, more support for globalization, and policies that favor capital over labor. The middle class continues to weaken. In spite of all this, we are told not to worry, because the United States is becoming what some politicians call an "ownership society." Instead of supporting unions that bring decent wages to working people, we are advised to buy shares in the corporations that profit when wages are falling. Meanwhile, we ignore the most important part of our economy - we are a great market for goods and services. The trouble with all strategies that trade good jobs for cheap toasters is that they eventually erode the market for the goods and services being provided. A handful of hyper-wealthy individuals along with millions of people living on the economic edge are not the sound, stable market needed for growth. Only the middle class, with buying power widely distributed, can provide that. And that is what we are losing. Rebalancing power in the economy is essential if the middle class is to thrive. Doing this, however, will require more than our government alone can reasonably be expected to deliver. We must act together in the market place as well. The way to do that is the way we have always done it-to join and support the unions that built the middle class in the first place. --------10 of 16------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Atwood/Amis/TV 7.31 7pm I've found Bill Moyers' new series to be a facinatng food for thought with a variety of people from different faith perseoctives(most of them writers. MON JULY 31, channel 17 @ 7pm Minneapolis/St Paul on BILL MOYERS' "Faith & Reason" Two agnostics, both literary writers come to terms with a world of faith Canadian novelist & poet Margaret Atwood British novelist Martin Amis --------11 of 16-------- From: Ken Pentel <kenpentel [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Ken Pentel/gov 7.31 7pm Dear Supporters of the "Vote for" Pentel/Provencher Campaign for Governor, We can get $42,000 in public money if our campaign collects 700 donations of $50 or more by September 1st. Please help raise money. Send checks to: Ken Pentel for Governor, PO Box 583091, Minneapolis, MN 55458 Your first $50 is refundable from the state. Ken (612)387-0601 Lt. Governor Candidate Danene Provencher, pro826 [at] aol.com, 952-994-3085 Monday, July 31 The Ken Pentel for Governor Meeting at Bryant Square Park in Minneapolis. 7pm. 31st and Bryant near Uptown. Regular organizing plus a space to get creative ; Make Your own lawn signs and other creative stuff for the campaign. --------12 of 16-------- From Carolyn Baker: Progressives have been hoodwinked again - this time for a cause dear to our hears, but Catherine Austin Fitts asks the question no one else is asking: Who IS Al Gore and why did a man who is so in bed with the corporations that are creating global warming make a documentary like this one? Read review here: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/072406_source_hopelessness.shtml The Source of Hopelessness A Review of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth by Catherine Austin Fitts Solari, Inc. ¬© Copyright 2006, From The Wilderness Publications, <http://www.fromthewilderness.com>www.fromthewilderness.com. All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web site for non-profit purposes only. July 24th 2006, 11:50 [PST] - Last week I had dinner with a wonderful couple - activists in the San Francisco Bay Area- and the woman told me how wonderful she thought Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth was. She then asked for my opinion. When I gave it, she said, "If that is true, then it's hopeless." We then proceeded to have a rich conversation about why folks who used to call themselves "liberal" or "progressive" are in the same trap asfolks who use to call themselves "conservative". In order to respond to the problem of global warming, it is necessary to look at the ways that we as citizens support criminal activity by our government and how we as consumers, depositors and investors support the private banking, corporate and investment interests that run our government in this manner. This is easier said than done. When we "get it" - i.e., that we have to withdraw from a co-dependent relationship with organized crime in order to save and rebuild our world - we can find ourselves struggling to envision the system-wide actions that are needed and feeling overwhelmed by the task of determining how to go about them personally and in collaboration with others. My nickname for our current economic system is "The Tapeworm." For decades I have listened to Americans from all walks of life insist that we must find solutions within the system - i.e. within the socially acceptable boundaries laid down by the Tapeworm. Believing that our solutions for addressing global warming lie within the system defined by the Tapeworm goes hand in hand with obtaining our media from companies controlled by the Tapeworm, and having to choose from among leaders anointed by the Tapeworm, such as Al Gore. This belief is, in fact, the source of our hopelessness. George Orwell once said that omission is the greatest form of lie. Gore's omissions in An Inconvenient Truth are so extraordinary that it is hard to know where to start. Watching An Inconvenient Truth is more useful for understanding how propaganda is made and used than for understanding the risks of global warming (I am not qualified to judge the scientific evidence here - I am assuming that Gore's presentation on global warming is sound). The fundamental lie that Al Gore is telling comes from defining our problem as environmental - in this case global warming, whereas our environmental problems - as real and important as they are - are but a symptom of the problem, not the problem. Gore defines our problem as "what." He is silent on "who." For example, Gore does not ask or answer: * Who is doing this? * Who has been governing our planet this way and why? * Cui bono? Who benefits? * Who has suppressed alternative technologies resulting in our dependency on fossil fuels? Why? * Who has how much financial capital generated from this damage? * How did things get this bad without our changing? How much was related to fear of and dirty tricks of those in charge? * How do we recapture resources that have been criminally drained and use them to invest in restoring environmental balance? Utah Phillips once said, "The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses." In one sentence, Utah Phillips told us more about global warming than Al Gore has told us in a lifetime of writing and speaking, let alone in An Inconvenient Truth. Needless to say, Gore offers no names and addresses. Gore's "who" discussion is limited to population. He seems to imply that the issue is the growth in population combined with busy people being shortsighted, leading to some giant incompetency "accident." That makes it easy to avoid digging into the areas that would naturally follow from starting with "who" - which should lead to dissecting the relationship between environmental deterioration and the prevailing global investment model that is such a critical part of the governance infrastructure and incentive systems. Gore walks us through timelines showing the global warming of temperatures. By defining the problem as simply environmental damage, and shrinking the history down to temperatures, there is no need to correlate environmental deterioration with the growth of the global financial system and the resulting centralization of economic and political power. The planet is being run by people who are intentionally killing it. Their power is their ability to offer all of us ways of making money by helping them kill it. Hence, understanding how the mechanics of the financial system and the accumulation of financial capital relate to environmental destruction is essential. If we integrate these deeper systems into an historical timeline, authentic solutions will begin to emerge. But Gore omits the deeper systems and the lessons of how we got here and in so doing closes the door on transformation. For example, there is no place on Gore's time line that shows: * the creation of the Federal Reserve: * the movement of currencies away from the gold standard: * the growth of non-accountable fiat currency systems: * the growth of consumer, mortgage and government debt; * the growth in the superior rights of corporations over people and living things; * the growth of "privatization" (which I call "piratization"); * the subversive and sometimes violent suppression of renewable energy, housing and transportation technologies and innovations; * the growth of the offshore financial system and the use of that system to launder and accumulate vast sums of pirated capital accumulated through the onshore destruction of communities. Understanding the fundamental imbalance of the corporate model - where enterprises have the rights of personhood, but not the finite existence of people or the legal responsibilities and liabilities - and the corporate model's economic dependence on subsidy that drives up debt, economic warfare and the destruction of all living things is a critical piece to developing actions to reverse environmental damage. Al Gore is a man that has made money for corporations his entire life. He is a member in good standing of the Tapeworm and his current lifestyle and this documentary are rich with the resources that corporations can provide. There is also no personal accountability. Al Gore has not "come clean." There is no discussion of Gore's role in the Clinton Administration in facilitating worldwide economic centralization and warfare, and with it genocide and environmental destruction - for example, there is no mention of The Rape Of Russia or the driving out of Washington of an investment model proposing to align places with capital markets to create a win-win economic model that he intimates is possible. For more, see my recently published case study on Tapeworm Economics, and the competition between two economic visions during the Clinton Administration, "Dillon, Read & the Aristocracy of Prison Profits". The documentary ends with a long list of things that we can do. Many of these items are on my list. We all need to come clean in the process of evolving towards sustainability. However, without a new investment model and the governance changes that automatically follow, the result of An Inconvenient Truth is to teach us to be good consumers of global oil and consumer product corporations and banks and - we are supposed to intuitively understand - vote for Al Gore or the candidates he endorses. Gore draws us down a rabbit hole, which leaves us even more dependent on the people and institutions that created and profited from the problem in the first place. What that means is that the real solution will be significant depopulation. The viewer is left to preserve a bit of the shrinking American bubble to protect us from having to face the depopulation solutions underway. The way a tapeworm operates inside our bodies is to inject a chemical into its host that makes it crave what is good for the tapeworm and bad for the host. An Inconvenient Truth is an injection from the Tapeworm. Don't see it and crave a new round of what has not worked before. Things are not hopeless. There is no need to waste time and money adoring and financing the people who are killing the planet, or counting on the politicians who protect them. To get you started, let me recommend that you take the money and time that you would spend watching An Inconvenient Truth and invest it in reading or watching a few of many authentic leaders with useful maps and solutions that are leading to serious ecosystem healing and transformation: Mind Control, Mind Freedom By Jon Rappoport <http://jonrappoportstore.com/rappoport/product.php?productid=22&cat=1&page=1>http://jonrappoportstore.com/rappoport/product.php?productid=22&cat=1&page=1 Escaping the Matrix: How We the People Can Change the World By Richard Moore <http://www.escapingthematrix.org>http://www.escapingthematrix.org http://www.cyberproject.org America: From Freedom to Fascism A documentary by Aaron Russo <http://www.freedomtofascism.com/>http://www.freedomtofascism.com/ What The Bleep Do We Know? A documentary by William Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente <http://www.whatthebleep.com/>http://www.whatthebleep.com/ Messages from Water <http://www.hado.net>http://www.hado.net The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Bill Murphy, Chris Powell <http://www.gata.org/>http://www.gata.org Cynthia McKinney for Congress <http://www.cynthiaforcongress.com/>http://www.cynthiaforcongress.com/ Ron Paul for Congress <http://www.ronpaulforcongress.com/>http://www.ronpaulforcongress.com/ Can you imagine what these folks could do and what could happen if we all invested 2 hours each and the price of a movie theatre ticket in their work? Can you imagine what would happen if all the money donated to Al Gore and candidates like him were invested in authentic leaders and our access to them? I can - and the truth and beauty of that future fills my life and work with hope. Catherine Austin Fitts is President of Solari and may be contacted at <http://www.solari.com/>www.solari.com --------13 of 16-------- How Much Longer? by Eduardo Galeano July 28, 2006 <http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=10659§ionID=107> One country bombed two countries. Such impunity might astound were it not business as usual. In response to the few timid protests from the international community, Israel said mistakes were made. How much longer will horrors be called mistakes? This slaughter of civilians began with the kidnapping of a soldier. How much longer will the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier be allowed to justify the kidnapping of Palestinian sovereignty? How much longer will the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers be allowed to justify the kidnapping of the entire nation of Lebanon? For centuries the slaughter of Jews was the favorite sport of Europeans. Auschwitz was the natural culmination of an ancient river of terror, which had flowed across all of Europe. How much longer will Palestinians and other Arabs be made to pay for crimes they didn't commit? Hezbollah didn't exist when Israel razed Lebanon in earlier invasions. How much longer will we continue to believe the story of this attacked attacker, which practices terrorism because it has the right to defend itself from terrorism? Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon: How much longer will Israel and the United States be allowed to exterminate countries with impunity? The tortures of Abu Ghraib, which triggered a certain universal sickness, are nothing new to us in Latin America. Our militaries learned their interrogation techniques from the School of the Americas, which may no longer exist in name but lives on in effect. How much longer will we continue to accept that torture can be legitimized? Israel has ignored forty-six resolutions of the General Assembly and other U.N. bodies. How much longer will Israel enjoy the privilege of selective deafness? The United Nations makes recommendations but never decisions. When it does decide, the United States makes sure the decision is blocked. In the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. has vetoed forty resolutions <http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2000.htm> condemning actions of Israel. How much longer will the United Nations act as if it were just another name for the United States? Since the Palestinians had their homes confiscated and their land taken from them, much blood has flowed. How much longer will blood flow so that force can justify what law denies? History is repeated day after day, year after year, and ten Arabs die for every one Israeli. How much longer will an Israeli life be measured as worth ten Arab lives? In proportion to the overall population, the 50,000 civilians killed in Iraq - the majority of them women and children - are the equivalent of 800,000 Americans. How much longer will we continue to accept, as if customary, the killing of Iraqis in a blind war that has forgotten all of its justifications? Iran is developing nuclear energy, but the so-called international community is not concerned in the least by the fact that Israel already has 250 atomic bombs, despite the fact that the country lives permanently on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Who calibrates the universal dangerometer? Was Iran the country that dropped atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima? In the age of globalization, the right to express is less powerful than the right to apply pressure. To justify the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, war is called peace. The Israelis are patriots, and the Palestinians are terrorists, and terrorists sow universal alarm. How much longer will the media broadcast fear instead of news? The slaughter happening today, which is not the first and I fear will not be the last, is happening in silence. Has the world gone deaf? How much longer will the outcry of the outraged be sounded on a bell of straw? The bombing is killing children, more than a third of the victims. Those who dare denounce this murder are called anti-Semites. How much longer will the critics of state terrorism be considered anti-Semites? How much longer will we accept this grotesque form of extortion? Are the Jews who are horrified by what is being done in their name anti-Semites? Are there not Arab voices that defend a Palestinian homeland but condemn fundamentalist insanity? Terrorists resemble one another: state terrorists, respectable members of government, and private terrorists, madmen acting alone or in those organized in groups hard at work since the Cold War battling communist totalitarianism. All act in the name of various gods, whether God, Allah, or Jehovah. How much longer will we ignore that fact that all terrorists scorn human life and feed off of one another? Isn't it clear that in the war between Israel and Hezbollah, it is the civilians, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Israeli, who are dying? And isn't it clear that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the invasion of Gaza and Lebanon are the incubators of hatred, producing fanatic after fanatic after fanatic? We are the only species of animal that specializes in mutual extermination. We devote $2.5 billion per day to military spending. Misery and war are children of the same father. How much longer will we accept that this world so in love with death is the only world possible? Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan writer and journalist, is author of "Open Veins of Latin America" and "Memory of Fire." --------14 of 16-------- Anger In the Arab World by Rashid I. Khalidi The Nation Saturday, July 29 In what passes for analysis of the war involving Israel, Lebanon and Palestine in US and Israeli government circles, in the well-oiled PR machine that shills for them, and in much of the US media, we are told about a struggle against terrorism by a state under siege. The basic argument is that Israel is "responding to terrorist violence," and that the only real question is, How soon will Israeli force, backed by American determination, prevail? But this scenario has little to do with reality in the Middle East. There will be no "destruction" of Hezbollah, and no "uprooting" of its infrastructure or that of Hamas, whatever the results of Israel's siege of Gaza and its merciless attacks against Lebanon. The rhetoric about "terrorism" has mesmerized those who parrot it, blinding them to the fact that Hezbollah and Hamas are deeply rooted popular movements that have developed as a response to occupation - of the West Bank and Gaza for nearly forty years, and of southern Lebanon from 1978 to 2000. Whatever one might say about the two movements' callousness in targeting civilians (a subject on which Israel's defenders are hardly in a position to preach), both have won impressive victories in elections and have provided social services and protection to their people. The Lebanese government will not do Israel's bidding in south Lebanon. The deep divisions in Lebanon over Hezbollah's military presence before Israel's blitz began are rapidly disappearing. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri, Saad Hariri (son of assassinated Prime Minister Rafik Hariri), Gen. Michel Aoun, President …mile Lahoud and other major leaders of the country of all sects and all political persuasions and Lebanese public opinion have been horrified at Israel's ravaging of their country's infrastructure and its defenseless civilian population, yet again. Few indeed will be the Lebanese voices to support the Israeli-US position as this savaging of Lebanon goes on - and just because it is largely absent from US television does not mean that it is invisible to the rest of the world. Iran and Syria, Hezbollah's principal allies, will not come out of this conflict weaker, even if it develops into a regional war involving either. The United States has been threatening both for several years, since 9/11 released the cowboy in George W. Bush. Their positions have been strengthened by the bulldozer-like obtuseness of US policy on Hamas and Hezbollah, never more so than since Israel fell into Hezbollah's trap and overreacted to the capture of two of its soldiers and the wounding of several of its civilians in mid-July. A war with either of these countries, or a serious effort to overthrow either of their unsavory regimes, will in the end weaken either Israel or the United States or both, should they escalate this dangerous international crisis. The pro-American Arab regimes that initially foolishly aligned themselves with the United States and Israel over the Lebanese crisis have shown their regret by backpedaling as fast as they can. Public opinion in their countries is massively against their position (Al Jazeera's viewership is way up; that of the Saudi-run Al Arabiya is way down) and is making itself felt. Fortunately for the Bush Administration and Israel, none of these countries have a functioning democracy. The net result of this crisis, however it comes out, will be a further weakening of these regimes. They may temporarily increase their dependence on the United States. But they are weaker than they were before this crisis began, and their oppositions, whether in Cairo, Amman or Riyadh, are stronger. Israel's regional power decreases when it escalates the use of force against Palestinians and Lebanese. This has been the case for the last couple of decades - the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the first intifada of 1987-90 and Hezbollah's defeat of Israel in south Lebanon in the years leading up to 2000 are all examples - and it will happen again. The United States has discovered the same thing (at least the majority of the population in the reality-based community, not in the never-never land of the crazies who run our Middle East policy), as the use of massive force in Iraq has produced a similarly massive weakening of the US position throughout the Middle East. The United States has experienced a decline in its power and influence in the region unparalleled in the post-World War II era. Much depends on whether an Israeli, American or Israeli-American war with Syria and, much more serious, Iran can be avoided. If escalation of what is already a major war in Gaza and Lebanon can be prevented, the conflict's regional effects will be mitigated. Much depends on how fast European public opinion, turning rapidly, expresses its revulsion at what is happening in Lebanon. Tales of the massive destruction and civilian casualties are being carried home by tens of thousands of French, British, Italian and German evacuees, many of them dual nationals, appearing on French and British TV talking about the atrocities they have seen. Much also depends on how adventurous Iran and Syria choose to be, how much punishment Hezbollah can take and still keep fighting, and how wise the Palestinians are in dealing with their difficult internal situation. And much depends on how far the man in the White House will go with his instincts. If he reins in his darker impulses and those of the Israeli general staff, which is running the show on that end of the alliance, the current slide into the abyss can yet be halted. If not, the Middle East and the United States are headed for catastrophe. Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia, is author of the forthcoming "The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood." © 2006 The Nation --------15 of 16-------- [Yes, this is satire. We thought we should make that clear, since so much of what the Bush regime does is self-parody. -NY Transfer] 'Scientist' Suspects Bush has Syphilis By Will Durst, AlterNet Alternet - Jul 28, 2006 http://www.alternet.org/story/39635/ President Bush is a stone-crazed loon suffering from a deterioration of his brain due to a tertiary case of syphilis and liable to become incapacitated at any time and accidentally start WW IIII, according to a noted Baltimore-based psychotherapist. Or he could die. Or both. In a shocking revelation, famed Johns Hopkins scientist Dr. Robert Musckovitz has diagnosed George W Bush as suffering from stage 3 syphilis, after examining the President's increasingly erratic behavior. Dr. Musckovitz and his team of physicians, who have not seen or treated Mr. Bush, have identified telling characteristics of the dreaded sexually transmitted disease in the President by closely studying tapes of his mannerisms, speech patterns and eating habits. Candidly, the doctor cautioned "he's really starting to creep me out." Specifically, the doctor, a graduate of the University of Michigan- Escanaba Medical School, detailed incidents of the President's peculiar behavior such as his frozen indecision on 9/11, his inability to escape a Chinese press conference, the weird growth on his back during the first debate with John Kerry, and his trademark smirk which could be a symptomatic rictus disguising telltale muscle contractions. Citing the STD's devious ability to hide undetected for many years, the doctor refused to speculate on where or when Dubyah, constant companion of Condoleezza Rice, may have become syphilitic. He did rule out contracting it by performing a back rub, clearing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and avoiding a potentially nasty international incident. An intern working in Dr. Musckovitz's reception room did hazard a guess the former Yale cheerleader may have carried it for years. "I bet he picked it up at Stumpy's Bar in New Haven from a waitress. Hell, that's where I got it." Various experts selling plasma at local free clinics in the District of Colombia maintain syphilis is a disease contracted through sexual contact, although rare instances of spontaneous contraction have been reported as ascertained in the hospital logs of numerous Catholic seminaries. A really respected medical book with pretty gold leaf on the cover says the late stages of syphilis can damage internal organs, including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints. Signs and symptoms of the late stage of syphilis include difficulty coordinating muscle movements, paralysis, numbness, blindness, dementia and pronouncing nuclear as "nukular." This damage may be serious enough to cause death and/ or trying to speak with your mouth full. A high level White House source, requesting anonymity for fear of physical recrimination from what he considers an increasingly unstable Commander-in- Chief, also spoke of bizarre conduct, ie: the President cupping his hand under his armpit making flatulent noises during intelligence briefings and dancing on the South Lawn in triple digit heat wearing heavy winter clothing. "He was rocking out like he was listening to an Ipod, but he had ear muffs on at the time. The day glo blaze orange kind. He even tied a string around them that went into his parka pocket but wasn't connected to anything. I'm not even going to talk about the squirrel, the spatula and the candle wax." Asked to estimate how long the country has before its President descends permanently into the depths of dementia, Dr. Musckovitz muttered "it may already be too late." Responding to a query as to whether he thinks Mr. Bush is still capable of handling the responsibility of having his finger on the nuclear button, the doctor shook his head and said: "at this point, I wouldn't trust him with a garage door opener." [Will Durst is a political comic, syndicated columnist, AM radio talk show host and defense liability.] © 2006 Independent Media Institute. --------16 of 16-------- Zionist/BushCo nationalist anthem My land is my land Your land is my land From the east where I say To the west where I say All land is my land My land is all land This land was made for me and me ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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