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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2006 05:15:33 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 08.06.06 1. MN FOR picnic 8.06 2:30pm 2. KFAI/Indian 8.06 4pm 3. Women in Black 8.06 4pm 4. Left Spanish talk 8.06 7pm 5. Pentel/Provencher 8.07 7pm 6. AI vigil/Lebanon 8.07 8pm 7. Vs slacker reps 8.08-9.01 8. Corp power/SPNN 8.08 5pm 9. Vs park giveaway 8.08 5pm 10. IRV weenie roast 8.08 5:30pm 11. Native plants 8.08 6:30pm 12. Abomb/poems 8.08 6:30pm 13. Gina McKenzie - A call for children's books 14. NLG - Mobilize to oppose US intervention in Cuba 15. Mitchel Cohen - Mexico rising: follow the Yellow Brick Road 16. Cynthia Peters - The corporate parent --------1 of 16-------- From: "Don,Rachel Christensen" <chris385 [at] umn.edu> Subject: MN FOR picnic 8.06 2:30pm Members and Friends of Minnesota FOR, We hope you can join us at Lake Harriet next Sunday, August 6, for the MN FOR Summer Picnic, and the Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration. 2:30 p.m. - Family event with songs, dance and stories in the Peace Garden 4:00 p.m. - MN FOR Picnic at Lake Harriet Picnic Area, north of Bandshell 5:30 p.m. - Peace Concert at Lake Harriet Bandshell Beverages, ice, plates, cups, cutlery provided. Bring a dish to share and your own meat and charcoal if you want to grill. For information and to confirm that you're coming, contact Don: chris385 [at] umn.edu (651)690-2609 --------2 of 16------- From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org> Subject: KFAI/Indian 8.06 4pm KFAI's Indian Uprising, August 6, 2006 VOICES OF ETHIOPIA (news and culture), a one and one-half hour program that normally starts at 4:30 p.m., Sundays, will start at 4:00 p.m. for this date only, utilizing Indian Uprising broadcast time. IU producer is traveling. Ethiopia, a federal republic, is located in Eastern Africa, West of Somalia, surrounded by the countries of Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya. It is slightly less than twice the size of Texas. Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa with a population 74,777,981. The three main colors of her flag were so often adopted by other African countries upon independence that they became known as the pan-African colors of green, yellow and red. Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of the 1936-41 Italian occupation during World War II. In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990's ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. Final demarcation of the boundary is currently on hold due to Ethiopian objections to an international commission's finding requiring it to surrender territory considered sensitive to Ethiopia. Current environmental issues are deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification; water shortages in some areas from water-intensive farming and poor management. https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/et.html#Intro * * * * 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. -------3 of 16-------- From: Terri Hawthorne [mailto:TerriHawthorne [at] comcast.net] Subject: Women in Black 8.06 4pm The women's international league for peace and freedom (wilpf) will lead a meditative procession of the women in black along the pathway to peace as part of the annual hiroshima/nagasaki commemorative event on Sunday, August 6 at 4pm beginning at the corner of 40th St and Bryant Av S Mpls. The procession will make a brief stop at each of seven cairns along the three-block-long pathway to peace which leads to the Lyndale Peace Garden across the street from the Rose Garden by Lake Harriet. The intent of the procession is to remember the first destructive use of atomic energy, to seek more creative and nourishing uses of the forces of nature, and to find ways to achieve peace in the nuclear age. Women in black is a worldwide movement focusing on promoting civil protest to all forms of violence its activities are generally led by women but are open to men and children as well. Please join us on August 6. Dress in black, if possible For more information, call 612 825-9419. --------4 of 16-------- From: Lisa Luinenburg <starangel187 [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Left Spanish talk 8.06 7pm Mayday Books hosts... the Leftist Spanish Conversation Group Are you looking for a place to speak in Spanish about political issues that matter to you? Are you interested in discussing the mass movement for immigrant rights in the United States? Or the current political situation in Latin American countries? To participate, come to Mayday Books at 7 pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month! August 6, 7 pm Reading and Discussion of the Poetry of Eduardo Galeano Location: Mayday Bookstore (301 Cedar Avenue; Minneapolis, Minnesota); www.maydaybookstore.org (choose Events) For more information: Call Lisa at 651-636-3769 or email her at starangel187 [at] hotmail.com --------5 of 16-------- From: Ken Pentel <kenpentel [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Pentel/Provencher 8.07 7pm Dear Pentel/Provencher supporters, This is a notice of the weekly meetings NEW location: Monday Wolves Den Cafe', 1201 E. Franklin, Minneapolis (Next to Maria's Cafe' in the strip mall.) 7pm Agenda: --Prep for Phone banking --Creative Arts Day update. --Identify needs of campaign --More TBA --------6 of 16-------- From: Margaret Levin <margaret_levin [at] yahoo.com> Subject: AI vigil/Lebanon 8.07 8pm Amnesty International Global Vigil Calling for a Ceasefire in the Israel/Lebanon Conflict Monday, August 7 Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge - 8-9pm - Bring a candle The vigil, sponsored by Amnesty International, will 1) Call for a ceasefire, 2) Demand that all governments stop the supply of arms to the conflict, and 3) Stand in solidarity with victims and survivors on both sides of the Israel Lebanon conflict. This is a completely apolitical vigil where we will call for an end to the human rights violations that are occuring, and implore governments around the world to intervene to help the people of Israel and Lebanon. FFI: margaret_levin [at] yahoo.com or 651-261-2713 --------7 of 16-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Vs slacker reps 8.08-9.01 [This schedule will be printed ONCE. SAVE it if you want it later. -ed] 8/8 to 9/1, Military Families Speak Out stage hour-long vigils confronting Minnesota's Senator and Representatives who aren't working to change the course of death in Iraq. Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30, outside Betty McCollum's office in St. Paul Tuesdays 4:30 to 5:30 at Ramstad's Minnetonka office Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 outside Norm Coleman's office in St. Paul At Gutknecht's Rochester offices Thursday 8/10, 4 to 5 pm, plus Wednesdays 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 4 to 5 pm Klines's Burnsville office, Tuesdays 8/8, 8/15, 10:30 to 11:30, Tuesdays 8/22 and 8/29 noon to 1 pm Kennedy's St Cloud office Fridays 4:30 to 5:30 on 8/11 and 9/1, his Hugo office on Monday 8/14 3:30 to 5, his Buffalo office Friday 8/25, 3:30 to 5. FFI, write annie [at] fireman.net --------8 of 16-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Corp power/SPNN 8.08 5pm Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: While we still have local public access tv (see: www.saveaccess.org), 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 Wednesdays. Schedule: (5 pm and midnight every Tuesday and 10 am on Wednesdays) 8/8 and 8/9 "Can Corporations Be People?" w/Molly Morgan and Jan Edwards. About the legal rise of corporate power, a presentation given in the Twin Cities June '03. -------9 of 16------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Vs park giveaway 8.08 5pm TUE.AUG.8, 5pm: Nicollet Is. Stadium Letter & Announcement Letter to Minneapolis City Council from Friends of Coldwater regarding proposed Nicollet Island football stadium for DeLaSalle High School on regional public parkland. Minneapolis Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, August 8, 2006--begins at 5 PM City Hall, 4th St. btw. 3rd & 4th Ave.S. Council Chambers, Third Floor Contact SUSU Jeffrey: susujeffrey [at] msn.com --------10 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: IRV weenie roast 8.08 5:30pm Wienie Roast for Better Democracy! Bring IRV to MINNEAPOLIS TUES./AUG.8 Host: Kelly O'Brien Location: Doug Kress's home 3904 Garfield Ave S, Minneapolis, MN View Map Tuesday, August 8, 5:30pm to 8:30pm 612-825-8245 or 612-227-9102 Please join us for a fun fundraiser for the BETTER BALLOT CAMPAIGN which is working to bring Instant Runoff Voting to Minneapolis this November. We'll be serving all-you-can-eat hot dogs (& veg options) and sides, plus beer and soda. Only $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12 yrs, and free for under 5 yrs. Entertainment by Calamity Jean, country cocktail music for rural-at-heart sophisticates. Your hosts: Doug Kress, Mary Breitenstein, Darrell Gerber, Elizabeth Glidden & Eric Pusey, Jeanne Massey & Paul Taylor, Kelly O'Brien, Nicole Pettit, BethMarie Ward & Jay Sitter --------11 of 16-------- From: Corrie Zoll Subject: Native plants 8.08 6:30pm We have several events over the next few weeks at The Green Institute's Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center. They're not all garden-related, but I thought you'd appreciate the full list. Several of the workshops listed below will be held in the Eco-Yard Midtown, a new sustainable landscaping demonstration site at the north edge of our parking lot along the Midtown Greenway. The eco-yard is worth a visit even if you're not attending a workshop. More information online at: www.co.hennepin.mn.us/vgn/portal/internet/hcdetailmaster/0,2300,1273_83222_124817263,00.html And if you do stop in, please visit our AWARD-WINNING green rooftop on the third floor. Or at least visit the live green roof web cam at www.greeninstitute.org. Tuesday, Aug 8, 6:30-8:30pm Incorporating Native Plants in Your Landscape www.co.hennepin.mn.us/vgn/portal/internet/hcdetailmaster/0,2300,1273_83222_100295472,00.html --------12 of 16-------- From: Patty Guerrero <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Salon/Abomb/poems 8.08 6:30pm Next Tuesday, Aug. 8 will be open discussion, but will be a remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If you can, please bring poems, prayers, incantations, quotes, statistics all having to do w/America's decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. Clips of the film, Black Rain, will also be shown. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------13 of 16-------- Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 11:25:11 -0500 From: Gina McKenzie <gmckenz [at] umn.edu> Subject: A call for Children's Books I am the Development Director for an inner city youth program in the Hawthorne neighborhood of north Minneapolis. We have a kids club, a teen group and a summer day camp for the youth of north Mpls. We would like to start a library. To do that, of course, we need books! If you have any books that would be appropriate for children from age 4-12 or teens from 13-18 that you could donate to this very worthy cause, please let me know and I will make arrangements to pick them up. If you have any questions, email me. Thanks for considering us. Diane Beving Development Director The Patchwork Quilt Neighborhood Outreach Program 2507 Bryant Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55114 <mailto:dbeving [at] qwest.net>dbeving [at] qwest.net --------14 of 16-------- National Lawyers Guild Urges Mobilization To Oppose U.S. Intervention In Cuba The National Lawyers Guild called today for all Americans who support the rule of law to mobilize to oppose any intervention by the United States in the internal affairs of the government of Cuba. The Guild declared that the plans that the Bush government has made plans to spend $80 million dollars in a "post-Castro transition" violate international law and the sovereignty of a foreign country. NLG President Michael Avery stated, "The country of Cuba has every right to choose its own government and the United States has absolutely no right to interfere with that choice. If Cuba chooses to continue its socialist experiment it has an absolute right to do so. Such a government poses no security threat to the United States and we have no legitimate basis to attempt to subvert it. In the event that Fidel Castro does not survive his current illness, it is for the people of Cuba to choose his successor, not the government of the United States." The National Lawyers Guild called for the United States to normalize its relationship with Cuba by ending the boycott against trade and travel. NLG Executive Director Heidi Boghosian stated, "We should be enjoying peaceful trade with, and travel to a Cuba that determines its own future, rather than preparing an intervention in that country's affairs that will lead to bloodshed in Cuba and destabilization in all of Latin America." Founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated national bar association, the National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States, with more than 200 chapters. Over 5,000 volunteer lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers work together "in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests," as members of the National Lawyers Guild. Contact: Michael Avery, President, 617-335-5023 Heidi Boghosian, Exec. Dir., 212-679-5100, ext.11; --------15 of 16-------- Mexico Rising: Follow the Yellow Brick Road By Mitchel Cohen August 01, 2006 ZNet Commentary http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2006-08/01cohen.cfm (Mexico City -- July 30, 2006) The sea of yellow swept through the veins of Mexico City en route to the Zocalo on Sunday, the platelets returning to the heart. Yellow for clean elections; amarillo for democracy, as manifest in the candidacy of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who believes that his populist electoral victory in the presidential election three weeks ago was stolen from him and the working class and poor of Mexico who voted for him. Unlike John Kerry, Obrador - the mayor of Mexico City - did not disappoint the perhaps 2 million people who completely filled the Zocalo and avenues in every direction for block after block after block. He has presented evidence of fraud at 70,000 polling places to the Supreme Court. And, as his voice echoed from loudspeakers everywhere, he called on his supporters to remain in the Zocalo (after apologizing to the thousands of street vendors who would be inconvenienced by the occupation), setting up dozens of large white tents - one for each Mexican state - for the vigil to use to organize itself and expand. It was impossible to get to the giant central square (zocalo) until long after the rally had ended and the round-the-clock vigil had commenced with cultural festivities. Three members of the Brooklyn Greens - myself, Cathryn Swan, and Robert Gold - along with a grouping of Mexican comrades who helped with the translation, found a shady corner a few blocks away and listened to the crowd's cheers as Obrador announced the occupation of the central square. (Being mayor certainly helps here in Mexico City, as the police were all smiles and supportive of the protests despite the negative media barrage that batters Obrador and his working class base on a daily basis.) Earlier, we inched our way down Avenida Juarez, where artists had hung dozens of dramatic paintings and historic quotations about the need for democracy. A few days ago, right wing vandals slashed a number of the artworks, each around 12 feet wide. When the artists returned to repair them, they found that hundreds of people had already shown up to defend the art and people from the neighborhoods had carefully stitched each tattered canvas back together, rendering them even more dramatic. While the amarillo waves washed down the streets, many focused not on Obrador himself but on the need for free elections, real democracy, an end to the corruption of all of the institutional political parties. Obrador has become the symbol of that movement, that hope. Not that he will be able to solve the momentous problems Mexico faces, particularly in the face of International Monetary Fund and U.S. economic pressures (which are intense). But, they feel that at least Obrador is honest and will clean house. It remains to be seen how this movement for democracy will play out. The Zapatistas, for instance, were critical of Obrador as a candidate but many EZLN supporters were evident in the crowd demanding free elections and supporting the movement. We stopped at one EZLN tent in which Zapatista supporters displayed pictures of numerous political prisoners in Mexico and raised funds for their defense. Other tents contained literature from scores of political organizations, and giant banners sweated their slogans in the hot Mexican sun. One political party even hung huge pictures of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin across one section of the plaza, and elsewhere anarchist symbols and sentiments were much in evidence. On a personal note, I can only wonder what would have happened in the U.S. had John Kerry or Al Gore called for protests and occupations of public spaces across the United States. Would the world look very different today had they done so? The swiftness with which both abandoned those who voted for them, who voted against war and for civil liberties and the environment, becomes even more despicable when contrasted with the opposite approach being taken today in Mexico by the possibilities being opened up by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the working class and the poor. Even the military has become more questioning of its support for the history of scandalous electoral fraud in Mexico. A revolution is brewing in Mexico, one that for now is non-violent, powerful, and visible everywhere. Can the movement be co-opted? Will Obrador betray his base? The Zapatistas understand that the revolution proceeds on many fronts. As of this Sunday, the revolution has taken a giant step forward. What will happen tomorrow is anyone's guess. But, for now, these are very exciting times, and the hopes of a huge swath of humanity rides on the ability of the Mexican people to reclaim liberty, not only for themselves but for the rest of us as well. Mitchel Cohen (writing from Mexico City) Brooklyn Greens / Green Party [Again, you can't expect a backward brainwashed country like the USA to stand up for itself, or demand free elections or demand honest politicians or accurate voting, or get in the streets and close down all business via a general strike until justice is done. It must be something in our genes, or in our white skin color, or Protestant Christianity, or lack of siestas and tamales. The US a superior country? Superior to what? -ed] --------16 of 16-------- The Corporate Parent By Cynthia Peters August 03, 2006 http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2006-07/29peters.cfm ZNet Commentary When I gave birth to my first daughter, I was in a hospital. Contraction-inducing pitocin was dripping into my veins, and I was hooked up to a monitor, featuring a jagged line graph which represented the force of each contraction. During heavy contractions, the jagged line spiked up towards the top of the screen and hovered there for the duration. "Ooh, that was an intense one," my helpful support team would murmur as they tracked the progress of my labor on the screen. Or: "Ooh, that one lasted a long time." "No kidding," I thought to myself, not necessarily needing a news flash on the details of my labor - each detail of which was excruciatingly clear to me. Not that I blame them. My support team endured fifteen hours at my bedside. Who can fault them for occasionally ignoring me and turning instead to consult the screen - a much calmer, less profane, and not-so-sweaty object of attention? I remembered this long ago run-in with monitors, when I read recently about a new kind of monitor on the market - one that also promises to translate the profane and sweaty cries of a loved one into easy-to-grasp images blinking at you from a screen. It's the "WhyCry Baby Cry Analyzer," selling in the United States for $184.95, and it's seductive for the same reason the monitor in the birthing room was. Imagine the tired (brand new) parents are home and there are more vigils by bedsides (or cribsides as is now the case). Forget 15 hours at a time - a rather puny segment of time relative to what the new parents are now in for. It's now day after day with never a break from tending to the new little being who is your child and whose face is sometimes contorted in various expressions, many of them puzzling. Being with the laboring mom now seems easy in comparison. It was simply a matter of gauging degrees of pain. There was the tearful, "I don't know if I can do this," ranging all the way to the extremely focused commitment to murder the next person who tells her she's doing "fine, just fine." The jagged green line helps the birthing team figure out where the mom-to-be is on the tearful-to-murder range. But now the parents are home, and the squirming little being in the crib has more to communicate. She is sometimes hungry, after all, sometimes wet, tired, cold, hot, lonely, bored, uncomfortable, among many other emotions - all communicated without language. It's all so complicated, and new parents are apt to feel vulnerable, exhausted, and isolated. It's the perfect moment for the marketers to step in and suggest hooking that baby up to a monitor. Why not? We're so used to monitors. They are familiar, straightforward, and they come with an off/on switch. Think how much more relaxed you'll feel interpreting the digitally analyzed transmissions of the "WhyCry Baby Cry Analyzer." Instead of looking directly at your baby when he or she cries, you can now turn your attention to the electronic monitor programmed to recognize and interpret different tones of a baby's cry. No jagged green lines here. This monitor provides user-friendly baby-face icons to interpret your baby's needs. I don't have the manual, so I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing the baby-face icon with the tongue hanging out means the baby is hungry. The baby-face icon with the jagged mouth must mean stress. And there are other icons for sleepiness, boredom, and discomfort. Just the icons themselves are comforting. In my experience, a hungry baby is capable of yowling at the top of his or her lungs. It's a profoundly not-comforting sound that most people have a strong aversion to, a fact which no doubt helps preserves the human race by convincing sometimes weary or busy parents to feed their baby NOW. For the nursing mom, there's an additional incentive. The baby's cry causes a hormone to be released which causes the milk to "let down," which means it will soon be leaking down the front of her shirt unless she gets that baby to the breast immediately. But the hungry baby icon on the WhyCry Baby Cry Analyzer looks positively cute. Round eyes, upturned lips, and a cute little slurping tongue may not stir the same urgency as the great genetically coded howl for food.The icon that lights up when the WhyCry Baby Cry Analyzer detects crying due to fatigue shows a baby with closed lids and a relaxed countenance. How pleasant to gaze on this angelic face rather than the real one crying in the crib in the next room. I understand why parents want help from experts. It's a hard job, you've had no training, and your shift never ends. An electronic monitor posing as translator for the baby might come as a relief. It comes with operating instructions, after all; which is more than you can say for the baby. But more than experts, parents need support for simply being themselves in this most human of circumstances. Through the ages, humans have been parented without the help of electronic devices. A baby's cry communicates something to parents; parents react in a certain way; both babies and parents learn from the interactions and modify their behavior, forming a unique dynamic that is the bedrock of communication and human connection. At best the WhyCry Baby Cry Analyzer is a waste of money, resources, and labor power. You'll buy it and maybe briefly tune into the cute little baby face icons. But soon enough, you'll realize that electronic mediating of the human cry doesn't make it go away, and you're at precisely the same place you started before you studied the monitor. That is, with a baby who is attempting to communicate with you and needs you to tune into her! The WhyCry Baby Cry Analyzer will thus follow the natural course of its many brother and sister gadgets from manufacture by underpaid workers in a far-flung factory, to retail sale in some big box store, to brief duty as a dust-collector on a shelf, and finally to the landfill. At worst, the WhyCry Baby Cry Analyzer is an example of corporations trying to replace intricate (sometimes complicated and confusing), human experience with an overpriced, over-simplified gadget that steps in and suggests a purchaseable replacement to something that is by definition irreplaceable. This is the message corporations give to parents about their role: You don't know what to do; we do. You're scared and confused; we're confident and clear-headed. You want the best for your kid; so do we, and we can sell it to you.Having virtually conquered the globe, capitalism is looking for new frontiers. Previously uncolonized aspects of human experience and interaction appear ripe for the taking. First they make it so we have to work all the time to make ends meet. Then they take away community by organizing our lives around cars, malls, and more work, of course, which we have to double up on to be able to afford the cars and the things in the malls. After they induce isolation, they sell us back the stuff that appears to connect us to human experience. The WhyCry Baby Cry Analyzer wants you to think that unquantifiable (unpurchaseable) attributes such as good parenting, the ability to listen and interpret, and the ability to respond appropriately to your baby are available for a price. When you're not monitoring the monitor for changes in your baby's emotions, you can study the book that accompanies the device called, "Understanding your baby will stimulate development" (www.whycrycanada.com).But if you want to understand your baby, put away the books and the monitors. You might also put away the invasive, self-scrutinizing question of whether you are properly stimulating development. Development is good, of course, but there's no reason to have it hanging over you like the proverbial carrot that will drive you to try harder to "understand" your baby. There is no external reward for understanding another person - there's just the understanding itself, always evolving and gaining in richness, and that's reward enough. [Then there's the "BushBaby War Analyser" - it gives subscribers a five-minute notice of which country de jour the US or its proxies are bombing or invading! The Bush-face icons include: smirk, bronx cheer tongue, eyes closed, ears stuffed, blood-red lips and chin, glaring eyes; hand icons include: third finger salute, fingers 2 and 5 BS gesture, thumb down (non-Christians die), seig heil salute. As scary as these are, at least you won't have to look at or listen to Bush every day, and that has to be worth a lot. Or there's the "Legislator PAC/vote Analyser". Know *immediately* which PACs paid for which vote, and how much more money citizens would have to pay them to have them actually vote for the public interest. -ed] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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