Progressive Calendar 09.02.06
From: David Shove (
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 03:16:37 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R      09.02.06

1. Wamm book club   9.02 10am
2. Homeless vets    9.02 10am
3. Non-violence     9.02 10:30am
4. GreenParty StP   9.02 12noon
5. Moundsview vigil 9.02 1pm
6. Voice re-mapping 9.02 1:30pm
7. GLBT Pride       9.02-04 Duluth MN

8. Prog picnic      9.03 2pm Brainerd MN
9. Speak/justice    9.03 4pm Grand Marais MN

10. Macalester      - Free courses
11. Mary Petrie     - Holman Field fight needs your help
12. Erwin Marquit   - China tour reservations
13. Thomas Kostigen - The jet set's shopping list unmasked

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From: wamm <wamm [at]>
Subject: wamm book club 9.02 10am

WAMM Book Club
Saturday, September 2, 10:00 a.m. to Noon Residence of Lucia Wilkes Smith,
2615 Park Avenue, Minneapolis. Book: "The Sorrows of Empire" by Chalmers
Johnson. Open for people to join at any time. FFI: Email
<rabbas [at]>.

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Homeless vets 9.02 10am

Saturday, 9/2, 10 to 11:30, meeting Homeless Veterans for Peace, Peacehouse,
510 E Franklin, Mpls.  612-821-9141.

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Non-violence 9.02 10:30am

Saturdays, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16 and 9/23, 10:30 am, nonviolent training in
preparation for action at Alliant Tech on 10/2, at home of Marv Davidov,
2615 Park Ave, Mpls.  612-874-7715.

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From: ed
Subject: GreenParty StP 9.02 12noon

All people interested in finding out more about the Green Party of St. Paul
are invited to:

Our monthly meeting
First Saturday of every month
Mississippi Market, 2nd floor
Corner of Selby/Dale in St. Paul
noon until 2 pm

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From: Lennie <major18 [at]>
Subject: Moundsview vigil 9.02 1pm

The Mounds View peace vigil group has changed its weekly time and place.
We will now be peace vigiling EVERY SATURDAY from 1-2pm at the at the
southeast corner of the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE
in Blaine, which is the northwest most corner of the Northtown Mall area.
This is a MUCH better location.

We'll have extra signs.  Communities situated near the Northtown Mall
include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden
Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids.

For further information, email major18 [at] or call Lennie at

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From: Louise Bouta <wellmindmn [at]>
Subject: Voice re-mapping  9.02 1:30pm  [ed has no opinion on this]

Balanced Energy Program--Voice Re-mapping
Stress, Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, Emotional Problems and Effects
of Trauma Can Be Gone In Weeks!

This program works very well for depression. With all the people coming
home from the wars, and others getting out of the mental health system,
some might find it helpful for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

When you talk or sing the sound of your voice vibrates the cells of your
body.  Each person has missing notes, half notes, and fractured notes in
their voice.  Every note in your voice is a frequency that affects your
body via your brain. 

The vibrations of your voice interact with the central nervous system and
your brain.  The brain regulates the chemistry of your body.  You might
compare the brain as the CPU Central Processing Unit and the subconscious
the software of your bio computer.   Naturally occurring substances known
as peptides and neuropeptides (messenger molecules) made up of amino acids
can cause alterations in mood, pain, and pleasure.

Negative emotions melt away in the magic chair. When you are traumatized
from experiences in life such as accidents, illness, operations, emotional
upsets, disappointments, surgery, chemical overloads and many other life
situations, the resulting energetic shock from the trauma can block or
interrupt the flow of information to and from some of the
neurotransmitters that tell the brain how to regulate the chemistry of
your body.

The result of trauma is a body and mind out of balance. With Voice
Re-mapping we bring your body and mind back into balance without the use
of drugs.  Synthetic drugs can be very toxic to the body, and they block
the emotional signals to the brain.

A healthy, balanced energetic voice can be produced only by a person
who is emotionally healthy.

Your depression, anxiety, negative habits, and fears melt away in a few
sessions instead of years of talk therapy or swallowing mind numbing

Demonstration by Michael Kelly, Psychotherapist 6121 Excelsior Blvd.,
Suite 104, Minneapolis, MN 55416.
952-920-0044  mkelly [at]

Southdale Library
7001 York Ave. S. Edina
Saturday, September 2, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Well Mind Association of Minnesota 6500 Woodlake Drive #201 Richfield, MN
55423 Phone: 612-823-8249 wellmindmn [at]

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From: erin [at]
Subject: GLBT Pride 9.02-04 Duluth MN

September 2-4: Visit OutFront Minnesota at the Duluth-Superior GLBT,
Queer, Allied, Intersex Pride. Duluth, MN and Superior, WI. For more info

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From: Theresa Flinck <theresaflinck [at]>
Subject: Prog picnic 9.03 2pm Brainerd MN

3rd Annual Progressive Picnic

Join us on Sunday, September 3rd at 2:00 p.m., Lum Park Pavilion 2, for
the 3rd Annual Progressive Picnic.

Featuring Green Party gubernatorial candidate, Ken Pentel, local musicians
Rolling Bubble, Jennifer Perez and Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors;
comedy by Lance Nelsen, kids' activities, frisbee golf, volleyball,
delicious food, progressive people and organizations and much more!

Bring something to grill and a dish to share.  Iced tea, water and eating
utensils will be provided.

Sponsored by the Brainerd Green Party.
Questions: tflinck [at] or call 218-820-5178

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From: Loft
Subject: speak/justice 9.03 4pm Grand Marais MN

Sunday, September 3,

Speakeasy magazine continues the Speak Out tradition and focuses this
community forum on the topic of justice.  Join others in this discussion
taking place at Drury Lane Books, 12 East Wisconsin Street in Grand
Marais, Minnesota.


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From: dboehnke [at]
Subject: Mac free courses

Macalester EXCO Offers Free Fall Courses Open to the Public, Infosession
on the 12th of September

I write you with very exciting news the Experimental College will offer
six courses to Macalester students, faculty, staff and the surrounding
community beginning in September! Please look over the descriptions below
and consider attending one or more of the courses, which begin the week of
September 18th. There will be an information session at 6pm on Tuesday,
September 12th in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, which is located in the
basement of Macalester's Campus Center at 1600 Grand Avenue (Intersection
of Snelling Ave and Grand Ave). All of these courses are free and open to
the public. Two of the courses are available to Macalester students for
credit. There is always the possibility of adding additional courses if
there is interest; these might include for-credit independent study

We will be on the EPAG (Education Policy and Governance Committee) agenda
this semester to present a proposal that would make credit available (to
Macalester students) for all EXCO courses. As such, we hope to have a
committed group of people who attend EXCO courses regularly and can offer
feedback to both the teachers and to the EXCO organizers.

Finally, we hope to host several skillshares during the week of
Orientation. This is a great way to get to know first-years, do something
fun before school starts, or let first-years know about your organization!
They will be at 6:30 pm on September 3-5. Please email Miriam at
mlarson [at] if you are interested in teaching an hour-long
skillshare during orientation week. So far there will be an appetizer
course taught by Ray Tricomo on The Great Law of Peace, a skillshare on
local politics by Jesse Mortenson and an intro to biking in the Twin
Cities by Claire Stoscheck.

I look forward to see you in the fall. Please pass this information along
to those you think might be interested. Updates will be forthcoming. For
more information about the Experimental College, visit

Sincerely, Miriam Larson EXCO organizer 217-390-7240
mlarson [at]

The Great Law of Peace, taught by Ray Tricomo, founder of Turtle Island
Multiversity: The heart of our tragedy contains many chambers; racism,
imperialism, misogyny, environmental degradation, but I should like to
suggest a fifth manifestation of our tragedy - it is exceptionalism. The
antidote is history from an indigenous perspective. We are told that the
original league of five nations came into existence on Monday, August
31st, 1142 A.D. on the South shore of Onadaga Lake, outside of what is now
Syracuse, NY. This course will explore the history of the long-lasting
democratic Iroquois confederation, which served as a model for the authors
of the Constitution. Tuesday, 6-7pm, Old Main 4th Floor Lounge.

Creating a Compassionate Society, taught by Mike Obsatz, Macalester
Professor (4 credits): The American Culture of 2006 is filled with
governmental lying, bullying, street violence, drug abuse, excessive
consumption, environmental destruction, materialistic focus, and lack of
concern for those in need -- the poor, the abused, the ill, the elderly,
the disabled. The "system" isn't working for the public good. This class
is about creating a compassionate society, and how individuals, groups,
and systems need to change. It is interdisciplinary -- and includes
developmental issues, personal and spiritual growth issues, social issues,
and environmental issues. Time and Location TBA.

Independent Study Collective: Sociology of Vocation, taught by Mike
Obsatz, Macalester Professor (4 credits): Students will set up job
shadowing of approximately ten professionals whose careers they are
interested in finding out more about. They will interview each person and
write a brief reflection on how each career relates to their vocational
goals. The course will conclude with a longer reflection paper summarizing
what the student has learned and how their vocational aspirations have
progressed. The professor will meet regularly with each student and if
there are multiple students taking the course, t hey will come together
for occasional group discussions. Time and Location TBA.

History of New York, taught by Nick Kahn and Mark Stonehill, Macalester
Students: New York City is the only "world city" in the entire Western
Hemisphere. How did it turnout this way? This interdisciplinary course
will attempt to answer this question. Topics include geography, geology,
literature, the city in and as the media, music, the importance of
diversity and immigration, transportation, theatre, life outside of
Manhattan, social space, the city after 9/11, demystifying stereotypes,
and the city as the center of everything. The course will include readings
and film and TV show screenings. Time and Location TBA.

Theater of the Oppressed taught by Eliza Rasheed, Macalester alum: The
Theater of the Oppressed, established in the early 1970s by Brazilian
director and political activist Augusto Boal, is a form of popular
theater, of, by, and for people engaged in the struggle for liberation.
Bridging the separation between actor (the one who acts) and spectator
(the one who observes but is not permitted to intervene in the theatrical
situation), the Theater of the Oppressed is practiced by "spect-actors"
who have the opportunity to both act and observe, and who engage in s
elf-empowering processes of dialogue that help foster critical thinking.
Time and Location TBA.

Conflict Transformation: Tools for Community-building, taught by Jim
Radde, Macalester Catholic Chaplain: Each of us is unique. We have
differing points of view. Interpersonal conflict is normal for our
species. An essential phase of group development is learning to deal with
conflict among its members. This learning is needed by communities as
diverse as social justice groups, coalitions and choirs so that commitment
and effective collaboration can follow. Participants in this interactive
series will be affirmed in their present skills and experiment with new
conflict transformation tools they can use immediately. Wednesdays, 7-9pm,
Old Main 4th Floor Lounge.

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From: Mary Petrie <petri017 [at]>
Subject: Holman Field Fight Needs Your Help

This issue is the rare one that's so important that I must reach far and

If you oppose the Holman Field floodwall OR (more importantly) are on the
fence, please take a few minutes to read City Council member Kathy
Lantry's comments on this issue:  theses are part of the city council

Environmental and neighborhood groups are filing court papers to try to
stop the immediate construction that's planned.  The starting cost is
$1500.  More costs will come quickly.  Even a twenty dollar bill -- if we
all gave -- can tip us over.  Do more if you're able.  This is too
important to ignore.

Friends of the Parks is handling the money.  Please send to:

Friends of the Parks
1621 Beechwood Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Make sure you write "Floodwall" on the memo line so it gets in the right

Mary Petrie, PhD petri017 [at] 651.774.1502 651.774.7178 fax

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From: Erwin Marquit <marqu002 [at]>
Subject: China tour reservations

The U of M-based journal "Nature, Society, and Thought" is cosponsoring
with the Academy of Marxism of the Chinese Academy of Social Science a
two-week five-city study tour in China, May 31-June 15, 2007. Since the
group of 55 is filling up (only 21 openings remain), we are offering local
progressives a chance to consider joining before a nation-wide mailing
goes out after Labor Day. An ad also appears in the "Nation" magazine
mailed to subscribers Aug. 31. All remaining places will probably fill in
September. A $200 deposit, refundable until Feb.1, 2007, will reserve a
place. The tour itinerary is arranged to meet the interests of both
academics and nonacademics.  See or
call 612-922-7993 for description of excursions and detailed itinerary.

-Prof. Erwin Marquit

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The Jet Set's Shopping List Unmasked
How do the very wealthy spend their money? You may not want to know.
By Thomas Kostigen

Private jet owners have an average annual income of $9.2 million and a net
worth of $89.3 million. They are 57 years old. And 70 percent of them are
men. Hannah Shaw Grove and Russ Alan Prince, two researchers, surveyed the
group to find out who they are, what makes them tick, and perhaps most
interestingly, what they spend their money on.

The average jet setter spends nearly $30,000 per year on alcohol (wines &
spirits). Grove and Prince note that this amount is about two-thirds of
the median household income in the U.S. And that's the smallest category
of spending they surveyed. The next smallest was "experiential travel,"
which includes guided tours, such as photographic safaris, or hikes to
Machu Picchu, or eco-tours to the Brazilian rainforest, or kayaking in
Baja California during the gray whale migration. For these experiences,
jet setters spend an average of $98,000 per year.


But these journeys are small potatoes when compared to how much these
wealthy individuals spend on hotels and resorts ($157,000 a year), or
events at hotels and resorts ($224,000 a year). Spa treatments even fetch
more jet-set dollars than wilderness tours. The average jet setter spends
$107,000 a year at spas around the world.

Not that many of these "global citizens," as they like to be called, would
know: Just 34 percent of jet owners open their own mail and only 19
percent pay their own bills, Grove and Prince found. This results in a
sort of detachment from the world and creates "the low level of awareness
that most jet owners have about their finances," they say.

Indeed, it would take a curious psychological composition to comprehend
spending $147,000 a year on watches, as the jet set do. Or $117,000 on
clothes. Or a whopping $248,000 a year on jewelry.

These people need serious help with their...finances. And that is
partially why Grove and Prince conducted the survey -- as a note to
advisers who might be able to help people with complex money issues.

Getting Good Help

"Any way you slice it, private jet owners are an ultra-affluent bunch and,
as such, likely have intricate financial requirements. As is often the
case, there is a proportionate relationship between the amount of wealth
and the complexity of the financial goals, meaning there is a greater need
for a professional adviser to guide them through the planning process and
supply them with strategies and experts to meet their goals along the
way," they say.

Whatever. I'm far more interested in how much the super rich spend on cars
($226,000 per year), and boats ($404,000 a year on yacht rentals).

I'm even more interested to know what the $542,000 a year in home
improvements was spent on. Grove and Prince say the average jet setter has
more than two principal residences worth at least $2 million each. New
kitchens? Kick ass sound systems? They don't inform.

But they do tell us that jet-setters spend the most amount of money on
art, $1.75 million a year on average. It's also here that the spending
patterns differ by the classes within the classes that Grove and Prince
unearthed by analyzing the jet-set pack.

Trendsetters spend the most as group, but the least amount per purchase.
Last year, 60 percent of this group bought art, at an average price of
$500,000. Trendsetters are influenced by magazines, television and movies,
Grove and Prince say.

Connoisseurs, on the other hand, spend on average more than $6 million per
piece, yet are cautious purchasers: less than 10 percent of this class
bought art last year. I'm not sure which of the three personality types
Grove and Prince defined among jet setters I'd fall into: Trendsetters are
more likely to be impulse buyers; Winners reward themselves and those in
their inner circle with large purchases for personal and professional
accomplishments; and Connoisseurs are deliberate in their purchasing
behavior and thoroughly research all aspects of a category, and a
particular item, before making a decision.

Not that it much matters. I'd just like to be able to afford to spend
$168,000 a year renting a villa or chalet, as the jet set do. It'd be fun.

For the full report on how the jet set spend their money, go to and go to "white papers" in the publications

[Clearly, the rich need every last bit of this money to perform their
function (whatever that is). Suppose taxes were raised so their 9.2 mil
were cut in half to 4.6 mil. Would they even bother to get out of bed for
that? Harumph, they would say, and go back to sleep. Imagine having only
$202,000 to spend for yacht rentals. Who would do anything for that?

They would like to double their 9.2mil to 18.4mil, say by cutting all our
wages in half. We would work or starve. We could get out of bed extra
early, to work 2.5 jobs. While working we look up at their private jets as
they expel toiletwater down upon us. -ed]


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