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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2006 06:51:58 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.09.06 1. Stadium/yer out! 9.09-10 9am 2. Women drumming 9.09 9am/8pm 3. AWC volunteers 9.09 10am 4. Water/wilpf 9.09 10am 5. Fidel/Cuba/Nimtz 9.09 10am 6. Alt/military/CAMS 9.09 10:30am 7. Northtown vigil 9.09 1pm 8. Poison DUst/film 9.09 1pm 9. Israel attacks 9.09 2pm 10. RayTricomo/AM950 9.09 4pm 11. Death row play 9.09 7:30pm 12. Lepreau/photos 9.09 13. Peter Phillips - Project Censored Top 25 Most Censored Stories 2005-06 --------1 of 13-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: Stadium/yer out! 9.09-10 9am Dear friends of democracy, We REALLY need your help this weekend! We are doing a lit drop this weekend to target the County Commissioners who have imposed the stadium tax upon us for the next 30 years. The primary election is this Tuesday, the 12th. Your vote is important (if you live in their districts). But you can have much more impact than just one vote if you will join the effort to campaign against them. *Saturday, Sept 9 and Sunday, Sept 10, 9am-dusk. Distribute literature to houses in County Commissioner's Districts 1 and 2: Opat and Stenglein. Pick up literature in Golden Valley. Go out in teams of 2 if you prefer. Drop literature at houses in area assigned to you (or that you choose) whenever you are available over the weekend - or even on Monday. Size of area will depend on commitment you can make - from 2 hours to all day if you can. Contact information below. Last week, the County Board approved the stadium sales tax, in spite of clear public opinion in opposition, in spite of the bad precedent of taking advantage of a first-time-ever exemption from the State-required referendum, and in spite of the terrible rip-off of the public that this corporate welfare represents. The vote was the usual 4-3 vote, with Commissioners Mike Opat, Mark Stenglein, Randy Johnson, and Peter McLaughlin voting for it. Half of the County Board is up for election each two years. Fortunately, Opat, Stenglein, and McLaughlin are running this year. (Gail Dorfman, who voted against the tax, is also up for election, but has no challengers - coincidence??) All 3 are on the primary ballot this Tuesday, because all have multiple challengers. This is a "non-partisan" election - the top two finishers, regardless of party, go on to the general election in November. So everyone, regardless of their party, can vote for County Commissioner in the primary election. The stakes are VERY high: Here's what happens if we can defeat one or more of these Commissioners: The sales tax for the stadium will start on January 1, 2007. The new County Board, with any new members, takes office on January 2. They CAN repeal the tax! (It would probably remain in effect for three months, until the State ends it.) The municipal bonds, the interest on which will be paid by the tax revenues, are not going to be sold until March or April of 2007. If the stadium decision is reversed at the beginning of next year, those bonds won't be sold, and we won't be locked into a 30-year tax to repay them. Actual construction on the stadium, as well as the land purchase, won't be happening until later in the spring. So that can be avoided as well. THIS ELECTION IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY TO AVOID THIS 30-YEAR TAX. If we can stop it, we can spend our public resources on PUBLIC purposes rather than on corporate welfare for a multi-billionaire! Here's what happens if all three of these Commissioners are re-elected: The stadium proceeds. But even more importantly, we will have sent a terrible message: a green light for even more abuse. More public money for private profit, and more abuse of our democratic rights. If they can get away with this, just think what other, less publicized rip-offs they can get away with. And there may be some big ones: there is already talk of the Vikings building (or re- building) a stadium in Minneapolis. How much of our money, our public resources, might be stolen for THAT purpose? It is dangerous to leave these guys in control of our finances. We can not let all three of these Commissioners win re-election!!! They took away our right to a referendum. This election is the only "referendum" we will get. It is a very imperfect referendum: the stadium issue is thrown in with all the other issues and candidate personality and character issues, rather than being a separate ballot question. It is also very hard to unseat incumbents. Incumbents have a huge money advantage, and media advantage (especially when they so faithfully serve the interests of the rich). And it is hard for opposition candidates to put forward the incredible time and dedication to run for office. So defeating these incumbents is an uphill battle, even in spite of the public opposition to the stadium tax, in spite of the anger that is out there. BUT WE MUST DO IT! A new "political committee" has been formed to help in the effort: Citizens Against Stadium Taxes (CAST, as in "cast your ballot"). It is independent of any candidate or party. Its role will be to work for the defeat of these three County Commissioners (Opat, Stenglein, and McLaughlin) in this election cycle - primary and general elections. CAST will be printing the literature and organizing its distribution this weekend. WE NEED YOUR PEOPLE POWER - we can't afford mailing, we have to do this ourselves. The primary election is VERY important. We probably can not knock out any of these guys in the primary - they would have to come in third. (It is not impossible - and that would be an amazing victory, and a real statement. Such things have happened in past elections when the incumbent has generated this kind of anger.) But a large vote for their challengers will be a huge help in defeating the incumbents in November. It will give their campaigns "legitimacy" and help to bring in far more volunteers and donations. It is very important for the incumbents to appear vulnerable to defeat in November. So we need to get out the opposition vote in the primary election. The piece we will be distributing will be a very simple statement: REPLACE OPAT (or Stenglein), with a brief note about their vote for the stadium, and how they took away our vote - now we should take away theirs. These kinds of pieces are proven effective at mobilizing voters to actually go to the polls to express their anger. We WILL have an impact on the vote. The magnitude of our impact is almost totally dependent on how many people are willing to spend how much time to distribute these. You have an impact with your own vote. But if you really care about this, you can have a much greater impact this weekend!! So please sign up and commit to as much time as you can. This is easy to do - it is not like door-knocking where you actually have to talk to people. We just need you to go from door to door leaving our literature. In suburban areas, you can drive from house to house, leaving literature tucked into the newspaper boxes. So you don't even have to be athletic! Contact me if you have questions, or want to sign up: home phone 612-276-1213, work: 612-729-8580. Or sign up directly with the volunteer coordinator: Julie Warneke 763-476-7099, www.country-life-decor.com RSVP to let her know when you are coming, for how long, and how many people are coming with you. If you can't volunteer time, we would appreciate donations to pay for the literature. Send whatever you can afford to: Citizens Against Stadium Taxes <--(make check out to C.A.S.T.) 6820 Wooddale Avenue South Edina, MN 55346 NOTE: CAST has chosen to target Opat and Stenglein in the primary for strategic reasons. We WILL include McLaughlin at the general election. Farheen Hakeem is running a vigorous campaign against McLaughlin, and will be doing her own lit drop throughout that district this weekend. Please contact her if you can help with her lit drop (I'm doing both this weekend). I DO NOT want to take anyone away from her campaign or from her lit drop. Contact Farheen's campaign at 612-395-5559 or email: volunteer [at] farheenhakeem.org Please help - let's make this election OUR referendum on the stadium tax! Dave Bicking 612-276-1213 -- From: Shar in Minneapolis <sharinminneapolis [at] yahoo.com> From: Julia Warneke <textiles8216 [at] yahoo.com> Greetings to all like-minded citizens! A small group of independent citizens have formed a group called: Citizens Against Stadium Taxes (CAST) in outrage against the Four Horsemen of Larceny and in a determined effort to change the democracy our Minnesota Renegade Legislators have made a mockery of! ITS NOT TOO LATE! There are still many decisions to be made regarding the stadium. These guys have left us no choice. They MUST go!!! We are specifically targeting Mike Opat and Mark Stenglein as the two most desirable to take leave. WHERE: We'll meet at a house on South Winnetka between Highway 55 and 394. Its closer to 394 than 55. If you go south from highway 55 look for the red, white and blue starred canopy tent in the front yard of the home. If you're traveling on 394 and can find the Holiday Station on the frontage road west of the Louisiana exit, you're very close. The home is 5 houses north of the station on Winnetka. Map to Holiday Station off of 394 and Louisiana: map WHEN: We begin at 9 am on Saturday Sept. 9th - just FOUR DAYS away! We'll work until the job is done - day and night if necessary. So we need your help ANYTIME you can commit to is fine EITHER day!! Because we have to man the tent, we'd like you to schedule on the hour every 2 hours following 9 am. (for example: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 6 pm) so we can be there to answer questions and hand out lit. When you arrive, we'll hand out maps and literature to designated spots or you can choose your own. What's most important is we need help! We want you to be safe so travelling in pairs is suggested. Besides, its more FUN! PHONE: Julie Warneke - 763-438-3970 This number is for Lit Drop Days Only. Alternate phone is 763-476-7099 www.country-life-decor.com Please RSVP or write or call me to let me know when you are coming, for how long and how many people are coming with you. If you can't help this weekend, we'll need more help after the primary and contributions are always good. If you think you can help in another way, please let us know. Like pass the word that it is VERY IMPORTANT to vote NOW in the primary to begin to defeat these guys. Note: If you've already responded, thank you thank you and you can ignore this. For others, this is FYI. Contributions can be sent to: Citizens Against Stadium Taxes 6820 Wooddale Avenue South Edina, MN 55346 And THANK YOU!! Looking forward to getting this job DONE! Citizens Against Stadium Taxes --------2 of 13-------- From: Mary Kay Olson <breatheinsingout [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Women drumming 9.09 9am/8pm DRUMMING WORKSHOP: Ubaka Hill will be leading an all-day drumming workshop from 9am-4pm. Come explore the art and spirit of drumming as a means of finding your own inner rhythm and authentic self-expression. Learn drum techniques and songs that can be played in community drumming circles, and participate as the drumsong orchestra in the evening concert. FFI or to register, go to www.womensdrumcenter.org. More about Amikaeyla: Amikaeyla is an up and coming artist whose career is taking the east coast by storm. She has been acclaimed as one of the "purest contemporary voices in "jazz, world and folk" by National Public Radio, and has taken her native east coast by storm. She captivates audiences with vivacious rhythms and sultry ballads, and is a favorite of Sweet Honey in the Rock to open for them. She also has opened for Ferron (Mpls., 2005, receiving a standing ovation!), Cris Williamson, Pete Seeger, and many others. Her 2004 release, Mosaic, won a staggering five Washington Area Music Association awards for Best World Music Recording, Best Jazz Recording, Best Debut Recording, Best Jazz Vocalist, and best Urban Contemporary Vocalist, the last of which she earned again in 2006 along with a Best World Music Vocalist award. More about Ubaka Hill: Fresh from her annual appearance at the Michigan Womens Music Festival, Ubaka Hill released her first new CD or original work since 1997, called "Beyond the Wind". She will be showcasing some of those tunes at this concert. She is a long-time drummer, teacher, performer and visual artist. Influenced by the creative tradition of jazz, she uses her music as a tool for social change. While the djembe is now her primary instrument, her "other voice", she plays drums and other percussion instruments from various cultures. The root of Ubaka's drumsong is primarily intuitive, inspired by the rhythmic drumming traditions of North and West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, American Jazz, and Shamanism interwoven with poetry and song. She is deeply committed to the emerging tradition of women drummers, and assisted many who wish to learn to make and play drums and to share the power of drumsongs as a tool of liberation, community building, healing, and personal joy. - Breathe In Sing Out Productions And The Women's Drum Center Present Ubaka Hill And Amikaeyla Saturday, September 9th, 8 P.M. All God's Children Church 3100 Park Ave. S, Mpls. Tickets: $20 in advance ($16 for MPR members), $25 at the door ($20 for MPR members) Available at: Walk-Up: Amazon Bookstore Coop, 48th St. and Chicago Ave., Mpls. Online: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3093 Phone: 800.838.3006 FFI: www.breatheinsingout.org and www.womensdrumcenter.org --------3 of 13-------- From: Jess Sundin <jess [at] antiwarcommittee.org> Subject: AWC volunteers 9.09 10am Saturday 9/9 @ 10am @ our office, 1313 5th St SE, room 213, Mpls. You, your friends, your family... can all help us make a visual impact at Monday's protests. In addition to classic sign and banner painting, we will also be working on some great visuals to reflect the tremendous loss of life in the name of the "war on terror." Help build a papier mache bomb... star in an outstanding street theater skit... Artistic talents are welcome but not required! Public Forum: Lebanon, A history of Israeli intervention & occupation Saturday, 9/9 @ 2pm @ St. Joan of Arc (4537 3rd Ave S, Mpls) Israel's summer of killing civilians and destroying infrastructure in Lebanon was not the beginning. It is a continuation of a long history of Israeli attacks against its neighbors. Israel's targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon is a violation of the Geneva Conventions and constitutes war crimes. Come learn the history and join in as we discuss what to do next to end Israeli hostilities against the people of Lebanon. Sponsored by the Coalition for Palestinian Rights and the Iraq Peace Action Coalition. Click here for flyer. --------4 of 13-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Water/wilpf 9.09 10am Saturday, September 9: Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, MN Metro Branch Coffee With presentation Corporate Profiteering from Water - The Need to Protect our Water for the Common Good. 10am-12noon. Van Cleve Community Center, 901-15th Ave SE, Mpls. Free, open to public, refreshments served. 651/458-7090. --------5 of 13-------- From: Mary Turck <mturck [at] americas.org> Subject: Fidel/Cuba/Nimtz 9.09 10am September 9 Fidel, Raul and the Future of Cuba-featuring August Nimtz, noted Cuba activist, scholar and University of MN professor. [Part of weekly coffee hour series, with a talk by a featured speaker and discussion. Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. $4 includes first cup of coffee. Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 55406 FFI: 612-276-0788] --------6 of 13-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Alt to military/CAMS 9.09 10:30am SHARE WIDELY espeically with YOUTH considering the military or being heavily recrutied at their high schools! Saturday, 9/09 (and 2nd Saturday of each month), 10:30 am, Coalition for Alternatives to Military Service (or CAMS, a counter-recruitment group) meets at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand, St. Paul. Contact Mary at wamm [at] mtn.org --------7 of 13-------- From: Lennie <major18 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Northtown vigil 9.09 1pm We will 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. 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] comcast.net or call Lennie at 763-717-9168 --------8 of 13-------- From: skogrand <skogrand [at] frontiernet.net> Subject: Poison DUst/film 9.09 1pm DEPLETED URANIUM MOVIE POISON DUST TO BE SCREENED SEPTEMBER 9 AT GALAXIE LIBRARY Poison DUst is a full-length documentary film that takes a close look at the dangers of radioactive depleted uranium (DU) weapons to innocent civilians and our own troops. Could U.S. troops serving in Iraq or elsewhere come home severely damaged - even if they avoided getting killed or wounded? Poison DUst tells the story of young soldiers who thought they came home safely from the war, but didn't. During the current Iraq War, the U.S. use of radioactive DU weapons has increased from 375 tons used in 1991 to 2,200 tons. Geiger counter readings at sites in downtown Baghdad record radiation levels 1,000 and 2,000 times higher than background radiation. Today, half of the 697,000 U.S. Gulf War troops from the 1991 war have reported serious medical problems and a significant increase in birth defects among their newborn children. This event is open to the public, and all interested are invited to come watch the film. Saturday, September 9 - 1:00 p.m. Galaxie Library 14955 Galaxie Ave. Apple Valley, MN 55124 (County Road 42 and Galaxie) This event is sponsored by the Dakota County Green Party. The 10 key values of the Green Party are: ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, decentralization, community based economics, feminism, respect for diversity, global responsibility, and sustainability. For more information on the Dakota County Green Party, visit <http://dakotacounty.mngreens.org/> http://dakotacounty.mngreens.org. --------9 of 13-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Israel attacks 9.09 2pm Lebanon: A History of Israeli Intervention and Occupation Saturday, September 9, 2pm. St. Joan of Arc Church, Hospitality Hall, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. Israel's summer of killing civilians and destroying infrastructure in Lebanon was not the beginning. It is a continuation of a long history of Israeli attacks against its neighbors. Israel's targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon is a violation of the Geneva Conventions and constitutes war crimes. Come learn the history and join in as we discuss what to do next to end Israeli hostilities against the people of Lebanon. Speakers: Omar Merhi and Mohammed Wazwaz. Moderator: Rana Bahsheh. Sponsored by: the Coalition for Palestinian Rights and the Iraq Peace Action Coalition. FFI: Call 612-379-3899. --------10 of 13-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: RayTricomo/AM950 9.09 4pm Ray Tricomo, former US Senate Green Party endorsed candidate in 2002 will begin his course which is on Tuesday, September 19th from 6-9pm at Macalester Campus. The course will be located on the 4th floor, Student Lounge in Old Main. Ray will be teaching the History of the Great Law of Peace: Past, Present and Future of the founding league of Five Nations. This event recently had a anniversary on August 31st from the original gathering on Onandaga Lake outside of what is now Syracruse, NY back in 1142 AD. Come learn about the Foundation for Democracy within the context of Native cultures and values. FFI contact Ray Tricomo at 651-714-0288 ALSO: Ray Tricomo will be interviewed on Air America tomorrow by Robert Kennedy, Jr and Mike Papantonio regarding Kalpulli Turtle Island Multiversity (_www.kalpulli.net_ (http://www.kalpulli.net) ) and the removal of the Bush Regime. This will be broadcasted on Saturday between 4-6pm. --------11 of 13-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Death row play 9.09 7:30pm Frank Theatre artists have joined with the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis to raise funds for two social service non-profits in Minneapolis that serve people in need. This one night only reading of THE EXONERATED by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen will benefit for Oasis Crisis Intervention Center in north Minneapolis, and Kulture Klub Collaborative in downtown Minneapolis. The performance is September 9, 2006.at The First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve, Mpls. at 7:30 p.m. on September 9, 2006. There is a pre-show reception at 6:30, and post-show refreshments from 9:30-10:30 with the opportunity to meet the actors and the staffs of Oasis and Kulture Klub. There is a suggested donation of $200 at the Community Hero level, $50 at the Activist level, $25 for Supporter and $20 for Student. For reservations and information, please call Carol Koepp at 952-893-2383. Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files, and the public record, THE EXONERATED tells the true stories of six people who spent from 2-22 years on Death Row for crimes they did not commit. Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it. "I'm no different from you," one character says. "I wasn't a street thug, I wasn't trash, I came from a good family, if it happened to me, man, it can happen to anyone." That man, Kerry Max Cook, spent 22 years on death row. THE EXONERATED will feature prominent Twin Cities' actors Maria Asp, Carlyle Brown, John Bueche, Virginia Burke, Sha Cage, Emil Herrera, Gary Keast, Grant Richey, Andre Samples and Tom Sherohman. The reading is directed by Frank Theatre Artistic Director Wendy Knox. The event will benefit Oasis Crisis Intervention Center and Kulture Klub Collaborative. Oasis, located in North Minneapolis, is dedicated to bridging the gap between the faith community and community systems such as courts, schools, child protection, and law enforcement on behalf of families in crisis. Kulture Klub Collaborative, housed in a drop-in center in downtown Minneapolis, partners homeless youth with artists, arts & cultural practices, to creatively impact community. --------12 of 13-------- From: Tim Dykstal <tim [at] metroiba.org> Subject: Lepreau/photos 9.09 Dear MetroIBA members and friends-- I know that many of you have enjoyed the "Metro Moments" photographs that have graced our website since May. The photographer, Renee Lepreau, documented the physical spaces of several of our member businesses and was able to convey the community spirit that we know those spaces have. I wanted to alert you, then, that Renee's MetroIBA photographs (and others?) will be featured in an exhibit at the Stevens Square Center for the Arts that opens September 9. The exhibit, "Art of Change"--to quote from the Stevens Square website--"highlights the work of local photography artists interested in examining relevant social issues, suggesting positive change, and promoting community." Come and support Renee and her work for MetroIBA--or just to support Renee! For more information, go to http://www.stevensarts.org/. Tim Dykstal Executive Director, MetroIBA --------13 of 13-------- Project Censored Announces the Release of the Top 25 Most Censored Stories for 2005-06 sent by Peter Phillips - Sep 7, 2006 http://www.projectcensored.org For thirty years Project Censored at Sonoma State University has been reporting the real news that corporate media refuses to cover. The 250 student researchers and faculty find cutting-edge news stories that go under-reported in the mainstream corporate media. Real news is not there for the selling of material goods or entertainment. Real news can only be measured through its success in building democracy, stimulating grassroots activism, and motivating resistance to top- down institutions. Democratic activism underlies the purpose, reason, and message of free speech. Here again is Project Censoreds release of the news that didn't make the news, a compilation of the best examples of journalism that the corporate media marginalized in 2005-06. Full reviews of the stories are published in Censored 2007: 30th Anniversary Edition from Seven Stories Press, available at: http://www.projectcensored.org/ 1. Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media Throughout 2005 and 2006, a large underground debate raged regarding the future of the Internet. Referred to as network neutrality, the issue has become a tug of war with cable companies on the one hand and consumers and Internet service providers on the other. 2. Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran As recently as January of 2005 and a decade before Halliburton sold key components for a nuclear reactor to an Iranian oil development company in violations of US sanctions. 3. Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger Sea temperature and chemistry changes, along with contamination and reckless fishing practices intertwine to imperil the worlds largest communal life source. 4. Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US The number of hungry and homeless people in US cities continued to grow in 2005. 5. High-Tech Genocide in Congo The world's most neglected emergency is the ongoing tragedy of the Congo, where six to seven million have died since 1996 as a consequence of invasions and wars sponsored by western powers trying to gain control of the region's mineral wealth 6. Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy Special Counsel Scott Bloch, appointed by President Bush in 2004, is overseeing the virtual elimination of federal whistleblower rights in the US government. 7. US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq The American Civil Liberties Union released documents of forty-four autopsies held in Afghanistan and Iraq October 25, 2005. Twenty-one of those deaths were listed as homicides. These documents present irrefutable evidence that US operatives tortured detainees to death during interrogation. 8. Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act In December 2005, Congress passed the 2006 Defense Authorization Act which renders Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) operational files fully immune to FOIA requests, the main mechanism by which watchdog groups, journalists and individuals can access federal documents. 9. The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall Despite the 2004 International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision that called for tearing down the Israel-Palestinian Wallconstruction of the Wall has accelerated using World Bank funds. 10. Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians A key element of Bushs drawdown plans in Iraq includes increased uses of airpower. Expanded air strikes will likely lead to increased civilian deaths. 11. Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed Several recent studies confirm fears that genetically modified (GM) foods damage human health. 12. Pentagon Plans to Build New Landmines The US plans to resume production of antipersonnel landmines. 13. New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup New studies reveal that Roundup, the most widely used weed killer in the world, poses serious human health threats. 14. Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US Halliburtons subsidiary KBR has been awarded a $385 million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention camps in the United States for immigrations surges and news programs. 15. Chemical Industry is EPAs Primary Research Partner The American Chemical Council is now EPAs leading research partner 16. Ecuador and Mexico Defy US on International Criminal Court Ecuador and Mexico have refused to sign bilateral immunity agreements (BIA) with the US, in ratification of the International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty, despite the Bush Administrations threat to withhold economic aid 17. Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda The US occupation of Iraq has been used by the US to acquire access to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. 18. Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story Research by Brigham Young University physics professor, Steven E. Jones, concludes that the official 9/11 explanation for the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings is implausible according to laws of physics 19. Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever New developments in satellite imaging technology reveal that the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed twice as quickly as previously estimated 20. Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem Consumers spend a collective $100 billion every year on bottled water in the belief, often mistaken, that it is better for us than what flows from our taps. Worldwide, some 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year. 21. Gold Mining Threatens Ancient Andean Glaciers Barrick Gold, a powerful multinational gold mining company, planned to melt three Andean glaciers in order to access gold deposits through open pit mining. 22. Billions in Homeland Security Spending Undisclosed More than $8 billion in Homeland Security funds has been doled out to states since the September 11, 2001 attacks, but the public has little chance of knowing how this money is actually being spent. 23. US Oil Targets Kyoto in Europe Lobbyists funded by the US oil industry have launched a campaign in Europe aimed at derailing efforts to enforce the Kyoto Protocol against global warming 24. Cheneys Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year Vice President Dick Cheneys stock options in Halliburton rose from $241,498 in 2004 to over $8 million in 2005, an increase of more than 3,000 percent 25. US Military in Paraguay Threatens Region South American countries are concerned that a massive air base at Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay is designed to be a US military stronghold in the region. Contact Information: Project Censored Sonoma State University 1801 East Cotati Ave. Rohnert Park, CA 94928 707-664-2500 censored [at] sonoma.edu Full reviews of the stories are available at: http://www.projectcensored.org/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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