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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 06:22:54 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.01.06 1. Green Party fun 10.01 2pm 2. Mortenson campaign 10.01 2pm 3. Kid's cabaret 10.01 2pm 4. Czech republic 10.01 2pm 5. Social justice 10.01 2pm 6. KFAI/Indian 10.01 4pm 7. Peace concert 10.01 6:30pm 8. WalMart/yuk/film 10.01 7pm 9. Bioneers/register 10.01 10. AlliantACTION 10.02 7am 11. Oppose Bridges 10.02 6pm 12. Pental campaign 10.02 7pm 13. Global warm/film 10.02 7pm 14. Marjorie Cohn - A constitutional shredding: rounding up U.S. citizens 15. Ralph Nader - White House on a rampage against the Constitution 16. P C Roberts - How the US government planned America's downfall 17. Dave Lindorff - "America": new lyrics for a New Dark Age --------1 of 17-------- From: drashleyjames <ajames123 [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Green Party fun 10.01 2pm Green Party Fun Day!! 10.01.06 Fundraiser for the GP candidates on October 1 at Wildwood Park in Mahtomedi, MN , from 2-6 pm. 1 Old Wildwood Road Mahtomedi, MN The park is beautiful with trails, fire pits, gorgeous flora and fauna. We will meet at the Wildwod Park Picnic shelter. For directions to the park, use this link: http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?do=nw&go=1&r=f&aoh=&aot=&aof=&1a=621%20W%20LAKE%20ST&1c=MINNEAPOLIS&1s=MN&1z=55408%2d2949&1y=US&1l=FsCEhT%2b2b7s%3d&1g=otbTK0722Yg%3d&1pn=&1pl=&1v=ADDRESS&1ffi=&1n=HENNEPIN%20COUNTY&1qn=&2a=&2c=Mahtomedi&2s=MN&2z=&2y=US&2l=XLiQwZss4jU%3d&2g=8Z0cB3X26vk%3d&2pl=&2v=CITY&2ffi=&2n=Washington%20County&2qn=wildwood%20park&panelbtn=2&1qc=&q=wildwood%20park&2pn=wildwood%20park&2sb=Wildwood%20Park%7c1%20Old%20Wildwood%20Rd%7cSaint%20Paul%7cMN%7c55115%7c450507%7c%2d929644 %7c%7cUS&2qc=Parks There is a sizeable parking lot, and no charge to enter the park. There will be a $15 door charge that will go directly to the campaign/s of your choice (12 and under free). There will be a group yoga workshop, led by our own Paul Busch, storytelling, Native American Drummers, and perhaps some acoustic folk music. There will be food provided (and folks are encouraged to bring a dish to share.) Grills are available. We'll have a keg of Root Beer, and a sugar free option. If you want to bring beer or wine, you are welcome to bring your own. The GP candidates will make appearances that day. It's going to be a wonderfully relaxing, rejuvenating, fun, community centered, family friendly event! I am hoping some wonderful Green volunteers will step up to help out with the event. We need about four to volunteer with set-up, break-down. Also, a door person, and help with serving food. Please contact me if you can volunteer to help! Kristen Olson 651-210-0789 --------2 of 17-------- From: Jesse Mortenson for 64A <jesse [at] jessemortenson.com> Subject: Mortenson campaign 10.01 2pm Dear Friends, The maxim of any campaign for office is: it's never been closer to the election than it is today. With each day, it gets more important to get out and talk to people face-to-face, to let them know how much we can do together to transform the landscape of Minnesota politics. I firmly believe that we'll only turn back the budget cuts, the close calls with destructive policy proposals, and the lack of progressive momentum by working around the calendar to involve ordinary people in principled, grassroots politics. Nearly a month before the election, I need your help to broaden our reach so we can get out the vote across the district. We've got two new tools to do it: Deliver our new literature piece to key precincts 2pm this Sunday, Oct. 1 Cahoots Coffee Bar (1562 Selby Ave) Join us to walk through a neighborhood and deliver our new, color flyer for a couple of hours. Are you already booked this Sunday? E-mail paul [at] jessemortenson.com and we'll make sure you get a kit to deliver literature on your schedule. Anybody interested in helping hand some flyers out and make a little bit of a visible appearance at the "Stop the Merchants of Death" conference organized by a number of left/anti-war folks that will be at St. Thomas this weekend? http://www.warresisters.org/smod/smod_hp.shtml Specifically, at the rally Sunday night (6:00pm or so) at St. Kate's. Donate to support our district-wide mailing We can take up to $500, and you may qualify for a $50 refund find out how: http://www.jessemortenson.com/contribute We need to raise $1900 to get a mailing to every household in the district close to the election, so we can give everyone a chance to vote for universal, single-payer health care, keeping jobs with local businesses in our communities, and human rights for immigrants in Minnesota. Can you help? Finally, I'm proud to announce our first debate for our final slate of 64A candidates. It will be held at 7:45pm on October 12 at the Linwood Community Center, by the Summit Hill Association. Hope to see you there! We're working on establishing a few more debates - e-mail paul [at] jessemortenson.com if your community or advocacy organization might be interested! Sincerely, Jesse Mortenson Green Party Candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives District 64A www.jessemortenson.com Please contact Jesse (651-442-5734) directly if you're able to help out. --------3 of 17-------- From: April Sellers <april [at] patrickscabaret.org> Subject: Kid's cabaret 10.01 2pm Come to the first ever Cabaret for Kids at Patrick's Cabaret Sunday October First, 2006 2-3:15pm 3010 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis tickets $8 at the door ($7 for 12 and under) $6 in advance from the artists ($5 for 12 and under) Paulino hosts the first Cabaret 4 Kids at Patrick's Cabaret. Voyages to distant places, boats, puppets, dragons, Chinese dancers, storytelling and more! Starring: Paulino Brener barcos de papel - paper boats (excerpt) Clint Jackson Baker The Prince of Fun! Presents The Adventures of Gallant Lad (excerpt) Margo McCreary Fool Circle (excerpt) Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center "A Dragon Odyssey" --------4 of 17-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Czech republic 10.01 2pm October 1 - Martin Palous: Role of the Czech Republic and Other Small States in the Sea of Large Nations. Time: 2:00 p.m.. Cost: $5 donation. Ambassador from the Czech Republic to the UN Martin Palous speaks on "Role of the Czech Republic and Other Small States in the Sea of Large Nations." FFI: www.micglobe.org Location: CSPS Sokol Hall, 2nd floor, 383 Michigan Street, St. Paul. --------5 of 17-------- From: David A. Greene <greened [at] obbligato.org> Subject: Social justice 10.01 2pm Sunday, Oct. 1, ISAIAH will hold a large public meeting and action in St. Paul called "Faith in Democracy: Renewing the Promise." ISAIAH is an interfaith coalition of churches in the metro and St. Cloud that advocate on issues of social justice. We will be gathering a large number of people together with our public officials and candidates to put forward an opportunity agenda to strengthen our communities and make shared abundance a reality. The event is from 2-4pm Oct. 1 at St. Pascal Baylon Catholic church (1757 Conway St., right on White Bear Ave. just a few blocks north of I-94). ISAIAH has four regional legislative issues we are tackling and will be active on during the 2007 session: - Increased funding for public education - Increased funding for public transit - Funding for services and resources for victims of domestic violence - Civil rights for immigrants This St. Paul meeting is one of 7 meetings happening in the metro and St. Cloud. The St. Paul meeting will include a focus on two important issues relevant to the city: - The living wage ordinance - The opportunity to use federal transportation dollars to provide construction job training and career possibilities to low-income and disadvantaged people. These are good, well-paying careers. Mayor Coleman will be there along with several candidates for the many offices that are up for election this year. Several members of the city council will be there as well. This is your opportunity to join your voice with many others to tell our political leaders that these issues matter, that we want to build a more just society. Please let me know if you are interested in attending. I'm happy to answer any questions off-list. If you want to support our neighbors in Minneapolis as well, they are holding their own meeting Oct. 8 from 3-5pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave. in Minneapolis. David Greene The Wedge, Minneapolis More info: http://forums.e-democracy.org/stpaul/contacts/davidgreene --------6 of 17-------- From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org> Subject: KFAI/Indian 10.01 4pm KFAI's Indian Uprising for October 1st PART 3 - COWBOYS AND INDIANS: TOYS OF GENOCIDE, ICONS OF AMERCIAN COLONIALISM (essay) by Michael Yellow Bird , a Sahnish and Hidatsa First Nations citizen. Colonialism is the invasion, subjugation, and occupation of one people by another. In Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (2001), Robert J. C. Young concludes that the United States of America, the world¹s last remaining significant colonial power, continues to dominate external territories without the consent of the indigenous inhabitants. However, one does not have to go abroad to analyze the practice of American colonialism since the exploitation and control of Indigenous Peoples in the United States continues unabated. Yellow Bird's essay examines cowboys and Indians as part of the colonial canon asserting white supremacy and Indigenous inferiority. He began by telling how his encounter with a bag of toy cowboys and Indians reminding him that Indigenous Peoples face the humiliation of American colonialism on a daily basis. He next recounted how a master cowboys and Indians narrative is used to support and maintain the oppression of people in the tribal community where he was raised...and ends with a discussion concerning the importance of decolonizing cowboys and Indians. PDF attached. Part 3, Decolonizing Cowboys and Indians and Epilogue, the last of three parts. Professor Michael J. Yellow Bird is the founder and director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples' Critical and Intuitive Thinking and Associate Professor of Indigenous Nation Studies Indigenous Nations Studies Program, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, at mybird [at] ku.edu. WE NEED PARTNERS, NOT BOSSES (address to the United Nations) by President Evo Morales (Aymara), Counter Punch, September 22, 2006 It is an enormous satisfaction to be here present, representing my people, from my homeland, Bolivia and especially the indigenous movement. I want to tell you, that after 500 years of be looked down upon, at times considered to be savages, animals, in some regions condemned to extermination, thanks to this consciousness and this uprising and to the struggle for the rights of the peoples, we got here to repair the historic damage, to repair 500 years of damage. During the republic, we were equally discriminated against, marginalised, they never took into account this struggle of the peoples for life, for humanity during the last 20 years, with their application of an economic model--neoliberalism--that continued the looting of our natural resources, the privatisation of our basic services. Convinced, and we are convinced, that the way of privatisation of basic services is the best way of violating human rights. Juan Evo Morales Ayma, popularly known as Evo, is the President of Bolivia and has claimed to be the country's first indigenous head of state since the Spanish Conquest over 470 years ago. He is also the first indigenous president in South America. http://www.counterpunch.org/morales09222006.html * * * * Indian Uprising is a one-half hour Public & Cultural Affairs program for, by, an 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. --------7 of 17-------- From: sarah standefer <scsrn [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Peace concert 10.01 6:30pm Stop the Merchants of Death Rally and Concert Sunday, October 1 6:30pm O'Shaughnessy Auditiorium, St. Catherine College, St. Paul, on Randolph near Cleveland. Tickets $12, $10 students. featuring JOANNE SHEEHAN, chair of War Resister International VERNON BELLECOURT AIM with Native Drum FRIDA BERRIGAN Arms Trade Resource Center NY-New School The PRINCE MYSHKINS, singers, songwriters, performed at SOA MEDEA BENJAMIN, Cofounder of Global Exchange and Code Pink MARV DAVIDOV founder of Honeywell Project UTAH PHILLIPS folksinger, storyteller, Wobbly PAUL KRASSNER comedian, cofounder of the YIPPIES with Abbie Hoffman JACK NELSON PALLMEYER U of St. Thomas Justice and Peace Studies TOM BOTTOLENE, a leader of Alliant Action PEPPERWOLF, a leader of Alliant Action WINONA LaDUKE, chair of White Earth Land Recovery Project --------8 of 17-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: WalMart/yuk/film 10.01 7pm October 1 - Film: "Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Price". 7pm The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy presents film "Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Price." FFI: www.iatp.org Location: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis --------9 of 17-------- From: Scott Cramer <scott [at] northernsun.com> From: Northland Bioneers [mailto:nbconference [at] gmail.com] Subject: Bioneers/register 10.01 Northland Bioneers 1st Annual Conference Register by October 1st and Save! Please mark your calendars for October 20-22, 2006 as Northland Sustainable Solutions gears up to host the first annual Northland Bioneers Conference at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. The 2006 Northland Bioneers Conference <http://www.nbconference.org/> to be held in Minneapolis, MN is THE five-state region event highlighting the necessity of interdependence around our most pressing environmental and social issues. Following the Bioneers tradition ( www.bioneers.org <http://www.bioneers.org/> ) , we will feature "beamed" plenary sessions from the National Bioneers Conference along with stimulating locally produced participatory forums featuring keynote speakers, workshops, artists, exhibitors, youth programming, and World Café community dialogue. Register Today! <http://www.nbconference.org/register.html> and join a vibrant network rich with inspiring ideas, models, tools, and resources. To register on-line for the conference go to nbconference.org <http://www.nbconference.org/register.html> (on-line registration will be available soon) or print a registration form and mail it in today! Discover for yourself all that the 1st annual conference has to offer - Program & Schedule <http://www.nbconference.org/schedule.html> Volunteer Opportunities <http://www.nbconference.org/volunteer.html> Sponsors/Partners/Exhibitors <http://www.nbconference.org/partners.html> Register by October 1st and Save! --------10 of 17-------- From: David Strand <mncivil [at] yahoo.com> Subject: AlliantACTION 10.02 7am Demonstrate the Gandhian power of nonviolence, AlliantACTION at ATK, Monday morning Oct. 2, 7 am Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 20:54:19 -0500 On the Tenth Anniversary of Nonviolent Civil Resistance at ATK Join AlliantACTION in Celebrating the Birth of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi while demonstrating the Power of Nonviolence in Stopping the Merchant$ of Death Monday morning, October 2nd - 7am at the Largest Minnesota-based Military Contractor, Alliant Techsystems (ATK), maker of dU Munitions, Landmines, Cluster Bombs, Trident II. Support OR Participate in the Gandhian Spirit of Nonviolent Direct Action at ATK HQ, 5050 Lincoln Drive, Edina Directions to ATK: Take the Hopkins 5th Street/Lincoln Ave. exit from Highway 169. Turn East. (online directions and map at www.alliantaction.org) A COALITION ACTION AlliantACTION WAR RESISTERS LEAGUE: Stop the Merchants of Death Learn More or Contact Us www.AlliantACTION.org Action Info: 612.701.5227 Rally Info: 612.874.7715 --------11 of 17-------- From: Elizabeth Dickinson <eadickinson [at] mindspring.com> From: sue rich <srich [at] fmr.org> Subject: Oppose Bridges 10.02 6pm Dear River Activists & West Siders, The Bridges proposal will soon go before the St. Paul Planning Commission and City Council. If you are concerned about this mega-development's impact upon the river and the community, we need your help at one (or both) of the following special action-nights. (To find out more about The Bridges, please visit http://www.fmr.org/update.html#20060901 ) WHEN: Monday, Oct. 2, 6-9 p.m. & Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m. WHERE: FMR, 360 North Robert St., Ste. 400 Corner of 5th Street & Robert St. in The Empire Building downtown St. Paul. Enter through the revolving door and take the elevator to the 4th floor; you'll see the office. On-street parking is free and readily available after 4:30. Note: If you arrive after 6 p.m. and the revolving door is locked, use the call-up box to the right (south) of the door. It rings to the office and we'll come to meet you. WHAT: Call FMR members and others predisposed to supporting our position to ask -- and inspire -- them to call their council representative regarding this important issue ... before it is too late. BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: Please contact Michael Guest at mguest [at] fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x22 to pre-register. Should you be able to make it, we look forward to seeing you! Regardless -- thank you, as always, for your time and dedication to the river. sue rich Volunteer Coordinator Friends of the Mississippi River 360 North Robert Street Saint Paul, MN 55101 Phone: 651/ 222-2193 ext. 14 Fax: 651/ 222-6005 For the latest updates on FMR events and programs, visit us on the web at http://www.fmr.org --------12 of 17-------- From: PRO826 [at] AOL.COM Subject: Pental campaign 10.02 7pm The Ken Pentel for Governor campaign will be coordinating Literature Drops each Monday evening. Meet at Bryant Square Park building located at 3101 Bryant Ave in Minneapolis by 7pm. Come help Ken and Danene spread the Green vision of a honest democracy (MN is 4th highest in the country for entrenchment of lobbyist money, 1st in the nation per capita for a total of $54 million last year), single-payer universal healthcare for all and a strong energy efficient and renewable energy policy. Be part of the Green Global movement active in over 90 countries. Danene Provencher Green Party of MN Lt. Governor candidate Ken Pentel for Governor campaign www.kenpentel.org --------13 of 17-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Global warm/film 10.02 7pm October 2 - Film: "Global Warming: What You Need to Know". 7pm. Followed by discussion. Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN FFI: Christine at 612-879-8937. --------14 of 17-------- A Constitutional Shredding Rounding Up U.S. Citizens By MARJORIE COHN Counterpunch September 30 / October 1, 2006 The Military Commissions Act of 2006 governing the treatment of detainees is the culmination of relentless fear-mongering by the Bush administration since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Because the bill was adopted with lightning speed, barely anyone noticed that it empowers Bush to declare not just aliens, but also U.S. citizens, "unlawful enemy combatants." Bush & Co. has portrayed the bill as a tough way to deal with aliens to protect us against terrorism. Frightened they might lose their majority in Congress in the November elections, the Republicans rammed the bill through Congress with little substantive debate. Anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on Bush's list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies could be declared an "unlawful enemy combatant" and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens. The bill also strips habeas corpus rights from detained aliens who have been declared enemy combatants. Congress has the constitutional power to suspend habeas corpus only in times of rebellion or invasion. The habeas-stripping provision in the new bill is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court will likely say so when the issue comes before it. Although more insidious, this law follows in the footsteps of other unnecessarily repressive legislation. In times of war and national crisis, the government has targeted immigrants and dissidents. In 1798, the Federalist-led Congress, capitalizing on the fear of war, passed the four Alien and Sedition Acts to stifle dissent against the Federalist Party's political agenda. The Naturalization Act extended the time necessary for immigrants to reside in the U.S. because most immigrants sympathized with the Republicans. The Alien Enemies Act provided for the arrest, detention and deportation of male citizens of any foreign nation at war with the United States. Many of the 25,000 French citizens living in the U.S. could have been expelled had France and America gone to war, but this law was never used. The Alien Friends Act authorized the deportation of any non-citizen suspected of endangering the security of the U.S. government; the law lasted only two years and no one was deported under it. The Sedition Act provided criminal penalties for any person who wrote, printed, published, or spoke anything "false, scandalous and malicious" with the intent to hold the government in "contempt or disrepute." The Federalists argued it was necessary to suppress criticism of the government in time of war. The Republicans objected that the Sedition Act violated the First Amendment, which had become part of the Constitution seven years earlier. Employed exclusively against Republicans, the Sedition Act was used to target congressmen and newspaper editors who criticized President John Adams. Subsequent examples of laws passed and actions taken as a result of fear-mongering during periods of xenophobia are the Espionage Act of 1917, the Sedition Act of 1918, the Red Scare following World War I, the forcible internment of people of Japanese descent during World War II, and the Alien Registration Act of 1940 (the Smith Act). During the McCarthy period of the 1950s, in an effort to eradicate the perceived threat of communism, the government engaged in widespread illegal surveillance to threaten and silence anyone who had an unorthodox political viewpoint. Many people were jailed, blacklisted and lost their jobs. Thousands of lives were shattered as the FBI engaged in "red-baiting." One month after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, United States Attorney General John Ashcroft rushed the U.S.A. Patriot Act through a timid Congress. The Patriot Act created a crime of domestic terrorism aimed at political activists who protest government policies, and set forth an ideological test for entry into the United States. In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the legality of the internment of Japanese and Japanese-American citizens in Korematsu v. United States. Justice Robert Jackson warned in his dissent that the ruling would "lie about like a loaded weapon ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need." That day has come with the Military Commissions Act of 2006. It provides the basis for the President to round-up both aliens and U.S. citizens he determines have given material support to terrorists. Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Cheney's Halliburton, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of undesirables. In his 1928 dissent in Olmstead v. United States, Justice Louis Brandeis cautioned, "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding." Seventy-three years later, former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, speaking for a zealous President, warned Americans "they need to watch what they say, watch what they do." We can expect Bush to continue to exploit 9/11 to strip us of more of our liberties. Our constitutional right to dissent is in serious jeopardy. Benjamin Franklin's prescient warning should give us pause: "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security." Marjorie Cohn, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, is president-elect of the National Lawyers Guild, and the U.S. representative to the executive committee of the American Association of Jurists. Her new book, Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law, will be published in 2007 by PoliPointPress. --------15 of 17-------- White House on a Rampage Against the Constitution Torturer-in-Chief By RALPH NADER Counterpunch September 30 / October 1, 2006 The messianic, authoritarian George W. Bush and the minds of his cohorts have further collapsed the rule of law with his bulldozing through a divided Congress more dictatorial powers in his increasingly self-defined, self-serving and failing "war on terror." The normally restrained New York Times in an editorial titled "Rushing off a Cliff" condemned Bush's "ghastly ideas about antiterrorism that will make American troops less safe and do lasting damage to our 217 year-old nation of laws-while doing nothing to protect the nation from terrorists. Democrats betray their principles to avoid last-minute attack ads. Our democracy is the big loser." Bush has concentrated so much arbitrary power in his Presidency that he can be described in the vernacular as the torturer-in-chief, the jailer-in-chief and the arrestor-in-chief. Who needs the courts? Who needs the constitutional rights to habeas corpus for defendants to be able to argue that they were wrongfully arrested or capriciously imprisoned indefinitely without being charged? The only light at the end of this Bush tunnel comes from many law professors and knowledgeable members of Congress, such as Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT), who believe that when this law reaches the Supreme Court, its offending and vague provisions will be declared unconstitutional. But that will take two years and in the meantime King George can continue expanding his massively losing tally of arrests, detentions and imprisonment of innocent people who are tortured or mistreated, isolated and defenseless. As both military attorneys and civilian pro bono attorneys for those imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have declared-the vast majority of the nearly 700 "detainees" were innocent from the get-go, victims of bounty hunters in Afghanistan and neighboring countries who "sold" them for cash to intermediaries who turned them over to the U.S. military for transfer to Cuba. All these "catches" made George W. Bush look like he was really rounding up all those evil terrorists like cab drivers, British tourists of Pakistani descent and so forth. Timed for the November elections, Bush moves on Congress, complete with his minions there issuing McCarthyite press releases accusing opposing Democrats, in the words of House Speaker, Dennis Hastert (R Ill.), of voting "in favor of MORE rights for terrorists." (His emphasis) All this shameless, anti-American unconstitutional bile from the Bushites comes in the midst of his own top intelligence people reporting that their President's war in Iraq is providing a recruitment and training ground for growing numbers of terrorists in Iraq and from other countries. Earlier, Bush's own CIA Director, Porter Goss, told a Senate Committee the same thing. Bush's own generals in Iraq also agree. Critics call it pouring gasoline on a raging fire. Nonetheless, the closed mind of Mr. Bush, whose foreign-military policies have upset his mother and father deeply, according to a new book by Bob Woodward, tells Americans that our country will be in Iraq doing what it is doing right through his Administration's term ending in January 2009. Never mind the mounting American casualties, which Bush and Cheney deliberately undercount (see www.democracyrising.us); never mind the destruction of Iraq, its enormous civilian casualties and a growing insurgency and sectarian violence that would not be there without the Bush occupation. Never mind Bush's sectarian preferences, the Bush economic decrees, puppet politics and the widely reported Bush blunders and massive corruption-waste registered by his corporate contracting friends engaged in reconstruction-so called. So long as the lawyers and their bar associations in America do not challenge the advancing dictatorial powers of George W. Bush, so long as citizen groups, labor unions and libertarians, conservatives and liberals avoid uniting together, these constitutional crimes against due process, probable cause, habeas corpus, together with torture and indefinite imprisonment at the whim of the Executive branch, will worsen and erode American jurisprudence with serious consequences for both the nation's security and its liberties. The White House is on a rampage. The President is a documented lawless, reckless, arrogant politician whose policies are fueling more terrorism in the Middle East. Nonetheless, he then turns around and demands more flagrant over-rides on constitutional safeguards in order to let him fight terrorism. Quite a convenient vicious circle by him to hoist his daily politics of fear on the country. Remember that telling thought by the British Parliamentarian, Edmund Burke, at the time of the American Revolution: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." [All that is necessary for the triuimph of good is that evil men do nothing. -ed] --------16 of 17-------- How the US Government Planned America's Downfall The New Face of Class War By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS CounterPunch Special Report September 30 / October 1, 2006 The attacks on middle-class jobs are lending new meaning to the phrase "class war". The ladders of upward mobility are being dismantled. America, the land of opportunity, is giving way to ever deepening polarization between rich and poor. The assault on jobs predates the Bush regime. However, the loss of middle-class jobs has become particularly intense in the 21st century, and, like other pressing problems, has been ignored by President Bush, who is focused on waging war in the Middle East and building a police state at home. The lives and careers that are being lost to the carnage of a gratuitous war in Iraq are paralleled by the economic destruction of careers, families, and communities in the U.S.A. Since the days of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s, the U.S. government has sought to protect employment of its citizens. Bush has turned his back on this responsibility. He has given his support to the offshoring of American jobs that is eroding the living standards of Americans. It is another example of his betrayal of the public trust. "Free trade" and "globalization" are the guises behind which class war is being conducted against the middle class by both political parties. Patrick J. Buchanan, a three-time contender for the presidential nomination, put it well when he wrote1 that NAFTA and the various so-called trade agreements were never trade deals. The agreements were enabling acts that enabled U.S. corporations to dump their American workers, avoid Social Security taxes, health care and pensions, and move their factories offshore to locations where labor is cheap. The offshore outsourcing of American jobs has nothing to do with free trade based on comparative advantage. Offshoring is labor arbitrage. First world capital and technology are not seeking comparative advantage at home in order to compete abroad. They are seeking absolute advantage abroad in cheap labor. Two recent developments made possible the supremacy of absolute over comparative advantage: the high speed Internet and the collapse of world socialism, which opened China's and India's vast under-utilized labor resources to first world capital. In times past, first world workers had nothing to fear from cheap labor abroad. Americans worked with superior capital, technology and business organization. This made Americans far more productive than Indians and Chinese, and, as it was not possible for U.S. firms to substitute cheaper foreign labor for U.S. labor, American jobs and living standards were not threatened by low wages abroad or by the products that these low wages produced. The advent of offshoring has made it possible for U.S. firms using first world capital and technology to produce goods and services for the U.S. market with foreign labor. The result is to separate Americans' incomes from the production of the goods and services that they consume. This new development, often called "globalization," allows cheap foreign labor to work with the same capital, technology and business know-how as U.S. workers. The foreign workers are now as productive as Americans, with the difference being that the large excess supply of labor that overhangs labor markets in China and India keeps wages in these countries low. Labor that is equally productive but paid a fraction of the wage is a magnet for Western capital and technology. Although a new development, offshoring is destroying entire industries, occupations and communities in the United States. The devastation of U.S. manufacturing employment was waved away with promises that a "new economy" based on high-tech knowledge jobs would take its place. Education and retraining were touted as the answer. In testimony before the U.S.-China Commission,2 I explained that offshoring is the replacement of U.S. labor with foreign labor in U.S. production functions over a wide range of tradable goods and services. (Tradable goods and services are those that can be exported or that are competitive with imports. Nontradable goods and services are those that only have domestic markets and no import competition. For example, barbers and dentists offer nontradable services. Examples of nontradable goods are perishable, locally produced fruits and vegetables and specially fabricated parts of local machine shops.) As the production of most tradable goods and services can be moved offshore, there are no replacement occupations for which to train except in domestic "hands on" services such as barbers, manicurists, and hospital orderlies. No country benefits from trading its professional jobs, such as engineering, for domestic service jobs. At a Brookings Institution conference in Washington, D.C., in January 2004, I predicted that if the pace of jobs outsourcing and occupational destruction continued, the U.S. would be a third world country in 20 years. Despite my regular updates on the poor performance of U.S. job growth in the 21st century, economists have insisted that offshoring is a manifestation of free trade and can only have positive benefits overall for Americans. Reality has contradicted the glib economists. The new high-tech knowledge jobs are being outsourced abroad even faster than the old manufacturing jobs. Establishment economists are beginning to see the light. Writing in Foreign Affairs (March/April 2006), Princeton economist and former Federal Reserve vice chairman Alan Blinder concludes that economists who insist that offshore outsourcing is merely a routine extension of international trade are overlooking a major transformation with significant consequences. Blinder estimates that 42-56 million American service sector jobs are susceptible to offshore outsourcing.3 Whether all these jobs leave, U.S. salaries will be forced down by the willingness of foreigners to do the work for less. Software engineers and information technology workers have been especially hard hit. Jobs offshoring, which began with call centers and back-office operations, is rapidly moving up the value chain. Business Week's Michael Mandel4 compared starting salaries in 2005 with those in 2001. He found a 12.7 per cent decline in computer science pay, a 12 per cent decline in computer engineering pay, and a 10.2 per cent decline in electrical engineering pay. Marketing salaries experienced a 6.5 per cent decline, and business administration salaries fell 5.7 per cent. Despite a make-work law for accountants known by the names of its congressional sponsors, Sarbanes-Oxley, even accounting majors, were offered 2.3 per cent less. Using the same sources as the Business Week article (salary data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers and Bureau of Labor Statistics data for inflation adjustment), professor Norm Matloff at the University of California, Davis, made the same comparison for master's degree graduates. He found that between 2001 and 2005 starting pay for master's degrees in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering fell 6.6 per cent, 13.7 per cent, and 9.4 per cent respectively. On February 22, 2006, CNNMoney.com staff writer Shaheen Pasha5 reported that America's large financial institutions are moving "large portions of their investment banking operations abroad." Offshoring is now killing American jobs in research and analytic operations, foreign exchange trades, and highly complicated credit derivatives contracts. Deal-making responsibility itself may eventually move abroad. Deloitte Touche says that the financial services industry will move 20 per cent of its total costs base offshore by the end of 2010. As the costs are lower in India, the move will represent more than 20 per cent of the business. A job on Wall Street is a declining option for bright young persons with high stress tolerance as America's last remaining advantage is outsourced. According to Norm Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin, even McDonald jobs are on the way offshore. Augustine reports that McDonald is experimenting with replacing error-prone order takers with a system that transmits orders via satellite to a central location and from there to the person preparing the order. The technology lets the orders be taken in India or China at costs below the U.S. minimum wage and without the liabilities of U.S. employees. American economists, some from incompetence and some from being bought and paid for, described globalization as a "win-win" development. It was supposed to work like this: The U.S. would lose market share in tradable manufactured goods and make up the job and economic loss with highly educated knowledge workers. The win for America would be lower-priced manufactured goods and a white-collar work force. The win for China would be manufacturing jobs that would bring economic development to that country. It did not work out this way, as Morgan Stanley's Stephen Roach, formerly a cheerleader for globalization, recently admitted. It has become apparent that job creation and real wages in the developed economies are seriously lagging behind their historical norms as offshore outsourcing displaces the "new economy" jobs in "software programming, engineering, design, and the medical profession, as well as a broad array of professionals in the legal, accounting, actuarial, consulting, and financial services industries".6 The real state of the U.S. job market is revealed by a Chicago Sun-Times report on January 26, 2006, that 25,000 people applied for 325 jobs at a new Chicago Wal-Mart. According to the BLS payroll jobs data,7 over the past half-decade (January 2001 - January 2006, the data series available at time of writing) the U.S. economy created 1,050,000 net new private sector jobs and 1,009,000 net new government jobs for a total five-year figure of 2,059,000. That is seven million jobs short of keeping up with population growth, definitely a serious job shortfall. The BLS payroll jobs data contradict the hype from business organizations, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that offshore outsourcing is good for America. Large corporations, which have individually dismissed thousands of their U.S. employees and replaced them with foreigners, claim that jobs outsourcing allows them to save money that can be used to hire more Americans. The corporations and the business organizations are very successful in placing this disinformation in the media. The lie is repeated everywhere and has become a mantra among no-think economists and politicians. However, no sign of these jobs can be found in the payroll jobs data. But there is abundant evidence of the lost American jobs. During the past five years (January 01 - January 06), the information sector of the U.S. economy lost 644,000 jobs, or 17.4 per cent of its work force. Computer systems design and related work lost 105,000 jobs, or 8.5 per cent of its work force. Clearly, jobs offshoring is not creating jobs in computers and information technology. Indeed, jobs offshoring is not even creating jobs in related fields. U.S. manufacturing lost 2.9 million jobs, almost 17 per cent of the manufacturing work force. The wipeout is across the board. Not a single manufacturing payroll classification created a single new job. The declines in some manufacturing sectors have more in common with a country undergoing saturation bombing during war than with a "supereconomy" that is "the envy of the world." In five years, communications equipment lost 42 per cent of its work force. Semiconductors and electronic components lost 37 per cent of its work force . The work force in computers and electronic products declined 30 per cent. Electrical equipment and appliances lost 25 per cent of its employees. The work force in motor vehicles and parts declined 12 per cent. Furniture and related products lost 17 per cent of its jobs. Apparel manufacturers lost almost half of the work force. Employment in textile mills declined 43 per cent. Paper and paper products lost one-fifth of its jobs. The work force in plastics and rubber products declined by 15 per cent. For the five-year period, U.S. job growth was limited to four areas: education and health services, state and local government, leisure and hospitality, and financial services. There was no U.S. job growth outside these four areas of domestic nontradable services. Oracle, for example, which has been handing out thousands of pink slips, has recently announced two thousand more jobs being moved to India.8 How is Oracle's move of U.S. jobs to India creating American jobs in nontradable services such as waitresses and bartenders, hospital orderlies, state and local government, and credit agencies? Engineering jobs in general are in decline, because the manufacturing sectors that employ engineers are in decline. During the last five years, the U.S. work force lost 1.2 million jobs in the manufacture of machinery, computers, electronics, semiconductors, communication equipment, electrical equipment, motor vehicles, and transportation equipment. The BLS payroll jobs numbers show a total of 69,000 jobs created in all fields of architecture and engineering, including clerical personnel, over the past five years. That comes to a mere 14,000 jobs per year (including clerical workers). What is the annual graduating class in engineering and architecture? How is there a shortage of engineers when more graduate than can be employed? Of course, many new graduates take jobs opened by retirements. We would have to know the retirement rates to get a solid handle on the fate of new graduates. But this fate cannot be very pleasant , with declining employment in the manufacturing sectors that employ engineers and a minimum of 65,000 H-1B work visas annually for foreigners plus an indeterminate number of L-1 work visas. It is not only the Bush regime that bases its policies on lies. Not content with moving Americans' jobs abroad, corporations want to fill the jobs remaining in America with foreigners on work visas. Business organizations allege shortages of engineers, scientists and even nurses. Business organizations have successfully used pubic relations firms and bought-and-paid-for "economic studies" to convince policymakers that American business cannot function without H-1B visas that permit the importation of indentured employees from abroad who are paid less than the going U.S. salaries. The so-called shortage is, in fact, a replacement of American employees with foreign employees, with the soon-to-be-discharged American employee first required to train his replacement. It is amazing to see free-market economists rush to the defense of H-1B visas. The visas are nothing but a subsidy to U.S. companies at the expense of U.S. citizens. Keep in mind this H-1B subsidy to U.S. corporations for employing foreign workers in place of Americans as we examine the Labor Department's job projections over the 2004-2014 decade. All of the occupations with the largest projected employment growth (in terms of the number of jobs) over the next decade are in nontradable domestic services. The top ten sources of the most jobs in "superpower" America are: retail salespersons, registered nurses, postsecondary teachers, customer service representatives, janitors and cleaners, waiters and waitresses, food preparation (includes fast food), home health aides, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, general and operations managers.9 Note than none of this projected employment growth will contribute one nickel toward producing goods and services that could be exported to help close the huge U.S. trade deficit. Note, also, that few of these job classifications require a college education. Among the fastest growing occupations (in terms of rate of growth), seven of the ten are in health care and social assistance. The three remaining fields are: network systems and data analysis with 126,000 jobs projected, or 12,600 per year; computer software engineering applications with 222,000 jobs projected, or 22,200 per year; and computer software engineering systems software with 146,000 jobs projected, or 14,600 per year.10 Assuming these projections are realized, how many of the computer engineering and network systems jobs will go to Americans? Not many, considering the 65,000 H-1B visas each year (bills have been introduced in Congress to raise the number) and the loss during the past five years of 761,000 jobs in the information sector and computer systems design and related sectors. Judging from its ten-year jobs projections, the U.S. Department of Labor does not expect to see any significant high-tech job growth in the U.S.The knowledge jobs are being outsourced even more rapidly than the manufacturing jobs. The so-called "new economy" was just another hoax perpetrated on the American people. If outsourcing jobs offshore is good for U.S. employment, why won't the U.S. Department of Commerce release the 200-page, $335,000 study of the impact of the offshoring of U.S. high-tech jobs? Republican political appointees reduced the 200-page report to 12 pages of public relations hype and refuse to allow the Technology Administration experts who wrote the report to testify before Congress. Democrats on the House Science Committee are unable to pry the study out of the hands of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. On March 29, 2006, Republicans on the House Science Committee voted down a resolution (H.Res. designed to force the Commerce Department to release the study to Congress. Obviously, the facts don't fit the Bush regime's globalization hype. The BLS payroll data that we have been examining tracks employment by industry classification. This is not the same thing as occupational classification. For example, companies in almost every industry and area of business employ people in computer-related occupations. A recent study from the Association for Computing Machinery claims, "Despite all the publicity in the United States about jobs being lost to India and China, the size of the IT employment market in the United States today is higher than it was at the height of the dot.com boom. Information technology appears as though it will be a growth area at least for the coming decade." We can check this claim by turning to the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics.11 We will look at "computer and mathematical employment"12 and "architecture and engineering employment".13 Computer and mathematical employment includes such fields as "software engineers applications," "software engineers systems software," "computer programmers," "network systems and data communications," and "mathematicians." Has this occupation been a source of job growth? In November of 2000 this occupation employed 2,932,810 people.14 In November of 2004 (the latest data available), this occupation employed 2,932,790, or 20 people fewer. Employment in this field has been stagnant for four years. During these four years, there have been employment shifts within the various fields of this occupation. For example, employment of computer programmers declined by 134,630, while employment of software engineers applications rose by 65,080, and employment of software engineers systems software rose by 59,600. (These shifts probably merely reflect change in job title from programmer to software engineer.) These figures do not tell us whether any gain in software engineering jobs went to Americans. According to professor Norm Matloff, in 2002 there were 463,000 computer-related H-1B visa holders in the U.S. Similarly, the 134,630 lost computer programming jobs (if not merely a job title change) may have been outsourced offshore to foreign affiliates. Architecture and engineering employment includes all the architecture and engineering fields except software engineering. The total employment of architects and engineers in the U.S. declined by 120,700 between November 1999 and November 2004. Employment declined by 189,940 between November 2000 and November 2004, and by 103,390 between November 2001 and November 2004. There are variations among fields. Between November 2000 and November 2004, for example, U.S. employment of electrical engineers fell by 15,280. Employment of computer hardware engineers rose by 15,990 (possibly these are job title reclassifications). Overall, however, over 100,000 engineering jobs were lost. We do not know how many of the lost jobs were outsourced offshore to foreign affiliates or how many American engineers were dismissed and replaced by foreign holders of H-1B or L-1 visas. Clearly, engineering and computer-related employment in the U.S.A. has not been growing, whether measured by industry or by occupation. Moreover, with a half million or more foreigners in the U.S. on work visas, the overall employment numbers do not represent employment of Americans. American employees have been abandoned by American corporations and by their representatives in Congress. America remains a land of opportunity but for foreigners not for the native born. A country whose work force is concentrated in domestic nontradable services has no need for scientists and engineers and no need for universities. Even the projected jobs in nursing and school teaching can be filled by foreigners on H-1B visas. The myth has been firmly established here that the jobs the U.S. is outsourcing offshore are being replaced with better jobs. There is no sign of these jobs in the payroll jobs data or in the occupational employment statistics. When a country loses entry-level jobs, it has no one to promote to senior level jobs. When manufacturing leaves, so does engineering, design, research and development, and innovation itself. On February 16, 2006, the New York Times reported on a new study presented to the National Academies that concludes that outsourcing is climbing the skills ladder.15 A survey of 200 multinational corporations representing 15 industries in the U.S.and Europe found that 38 per cent planned to change substantially the worldwide distribution of their research and development work, sending it to India and China. According to the New York Times, "More companies in the survey said they planned to decrease research and development employment in the United States and Europe than planned to increase employment." The study and the discussion it provoked came to untenable remedies. Many believe that a primary reason for the shift of R&D to India and China is the erosion of scientific prowess in the U.S. due to lack of math and science proficiency of American students and their reluctance to pursue careers in science and engineering. This belief begs the question why students would chase after careers that are being outsourced abroad. The main author of the study, Georgia Tech professor Marie Thursby, believes that American science and engineering depend on having "an environment that fosters the development of a high-quality work force and productive collaboration between corporations and universities." The dean of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks the answer is to recruit the top people in China and India and bring them to Berkeley. No one seems to understand that research, development, design, and innovation take place in countries where things are made. The loss of manufacturing means ultimately the loss of engineering and science. The newest plants embody the latest technology. If these plants are abroad, that is where the cutting edge resides. The denial of jobs reality has become an art form for economists, libertarians, the Bush regime, and journalists. Except for CNN's Lou Dobbs, no accurate reporting is available in the "mainstream media." Economists have failed to examine the incompatibility of offshoring with free trade. Economists are so accustomed to shouting down protectionists that they dismiss any complaint about globalization's impact on domestic jobs as the ignorant voice of a protectionist seeking to preserve the buggy whip industry. Matthew J. Slaughter, a Dartmouth economics professor rewarded for his service to offshoring with appointment to President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, suffered no harm to his reputation when he wrote, "For every one job that U.S. multinationals created abroad in their foreign affiliates, they created nearly two U.S. jobs in their parent operations." In other words, Slaughter claims that offshoring is creating more American jobs than foreign ones. How did Slaughter arrive at this conclusion? Not by consulting the BLS payroll jobs data or the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics. Instead, Slaughter measured the growth of U.S. multinational employment and failed to take into account the two reasons for the increase in multinational employment: (1) Multinationals acquired many existing smaller firms, thus raising multinational employment but not overall employment, and (2) many U.S. firms established foreign operations for the first time and thereby became multinationals, thus adding their existing employment to Slaughter's number for multinational employment. ABC News' John Stossel, a libertarian hero, recently made a similar error. In debunking Lou Dobbs' concern with U.S. jobs lost to offshore outsourcing, Stossel invoked the California-based company, Collabnet. He quotes the CEO's claim that outsourcing saves his company money and lets him hire more Americans. Turning to Collabnet's webpage, it is very instructive to see the employment opportunities that the company posts for the United States and for India. In India, Collabnet has openings (at time of writing) for eight engineers, a sales engineer, a technical writer, and a telemarketing representative. In the U.S. Collabnet has openings for one engineer, a receptionist/office assistant, and positions in marketing, sales, services and operations. Collabnet is a perfect example of what Lou Dobbs and I report: the engineering and design jobs move abroad, and Americans are employed to sell and market the foreign-made products. Other forms of deception are widely practiced. For example, Matthew Spiegleman, a Conference Board economist, claims that manufacturing jobs are only slightly higher paid than domestic service jobs, so there is no meaningful loss in income to Americans from offshoring. He reaches this conclusion by comparing only hourly pay and leaving out the longer manufacturing workweek and the associated benefits, such as health care and pensions. Occasionally, however, real information escapes the spin machine. In February 2006 the National Association of Manufacturers, one of offshoring's greatest boosters, released a report, "U.S. Manufacturing Innovation at Risk," by economists Joel Popkin and Kathryn Kobe.16 The economists find that U.S. industry's investment in research and development is not languishing after all. It just appears to be languishing, because it is rapidly being shifted overseas: "Funds provided for foreign-performed R&D have grown by almost 73 per cent between 1999 and 2003, with a 36 per cent increase in the number of firms funding foreign R&D." U.S. industry is still investing in R&D after all; it is just not hiring Americans to do the research and development. U.S. manufacturers still make things, only less and less in America with American labor. U.S. manufacturers still hire engineers, only they are foreign ones, not American ones. In other words, everything is fine for U.S. manufacturers. It is just their former American work force that is in the doldrums. As these Americans happen to be customers for U.S. manufacturers, U.S. brand names will gradually lose their U.S. market. U.S. household median income has fallen for the past five years. Consumer demand has been kept alive by consumers' spending their savings and home equity and going deeper into debt. It is not possible for debt to forever rise faster than income. The United States is the first country in history to destroy the prospects and living standards of its labor force. It is amazing to watch freedom-loving libertarians and free-market economists serve as apologists for the dismantling of the ladders of upward mobility that made the America of old an opportunity society. America is seeing a widening polarization into rich and poor. The resulting political instability and social strife will be terrible. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: paulcraigroberts [at] yahoo.com [And what is the Democratic Party doing to fix this? Nothing that I can see. Yet we will be told we must surrender to it as the "lesser evil". More years - how many more? - of doing nothing while America burns. Lesser-evil Dems are *the* obstacle to a better tomorrow. -ed] --------17 of 17------- "America": New Lyrics for a New Dark Age By DAVE LINDORFF (with apologies to Stephen Smith) My country 'tis of thee Once known for liberty, for thee I weep. Land where our fathers died, Now prisoners won't be tried, Torture and spies abide, while we all sleep. My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, no longer so; Presidents now make war, Don't even say what for; While Congress hides behind closed doors, and won't say no. Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees, sweet freedom's song; Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; Let us our silence break, and right this wrong. Our Founders now to thee, Authors of liberty, we make this vow: No more will tyrants vain Our Constitution stain We will our rights regain. That's starting now! Dave Lindorff lives in Philly. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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