|Progressive Calendar 06.03.07||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2007 02:45:53 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.03.07 1. Podcasting class 6.04 6:30pm 2. Non-V communication 6.04 7pm 3. Venezuela/CTV 6.05 8am 4. WorkingClass/KFAI 6.05 11am 5. Question media/CTV 6.05 5pm 6. Re Cindy Sheehan 6.05 6:30pm 7. uhcan-mn health 6.05 7pm 8. Joel Hirschhorn - The evils of lesser evil voting 9. Dave Lindorff - Iraq (And Iran) Rag (song) --------1 of 9-------- From: Tim Erickson <tim [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: Podcasting class 6.04 6:30pm Upcoming workshops in the Electronic Classroom at Rondo Community Outreach Library (University and Dale): MONDAYS IN JUNE 6:30-8:30 pm June 4 - Podcasting June 11 - Blogs: How to set up and maintain your own blog June 18 - Wiki June 25 - Show and Tell: New Tools (Cool Tools) for Public Participation --------2 of 9-------- From: Karen Engelsen <Karen [at] afors.org> Subject: Non-V communication 6.04 7pm Sustainability through Non-Violent Communications Consciousness Monday June 4, 7-9pm: Brenda is a life coach, mediator, and social artist who invites you to discover your personal means toward sustainability. For location and registration information: <mailto:Info [at] afors.org> Info [at] afors.org or call 612-331-1099 --------3 of 9-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Venezuela/CTV 6.05 8am Minneapolis Television Network (MTN 17) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts weekly on MTN Channel 17. Households with basic cable can watch. "Our World In Depth" is on Saturday at 9 pm and the following Tuesday at 8 am (as well as other times). 6/2 and 6/5 "Venezuela and the Latin American Revolution" w/John Peterson of Hands Off Venezuela. Hosted by Karen Redleaf. --------4 of 9-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: WorkingClass/KFAI 6.05 11am NOtE: Hear from Macalester labor history prof. PETER RACHLEFF talking about the upcoming WORKING CLASS STUDIES CONF. on Tuesday JUNE 5, 11am to CATALYST on KFAI RADIO 90.3fm mpls 106.7fm st paul, archived for 2 weeks after broadcat at http;//www.kfai.org Working Class Studies Conference June 14-17, 2007 Macalaster College, St. Paul, Minnesota For more information, contact Peter Rachleff at <mailto: rachleff [at] macalaster.edu <mailto:rachleff%40macalaster.edu>>rachleff [at] macalaster.edu <mailto:rachleff%40macalaster.edu>. --------5 of 9-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Question media/CTV 6.05 5pm Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN 15) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts at 5 pm and midnight each Tuesday and 10 am each Wednesday in St. Paul. All households with basic cable can watch. 6/5 and 6/6 "Questioning the Media" w/Jeff Nygaard of Nygaard Notes and Lydia Howell of The Pulse of the Twin Cities. Hosted by Karen Redleaf. --------6 of 9-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Re CindySheehan 6.05 6:30pmk Tuesday's Salon June 5 , will be open discussion. If you read Cindy Sheehan's letter resigning from the peace movement as she has known it till now, we could discuss her leaving. i have her discussion w/Amy Goodman on Democracy Now and will bring it to play. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------7 of 9-------- From: joel michael albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> Subject: uhcan-mn health 6.05 7pm UHCAN-MN meeting Tuesday June 5, 2007, 7PM, Walker Church basement, 3104 16th ave s (in Mpls, near Lake st. and Bloomington ave). Actions Planning: 1.Welcome, intros, background of UHCAN-MN 2.Updates: -United Health HMO demo analysis -Final Legislative Summary 3.Plan pickets outside courtroom of UHG criminal lawsuits 4.Plan flyering at theaters for Sicko Film release 5.Twin Cities Health Fund Co-op feasibility update Pls contact me w/ other items you may have ? Joel Albers Universal Health Care Action Network Minnesota 612-384-0973 joel [at] uhcan-mn. org www.uhcan-mn. org Health Care Economics Researcher, Clinical Pharmacist --------8 of 9-------- The Evils of Lesser Evil Voting by Joel S. Hirschhorn June 2nd, 2007 Condemn progressives for voting enthusiastically for Democrats and the inevitable response is something like "just imagine how much worse voting for Republicans would be". Similarly, many true conservatives and Libertarians see voting for Republicans as a necessary evil. With many progressives regretting giving Democrats a majority in Congress and many conservatives regretting putting George W. Bush in the White House, it is timely to refute lesser evil logic. Inevitably, lesser evil voters face personal disappointment and some shame. Politicians that receive lesser evil votes do not perform according to the values and principles that the lesser evil voter holds dear. These voters must accept responsibility for putting ineffective, dishonest and corrupt politicians in office. Though they may be lesser evils, they remain evils. All too often lesser evil voters avoid shame and regret and prevent painful cognitive dissonance by deluding themselves that the politician they helped put in office is really not so bad after all. Corrosive lesser evil voting erodes one's principles as pragmatism replaces idealism. This makes the next cycle of lesser evil voting easier. Lesser evil voting helps stabilize America's two-party duopoly that greatly restricts true political competition. Third party and independent candidates - and minor Democratic and Republican candidates in primaries - are defeated by massive numbers of lesser evil voters. Despite authentically having the political goals that mesh with many voters on the left or right, these minor 'best' candidates fall victim to lesser evil voting. Lesser evil voters are addicted to a self-fulfilling prophesy. They think "If I vote for a minor candidate they will lose anyway". They ensure this outcome though their lesser evil voting. The truly wasted vote is the unprincipled lesser evil vote. Effective representative democracy requires politically engaged citizens that vote. Lesser-evil voters support the current two-party system with its terribly low voter turnout and chronic dishonesty and corruption. Lesser evil voters help put into office disappointing politicians, not the best people that would restore American democracy and show more citizens that voting is valuable. Lesser evil voters demonstrate the validity of turned-off citizens' view that it really does not matter which major party wins office. Politicians knowingly market themselves to lesser evil voters by constructing phony sales pitches, especially to certain audiences outside of their more certain base constituents. Democrats make themselves look more progressive than they really are, and Republicans make themselves look more conservative than they really are. Lesser evil voters are phony, and they produce a phony political system. Lesser evil voters contribute mightily to the travesty of our political system that no sane person respects and has confidence in. Lesser evil voting demonstrates the worst aspects of political compromise. This is the common cause of terrible laws. When citizens surrender so much of what they truly believe in, they enable compromise politicians to create bad public policy that, in the end, satisfies very few people and puts band-aids on severe problems. Lesser evil voters concede victory to the other side - the side they view as the worse alternative because the people they vote for will not stand up for what is right and necessary. Think Iraq war. Even when their lesser evil side wins, they do not have the principled positions that would prevent awful compromises, often in the name of bipartisanship that is a clever way to justify our corrupt two-party mafia. Lesser evil voters deride the alternatives of not voting or voting for minor candidates. The outcome should the "other" side win is deemed unacceptable. There is worse and there is worst. The core problem with lesser evil voters is that they are short term thinkers. They fail to see the repeated long term consequence of their style of voting - a system over many election cycles that persists in delivering suboptimal results. The "good" outcome in the current election (from their perspective) is the enemy of the "better" solution in the longer term (from an objective perspective). The better solution is major reform that will never happen as long as lesser evil voting persists. Understand this: Lesser evil voting is not courageous. It is cowardly surrender to the disappointing two-party status quo. Lesser evil voters should trade regret for pride by voting for candidates they really think are the best. Voters in this presidential primary season have some remarkable opportunities to transform fine minor candidates into competitive major candidates - more honest and trustworthy people like Ron Paul, Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich, for example. Finally, the deadly decline of American democracy results in large measure from lesser evil voters electing lesser evil politicians. When virtually no elected public official is there because most voters have embraced his clear principled, trustworthy positions we get a government that is easily corrupted by corporate and other moneyed interests. We get what we have now. And if you are dissatisfied with that, then reconsider the wisdom of lesser evil voting. We will only get the best government by voting for the best candidates. Otherwise, we get what we deserve and what the power elites prefer. Joel S. Hirschhorn has a new book, Delusional Democracy: Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government, which supports constitutional conventions and other peaceful ways to restore American democracy. To join the pro-convention effort or discuss issues write the author: articlev [at] gmail.com. Read other articles by Joel, or visit Joel's website. This article was posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 at 5:01 am and is filed under Elections, Democrats, Activism and "Third" Party. Send to a friend. --------9 of 9-------- Iraq (And Iran) Rag By DAVE LINDORFF (With apologies to Country Joe MacDonald) CounterPunch June 2 / 3, 2007 Key of G, (starts off on D chord) 1. Come on all you fine women and men Uncle Sam needs your help again Bush has put us in a big train wreck Off in a place they call Iraq So forget that job and pick up your gun We're gonna have a whole lot of fun. Chorus: And it's one, two, three what are we fighting for? Don't ask me I don't give a heck Next stop is Iraq. And it's five, six, seven open up the pearly gates Ain't no time to wonder why. Whoopee! We're all bound to die! 2. Come on generals, let's move fast Your big chance has come at last The Cong licked your asses back in '74 But now you can show those Arabs what for And maybe even earn you a medal or three While sitting at your desks in D.C. Chorus 3. Come on Wall Street, here's the deal: Iraqi oil is yours to steal American blood, Iraqis' too, Is being spilled now just for you. And you can charge us as much as you dare 'Cause Bush and Cheney don't care! Chorus 4. Come on mothers, don't hold back Send your sons off to Iraq Come on fathers, don't feel bad. Your daughters too can go to Baghdad. If they die there they come home free And nobody has to see. Chorus 5. Bush and Cheney, you've done your best You've made the Middle East into one big mess. But that's okay. You've got a plan: To divert attention, just bomb Iran! If people start talking impeachment, though Just pack 'em off to Guantanamo! Chorus Dave Lindorff lives in Philadelphia. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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