|Progressive Calendar 07.17.07||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 02:27:49 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.17.07 impeach bush & cheney 1. uhcan/ellison 7.17 11am 2. Cancer survivor 7.17 6:30pm 3. Sultan/Lebanon 7.17 7pm 4. Recycle 4 peace 7.18 8am 5. CD training 7.18 7pm 6. CCHT housing 7.18 4:30pm 7. Organic farm 7.18 6pm 8. ACLU/law/protest 7.19 8:30am 9. NWN4P New Hope 7.19 4:30pm 10. Eagan vigil 7.19 4:30pm 11. Northtown vigil 7.19 5pm 12. Amnesty Intl 7.19 7:15pm 13. 6 Lives/play 7.19 8pm 14. Howell/KFAI 7.20 11am 15. Palestine vigil 7.20 4:30pm 16. Smash violence 7.20-22 5pm 17. Ralph Nader - Six years of Bush: lawlessness, waste & incompetence 18. PC Roberts - Impeach now: or face the end of constitutional democracy 19. Gary Leupp - Impeachment or war? Cheney urges Bush to strike Iran 20. Manuel Garcia Jr - White ownership: property is racism --------1 of 20-------- From: joel albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> Subject: uhcan/ellison 9.17 11am Dear UHCAN-MN Activists, Keith Ellison's staff has asked UHCAN-MN to meet w/ them to plan a Forum for Saturday July 28th to discuss how to build support for the Medicare For All (Single-Payer) bill authored by John Conyers, H.R. 676. The meeting is scheduled for today (Tuesday,July 17) at 11AM today at the Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop 11th ave S. Mpls, in Elliot Park neighborhood. If you need directions pls Mapquest it, or call me at 612-384-0973. --------2 of 20-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Cancer survivor 7.17 6:30pm Tuesday, July 17, the guest at the salon will be local poet Jeff McCallum. As a cancer survivor, McCallum writes for people with cancer and also caregivers. He is the author of the poetry collection, "Somebody's Bright Balloon." His life is dedicated to the messages of Martin Luther King and to keeping his dream alive. 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. --------3 of 20------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Sultan/Lebanon 7.17 7pm Tuesday, July 17th, starting at 5:30 PM, the CSpan tour bus will be parked outside Magers & Quinn in Uptown Minneapolis. At 7 P.M., Scarletta Press author Cathy Sultan will be interviewed about her two books A BEIRUT HEART: ONE WOMAN'S WAR and ISRAELI & PALESTINIAN VOICES: A DIALOGUE WITH BOTH SIDES. Middle Eastern food will be served. Please join us to celebrate this unique situation as Cathy Sultan and Scarletta Press make their way through the minefield of the publishing industry. I might need a drink afterwards! --------4 of 20-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Recycle for peace 7.18 8am Yard Sale: Recycle for Peace! Saturday 8/18, 8 am to 3pm @ Bethany Lutheran Church, 2511 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. Come buy cool used stuff for a good cause. All proceeds go to support our organizing. Come and check it out! Want to drop off your items to donate? Stop by the church with your items between 6 - 8 pm on Friday night. We will appreciate your donation. --------5 of 20-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: CD training 7.18 7pm Civil Disobedience Training Wednesday 7/18 @ 7pm @ Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave S, Mpls The U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the United Farm Workers union, the environmental movement, anti-war movements, queer and women's movements, and others have all used direct action to challenge war and injustice. U.S. history - like world history - is full of examples that prove that civil disobedience can be an effective way of creating change. We need to learn from them and use militant and creative tactics as part of our strategy to end the war on Iraq and confront the RNC in 2008! This is a practical training that will give you the information you need to participate in these kinds of actions - whether directly or as a supporter. --------6 of 20-------- From: Philip Schaffner <PSchaffner [at] ccht.org> Subject: CCHT housing 7.18 4:30pm Learn how Central Community Housing Trust is responding to the affordable housing shortage in the Twin Cities. Please join us for a 1-hour Building Dreams presentation. St. Paul Sessions: July 18 at 4:30p We are also happy to present Building Dreams at your organization, place of worship, or business. Space is limited, please register online at: www.ccht.org/bd or call Philip Schaffner at 612-341-3148 x237 Central Community Housing Trust 1625 Park Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 341-3148 www.ccht.org --------7 of 20-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Organic farm 7.18 6pm More on July 18: Women's Environmental Institute Organic Farm School with Courtney Tchida (Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture) Permaculture: Working with Nature rather than Against Nature.6PM- 8:00PM p.m. at Amazon Bookstore, 4755 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis MN. --------8 of 20-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: ACLU/law/protest 7.19 8:30am Thursday, 7/19, 8:30 to 1, ACLU-MN hosts legal clinic on protests and political conventions, Hamline University School of Law, 1536 Hewitt Ave, St Paul $50 to $70 including breakfast, lunch and 3.5 CLE credits. www.aclu-mn.org/takeaction/clefreedomofspeech.htm or 651-645-4097x123. --------9 of 20-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P New Hope 7.19 4:30pm NWN4P-New Hope demonstration every Thursday 4:30 to 6 PM at the corner of Winnetka and 42nd. You may park near Walgreens or in the larger lot near McDonalds; we will be on all four corners. Bring your own or use our signs. --------10 of 20-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 7.19 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------11 of 20-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 7.19 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------12 of 20-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 7.19 7:15pm AIUSA Group 315 (Wayzata area) meets Thursday, July 19th, at 7:15 p.m. St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Road, Wayzata (near the intersection of Rt. 101 and Minnetonka Blvd). For further information, contact Richard Bopp at Richard_C_Bopp [at] NatureWorksLLC.com. --------13 of 20-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: 6 Lives/play 7.19 8pm 7/19, 7/20, 7/21, 8 pm, Illusion Theater presents play "Six Lives" about adults who have experienced displacement through war, turmoil and disaster in their youth, 528 Hennepin Ave, suite 704, Mpls. www.illusiontheater.org --------14 of 20-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Howell/KFAI 7.20 11am FRIDAYS, 11am July 20 & 27: CATALYST;politics & culture on KFAI RADIO part of the Hour of Power every Friday 11am CATALYST,with Lydia Howell 11:30am Northern Sun News, with Don Olson A series of conversations with two activist-scholars Professors AUGUST NIMTZ and ROSE BREWER. Both teach at the U of MN, in the African-American Studies and Political Science Departments. Prof. Brewer just returned from the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta last month and reports on this critical gathering. Prof. Nimtz analyzes where the U.S. labor movement is and should organize. Both of these inspirational forces of intellect wiegh in on the recent Supreme Court decision that attempts to reverse the famous 1954 BROWN decision that desegregated public schools. (SEE AFTER THIS NOTICE; Wed.July 25, Rose Brewer event). CATALYST is produced and hosted by LYDIA HOWELL, a Minneapolis independent journalist, who won the 2007 Premack Award for Public Interest Journalism. You can read her commentaries at www.myspace.com/lydiahowell --------15 of 20-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine vigil 7.20 4:30pm Friday, 7/20, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, vigil to end the occupation of Palestine, Snelling & Summit Aves, St Paul. Karen, 651-283-3495. --------16 of 20-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Smash violence 7.20-22 5pm Youth and Countering Militarism, Grassroots Nonviolence: Intergenerational and Multicultural Gathering Friday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. Minnesota. Car pools will leave the Twin Cities Friday evening for retreat center. Will you join us in demilitarizing the world in which our youth are growing up? Are you thirsty for an opportunity to build community that is action-geared, intentional, intergenerational, creative and interfaith? Are you interested in deepening your understanding of Nonviolence as a way of life and tool for political change? Want to stop war? This event will bring together intergenerational, multicultural teams of artists, community leaders, activists and cultural creatives of all ages to be a part of local, winnable organizing campaigns to get violence out of our schools and communities. Strategy building for policy change around youth and countering militarism. Includes: skill-building sessions on nonviolence history, theory, lifestyle; access to a local and national creative organizing network; an invitation to partner with Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) "I Will Not Kill" Campaign and time for local campaign strategizing. Sliding scale: $50.00 to $350.00. Don't let lack of funds keep you from applying. Sponsored by: Fellowship of Reconciliation. FFI or to register: Call Alejandra, 612-423-1073 or email <grassrootsnonviolence [at] gmail.com>. --------17 of 20-------- Six Years of Bush Lawlessness, Waste and Incompetence By RALPH NADER CounterPunch July 14 / 15, 2007 Thursday, July 12, 2007's Washington Post was another day of well-supported headlines chronicling the lawless, incompetent, wasteful, negligent, bumbling and multiple perils to our nation's security and safety caused by the Bush-Cheney regime. One headline reads: "U.S. Warns of Stronger Al-Qaeda." The report by the Bush Administration's National Counterterrorism Center was titled "Al-Qaida Better Positioned to Strike the West." Safe havens are being established in remote tribal areas of western Pakistan. In recent days, George W. Bush has told audiences of the growing menace of Al-Qaeda inside Iraq. There was no Al-Qaeda in Iraq before Bush's invasion. Five hundred billion dollars (and vast bloodshed) later and we are left with the Bush government's own assessment of Al-Qaeda's resurgence and spread! Officials inside and retired generals, diplomats and intelligence specialists outside the Bush government have warned before and after the Iraq invasion of the disastrous consequences of this maneuver. Inside the Pentagon, the U.S. Army personnel, up to four-star Generals, have warned against the invasion but have been muzzled. Bush's own CIA director - Porter J. Goss -, General William Casey and others declared that the U.S. military presence was fueling the insurgency in Iraq and Goss added that our presence in Iraq is a magnet attracting more people from other countries to learn the skills of sabotage and terror. Bush's own counter-terrorism advisor in the White House, Richard Clarke, wrote in his book, Against All Enemies, that Osama bin Laden must be beseeching Bush to invade Iraq to inflame the Muslim world and generate new recruits. Nothing - facts, judgment, the destruction of Iraq, the U.S. casualties, the massive drain on the taxpayers, the distraction from the needs of the American people affect this obsessively-compulsed duo in the White House. Another headline in the Post that day was an assessment by Bush's CIA chief, Michael V. Hayden that the U.S. installed Iraqi government was unable to govern and that the situation seems irreversible. He added that he could not "point to any milestone or checkpoint where we can turn this thing around." Those words were conveyed to the Iraq study group on the same day (November 13, 2006) that the Group heard Mr. Bush give an upbeat assessment of that same government. Bush has been chronically detached from the reality of his own advisors. Also on page one was this stunner of a sting: "Undercover congressional investigators posing as West Virginia businessmen obtained a license with almost no scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that enabled them to buy enough radioactive material from U.S. suppliers to build a "dirty bomb," a new government [GAO] report says." How about that for the Bush's agency that is supposed to keep the atom in safe hands! Inside on the Business Page is "Armored Vehicles Chronically Late." This latest chapter in the Bush's management by criminal negligence leaving soldiers without adequate body armor for many, many months of preventable fatalities. The reporter, Renae Merle, writes: "The Pentagon inspector general's office has found that a program to deliver special armored vehicles to protect military personnel in Iraq from roadside bombs has been marred by delays and questionable contracting practices that may have endangered troops." "May have"? When such vehicles are not shipped out, soldiers lose their lives and limbs. If George W. Bush's daughters, Jenna and Barbara were on those Iraqi roads, wanna bet how fast Laura Bush would get George to focus? Day after day in the papers and on the television news, the endemic mismanagement of corrupt corporate contracts, flouting of civil liberties, due process of law and inability to get anything done, even in widespread post-Katrina emergencies, produces no accountability, no compelling changes from the Congress, no impeachment proceedings. Poll after poll shows Bush-Cheney approval ratings below thirty percent. About 70 percent of the people want out of Iraq. And many polls show the public wants the Bush regime to end, believes that Bush does not care for the people like themselves, and that corporations have too much control over their lives. And not only conservatives are appalled by the gigantic deficits Bush is piling up for future generations of Americans. This government leaves Americans defenseless when it comes to occupational diseases, medical malpractice, air and water pollution. Bush can't even police defective or contaminated products pouring into this country from communist China. Because it has no quorum, his Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is just about powerless to impose civil penalties or otherwise regulate or recall defective products, domestic or imported. As reported in the useful Loyola Consumer Law Review , Bush has not filled the third Commissioner's position for over a year which prevents the CPSC from exercising its authority over dangerous products. The agency is in limbo, while injuries mount. Ralph Nader is the author of The Seventeen Traditions --------18 of 20-------- Or Face the End of Constitutional Democracy Impeach Now By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS CounterPunch July 16, 2007 Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran. Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for dictatorship in the form of "executive orders" that are triggered whenever Bush declares a national emergency. Recent statements by Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, former Republican senator Rick Santorum and others suggest that Americans might expect a series of staged, or false flag, "terrorist" events in the near future. Many attentive people believe that the reason the Bush administration will not bow to expert advice and public opinion and begin withdrawing US troops from Iraq is that the administration intends to rescue its unpopular position with false flag operations that can be used to expand the war to Iran. Too much is going wrong for the Bush administration: the failure of its Middle East wars, Republican senators jumping ship, Turkish troops massed on northern Iraq's border poised for an invasion to deal with Kurds, and a majority of Americans favoring the impeachment of Cheney and a near-majority favoring Bush's impeachment. The Bush administration desperately needs dramatic events to scare the American people and the Congress back in line with the militarist-police state that Bush and Cheney have fostered. William Norman Grigg recently wrote that the GOP is "praying for a terrorist strike" to save the party from electoral wipeout in 2008. Chertoff, Cheney, the neocon nazis, and Mossad would have no qualms about saving the bacon for the Republicans, who have enabled Bush to start two unjustified wars, with Iran waiting in the wings to be attacked in a third war. The Bush administration has tried unsuccessfully to resurrect the terrorist fear factor by infiltrating some blowhard groups and encouraging them to talk about staging "terrorist" events. The talk, encouraged by federal agents, resulted in "terrorist" arrests hyped by the media, but even the captive media was unable to scare people with such transparent sting operations. If the Bush administration wants to continue its wars in the Middle East and to entrench the "unitary executive" at home, it will have to conduct some false flag operations that will both frighten and anger the American people and make them accept Bush's declaration of "national emergency" and the return of the draft. Alternatively, the administration could simply allow any real terrorist plot to proceed without hindrance. A series of staged or permitted attacks would be spun by the captive media as a vindication of the neoconsevatives' Islamophobic policy, the intention of which is to destroy all Middle Eastern governments that are not American puppet states. Success would give the US control over oil, but the main purpose is to eliminate any resistance to Israel's complete absorption of Palestine into Greater Israel. Think about it. If another 9/11-type "security failure" were not in the works, why would Homeland Security czar Chertoff go to the trouble of convincing the Chicago Tribune that Americans have become complacent about terrorist threats and that he has "a gut feeling" that America will soon be hit hard? Why would Republican warmonger Rick Santorum say on the Hugh Hewitt radio show that "between now and November, a lot of things are going to happen, and I believe that by this time next year, the American public's (sic) going to have a very different view of this war." Throughout its existence the US government has staged incidents that the government then used in behalf of purposes that it could not otherwise have pursued. According to a number of writers, false flag operations have been routinely used by the Israeli state. During the Czarist era in Russia, the secret police would set off bombs in order to arrest those the secret police regarded as troublesome. Hitler was a dramatic orchestrator of false flag operations. False flag operations are a commonplace tool of governments. Ask yourself: Would a government that has lied us into two wars and is working to lie us into an attack on Iran shrink from staging "terrorist" attacks in order to remove opposition to its agenda? Only a diehard minority believes in the honesty and integrity of the Bush-Cheney administration and in the truthfulness of the corporate media. Hitler, who never achieved majority support in a German election, used the Reichstag fire to fan hysteria and push through the Enabling Act, which made him dictator. Determined tyrants never require majority support in order to overthrow constitutional orders. The American constitutional system is near to being overthrown. Are coming "terrorist" events of which Chertoff warns and Santorum promises the means for overthrowing our constitutional democracy? 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 --------19 of 20-------- Impeachment or War? Cheney Urges Bush to Strike Iran By GARY LEUPP CounterPunch July 16, 2007 "Cheney Pushes Bush to Act on Iran." That's the headline of a very frightening article by Ewen MacAskill and Julian Borger in the London Guardian. Sub-heads: Military solution back in favour as Rice loses out President 'not prepared to leave conflict unresolved' What a nightmare Dick Cheney is visiting on our planet! Isn't it time we awaken to the fact that he's a crazed monster egging on a vain, cruel, delusional religious fanatic of a president as he inflicts incalculable suffering on the Middle East, sacrificing American blood and treasure in the process? Of course many of us have awakened to that fact, one reason why 54% of us want to see Cheney impeached. Yet he's still there, operating in his highly secretive fashion, gaining rather than losing influence according to MacAskill and Borger. "The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months," they write. They cite a "well-placed source in Washington" as stating "Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo." The source also states, "The balance has tilted [ towards the advocates of an attack on Iran]. There is cause for concern." Surely that concern is felt among the highest ranks of the military as well as the average citizen whom polls indicate feels no enthusiasm for the planned assault. But Congress has cooperated fully by passing every bill or resolution against Iran backed by the horrifically influential AIPAC lobby. Recall how Nancy Pelosi omitted a requirement for Congressional authorization of any Iran attack from legislation at the Lobby's behest? The prospect of yet another war-based-on-lies boggles the rational mind. But according to the Guardian, there was a meeting between Bush, Cheney, and Pentagon and State Department officials on Iran last month, and Bush sided with Cheney when the latter "expressed frustration at the lack of progress" on Iran. That is to say, lack of progress in moving ahead with the bombing of Iran. Undersecretary of State Nick Burns, the key State Department official responsible for Iran and an advocate of negotiation, indicated at the meeting that diplomatic talks with Iran would probably continue beyond the end of Bush's term. For Bush and Cheney that is unacceptable, especially because they don't believe the next administration will have the guts to bomb. Patrick Cronin, director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies suggested to the Guardian that Israel is calling the shots. "If Israel is adamant it will attack, the US will have to take decisive action. The choices are: tell Israel no, let Israel do the job, or do the job yourself." According to the Washington source, the administration is "reluctant for Israel to carry out any strikes because the US would get the blame in the region anyway." The handwriting is on the wall here. All these reports from unnamed sources about Iranian support for Iraqi "insurgents" of this or that faction. The display with much fanfare of captured weapons in Iraq identified as of Iranian manufacture. All these confident allusions to a nuclear weapons program Iran denies exists, for which the IAEA finds no evidence. All these assertions that Iran plans to cause a second Holocaust through a nuclear attack on Israel. Norman Podhoretz's Wall Street Journal op-ed piece praying for the U.S. to bomb Iran. John McCain's crooning "Bomb-bomb-bomb Iran." The disinformation, distortion, even vilification of Iran in popular culture. The propaganda barrage is reminiscent of that which preceded the criminal invasion of Iraq. The uniform support for keeping an attack "on the table" among nearly all presidential candidates. The incessant arm-twisting of governments to back sanctions on Iran. The abuse of the IAEA, forced by a majority vote to find Iran "in non-compliance" with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The huge naval buildup in the Persian Gulf. The provocative arrest of Iranian diplomats in Iraq, protested by the Iraqi puppet government itself. The demand that Iran renounce its legal right to enrich uranium - a demand designed to be rejected and to constitute a pretext for regime change. The handwriting is written in big conspicuous letters on the wall. That doesn't mean the attack cannot be stopped. How to do so? By not giving Cheney/Bush the remainder of their term. If 54% want Cheney impeached, he should be impeached. NOW, before he's allowed to further terrorize the world. Cheney impeachment hearings will weaken Bush and increase the percentage of Americans (now 45%) favoring the president's own impeachment. All that is required here is political will in a Congress that has seen its approval rating plummet due largely to its failure to stop the administration's war. Those wishing to reverse that have an easy option: vote to impeach. And while you're at it, vote to insist on Congress's exclusive power according to the Constitution to declare war. Gary Leupp is Professor of History at Tufts University, and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion. He is the author of Servants, Shophands and Laborers in in the Cities of Tokugawa Japan; Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan; and Interracial Intimacy in Japan: Western Men and Japanese Women, 1543-1900. He is also a contributor to CounterPunch's merciless chronicle of the wars on Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia, Imperial Crusades. He can be reached at: gleupp [at] granite.tufts.edu --------20 of 20-------- White Ownership Property is Racism By MANUEL GARCIA, Jr. CounterPunch July 16, 2007 "Property is theft [La proprit c'est le vol]!" -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865) The operation of capitalism over the last five hundred years has yielded the result that the greatest share of the world's wealth, and the firmest grip on the control levers of the world's economy and politics, are held by the white race. Any group photograph of the leaders of the G8 nations will give you a clear idea of the current ethnometrics of the bounty of the Garden of Eden. The domestic scene in the United States reflects the global situation: whites own and control, non-whites scramble for work and life's necessities. We are speaking here in generalities, not absolutes (social absolutes are rationally impossible). To see the racial-tribal pith of capitalism we only have to list the many names it has taken over time: the exploration for trade routes in the 15th century led to the North and South American "conquests" during the 16th century (the destruction of Native American civilizations), the "mercantilism" of the 17th century (e.g., the Dutch East India Company, the African slave trade), the "colonialism" of the 18th century (e.g., the British Empire), and the "imperialism" of the 19th and early 20th centuries (e.g., the Opium War and Chinese concessions, the annexation of Hawaii, the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars). When the "eminence grise" of the United States, Dick Cheney, speaks about a "clash of civilizations" he is using white tribal language for the war against Islam, which is today's primary impediment to the ambition for global control by white tribal leaders. It is the mania for control, rather then merely religious bigotry or fanatical avarice, that fuels the drive for white supremacy. The Iraq War of 2003 to the present is just the latest incident in a millennium-long drive for white tribal control that probably started with the European Christian Crusades and the Spanish war against Islam from about the 11th century. In national and world societies where wealth - property - is racially and ethnically concentrated, the defense of property is the defense of racial preference in favor of the dominant tribe; and the primacy of property (e.g., corporations, "capital") over individuals, in the administration of government, laws and "justice", is the protection of white supremacy. Recent decisions by the US Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts have unambiguously reaffirmed the basic principles of the United States as a white supremacy state. The Roberts court ruled that universities cannot use race in making preferential decisions for admission, and in another case that child-care workers do not have the right to organize unions and thus seek benefits and claim "property rights" in their jobs; rights such as overtime pay (and presumably rights of due process and to grievance proceedings before neutral arbitrators), long recognized for many other types of laborers. The court decisions are startlingly clear: any impediment to white ambition is illegal. This devolved from an argument about educational opportunities, but it seems improbable not to be taken in general. Such illegal impediments include any "redistributive" or guilt-induced "social leveling" legislation and administrative procedures devised in the 20th century as a result of the Civil Rights struggles. "Affirmative action", racial preferences for non-white university students to compensate for historical (inter-tribal) injustices, is an impediment to the ambitions of the type of people who can now afford to get into and through college, and so must be dropped. Those who can't afford to locate themselves in well-funded school districts for their primary and secondary education shouldn't suddenly expect a "helping hand" when it comes time for college. "Stay in your place," how much clearer can the message get? This brings to mind Anatole France (1894), "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread." Remember that: "majestic equality." Families in all income classes need child-care. At the top, this may take the form of nannies, tutors and selective (expensive) group facilities. For lower income classes, child-care is provided by a mix of public and private group facilities (licensed or not, with more children per attendant adult as costs decrease), and a haphazard network of babysitting for fees, or labor exchange. Child care workers are primarily women, and in many cases they are also non-white (racially and/or ethnically). In the United States, people of wealth can claim an impressive tax deduction for child-care expenses by means of a "dependent care account". One pays (by payroll deduction) into an tax-sheltered account held by a third party (like an insurance company), and you subsequently make claims against this account for your expenses with licensed child-care providers. Naturally, there is a great deal of paperwork that accompanies the circuitous movement (dare I say laundering?) of your child-care dollars, but it is all worth it in the end because the income you report for tax purposes has been reduced to noticeable effect. This is by far the most lucrative child-care break available through the US Tax Code. Dependent care accounts are a benefit offered by some employers to their "permanent" employees. People of modest means can also claim one or more of the direct child-care deductions and credit offered by the US Tax Code. However, the circumstances allowing this are that modest incomes (a "low" upper limit for eligibility is set by the tax code) have had to support relatively large child-care expenses. For people in such circumstances, it is usually a much better idea to preserve the family's cash by relying on relatives to baby-sit, or to engage neighborhood (officially "black market" if not licensed) babysitting providers, and participate in labor exchanges (barter). This is the real child-care system of many inner city neighborhoods. Imagine the expansion of the "dependent care" system to all incomes levels, a national child-care benefit, call it "single-payer child-care." That is what the Roberts court is firmly set to prevent. If child-care workers are recognized as a "unit" or "type" in the labor market with unionization rights, then the likely explosion of child-care labor costs (to boost child-care worker pay to living-wage standards, pay for health and pension benefits, and also fund overtime and vacation pay, as well as paid sick leave - and maternity leave) would directly raise the price of child-care. Because of the broad need for child-care, a radical increase in costs would immediately result in popular political pressure for relief. Tax relief on such a scale - and over all income levels - would necessarily cut into the "lion's share" (from Aesop's fable) of government subsidy enjoyed by the military, the "corporate sector", and the fat cats lapping up Bush's "tax cut". The Roberts court knows who it serves and it remains true to this principle: property is superior to people. The unionization of child-care workers would be a vast expansion of unionization in the fastest growing sector of the labor market, the "service sector", which can be thought of as the post Civil War replacement of slavery. It would simply not do for "property" to have to contend with increased labor costs for domestic services. The decrease of tax revenues for military projects, and the slackening of corporate dividend yields due to the funding of didy-changing for the children of the nation's workforce by unionized nannies is just too much to seriously contemplate. An ancillary problem with the unionization of child-care workers (and the subsequent nationalization of child-care expenses) is that it would boost the economics of a large segment of the non-white population: besides elevating the situation of child-care workers, the parents using these services would be freed of child-care worries and thus able to compete for higher-level jobs (more time away from home), and many "minority" child-care "businesses" would see greater profitability. The possibility of any such social leveling must be nipped in the bud, and it has been. Again, the message is clear, "stay in your place, the flattening of the class distribution is not acceptable." In the USAmerican Raj, the selection of an "affordable" nanny from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, Somalia, Tibet and Black America must not be imperiled by the imposition of "unionism" and all its attendant costs and legalities (e.g., workman's compensation, egads!). The supply of reliable, quiet, inexpensive and trustworthy servants must not be corrupted by thoughts of equal opportunity. The Roberts court today is just as dedicated to the cause of "property" as was the Taney court during the Buchanan administration (just prior to Lincoln's). In 1857, the Taney court determined that Dred Scott, a black slave who had made his way to a "free" (slavery illegal) state, was property, and that such a designation overrode any considerations of him as a man, a human being, even a person (which would theoretically imply he was endowed with "inalienable rights" to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"). Then as now, the masters were not to be encumbered by the aspirations of the servants. A century and a half ago, USAmerican servants were often slaves and thus property to be used at the discretion of their masters, the "owners". Today, USAmerican servants are technically free and officially human beings, even persons, but they are tribally inferior, and an expense property-owners seek to minimize. So, our slavery is "outsourced" to a domestic "service sector", which must be kept in check as the Roberts court well knows; and "off-shored" to globalization sweatshops. The most pressing "servant problem" facing the white supremacy states today is the difficulty of disembodying foreign labor prior to its importation and consumption, this is called "immigration." Here in the U.S., the problem is generally seen as: how do you bring in Mexican labor while excluding Mexican laborers? The object is to supply low-cost labor to profitable (and subsidized) corporate agriculture (and for other jobs of hard labor), without diluting the white population fraction and weakening its cultural control. We want to import the work of millions, and yet deport the human costs and needs on which the generation of that labor energy depends. We want slaves, and that wanting "we" is the racist core of our white supremacy economic states. "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains." -- Jean Jacques Rousseau (1762) But, I remember about the Bastille. Manuel Garcia, Jr. is a recently retired physicist from a US Department of Energy laboratory. He is presently on holiday, and his technical interests involve fluids, electricity, heat flow and energy. His non-technical interests are varied, one being the social responsibility of scientists, another being the social dimensions of choices for the energy technologies that power a community. 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