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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.04.07 1. Indian uprising 11.04 7pm 2. Health/Kip 11.04 7:30pm 3. Arab sexuality 11.04 10:30pm 4. Citizen reporter 11.05 4pm 5. McKinney 4 prez 11.05 6pm 6. BodyOfWar/film 11.05 7pm 7. Online tools 11.05 7pm 8. Peace/Quaker+ 11.05 7pm 9. Labor v war 11.05 7pm 10. Health care 11.06 8am/5pm 11. Impeach 11.06 6:30pm 12. Paul Krugman 11.06 7:30pm 13. Nonprofit lead 11.06 14. DN - Nader sues "Democratic" party 15. Stephen Pizzo - Water-boarding - don't ask, don't tell, SHOW! 16. David Penner - Zombie nation 17. Heather Gray - And now they want to privatize the oceans .... 18. ed - When there are no books (poem) --------1 of 18-------- From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org> Subject: Indian uprising 11.04 7pm KFAI's Indian Uprising for November 4th, 2007 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. CDT #238 LITTLE FORK RIVER DRUM & GROUP traditional singers, live at KFAI. They are to sing and explain what they do, including the cultural nuances that involve singing, and those rituals and events that generally occur at powwows. The group also participates regularly with the South Minneapolis Potluck Dinner and Drum and Dance Social program, now in their ninth winter, at the Office of Indian Ministries, Minneapolis, on Wednesdays from the third week in October to the last week in March, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Guests are: Brice LaRose (Leech Lake Anishinaabe) C.J. (Leech Lake Anishinaabe) Dennis Debungi (First Nation Ojibwe - Canada) Eliza Erickson (Leech Lake Anishinaabe), Mpls Potlluck Dinner & Drum/Social Program Organizer John Oakgrove (Red Lake Anishinaabe) Mark Erickson (Red Lake & White Earth Anishinaabe), lead singer Patrick Skuildum (Grand Portage Anishinaabe) Nathan Wright (Leech Lake Anishinaabe) Both Mark Erickson, who has been singing and drumming traditional Ojibwe music for 30 years, and the Little Fork River Drum & Group are active on the regional Powwow Circuit, as well as being available for traditional drum and dance exhibitions, and lectures on the history and culture of Traditional Anishinaabe Drum and Dance. Contact Mark at 612-729-1590 and/or at minonagamowag [at] yahoo.com. Clara NiiSka (Red Lake Anishinabaeotjibway), is the producer and guest host of the November 4th program for Indian Uprising. Clara is also co-host of KFAI's WomenSpeak and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Minnesota. Indian Uprising a one-hour Public & Cultural Affairs program is for and by Native Indigenous People broadcast each Sunday at 7:00 p.m. CDT on KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. Producer and host is volunteer Chris Spotted Eagle. KFAI Fresh Air Radio is located at 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454, 612-341-3144. For internet listening, go to www.kfai.org <http://www.kfai.org <http://www.kfai.org> > and for live listening, click Play under ON AIR NOW or for later listening via the archives, click PROGRAMS & SCHEDULE > Indian Uprising > STREAM. Programs are archived for two weeks. --------2 of 18-------- From: stephan peter <stephan.peter [at] stribmail.com> Subject: Health/Kip 11.04 7:30pm Twin Cities DSA is hosting Kip Sullivan, author and expert on the U.S. health care system, to speak on 'health care and models to making it affordable,' Sunday, November 4, Davanni's Pizza Restaurant, upstairs meeting room, 7:30 pm, 2500 Riverside Ave., Mpls. --------3 of 18-------- From: Ahmed Tharwat <tharwat77 [at] msn.com> Subject: Arab sexuality 11.04 10:30pm Dr. Pam Nice, professor of Middle East studies will review Josef Massad new Book, the desiring Arab <http://www.belahdan.com/Book%20Review/The%20desiring%20arabs.htm> Arab sexuality... fact and fiction Dr. Pam Nice, professor of Middle East studies will review Josef Massad new Book, the desiring Arab Massad, Joseph A. Desiring Arabs. 448 p., 1 halftone. 6 x 9 2007 Cloth $35.00spec ISBN: 978-0-226-50958-7 (ISBN-10: 0-226-50958-3) Spring 2007 Among the many shocking violations of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the most notorious was sexual torture. Military personnel justified this abhorrent technique as an effective tool for interrogating Arabs, who are perceived as repressed and especially susceptible to sexual coercion. These abuses laid bare a racist and sexually charged power dynamic at the root of the U.S. conquest of Iraq-a dynamic that reflected centuries of Western assumptions about Arab sexuality. Desiring Arabs uncovers the roots of these attitudes and analyzes the impact of Western ideas-both about sexuality and about Arabs-on Arab intellectual production, More <http://www.press.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/hfs.cgi/00/225511.ctl> Ahmed Tharwat/ Host <http://www.belahdan.com/> BelAhdan TV show airs on Public TV Sundays at 10:30pm WWW.Belahdan.com --------4 of 18-------- From: Mary Turck <editor [at] tcdailyplanet.net> Subject: Citizen reporter 11.05 4pm Story Ideas - What's Not Being Covered? The Daily Planet is a citizen journalism project. We welcome and invite people in the community to write stories and submit them. Not many do so. I suspect that there are several reasons that people do not contribute articles: 1) Writing takes time. Lots of us have more ideas than time. 2) Writing news articles may be intimidating. Prospective citizen journalists may have questions about style, substance, fact-checking, fairness, quotations, sources, etc. If you have some time and want to write news articles about our community, or want some help in shaping an opinion article or letter to the editor, help is here! The TC Daily Planet will begin a writers' group at Rondo Community Outreach Library on Monday, November 5 at 4 p.m. Here's the schedule for the first few weeks: November 5, 4-6 p.m. in the Children's Room November 12 - library closed November 19, 4-6 p.m. in the Children's Room Come with your ideas. Come with the beginning of a story. Come and find out what you can write about. Help us to make citizen journalism work in St. Paul. --------5 of 18-------- From: greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at] earthlink.net> Subject: McKinney 4 prez 11.05 6pm This is to announce the first official Minnesota meeting for Cynthia McKinney for president. Wolves Den Coffee Shop 1201 East Franklin Ave Minneapolis Monday November 5th 6-9 p.m. Start organizing for speaking engagements for Cynthia, when she comes to Minnesota in mid November. Date and details to be announced. Contacts Farheen Hakeem (612)964-9143 Michael Cavlan (612)327-6902 We are currently working on our official Press Release, which shall be out Monday morning. Please pass on to any and all lists or individuals interested. Thank You. --------6 of 18-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: BodyOfWar/film 11.05 7pm November 5 through 7, 7:00 and 8:45 p.m. Oak St. Cinema, 309 Oak Street Southeast (corner of Oak Street and Washington Avenue), Minneapolis. "Body of War" follows the story of Tomas Young, a 22-year-old Army veteran who enlisted in the service two days after Sept. 11. Young volunteered to fight in Afghanistan but ended up in Iraq where within three days, he was hit by mortar fire and sustained paralyzing injuries. His life was changed forever. Tickets: $6.00 (general admission), $5.00 (seniors and students) and $4.00 (Minnesota Film Arts Members). Discounts apply to cardholders only. FFI: Call 612-331-7563 or visit <www.mnfilmarts.org>. --------7 of 18-------- From: Tim Erickson <tim [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: Online tools 11.05 7pm [You, too, can become an online tool! Find out how! -ed] Just a quick reminder about the SPED-Outreach workshop this coming Monday. Online Tools For Community Organizing November 5th, 7:00-8:30 PM Rondo Community Outreach Library, Electronic Classroom FREE Full Schedule: http://pages.e-democracy.org/Rondo_Workshop_Schedule Nov. 5 -- Online Tools for Community Organizing St. Paul E- Democracy volunteers will demonstrate new tools of community organizing and how some people are using them to improve their communities. Mondays presenter is: Michael Dean, http://www.tippingpointstrategies.org/about.html Before starting Tipping Points Strategies, Dean was a senior account executive for Himle Horner, Inc., a public relations/public affairs firm that assists state, regional and national clients on public affairs, corporate communications, media relations, crisis communications and other areas. At Himle Horner, Dean assisted clients in developing viral marketing and advocacy campaigns to more effectively engage key stakeholders. Prior to joining Himle Horner, Dean directed the University of Minnesota's Legislative Network. In this role, he managed grassroots activities, which were designed to build statewide support for the university's legislative requests. During his tenure, Dean launched a successful online advocacy program that quadrupled the number of university advocates to more than 15,000. During that same period, Dean helped craft the grassroots strategy that moved the University of Minnesota stadium campaign to top of the list at the legislature by leapfrogging the professional sports teams' stadium proposals. Previously, Dean worked as a national grassroots organizer for Common Cause in Washington, DC. There, he helped create one of the first successful online advocacy campaigns that generated more than one million letters to Congress and garnered substantial media attention. --------8 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Peace/Quaker: 11.05 7pm Monday, 11/5, 7 to 9 pm, Quaker and Baha'i perspectives on Peace and Violence in Our Religious Traditions with Michael Bishoff and Dr Roya Majid, Majid Al-Salaam, 1460 Skillman Ave, Maplewood. www.interfaithings.org or 651-789-3840. --------9 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Labor v war 11.05 7pm Monday, 11/5, 7 pm, meeting Labor Against War, Merriam Park library, 1831 Marshall Ave, St Paul. thomas Dooley 651-645-0295. --------10 of 18-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Health care 11.06 8am/5pm Minneapolis Television Network (MTN 17) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am. Households with basic cable can watch! 11/6 8am "The Health Care Mess" w/ author and organizer with Physicians for a National Health Plan, Kip Sullivan. Hosted by Eric Angell. (a repeat) St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN 15) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts in St. Paul on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings. All households with basic cable can watch! 11/6 5pm and midnight and 11/7 10am "The Health Care Mess" w/ author and organizer with Physicians for a National Health Plan, Kip Sullivan. Hosted by Eric Angell. (a repeat) --------11 of 18-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Impeach 11.06 6:30pm Tuesday we will be discussing the Impeach for Peace movement by one of the cofounders in Minnesota, Jodin Morey. NOTE The salon will NOT be held in the coffee/tea house but in the W7th Federation Bldg. which is kitty cornered (looking toward the right) across the street on the corner of W 7th and James. There is a nice big parking lot at the side of the building. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------12 of 18-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Paul Krugman 11.06 7:30pm Paul Krugman will be in MINNEAPOLIS, TUE. NOV.6, 7:30pm interviewed by David Morris; at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Avenue S, Minneapolis, (facing Hennepin Ave. in Uptown Minneapolis) --------13 of 18-------- From: Tim Erickson <tim [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: Nonprofit lead 11.06 I just heard about a series of free workshops in nonprofit leadership offered by Hamline University and the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Registration is required but there's no fee. Word following the first on Tuesday is that it was excellent. More info: http://gmcc.org/Compassionworkshops.htm Here are some of the sessions coming up: Nov 6 - Nonprofit accountability & transparency Nov 13 - Strategic planning for board & management Nov 20 - Conflict resolution Nov 27 - Nonprofit fundraising: research methods Dec 4 - Grant writing --------14 of 18--------- Nader sues "Democratic" party DN Lydia Howell comments: NOTE: Ralph Nader is suing the democratic Party for abuses and dirty tricks that most progressives would associate with the republican Party. NO MATTER WHAT you think of Nader - even if you still believe the absurd myth tht Nader got Bush elected in 2000 - READ THIS DN! interview. It exposes some of the very real BI-PARTISAN challenges to our democracy. The DLC is no more willing to allow a REAL progressive Democrat as their nominee than they were to allow Nader on the ballot or in the debates. Can anyone really claim that's "democracy"? -end Consumer advocate and three-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader sued the Democratic Party on Tuesday for conspiring to prevent him from running for president in 2004. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Nader, his vice presidential running mate Peter Miguel Camejo and a group of voters from several states. It names as co-defendants the Kerry-Edwards campaign, the Service Employees International Union, private law firms, and organizations like the Ballot Project and America Coming Together that were created to promote voter turnout on behalf of the Democratic ticket. According to the lawsuit the defendants used "groundless and abusive litigation" to bankrupt Ralph Nader's campaign and force him off the ballot in 18 states. We are joined in the firehouse studio here in New York by public interest attorney Carl Mayer, whom the New York Times has described as "a populist crusader and maverick lawyer." We tried reaching the Democratic National Committee and some of the other defendants to invite them to the show but received no response. Carl Mayer was part of the legal team that filed the lawsuit in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. Carl Mayer. Public interest attorney. He filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Democratic Party on behalf of former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. RUSH TRANSCRIPT This transcript is available free of charge. However, donations help us provide closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing on our TV broadcast. Thank you for your generous contribution. Donate - $25 AMY GOODMAN: Consumer advocate and three-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader sued the Democratic Party Tuesday for conspiring to prevent him from running for president in 2004. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Nader, his vice presidential running mate Peter Camejo and a group of voters from several states. It names as co-defendants the Kerry-Edwards campaign, the Service Employees International Union, private law firms, organizations like the Ballot Project and America Coming Together that were created to promote voter turnout on behalf of the Democratic ticket. According to the lawsuit, the defendants used "groundless and abusive litigation" to bankrupt Ralph Nader's campaign and force him off the ballot in eighteen states. We're joined now here in New York by public interest attorney Carl Mayer, whom the /New York Times/ has described as "a populist crusader and maverick lawyer." We tried reaching the Democratic National Committee and some of the other defendants to invite them to the show but received no response. Carl Mayer was part of the legal team that filed the lawsuit in D.C. Welcome to /Democracy Now!/, Carl. CARL MAYER: Thank you, Amy. Thank you for having me on. AMY GOODMAN: Why are you suing? CARL MAYER: To defend democracy. That's the title of the show - excuse me, is /Democracy Now!/ And this was the most massive anti-democratic campaign to eliminate a third-party candidate from the ballot in - probably in recent American history. It is - not content with having all these laws and statutes on the book that make it difficult for third-party and independent candidates to run, the Democratic Party and their allies in over fifty-three law firms, with over ninety lawyers, were engaged in filing litigation in eighteen states. They were to remove Ralph Nader from the ballot. It was an organized, abusive litigation process. The core of the lawsuit is that these lawyers, led by Toby Moffett and Elizabeth Holtzman, and something called the Ballot Project, which was a 527 organization, systematically went around the country and filed lawsuit after lawsuit, twenty-four in all, plus five FEC complaints, to try to completely remove the Nader campaign from the ballot and to, in effect, bankrupt the campaign, which they succeeded in doing. Not content with that, one of the defendants, Reed Smith, which is a large corporate law firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, they are now going after Ralph Nader's personal bank account to make him pay some of the cost of this litigation. And, understand, despite being outspent by the Democratic Party and its affiliated lawyers, the vast majority of these lawsuits were won by the Nader campaign, which was a largely volunteer effort. And these lawsuits were won across the country, despite this organized effort of intimidation and harassment. It's basically abusive process and malicious prosecution. Those are common law torts. And it was very clear from the beginning that the Democratic Party was using the legal system for an improper purpose. In fact, Toby Moffett, who's a former congressman from Connecticut, said directly to /The Guardian/ of London in an interview in December of 2004, this wasn't about the law. "I'd be less than honest if I said" this was not about the law; this was about getting Ralph Nader off the ballot. And that's what this effort was about. And it's a shameful anti-democratic process by a party that claims to be a democratic party. And on top of that, the Democratic Party, or its allies, filed five FEC complaints against the campaign, alleging improper - AMY GOODMAN: Federal Election Commission. CARL MAYER: The Federal Election Commission - alleging improper funding, improper finances, etc. They were all dismissed by the FEC. Now, let me tell you how bad it got. There was an organized effort of harassment of petitioners who went around trying to collect signatures for the Nader campaign in Ohio, in Oregon and in Pennsylvania. In Ohio, for example, lawyers were hired to call up petitioners and tell them that if they didn't verify the signatures on the petition, they would be guilty of a felony. They were called at home by - and they were, in many cases, visited by private investigators and told - this is voter intimidation of the worst order. In the state of Oregon, for example, there was a nominating convention, and you need a thousand signatures at the convention. We have emails from Democratic Party operatives stating, we want our people to go to this convention and then refuse to sign the petition at the convention so Nader will not get enough signatures at the convention to get on the ballot. And they accomplished their goal in Oregon. After the convention, there's an alternative way of getting on the ballot, which is to collect signatures, and the Nader campaign went about doing that, and during the course of that there was further harassment and intimidation of petitioners by law firms, private investigators, calling up and threatening petitioners that they would be called before a court if they did not certify all the petitions. AMY GOODMAN: How did the Service Employees International Union fit into this? Why are they being sued? CARL MAYER: Well, the SEIU very clearly, in emails and on their website, the SEIU had a project, which was called ACT, or Americans Coming Together. There were several 527 groups; these are independent expenditure groups. And the SEIU was involved in them. The SEIU was involved in trying to keep Nader off the ballot by using its members, for example in Oregon, to go into the convention, but in other states - in other states, to try to actually void petitions by signing in the wrong place. The complaint - and this is all documented. It's a seventy-three-page complaint, over 250 paragraphs, chapter and verse, about how, for example, the SEIU came up with the strategy of getting its members to go and write signatures in the wrong place on a petition, on Nader's petitions, which would then invalidate the entire petition. So this was a coordinated anti-democratic activity, which in my view has little precedent in American history, and any third-party candidate of whatever stripe - leftwing, rightwing, populist, conservative - they should be outraged by what occurred in this case. And we think we have a tremendous case before the D.C. Superior Court and other legal actions we will take, because this conspiracy was so - they were so adamant and vociferous about it, and the paper trail is very clear. And we're not even into discovery. We can't wait to take the depositions of the party activists, Toby Moffett, Terry McAuliffe, Elizabeth Holtzman, etc., who were at the center of this. In fact, the center of this effort was something called the Ballot Project, which was started by Robert Brandon, who's one of the defendants, and he's a consultant to the Democratic Party. And he held a meeting at the Democratic Convention in 2004 with Moffett, Holtzman and a group of other high-ranking Democrats, and they said, our purpose is to keep Nader off the ballot. And they went, and they proceeded to do it, spending millions of dollars. AMY GOODMAN: What impact will all this have on Ralph Nader now? He has said that if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, he will run for president. It looks like she is the frontrunner right now. CARL MAYER: Well, in terms of 2008, I can't speak to 2008. And in politics, things can change quite quickly. I mean, it's entirely possible that the actual progressive base of the Democratic Party will seek a nominee that reflects their views, which is that America should end this war in Iraq. It hasn't been the history of the Democratic Party, but it's way too early to talk about that. But what this lawsuit will do, and the importance of it is, is to set a precedent so that the two-party monopoly system that shuts out minor parties in a way that other Western democracies never do, that this will set a precedent to prevent this type of intimidation and harassment. That's the goal of the lawsuit. It doesn't matter whether it's Ralph Nader or Michael Bloomberg or any other third-party candidate. The point is, we need as much competition in the political arena as we have in other areas of American life. And it's time to stop rigging the game. And what's unbelievable is that the laws on the books already pose a tremendously high hurdle for third-party candidates. Tens of thousands of signatures, it takes, to get on the ballot in states like Texas and the Carolinas. And there's no other country where it's so difficult to get on the ballot. And those laws are passed by the Democrat and Republican Party to preserve their monopoly. So, "democracy now" - "democracy now" is not even close. We are not close to a state of democracy. And recall also that in the history of the country, third parties were very important. In the nineteenth century, it was much easier to get on the ballot. The smaller third parties championed first important issues like ending slavery, women's right to vote, Social Security; those were all first advocated by third parties. And if you exclude third parties from the ballot and from the debate, our democracy withers and atrophies. And it is not at all consistent with the vital democratic traditions of our country. These third parties were around since the beginning of the Republic. The first third party was really the - well, in some respects, was the Anti-Federalist Party, but there was also something called the Anti-Freemason Party, which was started in 1800. From the beginning of the Republic, there were important third parties, which raised important issues. And we're now snuffing that out. And unless we fight for this, this country will continue to have essentially a monopolistic position on every issue, from healthcare to the Iraq war to any of the important issues that so many people in this country care about. AMY GOODMAN: Carl Mayer, we have to leave it there, but we will certainly continue to follow this lawsuit. Carl Mayer is one of the lead attorneys on this lawsuit against the Democratic Party and others who they say conspired to keep former presidential candidate Ralph Nader off of the ballot. To purchase an audio or video copy of this entire program, click here for our new online ordering <https://store.democracynow.org/?pid=10&show=2007-10-31> or call 1 (888) 999-3877. --------15 of 18-------- Hanging Ten on a water-board - Don't Ask, Don't Tell, SHOW! by Stephen P. Pizzo [Pizzo'ed off...] Nov.10,2007 ATLANTIC FREE PRESS There seem to be folks on the right who remain unclear on the concept - not the least among them, Attorney General nominee, Michael Mukasey. The concept they can't seem to get a firm fix on is whether or not the interrogation technique known as "water-boarding," - making a person think he or she is being drowned - is or is not "torture." I don't know about you, but it sure as hell sounds like torture to me. But there are still those in this administration and Congress who support the technique and claim it is not torture. I have a solution. But first let's see how humanity has chosen to describe something that does qualify as torture: Websters: Torture is any action taken against another person that causes, "anguish of body or mind agony: something that causes agony or pain. Anguish: "extreme pain, distress, or anxiety." The International Red Cross: Torture: existence of a specific purpose plus intentional infliction of severe suffering or pain; MedTerms medical dictionary: Torture: An act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person, for a purpose such as obtaining information or a confession, punishment, intimidation or coercion..." When asked during his confirmation hearings if water-boarding was torture, Mukasey said he couldn't really say, since he was not familiar with the details of the technique. Which is a kinda hard to swallow since the technique has been described in excruciating detail in the popular press since it first burst into the national consciousness a couple of years ago - thanks to Vlad the Hoser at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But all the publicity surrounding water-boarding seems to have left at least some public officials on the right unclear on whether it's torture or not torture. Some seem to feel that water-boarding is no more cruel than forcing a cat to take a bath. Which is why I've concluded the only solution is to stop telling and start showing. And what better way to get a handle on the concept than for those who support the technique to step up to the plate and declare, "I say water-boarding is not a form of torture, as described by national and international law. And. to prove it I am submitting myself to the process." Let the learning begin! And what better place to hold water-boarding demonstrations than a well - the well of House and the well of the US Senate. Proponents who claim water-boarding is not torture because it "causes no physical injuries, leaves no marks and causes no permanent harm," should therefore have no problem, right? Climb on the water-board and take a spin. But, there's more than just a quick demo. For this demonstration to be useful it must be a genuine interrogation in every way possible. That means not only using the same equipment used at Gitmo and other secret interrogation centers, but the same assumptions. Those the CIA water-board are assumed to know something useful or to possess secrets. So the members of Congress and administration who agree to be water-boarded must also be assumed to hold a secret. Otherwise it's not an interrogation. Since it has to be an incriminating secret let's make it so. "Have you ever cheated on your spouse?" Maybe none of them ever cheated on their spouse, just as some of the people the CIA have water-boarded were not terrorists after all. But hey, guilty people always deny guilt when first asked, so one must ask repeatedly, water-board them repeatedly until they cough up the assumption(s) - true or otherwise. Here's how I imagine these demonstration sessions would go: Senator Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is strapped to a water-board in the well of the Senate. Interrogators lay a terry cloth towel over his face, lean the board back and begin pouring copious amounts of water over the towel. As the towel becomes soaked Senator McConnell finds it impossible to breathe. He coughs, then starts choking. He tries to turn his head to each side but blocks prevent it. He struggles but his hands and legs are strapped to the board. He suddenly realizes he's on for the full ride. Just as the Senator appears ready to black out, the two interrogators remove the towel and raise the board. A doctor checks the Senators' pulse and blood pressure. In a couple of seconds McConnell is coughing, spitting and breathing again. The senator opens his eyes showing real panic as they dart from side to side. Interrogator: "Have you ever cheated on your wife?." Sen. McConnell: "No, no, really, I never did. Never did. So, fine. I see how it works. Now please untie me." Interrogator: "Ah, not in the mood to talk yet. Okay, have it your way, Senator. Jack, lower the board again." Sen. McConnell: "Whoa fellas! Not again. No. Wait. Please wait. Okay. Fine. Yes, yes, sure I cheated. Yep I did. Now untie me." Interrogator: "Not so fast, partner. All you've told us so far is that - as we suspected - you cheated on your wife. Now we need to know how many times and with whom." Sen. McConnell: "Okay guys, this has gone far enough. I get the point. It's torture. People will say anything to get you to stop. Okay. I get it. Whatya want me to say and I'll say it. Now let me off this damn board." Interrogator: Oh, I wish it was that easy, Senator. But when we water-board suspected terrorists we are told we must connect the dots. You remember connecting the dots, don't you? If we let everyone off for giving us a nugget or two, well, that wouldn't do at all, now would it? We have to finish our interrogation. Now, one more time Senator, how many times did you cheat and we want names." Senator McConnell: "Never and with nobody. This is stupid!. I just said that so you'd untie me." Interrogator: "Okay Jack, lower the board." Senator McConnell: No, no, NO! Wait. Okay. Many times. More than I can count. You wanna know with who? Okay, I did Madeline Albright, Helen Keller, Mother Teresa, (twice, missionary position, of course,) - Ophra, Jackie Kennedy.... ah, all the DC Madams' hookers and, one night - while Larry Craig and I were out drinking - a strangely attractive ewe. Now, let me go! The Senator is released. "None of what I said was true," McConnell shouts when free. "None of that would stand up in a court of law." The interrogator slaps his assistant on the back and laughs. "A trial? Ha. We don't need no stinkin' trials in our line of work, Senator. Okay, who's up next?" Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe McConnell, Mukasey and others who doubt that water-boarding is torture might take repeating dousings without spelling any beans, true or otherwise. And, when their interrogators finally give up, they'll hop off the table and declare their faces have never felt more fresh and clean. Some might even cut back in line for a second ride. If that happens I'll happily admit I was wrong - water-boarding isn't torture after all. But before I can come to that conclusion I need those who say it ain't so to put their own nervous systems where their mouths are. I'm still waiting - though I won't hold my breath. (Pun intended) --------16 of 18-------- Cowardice, Complicity and the Withering of the Soul of America Zombie Nation By DAVID PENNER CounterPunch November 2, 2007 As The Office of the Vice President continues to scheme and plot for war with Iran, which would also likely correspond with martial law at home, the American worker continues to sink deeper and deeper into a horrifying abyss of economic, moral, and spiritual slavery. Even during the worst days of the Depression, never was the American worker more crushed, more beaten, more defeated. Never was he more atomized, more alienated, more alone. Listen to what people are talking about on TV, on the streets, and in restaurants, and it is clear the American people are pathologically disconnected from reality. This disconnection from reality is particularly pronounced in both the media and academia, where the most critical issues of our time are either completely ignored, or drowned in a barrage of hyperbole and euphemistic blather. It is as if, due to so many decades of brainwashing, Americans are no longer capable of reason, no longer capable of independent thought. It is also becoming harder and harder to obtain a good paying job without compromising oneself ideologically due to the destruction of the public sphere. The role that the military and prison industrial complexes play in providing employment, and the role played by the media and the education system in indoctrination, pose grave questions about whether constitutional democracy and American capitalism can continue to coexist, or whether the elite will sever the marriage entirely ushering in a military form of government. The unprecedented domination of work in American society, and the cult of placing one's career above and beyond all other considerations, has dehumanized the American people and turned them into collaborators. In the education system, where universities are increasingly owned lock, stock and barrel by corporations (many universities are corporations), free market dogma reigns unchallenged. The education system, together with the unprecedented power of the mass media, have ushered in a brave new world where Newspeak reigns over the enlightenment, madness over empiricism, and barbarism over reason. As Americans, we are so fond of saying how we have freedom of speech, but all too often, this simply is not so. How many students at expensive private colleges are permitted to speak out against any number of the vast myriad of unspeakable issues: the destruction of families and communities in American society, the likelihood of war on Iran, the prison-industrial complex, the use of outsourcing and offshoring to destroy unions, the current genocide being waged against black Americans, the censorship in American society? If a student wants to get good grades so as to be able to secure a good paying job later on, the rules are clear: say what you are supposed to say, write what you're supposed to write: shut up and do as you're told. The almost total absence of meaningful intellectual discussion in many colleges and universities, along with the unprecedented corporate consolidation of the media, has put American society in a totalitarian ideological vice. Tenured liberal professors, or even professors that secretly harbor genuinely radical views, often think things privately that they would never dream of saying in class. The American worker is more enslaved to his employer than ever before, but instead of rebelling against this enslavement, he feels resistance to be impossible or too dangerous to risk, or he embraces it as proof of his toughness and loyalty to his country. Public school teachers that teach poor and disadvantaged students are under enormous pressures by authoritarian administrators to keep the level as low as possible and to not intellectually challenge their students. Those who resist are marginalized, harassed, and eventually forced out. This tyranny is blindly embraced in the name of multiculturalism, and enforced by morally bankrupt liberals who view students in troubled inner city schools as incapable of serious academic work. The liberal adage "You have to work within the system" embodies the total moral spiritual, and intellectual collapse of the American people. The Democrats "work within the system," and consequently we have a one party system. Tenured liberal professors have worked within the system, and have gotten so good at it that they have become the system, feeding Amy Tan and The House on Mango Street to poor students so as to keep them illiterate in the name of protecting diversity. Expensive private colleges are dominated by almost total unanimity of thought in the liberal arts and social sciences, particularly in politics and economics. What are one's chances of getting hired for a tenure-track economics position at a four-year university when you have written polemics attacking the impoverishment of third world countries by the World Bank and IMF? Almost zero. Is this our great freedom, our great liberty of thought? This overwhelming pressure to conform ideologically in the legal system, the media, and academia, and the relentless pressures to be as obsequious and sycophantic as possible at work, is a cancer that is slowly tearing at the heart of American civilization. Blind obedience and brainwashing through Newspeak begin in school. The media, and other social pressures complete the process. The destruction of family and community life has made resistance at work extraordinarily difficult, because the loss of a decent job that can so easily come from speaking out against unconscionable abuses of power, puts the now atomized American in a void, a zone of nothingness, a banishment into purgatory. Americans are constantly lying to themselves about the degree to which they have allowed themselves to become ideologically compromised at work. Even more disturbing than the collapse of the New Deal is the inherently reactionary nature of so many jobs in the twenty first century United States. It is almost absurd to talk about unions if you work for the military and are assisting in the manufacturing of new weapons. Jobs in the mass media and mainstream press are often equally as dubious. The education system, viewed by liberals from the 1960's in such an innocent light, bears at least as much responsibility as the media in the lobotomizing of the American mind. Instead of desperately trying to ward off a looming martial law, Americans are busy trying to get ahead at work. Fascism hasn't come to America with rallies and bonfires but in the fight for the corner office. Take a good look at what Americans will put up with at ten dollars an hour, and it is clear that unionization and solidarity have reached their nadir in American history. The idea of not making much money, yet waking up in the morning and feeling good about oneself is a myth if you are a public school teacher whose hands are tied by anti-literacy administrators, or a defense attorney forced to betray clients and plea bargain innocent people into jail. There is still time for the American worker to awake and take back his country. There is still time to resist, to stand up for freedom of expression and worker's rights. For the elite are rapidly taking us to a place where it may soon no longer be possible to resist. Once that Rubicon is crossed, there will be naught but demons all around us, the bough will be broken, and constitutional democracy will drown in a sea of death and darkness. David Penner has taught English and ESL at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY --------17 of 18-------- And Now They Want to Privatize the Oceans .... When Capitalists Get a Free Ride By HEATHER GRAY CounterPunch November 3 / 4, 2007 A few days ago I received an e-mail from a friend encouraging me to sign a petition against the possible privatization of our oceans. I was aghast even at the hint of this next privatization scheme by the world's capitalists. So it's come to this. Absolutely everything, even our oceans, is for sale. Nothing is sacred. I signed the petition with a vengeance. But as I signed I wondered why we have let these greedy capitalists run roughshod over all of us. How has this happened? Where are the demands for economic democracy and protection from greed? As we discussed land ownership, an elder in the Philippines once told me "How can you own something given to you by God?" If there was ever a religious statement in the world with merit, it has to be this statement of wisdom from the elder. While some in the U.S. have fought a battle against corporate greed, most of us have basically let greed have a free ride. In fact, ever since Karl Marx wrote about the tragic impact of exploitive capitalism in the 1800's during the industrial revolution, the corporate elite has fought against those who would regulate their unfettered desires for profit. The effects of which have definitely been felt. Senator Joseph McCarthy exacerbated this when he launched his anti-communist campaign in the United States in the 1950's. Congress censured McCarthy in 1954, but his mission didn't end then - we are still feeling the dramatic, tragic and chilling effects of the McCarthy era. Ever since that period American activists have largely skirted around the issue of economic policies or even and especially discussions about economic philosophy. As this anti-communist campaign continued to resonate in the United States and throughout the world, the world's capitalists have used it and continue to use it as a tool to protect or advance their economic interests. Labeling someone a communist often has had nothing to do with the targeted person or group's political or economic beliefs but rather usually that there is a "collective mindset" - that's what the corporate elite work against and fear most. A collective mindset, or economic democracy, that stresses the importance of fairness and equity for the whole - not the few. (You can call that communism if you like. It sure sounds good to me! But then the term "communism" has been so bantered about that it no longer has context or meaning in the United States - it's simply used to demean without context.) I was recently called a communist for demanding rights for immigrants! This creative labeling is often used when someone doesn't agree with you and they want to denigrate you, regardless of the reason, by calling you a communist. Examples of this are abundant. It's the "c" word! And what does the corporate elite want? In a word - "everything". They want to own everything from the oceans to our schools. Free enterprise they call it, the privatization of everything and making governments but hollow shells. Influenced by economist Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics, to me free enterprise is the pinnacle of evolved capitalism and it destroys everything - people, culture, nature. It's deadly to be sure. All right folks, in the debate over economic systems, can there be anything worse than free enterprise? I can't think of one. I'm sure everyone wants to bow down to McDonalds or Monsanto or Wal-Mart and having the stop sign at the end of your street brought to you thanks to General Electric! Actually the "c" word should stand for "capitalism" - forbid someone should be called or, in fact, strive toward being a capitalist, given its vast destruction in the world. [Amen. Eat the rich] And how do you define "free"? The Oxford/American dictionary defines it as "not under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes." In other words, absolutely no regulations! George Bush has been great at creating policies that let these corporate criminals regulate themselves - what a travesty! And yes, we need regulations to protect us all from this dreadful free enterprise mindset. The battleground on this has been set some time ago. So the question the corporate elite has had is how to end or circumvent democratic systems or the "collective mindset," the "compassion for the other," the "cries for fairness," the "demands for equity," the "protection of the environment?" In the United States, for one, they've used the label "communism" to quell the activism, and more recently in the U.S., as Naomi Klein notes in "The Shock Doctrine: the rise of disaster capitalism" they're using disasters such as Katrina to sweep in and buy everything from schools to land. Internationally, with government or military collaborators, they've also used torture. To demonstrate this Naomi Klein writes in the "The Shock Doctrine" that Argentina's privatization policies (thanks to the Chicago school) in the 1970's included torture in an attempt to rid the concept of collectivism from the mindset of activists. Torture was used "to cure" them of collectivism and to instill greed whenever possible. She said that most who were arrested were "community workers, many church based, who organized the poorest sectors of society to demand health care, public housing and education - in other words the 'welfare state' being dismantled by the Chicago boys. 'The poor won't have any do-gooders to look after them anymore!' Norberto Liwsky, an Argentine doctor, was told as 'they applied electric shocks to my gums, nipples, genitals, abdomen and ears." Some history to set this in context: Since the McCarthy era activists have often been afraid, and some still are, to open their mouths with anything that might smack of radicalism or against the economic exploitation they've witnessed. Often there was a fear that an informant was likely in their midst who would report to the FBI. For fear that you would be placed on a list for observation or whatever else the FBI deemed necessary to make your life miserable, or that, forbid, you would be labeled as a communist by the community where you work. I know people today who are still so nervous they will not admit they were communist card-carrying members in the 1950's or won't talk about it even if they were not members but labeled as such. It was thought that if you were labeled as a communist, all of your work for justice (whatever it might be) would be undermined. There was some truth in that, unfortunately, and it still resonates today. The chilling effect is a reality. In the 1950's, during this intensive anti-communist period, people were arrested, cajoled, labeled, blacklisted for anything that smacked of challenging the status quo whether economically based accusations or not. Your demands for social justice and human rights made you vulnerable. The elite in the Southern United States honed this skill of communist labeling in the 1950's and 1960's in an attempt to keep out anyone challenging the Jim Crow laws of racial segregation or demanding fair wages or maybe adequate housing, healthcare and pubic education. The Southern elite still does this to a degree! During the Jim Crow years, white folks having Blacks to dinner were sometimes called communists. The Highlander Center in Tennessee that focused on assisting and training for social justice and workers rights was labeled as a "communist school." Blacks, of course, were targeted when opposing Jim Crow. Martin Luther King was called a communist. The NAACP was called a communist front, as were labor unions. There seemed no limit to this senseless battering of movements that were demanding justice. Because of this many people were forced out of the South - we, in fact, have always had a brain drain in our region because of the arrogant anti-democratic Southern elite. Even in Atlanta today there are people who will not consistently honor one of our greatest early residents - the renowned and brilliant W.E.B. Dubois who taught at Atlanta University in the early 1900's, was one of the founders of the NAACP, who later joined and left the Communist Party because it would not appropriately address the issue of racial exploitation. The fear of honoring Dubois is of being labeled by association. It's astounding that the effects of this are still felt. The additional problem is that since the 1950's the successful chilling effect of the use of the "communism" label to anyone working for justice in the United States has spread internationally. The results have been devastating! The practice has become accentuated by the corporate and political elite in countries the U.S. has wanted to control from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Vietnam, to the Philippines, to name only a few thankfully a lot of this is now being reversed in South America. And in those countries being black listed as a communist usually means you are subject not only to harassment but often to torture and/or summary execution. I witnessed this in the Philippines in the late 1980's and it continues in that country. In the realm of economics, those of us in the United States have generally left to "others" what should always have been our responsibility. This applies to even serious discussions about economic justice, about capitalism versus communism or mixed economies, or curbs on massive wealth and a distribution of wealth, or understanding the global markets and what effect they have on our domestic and international economies, or about the importance of labor rights and fair wages. Regarding the importance of economic justice, years ago economist Ray Marshall, President Jimmy Carter's Secretary of Labor, told me that "The basic evolution is that first you have political institutions that are controlled by the people and not special interest groups - that's political democracy. After workers get the right to vote then you have industrial democracy, which means worker participation in the work place. That's collective bargaining. Most countries have taken that further than us. Then there's social democracy where you have safety nets - a minimum level of welfare services. Every industrial country in the world is more developed in social democracy than us in, for example, health care and education. Finally, there's economic democracy where individuals and not special interests control their economic institutions. Economic democracy strengthens all other forms of democracy. If you have economic democracy then people can't intimidate you when you vote." This year the NAACP held an event to bury the "N" word. We need to do the same with "anti-communism." It needs to be buried and replaced with economic activism focusing on just and fair economics that is "people" centered and controlled and not "corporate" centered and controlled. I have enough faith in people to think that if we had done this long ago we would not now be talking about privatizing our oceans. Time is of the essence. Heather Gray produces "Just Peace" on WRFG-Atlanta 89.3 FM covering local, regional, national and international news. She can be reached at hmcgray [at] earthlink.net --------18 of 18-------- When there are no books Christianity will be spread by oral sects. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney
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