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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.08.07 1. Iran/war/KFAI 11.08 11am 2. Usability Day 11.08 11am 3. Eagan vigil 11.08 4:30pm 4. Northtown vigil 11.08 5pm 5. Shop for WAMM 11.08 5pm 6. Atheism/theism 11.08 6:30pm 7. Class struggle 11.08 7pm 8. LRT debate 11.08 7pm 9. Glimmer/film 11.08 7pm 10. Rights day 11.08 7pm 11. Iraq 11.08 7pm 12. Hiroshima 11.08 7:30pm 13. Survive/dance 11.08 8pm 14. Pwdrhorn bowls 11.09 11am 15. Law/Pakistan 11.09 12noon 16. CritMass bene 11.09 6pm 17. Pro-choice/art 11.09 6:30pm 18. Labor/$scumbags 11.09 7pm 19. David Rovics 11.09 8pm 20. Kids health ins 11.09 8:30pm 21. PC Roberts - Supermodel spurns the dollar 22. Jim Fuller - Clinton's complaint 23. ed - Dream universe (poem) --------1 of 23-------- From: Write On Radio <writeonradio [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Iran/war/KFAI 11.08 11am Write On Radio! Write on radio airs every THURSDAY 11 am - noon central time on 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul and live on the web at www.kfai.org. Shows are archived for two weeks on line. Thursday, November 8th, Ian talks with Reese Erlich, author of The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of US Policy and the Middle East Crisis. We also welcome to the studio translator and editor Eleni Electri-Lindsay, whose new book is Memoirs from the Front 1940-1941: A Wartime Journal from the Greek-Italian Front. And Cyn Collins is our special guest engineer, so listen up! --------2 of 23-------- From: Rosa Maria de la Cueva Peterson <rmdelacp [at] umn.edu> Subject: Usability Day 11.08 11am World Usability Day 2007 Events on Nov. 8th Just a reminder that November 8th is World Usability Day 2007 and that you are invited to attend our free events about user-centered web design in Walter Library tomorrow! http://1help.umn.edu/usability/wud.html Announcing World Usability Day 2007 Events at the University of Minnesota The Usability Services team at the University of Minnesota will be hosting a free program of events on World Usability Day 2007, which is Thursday November 8th, to promote awareness of the benefits of usability engineering and user-centered design. World Usability Day was started in 2005 by the Usability Professionals Association and involves 36 hours of usability-related activities around the world in 35 countries. On November 8th, you are invited to a "World Usability Day" program jointly sponsored by the Office of Information Technology and the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota. There will be speakers on usability and accessibility in human/computer interfaces in Room 402 Walter Library (see schedule below). In addition, the Usability Services team will give usability lab tours and eye-tracker demos in Room B26 Walter Library, from 11:00 - noon, and from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. All events are free and open to faculty, staff, students, and other visitors. No registration is required and anyone may attend. For more information and directions to the World Usability Day events: http://1help.umn.edu/usability/wud.html SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ON NOVEMBER 8th 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Room B26 Walter Library Open House at the Usability Lab Usability lab staff will be available to do demos and answer questions 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Room 402 Walter Library Presentation: "Intro to Usability -- How to Get Started" by Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch (Associate Professor, Writing Studies) and David Rosen (Usability Consultant, Office of Information Technology) 1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Break and networking in the 4th floor atrium, Walter Library 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. Room 402 Walter Library Presentation: "Accessibility News: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and a Web Accessibility Self-Audit Tool" by Josh Carroll (Usability Consultant, Office of Information Technology), Phil Kragnes (Assistive Technology Specialist, Office of Information Technology), Kim Doberstein (Web Designer, Office of Information Technology), and Nicole Tollefson (Web Designer, Office of Information Technology) 3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break and networking in the 4th floor atrium, Walter Library 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Room B26 Walter Open House at the Usability Lab Usability lab staff will be available to do demos and answer questions We hope you can join us for these great events! Please pass this invitation along to anyone else who might be interested. Alice de la Cova Usability Services Manager Office of Information Technology University of Minnesota (612) 624-9365 a-dela [at] umn.edu --------3 of 23-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 11.08 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. --------4 of 23-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 11.08 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. --------5 of 23-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Shop for WAMM 11.08 5pm Benefit Shopping Night at Ten Thousand Villages Thursday, November 8, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages, 867 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Since 1946 Ten Thousand Villages has supported the work of literally tens of thousands of artisans in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, making it one the largest fair trade organizations in North America. Working with more than 100 artisan groups, they purchase fine pieces from craftspeople with whom they have longstanding, nurturing relationships. 20% of all sales will be donated to WAMM. FFI: Call WAMM at 612-827-5364. --------6 of 23-------- From: August Berkshire <augustberkshire [at] gmail.com> Subject: Atheism/theism 11.08 6:30pm Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - "To Believe or Not to Believe" - a debate between Minnesota Atheists public relations officer August Berkshire and Northwestern College theology professor Ronn Johnson. One hour of debate followed by one hour of questions from the audience. Topics to be discussed include the burden of proof, the universe, life, morality/ethics, the problem of evil, and afterlife. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please arrive early. Northwestern Bookstore, Arbor Lakes Mall, 12985 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove, MN 55369, (763) 420-3883. The program will also be recorded, to be broadcast Friday, Nov. 9, noon-2 p.m. on "Along the Way," KTIS AM 900 radio. It will also be archived as a podcast. --------7 of 23-------- From: Michael Wood <mwood42092 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Class struggle 11.08 7pm Gus Hall Action Club warmly invites you to study and discuss an article, "The Class Struggle and Ideology," with us November 8 AND 15th at 7:00 Mayday Bookstore, 301 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis. Gus Hall, one of the founders of the Steelworkers' Union (USWA), was born in Minnesota and was the leader and presidential candidate of the Communist Party for many years. Hall's essay, "Class Struggle and Ideology," addresses the ideology and worldviews of the capitalist class vs. the working class. He writes: "There are two main world views - capitalist and working class. This is based on the law that in a class divided capitalist society, the interests of the capitalist class and the working class will remain irreconcilable, antagonistic, in opposition until the end of capitalism." Hall's essay addresses ways of interpreting and struggling to change the world. Hall calls Marxism-Leninism "a science for social change." The full essay may be read at: http://www.pww.org/past-weeks-1999/The%20class%20struggle%20part%201 See the Gus Hall Action Club blog at: http://gushallactionclub.blogspot.com/ --------8 of 23-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: LRT debate 11.08 7pm Light Rail public debate - Thursday evening I will be participating in the following event, and I hope you can come: The University of Minnesota Debate Team is hosting a public debate on Light Rail Transit in Minneapolis. 7:00pm Thursday, November 8th. 110 Pillsbury Hall, 310 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis (U of M East Bank campus) Campus Map with parking: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/PillsH/PillsH-map.html Debating: Resolved: that the city of Minneapolis should increase the portion of transportation funding for light rail. Guest Speakers: Proposing: Dave Van Hattum, Policy and Advocacy Program Manager, Transit For Livable Communities Opposing: Dave Bicking, Former Minneapolis City Council candidate, local activist The debate format includes an opportunity for every audience member to give a 1-minute floor speech defending the side they agree with most. Come, hear the sides, and Have Your Say! -- I wish to make it clear that I am NOT speaking on behalf of the Green Party at this debate. I will be speaking as a strong advocate for more and better public transportation. However, I believe that Light Rail, as currently operating and as proposed in the Twin Cities, is an outrageously expensive boondoggle that undermines our ability to fund much more extensive and desperately needed improvements to our transit system (primarily buses). Light rail has some nice benefits and amenities (I use it frequently myself), and it has been shown to attract those who would otherwise drive. It also has some drawbacks, in addition to the cost. It is inflexible - the route can not be easily adapted to conform to future land uses, it can not detour around temporary obstacles or construction, and it can not allow express service on the same route, because trains can not pass one another. It also exacerbates traffic congestion, rather than reducing it - thus causing more, rather than less, energy use and pollution. Come to the debate to hear me expand on these themes and provide documentation. One fundamental issue, for me, is that - while drawing people out of their cars is important - our FIRST priority must be to provide better public transportation for those who are transit dependent. This includes children, the elderly, the disabled, and those too poor to afford a car (or a second car for a two-adult household). It also includes those who have chosen to give up their car to rely totally on transit! The Green Party takes a strong stand in favor of public transportation funding. However, within the Party, there are strong differences of opinion on the particular technology of Light Rail. Certainly, an argument on either side could be compatible with our Ten Key Values. Currently, our State Platform says, "We advocate light rail transit as an essential part of the public transit system in the metro area." The last two or more state gatherings have considered changes to that part of the platform. Attempts have been made to include other alternatives (bus, bus rapid transit, PRT) along with light rail, or to omit mention of particular technologies and instead list our criteria for what we desire in a public transportation system. My sense is that there has been considerable, probably majority, support for a change; but it has been difficult to fashion a consensus for a particular change, and efforts have failed largely due to lack of time. Please come to the debate if you are interested in the issue - perhaps it will help inform both sides of the issue. And remember that there is an opportunity for audience members to speak! Dave Bicking --------9 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Glimmer/film 11.08 7pm Thursday, 11/8, 7 pm, documentary "Glimmer of Hope" about a family trying to understand the tragedy of their daughter's death during a 3-year victim/offender mediation,Humphrey Institute Cowles Auditorium, 301 - 19th Ave S, Mpls. ccfilmseries [at] gmail.com or http://www.creativeconversations.info/ --------10 of 23-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Rights day 11.08 7pm Human Rights Day Planning Meeting THURS, 11/8 @ 7pm @ 1313 5th St. SE, Mpls Room 102A Come to the Anti-War Committee meeting where we will start our plans for our annual Human Rights Day event. Everyone and all ideas are welcome! --------11 of 23-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: Iraq 11.08 7pm Before I write another word, I want to tell you that on Labor Day my great-granddaughter's father, a 25 year old Iraq vet, committed suicide by hanging. Jason Rynes, of Maple Grove, had a large circle of friends, an almost-four year old daughter he adored, a loving family ... and not one person saw signs that Jason was troubled. This is not an isolated event; I fear that it is one we will face again and again for years to come. Mike's presentation on November 8th is very timely; it is a topic that our society has ignored for too long. I hope you will help us to spread the word in every way you can and to attend, if possible. Michael Perkins, co-founder of Military Families Speak Out-Minnesota, will share his experiences on Thursday November 8, 7 PM. Mike strongly supports our troops but does not support the continued sacrifice of those troops and their families nor the use of tax dollars to occupy and destroy Iraq. His son, Robert, has paid a very high price for his18 months of service in Baghdad. And, Mike's brother, a tank commander in Gulf War 1, committed suicide after receiving no help for depleted uranium poisoning. Mike strongly feels that he cannot stand by while our troops and their families alone pay the price for this war. He has made the decision to run for Third Congressional District Representative to Congress because he is disappointed at the lack of Congressional action to end this war, to provide the care our troops and their families deserve, and to use a part of the money that is going to Iraq to fix America. He feels that there is a lot of talk of "supporting our troops" but not enough action. Please act on November 8th, by coming to the Parish Community of St. Joseph, 8706-36th Avenue N., New Hope (corner of 36th and Boone) and hearing all that Mike has to share with us. This program is free and totally open to all. For more information contact Carole, 763-546-5368 or nwn4p [at] yahoo.com. --------12 of 23-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Hiroshima 11.08 7:30pm Nov 8 Thursday, 7:30PM at Weisman Art Museum "Owning Hiroshima": A talk with Mark Nornes, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Sponsored By: Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Free! Paid Parking available in Weisman Lot or on River Road (meters). Weisman Art Museum Minneapolis Campus In the wake of atomic warfare, crews of filmmakers were dispatched to the ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. American troops stumbled on the Nagasaki crew, promptly seizing their footage and stopping the production. The project was restarted under the aegis of the Strategic Bombing Survey, the end product of which was The Effects of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This film is the only moving image record of the atomic bombings, and thus has been deposited in the imaginations of nearly every person on the planet. However, it came close to oblivion on more than one occasion. Before the film was even completed, it was subject to a series of power struggles and suppressions. The film was simply missing for several decades. Although a print was discovered and is preserved at several archives, it is rarely screened and has yet to be released on video. The struggles over the film continue; struggles over meaning, responsibility and ownership. Parts of the film will be shown to illustrate the lecture. However, it will not be shown in its entirety. Reception after the talk. About the Speaker: Markus Nornes is an associate professor in both the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. He is the author of "Forest of Pressure: Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary Film" (Minnesota UP) and "Japanese Documentary Film: From the Meiji Era to Hiroshima" (Minnesota UP). --------13 of 23-------- From: marketing [at] intermediaarts.org <marketing [at] intermediaarts.org> Subject: Survive/dance 11.08 8pm Intermedia Arts presents The Survival Pages A Naked Stages 2007 Performance - November 8-10, 2007 In a time when environmental issues are so highly abstracted and politicized, The Survival Pages invites you to reconnect, viscerally, with the ecological good sense of what it means to survive. Using Butoh Dance, original music, video, and found-object puppetry, Naked Stages 2007 performance artist Malia Burkhart journeys into the roots of our human disconnection from the natural world. Smell the dirt as Malia unearths her relationship troubles with the planet through humor and beauty. The Survival Pages is about a piece of nature "myself" investigating itself as a piece of nature. An intrinsic element in the development of this piece has been exploring the Minnesota environment and seasons through Butoh, a postmodern form of Japanese dance. When immersed in the experience of the dance, my senses are heightened; the layer of separation between myself and my environment becomes permeable. The messages I received throughout the course of these explorations form the basis of this piece. -Malia Burkhart; creator, performer, The Survival Pages This performance is part of a double bill, also featuring Mad King Thomas' Premium White Morsels. For the most up-to-date information and to learn how to purchase tickets, call Intermedia Arts at (612) 871-4444 or visit www.intermediaarts.org. Intermedia Arts is located at 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Thursday-Saturday, November 8-10, 2007 8 PM at Intermedia Arts 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis --------14 of 23--------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Powderhorn bowls 11.09 11am Powderhorn Empty Bowls, an event to raise awareness of and funds to end hunger in the Powderhorn neighborhood Friday, Nov. 9, from 11AM to 7PM in the Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave S Mpls Check it out: _http://powderhornemptybowls.org/_ --------15 of 23-------- From: Caroline Palmer <sealinesadie [at] mac.com> Subject: Law/Pakistan/NLG 11.09 12noon PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION OF SUPPORT FOR RULE OF LAW AND PAKISTANI LAWYERS AND JUDGES FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007 - 12:00 P.M. - FEDERAL COURTHOUSE - DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild calls on the Lawyers and Judges of Minnesota to respond to a call for defense of the Rule of Law and in support of Pakistani Lawyers by assembling, in person, at the Minneapolis Federal Building at 12:00 Noon on Friday, November 9, 2007 for a public expression of support, and press conference: Since Saturday, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan has suspended the national constitution, detained eight members of the Supreme Court and arrested more than 1,500 Pakistani lawyers. This is a profound breach of the rule of law. These actions have been condemned by the National Lawyers Guild, The American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Society of American Law Teachers, and others. We call upon President Musharraf to rescind these actions immediately. As set forth in the ABA statement, courts are society's referees. A judiciary that can impartially apply fair rules, without outside interference, is a cornerstone of lawful government. President Musharraf sought to justify his actions by citing the threat of terrorism. But shutting down a nation's lawful institutions of justice will hurt, not help, the fight against terrorism. The ABA, which represents more than 413,000 members worldwide, has a longstanding commitment to advancing the rule of law. When a nation's Constitution is suspended, and its Supreme Court is shut down, that is a blow to the rule of law everywhere. We urge all Minnesota lawyers and Judges to join the call of the ABA which urges all governments, bar associations and other civil society organizations to support the rule of law, by using every peaceful, legal means, to persuade President Musharraf to restore justice to the people of Pakistan. The Lawyers and Judges of Minnesota join with lawyers worldwide in support for the Rule of Law in all countries, for release of Pakistani lawyers and all lawful protestors and the re-institution of constitutional norms in Pakistan. Individual members of the Bench and Bar and representatives of lawyers organizations present at the Friday public expression of support will make their own statements in support of the return to the Rule of Law in Pakistan, a country which has received over $10 billion in aid from the United States since 2001. If you are interested in speaking or submitting a written statement of support on behalf of your organization, or would like to receive further information about this public demonstration of support, please use the contact information below: Bruce D. Nestor, President National Lawyers Guild - Minnesota Chapter 3547 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407 612-659-9019 612-436-3664 - Facsimile nestor [at] denestlaw.com NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD STRONGLY CONDEMNS STATE OF EMERGENCY IN PAKISTAN, URGES BUSH TO SUSPEND AID Contacts: Marjorie Cohn, NLG President, marjorie [at] tjsl.edu, 619-374-6923 Jeanne Mirer, NLG International Committee, mirerfam [at] earthlink.net, 212-473-8700 The National Lawyers Guild strongly condemns the State of Emergency imposed on the people of Pakistan and the attacks on lawyers and the judiciary. The NLG demands that President Musharraf immediately withdraw the emergency declaration of November 3, 2007, the Provisional Constitutional Order No. 1 of 2007 (PCO), which suspends Pakistan's Constitution. This declaration includes suspension of the right to life and liberty, freedom of speech, assembly and association, and equal protection of the law, all of which are guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry is being held under house arrest, and over 2500 lawyers in different parts of Pakistan including the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and other leaders of the Bar including officials of the Democratic Lawyers Association of Pakistan, have been detained. Journalists said the government ordered that journalists who brought "ridicule or disrepute" to Musharraf could face three years in prison. The real motivation for the PCO is not to defend the country against "Islamic extremists" but to maintain Musharraf in power. The State of Emergency was declared after the Supreme Court indicated it would overturn the results of the illegitimate election that preserved Musharraf's rule. Musharraf seeks to prevent public protests that lawyers and political parties were organizing. The lawyers and the judiciary are resisting efforts by Musharraf to violate Pakistan's Constitution and to interfere with the judiciary. The NLG salutes the lawyers of Pakistan for their principled stand in upholding the Constitution, independence of the judiciary, and the rule of law. The NLG supports the call by the lawyers of Pakistan to refuse to practice before judges who have agreed to take oath under the PCO. The PCO has been held to be unconstitutional and illegal by a 7-judge bench of the Pakistan Supreme Court. Chief Justice Chaudhry and other judges of the Supreme Court and of the High Courts who have refused to take oath under the illegal PCO continue to hold office and cannot be removed. The NLG demands the immediate release of the lawyers and others from custody and/or house arrest and withdrawal of all restrictions illegally imposed. The NLG further urges President Bush to discontinue all aid to Pakistan until the state of emergency is lifted, the Constitution is no longer suspended, and Musharraf provides assurance that the January 2008 elections will proceed as planned. Founded in 1937 as an alternative to the American Bar Association, which did not admit people of color, the National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state. --------16 of 23-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: CritMass bene 11.09 6pm PASTA BAR FUNDRAISER FOR CRITICAL MASS ARRESTEES (Vegan and Meat Choices Available) Friday, November 9 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walker Church 3100 16th Ave S, Minneapolis $7 for adults, $4 for children We're throwing a little party to raise funds for the Critical Mass arrestees legal fund. Come get your fill of delicious pasta with your choice of sauces, salad, garlic bread and dessert, all for a great cause. So far, five of the arrestees have been charged, some with serious offenses. It appears that people with histories of activism are being most heavily targeted. In one case, the prosecution tried to get the arrestee to take a deal specifically not to protest the RNC, so the agenda behind these prosecutions is pretty clear. Stand up with these arrestees and have a great meal and a great time, too. If you aren't able to attend but still want to contribute, go to the new Donations page on our website at and designate Critical Mass Arrestees as the fund you want to donate to: http://www.charityadvantage.com/CUAPB/DonateHere.asp --------17 of 23-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Pro-choice/art 11.09 6:30pm More on November 9: Pro-Choice Resources 4th Annual Art for Choice -- A 40th Anniversary Event at the Graves 601 Hotel. Meet the new Executive Director, Sarita Turner, at the event. 6:30-10PM. To view original works available to bid on at this event, visit prochoiceresources.org. --------18 of 23-------- From: Cherrene Horazuk <cherrene [at] afscme3800.org> Subject: Labor/$scumbags 11.09 7pm [ed head] Labor on the Frontlines: Fighting Privatization and the Corporate Takeover of Public Services Featuring: Ricardo Calderón, Leader of the Salvadoran Union Front (FSS) Phyllis Walker, President of AFSCME 3800, Clerical Workers at the U of MN Public services and public sector unions have come under major attack in the US and around the world. Governments are attempting to privatize and sell off public health, water, and electrical systems - eliminating access for poor and working people. At the same time, state universities, like the University of Minnesota, are being transformed into research wings for private corporations. Unions are at the forefront of the struggle to protect public services. In El Salvador, the Frente Sindical Salvadoreño (FSS) - Salvadoran Union Front - is leading the national fight against plans to privatize water and the public healthcare system. Union members have been intimidated and arrested for opposing the privatization of health care and water. A leader of the electrical workers union was murdered in July for organizing against the privatization attempts. In Minnesota, four AFSCME locals at the U of M went on strike in September after the U administration refused to give workers the salary increase that other state workers received and that the legislature had budgeted for them to keep up with inflation. After almost three weeks out, the strike ended on September 21. Strikers went back to work still angry at the U administration, but better organized and determined to carry forward the struggle for economic justice and against the U administration's corporate agenda. Friday, November 9 7:00pm Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council, Room 215 312 Central Ave. (Central and University) Sponsored by: AFSCME 3800. Endorsers: AFSCME 3937, SEIU 26, UFCW 789, UNITE-HERE 17, U of M Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). To endorse this event, or for more information call: 612-940-0660. --------19 of 23-------- From: entropy [at] riseup.net Subject: David Rovics 11.09 8pm prolific political songwriter David Rovics ( www.davidrovics.com ) is playing a show in Minneapolis (on his current tour) this Friday, November 9th. The show will be at the Stevens Square Center for the Arts (1905 3rd Ave S) at 8 pm sharp. Advance (reduced price) tickets are available at the Arise! bookstore & resource center (2441 Lyndale Avenue S. - Minneapolis). 10% of advance ticket sales will go to support the twin cities favorite volunteer-run radical/progressive bookstore & resource center, Arise!. --------20 of 23-------- From: t r u t h o u t <messenger [at] truthout.org> Subject: NOW/kid health ins 11.09 8:30pm NOW | Showdown Over Children's Health Insurance http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110707U.shtml This week on PBS, "NOW investigates the latest Congressional maneuvers to determine the fate of a children's health care program." Saying that "the fund is quickly running out of money. President Bush vetoed a bipartisan SCHIP reauthorization bill on October 3, claiming it would attract recipients who could otherwise afford private insurance. Now, the issue has become a political free-for-all, with family lives hanging in the balance." --------21 of 23-------- Supermodel Spurns the Dollar Dollar's Fall Collapses the American Empire; Bring Those 737 Overseas Military Bases Home! By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS CounterPunch November 7, 2007 The US dollar is still officially the world's reserve currency, but it cannot purchase the services of Brazilian super model Gisele Bundchen. Gisele required the $30 million she earned during the first half of this year to be paid in euros. Gisele is not alone in her forecast of the dollar's fate. The First Post (UK) reports that Jim Rogers, a former partner of billionaire George Soros, is selling his home and all possessions in order to convert all his wealth into Chinese yuan. Meanwhile, American economists continue to preach that offshoring is good for the US economy and that Bush's war spending is keeping the economy going. The practitioners of supply and demand have yet to figure out that the dollar's supply is sinking the dollar's price and along with it American power. The macho super patriots who support the Bush regime still haven't caught on that US superpower status rests on the dollar being the reserve currency, not on a military unable to occupy Baghdad. If the dollar were not the world currency, the US would have to earn enough foreign currencies to pay for its 737 oversees bases, an impossibility considering America's $800 billion trade deficit. When the dollar ceases to be the reserve currency, foreigners will cease to finance the US trade and budget deficits, and the American Empire along with its wars will disappear overnight. Perhaps Bush will be able to get a World Bank loan, or maybe one from the "Chavez bank," to bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Foreign leaders, observing that offshoring and war are accelerating America's relative economic decline, no longer treat the US with the deference to which Washington is accustomed. Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, recently refused Washington's demand to renew the lease on the Manta air base in Ecuador. He told Washington that the US could have a base in Ecuador if Ecuador could have a military base in the US. [Ha ha ha! Good one! LOL! -ed] When Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez addressed the UN, he crossed himself as he stood at the podium. Referring to President Bush, Chavez said, "Yesterday the devil came here, and it smells of sulfur still today." Bush, said Chavez, was standing "right here, talking as if he owned the world." In his state of the nation message last year, Russian president Vladimir Putin said that Bush's blathering about democracy was nothing but a cloak for the pursuit of American self-interests at the expense of other peoples. "We are aware what is going on in the world. Comrade wolf knows whom to eat, and he eats without listening, and he's clearly not going to listen to anyone." In May 2007, Putin criticized the neocon regime in Washington for "disrespect for human life" and "claims to global exclusiveness, just as it was in the time of the Third Reich." Even America's British allies regard President Bush as a threat to world peace and the second most dangerous man alive. Bush is edged out in polls by Osama bin Laden, but is regarded as more dangerous than Iran's demonized president and North Korea's Kim Jong-il. President Bush has achieved his dismal world standing despite spending $1.6 billion of hard-pressed Americans' tax money on public relations between 2003 and 2006. Clearly, America's leader and America's currency are poorly regarded. Is there a solution? Perhaps the answer lies in those 737 overseas bases. If those bases were brought home and shared among the 50 states, each state would gain 15 new military bases. Imagine what this would mean: The end of the housing slump. A reduction in the trade deficit. And the end of the war on terror. Who would dare attack a country with 15 new military bases in every state in addition to the existing ones? Wherever a terrorist turned, he would find himself surrounded by soldiers. All of the dollars currently spent abroad to support 737 overseas bases would be spent at home. Income for foreigners would become income for Americans, and the trade deficit would shrink. The impact of the 737 military base payrolls on the US economy would end the housing crisis and bring back the 140,000 highly paid financial services jobs, the loss of which this year has cost the US $42 billion in consumer income. Foreclosures and bankruptcies would plummet. If this isn't enough to turn the dollar around, President Bush's pledge not to appoint an Attorney General if Michael Mukasey is not confirmed offers more promise. If the Democrats will defeat Mukasey's nomination, there are other superfluous cabinet departments that can be closed down in addition to the US Department of Torture and Indefinite Detention. The American empire is being unwound on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The year is two months from being over, but already in 2007, despite the touted "surge," deaths of US soldiers are the highest of any year of the war. The Taliban are the ones who are surging. They have taken control of a third district in Western Afghanistan. Turkey and the Kurds are on the verge of turning northern Iraq into a new war zone, another demonstration of American impotence. Bush's wars have endangered America's puppet regimes. Bush's Pakistani puppet, Musharraf, is fighting for his life. By resorting to "emergency rule" and oppressive measures, Musharraf has intensified his opposition. When Musharraf falls, thanks to Bush, the Islamists will have nukes. American generals used to say that the wars Bush started in the Middle East would take 10 years to win. On Oct. 31 General John Abizaid, former commander of US forces in the Middle East, put paid to that optimistic forecast. Speaking at Carnegie Mellon University, Gen. Abizaid said it would be 50 years before US troops can leave the Middle East. There is no possibility of the US remaining in the Middle East for a half century. The dollar and US power are already on their last legs, unbeknownst to Democratic leaders Pelosi and Reid who are preparing yet another blank check for Bush's latest request for $200 billion in supplementary war funding. There isn't any money with which to fund Bush's lost war. It will have to be borrowed from China. The Romans brought on their own demise, but it took them centuries. Bush has finished America in a mere 7 years. Even as Gisele throws off the dollar's hegemony, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Columbia are declaring independence of the IMF and World Bank, instruments of US financial hegemony, by creating their own development bank, thus bringing to an end US suzerainty over South America. An empire that has lost its backyard is finished. 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 --------22 of 23-------- Clinton's Complaint by Jim Fuller Veteran journalist, Fuller was the Mineapolis Star Tribune business reporter for 30 years. His blog is at http://www.jamesckayfuller.com/ To the women who are twisting themselves into knots to support Hillary Clinton for the presidency while ignoring her obvious and enormous failings: You can't have it both ways. One of the silliest sideshows of the campaign thus far - we can be confident that there is much worse to come - is the flood of complaints that the boys "piled up" on Clinton in the most recent of the phony candidate debates. Clinton's campaign staff started and fueled the complaints. The letters column of the New York Times was full of such nonsense a few days ago, and the blogs and other opinion-friendly spaces continue to get countless megabytes of such commentary, almost all of it from women. A couple of better-known female columnists joined the gang whine, although more said, as I do, that the complaints are absurd and counter productive to the cause of the letter writers. Clinton has worked hard to prove to the bomb-loving right that she's as ready as Dick Cheney to kill, torture and ignore the Constitution in order to "support freedom." She's given away much we know to be irredeemable and much more that has not yet been publicly identified to gain the support she now has from people like news and propaganda baron Rupert Murdoch, who have never seen a U.S.-involved slaughter they couldn't profit from. She has kicked sand in the faces of Democrats who have made overwhelmingly clear that they want this country to withdraw from Iraq and, even more, to prevent the White House lunatics from attacking Iran. Kicked sand? Hell, she happily grinds your faces in it, while out of a corner of her mouth she says she really does like peace - sorta, sometimes, when it's convenient and won't cut into profits or her campaign treasury. But the corporate media keep telling us she's by far the front running candidate of the Democratic wing of the Corporate Party, and they've pounded and pounded and pounded that message into our earholes until most people believe it and, believing it, make it true. And what do other candidates do with a "front runner" when allowed by the media to say something? They attack, of course. Always have, always will. They have to show up the opponent's lies and hypocrisy when given a chance. They try very hard to show the leading candidate's failings - which in this case is not difficult, given the number and degree of Clinton's sins against traditional Democrats and liberals, against good people everywhere. It would not be different if the media-created leading candidate were a male, even one with fewer egregious shortcomings. So having Clinton, who has worked very hard to show how bloody-minded and ruthless she is, now doing "the boys are picking on me" act is the height of absurdity. It's also another demonstration of her cold calculation and lack of ethical core. --------23 of 23-------- The universe is my dream. Humor me. Or else. Now here's what I want... -------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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