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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2007 05:14:16 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 12.08.07 1. SPNN open house 12.08 10am 2. Arts/crafts fair 12.08 10am 3. NWN4P-Minnetonka 12.08 11am 4. WILPF/Weisman 12.08 11am 5. Plymouth vigil 12.08 1pm 6. HumanRights rally 12.08 1pm 7. YAWR/metro meet 12.08 3pm 8. Shays' Rebellion 12.08 4pm 9. Labor history/TV 12.08 9pm 10. Stillwater vigil 12.09 1pm 11. HealthCare/media 12.09 1pm 12. Amnesty Intl 12.09 2pm 13. Vets for peace 12.09 6pm 14. Cynthia McKinney 12.09-10 6pm here in MN 15. Sprogs 12.10 6:30pm 16. MN labor vs war 12.10 7pm 17. E-doors to govt 12.10 7pm 18. Mark Weisbrot - Progressive change in Venezuela and Latin America 19. M Nickerson - I took my car to the corner store to get a loaf of bread 20. ed - Democracy is (poem) --------1 of 20-------- From: Mike Wassenaar <wassenaar [at] spnn.org> Subject: SPNN open house 12.08 10am Santa will be there, along with your friends and neighbors, checking out the SPNN Open House, from 10am-1pm at the SPNN studios in Downtown Saint Paul at 6th and Jackson. We'll have cocoa, cider, cookies, and lots of fun. You'll be able to send holiday greetings (like to all your loved ones on the SPIF Feedback Forum!) on our channels, take part in our live Santa Call-In television program (he sees you when you watch TV...oooh), find out about teen programs here at SPNN, and get a tour of the facility and our production van. --------2 of 20-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Arts/crafts fair 12.08 10am Walker Church Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair 3104 16th Ave S Mpls 55407-one block from Bloomington and Lake Sat Dec 8, 10:00-4:00 Sun Dec 9, 12:00-4:00* Local artists and crafters, radical books presented by Don Olson of KFAI's Northern Sun News homemade soups & bread, delicious baked goods. Come for lunch, stay to bug Laura. --------3 of 20-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P-Minnetonka 12.08 11am NWN4P-Minnetonka demonstration- Every Saturday, 11 AM to noon, at Hwy. 7 and 101. Park in the Target Greatland lot; meet near the fountain. We will walk along the public sidewalk. Signs available. --------4 of 20-------- From: Doris Marquit <marqu001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: WILPF/Weisman 12.08 11am Tour of Weisman Museum: Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 am Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Mn Metro Branch, Invites you to a special tour of a politically charged new exhibit Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation Contemporary Native North American Art from the West, Northwest, and Pacific Meet in the lobby of the Weisman at 11 am, Saturday, December 8 WILPF member Norma Rowe will give us a ten-minute introduction about the architecture of this building and its celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Then we will tour the exhibit, concentrating on a few special items, with explanatory comments. Then some time for browsing. Total time of tour—1 hour. All are invited to go together next door to Coffman Union for coffee and discussion of the political imagery in the art we have just seen. The Weisman Art Museum is located on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. 333 East River Road Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-9494 Free admission. The parking garage is located beneath the museum on East River Road. Public parking is available in the museum ramp at a rate of $2.75 per hour with a daily maximum of $12.00. The parking ramp and the museum are both handicapped accessible. [Is the museum Philistine accessible? -ed] [I want there to be special parking places reserved just for Philistines. You'd need a tag on your car, which you get by demonstrating clueless bad taste. The tag: a glowing pink flamingo on black velvet. -ed] --------5 of 20-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P Plymouth vigil 12.08 1pm NWN4P Plymouth vigil, every Saturday, 1-2 PM The "New Hope vigil" has moved to County Rd. 9 (also known as Rockford Rd. or 42nd Avenue N.) and Vinewood, one block east of 494, for the winter months. You may park in the lot between Chilis and Bakers Square. Express your thoughts on your own sign or feel free to use one of ours. Vinewood is the entrance to Target Greatland and Rainbow. Please join us; all are welcome. --------6 of 20-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Human rights rally 12.08 1pm Human Rights: A Casuality of War - Rally & March for International Human Rights Day SAT, 12/8 @ 1pm, Spirit of the Lakes Church, 2930 13th Ave S. (13th Avenue & Lake Street), Mpls --------7 of 20-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: YAWR/metro meet 12.08 3pm Youth Against War and Racism - Metro-Wide Meeting Next Steps after the Walkout. Saturday, December 8, 2007 3:00pm - 5:00pm Fellowship of Reconciliation Headquaters 1050 Selby Ave. St. Paul Saint Paul, MN The Walkout was a big success. Now it is time to discuss future plans for YAWR in the Twin Cities and how to build YAWR at your school. --------8 of 20-------- From: John Peterson <jp [at] handsoffvenezuela.org> Subject: Shays Rebellion 12.08 4pm Marxism & the USA: Shays' Rebellion and the Founding of a Nation December 8 4-6pm Mayday Bookstore 301 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis U.S. history is full of examples of mass revolutionary struggles for a better world. In the late 1780s, Daniel Shays led an uprising of small farmers in Massachusetts against the government and the big merchants they represented. Based on democratic and egalitarian principles, Shays' Rebellion was a threat to the new social order established after the American Revolution. Joe Riemann, of Massachusetts-based Equal Exchange Cooperative, will facilitate a discussion introduced by John Peterson, Editor of Socialist Appeal, focusing on the effect these events had on the founding of the United States, and their relevance to today's struggles. --------9 of 20-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Labor history/CTV 12.08 9pm Dearest 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! 12/8 9pm and 12/11 8am "Labor's Past, Labor's Present, Labor's Future" Interview of Peter Rachleff, labor historian and professor at Macalester College. Hosted by Karen Redleaf. (a repeat) --------10 of 20-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 12.09 1pm A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2 p.m. Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be positive. Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers. If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it. Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to <http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/ For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560 --------11 of 20-------- From: Joel Albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> Subject: HealthCare/media 12.09 1pm Building a Grassroots Health Care Media Campaign: Government-Funded Health Care as a Human Right Free and Open to the Public, Enjoy some good Holiday Food Sunday, December 9, 2007, 1:00-4:30 PM Rondo Library, MPR Rm, University Ave & Dale Str., St.Paul ( I 94 to Dale near Capitol) Background: HMO, drug and device monopolies control U.S. health care policy and debate through strategic indoctrination of the public to the "mantra" that health care must operate as a "market" commodity (despite its non-existence). Industry allies in this conditioning process include legislatures, candidates, and mass media. Despite this, the public adheres to its longstanding conviction that health care is a human right and the government should fund it (Single-Payer system). We will explore how communities can build strategic grassroots media networks to take back health care, make it a public good, and end the ravaging of the peoples' health. Objectives For This Forum of Brainstorming and Sharing Idea: Effective Framework and Messaging to create debate Grassroots Groups' Experiences w/ Media so far on Single-Payer Universal Health Care Listing Types of Media: Independent, Corporate, Print, Electronic (Including the Internet) Changing the Visual Landscape Through Street Art, Creativity, Visibility, becoming the Media Brainstorming a Media Strategy: Press Releases, Press Conferences, Op/ Eds, Direct Action Building Grassroots Health Care Media Attention: Networking and Skills Sharing Sponsored by: Universal Health Care Action Network - MN, facilitated by Deidre Arianne Kellogg, Organization Consultant and Media Specialist and Joel Albers, UHCAN-MN. Contact: UHCAN-MN by phone at 612.384.0973, or e-mail at joel [at] uhcan-mn.org, Website: www.uhcan- mn.org --------12 of 20-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 12.09 2pm GROUP 37 HUMAN RIGHTS DAY WRITE-A-THON REMINDER: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 - 2 TO 4 P.M. Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. on December 9th at the Center for Victims of Torture for our holiday write-a-thon! Each December, Group 37 moves our monthly meeting to correspond with International Human Rights Day and joins thousands of other AI members around the world in letter-writing: To protect human rights, to encourage human rights defenders, and to bring hope to prisoners of conscience. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be provided. You may wish to bring a pen and clipboard, and Group 37 members are encouraged to bring treats to share. Please note that this event will take the place of our regular meeting for December -- There will be no regular meeting on December 16th. Location: Center for Victims of Torture, 717 E. River Rd. SE, Minneapolis (corner of E. River Rd. and Oak St.). Park on street or in the small lot behind the center (the Center is a house set back on a large lawn). A map and directions are available on-line: http://www.twincitiesamnesty.org/meetings.html --------13 of 20-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Vets for peace 12.09 6pm Sunday,12/9, 6 to 8:30 pm (and the 2nd Sunday of each month), Veterans for Peace chapter 27 meeting, St Stephens School basement, 2130 Clinton Ave S, Mpls. John at 952-448-2664. --------14 of 20-------- From: greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Cynthia McKinney 12.09-10 6pm Summary: This is the completed schedule for the Cynthia McKinney for president tour in Minneapolis/St Paul for Sunday-Monday December 9-10th. Questions, please contact Farheen Hakeem (612)964-9143 Michael Cavlan (612)327-6902 Come and listen to this dynamic peace and justice candidate for president in 2008. Showing of documentary film American Blackout, on the election fraud of 2000 and 2004 showing the disenfranchisment of blacks and others in the respective presidential election, starring Cynthia McKinney. McKinney will speak after the movie showing. Sunday December 9th 6pm-8 pm Owen Science Building St Thomas University S.W. Corner of Summit Ave and Cretin St Paul Monday December 10th 7:30 am breakfast meeting with community activists Marie's Cafe 1113 East Franklin Ave Minneapolis 10:30 am Press Conference Global Exchange Building Greenway Conference Room Corner of Lake St and Chicago Minneapolis 11:30 am Fundraiser and Lunch Same location 1-3:30 pm Personal Interviews with Cynthia With various Journalists in Minnesota 4pm Talk with Workers at Ford Plant in St Paul Baker's Square Coffee Shop Ford Parkway near Cretin (directly across from Ford Plant) St Paul 5 pm. Leave for Wisconsin --- From: Socialist Alternative <mn [at] socialistalternative.org> Hello Socialist Alternative Supporters, A former Democratic congresswoman from Atlanta, McKinney recently broke from the Democratic Party, calling them beholden to corporate interests, and she is now running for president with the Green Party. Socialist Alternative is not at this stage endorsing McKinney, however we welcome her break from the Democrats and her initiative to mount a strong antiwar, anti-corporate challenge to the two parties of big business. We encourage you to attend the events listed above. --------15 of 20-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Sprogs 12.10 6:30pm Monday, 12/10, 6:30 to 9 pm, monthly meeting for the MN chapter of Network of Spiritual Progressives, Plymouth Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Mpls. http://www.nspmn.org --------16 of 20-------- From: Teddy <tyimenu2005 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: MN labor vs war 12.10 7pm BUILD LABOR'S OPPOSITION TO WAR! MN Labor Against War Meetings 2nd Monday of Each Month 7pm Merriam Park Library in St.Paul - Basement At the Corner of Marshall and Fairview Contacts: Teddy Shibabaw 612-807-3196 - tyimenu2005 [at] yahoo.com Corey Mattson - 612-298-0920 - correymattson [at] maydaybookstore.org --------17 of 20------- From: Jonathan Barrentine <jonathan [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: E-doors to govt 12.10 7pm Presented by Robbie LaFleur and Helen Burke Rondo Library (University and Dale) Monday, December 10 7:00 - 8:30 pm FREE A wealth of government information is now available online. Guest presenters Robbie LaFleur and Helen Burke will discuss finding and utilizing these resources, as well as researching and tracking bills in the MN State Legislature and connecting with elected officials. Robbie LaFleur is the Director of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library; Helen Burke is the Head of Government Documents for the Minneapolis Public Library. Both are eager to answer any questions you may have. St. Paul E-Democracy is offering this workshop as part of our ongoing E-Tools for All series at the Rondo Library. It will take place on Monday, December 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. As always, the workshop is free, all are welcome to attend, and no registration is required. Please go to http://pages.e-democracy.org/Rondo_Workshop_Schedule for an updated schedule. --------18 of 20-------- Progressive Change in Venezuela and Latin America by Mark Weisbrot December 08, 2007 ZNet "He had faults, like other men; but it was for his virtues that he was hated and successfully calumniated." -- Bertrand Russell, on the American revolutionary Thomas Paine. The defeat of the Venezuelan government's proposed constitutional reforms last Sunday will probably not change very much in Venezuela. Most of what was in the reforms can be enacted through the legislature. This is especially true for the progressive reforms: social security pensions for informal sector workers, free university education, the prohibition of discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. The negative elements, such as expanding the government's powers in a state of emergency, probably wouldn't have changed much if they had passed. The Chavez government has never declared a state of emergency, and did not invoke any special powers even when most democratic governments in the world would have done so, e.g. during the oil strike of 2002-2003, which crippled the economy and almost toppled the government for the second time in a year; or after the April 2002 military coup. (It is also worth noting that even if they had passed, the amendments wouldn't have given the Venezuelan government the authority to commit the worst infringements on civil liberties that the Bush administration has made in its "war on terror.") Chavez's proposal to scrap term limits was defeated, but he has more than five years to try again if he wants. But even if this is his last term, the changes underway in Venezuela will not likely be reversed when he steps down. Most importantly, the character of the political battles in Venezuela has not changed. The popular presentation of this contest as between pro-Chavez and anti-Chavez forces is misleading. It is a struggle of left versus right, with the two sides divided and polarized along the lines of class, democracy, national sovereignty, and race. For these reasons, in the past eight years there has been very little progressive or even liberal political opposition to the Chavez government in Venezuela - just as there were no progressive or liberal organizations in the United States that supported President George W. Bush for re-election in 2004. Venezuela is politically polarized - much more so than the United States. The referendum shifted these political dividing lines only very slightly, and very likely temporarily. Some within the pro-government coalition opposed the reforms; and it appears that the amendments failed mainly because a great many of Chavez's supporters didn't vote. But there is no indication that these people have shifted to the opposition camp, and polls show that Chavez and the government remain highly popular. And the opposition to the government is still a right-wing opposition, despite the addition of a mostly-well-off student movement that is more ideologically mixed - including the student opposition leader Stalin Gonzalez, who recently defended his namesake in the Wall Street Journal. With regard to democracy, there has always been a clear difference between the two sides. Chavez's immediate acceptance of a razor-thin margin of defeat - 50.7 percent against - before all the votes were even counted should cut through all the media hype about a "strongman" and a "dictator." Chavez congratulated his opponents on their victory. As in previous elections, he had publicly committed to accepting the results before the vote, and had called on the opposition to do the same. On the other side, the opposition tried several oil and business strikes, and a military coup in April 2002, to win what they could not gain at the ballot box. The first act of the short-lived coup government was to abolish the constitution and dissolve the Supreme Court and the elected National Assembly. The coup was reversed due to massive pro-democracy street demonstrations, but eight months later the opposition once again tried to topple the government with a devastating, management-led oil shutdown. Unlike in the United States, where we have three sets of labor laws that would have put the leaders of such a strike in jail, the Chavez government allowed the strike to run its course, with the economy crippled in the process. Only after all extra-legal means failed to dislodge the government did the Venezuelan opposition resort to the ballot box, exercising their constitutional right to a recall referendum on the presidency in August 2004. They lost by a margin of 59-41, and promptly refused to accept the result. Although vote-rigging was nearly impossible under the dual electronic-plus-paper-ballot voting system and the result was certified by the Carter Center and the OAS, the opposition - which has its own media and invents its own reality - to this day holds to conspiracy theories(1) that the referendum was stolen by a fantastic electronic fraud. In December 2005, seeing that it would lose congressional elections, the opposition boycotted, despite the OAS and European Union observers' condemnation of the boycott. The opposition did finally accept their defeat in the December 2006 presidential elections, which Chavez won with 63 percent of the vote and the highest turnout ever. And now that they have finally won at the ballot box, there is a possibility of an opposition emerging that is more willing to play by the democratic rules of the game. The student movement seems to have more elements that favor democratic means of challenging the government, and may have played a role in convincing others in the opposition to vote in the referendum. But they have not transformed the opposition into a democratic movement. With regard to class, polls sponsored by the opposition and the government show that poor and working people are overwhelmingly pro-Chavez, and the upper classes against him. There are obvious reasons for this class divide: the Chavez government has provided health care to the vast majority of poor Venezuelans, subsidized food, and increased access to education. Real (inflation-adjusted) social spending per person has increased by 314 percent over the eight years of the Chavez administration. The proportion of households in poverty has dropped by 38 percent - and this is measuring only cash income, not other benefits such as health care and education.(2) Interestingly, the upper classes have also done pretty well, but appear to oppose Chavez for mostly ideological reasons, including his commitment to "21st century socialism." The Chavez administration has also provided the poor with more of a voice in government than they have ever had previously. On the questions of national sovereignty and empire, the lines are also clearly divided in Venezuela. Leading opposition groups, including some who were involved in the coup, have received U.S. funding and other support. Washington's involvement in the coup is well-documented and much deeper(3) than the vast understatements and euphemisms used by the major US and international media describe the US role. The Washington Post reported this week that the Bush Administration has been funding unnamed student groups, presumably opposition, up to and including this year. The Bush Administration has remained committed to this day to regime change in Venezuela, through destabilization and de-legitimation, although there are differences within the State Department. Its tacit support for the completely unjustified opposition boycott of the December 2005 congressional elections is a good example of this strategy: giving up about 30 percent of the Venezuelan congress just for the propaganda advantage of having the media report on "a congress completely dominated by Chavez." While the media focuses on Chavez' rhetoric, such as his notorious UN speech in which he referred to President Bush as the devil, his confrontation with Washington has been inevitable and not of his choosing. Latin American racism, especially outside of that directed against indigenous groups, is different than in the United States because "race" is less well-defined; but institutional racism is no less prevalent, as the noticeable difference in skin color between the white elite and the poorer classes throughout the region makes very clear. In Venezuela, this difference of complexion is also quite visible between the anti-Chavez and pro-Chavez demonstrations. Perhaps more importantly, those who are aware of and against racism - including indigenous and anti-racist groups - are overwhelmingly pro-Chavez, partly because of his government's actions on behalf of indigenous rights, including land reform and land titling, and constitutional rights. (4) Needless to say, the opposition to Chavez - who is proud of his African and indigenous heritage - also contains overtly racist elements. Indigenous supporters outside Venezuela include President Evo Morales of Bolivia, a close friend and ally of Chavez. Other progressive Latin American presidents also have close relationships with Chavez and see him as a very important ally: Nestor Kirchner of Argentina, Rafael Correa of Ecuador and although the international media is always trying to deny it, President Lula da Silva of Brazil. Lula heads a divided government, but he has consistently defended Chavez.(5) All of these leaders understand the historic nature of what is happening in Latin America - the majority of a region once known as 'the United States' backyard" now has governments that are more independent of the United States than Europe is. Chavez has played a huge role in this process, most importantly through the Venezuelan government's billions of dollars of lending and grants to governments - made without policy conditions. Until a few years ago, Washington's main avenue of influence in Latin America was through control over credit, which was exercised through a creditors' cartel headed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The collapse of this cartel in recent years is the most important change in the international financial system in more than three decades, and one that has drastically reduced U.S. influence. Venezuela's provision of an alternative source of credit has helped other democratic governments to try and deliver on their electoral promises without the threat of economic strangulation from abroad that, just a few years ago, may have doomed them to a short life. It is thus helping to promote democracy in the region. What about the charges that Venezuela under Chavez has been moving toward "an authoritarian state'? The denial of a broadcast license renewal to a TV station that participated in a military coup and several other attempts to topple the government, and that would not get a license in any other democratic country, is hardly inappropriate (6); it was also defended by other democratic presidents in the region, including those of Brazil, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Venezuela's media is still dominated by the opposition, and remains the most anti-government media in the hemisphere. Then there is the controversial "enabling law," which gives Chavez fairly broad temporary authority to make certain legislation by executive order, subject to revocation by the congress or referendum. But as the US State Department's top official for Latin America, Thomas Shannon, commented when the Venezuelan congress passed the law in January, "It's something valid under the constitution. As with any tool of democracy, it depends how it is used." And Chavez has hardly used the enabling legislation at all - only to extract more concessions from foreign oil companies. One can go through the list, but the point is that one does not have to agree with every decision of the Venezuelan government to see that there is little or nothing to back up the absurd image of "authoritarian rule" that the Chavez-haters have created. Unfortunately they have gotten help from politicized groups such as "Reporters Without Borders," which receives funding from the "National Endowment for Democracy" (which has funded groups involved in the overthrow of elected governments, including Venezuela  and Haiti ); the Committee to Protect Journalists, which is funded by big media owners; and other organizations who are generally more autonomous but whose independence seems to weaken under pressure with regard to Venezuela. Bottom line: no reputable human rights organization has claimed, nor would they, that civil liberties or human rights have deteriorated under the Chavez government - or that it compares unfavorably on these issues with the region. A historic transformation in underway in Latin America. After more than a quarter century of neoliberal economic reform, and the worst long-term economic growth failure in more than a century, a revolt at the ballot box has elected leaders who are looking for democratic alternatives that will restore economic growth and development, and reduce poverty and inequality.(7) The U.S. government is opposing these efforts; a key element of its overall strategy is to demonize Chavez and de-legitimize the democratic government of Venezuela. The U.S. and international media have enthusiastically embraced this agenda, with journalism that makes Judy Miller's worst articles in the run-up to the Iraq war look fair and balanced by comparison. A more truthful and accurate reporting and analysis of these events is sorely need. Footnotes: 1.See Mark Weisbrot, David Rosnick and Todd Tucker, "Black Swans, Conspiracy Theories, and the Quixotic Search for Fraud," Center for Economic and Policy Research, September 2004. [http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/venezuela_2004_09.pdf] 2.See Mark Weisbrot and Luis Sandoval, "The Venezuelan Economy in the Chavez Years," Center for Economic and Policy Research, July 2007. [http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/venezuela_2007_07.pdf] Poverty figures here updated for first half 2007. 3. See Mark Weisbrot, "Venezuela's Election Provides Opportunity for Washington to Change its Course" Aniston Sunday Star, December 10, 2006. [http://www.cepr.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=649&Itemid=45] 4. See e.g., Michael Fox, "Indigenous March in Support of Chavez in Venezuela," Venezuelanalysis.com, June 11, 2006. [http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/news.php?newsno=1985] 5. See Gosman, Eleonara, "Lula: "Nadie Har que Discute con Chvez, es mi Amigo," Clarn, July 7, 2007; and Mark Weisbrot, "President Bush's Trip to Latin America is All About Denial," Center for Economic and Policy Research, March, 2007 6. See Robert McChesney and Mark Weisbrot, "Venezuela and the Media: Fact and Fiction [http://www.cepr.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1200]; Mark Weisbrot, "Eyes Wide Shut: The Media Looks at Venezuela [http://www.cepr.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1269&Itemid=45] 7. See Mark Weisbrot, "Latin America: The End of an Era," International Journal of Health Services, Volume 37, Number 3 / 2007, also available at [http://www.cepr.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=374&Itemid=8] Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, D.C. (www.cepr.net). --------19 of 20-------- From: Culture Change <info [at] culturechange.org> I Took My Car to the Corner Store to Get a Loaf of Bread by Mike Nickerson I took my car to the corner store, to get a loaf of bread; It turned out to be quite a trip, when all was done and said. First I took the doors along, as they were first at hand; A trip with each, my heart did pound, the exercise was grand. Next I took the hood and trunk, they easily came undone; The body posed a bigger task, it could not be moved as one. I'll not tell all, about the chore, with torch and saw to render; Suffice to say, when it was done, I could carry every member. But for the engine, I had to cheat, its weight too much for me; I brought a wagon to the task, man powered, though, you see. With fenders, gears and manifolds, bumpers, clutch and brakes; My heart and lungs were racing now, a little rest I'd take. Oh how I love my motor car, its chrome and paint do shine; The neighbours stare as we go by, I'm so glad that it is mine. The tires I choose to roll along, a wonder is the wheel; After axles, tranny and padded seats, I was ready for my meal. Alone, one man, but for his car, the corner store's so handy; I got the bread that I came for, some cheese and also candy. The joys of transport are so grand, the world is there to roam; I took my car to the corner store, now I have to take it home. --------20 of 20-------- Democracy is not lost; it is stuck high up big businesses' butt. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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