|Progressive Calendar 06.28.08||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2008 01:28:47 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.28.08 1. Women/genocide 6.28 8:30am 2. Peace walk 6.28 9am Cambridge MN 3. Meditate 6.28 9am 4. GLBT Pride 6.28 10am 5. NWN4P Mtka 6.28 11am 6. No to NOAA 6.28 12noon 7. Trans march 6.28 1pm 8. Ntown vigil 6.28 2pm 9. Arise benefit 6.28 8pm 10. Bennis/empire 6.28 9pm 11. Carlin on SNL 6.28 time? 12. Nader/Ch5 6.29 9am 13. Atheist/AM950 6.29 9am 14. Stwater vigil 6.29 1pm 15. Pride mass 6.29 4pm 16. Chris Hedges - Real journalists don't make $5 million a year 17. Tom Burghardt - "Fighting Democrats" rake-in Big Telecom bucks 18. Anon - Good news 19. ed - Uri Nation (haiku) --------1 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Women/genocide 6.28 8:30am Saturday, 6/28, 8:30 to 3:30, workshop "Women as Collateral Damage in War and Genocide" highlighting Cambodian women, Guthrie Theater, 218 S 2nd St, Mpls. $20 includes workshop and lunch. Registration at http://www.gutherietheater.org --------2 of 19-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 6.28 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------3 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Meditate 6.28 9am Saturday, 6/28 (and every 4th Saturday), 9 to 10:30 am, Pax Christi Twin Cities invites friends to join them monthly in meditation and prayer, St Joan of Arc Parish Center, 4537 - 3rd Ave S, Mpls. FFI: Lynn at 651-545-1611. --------4 of 19-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: GLBT Pride 6.28 10am Twin Cities GLBT Pride Festival and Peace Booth Saturday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 29, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Loring Park, Lyndale and Hennepin Avenues, Minneapolis. The Twin Cities GLBT Pride Festival features four stages of all-live entertainment, three food courts, fireworks, history pavilion and a Family and Children's area. The Parade will take place on Sunday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. and will begin at 3rd Street and Hennepin Avenue and follow Hennepin Avenue to Loring Park. Come visit the Peace Booth at the Festival and/or join local peace organizations, including WAMM, in the Parade. Peace Booth sponsored by: the Anti-War Committee (AWC), and WAMM. FFI: Call WAMM at 612-827-5364. --------5 of 19-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P Mtka 6.28 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. --------6 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: No to NOAA 6.28 12noon PROTEST TO OPEN THE DOOR ON CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION! Saturday, June 28th, 12:00 Noon, NOAA/NWS Office at the Intersection of Audubon Road & Lake Drive West, Chanhassen, MN. Chief meteorologists at NOAA's National Weather Service have ignored global warming in their daily forecasting and reporting procedures by claiming "it's too controversial". Climate crisis activists say it's not too hot to handle and it's time these government agencies deal with the realities of a warming planet by explaining them to the public in a forthright manner. This action is sponsored by the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities. A caravan to Chanhassen will leave from Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue South, West Bank, Minneapolis at 11:00 AM on June 28th. --------7 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Trans march 6.28 1pm TWIN CITIES TRANS MARCH! [TRANS AMbulate -ed] Saturday, June 28, 2008 1:00pm - 8:00pm Smith Triangle Hennepin Ave & 24th St Minneapolis, MN The second annual TWIN CITIES TRANS MARCH!: Saturday, June 28, 2008. An event for all trans and gender-nonconforming people and friends. EveryBody is welcome. The MARCH starts at 1pm at Smith Triangle, Hennepin Ave & 24th St, Minneapolis MN. The AFTER-PARTY is from 5-8pm at Pi Bar, 2532 25th Ave S, Minneapolis MN. After-party is ALL AGES! Performers and speakers TBA. --------8 of 19-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 6.28 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------9 of 19-------- From: Mike Whelan <mpw4883 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Arise benefit 6.28 8pm Bookstore Benefit This Saturday -- June 28! Arise benefit 8pm Saturday June 28! Come to the Bedlam at 8pm on Saturday June 28 for the fantastic, amazing, wildly amusing Arise benefit! Hear the Knotwells, Build My Gallows High, the Ostrich Boys and VAG! See a fascinating short film! Dance to music selected by our very own collective members! Drink at the Bedlam's very own, well-appointed bar! And of course, support Arise in our perpetual quest to...Undermine the Very Fabric of Society Itself! You will find the Bedlam on the West Bank at 1501 S. 6th Street right next to the light rail stop. Questions? But of course! Email Jane at jfranklin008 [at] yahoo.com. --------10 of 19-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Bennis/empire 6.28 9pm Magnificent Minneapolis Television Network (MTN 17) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow!. Households with basic cable may watch. Sat, 6/28, 9pm and Tues, 7/1, 8am Phyllis Bennis. Pt 2, audience questions and response after "Challenging Empire" talk in St. Paul. April 24. --------11 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Carlin on SNL 6.28 time? Huffington Post: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE TO AIR 1sdt Episode w/GEORGE CARLIN AS HOST George Carlin, the comedy legend who died on Sunday at the age of 71, became a part of television history on October 11, 1975, as the host of the first-ever episode of "Saturday Night Live." This Saturday, the show, which just completed its 34th season, will pay tribute to Carlin by re-airing that first episode, live from Studio 8H. Said SNL creator and exec producer Lorne Michaels in a release today: "You never forget the people who were there at the beginning. George Carlin helped give 'Saturday Night Live' its start as our first host. He was gracious, fearless, and most important of all, funny." The musical guests for the debut episode were Janis Ian and Billy Preston, with a special performance from Andy Kaufman. Carlin performed three monologues, and it was the debut of future stars like John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd and Gilda Radner. It also featured a short film by Albert Brooks; Five-Timers Club member Paul Simon announcing that he'd be hosting the next week; the Bees, which became the first-ever SNL recurring characters; and, oddly, The Muppets. This is going to be some serious appointment television (okay, fine, maybe not as much for those who already have the complete first season. But still.) It's a rerun that is not often seen - NBC used to run classic episodes in the 3 a.m. repeat slot - and, according to an NBC spokesman, the last time it aired was at 3 a.m. on February 26, 2005. Of course, that's an hour that historically is not unfamiliar to any SNLers - especially that first season cast! - but even so, it's cool that the first-ever episode is airing in prime-SNL time, and acknowledging its debt to its first-ever host. --------12 of 19-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Nader/Ch5 6.29 9am Ralph Nader will be a guest on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Sunday June 29, 2008. ABC is Channel 5 and the program will be aired at 9am. The Nader/Gonzalez platform includes: ending the war in Iraq, rescuing our crumbling economy by ending corporate crime, repealing NAFTA and The Patriot Act, making health care affordable for ALL Americans, living wages, using renewable resources to rescue our environment, ending corporate welfare and using tax dollars to improve America's infrastructure, and rebuilding peaceful relations with the rest of the world. Please visit our website for more issues at VoteNader.org. Danene Provencher MN State Coordinator Nader/Gonzalez '08 danene [at] votenader.org --------13 of 19------- From: August Berkshire <augustberkshire [at] gmail.com> Subject: Atheist/radio 6.29 9am Minnesota Atheists' "Atheists Talk" radio show Sunday, June 29, 2008, 9-10 a.m. Central Time In honor of Minneapolis Gay Pride, Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out discusses "Exposing 'Ex-gay' Ministries" and Jane Bowman of Project 515 discusses "515 Minnesota Laws that Discriminate Against Gays." "Atheists Talk" airs live on AM 950 KTNF in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. To stream live, go to http://www.am950ktnf.com/listen. Podcasts of past shows are available at http://MinnesotaAtheists.org or through iTunes. Program Notes are available at http://MinnesotaAtheists.org. --------14 of 19-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 6.29 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 --------15 of 19-------- From: Susu Jeffrey <susujeffrey [at] msn.com> Subject: Pride mass 6.29 4pm Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral Invites ALL to a Pride Mass Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 4 PM The Cathedral is across the street from Loring Park, Minneapolis. ALL are welcome to partake of the sacrament. --------16 of 19-------- Real Journalists Don't Make $5 Million a Year By Chris Hedges Truthdig. June 26, 2008. Unlike the media's Brokaws and Blitzers, real journalists don't have cozy relationships with the powerful. Real journalists are feared. Washington has become Versailles. We are ruled, entertained and informed by courtiers. The popular media are courtiers. The Democrats, like the Republicans, are courtiers. Our pundits and experts are courtiers. We are captivated by the hollow stagecraft of political theater as we are ruthlessly stripped of power. It is smoke and mirrors, tricks and con games. We are being had. The past week was a good one if you were a courtier. We were instructed by the high priests on television over the past few days to mourn a Sunday morning talk show host, who made $5 million a year and who gave a platform to the powerful and the famous so they could spin, equivocate and lie to the nation. We were repeatedly told by these television courtiers, people like Tom Brokaw and Wolf Blitzer, that this talk show host was one of our nation's greatest journalists, as if sitting in a studio, putting on makeup and chatting with Dick Cheney or George W. Bush have much to do with journalism. No journalist makes $5 million a year. No journalist has a comfortable, cozy relationship with the powerful. No journalist believes that acting as a conduit, or a stenographer, for the powerful is a primary part of his or her calling. Those in power fear and dislike real journalists. Ask Seymour Hersh and Amy Goodman how often Bush or Cheney has invited them to dinner at the White House or offered them an interview. All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, and it is the job of the journalist to do the hard, tedious reporting to shine a light on these lies. It is the job of courtiers, those on television playing the role of journalists, to feed off the scraps tossed to them by the powerful and never question the system. In the slang of the profession, these television courtiers are "throats." These courtiers, including the late Tim Russert, never gave a voice to credible critics in the buildup to the war against Iraq. They were too busy playing their roles as red-blooded American patriots. They never fought back in their public forums against the steady erosion of our civil liberties and the trashing of our Constitution. These courtiers blindly accept the administration's current propaganda to justify an attack on Iran. They parrot this propaganda. They dare not defy the corporate state. The corporations that employ them make them famous and rich. It is their Faustian pact. No class of courtiers, from the eunuchs behind Manchus in the 19th century to the Baghdad caliphs of the Abbasid caliphate, has ever transformed itself into a responsible elite. Courtiers are hedonists of power. Our Versailles was busy this past week. The Democrats passed the FISA bill, which provides immunity for the telecoms that cooperated with the National Security Agency's illegal surveillance over the past six years. This bill, which when signed means we will never know the extent of the Bush White House's violation of our civil liberties, is expected to be adopted by the Senate. Barack Obama has promised to sign it in the name of national security. The bill gives the U.S. government a license to eavesdrop on our phone calls and e-mails. It demolishes our right to privacy. It endangers the work of journalists, human rights workers, crusading lawyers and whistle-blowers who attempt to expose abuses the government seeks to hide. These private communications can be stored indefinitely and disseminated, not just to the U.S. government but to other governments as well. The bill, once signed into law, will make it possible for those in power to identify and silence anyone who dares to make public information that defies the official narrative. Being a courtier, and Obama is one of the best, requires agility and eloquence. The most talented of them can be lauded as persuasive actors. They entertain us. They make us feel good. They convince us they are our friends. We would like to have dinner with them. They are the smiley faces of a corporate state that has hijacked the government and is raping the nation. When the corporations make their iron demands, these courtiers drop to their knees, whether to placate the telecommunications companies that fund their campaigns and want to be protected from lawsuits, or to permit oil and gas companies to rake in obscene profits and keep in place the vast subsidies of corporate welfare doled out by the state. We cannot differentiate between illusion and reality. We trust courtiers wearing face powder who deceive us in the name of journalism. We trust courtiers in our political parties who promise to fight for our interests and then pass bill after bill to further corporate fraud and abuse. We confuse how we feel about courtiers like Obama and Russert with real information, facts and knowledge. We chant in unison with Obama that we want change, we yell "yes we can," and then stand dumbly by as he coldly votes away our civil liberties. The Democratic Party, including Obama, continues to fund the war. It refuses to impeach Bush and Cheney. It allows the government to spy on us without warrants or cause. And then it tells us it is our salvation. This is a form of collective domestic abuse. And, as so often happens in the weird pathology of victim and victimizer, we keep coming back for more. [How morally insenstive and gutless can we be? Each year we lesser evil doers set new records for spinelessness. We should be ashamed of ourselves but we have sunk so low we no longer understand shame. -ed] (Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, is a Senior Fellow at the Nation Institute. His latest book is Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians.) --------17 of 19-------- "Fighting Democrats" Rake-in Big Telecom Bucks by Tom Burghardt June 26th, 2008 Here's some "shocking" news for those of you who still believe in the tooth-fairy or that substantial "principled differences" exist between Democrats and Republicans, Politico reported Tuesday, House Democrats who flipped their votes to support retroactive immunity for telecom companies in last week's FISA bill took thousands of dollars more from phone companies than Democrats who consistently voted against legislation with an immunity provision. (Chris Frates, "Dems Who Flipped on FISA Immunity See More Telecom Cash," Politico, June 24, 2008) According to MAPLight, a watchdog group "that tracks the connection between campaign contributions and legislative outcomes," the 94 Democrats who changed their position on telecom immunity "received on average $8,359 in contributions from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint from January, 2005, to March, 2008". Despite congressional bromides about "national security" and "keeping America safe," what it all comes down too is cold, hard cash. Considering that legislation passed last week by the House will effectively quash some 40 lawsuits pending against telecom giants - with potential savings for these corporate grifters running into the billions - it doesn't take a rocket scientist to conclude its a rigged game. And despite efforts Wednesday by Senators Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) to mount a filibuster against this onerous legislation, the Associated Press reports that 80 senators voted in favor of beginning debate while "only 15 senators tried to kill the bill by blocking debate". And with Senate "leaders" such as Harry Reid (D-NV) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) pressing for a Thursday vote, passage is a near certainty. How do Democratic "leaders" spin the fabulous prizes showered on "team players" in the House? Politico's Chris Frates reports, Nick Papas, spokesman for the House Democratic Caucus, said, "Many members of the caucus opposed the earlier version of this legislation and ultimately supported better legislation that was the product of bipartisan negotiations. Months of hard work, not campaign contributions, earned the support of many members". But MAPLight executive director Daniel Newman told Politico, "unlike pressure from constituents, campaign cash is not a 'democratic influence'". Indeed! But just for kicks, let's take a peek at a list of the Top 10 Democrats who changed their vote to support telecom immunity. MAPLight breaks it down by boodle received and congressional district: PAC contributions from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint (January 2005-March 2008). 01. $29,500; James Clyburn, (SC-6). 02. $29,000; Steny Hoyer, (MD-5). 03. $28,000; Rahm Emanuel, (IL-5). 04. $27,500, Frederick Boucher, (VA-9). 05. $26,000, Gregory Meeks, (NY-6). 06. $24,000, Joseph Crowley (NY-7). 07. $24,500, Nancy Pelosi, (CA-8). 08. $24,000, Melissa Bean, (IL-8). 09. $22,500, Thomas Edwards, (TX-17). 10. $22,100, Joe Baca, (CA-43). While such "contributions" may seem like a windfall to the folks back home struggling with high gas prices, for Congress' well-connected industry "friends" its so much chump change. As Washington Technology's "2008 Top Government IT Contractors" detailed in May, telecoms fishing for taxpayer dollars have found the Bush regime a rather generous "partner" indeed. With contracts running the gamut from the Department of Defense to the 16 agencies comprising America's intelligence "community" - overseen by Booz Allen Hamilton alumnus Michael McConnell (No. 11 on Washington Technology's "Top 100" with some $2,401,528,741 in government payouts) - it's a sure bet the telecoms got exactly what they wanted, immunity, and at bargain basement prices to boot! Clocking in at No. 14, ITT Corporation raked in $1,800,281,433; at No. 18, Verizon Communications Inc. "earned" $1,320,637,982; at No. 25, Sprint-Nextel scooped-up $839,946,000; at No. 51, Qwest Communications International Inc. "generously received" $306,617,000; at No. 60, Comtech Telecommunications Corporation "handled" $276,880,406 in generous donations; at No. 77, ViaSat Inc., hardly a slouch, "merited" $192,844,980 in NSA and "defense-related" largess. As MAPLight's Daniel Newman averred, "Who's more likely to get a meeting you or AT&T, which donates million of dollars and has the legislator's ear?. Good question. But no matter how you divvy-up the spoils for gutting the Constitution and stripping Americans of privacy rights, you'd have to agree it's still the best Congress money can buy! [A congress full of lesser evil elected Dems that millions of zombies will vote for, again and again, condemning us to the toilet, so they can feel "hope" for another few months at a time. Better to not vote at all than to vote so-called lesser evil. It used to be you could just hold your nose and vote; now you need the latest bio-hazard suit, and even then there are no guarantees that your brain won't rot... even more. -ed] Tom Burghardt is a researcher and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to publishing in Covert Action Quarterly, Love & Rage and Antifa Forum, he is the editor of Police State America: U.S. Military "Civil Disturbance" Planning, distributed by AK Press. Read other articles by Tom, or visit Tom's website. This article was posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2008 at 4:59 am and is filed under Corruption, Democrats, Espionage. Send to a friend. --------18 of 19-------- Good news Anon One sunny, spring day in 2009 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He addressed the U.S. Marine standing guard saying, "I would like to go inside and meet with President Bush." The Marine looked at the man and replied, "Sir: Mr. Bush is no longer the president and he no longer resides here." The old man said, "OK" and walked away. The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go inside and meet with President Bush." The Marine again replied, "Sir: I told you yesterday that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and he no longer resides here." The man thanked him again, and just walked away. The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U. S. Marine, saying "I would like to go inside and meet with President Bush." The Marine, appearing agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir: This is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I've told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and that he no longer resides here. Don't you understand!?" The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it." The Marine snapped to attention, smiled, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow." --------19 of 19-------- Uri Nation. Our trickle-down home. High piss on low. Buy this raincoat? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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