Progressive Calendar 09.27.08
From: David Shove (
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 04:30:35 -0700 (PDT)
               P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   09.27.08

1. Peace walk        9.27 9am Cambridge MN
2. Art/democracy     9.27 9am
3. Candidate Hancock 9.27 10am
4. NWN4P Mtka        9.27 11am
5. Green jobs rally  9.27 1pm
6. Northtown vigil   9.27 2pm
7. YAWR drums        9.27 2pm
8. 9/4 arrestees     9.27 2pm
9. Genocide/film     9.27 2pm
10. Iraq/art         9.27 5pm

11. Colombia         9.28 10am
12. Stillwater vigil 9.28 1pm
13. Arrestee support 9.28 1pm
14. Felein/streets   9.28 3pm
15. Sami/peace       9.28 4pm
16. WAMM auction     9.28 5pm
17. Iran/pol/relig   9.28 5pm

18. Glen Ford - Death rattles of a criminal class
19. ed        - Why we have asses  (poem)

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From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at]>
Subject: Peace walk 9.27 9am Cambridge MN

every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM
Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Art/democracy 9.27 9am

Saturday, 9/27, 9 am to 5 pm, Public Art and Democracy conference, with 4
panels on topics of public space, civic discourse, and art, Institute for
Advanced Study, 125 Nolte Center, 315 Pillsbury Dr SE, Mpls. or 612-626-5054.

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From: Allan Hancock < [at]>
Subject: Candidate Hancock 9.27 10am

Green Party candidate 3CD.
Come anytime between the times noted.  Appreciate an RSVP so we know
the number for lunch or dinner.

Sat. 27 Lit Drop 10AM-6PM lunch included
Sunday 28 Lit Drop  1PM-6PM -come at 12:15 for lunch
Tuesday 30 Lit Drop  4PM-7PM

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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at]>
Subject: NWN4P Mtka 9.27 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.

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From: Todd Heintz <proud2liveinjordan [at]>
Subject: Green jobs rally 9.27 1pm

The green jobs rally is right around the corner- Saturday, Sept. 27th.
Let's let the candidates and the country know that Minnesota is ready for
green jobs!!!!!
Green Jobs Rally Saturday, September 27, 2008
National Day of Action

Come hear what Congressman Keith Ellison, Representative Karen Clark, and
other Community Members have to say about developing a green economy,
green jobs, and what benefits green jobs bring to our community.

Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Avenue North
Saturday, September 27, 2008

For more information call Karen Monahan 612-436-5402

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From: Vanka485 [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 9.27 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: YAWR drums 9.27 2pm

Saturday, 9/27, 2 to 6 pm, Youth Against War and Racism prepares for the
October 11 anti-war protest by discussing how to mobilize people and by
making drums (bring packing tape and extra buckets or garbage cans that
could become drums), YAWR Office, 3024 Chicago Ave S #1, Mpls.
against.war [at]

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From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at]>
Subject: 9/4 arrestees 9.27 2pm

Legal Meeting for 9/4 Arrestees
SAT, 9/27 @ 2pm @ University Baptist Church, 1219 University Ave SE (in
Dinkytown - 12th Ave SE & University)
Arrested at the No Peace for the War Makers Demonstration?  Come find out
what your rights are, how the court process will go, and what you can do to
advocate for all charges to be dropped!  Call us at 612.379.3899 or email us
at info [at] if you were arrested at our demonstration and
cannot come to this important meeting. Please invite other folks who you
know were arrested at the demonstration. Organized by the Anti-War

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Genocide/film 9.27 2pm

Saturday, 9/27, 2 to 4:30 pm, free film and forum on genocide "It Was
Meant to Be" about Germany, Tibet and Laos, In-Flux space adjacent to the
Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, 405 - 21st Ave S, West Bank, Mpls. (Teacher continuing education credits
available through chgs [at]

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Iraq/art 9.27 5pm

Saturday, 9/27, 5 to 8 pm (welcome and brief discussion at 6 pm), the
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project sponsors "Voices in Art from
Iraq," Center for Independent Artists, 4137 Bloomington Ave S, Mpls.
cia [at] or 612-724-8392 or 612-728-5728.

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From: Jason Stone <jason_c_stone [at]>
Subject: Colombia 9.28 10am

Coffee Hour this Sunday September 28-Forgotten in the Jungle: Victims of
Colombia's War
10am-12pm RCTA Offices
3019 Minnehaha Ave

Suggested donation of $4

Join RCTA in welcoming Gustavo Moncayo and Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo to
discuss concern for the estimated remaining 3,000 hostages held by
Colombia's illegeal armed actors, the struggles of the victims' families,
and how we can all be part of helping to attain a humanitarian accord to
secure the hostages' release, and a path towards peace in Colombia.
Gustavo and Consuelo are on a Midwest Speaking tour sponsored by United
Steelworkers Associate Member Program, Lutheran World Relief and Witness
for Peace-Upper Midwest.

Gustavo Moncayo, a high school teacher from the southern province of
Narino, led a walk of approximately 600 miles through Colombia to promote
the "humanitarian accord" to secure the release of the many person held by
the FARC (Revoluntionary Armed Forces of Colombia), including his son
Pablo Emilio.  Pablo Emilia is a member of Colombia's National Police who
was taken prisoner in 1997 by the FARC and remains in captivity today.

Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo was trained as a social psychologist, and has
devoted her entire life to political and social work in the department of
Huila, where she is from, and where she has served elective office at the
local, regional, and national levels.  Most recently, she was elected to
serve in the Colombian Congress.  As a member of Congress she was
kidnapped on September 10, 2001 by the FARC.  For 6 years and 4 months she
was part of a group of hostages who the guerrillas proposed to release in
the humanitarian accord." During her captivity she lost her husband, but
at the same time became a grandmother.  On January 10, 2008, she was
unilaterally released by the FARC, yet from that day on she has said that
she will not be free until all those who continue to suffer the tragedy of
kidnapping have returned to their homes.

Resource Center of the Americas 3019 Minnehaha Avenue Suite 20 (Romero
Room)  Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406-1931

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From: scot b <earthmannow [at]>
Subject: Stillwater vigil 9.28 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

For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560

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From: RNC 08 Arrestee Support <rnc08arrestees [at]>
Subject: Arrestee support 9.28 1pm

There will be another arrestee support meeting this Sunday.  Please attend
to get updates on the legal work being done and to get involved in the

Sunday, September 28th from 1-3 pm
Bedlam Theatre (1501 S. 6th St., Cedar-Riverside Light Rail
Station on the West Bank, Minneapolis)

Arrestee meetings aren't just for arrestees! This is the chance for local
folks in the Twin Cities and the families and friends of those arrested to
become involved in arrestee solidarity and contribute to the important
work of supporting those who were attacked by the police in St Paul and
are now facing serious charges. There will be a lot of work to be done in
the upcoming months fighting the legal charges that have been leveled
against the survivors of police brutality, and it will take a community
effort to get the bogus charges dropped.

More legal information at:

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From: ElyDog <elydog [at]>
Subject: Felein/streets 9.28 3pm

Book Talk by Ed Felein, author of the new book "Take the Streets."  This
book is a day by day chronicle of the 1972 uprising at the University of
Minnesota against the Vietnam War.  May Day Books, 3:00 P.M. Sunday,
September 28, 301 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis. 612-333-4719.  Author will sign
copies of the book, also available at MayDay.

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Sami/peace 9.28 4pm

Sunday, 9/28, 4 pm, Sami Rasouli speaks on Muslim Peacemaking at Prospect
Hill Friends, meeting at St Paul Council of Churches, 1671 Summit Ave, St

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From: "wamm [at]" <wamm [at]>
Subject: WAMM auction 9.28 5pm

Women Against Military Madness
"Celebrate peace at the best Silent Auction in town"

this Sunday, September 28
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Bidding closes at 7:00 p.m.
Live Music!  Food! Fun! More than 300 items!

St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis
Suggested Donation: $10.00 to $30.00 (no one turned away).

Buffet and beverages included in admission. Parking is close, free and
easy. Supervised children's activities.

+ Vacation homes: Provincetown, Florida, New York City, Lake Superior, and more
+ Design-consultation and plans
+ Artwork: ceramics, glass, fabric items, original Jane Evershed
painting, Woman of Peace sculpture, jewelry, glass
+ Gift certificates to favorite stores
+ Restaurants
+ Health and wellness services: relaxing evening at home kit,
massage, acupuncture, beauty salon
+ Tickets for Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Saints, Jungle Theater
(package with party), Walker Art Gallery, Bell Museum, Mixed Blood
+ Books, CDs
+ Brunch, lunch, gourmet dinner parties
And much more. Plus Hot Buys Table with small items to go!!

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Iran/pol/relig 9.28 5pm

Sunday, 9/28, 5 pm, presentation "With Respect to Iran and the West: An
Interface of Politics and Religion." Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College,
2211 Riverside Ave, Mpls.

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Death Rattles of a Criminal Class
by Glen Ford
September 25th, 2008
Dissident Voice

The world of finance has accumulated a gigantic mass of fictitious capital
that does very little to improve the human condition and the preservation
of the environment.

- from "Mad Finance Must Not Rule Us," an open letter from former German
Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, five former European prime ministers, two
former presidents of the European Commission, and five former economics or
finance ministers, published in Le Monde (Paris), May 21, 2008.

                     The Mother of All Bubbles

The same corporate forces that brought us one gargantuan financial bubble
after another, each more destructive than the last, also surround the
United States in a semi-sealed information bubble, impervious to facts
that are inconsistent with the corporate narrative. Thus, few Americans
outside the marginalized Left were even vaguely aware of what Europe's
most distinguished social democratic politicians were shouting at the top
of their lungs: a huge bubble of "fictitious capital" in the form of
"derivatives" and other complex instruments "notionally" valued at $500 to
$750 trillion menaced the world - and especially the US - economy. Schmidt
and his colleagues warned that the West must not succumb to "rule" by this
Mad - fictitious! - Capital, which "represents 15 times the gross domestic
product (GDP) of all countries" - for, "when everything is for sale,
social cohesion disintegrates and the system collapses".

Just four months later, the "fictitious capital" bubble has definitively
burst, the system collapsed, but corporate henchmen brazenly bum-rush the
populace into accepting direct and absolute "rule" by the corporate El
Cid, Henry Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury and former warlord of the
Wall Street marauder, Goldman Sachs. The sheer brutality and arrogance of
Paulson's grasp for powers unfettered by any Earthly Entity - powers
greater than "even the president enjoys," said one shocked economist -
mimics the bank robber's deployment of instantaneous terror to demoralize
and cow customers and tellers. "Down on the floor! Shut up! Give me all
the money!" No time or presence of mind to do anything but accept the

The criminals relentlessly press their advantage, aided by the enveloping
information bubble that has rendered Americans wholly unprepared for their
Night of the Living Dead, in which the denizens of deceased corporations
rise from the rubble of their socially destructive rampage to put the bite
on the still-living and infect the entire society with their stinking

There is no organized opposition within the two business parties to the
Wall Street Extortionists; no alternative proposition that refuses to
accept the centrality - the absolute indispensability " of the "banksters"
to the resuscitation of a "system" they have already killed and eaten.
Instead, the Democrats and Republicans want to give the bandits $700
billion to try to blow their balloon up again, wipe off the guts and gore,
and emerge from the dead. Then they'll extort $300 billion more.

In the process, the business parties will kill off what's left of the
productive part of the US economy. The only sane course is for the public
sector to embrace its de facto stewardship of productive society, as the
only big economic engine still running - a captaincy already bought and
paid for in the bailouts already undertaken.

Under no circumstances should the public attempt to re-inflate the housing
bubble, although no feasible efforts should be spared to alleviate the
misery inflicted on home buyers (and renters) by the predators of Wall
Street, now (and hopefully forever) deceased.

                             Menaces to Society

Wall Street, meaning finance capital, is currently dead in the sense that
it is incapable of organizing non-fictitious money in ways that can even
sustain itself, much less promote productive economic value and growth.
Its incessant bubble making is a symptom of finance capital's terminal
state. No longer capable of meeting investor demands for ever-increasing
rates of return in anything remotely resembling productive ways, the Lords
of Capital conspire (yes, every board meeting is a conspiracy) to
artificially raise the "value" of - anything! (Remember Helmut Schmidt's
admonition, that "when everything is for sale, social cohesion
disintegrates and the system collapses".) In manipulating land and housing
prices ever upward, the banksters multiplied the price of property almost
by fiat, reaping huge benefits while inflicting society with grotesque
housing affordability problems and spiraling debt. Then the banksters
bundled mortgages and all kinds of other debts as money, to feed the
mega-bubble that grew to "15 times the gross domestic product (GDP) of all
countries [$750 trillion, compared to the Global Domestic Product of only
$50 trillion]," as Schmidt reported.

It is important to understand that the Mother of All Bubbles is comprised
of a universe of derivatives and other trickster finance exotica. Subprime
mortgages, although a big problem in the US, can only represent a small
fraction of a bubble-construct so galactic in notional size it dwarfs the
value of the puny efforts of every living human being to supply actual
goods and services to the planet. The US subprime crisis provided an early
warning of the much larger bubble's existence - a global menace that
compelled Schmidt and his fellow social democrats to sound the alarm. But
US banksters and their political servants persist in leading the public to
believe that the crisis is largely limited to mortgages, and can be
overcome on that discreet scale and ground. It's a lie. The financial
crisis became acute when capital institutions stopped buying each other's
exotic instruments, whatever was bundled inside.

It is "notional" (or fictitious) money as a general category of curse, not
just bundled bad mortgages, that choked the system. And a measly one
trillion Federal Reserve dollars can do nothing but disappear when
deployed against the humongous $500-$750 trillion dollar Mama Bubble. The
bankster's criminal enterprise will still be dead - that is, incapable of
acting as an engine of productive growth - but the U.S. public sector will
have, as Barack Obama put it, Tuesday, "shot its last bullet". At that
point, the country will have difficulty saving itself, while the bankers
will have spent a cool trillion in ways designed to serve themselves in
their next lives.

                          Nature of the Beast

John McCain and Barack Obama now rage in much the same words about Wall
Street "greed" and "corruption" as the fountains of failure - as if the
core imperatives of the investment banking system did not dictate
executive behavior. Finance capital's refusal to invest in productive,
socially useful enterprise is rooted in the corporate capitalist necessity
to realize ever-increasing rates of return. Ultimately, they must be
bribed by the public sector to engage in any useful project. As parasites
that produce nothing, they (quite logically) attempt to suck up and absorb
every public dollar in sight, while constantly working to weaken the
public sector's ability to perform its legitimate functions.

Why, then, should anyone be surprised when Goldman Sachs alumnus Henry
Paulson demands the last drop of blood - the "last (trillion dollar)
bullet" - from the American public, and dares to attach dictatorial terms
to his acceptance of the money? It is the nature of the bankster beast to
manipulate political and market conditions to achieve unfair advantage -
and the nature of the multinational corporation to be devoid of national

If We The People must bet our futures on schemes to revive productive
economic activity, then let us bet on our collective selves, rather than
on the thieving bankers who are, in any case, no more useful to society at
this juncture than an unburied body. With the Federal Reserve now the
lender and investor of last resort, progressives should welcome the
people's technical ownership of mechanisms for growth, and fight to make
The Fed responsive in fact to the development needs of the larger society.
As Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has declared:

This means that the people are becoming the owners of the primary
instruments of U.S. capital and finance. This now means that the people
have a say in how these instruments are to be used and what their
priorities ought to be. The people should now have more say in how their
tax dollars are spent and what the priorities of government and the public
sector must be. We the people must now set our demands to ensure and
promote the public good.

In place of the of the self-serving bankers' moribund capital formation
mechanisms, why not "seize the time," as McKinney urges, to push for a
public mega-development corporation, funded in amounts rivaling that which
the banksters are attempting to steal. "The Federal Reserve should operate
in the interests of the U.S. taxpayer and not the interests of the
private, international bankers that it currently represents," said the
former Georgia congresswoman. "This, of course means that the Federal
Reserve must undergo a fundamental ownership and mission change".

Let us break, fully and finally, with the rule of "Mad Finance and
Fictitious Capital".

Glen Ford is Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, where this article
first appeared. He can be contacted at: Glen.Ford [at]
Read other articles by Glen, or visit Glen's website.

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 The reason we have
 asses is so others of
 us can kiss them. Smack!


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