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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 03:28:11 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.08.09 1. Mental health cuts 4.08 11am 2. Bridge vigil 4.08 5pm 3. War Dance/film 4.08 5:30pm 4. Immigrant rights 4.08 6pm 5. Amnesty Intl 4.08 7:30pm 6. Eagan peace vigil 4.09 4:30pm 7. Northtown vigil 4.09 5pm 8. King Corn/film 4.09 5:30pm 9. Dakota liberation 4.09 6pm 10. Pak/Afghan panel 4.09 7pm 11. Full moon walk 4.09 7pm 12. Normon Solomon - The Dems and the Afghan war: meet the New Escalators 13. Dean Baker - Hands off Social Security 14. William Blum - Some thoughts about socialism 15. Nassar Karimi - Chavez: 'Capitalism needs to go down' 16. Joe Byrne - Scientists find active 'super-thermite' in WTC dust 17, ed - Rush snorts (poem) --------1 of 17-------- From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at] driscollgroup.com> Subject: Mental health cuts 4.08 11am WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 11:00AM MENTAL HEALTH CUTS: What Could Happen? SOMALI CHILDREN AND AUTISM: What's Going On Here? Mental health advocates and service providers cringe at what budget cuts portend for their charges - as if the stigma of mental illness isn't enough to create political antipathy. Anyone who gets around these cities can see the fruits of mental illness in a wide variety of societal outcasts - rage, drug use, homelessness, and crimes for which their mental illness is no defense. Also, on Tuesday, March 31, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released a lengthy study on the baffling and disproportionate rates of autism among Somali children born in the US. Can there be any doubt that environmental degradation throughout our life systems is ravaging the immune systems of our children. Asthma, autism, ADD and who knows what else are found in clusters across the Metro, but especially in core areas of our cities where immigrants are proving to be the clearest bellwether for the epidemic proportions of children's maladies. What is happening to these babies among Somali families? GUESTS: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGETS AND THEIR IMPACTS: STATE SEN. LINDA BERGLIN, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Budget Division of Finance SUE ABDERHOLDEN, Executive Director, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness MN) JOAN WHITE, Program Officer for PEOPLE, INC., a mental health delivery organization with homes and services provided to hundreds of mentally ill residents. SOMALI CHILDREN AND AUTISM: IDIL ABDULL - Parent Advocate and Co-founder, Somali-American Autism Foundation ANNE HARRINGTON - Autism Consultant and Advocate; former Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education Autism program for Minneapolis Public Schools; Mother of child with autism SARAH THORSON, Supervisor, Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs,MINNESOTA DEPT. OF HEALTH ABDI AYNTE - BBC America reporter; former Twin Cities reporter covering the Somali autism issue. AND YOU! CALL IN - 612-341-0980 --------2 of 17-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Bridge vigil 4.08 5pm Peace Bridge Vigil: "Out of Afghanistan" Wednesday, April 8, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge, Spanning the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The U.S. [ie Obama & Co -ed] has plans to send an additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan. Join the weekly Peace Bridge vigil against the occupation of Iraq for a special focus to call for the U.S. to get out of Afghanistan. FFI: Call WAMM, 612-827-5364. --------3 of 17------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: War Dance/film 4.08 5:30pm War Dance" Film on Public Health and War Wednesday, April 8, 5:30 p.m. University of Minnesota, Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 425 Delaware Street Southeast, Minneapolis. "War Dance" follows the story of children in a refugee camp in the war-torn country of Uganda as they find that music and dance provide a salve for their souls as they compete in a national music contest. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by: the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minnesota Public Health Association and City Pages. Co-Sponsored by: Human Rights Center and WAMM. FFI: Visit www.sph.umn.edu/filmfest09 . --------4 of 17-------- Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 16:59:14 -0500 From: "[ISO-8859-1] Marco Dávila" <maidaca85 [at] gmail.com> Subject: Immigrant rights 4.08 6pm My name is Marco Davila, and I am a member of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition (MIRAc). We are a coalition of organizations and community members who work towards promoting and defending the rights of immigrants here in the state of Minnesota. We are currently working on campaigns such as calling for a moratorium on raids and deportations of undocumented immigrants, and supporting the community of Postville, Iowa which was devastated after a large workplace raid last year. If you would like to find out more about our organization, please take a look at our website: http://mirac1.wordpress.com/. Since 2006, MIRAc has been involved in organizing a march to commemorate May 1st and to demand rights for immigrant workers. Perhaps some of you were involved in this work in the past. In 2006, there was a huge upsurge in the immigrant rights movement, and millions of people took to the streets to oppose the reactionary Sensenbrenner bill. They showed the power that people and communities hold when they mobilize together. We would like this year's demonstration to draw a large number of people and generate a significant amount of publicity. We believe that the best way to do this is by building a broad coalition of local organizations and community members who can work together to make to make this march a success. So far, about ten groups have officially endorsed the event. However, we are looking for more participation in the planning and organizing process, especially from workers and trade unionists. We have already begun our efforts to organize a march on May 1st. We have held a few meetings and have come up with a basic proposal for a march and a rally, but we still have a long ways to go and a lot of work to do if we want this to be a successful demonstration. Our basic working proposal is as follows: On May 1st, 2009, we will hold a peaceful march starting at 4:00 pm at the corner of Lake Street and 13thAve. in Minneapolis. We will then march to Nicollet and 29th Street, where we will hold a rally from roughly 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. We have not yet set a program for the rally, but we hope to include speakers from local organizations, music/spoken word, and perhaps some open workshops. There will also be space for different organizations to have a table at the rally. Groups that want to have a table at the rally will be expected to contribute a minimum of $50 towards expenses. We will be using the money to offset some of the costs of the march, including flyers, equipment, and other fees. MIRAc has also decided on some central slogans for the demonstration. Our proposal is that the main slogan would be: "United on International Workers' Day Since 1886/Unidos Desde 1886 en el Dia Internacional de los Trabajadores." The four central demands that MIRAc has proposed are: "Stop the Raids and Deportations/Alto a las Redadas y Deportaciones," "Immediate and Unconditional Legalization for All/ Legalizacion Incondicional e Inmediata para Todos," "Pass the Employee Free Choice Act/Si al Employee Free Choice Act,"Ô and "Drivers Licenses for All/Licencias de Conducir para Todos." I would like to personally invite you to attend our next May Day planning meeting. We welcome the participation of organizations, unions, and individual community members. It is only by involving the broader community that our efforts to mobilize a large number of people can be successful. The next meeting will be held on: April 8th, 2009 at 6:00 pm Waite House 2529 13th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404 Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information, if you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss the proposal in more detail. You can send me an email or call me on my cell phone (see contact info below). Thank you for your time, and I hope to see you at our next meeting! In solidarity, (Marco Davila) Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coaltion (maidaca85 [at] gmail.com) (612-702-5637) --------5 of 17-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 4.08 7:30pm AIUSA Group 640 (Saint Paul) meets Wednesday, April 8th, at 7:30 p.m. Mad Hatter Teahouse, 943 West 7th Street, Saint Paul. From shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu Wed Apr 8 01:28:39 2009 Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 11:54:49 -0600 (CST) From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> To: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Thursday vigils 4:30pm- (fwd) --------6 of 17-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 4.09 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. --------7 of 17-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 4.09 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. --------8 of 17-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> From: Ginny Zawistowski <ginny.zawistowski [at] GMAIL.COM> Subject: King Corn/film 4.09 5:30pm The U of MN School of Public Health is hosting a film festival next week (April 6 to 11) that is free and open to the public: http://www.sph.umn.edu/filmfest09/ Of particular interest to this list might be the screening of King Corn on Thursday, April 9th - if you can't make it the the Hamline screening this week, here's another opportunity! The screenings are at 5:30 pm each evening (except Friday April 11th - the Family Fun Day events start at 10:30 am) at Mayo Memorial Auditorium on the East Bank Campus (check out the website for directions, parking info). --------9 of 17-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Dakota liberation 4.09 6pm http://tc.indymedia.org/2009/apr/discussion-dakota-liberation-activistscholar-waziyatawin-st-kates Waziyatawin (Angela Wilson), Ph.D., will discuss "What Does Justice Look Like?" Thursday, April 9, 6 p.m. in Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine on the College's St. Paul campus. The event is free and open to the public. A Wahpetunwan Dakota from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota, she is an historian who studies how settler societies have impacted Indigenous societies and how Indigenous nations can recover their traditional values. She currently holds the Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples in the University of Victoria's Indigenous Governance Program in British Columbia, Canada. Her books include: - *What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland* (2008); - *In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors* (2006) which won the 2007 Independent Publisher's Silver Book Award for Adult Multicultural Non-fiction; - *Remember This!: Dakota Decolonization and the Eli Taylor Narratives*; - *Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities*; and - *For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook*. She received her Ph.D. in American history from Cornell University in 2000 and was on faculty in the Arizona State University's history department in Phoenix for seven years. There will be a reception from 5-6 p.m. prior to her presentation and a book-signing will follow the question and answer period at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the College of St. Catherine's Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) office and Centers of Excellence. For more information contact the MIPS office at 651-690-6784. To order Waziyatawin's books from local publisher Living Justice Press, visit http://www.livingjusticepress.org For St. Kate's maps/directions: http://minerva.stkate.edu/aboutus.nsf/pages/our_locations --------10 of 17-------- From: "Smith, Lucia Wilkes" <Lucia.Smith [at] allina.com> Subject: Pak/Afghan panel 4.09 7pm This event is sponsored by "Eden Prairie Reads," which is the Public Library, the City of E.P. and maybe a few other community groups. Lucia Pakistan & Afghanistan Panel Presentation - April 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm Local Perspectives on Pakistan & Afghanistan Panel Presentation Thursday, April 9 7:00 - 8:30 pm Eden Prairie Library 565 Prairie Center Drive (by Eden Prairie Shopping Mall) Eden Prairie, MN 952-847-5375 Hear from community members Yusuf WazirZada, Ruth Aldrich, Faryal Khan, Sumayya Hasmi and Shehla Mushtaq as they discuss their experiences of growing up or working in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and their own responses to the book, THREE CUPS OF TEA. This will be a great chance to learn more about Central Asia from a variety of perspectives, background and ages. --------11 of 17-------- From: Sue Ann <mart1408 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Full moon walk 4.09 7pm , Thursday, April 9 Coldwater Full Moon Walk Thursday, April 9, 2009 7 pm at Coldwater Spring A Sacred Time & a Sacred Place Passover & Maunday Thursday Directions: From Hwy 55/Hiawatha in south Minneapolis, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right (South) ˝-mile past the parking meters, through the cul-de-sac and the gates. Follow the curvy road left & then right down to the pond, next to the great willow tree. Sunset 7:51 pm - Moonrise 8:28 pm www.friendsofcoldwater.org info [at] friendsofcoldwater.org --------12 of 17-------- The Democrats and the Afghan War Meet the New Escalators By NORMAN SOLOMON April 6, 2009 CounterPunch Top Democrats and many prominent supporters - with vocal agreement, tactical quibbles or total silence - are assisting the escalation of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The predictable results will include much more killing and destruction. Back home, on the political front, the escalation will drive deep wedges into the Democratic Party. The party has a large anti-war base, and that base will grow wider and stronger among voters as the realities of the Obama war program become more evident. The current backing or acceptance of the escalation from liberal think tanks and some online activist groups will not be able to prevent the growth of opposition among key voting blocs. [I left the Dems over 10 years ago. If you're still in, you should leave NOW - don't wait another year or two to "see what OBomber will do". Enuf of this cheap hope that does nothing but make the evil grow. -ed] In their eagerness to help the Obama presidency, many of its prominent liberal supporters - whatever their private views on the escalation - are willing to function as enablers of the expanded warfare. Many assume that opposition would undermine the administration and play into the hands of Republicans. But in the long run, going along with the escalation is not helping Obama; by putting off the days of reckoning, the acceptance of the escalation may actually help Obama destroy his own presidency. Ideally, in 2009, Democratic lawmakers would see as role models the senators who opposed the Vietnam War - first Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening, and then (years later) others including Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy. Earlier and stronger opposition from elected officials could have saved countless lives. The dreams of the Great Society might not have been crushed. And Richard Nixon might never have become president. Now, everyone has the potential to help challenge the escalation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan war - on a collision course with heightened disaster. Over the weekend, the Sunday Times of London reported that U.S. drone attacks along the Afghan-Pakistani border on Saturday killed "foreign militants" and "women and children" - while Pakistani officials asserted that "American drone attacks on the border . . . are causing a massive humanitarian emergency". The newspaper says that "as many as 1 million people have fled their homes in the Tribal Areas to escape attacks by the unmanned spy planes as well as bombings by the Pakistani army". This is standard catastrophic impact of a counterinsurgency war. In short, as former Kennedy administration official William Polk spells out in his recent book "Violent Politics," the key elements are in place for the U.S. war in Afghanistan to fail on its own terms while heightening the death and misery on a large scale. Citing UN poverty data, a recent essay by Tom Hayden points out that in Afghanistan and Pakistan "the levels of suffering are among the most extreme in the world, and from suffering, from having nothing to live for, comes the will to die for a cause". While the Washington spin machine touts development aid, the humanitarian effort adds up to a few pennies for each dollar going to the U.S. war effort. A report from the Carnegie Endowment began this year with the stark conclusion that "the only meaningful way to halt the insurgency's momentum is to start withdrawing troops. The presence of foreign troops is the most important element driving the resurgence of the Taliban". Hayden made the same point when he wrote that "military occupation, particularly a surge of U.S. troops into the Pashtun region in southern Afghanistan and Pakistan, is the surest way to inflame nationalist resistance and greater support for the Taliban". Over the weekend, in his pitch for more NATO support, President Obama tried to make the U.S. war goals seem circumscribed: "I want everybody to understand that our focus is to defeat Al Qaeda". But there's no evidence that Al Qaeda has a significant foothold in Afghanistan. That group long since decamped to Pakistan. In any event, the claim that a massive war is necessary to fight terrorism is hardly new. Lest we forget: After George W. Bush could no longer cling to his claims about WMDs in Iraq, he settled on the anti-terrorist rationale for continuing the Iraq occupation. Even among allies, the anti-terrorism rationale is not flying for a troop buildup in Afghanistan. After Obama's latest appeal to the leaders of NATO countries, as the New York Times reported Sunday, "his calls for a more lasting European troop increase for Afghanistan were politely brushed aside". Europe will provide no more than 5,000 new troops, and most of them just for the Afghan pre-election period till late summer. In the words of the Times: "Mr. Obama is raising the number of American troops this year to about 68,000 from the current 38,000, which will significantly Americanize the war". For those already concerned about Obama's re-election prospects, such war realities may seem faraway and relatively abstract. But escalation will fracture his base inside the Democratic Party. If the president insists on leading a party of war, then activists will educate, agitate and organize to transform it into a party for peace. [Don't wait - start now. -ed] The mirage of wise counterinsurgency has been re-conjured by the Obama White House, echoing the "best and brightest*" from Democratic administrations of the 1960s. But the party affiliation of the U.S. president will make no difference to people far away who mourn the loss of loved ones. And, whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan or the United States, the president will be held to the astute standard that Barack Obama laid out as he addressed unfriendly foreign leaders in his inaugural speech: "People will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy". Norman Solomon is the author of Made Love, Got War. [*The bossed and the blight-assed -ed] --------13 of 17-------- This is Not the Time to Touch Entitlements in the Name of Fiscal Responsibility Hands Off Social Security By DEAN BAKER April 7, 2009 CounterPunch As a result of incredible economic mismanagement and the greed and incompetence of the financial industry, the country is in the worst downturn since the Great Depression. In this collapse we have seen the most massive intergenerational transfer in the history of the world. Americans have lost more than $15 trillion in housing and stock wealth, with the great bulk of the losses being incurred by people age 45 and older. This is effectively a transfer to younger workers and those yet to enter the labor force, because they will be able to buy into the stock market and buy homes at close to half the price they would have paid just two years ago. What do our elites, ranging from editorial boards to former Commerce secretary Pete Peterson, plan in response to this situation? At the same time that they are handing trillions of dollars to the bankers who wrecked the economy, they are proposing to cut Social Security in the name of fiscal responsibility. This plan is even more outrageous because workers have already paid for their Social Security benefits. The Congressional Budget Office projects that Social Security, by drawing down its trust fund, will be able to pay benefits until the year 2049 with no changes whatsoever. In effect, the cutters are proposing that the government default on the bonds held by the Social Security trust fund: U.S. government bonds that were purchased with money raised through the designated Social Security tax. It is truly incredible, and unbelievably galling, that anyone in a position of responsibility would suggest defaulting on the government bonds held by the Social Security trust fund at the precise moment that the government is honoring trillions of dollars of bonds issued by private banks. While the government has no legal or moral obligations to pay off the banks' debts to wealthy investors (who presumably understood the risks they were taking), the Social Security bonds carry the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. It is understandable that people are angry. We have a government and an elite that never stop looking for ways to take money from ordinary workers and redistribute it upward to the richest people in the country. [This is capitalism - ugly, mean, lying, cold, evil. How gullible/dumb/masochistic do we have to be to keep it around while it skwers us? Eat the rich. - ed] Dean Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). He is the author of Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy. --------14 of 17-------- Some Thoughts about Socialism by William Blum Dissident Voice April 5th, 2009 History is littered with post-crisis regulations. If there are undue restrictions on the operations of businesses, they may view it to be their job to get around them, and you sow the seeds of the next crisis. - Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment analyst, CharlesSchwab & Co., a leading US provider of investment services.1 And so it goes. Corporations, whether financial or not, strive to maximize profit as inevitably as water seeks its own level. We've been trying to "regulate" them since the 19th century. Or is it the 18th? Nothing helps for long. You close one loophole and the slime oozes out of another hole. Wall Street has not only an army of lawyers and accountants, but a horde of mathematicians with advanced degrees searching for the perfect equations to separate people from their money. After all the stimulus money has come and gone, after all the speeches by our leaders condemning greed and swearing to reforms, after the last congressional hearing deploring the corporate executives to their faces, the boys of Wall Street, shrugging off a few bruises, will resume churning out their assortment of financial entities, documents, and packages that go by names like hedge funds, derivatives, collateralized debt obligations, index funds, credit default swaps, structured investment vehicles, subprime mortgages, and many other pieces of paper with exotic names, for which, it must be kept in mind, there had been no public need or strident demand. Speculation, bonuses, and scotch will flow again, and the boys will be all the wiser, perhaps shaken a bit that they're so reviled, but knowing better now what to flaunt and what to disguise. This is another reminder that communism or socialism have almost always been given just one chance to work, if that much, while capitalism has been given numerous chances to do so following its perennial fiascos. Ralph Nader has observed: "Capitalism will never fail because socialism will always be there to bail it out". In the West, one of the most unfortunate results of the Cold War was that 70 years of anti-communist education and media stamped in people's minds a lasting association between socialism and what the Soviet Union called communism. Socialism meant a dictatorship, it meant Stalinist repression, a suffocating "command economy," no freedom of enterprise, no freedom to change jobs, few avenues for personal expression, and other similar truths and untruths. This is a set of beliefs clung to even amongst many Americans opposed to US foreign policy. No matter how bad the economy is, Americans think, the only alternative available is something called "communism," and they know how awful that is. Adding to the purposeful confusion, the conservatives in England, for 30 years following the end of World War 2, filled the minds of the public with the idea that the Labour Party was socialist, and when recession hit (as it does regularly in capitalist countries) the public was then told, and believed, that "socialism had failed". Yet, ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, polls taken in Russia have shown a nostalgia for the old system. In the latest example, Russia Now, a Moscow publication that appears as a supplement in the Washington Post, asked Russians: "What socio-economic system do you favor?" The results were: "State planning and distribution": 58% - "Based on private property and market relations": 28% - "Hard to say": 14%.2 In 1994, Mark Brzezinski (son of Zbigniew) was a Fulbright Scholar teaching in Warsaw. He has written: "I asked my students to define democracy. Expecting a discussion on individual liberties and authentically elected institutions, I was surprised to hear my students respond that to them, democracy means a government obligation to maintain a certain standard of living and to provide health care, education and housing for all. In other words, socialism".3 Many Americans cannot go along with the notion of a planned, centralized society. To some extent it's the terminology that bothers them because they were raised to equate a planned society with the worst excesses of Stalinism. Okay, let's forget the scary labels; let's describe it as people sitting down to discuss a particular serious societal problem, what the available options there are to solve the problem, and what institutions and forces in the society have the best access, experience, and assets to deliver those options. So, the idea is to prepare these institutions and forces to deal with the problem in a highly organized, rational manner without having to worry about which corporation's profits might be adversely affected, without relying on "the magic of the marketplace". Now it happens that all this is usually called "planning" and if the organization and planning stem from a government body it can be called "centralized". There's no reason to assume that this has to result in some kind of very authoritarian regime. All of us over a certain age - individually and collectively - have learned a lot about such things from the past. We know the warning signs; that's why the Bush administration's authoritarianism was so early and so strongly condemned. The overwhelming majority of people in the United States work for a salary. They don't need to be motivated by the quest for profit. It's not in our genes. Virtually everybody, if given the choice, would prefer to work at jobs where the main motivations are to produce goods and services that improve the quality of life of the society, to help others, and to provide themselves with meaningful and satisfying work. It's not natural to be primarily motivated by trying to win or steal "customers" from other people, no holds barred, survival of the fittest or the most ruthless. A major war can be the supreme test of a nation, a time when it's put under the greatest stress. In World War 2, the US government commandeered the auto manufacturers to make tanks and jeeps instead of private cars. When a pressing need for an atom bomb was seen, Washington did not ask for bids from the private sector; it created the Manhattan Project to do it itself, with no concern for balance sheets or profit and loss statements. Women and blacks were given skilled factory jobs they had been traditionally denied. Hollywood was enlisted to make propaganda films. Indeed, much of the nation's activities, including farming, manufacturing, mining, communications, labor, education, and cultural undertakings were in some fashion brought under new and significant government control, with the war effort coming before private profit. In peacetime, we can think of socialism as putting people before profit, with all the basics guaranteed - health care, all education, decent housing, food, jobs. Those who swear by free enterprise argue that the "socialism" of World War 2 was instituted only because of the exigencies of the war. That's true, but it doesn't alter the key point that it had been immediately recognized by the government that the wasteful and inefficient capitalist system, always in need of proper financial care and feeding, was no way to run a country trying to win a war. It's also no way to run a society of human beings with human needs. Most Americans agree with this but are not consciously aware that they hold such a belief. In 1987, nearly half of 1,004 Americans surveyed by the Hearst press believed Karl Marx's aphorism: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was to be found in the US Constitution.4 Along these lines, I've written an essay entitled: "The United States invades, bombs, and kills for it, but do Americans really believe in free enterprise?"5 I cannot describe in detail what every nut and bolt of my socialist system would look like. That might appear rather pretentious on my part; most of it would evolve through trial and error anyway; the important thing is that the foundation - the crucial factors in making the important decisions - would rest on people's welfare and the common good coming before profit. Humankind's desperate need to halt environmental degradation regularly runs smack into the profit motive, as does the American health-care system. It's more than a matter of ideology; it's a matter of the quality of life, sustainability, and survival. --------15 of 17------- Venezuelan leader: 'Capitalism needs to go down' By NASSER KARIMI AP TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ridiculed the G-20 summit's attempts to deal with the global financial meltdown, saying that the "values of capitalism are in crisis" and capitalism "has to end." Speaking to Venezuelan state television late Thursday, Chavez said the United States and Britain are "the most guilty" for the financial crisis sweeping the globe because of the financial model "they've been imposing for years." "It's impossible that capitalism can regulate the monster that is the world financial system, it's impossible," Chavez said. "Capitalism needs to go down. It has to end. And we must take a transitional road to a new model that we call socialism." The Venezuelan leader's comments came during a trip to Iran. In recent years, Chavez and Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - both well-known for their anti-U.S. rhetoric - have boosted economic and political ties. During Thursday's summit in London, leaders from the Group of 20 industrial and developing countries promised $1.1 trillion for lending to poorer countries. They also vowed major efforts to clean up banks' tattered balance sheets, get credit flowing again, shut down global tax havens and tighten regula tion over hedge funds and other financial high-flyers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Chavez belittled the summit's efforts and said the International Monetary Fund must be eliminated. Chavez's own economic program to institute socialism in Venezuela could slow as his country's oil-dependent economy suffers from falling crude prices. Inflation there has soared above 30 percent, eroding Venezuelans' salaries. In his decade in power, Chavez has boosted state control over the economy and spent heavily on social programs meant to increase his popularity. [Might is not be possible he is doing it because it is right and humane? The AP prefers to see him as a manipulator. -ed] Chavez also said Thursday that he will travel to Japan in the coming days to meet with the prime minister as well as business leaders and intellectuals. Copyright (C) 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. --------16 of 17------- Scientists find active 'super-thermite' in WTC dust Filed by Joe Byrne 04/04/2009 @ 10:36 pm A team of nine scientists have unearthed startling data from dust gathered in the days and weeks after the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11. They discovered that scattered throughout the dust samples were red and gray chips of 'active thermitic material', or an un-reacted pyrotechnic explosive. Thermite is used in steel welding, fireworks shows, and hand grenades. It is the combination of a metal powder and a metal oxide which produce a reaction known for extremely high temperatures focused in a very small area for a short period of time. The 'active thermitic material' discovered in the World Trade Center dust was a combination of elemental aluminum and iron oxide, and is a form of thermite known as 'nano-structured super-thermite'. "These observations reminded us of nano-thermite fabricated at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and elsewhere; available papers describe this material as an intimate mixture of UFG[Ultra- fine grain] aluminum and iron oxide in nano-thermite composites to form pyrotechnics or explosives. Commercially available thermite behaves as an incendiary when ignited, but when the ingredients are ultra-fine grain and are intimately mixed, this 'nano-thermite' reacts very rapidly, even explosively, and is sometimes referred to as 'super-thermite'," the report explains. The full article in The Open Chemical Physics Journal can be found here. Some of the authors of the paper have lost their jobs at universities and chemistry labs for their outspoken breakdown of what happened at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Kevin Ryan lost his job as a lab director after writing a letter to the National Institute for Standards and Technology(NIST was conducting an investigation into 9/11 at the time) challenging the common theory that burning jet fuel weakened the steel supports holding up the 110-story skyscrapers. Ryan claims that the owner of his laboratory subsidiary "was the company that certified the steel components used in the construction of the WTC buildings," according to the South Bend Tribune. Dr. Steven E. Jones, a physicist at Brigham Young University, presented a paper in 2005 discussing alternative theories to the commonly accepted 'jet fuel' reasoning. In September 2006 he was placed on paid administrative leave and his paper was removed from the BYU database. Jones has told Visibility911.com, "In short, the paper explodes the official story that 'no evidence' exists for explosive/pyrotechnic materials in the WTC buildings." Parts of the report mention other studies being conducted by the scientists that will come out soon. --------17 of 17-------- Rush Limbaugh peers in the mirror and snorts, Hot damn, I'm too big to fail! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 vote third party for president for congress now and forever Socialism YES Capitalism NO To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8
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