|Progressive Calendar 09.30.09||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:50:47 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.30.09 1. Call-in vs war $ 9.30 2. Vs Nazi rally 9.30 7pm 3. RamseyCo Attorney 9.30/10.01 7pm 4. Eagan peace vigil 10.01 4:30pm 5. Northtown vigil 10.01 5pm 6. Vs Gaertner 10.01 5pm 7. Ma Earth banquet 10.01 6pm 8. Foreclosure event 10.01 6pm 9. ed - Public support for Papa John Kolstad/mayor/Mpls 10. Allison Kilkenny - Police use painful new weapon on G20 protesters 11. Tony Norman - The G-20: a guest with an iron fist 12. Mike Ferner - Robocops come to Pittsburgh 13. Laura Carlsen - Acoustic & chemical attacks on Brazilian Embassy 14. Gilad Atzmon - The pathology of evil/PM Netanyahu's UN speech 15. ed - Soundblaster (odd haiku) --------1 of 15-------- Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 07:58:26 -0500 From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Call-in vs war $$$ 9.30 National Call-In Day: Vote NO on More War Funding The Delaration of Peace National Call-In Day Wednesday, September 30th Stop the War Funding! Vote "NO" on the 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill The U.S. military occupation of Iraq continues. There is no exit strategy for U.S troops in Afghanistan - only an open-ended policy to continue and expand military engagement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. [Thanks Obomber] On Wednesday, Tell Congress To Vote "No" on the 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill! Call the Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 While The New York Times today reported that President Obama's advisors are divided on whether to send more troops, the reality is clear: More U.S. Troops Won't Bring More Peace! Congress is preparing to vote on a $636.3 billion 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill, including $128.2 billion to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through September 2010. So far, the White House has offered no timetable and no exit strategy for Afghanistan. Instead General McChrystal and other military leaders are pressing for the addition of tens of thousands of new U.S. troops and a commitment to remain in Afghanistan for years to come. A quagmire in Afghanistan is all too evident, as every step taken to escalate this war makes it more difficult to leave. At this critical moment, people across this nation need to send a powerful message to their members of Congress that this dangerous course must be stopped. Our government should adopt an exit strategy from Afghanistan based on comprehensive all-party diplomacy, unconditional humanitarian aid, economic assistance, and timelines for the near-term withdrawal of U.S. and NATO combat troops. Congress must stop funding seemingly endless warfare and military occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan! United for Peace and Justice, CODEPINK, Peace Action, Progressive Democrats for America, Just Foreign Policy, AfterDowningStreet, Voters for Peace, The Declaration of Peace and others believe that a public outcry is vitally important now, when the generals are pressuring the President and the Congress to escalate a costly, humanly destructive, and ultimately un-winnable war in Afghanistan. On September 30th, join the National Call-In Day and tell your Senators and Congressional Representative to vote against the 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill. When making this call, tell them to stand firmly against escalation and to co-sponsor Congressman James McGovern's bill (H.R. 2404) that would require President Obama to provide an "exit plan" from Afghanistan. Growing numbers of Senators and Congressional Representatives are expressing concerns over U.S. military policy in Afghanistan. It is hypocritical to publicly raise so many questions, while funding the Pentagon for another year of war. Call the Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Ask for your members of Congress by name. Then tell them: "With no exit strategy for Afghanistan, Senator ____ (or Representative ____ ) should vote NO on the 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill!" Thank you! --------2 of 15-------- From: Margaret Beegle <beegle [at] macalester.edu> Subject: Vs Nazi rally 9.30 7pm Fwd: Wednesday Emergency Meeting against Nazis Community Meeting Against Neo-Nazi Provocation in south Minneapolis Wednesday, September 30, 2009 7:00 PM Stewart Park Recreational Center 2700 12th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55404 Defend Our Neighborhoods! Defend Anti-Racist Organizing! This Saturday, October 3rd, 2009, the neo-nazi National Socialist Movement have threatened to demonstrate against an anti-racist workshop being held at the YWCA on East Lake Street in Minneapolis. The NSM has declared the anti-racist organizers "traitors" to white supremacy. This provocation also has a wider goal: The NSM has been holding racist anti-immigrant rallies in southern Minnesota, and now they are seeking to establish a presence inside the City of Minneapolis. For years Minneapolis has been a virtual "no-go" area for organized racist activity, due to the efforts of young anti-racist organizers. It is vital, especially in the wake of the racist attacks in Brooklyn Park last week, that the nazis not go unopposed. They plan to bring their racist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, antisemetic message of division and hate right into the heart of the city. They must not go unopposed! No to the Nazis! Solidarity Against Racism! Margaret R. Beegle Executive Assistant Institute for Global Citizenship Macalester College 1600 Grand Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105 (651) 696-6332 --------3 of 15-------- From: Anne Benson <annebenson [at] msn.com> Subject: RamseyCo Atty 9.30/10.01 7pm Ramsey County Attorney Candidate Screenings: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 I'm writing to you because I'm imagining you were just as horrified as I was with the way civil liberties were suppressed last year during the RNC. During this past year, I've been working with some DFL friends to bring some accountability to the DFL officials who allowed some of that to happen. Were you incensed at the police shenanigans during the RNC? Although the RNC is almost a dim memory now, the Minnesota Patriot Act, among others, is alive and well, ready to squelch any kind of dissent the authorities decide needs to be marginalized or eliminated. Activities like pre-emptive arrests, trumped up charges, and arrests of journalists are still "legal" today, and authorities in charge have shown that they are unwilling to step up and defend our Constitution. I've helped with the formation of a progressive group, St. Paul Democrats for Civil Rights, and we are holding candidate screenings for County Attorney this coming Wed and Thurs. evenings. You may be aware, that candidate screenings are a great way to show candidates that they need to pay attention to a constituency. When a room is filled, the candidate feels the pressure to respond. Also, if they feel motivated to appeal to the group, they may find some willing campaign workers, but the main goal is to show the candidate that they can't ignore the issues. Why are we holding these so early? Because the four main candidates that we know of have declared, and early in the process is when people like us have a voice. Candidates are looking to impress, and if we wait until near the election, they will have already found their footing and their funding, and can ignore us. We intend to choose the most progressive, Constitution-minded County Attorney candidate and endorse him or her. We feel this will make a big difference in this important 2010 race. We need your help! Filling the room will make a statement that St. Paulites and Ramsey County residents care about the Constitution and are willing to hold elected officials accountable. COME ON THESE DATES: Wed, Sept 30, 7pm sharp Meet with 2 candidates for 45 min each Thurs, Oct 1, 7pm sharp Meet with 2 candidates for 45 min each [Perhaps we can nip the next Gaertner in the bud. -ed] Here are the details: Wed., Sept. 30, 2009, 7-7:45pm - Dave Pinto (Sharon Sudman, moderator) http://www.davepinto.com [No info on him -ed] Wed., Sept. 30, 2009, 8-8:45pm - Tammy Pust, (Gena Berglund, moderator) http://www.tammypust.com [Now on Roseville city council; corporate -ed] Thurs., Oct. 1, 2009, 7-7:45pm - David Schultz (Mark Bannick, moderator) http://www.schultzforcountyattorney.com [Probably the most progressive -ed] Thurs., Oct. 1, 2009, 8-8:45pm - John Choi (Anne Benson, moderator) http://www.johnchoi.com [Heavily involved in RNC police-state -ed] All meetings are at the Davanni's/Coffee Bené at Grand and Cleveland, this is west of Macalester College and south of St. Thomas. (It would be nice if you ordered food when attending if you are able, but don't feel obligated if you are not able!) Parking is permitted across the street in the abandoned gas station. We'll be in the room at the back, look for signs. Attendees will be asked to follow rules decided on by members of SPDCR and DFLPC who convened last week to decide: The screening will be moderated The candidates will have 5 min to give their stump speech The moderator will call on attendees who will ask their questions No applause, demonstrations, or interruptions during proceedings Progressive Democrats who live in Ramsey County are welcome Recording will not be allowed, however an audio recording will be made by SPDCR for the reference of those unable to attend If you are interested in participating, please reply to Stpauldemocratsforcivilrights [at] gmail.com with your contact information, or just show up. Thank you, I hope you can join me, bring friends, and make Ramsey County a safer more just place to live. Anne Benson 1997 Selby Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104 651-647-0580 --------4 of 15-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 10.01 4:30pm 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. --------5 of 15-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 10.01 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. --------6 of 15-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: Vs Gaertner 10.01 5pm GAERTNER: DROP THE CHARGES OR WE'LL DROP YOUR CAMPAIGN Thursday, October 1, 5:00 p.m. University Ave and Fairview Ave N, St. Paul RNC 8 prosecutor (or is that persecutor?) Susan Gaertner seems to think that going after community organizers with bogus charges is the way to become our next governor. She needs to hear that prosecuting political activists on bogus charges is not a career-enhancing strategy. She'll be holding an open house at her campaign headquarters at 1821 University Ave W, St. Paul (corner of University and Fairview Avenues). Come out and join us as we hold an banner and remind her potential supporters about what they might actually be supporting - the suppression and criminalization of dissent. --------7 of 15-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Ma Earth banquet 10.01 6pm October 1: Women's Environmental Institute at Amador Hill 2nd annual Mother Earth Banquet & Fundraiser (honoring the Earth and Mothers of the Environmental Justice Movement). Keynote speaker: Erika Allen of Growing Power, Inc. in Chicago. A local honoree in the environmental justice movement and a hors d'oeuvres buffet with locally-sourced and organic foods from area farmers plus a silent auction fundraiser. 6 PM at the Carondelet Center next to St. Catherine's University Campus, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul. Tickets: $50. More information: 651-209-3934, ext. 1. --------8 of 15-------- From: Lynette Malles <lynettemalles [at] msn.com> Subject: Foreclosure event 10.01 6pm The MN Five take on HUD in DC Oct. 5-6 Give a send-off for our outraged homeowners before they head for DC! Thursday, October 1st Press Conference at 6pm in front of Leslie Park's home. Leslie is one of the Minnesota Five staying in her home with the end-of-redemption period ending this November. 3749 Park Ave. South in Mpls, corner of 38th Street (press-release attached) On Monday October 5th, United Nations' World Habitat Day, our Minnesota eviction resisters Barbara Byrd, Linda Norenberg, Ann Patterson, and Rosemary Williams are joining others from Mississippi and Pennsylvania who have refused to leave their homes. COME ON OUT AND GIVE THEM YOUR SUPPORT AS THEY GEAR UP FOR NATIONAL ATTENTION RE. THE FORECLOSURE CRISISin conjunction with World Zero Evictions Days during the month of October, 2009. WHY GO TO THE US DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT?? BECAUSE IT IS TIME TO FORECLOSE ON WASHINGTON UNLESS OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS RECOGNIZE THAT HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT as stated in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As yet this right does not exist in the USA. IT IS TIME TO * Denounce the threat of forced eviction and demolition * Demand a moratorium on foreclosures similar to the moratorium that was put in place in 1933 during the Great Depression * utilize empty housing Meanwhile, here's an Update on Rosemary: She's doing fine and looking forward to bringing a piece of her mind to Washington. Update on Linda Norenberg and Barbara Byrd's cases: Citibank and EMC may be coming up with deals, but neither of their lawyers have contacted our lawyers thus far. Stay tuned! For more information, contact the MN Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Cheri Honkala: 267-439-8419 Lynette Malles 651-497-4644 --------9 of 15-------- Public letter of support for Papa John Kolstad for mayor of Mpls -ed We the undersigned support Papa John Kolstad for mayor of Minneapolis. RT Rybak has failed to properly manage the city. Rybak has failed to supervise the police department. Rybak has worked actively with the city council to concentrate power downtown, and to shut out the voices of the residents. Rybak has actively pushed to increase Property Taxes by forcing up property valuations and increasing the tax rate. The Property Tax is the most regressive tax there is. This callous policy is harming low and fixed income people and small business. Rybak and the City Council often speak of their support for small business, but their actions directly harm small business. Papa John Kolstad will actively promote public involvement, will make the city more attractive, friendly and affordable for its residents, promote small businesses, and promote public safety through a better supervised police force. Papa John Kolstad will immediately ask for a complete audit of the City's spending over the past few years. Essential Services, like Police and Fire, must be funded. Non-essential services and expenditures need to be reviewed on a case by case basis, with the intention of cutting low priority programs. Papa John Kolstad will not force people on low or fixed incomes to pay for programs of questionable value. He will examine the Property Tax and work to remove any inequities. Papa John Kolstad believes that providing assistance to small business, as opposed to heavy taxes plus fee upon fee, will unleash this economic force, create new jobs and increase revenue to the City. Rybak is clearly using the Mayors Office as a stepping stone to run for governor. Papa John Kolstad is committed to the city of Minneapolis and will serve the full four years. In a recent email to supporters, Rybak said, "For the better part of two years I traveled the state to let people know what I knew: he (Obama) would be a president who would inspire us to take on the big challenges of our time". Papa John Kolstad says, "No wonder the City is in such bad straits, the Mayor has not been here for the better part of 2 years. We need a Mayor who will travel around the City and find out what the Minneapolis citizens know and what the critical needs and problems are. Then work to solve them". To bring about this important change to our City, we the undersigned know that we must take an active and public role to bring about the change this City needs. Supporters: [so far] Danene Provencher Mike Whelan Lydia Howell Dave Garland Dori Ullman Fred Markus Michael Cavlan RN, candidate ward 8 Alan Hancock Richard Broderick Amber Garlan Suzanne Linton Gary Carlson Tom Cleland Paul Busch Robert Halfhill David Unowsky Alan Carlson Jan McGee James Mayer Andy Hamerlinck Jane Kirby Dean Zimmerman L Hogan Mary Devitt Carol Mellom David Shove 26..and growing [26 = two baker's dozen. "Baker's Dozens for Papa John!" - just barely, but it's good PR] [Contact John at 612-722-6649, kolstadformayor [at] gmail.com Website: papajohnkolstad.com Volunteer at kolstadformayor [at] gmail.com Send checks to Papa John Kolstad for Mayor 2830 E 22nd St Mpls 55406] You can add your name by emailing shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu and saying, "Please add my name to Kolstad letter." You need not live in Mpls. --------10 of 15-------- Police Use Painful New Weapon on G20 Protesters Allison Kilkenny AlterNet Monday 28 September 2009 This technology has been deployed in Iraq as an "anti-insurgent weapon" - it could easily be used as a torture tool. Pittsburgh police demonstrated the latest in crowd control techniques on protesters when they used "sound cannons" to blast the ears of citizens near the G-20 meeting of world economic leaders. City officials said this was the first time such sound blasters, also known as "sound weapons," were used publicly. Lavonnie Bickerstaff of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police uses benign language like "sound amplifiers," and "long-range acoustic device" to explain the new weapons in an attempt to sanitize what is essentially a painful weapon that leaves no visible marks on its victims. The mob utilized a similar tactic on snitches when they would beat everywhere except the face. If victims have no outward bruises to show, the world is less likely to believe their stories of assault and harassment. Unlike aerosol hand-grenades, pepper spray, and rubber bullets (all traditional methods of protest suppression also used at the G-20 protests,) the damage from sound cannons is entirely internal, and can only be preserved on video, but even then, the deafening noise cannot be fully appreciated unless one hears it in person. (Footage of the sound cannons in action can be seen/heard below. It's clear from these videos that the extremely loud, high-pitched noise causes pain.) The "long range acoustic device (LRAD)" is designed for long-range communication and acts as an "unmistakable warning," according to the American Technology Corporation (ATC,) which develops the instruments. "The LRAD basically is the ability to communicate clearly from 300 meters to 3 kilometers" (nearly 2 miles), said Robert Putnam of American Technology's media and investor relations during an interview with MSNBC. "It's a focused output. What distinguishes it from other communications tools out there is its ability to be heard clearly and intelligibly at a distance, unlike bullhorns." Except, police aren't trying to send a distress call to allies 2 miles away. They're literally blasting this extreme decibel of noise directly into the ears of protesters (or any unwitting citizens) standing mere feet from the cannons. Depending on the mode of LRAD, it can blast a maximum sound of 145 to 151 decibels - equal to a gunshot - within a 3-foot (one meter) range, according to ATC. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that permanent hearing loss can result from sounds at about 110 to 120 decibels in short bursts or even just 75 decibels if exposure lasts for long periods. But there is a volume knob, Putnam notes, so its output can be less than max, purportedly to give us comfort in the knowledge that deafening citizens is left to the discretion of power-hungry police. On the decibel scale, an increase of 10 (say, from 70 to 80) means that a sound is 10 times more intense. Normal traffic noise can reach 85 decibels, reports MSNBC, but these sound cannons cannot be compared to standing beside a busy New York City road. The BBC reported in 2005 that the "shrill sound of an LRAD at its loudest sounds something like a domestic smoke alarm, ATC says, but at 150 decibels, it is the aural equivalent to standing 30m away from a roaring jet engine and can cause major hearing damage if misused." This technology has been deployed in Iraq as an "anti-insurgent weapon," and the sonic weaponry is also being used on protesters in Honduras. Seattle Weekly reports that this weapon could easily be used as a torture tool if one doesn't already think this is its only use. Sonic weaponry is now being deployed domestically to put a chill on free speech. We're told this is the "humane" way to deal with protesters, but it's really just a convenient way to suppress citizens without the messy aftereffects of having to explain bullet holes to reporters. A bunch of protesters complaining about ruptured ear drums doesn't make for dramatic news. [Let's sound blast the rich. They so much like it being done to us, we should let them in on the pleasure. Say, sound blast country clubs and corporate offices. No problem - they say it's not lethal, so let's do to them what they do to us. Fair is fair. -ed] --------11 of 15-------- The G-20: A Guest with an Iron Fist by Tony Norman Common Dreams Tuesday, September 29, 2009 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Once upon a time, people in Western Pennsylvania knew authoritarianism when they saw it. It had an unmistakable odor about it - like the smell of Pinkertons and sulfur wafting up from the steel mills of Homestead. It didn't wear makeup or attempt to justify itself with flowers or candy. Authoritarianism used to be honest about its own brutality - and it didn't care much who noticed. When it looked in the mirror, it recognized its reflection. With a wink and a smile, it exercised its prerogative for violence at the slightest provocation. It kissed its brass knuckles and its twirling baton and expected you to do the same. Over the years, authoritarianism has learned the value of mounting a charm offensive before it comes out swinging. Though it has gotten a face lift or two over the years, it still exhibits the same contempt for democracy it always has. Though it douses itself with perfume and wears a loincloth made of shredded pieces of the Constitution, it stinks of rotten eggs, rubber and pepper spray. When it is doing its business on the streets, it expects you to avert your eyes - and God help you if you ever question its authority or tactics. Last week, authoritarianism came back to Pittsburgh. Like any long-lost uncle, it came bearing gifts: national and international media exposure that would take $100 million to achieve, $35 million in cash injected into the local economy and a cavalcade of world leaders who took time from their oligarchies back home to admire the solidity of our fences and barriers Downtown. All authoritarianism wanted in exchange for these goodies was our soul - starting with our civil liberties. Our civic leaders, flattered by the "prestige" that comes with hosting a G-20 summit, quickly obliged. Who would miss a little thing like civil liberties, anyway? For three days, Downtown was emptied of four-fifths of its population and replaced with 4,000 cops who spread out to different parts of the city when ordered to do so by some invisible democracy-hating high command. The cops given the task of imitating Darth Vader's stormtroopers were a grim bunch. They volunteered to come here from other parts of the country, attracted by the mercenary pay and the opportunity to exert the kind of force on a civilian population their own civic leaders would never let them get away with. Pittsburgh now has the dubious distinction of being the only place outside Russia where sonic weapons were used on a civilian population. Dressed entirely in black, the irony of the cops' villainous-looking protective gear was lost to them but apparent to everyone they gassed, pepper-sprayed, knocked to the ground and arrested without cause. Yesterday, the city released a list of 190 people, including several journalists, arrested during the summit. Cameras were damaged and film destroyed in a clumsy and bare-knuckled attempt to abrogate the First Amendment. "As a group, the police responded admirably," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said resisting the urge to identify with people close to his age, but more diminished in power and stature. Mr. Ravenstahl couldn't afford to acknowledge what anyone with access to YouTube can see with their own eyes - that there was a full-scale breakdown in public order on the part of the cops. The images of the brutal assault on Pitt students and passers-by caught up in an indiscriminate and chaotic police sweep at the University of Pittsburgh on Friday night will surely be a cautionary tale to the next American mayor silly enough to consider hosting a G-20 summit. An occupation like the one Pittsburgh experienced can't help but change the way people view cops and their civic leaders going forward. For three days, thousands of militarized strangers took possession of our city, ostensibly to "protect" foreign and domestic leaders most of us would never see, much less meet. As one critic of the police action said during a news conference at the Thomas Merton Center yesterday, if the planners of future G-20 summits really want to ensure smooth, dissent-free experiences for the world's leaders, why not have the conferences at military bases? Security for the G-20 in Pittsburgh is put conservatively at $20 million. There was an estimated $50,000 in damage to windows and storefronts caused by anarchists in a few neighborhoods on the East End. But more than a few windows were broken last week. Something ghastly happened to us. We proved we were willing to give up something very precious to us for a few days in the international spotlight. We invited authoritarianism into our homes and promised not to whimper while it danced on our necks. This is truly pathetic. 2009 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Tony Norman can be reached at tnorman [at] post-gazette.com --------12 of 15-------- Robocops Come to Pittsburgh Mike Ferner t r u t h o u t | Perspective Tuesday 29 September 2009 No longer the stuff of disturbing futuristic fantasies, an arsenal of "crowd control munitions," including one that reportedly made its debut in the US, was deployed with a massive, overpowering police presence in Pittsburgh during last week's G-20 protests. Nearly 200 arrests were made and civil liberties groups charged the many thousands of police (transported on Port Authority buses displaying "PITTSBURGH WELCOMES THE WORLD"), from as far away as Arizona and Florida with overreacting ... and they had plenty of weaponry with which to do it. Bean bags fired from shotguns, CS (tear) gas, OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray, flash-bang grenades, batons and, according to local news reports, for the first time on the streets of America, the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). I saw the LRAD, mounted in the turret of an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), in action twice in the area of 25th, Penn and Liberty Streets of Lawrenceville, an old Pittsburgh neighborhood. Blasting a shrill, piercing noise like a high-pitched police siren on steroids, it quickly swept streets and sidewalks of pedestrians, merchants and journalists, and drove residents into their homes, but in neither case were any demonstrators present. The APC, oversized and sinister for a city street, together with lines of police in full riot gear looking like darkly threatening Michelin Men, made for a scene out of a movie you didn't want to be in. As intimidating as this massive show of armed force and technology was, the good burghers of Pittsburgh and their fellow citizens in the Land of the Brave and Home of the Free ain't seen nothin' yet. Tear gas and pepper spray are nothing to sniff at and, indeed, have proven fatal a surprising number of times, but they have now become the old standbys compared to the list below that's already at or coming soon to a police station or National Guard headquarters near you. Proving that "what goes around, comes around," some of the new Property Protection Devices were developed by a network of federally funded, university-based research institutes like one in Pittsburgh itself, Penn State's Institute for Non-Lethal Defense Technologies. * Raytheon Corp.'s Active Denial System, designed for crowd control in combat zones, uses an energy beam to induce an intolerable heating sensation, like a hot iron placed on the skin. It is effective beyond the range of small arms, in excess of 400 meters (about one-quarter mile). Company officials have been advised they could expand the market by selling a smaller, tripod-mounted version for police forces. * M5 Modular Crowd Control Munition, with a range of 30 meters (about 98 feet) "is similar in operation to a claymore mine, but it delivers ... a strong, nonpenetrating blow to the body with multiple sub-munitions (600 rubber balls)." * Long Range Acoustic Device or "The Scream," is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can emit sound "50 times greater than the human threshold for pain" at close range, causing permanent hearing damage. The Los Angeles Times wrote that US Marines in Iraq used it in 2004. It can deliver recorded warnings in Arabic and, on command, emit a piercing tone ..." [For] most people, even if they plug their ears, [the device] will produce the equivalent of an instant migraine," says Woody Norris, chairman of American Technology Corp., the San Diego firm that produces the weapon. "It will knock [some people] on their knees." CBS News reported in 2005 that the Israeli Army first used the device in the field to break up a protest against Israel's separation wall. "Protesters covered their ears and grabbed their heads, overcome by dizziness and nausea, after the vehicle-mounted device began sending out bursts of audible, but not loud, sound at intervals of about 10 seconds.... A military official said the device emits a special frequency that targets the inner ear." * In "Non-Lethal Technologies: An Overview," Lewer and Davison describe a lengthy catalog of new weaponry, including the "Directed Stick Radiator," a hand-held system based on the same technology as The Scream. "It fires high intensity 'sonic bullets' or pulses of sound between 125-150db for a second or two. Such a weapon could, when fully developed, have the capacity to knock people off their feet." * The Penn State facility is testing a "Distributed Sound and Light Array Debilitator" a.k.a. the "puke ray." The colors and rhythm of light are absorbed by the retina and disorient the brain, blinding the victim for several seconds. In conjunction with disturbing sounds, it can make the person stumble or feel nauseated. Foreign Policy in Focus reports that the Department of Homeland Security, with $1 million invested for testing the device, hopes to see it "in the hands of thousands of policemen, border agents and National Guardsmen" by 2010. * Spider silk is cited in the University of Bradford's Non-Lethal Weapons Research Project, Report #4 (pg. 20) as an up-and-comer. "A research collaboration between the University of New Hampshire and the US Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center is looking into the use of spider silk as a non-lethal 'entanglement' material for disabling people. They have developed a method for producing recombinant spider silk protein using E. coli and are trying to develop methods to produce large quantities of these fibres." * New Scientist reports that the (I'm not making this up) Inertial Capacitive Incapacitator (ICI), developed by the Physical Optics Corporation of Torrance, California, uses a thin-film storage device charged during manufacture that only discharges when it strikes the target. It can be incorporated into a ring-shaped aerofoil and fired from a standard grenade launcher at low velocity, while still maintaining a flat trajectory for maximum accuracy. * Aiming beyond Tasers, the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, (FY 2009 budget: $1 billion) the domestic equivalent of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), plans to develop wireless weapons effective over greater distances, such as in an auditorium or sports stadium, or on a city street. One such device, the Piezer, uses piezoelectric crystals that produce voltage when they are compressed. A 12-gauge shotgun fires the crystals, stunning the target with an electric shock on impact. Lynntech of College Station, Texas, is developing a projectile Taser that can be fired from a shotgun or 40-mm grenade launcher to greatly increase the weapon's current range of seven meters. * "Off the Rocker and On the Floor: Continued Development of Biochemical Incapacitating Weapons," a report by the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre revealed that in 1992, the National Institute of Justice contracted with Lawrence Livermore National Lab to review clinical anesthetics for use by special ops military forces and police. The lab concluded the best option was an opioid, like fentanyl, effective at very low doses compared to morphine. Combined with a patch soaked in DMSO (dimethylsufoxide, a solvent) and fired from an air rifle, fentanyl could be delivered to the skin even through light clothing. Another recommended application for the drug was mixed with fine powder and dispersed as smoke. * After upgrades, the infamous "Puff the Magic Dragon" gunship from the Vietnam War is now the AC-130. "Non-Lethal Weaponry: Applications to AC-130 Gunships," observes that "With the increasing involvement of US military in operations other than war ..." the AC-130 "would provide commanders a full range of non-lethal weaponry from an airborne platform which was not previously available to them." The paper concludes in part that "As the use of non-lethal weapons increases and it becomes valid and acceptable, more options will become available." * Prozac and Zoloft are two of over 100 pharmaceuticals identified by the Penn State College of Medicine and the university's Applied Research Lab for further study as "non-lethal calmatives." These Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), noted the Penn State study, "... are found to be highly effective for numerous behavioral disturbances encountered in situations where a deployment of a non-lethal technique must be considered. This class of pharmaceutical agents also continues to be under intense development by the pharmaceutical industry.... New compounds under development (WO 09500194) are being designed with a faster onset of action. Drug development is continuing at a rapid rate in this area due to the large market for the treatment of depression (15 million individuals in North America).... It is likely that an SSRI agent can be identified in the near future that will feature a rapid rate of onset." In Pittsburgh last week, an enormously expensive show of police and weaponry, intended for "security" of the G20 delegates, simultaneously shut workers out of downtown jobs for two days, forced gasping students and residents back into their dormitories and homes, and turned journalists' press passes into quaint, obsolete reminders of a bygone time. Most significant of all, however, was what Witold Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania ACLU, told The Associated Press: "It's not just intimidation, it's disruption and in some cases outright prevention of peaceful protesters being able to get their message out." Mike Ferner is a writer from Ohio and president of Veterans For Peace. --------13 of 15-------- Acoustic and Chemical Attacks on the Brazilian Embassy The Sound and Fury of the Honduran Coup By LAURA CARLSEN September 28, 2009 CounterPunch Over the past few days, reports poured in from Honduras of the use of sound devices and chemical warfare in attacks on the Brazilian Embassy by the Honduran coup. The use of Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) has been confirmed by observers and journalists. Numerous photographers have also documented their use. The UN Security Council today called upon the de facto government of Honduras to "cease harassing the Brazilian Embassy" and "condemned acts of intimidation." These devices are described as a "non-lethal weapon" produced by the U.S.-based American Technology Corporation. They emit painful sound at 151 db. with a range of 300 meters on land, and are used in situations of war and to control demonstrations. While acoustics weapons have been used over the past several days, on Friday the Armed Forces sprayed the Embassy with poisonous gases and by some accounts pumped them into the building through the drainage system. The Honduran News Network reports that First Lady Xiomara Castro de Zelaya climbed a ladder to ascertain the source of the attacks and was sprayed with chemicals. She and others in the Embassy are reportedly experiencing bleeding as a result of the effects of the chemicals. Father Andres Tamayo described the situation to Radio Progreso, "Over a thousand soldiers in front (of the Embassy) left and returned with a cistern and helicopters spraying gases. There are also neighbors that lent their houses to spray these things and house the military. They have placed pipes to spread the gases. We feel a tightness in our stomachs and throat, vomiting, dizziness and some people are urinating blood. There are more than a thousand people around here and at this moment all we can do is drink a little milk." A press conference was called to reveal the results of the analysis of the gas, done by public health specialist Dr. Mauricio Castellanos. * Concentrations above normal of amonia, which is used as a base of pepper gas * Concentration between 100 and 200 particles per thousand * Hydrocyanic acid, which produces a rapid reaction on inhaling when it enters in contact with the iron in the blood, and produces vertigo, nausea, stomach pain, headaches and breathing difficulties The report concluded, "This mixture is technologically purely military, prohibited under international treaties. Exposure for a prolonged period is lethal to any living organism." Juan Almendares, a Honduran medical doctor and human rights leader, states: "The occupants of the Brazilian Embassy that accompany President Manuel Zelaya Rosales, his wife and family, communities and protesters are the object of the launching of chemical arms from helicopters and airplanes or troops, and the use of sophisticated sound and electromagnetic equipment that have produced severe diarrhea, vomiting, nasal hemorrhages and gastrointestinal problems in both the Embassy and surrounding areas. "According to the clinical reports, this could be due to the usage of toxic substances including: pesticides, chemical components of gases, radioactive substances like radioactive cesium and toxic mushrooms. "It is urgent that an international medical team from the United Nations and the World Health Organization be sent. We are facing an irregular war against the people of Honduras. The Armed Forces do not allow the International Red Cross entry into the Brazilian Embassy, violating all international health treaties and conventions and human rights." Numerous reports, including Honduran News Network sources, also mentioned radioactive cesium. If the use of radioactive cesium is confirmed, the consequences are very serious. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry finds that the effects of high levels include the symptoms listed above and even coma and death. This is the notorious "day-after" effect of nuclear bombs. The agency adds that "it is reasonable to expect that individuals exposed to high levels of radiation from a source of radioactive cesium will develop the same types of cancer observed in survivors of the atomic bombs in Japan." Embassies are protected under the Vienna Convention and any violation of this is an international issue. With the notable exceptions of Colombia and the United States, all nations of the region expressed concern about the Honduran situation at the 64th UN General Assembly meeting. As the society breaks down into a coup-provoked crisis, the Women's Collective CODEMUH writes in to that workers in offshore assembly plants have been forced to work overtime to make up for time lost due to the coup's curfews, in clear violation of labor law. The Collective notes, "According to Article 23 of the Labor Code, "Workers can participate in profits or benefits of the boss, but never assume the risks and losses," meaning that business cannot charge workers for the losses caused by the national political crisis, which the businessmen and women are key actors in causing. Ladies and gentlemen, you cannot force workers to pay for the losses that you provoked with the coup d'etat. "We call on transnational brands like Nike, GAP, Adidas, Hanes, HBI and Walmart, among others, as well as university students in the U.S. and consumers in general, who wear the products produced in the sweatshops of Honduras, to demand the offshore industry pay its workers for the days they did not show up for work due to the curfew of the de facto government, without requiring that they make up these days. And that the workers refuse to accept these extra days." President Zelaya has called on "the resistance to maintain the fight that together, the people and the president, will achieve the constitutional reforms and fall of the usurpers." With the no-holds-barred repression unleashed by the coup regime and the increasing militancy and organization of the resistance - still adhering to principles of non-violence, to their credit - the political ground has once again shifted in Honduras. The terms of the San Jose Accords, hammered out by President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica and consistently rejected by the coup regime, have become clearly obsolete. The demand for a constitutional assembly has grown in breadth and volume throughout the country. The urgent tasks before the international community are to recognize that the crisis requires structural reforms and not patch-ups, to halt the human rights violations immediately, and to take all diplomatic steps toward the reinstatement of the constitutional government. Laura Carlsen is director of the Americas Policy Program in Mexico City. She can be reached at: (lcarlsen(a)ciponline.org). --------14 of 15-------- The Pathology of Evil PM Netanyahu's UN Speech by Gilad Atzmon September 29th, 2009 Dissident Voice Israeli PM Netanyahu's speech at the UN is a major insight into the Israeli's mentality, psyche and logic. In his speech Netanyahu, a prolific and charismatic speaker, gives air to his genocidal inclinations, he brings to light the Israeli supremacy but he also allows us to detect some shaky and vulnerable spots at the heart of the Jewish national narrative. Reading Netanyahu's speech makes it very clear that both the Zionist Shoa and the "promised land" narratives are on the verge of collapse. It seems as if the "discredited" Iranian president Ahmadinejad has managed to succeed after all. Don't You Mess With Our Shoa Israelis love their Shoa, for the Shoa is no doubt their best selling Hasbara (propaganda) product. It somehow allows them to kill en masse and to do it indistinguishably while insisting that it is they who happen to be the victims. "I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee". Said Netanyahu. "There, on January 20,1942, after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people". PM Netanyahu, if you are genuinely interested in "extermination plans" you do not have to travel to Wannsee, Berlin. All you have to do is visit your IDF's headquarters in Tel Aviv. Your chief commanders will guide you through their IDF "solutions" for the Palestinians. At the end of the day, it is your army that surrounds Palestinians with barbed-wire, it is you who keep civilian populations in a siege with inadequate food supplies and medicine. It is your army that poured WMD over the most densely populated neighbourhoods on this planet. While the real meaning of the "Nazi Final Solution" (Die Endlsung) is still discussed by historians who fail to agree between themselves what it really meant, the true reality of the Israeli murderous solution has been seen by us all. However, it is almost amusing to see PM Netanyahu rushing to defend the Zionist holocaust narrative. Looking at Netanyahu presenting the protocol of the Wannsee conference to the UN assembly gives a clear impression that the Israeli PM believes that the Shoa needs an urgent pump of credibility. For the first time, the Shoa is on the defence. "Here is a copy of the plans for Auschwitz-Birkenau, where one million Jews were murdered. Is this too a lie?" asks the Israeli PM. PM Netanyahu, may I suggest to you that not a single humanist cares about the exact numbers: whether it was one or four million Jews who died in Auschwitz, no one doubts that the camp was a horrible place. Yet, two questions must be answered once and for all: how is it that the Jews, who suffered so much during that war, managed to get themselves involved in a colossal racist crime against the Palestinians (1948 Nakba) just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz? How is it that the Israeli leadership, that happens to be so sensitive to Jewish suffering, manages to neglect the pain they inflict on millions of Palestinians? Supremacy and Beyond As a National movement, Zionism fails to respect other national and popular movements. Seemingly Netanyahu fails to respect the Iranian people and their regime. "Wherever they can, they impose a backward regimented society where women, minorities, gays or anyone not deemed to be a true believer is brutally subjugated". Netanyahu, must know that the Judaic law is not very different from Islam on these matters. He must also remember that it is in his country that gays were murdered in the street just a month ago. It is almost amusing that Netanyahu chooses to equate Iran with Barbarism and the Middle Ages for its treatment of minorities. As far as minorities are concerned, the Jewish state is actually the darkest place on this planet. In Netanyahu's promised land half of the population cannot participate in the democratic game just for failing to be Jewish. Israel according to Netanyahu is the embodiment of Western modernity: "We (the Westerners) will crack the genetic code. We will cure the incurable. We will lengthen our lives. We will find a cheap alternative to fossil fuels and clean up the planet. I am proud that my country Israel is at the forefront of these advances". I must admit that I am not at all overwhelmed by Israeli scientific or technological achievements. Nor have I ever seen any evidence of Israeli attempts to save humanity or even the planet. In fact all I see is quite the opposite. However, if Netanyahu welcomes scientific progress, he should be the first to rally for the Iranian nuclear project. As we all know, this doesn't seem to be the case. He, for some reason, thinks that, at least regionally, nuclear energy and weapons must remain Jew only property. Netanyahu argues that "if the most primitive fanaticism can acquire the most deadly weapons, the march of history could be reversed for a time". Netanyahu may well be correct but one should point out to him that the above applies to Israel more than any other country, state or society. For the time being it is the Jewish State that has been caught pouring WMD on its imprisoned civilian population. It is the Jewish State that is dragging us all into an "eye for an eye" primitive Biblical fanaticism. As if this is not enough, it is also America and Britain that launched illegal wars orchestrated by Zionist led Neocons and fundraisers. This war has cost more than one million lives so far. However, for once I agree with Netanyhau: "The greatest threat facing the world today," he says, "is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction". In fact, no one could describe the danger posed by the Jewish state and Zionism any better. Israel is indeed a deadly marriage between Old Testament gross genocidal barbarism, Zionist fanaticism and a huge arsenal of WMD, chemical, biological and nuclear that has already been partially put into action. Sabbath Goyim Like other Zionist operations around the world, Netanyahu is convinced that the Goyim should fight the Jewish wars. "Above all, will the international community stop the terrorist regime of Iran from developing atomic weapons, thereby endangering the peace of the entire world?" I actually would like to stress that PM Netanyahu is all wrong here. If the United Nation is interested in bringing peace to this region and the world, it is of the essence to help Iran to develop its nuclear project and even its military nuclear capacity. This seems to be the only thing that may curb the English Speaking Empire's lethal expansionist enthusiasm as performed recently in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It will surely stop the Zionists from celebrating their symptoms at the expense of their neighbours. Following the successful transformation of the American and British armies into an Israeli subservient mission force, Netanyahu seems to expect the UN to follow and to fulfill the very same role. "Hamas," he says, "fired from Gaza thousands of missiles, mortars and rockets on nearby Israeli cities. Year after year, as these missiles were deliberately hurled at our civilians, not a single UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks". I guess that someone should remind the Israeli PM that the dispute between Hamas and Israel is not exactly an international quarrel, for Palestine is not a sovereign state and Gaza is nothing less than an Israeli-run concentration camp. In other words, the practicality of the matter is simple. The UN should only deal with war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israel, its leadership and its army. It is not down to the UN to pass any kind of judgment on the oppressed. Mass Murder Fantasies It doesn't take long before Netanyahu lists his ideological mentors and the core of his lethal inspiration - "When the Nazis rocketed British cities during World War II". Actually the allies levelled German cities, causing hundreds of thousands of victims. By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth. What a perversion of justice. Delegates of the United Nations, will you accept this farce?. Netanyahu is almost correct. In his recounting of the 2nd WW he surely admits here that Israel follows Roosevelt's and Churchill's mass murder tactics. But he surely fails to realise that if it was indeed down to ethics and Justice (rather than the usual dirty politics) Roosevelt and Churchill would have been charged with war crimes on a most severe scale. Shockingly enough, Netanyahu falls into the most obvious legal trap equating Israeli activity with acts of carpet bombardment on a huge scale. For those who fail to see it all, this is a rapidly blinking red light hazard. In Netanyahu's perception of reality nuking countries and flattening towns is a justifiable act. Roosevelt and Churchill seem to be his moral entitlement. In fact these statements are enough to make it clear to every reasonable human being that Israel is a genocidal entity that is capable of bringing our civilisation to a devastating end. This is a wake up call: it is not just the Palestinians or the Iranians. It is actually all of us. Bibi1 the Peace Maker By now, the Israeli PM is ready to state his Judeo-centric peace mantra. "Ladies and Gentlemen, all of Israel wants peace". Yet as far as statistics are concerned, we have recently learned that 94% of the Israeli Jews also approved the carpet bombardment of their next door neighbours. It is impossible not to see a clear discrepancy between the "peace loving" verbalism and the murderous reality. "We ask the Palestinians to finally do what they have refused to do for 62 years: Say yes to a Jewish state". Once again, I happen to agree with PM Netanyahu. The Palestinian may as well say YES to a Jewish state, but not in Palestine or in the Middle East. If Obama, Brown, Merkel or any other deluded world leader who is still insisting to approve the validity or necessity of a racially oriented "Jewish national homeland," he or she is more than welcome to allocate land to such a project within his or her own territory. Palestinians should say NO to a Jewish state in the Holy Land or in the region. Palestinians should never agree to the existence of a Jewish state on their land. In fact the UN must follow this line and do whatever it can to dismantle this evil apartheid regime. Khazarian United To a certain extent, Netanyahu's UN speech expresses some deep concerns Jews tend to keep to themselves. At the end of the day, the Israelis and Ashkenazi Israelis in particular know pretty well that Palestine is not exactly the land of their ancestors. If the Israeli Ashkenazi Jews, including Netanyahu, do want to find their roots, Khazaria is the place to start. However, Netanyahu tries to defuse these historical facts. "The Jewish people are not foreign conquerors in the Land of Israel. This is the land of our forefathers. We are not strangers to this land. It is our homeland," says Netanyahu with total conviction. PM Netanyahu, I will make it plain and clear. Not only are you foreign to the land, you are also foreign to almost every possible understanding of the notion of humanity. In fact, the Separation Wall that is going to be left after the inevitable disappearance of your "Jew only democracy" will serve generations to come with an astonishing historical monument of Jewish national identity estranged from ethics, universalism and human brotherhood. The crime against humanity committed by the Jewish state in the name of the Jewish people is not something that will be wiped out from the history text books in a short time. Quite the opposite; it will stand as another mythological chapter in this never-ending saga of supremacist compulsive pathological self-loving. "We must have security" says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu as he ends his speech. And I am here to disappoint him. Israel will never be secured. It was born in a sin, and its existence surpasses any notion of ethics or human existence. The Jewish state has passed the "no return zone". It is doomed to vanish. We can only hope that once this happens the process of Jewish assimilation and integration into humanity will re-embark. At the end of the day Jewish Nationalism both left, right and centre was there to keep Jews apart. The history of the 20th century teaches us that this tendency to segregate oneself is bad for humanity and it is also devastating for the Jews. Netanyahu's nickname is Bibi [.] Gilad Atzmon was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He lives in London, and is an editor at Palestine Think Tank, where this essay first appeared, and author of two novels: A Guide to the Perplexed and the recently released My One and Only Love. Atzmon is also one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached at: atz [at] onetel.net.uk. --------15 of 15-------- Here come the corp cops and their soundblaster !!!!!!! !!! !!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!! 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