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Response to Rad Geek from:

GreatHolidayBoycott: Post-Post-Modernist Rebellion

"I'm never going to get the Anarchists and the Intellectuals to move on anything that requires rules. The Anarchists will see any suggestion of concerted action as but another demand to rebel against (yawn); the Intellectuals won't be able to stop deconstructing the idea. (yAWn) That's why Today's Progressive appears limited to puppets and other witty street theater -- no rules, nobody gets hurt and there are so many Levels of Meaning to work on. Above all else, Celebrate the Individual. Yay. "
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Rep to introduce measure opposing same-sex benefits for state workers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A state representative said Monday he's working
on a measure to oppose health benefits for gay partners of state
employees in new contracts for state workers that have been agreed to
by the state and five labor unions.

Rep. Ken Bradstreet, R-Gaylord, also said he is writing a letter to
Attorney General Mike Cox to ask whether it's legal for the state to
offer same-sex domestic partner benefits after Michigan voters
approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and
one woman.

Bradstreet's resolution, expected to be introduced on Tuesday, would
urge Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Office of the State
Employer to refrain from negotiating or approving any state contract
with domestic partner health care benefits for same-sex couples.

"It's unfathomable how, before the ballot boxes are hardly put away,
some state leaders are going against citizens' wishes to even consider
this issue in the labor contract negotiations process," Bradstreet
said in a news release.

The state reached an agreement earlier this month with the labor unions
on a new contract that take effect Oct. 1, 2005 and includes a 10
percent raise over three years.

The contract already has been overwhelmingly ratified by the United
Auto Workers Local 6000, which represents nearly one-third of state
workers.

Alan Kilar, legislative liaison for the UAW, said the union reached an
agreement with the state in good faith and expects the state to stick
with it.

"They agreed to this," he said. "It's a contract and an agreement is an
agreement."

A spokesman for House Speaker Rick Johnson, R-LeRoy, said Johnson isn't
working behind the scenes on the legislation, but added that a number
of House Republicans were upset that the Granholm administration
negotiated domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples.

"Does this have legs? Potentially," Johnson spokesman Keith Ledbetter
said.

It's unclear what effect, if any, a resolution would have on state
employee contracts that already have been agreed to by several labor
unions, but haven't been ratified by all. A decision by the attorney
general on the legality of same-sex benefits for state workers would
have a greater impact.


All right everyone, here's a proactive thing that we can all do:

1. CALL KEN BRADSTREET'S OFFICE at (517)373-0829 or toll free at (877) KEN-4105 or e-mail him at kbradstreet@house.mi.gov and tell him that you oppose his efforts to introduce a resolution urging the civil
service commission to reject any and all provisions of state labor
contracts that offer same-sex domestic partner benefits to state
employees. He probably is not going to change his mind, but we need to
flood his office with as many phone calls as possible, letting him
know that not everybody agrees with him.

2. Here's your talking points:
-Bradstreet sent out a press release stating "some state leaders are
going against citizens' wishes to even consider this issue in the
labor contracts negotiations process." You need to remind him that
proponents of Proposal 2 throughout the campaign said that Proposal 2
was "only about marriage....this is not about rights or benefits or
how people choose to live their life." (I'm quoting the brochure
distributed by Citizens for Protection of Marriage). Spokespersons
Marlene Elwell and Kristina Hemphill continuously said throughout the
campaign that this Proposal would have no effect on benefits. Even
Gary Glenn of the American Family Association was quoted in the press
with similar statements. Bradstreet is wrong to say that a majority of
Michigan voters in approving Proposal 2, knowingly were also approving
the denial of domestic partner benefits- given the messages that they
received.
-This resolution if passed would violate the contracts clause of the
federal constitution.
-This resolution would interfere with the state government's ability to
attract and retain talented and dedicated government workers- because
it would prevent the state from offering competitive salary and
benefit packages.
-This resolution is discriminatory because it does not provide equal
compensation for equal work in state employment.
-TELL YOUR STORY: MAKE IT PERSONAL. If you are a state employee, if you
receive domestic partner benefits from another employer, if you have a
partner, have children, have a family, talk about how important it is
for your family to have access to health care. Let Representative
Bradstreet know your moral values- it's wrong to discriminate against
people, people who do equal work of other employees are entitled to
equal compensation, access to health care is important. IF YOU LIVE IN
BRADSTREET'S DISTRICT- which covers Gaylord (Charlevoix, Antrim,
Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena and Presque Isle counties)- let him know
that you are a constituent and that you vote. Even if you are not his
constituent, you pay taxes and you pay his salary.

3. YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT YOUR OWN REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM TO OPPOSE
BRADSTREET'S RESOLUTION FOR THE SAME REASONS LISTED ABOVE.

4. Phone calls and e-mails should be sent asap.

WE SAID WE WERE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVE AND INVOLVED- LET'S GO!
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to the barricades

"Allawi, in spite of all his posturing and posing, has turned himself into a hateful figure after what happened in Falloojeh. As long as he is in a position of power, America will be occupying Iraq. People realize that now. He's Bush's boy. He has proved that time and again and people are tired of waiting for something insightful or original to come from his government.' - Baghdad Burning"
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Lost Highway Times: How Propaganda works
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Contents of The Anarchist Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
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Iraq Pipeline Watch

"161. November 21 - an oil well was set afire in the Khubbaz oilfield.
162. November 21 - sabotage attempt on a well in the Khubbaz oilfield thwarted by Iraqi security guards. One would-be saboteur was killed and another wounded.
163. November 22 - blast at 9am on the 42 inch pipeline to Basra terminal stopped flow of oil through the pipeline.
164. November 25 - attack on two oil wells near the Himreen Mountains, 75 miles (120 km) south of Kirkuk.
165. November 25 - an early morning explosion on the pipeline that runs from Kirkuk to Bayji.The explosion occured in the Fatha area, 9 miles (15 km) north of Bayji. Two days earlier a 2000-strong force of the Iraqi National Guard was deployed in the region to take over responsibility from private security firms."
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to the barricades

"'According to official figures, the Iraq war has so far seen 9,000 US soldiers wounded in action, in addition to the more than 1,200 troops killed. These wounded, whose numbers may well be underestimated, include those with gunshot and shrapnel wounds, lost limbs and other injuries caused by landmines and bombs. Less well known, however, is the terrible toll enacted through brain and psychological injuries, which frequently have devastating and permanent effects...' - infoshop"
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to the barricades

"'Members of a California Army National Guard battalion preparing for deployment to Iraq said this week that they were under strict lockdown and being treated like prisoners rather than soldiers by Army commanders at the remote desert camp where they are training.' - LA Times"
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to the barricades

"'As the United States prepares for war with Iraq, a report commissioned early in George Bush's presidency has surfaced, showing that the US knew it was running out of oil and foreshadowing the possible need for military intervention to secure supplies...It suggests that a minimum three to five years is needed to find a solution, and says a 'reassessment of the role of energy in American foreign policy' is called for, with access to oil repeatedly cited as a 'security imperative'.' - Sydney Morning Herald"
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to the barricades

"''The enemy can dress as a woman, the enemy can be faking to be dead,' said one company commander to his marines before entering the heart of the city. 'So shoot everything that moves and everything that doesn't move,' he said.' (link)

Ok, so now we know who the U.S. is trying to kill here: everyone. Or rather, 'everything,' since I suppose Iraqis are considered inanimate objects."
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to the barricades

"'Doctors in Fallujah are reporting there are patients in the hospital there who were forced out by the Americans,' said Mehdi Abdulla, a 33 year-old ambulance driver at a hospital in Baghdad, 'Some doctors there told me they had a major operation going, but the soldiers took the doctors away and left the patient to die.' He looks at the ground, then away to the distance." - Dahr Jamail

“There was no food, no electricity, no water,” continues Abu Hammad, “We couldn’t even light a candle because the Americans would see it and kill us.”...He continues on, “There are bodies the Americans threw in the river. I saw them do this! And anyone who stayed thought they would be killed by the Americans, so they tried to swim across the river. Even then the Americans shot them with rifles from the shore! Even if some of them were holding a white flag or white clothes over their heads to show they are not fighters, they were all shot! Even people who couldn’t swim tried to cross the river! They drowned rather than staying to be killed by the Americans.”
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to the barricades

"'An Israeli army officer who repeatedly shot a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza dismissed a warning from another soldier that she was a child by saying he would have killed her even if she was three years old.' - The Guardian

Watchtower
'It's a little girl. She's running defensively eastward'
Operations room
'Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?'
Watchtower
'A girl of about 10, she's behind the embankment, scared to death'
Captain R (after killing the girl)
'Anything moving in the zone, even a three-year-old, needs to be killed'"
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to the barricades

"'An Israeli army officer who repeatedly shot a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza dismissed a warning from another soldier that she was a child by saying he would have killed her even if she was three years old.' - The Guardian

Watchtower
'It's a little girl. She's running defensively eastward'
Operations room
'Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?'
Watchtower
'A girl of about 10, she's behind the embankment, scared to death'
Captain R (after killing the girl)
'Anything moving in the zone, even a three-year-old, needs to be killed'"
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to the barricades

"''The enemy can dress as a woman, the enemy can be faking to be dead,' said one company commander to his marines before entering the heart of the city. 'So shoot everything that moves and everything that doesn't move,' he said.' (link)

Ok, so now we know who the U.S. is trying to kill here: everyone. Or rather, 'everything,' since I suppose Iraqis are considered inanimate objects."
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to the barricades

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"Residents of the Hay Julan area who were able to flee Fallujah described an apple smelling chemical with which they were exposed to before the main onslaught into Fallujah. There was a break of about half a day between the presence of the gas/chemical and when the main assault started. The chemical created open wounds on the skin which were very hard to treat. After a while all exposed areas on the skin were cracked and bleeding. People came out of Fallujah with these injuries. They described smoke, a sweet smell and when they were exposed to the smoke, they coughed up blood and had cracked bleeding skin. Most of these families were hiding. When they smelled the gas they thought this was a gas attack and fled their homes and made their way through small backroads unoccupied by Occupation Forces. This happened at the beginning of the attack on Fallujah – around 2 weeks ago."

Is the US using napalm on civilian targets? They did indeed use napalm on Iraqi troops at the beginning of the war."
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to the barricades

"'A 61-year-old peace activist was sentenced to 51 months in prison Wednesday for threatening federal officials and pouring red paint and cranberry juice on a federal courthouse security station.' (link)"
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to the barricades

""Of the 6,635 suspicious deaths in Baghdad recorded this year at the city’s Medical-Legal Institute, the complex incorporating the central mortuary, more than 75 per cent were killed by a bullet. Stabbing is the next most common cause of death." - The Times

"I figure that as 8400 murders a year in a city of 5 million, or 168 per 100,000 per annum. The highest murder rate in the US for 2003 was 45.8 per 100,000, in Washington, DC, with Detroit coming in second. That is, Baghdad is nearly four times as dangerous as the most dangerous American cities, more than a year and a half after the fall of Saddam." - Juan Cole"
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Lost Highway Times: Bush Rules Out US Role at Global Conference on Land Mines
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Lost Highway Times: Another side of the hunter story

"Canadian news gave a somewhat different accounting of the hunter in Wisconsin going nuts story.

The guy was Vietnamese and claims that before he attacked the hunters that they were calling him a fucking gook, and fired a warning shot at him.

Then they radioed for backup."
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Voting Anarchists?
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not watching television: Crimes against reason
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Home - Centre for Civil Society

"I’VE ONLY been in the United States for three days now, and I obviously have felt the electricity in the air about the coming election. Just in May, we had a very important election in India. I think one of the dangers that we face is that politics becomes a discussion only about personalities, and we forget that the system is in place, and it doesn’t matter all that much who is piloting the machine. So as I said in my talk at the American Sociological Association in San Francisco, this whole fierce debate about the Democrats and the Republicans and whether Bush or Kerry is better is like being asked to choose a detergent. Whether you choose Tide or Ivory Snow, they’re both owned by Procter & Gamble."
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For your own safety:

as compared to 4 other well known prescription drugs.

"Mifepristone (also known as RU-486)

Risks: Use of Mifepristone has resulted in somewhere between 1 and 3 deaths in the four years since approval.

Use: Women use it for early term abortions, as an alternative to invasive surgical procedures, when they aren’t interested in making babies.

Response: In spite of widespread, responsible adult use, distribution of Mifepristone is already heavily restricted; it is not available by prescription and stringent requirements are set on doctors who wish to make it available to their patients. The FDA imposed its most stringent level of safety labeling on it in light of the possibly related deaths; prominent Republican legislators are using the moment to push for special legislation to ban it."
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CGEU: News for Graduate Employee Unions

"'Internet buzz that perhaps the exit polls were correct and the actual returns might be flawed grew louder this week when sociology graduate students at the University of California at Berkeley went public with an analysis arguing that Florida results in counties using electronic ballots differed from historical voting patterns.'"
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GreatHolidayBoycott: HOTTEST NEW GAME THIS SEASON

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Uncommon Thought Journal: Curtailing "Oversight"?

"Everyone knows that the Pentagon purchased all satellite imagery over Afghanistan during the invasion. Now two broader moves are going to block satellite imagery. The First, is the decision by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to remove an array of aeronautic and flight data from public access. The second is the announcement that the NGA will withhold imagery of Fallujah."
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Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Military Amputees to Get New Rehab Center

"WASHINGTON (AP) - A state-of-the-art rehabilitation center opening next year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center seeks to return more amputee soldiers to a place once thought impossible: the battlefield."
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bushboys.mov (video/quicktime Object)

This video is amazing, hip hop - political to the gills.
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Found again! Check this video out!

The Grey Video
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Philippines: Protest Massacre of Strikers

"In a violent strike dispersal in Hacienda Luisita in the Philippines on November 16, 2004, 14 people were killed, including two children aged 2 and 5 years old who died from suffocation from teargas lobbed by the police and army dispersal teams. One of the victims was allegedly strangled after being shot and his dead body hanged by the factory gate. At least 35 people were reported to have sustained gunshot wounds, 133 were arrested and detained, hundreds were wounded and another hundred still missing. The trade unions in the Philippines are calling for a strong international protest, demanding a full investigation of what happened, the rehiring of illegally dismissed workers, and withdrawal of criminal charges brought against the strikers."
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Secrecy News 11/14/04

"Chenoweth-Hage, an ultra-conservative former Congresswoman (R-ID), requested a copy of the regulation that authorizes such pat-downs.

'She said she wanted to see the regulation that required the additional procedure for secondary screening and she was told that she couldn't see it,' local TSA security director Julian Gonzales told the Idaho Statesman (10/10/04).

'She refused to go through additional screening [without seeing the regulation], and she was not allowed to fly,' he said. 'It's pretty simple.'

Chenoweth-Hage wasn't seeking disclosure of the internal criteria used for screening passengers, only the legal authorization for passenger pat-downs. Why couldn't they at least let her see that? asked Statesman commentator Dan Popkey.

'Because we don't have to,' Mr. Gonzales replied crisply."
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David Grenier: Delivery drivers unite!

"A fledgling national union for pizza drivers is demanding better wages and training, saying the large chains have been taking advantage of them for years."
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GreatHolidayBoycott
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eBay item 5535890757 (Ends Nov-22-04 17:22:07 PST) - Virgin Mary In Grilled Cheese NOT A HOAX ! LOOK & SEE !
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The Grey Video

This is HOT!
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UPDATE!: New site --> www.greatboycott.info

The Next Tea Party: I'm tired of reading, can I just throw something now?



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Fallujah in Pictures

"Pictures from Fallujah that probably won't be on your television.
Email contriubtions to fallujahpictures@gmail.com"
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to the barricades

"My little cousin flinched and dropped her spoon, face frozen with shock, eyes wide with disbelief, glued to the television screen, 'Is he dead? Did they kill him?' I swallowed hard, trying to gulp away the lump lodged in my throat and watched as my cousin buried his face in his hands, ashamed to look at his daughter.' (Baghdad Burning on seeing the video of a Marine shooting a wounded Iraqi)"
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to the barricades

"At least 800 civilians have been killed during the U.S. military siege of Fallujah, a Red Cross official estimates."
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The Next Tea Party: Support Our Troops

"45% of all homeless men in this country are Vietnam vets. Let that sink in a minute. Especially if you are big on “supporting our troops.”
The guys over there don’t really care very much about whether we protest the war or not, support their commander in chief or not. When you are concerned about having your very ass blown off, everything else sort of pales in importance. On the day to day, they concern themselves with completing their mission and ending the day alive. There’s really not time or energy to worry about much else."
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mlive.com - Death Notices

Mary Beth Doyle

Doyle, Mary Beth MS Ann Arbor, MI Age 43, died at approximately 5 AM on Saturday, November 13, 2004 as a result of an auto accident that occured on M-52 between Chelsea and Manchester at approximately 7 PM on Saturday, November 13, 2004. Mary Beth was air lifted to Ohio Medical College in Toledo, Ohio, where she was attended; and, subsequently passed away. She is survived by her brothers Michael and John of New Jersey and Virginia, respectively, her sister, Marnie Stedman of New Jersey, and her beloved, David Keeney of Manchester, Michigan. Mary Beth earned her Masters Degree of Science from the University of Michigan and was the Director of Environmental Health at the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor where she has worked for over ten years. Mary Beth is known and respected by most elected officials in Michigan and Ontario, and by a great many on the international stage, for her work on connecting environmental degredation to human health. She has worked with local, national, and international organizations, as well as those with seats in The United Nations such as Greenpeace International, including Health Care Without Harm, Doctors Without Borders, The Sierra Club, The National Resources Defense Council, Citizens Against Chemical Contamina tion, Ducks Unlimited, and neighborhood groups who have been the victims of pollution in Inxter, Romulus, Detroit and many other Michigan communities. A complete listing of Mary Beth's professional accomplishments shall be dilineated in this column tomorrow, as it is lengthy and requires more time to compile. Ms. Doyle is equally famous in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area because of her contagious, positive, dynamic personality. Among her circle of friends are musicians, artisans, professionals, and regular folks of every persuasion who have all enjoyed the best conversations and dancing of their lives because they shared them with Mary Beth. Her personal hobbies were also numerous; but, included kayaking, cross country skiing, swing, tap, and rock- and-roll dancing, cribbage, and gardening. Whatever she sank her hands in to, she shared with the rest of us in such a way to make us happier people. Her jokes were better because no one got hurt. While we grieve our tremendous loss, we are grateful for the better world she gave us. A memorial service shall be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 4001 Ann Arbor Saline Road at 1 PM, Wednesday, November 17 at 1 PM. The family requests that donations intended to memori alize and continue Mary Beth's work be sent to The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor at: 117 N. Division, Ann Arbor MI, 48104.
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Human Iterations

"(Try Not Falling Madly In Love With Arundhati Roy)

Go on. I dare you.

[#] posted by William Gillis"
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US-Children-Stun-Guns:

"MIAMI (AP) - Police have acknowledged using a stun gun to immobilize a 12-year-old girl just weeks after an officer jolted a six-year-old with 50,000 volts."
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Wired News: 'Music Is Not a Loaf of Bread'

"Something interesting happened. We were contacted by fans who were excited about the fact that they found it on P2P networks, but wanted to give something back in good faith. They wanted to send money to express solidarity with the fact that we'd embraced the downloading community. We couldn't take the money ourselves, so they asked if we could pick a charity instead -- we pointed them to Doctors Without Borders, and they ended up receiving about $15,000."
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that crumby, hateful, scared website is here http://www.werenotsorry.com
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Treesit Blog: Marathon Treesitter Marks One Year in Tree
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An interesting question that rabble has brought discussion up on. I appreciate that he struggled with this publicly, good example for all.

Austro-Athenian Empire

"There is still a problem, which is: how do I know exactly that I’m doing the best job I can with these
shoes? After all, there’s no competition. I guess I could poll people to try to find out
what kind of shoes they seem to want. But there are lots of different ways I could make
shoes. Some of them are more expensive ways of making them, and some are less
expensive. How do I know, given that there’s no market, and there’s really not much I
can do in the way of profit and loss accounting?"

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Whereof one ought not speak: Geekery Today 2004/11/11 :: Rad Geek People's Daily

Good comments on the recent post I had regarding male voice in meetings.
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Rockridge Institute - Latest Additions
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essays & effluvia: Red & Blue World

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The Future Is Ours

Music for America, Music and other Soical Causes
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essays & effluvia: The Kids Are Alright

"...do you have even the ghost of a clue? Surely you don't believe that 100% of taxes paid by suburbanites goes toward inner-city welfare. In fact, big chunks of it go toward servicing the national debt (increased under Bush) and military funding (ditto). Oh, but wait, that's not the important thing; the important thing is that the nice bachelor couple down the street might swap rings, and We Don't Want That. Never mind."
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World Wide Military Deployments

A really interesting chart
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A good Boondocks
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Arbor Update: Tragic News

Mary Beth Doyle, MB to friends, who was an amazing community environmental activist working at the Ecology Center was killed in an automobile accident last night.

Friends will gather at the Old Town at 4pm today.

Her energy and zest for life will be missed…
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adopt your own virtual pet!
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Human Iterations

"(Well That Didn't Take Long At All)"

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Get Firefox!
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WSJ.com - Companies Sue Union Retirees To Cut Promised Health Benefits

"When a deputy sheriff came to his door with a court summons, George Kneifel, a retiree in Union Mills, Ind., was mystified. His former employer was suing him.

The employer, beverage-can maker Rexam Inc., had agreed in labor contracts to provide retirees with health-care coverage. But now the company was asking a federal judge to rule that it could reduce or eliminate the benefit."
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Sorry Everybody

This is interesting!
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Turn your back on Bush.
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Home - Centre for Civil Society
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not watching television: Crimes against reason

New Get Your War On
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bk008
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purple_america_2004.gif (GIF Image, 1600x1105 pixels) - Scaled (52%)
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KEN LAYNE


"The Christian Right doesn't want to be called the Christian Right. ABC News, still run by cowards like all the news networks, bends right over and quits calling the Christian Right the Christian Right.

Why is the Christian Right so touchy about what they're called? Aren't they proud?"
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10 x 10

This is a really cool use of RSS feeds to show the news in hourly/daily/weekly/monthly/yearly pictures and words.

I think that a web application that would be cool, would be for us to be able to program what feeds we want to and run our own 10 x 10!!
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Suicide Protest - Now only if we could coordinate activities like these.
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what barry says

Excellent commentary on US war policy.
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"An open letter to other men in the movement:

Shut the Fuck Up

or, How to act better in meetings"
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The Problem Of Leisure

"Don't mourn, organize! - E Goldman" - Text Message from Fran Schwartz, 9:44 AM 11/3/04

Well, actually, mom, it was Joe Hill, but good enough. I think my mother's sentiment is exactly where we need to go from here. Let's not let the fascists rest on their laurels."
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MarryAnAmerican - Homepage - No good American will be left behind!

or think about joining

Fun more years.
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Boing Boing: Purple Haze

"'I was thinking today about how the 'red v. blue' states graphic is really misleading considering the slim margins that the candidates won some of those states by, so I sat down and created the map that's attached."
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Informed Comment : 11/01/2004 - 11/30/2004

"As I watch George W. Bush celebrate his reelection I realize I never could have imagined just how much like Israelis we would become. Think about it: in Israel, the majority of Jewish citizens support the policies of Ariel Sharon despite the large-scale, systematic (and according to international law, criminal) violence his government deploys against Palestinian society, despite the worsening economic situation for the lower middle class religious voters who constitute his main base of support, despite rising international opprobrium and isolation. Sound familiar?"
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Imagine the Angels...

"Imagine the Angels of Bread

This is the year that squatters evict landlords,

gazing like admirals from the rail

of the roofdeck

or levitating hands in praise

of steam in the shower;

this is the year

that shawled refugees deport judges

who stare at the floor

and their swollen feet

as files are stamped

with their destination;

this is the year that police revolvers,

stove-hot, blister the fingers

of raging cops,

and nightsticks splinter

in their palms;

this is the year

that darkskinned men

lynched a century ago

return to sip coffee quietly

with the apologizing descendants

of their executioners.


This is the year that those

who swim the border's undertow

and shiver in boxcars

are greeted with trumpets and drums

at the first railroad crossing

on the other side;

this is the year that the hands

pulling tomatoes from the vine

uproot the deed to the earth that sprouts the vine,

the hands canning tomatoes

are named in the will

that owns the bedlam of the cannery;

this is the year that the eyes

stinging from the poison that purifies toilets

awaken at last to the sight

of a rooster-loud hillside,

pilgrimage of immigrant birth;

this is the year that cockroaches

become extinct, that no doctor

finds a roach embedded

in the ear of an infant;

this is the year that the food stamps

of adolescent mothers

are auctioned like gold doubloons,

and no coin is given to buy machetes

for the next bouquet of severed heads

in coffee plantation country.


If the abolition of slave-manacles

began as a vision of hands without manacles,

then this is the year;

if the shutdown of extermination camps

began as imagination of a land

without barbed wire or the crematorium,

then this is the year;

if every rebellion begins with the idea

that conquerors on horseback

are not many-legged gods, that they too drown

if plunged in the river,

then this is the year.


So may every humiliated mouth,

teeth like desecrated headstones,

fill with the angels of bread."
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via Running in Circles, For I Have No Destination:

Well, it's all been said. It's all been done, and war still came in at number one.
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