Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
twincities Independent Media Report on RNC Ations
Mood:  amorous
Now Playing: ST PAUL PROTEST REPORT from the anti-captalist
Topic: PROTEST!

Anti-Capitalist Bloc @ the RNC: An I.W.W. Report


During the first week of September 2008, Republican Party delegates gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota for the Republican National Convention (RNC) - the media spectacle and corporate sleaze-fest that completes their nominating process. An army of armor-clad riot police, National Guard, and private security with their humvees, rubber bullets, and tear gas protected them. FBI-assisted sheriff's raids at more than a half-dozen activist homes and organizing centers in Minneapolis-St. Paul sought to hinder opposition. But thousands of protestors still took to the streets to emphatically reject the Republicans' vicious policies of war, discrimination, and attacks on the working-class and poor.

Among the more important mobilizing efforts against the RNC was the Anti-Capitalist Bloc, an initiative of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) union - Twin Cities General Membership Branch. The Anti-Capitalist Bloc was conceived as an organizing front for the week of the RNC that would unite those anti-capitalist activists with an orientation toward organizing. The Anti-Capitalist Bloc issued a "Call" and adopted a set of "Solidarity Principles" that made clear our opposition to not only the Republican party but the whole system of capitalism. Ten other groups signed on including three other I.W.W branches. Approximately 1800 full-color posters with the Anti-Capitalist Bloc message were distributed over the course of the week.

But as Wobblies, we know that words are not enough, and so a series of events, actions, and contingents were organized by the Anti-Capitalist Bloc.

Saturday August 30th
Police Raids and preemptive arrests:

In the days leading up to the RNC, police, sheriff and federal officers conducted raids on several activist's homes and organizing centers. The main target were members and supporters of the the anarchist umbrella group the "RNC Welcoming Committee". The Welcoming Committee promoted and provided logistical support for a strategy of shutting down the RNC through direct action blockades around the convention. Eight core meembers of the group were charged with felonies and accused of "terrorism" by the authorities. The activist Convergence Center rented by the Welcoming Committee was raided by the police, who detained, photographed and ID'd the dozens present. The media largely went along with the police story, presenting tires in garages, grey water sceptic systems, and kerosene as dangerous weapons.

One raid in St. Paul hit the home of a large group of activists including one of the main Anti-Capitalist Bloc organizers. Police with assault rifles raided and detained several activists present, searched the house and copied computer hard drives. The police eventually backed off, releasing everyone without charge, after a large number of media, legal observers and activists arrived on the scene.

Benefit Concert:
A benefit concert organized by the Anti-Capitalist Bloc at the Bedlam theater featuring the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, the Brass Messengers, and Mic Crenshaw brought folks together in the wake of the police house raids and raised needed funds for the defense of protesters and the I.W.W.'s active and public campaign at Starbucks.

Sunday August 31st
I.W.W. Starbucks Ra1ly:

The next day, the day before the RNC officially opened, approximately 75 supporters of the I.W.W.'s local Starbucks campaign rallied. One of the worker-organizes who had been fired for union activity had just won re-instatement. Rank & file activists from AFSCME, CWA, MAPE, SEIU, and Wobblies from across the country spoke, chanted and waved picket signs. Labor Professor, author, and activist Peter Rachleff spoke. A heavy police presence monitored the rally.

At the close of the rally, an invitation was extended to those assembled to accompany the I.W.W. barista back to his first day of work at the Mall of America Starbucks. In an orderly fashion, so as not to provoke police, folks left the picket signs, bought tickets and boarded the Light-Rail Train from Minneapolis to the Mall of America. Aboard the train, wobblies and their supporters, spirts high, belted out "Solidarity Forever" and other songs, and engaged the other riders who wondered about the police presence.

The Mall of America is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. At the first LRT stop in Bloomington, a contingent of riot-police stopped the train and engaged the I.W.W. about our intentions at the Mall. When it was made clear to Bloomington PD that we were merely accompanying our Fellow Worker back to his job and that we did not intend to picket, protest, riot, or engage in any of the other disruptions being bandied about the media, they allowed us to continue.

At the Mall of America, it was a different story. As the train pulled in to the Mall station, dozens of fully-equipped riot police were visible. When the doors opened, an armored cop stood in front of each door preventing anyone from leaving the train. Attempts to negotiate were fruitless. No one, either with the I.W.W or passengers completely separate were allowed to leave. Police at first refused, then finally relented to, our demand that a woman and her child be allowed to exit as the woman was having a diabetes emergency.

Mall officials were calling the shots and the police were enforcing them. Eventually, the doors simply shut and the train pulled out of the station back toward Minneapolis to the chants of "Bullshit!Bullshit!" from the unionists and the other passengers alike.

Although we did not enter the Mall in force as planned, we were able to mobilize a good group of people in support of the I.W.W. Starbucks campaign. The action highlighted the crucial role workplace organizing must play in anti-capitalist strategy - something that would not have otherwise happened during the RNC protests.

The reaction of the police at the Mall reinforced our perspective: The police answer to property, not "public safety"; the bosses fear workers organizing as much as they do protests and blockades on the streets.

"Labor Day" Monday September 1st
Anti-Capitalist Bloc:

The first day of the Convention, Monday September 1st, Labor Day (and so a legal holiday in the U.S.) was always going to be the biggest day of protest against the RNC. Both the major permitted march (March on the RNC and Stop the War) and the anarchist-inspired blockade strategy were scheduled for Labor Day.

The Anti-Capitalist Bloc contingent in the permitted march was conceived as a visible organized contingent promoting the politics of working-class direct action anti-capitalism to the mass of anti-war, labor, immigrant rights, and other demonstrators. In this it was quite successful.

Over 300 people eventually joined in with the Bloc over the course of the march. The Bloc was led by Red & Black "DIRECT ACTION AGAINST CAPITALISM" banners in front, on the right by the new Twin Cities I.W.W. banner proclaiming "SOLIDARITY" in 5 languages (English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Finish - Ojibwe or Dakota will be added soon), and flanked on the left by Solidarity & Defense's tri-lingual (English, Spanish, Arabic) banner against the raids on immigrants. A "NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR" banner took up the rear. This "wall of banners" system kept the Bloc cohesive and visible, and gave participants a sense of security. A 5-person "tactical-team" from the local committee was in place to make emergency tactical decisions should that have been neccesary.

The Bloc was loud and feisty. "Capitalism? NO! Patriarchy? NO! Racism? NO! Revolution... Yeeeaah!" "No War, But Class War!" "No Justice, No Peace! Police off the Streets!" "Ah!An-ti!Anticapitalista!" were some of the chants that caught attention. At different intervals during the march the Anti-Capitalist Bloc would come to a halt to give short speeches and allow space to seperate in front of us, a countdown would ensue and then the Bloc would charge forward to the cries of "Revolution!" The Bloc recieved compliments from many observers of differing political stripes. One union staffer offered this gem: "The IWW...you guys are like the black bloc of the labor movement."

The full-color poster/statement of the Anti-Capitalist Bloc was distributed to 1000-1200 people at the March on the RNC. The professional look of the poster helped the Bloc stick out and was incentive to onlookers and demonstrators to hang on to it. This helped on a day when they were being inundated with literature from the full spectrum of the Left. Many of the participants asked for extra-copies to bring home, or share with friends - a sign that the Anti-Capitalist Bloc will retain some memory within the movement. The poster was worth the high cost and should be seen as part of any succesfull future major mobilization.

The Bloc consistenly announced its intention to be a space where all anti-capitalists could be present including people with kids, elders, and people with differing abilities. It was not significantly different in composition from previous efforts however - majority young white guys with a bit of a Black Bloc look. This was by no means exclusively the case - lots of women participated and a few people of color. Only a couple young children and a few older people marched with the Bloc. The Bloc made a serious effort to vocally oppose all oppression, but clearly our movement still has a lot to overcome before it will look like the whole working-class, especially its most exploited and oppressed sections. Interestingly, a clear majority of those that marched with us were not members of the I.W.W. or any of the other endorsing groups.

The Anti-Capitalist Bloc organizers stressed on multiple occasions that the purpose of this Bloc was not to engage in physical confrontations with the huge numbers of heavily armored police and Guard, but to help expand the base and popularity of anti-capitalist ideas and methods. At the same time it was stressed that we were not opposed to or in competition with those attempting to blockade the Convention. The logic of the Anti-Capitalist Bloc was embraced by all the participants - even among those that had clearly come ready to rumble.

As the march finished up back at the state Capitol, the Anti-Capitalist Bloc came to an official end. A meeting was convened for those who wished to attempt to go back into downtown St. Paul and unite with the the blockades. A large percentage of those on the Bloc plus some others headed back down. One estimate put the returning group at 200.

The returning march group soon met a sizable police force who eventually began shooting tear gas, rubber bullets, bean bags, and concussion grenades at the crowd. Police eventually gave up trying to detain the whole group, picking off a few for arrest while most escaped, ending one of the largest stand-offs of the day.

SEIU:
Across the Mississippi River within view of the clouds of tear gas and confrontation, SEIU was holding a huge "Take Back Labor Day" concert with Billy Bragg, Mos Def, Steve Earle, Atmosphere, and others. Concerned that the concert crowd (nearly equal to the size of the whole anti-war march) may be tempted to join the fray, police blockaded the main bridge into downtown St. Paul. Hopefully some of the performers and concert goers wondered why SEIU had decided to schedule their concert to conflict with the march, and even more shamefully, become the only union listed as one of the corporate sponsors of the Republican National Convention its self.

Tuesday September 2nd

Poor People's March:
The next day, Tuesday September 2nd the Anti-Capitalist Bloc had called for another contingent in the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign March for Our Lives. This march was much smaller than the previous day's - approximately 800 at the start, but included a more significant percentage of working poor and people of color. The Anti-Capitalist Bloc gathered 50 around the I.W.W. banner - including wobblies from several states, Solidarity & Defense from Michigan, a couple NEFACers (and Jeff Monson the anarchist UFC mixed martial arts fighter!).

Riot police again had a heavy presence and made several provocative forays into the rally to nab individuals ID'd in actions the day before, or in one case to grab a flag pole deemed larger than city regulations allowed. Several undercover/plainclothes police were quite obvious in the crowd as well.

The Poor People's march weaved it's way through downtown St. Paul. The Anti-Capitalist Bloc marched and sang (at one point the Manu Chao lyrics "We are the workers/and we are marching/bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao!") Another 300-500 posters were distributed by membeers of the Bloc. The march continued up to the state Capitol lawn, where the "Ripple Effect" concert (featuring Dead Prez, Anti-Flag, Michael Franti, and others) was winding down. The police were refusing to allow Rage Against The Machine to perform as the concert permit had expired. Members of Rage Against The Machine encouraged the hundreds of young people there to join the march. They mostly did, and the march easily tripled in size.

The march permit held by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign did not prevent police from again opening up with their full barrage when demonstrators ended up back outside the Xcel Energy Center where the RNC speeches were happening

Truckers Fuel Protest:
The Anti-Capitalist Bloc did not end up participating in the independent truckers fuel protest that we had endorsed and promoted (other than one SDS/IWW member from North Dakota who was a key organizer of the truckers action). There had been both logistical and political problems. None of the IWW OTR truckers were able to make it - originally we had thought a few were coming - and the main Truck Driver organizers had been insistent that all vehicles in their convoy prominently fly the American flag. In the abscence of actual revolutionary unionist truckers present for the action, we did not feel we had the capacity to challenge the American flag "rule" for the convoy.

The convoy ended up being much smaller than hoped for and, like the other actions of the week, heavily policed.

Wednesday September 3rd

Anti-Capitalist Bloc meeting:
The next day two dozen participants in the Anti-Capitalist Bloc gathered at a meeting hosted by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapter at Macalester College. Besides SDS and the I.W.W., members of Solidarity & Defense, NEFAC, Class Action and WSA were also present. Discussion ranged from "big picture" analysis of the current situation to an evaluation of the RNC action that week to more general info-sharing on the respective groups' activities and plans. While obviously incomplete, the meeting was an important opportunity for folks who'd been running around together for several days to take a moment to introduce each other and exchange ideas and experiences.

Rage Against the Machine:
While their efforts to take the stage at one of the free outdoor concerts of the week were consistently snubbed by the police, Rage Against the Machine did play a scheduled show Wednesday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis (at $60.00 a ticket!). When the crowd of 10,000 emptied the arena at the end of the show, police in riot gear were there to meet them. Many of the Rage fans chanted defiant lyrics at the police and hundreds occupied the street around the Target Center, many of them sitting down to get arrested civil-disobedience style.

Whatever one thinks of Rage Against The Machine's sound or their place in the music industry, there is no doubt that they are treated as dangerous by the police. Their political message and attitude has struck a nerve with a sizable fan-base who seem willing to follow Rage's lead out into the streets. Tom Morello, the ground-breaking guitarist for Rage, explicitly promotes the I.W.W. with his solo side project, the "Nightwatchman".

Thursday September 4th

No Peace for the Warmakers:
On the final day of the RNC, while John McCain prepared to give his acceptence speech, the final official action opposing the convention also took place. Organized by the local Anti-War Committee (one of the main groups behind the Monday anti-war march also) the demonstration was boldly titled "No Peace for the Warmakers". Some 800 protestors left the State Capitol grounds in an unpermitted march toward the Xcel. Individuals from the Anti-Capitalist Bloc were present but were not organized into any contingent this time. Riot police blocked every path toward the Convention and succeeded in sealing in the march several times long stretches of time. Despite the march's theme, the march organizers were not preopared for direct action confrontations with the police, but did encourage a massive sit-in to block one bridge (already blocked by police). The stand-off ended when police moved to make mass arrests, and one final time attacked with pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets.

Some Conclusions
The Anti-Capitalist Bloc @ the RNC was a succesful intervention by a small revolutionary workers organization and our allies in the week of protest and activity in our Cities. The hard work achieved results. The Anti-Capitalist Bloc was able to articulate a popular revolutionary militancy through a number of different types of events that involved hundreds and communicated to thousands more.

At a time when the State was seeking to take advantage of some of the weaknesses of the RNC Welcoming Committee's strategy and base, the Anti-Capitalist Bloc conveyed in a non-sectarian way another approach for radicals.

While the number of people from endorsing groups that came from out of town was small, those that came contributed significantly to the collective success. In this way it was an important continuation of the new spirit of collaboration among the groups and militants of the "Red & Black" revolutionary anti-authoritarian movement.

We welcome comments, clarifications, questions, and criticisms.

Solidarity Forever!

Links:
Anti-Capitalist Bloc
Call, Points of Solidarity & poster:
http://www.iww.org/en/node/4284

Benefit Concert:
http://vimeo.com/1649987 (RMO at March on the RNC)
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.vi...42885
(Mic Crenshaw)

I.W.W. Starbucks Rally:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnK3I_zDuk0
http://twincities.indymedia.org/2008/sep/happy-labor-da...rkers
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/01/18531607.php

"Labor Day":
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/01/18531916.php
http://solidarityanddefense.blogspot.com/2008/09/anti-c....html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2U6CWTARrU
http://vimeo.com/user717877
http://vimeo.com/1691669
http://vimeo.com/1652425
http://vimeo.com/1657220 (ACB starts at 2:53 S&D banner visible)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ktyEPQHbvM

SEIU corporate sponsor of RNC:
http://www.msp2008.com/donors

Poor People's March:
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2008/09/99688.html
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2008/09/99712.html

Final Day:
http://vimeo.com/1691408
http://vimeo.com/1677932


Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:58 PM PDT
IvySea Inspiring the average joe anybody
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: in these hard economic times, here are some ideas
Topic: FAILURE by the GOVERNMENT

Z3 Readers this is an email I recieved from IvySea

(click their link to join the email list serve) IvySea 

They always have great positive insights to the many stressed out topics we all deal with in our every day joe anybody lives.

This short email below was inspiring,

so I am sharing it here with you all!

Smile

Greetings!

In these times of change, when systems and institutions seem to be crumbling, and fear and anxiety seem intense, it's helpful to remember that seeming crisis can also be an open door that invites us to unparalleled opportunity.

We have a choice in how we see and perceive -- crisis or opportunity, limitation or an invitation to unveil hidden potentials and capacities?

Rather than isolating ourselves -- which is a 'default reaction' when we sink too deeply into fear and anxiety -- we can choose to open up, expand, seek allies both seen and unseen.

Often, even a shift in our perception invites a whole new range of synchronicities and openings before us, and we're able to see what wants to be born even as something else might be dying or falling apart.

The old systems, organizations, ways of working and so on are wanting to crumble because something else wants to be born. There is never death without something else being born, or rebirthed anew -- energy is constant; it just changes form.

There is such a wealth of wisdom available to us to help us see our way through the apparent crisis and limitation -- and see into the wonderful new potentials, doorways, and opportunities for creating, and co-creating new community, new ways of working, new and healthier systems and organizations, a new marketplace centered on wellbeing for all and sourced in a belief that there really is more than enough.

Caroline Casey, the visionary symbolist, in her wonderful book on working with archetypes (Making the Gods Work for You), quotes Mathew Arnold: "to be cultured is to be reacquainted with the highest possibilities of the human spirit throughout time." Casey goes on to point out that the first definition of 'culture' in the Oxford English Dictionary is "worship; reverential homage." She asks: "Do we live in an economy or a culture? If we live in a culture, what will we cultivate together?"

This is an intense time of change, and it offers an unparalleled opportunity to create -- within and for ourselves, and together -- a culture and an experience based on the very best possibilities, with beauty, loving-kindness, ingenuity, wellbeing, and plenty.

We have an invitation to release what is not authentic, what is not truly aligned with our highest potentials and greatest joy, and embrace that which is.

Really, given that choice, which do you choose?

For guidance and inspiration on choosing the highest potentials and expressing those in your life and livelihood, schedule an insight-and-inspiration tele-session or series.

Wishing you well on your journey in these times of opportunity! May you see through the seeming crisis and go joyfully and intentionally through the doorway into greater possibilities.

Joyful Blessings,

Jamie Walters, Founder, Ivy Sea


Posted by Joe Anybody at 5:44 PM PDT
Video Camera + Bike left unchained + Bike thieves = TEST
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: How safe is your city? Put it to the bicycle test
Topic: ANYBODY * ANYDAY

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - How safe is your city? An Argentine publicist has developed a bicycle test to gauge crime in different neighborhoods.

Using hidden cameras and cheap bicycles as bait, Mariano Pasik, 37, films how long it takes a thief to steal an unchained bike in different areas of Buenos Aires. His hypothesis is that the longer the bicycle is left the safer the area is.

"It's not a statistic but in a way it shows that (in) the places where the bicycle gets robbed really quickly perhaps the quality of life is poorer," said Mariano Pasik, 37.

Pasik speeds up the videos, sets them to music and puts them on a website (http://www.lapruebadelabicicleta.com/). He hopes other videographers will join his nonprofit "Bicycle Test" project and create a worldwide insecurity index.

Z3 Readers you can read this complete full article here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE49792G20081008?feedType=nl&feedName=ustechnology&sp=true

ps there were no women bike thiefs' in this test so far (?)


Posted by Joe Anybody at 3:24 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 8 October 2008 3:31 PM PDT
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Voting on Ballot Measures in Oregon 2008
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: The important ballot measures to remember in Oregon 2008
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS

Oregon

Vote NO on Measure 61

Measure 61 would greatly expand the number of criminal defendants subject to mandatory minimums, this time for non-violent property and drug crimes. Under this measure, a sentence would have to be served in its entirety, and there would be no eligibility for reduction at any time during the sentence (good time credit).

ACLU opposes mandatory minimum prison sentences because they eliminate a judge’s ability to evaluate the facts of each case and consider the character and history of the defendant in determining the most appropriate sentence.


ACLU Opposes Measure 57, but…*

This measure requires judges to impose a minimum prison sentence, the length of which would depend only on the person’s criminal history. It would prohibit judges from ordering a lesser sentence which current law allows in exceptional situations based upon an individual’s particular circumstances. As a result, the new sentences are mandatory minimum sentences. They differ slightly from Oregon’s current mandatory minimum scheme in that Measure 57 would allow an inmate to receive credit for good behavior during incarceration.

Measure 57 also would increase access to drug treatment programs for those who are incarcerated or on post-prison supervision or probation. It would provide local counties with additional funding for drug courts, intensive supervision and jail beds to use as sanctions for those who fail to comply with conditions imposed by their treatment programs.

If Measure 57 receives more “yes” votes than Measure 61, it would supersede (and replace) Measure 61. (Likewise, if both measures receive a majority of votes cast, but this measure receives fewer “yes” votes than Measure 61, Measure 57 would not go into effect.)

* While in an ideal world we would hope that voters would reject both Measures 61 and 57, we are also well aware of current political realities in Oregon. Deciding how to vote on Measure 57 will be one of the most difficult decisions civil libertarians will face this year. Recommendation: The ACLU of Oregon Opposes Ballot Measure 57, but we urge ACLU members and supporters to be aware of its link to Ballot Measure 61 and make up your own minds.


Vote NO on Measure 58

Measure 58 would impose arbitrary limits on english language Instruction in public schools. The measure also runs the risk of being in conflict with federal equal education opportunity requirements and jeopardizing federal funding. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on “race, color or national origin.”  This is part of an ongoing nationwide “English-only” effort. Measure 58 would eliminate local control by school boards, educators and families and replace it with a one-size-fits-all approach that would hurt students who are not able to become completely fluent in English within a relatively short period of time.


VOTE NO on Measure 64

Measure 64 would  mandate that no “public resources” be used to collect or to help collect money used for “political purposes.”  This would basically restrict political speech and association rights of public employees and non-profit organizations. The definition of “public resources” is very broad and would include the use of “public buildings.”  Measure 64 would bar candidates and ballot measure-related events in those buildings while still allowing every other type of group to meet. That raises significant concerns under the Oregon and U.S. constitutions. In addition, Measure 64 would eliminate the ability of public employees to make decisions about their own payroll deductions including union dues and deductions made to non-profits who may speak out on ballot measures and legislative proposals.


Vote YES on Measure 56

Ballot Measure 56 would partially remove “double majority” requirement for property tax election. Currently, a property tax measure can be approved only if it has both a majority of “yes” votes and more than 50 percent of registered voters participate in the election (“double majority”). The ACLU of Oregon has always opposed the “double-majority” requirement because it runs counter to the principle of one-person/one-vote.  Under the current requirement, a tax measure would fail even if it receives a large majority of “yes” votes if fewer than 50 percent of registered voters participate in the election. That means that the “votes” of people who refuse to vote would have greater weight than the votes of people who return their ballots. While Measure 56 would not repeal the “double-majority” requirement altogether, it is an improvement.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 4:16 PM PDT
How the election could impact telecom and the FCC
Mood:  special
Now Playing: Presidents and telephone deregulation "to be or not to be"
Topic: TECHNOLOGY

 Hello Z3 Readers,

The following article is located here:

http://telephonyonline.com/independent/news/telecom-policy-changes-1007/index.html

This is the first few paragraph regarding the FCC and The Telcom Industry with the aspect that a new president will be at the helm and what the outlook is shaping to be(come)

ORLANDO -- Whether the next president is John McCain or Barack Obama, the telecom industry can expect some policy changes, according to Washington insiders speaking at the Comptel fall trade show and convention here this week. But the extent of that change appears uncertain, with some experts predicting minor impact and others expecting bigger shifts.

Larry Irving, co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance, was heavily involved in the last major telecom reform effort as assistant secretary of commerce and head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration under Bill Clinton. Given all that will challenge the next administration, Irving believes extensive change in telecom regulation is unlikely, regardless of who wins the election.

“With two wars, the economic meltdown, healthcare issues and other problems, telecom won’t come to the fore,” Irving said as part of a panel on the impact of the election. Under Obama, to whom Irving is an adviser, the focus will be on encouraging competition to bring choices and reasonable prices to consumers and on promoting new technologies and innovations that solve old problems such as access to the last mile for competitors. (more)


Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:33 PM PDT
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Housing is a Human Right
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: INDY MEDIA ARTICLE by Theresa Mitchel
Topic: HUMANITY

Housing is a Human Right

stop evictions

Since the Senate and House Demopublicans saw fit to rob 5% of the GDP for the rich, and would not hear the insistent pleas for a moratorium on foreclosures, We The People must enforce a moratorium on evictions. A cessation of evictions will not only aid working families, but will stop the hemorrhage of property values, as people stay in housing rather than leave it to decay. This popular action was necessary in the first Great Depression, and it returns now, with the international precedent of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948. Here are some of the relevant sections (esp. sec. 25, emphasis mine):

Article 23.

(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, HOUSING and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

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Note that economic rights are even more important in a multi-trillion-dollar economy.

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/10/380335.shtml


Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:34 PM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 4 October 2008 2:40 PM PDT
Disruptive Technologies
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: biogerontechnology information
Topic: TECHNOLOGY

Well hello my fellow readers,

Here is a paragraph from this link HERE

It's about living longer and from what the writer calls:

 "Disruptive Technologies"

In ‘U.S. sees six disruptive technologies by 2025,’ Computerworld reports that the National Intelligence Council (NIC) is preparing a report about disruptive technologies expected to have a major impact on the world. The NIC defines as disruptive ‘a technology with the potential to cause a noticeable — even if temporary — degradation or enhancement in one of the elements of US national power (geopolitical, military, economic, or social cohesion).’ According to a preliminary version of this report, the list of these disruptive technologies should include biogerontechnology, energy storage materials, biofuels and bio-based chemicals or service robotics. But read more for more details about biogerontechnology… 

Z3 Readers you can read the full article at this link here:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/emergingtech/?p=1035

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:19 PM PDT
Friday, 3 October 2008
China using surveillance on Skype software users
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: China spys big time on text messaging and Skype Phone users
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS

Surveillance of Skype messages found in China

SanFranscio: A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.

The system tracks text messages sent by customers of Tom-Skype, a joint venture between a Chinese wireless operator and eBay, the Web auctioneer that owns Skype, an online phone and text messaging service.

The discovery draws more attention to the Chinese government's Internet monitoring and filtering efforts, which created controversy this summer during the Beijing Olympics. Researchers in China have estimated that 30,000 or more "Internet police" monitor online traffic, Web sites and blogs for political and other offending content in what is called the Golden Shield Project or the Great Firewall of China.

The activists, who are based at Citizen Lab, a research group that focuses on politics and the Internet at the University of Toronto, discovered the surveillance operation last month. They said a cluster of eight message-logging computers in China contained more than a million censored messages. They examined the text messages and reconstructed a list of restricted words.

Read This Full Article HERE  http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/02/technology/02skype.php

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 4:08 PM PDT
Thursday, 2 October 2008
700 billion.... hell how about 2.5 trillion that is missing from the Pentagon
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Fraud - Theft - Coverup - Spin - Lies - Corruption = USA GREED
Topic: CONSPIRACY


Hello my friendly Z3 Report Readers The Sky is Falling

http://www.dailyreckoning.com/

...Quote below is from the:

"The Daily Reckoning" website (link above)


(quote) Paris, France
Thursday, October 2, 2008below this email)
(( “According to Bloomberg : ‘Senators attached a provision repealing a 39-cent excise tax on wooden arrows designed for children to an historic $700 billion bank rescue that is likely to pass tonight. The provision, originally proposed by Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith, will save manufacturers such as Rose City Archery in Myrtle Point, Oregon, about $200,000 a year.’ )) (end quote)



Oh hey Z3 Readers, … I was reminded by an email from a friend, about how no one is talking about the 3 trillion dollars that went missing from the Pentagon a few years ago (ha ha)
How do you spell “dumb American” …oh wait what is that saying used once in a while ….The average American is a (you spell it) “G R A P E”
The Department of Defense, already infamous for spending $640 for a toilet seat, once again finds itself under intense scrutiny, only this time because it couldn't account for more than a trillion dollars in financial transactions, not to mention dozens of tanks, missiles and planes. LINK IS HERE: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/05/18/MN251738.DTL



So back to the 700 billion (forget the trillion for a minute ) (ha)
“A stack of 1,ooo dollar bills …..piled 63 miles high would equal one billion dollars
You would need to make 700 piles of 1,ooo dollar bills ….63 miles high to reach that amount !!!

Airplanes fly seven miles high (compared to 63 miles high)
LINK HERE: http://www.cjob.com/blogs/ExcuseMe/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10008510



Oh ya the missing trillion from the Pentagon budget is more like 2.5 trillion
It makes the 700 billion look like spare change
Read more “facts on the missing 2.5 trillion” LINK HERE: http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a091001defensebudget



A good forum on this topic is right here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=125x92233#92274






I say loudly & proudly:
Impeach Bush & Cheney
Vote Nader/Gonzales in 2008

Joe Anybody

Oh before I forget here is the YouTube video where Cynthia McKinney is jamming Rummy on a few topics ..this is priceless

McKinney takes on Donald Rumsfeld text from video is here: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/030105_mckinney_question.shtml

The video is here:

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Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:10 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 3 October 2008 4:33 PM PDT
Lawmaker Revives Former KKK Leader's Sterilization Proposal
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: KKK idea is suggested by Rep John LaBruzo (New Orleans)
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS
NEW ORLEANS -- A suburban New Orleans legislator has proposed revisiting an idea from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke: paying poor women to undergo sterilization as a way to shrink welfare rolls and government costs.

 

Rep. John LaBruzzo's suggestion prompted outrage Wednesday from several of his fellow lawmakers and advocacy groups. The Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union called the idea mean-spirited and said it would discriminate against black Louisianians.

 

LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said the idea would involve the state giving $1,000 to women who rely on government support like welfare and food stamps if they agree to have their fallopian tubes tied. He said it was too early to say whether he would introduce such a bill during the 2009 legislative session, but he said he was researching it.

Full Article that I read on Sept 18 2008 is located here:

http://www.katc.com/Global/story.asp?S=9069201

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:20 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 2 October 2008 4:43 PM PDT

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