Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Police Start Riot on False Information at Evergreen State College
Mood:  blue
Now Playing: A article by Owen Taylor how the police ruined everything

 Z3 Readers check out this story

... that I found at this Portland Oregon link:




This below story was written by Owen Taylor
                         and Originally titled:  

"The real story behind the Evergreen Riot"

It first appeared in the
Volcano Weekly.

Members of the Radical Freeschool Radio Show were at that Dead Prez Show and had a radio broadcast about the riot available online.  To listen to that Radio Broadcast and to see photos and read an article written about it by a member of the Radical Freeschool radio Show Collective, please click here.

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EVERGREEN RIOT: Kaylen Williams reflects on his Valentine’s Day life massacre.

On Valentine’s Day, Kaylen Williams, a 24-year-old chef, had a bad feeling in his gut all day. He had hoped it was just butterflies in the stomach. The handsome, single man was on his way to a much-anticipated V-Day concert, where plenty of eligible bachelorettes would be dancing to the revolutionary rhythms of Dead Prez, a popular and politically charged underground hip-hop duo that would be making a rare West Coast appearance.

Had Williams known what was to come, he might well have stayed home.

You see, later that night Williams found himself at the center of a riot at The Evergreen State College, staring out the windows of a police cruiser from the eye of a hurricane and watching it build momentum. Williams was arrested on the word of a volunteer security guard for something he says he had nothing to do with. His arrest triggered what would come to be known as the Evergreen Riot.

Unless you live under a rock or outside the blogosphere of Western Washington, you are no doubt aware that the Feb. 14 Dead Prez concert at The Evergreen State College ended with a Thurston County Sheriff’s patrol car flipped onto its roof with the windows smashed out and several witty slogans spray painted on it. Sheriff’s Lt. Christopher Mealy said four patrol cars were damaged at an estimated cost of $35,000 to $50,000. Since then, a storm of rhetoric has been issued by the Sheriff’s Department, the college, and every hippie and conservative with access to the Internet. Evergreen has banned concerts indefinitely, too. Most accounts, however, have suspiciously ignored the circumstance and events leading up to the riot.

Evergreen police have declined to comment about the case.

Luckily, Williams had the best seat in the house. This is the story from his perspective.
As long as there have been concerts, there have been surly, tattooed guys in black shirts, clearly emblazoned with the word “Security,” who are charged with informing reefer-smoking concertgoers to “put it out.” Williams found himself in just such a crowd, confronted by security officers who lacked any markings denoting them as such.

One of the members of the anonymous security staff had noticed the distinct smell or a telltale cloud of smoke coming from where Williams was standing. Williams recalls that one of the security personnel, along with an unidentified and aggressive associate, moved forcefully toward the group of people he was with, demanding that they extinguish the contraband immediately. Williams replied that he wasn’t smoking. He implied that it was coming from the crowd in front of them and raised his empty hands in a “see, it’s not me” gesture. Someone in the crowd near Williams made a boisterously pro-marijuana statement. That was when, according to several eyewitnesses, the unidentified associate of the security volunteer responded with his fists. Williams emphasizes that the person throwing fists appeared to be an average concertgoer. As the fight ensued, Williams stepped in to separate what appeared to be an average thug and his victim. After the fight was broken up, Williams, on the guest list as a VIP, sought out the concert promoter to make sure everything was cool and calm.

Williams then proceeded back into the gym to enjoy the rest of the show. A few minutes later, Evergreen police officer April Meyers responded to the disturbance call and conferred with someone who fingered Williams as the instigator. She then went into the venue and took him into custody, telling him that he was under arrest for suspicion of assault. It was at this time that the men onstage informed the crowd of the situation and encouraged them to organize and gather information, including names and badge numbers, to ensure that nothing unjust was being done to the man being arrested.

Williams, an African-American and well-respected B-Boy in the greater Puget Sound area, was handcuffed and placed in the back of the car while the officer took statements from the “security volunteer,” his unidentified associate, and another unidentified female, all Caucasian. The female allegedly fingered Williams for a separate assault during the ruckus, a charge Williams sternly denies.

“I was raised in a house full of women,” says Williams. “My mother would kill me if I hit a woman.”

While Meyers was gathering statements from the accusers, several attendees started congregating around the police cruiser demanding information.  Many were calling for the release of Williams. As the concert ended, several hundred people flooded the exits only to see a swelling disturbance around a cop car. The Evergreen State College is renowned as an aggressively Socratic institution with learning processes heavily weighted toward self-reliance, pushing boundaries, gathering facts and breaking form. It is also not the kind of place where passive onlookers slowly shuffle past a disturbance. These principles, mixed with the restless idealism of youth and the powerful message in Dead Prez’s music, presented an opportunity to employ those ideals in a real setting, apparently.  

As the crowd of concerned onlookers grew, Meyers did what any smart cop would do — She called for backup. As the tension mounted and the fervor of the crowd increased, the officers on the scene decided it would be in the best interest of public safety to gather Williams’ information, release him, and contact him for a statement at a later date. Struggling to mount her car, the officer announced amid the deafening chant of “Let Him Go!” that she was indeed releasing Williams. Watching all of this through the glass partition in the back of the squad car, Williams was trying to grasp the gravity of his at least temporary vindication. “I just kept thinking, ‘wow, this is so much love right now, Evergreen,’“ he recalls. “They’ve come to get me out.” As Williams was let out of the backseat and released from the handcuffs, a cadre of riot police made their move to disperse the crowd.

One eyewitness, who asked to remain anonymous, had been acting as a go-between, trying to calm the crowd enough to talk to the officers and get information. He recalls the beginning of the melee with a grimace. “They came in swinging nightsticks and macing everybody. I was lucky to be where I was,” he says. “I would have been crushed if I wasn’t on the opposite side of the car.”

For Williams, the joy of freedom was short-lived as panic took over and the scene disintegrated into screaming and chaos.

“I was halfway up the hill when I realized that the cops still had my wallet,” says Williams.

Venturing back toward the car, he was confronted by an officer in full riot gear who told him to leave immediately, threatening him with a mace cannon mere inches from his face. Stunned and speechless, Williams decided to return the next day and retrieve the wallet.

Six days later on Feb. 20, much to his bewilderment, Williams was charged with fourth degree misdemeanor assault and told to come and give his statement about the alleged assault.

He steadfastly maintains his innocence.

“I just don’t get it. I tried to break up a fight, and they’re charging me with assault. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Williams is due to be arraigned March 10,2009 in Thurston County District Court.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:24 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 25 March 2009 9:25 PM PDT
Friday, 13 March 2009
F the corporate media (and their honeybees, crickets, and pig shit)
Mood:  spacey
Now Playing: The Media spins the truth like a 12 year old child
Topic: MEDIA

 Z3 Readers, I would like to introduce this next blog post with the ever so poignant phrase, "Fuck The Corporate Media" ... now lets enjoy the article.

The media's deliberate stupidity

by Jamison Foser


For weeks, the news media have been buzzing about earmarks in the recently signed omnibus spending bill. We've been told over and over that the bill is "loaded," "filled," and "stuffed" with earmarks. Since earmarks made up less than 2 percent of the bill's total spending, this is a little like saying Alaska is "filled" with people.

But John McCain doesn't like earmarks, so that's where the media have focused their attention. (OK, there's more to it than that, but not much.) Unfortunately, they've done so in the most juvenile way possible. Following McCain's lead, the media's assessment of the earmarks consists of nothing more than sarcastically listing them, as though they are self-evidently a waste of money. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently described the approach McCain and the Republicans have adopted:

The intellectual incoherence is stunning. Basically, the political philosophy of the GOP right now seems to consist of snickering at stuff that they think sounds funny. The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead.

And the media have gone right along with it, producing news reports about the spending bill that are no more substantive than an adolescent chortle: Heh, heh, he said "pig waste." Heh.

Consider, for example, the honeybee. If you have watched television news or picked up a newspaper in the past several weeks, you've probably heard about federal funding for honeybees.

The assault on the honeybee began with the stimulus package, when CNN and other news organizations dutifully repeated GOP attacks on the inclusion of $150 million for "honeybee insurance." Columnist Charles Krauthammer went so far as to call the bill an "abomination" for including the honeybee insurance.

Now, there are a few things you need to know about the honeybee insurance. First, there was no such funding, according to Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik. Second, if the funding did exist, it would have amounted to somewhere around two one-hundredths of 1 percent of the stimulus package. Third, if the funding existed, it might well have been a wise use of money. We'll come back to that part.

Having had some success ridiculing bee-related spending in the stimulus, Republicans went back to the well during debate over the omnibus spending bill, attacking the inclusion of $1.7 million in funding for honeybee research. And the news media were quick to join in, eagerly repeating the attacks -- and, in many cases, adopting them as their own.

This time, the funding the media ridicules does exist. Progress! Still, there are a couple of important points that the national media left out.

First, the honeybee funding amounted to 0.00041 percent of the bill, or one-half of one penny per American. All earmarks combined represented less than 2 percent of the bill -- crucial facts that were almost never mentioned by the media. Los Angeles Times reporter (and former Laura Bush press secretary) Andrew Malcolm actually defended the media's disproportionate focus on a tiny fraction of spending: "Defenders defensively point out that's 'only' 1 or 2 percent of the total bill. So? To 99.89% of Americans, $7.7 billion is a manure-load of money."

But that's one of the key purposes of government: paying for things collectively that 99.89 percent of us couldn't afford to pay for individually. Not to mention the fact that in focusing on the 1 or 2 percent of the bill that constitutes a "manure-load of money," Malcolm and his ilk are ignoring the 98 or 99 percent of the bill that constitutes 49 or 99 manure-loads of money. See, when people point out that earmarks make up only 1 or 2 percent of the bill, they aren't saying earmarks don't matter, they're saying earmarks don't matter as much as things that make up a significantly larger part of the bill. Malcolm thinks he's serving as vigilant defender of the public purse; in fact, he's distracting attention from things that really cost money. He fails even on his own questionable terms.

Back to the honeybees, and to the other point that has been absent from media coverage of earmarks: Honeybees are pretty important. See, humans need food. Without it, we die. And bees not only produce honey, they pollinate all kinds of crops -- onions, cashews, celery, strawberries, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, apples ... you get the picture. Honeybees play an important role in our food supply, and our economy. And honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate in recent years, for reasons that are not fully known.

Here's how the state of Pennsylvania described the problem last May:

Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today said the commonwealth will increase funding to continue research on the potentially devastating "Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder."

"Honey bees are critical to Pennsylvania agriculture and to our state's economy," said Wolff. "Pollination from the honey bees determines fruit set and increases fruit quality at an estimated value of $80 million. We can't afford to be lax in dealing with this problem."

According to a study by two Cornell University professors, honeybee pollination accounted for $14.6 billion worth of crops annually between 1996 and 1998.

Honeybee research doesn't sound so funny now, does it?

Now, you can't expect most Americans to know this. Most Americans don't give much thought to bees beyond hoping they don't get stung by one. And that's fine: The life cycle and migratory patterns of bees, and their resultant effects on avocado and cucumber growth, are fairly obscure subjects. We can't, and shouldn't, expect the typical American to know about or act upon these things. After all, there are a lot of obscure but important things that, as a nation, we need to know about and act upon. We can't know about and act upon them all individually; it's literally impossible.

That's another of the reasons we have a government: to know about and act upon the things we cannot know about and act upon individually. It's one of the reasons we watch television and read newspapers, too: They have the resources that we lack to learn about important but obscure things, and the ability to educate us. (This is where some defenders -- and critics -- of the news media will remind me that the media's job isn't to educate the public, much as I might wish it was; their job is to make money. To that I say: How's that working out? Maybe it's time to try a more serious approach.)

Instead, they treat it all like one big joke. Why? Because John McCain told them to -- and the national news media have long served as Ed McMahon to McCain's Johnny Carson. McCain posted a few uninformed wisecracks about earmarks on his Twitter account, and the nation's political reporters unquestioningly repeated his cheap shots verbatim, as though their role in life is to simply bellow "HA! You are correct, sir!" whenever Johnny makes a joke.

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank, for example, claimed, "It was hard to fault McCain on the merits as he described contents of the $410 billion spending bill," pointing to the honeybee funding as an example. But how would Milbank know? Neither he nor McCain bothered to actually assess the merits. Simply listing "$1.7 million for a honeybee factory in Weslaco, Tex." is not considering the merits. It's pretty much the opposite of considering the merits. But it is as close as Milbank would come.

Milbank went on to quote McCain: " 'What does that mean?' McCain demanded. 'What does "sustainable Las Vegas" mean?' " That's where a serious journalist would have pointed out that it's John McCain's job to know what "sustainable Las Vegas" means, that he has an entire staff to help him find out, and that a few seconds of online research quickly yields an answer: the funding is for an initiative at UNLV that involves "research on water, energy, health care and transportation challenges facing the city and the region, including Arizona and California" and is modeled on a program based in McCain's own state.

A serious journalist might even have pointed out that John McCain pays his Senate staff more than the amount of the earmark in question. Might even have asked which is the bigger waste of taxpayer money -- a program designed to help a rapidly growing region meet its energy, health-care, and transportation needs, or a senator who spends more money paying his staff, but doesn't ask them to find out the purpose of the program he is criticizing?

Dana Milbank did none of those things.

Then there's CNN. The cable channel has cited the honeybee funding several times, never bothering to explain it. Last Saturday, for example, CNN's Josh Levs offered examples of earmarks in the bill -- John McCain's examples, of course: "Take a look. John McCain named some. We're going to show you some examples, $1.7 million for a honeybee factory in Texas, another $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa. There's a million dollars in there for cricket control in Utah."

Then four days later, Levs was back on the air -- and again talking about honeybees and crickets. Asked directly about the cricket control, Levs answered, "Maybe people there have problems with crickets."

Poor Levs, four days after his first report, he was still talking about those crickets -- and still didn't have a clue. I know the nation's newsrooms are facing cutbacks, but they still have Google at CNN, don't they? Type Utah cricket control into the online search engine and the second result is a U.S. Geological Survey report that begins, "Grasshopper and Mormon cricket (Orthoptera) populations periodically build to extremely high numbers and can cause significant economic damage in rangelands and agricultural fields of the Great Plains and Intermountain West."

If you doubt that the news media have been playing Butt-head to the GOP's Beavis, just watch this video of MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell interviewing Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat. Here's O'Donnell describing the stimulus bill:

O'DONNELL: It is filled with pork. ... Six-point-six million dollars for termite research. Two-point-two million dollars for the center for grape genetics. One-point-eight million dollars for pig-odor research in Iowa? I mean, come on, Governor. I know you're not in Congress, but this has got to make governors like you mad. You think the people in your state want to pay for $108 million [sic] in taxpayer money going to pig-odor research?

You really have to watch the video to hear how O'Donnell's voice is just dripping with scorn. She doesn't spend so much as a second assessing, or asking about, the merits of the programs. Instead, she just dramatically emphasizes the words "pig-odor research." Heh. Heh. Federal funding to study pig crap! Heh. Heh.

Then Doyle explained that pig odor is actually a pretty big problem for Midwestern agricultural states like his, at which point O'Donnell pretended that her objection all along had been the way the funding came to be -- via earmark -- rather than what it was for. Bull. If her objection had been with the funding mechanism, there would have been no reason to mention what the funding was for, certainly no reason to do so sarcastically. She wasn't commenting on the mechanism, she was behaving like a 12-year-old -- and not a particularly mature 12-year-old, either.

Now, I don't know if the honeybee funding or the cricket funding or the pig-odor research or any of the other earmarks are good ways to spend federal funds. Maybe they're well-run, effective programs that meet an important need, and maybe they aren't. What I do know is that simply cracking jokes about crickets and bees and pig waste rather than taking even 20 seconds to determine what the funding is intended to do is a spectacularly bad way to find out.

America faces great challenges. We are unlikely to meet those challenges through deliberate stupidity.

Jamison Foser is Executive Vice President at Media Matters for America.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:40 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 25 March 2009 9:26 PM PDT
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Joe Anybody's Hero Ralp Nader is at the helm
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Ralph Nader in Courts - working for change in a Corrupt System

Z3 Readers, family and frinds, This just came in from my hero Ralph Nader. There is a YouTube video to watch, as well as the text that copied from the YouTube page:



Where is Ralph Nader these days? In court, taking his battle to reform ballot access laws in the United States to the judiciary. Nader is fighting an alleged conspiracy hatched against him in Boston at the time of the 2004 Democratic National Convention held in the city.

Ralph has successfully defended his federal appellate win in Arizona over the state's unconstitutional restrictions on petition circulators. Arizona banned out-of-state petitioners, a practice that the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found to be unconstitutional. Not giving up easily on challenges to the 2-party system that dominates American politics, state officials had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the appellate decision striking down Arizona's restrictive ballot access law but the high court today decided to let the decision stand.

A leftover from Nader's 2008 presidential campaign? No, the case is a holdover from the 2004 electoral bid by America's most famous consumer protection advocate.

In 2004, Ralph Nader was the target of an unprecedented legal attack in almost two dozen states with 29 legal actions brought, financed or instigated by the Democratic Party. The lawsuits, many of them frivolous, were brought to keep Ralph in court and not on the campaign stump.

After the dust settled, it was clear to Nader that he had been the target of an abuse of the court system by a major political party to deprive him of ballot access. Ralph then filed suit against the Democratic National Committee for the legal conspiracy.

The lawsuit was dismissed at the District Court level of the federal court system and Nader appealed to the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals where oral argument is scheduled for later in the month.

Nader's brief to the appellate court addresses some of the pending issues. Nader charged the Democrats were guilty of "overtly corrupt and even unlawful conduct."

Nader argued the appeal should go forward because, "Defendants denied and fraudulently concealed their tortuous conduct, and because they remain engaged in ongoing acts in furtherance of their unlawful conspiracy."

"Defendants wrongfully invoked state statutes and federal campaign finance laws as a pretext to bankrupt their competitors by forcing them to incur litigation costs in the defense of a pattern of baseless and repetitive claims."

Nader alleges that in Pennsylvania the political conspirators "planted approximately 7,000 fake signatures" in his petitions so they could later claim the petitions were fraudulent. The Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has indicted a dozen Democrats for illegal work on petition challenges in 2004 in a scandal dubbed "Bonusgate" because the state legislative workers were paid a bonus for their dirty work.

Nader continued his assault on his Democrat opponents, "Conspirators engaged in sabotage and other unlawful acts intended to manufacture grounds for their otherwise baseless litigation."

Nader likened the Democratic lawsuits against him to "malicious prosecution" which were only filed to advance "baseless claims" designed to bankrupt his campaign. The lawsuits were "wrongful and abusive" of the judicial process.

Nader says the conspiracy against him came together in July 2004 in a meeting of thirty-six conspirators at the Four Seasons hotel in Boston. Oral argument is scheduled in the case for March 20th in Washington, D.C.

Ralph Nader speech at the Nader / Camejo 2004 campaign rally in San Francisco.

Brief intro by Matt Gonzalez, President of the SF Board of Supervisors.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:52 AM PDT
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Creating a i??uro;i??#8220;Safer Space Eventi??uro;
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Respect & Consideration at a "Safe Space Events"
Creating a “Safer Space Event”

Z3 Readers ... this page was gleaned from this link below, a few spelling corrections and a couple word-changes were added/changed by myself.


Safer spaces are welcoming, engaging and supportive.

We want this conference/event to be a space where people support each other and can feel free to be themselves.

We want this to be a place where abuse and discrimination is not tolerated.

We hope that everyone at this event is made aware of the idea of 'safer spaces' and that you are proactive in helping make this a safer space too.

People attending this conference are asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be offensive to others.

This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone's religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, hetero-sexist, trans-phobic, able-bodiest, classist, sizist or any other behavior or language that may perpetuate oppression.

What we need to do to create a safer space:

·         respect people's physical and emotional boundaries

·         always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries

·         respect people's opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view

·         be responsible for your own action. Be aware that your actions do have an effect on others despite what your intentions may be

·         take responsibility for your own safety and get help if you need it

·         look out for kids and animals at all times and try not to leave anything around that could endanger them or other adults

·         the conference/event space and all workshops are alcohol, nicotine and drug-free until the evening Any group or individual engaging in violence (including sexual violence and harassment) within the conference/event will automatically be excluding themselves. The conference/event organizers will be asking them to leave immediately.

Need some assistance?

If you experience or witness any behavior that crosses your boundaries or makes you feel uncomfortable or if you are feeling like you would like to talk to someone anonymously about anything please feel free to talk to one of the event organizers.

Conflict resolution

There may be conflict in the time that we are at this conference/event and the organizers have designed a basic process for dealing with this, based around the principle that a resolution deemed positive to all parties involved should always be sought first.  

Any conflict arising in the safe space that at least one party feels cannot be resolved without some help, should seek the assistance of one or more of the organizer crew.

If the conflict cannot be resolved with them it may be taken to the whole conference/event to make a final decision on what action needs to be taken.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:51 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 25 March 2009 9:27 PM PDT
Monday, 9 March 2009
Joe Anybody - Venezuela
Mood:  vegas lucky
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  44. vincenzo.venezuela 2006 - viaggio in venezuela ,enzo ,leo,ciccio,piero - 14 min
  45. Coro, Venezuela - short impression of nature and beaches in Coro region, the former capital of Venezuela - 1 min
  46. come to VENEZUELA - Come to Venezuela: Magic land, The Caribbean's Best Kept Secret. Salto Angel, Angel's fall, Gran Sabana, Amazonas, Roraima, Autana, etc... - 13 min
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  48. west caribbean md82 crash in venezuela - 3d simulation of the west caribbean md82 crash in venezuela. This stock animation footage is available for purchase from stockaninews.com. Click the link ... - 16 sec
  49. Macamba - Venezuela: Caracas, Colonia Tovar, Maracay, Maracaibo - Video about our visits to Caracas, Colonia Tovar, Maracay, Maracaibo in Venezuela - 13 min
  50. CHAVEZ THANKS HANDS OFF VENEZUELA - Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez thanks the international solidarity campaign "Hands Off Venezuela" and it's founder Alan Woods and thanks them for ... - 2 min
  51. Canaima Venezuela - visita a Canaima - Venezuela - 15 min
  52. CalTV: Venezuela - Sonia's Venezuela Piece - 3 min
  55. A view of Caracas, Venezuela - A view of Caracas, Venezuela - 1 min
  57. Bikinis, Barracuda & Bonefish - Fly Fishing Action in Los Roques - Venezuela - Fly-Fishing action for Bonefish & Barracuda on Los Roques Venezuela. Watch the electric power of Bonefish on the fly or the explosive power of Baracuda ... - 5 min
  58. Andy Higginbottom from Columbia Solidarity Campaign speaks about Venezuela at RAN conference July 15 2006 London - Andy Higginbottom from Columbia Solidarity Campaign speaks about Venezuela at RAN conference July 15 2006 London - 2 min
  59. Churum Merum (Angel falls) in Venezuela - The Chrum Merum or Angel falls in Venezuela - 12 sec
  60. Venezuela Glass Studio - This piece shot on location in a glass blowing studio in Caracas, Venezuela, November 1999. - 1 min
  61. Hoplias Aimara from Venezuela - Hoplias Aimara is 76cm, caught near Angel Falls-Venezuela.Hoplias Researchhttp://www.geocities.com/hopliasrese>>arch/DataBase.html - 17 sec
  62. XJ doing rock crawling in Venezuela - XJ doing rock crawling in Venezuela - 9 sec
  63. Come to Venezuela! 11 minutes video - An 11 minutes video of Venezuela - 11 min
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  65. club land rover venezuela - range rover, discovery, defender, venezuela, 4x4, offroad - 10 min
  66. Venezuela Diet Coke and Mentos 1.0 - First test of Diet Coke and Mentos, Caracas Venezuela - 24 sec
  69. VW Golf GTI Big Turbo upgrade Kartec Venezuela 14 psi - VW Golf GTI 14 psi 320 HP Big Turbo Upgrade Caracas Venezuela - 34 sec
  71. Venezuela revolution - 3 french, 1 English, 1 Spanish "Proceso Revolucionario Venezolano". Chichiriviche de la costa. Venezuela. - 24 sec
  72. wisin y yandel en venezuela - poliedro - 40 sec
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  74. Venezuela está lista - Venezuelan Army disembark war games, preparing to reject de US invaders. - 1 min
  75. VW GOLF GTI in little highway Venezuela Kartec - Mi VW Golf GTI en pruebas preliminares... en autopista Sambil... - 59 sec
  76. VW Golf GTI Big Turbo 260Kms/h on Dyno Kartec Caracas Venezuela - Test Top Speed.... 260kms/h on dash @ 6800 rpm.... aun le quedan 700 rpm por aprovechar... - 56 sec
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  78. venezuela lingerie naked teens UK teens - Meet Beautiful Latin Women, Colombian Women and Latin Ladies on the Coast for Dating - 33 sec
  79. Greg Palast and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela - http://www.linktv.org/ - 27 min
  80. Video de octavo grado DON BOSCO (venezuela) - ..... - 5 min
  81. venezuela dating nude teens butts - Snow Bunny Girl looks for Good sex - 32 sec
  82. Alienación en Venezuela - Video de Jacqueline Clarac - 3 min
  83. venezuela - actividad - 2 min
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  85. VW Golf GTI @ 12 psi, tacho sight.. Kartec Venezuela - A tan solo 12 psi, aceleracion en segunda marcha... - 28 sec
  86. Sunset behind Amazon or Orinoco River, Brazil, Venezuela, rainforest - To download and license this royalty free clip, please go to www.dvarchive.com and use the clip number or any of the words listed in the description  ... - 7 sec
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  88. Hoatzin bird South America, Venezuela, wild colorful birds fighting and agitated in nest, from Orinoco River - To download and license this royalty free clip, please go to www.dvarchive.com and use the clip number or any of the words listed in the description  ... - 13 sec
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  90. Aerial over Angel Falls, Venezuela - To download and license this royalty free clip, please go to www.dvarchive.com and use the clip number or any of the words listed in the description  ... - 5 sec
  91. Salida de Merida Venezuela - Atr Santa Barbara - 4 min
  92. Zoom out from Angel Falls, Venezuela, high spectacular waterfall - To download and license this royalty free clip, please go to www.dvarchive.com and use the clip number or any of the words listed in the description  ... - 22 sec
  93. Venezuela Hacia el Liberalismo - Liberalismo - 29 min
  94. Mochima venezuela - Video del pueblo - 22 sec
  95. Marian Ines Venezuela Baby - My cousin is very nervious - 9 sec
  96. venezuela hard bodies bikinis butts - Meet Beautiful Latin Women, Colombian Women and Latin Ladies on the Coast for Dating - 33 sec
  97. Programas y commerciales de venezuela/ Commercials from venezuela - comerciales venezolanos grabado con mi "cowon A2" y directv-------------------venezuelan commecials recorded with "cowon A2" and directv - 8 min
  98. venezuela dating russian teens lingerie - sexy young teen girl plays in the ocean - 35 sec
  99. Antropología en Venezuela - Videos de Jacqueline Clarac - 2 min
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Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:12 AM PST
Saturday, 7 March 2009
WMG - Gets all over YouTubers
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Music swap and the bankrupt Warner Music Group
Topic: MEDIA

Hey Z3 Readers I ran across this discussion on WMG and their shitty treatment of YouTube users ... I found the information here:


Warner will pull a vid with anybody singing "happy birthday to you" on it! Bankrupt Warner Music Group! Warner's stock is at $2 a share.. it won't take much to bankrupt them. encourage millions of viewers to set up accounts with Youtube devoted solely to uploading warner videos.

Every time they get taken down, upload more warner videos. That will also leave thousands of videos without audio with the message that they have been *silenced by WMG*..bad publicity for WMG. warner will go bankrupt with overtime trolling. Everybody should swamp WMG with their complaints!

use www.faxzero.com to send free faxes.
Warners fax is 212-275-3985.
Warner's phone: 212-275-2000.
Google/youtube fax: 650-253-0001. Google/youtube: Phone: 650-253-0000

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:22 PM PST
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Investing in Military or Economy - swords or ploghshares?
Mood:  hug me
Now Playing: Swords or Ploughshares: Peaceful thoughts for the future

Swords or Ploughshares: 


 Empowering Smart Decisions


in Difficult Times


The following was taken from this link:


After World War Two there was a dramatic shift in our national economy.  That war was, and continues to be, trumpeted as the way out of the Great Depression.  Since then our country has maintained an ever increasing level of military spending as a means of ‘stimulating our economy.’  After a generation of considering illogical and unnecessary military spending essential to our economic growth, it is no wonder in 2009 the Pentagon budget dwarfs the budgets of many small industrialized countries. 

Seymour Melman, an economist, writer, peace activist, and gadfly of the military-industrial complex was the first to question the legitimacy of this economic model.  His book The Permanent War Economy and Pentagon Capitalism set the stage for the first of many Peace Action campaigns to reduce the military budget.

Under the leadership of then Peace Action board co-chair and International Association of Machinists leader William Winpisinger, Peace Action mounted a campaign to support Congressman Ted Weiss’ “economic conversion” legislation.  The basic premise was:  if we can ramp up our economy by spending money for war during war-time, then we can do the same during peace-time by investing in domestic and human needs. 

After suffering under the neo-conservative yoke of the Reaganites many at Peace Action were hopeful when President William Clinton promised to reduce the military budget.  We launched our Peace Economy Campaign to reinvest money wasted on Star Wars and Cold War weapons into rebuilding our economy from the bottom-up.  We endorsed the Congressional Black Caucuses’ Alternative Budget and waited for Clinton to present his budget. 

Clinton did cut the budget, but not in a way that promoted a peace economy.  He cut military personnel and none of the Reagan administration weapons.  He fully funded Star Wars and refused to reduce our nuclear arsenal.  The types of cuts he made and did not make set our peace economy campaign back.  Conservatives pointed to it as naiveté and progressives were compelled to condemn it for being ineffective.  In reality, the cuts Clinton made to the personnel in the military were just reinvested into the Pentagon and its weapons systems.

President Obama has made many promises about the military budget.  He has said he wants to “stop waste and cost overruns”; he wants to phase down our occupation in Iraq and call it a reduction in military spending.  Are these smart cuts?  They may reduce the balance of the Pentagon budget; but, they do nothing to promote a peace economy.  Even eliminating all the costs associated with our occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. military budget is still larger than that of all other nations combined. 

Peace Action is ramping up a campaign to make sure that the Obama Administration does not go the way of its Republican and Democratic predecessors.  Our second Peace Economy Campaign will officially kick off in April with protests in cities and towns all over the country.  We’ll use the 6th anniversary of the Iraq occupation to draw attention to the wasteful spending and Tax Day actions to ask the people of this country, “where do you want your tax dollars spent.” 

In the long term, our goal is to reduce the military budget by making smart cuts in our military spending and greatly decreasing our military presence around the world.  To this end we co-sponsored the Security Without Empire Conference on Military Bases last week.  In the coming months our political team will make lobby visits around the nuclear non-proliferation treaty talks and the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. 

Peace Action will continue to oppose any U.S. military occupation both on moral and fiscal grounds.  This summer we’ll take that message to millions of American homes; knocking on doors with our message.  We believe that change comes from people, not presidents.  Together, we can deliver change to the country one dollar at a time.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 8:08 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, 7 March 2009 8:36 PM PST
Friday, 6 March 2009
Bad Monkey Business - Lets make It Stop - Get Active!
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Is your taxes going to monkey abuse - and what are you doing about it?


End the Use of Chimps in Research

Watch Our Video, Then Take Action





A nine-month-long undercover investigation by The HSUS has exposed the mistreatment of nearly 300 chimpanzees and other primates at the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana. These chimps, living lives of deprivation and misery, are among the more than 1,000 chimps languishing in laboratories across the United States. Chimps, our closet genetic relative, are complex, social, and long-lived creatures. Many chimps currently warehoused in research facilities have lived for decades behind bars. Especially heartbreaking are stories of the 26 elder chimps at NIRC, who were taken from their mothers in the wild.

The Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326) has just been re-introduced in Congress. This legislation aims to end invasive research on the chimpanzees remaining in laboratories, retire the approximately 500 federally-owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuary (including the elder chimps at NIRC), and make the recent decision by the National Center for Research Resources (part of the National Institutes of Health) to stop funding the breeding of federally-owned chimpanzees permanent.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to urge your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor The Great Ape Protection Act. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or
click here to look up your Representative and the Capitol office phone number.

After you make your call, fill in and submit the form at the right to automatically send a message to your U.S. Representative. Your legislators receive a lot of email, so it is important to personalize the subject line and text below to make your message stand out and have a greater impact.

Sample Letter from link

Dear [ Decision Maker ],

As your constituent, I am asking you to co-sponsor the Towns-Reichert Great Ape Protection Act, H.R. 1326, which was recently re-introduced. This legislation phases out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research and retires the estimated 500 federally-owned chimpanzees to permanent, suitable sanctuary


ABC News: Nightline aired the story of the more than 300 chimpanzees at the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana. The footage of NIRC was taken from a nine-month-long undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States.


Among these chimps are 26 elders who were taken decades ago from the wild. It's time to give these animals the sanctuary they deserve.


At any given time, the vast majority of chimpanzees in laboratories are simply being warehoused, and not actually used in research. The approximately $20-25 million in taxpayer dollars per year spent to house, care for, and experiment on this endangered species could be better spent on other, more useful research endeavors.


I am very concerned about the use of these endangered animals for research which causes them considerable harm. In addition to being highly social and emotional beings, chimpanzees have been shown to have amazing mental abilities such as tool use and problem solving skills. Given what we know about them, confinement in a laboratory is simply no place for a chimpanzee.


The United States is the only country, besides Gabon, that still uses chimpanzees in invasive research. The United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain have all banned or severely restricted the use of chimpanzees. Please help the U.S. join this list of nations by co-sponsoring The Great Ape Protection Act.


Thank you.

Joe Anybody

Posted by Joe Anybody at 3:17 PM PST
Updated: Friday, 6 March 2009 9:04 PM PST
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
private viewing at Mr Darksides place of the 92 missing Torture Tapes
Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: 92 USA torture tapes ...have been destroyed (or have they?)

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Hey Now Z3 Readers here is a stomach aching torture file blog. Seems Mr Darkside (war criminal cheney the dick) has been hiding the facts again.

 What facts?

Gee Mr Darkside, could it be the 92 tapes you had destroyed? What we have known for years here at Z3 headquarters is this type of criminal activity has been going on day and night and with no one holding these evil doers accountable.

Missing files....?

Give me a break!

They must think we are stupid.

Well John Q Public may be ignorant and naive but the Z3 Report readers know all to well what is going on in them dark dank holes that fly USA flags over the entrance while they do the bidding for Mr Darkside and use criminal tactics in the name of justice.

I bet those 92 tapes contained some filthy shit. And it probably had a 'made in the USA' stamp on the box. Actually smooth dick probably has them at home in his family room for viewing privately.

Posted March 2, 2009 | 06:53 PM (EST)

 92 Destroyed Tapes: A Need to Shed Light on Cheney's "Dark Side" 


By: Coleen Rowley

When I first posed these hard questions in the NY Times about the C.I.A. torture tapes, we were all under the belief that only two tapes had been destroyed. Now that we know it was ninety two tapes, all kinds of further questions emerge. But the most pressing is this one: how can this still be swept under the rug?! Sweeping dark things under the rug is never the answer. And despite the crude attempt to avoid accountability by shredding the evidence, I can't imagine a time there was such a need for an independent prosecutor to shed light on what Cheney once termed "the dark side".


Published in NY Times: December 11, 2007
To the Editor:

Re ''C.I.A. Destroyed 2 Tapes Showing Interrogations''

(NY Times front page, Dec. 7):

You don't need to have worked as an F.B.I. agent for 24 years as I did to know that shredding the evidence is always a clue.
What's the common thread underlying the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotaped harsh interrogations in the midst of ongoing legal inquiries; President Bush's last-minute commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence; the millions of White House e-mail records missing in violation of the Presidential Records Act; and the administration's current push to give immunity to the telecommunication companies suspected of engaging in illegal eavesdropping and surveillance of Americans?

Clearly, the only way the Bush gang can protect itself now from accountability is to suppress the truth. To do so, officials must destroy hard evidence and, at the same time, protect and immunize those who followed their illegal orders.

Their contempt for the rule of law cannot get much worse. They learned from Nixon's Watergate, and they're trying not to leave any Oval Office tapes around.
Coleen Rowley
Apple Valley, Minn., Dec. 7, 2007


I noted that interrogators used the Abu Zubaydah torture tapes to intimidate other interrogation subjects.

I should have noted that even showing the torture tapes to captives would have been a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

I see three possibilities:

First, maybe interrogators were authorized to use tapes of Abu Zubaydah being tortured as an interrogation tool.

Second, maybe interrogators were not authorized to use the tapes of Abu Zubaydah as an interrogation tool, and were doing so on their own authority.

Third, maybe the tapes were a ruse de guerre, starring actors, who play-acted brutal torture. I believe that the use of tapes that realistically faked the depiction of torture would also be a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

The fourteen captives transferred from CIA custody in 2006 weren't the only captives who had been in CIA custody prior to being sent to Guantanamo. Several other former CIA captives were transferred to Guantanamo in 2003 and 2004. It is possible the torture tapes were only used on captives in CIA custody.
CIA Director Michael Hayden claimed that the torture tapes were recorded "for training purposes". It seems what he meant this was interrogators showed the tapes to other captives, to show them how far interrogators would go to get the answers they wanted.

Way back in 2004, when Guantanamo captive Ibrahim Mahdi Achmed Zeidan testified before his Combatant Status Review Tribunal he described the role the Abu Zubaydah torture tapes played in other captives' interrogations.

Back in 2004 the Guantanamo captives knew that Abu Zubaydah's torture sessions had been recorded -- because their interrogators had shown them those tapes. Meanwhile the Bush administration hid the existence of the tapes from Congress and the American people.

Here is a link to where Zeidan talks about Abu Zubaydah's torture.
Can we expect government to police itself...recent information including the destruction of 92 tapes indicate that there are no oversights in place to allow for an indepentent examination of apparent illegal and criminal behavior. I would so like to see justice done in what use to be the American way...but I am fearful that those days are gone.

With Obama in office I thought we would see a casting of light into dark places and an outcry regarding the dirt it uncovered....instead I'm still waiting for the 'change'. I know the economy is melting down and therefore takes the most focus, but unless we exam the behavior that lead us to this point, there can be no resolution or accountability. How much longer are we expected to wait? Until all documentation is destroyed?

 As if America didn't have enough evil to account for in its history of bigotry and witchburning. Now we are dishonored even further. Thanks a lot, Dubya, Cheney, the CIA and anyone else who contributed to this kind of sneaky, unlawful, rule-breaking thuggery that made the world hate us. I want to see them on trial yesterday.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:54 PM PST
Updated: Friday, 6 March 2009 9:06 PM PST
Monday, 2 March 2009
The Downlow on Plastic Water Bottles
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: New study finds "Plastic Water Bottles" are not good for the environment

 Hello my friendly concerned Z3 Readers,

 I just found this tid-bit of information through my email from

"Mother Jones Magazine" here is the URL link:




Your Water Bottle Is One-Quarter Full Of Oil

—Photo: Brett Weinstein

Still want to drink it? Because the truth is that bottle of water is up to 2,000 times more energy intensive than just turning on the tap. No one really knew that until now.

Researchers at the Pacific Institute in Oakland California ran the numbers and found that bottle production alone wastes 50 million barrels of oil a year (that's 2.5 days of US oil consumption). Add to that energy the energy needed to process the water, label the bottles, fill the bottles, seal the bottles, transport the bottles, cool them prior to sale… well, you get the idea.

Bottom line: Bottled-water drinkers in the US alone in 2007 squandered the equivalent of 32 to 54 million barrels of oil. Triple that number for worldwide use. For perspective, imagine each bottle is one-quarter full of oil.

As reported at Treehugger: Bottled-water drinkers are the new smokers.

Since oil and water don't mix, turn on the tap. Still want a container? Try reusable Nalgene or stainless steel. Not without impact but durable at least. Traveling overseas to the lands-of-unclean waters? Pony up for a Katadyn bottle/filter combination. I can personally attest that this all-in-one system is a miracle worker of good intestinal and environmental health.

Concerned about the one in six humans who must live in the lands-of-unclean waters? Consider tossing a doubloon or two at the LifeStraw people who've found a nifty and inexpensive way to survive deadly water supplies.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:05 PM PST
Updated: Monday, 2 March 2009 2:09 PM PST

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