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Israel's Deliberate 'Constructive Chaos' Crashes Iraq, van Buren's Vision, WIRT's Action & CAIRsuit

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Thu, 08/14/2014
Here's the Israeli Playbook:
There are two days of audio below.  The 0813 is Peter van Buren - 25 years with the Stte Department - talking about the three-part partition of imploding Iraq.  Without answering the question, Who  exactly is going to run the Three Iraqs? King Faisal's Family Fallout? Potus, Scotus and Our Elected Representatives? Father, son and Holy Ghost? The Three Bears?
Moving right along:
Today's program featured Helen Youst with the Wyoming Idaho Rising Tide; Lena Masri, Staff Attorney with the Council on Muslim American Relations talks about CAIR's lawsuit in which she represents the plaintiffs) filed on behalf of Muslims who find themselves on the terrorist 'No-Fly' List for no otgher reason. Just Muslim's all..
and finlly, Sami Rasouli. Rasouli broken the wall protecting Israel from what we know to be true: The Jewish nation's clear involvement in the convenient chaos that Iraq has become. The 'Three State' solution would make it far easier to intimidate and manipulate other players in the region. Yes, always the victim, always the bully and forever both. 
But first, the playbook presented here for your horrified amusement:

 
The Israel Project’s Secret Hasbara Handbook Exposed
by Richard Silverstein on July 10, 2009
in Mideast Peace, Politics & Society
 
tip hasbara project screenshotImagine for a moment you’re a general about to embark on a decisive military campaign and your intelligence service secures a copy of your opponent’s entire campaign strategy. You open it and you see his battle plans laid out before you, key forces, weaponry, lines of attack, points of weaknesses, etc. You suddenly understand just how weak his forces are and precisely how to mercilessly attack and eviscerate him. The plan makes you understand that his forces are largely based on artifice and sham.  It gives you confidence that you are entirely on the right course and tells you how to stay on that course.  Victory is assured, your enemy’s defeat certain.
 
Douglas Bloomfield and Newsweek have done pretty close to that against the Israel lobby. Specifically, they’ve exposed a secret hasbara handbook written for The Israel Project by star Republican marketer, Frank Luntz. The oddly-named Global Language Dictionary (pdf) is a veritable goldmine of arguments, strategy, tactics. At 116 pages, it’s not for the faint of heart.  But anyone who wants to get inside the head of the Israel lobby must read this document.
 
I want to devote at least two or three posts to it so I hope you, dear reader, will bear with me.  I know my enthusiasm will mark me as a real wonk, but this is the real deal and worth spending some time parsing and deconstructing.
 
The first thing to say is that the entire document is a pathetic piece of propaganda.  While it ostensibly is addressed to TIP’s leaders and advises them how to shape a pro-Israel message when they lobby Congress, the media and other critical power brokers, the entire thing reeks of desperation and a lost cause.  It goes without saying that the arguments offered are not only devoid of truth, they’re devoid of rigor or credibility.  There is literally no substance to the claims offered on Israel’s behalf.  It’s an empty exercise in every sense of the word.  Reading this makes you realize that the entire Israel lobby edifice is a house of cards.
 
Perhaps I’m letting my shock at the shabbiness of the Dictionary get the better of me and overstating the case it reveals against the Lobby.  After all, any political network that exists for six decades and achieves as much as this one has doesn’t topple overnight.  But I’ll just have to let you be the judge.
 
One aspect of this I find extraordinary and entirely dubious is the choice of the Republican campaign pollster Frank Luntz to write this report.  This indicates, as I’ve always maintained, that the Lobby is totally tone deaf to the political environment.  We have a democratic president and two Houses of Congress under Democratic control for the first time in a few decades.  Pragmatic liberalism is ascendant.  Neo-conservatism and Bushian Republicanism are in retreat.  And who does TIP chose to make the case for Israel?  A right-wing Republican spinmeister.  Remarkable.  But one thing I must say is that this is a good sign for our side.  If our opponents are as wooden as they appear, then they will topple themselves without needing much help from us.
 
The first chapter, 25 Rules for Effective Communication opens with:
 
    The first step to winning trust and friends for Israel is showing that you care about peace for BOTH Israelis and Palestinians and, in particular, a better future for every child.  Indeed, the sequence of your conversation is critical and you must start with empathy for BOTH sides first. Open your conversation with strong proven messages such as:
 
    “Israel is committed to a better future for everyone – Israelis and Palestinians alike. Israel wants the pain and suffering to end, and is committed to working with the Palestinians toward a peaceful, diplomatic solution where both sides can have a better future. Let this be a time of hope and opportunity for both the
    Israeli and the Palestinian people.”
 
The first thing we learn is that this passage, as with everything else printed in the handbook, is empty meaningless drivel.  It’s a perfect example of political three-card monty in which there appears to be a card which isn’t there at all.  It’s all a sham.  There is no substance.  The rhetoric here is even worse than that offered by spokespeople like Mark Regev on behalf of the Israeli government.
 
In the following passage, we can see that Luntz has lifted shamelessly lifted arguments from MEMRI and former Mossad officer, Itamar Marcus’ Palestine Media Watch.  Others before me have demolished these tawdry arguments, but it’s instructive to read the lies and distortions that TIP instructs its representatives to parrot.
 
Throughout, the document drips noblesse oblige and fake concern for Palestinian children:
 
    “As a matter of principle, we believe that it is a basic right of children to be raised without hate. We ask the Palestinian leadership to end the culture of hate in Palestinian schools, 300 of which are named for suicide bombers.  Palestinian leaders should take textbooks out of classrooms that show maps of the Middle East without Israel and that glorify terrorism.”
 
    As a matter of principle, children should not be raised to want to kill others or themselves. Yet, day after day, Palestinian leadership pushes a culture of hate that encourages even small children to become suicide bombers. Iran-backed Hamas’s public television in Gaza uses Sesame Street–type programming to
    glorify suicide bombers.
 
    As a matter of principle, no child should be abused in such a way. Palestinian children deserve better.”
 
As a matter of principle I believe that no child (Israeli or Palestinian) should be raised in fear that their mother, father, sister, brother, grandmother or grandfather could be killed for no other reason than they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and a frightened, trigger hungry 18 year army recruit decides to make an example of them.
 
As for maps, before Frank Luntz or Itamar Marcus make their specious claims about Palestinian textbooks, I’d like them to show me a single Israeli textbook that features a map of Palestine.  You will certainly find Judea and Samaria.  But will you find any acknowledgement of the millions of Palestinians who live in the Territories?
 
Further, the arguments are entirely dated.  Suicide bombings were a serious phenomenon in years past.  But Palestinian militants have largely abandoned this tactic, at least in part due to its unpopularity among average Palestinians.  You certainly wouldn’t know this from Frank Luntz’s agitprop.  It’s like he’s living in a time warp and its still the first Intifada (circa 2000).
 
    Clearly differentiate between the Palestinian people and Hamas. There is an immediate and clear distinction between the empathy Americans feel for the Palestinians and the scorn they direct at Palestinian leadership. Hamas is a terrorist organization – Americans get that already. But if it sounds like you are attacking the Palestinian people (even though they elected Hamas) rather than their leadership, you will lose public support.
 
Another characteristic of the Dictionary is the dubious distinctions it draws, as in this example.  There is no way to distinguish between the Palestinian people and their leadership.  In effect, the passage concedes the illogic of its argument with this phrase: “even though they elected Hamas.”  Of course they elected Hamas.  That’s precisely the point.  They had an election and chose who they wanted to represent them.  So for the lobby to say they sympathize with Palestinians, but not with the leaders they chose is an empty statement.
 
Yet another example of noblesse oblige (and it’s entirely dubious to claim that these words “work”):
 
    WORDS THAT WORK
 
    We know that the Palestinians deserve leaders who will care about the well being of their people, and who do not simply take hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance from America and Europe, put them in Swiss bank accounts, and use them to support terror instead of peace. The Palestinians need books, not bombs. They want roads, not rockets.”
 
Clearly passages like this are designed to score debate points but are entirely devoid of accuracy.  The claims of embezzlement, of course, go back to the days when Yasir Arafat ran things and tolerated rampant Fatah corruption.  But Arafat has been dead for lo these many years.  Someone ought to roll over and tell Tchaichovsky and Frank Luntz the news.
 
As for Palestinians wanting roads, they do.  They’d like some of those wonderful Israeli bypass roads that run directly through former Palestinian farmland and whisk settlers from their settlement homes to their jobs inside Israel proper.  The same apartheid roads which are off-limits to Palestinians.
 
One thing you’ve got to give Luntz, he’s not above stealing ideas from anyone, even Israeli peace activists (see italics):
 
    MORE WORDS THAT WORK
 
    “The obstacles on the road to a peaceful and prosperous Middle East are many.  Israel recognizes that peace is made with one’s adversaries, not with one’s friends. But peace can only be made with adversaries who want to make peace with you.  Terrorist organizations like Iran-backed Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad are, by definition, opposed to peaceful co-existence, and determined to prevent reconciliation. I ask you, how do you negotiate with those who want you dead?”
 
There is an amazing insularity in the arguments presented here, with absolutely no conception that Palestinians feel precisely the same emotions as Israelis.  In other words, they too ask how and why they should negotiate with a state of Israel that would just as soon kill them as live with them in peace.
 
More obliviousness, with no awareness of the dark irony of this statement:
 
    “We may disagree about politics…But there is one fundamental principle that all peoples from all parts of the globe will agree on: civilized people do not target innocent women and children for death.”
 
Do I hear any concern here for the “innocent women and children” of Gaza who were slaughtered in their hundreds during the Gaza war?  No, of course not.
 
Of course, there is unintentionally comic discourse:
 
    Don’t pretend that Israel is without mistakes or fault. It’s not true and no one believes it. Pretending Israel is free from errors does not pass the smell test. It will only make your listeners question the veracity of everything else you say.
 
Admit Israel make mistakes.  Don’t specify them.  Change the subject as quickly as possible and hope no one notices what you’ve just conceded.  And then point out how much more guilty the Palestinians are than the Israelis for the conflict.
 
    Use humility. “I know that in trying to defend its children and citizens from terrorists that Israel has accidentally hurt innocent people. I know it, and I’m sorry for it. But what can Israel do to defend itself? If America had given up land for peace – and that land had been used for launching rockets at America, what would America do?
 
Use fake humility.  Pretend that Israel is the U.S. and that there has been no Occupation and no injustice perpetrated against Palestinians.  Pretend their lands have not been stolen.  Pretend they have not been turned into refugees in the hundreds of thousands.  Pretend that Israel has a right to expect Palestinians to behave like Canadians or Mexicans, who have not had a border dispute with the U.S. in 150 years.
 
Here is more fakery in the guise of concern.  And note the conflation of American Jews with Israelis as if we are them (a little identity confusion?):
 
    WORDS THAT WORK
 
    “Are Israelis perfect? No. Do we make mistakes? Yes. But we want a better future, and we are working towards it.
 
    And we want Palestinians to have a better future as well. They deserve a government that will eliminate the terror not only because it will make my children safer—but also because it will make their children more prosperous. When the terror ends, Israel will no longer need to have challenging checkpoints to inspect goods and people. When the terror ends we will no longer need a security fence.”
 
There is virtually no terror on the West Bank, yet 500 checkpoints remain there.  Why?  Tell me why, Mr. Luntz.
 
If there is a money quote in this document that reveals that the lobby is now running scared it is this:
 
    We’re at a time in history when Jews in general (and Israelis in particular) are no longer perceived as the persecuted people. In fact, among American and European audiences—sophisticated, educated, opinionated, non-Jewish audiences—Israelis are often seen as the occupiers and the aggressors. With that kind of baggage, it is critical that messages from the pro-Israel spokespeople not come across as supercilious or condescending.
 
More unintended irony:
 
    WORDS THAT DON’T WORK
 
    “We are prepared to allow them to build……”
 
    If the Palestinians are to be seen as a trusted partner on the path to peace, they must not be subordinated, in perception or in practice, by the Israelis.
 
What is the Occupation if not “subordination” personified??
 
Here’s right back at ya, buddy:
 
    WORDS THAT DO WORK
 
    “Achieving peaceful relationships requires the leadership…of both sides. And so we ask the Palestinians … Stop using the language of incitement. Stop using the language of violence. Stop using the language of threats. You won’t achieve peace if your military leadership talks about war. You won’t achieve peace if people talk about pushing others to the sea or to the desert.”
 
Israel’s military and political leaders speak the language of violence, incitement and war virtually every day.  No acknowledgement of that, of course, by Luntz.  As for “pushing Jews into the sea,” I haven’t read a real live Palestinian resident of the Occupied Territories make such a statement in several decades.  So this argument is circa 1970 or so.  Nice try though, Frank.
 
    “Israelis know what it is like to live their lives with the daily threat of terrorism.
 
As do Palestinians.
 
    Remind people – again and again – that Israel wants peace. Reason One: If Americans see no hope for peace—if they only see a continuation of a 2,000-year-long episode of “Family Feud”—Americans will not want their government to spend tax dollars or their President’s clout on helping Israel.
 
Bingo.  Here Luntz inadvertently speaks the truth. Israel wants peace in the same vague way that a 13 year old girl may want to be whoever the teen idol of the moment happens to be. Israel has no plan. No means of getting to peace. So to say that Israel wants peace is, once again, meaningless.
 
And the fear lurking in the hearts of the lobby is that some day Israel will be exposed and Americans will abandon it because they will come to understand that whatever Israel may claim it wants, there will never be peace under terms acceptable to Israel.  That will be a day of reckoning that the lobby wants to avoid at all costs.
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The Hannibal Directive: Killing Them All with American Money

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Wed, 08/06/2014
Are We There Yet?
I want to tell you about The Hannibal Directive - essentially a blank cheque drawn on Israel's Murder Inc. Free rein to simple kill any and everyone they want.  and they want to kill a great many people.  There is no other reason to write such a law:  they just enjoy killing Palastinians.
But as I started to say...

An Israeli official has called for concentration camps in Gaza and ‘the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters’. Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, posted the inflammatory message on his Facebook page at the weekend.
 
He lays out a detailed plan for the destruction of Gaza –  which includes shipping its residents across the world – in a letter he addressed to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The message, which received more than 2,000 likes on his page, lists four action points which he wants to be enforced as soon as possible.
 
Having someone like this in leadership really shows that the Netanyahu government is interested in peace, right?
And regarding the accusations of "antisemitism": I would be saying the same thing if the report named another nation.  If India attacked Pakistan, murdering women and children, bombing mosques, hospitals, homes and schools.
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The End of the World in Gaza...

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 07/30/2014
‘Protocols of Zionists’?
You may not have heard OF The "2009 Global Language Dictionary”, but you have definitely heard FROM this strange little lexicon. The dictionary is a handbook for assembling Zionist propaganda or ‘hasbara’ (Hebrew for propaganda) for Israel. Sort of a make-over for a monster.  This the reason why Israeli news, proclamations and protestation all come in the same suspicious flavor designed to defend the indefensible.
 
Recently in Mondoweiss, Deepa Kumar took a close look at the ‘Dictionary’, and found such gems as this:  “When innocent Palestinian children and women are killed, the first response should be to show empathy; the next is to reframe the issue stating that Israel is not to blame and that it is only defending itself and further that it only wants peace. Even when it is raining death and destruction on Palestinians, the manual is clear: ‘Remind people—again and again—that Israel wants peace.’”‘Protocols of Zionists’?
You may not have heard OF The "2009 Global Language Dictionary”, but you have definitely heard FROM this strange little lexicon. The dictionary is a handbook for assembling Zionist propaganda or ‘hasbara’ (Hebrew for propaganda) for Israel. Sort of a make-over for a monster.  This the reason why Israeli news, proclamations and protestation all come in the same suspicious flavor designed to defend the indefensible.
 
Recently in Mondoweiss, Deepa Kumar took a close look at the ‘Dictionary’, and found such gems as this:  “When innocent Palestinian children and women are killed, the first response should be to show empathy; the next is to reframe the issue stating that Israel is not to blame and that it is only defending itself and further that it only wants peace. Even when it is raining death and destruction on Palestinians, the manual is clear: ‘Remind people—again and again—that Israel wants peace.’”
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America Inc.: Incorporating the United States

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Fri, 06/27/2014
'Railroaded': howw a handful of powerful energy companies ran rolling death through the Dakotas without the knowledge or the pwemission of the people whose communities are endnagered.

The DeSmoh Blog's Steve Horn talks Bakken ‘bomb-trains’; Greenpeace’s Brian Manning talks sbout this coming Tuesday’s street theater event in the name of action against amber energy;  the corporatization of incompetence and Janet Phelan, ‘Exile extraordinaire’ introduces the book she wrote documenting her strange saga.
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Murder Made In America: We've Got A Law With Your Name On It...

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Tue, 06/24/2014
My guest today, Teusday is Marcy Wheeler

The New York Times is reporting: "A federal appeals court in New York on Monday made public a redacted version of a 2010 Justice Department memo that signed off on the targeted killing of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, without a trial, following Freedom of Information Act lawsuits." The memo was written months after the killing of Awlaki. 
 
MARCY WHEELER, (734) 332-1652, emptywheel@gmail.com, @emptywheel
    Wheeler is an independent investigative journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She writes for various outlets including her emptywheel.net blog. She just wrote the piece "Working Thread: The Awlaki Memo" and is tweeting critical information about the memo. [PDF]


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And Wednesday's guest - wait for it - is Janet Phelan, 'Exile' Extraordinaire

The Inspector General for the United States Department of Justice has declined to investigate false and misleading statements made by a DOJ employee concerning domestic legislation which appears to violate an international bioweapons treaty.
 
In a recent unsigned letter, issued on DOJ stationary, the IG's office refused to look into written statements made by Dean Boyd, Press officer for the DOJ, wherein he made an incorrect legal citation when asked to comment on the perception that Section 817 (The Expansion of the  Biological Weapons Statute) of the U.S. Patriot Act violates the International Bioweapons Convention (BWC). The BWC was signed by the U.S. in 1972 . Boyd was specifically asked to comment on 817, but denied the violation, instead referring this reporter to the law which 817 amended, which is 18 USC Section 175. When his error was pointed out, he shut down all communications with this reporter, writing: “We have nothing further for you.”  We are going to talk to one of the reporters involved in the story.  Welcome back to the KBOO air waves Janet Phelan.
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Robert Naiman with Just Foreign Policy Sees the Lopsided Humor in NATO and US Aggression

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Wed, 06/11/2014
Tanks, troops, jets: NATO countries launch full-scale war games in Baltic 09 Jun 2014 A major military exercise kicked off in Latvia, with 10 NATO member countries participating. The war games involve 4,700 troops and 800 military vehicles. Russia sees NATO's military build-up as a sign of aggression. The Saber Strike ground forces exercise is being conducted for the fourth time this year and coincides with Baltic Host 2014 and Baltops 2014 naval drills. Troops from the US, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway and the UK are taking part.
 U.S. Air Force sends two B-2 stealth bombers to Europe as show of force to Russia 09 Jun 2014 The U.S. Air Force has further beefed up its bomber presence in Europe, deploying two B-2 stealth bombers for military exercises in the region, according to Air Force Times. The aircraft are assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing out of Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. On Sunday, they joined three B-52 Stratofortress aircraft already deployed to RAF Fairford, a British air base west of London.
Five U.S. special operations soldiers killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan after air support accidentally drops bombs on them --Strategic B-1 bomber reportedly dropped its payload on soldiers --Fox News: Aircraft in question is a B-1 Lancer, a strategic Cold War-era bomber that can carry a payload of up to 125,000 pounds of explosives. 10 Jun 2014 Five American special operations troops have been killed in southern Afghanistan after a U.S. bomber accidentally bombed their positions when they called in for air support on Monday night. One Afghan soldier was also killed in the incident - which is being called the deadliest friendly-fire attack of the 13-year war in Afghanistan. The soldiers were leading a security operation with Afghan National Army troops in southern Zabul Province when they came under attack from Taliban fighters and called in for an airstrike. However, instead of bombing the insurgents, the NATO aircraft dropped its payload on the Americans, authorities believe.
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Corporate People are not We the People

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 06/04/2014
First: The Daily Drumbeat /https://movetoamend.org/

No single action is more important  that rolling back corporate personhood.  If we can't do this, we have no chance as far as solving environmental disaster, poisoned food, poisoned water, shitty medical care...the listany continues

, A 3.4-magnitude earthquake struck northern Colorado Saturday night, and environmentalists weren’t surprised to learn that the epicenter was near a fracking site.
There were no reports of damage, but anti-fracking activists say there is not a lot of math to add up in this incident. The USGS site refers to eastern Colorado as nearly “aseismic” and states that earthquakes are rare in the state, overall. However, The Tribune reported that the earthquake took place less than two miles away from two oil and gas wastewater injection wells that the state has not inspected in nearly two years.
Greeley is also in Weld County, where there are more than 24,000 wells.
“Aseismic formations are naturally stable, however when you introduce thousands of fracking-shaped charges (forms of TNT), with millions of gallons of slick water and chemicals at pressures as high as 18,000 [pounds per square inch], the fractures in the shale can extend over 1,000 feet in a radius,” Shane Davis of Fracktivist
 
Offsetting is a Massive Threat to Wildlife, Warn Environment Groups
Biodiversity offsetting is already being used by developers to justify schemes that will cause irreversible harm to nature, warn over 15 environment groups across the world today (Monday 2 June 2014), ahead of a major biodiversity offsetting conference in London this week.
The conference – “To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond” on 3 and 4 June  will be addressed by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson who is soon to decide on controversial plans to allow developers to destroy precious wildlife habitat, provided there is an attempt to offset the damage elsewhere.
Such schemes are known as biodiversity offsetting, and FERN and Friends of the Earth are concerned that its introduction could allow developers to push through projects that would have devastating impacts on irreplaceable habitats and our wildlife.
 
As the drilling rush proceeds at a fast pace in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale, nearby states have confronted a steady flow of toxic waste produced by the industry. One of Pennsylvania's most active drilling companies, Range Resources, attempted on Tuesday to quietly ship tons of radioactive sludge, rejected by a local landfill, to one in nearby West Virginia where radioactivity rules are still pending. It was only stopped when local media reports brought the attempted dumping to light.
Move to Amend, the group responsible for popularizing the call to end corporate personhood and get big money out of politics, reiterated their call to Congress to pass an amendment that ends the Supreme Court created doctrine of corporate constitutional rights.
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Stephen Zunes on Non-violent Resistance in Ukraine & Kshama Savant Seattle Socialist Leader

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Tue, 06/03/2014
This straight out of the Wiki, but interesting in context.  Stephen Zunes was our guest on Monday and the topic was 'Peaceful  Non-violent Resistence in Ukraine and Crimea'. The tactic is a real piss-cutter as far as the Powers that Be are concerned; The less danger, the more people who turn out. Consider Ukraine...Many people in American newsrooms hear rthe words, 'Ukraine' and 'Crimea' and nothing comes to mind. No images, no recognition, no recollection of reading history, no insight into the complex knot of culture, social reality, geopolitics.  The names ring only tiny, faint bells.
So, for the record:

The Yalta Conference, sometimes called the Crimea Conference and codenamed the Argonaut Conference, held February 4–11, 1945, was the World War II meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, represented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin, respectively, for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war reorganization. The conference convened in the Livadia Palace near Yalta in Crimea.
The meeting was intended mainly to discuss the re-establishment of the nations of war-torn Europe. Within a few years, with the Cold War dividing the continent, Yalta became a subject of intense controversy. To some extent, it has remained controversial.
 
In 1905 Odessa was the site of a workers' uprising supported by the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin (also see Battleship Potemkin uprising) and Lenin's Iskra. Sergei Eisenstein's famous motion picture The Battleship Potemkin commemorated the uprising and included a scene where hundreds of Odessan citizens were murdered on the great stone staircase (now popularly known as the "Potemkin Steps"), in one of the most famous scenes in motion picture history. At the top of the steps, which lead down to the port, stands a statue of the Duc de Richelieu. The actual massacre took place in streets nearby, not on the steps themselves, but the film caused many to visit Odessa to see the site of the "slaughter". The "Odessa Steps" continue to be a tourist attraction in Odessa. The film was made at Odessa's Cinema Factory, one of the oldest cinema studios in the former Soviet Union.

Greenpeace Vessel, 'Esperanza', Challenges Russian Gazprom on the High Sea

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Air Cascadia
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Fri, 05/30/2014
1,  Rural Counties and their crime...Across Oregon taxpayers is an obsolete word.  Voters vote them selves off the hook when it comes to paying for basic services - such as law enforcement.  and then they complain because criminals continue to enjoy the usual smorgasboard of antisocial services such as rural parking lot gun shows . Unless solutions are found, all state taxpayers stand a good chance of sharing the costs for protecting rural counties. That could happen under a political nuclear option approved last year that would have the state step in to pick up half the tab for local protection.
2,  Yesterday the chip colossus, Intel pledged change its dirty ways.  The company agreed to adopt a broad regime of air quality monitoring and public reporting of atmospheric pollutants.  Intel has settled with environmental groups that had threatened to sue over the company's failure to disclose fluoride emissions at its Washington County computer chip factories. Not that Intell is doing us any favors since it already receives hefty tax relief as a little Thank You gift from the rest of us regular tax payers justn for doing us the favor of locating itself in Oregon. 
3, Portland Street Fees came fast and furious this week.  Complexities of the political calendar drove a strategic decision by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick to push the controversial fee plan on what became a politically impossible fast track.Yesterday it all either fell together or fell apart depending on the view from where one was standing... residents, business groups, nonprofits and government agencies duked it out during a public hearing at City Hall that stretched more than five hours.The schedule imploded this week, punctuated by wide-ranging concerns voiced As a result, street fees that the City Council will consider approving June 4 will hardly resemble the proposal of a week ago, which was expected to raise up to $50 million a year to repair Portland's crumbling streets and improve transportation safety.
4, Texas can keep secret the name of its supplier for its execution drugs, the state attorney general determined after law enforcement argued that suppliers face serious danger.In the decision, Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office cited a "threat assessment" signed by Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw that says pharmacies selling execution drugs face "a substantial threat of physical harm."
5, ¡Latin-American Climate Change Documentary Project is readyto roll.  Fund-raising is still ongoing butt he ambitious project is launched and about to  complete our route through Central America and get around the Darien Gap in Panama to Colombia!This is a group of independent media collectives and activists in Mexico and from other Latin American countries, that have come together to carryout this much needed effort to draw international attention and take action to confront root causes and effects of climate change in our region.The  project in Spanish is called la Caravana Climática por América Latina- or in English, the Climate Caravan thru Latin America, an action-tour to the COP20 UN summit on climate change.
6, Mexico City’s reservoirs consistently rank amongst the most contaminated supplies to any world capital. Drinking from the tap here is simply not recommended. Ramírez’s water, however, comes directly from a volcanic spring in San Bartolo Ameyalco, an otherwise impoverished town on the hilly southwestern outskirts of Mexico City, in the borough called Alvaro Obregon.A   group in San Bartolo Ameyalco is  intent on keeping their water supply local. Last Wednesday, Ramírez along with approximately two thousand other residents of Ameyalco attacked a police force of fifteen hundred riot officers who were guarding the final construction stage of a pipeline that will connect the town’s volcanic spring to Santa Fe, one of the most affluent districts of the Mexican capital.
7, Hudson Valley Earth First! Protest Gas Power Plant ProjecYesterday  Hudson Valley Earth First! (HVEF!) converged and disrupted the 9th annual Northeast Power and Gas Markets Conference New York Marriott Downtown in New York City. Hudson Valley Earth First activists were protesting the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) recent decision to grant Competitive Power Ventures LLC (CPV) a permit for the building of a fracked gas Power plant in Orange County NY. Audrey Zibelman, the chairman of the PSC gave keynote address this morning titled “Challenges Facing the Northeast Power and Gas Markets” where protesters interrupted her speech with chanting and dropping leaflets on the tables where corporate representatives were sitting that read, “markets peak, pipelines leak: stop fracking now”.This protest will serve as a reminder to the PSC and the oil and gas industry at large that despite their permits, community resistance to fracking, its associated infrastructure and the industrialization of our region(s) will be met with unwavering opposition and direct action. This will be the REAL challenge facing northeast Power and gas markets
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On The Line: Tar Sands Blocade v. Line 9 plus: Cecily McMillan and the Politics of Prison

program: 
Air Cascadia
program date: 
Wed, 05/21/2014


1. A group of Burlington, Ontario  area residents have blockaded the access road to an exposed section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, beginning at 7am this morning. They say they will stay for at least twelve hours, one hour for every thousand anomalies Enbridge has reported to exist on the line. These community members turned away Enbridge employees who were scheduled to do work on Line 9 in preparation for it to carry toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands. This particular work site is adjacent to the Bronte creek, a major waterway flowing to Lake Ontario, the water source for more than ten million people.
http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/


The Justice Dept. accidentally imports an eloquent anti-prison activist into Rikers Island...

2,Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that "Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan Sentenced to Three Months in Jail." Chris Hedges writes: "McMillan says Grantley Bovell, who was in plainclothes and did not identify himself as a police officer, grabbed her from behind during a March 17, 2012, gathering of several hundred Occupy activists in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. In a video of the incident she appears to have instinctively elbowed him in the face, but she says she has no memory of what happened. Video and photographs -- mostly not permitted by the trial judge to be shown in the courtroom -- buttressed her version of events. There is no dispute that she was severely beaten by police and taken from the park to a hospital where she was handcuffed to a bed. ...
http://justiceforcecily.com/

 
3,  AP reports: "European bank Credit Suisse AG pleaded guilty Monday to helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes through secret offshore accounts and agreed to pay about $2.6 billion to the U.S. government and regulators. ...
"Attorney General Eric Holder, who was criticized last year after telling Congress that large banks had become hard to prosecute, appeared to foreshadow the guilty plea in a video message earlier this month in which he said no financial institution was 'too big to jail.'"
 
 
4, A rare moment occurred yesterday on an episode of Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously": an Exec. of a major company admitted a link between fracking and runaway, catastrophic climate change.
Though he didn't put it in those terms, Southwestern Energy's Mark Boling -- SW being the 5th biggest producer of fracked gas in the U.S. -- conceded his industry has a major methane problem. And as the episode makes clear, the so-called solution to that problem is akin to greenwashing, with the industry now pushing for "green completions" of fracked wells.
 
 
5, A Weby win in the Oregon senate rpimary race.  A   Mitch McConnell win over a slightly unhinged Tea Party animal.
 
6,  Residents in a southwest Oregon county voted emphatically to ban genetically engineered crops following a campaign that attracted a bushel of out-of-state money.
With most of the ballots counted in Tuesday's all-mail election, Jackson County voters approved the measure by a 2-to-1 margin. A similar, lower-profile measure in neighboring Josephine County led 58 percent to 42 percent with nearly two-thirds of expected ballots counted.
 
 
7,  Portland voters soundly rejected a proposal to take the management of water and sewers away from the City Council.
A group of ratepayer advocates blamed city leaders for skyrocketing bills, and sought to install an elected board of seven unpaid representatives to oversee the city's water, sewer and storm-water systems.
But voters were not swayed, defeating the measure by about a 3-to-1 margin.
The City Council plans to OK another billing increase on Thursday. That will take the average charge to $94.79 a month, 64 percent higher than a bill a decade ago.
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Comments

membership means more

your threat of quitting your membership gives me two options for analysis:

1) you gave money to Theresa via KBOO.

2) if Theresa died tomorrow, you'd give up your membership.

my interpretation

1) that's cool, man.  you support community-based radio based solely on your dedication to one weekly half-hour show. that demonstrates that Theresa's voice represents/intrigues you (and many, many others); however you don't feel represented by any one of the other 500 people who volunteer their time and energy in the 24/7 endevour, and you don't value the input (and miraculous existence!) of the other 5-10,000 members and ten times as many listeners; neither do you support the KBOO mission of including as many underrepresented voices as possible on the air, with natural turnover, schedule changes and opportunities as new people arrive.  Membership gives you the power to affect the decision-making, which is why you gave money to Theresa via KBOO; and, by golly, you will do everything in your power to keep her on the air, and you want the KBOO website visitors to know how you feel when they read the comments.  You'd even like them to join you in your fight.

2) wow.

my opinion

Personally, Theresa's show is one of my  favourites and there are plenty of shows that I not only don't like or don't listen to, but also complain about out loud.  It's my radio station, and, like my family, I will not be quiet when they need to shape up or ship out.

writing inflammatory statements on the webpage will remain simply that: inflammatory statements with a reaction or two from trolls (see the 20 pages of Anonymous written about me because of the audio I submitted that Jenka edited), which, in the end, result in: NOTHING.  If you want to chat with others online, that's fine, but you should know that nothing said here is considered in the Committee meetings. It's just an informal public forum, not policy binding.

my advice

Instead of threatening us (volunteers, members, listeners and our very existence), why not use your valuable internet time to phrase it as, for example, a question to which one of us could easily respond:  "Have there been any changes to Theresa's show?  I noticed lately that it has been preemented or even cut.  It is my favourite show. [I fear Air Cascadia will take its place--not necessary but very telling that you chose Chris' page to write it--ed.]. "  You can copy the question to Theresa's email (though I know from experience she doesn't respond) and/or print it out and put it in her cubby hole at the station. And/or show up to the meetings.  And/or call Theresa during her show--she takes calls, you know.  Ask her if she'll train or mentor you to do the same kind of work she does.

p.s.  Air Cascadia basically is the AM News is Chris Andreae: i was engineering {i'm flattered that you liked it}and was very sad when it was cut--but that is the way of the station; we adhere and adapt to the ever-fluctuating needs of the larger community--but i watched, with great pleasure, as it morphed into Air Cascadia.  Though i adore Dennis Bernstein, 15 less minutes of his voice is no skin off my back. 

Highting!

Crystal

air cascadia

im a conservative right wing trucker and i think cris andrae is the greatest broadcaster on the radio. i try to listen when i dont need traffic reports.
her scathing commentary is the best. i would join kboo but i fear america will become too weak and barry will force me to find a green job soon . keep up the good work
michael j

The anchor news program

The anchor news program Democracy Now, conveiniently aired at 11 AM so that all could tune in was moved to 7 AM with a result that most if not all of the people who work nights won't be tuning in as they are still sleeping. Also missed the 40th anniversary bash as it was inconveinently held from 4 to 10 Pm, on a weekday, which would exclude anyone working swing from attending unless they took a day off. Why couldn't this have been held on a Saturday or Sunday?
Air Cascadia is a very rough and unpolished program that leaves me tuning to OPB or just turning it off.
The choppy, emergent voice of Cris Andreae is certainly a large part in that.
If it is true that Press Watch will be axed for this then it will be an easy decision to withhold future pledges from this listener.

What happened to Presswatch?

Is Air Cascadia taking over what Therisa has been doing? If so, I may give up my membership. First, the am news gets axed to accomodate Democracy Now, now is Presswatch going under the plow?

 

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