Saturday, August 02, 2003
Quote Of The Day.
"Anarchism does not mean bloodshed; it does not mean robbery, arson, etc. These monstrosities are, on the contrary, the characteristic features of capitalism. Anarchism means peace and tranquility to all." - August Spies, one of the Haymarket Anarchists
Free Jose Bove!
Oh, wait... Too late, they let him out a little early. Hoo-raa!
"The Most Anti-Worker Administration In The History Of Our Country."
From the SFGate.com:
The president of the AFL-CIO Tuesday assailed the Bush administration as "the most anti-worker administration in the history of our country," and said the 2004 presidential election will be the most important in the history of the labor movement.
And don't forget to watch the AFL-CIO Working Families Presidential Forum, August 5th, 8PM EDT on C-SPAN, to see where the Democrats stand on the issues.
Bush Hates The Flag.
Chris at American Dissent asks, "Why does Bush hate the flag?" He points out that Bush and all his brain-dead, glassy-eyed followers are violating flag etiquette by using it as a defacto advertising tool, a throwaway gimmick. And there's even photographic evidence of Shrub desecrating a flag with black ink!
Friday, August 01, 2003
What's Up Their Sleeve?
I can't help but wonder what the administration has up its sleeve. David Kay is saying that there's a "surprise" coming on the WMD front, hinting that they've found evidence of a weapons program. Which is a surprise already, since Iraqi scientists are still denying everything and the US is still holding Amir Saadi - Hussein's chief liason to the UN weapon's inspectors - incommunicado.
Saadi is the one man who would have the most detailed knowledge of not only the weapons programs, but of the steps taken by the regime to hide them from the UN, but he maintained right up to his surrender on April 12th that there were no banned weapons or weapons program. He's been in US custody for three and a half months, and the US hasn't gotten anything useful out of him?
What Cease Fire?
From Colombia Report:
Last week, the Colombian government and the country's largest right-wing paramilitary organization, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), announced an agreement to begin peace talks that will lead to the demobilization of the AUC by 2005. This decision evolved out of six months of exploratory talks and a corresponding unilateral cease-fire called by the AUC in December 2002. The cease-fire was a requirement demanded by President Alvaro Uribe before the government would enter into discussions with any of the armed groups. The U.S. government has also held discussions with the paramilitaries and have endorsed the peace process. But what the Uribe and Bush administrations, as well as the Colombian and U.S. mainstream media have conveniently ignored is the fact that, in reality, there is no cease-fire. Since the alleged cease-fire was initiated, right-wing paramilitary death squads, often aided by the U.S.-backed Colombian military, have killed countless numbers of unarmed Colombians they suspected of being guerrilla sympathizers.
Read The Rest.
Bring 'Em On!
Bush Lied, People Died.
Thursday, July 31, 2003
An Army Of One.
Check out the new Flash movie by Symbolman over at Take Back The Media, which illustrates perfectly why Shrub should not get the votes of military personel or their families in 2004.
Some Thoughts On Prison And The Justice System.
Infoshop has an exclusive from The Wrong Man, a prisoner in West Virginia wrongly accused and convicted of rape. TWM has taken a nom de plume due to the unfair treatment (Read That!) of inmates who have had their name published on the internet.
As with the previous story on TWM and the WV Justice System, I'm reprinting this in its entirety (for reasons that you'd understand if you had clicked through the above link!)
The prison I am in is a good representation of a prison industry. It is a maximum-security facility in a small state. The population here is considered the worst people you could ever meet. Murderers, rapists, and career criminals of all types. I have been locked up for almost eight years and here is what I've noticed.
Land of the Free my ass. I'm terrified of becoming a part of that 5%. My own government terrifies me more than any fucking Islamic terrorist ever could.
As long as there's a lower class, I am in it. As long as there's a criminal element, I am of it. As long as there's a Soul in Prison, I am not Free! - Eugene Victor Debs
Have You Been Subpoenaed Yet?
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is handing out subpoenaes to P2P users with "substantial" collections. Thankfully I haven't been targeted yet, probably because the music I listen to is not high priority for the whores at the RIAA. Most of the artists I listen to are either pro-file sharing or so marginalized as to not enjoy the "help" of the RIAA in these matters. But if you share MP3 files, you might want to check and see if you're being sued. You can do that here.
You can learn more about the RIAA lawsuits here.
And you can learn the truth about how the recording industry treats its artists and why they're really fighting this battle by reading this article by musician Janis Ian, who knows a thing or two about what it's like being a recording artist in America, since she's been writing, recording and touring for decades (thanks to my mom - yes, my mom - for pointing me towards Janis Ian's site.)
And learn how not to get sued here, though none of your options are very nice.
I just found a new blog called Karmalised, run by Diane Warth, who is a fellow Kucinich supporter and No Sweat Apparel affiliate.
Diane points out news from Ha'aretz that the Israeli Knesset approved an amendment to Israeli citizenship law on Thursday that would deny citizenship to Palestinians who marry an Israeli national. The Opposition parties pointed out, rightly, that this bill is 'racsist' and 'inhumane'.
Who Was The Liar?
No matter the circumstances, all of the scientists interviewed have denied that Hussein had reconstituted his nuclear weapons program or developed and hidden chemical or biological weapons since United Nations inspectors left in 1998. Link (via DailyKos.)
Damn. It's pretty fucking depressing when you realize that between the American Government and the Iraqi Regime it was Saddam Hussein who told the truth rather than the American President. Fuck me runnin'.
On Computer Voting Machines.
Is there a way to cause them to spit out a truely outlandish result? I'm no computer programmer or engineer, but it occured to me that the surest, easiest way to discredit these machines is to rig them to produce a result that no one could believe.
Think of the public outcry when a headline like "Lyndon LaRouche Wins The Georgia Presidential Race! With twice as many votes as there are actual voters!"
Are there any programmers out there that could look into this? It'd be risky, but someone needs to protect Democracy. You could just tell me how to do it, but West Virginia doesn't have electronic voting yet (and we'll probably be the last.) And of course, I'm a dumbass when it comes to complicated shit like programming (I try and I try, but my brain just doesn't work that way.)
We're worried about what other people are going to do with this technology, why don't we make a pre-emptive strike now, before these fucking things are completely established?
Blag, Democracy was getting old anyway.
Warrior Nuns Get Outragous Prison Sentence.
You may have heard of this:
Ardeth Platte, 67, Carol Gilbert, 55, and Jackie Marie Hudson, 68 broke into a Minutemen III missile silo last October. They cut a chain-link fence, painted crosses on the silo with their own blood, banged on it with a hammer and sang hymns until authorities showed up to take them into custody.
A peaceful, fairly non-destructive protest against the evils of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Warrior Nuns. They were convicted a few months ago of obstructing national defense and damaging government property. Fuck all.
A federal judge has sentenced them to between 30 and 41 months in prison and charged them $3,000 for damages. 2 and a half years for non-violent protest - "Land of the Free, Home of the... Errrr, at least we're not Uzbekistan."
The six months the nuns have already spent in prison will be counted as time served, so it's only 2-3 more years.
It coulda been worse though, the Judge could have sentenced them from 6-8 years, but apparently he thought that was a little bit too much.
Link (via Genfoods.)
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
A Quick History Lesson.
Do You see what I'm getting at here? Gore didn't lose because of Florida (even though if he had won Florida he would have won the country, wrap your brain around that!) Gore lost because he couldn't win a State that is 63% registered Democrat and only 29% registered Republican! For Fuck's Sake, Dukakis even won West Virginia!!!
I bring this up because I'm still feeling quite a lot of resentment from the centerist Dems over the whole 2000 election thing (me being a registered Green and all, I take Green Bashing personally.) And there are a whole lot of examples to prove the "Green's Fault" meme to be completely false.
Tennessee's another good one. Gore couldn't win his own home state, which also happens to lean slightly Democrat and carries 11 Electoral Votes.
Oh, yeah, and then there's that whole voter purge thing.
Shaking Up America's Biggest Labor Union.
A group of Rank and File members of the AFL-CIO are going to try to address the Executive Committee on August 5th in order to present a list of questions.
Concerns have to do with how leaders are elected, insider trading among union bosses (union bosses, that's an oxymoron, innit,) decline in Union membership in recent years (specifically the failure of the AFL-CIO to represent more than 13% of workers in the nation, though they've spent millions on organizing,) why they fail to win most fights in Congress and why AFL-CIO websites are closed to worker postings (I've wondered that myself.) [Link.]
The AFL-CIO has done some wonderful things. They were at the forefront of the fight to save overtime pay in recent months, organizing hundreds of thousands of activists and workers in a letter writing campaign. But in spite of all the great things the Union has done since its inception, a Union should first and foremost be worker controlled. The current strucure of Unions like the AFL-CIO has turned the leadership into a bunch of rich fucking bosses, just like the ones we're fighting.
They tell you what to do, when to strike, when to accept the demands of management. They've turned working people into apathetic slugs who would sooner leave the problems to others than stand up and fight for what is rightfully theirs.
"Pay your dues and let someone else take care of it" is the motto of the modern Union. This is not how struggles are won.
I found this funny picture of Shrub over at Robert's Virtual Soapbox. The possibilities for captions are near limitless.
If you can't see the pic, click here.
"I crush your head! I crush your head!"
"Okay, so maybe I lied a little."
"Defecit? Uh." *shrug*
"Dzert. I'm a robot. Errrr... Wizzzz.... Zack!"
*Sniff* "Damn, this is good fucking cocain!"
"Huh huh, hee, hah... I can't feel my face."
"The gnome was about this tall.... And he stole my underwear."
"I swear, the problems we're having in Iraq are just little ones."
"I crush your head! I crush your fucking liberal head!"
[Begin obligatory penis jokes]
"Laura says this is big."
"Heh, ha... So.. hah... I walked in on Unka Dick... Hoo, haa.... And.... Bwahahaha."
"There's a reason I'm a warmongering scumbag people!!!"
[End obligatory penis jokes.]
Can you think of anything better?
Fun With Google.
Haha. Ann Coulter is a cocksucker.
Where Does Your Candidate Stand.
Check out the responses from the 2004 Presidential candidates to a questionaire from the AFL-CIO on everything from the Economy to Health Care to Civil and Human Rights.
And be sure to watch the AFL-CIO's Working Families Presidential Forum on C-SPAN, August 5th at 8PM EDT. The candidates will be answering questions from working men and women, rather than poltical whores and media personalities.
Totally my fault, but all previous posts are gone for the moment. I've got everything backed up on my hard drive, so I should be able to get them back eventually. I'm just waiting for some support from the blogger staff.
I've been having a lot of trouble recently. I think I'm jinxed.
UPDATE! - Alrighty. Everything's all fixed up. The blogger support was absolute shit, but that's okay, I didn't really need it in the end. All the archives are back up, but due to the restart only the posts from today onward will be on the frontpage (a situation that will remedy itself in a week.)
Hooray for me!!!