Oly Oly Action Alert 11/22/12

Alternate Realities:

 

1)  Culture-Ja​mming & Poetry Flash Mob:  Crashing Black Friday

2)  Film Screening:  Heist:  Who Stole the American Dream?

3)  Talk by Author, Monk, and Activist Dada Maheshvarananda

4)  Book Signing:  My People Are Rising; Aaron Dixon on the Black Panther Party

5)  What the TPP?

6)  Bonus Tip of the Day

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Hey Kids!

 

I am sad to report that a fire has destroyed the KOWA 106.5 fm studio.  We have set up shop in Media Island so our stream back up and we are once again transmitting.  I’ll let you know what we need when we know what we need.  (Toxic fumes prevent entry right now.)

 

Look for a fundraiser sometime soon to raise money for new equipment.

 

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In counterpoint I just heard one of the most awesomeifically fantabulous rumours I have ever heard:  Anonymous claims to have hacked Karl Rove’s Vote Stealing Operation.  They claim to have prevented all of those mysterious Republican votes from magically appearing at the last minute in Ohio like they did in 2004.  Keep in mind that Anonymous has a long track record of not saying that they did things that they didn’t actually do and you must always beware of false-flag operations but this could explain why Mr. Rove — whilst on live national TV — seemed utterly incapable of accepting Obama’s win in Ohio.  Mr. Rove specifically mentioned four counties that had not yet reported — revealingly the very same four counties where all those magical last-minute Republican votes suddenly appeared for George Bush in 2004 under highly suspicious and highly unlikely circumstances.

 

Anonymous said that rather than hacking the voting machines they instead hacked into the tabulators wherein the actual fraud was to be actually perpetrated and then they said they blocked Rove’s access to the tabulators with a password protected firewall.

 

Wow.  If this rumour turns out to be true I nominate Anonymous for a Nobel Prize.

 

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I am convinced that the only way to save the world is to radically alter our basic core view of reality.  I have posited the theory that it is time for our next quantum leap in evolution.  Since our current view of reality has been largely shaped by sociopaths and murderers then what we have is a logical result of their zeitgeist and there are many much better zeitgeists available from which we can model.

 

Among many other things we need to create a reality wherein heinous and vile behaviour is strongly discouraged rather than being lavishly rewarded.

 

I’ve always been fascinated by Native American culture; in fact, while it is probably impossible to ever truly understand another culture of which I have only read but I have read a lot and of every culture of which I have read Native Americans seem overall to have found the best balances and to have enjoyed the most rewarding and successful personal lives.  We cannot adopt it whole, of course, but I think there is much valuable wisdom there.

 

Americans have a unique advantage:  We have the capability of taking lots of the good things from lots of other cultures whilst simultaneously noting and avoiding the bad — and from those seeds we can create our shiny new reality.

 

Since I haven’t really written anything this week I want to excerpt from a novel I that I wrote.  While my Action Alerts are free to do with as you please and everyone is encouraged to copy and paste them all over the known universe — my novels are another thing.  In addition to being protected by powerful magic all applicable copyright laws apply.  If you value your karma then please be good boys or girls or whatever…

 

Anyway, this is a scene wherein a Lakota chief is trying to explain white people to his tribe.  Some don’t think a white boy should write about native cultures but I obviously disagree.

 

Legends of the West © 2010 by Dana

 

My earliest memory is of words that Spotted Tail spoke in council.  He had recently spent two years as a prisoner of the Wasicu, as we call the Whites.

 

“Now, let me tell you the worst thing about the Wasicu and the hardest thing to understand:  They do not understand choice.”

 

This caused a murmur of consternation among the Lakota.  Choice was choice.  What was not there to not understand?  Choice is the bedrock tenet of our very view of reality.  The choices a person makes are quite literally what makes that person into who they are.  Who else can tell you how to be you?  One follows one’s own nature and one’s own inner voice; to us this is sacrosanct.  You can choose between what makes life beautiful and what makes life ugly; you can choose whether to paint yourself in a certain manner or whether to wear something made of iron — or, as was the case with the famous Cheyenne warrior Roman Nose — you could choose to never so much as touch iron.  In battle you choose whether you should charge the enemy first, join the main thrust of attack, or take off on your own and try to steal his horses.  One’s understanding of their rôle and place is the very essence of who they are.  None will ever mock another’s choice.  Such a thing does not even enter our thought.  Only when causing problems with others is there a respectful and well-thought-out intervention by the elders —otherwise no one even sought to influence another’s choice much less coerce it; to us that was literally inconceivable.  Even in the unlikely event that someone did think of the idea it would be imme­diately dismissed as counterproductive.  To the Lakota this is just bedrock core real­ity.  It is so basic and obvious that it is unneces­sary to even speak of it.

 

Spotted Tail’s statement thus merely confused his listeners; we had no point of refer­ence.  The concept was so fundamental to our worldview that saying the Wasicus did not understand choice was like saying the Wasicus did not understand that fire was hot.  What could it mean that they did not under­stand choice?  Were Wasicus not human?

 

Spotted Tail struggled to frame alien concepts in words that his people could understand:  “Among the Wasicus, some think that they can choose for others.”

 

This statement was so stunning and unbelievable that Spotted Tail just let the words hang in silence for a few moments.  After allowing time for his people to attempt to grasp such an oppressive and bizarre concept Spotted Tail continued:  “As a result of this, the Wasicus constantly fight over every little thing.  They fight and kill each other over ideas we cannot even understand.  Rather than respecting a man’s way they stop at nothing to force others to adopt their way and believe me; they hate our way of life.  Their deepest desire is to force us to live as they live and they will kill anyone who refuses.”

 

At least one Lakota understood the thrust of Spotted Tail’s words.  In utter outrage I heard Crazy Horse whisper under his breath, “You are saying that they wish to kill both our bodies and our spirits!”

 

Amongst the Lakota, this is probably as close as possible to speaking blasphemy.

 

I had never before felt or sensed fear from the Lakota.  That now changed.  For the first time since I had been living with them I saw real fear in the eyes of some of these proud and fearless people…

 

In the eyes of others, though — such as those of Crazy Horse, who literally lived his spirit — I saw the mindless hatred that promised the ultimate kind of violence.

 

I saw in Crazy Horse’s eyes the kind of violence that can result only from the most unspeakable and profound outrage.

 

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It is time for our culture to stop being so outrageous.

 

It’s time to get to work…

 

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1)  Culture-Ja​mming & Poetry Flash Mob:  Crashing Black Friday

Meet at 1 pm @ the Golden Compass 1320 5th Ave SW

 

Activist art at its best!  Radical poets invade the Belly of the Beast!  Bring a beat to the heart of the Machine!

 

This from O.G. Poetree:

 

Call out for Olympia’s Poets, Performers, and Spectators of the Radical Persuasion!!!

It’s no secret that art has been steadily depoliticized and devalued in this society, and poetry is no exception.  The spectacle of consumerism squashes the instinct to generate art and culture, replacing it with art is something you purchase, experience briefly, and then set aside for something new.  Art is our cultural birthright.  The Old Growth Poetry Collective will be doing some radical culture jamming during the shopping orgy known as Black Friday!

On BLACK FRIDAY, Nov. 23, we will give the gift of culture to the denizens of frenzied deal-seekers. . . right in the belly of the beast CAPITOL MALL!!!

The Old Growth Poetry Collective invites all to participate!  The idea is to get at least 5 or 6 poets and performers together in the food court or some other place that would simultaneously disrupt and entertain with counter culture-esque word/meaning/constructs.  Culture jammers will start reciting poetry one by one, louder and louder in somewhat spread out areas of that place.  If folks don’t have any of their own work to recite there will be plenty of books that anybody can read out of.

The more the merrier!!!  It would be super awesome if we could get as many in on the spectacle as possible.  Not a member of the collective [yet]?  Great!  The more of our folks who are watching, the better the chance other onlookers will take notice and time to consider!  It would be suuuuper cool to get some video too!  Anyone with cameras who want to donate their handy-dandy technology to the cause is encouraged to do so!  Good footage captured may be posted on the Old Growth Poetry Collective YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/OGPoetryCollective

 

Obviously, participants who don’t want their faces on the interwebz will be accommodated.

This can be planned mostly shortly beforehand if folks have pieces ready or don’t mind reading something from a page.  Performers and audience members will meet at 1:00 P.M., an hour before the expected start at:

The Golden Compass
1320 5th Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Other thoughts and ideas?  Send ’em to OGPoetryCollective@Gmail.Com the Facebook event  http://www.facebook.com/events/122302354594555 or just bring ’em on Friday!

We have no idea how interested folks will be at the mall, but we know we’re gonna have fun loudly giving art away for free in a place where the human dignity is under lock and key!  This is a great opportunity for practice performing under pressure, and projecting like you’ve never projected.  We’re really excited about doing this, combining art and direct action, and sharing adventures no matter how it goes!

Much Love,
Your Humble O.G. Poetree

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/122302354594555/

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2)  Film Screening:  Heist:  Who Stole the American Dream?

Tuesday November 27th at 6:30 pm @ WFSE Local 443 Office – 906 Columbia St SW, 2nd Floor

 

If you want to know where all the money went then this film lays it out.

 

Prepare to be outraged.

 

This from the organizers:

 

COME LEARN HOW TO GET IT BACK!

South Sound Next Wave presents “The Heist” an eye-opening new documentary that exposes the roots of the current economic crisis and corporate domination of American society.

Watch the trailer at http://www.heist-themovie.com/index.html

*This event is part one of a three-part series.  It will be followed by a discussion on November 28th about the Trans-Pacific Partnership FTA, a new corporate-driven “free trade agreement” that surpasses NAFTA and CAFTA in its negative implications for workers rights and the 99%.  There will be a direct action at the Canadian border on December 1st in opposition to the Agreement.  Rides provided!*

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/419908308075960/

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3)  Talk by author, monk and activist Dada Maheshvarananda

Tuesday November 27th at 7 pm at Olympia Center, corner of Olympia and Columbia Streets

Wednesday November 28th from 12 to 2 pm @ TESC Seminar 2, D1107

 

Exploring alternatives to capitalism.

 

This from the organizers:

 

Name of Talk!  “After Capitalism, Economic Democracy in Action”.  If Capitalism doesn’t work, what is the Alternative?”  Dada Maheshvarananda, who is the director of the Prout Research Institute of Venezuela, has just completed the thoughtful insightful and worthwhile book, “After Capitalism, Economic Democracy in Action”.  Besides this talk, Wednesday, Nov. 28th at Noon at Evergreen in Sem 2, D1107, he is also giving a talk on Tuesday, November 27th at 7 P.M. in Room B at the Olympia Center, Columbia and State.  Both talk are free and open to the public.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/165601243585999/

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4)  Book Signing:  My People Are Rising; Aaron Dixon on the Black Panther Party

Wednesday November 28th, 6 to 7:30 pm @ Orca Books, 509 E 4th Ave

 

The Black Panthers were probably not what you think they were.  Come learn about this incredible Grassroots Black Liberation Movement that arose during the 60’s.

 

This from the organizers:

 

Come hear Aaron Dixon, founder and Captain of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party, speak about his memoir, My People Are Rising.  The book reading and signing will be on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 6-7:30pm at Orca Books in downtown Olympia.

For more information on Dixon’s book, see: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/My-People-Are-Rising

For more information the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, see the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project’s special section: http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/BPP.htm

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/524915694188810/

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5)  What the TPP?

Wednesday November 28th, 6:30 pm @ WA WFSE Local 443 Office, 906 Columbia St SW, 2nd Floor

 

The Trans Pacific Partnership is NAFTA on SteroidsObama and his minions are secretly negotiating a “free trade” deal wherein multi-national corporations will be able to override local statutes at their pleasure.  Come educate yourself about this foul agreement.

 

This from the organizers:

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement is a trade policy being pressed by corporate America, a dream of the 1 percent that in one blow could:

 

-offshore millions of American jobs,

-free the banksters from oversight,

-ban Buy America policies needed to create green jobs and rebuild our economy

 -decrease access to medicine,

 -flood the U.S. with unsafe food and products,

 -and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards.

 

Closed-door talks are on-going between the U.S. and Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam; with countries like Japan and China potentially joining later.  600 corporate advisors have access to the text, while the public, Members of Congress, journalists, and civil society are excluded.  And so far what we know about what’s in there is very scary!

 

Participate in an in-depth discussion about what this trade deal, being considered, “NAFTA on steroids” means to us with:

 

 Celeste drake, trade policy specialist from the AFL-CIO

 Kristen Beifus, executive director of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition

 Bill Moyer, executive director of the Backbone Campaign.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/491990994156259/

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6)  Bonus Tip of the Day:

 

Hack a Republican today.

 

Peace.

 

Dana

 

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