The Thunderbolt 010914 Good News Bad News



The Thunderbolt!!!


            News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes


Thunderbolt Action Alert:


1)  FYI Section

  1A)  Update from West Central Park Project

  1B)  Mobilizing against Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership

  1C)  Petition to Port of Olympia to Stop Shipping Fracking Material through the Port

2)  Cascadia Bus to Bellingham for People’s Movement Assembly

3)  Community Rights Ordinance Meeting

4)  Asemblea de Movimientos Populares/ People’s Movement Assembly

5)  Movie:  Meetings with Remarkable Men

6)  Sunday Assembly Olympia

7)  ACS CAN’s 2014 Lobby Day in Olympia

8)  Toilet Training:  Addressing Discrimination against Trans and Gender Non Conforming Individuals

9)  Official Cannabis Action Coalition Lobby Days

10)  Queer Prisoner Letter Writing Night

11)  Bernie Meyer and Larry Kerschner Report from India

12)  Bonus Tip of the Day



Good News Bad News




Hey Kids!


Please read this week’s Thunderbolt.  It is a good one — and it is relatively short and sweet.


(One complaint I keep getting is that the News and Commentary section is too long.  I don’t know what to do about that as I’m afraid that it is what it is.  I actually had more this week but I sometimes save stuff for when I experience a slow-creativity week, so you’re lucky…)


So welcome to the Thunderbolt for January 9th, 2014!




We’re not going down there to protest what they’re doing; we’re going down there to stop what they’re doing.


—Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd upon setting sail for Antarctica to stop illegal whaling by the Japanese




Good News


Let’s start off with good news:  According to Bloomberg, over the last year the 1% got a lot richer!


Yay for them!




Bad News


The bad news is that the other 99% (us) continued to suck rocks.


Too bad for us, I guess.




Boeing News


The definition of a ‘protection racket’ is when someone creates a danger and then charges people for protection from the danger that they created.  Since that is exactly what Boeing — the second largest war profiteer on the planet — is doing to both the State of Washington and to their own workers, then take it from there.


By the way, even as Boeing extorts the largest individual tax break in American history from our seriously cash-strapped state (a state that has recently slashed funding for higher education and infrastructure and for programs absolutely vital to the disabled and veterans and widows and orphans and the homeless — along with the promise of more cuts to come) and even as Boeing systemically coldly and efficiently destroys the future for the children of the workers that created their fortune for them — Boeing itself is enjoying record profits at $1.09 billion, a 9% increase over last year.


In addition, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney received a 15% raise in pay for a total of $21.1 million.


Wow.  Nice work if you can get it.



If I didn’t have the outlet provided by this newsletter then I would probably be screaming and banging my head against a wall by this point.


What do ya’ll do?




Bezos News


Speaking of failures to seriously freak out, why do I hear crickets chirping over the fact that Jeff Bezos — that famous practitioner of dog-eat-dog-by-eating-all-the-other-dogs-capitalism and reviver of the Great American Sweat Shop and tax-dodger extraordinaire — yes, that Jeff Bezos — has just almost simultaneously both purchased the Washington Post and inked a $600 million contract with the CIA?


Jeez, people!  Can you imagine the American reaction should one of the lead spy agencies in Iran or Venezuela make a massive business deal with the owner of one of the most influential newspapers in their country?


Yeah, yeah, the Washington Post has been a shill for the War Machine for a long time — but this is pretty blatant even for them.


I am guessing that Bezos and the CIA were guessing that they don’t even need to bother hiding such things anymore.


From the reaction — or serious lack of same — I am now guessing that their guess was 100% accurate.


Jeez, people!




More Proper Props


I realize that the Thunderbolt is very hard on politicians.


It is rumoured that politicians are human.  Others suggest that they lack certain qualities necessary for a strict interpretation of that designation — but be that as it may, I must admit that there is some convincing evidence both empirical and circumstantial to back this assertion.  Just in case they are actually human, then in order to show the common respect due to all humans, then I guess I must try to muster some sensitivity even to their lot in Life…


…and thus, I will now give some proper due:


For one thing, while I think most of you understand the money part of the equation, I suspect that most don’t appreciate the great lengths and massive effort required in order to both achieve and then maintain a position wherein you get paid the Big Bucks for never actually doing anything.  Begging for money press conferences constant travel begging for money constant meetings votes begging for money committee reports begging for money prodigious hand-shaking floor-votes baby-kissing begging for money swerving lying ass-kissing phone calling bribing crying begging for money jumping threatening begging for money cheating smiling begging for money smiling begging for money smiling…


…all so that you can achieve a station in Life wherein you never actually do anything!


How many of you could do this?  (How many of you would want to do this?)  Truly, how many have considered the prodigious effort these people expend in order to not do anything?


And consider this:  If they weren’t not doing anything then they probably would be doing something which would very likely suck even more than their current practice of not doing anything…


…so maybe we should just go along and humour them until our Revolution gets going good…




Political Genie Wish


If some genie gave me $10 million for any political campaign that I chose, then I would choose to finance a campaign for instituting a Washington State Bank.


That represents a resounding blow right to the money throat.  That hits Wall Street not only right in the pocket book but also represents a powerful drop-kick right in their power-manipulation groin.  That would be talking the talk and walking the walk.


(Okay, so I’m not the world’s greatest metaphorist…)


Back in 1915 a bunch of socialists took control of the North Dakota state government, established a state bank called the Bank of North Dakota, and then they disappeared from history.  North Dakota has been enjoying the many many many benefits of the Bank of North Dakota ever since.  They are almost completely out from under the oppressive thumb of Wall Street and so a large percentage of their money stays local.  Rather than seeking ways to fleece you and your community, the Bank of North Dakota instead seeks to help their patrons and build their state.  North Dakota barely noticed both the Great Depression of 1929 and the Great Recession of 2007 and in fact they have maintained more-or-less a happy healthy economy throughout the nearly 100 years that they have had their state bank.  There are many apples that don’t relate to the oranges in other states, but most people are fine with either apples or oranges…


…which is another of my awkward metaphors saying that most of the differences are irrelevant.


This article tells you what you need to know:


The Washington State Bank Campaign seems to have died.


It should rise again.




You Know You’re in Trouble When…


…telling the truth becomes a subversive act…


…the legends and stories that define your culture are all lies…


… your president says that it’s okay for him to murder people…


…Wall Street is enjoying record profits…


…you get up at 5 am and stumble into the kitchen to make coffee — but when you turn the water tap, the water comes out underneath the sink instead of out the faucet.


(That happened to me this morning.)


(The rest of the day has progressed more-or-less normally, so that was evidently not some ill omen…)


And so, on that cautionary tale…


It’s time to get to work!



The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of January 9th thru 16th 2014






1)  FYI Section:


1A)  Update from West Central Park Project


Happy 2014 and way to go keeping the Park looking spiffy since last May!  We are heading into the weekend and have a fun line up of work to do on Sunday at our upcoming work party.  Work will be from 10 to 1 and will include taking down the rest of our holiday decor, creating more landscaping berms along Division, planting some new trees and moving stones into the permanent design. We hope you can make it out! We will provide tools and refreshments but gloves are always recommended. 


See you then!




1B)  Mobilizing against Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership


The Trans Pacific Partnership is Very Important.  This absolutely MUST be defeated.


From the Green Party:


2013 was an eventful year in organizing, and the successes we achieved on the “No Fast Track for the TPP” campaign owe to your remarkable work and dedication!  I can’t wait to celebrate with you when we defeat this job-killing “trade agreement” once and for all!


But this coming week, we need to mobilize – and quickly – – as it looks like the beast will be rearing its ugly head when Congress reconvenes this week!


With a Fast Track bill expected in the next few days, we need to bring everyone into the loop ASAP!


Overview: Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus, and House Ways & Means Committee Chair David Camp, are expected to introduce a Fast Track bill as soon as Congress reconvenes next week.  


From a recent Counterpunch article:


“Fast Track is needed to prevent Congress from doing its job under the Constitution.  The Commerce Clause gives the constitutional responsibility of “regulating trade between nations” to Congress.  If Congress does its job that will require the contents of the TPP to be made public, hearings to be held and experts and citizens to weigh in.  If the people know what is in the TPP, it will not become law.  The only way for the TPP to pass is for its contents to remain secret. . . .


“A new Public Citizen report shows that not only did promises made by proponents [of NAFTA] not materialize, but many results are exactly the opposite.  Such outcomes include a staggering $181 billion U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada, one million net U.S. jobs lost because of NAFTA, a doubling of immigration from Mexico, larger agricultural trade deficits with Mexico and Canada, and more than $360 million paid to corporations after “investor-state” tribunal attacks on, and rollbacks of, domestic public interest policies.”


“The TPP is an issue that unites the movement because it affects not just workers but the environment, regulation of finance, Internet freedom, food safety, healthcare and gives corporations control of virtually every aspect of our lives. There are many ways to organize in local communities to unite people and stop the TPP.  We can stop the TPP and when we do, it will be a major victory of the people over the transnational corporations and their government allies.”


 Everyone needs to mobilize on this one.  This is the biggest threat in recent memory to U.S. citizens and to democracy.  Please call your Senator and your Representative to tell them not to approve Fast Track. 








1C)  Petition to Port of Olympia to Stop Shipping Fracking Material through the Port




2)  Cascadia Bus to Bellingham for People’s Movement Assembly

Friday January 10th at 6 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE


The name describes the event!  The PMA is happening in Bellingham on Saturday.


(See Calendar entry below.)


From the Cascadia Bus People:


Taking off Friday 6pm from Media Island International to go to Bellingham for the People’s Movement Assembly on Saturday. Will return Saturday evening.  Room for folks to join up, this is part of the road to the NW Social Forum this September in PDX.  Need to throw down on gas and gratis for our illustrious movement mechanic and driver Rick Fellows!



3)  Community Rights Ordinance Meeting

Saturday January 11 at Noon @ MIXX FM, 119 Washington St NE


This is important and this is happening.  People are organizing.  This is about taking our communities back from the Machine.  They have come up with a very interesting and possibly effective strategy:  The Community Rights Ordinance.


From the organizers:


Next Meeting Saturday, Jan 11th at Noon at the MIXX meeting space


Dress warm.  119 Washington St NE, Olympia.


Our plan for the next meeting is to review the Lane County, OR Food Security CRO and the Spokane CRO.  We are currently discussing/drafting a South Sound CRO that will focus on food security and the health of the Salish Sea (aka Puget Sound).  There is some thought about adopting the orca as a symbol or icon for the health and safety of the Salish Sea.  This particular combination of issues gives us the possibility of campaigning based on “Orcas, YES!  Monsanto, NO!” or variations on those themes and icons.


Here is a link to the Lane County food security CRO movement.


Here is some of the proposed text from the Lane County CRO:


Section 2. Statements of Law – Local Food Bill of Rights

  1. Right to Local Food System: The people of Lane County possess the right to a local food system, which shall include, but not be limited to, the right to grow, sell, purchase, store, consume, use, share and distribute local food.
  1. Right to Seed Heritage: All people of Lane County possess the right to save, grow, preserve, protect, collect, share, store, use, harvest, and distribute all seeds used within Lane County. This right shall include, but not be limited to, the right to be free from patents of seed and from infection, infestation, contamination, or drift by any means from genetically engineered organisms.
  1. Rights of Natural Communities: Natural communities, such as soils and other terrestrial systems, and aquatic systems such as aquifers, streams, rivers, and wetlands, shall possess the right to exist, persist, maintain themselves and regenerate their own vital cycles, structures, functions and evolutionary processes in order to ensure the integrity of the local food system within Lane County.
  1. Right to Self-Government: All residents of Lane County possess the right to a form of governance where they live which recognizes that all power is inherent in the people and that all free governments are founded on the people’s authority and consent, for the purpose of the creation and protection of the local food system. Use of the Lane County municipal corporation by the people of Lane County to make law shall not be deemed, by any authority, to eliminate or reduce that self-governing authority.
  1. Rights are Self-Executing: All rights delineated and secured by this ordinance shall be self-executing, shall be deemed to be fundamental and inalienable, shall be enforceable against both public and private actors, and shall not require implementing legislation for their enforceability.


We are looking at the Spokane CRO for the language that has been developed with their work.  Here is a sample from Spokane:


Community Bill of Rights

Initiative 2012-3

First.        Neighborhood Residents Have The Right To Determine Major Development In Their Neighborhoods.


Neighborhood majorities shall have the right to approve all zoning changes proposed for their neighborhood involving major commercial, industrial, or residential development. Neighborhood majorities shall mean the majority of registered voters residing in an official city neighborhood who voted in the last general election. Proposed commercial or industrial development shall be deemed major if it exceeds ten thousand square feet, and proposed residential development shall be deemed major if it exceeds twenty units and its construction is not financed by governmental funds allocated for low-income housing.


It shall be the responsibility of the proposer of the zoning change to acquire the approval of the neighborhood majority, and the zoning change shall not be effective without it. Neighborhood majorities shall also have a right to reject major commercial, industrial, or residential development, which is incompatible with the provisions of the City’s Comprehensive Plan or this Charter.

Approval of a zoning change or rejection of proposed development under this section shall become effective upon the submission of a petition to the City containing the valid signatures of neighborhood majorities approving the zoning change or rejecting the proposed development, in a petition generally conforming to the referendum provisions of the Spokane municipal code.


Second.      The Right To A Healthy Spokane River And Aquifer.


The Spokane River, its tributaries, and the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer possess inalienable rights to exist and flourish, which shall include the right to sustainable recharge, flows sufficient to protect native fish habitat, and clean water. All residents of Spokane possess fundamental and inalienable rights to sustainably access, use, consume, and preserve water drawn from natural cycles that provide water necessary to sustain life within the City. The City of Spokane and any resident of the City or group of residents have standing to enforce and protect these rights.


Third.         Employees Have The Right To Constitutional Protections In The Workplace.


Employees shall possess United States and Washington Bill of Rights’ constitutional protections in every workplace within the City of Spokane, and workers in unionized workplaces shall possess the right to collective bargaining.


Fourth.       Corporate Powers Shall Be Subordinate To People’s Rights.

Corporations and other business entities which violate the rights secured by this Charter shall not be deemed to be “persons,” nor possess any other legal rights, privileges, powers, or protections which would interfere with the enforcement of rights enumerated by this Charter.



4)  Asemblea de Movimientos Populares/ People’s Movement Assembly

Saturday January 11th from 10 am to 5 pm @ Community to Community Development, 203 West Holly St. Bellingham, WA 98225  (Olympia Carpool Leaving Friday Evening — See Previous Entry)


The Alliance for Global Justice has organized another mass-meeting of national activists to plug in and network.


This from AFGJ:


Analyze current political moment and develop action items as we build to the Pacific Northwest Social Forum in Portland, OR.  All fronts if struggle welcome to participate.

US Social Forum 3 People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) Movement building, going from defensive to offensive

1. Discuss and model the People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) process within the overarching USSF3 process

2. Use the PMA process to analyze, vision, and strategize movement building in the current moment

3. Encourage organizations /networks to apply to NPC and/or sign on as “allies, if appropriate

4. Build commitment to join USSF3 working groups, and to anchor and organize PMAs locally, regionally and /or thematically on the road to USSF3

Analizar momento político actual y desarrollar elementos de acción a medida que construimos para el Foro Social del Noroeste del Pacífico en Portland, OR. Todos los frentes de lucha son bienvenidos a participar.

Asamblea del Movimiento del Foro Social de los EE.UU. 3 Popular (PMA) Construcción de movimientos y al pasar de la defensiva a la ofensiva

1. Comentar y modelar Asamblea del Movimiento Popular (PMA) dentro del proceso global

2. Utilisar el proceso de PMA para analizar, visión y estrategias de construcción de movimientos en el momento actual

3. Alentar a las organizaciones / redes

4. Construir un compromiso de unirse a grupos de trabajo y para anclar y organizar medios de acceso permanentes a nivel local, regional y / o temáticamente en el camino a USSF3



5)  Movie:  Meetings with Remarkable Men

Saturday January 11th at 2:30 pm @ Timberland Library, 8th Ave Downtown


This is a film screening.


From the organizers:


Saturday-Jan. 11 at 2:30 PM at the Timberland Library, 8th Ave. downtown


Movie- Meetings with Remarkable Men- a Peter Brook film about the life and travels of G.I. Gurdjieff, the Russian Mystic, who founded a spiritual tradition called The Fourth Way.


The Movie incorporates spectacular photography and a highly evocative score, incorporating various indigenous music.


Admission is free



6)  Sunday Assembly Olympia

Sunday January 12th at 10 am @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE


This is assembling for revolution.


From the organizers:


Hey Olympia! Welcome to Sunday Assembly! This is a bit of a movement out of an effort in England that is organizing atheists to live better, help often and wonder more. Perhaps after the holiday blitz of religious overtones you all may need a respite that honors the good nature of the season, the connection to the natural world and solstice but drops some of the other stuff.


This will be the first one and it will be what we make of it. Expect enlightened conversation, coffee, tea, pastries, singing, music, perhaps a short talk on something good, announcements and gratitude. We will be aiming to have it twice monthly, every second and 4th Sunday.


Below is some information from:


The Sunday Assembly Public Charter


The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrate life. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one.


We are here for everyone who wants to:


Live Better. We aim to provide inspiring, thought-provoking and practical ideas that help people to live the lives they want to lead and be the people they want to be


Help Often. Assemblies are communities of action building lives of purpose, encouraging us all to help anyone who needs it to support each other


Wonder More. Hearing talks, singing as one, listening to readings and even playing games helps us to connect with each other and the awesome world we live in.


The Sunday Assembly


Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.


Has no doctrine. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources.


Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.


Is radically inclusive. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs – this is a place of love that is open and accepting.


Is free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work.


Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes (you!), we will be a force for good.


Is independent. We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside businesses, organisations or services


Is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place


We won’t won’t tell you how to live, but will try to help you do it as well as you can


And remember point 1… The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have


What should you expect from a Sunday Assembly event?


Just by being with us you should be energised, vitalised, restored, repaired, refreshed and recharged. No matter what the subject of the Assembly, it will solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a touch of transcendence into the everyday.


But life can be tough… It is. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, we have moments of weakness or life just isn’t fair. We want The Sunday Assembly to be a house of love and compassion, where, no matter what your situation, you are welcomed, accepted and loved.


Most of all, have fun, be nice and join in.



7)  ACS CAN’s 2014 Lobby Day in Olympia

Sunday January 12th from 8 am to 4:30 pm @ Capitol Campus


Come lobby against cancer.  It’s even more unpopular than Congress.


From the organizers:


The fight against cancer should remain a top priority for lawmakers in Olympia! 

On February 12, experience the power of advocacy firsthand by taking part in ACS CAN’s 2014 Lobby Day in Olympia.  By using your voice and your own personal experiences, you can help your elected officials to understand why cancer needs to remain a top priority this legislative session.


Click here to register for 2014 Lobby Day in Olympia!


February 12, 2014 

8:00AM – 4:30PM 

State Capitol campus, Olympia, WA

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided


Lobby Day gives ordinary people extraordinary power – the power to fight back against cancer! Lobby Day is a fantastic event where ACS CAN volunteers get to meet with their state legislators in Olympia and talk about our state priorities in the fight against cancer.

The first half of the day is dedicated to learning about ACS CAN’s 2014 legislative priorities, which include restoring Washington’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment program and keeping kids off tobacco by funding Tobacco Prevention and Control Programs. You will learn how to talk to your legislators about these issues during our hands-on, interactive training.

In the afternoon, you will be accompanied by volunteers from your legislative district as you sit down to speak with your senator and representatives.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!


RSVP for 2014 Lobby Day in Olympia NOW!


I look forward to seeing you there!

Mary McHale

Grassroots Relationship Manager



8)  Toilet Training:  Addressing Discrimination against Trans and Gender Non Conforming Individuals

Monday January 13th from 6:30 to 8 pm @ 317 4th Ave E, 4th Floor in Co-Lab


Come learn how to address discrimination.  This is through Partners in Prevention Education [PiPE]


From PiPE:


Toilet Training:  Addressing Discrimination against Trans and Gender Non Conforming Individuals


Monday, January 13, 2014

6:30pm until 8:00pm

317 4th Ave E, 4th Floor in Co-Lab


Ever wonder what your rights or responsibilities for ensuring EVERYONE has safe bathroom access to restrooms that match with an individual’s gender identity? Join us for a video and presentation on trans* bathroom access and the impact of all sex-segregated facilities on people who do not fit within gender norms. This is one of the most controversial and important fronts in the struggle to end gender identify discrimination, and we strongly believe that community education is key to dispelling cultural myths and fears and establishing understanding about the struggles faced by those who do not fit easily into existing norms of binary gender. Presentation includes a screening of “Toilet Training” video from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project followed by a presentation and Q&A from the Washington Human Right’s Commission about discrimination cases the Commission has investigated regarding bathroom issues faced by trans people.

This event is great not only for the general public, but for business owners as well community organizations to get educated about what the law says around accommodations.



9)  Official Cannabis Action Coalition Lobby Days

Tuesday January 14th and Wednesday January 15th at 9 am @ State Capitol


Standing up for the medical marijuana folks.


From the organizers:


Meet with your legislators in a day of direct action for medical cannabis patients in our state. Wear red to show unity with patient rights!



10)  Queer Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Tuesday January 14th at 5 pm @ the Cusp, 4th and Franklin, Downtown


It’s more ‘alternative’ lifestyle/ worldview.  Come educate and activate.


This from the Cusp:


At The Cusp: Olympia Anarchist Social Center we will be holding a queer prisoner letter writing night.  At 5pm there will be a brief introduction and presentation on some specific queer prisoners who you can write to.

Letter writing supplies, snacks, coffee and postage will be available as they always are in the space.

Come Hang Out!



11)  Bernie Meyer and Larry Kerschner Report from India

Tuesday January 14th from 7 to 9 pm @ Traditions Café, 5th and Water St. Downtown


This will be interesting.


From the organizers:


Bernie Meyer + Larry Kerschner report from India trip


Tuesday, January 14, 2014


7:00PM – 9:00PM

Short Description:

Bernie Meyer and Larry Kerschner will report back with info + insights from their intensive 38-day activities in India and Nepal.


Traditions Café

5th & Water SW, downtown

Olympia WA 98501



Bernie Meyer (360) 570-0975

Bernie Meyer (“The American Gandhi”) visits India often and meets with people of all ages — young peace seekers at an annual international youth peace conference, media reporters, college + university groups, etc., etc. — and reports back to the Olympia community on information and experiences.  This year another longtime peace activist, Larry Kerschner from Centralia, went with Bernie for an intensive 38-day visit to India and Nepal.  Hear them report back tonight:


7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, Olympia.  

Info:  Bernie 570-0975



12)  Bonus Tip of the Day:


Spread the news!







2 thoughts on “The Thunderbolt 010914 Good News Bad News

  1. Hello! I was just wondering…. are you recording your radio shows or are you doing a webcast of all your shows? ….it would be a little bigger audience. Nice to read you again…..Larry

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