The Thunderbolt 020614 February Extravaganza





The Thunderbolt!!!


News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes





1)  FYI Section

  1A)  Glen Anderson on the Olympian

  1B)  A Message from the PEN about the Keystone Pipeline

2)  Move to Amend Monthly Meeting

3)  Dismantling Christian Hegemony Forum Theatre and Workshop and Performance

4)  18th Annual International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

5)  Surveillance, Secrecy, and the National Security State:  Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack Speak

6)  Waffle Benefit Brunch for Tar Sands Resistors

7)  Quixote Village Housewarming

8)  Evergreen Revival:  General Assembly 2

9)  Transitions Olympia Meeting

10)  Workshop:  Race, Gender, Oppression, and Capitalism

11)  Bonus Tip of the Day



February Extravaganza!




Hey Kids!


Boy, have we got a show for you this week!  We have flying snakes!  We have sexist cows!  We have rogue stars!  We have prevaricating presidents!  AND, we will learn how to build a foundation for a new world!


Welcome to the Thunderbolt February Extravaganza!


Flying Snakes!


I have a True Confession to make now.  I am going to come out of the closet and face my community with a rather shocking self-revelation:  The Creator in Chief of your favourite macho Thunderbolt, your beloved take-no-prisoners newsletter that scorches your inbox every week like clockwork — is something of a science-nerd.


Don’t tell my friends.  (I have a reputation to maintain.)


Whilst listening to some nerdy NPR programming (what they do best) I just learned that almost 30% of humans have various neurosis concerning snakes.  I’m really not consciously contrarian on a lot of this stuff (I come by it quite naturally) but I happen to think that snakes are cool as hell.  I was once working on a survey crew and I was crawling through some thick brush holding one end of a tape measure.  I came to a little clearing in the middle of the brush and there was a large rattlesnake coiled in the middle of the clearing.  As was its nature, it rattled to let me know that it was there — which I think is an incredibly cool thing for them to do.  We made eye contact and I hung out for awhile.  When I didn’t attack or molest him he eventually stopped rattling and — while still keeping a wary eye — he visibly chilled.


I found making eye contact with a rattlesnake to be cool as hell.  We hung out until my boss started yelling at me.  I told him we were going to have to skip this measurement.  He wanted to kill the snake.  I very adamantly let him know he was going to do absolutely no such thing — and there was evidently something in my voice that made him realize that he should not object to this one instance of the employee ordering the boss.


We skipped that measurement.


And by the way, rattlesnakes absolutely do not have to frigging warn you that they are there, and in fact the snake gives away the advantage of surprise by doing this.  They could be like all of those other cowardly sneaky lurking poisonous snake species that hide in crannies or slink around in tall grass or swim around in muddy water and cravenly nail you unaware and without warning.  Rattlesnakes will have none of that.  They are right in your face:  I am HERE MoFo!  I suggest you step back very slowly!  Do NOT tread on me!


Also unlike many other poisonous snakes, rattlesnakes are decidedly non-aggressive.  If you leave them alone they are more than happy to leave you alone.


Now you probably think I am going to do something similar to what I usually do and make some clever play on words to make the term ‘flying snakes’ make some political metaphor or some cosmic reference and/or some ironic and/or insane connection.


Not so.  I mean it quite literally.  It turns out that there is actually a snake that — while it can’t really fly — it can climb to the tree-tops and then leap from there to do a controlled glide to the forest floor below — possibly landing upon your head if you happen to be in the neighborhood.  It does this by transforming its highly un-aerodynamic snaky cylindrical shape into a highly aerodynamic (at least for a snake) ever-changing ‘S’ shape that provides the snake enough lift to be able to glide around for awhile.


I think that flying snakes are cool as hell too.


I imagine snakeophobes will greet this news with a great deal less enthusiasm, though.




Sexist Cows!


Again, this is quite literal:  It turns out that mama cow gives a lot more milk to her daughters than to her sons.  The assumption has always been that sons were optimal since they could produce lots and lots of young‘uns whilst daughters were highly limited in the number of offspring they produce due to the fact that they are the ones that actually produce them so that, if anything, it was thought that mom would favour the boys.  Not so.


But think about it:  It’s a lot easier to make sperm than it is to make a baby.


Especially if your baby is a baby cow.




Rogue Stars!


Our solar system is circling the center of our galaxy at a slow and stately 800,000 kilometres per hour.  The nearly 200 billion stars that make up the Milky Way almost all move in a majestic and synchronous order.  It is a vast stately and methodical procession.  It is, in fact, almost the very definition of Cosmic Order…


…or so it seems.


It has recently come to light (pun intended) that even stars have their iconoclastic rock-star rebels who charge headlong into uncharted waters, often blazing away into glorious self-destruction.


It turns out that there are millions of rogue stars that sweep through our galaxy at reckless breakneck speeds of many billions of kilometres per hour.  To make matters exponentially worse, their motion is completely contrary to the motion of the rest of the galaxy.  Like drunken teenagers in a nuclear bomb-powered speedster going the wrong way on a freeway, these crazy wrong-way drivers tear through our galaxy smashing into other solar systems on a regular basis and thus wrecking their whole day.


Scientists do not yet even have any theories about how these stars came to be or where they came from.


The details of the flying snake, sexist cow, and rogue star stories can be found at the Quirks and Quarks website.  Quirks and Quarks is a CBC science program that is most excellent — that is, if you are a science-nerd.  Closeted or otherwise.  You can use parental controls if you’re worried about your children learning useful and interesting things.




Can’t Wait!


Back to politics, Barack Obama recently said that he ‘can’t wait’ anymore for Congress to act and that Obama will now act unilaterally anywhere that he can.


Even more concentration of executive power!  Just what we needed!  Yippee!


In case you fear the danger of Obama actually doing anything, though, then I think that you can rest assured; I specifically remember Mr. Obama saying exactly the same thing two years ago along with lots of other thing he never did either.  I fully expect him to continue waiting to not wait anymore.


Now that the precedent has been set then I see no reason that he can’t wait two more years to tell us again that he can’t wait anymore.


I wonder what he’s waiting for, anyway?




NSA Reforms


Obama is finally dealing with the NSA Spy Program by instituting ‘reforms’ that mean nearly nothing and that are subject to being overruled whenever they think they need to overrule them.  (The Constitution is open to interpretation, after all!)  Example:  Obama says that the NSA will now only illegally spy on Americans if they are two steps removed from a ‘terrorist’ rather than the current policy of illegally spying on anyone that is three steps removed from a ‘terrorist’.  Therefore, if you use a Chinese take-out that a terrorist also uses then you are screwed.  However, if your best friend is the one who calls the Chinese take-out for you then you are now totally chill (though you should probably avoid ever calling your friend again) even though you weren’t chill before Obama’s ‘reform’.


Boy!  Big sigh of relief there!  I can call the Chinese take-out with a little more confidence now!


Obama provided no explanation for why these potentially terrorist-connected Third-Step Chinese-Food Consumers are being let off the hook so easily, though…


Obama says he’ll institute ‘real reforms’ as soon as he can get a bi-partisan agreement from Congress on what they should be.  This means that we may get ‘real reforms’ sometime in the 22nd or 23rd Century.


If we’re lucky.




Building a New World 101:  Foundations


Setting priorities is important.  In any construction, a strong foundation is a vital key element to the strength and durability of your structure.  One of the Machine’s more effective tactics is to keep us split up into hundreds of small battles so that we can never get all together for any End Game.  The environment war the NSA poverty war crimes the TPP drones homelessness Wall Street prisons drug wars Justin Bieber — all of these issues are nothing more than symptoms of the underlying disease.  For a long time I’ve acknowledged that while fighting these battles is absolutely vital (just to slow them down a little if nothing else) I’ve also maintained that these battles distract us from getting on the same page and finally curing the disease that is causing things like wars and Justin Bieber.  Figuring out that kind of stuff is way above my non-pay grade, but I’ve been reaching out to folks who can actually get shite done and I’ve been maintaining that we need an overall strategy to reach our End Game.  (Or our Begin Game, depending upon how you want to look at it…)


I think I am thinking different thoughts about that now; I am beginning to understand that what we are doing now is building the foundation for our New World.  Just tearing shite down is probably worse than doing nothing if you have nothing better with which to replace it.


Foundations.  Very important.



I tend to jerk awake at 4 am whereupon I immediately embark upon a single-minded obsessive compulsive Quest for Coffee.  Since it tends to happen around 4 am then very few humans have ever witnessed this phenomenon.  Therefore I must warn you:  Whilst in Early Morning Pre-Coffee Mode I am a very different person than the warm friendly Teddy bear that those of you who know me are familiar with.  If you ever find yourself in my presence during Early Morning Pre-Coffee Mode then I would strongly suggest treating me as you would any other potentially dangerous beast.


I have been known at times to go to extraordinary lengths to assure that my daily Quest for Coffee goes smoothly and easily.  Therefore, as rare as witnessing me in Early Morning Pre-Coffee Mode is — far fewer have witnessed Early Morning Pre-Coffee Mode when catastrophe strikes and some unexpected event thwarts my Quest!


A good friend of mine was privileged enough to experience this unique event a couple of months ago.  I was still at Media Island at the time.  I awoke at 4 am — and thus began my Daily Quest.  I stumbled down the stairs and fell into the kitchen — only to very unexpectedly find my friend there.  Normally any distraction from my Quest is a highly unwelcome event and an instinctive wave of anger and outrage straight from the amygdala briefly overtook me until I saw who it was and until I realized that she had been there all night working on a Free Skool project, and thus even the primitive parts of my base-brain that dominate whilst in Early Morning Pre-Coffee Mode determined that I was actually glad to see her in spite of the distraction from the Quest that she represented.  I explained to her that I tended to be anti-social until I had a cup of coffee and then I began prep for producing said beverage — when disaster struck!


The mortar and pestle were missing!


What this meant was that I had to crank my little handy-dandy one-cup hand-crank coffee grinder for about 8 minutes rather than the 2 minutes that it takes when I crunch the beans first with a mortar and pestle, or I could have used a soup spoon and a bowl to crunch the beans and achieved largely the same end if with slightly more effort and slightly less efficiency — but remember:  I was in Early Morning Pre-Coffee Mode.  The higher parts of my brain function, i.e. my rational and patient mind, was not yet engaged.  My Quest had hit an unexpected thwartation.  This was outrageous and unacceptable.  A full-on no-holds-barred temper tantrum ensued wherein I very loudly expressed extreme displeasure using several words that I cannot use in my radio show lest KOWA receive a hefty fine.


Fortunately my friend was open-minded and understanding.  She still speaks to me.


Since everyone that knows me understands that I am a major coffee snob, then after I went to prison I was able to easily convey the desperation of my situation by explaining that I had not only been reduced to drinking instant coffee made from luke-warm tap water — but that I was loving it.  In my old hitch-hiking days, whenever evening approached I began planning the arrangement of my nightly accommodation.  (This accommodation generally consisted of a sleeping bag under a tree or in some bushes — or, if I was lucky, in a cemetery.  Cemeteries are quiet, dark, and few people ever go to them at night — though I did thoroughly blow the minds of some drunken college students in Boulder, Colorado one night when they suddenly heard a voice coming from a grave.  Generally, though, cemeteries make great places to sleep.)  Whilst hitch hiking, I strategically planned my sleeping arrangements in order to assure that upon awakening I would be near a restaurant or store where I could purchase a cup of coffee in the morning.


These days I don’t go anywhere without my little handy-dandy one-burner camp stove, my little handy-dandy one-cup hand-crank coffee grinder, and my handy-dandy Bodum insulated stainless steel coffee-cup/ French-press combination.


Now to the point:  Upon overcoming all obstacles and upon successful completion of the Quest — with coffee safely and warmly in hand — I then relax, enjoy the unique peace and quiet of very early morning, and I consider the opportunities that this new day brings…


I mention all of this because upon that ritual I lay the foundation upon which I build the rest of that day.  From that foundation the entire rest of my life thus begins.


It’s time to get to work.



The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of February 6th thru 13th 2014




1)  FYI Section:


1A)  Glen Anderson on the Olympian


Here are Glen’s views on our ‘local’ newspaper:


Just now I very reluctantly renewed my subscription to The Olympian.  Their price has gone up enormously in the past few years (currently $244.40 per year).


A few years ago they eliminated almost all of their jobs in Olympia (publishing, reporting, display ad layout, etc.), and shifted them to Tacoma.


Now I see that they want me to mail my subscription renewal check to a PO box in Seattle, so they have eliminated local bookkeeping jobs too.


Many decades ago, cities – even small cities – had LOCAL newspapers, and some cities – even small cities had MORE THAN ONE local newspaper.


Every now and then someone speaks up on behalf of starting a viable alternative. 


The Olympian is grossly out of touch with local reality, and they keep getting worse, even while they get more expensive.  Every year I come closer to stopping my subscription.  I’m eager to hear from any of you who have abandoned this grossly inadequate (and now overpriced) newspaper to find out how you are getting by without the “Daily Zero.  &# 8221;




1B)  A Message from the PEN about the Keystone Pipeline


The Pen does kick ass analysis.  I share their stuff once in a while.  I suggest getting on their mailing list.  (They don’t send too much stuff…)


Dear Friends and Activists,


We need to get right to this one.




Like all really bad news, they tried to sneak out late in the day last Friday the so-called environmental impact statement from the State Department on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  We can sum up the whole report in one sentence, “The planet’s climate is toast anyway, so who cares?”  Protest Keystone XL Sham action page:


The people least surprised by this were the pipeline advocates the State Department hired to do the report.  Seriously, that was their logic, which they did not have to consider the environmental impact, in an environmental impact report, if they assumed the same tar sand carbon would be dumped into the atmosphere one way or another.


Does that mean we should put commit OUR research and development resources in dramatically the wrong direction?  Shall we collude in the climate change catastrophe, or shall we demonstrate some actual leadership as a country in prioritizing the urgently needed clean, green energy of the future?


Further proof that the whole pretense of an actual review process is a sham is that construction of various sections of the pipeline are proceeding at full speed regardless. How is it that they are still plowing ahead with building a pipeline that has not yet even been approved?


They may think the fix is in, but that does not relieve us of our obligation to protest. And we do.


Protest Keystone XL Sham action page:


The above is the exact text of the petition sent by the action page.


And after you submit the action page above, feel free to request one of our beautiful Stop Global Warming bumper stickers. You can have one for no charge, not even shipping, just by submitting this form.


Stop Global Warming bumper sticker:


Or perhaps you would like one of our “Occupy America” bumper stickers, which will tie into the new Citizens United movie we are starting on, or any of our other progressive activist message items.  Of course if you can make a contribution of any amount this is what makes it possible for us to send free stickers to anyone who cannot afford to make a contribution right now.




Yes, thanks to your kind support, we have already started to acquire the needed creative resources to begin production on our next full length feature movie project, Citizens United The Movie, in which we will confront corporate personhood head on.


We want to engage our participants as much as possible in the development process as this project blossoms, and have started by posting a link to the planned plot synopsis for your comment and review, on the same page with a selection of various gifts for those who would like to see this movie made.


Citizens United plot synopsis:


Right at the top are the beautiful new Citizens United The Movie caps, which you can have for a contribution of any amount. They feature an intricately embroidered logo we created especially for the new movie, faithfully emulating the style of the title blackletter text and script of the US Constitution itself.


And if you go to the page above, you will find so many other interesting and inspiring gift items to thank you for your support of the new Citizens United The Movie project, plus there is a link for a synopsis of the plot lines for this new planned movie which you can read.


If you have not requested one yet, you can get a DVD copy of The Last War Crime movie we just finished. The screener is a copy of the full completed movie, to empower you to share it with your friends and others in your community. This is how we will generate the interest to get it into real theaters now.


Maybe you’d also like one of the caps we made for The Last Crime movie originally.


Maybe you’d like a copy of the special Dennis Kucinich pocket constitution of which we still have a limited number of copies. What a timely item this is as we talk about a corrective amendment of the constitution!


Maybe you’d like a CD of the radio play for peace we produced a couple years ago, featuring an extraordinary performance by Ed Asner.


Maybe you’d like the DVD of the live stage production we mounted of a play about the fantasy impeachment trial of Bush and Cheney. How about one of our “350 ppm or catastrophe” global warming caps, or our “Single Payer Health Care” cap, or our “Convict Dick & W” cap?


Just go to this page:


And whatever gift you select, your kind and generous contribution will go to helping to employ hard-working progressive actors, musicians and crew members to make this new Citizens United The Movie happen in the best possible way.


You may forward this message to any friends who would find it important.


Contributions to The People’s Email Network are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.


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2)  Move to Amend Monthly Meeting

Thursday February 6th at 6:30 pm @ Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW Building #1


M2A is trying to amend the Constitution to make human rights apply to humans and not to corporate Machines.


From Move to Amend:


Hi all, from Olympia-Move-To-Amend (MTA)


We are working to overturn the supreme court decision that said:  “a corporation is a person… and campaign money is free speech”


And now we have the chance to make things happen instead of just talk…


Initiative 1329 has just received approval from the AG’s office and the Secretary of state as to legal form.


AND…the I-1329 petitions have been printed


Also Oly-MTA has built 4 huge banners that we intend to hold at I-5  overpasses with the people from Tacoma MTA !


Please join us day after tomorrow, at our next regularly scheduled bi-monthly meeting, to help us take back our country from the multi-national corporations and the billionaires.


Our meeting is at the same place and time:


6:30 pm room 280 Thurston County Office building #1 (next to the courthouse building!)


The address is:


2000 Lakeridge Drive SW,  Olympia, Washington  98502




Come see our new, great, big beautiful banners!


Chocolate and other snacks provided


Meet people, join forces, and along the way lets have some fun.


In solidarity

michael savoca

chair, Oly-MTA



3)  Dismantling Christian Hegemony Forum Theatre and Workshop and Performance

Friday February 7th thru Sunday February 9th at LTBA


Tim McLeod asked me to promote this worthy cause.  For obvious reasons he has security concerns; he wants folks to email him for event details.


From the organizers:


Dismantling Christian Hegemony

Forum Theatre Workshop and Performance


February 7th, 8th, and 9th  2014





4)  18th Annual International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

Saturday February 8th at Noon @ Portland Ave Park on Portland Ave Between E 35th & E Fairbanks.  Take Portland Ave Exit off I-5 and Go East

(Olympia Carpool leaves Media Island, 816 Adams St SE, at 11 am)


The tactic of jailing dissenters on false charges is one of the oldest in the book.  The United States not only uses this tactic all the time but they’ve been doing it for a long time.  They do this because


Leonard Peltier was an activist with the American Indian Movement [AIM] who has been in prison for nearly 40 years for something that it has since been proven he had nothing to do with.   However, since he was a political activist and since two FBI agents were shot, Mr. Peltier is the designated scapegoat.  He is the poster child for all American political prisoners.


This is in Tacoma but there are Olympia carpools available.


From the organizers:


12:00 NOON: MARCH FOR JUSTICE Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 35th & E. Fairbanks. Take Portland Ave. exit off I-5 and head east)

1:00 PM: RALLY FOR JUSTICE U.S. Federal Court House, 1717-Pacific Ave.



* Matilaja: YuPik Eskimo from Mountain Village Alaska. Member of N.W. AIM since 1973, Tacoma Chapter LPDOC.

* Ramona Bennett: Puyallup Tribal Elder.

* Chauncy Peltier: Leonard Peltier’s son.

* David Bean: Puyallup Tribal Council Member.

* Olivia One Feather: Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock Sioux member, Native and Idle No More activist.

* Deeahop Conway, Puyallup Tribal member, Tacoma Chapter LPDOC.

* James OldCoyote: Sacred Water Canoe Family.

* Jimbo Simmons: AIM West.

* Peter Bohmer: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, and faculty at the Evergreen State College.

* Wakinyan Waanatan (Matt Remle): Hunkpapa Lakota.  Last Real Indians.

* Gary Wessels-Galbreath: Host View From The Shore on KAOS Radio.

* Father Bill Bichsel: Jesuit Priest, Catholic Worker Movement.

* Steve Hapy: Tacoma Chapter LPDOC.

* Arthur J. Miller: Northwest Regional Organizer LPDOC


Leonard Peltier (of the Anishinabe, Dakota, and Lakota Nations), long time Native Activist and member of the American Indian Movement. Leonard Peltier, an innocent man who was convicted for the 1975 shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly admitted that they did not and cannot prove Peltier’s guilt, and the appellate courts have cited numerous instances of investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case. As late as November 2003, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that “Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed.” The trial of the first two AIM members in this case were found not guilty for reason of self-defense. Amnesty International has renewed their campaign to free Leonard. For more information go to:


“I have no doubt whatsoever that the real motivation behind both Wounded Knee II and the Oglala firefight, and much of the turmoil throughout Indian Country since the early 1970s, was, and is, the mining companies’ desire to muffle AIM and all traditional Indian people, who sought, and still to protect the land, water, and air from their thefts and depredations. In this sad and tragic age we live in, to come to the defense of Mother Earth is to be branded a criminal.”

–Leonard Peltier, “Prison Writings“


Please call and or send e-mails in support of clemency for Leonard Peltier:

White House Comments Line – 202-456-1111; 202-456-1112


Message: I support clemency for Leonard Peltier


It is important to keep phone calls, e-mails, and letters going to the White House during the clemency campaign.


Tacoma Chapter LPDOC

P.O. BOX 5464

Tacoma, WA 98415-0464


on facebook at:

Subscribe to: Northwest Peltier Support at:



5)  Surveillance, Secrecy, and the National Security State:  Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack Speak

Saturday February 8th at 7 pm @ Washington State History Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98401


Come hear from the experts on government spying.


From Molly:


Does Privacy Matter?

Surveillance, Secrecy, and the National Security Agency


Can our democracy survive massive NSA surveillance?  That’s for you to judge…


Thomas Drake & Jesselyn Radack coming to Tacoma on February 8.


Thomas Drake is a former senior executive of the National Security Agency as well as a decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.  When Drake turned whistleblower, the U.S. government threw the Espionage Act at him and threatened him with 30 years in prison.  Drake rejected several deals because he refused to “plea bargain with the truth,” and the U.S. Dept. of Justice eventually dropped all ten of its original charges. 


Jesselyn Radack is a former ethics adviser to the U.S. Dept. of Justice who turned whistleblower when she disclosed the FBI’s ethics violations in the investigation of John Walker Lindh, denied an attorney in the aftermath of his capture during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.  An honors graduate of Brown Univ. and Yale Law School, Radack is now director of national security and human rights at the Government Accountability Project.


Come & listen.  Ample time for questions.

Then decide for yourself.


Saturday evening, February 8th

Washington State History Museum

1701 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98401


Seating limited, so reserve your seat(s) now at:


Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty or Safety.

Ben Franklin


Sponsored by People for Peace Justice & Healing.  Co-sponsored by ACLU of Wasington, Fellowship of Reconciliation – Tacoma, United for Peace of Pierce County, and Veterans for Peace – Tacoma.



6)  Waffle Benefit Brunch for Tar Sands Resistors

Sunday February 9th from 11 am to 2 pm @ 1320 5th Ave SW


The name says it all.  (People are going to put me out of business if they keep doing that!)


From South Sound Rising Tide:


Come enjoy vegan gluten free waffles on a cozy February morning!


To make this already enjoyable experience even better, the procedes from this fundraiser will be going to the legal fund for activists protesting the mega-load trucks that are trasporting crutial equipment for the Alberta tar sands opperation through the Pacific Northwest.


These dedicated activists from Portland and Idaho need our help and what better way to do it than donate some money and get to eat some delectable waffles!


Here are some resources for more information about what Wild Idaho Rising Tide is up to and other info about the mega-loads


This event is being sponsored by South Sound Rising Tide



7)  Quixote Village Housewarming

Sunday February 9th from 1 to 5 pm @ Quixote Village, 3350 Mottman Road SW


I’ve been pointing out for years that the most effective — and the cheapest — method of dealing with homelessness is to put homeless people into homes.  It is also the most humane method.  Utah has reduced their homeless population by over 70% in just a few years and they are on track to end it altogether.


The homeless of Olympia (at least some of them) now have a home.  Come join them in a housewarming.


From Panza:




Please join the community to celebrate:


Quixote Village  Housewarming & Dedication

Sunday, February 9th

2pm – Dedication Ceremony

1 pm – 5pm Open House



3350 Mottman Road SW

Olympia WA 98512


M. Anna Schlecht  / Housing Program Manager

City of Olympia Housing Program

City of Olympia / 601 4th Avenue East  /  Olympia WA 98501

(360) 753-8183  /


City of Olympia Website:


Please NoteThis message and any reply may be subject to public disclosure.



8)  Evergreen Revival:  General Assembly 2

Monday February 10th from 3 to 5 pm @ TESC Library Lobby


This is grassroots organizing.


From the organizers:


Come partake in breathing life back into our community!


The intention of this assembly is to hold space for dialogue relevant to building student power, to investigate and better understand the health of our community from our (students’) perspective, and to begin building a strategic long term plan for improving student experiences at evergreen.


There will be three general assemblies this quarter: week 2, week 6, week 10.



– Folks Arrive

– Welcome

– Forgotten stories/culture of Evergreen

– ReOpen Working Groups, are there any other things people want to explore?

– Break out into working groups: Education/Curriculum on campus, Student Spaces/Police on Campus, Food/Sustainability, Governance/Levers of Power, Health Services/Community Health

– ReGroup

– Points of Unity exercise

– Closing


We’re looking for more collaborators, -artists, bloggers, media, organizers, interested folks – if you’d like to get involved:





9)  Transitions Olympia Meeting

Wednesday February 12th at 6 pm @ MIXX FM Studio, Corner of State and Washington, Downtown Olympia


These are folks working on Olympia’s future.


From Transitions Olympia:


Hello friends and community members!


After a long hiatus, we invite YOU to join us for a Transition Olympia meeting next Monday, February 10 at the MIXX meeting room, corner of State and Washington in downtown Olympia. Coffee and cookies provided!


6 pm Special:  “In Transition”, a 50 min. film introduction to the Transition Movement.


7 pm Meeting begins. We’ll discuss ideas for some really tangible projects with the goal of choosing 1-2 by evening’s end that we can focus on.  Potential ideas so far include:

·       A Repair Cafe 

·       Asset Mapping

·       Planning 3rd Annual Skillshare Day

·       Developing Resiliency Indicators

·       Locate a centralized space in which to develop shareable efforts on a community scale, eg. commercial kitchen; food processing equipment; tool library; education/community meeting areas; etc.

·       Other ideas that you bring!


Please join us with intent towards action and accomplishment!


Transition Initiatives are based on four key assumptions:


“1. That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.


 2. That our settlements and communities presently lack the resilience to enable them to weather the severe energy shocks that will accompany (the triple crises).


 3. That we have to act collectively, and we have to act now.


 4. That by unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our energy descent, we can build ways of living that are more connected, more enriching and that recognize the biological limits of our planet.”


  ― Rob Hopkins, The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience




10)  Workshop:  Race, Gender, Oppression, and Capitalism

Wednesday February 12th from 7 to 9 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW


Come learn about capitalism’s dark underbelly from two notable Evergreen professors.


Part two of the January 8th workshop–“The ABCs of Capitalism–in a series promoting economic literacy and inviting dialogue and discussion on inequality and the on-going crises of capitalism.


No economic background required!


Facilitated by Savvina Chowdhury & Peter Bohmer (members of the economic faculty at The Evergreen State College)



11)  Bonus Tip of the Day:


Work on your foundations today.








One thought on “The Thunderbolt 020614 February Extravaganza

  1. Dana,
    Congratualations on getting your blog up and pumping. It looks like it still needs work (visual), but you’ve got an interesting writing style. Best wishes on your continuing to write and publish. Give ’em Hell!

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