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News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes





1)  FYI Section:  Net Neutrality Action Page

2)  “From Activist to Terrorist” with Will Potter and Jake Conroy

3)  Cozy Housewarming at KOWA

4)  Author Talk:  How Shall We Live in Light of Climate Chaos?

5)  GI Coffeehouse Tour

6)  Media Island Benefit Brunch:  Last Word Books

7)  Feminist Zine Swap

8)  Herbs, Trauma, and Training: Attack as Self-Care and Plant Allies for Conflict and Repression

9)  POWER Outage:  Living Well on a Budget

10)  Beyond Coal Exports:  Building a Global Movement to Keep Coal in the Ground Everywhere

11)  Bonus Tip of the Day



The Most Dangerous Jobs




Hey Kids!


So I am homeless again but the secret underground Thunderbolt studio is going to have a temporary secret underground home at Media Island!  (Don’t tell anyone!)


So I will be sleeping in my truck but at least my stuff will be nice and warm!


America!  What a place!




Posse Comitatus Not


Democracy Now for February 25th did an in-depth piece about the military’s illegal spying on the Port Militarization Resistance [PMR] actions that happened here in Olympia a few years ago.  Amy’s piece features noted local attorney Larry Hildes who also defended Scott Yoos and he is currently handling Strife’s lawsuit against the government.  Mr. Hildes points out how this spying went way beyond just the port issue in that the government snitch, John Towery, was passing his information to nearly every agency in both the state and federal governments.


Here is a partial list that was compiled by Mr. Hildes:


“In addition to the Army, Coast Guard, and Olympia Police Department, the following agencies are known to have spied on, infiltrated, or otherwise monitored the activities of PMR and/or related or associated activists: Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Tacoma Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Ft. Lewis Police Department, 504th Military Police Division, Aberdeen Police Department, The Evergreen State College Police Department, the Lacey Police Department, the [Tumwater] Police Department, the Seattle Police Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Protective Service, other Divisions of the Department of Homeland Security, Naval Investigative Services, Air Force Intelligence (which has created a special PMR SDS taskforce at McGwire Air Force Base in New Jersey), The Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Seattle Joint Terrorism Taskforce, as well as the previously discussed civilian employees of the City of Olympia. This list is likely incomplete.”


And it wasn’t only the military that was spying on activists and passing the information along to the storm troopers:  The Evergreen State College was giving regular reports to the Washington State Patrol, to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and to the military snitch John Towery about activities of the Students for a Democratic Society [SDS] on the Evergreen campus.




The Most Dangerous Jobs


111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial police officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year.


This is a 50-year low.


They are killing just as many of us as they ever have, though.


I read once that convenience store clerks are five times more likely to be killed on the job than police officers are.  Tellingly, when I tried to confirm this fact just now I had trouble finding any statistics on how many convenience store clerks are killed on the job nationally per year.


I did find this though:  Texas had 486 convenience store clerks killed on the job last year while California recorded 448 and Florida had 355.


I don’t know the numerical proportion in the United States of convenience store clerks to police officers, but three times as many convenience store clerks in Florida and four times as many convenience store clerks in California and Texas were killed on the job as there were cops killed throughout the entire country.


There are many other jobs where you are more likely to be killed on the job than convenience store clerks are — but there are none where you are more likely to be murdered.  Also, unlike when police officers are murdered, convenience store clerks don’t get big parades and they don’t get their picture plastered all over the local papers and they don’t have every cop in a five-state area dropping everything else they’re doing to try to catch the perpetrator.


Here is the list of the top ten most dangerous jobs from a CNN website:


Top 10 dangerous jobs

The occupations with the highest fatality rates in 2006:



Deaths per 100,000 workers








Structural iron and steel workers


Refuse collectors


Farmers and ranchers


Power linemen






Agricultural workers



Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


I couldn’t find any statistics for the number of political activists or radio broadcasters that are killed on the job.


That’s all for this week.  (I had a crazy week.)


It’s time to get to work…



The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of February 27th thru March 6th 2014




1)  FYI Section:  Net Neutrality Action Page


From the PEN:


Dear Friends and Activists,

Thanks to the many who took us up on our invitation to suggest the next issue we should jump all over . . . and net neutrality was number 1 by a good margin.


So we created a special server function to submit your comments directly to the FCC in the docket they have created just for this purpose. No other activist group has anything like this, we can pipe you right in.


Save Net Neutrality action page:


The “petition” in this case is just 7 words.


“Reclassify The Internet As A Common Carrier”


Please feel free to add your own comments, as this helps demonstrate that each and very one of our submissions was done by a real person.


The background is this: On January 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the FCC’s Open Internet rules on a technicality, that the internet was not classified as a common carrier by the FCC. This threatens the whole future of net neutrality, and would allow big telecom companies to discriminate in how they carry internet traffic.


But all the FCC simply needs to do is correct this classification oversight, entirely within their own administrative power, and reclassify the internet as a common carrier, which all common sense says that it is.


More than 100,000 people signed a petition on the White House website asking President Obama to take action. But while expressing his support the president declined to intercede with the FCC himself.


So it’s all up to us now. Please submit this form to send your comments supporting net neutrality directly to the FCC.


Save Net Neutrality action page:


And after you do, feel free to request one of the new “Net Neutrality” bumper stickers we created just for the occasion. It features a dreamlike background of a female figure with arms outstretched evoking the feeling of freedom, and the simple bold words “Net Neutrality”.


And we’ll send you one for no charge, not even shipping, if only you submit the form.


Net Neutrality bumper stickers:


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 make a donation right now.


This is a fight we can win. We need everyone to really pile on this one to show the FCC how strong the support is for protecting net neutrality.


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.


If you would like to be added to our distribution list, go to



2)  “From Activist to Terrorist” with Will Potter and Jake Conroy

Thursday February 27th from 6 to 9 pm @ the Evergreen State College, Lecture Hall #1


I have warned often about the government designating left-wing political activists as ‘terrorists’.  This is a talk upon that subject by some experts.  Come learn about this very scary tactic.


From EPIC:


The Evergreen State College

Lecture Hall #1



The EPIC – Evergreen Political Information Center presents:


From Activist to Terrorist” w/ Will Potter and Jake Conroy


The FBI labels animal rights and environmental activists the “number one domestic terrorism threat,” and new laws turn activism into “terrorism” if it hurts corporate profits.  Unlike anti-abortion extremists and hate groups, though, these protesters have never harmed a human being.


How did this happen?  Why are undercover investigators and those who use non-violent civil disobedience being treated so disproportionately?  And what are the real life consequences for the activists who are investigated, and even sent to prison, as domestic terrorists?


*Will Potter*, an award-winning journalist who, after being told by the FBI he was on a domestic terrorist list, went on to investigate and expose these efforts in his book, Green Is the New Red.  He will discuss how corporations manufactured the idea of “eco-terrorism,” and why all social justice activists are at risk.  His reporting and commentary have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, and the Vermont Law Review, and he has testified before Congress.  Green Is The New Red was awarded a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit” and named one of the best books of 2011.

He blogs at


*Jake Conroy* is a long-time animal rights activist who was sentenced to 4 years in prison for his involvement in one of the most successful animal rights campaigns in history — Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.  He will discuss being the target of a multi-agency terrorism investigation, learning he was on a high-profile prisoners list, and navigating living a life branded as a terrorist in post-9/11 society.



3)  Cozy Housewarming at KOWA

Friday February 28th from 7 to 11 pm @ KOWA Studio, behind Media Island, 816 Adams St SE


It’s a housewarming to celebrate the re-opening of the KOWA studio!


From KOWA:


a WONDERFUL, pun-ready Friday night all-ages show here at 106.5 KOWA-FM with a few amaing local songwriter friends and some outta towneeers, too! Come join us as we welcome our new roommate Nora home to Olympia from a couple months of travels!


Showtime is 7pm, Feb 28th, 2014

Address is 816 Adams St SE (by downtown library)

All are welcome, except jerks/drunks (no drugs/alcohol)

Bring a $3-5 for the touring buds from the midwest!


We will be broadcasting this show LIVE on-air on 106.5 KOWA-FM and streaming online at and we will be blessed to hear the fine strummings and melodic voices of these musical acts:


Young Cousin (Ian Wright and crew, OlyWa!)


Younger Shoulder (Jaycub Jaffe, from Magic Lanes Seattle)


Ava Arvest (illustrious Oly songcrafter)


Jamison Lee (from Bloomington, Ill)


SQUASH (Isabelle & Salvador, a new Oly Accordian/Percussion duo)



4)  Author Talk:  How Shall We Live in Light of Climate Chaos?

Friday February 28th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW


This is a distinguished scholar speaking on climate change.  Come learn why you should be freaked.


From Charles:


How Shall We Live in Light of Climate Chaos?


Friday February 28th, at 7:00 PM

Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave SW, in downtown Olympia



Author and biologist Guy McPherson will be speaking about climate change on Friday, February 28th, at seven o’clock, at Traditions Cafe in downtown Olympia. Admission is free. 


McPherson walked away from a career as a tenured professor at the University of Arizona to travel and talk to people about the ecological and climate chaos we are experiencing, and offering strategies for individuals and communities to mitigate the changes.


Professor McPherson will discuss climate change projections as shown by current scientific research, and the dire impacts climate chaos will have on food production and all biological life. Guy foresees energy decline, the collapse of industrial economies and food distribution systems, and nuclear power meltdown. He expects compromised social order, and further pressure on our freedoms. It’s not all bad news, and Guy will discuss how individuals can work together to strengthen community resilience, and prepare for a changing world.


Guy McPherson is author of Going Dark and Walking Away From Empire.

McPherson was a tenured professor in the Department of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, focused on “Conservation of Biological Diversity”. Besides writing and speaking, he lives off the grid, raising goats, and growing vegetables and community in New Mexico. 

 Website –    Nature Bats Last


For further information Contact –  Charles Adler



5)  GI Coffeehouse Tour

Saturday March 1st at 2 pm@ Olympia Unitarian Universalist Church, 2300 End St


Come learn about the growing network of ‘GI coffee houses’ that assist soldiers in their extremities.


From Molly:


It’s at OUUC, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation and all of the interesting forms of “GI Coffeehouses” will be represented; Coffee Strong is there for sure; should be very interesting and I encourage going to Coffee Strong’s Facebook page to read about the organizations that will be represented there.  They are all on tour together, started in San Diego…should be very interesting to hear how they are serving today’s veterans.



6)  Media Island Benefit Brunch:  Last Word Books

Sunday March 2nd from 11 am to 2 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE


This month, Media Island teams up with Last Word Books for the monthly benefit brunch.  This is the first time MI has ever teamed up with a private business for one of their brunches, but Last Word is also a unique cultural institution and an invaluable community resource that is experiencing dire financial straits.


From the Media Island:


Media Island International presents
our March Benefit Brunch for LAST WORDS BOOKS

Last Word Books has been Olympia’s downtown hub of radical thoughts and ideas for over ten years.  Come celebrate the bookstore and help them during their move and transition to a more sustainable location and more vibrant space for the business to operate!

Feast on delicious breakfast food and join us for a spirited discussion on The role of book stores and independent media centers in our community!  Please bring $5-20 for the cause and food.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

Sunday March 2nd from 11 am – 2pm

Media Island International is a resource and networking center for individuals, organizations and movements working on social justice, economic democracy, ecological sustainability and peace. We gather, evaluate and distribute under-published information on critical issues at strategic times.

Find us online at or reach us via phone at (360) 352-8526.

We are open Noon-5pm Wed-Sunday and are home many community projects like Food Not Bombs and Olympia Free Skool.

We are also the home of 106.5 KOWA-FM, low power community radio which streams online at



7)  Feminist Zine Swap

Monday March 3rd from 5 to 7 pm @ the Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW


It’s information sharing!  Yippee!


From FIST:


Join Abolish Cops and Prisons, EPIC – Evergreen Political Information Center, and FIST for a zine swap to kick off No One Wins in Patriarchy Week!

Zines by women, trans* folks, queers, and feminists of color will be available!  Bring zines to share!



8)  Herbs, Trauma, and Training: Attack as Self-Care and Plant Allies for Conflict and Repression

Monday March 3rd at 5 pm @ the Cusp, Franklin St between Dumpster Values and Old School Pizza


Plants as allies!


From the Cusp:


Herbs, Trauma, and Training: Attack as self-care and plant allies for conflict and repression

What is the relationship between healing and fighting? How can we use plant medicine to heal ourselves and to attack?

The Cusp: Olympia Anarchist Social Center
Entrance on Franklin St. between Old School and Dumpster Values



9)  POWER Outage:  Living Well on a Budget

Monday March 3rd from 5:30 to 8 pm @ Darby’s Café, 211 5th Ave SE


It’s the monthly POWER Outage, always a fun and educational experience!




Resource Roundtable: Living Well on a Budget


Hosted by Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights


Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Darby’s Café in downtown Olympia, 211 5th Avenue


Join us at the next POWER Outage on March 3rd for a Resource Roundtable and potluck! We will be sharing the many creative ways we’ve found to live well on a limited budget. As low-income people, we have a collective wealth of knowledge about how to make money last and meet the needs of our families without using money. We also know how to have fun on the cheap. Let’s get together to share our ideas and maybe brainstorm some new ones. We will take notes on these ideas, which may later be compiled into a pamphlet for POWER to give out.


Topics will include:


-Budgeting: How do you keep track of spending and make that check last through the month?


-Food: Do you have tips on where to shop for what?  Do you have recipes for your Food Bank groceries?  What do you eat at the end of the month/ when food is running low?


-Non-food items: Where do you get your clothes, shampoo, and baby supplies? Do you have recipes for homemade beauty/ cleaning products?


-Holidays: What do you do to make birthdays and other holidays special? What are some low-cost family traditions?


Please bring if want to: A potluck dish you made with low-cost ingredients (and recipe!), Food Bank recipes, examples of your budget tracking system, ideas for cheap home products you can make, and maybe samples if you wish to share.


Bring your wonderful self, kids, family and friends!


Childcare will be provided at the POWER office by the Child Care Collective 


Darby’s is closed, but they kindly let us use the space in downtown Olympia, 211 5thAvenue.



10)  Beyond Coal Exports:  Building a Global Movement to Keep Coal in the Ground Everywhere

Wednesday March 5th from 6 to 8 pm @ the Evergreen State College Longhouse


It’s a road show about the proposed coal trains.


From EPIC:


 Event Summary: In the first week of March 2014, Greenpeace and South Sound Rising Tide are organizing a Pacific Northwest road show featuring two of Asia’s foremost experts on the impacts and economics of fossil fuel development in Asia, as well as members of First Nations whose lands are immediately impacted by Transportation and export of US coal to Asia.


Our purpose is to bring together community organizations who are working on air toxics and environmental health with anti-coal advocates from the US, China, and India.


Olympia- Wednesday, March 5th 2014

Location: The Evergreen State College Longhouse

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Sponsors: Evergreen Political Information center (EPIC), Professor Peter Bohmer, in cooperation with South Sound Rising Tide and Greenpeace.


Issue Summary: The US anti-coal movement has succeeded in vastly decreasing the amount of coal consumed in the US. However, the rise of US coal exports proposals, and the continuation of devastating mining in places like Appalachia and the Powder River Basin, demonstrate the need for a united movement capable of stopping the coal industry globally. To build a stronger global anti-coal movement, anti-coal advocates around the world need to mutually understand what it means to fight coal in disparate places like China, India, Appalachia, the Powder River Basin, Alaska, The Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere


Locally, we know that coal exports can only be stopped once and for all if we build a stronger and more diverse multi-sector, multi-racial, and inclusive movement. By more broadly understanding the scope of destruction that the coal industry is responsible for, as well as the legal, political, and economic factors that support coal’s continued dominance in much of the world, we will strengthen our campaign tactics and messaging to ensure that our movement reaches across borders to wherever coal is mined, transported, and burned.




CHINA: Huang Wei, Greenpeace East Asia Climate and Energy Campaigner, Beijing China Office.


Huang Wei is on of China’s foremost experts on issues of air toxicity and fossil-fuel related pollution, and is a featured source on issues of climate and energy in major academic and international media.


SKOKOMISH: Delbert Miller- Spiritual Leader, Artist and Cultural Coordinator of the Skokomish Tribe.


Delbert Miller is a carver, drummer, singer, and composer whose work is reflective of the history and ancestran knowledge of hos Tuwaduq people. He utilizes ancestarl knowledge, oral traditions and teachings in a variety of capacities, including in the areas of cultural preservation, language development, and reclamation of traditional village sites.


INDIA: Ashish Fernandes, Fossil Fuel Economist and Campaigner, Greenpeace.


Ashish Fernandes has over a decade of experience working as an environmental campaigner. Since 2010, he has been focusing on the financial, social and environmental risks that the coal sector poses to investors, financial institutions, communities and ecosystems. His emphasis includes a number of issues at the intersection of corporate accountability and the environment.



Pete Litster- South Sound Rising Tide: Phone- 801-638-3350; Email:


Kim Marks- Greenpeace: Phone 503-539-7471;



11)  Bonus Tip of the Day:


Be safe at work.







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