The Thunderbolt 050814 Blows Against the Death Penalty

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The Thunderbolt!!!

 

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

 

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1) FYI Section

   1A) Free Low Flow Shower Heads

   1B) Green Party Newsletter

2) Film Screening: Cesar Chavez; History is Made One Step at a Time

3) Film Screening: Particle Fever

4) Benefit Film Screening for POGO: Me, My Mom & Mary P

5) Film Screening: “Inequality for All” & a Discussion about I-1329

6) Bonus Tip of the Week

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Blows Against the Death Penalty

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Hopeful News

 

Hey Kids!

 

I don’t have much this week but I want to start off with happy news: Thanks to the Machine pushing the envelope too far (as usual) there is now some major blowback developing. Over the last week I have received emails from just about every organization involved — including many influential national organizations — about both the TPP and Net Neutrality. There are mass-movements developing over these two issues and we may be able to do actually something about them.

 

Yippee!

 

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Death of a Lion

 

Michael Ruppert has committed suicide — which seems highly suspicious on its face — but people in the know think that he probably did actually commit suicide rather than this being yet another one of those famous ‘assisted’ CIA suicides.

 

In case you are unfamiliar with his work, Michael Ruppert was an ex-LAPD narcotics cop who blew the whistle on the CIA running drugs into South LA back in the 80’s. After they tried to kill him Mr. Ruppert turned his formidable investigative skills to uncovering a wide variety of secret government nastiness which he did with unprecedented success and for which he paid a very high price. (He suffered from PTSD amongst many other ailments.)

 

Mr. Ruppert’s book Crossing the Rubicon is one of the best investigative works ever.

 

Go here to watch a classic video of Mr. Ruppert directly confronting CIA director John Deutch with evidence of CIA drug trafficking:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t3pl5Wxgyg

 

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The Marginalization of Kshama Sawant

 

The Democrats have used one of the oldest tricks in the book in order to marginalize Kshama Sawant: They stole her revolution and then seriously watered it down. They have now ‘compromised’ and presented a pale shadow of Ms. Sawant’s vision of a living wage for working people.

 

Yes, minimum wage will go to $15 per hour — but the Democratic plan calls for some low-wage workers to wait three years for $15 per hour when $15 per hour isn’t very likely to be worth $15 per hour anymore. They are also exempting tips and health care coverage.

 

Ms. Sawant voted against this and made some noise about it — but the unions and some other components of her support network are going along with the Democrat’s deal (sound familiar?) so she may not be able to do much and in fact could hurt her credibility now by pushing too hard against this while Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will now most likely get the lion’s share of the credit for $15 per hour and he will most likely receive major kudos for selling us out.

 

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The United States is #1 — NOT

 

The United States is not the number one place for mothers; we rated #60 in the world behind such advanced economies such as

 

http://medicalxpress.com/tags/systematic+analysis/

 

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-05-maternal-deaths-states.html

 

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Blows Against the Death Penalty

 

I love how our opponents often do more to promote our causes than any of us manage to do. After the outrageous botched execution in Oklahoma — especially after the governor of Oklahoma had gone to such incredible lengths to make sure this execution happened while simultaneously forbidding the inmate in question from knowing what drugs they were going to use to kill him — I am thinking that anti-death penalty activists should thank the governor of Oklahoma for striking such a telling blow against the death penalty.

 

In addition, I cannot find the documentation right now and I’ve gotta go to press, but there was a study done showing that around one in twenty people given the death penalty are innocent.

 

 

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of May 8th thru 15th 2014

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1) FYI Section:

 

1A) Free Low Flow Shower Heads

 

From John:

 

At https://www.energyfederation.org/100219/default.php/cPath/5301they have free low-flow showerheads, both fixed and hand-held.

 

I just ordered one of each (free shipping, too).

 

John

 

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1B) Green Party Newsletter

 

The local Green Party has started a newsletter. Keep up with Third Party politics.

 

From Jonesy:

 

I have created a newsletter for our local Green Party.  If you wish to view future editions, please email me — R. Jones rj@oflanigan.net

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Jonesy

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2) Film Screening: Cesar Chavez; History is Made One Step at a Time

Runs Friday May 9th thru Thursday May 15th @ Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

 

Come learn about an activist legend.

 

From OFS:

 

May 9 – May 15

Cesar Chavez:

History is Made One Step at a Time

Fri 5/9 9:00 w/ Mezzanine Lounge open; Sat 5/10 6:30; Sun 5/11 5:00; Mon 5/12 6:30; Tue 5/13 9:00; Wed 5/14 6:30; Thu 5/15 4:00 & 9:00

Dir: Diego Luna / 2014 / US / 102 min / DCP

 

César Chávez (played by Michael Peña), a quietly powerful, pioneering labor leader and dedicated pacifist, refusing to be bullied, changed history one step at a time and inspired millions from all walks of life, who had never worked a farm, to fight for social justice. This bio-drama shows Chavez multilayered, torn between family and the struggle for a living wage and dignity for exploited farm workers. Using archival footage fused with dramatic sequences, the story is briskly told. Failing to make headway leafleting, Chavez loads up his eight kids and wife Helen (America Ferrara) to work in the fields by day, holding organizing meetings by night, building coalitions. When Reagan’s California makes it illegal to say “huelga” (strike) in the fields, Helen screams it with chilling passion. Dolores Huerta (Rosario Dawson) works with them, forming what becomes the United Farm Workers. Bogdanovich (John Malkovich) portrays a complicated composite character: grape grower, major landowner, and immigrant. Advocating boycotts and peaceful protests, Chávez begins a 25-day hunger strike to bring growers and workers to the table…a subject that reaches across time.

 

http://olympiafilmsociety.org/cesar-chavez/

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3) Film Screening: Particle Fever

Runs Friday May 9th thru Thursday May 15th @ Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

 

Activist nerds! Your day has come!

 

From OFS:

 

May 9 – May 15

 

Particle Fever

 

– Q&A opening night with physics faculty at TESC, EJ Zita

Fri 5/9 6:30 w/ Mezzanine Lounge open; Sat 5/10 9:00; Sun 5/11 2:30 & 7:30; Mon 5/12 9:00; Tue 5/13 6:30; Wed 5/14 9:00; Thu 5/15 6:30

Dir: Mark A. Levinson / 2014 / US / 99 min / DCP

 

What is the Higgs boson or ‘God Particle’? That’s what scientists have wondered since its theoretic discovery in 1964. Particle Fever follows the current quest to find this elusive piece of a mesmerizing puzzle that could be the key to unlocking the hidden secrets of the universe. Based at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research), a sprawling, multimillion-dollar science experiment is being performed by a group of avid scientists and the aid of thousands of computers. In this fascinating documentary, the parties involved reveal their competing theories in an absorbing and understandable style. From the scientist rooting for the proof of the multi-verse to the theorist whose viewpoint is immersed in logic, Particle Fever delves into a world where universal discovery isn’t just possible, it’s certain. Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times says, “The gift of this film is that it’s able to make these inquiries and the scientific quests not only comprehensible but unexpectedly captivating.”

 

http://olympiafilmsociety.org/particle-fever/

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4) Benefit Film Screening for POGO: Me, My Mom & Mary P

Saturday May 10th at 1 pm @ Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

 

Come help benefit POGO!

 

From POGO:

 

Saturday, May 10 – POGO Presents

 

Me, My Mom & Mary P.

(Mary Poppins that is!)

 

See the Mary Poppins film on the big screen & more

 

1:00pm doors / 1:30 pm music / 2:00 pm film

ADMISSION BY DONATION at the box office day of show

 

Dir: Robert Stevenson / 1964 / US / 139 min / DCP

Join POGO (Play on Greater Olympia) as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic family film MARY POPPINS! Admission is by donation with all proceeds benefiting POGO. Enjoy live entertainment, a Mary Poppins look-a-like contest, “Practically Perfect” buttons for mom and more!

 

POGO (Play on Greater Olympia) is an innovative after school program at Washington Middle School, designed to positively affect social change and nurture promising futures for Thurston County youth through musical instruction. The POGO program is designed for students who do not have access to music instruction or would benefit from such a program. POGO is free to eligible students and tuition is funded through scholarships.

 

http://olympiafilmsociety.org/pogo-presents-me-my-mom-mary-p-mary-poppins-that-is/

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5) Film Screening: “Inequality for All” & a Discussion about I-1329

Saturday May 10th at 7 pm @ Unitarian Universalist Church, 2300 E End St NW

 

Come learn about the initiative to take our community back from mega-corporations.

 

From Jennifer:

 

This event is FREE and open to the general public. Donations are greatly appreciated.

 

“In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic policy expert Robert Reich takes on the enormous question of what has been happening to our economy. He distills the story through the lens of widening income inequality — currently at historic highs — and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on our economy but our democracy itself.”

More about the film: http://www.inequalityforall.com/

 

Local volunteers with the WA I-1329 campaign will be on hand to answer questions, and will have:

+ I -1329 petitions to sign,

+ blank petition forms to take with you to collect signatures,

+ stamps to stamp your dollars and “stamp money out of politics”,

+ swag (buttons, signs, bumper stickers…),

+ voter registration forms….

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/737412289632195/

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6) Bonus Tip of the Week:

 

Assume all politicians guilty until proven innocent.

 

 

Dana

 

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