The Thunderbolt 052214 Department of Jokes





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1) FYI Section:

1A) Call to Action from CREDO about Net Neutrality

1B) TC Pro Net Picnic and Candidate Forum Call for Volunteers

2) Connecting to the Grid with Electricity from Food Waste and Other Renewables

3) Crude Awakening Oil Train Tour

4) Reverberations from Fukashima

5) March Against Monsanto

6) National Missing Children’s Day

7) Meeting to Plan to Strengthen Democracy by Passing a Community Rights Ordinance

8) Mad Hatter Tea Party for Mental Health

9) Fighting for a Living Wage Olympia

10) Native Plant Salvage 20th Anniversary Annual Dinner and Volunteer Recognition

11) Bonus Tip of the Week



Department of Jokes




Hey Kids!


I hate to alarm you right off the bat here (ha ha ha) but the effects of climate change appear to be coming much faster and much stronger than even the most pessimistic models were predicting. Yet more evidence just surfaced when the results of two separate studies revealed that the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is not only about to melt, but it is melting faster than they thought it would. That means a very large increase in sea level which means a very large volume of very deep doo doo for humanity.


Ironically, Antarctica is the driest continent on the planet but it simultaneously contains over 90% of the world’s entire supply of fresh water. Antarctica averages only 3 inches per year of precipitation — about the same as Death Valley. However, since most of Antarctica is thousands of feet above sea level, then this means that most of Antarctica never gets above freezing which means that all three of those inches falls as snow and — until recently anyway — once it fell it never melted. For hundreds of thousands of years, three inches of snow per year has been accumulating on the Antarctic Ice Sheets to the point where the ice is now many thousands of feet thick in many areas.


The Western Antarctic Ice Sheet alone contains just less than 10% of all the fresh water on our entire planet. If the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet were to melt then this alone will raise sea levels by around 10 feet.


According to scientists, it is no longer a question of whether the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is going to melt — the question now is only how fast it’s going to happen and that is a very important question because our ability to deal with it will be directly affected by how fast it happens. 10 feet over a few hundred years is a whole different deal than 10 feet over 40 years.




Department of Jokes


Many have noted that many government departments resemble a joke. During the Cold War Yakov Smirnoff escaped the Soviet Union and became a popular comedian in the US. Mr. Smirnoff describes how in the Soviet Union, all comedians had to submit all jokes to the ‘Department of Humour’ for approval.


A literal Department of Jokes.


With the fall of the Soviet Union, David Letterman listed the fact that this was going to put Yakov Smirnoff out of business as number one of his top ten list for the effects of this collapse — and this was an accurate assessment for awhile. Mr. Smirnoff’s career indeed took a crap. He realized that he needed to find someplace where they didn’t know that the Cold War was over — and so he moved to Branson, Missouri, bought his own nightclub, and he is now doing just fine now thank you.




We’ve Got a New Friend!


I actually have had supporters [of the TPP] say to me, “[The TPP negotiations] have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed.”


                        —Senator Elizabeth Warren


Spectacular news this week! We now have an ally in the United States Senate! Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, is taking a stand on money in politics! He has been blasting the Koch brothers for using their incredible wealth to purchase our government! He is blaming them for everything from economic inequality to global warming! The Senate Majority Leader is finally attacking the base-core problem with our democracy! Yippee!


However, we must be clear here: Mr. Reid’s admonitions do not apply to Sheldon Adelson, the richest man in Reid’s home state of Nevada! According to Harry Reid, even though Mr. Adelson makes his ‘contributions’ to pretty much the same right-wing causes as the Koch brothers do, the difference is that Adelson honestly believes in his causes whereas the Kochs are only in it for the money.


Senator Reid said, “He [Adelson] is in it because he has certain ideological views”


Boy, big load off my mind! Sheldon Adelson is actually a good guy because Adelson honestly believes in fascism whereas the Kochs are only in it for cynical selfish economic reasons! Glad we cleared that up!


And how do we tell which rich right-wingers are true ideologues and which are simply people trying to buy the government for selfish greedy ends? Simple! Whoever Reid likes is an honest broker while anyone Reid doesn’t like is a vile corrupter of our government!


That makes things so simple! Thank you Senator Reid!


So who are Harry Reid’s donors? Who are the top 5 contributors that are financially backing our brave battler for money out of politics?




Hires lobbyists?

Lobbying firm?*

Lobbyist(s) give
to member?





Weitz & Luxenberg






Simmons Law Firm






Morgan & Morgan






Girardi & Keese






Comcast Corp






Boy, who da’ thunk that a bunch of über-wealthy law firms and Comcast were actually good guys in disguise? Comcast wants to buy Senator Reid and take monopoly control of the Internet not because they are a greedy wholly owned subsidiary of the corporate War Machine — Comcast is doing it for pure ideological reasons!


And our good Senator Reid is not even in Comcast’s top ten list of political patronage!


Here is a list of the top government recipients of Comcast largesse:




From Indivs

From Orgs

 Democratic Governors Assn




 Republican Governors Assn




 National Republican Congressional Cmte




 Democratic Legislative Campaign Cmte




 Boehner, John




 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte




 McConnell, Mitch




 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte




 National Republican Senatorial Cmte




 Natl Conference of Democratic Mayors





Top Candidate Recipients, 2013-2014

John Boehner (R-OH)


Mitch McConnell (R-KY)


Greg Walden (R-OR)


Ed Markey (D-MA)


Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)



See? Comcast is bi-partisan! They want to buy everyone!


You can rest easy and go back to sleep now…




The Africans Have some New Friends Too!


Over the last decade several million mostly civilians have been killed in the Congo with nary a peep from the western Media Machine. Evidently they have more important things to cover. (What did happen at Ben Ghazi anyway?)


The kidnapping and enslaving and/or forced-marrying of young girls has also been a common practice in central Africa for a long time now and again the Media Machine has never thought this worthy of much if any comment.


Suddenly — for some unknown reason — they are paying attention to something that happened to some Africans! Suddenly everyone is rising up in outrage over the mass-kidnapping of several hundred young African girls!


Some cynics (you know who you are!) would point out that you can’t believe much of what the Media Machine tells you about much of anything and that any time they are creating a new bogeyman you must take anything they say about them with a ton of salt — but this time Boko Harum themselves put out a video showing what violent murderous nut cases they are. Thus, they can be easily dehumanized and exterminated rather than asking the hard questions about why some people are reduced to such insanity.


Some cynics might also speculate that the publicity being given to these new African bogeymen is associated with the warning I issued last year when the US government announced that Africa was now getting its very own American Military Command called AFRICOM, and I warned that this meant that the African people had better watch their backs and head for the hills because the USA is about to drop a ton of democratic whoopee on their asses. Things like Boko Haram and Kony can be transformed into a cassus belli to insert military shenanigans into a valuable area if you play your cards right…


But that’s only the cynics who think things like that. We must clearly cheer nearly any step taken with the intention of taking down these heavily armed mass-murdering lunatics who kidnap and rape little girls — and just continue to ignore all the other things that are happening there and all the things that continue to happen.


For instance: Boko Harum has continued to attack villages and kidnap little girls but even though the Media Machine actually has reporters on the ground in country at the moment (who knows for how long?) they are focused only on the single mass-kidnapping and they continue to ignore the smaller less spectacular lower profile kidnappings that are happening right under their noses even as they continue their breathless coverage of the latest officially designated media circus…




Capitalism vs. Collaborative Commons


I have written extensively about how we already have the technology and know-how to transform the Earth into a paradise with plenty of everything for everyone but that we aren’t being allowed to because a bunch of oily nuclear sociopaths run our world for their own personal benefit.


Jeremy Rifkin has written a very important piece on capitalism vs. the collaborative commons.


From Rifkin:


Several million people have transformed their homes and businesses into micro-power plants to harvest renewable energy on site. Even before any of the fixed costs for installation of solar and wind are paid back — often in as little as two to eight years — the marginal cost of the harvested energy is nearly free. Unlike fossil fuels and uranium for nuclear power, in which the commodity itself always costs something, the sun collected on your rooftop, the wind traveling up the side of your building, the heat coming up from the ground under your office, and the garbage anaerobically decomposing into biomass energy in your kitchen are all nearly free. We also have the technology to connect, produce and share our own energy, physical products, and services on a global Collaborative Commons at low or near zero marginal cost. That too is beginning to evolve on a small scale as thousands of start-up businesses and hobbyists establish 3D-printing operations, infofacture products at near zero marginal cost, power their labs with green electricity, market their goods for nearly free on hundreds of global websites, and deliver their products in electric and fuel-cell vehicles powered by their own green energy.”


This is exactly where we need to go but the Machine can’t control every aspect of our personal lives under this model so they are battling us tooth and nail.


They [consumers] are also sharing cars, homes, clothes and other items via social media sites, rentals, redistribution clubs, and cooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Meanwhile, students are enrolling in free massive open online courses (MOOCs) that operate at near zero marginal cost. Social entrepreneurs are even bypassing the banking establishment and using crowd-funding to finance socially responsible startup businesses as well as creating alternative currencies in the incipient sharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, sustainability supersedes consumerism, cooperation ousts competition, and ‘exchange value’ in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by ‘sharable value’ on the Collaborative Commons.”


This is happening. It’s not happening fast enough though. Mr. Rifkin also points out that this new reality is endangered by the usual suspects, i.e. large Wall Street firms that want to continue to monopolize our lives and Mr. Rifkin points out that the current battle over net neutrality is a central part of this battle.


The struggle between investor capitalists and prosumer collaboratists over control of the Internet of Things, while still embryonic, is shaping up to be the critical economic battle of the first half of the twenty-first century. Global telecom, cable, Internet, energy and electricity companies are determined to enclose the IoT and monopolize the flow of communication, power generation, and logistics, keeping the price of producing and distributing goods and services far above their marginal cost, to optimize their profits. The new prosumers, on the other hand, are increasingly banding together in lateral networks, producing and sharing information goods, renewable energy, 3D printed products, and an array of services on a global Collaborative Commons at near zero marginal costs, disrupting the workings of capitalist markets. The unfolding economic clash between the capitalists and collaboratists is a manifestation of a cultural conflict that will likely redefine the nature of the human journey in the years ahead. If there is an underlying theme to the emerging cultural conflict, it is the ‘monopolization vs. democratization of everything’.”



We need to push back and we need to push back hard and we need to push back now.




Building a Nation


History will be kind to us…

…for I intend to write it…

                        —Winston Churchill


From 1800 to 1935 our number one cash export was cotton. From 1800 to 1860 that cotton was grown and harvested by slaves; after 1860 much of it was grown and harvested by share-croppers who were little more than slaves.


We are never going to truly heal our wounds until we acknowledge that our entire economic foundation was built on the backs of black people.


It’s time to get to work…



The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of May 22nd thru 28th 2014




1) FYI Section:


1A) Call to Action from CREDO about Net Neutrality


The Democrats sold us out on net neutrality. Surprise, surprise. (Has anyone ever noticed that they always find just enough Democrats to pass whatever vile crap they’re pushing through at any given time?)


CREDO is actually quite effective, and as little as I think of online petitions I must admit that they are very quick and easy and signing one is probably better than not doing anything, so whatever. I would suggest getting on CREDO’s mailing list anyway because they tend to be all over the important issues.


From CREDO:                    


20 turncoat Democrats sold us out to AT&T, Verizon and Comcast

The petition to the 20 turncoat Democrats reads: 

“Shame on you for selling us out to AT&T, Comcast and Verizon by signing your name to an industry-backed letter urging the FCC to kill Net Neutrality.”

Automatically add your name:



20 turncoat Democrats sold us out to AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.


Infuriatingly, they signed an industry-backed letter telling the FCC not to re-regulate broadband Internet as a public utility.1


If the FCC listens to these turncoat Democrats and fails to treat broadband as a utility, what we’ll end up with is nothing short of the corporate takeover of the Internet and an end to Net Neutrality. This is unacceptable.


Click here to automatically sign our petition to the 20 turncoat Democrats telling them that you deeply object to their decision to side with the wealthy telecommunications corporations over Internet users.


This letter these Democrats signed was not simply a symbolic or empty gesture. Letters like this can have a profound impact.


In 2010, a similar letter signed by 74 House Democrats is widely understood to have played a big role in stopping the FCC from re-regulating broadband at that time and treating it like a vital public utility. Instead, we got weak rules that were recently struck down by a federal court.

While supporters of Net Neutrality can take some comfort in the greatly diminished numbers of turncoat Democrats, there is still no excuse for any of them to side with Big Telecom over American consumers.

We need to make sure they know that we are paying attention and will hold them accountable when they undermine Net Neutrality protections.


Click here to automatically sign our petition to the turncoat Democrats telling them that you deeply object to their decision to side with the wealthy telecommunications corporations over Internet users.


This comes down to is a principle known as “Net Neutrality.”


Net Neutrality says that Internet users, not ISPs, should be in control. It ensures that Internet service providers can’t speed up, slow down, or block web content based on its source, ownership, or destination.


Net Neutrality is important because the Internet is an essential service Americans rely on to conduct our most basic daily affairs, from applying for a job to finding a home, to running a small business. And our right to communicate freely and be heard lies at the heart of our ability to participate equally in our democracy.

A string of federal court cases has made it abundantly clear that the FCC has the power to enforce strong Net Neutrality rules, but only if the FCC goes through the process of undoing a terrible Bush-era decision to deregulate broadband instead of treating it like the vital public utility it has become.


Re-regulating (in FCC jargon, “reclassifying”) broadband is the change we really need and is the only way to establish Net Neutrality regulations with teeth.


But rather than take that clear (and clearly legal) path of re-regulating broadband as a public utility, the 20 turncoat Democrats who signed the industry letter want the FCC to allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to divide the Internet into fast lanes for wealthy corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us. This would put the final nail in the coffin of Net Neutrality.


In other words, these Democrats decided to stand with wealthy corporations rather than stand up for your interests.


Click here to automatically sign the petition telling them you want them to stand up for Internet users like you, not the giant telecoms.


Powerful companies with a vested interest in this fight like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast have armies of lobbyists to push their agenda.


If these Democrats are going to get the message that it’s unacceptable for them to sell out Internet users, it’s only going to be because people like you speak up.


So take a minute right now to sign our petition. You can do so automatically by clicking the link below:


Thank you for standing up for a free and open Internet.


Becky Bond, Political Director

CREDO Action from Working Assets




1B) TC Pro Net Picnic and Candidate Forum Call for Volunteers


This is a good event.


From TC Pro Net:


TC Pro-Net Picnic and Candidate Forum!


Sunday, July 13 is the big day! This potluck event is a big draw for candidates and voters, and for those who enjoy fresh salmon, chicken and great food! We will post information about the venue, parking and program in the near future.  Right now, we need some volunteers!  Can you help with any of the following?

  • Set up
  • Check in – Registration
  • Food / Kitchen management
  • Recycle monitor
  • Clean up

If so, please send email to and specify your preference for work assignment. Thanks in advance for your help!


The TC Pro-Net Team





2) Connecting to the Grid with Electricity from Food Waste and Other Renewables

Thursday May 22nd at 6:30 pm @ Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1 Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW


Come learn how to escape from the Machine’s grid!


From Thurston Public Power:


Connecting to the Grid with Electricity from Food Waste (and other Renewables) 


With Tom MacLean, Manager, Customer Renewable Energy Programs, Puget Sound Energy
Jan Allen, President, Impact Bioenergy 
Scott Morgan, Director of Sustainability, The Evergreen State College

Thursday, May 22

6:30 – 8:30 pm 

6:30: Enjoy light refreshments and network

7:00: Program begins 

Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 280

2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia


Join us on May 22 for an educational event about an exciting form of renewable energy. Solar, wind, and hydro are great ways to generate electricity – depending on the weather.


One resource that doesn’t get as much attention is how we can generate energy from organic waste.  Luckily a panel of regional leaders will join us to talk about anaerobic digester technology, a pilot project planned for The Evergreen State College, and connecting renewable energy projects to our regional grid.


Tom MacLean from Puget Sound Energy will provide examples of renewable energy projects, and outline the process of working with PSE toward distributed generation interconnection, from initial application to operation. As he says, “Customers have the right to net metering; hence PSE will make interconnection a good customer experience at the lowest cost and use minimal time.”


Scott Morgan is in the preliminary phase of developing a project at The Evergreen State College that will handle local food wastes in a manner that he believes is the highest and best use:

  1. Keep organic waste out of the landfill
  2. Extract energy for electricity and heat
  3. Capture theelemental nutrients as compost for local use

This project is an example of what can be done at a variety of scales, in a distributed manner, to convert ‘waste disposal’ into true ‘resource recovery’.

            Scott Morgan


Jan Allen from Impact Bioenergy is helping Scott develop TESC’s pilot project, and will talk about how anaerobic digester technology converts organic waste into distributed renewable energy.  His company’s technology provides “co-located, onsite renewable energy production and organic waste recycling.” This reduces energy and disposal costs, yielding the greatest economic and environmental impact.


If you have considered coming out for an EcoBuilding event, but for some reason haven’t been able to make it happen – May is the time.



3) Crude Awakening Oil Train Tour

Friday May 23rd at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW


Come learn about the proposed disaster of oil trains running through our state.


From Oly Climate Action:


Dana Lyons – Crude Awakening Oil Train Tour with Matt Krogh – May 23 – 7:00 pm

Traditions Cafe

Concert by Dana
Talk & Info by Matt Krogh of Forest Ethics

Come learn about the proposed oil export trains, filled with explosive North Dakota oil (the kind that blew up in Quebec, North Dakota & Alabama in the last year killing 47 people) which the oil industry wants to ship through our towns so they can export it through the Salish Sea. Come learn how our region is organizing to stop these oil trains and how you can help. And enjoy a few tunes while you’re at it.

Cost: Suggested donation $10

– See more at:


Pat Rasmussen

World Temperate Rainforest Network

PO Box 13273

Olympia, WA 98508




4) Reverberations from Fukashima

Friday May 23rd at 7 pm @ Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E


Come learn about the ongoing disaster of Fukashima.


From Oly FOR:


Fri May 23: Reverberations from Fukushima: Poet Leah Stenson is the co-editor of the powerful new anthology Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out. The US public is woefully unaware of the situation surrounding Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. But Japan’s poets have spoken out on Fukushima’s causes and effects. The anthology contains fifty poems in both an English translation and their original Japanese, as well as essays and commentary. 7:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, downtown Olympia. (360)



5) March Against Monsanto

Saturday May 24th at 11 am @ Washington State Capitol, 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW


Monsanto is killing our world. Come let them know that we know.


From Bruce:


PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD about this. Bring your signs/costumes from the 2013 Marches Against Monsanto. Gather at the Tivoli Fountain on the WA State Capitol Campus (approximate address: 1300 Capitol Way South, between 11th Ave. & 14th Ave. SE). Parking on the Capitol Campus and in downtown Olympia is free on the weekends. Please RSVP here.



6) National Missing Children’s Day

Saturday May 24th at 11 am @ Wal Mart, 5900 Littlerock Rd, Tumwater


Come help missing and exploited children, one of the elephants in our cultural room.


From Rosalinda:


In it’s 3rd year, “Bringing Them Home”, campaign event, The Trinity Assignments is hosting this event for missing children.


Missing Children’s Day Guest Agencies


1.)Partners in Prevention Education


2.) Washington State Patrol


3.) Thurston County Sheriff’s Office


4.) Tumwater Police Department


5.) South Puget Sound Search and Rescue


6.) Tumwater Fire Department


7.) The Justice & Mercy Foundation


8.) SAVE


9.) City Gates


10.) N W Cave


11.) Shared Hope


12.) Police – Both Lacey and Tumwater


13.) Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking


14.) South Puget Sound Mobile Rescue


15.) Mini Skool


16.) Foundation of Blessings


17.) American Medical Response


18.) Thurston County Boys & Girls Club


19.) Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs


20.) Bikers Against Child Abuse


21.) Union Gospel Mission


22.) Lewis County Emergency Communications – 911


23.) Tumwater Fire Department




25.) Gordon’s Trucking


26.) The Trinity Assignments


27.) Crime Stoppers –Olympia


27.) Thurston County Search & Rescue



7) Meeting to Plan to Strengthen Democracy by Passing a Community Rights Ordinance [CRO]

Saturday May 24th at Noon @ MIXX 96 Meeting Room, Corner of State and Washington


The Community Rights Movement is sweeping the country. This is the antidote to corporate control of our lives.


From Janet:


Sat May 24: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): Several kinds of organizing and work are underway now. Several CROs that have passed elsewhere are posted at noon at Mixx-96 meeting room at SW corner of State & Washington, downtown. Info: Janet Jordanjanetjordan@fastmail.fmand South Sound Community Rights (http://cr-southsound.orgMore info: www.celdf.organd



8) Mad Hatter Tea Party for Mental Health

Saturday May 24th at 1 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE


Come participate in Mental Health Month!


From Youth N Action:


Come join Youth ‘N Action in celebration of mental health month at our MAD HATTER TEA PARTY. We’re all a little bit mad, and we are gathering to celebrate the unique madness in each of us.


Activities: Hat making, Photo Booth, Tea Time, Games, Open-mic


Wonderland costumes encouraged!


“Do you think I’m mad?”

“Yes, but all the best people are.”

-Mad Hatter to Alice



9) Fighting for a Living Wage Olympia

Wednesday May 28th thru Thursday May 29th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW


This is grassroots bottom line.


From Economics for Everyone:


This workshop will explore the possibilities and issues to building a campaign for a living wage in Olympia. We will go beyond theory and knowledge and dedicate time to formulate the beginnings of a campaign that is similar to the $15 NOW campaign in Seattle.



10) Native Plant Salvage 20th Anniversary Annual Dinner and Volunteer Recognition

Friday May 30th from 5 to 9 pm @ Abigail Stuart House, 1002 Washington St SE

RSVP by May 26th


Restoring habitat for 20 years! Come celebrate!


From Native Plant Salvage:


You are invited to celebrate 20 years of action and education in the community to protect and restore water resources and habitat!

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the festivities will continue until 9:00 p.m. The dinner will be held at a new exciting location, the Abigail Stewart House at 1002 Washington St. SE, Olympia. In addition to dinner and an all-you-can-eat Olympic Mt. Ice Cream & Sorbet bar, the event features live music by Vince Brown. Local wines, beers, & hard cider will also be served.

The night’s activities will also include a presentation by artist Kathy Gore-Fuss, recognition of volunteers, and a silent auction to raise funds to support education and action projects.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required!



11) Bonus Tip of the Week:


Make a new friend today!





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