The Thunderbolt 092514 End of the World Blues

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The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

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1) FYI Section:

   1A) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar

   1B) Public Comment on the Olympia Comprehensive Plan Sought

2) TESC Red Square Show

3) Muffin Fest: A Secret Café for the Port Military Resistance Legal Defense Fund

4) Wolves and Wine; a Benefit for Wolf Haven

5) Climate Change: From Despair and Denial to Courage and Action!

6) Bonus Tip of the Week

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End of the World Blues!

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The Thunderbolt Makes History:

The First Official Announcement of a Candidacy for President of the United States!

Hey Kids!

In an explosive exclusive, the Thunderbolt makes history this week by announcing the very first candidacy for the 2016 presidential election!

[Cheers, applause, wild yelling, exuberant exaltation, etc.]

Yes, since election season starts earlier and earlier every cycle, the Thunderbolt has decided to get into the spirit of things, jump the gun, and get on the 2016 election while everyone else is still focusing on the boring mid-terms!

But first, let’s review…

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Our Situation:

At this point, there are two choices for the 2016 presidential election:

  1. We will be clubbed on the head by Republicans
  2. We will be stabbed in the back by Democrats

At least everyone believes that those are the only two choices — and the funny thing about that is that it is actually true — but only because everyone believes it is true — and if everyone would just stop believing it was true — then it would no longer be true!

And so the Thunderbolt now officially declares that the official Thunderbolt policy for the 2016 presidential election is to encourage everyone to stop believing that having rigged voting machines deciding which of two lying corporate fascists that Wall Street is going to install in the White House every four years is the only two choice we have!

And in that spirit the Thunderbolt is proud to revive a veteran presidential candidate from all the way back in 1984 and who, under the sponsorship and tutelage of the esteemed elder statesman Wavy Gravy, ran against a B-grade movie actor turned presidential candidate Ronald Reagan!

Yes, as impossible as the Dream seems, the Thunderbolt is proud to be the first to announce that 2016 will witness the revival of the Nobody for President campaign!

[Cheers, applause, wild yelling, exuberant exaltation, etc.]

Yes! Let it ring out from the mountaintop: US OUT OF NORTH AMERICA! NOBODY FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016!

Nobody can end hunger and poverty! Nobody can bring an end to war! Nobody can provide the perfect society! Nobody can even cure the common cold!

If nobody can do all these things then I think that nobody should be president!

Let’s hear it!

NOBODY FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016!

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End of the World Blues

I constantly diss on the American public for being so ignorant of the facts. Even worse are people who do know the facts but choose to ignore them and/or just shrug their shoulders and pretend there is nothing they can do about it.

I pride myself on going with the facts even if I don’t like them.

Actually, I am completely full of shite. If you coldly look at the situation focusing only on the facts, then those facts indicate that due mostly to catastrophic and unprecedented climactic changes (though there are also several other factors involved) the planet is about to become highly inhospitable for humanity and most if not all other higher life forms and, in fact, the facts seem to indicate that the Earth is going to become so inhospitable that all higher life forms on the entire planet — us included — are about to go extinct.

There are numerous scientists trying to warn people of this. Derrick Jensen, for instance, is one truly scary dude.

http://www.derrickjensen.org/

There is an information aggregator whose name is Guy McPherson. Mr. McPherson has been collecting the science on climate change and putting it all in one place.

http://guymcpherson.com/

You will be blown away. The facts are pretty much irrefutable, though many refute them. The climate is changing several times faster than even the most pessimistic models have been predicting and with the single most dangerous problem of all being almost completely ignored by nearly everyone including most climate activists — i.e. massive methane eruptions from the arctic ocean and the arctic tundra as they thaw out — then judging purely from the facts then there seems — literally — to be no hope for humanity’s survival.

Mr. McPherson is saying that since we’re beyond hope then we just need to accept our impending extinction. He points out that of all generations, we will be the one that gets to see humanity’s final act.

Actually, I think I’d rather miss that part myself.

Mr. McPherson is widely vilified and attacked — including by numerous prominent climate activists — but every attack I have seen so far attacks him personally and they mostly ignore the science he has behind his assertions.

This is often an indication that someone is telling uncomfortable truths.

Promoting Agendas 101: If you can’t attack the message, then attack the messenger.

There are support groups on Facebook to provide help and support for people who have accepted humanity’s impending extinction.

As for myself, I am psychologically incapable of going there. I accept the known facts — but at the same time, I am aware of the existence of karma — and in my view having humanity come as far as we have only to burn it all up just does not seem karmically appropriate…

…thus, I am expecting something unexpected to happen. Since I can’t imagine what it could be other than unexpected then I can’t even speculate with any credibility. Space aliens? The Tesla machine? Jesus riding out of the sky? Whatever. I haven’t yet given up hope. Thus, I fully intend to battle on…

Things are looking really frigging bad, though.

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of September 25th thru October 1st 2014

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1) FYI Section:

1A) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar

If you don’t already get the Olympia FOR newsletter you should.

Here is part of why you should:

  • Events with FOR in the left margin are sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
  • All phone numbers are in area code (360) unless specified otherwise.
  • All addresses are in or near Olympia WA unless specified otherwise.
  • The Olympia FOR’s website — www.olympiafor.org – includes the last several years’ worth of newsletters, including descriptions of our TV programs. You can watch our TV programs through our website’s TV Programs page.
  • More information about some of the Olympia FOR’s sponsored activities are published in our newsletters.  Our newsletters are posted at www.olympiafor.org
  • If you’d like to receive future issues of our newsletter on paper by postal mail – and/or electronic copies by e-mail – contact glen@olympiafor.org or (360) 491-9093.

Every Week:

FOR Twice a week, every week:  Participate in the Olympia FOR’s two peace vigils every week:  every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in the NW corner of Sylvester Park (at Legion & Capitol Way), and every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the south end of Percival Landing (at 4th & Water).  Please come for all or part of these times to witness in a friendly way for peace and nonviolence.  We provide plenty of signs.  The Artesian Rumble Arkestra jazz band joins us every Friday at 5:00 to support our vigil!  Info: 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm

FOR 3 times a week throughout September:  Watch “TPP:  A ‘Free Trade’ Scam Much Worse than NAFTA” on TV in Thurston County or on your home computer atany time, anywhere:  TCTV cable channel 22 air dates are every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm. Also, you can watch it on your computer at anytime into the future from anywhere through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm Read a description at that part of our website. Info: (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

FOR  Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park (corner of Legion & Capitol Way). Please come for all or part of the hour to witness in a very friendly way for peace and nonviolence. We provide plenty of signs. Info: 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org www.olympiafor.org 

FOR  Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm: Peace Vigil at south end of Percival Landing at 4th& Water downtown.  Please join us for whatever length of time you can.  We provide plenty of signs.  Also enjoy the Artesian Rumble Arkestra jazz band that joins us at 5:00 to support our vigil! Sponsor: Olympia FOR. Info: 360-491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org www.olympiafor.org 

Every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm: “Women in Black” Silent Vigil for Peace on the south side of W 4th Ave near the fountain.  Women only.  Please wear black. Some signs are provided. Since 1988 “Women in Black” has been a loose network of women worldwide committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to war and violence. Info: Rosemary Barnhart 866-7589 rosemary.b@comcast.net

FOR  Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in downtown Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia. On some Saturdays gather afterward nearby at a nearby coffee house.  Sponsor: Fire Mountain FOR. Info: June Butler 360-748-9658 juneb2@earthlink.net or Larry Kerschner 360-880-4741 larry@peacepoet.me

Every Sat and Sun:  The South Sound Estuarium, a marine life discovery center, is open at 608 Washington Street NE, one block south of the Olympia Farmers’ Market, from 10 am to 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday.  It is possible to schedule group visits during the week by appointment only. Info: Leihla: (360) 888-0565 http://sseacenter.wordpress.com/

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Specific Dates:

Fri-Sun Sept 26-28:  Pacific NW Social Forum in Portland, Oregon:  Dozens of organizers working for social, economic and climate justice from throughout the Pacific Northwest have been planning the Pacific NW Social Forum for more than a year.  This three-day event will feature music; a fundraiser/solidarity action for a computer center in Burundi, Africa; and assemblies and panels on topics including Indigenous Treaty Rights, Climate Justice, Housing and Homelessness and Democracy.  The event’s overall goal is to create a Pacific NW People’s Plan for Social, Economic and Climate Justice with strategy and actions for the next two years.  The event will conclude with a direct action on Sunday.  This is one of many local and regional events nationwide during 2014 that are building toward larger gatherings in 2015 for the US Social Forum, which is part of the World Social Forum, which began in 2005 when 100,000 people gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  The Social Forum concept – including the USSF – is not a typical conference, but rather a space where people come together to devise peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis.  The USSF seeks to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and
 changes history.  Register at www.pnwsf.org and contribute on a sliding scale of $10-$100 with the opportunity to do 2-hours of barter work in exchange for registration.  Info: Monica Beemer, 503-860-9880 monibeem@gmail.com  www.pnwsf.org

Sat Sept 27:  3rd Annual Community Cafe Conversation:  Enjoy this discussion about the age of active wisdom from 9 am to 12 noon at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St NW, downtown Olympia.  Please RSVP at (360) 586-6181

Sat Sept 27:  Holly Gwinn Graham performs at Traditions with “Music to Cheer You (and to Cheer To)”   Holly Gwinn Graham, your stalwart purveyor of Musical opinions and occasional hilarity, will again play Olympia’s best venue, Traditions Fair Trade Café (5th & Water downtown) at 8 pm.  Info:  (360) 867-0257 hollypatrice@comcast.net www.holly

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1B) Public Comment on the Olympia Comprehensive Plan Sought

 

Public Comment Invited on Preliminary Docket for Comp Plan Amendments
The 2014-2015 Preliminary Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments is now available to the public for review and written comment. The preliminary docket is a list of proposed changes to the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan. Comments on the preliminary docket must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 2.

General plan amendments include projects pertaining to:

 

Prairie Habitat Conservation Plan

Shorelines Master Plan policies and regulations

Annual amendments to the Capital Facilities Plan

Updates to the Grand Mound Sub-Area Plan and design guidelines

Review of transfer of development rights programs and policies

Evaluating land use based on a watershed analysis

Click here for full details and to review the proposed amendments. Written comments can be sent to Cindy Wilson, wilsonc@co.thurston.wa.us.

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2) TESC Red Square Show

Friday September 26th at 7 pm @ the Evergreen State College Red Square

If you’d like to plug in with some of the more radical elements out at Evergreen, they will be here.

From Koyote:

This is a free show celebrating the end of orientation week at the Evergreen State College. The show will start at 7pm and will be located in the area known as Red Square in front of the CAB and library building on TESC’s upper campus.

Sexism, racism, queerphobia, transphobia, and so on will not be tolerated.

Bands:

ANTHROPOCENE (Thrashy Deathy Metal)

Mortal Ashes (Brutal Death Metal)

An Acoustic Music Set

Old Growth Poetry Collective (Radical Poets)

and more TBA

If you know of rad bands or performers or whatever that would want to play/perform/whatever send us a message.

https://www.facebook.com/events/336883359821361/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited

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3) Muffin Fest: A Secret Café for the Port Military Resistance Legal Defense Fund

Saturday September 27th from 3 to 10 pm @ the Muffin House, 4035 11th Ave NW

The Port Militarization Resistance was back in 2008 — but they’re still trying to get justice.

Come meet them and help their cause.

This is from a young lady whose name I have forgotten:

Muffin Fest! A Secret Café for the PMR Legal Defense Fund

Supporting a court case against military employees spying on peace activists.

Food and Drinks Throughout the Event!

3-5 pm: Games! Cider Pressing! Hanging Out!

5-7 pm: Music! (Whiskey Business and June Madrona!)

7-10 pm: Square Dance!

www.peoplevtowery.org

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4) Wolves and Wine; a Benefit for Wolf Haven

Saturday September 27th from 5 to 8 pm @ St. Martins University, Norman Worthington Center, 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey

It is sad that wolves need a haven; but since they do, it is good that they have one.

It is located somewhere out in east Thurston County. Come check it out.

Wolves and Wine
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Short Description: Enjoy wine, beer, cider & hors d’oeuvres as you meet fellow wolf advocates and supporters of Wolf Haven International. W
Location: Saint Martin’s University – Norman Worthington Center
5300 Pacific Avenue SE
Lacey, WA
Contact Information: 360-264-HOWL [4695] x210

Please join us at our premier annual fund-raising event.  Enjoy wine, beer, cider & hors d’oevres as you see incredible images of the wolves at Wolf Haven International.  Wine tasting offered by local wineries. All this fun AND you are helping raise crucial funds for the wolves of Wolf Haven and for the efforts to save the wolves of the wild!

http://store.wolfhaven.org/SearchResults.asp?Cat=89

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5) Climate Change: From Despair and Denial to Courage and Action!

Monday September 29th from 7 to 9 pm @ Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW

I don’t personally know the people who are putting this on so I am going out on a limb here listing it, but I know the Unitarians do a lot of good work and that they usually know their stuff, so this will probably be a good thing for people who wish to educate themselves about the issue of our time.

This is from TC Pro Net:

CLIMATE CHANGE: FROM DESPAIR AND DENIAL TO COURAGE AND ACTION!
Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Short Description: Adult Education class on climate change, from four perspectives.
Location: Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

2300 East End St NW

Olympia WA 98502

Contact Information: www.ouuc.org

Leaders: Stew Henderson and Kathy Cox

Mondays (4 sessions) September 29, October 6, 13, and 20

Climate change evokes a lot of feelings, thoughts, and fears:

  • “Why does there seem to be such disagreement?  What can I really believe?”
  • “If it is true, it’s so overwhelming!  How can I face it?”
  • “What can one person even do?  I feel powerless to do much of anything.”

In this four-part series, each class building on the ones before, we will look at the problem from four critical perspectives:

Session 1:  The Scientific Perspective – Facing the Facts  Bringing together the best current available science – but in a way that will be clear and accessible to all – this data-filled presentation will lay the foundation for the discussions to come.

Session 2:  The Emotional Perspective – Why It’s So Hard to Face  Through experiential exercises, small group sharing and discussion, we will explore why it’s so hard to face this overwhelming issue… and how our painful feelings are actually the doorway to the clarity and freedom we need to go forward.

Session 3:  The Spiritual Perspective – Why We Don’t Face this Alone  What are your deepest moral and spiritual beliefs?  How do they shape your response to this crisis?  Through large and small group discussion, we will listen for the voices of inner wisdom that have been missing in the swirl of partisan debate.

Session 4:  The Political Perspective – What Is To Be Done?  Finally, we will learn about the groundswell of action that is at last mounting at the local, state, national, and international levels, from the grassroots to the highest corridors of power.  We will close with a discussion of how we can all become part of the solution, both as individuals and as a community of conscience.

Stew Henderson is a conflict resolution consultant and political activist who has spent 25 years helping organizations and communities tackle “impossible” problems and emerge stronger, clearer, and more resilient.  He is now applying those skills as a Climate Leader with the Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore, to help communities all across the globe finally address the climate crisis.

Kathy Cox is a psychotherapist and spiritual director in Olympia with a special interest in grief and loss.

 

Kathy and Stew met in the Peace Corps in Mauritania, West Africa, have been married for 26 years, and make their home in Olympia.

 

http://ouuc.org/pages/adultED.html

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6) Bonus Tip of the Week:

Expect something unexpected!

Peace.

Dana

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