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1)  Stop Exploding Oil Trains Pre-Rally Photo Op at Washington State Capitol Building
2)  Stop Exploding Oil Trains March and Rally
3)  State Oil by Rail Public Hearing
4)  Get Out the Vote Call Party
5)  Westside Arts Walk:  The Raccoon Collective’s 8th Westside Arts Walk
6)  Media Island Monthly Benefit Brunch:  Stonewall Youth
7)  Memorial for Unclaimed Bodies in Thurston County
8)  POWER Outage:  Voter’s Roundtable
9)  Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change
10)  Bonus Tip of the Week

Pivot to Hell

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Saving Humanity From Itself

I would like to start this week’s Thunderbolt with my newest in Great Ideas for Saving Humanity from Itself!

Get this:  All open cans of worms should be required to come with lids.


Election Day Blues

I always vote if only because people died for my right to do it.  However, I have always considered voting to be near the bottom of my list for effective activist strategies.  On the presidential level, our elections basically consist of a few rigged voting machines in a few key states determining which of two lying corporate fascists that Wall Street is going to install in the White House every four years.  Senators and house reps are pretty much universally corrupt, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.  They are there to fool progressives into thinking they have a voice in DC, but note that Sanders and Warren never actually accomplish any of the many progressive policies they advance.  While votes on local issues can often have a major impact, on the national level you would be better off going somewhere and masturbating.

However, the fact that the right-wingers are taking such extraordinary steps to disenfranchise voters is making me think that maybe I should re-think voting as a tactic; they wouldn’t be trying so hard to prevent people from voting if they did not fear their votes.  Unfortunately, they fear people voting for Democrats, and I fear that too — but whatever.  If Nobody can get a few million votes in the next election, that would send a powerful message.


Pivot to Hell

Upon return from my little mini-vacation, I can’t help but note that the world situation is still desperate.  Obama is stumbling through what is proving to be a truly disastrous series foreign policy fubars.  As far as Obama’s little penis-wagging contest with Vladimir Putin, as a reslut, Putin’s is as popular in Russia as Obama is unpopular in the United States.  As a result of Obama’s ‘sanctions’, all of the Russian oligarchs pulled all their money out of Western banks and they pulled all of their kids out of Western schools.  These economic ‘sanctions’ that Obama imposed upon Russia for the crime of protecting themselves from Western imperialism has resulted in Russia turning toward China, and thus we have provided a major boon to our chief economic rival.  And speaking of China, while I have mentioned America’s incursions into Africa several times now, and while you may have heard a few occasional words in the Media Machine about Obama doing a ‘pivot to the East’, this is not treated as any big deal even though it is actually probably the biggest deal of all when it comes to strategic military games.  What ‘pivot to the East’ means is that they are going to start paying much more attention to Asia — and specifically seeking to counter China’s ever-growing power.  They are already engaged in their typical childish games of placing aircraft carriers into provocative places and such.  However, Obama is proving to be just as incompetent dealing with China as he is in nearly every other aspect of foreign policy and the United States is getting its ass kicked on that front also.  For decades now the United States has told everyone else that we can print money to our heart’s content but that if they tried to challenge us on that front then we would destroy them.  That threat is starting to become yet another paper tiger; China, Russia, Brazil, India, and several other countries are already planning to create a brand-new ‘base currency’ to challenge the Federal Reserve’s monopoly.  Obama’s actions have greatly increased Russia’s incentive to start such an economic system.

And by the way:  On a per capita basis, China just overtook the United States as the biggest economy in the world.  They are on a track to overtake us overall in the near future.

And there is no ‘economic recovery’, Obama’s soaring rhetoric notwithstanding.  The average working person in the United States now has 8% less purchasing power than he did in 2007.  Wall Street has been making a lot of money throughout the entire ‘crisis’, but that is irrelevant because they aren’t sharing any of it.  The only thing ‘trickling down’ from them is tinted yellow and has a foul odour.


Incompatibility Measures

Many people are very concerned about the militarization of our police forces.  Many ex-soldiers are joining police forces.  The evidently unquestioned assumption is that military training is a desirable qualification for being a police officer.

I would point out that a cop’s job is to keep the peace while a soldier’s job is to make war.

Some people may note the fact that these two ends are the complete opposite of each other.


Selective Memories

The FBI can tell you exactly how many bicycles were stolen in the United States last year.  They can tell you exactly how many residential burglaries occurred.

They cannot tell you with any accuracy how many civilians were shot by the police each year.

That leads to some questions.


Some Questions

Both over the decades and in recent history there have been numerous police beatings and/or shootings of innocent black men that were much more egregious than what happened to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri — so why did that particular incident become a flashpoint that seems to have inspired a national mass-movement?

The Taliban has shot and grievously wounded many young girls during their campaign of religious terrorism:  Why did Malala Yousefsai become an icon that seems to have inspired a mass-movement?

Since mass-movements are the only thing that ever changes anything, then I think that the mechanics and wherefores of how such movements ignite are important mysteries and I would like to see some studies done in this area.

Soldiers for Peace?  Fellowship of Reconciliation?


Movie Review:  Dexter — Your Friendly Neighborhood Mass Murderer

Since I diss on sociopaths all the time it is only fair that I mention that the vast majority of sociopaths don’t go around raping planets or individual humans, and that in fact I am aware of (though unfamiliar with) recent studies on the vital tasks that sociopaths play in our society doing things that those of us burdened with ‘consciousnesses’ find distasteful.

Well — there is a series on Netflix called Dexter.

Get this for a plot-line:  A wise cop (if that isn’t an oxymoron) rescues a small child named Dexter from a thoroughly f*#ked up situation and adopts him.  A few years later the wise cop catches Dexter torturing and killing animals and, being a wise cop who knows his murdering sociopaths, realizes that his beloved step-son is himself a murdering sociopath.

Thus, this wise cop drills and trains Dexter and with the idea that since he is who he is, then if he was going to survive in this world he must learn to don a ‘masque of sanity’ (i.e. PRETEND you care even if you don’t) and since the wise cop knew that Dexter must kill, then he drills Dexter like a drill-sergeant to instill an unbreakable moral code:  Dexter must kill only people who deserved to die — and he must do it systematically and carefully and in a manner wherein he would not be caught.  Since the wise cop was a cop, he also taught Dexter all the law-enforcement procedures that they would use trying to catch him — and since Dexter himself subsequently became a cop, this makes getting away with his murders all that much easier.  Dexter also became a blood-spatter analyst so he could more easily identify potential candidates for his unique brand of vigilante justice.

Thus, upon growing up, Dexter splits his time between being an amiable and charming blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department and capturing, torturing, and killing a string of incredibly vile people.  He consciously realizes as he is doing it that they are him; he realizes that they are what he would have been had he not been adopted by the wise cop.

Dexter is actually an interesting study on sociopaths and I get the feeling the writer of this show knows the subject.  In addition to the unique plot and in addition to many interesting twists and turns in the plots, the show is just well done.  I suggest checking it out.


Obama Tortures the Law

Though one can make many criticisms of Barack Obama, inconsistency is not one of them:  Barack Obama very consistently lies about nearly everything.  The latest lie is that he cares one whit about human rights or rule of law or morality since he is now officially continuing with Bush’s policy of ignoring the United Nations Torture Treaty, which the United States signed, which means that this is the law of our land, which means that it is systemically ignored by Barack Obama.

According to the New York Times, “President Obama’s legal team is debating whether to back away from his earlier view” and “[reaffirm] the Bush administration’s position that the treaty imposes no legal obligation to bar cruelty outside US borders.”$keywordText&__CAMP__=4F6XY

So after all of Candidate Obama’s soaring campaign rhetoric about how evil torture is, President Obama says that torture is only evil when it happens on American soil.

It’s time to get to work…

The Thunderbolt Calendar
Week of October 30th thru November 5th, 2014

1) Stop Exploding Oil Trains Pre-Rally Photo Op at Washington State Capitol Building
Thursday October 30th at 3 pm @ Washington State Capitol Building

This is a pre-rally for the hearing later in the evening.

From Peter:

OLYMPIA, WA- On Thursday, October 30th, the Washington State Department of Ecology is holding a public hearing regarding the safety of oil trains traveling throughout Washington state.

The hearing begins at 6:00 PM at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. Doors open for the Hearing at 5:00 PM. There are rallies and a march to the hearing scheduled for 4:00 PM.

Prior to the festivities, event organizers will have a large inflatable effigy of an exploding oil train at the State capitol at 3 PM. Join us for what will surely become an iconic image in the movement to protect this region from the threat of exploding oil trains!

After the photo, we will join the rally scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM at Olympia’s Marathon Park, from which we will march less than a mile to the Red Lion Hotel, to join events already under way there!

2)  Stop Exploding Oil Trains March and Rally
Thursday October 30th at 4 pm @ Marathon Park

This is a rally in connection with the hearing that follows.

From Peter:

OLYMPIA, WA- On Thursday, October 30th, the Washington State Department of Ecology is holding a public hearing regarding the safety of oil trains traveling throughout Washington state.

Join friends and fellow residents as we gather at Olympia’s Marathon Park for a rally followed by a march to the Red Lion Hotel, site of the public hearing, as we say NO to exploding oil trains!

From Mary:

A quick run down of the events on Thursday (Oct 30th) prior to the public hearing hearing

3:00  meet at Capitol for an oil car Photo opportunity
4:00   meet at Marathon Park for a walk with the oil cars to Red Lion Inn – part of walk is steep so we will have vehicles for those not wanting to climb the hill
others are invited to meet us at the top of the hill around 4:35 we will join the Idle No More Rally at the Red Lion.
4:30   Idle No more rally at Red Lion

5:00   Rally with speakers behind Red Lion Inn

6:00  start of public testimony  – COAL,  OIL,   GAS  –  NONE  SHALL  PASS!!     WE  THE  PEOPLE/SOVEREIGNS will speak  TRUTH  to the Fossil Fuel  Tyrants
(This will be the greatest demonstration in WA thus far –  be part of history.)    BE THERE!!   IT  IS  OUR  FUTURE!!

3)  State Oil by Rail Public Hearing
Thursday, October 30th from 4 to 8 pm @ Red Lion Inn, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW

This is concerning the transshipment of oil trains through our state.

From Ryan:

Our state government is offering a public hearing on oil-by-rail that is intended to inform the legislative session. This is a rare opportunity for wide-scale and diverse public input on these serious proposals that could determine whether or not the state moves forward with a moratorium on oil-by-rail, stronger safety legislation, marine spill prevention, and clean energy investments.

PLEASE JOIN US TO SAY NO TO OIL BY RAIL! We should not have explosive trains crossing through our communities. Our state government needs to act, and it needs to act now.


WE WILL BE COORDINATING BUSES FROM WHATCOM COUNTY. Please RSVP to let us know if you’d like a seat on the bus.

Governor Inslee is doing a study to assess the risks of oil transportation in Washington, and is giving the public a chance to comment. This is a critical opportunity to voice your concerns about the combined impact of oil and coal trains on our communities.

Help ensure that the study addresses the whole picture, such as risks and threats to rail communities, terminal communities, our economy, public safety, and our waterways like the Puget Sound, Grays Harbor, the Columbia River, and the Spokane River.

Your participation can inform how the state will respond to this very important issue. Don’t miss this incredibly important opportunity to speak up.

And this is from Eva:

WHAT: 2014 Marine and Rail Transportation Oil Hearing
WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014
4:00 PM Rally ~ COASTAL JAM SESSION! Bring your drums!
5:00 PM doors open
6:00 PM hearing starts
WHERE: Red Lion Hotel
2300 Evergreen Park Drive
Olympia, WA 98502

Governor Inslee is doing a study to assess the risks of oil transportation in Washington, and is giving the public a chance to comment at a series of public hearings. The Governor’s 2014 budget provided one-time funding for Ecology to conduct a Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study. The objective of the study is to analyze the risks to public health and safety, and the environmental impacts associated with the transport of oil in Washington State.

It is vital to hear from everyone in Washington, especially the front-line defenders most impacted – the Washington Tribes that could be affected by the oil trains from increased freights, terminals, wrecks, spills, air, land, water, plants, noise pollution and businesses. The fight to preserve tribal sovereignty and treaty rights has long been at the forefront of the Native American civil rights movement. Your participation can inform how the state will respond to this very important issue. Don’t miss this important opportunity to speak up.

Allowing oil and coal companies to get permitted would turn our beautiful region into an explosive fossil fuel corridor that would endanger communities, fragile ecosystems, and worsen climate change.

Help ensure that the study addresses the whole picture, such as risks and threats to rail communities, terminal communities, our economy, public safety, and our waterways like the Salish Sea, Grays Harbor, the Columbia River, and the Spokane River.

Warrior Up! Stand up for healthy communities and environment. Join us in Olympia to speak out against these dangerous fossil fuel proposals.

**There is a two minute testimony allowed per person. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP: . More details forthcoming once you RSVP.

Submit comments online

Washington State Marine & Rail Oil Transportation Study Marine and Rail Oil Transport Study ~ PRELIMINARY FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS



Thank you for your commitment to join hundreds of concerned Washingtonians on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in Olympia for an important oil transportation public hearing. Below is information about the bus ride from Bellingham, Mount Vernon, and Everett. You will be riding a Coach bus!

EVERETT RIDERS PLEASE NOTE: There is a likelihood of filling up the 55 seat bus. So I hope the Everett riders will be open to carpooling if there are no seats left. If that is the case, please be prepared to carpool.

What to bring:
– Water
– Sack dinner
– Cell phone
– Your testimony printed out (to submit at hearing if you are not called upon)

Riders arrive by 1:50 pm. Meet at the North West end of the parking lot near the bus shelter, this is a free site to park. Contact Bellingham: Matt Petyrini 360-303-1660. -122.4582698,16z

Riders arrive by 2:30pm. Skagit Station Park and Ride off of I-5 Kincaid St. Exit left off of (Northbound exit) it will be on the right. From the Southbound I-5 turn right at the light on the right within 20 feet. Contact Mount Vernon: Sandra Spargo 360-333-4853

Riders arrive by 3:10 pm. Starbucks in Puget Park at: 520 128th St. SW, Everett, Washington 98204. Right off the 128th St. (186) exit, and it has a huge parking lot with other stores and an Albertson’s. Park and ride lot also to the north of 4th Ave W. Contact Everett: Steve Liedlich 425-876-1633

Return Info:
To ensure that everyone makes it home safe and on time please be ready to leave from the Red Lion Inn around 9 PM.

4)  Get Out the Vote Call Party
Saturday November 1st at 1 pm @ 3516 Pifer Rd

It’s a call out the vote session.

From Sherri:

Get-Out-The-Vote Call PARTY
Date:  Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time:  1:00PM
Short Description:  Join us to Get Out the Vote! Please bring a cell phone AND laptop or tablet. Snacks and beverages provided. Please RSVP (info. below).
Location:  Sherri Goulet’s house, 3516 Pifer Rd. Olympia, WA 98501
Contact Information:  Florence Vincent: 360-977-2168

Get-Out-The-Vote Call Party!

Everything is at stake this year, from the TPP, XL Pipeline, the climate and the Supreme Court — to name a few!!!

Our party is at Sherri Goulet’s home (near Olympia High School): 3516 Pifer Road, Olympia, WA 98501

*Bring a cell phone AND a laptop or tablet.  MoveOn will do the rest.
*Bring a friend.
*Let us know you’re coming:  360-977-2168

Snacks and beverages provided.

Let’s keep the momentum going! Please sign up for this gathering right away!

5)  Westside Arts Walk:  The Raccoon Collective’s 8th Westside Arts Walk
Saturday November 1st from 4 pm to Midnight @ Westside Olympia

Westside Arts Walk:  Old Growth Poetry Collective & Encore’s Art
Saturday November 1st at 7 pm @ Werd Salad, 1320 5th Ave SW

The Raccoon  Collective is a local organization dedicated to promoting radical art.

From Koyote:

The Raccoon Collective presents its 8th Halloween WestSide Artswalk! Come join us for an evening of artistic celebration in the homes of your friends and neighbors.

Since 2007 the Raccoon Collective has periodically organized artswalks in the heart of the westside community. For an evening houses open themselves up to their neighbors hosting: galleries, skill shares, plays, shows, haunted houses, etc. Through these means we hope to play a small part in the project to re-embed the arts into our daily lives and community.

In order to make this all real we needed houses and artists.

If you want to host a thing at artswalk fill in this form. Don’t worry, you don’t have to have a thing organized, we can help you with all of that.

If you want to show art, perform, or otherwise participate fill out this form and we will help find you a spot.

or just email us at

As part of Westside Arts Walk, we will have radical poetry and art at Werd Salad with the Old Growth Poetry Collective!

Join Old Growth Poetry Collective at Werd Salad on Saturday, 11/1 for an open-mic, featured performances from OGPC members (Rachel Greene, Daniel Georgeson, & Brian McCracken), and artwork by Encore, as well as a musical performance to close out the night (TBA).

For Full West Side Arts Walk schedule check out the event:

7pm: Sign-ups and artwork viewing
7:20: Poetry open-mic (5-10 minute slots)
7:40: Brian McCracken
8pm: Sign-ups and artwork viewing
8:20: Poetry open-mic (5-10 minute slots)
8:40: Daniel Georgeson
9pm: Sign-ups and artwork viewing
9:20: Poetry open-mic (5-10 minute slots)
9:40: Rachel Greene
10:00: Rebecca Jennings
10:20: Musical Act (TBA)

6)  Media Island Monthly Benefit Brunch:  Stonewall Youth
Sunday November 2nd from 11 am to 2 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

It’s Media Island’s monthly benefit brunch, wherein MI teams up with another local social justice organization to learn of each other’s work and to build networks of activists.  This month MI is teaming up with Stonewall Youth, Olympia’s premiere organization that is watching out for youth of alternative sexual persuasions.

From Media Island:

Come Join Us
November 2, 11-2p
816 Adams Street

This months Benefit Brunch is in support of a local Non-Profit. STONEWALL YOUTH

Stonewall Youth is an organization of youth, activists, and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth to speak for themselves, educate their communities, and support each other.

Please come enjoy good food, good company, and good conversation.

Sunday November 2, 11-2p


7)  Memorial for Unclaimed Bodies in Thurston County
Sunday November 2nd from 3 to 4 pm @ Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Little Rock Rd, Tumwater

This is from Interfaith Works, and they are holding a memorial for deceased people whose bodies were never claimed by anyone.

From Julia:

On Sunday, November 2nd in SW, Tumwater, there will be an All Souls Day interfaith memorial service for persons who have died in Thurston County over the past year and whose bodies have not been claimed by family or friends.

Organized by Interfaith Works in collaboration with Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock, the event will include a traditional Dia de los Muertos altar created by CIELO, music, meditations by faith community leaders, a reading of the names of the dead, and an opportunity for those who might have known any of the deceased to speak. Refreshments will follow. “We invite the public to attend to mourn the deaths and celebrate the lives of these members of our community who may have died alone, but are not forgotten” said Interfaith Works executive Director, Danny Kadden. from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, at Mills and Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Rd.

8)  POWER Outage:  Voter’s Roundtable
Monday November 3rd at 5:30 pm @ Darby’s Café, 311 5th Ave E

This is POWER’s monthly potluck, and their voter’s roundtables are always most excellent.

From Monica:

POWER’s Voter Roundtable:

Our November POWER Outage, which falls on Voting Day eve, will be a Voters Roundtable.  Bring your ballot and share what you know about the initiatives and candidates.  Learn what others know.

Monday, November 3rd at Darby’s Café, 311 5th Ave, in downtown Olympia.

We start with a potluck at 5:30.  Bring something to share if you can.  Discussion from 6 – 8.

Childcare will be provided by the fabulous Olympia Childcare Collective down the street at the POWER office, 309 5th Avenue.

Join us for POWER Member meetings every Wednesday from 2 – 4 pm at the POWER office, 309 5th Avenue, next to Rainy Day Records in downtown Olympia.  We start with an hour of shared education, then an hour of planning.

9)  Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change
Monday November 3rd from 7 to 9 pm @ Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW

This is a study of American policies toward Native Americans.

From Paula:

Date:  Monday, November 3, 2014
Time:  7:00PM – 9:00PM
Short Description:  A workshop towards right relationship with America’s Native Peoples.
Location:  Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia WA , 98502
Contact Information:

Date:  Monday (one session) November 3
Time:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Leader:  Evan Welkin

This workshop was created by Paula Palmer and the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee of the Boulder Friends Meeting (Quakers), adapted from the “KAIROS Blanket Exercise” by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition and Assembly of First Nations, Canada.  It has been crafted and facilitated for churches nationwide, particularly Quaker Meetings and Unitarian Universalist congregations, as part of a call by the World Council of Churches and Indigenous leaders at the United Nations to challenge the Doctrine of Discovery.

The workshop is an interactive and moving opportunity for people of faith communities to reflect on the role of the church in the settlement of the United States and offers tangible steps toward addressing injustices codified in church doctrine which are still present in US Federal law today.  The goal of the workshop is for participants to understand the legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery as it has affected both the European colonizers and the indigenous colonized peoples of the United States since 1492.  We hope to stimulate reflection, discussion, and appropriate actions toward building a “right relationship” with Native Americans today.

Evan Welkin is a member of the Olympia Friends Meeting and an employee of the Squaxin Island Tribe.  He has facilitated workshops in a variety of settings and is particularly passionate about seeking social justice through a commitment to spiritual principles and contemplative action.

10)  Bonus Tip of the Week:

Take a pivot toward heaven today.




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