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The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes





1) FYI Section:

1A) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar Deadline Approaching

1B) West Central Park Update

2) Public Hearing: Olympia Peninsula Electromagnetic Warfare Training Bus

3) Transgender Day of Remembrance

4) Dine Out for Gaza

5) Demystifying Holiday Meals: A Cooking Workshop & Dinner

6) Bonus Tip of the Week




Economic Recoveries



Temporary Backbone

Hey Kids!

The lame-duck Senate failed by one vote to reach the 60% threshold for approving the Keystone Pipeline, i.e. 59 voted to approve Keystone whilst 41 voted to kill it, which means that even though it received a majority of the vote it failed to meet the 60% super-majority required to get anything through the Senate these days.

Don’t be fooled: Keystone is not dead. As is so often the case with controversial legislation that the people want but the corporate paymasters don’t want, there was a one-vote margin of victory. The Democrats can safely get away with voting Keystone down at this point and thus gain the ability to boast to their base about how they killed the arch-evil Keystone Pipeline whilst knowing that the new Republican Senate that will be taking their places next January will immediately bring Keystone right back and this time they will pass it. Obama will make some hem-haws and he will engage in some slip sliding away and — as the Gods of the Street have deigned — so it shall be; and thus the Keystone Pipeline will come to pass…


Prediction Enhancement

I’m going to refine my prediction about Obama eventually caving on Keystone further by also predicting that it will be passed in some incredibly underhanded way, such as, say, being included in ‘must pass’ legislation that Obama will have ‘no choice’ but to sign.

One hopeful thing: The tar sands in Alberta are very expensive to refine and the prices for oil have dropped through the floor. (I haven’t actually looked into the story behind that, but it’s a good bet that this is resulting from the usual Wall Street manipulations that it will probably eventually turn around and bite us in the butt.)

They will only do this if they make money from it. If we can figure out a way to make it cost them money then they won’t do it.


New Firebrand on the Block

I like to think that I am enough of a ‘man’ to acknowledge accept and tip my hat whenever I come across someone whose Thunderbolt is bigger than mine…

I love Democracy Now. The DN team is sometimes criticized for intentionally ignoring some things (though I think they do so for good strategic reasons) but whenever they does come up with things they are usually the real deal — and Amy just interviewed someone who is much better than I am at saying the things I’ve been saying for a long time now; i.e. she just introduced me to a British firebrand named Russell Brand.

Check out this video for one of the most effective damnations of the current political paradigm that I have ever seen:


Economic Recovery! Yippee!

Since the economy is allegedly ‘recovering’ many Democrats are bemoaning the fact that Obama does not seem to be getting enough credit for this ‘recovery’.

Perhaps it is because while Wall Street is enjoying record profits, wages have actually decreased over the last decade and one in thirty American children are homeless.


War Debate Not

The ‘debate’ over whether the US should to war again in Iraq and Syria is not happening. Of the more than 200 guests who appeared on the Media Machine to discuss the issue, just six voiced opposition to military action.

The only ‘debate’ is over what kind of war (i.e. air or ground) that we should fight.

It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of October 20th thru October 26th 2014




1) FYI Section:


1A) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar Deadline Approaching

From Glen:

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s newsletter publicizes news, announcements, calendar items, etc., related broadly to peace, social justice, nonviolence, the environment, economic justice, human rights, and related issues.  I will mail hundreds of people our DECEMBER-JANUARY newsletter on December 2, so local people will receive it on about December 3 or 4.

Please send your announcements and calendar items BY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21 or very soon after.

The vast majority of events we publicize will occur in the greater Olympia and Thurston County area, but we also publicize a few very special ones in nearby counties, Seattle and elsewhere.  Because we are a 501(c)3 organization, we cannot publicize any partisan political activities.

I’ll check several of the local websites that offer many calendar items (e.g., TC Pro-Net, Interfaith Works, and Traditions Fair Trade & Café, but please provide any newer or more complete information than what you have posted there, and please notify me of additional activities.

Some events occur on a regular basis, but I want to make sure the information I have been using is still valid and accurate, so please notify me to confirm date, time, place, and the contact information for the key person.

Please send brief information to me as soon as possible – preferably by FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21 or very soon after – so I can include them in our newsletter calendar.  (Sooner is better!)

You can reply to this e-mail address ( or phone me at (360) 491-9093.

If you don’t receive our newsletter but would like to, please contact me at  You may choose to receive the print version and/or a .pdf version.  Also, you can see our current and recent newsletters at


I dream of a world where chickens can cross roads without having their motives questioned.

Glen Anderson   (360) 491-9093



1B) West Central Park Update

From Alicia:

Food trucks are here and more are coming!   Though its cold out, The Hot Box Food Cart will be out at the Park every Thursday through Sunday from 6pm until 1 am on Thurs and Sunday and until 3 am on Friday and Saturday. Daniel and company serve a healthy variety of hot food for all.  From vegan soups and salads to hearty sandwiches and delicious hand cut fries.  In December we will be welcoming Erik Gutierrez and La Taqueria Esquinita from Monday through Sunday from 11-8pm.  Erik will have all the delicious Mexican food that he serves at his restaurant downtown and will be sharing up at the Park with his new cart of the same name.  Grab a fresh taco, tamale or an ensalata while waiting for the bus!  Come on out and support these young businesses.  Let them know we can sustain them and want more of the same up on the West Side.

As always, the Park Board welcomes your suggestions, comments and participation.  This is a community project that can only work with your help and participation.  You are incredible West Oly and it shows!



2) Public Hearing: Olympia Peninsula Electromagnetic Warfare Training Bus

Thursday November 20th in in North Beach, WA

There is a bus caravan leaving Olympia for this hearing.

From Peter:

There are two public scoping hearings scheduled on the issue of the US Navy’s Proposed Electronic Warfare Training on the Olympic Peninsula.

The first is Wednesday, November 19th in Pacific Beach, WA, and the second is Thursday, November 20th in North Beach, WA. All are encouraged to attend either or both hearings.

Hearing details are below.

We have a bus reserved from Olympia for the second hearing on the 20th. For folks who are interested in riding the bus, please RSVP asap. We are asking a $15.00 donation per person to cover costs. Space is limited to 35 people, and though no one will be turned away for lack of funds, please be as generous as you can.


Here is information on scheduling and locations for both hearings:,

Here is the latest Dahr Jamail Truth-Out article on the Navy’s Electronic Warfare Training proposal- several ground, air, and sea-based full spectrum EMR emitters, operating extensively in and around Olympic National Park over 5 years. Please read this.

For more info on the November 20th bus and to RSVP, call Pete at 801-638-3350, or post your interest here as a comment.


It is important to note that the original public comment period ended on the 31st of October, but was extended to November 28th due to some awesome scrambling by groups like Idle No More Washington to organize rallies, written comments, and to put pressure on the Forest Service to extend the otherwise crappily publicised public comment period. These folks are ON it! Fabulous job!!



3) Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday November 20th from 5 to 7 pm @ Sylvester Park, Capitol Way and Legion

The next ‘civil rights frontier’? Yippee!

From Renata:


Olympia’s Transgender Day of Remembrance honors lives lost in “America’s next civil rights frontier”

Olympia will join dozens of cities around the world for the 16th International Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014, an event honoring the hundreds who lost their lives in the last year due to transphobic violence.

Local organizers will hold a candlelight vigil and ceremony in Sylvester Park on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a reception following at the Urban Onion called “Trans*forming Our Future.”

The free program features speakers addressing a range of topics, from policy advances in what Time magazine has called “America’s next civil rights frontier,” to personal stories of what it’s like to be transgender in Thurston County, and finding hope, strength and community in the face of adversity.

“Transgender Day of Remembrance is a chance to raise awareness of the staggering violence, hatred, and bigotry that is still perpetuated towards the trans* community, even here in Olympia.” said Anais Raine, an organizer who was Master of Ceremonies last year.

The external violence can mirror the internal torment many transgender people face before transitioning.

“I was emotionally dead, completely emotionally dead,” said Michelle Flynn, an advocate. “For those who think this is a choice, I had three choices: I could continue as I was and be miserable, I could kill myself, or I could change. I chose to live.”

Organizers hope the event will be eye-opening.

“It’s always fun to see people learning more and being awakened to the issue of how hard it is for trans* people, especially trans* women of color in the U.S.,” said Sebastian Silver, a youth organizer. People are always like, “Whoa, this still happens?”

At the “Trans* Forming our Future” reception, local leaders will address recent and forthcoming policy changes affecting transgender individuals, including Lt. Bill Wilson, Olympia Police Department’s first-appointed LGBTQ liaison, and a representative from the Washington Federation of State Employees, which recently won equal access to hormone treatments, mental health care and gender reassignment surgery for state workers.

The public is encouraged to come early for a Sign-making Social in the park at 4:30 p.m. In anticipation of chilly weather, organizers will offer free hot drinks.

Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE) is organizing the event locally for the second year in a row. PiPE is a youth-driven social justice organization downtown that works for a violence-free community. Besides PiPE, additional sponsors include Stonewall Youth, a local advocacy organization made up of LGBTQQIA-identified youth and allies, and the Olympia chapter of PFLAG, a national organization of parents, families, friends and allies of the LGBTQ community.

“I’ve never understood why people are mean to each other,” said Rosalinda Noriega, executive director of Partners in Prevention Education. “Trans* Day of Remembrance is that light in the darkness. It’s our chance to be there for each other.”

Further questions or interviews:

Sammy Harvell, organizer, PiPE/Stonewall Youth

Phone: 360.359.8310


Renata Rollins, organizer, PiPE

Phone: 509.723.9965




4) Dine Out for Gaza

Thursday November 20th from 6 to 9 pm @ The Great Cuisine of India, 116 4th Ave W

Come benefit the victims of apartheid.

From the Rachel Corrie Foundation:


Dine Out for Gaza!
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014


6:00PM – 9:00PM

Short Description:

Join Rachel Corrie Foundation and friends for dinner at The Great Cuisine

of India to support the 7th annual Rachel Corrie Football Tournament in Gaza


The Great Cuisine of India

116 4th Ave W

Olympia, WA 98501

Contact Information: 360-754-3998

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation in acknowledging the International Day of Tolerance with dinner Thursday, November 20, 6-9 p.m., at the Great Cuisine of India, 116 4th Ave W, in downtown Olympia.  Thanks to the generosity of the restaurant’s owners, the full cost of your buffet meal, $15 per person, will support the 7th annual Rachel Corrie Football Tournament in Gaza. Tarik Bentlemsani, acoustic and fingerstyle guitarist, will provide classical, jazz, and Arab music.  Ramzy Baroud, internationally-syndicated columnist, media consultant, author and founder of will share brief insights about his Gaza homeland.

The devastating and catastrophic 51-day assault on Gaza during Ramadan this summer halted the annual soccer tournament.  As a result, plans for two events under the banner of the Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament were postponed.  But in mid-September, in order to provide some “psychological relief,” organizers on the ground conducted a compressed, ten-day version of the traditional men’s football tournament and are now preparing for a newly-designed event in December for athletes with disabilities.

The September men’s tournament brought together 352 young men in thirty-two teams from all over Gaza, each taking the names of towns and villages in historic Palestine that were destroyed in 1948.  Some teams dedicated their play to friends lost in this summer’s assault.  The December Rachel Corrie Football/Table Tennis Tournament for Athletes with Disabilities, organized by Al Basma Club for the Disabled, will coincide with the UN’s Enable – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3).  The event will welcome 185 male and female athletes with disabilities, representing ten participating clubs, and including seventy-five deaf players who will take to the football field to vie for the event’s very first annual cup. A table tennis tournament will provide a sport forum for the deaf, amputees, paraplegics, and polio victims.

Under devastating conditions, our organizers in Gaza are working to make the 2014 Rachel Corrie Football tournament, with all its components, the best so far! Please reward their remarkable spirit and determination with your help. Learn more about each event at and join us for dinner November 20 at Great Cuisine of India!



5) Demystifying Holiday Meals: A Cooking Workshop & Dinner

Sunday November 23rd from 4 to 7 pm @ GRuB, 2016 Elliott Ave NW

Taking control of our food is a vital part of any revolution.

From Ali:

Join GRuB’s Kitchen Garden Project & Slow Food Greater Olympia for a Fun, Family-Style Cooking Workshop & Meal

For Beginners, Advanced Chefs & Families

On the Menu:

Chicken & Vegetarian Dishes,

Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, root roasts,

Bread pudding & more!

*Bring a Traditional dish to share at the table if you’d like*

Join Chef Kevin Gerlich, former Chef at Dockside Bistro & Waterstreet Café, a KGP Gardener & Local Chef, to learn how to prepare a delicious meal for us all to share!

*Find out about Slow Food & Hear from Kitchen Garden Recipients*

Eat With Us On:

Sunday, November 23rd 4-7pm

**Free for KGP Gardeners,

$15 Individual,

$30 Family of Any Size,

Sliding Scale Tickets Available**


RSVP by calling GRuB 360-753-5522

Purchase tickets at

GruB Kitchen 2016 Elliott Ave NW Olympia (behind the Handy Pantry)

More information:

Ever find yourself cooking a meal and some dishes become cold while you’re wrapping up cooking a different dish? Are you interested in demystifying a few traditional holiday dishes to share with loved ones? Are you looking to learn some kitchen basics or learn a few new kitchen tricks? Well, this workshop is for you!

We will learn alongside one another in the kitchen and afterward we will enjoy the fruits of what we learned during dinner together.

While at the workshop you will have an opportunity to learn about GRuB’s Kitchen Garden Project and about Slow Food’s mission!

GRuB Farmhouse Kitchen 2016 Elliott Ave NW Olympia (Behind the Handy Pantry)



6) Bonus Tip of the Week:

Recover your economy today!




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