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1) FYI Section:

1A) Tickets On Sale NOW for Tom Rawson Next Month

1B) Another Victory for Restricting Antibiotic Abuse on Factory Farms!

1C) This Week in Housing Advocacy

1D) Online Coal Train Film

2) Village Building Sunday Potluck

3) Roy Zimmerman in Concert

4) Global Days of Listening

5) Olympia Building Convergence Potluck

6) Peaceworks 2015 Justice Rising

7) Torture, Empire, and the CIA

8) Forum on the Safety of Eating Puget Sound Fish

9) Bonus Tip of the Day




Uncle Tom on Steroids



New Normal

Hey Kids!

I just saw a live mosquito in February.

I can’t wait to eat locally grown papayas.


Old Normal

A report recently issued by the Equal Justice Initiative found that white Southerners lynched nearly 4,000 black men, women and children between 1877 and 1950 — which is a lot more than we have been previously led to believe.

They somehow fail to mention this in most American history books.

That’s not all. The report contained a large number of details that I have never heard before and they are not pretty, so if you don’t want to read of some especially foul behaviour on the part of our Southern ancestors from the very recent past then you may want to skip this section…

First, do not think that these lynchings were conducted secretively at night by mobs of mysterious masked men. They often took place downtown in the middle of the afternoon on the lawn in front of courthouse. They did this so all the kids could watch for indeed, back in those good ole’ days this was a white Southerners idea of family fun! They drove from miles around. They brought picnic baskets. Back then they were free to simply kidnap, torture, and then murder someone in a circus-like atmosphere of celebration and with no accountability of any kind! What fun!

Since they aren’t free to do anything like that anymore without the expectation of a long term in prison if caught (unless you’re a cop) then I encourage you to think of that the next time you question whether social justice activism ever actually changes anything.

The report describes ten thousand people showing up in Paris, Texas to watch a man be tortured in a carnival-like atmosphere.

The United States Senate just apologized for failing to enact anti-lynching legislation.

As part of this apology, Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, said this:

“After 10 hours of torture, Claude Neal (quote) ‘confessed’ to the murder of a girl with whom he was allegedly having an affair. For his safety, he was transferred to an Alabama prison. A mob took him from there, they cut off his body parts, they sliced his sides and stomach. And then people would randomly continue to cut off a finger here, a toe there. From time to time, they would tie a noose around him; throw the rope over a tree limb. The mob would keep him there in that position until he almost died, then lower him again, to begin the torment all over. And after several hours, and I guess the crowd exhausted themselves, they just decided to kill him. His body was then dragged by car back to Marianna, and 7,000 people from 11 states were there to see his body in the courthouse of the town square. Pictures were taken and sold for 50 cents apiece.

“And one might ask, how do we know all of the grisly details of Claude Neal’s death? It’s very simple. The newspapers in Florida had given advance notice, and they recorded it, one horrible moment after another. One of the members of the lynch mob proudly relayed all the details that reporters had missed, seeing it in person. Yet, even with the public notice, 7,000 people in attendance and people bragging about the activity, federal authorities were impotent to stop this murder. State authorities seemed to condone it and the Senate of the United States refused to act.”

Yep, the good ole’ days indeed!


Boeing: Sticking It In Then TWISTING!

Recently I reported that at a time when our state is in serious financial dire straits and cutting programs vital to low-income children and the homeless and the disabled and at a time when there are major bridges are falling down and at a time when the state supreme court had to ORDER the State of Washington to ‘adequately’ fund education — I reported that at the same time that all of that was happening — and at the same time that Boeing was enjoying record profits — Boeing was simultaneously extorting the largest state tax break in American history from our more-than-willing state legislators.

Yep. The vote was bi-partisan and tax break they gave Boeing was bigger than the amount that they spend funding the entire University of Washington system.

Get it? They could have funded a major university system for a year with they tax break that they gave to Boeing. They did this on Boeing’s word that they would keep their jobs in our state. (I wonder if Boeing just left the money on the nightstand after they were done?)

Well — shock gasp — Boeing is shipping their jobs out of our state anyway! Evidently the law did not require Boeing to keep their jobs in our state. Boeing just ‘promised’ they would.

Evidently their promises are just as utterly devoid of substance as Barack Obama’s are.

There are legislators now trying to pass a law forcing Boeing to either keep their promise or to forego their tax break. These legislators are receiving a lot of bi-partisan resistance, though, including from Governor Inslee.

First they lied to us and are now they are screwing us — and after we gave them such a really good time!

Oh, well. I guess that Boys will be boys. I guess that’s what you get when you let extortionists own your government.

If I were running things, I would tell Boeing right where they could stick their extortion racket. (Hint: It would be a place noted for never receiving direct sunlight.)

Yeah. That’s probably why I’m not running things.


Uniting for Peace

Sometime recently I mentioned that there is a secret underground alliance slowly building amongst highly diverse racial/ economic/ ethnic/ religious groups with an eye toward uniting to battle our mutual enemy. I mentioned that since I have been preaching that this is exactly what we really need to do real badly at least ten years ago then I greeted this news with great joy.

Then, last week a bunch of people came over to Media Island after the David Cobb event at Traditions. (This bunch of people included David Cobb.) Then, I learned that Move to Amend — made up mostly of privileged old white people — is teaming up with Hip Hop Nation — made up mostly urban black youth.

What did I just say?

Ralph Nader is trying to build bridges between the grassroots left and the grassroots right, for there are many issues on which we share common ground. How many of you knew that Rand Paul wants to audit the Federal Reserve, shut down foreign military bases and significantly cut defense spending, and that he wants to tax the shite out of energy companies whilst simultaneously allowing class-action tort suits to proceed against them?

Do you hear any Democrats saying anything like that?

Now, on the February 16th edition of Democracy Now, I learned that last week saw the largest civil rights rally in a southern state since the March on Birmingham back in the 60’s!

This was pretty awesome in and of itself — but then I heard one of the lead organizers of this rally say this:

We like to say we’re black, we’re brown, we’re white, we’re young, we’re old, we’re gay, we’re straight, we’re teachers, we’re students, we’re doctors, we’re the uninsured, we’re the underemployed, we’re labor rights, we’re businesspeople, we’re Republicans, we’re Democrats, we’re independents, we are North Carolina. And what we have seen is a state movement actually have [sic] national implications. And we believe that is the key for movements today—deeply based, state-based, state government movements, that are deeply moral, deeply constitutional, anti-poverty, anti-racist, pro-justice, transformative, fusion movements that build from the bottom up, like Selma was from the bottom up, Birmingham was from the bottom up. This movement is from the bottom up, and it’s having impact not only here in North Carolina, but around the country.

What did I just say?


He was For It Before He was Against it Before He was For It!

David Axelrod, longtime advisor to Barack Obama, just wrote that Mr. Obama lied in order to gain votes when he said that he was against gay marriage during his initial presidential campaign.

I have a four-minute clip that I sometimes air on KOWA. The entire clip consists of Barack Obama back in 2008 making campaign promises that he not only never followed through on but in many cases he did the complete polar opposite of what he ‘promised’ back in the day when he was promising ‘change we could believe in’.

However, for some reason Mr. Axelrod chose the one lie that actually makes the Obomber look kind of cool — I mean, if you’re going to lie about something…


We Don’t Do What We Do Do

According the Venezuelan government they just thwarted yet another American financed effort at a terror attack/ coup attempt on their country. The plan was for a Venezuelan military jet to drop bombs on several strategic targets — including a busy shopping district in downtown Caracas — whereupon the right-wingers would seize power in the ensuing chaos.

President Maduro says the plot was foiled, they have most of the perpetrators in custody, and that they have all the evidence they need including several confessions.

In response to President Maduro’s accusations, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki then said one of the most outrageously in-your-face ridiculously asinine things I have ever heard a politician say — and that is a very high bar, believe me!

Get this:

“As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means. Political transitions must be democratic, constitutional, peaceful and legal.”

Wow. She actually said this. She is quoted in several sources and after I read it I looked up a video so I could watch her actually saying it.

I swear: She didn’t even crack a smile.

I haven’t done enough fact-checking on past Venezuelan government claims to be able to accurately gauge their credibility — but my general policy with any politician is to presume them guilty until proven innocent. However, since nearly everything that the American government says later turns out to be an outrageous lie — such as the one I just quoted from Jen Psaki, for instance — then you should give their word the credibility that it deserves — i.e. just always assume that everything they say is a lie.

You will be correct more often than not.


Becoming Too Late

I got to thinking about the fact that the government and/or some corporation will soon be able to sprinkle some dust in you home and listen to every word you say. We are in definite danger of having our corporate/ government/ military/ media complex become, for all intents and purposes, omnipotent.

If everyone is afraid to say anything that the Machine doesn’t like then that will be the end of freedom. We really need to reign these people in — while we still can.


No More Alternatives?

I also recently mentioned that I suspect the Machine is doing nasty stuff in the shadows in order to marginalize alternative media. I haven’t heard anyone else speculating on this and I have no evidence but every public station and network in the country is in dire straits, mostly for economic reasons, but the PRN download site (where I get a lot of the shows that we air on KOWA) has now been down for over a week. Their public website just says they experienced a major loss of data without an explanation of what happened — but I am seriously wondering.

Loyal readers can rest assured, though, as I don’t think the Thunderbolt needs to worry too much about funding. I have formed my own trust called the ‘Endowment for Enlightenment’ and the Endowment for Enlightenment has promised the Thunderbolt a grant as soon as the Endowment for Enlightenment receives an endowment.

Until then, though, I can continue what I’ve been doing for years and finance the Thunderbolt by selling my newspapers at the CoOp and gratefully accepting the small — and a couple of times not so small — donations that people who know what I do occasionally send my way.

Thus, my budget, at least, is not really too much subject to being f**cked with.


Uncle Tom on Steroids

In their never ending quest to destroy democracy, to financially exploit others in exceptionally brutal manners, and to ethnically cleanse any real estate that has any value to wealthy white people — those busy little bees who operate the Machine have hit upon a new twist upon an old tried-and-true strategy! (Those bad boys can just be so imaginative!) Not only that, but their new iteration has proven to be devastatingly effective! (Translation: COVER YOUR ASS!)

What they did was to have the governor of Michigan do the financial equivalent of declaring martial law and then appointing several little dictators to take over several city governments that were experiencing financial difficulties. The governor replaced the government elected by the people with an unelected and unaccountable political hack called an ‘emergency manager’.

Then, of course, there ensued a mass looting of the public treasury by the Bankster Gang.

This whole arrangement is so outrageously undemocratic that when I first heard of the plan I figured that no one would allow such extremist policies to stand — and even if they did I figured that — even in the current climate — no court would allow such outrageously unconstitutional Big Brother crap.

However, they not only moved forward and implemented this plan but it has worked out so well (at least for the banksters) that there are plans and proposals to vastly expand the model. And contrary to my expectations, judges are saying that this is cool — which is evidently the new normal.

Anyway, in Detroit, the ‘emergency manager’ was named Kevin Orr. Thanks to Mr. Orr, corporate and banking interests in Detroit have been able to obtain numerous valuable public resources and vast tracks of real estate for rock-bottom prices. They are also cutting off water to poor people if they can’t pay their outrageously overpriced water bills.

As usual, the losers in this scheme are mostly black and poor while the winners are mostly white and wealthy.

Kevin Orr is now a right-wing hero and he has already set his sights on his next victim: Atlantic City. Orr has reportedly offered his Urban Executioner talents to New Jersey governor Chris Christy, who seems receptive. As with Detroit, Atlantic City’s residents are mostly black, and as with Detroit, there is valuable real estate to be stolen once the black owners are removed. The reason Atlantic City is in such dire straights is because due to the economy four of the city’s twelve major casinos have shut down leaving more than 8,000 workers out of a job. The obvious response would be to figure out some way to diversify the economy and create new jobs — but only if you care about people. If the ‘bottom line’ is your only concern, then what you do is to get rid of the now ‘useless’ people and allow the banksters to gentrify it and fill it with white people with money.

Since they are no longer represented by even token elected officials then whatever limited democratic influence or input that the local black citizens may have ever had in the first place is almost completely marginalized.

However, while this is a new trick, they are also using a very old trick to help grease the skids on their new trick: Whenever anyone refers to the obvious by pointing out that this is a manifestly racist policy, supporters are able to point to the fact that Kevin Orr is black — and therefore it can’t be racist because the governor was so sensitive to the black people that he appointed a black man to act as their ‘emergency manager’!

Not. Every race has its members who are ready to sell their souls for twenty pieces of silver and the Machine long ago figured out that hiring a black face to front their racist policies can be very helpful. Under slavery, large plantations always had a ‘houseboy’ who was a black slave but who lived in the house, who wore nice clothes, and who often bore important responsibilities. It was he who greeted arriving guests and he spent much more time socializing with white people than with black. Houseboys were given many privileges and perks and they were encouraged to think of themselves as being better than the lowly ‘field hands’ and indeed, their lives were carried out inside the house whilst the field hands were in the fields and rarely did the twain mix.   Thus, the houseboy’s loyalty was usually given to the owner rather than to their fellow slaves and, indeed, houseboys often helped to police their fellow slaves for the owner and they usually provided great assistance to the owner in keeping the other slaves firmly under thumb.

The Hollywood movie Django featured a truly scary houseboy (no one can project pure frigging evil like Samuel L. Jackson can) and the movie accurately portrayed what was usually the houseboy’s role on a large southern plantation — though I suspect that most actual houseboys didn’t do their jobs with quite the sinister efficiency as the Jackson character in Django did.

And Kevin Orr should take note: During the Nat Turner Rebellion, one of the first tasks Mr. Turner assigned upon overrunning a plantation was to immediately find and kill the houseboys.

I don’t suggest immediately finding and killing Kevin Orr — but I might not be running things when the next slave revolt comes along — so Kevin Orr may just be on his own.

While I don’t suggest killing him — we do need to recognize him for what he is.

That’s what Thunderbolts are for.

It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of February 19th thru February 25th, 2015




1) FYI Section:


1A) Tickets On Sale NOW for Tom Rawson Next Month

The annual benefit concert featuring Tom Rawson for the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation is coming up soon and Glen prefers that people purchase tickets in advance if possible.

This is from Glen:

Folk Singer Tom Rawson


to Benefit Olympia FOR

Tom Rawson – a banjo-playing, crowd-delighting folksinger – performs songs of peace, social justice and just plain fun on Saturday, March 7, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at Traditions Café at the corner of 5th and Water SW in downtown Olympia.

Rawson has charmed and invigorated audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest with his infectious wit, energy and songs that you just can’t resist singing along with.

This is Tom’s annual benefit performance for the Olympia FOR.  You may determine how much to contribute on a suggested sliding scale of $10 to $25.

Each year we nearly fill Traditions, so we encourage buying tickets in advance.  Buy tickets from Traditions Fair Trade, 5th & Water SW, Olympia, or from the Olympia FOR.

If you want to buy tickets by mail, please make checks payable to “Olympia FOR” and tell us how many tickets you want for your donation. We’ll hold your tickets at the door.  Please send checks to Olympia FOR to 5015 15th Avenue SE, Lacey, WA 98503-2723.  (Regular donations go to our PO box instead of our home address.)

For more information contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093 or

Tom Rawson’s information and music are available at

(360) 491-9093

Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Mission Statement

The Olympia Chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation works for a nonviolent world, a healthy environment, social justice, economic justice, and peace.  We bring together people of diverse ages, races, and faiths who are committed to active nonviolence as a transformative way of life and as a means of profound social change.  We model these principles by personal example.  We collaborate and dialogue with the larger community for mutual education and to engage in nonviolent and compassionate actions.

Olympia FOR, 5015 15th Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503-2723



1B) Another Victory for Restricting Antibiotic Abuse on Factory Farms!

I interviewed a young lady named Victoria on the Thunderbolt radio show last month who came to Olympia to educate us about the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms leading to bacterial resistance to our drugs and to encourage the city council to adopt a resolution condemning this practice.

The Olympia City Council just voted to do so.

This is from Victoria:

Hey everyone!

Huge congratulations! The City Council passed the resolution calling for an end to the non therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock on Tuesday night!

We will now channel all of this amazing momentum to pass a likewise resolution at the county level!

Let’s continue building grassroots support by collecting petition signatures and getting local groups and organizations to endorse the effort. We also need to garner media attention to translate the work we have done into the public eye.

Action items this week:

  1. Petition Sheets: Contact Tom ( if you can collect signatures this week.
  1. Letter to the editor writing guide: Contact me if you can submit a letter this week
  2. Here is the endorsement letter for other groups to support the effort: Contact Lyndsey ( if you can get an organization to sign on this week.

*Note: Location change for next week’s Wednesday meeting! Café Love on 4th Street at 7pm on Feb.18th. Liz Hesselbacher will be running the meeting.



1C) This Week in Housing Advocacy

I haven’t touched base with WLIHA lately, so here we are!

The Week in Housing Advocacy

Before we get into this past week of housing advocacy, we need you to first TAKE ACTION. We’ve created this advocacy checklist with six emails to key legislators in support of our housing and homelessness legislative agenda. Don’t worry. We timed it, and sending all the advocacy emails should only take you about five minutes total.
You can find this week’s Advocacy Checklist here.

The sixth week of the session begins today on President’s Day. Then tomorrow, hundreds of advocates from across the state will converge on Olympia for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day to educate their lawmakers on what they can do this session to help prevent homelessness and ensure more people have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, and affordable housing. Advocates are coming at the perfect time. Friday the 20th marks the first cutoff of the long session. All bills must be voted out of their policy committee of origin, or they will not be able to continue down the path to becoming law.
Read a longer version of these highlights here.



1D) Online Coal Train Film

I haven’t watched this but it is supposed to be a most excellent film about the dangers posed by coal trains in the Northwest.

This is from Andy:

Hi Occupy Olympia!

I just want to pass on the news that the coal export documentary, MOMENTA, has been released online for free streaming. Please spread the word and let’s get people informed on the issue.

Momenta is a film and movement founded to educate, raise awareness, and activate communities to stop all proposed coal exports in the Pacific Northwest. We are dedicated to rethinking fossil fuels, their impact on climate and environment, and accelerating the clean energy revolution.



MOMENTA – Full Film



2) Village Building Sunday Potluck

Sunday February 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm @ Eastside Urban Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave E

This is through the Olympia Village Building Convergence [VBC] who are dedicated to transforming neighborhoods into communities.

This is from Ali:

When: Sunday, February 22nd 5-8PM

Join Olympia Village Builders upstairs at the Eastside Urban Farm & Garden to gather with our fellow villagers and hear from the OlyVBC Subcommittee Teams (Placemaking, Events, Design, Fundraising, and Steering). Come hear about our collective progress toward this year’s Olympia Village Building Convergence!!!

Let’s eat together & continue to envision and move toward Olympia’s next 2015 VBC!



3) Roy Zimmerman in Concert

Friday February 20th at 8 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This is satirical political humour delivered through music.

This is from Chris:

Fri Feb 20:

Satirical singer   Roy Zimmerman

Roy focuses mostly on social and political isues performs in Olympia:

This is what he says about his work writing and performing humorous songs on political subjects:

“There’s nothing funny about World Peace. Social Justice never killed at the Comedy Store. If we ever attain a worldwide consciousness of peace and justice, I’ll be happily out of a job. But as long as there’s poverty, war, bigotry, ignorance, greed and paranoia, I’ve got a career.” 8:00 pm at Traditions Café 5th & Water SW, downtown Olympia. Tickets are $18 general, or $12 for students and low income people



4) Global Days of Listening

Saturday February 21st from 6:30 am to 9:30 am on Your Computer or Telephone

This is a monthly event wherein you can listen to or speak to people in Afghanistan and all over the world.

This is from Chris:

Sat Feb 21: Global Days of Listening 

On the 21st of each month, you can connect by telephone and/or computer

(through Skype software) with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and other peacemakers of all ages in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, and many other countries around the world. In the US’s Pacific Time Zone it runs from 6:30 to 9:30 am (yes, morning!– due to Afghan time zone), Pacific Time. Listen to the live broadcast at or arrange a visit to listen or help. Info  or contact

Listen anytime to the broadcast at this livestream link:

Global Days of Listening – to People from war-torn countries



5) Olympia Building Convergence Potluck

Sunday February 22nd from 5 to 8 pm @ The Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Store, 2326 4th Ave E

This is from Oly VBC:

Greetings fellow Placemakers!

As the buds begin to swell and warmth rises in the air, so too the energy for the 2015 Olympia Village Building Convergence is growing in anticipation of Spring and Summer projects!   Transforming public spaces into great neighborhood places!!

We have been hard at work preparing our plans, and we invite you all to come hear and celebrate the vision, and collaborate going forward:

Village Builders’ Community Potluck

Sunday, February 22

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at

The Eastside Urban Farm and Garden store

2326 4th Ave E, Olympia, Washington 98506

At the Potluck, we will:

  • Unveil our new Logo and Brochure, lovingly crafted by our Design Team.
  • The Outreach Team will share plans for spreading our message through social media, tabling, community events and more
  • The Events Committee will lay out the timeline for monthly Village Builders’ socials to build the buzz and raise some funds leading up to the Summer, and plans for a VBC kickoff party on August 15 co-hosted by West Central Park and other special events throughout the week culminating with the Love our Local Fest
  • The Placemaking Team will explain how individual neighborhood projects can join the Summer fun, and get published in our Village Builder Guide highlighting each project and the OlyVBC Calendar of events Aug. 15-23
  • Chris will share plans for the Placemakers’ Academy, a spring “café” series where experienced and new village builders will share and learn best practices and build their placemaking skills

So plan to be there, bring some local yummy food and drink to share, and come with your own ideas to declare – as we all join together and prepare for wonderful community building thoughout the year.

Meanwhile, we’re still working on all those plans and we welcome you to get involved now or later, as your love of community guides you:

  • The Design Team will share a draft brochure / logo and invite comments from the community by this Friday – be looking for that!
  • Placemaking Committee first meeting this coming Saturday, Feb 14th 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the EcoHouse, 911 Adams St
  • Outreach Committee meets next on Wednesday Feb. 25, 6:00 pm at Eastside Urban Farm and Garden

Feel that warm glow today?  Looking forward to seeing you soon – outside in the Garden!

The Oly Village Builders Steering Committee

Chris van Daalen

Pat Rasmussen

Matthew Kreiling

Ali Mediate

Alex Walker

Heather Wood

Website coming soon:

For more information, contact Chris at (360) 789-9669, or Pat at (509) 669-1549.



6) Peaceworks 2015 Justice Rising

Monday February 23rd at Noon @ The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy

This is through the Rachel Corrie Foundation:

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation Monday, February 23rd, for Peace Works 2015: Justice Rising! This gathering of related struggles will explore systematized oppression, and inspire learning and action for global justice and peace.

Omar Barghouti, founding member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, and author of BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, will open the event on the Evergreen campus at noon, Monday, February 23rd, with “The BDS Movement Explained.” Barghouti will provide an introduction and founder’s view of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and what it hopes to accomplish.

Workshops will follow at 1:30 and 3:30 PM in Seminar II on the Evergreen Campus.

At 7:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Longhouse, Barghouti will be joined by activists Jesse Hagopian, Gabriel Schivone, moderator Sarah Eltantawi, and more for Justice Rising: From Palestine to Ferguson, from First Nations to the US Borderlands, a panel connecting voices across politics and identities. In individual presentations, discussion, and Q&A, the group will address the challenges they face as rights advocates from various movements, the similarities and differences in their experiences, and the opportunities they see for joint struggle.

All events are free and open to the public!

Justice Rising! is cosponsored by The President’s Diversity Fund at The Evergreen State College, Evergreen Students for Justice in Palestine, and the following Evergreen Programs: Power in American Society; Cultural Landscapes; Landscapes of Faith and Power in the Eastern Mediterranean; Political Economy and Social Movements; and What Does it Mean to be an American?

For further information visit



7) Torture, Empire, and the CIA

Wednesday February 25th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This is about the secret government that actually controls our world.

This is from Janet:

Event:  Torture, Empire, and the CIA

Takes place Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015, from 7 to 9 PM

Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 300 5th Ave SW in Olympia

This presentation will focus on the recent Congressional report on the extensive use of torture and other violent actions carried out by the CIA after 9/11.

∙    What did we learn from the report, and was it really anything new?

∙    When will the prosecutions come?

We’ll also discuss the history of the CIA — its origins as a clandestine spy agency,  its role in the emergence of American global power after World War II.

We’ll talk about what happened in 9/11.  First, what didn’t change – the use even before 9/11 of torture and assassination;  and then what did change – the CIA after 9/11 as a clandestine paramilitary force with black sites, drones and combat capabilities.

Finally we’ll pose the question:  Is there a role for the CIA in which it contributes something important to our welfare as a nation and yet is firmly under democratic control?   How can we get to that point?


Dr. David Price, Professor of Anthropology at St. Martin’s University.  Author of Weaponizing Anthropology:  Social Science in the Service of the Militarized State and frequent commentator on counterinsurgency and the relationship between the military, CIA and academics.

Dr. Steve Niva, Professor of International Politics at The Evergreen State College.  Writes and speaks about the new forms of warfare and violence in the post-9/11 world, including the rise of joint special operations warfare carried out by JSOC and the CIA.

Janet Jordan



8) Forum on the Safety of Eating Puget Sound Fish

Thursday February 26th at 6 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This is important if you eat locally caught fish.

This is from Chris:

Thurs Feb 26: How much fish from Puget Sound is safe to eat? It depends on how polluted the water is.

TTulalipTribal member (and 38th Leg.Dist. State Senator) John McCoy speaks to the public about Water Quality aand Fish & Consumption Rates:

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County invites the public

to learn about this. The State of Washington has been accused of seriously underestimating the amount of fish we eat, in order to avoid having to strengthen water quality standards and require polluting businesses and local governments to discharge less pollution into Puget Sound.

Learn about this tonight. Social time starts at 6:00 pm, and the speaker begins at 6:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water st



9) Bonus Tip of the Week:

Unite for Peace!




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