The Thunderbolt 150910 You Stink!

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The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

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1) FYI Section:

1A) HELP NEEDED: Initiative 735 Falling Short on Signatures

1B) This Zander or That Zander?

1C) West Central Park Update

1D) Update from the Green Party of South Puget Sound

1E) Participatory Democracy in Olympia?

1F) Olympia FOR Seeking Funding

2) Thurston Climate Action Team Meeting

3) Back to Basics: Do It Yourself Skills for a Simpler Time

4) Energy Economist Jim Lazar

5) Interactive Workshop: US Militaristic Foreign Policy

6) Rally for Olympia Parks

7) Free Trade Hurts the Climate Public Forum

8) Bonus Tip of the Day

 

A detailed description of all events is located after the News and Commentary section

To go directly to an event description just type the index entry above into a search box

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You Stink!

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Everybody knows that the dice are loaded

Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed

Everybody knows that the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows…

 

                  Leonard Cohen

 

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Little Known Personal Facts about the Publisher of the Thunderbolt:

Cluster F#ck

Hey Kids!

Get this: Before discovering that we had irreconcilable personality conflicts — I was briefly a member of the United States Army.

I was about to say that you could probably guess how that turned out — but what happened is actually a very interesting weird and educational story and you couldn’t possibly guess how it turned out — and so Thunderbolt readers can soon expect some accountings and recountings centered upon my now legendary collision with the United States military at the tail-end of the Vietnam Era…

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Everybody knows that the boat is leaking

Everybody knows that the captain lied

Everybody got this broken feeling

Like their father or their dog just died

 

Everybody talking to their pockets

Everybody wants a box of chocolates

And a long stem rose

Everybody knows…

 

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows…

 

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Prison

In a perfect metaphor, Mr. Smith recently tried to go to Washington.

Unlike his fictional namesake, though, our actual Mr. Smith didn’t make it to Washington.

Mr. Smith, in fact, recently went to prison instead.

One problem with sending so many people to prison is that a lot of people are now seeing firsthand what a horrendous scam it is and after they are released many of them have taken to educating people about it.

I happen to resemble that description myself.

Watch Amy Goodman’s interview with Mr. Smith here:

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/9/1/mr_smith_goes_to_prison_after

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And everybody knows that it’s now or never

Everybody knows that it’s me or you

And everybody knows that you live forever

After you have done a line or two

Everybody knows the deal is rotten

Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton

For your ribbons and bows

And everybody knows…

 

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Truth and Reconciliation (or not): The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

So far I have nominated four people for the Thunderbolt Most Evil Person in History Award. NONE of these nominees were or are themselves the actual plutocrats who actually give the orders — they are merely the paid lackeys.

A few tens of thousands of people cannot oppress 7 billion people without the cooperation of a large percentage of those 7 billion people. To my mind, rich people are rich people and that is that. To my mind, the enablers are the ones that are enabling all this. People who are willing to sell out their neighbors for 30 pieces of silver should know better.

Truth and Reconciliation is a process wherein in instances where past crimes are so heinous and so systemic that there are no ‘legal’ fixes, and so all former crimes are forgiven as long as the perpetrators admit their guilt and face the surviving victims of their crimes so they can hear the repercussions of their actions. The Truth and Reconciliation process has been used several times to heal from past wounds, most famously in South Africa after the fall of apartheid.

I mention this because after 30 years the French intelligence agent who led the team that sank the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior and killed a member of the Greenpeace team has just apologized. (The French government, who ordered the operation, still has not.)

To my disappointment, the representatives from Greenpeace seem to be largely dismissing and poo pooing the man’s apology. They are saying that it is “30 years too late” and they just generally disdain the apology as largely meaningless.

Evidently they don’t know how rare it is for one of these people to fess up. Evidently they don’t know the healing power of the Truth and Reconciliation process, else they would not just dismiss what is actually an historic event and a golden opportunity to do some healing and reconciliation and to put all that ugly history behind us.

Democracy Now aired a most excellent segment featuring the French agent last Tuesday:

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/9/8/french_secret_service_agent_who_led

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And everybody knows that the Plague is coming

Everybody knows that it’s moving fast

Everybody knows that the naked man and woman

Are just shining artifacts of the past

Everybody knows the scene is dead

But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed

That will disclose

What everybody knows…

 

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You DO Have to Live Like a Refugee

There are currently over 60 million refugees on our planet — the all time high in recorded history. There are 8 million displaced Syrians alone, 4 million of whom have left Syria.

The vast majority of these refugees have landed in Third World countries that do not have the resources to take care of them. Virtually ALL of these refugees lost their homes due to American and NATO foreign policy. (There is no difference anymore. NATO is the United States and the United States is NATO.)

As of April, Lebanon alone — with a total population of 4.5 million — has taken in nearly 2 million Syrian refugees. That is over 40% of their total population. Proportionally this would be as if the United States had taken in over 160 million refugees — but that would still not be an equitable comparison since the people of the United States have much more wealth per capita than the people of Lebanon do.

However, in spite of the fact that American foreign policy is responsible for virtually ALL of the many millions of refugees all over the planet, including those from Syria — the United States has taken in a grand total of 1,500 Syrian refugees.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugees_of_the_Syrian_Civil_War

By the way: Israel — which borders Syria — has taken in exactly zero Syrian refugees.

Meanwhile, American right-wingers’ heads are exploding over 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

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And everybody knows that you’re in trouble

Everybody knows what you’ve been through

From the bloody cross on top of Calvary

To the beach of Malibu

Everybody knows it’s coming apart

Take one last look at this Sacred Heart

Before it blows

And everybody knows…

 

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You Stink

I mentioned that Lebanon had taken in nearly half their population worth of Syrian refugees. In addition to that (and probably partly because of that) Lebanon is now in the middle of a political crisis. There is a major grassroots rebellion erupting that is centered around the governments failure to pick up the trash — though the trash pick up has actually become a metaphorical symbol for overall government corruption and inefficiency.

This movement is called ‘You Stink’, and it looks like it may be a BFD. Stay tuned.

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/25/434668700/you-stink-protests-over-beiruts-garbage-crisis-take-larger-stance

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of September 10th thru September 16th, 2015

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1) FYI Section:

1A) HELP NEEDED: Initiative 735 Falling Short on Signatures

Since we don’t have a bottomless money supply, our efforts are not nearly as successful as Tim Eyeman’s are. This is important and this needs to happen. If you have any spare time at all, please consider gathering signatures for this initiative.

This is from Mike:

History will record that our times, today, are the last chance, for society to restore “Government of the People.”

Unimaginable concentrations of wealth, power and technology, left unchecked, will destroy us because greed , and the lust for power,  have no bounds.  We must regulate Big Money in the world of politics, or we will be ruled by the tyranny of Big Money.

I work for free to help pass Initiatiative 735 , to restore “Government of the People, by the People and for the People” and take the power back from the Trans-National Corporatists.

I am asking for your help because without you…. we can not…. we will not succeed.

My name is Michael Savoca, and along with our co-chair, Jennifer Sprague, we coordinate a local group in the Thurston County area which is part of a state-wide effort to pass Initiative 735.

Our objective is to over-rule the Supreme Court Decision of Citizens United v F.E.C.  That decision said “A Corporation is a Person” and unlimited unregulated political campaign “Money is Free Speech” and thus we the people can not regulate  Corporate Money, and Big Money in politics because both are allegedly protected by the U.S. Constitution.

If anybody thinks money is equal to speech, just try and pay for clothes, fuel or food with a free speech and then head for the door, and see what that gets you.

This decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was HOG WASH.  Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does the word “corporation” even appear. Corporations have no rights… Corporations were created by law, they have privileges granted by law and are subject to regulation.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

As of Today, our state wide coalitions of “all volunteer”, unpaid signature gatherers have collected a total of 126,000 signatures… a little less than half way to the required number of valid signatures needed to put an initiative on the ballot.  But time is running out.  We have been working hard collecting signatures for 4 months, and as things stand now we will fall short of the necessary number of signatures before the December 31st deadline.

I have to be honest…we are in dire need of your help… I’m not asking for money.  Time is running out.  Initiative signature gathering in the winter, during the Holidays is not going to go down well. We have a month or two of prime signature gathering opportunities left.

I am not asking you to do what I did.  I have gotten kinda crazy about all this.  I have collected over 2,700 signatures. I am not asking you to do that.

But if…if.. YOU care about ending corporate rule and are reading this letter, then please take one… just one… initiative petition page (each page has space for 20 names)  and take your time, no pressure, and let family and friends sign the initiative.  If you do this, then we can succeed.

I work to pass Initiative-735 because it is the key that unlocks the door to every other great thing we want to do for the betterment of all people and our planet. If we fail to take the power back, if we fail to end corporate rule, and the greed that is propelling civilization over the cliff, then our food and water will be poisoned at accelerated rates and the planet will be racked by crazy weather , floods , drought , fires and famine… Armageddon.

Jennifer Sprague and I coordinate and support local volunteer signature gatherers for I-735 in the Olympia area and beyond.

Like everyone else in our organization, we are volunteers  (We work for free).

Please contact us, and help gather one page of initiative petition signatures.  We will help you in any way you need.  Jennifer and I work directly with volunteers to show them how we gather signatures.

If you email me, I can get an initiative petition to you, and then when you are ready, i can pick it up or show you how you can mail it in.

You do not have to join our group.  You do not have to go to meetings….but if you want to:

We meet as a group, at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month at building #1 room 280 at the Thurston County office buildings complex (right next to the County Court house building).  Meetings are not mandatory…. come if it works for you.

You can contact me via email:

masavoca@fairpoint.net

or second best, cell phone:

360-951-6518

For more information about the initiative and our group of state-wide volunteers please visit our web-site at:

WAmend.org

Thank You!

 

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1B) This Zander or That Zander?

Last week I published a critique by Mike Savoca of some information sent to my by a gentleman named Zander.

Believe it or not, there are two Zanders in Olympia and the other Zander wanted to make sure that no one confuses them with each other. Since I did not know there were two Zanders until Terren Zander just contacted me, then his concern seems valid.

This is what Terren Zander had to say:

Dana, could you let folks know there are two different people you are quoting. My last name is Zander. His first name is Zander. We are not the same person. I might just change mine to Zxytlx to avoid any further confusion.

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1C) West Central Park Update

This came from Alicia:

Because of blustery wet weather last week, a few events were postponed to later dates.  The final movie of our Monday Movie Madness series will be shown this coming Monday, September 7th at 8:30 pm.  Plan on it being a bit chilly but the forecast is calling for dry weather. The FestivOly event has been moved to September 13th from 5-10.  The schedule will be the same. Find out more on the FestivOly event page at FB. https://www.facebook.com/events/295790843924647/permalink/302523889918009/

See you around the Park!

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1D) Update from the Green Party of South Puget Sound

This message came from Janet:

Our next public event will be a forum on land-use questions for City Council candidates to answer.  It will be held in the first week of October at Traditions (if they have an opening).  Questions will be:

  1.  What kind of growth do you advocate, and what kind of housing would you encourage?
  1.  What kinds of public spaces would you want the city to acquire, and how would the city pay for them?
  1.  Would you use a Community Renewal Area to get the changes you want?  How would you pick an area for renewal?  What kinds of incentives would you offer to builders?
  1.  What is your vision of a beautiful city and how would you get there?
  1.  How would you encourage local business and farms in Olympia, remembering that it is illegal to discriminate against chain stores?

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1E) Participatory Democracy in Olympia?

This is an intriguing concept. Glen sent this to me:

Starting in 1989 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, “Participatory Budgeting” is a way to directly involve ordinary people in proposing how a government could possibly spend its tax dollars – and then to ACTUALLY VOTE TO MAKE THE SPENDING DECISIONS.  The “Participatory Budgeting” model has spread to many other cities worldwide.  This movement even has people in Seattle working toward it.

This website has much information:  http://www.participatorybudgeting.org/

Engaging, informative interview on the Laura Flanders TV program:  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32428-laura-flanders-participatory-budgeting-an-economy-for-the-99

What is the potential for promoting this in the local community (e.g., in Olympia or Tumwater or Thurston County)?  After a local success, it could even be proposed for the Port of Olympia and other jurisdictions.

è      Is anyone in our local community working on this now?

è      Who is interested in exploring this?

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1F) Olympia FOR Seeking Funding

The Fellowship of Reconciliation has been working for world peace for over 100 years. The local chapter organizes the peace vigils at Percival Landing every Friday. They are volunteer run and funded.

This message came from Glen:

If you like what the Olympia FOR is doing, we warmly encourage you to support our work. 

The Olympia FOR does not charge dues or have paid staff.  We rely on volunteer labor and voluntary contributions.  We trust that each person will help in whatever ways they can.

Contributions to Olympia FOR are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

THANK YOU for participating in whatever ways you can.  You are helping us stay active in working for social justice, nonviolence, and peace.

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.

(360) 491-9093   info@olympiafor.org   www.olympiafor.org

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2) Thurston Climate Action Team Meeting

Thursday September 10th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This message came from Oly FOR:

Thurs Sept 10:  The Thurston Climate Action Team invites people to their monthly meetings – now on the second Thursday evening at a new time and location:  TCAT does good, practical work to protect the climate, especially interacting with governments and the Thurston Regional Planning Council.  TCAT is also looking for ways to fund local climate efforts.  TCAT is changing their monthly meetings to the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  (TCAT will NOT meet in October.)  Info:  Graeme Sackrison 791-8376 or Tom Crawford,tom@thurstonclimateaction.org  280-0242

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3) Back to Basics: Do It Yourself Skills for a Simpler Time

Saturday September 12th from Noon to 3 pm @ West Central Park, Corner of Harrison and Division Streets

This is right in line with making the Machine irrelevant.

This message came from Oly FOR:

Sat Sept 12:  “Back to Basics” – Do-it-Yourself Skills for a Simpler Time:  Empower yourself by learning the practical skills that people used to take for granted but have now been largely lost.  Learn about spinning, weaving, making candles, sharpening tools, repairing bicycles, and much more.  12 noon to 3 pm at West Central Park, Harrison & Division in West Olympia.  FREE.  Sponsor:  Transition Olympia.  Info: Gita Moulton 352-9351 gitamoulton@earthlink.net

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/152084225128860/

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4) Energy Economist Jim Lazar

Tuesday September 15th at Noon @ St. Martins University, Spangler Hall Lounge

Come learn about alternative energy.

This message came from Oly FOR:

Tues Sept 15:  Energy Economist Jim Lazar speaks about “Hawaii:  The World’s Laboratory For Renewable Energy Deployment”  The Olympia Economics Club invites the public to its first fall lunchtime meeting at 12 noon in the Spangler Hall Lounge at St. Martin’s University.  Jim Lazar has decades of experience as a very savvy economist with special expertise in electric energy economics.  He is a Consulting Economist for Microdesign Northwest.  Info:  Lizbeth Martin-Mahar, martinli@wsdot.wa.gov

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5) Interactive Workshop: US Militaristic Foreign Policy

Tuesday September 15th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This is likely to be very informative; this message came from TC Pronet:

Interactive Workshop: U.S.’s Militaristic Foreign Policy
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Short Description: Glen Anderson facilitates a highly informative + interactive workshop exploring the U.S.’s counter-productive militaristic foreign policy.
Location: Traditions Cafe
5th & Water SE
Olympia WA 98501
Contact Information: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

Workshop Explores U.S.’s Militaristic Foreign Policy

Tuesday September 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, Olympia

The public is invited to participate in a free interactive workshop about how the U.S.’s militaristic foreign policy is counter-productive and how to create a more peaceful and effective foreign policy.  Glen Anderson will facilitate this informative, thought-provoking workshop from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, in downtown Olympia on Tuesday September 15.  It is sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, which has worked locally for peace, social justice and nonviolence since 1976.

The workshop’s title – “Military ‘Solutions’ Are Really the Problem! – conveys the workshop’s main message that the U.S.’s military-focused foreign policy actually undermines global and national security.  In our daily lives, we know better than to think violence solves problems, but at the national level the U.S. government routinely threatens and uses military violence all over the world.  Militarism makes problems worse, so why does the government keep using militarism?  Who benefits from this?

This interactive workshop will help participants understand that militarism does not solve international problems, but only makes them worse, turns other nations against the U.S., and actually weakens our national security.  The workshop concludes with support for more profound, holistic “national security” by renouncing violence and promoting peace and fairness.

Glen Anderson, who has worked for peace since the 1960s, brings this workshop back to Olympia after facilitating it successfully at a regional conference of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.  You can watch a 90-minute video of that workshop at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pdZNBoP4wQ

For information contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093 or glen@olympiafor.org or visit the Olympia FOR’s website, www.olympiafor.org

See much information about the Olympia FOR and its many activities.

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6) Rally for Olympia Parks

Tuesday September 17th at 7 pm @ Washington Middle School, 3100 Cain Rd SE

This is a Save the LBA Woods event.

This message came from Save the LBA Woods:

Rally for Olympia Parks

with the LBA Woods Park Coalition

Tuesday September 15 at 7 pm

Washington Middle School

(map/directions here)  

    • Find out the latest on LBA Woods acquisition
    • Learn about Proposition 1-Metropolitan Parks District for Olympia
    • Be a Part of this Win-Win Ballot Measure
    • Enjoy a scoop of Olympic Mountain Ice Cream

 

Please visit YesOlympiaParks to find out how to help

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7) Free Trade Hurts the Climate Public Forum

Thursday September 17th at 6:30 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This message came from Gina:

Thurs Sept 17:  “Free Trade” hurts the climate!  There are many additional reasons to attend the “Public Forum on Free Trade:  The TPP and Beyond”  The Thurston County League of Women Voters will host this free public forum at 6:30 pm at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW.  Co-sponsors include Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, South Sound Sierra Club, the Carnegie Group of Olympia, and others.  Congress narrowly approved “Fast Track” for trade deals, such as the pending TransPacific Partnership (TPP), so the TPP itself may face an up or down vote in the next few months, with only a simple majority (rather than the Senate’s usual filibuster-proof supermajority). Floor debate will be limited, and there will be no opportunity to amend the draft agreement, still largely kept secret from the American public.  Both of Washington’s senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, supported “Fast Track.”  What to “free trade” deals such as the TPP do to workers, consumers, human rights and the environment?  Why doesn’t Congress serve the broad public interest?  Speakers include:

  • Selden Prentice, lawyer, mediator, and climate activist with 350Seattle;
  • Lynn Dodson, Ph.D., Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council (AFL-CIO);
  • Randy Mandell, a physician and climate activist with 350Seattle.

For more information contact Peggy Bruton, 866 7165, gimleteye@comcast.net

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8) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Help eliminate stinky politicians.

Peace.

Dana

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