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The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes




1) FYI Section:

1A) I-735 Needs Signature Gatherers!

1B) Washington DC Mobilization from November 14th thru 18th to Kill the TPP

2) Climate Change A Panel Discussion

3) Bus to the Cascade Media Convergence

4) Film Screening: Resistencia, The Fight for the Aguan Valley

5) Second Annual Cascade Media Convergence

6) Soul Circuitry! Hip Hop MC & DJ Shamako Noble and Special Guests ((ALL AGES))

7) Moving Beyond Poverty: People, Possibilities, and Prosperity

8) Justice Pursued A Legal Perspective on Palestine & the Rachel Corrie Case

9) 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




Trojan Cows!



Leftist Follies #4,776

Hey Kids!

I’m going to the Cascade Media Convergence in Portland next weekend so it’s a short Thunderbolt this week.

Anyway, in the news this week there was a large protest against Saturday Night Live for inviting Donald Trump to be a guest host.

As usual, the leftists are engaging in stupid and counterproductive tactics. Besides the fact that except in highly limited circumstances ‘censorship’ should be a four-letter word, doing things like this just provides Mr. Trump with a ton of free publicity, feeds the Trump Machine, and builds Trump’s mystique amongst his acolytes.

The best counter to offensive speech is ALWAYS counter-speech. Protecting free speech doesn’t mean you protect only speech you like. Popular speech generally doesn’t need protecting. It is the unpopular and the crazy stuff that needs protection because opposing things like slavery and sexist oppression used to be considered unpopular and crazy — meaning that better futures often emerge from the unpopular and crazy stuff.

Speech that promotes such things as slavery and sexist oppression can also play a vital role in anti-slavery and anti-sexist activism because it provides fodder for exemplifying evil. What Trump is actually doing is shining a big spotlight on many of America’s worst attributes. Donald Trump is providing a concrete personification that we can actually point at exemplifying everything that is vile and ugly about our culture.

Countering all of the crazy crap that Trump is saying should provide almost endless opportunity to skilled anti-racist rhetoricians.

I think he is providing a valuable public service.

And speaking of skilled anti-racist rhetoricians — does anyone really think that a crew like Saturday Night Live will cut Trump much if any slack?

Especially with an off-the-charts nut like Donald Trump — just allow the dude to hang himself by his own petard! C’mon, people!


Everybody’s a Critic!

It seems that al-Qaeda is unhappy with American foreign policy. They are saying that the Americans should have provided much more support than they did for the ‘moderate’ Islamist forces and that the Americans should have set up a no-fly zone over Syria to marginalize Assad’s air force.

The reason, of course, is that al-Qaeda knows that if Assad were indeed to fall then he would be replaced with someone either very al-Qaeda-like — or even by al-Qaeda itself.

Even al-Qaeda knows that the Americans will lose even if they ‘win’.

It is no surprise that al-Qaeda view with total clarity the utter failure of American policy in the area.

The surprise is the fact that the American public seems completely unaware of the fact.


Programming the Universe

My favourite theory about what is happening is that humanity represents a manifestation of the Universe attempting to become aware of itself.

Well — there is a gentleman named Seth Lloyd who has written a book called Programming the Universe wherein he posits the theory that the entire universe is a giant quantum computer.

I think that Mr. Lloyd’s theory meshes with my own very nicely, thank you!


Trojan Cows!

We are Palestinians!

We deserve to have a home!

We deserve to have our land!

We deserve to have our freedom!

We deserve to have cows!

       —Dr. Majed Nasser, Palestinian Doctor

Back in 1987, the Israeli government revealed that in their never ending quest to steal their homeland back from the people who originally stole it from them those dastardly Palestinians were concocting yet another threat to Israeli security by enlisting an unlikely but potentially deadly ally!

Yes — in a truly shocking development — it turned out that the Palestinians of a small village called Beit Sahour were breeding killer cows!

The horror!

This Great Cowspiracy was eventually revealed as a subversive Palestinian plot to produce milk in competition with the Israeli supplied milk! This represented a threat to the security of Israel because this practice vastly increased the danger that the Palestinians would become self-sufficient rather than being utterly dependent upon their deadliest enemy for their very survival!

Yes, Kids, as a new film called The Wanted 18 reveals, the villagers of Majed Nasser bought a herd of 18 cows.

This could not stand!

Israeli soldiers moved in, took pictures of each individual cow, and then informed the villagers that “these cows are dangerous for the security of Israel” and that they had to go. They had 24 hours to shut down their dairy or the Israelis would bulldoze it.

The villagers hid their cows — at the home of the local butcher — and the Israelis eventually dispatched hundreds of soldiers and two helicopters in their desperate quest to quell this dangerous new threat to Israeli security!

The Oslo accords were signed soon after this and the demand for Palestinian dairy cows subsided and the Beit Sahour dairy farm became economically unviable.

And this story ends with a mysterious twist: The last cow in the Beit Sahour herd was sold to a butcher — but managed to escape on its way to its final destination never to be seen again.

According to legend, the rogue cow can sometimes be seen on the hilltops in the dark of the night. It is whispered that this cow just sits motionless as it eyes settler villages with dire foreboding…

It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of November 12th thru November 18th, 2015




1) FYI Section:


1A) I-735 Needs Signature Gatherers!

This message came from Gabe:

As October comes to a close, have you gathered signatures for I-735 yet? Now is the time to help collect and get them in! Many people like you have made a difference in the quest to overturn Citizens United. Won’t you join the 854 people who have turned in petitions so far! Volunteers have now gathered nearly 190,000 signatures! With your help we can get enough to qualify for next year’s ballot!

Over the next 9 weeks (before the December 31st deadline) we need to collect an additional 130,000 signatures. Your help is essential as we are relying on individual volunteers like you to collect the 80-90% of the remaining signatures. An outside political committee called Fix Democracy First for I-735 has also come together to hire a signature gathering firm to collect additional signatures. FDF for I-735’s actions will help to increase our margin of success by gathering above the minimum needed to cover for duplicates and invalids.


A great way to do so will be at next week’s UW Campus Surge. Join us on November 3rd and 4th to gather signatures at the University of Washington. We are partnering with three student organizations to table in multiple areas around campus. This is a great opportunity to gather signatures and inform the students, staff, and faculty of our efforts to become the 17th state urging an amendment to overturn Citizens United and to get them involved!

Don’t forget to ask the adults you see over the Halloween weekend to sign your petition. Some volunteers are keeping them with them at their door as trick-or-treaters come by!

9 Weeks to Go – How You Can Help

This is crunch time so please add to the effort to get I-735 over the top! The 20/20 to 200K October Challenge is coming to a close and there is still time to help reach our goals! Please send in any completed petitions as soon as you can to be eligible for prizes, including a free stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast.

Everyone who turns in 100 signatures or more can also have an I-735 volunteer t-shirt. Anyone who turns in 1000 signatures or more gets an awesome car magnet. Both of these help promote the effort and makes it easier to collect signatures. Please email Malakay to claim your gift.



1B) Washington DC Mobilization from November 14th thru 18th to Kill the TPP

This is big and this is important. This message is from Flush the TPP:

Sign up for the DC mobilization this November 14 to 18 to stop the TPP and TTIP. Groups are making their plans to participate. We’ve reserved a second church to provide sleeping space. This is going to be big!

Click here to see the schedule of actions and register.



2) Climate Change A Panel Discussion

Thursday November 12th at 7 pm @ WET Science Center, 500 Adams St NE

This message came from Larry:

November 12th, 7:00 – 8:30

Climate Change – A Panel Discussion about the Implications that come from Drought
LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams NE, Olympia

Paul Pickett, Department of Ecology

Ginny Stern, hydrogeologist, Department of Health

Join us at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.


Co-Hosted by the Washington Foundation for the Environment (WFFE).  
This will be the first of the South Sound Estuary Association’s Discovery Speaker Series.



3) Bus to Cascade Media Convergence

Saturday November 14th at 7:45 am @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

Come ride the magic bus to Portland for the gathering of Northwest alternative media. Leave Saturday morning, return Sunday night.

This message came from Bruce:

We are busing to the Cascade Media Convergence in Portland! That means waking up early on Saturday. Must leave before 8AM. We have a place to park the bus so the bus can sleep probably 8 people comfortably and more if your friendly! We go back Sunday night at 6PM, be back by 8PM.

Media Island has cosponsored this event, so we have free tickets if folks are interested in the CMC but don’t have the $20 (oh yeah it’s also sliding scale no one tearned away.) We do need some gas money if you can pitch $10. If you’re strapped for cash, help us, we need to clean the bus the week before and we will need help tabling and recording for the CMC.

Here is the CMC schedule.

Sat, Nov. 14th at Portland State, Smith Memorial Union

10-12: 1st workshop session (focused on hands-on skillshares)

12-1: Lunch

1-4:30 Strategy Session Breakouts

6:00-8:00 Saturday Night Keynote, featuring Walidah Imarisha and adrienne marie brown discussing their new sci-fi anthology Octavia’s Brood.

9:30-1:00am CMC Saturday Concert: More info TBA

Sunday November 15th at Portland State, Smith Memorial Union

10-11:30 2nd workshop session

11:45-1:15 3rd workshop session

1:15-2:00 Lunch (Charlie Hardy film screening during lunch)

2:00-3:30 4th workshop session

3:45-5:15 5th workshop session

6PM we head home! Celebrate with hip hop show at Obsidian!



4) Film Screening: Resistencia, The Fight for the Aguan Valley

Friday November 13th at 11 am @ The Evergreen State College, Sem 2, Room D1107, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW

This message came from Peter:

Join Film-maker Jesse Freeston for a Film Screening of his newest film: “Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley”

No Charge


The film: Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley

June 28th, 2009. The Honduran people are preparing to vote in the first referendum in the country’s history. The proposition is to write a new constitution, and a ‘yes’ vote could dramatically transform the country, perhaps even guaranteeing land for the country’s 300,000 landless farmers. But, instead of waking up to ballot boxes, they see soldiers carrying out the first coup d’état in Central America in three decades. This is the story of the two thousand farming families who challenged the coup project by taking over the plantations of the most powerful man in the country. The camera follows three members of the movement, and one clever journalist who travels in from the capital city, as they convert the plantations into cooperatives and install locally the democracy they dreamed of seeing nationally. Shot over four years, the film is both a testament to the capacity of an organized movement to transform the most fertile land in the country, as well as an account of the coup regime’s violent attempt to get the land back.

The filmmaker: Jesse Freeston is an independiente documentary filmmaker and video-journalist based in Montréal, Québec. Jesse has worked with The Real News Network, teleSUR, Al Jazeera, CUTV, and Vice. He has completed two independent documentaries, the first entitled Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital (co-directed by Beth Geglia) and in 2015 he released his first feature-length documentary, Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley.



5) Second Annual Cascade Media Convergence

Saturday November 14th through Sunday November 15th @ Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97201

I don’t usually promote out of town events but this is important; this is a gathering of all of the alternative media heads of the Northwest. Come plug in with the voices of the revolution.

This message came from Bruce:

Help to build a NW movement for alternative media!


The Second Annual Cascade Media Convergence

Saturday & Sunday November 14-15th 2015

Portland State University: Smith Student Memorial Building Rooms TBA

Official Website & Registration



6) Soul Circuitry! Hip Hop MC & DJ Shamako Noble and Special Guests ((ALL AGES))

Sunday November 15th at 9 pm @ Obsidian, 404 4th Ave E

This message came from Bruce:

Shamako Noble- MC/DJ Hip Hop Congress & Soul Circuitry Productions. The most uplifting concious hiphop with the best beats! Move your body and your mind! Dance as Shamako takes on the DJ, listen to him and his friends bust out the hiphop and raise your heart and mind with lyrics that make you think!

$5-10 sliding scale ((ALL AGES))



7) Moving Beyond Poverty: People, Possibilities, and Prosperity

Tuesday November 17th from 8 to 11 am @ Red Lion Inn, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW

This is a planning session for our future without poverty.

This message came from POWER:

Moving Beyond Poverty: People, Possibilities, and Prosperity


What every business, nonprofit, and community member needs to know about economic security in the South Sound region. This event is being hosted by the Thurston Asset Building Coalition, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, and the United Way of Thurston County.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Red Lion Hotel, Olympia, WA 8:00am to 11:30am Cost is $30 per person and includes a light breakfast. Limited scholarships are available.

Attend this event to:

  • Increase awareness: Further your understanding about the lack of economic security for many individuals and families in the South Sound.
  • Identify barriers: This event will challenge assumptions about why economic mobility and prosperity can be so difficult to attain.
  • Define prosperity: Engage in discussions about the effects poverty can have on

communities and determine how we can ensure opportunity for all.

  • Take action: Identity ways we can work together to improve the lives of community members.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Donna M. Beegle inspires and educates individuals, organizations, politicians and entire communities with proven models to improve outcomes for people in poverty. Born into a migrant labor family and married at 15, Dr. Beegle is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. By age 24, she earned her GED and then, within 10 years, received her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is an authentic voice from poverty,who speaks, writes and trains across the nation to break the cycle of poverty for others through services provided by her company, Communications Across Barriers.

Who Should Attend: Business leaders, elected officials, health care agency leaders and staff, faith leaders, academics, government agency staff, social service providers, and anyone else who wants to learn about the realities of living in poverty and explore how we can strengthen our community.

Please mark your calendars. Registration page coming soon!

  1. POWER member Shannon Blood has offered to pay for 2 POWER members to attend.  Please let us know if you are interested by calling POWER, 360-352-9716



8) Justice Pursued A Legal Perspective on Palestine & the Rachel Corrie Case

Wednesday November 18th at 6:30 pm @ the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW

This message came from the Rachel Corrie Foundation:

Hussein abu Hussein, lead attorney for the family of Rachel Corrie in their civil lawsuit in Israel, and Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie, will speak about the current situation in Israel/Palestine, institutionalized discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel, and outcomes of the Corrie civil lawsuit in Israeli courts.

Since 1976, Hussein abu Hussein has worked on human rights issues impacting Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in Israel, including land confiscation, discrimination, and political imprisonment. He has recently represented the Corrie family in actions against the State of Israel for the killing of Rachel Corrie, in Gaza. He is a cofounder of the Arab Association for Human Rights, has served as Chairman of the Board of Ittijah: The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations, and is current Chairmen of Adalah – the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. With Fiona McKay, he authored the book Access Denied: Palestinian Access to Land in Israel.

On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli military, Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Through efforts with the U.S. Congress, U.S. Departments of State and Justice, the Israeli Government, and in Israeli and U.S. courts, the Corrie family has for over twelve years sought accountability and to promote changes in U.S. foreign policy in Israel/Palestine.



9) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Take a cow to lunch! (As opposed to having a cow for lunch!)




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