Macdonald Stainsby | 1 Oct 02:01 2008
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Edmonton Report Back on Spirit Train Action

[photo gallery coming soon]

**please forward to anti-Olympic activists and allies**

On September 29, 2008 around 30 protesters greeted the Canadian Pacific 
Railway “Olympic Spirit Train” as it brought its propaganda machine 
through Edmonton. Highlighting that the train and the Olympic Games are 
interlinked with the same corporations carrying out the largest 
industrial project on earth known as the Tar Sands, protesters disrupted 
the “spirit train” celebrations with the spirit of resistance. Under the 
slogan of “No Games, No Tar Sands on Native Land!” demonstrators from 
the the community of Fort Chipewyan in “Alberta” came in solidarity to 
act with Native 2010 Resistance, the Olympics Resistance Network, 
Edmonton Anarchist Black Cross and the Indigenous Environmental Network 
to let the public know what’s wrong with the Olympics and the Tar Sands. 
Their message articulated the vast increases in Indigenous land 
displacement, homelessness and the expansion of environmental 
destruction brought about by the corporate agenda around the 2010 Winter 
Olympics and the Tar Sands-- most notably by CP Railways, Petro-Canada 
and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Protesters distributed flyers, stickers and balloons for children and 
youth with counter-2010 information on both and used their presence and 
their voices to confront the “festivities” and alert the larger Edmonton 
public to the massive destruction being wrought on peoples and the land. 
Chanting slogans aimed at the event, protesters were met by police who 
forced them back with bicycles, only to see the crowd regroup and 
continue to dispel the notion of an “apolitical event”. During the 
disruption in front of the “spirit” train stage, police cordoned off 
protesters using force and moved them back, while also putting their 
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Richard Menec | 1 Oct 02:07 2008
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Re: [A-List] House Rejects Bailout Package, 228-205; Stocks Plunge

I agree with that (I was being a bit facetious).

cheers,
Richard

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Suzanne de Kuyper" <suzannedk <at> gmail.com>
To: "Richard Menec" <menecraj <at> shaw.ca>
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [R-G] [A-List] House Rejects Bailout Package, 228-205; Stocks 
Plunge

The House may be expressing the deep dislocation from the policies and deeds
of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, Addington/ Gonzales/ Rove White House in the
one chance they have that will not destroy their careers. standing up
for constituents they led down the garden path to utter wars and utter
bankrupsties.
The trust of the markets is gone, these men and women are saing enough, I
presume.  That the natural result may be preferrable to buying relief?

They have presided over a country that promotes and executes torture, shreds
Habeous Corpus and terorizes its own in a million ways formerly illegal.

Enough?

Suzanne de Kuyper
Amsterdam

On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 10:51 PM, Richard Menec <menecraj <at> shaw.ca> wrote:

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Bill Totten | 1 Oct 03:25 2008
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[BillTottenWeblog] The Ponzi-Plus Plan

							
Clusterfuck Nation

by Jim Kunstler

Comment on current events by the author of
The Long Emergency (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005)

www.kunstler.com (September 29 2008)

To paraphrase the late and great old war-horse of the senate, Everett
Dirkson of Illinois (1896 - 1969), a trillion here, a trillion there,
sooner or later you're talking about real money. Except in the case of
the Great Bail-out of 2008, maybe it's more like ... sooner or later
your money is no longer real.

What we're seeing in this fiasco, among other things, is a lesson in the
diminishing returns of technology. This is a train wreck of investment
vehicles so complex that they could only be created with the aid of
computers. The result is that hardly anyone - perhaps even nobody in or
out of Wall Street - really understands what they represent. In fact,
this alphabet soup of engineered securities - CDOs, CDSs, MBSs, SIVs,
etc - was cooked up from a recipe of Ponzi algorithms. They were
designed to be mathematically indecipherable, except by computers, in an
alternative universe of model-making that bore only a superficial
relation to the real world. That was their dirty secret. And the dirty
secret of the Great Bail-out is that, in the real world, we will never
be able to discover the actual trading value of these things at any
number above zero. This is why they are called "toxic".

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Suzanne de Kuyper | 1 Oct 12:37 2008
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Re: Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the "Homeland"?

Why?  Because the United States is a military dictatorship in all but name.
 This is another step in a perepetual Middle Eastern War that will so
completely destroy Middle Eastern infrastructures and economies, unless they
enrich the US, that the stationing of soldiers at home is preparing to
respond to revenge attacks!  Simple.   Now, diplomacy, structures to enrich
Middle Eastern countries so the rage in the form of 'insurgents' subsides
takes the equivalent of brain surgery. The leaders that have been chosen to
represent the US do not have such skills nor the intellectual capabilities,
nor would they respect those in any around them.  They woould be fired or
would resign as happened in Bush/Cheny first term.  The one difference would
be the books they would write, intelligence services would rewrite them to
say little.  No  more powerful departing inditements!   Empire stmbles
forward under the carefully roiled international markets.
All the Dutch lawyers know about this U S soldier law being changed.

Suzanne de Kuyper
Amsterdam

On Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 9:47 PM, Anthony Fenton <fentona <at> shaw.ca> wrote:

> Wednesday Sept. 24, 2008 12:26 EDT
> Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the "Homeland"?
> http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/09/24/army/
> (updated below - Update II)
>
> Several bloggers today have pointed to this obviously disturbing
> article from Army Times (
> http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/
> ) , which announces that "beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the [1st
> Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division] will be under the
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Sid Shniad | 1 Oct 20:24 2008
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Robert Meeropol Responds to New Rosenberg Testimony


   Robert Meeropol Responds to New Rosenberg Testimony
   Dear Friends,
   By now many of you have heard that last week, on September 11th, the
   transcript covering testimony of 43 made of the 46 witnesses who
   appeared in front of the Grand Jury investigating my parents in
   1950-1951, was made public. (Only a portion of the testimony of Harry
   Gold, a key prosecution witness, was available, and legal efforts to
   date have failed to win the release of testimony of three other
   witnesses, including Ethel Rosenberg's brother, David Greenglass, the
   most crucial player in the case.)
   This historic release of information coincided with an article that
   appeared on the same date in the New York Times, interviewing Morton
   Sobell, my parents' co- defendant. Ever since his arrest more than 50
   years ago, Mort has maintained his innocence. But in last week's
   interview he admitted that he, along with Julius Rosenberg, passed
   non-atomic military intelligence to the Soviets during World War II in
   an effort to help them defeat the Nazis.
   Over the last week I have read all 930 pages of Grand Jury testimony
   that have been released, and my brother has spoken to Mort directly to
   clarify Mort's statement. Many of you are wondering about my reaction
   to these revelations.
   Here are my initial thoughts after integrating the information from
   this last week with the rest of the historical record.
   1) Since the 1980's I have maintained that it is possible that my
   father engaged in non-atomic espionage, but that he did NOT
   participate in ANY activities that resulted in him obtaining or
   passing the "secret of the Atomic Bomb" to the Soviets. Mort's
   statement moves me to acknowledge that it is virtually certain, that
   Julius did, in fact, participate with others in passing along military
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Sid Shniad | 1 Oct 20:27 2008
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Why Israeli settlers are lashing out


   http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0930/p06s02-wome.html
   Christian Science Monitor September 30, 2008
   Why Israeli settlers are lashing out
   Rights groups report a sharp increase of attacks by West Bank settlers
   on Palestinians, as well as rising right-wing violence against
   left-leaning Israelis.
   By Ilene R. Prusher | Staff writer
   Jerusalem - When Yaron Ezrahi was a young political science professor
   in 1983, his star student was Emil Grunzweig, who had just completed
   his thesis on free speech.
   Two days later, Mr. Grunzweig was killed at a peace rally here, when a
   right-wing activist threw a hand grenade into a crowd of people
   demonstrating against Israel's involvement in the war in Lebanon.
   Today, Dr. Ezrahi sees a resurgence of the same blend of violence and
   lawlessness that took the life of his favorite student 25 years ago.
   His alarm stems from a pipe-bomb attack last week outside the home of
   Zeev Sternhell, a colleague to whom he is personally and ideologically
   quite close.
   Professor Sternhell, who has been a prominent and outspoken critic of
   Israel's occupation of the West Bank and is active in the organization
   Peace Now, was lightly injured in the attack. Near his Jerusalem home,
   police found posters offering a 1 million shekel reward [close to
   $300,000] to anyone killing a member of Peace Now, which opposes
   Jewish settlement in the land seized in the 1967 Six-Day War.
   To Ezrahi, there is a clear connection between an upsurge in violence
   perpetrated by settlers against Palestinians in the territories,
   particularly in the northern West Bank, and the reemergence of
   Israeli-on-Israeli acts of violence inside the Green Line, Israel's
   pre-1967 borders.
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Sid Shniad | 1 Oct 20:26 2008
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(Iraq) The Myth of the Surge


   http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/18722376/the_myth_of_the_su
   rge
   Rollingstone.com March 6, 2008
   The Myth of the Surge
   Hoping to turn enemies into allies, U.S. forces are arming Iraqis who
   fought with the insurgents. But it's already starting to backfire. A
   report from the front lines of the new Iraq
   Nir Rosen
   It's a cold, gray day in December, and I'm walking down Sixtieth
   Street in the Dora district of Baghdad, one of the most violent and
   fearsome of the city's no-go zones. Devastated by five years of
   clashes between American forces, Shiite militias, Sunni resistance
   groups and Al Qaeda, much of Dora is now a ghost town. This is what
   "victory" looks like in a once upscale neighborhood of Iraq: Lakes of
   mud and sewage fill the streets. Mountains of trash stagnate in the
   pungent liquid. Most of the windows in the sand-colored homes are
   broken, and the wind blows through them, whistling eerily. House after
   house is deserted, bullet holes pockmarking their walls, their doors
   open and unguarded, many emptied of furniture. What few furnishings
   remain are covered by a thick layer of the fine dust that invades
   every space in Iraq. Looming over the homes are twelve-foot-high
   security walls built by the Americans to separate warring factions and
   confine people to their own neighborhood. Emptied and destroyed by
   civil war, walled off by President Bush's much-heralded "surge," Dora
   feels more like a desolate, post-apocalyptic maze of concrete tunnels
   than a living, inhabited neighborhood. Apart from our footsteps, there
   is complete silence.
   My guide, a thirty-one-year-old named Osama who grew up in Dora,
   points to shops he used to go to, now abandoned or destroyed: a
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Sid Shniad | 1 Oct 20:28 2008
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In Defense of Ahmadinejad


   28 September 2008
   In Defense of Ahmadinejad
   I am not a great fan of Ahmadinejad. I often find his pronouncements
   unscrupulous, undiplomatic and occasionally repugnant. However, I
   must admit that I agree with most, if not all, of what he said in his
   speech
   to the United Nations regarding Israel and its manifestly criminal
   treatment
   of the Palestinian people.
   By Khalid Amayreh
   Following Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejads speech at the UN last
   week, Zionist and pro-Zionist circles lashed out at the Iranian
   leader, calling his speech anti-Semitic.
   Israeli President, Shimon Peres, a notorious liar and war criminal,
   went as far as asking UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moonto bar the
   Iranian leader from talking at the UN again as if the world body were
   an annex establishment answerable to the World Zionist Congress.
   Moreover, Peres had the audacity to claim that Iranian support for
   terrorist groups, was the main reason for the deadlocked peace
   process. Peres utterly ignored the all-conspicuous fact that the
   intensive building of Jewish-only colonies in the West Bank,
   especially in East Jerusalem, is the main obstacle impeding peace in
   the Middle East. In fact, even some Israeli politicians and Knesset
   members as well as numerous journalists dont deny this fact. But a
   liar is a lair.
   Eager to pursue their genocidal ethnic cleansing against their
   Palestinian victims, the shipyard dogs of Zionism couldnt resist the
   temptation of using the holocaust to besmirch the Iranian leader.
   Fortunately, however, the erstwhile potent weapon of throwing the
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Sid Shniad | 1 Oct 20:29 2008
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Hezbollah: running on a New Deal platform


   www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/09/running-on-a-1932-new-deal-platform-hez
   bollah-intends-a-government-of-all-the-people-by-all-the-people-and-fo
   r-all-the-people/
   Dissident Voice September 27th, 2008
   Running on a 1932 New Deal Platform:
   Hezbollah intends a government of all the people, by all the people,
   and for all the people
   by Franklin Lamb
   We in Hezbollah want to demonstrate to our adversaries and doubters
   what we can achieve for our fellow Lebanese and our Palestinian
   brothers and sisters and to show them that our Party is 10% about
   military matters and 90% about ending corruption and improving the
   quality of lives of all who live in Lebanon. We will offer the voters
   a clear choice and they will decide. If we win, our friends and foes
   alike can observe and evaluate our achievements and then work with us
   on a basis of mutual respect, dialogue, and cooperation if they so
   choose or, if we fail, vote our deputies out of Parliament. We must
   respect their decision.
   Zeinab, a Hezbollah supporter studying at the American University of
   Beirut 12 September 2008
   Lebanons 2009 election campaign is underway!
   As this note is written, Hezbollah election strategists are meeting
   nearby studying, analyzing, debating and formularizing plans for
   Lebanons make or break 2009 elections. That poll, if it happens, may
   determine the foreseeable future of Lebanon and is arguably this
   fractured countrys most important referendum since the French more on
   less left in 1943.
   The Hezbollah-led opposition may become the solid majority in
   Parliament following next Mays election, taking as many as 70 of the
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Suzanne de Kuyper | 1 Oct 21:19 2008
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Re: In Defense of Ahmadinejad

A vital tenant of Islam is to speak truth to power.  If one knows it one
must speak!  Along with that is the order to educate oneself, pray and
learn, give to those who have not, pray again and at least one time in your
life, make the pilgrimage to Mecca.  Most Islamic leaders are all highly
educated men, very pious.  Knowing these things, one would assume the
President of Iran knows of what he speaks.
S. de Kuyper

On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 8:28 PM, Sid Shniad <shniad <at> sfu.ca> wrote:

>
>   28 September 2008
>   In Defense of Ahmadinejad
>   I am not a great fan of Ahmadinejad. I often find his pronouncements
>   unscrupulous, undiplomatic and occasionally repugnant. However, I
>   must admit that I agree with most, if not all, of what he said in his
>   speech
>   to the United Nations regarding Israel and its manifestly criminal
>   treatment
>   of the Palestinian people.
>   By Khalid Amayreh
>   Following Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejads speech at the UN last
>   week, Zionist and pro-Zionist circles lashed out at the Iranian
>   leader, calling his speech anti-Semitic.
>   Israeli President, Shimon Peres, a notorious liar and war criminal,
>   went as far as asking UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moonto bar the
>   Iranian leader from talking at the UN again as if the world body were
>   an annex establishment answerable to the World Zionist Congress.
>   Moreover, Peres had the audacity to claim that Iranian support for
>   terrorist groups, was the main reason for the deadlocked peace
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