May 19, 2003
Miscellaneous Subjects #184: Pinning Our Hopes on Kucinich
Since there are 6 items on Kucinich in this compilation, it could almost be called the Kucinich Series #1. I do intend to keep you abreast of most latest developments on his run - ultimately - for the US presidency because, although it may seem like a long shot dream , he represents a true glimmer of hope in an otherwise sometimes discouraging situation - if one looks only at the bad news generated by the current US administration.
Aside from that, there is as usual plenty of interesting material to review and important news to check.
Have a great day - or evening ;-)
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MiscelSubjects184.htm
"Remember. . . For every ongoing war and religious outrage and environmental devastation and Iraqi attack plan, there are a thousand counterbalancing acts of staggering generosity and humanity and art and beauty happening all over the world, right now, on a breathtaking scale, from flower box to cathedral... This is the perfect moment to change the energy of the world, to step right up and crank your personal volume; right when it all seems dark and bitter and offensive and acrimonious and conflicted... there's your opening. Remember Magic. And finally, believe you are part of a groundswell, a resistance, a seemingly small but actually very, very large impending karmic overhaul, a great shift, the beginning of something important and potent and unstoppable."
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1. The Power of Peace
2. Supporting Positive Change
3. On Dennis Kucinich for US President
4. KUCINICH, IN-DEPTH, ON NPR
5. Introductory article from NPR
6. Calling all Kucinich supporters
7. KUCINICH RATED #1 IN IOWA DEBATE
8. KERRY MADE HIS BONES IN SECRET CLUB - LIKE BUSH
9. Ed Rosenthal and Stew Albert in Counterpunch
10. Jose Arguelles on the Lunar Calendar
11. The Esoteric Matrix
12. Extremely interesting 9/11 stuff
13. Media Demockracy
Israel struck by wave of suicide bomber attacks (May 17)
Israel Says Barrier Will Keep Out Bomber (May 17) http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-mideast-the-wall,0,6358610.story?coll=sns%2Dap%2Dworld%2Dheadlines
QAFFIN, West Bank -- Beyond coils of razor wire and a deep trench, a welder sends blue sparks from a blow torch as he works on a barrier that one day will be more than three times as long as the Berlin Wall. Israel hopes the fence and orders to shoot anyone who tries to cross will keep out suicide bombers. Palestinians say the wall, which frequently weaves into the West Bank, is a way of annexing land while delaying a peace deal that would set borders of a Palestinian state. In the end, the government plans to completely cut Israel off from the West Bank with a fence 370 miles long -- although no one can say how long it will take. Only about 20 miles are finished, and an additional 100 miles are partly built. For many Palestinians, the project is another case of Israel imposing its will and complicating their lives. Israel has formally seized thousands of acres of Palestinian farm land to build the barrier on. And because the fence veers into the West Bank, about 95,000 Palestinians, or 4.5 percent of the Palestinian zone's population, could end up living in fenced-in enclaves off limits to nonresidents, according to a study by the European Union, U.S. government, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. "This is not about security; it's a land grab," said Michael Tarazi, a PLO legal adviser. "They're taking prime water and agricultural resources and carving away Palestinian population centers."
Terror alerts spread across world (May 17)
ARCATA HAS CREATED IT'S OWN MONEY SYSTEM NOW
Recommended by Barry Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org>
California Town Criminalizes Compliance With Patriot Act
Literary Groups Decry Patriot Act As Invasion Of Privacy
America is a police state (May 13)
Things Have Changed: A Nation of Fear (May 16)
(...) I, and we all, face a new dilemma. The lawyer client privilege is almost gone, note the case of the lawyer defending some of the defendants in the original Trade Towers bombings, Lynne Stewart. She is now on trial for simply defending her clients and having answered a simple question at a press conference. She was asked how her client felt about violent resistance; she simply said that he felt it was legitimate. She only reported what he said in answer to an honest question from a reporter. She was then charged with aiding and abetting terrorism -- and to this day, she is imprisoned. (...) The problem is, we're running out of courts and we're running out of judges who will stand up and call these actions wrong and unlawful. Too many are in the pockets of the Bush administration or Ashcroft's camp, so there are fewer and fewer place to turn, and you know what will happen if it ever gets to the Supreme Court!" CLIP
Villagers vs oil giant: Ashcroft to the rescue
WASHINGTON - In a move that has provoked outrage from human-rights groups here, US Attorney General John Ashcroft has asked a federal appeals court in effect to nullify a 214-year-old law that has provided foreign victims of serious abuses access to US courts for redress.
Rumsfeld's Dr. Strangelove, Keith Payne says 7,000 warheads aren't enough (May 12)
Last May 9, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to repeal a 10-year ban on the research and development of "low-yield" nuclear weaponsdefined as nukes having an explosive power smaller than 5 kilotons. (The House committee will take up the measure this week.) The Bush administration has lobbied heavily for the repeal. Democrats oppose the idea on the grounds that "mini-nukes"by blurring the distinction between nuclear and non-nuclear weaponsmake nuclear war more thinkable and, therefore, in the minds of some, more doable.
Robert Scheer | A Nuclear Road of No Return (May 13)
It turns out the threat is not from Iraq but from us. (...) The current preponderance of our military power, combined with our overweening, xenophobic fear of the rest of the world, has corrupted all rational thought. Sadly, no one will listen to the mayor of Hiroshima, who last month wrote Bush to warn that new U.S. nuclear weapons development represented "a frontal attack on the process of nuclear disarmament." CLIP
Environmentalists = Terrorists , The New Math
Have you ever signed a petition in support of an environmental or animal-rights issue? Do you belong to the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, or Greenpeace? Have you publicly protested some environmental or animal rights outrage? If legislation crafted and promoted by the ultra-conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) becomes law, these fundamental rights of American citizenship could become illegal.
Fishing Has Decimated Major Species, Study Says
A matter of life and death (May 19)
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's greatest natural treasures. But by 2030 half of it may be gone.
Oil Boss Paid $1m a Year by Contract Bidder (May 17)
America braced for criticism over rebuilding plans and claims of human rights abuse
U.S. set to keep control of Iraq for now (May 17)
Exile leaders told they cannot form new government. Baghdad -- In an abrupt reversal, the United States and Britain have put off indefinitely their plan to allow Iraqi opposition forces to form a national assembly and an interim government in Iraq by the end of the month.
U.S. Faces Phalanx of Dangerous, Destabilizing Groups in Iraq (May 18)
Thousands of Shiites march in Baghdad demanding an end to Untied States occupation
New Front Sets Sights On Toppling Iran Regime (May 16)
A budding coalition of conservative hawks, Jewish organizations and Iranian monarchists is pressing the White House to step up American efforts to bring about regime change in Iran.
McAuliffe Accuses Bush of `New McCarthyism'
Baghdad's Death Toll Assessed
A Times survey of hospitals finds that at least 1,700 civilians were killed and more than 8,000 hurt in the battle for the Iraqi capital.
Detainees complain of abuses by occupation forces (May 18)
"The patterns that have emerged constitute ill treatment. That mistreatment may constitute, in some cases, torture." Kathleen Cavanaugh, an Amnesty International researcher Muhammad al-Tamimi said he wants the British soldier who kicked him in the ribs and hit him over the head with the butt of his gun to endure what he endured -- a long detention. Tamimi was one of about two dozen detainees who have come forward recently with complaints of mistreatment by US and British forces in southern Iraq.
Critical condition, Shortage of supplies, doctors leaves Iraqi patients without care (May 17)
For Iraq's Children, A New War Has Begun
The `Ignoble Liars' Behind Bush's Deadly Iraq War
On Sunday, March 16, 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from his cave to appear on the NBC News "Meet the Press" show, for a one-hour interview with Tim Russert. In the course of the hour, Cheney all-but-announced that there was nothing that Saddam Hussein could do to avert an unprovoked and unjustifiable American military invasion of Iraq.
Peace Is The Way
There are no shortcuts to building a world of peace, justice, and freedom. Gandhi and King talked a lot about means and ends: The end is predetermined in the means, just as an apple seed produces an apple tree, not a thorn bush. A peaceful end comes through peaceful means; justice is produced through just means.
Military waste under fire, $1 trillion missing (May 18)
The Department of Defense, already infamous for spending $640 for a toilet seat, once again finds itself under intense scrutiny, only this time because it couldn't account for more than a trillion dollars in financial transactions, not to mention dozens of tanks, missiles and planes.
Stop Bushs Attacks on Our Clean Water Protections http://www.voice4change.org/stories/showstory.asp?file=030519~nrdc.asp
10 Reasons to Oppose US Militarization of Aid and Reconstruction in Iraq http://www.voice4change.org/stories/showstory.asp?file=030519~madre.asp
We will deliver the food and medicine you need. We will tear down the apparatus of terror and we will help you to build a new Iraq that is prosperous and free. George Bush, televised address, 3/17/03. Now that Bushs illegal invasion has given way to illegal occupation, how should we understand his promise to the Iraqi people? The US insists on exercising direct military control over the administration of humanitarian aid and reconstruction in Iraq. We believe these processes should be handled by independent agencies of the United Nations. Here are 10 reasons why: CLIP
Henry Kissinger to attend Bilderberg meeting
The Portugal News has been informed by the US Liberty Lobby Assembly, an organisation that monitors the activities of the secret geopolitical Bilderberg group, that the groups 2003 annual meeting will be held from the 15th to the 18th of May in Versailles, France.
America challenges GM crops ban (May 14)
Hundreds Protest Modified Foods at Forum (May 19)
If Bush Was Popular, We Wouldn't Need Polls to Convince Us (May 16)
If 67 percent of the population agreed about something, you'd think we'd all know it. We wouldn't need polls to inform us two out of three people are of one mind. We could just walk down the street, make eye contact and nod, or maybe throw each other that two-handed finger point that says "Hey, bud, I'm with you." The truth is, we're not of one mind. Few individuals are even of one mind with themselves. The latest New York Times/CBS poll shows 67 percent of Americans approve of President Bush's job performance. Yet the same poll showed ambivalence with Bush on nearly every indicator of governmental leadership.
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From: Anni von Maltzan MerFaeriel@aol.com>
Date: 15 May 2003
Subject: The Power of Peace
Hello! I thought I'd copy out these wisdom words from Chagdud Rinpoche, a highly realised master of the Nyingmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Like most of the great lamas and teachers, he speaks with simplicity, and we may think -- 'yes, I already understand all this'. But the words are imbued with a distilled clarity of frequency that cuts through our confusion and into our subconscious -- creating a magnetic pathway to which out thoughts and emotions will gravitate later, whenever we find ourselves confronted with the complexities and tumult of the 'outer' world experience. :^)
I think a key concept here is ... Patience. One of the predominant characteristics of the current U.S. administration is... impatience. ;) And, of course, this impatience is transmitted to the mass population through fear. The Buddhist tradition has a rich treasury of teachings on patience. I sometimes fantasise about how marvelous it would be if all the leadership of the Congress would decide to invite a delegation of Tibetan lamas to come and conduct a retreat for both houses, and give them all instruction on the wisdom and integration of Peace, and its corollary, Patience, into their lives and leadership rôles!
The other point of note is a concept we have discussed here on this forum. That we must not allow ourselves to internalise the same poisons of anger and righteousness that have possessed the warmongers -- and that we must extend our compassion to ALL who live in the crushing clench of Ignorance.
While I don't entirely agree with those who say that even *noticing* the horrors and injustice of war and global hegemony are contributing to its progress -- I do feel that a less polarised attitude might lead us to acknowledge that contributing energy that is of a significantly *similar* resonation (i.e., extreme anger, outrage, blame, etc.) does indeed help to keep the cycle spiralling... drawing everything into its vortex.
Anyway, I hope that some of you will find inspiration in these lovely thoughts from one of the most beloved teachers of our time.
Love and Namaste to all, Anni :º)
THE POWER OF PEACE
A Teaching by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
"It is my wish that the spiritual power of peace will touch every person on this earth, radiating from a deep peace within our own minds, across political and religious barriers, across the barriers of ego and self-righteousness. Our first task as peacemakers is to clear away our internal conflicts caused by ignorance, anger, grasping, jealousy, and pride. With the guidance of a spiritual teacher, this purification of our own minds can teach us the very essence of peacemaking. We should seek an inner peace so pure, so stable, that we cannot be moved to anger by those who live and profit by war, or to self-grasping and fear by those who confront us with contempt and hatred.
Extraordinary patience is necessary to work toward world peace, and the source of that patience is inner peace. Such peace enables us to see clearly that war and suffering are outer reflections of the mind's poisons. The essential difference between peacemakers and those who wage war is that peacemakers have discipline and control over egotistical anger, grasping, jealousy, and pride, whereas warmakers, out of ignorance, cause these poisons to manifest in the world. If you truly understand this, you will never allow yourself to be defeated from within or without.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the peacock is a symbol for the bodhisattva, the awakened warrior who works for the enlightenment of all beings. A peacock is said to eat poisonous plants, but to transform the poison into the gorgeous colours of its feathers. It does not poison itself. In the same way, we who advocate world peace must not poison ourselves with anger. Regard with equanimity the powerful, worldly men who control the war machines. Do your best to convince them of the necessity of peace, but be constantly aware of your state of mind. If you become angry, pull back. If you are able to act without anger, perhaps you will penetrate the terrible delusion that perpetrates war and its hellish suffering.
From the clear space of your inner peace, your compassion must expand to include all who are involved in war, both the soldiers -- whose intention is to benefit but who instead cause suffering and death and thus are caught by the terrible karma of killing -- and the civilians who are wounded, killed, or forced into exile as refugees. True compassion is aroused by suffering of every sort, by the suffering of every being; it is not tied to right or wrong, attachment or aversion.
The work of peace is a spiritual path in itself, a means to develop the perfect qualities of mind and to test them against urgent necessity, extreme suffering, and death. Do not be afraid to give it your time, energy and support."
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Date: 13 May 2003
Subject: Supporting Positive Change
From: Sharon Rose email@example.com>
There is a way for positive change to happen. We now have an enlightened man that stands for peace, saving the environment, human rights, etc. that wants to run for President. However, he needs enough funds from the people in order to file for the Presidency by the June 1st deadline. His name is Congressman Dennis Kucinich and he is only asking for each American wanting positive change to send in $25 and to tell all our friends and family to do the same.
If you want positive change, please send in your $25 and ask your colleagues to do the same.
You can either visit the Kucinich for President website or mail your contribution to:
Kucinich for President Committee
P.O. Box 110180
Cleveland, OH 44111
If we don't support this opportunity, I don't think we have the right to complain again.
With lots of love and aloha,
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From: "Suzanne Keehn" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: On Dennis Kucinich for US President
Date: 12 May 2003
Jean thanks so much for your continuing support of Dennis. This is great info below, I did not know about this especially when many of us realize that the Dennis we've seen on the debates is not the same Dennis we've experienced in person. He will get more at ease with the format, which I have to say was not supportive. I've heard him 3 times now and each time he speaks directly to the audience, says when he doesn't know something, speaks without notes and understands his subject and is informative and inspiring.
Blessings and thanks for your great networking.
PS this was sent out by a volunteer in Marin, CA
In case you missed this earlier, allow Malachi's words to inspire you.
On Dennis Kucinich for US President
by Malachi Roth
The following is excerpts from emails written by Malachi Roth, who is working with the Kucinich for President campaign in NYC and making a new film on the peace candidate, Dennis Kucinich. Malachi is endeavoring to encourage everyone that might read this to begin to will Kucinich into power with an unwavering belief that people are ready for a dramatic change. Though this isn't evident if you watch the mainstream media, in the hearts of the majority of people, it is true. We just need to awaken ourselves and one another.
"All Dennis has to do is stand firm and the changes which are starting to take place in the national psyche will eventually launch him onto the national scene. Nobody could have pictured Mandela going from jail to the presidency and yet it happened. Kucinich is our Mandela. Nobody could have imagined "Roger & Me" getting national distribution, but it did and then "Bowling for Columbine" won an Academy and now Michael Moore is working with Mel Gibson of all people to blow the lid off of the Bush family secrets. I can't say I could have predicted any of this a year and a half ago when I first read about Kucinich."
"I always saw Dennis as a great guy whose oratory skills needed work until I saw the Prayer For America Speech. Then I felt a little embarrassed for judging a man who clearly has some of the best oration skills in the country. Of course like most great artists he does not perform as well when psychological support is not present in the audience. This is bound to change as he gains notoriety. When crowds cheer his words and delivery he seems to harness that energy like a large bird resting on a strong updraft even if he may loose his train of thought the next moment and read some lines as if he were doing it for the first time.
The fact that he needs improvement doesn't bother me because so few have that kind of potential to begin with. Beyond his potential to become one of histories greatest orators he has unlimited potential as a leader. This is true no matter what the outcome of the 2004 election. Seldom do such historical figures arrive on the scene and most people don't recognize them as such until their momentum is overwhelming. Who knows how long that will take but I wouldn't be interested in him if I didn't think it where inevitable. Being part of his campaign is so much more than trying to get the White House away from the Republicans. It's more like being a part of the most important historical event of recent history. The excitement among his supporters is palpable.
Part of it seems to come from Dennis and the way his personality and speeches resonate with audiences and part of it seems to derive from the general feeling that for the first time in more years than anyone would like to admit a true opposition movement is beginning to unify and set it's sights on the entrenched establishment. People who care deeply about issues which the mainstream media ignores seem to be as important to the campaign as Kucinich himself. The war in Iraq is really just a battle in a global propaganda war taking place between the entrenched establishment and the people of the world. In this war the establishment is not faring nearly as well as we are of course conditioned to believe. I see a desperation evident in the drastic measures being undertaken by a corporate elite who can see that the tide is turning against them.
As the money and leadership falls into place in the campaign there is going to be a sudden realization of how potent the force behind Dennis and the peace movement really is. It seems to be quite unprecedented and yet not being discussed in the terms historians will eventually employ. There are so many talented and dedicated people coming out of the woodwork to support Dennis and peace there simply isn't enough structure to house them all. He converts people to his cause in what seems like minutes.
All one has to do is watch one of his speeches and the realization that they've never seen a politician like him sets in with a vengeance. The more fearful and shaped by compromise someone is the more skeptical they are of their own inner respect for the man. Ergo the author of that review admitting that he liked Kucinich better than Dean but was simply giving up hope that Dennis stands a chance (a short sighted apologetic approach). The new motto of the Democratic Party should be "No to Compromise" We've tried it and it doesn't work. By putting a humane face on a single party of total compromise the Democrats have essentially done the Republican's dirty work for them.
As far as the campaign focusing on Bush, that will be a redundant mistake. The distinct impression given by much of the stories on Flyby News is that the establishment will be pushing a Kerry or McCain into the white house in 2004 based on Anti-Bush sentiment. Our biggest danger is letting the establishment cooped the blow back that this administration is bound to experience. It's the so-called liberals or centrists who are closet imperialists who are the true danger. Kucinich is in the unique position to be the one person who from the very beginning tried to tell the American people what was happening in their name.
As our empire begins to falter our need to elect charlatans will begin to fade. That is when Kucinich's lack of slick political skills will become his greatest asset. I think the whole idea of self-fulfilling prophesies should dictate how we view Dennis and the campaign. i.e. He IS going to become president, whether in 2004, 8, 12, or 16. Between now and the time he is leading the country he will do incredible things to help steer us back on to a more humane course. That can not readily be said of any of the other candidates who would more likely slip back into obscurity because they are there more for themselves than for the people. The peace movement will grow into a justice movement and opposition to the current earth threatening crisis will intervene to save millions of lives that are at grave risk. Until we convince ourselves of the utter inevitability of our self determination others will determine our future for us.
Date: 14 May 2003
Subject: KUCINICH, IN-DEPTH, ON NPR THIS MORNING
From: Kucinich Campaign email@example.com>
As Congressman Dennis Kucinich builds his grassroots campaign across the country as "the progressive choice" for president -- the only candidate who supports streamlined national health insurance; cutting our bloated military budget to fund civilian programs; returning the Social Security retirement age to 65; cancelling NAFTA, the WTO and the so-called "Patriot Act" -- he was interviewed for today's "Morning Edition" on NPR by anchor Bob Edwards.
To read the transcript:
To listen via Real Audio:
As co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Dennis Kucinich led opposition to the illegal, destabilizing Iraq war. He is the only candidate for President who voted against the civil liberties shredding Patriot Act. Unlike other corporate-connected candidates, Kucinich relies on you and people like you for funds. To contribute to this grassroots effort click this link: https://www.kucinich.us/contribute.php
To learn more, visit the campaign website at http://www.kucinich.us
Please distribute this email to friends and colleagues.
Introductory article from NPR - IN WHICH WE CAN SEE THE OBVIOUS BIAS OF THE CORPORATE-CONTROLLED MEDIA WHICH WILL TRY THEIR BEST TO DOWNPLAY KUCINICH'S CANDIDACY - OF COURSE THEY HAVE SOME POINTS RIGHT, SUCH AS THE LACK OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT. NOW LET'S PROVE ALL OF THEM WRONG BY MOUNTING A GLOBAL - AND I MEAN PLANETARY - CAMPAIGN TO RAISE MONEY IN SUPPORT OF KUCINICH - through http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/democrats2004/kucinich.html
May 14, 2003 -- NPR's Bob Edwards spoke with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio as part of an ongoing Morning Edition series of interviews with each of the announced candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Below, NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin provides background on the Kucinich candidacy.
In a variation of the old joke, if you looked up "dark horse" or "long shot" in the dictionary, you might see a picture of Dennis Kucinich. The former mayor of Cleveland and current four-term member of the House is making an improbable run for the Democratic presidential nomination. It's not just the history that only one sitting House member has ever made it to the White House (James Garfield, 1880). If you go by the yardsticks that help determine whether a candidacy has legs -- money, polls and organization -- the Kucinich effort is flat on its back. But what it does have is passion, stoked by those who opposed the war against Saddam Hussein and support universal health care. The ultimate question, of course, is whether that translates into votes, given the fact that other, better-known and better-financed candidates also have anti-war credentials. Kucinich has tough hurdles to climb.
While opposition to the Iraq war is what has galvanized Kucinich's supporters, the Ohio congressman has had little success in getting media coverage. Part of the problem for Kucinich is that Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, has become the "preferred" choice among the anti-war candidates. From the beginning journalists seemed to like Dean's combative style, his fiery demeanor, his willingness to take on anyone and everyone who disagrees with him. There is a sense, however, that Dean's act may be wearing a little thin; conversations with many reporters during the recent presidential candidate debate in South Carolina elicited a significant amount of criticism of Dean. The Kucinich camp knows this and sees an opening.
Kucinich supporters argue that ideas can overcome lack of money, but that may be a bit naive. Kucinich pulled in just $173,000 during the first quarter of 2003, less money than any other candidate save Carol Moseley Braun. Money may not be crucial in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, but tell that to the candidates who tried to run in subsequent states without it. Another lingering problem is Kucinich's record as mayor of Cleveland in the late 1970s. Under his stewardship, the city became the first municipality since the Depression to default on its debts. While there is a continuing debate over whether he should be blamed for the city's financial collapse, he nevertheless became the object of national derision and ridicule, so disliked in fact, he had to wear a bulletproof vest when he threw out the first pitch at the Cleveland Indians' 1978 home opener. After two years in office, he lost re-election in a landslide to George Voinovich (R), currently the state's junior senator.
Kucinich nonetheless remains proud of his mayoral record, insisting that he stood up to the business establishment and the big utility companies. Still, he didn't seek another office for 15 years, when he won a term in the Ohio state Senate. In 1996, he defeated Rep. Martin Hoke (R) and has served in the House ever since, representing a completely safe Cleveland congressional district.
Kucinich says he is in the race to stay, convinced he will win the nomination when the party delegates convene in Boston in the summer of 2004 and then go on to defeat President Bush in the general election.
In addition to his opposition to the war and his support for universal health care, he is a vocal foe of wasteful military spending, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the World Trade Organization, the Bush tax cuts, and efforts to privatize Social Security. He is co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus and has introduced legislation calling for a Cabinet Department of Peace.
His supporters say he is someone who is committed to his principles. But on the subject of abortion, there seems to be somewhat of a calculated shift in position. A Catholic and long-time opponent of abortion, he suddenly became an advocate of "choice" as he entered the presidential contest, promising to appoint only judges who back Roe v. Wade. Had Kucinich been considered a candidate to be reckoned with, such a shift in position would be looked at suspiciously by many in the abortion-rights movement; after all, one still hears criticism leveled at Rep. Richard Gephardt over his initial anti-abortion views, views that changed at least 15 years ago. The fact that Kucinich's "evolvement" provoked so little attention may be an indication of how seriously others view his chances.
Read a transcript of the interview at http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/democrats2004/transcripts/kucinich_trans.html
May 4, 2003: Listen to a Weekend Edition Saturday report on the first Democratic presidential debate in the 2004 campaign. http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1251587
April 21, 2003: Hear an All Things Considered report on Rep. Dennis Kucinich's opposition to the Iraq war. http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1238913
March 17, 2003: Listen to a Morning Edition report on how the Iraq war issue dominated when Kucinich and other Democrats campaigned in California. http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1194365
March 20, 1999: Hear an All Things Considered interview with Kucinich and R & B legend Sam Moore about the "Truth in Rock Act," a bill designed to protect older recording artists from impostors who record and tour using the artists' names. http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1047195
Date: 17 May 2003
From: BONNIE MANDELL-RICE firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Calling all Kucinich supporters
For those of you interested in supporting Dennis Kucinich in his bid for president, you can go to http://kucinich2004.meetup.com to find out about meetings in support of him in your local areas. If there isn't one, you can start one through this site!
If you don't know about Dennis, you can go to his website, http://www.kucinich.us and get the scoop on his position on the issues. At that sight you also can volunteer and/or make a contribution. He is not accepting any corporate donations, so he will not be beholden (or have the appearance of being beholden) to any corporations - just to the people he serves!
For those of you in the Boulder area, there are Campaign for Kucinich meetings the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Boulder Democratic Party headquarters (1725 Walnut). Next meeting June 2.
It's time to Vote for a Venue for your Kucinich in 2004 Meetup.
National Kucinich in 2004 Meetup Day
Thursday, Jun 5 @ 7PM (Vote for a venue NOW.)
In up to 561 towns (anywhere that at least 5 people sign up)
In Boulder-Longmont, CO, the exact venue is up for a vote:
Kucinich in 2004 Supporters and friends
See who's signed up at http://kucinich2004.meetup.com/members/
AND NOW THE LATEST MOST EXCITING NEWS!!
Date: 19 May 2003
Subject: KUCINICH RATED #1 IN IOWA DEBATE
From: Kucinich Campaign email@example.com>
KUCINICH SCORES IN IOWA
As was reported widely this weekend (Washington Post, L.A. Times, etc.), presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich was ranked number one by union members at Saturday's candidate forum in Des Moines at AFSCME's national convention. It is one more indication that the Kucinich campaign is gaining traction -- in the key state of Iowa and elsewhere.
Reuters reported: "A focus group of 30 union members in Iowa, which holds the first nominating contest in January, found Kucinich with the highest overall rating and Sharpton, Gephardt and Dean right behind, pollster Celinda Lake said. 'I loved what Kucinich feels in his gut and how he supports labor; I think he gained a lot of support today,' Michael Arken of Portland, Oregon, said after the forum."
Kucinich received a rousing reaction to his opening remarks: "As President, I'll make sure that workers' rights are enshrined in a Workers' White House. As President, I'll issue an executive order which will say that anyone who gets a federal contract will have to provide that when 50% of the workers sign up for a union, there's an automatic union. As President, I'll set aside those provisions of Taft-Harley which attack the right to organize. As President (with a 100% AFSCME voting record, I might add), one of my first acts in office -- recognizing how trade has devastated so many towns around Iowa and the nation -- will be to cancel NAFTA and the WTO.
"I ask this administration: Tell me, Mr. Bush, where are those weapons of mass destruction? I've seen those weapons, and I'll tell you where they are. Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Hopelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Let's bring back hope in America. Let's bring back jobs in America. Let's bring back workers' rights in America! Thank you."
*** Dennis Kucinich, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is leading an insurgent campaign for President. He's connecting well with those fortunate enough to hear his message of cutting military waste and reversing tax cuts for the wealthy in order to provide national health insurance for all, Social Security retirement at 65, free pre-K to college education. He is for canceling the so-called "USA Patriot Act" and he's the only presidential candidate who voted against it.
You can help spread the Kucinich message to new people by making a donation at https://www.kucinich.us/contribute.php
Learn more about the Kucinich campaign at http://www.kucinich.us
PS. THE KUCINICH EXCEPTION On Saturday, a front-page Washington Post article accurately reported that Democratic leaders, with one exception, are reluctant to confront President Bush over the Iraq war, and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction: "The only candidate making a big issue of the failure to find weapons stockpiles is Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), the fervently antiwar candidate. "The basis of the war in Iraq is fraudulent," Kucinich said in an interview. "They misrepresented Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. They misrepresented the nature of the nuclear threat."
Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" firstname.lastname@example.org>
KERRY MADE HIS BONES IN SECRET CLUB - LIKE BUSH
By Andrew Miga
May 15, 2003
WASHINGTON - Sen. John F. Kerry expounds on many issues in his presidential campaign, but he's completely silent on one topic: his membership in Skull and Bones, Yale's infamous secret society.
"John Kerry has absolutely nothing to say on that subject. Sorry," said Kerry spokeswoman Kelley Benander.
Kerry is a respected senator and a decorated Vietnam War combat veteran, but 36 years after he was initiated into what has been called the "ultimate old boy network," he's wary of breaking the ultra-exclusive club's strict secrecy code.
There's also another high-profile member of the club: President Bush. Bonesmen already are buzzing over the prospect of the first Bones vs. Bones presidential race should Kerry win his party's nomination and face Bush in 2004.
"Bones don't care who wins," said author Alexandra Robbins, whose book "Secrets of the Tomb" pierced the secrecy shrouding the 171-year-old society. "If Kerry wins, it's still a Bones presidency."
Robbins calls the group "probably the most secretive and successful club in America," and adds, "It's also pretty bizarre."
Every year, 15 Yale juniors are tapped for the club, which holds meetings twice a week in a crypt-like building known as the "Tomb."
Robbins described the interior, replete with skulls and skeletons, as a cross between the "Addams Family" and a slightly shabby English men's club. There are bizarre initiation rites, including a ceremony where new members must spend an evening before a roaring fire in the Tomb recounting details of their sexual history to fellow members.
Kerry was tapped for the club in 1968, two years after Bush, whose father and grandfather were also Bonesmen. Kerry's brother-in-law from his first marriage, David Thorne, was Bones. So was the late husband of Kerry's current wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. The Bones alumni roster is flush with CIA officials, business moguls, congressmen and Supreme Court justices. The club owns a secluded 40-acre island retreat on the St. Lawrence River. In 1986, Kerry allegedly tried to recruit Jacob Weisberg, then a college-age intern at "The New Republic" magazine.
Weisberg, now Slate magazine editor, said Kerry made his pitch during a private meeting in his Senate office. Weisberg declined, pointedly asking Kerry how he squared his liberalism with membership in such an elitist club that refused to admit women. "Kerry got sort of flustered and said, 'I've marched with battered women,'" Weisberg told the Herald.
Five years later, Kerry was among those voting to force the club to admit women after a bitter court fight.
From: " John Owen" email@example.com>
Subject: Ed Rosenthal and Stew Albert in counterpunch
Date: 10 May 2003
I think this is the biggest civil liberties issue going in the United States. During the time I used the substance myself, I didn't feel free to talk about it because I didn't want happening to me, what has happened to Ed Rosenthal. About 800,000 of the 2,000,000 people incarcerated in the United States are there for marijuana. It seems to me that the right to decide what to put into your own body is the most fundamental civil liberty. I think all the people in jail for drug crimes are political prisoners. The civil liberties people won't touch this because they are afraid of being seen as pro drug. There's a lot worse drugs than marijuana: alcohol, white sugar, aspartame, cigarettes, prescription painkillers and tranquilizers, television, militarism, and fossil fuels.
May 10, 2003
Ed Rosenthal Faces the Music in Key Med Marijuana Case; He Charges Millions Stolen by High Times Trust "Could Have Changed History"; Bush and Blair Named for Peace Prize; More on Breasts and Martinis
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Come June 4 Ed Rosenthal will be back in US District Court in San Francisco, to hear what sentence Judge Charles Breyer has decided to impose. Earlier this year a California jury found him guilty of cultivating marijuana, of maintaining a place to cultivate marijuana and of conspiring with others to cultivate marijuana. He's in his early 50s now and he's looking at the possibility of hauled off to prison for the rest of his life.
Let's all hope that it won't come to that, and that Breyer will stay his sentence, pending appeals that may end up in the US Supreme Court.
The feds went after Rosenthal because he's a high profile advocate of legalized marijuana, famous for his books and articles, not least in High Times. The charges seemed surreal. Under the terms of California's Compassionate Use Act of 1996, okaying the cultivation and use of medical marijuana the City of Oakland designated Rosenthal the legal supplier of marijuana starts to those in chronic pain.
Back then, on the eve of the trial, Rosenthal told me, "This is a tipping point case. If they put me behind bars they are going to start closing these clubs. The clubs will have no excuse. Everyone will have to plead out. It's really important that I win this case." CLIP
The War At Home (May / June 2003 issue)
Our jails overflow with nonviolent drug offenders. Have we reached the point where the drug war causes more harm than the drugs themselves? -- In 1965, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy tried to promote an enlightened drug policy before our country declared war on its own citizens. He told Congress, "Now, more than at any other time in our history, the addict is a product of a society which has moved faster and further than it has allowed him to go -- a society which in its complexity and its increasing material comfort has left him behind. In taking up the use of drugs, the addict is merely exhibiting the outermost aspects of a deep-seated alienation from this society, of a combination of personal problems having both psychological and sociological aspects."
Date: 10 May 2003
From: "Joe Sehl" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Jose Arguelles on the Lunar Calendar
I know you will be quite busy with your garden as the growing season accelerates (likewise for me!). But this is too important not to pass on.
There is a movement afoot to change the calendar we use from an artificial, irregular 12-month calendar to a more harmonious 13-month calendar, with 28 days in each month. The theory is that the irregularity of the 12 month Julian calendar is at the root of the disharmony we see in our world. Following a calendar based on the cycle of the moon would bring harmony to the planet. Dr. Jose Arguelles--whose work on the Mayan prophecy of 2012 has been included in your compilations in the past--has been interviewed by Philzone.com and has some compelling arguments for why we should switch to the 13-month calendar. It can be accessed at http://www.philzone.com/interviews/jose/jose.html Readers can also go to the Planet Art Network at www.tortuga.com for a tutorial on the complex Mayan calendar system, more information on the 13-month calendar movement, and other items of interest. Thank you for your hard work on the compilations.
Date: 17 May 2003
From: Peter or Esther PeterEsther@Charter.net>
Subject: The Esoteric Matrix (Stewart Wilde's take)
Watch the film The Matrix again and again. Ive seen it 56 times so far. There are hundreds of symbols in the film. How they got there, I dont know. Its irrelevant. Its all there albeit as an allegory. [The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.]
The hero, Neo, dies in room 303. Thirty-three is the number of the initiate. Zero is the feminine principleeternity. So 303 is the initiate embracing eternity. Neos bedroom, where he hacks away on his computer, is room 101. Eleven is the number of the master builder. So early on in the film, Neo is the master builder working around eternity. Look at the silver, chalice-type cup on Rhinehearts desk. Notice the gold lining of Neo and Mr. Smiths jacketsEl Dorado, the golden one; the initiate who doesnt know he is an initiate. When Neo goes into replication he is covered in mercury. They inject the same fluid into Morpheus neck. Mercury is the alchemic fire.
Neo wears a plum red blanket as he climbs the stairs to meet the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar. Why plum red? Watch the large rabbits on the television behind the Indigo kidswhat do they mean? Listen to the Oracle; she talks about the true nature of fate, free will, and time. Look for one of Gods Gladiators. Hes pretending to be blind. He nods when Morpheus and Neo walk out of the elevator.
Did you see the number three? It appears many times, especially in the railway station where the last fights take place. Look at the graffiti to the right of Neo as Mr. Smith throws him up against the wall. What does it say? Shadow. Whose shadow? Are Neo and Mr. Smith one and the same?
The Matrix is the story of the Holy Trinity. Morpheus is God the father. Neo is the son. He is referred to as Jesus several times in the film, though the reference is masked. The female character Trinity is the divine goddess, Mary Magdalene, the feminine principle that was excluded from our Holy Trinity by the male writers of Christian dogma. The Christian idea of the Holy Ghost is a concoctionmisinformation used to disempower the females rightful place at the top of the trinity. There is no Holy Ghost. Ghosts are the astral image of dead people. The idea is pure drivel.
The Matrix tells the time-old story of the death and the resurrection of the initiate.
The filmmakers rendition of the Matrix as green symbols that tumble down the computer screen is a fairly good effort. Though the real thing doesnt drop in straight lines as digits on a screen, and it flows horizontally as well as vertically. Though it drifts from the ceiling downward it does travel upwardsbut only in rare situations. Most of it travels diagonally across your vision in lines or groups of lines that form bands several inches wide. In parts, the real thing moves much faster than in the film, though in other parts it travels much slower. There is no overall uniform steady speed. In the morph [One of various distinct forms of an organism or species. From Greek morphe¯, form, shape] of solidity, past the Matrix, are vortexes of energy that lead to other dimensions. The bending walls at the end of the film, after Neo stops the incoming bullets, are very accurate.
What does it all mean? It means that something up there loves us and is trying to get us to open our eyes and see for the first time. When Neo is told about the nature of the Matrix and the invisible control over humanity, he throws up. The Sentinels exist in our world, and are on the side of the controllers, but Ive never seen any that look like those in the film. The fields upon fields that contain the pods where humans are grown are not accurate. But the idea that we are energy that is used to sustain this evolution, as well as other evolutions, is very accurate.
Its all there in the film. Goodness knows how it got there. From deep inside the filmmakers souls Id imagine, where all things exist as one. Someone, somewhere is talking about the demise of the Matrix and our escape. The key to the film is at the end after Neo has been shot. Trinity breathes over him and she says, I am not afraid anymore
so you see, you cant be dead, you cant be, because I love you. You hear me? I love you. Then she kisses him and says, Now get up. Its the most beautiful scene in the film. Its where the love of the Goddess revives the comatose God. She resurrects the wounded male (the ego) and kisses him, bringing him back to life. The ability is in her selflessness. Its part of her compassion, her eternal kindness. Males can do the same when they stand inside the feminine spirit that is within them.
The resurrection is the same for you as it is for Neo in the film. Once you are no longer scared, the forces of control cant feed off you. The hold over you and your life breaks down.
Watch The Matrix even if you have seen it before. Its all in there, at least in a rudimentary form.
Date: 15 May 2003
From: Nathan Say email@example.com>
Subject: Extremely interesting 9/11 stuff
I just picked up the book mentioned on this site
& here's the author's site
http://nafeez.mediamonitors.net/(I like how one of his favorite books is nologo)
& here's an excellent time line with all the pieces of the puzzle (mainstream news articles written by professionals)
i think all that stuff covers 9/11 really thoroughly.
From: "Doug Mattern" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Association of World Citizens, San Francisco
Published in Liberal Slant - 05/18/03
By: Douglas Mattern
The media, particularly television, is in the forefront of turning our democracy into a demockracy. The latest example is the Iraq war coverage and its aftermath. The cable channels are the worst offenders, but the other networks are not far behind. The coverage by the "embedded" journalists, for example, was more to act as cheerleaders for the Pentagon than to provide unbiased news.
Each TV channel has its own retired general or admiral, and a long list of conservative and right wing guests to interview. Rarely is a competent spokesperson for liberal and progressive viewpoints allowed to appear. They are kept off the air in what is the most effective kind of censorship.
The FOX channel, owned by the right-wing publisher Rupert Murdoch is the worst example, with virtually all of the commentators on the right, and also with the most obnoxious and ill-mannered interview style. This group could set back civilization centuries.
Peace and progressive movements, including those in our universities, need to direct protests at the networks and organize demonstrations outside the studios demanding equal access. In a democracy the airwaves are supposed to belong to the people. Today the corporate owned media has degraded this principle, and in the process they are making a mockery of our democracy.
The mainstream media is owned by a handful of corporations, controlling TV and radio stations, book and magazine companies, newspapers, movie studios, etc., all focused on presenting corporate interests and acquiring maximum corporate profits.
Journalists who do not accede to the corporate line are soon put out to pasture, with Peter Arnett the latest example. MSNBCs Asleigh Banfield also felt the pressure, saying in a speech at Kansas State University: "As a journalist, I have been ostracized just from going on television and saying, 'here's what the leaders of Hezbollah, a radical Moslem group, are telling me about what is needed to bring peace to Israel, and here's what the Lebanese are saying.' Like it or lump it, don't shoot the messenger, but that's what they do."
A major criticism of U.S. media coverage comes from BBC Director-General Greg Dyke: "Personally I was shocked while in the United States by how unquestioning the broadcast news media was during this war." He singled out FOX News Channel's "gung-ho patriotism."
And, by the way, just who decided that journalists should be our analysts for all events? There is surely no obvious wisdom among them to warrant such a position. We need to get university professors, experts on the issues, activists, people with real knowledge to provide analysis, rather than only the paid corporate toe-the-line journalists that dominant the airwaves. This is a fundamental step in ending the media demockracy run by giant corporations, and reinstate real democracy by involving other opinions and perspectives on the nation's airwaves.
Without this development, people cannot be informed, and the result is accurately described by Noam Chomsky "People don't know what is happening, and they don't even know they don't know."
Douglas Mattern is president of the Association of World Citizens (AWC); a San Francisco based international peace organization with branches in 50 countries, and with UN NGO status. The website for AWC is http://www.worldcitizens.org Douglas is a contributing writer for Liberal Slant. Find more articles by Douglas Mattern in the Liberal Slant Archives at http://www.liberalslant.com/liberalslantarchives.htm
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