Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mammals Going Postal

Prisons Are Prisons:
http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn02262010.html
Then, on Feb. 20, 1991, Keltie Byrne, a 20-year-old marine biology student, champion swimmer and part-time trainer, slipped while she was riding on the head of one of the orcas. Tillikum, Nootka and Haida took turns in dragging her beyond reach of trainers trying to hook her out with long poles.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Justice Served

Chicago 26th California Courthouse February 25, 2010;


Sentencing of Ollie Anthony by Judge Diane Gordon Cannon:


" Mr Anthony, you are looking at 5 yrs. of time in the penitentiary for striking a well protected Chicago Police officer at an antiwar march on March 14, 2009. You have admitted your actions and have apologized accordingly. Duly noted.


While the overfed and underpaid prosecutor has made the hokey statement, "A single match can start a huge fire", the time and place of your actions, along with the neanderthal reactions of the CPD may have put many well meaning, innocent, and active citizens at risk from our cavemen protectors of social decency, the CPD, as it has been pointed out in opening remarks they are haunted by the ghosts of 1968 and are unable to withhold their fathers' rage against people using their civil rights.


Your father has testified that you have had mental health issues since the age of 10. This is nothing to be ashamed of since the vast majority of the stressed out, over/under medicated population suffers the same fate. On the particular day of the assault, you were not practicing your best health habits and were not following doctors orders. You were acting of not sound mind. This is heard by the court not as an excuse, but as a personal warning that society needs you to act with love and compassion. Unleashed, uncontrolled anger is not acceptable, but does not warrant prison time for this infraction, this time.


Your parents have come a long way to support you. Your friends have filled half the court room. Along with doctors and therapists help, I command you to lean on them during difficult times. I expect your parents to afford lodging if needed, as it is apparent they love you. If a friend called is unable to help immediately, I expect you to call another, and another, until you are surrounded with the love and support you desire. I can see standing in front of me a good person. I command you to research your condition and talk openly and freely, in an effort to help others with bi-polar disorder. If you look at your health issue as a way to help others, society will be better off, instead of actions leading you to my bench today.


Thirty months mental health probation could be a long time for someone dealing with the issues you have today. If you slip up and do not listen to my commands, return to mentally ill state of unwarranted violence, I can guarantee you only more compassion on my part. I do not want to see you in a cloudy, drugged up state of mind during this time. I want you striving to maintain a level, even tempered, thoughtful persona. Your parents and your friends want to see you this way, also. We know it may be difficult, but is necessary for all concerned. Your best must come forward, for 30 months, and the rest of your life. We know you will succeed."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

An Enemy In Your Living Room

Want Mental Health? TURN IT OFF!:
http://pupaganda.com/originals/Unplug_the_signal.html
Those welding power within our streams of mass communication market their plans into each generation as individuals adopt specific ways of thinking and never suspect that all the major events and trends within their lifetime are actually planned by an elite few before they are even born. In our society today, culture is created from the top down. Virtually all forms of culture are created by the ruling class to build a false sense of reality, ensure social compliance, and control the future course of cultural evolution.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Some Place To Live


And the Scene of the Rockefeller Massacre of Coalminers' Families:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,587306,00.html

This is not the first time violence has touched Deer Creek Middle School. In 1982, Jason Rocha, then 14-years-old, shot and killed a classmate, 13-year-old Scott Michael Darwin, with a .22-caliber rifle. Rocha was charged as an adult and sentenced to 12-years in prison.

Deer Creek Middle School is located at 9201 West Columbine Drive, not far from Columbine High School where two students went on a shooting spree in 1999, killing 12 classmates and one teacher.

In September 2006, a deranged gunman walked into Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colo., holding a classroom of students hostage for several hours before killing 16-year-old Emily Keyes. The gunman then shot and killed himself as SWAT officers stormed the classroom.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Religion On My Mind

THE DISCIPLE by
RUDYARD KIPLING
He that hath a Gospel
To loose upon mankind,
Though he serve it utterly -
Body, soul and mind -
Though he go to Calvary
Daily for its gain -
It is his Disciple
Shall make his labour vain.
He that hath a Gospel,
For all earth to own
Though he etch it on the steel,
Or carve it on the stone -
Not to be misdoubted
Through the after-days -
It is his disciple
Shall read it many ways.
It is his disciple
(Ere those bones are dust)
Who shall change the charter,
Who shall split the trust -
Amplify distinctions,
Rationalise the Claim,
Preaching that the Master
Would have done the same.
It is his disciple
Who shall tell us how
Much the Master would have scrapped
Had he lived to now -
What he would have modified
Of what he said before -
It is his disciple
Shall do this and more.
He that hath a Gospel
Whereby Heaven is won -
(Carpenter or Cameleer,
Or Maya’s dreaming son) -
Many swords shall pierce him,
Mingling blood with gall;
But His Own Disciple
Shall wound him worst of all.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Read It And Weep

The Reason I Started EWS:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0218102stack1.html

Joe Stack 1956-2010 Rest in Peace

********UPDATE*******

Something Really Smells Here:
http://ofgoatsandmen.blogspot.com/2010/02/joseph-andrew-stack-had-911-nsa-cia-and.html
Hughes Aircraft, one of Stack's clients, developed the ground mission control segment of the Global Hawk. Another Stack client, Teledyne, is the prime contractor for the Global Hawk, and L3 supplied its communications system.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Video Help On Its Way

Labor On The Job February 07:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2211244883274911625&hl=en#

Host Steve Zeltzer holds a round table discussion with a few of the leading figures in the effort to halt workplace bullying, or mobbing. Carrie Clark of Workplace Healthy Advocates and Drs. Naime of the Workplace Bullying Institute and two educators that successfully fought back personal attacks at their jobs are featured. Excellent show for those needing help in difficult circumstances. TRT 52 min

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

All Inside


Care To Believe It?
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,585590,00.html
Scientists have identified areas of the brain that, when damaged, lead to greater spirituality. The findings hint at the roots of spiritual and religious attitudes, the researchers say.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Why?

Let's Get Out Of Our Stupor:

http://www.alternet.org/story/145481/

In 2006, Americans, who make up
approximately 6 percent of the world's population, consumed 66 percent of
the world's supply of antidepressants. In 2002, more than 13 percent of
Americans were taking Prozac alone. Prozac is one of thirty available
antidepressants. Anti-anxiety drugs, such as Zoloft, are so widely
prescribed that in the year 2005, the $3.1 billion sales of Zoloft
exceeded the sales for Tide detergent.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Academic Stress Palace


Higher Education, My Ass:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-ala-university-shooting,0,5785018.story
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A woman opened fire during a biology faculty meeting at the University of Alabama'sHuntsville campus Friday, killing three faculty members and injuring two other faculty members and a staff member.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Labor Beat: Achieve Believe 1992 Election IBEW 134

Historic 1992 Rank and File election victory of 19 offices in the structure of Local 134 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Work Is A People Problem

Seven Are Personal, Two Mechanical and One Group of NitWits (6):

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6192S520100210

Nearly two-thirds of them said their stress levels had been increased by office irritations and one in 10 had left a job because of them.

The survey found the Top 10 office annoyances were:

1. Grumpy or moody colleagues (37 percent)

2. Slow computers (36)

3. Small talk/gossip in the office (19)

4. The use of office jargon or management-speak (18)

5. People speaking loudly on the phone (18)

6. Too much health and safety in the work place (16)

7. Poor toilet etiquette (16)

8. People not turning up for meetings on time or at all (16)

9. People not tidying up after themselves in the kitchen (15)

10.Too cold/ cold air conditioning (15)



Monday, February 8, 2010

Practical Hope

Let's Do It:

http://www.counterpunch.org/miller02052010.html

But I would have liked to see more attention paid to one of the most important things that organizers do, namely, develop relationships of mutual confidence among people, so they can act together; also, that organizers, successful ones at least, build powerful organizations.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Friends


Precious, the Thread of Freedom:
http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/88692/index.php
Three U.S. tourists and one Uruguayan citizen were arrested in Oaxaca City on Thursday January 28 after approaching Ulises Ruiz in the city's zocalo and asking him about the murder of Indymedia activist Brad Will.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Labor Beat: The Bombing of Sadr City May 2008

Produced by SanaTV, edited by Labor Beat, exclusive footage documenting conditions in Iraq.