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Hacked by scientist & cmd & ayaz - Ottoman-empire
Friday 29 June @ 14:54:07 (Read: 21281)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazHacked by scientist & cmd & ayaz

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Making single-payer health care happen in Minnesota
Thursday 28 June @ 14:29:22 (Read: 18980)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER

Every Minnesotan could be covered under a state administered healthcare plan within the coming year if legislators can overcome opposition from a powerful healthcare insurance industry and a governor who publicly opposes the type of “single-payer,” government-run system that a growing alliance of lawmakers, physicians, professionals, labor unions and business and community groups endorse.

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Students tell Bush to stop torture
Tuesday 26 June @ 14:01:54 (Read: 13935)
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Fifty high school seniors in the Presidential Scholars program presented President Bush with a letter on Monday calling for an end to “violations of the human rights” of terrorism suspects held by the United States.

According to Associated Press and Washington Post reports, Bush read the handwritten letter and spoke briefly to the young woman who handed it to him. The students had been invited to Washington, D.C., to hear the president speak about his effort to reauthorize “No Child Left Behind.”

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You could be a panhandler, too
Friday 22 June @ 15:52:58 (Read: 13558)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER
Minneapolis' new "time, place and manner" restrictions passed by its city council last Friday to protect you from "aggressive" panhandlers may also protect everyone else in the city if you try to sell them a ticket for your church raffle or approach them with a petition to endorse your favorite political candidate.

"We were definitely thinking about solicitors," said Public Safety and Regulatory Services Chair Don Samuels yesterday. "What we were looking at was being aggressive—anyone who because of the time and place is just felt to be intimidating—not taking 'no' for an answer," Samuels said.

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Gush Shalom
Wednesday 20 June @ 17:21:51 (Read: 2369)
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Adam Keller of the Gush Shalom Peace Bloc


The following is a statement by Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc. As the Israeli government strains to invade and occupy Gaza, it is important to remember there are Jews in Israel who understand the situation and yearn for peace.

Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, demands that the government reopen immediately the border crossings to the Gaza strip, which are its vital lifelines. It was the state of Israel that decided to keep in its hands all the keys for entry into and exit from the Gaza Strip, and to deny Gazans the right to have direct contact with the outside world by land, sea and air. As long as this is the policy implemented by the government of Israel, it is legally and morally obliged to keep open the border crossings, completely regardless of the identity of the government holding power in the Strip. Ehud Olmert and all his ministers, the old and the new, will bear the full responsibility for the grave humanitarian results of continuing to keep the passages closed.

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GLBT Pride/Twin Cities 2007
Tuesday 19 June @ 16:32:39 (Read: 1848)
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GLBT Pride/Twin Cities is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.
GLBT Pride/Twin Cities began in 1972 with a small group of activists meeting for a picnic in Minneapolis' Loring Park and then conducting a short march down Nicollet Mall. Over the intervening years, the Twin Cities Pride Celebration has grown to be the largest GLBT Pride Celebration in the region and the third largest in the United States.

Pride Month GLBT Author Reading A special Pride event at the Central Library (in Room S-280), from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, features some of the finest GLBT writers in the Twin Cities: Emily August, Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, Antay Bilgutay, Catherine Friend, Andrea Jenkins, Lori Lake, John Medeiros, Kevin Moore, Juliet Patterson, Michael Seward and many others. Youth from Outward Spiral's Empowered Voices program will also present a reading. The evening begins with a gallery talk highlighting the Out @ The Library exhibition, a display that gives voice to GLBT culture and history. The San Francisco James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center collection, demonstrating the historical significance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights movement, is its centerpiece. Also on exhibit are artifacts from the Minneapolis Public Library, the Quatrefoil Library and the Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota.

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“Defending democracy . . . “
Monday 18 June @ 16:54:17 (Read: 1984)
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by ED FELIEN

Now, after all other excuses have failed, Bush says we’re in Iraq and in the Middle East to defend democracy.

What rubbish! What hypocrisy! What doublethink!

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Movies in the parking lot
Friday 15 June @ 16:28:16 (Read: 1702)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazWhat America Needs

by DWIGHT
HOBBES


The mind of Twin Cities-based cinematic gadfly and director Mark Wojahn is among us. In full force. Seems someone has turned him loose to curate a summer film exhibit he calls “A Lot Of Spirit: Inspirational Movies in the Parking Lot.” That’s ominous coming from the fellow whose feisty documentary “What America Needs: From Sea to Shining Sea” still has tongues wagging. To answer the $64,000 question, Wojahn didn’t sit in an ivory tower and draft some lofty cerebral solution. Nor did he enlist a panel of privileged know-it-alls second-guessing at somebody else’s problems, then pick up a check before heading to the country club. What he did was proceed to go from one end of the nation to the other and, on his journey, ask the people whose needs should be top priority in America. Going by train from New York City to Los Angeles, he stopped and asked 500 everyday, run-of-the-mill folk, “What do you think America needs?” And, as you might figure, got a lot of very different, very interesting answers.

Well, he now has set up shop at the last bohemian venue, Patrick’s Cabaret, for four Sunday nights to screen a few of his favorite things: “Venus of Mars” (6/17), “The Same River Twice” (6/24), “The Yes Men” (7/1) and “Wellstone” (7/8). All the showings commence at dusk. They’re also free, but you need a ticket (you can get them at businesses around the area of Patrick’s Cabaret) to get into the parking lot. Feel free, by the way, to bring your own chair, blanket, whatever.

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Viva Latinos
Thursday 14 June @ 14:37:47 (Read: 2162)
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by ED FELIEN

This Sunday, June 17, there will be a Latin Fiesta on Lake Street from noon to 8 p.m. There will be crafts, music and food on Lake Street between Bloomington and 14th Avenue in front of the Mercado Central.

There will be two stages—one will be dedicated to the latest in Mexican music hits with Grupo Innovacion, Aliados de La Sierra and Los diamantes de Ojinaga flying in just for the festival, plus several other Mexican local bands. The other stage will be dedicated to Tropical Latin music such as Salsa and Reggaeton.

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Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is in the race for U.S. Senate
Wednesday 13 June @ 14:07:39 (Read: 2170)
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by ED FELIEN
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer announced last week that he is actively exploring a campaign for the DFL endorsement for U.S. Senate in 2008.

“This is an urgent time filled with hope and opportunity. We are living in the most important decade in human history because the personal and political choices we make in the next 10 years will determine the quality of life for all future generations,” he said. His campaign website is
mostimportantdecade.com.


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Protesting the RNC
Tuesday 12 June @ 13:09:49 (Read: 2165)
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by KATRINA PLOTZ

On Saturday, June 9, local activists held a town hall meeting to brainstorm, network and discuss plans to protest the 2008 Republican National Convention. Over 70 people attended the meeting held at the Student Center on the University of MN’s St. Paul campus. The forum was co-hosted by Protest RNC 2008, a coalition of several local activist organizations, and the RNC Welcoming Committee, a group of Twin Cities-based anarchists and anti-authoritarians. Volunteers were on hand for child care, and Food Not Bombs provided a meal. The first hour of the forum featured an opportunity for various organizations to table and speak with participants one-on-one.

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Thirty five hundred U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq
Monday 11 June @ 13:33:32 (Read: 2177)
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by KATRINA PLOTZ



On Thursday, June 8, the Associated Press announced the 3,500th U.S. military death in Iraq. The following day, over 50 peace activists gathered at Hennepin Avenue and Oak Grove Street in Minneapolis to mark the grim milestone and demonstrate their opposition to the ongoing occupation of Iraq. The demonstration was organized by the Iraq Peace Action Coalition, who spread the word via e-mail. They called people to promote the message: 3,500 deaths too many – Not one more death, not one more dollar; Iraqis and GIs are dying – End the war now.



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The law enforcement leadership problem: It’s a no-vision thing
Friday 08 June @ 15:52:00 (Read: 2914)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby DENNIS GEISINGER


As the Council on Crime and Justice in Minneapolis prepares to mark its 50-year anniversary next fall, the fight goes on to change a system of criminal justice that many find seriously flawed.

“I get pissed off at Minneapolis police and Mayor Rybak,” said Guy Gambill, advocacy coordinator for the Council, “They have no vision at all,” he said.



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Projectile Dysfunction
Thursday 07 June @ 14:53:47 (Read: 2105)
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by JOE LAKE


On May 25, a target rocket that was to follow a designated path so an interceptor rocket could hit it came up short: it failed to reach the area that the interceptor rocket (with a dummy warhead) was to defend, so the interceptor rocket wasn’t launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. But wait! This doesn’t go down in the books as a failed test! The Missile Defense Agency considers this a “no test” because no new information was generated. But isn’t this failure new information in its own right? Not to our military.

Lt. Gen. Henry Obering III, director of the missile agency overseeing the test, said “We were not able to get the target downrange far enough to present a threat to the system. It fell well short of the intended area. The system never had a chance to recognize it as a threat, and so did not respond to the target.” In other words, unless an intended target follows the designated path, the interceptor system will fail to pick up the missile and destroy it. That’s comforting. Moreover, the system might not even work in poor weather! You cannot make this stuff up.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Wednesday 06 June @ 14:50:51 (Read: 4101)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazRepublicans on repeat—except for Ron Paul
by LYDIA HOWELL




Watching the Republicans debate was much like a flat repetition of Bushspeak—while avoiding Bush's name. But, at least, there was a lot less of the Reagan incantation from the first debate.

BOOMOn most issues, nine of the 10 Republicans seemed redundant to what we've already got now. They agreed on more militarism, continued Bush's tax cuts for the rich and “free market” health care--none of which is working now. Plus, these nine are in love with nukes—nuking Iran, nuclear power in response to global warming and energy independence. VP Dick Cheney's right-hand man, L. Scooter Libby (who just got 30 months for perjury), could look forward to being pardoned--if Bush doesn't do so on his way out. Only immigration seemed to divide the candidates from the Militarism ’R’ Us redundancy.
Of course, Iraq was the key issue and only one Republican stood out opposing the madness: Ron Paul.

A congressman from Texas, who's actually a Libertarian, Paul was fiery in his denunciation of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.



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Sen. Coleman’s bill would nullify local rights in immigration cases
Tuesday 05 June @ 14:53:26 (Read: 2525)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazStop the raids now, says immigration rights group

by DENNIS GEISINGER

About a dozen demonstrators showed up at the Minnesota office of U.S. Senator Norm Coleman yesterday to protest against last Thursday’s U.S Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) raid in Austin, Minn., and to oppose Coleman’s proposed amendment to congressional immigration legislation that would nullify the right of local communities to choose whether or not they want to join in the enforcement of federal immigration law.

Of the 20 arrests made during the May 31 raids in Austin, eight were undocumented aliens with criminal convictions--five with previous drunk driving arrests, two with previous immigration violations and one who had been convicted of identity theft in Iowa. One of the five DWI offenders, Gilberto Alejo-Ubaldo, 20, a citizen of Mexico, had convictions for “aggravated forgery, driving without a license, indecent exposure and interference with privacy/surreptitious intrusion,” according to an ICE press release.



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Democrats' debate, dance and duel
Monday 04 June @ 13:26:59 (Read: 2676)
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by LYDIA HOWELL


Presidential election theater—uh, I mean, campaigning—is starting earlier than ever, due to various states moving up their primaries to pick nominees. Of course, some of the biggest
performances are candidate debates and the Democrats led off in Manchester, New Hampshire, last night.



Eight contenders alternately danced and dueled with one another, sometimes in-step with fellow Democrats, sometimes a glint of the sword trying to carve out differences. In spite of starting earlier than ever, corporate media continues to claim the right to pre-select what candidates the voters should “take seriously.” Of course, much of this is due to what's known as the “money primary”; that's the tens of millions in campaign contributions that have determined the so-called three “front-runners.”

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Moving Mountains-NWA: Big business as usual
Friday 01 June @ 12:40:29 (Read: 3017)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby LYDIA HOWELL


Business reporters are all aflutter as Northwest Airlines (NWA) emerges from bankruptcy today, with stock prices going up and predicted 2007 profits of $794 million. There's little or no mention of the VIP winners and little fish losers--or what this means as one more way corporations enrich themselves by robbing working Americans.

NWA pilots and flight attendants (with national union leaders and two elected officials) rallied with a Macy's Thanksgiving parade-style giant inflated rat at the Minnesota State Capitol yesterday to expose what should be seen as legalized corporate theft.



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Congressman Ellison’s “Second Chance Act”
Thursday 31 May @ 14:13:35 (Read: 2795)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazPrisoner re-entry legislation not “soft on crime,” Ellison says



by DENNIS GEISINGER


Congressman Keith Ellison organized and hosted a town meeting forum at Minneapolis Urban League headquarters in North Minneapolis yesterday evening (May 30) to address the issue of successfully bringing ex-offenders who have served their time back into the community.

Ellison was seeking support for his “Second Chance Act” legislation that is designed to “reduce recidivism, increase public safety and help states and locales better address the growing population of prisoners returning to their communities,” with a $191 million investment, according to the congressman. In March, Ellison introduced the bill, which has been cleared to be heard by the full House.


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Minnesota’s first Latina state senator lays out her first session
Wednesday 30 May @ 13:08:12 (Read: 2388)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER



Minnesota’s DFL leaders delivered on at least some of the promise of the 2006 watershed election that swept them to majorities in both houses of the 2007 legislature, while Minnesota’s Republican governor has used the “savings” he sliced from state programs to promote himself to higher on the list of 2008 U.S. vice presidential hopefuls.



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MOVING MOUNTAINS - Cindy Sheehan
Tuesday 29 May @ 13:54:51 (Read: 2756)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby LYDIA HOWELL


Cindy Sheehan Refuses To Be Held Hostage


Cindy Sheehan, a Gold Star mother–that is, a mother who's lost a child in military combat—and the most known face of the peace movement, has posted her letter of resignation on the blog, Daily Kos.
(www.dailykos.org .)





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Dear Democratic Congress
Tuesday 29 May @ 13:52:01 (Read: 1666)
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Companion piece to lead story in Moving Mountains


Letter from Cindy Sheehan to the Democratic Congress

Dear Democratic Congress
May 26, 2007
Dublin, Ireland

Dear Democratic Congress,

Hello, my name is Cindy Sheehan and my son Casey Sheehan was killed on April 04, 2004 in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq . He was killed when the Republicans still were in control of Congress. Naively, I set off on my tireless campaign calling on Congress to rescind George’s authority to wage his war of terror while asking him “for what noble cause” did Casey and thousands of other have to die. Now, with Democrats in control of Congress, I have lost my optimistic naiveté and have become cynically pessimistic as I see you all caving into as one Daily Kos poster called: “Mr. 28%.”


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ICE official says immigration agents shouldn’t have targeted church for action
Friday 25 May @ 13:36:51 (Read: 2449)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER


Pastor Patrick Hansel of St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, at 2742 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, said a neighbor behind the alley of this church called to tell him that a number of SUVs were grouped in the church lot last Saturday morning.


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City Council Member Gary Schiff Responds to Raid
Thursday 24 May @ 15:10:40 (Read: 2414)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER


“It’s outrageous,” said 9th Ward Minneapolis Council Member Gary Schiff yesterday (May 23) about raids conducted in his South Minneapolis ward last Saturday. “I can’t believe anyone could be that stupid,” he said.

“The point is,” said Schiff, “this terrible crime of sex trafficking going on in our community is being overshadowed by the clumsy actions of ICE and BCA agents,” he said.

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Minneapolis police versus ICE: jurisdictional questions linger
Wednesday 23 May @ 15:09:13 (Read: 2443)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby DENNIS GEISINGER


Last Saturday’s South Minneapolis raid conducted by Minneapolis police in cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has called into question the City’s commitment to enforcing its own policy. Nineteen men and six women were arraigned in federal court today (May 23) on charges of prostitution and human trafficking as a result of the raid.



“We have video in our possession that shows a Minneapolis police officer escorting the prisoners to ICE vehicles,” said Alberto Monserrate, President and CEO of Latino Communications Network. Witnesses at the raid said that Minneapolis police and ICE agents could be seen conferring, chasing people and apparently working closely together, according to an immigrant-advocate community raid response committee.

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Moving Mountains-Mentally ill woman tasered unnecessarily by Minneapolis police
Tuesday 22 May @ 16:44:33 (Read: 2696)
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by LYDIA HOWELL


I witnessed torture last week.



Thursday, May 17, was a beautiful Minnesota spring afternoon and while out running errands, I was mentally planning the next phase of planting in my new community garden plot. I stood at the bus stop in the Rainbow Foods parking lot on 27th Avenue off East Lake Street—not far from where the raids on immigrants took place over the weekend. As a police car pulled up, my guard went up immediately.




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Police State Takes Over Southside
Monday 21 May @ 15:44:38 (Read: 1958)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazWI-FI


(Editor’s note: On Monday morning (May 21) on Minneapolis’ Southside, Pulse staffers spoke to business owners and residents near 15th Avenue and Lake Street in the aftermath of police action on Saturday, May 19. There seemed to be confusion over what constitutes a “raid,” and three Latino shopkeepers looked upon the police action not as a wider immigration concern, but one stemming from a search for a specific individual who had committed a criminal offense which had resulted in a deportation order. One shopkeeper reported that people were really scared. He said police were pointing their guns toward the terrace above the Guayaquil Restaurant, located at 1526 E. Lake St.)


by MICHELLE GROSS



In an appalling display of police state measures, four law enforcement agencies—ICE, FBI, BCA and Minneapolis police—launched a sweep for undocumented immigrants in South Minneapolis today. The raid started with the arrival of ICE vehicles at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on 15th Avenue South and at Powderhorn Park Church on 16th Avenue South and 33rd Street in the late morning.

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Minnesota Mandate for Manitoba Hydro
Friday 18 May @ 13:24:07 (Read: 1805)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby SUSAN LAGO
Photo by Thomas Fricke


Manitoba Hydro’s advertisements on TPT Channel 2 claim that, for 30 years, the company has supplied Minnesota with clean, renewable hydro-electricity.


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Students stage weekend encampment at state capitol to end the war
Thursday 17 May @ 12:53:40 (Read: 2445)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby KATRINA PLOTZ

On Friday, May 11, Youth Against War and Racism (YAWR) sponsored an “Encampment Against the War” on the lawn of the State Capitol. Approximately 150 high school students attended along with 50 adult workshop facilitators, peace marshals and chaperones.group

by DENNIS GEISINGER

About a dozen demonstrators showed up at the Minnesota office of U.S. Senator Norm Coleman yesterday to protest against last Thursday’s U.S Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) raid in Austin, Minn., and to oppose Coleman’s proposed amendment to congressional immigration legislation that would nullify the right of local communities to choose whether or not they want to join in the enforcement of federal immigration law.



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Join the Abraham Brigade
Wednesday 16 May @ 11:01:12 (Read: 2158)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby ED FELIEN

Last week’s issue was dedicated to past revolutionaries. This edition is dedicated to the future. We have invited Marv Davidov, Polly Mann and the Anti-War Committee to share their vision for the future.


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Reflections on visiting inside WHINSEC
Wednesday 09 May @ 15:13:11 (Read: 1975)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby DON IRISH

Any commentary about the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) needs to be set in a wider context. The U.S. is the world’s most powerful nation, and we, the New Romans, constitute an empire.

In building this empire, with rare exceptions, the indigenous residents of all these areas we entered were treated like commodities, to be bought and sold, conquered or “exterminated.”

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Minnesota “Nice” Meets Georgia “Nice”
Wednesday 09 May @ 15:09:38 (Read: 2041)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazReflections on our visit to WHINSEC

by MARY ELLEN HALVERSON

Meet it as I set it down
That one may smile and smile and be a villain.
–Shakespeare, “Hamlet”

The four of us set out to learn and observe from within the gates of the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Two of us had been there before—booked, banned and barred. This time we walked in and signed the visitors’ book under “Reason for Visit”: “Learn and listen!” We expected no monsters, no uncivil creatures. We were cordially received and treated. We attended three classes, visited the library, and spoke with the Commander and several instructors but very few students. There we were, in the Heart of the Beast, where minions carry out U.S. foreign policy. We were assured that there was a thorough vetting process for candidates to WHINSEC.

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Four against the war
Wednesday 09 May @ 15:00:51 (Read: 2039)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby ED FELIEN

This issue is dedicated to the memory of two revolutionary women who devoted a large part of their energies to exposing the torture and brutality of the School of the Americas. Mary Swenson was the librarian for the Resource Center of the Americas and she managed to get copies of torture manuals used at the SOA. Sister Rita Steinhagen was arrested a number of times for protesting the institutionalized violence at the SOA. She served six months in prison for her actions.

On April 26 and 27, four of us peace-activist types went down to the School of Americas to learn what the School was like from the inside.

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Pulse and Tobacco Ads
Thursday 03 May @ 12:07:53 (Read: 1897)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY DAVID GOLDSTEIN

When Pulse began publishing in April of 1997, one of our first decisions was not to accept tobacco ads. To us it was crystal clear; the teenagers that start smoking today will have their quality of life severely diminished as adults. More than 3,000 kids start smoking each day in the U. S. One of three will eventually die from it. We didn't want to foster this.

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Chronicling the locally-grown alternative press
Thursday 03 May @ 12:02:57 (Read: 2051)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY PHIL WILLKIE

I first picked up the Chicago Seed at an antiwar demonstration in 1970. The Seed was a left-wing alternative paper that covered a wide range of political and social movements and views that were never heard in the mainstream press. It included reports from the Black Panther Party, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the Puerto Rico independence movement, the Attica prison riot, the movement to free Angela Davis and the emerging women and gay liberation movements.

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Pulse 10-Year Timeline
Thursday 03 May @ 10:46:33 (Read: 3526)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazIt took us weeks to go through the archived stacks of Pulse going back 10 years. When we began this task, we just thought it was going to be in honor of Pulse's 10th anniversary. Since then, it has developed in a sayonara to our print edition.

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Hello, Goodbye
Thursday 03 May @ 10:46:40 (Read: 2242)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY ED FELIEN
Editor/Publisher, Pulse of the Twin Cities

It's been a wonderful 10 years. Thank you all very much. Thanks to you, the readers, for picking us up and telling us off once in a while, and thanks very much to the advertisers who have supported this independent and locally grown voice.

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Violence and Israel
Friday 27 April @ 13:27:45 (Read: 2965)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY POLLY MANN

The response of school administrations to wholesale murder, such as the recent event in Virginia, is usually to bring in psychologists to assuage the grief and trauma that results from such a shocking event.

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Virginia Tech happens every day in Iraq
Friday 27 April @ 13:27:55 (Read: 2850)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY PHIL WILLKIE

Last week’s deadly gun rampage in Virginia horrified the nation. News anchors were in Blacksburg, Va., within hours, and a media frenzy soon blanketed our nation of 300 million.

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Films and violence
Friday 27 April @ 13:28:03 (Read: 3204)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Max Sparber

Of all the startling images that came out of the ghastly mass shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, there’s one that is starting to become ubiquitous. Surprisingly, it’s not an image of direct violence, such as the heartbreaking photograph of the hip-shot man being awkwardly carried out of Norris Hall. No, it is instead an image of impending violence, a photograph that shooter Seung-Hui Cho took of himself, part of the strange multimedia packet he sent to NBC, in which he holds a pistol in each hand, perhaps the exact pistols he used to slay 32 people and eventually end his own life.

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Clearing the air: the debate over video game violence
Friday 27 April @ 13:28:12 (Read: 3145)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBy Steve McPherson

In the aftermath of the massacre at Virginia Tech last week, amid the swirl of speculation that inevitably follows an event when there are so few actual facts, the media reached for its familiar bugbears as an explanation for this horrible tragedy: violence in movies and video games, specifically, and in American culture as a whole. It’s not unreasonable to take a good, hard look at the violent elements of our culture, but it’s ultimately naive to believe that there is a single source, a single bad influence that we can remove like a tumor and then go on our way, free from the kind of violent eruption that happened on April 16.

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Confessions of a gun nut
Friday 27 April @ 13:28:21 (Read: 2621)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby TONY BOUZA

First and foremost—it’s about handguns and concealable firearms—not long guns, shotguns and rifles. The National Rifle Association (NRA) must be reminded of its middle name. And let’s not blame the victims. It’s the shooters. Yes, there may be some peripheral blame to distribute, but keep it in perspective.

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“Keep working with me.”—Congressman Keith Ellison
Wednesday 18 April @ 16:17:31 (Read: 3217)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Phil Willkie - PHIL WILLKIE

Keith Ellison held a community meeting Sunday, April 15, at the Powderhorn Park Building in South Minneapolis to explain his vote on the Iraq War Supplemental Bill. Many in the peace community were angry about his vote to fund the war for another year.

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Mainstream Media's Coverage of Local Peace Demonstrations: Abysmal
Wednesday 11 April @ 15:03:57 (Read: 1948)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby JOE LAKE

Dozens of antiwar activists waving signs, chanting peace slogans, many blocking four lanes of traffic across University Avenue, others staging a sit-in and reading of war deaths in Sen. Coleman's office, ultimately leading to the arrest of 24. Where did the Star Tribune place the story? Deep inside the B section of the April 4 newspaper's Twin Cities' Region section on page 5. The sole image of the protest? An older lady giving a protester in Coleman's office a supportive high-five while an apparently weary (or teary-eyed?) policeman stands in the background.

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Rush-Hour Civil Disobedience Against the War
Wednesday 11 April @ 15:04:30 (Read: 3153)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBy KATRINA PLOTZ

At 5 p.m. on April 3, traffic came to a halt in front of Senator Norm Coleman's office on University Avenue in St. Paul. But this was no ordinary rush hour. Orange cones, barrels and barricades had stopped vehicles in their tracks. But this was not a construction zone. Twelve people stood in the road. Two faced eastbound traffic and unfurled a banner reading, "The United States: A Roadblock to Peace." Two others held a banner informing westbound motorists, "This Is What Occupation Looks Like." Seventy-five supporters stood on the sidewalk holding signs. They all chanted antiwar messages in 30-degree weather as snowflakes swirled in the frigid wind.

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Editor's Note
Wednesday 11 April @ 15:04:12 (Read: 1937)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSome observers might be confused about the recent events. The Peace Movement criticized Keith Ellison for voting for the defense appropriation that continues funding for the Iraq War up to 2009, while members of the Twin Cities Peace Campaign and the Anti-War Committee protested at the offices of Senator Norm Coleman against his continued support of the war, even though Coleman voted against a Senate version of the funding proposal.

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Anarchist group preparing for 2008 convention
Wednesday 04 April @ 13:44:03 (Read: 2269)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSID PRANKE

If you've heard a buzz about town telling you to check out www.rncwelcomingcommittee.org, that would be the website for local anarchists who are preparing for a deluge of fellow protesters from everywhere--beginning the work of providing out-of-towners with a place to stay and something to eat while they are here for the Republican National Convention.

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Anti-War Committee Steps up for Civil Liberties
Wednesday 04 April @ 13:44:12 (Read: 2059)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY KATRINA PLOTZ

In September 2008, the eyes of the world will be on St. Paul as Republicans gather to nominate their next candidate for president. A host committee has formed locally to accommodate the 45,000 delegates and members of the national media expected to attend the convention. Community activists have also begun meeting to organize major demonstrations against the Republican agenda. Jess Sundin of the Anti-War Committee (AWC) has authored a national call to protest the Republican National Convention (RNC) which reads in part:

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RNC: Lessons Learned
Wednesday 04 April @ 13:44:53 (Read: 2597)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby MATT EHLING

With dramatic flourish, Bill Clinton strode onto the stage of the Staples Center and took his place at the podium. The assembled delegates sprang from their seats and raised their voices in a collective roar. For the briefest moment, the cheers of the crowd drowned out the clatter of police helicopters that could be heard echoing through the roof above.

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Antiwar Actions Planned for this Week
Monday 19 March @ 10:54:05 (Read: 2114)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY ALAN DALE

On the weekend of March 17–18, the four-year anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq, thousands of people will join antiwar actions in cities across the U.S. and around the world to call for an end to the war.

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Student activists getting more organized
Monday 19 March @ 10:54:08 (Read: 1868)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY PHIL WILLKIE

At a St. Paul school board meeting a few months ago, student activists from St. Paul's Central High School held a mass speak-out against military recruiters, and demanded that students be allowed to have anti-recruitment information available to all students. The activists are all members of a group called Youth Against War and Racism (YAWR). At the meeting, School Board member Al Oertwig said, "The students were realistic in their demands. They know we have to provide access to military recruiters or we will lose federal funding under provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act." At this time, though, it is unclear whether the School Board will leave the military recruitment issue up to individual schools in the district, or take action on the issue itself.

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I AM an American Female Soldier! I Want to Kill to be Equal?
Monday 19 March @ 10:54:10 (Read: 2074)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY CHANTE WOLF

Why have women fought to be in the military? Was it to affirm the rites of our citizenship? Did we think that we would get the respect we deserve from men when we showed off our combat infantry badges, Purple Hearts or silver crosses? Is this really equality? Why do women want to learn to kill?

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Only a pawn in their game
Monday 19 March @ 10:55:30 (Read: 2112)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY JOE LAKE

Like many who joined the all-volunteer military, I was an economic conscript. Though I wouldn't have admitted it when I enlisted, it's clear that that was the case. In my hometown of 700, there was no real opportunity for someone to "make it" without going to college. And that wasn't an option for me at the time.

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Tests of Our Freedom
Wednesday 07 March @ 15:48:59 (Read: 2829)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby SID PRANKE

We may shudder or get upset when we hear about threats to our freedom in this country, especially when the culprit is our own government. Nature lovers and Native Americans who regularly gather at Coldwater Spring near Minnehaha Falls were ticketed by Homeland Security for visiting the area without a permit, and now are fighting a treaty rights case through the federal courts. Seven young performance artists called the "Zombie Dance Party" were arrested and harassed after they staged a creative protest against shopping on the Nicollet Mall.

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American Panopticon
Wednesday 07 March @ 15:49:08 (Read: 2035)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby MAX SPARBER

We must be a pretty secure country by now.

I mean, since 9/11, the U.S. has: taken steps to secure its borders (a 2,000 mile fence is now being built on the Mexican border at an estimated cost of $7.6 billion); built secret prisons run by the CIA; suspended Habeas Corpus for anyone declared an "enemy combatant"; and engaged in two separate disastrous wars, all in the name of making the United States safer. Additionally, we now must put up with daily nuisances, such as long waits at the airport and the possibility that our international phone calls and e-mails are being spied on by a government that has decided it no longer requires warrants for such things. All this must be making us safer, mustn't it?

Well, no.

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The Resistible Rise of American Fascism
Wednesday 07 March @ 15:49:14 (Read: 2855)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby ED FELIEN

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag."–Huey Long

Jon Stewart, on The Daily Show, warns that when two people argue, the first one to call the other a Nazi loses the argument. Keeping that caution in mind, it still might be useful to measure our current political condition against the political and economic realities of Nazism and fascism in the early twentieth century.

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We Heard You Right the First Time
Wednesday 28 February @ 15:31:56 (Read: 1952)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY ED FELIEN

Over 35 years ago, Eldridge Cleaver analyzed slave culture. He said there were two kinds of slaves: the ones that worked in the big house and the ones that worked in the fields. The ones that worked in the big house got all sorts of benefits: good food, access to education, a warm place to sleep, and they identified with their masters. The ones that worked in the fields got what they could, and they hated their masters. If the master got sick, the ones in the big house got sick right along with him. The ones that worked in the fields hoped he'd die. If the master's house caught fire, the ones that worked in the house risked their lives to save the master's possessions. The ones that worked in the field hoped it would burn to the ground.

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Burn Baby Burn
Wednesday 28 February @ 15:32:04 (Read: 1853)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY DWIGHT HOBBES

Every once in a blue moon, even here in the Twin Cities, where it's taboo to tell the unvarnished truth about anything, some public figure has a PC-lapse and is actually candid. Accordingly, Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels shot straight from the hip in, ironically enough, the traditionally controversy-free Mpls/St. Paul magazine. "My children will not darken the door of a Minneapolis public school in this city at this time under these conditions," he flatly stated. "I've said burn North High School [in Samuels' 5th Ward] down! I can't be paying for the education of my neighbors and 72 percent of them are failing--meaning black boys. Something worse than vouchers could come along. If it works, if it sacrifices the entire school system, fine! Get rid of the damn thing! It hadn't worked!"

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Who supports the troops?
Wednesday 21 February @ 17:08:48 (Read: 1906)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBy ED FELIEN

George W. Bush lied about the reasons for the Iraq war. He wanted the oil but he said it was about protecting America. He didn't send enough troops in to get the job done. He said the mission was accomplished before it really began. He has sent troops into battle without proper training and equipment. He has extended deployment to the point that our troops are exhausted and battle-weary. He has condoned the use of torture, and that has exposed our soldiers to the same brutality. He has built a private army of private contractors that operate as death squads with no regard for international treaties or protocol.

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Military Families Speak Out
Wednesday 21 February @ 17:08:59 (Read: 2034)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBy KATRINA PLOTZ

Traditionally, military families have honored an unwritten "code of silence," keeping antiwar thoughts to themselves. But on Feb. 15, the national organization Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) delivered a letter to Congress, asking them to stop funding the war in Iraq. The letter challenges the misconception that de-funding the Iraq War means abandoning our troops. Signed by over 200 MFSO members, the letter reads, in part:

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Troops suffer from non-support
Wednesday 21 February @ 17:09:08 (Read: 2044)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBy CHANTE WOLF

Cheryl Fields, the widow of John Fields, a Vietnam combat Marine who died on Jan. 15 from his exposure to Agent Orange, told me about her husband's transformation after Vietnam: "John went to Vietnam believing in God, country and the American way. When he came home, he believed in none of it. That is when he was rejected by the very clergy, friends and family who said it was OK to go and fight in Vietnam in the first place … PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. It is what makes us human, and John worked hard most the rest of his life to get people to understand that about war veterans. He started rap and AA groups in the 1980s so there was a place the vets could gather, talk, get angry, cry, grieve and heal their emotional and spiritual wounds from the war that raged inside them. But then all of that changed as the VA has now started to move away from the rap groups and into … psych ward[s], administering medications instead of letting the vets talk and heal from the spiritual aspect of their trauma."

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The Occupation Project
Wednesday 07 February @ 15:14:46 (Read: 2510)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby KATRINA PLOTZ
Photo by Joe Cunningham

On Nov. 7, Americans rejected the policies of the Bush Administration by electing Democrats to the majority in both the House and Senate. The tide of public opinion has turned against the war in Iraq. Two-thirds of Americans are now against the war, and 71 percent oppose President Bush's plan to send additional troops. Many Americans are now turning to Congress to end the war and listen to the will of the people.

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Eight Logical Reasons to “Get Out Now”
Wednesday 07 February @ 15:14:38 (Read: 2491)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby SID PRANKE
Photos by Joe Cunningham

Anthony Arnove's "Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal" makes abundantly clear what should have been obvious to all except keyboard warriors and neocon chickenhawks: the Iraqi people have every right to say "NO" to foreign occupation of their land--and that does not make them terrorists. The U.S. is not now, nor have we ever been, in Iraq for altruistic reasons, and staying there only makes things much worse for the Iraqis, who have suffered enough.

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Cindy Sheehan: Gold Star Mother for Peace
Wednesday 07 February @ 15:15:02 (Read: 2877)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby ED FELIEN
Photo of Cindy Sheehan by Chante Wolf

Cindy Sheehan at Augsburg College Convocation, Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m.:

She walked down the aisle to the podium very gently, like she was walking on feathers. She's tall and muscular, but she carries herself like she's wounded, a wound like the sacred heart of Jesus. She is a vessel carrying a vulnerability--without ego, without calculation--an innocent, with the willful naiveté of the Dalai Lama.

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Grassroots Support for Independent Media
Wednesday 31 January @ 16:57:29 (Read: 2127)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby TONY NADLER
Illustration by Mark Linvere-Robinson

Big media corporations have got you by the cables, by the towers, by the satellites. Even with the growth of cable TV and the internet, the media channels most consumed by Americans are owned by a rapidly dwindling number of mega-corporations. Yet, big media companies still want more.

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The End of Print?
Wednesday 31 January @ 16:57:39 (Read: 2608)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby MAX SPARBER

With two new blogs created every second, how long until the blogosphere begins to take over what once was the province of mainstream newspapers?

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The Decline and Fall of the Local Newspaper
Wednesday 31 January @ 16:57:55 (Read: 2429)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby ED FELIEN

How I got started in the newspaper business

I remember how it happened.


I was standing on the corner of Fourth Street Southeast and 14th Avenue in late November of 1969 trying to hand out leaflets I had written explaining how the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional, illegal and immoral. No one was taking them. Rejection is bad enough, but rejection with a windchill below zero was intolerable. There has to be a better way to market these ideas, I thought.

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Edifice Wrecks: A play in one act (with apologies to Sophocles)
Wednesday 24 January @ 18:38:59 (Read: 1915)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY ED FELIEN

[Enter the Chorus, an alternative newspaper writer in a tie-dyed sweatshirt]

Chorus: Oh, woe is me. Woe is thee.
We’ve lost our libraries.

[He repeats this two more times.]

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The new library: Is it a white elephant?
Wednesday 24 January @ 18:39:19 (Read: 2906)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY WIZARD MARKS

It's no secret that the Minneapolis Public Library is in very tough straits: 25 percent of staff laid off, three libraries closed and still not enough money to keep the remaining 12 libraries open for reasonable hours. This is the same MPL that was recently hailed as one of the most used library systems in the country.

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The Birds and the Bees and the STDs
Wednesday 17 January @ 16:14:40 (Read: 6384)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby CHARLES DAVIS

Candlelit bedroom, an empty wine bottle, Bobby Womack playing on the phonograph, singing soulfully … "Nobody wants you, when you're down and out ..."

"What is this music?"

"You like it?"

"Yeah, it's real funky."

"…Nobody wants you, now…"

"Do you want to have sex?"

"Oh yeah."

"Do you have a condom?"

"Of course."

"Do you have any STDs?"

Record screeches to a halt.

"What?!"

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Scam!: Your tax dollars and the HMOs
Wednesday 10 January @ 16:29:19 (Read: 2702)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSpecial to Pulse of the Twin Cities © 2007

BY KIP SULLIVAN

For two decades, Minnesota taxpayers have been losing hundreds of millions of dollars annually by letting HMOs participate in the state's three major health insurance programs--MinnesotaCare, Medical Assistance (MA, Minnesota's Medicaid program), and General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC). These losses have never been investigated by the Legislature.

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Resources for the Homeless
Thursday 28 December @ 15:26:27 (Read: 1853)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazServices:
People Serving People
offers a shelter and a number of programs for the homeless. They are located at 614 South 3rd Street in Minneapolis, and can be reached at 612-332-4500.

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Homeless Memorial
Thursday 28 December @ 15:26:44 (Read: 2578)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby PHIL WILLKIE

Eighty-eight people were remembered on Dec. 21 at the 22nd annual homeless memorial at Simpson United Methodist Church, West 28th Street and First Avenue South. So many homeless people are anonymous and would just quietly disappear from our society, were it not for this memorial service.

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No Direction Home: Teens on TC streets
Thursday 28 December @ 15:28:24 (Read: 2781)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby LYDIA HOWELL

The stories told by today's runaway and homeless teens all sound familiar to me. They tell of fleeing abusive, and, in many cases, addicted parents; being shoved out of their homes by poverty or homophobia; feeling that they are simply not wanted.

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Is Bono’s Product (RED) to be admi(red)?
Wednesday 20 December @ 21:08:22 (Read: 2047)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby CHAZ DAVIS

Disclaimer: At the risk of providing free advertising for a commercial product, this author finds it worth examining market trends to help average consumers make more informed decisions.

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George and Norm and the Grand Delusion
Wednesday 13 December @ 21:33:43 (Read: 2388)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby DAVID RUBENSTEIN

Nothing seems to be able to pry George Bush out of his delusion. Our Senator Norm Coleman is right in there with him, but in his own way, ready to move in any direction.

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The Cure for Terrorism
Wednesday 13 December @ 21:33:50 (Read: 2704)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby ED FELIEN

There is no cure for terrorism, just like there’s no cure for cancer.

By the time cancer has started, those cells are gone. They won’t come back. You can cut them out, blast them out with chemotherapy, burn them out with radiation, but cells that have become cancerous cannot once again become healthy cells.

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Honor the memory of Brad Will
Wednesday 06 December @ 16:07:37 (Read: 2125)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby ED FELIEN

Brad Will was an independent journalist who went to Oaxaca to cover the teachers' strike. The strike had gone on for over six months. For the past 25 years there had been a teachers' strike every fall. In the past it had lasted for about two weeks. The government made some kind of promises (which they seldom kept), and the teachers went back to work. This year it was different.

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Dirty War Cannot Silence Oaxaca
Wednesday 06 December @ 16:07:41 (Read: 2004)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBy Claire Urbanski

On Nov. 26, in Oaxaca's city center, the sun rises after a long night of clashes between protesters and police. In front of the cathedral Santo Domingo, state governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz holds a broom, smiling in front of the cameras as he passes it back and forth a few times across the pavement. Until last night this spot had been the headquarters for thousands of protesters that make up the Peoples Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO). Around Ulises stand important figures of the state government, smiling approvingly and trying to suppress their coughs from the remnants of tear gas in the air. PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party and Ulises Ruiz's political party) supporters join in on the opportunity for good publicity and sweep their brooms back and forth in front of the press.

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The Revolution is Not Over
Wednesday 06 December @ 16:07:48 (Read: 2577)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBy JOHNNY HAZARD

"They put themselves in power via a coup. That's what has generated instability, not our response. There will be no return to normal life until there's democracy in this country."

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Cities to Pawlenty: We Want Our LGA
Wednesday 29 November @ 13:45:38 (Read: 2387)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby DWIGHT HOBBES

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, about as ruthless a Republican as one can come by, slashed Local Government Aid (LGA) in his first terms like the money was coming out of his own pocket. Re-elected by the air off a gnat’s ass, will he now be less of a prick? Will there be any more money than before to pay for police, firefighters, health clinics and libraries? While it’s a bit early to size up how the LGA formula will look for Minneapolis, there are expressions of optimism.

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Two terms explained
Wednesday 29 November @ 13:46:34 (Read: 2205)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby KIP SULLIVAN

Health maintenance organization. Proponents of HMOs have never put forth a clear definition of “health maintenance organization.” Federal and state statutory definitions of HMOs are of little help because they are extraordinarily vague. Generally speaking, the phrase has gone through two definitions—a relatively specific definition in the early years of the phrase’s history, and a very loose definition today. When the phrase was invented in 1970, it referred to health insurance companies: that allowed enrollees to see only certain doctors; that required the doctors it contracted with to see only that company’s enrollees; that paid its doctors using methods that encouraged doctors to deny unnecessary services (and in theory, to order all necessary services); and that amended or vetoed decisions made by its doctors. Today the phrase HMO has come to mean any insurance company which gives its doctors financial incentives to deny care or which amends or vetoes physician decisions. By this latter definition, virtually all insurance companies in existence today are HMOs. The text of this article uses the modern definition of HMO.

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Healthcare for Children: Will the HMOs leave them uncovered?
Wednesday 29 November @ 13:46:44 (Read: 3719)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby KIP SULLIVAN

The last election affected Governor Tim Pawlenty the way Marley’s ghost affectd Scrooge. Pawlenty—the governor who cut 38,000 people from MinnesotaCare in 2003, who early in 2005 referred to MinnesotaCare as “welfare health care” and demanded that 40,000 more Minnesotans be kicked off it, and who shut down the state in the summer of 2005 to enforce that demand—that governor announced one week after his narrow re-election that he wanted to “chart a path toward universal health insurance.”

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Night owl puts hundreds to bed
Wednesday 22 November @ 14:47:10 (Read: 2384)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby STEVE BUTCHER

Of the Twin Cities’ 100 odd homeless support and advocacy organizations, perhaps none has as much influence as Catholic Charities. For area homeless people, the two most familiar names are the Dorothy Day Center, located across from the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, and Branch II, which is tucked in behind a massive parking garage across from the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Both organizations are run by the Catholic diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; both are capable of taking in, on a temporary basis, several hundred people; and both have roots that reach deep into the Twin Cities’ philanthropic community.

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For Twin Cities' homeless, shelter is a game of chance
Wednesday 22 November @ 14:47:18 (Read: 2918)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBy STEVE BUTCHER

Monday night is bingo night at Simpson United Methodist Church, at the corner of First Avenue and 28th Street in South Minneapolis. By 6:30 p.m., about half an hour before the event, some 50 men, most garbed in flannel shirts and hoodies, occupy several rows of couches in the basement. At the front of the room, the television is showing “Entertainment Tonight.” The kitchen echoes with the voices of a dozen volunteers hurrying to prepare a hot dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and pie. At a small table near some offices, Simpson shelter advocate Andy Carlson discusses screening procedures, psych evaluations and treatment programs with several colleagues. Hennepin County social worker Jane Addams talks with employment counselor Lynn Lash. Nearby, Tom Walsh, a member of the Minnesota Volunteer Lawyers’ Network, sorts through files and sets a notary stamp on a desk.

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Gimme Shelter
Wednesday 22 November @ 14:47:23 (Read: 2945)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby MAX SPARBER

I was living in New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina hit, just over a year ago. Like most residents of the city, I heeded Mayor Ray Nagin’s warnings to leave and went to Houston to weather the storm. I stayed at a shelter there, and the next day, with the flooding of the city, found myself suddenly homeless, along with the entire population of New Orleans. Even though my apartment in the French Quarter had not been damaged by the storm or the subsequent flooding, it would be more than a month before residents were allowed back into the city; by that time, I had returned to my home state of Minnesota. But that’s how fast it can happen—one day, with little warning, the world turns on you, and you don’t have a home. You spend the next several weeks, or months, in shelters, or sleeping on friends’ sofas, or living in your parents’ basement.

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John Nichols at Arise!
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:38:55 (Read: 2132)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby NANCY SARTOR

Americans have spoken. We got our vote on in the midterm elections and unequivocally shifted the balance of power from red to blue in a Democratic sweep of the nation. Now it’s up to the standing and newly-elected DFL members of Congress, as well as any conscionable Republicans, to do their part: lay down the law and expel this Reckless Cowboy.

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Maybe we should impeach Cheney first
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:39:04 (Read: 2552)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby PHIL WILLKIE

The Democrats should investigate crimes of the Bush Administration, despite Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi’s desire not to. If the Democrats fail to uphold their constitutional duties of oversight, they will be accessories to those crimes.

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DIY Impeachment
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:39:14 (Read: 3344)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby JAYE BELDO

In a recent interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a disheartening, point-blank statement to the effect that the impeachment of George W. Bush is “a waste of time” and is “off the table.” She then said of the Republican Party that “making them lame ducks is good enough for me.” Also jumping on the Pelosi bandwagon is Congressman John Conyers, who mysteriously deleted from his website the very long report called “The Constitution in Crisis” describing grounds for the impeachment of the President. Sad to say, it appears that the majority of Democrats will do a similar 180-degree flip-flop and proceed with the “business as usual” policies in Washington, D.C.

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Open Letter to Reps Pelosi and Conyers: We the People are Setting the Table Now
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:39:27 (Read: 2130)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazDear Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Conyers,

I am writing this open letter to you both on the day after Veteran’s Day, a day that has so much more meaning to me since my son Casey was KIA in Iraq for absolutely no reason but to line the pockets of the war machine. I cried in front of his symbolic tombstone at Arlington Northeast in Philadelphia and I dreamed of him before I awakened. Casey’s “tombstone” was planted in the ground directly across from Liberty Hall, which was the birthplace of our Republic. How tragic it was to see 2,842 tombstones of our brave young people who have been killed by people who are trampling all over our Constitution and making a mockery out of the separations of power and the original intent of that document. Two thousand eight hundred forty-two citizens who were willing to volunteer for service and were killed by people who lied to the world to send them to invade and occupy a country in a war of aggression that has killed almost a million Iraqi citizens. How tragic it is that you both, our newly elected Democratic leadership, are already talking about abrogating their Constitutional responsibilities, again.

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Throw the Bums Out!
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:39:37 (Read: 2393)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazED FELIEN

If “mandate” ever meant more than a
$1-a-minute telephone call on an “Are You Curious” gay chat line
, then the Democrats have been handed something very much like one as a result of the November elections.


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Six More Days of Attack Ads
Wednesday 01 November @ 15:29:21 (Read: 2397)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY PHIL WILLKIE

In America, where we have the best democracy money can buy, we can expect barrages of television ads that appeal to peoples’ fear, whether it be of illegal immigrants or of sex predators roaming the halls of Congress.

I have been an electoral political junkie my whole life and I cannot remember an election where I have been more turned off.

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Notes on the race for Hennepin County Sheriff
Wednesday 01 November @ 15:25:28 (Read: 2096)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY ED FELIEN

Two things about Rich Stanek people in Minneapolis should remember:

One, almost four years ago he was appointed by Pawlenty to be his Commissioner of Public Safety until Representative Keith Ellison publicly challenged the appointment, citing racist remarks Stanek made while Commander of the 4th Precinct. Pawlenty withdrew the appointment.

Two, while a Minneapolis cop and a State legislator from Maplewood, Stanek was the principal author of a bill signed into law by Governor Ventura that made it illegal for Minneapolis to require residency for City employees, ensuring that suburban cops could continue to crack inner city heads for years to come.

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Who Closed the Libraries
Wednesday 01 November @ 15:22:50 (Read: 2262)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY ED FELIEN

It now looks like the Minneapolis Library Board will be closing three branches: Roosevelt, Southeast and Webber Park.

Why? How could this happen?

It’s a little complicated, but here’s an outline of the steps that led to the disaster.

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Hatching a New Governor
Wednesday 01 November @ 14:39:36 (Read: 2481)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY LEO CASHMAN

When Mike Hatch was attorney general, he didn’t do “business as usual” or take the path of least resistance. Hatch made a difference. He preserved health freedom, took on HMO corruption, inefficiency and unfair denial of health claims. These actions weren’t just nice-sounding campaign bites, they were major initiatives.

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HALLOWEEN: A USER'S GUIDE
Friday 27 October @ 11:56:47 (Read: 2595)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazTHE ESSENTIAL GHOUL’S GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAY, THE HISTORY, THE HAUNTINGS, THE EVENTS, AND THE MUSIC

SEE ALSO: "THE GREATEST HITS FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN IPOD"
AND "HAUNTED TWIN CITIES""


Who doesn’t like Halloween? Well, no one except maybe Evangelical cartoonist Jack Chick, who has railed against the holiday from the pages of more than one ineptly drawn tract.

In “Boo,” for instance, a pumpkin-headed, chainsaw-wielding murderer attacks a campground on Halloween night. Of course, in Jack Chick’s world, people don’t merely dress in costume on Oct. 31—they also sacrifice cats to Satan.

Then there is “Devil’s Night,” a tract designed to be handed out to trick-or-treaters. In it, two moon-faced girls explain to each other that Halloween originated as a pagan holiday in which parents sacrificed their children to Satan. In Chick’s world, such sacrifices continue to this day. But whereas Chick might heap scorn upon the holiday, others, such as the Cedar’s Hill, Texas church (documented in the 2001 film “Hell House”) have used the holiday as a pedagogic opportunity.

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HALLOWEEN: A USER'S GUIDE
Friday 27 October @ 11:55:36 (Read: 3321)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazTHE GREATEST HITS FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN IPOD

SEE ALSO: "THE ESSENTIAL GHOUL’S GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAY, THE HISTORY, THE HAUNTINGS, THE EVENTS, AND THE MUSIC"
AND "HAUNTED TWIN CITIES""


by DR. QUENTIN MARK MYSTERIAN

Who has the patience for love songs this time of year? The leaves are browning, frost already covers the ground and Halloween is near: Is anyone really in the mood for a cheerful pop song about falling in love? There must be something appropriate to the season, something that suggests mouldering, something with the scent of rot and the sound of terror.

Fortunately, pop music has produced an enormous body of work dealing with supernatural themes. Even before Bauhaus sang about Bela Lugosi’s demise—leading a generation of very depressed-looking goths to drape themselves in black and malinger in the corners of clubs—there were thousands of performers engaging the otherworldly, sometimes to the exclusion of everything else.

Screaming Lord Sutch, for example, sang trashy rock ‘n’ roll songs in a thick working class English accent, detailing such subjects as Jack the Ripper and vampires and their kin. Bobby Pickett made an entire career impersonating Boris Karloff—his recording, “The Monster Mash,” was just the first of literally hundreds of horror-movie-themed songs, all seeming to deal with crowds of movie beasties doing one fad dance or another.

Here are 10 of our favorites.

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HALLOWEEN: A USER'S GUIDE
Friday 27 October @ 11:54:31 (Read: 4407)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazHaunted Twin Cities

SEE ALSO: "THE ESSENTIAL GHOUL’S GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAY, THE HISTORY, THE HAUNTINGS, THE EVENTS, AND THE MUSIC"
AND "THE GREATEST HITS FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN IPOD""


Any place, if it’s around long enough, will get a reputation for being haunted. We’re sure that the new Guthrie and the new Central Library will attract their share of ghost stories if they last more than a few decades. People die in unlikely places, buildings spontaneously develop odd cold spots and the human mind seems predisposed to conflate the two into a supernatural event. Given a few hours of expert analysis, hauntings inevitably turn out to be sun spots on a camera, drafts from windows and doors that hang badly on their hinges.

But so what? Ghost stories give us the opportunity to indulge in one of our more pleasurable impulses—the desire to create an imaginative folk history of a place. Certain locations seem to be particularly popular inspirations for the supernatural imagination, and, taken with a dash of salt, these stories of wandering gangsters and hanged women in bathroom stalls make for a very entertaining evening of storytelling.

So here it is, our list of reportedly haunted locations in and around the Twin Cities.

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George W Bush, Antichrist
Tuesday 24 October @ 16:08:18 (Read: 6722)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSee also, "George Bush stole my Jesus."

by ED FELIEN

“Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. “This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.” -- Revelation 13: 11-18

For students of numerology who can read Hebrew, the value of the letters in the name “George Bush” add up to 666.

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George Bush stole my Jesus
Tuesday 24 October @ 16:09:11 (Read: 3660)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSee also, "George W Bush, Antichrist."

by ED FELIEN

All of us are influenced by the teachings of Jesus. Whether we’re fundamentalist Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindii, Buddhists or atheists. Because we’re living in America, we can’t escape the history and cultural references and values of the early Christian faith.

The Pilgrims, when they landed at Plymouth Rock, organized the first European-American society based on the organization and cultural values expressed in Acts of Apostles. The Mayflower Compact said clearly that all property should be held in common and people should give to the community what they could, and take from it what they needed.

In this they believed they were acting like the apostles in the early church, Acts 2: 44-45: “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” And, again, Acts 4: 32-35: “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.” Acknowledging this beginning, the state of Massachusetts still calls itself a Commonwealth.

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WHO OWNS YOUR WATER?
Wednesday 04 October @ 15:56:32 (Read: 5649)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby SID PRANKE

I mentioned to my boss recently that if I had a lot of money, or just around $50,000, I wouldn’t use it to make a sizable down payment on a loft condo or even try to pay off my student loans. I would move to the country and buy some property that had its own natural spring, so that I would never run out of water. I would give water to my neighbors for free if they joined my club (name undetermined) and brought their own jugs.

I got this idea after noticing how much bottled water I was going through—and imagining all the profits that the companies who sold it were making. I guess, also, I’m a hobbyist on matters of survival. You can grow your own food, even make your own dirt (composting), but you can’t grow your own water. And unless you have a well or spring on property you own (and you’re fairly certain the eminent-domain squad won’t try to take over some day), then you’re at the mercy of municipal water systems or bottled water companies. I only drink municipal water when I’m really thirsty, and when bottled water is not available. In the Twin Cities, you also can gather your own natural spring water at Coldwater Spring during limited hours (see article this issue by Susu Jeffrey), though that beautiful gift of nature to us is threatened.

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Don’t Sell Coldwater: Keep it a protected federal green space
Wednesday 04 October @ 15:55:47 (Read: 2990)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby SUSU JEFFREY

Water preservation groups, Native Americans and others are urging the public to help protect the historic Coldwater Spring from being sold. If Coldwater leaves federal hands, the land could be resold and developed.

But if the public demands it, the 27-acre property in the Minnehaha Park area could be held in federal ownership as an open green public land. Comments about the future of the Coldwater Spring area are due Tuesday, Oct. 24.

The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a 1,000-page draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) discussing various options for the “disposition of the former Bureau of Mines.” One option, called “No Action” would keep the land in federal ownership and remove the 11 abandoned buildings, the roads and ore bins from the mining research period, which was 1949 to 1996.

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An overview of “For Justice and Peace: Stop the Merchants of Death!
Thursday 28 September @ 13:32:52 (Read: 4132)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby SID PRANKE

If you oppose the Iraq War, you may have attended a protest, or voted for candidates who work for peace. Maybe you’ve even stepped it up and crossed the line in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience for an antiwar cause. What more can be done? That’s the same question peace activists around the country have been asking. One of the answers, after 10 months of planning, crystallizes beginning this week on Sept. 29–Oct. 2 in the Twin Cities.

“For Justice and Peace: Stop the Merchants of Death!” will create the beginnings of a national/international network of groups resisting the production and use of nuclear weapons, conventional weapons and depleted uranium munitions.

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IRAQ FOR SALE
Thursday 28 September @ 13:36:44 (Read: 3724)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazA documentary look at greed and profiteering

by MAX SPARBER

Franklin Delano Roosevelt seemed to think so, famously making this demand of America during World War II: “I don’t want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of the world disaster.” Before Harry Truman was president, he declared certain forms of war profiteering to be treason, and traveled 30,000 miles in his Dodge to investigate companies that were making money off the war. Truman ferreted out wartime fraud and mismanagement, including billions of dollars of wasted taxpayer money and, even more troubling, substandard work that could potentially put soldiers’ lives at risk. At Truman’s urging, Roosevelt raised the excess-profits tax to 90 percent and increased the corporate income tax, vastly reducing the profit-making incentive of war contractors. Truman’s work battling war profiteers made him a national hero and, eventually, president.

And it’s not as though Roosevelt and Truman spontaneously decided that profiteering was immoral. Businesses that made money during World War I publicly turned their profits over to charities, rather than be thought of as making fortunes off human misery. This was dramatized in John Steinbeck’s “East Of Eden,” in which prodigal son Cal attempts to win back the lost fortune of his devout father, who has been driven nearly broke by a failed scheme to transport frozen lettuce. Cal’s money-making venture involves buying beans at below-market prices from California growers and selling them to England, where, as the result of World War I rationing, beans are in short supply. Elia Kazan’s film version of the Steinbeck novel makes great drama out of the scene in which Cal, played by James Dean, attempts to give his father his profits, only to be rebuffed as a war profiteer. “You’ll have to give it back,” his father cries out. “I can’t profit from the misfortunes of others.”

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Crossing the great divide
Monday 25 September @ 14:19:42 (Read: 2871)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazA BIKE TREK INTO BUSH COUNTRY

by ANNE WINKLER-MOREY
photos by ANNE AND DAVID WINKLER-MOREY

I am a city kid.

As a matter of fact, far back as I know about, my ancestors have been urban people. Perhaps because of laws prohibiting Jews from owning land in Eastern Europe where my wandering ancestors harken from, the stories passed down are not filled with pigs and chickens. As for me, though I have lived in diverse urban neighborhoods—some wealthy, some impoverished, some insulated University towns and some huge international cities—I have always been close to the inner-city action.

This summer I spent five weeks bicycling from Minneapolis to Estes Park, Colorado, with my partner, daughter and niece. For 33 days we moved from one rural community to another, seeking shelter, food, shade and water—and a place to rest during the heat of the day. By the end of the first day when we bedded down in Chaska, Minnesota, we had entered red—as in “red state” or Bush territory—and never left it.

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Retaining the Truth:
Thursday 07 September @ 16:06:13 (Read: 2799)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazZimmerperson & the Retaining Wall Accusation

by LYNN MAYO

When one finds oneself in the newspaper as an anonymous bit player in part of the drama of the Zimmermann trial and verdict, it occurs to one that a certain existential choice opens up: namely, to speak or remain silent and anonymous.

I am the “domestic partner” (aka “the girlfriend”) in the Zimmermann case, referred to in the fourth indictment wherein Dean was found NOT guilty of trying to use his position as City Council person to get the nonprofit developer Powderhorn Resident Group (PRG) to build me a retaining wall.

I do not care for my role in the news as that nondescript, non admirable character in the story about the retaining wall. I dislike stories that lack depth. I hate being a prop of “reality” theater in which I did not agree to participate. Also, my apologies to the authors of the Strib stories, but their writing lacked integrity in that it improperly reinforced the storyline that the FBI was promoting: namely, that Dean was using his position of power to get something special on my behalf. The authors (whom I will leave anonymous, since they did that favor for me) had a deadline to meet, so I forgive them. Journalists are working stiffs like the majority of us, trying to survive in a world full of traps.

I would like to open a door to understanding in the matter of The Retaining Wall Accusation.

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Did the FBI target Dean?
Thursday 07 September @ 16:06:24 (Read: 4626)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazYou bet they did! They stalked Zimmermann for years and then they nailed him!

by ED FELIEN

In a post to the Minneapolis Issues List, local developer and right-wing pundit Jim Graham explained why he and his conservative friends had a party to celebrate Dean Zimmermann’s conviction for bribery:

“I, and other neighborhood people, had requested County and Federal investigation into this situation for three years. The FBI did not just suddenly go after Dean. They were pleaded with for years to stop the obvious influence pedaling.” [sic] Michael Tabman, head of the Minneapolis FBI office, seemed to acknowledge Graham’s help in a statement after the verdict: “Many of our investigations start with a tip from someone.”

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The Governor’s race: A shot at an upset? Becky Lourey might pull it off
Thursday 31 August @ 01:03:01 (Read: 4874)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSEE ALSO: "ELLISON: THE BEST HOPE" AND "CONTRIBUTIONS TO EMBER WE'LL REMEMBER"

by SID PRANKE

After the third ballot among delegates at the DFL state convention in Rochester a few months ago, Becky Lourey, running mate Tim Baylor and their spouses went for a serious stroll along the Zumbro River just outside the Rochester Civic Center.

Campaign staffers peered out the windows of their temporary headquarters, trying to figure out how the conversation was going.

Lourey trailed both Mike Hatch (43.3 percent) and Steve Kelley (29.6 percent) to her 26.9 percent after the third ballot. Would the Lourey/Baylor ticket simply disintegrate? Lourey had already more than hinted at a primary run if she didn’t get the endorsement, as had Mike Hatch. Lourey returned to the Civic Center and said, “I am going to see you seriously in September.” Hatch would go on to win the endorsement after many contentious ballots against Kelley.

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Ellison: the best vote
Thursday 31 August @ 01:04:10 (Read: 4927)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSEE ALSO "CONTRIBUTIONS TO EMBER WE'LL REMEMBER" and "THE GOVERNOR'S RACE: A SHOT AT AN UPSET? BECKY LOUREY MIGHT PULL IT OFF

by PHIL WILLKIE

Minnesotans have the opportunity to send a real progressive visionary to Congress from the Fifth District. Keith Ellison, a two-term state representative from north Minneapolis, would also be the first person of color to represent Minnesota in Congress.


The vacancy in the Fifth District was due to Martin Sabo’s sudden retirement this past March. Peace activist Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer challenged Sabo. While Sabo had voted against the war, he voted to continue funding the war. Sabo, a 28-year House veteran, did not want to face a challenge for reelection.

At the DFL district convention, Nelson-Pallmeyer ran a strong third and eventually threw his support behind Ellison. Now there is a real possibility that Minneapolis and suburbs could end up with a congressperson to the right of Martin Sabo.

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Contributions to Ember that we'll remember
Thursday 31 August @ 01:03:35 (Read: 2854)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSEE ALSO " ELLISON: THE BEST HOPE" and "THE GOVERNOR'S RACE: A SHOT AT AN UPSET? BECKY LOUREY MIGHT PULL IT OFF

Contributions to Ember Reichgott Junge from individuals affiliated with health care plans, insurance providers or law firms that represent plans and providers. These names are taken from the list of all individual contributors to Reichgott Junge listed at fecinfo.com.

HMOs
Brainerd, Mary K.
6/29/2006 $500.00
Mahtomedi, MN 55115
HealthPartners/President & CEO [Contribution]
Transaction itemized by: EMBER FOR CONGRESS

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A Gringo Reports from Chile
Friday 25 August @ 11:30:30 (Read: 6148)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazMorgan Winter’s Gonzo Tales from the Southern Hemisphere

I arrived at Santiago airport early on a Tuesday morning, fatigued from spending the night at 30,000 feet and groggy from theValium and screwdrivers intended to make the 10-hour flight bearable.

I jumped in an airport taxi and headed for Providencia, one of Santiago’s many zonas. A friend’s girlfriend has an apartment there, and ostensibly I would be allowed to crash on her couch.

I was dozing off, staring out the window at the brown, garbage-clogged river running alongside the highway, when I received my first official welcome to Chile. An ordinary looking man in a colorless pair of coveralls, perhaps a mechanic on his coffee break, was squatting over the tributary, facing the highway and obliging nature’s call. All the scene was missing was a sign saying Bienvenido a Chile.

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1:01 We are Babylon
Sunday 13 August @ 23:05:04 (Read: 3774)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Steve Butcher

Renewed death and destruction in the Middle East can mean only one thing—Jesus is about to make a footstool of his enemies. We have heard repeatedly from the usual suspects—Falwell, Robertson, Colson—that the last days are upon us.

Once we renounce our sins we can look forward to a heavenly embrace in the loving arms of our savior. Most exciting is the prospect that Americans will occupy the preferred position on the journey. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” asked Rev. Samuel Langdon in 1775, shortly after the first shots of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington. And how can we not help but be comforted by the news that the 21st century United States military, guided by evangelical and fundamentalist Christians, stands ready to obliterate anyone brash enough to impede us?

But is this what Jesus had in mind when he talked about serving others, and giving himself as a ransom for many? Have we succeeded in turning John Winthrop’s vision of a “city on a hill” into an empire overheated by paranoia and suspicion, bristling with weaponry, and feared and loathed around the world?

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1:02 Jesus in his time and ours
Sunday 13 August @ 23:04:43 (Read: 3324)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no purse or bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now, let him who has a purse take it, and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one. For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, ‘And he was reckoned with transgressors;’ for what is written about he has its fulfillment.” And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.” ~ Luke. XXII: 35-38

What are we to make of this version of Jesus Christ? How can we reconcile it with our common stereotype of a prophet of peace and love?

Let’s go back and look at the times and the events surrounding the life and death of Jesus, but before that let’s look at the context in which the first gospel was written.

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1:03 Radical pacifists face prison and fines for action at missile silos
Sunday 13 August @ 23:03:56 (Read: 2990)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby John LaForge

Minot, N.D.—On June 20, three disarmament activists walked through the flimsy chain link fence surrounding one of the 150 Minuteman-3 missiles that surround this Air Force town, and they proceeded to “name it” by pouring bottles of their own blood on the giant concrete lid that covers the underground launch pad.

The missile silo—500 of which are today kept armed and on “alert” status in identical launch sites throughout the Great Plains states—holds an infamous Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that is said by the Pentagon to be able to fly around the world and strike targets within 100 feet of bulls-eye. The 375-kiloton hydrogen bomb on board is 30 times the power of the U.S. bomb that turned 140,000 people at Hiroshima, Japan into powder and ash on August 6, 1945.

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The tragedies of war, the hope for peace
Thursday 20 July @ 13:16:34 (Read: 2851)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

How many pictures of small children lying dead in the streets, killed by an Israeli or Hamas or Hezbollah bomb, must we see before it is enough?

Violence begets vengeance which begets more violence. The madness spirals out of control.

Did the current round begin when Hamas kidnapped an Israeli soldier, or did it begin when Israel occupied Palestinian land, or did it begin before that? Or does it matter? The only thing that matters now is that it must end.

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Majdi Wadi and the hope of immigrants
Thursday 20 July @ 13:16:38 (Read: 2859)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

We are all of us the children of immigrants. Most of us still have some connection, a generation or two or three back, to a foreign country. Somewhere in our past, our family left their homeland because they had lost hope for a better life. They believed America offered them a new chance to make something beautiful of their lives.

So, it’s easy to recognize ourselves in the history of Majdi Wadi. His family’s story is the story of all of us.

Majdi is a Palestinian. His father and grandparents lived on a large farm before 1948. They were forced to leave their land when the Israelis massacred the village of Deer Yasseen. He says, “Nobody survived. Kids, women, older people. All were killed. Our home was in Al Mazera. At first my grandparents refused to leave. We hoped the Arab states would help. But after Deer Yasseen, it was clear we had to leave to stay alive.”

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Soil vs. Oil
Wednesday 12 July @ 17:12:32 (Read: 6063)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazWatching the sun come up over an organic broccoli field on a recent Monday, I witnessed a pink and orange burst of light hovering above the horizon, obscured only slightly by a dress of mist. I put my hands into the clay loam soil. It felt rich and fertile, yielding row after tended row of plump, perfect broccoli stalks. A tepid wind blew in the chamomile fragrance of recently-cut pineapple weed. I was in Eureka Township, 40 minutes south of the Twin Cities, on a 100-acre farm known as Gardens of Eagan. The farm belongs to Martin and Atina Diffley and their land has been certified organic since 1974. The Diffley family started farming in the Twin Cities area in 1857, but Martin’s aunts were forced to sell their original Eagan homestead in 1989 due to suburban sprawl and the resulting insurmountable tax assessments.


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A New Declaration of Independence
Thursday 06 July @ 12:19:33 (Read: 2975)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY ED FELIEN

When Bush stole the Presidency a second time in 2004, there was talk that the Blue states, those that voted for Kerry over Bush, should secede from the country. For the most part, it was meant as a joke. But what if we were to take it seriously? What would be the first step?


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The Great Train Robbery
Wednesday 28 June @ 15:27:52 (Read: 7371)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazchico_the_freako writes: "by Ed Felien

The Metropolitan Council is expected to approve light rail transit for the Midway corridor at its meeting today, Wed., June 28.

The Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority (RCRRA) along with The Central Corridor Coordinating Committee (CCCC) sponsored four public hearings in the Twin Cities at the end of May to evaluate options. It was a choice between Bus Rapid Transit and Light Rail.
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Northwest Airlines and the Need for a New Queer Labor Politics
Thursday 22 June @ 16:13:08 (Read: 3390)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ryan Murphy

Weather forecasters tell us that Minnesota will bring us yet another hot and humid weekend for Pride 2006—and the festival on June 24–25 at Loring Park. Deep-fried candy bars and pronto pups coupled with the unrelenting sun could convince many a Pridegoer to seek shelter under one of the massive tents of Pride’s many corporate sponsors. The plush white couches of the Target booth, or the cool breeze, shade and free balloons at the Wells Fargo tent offer a welcome reprieve from the heat. Pride 2006 will continue the intensifying trend of the last decade, where every minute of the Pride experience, from the seeking of shade to the floats in the parade (set for Sun., June 25, starting at 11 a.m. down Hennepin Avenue) to the cups in the beer garden to the plastic bags for collecting free goodies, are branded by Fortune 500 corporations.


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From Moscow with Gay Love
Thursday 22 June @ 15:55:27 (Read: 4325)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBY PHIL WILLKIE

I was the only American gay journalist to witness the first-ever Russian Gay Pride Festival, held May 25 through May 27, in Moscow. The mayor of Moscow had pronounced the festival a “degenerate” event.


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Musings on right-wing politicians
Thursday 22 June @ 15:38:07 (Read: 2096)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby John Townsend

When I first began writing for the 'gay/lesbian' press
16 years ago, I wasn't snared by marriage and
military rights issues. It was wiser, I thought, to
focus on privacy rights in an age of technological
advancements, gay immigration, employment protection,
censorship of queerness in arts and education, and
investigating the murky origins of AIDS.

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South Minneapolis Fights Johns
Thursday 15 June @ 15:57:36 (Read: 5664)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Steve Butcher

On other occasions, according to Blanch, streetwalkers have attempted to enter cars that have stopped at local intersections, and female residents in the Corcoran area have been propositioned outside their homes. Winter depressed the traffic somewhat, but spring has produced a boom in prostitution-related activity. “It’s even worse now than it was before,” Blanch said.

Third Precinct police officials and area residents believe that a combination of Lake Street construction and redevelopment have pushed the street-walkers south, into the temporarily converted thoroughfare along 31st Street. But other long term trends have contributed to the problem. “Our staff is finding that there are more women using meth now than a couple of years ago,” says John Till, of Family and Children’s Service. “Prostitution is driven by drug use. We see a lot of isolated and victimized women, but this is the most visible sector that we are aware of.”

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Green Party endorses 3; one more possible
Friday 09 June @ 17:26:20 (Read: 3161)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz[See also "Are the Greens Withering?" by Ed Felien - web.ed]

by Betsy Barnum
Green Party member

Three candidates for statewide office—Ken Pentel for governor, John Kolstad for attorney general and Michael Cavlan for U.S. senator—received the endorsement of the Green Party of Minnesota at the party’s endorsing convention June 3 in Duluth. The 87 delegates came from Winona, Bemidji, Moorhead, Brainerd, Duluth, Ely, St. Cloud and the Twin Cities to meet at Duluth Central High School, high on the hill overlooking Lake Superior. They did not endorse candidates for secretary of state or state auditor, but agreed to hold a special meeting in the next four weeks to consider endorsing Dave Berger for state auditor. Virgil Sohn of Duluth was nominated for state auditor but did not reach the voting threshold to be endorsed.

Berger, who had received 3.6 percent of the popular vote as the Green Party candidate for state auditor in 2002, had announced his intention to seek Green endorsement for this race again this year, but withdrew his name from nomination just before the convention. The next day, however, he reconsidered and indicated to his supporters that he would be willing to have his name on the ballot to give people a Green choice, though he is unable to run a full-out campaign.

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Are the Greens Withering?
Friday 09 June @ 17:26:30 (Read: 4896)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazIs the Green Party still relevant?

[See also "Green Party endorses 3; one more possible" by Betsy Barnum - web.ed]

by Ed Felien

Compared to four years ago, the Green Party looks like a party in decline rather than an emerging political force.

Four years ago it was a major political party because Ralph Nader had garnered more than 5 percent of the popular vote in Minnesota in his bid for President as a Green Party candidate. The Green Party State Convention in St. Cloud attracted hundreds. There were over 80 candidates for local office as well as a complete slate of candidates for state constitutional offices. This year it is not a major party since no candidate running statewide received more than 5 percent of the vote in the last four years. That means there will be no public money to support candidates. It means Greens will not be included automatically in debates and forums. The State Convention attracted only 87 delegates. There are about 15 local Greens running for office, and they could field only three candidates for the five major statewide offices this year.

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Hidden Treasures
Wednesday 31 May @ 23:21:14 (Read: 10375)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBeing a Campendium of the Greatest Secrets and Finest Treasures Hidden from Public View in the Twin Cities and Its Greater Environs.

by Pulse staff, writers, & friends

Why do pirates get all the fun? You see them in movies, tattered leather maps in hand, counting out steps on far-flung islands, shovels at the ready to dig for lost dubloons. Anybody should be able to hunt up some buried treasure, and they shouldn’t have to charter a seagoing ship and set their sites on the far horizon to do it. Can’t we find hidden items of vast value in our own back yards?

We think we can, and to that end, here’s our list of buried prizes: specialty businesses, neighborhood eateries, private retreats and prized drinking holes. These places ought to enjoy more patrons, but somehow have missed the attention they deserve. So we’ve drawn up our own pirate map, scrawling dotted lines over an imagined map of the Twin Cities and beyond, pointing the intrepid explorer to our personal hidden treasures. Enjoy!

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UP IN SMOKE?
Thursday 25 May @ 17:26:55 (Read: 3219)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazIs there anything state and local governments could do to save the Ford Plant?

by Ed Felien

I built a tower up to the sun
Out of bricks mortar and lime
I built a tower, now it is done
Brother, can you spare a dime?


Ford will close its assembly plant in St. Paul sometime after 2007, and, when it does, all the labor that went into building the plant, all the machinery that was built to assemble cars and trucks and (most importantly) all the skills that Minnesota workers learned to assemble a car will go up in smoke.

It seems a shame.

The Ford Assembly Plant in Highland Village produces one of the best trucks in the world. In 2005, the Ford Ranger pickup had 111 problems per 100 vehicles, making it second best in customer ranking and well below the 132 problems that were average for trucks in its class. There’s nothing wrong with the product and the way that it’s made. The problem is with management and the federal government.

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Making It on Mean Streets
Friday 28 April @ 14:25:14 (Read: 4523)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Dwight Hobbes

Between late afternoon and evening, I’m downtown Minneapolis, across the street from Block E, near where the fella from Minnetonka, Alan Reitter, was shot and killed on March 31. Over there are folk hanging out in front of and next to the entrance. A Strib columnist wrote “unruly youth,” which puts it nicely. What comes to my mind is that flick “Menace II Society.” In the flesh. How’d the off-camera narration go, describing the character O-Dog? America’s nightmare. Young, black and doesn’t give a fuck.

Why are they here? What’re they looking for? Where do they want to be in five years? What are their hopes? After all, nobody starts out at the wide-eyed age of 5 or so and says, “I want to grow up and fulfill white folk’s stereotypes so completely that even my own people are scared to pass me on the sidewalk.” I cross Hennepin Avenue and, long story short, it doesn’t work out. Nobody wants to talk. One of them accuses me of being a chicken hawk and offers to inflict bodily harm. Leaving, I count myself lucky not to have had my ass kicked.

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The U.S. Military is in DU Denial
Thursday 13 April @ 13:32:46 (Read: 20454)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Susu Jeffrey

“My name is John Marshall. I was exposed to DU (depleted uranium). I am 100 percent disabled and I am pissed-off. In fact, I was advised by a couple of my counselors not to do this [interview] because I’m so angry with the government—at the VA system, at the way I’m treated and other veterans are treated. It’s very impersonal. They don’t give you any time. They ask us to go fight their wars, do the dirty work and then they can’t take care of you.”

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Did Marty open a can of worms?
Thursday 06 April @ 14:13:27 (Read: 4457)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

Long-time political activist and progressive Lauren Maker asked Jon Gorder why he was running for Marty Sabo’s seat in Congress. Gorder is said to have answered, “When this seat was open last time I was 6 years old. The next time it’ll be open, I’ll be 70. I thought I ought to take a shot at it.” He’s not the only one.

Since Sabo announced, nearly a dozen candidates have stepped forward. One political wag said it looked like a circular firing squad. A couple of candidates have been shot down already. Mark Andrew and Rebecca Yannisch decided they wanted to spend more time with their families.

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What WE DEMAND from Our Next Congressperson
Thursday 06 April @ 13:38:51 (Read: 3998)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby David Tilsen

With the retirement of long-time 5th District Congressmember Martin Sabo, the scramble to replace him has begun. The district, which encompasses all of Minneapolis, and parts of Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and some other suburbs, is considered a “safe” district. A safe district is one in which the incumbent always wins. In other words, whomever we elect this fall, we will be stuck with for a long time.

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Super delegates
Thursday 06 April @ 13:25:49 (Read: 3273)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Nancy Sartor

The race for Martin Sabo’s 5th Congressional District seat has more candidates (and perhaps more drama) than “America’s Next Top Model.” At present, nearly a dozen Democrats, two Republicans and one Green Party member are vying for the coveted seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that Sabo held for 28 years. From city council members to a county commissioner, from the park board to the private sector, the list of candidates is long and likely to grow.

May 6 is the Democratic Party’s endorsing convention. With that many DFL candidates in the race, it’s possible that no one will garner enough votes to secure the party’s endorsement. What’s interesting, though, is that Sabo will be a “super delegate” at the endorsing convention.

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What WE DEMAND from Our Next Congressperson
Thursday 06 April @ 13:17:33 (Read: 3523)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Polly Mann

At a recent DFL precinct caucus Prof. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer said that this country is in a serious crisis. Casual questioning reveals that the majority of us agree and feel pretty helpless about the situation. Granted there are occasional heroes, like Cindy Sheehan and Colleen Rowley, but as citizens they can’t really change anything. The person who can is the U.S. congressperson. So the situation of replacing the DFL congressman from Minneapolis is most important. The serious crisis is an administration run by a cabal of meglamaniacs defying the Constitution as it engages in establishing the United States as ruler of the universe-–a present day Roman empire run by so-called Christians espousing a vengeful warrior God sadly lacking in mercy and forgiveness.

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On the Upcoming Election of a 5th District Congressperson
Thursday 06 April @ 13:02:55 (Read: 3443)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Polly Mann

During the Vietnam War, I, along with about 20 other people from various parts of the United States, was invited by a Quaker group to lobby Congress in an effort to stop the war. I was assigned to visit with the senators and representatives from the upper Midwest: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and I believe North and South Dakota—around 45 people. This I did for two years, in stints of two-week periods. Members of our group were able to meet with the members of Congress themselves, as opposed to aides, because their constituents, at the request of the Quakers, had written them requesting that they meet with us. Nothing stood out from the first two-week visit, but the second year I went I remember one thing in particular. I had decided to include one question during my visit with each person: “If you could be assured that you would be re-elected in spite of any position you took on the war, would you vote to cut off all funding and thus end the war?” The answer I received was “yes” from all but about four of the congressmen. (They were all men then.) This really shook me. U.S. and Vietnamese military and, thousands and thousands of Vietnamese civilians—men women and children—were dying because members of Congress were unwilling to cut off funds if it jeopardized their re-election. I think this same kind of thinking exists today. Political considerations can outweigh considerations of life and death. I decided after hearing this that I was needed more in Minnesota to help build a strong antiwar movement than I was needed in Washington. When Congress was convinced that the great majority of the people wanted the war to stop, they would vote to stop it and they did.

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Dreaming of a Fool’s Paradise
Wednesday 29 March @ 17:25:11 (Read: 3742)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!

It is common for newspapers to play pranks on their readers around April 1, printing fake news and making gullible readers out to be fools, but we’re going to reverse that policy. We’re going to play the fool this week and present to you our vision of a fool’s paradise.

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Utopia Now
Wednesday 29 March @ 17:25:03 (Read: 3667)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Max Sparber

There’s no time for utopia like the present. It’s been tried before, sure, but it is always worth taking one more shot at creating a better world.

In 1516, Sir Thomas More coined the word Utopia —which literally means “no place”—as the title for a satiric novel. Set on an imaginary island, “Utopia” tells of a population that has dispensed with private property and enjoys total religious freedom. More may have been inspired by the descriptions of early Christians’ communal living in the Acts of the Apostles.

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Where ART Thou?
Wednesday 29 March @ 17:24:58 (Read: 6009)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Nancy Sartor

Talking about artists, Erica Jong once said, “Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads.” Though she was probably referring to “the dark place” in a personal, figurative sense, one could argue that many artists literally take their talents to dark places when they establish studios and living spaces in the seedy underbellies of society.

Artists—by virtue of imagination and talent or skill—create work that adds value to society. But these aesthetic entrepreneurs have also, for decades, contributed significantly to the socio-economic vitality of our communities: They move into low-rent areas to live and/or work, establish themselves and build community, and over time, transform the once unsavory sectors into hip and thriving neighborhoods. It’s a boon for communities, but often a bust for artists, since increased property values inevitably attract developers who raise rents and displace those most responsible for the revitalization.

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Six Point Five Billion Words for Love
Wednesday 29 March @ 17:24:52 (Read: 2856)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazMaybe religion would consist of people getting together to ask questions about the nature of the universe or to invent endless words for love.

by Elaine Klaassen

“When the world has more love than fear, things will right themselves.” That’s what Judith Lies, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh and director of the non-sectarian Buddhist Heartwood Mindfulness Center, said to me in an interview once.

Obviously, we’re a long ways from there. Fear is rampant in the world today and fear makes the world dangerous. In a perfect world there would be no fear. And if no one was afraid, fear would be unfounded because no one would be dangerous or even perceived as dangerous. If everyone’s survival was secured from birth, there would be no fear. There would be no oppression, no exploitation, no greed—all fear-based enterprises. If there did not exist disease and other forms of natural disasters, fear of those events would be eliminated. In a perfect world there would be no religious intolerance, religious prejudice, religious persecution, strife or conflict. Perhaps in a perfect world there would be no religion at all.

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Boyfriend Utopia
Wednesday 29 March @ 17:24:46 (Read: 3499)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Rebecca Thurn

I’ve known a few fools in my day. Some of them happened to be my boyfriends. And I loved most of them with fascinated admiration, another way of saying my world got rocked. One of the best dates I ever had was with beautiful Jon, up a tree in Loring Park. We had brought a jug of wine and a bag of fruit with us, and Jon had picked out just the right tree using the credo “Some trees just want to be climbed.” Most passersby never looked up—they had no clue we were there and we mostly paid no attention to them either.

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Monsanto’s bad seeds
Monday 27 March @ 12:44:56 (Read: 3612)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Craig Minowa

Monsanto and its affiliates are probably the last place a consumer would want to source their seeds from right now. The corporate behemoth has made it clear that its intent is to control as much of the world’s seeds as possible. The corporation, already one of the leading patent owners of the world’s diverse seeds, recently acquired Seminis, the largest seed vendor on the planet. Monsanto is also the leading producer of genetically modified seeds. Its most popular genetically modified seeds on the market create a plant that is resistant to the company’s own Roundup (glyphosate) pesticide. This allows farmers/gardeners to spray their plants with a nearly endless stream of the pesticide, killing off everything living near the plants while building up high levels of pesticide residues on the food portion of the plant.

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James Plant and his will to live
Monday 27 March @ 12:45:09 (Read: 2419)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Steve McPherson

I can tell just by looking at you that you’re mistaken: you think killing plants is easy. You think it’s just about neglect. Oh my friend, you couldn’t be more wrong.

I learned from the best: my parents. Growing up, we had a small garden next to our back door, and I remember fondly every spring (well, for at least the first two springs) when we would go down to the little garden shop and buy a whole bunch of flowers to plant. By the Summer Solstice, the little garden would be completely overgrown with weeds. Our one success story was a rosebush that grew by the sidewalk to the garage. When my parents bought the house, everyone had commented on how temperamental and hard to take care of rosebushes were. Ours, however, thrived despite wanton neglect. Our secret? Runoff water from the sump pump in the basement dumped out onto it, apparently in just the right amount and at the right intervals.

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Gardening & Resources Info
Monday 27 March @ 12:45:17 (Read: 2455)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazOrganic Consumers Association, 6771 S. Silver Hill Drive, Finland, MN 55603. 218-226-4164.

NoNais.org—Sugar Mountain Farm, West Topsham, VT 05086

Ploughshare Farm’s Food for Folk Project—320-763-3191, ext. 5.

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The Secret Life of Apiarists
Monday 27 March @ 12:45:44 (Read: 2989)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazHumans around the world have been keeping bees for millennia

by Elaine Klaassen

Imagine an agrarian urban paradise where people live in multiple-unit, solar-powered dwellings surrounded by a few earth-friendly industries, strategically routed public transport vehicles, foot paths, biking trails, groves of fruit trees, and masses of pumpkin patches, grains and leafy greens. People keep chickens, a few goats, the occasional cow and, yes, honeybees. Each multiple-unit dwelling is inhabited by people who look out for each other, sharing their lives and their sewer and phone hook-ups. They are like a beehive: What affects one affects all.

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Find the Right Gardening Partner
Monday 27 March @ 12:45:51 (Read: 2696)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Sid Pranke

I've done the community garden thing over the past six years in several different gardens in St. Paul, ever since I sold my house and returned to apartment living. It strikes me as unusual that the people I've met there and the experiences I've had have made such strong impressions on me. I'm not sure why I'm so surprised at how much I've enjoyed hanging out with other gardeners: maybe because I'm from North Dakota and I'm missing that connection to the land and sky, and hanging around people with that similar affinity helps fill that void.

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The Revolution will be fertilized... organically
Monday 27 March @ 12:46:01 (Read: 5041)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazGo Rain Gardens, Go Green Roofs

by Nancy Sartor

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw. -- Henry David Thoreau

Think massive building development has no effect on your water supply?
Think again. Urban sprawl—whether it’s residential, commercial or industrial—diminishes the amount of green space in our communities, causing storm water runoff to pollute our water supply, harm fish and wildlife and make recreation areas unsafe.

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PEACE NOW!
Friday 17 March @ 01:10:29 (Read: 3240)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazMarch 18 anti-war actions to mark the 3rd anniversary of the U.S. war on Iraq

by Alan Dale

An anti-war protest will be held in Minneapolis on Sat., March 18, calling for an immediate end to the three-year U.S. military intervention in Iraq and a demand for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq.

The event begins at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues at 1 p.m., followed by a march to the Basilica of St. Mary for an indoor program at 2:15 p.m.

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Chante Wolf, Peacemaker
Friday 17 March @ 00:29:00 (Read: 3765)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Phil Willkie

Chante Wolf is a serious and passionate peace-maker. Wolfe was a soldier “in the belly of the beast.” She was a veteran of the first Gulf War. Today, she is active in Veterans for Peace, battling daily to end the current Gulf War.

In 1980, she was 22 from a family that never attended college and did not have money. “I dreamed growing up of being a photographer for National Geographic. My father suggested that I join the service. I thought he was crazy, but it planted a seed in my mind. I did not know how to go to college, and it was never expected of me.”

She looked over her options and settled on the Air Force. The recruiter assured her that she could be a photographer. “Here I was being offered security, a job, training in my chosen field, provided with health care and opportunities to see the world.” At her induction, she was told that training in photography was not available. “I chose air traffic control. By then, I did not want to disappoint my parents; I did not have the self esteem to demand that the Air Force place me in my chosen field,” she said.

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Tax the Filthy Rich
Thursday 09 March @ 15:35:26 (Read: 3846)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Sid Pranke

A time-honored and moving scene unfolded on the steps of the very clean, well-guarded State Capitol last Thursday, the second day of the convened 2006 Minnesota Legislature—a simple and powerful demonstration by the poor. These poor people had the nerve to talk about a subject that has not only lost favor over the past 15 years, but has been so vilified, so demonized by many law- and opinion-makers that academics or street activists who still see its value end up on somebody’s whacked “Most Dangerous” lists.

The subject was Welfare—for the people.

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The beat on the street in Venezuela
Friday 24 February @ 11:12:12 (Read: 4711)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz[see also "In Venezuela, the alternative media has been fighting political ignorance" by John Peterson & Maria Pena]

story and photos by Johnny Hazard

The most recent stop on my tour of pariah nations was Venezuela.

My first surprise upon arrival in Caracas on Dec. 29 was that it’s more chaotic than Mexico City: vulture taxi drivers besieged me at the moment I emerged—with zero inspection—from customs. They not only offer unauthorized rides, but money-changing at apparently more favorable rates. (How was this possible? Where’s the iron fist order that a modern tourist demands?) Later I learned that acceptance of this offer had an interesting result for a locally famous Australian tourist, Phillip. He arrived at Barrio Nuevo Día, a fascinating working-class neighborhood in the hills of west Caracas, because the informal taxi driver who robbed him upon arrival left him there. He made friends with the people of the area and stayed three years.

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In Venezuela, the alternative media has been fighting political ignorance
Friday 24 February @ 10:35:06 (Read: 4827)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz[see also Pulse cover story, "The beat on the street in Venezuela" by Johnny Hazard]

And fighting historical amnesia

(Editor’s Note: Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice told U.S. lawmakers that the Venezuelan government posed “one of the biggest problems” in the region and that its ties to Cuba were “particularly dangerous” to democracy in Latin American. The Bush Administration seems to believe that Venezuela is a troubled democracy—it should take a long hard look in the mirror. Over the past weekend, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez warned Condoleeza Rice “not to mess” with him and said her diplomatic efforts to turn Latin American nations against Venezuela would fail. Following is a report from groups with Minnesota ties that are working on Venezuelan issues.)

by John Peterson & Maria Pena

We are all familiar with the powerful role the mainstream media plays in shaping public opinion. It is now commonly accepted by most Americans that the intelligence presented by the Bush Administration in the run up to the Iraq War was “flawed” at best. The role of the mainstream media in building up the Pentagon’s case for a war that millions had doubts about has been well documented.

The same is true about coverage of other countries. Blanketing the airwaves with misinformation and negative coverage is one of the principal methods used by the Venezuelan opposition in their repeated efforts to bring down the democratically-elected government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. As part of the effort to counter this campaign of misinformation, the Venezuelan alternative media has been dedicated to the production of documentary videos in order to show the reality of the situation in Venezuela, as lived, seen and told by the millions of Venezuelan poor who support “comandante Chávez.”

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A Search for Divine Love:
Wednesday 15 February @ 16:28:54 (Read: 4582)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBad acid, rock 'n roll and a pilgrimage to India

by Lynn "Valentine Baby" Zecca

Valentine’s Day 2006 has come and gone, taking with it the visual assault of red and pink merchandise and marking me as another year older. Being born on this veritable Hallmark holiday (no disrespect intended to the martyred St. Valentine, who couldn’t help what it’s become), I’ve had my fill of heart-shaped jewelry and questionable, waxy chocolates. I take issue with the notion that on one certain day we’re supposed to turn on the romance and prove our love. Even though the whole thing gives me a giant ‘tude every year, I’m not cynical about love itself—far from it, in fact. Being an über-Aquarius, I am particularly interested in the pursuit of love in the universal sense of the word: divine love.

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Rybak's Great Giveaway:
Wednesday 08 February @ 16:31:24 (Read: 6718)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazThe Selling Out of Public Wi-Fi

by Aaron Neumann

If you think that the $353 million dollar public tax giveaway for the proposed Twins stadium is a sweet deal for billionaire Carl Pohlad—the richest owner in major league baseball—and a raw deal for the public, then you will cringe at what is poised to be an even more blatant act of corporate welfare: Minneapolis’ plan to outsource a citywide wireless (Wi-Fi) broadband network project that will provide internet access everywhere in the city. And, strikingly, our “progressive” Mayor R.T. Rybak is cheerleading us all the way to privatization of what could be a true public utility.

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Heck on Wheels: Minnesota RollerGirls
Wednesday 01 February @ 13:11:18 (Read: 11304)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Dwight Hobbes
photos by James Schwart


Minnesota RollerGirls represent. A member in good standing of skater-owned and operated Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA, with 30 leagues across the country), Minnesota RollerGirls return an old-time institution to area working-class folk. Accordingly, dyed-in-the-wool blue-collar entertainment is alive and well in the Twin Cities. With a vengeance. Minnesota’s league introduced itself only about two years ago and already shows signs of serious staying power.

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NWA Fat Cats Screw the Workers
Thursday 19 January @ 20:17:49 (Read: 10423)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Phil Willkie

Northwest Airlines mechanics and related workers have now been on strike five months. A handful of pilots maintain a presence at opposite ends of the departure tier at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. Another group pickets the work entrances. Nearby, a half-dozen Northwest planes sit idle outside a large hangar near 34th Avenue, even as NWA bankruptcy proceedings begin this week in New York.

From Day One of the strike, Northwest has maintained it has been business as usual. But there have been safety problems on several flights. A flight from San Francisco to Honolulu had to dump a lot of oil after one of its two engines conked out. On Jan. 2, there was a tailpipe fire at the Minneapolis airport. The fire department was called to put it out. On Jan. 5, another flight to Minneapolis had to be towed to a gate after a light showed gears were not working safely. Later that day, the same plane had to be diverted to Detroit. There have been several other safety incidents.

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Who Killed Laura Lynn DeMeules?
Wednesday 11 January @ 21:57:35 (Read: 4252)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Sid Pranke

Cliff Montanye Sr. runs an excavating business from his rural home outside of Northfield, Minn. The hard gravel road off Cty. Rd. 46 that leads to his home stretches for about a half mile, and is clearly marked with a “Dead End” sign. He plows the road himself after it snows, though technically it’s not his responsibility. But because the road also doubles as a township boundary line, he said it’s easier to do it himself rather than wait for local government bodies to argue over who’s going to plow the road. The road also lies about a mile off the I-35 North and Highway 19 junction; the Montanye farmhouse’s east property line is the west “fence” of the freeway, and because it’s a dead end, no vehicle can get back to the freeway, or any other road to anywhere, if it heads down “my driveway,” as Montanye calls it.

In early November, Montanye received about 140 phone messages on his machine over a two-day period. “I erased all of them,” he said. The calls primarily were from Twin Cities media, wanting to talk to him. “I don’t know where they got my number,” he said. Some media personnel pounded on his door as well; others approached his wife in her vehicle. He told her to “just roll up your window” so she wouldn’t have to talk to them. He eventually called back the area newspaper, the Northfield News, but they said “it was over and didn’t want to talk to him any more,” Montanye said.

What was over?

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Planning an exit strategy
Wednesday 04 January @ 20:12:17 (Read: 4326)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

Most analysts agree that Bush will start to bring the troops home this spring, just in time to influence the mid-term elections.

He began the Iraq war perfectly timed for the 2002 Congressional elections. He did it on such short notice and he whipped up such a patriotic fervor that it was difficult to question whether Saddam Hussein had links to Al Qaida or whether he had weapons of mass destruction. It was masterfully orchestrated with Bush touring the country over and over rallying the troops to avenge the innocents lost on 9/11 and smite “the evil ones.” The country was bamboozled and the Republicans ended up controlling both houses of Congress.

This time around Karl Rove probably has visions of Victory Parades in Smalltown, USA, with proud troops marching down Main Street to cries from an adoring crowd of “Well done, America!” Only sulking leftist spoilsports would dare interrupt that Norman Rockwell fantasy with tragic realities.

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Do it in the snow!
Wednesday 28 December @ 13:05:08 (Read: 10509)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazThere’s no such thing as bad weather: Why winter biking isn’t just possible, it’s fun

by Troy Pieper

Living in a northern climate makes riding a bicycle a challenge when that defining element of our geography suddenly rears its chill head. And still, Twin Citians can be seen puffing through January weather on bicycles.

Polypropylene socks, extra warm socks, warm shoes/boots, neoprene shoe covers, polypropylene long underwear, windproof underwear, shirt(s), sweater, windproof jacket, lobster gloves, balaclava (ski mask), goggles and helmet: what you’d need for a walk in exurban Novosibirsk, Siberia? Nope, this getup, or most of it, is the standard for Twin Cities bicycle commuters during this season.

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Is CACI off the hook?
Wednesday 21 December @ 20:17:22 (Read: 4916)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazPulse’s response to CACI

by DAVID RUBENSTEIN

A few weeks ago I wrote a commentary for Pulse about former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber. It points out that Weber often gets treated with kid gloves by local media, that he’s become a high-powered Washington lobbyist, that he personally lobbied Karl Rove on behalf of PhRMA, the drug company trade group, and that Weber’s firm lobbied for a private defense and intelligence company called CACI (pronounced khaki).

I noted that CACI was singled out by Major General Antonio Taguba, who conducted an official army investigation of prisoner abuse at the now infamous U.S. detention center at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. I also said that Taguba named two CACI employees as having major responsibility for what happened there.

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Are You a Feminist?
Wednesday 07 December @ 22:57:35 (Read: 6881)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazGive thanks to Kate Millett

by Sid Pranke

It happened last summer. I’m not sure what kicked in, but I became absorbed with one of those questions that stays lodged in the back of your mind until you find resolution, or until you get some answers. What ever happened to the Equal Rights Amendment? And why the hell don’t we have it yet? Come awnn-n.

It turns out that we need three more states to ratify the federal ERA, and in order for it to become law, it may have to survive a legal challenge. Thirty-five states have already ratified it, with Minnesota among them. Many states that have yet to ratify it have organized campaigns to make it happen in 2006.

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Facing darkness in the season of light
Wednesday 23 November @ 20:29:24 (Read: 7183)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Lydia Howell

All this season’s holidays focus on light. Each day shortens until December 21, Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. Echoing the Star of Bethlehem, lights decorate our houses and Christmas trees. Both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa share a ritual of lighting another candle every night for a week. Night itself is vanquished by our streetlights, so we see few actual stars.

Kwanzaa, the African “Festival of First Fruits,” was re-created in 1966 as an affirmation of African-American and community-strengthening values that all Americans should ponder: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, faith.

What common ground might we discover if we considered how to apply Kwanzaa values?

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Remembering Prescott Bush
Wednesday 16 November @ 16:54:11 (Read: 3260)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Earl Balfour

Back in the 1950s, I was a bellboy at a Republican Men’s Club called the Hartford Club, in Hartford, Conn. It was a watering hole for big-shot politicos and businessmen. Prescott Bush was a member but not a favorite of the waitstaff and bellboys. He was notoriously cheap.

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Covered in Oil
Wednesday 16 November @ 16:54:18 (Read: 6653)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

Don’t give me no shit about
Blood, sweat, tears and toil
It’s all about the price of oil

–Billy Bragg

Why did George Bush invade Iraq? What was worth the loss of 2,000 American and 100,000 Iraqi lives? We know now it wasn’t weapons of mass destruction or links to Al Qaida. Americans have been forced to recognize the reality that the rest of the world saw years ago: It was all about the price of oil.

Let’s look at some Bush family history:

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Air Force
Friday 11 November @ 00:36:29 (Read: 3843)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazInside the workings of community supported radio station KFAI

by Nancy Sartor

Someone once said, “You can’t be all things to all people,” but for more than 27 years, KFAI radio has proven that you can be almost all things to all people. With a music and public affairs lineup that includes programs in 13 different languages, and with nearly 400 volunteers who donate their time to the station, KFAI lives up to its on-air moniker “people-powered community radio.” In this land of Blandinavians and the ever-present hotdish, KFAI is the garlic in the gumbo, the cumin on the kabob, the habanero in the hot sauce—it satiates our audio appetite.

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Can the Greens survive the DFL’s attention?
Wednesday 02 November @ 02:42:57 (Read: 4199)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Bill Lindeke

Four years ago, the Green Party was celebrating a sea change. Unlikely mayoral challenger R.T. Rybak had just defeated a solid DFL incumbent by relying on the support of independents, rebellious Democrats and the Green Party. And those same Green-leaning voters had come out in unprecedented numbers for Council candidates throughout the city, electing the scruffily unorthodox Dean Zimmermann over a well-groomed opponent, pulling in big numbers in South Minneapolis, and nearly almost (but not quite) electing Cam Gordon in the progressive 2nd Ward. But probably the biggest upset occurred on the least-traditional Green Party turf, the Northside, where neighborhood fixture Natalie Johnson-Lee defeated Council President Jackie Cherryhomes by a nano-thin margin of 72 votes. Add to the millennial mix such third-party success stories as Ralph Nader’s showing in the 2000 presidential race or Jesse Ventura’s comic-book term in office, and Minneapolis seemed to be part of a trend that would finally challenge a politically ingrained two-party structure.

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Mayors’ races & the smoking ban
Wednesday 02 November @ 02:32:35 (Read: 3018)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien
Editor/Publisher of Pulse of the Twin Cities

In a campaign almost devoid of issues, where candidates emphasize their differences in style as opposed to substance, the only issue that has separated the candidates is their position on the smoking ban. Randy Kelly said at first he was in favor of a ban, but he didn’t want to hurt St. Paul bars. The City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County passed a ban. Then, Ramsey County passed a ban for bars and restaurants surrounding St. Paul.

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Mary Magdalene: How important is She?
Friday 21 October @ 12:40:03 (Read: 4787)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Sid Pranke

Throughout art history, there are many images of Mary Magdalene that depict her as a cloying, repentant woman—eager to listen, eager to please, aware of her “unworthiness.”

Another image of her—featured with the egg icon—seems confusing at first. It shows strength, resolve, and what about the egg? An obvious fertility symbol?

If you remember the Easter Bunny and dyeing Easter eggs, then you had a clue all along, it turns out—and the resurrection is tied up in that too. There was a pagan festival for Eostre/Ishtar, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring (whose symbol is the rabbit), which celebrates the end of winter and the start of spring. The tradition of hard-boiling eggs and painting them symbolizes new hope and dates back to 4000 B.C.

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Way beyond Dan Brown & the Da Vinci Code
Friday 21 October @ 12:36:44 (Read: 3994)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Sid Pranke

Mary Magdalene. Mary of Magdala. Mary of Bethany. Isis. Ishtar. Osiris. Jesus. The Knights Templar. The Holy Grail. Holy Blood. Holy moly.

Why did all of this information take, basically, 2,000 years to surface? How many lies were told? How many people died along the way?

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Delay's Advocate:
Thursday 13 October @ 05:11:48 (Read: 5295)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazWho Owns Mark Kennedy's Soul?

by Eric Magnuson

Mark Kennedy wants to be your U.S. Senator. Minnesotans already voted him into the U.S. House over three consecutive elections; first in the second district, then the sixth. Clear civic knowledge indicates that a vote for Kennedy also means voting for former House majority leader, Tom DeLay. This can't bode well for Kennedy. Magazines have compared DeLay to a modern-day Boss Tweed, reaping votes any way he can, accused of throwing ethics off Capitol Hill. DeLay has changed the way legislation is passed in this country. An indictment awoke a nation to this. But it doesn't stop there. He is connected to nearly every elected Republican today. Although Kennedy isn't as entangled with DeLay as other Republicans, an analysis of Kennedy's career suggests he's become a pawn in the Hammer's game. Through campaign contributions and lucrative fund-raisers, to bankable committee placements, DeLay knows he can nearly always receive Kennedy's final vote, whether it's for protecting polluters in Minnesota or lowering the U.S. House's ethical standards.

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Diary of an anti-war protester
Thursday 29 September @ 16:33:27 (Read: 4171)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Anh Pham
all photos by Anh Pham


As one of the organizers in the Anti-War Committee (AWC), I traveled by bus to the national protest against the war in Iraq in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24. There we were joined by thousands of others across the country who are protesting the war and the ongoing occupation of Iraq. The AWC is an all-volunteer group that was founded out of a civil disobedience against U.S. war moves against Iraq in 1998. My first protest ever was against the Persian Gulf War in 1991, so for many reasons Iraq is very important to me.

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St. Paul Protest
Thursday 29 September @ 16:07:08 (Read: 3071)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Doug DeMille

On Saturday about 1,500 people showed up at Snelling and Summit in St. Paul to express their feelings about the war in Iraq. About 1,500 of them openly demonstrated against our involvement in this conflict.

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Midnight raid for liquid gold
Thursday 22 September @ 03:37:25 (Read: 4900)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Bob Griesberg

It was time for another midnight raid for liquid gold. I needed it bad. Now. My friend and I were dressed entirely in black. Everything was packed and ready to go: portable 12-volt diesel pump, 40 feet of garden hose, 100 pounds of kitty litter, old bath towels, shovel, broom, spare screen filter and three 55-gallon steel drums. Next stop: an unnamed fast food establishment.

You need to understand that this is not my first choice. This specific fast food dealer has only fair quality gold, but all my favorite spots were dry, and I needed it now.

So what is this liquid gold that one can get at restaurants? Waste vegetable oil (WVO). I am writing to share the secret of free fuel. I recently converted my Ford F250 diesel to run on this liquid gold. And you can convert your diesel too, with a little money, a few tools and lots of determination. But you can’t be afraid to get a little dirty.

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Will Peace Win?
Friday 16 September @ 07:29:06 (Read: 3087)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAn Interview with Jonathan Schell

by Sid Pranke

Jonathan Schell doesn’t think of himself as a utopian pacifist: he prefers to live in the real world as a nuclear abolitionist, movement writer and peace activist who delivers remedies for dead-end ways of thinking about electoral politics, war resisters and American complacency. Schell worked as an editor and writer at The New Yorker from 1967 to 1988, as a columnist for Newsday and New York Newsday from 1990 to 1996, and is the author of “The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People”; “The Fate of the Earth”; and “The Time of Illusion.” He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Yale University’s Center for the Study of Globalization.

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On Loyalty:
Tuesday 06 September @ 10:01:52 (Read: 5503)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAn Open Letter to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq

by Stan Goff

I was a soldier for most of the time between 1970 and 1996. I signed out on my retirement from 3rd Special Forces in Ft. Bragg. I had also served in 7th Special Forces, on three Ranger assignments, with Delta for almost four years, as a Cavalry Scout for a while, and in the 82nd Airborne Division as an infantryman. I started my career in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

I thugged around in eight different places in East Asia, Latin America and Africa, where I pointed guns at people. Like you, I was an instrument of American foreign policies—policies controlled, then as now, by the rich. In the course of that career, I heard everything you have heard and felt everything you have felt about “loyalty.” Tricky thing, loyalty.

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Gang Green:
Friday 26 August @ 07:39:57 (Read: 8202)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAn introduction to your Green Party City Council candidates

by Brian Kaller & Adrienne Urbanski

This year more Green candidates are running in city races than ever before. In addition to endorsing Farheen Hakeem for mayor of Minneapolis, Annie Young for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Dave Berger for the Minneapolis Board of Estimation and Taxation and Ian Stade for the Minneapolis Library Board, Green Party Minnesota is supporting six candidates for city council. This week’s Pulse takes a look at who’s running on the Green ticket in Minneapolis’ city council races.

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Seeing Green:
Thursday 11 August @ 07:28:14 (Read: 7877)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazMayoral candidates challenge the status quo

by Nancy Sartor

Minnesota may be a blue state, edging ever closer to red status, but as the September 13 primary approaches, Twin Cities voters will be seeing Green. This year Green Party Minnesota has endorsed two candidates for mayor: Farheen Hakeem in Minneapolis and Elizabeth Dickinson in St. Paul. Both women are first-time mayoral candidates and long-time social advocates. Most importantly, both are true idealists determined to challenge the status quo and give a pair of Democratic candidates—who are themselves locked in a too-close-to-call race—a fight for the keys to the cities.

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The Courage to Change:
Thursday 28 July @ 16:27:14 (Read: 3301)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazThe Odyssey of Lila Lipscomb

by Matt Tieger

Three years ago, Lila Lipscomb supported the Iraq war, believed Americans should respect their president and had no idea she would become a national icon of the peace movement. The Flint, Mich. mother of four, whose son was killed in Iraq and whose grief humanized Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary “Fahrenheit 9-11,” will speak in the Twin Cities this weekend.

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THE FIX: The CIA and the War on Drugs
Thursday 21 July @ 21:29:55 (Read: 10945)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazThe CIA and the War on Drugs

by Ed Felien

Preface

The British East India Company exercised monopoly control of the growing of opium in India and its transport and importation to China as early as 1750. Chinese Emperors objected. They issued edicts against its use. Foreign traders were ordered to surrender their opium in 1839. The British sent in warships, beginning the First Opium War. In 1841 the British defeated the Chinese. The Chinese had to pay a large indemnity and surrender Hong Kong. A little later some Chinese threw chests of opium into the sea in imitation of the American Revolution. The British were not amused. The British and French renewed hostilities toward the Chinese, beginning the Second Opium War. The British won large indemnities and the importation of opium was legalized in 1856.

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The Center of the American Experiment
Wednesday 06 July @ 00:57:19 (Read: 6229)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazA Republican Think Tank?

by DAVID RUBENSTEIN

The Center of the American Experiment is a Republican propaganda machine and an incubator for Republican candidates and operatives in Minnesota. For more than a decade, it has championed and helped to define virtually every item on the Republican agenda, from regressive tax cuts, privatization and the crippling of the public sector to the denial of global warming and the invasion of Iraq.

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Eating Righteous
Wednesday 22 June @ 19:23:55 (Read: 7133)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazPulse guide to local virtuous restaurants

There are few needs more basic than food, few rituals more fundamental than breaking bread together. Americans eat out more than ever before—but much of that growth has been in fast food restaurants, an industry that has grown 1,833 percent in the last 35 years. But there is a movement in the other direction, for restaurants that are family-owned and part of a community, places where you can relax with friends.

On the heels of our cover story on Virtuous Businesses (March 9, 2005), Pulse of the Twin Cities is focusing on 10 local restaurants that are the antithesis of fast food. Some of them use solar power, others use organic products, still others offer health care to employees or give to charities. Every one is different, but all of them make the Twin Cities better.

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Unions in Iraq:
Wednesday 15 June @ 16:00:08 (Read: 6873)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazStill waiting for the freedom to organize

by Brian Kaller

No matter how many lies were told to promote or justify the U.S. government’s invasion of Iraq, there was one truth: Iraqis did want Saddam Hussein gone and had waited decades to regain their freedom.

They are still waiting, says Iraqi labor activist Amjad Ali Aljawhry. Hussein had prohibited workers from unionizing in a country with a decades-old tradition of radical and labor activism. After the fall of the Hussein regime, many Iraqis expected to regain such freedoms. But the American-led government has kept Hussein’s ban in place, and unionizing is still illegal in most places. The occupation government has also made other changes that have worsened the country’s rushing poverty and high unemployment.

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Native Tribes Struggle to Reclaim Sacred Sites
Wednesday 01 June @ 03:49:18 (Read: 5281)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Joel Helfrich, Dwight Metzger and Michael Nixon

Dozens of the largest astronomical research institutions will gather this week in Minneapolis to laud and promote their endeavors at the biannual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Representing major universities, scientific foundations and U.S. military-industrial interests, the astronomers will present to each other grand plans for future discoveries, conquests and dreams.

What may sadly be lost to the AAS is the true impact of its privilege: that some of their institutions are founded on the desecration of sacred indigenous sites, native people’s source of a different kind of knowledge. At odds are divergent cosmologies and the power of uncompromising researchers’ knowledge versus the strength of indigenous ways of knowing. A key component in these clashes is the willful disregard of Native sovereignty and ever-mutating forms of colonialism.

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Is There Life After Oil?
Wednesday 25 May @ 19:10:24 (Read: 11504)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazJames Howard Kunstler on The Long Emergency

by Brian Kaller

James Howard Kunstler is America’s version of an Old Testament prophet, a stinging social critic who warns of dark days ahead if we do not change the way we live. The former journalist emerged as a trenchant observer of modern life with his 1994 book “The Geography of Nowhere,” which traces the past and future of suburban sprawl. He followed this up with 1998’s “Home from Nowhere,” which offered solutions to the problem of sprawl, and 2002’s “The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition,” a broad look at what makes cities thrive or decay.

His latest book, “The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century,” describes what may happen when the flood of cheap oil, which has sustained our society for a hundred years, begins to peter out—as experts predict it will in the coming decade.

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Sleepwalking into the Future
Wednesday 25 May @ 18:54:51 (Read: 4670)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazExcerpts from The Long Emergency

Carl Jung, one of the fathers of psychology, famously remarked that “people cannot stand too much reality.” What you’re about to read may challenge your assumptions about the kind of world we live in, and especially the kind of world into which time and events are propelling us. We are in for a rough ride through uncharted territory.

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Transgender in the Twin Cities
Friday 06 May @ 20:25:27 (Read: 7094)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Audrey Dutton

“He was three when he first told me he was a boy,” says Twin Cities P-FLAG transgender coordinator Florence Dillon about her then-daughter —now her son—“and of course I assumed that my daughter was trying to tell me something else. I thought I had done something wrong. Because he was so little, I didn’t think that he knew what he was talking about—literally. I thought, for some reason, my kid has gotten the idea that it’s better to be a boy.”

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Spring Reading
Thursday 28 April @ 00:09:44 (Read: 4012)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBedtime stories to savor

“The greatest gift,” author Elizabeth Hardwick once said, “is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you the knowledge of the world and an experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.”

There are more books than ever, but fewer readers—sit in an airport or doctor’s office, and you will see many people bored but few reading—or perhaps literature just has competition from an endless sea of websites and blogs.

However, in a time when information has become a form of garbage—spam, junk mail and constant background noise—we need books more than ever. We need to step back from the computer screen, curl up under a tree and relearn how to actually read, as opposed to scanning data.

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Do you want to get married?
Wednesday 20 April @ 05:29:40 (Read: 5687)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

You have an absolute right to love whomever you please (if you’re both over 18 and you don’t do sexual acts in public). The U.S. Constitution guarantees you the right of freedom of association. You have as much right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as anyone else.

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Do you want to get married?
Wednesday 20 April @ 05:14:39 (Read: 3596)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazJack Baker cautions

by Jack Baker

This Commitment Covenant is essentially a church vow. It is not different from the pacts that were blessed by the early Catholic Church. John Boswell, in his book “The Marriage of Likeness: Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe” (1994), found long-forgotten liturgies for same-sex unions in the Vatican Library. They included similar documents. The Catholic Church now denies that it ever blessed same-sex love, but the facts speak for themselves.

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Do you want to get married?
Wednesday 20 April @ 04:51:47 (Read: 3278)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazEd Felien responds

by Ed Felien

Jack Baker and I go back at least 30 years. We have rarely agreed, but 30 years ago (almost to the day) we were in perfect harmony. He met me in an elevator in City Hall. I was a newly elected City Council Member from the Eighth Ward, and he was lobbying the Council to try to get them to amend the Civil Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination against gays. He said workers at Northwestern Bell had to fill out an employment form that had a question, “Are you a homosexual?” If they checked the box, they weren’t hired. I said that was terrible, but that was discrimination based on Freedom of Association and thereby protected by the U.S. Constitution.

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Stand up to Republican gay bashing
Wednesday 20 April @ 04:37:52 (Read: 3987)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby David Tilsen

Why do the Republicans and the Radical Right care so much about gay marriage? The answer is they don’t, not really. Just as George Bush, the man who, as governor of Texas, signed more death warrants than any other man in history, didn’t really care about a brain-dead woman in Florida he had never met. The important thing to understand about the Republicans is that, although they look like they are crazy, they are really crazy like a fox.

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Finding Courage
Wednesday 13 April @ 13:33:20 (Read: 7484)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazNaomi Klein on Iraq, the movement and living without fear

by Nancy Sartor

Looking at her lineage, it's no wonder that Naomi Klein found her calling in political activism. Her grandparents were radicals and her parents ditched the United States for Canada during the Vietnam War. Her mother was active in the anti-pornography movement, earning the title “Bourgeois Feminist Fascist” from the Toronto Globe after releasing the seminal anti-porn film “This is Not a Love Story.”

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Essential Conversations About War
Thursday 07 April @ 03:58:34 (Read: 2884)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSunday, April 10, 2005
9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Society / 900 Mt Curve, Minneapolis, MN

All programs free. Everyone is welcome!

9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. - Forum - Conscientious Objection to War
John Martinson, Friends for a Non-Violent World, CO Training Facilitator; Jan Devor, Director of Religious Education, First Unitarian Society


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Soldier of Conscience
Thursday 07 April @ 03:58:41 (Read: 3847)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazReturning Iraq veteran says U.S. is committing ‘genocide’

by Bert Berlowe

There was a time, not long ago, when Jimmy Massey believed in war. For 12 years, he was a self-described “gung-ho” Marine Corps officer, recruiter and boot camp instructor, leading fellow Marines through the most grueling of military indoctrinations. As he once said, “boot camp is designed to dehumanize and desensitize a person to violence.”

Even as he recruited others to go to war, Massey began to question the Marines’ methods, taking advantage of economically depressed youth by misleading them on the benefits of military service. His recruiting career ended when he wrote to his commanding officer, outlining his personal concerns about the enlistment process.

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Reframing The Debate
Wednesday 30 March @ 22:15:46 (Read: 6936)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAn interview with Jim Wallis

by Brian Kaller

To the rest of the world, America’s political landscape can seem as alien as the moon. Among industrialized nations—Canada, Denmark, Japan, Australia and about a dozen others, as opposed to the Third World—the United States proportionately spends the least on health care, social services and public media and the most on the military. On many issues, like gun control or capital punishment, Americans are the odd men out in the industrialized world.

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Jewish, Christian leaders in environmental conference
Wednesday 30 March @ 22:02:49 (Read: 3282)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAs environmental problems become more serious, a variety of religious groups are coming to see conservation as part of their mission. Earlier this month the National Association of Evangelicals announced it would put its considerable political power into fighting global warming. Now, one of the religious leaders behind that announcement will speak to rabbis and pastors at Minnesota’s first-ever "Greening Your Congregation” conference April 3.

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A Strain on the System
Wednesday 23 March @ 01:43:04 (Read: 3845)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazHealth Care Workers Under the Gun

by Jane Franklin

Most of us are born and die under a doctor’s care, and in the years in between there is no more basic need than health care, save food and shelter.
In this country, however, the health care system is in jeopardy, its quality lagging far behind that of poorer nations. Medical care grows more expensive every decade. In this state alone, 335,000 lack insurance, and many more are underinsured.

But there is another piece of the story—the doctors and nurses themselves. Medical professionals these days face longer hours, fewer staff and budget cuts that mean less supplies, staff and programs. Insurance companies require more and more red tape, which eats away limited staff time.

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Freedom on the March
Wednesday 16 March @ 21:54:49 (Read: 4257)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazTwo Years of War, Occupation and Opposition

by Alan Dale

The weekend of March 19-20 will mark the second anniversary since the U.S. military invasion of Iraq. According to a study by public health researchers, up to 100,000 Iraqis have died and over 1,500 U.S. troops have died. Every Bush Administration pretext for waging war against Iraq, from weapons of mass destruction to ties with terrorism, have been exposed as lies. The war and occupation of Iraq have cost the citizens of the U.S. over $200 billion. The cost in 2006 is estimated to be at least $70 billion more.

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Virtuous Businesses:
Wednesday 09 March @ 16:57:32 (Read: 10603)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSeven Local Entrepreneurs Who Get It Right

Hope catches you at odd moments— seeing an ice cream store with solar panels, a pizza place delivering by bicycle, a coffee company fostering prosperity in the Third World. Activists often focus on the businesses who make the world a worse place, without giving enough credit to the ones who get it right.

Pulse this week looks at seven local entrepreneurs who recently started businesses – or revamped existing ones – to run on clean energy, to be owned by its employees, to use organic food from local growers, to help Third-World farmers support themselves. Here are the businesses who give back, whose success is measured in more than profit.

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Twin Cities offer many other good businesses
Wednesday 09 March @ 16:57:28 (Read: 6246)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz
Arise! Bookstore and Resource Center
2441 Lyndale Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-871-7110
AriseBookstore.org
Arise! is a collectively-run bookstore focusing on social and economic justice and the environment.

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Modern-Day Muckraker
Wednesday 23 February @ 00:45:28 (Read: 8826)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAward-winning journalist reports from the world’s poorest communities

by Brian Kaller

Palagummi Sainath reports from Hell. One of India’s most respected journalists, Sainath is one of the few reporters to cover the several hundred million poor farmers of that country—perhaps the poorest people in the world, a population greater than that of the entire United States.

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Save Our Schools!
Wednesday 09 February @ 18:04:20 (Read: 4037)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazWenonah parents fight to save their school

by Kateri Wozny

For many parents of students at Wenonah Community School in South Minneapolis, Tuesday night was one of relief, as the Minneapolis Board of Education reversed its previous plan to shut down the school and merge it with nearby Keewaydin. The story of the proposed closing and the parents’ fight to keep their neighborhood school open is only the latest of many such stories in Minneapolis, conflicts between a district losing its students and parents who want to save their schools.

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Wave of Relief
Wednesday 02 February @ 19:11:04 (Read: 4414)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazMinnesotans go to Sri Lanka to aid tsunami victims

by John Tribbett

Save a Village
The devastated shores of Sri Lanka may have been half a world away, but the group of volunteers listened intently to Evan Balasuriya as if the people suffering in the ravaged tropical paradise were waiting right outside the window.

This was one of the final meetings for a group of Minnesotans before they left on an aid mission to Sri Lanka.

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Blues for Aceh Much Deeper than the Deadly Sea
Wednesday 02 February @ 18:50:05 (Read: 5758)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby John Tribbett

Most Americans know little about the Indonesian province of Aceh. In fact, before the earth’s crust shook and the sea turned homicidal—killing somewhere between 166,000 and 220,000 in Aceh alone—it is fair to guess many Americans had never even heard of Aceh.

But they should have.

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Christianity in Chains?
Thursday 20 January @ 12:52:25 (Read: 6530)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAn interview with progressive clergy

by Brian Kaller

Christians are in the news a lot these days; re-electing George W. Bush, opposing Hollywood and gay marriage, fighting the teaching of evolution. Yet many or most Christians do not agree with these positions, and many Christian leaders support the environment and labor unions. The media refer to anti-abortion marchers as Christian, even though churches are split on the issue, but never refer to peace rallies as Christian, even though most religious leaders opposed the invasion of Iraq.

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An Interview with Dave Bicking of the Anti-War Committee
Wednesday 12 January @ 22:16:50 (Read: 3928)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazMinneapolis resident Dave Bicking has taken part in demonstrations since the Vietnam War, and at 53 is not slowing down. Bicking will travel next week to Washington, D.C., to join thousands who will march against the Jan. 20 inauguration of George W. Bush.

PULSE: How did you react to the re-election of Bush?

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Counter-Inauguration
Wednesday 12 January @ 22:16:54 (Read: 6139)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAmericans converge on D.C. to un-welcome Bush.

by Johnny Hazard

For those still mourning George W. Bush’s alleged re-election, there is hope: the Counter-Inauguration. Just as Richard Nixon’s 1972 re-election was the beginning of his end, the same could be true for Bush. Thousands are mobilizing to rain on Bush’s parade, in one way or another, on Jan. 20. As Howard Zinn said recently, “Let’s do something with this rage.”

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In Case You Missed It:
Wednesday 05 January @ 19:12:39 (Read: 12136)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazThe Top 20 Stories of 2004 You Haven’t Heard

Compiled by Brian Kaller

This is the week of the recap, of the media’s rapid-fire regurgitation of the allegedly big stories of 2004. Of course, most of those stories—Britney Spears, Laci Peterson, Kobe Bryant, Janet Jackson—should never have been considered news in the first place, and even the “hard” news programs often focused on shallow and irrelevant issues.

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A Roof Over Their Heads
Tuesday 28 December @ 20:21:45 (Read: 7911)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Allison Herrera

About three and half years ago, Jeff Farnam remembered, it was a particularly bad spring because of all the hailstorms and rain. That’s why he called SELA roofing and remodeling to reshingle his roof and install new gutters and downspouts, a $23,000 job.

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State of the Unions
Thursday 23 December @ 11:59:53 (Read: 4436)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Brian Kaller

For most the decision came gradually, after a critical mass of workplace indignities, until one employee privately whispered to another the word “union.”

“Maria,” a Mexican immigrant who asked that her real name not be used, said she worked at an area hotel for three years—seven days a week for low pay without overtime. The last straw came, she said, when she asked a manager why some employees were getting higher raises than others, and was told she could like it or leave. A few days later she called a union for help.

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An Alternative Guide to the Holidays
Sunday 12 December @ 19:07:06 (Read: 5358)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Lydia Howell

Fundamentalist Christians have declared their post-election “mandate of moral values.” Does that mean shopping addiction in overdrive? It’s tempting to boycott the holidays, but, something deep in the human psyche longs for “holy-days,” celebration and true community connectedness.

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Progressive Gift List
Sunday 12 December @ 19:06:56 (Read: 5903)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Lydia Howell

Rejecting the seasonal escalated consumerism of Wal-Mart sweatshop-made stuff doesn’t mean becoming a principled Grinch. More ideas are within most themes in the Alternative Guide. I like finding gifts that “give (at least) twice” — to the recipient and to support something positive: local artists, community based endeavors, good causes.

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Help is Definitely Not on the Way:
Wednesday 01 December @ 20:42:23 (Read: 9170)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazNonprofits fight escalating needs and decreasing funds

by Jane Franklin

“These are life and death matters,” says District 202 Executive Director Laura Ayers, referring to funding cuts to her organization’s HIV and STD prevention program. “Three years ago, we had an application to the Minnesota Department of Health approved, but state funding comes from the federal level and this year [the state] ran out of money before they reached us,” Ayers said. The program can no longer afford to purchase condoms, lube, or dental dams for its safer sex education programs.

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Embedded in Wonderland:
Tuesday 30 November @ 21:19:31 (Read: 11556)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSearching for Sweet Jesus

by Nancy Sartor

It’s 8:30 a.m. on a crisp Sunday morn. Am I:

a. Sipping coffee and reading the New York Times?
b. Fast asleep, nestled between my comforter and featherbed?
c. Spooning a hunky heathen?
d. On my way to church?

If you said “a” or “b” you’d be right most of the time; if you said “c” (God bless you) you’ve got faith and a great imagination; but if you said “d” you’d be correct. Today I’m going to church. Megachurch.

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Supersized Salvation
Tuesday 30 November @ 20:56:49 (Read: 4140)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazThe Hartford Institute for Religious Research defines a megachurch as one with a sustained weekly attendance of 2,000 or more worshipers. Since the 1970s, the number of megachurches has grown, and today there are roughly 800 of these Protestant Christian congregations in the United States.

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Michael Quinn Cuts the Thin Blue Line
Friday 12 November @ 15:18:58 (Read: 5797)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Lydia Howell

There are two kinds of courage, and Michael Quinn has both. Physical courage is a job requirement for police officers. What every rookie is unprepared for is the necessity for ethical courage in the face of what every cop understands as “the Code of Silence:” never snitch on another cop. Ever.

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“A Day in the Life” - An excerpt from Walking with the Devil
Friday 12 November @ 15:18:42 (Read: 3790)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Michael Quinn

What Did You Do Today, Daddy?

There are lots of calls for service. Most cars are an hour or more behind in getting to their assigned calls. Now I am waiting in the drive-up lane at the local fast food restaurant; there isn’t time to sit down and eat a real meal. As I pull up to the pickup window there is a call for “Officer Needs Help!” a block away.

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Is MN Care Sick?
Thursday 04 November @ 09:15:43 (Read: 5626)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazCost of health care too high for everyone

by Elaine Klaassen

Medical bills make you sicker than you already were. Freedom from worry about medical bills is a freedom most of the people in the United States do not have. The American health care system is a labyrinth of inadequate options that, if they don’t literally kill you, frazzle you to death. Of the top 14th industrialized nations, the top 13 have universal care. The United States ranks 14th, below Morocco.

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Inside The Beast
Thursday 28 October @ 00:42:58 (Read: 4230)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazSee also "Slow Burn: Anti-Tax Politicians Risk the Lives of St. Paul Firefighters."

by DAVID RUBENSTEIN

“You know how a camp fire crackles when you got some good pine in there? Magnify that by a thousand times and that’s what a good rippin’ house fire sounds like,” says St. Paul firefighter Mark O’Dell.

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Slow Burn
Thursday 28 October @ 00:43:04 (Read: 6535)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazThis article won a first place award from the International Association of Firefighters, U.S. and Canada, in 2005 ~ web.ed.

Anti-Tax Politicians Risk the Lives of St. Paul Firefighters

by DAVID RUBENSTEIN

St. Paul mayor Randy Kelly has run into trouble with a popular group these days, the St. Paul firefighters. Their union has called attention to some disturbing facts: There are fewer firefighters in St. Paul today than there were on September 11, 2001. Stations are chronically understaffed. Much of the equipment is marginal, and in some cases falling apart.

See also "Inside the Beast" by David Rubenstein.

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Cuba: The World Next Door
Wednesday 06 October @ 19:05:07 (Read: 4370)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Johnny Hazard

Since the 1970s, I've had an ambivalent attitude about Cuba. Admiration for anyone who could build an alternative society just outside the reach of the United States, tempered with a criticism of what I perceived to be an unnecessary authoritarianism and cult of personality. I always wanted to go and see for myself, and I finally went in August on a one-week excursion.

Start with the little things that are missing, things we take for granted in the United States: car alarms, cell phone jingles, public displays of religiosity and other aspects of civilization and its discontents. Instead, you have things you never expected to see, like beautiful women hitchhiking.

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The Forest for the Trees
Wednesday 22 September @ 14:47:29 (Read: 5439)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Jeff Forester

September 16, 2002, was a perfect autumn day in the Boundary Waters: the sky clear, relative humidity about 50 percent, winds light at less than ten miles per hour. Quicksilver dewdrops clung to amber leaves and drying grass. Nearly all of the cabin folk had closed up and gone home; the resorts were mostly vacant; shutters covered the windows.

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Can the Schools be Saved?
Wednesday 08 September @ 15:22:07 (Read: 4004)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Carey L. Biron

Three months of vacant halls and silent classrooms ended this week as children flooded back into schools carrying new notebooks and waving at old friends. Like new students everywhere, they are nervous about the coming school year. But this year, in Minneapolis, they aren’t the only ones.

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How to Vote
Thursday 26 August @ 16:57:46 (Read: 3942)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazHow to Vote

Q. When are the elections?
A. The state primary is September 14, 2004. The state general election is November 2.

Q. What offices will be on the ballot in Minnesota in 2004?

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Join the Popular Front Against Fascism
Thursday 26 August @ 16:57:53 (Read: 9845)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazUnderstanding Fascism:

Mussolini, the first and probably most important theorist on fascism, said we shouldn't even call it fascism-we should call it corporatism, because it is the linking of the political and military power of the state to the corporations. The Bush-Cheney economic policy has made the rich much richer and the poor much poorer. Their energy policy was written by swindlers like Kenneth Lay. Their tax policy benefits the very rich and leaves deficits for our children and grandchildren. The links between corporations, government and the military are made manifest in Cheney's connection to Halliburton. He's still on their payroll, and, in exchange, Halliburton got an $18 billion no-bid contract to supply the military and steal oil from Iraq.

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Activist Guide to the Republican National Convention
Wednesday 11 August @ 20:01:00 (Read: 4902)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz by Farheen Hakeem

It’s never been quite like this before.

There have been protests at political conventions before, even tens of thousands of protesters. But never before has the re-nomination of a sitting president been expected to draw more than one million Americans, as the Republican National Convention is expected to at the end of this month.

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Running on Empty
Wednesday 04 August @ 17:41:29 (Read: 30143)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazA field guide to the coming fuel crunch

by Brian Kaller

Five minutes before he was supposed to take the stage, Marion King Hubbert’s bosses at Shell Oil called him on the phone and begged him not to go through with it. They had heard that Hubbert, a respected geophysicist, was about to tell a meeting of the American Petroleum Institute in San Antonio, Texas that the all the oil in the United States would soon peak, and, eventually, end. It was 1956.

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Introduction
Wednesday 21 July @ 19:03:41 (Read: 3804)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

The photo on the cover is not of the action that resulted in the death of two strikers. The photo was taken during the Battle of Deputies’ Run, the action that happened just before the murders. In the winter of 1934, young radicals from what was to become the Socialist Workers Party, the Trotskyist wing of the international communist movement, organized coal drivers to strike during one of the coldest winters in Minnesota history.

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The Fire Last Time
Wednesday 21 July @ 18:55:58 (Read: 5847)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazCan a 1934 strike ignite a 21st century labor movement?

by Lydia Howell

Seventy years ago, in the Minneapolis Warehouse District, the youth-led 1934 Teamsters took to the streets, like the anti-globalization movements in Seattle and Miami today. One of the largest of the 3,500 strikes that year, the Minneapolis victory played a major role in creating the eight-hour day, 40 hour work week, job-safety regulations, benefits and the legal right of workers to organize unions.

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Minnesota Dreaming
Wednesday 14 July @ 16:26:24 (Read: 3656)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Benjamin Malakoff

Since March 2003, almost 4,000 Minnesota soldiers have been deployed to the Middle East. Another 900 are slated to leave this summer and that many more will come home. So what’s it like for them?

Soldiers always seem to remember the date they signed up for duty, in the same way you remember your first kiss or the night your band first played live on stage. Ask one of them how he or she got into the Armed Forces, and he or she can’t tell you when they first wanted to be a soldier, but the date they enlisted is branded into their minds. Anthony Mielzarek remembers August 28th, 2001.

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Returning Soldier Turns Anti-War
Wednesday 14 July @ 15:51:56 (Read: 3476)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Nicole Colson

Michael Hoffman was part of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. When he joined the military, the former Marine lance corporal thought that U.S. military intervention could be a positive force. Today, he knows otherwise. Michael is now active as a member of Veterans for Peace, and in late March, he traveled to Fayetteville, N.C.— home of the Pentagon’s Fort Bragg — for a rally to join with hundreds of veterans and military families calling for an end to the occupation.

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Viva La Assistance!
Thursday 01 July @ 15:23:50 (Read: 6342)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBreaking the Travel Ban - Destination: Cuba

by Lydia Howell

At a time when Americans worry about the terrorist networks that attacked New York, Bali and Madrid, the Bush Administration is stepping up aggressive measures against...Cuba.

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Reaction to Police Overreaction
Wednesday 16 June @ 14:16:41 (Read: 4983)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

Some cops overreact some of the time. Not all cops. And even the cops that overreact don’t overreact all the time. But sometimes, whether it’s too much adrenaline, or too much testosterone added to a tense situation, or an unhappy childhood, something ignites them, and some cops just go off!

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The Chief McManus Brouhaha
Wednesday 16 June @ 14:16:31 (Read: 4355)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Tony Bouza

Minneapolis police officer Duy Ngo was assigned to the Minnesota Gang Strike Force on the night of February 24, 2003, when he was working alone in an unmarked squad car, conducting surveillance in the area of 36th Street South and Third Avenue in Minneapolis. He was dressed in a wig and heavy sweater and sweatshirt that covered a protective vest. He advised police dispatch what he was doing.

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Under The Gun
Thursday 03 June @ 15:51:40 (Read: 5599)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazWill the draft be reinstated in 2005?

by Lydia Howell

American soldiers report that military officials are using coercion and misinformation both to draw troops and keep them in the service in order to maintain the occupation of Iraq.

In Louisiana, Denver, Chicago and Minneapolis, for example, Army Reserve spokesman Steve Stromvener said, "recruiters used misleading, inaccurate, and intimidating information" in retention efforts, according to the Associated Press.

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Soldiers, Families Speak Out on War
Thursday 03 June @ 14:26:52 (Read: 4976)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz“My daughter enlisted in the Oregon National Guard in 1999. She is a highly trained Army engineer, and her contract specifically read that she would never be in combat … Her unit was told they would build schools and homes in Iraq, that they would be welcomed as liberators. Instead she was put behind a 50-caliber machine gun, with no body armor, or even any ammo at first … she rode on roads covered with depleted uranium dust and littered with burned cars full of dead bodies.”

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Register To Vote!
Wednesday 26 May @ 17:38:49 (Read: 5803)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazGrassroots groups launch major election campaigns

Story by Bert Berlowe
Photos by Kristen Prideaux


In just a few short weeks, Juneteenth will spread its multicolored quilt over a large section of Theodore Wirth Park on the edge of North Minneapolis. Sewn from cross threads of oppression and hope weaving through the fabric of community, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of American slavery.

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Rise of the Co-Ops!
Wednesday 19 May @ 17:18:39 (Read: 8037)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAmerica’s businesses without bosses hold first national conference

by Susan Leem

A labor movement is making a comeback across America. It’s a revival of an older movement in American – and especially Minnesotan — history, nearly stamped out by political fissures and the grip of big corporations on the free market. It is a movement that shows up in restaurants and grocery stores, in conversations like this:

“Hello, I’d like to speak to the manager.”

“Sure, I can help you.”

“Are you a manager?”

“We’re all managers!”

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Daly Challenges Kline
Wednesday 12 May @ 13:57:28 (Read: 4854)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

While most politicos are focused on the high-profile race of Patti Wetterling against Mark Kennedy in the Sixth Congressional District, an equally interesting race, in which the DFL might actually have a better chance, is that of Teresa Daly against John Kline in the Second Congressional District.

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Malaysia: Racing toward a Muslim democracy
Wednesday 05 May @ 16:24:40 (Read: 7526)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazStory and Photos by John Tribbett

This past March, the notion of sleep for the citizenry of Kuala Lumpur was held hostage by the screams of jacked-up Yamaha 125cc motos each night. It was not the usual late-night drag racing in the streets, but the vigorous last round of Malaysian election campaigning.

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The Road Less Traveled: The Pros and Cons of Personal Rapid Transit
Wednesday 28 April @ 14:07:56 (Read: 19314)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Troy Pieper

Imagine stepping into a little automated pod and being whisked to your downtown destination on an elevated rail. The concept, called Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), is meant to combine the benefits of cars and mass transit, and it is what some fiscal conservatives in the state legislature who don’t support other forms of mass transit are proposing for Minneapolis.

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Social service agencies cheer the return of buses
Wednesday 28 April @ 13:59:28 (Read: 4186)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Sarah Rasmussen

When “Linda” came to St. Paul, she had no job and no car. She was leaving an abusive marriage in a neighboring state and came to a battered women’s shelter in St. Paul with a seemingly modest goal: find a job so that she could stay here and support herself and her three children. “I want to be able to fight for my kids,” she says. Unfortunately, the transit strike had started days earlier and put a serious crimp in her plans. Because of the lack of transportation, she has been unable to look for a job. When I talked with her a couple of weeks ago, Linda (all shelter residents’ names have been changed, for safety reasons) was feeling frustrated.

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Want to buy a billionaire a stadium?
Wednesday 14 April @ 13:51:35 (Read: 5299)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Lydia Howell

Walking into the downtown Meridian Hotel foyer, I felt like I was entering Donald Trump’s inner-sanctum boardroom on “The Apprentice”: high ceilings, long shadows and an atmosphere of expensive deference towards wealth.

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The Blaine Game
Wednesday 14 April @ 13:37:28 (Read: 4134)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ron Holch

The State wants to stick the cost of a new Vikings stadium to one of the most underdeveloped counties in the metro area. A plan for a stadium in Blaine leaves the taxpayers of Anoka County with the tab.

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True Fans Didn't Want The Dome
Wednesday 14 April @ 13:33:09 (Read: 4125)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Frank Bigelow

A whole generation of Minnesota baseball fans is growing up with the absurd notion that baseball is an indoor game meant to be played under a dome.

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The Twins Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Wednesday 14 April @ 13:29:51 (Read: 4240)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Erik Nelson

The Twins begin their 2004 season as somewhat of a mystery and will remain that way to their fans for the whole season because only 30 of 162 games will be available on area television.  Carl Pohlad, what a guy.

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Gay Marriage - The Early Years
Thursday 08 April @ 15:43:10 (Read: 10267)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Tim Campbell

Jack Baker and Mike McConnell applied for a marriage license on May 18, 1970 in Minneapolis. That is the first known gay marriage license application. The Clerk of District Court for Hennepin County summarily refused to issue them a license. Subsequently, Baker and McConnell went to Blue Earth County in southwestern Minnesota and got a license on August 16, 1971, from a different clerk. They were married on September 3 using that license. The Rev. Roger Lynn, a United Methodist minister, performed the ceremony.

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Freedom of Religon & Gay Marriage
Thursday 08 April @ 15:43:04 (Read: 3912)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby David Dix

“Our churches, free from government interference, define what is sacred.”
—Minnesota House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, DFL - St. Paul

The passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) sets up a dangerous internal contradiction within the Constitution that threatens the dynamics of our Constitutional law.

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Taking Back the American Experiment
Wednesday 31 March @ 15:27:57 (Read: 4533)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz

by Lydia Howell

As the Bush Administration’s distortions (mis)leading us into
war on Iraq are exposed, thoughtful people might ask: What defines real “debate”?
During two weeks of evening news surrounding Colin Powell’s presentation
of (now discredited) “evidence” to the United Nations last winter,
media watchdog FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) conducted analyses
of NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS. They found 393 instances of arguments for war; only
three against. Yet, right-wing commentators still relentlessly claim a “liberal
media bias.

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Flo busted in Palestine
Wednesday 24 March @ 13:05:05 (Read: 6465)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz

an interview with Flo Razowsky by Ed Felien


“If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution
inevitable.”

—John F. Kennedy


Flo Razowsky, Pulse correspondent in Palestine, former cook and manager at
Hard Times Café, and dedicated peace worker, was arrested Sunday, March
14 while protesting, non-violently, against Israeli bulldozers that are creating
a walled ghetto for Deir Qaddis and eight other Palestinian villages.

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Bus strike brewing since 1995 contract
Wednesday 17 March @ 14:19:47 (Read: 4943)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz

by Mark Connor


The bus drivers and mechanics for the Metropolitan Transit
Service have been on strike for more than two weeks now. The last time they
were on strike was in 1995. Then the fight was over working conditions more
than pay, and although that dispute was settled with the contract that just
expired, the agreement was a compromise, and at that time some employees could
already foresee the potential for conflict.

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U students feel pain of strike, but still support drivers
Wednesday 17 March @ 14:19:37 (Read: 4747)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayaz

by Dennis Curran


For University of Minnesota students, the bus strike brings
mixed emotions. On the one hand, most students-cum-bus-riders are thrilled at
a legitimate excuse to miss that 8 a.m. course (Sorry, Professor, I forgot how
to ride my bike seeing as I normally take the bus). On the other hand, however,
many of the students dependent on public transit grow familiar with a given
route’s drivers, appreciating their promptness, courtesy, safe driving
and quick service. Students want the striking workers, the familiar faces, to
receive due compensation.

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“Who’s at the door, Honey?”
Wednesday 03 March @ 14:30:26 (Read: 7736)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazLooking into the working conditions of door-to-door canvassers in the Twin Cities

by Chris Allison


canvass : to go through (a district) or go to (persons)
in order to solicit orders or political support or to determine opinions or
sentiments : the act or an instance of canvassing : a personal solicitation
of votes or survey of public opinion : to seek orders or votes


solicit: : to make petition to : to approach with a request
or plea : to urge (as one’s cause) strongly : to make solicitation


— Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary

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Thou Shall Not Kill
Friday 27 February @ 14:51:52 (Read: 69676)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazMinnesota Considers the Death Penalty

by Lydia Howell

I used to support the death penalty, like Minnesota used to execute people. Before capital punishment was abolished in 1911, Minnesota’s last execution, in 1906, was the botched hanging of William Williams.


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Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Friday 27 February @ 13:26:10 (Read: 4820)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby David Anderson

With all the traveling he does these days, Gary Gauger still hesitates once in a while before entering a transit bus or commuter train. The gut reaction he gets is not a result, he says, of motion sickness, claustrophobia or any other reaction that others might have in such an everyday situation. It’s only the smell that bothers him.

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Peace in the Precincts: From the Streets to the System
Wednesday 18 February @ 14:36:24 (Read: 5885)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazBy Burt Berlowe

On March 2nd, Minnesotans will participate in this year’s presidential selection process as part of Super Tuesday with precinct caucuses held in hundreds of locations around the state. In addition to supporting specific candidates or “uncommitted,” individual attendees will enact resolutions that will hopefully be integrated into their party’s platform. Delegates elected at the precinct level advance to district conventions, where they have a chance to go on the state or national party gatherings. This year, a revolutionary new element has been added to this political process. It is called Peace in the Precincts.

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The Fog Of War: Errol Morris' New Documentary on Robert S. McNamara and Vietnam
Monday 09 February @ 16:18:21 (Read: 4751)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ben Sachs

While many documentarians are praised for their breakthroughs in realism, Errol Morris defiantly remains the great abstract expressionist of the genre. His filmmaking style—which he once defined as “anti verité”—favors restaged events over live ones, self-conscious talking head interviews over eavesdropping, and brooding collage sequences over the classic “you are there” approach. Morris tends to illuminate his subjects while simultaneously stripping them of concrete meaning, thus opening them up to both greater scrutiny and strangeness.

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The Apollo Alliance Strikes Back
Tuesday 27 January @ 21:57:06 (Read: 5674)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Joel Haskard

On January 14, 2004, a powerful group of labor, environmental, civil rights, business and political leaders, called The Apollo Alliance, laid out a vision for a “New Apollo Project” to create 3.3 million new jobs and achieve energy independence in ten years. The Apollo Alliance aims to unify the country behind a 10-year program of strategic investment for clean energy technology and new infrastructure.

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Democratic Presidential Candidates on The Apollo Alliance:
Tuesday 27 January @ 21:41:56 (Read: 5021)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazGeneral Wesley Clark:

“I applaud the efforts of the Apollo Alliance to combine the insight, interests and passion of our nation’s labor and environmental movements. The ‘New Energy for America’ report released today sets forth a bold vision of a future in which clean energy and advanced technology improve the quality of life for all Americans.

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Apollo Energy Alliance continued...
Tuesday 27 January @ 21:34:41 (Read: 4829)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazAn Interview with Scott Elkins, State Director of the Sierra Club

by Joel Haskard

Right now there is an Energy Bill stalled in Congress. Both Senators Coleman and Dayton voted for this bill, in part because of ethanol subsidies and Iron Range jobs. Was this a good bill?

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The Second Annual: Worst of the Twin Cities
Wednesday 14 January @ 13:58:13 (Read: 20332)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Pulse Staff and Writers

Sniff, Sniff… Anyone else smell that? It's the stench of mediocrity. We here at Pulse are tired of putting pink over stink and for the second year in a row, we are doing something about it. It's a simple equation.

If you suck, you get a "Worsty." If you don't want a Worsty, don't suck. You've been warned. Now tell your friends.

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Somali Gangs: Fact or Fiction?
Wednesday 07 January @ 13:40:24 (Read: 14320)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Burt Berlowe

One day last fall, East Phillips resident Annie Young received a most provocative e-mail from a source that prefers anonymity. It read as follows:

“Somali violence has been happening on the West Bank since before Bush was elected. Somali youth travel in groups of six to 25. They carry unbroken beer bottles in their pockets to break later and use as weapons. They also use two by fours, tire irons etc. They are undeserving of our country and its values."

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U of Money
Tuesday 30 December @ 18:34:38 (Read: 5902)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazThe divide between rich & poor has never been greater at the U

by Julia Curran

Money is poised to be the mot du jour of the University of Minnesota this school year. Donations to the U are up, wages of clerical workers are down, and tuition keeps rising like gas under water. For many of us undergraduates, employment (or lack thereof), student loans, increasing healthcare, tuition, and living costs, graduate school application and GRE fees, and our dwindling or nonexistent savings are troubling.

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Unalienable Rights...Except if You’re a Felon
Tuesday 23 December @ 20:23:07 (Read: 9284)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby DAVID RUBENSTEIN

Why are some conservative Republicans so obsessed with increasing the length of prison sentences? Here’s one reason: High incarceration rates help Republicans win elections.

First some facts.

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Hennepin County Confronts Disenfranchisement
Tuesday 23 December @ 20:10:18 (Read: 7462)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby DAVID RUBENSTEIN

Minnesota is no Florida when it comes to the disenfranchisement of ex-felons. There are a lot fewer ex-felons here for one thing. And unlike Florida, Minnesota is one of the states that gives them their voting rights back. It’s supposed to be automatic. But there are some issues, and a recent Hennepin County Board resolution purports to address them.

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Rocky Road: The 35W Access Project Controversy
Wednesday 17 December @ 15:14:19 (Read: 5372)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Jane Franklin

We Americans may love our roads with the emotional force of a thousand SUV commercials, but we’re usually not too clear about how we got the roads in the first place. Name-check Jack Kerouac and we’re there; start talking about parking variances and environmental impact statements and our eyes glaze over. Which is why a potentially controversial highway expansion and the repaving of Lake Street have been organized right under our noses, with little public attention and even less public input.

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Building a War Machine on the Backs of Victims
Wednesday 10 December @ 13:20:41 (Read: 10828)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Lydia Howell

“We all realize that there are bad people out there and that we have to do something about the real problem of terrorism. But, we don’t want to do that on the backs of other innocent people’s mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers and children around the world,” strongly states David Potorti, a co-founder of the anti-war group 9/11 Families For Peaceful Tomorrows.

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Who Won the War?
Wednesday 03 December @ 14:49:44 (Read: 4725)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Ed Felien

From the perspective of George W. Bush, the United States has had two spectacular victories over evil empires in the Middle East. The victories over the Taliban-controlled government in Afghanistan and over the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein in Iraq demonstrated the United States’ superior military equipment and personnel and superior strategy in crushing the enemy like a bowling ball knocking down pins in a strike.

Or, did it?

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Donald Rumsfeld’s Lessons from Beirut
Wednesday 03 December @ 14:44:33 (Read: 4674)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby DAVID RUBENSTEIN

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld chose the 20th anniversary of the Beirut massacre to present the latest version of the administration’s argument for the war in Iraq. The Star Tribune ran it as an op-ed piece under the headline “Lessons About Terror We Learned in Beirut.”

Rumsfeld’s willingness to enlist this tragedy for a history lesson is testimony to the Bush administration’s faith in the power of historical amnesia. The Beirut attack, by strictly military standards, was one of the most shameful defeats in U.S. history. Nonetheless the Reagan administration, with the acquiescence of most of the media, managed to spin it to its advantage. They spun it so well, it’s still spinning today.

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Is it right?
Wednesday 03 December @ 14:33:47 (Read: 4402)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Tony Bouza

A lot of wasted years in public life taught me some rough lessons. They insinuated themselves with torturous inroads into my weakened imagination. The principal one was to simply ask, “Is it right?”

Think of America’s might—whence its power? might? money? realpolitik? I don’t think so. I think it is the notion of freedom. It is the power of our ideas.

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The Snow is General
Wednesday 26 November @ 14:59:19 (Read: 7611)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazHolidays Redefined

by Lydia Howell

Profane consumerism tries to hijack this sacred season. Bush’s war and continued terrorism make celebration appear escapist. But, gift-giving can support peace and justice. This convergence of the “holy days” of most major religions encourages the possibility of transcending militarized nationalism for multicultural interconnectedness if one explores the holidays of the “other” and allows these experiences to redefine one’s own holiday time.

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All Over Minneapolis...
Wednesday 26 November @ 14:17:54 (Read: 5266)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazProgressive Gift Guide

by Lydia Howell

Refusing to support sweatshops, unfair trade or ecologically unsustainable excess, some boycott gift-giving. There are alternatives created by fair, Green and local labor, that advance progressive ideas and organizations. Think of gifts that “give twice” both to the recipient and to a better future for the globe. (Organization memberships are something people choose to DO, not receive gift-wrapped).

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Loose Lips Sink Ships
Thursday 13 November @ 01:36:29 (Read: 5151)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & AyazTop 10 Censored Stories of 2003

by Kari Lydersen

We know a lot more now about the dangers and disasters of US empire building in Iraq—the ongoing bloodshed on the ground, expansion of terrorist activities, the huge budget busting costs of occupation, the stretching and undermining of the military, and the increased sense of fear and insecurity that many Amer-icans feel as a result of the invasion and its potential for blowback.

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Home Economics
Wednesday 22 October @ 13:05:32 (Read: 6035)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Brad Fern

I bought my little three-bedroom Uptown starter home in 1994 for $70,000. After a really bad case of buyer’s remorse, nearly a decade of elbow grease and about twenty gallons of paint, a mortgage company appraised the little cracker box at $285,000, a figure that was laughed at by a real estate broker friend of mine. (He thinks I could get more than $300,000.) While the value of my home has more than quadrupled, my property taxes have only doubled. “Only!” Sadly, protection from runaway property taxes like I and other Uptown residents have enjoyed is about to disappear.

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All About Eve: the changing face of the co-op
Wednesday 15 October @ 15:08:01 (Read: 7696)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Jane Franklin

Standing in sunny North Country Co-operative Grocery on the West Bank, choosing between the organic tomatoes and the less-healthy but no less organic locally produced tiramisu, it’s easy to feel that all’s right with the co-op world.


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Labor Of Love
Wednesday 01 October @ 15:22:02 (Read: 4669)
Hacked by scientist & Cmd & Ayazby Rebecca Harrison

Frank Theater Revivies a Pro-Union Legend


On the eve of its opening night in 1937, a pro-union musical called “The Cradle Will Rock” was shut down by its sponsor, the Federal Theater Project, due to so-called budget cuts. The WPA (Works Progress Administration)-funded theater program was under attack at the time by the House of Un-American Activities for the communist (read pro-labor) leanings of some if its productions.

Convinced that their musical had become another victim of this investigation, director Orson Welles, composer Marc Blitzstein and producer John Houseman rented another theater space and the actors, prohibited by their unions from going on stage, performed their roles from the audience.

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MyLogoMaker Professional 2
Native Instruments Reaktor 5
Native Instruments Reaktor 5 MAC
Native Instruments Traktor DJ Studio 3.4
Native Instruments Traktor DJ Studio 3.4 MAC
Neobyte Titan Backup
Nero 8 Ultra Edition
Nero 9
Norton PartitionMagic 8.0
NovoSoft Handy Backup 6.1 Pro
NovoSoft Handy Backup 6.1 Server
Nuance OmniPage Professional 16
Nuance PDF Converter Professional 5
openPim
OriginLab OriginPro 8
Pantaray Q-Setup Pro 9
Paragon Drive Backup Professional 8.5
Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2008 Professional
Paragon Partition Manager 8.5 Enterprise Server
Paragon Partition Manager 9 Professional
Partition Commander Server Edition 10
PCTools Spyware Doctor 5.5
PC Washer 2
Pinnacle Studio 12 Ultimate
Pixarra TwistedBrush Pro Studio 15
Pixologic ZBrush 3 MAC
PowerArchiver 2009
PowerDesk Pro 7
QuarkXpress 7.3 MAC
QuarkXPress 7.3 Passport
QuarkXPress 8
QuarkXpress 8 MAC
Roxio Copy And Convert 3
Roxio Creator 2009 Ultimate
Runtime Revolution Enterprise 2.9
SmartSoft SmartFTP Home 3.0
SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5 Scoring
Smith Micro Poser 7
Sony ACID Pro 6
Sony CD Architect 5.2
Sony Sound Forge 9
Sony Vegas Pro 8
Sound Forge Audio Studio 9
Steinberg Nuendo 3.2
Symantec Winfax Pro 10.4
SystemsSuite Professional 8
TamoSoft CommView 6 Full
Thegrideon Access Password Professional 2.0
TransMagic Expert
TuneUp Utilities 2008
Uniblue RegistryBooster 2009
Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2009
VMware Workstation 6.5
VMware Workstation 6.5 ACE
Web Page Maker 3
Wincare Memory Booster Gold
Windows XP Professional SP3
Xilisoft 1click DV to DVD
Xilisoft Audio Converter 2.1
Xilisoft Audio Maker 3
Xilisoft DVD Ripper Ultimate 5
Xilisoft ISO Burner
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate 5.1
Xilisoft Video To Audio Converter 5.1
ZoneAlarm AntiVirus 8
ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2009
ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 8
ZoneAlarm Pro 8