Nazis at Evergreen?

Is there any truth to the rumor that the NSMers were staying at the Evergreen dorms? I heard that the employees of the cafeteria were forewarned, and instructed that they had to come into work that day. The school said they would provide escorts for employees to and from their cars if they were afraid. Is this true?

Rally to be held in support of Ehren Watada

On Wed., Jul. 5, the Associated Press reported that the U.S.  Army  has filed three charges against First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada: missing   movement, contempt toward officials, and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Supporters are planning to be at the Exit 119 overpass on I-5 at 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Jul. 6, to make a strong show of support for Lt. Watada, who refused on Jun. 27 to obey an order to deploy to Iraq because he believes  the war there is illegal.

It's the architecture, baby

I was looking at the pictures on one of the Nazi's sites (David Pringle -- any relation to the potato chip guy?), when I finally got it (duh!) about why the NSM choose to meet at the Capitol building. It's the neo-classical architecture that they're drawn to because it allows them the pretend that there is some remnant of Das Dritte Reich still around.

Hitler was wedded to the idea that architecture and ideology were tightly linked, and his plan was to completely rebuild Berlin in the huge, out-of-scale, nazi-classical style. This also explains why most of the pictures they took were away from the crowd, and toward the buildings. They staged the whole thing just as for an opportunity to take some photos!

Friday Picket at Ralph's, 7/7, 5-7 p.m.

Too many people just couldn't wait until after the planning meeting (Monday, July 10, the Olympia Center, Room B, 7-9 p.m., free childcare in room 206) to picket Ralph's again.  So we'll be back out there this Friday, 7/7, from 5 - 7 p.m.  Bring your friends, your parents, your kids, popsicles, dogs, signs, your kids' friends, sunblock, coat-hangers or whatever makes it fun and meaningful for you.  I'll bring signs, water and pledge cards. 

Water supply and resources

Suggested topic for the City Council (if not already pursued)-

On the footsteps of the Lacey City Council's recent issues with water quality, conservation, and resources, what incentives (if any) is the City of Olympia providing to the community to encourage the conservation and re-use of water?

Examples: Free rain barrels, free rain garden designs, incentives to pursue tertiary wastewater treatment upgrades, collection and re-use of stormwater, free septic system inspections...

Examples of measures not considered "incentives": Fee hikes, restricting water use, imposing restrictions on watering days, septic system non-compliance fees.

Saving our Home (Planet Earth)

I finally went to see An Inconvenient Truth and it was well done and worth seeing for anyone who's interested in living on planet Earth or wishes their progeny to continue to live on Earth.

I learned things like an ice age can occur in my lifetime (within 10 years), polar bears are drowning because they can't find ice (even though they can swim 100 miles), and the reduction of CFC's has been successful in stopping the ozone hole from growing!

Things I'm going to work on to reduce Carbon Dioxide:

1.  Get an insulation blanket for my water heater (save 1,000 pounds of CO2)

2.  Unplug electronics from the wall when I'm not using them

3.  Buy more fresh foods

4.  Avoid buying as many packaged products

for more ideas on what you can do visit: 

Thank You

Thank you Washington State Patrol for all your work and service Monday, along with all the work leading up to the event.

Thank you OPD, medics, and everyone else who helped keep watch on our city.

Thank you reporters and bloggers and participants. Thank you community organizations, schools, individuals, faith communities. Thank you clowns and dancers! Thank you Olympia.

I dig entrepreneurship

While I am no longer living in Oly, i eagerly support friends doing cool biznesses.  Like friend Chris whose sweetie is selling Hungarian food, yup Hungarian food at the new Tumwater Farmers Market called The Best of Budapest.  If i were there, i would feast, but please enjoy in my stead and let me know what you think.


In some ways, I think we should have had the Unity rally after the NSM thing, just to wash the bad taste out of the mouth, so to speak. But, through the power of video, we can remember what Olympia is about. Enjoy.

Quicktime File.

Midnight March through downtown Olympia

So earlier tonight, a bunch of us were sitting around at this party, and somebody said, "We should totally just go marching down 4th Ave tonight."

And you know how sometimes someone brings up a totally awesome, totally plausible idea, and you're like, "Yeah! We should really, actually do that!", and then the people who brought it up are just like "Huh, yeah, that'd be soooooooo cooooooool. *cough* Pass the bowl, man."

Well, this time we all really were like, "Yeah! Let's totally do it!"

So we had ourselves a little march. A Midnight March! We got out some signs. We picked up a megaphone. We busted out our little anarcho-syndie flag. Come 11:00 or so, we just started walking out. About eight of us, out of the 30 at the party.

Keep in mind, this wasn't for demonstration value. We had some serious chants and signs. Stuff about the war. But really, this was just for fun.

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