The battle for the internet

Here's another souce for more background on the legislation that is up in congress right now. There's not much we can do given that our state delegation is supporting internet neutrality. But if you know anyone in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming....

From TPMCafe:

Admittedly, it hasn’t become a problem yet. But to think it won’t become one is to ignore 100 years of history of anti-competitive behavior by the phone companies. And it was a mere six weeks or so from the time the FCC issued its ill-fated decision to the time when Ed Whitacre, the CEO of (then-SBC) now AT&T issued his famous manifesto attacking Google and other Web sites for “using my pipes (for) free.” They don’t, by the way.

Here’s the inside baseball: A couple of weeks ago, a courageous band of legislators tried to stop the madness in Subcommittee. Ed Markey, Rick Boucher, Anna Eshoo and Jay Inslee proposed some good language to protect the Internet. For their troubles, they just got four more votes, other than theirs. Just three Democrats, other than the sponsors, voted for it. Only one Republican voted for it. When we talk about special interest giveaways, this one will be at the top of the list. And we won’t have only Republicans to blame.

Save the Internet

The House Commerce Committee is likely to vote as early as Wednesday on legislation that would essentially hand over the keys to the Internet to the giant telcos...The nation's largest telephone and cable companies -- including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner -- want to be Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won't load at all...They want to discriminate in favor of their own search engines, Internet phone services, and streaming video -- while slowing down or blocking their competitors...www.SavetheInternet.com

Accessing government documents


PLATO Royalty Lecture Series presents: Using Semantic Components to Facilitate Access to Government Documents

Tuesday, April 25, 4-5:30, LH 5

Lois Delcambre

Professor, Computer Science Department
Portland State University

The Digital Government Program at the National Science Foundation seeks to “… innovatively, effectively, and broadly address through research the potential improvement of agency, interagency, and intergovernmental operations and/or government/citizen interaction. Such research is expected to enable the generation and use of a continuous stream of advanced information technologies for early adoption and integration in the Federal information systems community.

The debate on solar power

Come watch the video "The Power of the Sun" followed by a guest speaker. Mark Pigman from Tacoma Power will be discussing the controversy surrounding the potential of solar power as a viable form of renewable energy. Come join the Chemistry Club for this thought provoking presentation!

Dr. Robert Jay Lifton speaks at Evergreen Tuesday - 20th Anniversary Willi Unsoeld Lecture

The Willi Unsoeld Seminar is bringing noted author and psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton to The Evergreen State College on Tuesday, April 25th at 8 p.m. The free event takes place in the Communications Building Recital Hall at Evergreen’s Olympia campus. It is open to the public.

The annual lecture series, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, honors Willi Unsoeld, leader of the first American expedition to reach the summit of Mt. Everest on May 22, 1963. A philosopher, theologian and mountaineer, Unsoeld was a founding member of the Evergreen faculty. He died in an avalanche on Mount Rainier in March 1979.

This year’s speaker, Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, has spent his life trying to understand the horror and violence that is an undeniable part of human experience. Following September 11, 2001, he undertook a study of Islamist apocalyptic violence and American responses to 9/11, culminating in his 2003 book Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World.

His newest book, Crimes of War – Iraq, coedited with Richard Falk and Irene Gendzier, was published in February 2006.

Lifton is lecturer in psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance, and distinguished professor emeritus of psychiatry and psychology at The City University of New York. He was formerly director of The Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and had previously held the Foundations’ Fund Research Professorship of Psychiatry at Yale University for more than two decades.

Lifton’s work fits in well with the philosophy of Willi Unsoeld. “For me, the ultimate goal of all education is to help people treat each other better,

1924 Oly KKK

In 1924 a "local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan had received its charter from the national headquarters in Atlanta and.....the Olympia sheet-wearers made their presence known by constructing a 100 by 50 foot cross of old auto tires on the hillside above Deschutes waterway and setting it afire, while shooting off parachute bombs with American flags.".

Gordon R. Newell, Rogues, Buffoons, & Statesmen quoted by Rebecca Christie, Workingman's Hill, pg. 142

Red-winged Blackbird

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I saw a Red-winged Blackbird near the fourth ave bridge recently, first I noticed a bold flash of red, then I noticed that the bird otherwise was black.....and yes, I figured it out. Red-winged Blackbird. The bird sang loudly then flew off and gave me a chance to see it in flight.

The red shoulders tell us that the bird was male and I'm learning more about the bird through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site. Now that I've read that the male Red-winged Blackbird is quite fierce about territory I am glad that it did not see me as a threat.

  • The male Red-winged Blackbird fiercely defends his territory during the breeding season. He may spend more than a quarter of all the daylight hours in territory defense. He vigorously keeps all other males out of the territory and defends the nests from predators. He will attack much larger animals, including horses and people.


The Tel Rumeida project


In April 2005, a group of internationals took up residence in a house in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron, the West Bank, recording and intervening in incidents of Israeli settler violence. Tel Rumeida's illegal settlers are notorious for their violence, and the Tel Rumeida Project has recorded over 100 incidents of settler violence in five months. Chelli Stanley and John Harmer of the Tel Rumeida Project, will be speaking and presenting their film about Israeli settler violence, in Olympia this Monday and Wednesday:

4/24 @ TESC- 2PM Sem II A1105

4/26 @ Traditions Fair Trade (300 5th Street, Downtown) - 7PM

The Tel Rumeida project (www.telrumeidaproject.org) was formed in May 2005 as a response to increased settler violence in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida, Hebron, in the West Bank. Tel Rumeida is a small Palestinian neighborhood widely-acknowledged as housing the most violent and extremist faction of the Israeli settler movement. Palestinian families who live directly next to these settlers are often virtual prisoners in their homes, subject to the settlers' violent attacks and destruction of property.

In just five months, members of the Tel Rumeida Project recorded more than 120 settler attacks in the small neighborhood. Yet from the moment internationals began living in Tel Rumeida, the Israeli army and Kiryat Arba police have tried to remove the international human rights presence from the neighborhood by using a variety of means, including constant intimidation, threats, violence, false charges, arrests, and deportation. When internationals call the security forces for assistance while settlers are attacking them or Palestinians, the Kiryat Arba police and IDF habitually threaten, assault, arrest, and harass the members of the Tel Rumeida Project.

Tel Rumeida Project members Chelli Stanley and John Harmer will speak about the current situation in Tel Rumeida and present documentary footage of settler attacks filmed in the neighborhood.

Let the Rivers Run! A Campaign for the Re-Greening of Nicaragua

Elvin Castellón, Nicaraguan activist and Director of FEDICAMP of Nicaragua, visits Olympia on a national speaking tour about the water crisis in Nicaragua and the plan that FEDICAMP and other grassroots organizations have developed to address the water-related problems they are facing.

At the evening event at Evergreen he will be joined by Rosa Aura Segura, Facunda Zeledón and María Salvadora Gonzalez, visitors from Olympia’s sister community of Santo Tomás, Nicaragua. They will share from their own perspectives how water issues impact Santo Tomas and how it relates to our own community that has had a sister city relationship of solidarity since 1988.

Admission to this event is FREE. Donations will be gladly accepted at the event itself to raise money for the FEDICAMP campaign as well as for the Thurston Santo Tomas Sister County Association projects.

In Nicaragua as in the rest of the world, rivers are dying from the deforestation of their banks, water-tables are falling from overuse, lakes are being contaminated by chemicals, and forests torn down. In order to protect and restore the degraded watershed, the Federation for the Integral Development of Peasant Farmers (FEDICAMP) has developed a plan which includes tree nurseries for the reforestation of rivers, streams and springs as well as public areas including schools, parks and communal wells. Reforestation includes fruit trees (mango, avocado, orange and bananas) which are less likely to be harvested as firewood and provide an important source of food. In order to conserve water, FEDICAMP is building cisterns for rain water storage in each household. FEDICAMP is also working to address the large policy issues which threaten the environment. The threat of water privatization is addressed through advocacy efforts at the government level and education and training of the local population.

Restaurante Nica

Join us for an evening of traditional Nicaraguan cuisine and entertainment. Tonight's delicious dinner of nacatamales, bistec jalapeno, pollo rostizado y pollo asada, gallo pinto, tostones, y platanos maduros will benefit multiple community projects in Santo Tomas, including the Comedor Infantil (the children's free lunch project). Suggested donation of $15-30. American Legion Hall (formerly known as the Salmon Club) 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE Olympia, WA 98501 TO RSVP, Call Emily at: 360-480-8720
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