A Rail Center?

Does anynone know what this is about? From the Tacoma News Tribune:

The ports of Tacoma and Olympia want to develop a joint rail center near Interstate 5 in Olympia.

Pending approval from both the ports’ commissions, such a facility would provide a place outside the ports for rail operations and make the movement of cargo in and out of the ports by train more efficient, Port of Tacoma director Tim Farrell said today.

To get the project started, the Port of Tacoma plans to buy 74 acres of industrial property two miles east of the interstate in Thurston County.

Saturday Picket at Ralph's


Plan B Oly has scheduled more pickets of Ralph's, as well as one of Bayview.  We're starting with a Saturday picket at Ralph's, July 15th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Later, we're planning to picket Bayview just before the Lakefair fireworks, 7-9 p.m., when everyone in three counties, it seems, drives over the bridges by Bayview. Our last picket of the month will be on Monday, July 31, 5 - 7 p.m. at Ralph's.  Small handfuls of picketers have also signed up to keep a smaller but constant presence at Ralph's during rush hour.  For the full picket schedule, check out the calendar on our website

Gaza Strip


Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
and Olympia Rafah Sister-City Project present:

" GAZA STRIP "

A film by James Longley followed by a community forum to discuss the ongoing crisis of the Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza, Palestine, and the events leading to it.

Tuesday, July 18th
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Luther Hall
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1515 Harrison Ave NW
Olympia WA 98502
(360) 357-3386
At the corner of Harrison and Perry St.

There will be time for questions and commentary from:

Professor Steve Niva, Middle East Studies, TESC
Will Hewitt, ORSCP, ISM recently returned from Gaza
Craig and Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

"Gaza Strip" pushes the viewer headlong into the tumult of the Israeli-occupied Gaza, examining the lives and views of ordinary Palestinians."

"Gaza Strip is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of a population under siege. As a perspective that is largely excluded from American attention, it deserves the widest possible audience."

-- The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Jan/Feb 2002

Inquiring Minds Want To Know

Our friends Crusty and Crenshaw got all nupped up recently. So let's hear about it! Who caught the bouquet? Any photos to share? WE NEED FULL COVERAGE!

The Big Here: a hyperlocal quiz

"You live in the big here" a quiz to make you think about your particular bit of ecosystem: where does your water come from, where does your garbage go, where does the sun rise on the equinox, etc.  34 questions: "The intent of this quiz is to inspire you to answer the questions you can't initially."

On a quick skim, I think I can maybe answer half a dozen.  Rather inspiring to do more research....

And you?

Lindens Blooming

The linden trees lining the street next to my work building have started to bloom, filling the neighborhood with their deliciously sweet scent.

Linden Tree
The linden, also known as the lime or basswood tree, is famous in central Europe, where it appears in legends and poetry.

 
If only there were some way to send you the scent. Instead, I’ll show you a map with a few locations I’ve noticed over the last few weeks.


Map of linden tree locations in West Olympia

Cross-posted at Peregrinate.

Co-op Growth Issues Forum

Help Shape the Co-op's future!

What is the difference between growth and expansion? What are the pros and cons of expansion? What options are not available to the co-op?

Whether you've read mention of it in the newsletter or simply witnessed the bustle while shopping, chances are you know that the Co-op's sales have been growing.  A lot!  The Olympia Food Co-op would like to invite everyone to attend a forum to learn about growth-related issues and to share your thoughts and ideas for the future.

Refreshments and childare provided.

An opportune moment and great way to share your shopping needs, or promote a downtown location.  They are also conducting a survey which will close on Sunday. Stop by and complete one to let them know what you think.

I love going to the co-op and seeing and visiting with folks I know.  The Westside recently changed their produce aisle..it's quite beautous.

Pre-crime interdiction

From today's editorial page of the Olympian:

Two things happened last week that should send terrifying shivers down the spines of even the most ardent supports of President George Bush's assault on civil liberties.

They also go to the heart of why this newspaper has been so critical of his administration.

The first was an extraordinary statement by Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. He was commenting about the arrests in Miami and Lebanon of men who were talking about committing terrorist attacks in the United States, men who authorities say had no clear plans and no obvious weapons to carry them out even if they had been better organized.

"You may not end up winning in court," the New York Republican said, "but you get a bad guy off the street."

Now think about that for a second.

Didn't we see that in Steven Spielberg's nightmarish vision of the future called "Minority Report," in which people were arrested by "pre-crime police" and jailed merely for thinking about committing a murder? And, of course, an innocent man is caught up in the corrupt system before truth (an actual need for real evidence) and the American Way (those pesky checks and balances) prevail.

Think about it again: "You may not end up winning in court."

Olympian editorial ("Be afraid - be very afraid") correct but unexpected . . .

Reading editorials like in today's Olympian makes me wonder who is writing these because I didn't think Mike Oakland held these views.  Don't other people contribute to the daily editorials?  Mike can't write these every day all year.  Everyone needs a break!  It would be nice if the names of the contributing writers and editors could be included on the column . . .

Yeah, the Minority Report reference is weird but interesting . . .

. . . Fortunately in the case of Guantanamo Bay detainees, the U.S. Supreme Court got into the act and made clear that Congress did not hand Bush a "blank check" to do as he pleased after 9/11. Even the administration backed down Tuesday by agreeing to give Guantanamo prisoners protection under the Geneva Conventions.

Yes, we are at war with a nefarious and pitiless enemy. And Bush needs to do everything in his power to keep this country safe from terrorists.

But we as Americans - Democrats, Republicans, independents, conservatives and liberals - cannot cede to him the right to decide alone who is a terrorist and how that person will be treated. To do so is to allow us to sink to the level of the worst of history's totalitarian regimes.

 

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