Everybody's on board for water deal

Excet for Thurston County, which is pursuing a separate law suit. From The Olympian:

LACEY — The county’s three largest cities now have agreed to jointly buy the water rights of the former Miller brewery after the Lacey City Council signed off on the accord Thursday.

The council approved a settlement that will enable the cities to acquire all water rights owned by All American Bottled Water Corp. and pay $1,750 for every acre-foot of water that the state determines is valid.

In the same vote, the council authorized the cities to supply half of their newly acquired water to All American for its as-yet-unrealized business operation for 99 years. Under the agreement, All American can receive no more than 1.8 million gallons per day.

Prometheus Radio Project comes to Olympia

May 11th at 7pm the Prometheus Radio Project and PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos del Noroeste or Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) union organizers will be speaking in Lecture Hall One at the Evergreen State College.

They will be bringing tips about radio equipment, programming, and speaking about democratic media and recent station- building trips abroad. “This will also be a great opportunity to show support for the rights and dignity of the people who feed us all!

Let the Species Proceed

From thinkorganic.com:

Click image to play movie.


Several olybloggers have written about this documentary, I want to chime in also. I finally got a chance to see Downtowners and highly recommend it.
Downtowners is 47 minute documentary film that shares the voices of young people who are homeless in Olympia Washington, as they explore issues such as sexual violence, public space, gender roles, street culture, and community perceptions. These voices inspire a connection and understanding seldom experienced by those who lack direct experience with the streets
. Downtowners


[from their website]

FAUN FABLES began in 1997 when Dawn McCarthy left the bands and sideshows of New York City, traveling abroad and singing solo. With an open ticket and 2 phone numbers in her purse, she set out hoping to find her voice and new inspiration to write from. The songwork from this time period was captured on the first Faun Fables CD Early Song (1999), and captured the attentions of Nils Frykdahl (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), a musician and voice artist whose work she'd admired in a theatrical rock show called 'Idiot Flesh.' They began collaborating in 1998, sharing an instinct to weave theater into music and learning from eachother's contrasting approaches to songmaking.

The culmination of this is their new & fourth release,THE TRANSIT RIDER, a work that combines their writing and showcases their range of character, never forgetting a tip of the hat to influences, with a few relevant cover songs and the folk traditional too resonant to be forgotten.

LA WEEKLY SEZ: Oakland's Faun Fables aren't really a folk group, but there's no adequate name for the music Dawn and Nils make together, music that is so total, otherworldy, and heretical a vision of traditional music that it can only be compared to THE RESIDENTS' version of rock 'n roll. Frykdahl's instrumental virtuosity is strictly in the service of making every sound you've ever heard unfamiliar. This band has the uncanny ability to blow through original songs, ancient ballads and European avant garde numbers in a set without a single note seeming out of place. Even if you don't like traditional music, avant garde music, or music at all, you still need to hear McCarthy's voice, which will kill you dead. (Oliver Hall) Jan. 05

8:00pm, Tickets: $6.00
Sat 6/3 Olympia, WA Capital Theater
206 East 5th Avenue
416 Washington Street SE
#208 360-754-3635
8:00pm, Tickets: $8.00
all ages

People don't want to take away civil rights

From the Seattle PI:

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Supporters of an effort to overturn the state's new gay civil-rights law sent out an e-mail Wednesday saying they've collected just a fraction of the signatures needed to get the measure to voters.

Tim Eyman sent the e-mail to supporters and the media, saying that only 8,718 signatures have been gathered. He needs 112,440 valid voter signatures by June 7 to get Referendum 65 on the November ballot.

"It's gut-check time," Eyman said by phone Wednesday. "Do we really want this thing on the ballot? Yes or no."

The referendum asks voters whether they want to keep the law passed this year by the Legislature, which adds "sexual orientation" to a state law that bans discrimination in housing, employment, insurance and credit on the basis of race, creed, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, age or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of service animal by a disabled person.

Aaron Dixon in Olympia

Green party candidate for Washington State senate Aaron Dixon is going to be in Olympia this Friday April 28th.

He'll speak at Evergreen in SemII 13 1107 from 12:30-2PM. The talk is sponsered by Gateways for Incarcerated Youth and Dixon will speak on organizing and on progressive movements.

At 6PM he'll be at a house party the Green Party is hosting on the westside at 1716 Conger Ave NW.

May Day bike ride -- Critical Mass

Come one come all and celebrate cycling and MAYDAY at the same time as we ride to the rally in Sylvester Park! Where: Meet at Red Square at Evergreen When: Meet up at 2pm Or join us at 2:30 at Harrison and Division! Let's skip work and school and have some fun! Support each other and all people around the world in spirit! Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists' right to the road. Keep rollin`-

Robert Jay Lifton talk, Part I Lessons from Hiroshima, Imagery of Extinction.

We are very fortunate to live in the Olympia area (Marylea and I actually live in a south Oly neighborhood we call Chehalis) because Oly has become a destination stop for some big thinkers, great souls, large vision folks.

Dr. Robert Jay Lifton is the most recent example. Lifton joined the Olympia community on Tuesday night to talk about the superpower syndrome, the topic of his most recent book. But the discussion was much broader than simply a review of the dangers of superpower status. Here are some notes and thoughts I collected as Lifton spoke:

Lifton has made a career of studying the causes and consequences of experiencing human horror. Lifton thanked the crowd for coming out since his presence must raise the question "What new horror will he bring us this time?" Lifton said "When I am in demand to speak, the world is in trouble." And the question raised is "What is the moral path?" How do we as a community regain or restore our collective moral compass. The journey to find a moral compass is mytho-psychosocial journey. A nitty gritty review with a double layer of meaning - a struggle in symbolization of immortality that seeks to make an eternal home for each of us. We are creatures of history, we are survivors. Like the survivors of the Hiroshima bombing, or the experience of combat in Vietnam, or life as a patient or physician in Nazi deathcamps, we are all survivors of our individual experience of human horror.

Lifton said when he was a young man, and relatively inexperienced psychiatrist, he traveled to Japan and by chance took a side trip to Hiroshima and met and spoke with the survivors of the boming of Hiroshima. That experience led Lifton to come to the conclusion that there is a certain law of history which says that the more important a historical event is, the less likely it is to be studied. It's an interesting and perplexing thing, but it ties to his lifelong work in the study of the experience of human horror. Fleeing the experience may be easily understood, but perhaps unwise if there are lessons to be learned from the event and experience.

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