semisocial at the Broho

I'm perfecting my skill of being quasi-social...sitting in a dark bar, surrounded by Olybloggers, but hiding out behind my screen.  Mostly, I'm trying to figure out the best way to post the Plan B protest schedule.

That's the other thing I did this evening...our planning meeting went quite well, I think.  We have three big protests/pickets planned in July, plus we're going to have a couple of people there every evening.  Plus letters to the editor, maybe a press release (!), and so on and so forth.

I was just telling Rick that I got way more involved in this than I really intended to...but it's been a good thing.

On one count, because so much in the world pisses me off so much and makes me so sad right now, and this is something I think I can do something about.

On another, because I've been dealing with some inner turmoil sh!t (oh the brain chemicals), and this project has given me something to focus on outside myself, and provided some really amazing positive social interaction.

I moved to Olympia four years ago next month, and in all that time I've never had much of a social scene.  (Imagine that, an introvert having a hard time meeting people!)  My old scene in Tacoma dissolved by natural processes some time ago.  And in the last month, I've met and enjoyed meeting more people -- here, in my town, not in Austin (SXSW) or in Seattle, or whatever -- than in those four years gone by.

Not until very recently could I appreciate it entirely; now I'm beyond pleased and grateful.

Also, I'm giggling at the whole caiman gesture picture thing.

This one's for you, Olycop

We're sitting here at the Broho hopefully waiting for Olycop to walk through the door. To break up the extreme boredom while we wait, we're debating what would be the appropriate theme music to play as he walked through the door. Here's the list so far:

  • Bad to the bone
  • Fist full of dollars
  • Cops (TV series)
  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • Help (Beatles)

Vote for your favorite below.

Monday Night

Tune Strangler meetup again at the Broho? Let me know if going. I always like to know what faces to keep an eye out for.

Griffin Neighborhood Association: Goodbye to the Blueberry Farm?

From the Griffin NA blog:
Most residents of this area know of the 40-acre blueberry bog on Steamboat Island Road. It is on the right as you drive north on the peninsula in the vicinity of 49th Lane. It has been a U-Pick or free pick community resource for decades. St. Christopher Church's Annual Blueberry festival began with church members picking at the blueberry bog.

There are two owners of parcels involved in development plans. MC Construction (working for the owners, Michelle and Danaher Dempsey) and an organization calling itself Blueberry Farms, LLC (represented by Michael Welter) is now in the process of gaining approval for 8 large houses to be clustered on the forested upland portion of the blueberry farm. This is that beautiful section of Evergreen woods that you can see emerging from the blueberry fields at the North center of the bog.

Click here to view copies of the two applications associated with these projects.

Developers plan to log the woods, approximately 8 acres of them, which is where the houses will be built.

Last year the developers created a site plan that showed eight home lots plus two large resource parcels (the blueberry fields themselves), which they intended to donate to a nonprofit so that it could remain a community blueberry farm forever.

Unfortunately, at some point and for some reason not known to us, MC Construction changed their mind and submitted development plans that call for the blueberry fields to be divided into two parcels, each of which includes a small portion of high ground so that a house can be built on it.

In other words, the blueberry fields are about to become someone’s back yard.

To see MC Construction's web page, promoting this project, click here.

Harm Reduction and War

I've read Achilles in Vietnam and am now reading Odysseus in America (thanks Bob for suggestion) both by Jonathan Shay, M.D.,PH.D.
In this ambitious follow-up to "Achilles in Vietnam," Dr. Jonathan Shay uses the "Odyssey," the story of a soldier's homecoming, to illuminate the pitfalls that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life. Seamlessly combining important psycho- logical work and brilliant literary interpretation with an impassioned plea to renovate American military institutions, Shay deepens our understanding of both the combat veteran's experience and one of the world's greatest classics.
If we human beings have to keep being at war, even if at least for now, we best figure out better ways to do so. There are ways to achieve the objective, conduct war and battles, without totally trashing our soldiers, their families, and our communities in the process.

Preventing and treating PTSD can go a long way, such work ripples throughout our communities and benefits all of us.
Keep people together through training, into a fight, and home again.
We know what to do. Our vets and their families tell us over and over again what to do. Compassionate researchers such as Dr. Shay tell us what we need to do. Time to do it.

Take good care of our troops and they can much more effiiciently do what we believe needs to be done.

(Thanks Rick for reminding me the connection between this and the model of harm reduction.)

An Inconvenient Truth -- Free!

[via tesccrier]

Friends --

The film about global climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, will be shown for NO admission charge on Saturday (July 15) at 10 AM, at the Franklin Theater in Shelton. A panel of folks, including me, will be available after the showing to take and discuss questions from the audience. Moderator: Linda Ring Erickson, a Mason County Commissioner. ALL are welcome.

This film is one of the best, most informative, and measured presentations of the causes and implications of global climate change that I've ever seen. I'm embarrassed to admit that it delivers in about 2 hours what I often attempted to present in a whole 10-week course!

The film is presented by the Mason County Democrats and features Al Gore. However this presentation is NOT intended to advance anyone's political career or agenda. It is intended to be educational, and to inform public discussion of policy on this issue. If you haven't seen it, come on by! If you have, tell someone who hasn't and encourage them to see it.

Cheers, all!

Dave Milne
Emeritus Faculty

Ps to find the theater, enter Shelton from the south on state route 3. At Railroad street (main drag), turn left. Go a few blocks to 5th Street, turn right, and there you are. Right across from the Shelton Safeway store. The film will be shown again this weekend, however for the usual admission charge. The theater is GREAT -- down home, clean, a pleasure to visit.

Forum On Iran, July 19th, 7pm First Christian Church

This forum is intended to help people understand the reasons behind a possible invasion/attack against Iran. The forum will address possible reasons for U.S. aggression against Iran by highlighting the political economy of U.S./Iranian relations both historically and in the current situation. The forum will also address what can be done to stop U.S. aggression against Iran now!

Clown Power Zaps Hate and Bigotry!

Clowns danced and pranced, working their clown mojo, and now a certain Nazi organization is imploding, exploding, crumbling, and splintering all over the darn place.

Clowns = Power!

So hug a clown today, feed it strudel, then get to work costuming new clowns, we have a movement here people that is destined to do even greater things than this! (And this ain't bad either.)

Clowns can zap the bigotry, clowns can celebrate cooperation, clowns can distract the meanies and entertain the community. Clowns just wanna have fun!

[Photo courtesy of GVP]

Next time

I believe we should employ this secret weapon the next time the nazis come to town:

Evidently this isn't a new idea.

[via BoingBoing]

attn stevenl re: new threat at the FLOD

(a little background info for others: at the last FLOD cleaning we came upon some truly fetid dead ducks.  Steve, brave as he is, took it upon himself to dispose of the fetid foul.  This apparenly left some FLOD locals very unhappy)

I was contacted by a Mr. Max R. Maggot and he has a message for you.  It was Max himself who suggested conveying this message to you in comic form, something about, "speaking to him in his own language" something-or-other. Without further ado, here is Mr. Maggot in his own words:

This is all very worrying.  How Max came into possession of this sensitive information I don't know, but I smell caiman snitchery.
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