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I wondered after Meta's post to Armywife about commonalities, what types of personalities are drawn to social/civic blogging, so taking Meta's cue of Myers-Brigg (ENTJ), and enneagram (8), I'll throw mine out there:

INTP, and 2

Anyone else care to share?

You can do a brief Myers-Brigg Inventory here:

Enneagram here:

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Why stop with just Plan B?

From Plan B site: Chris Baldwin, local Olympian cartoonist and Plan-B sympathizer, has generously drawn this comic in honor of this effort. Please feel free to print it out and make fliers, handbills and giant POSTERS! We hope to have t-shirts available with this graphic soon.


Click on image to view comic.

Olympia Sings!

The Olympia Choral Society will be sponsoring Olympia Sings! again this year in July. Last year we had over 100 participants on each of the 3 nights and all agreed we needed to do it again this year. For any newcomers, here's the deal: you pay $5 (except students), bring music or borrow (please bring them if you have them, we may run out), come in and join a community of singers who just want to make beautiful music for one night! As always, goodies will be provided during break. The sessions last about 2 hours in length (7-9pm) and are all held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Rd SE, Olympia (next door to the Boulevard Nursery). Feel free to bring a friend who sings if you like. Listeners are welcome, and free, but this is not a concert.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, July 11 at 7pm- Mozart's Requiem

Tuesday, July 18 at 7pm- Early Music (Susan Bloomingfield from St. John's Episcopal Church will lead this session)

Tuesday, July 25 at 7pm- Brahms' Requiem

If you have any questions, please email OCS at OCSociety@msn.com

Hope to see you there!

This week in Oly City Council: Downtown Money (not for parking yet) and a broken sewer emergency

If you head down to the Plum St. headquarters of Olympia this Tuesday night, (and skip out on Jose Lopez, All-Star) you'll hear about the downtown's plans for about $50,000 (it includes a street sweeper) and about a sewer emergency over on East Bay Drive.

I also posted the entire agenda for this week, if you're interested in that kind of stuff.

Read all about it here.

I 360 Corporations ain't People. New website, thanks to Olybloggers

You can read about I 360 and download a pdf of the petition at www.i360.wordpress.com  Thanks again to emmitt and everyone else.

Racists join U.S. forces, report says

From the Tacoma News Tribune:

The report quotes Scott Barfield, a Defense Department investigator based at Fort Lewis, saying, "Recruiters are knowingly allowing neo-Nazis and white supremacists to join the armed forces, and commanders don't remove them from the military even after we positively identify them as extremists or gang members."

Barfield said Army recruiters struggled last year to meet goals. "They don't want to make a big deal again about neo-Nazis in the military," he said, "because then parents who are already worried about their kids signing up and dying in Iraq are going to be even more reluctant about their kids enlisting if they feel they'll be exposed to gangs and white supremacists."

It seems to me that one implication of this situation is that we can look forward to having more neo-Nazis in Thurston County, given the proximity of Ft. Lewis.

We were brainstorming last night (while on caiman duty) about how to counteract this trend in the military. Anybody have any ideas? We're going to have to face it one way or the other (through offering education and opportunity one the hand, or more Nazis on the other). Here are some ideas we bounced around:

  • A mentor program in which older vets would help younger vets transition back to civilian society.

  • Lobby for educational programs that offer tangible tracks that returning vets can follow toward meaningful work and careers.
  • Public discussion and education about the fear of difference that all humans have, how that is transformed into racisim in some individuals, and how to overcome those vulnerabilities in the human psyche through choice and understanding.

ROFL, Two Clowns

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Tear it down!

Caiman patrol

V-ster and I will be going undercover at the Fishbowl, looking for caimans. I think it will take at least a few beers worth of investigation to make sure the place is really clear of our reptilian overlords. Anyone who wanted to lend a hand would be welcome. Operation will commence at 7:00pm.

Support KOWA

KOWA, 106.5 FM, Olympia's new progressive voice, invites community participation!

If you or someone you know can help, please come to our meetings, currently scheduled for Mondays at 6, at Media Island, 816 Adams St, Downtown by the Library.

KOWA will have a special place for local news and commentary (including call-in!), but will also highlight the best of progressive news, analysis and culture from around the globe. We currently schedule Democracy Now! for 8 AM and 6 PM weekdays, but will feature a wide variety of socially relevant material. See: http://kowalp.org/index.php/Schedule for more information.

We are putting out the call to our community. Listen, participate, donate, and/or otherwise support Olympia's newest community voice!

-- KOWA 106.5 FM kowalp.org 360-352-8526 816 Adams St. SE Olympia WA 98501 kowa@riseup.net

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