SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2006--The Port of Olympia marine terminal in Washington state has recently deployed new technology to facilitate pre-planning for emergencies and to assist first responders during a wide variety of emergency situations. The Rapid Responder(R) system, developed by Seattle-based Prepared Response, Inc., will provide emergency responders with instant access to critical information about the Port's 60-acre terminal facility. The Port will be the first marine terminal in the U.S. to use the Rapid Responder software.
I remember back in 2000 when the DNR started cracking down on liveaboards across Puget Sound. Apparently they got together and started fighting back. They have an association:
Dating back almost 100 years, liveaboard boaters have been a part of the color and richness of Puget Sound. The liveaboard lifestyle is an age-old pursuit, it is a choice to passionately pursue a love of water, adventure, and freedom. The liveaboard community of Puget Sound, together with concerned citizens across the state, have formed this assocation to protect a NW heritage, and a cherished way of life.
Longtime community activist and EGYHOP founder Long Hair David has finally secured a private attorney in his two-year ordeal with felony assault charges. The charges stem from an incident which happened Feb 16, 2004 as David was in Sylvester Park downtown in Olympia. Three WSP Officers approached David, accused him of dropping a cigarette on the ground, and the misunderstanding which resulted ended in David's arrest for felony assault of an officer. The bench trial, which had been scheduled for today (Feb 13, 2006) has been moved to April 10th. EGYHOP is the Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project - a direct services organization for the street populations of Olympia. David is one of my heroes; it has broken my heart to see him reduced in spirit and body as the stress of worrying about this case has worn him down. The men who attacked him that day have never taken responsibility for their misunderstanding or contributory negligence in the case, and likely never will, even when David is aquitted. The case number is 04-1-00343-5 and you can track the docket for it here and paste the case number in the box, and choose Thurston County.
I am concerned about the local reaction to the Nazi presence.
I have two separate visions in my imagination: 1) 8 or 9 nazi's standing in solitude, isolated on a hill top, blathering obscenities and slogans like "white-power," while one of their number ridiculously holds a shield
2) 8 or 9 nazi's defending themselves against a group of 150 counter protestors, arguably being threatened - even to the point of necessitating police escort.
Now I ask, which image would most likely tend promote recruitment more?
I'll add that my opinion is rather fixed. I see this group as having an intention to disrupt. These individuals strike me as little more than trolls, who thrive on adversity and the reactionary response that they get from communities they set upon to antagonize.
How to handle a troll?
Simply ignore them.
Matthew Ernest Ramsey is his name, he goes by "Jim Ramm" for all his white supremacist doings. Since he is leading this Neo-Nazi crew that plans to protest the marble steps of our state capitol dome this summer, I thought it would be neighborly to find out just who he is.
The Spokesman Review gives us a good start on our journey. Next we turn to an article on the National Socialist Movement. If you then choose to google on your own, do so only with caution, Jimbo's actual hate site is beyond horrendous.
OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 13 (AScribe Newswire) -- The Evergreen State College and the hard work of students have been recognized with two distinct honors in the past week for the college's commitment to renewable energy.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the list of the nation's top-ten college and university green power purchasers today - and The Evergreen State College is eighth in the nation with the amount of green power purchased. All of the electricity used at the main campus in Olympia, as well as the Tacoma campus, is green, translating to enough energy for more than 1,500 homes per year, according to the EPA.
Join us February 21, 2006 to hear Dr. Jeffery Albert discuss the role of environmental issues in the peace process in the Middle East at 7:00 P.M. at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 8th & Washington, Downtown Olympia.
Jeff Albert PhD is co-founder and CEO of the Aquaya Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, testing, and promotion of water resource innovations in the developing world. Since 1997, he has been involved in a variety of Israeli-Palestinian water and environmental projects
Dr. Albert is an expert on water allocation. His Ph.D. dissertation work at Yale University focused on the Science and Politics of Wastewater Reclamation in Israel. Between 1998 and 2001, Jeffery was on the staff of the Water Commission, the Israeli government agency with prime responsibility for water allocation decision making. Since 1997, he has been involved in a variety of Israeli-Palestinian water and environmental projects, and he makes regular trips to the region.
This event is sponsored by the Olympia Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace). For more information, contact Juliet VanEenwyk, 360-493-1592.
My buddy Vince has just put up a new website. Go check it out.
Don't you just love that brand new website smell?
Since that event, the NSM has been ramping up recruitment efforts in Washington and Oregon. They have announced that they will do at least one event a month. This weekend looked to be a prime choice for such an event.
Where would it take place? Olympia? Portland? Seattle? More...
I worked in the backyard on Friday afternoon (damn you sun with your getting me away from the computer ways) so I forgot to check the city website for this week's packet. But, its Sunday afternoon, and while still sunny, I'm taking a day of physical rest. These are my highlights from this week's city council packet, but feel free to download it yourself and see what you think is important.
1. As the city has been developing their wireless ordinance (think cell phone towers and where they should be), it has come up that a different sort of wireless technology, wifi and wimax should be left out of the ordinance. A Chad Atkins, a very thoughtful person in my opinion, came to the city and asked that the very different technology, while still wireless, be left alone for now. City staff say it could be taken out in a future review of the ordinance later.
2. The council will give its final stamp of approval on the Percival Landing Concept Plan. I assume the actual plan itself was included in an old packet, so if you haven't had anything to say on this yet, hurry up.
3. Public comment last week was dominated by boat talk, here is most of it, pro and con:
Mr. Ray Holden, 120 NE State Ave, stated that he lives on a boat and explained circumstances that resulted in him living on a boat. He stated that City management is trying to enforce a permissive law to impound his boat. He asked Council to direct City administration to cease the enforcement.
Mr. Gerry Gagne, 501 Columbia St., spoke in opposition of efforts to impound his boat and others in public waters of Budd Inlet.
Mr. Jack VanZandt, 2014 Bigelow, encouraged Council to cease actions to impound boats moored in public waters in Budd Inlet unless boats are unsafe and in danger of sinking.
Mr. Christopher Lane, 611 Columbia Street, spoke in support of a safe harbor and Olympia Police and Harbor Patrol efforts to impound boats illegally moored in Budd Inlet.