September 24th

protest

Here is a flickr slide show of pictures from protest marches around the country. This one is my favorite (so far).

If anyone has pictures from last night's event at the Capitol Theater, please post them here (or send a link).

The march to Ft. Lewis

The Olympia Movement for Peace and Justice organized a march to Ft. Lewis to protest the war in Iraq and to support the troops by bringing them home. I spoke with several protesters today.

What's it about?


I asked Pete about why he was marching:

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Supporting the troops


Barry talked about supporting the troops:

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[update 9/24/05]

See these pictures from Rob W.'s blog, and these from Zoltan Grossman's site.

Also see this write-up in the Taccoma News Tribune, and this one in the Olympian.

[update 9/25/05] Here's a post from pro-war blogger Sondrak.

Big choices about Capitol Lake

The Olympian opines about the fate of Capitol Lake:

Crews are on the ground studying the lake as part of a $900,000 study to determine whether it's best to leave the 260-acre lake as a reflecting pool or remove the Fifth Avenue dam and allow the man-made lake to revert to an estuary. The first parts of the study should be complete next spring.

The ramifications are huge -- not just for aesthetics, the environment and salmon recovery, but for shipping in lower Puget Sound. The sediments washing down the Deschutes River have to go someplace, and if it isn't the lake, it will be Budd Inlet. And that has potential impacts for the Port of Olympia and the Army Corps of Engineers responsible for saltwater dredging. Then there's the question of whether the new, multimillion- dollar Fourth Avenue bridge can withstand unregulated tidal action if the dam is removed.

Can anyone describe what it would look like if the dam is removed?

Digital phone service

Comcast is beginning to offer Voice-over IP phone service in Thurston County, reports the Olympian:

A Comcast customer of the new service can keep their existing phone number, use a touch-tone phone and connect to the service through a cable modem.

The service includes an installation and activation charge and a monthly charge that varies if it is used in conjunction with other Comcast services. A customer who only wants the Comcast voice product will pay $49.95 a month, Neary said.

While the monthly fee of many VoIP products is comparable to a regular phone line, the advantage to the consumer is that VoIP companies usually offer unlimited local long distance services at no charge, said Jay Stewart, owner of Olympia-based Zhonka Broadband. Stewart said this is possible because the Internet is not as regulated as phone lines are and to "digitize" a phone call doesn't require as many resources to transmit that call.


Seems expensive. Does anyone have any experience using Skype?

Young Dems Forum and Endorsements

The Thurston County Young Dems did our endorsements following the forum last night. Here are the results of that process and some thoughts on last night. Also, here are some comprehensive notes on the forum.

Fun was had by all.

Ft. Lewis invades downtown Olympia

downtown

An opinion piece in The Olympian exhorts us to do our part cleaning up downtown. Now the military is involved. Aren't they busy?

More new stuff

A couple of updates to the site:

  • I've created pages specifically for posting about animal exchanges and for finidng a housemate. These seemed like services that folks were needing, so here they are (see picture on the sidebar).
  • All the links are now hosted by del.icio.us. This means that they will include not only those defined by OlyBlog users, but will include any that include the same tags. Thus, anyone can now submit links by associating a site on del.icio.us with the appropriate tags.

Private land owner grants available

The Landowner Incentive Program has grants of up to $50,000 to give away to private landowners who want to take steps to protect endangered species.

Land owners only have to either match 25% of the $ or do in-kind work. Seems like an easy requirement.

If you know a private landowner who would use the money to do some good, send them that link above

First post-primary Forum Tonight

Now that we know who'll we be voting for or against in November, the Young Dems are holding a forum tonight at the Capital Playhouse.



WHAT
Young Democrats Candidate Forum

WHERE
Capital Playhouse
612 East Fourth Avenue
Olympia WA

WHEN
Wednesday, September 21
6:30 Social half hour
7:00 Forum

I'll be there, and depending on the wi-fi available on site, I'll be blogging.

Military fly-overs explained

c17s [via email]

Sir or Ma'am,

In reference to your blog of 18 September regarding the military fly-overs, we had night training of airborne troops parachuting onto our training areas.

They are training so they can maintain proficiency in their combat skills. At any moment we could be called upon to perform our duties anywhere in the world. We are already performing these tasks in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We are doing this training to also provide a free society the continued freedom to write these blogs and chatter amonsgt yourselves about how annoying the noise of freedom is.

V/R Dan Williams

"No Soldier in active service entangles himself in everyday affairs so he may please his commanding officer." Paul circa 66 A.D.

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