security

Downtown Economy & Reactionary Regulation

I want to make a point on acknowledging the different points of regulation that have presented themselves in this town lately. I've heard that the Police are starting to enforce Jay Walking laws more strickly. This is one of those laws that usually when someone has breeched it, they have hurt no one, and excersized their rights in deciding for themselves what is safe for their own person.

" I walked accross the street at 7:30 in the morning no one was around and a Cop on a motor bike drove over 5 blocks to come and ticket me."- a friend told me.

It's laws like these that make me utterly sad about the way we enforce a climate of fear, and also with how our tax dollars are used.I would love to see some laws that are about affirmations and rewarding people who are doing good things. Could that happen?

What are the intentions of these laws, can't be outright with what is going on here? Is this law really just to keep youth from loitering in the middle of the street?

Also, If downtown businesses are continuing to blame the street culture for their enconomic struggle, why doesn't the parking establishment get any flack? I watch people get ticketed all day for being downtown in Olympia. I'll tell you this. If I visited your town, and you gave me a ticket, I would be very much less likely to visit again and spend my money at your shops. That's simply not a very nice way to treat your visitors.

 

Think about it.

 

Free Skool Olympia's February Calendar out now!

The newly revived and under new (no)management Free Skool Olympia has come out with its February calendar of classes!

Free Skool Olympia is an autonomous, all ages, egalitarian, volunteer-run collective which works to offer a wide range of workshops, classes, trainings, and skill shares freely to the community. The Free Skool offers a direct challenge to educational, economic, and social systems that oppress and divide our communities by providing vibrant alternatives to those systems and safe places for them to thrive so that we may begin to imagine and build a truly free world.

This month features classes on:

  • Algebra
  • Art and Activism
  • Book Binding
  • Computer Security
  •  Freestyle Rap
  • Haiku & Asian Poetry
  • History
  •  Knot Tying & Climbing
  • Media
  •  Musical Saw Playing
  •  Mycology
  •  Peace Psychology
  • Really Really Safe Sex
  • Self Defense
  • Sign Language
  • Stick 'N' Poke Tattoos

As well as a Black History Reading Group, White Privilege Reading Group, film showings, a Stitch 'N' Knit circle, and a Theatre of the Oppressed troupe!

All classes are absolutely free. The whole month's calendar, which includes descriptions, times, and locations is attached to this post!

Child care will be provided at classes on request. If you have child care or accessibility needs, contact the facilitator of the class you'd like to attend.

To find out more about the Free Skool, you can come to our general meetings every Sunday, 2:00pm at Media Island (816 Adams St. SE) or find us on Facebook. To contact us, e-mail olyfreeskool (at) riseup (dot) net

National Security

   The big buzz is NATIONAL SECURITY. OK, I hear that.  Uh, but what does it mean?
Well, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotamayor says we have to choose between freedom of speech (aka, WIKILEAKS) and National Security.  So I guess we have to decide if we want to know what our government officials are doing [supposedly] in the name of the people - us - or do we want them to keep it all a secret? Let me think on that for a minute......

    Keeping what a secret?  Well, for example, are our U.S. soldiers killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan? Do you really want to know that? Would it just make your day that much brighter to know that, yes, they are! Can't you just trust your neighborhood politician to let you know that they are keeping you safe from some Afghani whose daughter was just raped by a vengeful marine, or whose unarmed son was just shot by a passing patrol. That same Afghani might just want to board some plane, fly over here and cruise the streets of, let's say, Cinncinati and start yelling "Americans, stay in your own God damn country."  

   So, those governing this country need to keep things secret in order to protect us, you and me, from people they have pissed off in some other country around the world. And that, my friends, is National Security.

   PS - As our C.I.A. &  F.B.I. agents jokingly say, "If we told you the secrets, we would have to kill you."  Now it's up to you. Do you really want to know?  I'm still thinking........

 

 

 

Photos from Yesterday

Yesterday I went to Seattle to support a couple of friends who are in the midst of a dispute with a land-lord. A group of about 35 people from the Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle Solidarity Networks were on hand to witness the delivery of a reparations demands letter. Here's the Seattle Solidarity Network website (I think the Olympia group has a website on the way.)

Arch
Here's an arch at the Seattle Chinatown/International District

After returning in heavy traffic on I-5 we stopped at the Eastside Co-op, and I saw the protest. You can find more information about the Co-op Board of Directors decision to boycott products from Israel at www.olympiafood.coop, and www.olympiabds.org. (I'm not aware of any local anti-bds websites.)

Oly Food Co-op, July 23, 2010
Protest at the Oly Food Co-op, July 23, 2010

Then I jumped on the bus.

The bus driver asked me, "how are you," and I replied, "I'm well, thank you." (Although that was really not true, because I was really not well, pretty uncomfortable actually, although I was feeling happy about the BDS. I was saddened and distressed after seeing the protest against the co-op. And I was also late to the peace vigil. The reason that I said I was "well" was because I don't like to be judged by people for being sad, and I got the feeling that this bus driver was going to be disappointed if I told the truth. But this world makes me feel sad, and discouraged, and invalidated, etc., all the time. So There!)

Then I asked the driver, "and how are you?"

The driver said, "great!" (I wonder if the driver was lying too. Because maybe the driver was really bored. Too bad! We could have laughed about that.)

Perennial Vegetable Plant Sale (and more)

Perennial Vegetable Plant Sale
with self seeding annuals, shrubs and trees too

Saturdays May 15th, and May 29th 10am-3pm
3203 Cooper point road, Olympia


Perennial vegetables are an integral part of many cultural diets around the world, particularly in tropical agriculture. Perennial vegetables fell out of favor in most of Europe, and other western influenced cultures, once industrial agriculture gained a foothold. Some of the older temperate varieties include: seakale, mallow, sorrel, and Good King Henry. The most commons perennial vegetables grown today are asparagus, rhubarb, and artichoke, yet hundreds of other varieties can be grown easily in our climate. Once planted, perennial vegetables will usually thrive for years to come with only minimal effort needed from the gardener to maintain them.

Some plants (perennial and annual) that will be available at the sale include: Good King Henry, Artichoke, Borage, Nasturtium, Garlic Chives, Strawberry Spinach (aka "beet-berry"), Asparagus and many more.

To see the full list of what will be available visit www.terracommons.us and click on "Nursery"

For more information email terracommons@gmail.com or call (360) 339-3329

Hackbloc Workshop Series on Security, Public Records, and The Next PMR's Communications System

Oly Hackbloc to Lead Workshop Series (Apr. 15) on security, public records, and the communications system that will be deployed at the next PMR.

Next Wednesday, April 15th, the Olympia Hackbloc (olyhackbloc.org) will be leading a workshop series on security, public records, and tapatio (the communications system which will be deployed at the next pmr). These workshop is targeted towards activists, journalists, and members of the general public. We are looking for somebody to film these workshops or provide us with a camera (no participants will be filmed). If you are able to do this or have other questions, please contact workshops{at}olyhackbloc.org.

All participants will receive digital copies of the presentation materials. To help cover costs, participants are asked to bring $5 with them or donate whatever they feel is fair. Nobody will be turned away because they don't have money. Press wishing to cover this event should contact press{at}hackbloc.org.

For more information about Hackbloc, please see the Oly Hackbloc website at http://www.olyhackbloc.org or the main Hackbloc site at https://www.hackbloc.org.

Sponsored by Evergreen Students for Democratic Society, which meets every Wednesday at 6:00 in the Solarium of the CAB building at Evergreen

1. Security Workshop

Rendezvous at 'the pit' in the CAB Building (3rd floor) at 4:00. This workshop is approximately four hours long so we also turned it into a potluck. Please bring good food and refreshments for breaks!

Oly Hackbloc to Lead Workshop Series (Apr. 15) on security, public records, and the communications system that will be deployed

Next Wednesday, April 15th, the Olympia Hackbloc (olyhackbloc.org) will be leading a workshop series on security, public records, and tapatio (the communications system which will be deployed at the next pmr). These workshop is targeted towards activists, journalists, and members of the general public. We are looking for somebody to film these workshops or provide us with a camera (no participants will be filmed). If you are able to do this or have other questions, please contact workshops{at}olyhackbloc.org. All participants will receive digital copies of the presentation materials. To help cover costs, participants are asked to bring $5 with them or donate whatever they feel is fair. Nobody will be turned away because they don't have money. Press wishing to cover this event should contact press{at}hackbloc.org. For more information about Hackbloc, please see the Oly Hackbloc website at http://www.olyhackbloc.org or the main Hackbloc site at https://www.hackbloc.org. Sponsored by Evergreen Students for Democratic Society, which meets every Wednesday at 6:00 in the Solarium of the CAB building at Evergreen 1. Security Workshop Rendezvous at 'the pit' in the CAB Building (3rd floor) at 4:00. This workshop is approximately four hours long so we also turned it into a potluck. Please bring good food and refreshments for breaks! Topics to be covered: -What encryption is and how it works -How to encrypt files, emails, or your entire computer -How to 'harden' your computer (how to secure it) -What security culture is and how to implement it -How to protect your privacy online and in real life -How to publish, communicate, and browse the web anonymously -How to deal with informants, infiltrators, provocateurs, etc. -How to work with sources and leak documents/information If you have a computer, you are highly encouraged to bring it. Flash drives and external hard drives would also be useful.

Oly Hackbloc Security Culture and Encryption Workshop

This Saturday, Feb. 28, the Olympia Hackbloc (olyhackbloc.org) will be leading a workshop on security culture, computer security, intelligence, and privacy.

Topics to be covered:
-What encryption is and how it works
-How to encrypt files, emails, or your entire computer
-How to 'harden' your computer (how to secure it)
-What security culture is and how to implement it
-How to protect your privacy online and in real life
-How to publish, communicate, and browse the web anonymously
-How to deal with informants, infiltrators, provocateurs, etc.
-How to work with sources and leak documents/information

All participants will receive digital copies of the presentation materials. To help cover costs, participants are asked to bring $5 with them or donate whatever they feel is fair. Nobody will be turned away because they don't have money.

If you have a computer, you are highly encouraged to bring it. Flash drives and external hard drives would also be useful. A large portion of this workshop will be hands-on computer work. If you have extra computers, extension cords, power strips, blank CDs, flash drives, or external hard drives please bring them as well.

This workshop is targeted towards activists, journalists, and members of the general public.

** Event information ** Security Culture, Computer Security, and Privacy: A Crash Course for Activists, Journalists, and the General Public Saturday Feb. 28 at The Evergreen State College 11 AM SHARP till Approx. 3 PM Meet in main floor lobby of the library building, and look for the Hackbloc signs. Bring your computer

We are interested in filming portions of the workshop. If you have a video camera you can donate, please contact workshops@olyhackbloc.org asap. Media and press wishing to cover this event should contact press@olyhackbloc.org prior.

Rate Your Cops

A new website exists (Beta) which allows persons to rate individual police officers. The site is: www.ratemycop.com Olympia is listed. Police in general are not happy. See this story: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local&id=6006207 Of course, the 1st Admendment should trump any challenge to the posting of publicly available information concerning those that protect and serve. If they are good officers then they should have nothing to hide.

Global Warming Security Threat

America's newest security threat: Global Warming

Retired four-star General Zinni calls global warming a serious security threat

Thursday December 27th, 2007

Anthony Charles Zinni (born September 17, 1943) is a retired four-star general in the United States Marine Corps and a former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). In 2002, he was selected to be a special envoy for the United States to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He has been a public critic of the Bush administration and did not support the decision to go to war in Iraq. While serving as special envoy, Zinni was also an instructor in the Department of International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute. Presently, he is an instructor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary, a public speaker, and an author of two best-selling books on his military career and foreign affairs, most recently Battle for Peace. He also is involved in the corporate world, joining M.I.C. Industries as its president for International Operations in 2005. General Zinni also serves on the advisory boards of eight different companies, including the security testing firm, Mu Security, based in Sunnyvale, California. He will begin teaching at Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.
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