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The United States military DADT policy is technically Out
3 years 12 weeks ago
Anjo T
The U.S. Military's controversial Don't Ask Don't Tell policy basically ended at 12.01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Gays and lesbians in the U.S. military are now free to serve freely. The Department of Defense made it apparent that it would have no tolerance for anti-gay activity. Nearly 14,000 soldiers were discharged under the 18-year-old policy. The federal government is telling them to reenlist. But GLBT Americans, whether in or out of the program, still have several problems to deal with. Resource for this article: The U.S. military DADT policy is officially Out

From the president

One statement came from the army. All it said was “the law is repealed.” Obama had more to say than that. He said:
"As of today, our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. And today, as Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service."

Many celebrating

The homosexual rights groups are really excited about the event. It is considered a win. Rea Carey, of the National Homosexual and Lesbian Task Force, said:
“Those who fight for freedom will now themselves be able to live more freely. ... Thousands of exemplary and courageous service members have lost their careers and livelihoods to this unjust policy, once again proving there are very personal and costly consequences of discrimination.”

What civic leaders say

Occupy Denver Tomorrow (SATURDAY) at noon at the Capitol! Modeled After Occupy Wall Street and the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt
3 years 12 weeks ago

I realize this is very last minute, but I just discovered the facebook event for Occupy Denver, (AT NOON TOMORROW - SATURDAY - AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN DENVER) which is modeled after the Occupy Wall Street protests and camp-outs that have been occurring for the past week or so:

The Wall Street protests were modeled after the protests at Tahrir Square in Egypt, and the similar protests in Spain. This is an attempt to decrease the rich/poor gap, end the influence of money in politics, end corporate personhood, fight for economic justice generally, as well as air whatever grievances you may have about the state of the U.S. government or U.S. society, or, for that matter, air your grievances against the whole notion that governments and other hierarchies best serve the people/foster healthy communities and societies. I did not organize this event, so I may not be able to answer questions you may have, but I came upon it via the twitter feed for occupywallstnyc, so I thought I'd pass it along. I realize this is very last minute, but hopefully it will continue beyond tomorrow, and continue to grow rapidly. Do whatever you can to either attend, promote it, or both!

Live Coverage from Occupy Wall Street
3 years 12 weeks ago

Protesters are still camping out in front of Wall Street in New York City.

Watch Occupy Wall Street protest live:

Some violent arrests have occurred. People have been camping out in front of or near Wall Street since Saturday.

Other reporting

Arizona Invites More Gabby Giffords Style Murder/Violence
3 years 13 weeks ago
Arizona and Sheriff Arpaio are actively protecting a friend of the Sheriff who has threatened to 'wipe out' a family in AZ and to 'kill' an AZ woman. The following threats have been sent to me via email from Justin Michael Nelson, a close friend and crony of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, concerning the murder of myself and my wife Dana, Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:00:20 -0700 Subject: Re: 9th Circuit Briefing schedule stayed From: To: And I would never come and kill you Scott.. Maybe Dana while you watch... But not you.. If you ... actually threatened my existence in the least bit, you would be dead already... Understand? Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:14:08 -0700 Subject: Re: 9th Circuit Briefing schedule stayed From: To: At this point, I could send someone over to wipe out you and and your robot wife - and all I would get from the cops is a citizen achievement award. You sure have made good friends with them, haven't you bud... Once again, nobody, and I mean nobody, cares about a single thing you have to say. I've made sure of that. End of Email Quotes. ******************** Arizona has learned zero from Jared Lee Loughner and the shootings in Tucson, AZ. After AZ State Mental Health officials ordered the involuntary mental evaluation of the Sheriff's crony, Justin Michael Nelson, the City of Surprise, AZ Police Department outright refused to obey the legal police pick up order. This police pick up order was issued after Doctors at Urgent Psychiatric Care of Phoenix, AZ and found Nelson to be a "risk to others" and mentally ill. In AZ such an order can only be issued within 72 hours from the time of the incident. Police per order of the Sheriff chose to refuse their duty and let the order expire. Now its time to look at the police and prosecutor's involved.
Capitalism, the State, and the left re: the sacred myth of 911
3 years 14 weeks ago

Summary: One of NATO/CIA's methods of preventing the left from legally achieving state power all over Europe is the use of false flag terrorist attacks. Chomksy is known to hand wave away the concept of false flag attacks. While agitkid is grateful for Chomsky's analysis in general, Chomsky is strikingly inconsistent on this subject. It is crucial for the left to understand 911 in this context.

Dr. Anthony J. Hall is professor of globalization studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. He is the author of The American Empire and the Fourth World, which introduces the series The Bowl with One Spoon.

Earth into Property: Colonization, Decolonization and Capitalism ( is the second volume of the Bowl project, which was published this last fall by McGill-Queen's University Press. Earth into Property explores the relationship between the dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the making of global capitalism.

Credits: Notes: With the dismantling of the formal empires of Europe after the Second World War, the US corporate state moved to fill the vacuum of power. Hall shows that the US government, in seeking to replicate its role in the Cold war by mounting the Global War on Terror, is extending trajectories of conquest that began with invasions of Indian nations to further the expansionary course of American Empire.

His recent article is entitled, Waging The Battle for Reality, A Review Essay on a Propagandist’s Journey in Search of the ‘Conspiracist Underground’ (, which discusses what professor Hall calls the "sacred myth of 911" and it's relationship to a McCarthyite type campaign being waged against citizens that reject the officially sanctioned conspiracy theory of 911.

Thousands Headed to NYC for Wall Street Occupation
3 years 14 weeks ago

12 noon, Saturday September 17th is the arrival date for thousands of people tired of the corporate stranglehold on economic policies. Wall Street, New York City is the place to show up ready to protest using the "legal encampment" strategy.

According to a federal court ruling in 2000, the use of "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" is allowed on public sidewalks in New York City. (METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiff, -against- HOWARD SAFIR, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, et al., June 12, 2000 [99 F. Supp. 2d 438; 2000 U.S. Dist.]).

On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices and we will not leave until that demand has been met.

Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.

Hopes For Sincerity And Honesty
3 years 15 weeks ago

As naïve as it sounds and old fashioned, to this day to a great extent when voting leaders into office we require more than anything else honesty and sincerity from them. We know better than to expect it from them completely. That would be asking far too much. Yet, when they tell us they will do this or that when they get elected we expect them to do at least a good chunk of that. The main talking points anyway. What else are they worth but their promises and their efforts to get them through? It's their currency.


Children Harmed by Colorado Family Courts at Tax Payer Expense
3 years 16 weeks ago

Tom Gomez's article at stated that it costs the DOC “$30,000 a year for each prisoner it houses…” note: for a family of 6, poverty is determined at $29,530.00 annual household income, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Gomez continues by saying “DOC is not likely to be able to significantly reduce, or even offset, the high cost of incarceration by such methods as raising the cost of phone time or cutting back on food. Instead state university students and their parents will pay the bill, by absorbing another 9% increase in tuition next year…”

We would much rather $30,000.00 of our taxes to offset the cost of an education at any level, instead of increasing the cost of higher education to offset the price of incarceration. Incarceration seems a bit extreme in this case and a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.

Please investigate and determine how Justice can be served in Jefferson Family Courts, for Catherine's children, and others. She is not alone. Many Parents United for Change shared our horrific stories with the SCAO and in front of the Legislature this Spring. Colorado's Family Court system is harming our children.

Dana Hoag, Catherine's husband, and stepfather to her special needs 10 year old son, pleads for help:

"My ideas on this matter are to work hard to get the press to pay attention to one case enough that they see the need for an investigation of the system. The legislature and Governor's offices need to be proactive about this issue and initiate such an investigation. Also, that investigation needs outside evaluation. The problem is that insiders have been making decisions for too long. As a professor, I can tell you the our quality control and integrity are governed by external review. It is necessary.

3 years 16 weeks ago


In the spring of 2011 a Bureau Of Land Management rangeland supervisor working for the Prineville Oregon BLM was caught red-handed subleasing his own cattle grazing permits issued for federal land allotments on Rudio Mountain that are managed by his employer the BLM. This BLM employee was breaking the law but BLM decided to keep him anyway because he is part of their clan. The Bureau Of Land Management is keeping this confidential to protect themselves and they are not telling anyone because they certainly don't want anyone to know they do these weird things. This BLM employee is described as a male in his forties that has worked for BLM for years. The BLM employee was acting in violation of Federal Law 43 CFR 20.401 (a), [Statutory prohibition applicable to employees of the Bureau Of Land Management. (1) In accordance with 43 U.S.C. 11, employees of the Bureau Of Land Management are prohibited from voluntarily acquiring a direct or indirect interest in Federal lands.] It seems this fellow is employed by the BLM and he was using his position to reward himself with federal land cattle grazing allotments for his own personal benefit and monetary gain.

U.S. might see credit reduction even if debt ceiling increased
3 years 19 weeks ago

Financial experts believe that the nation's credit rating might be downgraded even if the debt ceiling is increased by next week's deadline. Some say, nevertheless, that a downgrade is not the terrible thing many make it out to be.

Debt controversy

The current $14.3 trillion debt spending limit is something the nation has to raise before August 2. The discussion is between Congressional Republicans and President Obama. It is all about long-term spending cuts that have to be made. House Republicans continue refusing approval of the ceiling hike without spending cuts.

Agencies involved

The nation’s credit is determined by three major credit reporting agencies. Standard & Poor’s, Fitch’s and Moody’s are the three. The country will get a downgrade no matter what with one of the agencies.

S&P warns of 50/50 chance

S&P warned earlier this month that if the U.S. could not discover a "credible solution to the increasing U.S. government debt burden" that it faced a 50 percent chance of being downgraded to AA in 90 days. The rating may decrease unless a $4 trillion spending cut package is put into play, according to S&P. Half that number is being discussed. This is in the current Washington debates.

Nothing can be done to stop it

The Shortwave Report 07/15/11 Listen Globally
3 years 22 weeks ago

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (July 15) is up at the website in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
(If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {27MB}

More Time, More Money, More Resources (pt. 2)
3 years 22 weeks ago

When I attended college at the University of Connecticut between the years of 2003 and 2006 I went through a series of experiences that entailed me being the target of harassment because of my race and a crime I committed when I was a minor well over ten years prior to that time. The harassment was difficult at the time and psychologically taxing. Considering that the major itself was extremely time consuming this made my time there more than difficult. I made it and graduated and have since then thought about the experience giving me a lot to reflect on.


High unemployment, being homeless among new vets
3 years 22 weeks ago

The brand new generation of veterans of the Afghan and Iraq wars are facing lots of difficulties when it comes to adapting to civilian life. The new generation of vets has a greater rate of joblessness than normal and has a greater rate of homelessness than individuals that served during previous wars. Post resource - Homelessness and unemployment plague new veterans by

Concern with unemployment

There are several veterans discharged when they come home. Several of these realize they have to get a job and become a civilian once again. The Los Angeles Times reports that veterans have one of the highest joblessness rates in the country which shows they are having difficulty with it. As of June of this year, veterans from the past 10 years, which are referred to by the government as the Gulf War II era, have an unemployment rate of 13.3 percent, more than 4 percent higher than the overall unemployment rate of 9.2 percent. After getting out of the service, over 200,000 returning veterans went to the labor force in just the last year. Several struggle with finding employment because they lack college degrees.

A lot of issues for current vets

Sign our petition!‏
3 years 23 weeks ago

The Peasant Patrols and the population of Santiago de Chuco, La Libertad require an audit in the Mixed Court of Santiago de Chuco, as the judge and the prosecutor are very biased. We make the petition to do a legal audit to them and they have to renounce their charge within fifteen days / since July 4, 2011 / !

If they do not renounce, it's need to take urgent measures against such venal authorities, covered by their political card of the party of APRA. We want their removal of them. Because the judge and the prosecutor are laying off employees who have worked for years in the Education Unit of Santiago de Chuco. Also theese biased authorities, they alleged that the brothers from The Peasant Patrols in the province of Santiago de Chuco made a troubles in the region. That isn't is a true.

Whatever is the prosecutor, the judge and Mr. Murgia want to put in those work - places, a people from the party of APRA. We accused to the prosecutor and the judge, both, that they have left out, so important cases, like some murders of persons, whose prime suspect is still free.

The population of Santiago de Chuco, Peru, demanding his constitutional rights to life, to decent work, and to deservedly paid ! The population of Santiago de Chuco, Peru, listings his desire to take more extreme measures if the justice are not pay attention to their demands!

We need yours support:
Each person which wish to support us, have to send complaint to the following addresses:

Dr. Enrique Javier Mendoza Ramírez

In the union there is the strength!
We expect your support!

Tanyita Yupanqui


The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill
3 years 23 weeks ago

Joe Hill — labor organizer, musician, song writer, revolutionary — was executed in 1915 by the state of Utah for a crime that many believe he did not commit. Now there's proof.

July 5, 2011

Review, The Man Who Never Died:  The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon, by William M. Adler

Review by Richard Myers

Big Bill Haywood used to call revolutionary industrial unionism, the organizing philosophy of the Industrial Workers of the World, “socialism with its working clothes on.” Writing for the International Socialist Review from his prison cell, Joe Hill offered an example of such hands-on belief. Hill had recently arrived in Utah from the docks of California where many of the jobs were temporary. Therefore it was “to the interest of the workers ‘to make the job last’ as long as possible,” Hill wrote in his article, “How to Make Work for the Unemployed.”