Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Money Blossom

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And
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Don't Shoot the Messenger (Soapbox Podcast October 27, 2013)

Don't Shoot the Messenger

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
October 27, 2013

I don't want to hear the bad news about Fukushima, either, but it's there.
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox believes that the containment of
the multiple meltdowns and dangling spent fuel rods are the
most urgent problems facing humanity today.


GUEST: HARVEY WASSERMAN
TOPIC: Absolute Urgency of Fukushima

LINK TO PETITION FOR GLOBAL TAKEOVER OF THE CONTAINMENT OF FUKUSHIMA 


GUEST: DON DEBAR
TOPIC: PACIFICA MELTDOWN?
www.CPRMETRO.org



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Thursday, October 24, 2013

We're Talking About a Revolution: Cindy for Cal Gov 2014 by Cindy Sheehan


Cindy for Cal Gov 2014:
We’re Talking About a Revolution!
Cindy Sheehan



"The mass of wo(men) lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation."
Henry David Thoreau

“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. ... A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth." MLK, Jr.



I have identified myself repeatedly as a “revolutionary,” so why is this the third time that I have run for an elected office?

As a revolutionary, I believe that the system that the USA exists under, whether we want to call it “empire,” “capitalism,” “fascism,” “corporatism,” or (you pick) cannot be reformed. The Empire has too much evil institutional momentum to reform itself—and that’s what reformists are calling for—the very people who have all the marbles: power, wealth and resources—to reform the reality to give away some of their marbles. Not gonna happen without a complete collapse. We revolutionaries do not fear collapse, but we work to build the societal infrastructure that will help us survive a collapse, and in fact, we look for chinks in the Imperial walls to help the collapse happen sooner. We can and will survive any collapse of the US Empire, but if we work together we can do better than mere survival, we can thrive!

Revolutionaries believe that the marbles should be shared equally. We send individuals to Washington, DC, or Sacramento, or wherever, with no public oversight and we keep doing it ever two-four years expecting that we will get different results. “Gee, if we could only get exactly the right set of Democrats/Republicans in the government, things would be better.” Of course, even though there is just a hairbreadth of difference between the two parties, what partisans are saying is that what they really want is a One Party State. What Cindy for Cal Gov 2014 is saying is that we want a Revolution.

What could be more revolutionary than complete worker control of every workplace? A living wage with good union benefits for all workers and a Basic Guaranteed Income for those who choose to pursue raising a family; art, intellectual activities, activism, retirement, or other undertakings that help contribute to building a well-rounded and healthy society? People ask, "where does the money come from for good social programs like these." Ummm...the problem is not a lack of resources, the problem is the distribution of those resources. Also, workers create and share wealth--the ownership society, or capitalism, hoards wealth and is miserly with social programs.

What is more revolutionary than working together to break our state’s allegiance to Big Oil and our own addiction to dino-juice? California has the resources to end filthy oil extraction and burning and turn towards clean, renewable and sustainable forms of energy and devote more resources to public transportation. I know I want my children and grandchildren to live in a state where they can breathe clean air and live lives free from asthma and other preventable environmental ailments. Don’t you? 

We also want to protect our young from the violent and predatory practices of police forces and the US military. Peace and accountability are Revolutionary values and in our California, police will no longer be free to murder other citizens with impunity. Citizen review boards will trump and override any so-called, Police Officer's Bill of Rights. Our right to be free from state abuse and violence is more important than their right to practice violence and abuse. With a people's Revolution, police forces will be forced to return to "Serve and Protect" their communities and not the 1%. 

Here is a tricky one. According to the California Budget Project, this state devotes over $60,000/year per inmate (where does that money go? Not for prisoner services) in our state prison systems, yet under $9k per K-12 student. California is at the top for incarceration, overcrowded prisons and horrible prison conditions and near the bottom (with Alabama and Mississippi) for measurable education standards.

Now, bear with me a minute. I know a lot of people have very little compassion for those in prison, thinking that they “belong” there. What if we released the 44% of non-violent offenders and those with little to no risk of recidivism and fully-fund our schools, colleges and universities? What is a normal and standard idea around the world is a revolutionary demand here in the US: Access to high quality and free education is a human right, not a privilege! The Cindy for Cal Gov 2014 Revolution would strive as one of our first goals to elevate education to the proper position of priority and excellence that it once was.

Most Elephants and Jackasses say: “Support Me.”

I say, “Support yourselves, your families and your communities by supporting and voting for Revolution.”

Jerry Brown says that, "California is Back."

Cindy 2014 says, "We are taking California out of the hands of the corporations and other wealthy parasites and we are going to bring prosperity and peace to all."

We do live lives of quiet desperation and we don’t have to. First of all, we need to be vocal in our demands for equal access to healthcare, education, good jobs, healthy organic food, positive recreation, a clean environment, housing and clean, fresh water. Secondly, it’s not your fault or my fault that we feel so desperate. Thirdly, roll up your sleeves and step outside of that desperation and help me get elected to be the first female and first revolutionary governor of the State of California.

 However, I will not let you send me to Sacramento to sink or swim—you all are coming with me with your hopes, dreams, ideas, and energy so we can co-create and re-create a state where we can all live in prosperity and peace and that we can promote as a model for the rest of the country.

Revolution, that’s what we’re talking about!

Go to www.Cindy2014.org to donate or sign up to volunteer!









Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day Three of PFbB (Personal Facebook Boycott) by Cindy Sheehan


I was in Cuba last month and while I was there there wasn't much to watch on TV that was in English. Before I went to Cuba for that week, I was used to watching about an hour of C(IA)NN in the morning with my coffee.

Now, I know that C(IA)NN is pure propaganda for the establishment and that's why I watched it. I wanted to know what the "powers that be" wanted me to care about. Whether it was the latest celebrity marriage, birth, death, or show trial, I knew there was something else I should be researching. I have found that RT (Russia Today) has reliable news, albeit RT has a slant, also.

I am so much happier not watching C(IA)NN, it is palpable. I can touch, feel and smell how much better my psyche is not having to watch even an hour of the bullcrap that passes for news. The reason I am telling you this is that I am feeling exactly the same way on Day Three of my PFbB.

The things I did from my list of things to do instead of being on Fb were:

I wrote five pages in my book that's in progress about my recent bike trip for peace across the US. The event was called Tour de Peace and the book is called: 2013, A Bike Odyssey.

I made a yummy vegan smoothie. (The vegan pumpkin pie I made from scratch yesterday was delicious. It tasted like food, not the over-processed, chemical laden "food" we are used to).

My surviving children and grandchildren went out to dinner then we went to visit Casey at the cemetery, which we call "Casey's Park." The grandbabies ran through the park and found sprinklers to go through. Everyone got soaking wet and had a wonderful time.

The world outside of Fb is a wonderful place! I see that Obama is getting the symbolic crap beaten out of him by other world leaders that are strangely having a problem with the US spying on them. Imagine that? Who do these leaders think that they are wanting personal privacy and national sovereignty? The Nerve!

Tonight I talked to a friend whose voice was very shaken by interactions he had on Fb today. Life is not conflict free, but if there were no Fb, my friend wouldn't have gotten this upset, because there would have been zero interaction. Things were said that were wrong on both sides, from what I understand, and, again, I don't think the dialogue would have degenerated to the level it did if the two people were face to face.



 

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CINDY SHEEHAN FOR CAL GOV 2014 SUPPORTS BART WORKERS!




Defend BART and AC Transit Workers
Stop Union Busting And Presecute And Jail BART Managers And Executives For BART Deaths

I am fully in support of the struggle of the BART and AC transit workers. They have had real wage losses in the past five to ten years and yet the management supported by the boards of director of BART and AC have pushed austerity and attacks on the workers and their families.

This attack on the transit and all public workers is being led by the Democratic Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic controlled legislature. Governor Brown is even suing the Federal government to allow for more cost shifting of pensions on the back of Transit workers.

The governor is pushing anti-stirke leglaons was important nationally.

The deaths of two replacement workers on the tracks of BART during the strike is directly the result of the BART managers, executives and the Democratic BART board of directors who were planning to bust the union. They demanded an end to the eight hour day, take away seniority and and more cost shifting to pay for healthcare and pensions.

The BART managers and executives argued that workers should take a pay cut to pay for more trains. This demand takes place at the same time that workers and riders are paying for BART.

We need to make the developers, corporations and billionaires pay for free quality safe mass transit systems.
The cost shifting that has been going on by the corporations to force workers to pay more healthcare and pension costs is instituting austerity and real cuts on living conditions for all working people while the billionaires get wealthier.

I also oppose the concessionary and regressive bargaining that many union officials are involved in. This is the pathway to further union busting and decline of living conditions.

Governor Brown has also used the anti-labor law providing a "60 day" cooling off period in the BART struggle and now in the AC Transit. These workers are facing the brunt of economic crisis.

n other news, the BART strike was settled last night and all trains should be back to normal this afternoon. One would think that doesn't have much to do with me since I don't live in an area that is serviced by BART (I do ride it often, though), but as a candidate for Governor of California, I need to make it known, that I am on the side of the worker. 

Like the Wobblies say, "An injury to one, is an injury to all," and conversely, "A victory for one is a victory to all." I don't know exactly what concessions the workers had to give up, but for them it was about their safety and the safety of the passengers.

BART consistently runs at a profit, when train frequency is low and the cost is high, compared to the other systems I have ridden in this nation and around the world. Public transportation should be more widespread and very low cost to get people out of their dino-juice mobiles and off the roads. Also, many disadvantaged workers rely on the system. However, I am dismayed to see so little working-class solidarity with striking workers. Organized labor is responsible for the few concessions and benefits that we workers do have, that we are now losing faster than the jobs that have gone overseas.

We need to struggle together. If you're a teacher that is annoyed that BART engineers make more money than you, ORGANIZE. I think all workers should make a very comfortable LIVING wage with benefits only given to a congress-critter in this day and age.

Viva la trabajador! Viva la lucha!

Day Two of my PFbB (Personal Facebook Boycott) by Cindy Sheehan

I woke up today to a few comments about my blog posting in regards to my PFbB...all supportive. One man whom I have never heard from before wrote to me (via email):

Hello Ms. Sheehan,
 
While there are many things we disagree on (and I imagine a number of things we'd agree on) I did want to say that I think your plans for the future without facebook (like living in the real world) are, in general, very good.  I could potificate [sic] about what I think you've got wrong in your list and what you've got right, but that would not be productive, and is kind of a rude way to introduce yourself to someone.
 
Good luck with your facebookless future.  I'm sure you'll be better off for it.  And while I don't know you and didn't know  your son I am deeply sorry for your loss.  I have two young boys and I can't imagine the pain of losing one of them.  You are in my prayers.

I thought that was very thoughtful of him to not engage me in a way that he knew irritated me about Facebook.

I also woke up with a headache, which I don't think I can attribute to physical withdrawals from Fb. I have had a virus that I am trying to recover from for a few weeks. I should have awakened in the WashedUp, DeCeit area because I got arrested on June 29th for "trespassing" at CIA HQ in Langley, VA--but since I am actually trying to cough up a lung, I thought it wasn't such a swell idea to get on another plane. I should know the outcome of the trial soon, as it is after six in Va. I was arrested with five others who did go to court today.

So, due to the tenacious virus, my post-Fb energy is a little low. However, I did try a new thing today. I made a vegan pumpkin from scratch! Now, I know that one of the things that annoyed me about Fb was endless postings and pictures about food, but I don't feel like I am subjected thousands of people to my whims, when just a few dozen of you will read this post. It is different, I promise.

Anyway, this is how: I chose one of the smaller sized pumpkins that my daughter has already purchased for her tribe of three small children. I cut off the top as one would do if you were getting ready to carve it. NOTE: We tried to grow our own pumpkins, but the blossoms did not get pollinated, unfortunately...

I scooped out as much of the innards as possible, and set aside to pick out the seeds to roast in the oven. Then I cut the cleaned out pumpkin into smaller pieces and cleaned the pumpkin detritus out furthers. (Oh, while you are doing all this, preheat your oven to 350). I roasted the pieces (skin down) on a shallow roasting pan at 350 for 55 minutes until the pieces were fork-tender. I have NEVER done this process before and it was actually quite labor-lite and the roasted pieces come out of the oven smelling and looking delicious!

Now it's easy to separate the pumpkin skin from the pulp. Do so, and put into a food processor, if you have one. I am between food processors now, so I had to use a hand mixer. I think the texture would be better in a processor, but we use what we have. I was surprised that the pulp of the pumpkin was stringy! I guess it is a squash. And the color is more gold, than orange. 

After I mixed 2 1/2 cups of pumpkin into the closest thing I could get to puree with a hand mixer I added:

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 pure Vermont maple syrup (that I purchased at a roadside stand near Brattleboro when I was there for a National War Tax Resistance Co-ordinating Committee Meeting in September. The stand just had an open cash box that was operated on the "honor" system). 

1/4 cup of silken tofu

1/4 almond milk

2 tbsp vanilla

3 tbsp cornstarch

ground cinnamon (I use a lot)

ground nutmeg (I use a lot)

ground ginger (I use a lot)

Mix all together until smooth, pour into pie crust (I can make my own crust, but I didn't for this pie), sprinkle with nutmeg, then bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

As I write this, the scrumptious smell is wafting from the kitchen. The filling was delicious, and I will let you know how the pie tasted after it cools.

It is hard to take pictures of food, but I hope this doesn't look like something scooped out of the toidy and put into a pie crust:


In other news, the BART strike was settled last night and all trains should be back to normal this afternoon. One would think that doesn't have much to do with me since I don't live in an area that is serviced by BART (I do ride it often, though), but as a candidate for Governor of California, I need to make it known, that I am on the side of the worker. 

Like the Wobblies say, "An injury to one, is an injury to all," and conversely, "A victory for one is a victory to all." I don't know exactly what concessions the workers had to give up, but for them it was about their safety and the safety of the passengers.

BART consistently runs at a profit, when train frequency is low and the cost is high, compared to the other systems I have ridden in this nation and around the world. Public transportation should be more widespread and very low cost to get people out of their dino-juice mobiles and off the roads. Also, many disadvantaged workers rely on the system. However, I am dismayed to see so little working-class solidarity with striking workers. Organized labor is responsible for the few concessions and benefits that we workers do have, that we are now losing faster than the jobs that have gone overseas.

We need to struggle together. If you're a teacher that is annoyed that BART engineers make more money than you, ORGANIZE. I think all workers should make a very comfortable LIVING wage with benefits only given to a congress-critter in this day and age.

Viva la trabajador! Viva la lucha!

Viva the pumpkin pie!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Life, Post-Facebook by Cindy Sheehan


Life, Post-Facebook
Cindy Sheehan



This is Day One of my Personal Facebook Boycott (PFbB).

Why am I boycotting Facebook? There are several reasons, but first a little background.

I remember when MySpace intruded into my space around the year of 2008. If I remember correctly, I had over 10,000 followers, but I never really knew what it was for. I received some nice messages and I received some very hostile ones, but then Facebook smashed me in the face around the end of that same year.

Facebook limits one to 5000 “friends” which is something I don’t understand, but I always have close to 5000 “friends” and over 2000 “friend” requests pending. Out of the 5k “friends” I have, I probably have met about 200 in person, and know about 25 pretty well and 10 very well. Also, out of the 5k, I know I only see posts from about 50 of them. I do have a “fan” page for my radio show that people can just “LIKE” and I have almost 12k “LIKES” on Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox.

One of the reasons that I am embarking on a PFbB is that Facebook (Fb) gives false bravado to social cowards. Many people write things on Facebook that they would NEVER, EVER say to another if they were actually Face-to-Face with them.

“FACE”book? A lot of these socially backward cowards don’t even use their real names or photos. This is usually a big tipoff to how their discourse will be.

It seems a lot of times on Fb, if one does not agree with something that another posts, that person is automatically a “retard” (yes, people still use that word); “a plant;” or, the ultimate FB slander, “a troll.” Just because a person posts an opinion that you strongly disagree with, that person is not necessarily an “evil, moronic, douchebag.” That person may be an “evil, moronic, douchebag,” but he/she could also be a very nice person with shallow political analysis or understanding. Fb has created a fake paradigm where if you don’t agree with someone 100%, then that other person is value-less.

I will give an example of how low the discourse has sunken on FB. Just yesterday, an Obama supporter equated me with Ayn Rand on his wall because I posted something about not worshipping Democrats or living in fear of the Tea Party.

To compare me to Ayn Rand doesn’t even make sense in the abstract, but in the concrete, if the person bothered to check, I am a Socialist…I believe in the strength of society. Ayn Rand was the opposite of that. She only believed in Ayn Rand and what Ayn Rand could squeeze out of her followers AND the government before she died. Why didn’t that man post the reasons that he did worship the Democrats and live in fear of the Tea Party? That would have been more healthy and could have elevated the discourse that, instead, instantly degenerated to name-calling.

I do grow weary of the posts by people who want to blame everything that is wrong with the world on the Tea Party—like everything was hunky dory until it reared its ugly head. I don’t support the Tea Party, but honestly, what have the Democrats done for you lately? Ted Cruz is a jerk and so is Obama but neither one is the problem. The problem is a systemic issue and hacking at the branches will just make the hacker tired and the mess far bigger. Try to say something like that on FB and you get trounced because it’s difficult to attack the root. I often wonder what kind of response Henry David Thoreau would have received on Fb?

Henry (WaldenRocks) David status update: “For every one thousand hacking at the branches, there is one attacking the root.”
Ralph Waldo E, Jon Gold and 1048 others like this

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#WhigOut “Come on, Hank, you Torietard! You can’t honestly believe that those coc%suc%ing Tories aren’t evil revivalist devils hell bent on destroying the planet? Vote Whig, or stay on your pond, jackass.”

#GiveMeLiberty: “Vote for Ron Paul, 1820!”

LOL. I know hash tags are Twitter devices, but they are making their insidious little ways on to Fb, also.

Many of my friends, real and only imagined in the Fb world, (how do I know that even if a “real” name and photo are used, that it’s a real identity? I don’t and neither do you), are struggling publicly on Fb with homelessness, depression, quitting smoking, weight, etc., and that’s their choice to do so. I guess FB is their support group, although sometimes there are pitifully few responses to the cries for help. 

It distresses me no end when someone that I don’t know (and it happens often) says that they are going to kill themselves in their status updates. What am I supposed to say, “don’t do it, you have a lot to live for?” It depresses me to know that Fb is the only place these people have to go for help? There are no loved ones they can call? No one to reach out to? Or are they just desperate for attention? It is also hard because I believe that if a person in his/her right mind wants to decide when his/her life should end, they have that right. However, is Fb a good place to adjudicate that terribly painful and delicate issue? Maybe Fb has saved some lives, but it seems like such a superficial place to discuss something so intimate.

Then there’s what I call the “Petition Syndrome. “Please share” this petition because, despite all evidence to the contrary, if we get signatures and if we present our petition to the 1% or their politicians, then wars, global warming, nuclear power, torture, exploitation, would end. If I don’t sign/share a FB person’s petition, then I am a prima donna asshole, but I would like to write a petition to get people off their asses and to hit the streets.

For me, Fb has proven to be a horrible organizing tool. Attendance at protests/teach-ins/rallies/bike rides has gone down since the advent of “clicktivism.” Clicktivism is a subset of the Petition Syndrome. I don’t think Fb is solely to blame for the waning attendance. Insane allegiance to the “two” party system hurts social and political organizing, but the Internet, in general, has harmed street heat. Many of my friends tell me that phone trees got more people out back in the day. However, with Fb, why should we go out to protest when we can bitch all day about what we hate AND see all of our “friends” with a click of our mouse or tap of our mouse pad?

Then there is this minor thing I have about FB, but something that I have allowed to get under my skin: I am sorry, but I don’t really need to know everything you eat, drink, think, or do. I don’t know anyone, not even my dear, beloved grandchildren that I want to know EVERYTHING about. It seems that some people use Fb as extensions of their thought processes. I could use the BLOCK function, and I do use it liberally, but then these people freak out on me and it’s easier just to hide their posts, but it annoys me that people think thousands of people really want to see pictures of their food, or have a detailed account of their every movement, bowel or otherwise.

I had a "friend" who blocked me because I ride a bike (yes, I am not exaggerating, he thinks cyclists are evil and walkers are morally superior), but he posts pictures of the vegan Indian food he cooks. I assume he still does this, but I don’t know because I am the blocked evil cyclist. I finally told him, “Alex, I am a vegan and I love vegan Indian food, but your photos look like you took a picture of your toilet bowl after a nasty bout of stomach flu.”

It is my opinion, that it's cool to share recipes, "to do" lists (especially if that list includes shutting down Monsanto, or something), but can we allow for some mystery in our lives and computer screen relationships? It's tragic that I know more about some people I have never met then my high-school best friend or my last boyfriend.

I almost exclusively use my Fb for political posts and other news that I consider relevant. Once in awhile, I will share a picture of one of my grandchildren, or write about something adorable that one of them did or said, and I am not against using your own wall for whatever you want to use it for, but that stuff creeps onto my wall like the worst graffiti.

I guess, when you come right down to it, my observation is that Fb does not build healthy relationships but Fb builds those walls that block relational, physical presence. It’s too easy to jump down someone’s throat, or foist ill-formed and uninformed opinions on others. Even though I don’t let anyone push me around online, or in real time, for example, if a waitperson gets my order wrong, I am not going to say, “what the hell’s the matter with you, you stupid c*nt.” I have seen that kind of behavior too often on Fb for it to be anomalous.

For any of the times I have exhibited the behavior that I am grumping about here, I am ashamed of myself and apologize. I really do get Facebook induced grouchiness, so I have to remove myself, at least temporarily, or maybe, for good!

Facebook may have been designed, or is now being used by the establishment to construct these walls to block healthy human interaction and like anything else, needs to have a place, time and perspective. Anything can become an addiction if we allow it.

The “creator” (some say, stealer) of Fb, Mark Zuckerberg is laughing all the way to the bank. I recently read that Zuckerberg purchased four houses in his exclusive Palo Alto neighborhood so someone who may want to be his neighbor, cannot (as if), while we are calling each other “douchebag” and willfully handing over our information to be easily harvested by the NSA.

There are probably at least one-million things I have posted on Fb that have annoyed/angered people, so I don't want to appear to be a Judy Judger. These are just my own observations and are not intended to offend anyone, but if you see yourself in these words, it’s a chance to evaluate your own relationship to Fb, or to keep going the way you’re going, whatever. Your wall, your posts; if you are happy with your Fb life, then by all means forge ahead. You obviously don’t need my approval or “blessing.”

I had email buddies from around the world before Fb and I think I will have them Post-Fb. I feel like Fb is "Life-blocking" me and I want to do what Walt Whitman exhorted us to do:

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”  

 These are some of the things I am going to do besides hatch FB all day:

Write (books and blogs)

Read (books and blogs)

Run for Governor of California (cindy2014.org)

Expand Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox

Play with grandbabies

Train for a 5k I signed up for that’s on Thankstaking

Rest

Smell the REAL flowers

Play with a REAL puppy or kitten

Make at least one new friend in a Face-to-face way

Walk the dog

Make yummy vegan food, sans photos

Think things that I don’t put on a status update

Undermine the Empire






In the meantime, if you'd like to get a hold of me, this is the old-fashioned way:

CindySheehansSoapbox@gmail.com




Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Repeat "Defender," Cindy Sheehan on Trial, Again!

Our Arrest at CIA, Langley, VA: June 29

Dear Friend,

Since my son was KIA in Iraq on April 04, 2004, I have been arrested for, not only defending our rapidly dwindling civil rights, but also defending humanity from the out of control Military Industrial Complex of the USA.

I have been arrested in NYC, Texas, California, but I have been arrested about 20 times in the WashedUp, DeCeit area.

This past June 29th, (near the end of Tour de Peace) we were holding a demo against drone bombing in front of CIA HQ at Langley, VA and six of us were detained because we held a simulated drone attack and "die-in" past the yellow crime tape (appropriate that the CIA wrapped itself in crime tape, since many unspeakable things are planned from there). We SIX are going on trial in Alexandria, VA on October 22 (info below). We are defending ourselves "pro se."

The CIA 6 are: Joy First; Malachy Kilbride; Max Obuszewski; Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Phillip Runkel, and Me. Except for Malachy and Max, we all come from out of the area.

The policy of using UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to bomb civilians still continues and has greatly expanded under the Obama administration, however principled protest has contracted.

If you are able, please donate to defray my expenses to journey back to the Belly for this trial. Anything collected above and over my expenses, I will share with my co-DEFENDants. 

We are doing the "time," can you spare a "dime?"

TRIAL INFORMATION:

TUESDAY, October 22
8:30 AM

Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314 


Love and Peace,

Cindy Sheehan 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sound the Alarm! Fukushima Must be Contained! by Cindy Sheehan



Sound the alarm!

Stop obsessing about horrible Republican politicians!

Stop worrying what overpaid celebrity is doing to another overpaid celebrity or what he/she wore to the latest awards show! 

Save the cute kitty and puppy memes for the post-Fukushima world.

Soon, The Greatest American Survivor Idol will be a forgotten luxurious distraction.

In my honest opinion, what is happening at Fukushima Dai'ichi transcends every shiny-key distraction that is waved in front of our faces by the establishment.

Yes, the toxic waste dump we otherwise call "Washington, DC" is melting down faster than any other nuclear reactor could, but what's happening there is nothing but a Big Circus meant to distract you from what could potentially become the extinction event we have long feared.

The Prime Minister of Japan has finally asked for international help with a situation that is spewing tons of toxic, radioactive waste into our air and ocean, so we should be demanding that our "leaders" put aside their show and get down to the business of international co-operation in containing Fukushima, then beginning the dialogue to decommission and dismantle all nuclear reactors.

Despite what liberal Greenwashers, Robert Stone and Michael Moore say in this video, nuclear power is not a safe and viable alternative to carbon emissions. The video is insulting to we who oppose nuclear power, but it also insults our intelligence to claim that Evil Energy A is better than Evil Energy B. 

As a candidate for Governor of California, which is a state that is directly in the path of the radioactive poison coming from Japan, and as a citizen, these are the demands I make of my head of state:
  
1. Food - government and independent testing of all food, imported and grown in California

2. Seafood - govt and independent testing of all seafood, imported and caught in Pacific (or even Gulf and Atlantic due to BP oil and Corexit contamination

3. Air - government and independent testing of air rain swipes monitor of win and jet stream coincident with fukushima and CA.

4. Water - govt and independent testing of all water (both surface and ground)

5. Assistance- Brown wants to give almost one billion dollars to private prisons to keep non-violent offenders and those at very low risk of recidivism in prison here against the orders of the Federal Department of Justice. Instead, I demand that he use that money to help contain Fukushima. The citizens of this state are in the direct pathway to destruction.

6. California Nuclear facilities: complete government briefing and independently corroborated status reports on San Onofre and Diablo Canyon

Complete plan of action for de-commissioning San Onofre and Diablo Canyon

Waste Handling Plan for San Onofre and Diablo Canyon.

Complete government briefing and independently corroborated status reports on ALL nuclear facilities (labs, medical and universities) in CA

Updated financial statements on all Nuclear Operators (yearly) including verifiable projections on decommissioning and waste. 

So far, the only comment that I have seen from Jery Brown is when he said that, despite Fukushima, he still thinks that nuclear power is a viable and safe option. No!

I make the same demands of Washington, DC--stop funding wars (foreign, domestic, and drug related) and devote those vast resources to ending the cataclysm in Japan. Wasting time and energy on these circuses is even compromising the lives and safety of their children and grandchildren.

Harvey Wasserman's site is a good place for more information and action items on this profoundly urgent topic:

www.NukeFree.org

I now prohibit you from returning to your irregularly scheduled distraction. Don't let them nuke our future more than they already have!



Anti-nuke activist Chuck McCune from Albuquerque, NM contributed to this report.

UPDATE I: President Obama pledges 11 billion to upgrade country's nuclear arsenal.  

UPDATE II: TYPHOON SPARKS EMERGENCY MEASURES AT FUKUSHIMA (NOTE: IT'S BEEN AN EMERGENCY SINCE DAY ONE) 

UPDATE III: LISTEN TO THE RECENT CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX INTERVIEW WITH NUCLEAR ENGINEER ARNIE GUNDERSEN OF FAIREWINDS. CLICK HERE 

 




Sunday, October 13, 2013

Enough is Enough, Already: With Malalai Joya (Soapbox Podcast: 10/13/13)




“I don't fear death; I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice. I am young and I want to live. But I say to those who would eliminate my voice: I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.”
Malalai Joya, Raising My Voice


 October 13, 2013

For this week, the 13th anniversary of the by far LONGEST war in US History...Cindy rebroadcasts an interview she did with Afghan woman, Malalai Joya. 

Sadly, the show is still very relevant!

Enough is enough, eh?

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW

"Whatever, Dianne Feinstein And The Wall Street Journal" by guest blogger Jon Gold

Jon Gold
10/13/2013

There's a subscription only article written by Dianne Feinstein right now on the WSJ called "The NSA's Watchfulness Protects America" with a sub headline that says, "If today's call-records program had been in place in before 9/11, the terrorist attacks likely would have been prevented." Unfortunately, I can't read it, however…

According to www.historycommons.org, in 1997 the U.S. Military and NSA asked for access to Telecom networks. In documents filed in 2006 by Joe Nacchio concerning his trial on insider trading charges, a Lieutenant General "told Mr. (Dean) Wandry (a member of Qwest) that he ran the largest telecom operation in the world, he had looked at Qwest's network, and he wanted to use it for government purposes." […] "By 1999, Qwest is working extensively with the NSA."

In February 2001, three different U.S. Telecom firms cooperate with the NSA surveillance program, but Qwest refuses. The three that cooperate are AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth. "Qwest officials are unsure that it is legal to hand over customer information to the government without court warrants." […] "(Joe) Nacchio is so disturbed by the idea of the NSA wiretapping phones without warrants, and is so unsure of what information would be collected and how it might be used, that he decides the company will not cooperate. The NSA tells Qwest and other companies that not only would it compile and maintain data on U.S. Citizens' phone habits, but it may well share that information with other U.S. Government agencies, including the CIA, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI."

So you see, it seems that "today's call-records program" in some fashion "had been in place before 9/11" not to mention a program called Echelon (at the time of 9/11, protests against Echelon were taking place), and PROMIS.

Putting aside all of that, the NSA and 9/11 is a murky subject to begin with. The 9/11 Commission barely investigated the NSA, and there are many, many, many (to name a few) things that need to be investigated.

So, whatever Dianne Feinstein and the Wall Street Journal. Stop lying to the American people.

Cindy Sheehan's Speech at March Against Monsanto Madness (October 12, 2013)

by Anthony Freda


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Meet Your Candidate: Cindy Sheehan for Cal Gov, 2014



Join Cindy Sheehan
2014 Peace & Freedom Candidate
for
Governor of California in a "MEET-UP"
 Conference Call.

When: Sunday, October 20

Time: 4pm to 5pm Pacific

Everyone is invited...you don't have to live
in California, but please spread the word!

Please RSVP to:

Dede@Cindy2014.org for call in info.

Meet your Candidate!

Ask her questions!

Give the campaign feedback!

Interact with fellow lefties in a non-threatening
environment!

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Shackled and Chained: (Soapbox Podcast October 6, 2013)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
October 6, 2013

GUEST: EUGENE PURYEAR
TOPIC: MASS INCARCERATION IN 
CAPITALIST AMERICA

Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America is a thorough examination of mass incarceration, its causes and consequences. Eugene Puryear examines the evolution of mass incarceration as a product of U.S. monopoly capitalism as well as bipartisan political allegiance to the system’s needs. In addition to detailing its historical origins, Puryear provides a detailed examination of the oppressive reality that reigns inside America’s prison system. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the “how” and “why” of mass incarceration as well as for those seeking a factual account of what it is truly like “inside.”

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About the author
Eugene Puryear
Eugene Puryear is a Washington, D.C.-based activist. In nearly a decade of social justice activism, he has been involved in the anti-imperialist movement, helping to organize most of the largest U.S. demonstrations against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Puryear has served as a key organizer around police brutality, prisoners’ rights, and abuses in the U.S. criminal justice system. He was the 2008 Vice Presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and serves on the editorial board of Liberation newspaper. His writings can be found at www.LiberationNews.org.
Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America by Eugene Puryear
Paperback, 171 pages, $12.95. Sept. 2013, PSL Publications
ISBN: 0-9841220-8-7 • Library of Congress:  2013910887