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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Subject:President Obama!
Posted by:paganmudslide.
Time:8:54 pm.
Mood: jubilant.
When the announcement came across, husband and I both got tears in our eyes and goosebumps on our skin. We never thought we would live to see an African-American President, and here we are, 2008 and it is possible.

It gives me hope. Just as our African-American brothers and sisters are celebrating tonight, I hope that other groups will celebrate their total equality in my lifetime. This gives me hope for all races as well as for gays, lesbians and bisexuals, transgenders, transsexuals and genderqueers.

We are slowly moving towards that idealistic vision of a united race: the human race.

Gods bless, I hope that this brings a little happiness to everyone tonight.
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Friday, June 29th, 2007

Posted by:peepnklown.
Time:11:33 pm.

Project MK ULTRA is the code name for a CIA mind control research program that began in the 1950s: I have remixed the original film.

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Friday, June 8th, 2007

Posted by:crowdrevolt.
Time:7:36 pm.
"Modern society is based on the concept of rule by individuals pursuing self-interest, and as a result places no premium on intelligent leadership. While it can handle easy decisions, the harder decisions -- the ones for which one really needs a qualified leader -- it evades. This evasion results in long-term problems steadily increasing on a path toward self-destruction for the human race.

If we were to define modern society by its components, these would be:

1. Liberal democracy (statistical leadership)
2. Material self-interest (materialism, capitalism)
3. Individualistic morality (humanism)
4. Technology
5. Pluralism (a subset of 3)

These systems attempt leadership by a preponderance of opinion, social popularity or the great equalizer, wealth. As a result, we have turned our outlook from trying to create a better world to trying to divide up what we have through different methods. We have gotten to this point because the intelligent are few, and the masses are many, and so the intelligent have attempted to rule the masses through symbolic representations of truth."


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Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Subject:Actions speak louder than words
Posted by:sheonamcc.
Time:3:17 pm.
Mood: angry.
Today marks an important date in history, and the end of a dictator's reign of terror.

However, this is not necessarily the good news our collective governments portray it to be. The execution of Saddam has saddened me greatly. Not because I care for the man or what he stood for, but because basic human rights only truly exist if they are applied to all...including someone who has broken them. The test of a government's commitment to human rights is measured by the way it treats its worst offenders.

Today the world has demonstrated a deep-rooted barbarism which sadly underlies all human nature. This facet of our being is something I had always hoped humanity could one day learn to overcome, but the longer this "war on terror" continues the more I begin to lose faith in the cultural and cerebral evolution of our society. While I am extremely pacifist in my demeanor and take a great deal of care over the way which I think and conduct myself, it's obvious that most of the western world is far behind in their intellectual enlightenment. (Having said that, there has been some controversy over the subject of capital punishment following this morning's news)

If we let the past be past and put aside the numerous mistakes that have already been made with regard to Iraq and the "war on terror", we can still see that this most recent development is set to cause yet more sectarian violence. It will also further criminalize the west in the eyes of Saddam sympathizers, contributing to the view increasingly held by other countries that "the execution of Saddam Hussein is part of the American plan to disintegrate Iraq" (Liaquat Baluch, MMA Religious Alliance, Pakistan). Overall, it seems that the international community is not in favour of the hanging and questions the due process that took place.

And what of terrorism? What will happen now that Suddam Hussein has been disposed of? Lets take a look at a dictionary definition: ter·ror·ism (tĕr'ə-rĭz'əm) n. "The use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property for ideological or political reasons." George Bush, and indeed our own government, are by definition terrorists. This scares me. The "war on terror" isn't over yet...it's only just begun. We terrorists have demonstrated our malignant intentions and have no doubt inspired both fear and anger throughout the world. We can't expect to get away with this. Natural order always returns life to its balance and I fear our place within this balance.

There will be repercussions. Actions speak louder than words.
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Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Subject:Link to act to keep war crimes illegal
Posted by:paddymac.
Time:1:10 pm.

This site is an easy way to write your senators to tell them not to weaken the War Crimes Act. Such a move could legalize the kinds of abuses we saw at Abu Ghraib, like sexual humiliation and extreme stress positions. The reason this could happen very soon is that the Administration is pressuring Congress to do it.

Here's a Nation article on the issue: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061002/brecher
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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Subject:In desperate need of term paper help {x-posted}
Posted by:amethyst_heart.
Time:8:04 pm.
I'm taking a class on evolution and extinction. It's an Honors class with two sadistic professors who are impossible to please.

Anyway, I think I've bitten off more than I can chew with my paper topic.... and it's too late to change it.

I'm writing on the topic of evolution in the media, particularly political cartoons. All I can think of as far as sources for this is just Googling for cartoons, and possible reviews of cartoons and cartoonists. I have no idea where to go from there. I am SO stuck and SO screwed unless a miracle occurs and I can figure out an approach to this.

One of my professors specifically mentioned Garry Trudeau (the guy who does the Doonesbury comic), so I may have something to work with there.

Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated... Honors classes are evil.

Thanks in advance,
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Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Subject:Vote Your Rights Away!
Posted by:djlab.
Time:2:02 am.
Here's the seemingly impossible scenario ... you're living in the most powerful country in the world. A single tragedy has occured and your leader has made it clear that some rights must be removed to protect the country from terrorism.

Are you ready?! VOTE!
(must be registered to vote)
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Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Posted by:djlab.
Time:12:52 am.
Under Cut
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Sunday, September 25th, 2005

Subject:Our Pornographic Culture
Posted by:djlab.
Time:11:46 pm.
Over the next few days, Nuvolab writers will post a series of comprehensive, well-researched articles relating to pornography in American culture. The subject matter will range from politics to business to social issues. We will not be posting actual porn, only a discussion on the topic (our sincere apologies to all the horny boys). We hope you enjoy and leave plenty of comments.

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Posted by:podiconga.
Time:9:07 pm.

How I really seriously got a free ipod

So, by now, you've probably heard about a place
called freeipods.com. However, you've probably been quick to write it
off as a scam. But is it really? Just a few days ago, I opened up my door to
find a UPS guy with this (in a box, of course):

I was shocked. I couldn't believe it actually worked. Thus, for those curious,
I will explain how it's done. Or, if you'd rather, you can try for a Free Notebook :P

In mid-July I was tipped off about freeipods.com. It is very similar to a
pyramid scam, in that the earlier you know about it, the better your chances
are. The difference, though, is that this requires no money, and thus only
wastes your time. That was my thought when I first noticed it: “Even if
there’s a 10% chance of me getting an ipod, i’m just wasting a little time, and
giving my email up to spammers.” Thus, I went around this very internet and
promoted my referral link. Here’s what you have to do:

-Sign up for one of their promotional offers

-Get five people to sign up for their promotional offers using your referral

That’s it! There is no requirement that you have to stay with whatever offer
you signed up for. I signed up for Aol and cancelled a week later. So, by 7/27 I had completed my offer
and gotten five people to do the same. Two weeks after that, though, nothing
had changed and I stopped visiting the site. Dissapointing, but it wasn’t
surprising, who would expect to really get a free ipod from such little work? I
wrote it off as a failed experiment and went on my way. But then, on that
fateful day of 8/23, a box from ecost.com (their supplier) came to my doorstep.

I couldn’t believe it!

And so, easy as that, I had a free 4th generation 20 GB ipod. And, according to
that first picture, it holds about 4800 of my songs. Awesome! So, here are some
tips from someone who got their free ipod:

  • Only do this if you’re
    good at cancelling things!
    You will definitely want to cancel whatever
    offer you sign up for as they’re not really worth keeping, unless you’ve
    been meaning to sign up for columbia house.

  • It’s a lot harder than it
    Don’t expect to get a freeipod, it’s much harder than you might
    think to get five people to sign up for something. Your best bet is if you
    have family and friends who would do it just to help you out.

  • Don’t cheat!! You can
    only sign up once! I saw a lot of accounts of people who tried to cheat
    using multiple email addresses or they had multiple credit cards. It
    doesn’t work! And it won’t count! You need unique mailing addresses tied
    to each card that signs up. 

So of course, since it cost nothing, it was totally worth it to me. It’s really
difficult to get people to sign up, but I did it and i have a damned free ipod
now! You’ll notice i didn’t actively link freeipods; i’m hoping any hopefuls
for freeipods will post their link in the comments. Make sure, if you’re
signing up, to be nice and use someone’s referral link! Help “a brother” out as
they say. Once again the site is, freeipods.com. Sign up and if you have any questions, feel free to axe me.

oh, and here’s a great article from wired on freeipods/ecost/gratis: Making
Free IPods Pay Off

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Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Subject:Deja vu one more time
Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:1:41 pm.
Published on The Progressive (http://progressive.org)
FBI, Michigan Police Tag Peace Group, Affirmative Action Group, and Others as “Terrorist”

FBI, Michigan Police Tag Peace Group, Affirmative Action Group, and Others as “Terrorist”
Matthew Rothschild
August 29, 2005

Law enforcement officials in Michigan have been busy slapping the “terrorist” label on domestic groups.

An FBI document, released on August 29 by the ACLU, shows extensive monitoring of a whole bunch of organizations, ranging from the Aryan World Church and the Christian Identity movement to animal rights groups, an anti-war collective, and a leading pro-affirmative action coalition.

The document, dated January 29, 2002, is a summary of a domestic terrorism symposium that was held six days previously.

In attendance were the FBI, the Secret Service, the Michigan State Police, the Michigan State University police, and Michigan National Guard.

“The purpose of the meeting was to keep the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies apprised of the activities of the various groups and individuals within the state of Michigan who are thought to be involved in terrorist activities,” the document states.

One of those “terrorist groups” is By Any Means Necessary, which says its aim is “to defend affirmative action, integration, and fight for equality.”

The FBI document said a detective, whose last name was blotted out, “presented information on a protest from February 8-10, 2002, in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” by the group.

That “protest” was actually the Second National Conference of the New Civil Rights Movement, which was co-sponsored by the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH, with keynote speaker Jonathan Kozol.

“We’re standing up for education equity, and the American government is spying on us? That’s an outrage,” says Luke Massie, one of the national co-chairs of By Any Means Necessary. “This is palpable proof of what a lot of progressive people have worried about since 9/11: The Bush Administration is shredding our Bill of Rights before our eyes.”

The February 8-10 conference was designed to build public support for affirmative action just as the Supreme Court was deciding two Michigan affirmative action cases.

“The timing of this shows the political motivation of the Bush Administration,” says Shanta Driver, the group’s other national co-chair. “We’re completely nonviolent. But it’s no surprise to us that people who are devoted to a new civil rights movement and the cause of equality would be targeted for this kind of surveillance and attack.”

The FBI document acknowledged that the group was not violent. “Michigan State Police has information that in the past demonstrations by this group have been peaceful,” the document states.

The FBI and Michigan law enforcement also discussed the Animal Liberation Front, as well as a local group. “Michigan State University (MSU) Public Safety . . . presented information on a group called East Lansing Animal Rights Movement,” the document states. Then, after blotting out information about a student at Michigan State, the document adds: “MSU Public Safety feels that this group has approximately 12-15 members at this time.”

On the web, ELARM identifies itself as a “grassroots animal rights advocacy group” that “believes strongly in the value of all animals, human or non-human, and therefore opposes any and all forms of animal exploitation. Our purpose is to educate the public regarding animal rights issues, and to expose and oppose animal abuse wherever it is found.”

The group actually is defunct now, according to Julie Hartman, who says she revived it in 2001 only to see it fold two years later.

“We did a couple of circus protests and that kind of thing,” she says.

She got a copy of the FBI document last week.

“I was really surprised, considering we never once broke the law, that they would spend the time investigating us,” she says.

The fact that the Michigan State University police estimated that there were twelve to fifteen members in her group creeps her out, she says.

“That seems to indicate that they would have to have come to a meeting to find out how many people were involved,” she notes. “That actually made me start thinking, who was coming to our meetings?”

She believes the university police department has skewed priorities.

“It’s certainly a waste of their resources,” she says. “This is a large university. The number of rapes on this campus is astounding. The police always complain they don’t have enough resources to do their job, but they’re spending their resources to spy on peaceful groups! That’s really just sickening.”

The Michigan State University police gave no comment.

Another local group that law enforcement linked to ELARM is called Direct Action. Interestingly, the document notes that both groups had demonstrated against the FBI local office because of “perceived injustices by law enforcement.” Included as an attachment to the FBI document was a clipping from the Lansing State Journal of January 19, 2002, about the protest, which was ironically entitled: “Dozens march against terrorism.” The first sentence reads: “Dozens of students and others marched Friday to protest racial profiling and terrorism—which they say includes United States military action in Afghanistan.”

On its website Direct Action says, “We desire to challenge the calls for retribution, endless war, and destruction of civil liberties. Direct Action also wants to defend the gains made by the movement against corporate power that was birthed in this country on the streets of Seattle.”

Primarily a youth-based group, Direct Action is now focusing a lot of its work on counter-recruitment efforts.

Tommy Simon, a member of Direct Action, dismisses the terrorist label.

“What is a terrorist? The word is just a propaganda tool used to dissuade people from getting involved in activism—especially young people,” he says. The group has never been violent, unlike the Bush Administration, he adds.

“We’ve organized protests and spoken out against the government, but that does not make us a threat in any way,” he says. “We’re working for peace here.”

Sarah Mcdonald, a longtime member of Direct Action, was taken aback by the designation of her group.

“I was shocked,” she says. “I was really disturbed that the FBI is misusing its power this way. They’re trying to squash dissent, and they’re doing that by monitoring anti-war groups and other groups against the Bush Administration.”

The ACLU also condemns the police surveillance and the use of the label “terrorist” to describe the peace group and the affirmative action group.

“This document confirms our fears that federal and state counterterrorism officers have turned their attention to groups and individuals engaged in peaceful protest activities,” said Ben Wizner, an ACLU staff attorney. “When the FBI and local law enforcement identify affirmative action advocates as potential terrorists, every American has cause for concern.”

Wasn’t me, says the FBI.

“A plain reading of the document clearly notes that there were presentations at the symposium by someone outside the FBI that discussed the groups By Any Means Necessary and Direct Action,” says an FBI press office statement of August 29. “The FBI does not make any representation about these groups in the document other than to note they were discussed during the symposium.”

Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, is not impressed with that statement. “What else can they say, other than we didn’t do it, someone else did?” The point is, she says, law enforcement, including the FBI, were discussing these political groups on the assumption that they were “involved in terrorist activities,” as the document states.

“Whenever you give police increasing powers, there’s going to be confusion about where to begin and where to end,” Moss says. “And that’s what we’re seeing here.”
Source URL: http://progressive.org/?q=mag_mc082905
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Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Subject:Lab Magazine | July Issue | Women's International Inequality
Posted by:djlab.
Time:9:31 pm.

"The clamor of Chalibans (the Right-Wing Fundamentalist counterparts of the Taliban) on the hunt is getting closer and, if you're a woman of child-bearing age or are about to become one, they're aiming for you." - L. Grant

"Making abortion illegal won't stop abortions from occurring; it will only force abortion underground." - Jordan Monge

"These programs ensure that kids aren't even taught where to get condoms or how to use them, because they "don't work." Now you're probably wondering why this article is in an issue on women's inequality. I'm here to tell you that these abstinence-only programs not only spread disinformation, they're sexist." - Anonymous

"Of course. When poverty-stricken citizens are evicted from their homes by Target for pennies, the first thing they're going to do is shop at Target." - Nuvie

"Gays and Lesbians must insist on full civil rights now not because their bodies are somehow genetically deformed (and thus "fixable") but because they are citizens entitled to those rights by the legal document that is not just the heart, but the very bedrock of this country." - Benevolus

Fake News

"Starburst manufacturers have also merged with Exodus International, the famous Ex-Gay Ministry, to bring forward their new line of StraightBurst chews."

"CNN's senior vice president Sid Bedingfield announced this new division after Jon Stewart's searing comments of CNN on The Daily Show, noting that, 'We already lie to the public and cover up the real scandals, why not get some publicity for it?'"
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Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:3:03 pm.
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Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Posted by:g_n_o_s_i_s.
Time:10:54 am.
If you haven't already signed the main petition or the letter to President Bush at One.org, it's at least one small, non-partisan thing you can do before the July 6th G8 meeting.


Dear President Bush,


* ONE billion people around the world live on less than ONE dollar a day;
* The US government spends less than ONE percent on overcoming global AIDS and poverty;
* Citizens are uniting as ONE across political and religious divides to support action to overcome the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.

At the G8 leaders meeting on July 6th we urge you to:

* Help the poorest people of the world fight poverty, AIDS and hunger at a cost equal to just ONE percent more of the US budget on a clear timetable;
* Cancel 100% of the debts owed by the poorest countries;
* Reform trade rules so poor countries can earn sustainable incomes.

We urge you to lead an historic deal with other nations to help Africa and the poorest nations overcome global AIDS and extreme poverty. Together as ONE, we can Make Poverty History this July.



Please, pass this around.
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Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Posted by:djlab.
Time:2:00 pm.
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Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Posted by:djlab.
Time:3:46 pm.
Has anyone got videos of Bush? (.mov, .mpeg, .wmv) Any and all video would be appreciated ^_^
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Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Subject:You've read it, now hear and see it
Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:9:09 pm.
A little movie for your amusement.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Subject:Exercising my first amendment privilege to get hung up on
Posted by:calaf.
Time:5:59 pm.
Called one of our dozens of AM Right Wing talkshow hosts Bill Profita today from the car and then from Matherne's, and carried on the conversation as I walked around the aisles collecting meats, cheeses, Quaker's Oats and blackberries. He was all over the new $18 billion dollar budget figure the governor has released, upset that it was so high. Upset that the governor still wants to tax cigarrettes even though the state got a slight windfall of revenue (because of the jacked-up gas prices) announced last month.

My call was originally to have been to submit ideas for generating new revenue that's progressive, that spares the poor the onus of more taxes and lowers the risk of companies taking their marbles and going home. But I changed my mind when he started in before my call reached the air on high state budgets being evil in themselves. Here's how the conversation went to the best of my recollection:

Bill: Jeff, hello.

Jeff: I just want to take issue with your idea that any budget number is bad. Don't we have a balanced budget law in this state?

Bill: That may be, but $18 BILLION is a lot of money! Don't you think that should be reigned in?

Jeff: The amount of money is not a concern as long as the budget is balanced. This is money going to the young, the sick and the old. If I had my way we'd be taxing the likes of Exxon who pay NO tax at all and we'd make them pay for gouging us like they have for the past two years.

Bill: But they'd just leave wouldn't they? We'd be taxing them out of here to another state.

Jeff: Is there another Mississippi River I don't know about? Have you found out about another Mississippi they could build by?

Bill: There are bodies of water all over this country. They could move there and we'd lose thousands of jobs!

Jeff: It would take hundreds of billions to rebuild refineries and to shut these down. The problem is that the governor and the legislature are bought by these oil companies.

Bill: Now now now that's just ridiculous . . .

Jeff: And probably you are too.

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Posted by:djlab.
Time:10:47 pm.
The Secret Service sent agents to investigate a college art gallery exhibit of mock postage stamps, one depicting President Bush with a gun pointed at his head.

"We need to ensure, as best we can, that this is nothing more than artwork with a political statement," Secret Service spokesman Tom Mazur said.


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Subject:Riveting commercial SHUNNED by broadcasters
Posted by:djlab.
Time:10:18 pm.
"It begins with a scene familiar in suburban America — school girls in soccer uniforms climb out of their family SUVs and rush out onto the field, pony tails bobbing behind them, as parents shout encouragement. But just as the game gets under way, a blast pierces the excitement. Panic and chaos erupt; there are injuries. A mother screams in anguish as her husband emerges from the field carrying the lifeless body of their daughter. The screen goes dark and a tagline comes up: "If there were land mines here, would you stand for them anywhere?"

The spot's release by the U.N. agency, which says it sent the PSA to dozens of U.S. broadcasters, including all major networks and most cable channels, has been met by a deafening silence.

CNN did not respond to repeated calls seeking comment.

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