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Monday, April 4th, 2005

Subject:Chaliban
Posted by:djlab.
Time:6:52 pm.
" ... the Chaliban: those Fundamentalist American counterparts of the Taliban and other Muslim extremists who, like them, own The Truth and all legitimate interpretations of it."

Read more from Lab Magazine at http://www.nuvolab.com/zine/April05/6.html
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Subject:from EFF: the trademark "dilution" act and stopping it
Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:10:10 am.
* Alert: Stop the Trademark Act from Diluting Free Speech!

The Trademark Dilution Revision Act (TDRA, HR 683) is a
big company's dream. If it passes, the lawyers policing
a trademark could sue businesses and individuals for
using words, images, or even colors that look vaguely
like a famous brand - without even having to prove that
the company is being harmed. In other words, TDRA would
make it possible for UPS to sue Brown's Record Store, even
though nobody in their right mind would get the two
confused. This bill would chill speech and hand ownership
of common words to big companies. Fight the TDRA today!

Make your voice heard with EFF's action center:
<http://action.eff.org/site/advocacy?id=113>

Text of TDRA:
<http://trademark.blog.us/blog/2005/03/14.html#a1628>

Join EFF as a member today:
<http://secure.eff.org/support>

cross-posted to vireoibis and wasteland_news and first_amendment and recon_liberal
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Friday, March 11th, 2005

Posted by:lena_genevieve.
Time:12:00 pm.
Mood: nervous.
Then they came for the BloggersCollapse )
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Saturday, March 5th, 2005

Posted by:djlab.
Time:12:50 am.
Just wanted to let you know that this community was mentioned and supported here: http://bb.nuvolab.com/viewtopic.php?t=44

X-Posted to the other peace/equality communities mentioned.
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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Subject:1996
Posted by:shardofmany.
Time:11:29 pm.
1996: Huge explosion rocks central
Manchester


A massive bomb has devastated a busy shopping area
in central Manchester.

Two hundred people were injured in the attack, mostly by flying glass, and
seven are said to be in a serious condition. Police believe the IRA planted the
device.

The bomb exploded at about 1120 BST on Corporation Street outside the Arndale
shopping centre.

It is the seventh attack by the Irish Republican group since it broke its
ceasefire in February and is the second largest ever on the British mainland.

A local television station received a telephone warning at 1000 BST - just as
the city centre was filling up with Saturday shoppers.

The caller used a recognised IRA codeword.

One hour and 20 minutes after the warning, police were still clearing
hundreds of people from a huge area of central Manchester.

Army bomb disposal experts were using a remote-controlled device to examine a
suspect van parked outside Marks & Spencer when it blew up in an
uncontrolled explosion.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/low/themes/crime_and_punishment/bombings/default.stm

Any thoughts?
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Friday, January 21st, 2005

Subject:i've got deja vu all over again
Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:12:08 pm.
Mock Coffins and Jeers as Bush Sworn In
Fri Jan 21, 2005 12:21 AM ET

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Flag-draped coffins and jeering anti-war protesters competed with pomp and circumstance on Thursday at the inauguration of President Bush along the snow-dusted, barricaded streets of central Washington.

As the president's motorcade made its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House amid the tightest security in inaugural history, thousands of protesters along the parade route and nearby downtown streets booed, chanted slogans and carried placards condemning Bush's policies at home and abroad.

Some turned their back as the president drove slowly past. Others yelled, "George Bush, you can't hide. We charge you with genocide." Among the forest of protest signs, some read "Blood is on your hands" and "Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam." Others called for electoral reform, gay rights, abortion rights and the use of renewable energy.

"There are a lot of people dying overseas for nothing and I'm here to get my voice heard," said Bill Coffelt, 40, an engineer from Fairfax, Va.

Protesters also traded insults with the more numerous, cheering Bush supporters, many of whom wore fur coats and paid for the best viewing spots at the first inaugural parade since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
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Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Subject:Just Thought I'd Ask...
Posted by:the_dark_side.
Time:9:37 pm.
Has anyone here been following the race for governor in Washington State? Does anyone even know about it? It's beginning to get a bit ridiculous, and I'd ask anyone in Washington to got to http://www.revotewa.com and sign their petition.

For those who have no clue what I'm talking about, Dino Rossi, the GOP candidate, won the election by some hundred votes. Chritine Gregoire, the democrat, decided that that wasn't good enough, so she had them recount. Rossi won that recount, but Gregoire still wasn't satisfied, so they did another recount. Rossi won again, but only by 42 votes. So, the did yet ANOTHER recount. Here, Gregoire went to court to try and get some contested ballots counted, which shouldn't have been allowed because it was past the date for allowing those votes, but the judge gave them to her. So, in the fourth counting of the votes, Gregoire won by about 120 votes, I believe it was. Now, however, it has come to light that there are some 3,500 votes more than there are voters registered. In one county, a reporter (though, I don't know if that's too reliable) found 8 people who were dead and voted for Gregoire. It's beginning to get a bit ridiculous, and now Rossi has gone to court to try and get the election thrown out so that we can have a whole new election for the governor. The democrats, of course, think that it's too much trouble to uphold the democratic process, and want Rossi to just concede the election (rich coming from people who made them count the ballots until they came out on top).

I just felt that everyone should be aware of this, since I hardly see anything about it except on the local news. Huge election reforms are in store for this state, I hope, but for now we're just fighting to make sure that every voter has their voice heard, and that every vote has a voter to go with it.
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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Subject:Not again
Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:11:59 am.
On January 6, 2005, the House and Senate will meet to consider the electoral vote count. Progressive members of the House Representatives will challenge the vote count based on the voting irregularities and recount efforts still underway.

TAKE ACTION: Urge your Senator to stand with the Representatives and contest the vote to avoid a repeat of the 2000 silence from the Senate: Click Here.
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Please recall that in the Florida debacle of 2000, despite the pleadings of citizens to challenge the vote and could NOT finish their request because not a single Senator had given their signature for the debate.
This time around we can't let that happen!

x-posted
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Thursday, December 9th, 2004

Subject:Protecting us from "liberal librarians and trendy teachers"
Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:10:24 am.
'We have to protect people'

President Bush wants 'pro-homosexual' drama banned. Gary Taylor meets the politician in charge of making it happen

Thursday December 9, 2004
The Guardian

What should we do with US classics like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or The Color Purple? "Dig a hole," Gerald Allen recommends, "and dump them in it." Don't laugh. Gerald Allen's book-burying opinions are not a joke.

Earlier this week, Allen got a call from Washington. He will be meeting with President Bush on Monday. I asked him if this was his first invitation to the White House. "Oh no," he laughs. "It's my fifth meeting with Mr Bush."

Bush is interested in Allen's opinions because Allen is an elected Republican representative in the Alabama state legislature. He is Bush's base. Last week, Bush's base introduced a bill that would ban the use of state funds to purchase any books or other materials that "promote homosexuality". Allen does not want taxpayers' money to support "positive depictions of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle". That's why Tennessee Williams and Alice Walker have got to go.
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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

Subject:The most dishonest administration continues
Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:2:37 pm.
from "THE CONTENT OF FEDERALLY FUNDED ABSTINENCE-ONLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS PREPARED FOR REP. HENRY A. WAXMAN"

Specifically, the report finds:
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Contain False Information about the Effectiveness of Contraceptives. Many of the curricula misrepresent the effectiveness of condoms in preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. One curriculum says that “the popular claim that ‘condoms help prevent the spread of STDs,’ is not supported by the data”; another states that “[i]n heterosexual sex, condoms fail to prevent HIV approximately 31% of the time”; and another teaches that a pregnancy occurs one out of every seven times that couples use condoms. These erroneous statements are presented as proven scientific facts.
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Contain False Information about the Risks of Abortion. One curriculum states that 5% to 10% of women who have legal abortions will become sterile; that “[p]remature birth, a major cause of mental retardation, is increased following the abortion of a first pregnancy”; and that “[t]ubal and cervical pregnancies are increased following abortions.” In fact, these risks do not rise after the procedure used in most abortions in the United States.
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Blur Religion and Science. Many of the curricula present as scientific fact the religious view that life begins at conception. For example, one lesson states: “Conception, also known as fertilization, occurs when one sperm unites with one egg in the upper third of the fallopian tube. This is when life begins.” Another curriculum calls a 43-day-old fetus a “thinking person.”
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Treat Stereotypes about Girls and Boys as Scientific Fact. One curriculum teaches that women need “financial support,” while men need “admiration.” Another instructs: “Women gauge their happiness and judge their success on their relationships. Men’s happiness and success hinge on their accomplishments.”
· Abstinence-Only Curricula Contain Scientific Errors. In numerous instances, the abstinence-only curricula teach erroneous scientific information. One curriculum incorrectly lists exposure to sweat and tears as risk factors for HIV transmission. Another curriculum states that “twenty-four chromosomes from the mother and twenty- four chromosomes from the father join to create this new individual”; the correct number is 23.
The report finds numerous examples of these errors. Serious and pervasive problems with the accuracy of abstinence-only curricula may help explain why these programs have not been shown to protect adolescents from sexually transmitted diseases and why youth who pledge abstinence are significantly less likely to make informed choices about precautions when they do have sex.
______________________________
Lies. The "values" administration has done nothing but lie and lie and people continue to defend, applaud, endorse, support, and kill for it.
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Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

Subject:adorned by a downright moron
Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:1:32 pm.
"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."--H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
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Monday, November 8th, 2004

Subject:Welcome to LJ's fastest growing forum!
Posted by:spamcannon.
Time:5:40 pm.
Click to Read:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/bush_sucks

Click to Join:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/join.bml?comm=bush_sucks
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

Posted by:vireoibis.
Time:2:42 pm.
Getting this out of my system #1

If you were ever my friend and you voted for G.W. Bush in the 2004 election, you are no longer my friend.
This is no longer a civil disagreement among civilized people; this is a matter of principle, of decency.

If you voted for Bush, you believe that the election of 2000 was not tainted and essentially stolen in a manner more fitting a Third World nation staggering under totalitarianism and tottering on the brink of collapse/civil war.

If you voted for Bush, you believe that the United States should be a theocracy, run by the most vile, odious, and hypocritical of the Christian fundamentalists. You agree that religious mythos should be promoted over science, that clean water and clean air can be created by spouting nice words while gutting actual programs and policies.

If you voted for Bush, you believe that homosexual men and Lesbians are at best second-class citizens, not entitled to the basic rights of the rest of the citizenry, that women should have no control of their reproduction, that bigotry in all its forms is perfectly acceptable, nay, is mandatory.

If you voted for Bush, you believe that the super rich should pay little or no taxes, should be allowed to rape public lands, despoil national parks, exploit workers at home and abroad, engage in war-profiteering, monopolize communications, transportation, utilities, and own the government of the United States.

If you voted for Bush, you believe that the only lies that matter are those concerning the sex lives of Democrats, that the invasion of Iraq is not merely a prelude to more disasters in the Middle East, nor that this was planned from the moment Bush decided to run. You believe that he gave a shit about the people killed in the attacks of September 11th, 2001 and that he didn't know it was going to happen. You believe that because he waved a hand, Iraq was suddenly the source of the terrorist cadre' and Osama Bin Laden, overnight, no longer mattered. You believe that Bush is sane and agree that a war can be "won" without equipping the troops, and without raising taxes.

If you voted for Bush, you believe that the shredding of the United States Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, is necessary for your "safety" and "security" and that the right to disagree right out loud is treasonous. You believe that any criticism of the government, of the psuedo-president and his minions is aiding our "enemies." You wipe your butt with the First Amendment, and feel quite happy to despoil this document by inserting discrimination and hatred into it.

By voting for Bush, you state your belief that it matters not that the national debt is higher than it has ever been (after a nice surplus left by Clinton of all people), that unemployment is higher than it's been since Hoover and the Great Depression, that the super-rich and the corporations they own shift their jobs to other countries, blackmailing the labor unions and communities dependent upon them.

And i could go on.

Suffice to say that by voting for Bush, you announce yourself as a mean-spirited bigot, content to kill the poor and convert by force anyone who isn't your religion in exchange for some empty words about no taxes.
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Sunday, October 31st, 2004

Posted by:headclub.
Time:11:59 pm.
Just wanted to share this: http://yourapathy.net/political_tv_commercials.html

I found it funny and maybe some of you can relate

X Posted
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Sunday, October 24th, 2004

Subject:anti-amendment slogans - ideas? [x-posted]
Posted by:amethyst_heart.
Time:11:50 pm.
Mods - If you find this post inappropriate for this community, I'm sorry, and feel free to delete it. I know this is not really on topic, but I thought some of you would be interested or able to help.

In November, Kentucky will be voting whether or not to pass an amendment to the state constitution that will define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This infuriates me and I know I'm not alone. Tell me what you think of what I've come up with so far and if you have any suggestions, please shoot them my way. I will be greatly appreciative. Also, if you decide you like any of these, feel free to use them.

America is based on embracing human rights, not abolishing them.

Marriage is about love and commitment, not gender.

Love is not a choice. The right to express it should not be, either.

Who are we to deny others of happiness? That’s not the American way.


I'd also really like to come up with one about the idea of "preserving the sanctity of marriage," but I'm having trouble finding the words for it. I'd like to bring up the idea that if you're married and some other couple gets married, why will that affect what you have? Will you stop loving your spouse? If what others' actions separate from you threaten your marriage, you need a good counselor, in my opinion.
And I'd also like to bring up the point that love is unconditional... so why can't we be, too?

Thanks in advance, guys.


Nik
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

Posted by:amethyst_heart.
Time:4:14 pm.
This is highly amusing and widely x-posted.

According to this visual voting guide, I'm a "left-wing communist."

This is fun if you're bored... now I wanna go back and see how many other results there are. I think there's also "right-wing zealot." hehe.
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Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

Subject:A little help, guys? [x-posted]
Posted by:amethyst_heart.
Time:9:46 pm.
My dad got this email from his friend:

Next Hurricane...ALERT

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for yet, another catastrophic hurricane following on the heels of Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. The path of this hurricane zigs and zags, and is therefore highly unpredictable. Experts predict that this one will cause the most damage to the United States than we have experienced in four years. They are naming this one, Hurricane Kerry. Be advised, the only way
for citizens to protect themselves is by getting behind a strong Bush.


He asked me, "Do you have one from the other side I can send him back?"

So, show me what you guys have got.

Thanks in advance.
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Sunday, October 3rd, 2004

Subject:sent to me by animeboyz [x-posted]
Posted by:amethyst_heart.
Time:3:44 pm.
I'm amethyst_heart and I approve this link. In fact, I think it's awesome.

http://whitehousewest.com/
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Friday, September 17th, 2004

Subject:Get Bush out!
Posted by:mel21clc.
Time:5:13 pm.
I'm currently working with Florida Women Vote!, a project of EMILY's List, in south Florida and I am looking for volunteers. We're coordinating the biggest get out the vote effort ever in the state, and we need all the help we can get.

The weekend of the election, there will be a massive, concerted army of volunteers that will go to Democrats' doors in Palm Beach County to make sure that they get out to the polls. Door-knocking has proven to be the most effective way of reaching voters. This election cannot be won without the state of Florida, and the key to winning the state is voter turnout.

Here is why.Collapse )

Can you imagine how different our situation would be now if all the registered Democrats had shown up at the polls in 2000?

This is your chance to make a real difference in this election, and voting alone just isn’t enough anymore. Come volunteer with us - and get free food the entire time you’re here.

If you’re in the south Florida area, you’re already conveniently located. If you know people in the area who would be interested, please give them a link to this post or give me their e-mail addresses or phone numbers and I’ll do that legwork for you. If you have grandparents in the area (and an awful lot of people do) – isn’t a great time to visit them October 30-November 2?

DC area?Collapse )

Please e-mail me at MelissaFWV@yahoo.com to let me know if you would love to make a difference in this presidential election.

(Apologies for the cross-posting, but it’s so worth it!)
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Monday, September 13th, 2004

Subject:As if I hadn't lost enough hope in the state of this nation....
Posted by:amethyst_heart.
Time:3:15 pm.
Mood: irate.
This nation is going to absolute and utter hell. I can't believe this shit.

Taken from withthecircus in warprotest:


WHY HASN'T THE "LIBERAL MEDIA" PICKED THIS UP, EH??


Lockdown

What America didn't see during the RNC

BY KELLY BENJAMIN


For anyone who fears the Bush administration is leading this country on a course toward fascism, the pre-emptive suppression of political dissent last week during the Republican convention in New York City confirmed all suspicions.Following last Sunday's historic peaceful march across Manhattan, the police took the kid gloves off on Monday, Aug. 30. Over 5,000 peaceful marchers organized by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights campaign led an unpermitted march from the United Nations Building across Manhattan toward Madison Square Garden. The NYPD escorted the calm and festive march the majority of the way, but as the march swung north on Eighth Avenue toward the Garden, police changed tactics. Read more...Collapse )


http://www.livejournal.com/community/warprotest/173495.html
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