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Rawman the puppet that's a critic not a critic that's a puppet                      © 2003  Charles Mingus III AKA ED

"We don't know who discovered water but we can be pretty sure it wasn't a fish"  -- Marshal McLuhan  This means YOU!                                       
   
 "THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES WON'T DEFEND IT SELF, THAT IS THE JOB, THE DUTY, THE  RIGHT OF EVERY CITIZEN! "... Carl Gross Jr.  
"Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia,  nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it  is always a simple matter to drag  the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.Voice or no voice, the people can always be  brought to the bidding
of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.It works  every time."   
    Herman Goering at the Nuremberg Trials.             
                 Check out  lord vishnu cia mystery man
Now they call it Euroland...

"Officers who think they will be at home watching their own children and spouses are wrong. Once  the N.W.O. is set up in the year 2000 (just a couple of years away) you, officer, guardsman, and soldiers, will be in other countries . Foreign police troops will be guarding and enslaving your spouses and children in the U.S.A. [see diagram in
 printed manual]"


Editors note: On this You & I agree  and it didn't tale Foreign troupes just the National guard  troupes from Hicksvill USA squinting down there noses at every body like they want to ask you hey you enigmas you got a passport ?

I must say three fully loaded automatic assault rifles, three wire frame tinted yellow "marksman  glasses" wearing blackjacked “foreign troops” from Outa’work Kentucky Handgun Mississippi & Clan-Paw Georgia ( come up here to help out with 911 bringing all of the cruelty and stereotype racism of by gone days) instill all of the confidence I need in NYC mass transits Subway station at 3 AM  Just what we need in every station
to create “Home Land Security”...

Would it be besides the point to tell You while You were hating O. J.
for all black people & while you were making the excuses for the 26
full grown adult men using Tasers & Steal toe Boots Butt Kicking and Clubbing Rodney King were setting the stage for so called Marshal
 Law, I think its funny...
YOU of all people are complaining, welcome
to Hell You cooked it YOU eat it...

Or is there still time for equal pay for equal work & one person one vote?

Global Justice ?

True peace?

??


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Revolutionaries in government have created economic chaos, shortages in food and fuel,
confiscatory taxation, a crises in education, the threat of war, and other diversions to condition
Americas for "The New World Order."
The technique is as old as politics itself. It is the Hegelian principle of bringing about change in a
three-step process: Theses Anti-thesis and Synthesis.
The first step (thesis) is to create a problem. The second step (anti-thesis) is to generate opposition
to the problem (fear, panic, hysteria). The third step (synthesis) is to offer the solution to the
problem created in step one, - change which would have been impossible to impose on the people
without the proper psychological conditioning achieved in stages one and two.
Applying the Hegelian principle, and irresistible financial influence, concealed mattoids seek to
dismantle social and political structures by which free men govern themselves - ancient landmarks
erected at great cost in blood and treasure.

Their objective is to emasculate sovereign states, merge nations under universal government,
centralize economic power, and control the world's people and resources.




Be afraid be very afraid...
Fresh from Notorious
Subject: - twenty months after September 11 -
03:47:32 -0400
 Ouch news:- \
--  Not only the Saudis and Pakistanis (via the notorious ISI, internal
security agency) seem to be funding the Taliban; strong rumors that
 the Chinese and Iranians are, too.

A rumor I consider to be probably reliable says that Karzai has been
so starved financially and militarily that he was last week reduced to
negotiating with the Taliban.

--  Smoke has been coming out of the DPRK Yongbyon reactor since
 last week.

 Viktor Gubarov, former GRU analyst now of Stratfor.com, says gravely,
"We cannot exclude all-out war.   . . .  They may be developing nuclear
weapons
for the purpose of attacking US troops in South Korea and Japan, as
well as the US fleet.  We could almost say that the DPRK is trying to deliver nuclear weapons to the US West Coast."  (Scuds, which they
have, have a maximum range of 600 miles; a lot of DPRK materiel and
systems simply don't work.)


--  It's said that Syria is bringing Hezbollah into its regular forces rather
 than let the Palestinians dissolve their ops groups.   


-- In my last note, I mentioned that the smugglers who regularly run
 heroin from China down the Mekong have created 400 cases of SARS
in Cambodia (new strain).

    Tonight, 12 May midnight EST, Senator Parris Chang, chairman of
 the Foreign Relations Committee of the Taiwanese parliament, said:

"Taiwanese intelligence reports that one of the first deaths from SARS
was a PLA [Chinese Peoples Liberation Army] Lieutenant-General who
fell ill.

He was taken to Hospital 301 in Beijing, a military hospital, where he
fared poorly.  He was removed to (military) Hospital 302, where he
died in March."

....................

1. Confirm that Lieutenant-Generals do not travel by public transportation
 or wander around public bazaars.  I point out regretfully that, if Senator  
Chang's report is true, it lends credence to the idea that SARS came
from a Chinese military lab.  US intel reported about a month ago ago
that SARS was in a leadership compound.

2.   (Btw, Sen Chang is also professor emeritus [poli sci] at Penn State.
On Friday, he'll be in Geneva at the UN petitioning WHO to admit Taiwan
over the protest of the PRC.   At present, WHO can't approach Taipei
directly, has to send staff in to accompany CDC.  This is an imperfect
way of obtaining needed health reporting in an age of new, hyper-
transmissible viruses.)


3.   This extraordinary information, that one of the earliest SARS deaths
may have been a high-ranking member of the Chinese miitary, needs to
be distributed to press everywhere.  If you have one or two connections
 whom you can call, please do so.

If a journalist needs to be in touch,
please give him/her

  Thanks.



A
.# 1
http://www.newscientist.com/news/ plasmonics the cover story for this week's new scientist

 Ratsoutofthebag
# 2
 "First thought best thought" May  1, 2003
Where is Alan Ginsburg when you need him?

This would be treason not to report this to someone ASAP.
Like now!! Or at least call a lawyer Now ~!!!

My guess is "This would be treason not to report this to someone !" NOW!"
Are you sure its not idle boasting ? Or like the Elvis sightings?
 #1  Did you think more on this ?
You don't say.               

 "In my opinion It will beTreason
 not to report the facts such as they may be to the proper authorities. "

Perhaps an open letter to the NY Times Or a CIA correspondent  (some Village Voice reporter.)

Free speech issues aside there are many major legal and moral issues.
 As to my pontificating on them, I will respectfully decline.

Bust the guy and take the reward, or suffer perhaps a US military Court Trail  (Kangaroo to be sure)
and run the risk of being summarily executed for withholding (What one must assume is ) crucial
evidence ( you claimed you have ) that may lead to the capture or whatever fate OBL has waiting
for him.
The law is clear and the concept that some one/s  have the same information does not remove it from the realm of legal evidence and therefore obstruction, during a time of war requires the highest penalty
 (death) they don't talk about it much and its not good to equivocate  thinking YOU know more than some one else is one thing but smug
self interest in this case  may get you an untimely end.
 I don't wish to know that you though you knew better what to do with this factoid that you e-mail me I must categorize it as Idle prattle.

If it is a fact that YOU Know the whereabouts of any one that is wanted  for any crime  ( any fudigitive or fellon) don't ever tell me!!

Because that would be stupid treason to sit on it !!

Because You think "they already know"  and you are so cool about having the information about such and such the web is crawling with such pompous inflated & self important tips and rumors.
 Is your sense of citizenship such that the safety of others comes
 after your own notion of Your superior intelligence If in
KNOW something and say nothing you are an Accessory after the fact.
I had better plans for my summer.

The art of dispatching a person such as he exist, although I have only the press reports of war
 in his name and that not in any detail required for an in person  final debriefing but I can imagine.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I had better plans for my summer.     

So...

As you may have seen on my web site the notion that the entirety of the OBL family should be held
under house arrest at a Holiday Inn some where near Ohio Or NJ Turnpike with no room service no
 phones No TV etc. until he gets the picture and gives himself up to save All of his otherwise Nobel
 family members such an ignoble fate...

 I believe as they say it's Doable under the existing Recco Statutes.

 As to aiding and abetting,
  DON’T DELAY !

I fear dire consequences await any one who may procrastinate or vacillate as to weather this
 miscreant should be appended .

I say as RR and John Wain might were they with us . Hang um Hang um high or at least deal with
 them.  It looks like there is room in our hearts for Sammy The Bull Gerivanno to go for it. Perhaps
 he can cut a deal with the Opium trading assholes.

Love CM3
Mr. Meyeniana

PS: This would be treason not to report this to someone NOW!!!
 but that’s  your choice !! I will likely post it as an urban legend HOAX!


THE CLOCK IS TICKING!
Noshit shilock!Dept.:
Subject: - query -
   Date: Thu, 01 May 2003 00:04:42 -0400
  From:  Mickey1 <?.com>
   To: <Whatthefukover.com>



C --

Late last night, this came in from a reliable fellow I've known for a decade.  
He's been trekking and working around Afghanistan for about thirty years.


fwd:


Hi ,
After two weeks of always on the move in Pakistan/Afghanistan, having some
bad food and then returning with 60 hours of airplanes and airports my
system is in another time zone.  Anyway, an Afghan General, one Commander,
one secret police detective and an Afghan police commander all said OBL is
in a wooded area near Chitral.  When I asked a member of the Pakistan
Higher Court why Pakistan was doing nothing to capture OBL, I was told that
ISI had the power and the president of Pakistan was helpless in this matter.
There are still OBL tee shirt "The Great Mujahid" selling in Peshawar.
Personally and disgustedly I think there has been some deal cut. OBL makes
no more problems and he is left alone!  Just my guesstimate!
 Politics be Dammed!

..   ...   ..   ...   ..   ...   ..   ...   ..   ...   ..   ...   


His report corresponds with a lot of what we hear, of course.

What I see as possible reasons for Washington's just leaving him alone
(sort of) are:

1.   If he dies a natural death, he's not a martyr.

2.   US is using him to track his minions.

3.   If Bush felt very threatened (for example, by the rather intimate relations of the
       Bush family with the Bin Ladin family over years), Bush would have him shot.


Any other thoughts?

You Bet
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        Narrow is the Path to the Truth                
TREASON AND SEDITION
 Operation Vampire Killer 2000 - The Lawful Path
DEFINITIONS:
In defining "treason" and "sedition" we look to the Fifth edition of Black's Law Dictionary. pg.
1345, and pg. 1218
TREASON: The offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to
which the offender owes allegiance; or of betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power.
SEDITION: ...knowingly becoming a member of any organization which advocates the overthrow
or reformation of the existing form of government of this state by violence or unlawful means.
The facts and information about some of the persons and their actions listed in this special report is
prima facie evidence of their long involvement in activities directly designed to overtly overthrow
the lawful, constitutional government of the United States of America. These individuals thus hope
to deliver the People of the U.S. into the hands of a foreign power known as the United Nations,
which is actually an oligarchy of the world's super-rich, who have no allegiance to any one nation
and who control the U.N. from behind the scenes.

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 #3    ©2001 chadsux


        In This Edition
        Scott Morschhauser gives us a view of the end of liberty
        in, "Protests Are Out And We Will Decide What You Can
        Investigate."

        Greg Palast goes on the BBC to explain the, "Theft Of The
        Presidency!"

        Patty Goldman explains, "Fast Track A Way To Dump
        Democracy."

        Joe Conason reports on the NYC mayors race in,
        "Hevesi’s Lame Defense Offends Common Sense."

        Gene Lyons takes a break in, "Best Part Of A Summer
        Vacation: No News."

        The Associated Press reports on, "Von Rumsfeld Defends
        Missile Defense Funds."

        Carol Schiffler tells tales of conspiracy in, "Only The
        Wind."

        Robert Scheer says Smirky gets rather kinky in, "Bush
        Binds Us Into A Fiscal Straitjacket."

        Bill O'Reilly wins the Vidkun Quisling Award

        Molly Ivins says, "Laissez Ain't So Fair After All"

        Tally Briggs tells smirky that, "The World Has Moved
        On."

        And finally in "Parting Shots" Bryan Zepp Jamieson
        explains Republi-con double-speak in, "A River Runs
        Through It" but first Uncle Ernie reviews, "The Godfather
        Part IV Fredo Meets Johnny Ola."

        This week we spotlight the cartoons of Bill Deore with
        additional cartoons from Kwawin, Carlson, Tom
        Tomorrow, BushBeer.net, Rayberry, Trucards, Destonio,
        Chris Whitehouse, GWBush Art, Political Strikes and
        Chadsux.

        Plus we have all of your favorite departments! Welcome
        one and all to "Uncle Ernie's Issues & Alibis." We hope
        you enjoy your stay!


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
                  The Godfather Part IV
        Fredo Meets Johnny Ola
        By Ernest Stewart

        I guess if you live long enough you will eventually see
        everything. I'm still having trouble believing my eyes after
        this Labor Day meeting between Smirky the Chimp and
        Don Jimmy.

        It was only a matter of time until the Crime Family Bush
        got together with the Crime Family Hoffa. The sons of two
        famous crooks should have a lot in common after all. As
        the smirkster's corporate shills and media whores try and
        prevent any truth about last Decembers Coup De' Etat
        getting into the minds of main stream America just as
        Jimmy is trying to get the governments watchdogs to turn a
        blind eye to the Teamster shenanigans. It was certainly a
        match made in heaven, unless of course you're a
        Teamsters member or an American citizen.

        While this joke was going on tens of thousands of union
        members were marching along with Democratic
        candidates for the coming fall elections. The several
        hundred who showed up for the "Teamster Picnic" looked
        to be the typical secret service group who brought the
        wives and kiddies along with them to give the state
        controled media some bodies to photograph to show that
        we're all behind the traitors. Of course there were no
        protestors allowed as we all know that protesting must be
        done far away from the cameras lest they mistakenly
        photograph the people. The Detroit media which is owned
        and operated by that group of Nazi's (Knight/Ridder) from
        Florida failed to get a single picture of the tens of thousand
        that lined the unions parade route or the tens of thousand
        of union workers who marched in the parade.

        In case you haven't noticed only certain news events are
        reported on since the Coup De' Etat went down.

        I'll grant you that symbols are for the symbol minded but
        even still symbolism of these two criminals and their
        respective crime families was even too much for this old
        reporter to bare. The reason I left politics in the early 70's
        i.e. the lack of concern by the American public, the far
        right shift in all American politics that cost the democrats
        an easy election victory last November and made it
        possible for the RNC to destroy the last remnants of the
        old Republic. I hear way too much about how we're going
        to get rid of them in the next election and everything will
        be ok. BULLSHIT oops thats BUSHIT!

        Care to take a bet on the Florida Governor’s election?
        Instead of having a seat in ‘Ole Sparky’ I'm willing to bet
        Jebbie is reelected in Florida. And to make it even worse
        he will probably be legally elected. Janet Reno has tossed
        her hat into the ring and I actually have a better chance of
        being elected in Florida than she does. Janet doesn't need
        any Clinton baggage to keep her from being elected as she
        has more than enough of her own. She spent 8 years acting
        like a Nazi from her murder of the Waco children to her
        "Jack-Booted Thugs" 'rescue' of the Cuban kid. Florida is
        wall to wall with Nazis and Anti-Castro Cubans to begin
        with. So Jeb is going to get away with Treason and
        Sedition but I think we all knew that to begin with didn't
        we?

        A lot of liberal sites have closed down recently and with
        good reason. They waited for the Democrats to begin
        raising hell but so far all they have done is helped their
        Nazi pals across the aisle. All I hear from people who
        should know better is that they can't raise hell or else
        they'll seem like poor losers. Say what? Where in the hell
        are the 50 million people who got ripped off in Debacle
        2000? You’d think that they would be mad as hell and out
        causing riots in the street.

        A lot of people have had nasty things to say about Darth
        Nader, I know I certainly have but that was because we
        bought the Nader myth. I didn't buy Gore's nonsense so I
        wasn't disappointed or surprised when he bent over for the
        Nazis and gave away an election that he had won and left
        us all to the mercies of the Rethuglicans.

        Is America worth fighting for? I'm beginning to have my
        doubts about that. The only ones I see and hear raising hell
        are a few liberals (mostly fighting amongst ourselves)
        while the vast herd of American sheep keep lining up to be
        sheared and slaughtered. Before you join them ask the
        Jews about what happens when you start getting into lines.

        © 2001 Ernest Stewart

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        Protests Are Out And We Will Decide What
        You Can Investigate
        By Scott Morschhauser

        The Bush administration has brought two concepts to the
        forefront of the nation's consciousness. One, you are no
        longer allowed to protest, and two, they will tell you what
        you can and cannot investigate. The examples of these two
        themes are currently being exposed in the sub-news stories
        (the news stories that do not make the sound-bites, but
        with a little digging are readily available in larger
        newspapers or on the Internet).

        Let's start with protesting. It has become apparent that you
        are no longer allowed to partake in this constitutionally
        protected form of free speech. A few months ago,
        protesters in Florida were arrested for holding 8 * by
        11-inch signs with anti-Bush messages while those holding
        the same size pro-Bush signs were perfectly within their
        rights.
        I will be attending a protest rally in Washington DC on
        September 29 and have already received word that nine
        foot walls will be constructed for the event.

        Protesting, although always an annoyance and hassle for
        law enforcement agencies, is a right guaranteed Americans
        by the Constitution. A generally complacent public may
        not see the danger in giving up this right. Some may argue
        that this form of government strong-arming is for
        "protection." I'd have to agree. There is nothing more
        dangerous to a non-elected government posing as a
        democracy than good old American muckraking and
        outward protest. If you are a history buff, you can't help
        but notice the similarities to the rise of other fascist
        regimes. Stifle the protesters, control the media, then
        control the military. The protesters and media take on as
        important a role, if not more so, than the military. The
        message is clear. You are no longer allowed to protest.

        Well, if we can't protest, at least we can follow the news
        and learn about corrupt actions taken by the Bush
        administration and the rest of their political party. Then we
        can vote them out in four years, right? Wrong. Without
        even going into the problems that have surfaced with
        voting in the world's "greatest democracy," this scenario
        hinges on a media that will investigate and report on the
        actions of our government. But it has become apparent
        that certain stories will be investigated and certain stories
        will not.

        The example that I will use to prove my point will be the
        massively-dead-horse-beaten story of Chandra Levy and
        the possible relationship to Congressman Gary Condit.
        Currently, the nation just can't get enough of this story.
        The story is pursued relentlessly, even though there are no
        suspects, not even Congressman Condit, because the
        police have no evidence of foul play. I understand that the
        public likes a sensational crime. I don't condone it, but I
        understand. Yet, in this case there is theoretically no
        crime. There is no corpus delicti as it were.

        But what if there had been a known crime? Can you
        imagine if Gary Condit was an actual suspect? Obviously
        the American public would be ten times more interested
        than they already are, right? Wrong again, because there
        was a body of a young female aide found dead of
        unknown causes in a congressman's office. But the
        congressman was not Gary Condit or any other Democrat.
        The congressman is Florida Republican Joe Scarborough,
        and the unfortunate woman was 28-year-old Lori
        Klausutis.

        Mrs. Klausutis was found dead on July 20 in Scarborough's
        Fort Walton Beach office. On August, Associate Medical
        Examiner Michael Berkland announced that Mrs.
        Klausutis had a previously undetected heart condition that
        caused her to collapse. Berkland said that Klausutis
        collapsed, hit her head on the desk on the way down,
        suffered a blood clot and died.

        According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, official
        statements originally said that there was no sign of trauma,
        yet Berkland is now citing an "obvious injury to Mrs.
        Klausutis' head." The police will not release the autopsy
        because Berkland has not yet completed and filed the final
        copy. He claims that he has been too busy.

        Now where's the real story? Gary Condit? I don't think so.
        This is a terrifying case of hypocrisy. Both stories involve
        a male U.S. congressman, two females—one an intern for
        the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the other a constituent
        services aide. Only one has a body and the medical
        examiner's statement that the death was accidental.

        The grip on what will and what will not be reported will
        grow tighter very soon. On September 5, the Senate
        Intelligence Committee will hold a one-day hearing on an
        official secrets act, which will then be poised to pass
        Congress this fall. President Clinton vetoed this bill, but, if
        it passes again, George W. Bush will most definitely sign
        it.

        With an official secrets act, any government employee
        who discloses unauthorized information will be subject to
        criminal prosecution, even if the material does not
        endanger national security—and, if it is anything like
        Britain's Official Secrets Act, journalists and anyone else
        who gains access to information that falls under the act
        will also be subject to prosecution and imprisonment. The
        Pentagon Papers, Watergate, Iran-Contra? Forget about it.
        This pretty much would put the lid on investigating the
        federal government, since most journalists rely on inside
        information to expose corruption. I'd advise calling your
        senators and voicing your concerns.

        Add to this the recent trend to jail journalists and/or
        confiscate their materials and the message from our
        current government is quite clear, "We will tell you what
        you can and cannot investigate."

        There you have it. These are, in my humble opinion, the
        two key ingredients to forming a fascist government.
        Disallow protest and control what the media can and
        cannot report. I find it incredibly sad how easy we're
        making it for them.
        © 2001 Scott Morschhauser


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           "Theft Of The Presidency"
        BBC-TV Newsnight

        GREG PALAST: Washington, the marine band plays 'Hail
        to the Chief' for George W Bush, 43rd President of the
        United States. But in Florida, some are singing 'Hail to the
        Thief'.

        COUNTRY SONG: After hundreds of lies Fake alibis

        PALAST: We are coming into Tallahassee. We want to
        know whether George W Bush won the election or did
        brother Jeb steal it for him? Our investigation suggest the
        answer lies in this shuttered building and in a very
        expensive contract between Governor Jeb's division of
        elections and a private company named DBT, which
        accidentally wiped off the voter rolls thousands of
        Democratic voters. 18th floor division of elections, we
        have come to ask Mr Clayton Roberts, the director, a few
        questions. Roberts agreed to talk, but became a bit
        uncomfortable when he learned that we had obtained the
        secret DBT contract, and asked him if he knew what DBT
        were up to.

        CLAYTON ROBERTS: Florida Director of Elections No,
        I didn't ask DBT. They do what we contract them to do.
        We have a statute that says we have to have a private
        company to do this. We put it out for bid, we put it out for
        bid, and I think I'm done with this interview.

        PALAST: Let me just show you the contract if I could Mr
        Roberts. It says here in the contract that the verification is
        supposed to be done by DBT. That you paid them $4
        million. It could look to others don't you think that you
        paid $4 million to purchase this election for the
        Republican party. 95% wrong on the felon list. Mr.
        Roberts, could you answer the question regarding the
        contract... Instead, Mr Roberts called out State troopers.
        It's interesting here?

        STATE TROOPER: Oh, man! Never a dull moment.

        PALAST: I don't know why he had to call the police. We
        hadn't gotten to our difficult questions yet! The difficult
        questions are: Did Governor Jeb Bush, his Secretary of
        State Katherine Harris, and her Director of Elections,
        Clayton Roberts, know they had wrongly barred 22,000
        black, Democrat voters before the elections? After the
        elections did they use their powers to prevent the count of
        20,000 votes for the Democrats? The Democrats say the
        answers to both questions are yes.

        COMMISSIONER: In any other country in the world, if
        this had occurred, there probably would have been riots or
        military troops throughout the streets.

        PARTY CHAIRMAN: Al Gore won the election. He won
        the popular vote and he won the vote in Florida. I think
        that that's pretty clear.
        VOTER: It wasn't done fairly. They shouldn't allow you to
        contest an election then give you no way to contest it.

        LEGISLATOR: Jeb Bush promised his brother he was
        going to deliver Florida. I believe the Republicans strategy
        was at all costs we deliver Florida.

        CAMPAIGNER: Were people taken out of polls and
        stopped from voting? Yes, I think that was not right. I
        smell a rat!

        PALAST: This is Database Technologies. This is the
        company that the state of Florida hired to remove the
        names of people who committed serious crimes from the
        voter lists. I have obtained a document marked
        "confidential and trade secret". It says the company was
        paid millions of dollars to make telephone calls to verify
        they got the right names - but they didn't. There is nothing
        in the state of Florida files that says they made these
        telephone calls. So the question remains, why did the
        Republican leaders of this state pay millions for a list that
        stopped thousands of innocent Democrats from voting?
        The first list from DBT included 8,000 names from Texas
        supplied by George Bush's state officials. They said they
        were all felons, serious criminals barred from voting. As it
        turns out, almost none were. Local officials raised a ruckus
        and DBT issued a new list naming 58,000 felons. But the
        one county which went through the whole expensive
        process of checking the new list name by name found it
        was still 95% wrong. Reverend Willie Whiting was one of
        those removed from voter roles after DBT wrongly
        labelled him a serious criminal.

        REVEREND WILLIE WHITING: I have never spent a
        night in jail.

        PALAST: Were you ever busted?

        WHITING: No. I had a speeding ticket probably 25-30
        years ago, I guess, but that's about it.

        PALAST: Do you think you should be allowed to vote if
        you had a speeding ticket?
        WHITING: Absolutely.

        PALAST: The Florida legislature likes to see young
        prisoners paraded in front of the capital in old cavalry
        uniforms.

        PRISON GUARD: Me and superman had a fight

        PRISONERS: Me and superman had a fight

        PRISON GUARD: I hit him in the head with some
        Kryptonite

        PRISONERS: I hit him in the head with some Kryptonite

        PALAST: More often than not in America, the prisoner's
        colour is black. Because of the way DBT generated the
        list, every genuine black felon in the United States could
        knock out every black voter in Florida with the same
        surname and similar date of birth. That's why the NAACP
        is suing Florida for violating voters' civil rights.

        LARRY OTTINGER: Lawyer for NAACP Governor
        Bush, the Secretary of State Katherine Harris, Clayton
        Roberts, the head of elections, all knew or should have
        known in advance that certain election policies and
        practices would disproportionately impact low-income
        areas, and in particular black citizens and other minority
        citizens, and that this would disproportionately impact
        Democratic voters, based on historical voting trends.

        AL GORE: Thank you, Florida!

        PALAST: Altogether, it looks like this cost the Democrats
        about 22,000 votes in Florida, which George Bush won by
        only 537 votes. The US civil rights commission is also on
        the trail. They called in Bush, Harris and Roberts. Bush
        did not convince his critics.

        UNNAMED MAN: You screwed up this state. You sealed
        the ballot.

        PALAST: Commissioner Edley and his colleagues will be
        in Miami tomorrow to hear from voters wrongly
        disqualified.

        DR CHRISTOPHER EDLEY: US Civil Rights
        Commissioner If you are going to do it, by all means as a
        matter of due process and fairness, it's got to be done with
        excruciating care. It's a democracy, the vote counts. There
        is a lot of public concern that the contractor selected is a
        firm that seems to have ties to the Republican party.

        PALAST: They will be putting our evidence to Database
        Technologies. Their vice-president told us that "manual
        verification by telephone calls" does not mean ringing
        people up to check they have got the right person. So were
        they paid to produce a list which they knew would name
        thousands of innocent black people? In fact DBT told
        Newsnight that Clayton Roberts and the State of Florida:
        "... wanted there to be more names than were actually
        verified as being a convicted felon." So did they use their
        powers to prevent the count of 20,000 votes for the
        Democrats? You don't have to be black. In Palm Beach,
        America's privileged nurse their tans and their anger.

        UNNAMED WOMAN: I thought I voted for Al Gore but
        unfortunately I voted for Pat Buchanan, and I wasn't
        happy about that, because I am a Jewish voter and he
        would have been the last person in the world I would have
        voted for.

        PALAST: Whacky butterfly ballots caused thousands in
        this Democrat town to accidentally mess up and they were
        refused replacement ballots promised them by state law.

        JOANNE CARBONE: From the time the elections started
        until that awful decision that the Supreme Court made, I
        came across hundreds of people who made a mistake and I
        saw over 13,000 complaints filed by people who live in
        Palm Beach county.

        PALAST: In all, Palm Beach voting machines misread
        27,000 ballots. Jeb Bush's Secretary of State, Katharine
        Harris, stopped them counting these votes by hand. She
        did the same to Gadstone, one of Florida's blackest,
        poorest and most Democrat counties, where machines
        failed to count one in eight ballots. Again Harris stopped
        the hand count. This alone cost Gore another 700 votes, in
        an election in which Harris declared George Bush winner
        by only 537 votes.

        KATHARINE HARRIS: In accordance with the laws of
        the State of Florida, I hereby declare Governor George W
        Bush the winner of Florida's 25 electoral votes for the
        President of the United States.

        PALAST: Harris was a busy woman. In charge of Florida's
        vote count and co-chair of Bush's presidential campaign.

        LOIS FRANKEL: Had she really been unbiased? Wouldn't
        the appropriate actions for her to be to say - let's really get
        to the bottom of this election and let's make sure every
        vote is counted.

        PALAST: Lois Frankel represents Palm Beach, in the
        State legislature where she leads the Democratic
        opposition.

        FRANKEL: She wanted George Bush to win. She
        interpreted every rule, every law in a way to help George
        Bush.

        PALAST: We are driving down to Miami to witness an
        American ritual. In Britain, you count the votes, then
        announce the winner. In Florida they declare the winner
        first and here we are, still counting the votes.

        WOMAN'S VOICE: She is showing the ballot in front of
        the light. They can see the light through where the chads
        have been punched through. Then she holds it in front
        because sometimes you can see things in different light.
        They have a whole column.

        PALAST: Normally these are machine-read, right?

        UNNAMED WOMAN: Right.

        PALAST: They are carefully going through the 179,855
        uncounted ballots that Harris did not want tallied. They'll
        know the winner next month. Sources tell Newsnight that
        Gore's ahead by 20,000 votes. The Biltmore, grandest
        hotel in Miami. Democrats are upstairs eating with their
        richest friends charging $5,000 a plate. Let's see if we can
        get in. Not far away from the millionaires on the balcony a
        voter had taken hostages at gun point protesting against
        the election fraud. But here it is back to champagne
        politics as usual. One Democrat whispered they would
        have done the same as Katharine Harris if they had the
        chance. But another, party chairman, Bob Poe remains
        bitter about this.

        BOB POE: Chairman, Florida Democrats Jeb Bush,
        Katharine Harris, Clay Roberts did everything they could
        to stop every legitimate count of the vote. And that's what
        did us in.

        PALAST: All fingers point to the Jeb Bush crew in
        Tallahassee. Investigators want to breakthrough the iron
        shutters.

        EDLEY: I have to say that thus far we have been
        disappointed by the explanations, or perhaps I should say
        the lack of explanation provided by the state officials.
        When we spoke with the Governor and the Secretary of
        State and even with the Director of the Bureau of
        Elections underneath the Secretary of State, they were
        pointing fingers at everybody else, saying "look it wasn't
        our responsibility", they were in charge, which is a
        disheartening disquieting thing for us to hear - who should
        be held accountable for what clearly was a system that
        broke down.

        PALAST: State officials point the finger at the counties
        and say it is their responsibility to check if the names on
        the list are real felons before disqualifying them. Clayton
        Roberts says his job is just to pass on the list. Roberts now
        admits he didn't bother to check with DBT, if innocent
        people were on it.

        ROBERTS: Please turn off that camera.

        PALAST: Off camera he said: We did not call and say did
        you check the list again... the whole tenor of this is like
        OK you screwed up you didn't check with DBT and if you
        want to hang this on me that's fine. It is certainly fine for
        George W Bush. Even if investigators conclude that Jeb
        Bush and the Republicans conspired to steal this election,
        the man in that house for the next four years will be
        George W Bush.
        © 2001 Award-winning investigative reporter Greg Palast
        writes, Inside Corporate America, fortnightly in the
        Observer (London), Sunday paper of Britain's Guardian.
        At http://www.GregPalast.com you can read and subscribe
        to Greg Palast's columns.

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        Fast Track A Way To Dump Democracy
        By Patti Goldman

        A little more than a year and a half ago, thousands
        marched in Seattle to demand that trade institutions, such
        as the World Trade Organization, respect the world
        environment and the creatures that inhabit it.
        Environmentalists joined unions, family farmers and
        religious leaders to complain that the WTO has put our
        laws to protect endangered species, forests, air quality and
        food safety at risk.

        Now Congress is threatening to bargain away our
        democracy in order to accelerate passage of new trade
        agreements.

        When Congress returns from its August recess, it may
        consider giving the president what is known as "fast-track"
        authority to negotiate trade agreements without ordinary
        congressional and public oversight. Fast-track authority
        allows the president to negotiate trade agreements in
        secret.
        The final agreements are submitted to Congress only when
        they are a done deal. Congressional hearings and debate
        are sharply limited and the entire package must be voted
        up or down within an inflexible and extremely short period
        of time.

        Fast-track authority is anti-democratic. It gives the
        president unaccountable power to decide the terms of
        trade agreements.

        As the WTO meeting made clear, trade agreements are not
        simply about tariffs any more. They establish rules that
        determine the viability of health and environmental
        protections. The WTO and the North American Free Trade
        Agreement (NAFTA) give other countries the right to
        challenge our environmental laws as unfair trade barriers.
        Mexico and Malaysia have done so with our dolphin and
        sea turtle protections and Venezuela with our air pollution
        laws, to name a few examples. These challenges are
        resolved by trade officials who hear arguments and make
        decisions behind closed doors.

        In the face of threatened trade challenges, the United
        States has allowed pesticide residues on food that do not
        meet U.S. standards. Minnesota has waived its purchasing
        preference for recycled paper in the face of Canadian
        claims that it would disadvantage paper produced from
        logging native forests.

        NAFTA goes further and gives corporations the right to
        sue for monetary damages when laws harm their foreign
        investments. The first such challenge to a chemical ban
        resulted in repeal of the ban and payment of millions of
        dollars. More recently, Methanex Corp., a Canadian-based
        corporation, filed a NAFTA claim for $970 million for
        losses, including a decline in stock value, from California's
        phase-out of a toxic gasoline additive that has
        contaminated drinking water. These investor lawsuits can
        be tantamount to blackmail. A foreign corporation can
        insist on being paid a hefty sum to stop marketing a
        product that causes harm.

        Trade agreements make fundamental policy choices that
        create winners and losers.

        How much definitive scientific proof is required before a
        country can ban harmful chemicals, like asbestos? Can a
        country limit trade based on the harmful effects of logging,
        fishing or factory production? Can a local government
        sponsor eco-labeling or limit its own purchases to
        sustainably produced wood? Can the United States restrict
        imports of cheap Canadian timber produced with heavy
        government subsidies and by clear-cutting virgin forests
        right to the banks of salmon streams?

        In the United States, people have a voice when laws
        addressing these fundamental questions are debated and
        enacted. The people also should have a voice before these
        rights are traded away.

        Our democratic system thrives on checks and balances, as
        well as on public accountability. Fast-track authority
        sacrifices both.

        It truncates the congressional oversight provided through
        hearings and debate and eliminates the congressional
        power to amend. Trade agreements are a fait accompli by
        the time they are submitted to Congress. The public is kept
        in the dark about the terms of the agreement and cannot
        work through elected members of Congress to alter terms
        harmful to the public interest.

        While the WTO has earned a reputation as an institution
        unresponsive to public demands and input, we live in a
        democracy. Congress can control and shape the laws that
        govern U.S. consideration and approval of trade
        agreements.

        Congress should not jettison democratic lawmaking for the
        sake of rushing into new trade agreements. We are not
        against trade; in fact, trade is important to the region's
        economy. However, recent trade deals have been stacked
        against the environment, putting profits above people and
        the environment. Congress has a responsibility to insist
        that trade agreements safeguard our environmental laws.
        This power should not be traded away. © 2001 Patti
        Goldman                             

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        Hevesi’s Lame Defense Offends Common
        Sense

        Even the dullest campaign can provide a peek into the
        political underworld. In New York’s Mayoral race, that
        moment of tabloid truth arrived when Alan Hevesi
        suddenly had to explain an unusual favor he once
        performed for a major contributor—and all of his
        opponents except one rushed to his defense.

        The most sensational aspect of the story has become
        well-known, and Mr. Hevesi hotly disputes it. From the
        files of an obscure lawsuit between members of the
        wealthy Lowinger family, a document emerged in which a
        former Lowinger employee claimed to have witnessed Mr.
        Hevesi accept cash in 1997 from family patriarch Maurice
        Lowinger, since deceased. The former employee recently
        confirmed to The Observer that she was certain the
        Comptroller had pocketed an envelope filled with cash,
        which had been withdrawn from a bank earlier that same
        day on Lowinger’s orders.

        While it is hard to imagine why this former employee
        would have invented such a peculiar and damning
        incident, it is also hard to believe that the Comptroller
        would take a cash payment, especially in front of
        witnesses. In fact, there is really no reason to think of him
        as corruptible at all.

        No reason, that is, except for certain things Mr. Hevesi
        said in his own defense.

        While Mr. Hevesi denied the bribe allegation, the
        Comptroller and his aides corroborated other significant
        aspects of the woman’s account. They confirmed that the
        meeting with Lowinger had taken place. They admitted
        that Mr. Hevesi discussed a favor that Lowinger wanted.
        And they further admitted that Mr. Hevesi agreed to set up
        a business meeting between a Lowinger firm and Bell
        Atlantic. He instructed one of his top aides to make the
        call, and the favor was done. (Lowinger hoped to sell
        telephone equipment to the phone company; they weren’t
        buying.)

        Why did Mr. Hevesi use his office to arrange a business
        meeting between two private firms? Being a wealthy
        businessman’s gofer has nothing whatsoever to do with the
        responsibilities of the Comptroller’s office. But by his own
        account, he immediately jumped to fulfill the Lowinger
        request.

        Mr. Hevesi may have acted in part because of the
        friendship between his family and the Lowingers that
        dated back to prewar Budapest, as he suggested. That
        would have been an improper motive for official action,
        although sentimentally excusable. But he also surely
        remembered that members of the Lowinger family had
        donated more than $60,000 to his campaign treasury, a
        motive that seems considerably less sentimental and more
        improper.

        And why would Bell Atlantic executives agree to the
        Comptroller’s request that they meet with a vendor whose
        previous overtures they had already rejected? They
        consented for the same reason that Lowinger approached
        Mr. Hevesi: He was and is a powerful public official
        wielding authority that might directly affect the telecom
        company’s interests. He can ensure that the company’s
        bills for services to the City of New York are paid on time,
        and that any disputes over those bills are resolved swiftly
        and amicably.

        Of still greater interest to any big firm is Mr. Hevesi’s role
        as chief overseer of the city’s public-employee pension
        funds. He embodies a major institutional investor whose
        funds have typically held hundreds of millions of dollars’
        worth of Bell Atlantic stock in recent years. When a big
        investor calls—even with a transparently ridiculous or
        obnoxious request—the wise corporate manager
        endeavors to cooperate.

        Mr. Hevesi’s conduct in this episode would appear to
        violate the city’s ethics code, which prohibits him and
        other officials from using their office and staff for
        extraneous, self-serving purposes. Both he and his
        spokeswoman claimed that what the Comptroller did for
        Lowinger was not only ethically acceptable, but mundane
        and even laudable. He said he does the same kind of thing
        for others "all the time." His spokeswoman said, "It is
        something public officials do. Helping New York
        companies is what public officials do."

        Actually, what public officials do—or are supposed to
        do—is serve the public, not their campaign contributors.
        Mr. Hevesi’s claim that this favor for Lowinger somehow
        served the public interest is preposterous. If he regularly
        performs such peculiar services for his contributors, he
        doesn’t belong in any position of public trust.

        Equally disturbing was the demeaning defense offered by
        Peter Vallone and Fernando Ferrer, candidates for Mayor
        and veterans of old clubhouse machines where the motto
        is "Quid pro quo." They sounded as if they agreed that
        public officials should do the bidding of campaign
        contributors. Campaign-finance reform has yet to improve
        the mentality of some politicians.

        Only Mark Green understood the basic ethical issues in the
        Lowinger matter. He was able to say that he would do no
        such thing and never had. For a city government
        confronting corruption every day, his dissent suggests a
        stark distinction between him and his rivals, and one of his
        most compelling qualifications to become New York’s
        next Mayor.
        © 2001 Joe Conason email Joe at:
        jconason@observer.com.

        Quotable Quote
        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes
        a revolutionary act." ... George Orwell    

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        Best Part Of A Summer Vacation: No News
        By Gene Lyons

        Some people proudly call themselves news junkies, as if an
        encyclopedic knowledge of, say, Sen. Tim Hutchinson's
        love life or the Chandra Levy case indicated
        public-spirited virtue.

        Not me. Keeping up with the daily catalogue of atrocity,
        outrage, folly, sheer nonsense and electronically amplified
        gossip we call news has become an occupational necessity.

        But the habit of filling your mind with junk information
        can also become an addiction as difficult to shake as booze
        or cigarettes. Any journalist who doesn't keep that in mind
        can become dangerously obsessed. That's what I learned
        on my first vacation in years, two weeks of media
        deprivation therapy at an old friend's ranch along the
        Shields River roughly 45 miles north of Livingston, Mont.

        Avoiding the news wasn't my motive for heading to
        Montana. Mostly, I wanted to beat the August heat and
        visit a close friend I hadn't seen in years. Like me, Ansel
        started out to be a literary academic. We met in graduate
        school at the University of Virginia. My first memory of
        Ansel was delivering a paper on Faulkner, in the course of
        which he paused, scratched his head and pulled a large,
        gray object from his thick hair.

        "Tick," he said calmly, depositing the swollen arachnid in
        the wastebasket before resuming his analysis of "Absalom,
        Absalom!" He'd been squirrel hunting, he explained
        privately, hardly an everyday pastime for University of
        Virginia Ph.D. candidates. Married the same year, our
        wives also became confidants.

        Ansel ended up writing his dissertation on Henry James, an
        author I find paralyzingly abstruse. Otherwise, we always
        found plenty to talk about. Friendships established in
        youth, I've found, are increasingly hard to duplicate in
        later years.

        For reasons too tedious to recount, neither of us flourished
        as academics. But where I drifted into writing, Ansel did
        something more adventurous: He bought a small, remote
        Virginia farm and put his formidable energy, intelligence
        and willpower to work learning livestock breeding and
        genetics. No hippie dropout, he soon become one of the
        half-dozen most successful breeders of Suffolk sheep in
        the world. His rams and ewes are in great demand all over
        the U.S. and Canada.

        Ansel has always liked living at the end of the road, but
        he's outdone himself this time. His new spread, modest by
        Montana standards, sits near the headwaters of a tributary
        of the Yellowstone River on a gravel road 17 miles from a
        town of 500. His log home commands a panoramic view of
        the Crazy Mountains. The first thing you notice is the
        silence. On a warm August afternoon when the cows are
        bedded down in aspen thickets and the sheep doze in the
        sagebrush, the only audible sounds are crows calling and
        the occasional scream of a hawk. At night, the coyotes
        sing, and Ansel's two Great Pyrenees sheep dogs woof
        back, warning them to stay away. The basset hounds snore
        on the couch.

        Ansel couldn't get a daily newspaper if he wanted one,
        which he doesn't. He subscribes to no news mags apart
        from The Washington Post weekly edition. He can't pick
        up NPR on the radio and doesn't own a computer. No
        Luddite, he uses his satellite TV almost entirely to indulge
        his (and my) passion for baseball. He avoids TV news
        altogether. He'd no more think of watching "Meet the
        Press" than of shaving his head.

        So what did I do on my summer vacation? Bucked hay,
        helped dig a ditch, kept cows at bay while Ansel gelded
        calves, held sheep down while he administered
        medication, drove to town for tractor parts, kibitzed while
        he fixed the bush hog, read novels, spent hours ridge riding
        on an Appaloosa gelding named "Traveler," watched a
        bunch of Cubs and Rockies games, and sat on the porch
        sipping adult beverages and watching the clouds drift over
        the Crazies. Perfect.

        North of Kansas City on the way home, two Missouri state
        troopers pulled me over for reasons they never made clear.
        After demanding I.D., ordering me out of my truck and
        patting me down, they sat me in their patrol car and asked
        a bunch of questions seemingly intended to figure out if I
        were the harmless individual my driver's license said I was.
        After learning where I'd come from and what I did for a
        living, the trooper behind me in the back seat informed me
        that he was a big Fox News fan and that Chandra Levy
        was still missing. Otherwise, he assured me, nothing worth
        knowing had happened while I was gone. I said that
        sounded right to me, and they turned me loose and sent me
        on my way.
        ©2001 Gene Lyons is a Little Rock author and recipient
        of the National Magazine Award.
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        Rumsfeld Defends Missile Defense Funds
        By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

        WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cutting the Pentagon's $8.3
        billion request for missile defense spending in 2002 would
        undermine and delay important research and testing,
        Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday.

        Some Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a $1.3 billion
        reduction in the Pentagon's request for the fiscal year that
        begins Oct. 1.

        The $8.3 billion for missile defense is $3 billion more than
        this year. It is, by far, the largest increase in the Bush
        administration's defense program from the Clinton
        administration's.

        ``If you take $1.3 billion out of some portion of it, it's big,''
        Rumsfeld said. ``As a percentage, it's enormous, it's very
        harmful. It moves everything to the right, it delays things.
        It causes a change in the program that has been put
        together'' to test a wide variety of missile defense
        technologies.

        Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, the top Republican on the
        Senate Appropriations Committee, criticized the idea of
        cutting money from missile defense, saying it was for
        research and development only.

        ``I think they're making a great mistake,'' Stevens said in
        an interview Thursday. ``It doesn't have anything to do
        with deployment. They're cutting money that was
        requested by President Clinton.''

        Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said about half of President
        Bush's requested $3.3 billion increase for missile defense
        was for theater missile systems. ``So we really only have a
        modest increase over Clinton's budget for national missile
        defense.'' Sessions is on the Armed Services strategic
        subcommittee that was voting in secret Thursday on the
        proposed $1.3 billion cut in missile defense spending.

        Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed
        Services Committee, declined immediate comment on the
        proposed amount of the cut or where that money would be
        spent. At a Pentagon news conference Thursday,
        Rumsfeld expressed confidence that once both the Senate
        and House complete work on the 2002 defense budget,
        they will give the administration the full $329 billion it has
        requested, including the $8.3 billion for missile defense.
        The total is $18.4 billion more than Bush proposed in
        February and $33 billion more than the 2001 budget.

        ``I have every confidence that we'll end up with our
        budget,'' Rumsfeld said. ``The truth is, we do need every
        nickel.''

        Although defense gets the largest single amount of
        discretionary spending in the entire federal budget, about
        one-third of a trillion dollars, the Armed Services
        Committee has done all of its work on it behind closed
        doors. Levin also required the members to remain silent
        about the work until the bill is done.

        By contrast, the House Armed Services Committee -- and
        its subcommittees -- held open meetings where members
        offered and voted on amendments, and House members
        and staffers were free to discuss the issues and decisions.

        Levin has argued that the Bush administration is keeping
        Congress in the dark about whether and when it would
        conduct missile defense research and testing that would
        conflict with the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty. Levin
        wants the administration to clarify its intentions before his
        committee acts on the spending request.

        Bush has said he intends to withdraw from the treaty.
        Rumsfeld said it is too soon to know when that might
        happen.

        In Senate testimony Wednesday, Rumsfeld said efforts in
        the Senate to delay the Pentagon's missile defense work
        would make it harder to strike a deal with the Russians on
        replacing the ABM treaty with an arrangement that
        allowed for national missile defenses.

        ``To the extent the Russians develop a perception that the
        United States is not interested in going forward in
        providing defense against ballistic missiles or that we're
        split on that issue, obviously it's in their interest to not
        come to any agreements with us,'' he told a Senate
        appropriations subcommittee.
        © 2001 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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           Only The Wind
        By Carol Schiffler

        Con·spir·a·cy (n.)

        1. An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful,
        or subversive act.
        2. A group of conspirators.
        3. Law. An agreement between two or more persons to
        commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through
        illegal action.
        4. A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design: a
        conspiracy of wind and tide that devastated coastal areas.

        Horror film fans will recognize the following dramatic
        convention:

        A well-scrubbed American family moves into a rambling
        farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. For about a week ?
        twenty minutes in movie years ? the family is happier than
        they have ever been. Mom plants a garden, Dad throws
        sticks for the dog, the children do a lot of giggling and
        running through fields of wildflowers.

        One day, Dad is in the bathroom washing up after another
        jolly good romp with Rover, when all of a sudden he
        notices that the tap water has turned a suspicious shade of
        red, the walls seem to be breathing, and there is a
        disembodied head hovering above the laundry hamper. It
        is speaking in Latin. Dad squeezes his eyes shut and begins
        to hyperventilate. The audience knows this is the wrong
        response. A much better approach would be to run down
        the stairs screeching like a scalded dog, pack up the
        family, and move into the Motel Six, at least until a
        suitable exorcist can be located. But no.

        Dad’s no sissy. So this bastion of American manliness
        wipes his face, tells himself he must be coming down with
        something, and adjusting the pleats in his Dockers, strolls
        nonchalantly out of the bathroom to join his family for the
        evening meal. Later, when his wife starts levitating in the
        middle of the night and the children are sucked into the
        television set, it will be a little harder for Dad to ignore the
        fact that his new house is trying to kill him. But for now,
        Dad tells himself, "Relax. It is only the wind."

        Why does this hackneyed scene work so well although it is
        drawn time and again from the horror filmmaker’s
        toolbox? Perhaps it is because every American raised with
        the proper amount of cognitive repression understands that
        if an otherwise rational person seriously broaches the
        subject of "spooky stuff" around the water cooler, it is the
        cultural equivalent of farting in church.

        Just ask a conspiracy theorist. (By the way, how did you
        feel when you read the words, "conspiracy theory"? Did
        you recoil just a little? Do you now feel like you will have
        to struggle to keep an open mind about the words that
        follow? If so, the government has done its job. Read on.)

        This month’s Nexus Magazine contains an interesting
        article by Donald W. Scott called, "Mycoplasmas and
        Neurosystemic Diseases,"
        http://www.nexusmagazine.com/mycoplasma.html

        Although considered a fringe publication by some, there is
        nothing in Mr. Scott’s article that suggests the presence of
        a tinfoil hat. The first portion of the piece deals with the
        mechanisms by which pathogenic mycoplasm infects a
        host cell. Scott then takes us on a trip down memory lane
        to the idyllic days of the 1950’s when Mom was planting a
        garden, Dad was throwing a stick for the dog, and the
        Pentagon, in conjunction with the Canadian government,
        decided it might be a nice idea to test their new biological
        weapons on the city of Winnipeg.

        The chemical deployed was a watered down version of the
        real deal, but it was still enough to sicken one third of the
        Winnipeg population. Symptoms ranged from a sore throat
        to ringing in the ears. In order to obtain official
        cooperation, the Pentagon told the mayor of Winnipeg that
        they were testing a "chemical fog…that would protect
        Winnipeg in the event of a nuclear attack."

        Now if Mr. Scott had trotted this information our prior to
        May 14, 1997, he would have almost certainly be labeled a
        "conspiracy theorist." But on that day, the Pentagon called
        a press conference where they admitted the whole sordid
        affair. How nice of them to come clean forty years after
        the fact. As it turns out, the same biological agent tested
        on the unsuspecting citizens of Winnipeg may be capable
        of producing a number of strategically useful illnesses such
        as AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
        Whether or not you believe that the Cold War Era
        scientific community possessed the technological
        sophistication to whip up a batch of jiffy germs, it is clear
        that the army though it could. Scott reports that upon
        discharge from the service, one bacteriological warfare
        specialist who routinely handled the mycoplasmic goop
        received papers informing him that if he were to develop
        multiple sclerosis within two years of leaving the service,
        he was entitled to disability compensation which is
        "payable to eligible veterans whose disabilities are due to
        service."

        Now I cannot remember when I first heard gay activists
        propose that AIDS was a government gig, but I believe it
        was sometime in the late eighties. The earliest information
        I could find on the internet was dated 1990, although
        another article made reference to the work of Dr. Robert
        B. Strecker who stumbled upon evidence of this in 1983.
        Whatever the original source, by the early nineties, this
        was a pretty hot topic of conversation, and proponents of
        the idea that AIDS was a made to order Pentagon disease
        were promptly labeled "conspiracy theorists." As with the
        government’s role in weaponizing biological agents in
        order to enhance the likelihood of multiple sclerosis,
        whether or not you believe they were successful, there is
        ample proof that the military intended to develop an
        AIDS-like illness. At a House Appropriations hearing in
        1969, the Defense Department's Biological Warfare (BW)
        division requested funds to develop a new disease that
        would both resist and break down a victim's immune
        system, ("A Higher Form of Killing: The Secret Story of
        Chemical and Biological Warfare," by R. Harris and J.
        Paxman). It should be noted that the Appropriations
        Committee approved the funds.

        We have proof of intent and proof of motive. In many
        cases we have the government equivalent of receipts for
        funds to implement covert operations. We have enough
        evidence to withstand cross-examination by Judge
        Wapner, for Heaven’s sake, yet somehow, when it comes
        down to the nuts and bolts of assembling the pieces, the
        American public tells itself, "Relax. It is only the wind."

        Well there are winds, and there are typhoons, and the
        same decade that saw the Pentagon emerge as the Betty
        Crocker of germ warfare, begat a biological threat of a
        different sort. On April 13, 1953, the CIA birthed a
        hideous child known as MKULTRA. Operating on the
        principle that it might be more fun to drive people insane
        rather than just kill them outright, an early project draft
        asks, "Can we get control of an individual to the point
        where he will do our bidding against his will and even
        against the fundamental laws of nature such as
        self-preservation?" How would it be possible to get a
        person in such a useful state? The R & D boys came up
        with a two-pronged attack plan. One approach was strictly
        pharmaceutical, with LSD as the drug of choice. The
        second approach was to use the drugs in combination with
        physical stressors such as sleep deprivation, verbal
        degradation, sensory deprivation, starvation, and
        electro-shock. Some of the human subjects used in these
        bizarre experiments were volunteers, but some were not.
        Some of the subjects lived to tell a Congressional
        investigating committee their story; others did not.

        One who did not was Dr. Frank Olson who hurled himself
        out of a tenth floor window after a meeting with Sidney
        Gottlieb who headed the CIA’s Technical Services Staff.
        Olson was a scientist for the U.S. Army’s Chemical Corps
        Special Operations Division. Gottlieb was, at the time,
        experimenting with the effects of tossing hallucinogens in
        the punch bowls of unsuspecting citizens. Suicide, of
        course, was not the desired outcome of the MKULTRA
        experiments. In order for a subject to be useful, he or she
        had to be alive and programmable. Popular media refers to
        this state as being "brain-washed," a word that conjures
        mental pictures of Grade B spy flicks where evil
        Communists with bad accents stick bamboo shoots under
        the fingernails of a relentlessly square-jawed American
        agent. The technical mechanisms employed by the CIA,
        however, were far more sophisticated than bamboo shoots,
        and the ultimate effect was to create an individual who
        could dissociate their personality on cue. The beauty of
        this plan was that test subjects manipulated in this manner
        would present themselves as a bunch of loonies should
        they ever attempt to expose the agency.

        To that end, the CIA partnered with at least 80 different
        institutions, including 44 colleges and universities, 15
        research foundations or chemical and pharmaceutical
        companies, 12 hospitals and clinics, and 3 penal
        institutions. This is all a matter of public record,
        (http://142.176.17.31/~pjproject/Mkultra/), documented
        by the Congressional Church committee. Everything from
        hypnosis to psycho-surgery was employed, in combination
        with drugs and what amounted to ritual abuse, in order to
        find the recipe for the perfect programmable spy.

        Many of those responsible for these grotesque experiments
        are still alive and gainfully employed by the U.S.
        government or associated research facilities. And the
        survivors of these atrocities are still out there as well,
        American citizens who are living testimonies to some of
        the most horrendous human rights violations we have
        witnessed in our lifetime.

        But how many of us have even heard of MKULTRA?
        Discredited as "conspiracy theorists," the MKULTRA
        survivors continue to wage a desperate campaign to keep
        this important piece of our history alive, and many insist
        that the CIA is still engaged in the unsavory practice of
        testing their latest widgets on the unwitting and unwary
        public. They insist that the project has not, in fact, ceased,
        but has merely changed shift supervisors, with privately
        funded contractors tied to the government taking up where
        the CIA left off. Anyone familiar with the wheeling and
        dealings of the Iran-Contra years and the bogus drug wars
        in Columbia would recognize these tactics. Yet these
        people who have first-hand experience with just how low
        our government can go, are consistently marginalized and
        dismissed, the "conspiracy theorist" label effectively doing
        its job.

        Award-winning journalist Robert Parry gave an excellent
        speech in Santa Monica on March 28, 1993. The subject of
        the speech was Iran-Contra, and he tells a compelling tale
        of government conspiracy and media duplicity. The full
        text of this speech can be found at
        http://www.copi.com/articles/rparry_a.html

        There is a part of the speech where Parry talks of how he
        was asked to investigate a project known as "October
        Surprise." Many readers will recognize this as the ploy of
        the Reagan-Bush machine seeking to sabotage the Carter
        campaign by delaying the release of the hostages in Iran
        until after his re-election bid. States Parry, "…obviously
        for a long time the North network was just a 'crazy
        conspiracy theory', and then the idea that Bush was
        involved was a 'crazy conspiracy theory', and the idea that
        there was a cover-up was a 'crazy conspiracy theory', and
        I'd seen all these conspiracy theories actually turn out to
        be true, so I really didn't want to discount anything without
        having looked at it carefully." This is not, by the way, just
        a good tip for investigative journalists. It is wise advice for
        all responsible citizens, regardless of career aspirations.

        But how to discover the truth? Parry states, "What I think
        is the bottom line…is that we are in great danger of losing
        our grasp of reality. Our history has been taken away from
        us in key ways. We’ve been lied to often. And important
        things have been blocked from us." In other words, the
        water from the spigot has turned to blood before, and the
        walls were breathing in a not-so-distant place and at a
        not-so-distant time. Yet still we manage to compose
        ourselves, go to work, go to the Mall, go over the river and
        through the woods to Grandmother’s house, rushing here
        and there with no sense of history and no sense of reality
        attached to our past. We are in a perpetual state of the
        omnipresent Present.

        In the 1970’s, we discovered that the "conspiracy
        theories" of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s were reality. People were,
        in fact, being "brain-washed" in experiments conducted by
        our own government against innocent, unwilling American
        citizens. People suffered as a result of these experiments,
        and in some cases, people died. Some of the "test subjects"
        are still suffering today.

        In the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, we discovered that the
        conspiracy theories of a previous decade were reality. Yes
        indeed, our government did trade arms for hostages, they
        did train mercenaries, and they did conspire to overthrow
        a peaceful and orderly Latin American country. Children
        were massacred, women were raped, men were tortured.

        What will we discover in the year 2010? Will we find that
        ugly and unspeakable things happened during Election
        2000? Will we learn the truth about Dick Cheney’s
        closed-door meetings on energy and social security? Will
        we like what we discover? Will we finally glimpse the
        master plan behind Star Wars and FCC deregulatory
        rulings? Or have we all simply become so used to the
        Latin-speaking, disembodied head that we invite it to go
        bowling instead of demanding that it return to the dark
        place from whence it came? George Santayana once said
        those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed
        to repeat them. The house of democracy has been haunted
        by evil spirits in the past. We have discovered that there
        really is a hand living under the bed and a Boogey man
        dwelling in our closet. Yet time and again, those who point
        these things out to us are labeled conspiracy theorists,
        while we pat ourselves on the backs and congratulate
        ourselves for being pillars of rational thought.

        It would seem that the true gatekeepers at the Citadel of
        Sanity are those who are cooling their heels at the Motel
        Six and biding their time until the exorcist arrives. The rest
        of us shift uncomfortably in our La-Z-boy recliners, a
        gnawing feeling of familiarity in the pits of our stomachs,
        and as the eleven o’clock news spews out a torrent of
        clever sound bites and glitzy photo-ops, we turn to each
        other and say, "Relax. It is only the wind."
        © 2001 Carol Schiffler
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        Bush Binds Us Into A Fiscal Straitjacket
        By Robert Scheer

        Are we all dimwits? We just sit there with goofy looks on
        our faces while the economy sputters and the president
        blows what remains of the budget surplus on a tax
        giveaway to the rich. With nary a peep as the "what me
        worry?" kid has the gall to make stealing funds from Social
        Security and Medicare--to pay for a military buildup to
        fight an enemy that doesn't exist--sound like fiscal
        responsibility.

        There is method to the president's madness, as he spelled
        out in his press conference Friday, proclaiming that the
        prospect of government red ink is "incredibly positive
        news" because it will produce "a fiscal straitjacket for
        Congress."

        Get it? The plan is to bankrupt the national government so
        we can be reduced to life as it's lived in Texas, where the
        rich make out like bandits playing with public funds, as
        George W. did on that stadium deal, while the rest of the
        folks scramble. Texas politicians, including three
        presidents in the past 40 years, always make sure their
        companies are fed well at the Washington trough, even if
        it means going to war. Whatever the state of the federal
        budget, Bush is not going to be tight with the dollar when
        it comes to a bloated military, because big oil still needs
        that stick of U.S. military intervention to protect its
        investments abroad.

        Why else do we need a military big enough to fight two
        wars at once except to protect U.S. investments that
        stretch from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf? Think of
        it as a Social Security program--or more accurately,
        welfare--for military contractors and energy companies,
        led by Halliburton, where Dick Cheney hustled his quick
        millions.

        Bush never believed in a progressive federal government,
        including its programs for seniors, but he had to pretend
        otherwise to win over moderate voters. Now he blithely
        offers a recession he helped create and a war that he's not
        yet managed to find as a rationale for stealing from
        seniors: "I've said that the only reason we should use
        Social Security funds is in the case of an economic
        recession or war." That was Friday, but Monday the
        nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that this
        year $9 billion must be taken out of Social Security, thanks
        to Bush's tax cut and the recession. What idiocy, to
        jeopardize the one domestic government program that
        really works. Seniors were once the poorest people
        around, and now they're the most secure, thanks to the
        guarantee of at least a minimum income and health care. If
        you buy the lie that those programs just benefit seniors,
        consider the crushing burden on young families back in the
        good old days, when they struggled to provide for aging
        parents. Try to launch a career, raise a family and still pay
        the health costs of Mom and Dad, and you'll get the
        picture.

        Unless your family happens to be super rich like the
        president's. For most Americans, Social Security and
        Medicare are the best family values programs, and it's
        mind-boggling that we sit by while a born-rich president
        who has never known a second of family financial
        insecurity threatens to pull the safety net out from under
        the rest of us.

        Go figure. Maybe we just find it too hard to follow the
        money--our money--particularly when all those zeros are
        tacked on. The federal budget is $1.9 trillion, and the $328
        billion that Bush wants to give to the military must just
        sound like chump change. The big news, much easier to
        understand, is the sex life of a hick congressman whose
        name the baby boomers will have forgotten 10 years from
        now when they are informed that there is no money to
        cover the health and retirement payments owed them.

        By then, the president who conned them will be back at
        his ranch in Crawford, chuckling about how he really put
        one over. As an ex-president, he will even get cut ribbons
        at the umpteenth test of a missile defense program that will
        still be as far as ever from working.

        Of course, wasting money on the military is a
        time-honored tradition, but with Bush, it's truly getting out
        of hand. Even Rep. Jim Nussle, the Iowa Republican who
        heads the House Budget Committee, was perplexed by the
        administration's asking for a defense hike before Defense
        Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had even completed his
        review of what the military requires: "That's unacceptable
        if they are planning on getting more. We're not just going
        to throw money at defense again."

        Sure, he will, and so will most of his colleagues, and Bush
        knows it. That's why the president so smugly welcomes the
        shriveling of the budget surplus as good news, because it
        means that those nonmilitary things the government is
        supposed to do but which he never approved of, such as
        health care for the working poor, won't get done.
        © 2001 Robert Scheer
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++                                    
        Dead Letter Office

        Heil Bush,

        Dear Propaganda Ansager O'Reilly,

        Congratulations you have just been awarded the Vidkun
        Quisling Award for 2001. Your name will now live
        throughout history with such past award winners as
        Marcus Junius Brutus, Judas Iscariot, Benedict Arnold,
        Vidkun Quisling and last year's winner Volksjudge Antoni
        (light-fingers) Scalia.

        Without your help shilling for us, spinning the truth, telling
        out right lies and ignoring the real news, holding onto
        power after our Coup D' Etat would have been impossible.
        With the help of our mutual friends, the other "Media
        Whores," you have made it possible for all of us to
        goose-step off to a brave new bank account.

        Along with this award there will be an Iron Cross 2nd class
        presented by our glorious Fuhrer Herr Bush at a gala
        celebration in der Fuhrer Bunker (formally the White
        House) on 12-15-2001. We salute you Herr O'Reilly! Sieg
        Heil!

        Signed,
        Deputy Fuhrer Cheney

        Heil Bush
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
           Laissez Ain't So Fair After All
        By Molly Ivins

        AUSTIN - Most of us assume that the fatal weakness of
        libertarian thinking, which is so dominant in this
        administration of recycled Reaganism, is its eternal
        tendency to apply simple solutions to complex problems -
        which is, of course, also the reason for its appeal. All is
        reduced to the market, the market rules, the market is
        God.

        James Arnt Aune, formerly with the Bush School at Texas
        A&M, however, provides a more comprehensive
        indictment of libertarian thinking and finds its most
        striking feature is the avoidance of empirical investigation.

        Or, as a Texas pol observed recently, "Bush is doing the
        same thing to the nation he did to Texas, and in even less
        time." The same thing is, obviously, the endless Bush Jr.
        mantra: "Tax cuts good, regulation bad; tax cuts good,
        regulation bad."
        Do they never stop to look at what tax cuts and
        deregulation achieve? There are always winners and losers
        under deregulation, but even the briefest summary shows
        the unmistakable pattern.

        Savings-and-loan dereg - $500 billion charged to the
        taxpayers. Enough said.

        Utilities deregulation - So far, no good.

        Telecommunications deregulation - As per usual, we were
        promised lower rates, greater choice, the magic of the
        marketplace, and milk and honey for all. What we got was
        more telephone marketers calling during dinner. Cable
        rates have risen 33 percent, three times the inflation rate,
        since the 1996 telecom dereg debacle.

        Scholars will recall that the bill was heavily influenced and
        indeed partly written by the industry's lobbyists, part of the
        pattern with dereg. Cable customers continue to be gouged
        by local monopolies; there is almost no head-to-head
        competition.

        Ditto local phone competition. Prices are up 12 percent,
        not down at all; the companies that were supposed to
        compete against the regional Bells are in bad shape, as is
        competition in the long-distance field. Calls for
        re-regulation already abound.

        Airline dereg - A mess. Most experts blame two factors:
        deregulation and the Federal Aviation Administration's
        disastrous attempt to develop a new air traffic control
        system.

        The 1978 deregulation did indeed make flying a form of
        mass transit. There are three times as many fliers today as
        there were 20 years ago, according to a New York Times
        Magazine article of last year, and fares, on average, are 40
        percent lower, adjusted for inflation.

        The gradual development of near-monopolies - only the
        biggest survive - is also a familiar pattern in these cases.
        Airlines have dropped service at small communities and
        routinely over-schedule at major airports. The system
        drifts into worse shape annually, with no end in sight, and
        Congress has done nothing because God forbid that
        anyone should interfere with the free market.

        Trucking dereg - Since dereg in the late '70s, competition
        has indeed driven prices down. It has also created
        "sweatshops on wheels," with drivers making 25 cents a
        mile, working 90-hour weeks. According to a series in
        June in The Ottawa Citizen, truckers average less than five
        hours' sleep a night.

        The industry has also the seen the growth of scam schools
        that turn out poorly trained or completely untrained
        drivers. The trucking industry has a 150 percent annual
        driver turnover rate and is short 80,000 drivers.

        We could go on and on, and each of these situations
        should be studied in more depth, especially by those who
        casually make lofty pronouncements about the need to
        deregulate and privatize absolutely everything. Perhaps
        the main point to keep in mind is that there were reasons
        for regulation in the first place.

        Libertarians, even those who actually cover government,
        seem to believe that government is bent on a mindless
        quest for ever-greater power. In my experience, there are
        only two ways something gets regulated: a public disaster
        of such epic proportions that people demand regulation, or
        the industry itself asks for regulation.

        That may strike you as unlikely, but it is to be seen every
        session in every legislature as the watch-repairers or the
        lawn-sprinkler installers or some other group arrives to
        demand that their high calling be regulated and
        practitioners certified.

        In the case of natural monopolies, such as utilities and
        phone companies, regulation is needed for the very
        reasons of which we are now so unpleasantly being
        reminded: A monopoly will just gouge the hell out of
        consumers.

        I am a great believer in perpetual reform and just as
        annoyed by bureaucratic paperwork as anyone else, but
        willful stupidity in the face of evidence is also annoying.
        Capitalism works well only in a carefully constructed
        cradle of law and regulation (Russia being one case in
        point). Greed is not good. Where there is greed, there is no
        vision, and (not to coin a phrase) those who forget history
        are condemned to repeat it.
        ©2001 Molly Ivins of Creators Syndicate







          The World Has Moved On
        By Tally Briggs

        The world has moved on…… Roland of Gilead ~ The
        Dark Tower Series ~ Stephen King

        It is has become such a different world in the last eight
        years, largely due to Clinton being a President that worked
        with all of the other countries we share this ball of dust
        with instead of against them. The problem is that the
        Repubs are too blinded by their own rabid hate to clearly
        see the world they now inhabit. They’re living in some
        kind of insular Baccarat Bubble that has somehow slipped
        into a time warp where all things are as they were in 1990.
        But the real world, where the majority of the inhabitants of
        this planet live and work, has moved on.

        Terrorism and physical force are no way to help a country
        faced with civil rights abuses end oppression. Truly
        damaging wars are no longer fought with bombs and guns;
        they're fought with various investments, economic
        sanctions, and boycotts. Case in point - Russia.... We gave
        them McDonalds & Estee Lauder, they got an opportunity
        to see 'democratic capitalism' in action and what
        happened? No more CCCP. It is going to take some time
        for them to get it right, but they are on the way
        nonetheless. The same is on the verge of happening in
        China, you don't need to bully someone into a better way
        of living - just show them how it works. Oh yeah, pissing
        off China is a REALLY great idea. That’s right, I forgot, if
        we actually opened them up as the biggest trade potential
        that we have, that might actually HELP the economy and
        CREATE jobs – we can’t have that! That was a
        CLINTONIAN thing, and we know that Clintonian things
        are baaaaad. Yeah, like LESS arsenic in water, and limits
        on CO2. Help me. Instead Twig has to create some
        imaginary enemy so he can pour obscene amounts of cash
        into defense and arms sales, starting with his deal to
        Taiwan. Too bad the hot dog Chinese pilot sent to ‘escort’
        our spy plane gift decided to play Air Show. Oops. It was
        clearly a setup. If they weren’t already en route to China
        they would have flown to Vietnam. The media should be
        screaming foul in all of this, but instead they praise Smirk's
        false diplomacy, when it was Powell who issued the
        ‘apology’.

        Unfortunately, all we are showing the world now is how to
        pull off a blood-free coup, repay all the big money
        campaign contributors, and give the impression that
        Americans are an ugly, selfish, greedy people whose
        collective bottom line is to put more cash in the hands of
        the super rich, while blindly believing their government
        controlled media. "As long as I can live in my comfy little
        universe…" So what if we trash the world making our 1%
        richer? Add to that the bad light it puts on Democracy
        itself because the spotlight has been so highly focused on
        it's fragility.....

        Silly Republicans - they ditched the most important
        economics class of the last century and somehow believe
        if 1% of the citizenry get 46% of the money, the economy
        will ‘recover’. Recover? It was in great shape until Weak
        & Stupid started talking it down, the population doubted
        his mandate and lost confidence in the Market. The
        Dot.Com downturn (readjustment - the internet isn't going
        away) is only a tiny part of the big picture.

        The problem is that Trickle Down is a myth and doesn’t
        work. The Super Rich don’t spend money like the Middle
        Class. The median income families of this country have
        always been the largest consumers, pouring a higher
        percentage of their money into the economy trying to
        make a better life for themselves and their families, while
        the Super Rich put the majority of their cash into offshore
        tax shelters and bank accounts. However, over the last
        several years corporate greed has taken over the economy.
        CEOs are making record incomes while their employees
        who make them their huge profits in the first place, are not
        seeing wage increases that match the cost of living. And in
        many cases have taken pay and benefit cuts– or have
        taken on larger workloads without an increase in salary to
        match so they won’t lose their jobs. The Middle Class no
        longer have the expendable income to put back into the
        economy. They have slowed down their consuming to
        make ends meet, and with the looming tax gift to the rich
        on the horizon, may even stop altogether.

        The long range result? Let’s see….. Large companies with
        huge inventories of product with no one to buy them…..
        Some of the Super Rich CEOs cut bait altogether and close
        up shop, so they can keep their obscene nest eggs they’ve
        accumulated and go live on the 9th hole at Pebble Beach,
        while their laid off employees apply for unemployment
        and spend their retirement accounts trying to remain off
        the street. While other CEOs cut back on personnel and
        invest their own money to keep the business afloat. Either
        scenario doesn’t put the money back into the hands of the
        main consumers.

        What happened to getting honest pay for an honest day’s
        work? Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Michael
        Eisner is one of the obscene earners while his employees
        are some of the lowest paid in the industry. Top that off
        with having trouble at first staffing the opening of the new
        theme park California Adventure, but still laying off over
        4000 employees. Disney was the last studio to offer their
        employees Domestic Partner insurance and only then
        because they were forced by staff turnover. Why stay
        when you can get a better salary and benefits at
        Dreamworks? Oh, yeah….. it’s the Glory of working for
        Disney! Sorry, but glory won’t pay my rent.

        How much money does Michael Eisner, Bill Gates, and for
        that matter Smirk’s entire cabinet need? How did so many
        members of our society become sociopaths without any
        feelings regarding the welfare of their fellow man?
        Especially with a pResident who claims Jesus Christ is his
        favorite philosopher? Has he ever even read the Bible?
        What a joke Smirk’ Easter Message was, "that, in the end,
        even death itself will be defeated.'' Whaaaaat????? Er,
        uhm, as I recall, Christ died for man’s sins, and was
        resurrected because he was THE LORD. Whatshu talkin’
        bout W? Do you think YOU can defeat death? Who do
        you really think you are…?

        Even Robin Hood’s economic plan had its heart in the
        right place. But then, I am sure Smirk has never read
        Robin Hood. It’s a book.
        © 2001 Tally Briggs email Tally at: bardgal@yahoo.com
        While Tally prepares for a role on TV we'll run her
        greatest hits until she returns!

        The Cartoon Corner This edition we're proud to
showcase the cartoons of Bill  Deore
To End On A Happy Note ... Of Course, He's To Blame

        Sung to the tune of "A Horse With No Name"
        With apologies to America

        (instrumental intro)

        It's the first part of the century,
        And we're trying to get through life.
        Right wing rants we heard were shocking things.
        In our land, their shills now reign.
        With Bush king, we bet he can't fly, just because
        He will hide from the crowds.
        This cheater's not very sound, that's why
        His regime will run aground.

        (Chorus:)

        Bush stole the election, and of course, he's to blame.
        He's no good, and this lout has no brain.
        The election, from last November's the game
        That was tainted, 'cause the Supreme Court
        proclaimed:
        Dumb king Dubya Shrub was the winner now...
        Dumb king Dubya Shrub was the winner now...

        It was too late; the Selected One
        Was spinning plans in his head.
        Let me rephrase: donors had their fun
        On a sub that left nine people dead.
        But this story went cold,
        'Cause the donors Bush owed
        Were all mad that people had read...

        Bush stole the election, and of course, he's to blame.
        He's no good, and this lout has no brain.
        The election, from last November's the game
        That was tainted, 'cause the Supreme Court
        proclaimed:
        Dumb king Dubya Shrub was the winner now...
        Dumb king Dubya Shrub was the winner now...
        (instrumental break)

        We will find ways to set this country free
        From the Bush Junta tyranny.
        Right wing rants we heard were shocking things.
        In our land, their shills still reign.
        Ted Olsen is Solicitor; his wife's still around
        To help Dubya disguise his flubs.
        But ol' Dick Cheney has a heart that's unsound.
        An eviction we'll give to the Shrub.

        Bush stole the election, and of course, he's to blame.
        He's no good, and this lout has no brain.
        The election, from last November's the game
        That was tainted, 'cause the Supreme Court
        proclaimed:
        Dumb king Dubya Shrub was the winner now...
        Dumb king Dubya Shrub was the winner now...

        (repeat last line and fade) >
        New lyrics by W.K.TONG

        Activist Alerts

        "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for
          good people to do nothing." ... Edmund Burke

        LAUGH OF THE CENTURY .....


        The Republican Leadership Conference has scheduled
        Katherine Harris, secretary of State, FL as a guest speaker
        on Friday October 5th.
        The "subjest" is VOTER FRAUD!! There is a registration
        form at the link above if anyone wants to attend & I
        assume, learn how to commit voter fraud! Did you Florida
        voters know that there is a special provision in the new
        Florida "Reform" to allow military to vote by FAX and
        WITHOUT BEING REGISTERED TO VOTE?!!

        FOR FLORIDA VOTERS WHO ARE TIRED OF
        PAYING FOR KATHERINE HARRIS'S LUXURY
        TRIPS.....this is the info given on the hotel. There are 160
        luxury guest rooms at The Resort at the Mountain. Several
        other lodging places are mentioned but:

        Do you have any doubts as to where Katherine Harris will
        be staying? I would think that this is the time to write to
        the unhonorable Sec. of State and tell her to pay her own
        damn bills. She was born with more money than God and
        we should not have to pay for the flozzie to take luxury
        trips with Jebbie, Dubya, etc.

        Something's rotten in Florida? Are we going to just sit idly
        by and do nothing?

        Maggie
        Pensacola, FL - My vote did not count
        © 2001 G.A.G.

        New Protests From Voter March

        August 22, Wed., Voter March NY General Meeting

        Voter March New York will have a general meeting at
        Chris Acosta's loft in Union Square at 239 Park Avenue
        South, Loft # 3C, (betw 19th and 20th Streets) on
        Wednesday, August 22nd from 7 pm to 9 pm. Key on the
        agenda are the upcoming actions: Scalia Protest at Hofstra
        law School on Sunday, September 9th and the Bush
        Protest at the United Nations on Monday, September 24th.
        There is no admission fee, but feel free to bring snacks or
        non-alcoholic beverages. Please RSVP to
        outreach@votermarch.org

        September 9, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, Scalia Protest
        A protest is planned at the Hofstra University School of
        Law on Sunday, September 9, where Antonin Scalia, one
        of the 5 Supreme Court Justices who stopped the hand
        counting of votes in Bush v. Gore, will give a keynote
        address at the Legal Ethics 2002 Conference. Scalia is
        scheduled to be a speaker from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm and at
        6:00 pm there will be a banquet in honor of Justice
        Antonin Scalia. The banquet will be at Carlton on the Park
        at Eisenhower Park, near Hofstra University School of
        Law. Hofstra University is located in Hempstead, Long
        island, about 25 miles east of Manhattan, less than an hour
        away by train or automobile.

        September 24, Monday, United Nations, New York City
        Protest Bush at U.N. General Assembly

        To protest Bush at his appearance and speech at the
        General Assembly of the United Nations. We will gather
        before noon at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Park at 47th
        Street and First Avenue in Manhattan. Voter March has a
        permit pending and is inviting all pro-democracy groups to
        join in with this protest action. We will have a stage and
        sound system. For additional information, contact
        info@votermarch.org

        For updates and additional information on all these events,
        see Voters March

        SUPPORT THE OREGON DEMOCRATS'
        PROPOSAL TO IMPEACH THE
        FELONIOUS FIVE!

        Here's what you can do to help:

        1. Write your members of Congress and urge them to
        support the Democratic Party of Oregon's resolution.

        2. Contact your local and/or state Democratic Party office
        urging them to also support the resolution.

        3. Contribute to the Democratic Party of Oregon. We plan
        to continue to promote this resolution and your
        contribution, no matter how small, will help us in this fight
        for democracy. Click on Democratic Party of Oregon to
        send your support today!


        Supreme Injustice
        by STEVE COBBLE

        Lest we forget--just over six months ago, the Rehnquist
        Court stole an election in broad daylight. In fear of the
        truth, the Scalia Five intervened to block all votes from
        being counted, an action "unprecedented" (both
        historically and judicially) in US history. Though the June
        12 "anniversary" went unnoticed by the media, we must
        never forget.

        Was it the worst Supreme Court decision in US history, as
        American University Constitutional scholar Jamin Raskin
        has suggested? Considering that Raskin is a staunch civil
        rights advocate, the very thought that he would rank Bush
        v. Gore lower than both the Dred Scott and Plessy rulings
        is instructive. Nor does Raskin stand alone in his opinion
        of this judicial coup.

        Justice John Paul Stevens: "One thing, however, is certain.
        Although we may never know with complete certainty the
        identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election,
        the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's
        confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule
        of law. I respectfully dissent."

        Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "In sum, the Court's
        conclusion that a constitutionally adequate recount is
        impractical is a prophecy the Court's own judgment will
        not allow to be tested. Such an untested prophecy should
        not decide the Presidency of the United States. I dissent."
        And related is the unsigned per curiam decision of the
        Scalia 5, a transparent attempt to try to avoid history's
        scarlet letter.

        Hendrik Hertzberg, former presidential speechwriter: "The
        election of 2000 was not stolen. It was expropriated."

        David Kairys, Temple University: "We had a constitutional
        crisis, and it was Bush v. Gore. History will not be kind."

        Suzanna Sherry, Vanderbilt University: "There is really
        very little way to reconcile this opinion other than that
        they wanted Bush to win."

        Jeffrey Rosen, legal scholar: "They have...made it
        impossible for citizens of the United States to sustain any
        kind of faith in the rule of law as something larger than the
        self-interested political preferences of William Rehnquist,
        Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, and
        Sandra Day O'Connor."

        Randall Kennedy, Harvard University: "But we should
        also insist that there be no confirmation for Scalia-like
        champions of the right-wing agenda. The Supreme Court
        has hurt its own reputation by wrongly intervening to
        ensure the victory of George W. Bush. Those who abhor
        what the Court did should say so and say so loudly and
        clearly."

        Jesse Jackson and John Sweeney: "But if it comes down
        for justices to the 14th amendment and the promise of
        equal protection, one can only hope for the sake of the
        country that they consider how not counting all the votes
        mirrors too closely the habits of heart and mind that
        brought us slavery and segregation--the original sins of our
        nation that the equal protection clause sought to repair."

        And, of course, Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of Charles
        Manson and author of several bestselling true-crime
        books, in The Betrayal of America: ". . . the Court
        committed the unpardonable sin of being a knowing
        surrogate for the Republican Party instead of being an
        impartial arbiter of the law.... [The Court searched]
        mightily for a way, any way at all, to aid their choice for
        president, Bush, in the suppression of the truth, finally
        settling, in their judicial coup d'État, on the untenable
        argument that there was a violation of the Fourteenth
        Amendment's equal protection clause..."

        Recent polls indicate the public's growing dissatisfaction
        with the results of the Scalia Five's decision. A survey
        conducted by the Pew Research Center and Princeton
        Survey Research Associates (June 13-17) showed George
        W. Bush's job approval rating at just 50 percent, down six
        points from March; the New York Times survey with CBS
        News (June 14-18) put the rating at 53 percent, down
        seven points from March. And Democracy Corps's
        Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll (June 11-13) found that 48
        percent of likely voters think the nation is currently on the
        "wrong track." Perhaps most tellingly, 25 percent of voters
        in the Democracy Corps poll said that the phrase "not
        really elected President" describes Bush "very well," with
        another 15 percent saying that it describes him "well"--in
        other words, six months after the Scalia Five coup, 40
        percent of likely voters still believe Bush was not really
        elected President.

        What then, is to be done?

        The least we can do is know our own history, and to
        understand that what the Injustices did was an insult to the
        dreams and ideals of Lexington and Concord, Valley Forge
        and Jefferson and Paine, Gettsyburg and Lincoln and
        Douglass, Selma and King, Seneca Falls and Anthony,
        Delano and Chavez, Flint and Debs and Lewis. We can
        bear witness to injustice, in the nonviolent protest tradition
        of Thoreau, Gandhi, King, Havel, Robinson, Chavez.

        The Scalia Five's judicial coup came down on the second
        Tuesday last December. So, on the second Tuesday of
        July, July 10, 2001, the Tuesday after the Pro-Democracy
        Convention in Philadelphia, the Tuesday between
        Independence Day and Bastille Day, the Institute for
        Policy Studies and friends are calling for a peaceful,
        nonviolent vigil at the Supreme Court building, at noon.

        On July 10--and each Tuesday at noon from then on--let's
        gather at the scene of the crime, and bear witness to the
        truth. The Scalia Five won't be there; but we should be.

        Bring a candle or a bell, like the Czechs a decade ago.
        Bring a copy of the Voters' Bill of Rights, or the US
        Constitution. Send an e-mail to all your friends, with your
        favorite quote from this list. Bring Pablo Neruda's and
        Marge Piercy's poems. Bring the next generation, so they
        will never forget. Bring your commitment to restore,
        rebuild, and expand American democracy. The Supreme
        Court cheated. Democracy lost. For now.
        ©2001 STEVE COBBLE


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        TO OUR REPRESENTATIVES AND
        SENATORS IN THE UNITED STATES
        CONGRESS

        We, the undersigned voters, know that our cherished
        democracy is endangered from within by the grave and
        potentially fatal flaws in our voting systems exposed by
        the Presidential Election of 2000.

        As our elected representatives, you have the duty, the
        opportunity, and the privilege to correct these flaws and to
        restore fair and honest elections throughout our nation. To
        this end, we charge you to construct and pass a VOTERS
        BILL OF RIGHTS, which shall include:

        Strict enforcement and extension of the Voting Rights Act
        to prevent the disenfranchisement of voters and require
        full investigation and criminal prosecution of any
        offenders;

        Standardized, easily understandable federal election
        ballots

        Funding to replace old and unreliable voting machines to
        ensure that every vote is counted fairly and accurately

        Genuine campaign finance reform that bans campaign
        contributions from special interests

        Replacement of the Electoral College with a majority-rule
        election, or substantial reform of the Electoral College to
        allow for proportional representation

        Measures to increase voter participation by eliminating
        bureaucratic hurdles to voter registration and turnout,
        including language barriers, physical barriers, archaic
        equipment, and lack of resources

        Enactment and enforcement of a VOTERS BILL OF
        RIGHTS will restore trust in our government and
        encourage participation in our democratic processes. The
        linchpin of a democracy is the process by which we select
        our representatives and leaders. The right to vote is our
        defining right as citizens of this nation. We call upon our
        elected representatives to protect our Constitution from
        abusive exercise of government power by enacting a
        VOTERS BILL OF RIGHTS.

        We pledge our full and constant support for enactment of
        a VOTERS BILL OF RIGHTS.

        A Note of Protest:

        It is likely that 50% of the U.S. population is strongly
        dissatisfied with the ascendancy of George W. Bush to the
        office of President. There are three likely reasons:
        1. Bush won the election under questionable
        circumstances;
        2. Bush has espoused a reactionary platform that places
        him far to the right of mainstream America;
        3. Bush has demonstrated none of the intellectual
        attributes expected of a president.

        In the interest of democracy, one could discredit election
        gripes (point number one) as being unfair to our
        longstanding electoral college process.. Also, one might
        disregard Bush’s agenda (point number two) because the
        hallmark of the United States Constitution is tolerance for
        divergent political and moral beliefs.

        However, point number three leads to a more egregious
        problem, namely that a rather anonymous man, with no
        distinguishing ambition or vision has, by virtue of family
        wealth and connection, been installed as President of the
        United States. Even the most cursory glance at George W.
        Bush’s history and character builds a strong case for
        charges of nepotism and cronyism. Such a glaring display
        of favoritism, to benefit an individual with no considerable
        talent, runs counter to the spirit of competition and fair
        play that has driven the engine of American capitalism for
        more than two hundred years.

        There is a way to tangibly and immediately raise a voice in
        protest of George W. Bush as President. For the remainder
        of his term, conscientious Americans should simply write
        "George W. Bush is an Idiot" on all U.S. currency that
        passes through their hands.

        This protest has already begun. The first bills were marked
        and spent in San Francisco as of January 26, 2001. What is
        important, though, is to not only begin marking all
        currency (and to continue the effort throughout the Bush
        presidency), but to forward this memo as much as possible
        so as to replicate the message throughout our money
        supply.

        In an effort to mark money more industriously, many of us
        have ordered a BUSH IS A FRAUD rubber stamp; these
        self-inking rubber stamps are useful for marking the
        "Fraud" message in red ink.

        Make your voice heard,
        Steven Capozzola
        San Francisco, California

                       BOYCOTTS

        Top twenty Republican donors with global
        consumer brands:

        1 Philip Morris - $4,554,732
        2 BP (ARCO) - $1,865,458
        3 Am way - $1,729,500
        4 News Corp - $1,204,950
        5 Enron - $1,146,615
        6 Citigroup – $1,079,225
        7 MCI Worldcom - $1,074,608
        8 Federal Express (FDX Corp) - $1,057,550
        9 Pfizer - $1,051,225
        10 Chevron Texaco - $862,056
        11 Bristol-Myers Squibb - $848,556
        12 Revlon Group/ MacAndrews & Forbes - $761,000
        13 Limited Inc - $750,000
        14 Glaxo-Wellcome - $702,795
        15 Walt Disney - $663,625
        16 Anheuser-Busch - $663,025
        17 Archer Daniels Midland - $660,000
        18 Microsoft - $644,816
        19 Coca Cola - $610,875
        20 Schering-Plough - $600,685


        "Lie" isn't an adequate word for what Republicans say.
        We need a new term; I propose anti-truth, as in, "There
        are lies, damned lies, and Republican anti-truths." Like
        matter and anti-matter, Republicans and the truth just can't
        occupy the same space. What they say goes all the way
        through and past "untrue" into the realm of turning reality
        inside out, tying a knot in it, and yanking hard.
        M.E. Cowan


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        Parting Shots...
        A River Runs Through It
        Meanwhile, Fresno is down in the dumps
        By Bryan Zepp Jamieson

        Charlie examined the trash can next to the mayor’s desk,
        which had one section of newspaper in it. Hizzoner was
        supposed to be out of town, but had either gotten back
        early, or stopped off on the way out to plant little tests to
        see if Charlie was doing his job. Making a Gallic moue, he
        shrugged and lifted the can to dump it into his cart, and
        then paused. It was yesterday’s state capital newpaper
        front section, and Charlie had missed reading it. Charlie
        sat down in the mayor’s chair and read in comfort.

        Charlie finished his read and got up. He moved from door
        to door in the large carpeted office, pulled the opened door
        back from the wall stop and plucked the quarters up from
        where they had been laying on the carpet, obscured by the
        door itself. Charlie rarely vacuumed behind the doors, but
        as long as the quarters were gone in the morning, Hizzoner
        was happy. The quarters went to feed Charlie’s newspaper
        habit, and about four times a year, he would repay them
        by actually running the vacuum attachment over the
        quartered areas.

        As he moved behind the mayor’s chair, dusting the front
        of the glass-enclosed book shelves that lawyers and
        politicians just couldn’t live without, movement out the
        window caught his eye, and he looked up and out into the
        parking lot. There, he saw Hizzoner’s car pulling up into
        the electorally privileged parking space, next to Charlie’s
        old pickup.

        No point in hiding the in basement. Hizzoner would know
        Charlie was there. Pete wasn’t such a bad guy, but his
        presence meant no booking out early for Charlie.
        Custodial perks were suspended this night.

        Glancing around the office to see what might require his
        professional attention to justify him being there long
        enough to find out what brought the Mayor in at midnight,
        Charlie grabbed an oily cloth and a bottle of wood oil and
        started massaging a door panel.

        Moments later, the door to the receptionist’s office swung
        open, and Pete strode in, fat manilla folder under one arm,
        looking flustered.

        Charlie knew better than to act surprised by Pete’s
        "sudden" appearance. "Evening, Mr. Mayor. Burnin’ some
        midnight oil?"

        "Hi, Charlie. How’s the wife?"

        Ah. This conversation was informal, first-name. "Doing
        fine, Pete, thanks for asking. Yours?"

        Pete smiled a just-us-guys smile and rolled his eyes. "Not
        thrilled that I had to come in to work."

        Charlie shook his head in the commiseration of night
        workers. Then a gleam appeared in his eye. "Well, Pete,
        it’s the old story with city officials. You thought this job
        was going to be a dream, but instead, you find it’s a
        night-mayor. Heh, heh, heh."

        "Charlie, whatever we’re paying you, I’m sure it’s too
        much."

        Charlie considered. It was important enough that Pete had
        to come in at midnight on the eve of the Labor Day
        weekend, but not something bad enough to make Pete
        remote or pissy.

        Ah.

        "Still working on the sewer hookup project, Pete?"

        Pete nodded. "We just got back from the state capital. I’m
        hoping we can get funding there, since it doesn’t look like
        the feds want to do the last forty feet."

        Charlie nodded. Like everyone else in town, he was
        familiar with the situation. The town’s antique, leaky
        sewer system had been condemned by the EPA for
        improper waste disposal, and had to be replaced.

        Fortunately for the town, which was small and not
        thriving, federal funding had been found that covered the
        costs – some $300 million – of replacing the sewers. But
        the funding didn’t cover the hookups from the lines
        running down the streets to the homes and businesses, and
        Pete and the city council faced the unappealing prospect
        of telling every property owner in the city that they were
        about to get hit with an unexpected $2,500 hookup fee.
        Even without considering that such an event would be
        electoral suicide for Pete and the council, there was the
        fact that the large majority of homeowners in town simply
        couldn’t afford it. So the search was on for funding for
        what, around the office, was called "the last forty
        feet"–the average distance from the street easement to the
        home sewer line.

        Charlie, at a loss for a comeback, glanced to the side,
        where his cart was.

        He thought about federal help programs, and how to get
        the feds to support local good causes...

        He smiled and got up and retrieved the newspaper from his
        cart.

        "Pete, does a designation of being a National Historic
        Landmark status bring in any funds?"

        "Huh? No. It’s a pain in the ass, mostly. You can’t change
        anything in a building that has been so designated, only
        refurbish, and even minor projects involve tons of
        paperwork and take years to approve–even changing a
        light switch." Pete eyed Charlie. "Charlie, you haven’t
        been talking to those people who want to get that status
        for city hall, have you? It would probably cost you your
        job if they succeed."

        "Nah, nothing like that, Pete. I’m just playing with ideas. I
        read something interesting in the paper a while ago." With
        that, Pete shook out the section, and said, "This is from the
        Washington Post, yesterday, August 30th, 2001".

        Pete waved a hand. "I know what yesterday’s date was."
        Charlie coughed. "By Ben White.

        "It’s not every day a former garbage dump receives
        National Historic Landmark status.

        "In fact, it hadn’t been any day, until Monday, when
        Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton announced that the
        145-acre Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill in Fresno
        County, California, would be among 15 sites in 11 states
        and the District to be recognized ‘for their national
        significance in American history and culture.’"

        "The Fresno dump? Charlie, let me see that!"

        Pete grabbed the paper and read the article through. "It
        says here that they have just about finished converting it
        into a park, using superfund sites. Still, that’s insane. Sure,
        they were the first to try trench dumping, but it didn’t
        work out. That’s why it qualified for the toxic clean up
        fund." Pete grinned and shook his head. "Of course,
        compared to some parts of Fresno, it probably does look
        pretty good, even before they started cleaning it up."

        "I’ve never been to Fresno."

        Pete shrugged. "Like most places, it’s got some nice areas.
        But it’s flat, it’s hot, it’s smoggy, and it’s mostly just an
        ugly agricultural town. It’s about the last place on earth
        where you would expect to find anything significant in
        American history and culture, let alone the goddammed
        town dump!" He glared at Charlie, and then his expression
        slipped into perplexity.

        "What’s that got to do with my sewer situation, anyway?"

        "Well, what would happen if we got the town listed as a
        toxic waste site? That sewer’s been leaking for a long
        time."
        Pete barked a laugh. "First, Charlie, they would compel
        the evacuation of the whole town while they analyzed the
        soil. You can imagine how that would go over, telling
        people they get to spend an indefinite amount of time in a
        motel forty miles from here, starting right now. Then one
        of two things would happen. Either they would take their
        own sweet time and finally determine the ground wasn’t
        bad enough, at which point we would have to cover the
        six-month motel bills of some 25,000 seriously pissed
        returning residents, or it would be declared eligible, at
        which point the first thing they would do is send in the
        bulldozers and level the whole town."

        Charlie gave a one-shoulder shrug. "I guess that means
        you don’t think it would be such a good idea." Charlie
        grinned. "OK, how about this: get our sewer system
        declared a wild and scenic waterway."

        "Wh-a-a-a-a-a-t? Charlie, I’ve got work to do. So do you."

        "Wait! I’ve been reading about this. The feds will fund
        efforts to augment water flow in waterways. Isn’t that
        exactly what you are trying to do? They’ll pay for efforts
        to keep a sustainable and reliable supply of water to help
        sustain the indigenous life forms."

        "Charlie, a sewer isn’t a river. And I don’t even want to
        think about the indigenous life forms." "But it is a
        waterway. And the act, despite the nickname, doesn’t
        specify just rivers. It says "waterways".

        "What about ‘Wild and Scenic’?"

        "Define ‘wild and scenic’. Look, Pete, this administration
        loves to hang ridiculously inappropriate names on their
        various schemes. They come up with a tax cut that kills
        the surplus and causes the economy to tank, and they call
        it something like ‘The Economic Recovery Act’. A law
        that allows some bible bangers to get federal funding for
        their particular nuttery at the expense of the taxpayer is
        called ‘The Freedom of Religion Act’. If they come up
        with a law legalizing prostitution, they’ll probably call it
        ‘The Preservation of Virginity Act.’"
        "I’m having second thoughts about having voted
        Republican."

        "A pity you didn’t have first thoughts. But what I’m saying
        is that the title of a law often doesn’t have anything to do
        with its applications, and as often as not, it’s the exact
        opposite of what the title says it is. It’s Congressional
        nomenclature, Newspeak for Ninnies."

        "Charlie, it couldn’t possibly work. Could it?"

        Charlie shook his head. "I don’t know either. You’ll have
        to talk to a lawyer about it. But let’s face it: any
        administration that says oil drilling in a two million acre
        area is limited to two thousand acres, but then turns
        around and says that ground area only counts areas where
        support pylons actually touch the ground, isn’t going to
        blink at the idea of calling a municipal sewer system a wild
        and scenic river."

        Pete started at Charlie for a full minute. Then he picked up
        the Fresno dump article and read it, beginning to end. He
        put the paper down and looked at Charlie.

        "What the hell? Maybe we could call it the Gale Norton
        Waterway."

        "And it would be appropriate, naming a sewer Norton"

        "It would." Pete used his forearm to sweep various debris
        from the desk on to the floor Charlie had just vacuumed.
        "We’ve got work to do! Charlie?"

        "Yes?"

        "How are your grant-writing skills?"
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