Friday, December 31, 2010
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Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:06:59
Subject: Donna & Rick Nestler in Friendship January 23
Friendship House Concerts is proud to present
Donna & Rick Nestler
Sunday, January 23
Rick's rich baritone voice truly brings the songs of the sailor (both
traditional and contemporary) to life. Rick learned the arts of the
chantyman working aboard large traditionally rigged vessels such as
the sloop Clearwater, the schooner Voyager, and the square rigged ship
HMAV Bounty. A Coast Guard licensed Master, with a 100 ton ticket, he
also is an actor, a singer, song writer, and a multi-instrumentalist.
He learned some of his most effective performance techniques playing
in low waterfront dives and in institutions of higher learning from
St. Thomas to Toronto, California to New York, and everywhere in
Pete Seeger calls him, "the Terror of the River, raffish Rick
Nestler." The New York Times says, "One of the prime troubadours of
Hudson River lore and legend is Rick Nestler." Rich Bala, Joe
Heukerott, and Pete Seeger have all recorded "The River That Flows
"Rick has a songbag that would have made Alan Lomax green with envy .
. . you will discover a warm and endearing voice, a wry sense of
humor, a great collection of songs, and a style that is sorely needed
on the folk scene." Ron Olesko WFDU-FM
As a rare treat, Donna Nestler, a member of the Dirty Stay-Out
Skifflers Jug Band, will join Rick. A superb instrumentalist, she adds
ukulele, mandolin, banjolele, washboard, kazoo, soaring vocals and
Check them out at http://www.ricknestler.com
Seating is limited. For information and/or an invitation, call or email:
LLouise & Jim Altes
Suggested donation: $15.00. All proceeds go to the performers.
After the concert, there will be a pot luck dinner. Please bring an
entree, an hors d'oeuvre, a salad, a side dish, or dessert to share.
Upcoming events of interest:
Jan 23, Donna & Rick Nestler http://www.ricknestler.com at Jim and
Mar 20, Squid Jiggers http://squidjiggers.com at Jim and LLouise's
Mar 23, Molasses Creek http://molassescreek.com at Rick and Cindy's
Mar 26, Val Mindel et al http://www.valandemmy.com at Annie & Curt's
Apr 3, Brian Peters http://www.harbourtownrecords.com/peters.html at
Rick and Cindy's firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 9, Les Gustafson-Zook http://www.gustafsonzook.com at Rick and
Apr 10, Friction Farm http://www.frictionfarm.com at Jim and LLouise's
May 22, David Glaser http://www.davidglaser.com & Brad Yoder
http://www.bradyoder.com at Jim and LLouise's
June 12, Magpie http://www.magpiemusic.com at Jim and LLouise's
Sept 25, Kim & Reggie Harris http://www.kimandreggie.com at Jim and
Oct 22, The Honey Dewdrops http://www.thehoneydewdrops.com at Rick and
Oct 23, Nick Annis http://www.nickannis.com at Jim and LLouise's
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What: Paddle to the Polar Bear Plunge
When: Saturday, January 1, 2011 8:00 AM
Where: South Side Riverfront Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Every year in Pittsburgh, a bunch of crazy people come to the Mon Wharf and jump into the icy water at 9:30 AM New Year's Day. Let's be part of the spectacle! Meet me at Riverfront Park on the South Side for an 8:00 AM launch. We'll paddle down the Mon and watch the festivities from our boats, cheering on the crazies and smiling for the TV news crews.
The air temperature will be a balmy 40-degrees, but expect water temperature to be in the mid-30's. Therefore, everyone on the trip MUST wear cold-water gear (wet suit or dry suit) in addition to their PFD's. Bring a marine radio if you have one - River Rescue will be on duty for the event, a quick radio call away. Call me at 412-370-9772 if you have any questions.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
it takes the ideas of freedom and it removes it from the ivory tower, and it removes it from lawyers, and places it in a community — a technology community—that is one of the most important communities defining the contours of freedom that most people in our culture and increasingly around the world will know."
— Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons.
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Fellow DRM elimination crew members: As 2010 rolls to an end, we can take this time to reflect on the growing DRM threat that our society faces and the role DRM plays in attacking all our freedoms.
Most notably this year, Apple's walled garden expanded with their
launch of the iPad, and the announcement of their DRM App Store for Mac OS X. But Apple is not alone: Microsoft, Amazon, Sony,
Intel and Adobe are increasing their efforts too. 2010 was also a year when video game companies continued to impose ever more draconian DRM on game players.
For our work to continue, for more people to become aware of the fight against DRM, we need to grow. To grow, we need your support: both your continued support as part of the DRM elimination crew — supporting our actions and sending in tips and news for new DRM and DRM-free services, but also your financial support.
In these times, it really is important that we build professional and social solidarity around a core set of ideals. It's critical that we hang together, both to advance our positive ideas for a better world and to stop those trying to turn computers against their users.
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http://www.savingco mmunities. org/docs/ post.louisf/ ethicscontents. html
"The Ethics of Democracy" is probably the most important book by Louis F. Post. Other sites have it in pdf and Kindle formats.
Post was a leader of the progressive movement before it was co-opted by socialists. Like socialists, progressives championed the cause of working people. However, there are important differences, and "Ethics of Democracy" expresses those differences pointedly.
The most important difference is that, while socialism (particularly Marxism) was based on an atheistic utilitarianism, most progressives advocated harmonizing with moral absolutes, which they sometimes labelled "natural law." This distinction is central to "Ethics of Democracy."
I should note that Post did not define atheism as failure to believe in a personal God, but failure to recognize that the universe is governed by moral law: "There are those who thus approach moral questions from fundamental moral principle intuitively perceived, who would disclaim being theists. They are, however, properly enough classified as such, even though they deny a divine personality, for they acknowledge moral truth as absolute. That is the essence of theism, and it distinguishes them from atheists."
The atheist is not best described as one who denies the existence of a personal God. Many a fervent worshipper of God as a personal being, is an atheist nevertheless. Atheism consists essentially in the denial of absolute moral principle - in the assertion that there is no such thing as an axiom of moral right, but that moral questions are to be determined by considerations of expediency ascertained by experiment."
- Part 3, chapter 1, "Honesty the Best Policy"http://www.savingco mmunities. org/docs/ post.louisf/ ethics31. html#essence
Post, like many progressives, saw personal liberty and legal equality as the moral cornerstones of progress, under attack by both amoral plutocratic monopolists on the right and amoral bureaucratic monopolists on the left.
The book gets off to an admittedly slow start, but although it is organized to make a single overall statement, each part and even each chapter within parts stands independently. That is, one can skip or skim sections that are of no particular interest.
Part 1 challenges superficial objections to radical thought that were being made at the time and are still made today. Post tackles four such objections, each with its own chapter. However, as the very similar defects apply to all four objections, reading one chapter invites a "skimming" of other chapters.
Parts 2 and 3 examine the focus on financial success at the expense of others and of one's own personal happiness.
Parts 4 and 5 focus on progressive economic principles. perhaps not as strong on pure economics as Post's mentor, Henry George, had been.
Also, like George, Post seems to have underappreciated the problem of debt-based currency. However, Post is much clearer than George on the difference between the progressive opposition to monopoly and the socialist embracing of monopoly as leading to monopoly socialism.
Part 6, on democratic principles, is quite good. Although Post confounded democracy with majority rule, he has clear statements on the moral limits of government over the individual, an analysis of legal vs. illegal crime, an attack on public debts, an excellent chapter on trial by jury as a protection against abuse, and an essay on why an imperialist nation cannot remain democratic for long.
Post was one of the strongest critics of America's imperialist adventures that resulted from the Spanish American War, and Part 7 contains excellent essays on the patriotic duty to oppose government when it is wrong. It does this from a perspective of profound loyalty to American principles.
I hope you will find these writings informative and enlightening.
Sincerely,Dan Sullivan, director of education Saving Communities 631 Melwood Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412.OUR.LAND
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Billings Gazette: Missoula District Court: Jury pool in marijuana case stages "mutiny."
It happens that I just posted the book, *Ethics of Democracy* by Louis F. Post, with a chapter called "Trial by Jury."
Here are some interesting passages.
"That insult to the jury [a judge berating their decision] was worse than contempt of court. It was worse than a breach of judicial decorum. It was a crime against democratic government. For it was calculated, by intimidating jurors, to undermine the independence of juries and destroy the integrity of the system of jury trial. And the worst of it all is that this instance is only one among many that indicate a disposition on the part of some judges to reduce trial by jury to an empty form with only a curious historical meaning...."Juries are sometimes corrupt and they sometimes make mistakes. But the innocent prisoner has better guarantees of acquittal at the hands of a jury, than at the hands of a judge expert in the work of 'railroading' criminals; and the guilty man has but little better chance of escape. Though juries do make mistakes in deciding questions of fact, it is hardly conceivable that they make as many as it appears from the law reports that judges make in deciding questions of law; and though they be occasionally corrupt, neither are judges always immaculate. There are few lawyers of large experience who will not concede that as a rule, even when juries seem to be mistaken, they get at substantial justice.
"But the judicial function of juries is not the important one. As De Tocqueville says, the jury's function as a judge in particular cases is subordinate to its function as a political institution. In the nature of things in criminal cases, if the jury decides at all, it must decide both fact and law. Legal experts may advise, but the jury must decide. So long, therefore, as the independence of the jury can be preserved, individual liberty cannot be quite destroyed. All other free institutions might go, even the suffrage might be restricted to the very rich or the highly educated, yet, if the penal law were administered by independent juries drawn from the body of the people, the grosser forms of tyranny would still be held in check.
"That explains the tendency to minimize the function of juries. With the jury system out of the way or become a mere form, and experts invested with power to punish infractions of the law, our government would go on developing into a government by experts until it had reached the inevitable climax, government by a single expert born to his place and specially educated to his function - the government of a czar.
"Whoever will stop this tendency will be a benefactor. Some exceptionally courageous juror may yet volunteer for that duty. If, when a judge in some other case berates the jury after the manner of the judge in the kidnapping case, a member of the jury will rebuke him, that juror will have performed a most valuable public service. It should not be done pertly, nor lightly, nor rashly; but in self-respectful manner, seriously, earnestly, decisively, and with confidence in his rights as a juror and consciousness of his imperative duty as a citizen of asserting those rights....
"Unless jurors do assert themselves by insisting upon a due recognition from the bench of their rights and dignity, the process of reducing juries to a place in which they will perfunctorily record the decisions of judges will go on apace; and judges, having usurped the functions of juries, will become the real masters of society.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The Stadium Authority board voted unanimously to place a six-month forbearance on an option agreement with the Steelers and Pirates that governs development between the stadiums. Some former board members have argued that the teams did not meet deadlines in the agreement, and wanted to sell the remaining publicly owned parcels to the highest bidder, but those members were removed from the board by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
now gives this: Error Code 6A00. It shows on the built-in screen on the printer itself.
- - - Manual says snip starts: - - - -
POWER Lamp and Alarm Lamp Flash Alternately
Possible Cause: An error that requires contacting the Customer Care Center may have occurred
Disconnect the printer cable from the printer, and then turn the printer off and unplug the printer from the power supply. Plug the printer back in and turn the printer back on after leaving it for a while.
If the problem remains, contact the Customer Care Center.
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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Merry Christmas Libertarians!
2010/12/shock-christian- leader-pat-robertson-favors- marijuana-legalization/
Shock: Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson favors marijuana legalization
By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 -- 3:29 pm
Robertson a welcome addition to drug reform circles, former narc tells Raw Story
Update: Following publication of this story, a spokesman for the religious CBN television station contacted Raw Story to clarify Robertson's comments. His statement is reflected in the text below.
Count this among the 10 things nobody ever expected to see in their lifetimes: 700 Club founder Pat Robertson, one of the cornerstone figures of America's Christian right movement, has come out in favor of legalizing marijuana.
Calling it getting "smart" on crime, Robertson aired a clip on a recent episode of his 700 Club television show that advocated the viewpoint of drug law reformers who run prison outreach ministries.
A narrator even claimed that religious prison outreach has "saved" millions in public funds by helping to reduce the number of prisoners who return shortly after being released.
"It got to be a big deal in campaigns: 'He's tough on crime,' and 'lock 'em up!'" the Christian Coalition founder said. "That's the way these guys ran and, uh, they got elected. But, that wasn't the answer."
His co-host added that the success of religious-run dormitories for drug and alcohol cessation therapy present an "opportunity" for faith-based communities to lead the way on drug law reforms.
"We're locking up people that have taken a couple puffs of marijuana and next thing you know they've got 10 years with mandatory sentences," Robertson continued. "These judges just say, they throw up their hands and say nothing we can do with these mandatory sentences. We've got to take a look at what we're considering crimes and that's one of 'em.
"I'm ... I'm not exactly for the use of drugs, don't get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, that kinda thing it's just, it's costing us a fortune and it's ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That's not a good thing."
Robertson has in recent years come under fire for increasingly flamboyant comments, such as calling for the assassinations of foreign leaders and blaming gay people for the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
In this instance, even though he clearly expressed support for the reform of US marijuana laws, a spokesman for religious television station CBN walked back Robertson's comments, telling Raw Story on Thursday morning the Christian Coalition founder "did not call for the decriminalization of marijuana."
"He was advocating that our government revisit the severity of the existing laws because mandatory drug sentences do harm to many young people who go to prison and come out as hardened criminals," CBN spokesman Chris Roslan wrote. "He was also pointing out that these mandatory sentences needlessly cost our government millions of dollars when there are better approaches available. Dr. Robertson's comments followed a CBN News story about a group of conservatives who have proven that faith-based rehabilitation for criminals has resulted in lower repeat offenders and saved the government millions of dollars. Dr. Robertson unequivocally stated that he is against the use of illegal drugs."
Conservatives signing up for drug policy reform
The segment, while significant for illustrating a key conservative stalwart's shifting opinion on the drug war, was mainly a plug for a new conservative group called "Right on Crime," which parlays the arguments of groups like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) into conservative-leaning messages.
"Our marijuana prohibition laws, which send people to prison for merely possessing a plant, are clearly immoral," LEAP executive director Neill Franklin, a former Baltimore narcotics officer, told Raw Story.
"As a Christian, and as a former law enforcer who is now working to undo the damage these laws have done to our families and our communities, I'm glad to see Pat Robertson joining the chorus of faith leaders calling for reform."
Some faith-based groups, like the Council of Churches and Church IMPACT, also helped promote California's failed Prop. 19 ballot initiative, which would have legalized marijuana cultivation, sales and consumption by adults over 21-years-old. It failed to gain a majority in the state's 2010 elections.
President Obama has maintained his opposition to the legalization of marijuana, although his Department of Justice has largely taken a hands-off approach to states where voters have approved the drug's use if prescribed by a doctor.
Pat Robertson was a Republican candidate for the presidency in 1980, but saw his political ambitions dashed in the primaries by Ronald Reagan. Though he later earned Robertson's endorsement, President Reagan went on to significantly escalate the war on America's drug users.
This video is from the 700 Club, broadcast by the CBN Network. (Segment on marijuana law reform is at beginning.)
The city is looking to brighten up some "dark corners" Downtown.
Aided by a $4 million state redevelopment assistance grant, the Urban Redevelopment Authority hopes to target rundown buildings Downtown and work with property owners to upgrade them.
The project is designed to supplement a larger revitalization in the Golden Triangle that already has included the construction of the Three PNC Plaza office tower and the redevelopment of a former five-and-dime store and a department store into residential, retail and other uses.
With much of that work completed, the URA has decided to go after properties "in need of some reinvestment" -- not to buy but to approach and work with the owners about making improvements.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10360/1113369-28.stm#ixzz19DRKl5xg
OMG. "You go to wait for the valet to bring your car back and there's blight staring you in the face," he said. Is there any question that this is only so that the rich get richer?
Then there is this lie: Nothing has changed (Downtown) in 50 or more years," he said. Ever hear of the tunnel under the river and the re-do of the Gateway Center T-stop? What about Consol Energy Arena? What about the parking garage at the Greyhound Bus Terminal?
Liar and thief.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
December 20, 2010Richard J. Holwell
- S. District Judge
- S. District Court: S. D.N. Y.
- S. Courthouse500 Pearl StreetNew York, NY 10007Re: Julian Heicklen v. U. S. Department of Homeland Security et. al.Case #10 CV 2239 (RJH)(JLC)Dear Judge Holwell:1. Dismissal of the criminal casesRebecca Mermelstein, Assistant U. S. Attorney, has notified Judge Pitman in her letter of November 22, 2010, that the U. S. Attorney has dismissed all criminal charges against me for activities in front of your courthouse. Perhaps your thugs, i. e. officers of the Department of Homeland Security, will return the property that they stole from me.In her letter, Ms. Mermelstein also suggests that the court initiate jury tampering charges against me. I welcome such an opportunity to expose the lying that you judges give in your instructions to jurors. The opportunity is appealing to explain to the jury that its duty is not to uphold the law, but to see that justice is done. In the cases against me which Ms. Mermelstein dismissed, she nullified the law. Perhaps she should be a codefendant in the jury tampering case, because she tampered with the jury by denying it an opportunity to uphold the law.2. Denial of default judgment against Bellevue Medical CenterIn your ORDER of November 2, 2010, you denied default judgment against Bellevue Medical Center and its employees, because the summons was not served correctly through error of the clerk of court. You requested that I again serve Bellevue and its employees. What chutzpah! It would cost me about $300 to serve those Defendants again. The Court made the error, it should correct it by having the federal marshals do the service. They will have nothing else to do now that presumably they will not be spending their time arresting me or anyone else who asserts Constitutionally protected rights.3. Instructions to stop contacting Judge HolwellIn your ORDER, you also instructed me not to contact you again. This is the second time that you issued such an instruction. As long as you are the presiding judge in this case, you will receive correspondence from me. If you want it to stop, recuse yourself from the case, as I have requested previously.3. Order to file an amended complaint, to obtain identities of John Does from defense counsels, and contact the Bankruptcy court to lift stay on St. VincentIn his ORDER of November 15, 2010, Magistrate Judge James L. Cott, who is assisting you in this case, issued three instructions to me:
- I was ordered to file an amended complaint with the additional incidents added to the original complaint. I will be happy to comply after I receive the identities of all the John Doe Defendants, including those from the ambulance crews (including the NY City Fire Department) from the Defendants’ counsels. The amended complaint will include Michael Blumberg, New York City Mayor, to remove any immunity issues suggested by the New York Fire Department.
- It costs me about $3500.00 to serve all of the Defendants. If I have to serve before knowing all he names of the John Doe Defendants, I will have to serve again, at another cost of $3500. This is an unreasonable burden. Therefore, I will wait until I have received the names of all the John Doe Defendants before the next service of summons.
- I was informed that if I wish to learn the names of the John Doe Defendants, I must request that information from the Defense Counsels. I have done that through copy of a letter that I sent to Judge Cott on September 8, 2010. Mr. Pellegrino, Counsel for the federal Defendants provided the names of the John Doe Defendants. The other counsels did not provide any information about the John Doe Defendants. I submitted Motion Papers to Judge Holwell on October 8, 2010, to issue an ORDER to see that it is done. There has been no response to those papers.
- Through copies of this letter, the counsels are requested again to submit the names, positions, dates of participation, and addresses where they can be served.
- Again I am asking Judge Holwell to respond to my motion papers by ordering the Defense Counsels to provide the identities of the John Doe Defendants.
- Judge Cott further states that in order to lift the automatic stay.of this case as to defendant St. Vincent’s Hospital, I must make such a request directly to the Bankruptcy Court. This is a ridiculous request. St. Vincent’s Hospital does not owe me any money. I have no standing in the bankruptcy claim. I am not an attorney nor a litigant. Probably I would never get a response from the Bankruptcy Court. If I do get a response, it will deny my request, if for no other reason than I do not have standing. The bankruptcy Court would be acting properly, and I would expect no other action. It is Judge Holwell that must lift the stay, not the Bankruptcy Court.4. False claim of independent actor for the hospitalsRobert Drucker, Counsel for New York Downtown Hospital, has moved that the Court dismiss it as a Defendant, because it is an independent actor. Mr. Drucker has committed perjury.I have distributed literature on 12 occasions in front of the U. S. District Courthouse in Manhattan. I have been arrested 9 times. The proper procedure for police is to take the arrestee to a magistrate. This happened twice. On 7 occasions, I was taken to hospitals (3 times to NY Downtown Hospital, 3 times to Bellevue Medical Center, and once to Saint Vincent Catholic Hospital). On one occasion, I was arrested, my literature and sign confiscated, and released. On one occasion, I was not arrested, just robbed. On another occasion, I was ignored.In addition I was arrested at the U. S. District Courthouses in Springfield, MA, and in Newark, NJ. In neither instance was I taken to a magistrate. Instead I was taken to a hospital.The purpose of the hospital visits is to perform what is euphemistically referred to as extraordinary rendition. In each incident, the hospitals, ambulance personnel and the police knew that I had no medical problem. The hospitals are in collusion with the police to perform torture. At the hospitals, I have been sodomized, had a plug driven up my left nostril (extremely painful), had my corneas “dusted” with a brush, beaten black and blue on my chest, and forcefully injected with thorazine on two occasions against my expressed wishes. Two days after one of these hospital visits, I saw my physician, who looked at my chest and exclaimed: “Did the police do that to you?” I answered: “No, it was not the police. It was the hospital personnel.”
- Request for new filing date of December 30, 2010In his letter of November 29, 2010, Counsel Robert M. Drucker states that the Defense Counsels have agreed that Plaintiff should submit his amended complaint on or before December 30, 2010. Of course this is impossible. Until I get the names of the John Doe Defendants, I cannot act. I am willing to agree to a filing date of 30 days after receiving the names of all the John Doe Defendants, including those from the New York City Fire Department and St. Vincent’s Hospital.6. Relationship to the CourtIn the event that you are considering a contempt of court charge against me, you have misjudged the situation. My feeling toward this court is not contempt. It is hatred, intense hatred. You and your colleagues have destroyed my country. This letter is being released to the public, so that it will be aware of what occurs in our courts of injustice.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It is the time of year for serious introspection.Sincerely yours,Julian Heicklen, PlaintiffCounsel Pro Se
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Vol. 1, Issue 2 – Dec. 22, 2010
Happy Holidays! We know coaches like you are stretching team dollars,
not just holiday gift budgets. From the intersection of scholastic
sports and money, here is this week's installment of quick-hits:
#1. L.A. School District Going Corporate
Changing times coerced the Los Angeles Unified School District Board
to change its mind about accepting corporate sponsorships, which will
create new revenue for cash-strapped athletics, arts and music
programs in the district.
#2. Pay to Play: Necessary or Last Option?
After instituting budgetary, departmental, and positional cuts, the
Hudson (Ohio) Board of Education instituted a new pay-to-play fee that
runs $400 for high school students and $200 for middle school students
with a $1,200 cap per family.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the Lenape Regional High School District is
charging $200 per student with a $400 cap per family, although schools
like Vineland are doing without pay-to-play for now.
Read more about Ohio:
and New Jersey:
#3. Eureka! CA Fundraiser Nets $170K for School District
Thanks to its annual two-part fundraiser and online auction, the
Eureka Schools Foundation raised $170,000 to use toward offsetting its
continually declining school budget. However, the Foundation still has
one eye on the future, and anticipates needing to raise nearly
$500,000 in 2011.
#4. Coming to the Lower 48: Alaskan All-Star Football
Having raised $50,000 to bankroll their trip, a team of 30 football
players representing the Alaska Athletic Alliance will make history on
New Year's Day when they trek to Auburn, Washington for the Tanoa
Bowl. The scheduled game between the Alaskans and a team of
Washington's best marks the first time an all-star football squad
will leave "The Last Frontier" to compete in the Lower 48.
#5. Foreign Languages: A Reason Not to Say Au Revoir?
Although several colleges and universities are cutting their foreign
language courses and majors - including the State University of New
York at Albany and Stony Brook University (N.Y.) - a recent study
conducted by the Modern Language Association showed a 6.6% spike in
foreign language major enrollment between 2006-2009. However, this
figure lags well behind the 12.9% growth exhibited between 2002-2006.
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Rebecca Soni swept the three women's breaststroke events (here, here and here); no surprise there. It's quite remarkable to watch her swim at these big meets because it's like she never loses. The big event to watch entering Dubai was the 100m breaststroke that would pit Soni against 2008 Olympic champ Leisel Jones of Australia. The race was close but Soni clearly ruled.
Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave AT&T a decision that was gift-wrapped for the holiday season. By a 3-to-2 vote, the FCC passed a rule that, in the chairman’s words, “protects Internet freedom.”
If only it were true.
After a year of promises to deliver on Net Neutrality, this chairman has pushed through a rule that favors the very industry his FCC is supposed to regulate, leaving Internet users with few protections.
The chairman chose to ignore your voice — and those of more than 2 million people who have urged Washington to support real Net Neutrality. His rule, for the first time in history, allows discrimination over the mobile Internet, paving the way for widespread industry abuses.
Now, the chairman is trying to spin the media that his toothless decision is a win for Internet users. We’re not going to let him get away with that.
Pledge to keep fighting for real Net Neutrality; and use the Internet to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail.
Don’t let the FCC get away with fake Net Neutrality. Spread the truth about this bad rule.
We’d be lying if we didn’t tell you that this vote was a major setback. The new rule doesn't do enough to stop the phone and cable companies from dividing the Internet into fast and slow lanes, and it fails to protect wireless users from discrimination. It lets AT&T block your access to third-party applications and require you to use its own preferred applications.
But this bad rule is not the end of the story. Free Press and our many allies are going to keep fighting to secure your right to an Internet without gatekeepers.
By taking action and spreading the word, you’re telling the FCC that this isn’t good enough.
Misty, Craig, Tim and the Free Press Team
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
That task force had less than 30 officers, right?
If you put 20-30% of the force on vacation -- the arrests in that regard are going to dip.
Connect the conversations about BLOATED PENSIONS and municipal finance problems.
The real question, how long do we have to wait to get JUSTICE for the wrongs done by those three officers? How long should they be paid to NOT work?
Last year: 598. To 468 this year.
Erik's Homework: A discussion between two famous people. Meeting at the pearly gates with Martin Luther King Jr and Socrates.
Scene: MLK meets Socrates as they are about to be put on trial to see if they are worthy enough for heaven.God: Trial of worthiness for heaven for Martin Luther King Jr. and Socrates to begin in 5 minutes. Please take your seats.
MLK: Are you actually Socrates? The real Socrates from 339 BCE?
Socrates: One and the same, sadly.
MLK: But why then Socrates if you have died some 2,000 years ago are you still not in heaven?
Socrates: I guess The Almighty just hasn’t liked my answers so far. But, I keep trying and trying to change the philosophy of The Almighty.
God: The trial is now in session. Case number 2,987 for Socrates; trial number 1 for Martin Luther King Jr. In this trial you will be asked a series of questions and/or presented with different scenarios that you will then react to in the way you think best. By your answer, I will decide if you will prosper for eternity in heaven or suffer forever down below. Does this sound fair?
Socrates: As I have spoken before, to simply conclude, Almighty, that heaven shall bring happiness while hell shall not is, to say the least, shallow. For it is my belief that Virtue is sufficient for happiness. How is it that You, Almighty, which of course is what You deserve to be called, can determine a soul’s happiness? For can’t one have a moral obligation and good in hell just as easy as heaven? Therefore, creating happiness where You believe happiness does not exist.
God: Socrates, I am God. Do you agree with my proposal or shall this court case not even continue?
Socrates: I will, and always will, agree with the goodness and virtue of the law. For, breaking any law is an unjust act. However, the lawmaker can have faults and this is where the change might be needed.
God: Socrates, are you aware that I am the lawmaker and the one deciding whether you spend eternity in heaven? Moving along.... Martin Luther King Jr., do you have any problems with the law or the lawmaker, before we start?
MLK: I believe that maybe the law might be unjust. Is it just for one to have a say on how another spends eternity? In this case, I cannot say, for I was raised a religious being; one who believes in the power of God. But laws can be unjust and those laws need to be changed.
God: Two philosophers in this trial I see. That’s just great.
I will begin with the first question for both of you. A man plotted multiple terrorist attacks and destroyed the lives of 2,996 people. This person also claims to be fighting injustice and for a cause. Should this person be sent to heaven or hell? Martin Luther King Jr., we will start with you.
MLK: Injustice might have been corrupting and put this man and his people in an awful situation. However, it is my belief that injustice should be fought with peaceful direct action. I do not exactly know the cause of this man’s injustice, but a different approach should have been taken to find a solution. Therefore, I am afraid that I would have to sentence that man to hell.
Socrates: But, Dr. King, I am a firm believer that no one does wrong willingly or knowingly. Even though this man has committed a horrible crime, taking the lives of thousands, his punishment should be the decision of the laws that dictate the Earth. For those are not evil -- like sending a man to hell for eternity. I also believe that no one desires evil. So how can it be right to serve this man evil on a platter? So no, this man should not be sent to hell.
MLK: But, Socrates, this man has taken the lives of almost three-thousand! How does he not deserve any evil?
Socrates: For the simple fact that he has done no evil willingly. Even though we may think that this is a heinous crime, it might have been his only option. But if no one does wrong, then no one desires evil.
MLK: But I am also a firm believer that there must have been another way to receive justice than the actions that man decided to take.
God: Your responses have been heard. Now we move to the next question.
Both of you pretend that you are living in the greatest kingdom known to man. The wealth is enjoyed for about 70-percent of the population. But, this wealth is built on the backs of the 30-percent minority. The laws separate these two groups of people. The majority are educated, have luxuries, and government aid gets provided by law. If you are in the minority how do you, right the wrong of the land if there is wrong at all?
MLK: I believe in four basic steps in a nonviolent campaign against the unjust laws the majority has created. I would most likely handle this situation very much like the one in Birmingham. The four steps include:
- Collection of facts to determine whether injustice exists
- Self purification
- Direct action.
Just as my friend, Socrates, felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind, so that individuals could rise from bondage, I believe that in this case, the people of the minority, of the oppressed, should stand with peaceful action and stop waiting for a solution that might never come. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. It must be demanded by the oppressed.
Unjust laws that bind people of goodness must be undone and destroyed. People can peacefully stand and create an environment of tension that brings down the unjust laws that bind them.
Socrates: True, Dr. King. I have always been a strong advocate of tension within the mind. People are blessed with virtue. If one finds the way to spread the warmth of knowledge, then at the same time, the person will spread virtue, for virtue is knowledge and vice versa.
You will never be able to run away from your problems. When I was sentenced to death by the courts of Athens, I was given an option: to leave Athens and live out the rest of my life in peace. I could not agree to that option because I would be going against the greatness of the community.
In my case in Athens, and maybe in this case, Dr. King and I differ. I believe that all laws are created justly and with the greatest of intents. But, lawmakers and perceptions of laws, at times, can be flawed. In my view, one should not disobey laws at any time. But, one should bring enlightenment and virtue to the law makers so that the laws are upheld with a correct moral outlook.
MLK: But, Socrates, are there not times when truly a law is unjust? When a law is a moral law or the law of God, isn’t it just? When law makes a code that is out of harmony with moral law, doesn’t that create an unjust law that needs to be changed?
Socrates: Yes. You are correct that the law of God and moral laws are the ones we most hold dear and follow. But, other laws are not flawed by design because people do not do evil knowingly. Therefore, injustice might have been committed, but the committee did so without knowing. Therefore, the best approach is enlightenment and the spread of virtue through the lawmakers.
God: I have taken your answers into consideration and the decision is final for both. Martin Luther King Jr, you are granted eternity in heaven. Socrates, if you admit that I know all and am the wisest and smartest being ever, then a trip to heaven is granted to you. However, if you do not, you must spend eternity in hell.
Socrates: God, do you know everything?
God: Yes. Of course. I created everything.
Socrates: How big is the earth?
God: The diameter of the Earth is 12,742 kilometers.
Socrates: Very good. Do you know right from wrong?
Socrates: Do you know if I will go to heaven or hell?
God: It, of course, depends on your answer to this question.
Socrates: Then You do not know everything and therefore know nothing. For once one door is open that is vast with a question that you do not know, another door will soon appear followed by another and another and another. From this one unknown the cycle continues on for eternity proving that You know nothing. I know that I know nothing. You, on the other hand, think You know everything. But really, You know nothing while I know one thing and only one; that I know nothing. Therefore, I can not say You are the wisest being in history, for it would be a lie.
God: Then you will be forced to spend eternity in Hell.
MLK: If the great Socrates is to burn in hell for all eternity, and I prosper in heaven, a great injustice has just occurred in this realm. Socrates is a man who I emulated throughout my life. He is a trailblazer in the search for knowledge and his teachings helped countless in quests for better understanding of the world. He should not be sent to suffer. He, of all people, do not deserve that hardship.
Socrates: I follow the decision of the law. I am comfortable with this decision. What would eternity be like with no suffering and problems. I will carry virtue into hell and therefore be happy for eternity.
MLK: No! How can a great soul of Socrates be forced to spend eternity in hell?
Socrates: Don’t worry Dr. King. As long as one carries virtue one carries happiness, and therefore hell will be even more grand then heaven.
MLK: But no bad can befall any good man in life or death. So, once again, I get to witness injustice. It seems in life and death they are abundant. So, I will follow Socrates to Hell, bound by the cause to right the wrongs. We shall step into this injustice together. Be ready for fights in Hell, together.
God: You both, my friends, have given witness and passed the test. You have showed that in life and death you are willing to give up all luxuries, freedom, and happiness to stand for a cause greater then yourselves. I am truly honored to send you to heaven where, you both, eternally belong.
Monday, December 20, 2010
... what's working and what's not....Wonder if the results will reveal that the mayor's not work well? Then what?
If the mayor wanted to do something productive, and I think I'll write him a letter about this suggestion, he'd make a YOUTH Technology Summit.
Friday, December 17, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Arlene Englehardt, Executive Director, Pacifica Foundation
Tel: (510) 849-2590, x 208 ; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
_KPFA Set To Launch New Morning Show With Diverse All-Volunteer Staff_
The Pacifica Foundation's Northern California outlet, is bringing back its Morning Show next week, anchored by veteran programmers from the station's unpaid staff together with other Bay Area progressive journalists.
The restored one-hour Morning Show will run every weekday at 8:00am, filling out a revamped drive-time lineup that includes Al-Jazeera English news at 6:00am, and Democracy Now!, the award-winning national news magazine at 7:00 and 9:00 am. The Morning Show will focus primarily on local Bay Area news and culture, while incorporating diverse voices from communities marginalized in the mainstream media. "The Morning Show is part of the local landscape," said Adrienne Lauby, one of the unpaid programmers putting the show together. "It helps cross-pollinate activists and cultural workers and brings critical information to people as they start their day. I'm thrilled our all-volunteer host teams could bring it back to KPFA's air."
The show's rotating hosts will include:
1.Tara Dorabji, who has co-hosted La Onda Bajita Friday evenings on KPFA for five years and currently runs arts education programs for youth in disenfranchised communities in San Francisco and Oakland
2. Leslie Stovall, who first appeared on Bay Area radio with KMEL-FM in 1985 and served up music and stimulating topics for twelve years at KBLX-FM in San Francisco
3. Dr. Peter Phillips, professor of sociology at Sonoma State University, President of the Media Freedom Foundation and long-time director of Project Censored, a unique investigative news project that enlists students and faculty from more than thirty colleges and universities to expose media censorship and under-covered stories and Mickey Huff, associate professor of history at Diablo Valley College, the new director of Project Censored and a Media Freedom Foundation board member.
4. Anthony Fest, a KPFA News Department producer since 1994, and a current host of KPFA's Sunday and holiday evening newscasts.
5. Adrienne Lauby, a member of the collective producing Pushing Limits, KPFA's ground-breaking disability rights program for seven years and a co-coordinator of outreach and fundraising for Free Speech Radio News, a global grassroots news-gathering team serving Pacifica and hundreds of other community stations.
"A new day is dawning at KPFA," said Dorabji. "As volunteers, we are committed to bringing the back the Morning Show and keeping the heart of KPFA alive". "We aim to deliver professional radio that informs, entertains and interacts." Stovall added. "We hope to illuminate what makes the Bay Area so special and vibrant." The show will begin on the heels of an emergency fund drive, which produced a strong and gratifying show of support from listeners who want to help KPFA survive a severe financial crisis. Recently in an effort to bring expenses into line with revenue, seven KPFA staff members took voluntary layoffs and two staff members, the former hosts of the Morning Show, were laid off involuntarily.
A new general manager is expected to begin work at KPFA in the next month.
Dec. 24 -- 3-9 p.m.
Dec. 25 -- noon-9 p.m.
Dec. 26 -- 7-8:20 p.m.
Dec. 27 -- 3-4:20 p.m.
Dec. 28 -- 3-4:20 p.m. and 6:30-7:50 p.m.
Dec. 29 -- 3-4:20 p.m. and 6:30-7:50 p.m.
Dec. 30 -- 3-4:20 p.m.and 6:30-7:50 p.m.
Dec. 31 -- 6:30 p.m.--midnight
Jan. 1 -- 4:10--5:40 p.m. and 6--7:30 p.m.
The cost for public skating is $7 per session, and skate rental is $3.
A complete youth hockey schedule will be released next week, including six high school hockey games, numerous amateur games and an international bantam tournament featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, Washington Junior Capitals and teams from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia (Sidney Crosby's hometown) and Magnitogorsk, Russia (Evgeni Malkin's hometown).
|Grant Rauterkus photo from a rare public skate at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Indoors even.|
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|Also Receiving Votes:|
|Keene State 75, C-M-S 62, USCGA 60, Mary Washington 59, Puget Sound 59, Case Western 56, Wheaton (IL) 49, SUNY-Geneseo 44, Springfield 39, Connecticut 32, UC-Santa Cruz 29, Saint Thomas 29, Gustavus Adolphus 26, Ithaca 23, Wabash 22, SUNY-Maritime 20, Calvin 18, New York 15, UW-Eau Claire 14, Carleton 13, UW-La Crosse 13, Franklin & Marshall 12, Grinnell 11, Hamilton 11, Rowan 11, Wooster 11, Carroll 10, Trinity (TX) 10, Westminster 10, Bowdoin 9, California Lutheran 9, Saint Mary's of Maryland 9, Hartwick 8, USMMA 8, Alfred 7, Allegheny 7, Washington and Jefferson 7, Colby 6, W P I 6, Baldwin-Wallace 5, Luther 5, Pomona-Pitzer s 4, Clark 3, Bates 2, Ohio Northern 2, Union (New York) 2, UW-Whitewater 2, Penn State-Behrend 1, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1,|
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|Also Receiving Votes:|
|SUNY-Geneseo 63, Calvin 62, Gustavus Adolphus 62, Puget Sound 51, Whitworth 51, Luther 42, New York 40, Carleton 24, Redlands 24, Washington and Lee 19, Wesleyan 19, UC-Santa Cruz 18, Saint Olaf 18, USCGA 18, Clark 17, SUNY-New Paltz 17, UW-Eau Claire 17, Connecticut 16, Colby 15, Wheaton (IL) 15, DePauw 14, Illinois Wesleyan 14, Grinnell 13, Ohio Wesleyan 13, Allegheny 12, Eastern Connecticut 12, Hamilton 12, Rowan 12, R I T 11, Ohio Northern 10, Occidental 10, Rochester 10, Roger Williams 10, Westminster 9, Franklin & Marshall 8, Washington and Jefferson 8, Centre 7, Gettysburg 7, Bowdoin 6, John Carroll 6, Washington (Maryland) 6, UW-Whitewater 6, California Lutheran 5, La Verne 4, Pacific Lutheran 3, Montclair State 2, Union (New York) 2, Wooster 2, Buffalo State 1, Cabrini 1, Mount Union 1, Wittenberg 1|
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Kettling: also known as containment or corralling - a police tactic for the management of large crowds during demonstrations or protests.
The Anonymous web protests over WikiLeaks are the internet equivalent of a mass demonstration. It's a mistake to call them hacking (playful cleverness) or cracking (security breaking). The LOIC program that is being used by the group is prepackaged so no cleverness is needed to run it, and it does not break any computer's security. The protesters have not tried to take control of Amazon's website, or extract any data from MasterCard. They enter through the site's front door, and it just can't cope with the volume.
Calling these protests DDoS, or distributed denial of service, attacks is misleading, too. A DDoS attack is done with thousands of "zombie" computers. Typically, somebody breaks the security of those computers (often with a virus) and takes remote control of them, then rigs them up as a "botnet" to do in unison whatever he directs (in this case, to overload a server). The Anonymous protesters' computers are not zombies; presumably they are being individually operated.
No – the proper comparison is with the crowds that descended last week on Topshop stores. They didn't break into the stores or take any goods from them, but they sure caused a nuisance for the owner, Philip Green. I wouldn't like it one bit if my store (supposing I had one) were the target of a large protest. Amazon and MasterCard don't like it either, and their clients were probably annoyed. Those who hoped to buy at Topshop on the day of the protest may have been annoyed too.
The internet cannot function if websites are frequently blocked by crowds, just as a city cannot function if its streets are constantly full by protesters. But before you advocate a crackdown on internet protests, consider what they are protesting: on the internet, users have no rights. As the WikiLeaks case has demonstrated, what we do online, we do on sufferance.
In the physical world, we have the right to print and sell books. Anyone trying to stop us would need to go to court. That right is weak in the UK (consider superinjunctions), but at least it exists. However, to set up a website we need the co-operation of a domain name company, an ISP, and often a hosting company, any of which can be pressured to cut us off. In the US, no law explicitly establishes this precarity. Rather, it is embodied in contracts that we have allowed those companies to establish as normal. It is as if we all lived in rented rooms and landlords could evict anyone at a moment's notice.
Reading, too, is done on sufferance. In the physical world, you can buy a book with cash, and you own it. You are free to give, lend or sell it to someone else. You are also free to keep it. However, in the virtual world, e-readers have digital handcuffs to stop you from giving, lending or selling a book, as well as licences forbidding that. Last year, Amazon used a back door in its e-reader to remotely delete thousands of copies of 1984, by George Orwell. The Ministry of Truth has been privatised.
In the physical world, we have the right to pay money and to receive money – even anonymously. On the internet, we can receive money only with the approval of organisations such as PayPal and MasterCard, and the "security state" tracks payments moment by moment. Punishment-on-accusation laws such as the Digital Economy Act extend this pattern of precarity to internet connectivity. What you do on your own computer is also controlled by others, with non-free software. Microsoft and Apple systems implement digital handcuffs – features specifically designed to restrict users. Continued use of a program or feature is precarious too: Apple put a back door in the iPhone to remotely delete installed applications and another in Windows enabled Microsoft to install software changes without asking permission.
I started the free software movement to replace user-controlling non-free software with freedom-respecting free software. With free software, we can at least control what software does in our own computers.
The US state today is a nexus of power for corporate interests. Since it must pretend to serve the people, it fears the truth may leak. Hence its parallel campaigns against WikiLeaks: to crush it through the precarity of the internet and to formally limit freedom of the press.
States seek to imprison the Anonymous protesters rather than official torturers and murderers. The day when our governments prosecute war criminals and tell us the truth, internet crowd control may be our most pressing remaining problem. I will rejoice if I see that day.
• Copyright 2010 Richard Stallman – released under the Creative Commons Attribution Noderivs Licence
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
TO: PE2020 Visionaries
RE: Participate in the PE2020 Forum
WHERE: San Diego AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition
WHEN: March 29, 2011, 08:00 am – 4:00 pm
On behalf of the PE2020 Planning Committee I want to thank you for taking the time to contribute to the hundreds of visions now available on the PE2020 web site (www.PE2020.org) While your contribution was greatly appreciated I’m sure you also wondered, “What difference is my vision going to make?”
The purpose of this message is to invite you to participate in the next steps of the PE2020 initiative.
ATTEND THE PE2020 FORUM
On Tuesday, March 29th the day before the official start of the AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition, you are invited to join colleagues from around the country for a day of discussion, debate, and reflection.
The focus of the PE2020 Forum will be to begin creating a roadmap into the future for our profession. Participants will hear visionary suggestions then collaborate in roundtable discussions on topics that have emerged as a result of postings to the PE2020 web site (http://www.PE2020.org)
At the PE2020 Forum, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the themes that have emerged from these visions and collaborate in the drafting of a visionary blueprint. NASPE’s goal is for PE2020 to spur some imaginative and futuristic thinking. The PE2020 Visionary Plan that emerges will then be used by NASPE in its long-term strategic planning.
Participating in the PE2020 Forum is free, courtesy of a sponsorship from Polar. Even better, there is such a thing as a “free lunch” to those who register in advance to participate. Registering for the PE2020 Forum is easy. If you have not already registered to attend the Convention, when you do so just check off the PE2020 Forum as one of the special events you’d like to participate in. If you have already registered for the convention you can go back to your confirmation e-mail when you registered and in that e-mail there is a link to use if you want to add an event to your registration. Once you add your event, you will be taken back to the portal page where you will click on the “Pay Now” button (but don't worry, the forum is free).
Planners for the PE2020 Forum include Darla Castelli (University of Texas at Austin), George Graham, (PE Central), Steve Jefferies, Central Washington University), Allison Kleinfelter, (achievability.net), Tracy Krause, (Tahoma High School), Bonnie Mohnsen, (Bonnie’s Fitware), and Cheryl Richardson (NASPE).
The PE2020 Planning Committee’s goal is to create a stimulating and motivating program that will prove to be a GREAT San Diego Convention experience! They guarantee you will be challenged to actively engage with colleagues in thinking differently about physical education while simultaneously helping our profession to create a long-term plan and take more control over its future. Please plan to join us for the one-day PE2020 Forum on March 29th in San Diego.
If you have any questions about the Forum please don’t hesitate to contact me.
PE2020 Planning Committee Chair
Monday, December 13, 2010
Emphasizing Sports Over Academics Sets Up Black Boys to Lose
Schools and parents should know better than to emphasize success in sports at the expense of high standards in learning, Richard Whitmire writes.
I want PPS to place some emphasis on sports -- rather than next to nothing.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010
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Friday, December 10, 2010
One blogger from Pittsburgh, PA claims to have lost 42 pounds in 2 months with an Acai Berry and Colon CleanseKnow her?