Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fwd: Climate Wars: Feb 26 in Bellingham

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Subject: Climate Wars: Feb 26 in Bellingham

Christian Parenti visits Whatcom County on Wednesday to talk about the violence Climate Change is causing across the World. -RMF

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fwd: SEP Newsletter: Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals

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Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals

Alex Lantier
5 February 2014

The "Open letter on the future of Ukraine" issued by a group of Western academics and foreign policy operatives is a vile defense of the ongoing far-right protests in Ukraine supported by Washington and the European Union (EU). It peddles the old lie, repeated over nearly a quarter century of imperialist wars and interventions in Eastern Europe since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, that US and EU policy is driven only by a disinterested love of democracy and human rights.
It states, "The future of Ukrainians depends most of all on Ukrainians themselves. They defended democracy and their future 10 years ago, during the Orange Revolution, and they are standing up for those values today. As Europeans grow disenchanted with the idea of a common Europe, people in Ukraine are fighting for that idea and for their country's place in Europe. Defending Ukraine from the authoritarian temptations of its corrupt leaders is in the interests of the democratic world."
The identity of the imperialist powers' local proxies demolishes the open letter's pretense that the imperialist powers are fighting for democracy. They are relying on a core of a few thousand fascistic thugs from the Right Sector organization and the Svoboda Party to topple the Ukrainian regime in a series of street protests, replace it with a pro-EU government hostile to Moscow, and impose savage austerity measures. Washington and the EU are not fighting for democracy, but organizing a social counterrevolution. (Read more)
Further coverage on Ukraine can be found here.

The Weather Centre (by Andrew) and other weather/climate information locations

If you are not reading Andrew's  The Weather Centre then you are just not understanding the weather or the climate this year. Other (government or educational) places I like to look:

Here some images for today's weather:
Naval Weather Monterey shows an  outsized Kona Low/Pineapple Express/Chinook wind hitting the Pacific Northwest.

If you think these temps are stressful Alabama; then checkout the temps for Northern Sask.  this morning on

The new 'wavier' or 'meriodonal' jest stream as it affects the Pacific Northwest...

Monday, February 10, 2014

Fwd: [New post] The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

"In fact, as the former JSOC drone operator recounts, tracking people by metadata and then killing them by SIM card is inherently flawed. The NSA “will develop a pattern,” he says, “where they understand that this is what this person’s voice sounds like, this is who his friends are, this is who his commander is, this is who his subordinates are. And they put them into a matrix. But it’s not always correct. There’s a lot of human error in that."  from The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Fwd: Really...?

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Date: Feb 6, 2014 2:38 PM
Subject: Really...?
To: "Ryan M Ferris" <>

In just three weeks, the state Senate Republicans have dredged up dozens of failed far–right ideas. The first big legislative deadline is next week, and we're working overtime to protect working families and put Washington back on a path to progress. Will you chip in $10 now to fuel our fight on the ground, online, and at the capitol?

Chip in!
Dear Friend,

What are they thinking?

In just three weeks, Sen. Rodney Tom and the Senate Republicans have dredged up dozens of failed far–right ideas. They've introduced bills to cut the minimum wage, gut election transparency, and impose new restrictions on abortion. They even brought Exxon–funded climate deniers to testify before the Senate environment committee.1

Together, we can ensure not a single one of these dangerous bills ever becomes law.

Fwd: Draft Downtown Bellingham Plan

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Date: Feb 4, 2014 3:28 PM
Subject: Draft Downtown Bellingham Plan


Feedback provided by the community throughout the extensive "myDowntown" planning process has been incorporated into the draft Downtown Bellingham Plan that is now posted online here: The draft Development Regulations and a summary of other associated changes are also posted with the Plan.

These documents are available for your review and comment in advance of the legislative process, which starts with the Planning Commission public hearing on March 27, 2014. The staff report for all of the Downtown planning documents will be posted online by March 13, 2014.

The following Boards and Commissions will be asked to provide a recommendation to the Planning Commission on the draft Plan:
·         Historic Preservation Commission, 4p.m., February 11, Council Chambers, City Hall, 210 Lottie Street
·         Transportation Commission, 6 p.m., February 11, Mayors Board Room, City Hall, 210 Lottie Street
·         Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, 7 a.m., February 12, Bloedel Donovan Park (Beach Pavilion), 2214 Electric Avenue

Contact Lisa Pool, Senior Planner, at or 360-778-8390 with comments or questions on the draft plan.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

An insider outs the criminal United States Banking System and it's Government Protectorate...

"That IED going off in Afghanistan, killing an American or Allied soldier; that is being financed by our banks!" Everett Stern on RT
 Like Edward Snowden, Everett Stern is another 29 year old who believed in the system, until he got a chance peer beneath the covers. What Mr. Stern and Mr. Snowden  have in common: extremely bright believers in the system that just saw the dark side and decided to do something about it. Snowden dumped data. Stern figured out how to do the job of detecting money laundering (for which the bank who had hired him had apparently not trained him) and then started emailing the CIA and the FBI. Mr. Stern is unable to believe that this story can not get more press. Dynamite interview with Sophie Shevardnadze...

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