Monthly Archives: April 2006

News notes April 2006

Who’s paying the bill, who’s tendering the bill? U. S. gas prices have hit over three dollars per gallon. Let’s see: we have oil men in charge of the country, they conduct secret meetings with energy companies, they convince us … Continue reading

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Town square Citizens Tribunal

At the prospect of our nation executing Zacarias Moussaoui for perpetrating his unforgivable evil, conspiring and lying, let’s invite the big league lawbreakers to consider turnabout is fair play. Let’s hold a preliminary trial and sentencing for our current governing … Continue reading

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What did you do against the war Daddy?

People on all sides of the anti-war issue ask me what we’re doing with the peace camp. What are you thinking you can accomplish with it anymore? I have to tell them it’s for conscience. For my part, I can’t … Continue reading

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Crappuccino

What’s a coffee-free coffee? Does it say on the bottle it’s a “Crappuccino?” What is that? It’s not a milk-frapped espresso. Is it a strawberry milkshake? Is it a smoothie? A Yoo-Hoo? A DQ Freeze? Maybe it’s Pepto-ccino.   When … Continue reading

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Graft and greased wheels

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Unsustainable argument making

I attended Colorado College’s symposium about the expected effects of climate change upon the Rocky Mountain region. There was less discussion about adapting to the certain change than there was about hoping still to prevent it. By focusing on trying … Continue reading

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Not only Darwin’s nightmare

When he introduced the screening of his documentary at UCCS on Wednesday, Austrian filmmaker Hubert Sauper told us that for the five years he had worked on the project, DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE had been his nightmare. Sauper predicted that in two … Continue reading

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Affluenza

Are you worried that your children might be suffering from Affluenza, a degenerative virus pervasive among the world’s affluent cultures? Many of America’s youth can easily grow up insulated from an understanding of the human condition. Here are some recommended … Continue reading

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Taking it to the streets

This picture was taken in Nepal shortly before soldiers began swinging their sticks and firing into the crowd. Recent events have wrought inumerable protests such as this. Except for the Ukraine, Haiti and Bolivia, few have ended favorably. Protestors in … Continue reading

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Illegal immigrant abuse

If you absolutely must excercise your racist compulsions, here’s how you can do it and do your part to combat the illegal immigrant problem in your neighborhood. When you see hispanic workers, report them!   More specifically, if you see … Continue reading

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Bullshit artists

One of these likable dweebs may not be a complete asswipe.   But it isn’t Penn Asswipe Jillette.   I just caught an episode of BULLSHIT in which the dynamic duo was poking fun at the Endangered Species Act. The … Continue reading

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Space Symposium protest 2006 part 3

Day 3: Wednesday Was it because I hadn’t had any non-violence training? Is that why everyone jumped in to enforce a stand down from my assailant? Our protest was just getting started, I was holding half of a banner in … Continue reading

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Space Symposium protest 2006 part 2

Day 1: Monday On Monday we stood, nearly two dozen of us at the corner of Lake and Lake Circle, we sang our song to an Oscar Meyer melody, we held banners, we blew our whistles and we handed out … Continue reading

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The Salvation of Yasch Siemens

The Salvation of Yasch Siemens. The title of Armin Wiebe’s novel gives the story away. I would like to postulate that this coming of age tale depicts a young Mennonite imperiled by worldy lures. Yasch faces selfishness, sexual idolatry and … Continue reading

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Stopping arms in space

It’s called the 2006 Space Symposium, and this year it is seeing a record number of attendees. But the participants are not space explorers, they’re arms manufacturers. Space exploration is for NASA I guess, the symposium is about coordinating the … Continue reading

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Sheehan power

Cindy Sheehan has no peer in the world. She can travel to any country and be received by their governments as a dignitary. Few celebrities or politicians can expect such treatment, and when they do, their entitlement comes from being … Continue reading

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The Art of War was not written for common man

I’d like to address Scott Ritter’s recent Alternet post where he criticises the anti-war movement for not schooling itself in the tactics of those who are pro-war. Among his recommedations were that the movement adopt a centralized command structure, which … Continue reading

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The play that dare speak its name though I dare not

I just received an exciting call from LA. The Imagination Liberation Front wants to bring their acclaimed production of “I’m Gonna [bleep] [bleep] [bleep], a Capital Offense” to Colorado Springs. The cast is coming through town April 18. Details to … Continue reading

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Chicken or the egg

Which came first? This is not a question. To think that there is no answer to this question seems to dismiss the reality that both exist dependent upon one another.   If a tree falls in the forest, and no … Continue reading

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Spika’s sledgehammer

Tonight was Gwyn Coleman’s Art Wars III at the historic City Auditorium, a great success as usual, everyone on the youthful side of the Colorado Springs art community was there. Spika had a performance piece in the show, and here’s … Continue reading

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Jill Carroll mainstream media medium

When reporter Jill Carroll was released after being held hostage for 84 days, fellow reporters wanted to confirm: surely Carroll had been coerced to say the things she did on a video interview made by her captors.   They accused … Continue reading

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