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“On Saturday, your state will march for truth” says the invite. Hahaha SO true.

What’s wrong with protests being mobilized to demand transparency and full investigations into government misconduct? At face value, this weekend’s March For Truth seems like a perfectly earnest response, much like the March For Science sought to highlight public disdain for policies that deny scientific knowledge. Except the “truth” these organizers are trying to galvanize presumes to demonize Russia as perennial adversary and reboot the Cold War. This “truth” aims to differentiate itself from the “fake news” as the pot innoculates itself from Kettle Black. This is pro-war propaganda trying to pass as grassroots consensus, to out-truth the Truthers. The problem with Democrats steering grassroots protests is that they are the corporate war machine. The 2016 election transplanted the machine’s figurehead with that of a DOOFUS. But Trump is too much dilettante berzerker for practical purposes. Now warmonger propagandists have to work extra hard to manufacture public consent. Weekend marches are being mobilized in every state, as they say, but indeed on Saturday the STATE is marching to trademark TRUTH, to march Americans off to war with Putin to continue to destabilize the Middle East. Real truth would lead a populace to peace, not war. This is a Democratic Party march for propaganda.

Denver April 28 War on Women march was a PRObama rally and we fell for it

Rita Ague
DENVER- Isn’t there something distasteful about a gathering of Obama supporters who want to rail against “The War On Women” and permit no mention of his non metaphorical deadly engagements? Organizers complained bitterly about activist Rita Ague’s successful subversion of their Democratic Party-only event messaging, while pretending the Pro-Obama theme was spontaneous and not partisan astroturf. While attendees carried all sorts of reproductive rights slogans, the only signage hung on the amphitheater was for Dem candidates. We had anticipated as much from early participants instructed not to worry about signs, they’d be provided. Indeed they were: “Women for Obama”, “Latinas for Obama” and anti Right-wingnut signs. Another clue came from Denver colleagues who surprised us with the news that a significant turnout was not expected because the Denver community was not responding. This was strictly a country mouse affair.

By “we fell for it” I mean of course Colorado Springs, where we fall for everything. War, Jesus, and soon, Fracking. The average Colorado Springs Joe would prefer Sarah Palin in the White House, so to fall on the smarter side of that curve it’s enough to favor Obama. In Colorado Springs even the left is right, gays are Log Cabin Republicans, and Occupiers are Teabaggers. Only on conservative campuses did academics look for common ground between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party.


Sure enough, three of the five organizers were from Colorado Springs, all outside Denver circles. Does it matter? Not really, the day was a fun outing for Spring’s would-be activated women, and the issues are real and persist. But why now? Why the sudden “Rightwing” onslaught on women’s rights, when Republican candidates and representatives are already wearing the black hat in the economic downturn? It’s called baiting, and the Repugs took it. The War on Women, so-called, is the cry to circle the wagons in fear and support your local gunslinger and hey, he’s a Democrat!


And there they were, keeping to themselves at upstage right, the candidates waited to make their speeches about who was going to save the women.

As a LONG TIME party faithful, Rita Ague sussed immediately that this “grassroots” event was a DP hoax. She recognized the usual suspects and traditional call outs. Newly activated citizens are prey for election year campaigns, and Rita suspected the Dems were after the better half of the 99% like the GOP did the Tea Party.

Even in their country mouse afterglow, organizers pretend they didn’t know their rally would become Pro-Obama. Does that make them duplicitous or simply stupid? I’m tired of suspecting otherwise earnest, personable, and very effective fellow activists of being deceitful, hence the depressing tone of this story. We’re idiots, in a more disguised analogy, we’re sheep.


Rita Ague was criticized for upstaging the speakers with her sign, NO WAR ON WORLD OR WOMEN. Because it clashed with the programmed message. (No Democrat is offering to save women from war.) In threatening Rita, the organizers proved themselves as comfortable as their political guests with censoring all public assertion of free speech at what was supposed to be a grassroots rally. What unmitigated, transparently blank-headed dicks, for want of a sexist term.

The newly formed War on Women defenders circle thought they’d parlay their apparent momentum by calling for a Slut Walk for the following weekend. Why not, the media image-friendly meme has become a successful Jezebel feminist protest form , though not usually scheduled in the cold of MAY.


The authentic grassroots element had a blast on the march, here you can observe a large Occupy Denver contingent, participating to show solidarity and to meet people like-minded enough to take to the street for something they believe in.

About your AK47, sir…

I have this technique I learned a long time ago involving a half-brick or some similar sized object and a variation on baseball pitching. I’m not a professional at it or for that matter the most skilled individual at doing it.
What will happen, sir, is you’ll be all cocky and feeling a little less like a frightened little boy, or maybe not, a full auto security blanket really doesn’t cure cowardice….
And somebody is going to pop from behind a wall or a tree right behind and tear the back of your mufu skull off with one throw. Then he’ll have your rifle,, all those expensive clips full of expensive ammo (a couple of 30 round banana clips, fully loaded, could conceivably cost more than the rifle itself) and he or she is already a far more skilled warrior than your loser-ass militia buddies.
Just, you know, sayin’ is all.
Good luck with your corporate sponsored Ass-roots “revolution”.
By the time the real warrior is searching your cooling remains for more ammo, money, etc… you won’t be needing any of it anyway.

Labor Rally In Austin commemorated Fallen Workers

While the "grass roots" TeaBags and their Billionaire Masters were bitching about how badly victimized they think they are if they have to pay workers an adequate wage or compensation for their injuries... or deaths.

For those who think Disabled Workers complain too much about how we’re cast out by society, these are mock coffins carried to commemorate the ones who are now forever silent and can no longer complain about how deregulated workplaces, Union Busting TeaParty “heroes” like Don Blankenship and Scott Walker are literally killing us.
The one killed every two and a half days statistic doesn’t even touch the statistics about wages and health care and other compensation for our work, being cut off because the Koch-suckers in the Tea Party…

Decided that their Bosses, the ones who funded and organized their “grass Astroturf roots” fake revolution are being “victimized” if they get a 4.9 point gain on their investments instead of a 5, and blaming the workers for demanding a fair wage and living standards. We’re not allowed to demand a profit for selling OUR products and service, OUR labor, or even to be paid what it costs us to produce it… for THEM to enjoy.
The TeaBags barely have time to turn from eating the flesh of our babies (figuratively) (ok, literally) long enough to tell us that we’re “bums” for not wanting to support their Parasite Class.

It doesn’t reflect the workers seriously injured, every day, because in Texas, and soon the rest of the nation, “job killing” safety regulations and environmental regulations will be rolled back, even eliminated. The public lands? Hah! fully privatized, or soon will be. The Lazy God-Damned Republican parasites in Ohio voted not only to silence the workers but also to seize the public lands, even the state parks, deny the public access to them while they destroy them to extract every last drop of oil and lump of coal from “their’ domain.

 

 

 

 

Contaminants in the runoff water

Seems they predate the Homeless Camping debate by at least a decade. One of the problems that was present when the City and County of Pueblo sued Colorado Springs for fouling their water, e-coli. Seems Colorado Springs and Springs Utilities reached a plea-bargain mitigating the judgment against the Springs by making necessary repairs to the sewage system. This includes that bad ol’ StormWater that the right wingsters keep whining about. The wastewater treatment facilities were overwhelmed on several levels, not the least of which were the BlowHard Extremists like Douglas Bruce not wanting to pay their bills. Have their cake, eat it too, and then have somebody else pay for the cake.

The sewer system including the Storm Drains, which funnel water off the streets, which in turn are coated with an oily residue from the exhaust fumes. More cars, more pavement, more pollution and all of it running into a sewage treatment system last upgraded in the early 1960s. 50 years ago. More streets, more infrastructure added on, and each year the cost of the labor and the materials needed to build and maintain that infrastructure increasing, yet Doug Bruce and his dumbass Zombie Followers insist on only paying the bills in 1972 dollars. And screaming that increasing the fees necessary to maintain that infrastructure and build new infrastructure to accommodate those victims of the Real Estate Scam of “Pure Rocky Mountain Spring Water” moving to town and making the water somewhat less pure.

Lethally less pure.
Some of the impurities in Fountain Creek before the confluence with Monument Creek keep the smelly algae that makes Monument stink so bad from growing. Also any other algae, insect larvae, and amphibian newts, efts and tadpoles.
N-Nitrosodimethylamine, likely sources:Industry, cosmetics, toiletry products, cleansers; by-product of natural chemical reactions. That’s the one Springs Utilities admits is beyond EPA and drinking water safety bounds.

Chemicals they say are in “safe amounts” Barium, Bromodichloromethane
Chlorodibromomethane
Chloroform
Fluoride
Hexachlorocyclopentadiene
Nitrates
Radium, Combined 226 228
Sodium,
Turbidity (muddiness)
Uranium
Chlorine
Maloacetic Acids
Trihalomethanes
Coliform (bacteria)
E-Coli (the coliform bacteria they’re blaming on the Homeless People, before that it was the pigeons in Manitou Springs)
Copper
Lead

A lot of the “possible sources of contamination” listed are Erosion of native deposits.

Erosion hastened by destroying topsoil, uprooting native plants, GRADING FOR ROADS, COMMERCIAL AND HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, MINING, QUARRYING, DRILLING, TIMBER CLEARING, OFF-ROAD “RECREATIONAL” VEHICLE USE
For instance, there’s at least one defunct copper mine just outside Manitou Springs city limits that drains directly into Fountain Creek.

When you pull ONE metal out of the earth, it’s not in pure form, ever, is it, O Right Wing Mining Geniuses Who Think I Can’t Possibly Know Anything? Nay verily. It is NOT pure and some of those impurities are other metals. Toxic metals like Uranium, White Arsenic, Sodium in many forms including Sodium Cyanide, Mercury, Lead, Copper, ooops that’s one they INTENDED to pull out oopsie my bad. Petrochemicals, mountaintop removal for extracting ANY mineral including coal releases chemicals into the waters that have recently been shown to cause a hormonal mutation in small-mouth bass where the male fish develop with female characteristics. That’s a predator that’s below us on the arbitrarily defined “food chain”. We’re top-level predators. Through predation the chemical impurities concentrate higher and higher the further up the food chain you go.

In the Hudson Bay region of Canada, Inuit and other First Nations mothers can’t breast feed their infants because of the concentrations of Petrochemicals from oil exploration and exploitation, which would be lethal to their babies. I can almost hear the Racist Wing saying

“ah,who cares about Eskimo and Injun babies, they’re only one step removed from wetbacks and niggers anyhow!”

Fortunately I’ve got something within me that blocks such ignorance. It’s called “education” but I once again digress.

What, then, is the City of Colorado Springs putting into the water supply of everybody downstream from us? Which, since Pikes Peak is the highest point in the Contiguous 48, that means everybody from the Mississippi west to the Pacific.

All because the TeaTards don’t want to pay their fair share. They make huge stacks of money creating the problem but demand that the people downstream from us pay THEIR money to remove the contaminations caused by the Pikes Peak area Industrialists.

There’s one thing more that is pumping toxins into Fountain Creek. The Toxic Mining/refining Waste Dump called Gold Hill Mesa on the south side of Highway 24 here in Colorado Springs.

Chrome dioxide, Mercury, Sodium Cyanide, White Arsenic, Lead Sulfate, Uranium, Barium, just a start on the contaminants.

There are more that get added in further downstream, but the True Source is the interconnected web of Industrial Polluters who own, among other Political Arenas, the Political Establishment of Colorado Springs.

Further “ammunition” in the War on American Health, Ft Carson and the Air Academy Firing Ranges. From Mercury Fulminate, a standard primer/detonator in explosive munitions, to the Depleted Uranium shells which has caused, among other disorders The Army Ain’t Gonna Tell You About, two headed children in Iraq.

They’ll tell you that it’s none of our business what kind of poisonous SHIT they’re inflicting on us and our kids. Then in 2003 they admitted only that they use the same ammunition in practice firing that they would use for the Global War On Anybody Who Doesn’t Submit To The Will Of The Capitalist Regime Or Lick Their Jackboots.

Then they say that the Depleted Uranium is encased in steel and thus couldn’t possibly break into small pieces and contaminate water, soil, and the Eco-Genetic Systems of entire populations of plants and animals, including people. To make a long story short, they lie their collective ass off.
Just like their accomplices in the Colorado Springs and United States political establishments and the Colorado Springs real estate developers, bankers, and other perpetrators of massive, lethal fraud.

But they’re still blaming it on the Homeless PEOPLE.

Oh, and that sewage treatment system that’s overwhelmed with Stormwater and far more raw human and animal fecal waste than it could possibly handle?

Was never fixed and now, thanks to the “Tax Cutter” extremist “Hell no, We Won’t Pay Our Bills!” Tea Party. Everybody who owes THEM money had better God-Damn pay up or they’ll get the Publicly Funded Colorado Springs Police and Judiciary PIGS to punish him.

Slumlord Ex-Prosecutor PIG Doug Bruce especially does that.

But they don’t have to pay their bills, Glenn Beck and Doug Bruce and Sarah Palin and The Ghosts of Reagan and John Wayne tell us the constitution forbids them to pay THEIR debts.

The data on contaminants in the water as provided by Springs Utilities, are found in this document, which you can get free at Springs Utilities offices and they mailed it out to every water customer. If you live in a water-bill paid apartment you didn’t get one, your landlord did and he’s supposed to post it where everybody can read it.

The Army and Air Force contaminants, including jet fuel, are all over the place. Military Aircraft used to have, they say it’s discontinued, a policy that they dump fuel before landing. Standard Operational Procedure with the reason being that they had a high probability of coming in damaged, and having a hard landing with a full tank of fuel not only endangers the pilot and passengers, it endangers everybody on or near the flight line. A simple way to ease that problem would be to, Hey, just don’t go around shooting at or Bombing the living dogshit out of people and it minimizes the chance they’ll be shooting at YOU. DUH!

The other bit, about the DU armor piercing shells, the admission is implicit. The Army did say in the specific case of Ft Carson, that they do use the same ammunition in practice fire they’ll use in actual combat. That means, obviously, DU. At the time they said this, they were actively lying and saying there was no way DU shells could cause Uranium Poisoning. They’ve since been forced into the open on that one, thanks SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN WHO DEFIED ORDERS TO KEEP SILENT ABOUT THE MASSIVE CRIME OF POISONING AMERICAN AND FOREIGN CIVILIANS and soldiers, the same way they did with Agent Orange and killed more people in the cover-ups than would have died if they’d simply come clean and stopped the poisoning.