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Yes it is socialism at last. America, the great free enterprise, every man for himself, empire has at last gone and dumped capitalism. Socialism has now taken hold in the USA!

At least for the rich it has. Yes we now have socialism for the rich in America – and capitalism for everyone else.

The old saw that business has to make it on its own is now history. Start a bank and if it is nearing collapse, no problem. The government will bail you out.

Lost you job because the corporation is closing the plant and moving overseas where cheaper labor can be found? Tough luck Jack – you are on your own.

It’s called a revolution! You wanted revolution, well you got it. Revolution for the rich.

Aye, it’s a return of feudalism. Back to the days of the lords and masters. And the serfs in their crumbling villages at the bottom of the hill.

Feudalism, the 21st century variety. But this time every peasant gets a car and a TV. That’s if you can afford to put the gas in it or pay the cable bill.

So just keep your mouth shut and get in line.

Remember, if we don’t treat the rich with respect they won’t invest their money and create jobs for us.

All hail the lords of Wall Street.

Bow to the masters of diaster.

On your knees you!!!!!
Bruce K. Gagnon
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 443-9502
http://space4peace.blogspot.com (Blog)

Utah’s Community Radio KRCL turns Corporate

For more than 25 years KRCL radio has provided a valuable service to Utahns:  Non-Commercial Community Radio.  All that is about to change.  And people aren’t happy about it.

Changes over the past few years have been more and more in the corporate direction until finally the big change.

All the volunteers are being released in exchange for paid DJ’s, the daytime format will feature oldies and rock and all public affairs programming is being moved to the evening slots.

Salt Lake City Weekly’s article (linked above):

KRCL is in a bind. When the station began 28 years ago, it was the only place a Salt Lake City resident could find bluegrass, reggae or jam bands outside of a record store. Today’s hipsters have the option of downloading music to iPods or tuning in to other cities’ radio stations on the Internet. Having hit a high of 45,000 listeners about five years ago, listener numbers have fallen to about 38,000. KRCL has failed to meet its fund-raising goals during the past two radiothons.

Now, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, KRCL’s primary federal funder, is threatening to take the station’s grant if it can’t increase its bite of the Salt Lake Valley’s 1.7 million potential listeners. The federal money is just one-eighth of KRCL’s annual budget. James Roberts, chairman of the KRCL board of directors, says the station could conceivably make that up from other sources, but the Corporation for Public Broadcasting also negotiates music-licensing agreements for KRCL. If the station had to do that on its own, the cost, Roberts says, could well sink KRCL.

So, KRCL has signed a contract with the feds pledging to make itself more popular.

More popular with what audience? I don’t think so.

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The Yes Men have been attacked.   There’s no hard proof that the attackers is EXXON – but make up your own mind:

Yes Men badly need sysadmin, server co-location

    Contact: mailto:people@theyesmen.org

One day after the Yes Men made a joke announcement that ExxonMobil plans to turn billions of climate-change victims into a brand-new fuel called Vivoleum, the Yes Men’s upstream internet service provider shut down Vivoleum.com, the Yes Men’s spoof website, and cut off the Yes Men’s email service, in reaction to a complaint whose source they will not identify. The provider, Broadview Networks, also made the Yes Men remove all mention of Exxon from TheYesMen.org before they’d restore the Yes Men’s email service.

The Yes Men assume the complainant was Exxon. “Since parody is protected under US law, Exxon must think that people seeing the site will think Vivoleum’s a real Exxon product, not just a parody,” said Yes Man Mike Bonanno. “Exxon’s policies do already contribute to 150,000 climate-change related deaths each year,” added Yes Man Andy Bichlbaum. “So maybe it really
is credible. What a resource!”

After receiving the complaint June 15, Broadview added a “filter”
that disabled the Vivoleum.com IP address (, and furthermore
prevented email from being sent from the Yes Men’s primary IP address
( Even after all Exxon logos were removed from both sites and
a disclaimer was placed on Vivoleum.com on Tuesday, Broadview would still
not remove the filter. (The disclaimer read: “Although Vivoleum is not a
real ExxonMobil program, it might as well be.”)

Broadview did restore both IPs on Wednesday, after the Vivoleum.com website
was completely disabled and all mention of Exxon was removed from

While this problem is temporarily resolved, the story is far from over.
Meanwhile, though, two bigger problems loom, for which we’re asking your


Broadview Networks provides internet connectivity to New York’s Thing.net
and the websites and servers it hosts, including the Yes Men’s server.
Thing.net has been a host for many years to numerous activist and artist
websites and servers.

At the end of July, Thing.net will terminate its contract with Broadview and
move its operations to Germany, where internet expression currently benefits
from a friendlier legal climate than in the US, and where baseless threats
by large corporations presumably have less weight with providers. At that
time, the Yes Men and two other organizations with servers “co-located” at
Thing.net will need a new home for those servers. Please write to us if you
can offer such help or know of someone who can.


The Yes Men are desperately in need of a sysadmin. The position is unpaid at
the moment, but it shouldn’t take much time for someone who knows Debian
Linux very well. It involves monitoring the server, keeping it up-to-date,
making sure email is working correctly, etc.
The person could also maintain the Yes Men’s website (which will be updated
next week), if she or he wants.

Thing.net also needs a sysadmin: someone living in New York who knows Linux
well. The Thing.net position involves some money and the rewards of working
for an organization that has consistently and at great personal risk
supported groups like the Yes Men over the years.


The Yes Men pose as Oil Execs at Conference in Canada

This is a stunning act of direct action – Yessssss to the Yes Men!


Imposters posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC) representatives delivered an outrageous keynote speech to 300 oilmen at GO-EXPO, Canada’s largest oil conference, held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, today.

The speech was billed beforehand by the GO-EXPO organizers as the major highlight of this year’s conference, which had 20,000 attendees. In it, the “NPC rep” was expected to deliver the long-awaited conclusions of a study commissioned by US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. The NPC is headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond, who is also the chair of the study. (See link at end.)

In the actual speech, the “NPC rep” announced that current U.S. and Canadian energy policies (notably the massive, carbon-intensive exploitation of Alberta’s oil sands, and the development of liquid

coal) are increasing the chances of huge global calamities. But he reassured the audience that in the worst case scenario, the oil industry could “keep fuel flowing” by transforming the billions of people who die into oil.

“We need something like whales, but infinitely more abundant,” said “NPC rep” “Shepard Wolff” (actually Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men), before describing the technology used to render human flesh into a new Exxon oil product called Vivoleum. 3-D animations of the process brought it to life.

“Vivoleum works in perfect synergy with the continued expansion of fossil fuel production,” noted “Exxon rep” “Florian Osenberg” (Yes Man Mike Bonanno). “With more fossil fuels comes a greater chance of disaster, but that means more feedstock for Vivoleum. Fuel will continue to flow for those of us left.”

The oilmen listened to the lecture with attention, and then lit “commemorative candles” supposedly made of Vivoleum obtained from the flesh of an “Exxon janitor” who died as a result of cleaning up a toxic spill. The audience only reacted when the janitor, in a video tribute, announced that he wished to be transformed into candles after his death, and all became crystal-clear.

At that point, Simon Mellor, Commercial & Business Development Director for the company putting on the event, strode up and physically forced the Yes Men from the stage. As Mellor escorted Bonanno out the door, a dozen journalists surrounded Bichlbaum, who, still in character as “Shepard Wolff,” explained to them the rationale for Vivoleum.

“We’ve got to get ready. After all, fossil fuel development like that of my company is increasing the chances of catastrophic climate change, which could lead to massive calamities, causing migration and conflicts that would likely disable the pipelines and oil wells.

Without oil we could no longer produce or transport food, and most of humanity would starve. That would be a tragedy, but at least all those bodies could be turned into fuel for the rest of us.”

“We’re not talking about killing anyone,” added the “NPC rep.” “We’re talking about using them after nature has done the hard work. After all, 150,000 people already die from climate-change related effects every year. That’s only going to go up – maybe way, way up. Will it all go to waste? That would be cruel.”

Security guards then dragged Bichlbaum away from the reporters, and he and Bonanno were detained until Calgary Police Service officers could arrive. The policemen, determining that no major infractions had been committed, permitted the Yes Men to leave.

Canada’s oil sands, along with “liquid coal,” are keystones of Bush’s Energy Security plan. Mining the oil sands is one of the dirtiest forms of oil production and has turned Canada into one of the world’s worst carbon emitters. The production of “liquid coal” has twice the carbon footprint as that of ordinary gasoline. Such technologies increase the likelihood of massive climate catastrophes that will condemn to death untold millions of people, mainly poor.

“If our idea of energy security is to increase the chances of climate calamity, we have a very funny sense of what security really is,”

Bonanno said. “While ExxonMobil continues to post record profits, they use their money to persuade governments to do nothing about climate change. This is a crime against humanity.”

“Putting the former Exxon CEO in charge of the NPC, and soliciting his advice on our energy future, is like putting the wolf in charge of the flock,” said “Shepard Wolff” (Bichlbaum). “Exxon has done more damage to the environment and to our chances of survival than any other company on earth. Why should we let them determine our future?”

About the NPC and ExxonMobil: http://ga3.org/campaign/lee_raymond/explanation

About the Alberta oil sands: http://www.sierraclub.ca/prairie/tarnation.htm

About liquid coal: http://www.sierraclub.org/coal/liquidcoal/

Minimum Wage

Today in the Salt Lake Tribune:
Rise in minimum wage OK’d by House–Utah representatives are divided along party lines; Senate plans tax breaks for businesses

According to this article, the U.S. House voted to raise the minimum wage to a meager $7.25/hour (remember, this is not a living wage and is actually what I consider a slave wage). But (scratching my head), Utah’s republican delegation voted against this. Rep. Bishop’s excuse is that by raising minimum wage, businesses won’t be able to hire workers and that will lead to more homelessness, blah, blah, blah.

Bull. That’s a front for big greedy businesses and corporations that want to hire people for poverty level wages so they can make more profit. I mean, after all, if they are required to all of a sudden increase wages, their profit margins will decrease.

If that were to happen, the big business owner might have to get rid of one of his SUV’s and perhaps his summer resort home. Oh the agony!

What about putting profit back into the business instead of reaping a huge amount of profit?

How about writing legislation like this:

If a business grosses up to $1 million it could reap up to 25% profit on its gross revenues, with a scale looking like this:
Between $1-$10 million, 20% profit
Between $10-$15 million, 15% profit
and up to where once a company got to $100 million, the profit could be at 5% – that’s still a lot of money.

The more the business grosses, the less the profit.

There are loopholes, like, for example, a corporation could open up 100 businesses to make the huge profits, but legislation could be written to outlaw that.

Federal maximum wage laws should also be put into effect so that corporate CEO’s can’t be getting 50-60 times more than the average worker. That’s criminal and there should be a law against that.

The current bill to raise the wages is still not good enough. The proposed legislation calls for this increase to be phased in over two years. It’s been ten years since the last increase (which went to $5.15/hour and has remained there). Even at the current proposed wage, the average worker still needs to have two jobs to survive. With inflation, soon it will be three jobs.

The entire wage system needs to be revamped nationwide so that the average worker can make a comfortable living with one job and the corporate hogs don’t continue to exploit the workers so they can have most of the wealth.

Walmart’s “Community Store”

Walmart will stop at nothing until it has its presence in every community.

After being denied a permit to build a big box store in a Utah community, it has now reapplied for a permit to build a “community” store.

I really wish that communities would examine the issues beyond revenue. It is getting more and more difficult for small business owners to survive, let alone starting a business. It would be nice to see communities promote and value buying local and building local – and providing resources to support locally owned business.

Miller Defends the New Arena Name

Today’s Salt Lake Tribune has an article in which Entrepenuer Larry H. Miller Defends the name of the Center formerly known as Delta.

I find these comments of his particularly disturbing:

Miller said he has heard complaints from Utahns, but when he asks them about nuclear waste and storage, they cannot provide answers.
“I would ask them before they just hit a panic button when they hear the word ‘nuclear waste’ that they at least understand what it is that’s done there, stored there, what that business is about,” he said.
He later added: “I want to listen and learn and see what [people have] got to say if it’s rational.”

Every Utahn I have spoken to does have a rational solution and explanation. I haven’t run into anyone yet who hesitates at what the solution is for storing toxic waste:

Keep it in the state in which it is generated. Stop generating it if there is nowhere to store it in your state


I question what people Miller has talked to (and how many). He needs to look at and read the polls.

Meanwhile, I still support the boycott of all Miller holdings, since he has chosen a name for our state basketball team center that portrays Utah as a nuclear waste dump. That should do wonders for tourism in our state.

Wal-Mart Employees Revolt

Wal-Mart workers walk out Employees at one store in Florida stage a protest—and win a reprieve

For months, politicians and activists have been saying that the low prices at the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores, come at a tremendous cost to its low-paid employees. They point to lawsuits that contend the company discriminates against women and forces low-paid employees to work through lunch breaks and after their shifts, without extra compensation. Wal-Mart has also been boosting its political contributions to stop initiatives aimed at forcing the retailer to raise pay and benefits.

Earlier this week about 200 Wal-Mart employees in Florida walked out in protest of Wal-Mart’s practices to employees.
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South Central Farm in Los Angeles – bulldozed for a Wal Mart

A farm which has been feeding 350 families on a daily basis for the past 15 years has been bulldozed to make way for commercial development.  The land had been transformed from a desolate vacant lot to a thriving garden of edibles that benefitted the hungry in the area.

From Infoshop News:

On Tuesday, June 13, 2006, a combined force of sheriffs, LAPD, fire department and bulldozers raided and destroyed the South Central Farm, a community garden and farm located in southern Los Angeles. The violent eviction was met with resistance and protest, both inside and outside of the gardens. Around 45 people were arrested, including actor Darryl Hannah. Protests inside the farm had included a tree sit and a lckdown by farmers and activists. The garden was bulldozed by late in the afternoon, but protests and actions continue.
Photo: by Marcus, L.A. Indymedia

South Central Farmers Website

Photos (2): South Central Farm Police Raid
*Antidevelopment Protesters Are Arrested at Farm Site in Los Angeles
*Hollywood stars removed from urban farm
*Farmers Kicked Out of Community Farm in South-Central Los Angeles


Quarantine Wal-Mart

Back in January I wrote about The Ruckus Society’s developed campaign with other organizations to “quarantine” Wal-Mart.

Ruckus is teaming up with Jobs with Justice and ACORN to bring a National Quarantine of Wal-Mart. On Friday, June 2, during Wal-Mart’s annual shareholders meeting, thousands of concerned citizens dressed in hazmat suits, and armed with yellow caution tape, will be putting Wal-Mart sites across the country under “quarantine”.

Learn more about how you can participate in this action at Quarantine Walmart.