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The Guardian UK has posted some excerpts from Michael Moore's new book Will They Ever Trust Us Again: Letters from the War Zone here. They are all real letters and e-mail sent to Michael Moore by soldiers stationed in Iraq.
10/01/04: Transcript of Bush-Kerry debate
You can read the transcript of the first Republicrat presidential debate for Election 2004 here. Future scheduled debates include the vice presidential debate with John Edwards and Dick Cheney on Tuesday, October 5; and two other presidential debates on October 8 (town hall meeting style) and October 13 (on the economy). Check your local listings for broadcast times.
09/22/04: Jello & The Melvins on Halloween!
For immediate release:
Alternative Tentacles 25th anniversary show
The Bay Area's own Alternative Tentacles, one of the oldest independent labels, is celebrating its 25th anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, we have assembled a great line-up of AT artists that show the diversity and scope of the label's vision. We hope to see all of your smiling faces at the show, as it will be a night to remember!
Alternative Tentacles 25th anniversary show:
Jello Biafra with the Melvins
Jello Biafra with the Melvins are the confirmed headliners, but the rest of the order is still undecided, so come early! Doors will be at 7 pm and tickets will be $18.
Slim's is located at 333 11th Street, San Francisco, CA
Formed in 1979 by Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Alternative Tentacles has been giving art a bad name ever since. The AT discography showcases work from a diverse array of artists that includes Biafra's entire musical and spoken word discography, as well as releases from Wesley Willis, Mojo Nixon, D.O.A., Pitchshifter, JFA, and many, many others throughout the label's history. AT also specializes in releasing spoken word albums by leading political thinkers like Greg Palast, Noam Chomsky, and many others. AT continues its battle to bring worthwhile music to the world and is looking forward to another 25 years of polluting the mainstream!
It all happens September 10th, 11th, and 12th at the Women's Building and at the Red Vic Movie House- check out the schedule of films, workshops, live music, and more at the NOBOSS site!
"During Schwarzenegger's address, peace activist and Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin was on the floor of the convention. As she was standing less than 20 feet away from Vice President Dick Cheney, she unfurled a pink banner that read "Pro-Life: Stop the Killing in Iraq." Security officials quickly approached her and told her to put it away. Medea responded by saying it was a pro-life banner. Minutes later, a Secret Service man came up and asked for her press credentials. She stalled for a few minutes cheering Schwarzenegger along with the Republican crowd.
She was soon surrounded by more security officials. When she realized she was being escorted off the convention floor. Medea Benjamin turned to Vice President Dick Cheney who was sitting 20 feet away and repeatedly yelled "Stop the killing in Iraq." Secret service members carried her upside down off the convention floor.
What Medea Benjamin said to Mr. Cheney as she was carried off of the convention floor:MEDEA BENJAMIN: Mr. Cheney, stop the killing in Iraq! Mr. Cheney, stop the killing in Iraq! Mr. Cheney, how much money did you make on the war? Mr. Cheney, how much money did you make on the war? Stop the killing in Iraq! Stop the killing in Iraq! Stop the killing in Iraq! Stop the killing in Iraq!"
08/31/04: RNC Protests continue with Police tricks
From 9/1/04 NY Times: "Many fear that the intensity and frequency of the clashes could escalate, and have questioned police tactics.
'It's an example of the police suckering the protesters,' said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, referring to the arrest of some 200 protesters who said they thought they were abiding by an agreement they had negotiated with the police as they marched from ground zero on Fulton Street on Tuesday.
'It was a bait-and-switch tactic,' she added, 'where they approved a demonstration and the protesters kept up their end of the bargain. They undermined people's confidence in the police, and that's a serious problem as we go forward.'
The Dicks will be Gary Floyd, Buxf Parrot, Pat Deason and guest guitar players. Glen Taylor, who passed away a few years ago, will be there in sprit. Also playing will be Shootin' Pains (Buxf and Pat's band from Austin) and Gary Floyd's Hard Again.
Here's hoping this riveting first-person narrative of military experiences in Iraq remains available to the world! cbftw.blogspot.com
"FBI Harassment of Artist and Scientist Continues: Dr. Steven Kurtz, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Buffalo, was arraigned and charged in Federal District Court in Buffalo today on four counts of mail and wire fraud (United States Criminal Code, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341 and 1343), which each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison... [His co-defendant was charged later]
The defendants were charged not with bioterrorism, the investigative reason that was state on the original FBI subpoenas, but with a glorified version of 'petty larceny,' in the words of Kurtz attorney Paul Cambria. The laws under which the indictments were obtained are normally used against those defrauding others of money or property, as in telemarketing schemes. Historically, these laws have been used when the government could not prove other criminal charges. Under the arraignment conditions, Kurtz is subject to travel restrictions, random and scheduled visits from a probation officer, and periodic drug tests.
A great number of people are wondering why this seemingly absurd case is still being pursued... Preeminent science magazine Nature has called on scientists to support Kurtz. 'As with the prosecution of some scientists in recent years, it seems that government lawyers are singling Kurtz out as a warning to the broader artistic community.... Art and science are forms of human enquiry that can be illuminating and controversial, and the freedom of both must be preserved as part of a healthy democracy--as must a sense of proportion.'
Some believe that the entire case is merely a face-saving tactic by the FBI: 'Recently, federal agents arrested University at Buffalo art professor Steven Kurtz, implying he was a bioterrorist. Now, officials have downgraded that to a mail fraud charge.... The FBI always gets its man, even if it has to change its charge. Jaywalkers, beware' (Buffalo News)."
The Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie-a-thon will be held on July 9th, 2004 from noon to midnight, as a benefit fundraiser for Ladyfest Bay Area 2004. Organizers and others who dread our governor will get together for 12 hours to try and see how many movies 'o "Arny" they can stomach. Help us make The Governator Movie-a-thon a success:* Take part in the torture! Call up your friends, loved ones, co-workers and roommates to sponsor you. At The Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie-a-thon there'll be snacks, potluck, and hours of hyper-masculine movies starring the Governor himself. Such box office hits as The Terminator trilogy, Total Recall, Conan the Barbarian, Twins, and the ever classic Junior will be shown. We are however hoping to avoid any actual appearances by the blockbuster superstar himself. You can get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org There you can let us know you want to be a party to the masochism and we can send you a form to solicit donations. We'll email you later to let you know where to come to appreciate this champion of state and screen.
* Sponsor one of our participants! Consider donating a dollar to ten an hour, or a lump sum of $20-200. Ladyfest is a registered non-profit so your donations are tax-deductible.
* Donate video, video rentals, or "Arny" paraphernalia! Do you own any of the Gov's movies? Got stacks of "Arny" masks waiting to be worn? Got any commentary on Arnold's recent deficiencies in office? Bring'em on down to liven the atmosphere and give participants something to work for.
More information on this event and the entire 2004 Ladyfest Bay Area (July 29-August 1 in San Francisco) at here!
Two of the subpoenaed artists--Beatriz da Costa and Steve Barnes--are members of the internationally-acclaimed Critical Art Ensemble (CAE), an artists' collective that produces artwork to educate the public about the politics of biotechnology. They were served the subpoenas by federal agents who tailed them to an art show at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art... The artists involved are at a loss to explain the increasingly bizarre case. "I have no idea why they're continuing (to investigate)," said Beatriz da Costa, one of those subpoenaed. "It was shocking that this investigation was ever launched. That it is continuing is positively frightening, and shows how vulnerable the PATRIOT Act has made freedom of speech in this country." Da Costa is an art professor at the University of California at Irvine.
According to the subpoenas, the FBI is seeking charges under Section 175 of the US Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, which has been expanded by the USA PATRIOT Act. As expanded, this law prohibits the possession of "any biological agent, toxin, or delivery system" without the justification of "prophylactic, protective, bona fide research, or other peaceful purpose." Even under the expanded powers of the USA PATRIOT Act, it is difficult to understand how anyone could view CAE's art as anything other than a "peaceful purpose." The equipment seized by the FBI consisted mainly of CAE's most recent project, a mobile DNA extraction laboratory to test store-bought food for possible contamination by genetically modified grains and organisms; such equipment can be found in any university's basic biology lab and even in many high schools (see Lab Tour for more details).