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02/27/03: U.S. loyalty via pizza service to Germans, French

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Aage Bjerre has three rules for dining at his pizzeria on the Danish island of Fanoe: No dogs. No Germans. No French.

According to the Canadian Press, the owner of Aage's Pizza is tired of French and German attitudes toward the United States, calling them "disloyal" and "anti-American" in their bid to thwart a possible U.S.-led attack against Iraq.

As a result, Bjerre has refused to serve German and French tourists coming to the town of Nordby, where he runs his shop.

"Hadn't the United States helped Europe in defeating Germany, there would have been photos of Adolf Hitler hanging on the walls around here," he said, referring to Nazi Germany's occupation of Europe in World War II.

The island, 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of the capital, Copenhagen, is a popular spot for visitors from neighboring Germany. Of the approximately 100,000 tourists arriving each year, some 60 percent are German, said Birthe Elstroem, head of the island's tourism office. Only a few French tourists visit there.

On the door of Bjerre's restaurant are two homemade pictograms that let French and Germans know they're not welcome. One features the silhouette of a man colored red, yellow and black (the colors of the German flag) and the second is painted blue, white and red (the colors of the French flag). Both silhouettes have a bar across each man.

"I do what my conscience tells me to do," Bjerre said.

Should Germany decide to participate in U.S.-led military action against Iraq, Bjerre, 44, said he would lift his ban. The French, however, have "a lifetime ban here," Bjerre said.




02/27/03: RIP Mr. Rogers - The War / Terrorism side

There was a long article on the passing of legendary childrens' show host, Fred "Mr." Rogers. You can read all of it via the link below, we just thought it was interesting that he too had something to say about life after September 11th :

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Fred Rogers , who gently invited millions of children to be his neighbor as host of the public television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years, died of cancer early Thursday. He was 74.[snip]

Rogers taught children how to share, deal with anger and even why they shouldn't fear the bathtub by assuring them they'll never go down the drain.

During the Persian Gulf War, Rogers told youngsters that "all children shall be well taken care of in this neighborhood and beyond ˜ in times of war and in times of peace," and he asked parents to promise their children they would always be safe.

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility," he said in 1994. "It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.'

"Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."

Rogers came out of broadcasting retirement last year to record public service announcements for the Public Broadcasting Service telling parents how to help their children deal with the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"If they see the tragedy replayed on television, they might think it's happening at that moment," he said.
Read it all at :
http://entertainment.msn.com/Celebs/Celeb.aspx?movieperson=254614&c=254614




02/26/03: "I have stolen mail. This is my punishment."
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -
A man convicted of stealing U.S. mail will have to wear his own unique scarlet letter telling the world he was a thief. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker sentenced Shawn Gementera to two months in prison and 100 hours of unusual community service for stealing mail from homes in San Francisco.

As his community service, Judge Walker on Tuesday ordered Gementera to spend 100 hours in front of a United States Postal Service office in San Francisco wearing a sandwich board bearing the words: "I have stolen mail. This is my punishment," the U.S. Attorney for Northern California said in a statement.

"A two month period of incarceration followed by the stigma of standing in front of a public post office wearing a sandwich board, Judge Walker stated, would emphasise to Mr Gementera and others the seriousness of mail theft offences," the statement said.




02/25/03: Clever Octopus Caught with Tentacle in Shrimp Jar
Mon Feb 24,10:41 AM ET

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) -
A common octopus in a German zoo has learned to open jars of shrimp by watching zoo attendants perform the act underwater.

Frida, a 5-month-old female octopus, opens the jars by pressing her body on the lid and grasping the sides with the suckers on her eight tentacles. With a succession of body twists she unscrews the lid.

"Depending on how tight the lid is, it takes her anything from 10 seconds to an hour to get it off," said Frank Mueller, head of the aquarium at the Hellabrunn Zoo. Frida opens shrimp jars before the public at feeding time twice a week.

Mueller said he taught Frida the trick after he remembered seeing octopuses showing remarkable dexterity off the coast of Morocco, where he went diving when he was younger. Frida was imported from Morocco.

"We just did it in the tank a few times and eventually she cottoned on," he said. "You won't see any other marine creatures do this. She's been at it about a month now."




02/21/03: Anti-Bush T-Shirt Banned at Mich. School
White House - AP
Wed Feb 19,11:52 AM ET

DEARBORN, Mich. - School officials ordered a 16-year-old student to either take off a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "International Terrorist" and a picture of President Bush or go home, saying they worried it would inflame passions at the school where a majority of students are Arab-American.

The student, Bretton Barber, chose to go home. He said he wore the shirt Monday to express his anti-war position and for a class assignment in which he wrote a compare-contrast essay on Bush and Iraq President Saddam Hussein.

Schools spokesman Dave Mustonen said students have the right to freedom of expression, but educators are sensitive to tensions caused by the conflict with Iraq.

"It was felt that emotions are running very high," Mustonen said.

Dearborn is the center of an Arab-American community of about 300,000 in southeastern Michigan. About 55 percent of the district's 17,600 students are Arab-American.




02/21/03: Alternative Tentacles Release Schedule

Just came out this week :

Virus 294 JFA We Know You Suck CD

March 10, 2003:

Virus 295 CHRISTIAN PARENTI Taking Liberties: Prisons, Policing and Surveillance in an Age of Crisis CD
Virus 296 JIM HIGHTOWERThe People Are Revolting (in the very best sense of that word) CD

March 24, 2003 :

Virus 297 FLESHIES The Sicilian LP/CD

April 7th,, 2003:

Virus 298 WARD CHURCHILL Pacifism as Pathology CD

May 12, 2003:

Virus 299 VIC BONDI / ARTICLES OF FAITH Fortunate Son CD EP

June 09, 2003 :

Virus 301 COMETS ON FIRE s/t CD

Recent Releases :

Virus 290 JELLO BIAFRA Machine Gun In The Clown's Hand - Spoken Word Album #7 3xLP/3xCD
Virus 292 HOWARD ZINN Artists In A Time Of War CD
Virus 293 NOAM CHOMSKY The "New War On Terrorism" CD
Virus 291 RATOS DE PORAO onisciente coletivo LP/CD
Virus 284 ALEXANDER COCKBURN Beating The Devil: The Incendiary Rants Of Alexander Cockburn CD
Virus 287 ARTICLES OF FAITH Complete, Vol. 1 LP/CD
Virus 288 ARTICLES OF FAITH Complete, Vol 2 LP/CD
Virus 286 The FLAMING STARS Sunset & Void CD
Virus 289 DARRYL CHERNEY and the CHERNOBLES Bush It! / Send George Bush a Pretzel CDS



02/20/03: Legislator Wants PA stores to Ban French Wine
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to ban state-owned liquor stores from selling imported French wine and spirits, saying he's fed up with France's opposition to a possible U.S.-led war on Iraq. The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time:
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/5195357.htm




02/20/03: The Largest Single Day of Protest in World History
Wednesday February 19th, 2003
By Tom Lash

This past weekend an estimated 11 million people took to the streets in over 600 cities around the globe. This was the largest single day of protest in world history. Give yourself a hand. We are making history. We are winning. Bush is on the defensive and has actually said he wants Peace. We can thank Bush for one thing. He has united the world against the American military machine. The people are speaking with one voice. They have a single message. No more war. Do not start the killing again. Give Peace a Chance. The world is saying no to America's endless war against terrorism. The world recognizes this American made enemy as illegitimate. Terrorism as an American enemy is illegitimate because as Dr. Martin Luther King said, "The greatest purveyor of violence on earth today is my own government." Before we can address the terrorism committed by others, we must first address the state sanctioned terrorism we support with our tax dollars. It is this terror that our government inflicts with its military, with the WTO, NAFTA, World Bank and other corporate institutions and policies that fuel the anti-American terrorists. We must look in our own hearts before we look outside ourselves for the terrorists. A quick history review of the past year or so will help us focus our energies.
For the rest of the story:
http://www.voice4change.org/stories/showstory.asp?file=030220~ccs.asp




02/20/03: Monty Python Excited By George W. Bush
letter from Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) in "The Observer" (UK) 26.01.2003

I'm really excited by George Bush's latest reason for bombing Iraq: he's running out of patience. And so am I! For some time now I've been really pissed off with Mr Johnson, who lives a couple of doors down the street. Well, him and Mr Patel, who runs the health food shop. They both give me queer looks, and I'm sure Mr Johnson is planning something nasty for me, but so far I haven't been able to discover what.

I've been round to his place a few times to see what he's up to, but he's got everything well hidden. That's how devious he is. As for Mr Patel, don't ask me how I know, I just know - from very good sources - that he is, in reality, a Mass Murderer. I have leafleted the street telling them that if we don't act first, he'll pick us off one by one. Some of my neighbours say, if I've got proof, why don't I go to the police? But that's simply ridiculous. The police will say that they need evidence of a crime with which to charge my neighbours. They'll come up with endless red tape and quibbling about the rights and wrongs of a pre-emptive strike and all the while Mr Johnson will be finalising his plans to do terrible things to me, while Mr Patel will be secretly murdering people. Since I'm the only one in the street with a decent range of automatic firearms, I reckon it's up to me to keep the peace. But until recently that's been a little difficult.

Now, however, George W. Bush has made it clear that all I need to do is run out of patience, and then I can wade in and do whatever I want! That's why I want to blow up Mr Johnson's garage and kill his wife and children. Strike first! That'll teach him a lesson. Then he'll leave us in peace and stop peering at me in that totally unacceptable way. Mr Bush makes it clear that all he needs to know before bombing Iraq is that Saddam is a really nasty man and that he has weapons of mass destruction - even if no one can find them. I'm certain I've just as much justification for killing Mr Johnson's wife and children as Mr Bush has for bombing Iraq.

Mr Johnson and Mr Patel are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of other people in the street who I don't like and who - quite frankly - look at me in odd ways. No one will be really safe until I've wiped them all out.

My wife says I might be going too far but I tell her I'm simply using the same logic as the President of the United States. That shuts her up. Like Mr Bush, I've run out of patience, and if that's a good enough reason for the President, it's good enough for me.

I'm going to give the whole street two weeks - no, 10 days - to come out in the open and hand over all aliens and interplanetary hijackers, galactic outlaws and interstellar terrorist masterminds, and if they don't hand them over nicely and say 'Thank you', I'm going to bomb the entire street to kingdom come. It's just as sane as what George W. Bush is proposing - and, in contrast to what he's intending, my policy will destroy only one street.




02/20/03: Please Pass The Freedom Fries & Liberty Cabbage, Please
bbc.com reports...

Customers find French fries hard to swallow A fast food restaurant in America says it has received huge support after renaming its French fries, in protest at France's opposition to the United States' stance on Iraq.

Neal Rowland, the owner of Cubbie's diner in Beaufort, North Carolina, said his newly-named 'freedom fries' have been a hit with customers.

"Everybody's been in support of it," he told BBC News Online.

"World War II veterans have been coming in, telling stories of when they were in France. They're overwhelmed about it, they can't believe it."

A sign in the restaurant's window reads: "Because of Cubbie's support for our troops, we no longer serve French fries. We now serve freedom fries."

Mr Rowland says he got the idea from similar protest action against Germany during WWI, when sauerkraut was renamed liberty cabbage, frankfurters became hot dogs, and German measles converted to liberty measles.

He said the move was not aimed at French people but at their government.

"We look back at all the numerous times the US has gone to the aid of the French, and now we see they won't come to our support," he said.




02/19/03: Lawsuit Filed Over Movie Ads
A class-action lawsuit was filed today in Chicago against Loews Cineplex Entertainment Group and the approximately 2,445 screens and 263 theatres they own and operate. The lawsuit alleges that Loews Cinemas purposely deceive moviegoers as to the actual starting times for feature films, with the goal of generating a captive audience for advertisements. By publishing misleading starting times in newspapers, on marquees and on their tickets, the movie theaters breach their contracts with moviegoers and engage in a deceptive trade practice. The effect is to waste purchasers' time by forcing them to sit through unwanted commercial messages. Purchasers are effectively forced to watch commercials on their own dime and time.
More information can be found at :
http://www.nomovieads.com/pr.htm


02/18/03: Bush Poo-Poos on Protesters
     

Feb. 18 -   President Bush declared Tuesday that he wouldn't be deterred by global protests against war with Iraq. His comments came as the United States and Britain prepared to push for a new U.N. Security Council resolution that could open the way for war after a two-day open debate on Iraq in the General Assembly. Diplomats said they expected council negotiations on the resolution to be wrapped up by the time chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix delivers his next report on Iraq - March 1.

 

BUSH SAID that the size of the protests against a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq was irrelevant.        "Size of protest, it's like deciding, 'Well I'm going to decide policy based upon a focus group.' The role of a leader is to decide policy based upon the security - in this case - security of the people."

       

Millions of people around the world took to the streets over the weekend to protest such a war.

 

 "Democracy is a beautiful thing, and that people are allowed to express their opinion," Bush said. "Some in the world don't view Saddam Hussein as a risk to peace," he added. "I respectfully disagree."

       

He said such a war remains a final resort, but "the risk of doing nothing is even a worse option as far as I'm concerned."

       

Though he called a second resolution "useful," Bush added, "We don't need it."

       

The new U.N. Security Council resolution will likely be circulated late Wednesday after two days of open debate with the 191 members of the General Assembly, who can voice their opinions starting Tuesday on the Iraq crisis.

   

   "I still believe that we should have a second resolution," British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a news conference at his Downing Street residence in London. But he declined to comment on the timing or content of a resolution, which could open the way to military action.

     

 U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte and British Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock met Monday afternoon to discuss the content and timing of a second resolution. Diplomats said the EU's internal rifts could open again soon over the timing of any military action, with governments under fierce pressure from giant antiwar demonstrations.

 

Both Washington and London have said they already have the authorization they need in a resolution passed in November and in earlier resolutions, to go ahead with a military strike. But the British oppose any military action without a second resolution.

           

 Asked how much longer U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq could continue, Annan said there was no fixed deadline.        "But at some stage, the council may decide that we're just wasting our time and we should call a halt to the inspections," he added.

     

 European Commission President Romano Prodi said: "We cannot forget the millions in the streets this weekend. So we came together to send a message to the world: Europe is united and its distinctive voice must be heard."

 

France, Russia and China - all opposed to war now - are pushing to prevent a rush to war and let inspectors do their work while the United States and Britain insist that time has run out for Saddam to disarm peacefully. Only Spain backed Washington and London in Friday's debate.

       

Nonetheless, officials in London and Washington were moving ahead, toning down what was supposed to be a very tough resolution. Diplomats said the final text will place Iraq in material breach of its obligations and reiterate that Saddam now faces serious consequences, but it likely will not make an explicit call to arms.

 

In a move that could hamper U.S. plans to open a northern front in an Iraq war, Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan warned Washington on Tuesday not to take NATO partner Turkey's support for a U.S.-led war against Iraq for granted.

 

The close allies have been negotiating a deal to allow tens of thousands of U.S. troops on Turkish soil to launch a secondary "northern front" against Iraq, should the United States attack Baghdad for allegedly building weapons of mass destruction.

 

One of the main sticking points in U.S.-Turkish negotiations is the economic aid package that would compensate Turkey for any losses incurred in an Iraq war, diplomats said. There also are disagreements on military issues such as the command structure in case of a joint Turkish-U.S. operation in northern Iraq.  




02/14/03: Apple co-founder moves out of mansion due to cell phone
Los Angeles Times -
Apple Computer co-founder and wireless entrepreneur Seve Wozniak is moving out of his castle-style mansion in Los Gatos because he can't get a digital cell phone signal there.

Wozniak and his then-wife moved into the $1.7 million home in 1986 and over the years added rooms and fanciful medieval features, such as hidden tunnels, for his children. He also outfitted the home with the latest computer and communications equipment.




02/11/03: 'Jihad' Valentine Gets Yanked Off Shelves
U.S. National - AP

Tue Feb 11, 3:49 AM ET

By TODD SPANGLER, Associated Press Writer

PITTSBURGH - Target Corp. pulled boxes of Valentine's Day cards from its shelves after one contained the word "Jihad" and a parent interpreted the message as a veiled terrorist threat.

A spokesman for the retail chain said Monday the company was removing "I Spy" box sets of Valentine's Day trading cards from its stores after a parent in Pittsburgh contacted the store and law enforcement.

Among several other items, the card contained the word "Jihad" and the message, "It's Time to Be Mine." The FBI said it was looking into the origin of the card.

"Jihad" refers to the Islamic concept of the struggle to do good. In particular situations, that can include the waging of holy war, and extremist Muslims often employ the term with that meaning.

The publisher, Scholastic Inc. in New York City, said any association with terrorism was unintended. The company said it regretted causing any distress.

Aimee Spengler Dolan, a spokeswoman for the publisher, said the card in question was a portion of a photo and riddle from "I Spy School Days," published in 1995.

"Jihad" was the name of a child in a class the author visited, the publisher said. Scholastic said it changed the name in subsequent reprints of the book to Jared in 2001 but that the valentines used original artwork.

Nick Poillucci, 37, said he purchased the set at a Target on Saturday for his 3-year-old daughter to give out in her preschool class. He said he noticed the word "Jihad" upon opening the box at home.

"At first, we just thought it was in really bad taste or maybe some radical in the art department of this company or something," Poillucci said.

He said he became more concerned because a drawing of a clock in the picture had red lines emanating from it, as if it might suggest an explosion.




02/03/03: Picasso Reproduction Covered at UN
found on artdaily.com

NEW YORK.- The Guernica work by Pablo Picasso at the entrance of the Security Council of the United Nations has been covered with a curtain. The reason for covering this work is that this is the place where diplomats make statements to the press and have this work as the background. The Picasso work features the horrors of war. On January 27 a large blue curtain was placed to cover the work.

Fred Eckhard, press secretary of the U.N. said: "It is an appropriate background for the cameras." He was questioned as to why the work had been covered.

A diplomat stated that it would not be an appropriate background if the ambassador of the United States at the U.N. John Negroponte, or Powell, talk about war surrounded with women, children and animals shouting with horror and showing the suffering of the bombings.

This work is a reproduction of the Guernica that was donated by Nelson A. Rockefeller to the U.N. in 1985.

Here is a link to see the painting:
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/9820/guernica.htm




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