If the Serbians accept the plan proposed by NATO is that peace? Of course not. Peace is unachievable in our current system. We are suffering from a lack of morality. The morality to refuse to profit from the suffering of others. Do you think the leaders of the world want to take the profit out of the press and the safe out of dolphin? Of course not. Sheer and utter nonsense. They want us to have nonstrategic victories and the lure of the magic dollar. There are people who have made billions from the NATO Campaign. Billions of dollars from close to 18,000 deaths caused by our bombs, no matter the price in human life and suffering. I do not have a moral objection to using weapons strategically to achieve a valid military goal, I do have a rather strong objection to individuals making a profit from war. Doesn’t that make a military conflict in the capitalist’s interest?
Perhaps its time to resurrect the phrase JUST SAY NO!! Just say no to profit from suffering.
I’m not an economist, I can’t tell you how to set up the system but there are regular people out there that have this figured out. Some guy stuck in a desk job probably figures this kind of thing out for kicks.
Peace? No way. They’ll never let us have that because it is impossible in the current system. They can’t give us Peace without making drastic changes that would rearrange the power structure. They don’t want to give up the benefits of affluence. They’re poking us with lit cigarettes and telling us its a massage. The flaw in our culture probably stems from the fact that it is built on the back of a slave and the corpse
of an Indian. Our founding fathers were brilliant and cruel. They did not have our morality. We have evolved conscientiously, yet we still falter because we are trapped in a paradigm that demands exploitation of the weak. We look forward to having commercials manipulate our brains into thinking we need a product or service that we don’t need at all. We buy things. We buy things because we think we need them. We think we need them because advertising has convinced us that we need ziplock baggies and pink flamingos in our yards. We are not the masters of our ships. We are not the captains of our souls. We need things and we can’t rock the boat and get rid of our 40 hours a week, barely scraping by, salary. We need things and so it continues on, resting precariously on the collapse of computers, World War, or Solar Flares knocking out every bit of satellite communication next spring. Prepare to have less, one way or another. Hopefully there won’t be a massive loss of life. If there is you should know how to take care of wounded comrades and loved ones.
Y2K WWIII SURVIVAL TIP #3: INITIAL LIFESAVING STEPS
Assuming your casualty is unconscious.
1) Clear the airway. Place the victim on their back and clear the airway. Place your hand under the victims neck, while tilting the head back.
2) Check for breathing. Listen and feel for breathing while watching for the rise and fall of the victims chest.
3) If they are not breathing perform CPR.
4) Stop the bleeding from the victims wounds using compress’ or if necessary a tourniquet. Be sure to check for entry and exit wounds.
5) Treat for shock. Keep the victims head higher than their feet. Keep the victim warm. If conscious keep the victim calm and still.
6) Do not replace protruding organs. Cover wounds and organs with dressing and bandage securely.
7) Get medical assistance as soon as possible.
If we remain calm we can reduce the loss of life.
It’s great to live in a community that likes to get together with their friends and neighbors. Block party is a great idea….that’s been ruined by people out to gain political kudos. As I walked around downtown during the free portion of the event, I couldn’t help noticing there were 12 cops within my view at any time. That’s not counting event security in their yellow shirts. In general, when I go to a party and see a dozen cops, I don’t stay. This time I did and I was a little disappointed by the booths and vendors. Nothing too special that I noticed. No fantastic treats I was willing to part with $6 for. My friend and I were looking forward to listening to Swamp Mama Johnson at the paid evening show. Those women know how to make people dance, it’s always a great show when Swamp Mama is playing. After going in we were confronted by the same dilemma many people encountered at cell block party; if you wanted a drink you either paid way too much for a budweiser or redhook and sat in the beer garden in uncomfortable seats that had no view of the stage…or you could leave…of course then you had to pay another $15 to get back in. Casa Que Pasa had a tequila bar set up on Cornwall. Just outside the gate. We decided to leave. Travis Holland, the owner of Casa related an interesting story. It seems he went to quite a bit of expense and time to get all the proper licenses and rent a space that was included in Block Party, so why was his establishment just outside the gate? The brown shirt Gestapo organizers decided to move the gate 20 feet in so their budweiser wouldn’t encounter any competition. Cell Block Party. To tell you the truth, I thought Block Party stunk. I ended up sitting outside the gate listening to Swamp Mama J, sorta pissed at the fact that I couldn’t get back in. Even Disneyland and The Gorge give you a stamp to go out to the car. I think I had more fun outside than I would’ve inside anyway. I had a few beers at Father Johns Pub. I used to bartend there when it was The Station. John has done a remarkable job of giving the place some flavor and class. It was a real scumbag joint when I worked there. I broke up 10 fights in my first week . John runs a much tighter ship. So anyway, back to block party. It’s nice to see events like that, see everyone out having fun, let the hair down a bit. Too bad the almighty dollar has to become such a factor. Ski to Sea still holds a place in my heart for good free fun. Everyone out giving it their all. Revelers and merrymakers, athletes and bystanders. My favorite part about Ski to Sea is that when you ask anyone “What’s the prize for the winning teams?” Nobody knows…or cares. Ski to Sea is all about the fun, while Cell Block Party is more about gaining prestige for a certain civic group and (to be fair) raising money for a good cause. It’s a neat idea…that I will never attend again. Nice job organizers.
Bham man, I was thinking about starting a protest group to protest the bombing of Serbia. Margaret Meade said something like one individual can make a difference and I would like to make that difference because I don’t think we should be bombing people. Maybe you could help me spread the word and get more people to protest the bombs that we are dropping on Serbia. Maybe you could use your column to tell people about my protest group. Would you like to join it? Thanks, Matt L. Bellingham
Matt, Margaret Meade lived in a different time when corporations didn’t rule the world. People don’t matter anymore. If we were bombing corporate offices, I’m sure the mega-corps would put a stop to it. What the government is doing is okay though because they’re only killing people. I’d love to help you with this protest group thing but you left out some key info and haven’t answered my e-mails. Where will your group meet? How will you protest? Are you a violent group? Do you have an agenda? C’mon man, you’re playing right into the corporations hands. They would love it if the only protesters are spaced out hippies with no definitive goal. Check out Jim Hightower’s column to find out more about those nasty corporations and get back to me, I probably won’t join, but I’ll help get the word out. If you just want to talk about the worlds problems go to http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/freethinkersfederation ask for seatripper or woebagger and you’ll get the lowdown on what’s really going on.