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  • San Francisco protesters: No nudes is bad news

    09/24/2011 5:16:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/24/11
    Hanging out on a street corner has taken on new meaning in San Francisco. Several dozen men and at least one woman took part in a naked protest Saturday in San Francisco's Castro District that has become known for its nude visitors. Some participants carried signs that read, "Nudity is Not a Crime" and "Get Your Hate Off My Body," . . .
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Cover your eyes! Nude-in planned for Saturday

    09/21/2011 12:43:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 9/21/11 | Heather Knight
    Consider yourself warned: those naked guys in the Castro are going to turn out in force on Saturday for a noon-time “nude-in” at what they call The Buff Stop. (For non-nudists, that’s the plaza at the corner of Castro and 17th Street.) Though the naked guys aren’t fans of Supervisor Scott Wiener’s recently proposed legislation mandating that they put a towel down on a public chair or bench before sitting on it, the nude-in is actually unrelated. It was planned weeks ago as a sort of pre-party for Sunday’s Folsom Street Fair. Because, you know, that day-long celebration of all...
  • Leah Garchik { Whispering sweet nothings of protest }

    08/22/2011 12:28:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/22/11 | Leah Garchik
    The Chronicle's Will Kane, one of the reporters covering last week's BART demonstrations, overheard more or less - the longer quotes in the following aren't verbatim, but approximations of what was said, says Kane - the following exchange: Angry older male protester to officer: "You cop, you're a pig. You bitch. You're a bitch. That's all." Angry older female protester to angry older male protester: "Excuse me, sir, can you please not use a derogatory term for females, even when you're insulting a cop." Angry older male: "Oh, OK. I am sorry. You're right." African American male cop, at whom...
  • Bay Area Priest, Nun, Among Five Peace Demonstrators Sentenced in Washington State

    03/29/2011 9:21:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    SFist ^ | 3/29/11 | Leanne Maxwell
    Jesuit priest Stephen Kelly, 62, of Oakland, and Sister Anne Montgomery, 84, of Redwood City, were among a group of five senior peace demonstrators who were sentenced to federal prison in Tacoma, Washington, today. The group were all convicted of conspiracy, trespass, and destruction of government property in December and were facing up to ten years in prison for cutting through fences at Bangor Base on November 2, 2009, to get to an area containing ten Ohio-class submarines. The protesters had put up banners near the bunkers, sprinkled blood on the ground, scattered sunflower seeds, and prayed until they were...
  • Sarah Palin's Tea Party Dinner Disaster

    01/27/2010 6:06:44 PM PST · by FTJM · 56 replies · 3,169+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | Jan. 27, 2010 | Stephanie Mencime
    Will Sarah Palin's Tea Party dinner be a bust? Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips likely assumed that scoring a dinner speech by the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate would guarantee a huge turnout for his National Tea Party Convention, scheduled to start Feb. 4 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel. But according to Tea Party insiders, the tickets for the Palin banquet aren't selling—and some conservative activists who have already paid to attend are now demanding refunds. With the controversial event shaping up to be a potential flop, some Tea Partiers are urging Palin to cancel her...
  • Peace & Justice Center feels left's malaise

    11/29/2009 4:35:22 PM PST · by GunsAndBibles · 21 replies · 844+ views
    Santa Rosa DePressed Democrat ^ | 11/29/2009 | Guy Kovner
    "People are discouraged," said Susan Lamont, a Santa Rosa resident who drives a Subaru wagon plastered with bumper stickers. Donations that fund the nonprofit center were down 10 percent last year and another 20 percent this year, a trend that has crimped budgets for many nonprofit groups. But political activism has also waned, with many on the left now merely signing e-mail petitions, which Lamont considers a "worthless effort."
  • Official Party-Approved Slogans for the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock

    08/15/2009 6:49:17 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 15 replies · 836+ views
    The Cube ^ | August 15, 2009 | Red Square
    Recite them in K-12 classrooms and college campuses. Print them out and distribute at all Townhall meetings! Oppose the manufactured right-wing slander with the heart-felt truth of Party-approved slogans! 1. Long live the Great Psychedelic Woodstock Revolution - the main event of the 20th century, the beginning of the worldwide historic turn of humanity away from the monochrome past, towards a bright, vividly colorful future! 2. Let live for centuries the name and work of Timothy Leary, the splendiferous leader and creator of the psychedelic revolution - the new objective reality! 3. Long live sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll -...
  • Activists hope to reinvigorate anti-war cause

    03/19/2008 1:17:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 801+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/19/8 | Sandy Kleffman
    From San Francisco to Berkeley to Washington, D.C., peace activists plan demonstrations across the nation today to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. More than 600 events are scheduled. Anti-war activists say their goal is to use the occasion to renew interest in the conflict when many Americans are focused on the troubled economy and the presidential election. "We want to make sure that this war is put back into the American consciousness as an issue," said Bill Hackwell, spokesman for the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism coalition, or A.N.S.W.E.R. "This has...
  • A Little FReepin' In Rochester, NH, Operation Infinite FReep

    08/31/2007 6:06:07 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 37 replies · 962+ views
    self | 8/31/08 | Self
    A bunch of aging hippies from Farmington Peace Action have been holding a vigil at the Monument in Rochester for long time, long enough to agrivate the hell out of a few of us. We met up under cloudy skies at Big Heads Bar and Grill and proceeded to set up on Main Street across from the monument with flags and signs supporting our troops and their mission. The first commie to show was the Ur hippy with a cane, white hair, shorts and sandles. The next was a scrawny guy with a correctly folded American Flag, looked like he...
  • Aquarius Sunset (Old Hippies who don't know what to do)

    01/29/2007 7:42:23 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 109 replies · 2,285+ views
    Human Events ^ | 1-30-07 | Cal Thomas
    Aquarius Sunset by Cal Thomas Posted Jan 30, 2007 The ideologically decrepit anti-war crowd returned to Washington last weekend for a reunion. The older among them abandoned hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Vietnamese to imprisonment, torture, death and re-education camps. Their demonstrations were encouraging to the communist Vietnamese, sending the message that America lacked the will to win. These aging hippies and their progeny now want to do the same to millions of Iraqis, who have democratically elected their leaders. This is the sunset of the “Age of Aquarius.” Yesterday, when they were young, they were the pampered generation...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Graying Hippies Mark 'Be-In' Anniversary

    01/13/2007 11:22:27 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 310+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/13/7 | LISA LEFF
    Their hair, once a symbol of youthful rebellion, is mostly gray. Bodies that writhed with wild abandon when a guru invited them to "Tune in ... turn on ... drop out" now sport stiff knees and age spots. "How many of you are on acid right now?" rock critic Joel Selvin asked an audience of former hippies who turned out this past week to mark the 40th anniversary of the Human Be-in, the counterculture event that unofficially launched the Summer of Love. "How many of you are on antacid right now?" In many ways, the '60s as we now know...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Group's rejection of consumerism is catching on

    12/27/2006 7:56:23 AM PST · by SmithL · 106 replies · 2,245+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/27/6 | Carolyn Jones
    3,000 people attempt to get by without buying new things - For Shawn Rosenmoss, the deal-breaker was a drill bit. John Perry's worst temptation was a plumber's snake for his clogged drain. Sarah Pelmas and Matt Eddy succumbed to the siren song of new white paint. But aside from the occasional hardware crises, the Compact -- an ever-growing group who have vowed not to buy anything new except food, medicine and underwear -- is going strong on its first anniversary. The Compact originated in December 2005 at a San Francisco dinner party, where guests decided to take recycling one step...
  • Rockstar lifestyle might survive after college

    11/29/2006 7:22:19 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 56 replies · 2,308+ views
    The Daily Athenaeum ^ | Nov 29, 2006 | Christian Alexandersen
    Students often use the excuse that the best times of their lives are in college so they can use drugs and abuse alcohol, but I recently found out that you can still party well after the convocation ceremony. While attending the Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band concert in Knoxville, Tenn., with my father, I saw baby boomers doing everything college students do today. I expected the concert to be fun, but watching these 40-, 50- and 60-year-olds partying was truly a learning experience. While rocking out to tunes like "Still the Same" and "Turn the Page," the older...
  • 'PEACE' GATHERING TURNS VIOLENT: Forest Service abandons checkpoint after incident w/Rainbow group

    06/21/2006 9:22:55 PM PDT · by Main Street · 44 replies · 1,878+ views
    The Steamboat Pilot ^ | 6-21-06 | Matt Stensland
    CLARK — The Rainbow Family peace gathering turned hostile Tuesday when a group of attendees began hurling rocks and sticks at law enforcement officers, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The incident forced the officers to abandon a checkpoint they had established near the entrance to the Rainbow gathering campsite in North Routt County, Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Ritschard said. Officers had not returned to the checkpoint as of Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened at about 11 a.m. and involved Forest Service officers who were manning the checkpoint set up to issue citations to anyone attempting to enter the gathering. Citations...
  • The graying of anti-war activism

    03/21/2006 7:40:23 AM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 1,000+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/21/6 | C.W. Nevius
    My teenage daughter and I attended an anti-war rally last weekend in Walnut Creek, but you couldn't really say we made a point of it. It was more like we were going by, saw the crowd and stopped in to hear the music. There was an old-fashioned folksinger there, complete with an acoustic guitar and a Bob Dylan-style harmonica holder around his neck. His look may have been retro, but he certainly wasn't. We estimated his age at 20. And that was the funny thing. He was one of the few young people there. There were a lot more people...
  • UC Santa Barbara guide urges return to student radicalism

    10/10/2005 7:51:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 55 replies · 1,577+ views
    AP ^ | 10/10/5
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Leftist leaders at the University of California, Santa Barbara have begun distributing a profanity-sprinkled "Disorientation Guide" that calls for a return to the activist spirit of the 1960s. The guide, which came out last week, features interviews with the college's "most politically active" professors, a directory of local liberal organizations and commentaries on subjects including feminism, corporate media, proper "queer" terminology and the value of blogs.It also chronicles the history of UCSB activism, including the infamous 1970 burning of the Bank of America in Isla Vista."A lot of people have passion for certain issues, but never...
  • Bush Supporters Turn To TV To Challenge Sheehan To Debate [Qualls to Debate Sheehan]

    08/25/2005 3:08:37 PM PDT · by lapsus calami · 139 replies · 4,845+ views
    KWTX Ch. 10 TV - CBS ^ | 08/25/05 | KWTX Ch. 10 TV - CBS
        "The father of a slain Central Texas Marine appears in a new TV spot that began airing Thursday, challenging anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan to a debate."    
  • Raich v. Ashcroft, a chance to overturn despotic law!

    12/06/2004 7:03:14 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 25 replies · 894+ views
    American Constitutional Research Service | 12-05-04 | John William Kurowski
    AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE 12-05-04 To those who support our constitutionally limited “Republican Form of Government“, Raich v. Ashcroft is not about “medical Marijuana” but rather, the case presents a chance to correct a despotic decision made by the SCOTUS in 1942 concerning Congress’ power to regulate commerce in which the Court gave a new meaning to the word “commerce” in order to allow part of FDR’s NEW DEAL socialism [price controls] to pass as being constitutional, when it was not. The following article is worth reading, and can be found at findlaw.com.The Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on a...
  • Psychotic symptoms more likely with cannabis

    12/01/2004 1:38:50 PM PST · by DouglasKC · 73 replies · 9,131+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | 4 Decemer 2004 | New Scientist
    Psychotic symptoms more likely with cannabis 16:58 01 December 04 NewScientist.com news service Using marijuana in adolescence and early adulthood can cause psychotic symptoms later in life, a new study suggests. The risk of developing these symptoms is “moderate”, say researchers, though is higher in people with a pre-disposition to psychosis. Up to a third of people develop signs of psychosis at some point during their lives and several studies have already linked cannabis use with psychotic symptoms. But it is often difficult to decipher whether cannabis really triggers psychotic symptoms - such as hearing voices and paranoia - or...
  • Court denies appeal by organizer of Rainbow Family gathering

    11/08/2004 12:55:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 429+ views
    AP ^ | 11/8/4
    HELENA, Mont. -- The federal government did not violate the rights of a Rainbow Family member when it singled him and two others out for participating in an annual, illegal gathering on U.S. Forest Service land in 2000, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Barry Adams' argument that he was selectively prosecuted and his contention that the regulations prohibiting such a gathering are unconstitutional. Adams and two other Rainbow Family members were cited by the Forest Service for failing to obtain a permit for a gathering that brought...
  • Bay Area bluest in blue state

    10/31/2004 1:01:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 60 replies · 2,607+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/31/4 | Joe Garofoli
    Arriving home from the hospital after being treated for a heart attack, 84-year-old Carol Barnes inched up the steps into her Sunset District home and headed straight for her absentee ballot. "She said, 'That ... Bush, I can't allow him to be president again,' " said her son, Bo Barnes. " 'I want to vote for Kerry to make the world safe.' " Too exhausted to do more than cast votes for president and two propositions, the widow of an Army major signed the ballot and told her son they'd complete the rest later. Three days later, on Oct. 17,...
  • Kerry Rally in Madison a big bust?

    10/29/2004 10:18:33 AM PDT · by flashbunny · 54 replies · 8,091+ views
    WTMJ Radio | 10/29/2004 | 620 wtmj
    Just heard this bit news on WTMJ 620 AM about the kerry rally in Madison, WI. There is no print version to reference, so for right now you'll just have to trust what I heard. First, a little background: Kerry appeared in a big rally in Madison, Wisconsin yesterday. This itself is odd because Madison is known as the Berkeley of the midwest. It's an area Kerry should have sewn up by now. They brought in Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters / Nirvana) to draw the crowds. They even brought in busloads of people from Iowa and Minnesota....
  • 'When ya gettin' rid of him?'

    08/19/2004 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 20 replies · 1,062+ views
    Guardian ^ | 08/19/04 | Mark Seddon
    'When ya gettin' rid of him?' Tony Blair has become an embarrassment to Labour's natural allies across the Atlantic - the Democrats Mark Seddon Friday August 20, 2004 The Guardian Out on the stump in Brooklyn with Democrat Congressional hopeful Frank Barbero came a chance to talk to the footsoldiers in an election that all agree is the most important in decades. America is polarised between red and blue - or, as some Democrats whisper, between progressive America and a revived Confederacy. With George, the Vietnam vet turned transit worker, and Jeff Gold, the eternally optimistic full-time organiser, we leafleted...
  • Of Friendship and War (Self-Absorbed Elite Liberal BARF ALERT!)

    04/07/2003 9:34:57 PM PDT · by MikalM · 24 replies · 305+ views
    <p>ONCE A YEAR, like migratory birds, the five of us arrive at Point Reyes National Seashore for a three-day reunion. We take over a small inn, leave behind husbands, children and challenging careers. We take long hikes, eat leisurely meals and talk interminably about our families and work.</p>
  • S.F. French bistro hosts protest with panache (oh puleeze!)

    03/16/2003 12:14:09 AM PST · by I_Love_My_Husband · 10 replies · 213+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/15/03 | Steve Rubenstein
    <p>Ten people, wineglasses in hand, came to the defense of la belle France on Friday in perhaps the most civilized protest ever held in San Francisco.</p> <p>There was smelly French cheese for all, strong enough to overpower what the protesters complained was the stench of U.S. foreign policy.</p>
  • 4 (Washington) state residents to look for peace on Iraq mission

    01/17/2003 12:09:40 AM PST · by lewislynn · 12 replies · 234+ views
    4 state residents to look for peace on Iraq mission By Sarah Anne Wright Seattle Times staff reporter Four Washington residents, one from Seattle, are heading to Iraq on a mission of peace. The sponsor, Voices in the Wilderness, or Voices, as the group calls itself, opposes economic sanctions it says harm ordinary Iraqis. It has sent about 50 peace-delegate groups to Iraq since 1996. Its mission, it says, is to put a human face — one other than Saddam Hussein's — on Iraq. But as the threat of war against Iraq looms, this latest delegation faces a potentially more...
  • Magical Mystery Tour: 'Human shields' head for Iraq

    01/05/2003 3:56:44 PM PST · by yankeedame · 19 replies · 293+ views
    The Observer ^ | 12-29-02 | Paul Harris
    'Human shields' head for Iraq Paul Harris Sunday December 29, 2002The ObserverA convoy of anti-war activists, likely to include dozens of British volunteers, will leave London next month to act as human shields protecting strategic sites in Iraq. The convoy to Baghdad is being organised by former US marine Kenneth Nichols, who served in the first Gulf war and won a combat medal but has now become a vociferous opponent of another Gulf conflict. British protesters are also heading for the country in advance of any Anglo-American bombing. Nichols, 33, aims to gather scores of volunteers together in London and...
  • Busted city has groovy idea: build a, like, huge lava lamp

    12/01/2002 5:42:17 AM PST · by rface · 15 replies · 416+ views
    page A16 of the Boston Globe ^ | 12.01.02 | Eli Sanders
    <p>SOAP LAKE, Wash. - This economically depressed city on the arid plains of eastern Washington has been searching for something to bring back its glory days, when tourists were drawn by the lake's purported healing qualities.</p> <p>Now Soap Lake's leaders are hoping a vision that came to a local design consultant as he returned from an economic development conference can revitalize this community that considers itself a haven for artists. They're thinking big. They're thinking 1970s.</p>