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REPORT: San Onofre most dangerous plant in U.S.
Problems with the steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant are the most severe found in comparable generators anywhere in the U.S. nuclear industry, according to a new report commissioned by Friends of the Earth. According to NRC data on 31 reactors with comparable replacement steam generators, San Onofre has more than three and a half times the number of steam tubes plugged as a safety measure than at the other reactors combined.
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Event Reminders:

Occupy Vista Rally
Sunday, 07/22/2012
Occupy Vista will continue its weekly rally on June 17. These local Vista rallies are conducted every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Rally at the "big dirt lot". "FREE Army Pvt. BRADLEY MANNING!"

North Co. progressives forming action alliance
Saturday, 07/28/2012
The newly formed group,Progressive North County, an activist coalition of numerous liberal, progressive and socialist group, held its second organzational meeting last Saturday, July 14 with 30 people present at the Hill Street Cafe in Oceanside. The next meeting will be July 28 at 3:30PM, also at the Cafe.

SD Rep Performs Zoot Suit at the Lyceum Theatre
Friday, 07/20/2012
San Diego REP is proud to open its 37th season with a brand new production of the most significant work of Latino drama in American theatre. Zoot Suit will be produced through the same partnership between San Diego REP and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts that made “Hairspray” (2010) and The Who’s TOMMY (2011) mega-hits on the Lyceum Stage. Preview on July 14, performances through Aug. 12, 2012.

Beginning Wildlife Tracking Class
Saturday, 07/21/2012
Learn to recognize tracks of native mammal species and join an experienced tracker on one or more wildlife surveys. Training will take place at the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve Ranch House. The fee for this course is $25 (check or cash, please). Pre-registration is requested to reserve your space in class.

OCCUPY Encinitas - every Saturday at 1:00 PM
Saturday, 07/21/2012
OCCUPY ENCINITAS demonstrates every Saturday at 1:00 PM at the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Coast Highway 101 followed by general assembly at 2:30 PM at Cottonwood Creek Park, corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Vulcan Ave. (GA meets at Leucadia Pizzeria if raining)

Escondido Seeks Input on Communications
Tuesday, 07/24/2012
The City of Escondido is conducting a survey to solicit input from its residents regarding communications. The survey is online and can also be accessed via the City of Escondido Web site at www.escondido.org. Hard copy surveys will be made available at City facilities including the Escondido Public Library, the Park Avenue Community Center (formerly the Joslyn Senior Center) and the East Valley Community Center.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Wednesday, 07/25/2012
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Victor Ochoa at Chicano Park
Friday, 07/27/2012
Chicano Park-Then and Now: In 1973, muralist and painter Victor Ochoa helped create the dramatic and colorful Chicano Park murals to share the energy of the vibrant community of Barrio Logan. Join Victor as he shares what is at the heart of Chicano Park, through photos and personal stories of restoration.

Invasives removal at Carlsbad Oaks North Reserve
Saturday, 07/28/2012
Invasives removal at Carlsbad Oaks North Reserve in Carlsbad: This will be heavy duty work on a couple of patches that are heavily infested with invasives and thatch. Wear long pants, long sleeved shirt, a hat and work gloves (extra tools and gloves will be available.)

Write On, Oceanside! Second Annual Event
Saturday, 07/28/2012
Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, partnering with Oceanside Public Library, will hold Write On, Oceanside! 2, a second annual book fair celebrating Oceanside-only authors. OCAF and Oceanside Public Library are planning a more exciting event this year, with select food vendors outdoors, music, panel discussions, and a book club roundtable. Admission is free of charge to general public. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with their favorite authors, meet new local authors, take pictures and get autographs, and purchase books directly.

OCCUPY Encinitas - every Saturday at 1:00 PM
Saturday, 07/28/2012
OCCUPY ENCINITAS demonstrates every Saturday at 1:00 PM at the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Coast Highway 101 followed by general assembly at 2:30 PM at Cottonwood Creek Park, corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Vulcan Ave. (GA meets at Leucadia Pizzeria if raining)

Occupy Vista Rally
Sunday, 07/29/2012
Occupy Vista will continue its weekly rally on June 17. These local Vista rallies are conducted every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Last week we had a jolly good time, good response from drivers. It was nice seeing so many "in uniform", wearing the green Occupy Vista T-shirts. Rally at the "big dirt lot". "Shut down San Onofre!

Cartoons of the Week
Wednesday, 08/01/2012

Romney creating many jobs

Denial of Global Warming

History of ObamaCare

Romney - the Job Creator

GOP Diversity

GOP strategy to repeal OBAMACARE

Just wait until the Republicans are in charge

History of ObamaCare

GOP Power Outage.

Liars' Poker

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

GOP's Unplanned Parenthood

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

OCCUPY Encinitas - every Saturday at 1:00 PM
Saturday, 08/04/2012
OCCUPY ENCINITAS demonstrates every Saturday at 1:00 PM at the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Coast Highway 101 followed by general assembly at 2:30 PM at Cottonwood Creek Park, corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Vulcan Ave. (GA meets at Leucadia Pizzeria if raining)

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Friday, 08/10/2012
This is a list of Democratic and progressive events in San Diego County:


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Big Blue BBQ coming August 12
Sunday, 08/12/2012
Save the Date for the Big Blue BBQ, coming August 12! The Big Blue BBQ will be held from Noon to 3 p.m. at a park-like Rancho Santa Fe estate, and will feature an All You Can Eat Taco Bar with carne asada, chicken and vegetarian tacos and all the fixin's.

NC Film Club rolls Shuffle
Sunday, 08/12/2012
The Summer-Fall Season continues with Shuffle on August 12.

NC Film Club shows Elena
Sunday, 08/26/2012
The Summer-Fall Season continues with Elena on August 26.

This 'N That

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked [on the Jericho Road] was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'
- Martin Luther King

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.
- African Proverb

If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
- Bertrand Russell

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
- General Omar Bradley

The story of the human race is characterized by efforts to get along much more than by violent disputes, although it's the latter that make the history books. Violence is actually exceptional. The human race has survived because of cooperation, not aggression.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

Change comes not from men and women changing their minds, but from the change from one generation to the next.
- J. K. Galbraith

The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell on America, too.
- Hermann Hagedorn

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

What is the revolution that we need? We need to dissolve the lie that some people have a right to think of other people as their property. And we need at last to form a circle that includes us all, in which all of us are seen as equal... We do not belong to the other, but our lives are linked; we belong in a circle of others.
- Barbara Deming

The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.
- Barbara Deming

Women prevent the threads of life from being broken. The finest minds have always understood the peacemaking role of women.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

In History, stagnant waters, whether they be the stagnant waters of custom or those of despotism, harbour no life; life is dependent on the ripples created by a few eccentric individuals. In homage to that life & vitality, the community has to brave certain perils and must countenance a measure of heresy. One must live dangerously if one wants to live at all.
- Herbert Read

Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
- Stanislaw Lem

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
- Peace Pilgrim

I claim to be no more than an average person with less than average ability. I have not the shadow of doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
- Mohandas Gandhi

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty - it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.
- Mother Teresa

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. The Christian fight for peace is not to be confused with defeatism.
- Thomas Merton

Many oppressors are also oppressed. Nonviolent confrontation is the only confrontation that allows us to respond realistically to such complexity.
- Jane Meyerding

Since we are to be conformed to the image of Christ, how can we then fight our enemies with the sword? ... Spears and swords of iron we leave to those who, alas, consider human blood and swine's blood of well-nigh equal value ...
- Menno Simons, 1539 A.D

He who can control his rising anger as a coachman controls his carriage at full speed, this man I call a good driver; others merely hold the reins.
- Gautama Buddha

In separateness lies the world's great misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength.
- Buddha

Peace is an environment where conflicts are resolved without violence, where people are free, not exploited, living so they can grow to their full potential.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

Sports plays a societal role in engendering jingoist and chauvinist attitudes. They're designed to organize a community to be committed to their gladiators.
- Noam Chomsky

If you obey all the rules you will miss the fun.
- Katherine Hepburn

Articles & News:

Gigantic, fun and frivilous GAY PRIDE Parade
The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the 4th largest in the United States attracting over 197,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation. Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11:00AM. One of the largest and most entertaining such events in the country.

The Secret Behind Romney's Magical IRA
Mitt Romney achieved a miracle so incredible that only a extraordinary financial genius or financial swindler could achieve: He contributed $2,000 a year to his individual retirement account and grew it magically to between $21 million and $102 million during the 15 years he was at Bain Capital LLC. ["IMPOSSIBLE, I say."]

Fukushima's disaster for Japanese farmers
By Dave Patterson of Ramona: "Chieko Shiina, mother, organic farmer, whose life was tied to the earth was in San Diego on July 7, 2011 to help us understand what happened to the people of Japan when the earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Fukushimi Diachi nuclear plant, and what she and others have done there. What we learned is that the nightmare has only begun for the people of Japan, and how the efforts of Chieko Shiina and others are empowering the people to help themselves, as the Japanese government appears powerless, to help. "

Failure to be open and honest with us Americans
Mitt Romney is whining and complaining about the demands for him to release his tax returns. Mr. Romney has persistently refused to tell voters about his finances. Even now it is not clear how much money he has made from Bain in the 13 (or 10) years since he left the company. The more financial experts dig into his opaque financial shenanigans and schemes, the more Americans distrust this man. Read this EDITORIAL from the New York Times

Petition: Ban Fracking in California!
There are almost at 30,000 signatures to Ban Fracking in California! This is wonderful! If you have not signed this petition, please do so. Anything we can do to hit the 30,000 mark, is greatly needed to make an impression on our senators and Governor Jerry Brown.

Sign ACLU's Pledge to Reject Racial Profiling
The Supreme Court ruled to let stand the most reprehensible and dangerous provision of Arizona's anti-immigrant racial profiling law. The Court hasn't yet rejected show me your papers laws, but America must. Let's make sure that everyone, from the steps of the Supreme Court to the outskirts of Arizona, knows that America Rejects Racial Profiling.

Gay Pride at the Oceanside Beach - October 13
The North County LGBT Coalition announced it great Fall fun festival, "Pride at the Beach" on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. A full day of fun, music, food, friends, making new friends, meeting politicians who are our friends -- and much more!

How Did Mitt Romney Get So Obscenely Rich?

Economist, and former Sec. of Labor, Robert Reich explains how. Is what Romney did to American workers ethical? Should such a man be in the White House?

Sidewalk Artists freak out Los Angeles Police
July 14: Hundreds of Los Angeles police in riot gear, shooting rubber bullets, clashed with Occupy L.A. protesters and street artists attending a sidewalk chalk-drawing event dubbed "Free Chalk for Free Speech" as part of the monthly L.A. ArtWalk. Several injuries and 19 arrests, mostly for "vandalism." For drawing in chalk, in the rain? Overreact much? A total of 140 police were deployed in the area, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the LAPD's Media Relations section, according to City News Service.

We are guaranteeing another Great Depression
By Paul KRUGMAN - NY Times - The GREAT DEPRESSION "...started with a banking crisis in a small European country (Austria). Austria tried to step in with a bank rescue - but the spiraling cost of the rescue put the government's own solvency in doubt. Austria's troubles shouldn't have been big enough to have large effects on the world economy, but in practice they created a panic that spread around the world. Sound familiar? -- And it's happening again, both in Europe and in America."

Green candidate Jill Stein on two party crisis

Dr. Jill Stein on the two party crisis and the Green Party Presidential Response. Stein talks about the crisis brought upon us by the Democratic and Republican Parties and how the Green Party is building, responding, creating a voice. It's a movement that's participating in Occupy and Wisconsin uprisings as well as others. -- Speech delivered at a home fundraiser in Brooklyn, NY March 17.

Drug Approved to Fight H.I.V. Infection
AP - The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of H.I.V. infection, a milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS. The agency approved Truvada, a pill made by Gilead Sciences, as a preventive measure for people who are at high risk of acquiring H.I.V. through sexual activity, like those whose partners are infected. Public health advocates say the approval could help slow the spread of H.I.V., which has held steady at about 50,000 new infections per year for the last 15 years.

Green Party candidate Stein would pardon Manning
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says she would immediately pardon Bradley Manning, lauds his alleged efforts to bring light to war crimes, and criticizes the Obama administration for its aggressive crackdown on whistle-blowers.

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

Bradley Manning nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Three members of Parliament in Iceland have nominated Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize, and laid out the case: ""Manning is a soldier in the United States army who stands accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. ... his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on our foreign policies, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S.troops from the occupation in Iraq."

GW Bush a whale lover compared to Obama?

South Korea just announced a plan to resume whaling, despite a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling set by the International Whaling Commission. The announcement sparked international outcry from activists and governments, including the US. But is outcry enough? Or do you need to take more direct action? Alyona talks to anti-whaling activist and founder of the Sea Shepard organization Captain Paul Watson who just last week went as far as saying that the Obama administration makes the George Bush administration look like a bunch of whale huggers, and that no president since Ronald Reagan has betrayed whales more, than this one.

A nihilistic war crime: Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945
Aug. 6, 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world's first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout. There were 90,000 buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was dropped; only 28,000 remained after the bombing. Of the city's 200 doctors before the explosion; only 20 were left alive or capable of working. There were 1,780 nurses before—only 150 remained who were able to tend to the sick and dying.

Gay Pride at the Oceanside Beach - October 13
The North County LGBT Coalition announced it great Fall fun festival, "Pride at the Beach" on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. A full day of fun, music, food, friends, making new friends, meeting politicians who are our friends -- and much more!

Gay Pride at the Oceanside Beach - October 13
The North County LGBT Coalition announced it great Fall fun festival, "Pride at the Beach" on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. A full day of fun, music, food, friends, making new friends, meeting politicians who are our friends -- and much more!

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Army intel analyst Bradley Manning faces decades in prison for allegedly leaking this video of a U.S. helicopter attack killing 11 civilians and wounding two children in Baghdad, Iraq. The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


The naked face of a police state in America

Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis - In this video, now gone viral nationwide, a group of college students are huddled on the ground in a defensive position at UC Davis on November 18. UC police Lt. John Pike, then casually douses them with a chemical agent. Bystanders who were simply watching what was going on are also exposed. - If the police had legal grounds to make arrests, it seems apparent from the video that little or no force was necessary to achieve that goal. The students are obviously not a threat to the officers. It appears that the heavily armored riot police could have simply grabbed them and put them in flexi-cuffs had they chosen to do so. That means that this entire assault appears to be a perfect example of excessive force.

Ted Olson Interview With Fox News Chris Wallace

Wallace, insinuating that Gay Marriage is judicial activism, asks where is it in the Constitution that permits gay mariage. "Where is the right to interracial marriage in the Constitution" asked Ted Olsen of Wallace. Brilliant arguments by Olson. When Wallace insists the voters have the right to outlaw gay marriage, Olson asks if it would be constitutional for the voters to force blacks to drink at separate water fountains.

Most profound speech by a 12 yr old child

This is an incredible video of a Canadian girl who spoke to the United Nations and left them completely silent and speechless for six minutes. Her name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki, and her speech was given at a U.N. assembly in Brazil when she was twelve years old. She had raised all the money to travel to the delegation, five thousand miles from her home, herself. Her father, geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki, is a third-generation Japanese Canadian.

Boehner distribued tobacco checks on House floor

What Rep. John Boehner did is a criminal offense - and he shamefully admited it: Boehner distributed campaign contributions from tobacco industry lobbyists on the House floor as House members were weighing how to vote on tobacco subsidies. In a 1996 documentary by PBS called The People and the Power Game, Boehner said "They asked me to give out a half dozen checks quickly before we got to the end of the month and I complied. And I did it on the House floor, which I regret. I should not have done. It's not a violation of the House rules, but it's a practice that‘s gone on here for a long time ..."

Arlington West - Memorial to our dead soldiers

Independence Day, July 4. View this short film. Remember our dead from the two present wars. Please honor the living vets. Invite one out to dinner. At least thank one for their service. May there be no more wars.

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