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Event Reminders:

ENCINITAS: Judge rules Yoga is irreligious
Sunday, 07/07/2013
A California judge has ruled that it's a real stretch to suggest yoga is always religious. -- Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer rejected the pleas of parents from a San Diego County school district where yoga is taught on nine campuses who said the classes are inherently religious and violate the constitutional principle of separating church and state. The judge said: "It's almost like a trial by Wikipedia, which isn't what this court does."

'STOP Watching Us' - Protest Balboa Pk, July 4th
Thursday, 07/04/2013
A protest against government intrusive govt. spying on Americans will march over Laurel St. Bridge, South on 6th, to Sen. Feinstein's office, then East to Park and finally to the World Beat Center, where KNSJ Radio (89.1 FM) is kicking off. People all across the country are getting mobilized to tell the government on July 4th that we will not tolerate covert surveillance against Americans behind our backs and without our consent.

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Sunday, 07/07/2013
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Forum: 'The New Jim Crow' series July 08
Monday, 07/08/2013
Monday, July 8 will be the second of three sessions to discuss "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander. The last session will be July 22, all starting at 7pm, -- Free and open to the public. Feel free to bring or invite anyone who might be interested. == "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the age of Colorblindness" has (and should) started a movement to correct the terrible, ongoing injustices created by the war on drugs, three strikes, and other outrages which have devastated much of the Black community in the U.S. Alexander argues that these injustices were not an accident ...

Monthly Writers Read Moves to Fallbrook Library
Tuesday, 07/09/2013
Fallbrook Library and Fallbrook's Writers Read are pleased to announce a new literary partnership, with the purpose of providing free author readings to the community and open mic opportunities for original poetry and prose. The partnership represents an expansion of an existing series of monthly readings that will now be called Writers Read at Fallbrook Library. The first reading will be Tuesday, July 9, in the library's Community Room, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Beginning Wildlife Tracking Class
Saturday, 07/20/2013
Beginning Wildlife Tracking Class with SD Tracking Team. This all day class provides an overview of basic wildlife tracking and sign and the protocol used for wildlife surveys that are done every quarter. Take the class to enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors, or as preparation for joining our wildlife tracking team.

Forum: 'The New Jim Crow' series July 22
Monday, 07/22/2013
Monday, July 22 will be the last of three sessions to discuss "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander. The last session will be July 22, all starting at 7pm, -- Free and open to the public. Feel free to bring or invite anyone who might be interested. == "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the age of Colorblindness" has (and should) started a movement to correct the terrible, ongoing injustices created by the war on drugs, three strikes, and other outrages which have devastated much of the Black community in the U.S. Alexander argues that these injustices were not an accident ...

Monthly Buena Vista Lagoon Bird Count
Saturday, 07/27/2013
This is a great orientation for beginning birders. Learn about many of our local and migratory species from local experts.

Robert Reich forum, Mira Costa Coll, O'side
Sunday, 07/28/2013
Robert Reich - American political economist, professor, author, one of our country's 10 most influential business thought leaders, according to the Wall Street Journal. Speaker at Mira Costa College, Oceanside Sunday, July 28. FREE, must RSVP.

This 'N That

To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek. The most effective action both resorts to power and engages conscience. Nonviolent actions does not have to get others to be nice. It can in effect force them to consult their consciences. Nor does it have to petition those in power to do something about a situation. It can face the authorities with a new fact and say: Accept this new situation which we have created.
- Barbara Deming

What is man?
- Hope turned to dust.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
- Isaiah 40:4-5

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. The Attainment of freedom, whether for a person, a nation or a world, must be in exact proportion to the attainment of nonviolence for each.
- Mohandas Gandhi

The master's tools will never destroy the master's house.
- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

War is as outmoded as cannibalism, chattel slavery, blood-feuds, and dueling, an insult to God and humanity...a daily crucifixion of Christ.
- Muriel Lester

The pens which write against disarmament are made with the same steel from which guns are made.
- Aristide Briand, French statesman, Nobel Peace Prize, 1926

The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.
- Cesar Chavez

I expect to pass through this world but once, therefore any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not come this way again.
- Stephen Grellett 1773-1855

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of humans as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
- Helen Keller

Compromise does not mean cowardice.
- John F. Kennedy

Only in the last moment in history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.
- E.O. Wilson

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
- Indira Gandhi, 1971

I stand at the altar of murdered men, and, while I live, I fight their cause.
- Florence Nightingale, 1856

The question is not, do we go to church; the question is, have we been converted. The crux of Christianity is not whether or not we give donations to popular charities but whether or not we are really committed to the poor.
- Joan Chittester, OSB

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Everything, everything in war is barbaric . . . But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.
- Ellen Key, 1916

Non-violence exacts a very high price from one who practices it. But once you are able to meet that demand then you can do most things.
- Cesar Chavez

Jaw-jaw is better than war-war.
- Harold MacMillan

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

At all the times you can,
- To all the people you can,

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

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
- Johan W. von Goethe

Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace.It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him.
- King Baudouin I, King of Belgium

God looks unjust but is not. God asks more from those who more is given. They are not greater or better; they have greater responsibility. They must give more service. Live to serve.
- Dom Helder Camara

We can’t become nonviolent on the basis of intellectual conviction. Commitment to nonviolence demands a very profound conversion of mind and heart. If we take the time to pray with Jesus, we too will be converted in mind and heart. It won’t work if we try to reason it out. The only way is through a change of heart, a coming into a way of being that is the way of Jesus.
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

At some ideas you stand perplexed, especially at the sight of human sins, uncertain whether to combat it by force or by human love. Always decide, "I will combat it with human love." If you make up your mind about that once and for all, you can conquer the whole world. Loving humility is a terrible force; it is the strongest of all things and there is nothing like it.
- Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazo

The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King

One must care about a world one will never see.
- Bertrand Russell, 20th-century British mathematician and philosopher

People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security.
- Benjamin Franklin

Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence.
- Leo Tolstoy

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
- Buddha

We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.
- Bayard Rustin

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.

God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the patience to accept the things I can't, and the wisdom to know the difference.
- The Serenity Prayer

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is--whether its victim is human or animal--we cannot expect things to be much better in this world... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.
- Rachel Carson

If you want peace, work for justice.
- Pope Paul VI

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war.
- John F. Kennedy

When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash, your picture in the paper nor money in the bank, neither. Just refuse to bear them.
- William Faulkner

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- Martin Luther King

To save one life, it is as if you had saved the world.
- Talmud

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

Very few people chose war. They chose selfishness and the result was war. Each of us, individually and nationally, must choose: total love or total war.
- Dave Dellinger

The Bible has a very meaningful expression: The Spirit makes all things new. We are those who grow old, and we want everything done to our aged standards. The Spirit is never old; the Spirit is always young.
- Oscar Romero

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

In 1989, thirteen nations comprising 1,695,000 people experienced nonviolent revolutions that succeeded beyond anyone's wildest expectations . . . If we add all the countries touched by major nonviolent actions in our century (the Philippines, South Africa . . . the independence movement in India . . .) the figure reaches 3,337,400,000, a staggering 65% of humanity! All this in the teeth of the assertion, endlessly repeated, that nonviolence doesn't work in the 'real' world.
- Walter Wink

Nobody realizes that some people expend a tremendous amount of energy merely to be normal.
- Albert Camus

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Senator Hiram Johnson, 1917

Articles & News:

US rests its case in Manning trial
THE GUARDIAN - "The US government rested its case against the WikiLeaks source, Bradley Manning on Tuesday, bringing to an end the prosecution phase of the most significant criminal trial of an official leaker in at least a generation. -- In the fifth week of the trial proper, and more than three years after Manning was arrested for leaking the largest stash of state secrets in US history, Major Ashden Fein closed the government's case against the Army private. The defence case will start on Monday, beginning with a motion to have some of the 22 charges against Manning dismissed on the grounds of lack of evidence."

Darrell Issa's Investigation is Falling Apart
When Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in 2010, Representative Darrell Issa of California was supposed to become a star. Issa, who made no secret of his ambition, took over the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, vowing to use the power of his chairmanship to stage hundreds of hearings and hold the Obama administration to account. Anticipating what he promised would be "constant battle," the White House hired extra lawyers and braced for the onslaught. -- But Issa wasn’t the force people expected him to be. Business Week.com

Greenwald: Upcoming NSA Exposé will be shocker
"The world will be shocked" by the next story on the National Security Agency's vast spying operations, said Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist leading the exposure—made possible by leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden—of the agency's far-reaching surveillance.

Germans Loved Obama. Now We Don’t Trust Him.
"Although these two dictatorships, Nazi and Communist, are gone and we now live in a unified and stable democracy, we have not forgotten what happens when secret police or intelligence agencies disregard privacy. It is an integral part of our history and gives young and old alike a critical perspective on state surveillance systems." (By Malte Spitz, German Green Party leader).

Made to commit War Crimes, soldier commits suicide
Suicide letter from Iraq Vet: "The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity." Those are the words of Daniel Somers, according to a letter posted at Gawker.

Bolivia angered by search of president's plane
(Reuters) - Bolivia accused Austria of an act of aggression by searching President Evo Morales' plane on Wednesday and blamed Washington for its forced landing in Vienna over suspicions that former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on board.

Govt. also spying on your prescription drug use
Recent developments reveal that states will be implementing data mining techniques into state education common core standards to track children's behavior. If recording children's emotions wasn't enough, states are now using data mining techniques to record each person's prescription drug use. (from Natural News)

CA Dem Party - Stop the criminal use of DRONES
RESOLUTION TO END UNLAWFUL DRONE STRIKES, EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS, AND RESTRICT DOMESTIC DRONE SURVEILLANCE -- we call upon the Congressional delegation and the White House to: 1) Make public all claimed legal justifications of present policies and practices; 2) Conduct a fundamental re-evaluation and overhaul of current practices by reforming the policies authorizing the use of American military force, both foreign and domestic; and 3) Re-institute Congressional authority and oversight with regard to war making powers and federal law Enforcement. - April 14, 2013

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.

NSA Agent Caught SNOOPING, Video by Tom Mabe

HUMOR -NSA Agent Caught SNOOPING on Video by Tom Mabe. SPOOKS are famous for being humorless. This guy could be in a heap o' trouble!

SD jury finds chalk artist protester 'Not Guilty'
LOS ANGELES TIMES - "A jury Monday acquitted a 40-year-old man of all charges connected with writing protest messages in chalk on the sidewalk outside branches of the Bank of America. -- The case has exacerbated the already tense relationship between Mayor Bob Filner, who called the case "stupid" and a "waste of money," and City Atty. Jan Goldsmith, who defended it as a legitimate prosecution for graffiti vandalism."

Issa manipulated IRS to tell only half the truth
RAW STORY: - The bombshell IRS audit released in May omitted information about liberal groups at the request of House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration's office. -- A spokesman for Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George told The Hill on Tuesday that Issa had requested investigators "narrowly focus on tea party organizations."

Leaked CIA docs reveal lies about DRONE strikes

DEMOCRACY NOW - Jun 25, 2013. -- Watch the full interview with Jonathan Landay, Senior National Security and Intelligence reporter for McClatchy Newspapers discusses his reporting on secret U.S. records that confirmed drone strikes carried out in Pakistan over a four-year period were not as spun in White House propaganda.

Fabulous juggler entertaining Ronald Reagan

Fabulous comedian juggler Michael Davis entertaining Ronald Reagan, Tip O'Neal and other GOP luminaries at Ford's Theatre. JUST FOR FUN!

Feinstein was inside schemer for NSA horrors
"The reason there are leakers is precisely because the govt is filled with people like Dianne Feinstein who do horrendous things in secret." Glenn Greenwald] -- Sen. Diane Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, acknowledged that she has been well aware of the NSA's collecting of vast amounts of personal phone record data, but said the practice was totally "legal."

Restore records of troops discharged for being gay
Democrats want to restore records of servicemembers discharged for being LGBT. Under the proposed legislation military service members who were discharged because of their sexual orientation can now have their records restored to reflect their honorable service. A joint press release from the congressmen’s offices said that the “Restore Honor to Service Members Act” is designed to help the Department of Defense rectify its record of discrimination against LGBT service personnel and clear the records of an estimated 114,000 men and women who were forced out of the service since World War II and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don’t Tell in 2011.

Snowden: Obama Afraid of Angry, Informed Public
Statement from Edward Snoweden on July 1 - "In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised -- and it should be" READ THE COMPLETE STATEMENT:

NSA director lying at US Senate hearing on drones

This is PERJURY ! - March 12, 2013- Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asks questions in Senate Intelligence Committee on warrantless geolocation surveillance and National Security Agency tracking. -- One viewer wrote "Lie, after lie, after lie. They track, they spy, they have everyone's emails and phone calls. We know all about the way this regime is treating it's citizens. IRS, AP, FOX reporter Rosen. Do YOU still trust Obama and his thugs? Wake up!" -- In fact, after the newly leaked documents from the Guardian, we know the NSA director, James Clapper was lying to the senators. We await the prosecution of Clapper for perjury.

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Video depicts a US Apache attack helicopter killing 12 civilians and wounding two children on the ground in Baghdad in 2007. The helicopter then fired on and killed the people trying to rescue the wounded. Finally, a US tank drove over one of the bodies, cutting the man in half. These acts constitute three separate war crimes. All with calloused video-game contempt for human life. - Manning fulfilled his legal duty to report war crimes. He complied with his legal duty to obey lawful orders but also his legal duty to disobey unlawful orders. -- The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


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How to get a Marriage License in North County
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Top Secret Rules That Allow unchecked NSA
From THE GUARDIAN: by GLENN GREENWALD - "The Top Secret Rules That Allow NSA to Use US Data Without a Warrant" -- op secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information "inadvertently" collected from domestic US communications without a warrant. -- The Guardian is publishing in full two documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the Fisa court), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and stamped 29 July 2009.

Whistleblower John Kiriakou's advice to Snowden
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who is serving a thirty-month sentence in prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written a letter from prison with advice to Edward Snowden: "Do not, under any circumstance, cooperate with the FBI". They lie, mislead and deceive.

Support for Bradley Manning escalates

Week two of the Bradley Manning trial wrapped up after experts analyzed a leaked video showing Apache helicopters killing Afghan civilians. But while the court continues to debate the Wikileaker's fate, yet another video is causing a stir on the internet. This one is filled with A-list Hollywood celebrities holding up "#IAmBradleyManning" signs, showing solidarity with the Army Private First Class. RT Correspondent Meghan Lopez takes a look back at how Bradley Manning transformed from an anonymous face to a household name.

GREENWALD: Why NSA must reveal the Truth
NBC's David Gregory asks Glenn Greenwald if the FISA court review of the NSA is already a sufficient judicial review on any illegal/ un-constitutional acts by the NSA. Greenwald refutes this unequivocally, in a masterful argument, stating that the NSA is blatantly disregarding the findings of the FISA court. VIDEO also.

B of A whistle-blower: Horrid scheme exposed
Bombshell: Bank of America whistle-blowers detail horrid schemes to fleece borrowers, reward foreclosures. Bank of America's mortgage servicing unit systematically lied to homeowners, fraudulently denied loan modifications, and paid their staff bonuses for deliberately pushing people into foreclosure.

Big Brother in the sky is really BIG-G-G-G!

This is the high resolution camera that is carried in drones. The government will not confirm. From 17,000 feet above, ARGUS sees and records everything, even the flight of birds, walking pedestrians, which stall you parked your car in. It can surveil an entire city at one time, 24 hours a day, every day. It is mounted on the Predator Drone, manufactured here in San Diego County.

30,000 spy drone in the sky over America

30,000 Drones Over America! Obama's Weaponized Police State! 2012. Nobody can feel safe in his own back yard any more. The police can spy on you for any spiteful or vengeful reason, even for political or financial advantages. Police launch unprecedented on privacy of our citizens.

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The Coolest Dog in Southern California

Southern California is the coolest place in the world, and the coolest dog here loves surfing, skateboarding and "hanging ten". This is A really FUN video -- only in Southern California!

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