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Event Reminders:

Movie '5 Broken Cameras' free viewing in S.D.
Thursday, 09/05/2013
A free showing of the movie Five Broken Cameras will be presented at the San Diego Peace Resource Center on Friday, Sep. 5 at 7:00PM. -- The film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village upheaval.

Manning's statement after sentence for 35 years
Wednesday, 09/04/2013
Bradley Manning's Profoundly Moving Statement on 'Paying the Price to Live in a Free Society'.

Rally: No War on Syria - Freeway bannering
Thursday, 09/05/2013
The San Diego Veterans For Peace is relocating it's Thursday's No-Drone demonstrations to downtown San Diego until further notice. Our message is No War On Syria!. At 6th Street Overpass at Interstate 5.

Rally: No War on Syria - Freeway bannering
Thursday, 09/12/2013
The San Diego Veterans For Peace is relocating it's Thursday's No-Drone demonstrations to downtown San Diego until further notice. Our message is No War On Syria!. At 6th Street Overpass at Interstate 5.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Friday, 09/13/2013
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Rally: No War on Syria - Freeway bannering
Thursday, 09/19/2013
The San Diego Veterans For Peace is relocating it's Thursday's No-Drone demonstrations to downtown San Diego until further notice. Our message is No War On Syria!. At 6th Street Overpass at Interstate 5.

BV Creek Valley and Marron Adobe Mini Tour
Saturday, 09/21/2013
Last Chance: History/Nature Mini Tour of the Buena Vista Creek Valley. Walk in the valley and the grounds of the historic Marron Adobe. See it before it is too late! This historic adobe and the land surrounding it is identified as one of the 12 most endangered historic sites in all of San Diego County.

Fall Fun Festival in Vista's Alta Vista Gardens
Saturday, 10/12/2013
A full day of October festival fun for the whole family at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista on Oct. 12. Food, plant growing, plant sales, creative healing, music, garden tours ... and MORE!

Drink liberally at the Liberal Happy Hour
Wednesday, 09/18/2013
we are reviving that wonderful Happy Hour tradition on Wednesday, September 18 beginning at 4pm at San Marcos Brewery and Grill, 1080 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos 92078.

This 'N That

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
- Steve Biko

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

Through Gandhi and my own life experience, I have learned about nonviolence. I believe that human life is a very special gift from God, and that no one has a right to take that away in any cause, however just. I am convinced that nonviolence is more powerful than violence.
- Cesar Chavez

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
- John Cage

War does not determine who is right - only who is left
- Bertrand Russell

It is reasonable that every one who asks justice should do justice.
- Thomas Jefferson

I'm not disturbing the peace. I'm disturbing the war.
- Ammon Hennacy, US Labor leader

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

The peace process we all aim for will not necessarily be a result of the mere signing of a treaty or agreement. It must become a matter of our everyday lives, so that peace settles and lasts and becomes supported by everybody. We therefore have to give peace all the required care and preserve it and promote it.
- King Hassan II of Morocco (1929-1999)

Do you want long life and happiness? Strive for peace with all your heart.
- Psalm 34:12,14

Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet.
- Alice Walker

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

When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.
- John Wesley

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
- John F. Kennedy

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
- Stewart Udall

What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of God. God is always needing to be born.
- Meister Eckhart

Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.
- Goethe

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

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

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.
- Pablo Neruda, Memoirs (Confieso Que He Vivido: Memorias) (1974)

You save your soul by saving someone else's body.
- Arthur Hertzberg

The dark night is over and dawn has begun. Rise, hope of the ages, arise like the sun! All speech, flow to music; all hearts, beat as one.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

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

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS!
- Mahatma Gandhi

Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live, & as if you were to die tomorrow.
- Mother Anna Lee, founder of the Shakers

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point is to change it.
- Karl Marx

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.
- Irish Proverb

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

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely an absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
- Margaret Mead

The two kinds of people who exist in this world [at any one time] are the decent and the indecent. Color, religion and nationality are irrelevant. Kindness, decency and behavior are what matters most. Our collective challenge, it seems, is to create a city and community where decent people of all races, ethnicities and religions can look into the faces of other decent people and see only one thing -- God's image smiling back.
- Rabbi Micah Greenstein

It is penance to work, to give oneself to others, to endure the pinpricks of community living.
- Dorothy Day

I really see no other solution than to turn inwards and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves. And that seems to me the only lesson to be learned from this war.
- Etty Hillesum (concentration camp victim)

We must have research for peace ... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism ... Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race.
- Linus Pauling

We challenge the culture of violence when we ourselves act in the certainty that violence is no longer acceptable, that it's tired and outdated no matter how many cling to it in the stubborn belief that it still works and that it's still valid.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

Only when there are many people who are pools of peace, silence, understanding, will war disappear.
- Osho (1931-1990)

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

A bad peace is even worse than war.
- Tactitus

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
- Dante

When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.
- Pat Schroeder, American politician and feminist

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
- Henry Miller

In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success, but rather on how much we have loved.
- St. John of the Cross

In the struggle rewards are few. In the fact, I know of only two, loving friends and living dreams. These rewards are not so few it seems.
- Anonymous

A good end sanctify evil means; not must we ever do evil, that good might come of it. We are ready to retaliate, rather than forgive or gain by love and information . . . Force may subdue, but love gains. And one that forgives first wins the laurel.
- William Penn

I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
- Septima Poinsette Clark

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
- Jane Addams

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.
- Gersonides

Peace is a gift,
- It is a gift we give to ourselves,

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

Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.
- Indira Gandhi, 1966

Mounting an expedition to actualize a Compassionate Commonwealth of all peoples...is the great spiritual challenge of our time.
- Sam Keen

I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride.
- William James

What all men fear, I too must fear - how barren and pointless a thought!
- Tao Te Ching

We do not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrow it from our children.
- David Bower

The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and errors, its successes and setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
- Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)Former UN General Secretary

The law of violence is not a law, but a simple fact which can only be a law when it does not meet with protest and opposition. It is like the cold, darkness and weight, which people had to put up with until recently when warmth, illumination and leverage were discovered....
- Leo Tolstoy

Articles & News:

An Apology to Bradley Manning
By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News -- Here is my reply to Bradley Manning's apology … line by line.

Solar cell breakthrough promises cheaper panels
New, inexpensive nanoparticles lower solar cell manufacturing costs. The researchers think that the new design/ discovery -- which according to them has been several years in the making -- "is an important step forward in making solar power more accessible to parts of the world that are off the traditional electricity grid or face high power costs, such as the Canadian North." From RawStory [EDITOR: Is this the breakthrough that will let consumers get rid of their power company and have "free" electricity?]

The People of the World fighting back against War
The people of the world have reached a critical mass of intolerance towards the rogue terror states of the US, Britain, France, Israel and a few other accomplices. We have watched their relentless mass murder and exploitation of fellow humans in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. We have witnessed how this tiny group of state terrorists imposes on the vast majority of humanity their vile criminality and in the process then insult us with grotesque lies and justifications. ...Now the people of the world are fighting back. by Finian Cunningham

100's rally in Balboa Park against Syria attack
Hundreds of San Diegans rallied Saturday in Balboa Park to speak out against a bombing attack on Syria. They linked up with scores of rallies across the nation. In Europe giant rallies of many thousands gathered across Europe. -- "...we're bringing pressure to get the approval from Congress, so I'm delighted by the news," said rally attendee Christie Paris. (VIDEO included)

Obama, Kerry out beating War Drums on Syria
While polls show the American people overwhelmingly oppose bombing of Syria, Pres. Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry are out frantically beating the war drums. KERRY: "We are not going to lose this vote" to use military force against Syria. [EDITOR: What are these leaders drinking? Is this a counter-intuitive strategy to drum up opposition from the Republicans, enabling OBAMA-KERRY to sabotage the war effot? No matter. This is treachery.]

Koch brothers lose interest in buying L.A. TIMES
The Koch brothers have dropped their controversial pursuit of Tribune Co.'s newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. They decide they can't make enough money off the adventure. Guess it takes more than money to run a newspaper successfully, huh? from USA TODAY

Fracking Boom Slouching Toward Big Bust
The Biggest Development in the energy world since the birth of the sun, the Revolution that is freeing America forever from bondage to oil imports... But here's the thing: though this revolution is only a few years old, it's already losing steam. There are two big reasons why.

Rebels Admit Responsibility for Chemical Attack
Rebels admit responsibility for Syrian chemical weapons attack in which approx. 1,400 people were killed. Militants tell AP reporter they mishandled Saudi-supplied chemical weapons, causing accident. -- "They didn't tell us what these arms were or how to use them. We didn't know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons." -- ... revelations earlier this week that the Saudis threatened Russia with terror attacks at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi unless they abandoned support for the Syrian President.

San Diego's Nadia Keilani speaks out against War

Nadia Keilani, San Diego Syrian-American with deep roots in American democracy activism, speaks eloquently against attacking Syria as illogical, immoral and illegal.

Passionate SD Vet for Peace: 'NO WAR with Syria'

In the most passionate speech at Balboa Park last Saturday (Aug. 31), San Diego Veteran for Peace Jim Summers, asserts reasons the United States should not bomb Syria.

Banjo player vet assaulted by police-short version

American veteran Emily Yates, for playing the banjo in the "wrong part of the mall" was violently assaulted by police. Disturbing incident in a police state of America. Playing a banjo anti-war song is s form of speech under the Constitution. (See longer video elsewhere in newsletter)

NSA, wholesale Spying, wholesale Lying
NSA analysts deliberately broke rules to spy on Americans, agency reveals. -- Inspector general's admission undermines fresh insistences from president that breaches of privacy rules were inadvertent. Wholesale spying, wholesale Lying. by THE GUARDIAN

Edna Benson remembered
Very sorry to report the passing of Edna Benson, a passionate activist, letter-to-the-editor writer, and good friend of North County Forum. Edna and Perry attended several early Letters Nights and won some awards for their intelligent and well written letters.

Cartoons of the Week


GOP: "I have a dream."

Darrell Issa hearing on Miley Cyrus performance

NSA demands its Right to Privacy.

Social climate change

Labor Day's big question:

Dr. Strangelove takes a dangerous ride

I think maybe I'm on the wrong track!

Nixon's ghost haunts the White House again


Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

Please don't make me do this!

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Paso Robles: Plenty of wine, but wells run dry
With little if any rainfall, the Paso Robles region must rely on an ancient aquifer for water. As the water table drops and wells go dry, residents seek to curb use by the area's increasingly popular wineries. From LA TIMES

Woman war vet playing banjo assaulted by police

Iraq war veteran Emily Yates was arrested on Friday after a dispute with police about where she could stand while playing her banjo during a protest against U.S. military action in Syria. -- Video uploaded to Live Leak shows Yates asking Federal Parks Police why she could not stand in a shaded area of Independence Mall in Philadelphia. -- After several minutes of discussion, two officers bent Yates over a park bench and handcuffed her. -- "We live in a police state,” she shouts! “We live in a f*cking police state! They’re damaging my body and my personal property! I went to war for this country! Stop manhandling me! Stop! Stop! Help! Help!" -- By the time Yates is dragged from the park, at least eight officers are participating in the arrest. -- A web page claiming to be the "Emily Yates Defense Fund" insisted that the activist "was not engaged in any illegal activity and was not told why she was being attacked." -- "While she was busy playing a song, park rangers accosted her. When she demanded an explanation for their aggression, they pinned her onto a park bench and dragged her off to an undisclosed location," according to the website. "We are not being told where she is being held and she has not been allowed any communication with the outside world." -- Watch this video from Live Leak, broadcast Aug. 31, 2013.

Pvt. Manning's statement after sentence of 35 yrs

Following the announcement of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning's sentence of 35 years in military prison, Manning’s civilian defense attorney read a statement from Manning, which will be included in a filing requesting a pardon from President Barack Obama. -- Coombs also described what Manning was like after the sentence was announced. He recounted how he and his other defense attorneys had been crying. Manning looked at him and said, "It's okay. It’s alright. I know you did your best. I'm going to be okay. I'm going to get through this." Manning's remarks to Coombs are but another indication of the resolve and strong character Manning has as a human being.

SD FWY demonstation: Do Not Bomb Syria

Dave Patterson of Ramona and SD Veterans for Peace conduct a demonstration to STOP US ATTACK ON SYRIA. Friday, Aug 29. Lots of traffic below, with Peace Flags and signs above freeway.

Brazil says latest U.S. spying "unacceptable"
Brazil said Monday it considered claims the U.S. spied on President Dilma Rousseff to be "very serious," and, if proved, were "an inadmissible and unacceptable violation of sovereignty." -- Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo and Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo told a press conference after an emergency meeting with Rousseff they expected a formal written response from the U.S. government.

Young journalist arrested filming XL Pipeline

Jak of JNL media describes his arrest while filming the Keystone XL pipeline and the aftermath that prevents him from speaking out against the pipeline. Under this legal injunction Jak faces 1 year in jail or 3 years supervised probation if decides to speak out against the pipeline. The War against journalists and First Amendment rights for Free Press unabated.

Gay Zombies forbidden to Marry in Ohio
One of Ohio's most popular amusement parks, Cedar Point, hold a annual Zombie Wedding day during Halloween, when patrons dressed up in costume can be "married" as zombies -- anyone can do it for fun. But things went awry when the park found out gay "Zombies" planned to participate.

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.
Sign the PETITION for prosecution of CLAPPER:

PHX police out of control, taser kill man

Only in a Police State - No one seems to know why 44-year-old Michael Ruiz was on the roof of his apartment building on July 28th, but when Phoenix police arrived to help him down, that day took a horrific turn for the worse. -- This video is hard to watch. It shows Ruiz on the roof of his apartment complex, and after he jumps down, police officers converge and repeatedly Taser him, put him in a choke hold for at least three minutes, then finally his hands and feet were handcuffed, and he is dragged -- face down -- down a flight of concrete stairs. Some witnesses say they saw police use a stun gun on Michael several times while he was still on the roof. -- Many of Michael's neighbors witnessed everything and recorded it all on their phones.

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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Columbus did not discover the United States

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