Progressive Calendar 02.01.12 /2
From: David Shove (
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:29:58 -0800 (PST)
*P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   02.01.12*

1. People'sBailout    1.31 6pm
2. Start PolParty      1.31 6pm
3. Mark Doty book   1.31 6:30pm
4. Money                 1.31 7pm
5. War/women         1.31 7pm

6. Referenda hearing   2.01 8:15am
7. Rape/capitalism      2.01 4pm
8. Roseville Wal-Mart? 2.01 6:30pm

9. Michael Smith - Obama selects Bush as running mate

10. Randall Jarrell - The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
11. ed                  - bumpersticker

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From: "MN Coalition for a People's Bailout" mnbailout [at]
Subject: People'sBailout 1.31 6pm

Next Meeting of the MN Coalition for a People’s Bailout
Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 6:00 p.m.
Walker Community Methodist Church 3104 16th Ave S, Mpls, 55407

We will report on our Opening Day rally and prepare for hearings on our
bills to
Put a 2-year Moratorium on Home Foreclosures on Eviction of Tenants from
Foreclosed property (HF1886 / SF1521),
our bill to Tax the Rich (bill numbers TBA) and the bill to undo cuts to
immigrants (HF1888).

We will also make plans for more ACTIONS to make our demands heard and
acted upon!

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>From Ken Pentel
Start PolParty 1.31 6pm

Dear Supporters and Trackers of the Ecology Democracy Network,
One of the reasons I started the Ecology Democracy Network was to help move
Minnesota and the United States closer to an ideal democracy. Erin Smith,
builder of the Ecology Democracy Network and my running mate in 2010 (At
that time it was Erin Wallace.), as well as author of Starting a Political
Party in Minnesota, is stepping-up and offering two classes below that I
feel bring us closer to that ideal.  Please participate and help spread the
word.  Ken

Registration begins January 5th. Politics: How to Start a Political Party
in Minnesota (Southwest)    Instructor: Smith
Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm; 1 session starting January 31, 2012, ending
January 31, 2012  Location: Southwest High School (612) 668-3100  Tuition:
$18.00  Materials Cost: $0.00

Learn more about what it means to exercise your democratic rights. In this
class we will cover the steps necessary to create a political party in
Minnesota. Students will also be given materials and resources helpful in
this pursuit. Politics: Getting on the Ballot in a State Partisan Office as
an Independent (Southwest)

Instructor: Smith Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm; 1 session starting February
28, 2012, ending February 28, 2012 Location:  Southwest High School (612)
668-3100 Tuition: $18.00 Materials Cost: $0.00

Have you ever had an issue important to you but don't see that issue
represented when you walk into the booth to vote? Have you ever thought of
running for office but not with a major party? Then this class is for you.
We will cover a step-by-step process to get you on the ballot for State
House, State Senate, US House, US Senate, Governor, Secretary of State,
State Auditor, or AttorneyGeneral.

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From:patty pattypax [at] via
Mark Doty book 1.31 6:30pm

This Tuesday is LIttle Book of the Odd Month Club and we are reading and
will be discussing the book, Heaven's Coast by Mark Doty. Please come even
if you have not read this wonderful book.

Pax Salons ( )
are held (unless otherwise noted in advance):
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Mad Hatter's Tea House,
943 W 7th, St Paul, MN

Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats.
Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information.

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Richard Kotlarz richkotlarz [at]
Money 1.31 7pm

Week #2 Sessions:
Tuesday, 1/31/12 - Money, Society and the Spirit
   Suggested theme – The Presidential Candidates
Wednesday, 2/1/12 - Deconstructing & Renewing the Economic Order
   This week’s subject – The genesis of “Money” and the “Economic Life”
                                       The birth of a “Dollar”
Location: Macalester College (Old Main, Rm 009), 1600 Grand Avenue, St
Paul, MNTime: 7 to 9 pm

Richard Kotlarz:  richkotlarz [at], 218-828-1366
Richard is a seeker after the truth about money and the economic life, who
has engaged in literally thousands of discussions on money-related topics
with people from all walks of life, across the U.S., and in Canada and
Steven Gorg:  steve [at], 651-334-7624
Steven is a professional environmental engineer who has come to see that
becoming truly conscious about Money is the portal through which a
meaningful and effective ecological and social transformation can be

Richard and Steven have discovered that, concerning money, there is a story
to be told and a vision to behold of which We the People are getting hardly
even an inkling through conventional media, academic orthodoxy, or popular

Offered under auspices of Experimental Community Education of the Twin
Cities (EXCOTC)
Quote of the Week:
“Iceland used to be a volcanic rock inhabited by fishermen and a few
farmers.  Then they discovered investment banking.  One hedge fund manager
explained it this way, Lewis writes: ‘You have a dog, and I have a cat.  We
agree that each is worth a billion dollars.  You sell the dog for a
billion, and I sell the cat for a billion.  Now we are no longer pet
owners, but Icelandic banks, with a billion dollars in new assets.’”
Tom West – editor/general manager, Morrison County Record, Little Falls, MN;
Quoting from “Boomerang”, by Michael Lewis

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General Course Offering Information

• What is the real story behind all the bad economic news?
• Why are we not richer by our burgeoning tangible wealth, instead of
poorer by a snowballing financial “debt”?
• How could it be that an innocent child born in the U.S. today is already,
according to the “experts,” a quarter-million dollars in “debt”? When did
newborn babies borrow this money? How are they supposed to “repay” it? Is
their future mortgaged before it starts? Has “original debt” replaced
“original sin”?
• If every dollar in circulation is “borrowed” into existence through
“loans” from private banks, where does the money to pay the “interest” come
• After a century of explosive growth in real economic activity, why have
we not grown out of our “debt”? Is there a perverse logic built into the
system that is causing us to grow into it our “debt”?
• Why in the last century have family farmers been forced off the land by
financial foreclosure, or threat of foreclosure, until now those living on
the farm comprise less that two-percent of the population?
• What is this “debt” burden doing in real terms to our civilization, our
earth, ourselves? What is “debt” anyway? What is its effect on the psyche
of generations growing up in saturation of its financial demands,
ecological devastation and social disintegration?
• If I am well-educated, working hard and “playing by the rules” in the
“richest country on earth,” why can I not pay my bills and/or why am I
perpetually in debt?
• Has fear of financial destitution replaced fear of dying as the most
dreaded eventuality in people’s lives?
• Is there hope?

These and many other monetary riddles haunt our post-modern world. Indeed,
they are increasingly experienced as threatening the viability of our
personal lives, the existence of civilization, and even the continuation of
life on earth itself. Can we get a perspective on this? Can we turn a
corner? Is there a vision on the other side?

These questions and more will be explored in two separate series of
two-hour evening sessions that will meet every week on Tuesday and
Wednesday, respectively.

Tuesday session:  Money, Society and the Spirit
This is conceived of as a discussion that will introduce the attendee to
the way money originates and how, generally, the financial order, political
life and civilized culture arises from that process.  From there we will
explore money and economy along whatever avenues of inquiry are of interest
to those attending.  All are welcome, whether having attended a previous
session or not.

The tenor of Tuesday’s conversation session will be informal.  It will
start at 7 pm (promptness is helpful), and end at 9 pm, or however long
people want to stay and talk.

Wednesday session:  Deconstructing & Renewing the Economic Order
For those interested in a more structured, rigorous and substantive
learning experience, each Wednesday evening there will be a class that will
offer specific content much in the manner of a college course, but without
right answers, grades or accreditation.  Nevertheless, there will be an
emphasis on intellectual rigor and conversational discipline.  In
particular each attendee will be asked to set aside his or her previously
acquired “financial sophistication,” and be ready to approach the subject
with a clean slate.  Holding forth on one’s opinions, ideologies or
expertise about the financial order and will be strongly discouraged.  This
will be a serious exploration of “Money,” a topic that has so far bedeviled
human experience, along new paths of inquiry.  The first hour will be
devoted to a lecture-presentation, and the second opened up to discussion
based on what had been presented.  Each class will have an announced topic
or theme, and, as required, hand out material.

The tenor of the Wednesday’s class session will more formal, and the
importance of starting promptly (7 pm), and ending on time (9 pm), is
emphasized.  Regular attendance is strongly recommended, and any content
missed can be covered in one-on-one or small-group discussions with the
facilitators outside the class session.  Those who wish to join in after
the class sessions have started are welcome, but are encouraged to meet
with a facilitator outside of class in preparation.   We will be embarked
upon a serious course of study, analysis and exploration, and it is crucial
that a rigor of thought and discipline of discourse be observed.  The
rewards, we believe will be great.

The Tuesday and Wednesday sessions are separate offerings, and it is not
necessary to attend both, but they are designed to compliments each other,
and attending both could create a more comprehensive experience.  The
facilitators are available outside of scheduled sessions for special

Both classes are free, but there are costs, so donations will be gratefully
accepted. We ask that those who attend and find the benefits of the
sessions to be real seriously consider the gesture of making an offering at
whatever level seems good.  At the root of our work is a pay-it-forward
spirit, and the ideal that we all benefit if we look to the needs of
others, as we would appreciate others considering ours.  Economically
speaking, that is how we become visible to each other in an actual way that
reaches beyond the merely theoretical or rhetorical.  Monies or other
resources received will be used with an eye toward ensuring that the
unfolding public conversation and consciousness about “money” will

Experience suggests that we will have a wonderfully fruitful time.

Dates & Times (Sessions held every Tuesday/Wednesday, from January 24/25
through May 22/23, 2012):
All sessions will convene from 7 to 9 pm:

Money, Society & the Spirit           Deconstructing & Renewing the
Economic Order
   January 24, 31                                     January 25
   February 7, 14, 21, 28                         February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
   March 6, 13, 20, 27                             March 7, 14, 21, 28
   April 3, 10, 17, 24                               April 4, 11, 18, 25
   May 1, 8, 15, 22                                  May 2, 9, 16, 23

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>From : WAMM
War/women 1.31 7pm

Art Exhibit: “Not About Bombs” January 31 through March 3; Friday, February
3, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Opening Reception) Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale
Avenue South, Minneapolis.

“Not About Bombs” is an exhibit that addresses how a female perspective can
fit into the modern context of turmoil and conflict through art and avoid
falling into the typical ways that women are represented... and

The women in this exhibit contribute art that is visually and conceptually
accomplished, but unpredictable and emotionally engaging. Because if
anything, as a long, drawn-out, mind-numbing war comes to a "close,"
emotional investments in Iraq are few and far between. Featured Artists:
Sama Alshaibi, Dena Al-Adeeb, Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, and
Julie Adnan. Sponsored by: Intermedia Arts and the Iraqi and American
Reconciliation Project (IARP). FFI: Visit or call

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From: Tam McGehee [Roseville City Council member]
Referenda/capitol  2.01 8:15am

Hearing on HF 1911
Senate Office Building room 10

Here is the link to House File 1911.

Section 6 is of interest as it appears that someone is attempting to try to
intervene on the part of citizens like those in Roseville regarding
indebtedness.  Although referendum is often not a "progressive" concept, I
believe it is essential to any democracy.  It cannot and should not result
in the massive issue ballots in some states, but it can, if properly
implemented be self-limiting.

I think this section as it stands is too broad and will have too much
opposition.  Therefore, I would like to recommend a compromise to section
6.  I believe that an across the board reverse referendum option should be
available statewide for any indebtedness imposed by any taxing authority
(municipal government, EDA, HRA, Port Authority, or any others not
mentioned) if the funding of the contracts, bonds, capital notes, or any
other forms of indebtedness  requires an increase to the existing tax levy
in excess of 1% of the existing tax levy and going forward for the life of
the debt instrument.  As for the mechanism, the current 5% of voters in the
last general election as the number of signatures required in a thirty day
period is a sufficiently high bar.  This requires that individuals must
work hard to collect the signatures in the allotted time and there must be
sufficient community support for a vote.

There are too many special interests gaining the attention and votes of our
government at all levels.  At the municipal level assistance by the
legislature to allow citizens to protect themselves from unwanted
indebtedness would restore some elements of true democracy to the "grass
roots" level of government.

Roseville has seen "representative democracy" at its worst this past year.
The option of a reverse referendum would have cost taxpayers nothing with
proper planning by the city and removed the threat and expense of ongoing

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Rape/capitalism 2.01 4pm

Subject: Dismantling Rape Culture, Dismantling Capitalism @ MCTC February


A Panel & Open Discussion hosted by MCTC Pride Club, Sisters for Social
Justice, and Socialist Alternative
Wednesday, February 1st
@ MCTC Whitney Hall L-3000

Across the globe this year, tens of thousands have marched to demand an end
to rape and a culture which tolerates systemic gender-based violence. But
where should the movement go from here? How can real progress be made to
stop epidemic levels of rape and pervasive sexual objectification when the
corporate media, most politicians, and the legal system treat these
problems as inevitable? Socialists argue that the oppression of women and
LGBTQ people are intimately linked to capitalism, and dismantling the rape
culture means dismantling the wider systems of exploitation and oppression.
But is a socialist transformation of society possible? And how can the
fight for LGBTQ and women's rights be linked with the fight against
capitalism?  Join us for this important discussion.

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From: Joy Anderson
Roseville Wal-Mart? 2.01 6:30pm

 Apparently Wal-Mart has filed for Preliminary Plat Approval and this is
coming before the Planning Commission on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at
6:30 PM.  As far as I know the only notification provided by the City was a
small legal notice in the January 17th Roseville Review.  I did not see
anything about this in the City News or This Week's News Update on the
city's web site and postcard notification was not sent to any of the
surrounding neighborhoods.  Thursday evening the Planning Commission agenda
was posted - lo and behold there it was!
Citizens from the City of Chanhassen recently fought against Wal-Mart
building in their community and won.  Sadly, a citizen commented using
Roseville as one of the reasons for not wanting Wal-Mart.  "We don't want
to become another Roseville".
Check out this link:
Joy Anderson
About Joy Blomberg Anderson:

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Obama Selects Bush As Running Mate
Return of “The Decider” Stuns Washington; GOP Presidential Debates Thrown
Into Chaos
by Michael K. Smith / January 30th, 2012

Related Headlines
Bush Pick Hailed as “Pragmatic Master Stroke”
Outraged Biden Joins Tea Party, Threatens To Sue
Obama Lauds Bush Vow To “Follow the Cheney Tradition” as VP

Washington, January 27 — Barack Obama today named George W. Bush of
Crawford, Texas as his running mate, the first ex-president selected to run
for Vice President on a major party ticket. The president announced his
historic step before an ebullient crowd of Blackwater mercenaries on the
White House lawn. ”There’s an electricity in the air, an excitement, a
sense of new possibilities and of pride,” Obama told a section of cheering
snipers moments after disclosing the stunning development.

Calling for an end to partisan bitterness, Obama introduced Bush as “an
exciting choice” and “clearly the best” for healing a divided nation. Bush
thanked the president for continuing the family dynasty, and offered to
formally adopt him into the Bush clan if he thought it would “help carry
the South.”

Obama said the decision to choose the former president was a ”difficult”
one, but explained: ”GW has excelled in being bailed out, and this country
certainly needs more of that!” He added that GW’s political return was
”really the fulfillment of a classic American tradition: to fail
continually at everything and emerge triumphant anyway.”

Harvard Lawyer Obama Cites Constitution

”History speaks to us today,” Obama told the Blackwater throng. ”Our
founders said in the Constitution, ‘We the people’ – not just the identity
politics focus groups, but all of us.”

”Our message,” the president went on, ”is that America is a country of
diversity where the spirit of conciliation overcomes all philosophical
differences. As President Bush has said many times: ‘ politics stops at the
water’s edge.’”

Bush, who was anointed president in 2000, has received the endorsements for
the Vice Presidency of numerous Democratic Party organizations, including,
On Our Knees, Inertia Unlimited, and Strength Through Servility.

Increase in Pragmatic Energy Seen

”He loves Israel, he’s charismatic, he believes in God,” enthused one
adviser to Obama. ”We have broken the barrier. He will energize, not just
southerners, but a lot of Republicans, which will make the Democratic Party
more inclusive.”

Another adviser to Obama said that although Bush had engendered
“unfortunate” bad publicity around foreign policy issues, he nevertheless
would bring “new chemistry, new passion, and new understanding” to the
ticket, especially of an often overlooked minority group: the rich. “People
never seem to realize that as wealth concentrates in fewer and fewer hands,
the wealthy become a smaller and smaller minority group,” said Obama
campaign manager Marshall Cash.

In the last three weeks Obama interviewed seven prospective candidates and
made it plain that he was seriously considering a break in precedent and
selecting a candidate who “reflects our values,” rather than just another
identity politics token.

Ranking aides to Obama indicated last week that Bush had outdistanced Biden
in his personal interview with Obama, as well as in his press comments
afterward. Some aides said Biden had proved somewhat disappointing, a
comment that angered the outgoing vice-president, who is threatening to sue.

Factors in Choice Listed

What apparently swayed Obama, Democratic officials said, was Bush’s
experience in ramming through deeply unpopular policies, his considerable
support among Blue Dog Democrats, and perhaps most important, his appeal to
blue-collar superpatriots, coupled with his traditional “tough love” views,
which seem to coincide with the president’s.

Bush had emerged in recent weeks as the strong favorite among pragmatic
liberals, typified by the vastly influential NAACR, the National
Association for the Advancement of Crackpot Realism. But Democratic
advisers to Obama said the decision in favor of The Death of the Ball
Turret Gunner
-Randall Jarrell (1914-1965)
Bush was based heavily on the notion that his political strength would
enhance Obama’s support among the super-rich and religious fanatics. “They
vote,” explained Obama at the announcement ceremony.

At the conclusion of the day’s historic event, Obama and Bush clasped hands
high overhead in the classic victory stance and called for world peace
through the obliteration of Iran.

Michael K. Smith is the author of The Madness of King George from Common
Courage Press. He co-blogs with Frank Scott at
Read other articles by Michael.

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 Randall Jarrell - The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

>From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dreams of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.

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