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Toxic masculinity, the nuclear lobby and its climate change confidence trick – theme for April 2021

In 2021, not only viruses, but also ideas, are sweeping around the world. There is a renewed global push for equality for women. A newly revitalised movement to end racism. The pandemic means that the health of each nation now depends on the health of all nations. The climate crisis is headed to affect the whole world.

Curiously absent from these global anxieties is the nuclear threat. Nuclear war could annihilate not only millions of people, but also our chances of a liveable climate. Nuclear pollution affects mainly indigenous peoples , just as nuclear weapons testing was cheerfully imposed by the rich nations on distant indigenous lands.

Nuclear wastes keep accumulating, with no solution as to where to put them. Governments are conned by gee-whiz nuclear salesmen into pouring our tax-payers’ money into dead end Small Nuclear Reactor shemes, and propping up old decrepit Big Nuclear Reactors.

If we’re really getting serious about world health, about equality for women, and indigenous rights – then why on Earth are we tolerating the continuation of the Toxic Masculine Nuclear Culture?

They’ll tell us that we can’t understand nuclear issues – only the toxic masculine nuclear experts can. So leave nuclear decision making to them?

They’ll bend over backwards to entice and promote women into the industry (preferably bimbos if at all possible). They’ll decry women’s ignorance, and some men’s too – people with strong knowledge of environment, history – all those soft humanities issues.

But they know, as we all do, that women overwhelmingly distrust nuclear power and nuclear weapons, and so do indigenous peoples.

As world leaders prepare for the COP Climate Conference in Glascow in November, the unscrupulous nuclear lobbyists are trying every bribe, every trick in the book, to get nuclear accepted as ‘clean’. They’re desperate, as nuclear power is a financial disaster – and they want the tax benefits and subsidies that go with being accepted as ”clean” ”sustainable”

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  2. Like the Nazis & Fascists, the Republican Party Must Be Purged
    It must not be allowed, like the Confederacy was, to live on with its own “lost cause” BS mythology

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    President Joe Biden has largely given up on trying to negotiate anything with Republicans. There’s a good reason for this: the GOP is no longer a legitimate political party.

    One of the most comprehensive and well respected surveys of political parties worldwide is called the Global Party Survey and came out of work done at Harvard in the US and Sydney University in Australia. The researchers note: “Drawing on survey data gathered from 1,861 party and election experts, the study uses 21 core items to estimate key ideological values, issue positions, and populist rhetoric for 1,127 parties in 170 countries.”

    What they found was that the Democratic Party in the US is fairly solidly within the norms for political parties in fully developed countries around the world. It resembles normal and legitimate parties in Canada and most of Western Europe.

    The Republican party, however, both behaves and is ideologically most similar to Hungary’s Fidesz party, Turkey’s AKP party and Poland’s PiS party.

    All three are, essentially, fascist parties. As Zach Beauchamp of Vox notes, Turkey is one of the world’s leading jailers of journalists, Poland’s party has threatened judges who don’t rule the way they like with criminal punishment, and Hungary scapegoats immigrants as a strategy to gain and grow political power.

    Victor Orban’s Fidesz Party is particularly worth examining, because it sometimes appears that Donald Trump was using it as a model for his own rise to power.

    For twenty years Hungary was a functioning democracy; today it’s a corrupt oligarchy.

    In ten short years since he was first elected in 2010, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, now fabulously wealthy by Hungarian standards and an oligarch himself, succeeded in transforming his nation’s government from a functioning European democracy into an autocratic regime of single-party-rule.

    Orbán took over the Fidesz Party, once a conventional “conservative” political party like our GOP pre-Reagan, with the theme of restoring “Christian” purity and “making Hungary great again.” His rallies regularly draw tens of thousands.

    He campaigned on building a wall across the entirety of Hungary’s southern border, a promise he has largely kept.

    He altered the nation’s constitution to do what we’d call gerrymandering and voter suppression, ensuring that his Party, Fidesz, would win more than 2/3rds of the votes in pretty much every federal election well into the future.

    He’s now packed the courts so thoroughly that legal challenges against him and his Party go nowhere.

    His Party has rewritten elementary school textbooks to say that refugees entering the country are a threat because “it can be problematic for different cultures to coexist.” Using this logic, he has locked up refugee children in cages.

    When the Hungarian Helsinki Committee said “the indefinite detention of many vulnerable migrants, including families with small children, is cruel and inhuman,” Orbán said the Syrian refugees seeking asylum “pose a security risk and endanger the continent’s Christian culture and identity.” He added, “Immigration brings increased crime, especially crimes against women, and lets in the virus of terrorism.”

    Five years to the week before American Nazis rallied in Charlottesville and murdered Heather Heyer, a group of some 700 right-wing “patriots” held a torchlight parade that ended in front of the homes of Hungary’s largest minority group, chanting “We will set your houses on fire!” Orbán’s police watched without intervening. Zsolt Bayer, one of the founders of Orbán’s party, provoked the demonstration when he called the Roma “animals…unfit to live among people.” Orbán refused to condemn him or the anti-Roma violence.

    He’s handed government contracts to his favored few, elevating an entire new class of pro-Orbán businesspeople who are in the process of cementing control of the nation’s economy, as those who opposed him have lost their businesses, been forced to sell, and often fled the country.

    Virtually the entire nation’s press is now in the hands of oligarchs and corporations loyal to him, with talk radio and television across the country singing his praises daily. Billboards and social media proclaim his patriotism. His media allies are now reaching out to purchase media across the rest of Europe to spread his rightwing message.

    Last year he began dismantling the Hungarian Science Academy, replacing or simply firing scientists who acknowledge climate change, which he has called “left wing trickery made up by Obama.”

    The world, and particularly the EU, have watched this 10-year juggernaut with increasing alarm, and even the EU’s 2015 and 2018 attempts to essentially impeach Orbán have backfired, increasing his two reelection margins as his handmaids in the media proclaim him a victim of the “European deep state” and “meddling foreigners,” particularly George Soros (who, ironically, once paid for a young Orbán to study in Britain).

    While he blasts Soros and his own country’s Jewish leaders with anti-Semitic tropes, he was feted by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who called him “a true friend of Israel.” Orbán replied, “A Hungarian patriot and a Jewish Israeli patriot will always find something in common.”

    Last summer, the same month Rudy Giuliani said he had a former Ukrainian prosecutor willing to testify that Joe Biden was corrupt, Donald Trump invited Orbán to the White House for a state visit; Orbán has been one of Trump’s two primary sources of information about how Ukraine opposed or tried to “sabotage” him.

    In a rally three months before his White House meeting, Orbán said that countries that accept refugees are producing “mixed-race nations.”

    Orbán is now ruthlessly using his own nation’s diplomatic and criminal justice systems to aid foreign criminal oligarchs, having hired his own local versions of Bill Barr and Mike Pompeo.

    The American Republican Party in many ways followed Orban’s example as it moved from being a legitimate political party to a fascist outlier on the world stage. This happened in four steps.

    The first step was when a Republican majority on the Supreme Court ruled in 1976 and 1978 that if politicians or a political party wanted to take vast sums of money from individual billionaires or large corporations, that was no longer to be considered bribery or political corruption. Instead, the Court said, and doubled down on in 2010 with Citizens United, money is not money but is, in fact, “First Amendment protected free speech.”

    Back in the 1970s the Democratic party was so awash in cash from labor unions that they largely ignored the ruling, but the GOP jumped in with both feet and the ocean of money that flowed from that effort floated Ronald Reagan into the White House in 1981. It also led him to make common cause with a number of rightwing billionaires, who today essentially own the Republican Party.

    In some ways, the network these billionaires have created is actually larger than the GOP. As Ken Vogel noted for Politico in 2016:

    [Charles] Koch and his brother David Koch have quietly assembled, piece by piece, a privatized political and policy advocacy operation like no other in American history that today includes hundreds of donors and employs 1,200 full-time, year-round staffers in 107 offices nationwide. That’s about 3½ times as many employees as the Republican National Committee and its congressional campaign arms had on their main payrolls last month, according to POLITICO’s analysis of tax and campaign documents and interviews with sources familiar with the network. And the staggering sum the network plans to spend in the 2016 election run-up ― $889 million ― is more than double what the RNC spent in the previous presidential cycle.

    Reagan put into his cabinet and as his heads of regulatory agencies former lobbyists and other corrupt officials, beginning the internal destruction of a US government that was once responsive to its average citizens.

    The second step was in the 1990s, when Newt Gingrich arrived in Washington DC and essentially proclaimed that power was the only thing that mattered in politics. He shut down and threatened to shut down the government repeatedly, impeached Bill Clinton for private, consensual extramarital sex, and established as a political principle for the Republican party that reality didn’t matter as long as you could sell what you were doing to voters.

    The best example of this was his so-called “Contract With America,” which mostly boiled down to tax cuts for the very rich, destruction of labor unions and cutting benefits for low-income and working people, and deregulation of American corporations.

    The third step toward fascism for the Republican Party came with Donald Trump. Trump said out loud what Nixon, Reagan and both Bush’s said with dog whistles like the Willie Horton ads: the GOP was now officially the party of white supremacy. Everything else was subordinate to that.

    And the fourth step that we see playing out today is based on the classic fascist strategy of the Big Lie.

    Mussolini‘s Big Lie had to do with Italy’s “mutilated victory” that helped end World War I. He said for Italy to return to its glory days, it would have to establish an empire and he was the man to do it.

    Hitler‘s Big Lie was that Germany had been “stabbed in the back” by Jewish and socialist negotiators at the end of World War I, and that they were actually on the verge of winning the war when these people sold Germany out.

    Trumps Big Lie, beyond “American carnage,” was that he won the 2020 election but was denied his victory because of “voter fraud” perpetrated by Black people in majority-Black cities like Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee. He continues to sell this lie, and has been joined by most of the institutional Republican Party in it.

    Today the libertarian- and petro-billionaires that Ronald Reagan welcomed to the party so completely own it that no Republican is willing to admit that climate change is real, that the American people actually like Social Security and Medicare, or that people working full-time shouldn’t live in poverty.

    Political positions that are fabulously popular — from Covid relief to rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure — are now routinelly opposed by the GOP not because they’re bad policy but because their billionaire patrons don’t want their taxes raised to pay for them.

    We’ve now reached the point where the Republican Party can no longer be reformed; it must be either torn down and rebuilt or eliminated from American political life at the ballot box if our government is to regain anything resembling the ability to govern on behalf of the majority of its citizens.

    It’s a job some of the “never Trump“ Republicans are trying to undertake at this moment, and most Americans wish them well.

    And today’s Trump-twisted, corrupt GOP must not be allowed, like the Confederacy was, to carry forward its own “lost cause” bullshit mythology about the 2020 election or “hugs and kisses” to the Capitol Police on January 6th. We now have the benefit of hindsight to know how that worked out.

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    alis5 hr ago
    I liked the use of the word purge in this piece. As a noun it can mean a laxative. The question is who; who will be the person(s) able to rid this body politic of its toxins? I have some ideas, but why would anyone try to help THEM?

    Watching the Republican Party implode after embracing Trump and racism is the best show in town. Oh look, Matt Gaetz is getting some screen time! Pass the popcorn, please.

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    docrhw Weil14 hr ago
    I’m sure Hungary would like to get back the Transylvania region of NW Romania that it held under the old empire and took again when allied with the Nazis. Also, the northern part of Serbia (Vojvodina) has a big ethnic Hungarian population that it could claim and partially occupied in the war. These issues are below the surface as all the states are in the EU and the big powers wouldn’t allow more Balkan wars. But who knows how this will play out if the West weakens. Fascism like this fans the flames of nationalism and that can get out of control.

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  3. My audience are anti-nuclear Activists. I believe that things will not change in America, unless.people really organize and make strong, concerted and even invective efforts, to change. And it’s getting too late. I sometimes use infvective. I was once a quaker. Please understand that Christina. I am not a crockpot, or simply an angy nut. Read Ted Tall, sometimes. The human race, is in an extremely dangerous place, in History.

    Comment by Anonymous | April 16, 2021 | Reply

    • Anonymous I never thought thatyou were a crackpot. Glad that uour audience is anti-nuclearactivists. Still we need to get across to other people too. They can be put off by ”trigger” words. Quakers are good.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | April 17, 2021 | Reply

  4. The fascist that runs this sight helped kill 5 people in dc during the failed trump coup.
    https://www.nuclear.news/

    One of its creators , put moreno in power in ecuador. That nailed assanges fate. The other fascist liar and boob, helped jones recruit, the 17 yo cold blooded murderer in konosha. Brags about being in dc during the failed coup and murd3rw. It brags about white supremacy and black people being murdered. lies about racist mass shootings. As evils as trump or he bush or hitler or worse.
    A rascist liar, who wants a small nuclear war. Does not care about nuclear waste. He threatened to hang anyone who did not support archnukeape trump. Nukepro.net , fascist murderer scum. Runs this bogus nuklear website trying to provoke nuclear war w china, iran etc. https://www.nuclear.news/

    Just the worst triangulation possible. Not antinuke. Evil.garabage. they should be in jail. Full blown racists, fascists, sabateurs of anti-nuclear. Murderers and antidemocratic-seditionists, and scoundrels.

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  5. War nuclearism , international relations, toxic masculinity

    The mafia principle

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  6. APRIL 29, 2021
    “They’re Dirty!” Standing Up at Kelly Butte
    BY DAVID ROVICS

    Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair

    Standing near the top of Kelly Butte and looking toward the west, you have a great view of i-205, with a mess of six lanes of traffic and a wild combination of on- and off-ramps leading to major intersections, there just east of the highway, in between SE Division Street and Powell Boulevard. Among the speeding cars and trucks lined by big box stores and crumbling class C apartment complexes, you will also see tents of all colors, in all possible states, from fresh out of the box to completely destroyed. The same can be said of the many sleeping bags, and chunks of toxic insulation that perhaps once were stuffed away more safely inside a mattress, now blowing around like some kind of urban tumbleweed.

    As you look further to the west, such details aren’t visible, and it’s just a beautiful postcard of a city that, from a distance, is an especially nice place, with the many hills, parks, factories, warehouses, and slow-moving freight trains that populate what is known as “inner southeast” Portland, before it all ends with the expansive Willamette River, beyond which rises the mess of glass, steel, and plywood that is known as “downtown,” where hardly anyone ventures unless they must.

    Increasingly, there are many worlds within this city of Portland, Oregon.

    There are the real estate moguls and investment bankers who are experiencing the greatest profits in the history of civilization, if that’s the term. Every day on the news they tell us how the prices of houses have never been higher, and no one is even selling for asking price. Buyers have to engage in bidding wars, and the one who can pay in cash, no questions asked, tends to win. It’s a great situation to be in if you’re rich. And even if you’re what some people call “middle class,” if you managed to buy a house when you were younger and you played your cards well, all you need to do is sell your house, and retire. (The economist, Henry George, complained about exactly this same phenomenon back in 1879, when he wrote the book that sold more copies than any book in US history aside from the Bible, Progress and Poverty.)

    Then there are the many homeowners in name only, barely able to keep up with their mortgages, hoping someday to be able to join the ranks of those who managed to pay off their mortgages before they died, whose experience with homeownership is more likely to end in foreclosure than in anything else. And along with them, the half of this city’s population who are not even homeowners on paper, but are renting, often in class C apartment complexes such as those that line most of the major roads and highways in this city, where the land was cheapest and the air was the most toxic, paying two or three times what they would have paid in the same apartments only 15 years ago.

    The strain felt by this latter group is so palpable, it can be literally seen on the streets and sidewalks, as the city continues its decline. With every passing month, despite the eviction moratorium, people get evicted, or they “self-evict” for one reason or another — conflicts with roommates, fear of a future of having an eviction on their records, a violent boyfriend, or because of any number of other situations. And then they move, so often, into vehicles.

    Soon enough, the vehicles get towed and broken into, as they look older and more lived in, and many people are living in vehicles that are obviously no longer mobile, no longer really vehicles at all, in the traditional sense.

    What I am describing is most neighborhoods of Portland today, some more than others. As with the paving of the city’s streets or the building of other forms of infrastructure, the city’s policies when it comes to policing and trash collection vary wildly depending on how much money is in the neighborhood. If the city, county, or state governments were to engage in honest advertising, their motto could be “screw the working class and kill the poor.” It’s no exaggeration at all to describe their policies this way. Yup, we got good health care, and that ain’t nearly enough. We need housing, too. Not housing with some kind of adjective preceding it, but just housing — immediately.

    Of course, many people — probably including some people reading this — don’t think the progressive politicians of Portland or Salem are so bad. That’s probably because they’re not living in their cars, or they comfortably own their own homes, or they blame themselves for all of their economic problems.

    And the same sorts of people who blame themselves for their problems also tend to believe that everyone else is individually responsible for their own problems, too.

    Let’s be very clear: this blame-the-victim orientation has, in no uncertain terms, aided and abetted genocidal policies, throughout the history of “civilization.” And these kinds of statements can be found everywhere — coming from the mouths of people as they walk downtown, all over local Facebook Groups, the Oregon Subreddit, just about anywhere on Next Door, even on my own personal Facebook posts, coming from people who presumably at some point considered themselves sufficiently within my sphere to follow me on the platform in one form or another.

    What is happening in society is because of various forces — chiefly the capitalist investor class, finance capital, banks, real estate holding corporations, and so on — housing has become impossible for millions of people to afford. There are many other factors at play, but this, combined with a virtually nonexistent welfare state (at least for several decades prior to the pandemic), a corporate-engineered opiate epidemic, the slow or rapid collapse of so many different industries, replaced by nothing more than more minimum-wage service jobs or “gig economy” delivery shit, has conspired to re-create the kinds of conditions that the New Deal alleviated for a significant chunk of the population almost a century ago.

    At literally every level of society, without exception at least with concern to class, you can hear and read people expressing their views of the people who live on the streets of their city, in ways that are completely indistinguishable from the way Jews and Roma were described in Europe for centuries (and, I’m sorry to say, the way Roma are still viewed by many people in Europe today). The chief complaints always revolve around issues of cleanliness. “They’re dirty people.” And of course, criminally inclined in all kinds of different ways.

    I’m sure for most people reading this, little explanation is necessary as to why dehumanizing a group of people largely on account of the conditions they’re living in is problematic. But briefly, as with Jews and Roma historically (and to a large extent with Roma, presently) in Europe, dirty conditions are imposed from outside, not embraced from within, unless you’re mistaking resignation for desire.

    And the actual conditions that do exist on the streets and sidewalks of this city are appalling, far beyond any term such as “dirty” can possibly encompass. I regularly walk down sidewalks where even from across the street, the stench emanating from some broken-down RV or tent encampment is overwhelming. It is indeed hard to imagine living in such conditions, and even hard to imagine what it might be like to be one of the people living in one of the class C apartments lining the thoroughfares which were already toxic shitholes before the houseless encampments came, where now residents are not only stuck inhaling the exhaust from passing trucks and motorcycles along with the black mold in their bathrooms, but they have to smell the urine and sweat from just outside their windows, 24/7.

    The obvious solution to dirty conditions is to clean them, and so the authorities here (and around the country where conditions are similar) engage in the practice known as “sweeping,” which is more like some combination of an eviction and a home demolition. Sometimes citations are posted, occasionally they’re read, but oftentimes a “sweep” is a matter of subcontractors with a garbage truck and hazmat suits throwing tents and all their contents in the trash — sometimes, according to many houseless people, after stealing anything nice that they find, as many people living in tents possess all the kinds of portable electronic devices that the rest of us are familiar with.

    Of course, this isn’t the kind of “cleaning” required here. As with evictions and home demolitions, the “sweeps” only create problems. They solve none, unless moving a disaster from one block to the next is considering a solution to anything.

    As I have been informed repeatedly by anyone who I talk to who is living on the streets of this city, the police (or subcontractors) will move them or tell them to move from the sidewalks, and then if they go stay somewhere remote and out of the way, the park rangers will come and tell them to leave — no overnight camping in the parks, they’ll say.

    The experience is one of being constantly kicked around, constantly having your things stolen or destroyed, until you either manage to find somewhere safe to live, leave town, or die. And die many do — lately over a hundred people every year do just that, living on the streets of only this one city alone.

    At this point in the decline of this society, it’s very obvious to anyone spending time on the streets that things like safe housing — of the sort that involves access to clean running water and cooking facilities — would only be filling the most basic of the unmet needs teeming on every paved surface of the city. After only a little time living in such conditions, pretty much everyone becomes traumatized by them. Trauma often leads to things like depression and other forms of mental illness along with physical ailments, alcoholism, and addiction to hard drugs other than alcohol that serve similar escapist purposes, such as heroin, meth, and various products popularized by pharmaceutical companies and the entire medical and legal establishment that facilitated the industry’s unfettered greed and, certainly on the part of Purdue and the Sackler family, outright malevolence.

    The needs are so great, and what’s being offered is very much like the cliche band-aid on the bullet wound. Less than two weeks ago, a houseless man was gunned down on a street by Lents Park, by a cop who was a US military sniper in Afghanistan. As hundreds of people from across the region came to stand in solidarity with this slain man, Robert Delgado, including me, I heard the shouts of the people driving their sports utility vehicles as they passed by — “he had a gun” — it wasn’t a real gun, but apparently that doesn’t matter, they don’t know, or don’t care. He wasn’t wearing a shirt, and he was in the street. For them, that seemed to be enough. Call in the snipers. Shoot him down.

    As people live and die on the streets of Portland, many among us who are housed wonder when we’ll be the next ones to have to move into our vehicles, while the more privileged among us who are profiting from the real estate market that created this calamity in the first place wonder when the authorities will feel like their police budget is large enough that they can finally “deal with the trash problem.”

    Of course, truly dealing with the problem will require an end to the system of real estate-driven capitalism, which has seen the cost of land and housing inexorably rising throughout the history of this country faster than peoples’ earnings, always making sure prosperity remains an “American Dream,” never a reality, for the majority. Truly dealing with the problem will require a government that’s not bought and sold by the capitalist class. One that is capable of regulating the housing market the way some other countries do, where housing is actually affordable on a widespread basis. Countries, of which there are at least several very familiar to me, where virtually no one is living on the streets.

    In the meantime, treating the housing crisis like an actual crisis would be a first step in the right direction. A first step that has not yet been taken here or anywhere in the US, to be very clear. At least not in reaction to the housing crisis. But in reaction to other crises, what has been done?

    In the US and around the world, what do the authorities and the emergency response networks like the Red Cross do, at least if they’re doing what they’re supposed to do?

    They take over parts of public spaces such as parks and other publicly-owned lands and buildings, they erect canvas tents and other structures, they set up mobile kitchens, showers, toilets, first aid tents, and sometimes even a lot of other things. This is what they do in response to wars, earthquakes, floods, fires, and other disasters around the world.

    The last piece I wrote in Counterpunch was about the mutual aid efforts still ongoing at Laurelhurst Park, where the city’s citation was posted and went unenforced, due to the presence of those efforts. The needs of the people living there are far greater than anything the largely black-clad youth are able to provide, though the efforts made by those with so little to offer themselves is very impressive.

    Predictably, the Laurelhurst encampment is growing beyond capacity, at least if it is to stay in that precarious, extremely dangerous and toxic little strip of land between the sidewalk and the street that is sometimes allowed to be occupied by people with nowhere else to go.

    Between the time of my last report from the streets of Portland, uniformed police accompanied by men who appeared to be members of the far right came in the middle of the night with flood lights to shout at certain members of the tent encampment who had apparently come to their attention as radicals. (The red and black flag flying beside the tent could possibly have tipped them off.) Before that, there were the aggressive driving incidents I mentioned in the previous piece about Laurelhurst.

    Privately, there was discussion in some circles on the streets about forming a community somewhere practical, not between the sidewalk and the street in the middle of a residential neighborhood, beneath a bridge, or next to a busy road, but on land where facilities like toilets, showers, and a kitchen could be set up — facilities effectively not being provided elsewhere, for all practical purposes, to any degree that’s worth mentioning (no insult intended towards the beautiful people from the churches and other networks who are making valiant and entirely inadequate efforts).

    Now, over the past several days, while the blood is still drying nearby on the corner of Holgate and 92nd, where the latest police killing of a houseless person has taken place, park rangers have been harassing folks elsewhere in outer southeast Portland living on Kelly Butte, where people living in tents there are in the process of trying to set up an encampment where it’s possible to do things like make a hot meal, take a shower, and have a dignified place to shit, known as a toilet.

    While the community there was hoping not to be public yet, the authorities have taken notice, and so the PDX Houseless Radicals Collective put out a statement. Here’s part of it:

    If there is a place to make a stand and force the issue that people with no place to go have a right to occupy an unused public space, this is the place to do it. It’s 30 acres of forest.

    If enough people come out here and stand with us, we’d not just be saving our home, but also opening a place for anyone else who needs a place to live. We have a small kitchen, and chemical toilets. A community campsite for anyone who needs it.

    To get here, from SE Division turn south on SE 103rd then follow the road until it ends at a closed gate. Hike in from there, or cut the fucking lock off replace it with your own and drive, your choice. Please come out here and help us, not for us but for anyone who needs a safe place to be. The city won’t provide it, but we can do it ourselves. If we hold this place, they won’t have a choice.

    Aside from Kelly Butte being a largely unused but spacious patch of high-altitude land next to a major highway, with a camp that generally can’t be seen or heard from any residential neighborhood in the area, there are many other aspects to the place that make it an ideal location — really the Alcatraz of Oregon. (This month, folk punk icon Jane Reynolds and I put out a song about this history as well, called “Kelly Butte.”)

    To summarize briefly, Kelly Butte was named after the wealthy “pioneer,” Clinton Kelly, after whom Clinton Street and many other places around here are named. The land was given to Clinton Kelly for free, literally for no other reason than that he was a white man who got here at the right time, and wanted land. He got lots of it. Then he sold it — as always, at a huge profit — to the city in 1906, so they could set up a rock quarry there, to split rocks for the purposes of paving the city, which now needed to be paved, to make way for the automobile. The city decided that the way they would find workers to split the rocks and pave the city was by kidnapping indigent people off the streets and sentencing them to this particular form of back-breaking labor. From 1906 until the 1950’s, this is how the city of Portland was paved.

    The very name, “Kelly Butte,” used to strike fear in the hearts of the struggling “gig economy” workers of the day — the majority of the workers of the time, to be clear, as we would call them today. This was where you were sent when you were too poor to pay the rent. Sent to work, sent to die. All the people living on the streets of this horrifically gentrified and divided city may as well be the descendants of those sentenced to split the rocks at Kelly Butte.

    What has actually changed since then? Now, people are not sent to poor houses to work in quarries, they are sent to prison. More than half of all arrests made in this and many other cities are of houseless people. Arrested for existing.

    If the authorities are interested in real justice, it could begin with the Red Cross building and maintaining public toilets, showers, kitchens, and shelters in every park in this city. This is not a matter of opinion, but is in fact what would be done if this crisis were actually being treated like a crisis. Not just here, but anywhere in the world where crises occur.

    The very least they could do, if they’re not going to step up to the plate and do that, is allow the people to help themselves.

    If this indeed is journalism, it is journalism of the advocacy kind: come to Kelly Butte. Join your houseless neighbors. Bring all the things that are needed to build a sustainable community. I’m not going to try to list them here, for they are too numerous. And if the authorities try to destroy the community — as they will likely try to do, or succeed in doing, perhaps repeatedly — come back. If this madness is ever going to change, it’s not going to happen by itself.

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    Comment by Anon | April 30, 2021 | Reply

  7. More evil from the evil american nuclear-empire

    The U.S. is Trying to Light the Match of Islamic Extremism in China’s Xinjiang – CounterPunch.org
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/30/the-u-s-is-trying-to-light-the-match-of-islamic-extremism-in-chinas-xinjiang/

    Comment by Anonymous | April 30, 2021 | Reply

  8. Once in a lifetime reprinted by permission of david byrne

    Things don’t change and are getting worse
    Radioactive water flowing all around

    Watching the  years go by , once in a lifetime encircled by Radionuclide water flowing all around same as it ever was The nuclearapes , same as it ever was

    What good does all that 20 thousand sq footage  do for you. It is  in that  sparkling City .  A city full of motor cars, burning tons of gasoline with enough radium and uranium in the gasoline being burned, to create a mutant army of disabled people and 10 thousand new cases of cancer  a day.  Radioactive  pollutants and unburned hcs in everything creating pyrophoric storms and wildfires in, and around cities in murica

    That lovely suburban MC mansion  with 10 americium loaded radioactive  smoke detectors and three bathrooms

    The country house by the nuclear power plant

    The houses on the w coast as fukushima  continues and san onofre kills La jolla

    What good does that suburban House or downtown penthouse do for you?  You’re breathing hot particles, radium and uranium from burning hydrocarbons millions of cars and depleted uranium and fukushima . You are breathing the radioactive smoke from wildfires, burning, and adjacent to the city. HOT Particles and water from fracking, from nuclear medical waste.
    Nuclear reactors . Waste from closed nuclear reactors and, nuclear processing facilities.
    Breathing hot particles, drinking uranium water

    What is that half million dollar house truly worth?
    What is life in merica truly worth?
    Depleted uranium in the air from military bases, close to many american cities. It  is what turned fallujah, iraq, into one of the worst birth defects epicenters in the world

    Nuclear waste in the city dump by st louis is burning

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/29/theyre-dirty-standing-up-at-kelly-butte/
    170 Million in U.S. Drink Radioactive Tap Water | EWG
    https://www.ewg.org/research/170-million-us-drink-radioactive-tap-water
    Uranium contaminates drinking water in U.S. West – CBS News
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/uranium-contaminates-drinking-water-in-us-west/

    What good does that nice house and car do for you? What good,  does  that middle class and above,  lifestyle do for you.
    There’s Fukushima hot particles.
    There is massive car exhaust uranium in the air, at rush hour.

    What good is it to the kids, when there is nuclear waste everywhere? There is the threat of nuclear war. What good does that high paying middle class job and, education do for you? You  know that nuclear power plant next to you, is ready to explode. 

    What good does it do you, to have that car.  What  if you only knew, that your house isn’t worth anything because of all the radioactive crap in  the soil . The radioactive and chemical pollutants in the soil, in the air, and in the water   You are breathing it, drinking it, and eating it every day.

    Watching the years go by water flowing everywhere
    Same as
    It ever was
    Only worse because now they are dumping the fukuahima water

    China criticizes Japan over Fukushima treated water release
    https://news.yahoo.com/china-criticizes-japan-over-fukushima-120204642.htmll

    There you are, in the city .  The radioactive smoke from the wildfires is blocking your sunlight.

    Uranium in the drinking water. Americium in the landfills, from cheap smoke detectors across the usa. What a way to get rid of high level nuclear waste, that’s worse than plutonium

    Bee die-off,as progress marches on

    Nuclear fallout from the Cold War might be killing our bees

    And you may find yourself living in a Mc mansion house

    And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile.
    And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
    And you may ask yourself, “Well… how did I get here?”

    The green run

    A graveyard of dead babies and, dead mother’s, from the green run in walla walla washington. Hanford could blow up at anytime and, destroy washington state like mayak, in russia.  They want to put more nuclear reactors there. That is the billionaires and government. Their greed and depravity, knows no bounds.
    I don’t care if these sound like trigger words. Think of what happened with the green run and Mayak. Hanford is poisoning the columbia river, with a steady stream of Radionuclide, from hanford flowing into the columbia river.

    Bill Gates and 28 other billionaires pushing their small nuclear reactors, on the pretext that they’re ”clean”

    Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again after the money’s gone
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

    Radioactive waste in St Louis landfill burning

    St. Louis Landfill Fire – Rolling Stone
    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/st-louis-is-burning-204853/

    Sailers with cancer from being on nuclear ships

    Plutonium.pit factories

    Nuclear death zones los alamos
    Hanford
    Santa susana
    Nevada
    Fallon nevada
    New Mexico
    W texas
    By any of the 93 reactors in the usa
    8000 nuclear weapons in the usa
    Nuclear space wars
    30 aging nuclear reactors in space

    And you may ask yourself, “How do I work this?”
    And you may ask yourself, “Where is that large automobile?”
    And you may tell yourself, “This is not my beautiful house”
    And you may tell yourself, “This is not my beautiful wife”

    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again after the money’s gone
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

    Give em more radioactive blood I say they are the demons who own the stock market based on nuclear reactors and nuclear military spending
    Thiel gates musk Probly the evil syphilitic demon trump

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/347828f8-6e7f-4a9b-92ab-95f637a9dc2e

    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

    Water dissolving nuclear waste from the ocean floor and water moving nuclear waste everywhere
    There is water at the bottom of the ocean
    Under the water, carried in the water

    Water full of nuclear waste bubbling up from the bottom dumped by the French UK russia and merika

    Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again, into the silent water
    Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground
    Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again after the money’s gone
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

    And you may ask yourself, “What is that beautiful house?”
    And you may ask yourself, “Where does that highway go to?”
    And you may ask yourself, “Am I right? Am I wrong?”
    And you may say to yourself, “My God! What have I done?”

    Letting the days go by, let the water hold after the money’s gone
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was and look where my hand was
    Time isn’t holding up

    Comment by Terra Lowe | May 1, 2021 | Reply


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