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Sunday, September 11, 2005

A moment of epiphany
The Libertarian Enterprise
L. Neil Smith

"From the beginning—four days late, as many another observer has pointed out—there was something foul-smelling about the "rescue" of the Crescent City under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Administration, starting with heavily-armed and armored troops prowling the flooded streets, machineguns and grenade launchers ready, admitting refugees from the disaster into shelters only after they'd been relieved of any means of self-defense they happened to possess. Even if it meant keeping the sick and elderly lined up outside in the wind and rain, shaking them down for guns and booze, as if the Bill of Rights had no Second Amendment and Prohibition had never been repealed.
Now the Imperial Storm Troopers, many of them fresh from breaking things and killing people in Afghanistan and Iraq, are going door to door, dragging folks out, searching their homes for—you guessed it—guns. .... Open war has been declared by the United States against the people of America. Why is it happening now? What is to be gained from it? The dead giveaway occurred when a company hired by local authorities to preserve water-damaged legal archives—including registries of deeds—was curtly turned away by heavily-armed federal goons whose masters apparently want no record to survive of who owned what before the flood." (09/11/05)


Review: How to kill the job culture before it kills you by Claire Wolfe

"Brilliant freedom-fighter Claire Wolfe recognizes that there is more to "freedom" than getting the "State" off our backs -- we must liberate ourselves from the life-mangling Job Culture as well. How to Kill the Job Culture Before It Kills You: Living a Life of Autonomy in a Wage-Slave Society was written with two goals in mind. The first is to help anyone who wants to break out of the job trap do so. Claire Wolfe provides the tools to escape the wage slave job culture that to some extent we have created ourselves. The escapee's part is to provide the desire and the effort needed to end the cycle.The second goal is to raise questions about the job culture as it exists today and plant the seeds of change that will germinate and grow into a healthier work structure, one that will replace the present job culture altogether. Claire reveals her vision as to what that new structure might be in the last part of the book." [Editor's note" Hot off the press, Claire's latest ... I ordered mine today!-MLS](09/11/05)


Marigny music gives New Orleans new heartbeat
Yahoo! News

"Some angrily defy Mayor Ray Nagin's order to evacuate; others hope they can convince the authorities that they can contribute to the city's revival by staying.From a rickety wooden home, musician Kenny Claiborne and bartender Joshua Nascimento, are trying to breathe a bit of life back into a city devastated by Hurricane Katrina by turning their balcony into what they call "Radio Marigny."Using power from a generator and the biggest speakers they could find, they have been broadcasting whatever their few remaining neighbors request or they themselves want to hear to drown out the roar of helicopters and military trucks that has replaced New Orleans' more usual sounds of jazz.In Marigny and the French Quarter, both largely untouched by the storm and the floods that at one point swamped 80 percent of the city, several dozen residents have remained.They have generators for power, water to flush toilets and mineral water for drinking and washing. Several neighborhood groups have organized petitions, appealing to the mayor to allow them to stay.Claiborne and his neighbors sweep the streets, distribute ice to those who need it and try their best to keep alive the neighborhood where many of them were born."
[Editor's note: Another example of just plain folks surviving just fine WITHOUT gov't 'assistance'... -MLS] (09/10/05)


Suburban police blocked evacuees
Arizona Republic

"Police agencies to the south of New Orleans were so fearful of the crowds attempting to leave the city after Hurricane Katrina that they sealed a crucial bridge over the Mississippi River and turned back hundreds of desperate evacuees, according to two paramedics who were in the crowd. The paramedics and two other witnesses said officers sometimes shot guns over the heads of fleeing people, who, instead of complying immediately with orders to leave the bridge, pleaded to be let through, according to the paramedics and two other witnesses. The witnesses said that they had been told by New Orleans police to cross this same bridge because buses were waiting for them there. Instead, a suburban police officer angrily ordered about 200 people to abandon an encampment between the highways near the bridge. The officer then confiscated their food and water, the four witnesses said. The incidents took place in the first days after the storm last week, they said." [Editor's note: Another horror story of how gov't action helped exacerbate the disaster- MLS] (09/10/05)


Judge rules in favor of ACLU in Patriot Act case, lifts gag order
Yahoo! News

"A federal judge has lifted a gag order that shielded the identity of librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act. U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that the gag order prevented their client from participating in a debate over whether Congress should reauthorize the Patriot Act. "Clearly the judge recognized it was profoundly undemocratic to gag a librarian from participating in the Patriot Act debate," said ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson." (09/10/05)


Isn't this kind of fun?
Dome Blog

"U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's visit to Reliant Park this morning offered him a glimpse of what it's like to be living in shelter. While on the tour with top administration officials from Washington, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, DeLay stopped to chat with three young boys resting on cots. The congressman likened their stay to being at camp and asked, "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?" (09/09/05)


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