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Finally, the true colors show...

By David Sirota, Creators Syndicate. Posted August 10, 2009.

Finally, there's no pretense. The ugliest traits of this despicable movement are there for all to behold.

I know I should be mortified by the lobbyist-organized mobs of angry Brooks Brothers mannequins who are now making headlines by shutting down congressional town hall meetings. I know I should be despondent during this, the Khaki Pants Offensive in the Great American Health Care and Tax War. And yet, I'm euphorically repeating one word over and over again with a big grin on my face.

Finally.

Finally, there's no pretense. Finally, the Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd's ugliest traits are there for all to behold.

The group's core gripe is summarized in a letter I received that denounces a proposed surtax on the wealthy and corporations to pay for universal health care:

"Until recently, my family was in the top 3 percent of wage earners," the affluent businessperson fumed in response to my July column on taxes. "We are in the group that pays close to 60 percent of this nation's taxes ... Think for a second how you would feel if you built a business and contributed more than your share to this country only to be treated like a pariah."

This sob story about the persecuted rich fuels today's "Tea Parties" -- and I'm sure you've heard some version of it in your community.

I'm also fairly certain that when many of you run into the Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd, you don't feel like confronting the faux outrage. But on the off chance you do muster the masochistic impulse to engage, here's a guide to navigating the conversation:

What They Will Scream: We can't raise business taxes, because American businesses already pay excessively high taxes!

What You Should Say: Here's the smallest violin in the world playing for the businesses. The Government Accountability Office reports that most U.S. corporations pay zero federal income tax. Additionally, as even the Bush Treasury Department admitted, America's effective corporate tax rate is the third lowest in the industrialized world.

What They Will Scream: But the rich still "pay close to 60 percent of this nation's taxes!"

What You Should Say: Such statistics refer only to the federal income tax. When considering all of "this nation's taxes" including payroll, state and local levies, the top 5 percent pay just 38.5 percent of the taxes.

What They Will Scream: But 38.5 percent is disproportionately high! See? You've proved that the rich "contribute more than their share" of taxes!

What You Should Say: Actually, they are paying almost exactly "their share." According to the data, the wealthiest 5 percent of America pays 38.5 percent of the total taxes precisely because they make just about that share -- a whopping 36.5 percent! -- of total national income. Asking these folks to pay slightly more in taxes -- and still less than they did during the go-go 1990s -- is hardly extreme.

Stripped of facts, your conversation partner will soon turn to unscientific terrain, claiming it is immoral to "steal" and "redistribute" income via taxes. Of course, he will be specifically railing on "stealing" for stuff like health care, which he insists gets "redistributed" only to the undeserving and the "lazy" (a classic codeword for "minorities"). But he will also say it's OK that government sent trillions of dollars to Wall Streeters.

And that's when you should stop wasting your breath.

What you've discovered is that the Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd isn't interested in fairness, empiricism or morality.

With 22,000 of their fellow countrymen dying annually for lack of health insurance and with Warren Buffett paying a lower effective tax rate than his secretary, the Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd is merely using the argot of fairness, empiricism and morality to hide its real motive: selfish greed.

No argument, however rational, is going to cure these narcissists of that grotesque disease.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called President Barack Obama's health plan "downright evil" Friday in her first online comments since leaving office, saying in a Facebook posting that he would create a "death panel" that would deny care to the neediest Americans.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_palin_health_care;_ylt=AqhjR7oBTAtTmNBKfclo9TJg.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTFiYWdub2ZvBHBvcwMyBHNlYwN5bl9wcm9tb3NfdG9wX2JhcgRzbGsDcGFsaW5zcGVha3M-

Aug. 7th, 2009

I am glad that this isn't happening in your home town. But I have seen copies of the memos and the web sites where conservative parties are calling on people to go and make and be as disruptive as they can. It is happening. Saying it isn't wont make it go away. And you are right, it isn't a conspiracy: it is happening right under everyone's nose. I predict it is going to come to blows or worse. Americans are divided between people who hold the opinion that they owe nothing to anyone and those who think that attitude is unpatriotic. The tension is so thick you can feel it. I only feel bad for the millions of people who are being duped by their corporate masters into fighting against their own financial self-intersts... and the self-interests of their own countrymen, many of whom will die for no other sin than not having enough money to patronize the insurance companies. We can be divided in thousands of other issues, but this one? Are we actually fighting over whether or not Americans deserve healthcare? Really? Wow... it's like I went to sleep and woke up in some alternative universe ruled by the Ferengei.

I still like you too.

It's on

Dear MoveOn member,

It's getting ugly out there.

All across the country, right-wing extremists are disrupting congressional town-hall meetings with venomous attacks on President Obama's plans for health care and clean energy.

* Last night in Tampa, Florida, a town hall meeting erupted into violence, with the police being called to break up fist fights and shoving matches.1
* A Texas Democrat was shouted down by right-wing hecklers, many of whom admitted they didn't even live in his district.2
* One North Carolina representative announced he wouldn't be holding any town-hall meetings after his office began receiving death threats.3
* And in Maryland, protesters hung a Democratic congressman in effigy to oppose health-care reform.4

We've got a plan to fight back against these radical right-wingers. We've hired skilled grassroots organizers who are working with thousands of local volunteers to show Congress that ordinary Americans continue to support President Obama's agenda for change. And we're building new online tools to track events across the country and make sure MoveOn members turn out at each one.

But we need to scale up our efforts quickly to make sure this plan works. To really swing into action during this month's congressional recess, we need to raise at least $250,000 immediately. Can you chip in $20 to support our work?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/august.html?id=16748-14388865-aprZ.Px&t=1
If the shouts of the right-wing mobs are the only voices our senators and representatives hear over the recess, we'll have a hard time passing health care and clean energy legislation.

That's why we're launching our Heat Up Congress campaign so quickly to fight back, using new technology to implement rapid response town hall turnout, organizing personal phone calls from small business leaders and donors to their representatives, running new ads, and activating an energized network of on-the-ground organizers and volunteers.

This month could decide the future of health care and clean energy in America—and we're already one week in. If you've been sitting on the sidelines, now's the time to get involved. Talk to your neighbors, go to a town hall meeting—and today, please chip in $20 to support our work:

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/august.html?id=16748-14388865-aprZ.Px&t=2

Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Matt, Nita, Kat and the rest of the team

Sources:
1. "Tampa Town Hall On Health Care Reform Disrupted By Violence," The Huffington Post, August 6, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51727&id=16748-14388865-aprZ.Px&t=3

2. "Local Fox Reporter Attends Town Hall And Finds 'Some Attendees Admit They Don't Live In The District,'" Think Progress, August 4, 2009
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/08/04/gene-green-townhall/

3. "Dem Congressman's Office: His Life Has Been Threatened Over Health Care Bill," Talking Points Memo, August 5, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51724&id=16748-14388865-aprZ.Px&t=4

4. "The Danger Over the Right's Anger," Politico, August 3, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51726&id=16748-14388865-aprZ.Px&t=5

Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.
Last week a special interest lobbying firm with ties to dirty energy companies1 was caught sending forged letters to a Democratic congressman's office—urging him to oppose clean energy legislation.2

The letters claimed to be from a Hispanic non-profit called Creciendo Juntos and the local chapter of the NAACP. The only problem? Neither group had ever seen the letters, much less sent them.3

Faking letters from ethnic groups to oppose progressive legislation? It's like Karl Rove is back running the show.

This incident could be just the tip of the iceberg—one small part of a coordinated campaign to undermine the president's agenda. The House of Representatives has started to investigate how far this scam goes—but with allegations this serious, this is a federal criminal matter.4

Can you sign our petition asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether the lobbying firm committed fraud? Clicking here will add your name:

http://pol.moveon.org/roveisback/o.pl?id=16707-14388865-tGqijix&t=9

The petition reads:

A lobbying firm hired to fight against clean energy was caught sending forged letters from the NAACP and a Hispanic nonprofit to a Democratic congressman. Please conduct a thorough investigation into whether the firm, Bonner & Associates, committed fraud, and how often they've done this.

The thing is, this isn't the first time this has happened.

The very same firm, Bonner & Associates, was caught in 2002 using an African American charity's name to oppose legislation lowering drug prices—that time on behalf of their clients in the pharmaceutical industry.5

This time they are targeting freshman Democrat Tom Perriello, who has been a champion of clean energy jobs.

If we are going to get the change this country needs, we have to stop this kind of deceit on the part of special interests. Please sign the petition by clicking here:

http://pol.moveon.org/roveisback/o.pl?id=16707-14388865-tGqijix&t=10

Thanks for all you do,

–Justin, Ilya, Ilyse, Peter and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "The Case of the Forged Letters—a cap-and-trade mystery," Reuters, July 31, 2009. http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51703&id=16707-14388865-tGqijix&t=11

2. "Fake Out: Forged Letters Urged Congressman To Vote Against Climate Bill," The Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2009. http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51693&id=&t=6&id=16707-14388865-tGqijix&t=12

3. "Forged Letters to Congressman Anger Local Groups," Charlottesville Daily Progress, July 31, 2009. http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51695&id=&t=7&id=16707-14388865-tGqijix&t=13

4. "Congress To Probe Forged Climate Change Letters," Talking Points Memo, July 31, 2009. http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51697&id=&t=8&id=16707-14388865-tGqijix&t=14

5. "Community Leaders Decry Lobby Firm's Fax," The Baltimore Sun, March 9, 2002. http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51696&id=&t=9&id=16707-14388865-tGqijix&t=15

Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.
 Pass it on if you have any conservative friends who still, after all this, oppose universal health care. Please -- you have high speed internet. For once use it for something other than sending propaganda, hoaxes or gossip.

"They Dump the Sick to Satisfy Investors": Insurance Exec Turned Whistleblower Wendell Potter Speaks Out Against Healthcare Industry

As the debate over healthcare reform intensifies on Capitol Hill, we spend the hour with a former top insurance executive who’s now exposing the industry’s dirty secrets. Wendell Potter once served as the head of corporate communications at CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies. We speak to Potter about his own transformation from industry mouthpiece to whistleblower, the healthcare industry’s extensive PR and lobbying machine, the campaign to discredit Michael Moore’s film Sicko, and the insurance industry’s most pressing task: the fight against a public option, let alone a single-payer system. [includes rush transcript]

Goodbye Geocities

I've had web pages there since 1995 when I worked for Netscape. It is the end of an era. Geocities was the place back-in-the-day where occultists like myself felt safe making their opinions available for a larger audience. It was always free, and while it is true that they advertise on your pages, they always did so in the most unobtrusive way: no pop-ups or annoying scripts. In particular, one of the best pages on Tarot I have ever seen is on Geocities. I hope that the Tarot Inspiration web site relocates. It is a really interesting site, and if you haven't been there before, I suggest yo do so before it is gone forever.

It's the end of an era, and this may perhaps be the beginning of the end for free web services. It's sad, really, because the public internet began with the idea that it should be available to everyone for free. But just like all things it seems - everything must be about money first - benefit last.

See ya, Geocities. Thanks for all the years of free hosting and for all those web sites I learned so much from.
  • Health care is a basic human right[99][103][104] or entitlement.[105]
  • Ensuring the health of all citizens benefits a nation economically.[106]
  • About 59% of the U.S. health care system is already publicly financed with federal and state taxes, property taxes, and tax subsidies - a universal health care system would merely replace private/employer spending with taxes. Total spending would go down for individuals and employers.[107]
  • A single payer system could save $286 billion a year in overhead and paperwork.[108] Administrative costs in the U.S. health care system are substantially higher than those in other countries and than in the public sector in the US: one estimate put the total administrative costs at 24 percent of U.S. health care spending.[109]
  • Several studies have shown a majority of taxpayers and citizens across the political divide would prefer a universal health care system over the current U.S. system[110][111][112]
  • Universal health care would provide for uninsured adults who may forgo treatment needed for chronic health conditions.[113]
  • Wastefulness and inefficiency in the delivery of health care would be reduced.[114]
  • America spends a far higher percentage of GDP on health care than any other country but has worse ratings on such criteria as quality of care, efficiency of care, access to care, safe care, equity, and wait times, according to the Commonwealth Fund.[115]
  • A universal system would align incentives for investment in long term health-care productivity, preventive care, and better management of chronic conditions.[116]
  • Universal health care could act as a subsidy to business, at no cost thereto. (Indeed, the Big Three of U.S. car manufacturers cite health-care provision as a reason for their ongoing financial travails. The cost of health insurance to U.S. car manufacturers adds between USD 900 and USD 1,400 to each car made in the U.S.A.)[117]
  • The profit motive adversely affects the cost and quality of health care. If managed care programs and their concomitant provider networks are abolished, then doctors would no longer be guaranteed patients solely on the basis of their membership in a provider group and regardless of the quality of care they provide. Theoretically, quality of care would increase as true competition for patients is restored.[118]
  • A 2008 opinion poll of 2,000 US doctors found support for a universal health care plan at 59%-32%, which is up from the 49%-40% opinion of physicians in 2002. These numbers include 83% of psychiatrists, 69% of emergency medicine specialists, 65% of pediatricians, 64% of internists, 60% of family physicians and 55% of general surgeons. The reasons given are an inability of doctors to decide patient care and patients who are unable to afford care.[119]
  • According to an estimate by Dr. Marcia Angell roughly 50% of health care dollars are spent on health care, the rest go to various middlepersons and intermediaries. A streamlined, non-profit, universal system would increase the efficiency with which money is spent on health care.[120]
  • In countries in Western Europe with public universal health care, private health care is also available, and one may choose to use it if desired. Most of the advantages of private health care continue to be present, see also two-tier health care.[121]
  • Universal health care and public doctors would protect the right to privacy between insurance companies and patients.[122]
  • Public health care system can be used as independent third party in disputes between employer and employee.[123]
  • Conservatives can favor universal health care, because in countries with universal health care, the government spends less tax money per person on health care than the U.S. For example, in France, the government spends $569 less per person on health care than in the United States. This would allow the U.S. to adopt universal health care, while simultaneously cutting government spending and cutting taxes.[124]

Amazing

Health care lobbyists are spending $1.4 million a day to undermine reform. Think about how many zero's that is... per day.

Happy Independence Day

"Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love.

Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will.

At least the ancient Greeks were being honest." Chuck Palahniuk

Borrowed from Tau Thomas

I wrote about this in the ethics section of The Heretics Guide to Thelema. Regardless of whether or not you have read my book, please watch this little video. It is *very* important. This is what I feel the battle for freedom is all about.



If you'd like to read the article, please go here: http://tinyurl.com/o8sg8s

But most importantly - DRIVE PEOPLE YOU KNOW TO THIS ARTICLE.

Thanks to Knight of Pan for bringing this to my attention.

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Dear MoveOn member,

Last week, a draft of the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform bill was leaked to the press—and it lacked a public health insurance option, the heart of President Obama's plan for real reform.1

A strong public option is key to bringing down the costs for all of us—both the cost of enacting a new health care bill and the cost to patients who're currently stuck with out-of-control premiums.2 And we need to make sure the Finance Committee hears this message immediately.

Voters have a special role to play since their senators. They need to hear from voters all around that a strong public health insurance option must be included in any reform bill to help bring down costs throughout the system.

Can you call your senator? Tell him/her: A health care bill without a strong public health insurance option is completely unacceptable. A strong public option is the best way to bring down costs for patients and taxpayers. Here's where to call:

A whopping 83% of Americans want a public health insurance option,3 but folks in Congress keep proposing half-measures like the "co-op" proposal that would set up small, private, regional plans that would be too weak to compete with insurance companies and bring costs down.4
That's why we need to keep reminding senators that we need a strong public health insurance option that meets four key criteria:

* Available to all of us: A strong public health insurance option should be available to anyone who chooses to participate. If you like your current plan, you can keep it; if you want the public health insurance plan, you can choose it.

* A national plan with real bargaining clout: In order to truly control costs and compete with private health insurance plans, a strong public health insurance option must be available nationwide.

* Ready on day one: Every day we wait on real reform, health care costs continue to rise. A strong public health insurance option right out of the gate is key to building a competitive program that will help control costs.

* A truly public plan: To ensure it's held to the highest standards of accountability, a public health insurance option must be truly publicly run—accountable and transparent to Congress and to voters.

This is the key to real health care reform. But it will only become a reality if we all speak out, loudly and clearly. Please call today.


Thanks for all you do.

–-Patrick S., Peter, Matt, Marika and the rest of the team

Sources:
1. "The Finance Committee's 'Comprehensive Incrementalism,'" Washington Post, June 18, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51526&id=16433-14388865-nRapJDx&t=5

2. "The Case for Public Plan Choice in National Health Reform," Institute for America's Future
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51396&id=16433-14388865-nRapJDx&t=6

3. "New Poll Shows Tremendous Support for Public Health Care Option," Blog for Our Future, June 15, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51510&id=16433-14388865-nRapJDx&t=7

4. "The Trouble With Conrad's Compromise," CBS News, June 15, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51517&id=16433-14388865-nRapJDx&t=8
Dear MoveOn member,

Health care reform is in trouble in the Senate.

Conservatives in Congress, including some Democrats, are trying to kill Obama's public health insurance option not by opposing it outright, but by pushing weak half-measures and calling them "public plans."1 The latest is a proposal for small, regional "co-ops" that would have no chance of competing against insurance companies to bring costs down.2

If we act immediately, we have a good shot at defeating ploys like the "co-op." The key is to make it clear that we support a strong public health insurance option and lay out exactly what that means.
Click below and we'll fax a flier in your name (for free!) to Sens. Merkley and Wyden that sets the bar for a strong public health insurance option. Faxes come directly into the office, so staffers are guaranteed to see them. And if enough of us send faxes, staffers will pass the flier on to their senator.

http://pol.moveon.org/fax?tg=FSOR_2.FSOR_1&cp_id=967&id=16427-14388865-abVmBBx&t=3

It's up to us to remind our senators that an overwhelming majority of Americans—83%—supports a public health insurance option,3 and that weak half-measures like the "co-op" plan are no substitute for real reform.
The flier says: "A strong public health insurance option must be part of health care reform this year," and outlines key criteria that a plan must be based upon:

* Available to all of us: A strong public health insurance option should be available to anyone who chooses to participate. If you like your current plan, you can keep it; if you want to participate in the public health insurance plan, you can choose that.

* A national plan with real bargaining clout: In order to truly control costs and compete with private health insurance plans, a strong public health insurance option must be available nationwide.

* Ready on day one: Every day we wait on real reform, health care costs continue to rise. A strong public health insurance option with a broad network of providers right out of the gate is key to building a competitive program that will help control costs.

* A truly public plan: To ensure it's held to the highest standards of accountability, a public health insurance option must be truly publicly run—accountable and transparent to Congress and to voters.

If thousands of us send faxes to Senate offices this week, we can make sure that message is heard loud and clear. Can you fax Sens. Merkley and Wyden today? Click below and we'll send one for you:

http://pol.moveon.org/fax?tg=FSOR_2.FSOR_1&cp_id=967&id=16427-14388865-abVmBBx&t=4

Thanks for all that you do.

–Patrick S., Kat, Justin, Wes, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "A Public Health Plan," The New York Times, June 21, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51519&id=16427-14388865-abVmBBx&t=5

2. "A co-op for the public option? Let's talk principles," The Now! Blog, June 12, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51498&id=16427-14388865-abVmBBx&t=6

3. "New Poll Shows Tremendous Support for Public Health Care Option," Blog for Our Future, June 15, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51510&id=16427-14388865-abVmBBx&t=7

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I know you wont do it

But I have to at least try:

This is what single payer health care is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-payer_health_care

This is why you should call your congress critters and demand it. This is the last chance we will have at this. It's now or never.

Thanks

The Big Challenge

Key leaders in Washington are now saying that any health care reform will—and must—include a public health insurance option.1,2

The big challenge now? Opponents of reform are trotting out weak half-measures and calling them "public plans,"3 with the goal of leaving us with a public health insurance option in name only. The latest is a proposal for "co-ops"—small, regional insurers that would be too weak to bring costs down or compete with existing private insurance.4

We have to push back right away and with a clear message: Americans demand a strong public health insurance option, one that is available to everyone, national in scope with real bargaining clout, ready to go on day one, and truly public.

Can you write a letter to the editor about how important it is to include a strong public health insurance option in reform this year? Our tool makes writing a letter really simple. You can send the letter right from our website—it only takes a few minutes:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51500&id=16403-14388865-21fwe5x&t=3

If you've never written a letter to the editor before, now is the time to send your first. The letters page is one of the most widely read—and most important—in local newspapers. Members of Congress and their staffs read it to understand how their constituents are feeling. And the media read it as feedback on their coverage.

Here are a few key points for your letter on what a strong public health insurance option should look like:

  • Available to all of us: A strong public health insurance option should be available to anyone who chooses to participate. If you like your current plan, you can keep it; if you want to participate in the public health insurance plan, you can choose to do so.
  • A national plan with real bargaining clout: In order to truly control costs and compete with private health insurance plans, a strong public health insurance option must be available nationwide.
  • Ready on day one: Every day we wait on real reform, health care costs continue to rise. A strong public health insurance option right out of the gate is key to building a competitive program that will help control costs.
  • A truly public plan: To ensure it's held to the highest standards of accountability, a public health insurance option must be truly publicly run—accountable and transparent to Congress and to voters.
A robust public health insurance option is the lynchpin of real reform that will help bring costs down and provide coverage for all Americans. If thousands of us write to our local papers, we can make sure our representatives in Washington understand how crucial it is to voters like us. Please click here to get started:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51500&id=16403-14388865-21fwe5x&t=4

Thanks for all you do.

–Patrick S., Kat, Nita, Justin and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Pelosi: Health Care Reform Can't Pass Without Public Option," The Huffington Post, June 11, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51502&id=16403-14388865-21fwe5x&t=5

2. "CONFIRMED: Kennedy Bill Will Have Public Health Insurance Option," Health Care for America Now, June 9, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51503&id=16403-14388865-21fwe5x&t=7

3. "Co-op compromise gives White House a health option," The Associated Press, June 14, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51504&id=16403-14388865-21fwe5x&t=8

4."A Co-Op for the Public Option? Let's Talk Principles," The Now! Blog, June 12, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51498&id=16403-14388865-21fwe5x&t=9

... but it's all been a pack of lies.

Blue Cross is in Canada too. They administer a health care system that's single payer there. Canada converted their private system to public. The way is already paid and major American insurance companies has already done this in Canada. ... The same Blue Shield that tells us it is impossible in the US does this in Canada. Blue Cross has managed to survive in Canada on their own in spite of it being a public system. They know exactly how to make the conversion, they just don't want to because they make more money fleecing citizens.

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Less than 48 hours ago, the biggest corporations in the country declared war on President Obama's agenda. The scale of the attack is mind-boggling.

The right-wing lobbyists at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will spend $100 million to defeat Obama's plans for health care and a clean energy economy. They call it their "most important project" in nearly 100 years.1

Congress is voting on a crucial energy bill in less than two weeks, and you can count on a barrage of misleading TV ads and arm-twisting in Congress aimed at weakening the bill. We're countering with an emergency organizing drive to strengthen the energy bill—but we urgently need to raise the funds to power our organizing drive.

Your local Chamber of Commerce represents small businesses, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is different—it represents the interests of mega-corporations, especially Big Oil and Coal. 

In the next ten days, we'll pull out all the stops to block the Chamber and strengthen the energy bill. And after the big vote, we'll keep going just as strong—demanding a public health insurance option in the health care bill, fighting for tough new rules to rein in the financial industry, and making sure Obama's progressive agenda gets enough grassroots support to succeed.

This is an all-hands-on-deck moment, so we're pulling together our best online, grassroots, and legislative strategies to:

  • Flood Capitol Hill with thousands of phone calls.
  • Buy online ads targeted to get the attention of opinion-makers in key House districts.
  • Bring together progressive members of Congress to speak out about the problems in the bill.
  • Hand-deliver petitions to dozens of local congressional offices—and hold media events outside to highlight the voices of unemployed people calling for clean energy jobs.
  • Hold face-to-face meetings with congressional staff in Washington and in communities across the country.
  • Launch a new website, StrengthenIt.org, where we'll rally local environmental groups to the cause.
    Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Wes, Noah, Nita and the rest of the team

P.S. If you're a member of your local Chamber of Commerce or run a small business, please sign our petition asking the U.S. Chamber to stop lobbying against Obama's clean energy jobs plan:

http://pol.moveon.org/chamber/?id=16376-14388865-h9M89vx&t=5

Source:
1. "Chamber defends free-market system," Politico, June 10, 2009
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23563.html

Buy Ego and The Ids MP3's from:

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Or you can buy the entire album from CDBaby. If you do, I'll send you stickers and pins!

EGO AND THE IDS: Almost Masons

Neato, eh?

Attention Portland Peeps!

We are changing our meeting time to the 3rd Thursday of every month
Cascadia Hour Exchange (CHE)
The Vancouver and North Portland CHE Auction
Better than Barter!
 
Attention All CHE Participants: We are changing the event this month to potluck on the 3rd Thursday evening. First time guests are free; all others should contribute 1/2 CHE if they bring a dish, or 1 CHE if they come with just an appetite. Vendor tables are free. You can auction up to 3 items per participant. All members and participants can network their services.

Auction ... Thursday, June 18th, 2009 @ Jantzen Beach, near Plaid Pantry, next to the barber shop. Event starts at
            6 pm - Potluck Dinner - 6:30 pm - Guest Orientation & Networking - 7:30 pm - 100% CHE Trade Auction!!
 
Where: Hayden Island Mobile Home Community - River Shore Clubhouse (across from Target in the Jantzen Beach Shopping Center)
           
1501 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217 - Map

The Auction will be held at the Hayden Island Mobile Home Community in the River Shore Clubhouse, Map, at Jantzen Beach,
 
Every Third Thursday Evening of every month, Next meeting will be June, 18th, 2009
 
 
Cost: Dinner is potluck; First time guests are free; Others should contribute 1/2 CHE if they bring a dish, or 1 CHE if they come with just an appetite. Always feel free to bring a friend!
 
Purpose:   Network/Trade/Auction/Social
 
Everyone is Welcome
 

Features

·         Free Directory

·         No Trade Dues

·         No Trade Fees

·         Gift Certificates

·        Free Web Sites

·        Social Connections

Benefits

·         Save Your Cash

·         Increase Sales

·         Networking

·         More Trade

·     Monthly Auction

·     More Business

Learn all about the CHE business network at this event. We have been building a better local business community since 1994. (Please RSPV to the volunteer coordinator that invited you to attend, call John @ 503-810-8382 or any of our representatives.)

This is a time for CHE participants to trade goods and services, providing a wonderful opportunity for growing and networking your business. This door is open to you to meet new and exciting people interested in trade.  CHE is built on the values of individual participants and the use of CHE scrip (gift certificates). All items and services at the meeting are 100% trade without any cost, cash or trade fees. Come and join us for this special CHE event on  Thursday Evening, June 18th, 2009.    We all hope to see you at the meeting! 

We invite you to check out our CHE web site at www.cascadiahourexchange.com  check out our new blogs and meetings or join us for this CHE Auction and Social Event.
Bring your FRIENDS and CHE gift certificates and/or something to sell.
 
Reservations are requested. Please be our guest by calling John at 503-810-8382 or E-mail jpoling@ipns.com.

Just in case you don't get these

 Dear MoveOn member,

If you haven't been paying attention to the fight in Congress over President Obama's clean energy jobs plan, now's the time to tune in. This is the most important opportunity in generations to jumpstart our economy and fight the climate crisis.

Unfortunately, powerful oil and coal interests have had a stranglehold on our energy policy, demanding loopholes, bailouts, and giveaways from taxpayers. They've won concessions that weaken the bill's ability to deliver on the full promise of clean energy jobs.

But now, progressives are coming together to push back. MoveOn has joined with groups across the progressive movement, from the Sierra Club to ACORN to Oxfam to Rock the Vote, to tell Congress to stand strong against the special interests that seek to weaken the clean energy bill at every turn.

We can strengthen and improve this bill, if clean energy leaders in Congress like Representative David Wu will join our fight. Can you sign MoveOn's petition to Rep. Wu? Clicking here will sign your name:

http://pol.moveon.org/cleanenergy/o.pl?id=16301-14388865-Pm6q3Ex&t=4

The petition says: "We need a stronger energy bill to fulfill Obama's vision of a clean energy economy. Congress should strengthen the clean energy standards and restore Obama's authority to crack down on dirty coal plants."

In particular, we need leaders in Congress to stand up for three key changes to the latest version of the energy bill:

  • Ensure more clean energy for America: Require power companies to produce more clean energy. Wind and solar create more than twice as many jobs as coal and oil.
  • Hold polluters accountable: Restore President Obama's current authority through the EPA to crack down on global warming pollution from power plants.
  • Create more clean energy jobs for America and build resiliency to climate change: Reduce giveaways to polluting industries in order to bolster green job development and protect vulnerable communities.

The full list of groups that are calling on congressional leaders to strengthen the clean energy jobs bill is impressive: 1Sky, ACORN, Democracia Ahora, Environment America, Green For All, Health Care Without Harm, Oxfam, Rock the Vote, the Sierra Club, and USAction, along with MoveOn. It's a real show of strength.

We need to urge Congress to strengthen and improve this bill. Please urge clean energy supporters like Rep. Wu to fight for a stronger energy bill. Clicking here will add your name to MoveOn's petition:

http://pol.moveon.org/cleanenergy/o.pl?id=16301-14388865-Pm6q3Ex&t=5

Thank you for all you do.

–Anna, Adam, Joan, Noah and the rest of the team

P.S. You can read the full text of the groups' joint letter to Congress at http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51481&id=16301-14388865-Pm6q3Ex&t=6

Simply go to Ego and The Ids -click the "free stuff" link and sign up to receive our occasional news and you will redirect to a download page for the MP3s.

BONUS: Buy the album directly from CDBaby and we will send you buttons, stickers and more! FREE.

Attention Portland peeps

The Legislature is about to vote on House Bill 2186, which contains several measures to reduce the climate impact of our driving and save us money at the gas pump.

HB 2186 will establish a low-carbon fuel standard in Oregon, reducing the carbon emissions of our fuel by 10% over the next decade. It puts an end to alternative fuel “greenwashing” by calculating the total carbon footprint of fuels—including production, transportation to market, and combustion.

This fair and transparent accounting will give a leg up to truly green fuels like cellulosic ethanol, which is made from forest material and crops like switchgrass. Because cellulosic ethanol’s carbon footprint is so much lower than corn ethanol, HB 2186 will stimulate Oregon’s growing biomass industry.

By shifting our fuel mix from foreign oil to homegrown biomass, we can stabilize gas prices, create good jobs in Oregon and increase our energy security.

Needless to say, corporate lobbyists are swarming Salem to stop the bill. 

Don’t let them succeed—tell your representatives to support HB 2186.

HB 2186 also creates standards for replacement tires, ensuring they are as fuel-efficient and cost-effective as the tires that come with new cars. It will help make trucks more aerodynamic, and create plug-in stations along the highways so truck operators won’t have to idle their engines all night while they sleep. These methods have been studied for years and are being adopted by states across the USA.

It’s time for us to take a stand with these sensible approaches to reducing our impact on the climate.

Tell your representatives to vote for House Bill 2186.

Onward!
The Team at Onward Oregon
www.OnwardOregon.org

The banks (you know, the ones that got a bailout and now want more) are demolishing brand new, really nice houses because it is cheaper than for them to pay taxes on them. How many homeless in the US? Let the banks fail. What the car companies want is a drop in the bucket in comparison.

They already made money on the bailout, and will likely get more, so why SHOULDN'T they destroy these homes? They made money on them after all.

The lack of outrage is pathetic.


To Corel technical support

I am mostly posting this here so I can access my response to their technical support when I blog it on Blogger.

I guess Corel is not interested in selling product to people. I believe the entire idea of selling your software "bundled" is to get users to try your products and to entice them to buy a full product. You have failed miserably in both technical support and in representing your company's best interest. I am going to blog about this experience, and I can assure you, I will *never* buy anything from Corel that I can get from your competitors.

Now, I am off to search your web site to file a complaint.

Good luck with the new economy.


******

Thank you for contacting Corel Customer Support Services.

Corel does not offer free support for OEM or “Bundled” software. Fee-based incident support is available for all customers.

Corel offers a variety of free resources including community sites, tutorials and Tips & Tricks. Please visit  www.corel.com/resources

If you prefer to speak to one of our agents, you can call our fee-based support line. Support incidents can be purchased on line or at the time of your call. A fee is payable prior to receiving assistance via telephone.  For information on pricing and contact information, please visit:

North America - www.corel.com/support           
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Other - www.corel.com/contactus   

Best Regards,
Angelo
Corel Customer Support

The Memo

DATE: December 12, 1991
TO: Distribution
FR: Lawrence H. Summers
Subject: GEP

'Dirty' Industries: Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging MORE migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [Less Developed Countries]? I can think of three reasons:

1) The measurements of the costs of health impairing pollution depends on the foregone earnings from increased morbidity and mortality. From this point of view a given amount of health impairing pollution should be done in the country with the lowest cost, which will be the country with the lowest wages. I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that.

2) The costs of pollution are likely to be non-linear as the initial increments of pollution probably have very low cost. I've always though that under-populated countries in Africa are vastly UNDER-polluted, their air quality is probably vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles or Mexico City. Only the lamentable facts that so much pollution is generated by non-tradable industries (transport, electrical generation) and that the unit transport costs of solid waste are so high prevent world welfare enhancing trade in air pollution and waste.

3) The demand for a clean environment for aesthetic and health reasons is likely to have very high income elasticity. The concern over an agent that causes a one in a million change in the odds of prostrate cancer is obviously going to be much higher in a country where people survive to get prostrate cancer than in a country where under 5 mortality is is 200 per thousand. Also, much of the concern over industrial atmosphere discharge is about visibility impairing particulates. These discharges may have very little direct health impact. Clearly trade in goods that embody aesthetic pollution concerns could be welfare enhancing. While production is mobile the consumption of pretty air is a non-tradable.

The problem with the arguments against all of these proposals for more pollution in LDCs (intrinsic rights to certain goods, moral reasons, social concerns, lack of adequate markets, etc.) could be turned around and used more or less effectively against every Bank proposal for liberalization.

Postscript

After the memo became public in February 1992, Brazil's then-Secretary of the Environment Jose Lutzenburger wrote back to Summers: "Your reasoning is perfectly logical but totally insane... Your thoughts [provide] a concrete example of the unbelievable alienation, reductionist thinking, social ruthlessness and the arrogant ignorance of many conventional 'economists' concerning the nature of the world we live in... If the World Bank keeps you as vice president it will lose all credibility. To me it would confirm what I often said... the best thing that could happen would be for the Bank to disappear." Sadly, Mr. Lutzenburger was fired shortly after writing this letter.

Mr. Summers, on the other hand, was appointed the U.S. Treasury Secretary on July 2nd, 1999, and served through the remainder of the Clinton Admistration. Afterwards, he was named president of Harvard University.

For the Google impaired

 Dear MoveOn member,

Conservatives are running $1 million in ads, starting today, to crush the public health insurance option1—the heart of Obama's health care plan. And they've promised to spend tens of millions more.2

To win against the powerful insurance lobby, we'll need to be everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members have already made calls, signed petitions, faxed Congress, rallied at events—and we'll even run our own ads soon—all in support of the public health insurance option.

But with the insurance industry in all-out attack mode, we now need to go even further. Can you drop by your senator's local office today or tomorrow to tell him or her to stand up for a public health insurance option that would guarantee coverage and reduce costs by up to 30%?3 

Here's the office closest to you (or at least we hope so; see the P.S. for other options)

Sen. Ron Wyden's District Office
1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 585
Portland, OR

Click here to print out your flier and let us know you're going:

http://pol.moveon.org/call?tg=FSOR_2.FSOR_1&cp_id=891&id=16016-14388865-CciCyhx&t=4

Just stopping by your senator's office for two minutes has more impact than a call, an email—even more than a handwritten letter. And if enough of us show up at the local office, a staffer will call Washington to explain how strongly voters back home are feeling.

Dropping off a flier is easy:

  • Write a short, personal note on your flier. Your visit will be more effective if you tell your senator how saving 30% on health care will have a positive impact on your life.
  • Bring a friend if you want, but you totally don't have to. Don't worry about coordinating with other volunteers—just get to an office! The more individuals who stop by the office, the more powerful the message will be to Congress. 
  • Tell the staffer that you're there to express support for the public health insurance option. Be polite and friendly, and don't feel like you need to stay more than a minute. Just stopping by is a huge statement.

In this economy, the public health insurance option is especially crucial. Saving up to 30% on high-quality coverage could help families struggling to pay for their insurance—and those with no coverage at all right now.

But with insurance companies using their vast resources to attack Obama's plan, we can't just sit back and hope Congress does the right thing. We all need to speak out for the public health insurance option to make it a reality.

Can you stop by your senator's office today?

Thanks for all you do.

–Patrick S., Peter, Daniel, Carrie and the rest of the team

P.S. Can't make it to that office up above? Here is another office near you:

Sen. Jeff Merkley's District Office
One World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Street, Suite 1250
Portland, OR

P.P.S. If you'd like to look up office addresses yourself, you can do so here: http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=173&id=16016-14388865-CciCyhx&t=5

Sources: 

1. "Health group launches $1M ad buy," Politico, April 27, 2009
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21746.html

2. "Group launches health care offensive," Politico, March 3, 2009
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19542.html

3. "The Cost and Coverage Impacts of a Public Plan: Alternative Design Options," The Lewin Group, April 6, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51315&id=16016-14388865-CciCyhx&t=6

Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.


PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, http://pol.moveon.org/. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. This email was sent to Gerald del Campo on April 28, 2009. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.
Dear MoveOn member,

This is it. Congress is about to begin voting on the biggest clean energy jobs plan America has ever seen—but last week we learned that a few conservative Democrats on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee are conspiring to weaken it.

Their leader is threatening to block the bill from even reaching the House floor unless it's changed to make the coal industry happy—and delay America's switch to a clean energy economy.1 Millions of new, high-paying jobs are at stake.

We've only got one shot at at this thing. If the bill gets watered down now, it'll be really hard to strengthen it later. So we've put together an ad to run in key Democrats' home districts, showing how clean energy can rebuild the American economy one community at a time.

The first votes are expected this week so we need to raise $192,000 to get the ad on the air today and keep it up throughout the voting. Can you chip in $25 to help out? Click here:

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/energydems.html?id=16008-14388865-1b8M0Zx&t=3

This clean energy jobs bill would aggressively scale up American wind and solar production and save us all money by investing in energy-efficiency programs. It's a bold start at moving America to a clean energy economy, and it was written by two of the great progressive champions in Congress, Henry Waxman of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

MoveOn's got a critical role to play in supporting and strengthening the bill—and making sure that conservative Democrats don't side with Big Oil and Coal to kill the bill or weaken it beyond recognition.

Already, MoveOn members are organizing media events in representatives' home districts where business leaders will speak about the opportunities of a clean energy economy.

To turn up the heat, our new ad shows how we could create clean energy jobs across America to pull us out of this economic crisis and make America a clean-technology leader for the 21st century. We're running it in the districts of three swing Democrats in Virginia, Tennessee, and Texas.

With the first votes expected this week, there's no time to waste. Help us get started right away with a contribution of $25. Please click here:
https://pol.moveon.org/donate/energydems.html?id=16008-14388865-1b8M0Zx&t=4

Thanks for all you do.

–Adam, Anna, Matt, Laura and the rest of the team

Source:

1. "Talks intensify in search for House committee win on climate bill," ClimateWire, April 24, 2009. http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51370&id=16008-14388865-1b8M0Zx&t=5 See also Reps. Boucher and Doyle's "Recommended changes to Waxman-Markey," http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51369&id=16008-14388865-1b8M0Zx&t=6

Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

Almost Masons!

Ego and The Ids is a musical project: It is a collaboration by musicians who wish to communicate something beautiful and huge with sound while exploiting music's ability to make people feel something they can relate to. It is about evoking mental images of life, death and everything in between, always taking the time to show the grandeur of the human experience.

Who do Ego and The Ids listen to? Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Stoa, James, Concrete Blonde, Leonard Cohen, Human Drama, The Clan of Xymox, The Misfits, The Swans, This Mortal Coil, Cranberries, Sisters of Mercy, NIN, The Cult, Joy Division, Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, Velvet Underground, Elliot Smith, Pink Floyd, U2, Marillion, Porcupine Tree, etc...

Ego and The Ids is like real life, and real chocolate. It is simultaneously bitter and sweet. It is uplifting and tragic at the same time.

We view music as an alchemical process. Simply put, our music is orchestral, melodic, and experimental.

Click the picture.

EGO AND THE IDS: Almost Masons
By the end of the year, China will be the world's leading manufacturer of wind turbines.1 The U.S. government's investment in wind is tiny compared to China's, and that means American workers are missing out on millions of new jobs.

All that could change: In two weeks, there's a vote on President Obama's plan for a new energy economy. But key Democrats are wavering in the face of a flurry of Big Oil ads claiming America can't afford clean energy.

We're ready to counter with a new TV ad about all the great manufacturing jobs we could create by building clean energy tech. That's the message that'll convince Congress, but we need to raise $100,000 to put it on the air this week—can you chip in $25 to help out?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/cleanenergyad.html?id=15980-14388865-.i.4iIx&t=2

If we don't pass this bill, we'll lose our chance to create millions of good, green jobs for laid-off workers. We'll lose our chance to give our kids a vibrant economy. And we'll lose our chance to pay down our national debt.

U.S. investment in wind power lags far behind, but when it comes to solar power, the story is even more infuriating: In the 1990s, the U.S. actually led the world in solar cell manufacturing. But in the Bush-Cheney years, China, Japan, and Europe all zoomed ahead of us in solar production.

We can catch up, but only if we start quickly.

Obama's plan would aggressively scale up American wind and solar production—creating millions of new jobs and tackling climate change in one fell swoop.

But the latest ads from dirty-energy companies are scaring away key Democrats in Congress. We've got to ramp up our grassroots campaign, starting with a new national TV ad to frame clean energy as one of the best ways to create good, new jobs.

Can you pitch in $25 to help win the upcoming vote on Obama's clean energy jobs plan?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/cleanenergyad.html?id=15980-14388865-.i.4iIx&t=3

Thanks for all you do.

–Adam, Noah, Anna, Wes and the rest of the team

Source:
1. "We Must Seize the Energy Opportunity or Slip Further Behind," Center for American Progress, April 20, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51337&id=15980-14388865-.i.4iIx&t=4

Happy Earth Day?!?!?!

What? Is it some sort of fucking holiday or something?

ATTENTION CORPORATE AMERICA: EARTH DAY WAS CREATED TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT WE ARE SHITTING WHERE WE EAT, AND THAT WE ARE DESTROYING OUR HOME.

We didn't create it to provide you with another money-making opportunity.

Rending The Veil seeking submissions

Hey, everyone. Rending The Veil is now seeking submissions for their next issue. We are growing and we are everywhere. If you have something to say that is worth saying to a large audience, please contact me directly

Thank you

Hey, teabaggers. Watch this.

It worked to start a war

Dear MoveOn member,

It worked to start a war. Will it work to kill clean energy?

President Obama's plan for a new energy economy is starting to move through Congress, but Republicans are telling a big lie to kill it. Their strategy is to frame the plan as a huge new tax on working families.

The truth is, shifting away from dirty energy is great for working families—and it's essential to rebuilding our tanking economy. But a big lie can start to seem like the truth if we don't speak up. Remember Saddam Hussein's WMDs?

If Republicans convince voters that clean energy legislation amounts to a new tax, Obama's plan is toast. We need to show how investing in clean energy would save Americans money and rebuild the economy for the 21st century. Our strategy is to pressure Congress with TV and radio ads telling the truth about Obama's plan. And we'll intensify grassroots organizing efforts in hundreds of districts to counter industry lobbying.

Attention Tea Bagging Conservatives

Where were your tea bags when George The Fuhrer Bush was selling the country to the lowest bidder? Where were your "fiscal conservative" ideals then?

And as for "tea bagging," I'd be more than happy to show you how it is done. You just have to lie down and open your mouth. I'll do the rest.

The current cluster &%#$

People hate change more than anything else. The system is broke, but instead of moving on, they' try to fix it until it breaks again and the cycle repeats itself over and over again. Capitalism is like that really nice pair of jeans we had when we were teens. We have such good memories with them that we don't want to throw them away... even though they are falling apart and no longer fit.

The following video is courtesy of Chimpstop... and I thank him for the giggles. You probably will too. Totally work safe, by the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5le4JMAotI

Free Musick

you can get MP3's of Ego and The Ids for your player by going to egoandtheids.com, clicking on "free stuff" and signing up for our mailing list. :)

Or you can but the album here:



EGO AND THE IDS: Almost Masons

$145,000,000,000

The top 5 failing banks dished out $145 BILLION dollars in bonuses AS they were collecting funds from TARP. That's a lot of zeros, isn't it?

Third Day Bibliomancy

The fool readeth this Book of the Law, and its comment; & he understandeth it not.

Happy II

There is help & hope in other spells. Wisdom says: be strong! Then canst thou bear more joy. Be not animal; refine thy rapture! If thou drink, drink by the eight and ninety rules of art: if thou love, exceed by delicacy; and if thou do aught joyous, let there be subtlety therein!
Cascadia Hour Exchange (CHE)
The Vancouver and North Portland CHE Auction
Better than Barter!
 
Attention CHE Participants: We are changing the event this month to potluck, first time guests are free; others should contribute 1/2 CHE if they bring a dish, or 1 CHE if they come with just an appetite. Vendor tables are free. You can auction up to 3 items per participant. All members and participants can network services.

Saturday, April 11th, 2009 @ Jantzen Beach, near Plaid Pantry, next to the barber shop. Events start at 12 noon - Potluck Lunch - 1 pm - Guest Orientation & Networking - 2 PM - 100% CHE Trade Auction
 
Where: Hayden Island Mobile Home Community - River Shore Clubhouse (across from Target in the Jantzen Beach Shopping Cente) 1501 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217 - Map

The Auction will be held at the Hayden Island Mobile Home Community in the River Shore Clubhouse, Map, at Jantzen Beach,

Second Saturday of every month, Next meeting April 11th, 2009
 
 
Cost: Lunch is potluck; First time guests are free; Others should contribute 1/2 CHE if they bring a dish, or 1 CHE if they come with just an appetite. Always feel free to bring a friend!
 
Purpose:   Network/Trade/Auction/Social

 

Features

·         Free Directory

·         No Trade Dues

·         No Trade Fees

·         Gift Certificates

·        Free Web Sites

·        Social Connections

Benefits

·         Save Your Cash

·         Increase Sales

·         Networking

·         More Trade

·     Monthly Auction

·     More Business

Learn all about the CHE business network at this event. We have been building a better local business community since 1994. (Please RSPV to the volunteer coordinator that invited you to attend, call John @ 503-810-8382 or any of our representatives.)

This is a time for CHE participants to trade goods and services, providing a wonderful opportunity for growing and networking your business. This door is open to you to meet new and exciting people interested in trade.  CHE is built on the values of individual participants and the use of CHE scrip (gift certificates). All items and services at the meeting are 100% trade without any cost, cash or trade fees. Come and join us for this special CHE event on  Saturday April 11th, 2009.    We all hope to see you at the meeting! 

We invite you to check out our CHE web site at www.cascadiahourexchange.com  check out our new blogs and meetings or join us for this CHE Auction and Social Event.

Bring your FRIENDS and CHE gift certificates and/or something to sell.
 
Reservations are requested. Please be our guest by calling John at 503-810-8382 or E-mail jpoling@ipns.com.

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