March 27, 2002
The Big Brother Files #35: They Can Try But They Won't Succeed!
This is a quite compelling mix of info.
Read and share!
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
P.S. See my latest Media compilation #58: Voices of Truth in the Wilderness ---
Webposted at http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/Archives2002/MediaCompilation58.htm
Give also a good look at http://www.theyrule.net/ (Orwellian!)
CHECK ALSO "NASA scientists brush off anomalous Mars data at press briefing" at
Mars Odyssey Infrared Image of The Hydroates Chaos Region of Mars (...) As expected, what was presented was, quite frankly, nothing less than Earth shattering (well, Mars shattering at the very least). And, as expected, the NASA scientists presenting the data made absolutely no issue of the incredibly bizarre images and data they presented. They just acted like it was ho-hum stuff. It was hardly that. (...) "Quick and dirty" close-up enhancements, done just hours ago, show some very
unusual features of these "mesas." There are regular, geometric "notches", or even openings, in some of them, and others show signs of being buried foundations for larger objects. ASTOUNDING STUFF! GIVE IT A LOOK...
"These are very revolutionary and unstable times that we and the whole world are experiencing, and unfortunately most people just do not know how to handle the requirements and pressures of the new times that are coming. There is an awful lot of concern about totalitarian dictatorships rising in the world based on the ignorance of the people..."
- Jordan Maxwell, heard on over 500 radio programs and author three two-hour specials for CBS TV, and the internationally acclaimed five part series ANCIENT MYSTERIES, had this to say on the Jeff Rense radio show, March 22, 2002. Sent by Neal Kruse <email@example.com>
1. CHENEY SAYS U.S. WILL ATTACK IRAQ "FOR ISRAEL'S SAKE"
2. Castro at Monterrey: A Better World is Possible
3. STUPID WHITE MEN
4. CHEMTRAILS: Confirmed Barium, Aluminum, Titanium in rainwater samples
5. More Than 300,000 Protest Against EU Summit
6. Denver Officials, Citing Civil Rights, Decide to Bow Out of War on Terror
7. SINGLE BLACK FEMALE
Missing the Point on Campaign Finance http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495&article=21191
William Rivers Pitt | Bush Cornered by Campaign Finance Reform
White House Stonewall: Day 27
White House Stonewall: Day 28
UK Warns Saddam of Nuclear Retaliation
Aid for Poor Urged as a Tool to Fight Terror
2 Million Protest in Rome
U.S. Behind Secret Transfer of Terror Suspects
BUSH TO AFGHANISTAN: WE MAKE WAR; KEEPING PEACE IS FOR OTHERS
Bush is maneuvering to limit peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan -- showing he doesn't care much if the country disintegrates into warlord-ravaged territory.
Sent by Ken Hardy <NCEpanacea@aol.com>
CHENEY SAYS U.S. WILL ATTACK IRAQ "FOR ISRAEL'S SAKE"
[IAP News - 20 March 2002] - US vice-President Dick Cheney reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that the U.S. was planning to attack Iraq 'first and foremost for Israel's sake.'
According to Israeli sources quoted by Israeli state-run radio Wednesday, Cheney asked Sharon to 'tone down' the confrontation with the Palestinians so as not to disrupt or disturb American plans vis-a-vis Iraq.
The sources quoted Cheney as saying that he expected President Bush to decide to attack Iraq in spite of widespread opposition in the Arab world.
Sharon said publicly Tuesday that Israel would bless wholeheartedly any American attack on Iraq, telling Cheney that the US 'can always count on us.'
Israeli press reported this week that Sharon was hoping that a decisive American onslaught against Iraq would demoralize the Palestinians and force them to concede defeat and put an end to the intifada.
However, Cheney and Sharon reportedly agreed to keep coordination and cooperation on Iraq behind the curtain in order not to embarrass pro-American puppet Arab regimes.
Cheney arrived in Ankara Tuesday on an 11-nation visit to the Middle East and Britain that many have said was aimed at drumming up support for a possible campaign to overthrow President Saddam.
Turkish leaders have repeatedly voiced opposition to any action against their southern neighbor.
'There is no question of any military action against Iraq in the foreseeable future,' Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit told reporters after meeting with Cheney. Ankara, the Turkish capital, was the last stop on Cheney's tour.
Cheney said in occupied Jerusalem earlier Tuesday that no decision had yet been made on whether to attack Iraq. CLIP
Sent by "Judith Iam" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002
Subject: Castro at Monterrey
A Better World is Possible
By Fidel Castro
Editor's Note: On March 22, the United States delegates to the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, following instructions from the Bush White House, left their seats at the beginning of this speech by Fidel Castro. Had they stayed, this is what
they would have heard.
"Not everyone here will share my thoughts. Still, I will respectfully say what I think. The existing world economic order constitutes a system of plundering and exploitation like no other in history. Thus, the peoples believe less and less in statements and promises. The prestige of the international financial institutions rates less than zero. The world economy is today a huge casino. Recent analyses indicate that for every dollar that goes into trade, over one hundred end up in speculative operations completely disconnected from the real economy. As a result of this economic order, over 75 percent of the world population lives in underdevelopment, and extreme poverty has already reached 1.2 billion people in the Third World. So, far from narrowing the gap is widening. The revenue of the richest nations that in 1960 was 37 times larger than that of the poorest is now 74 times larger. The situation has reached such extremes that the assets of the three wealthiest persons in the world amount to the GDP of the 48 poorest countries combined. The number of people actually starving was 826 million in the year 2001. There are at the moment 854 million illiterate adults while 325 million children do not attend school. There are 2 billion people who have no access to low cost medications and 2.4 billion lack the basic sanitation conditions. No less than 11 million children under the age of 5 perish!
Every year from preventable causes while half a million go blind for lack of vitamin A. The life span of the population in the developed world is 30 years higher than that of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa. A true genocide! The poor countries should not be blamed for this tragedy. They neither conquered nor plundered entire continents for centuries; they did not establish colonialism, or re-established slavery; and, modern imperialism is not of their making. Actually, they have been its victims. Therefore, the main responsibility for financing their development lies with those states that, for obvious historical reasons, enjoy today the benefits of those atrocities. The rich world should condone their foreign debt and grant them fresh soft credits to finance their development. The traditional offers of assistance, always scant and often ridiculous, are either inadequate or unfulfilled. For a true and sustainable economic and social development to take place much more is required than is usually admitted. Measures as those suggested by the late James Tobin to curtail the irrepressible flow of currency speculation --albeit it was not his idea to foster development-- would perhaps be the only ones capable of generating enough funds, which in the hands of the UN agencies and not of awful institutions like the IMF, could supply direct development assistance with a democratic participation of all countries and without the need to sacrifice the independence and sovereignty of the peoples. The Consensus draft, which the masters of the world are imposing on this conference, intends that we accept humiliating, conditioned and interfering alms.
Everything created since Bretton Woods until today should be reconsidered. A farsighted vision was then missing, thus, the privileges and interests of the most powerful prevailed. In the face of the deep present crisis, a still worse future is offered where the economic, social and ecological tragedy of an increasingly ungovernable world would never be resolved and where the number of the poor and the starving would grow higher, as if a large part of humanity were doomed. It is high time for statesmen and politicians to calmly reflect on this. The belief that a social and economic order that has proven to be unsustainable can be forcibly imposed is really senseless. As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry but they cannot kill ignorance, illnesses, poverty or hunger. !
It should definitely be said: "Farewell to arms." Something must be done to save Humanity! A better world is possible! Thank you."
From: "Brian" <email@example.com>
Subject: STUPID WHITE MEN
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002
STUPID WHITE MEN is the most powerful political movement in the US today (not counting the Bush military state), and it is being carried out by one man, Michael Moore.
This book is sure to be banned by Bush, so I hope anyone associated with colleges, universities and even high schools will encourage that students read it while it is still available.
NOTE FROM JEAN: I looked up throuh Google what I could find on the web and found these details on the book:
Marian and me
http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2002/01/07/moore/print.html When Michael Moore's publisher insisted he rewrite his new book to be less critical of President Bush, it took an outraged librarian to get it back in the stores. Jan. 7, 2002 | It was the kind of battle that provocateur journalist Michael Moore would ordinarily consider red meat: a major media corporation threatening a writer's freedom of speech. Moore's new book, "Stupid White Men and Other Excuses for the State of the Nation," which pointedly criticizes President George W. Bush and his administration, was due in stores on Oct. 2. CLIP
Amazon.com: buying info: Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
Stupid White Men, Michael Moore's screed against "Thief-in-Chief" George Bush's power elite, hit No. 1 at Amazon.com within days of publication. Why? It's as fulminating and crammed with infuriating facts as any right-wing bestseller, as irreverent as The Onion, and as noisily entertaining as a wrestling smackdown. Moore offers a more interesting critique of the 2000 election than Ralph Nader's Crashing the Party (he argued with Nader, his old boss, who sacked him), and he's serious when he advocates ousting Bush. But Moore's rage is outrageous, couched in shameless gags and madcap comedy: "Old white men wielding martinis and wearing dickies have occupied our nation's capital.... Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring us the head of Antonin Scalia!... We are no longer [able] to hold free and fair elections. We need U.N. observers, U.N. troops." Moore's ideas range from on-the-money (Arafat should beat Sharon with Gandhi's nonviolent shame tactics) to over-the-top: blacks should put inflatable white dolls in their cars so racist cops will think they're chauffeurs; the ever-more-Republicanesque Democratic Party should be sued for fraud; "no contributions toward advancing our civilization ever came out of the South [except Faulkner, Hellman, and R.J. Reynolds]," because it's too hot to think straight there; Korean dictator Kim Jong-il "has got to broaden himself beyond porn and John Wayne" by watching better movies, like Dude, Where's My Car? (which contains "all you need to know about America"). Whatever your politics, Stupid White Men should make you blow your stack. --Tim Appelo
The government has been seized by a ne'er-do-well rich boy and his elderly henchmen . . . Our great economic expansion is unraveling faster than a set of Firestones . . . Our water is poisoned, the ozone's in shreds, and the SUVs are advancing like a plague of locusts . . .
Remember when everything was looking up? When the government was running at a surplus, pollution was disappearing, peace was breaking out in the Middle East and Northern Ireland, and the Bridge to the Twenty-First Century was strung with high-speed Internet cable and paved with 401K gold?
Well, so much for the future. Michael Moore, the award-winning provocateur behind Roger & Me and the bestseller Downsize This!, now returns to size up the new century -- and that big, ugly special-interest group that's laying waste to the world as we know it: stupid white men. Whether he's calling for United Nations action to overthrow the Bush Family Junta, calling on African-Americans to place whites only signs over the entrances of unfriendly businesses, or praying that Jesse Helms will get kissed by a man, Stupid White Men is Mike's Manifesto on Malfeasance and Mediocrity. Among his targets: George W.: "President" of the United States. The Thief-in-Chief. A trespasser on federal land, a squatter in the Oval Office. Send in the Marines! Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring me the head of Antonin Scalia! Bill Clinton: One of the best Republican presidents we've ever had. The Former Yugoslavia: Bring back Marshall Tito! Nobody in America liked him much when he was alive, but now he looks like Lady Bird Johnson.The Idiot Nation: A friggin' stain on a blue dress. That's what captured our attention in the nineties -- along with slow-moving Broncos, six-year-old strangled beauty queens, and Hugh Grant's dating habits. Corporate America: There is no recession, my friends: no downturn, no hard times. The rich are wallowing in loot -- and now they want to make sure you don't come a-lookin' for your piece of the pie.
The polls indicate that 60 percent of Americans are "upset or angry" about this land in which we now live -- a land where crooked courts select the president and money rules the day. So if you're feeling the same way and you're wondering what's going to give out first -- the economy, Dick Cheney's pacemaker, or your new VW Beetle -- here's the book for you.
Average Customer Review: 5 STARS! Based on 161 reviews.
644 of 804 people found the following review helpful:
Superb! Mike hits the bullseye once again., February 21, 2002 Reviewer: A reader from Dallas, TX Just finished his new book and it was right on the mark. I have to hand it to Mike, he doesn't pull any punches. I'm a Republican who didn't vote for Bush and even I have to admit that Mr. Moore has guts to stand up to the PC crowd who try to shout down anyone who disagrees with the Bush/Cheney disastrous economic policies. Hooray for free speech!
What every American needs to know--even elephants!!, February 23, 2002 Reviewer: Cindy Elavsky from Orlando, FL United States What makes this book an excellent expose of the American culture as we DON'T know it, is because is isn't written by a staunch Republican OR Democrat. Michael Moore is a man who deserves his OWN party, The Moores. We want "moore" from our politicians, and we expect "moore" from the people in charge of our country.
Don't go into reading this as, "just another lefty trying to bring down the righties." Mr. Moore just wants to make it known to all of us that there are a lot of bad, scheming people out there who are trying to run our lives for us -- Republicans and Democrats alike.
If anything, read this for the information. You may dismiss it with a closed mind, if you so desire. But if you insist on remaining so naive as to think corruption doesn't rule the world, then it won't matter if you read this book or not. Your stubborness makes you blind.
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Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002
Subject: CHEMTRAILS: CONFIRMED Barium, Aluminum, Titanium in rainwater samples
CHEMTRAIL PRESS RELEASE:
Chemtrails - Barium, Aluminum, Titanium CONFIRMED In Rainwater
By Sue Miller
The presence of Aluminum, Barium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Titanium in the air over a part of the United States is now formally documented, in as reliable a way as is available to an ordinary American citizen. Over three months, three separate rainwater and snow samples from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, have been collected and submitted for formal 'double-blind' laboratory analysis. Tests were ordered for several elements that should NOT be present in normal rain/snow. The results should have come back marked 'N/D' ('None Detected') for all tests... But, that hope was smashed. The substances that many of us who have been researching the chemtrail issue suspect are in the air --- ARE IN THE AIR. And coming down in rain and snow. Especially BARIUM.
This devastating data points to a deliberate atmospheric release of massive quantities of material containing Aluminum, Barium, Calcium, Magnesium, Calcium, and Titanium. These bleak figures also point to the possibility of a grim outlook for the humans (and animals) under this chem-bliz 'fallout', as well as the entire physical ecosystem. We were not designed to breathe these materials. Especially at the tiny particulate size, which has over and over been proven to cause increased death rates. (Most recently by the Journal of American Medical Association, 3/6/2002, 'Mortality, and Long-term Exposure to Fine Particulate Air Pollution')
More testing is urgently called for. Other substances may be present -- these five were the only tests ordered, based on information collected from the Carnicom Chemtrail Site and Discussion Board. The form in which these documented five exist -- carbonates, hydrates, stearates (?) etc.-- is still unknown. As chemtrails -- the postulated release method for these materials -- have been continually observed and documented over the United States and most of the world, more testing in other areas must be done to confirm that this is not simply a localized, temporary phenomena. The health and ecologic effects of these materials entering the groundwater, oceans, agriculture/food supply, and food chains must be considered and studied. The health, climactic, and planetary effects of the massive quantities that must exist in the upper atmosphere to reach the ground in detectable levels must be studied. The importance of these issues cannot be understated.
Sue Miller (aka 'Looookinup') firstname.lastname@example.org Links - The official laboratory tests:
Click on 'Lab Tests Are Positive'
Clifford Carnicom's Chemtrail Board:
Lung Cancer, Cardiopulmonary Mortality, and Long-term Exposure to Fine Particulate Air Pollution:
Vol. 287 No. 9, March 6, 2002
ChemtrailTrackingUSA- A group for reporting chemtrail sightings, and research
"The Merck Index - An Encyclopedia Of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals" 11th Edition - (c) 1989 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number = 89-60001 ISBN Number 91190-28-X gives the following UNDER Barium Oxide:
"998. Barium Oxide ... White to yellowish-white powder or lumps. Very alkaline; absorbs moisture and CO2 on exposure to air. POISONOUS! On contact with water it forms Ba(OH)2, with evolution of much heat. [making that an EXOTHERMIC reactive agent - parens mine] At 450 deg. combines with oxygen to form BaO2, which is reduced to BaO above 600 deg. d 5.7 mp about 1920 deg. Sol in water, dil acids. Slowly, but considerably sol in methanol, ethanol forming barium alcoholate. KEEP TIGHTLY CLOSED.
"Use: Porous grades are marketed especially for drying gases and solvents (particularly alcohols, aldehydes and petroleum solvents) Swells, but does not become sticky upon absorption of moisture. Used in manuf. of lubricating oil detergents. Also used for making barium methoxide."
Please note that virtually EVERY LAST BARIUM COMPOUND listed in 'The Merck Index' makes it SPECIFICALLY CLEAR that those compounds are all POISONOUS!
From other observations it sure does appear that it is necessary TO REMOVE WATER VAPOR (i.e. "destroy clouds") from the air (via Barium compounds) SO THAT "fibril chaffe" which will "illuminate" under the Sun's UV energy (i.e. sunshine) can be "read, followed, tracked, recorded" by SATELLITES using MICROWAVE energies which are "attenuated" by such things as ICE CRYSTALS and WATER VAPOR in the atmosphere.
The 'fibril chaffe' in the air can be satellite tracked and computer analyzed over time to "model" AIR CURRENT BEHAVIOR over land masses - such things as "dispersion" and "depth of immersion" within the various layers of our atmosphere.
NOTE FROM JEAN: I also received copy of this other related correspondence about this info above:
From: Dr. A. J. Lewis
Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2002
Subject: Fw: CHEMTRAILS: CONFIRMED Barium, Aluminum, Titanium in rainwater samples..
Saturday afternoon I attended a three hour meeting with Clifford Carnicom, the leading U.S. researcher on "chemtrails". He was for fifteen years a U.S. government researcher, and has spent the last three years using his own money, etc. to find what is really happening in our skies and the mystery behind it. He spent one year documenting photographically guided by the concept that they should be of a quality acceptable in a court trial. He has presented documentary evidence of matter "at the edge " of human sensory recognition to EPA for analysis(by certified mail).. The EPA not answer for over a year saying "we do not analyze unsolicited material" while not acknowledging that they had received it!!!
He was very careful about keeping his factual findings separated from his interpretations. He has also measured the changes in Ph (acid/alkaline) balance in rainwater and the atmosphere and found it is being significantly altered. Does not the fact that these changes remain after the particulates released from the airplanes is no longer visible means that we are all in grave danger from these experiments. My view is that this calls for immediate action demanding an independent scientific investigation. Your work on metals in dentistry equips you to make a sound judgement. Please check this out give us your opinion as rapidly as possible. Thank You.
From: "Brian Hill" <email@example.com>
Subject: More Than 300,000 Protest Against EU Summit
Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002
March 16, 2002
Agence France Presse
More Than 300,000 Protest Against EU Summit
More than 300,000 people marched through the streets of downtown Barcelona in one of the biggest demonstrations ever to coincide with a summit of European Union leaders.
Some 50 people were seen being detained as riot police fired tear gas at the end of the protest to disperse small gangs of anarchists who smashed bank windows with metal bars along the route of the early-evening march.
Several dozen people were slightly injured in the melee, including at least three press photographers.
But the bulk of the protest was orderly, in sharp contrast to the violence that has rocked past EU summits -- particularly in Gothenburg, Sweden last June when the city center was ravaged and a demonstrator shot and wounded.
Marching behind a banner that declared: "Against a Europe of capital -- another world is possible," the boisterous demonstrators trooped for almost three hours from Placa de Catalunya to the Mediterranean harborfront.
They represented a host of causes -- many of them opponents of free-market globalization, but also large numbers of Catalan and Basque nationalists -- as they moved forth under a forest of banners and flags.
Organizers estimated the crowd at 300,000 to 500,000 while municipal police said at least 150,000 had massed in the streets.
Shops along the two-kilometer (one-mile) route drew their shutters though some department stores and cafes opted to stay open, their doors guarded by police. Two police helicopters hovered noisily overhead.
Organizers, cheered by a week of largely trouble-free protests, had been hoping for 100,000 participants, even with a big soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid elsewhere in the city.
That match was interrupted by three protesters, two of whom managed to scramble onto the pitch and chain themselves to one of the goals.
Fans threw objects at them during the seven-minute delay, and all three were arrested.
About 100,000 people turned out Thursday for a boisterous but disciplined march along much the same route, organized by the mainstream European Trade Union Confederation.
On Friday, as the two-day summit of EU heads of state and government got under way at a heavily guarded convention center, 24 people were detained in skirmishes with baton-wielding police in various parts of the city.
"In terms of participation and reach of our message, the activities of the day by far exceeded our targets," said the Campaign Against the Europe of Capital, a coalition of 150-odd groups that has been coordinating protests.
Jose Bove, the mustachioed French activist best known for leading an assault on a McDonald's fast-food outlet in southwest France in August 1999, was in the city for the march.
"Europe's leaders are implementing policies and directives that only serve the interests of liberalization and attack the rights of workers," Bove told AFP earlier in the day.
Security was tight throughout the summit with 8,500 police officers -- many bused in from other parts of Spain -- in the bustling Catalan capital to guard against the double threat of street riots and Basque terrorist attacks.
Several hundred people also demonstrated Saturday in the streets of the French town of Perpignan, close to the Spanish border, and planned to join the protesters in Barcelona.
But for a third straight day, Spanish police at the border with France turned back cars and buses with people whom they suspected were planning to join Saturday's march.
"Some people think that they can do things that do not meet the approval of the vast majority of the population," said Spanish Interior Minister Mariano Rajoy. "Action had to be taken."
The EU leaders met at a convention center on the suburban northwest side of the city, surrounded by police armored cars and chain-link fences. Most if not all were expected to have left the city before Saturday's late-day march.
The last big antiglobalization protest in Barcelona, in June last year during a World Bank meeting, led to violent clashes on the streets and a political debate in Spain over police brutality at demonstrations.
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002
From: Neal Kruse <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Denver Bows out on Patriot Act
(Also available from http://www.rense.com/general21/denverbowsout.htm)
Denver Officials, Citing Civil Rights, Decide to Bow Out of War on Terror
Tuesday, March 19, 2002 DENVER - The local government here officially threw its lot in with Portland, Ore. and a handful of other municipalities around the country, passing a resolution Monday night discouraging police from enforcing new anti-terror legislation if doing so would interfere with peoples' civil rights.
A non-binding resolution passed by the city council in response to the federal USA Patriot Act discourages Denver police from investigating groups or individuals based on their country of origin or immigration status. The resolution bars police from assisting in parts of the federal government's anti-terrorism campaign.
Councilwoman Kathleen MacKenzie, who co-sponsored the resolution, said the measure urges police not to go too far in the wake of Sept. 11.
"In this city, it's not a crime to have dark skin," she said. "It's not a crime to be from a different country. It's not a crime to express unpopular views."
The move comes a week after revelations that Denver police officials have been keeping secret files on protest groups like Amnesty International, anti-globalization protestors and the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which revealed that the files were being kept, said the police department had some 3,200 files on individuals and 208 files on organizations dating to about 1999. Following the revelation, Mayor Wellington Webb reprimanded police officials and said they had interpreted city policy too broadly.
Targeting some citizens for surveillance and ignoring others because of their race or national origin didn't sit well with everyone on the council, however. The resolution passed by a 7-4 margin after nearly two hours of debate in front of a standing-room-only audience.
Among the opponents of the resolution was Councilman Ed Thomas, who said the new police powers are needed for public safety and that it would unnecessarily tie the hands of Denver police.
"If you think this is the last terrorist act in this country you are sadly mistaken," said Thomas, a former police officer. "I think it's inappropriate to not remember the people who died 9/11 and that's exactly what we are doing."
Councilwoman Cathy Reynolds called the measure "poppycock," and complained that people around the country would view Denver in a "bad light" if it passed.
A handful of other cities, including Portland, Ore., have questioned the scope of the USA Patriot law, which expands law enforcement's surveillance and investigative powers in order to combat domestic and international terrorism. Portland officials refused to help federal authorities interview people about the terrorist attacks.
Although Denver's resolution doesn't have the force of law, supporters on the council said Mayor Webb has indicated he likely will make it part of the police operations.
The resolution was proposed by the All Nations Alliance, a group that made a name for itself protesting the city's annual Columbus Day parade as a celebration of genocide against Native Americans.
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002
From: David Weston <email@example.com>
Subject: SINGLE BLACK FEMALE
The following ad is reported to have gotten numerous calls...
SINGLE BLACK FEMALE... Seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a svelte good looking girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping, and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. Rub me the right way and watch me respond.
I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me. Kiss me and I'm yours.
Call xxx-xxxx and ask for Daisy."
Callers found themselves talking to the local Humane Society about an eight-week-old black Labrador.
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