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ALASKANS IN SEATTLE FOR THE WTO, PART I - Soren Wuerth

The Choice Is Yours - Steve Myers
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Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

However, in the government we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Changing riders.
3. Saying things like "This is the way we always have ridden the horse".
4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
6. Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.
7. Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.
8. Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.
9. Comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment.
10. Pass legislation declaring "This dead horse is not dead".
11. Blaming the horses' parents.
12. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.
13. Declaring that "No dead horse is too dead to beat".
14. Provide additional funding to increase the horses' performance.
15. Do a cost analysis to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.
16. Procure a commercial design dead horse.
17. Declare the dead horse a" better, faster, and cheaper dead horse".
18. Form a Quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
19. Revise the performance requirement for dead horses.
20. Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.
21. Study the horse farm from which the dead horse was born.
22. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
23. Declare the dead horse a "wonderhorse" and give it a new saddle and stable.
24. Insist this horse will go a long way and enroll it in the management trainee scheme.

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ALASKANS IN SEATTLE FOR THE WTO, PART I

We entered the university square below a concrete arch, following the hollow call of a bullhorn. We were a group of ten-six Alaskans and four friends from Seattle-and as we entered the square, we saw a growing crowd of people huddling toward a speaker.

It was about 7 a.m., raining and dark. We almost immediately lost track of one another, forgetting our priority to stick together, when organizers yelled at the groggy protesters to help hoist giant papier-mâché puppets, and carry signs or cardboard replicas of corn, sewing machines, and bread.

Within the mass that now numbered about 300, there were "affinity groups" like ours, that had planned sacrificing their members for arrest in order to stop the World Trade Organization. But with WTOCops on Tanks delegates preparing to meet in two hours and despite a week of advance training, strategizing, and organizing, there was uncertainty about how we would actually block delegates from entering the Seattle Convention Center that morning. We had planned to block vehicle traffic to the building by surrounding it with protest groups barricading roads.

Then there was the issue of numbers. As the group began to leave the university, chanting and drumming, I looked out on this mass of people in sweaters, rain coats and back packs and thought, "how are two-three hundred protesters going shut down a convention with innumerable entrances, and a police force of 2,000-plus?"

Cops with CannistersBut as the procession headed down Capitol Hill and across the overpass of Interstate 5, I began to hear another chorus of chanting. I looked to my right and saw a crowd of similar size marching our direction. Then I looked far ahead of our crowd and saw another mass of protesters.

Activists were converging from all directions, tripods were erected, small break-out groups quickly established road blocks.

Protester stopping delegate.Our group held a position at an intersection several blocks from the Convention Hall. Cars stopped in front of us and waited there, as if their batteries had suddenly died. Some cars angrily tried to go around us, tires squealing, driving on curbs.

"I have to get to work! You can't stop me from going to my job!" a woman yelled hysterically.

A man in a large pickup truck refused to open his window, as I approached him to let him know he was better off turning around. He looked straight ahead and listened to loud music on the radio.

Cops tear gassing crowdsWe soon got the word that we had to move in closer to the Convention Center to plug some holes. We brought our giant banner, that read "WTO is Toxic to Communities," an appropriate sign because the Alaska Action Center's mission is to empower communities and the spread of toxins to the arctic was a major concern that we brought to Seattle.

The Alaska affinity joined with another group-who called themselves the "Red Noses" and wore red clown noses and white chemical suits-at the entrance to the Paramount Theatre, where delegates intended to gather from the opening ceremony.

ViolencePolice had parked buses bumper-to-bumper to create a barrier to guard the entrance of the theater. Unfortunately for police, the buses worked to our advantage, leaving on the sidewalk as an access for the delegates. Linking arms, we easily blocked this entrance.

Looking bewildered, delegates arrived, only to be turned back. "Go home . . . WTO is over," protesters cheerfully called to them. Some delegates tried to ram through, but to no avail. It had been raining all morning but by early afternoon, the sun appeared through the skyscrapers and a rainbow loomed like a halo over Seattle.

By Soren Wuerth,
Alaska Action Center.
Publishers of Wild Voices
563-2784
www.wildvoices.org

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The Choice Is Yours

By Steve Myers, Editor; Exegesis

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson, 1816

We have just crossed a much-publicized, much-feared threshold: a new year, and though purists may disagree, it is also uniquely for those now alive, a new century, and a new millennium. One of the few things of which we can be assured as we move forward is that we always have a choice in the way we conduct ourselves and our affairs. At no time has that choice stood in greater contrast than now.

For some, this new century promises to be an exciting time of challenge, opportunity and achievement. Yet there are others for whom this is never a happy time of year, who greet it with apprehension. I want to send my thoughts and prayers to those who feel troubled or abandoned, lonely, broken-hearted or bereaved. I know, and more importantly, our Heavenly Father knows, how you feel. I pray that the God of all comfort will remind you how much He loves you now and throughout the coming year.

You see, it seems to me that America is also standing at another kind of threshold: a definite choice about the kind of nation this is to become, and what kind of people we are to be. Looking back across the vast sweep of America's great history, we see a nation "conceived in liberty" which, for most of its history has been the world's staunchest defender of liberty, a nation which bowed the knee only to Almighty God, and revered His teachings, and which was devoted to the principle that all power is derived from Him alone, and that in Him alone is ultimate authority.

Somewhere around 1967, many of these foundational beliefs were compromised, as an increasingly liberal society marginalized the importance of liberty, and quickly jettisoned one Christian teaching after another, until finally, God Himself was relegated to the status of a benign optional extra, who might perhaps be squeezed into Sunday mornings between the newspapers and brunch. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich calls this period "The Discontinuity of American History". He has correctly argued that it bears little resemblance to the preceding two hundred years.

As a result of the past 32 years or so, America has become almost unrecognizable, and many European countries seem to be following our example. Because we have failed to defend the values we hold dear, our culture has become renowned worldwide for its depravity and godlessness. Because we have woefully mismanaged our resources, America's cities are decaying into ruin and lawlessness. And because we have eagerly succumbed to the pervasive influence of a centrally-owned media, America's suburbs have become havens for safe but humdrum existences which rarely make the effort to learn the truth.

As we stand at this threshold, we must ask the most crucial of all questions: is this nation in God's will, or has it rebelled against God? If you'd like to see both the America that used to be and the America of today in graphic detail, I urge you to read Deuteronomy Chapter 28. Here are a few brief points:

First, we see the clearest portrait of how things used to be until the mid-sixties: "If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none." (vv 1/7/10/12)

At that point, two-thirds of the way through the twentieth century, American culture dictated an about-turn. We started making gods out of consumerism, entertainment, television, Hollywood and shopping malls. And God's consequences are all too plain to see: "If you do not obey the Lord your God ... the Lord will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking Him." (vv 15/20) Actually, the scriptures are more specific. They refer to our judicial system, which seem to include a reference to how the impeached president has been allowed to continue his evil rule over this nation: "The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind." (v 28). Ah yes, Senator Arlen Spector's Scottish law, while Bill Clinton "defends" the Constitution. We do not forget such examples.

There is a reference to illegal immigration and to the way the Panama Canal has just been, handed over, de facto, to the Chinese government: "The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him. He will be the head, but you will be the tail." (vv 43-44) And there is an emphasis to this warning, which speaks of the broader threat, perhaps the Sino-Russian threat: "The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young." (vv 49-50). That sounds remarkably like the brutal regime of Communist China.

The American people are not without intelligence, even brilliance, but many seem to have been hypnotized into stupification by the seductive central media. And according to Moses, the outlook isn't too shiny either, unless we mend our ways: "All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God ...because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity." (vv 45/47)

As we stand at the threshold of this new century, we still have the same choice as we've always had: to follow the narrow way of righteousness or to continue in the broad path of neglect. To become informed is a choice, and, I believe, the most basic duty of every American. We live in the information age, when it is so much easier to gain knowledge than in previous generations. If we are to make a single resolution this new year, to become informed should be considered a priority. It will affect your whole life.

One area in which I have been terribly ignorant is nutrition. At Thanksgiving, I told you about an inspirational USAF airman from New Orleans who had been healed of a brain tumor by prayer and diet. He has been interning in our office, and has taught me a great deal about cancer and nutrition. I have checked the facts as best as I can, and it certainly appears that, just as scurvy is caused by a Vitamin C deficiency, a leading cause of cancer is a Vitamin B-17 deficiency, which incidentally is banned from sale in the United States, but can be obtained from apricot seeds and macadamia nuts. Consequently, as a preventative measure, I have made a huge change in my diet, virtually eliminating animal products including cow milk, and prepackaged food. And I feel absolutely great!

The new century can be a time of blessing or a time of drift, of growth or of shrinkage, of ignorance or of knowledge. As ever, the choice is yours. America, and the world, can be changed in only one way: by individuals resolving to no longer follow the popular culture but to take charge of their lives, the way they earn a living, the manner in which they eat, think and conduct themselves.

Liberal thinking suggests that anyone who has definite opinions and believes one way superior to others is regarded as intolerant. Indeed, the Exegesis web page was recently labeled a "hate site" by the FBI. Yes, a hate site. We hate deliberate ignorance and those who hate God, you see. "Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?" (Psalm 139:21) There will be no changes and there will be no apology from me. For over these thirty years or so, liberal thinking has probably run the gamut of credibility, and now has none. There is good reason to be optimistic for the new century, if we are willing to cast aside ignorance for knowledge, and blindness for perception.

As ever, the choice is as much yours as it was the Children of Israel in the time of Moses: "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." (Deuteronomy 30: 19) That last sentence is a recommendation, not a command. We are never forced to choose God's way, in any part of our lives, but there are consequences if we do not, because the laws of nature cannot be suspended. If we eat food carelessly, we will become sick. If we watch the poison that television has become, our minds will become corrupted.

Will the 21st Century see the final decline of America, as so many predict? Or can the poison be flushed out of our hearts, out of our bodies, out of the nation, and out of the church, so that a real act of healing and renewal can begin? The process is already under way. The incidence of sin, corruption and irrelevance in our lives, nationally and personally, seems to have overwhelmed logic recently.

Yet I sense a rising awareness of the need for change. The dubious pleasures of this world are obviously temporary and fleeting - they do not endure. Likewise, we must educate, because the hopelessly corrupt judicial, electoral and political systems need to be rooted out and replaced. I believe God's special people, chosen and anointed, will come forth and flush out the poison. We are already seeing it happen.

We have learned that the only things for which we can certainly rely on the popular culture are lies and deception. We are learning to solve the deadliest medical problems of the age. And we are learning to choose better lives, in which we carefully select what we take in, through food and drink, and through our eyes and ears. We are slowly and painfully learning to eschew the popular culture, discard television, and live in God's will. It seems we'll try every new fad except living by the scriptures. Let me recommend it.

Therefore, as we enter the new century, the choice is still ours. We can be, as Jefferson said, either ignorant or free, but not both. And that's true today, tomorrow, this new century, always. As individuals, as a nation, shall we choose freedom or slavery, death or life? I can only tell you I've made my choice. Joshua put it this way: "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve ... but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15)

As we stand at this special moment together, may I wish you and your family a peaceful, blessed year ahead. May God bless you, and may God bless America.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 1999
Contact: Joe Giganti
(202) 646-5172

ORTHODOX RABBI, WASHINGTON POST REPORTER, AND INTERNET JOURNALIST ALL AGREE THE LEFT HAS ABANDONED BASIC ETHICS AND VALUES

RABBI DANIEL LAPIN, NAT HENTOFF, AND JOSEPH FARAH APPEAR ON "THE JUDICIAL WATCH REPORT"

Tune In At www.JudicialWatch.org

(Washington, D.C.) Today Orthodox Rabbi Daniel Lapin and author of America's Real War, Nat Hentoff, libertarian syndicated columnist of The Washington Post & The Village Voice, and Internet trail blazer Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily.com appeared on Judicial Watch's radio show and all agreed that the left - in an unethical defense of the corrupt Clinton Administration - has abandoned basic Judeo- Christian and equivalent values. Rabbi Lapin writes in his book on page 12, "[Liberal] Organizations and individuals, many of whom claim to speak in the name of Judaism, are inflicting enormous harm on Americans by promoting policies that traditional Judaism finds abhorrent." Nat Hentoff added that the press argues that the left runs interference for an administration which has repeatedly violated human and civil rights, such as subverting the habeas corpus statutes, in his article in Editors and Publishers Magazine, November 27, 1999, "How the Press Saved the Clinton Presidency." Joseph Farah remarks upon today's New York Times hit piece of Frank Rich smearing Matt Drudge, "The Strange Legacy of Matt Drudge," explaining how the Internet is the wave of the future for honest and open journalism - countering leftist propaganda of the elite establishment media. Rich and other leftist journalists obviously fear the competition.

Archives of this week's and previous broadcasts of The Judicial Watch Report are available at www.JudicialWatch.org. A complete listing of the show's affiliate radio stations is also available on the site. The Judicial Watch Report can be heard in the Washington, DC area, from 7-9 Saturday mornings on AM 570 WWRC.

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