Thursday, May 01, 2008

May Day 

More like this everywhere, please:

Africa last week:

South African Transport Union members have announced they will not offload Chinese arms that are being shipped to crisis-torn Zimbabwe.
A boat carrying an arms shipment destined for Zimbabwe is anchored at the South African port of Durban. However the South African Transport Workers' Union has already announced that their members will not offload any of the cargo, nor will any of their truckers transport it. The shipment containing "3 million rounds of ammunition for AK47 rifles (the standard assault weapon for the country's defence forces), 1,500 rocket propelled grenades, a support weapon for the infantry, and 3,500 mortar bombs is one of two coming from Chinese para-statal Ocean State Shipping company, the other of which is reported as being en route to Beira, Mozambique.

Bay Area:

On May 1, all 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast are to be shut down by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in protest against the U.S. war on Afghanistan and Iraq. The Bay Area ILWU local was the first American union to condemn the war. In April 2003, as invading U.S. troops reached Baghdad, six longshoremen were injured and a union official was arrested as police fired on hundreds of antiwar protesters in the port of Oakland.


Members of the Port Workers Union of Iraq plan to shutdown the ports of Umm Qasr and Khor Alzubair for one hour on May Day in solidarity with the shutdown of all West Coast ports by members of ILWU in opposition to the occupation of Iraq.

Nationwide and gaining momentum:

A caravan of horn-honking truck drivers rolled their rigs through Washington yesterday, protesting rising gasoline costs and demanding that Congress impose caps on prices at the pump.

The truckers, who formed a long column, circled the Mall about noon and blared their horns. Some spectators waved while others covered their ears.

Hopefully that last will turn into some shut-downs.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

News Item 

Angry black preacher Jeremiah Wright has made inflammatory remarks, scaring the hell out of crackers everywhere.

Monday, April 28, 2008

'free tibet' flags made in China 

Police in southern China have discovered a factory manufacturing Free Tibet flags, media reports say. The factory in Guangdong had been completing overseas orders for the flag of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Workers said they thought they were just making colourful flags and did not realise their meaning. But then some of them saw TV images of protesters holding the emblem and they alerted the authorities, according to Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Steak for Chicken 


Hillary knew about the rumors.  She knew more than her best friends did.  But she kept her silence.  They had been married for nine years now.  She was thirty-eight years old.  They had weathered other personal storms.
   Yet there were periods of tension and anger.  Unsubstantiated stories spread about fights in the governor's mansion.
   "Their rows used to get pretty loud," one informant was quoted as saying.  "On one occasion Hillary and Bill got into a fight at his office--and when she came storming out, he stood at the top of the stairs yelling: 'I'm still the governor here, bitch, and don't you forget it!'"

--Norman King, Hillary: Her True Story


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