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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Government & Elections

Finding the Corpus Delicti in the 2004 Election Results

Votergate 2004?
Research Studies Uncover Potential Massive Election Fraud

By Katherine Yurica

November 19, 2004

Finding the Corpus Delicti in the 2004 Election Results

Ordinarily victims of crimes do not have to prove the existence of the crime. The dead body or the charred ruins of a burned down building provide visual, concrete proof of the wrongdoing. Sometimes, however, the crime is intentionally hidden, buried among honest transactions, covered with obstacles, and driven through layers of deception to lie at the bottom of a muddy pond—or at the bottom of a huge box of ballots in a warehouse or buried in a computer application’s program.

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Commentary :: Police State

War on Terror: Police State Agenda

Like many other viewers, I shrank back in disbelief when the images of the World Trade Centre (WTC) attack first began to flood the airwaves. How could this happen? Who would want to do such a thing? How could four different airliners all be hijacked at the same time? How had security systems and air defenses both failed so miserably? How would America respond?

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Announcement :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture

Free Culture Manifesto
an international student movement for free culture
Free Culture Manifesto

The mission of the Free Culture movement is to build a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture, rather than a top-down, closed, proprietary structure.

We believe that culture is a two-way affair, about participation, not merely consumption. We will not sit at the end of a one-way media tube and buy things until we look like the people on Friends. With the Internet and other advances, the technology exists for a new paradigm of creation, one where anyone can be an artist, and anyone can succeed, based not on their industry connections, but on their merit.

We refuse to accept a future of digital feudalism where we do not actually own the products we buy, but we are merely granted limited uses of them as long as we pay the rent. We must halt and reverse the recent radical expansion of "intellectual property rights", which threaten to reach the point where they trump any and all other rights of the individual and society.

The freedom to build upon the past is necessary for creativity and innovation to thrive. We will use and promote our cultural heritage in the public domain. We will make, share, adapt, and promote Open Content. We will listen to Free Music, look at Free Art, watch Free Film, and read Free Books. All the while, we will discuss, annotate, improve, improvise, remix, mutate, and throw yet more ingredients into the Free Culture soup.

We will fight to make everyone understand the value of our common wealth, evangelizing for Linux and the open-source model. We will resist repressive legislation which threatens our civil liberties and stifles innovation, such as the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and the proposed Induce Act. We will organize to prevent Microsoft and others from pushing through hardware-level monitoring devices that will prevent users from having control of their own machines and their own data.

We won't allow the RIAA and the MPAA to cling to obsolete modes of distribution through bad legislation and market dominance. We will be active participants in a free culture of connectivity and production, made possible as it never was before by the Internet and digital technology, and we will fight to prevent this new potential from being locked down by corporate and legislative control. If we allow the bottom-up, participatory structure of the Internet to be twisted into a glorified cable TV service -- if we allow the established paradigm of creation and distribution to reassert itself -- then the window of opportunity opened by the Internet will have been closed, and we will have lost something beautiful, revolutionary, and irretrievable.

The future is in our hands; we must build a technological and cultural movement to defend the digital commons.

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News :: Peace & War : Police State

Israel re-arrests Vanunu 11-11-04

Israel re-arrests Vanunu
Thursday 11 November 2004 10:09 AM GMT

The nuclear whistle blower spent 18 years in an Israeli prison

Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has been re-arrested by Israeli police for passing on classified information to unnamed international parties.

Vanunu, who completed an 18-year prison sentence in April for revealing Israeli nuclear secrets to London's Sunday Times newspaper, was re-arrested on Thursday.

As part of his release arrangement, he was barred from meeting with foreigners and discussing his work at Israel's top secret nuclear facility in the Negev desert.

Since his release, Vanunu has met on several occasions with foreign media representatives, but has denied passing on any classified information.
Vanunu's case became a cause celebre when he was kidnapped by Israeli agents in Rome and taken back to Israel for incarceration after he had fled the country.

Israel was widely condemned for the way it treated him, including putting him in solitary confinement for long periods.

Although it is commonly accepted that Israel is a major nuclear power, Israeli authorities refuse to confirm or deny that they have nuclear weapons.

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News :: Peace & War

Israel Poisoned Arafat

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in all probability discussed the killing of President Arafat with U.S President George Bush during his last visit to the White House. Israel has continuously accused Arafat of promoting violence and terror and has sought to isolate him in his half-ruined Ramallah headquarters since December 2001. Israeli government officials have often threatened to kill Arafat in the past. All the while, Israel never once offered any conclusive evidence to sustain their accusations against Arafat.

In the end President Arafat was slowly and fatally poisoned by Israel in his isolated headquarters in Ramallah. The Israeli collaborators who officially work in the PA and Arafat's office poisoned his food slowly, caused him serious problems in his blood platelets, a case which lead to continuous coma.

The Jordanian personal doctor of Arafat, Ashraf Kurdi said: “All the symptoms of Arafat's sickness confirm that he was poisoned, sometimes he would awaken when the influence of the poison vanished from his blood." The spokesperson of military hospital in Paris said that the wife of the President Arafat, Suha, asked them to keep secrecy regarding her husbands situation and sickness.

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Government & Elections : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Sorry Everybody

Some of us — hopefully most of us — are trying to understand and appreciate the effect our recent election will have on you, the citizens of the rest of the world. As our so-called leaders redouble their efforts to screw you over, please remember that some of us — hopefully most of us — are truly, truly sorry. And we'll say we're sorry, even on the behalf of the ones who aren't.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Government & Elections : Peace & War

Website claims Al Jazeera has new Bin Laden tape!

Website claims Al Jazeera has new Bin Laden tape
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A website that tracks global terrorism worldwide claims to have verified reports that the Arabic television network Al Jazeera is in possession of a previously unreleased tape from Osama Bin Laden.

The site,, says they expect further information later this evening. They have been tracking unconfirmed reports for more than 24 hours.

“We have confirmed with both overseas sources and sources inside the United States that Al-Jazeera is indeed in possession of some form of new Osama Bin Laden Message,? the editors write. “This message is more than likely a new video, threatening America for re-electing President Bush.?

They say Jazeera has agreed to a U.S. embargo on the tape’s release.

“We have been informed by sources asking to remain anonymous that Al-Jazeera has agreed to embargo the new Osama Message for another 24 hours,? they claim. “More than likely this is due to the pressure of the US Government to not air this new tape.?

The site states that they will have more details on what is said in the new video, saying, “more information is being delivered to us via courier later this evening.?
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News :: Government & Elections

Congratulations Tony Madrigal!

in a small sliver of happiness on this darkest of days, Tony Madrigal defeats incumbent mayor Scott Kennedy for city council seat. S.C. Council incumbents Kennedy, Primack lose; newcomers Madrigal, Coonerty victorious

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Sentinel staff writer

SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz City Council will be getting a dramatic new look later this month.

Out are Scott Kennedy and Mark Primack. In are Ryan Coonerty and Tony Madrigal.

Jumping to the front of the pack early in the night, incumbent Emily Reilly finished first in the race for the four open seats on the City Council.

Coonerty, a 30-year-old Santa Cruz native who helps run a family business and teaches at UC Santa Cruz, placed second.

Taking third and fourth, in somewhat of a surprise, were union representative Madrigal, 31, and incumbent Ed Porter, a high school teacher, locking in support with 14 and 13 percent of the vote.

Kennedy, the current mayor looking for a fourth term on the council, lost the fourth spot to Porter by less than 1 percentage point.

A disappointed Kennedy said he has no worries about the city’s future.

"Of course I wanted to lead from the beginning and lead to the end," Kennedy said before the final votes had been tallied. "But I’m not surprised the way it’s shaping up. There are some new and young candidates with new energy and ideas.

"Santa Cruz will be well-served by whatever four candidates are selected."

Reilly, owner of Emily’s Good Things To Eat on Mission Street, celebrated her campaign with family, friends and fellow elected officials at the Red Room.

Reilly, the only woman running in Tuesday’s race, won her first term on the council in 2000 with the majority of the vote. She served as mayor in 2002-03.

"I know a lot of people because I’ve been waiting on them at the bakery for years," she said. "I so love this community."

Madrigal, a UCSC graduate who moved to this area from Turlock, attributed his win to a lot of hard work that included walking every precinct, sending out mailers, phoning voters and, "I took nothing for granted."

"I just think this is a clear sign that the people in Santa Cruz wanted some change and thought we could do better with new leadership," Madrigal said while monitoring the election at the Services Employees International Union local 415 headquarters.

Madrigal is only the second Latino to sit on the council, though it was not an issue he emphasized during the campaign.

Coonerty said his connection with a wide range of voters, including students and business owners, helped shore up his victory.

"I think the progressive community appreciated I was coming from their tradition," Coonerty said. "And, the downtown business community appreciates that I have business experience."

Primack, an architect, lost his bid for a second term by finishing behind Kennedy with 9,814 votes.

The most conservative of the seven candidates, Mark Fogel, finished last with less than 6 percent of the vote.

Write-in candidates Robert Norse and Coral Brune received a combined 232 votes.

The new candidates will be sworn in at the Nov. 23 council meeting.

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