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An article on Common Dreams describes how two Amazonian indigenous communities, who were mortal enemies half a century ago, are coming together this January to collaborate together on a project of historical preservation.  A team of indigenous and non-indigenous filmmakers is showing historic archival footage of the ancestors taken by outsiders almost a century ago.  The project aims to facilitate remembrances by the elders, which then are being filmed by the young filmmakers.

Also interesting is how the young people of many tribes are communicating and friending each other using the latest new media tools:  

With increased literacy in Portuguese (the national language of Brazil), improved Google Translate and other translation tools (allowing access to websites in other languages), and increased access to the internet (both in their rainforest communities and at internet kiosks in communities bordering the rainforest), young indigenous Brazilians are developing an awareness of themselves as indigenous people with both a local community identity and an identity that encompasses all indigenous people everywhere.

Like young multi-racial people in the United States, who now can proudly acknowledge the many parts of their cultural background on the federal census, Amazonian indigenous youth are using multiple indigenous names, displaying cultural markers from multiple linguistic and ethnic communities, and friending other young people – including those who are members of groups that might have been mortal enemies just a generation ago.

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The Washington Post reported yesterday that:

The massive federally funded program for rebuilding Louisiana homes is short nearly $3 billion, administrators told a state legislative panel here today, leaving uncertain for now how the owners of roughly 100,000 flood-wrecked houses here will be compensated.

To get a sense of how bad things still are in the Crescent City, and to find out how you can help the children of New Orleans have the summer camps that they need and deserve, please make the jump.

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The Sidwell Friends Alumni Association had their annual gala last night, and one of the singers was an alum named Erik Thorson.  He is a country musician from Nashville who has written the usual lovesick blues songs and some folksy ones as well.

Indicative of the way the political winds are blowing, however, Mr. Thorson wowed the crowd with a new song that hits right at the heart of George W. Bush's hypocrisy:  Bush wants to send more and more of our young people to die, yet when he himself had the chance to defend the Red, White and Blue, he was "The Man Who Didn't Go."

Check it out for yourself.  This song should be sung at the march on Washington on the 27th and at every rally where people want to be reminded why this entire war (and especially this "surge") must be stopped.

Regular readers of DailyKos do not need a reminder of the nefarious role Diebold has played in undermining our democracy.  

The latest news is that on Monday, February 13, a key motion in a class action securities fraud case is going to be filed against Diebold and some of its officers and directors in the Northern District of Ohio.  The complaint alleges that defendants violated securities laws, causing artificial inflation of the Diebold's stock price. According to the complaint, Diebold "lacked a credible state of internal controls and corporate compliance and remained unable to assure the quality and working order of its voting machine products."  Also alleged are false and misleading statements about internal company problems, and over $2.7 million in insider trading proceeds.

When the story breaks on Monday morning, let's be sure to call, write and blog our local news outlets so that they get on this story and, more importantly, give it the importance it deserves.  If you agree, please recommend this diary so we can alert our Sunday bloggers as well.

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Rep. Rick Johnson of Missouri, a veteran of the first Gulf War, is fed up with the hypocritical way President Bush has used our troops as cannon fodder and photo op backgrounds while cutting their benefits and not taking care of their families.  He has come up with an innovative, cost-free and poignant way to honor the fallen, while exposing the true costs of the war:  require that Missouri lower its flags to half mast every time a soldier dies.

Hey, this idea is great!  Why don't we get comparable bills going in all 50 states!  (more below)


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Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 04:31 AM PST

Lessons of the Ohio Recount

by GrainofSand

A year ago today, Congress was the scene of an historic challenge to the Electoral College vote that gave George Bush the White House for a second time under disputed circumstances.  A year later, we know that the pattern of shady practices, half-truths and outright lies that we saw during the Ohio recount have become the hallmarks of Bush's tawdry tenure as president.

Today we should celebrate and send donations to the heroes of the day: Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones and California Sen. Barbara Boxer, as well as Rep. John Conyers and the valiant Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus who have kept the heat on Bush and his cronies all year.  We also should give credit where credit is due to the Green Party and Libertarian Party, who deserve our thanks for continuing the battle after John Kerry decided that his chance at a rematch in 2008 was worth more than counting every vote.  

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Reuters, has reported that the Senate voted on Thursday to honor Rosa Parks by making her the first women to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.  This would seem to be a no-brainer for the House to approve this on Friday, but given that there were even holdouts in June when the Senate voted on the historic anti-lynching measure, you never know what may happen when a female African American civil rights icon is to be honored.

I know we are all focused on the Fitzgerald indictments, but please take a minute to call your House member and ask them to support allowing Sister Rosa to lie in state in the Rotunda.

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Sun Oct 23, 2005 at 04:16 PM PDT

The Presidential Succession Game

by GrainofSand

As we begin Indictments Week, let's take a minute to think about how the Presidential line of succession, as specified by the United States Constitution and under United States Code Title 3, Section 19 (a.k.a. the Presidential Succession Act of 1947), will affect the way things play out.

U.S. News had a story on a possible Cheney resignation last week, which may have been a way for the GOP to float the idea of a Condi vice presidency as a prelude to a presidency in 2008.

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I know you are looking for diversions until the Fitzgerald indictments come out.  So how about contemplating an article by investigative reporters Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman that starts out like this:

If some of its key publications are any indicator, much of the American left seems unable to face the reality that the election of 2004 was stolen. So in all likelihood, unless something radical is done, 2008 will be too.

Misguided and misinformed articles in both and Mother Jones Magazine indicate a dangerous inability to face the reality that these stolen elections mean nothing less than the death of what's left of American democracy, and the permanent enthronement of the Rovian GOP.

Forget your tinfoil.  Given what we've seen since November 2004, the truth of what these Ohio-based activist-writers have been saying all along deserves another look.  More after the flip.

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Monday is called Columbus Day on the calendar on my wall.  For those of us who have read Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States" or Hans Koning's Columbus:  HIs Enterprise, however, we know that we must stop celebrating the notion of "discovery" that masks the rapacious search for "Gold, glory and God" by Columbus and a generation of conquerors (conquistadores) from Europe. Don't even get me started on how this paradigm has infected our body politic and created bad ramifications all the way up to the present.

Resources for those who want to do something to set the record straight below the fold.

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War profiteering is as toxic as the water in New Orleans.  Privatizing the cleanup and rebuilding of the Gulf should also be verboten.

Gulf residents need jobs to help them rebuild their lives.  A new Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) or Works Progress Administration (WPA) project is needed to rebuild the infrastructure of New Orleans, Biloxi, and other Gulf cities.  

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As the hearings for John Roberts get underway, let's start with the elephant in the living room.  Why did Bush nominate a man to Sandra Day O'Connor's seat?  Yes, Roberts now is slated to replace Rehnquist, but that was not Bush's intent.  He was intentionally trying to lower the already unrepresentative number of women on the High Court.  And we were going to go along without a wimper.

Rather than agreeing to a debate within the GOP's "unfair identity politics" frame, we should start today's hearings by asserting the "fundamental fairness" frame.  In the 24 years since Justice O'Connor was elevated to the Supreme Court, tens of thousands of women have gone to law school, hundreds have reached the pinnacle of their profession as judges/professors/litigators, and dozens are as qualified as any of the nine people currently gracing the High Court bench.  Bush needs to hear that we are disappointed that he did not appoint a woman, and that we expect that the second of his two appointments will be a woman (not "torture" Gonzalez or other male neocons).  [more on the flip]

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