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As of right now we are proposing a plan to rent a bus and
head to the border in a PEACEFUL PROTEST
against the Devil's Lake outlet. The plan is to meet Aug 5th
At the Forks Market to head out to the border
until Aug 7th. This will be a good way to attract media
coverage from both sides and provide education
to the travellers. We are looking for people to join on
this weekend. You will need camping gear and some food
as we will be providing a BBQ Friday night, Sat afternoon
and Sat evening. Any donations toward this
trip are much appreciated as we are non-profit and have
only the funds we as individuals can provide.

Contact-Raena Ducharme 946-1751 or
trigun happy

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Is this community still active?

Theres a government scandal going on and we almost got another election.

all those polls & surveys show the Green party is up to 6% popular vote, i like that.
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Buy Nothing Day,

Hi, I'd just like to say that I'm going to be helping organize a few street teems for distributing "Buy Nothing Day" posters this month and if anyone here would be at all interested and would like to voulenteer or join up with my group please drop me a line.

trigun happy

thoughts on what is democracy

comments are very welcome (and wanted)
was bored at work and jotted this onto a scrap piece of paper, ive tried to post it as i wrote it:

regarding the politcal spectrum (left-center-right)
Communist _ Socialist _ Liberal left(Canada NDP)(Green parties) _ Liberal center(Canada Liberals) _ Conservative(USA Democrats)(Canada PCs) _ Religious Right(USA Republicans)(Canada Reform/Alliance) _ Extreme Right(anarchists/no government)

am thinking about a voting ballot, why its got politcal parties trying to form a group around viewpoints or issues.
it is supposed to be a democratic system, why isnt it up to the people to decide what they do/dont want, to decide issue by issue instead of electing someone who stands in their place and is garenteed to say/do something i dont approve of on (that) issue.
why dont we have a 'none' option, or 'neutral', or 'i dont have enough (real/relevant/truthful) information about any of these people' option.

where does democracy fit on this above scale?? it doesnt, democracy isnt about viewpoints its about 'by the people' its about self-rule. public decisions, local control, democracy is about the de-centralizing (opposite of globalization, opposite of communism, an opposite to capitalism), empowering local populace to control local resources and be able to decide about things of importance to them - local jobs, local economies, city planning.
both the left and the right have different types of controls and regulations they would try to make law; both sides are limiting choice, limiting options. (a green party will try to stop continued climate change & a conservative party will try to make their laws according to their religious values); limiting freedoms.

to sum up: democracy is about government by the people, so why arent the people deciding the issues?
why do we have to elect representatives to make decisions for us?
"democracy involves risk. this is most difficult for many of its advocates to accept, even those who see themselves as risk-takers. Democracy is always messy: lots of meetings and reversed decisions. But we owe it to ourselves and to take on the responsibilities that real democracy puts on us"
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Sri Chinmoy - Super Fraud

Recently I went to a birthday party for a roommate of a friend and by the time midnight rolled around we were deeply entangled in a web of arguement. Although I was proud of myself for not having brought up the discussion of why I don't believe in Flim-flammery, I did feel compelled to argue my point of view.

The topic that had come up was one of why I consider myself a Bright. The hard part in any skeptical discussion is that when your faced off against a room of people you don't know at all it's very hard to have any support from anyone even if they may agree with you. One thing led to another and eventually I found out that this gentlemen was a follower (calling himself a disciple) of his Guru Sri Chinmoy.

Sri Chinmoy born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, is a "Spiritualist" who claims spiritual enlightenment in the form of being able to meditate 24 hours a day even while acting, talking, sleeping because he states he is one with god and can also perform superhuman activities.

One of the activities that was repeatedly discussed was that this man of older age (80s) can lift thousands and thousands of pounds. Mostly shown via video with supposed "Scientists" present he will lift 7000+ lbs of free weights with the help of a machine. Excuse me? If your as confused as me why he needs a machine to lift this weight since he's capable of superhuman feats of strength then your as confused as I was. I was gladly reassured that he had nothing to gain by lying and therefore would have no reason to rig these demonstrations.

The problem I had with this is there is something to gain, and it's in the form of millions of dollars. Mr. Chinmoy has over 700 books possibly even closer to 1000. With an estimate of over 10,000 followers worldwide (from one of his books) at an estimated $10 USD per book you can easily see the gigantic possibility for major profit. But it does not stop there, he also has tapes, cds, videos, and he plays the flute which you can purchase recordings or have him brought in for a concert. He also paints so you can purchase his paintings. Although it's not on his website I wouldn't doubt that if the price was right you could purchase a sample of his urine and that if you put it under your pillow at night you could fly to distance universes in the form of dreams.

Now the major question most people would likely ask me is why would I care if someone follows this fruit-loop. The answer is quite simple. He exploits people and the consequences to people who leave this cult can be grave and very (scarily) similar to some of the stories related to scientology. Stories of past followers being harrased and threatened with violence seem to be very available on the web.

The following site seems to have a number of stories and articles about people who have left Sri Chinmoy's cult.

Rick A. Ross Institue's information on Sri Chinmoy
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Sun Peaks is built on Secwepemc land, which the Secwepemc refer to as
Skwelkwek'welt, located in BC's interior, 30 km NE of Kamloops. Secwepemc
have never ceded, surrendered or released their land in any way.

In 1997, the BC government approved a $70 million development plan,
allowing Sun Peaks to continue to expand their resort to 20,000 beds and
put ski runs on the previously undisturbed Mt. Morrisey. The Secwepemc
attended stakeholder meetings and clearly said no to the development. Land
and Water BC however, clearly disregarded their voices and granted new
leases to Sun Peaks to facilitate their expansion, and in June 2001, Land
and Water BC obtained a court injunction to forcibly remove Secwepemc from
their lands. To date, 54 arrests with charges from criminal contempt and
intimidation by blocking a road to resisting arrest have been made.

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Post Secondary Education-First Nations

Post Secondary Education

Beginning in the 2005 tax year, the Canada Revenue Agency is planning on taxing all Aboriginal post secondary student support funding as income to students. Included in this income is tuition, book allowance and living allowance, scholarships, bursaries and travel dollars.

With post secondary education being one of the most important factors for the improved development of Native communities, taxation of support funding will only add to the already difficult financial burden of Native post secondary students. We believe that enrolment and successful completion of post secondary education will decline due to the added financial stresses.

Aboriginal organizations, communities and individuals have already began to petition the Canada Revenue Agency to prevent the taxation of post secondary education funding. We need you, your organization or community to help reverse this taxation policy. Read more about this issue using the links below and either send your individual petition to ONECA for submission to the Canada Revenue Agency or petition your community with the printable petition form.