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Woody Guthrie: 1913 Massacre – True Story Of Labor Vs The Corp

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February 28, 2011: Steven John Hibbs / The Tonka Report (TTR) – February 28, 2011

This piece was cobbled together by TTR… – SJH

The Italian Hall Disaster (sometimes referred to as the 1913 Massacre) is a tragedy that occurred on December 24, 1913 in Calumet, Michigan.

Seventy-three men, women, and children, mostly striking mine workers and their families, were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely yelled “fire” at a crowded Christmas party.

Background

The Calumet and Hecla Mining Company (“C&H”) was formed from the consolidation of the Calumet and Hecla mining companies in 1871. C&H was the single largest copper mining company in Michigan’s copper country, which includes Copper Island. One of the longest strikes in the copper country took place in 1913, and included all the C&H mines.

The Western Federation of Miners first established a local in the area in 1908 but it wasn’t until 1913 that the WFM had a large enough membership to effectively strike. At the time, there were perhaps 15,000 men working in the mines and the WFM claimed 9,000 of them as members. The membership voted in favor of demanding union recognition from management, and asking “for a conference with the employers to adjust wages, hours, and working conditions in the copper district of Michigan.”

The membership also voted to “declare a strike” if management refused to “grant a conference or concessions.” After the vote was held, the WFM sent letters to the mines demanding the conference; the mine managers refused the request and the strike was called on July 23, 1913. The strike would not end until April, 1914; the miners and the mines were still at a standoff at Christmas, 1913, in a strike that was then five months old.

The Disaster

On Christmas Eve many of the striking miners and their families had gathered for a Christmas party sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners.[4] It is estimated that there were over five hundred people at the party, which was held on the second floor of Calumet’s Italian Hall. A steep stairway was the only way to the second floor, although there was a poorly-marked fire escape on one side of the building and ladders down the back of the building which could only be reached by climbing through the windows.

The tragedy began when someone yelled “Fire!”; there was none. However, people panicked and rushed for the stairs. In the ensuing melee, seventy-three people (including fifty-nine children) were killed. To date there has been much debate about who cried “fire” and why. The most common theory is that “fire” was called out by an anti-union ally of mine management in order to disrupt the party…

 [read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Hall_disaster]

Woody Guthrie – 1913 Massacre

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is for the Wisconsin protesters as the screws get tightened– SJH

Wisconsin Governor Bolting Windows Shut To Starve Out Protesters

http://www.squattable.com/news/022811/walker-losing-control-and-getting-desperate-bolting-windows-shut-starve-out-protesters 

Additional source: http://whatreallyhappened.com/

Link to original video below…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz7oguguIZE&feature=player_embedded

Documentary – “The Corporation” – A Must See For Every American

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February 27, 2011: The Corporation Filmmakers /  via YouTube – December 16, 2010

One of the most important and insightful films to date! – SJH

In this acclaimed documentary from the co-editor of Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 40 corporate insiders and critics — including Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, No Logo author Naomi Klein and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman — explore the nature and spectacular rise of the most pervasive institution of our time.

Combining analysis with footage and advertising, television news and industrial films, The Corporation is an entertaining and provocative look at the inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures of the modern global conglomerate.

The Corporation (Full Length)

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: In light of the ongoing worker’s protests in Wisconsin, as well as in all 50 states and around the world, this is a keystone documentary unveiling “The Corporation”… – SJH

Protesters Out In Force Nationwide To Oppose Wisconsin’s Anti-Union Bill

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-wisconsin-protests-20110227,0,3378088.story  

Link to original video below…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeCxNuUlUBk

Protesters Across America Decry The Wisconsin Anti-Union Efforts

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February 26, 2011: Associated Press Editors / Associated Press (AP) – February 26, 2011

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Rallies were held across the country Saturday to support thousands of protesters holding steady at the Wisconsin Capitol in their fight against Republican-backed legislation aimed at weakening unions.

Union supporters organized rallies from New York to Los Angeles in a show of solidarity as the protest in Madison entered its 12th straight day and attracted its largest crowd yet: more than 70,000 people.

Hundreds banged on drums and screamed into bullhorns inside, while others braved frigid weather and snowfall during a rally that spilled into city streets. “I want to thank you for coming out here today to exercise those pesky First Amendment rights,” actor Bradley Whitford, who starred in television’s “The West Wing,” told his hometown crowd. “This governor has to understand Wisconsin is a stubborn constituency. We fish through ice!”

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has introduced a bill that includes stripping almost all public workers, from librarians to snow plow drivers, of their right to collectively bargain on benefits and work conditions. Walker has said the bill would help close a projected $3.6 billion deficit in the 2011-13 budget. He also argues that freeing local governments from collective bargaining would give them flexibility amid deep budget cuts.

The bill has sent Democrats and unions into an outrage nationwide. They see it as trampling on workers’ rights and as an attempt to destroy Democrats’ strongest campaign allies.

“Wisconsin is opening up people’s eyes a little bit,” said Jay Van Loenen, a teacher who attended a rally in Denver that attracted about 1,000 people. “So I think that the move is to try to get people more involved in their unions and create a stronger front so that if something happens here, we are prepared.”

Several thousand people gathered for a rally in Columbus, Ohio, where lawmakers are considering a similar bill. Indiana Democrats successfully blocked a Republican bill last week that would have prohibited union membership from being a condition of employment.

Large crowds of teachers, firefighters and public workers also gathered for rallies — holding American flags, wearing pro-union clothing and holding signs — in other capital cities including Topeka, Kan.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Olympia, Wash.

In Los Angeles, public sector workers and others held signs that read “We are all Wisconsin.” Some wore foam “cheeseheads,” the familiar hats worn by Green Bay Packers fans.

Covered in layers of coats, scarves, hats and gloves, about 1,000 rally goers outside the Minnesota Capitol chanted “Workers’ rights are human rights” and waved signs, some reading “United we bargain, divided we beg.” “The right to collectively bargain is an American right,” Eliot Seide, a local union leader, told the crowd in St. Paul. “You can’t have American democracy if you don’t have a strong trade union movement.”

The rallies were part of a campaign by the liberal online group MoveOn.org to hold demonstrations supporting Wisconsin workers in major cities across the country. Some of the demonstrations attracted counter-protests, though the pro-union rallies were larger.

Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said he didn’t have a firm estimate on the Wisconsin capital’s crowd, but said it was larger than last weekend when nearly 70,000 people descended on the Capitol.

The crowd cheered as pilot Jeff Skiles, the first officer on the US Airways Flight that landed in New York City’s Hudson River in January 2009, told them that “justice and righteousness will always win out.” Skiles helped pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger land the plane, whose 155 passengers and crew members were safely rescued.

Protesters jammed the Wisconsin Capitol steps, packed the ice-covered lawn — some sat in trees — and filled surrounding streets. Several thousand counter-protesters came out last Saturday to support Walker, but they were hardly visible this time. Capitol police planned to let protesters stay overnight Saturday into Sunday, but plan to finally close the building Sunday afternoon to let crews clean it.

People held signs that called Walker a parasite and a dictator and demanded voters recall him. Michael Janairo, a 4-year-old of Sheboygan, held a sign that showed Green Bay Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews tackling Walker. Michael’s mother, Lisa Janairo, is not a public worker but drove to Madison to show support.

“For him to dictate and not negotiate is just wrong and we won’t stand for it,” the 45-year-old said.

Wisconsin Police Union Announces Solidarity With Occupation Of State House

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Glenn Beck and his ilk are losing this battle to fuck over America. The people are pissed and with police, firefighters, and others joining the battle, the military will be next! – SJH 

BREAKING: Wisconsin Police Have Joined Protest Inside State Capitol

http://understory.ran.org/2011/02/25/breaking-wisconsin-police-have-joined-protest-inside-state-capitol/

The Glenn Beck Secret

Link to original article below…

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iF2HF1YTTVlWVxMhksN6b85ycBFg?docId=5251402d6e85432e8a6ba847b90243b6

NORML Reports DEA Will Legalize Marijuana Only For ‘Big Pharma’

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February 26, 2011: Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story – February 23, 2011

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed…and it was so.”Genesis 1:11 KJV (The Tonka Report)

(Raw Story) – A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposal to reclassify the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana as a Schedule III substance would allow pharmaceutical companies to market the drug while still penalizing common recreational use, according to marijuana law reform advocates.

The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is currently a Schedule I substance within the US Controlled Substances Act, the most restrictive schedule with the greatest criminal penalties. In November 2010, the DEA proposed reclassifying dronabinol, a synthetic THC, as a Schedule III substance, which would place it among substances such as hydrocodone and allow it to be dispensed with a written or oral prescription.

“The DEA’s intent is to expand the federal government’s schedule III listing to include pharmaceutical products containing naturally derived formations of THC while simultaneously maintain existing criminal prohibitions on the plant itself,” Paul Armentano, the deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), wrote at AlterNet. With its proposal, the DEA is responding to the demands of large pharmaceutical companies, he claimed.

Marijuana plants and THC extracts would remain illegal under the proposal, but companies would be able to purchase THC from a government-licensed provider to develop pharmaceutical products.

“While the DEA’s forthcoming regulatory change promises to stimulate the advent of legally available, natural THC therapeutic products… the change will offer no legal relief for those hundreds of thousands of Americans who believe that therapeutic relief is best obtained by use of the whole plant itself,” Armentano added. “Rather the DEA appears content to try to walk a political and semantic tightrope that alleges: ‘pot is bad,’ but ‘pot-derived pharmaceuticals are good.'”

THC can help cancer patients regain their appetites and sense of taste, according to a study published on Wednesday. “This is the first randomized controlled trial to show that THC makes food taste better and improves appetites for patients with advanced cancer, as well as helping them to sleep and to relax better,” Dr. Wendy Wismer, associate professor at the University of Alberta, said. “Our findings are important, as there is no accepted treatment for chemosensory alterations experienced by cancer patients.”

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to legalize the medical use of marijuana.

How Weed Won The West (Full Length)

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Another great documentary by Kevin Booth. Watch “American Drug War” at the link below. Now, do I really need to comment on the myriad of reasons why this is a horrendous idea for the Fed to give ‘Big Pharma’ exclusive license to process and sell synthetic THC versus a natural product they keep illegal for their own profit regardless whether you condone or condemn marijuana? Think, people! – SJH

American Drug War: The Last White Hope – Pre Release Cut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CyuBuT_7I4

Link to original article below…

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/23/dea-to-legalize-marijuana-only-for-big-pharma-group-claims/

The Battle Of Los Angeles: Most Documented UFO Case In History!

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February 25, 2011: PR Web Editors / PR Web via SOTT.net – February 25, 2011

Posted as today marks the 69th Anniversary of this mysterious event… – SJH

[This is the single most heavily documented UFO case in the history of UFOs.]

Mission Hills, California — On March 11, 2011 and March 15, 2011, there are two Hollywood films being released… “Battle: Los Angeles”, a $100 million dollar film and “Battle Of Los Angeles”, which is being called a “Mockbuster” film.

The third film being made is Jose Escamilla’s “The Battle of Los Angeles.” This fact filled documentary reveals the truth of the early morning of February 25, 1942, which is the story premise behind the two Hollywood films.

In Jose Escamilla’s film, you are taken back to experience the Battle as it occurred. Over a million people witnessed our military firing at a huge UFO that hovered over Culver City, California for more than an hour and a half. The searchlights, the sirens and the military barrage against the Mystery Invader caused more damage to the neighborhoods below, than to the visitor itself. Thousands of rounds of anti-aircraft shrapnel were fired at what was described as being a five hundred foot in diameter craft from another world.

The UFO traveled slowly all the way down to Long Beach and it was assaulted again by military fire at Fort MacArthur still remaining unscathed by the fire power. The UFO headed southward toward Seal Beach when it suddenly darted back to Culver City. It again remained motionless above the communities below while the military opened up another barrage of fire. The UFO then hovered a half hour before flying away over the Pacific Ocean never to be seen again.

There were other occurrences that early morning. While the huge UFO was being attacked, many eyewitnesses reported seeing Mystery Planes high above in many parts of the skies over Southern California. These mystery planes numbered from ten to as many as fifty, that were coming in from the Pacific Ocean and being lit up by searchlights. Some of these mystery planes were silver in color and appeared like airplanes, but were traveling much faster and had a mysterious look to them. These mystery planes were also under attack. Ironically, there have been no records of any of the UFOs ever firing back.

The Battle of Los Angeles changed the lives of thousands of people that night. The details surrounding this incident make it the single most heavily documented UFO Case in the history of UFOs. This was the first time “a weather balloon” was used as an explanation by officials. This was the first time Official Denial was put in motion by authorities. This was the only time a UFO sighting was seen by Californians on a massive scale.

Jose Escamilla is currently in production on the film…

The Battle Of Los Angeles – Official Trailer

MSNBC News: “The Battle of LA” – 65th Anniversary

History Channel – Ancient Aliens: The Battle of Los Angeles 1942

CBS Shortwave Radio Broadcast 1942: The Battle Of Los Angeles

 UFO Attacked By USA In 1942: The Battle Of Los Angeles

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I don’t often cover UFOs, but considering there are three films soon to be released, and the fact that today marks the 69th anniversary of this event… What the hell! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/224608-The-Battle-Of-Los-Angeles

Psy-Ops Team Accused Of Targeting US Senators And Dignitaries!

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February 25, 2011: David Usborne / The Independent – February 25, 2011

And yet another so-called “conspiracy theory” has been brought into the light. Don’t think for a NY minute that Obama is anything other than a manipulated puppet of the globalists! – SJH

The top United States commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, has ordered an investigation into allegations that members of a psychological-operations team, known as psy-ops, were ordered to target American Senators and other dignitaries visiting the country to help to persuade them to provide new troops and money. Among politicians reportedly targeted by the team, whose ostensible mission is to manipulate the thought processes of the enemy, were former presidential candidate John McCain and fellow senators Al Franken, Carl Levin, Joe Lieberman and Jack Reed.

The man in charge of psy-ops, Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Holmes, told a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine that he received orders to turn his focus on visiting politicians from Lieutenant-General William Caldwell, one of the top commanders in the country.

“How do we get these guys to give us more people? What do I have to plant inside their heads?” the chief of staff to Lt-Gen Caldwell purportedly asked Lt-Col Holmes. That General Petraeus reacted so quickly reflects the potential gravity of the claim.

Using psy-ops on your own side is prohibited by Pentagon policy and is likely to be seen as against US law. The article was penned by Michael Hastings, who last year wrote an article about a climate of disrespect among commanders towards President Barack Obama. That piece resulted in the firing of the then US Commander, General Stanley McChrystal. Lt-Col Holmes told the magazine that he resisted the order but was reprimanded for it.

Among the allegations was a claim that his men were told to compile profiles of the politicians ahead of their arrival in the country to identify not just things such as their voting records on the war, but also their likes and dislikes and the things that aroused their passions.

“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” Lt-Col Holmes was quoted as saying by Rolling Stone. “I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressmen, you’re crossing a line.”

Senator Reed, of Rhode Island, said he found the accusations “very serious and disturbing”, while Senator Levin, of Michigan, implied that any attempts to mess with his mind would have been unnecessary. He said: “For years, I have strongly and repeatedly advocated for building up Afghan military capability because I believe only the Afghans can truly secure their nation’s future.”

Psychological Warfare

* In the Second World War, loudspeakers were used to amplify the noise of engines to convince German troops they faced a bigger force than was there.

* During the Korean War leaflets calling on enemy troops to surrender were said to have influenced up to a third of the soldiers who were taken prisoner by the United Nations forces.

* A technique adopted in the first Gulf war was to drop leaflets warning of an impending bombing raid, carry out the attack, then drop more leaflets telling Iraqi troops they should surrender. The tactic was to make them trust the word of the Allies.

Report: Army Targeted US Senators With Psy-Ops

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And the US Commander in Chief is who? That’s right… Obomba! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/psyops-team-accused-of-targeting-us-senators-2225126.html

“Main Street Movement” Surges To Protest War On US Middle Class

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February 24, 2011: Zaid Jilani / Think Progress via Truth-Out.org – February 24, 2011

Be careful what you ask for, and who you ask to get it. Some are wise, some are otherwise… – SJH

Last week, 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats inspired the nation when they decided to flee the state rather than allow quorum for a vote on a bill that would have decimated the state’s public employee unions and dealt a crippling blow to the state’s hard-working teachers, sanitation employees, and other middle class union members.

Since then, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites have taken to the streets in even greater number than before the walkout in support of the fleeing legislators and in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) anti-middle class agenda.

Inspired by the events in Wisconsin, thousands of Americans all over the country are taking action to battle legislation that would attack their labor rights, defund their schools, threaten their health and safety, and decimate the American middle class. Here are just some of the places across the nation that are taking part in this new “Main Street Movement” to defend and rebuild the American middle class:

GEORGIA: Hundreds of workers demonstrated outside the Georgia capitol yesterday, declaring their solidarity with striking Wisconsin workers. Some demonstrators wore “cheesehead” hats, a clear reference to a cultural tradition in Wisconsin.

IDAHO: Hundreds of teachers marched against legislation that would layoff 770 teachers and leave schools severely understaffed.

INDIANA: In Indiana, House Democrats fled the state, preventing a vote on legislation that would enact “right-to-work” laws that would’ve crippled the right to organize. After the House Democrats took off, hundreds of workers and students marched into the capitol building and staged a massive sit-in, pledging not to leave until the radical legislation was withdrawn. Yesterday, Indiana’s Main Street Movement scored its first victory as Republican lawmakers withdrew the anti-union bill. Indiana Democrats are refusing to come back until right-wing legislators withdraw legislation to undermine the state’s public education system.

MONTANA: More than a thousand “conservationists, sportsmen, firefighters, teachers, correctional officers and others” descended on the Montana capitol to protest against “unprecedented GOP attacks on public services and education and laws that protect land, air, water and wildlife.” Students carried signs that read “Keep Us In School,” protesting crippling cuts to the state’s education system.

OHIO: In Ohio, thousands of ordinary Americans who rely on the right to organize to earn good, middle class incomes are facing off with Wisconsin-style legislation backed by Gov. John Kasich (R). Nearly 10,000 protesters demonstrated in Columbus, Ohio, gaining the support of former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). So many demonstrators showed up that the Ohio Highway Patrol was ordered to lock the doors of the state capitol to stop more demonstrators from getting into the building.

TENNESSEE: Hundreds of Tennesseans gathered to protest a bill that would completely strip Tennesee teachers of collective bargaining rights. “What you have right now is 300 or so of us, standing and asking the state legislature to focus on what the priorities are right now, instead of attacking working people,” said Mary Mancini, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action. “If they listen to us, well then that’s great. … If not, I can see this thing growing.”

– WASHINGTON: 2,000 demonstrators in Olympia, Washington, marched against the state’s proposed budget cuts that would harm students and middle class Washingtonians and in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin. “If Scott Walker succeeds in ending worker rights in Wisconsin, the birthplace of public servants’ liberty, it could happen here,” said Federation of State Employees President Carol Dotlich.

ThinkProgress has put together a video compilation highlighting protests by ordinary Americans all over the nation to defend the middle class from this unprecedented assault. Watch it!

Even larger demonstrations are planned this Saturday, as thousands more Main Street Americans plan to take to the streets to protest the ongoing assault against the middle class. Moveon.org is organizing protests at every single state capitol in the country, aiming to “Save the American Dream.”

Meanwhile, US Uncut, an activist group inspired by United Kingdom’s UK Uncut, plans to protest against American tax dodgers, asking why the rich in the country have been able to get off easy on their taxes while low- and middle-income Americans continue to be asked to sacrifice.

UPDATE To see what the war on the middle class that the Main Street Movement is battling looks like, see this chart of the income distribution from Mother Jones:

UPDATE Dozens of parents protested yesterday outside Rep. Blake Farenthold’s (R-TX) local office, demanding that the congressman not support drastic cuts to the Head Start program.

Main Street Movement Erupts As Thousands Protest

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This sure sounds great until you actually find out who is promoting it all. Moveon.org was created and generously funded by globalist George Soros. Follow the money, America! – SJH

Link to link to original article below…

http://www.truth-out.org/main-street-movement-erupts-as-thousands-across-country-protest-war-on-the-middle-class68039