Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Better World Films Index

Better World Films makes available, films in various categories.
All the films are available on YouTube.

Also the films are available free for Public Access TV stations.
Phone your local public access TV station and request they broadcast shows you would like broadcast to your local community. The station can download any of the shows from PEGMedia.org.

Shows can be previewed on these YouTube channels
https://www.youtube.com/FilmForJustice                 - Home page with playlists
https://www.youtube.com/FilmForJustice/videos       - Full list of videos

https://www.youtube.com/BetterWorldFilms             - Home page with playlists
https://www.youtube.com/BetterWorldFilms/videos  - Full list of videos
https://www.youtube.com/BetterSpokane               - Home page with playlists
https://www.youtube.com/BetterSpokane/videos    - Full list of videos

View each category's films:

Better World Films - Films nurturing a better world for everyone - people and nature.

Films for Nature - Nature films
Water Planet News - Nature news not covered by mainstream media. Inland Pacific Northwest and the world's water and other nature issues.
Voices For Water - Films about water issues - local and global. 
Rich Leon - Beautiful nature films
Salmon Back Home - In The Spokane River Region & Other Ancestral Homes

Water Is Life - It's Sacred - Hear Native American elders, the salmon and generations unborn through Deb Abrahamson's voice. Watch the toxic pollution of the land and water come as the dams are built and deadly uranium is mined by digging giant open pits in tribal land, through Deb's stories from her people.

Walkin' Jim Stoltz - Singer, Songwriter and Story Teller for Wilderness, Music & Stories for nature.
Pam Larratt - Creative song writer & piano artist

Films Nurturing Localization - Community, Sustainability, People, Gardens

Brethren Voices Films - Nurturing people throughout the world with service projects and much more.
Dr. Don Baham - Great hour long interviews. 

Film for Justice - Justice for everyone - people and nature.
Gary Null Films  - Social Justice,  Healthy Lifestyles
911TV               - 911 issues and other concerns related to these issues.

Better Days Films -  A series of one hour shows. Each hour is of several progressive films. Just under 58 Minutes.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Water Is Life - It's Sacred -- Deb Abrahamson

Water Is Life - It's Sacred
Deb Abrahamson - SHAWL Society


Hear Indian elders, the salmon and generations unborn through Deb's voice.

See the beauty of the Spokane Tribal land near the Spokane River shore through her eyes.

Listen to Indian people anxiously awaiting and then celebrating salmon's return through Deb's heart.

Waters and lands are sacred. Salmon are the life source for everyone in the greater tribal region for thousands of years.

Watch the toxic pollution of the land and water come as the dams are built and deadly uranium is mined by digging giant open pits in tribal land, through Deb's stories from her people.

Each dam stopped more salmon from coming home until no salmon could come home. People grew sick, many did not regain their health, some died. Genocide loomed large for people who depend on the land and rivers.

Deb recounts her journey too. What seemed a short path for healing became a journey for justice and nurturing. She transformed herself and blossomed into a leader: changing history for the better and becoming a voice for justice on behalf of the many unheard voices - the sick and young, past and future generations, the land and the River.

This film is available free for public access TV stations to download and broadcast from PEGMedia.org . Phone your local public access station and ask them to download and broadcast this film for your community to see.

A more full list of tags:

Water, Uranium,  Radioactive, Spokane River, Sovereignty, Deb Abrahamson, Spokane Tribe, Salmon, Sacred, Grand Coulee Dam, Genocide, Reparations, Creator,  Indian, Eel,  Blue Creek, Little Falls Dam,

Health, Superfund, SHAWL Society, Midnite Mine, Spokane Indian Reservation, Pollution, Indigenous,  Healing, Toxic Waste, Ceremony,   Radiation, Sherwood Mine, Chamokane Creek, Uranium Mining,  Life, Land,  Lake Roosevelt, Culture, Tribal Culture, Air, CELP, Reparations to Indians,

Spokane Tribe of Indians, Healing Ceremony, Radioactive Fish,  Radioactive Food,  Sierra Club, Upper Columbia River Group, Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Voices for Water, Watershed Hero, Traditional foods, Fish, Contaminated Fish, Radioactive Waste,

Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, EPA, Newmont Mining, Dawn Mining Company, Open Pit, Environmental Protection Agency, Superfund site, CERCLA, RECA, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington Department of Ecology, Department of Health and Human Services, ATSDR, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry,U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Justice, BLM, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Ford Uranium Mill, Ford Mill, Atomic Energy Act, Uranium Mill Tailings Reclamation and Conservation Act, Northwest Tribes, Wellpinit, Radioactive Wildlife,, Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, Eastern Washington, First Foods, White camas, Lomatium canbyi, Carlotte Corral, Chico Corral, Cold War, Cold War era, storage of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests,

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stacy Cossey Films - www.Film.StacyCossey.com

To see the full up to date list of films on YouTube click here:

How To Make These Films Available For Your Public Access TV Station

- Films for your local public access TV station(s) to broadcast for your community.

Phone your local public access TV station and ask them to broadcast this show to your local community. Your station can download the show in TV broadcast format from PEGMedia.org .

These films are available for any Public Access TV stations in the country - and world - to broadcast.

Stations that use Telvue, DVDs or other media can send email to Contact@StacyCosseyFilms.com for instructions.

All these shows are ready to broadcast to you community. More on the way.
Give your station a call and follow up - so each week these empowering shows are broadcast.

Here is a list of some of the public access TV sations in Washington State
Public Access TV Stations In Washington State

Good luck and have fun bringing new nurturing shows to your community.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Public Access TV Stations In Washington State

Public Access TV Stations By State - Public, Education, Government - PEG Stations

Here are some of the Public stations in Washington state - the Education and Government PEG stations are not included in this list.

If your Public Access TV station is not listed here - let us know.

Once you have phoned and requested you local station broadcast shows you feel are helpful for your community - let us know the station and what they had to say. Follow up as need be to make sure the show(s) get broadcast.

We will let you know of other interested people in your community so you can work together to get more nurturing shows broadcast you your public access TV station.

It would be great to have people calling their local public access station in every community of the state - what a good difference that will make.

If your community doesn't have a public access TV station - and has cable TV - perhaps it is time to start your own public access TV station - giving you community a voice for a change.

Email: Contact@StacyCossey.com


City/county Population served Charter type Station name Web site
Clark County; Vancouver 238,000 P Fort Vancouver Community TV (FVTV-11) http://fvtv11.org
Cowlitz County; Longview 35,000 P KLTV – Channel 11 http://www.kltv.org
Jefferson County; Port Townsend 8,000 PEG Port Townsend TV – Channel 48 (PTTV) http://porttownsendtv.blogspot.com
King County (South); Seattle
P Puget Sound Access http://www.pugetsoundaccess.com
King County; Seattle
P Seattle Community Media - Comcast Ch 77/Wave Ch 23 http://seattlecommunitymedia.org
Kitsap County; Bremerton 50,000 P Bremerton – Kitsap Access TV (BKAT) http://www.bkat.org
Kittitas County; Ellensburg 15,000 PG Ellensburg Community TV (ECTV) http://www.cwu.edu/~media/ac_ectv.html
Mason County; Union
PG Hood Canal Communications Local – Channel 46 http://www.hcc.net/com-local.php
Thurston County; Olympia 43,000 PEG Thurston Community TV 3 (TCTV) http://www.tctv.net
Bainbridge Island 20,000 P Bainbridge Island TV (BITV) http://www.bitv.org
Des Moines
PG Des Moines Cable TV Public Access Channel http://www.desmoineswa.gov/dept/city_clerk/cable_tv.html
Ellensburg 15,000 PG Central Washington University (KCWU-15) http://www.kcwutv.org
Normandy Park
PG Normandy Park TV (NPTV-21) http://www.normandyparkwa.gov
Pullman 25,000 P Washington State University Cable 8 Productions http://cable8.org
PEG Puget Sound Educational Service District Educational TV (PSETV) http://www.psesd.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=103&Itemid=263
Seattle 563,000 P Seattle Community Media (SCM) http://seattlecommunitymedia.org
Seattle 563,000 PE University of Washington TV Research Channel (UWTV) http://www.uwtv.org
Spokane 184,000 PEG Community-Minded TV – Channel 14 (CMTV) http://community-mindedtv.org
Toppenish 8,946 P Mid Valley TV (MVTV) http://www.midvalleytv.com
P Voice Of Vashon (VoV-T.V.) http://www.voiceofvashon.org
Whidbey Island
PE Oak Harbor School District TV – Channel 21 (WildcatTV) (WCTV) http://ohhs.ohsd.net/~wtv/Site/Home.html
Yakima 72,000 PG Yakima Community TV (YCTV); Yakima Public Affairs (Y-PAC) http://www.ci.yakima.wa.us/services/yctv

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Recorded live, with enhanced digital photos. Walkin' Jim Stoltz, wilderness songster and long-distance hiker, sings songs from his “Forever Wild” concert. http://www.WalkinJim.com  

More - Walkin' Jim Stoltz Music Videos: http://walkinjimstoltz.at7c.com

Tags:  Walkin Jim, Walkin Jim Stoltz, Walkin’ Jim, Forever Wild, River, Hiking, Wilderness, Nature, Beauty, Respect, Life, Long Distance Hiking, Environment, Music, Music Video, Nature Songs,

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Transcript of - Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

YouTube, Transcript
Nightmare and insanity are akin: mysterious and involuntary states that skew and distort objective reality.   One wakens from nightmare; from insanity there is no awakening.
Whether Americans live in the one state or the other is the paramount question of this era.
For two hundred years Americans have been indoctrinated with a mythology created, imposed and sustained by a manipulating cabal: the financial elite that built its absolute control on the muscle and blood, good will, ignorance and credulity, of its citizenry.
America began with the invasion of a populated continent and the genocide of its native people.   Once solidly established, it grafted enslavement of another race onto that base.
With those two pillars of state firmly in place it declared itself an independent nation in a document that nobly proclaimed the equality of all mankind.
In that act of monumental hypocrisy America’s myth had its beginning.
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A Constitution was written that came to be regarded as American Holy Writ.   Its central purposes were to defend private property and suppress mass democracy.   It has fulfilled both those mandates beyond the wildest dreams of its creators.
Once the existing oligarchy was secure in law and native people largely exterminated, the ruling class increased its wealth and power fantastically in the 19th century, using the government as its enabler, exploiting to the limit the device of chartered corporations.
With its phenomenal money power, the financial elite began to use the military to expand its sway beyond the continent.   Regions, territories, islands, and whole countries were annexed, invaded, and possessed outright, their peoples crushed, suppressed, and ruled.
Because ordinary Americans, like any people, need to believe that whatever the ruling elite undertakes in their nation’s name must be essentially benevolent, noble in purpose and justified in fact, the myth had to be radically modified for imperial expansion.
The foundational story was that Americans had come to a howling wilderness teeming with godless savages and, through invincible strength of character and purity of purpose, had tamed the land and honorably earned the right to possess their bountiful home.
In the era of extra-territorial expansion that version was polished to justify and ennoble imperialism.   The new corollary was that America could not ignore colonialist brutality but was obliged, by the Manifest Destiny that led us to civilize our own continent, to carry our mission into barbaric darkness wherever tyranny created abuse and suffering.
A national myth that absolutely binds the loyalty of a people to its government must be a subtle and powerful elixir that elevates and aggrandizes that people’s self-regard.   National policy will then appear to be an extension of its superior citizenry’s inchoate will, and the basis for a justified arrogance toward the lesser world.
The simple, powerful myth of America’s altruistic and heroic benevolence, shaped and maintained by the financial/political power elite, infused Americans with a deep and outrageously hubristic sense of racial superiority that, mobilized behind various imperial enterprises, has given all such adventures the character of a quasi-religious crusade.   In this way insatiable imperialism acquires the apparent moral perfection of a syllogism.
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With WWII, the world was reconfigured.   American Capitalism emerged supreme from the horror that had virtually wrecked its capitalist partners.   The Soviet Union, though, having absorbed by far the greatest devastation from Nazi Germany, had astonishingly risen above its ruin to become the leading challenger to America as a world power.
This challenge was not competitive, it was systemic: Soviet Communism was a direct threat to American hegemony in that it categorically refuted the philosophical basis of Predatory Capitalism.   Grounded in Marx and Lenin, it attacked Capitalism’s inherent evils, monstrous inequities and flagrant injustices that, exacerbated by speculation, exploitation and fraud, would destroy it.   And it promoted world revolution to that end.
This face-off of giants in the Cold War necessitated further refinement of the American myth.   Now, instead of simply intervening in situations where despotism or tyranny required America to forcefully implant our just and ethical democracy, America had to become the shield and bulwark of the sacred capitalist system in which “free enterprise” was magically and increasingly identified with democracy and equally to be defended.
This version prevailed through many surrogate confrontations around the globe in the era of Mutually Assured Destruction and survived even the debacle of Vietnam, lasting until the collapse of the Soviet Union, as the propaganda stream became ever more intense and pervasive.   On radio and television Americans were subjected to an unrelenting barrage of hyper-patriotism in which American moral superiority was a given, and America’s self-touted courage, generosity and decency were its unchallengeable proofs.
The implosion of the Soviet Union left America, in its own terminology, the “Sole Superpower in a Unipolar World”.    This, however, did not result in diminution of the myth.   The practical effect of having no doomsday enemy–China couldn’t plausibly be cast in that role then–was to supercharge it by increasing its element of pure, hubristic ego.   America was no longer just called upon to defend the “Free World” from monstrous heresy; it was now, by virtue of its universally acknowledged, beatific “exceptionalism”, required to oversee and police it in the interests, and for the benefit, of lesser nations.
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“Power corrupts,” said Lord Mahan, “and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
When the only rival and counterweight to American power disintegrated there was a sense within the American power elite that the opportunity existed, for the first time in history, for one country to absolutely dominate and effectively control the entire world.
This consensus was expressed in a policy statement composed by a cadre of major right-wing political players representing massive corporate capitalist interests called the Project for a New American Century.   This triumphalist manifesto laid out a plan for absolute American access and control of essential resources and raw materials worldwide, to be guaranteed by the military which would enforce Full Spectrum Dominance.
The American Myth, which had seemed to have lost momentum and its animating principle in the totally unexpected so-called Cold War “victory”, was now re-energized with a less defensive and reactive essence, and given the glowing radiance and patina of a true and, for the first time, self-professed and articulated, imperial mission.
The attack on the Towers, an unimaginable provocation, was the trigger mechanism for the explosive launch of the effort to impose that imperial model in practice on the world.
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It has been without question the most spectacular failure in the history of American misadventure.   After a decade marked by the waste of trillions of dollars and tens of thousands of American lives, the stunning bankruptcy of our internally burglarized nation, and a consequent recession more fundamentally damaging than the Great One, Imperial America has nothing to show for the botched folly of its arrogant overreach but unequivocal disasters in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, with no end of madness in sight.
An impartial observer would have to say that the hypnotic hold of the American Myth on the loyalty of the people has led only to disgrace and disaster, and set a direct course to inevitable imperial decline and ruin.   That would be inarguable on any rational basis, but it entirely mistakes the motive for, and the purpose of, the myth.   The American Myth was never intended to serve the interests either of our country or of our people: it was created solely to buttress, shield, and exalt the ruling financial class.   It has done that with astonishing and unbroken success that staggers the imagination from our earliest days.
The massive looting of Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan war funding to enrich the Corporate Tyranny—for that is what it has become—is on an unique scale of its own, without anything remotely comparable to its flagrant obscenity in the whole long history of war.
Neither the Pentagon nor any branch of the U.S.   government can give any accounting whatever of the many billions of tax-generated dollars that have vanished, evaporated.   There is no doubt but that beyond the outrageously inflated, no-bid contracts handed to giant corporate favorites with their preposterous guaranteed profits, much of the money was simply stolen in bulk by, through, or in spite of the military, and distributed among thieves and accomplices, some of it on huge pallets… for convenience, presumably.
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While this wholesale robbery was going on under the oversight of the military abroad, the Corporate Tyranny had evolved a whole set of impenetrably complex devices for the generation of money without any economically productive source or result at home.
The sole driving force and purpose of Capitalism is the realization of profit.   According to that calculus, reducing production costs increases profit margin.   This leads to the obvious conclusion that as production costs near zero, profit is maximized.
There is no provision for social good in Capitalist theory.   Corporations, created to optimize business opportunity through efficient specialization, were originally required to operate for public benefit but that provision was quickly finessed and forgotten.
American law courts have always favored corporate concentrations of wealth since they, like the Congress, exist to serve the moneyed interests.   The American Myth was created to provide cover for the financial oligarchy to exploit the country and the citizenry, and the judiciary has consistently cooperated in ruling for corporations against the people.
Indeed, without ever considering the question in law, the Supreme Court long ago endowed corporations with “personhood”, that is with all rights of human beings under our Constitution.   The way this travesty occurred–the slipshod by-product of an obliquely related case–shows that the court preferred to incorporate this perversion of the plain intent of the 14th amendment as an unexamined assumption rather than risk an eventual test which would unquestionably have created violent public outrage.
Given the collusion of Congress and the courts in securing legal invulnerability for the Corporate Tyranny and the principle that the only duty of corporations is maximization of profit, it was not surprising that megabanks, huge brokerage houses, giant insurance conglomerates, gilded hedge funds and the credit agencies pretending to certify their work, all engaged in massive and systemic fraud and deception for just that purpose.   The result was the crash of ’08, the recession, and the stunning and unprecedented rescue and bailout of the biggest banks, investment houses, and insurance and credit conglomerates with taxpayer dollars.   So much for the hallowed Invisible Hand of the Free Market…
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The last decades have seen two related megatrends in American geopolitical mechanics, both with dire effects on the power of the American Myth.   First, what belief the world at large had in it has been shattered by a catastrophic series of imbecile and irretrievable military failures and disasters, which has caused erosion of its efficacy at home.   Second, in response to this, the State has made increasingly crude efforts to boost the Myth’s waning power by the imposition of totalitarian methods of surveillance, intimidation and coercion on the American people to a degree unprecedented in scope and scale.
The whole clanking, medieval apparatus of Homeland Security that has sprouted like an enormous poison fungus since 9/11 with its brutal police state mindset; the odious Patriot Act with its flagrant subversions of the Bill of Rights; the endless, fantasy-based terror-peddling of the prostitute corporate media with its clowns and harpies churning irrational fear and anger in the uninformed: all this grim, repressive endeavor is a concerted attempt to distract Americans from the real causes of their injury, abuse, and oppression.
And yet, even with the American Myth now totally and irreparably blown full of holes and exposed demonstrably for the tissue of lies, deceptions and frauds that it has always been, it somehow keeps its phenomenal hold on the great mass of the American people.   The tragic reality is that, for the majority, their own identities have been so deeply and thoroughly infused with the myth that to disbelieve it is to disbelieve in themselves.
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So the American Myth is dead, and yet it lives on in its deadness, horribly masking our crapshot economy, our bankrupt debtors prison of a society, our Ghost Dance charade of kabuki democracy, while typhoons of impending social, economic and ecological disaster build their enormous, lightning-charged thunderheads above the dark future before us.
And what is it that the dead Myth still imperfectly obscures for Americans? What is outside and beyond the opaque wall of faltering, failing dishonesty and deception? What is the horror that the shoddy, tattered Myth has so long and so effectively concealed?
It is the world that has suffered unrelieved exploitation by the violence of our imperialist mania.   It is the many wrecked and pillaged economies financially looted by our imposed predatory capitalist austerity regimes.   It is the teeming hundreds of millions of starved, deprived and dying children sacrificed to Wall Street commodities gaming.   It is the multitudes of humble, innocent, ignorant people, barely surviving in absolutist and dictatorial regimes propped up in their barbaric cruelty by our military while our banks siphon off the profits left after arming their brutal police and armies and bribing their ruling Kings, Sheikhs or Generals.   It is the millions of dead and maimed in the raped populations of simple tribal people whom our indiscriminately murderous juggernaut has left in its bloody wake in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.   It is the appalling legacy of hate and repulsion, disdain and fear, that America has earned with its appalling hegemonist villainy in every corner of the world.
And at home, what is it we Americans have been so complicit in hiding from ourselves in our devotion to the perverse legend that has come to inhabit our souls like a succubus?
It is the millions of us with no work and no hope in middle age whose jobs and homes have been devoured by the heartless fraud machine of Wall Street.   It is the trashed and demolished weedlots of our major cities eroding in crumbling, fire-gutted ruin.   It is the many towns and cities with industries shut down and factories deserted or dismantled and shipped overseas.   It is our decaying, disintegrating public schools, our bankrupt states and counties, our overtaxed, antiquated public transportation systems, our obsolete, dissolving infrastructure, our bloated, irrational prisons complex, our punishing and inadequate health care disaster, and over it all, the repressive mechanism of our police state, armed and empowered, ready for use against the American people themselves.
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This is where we are.   The great question now is whether we as a nation can awaken from this long historic nightmare and face the terrifying and exhilarating prospect of living in the full light of reality without the false props and dishonest constructs of a hoodwinked, herded and dishonored people or, whether we have internalized the falsity and disease to such an extent that it has become an organic, overmastering form of insanity?
In 1846, Henry David Thoreau, offended to his soul by the injustice of the American government’s invasion of Mexico, protested it and went to jail for his convictions.   Later, in his essay On Civil Disobedience, he said this:
“If injustice is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.   Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.”
To attempt to break the hold of the American Myth will be a titanic, daunting challenge.   To even begin to openly rebel against the might of the National Security State will require the courage to face much more than official disapproval and denunciation.   Imperial America will not respond to even the most peaceful and orderly protest with anything less than hard police repression and the level of punishment will rise in relation to the scope and seriousness of the action undertaken.
Small protests will have no effect and will be meaningless.   Organized mass events, when they occur, will draw the whole fiercely and brutally motivated National Security State apparatus down upon themselves.   Americans, excepting those of our underclass who have felt it, have no experience with violent police or military repression.   Those who commit peaceful civil disobedience, a first and innocent tactic of serious protest, will swiftly find out to their cost how it works.   In a National Security State that has excised and eradicated all defensive laws and regulations intended to prevent abuse of the public, whatever the State does is legal.   To such a pass have we in America come as a result of our long historic indoctrination in serving our financial elite, our Ruling Class.
To achieve any redemption for Americans, to make possible any more just, humane and life-honoring society, will require complete abandonment of the system of Predatory Capitalism.   If offers no prospect of reform or improvement and we have all been witness to the idiocy of the so-called “democratic process” in action for generations now.
America is nearing the greatest crisis point in its history and the terrific cataclysm, when it happens, will determine the future our country is to have.   If we cannot, in dominating numbers, rise to reject the heartless, mindless, soulless machine of Imperial Predatory Capitalism, we will be condemned to a fascistic command and control horror in which human beings are mere possessions of the State, units of production or service, and then perhaps not even that, as excess population in that brave, new world nay be eliminated.
That end is not inevitable.   We are not lost.   We are not even defeated because to this moment we have not engaged.   We have not honored our responsibility as human beings.   We have not risen to defend our humanity.   We have let ourselves be ruled.
All around the world the thunder of vast and immeasurable discontent can be heard and felt.   In Egypt and Spain, Jordan and Greece, Iraq and Sudan, Afghanistan and Ireland, Latin America, the Far East and Africa, the legitimate anger of humanity is expressing itself against the dead and killing hand of Predatory Capitalism and its agencies of violence.   And here, in America, so long trapped and encapsulated, frozen like a fly in amber in a false religion of state idolatry, the anger is deep, widespread, and growing.
It is up to those who know and care to lead.   As Thomas Paine said, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Nothing is guaranteed us.   That can’t matter.   We cannot be concerned with odds or outcomes.   We cannot let the Machine of Injustice grind on.   We must oppose it with all the moral force we own.   We must act with quiet courage to confront a vicious tyrannical system that is destroying the earth, its life, and its people.   We must put our lives on the line to oppose it.
The Nightmare Machine of rapacious exploitation has overthrown humanity’s decency and reason and its bloody inhuman treason flourishes over us.   This must be ended.
Let your life be a friction now to stop the Machine.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Setting Up An Activist Website

Essential Functions
1. A webpage to post articles and information about the website. This essential function is available free and is a good way to get one's feet wet - saves lots of time and makes for a much better full website. Plus this webpage can be edited from any computer anywhere in the world.

Take time to select a useful WebSiteName. This name will be used in multiple places. Sorter, easier to remember and type is better. Use .com - it is what everyone knows and is less expensive. It is best to have the ability to TAG each article posted to the webpage with multiple categories. These tags, also called labels, are used to sort the articles into the various categories - essential for an informational website.

2. A project email address. Used for the project, not a personal email address. The project email address should forward to a personal personal email address

3. Periodic email news about the website
2.1 A subscription list that viewers can subscript to and from.
2.2 An email sent to all subscribers periodically, at least monthly.

4. A hosted website using the select website domain name.
4.1 with a contact form
4.2 with a list serve that sends out the periodic newsletters, add subscribe and unsubscribe buttons to the home page.
4.3 with email addresses for the domain - at least one to be used to reply to people that contact the website. Don't put this email address on the website - it invites spam.

5. Twitter and Facebook for the website. Set up twitter first and use it a while and then set up Facebook - a Facebook PAGE not a Facebook Profile. Pages are for groups/organizations/projects. Profiles are for individuals. A Facebook PAGE has essential functions that Profile pages do not have.

6. Social Networking and Content Management Webpages that require User ID and password for access
Only when there is a specific well thought out need are these functions needed.

These social networking and content management functions are essential for websites dealing with a good deal of information that needs to be sorted and presented in various dynamic ways for various members of the website. These pages can be edited dynamically on line.

Here are some of the basics of setting up an activist website.

This is a step by step evolution that allows a website to mature as new functions and tools are integrated into the website.

This is an inexpensive way of creating a very sophisticated activist website. It is done one step at a time - as needed.
The end result is a website design that uses each step as a prototype that can be adjusted based on how the website is actually working (not imagined) and to meet the actual needs and opportunities as they come up.

Basic Framework For Activist Websites
Nurturing Public Participation, Public Education, Public Enthusiasm
that nurtures a better world for everyone - people and nature

Once you have outlined what you would like your activist website to to the follow steps can be used to create an Activist Website.

1. Take some time to sort out a WebSiteName for the website, twitter, blog etc. One generic WebSiteName that is simple for people to remember and may or may not directly refer to the issue/issues you will be covering.

The WebSiteName can be an umbrella title for the various issues you want to cover. As the issues accumulate text and links, the issues can be grouped together and have their own section on the website - this can be done with a Tagged Blog which is a simple quick way to do this - other ways may seem like possibilities. These other ways can end up simply not being practical - they take to much time to set up and or make entries etc.
1a. Choose the WebSiteName.

For public communications you will need an email address and ID/password that does not identify your personal email - this reduces spam. This email address identifies the project. A Google mail email address can be used for the 5 steps below. Preferably this public email address will be WebSiteName@gmail.com. Emails to this address can be forwarded to your regular email address.
1b. Set up the Project Email Address

A Tagged Blog will be invaluable for an activist website and is simple to set up and can even be, initially the first page for the activist website. To have your own WebSiteName this costs $15/yr - domain name registration. The name can be redirected to the initial free tagged blog website. A good way to get started and prototype what the initial home page content will be.
1b. Create the Tagged Blog and it's initial webpages. Use the Project Email Address as the ID for the Tagged Blog.

2. Set up and make available a Public List Serve for the WebSiteName. This is the primary way the website communicates with its subscribers. This allows anyone to subscribe and unsubscribe on their own. You will receive notice of subscriptions and unsubscribes. You can delete inappropriate subscribers as needed. Subscribers will receive emails that keep them up to date on what is going on with the project. The project website is the 'library'. The listserv is the 'Newspaper' that lets people know what is in the library. With the listserv many more people with go to the website on a regular basis.

It is very useful to created a subscription listserve for the project so everyone interested can sign up and get periodic emails about what is going on with the project and updates to the projects website.. These emails will get forwarded to friends and get more people viewing the website.

This can be used to let people know about issues the public site is concerned with - direct text messages, links to interesting articles, photos, etc. For photos you might consider Google's Picasa - it may have some advantages over Flicker. Make sure where ever you put photos for the public to view they are from someplace with the public name you have chosen - they could simply be put in a folder, called images on the public face website, or in the blog or - there are plenty of ways to do this - some more cumbersome than others. You need to test this out and use it for several months to see what works for you and to learn how to do it. Waiting until it is needed simply doesn't work - you can test this theory as much as you want - if the results aren't the same each time let me know.

3. Set up Twitter and Facebook for the public name. I suggest setting up twitter first. Get used to how it works then set up Facebook. Twitter keeps the messages short, very readable, less extraneous junk, and can include links to further info that people want. You can post the periodic public emails to the public blog so they can be available from Twitter.

Quite useful for chronicalling all the links related to Project. Very useful for Twitter and Facebook folks.

4. Add some entries to the Tagged Blog. Make sure to each entry has appropriate tags including the various issues you are covering. It is essential to take the few moments to make sure each blog entry has all the possible relevant tags you can think of for the entry. You will use the tags to develop issue lists that display all the articles you have posted relative to a tag or tags.

This is where the project provides an invaluable service to people really interested in finding substantial content on various issue. By using tags generously for each blog entry incredible things can be done with searches that can not easily be done without TAGS.

See the AfD News and Good Reads on this website for examples of how tags can be used to access specific information:

5. Set up a website for the WebSiteName that has additional pages, links etc.

It is very useful to get the first 4 points up and running before doing much with the website.

Initially the blog can be adjusted to be the website home page - without needing to set up the website. This saves considerable time and allows the blog to be a quick prototyping tool of what you want on the WebSites home page.

At some point there may be a substantial reason to have a website that can include links, specific information about what the project is about, subscribe pages, donate, slide shows, movies etc.

6. Set up webpages that require User ID and password and or Database structures. There is a way to create websites so there is public access for anyone and sign in access via email and password for people to access more of the website. You can assign various types of access to website users. This kind of website also allows you to update it live via the web. It is done by the very famous open source Drupal with it's database foundation and content managment capabilities.

Once you have the first five items up and running well, Drupal might be very useful. It is fairly intensive to set up. A quick way to set up Drupal social networking is by using Drupal Commons which has most all of the set up work done. Once set up the skills learned in the above 5 steps should be sufficient to add all sorts of content to the Drupal webpages and control who has access to what.

I'd be happy to work with a person that wants to do the non-higher tech aspects of this.

As you probably well know there is plenty more that can be done. But for now getting ALL the first 4 up and running is what is needed for a solid activist project. Once this is in place and you are updating it on a regular basis then other embellishments can be added as time permits.

When you have a name or a list of possilble name for an activist project and an outline of what the project is about let me know and I'll offer some thoughts and comments on them and which can better serve what you are going to do.

Sunday, March 5, 2000

Tiny Street Library

The intent is to make a easily used tiny street library.
Simple design that is easily put together. No frills but with elegance where possible.
Flat roof sloping to the back like the blue library.
Door that works well, easily, simply - no hassle, solid.

2 X 6 mounted to 4X4 with metal right angles instead of bulky wood. Allows
room for a children's library with door below, perhaps on one side of
the adult size library. Perhaps one on each side and something in the
middle... Sort that out after the upper library initial design is set. Then
sort out options for below, then finalize design.

Post is 5'. 2' in ground, 3' hight plus almost 2" for the 2 X 6 as the base
the tiny library is mounted on.

Will paint, finish and mount the library and post.

Below are photos of 3 libraries in the city.