February 11, 2005

Election Reform in WA & etc.

Temporarily breaking radio silence on my part to announce an election reform meeting to be held in Seattle, set up by Governor Gregoire. If you'd like to speak up for having an election system in our state that will be above reproach no matter who's running it, I hope you can make it and show up early.


2400 South 240th
Seattle, WA 98198

Monday February 14, 2005 - 6:00 pm

In other news, I'm still without internet access at the new place. I feel sort of cut off right now, but also... I find myself with mysterious amounts of extra time. Not extravagant amounts, but in the last couple weeks I've been able to get through two particularly good novels that have been reproaching me from my bookshelves for way too long.

I've been listening to Democracy Now more regularly, too. What a news show. You might particularly enjoy Thursday's program, where Amy Goodman interviewed the The Washington Post's Robert O'Harrow who's written a book called No Place To Hide about the coming surveillance society. You'll rarely hear this sort of thing on any of the talking head shows, where the host has a calm and informative conversation with someone who actually knows what they're talking about.

If you're in Olympia, WA this saturday, you can go hear Goodman speak at Evergreen State College. If you aren't, but you appreciate good radio, maybe chip in a bit. Goodman had her laptop and some other equipment stolen while she was in London, though that may not have been the worst thing that happened on that trip. From the transcript of the O'Harrow interview:

AMY GOODMAN: Bob O'Harrow, I was just at Heathrow airport last weekend and, as usual, I was pulled out of the line coming back to the United States. And the security woman --

ROBERT O'HARROW: Your obviously a threat.

AMY GOODMAN: The security woman said to me: ‘We would like to dose your body with low-level radiation. Can we have your permission, please? And I said, ‘What you are talking about? Is this a joke?’ And she said, ‘No. Can we have your permission? We'll do a low dose of radiation through your body.’ And I said, ‘Hell, no.’ I said, ‘Would you do this?’ And she said, ‘No.’ So I said, ‘Well then, I would like to go back in the line.’ She said, ‘Well, now that you’ve refused we’re going to do a particular -- almost a body cavity search or something. I said, ‘Yeah, you can do anything, but I'm not going to get my body dosed with radiation. And she said, ‘Okay, that is your choice.’ I said, ‘Will it be our choice in three months or five months? You're saying this is a test now, but–’ ...

Read the whole interview. And then do something to support the people who are getting the word out, go to a hearing about election accountability, write a letter to your representatives, or just get the word out yourself. The things that are being done by the government of this country right now are being ordered by people who don't look good in the spotlight, so let's set up a big one.

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You are catching up on reading, but we miss your insights on PV! Come back to us soon.

Posted by: Scott at February 12, 2005 06:31 AM

Election reform needs to the THE FIRST issue for Dean and the national party, not just WA. IMHO.
Great post


Posted by: Craig at February 12, 2005 03:50 PM

Election reform is at the top of my agenda.

I also worry about all of this surveillance that is going on in our society. I am not sure if this is a Democrat or a Republican issue. It seems to me that it both sides are equally responsible to intruding on our privacy.

Posted by: Iguana at February 14, 2005 01:07 AM

But what were the two novels? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: Patrick at February 14, 2005 09:23 PM

"I also worry about all of this surveillance that is going on in our society. I am not sure if this is a Democrat or a Republican issue."

It shouldn't be a partisan issue. Rigorous protection of civil rights is based on the premise that you never know who's going to be in power. Democrats should never support a governmental power they wouldn't want John Ashcroft to have, and Republicans should never support any increase of authority they'd be terrified to see in the hands of Janet Reno. It's just that simple.

You don't make laws for today only, you make them for 20, 50, 100 years out. You plan to be surprised by the turns things will take, you expect that anything 'can happen here,' and you try to err on the side of leaving people the f*ck alone when they aren't bothering anyone.

Posted by: natasha at February 14, 2005 09:41 PM