Monday, August 15, 2005

a letter to d anyone can read

i wrote this late last night but the lightning knocked me off line... so here goes:

i just got home from the storm at the beatnik. i do my radio show on sundays now. it poured and exploded thunder n lightning like crazy all of a sudden!! wild.
i payed elvis in memory of his death. my sister diane and i were driving ibnto san francisco and we heard 3 elvis songs, which you never did at the time on underground rock radio. we knew he was gone and we cried then and again the next day when we saw the window of 'chicken little' with a mannequin wearing a leather jacket, with a teddy bear next to it. thatwas just the beginning of all that corny elvis kitsch and impersonators and all, but when you hear him sing you realize, he really could.

a band made up three marines showed up and wanted to play so i let them, they were called my fat wallet which i told them i knoew wasnt from being marines, that only halliburton and people like that got fat wallets. they were really good progresive jazz ala mahavishnu/zappa and did one cover of a tom waits song, 'blue valentine'. i told them to look on the cover for the name , little quinnie. that's my sister, diane. also, i told them tom waits had blue paint in his fingernails the day they shot that album cover. also, about the time diane & i went to see him in berkeley and he did burma shave with a whole cool introduction about elvis stopping in at his gas station and showing him how to comb his hair.

today was wild too. i interviewed a guy on the phone who is facing six years in prison for protesting the war. see his name is danny burns. i wrote an article for the new freep about him.i'm going to do ongoing interviews with him called 'through these trials.'
sign up now! (again, diane, on my mind, as her friend betsy first told me about danny's trials...), for a newsletter, etc.

then i introduced elia to sage and monet. elia is moving to houston to get her masters in fine arts from university of houston, stopping off in crawford to say hi to cindy sheehan and the pother protetsres outside the vacationing asshole ranch. everybody liked eachother although sage slept thru it was heavy and sad to see elia leave but we kept it al very light. we're one year since we split up. monet said" why did you guys split up? you have so many mannerisms in common, obviously very compatible, etc." monet is very kind and loving. debbie winski made the big entrance at monet's moms by running over the water spigot and causing a flood of water. it was a good tension breaker.

yesterday sage had his first outings, the produce market in the morning and arjuna's cd release/concert at water canyon last night. he slept thru both things, again, which i think was fine and he liked them both, too. he smiled serenely thru both outings, as well.

best thing was yesterday we were playing bob dylan and when 'mr tambourine man' was on, i told sage that was my favorite song in the world and he nodded. so i asked him if he liked it too and he nodded again and smiled a kind of crooked elvis smile. he kind of reminded me of fred but everyone says he looks like me.

-----------------------------------------------------------in love & gratitude, tq

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Deep Concerns - Noam Chomsky

before the war started, noam chomsky wrote of the 'thorrifying humanitarian catastrophes
of which aid and relief agencies that work in Iraq have been warning...', the perception of the u.s. as a dangerous, rogue power, and the unprecedented opposition to the invasion, the outcome of which, 'not the Pentagon, the CIA, or anyone else' could predict .

Deep Concerns

At this grim moment, we can do nothing to stop the ongoing invasion. But that does not mean that the task is over for people who have some concern for justice, freedom, and human rights. Far from it. The tasks will be more urgent than before, whatever the outcome of the attack. And about that, no one has any idea: not the Pentagon, the CIA, or anyone else. Possibilities range from the horrifying humanitarian catastrophes of which aid and relief agencies that work in Iraq have been warning, to
relatively benign outcomes - though even if not a hair is harmed on anyone's head that will in no way mitigate the criminality of those willing to subject helpless people to such terrible risks, for their own
shameful purposes.

As for the outcomes, it will be a long time before preliminary judgments can be made. One immediate task is to lend what weight we can to more benign outcomes. That means, primarily, caring for the needs of the victims, not just of this war but of Washington's vicious and destructive sanctions regime of the past ten years, which has devastated the civilian society, strengthened the ruling tyrant, and compelled the population to rely on him for survival. As has been pointed out for years, the sanctions therefore undermined the hope that Saddam Hussein would go the way of other murderous tyrants no less vicious than he. That includes a terrible rogues gallery of criminals who were also
supported by those now at the helm in Washington, in many cases to the last days of their bloody rule: Ceausescu, to mention only one obvious and highly pertinent case.

Elementary decency would call for massive reparations from the US; lacking that, at least a flow of aid to Iraqis, so that they can rebuild what has been destroyed in their own way, not as dictated by people in Washington and Crawford whose higher faith is that power comes from the barrel of a gun.

But the issues are much more fundamental, and long range. Opposition to the invasion of Iraq has been entirely without historical precedent. That is why Bush had to meet his two cronies at a US military base on an island, where they would be safely removed from any mere people. The
opposition may be focused on the invasion of Iraq, but its concerns go far beyond that. There is growing fear of US power, which is considered to be the greatest threat to peace in much of the world, probably by a large majority. And with the technology of destruction now at hand,
rapidly becoming more lethal and ominous, threat to peace means threat to survival.

Fear of the US government is not based solely on this invasion, but on the background from which it arises: An openly-declared determination to rule the world by force, the one dimension in which US power is supreme, and to make sure that there will never be any challenge to that domination. Preventive wars are to be fought at will: Preventive, not Pre-emptive. Whatever the justifications for pre-emptive war might sometimes be, they do not hold for the very different category of
preventive war: the use of military force to eliminate an imagined or invented threat. The openly-announced goal is to prevent an challenge to the "power, position, and prestige of the United States." Such challenge, now or in the future, and any sign that it may emerge, will be met without overwhelming force by the rulers of the country that now apparently outspends the rest of the world combined on means of violence, and is forging new and very dangerous paths over
near-unanimous world opposition: development of lethal weaponry in space, for example.

It is worth bearing in mind that the words I quoted are not those of Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld or other radical statist extremists now in charge. Rather, they are the words of the respected elder statesman Dean Acheson, 40 years ago, when he was a senior advisor to the Kennedy
Administration. He was justifying US actions against Cuba - knowing that the international terrorist campaign aimed at "regime change" had just brought the world close to terminal nuclear war. Nevertheless, he instructed the American Society of International Law, no "legal issue"
arises in the case of a US response to a challenge to its "power, position, and prestige," specifically terrorist attacks and economic warfare against Cuba.

I bring this up as a reminder that the issues are deep-seated. The current administration is at the extremist end of the policy-planning spectrum, and its adventurism and penchant for violence are unusually dangerous. But the spectrum is not that broad, and unless these deeper
issues are addressed, we can be confident that other ultrareactionary extremists will gain control of incredible means of devastation and repression.

The "imperial ambition" of the current power holders, as it is frankly called, has aroused shudders throughout the world, including the mainstream of the establishment at home. Elsewhere, of course, the reactions are far more fearful, particularly among the traditional victims. They know too much history, the hard way, to be comforted by exalted rhetoric. They have heard enough of that over the centuries as they were being beaten by the club called "civilization." Just a few days ago, the head of the non-aligned movement, which includes the governments of most of the world's population, described the Bush administration as more aggressive than Hitler. He happens to be very
pro-American, and right in the middle of Washington's international economic projects. And there is little doubt that he speaks for many of the traditional victims, and by now even for many of their traditional oppressors.

It is easy to go on, and important to think these matters through, with care and honesty.

Even before the Bush administration sharply escalated these fears in recent months, intelligence and international affairs specialists were informing anyone who wanted to listen that the policies Washington is pursuing are likely to lead to an increase in terror and proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction, for revenge or simply deterrence. There are two ways for Washington to respond to the threats engendered by its actions and startling proclamations. One way is to try to alleviate the threats by paying some attention to legitimate grievances, and by agreeing to become a civilized member of a world community, with some respect for world order and its institutions. The other way is to construct even more awesome engines of destruction and domination, so
that any perceived challenge, however remote, can be crushed - provoking new and greater challenges. That way poses serious dangers to the people of the US and the world, and may, very possibly, lead to extinction of the species - not an idle speculation.

Terminal nuclear war has been avoided by near miracle in the past; a few months before Acheson's speech, to mention one case that should be fresh in our minds today. Threats are severe and mounting. The world has good reason to watch what is happening in Washington with fear and
trepidation. The people who are best placed to relieve those fears, and to lead the way to a more hopeful and constructive future, are the citizens of the United States, who can shape the future.

Those are among the deep concerns that must, I think, be kept clearly in mind while watching events unfold in their unpredictable way as the most awesome military force in human history is unleashed against a defenseless enemy by a political leadership that has compiled a frightening record of destruction and barbarism since it took the reins of power over 20 years ago.


i loved these numbers - from antarctica to venezuela - and and was happy to be one among them, in l.a. before the war started we held a poetry for peace event at the beatnik cafe in joshua tree where legendary alchemist/radical journalist art kunkin read poems by his friends, lawrence ferlinghetti and allen ginsberg. ginsberg especially loved statistics. tq



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South Pole Station:              5                                              (BBC)

Buenos Aires:                       50,000                                   (

Adelade:                                100,000                                 ( - biggest in history
Bellingen:                              2,500                                      (Indymedia)
Brisbane:                              100,000                                 (
Byron Bay:                             3,000                                      (indymedia)
Canberra:                              16,000                                   (Reuters)
Darwin:                                  2,000                                      (
Hobart:                                   10,000                                   (ABC)
Lismore:                                5,000                                      (Indymedia)
Melbourne:                            150,000                                 (
Newcastle:                            18,000                                   (indymedia)
Perth:                                     10,000                                   (ABC)
Sydney:                                  250,000                                 (, yahoo news)
Warrnambool:                       200                                          (Fairfax)

Vienna:                                  30,000                                   (

UN House:                            dozens                                   (

Dhaka:                                   2,000                                      (AP)

Minsk:                                    1,500                                      (

Brussels:                              50,000                                   (AP)

Mostar:                                   100

Sao Paolo:                            15,000                                   (

Sofia:                                      1,200                                      (

Calgary:                                 5,000
Edmonton:                            12,000
Halifax:                                   1,500
Montreal:                               150,000
Ottawa:                                  2,000
Quebec City:                         3,000
Salt Spring Island:                 1,000
Toronto:                                 80,000                                   (
Vancouver:                            30,000
Victoria:                                  6,000
Winnipeg:                              5,700
(All figures provided by  unless noted otherwise)

Santiago:                               3,000

Hong Kong:                          500

Zagreb:                                  10,000

Havana:                                 5,000

Cyprus:                                  500

Prague:                                  500                                         (AP)

Copenhagen:                       25,000                                   (AP)

Dili:                                         100                                         (

Quito:                                     100

Cairo:                                     2,000                                      (Palestine Chronicle)

London:                                 1,000,000*                            (CNN, NY Times)
* largest in country1s history

Helsinki:                                15,000

Lyon:                                      10,000
Marseille:                              10,000
Montpellier:                           15,000
Nice:                                       3,000
Nimes:                                   5,000
Perpignan:                            6,000
Paris:                                     400,000                                 (AP)
Toulouse:                              10,000

Berlin:                                    500,000*                               (Miami herald)
Cologne:                               10,000                                   (
Villingen:                               1,000                                      (
* largest since fall of Berlin Wall

Athens:                                  50,000                                   (Reuters)
Thessalonki:                        10001s                                   ( )

Guatemala City:                   200

Amsterdam:                          70,000                                   (

Tegucigalpa:                        1,000

Budapest:                             20,000                                   (

Reykavik:                               1,000                                      (yahoo news)
Akureyri:                                 500
Isafjordur:                              50

Calcutta:                                10,000
Kashmir:                               1001s

Jakarta:                                  100,000

Dublin:                                   100,000*                               ( )
Belfast:                                  tens of thousands
* largest in country1s history

Tel-Aviv:                                  2,000                                      (Ha1Aretz)

Rome                                     1,000,000                              (UPI)

Tokyo:                                    6,000                                      (AP, BBC)
Osaka:                                   1,000                                      (indymedia)

Bakaa Refugee Camp:       500                                         (Palestine Chronicle)
Amman:                                 2,000                                      (CNN)

Srinagar:                               2,000                                      (

Seoul:                                    3hundreds2 (BBC)

Beirut:                                    10,000                                   (

various cities:                       10,000

Skopje:                                  500-600                                 (

Kuala Lumpur:                     2,000                                      (
Penang:                                 500

Mexico City:                           30,000                                   (Reuters)

Chisinau:                              200                                         (AP World News)

Auckland:                              9,000                                      (
Wellington:                            5,000                                      (Common Dreams)

Managua:                              200

Oslo:                                      60,000                                   (AP)
Total for whole country: 100,000 (

Various:                                 200                                         

Islamabad:                           1001s                                      (BBC)
Karachi:                                 300
Lahore:                                  1001s                                      (yahoo news)

Gaza:                                      15,000                                   (AFP)  
Ramallah:                             2,000                                      (

Lima:                                      1001s

Manila:                                   6,000                                      (Rai)

Warsaw:                                2,500                                      (

Lisbon:                                  80,000                                   (
Porto:                                     10,000                                   (

Moscow:                                1000                                       (CNN)

Belgrade:                              200                                         ( )
Kragujevac:                          5,500

Glasgow:                               30,000                                   (AP)

Cape Town:                          5,000                                      (AP)
Durban:                                 5,000                                      (
Johannesburg:                   4,000                                      (AP)

Seoul:                                    10,000                                   (

Barcelona*:                           1,300,000                              (Miami herald)
Madrid:                                   800,000                                 (Reuters)
Seville:                                   60,000
* largest in country1s history

Gothenberg:                         25,000                                   ( )
Jönköping:                            2,000
Lund:                                      2,500
Malmo:                                   3,000                                      ( )
Stockholm:                            35,000                                   (AP)
Umeå:                                    3,500
Västerås:                               2,000

Bern:                                      40,000                                   (AP)

Damascus:                           200,000                                 (AP)

Taipei:                                    500                                         (

Pattani:                                  10,000                                   (
Bangkok:                               3,000                                      (

Sfax:                                       3,000                                      (

Istanbul:                                5,000                                      (cnn)

Kiev:                                       2,000

Monte Video                          50,000                                   ( )

Ankorage, AK:                       300                                         (
Akron, OH:                             500                                         (
Athens, GA:                           500                                         (
Asheville, NC:                      2,000                                      (
Austin, TX:                             10,000                                   (
Bellevue, WA                        1001s                                      (
Birmingham, AL                    1001s                                      (
Bismark, ND:                        70                                           (
Blacksburg, VA:                     400                                         (
Bloomington, IN:                   500
Bremerton, WA:                    200                                         (
Broward, FL:                         200                                         (
Charlotte, NC:                        500                                         (
Chicago, IL                           6,000                                      (IndyMedia)
Cincinnati, OH                      300                                         (
Cleveland, OH:                      1,200                                      (
Colorado Springs, CO:       3,300                                (KVOR Radio)
Columbia, SC:                        250                                         (
Corpus Christi, TX:               300                                         (
Dallas, TX:                            5,000                                      (
Davenport, Iowa:                   100                                         (CNN)
Detroit, MI:                             3,000                                                 (
Eugene, OR:                         2,500                                      (
Flagstaff, AZ:                         1,150
Fresno, CA:                           1,500                                      (                                         
Grand Forks, ND:                 50                                           (
Houston, TX:                         3,000                                      (
Kansas City, MO:                  2000
Knoxville, TN:                         500                                         (                                         
Lansing, MI:                          1,500                                      (
Las Vegas, NV:                     100                                         (
Lawrence, KS:                       1,600                                      (
Little Rock, AK:                        500                                         (IndyMedia, CNN)
Long Beach, CA:                   1,000                                      (
Los Angeles, CA:                    30,000 - 100,000                                 (Reuters)
Louisville, KY:                          500                                         (
Madison, WI:                         1000                                       (
Melbourne, FL:                       200-300                                 (
Memphis, TN:                         250                                         (
Miami, FL:                             500                                         (
Milwaukee, WI:                       1,500                                      (
Minneapolis, MN:                     7,500                                      (star tribune)
Missoula, MT:                          2,500                                      (
Mobile, AL:                            130                                         ( )
Monpelier, VT:                       500
Nashville, TN:                       500                                         (
Newark, NJ:                          400                                         (
New York, NY:                        350,000                                 (NY Times, CNN)
Orange County, CA               2,000                                      (
Orlando, FL:                          1001s                                      (
Olympia, WA:                        2,000                                      
Palm Springs, CA:                 150
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii:         500                                 (
Philadelphia, PA:                   10,000                                   (NBC 10 News)
Phoenix, AZ:                          2,500                                      (
Portland, ME:                        1,400                                      (IndyMedia)
Puerto Rico:                          900                                         (AP)
Raleigh, NC:                         7,000                                      (
Redding, CA:                        200
Roanoke, VA:                         100                                         (
Sacramento, CA:                   5,500                                      
Salem, OR:                           1,100                                      (
San Antonio, TX:                  1,500                                      (san Antonio express news)
San Diego, CA:                     5,000                                      (
San Francisco, CA:               200,000                                 (
San Jose, CA:                         5,000                                      (
Santa Cruz, CA:                      5,000                                      (indymedia)
Santa Fe, NM:                         4,500                                      (
Sedona, AZ:                          80                                           (
Seattle, WA:                          60,000                                   (
Shaker Heights, OH:           150                                         (
Shreveport, LA:                      20                                           (
Sioux Falls, SD:                      75                                           (
Sonora, CA:                          1,000
St. Augustine, FL:                 400                                         (
St. Louis, MI:                         3,000                                      (
Wausau, WI:                         2,000                                      (
Wilmington, NC:                   300-500                                 (
Witicha, KS:                          100                                         (

Caracas:                               1001s                                      ( )

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