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Volume VIII   [Year 2007]   Part 2

Issue #70 April: "The Cage"
Issue #71 May: "Illegal Immigration"
Issue #72 October: Farewell Issue

Issues #67-69

Volume I   [Year 2000]
Issues #1-5

Volume II   [Year 2001]
Issues #6-8Issues #9-11Issues #12-14Issues #15-18

Volume III   [Year 2002]
Issues #19-21Issues #22-24Issues #25-27Issues #28-30

Volume IV   [Year 2003]
Issues #31-33Issues #34-35Issues #36-38

Volume V   [Year 2004]
Issues #39-41Issues #42-44Issues #45-47Issues #48-49

Volume VI   [Year 2005]
Issues #50-52Issues #53-55

Volume VII   [Year 2006]
Issues #56-58Issues #59-61Issues #62-64Issues #65-66

Issue #70: "The Cage"
[April 2007]

>+<    G.E. Nordell, editor    >+<

N E W S    &    L I N K S    o f    I N T E R E S T

==>  ‘Call 511’ is the new connection to the freeway-side call-box system from your cell phone
        (not yet available in all of the U.S.).

==>  The World Economic Forum now ranks the U.S. in seventh place on a list of the world's primary engines
        of technology innovation. Their report suggests that America’s fall from first place was prompted by a
        deterioration of the political and regulatory environment in the U.S.
        (per B.B.C. news article in late March)

==>  Because of global warming, the maple trees of North America have stopped producing maple sugar;
        basically, the cycles of nature needed to alter sap to sweet maple sap are out of synch.

==>  WAR NEWS: The aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz left San Diego on April 2nd for the Persian Gulf to join
        the U.S.S. Eisenhower, the U.S.S. Stennis, and the U.S.S. Enterprise. The trip takes at least a month,
        after which there will be FOUR carriers off the coast of Iran, each armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles
        and ‘tactical’ nuclear warheads.

==>  A DIFFERENT WAR: The F.D.A. will soon classify all ‘alternative medicine’ products such as natural
        herbs & nutrients and natural therapies as ‘untested drugs’, and thus illegal. Period.
        Protest groups that you can support include Natural Solutions Foundation and Health Freedom USA.

==>  POSTAL RATE INCREASE: U.S. postage rates go up on May 14th: first class to 41 cents/17cents, postcards
        to 26 cents. (This ezine reported the rate increase of January 2001 from 33 cents/22 cents, and this is the fourth
        reported increase in this ezine.)

        Hidden in this change is an outrageous increase in second class rates intended to destroy small publishers and
        small newspapers, for whom rates go up as much as 30 percent, effective July 15th.
        see www.stoppostalratehikes.com (redirect)

==>  Talked to a couple just back from Europe; their strongest impression of changes there was the very visible increase
        of the homeless living in the streets of Paris and London. The economy is not going well there, and the general attitude
        toward Americans has gotten frosty.

••      CitiBank has announced plans to off-shore 17,000 jobs over the next three years.
        — news article April 2007
••      One in six U.S. factory jobs have disappeared since 2000.
        — radio news story April 2007

==>  New & majorly-revised pages on the editor’s other primary website:
        U.S. History Timeline Pages at Spirit of America
        ADDED NOTE: These Timeline pages were begun in April 2007, several were split in 9/2011, with another split in 9/2013}
        U.S. History Timeline, 1491-1800
        U.S. History Timeline, 1801-1900
        U.S. History Timeline, 1901-1930
        U.S. History Timeline, 1931-1950
        U.S. History Timeline, 1951-1968
        U.S. History Timeline, 1969-2000
        U.S. History Timeline, 2001-2010
        U.S. History Timeline, 2011 to Present

T h e    C a g e

        Each and every one of us lives inside of a Cage. The Dalai Lama has a Cage. You have a Cage, and I have a Cage. George W. Bush has a Cage that is very small and does not admit light.
        The Cage is not permanent, but it is certainly there. The Cage is there for all humans because the Oligarchy and its external agent, the Culture-Structure, wants it to be there, and has installed your False Mind to keep it there.

        You have Power over your Personal Cage, though the Oligarchy teaches that you do not. The Cage exists to the extent that you believe the superstition that the Cage is Who You Are, and likewise, you are free of the Cage when you can acknow- ledge the reality of the Cage’s existence.

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        The Cage that each human lives inside of is every restriction, every limitation, each and every self-created denial of Power that is thrown at you by your False Mind, that you then entertain or deny or resist.
        Every “what if?” problem, every “don’t you dare” injunction, every “I can’t”, every “not now”, every too late, too hard, too risky, too something else – any stoppage from the Voice In Your Head, from your nattering False Mind critic. The purpose of the chatter is to reinforce your Cage, to keep you small, to keep you dis-empowered, keep you worried and ineffective and yearning for the elusive Someday when It Will All Turn Out.
        The Cage is your superstitions and beliefs, all your inhibitions and attitudes and policies of behavior learned from whatever cultural System was the locale of your instruction or development.
        The Cage includes being a racism or a misogynist, as well as being a victim of racism or of sexism or ageism. The Cage is either heroism or victimhood, player or bystander, success or failure, loved or unloved, social lion or shy hermit, loud or quiet, smart or dumb, healthy or sick, young or ‘mature’, ugly or plain or sexy or dull, hearty or meek, present or asleep, happy or depressed, wasteful or ‘green’, productive or idle – and more.

        Each attribute that is reported by you to the world is the making of your Cage.
        “I’m tired.”
        “Nobody understands/loves/respects/wants me.”
        “That is beyond me.” (i.e. I’ll never ...)
        The list is endless, for the individual and for Mankind.

        The Cage is what keeps you the way that you are; the Cage is what keeps others stuck in their ruts; the Cage is why the World is so damn tough on us all.

        The Dalai Lama walks into a room and his Cage requires him to perform as the Dalai Lama. George W. Bush is so restricted, his mental circuitry so pressured by psychosis, that his handlers (performing inside their cages) pull the strings and push the buttons so that Dubya feigns sentience.
        There is no way out of your personal Cage, and the same is true for the Dalai Lama and for Dubya and his gang and for Bill Gates.
        This is why the mythology of Fate was created, to explain the automaticity of one’s seeming Unfree Will.
        Your Cage exists, your actions are limited by (if not caused by) your Personal Cage.
        Too bad, just get over it.

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        Up to a point, the permanent existence of your Cage is indeed true. However, Free Will is always an option. Most people prefer their Cage to Free Will: there is no Risk inside one’s Personal (or Societal) Cage.
        I have on occasion asked people to raise their right hand and say “I am an individual.” The most common response is stupefaction. The False Mind locks on the concept, or they get real busy trying to figure out what the trick or con or trap is in the request, or truly for some, there is not an iota of truth in the statement “I am an individual.”

        “Freedom exists in the exercise thereof.” (As I have said many times.)
        That is precisely how Free Will works as well. Get that we are not Free and then declare that you are an exception.
        Get that we are a mass of sheeple, and then declare that you are an Individual.
        Get that we all exist inside of a Cage, and then declare that you are not your Cage.

        There is this very cool existential option, and that is to shut down the Little Voice In Your Head (see Issue #30: “Radio Silent”), to ignore your False Mind, and in that moment of clarity, of being Present, to cause your world to be empty and unbounded, to be outside of your Cage.

        The practical methodology for causing this state or event is to empower another.
        Empowerment is the access to standing outside of your Cage. Every Act of Empowerment provides Power for another/- others and for yourself, so that you and they then have access to existential (unbounded) reality.
        (How you know that an act is one of empowerment is that the other person is empowered; when no Power shows up, then it was not an Act of Empowerment.)
        It is possible to create such moments rapidly in series or succession, or to create and maintain such a Clearing for periods of Time, or to create a River of Silence, which you can learn to step into and out of along one’s journey.

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        Once you get facile at causing Clearing events, which can be described as Stepping Outside Your Cage, you will notice a really astounding phenomenon.
        The Cage cannot tolerate your being Outside – how dare you be an Individual! – just as the Culture-Structure cannot tolerate Reason, just as the Oligarchy cannot tolerate democracy or dissent or any sort of Freedom.
        The Cage is not permanent, but it is always there.
        So what the Cage does is expand to re-include you!
        The accidental Outsider will soon resign him/herself to the Futility Of It All, but the Working Mind will revel in the expanded scope of his/her Cage.
        Work at developing your Working Mind will increase the size/territory/cubic area of your Cage, such that while the sheeply masses pound on the walls of their too-solid Cage, the Working Mind is running about over hill and dale, enjoying the many aspects of the landscape, the vistas of distant geography, and the sunlight streaming thru Cage walls stretched as thin as cellophane.

        This can indeed be done.
        This can be done by you.
        Only the Individual can do this.
        No other can do this for you, nor can you perform this existential act for another.
        You can (and must) empower others, which merely provides them the opportunity to continue. Such Empowerment also provides you with access to your existential Self, and thus to living (for a moment or more) outside of your Cage.

        Not doing this has you living inside the restrictions of your Personal Cage and of your Societal Cage.
        Empowerment of others (and secondarily of yourself) gives you the Freedom and the ability to step outside of your Cage to see what life can be like when not living by the dictates of your False Mind (the internal agent of the Culture-Structure, which is the external agent of the Eternal Beast that strives to enslave Mankind).

        The state motto of New Hampshire is “Live free or die”.
        For the Working Mind, these are the only true options.

[copyright 2007 by Gary Edward Nordell, all rights reserved]

Each issue of WMail is posted on the Working Minds website; quotations are posted alphabetically by author.


"An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."
Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"Never get a tattoo where a judge can see it."
— old saying

"A rolling stone gathers no moss."
— Publilius Syrus [First Century B.C.E.]

"Louisiana doesn’t tolerate corrupt politicians, it demands them."
— local saying

"Nothing is too much trouble for the busy man. If you ever want anything done,
always ask the busy man. The others never have time."
Preston Sturges [1898-1959]

"When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
Sherlock Holmes, as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859-1930]

"First bring peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others."
— Thomas à Kempis [1380-1471]

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world
to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"The Republican Party is proof that you can indeed fool some of the people all of the time."
G.E. Nordell

"The problem with the human condition is that it involves humans."
— Jason Lee Miller

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart."
— Helen Keller [1880-1968]

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"Twaddle, rubbish and gossip is what people want, not action ... The secret of life is to chatter freely
about all [that] one wishes to do and how one is always being prevented – and then do nothing."
— Søren Kierkegaard [1813-55]

"I am different. Let this not upset you."
— Paracelsus [1493-1541]

Santa Fe, New Mexico bumper sticker: "Carpe Mañana"

"America is melting down."
radio talk show host Thom Hartmann

"Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind."
Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Writing is the only job [that] you don't have to be hired to do."
— Deanne Barkley

"The actor first feels, then thinks, then responds."
— Glenn Anderson

"Happiness consists of being able to tell the truth without hurting anyone."
— line in Federico Fellini's "8-1/2" [1963]

"You get what you settle for."
— Callie Khouri, in her screenplay "Thelma & Louise" [1991]

"Get busy living, or get busy dying."
— Frank Darabont, in his screenplay "Shawshank Redemption” [1994]

N E X T   I S S U E: "Illegal Immigration"

FOLLOWED BY: "Fashion"

Issue #71: "Illegal Immigration"
[May 2007]

>+<    G.E. Nordell, editor    >+<

N E W S    &    L I N K S    o f    I N T E R E S T

==>  Prices of U.S. single-family homes fell 1.5 percent in February 2007, the steepest decline since 1993.

==>  "Health care premiums have gone up 90% in the last six years."
                — John Edwards

==>  In the first quarter of 2007, U.S. oil production went down 22% (for spurious 'long-term maintenance'
        closures of refineries) while oil company profits went up 66%. The barrel-price of crude oil is the same
        as it was one year ago, yet the pump price has risen $1.30 per gallon.

        Rep. John Conyers of Michigan is leading the anti-trust task force panel of the House Judiciary Committee
        in investigating the oil companies's actions. Write or call him with encouraging words.

==>  WINDOWS TIP: Empty your Windows recycle bin and clear cookies on a regular basis, such as weekly.

==>  Support the "Day of Action To Restore Law & Justice", which is a march on Capitol Hill in D.C on June 26th:

==>  GEORGE W. BUSH ÜBER ALLES: George is now prepared to declare himself Dictator of the United States.
        His Emergency Presidential Directive 51 {N.S.P.D.-51 and H.S.P.D.-20} is dated 9 May 2007,
        (and is readily readable from the White House website.

        The only action that will prevent Dubya’s plan is impeachment.

==>  WORLD TRADE CENTER: All that conspiracy talk about the attack on Sept. 11, how the towers could not
        have simply collapsed from the planes, that jet fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel is completely disproven
        by the tanker truck that burst into flames on the approach road on the Bay Bridge in Oakland, California back on
        April 29th – heck, it was just plain gasoline/petrol and not even jet fuel!
        (The rebuilt roadway was reopened to traffic on May 25.)

==>  My plan for an Anniversary Issue reporting all the neat Working-Minds-based life-changes or actions
        made by readers of this ezine, announced/requested in Issues #68 & #69, is cancelled. Not one reader responded.

==>  New & majorly-revised pages on the editor’s other primary website:
        New pages on the Working Minds website:

" I l l e g a l    I m m i g r a t i o n "

        (Very interesting timing: I wrote this essay in mid-March, then scheduled it for the May issue. In mid-May, Sen. Ted Kennedy put forward a ludicrous and unworkable Illegal Immigrant Amnesty Bill [S. 1348], which is now postponed for a vote until June.)

        I was invited to a weekend party last year among some local Balloon People – Albuquerque is host to the world’s largest and oldest Hotair Balloon Fiesta each October. The party was in a very rural area on the far side of the mountain from Albuquerque, where everybody has propane tanks and septic tanks, and solar panels, and wood or pellet heating is common.
        Most of the party-goers were professionals – realtors, doctors, teachers – which allows them to afford the high cost of ballooning. Balloon People are a rowdy bunch; their idea of a good time is to dip the basket of the balloon in a river or a lake, or to fly thru Los Alamos Canyon, rather than over it: they carry poles to keep the balloon from bumping the jagged rock cliffs.
        So I was amazed when the party conversation touched on Illegal Immigration, and saw that the feelings of these strangers were very deep, and very, very strong on this matter. That seems to be the case for a great number of people in New Mexico (and probably elsewhere), ranging across Anglo professionals (white collar & blue collar), small town folk, and to Hispanics and whites who work on or own farms and ranches.
        I am opposed to Illegal Immigration, but I don’t get het up about it. It has become a touchy matter for others, however.

* *          * *          * *          * *

        Illegal immigrants are anyone who is in a country without proper papers, so they are also called undocumented immigrants or undocumented aliens.
        Illegal immigrants basically trespass into U.S. territory in four different ways:
(a)    on student visas or tourist visas or work permits that then expire – they simply stay here instead of returning home;
(b)    citizens of Canada or Australia or Europe who look Anglo enough to walk thru any port of entry without challenge
        (recently made tougher for even U.S. citizens by a requirement for passports);
(c)    citizens of Mexico who hire ‘coyotes’ to bring them across the southern U.S. border on foot or crammed into unsanitary
        and unventilated trucks; and
(d)    the rare bunch of (usually Asian) individuals brought in by ship, sometimes even locked into containers for the journey.

* *          * *          * *          * *

        The Feds lie about the unemployment situation in America, mostly by reporting spurious statistics: That there are 4 million people receiving unemployment benefits, even if true, is meaningless. The true rate of unemployment in the U.S. is TEN percent, and higher in depressed areas like Detroit and Louisiana (remember Katrina?). Plus little matters like the Big Freeze this winter that damaged the West Coast citrus and avocado crops, eliminating 10,000 seasonal jobs in California alone.
        Figure 8 million Americans out of work. Then bring in the common estimate that there are 12 million illegal immigrants in this country and the relationship is obvious.
        Get rid of the illegals and there will be full employment in America.

        The largest source of revenue in the Mexican economy is the sale & export of national resources, mostly oil & natural gas. Mexico’s second largest revenue source is the money sent home by illegal workers in the U.S., money effectively removed from the U.S. economy.
        The Oligarchy is committed to dirt cheap labor with no benefits, and the Culture-Structure works diligently to prevent the necessary economic solutions to the tanking economy, such as a Living Wage}. With a tight labor market, workers could demand minimum wages & overtime pay, seek union representation, and bargain for health & other benefits.
        Get rid of illegal immigrants and the Middle Class once again has a chance to improve their lot, a future that died from Reagan’s pro-fascist economic policies.
        Too bad about reversing the robber baron salaries of corporate execs and the unearned wealth of the Oligarchy. They have enough wealth already, siphoned off from the efforts of labor.
        I say again: “Labor is the source of all wealth.”

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        There are plenty of laws in place to prevent employment of illegal/undocumented workers.
        The Bush administration has prosecuted something like a mere dozen such cases in his six years as our leader.
        The strategy is simple: Have the H.S.D./I.N.S. prosecute and jail any employer whose operation includes illegal immi- grants. Throw a few suits into prison for violating existing laws and the others will clean up their human resources practices.
        Wider government agencies – state, federal, local – can also do a great deal to remove illegals. One simple action is that when a driver is caught on any traffic violation, and they cannot provide proof of legal residency, then they are detained. No auto insurance? – nail them on that as well.
        Before handing the detainee over to the H.S.D./I.N.S. machinery, officials can offer them a chance for leniency if they reveal their employer’s identity. Half a dozen reports on any employer should enable search warrants, with the evidence going to local prosecutors.
        The detainee is then turned over to H.S.D./I.N.S. for return to his/her home country. (Sure, Bush’s funding for real border security is meager, but that is where illegals should go; if H.S.D./I.N.S. releases bunches of such illegals anyway, then the newly-Democratic Congress can call officials on the carpet.)

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        The U.S border, especially that with Mexico, is a sieve. So stopping immigration of illegals is not likely to get done any time soon. But put employers of illegals in jail or prison, and illegal jobs will disappear. When illegals can no longer feed themselves thru such employment, their only course will be to go home. Perhaps many will even turn themselves in to ‘la migra’.
        Then these jobs will go to citizens & documented foreign workers. Then the unions can put pressure on employers, workers can improve their economic situation, the economy will grow like it used to, and the cash flow will once again move toward and within the U.S. economy.
        Maybe we can all cut back to the one job per household, 40-hour work week lifestyle. Maybe we will have time then to organize as labor unions, to demonstrate on political matters (the Oil War, healthcare, environment, education), to visit with our families, to go to school, to put wages into savings accounts – those elements of the disappeared Middle Class that constitute the rising tide that lifts all boats.

        This is something that must be fought for. The Oligarchy expects to have their evil dictates obeyed by the unwashed peasantry, and they will resist Constitutional oversight and-or punishment of their puppets in the Bush White House.
        But fight we all must. Unless we do, and unless we pressure Congress for a rapid return to Constitutional rule, then our collective failure will throw us into World War III or into economic collapse (making The Great Depression look like a bad day) or into life under a totalitarian government of the United States.
        Should History send America over any such precipice, and we lose even more of our Sacred Freedoms, you will know what you did to prevent that dire fate. And if enough citizens bombard Congress with our demands for correction of all of Bush’s crimes, and catastrophe is averted, then you will know that your actions caused that successful Revolution.
        Freedom – Use it or lose it.

[copyright 2007 by Gary Edward Nordell, all rights reserved]

Each issue of WMail is posted on the Working Minds website; quotations are posted alphabetically by author.


"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority,
who keep on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
— Samuel Adams [1722-1803]

"The past is never dead. It's not even past."
Wm. Faulkner [1897-1962]

"In the final analysis, all issues are economic issues."
— Chris Kruger

"Life isn't a meaning but a desire."
Sir Charles Chaplin [1889-1977]

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil,
but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"The President says [that] he is not accountable anymore, which isn't totally true. You can impeach him."
— G.O.P. Senator Chuck Hagel (2007)

"It takes brains to understand a smart remark, but none to be offended by it."
— cartoonist Johnny Hart [1931-2007]

"I have been told my whole life to be concerned for What Other People Think. But I came up with
a better idea: Let other people be concerned about what *I* think. My concern – and that of each and every
Working Mind – is to Think."
G.E. Nordell

"It's always night, or we wouldn't need light."
— Thelonius Monk [1917-82]

"Plain incompetence ... from the highest levels on down, is endemic in our society."
— Vincent Bugliosi (2007)

"A teacher is proudest when surpassed by the student."
G.E. Nordell

"The only way to judge an artist is by his works."
Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"These may indeed be the days of miracle and wonder, but we're still just as
f*cked-up-and-full-of-it as we always were."
Newsday critic Gene Seymour

"The saddest day of your life isn't when you decide to sell out. The saddest day of your life
is when you decide to sell out and nobody wants to buy."
— Norman Spinrad

"Genius is an African who dreams up snow."
— Vladimir Nabokov [1899-1977]

"If you wish to go fast, go alone. If you wish to go far, go together."
— African proverb

"Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position."
— Christopher Marlowe [1564-93]

"There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.
They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."
— Daniel Webster [1782-1852]

"The giving of love is an education in itself."
Eleanor Roosevelt [1884-1962]

New bumper sticker: Jail To The Chief

"It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners."
Albert Camus [1913-1960]

N E X T   I S S U E: "Fashion"

FOLLOWED BY: "Religious Right Wrong"

Issue #72: "Farewell Issue"
[November 2007]

>+<    G.E. Nordell, editor    >+<

N E W S    &    L I N K S    o f    I N T E R E S T

==>  HOLIDAY GIFTING TIPS: Do not set foot inside Wal-Mart. Do not purchase anything on credit.
        Do not purchase toys from China. Coal is still a proper gift. Shop Amazon and B&N thru the
        Working Minds Stores Page.

==>  FREE HOLIDAY GIFT: Download & print copies of the "Working Minds Source Document" .doc file
        (58 pages) and wrap’em up & give one to everybody on your list, for Xmas, Channakuh or Kwanzaah:

==>  LAST INVITATION: Check out the new online Introduction To The Landmark Forum [click here]
        and-or the main Landmark Education website.

==>  Naomi Wolf’s book "The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot" is very scary,
        because her points are very true. Read the write-up on my blog and then buy & read the book.

==>  What will I do next? Looks like it is time to get the “Working Minds” book manuscript box and re-key it
        onto the hard-drive – Don’t ask! – and then publish it, probably via iUniverse, like I did with the
        “Backlot Requiem” detective novel. I will save this email address book and let everyone hereon
        know when the new book is available.

==>  JOIN THE BOYCOTT: No taxation without representation!! Since Dubya’s administration does the bidding
        of the corporations (the definition of fascism), there is no legitimate reason to deliver taxes to his government.
        Visit the www.BoycottW9.org website for instructions on witholding tax monies
        until Bush & Cheney are impeached & imprisoned.

F a r e w e l l    I s s u e

        The WMail ezine (philosophy and activism newsletter) is shutting down, as-of this issue. The mission of the Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment website will continue, by moving to other venues.

        The seventy-two issues produced over the last eight years are archived on the WM website in three forms:

•       The essays are posted as individual pages and are listed
        in numerical order at http://www.working-minds.com/WMessays.htm
        and also listed by topic at http://www.working-minds.com/WMtopics.htm

•       The full issues – essay, quotes & news factoids – are posted by year and also listed in reverse order
        at http://www.working-minds.com/WMailindex.htm

•       The quotations are posted alphabetically by author at http://www.working-minds.com/WMquotes.htm

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        Further essays that I decide to communicate to the world will be posted to my blog – http://www.DatelineChamesa.com
[est. November 2005] – and-or to mass-distribution sites such as OpEdNews.
        The quotations were an extremely popular feature of the ezine. I will be posting occasional handfuls of quotations on the blog, and then adding them to the WMquotes pages.

        You can set up a free subscription to OpEdNews [click here] for a wide range of non-mainstream news and commentary.
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        The long hiatus since WMail Issue #71 came about due to several technical problems that may or may not be resolved. My website host in New York and my I.S.P. in Vermont each took no responsibility for the problem; eventually I figured out that the email server in Virginia was involved, the owners of which referred me back to the host & ISP! Then I had to clear up records in Australia and France – round and round we went.

        The other key factor in ending publication of the WMail ezine, as such, is that when I asked in the February & March issues for tales of actions taken by readers based on content of the ezine (for a planned Eighth Anniversary Issue) NOT ONE READER RESPONDED.
        The hours that it took to send out 1500 or so emails per ezine issue was not producing (any known) results, so the move to other forms of mass distribution has the potential of reaching many more individuals (and with less effort).
        The plan is to post updates on my blog over each month, with the essay and a handful of quotations and more-timely bunches of news factoids posted on different days, in whatever order they occur to me.

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        I am quite proud of the content of WMail, and am glad for the many interactions with friend and foe alike. I have had readers of many, many stripes, and from too many countries to count, including Nepal; there were also readers with U.S. military and State Department and Halliburton email addresses.

        I am pleased that my readership increased over time. In fact, during the research on Joe Hill and the I.W.W. labor history page at Spirit of America, I found that the hundred-year-old I.W.W. union has only 1250 members world wide: the WMail readership was larger than the famous ‘Wobblies’ labor union!

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        So. The end of the ezine is a good time to re-specify the many Serious Issues of Our Time, which have become bigger and scarier over the last eight years.

•       The fascist takeover of the U.S. government. (I expect that Presidential Directive 51 and the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act
        and the existence of Blackwater Worldwide are preparation for suspension of Constitutional government here
        and replacement with martial law and a totalitarian dictatorship.)

•       The pending unprovoked attack on Iran.

•       Actual elections in 2008 (unless canceled).

•       The U.S. National Debt (the United States IS bankrupt) and the imminent economic meltdown desired by
        the Bush-P.N.A.C. crime family.

•       Global warming, which is escalating beyond even Al Gore, Jr.’s prognosis in “An Inconvenient Truth”.

•       The absence of open political dialogue in America. (Monopolies own most of the television and radio and newspaper
        industries; Air America Radio has been shut down in San Diego, Sacramento, Texas, Ohio, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa,
        and Indiana.)

•       Your children are unsafe on the streets, in the schools and in their homes. Their education is ludicrous. They are
        bombarded with propaganda and injunctions to consume. And they cannot expect or imagine a better life than
        their parents.

•       The country is flooded with illegal immigrants, who work as slaves for illegal employers, the corporatist rulers
        of America who worship the Bottom Line and are exempt from the Rule of Law.

•       N.A.F.T.A. & C.A.F.T.A. and the end of U.S. sovereignty.

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        The only action that might possibly prevent the intentions of the P.N.A.C.-Federalist-fascist conspiracy and the globalized war-profiteer slave-labor cartel is removal by impeachment of their puppets in the White House – as required in the Constitution, as designed by the Founding Fathers. The scared-rabbit Democratic Party jumps when our war-monger President says to, and the American People are tired and disgusted and desperate. Every member in Congress is subject to replacement in November 2008 – IF elections do indeed take place.

        We are all in this together, including the closed-minded and the oblivious sheeple and the wise and the ‘off-grid’ pioneers. The Greens and the Commies and the Quakers, and the gung-ho military serving their various countries. The lame and the halt and the blind. The active and the passive and the connected and the loners and the lonesome.
        No one will escape Dubya’s apocalyptic intentions.

“Reason is the only frontier left.” — G.E. Nordell

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